Do dogs need clothes? While this may at first appear to be a light concern to those who would scoff at the idea of dressing a dog, there are still many dog owners who have seen their dogs shiver violently after exposure to winter temperatures but hesitate to put clothing on their dogs for fear of appearing odd. Well, have no fear. If you are concerned about your dog being cold, there is certainly no harm in putting clothing on him . […]
In addition, some medications and medical conditions can increase your pet’s risk of frostbite. If your fresh air-loving pup spends a significant amount of time outdoors during colder temps, consult with your vet to make sure proper precautions are in place. Cold to the Bone - The floorboards aren’t the only things that go “creak” in the winter. Older and arthritic pets may have more trouble getting around during cold, damp months like January. Give your ailing friend a leg up by making sure there’s a soft, cushioned place low to the ground for them to rest, and consider talking to your vet about supplementing their diet with glucosamine/chondroitin and omega-3 fatty acids to provide added lubrication for their achy joints.
Do You Have a Fat Cat? We have been discussing things we do that may be causing our kitties to gain weight. Next to exercise, feeding your cat a diet high in protein is the next best step we can take to keep kitty lean. Protein We all know how cats crave mice and birds as a food source. A natural source of nutrition for carnivores, mice and birds are a perfect diet for a cat. Did you know that a mouse or a bird is composed of only 3 to 8 percent carbohydrate? And most of that is actually from what the prey was eating and is in the prey’s digestive tract. The rest is water, a few minerals, and mostly protein and fat. […]
How to stop your dog from begging: Does your dog beg at the table? Ignore him and do not give him a tidbit! When he gets bored because you are not giving him anything and moves away from the table, lead him to an appropriate and familiar place and reward him with a treat. Then reinforce the command to “Stay”. Never invite him to the table. Rewarding him when he’s away from the table will encourage him to stay away from it and wait for good things to come to him. […]