Overweight dogs and cats have become a common phenomenon among many homes. Despite how cute a pudgy little belly may seem on a cat or how adorable a few extra ripples can be on a puppy, pet obesity is a serious issue that has led to an increase in pet health complications, along with a decrease in the quality of life for many pets.
Cats are great pets. They love to play, they love to cuddle when you are watching TV or sleeping, and they purr for no reason other than being near you. But they also love to scratch. Unfortunately, the things they love to scratch are often the legs of your antique table, your upholstered sofa, or your expensive carpet. Petar Petrov, founder of CozyCatFurniture.com, has some great information on how to save your furniture from cat scratching.
Submitted by Petique on Thursday, January 31, 2013
As January rolls into February, many people have already forgotten about their New Year Resolutions, and the most common resolution is to get in shape. If you have a dog, we have good news. A recent study has shown that owing a dog often provides a better “return on investment” than having a membership to a gym. The full article, written by Kate Wilson, can be found at www.petsblog.com, but below are some of the key findings.
Submitted by Petique on Wednesday, September 05, 2012
A friend of Petique recently told us she is opening a dog training and agility center. It got us thinking about how one who get into this field. So we did a little research and came across an article by Casey Lomonaco (http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/dog-training-career-tips) that discusses how to get involved in the field of dog training and behavior. Thanks to Casey and our friends at Dogster.com for these great tips! Many of these tips might also apply to other non-veterinary health professions, including grooming, dog walking, and pet sitting.
There are thousands of dog parks across the country. Some people love them and some hate them. Maria Goodavage writes for Dogster and has written on the subject of dog parks. Goodavage notes that dog parks can be great places for pooches to run around in leash-free bliss. But there's another side to dog parks that's not all wags and smiling snouts. Most people and dogs thrive in them, and they’re huge social outlets for both species.
Think sun protection is just for humans? Think again. Your dog needs a safe haven from those harsh ultraviolet rays, too. Julia Szabo, Alternative Pet Health Guru at Dogster provides these seven pointers to help your dog enjoy the great outdoors this summer, without feeling the burn.
A friend sent this to us and it seemed like a fun thing to share. Wish I could give credit to the original author, so if you know the author, please let us know so we can give credit where credit is due. Please note that this is only a joke and not to be taken seriously.
Submitted by Indulgence on Tuesday, March 13, 2012
As the weather continues to warm up, your indoor cat may be more tempted to venture into the great outdoors. Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker wrote recently about five ways to keep your indoor cat happy and healthy. Dr. Becker outlines five easy ways to look at your home from a pet’s point of view and add a few environmental enrichments to keep your cat both safe and happy indoors.
Submitted by Indulgence on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
When most of us hear about cruelty to animals we think skinny, malnutrition, and under fed animals. That’s not always the case. Over-feeding your cat or dog can lead to just as many medical conditions as under feeding. A recent article sited by the Wall Street Journal reported that over half of U.S. dogs and cats are now overweight or obese. The study was conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. According to the study, one-fifth of dogs and cats are obese -- weighing 30% over a healthy weight.