Tips for Pet Owners

We love to share tips about caring for pets. Please read the tips below and come back for new additions.

Trouble with Dry Food?

Is your pet having trouble eating dry food? Try this. A few hours before your pet’s feeding, place dry food in bowl and add just enough water to cover food. Place bowl in refrigerator. Dry food will plump up and is easier to eat, plus this will give your pet some extra moisture. Take bowl out of refrigerator, add some warm water or warm in microwave, checking to be sure food is not to hot. Mash food into smaller pieces with a fork. Repeat for each meal.

In lieu of water, add just enough “NO SALT Chicken or Beef Broth” to moisten. NOTE: BROTH MUST BE “NO SALT”.

Looking for Healthy Snacks?

Green beans are healthy treats and good for controlling a pet’s weight. Store in freezer and give as a frozen treat, or thaw in refrigerator and serve warm with dry dog food. Low calorie, high fiber food helps pets feel full without increasing their weight. Green beans in the frozen section will have less sodium than canned green beans.

100% canned pumpkin is good for their digestive system, helping with constipation and diarrhea. Keep refrigerated and add a spoonful to their food, or place dollops on waxed paper and freeze as a good way of giving pills.

Keep Your Pet Lean

Overweight pets are at risk for many health issues. Obesity is the top nutritional disease in pets. Studies show that overweight or obese pets have reduced life spans. Overweight or obese pets risk heart disease, joint disease, diabetes, and other serious health concerns.

Dogs Can Develop a Vocabulary

Dogs best understand words they can link to objects or behaviors – like sit, walk or car – rather than abstract concepts. You'll interest your dog more by saying “treat” rather than “I love you”. He/She may wag at the gushy tone you use with endearments, but he knows a concrete result will follow “TREAT”!

When naming your dog, they prefer hard sounds rather than soft consonants and they prefer short, simple words. Also, an example, choosing “walk” over “exercise” will help him learn the term for his daily outing. He /She will have an easier time learning if you talk to them in single words. Body Language is a big clue dogs use to decipher human communications.

Just like people, every dog learns at his own rate. With patience, love, and consistency, any dog can earn a gold star in vocabulary. Just don't forget the treats.

Cat Behavior

(Excerpt from Best Friends Sanctuary)

If your cat cannot seem to get enough of your company: you know you have a loving connection. If your friend follows you from room to room, jumps onto tables and counters to be near you, and always seems to be right where you step, she/he clearly enjoys your company.

Purring: you have heard your cat purr before, you may not have realized this was a love purr. His/her purrs can mean a variety of things from delight, to expression of concern. When a cat purrs in your presence, it is an expression of love.

Your Cat rubs against your leg: that's claiming you as his/her own. It is important in your bonding relationship with your cat to allow his or her rubbing against you.

Love Bites: are not always pleasant, they sort of hurt – but this is sign of affection.

A Cat's Tail: The tail is incredible barometer of how your cat feels about you. Kitties express happiness and warm feelings by fluffing out the base of their tails, while subtly quivering them. Simultaneously they hold their tails straight up with a slight curve at the top.

The Flashing of the Stomach: saying I love you.

Staring at you, slowly blinking: showing great affection.

Head butting: your cat truly cares about you.

Bringing presents: small dead animals, toys – your cat is saying “I love you”.