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Give Thanks!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Thanksgiving is a time to remember how important our pets are to us and be thankful that they have Doggie Thanksgiving Dinnertouched our lives.  Here are a few suggestions for how you can let your pet know how much you appreciate them:

Share your feast

Some Thanksgiving Day staples are safe for pets to share, in moderation.   Green beans and sweet potatoes are often well-liked as is a small amount of well done skinless, boneless turkey.  Pumpkin puree is another food many dogs and cats appreciate.

Show them some extra attention

Take some time out of the busy holiday to play fetch, go for a walk, or just snuggle.

Special treats

While some pets can’t tolerate people food, they may like treats such as a new toy or a turkey-flavored chew bone.

Don’t forget your pet this Thanksgiving.  Take a few moments to think about how much they impact our lives and recognize them this holiday season.

Check out our pet care articles for more tips on taking great care of your pet.

 

Shedding the Pounds…

Friday, October 7th, 2011

It sounds so easy: Eat less, exercise more. Actually accomplishing this seemingly intuitive task, however, is not that simple. This is also true for our pets. Studies show that American pets have expanding waistlines on par with the human population.

It is sometimes hard to look at our best friends as obese, but when we put things into perspective, it can be shocking. When you think of your 15 pound cat as being equivalent to a 218 pound, 5’4” woman you really begin to realize that all that extra fluff is more than just cute. Animals are prone to developing diabetes, and extra weight puts added strain on joints and organs like the heart.

Being overweight is no laughing matter. So where to start? Just like with an overweight person, you can’t expect your chunky Chow-Chow to go out and run a marathon. Gradually introduce exercise into your pet’s routine- maybe a leisurely stroll around the block or a 10 minute laser pointer session with your cat.

It’s amazing what just a little bit can do. Not only are you potentially adding years to your pet’s life, but you are also spending quality time with them. What more could you want?