Warm weather calls for outdoor activities with your pup such as hiking, traveling and spending time in the park. While spending quality time with your canine companion is essential, making sure your furry friend is healthy and clean inside and out is also a must.
"Warm weather means more outside play time, and while that can be great for increased exercise, it’s also important to be sure you’re keeping your pet healthy, starting with proper hygiene,” said Dr. Ernie Ward, veterinarian and Mars Petcare spokesperson. “Maintaining your dog’s hygiene, including cleaning his ears, bathing him and cleaning his teeth, is a critical component of helping him live a healthy lifestyle – from head to paws.”
These five tips can help keep your pup cuddle-worthy throughout the hottest time of the year.
Bond Over Bath Time
Sit, Stay, Hydrate
Freshen Up Snuggle Time
Make Nap Time Cozy and Clean
Keep Clean on the Road
“Oral care treats such as Greenies Dental Treats or Pedigree Dentastix Treats not only help freshen breath, but they also help clean your dog’s teeth and gums,” Ward said. “They’re great to have on hand whenever traveling with your pets.”
Find more information and tips for your pets oral care needs at greenies.com.
Photos courtesy of Fotolia.Sources: Family Features and Mars Petcare
Having a dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences in the world. Many pet owners even call their pets “fur babies” or say they’re a “pet parent.” While having a pet comes with responsibility and commitment, the physical and emotional benefits far outweigh the sacrifice for the whole family.
Work Out with a Buddy – If you’re looking for a workout partner to stay active with, look no further than your four-legged friend. Take your pooch for a walk or run, or play a game of fetch. You’ll get in some exercise and he can expel some extra energy. For a fun look at pups playing sports, check out these videos from Pedigree showing “pup-letes” playing soccer, basketball and diving.
Meet New Friends – Your pet isn’t the only one who can make friends at the dog park. It’s also a great opportunity to socialize with fellow dog owners in the neighborhood and make some new, Fido-friendly buddies to schedule even more doggy playdates with.
Make Mealtime Fun – Add mealtime to the list of activities to enjoy with your furry best friend. Get inspired by your pup’s gourmet meals for recipe ideas your whole family will love. With options like Cesar Home Delights dog food, you can make a grilled ribeye steak with potatoes and vegetables for your family, and your pup can enjoy a similar taste, made just for him.
Enjoy Constant Hugs and Kisses – At the end of the day, there’s nothing quite like coming home to a wagging tail and a smiling, furry face. Simply put, dogs can bring joy into their owners’ lives with unconditional love and endless hugs and snuggles.
Sources: Family Features and Mars Petcare
How Happy Is Your Pet When Eating?
Mealtime is one way to bring more happiness to your dog’s life. In fact, according to a survey conducted by OnePoll for CESAR® Dry Dog Food, 75 percent of small dog owners said mealtime makes their dogs the happiest. By turning boring kibble into delicious meat-first meals with a variety of flavors – like Filet Mignon Flavor & Spring Vegetables Garnish – even the fussiest eaters can enjoy CESAR® Dry food. Learn more at cesar.com.
SOURCE: Family Features | Cesar
September is Happy, Healthy Cat Month!
September is Happy, Healthy Cat Month!
Cats and kittens can get hiccups, just like humans do. The sound may be different but the reason why they get them is scientifically the same. Cats, like humans, have a diaphragm muscle that can suddenly contract and involuntarily react to irritation, resulting in hiccups.
While it is a normal behavior among cats, a cat owner should also be cautious because not all noises or hiccup-like sounds that your feline pet creates are hiccups. Some may be a cause of more serious health problems.
Here are some important facts you need to know:
How can you prevent your cat from getting hiccups?
To control or minimize it, next time try to elevate her food dish or cat bowl. Since your cat exerts more effort to get her food, it will make your cat eat slowly, which may help prevent “normal” hiccups, which are caused from eating too fast.
Pet Article courtesy of pet-articles.blogspot.com.
(Family Features) September can traditionally be a busy month. With summer coming to an end and back-to-school season in full swing, there seems to always be something on the calendar.
For cat owners, September is also Happy, Healthy Cat Month. While you’re trading in beach towels for bag lunches, don’t forget to go the extra mile for your feline friends and show them how much they mean to you.
“Animals are beloved members of the family, so it’s important we make them feel that way,” said Dr. Jeff Werber, veterinarian and IAMS™ Cat spokesperson. “Whether it’s through proper nutrition to fuel fun play time or making time to snuggle, this is a perfect time of year to give our cats the love and appreciation they deserve.”
These four tips from Dr. Werber can help you celebrate and bond with your cat all year long. For more information on keeping your cat happy and healthy, visit IAMS.com.
“I’ve been feeding my cats IAMS™ cat food for years,” Dr. Werber said. “The IAMS™ brand launched a product called High Protein, which I love. It provides cats with high-quality, animal-sourced protein that helps them maintain healthy vitality and fuel their carnivorous spirits.”
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