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Novembro de 2014

Como manter seus animais de estimação felizes e saudáveis ​​em Thanksgiving

 Por alexandra em 27 Nov 2014 |
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It is such a wonderful time of the year. Families come together, ovens are working overtime and the kids are running around the house. It's the time to show gratitude for all you are fortunate to have, and for some this might be their pet. It's for this reason you need to keep an eye on your pet during the holidays, as it is easy to get carried away giving them special treats and scraps of food they might not normally be allowed to have. Here are some tips on how to keep your pet happy and healthy during Thanksgiving. If you are one of the lucky few to be enjoying a beautiful white Thanksgiving, make sure your pet is kept warm and their sleeping quarters are in a cozy spot of the house away from cold drafts. You may consider a heating pad during these chilly days. If you have a fire burning or have the heaters on, ensure your pet does not fall asleep too close so they do not burn. Additionally, just because it's cold outside, it doesn't mean your pet is exempt from exercise. It's important to keep to your pets regular exercise routine, as chances are they'll have been indulging in extra treats, so a good walk, run and play outdoors will do them some good.  At this time of year, we get to indulge in delicious holiday meals and special treats, which may lead to you or your loved ones sharing with your pet. While this sounds like a lovely gesture, it's important to avoid this at all costs. Avoid giving your pets cooked bones, as these can break as your pet eats them and cause havok on his or her digestive systems which may lead to them needing surgery. If you are going to feed your pet bones, make sure they are raw, as these are great for their teeth and they just LOVE them. Avoid feeding them any kind of stuffing, as often stuffing contains, onions, grapes or raisins which can cause discomfort and digestive problems. Onions can destroy your dog or cats red blood cells and too much of it can lead to anemia, while grapes and raisins contain toxins which can cause kidney damage.  Dogs are not the only ones that can't have chocolate- it is just as toxic for cats. Be dilligent and avoid giving them any chocolate treats - make sure you remind your children and any guests too. Keep an eye on any chocolate left around the house, because if there's someone that will find it and eat it, it's your pet. If your dog or cat happens to have a chocolate party on their own, make sure you get them to the vet as soon as possible. Remember to be careful with your garbage. Ensure it is closed properly or you know who will go digging for leftovers, bones and anything that picks their fancy. Not only will this create a terrible mess for you, it could also mean your furry friend  injesting something they shouldn't like plastic wrap, aluminium foil or other materials. These could cause blockages in their digestive systems and that is obviously something you want to avoid. Luckily, it's not all bad news! There are some ways to show your pets some love this Thanksgiving! Why not try out our recipe for Thanksgiving Turkey Medallions. Remember these should not replace meals but are treats for both cats and dogs. Thanksgiving Turkey Medallions What you need 6 oz. turkey meat 1/2 cup of cooked carrots 1/2 cup of cooked rice What to do 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees 2. Food process the turkey and carrots until smooth then add the rice. 3. Roll mixture into balls and put on a non-stick cooking sheet. 4. Bake for 15 minutes. Wait until they are cool to serve. Happy Thanksgiving!    Feature Image Credit

Os benefícios de refrigerar camas para cães

 Por alexandra em 26 Nov 2014 |
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Do you have trouble falling asleep on warm summer nights? Well, you're not alone. Your pooch too can find it hard to find comfort on a hot day. Although your dog might be active and full of energy, you may have noticed that they enjoy sleeping for a good portion of the day. Given that they sleep so much, it is important to ensure their bed is suitable for the temperature, and during the warmer months your pooch will be looking for a cool place to relax. Some dogs, especially breeds with long fur or with a double coat can overheat on hot days. They may have trouble sleeping on and may even get heatstroke if their temperatures are not well managed.  Cooling beds are just one way to help your dog cool down and avoid uneccessary dehydration or heatstroke. There are many types of cooling beds to choose from based on your dog's size, where you'll keep the bed and whether or not you want it to be filled with water or gel. Gel cooling beds are comfortable as they provide extra cushioning for your pet as they rest, however some dogs find the consistency of the gel under their bodies awkward and some may even fear stepping onto the gel cooling bed. While they work quite well, they do not cool as much as a water bed would. Water cooling beds are also a great option as they can easily be put into the fridge or freezer (as can gel beds). They are also quite soothing for pets that have arthritis or oesteperosis and have even been used post-operatively. But again, the movement of the water can freak out some dogs as they step on or lie on it. The main benefit of a cooling bed is obviously to provide a cooler place to rest but the medical benefits should not be overlooked. It takes only minutes for an overheated dog's health to become detrimental and may even result in death. Cooling beds are also a great treatment for any pain and swelling, elbow or hip dysplasia and is also great for senior dogs that suffer from arthritis. They can also aid any irritations that may be caused by skin conditions as the bed will cool any itchy irritated skin. It's all about the comfort for your pet, so choose wisely and consult with the point to see if you can exchange the bed should your pooch not take to it.    Need to keep your pooch cool during the warmer months? Check out our amazing range of cooler beds right here. Feature Image Credit

7 benefícios de adicionar abóbora a dieta do seu animal de estimação

 Por alexandra em 25 Nov 2014 |
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Pumpkin has many health benefits for pets, making it a food that is recommended to be safely and regularly added to a pet’s diet. While raw pumpkin is not ideal for your dog or cat, canned and cooked fresh pumpkin, along with pumpkin seeds have many nutritional benefits. Pumpkin can benefit the health of your pet, inside and out by: Supporting urinary health in dogs and cats: The natural oils in pumpkin within both the seeds and flesh, veterinarians believe, provide urinary tract support and help work against both kidney and bladder stones. Acting as a source of fiber to stay regular: Both diarrhea and constipation can be eliminated with the addition of pumpkin to your pet’s diet. The dietary fiber of pumpkin can both moisten obstructions as well as absorb excess water and stomach acids alleviating diarrhea and constipation woes. Mobilising and preventing furballs in cats: The fiber in pumpkins also act as a preventative agent, when consumed regularly, helping to prevent the formation of new furballs. Pumpkin may also help move furballs along your cat’s digestive tract, easing the movement and severity of furball moments. Naturally de-worming your pet: Ground pumpkin seeds contain cucurbitin, a natural amino acid, which acts as a paralyzing agent for tapeworms and other intestinal parasites. Adding to the nutritional intake: Pumpkin flesh and seeds contain high amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and beta-carotene. These, coupled with anti-oxidants, may help prevent cancers and other illnesses in your pet adding to their health and well-being. Help moisturise healthy skin and coats: The antioxidants and fatty acids found in pumpkin add to health of your pet’s skin and fur from the inside out by moisturising. Antioxidants, along with vitamin C, also add immune system support effects, adding electrolytes and potassium essential for muscular contraction recovery. Contributing to the weight loss of your pet: Pumpkin’s fiber allows pets to feel fuller on smaller amounts of food portions, allowing them to enjoy a tasty treat while allowing owners better weight control for their pets. Replacing one-third of your pet’s normal food servings with pumpkin will reduce their calorie-intake leaving pets feeling fuller and happier.   Pumpkin should be cooked, pureed or mashed before being served to pets. Both fresh pumpkin or plain pumpkin canned can be utilized, but stay away from the spiced pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin seeds can be served roasted whole or ground for easy consumption. Feature Image Credit  

Benefícios de dar seus suplementos do animal de estimação

 Por alexandra em 24 Nov 2014 |
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With a growing population of aging, overweight dogs, the market for dog supplements is ever-increasing. Many people take dietary supplements or vitamins themselves so it's no suprise they’re giving them to their pets too. But do dogs need those vitamins and supplements? The simple answer is yes. These supplements help a dog’s body function properly by regulating everything from digestion to muscle growth. Deficiencies of a particular vitamin can cause health problems in dogs, which can sometimes have serious and long-lasting effects. Supplements can be a recommended dietary requirement as dog food storage and cooking methods are causing some dog foods to lose essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals, leaving notable depleted nutrients in our dog’s diets.  Dog dietary supplements are prescribed by veterinarians to compliment a dog's diet and to help maintain optimal health. Even the healthiest of organic dog food may not be enough for certain dogs. These supplements are also prescribed to dogs who suffer from joint problems, arthritis and other skeletal problems, effective especially when used in aging dogs that lack energy for play or daily tasks. The most common supplements are multivitamins, supporting arthritic joints and fatty acids to reduce shedding and improve a dog's coat shine. Dog owners also may give probiotics to alleviate gastrointestinal problems or antioxidants to counteract the effects of aging. Glucosamine-chondroitin supplements, commonly given to dogs with osteoarthritis, can lead to less pain and more mobility after around 70 days of treatment in suffering dogs. Fatty acid and fish oil supplements can help coats look better, reduce inflammation and help with the maintenance of tissues within the body. Antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E supplements also reduce inflammation and help aging dogs with memory problems, prompting growth in their immune system, cancer prevention, allergies, infections and stress management. Calcium supplements for dogs benefit bone formation, blood coagulation and nerve impulse transmission. It is recommended that your dog takes supplements if they are diagnosed with a vitamin or mineral deficiency, or your dog is diagnosed with a disease that can be treated with a supplement. However supplements are also a good idea if you cook your dog’s meals and need help filling a multivitamin gap. They are also useful if your dog is a poor eater due to medical conditions or behavioral issues. Ultimately, dogs who suffer joint problems, minor to severe arthritis, skeletal problems, teeth, mouth or gum disease, in-active lifestyles, digestive problems, hair loss and immune system problems can reap the benefits of dog supplements. However be cautious about giving human supplements to dogs. Some products, such as garlic, can be dangerous for dogs. In any situation, always consult with your veterinarian before beginning supplements to fully consider your dog’s medical history and current physical state, allowing the best direction to be taken for your little buddy.

Cuidar de seu animal de estimação durante o inverno

 Por alexandra em 21 Nov 2014 |
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The mornings have become much cooler, you’ve started layering up, even wearing your winter coat when you head out to work. Winter is definitely on its way and you’re not the only one feeling it. Your pets are also adjusting to the chilly weather and need you as their owner to keep them healthy and warm during these cooler months to avoid the winter blues. Being Outdoors If you’ve got an outdoor pet then you may need to adjust their outdoor housing to keep them warm during winter. There are fantastic ranges of kennels and enclosures that can protect your pet from the elements. However it’s up to you to make sure it is placed away from the rain, wind or even snow so they can rest comfortably. However if you live in an area that snows a lot, it is recommended you bring your pet indoors so that your pet does not freeze in the frosty weather. Whether your pet sleeps indoors or outdoors, be sure to keep their bedding raised and away from cold drafts and add warm blankets. Feeding You might have noticed that your pet’s appetite is insatiable. This is normal as their appetite increases as they use more energy to keep warm. But that doesn’t mean you should be feeding your furry friend more snacks. Keep an eye on their weight and ensure they enjoy a well-balanced diet. If you feel he or she is gaining too much weight or perhaps is looking a little underweight see your vet. Exercise There’s simply nothing your pet loves more than playing! So whether you take your dog out for a walk, for a game of fetch or even a quick run around the block, any physical actvitiy will help beat the winter blues. Your cat will also benefit from exercise and play during the colder months where they may avoid being outdoors. This is also a great way to keep the increase in calories balanced. Keeping Warm Your pet’s lush fur coat may appear to be the perfect protection from the chilly winter air however, during extreme weather even your furry friend may need additional protection from the elements. Not only will a coat or sweater keep your pet warmer it will also aid in regulating their internal temperatures. If your pets fur gets wet the fur can lose lots of its insulation ability making it harder for your pet to stay warm. Choosing a weather resistant coat for walks in the rain is an ideal choice for your pet. Older Pets The aches and pains that go hand in hand with getting older become particularly apparent during the winter months. To help your aging pet during chilly weather, ensure he or she has a soft and warm place to rest. You may consider adding a supplement such as Glucosamine-Chondoitin to aid in any arthritic aches and pains. Your pet might also benefit from having a hot water bottle added to their bed, however, remember not to put boiling water in there - just warm water so that it doesn’t burn your pet.

Como se preparar para custos médicos inesperados

 Por alexandra em 20 Nov 2014 |
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Breaks, sprains, colds, infections and viruses are unfortunately a part of life and they often happen when you least expect it. But you’re not the only one at risk. Your pets can also fall sick unexpectedly and may need medical attention. It can start as simply as coming home from work and finding your normally vivacious pooch cowering fearfully. That’s when you see the vomit on the carpet in a corner. You instantly carry them out to the car to take him to the vet. On the way you think, ‘I hope I’ve got enough money to cover the consultation.’ During the examination you find out that your dog will need to be placed on an IV as they are dehydrated. In addition to this, some blood tests and an X-Ray are required to find out what’s wrong with your beloved family pet. And then you get the bill. Luckily you can cover this consult plus the tests, but the vet tells you that according to the results your pooch may need more tests and possible surgery. It’s at this point you start seeing dollar signs. This type of situation is exactly why it's a good idea to plan for your pets unexpected medical bills. But before you panic, there are a few things you can do to prepare for moments like this. Some vets are open to payment plans and offer this as an option for larger bills. It doesn’t hurt to ask your vet if this is an option for you. If a payment plan is not available at your vet then you may consider taking a loan out to cover the medical bills. However if you want to be proactive perhaps getting pet insurance is the best way to avoid a situation like this. There are so many different types of pet insurance available to suit all needs and cater to all budgets. For the most part, the cover will pay the majority of the vet bill and you will be able to get reimbursed quickly too. Pet insurance is a safety net for any unexpected medical costs, operating pretty much like your own private health insurance, which you can depend on when you are sick or injured. Before signing up for a new policy, remember to do your research and find the right policy for your pet. If you have more than one furry friend, it's a good idea to see which insurance companies offer discounts for signing up more than one pet, which will help you save more in the long run.   Feature Image Credit

O que os moradores de apartamentos precisam para seus gatos

 Por alexandra em 19 Nov 2014 |
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If you're a city slicker or just happen to live in an apartment, then the things you will need for your cat can differ quite a bit from what is needed in a large home or for outdoor cats. Here are six must-have items for cats living in apartments. 1. Kitty Litter Sure, kitty litter is a must for those who have an outdoor cat or live in a large house, but it's a key essential for apartment living kitties. When placing kitty litter in your home remember to consider the location of the litter. Most people opt for the laundry or bathroom to keep any unwanted smells away from main living quarters. Further to this, you must choose the right litter for your home. Keep an eye out for litter specifically made for different places around the home. The scent and the type of litter is desgined to suit where you put the litter box, so think about what suits you and your kitty best. 2. Food There are many ranges of cat food at the ready and it can be overwhelming to pick the right one for your puss. However as your cat is living in much smaller quarters, one that is grain and filler-free is ideal as well as one specific for indoor cats so that it is not loaded with empty calories that your kitty will not burn. 3. Bed It is important to make sure your cat has a place in your apartment to call its own. Whether it's a corner in the house, a small cat bed or a particular cosy spot on a couch, your cat will need a place to relax and unwind in his or her own space. While most cats do not like open pet beds, they love igloos or pods to sleep in as they are a tiny cave-like structure that they feel secure in.    4. Scratching Posts It's no secret that apartments aren't exactly the jungle your cat would rather be exploring. Your cat will need a place to climb and scratch in order to file their nails especially if you don't want your furniture to become its next victim. A scratching post for your cat will not only benefit your furniture but your kitty as it will use it to manicure its nails. Introduce it to your cat by putting it in an area that it spends plenty of time in and encourage him or her to use it.   5. Perches There's a reason for the saying, 'curiosity killed the cat'. In order to keep your kitty safe you will need to provide secure perches for him or her to take in their surroundings. Cats love being up high so whether you provide this or not they will find a lofty location to take in their territory. Some scratching posts are stackable while others are tall jungle gyms for your cat to play and also provide a look-out point.   6. Toys Apartments are small spaces and like all living creatures being trapped inside four walls they need entertainment. And toys are fun! From squeaky toys, to balls and even dangle toys for your cat to swat at -whatever your choice be sure to have a range of toys for your cat to play with alone and some that you can use to play together. Remember, it's often the simplest things that will entertain your cat for hours rather than the latest high. Need some of these apartment essentials for your furry friend? Check out our range right here. Feature Image Credit

Escolhendo um portão para seu cão

 Por alexandra em 18 Nov 2014 |
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Each dog is unique and just like us, they have their own individual needs. So it's up to us as their humans to meet them and nurture them. When purchasing a dog gate it's important to take note of your dog's needs, their size and where the gate is to be located. Here's a quick guide to picking the right gate for your pal. Outdoor Gates These types of gates are perfect if you need to keep your dog safely on your patio or fenced into a yard. Choose an outdoor dog gate made of weather-resistant material that won't be damaged by the elements is key. A wood gate should be treated with weather resistant stains. There are plenty of these on the market that can be used to block off stairs and there are even larger versions which can be used as play pens.  Indoor Gates Freestanding pet gates are ideal for indoors as they can be installed without damaging your interiors. They are also great because you can move them around the house to the area that suits you. They are generally light-weight and come in a wide variety of colours, styles and are made in many materials to suit your homes decor. Gates For Extra Large Dogs Not all gates are created equal and if you have a large dog that will become very clear if you have an average sized gate. Luckily there are gates specially designed for larger dogs so they can't just walk or jump over them. Some are freestanding while others can be attached to walls or doorframes and will have a walk through gate so you won't need to pole vault your way over them. Feature Image Credit

O gato eo rato Jogo: Por que os gatos amam brinquedos do rato

 Por alexandra em 17 Nov 2014 |
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Ever wondered what it is about mice toys that excites cats so much? It's all quite simple really, it comes down to their primordial instincts to hunt and kill. All cats are born with a hunting and chasing instinct but that doesn't mean they're born hunters that kill for food -killing and eating prey are generally learned behaviors. Kittens are programmed from birth to chase and they develop the coordination and timing needed to capture their prey. Play gives kittens a chance to learn to make judgments by experience.   Indoor cats can sometimes be perceived as living in a sterile environment since they have no prey to hunt, even though the instinct is still a part of their being. This is why mice toys work perfectly to burn their pent up hunting desires, otherwise the result may be your cat thinking your legs, feet or even hands are its prey. So what's the easiest way to help your cat and his or her hunting instincts? Find enticing toys that give your cat the opportunity to hunt, pounce and "kill". There are loads of toys perfect for just this in all pet stores and can be found right here on PetBucket. These toys and games are supposed to simulate moving prey and stimulate your cat's predatory nature.  Feature Image Credit

Dog Grooming: o que fazer e não fazer

 Por alexandra em 14 Nov 2014 |
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Grooming isn't just about your pooch looking their best, it's also important for their health and wellbeing. The Dos of Dog Grooming Washing your dog often is totally fine, in fact they'll love it. Just like you, feeling clean will make your dog feel good. Always use a dog shampoo as human shampoo can be harsh on your dog's skin and can cause irritation. Brush your pooch's fur, particularly if it is long as it can easily get matted. Remember to also choose your brush carefully, as there are specific brushes made for different types of fur. Brushing your dog helps to get rid of malting fur. Clip your dogs nails. This can be tough, so if using a dog nail clipper is proving to be too difficult most vets will do it for you for a small fee. Light coloured fur will need protection from the sun as dogs with light fur are prone to skin cancer. Simply pat some sunscreen on your dog to make sure they are protected. The Don'ts of Dog Grooming Do not use hand soap or other types of soap for humans on your dog. If you are going to blow dry your dog's fur, ensure the blow dryer is set to the lowest setting so that you do not burn your dog in the process. When clipping nails ensure you do not clip too much as you can cut into the skin and cause bleeding. Do not put human perfume on your dog, this can cause allergies and skin irritation. If painting your dogs nails ensure it is pet friendly as your pooch may end up chewing the polish off and ingesting it.
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