While the number of cases of diabetes in dogs has remained static for many years, veterinarians are seeing an increasing number of diabetic cats. Over the past decade diabetic cats has grown from 1 in 400 to 1 in 200.
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If your dog is well trained, gentle mannered and smart enough to master a regular leash and a retractable leash without being confused, you could be one of the rare guardians that can walk your pooch on any kind of leash without increasing risks to either one of you. The rest of us should read the following before using a retractable leash.
If you want to give your dog a bone go to a butcher and ask for a raw butcher bone. After a day of them chewing on the raw bone you want to throw it away. Raw butcher bones cost a couple dollars so very affordable as a treat. My dogs get one a month to clean the tarter off their teeth.
Natural Tick and Flea repellent In May we told you about a natural way to repel ticks and fleas using Amber dog and cat collars, we have been testing the collars for the past 5 months and are happy to report our pets enjoyed a tick and flea free summer. 25+ Whiskers ‘n Paws clients…
Whiskers ‘n Paws has partnered with a local artisan to offer you one of a kind dog and cat food bowls and plates. You can purchase them on our web site. To learn more at the artisan read her bio below. Hi, my name is Marlys Rucker and I have been a potter for 20 years….
Download the Pet First Aid App The Red Cross Pet First Aid App complements the course by providing cat and dog owners with instant access to expert advice, an animal hospital locator, pet-friendly hotels, content on how to include pets in family emergency preparedness plans and more.
The app can be downloaded for free in mobile app stores or by texting ‘GETPET’ to 90999.
Cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) are microscopic bacteria found in freshwater lakes, streams, ponds and brackish water ecosystems. They can produce toxins (such as microcystins and anatoxins) that affect people, livestock and pets that swim in and drink from the algae-contaminated water. Blue-green algae grow and colonize to form “blooms” that give the water…
I was driving in South St. Paul the other day and came across Just Dogs! Gourmet Bakery. I purchased a few different treats and all were a big hit with my dogs, Scout and Jeep. Their treats are made with natural ingredients, always fresh with a long shelf life. Good price & quality. Bakery isn’t open everyday…
Dogs aren’t much good at keeping themselves cool, so you’ll need to help them. Here’s how: Don’t leave your dog in a car, even for a few minutes. An open window or a windshield screen isn’t enough to keep the car cool. Dogs die this way every year don’t let yours be one of them. Do provide…
You might be surprised to find out that our pets’ food and water bowls rank in the top five germiest places in our homes. According to NSF International, a public health and safety organization with a mission to improve human health, pet bowls come in at number four for containing the most germs. The only things germier in your house are your kitchen sponge, kitchen sink and toothbrush holder.
The truth is that you should be washing your pet’s food and water bowls every day. You can hand wash them with soap and hot water daily, or you can just throw them in the dishwasher at the end of the day (provided they’re dishwasher safe). I find that having two sets of bowls per pet makes this a little easier, as there will always be a clean set available at meal time.
Once a week, in addition to your daily washing, you should let the bowls soak in dilute bleach (1:50 solution) for 10 minutes to get rid of the most stubborn germs. Don’t forget to rinse them thoroughly and allow them to dry completely before using them.
If you’re in the market to buy new bowls or just getting a second set choose wisely. There are many, many choices for pet food and water bowls, but my favorite bowls are stainless steel, because they are easy to clean. Ceramic and glass bowls come in a close second, though. Because plastic bowls are easy to scratch, and those scratches can hang onto to food particles and bacteria, I prefer to leave them on the shelf.
Here’s one more tip for cat owners: don’t put your cat’s water bowl next to her food bowl. Because cats are weird and like to keep us guessing, they’ll actually drink more water if the water bowl is placed in a separate location from the food bowl. This is particularly important for cats with urinary issues.