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Electronic Feeders Make life Easy

Posted in Pet Health Issues, Pet Products with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2009 by exigentbarker

When you are going on vacation, what do you do with your pets? Many people send them to kennels or pet resorts, or they ask a close friend or relative/hire someone to stop by and check on your pet on a daily basis. Both situations are inconvenient and can cost a lot of money, yet they can be avoided with the use of simple pet products that are available today.

Automatic/electronic pet feeders and automatic water bowls can change your life in a positive way! These Pet Feeders can give your pet a specific amount of food and water at certain times of the day programmed by you, giving you more time to do what you want to do! You don’t even have to be around; the automatic feeders do all the work for you. Automatic feeders are available in many different sizes and styles to accommodate small and large pets.

Automatic pet feeders and water bowls are great products for those who travel frequently or just want to make their lives easier. Pet feeders serve many purposes, one of which being convenience. If you have several pets you know how hard it is to keep up with feeding them or if you have a busy schedule with no time to feed your pets these feeders will save your life. With the automatic feeders you just program the quantity you would like dispensed at whatever time throughout the day and you are done feeding your pet until the food runs out, then you just refill the feeder.

Another benefit to automatic feeders is control of portion size and frequency of feeding which can help your pet achieve a healthy diet. This portion control can also be very beneficial for a pet that has a specific health condition like diabetes where they need to watch how much and how often they eat. Automatic water bowls can be good for your pet’s diet also. These water bowls often have filters that clean the water, hence making it taste better. When the water tastes better your pet will want more to drink, which is very healthy for pets and can often help them avoid health issues such as urinary tract infections. Many feeders and automatic water systems are available in an elevated version which can also be good for pets with health issues, so they don’t have to bend their bodies in uncomfortable positions.

Utilizing automatic pet feeders can also positively impact your pet’s hygiene and cleanliness. Since the pet food is contained in the automatic feeder, the food can not get contaminated by insects, other pets and even children. And the best part of the automatic feeder is that there is no more messy overflowing food flying around the floor all the time!

Feeders are just another way for pets to gain independence and for their owners to gain sanity. If you have an automatic feeder/ waterer and a pet door, your pet will be able to successfully complete all basic daily tasks without your help. Your pet will not only be happier, but healthier as well!

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Choose to have a healthy pet

Posted in Pet Health Issues with tags , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2009 by exigentbarker

There are many reasons why people have dogs. Dogs offer unconditional companionship and many people consider their dog a member of their family. Aside from companionship, dogs can also decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and your feelings of loneliness! Many pet owners note that their dog also provides them with ample opportunities for outdoor activities, exercise and even socialization. As you can see, dogs are more than just furry troublemakers! They enable people to live a healthy and happy life, and are worthy of a happy, healthy life themselves. Keeping your dog healthy is very simple if you are persistent with daily exercise, diet and regular vet visits.

Exercising your dog can be fun and can get you in shape as well. At the younger stages of your dogs life you will want to start easy and slowly progress into more vigorous exercises over time. Keep in mind that just letting your dog outdoors alone doesn’t necessarily mean that they are getting the exercise they need. They want you to be with them! If you can’t be with them exercising you may want to consider taking them to a doggy day care, where they will be able to run and play with other dogs. If you do have the time, walking, jogging and playing fetch are great ways for dogs to get the exercise they need, but be careful not to over exercise your dog because it could cause long term health issues such as hip dysplasia and other muscle/joint diseases.

Just as important as exercise is your dogs diet. You want to make sure that your dog is getting an adequate amount of energy and nutrients on a daily basis. What you feed your dog and the quantity of food can largely be determined by the breed, however all natural food is always a good choice for dog food as it has no harmful chemicals and preservatives that can hurt your dog. Make sure to read the labels of the dog food you are about to purchase and make sure there are minimal fillers or chemicals, and always remember that feeding your dog human food is not good for them and can be toxic, in some cases even causing death.

Choosing a vet and keeping up with scheduled vaccinations and annual checkups can ensure that your dog lives a long and healthy life. When you are selecting a veterinarian be sure to do the necessary research to make sure you are choosing a reputable doctor as your dogs life may be in their hands some day!

If your pet is unhealthy it can affect you as well as them. Diseases can be transferred from animals to humans through direct contact, through food, water and air. If you keep your pet healthy it will look better, be more active and playful and most importantly, your pet will be a happy member of your family!

Keeping your Pet Lean and Healthy

Posted in Pet Health Issues with tags , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by exigentbarker

As a pet owner you want what is best for your dog or cat. However, what is best for your pet is not always necessarily what your pet may want. What is your dog doing when it sits by the edge of your dinner table, watching you enjoy a t-bone steak? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what is going on here! Your dog is hoping and praying that you recklessly drop a chunk of food and if that doesn’t work it’s on to plan “B”, the famous “puppy dog face,” in hopes that you will give in. We are all guilty of giving in to our pets craving for human food, whether you give your pet table scraps once in a while or your pet has become your garbage disposal. This is just one of the reasons that one out of every four dogs is overweight and suffers from weight related health issues. Obesity in dogs and cats can cause major life threatening medical problems. Overweight pets are more prone to injury and have more stress on their heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and joints. Obesity can also lead to diseases such as diabetes and hip dysplasia. If your pet is overweight you will want to consider taking action as soon as possible to prolong your pets life. There are many ways you can help your pet reduce their weight and get them back in shape. The best, most effective way to do this is to implement a diet plan. In your diet plan the main priorities should be portion control and exercise. You want to make sure that you are still giving your pet the necessary nutrients that they need to re-energize and stay healthy. Using an automatic pet feeder is a great way to control the quantity of food your pet consumes. Automatic pet feeders will feed your pet a predetermined amount of dry food at specific times of the day that you can control. These feeders give your pet reasonable portions of food that fit their diet and make your life easier!

The next most important part of your pets diet plan is exercise. Providing daily opportunities for your pet to get outside and exercise will help keep their bodies functioning properly and keep their muscles in shape. If you don’t have time to let your pet get outside during the day you may want to consider installing a pet door that they can use at their convenience. Exercising your pet regularly is a great way for YOU and your pet to shave some pounds!

Your pet is an important part of your family and deserves to live a long, healthy, disease free life. You can help them achieve this by providing them with plenty of opportunities to exercise and by feeding them in reasonable portions.

Watch those Hips!

Posted in Pet Health Issues with tags , , , , , , on February 24, 2009 by exigentbarker

Hip dysplasia is a very common and unfortunate part of many older, larger dogs’ lives. Though this disease is most common with larger dogs, it can still be found in medium size dogs and rarely even in small dogs. Hip dysplasia results from abnormal development of the hip joints in young dogs and most researchers have concluded that they believe it to be a genetic disease. However, obesity and over exercising can be factors as well. The symptoms of this disease for the most part are very noticeable, and in most cases can be detected in the early stages. You may notice that your dog seems very sore after or even during exercise, it is common for the dog to show signs of stiffness in the hind legs and hop gingerly as they run. For many dog owners it is very difficult for them to watch their pet fight the pain caused by hip dysplasia day in and day out, and unfortunately there is no magical medication to make it go away. Surgical procedures can be performed, but there are many limitations and the surgery can be extremely expensive. One of the best ways to prolong the mobility of a dog affected by displasia, is to make everyday activities as easy and painless as possible for your dog. Thankfully there are many products available that can assist you in doing this. Many dog owners have installed doggy doors in their homes to make their lives easier, but are these doors safe for dogs with hip dysplasia? The answer is yes, as long as the owner has carefully considered available pet opening sizes and rise heights of the door when it was purchased. Pet doors that are too small or have a rise height that is too high can affect your dogs joints in a negative way. Therefore it is important to think of these factors when purchasing a pet door to make your dogs life easier. In order for your dog to be comfortable using its pet door you should consider a door with a large pet opening. This will ensure that your dog wont feel like it has to squeeze through the door and the dog will transition inside/outside with ease. The rise height of the pet door is also a key factor. You want to make sure that the dog doesn’t have to step over a mountain to get through the door! Typically mounting the pet door as low to the ground as possible is best for dogs with hip dysplasia, however you must also consider how tall the pet door is so your dog doesn’t have to duck to get under the top frame of the pet door to get through. Because hip dysplasia is more common in larger breed dogs, you may have to get a door custom made to be large enough. Security Boss Manufacturing has created a very high quality insulated pet door called the MaxSeal, this door can be ordered in custom sizes and is a great option for those with dogs that suffer from dysplasia. Other options for simplifying your dogs everyday activities are also available. Installing pet gates at the entrance of stairways will to make sure that your dog is not going up and down steps when not necessary. Using pet ramps to load your dog into your vehicle can help as well.

Dogs of all ages can be affected by this disease and in some severe cases the dog could be as young as five months old. The earlier in your pets life that you notice symptoms of hip dysplasia, the earlier you can fight the disease by utilizing products that are made to make your dogs life easier.