First, do you always drink as much water as you should? Some say us humans should drink 8 cups a day. Do you? I know I forget to drink when I get busy. Your dog should drink about ½ oz to 1 oz per pound of body weight of water a day. So if your dog is 10 lbs, that would be 1 ¼ cups or a 50-pound dog would need a little more than 6 cups a day. Cats need a little less than 1 oz water per pound so that a 10 lb cat should drink 7-9 ounces of water per day. I know I don’t drink enough every day. I often get busy and forget. And depending on what you feed your pet, he or she may not be drinking enough water either.
March is Poison Prevention Month, so it’s a good time to remind ourselves of some good practices to help our pets be healthy and safe. Below is a quick list of toxic foods and helpful tips, but I also wanted to mention a few things about a couple of particular foods, garlic, and mushrooms.
Have you ever gone to a chiropractor? I do on a regular basis, and it has been a life-saver! I started having vertigo a few years ago, and have gone to doctors and allergists. They only prescribed medicine to help with the dizziness but had no solutions to get rid of it. Then I went to a special chiropractor that adjusted the vertebrate in my neck, and my vertigo is gone! For two years I lived with vertigo, and it was terrible.
Many owners feel intimidated by "horror stories" of giving bones but feeding them is really quite easy when keeping common sense in mind. I hope after reading this you will have a little more confidence in what you can and can't offer to your woofer!
Raw meaty bones are classified as soft, consumable bones that still have some meat attached to them. These range from chicken wings all the way to big items like lamb heads, depending on the size of the dog.
February is National Pet Dental Health month! I just wanted to share some important information about your pet’s teeth. Did you know that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease by the age of 2, according to the AVMA? That’s terrible!! And don’t think that kibble helps keep their teeth clean. Because kibble contains carbohydrates, they are actually worse for your pet’s teeth than canned, cooked or raw foods. The carbs stick to their teeth and bacteria builds the plaque. Just because it’s crunchy, it doesn’t mean it’s good for teeth. Think of eating Captain Crunch, that’s crunchy, but certainly not good for your teeth!