Monday, August 3, 2015

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

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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.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

5 Summer Dangers for Pets

Summer brings its own set of challenges when it comes to taking care of our dogs. If we feel hot and miserable, so do our pups. If we need extra water and some shade, our dogs do, too. Yet unlike us, they can't speak up and tell us when they need help so we need to close pay attention to their needs.

The ASPCA created the helpful infographic below to help pet owners keep their animals safe during the hot summer months, along with a list of 5 summer dangers:

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July 4th Dog Safety Tips

Oh, July 4th… while we humans look forward to barbecues and fireworks, it remains a day that many of our precious pups dread. The houseguests, hot temperatures, and noisy bottle rockets can drive some dogs into a panic. 

On top of that, my dogs usually won’t use the yard to relieve themselves between the hours of about 6pm until whenever the big bangs are over which can be anywhere from 1-4am. But still, they’d much rather hold it than go outside.

More than being uncomfortable, July 4th is the day —more than all others during the year— that dogs get lost. It’s also a day that many dogs get injured.
The loud fireworks scare many dogs and that combined with have company over and distracted owners, is a recipe for disaster. The top three breeds that run away are Labrador Retrievers, Chihuahuas and the Pit Bulls. Above all, make plans for your dog before guests arrive. Try to keep him in a gated area where he can see people but cannot get out. Or if she is an anxious type, consider keeping her in a quiet, but cool bedroom and make it a point to check on her regularly (or have a family member take on this task).

Here are some more tips from Found Animals (an independently funded nonprofit working to find the big ideas that reduce euthanasia in shelters):