Best Way to Select Healthy Pet Foods

Just looking at the pet food ads on TV and in magazines, you’d get the impression that all commercial pet foods are healthy. All those fresh ingredients could tempt you to try these pet foods yourself! Unfortunately, the truth about most pet foods may be far from what artful ads would have us believe. If you’ve ever opened a pet food can that was marketed as healthy, and then found a glob of unrecognizable, grayish something-or-other, then you probably know what I mean.

Now, if you’re already aware that not all pet food commercials and ads live up to their promises, you should ask yourself a simple question: how can I tell if a particular pet food is healthy? The answer to this is often hidden in plain sight, on the pet food label, often in the midst of a bunch of unfamiliar terms. To do well for your pet, you need to be able to interpret pet food labels correctly.

First and foremost, healthy pet foods contain real food ingredients.

Healthy commercial pet foods are made

Importance of Pet Care Pet Insurance

When a pet is suddenly injured or gets sick there is no question about whether or not we take it to a veterinarian. Most people feel that their pet is an important member of the family and, just as with any other member of the family, we want them to be healthy and well. It is when a pet goes to the vet that most people realize that Pet Care pet insurance would have been a really good idea.

Many dogs and cats have some genetic illnesses but these do not make you love the pet any less. It can however become expensive to treat as they get older. There are other cases where chronic illnesses can affect a pet because of an incident that occurred when they were younger that requires long term treatment. Both of these types of care can be very expensive.

Very few people have pet care in their normal budget. When it is necessary to go to the vet for an emergency, most people don’t have the thousands of dollars that treatment can

Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

If you have a Pet I am pretty sure they are a great source of pleasure to you. Hopefully they are an important part of your family, with their own unique personality and behaviour patterns. It may interest you to know then that owning a pet can bring with it many benefits to your mental and physical wellbeing. If you don’t have a pet, then discover some of the reasons why it may be worthwhile getting one.

The psychological benefits

A confidante
You’ve had a terrible day and you just need to vent. However your friends aren’t available, your partner is at work and you don’t see your counsellor until Friday. Fortunately, you can just sit and talk to your pet. They may or may not understand you. Not that it matters: at least it means you can say what you want without fear of reproach. Because they don’t judge you. Even better, you can truly be yourself around your pet.

Reduces loneliness
You are not alone with a pet. What a good feeling it is when your

Holiday Pet Travel Bring Your With You

The holidays are one of the peak seasons for travel, and it is the perfect time to take your pet along with you. Whether you are off on a ski vacation, visiting family or perhaps enjoying the magical feeling of a Swiss village at Christmas time, having your best friend along will make the trip more enjoyable.

Be sure to consider pet identification before you leave. Pet ID tags with your CELL PHONE number are great since there will not be anyone at home to answer the phone. You should consider the added safety of a pet microchip. If your pet is separated from you, a shelter or a veterinarian can read the chip, and they can then track you down through the database of the company who manufactured the microchip. If you are going to be spending a couple of weeks in one place, consider buying a second Pet ID tag with the contact information on where you will be staying.

Pet crates are a great way to keep your pet safe when traveling in the car. Unless a pet is confined or harnessed, its behavior can cause great distraction to the driver of the

Helpful Tips For Administering Pet Meds

When your pet is sick, you know it often needs medication. But pets, like babies, don’t know that the pill you want them to take will help them. They just know it smells funny and they don’t want it.

Here are five tips to help get your pet to take the medicine.

Liquid Medications

Ask the veterinarian or pharmacist if the liquid medicine can be given with food. If the answer is yes, then your easiest path is to mix it with canned food. First give your hungry pet a small amount of canned food without the medication. It’s important that the pet nibble on the food and see that there’s nothing amiss.

Next, while the pet is still hungry, mix the medication in a small amount food and present it. Repeat as necessary to get the entire dose down. Never mix the medication with the full meal. If the pet decides not to finish the meal, the dose will be wasted – and you won’t know how much of the medication was consumed. It’s better to be patient and feed your pet in small doses.

If the pharmacist says the medication cannot

Saving Money on Your Pets

Pets have become more than just animals. They have become a part of the family. As family members, you want to give them the best care possible. However, just like people, caring for pets can be quite expensive.

The expense has become a hindrance to many people considering a pet. If you’d really like to have a pet or keep the one you have, consider these tips on saving money on your pets.

Pet Choice

If you don’t have a pet yet, carefully consider the type of pet you will have. A pet cannot and should not be discarded when it becomes inconvenient. This makes the choice of pet extremely important.

Choose a pet you can care for properly in your current environment. Choose a pet you know you’ll be able to afford the upkeep. Don’t buy a high end dog when you can’t meet its special requirements.

If you’ve decided on a pet already, decide how and where you’re going to get your pet from. Think of animal rescue centers and shelters. You may not even have to pay for the pet. Adopt your friends’ pet if they can’t care for their

Pet Care Insurance

Pets are recognized to be a much loved companion of human beings. They serve as a family member, ally, or only a toy to cuddle everyday. To be able to do that, pets must be taken care of. Having a pet is a great duty, because like humans, they need to be in ideal condition to be able to carry out their most basic functions.

On the other hand, responsibility comes having a price tag. Personal time, in addition to the financial aspect of needing your pets taken to the veterinarian to undergo fundamental exams are one of the couple of reasons why owning a pet is a huge responsibility. Studies indicate that the majority of vet visits are unscheduled because of emergencies. Doing so creates a mood of frustration to its owners because of the extra expense of these unexpected instances. Furthermore, recent government mandated tests for pets are always being applied, which leads to a more costly medical industry.

Recent changes have revolutionized pet care industry these days. Vets now have access to different human diagnostic tools for instance magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) and CT scans.

Diagnoses made for humans 20 years

Tips Winter Survival for Pets

With winter fast approaching we also see the arrival of some very cold days and even chillier nights. Winter is a cosy time for sitting by fires and rugging up with a warm cup of tea. However avoiding the cold isn’t as easy for our pets and can be a very challenging time for them as they are faced with possible flea infestations, accidental poisonings, arthritis and general discomfort with the change of season. That is why it’s so important that pet owners are aware of the problems that may arise and the precautions that they will need to put in place. The 10 Winter survival tips will help your pet stay happy, warm and safe this winter.

1 : Treat your pet for fleas all year round

As the temperature drops many owners believe that fleas die off and using flea control is no longer necessary. This is a common misconception as a warm heated home provides the ideal environment for fleas to breed and it is crucial that flea control is a year round commitment. Pets should be treated every month to ensure they remain protected 365 days a year.

2 : Provide

Benefits of Adopting a Pet From a Shelter

Sometimes I get a funny reaction when new acquaintances meet my two dogs, Chewie and Miles. The look of surprise and incredulous response – “You mean she came from the streets? He came from the pound?!”

So many people have the misconception that rescued dogs are less than other dogs. Are children less than other children because they came through the foster home system or are raised in single parent homes? Are the children that come from the “perfect” set of parents better than other children? We can all think of examples of the hard-luck children that make good and the children with everything going for them making a mess of their lives. So why do we assume homeless pets are less than other pets? I’d like to help set the record straight: there are many reasons to adopt a shelter pet.

1) You will Save Money
Adopting a pet from a shelter can cost a lot less than buying a pet at the pet store or from a breeder, especially when taking into account the fees for neutering and vaccination. Beyond the medical care, shelters provide education about how to care for pets, how to

Pet Camping Preparation

Woof, woof, woof, meow, meow, meow, Don’t forget to take us with you on the camping trip. What, we are taking them with us on our camping trip? Yep, mom we love them and want them to go. Does this conversation sound familiar? I know it all too well but many pet owners who camp do not take their furry friends with them. If you do decide to take them, there are a several items that are a must bring and a few tips that would benefit any pet owner.

If you do not own your own property or camp spot it will be necessary to call ahead to ensure that where you are camping pets are allowed. Many state campgrounds do not allow pets. Many others allow pets only on leashes and in designated areas.

Food is the number one item that must be brought. If your pet is on a special diet, then one good tip to make sure you bring enough food, is to pre-measure the food out into individual Ziplock bags and then put all the pre-measured bags into a larger Ziplock bag. One hint that I have found helpful is to

Pet Sitter Decisions

One of our most treasured possessions is our pets. We love them and they love us. We do our best to care for them, love them, and attend to there needs each and every day. But what about when we are gone, whether it is for an extended day, or longer, like a business trip or vacation? How can we make the best decision to be sure their needs are met while we are gone? The love we feel for our pets can’t be replaced, but we can make sure they are well cared for.

You first have to decide if you want your dog or cat cared for in your home. Are you comfortable with a stranger coming into your home? Which option is the least stressful for your pet; someone coming into your home, or taking them some place else to be cared for?

The cost of all of your options also needs to be part of your decision. You need to find someone or some place that is reputable, reliable, and who is pet friendly.

Boarding Your Pet

If you decide you want to board your dog or cat, you

Tips for Coping With the Loss of a Pet

The loss of a pet can be a devastating event for anyone. To many Americans, a pet is a best friend, or at least a beloved family member. Many children grow up with pets, and learn their first lessons about death through those pets, as most pets have shorter life spans than humans.

The average lifespan of a dog can be anywhere from 7-15 years, depending upon the breed. Dogs are loyal animals who offer unconditional love to their owners. They provide companionship and, often, protection. Cats, on the other hand, can live quite a bit longer, but offer the same love and devotion to a dedicated owner. Pets can also include birds and reptiles. No matter what the species, a pet is an important member of any household or family, and the grief that is felt at the end of a pet’s life can be profound.

While pets usually show signs of decline in their health toward the end of their lives, it’s sometimes difficult to know exactly when is an appropriate time for euthanasia. It is usually advised to notice when the pet’s quality of life has become significantly compromised. For example, dogs

Pet Sitting Business is Thriving

The Pet Sitting business is booming internationally. In the United States alone there are upwards of 63.2 million individuals who own a pet, or two. Reports tell us that in America there are roughly 64 million dogs and 76 million cats in households. These numbers support why the Pet Sitting Business is on an upward swing. It is fast becoming one of the best small business ventures that an individual can undertake. The Pet Sitting business has been ear marked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor as a small business industry that will thrive with the coming years, with Pet Sitting services located throughout the states.

Pet owners world wide are breathing a sigh of relief that they have this option for their pet when they travel. In the past when an individual would travel for business, or a family would vacation, they would rely on grandparents or relatives to see to the needs of their pets. This is no longer an option for many people. Family’s don’t always remain in the same community. Statistics show that it is common for parents and siblings to live hundreds of miles apart. Once the family option for pet sitting evaporated, people turned to their neighbors. This was soon found to be a bad option for both the

Traveling With Your Pet

You’ve decided to take your pet along on vacation. It will be more fun, and you won’t have to worry about leaving a member of your family behind in an unfamiliar kennel. With some extra planning and forethought, you can have a safe and enjoyable trip with your pet.

Taking a Road Trip

If you’re driving with your pet, you’ll need to find a comfortable and safe way for your pet to travel. You can place your pet in a carrier and secure it in the car. Alternatively, you can purchase a seatbelt-like harness for your pet that will allow him to be out of the carrier but still safely restrained. It isn’t safe to allow your pet to roam freely in the car. He can be seriously hurt in the event of even a minor accident, and he is much more likely to escape and become lost when you make stops.

Don’t leave your pet alone in the car, especially in hot weather. The heat can quickly become life-threatening. If your pet becomes carsick easily, you may want to ask your veterinarian for motion-sickness medicine before the trip.

Carry some of your pet’s

Pet Food Ingredient Game

About 25 years ago I began formulating pet foods at a time when the entire pet food industry seemed quagmire and focused on such things as protein and fat percentages without any real regard for ingredients. Since boot leather and soap could make a pet food with the “ideal” percentages, it was clear that analytical percentages do not end the story about pet food value. I was convinced then, as I am now, that a food can be no better than the ingredients of which it is composed. Since this ingredient idea has caught on in the pet food industry, it has taken on a commercial life that distorts and perverts the meaning of the underlying philosophy of food quality and proper feeding practices. Is health reducible to which ingredients a commercial product does or does not have? As contradictory as it may seem to what I have just said, no it is not. Here’s why.

(*Association of American Feed Control Officials, 1998 Official Publication)

Simultaneously, this same regulatory agency prohibits the use of many proven beneficial natural ingredients that one can find readily available for human consumption such as bee pollen, glucosamine, L-carnitine, spirulina and

How to Find Discount Pet Supplies

I love my pet, but I hate the high cost of pet supplies.

Can you relate to the constant drain on your wallet? Would you like to reduce the cost of your pet supplies?

If you too love your pet or pets and would like to benefit from some ways I save money on pet supplies then take just a few minutes and let me share some cost saving ideas that can really lighten the financial drain for those pets that we consider a integral part of our family.

One of the problems with the cost of pet supplies has become the increasing cost these past few years. It can add up fast. In my house we actually have a line item in our monthly budget because we actually have 3 pets (2 dogs and a cat). In this article I hope to help everyone who loves pets but would like to save money on pet supplies.

Most of us are genuine pet lovers. We love to keep animals as pets for our enjoyment and companionship. Over time, these pets become a regular part of the family. Our pets deserve the very best care

Pet Medicine to Keep Your Pet Strong and Healthy

Your pet is an important member of your family. Keeping him or her healthy will give them a longer life, and you and your family more time to enjoy their loyal companionship. Pets have health care needs that are in many ways much like that of humans. They are also vulnerable to diseases that only animals can be stricken with and preventative care is essential for helping them avoid these.

Most likely, you already know from taking your pets to the vet that they need yearly inoculations to protect them from rabies, distemper, and other common animal diseases They also need to be tested for heartworm once a year and to be placed on heartworm prevention medicine such as that made by Heartguard® and Interceptor®, for example. There are other tests your veterinarian may choose to give your pet to identify any potential health problems that exist. When health problems are found, your veterinarian can recommend certain pet medicines for treating your pet and restoring their health. Flea and tick medicines are commonly used by pet owners to help keep their pets and homes free from these disease-carrying pests. These are available in prescription and nonprescription formulas.

Personalized Pet Blanket

Are you looking for a personalized pet blanket? Do you want a blanket with your dog’s name on it? Do you need a blanket with your cat’s name on it for a gift? Personalize that blanket with these tips.

People really don’t mind spending for their pets. At least, that’s what the pet lovers at the Animal Pet Products Manufacturing Association (APPMA) say. Pet product manufacturing is a $35 billion per year industry. Who would have ever thought that people could spend so much on pets?

Well, if you are a pet lover too, then you might understand the feeling. Pet owners typically spend $250 on their pets – for items that can be personalized. These items include blankets leashes, pet bowls, and others.

Pets are more like family members nowadays. There are even people who get offended when their pets are referred to as an ‘it’. They would rather that they be called a ‘he’ or a ‘she’. Each pet is unique and has an endearing personality that is his or hers alone.

This has led to an increase in the need for veterinarians, pet grooming stores, and other services (and who hasn’t

Alternative way to get your pet’s healing

So you’ve had your dog or cat for a while, and your life is changing, and now you think you need to get rid of your pet. But are you sure this is what you want to do? Getting rid of your pet is a very drastic measure. If you leave your pet at a shelter, you may think he will find a new home soon. But it is unlikely. Many high-kill shelters must euthanize animals each day in order to make room for new ones who have come in. Some animals are only at the shelter for four or five days before they run out of luck. Fifty-six percent of dogs and seventy-six percent of cats in shelters are euthanized… many of them healthy, well-behaved animals whose owners simply didn’t have time for them anymore. Even in a no-kill shelter, your pet may be doomed to live out the rest of his life in a small cage if he is not chosen for adoption.
If you are willing to try keeping your pet, there are many things you can do. Lets look at some of the most common reasons why people get rid of their pets, and

7 Secrets To Choosing A Safe, Healthy Pet Food

Do you choose canned food or dry food? What brand? There are so many different brands, all shapes and sizes of pet food to choose from and pet owners are provided with very little information to base your decisions on (other than advertising) – it can get so confusing! Well, buckle your seatbelt depending on how much you know of the pet food industry, this could be a bumpy ride! You are about to learn seven secrets – well kept secrets – of pet food. Sit back, brace yourself, and keep reading.

Beneful says it’s ‘Premium Dog Food for a Happy, Healthy Dog’ and sells for around $18.00 for a 31 lb. bag, Science Diet “promises” ‘precisely balanced nutrition through continuous research and the highest quality food backed by your Vets endorsement’ and sells for around $21.00 for only a 20 lb bag. Then there are numerous pet foods that make the very same statements – ‘Premium Dog Food, Highest Quality’ – that sell for $30.00 or more for a 20 lb bag. And the same holds true for cat owners…Do you choose Whiskas that states ‘Everything we do is about making cats happy!’ or do you choose one of those high end cat foods that make