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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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Pet Ramps Helping Your Pet Stay Mobile

Posted in Pet Health Issues, Pet Products with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2009 by exigentbarker

Is your dog lacking the extreme energy and physical stamina it once had in its younger years? If so, you may want to consider searching for solutions to ease daily activities that are hard on your dog. Like humans, dogs tend slow down physically and mentally over time and aging. This is a normal and completely natural part of your dogs life, yet it can be a very sad and difficult time for many dog owners, as they have grown attached to their dog and want what is best for them.

Dogs are forced to jump numerous times a day just to get around, whether they are leaping into your vehicle, jumping up on to the couch or even entering your house. Younger dogs are very active and can jump high with relative ease, but constant jumping and leaping can lead to serious health problems later in their lives. A wide array of dog breeds are prone to hip and joint problems genetically and studies have shown that jumping is the easiest way for a dog to sustain long term health issues. Because this constant jumping can have such a negative affect on a dog as it ages, many have purchased pet ramps and/or pet stairs. Pet ramps and pet stairs are excellent ways to prolong your dogs life and physical capabilities. The ramps are available in many different shapes and sizes to accommodate a wide variety of unique situations. They can assist your dog in getting in an out of your vehicle, pool and even your boat! Ramps can be used indoors to help your dog access furniture and beds as well. Pet stairs serve the exact same purpose as the ramps, with a different look. Both the ramps and the stairs have many different color finishes to choose from, so finding one that looks great in your home will not be a problem!

Pet ramps and stairs are beneficial for all dogs whether they are young, old, have health problems or don’t have health problems at all. Using the ramps and stairs as preventative care can dramatically help your dog stay active and healthy as it ages. Always remember that your dog depends on you to look out for their comfort, health and safety. Doing whatever you can to make your dogs life less stressful is just part of being a responsible pet owner.

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.

Gotta Eat That

Posted in Behavior with tags , , , , , on February 21, 2009 by exigentbarker

Does your house look like one giant chew toy, day in and day out? If so, you most likely have tried everything in your power to stop the constant chewing episodes that take place in your home while you are gone. Understanding the reasons for your dogs destructive chewing habits and knowing how to combat these habits can be very beneficial to you as a pet owner, and more importantly to your furniture, clothing, pet door flaps and other possessions of yours that can become chewing targets for your dog. Teething is to be expected in the early stages of your dogs life, but most people don’t realize that the chewing habit will not stop there. When puppies are teething their teeth are very sharp, chewing on things will smooth their teeth so when the permanent teeth come in they will not be so sharp. When the permanent teeth come through they require hard chewing for the new teeth to “set,” into the jaw. This stage is where the heavy chewing can really become an issue. Although this chewing may ruin some of your property, it is very important for your dogs lifelong dental health, and if you are proactive in taking the necessary actions early enough you can often eliminate or at least minimize this destructive chewing of your things. A good way to do this is to make sure that your dog has many different chew toys with a wide variety of textures and sizes to choose from. This variety will hopefully deter your dog from looking for other chewable things around the house like your couch or clothing after they get bored with a certain chew toy. The most effective way to protect your furniture and property is to have a designated safe area for your pet to rest while you are gone. Many pet owners will use pet crates or even put their dog in a room that doesn’t contain any chewable furniture. When leaving your dog alone in room you do not want to close the door on them, instead use a baby gate or two baby gates stacked on top of each other if necessary. Locking your dog in a fully enclosed room can lead to other bad habits such as clawing at the closed door or ripping up carpet under the door frame, which is just another issue for you to deal with.

As a pet owner it is important to understand that you are a human and your dog is a dog. Human logic is much more complex and this must be considered when disciplining your dog. If the dog chews up your couch at noon and you come home at 7 p.m., yelling at your will do no good. Your dog doesn’t have the mental capacity to put a reason behind your displeasure, as it had been seven hours since the destructive chewing occurred. Instead yelling may cause your pet to develop separation anxiety which will make their chewing habit worse.

Destructive chewing is the number one reason that people get rid of their dogs. If you put time and effort in to training and take the necessary actions to fix your dogs destructive chewing habit, you should not have any problems. If your dog is a destructive chewer, be proactive not reactive!

Best Mate

Posted in Breed Related with tags , , , on February 20, 2009 by exigentbarker

If you are interested in purchasing a dog, adopting a dog or even giving a dog as a gift, there are many things you must consider to ensure that both the dog and its owners are happy. All breeds of dogs have different temperaments and personalities, so it is imperative to research the breed that you have interest in, and to consider a breed that will mesh well with your family, lifestyle and personality. The American Kennel Club divides breeds by purpose and personality and can be a useful tool when distinguishing personality traits among different dogs that are AKC registered breeds. However you can find breed information and temperaments for any dog breed online, simply by performing a search of the breed name. Keep in mind that the information online may contain some stereotypical information, for example “American Pit Bull Terriers are an aggressive breed that will attack you.” This acquisition is a complete stereotype of this breed. If raised properly and socialized as a puppy Pit Bulls can be a very friendly, obedient breed. Raising and socializing a dog properly is very important for developing a friendly, non-aggressive pet. However, personalities of dogs can also reflect the attitudes and temperaments of their parents, so if at all possible it is a good idea to meet the parents of a prospective dog. Many breeders will not have any problem introducing you to the mother and father of your new pup.

Your lifestyle is also a very important piece of the puppy purchasing puzzle. If you are an active person and you like to be outdoors you will want to look into a dog breed that is active as well, such as an American fox hound. If you have a lazy lifestyle, are you going to be happy when your dog is jumping up and down in front of your TV interrupting your favorite show, because it wants to play? Probably not! You will most likely want to consider a breed of dog that is more content just relaxing; a French Bull Dog may be a good choice for you.

Purchasing a puppy can be very exiting and fun, but if you are not prepared for the commitment and responsibility you may have regrets over time. Before you buy a dog, carefully consider the responsibilities it will entail. Feeding, walking/exercising, and yes, cleaning up after your pup uses the bathroom, which could be your living room, hallway and even your bed. These are all responsibilities as a pet owner, some obviously more fun than others. By doing the necessary research, you will be able to make an educated decision about which dog breed will “fit in,” to your life.

Something in the Air

Posted in Pet Health Issues with tags , on February 19, 2009 by exigentbarker

Tom woke up one morning, put on his robe and slippers and prepared for another great day of his life. As he walked down the stairs he was feeling like a “million bucks.” Tom grabbed his daily cup of coffee, stepped outside, stretched his arms and took in the fresh morning air. To Tom’s disbelief the paper boy was actually on time this week and he threw the newspaper in the yard as he passed by. Still on top of the world, Tom was thinking he was going to have an outstanding day. He then stepped into the lawn to retrieve the paper and notice that he had managed to land a foot in an abnormally large pile of his furry friends fecal matter, talk about “tossing a turd in the punch bowl!” Then he asked himself, “how did this happen,” and “what did I do wrong,” well, the answer is very simple…Tom doesn’t clean up his dogs waste! Sounds simple yet many people don’t do it, nor do they realize the importance of it.

Your dogs waste contaminates the ground and can become a means of passing intestinal parasites and infections to other pets and even humans! Because of its contamination effect and undesirable smell, not cleaning up your pets waste can make your neighbors and community leaders very upset. Cleaning up after your pet shows responsibility and pride as a pet owner. It also will help you avoid situations like Toms! Not cleaning up your pets waste can lead to a wide variety of different issues. If you choose not to pick up after your pet, your lawn will suffer greatly. Not only will the feces kill the grass and contaminate the ground, but it will smell horrible over time making you and your neighbors suffer. Your shoes and clothing will stink if you step in or come in contact with the feces. Even your lawn mower blades could create a foul odor in your garage or shed!

So next time you are on a run with your pet bring along a couple baggies to prepare for natures calling. When your pet is using your backyard as a bathroom, go outside once a week to clean up all the feces you can find. If you can pick up after your pet you will avoid a lot of stinky situations. The neighbors may like you a bit better. Your grass will be greener and smell like grass. Your shoes and clothing will not have an odor (from dog feces) and your lawn mower wont smell like a turd dicer! More importantly you will become a more responsible pet owner and a positive influence for people that notice you cleaning up after your pet!