Canidae’s Top 10 Pet Articles of 2016

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We love Canidae Pet Foods, not only because they create great food products for cats and dogs, but because they also provide a blog with lots of useful information.

Read their top 10 pet blog posts of 2016 to find up-to-date articles like:

  • 7 Commands Dogs Need to Know in Public
  • What is Whisker Fatigue?
  • The benefits of having two dogs
  • Is it safe for dogs to eat insects?

Watch for information soon from J&M Aquatics as their blog moves to a newly designed and updated website!

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10 Holiday Pet Dangers

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When the holidays roll around, it’s especially important to make sure your pets stay safe.  Here’s our list of top 10 dangers for pets during the holidays:

  1. Fireworks at New Year’s (dogs especially can get spooked and run away)
  2. Leftovers / Bones
  3. Chocolate
  4. Holiday plants like mistletoe and holly
  5. Tinsel / Ribbons
  6. Electrical cords
  7. Stress from visiting people
  8. Alcohol.
  9. Liquid potpourri (cats will drink it)
  10. Tree ornaments / trees

Watch out for your pet this holiday season and do what you can to keep them safe!

Baby it’s (getting) cold outside!

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Colder temperatures are arriving here in Western Colorado and we want to make sure your dog (and outdoor cat if you have one) is set for the winter.

  1. If your dog has short hair and enjoys the outdoors, make sure to provide him or her with a coat or vest.  Small dogs especially, like chihuahuas, are prone to cold and vests, sweaters and coats can keep them more comfortable.
  2. If you plan to take your dog hiking in the snow, invest in a pair of shoes.  Many dogs end up with ice balls in the fur around their paws and this makes for an uncomfortable hike.  Plus, that snow is really cold!
  3. If you have an outdoor cat, try to provide a place for it to get in out of the cold.  Many people use insulated coolers and design nifty “cat houses” using hay or straw, old blankets, etc.  You might also install a cat door on an outside shed.
  4. Aim for shorter hikes and walks with your pet when the temps get really low.  Just like us, the cold can affect them and, while exercise is great, we don’t want our pets to develop health problems because of the cold.
  5. Make sure your pet has a nice warm place to sleep in the winter. If your cat usually sleeps in the garage, provide some added warmth with a pet bed or old blankets. If your pet sleeps inside, providing some insulation from the floor, with a dog bed or blankets, is nice.

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Coconut Oil and your pets

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This is a great post from Red Barn Premium Pet Foods about coconut oil and your pets.  Here’s a snippet:

What is Coconut Oil? What are the Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs and Cats?

Coconut Oil is a super food, consisting of more than 90% saturated fats. While fat sometimes makes people nervous, in the case of Coconut Oil there’s no need to be. The majority of the saturated fats in Coconut Oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which have benefits like improved digestion and immune system support. MCTs also have metabolic functions that assist with kidney health, lower cholesterol levels, and skin and coat health.

Click here to read more! 

Canidae: Jealous dog vs Possessive dog

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This blog post from Canidae Pet Foods highlights differences between a dog who is just jealous and a dog who is possessive.

It’s not always easy to determine if your dog is acting out because he’s trying to protect you or is a jealous or possessive dog. Sometimes it could be all three, but there is a difference between the behaviors. Just because a dog is jealous doesn’t necessarily mean he’s possessive or protective. Your job is to figure out what’s bothering him before you can address his behavior.  Read more here.

Fungal skin infections in dogs

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Freddie has a fungal infection. The poor thing has had to wear this cone of shame to keep from scratching around his eye.

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The doctor wasn’t sure exactly what kind of fungal infection it was, but she was able to discover that that’s what was causing his malaise by using a blacklight. Fungal infections will sometimes show up under those and poor Freddie lit up like a Christmas tree. He’d gotten into a tiff with a cat earlier and we believe that may be where this started…

One fungal infection I read about was Malassezia Dermatitis.  It’s apparently more common in some breeds of dogs, including dachshunds.  It’s caused by an overgrowth of yeast and can cause symptoms like scaly skin and redness.  The doctor gave Freddie’s parents an anti-fungal shampoo to use and some medication as well.

Always trust your gut when it comes to your pet.  You know better than anyone how your dog or cat usually acts, and if you notice something abnormal, there’s probably a good reason.  We’re lucky Freddie’s parents are so dedicated to him because it took 3 trips to 2 different vets to figure this one out!

National Lost Pet Prevention Month

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Did you know July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month? In honor of that, we wanted to provide you with some tips for making sure your pet stays safe and sound and at home with you!

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  1. First, if you have a dog that lives outside most of the time, make sure the area is fenced and secure.  If you notice your pet escaping, watch him the next time he’s outside and see where he goes.  Often you can figure out flaws in your fencing design and fix them easily.
  2. With outdoor dogs and cats, it’s important to make sure they have collars with updated tags.  When a friend got divorced a few years ago, she needed to update the phone number on her pet’s tags.  It was one of the first things she did.  She walked into the pet store and got new tags as soon as possible. These tags can be invaluable if your pet gets away.  Make sure they include the pet’s name, phone number and address.
  3. Consider a microchip.  Though these are pricey, they can be priceLESS if they lead to your pet being found and reunited with you!
  4. Know the shelters in your area and the protocols.  If a pet gets picked up, where will people most like take it? Is there a facebook group you can join? Here in town you can join the Mesa County Lost and Found pets group. They aren’t affiliated with a shelter, but with over 11,000 members it’s a great extra resource if you find a pet OR lose one.
  5. It’s always good to check with your neighbors. Let them know your pet is missing and ask them to keep an eye out.  Sometimes your cat has just decided to wander a few doors down and climb a tree!
  6. If you lose a pet while on vacation, ask around for the nearest shelter and give them your information.  Give them a photo of your pet too.  Put up signs if you can and post a listing in the local paper. Here in town if you’ve FOUND a pet, it’s free to post an ad with The Daily Sentinel. You can call them at 242-1313 for more information about that.  Probably most areas have similar options.  If you do lose your pet on vacation, don’t lose hope. We’ve had friends lose their pets as far away as California and still manage to reconnect with them.