Wednesday, August 26, 2015

9 Savings Tricks to Care for Your Canine

Proud pet parents across the country agree that owning a dog is priceless. However, there are lots of expenses that come with caring for your favorite canine: The American Kennel Club (AKC) estimates dog owners dish out an average of $2,500 per year on food, veterinary expenses, grooming, pet sitting and more. Additionally, more than one-quarter of dog owners surveyed by the AKC said annual costs "exceeded their expectations."

To keep your four-legged friend from licking your budget dry, follow these 9 savings tricks!

1. Sign up for loyalty programs.
Take advantage of rewards programs offered through your favorite pet stores for freebies, special promos and dollars-off future purchases. Petco's Pals Rewards program gives members $5 for every $100 in purchases, for example, plus special pricing on products throughout the store. Your local pet store might offer a loyalty program or points as well, so inquire about your options.

2. Double the discount with gift cards.
Sites like GiftCardGranny.com sell pet store gift cards at a big discount - you're looking at saving up to 25% off Petco gift cards and over 19% off gift cards to PetSmart. Use these discount gift cards as currency and try to pair them with sale items, coupon codes and/or reward bucks to keep your dog care items really cheap!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Protect Your SiliDog With Innovative, New ID Pet Tag


I have a recurring dream. It’s a nightmare actually and I had it again last week. I was in my living room and we had company. Someone opened the front door and I watched my Django run outside (in slow motion, of course). There was nothing I could do as I watched. I’ve had this dream before and it most likely stems from when Django was a puppy. We were having a yard sale and as I opened the front door to bring out a box, she walked out beside me and ran to the tree in front of our house, which stands on a heavily trafficked street. She had no leash or collar on, and I tried my best to calmly call her name while walking intensely fast toward her, finally grabbing onto her and carrying her back inside. After my heart stopped beating a million miles a minute, I vowed to always keep her collar on with identifying tags. I’ve had a fear of her running away ever since.
When she goes for a walk, I triple check her harness and jangle her tags, making sure the one with our name and address is attached before we go. There are so many lost dogs my Facebook groups each morning and the ones that don’t have identifying information, are unfortunately usually sent to the Animal Care and Control Unit where, if not identified, are sadly, put to sleep. Sometimes, a good neighbor will post a photo of a lost dog and hold him/her until an owner is located.
Once back from our walk, I take her collar off because the clankety clunk of her constant movement about the house becomes grating. It seems Django has a knack for shaking her head or scratching her ear repeatedly when I’m trying to watch the most soft-spoken actor on TV or listen to my quietest friend on the phone. I’d like to keep her tags on all the time but hearing her traipse through our bedroom at night, and up and down the stairs, on and off the bed, rattles my sleep cycle. I know the safer thing to do is to keep her tags around her neck (on a comfortable, well fitted collar).
Bentley
So when I heard about a different kind of dogtag, I was intrigued. SiliDog is a line of pet tags that are silent, long-lasting, and always glow in the dark. The company was born shortly after founder and CEO of SiliDog, Michael Lickstein rescued an adorable pooch named Bentley, who was thrown from a car. Among a host of medical issues, Bentley had a flea infestation, which would cause him to scratch day and night, clinking his collar tags non-stop. This prompted Lickstein to create a silent dog tag that was also durable and wouldn’t fade over time like typical metal dog tags. It also had to be comfortable, not like the metal tags that can dig into the dog’s neck while lying down.
Soon after, SiliDog was born. Their concept is so smart; it’s surprising it hasn’t been made before.  The tags are made out of flexible silicone that can be bent and twisted, yet they are resilient and long-lasting, and available in various colors and shapes. SiliDog is now launching their brand new line of glow in the dark tags over at Kickstarter, while trying to gain funds and customer preferences to improve their line. Best of all, every tag you buy gives back to a specific charity, including animal rescue, cancer research and special needs.
Check them out here!

This post is sponsored by SiliDog.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Feeling Inspired? Try #InspiredbyCrafted Hill's Ideal Balance ($7 COUPON!)


This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Ideal Balance® CRAFTED, but Some Puppy To Love only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

I’ve always been a curious kid. It is the reason, I believe, why I became a writer. I love nothing more than learning about how things come to be. Learning about the new Hill's Ideal Balance™ Crafted® line the past few months has been informative and helpful as a dog owner. But more than that, it’s been inspiring. 

To think that years ago, the quality of dog food was rarely ever mentioned…it’s an unsettling thought. Whether pet food contained natural ingredients was not on the minds of most pet companies, and the process by which it was made was certainly not a priority, except perhaps, in the respect of cost value. So a dog food company that dedicated a new line entirely to an innovative wholesome, slow cooked type of food for your precious pup was a novel thought to me.

Friday, July 31, 2015

10 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites: What Kids Need to Know

Besides the pool and the beach, summertime is the time for dog bites. The hot weather combined with active get-togethers create the perfect combination for accidents waiting to happen in the form of dog bites. 

Naturally, children are more prone to being bitten by dogs, largely because due to age or ignorance, not all of them know the proper way to behave around dogs.

Below are 10 tips you and your children must know about approaching and playing with dogs, especially in the summertime.

1. Dogs get overheated and cranky...just like us.

Sometimes they need to not be around people. Pet owners can do them a favor and keep them away from people during family get-togethers and barbecues.


Friday, July 10, 2015

Could Your Dog Have Chagas Disease?

Many of our furry four-legged friends love to bask in the sun or wrestle with other dogs in the soft green grass. As owners, we know how essential outdoor exercise is for our dogs, especially certain breeds. It would be comforting to believe our pets are completely safe while enjoying the outdoors, but this is rarely the case.

Chagas, a potentially fatal disease transmitted to animals through insects, is a danger for both inside and outside dogs. The disease is caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which is spread to dogs through insects in the Reduviidae family, also commonly known as cone-nose or kissing bugs. Dr. Ashley Saunders, associate professor of cardiology at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explains how insects are effective at spreading the disease.

“The T. cruzi organism is transmitted to the host from a bite from an infected bug or ingestion of an infected bug,” Saunders said. She also added that dogs can contract the disease without coming into contact with an insect. “Transplacental transmission has also been reported as a method of transmission.” This means the disease can be spread from a mother to her offspring.