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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.
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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.
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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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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

Foods To Avoid Sharing With Your Pets

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We love our pets. We love to see how happy they are when we share our food with them. Though sharing with your pet may be enjoyable, it also causes animals to beg. There are also many foods you should avoid sharing with your pets.

Remember, sharing human food with your pet is not the healthiest for them. A balanced diet of “pet friendly food” as outlined by your vet is the best option. You could, unknowingly, be increasing your pet’s weight to an unhealthy level. For every pound your pet is overweight, you may be shortening their life by as much as a year.

Our friends at the ASPCA have compiled a list of people-food to avoid feeding to our pet children.

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets

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22

06 2016

Cats……What Does That Mean?

MEOW…..

As described by Wikipedia, a meow is a sound used by cats to signal a request to their mother or to a human.  This request might be much like a child – I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, I’m bored, I want attention, I don’t feel well, I want to play…….Pay attention to me PLEASE!!!

PURRING…

Is a sound made by most feline species, this is a tonal buzzing that can characterize differently between cats. Domestic cants purr in a frequency of 25 to 150 vibrations per second.  Purring is often understood as a signal of happiness, however, cats sometimes purr when they are ill, tense, traumatized or in pain.

There is no unique anatomical feature that is responsible for the purring sound a feline makes.

GROWLING or HISSING…

Distinctive sounds when a feline is angry or feels cornered or threatened.  This serves as a warning to the offending party to “BACK OFF”.  If the warning is not headed, a more serious attack may follow.  Felines may engage in behavior such as batting with their paws, claws or they may lash out and pounce.  Cats sometimes make chirping or chattering noises when they are observing prey.

Cats are more likely to communicate through their body language.  For example, a cat laying on its back with stomach and chest exposed conveys trust and comfort; arching their backs is a sign of fear or aggression; flattened ears mean that a cat feels threatened and may attack; mouth open and no teeth exposed suggest he wants to play.

CAT TAILS…

A cat’s tail is used as a signal quite often.  A tail held high is much like us standing tall and straight, it conveys happiness and confidence and means of greeting especially to their humans.  A half raised tail shows less pleasure and when they are unhappy it is indicated with a tail held low.  A cat’s tail may wag or move rapidly to express a state of conflict.  When a tail is held high and twitches, he is excited and this is often mistaken for anger. However, cats will twitch the tips of their tails when hunting or when irritated while larger twitching indicates total displeasure.  A puffed up tail indicates that your cat has recently been surprised or scared and the hair on their back may stand straight up.  A cat will then turn its body sideways to a threat in order to increase the appearance of their size.  What about the tailless variety you ask? Well Tailless cats, such as the Manx, which possess only a small stub of a tail as the result of breeding genetics, move the stub around as if they possess a full tail.

NOSEY NOSEY…

A friendly greeting from a cat is touching noses.  Some cats will rub their face along their humans cheek, hands, ankles, etc as a friendly greeting or a sign of affection.  Sometimes people refer to this as “marking their territory”.  Through rubbing, cats leave a scent from the scent glands located in the cat’s cheeks.  More commonly, a cat will do a “head bonk” by bumping someone with the front part of its head to express affection.  If your cat is anything like mine, this is powerful affection and a cat can create quite a bit of force to show his love for you…. I have the black and blue marks to prove it.

LICKING…  

Most people associate licking as being a “dog thing”.  Yes they see cats clean themselves and sometimes other felines, but what they don’t realize is cats will lick their owners too.

Cats lick each other for grooming purposes. Cats that are very close to one another will groom each other.  Since cats see their human companions as just big cats, they will lick their humans as well as a means of grooming them in addition to showing care and affection.
Your cats tongue has numerous knobs called papillae on the surface which are located at the tongues center.  The papillae form backward-facing hooks containing large amounts of keratin – the same material found in human fingernails.  These hooks provide the abrasiveness a cat needs for self grooming.  The strength of these hooks also assist in helping a cat hold food and/or struggle with prey.

Although the cats tongue assists with cleaning itself and untangling hair, it is important for us to groom them regularly by brushing, cleaning and removing loose and dead hair.  Otherwise your feline friend ingests hair, hairballs form and cause vomiting which can impact their gastrointestinal tract.  So to avoid stepping on that wet hairball in the morning with your bare feet on the way to the bathroom, groom your cat regularly.  This will help both of you to be happy.

KNEADING MOTION…

Just like your mom making bread dough and working the dough with her hands, a cat will do the same type of kneading motion.  Cats will use this action and purr at the same time to show contentment and affection for their companions.  This is also a method of comforting itself.  This is an instinctive motion that begins when they are young to stimulate the mother cat’s release of milk during nursing.

There are scent glands on the underside of a cats paws which release a small amount of scent onto the person or object they paw which is then marked as being “theirs” the same way as urinating may mark their territory for other animals to observe and respect.

Now if I could just train my cat to massage my shoulders after work every day….life would be good.

Hopefully the information provided here will provide you with a little bit of insight into your cat’s behavior.  Shower them with love and affection, care for them and you will have a long time companion. 

 

 
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