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Stinky Problems

From time to time your pet may experience problems with relieving themselves in places they shouldn’t. Sometimes it can be a medical problem, sometimes a behavioral problem.  So how do you know?

Our friends at Fetch Magazine shared some content with us and we are passing it along.

Litter issues for Cats

Medical causes could be…

Walk this way:  A cat with arthritis could be in too much pain to step over the wall of the litter box, while a cat with a neurologic condition may be too weak or wobbly to walk to it.

Eye See:  Illnesses like heart disease, kidney disease, hypertension or3infection can cause blindness, making it difficult for the cat to find the box.

Bladder Matters:  Urinary tract infections, urinary crystals, bladder inflammation or a blockage (which is a veterinary emergency!) can also lead to accidents in the house.

Emotional Causes could be…

Clean House:  Cats generally like to be clean, so if the litter box isn’t, they’ll find another location to relieve themselves – perhaps the laundry basket, tub or even your bed.

Lousy Litter:  Some cats may not use the box if they dislike the scent, texture or amount of litter being used.

Location, Location, Location:  Litter boxes placed next to a noisy washing machine, crammed under a bathroom vanity or found only on the third floor of the house likely don’t offer the peace, privacy and accessibility that cats need to do their business.

Afraid So:  In multi-cat households, an inadequate number of boxes or previous litter box squabbles with other housemates could make a feline friend fearful of using the box.

cat litter box

Cat’s are purrsnickety, so be sure to try some of these suggestions so you both are happy.

 

 

Potty Problems for the Pooch

Medical causes could be…

Hold It:  A wide range of conditions – including diabetes, Cushing’s disease and illnesses of the kidneys, liver or brain – can all cause dogs to make more urine than normal (polyuria), or make them incapable of holding urine.

Gotta Go:  Urinary tract infections cause a sense of urgency to run to the bathroom, while urinary incontinence causes bed wetting or dribbling urine while standing.

Senior Moment:  Aging or senile dogs may not be able to make it outside in time or may be unaware that they’re urinating in the house.

Emotional Causes could be…

Pup-Pee:  Puppies who are having urine accidents may need some additional house-training reinforcement, or they could be intentionally having “accidents” to seek attention. (Hey, it works!  Even if it is negative attention.)

Nature Calls:  Naturally submissive or excitable dogs can have frequent accidents, while separation anxiety or territoriality could also lead to unwanted puddles in the house and can happen to dogs of any age.

So if you’re experiencing any of these issues look for the signs and consult your veterinary professional for assistance.  Don’t lose hope.  Remember, there may be reasons for your pet’s behavior and finding the right answer will keep you both happy.

Consider Pet Insurance to help offset the cost of veterinary care when your pet is sick.
Obtain your no obligation quote today. http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure

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13

04 2017

New Year – Here’s to Your Health

Top Health Benefits of Pets

Not only are pets good companions, but they’re good for our health! Here are a few ways that dogs and cats help our minds and bodies.

 

  1. Stress Relievers

There’s nothing like a warm, cozy cuddle session to melt away stress after a long day. Calming cuddles with your pet can lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety levels.

 

  1. Heart Helpers

Pets can have a positive effect on our hearts. Studies have reported better survival rates for heart attack patients with pets and improved heart rate variability, which is an indicator of heart health.

 

  1. Mental Boosters

Our furry friends can help combat depression. In studies, pet-assisted therapy helped reduce depression in chemotherapy patients. Pets also reduced stress for people caring for loved ones with dementia.

 

 

Return the favor by taking great care of your pet’s health for a long and happy life.  www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure
ASPCA Pet Insurance plan can help you manage the costs of your pet’s health care.  Click the link above for your no obligation quote.

Information provided by our friends at ASPCA Pet Insurance.

 

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27

01 2017

Holiday Feasting

puppyWith the holiday’s fast approaching, we want to remind you that sharing the holiday favorites with your pets is not the healthiest for your pet.  During the Thanksgiving weekend, vet cost spike 148% according to Fetch Magazine.  History has shown 78% increase in pancreatitis claims and a 27% jump in gastroenteritis claims.

Protect your pet by cutting the fat with buttery rich foods like turkey skin and graving.

Only share small servings of plain turkey, sweet potatoes or carrots.

Keep an eye on the trash.  All those good smelling table scraps attract curious pets trying to score a tasty tid bit.

If you’re looking for a special treat for your dog, here’s a recipe that it is good for them.

Fall Pumpkin Balls

This snack is not only delicious but is also filled with fiber, vitamin A, betacarotene, potassium, & iron.

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
• 4 tbsp molasses
• 4 tbsp water
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 2 cups whole wheat flour
• ¼ tsp baking soda
• ¼ tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil & water together in a bowl
3. Add whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder & cinnamon
4. Stir until dough softens
5. Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough & roll into balls
6. Set balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet & flatten with a fork
7. Bake approximately 25 minutes until dough is hardened

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Always be prepared for the unexpected with vet bills.
Obtain your no obligation quote at www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure

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21

11 2016

It’s the Great Pumpkin Time

Yes, we all remember “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”.  That fall fun for Snoopy and the gang. Doesn’t seem we ever grow out of the classics.

kitty-on-a-pumpkinDid you know that Pumpkin is good for your pets?

It’s full of fiber that can soothe upset bellies and keep their digestion regular.  Pumpkin can be used to treat both diarrhea and constipation because of this fiber content.
It can make tummies feel full which assists in weight management.
It contains vitamins, minerals and carotenoids that support the immune system which keeps their skin and fur glowing all while assisting in cancer prevention.

While you set out to enjoy your Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Muffins, how about finding some time to make this pet friendly Pumpkin Meatball recipe for a tasty treat so your pet isn’t jealous of your pumpkin indulgence.

Pumpkin Meatballs
Ingredients:
1 lb. ground chicken
1/2 c. pumpkin puree (or canned pumpkin unseasoned)
1/4 c. parsley, chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, then roll into 1-inch meatballs and place each 1/2-inch apart.  Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly brown on top.  Let cool and serve.  Freeze unused portions for use within the next few days.

Your furry friend will be delighted that you made something special for them and they will surely be pumpkin’ up to give you a kiss and say thank you.

Enjoy!!

Info and recipe provided by Fetch Magazine!

Lookin’ to have insurance for your pumpkin’ lovin’, paw prancin’ buddy?
Check out www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurandinsure for your no obligation quote.

 

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21

10 2016

Take Me Out to the Ball……No, Wait….Take Me Out For a Walk

loki-walkYour four-legged tail waggin’ friends need at least 30 minutes of walking every day! Why?
Because regular walks can help combat pet obesity and go paw in hand with good nutrition. Obesity can lead to other conditions plaguing your pet with illnesses like arthritis and diabetes.

Daily walks also add to healthy bonding with your pet. Spend quality time with your furry family strengthens your bond and gets both of you moving and that is a good thing. Dog parents sweat more than people without pets and this lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer too! So if you’re looking for encouragement to get up off the couch, get a dog and both of you get movin’ and put one paw in front of the other for a healthy lifestyle.

They say a tired dog is a good dog! Having 6 dogs at home, I assure you, this is a very true statement! Walking quiets the mind, quenches curiosity and helps to get all the energy out of their system. Energy that may be destructive. So a good dog walkin’ is constructive and pawsitive!!
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Lookin’ to have insurance for your paw prancing buddy? Check out www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure for your no obligation quote.

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14

10 2016

Hyperactivity – Is There an Answer

tosh-smDogs are just about the most loyal animal you can find. Were you aware they too can exhibit hyperactivity just like people?

Know your breed!! Some breeds are more hyper than others. Sadly, when humans can’t handle the dog because of their hyper nature, the animal ends up at a shelter. Let’s not watch this happen. Learn the characteristics of the dog you wish to adopt. Understand how your schedule is going to affect the dog.
When our schedules are jam-packed, the dogs boundless displays of energy can make any dog owner feel like they are going to lose their mind.

Here are some helpful tips.

1) Make sure your dog is getting plenty of exercise. A tired dog is a good dog, and there is nothing better for soothing a wild beast than a great workout. A workout makes humans feel better, and it does the same for our four-legged friends too. Playing fetch, going for a jog, swim or even just a long walk can exhaust your dog in a short amount of time.

dog-toy2) Still Puzzled? Mental stimulation is essential so break our the puzzles. Not jigsaw puzzles, but food puzzles and treat-releasing toys as well as inside-the-house games like “find the toy”. Making your dog think for what he/she wants is great for them…the treat release is an added reward letting them know they did well.

3) Obedience Training. This isn’t about teaching your dog how to do tricks. It’s about your dog bonding and spending time with you. It’s also about learning basic manners and commands that will make every other activity you take on a little easier and more rewarding.

If you still have difficulties with your pet, consult your veterinarian. They may have more solutions that can help or may recommend a special trainer who can help you both along your journey.

Would you like to know more about Pet Insurance? For your no obligation quote visit www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure

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04

10 2016

Holidays

holiday-petsAs the Holidays approach, remember to keep your animals safe. Young dogs and cats are fascinated by the bright lights and shining ornaments on trees.

Remember Poinsettias and Holly are toxic to animals.

Also remember to keep burning candles where animals can’t knock them over. Never leave a candle unattended.

Oh, and remind your pets to be nice to Santa when he visits, something special may just be left for them too.

Happy Holidays!!

Interested in Pet Insurance – visit http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure for a no obligation quote and take care of your furry friend today.

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04

12 2015

Dog Training – A Brief History

Did you know that dog training dates back to the Roman times? At least training for specified rolls such as hunting for dangerous game, use as war dogs and some were trained for fighting.  The dogs used were large British dogs most similar to that of the English Mastiff and were called Pugnaces Britanniae (Latin) or War Dog of Britannia.  This breed is now extinct.

Col. Konrad Most, believed to be the father of modern “traditional” dog training, produced a book “Training Dogs – A Manual, which was published in German in 1910.  This book wasn’t translated to English until 1954 which was also the year of his death.

His book was a model for military training throughout the world and is still used today for many military, police and service dog training programs.

In the late 1930’s several of Col. Most’s students had come to the U.S. and opened schools for training dogs, Philadelphia and Boston primarily.  In 1936 the New England Dog Training Club in Boston was established and it is now the oldest existing AKC member obedience training club in the country.

It wasn’t until the 1950’s that training dogs to be compatible household pets actually developed with sub-urbanization.

Today you find many training facilities for our beloved pets because a happy well behaved pet is what most families’ desire.

Our dogs want nothing more than to please their owners.  Some basic obedience is all that is needed to make your dog a model citizen.  Timing is key to correcting your pet’s behavior.  Animals live in the moment, if they exhibit good behavior be sure to let them know within the first 1-2 seconds.  Same if they need to be reprimanded for bad behavior.  This allows the animal to associate the behavior with the consequences.

By rewarding your dog for good behavior, they quickly learn what pleases you, but dogs need a physical reward, talking isn’t enough.  A toy, a good petting or a small treat can go a long way in positive reinforcement.

Consistency is essential to provide clear communication between you and your pet.  Be sure to promptly react the same way to any significant behavior your dog exhibits.  Example: for a dog to learn that coming when called is positive behavior, you must reward him every time he comes after hearing his name called.

Remember, the way your dog behaves is solely dependent on how you interact with him or her.

For more training, seek out the help of a professional dog training facility.  Do your research first and be sure to visit the facility to view how the animals are treated, how clean the facility is and how people and animals interact with one another.


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30

07 2013

Pet Safety for the Fourth of July

 I wanted to take a moment to remind all of our friends with pets out there that the Fourth of July celebrations are enjoyable for us, however, our pets are, often times, afraid of the loud noise, flashes of light and excessive amounts of company running in and out of our homes.

Our friends at Home Again Pet Rescuers have reminded us that more pets are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year.

Please keep your pets safe.  Keep them at home and if possible, keep them in a room away from where people are running in and out of the house.

Remember, you made a commitment when you welcomed them into your family to love and keep that fur-friend safe.

Micro-chipping is a great way to be sure that your best fur friend will be returned to you if lost.  Think about micro-chipping your pet today.

 

 

 

 

While on the topic of protecting your pet, why not check out the pet insurance options available with different levels of coverage offering affordability for just about every budget.
http://www.aspcapetinsurance.com

Thank you for protecting your pets.

Have a wonderful Fourth of July – God Bless America and thank you to all who have served and continue to serve in our military.

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03

07 2013

Pet Owners – Pet Food Recall

Just wanted to take a moment to update everyone. There has been some additional problems with pet food that everyone should be aware of. Please go to this link to read more about the food affected by this recall.

http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/article/Salmonella-Found-in-More-Pet-Food906

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29

04 2013


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