Monday, December 5, 2016

Do You Share Your Bed With Your Pets?

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pets in bed, bed, pets, dogs, cats

Pet owners consider their furry friends as a family member and some are so attached to their pets that they want to be with their friend as much as possible letting them even in the owner's bed.

According to PetMd, the largest website library of pet health information, about 80% of pet owners let their pets on their beds and around 50% sleep in their owner’s beds.

So the question is it healthy to sleep with pets?

According to Derek Damin (Kentuckiana Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in Louisville, Kentucky) pet owners who suffer from pet allergies or asthma should not sleep with their dog or cat or even allow them in the bedroom. They should also use HEPA filter and keep them out of the bedroom to give your nose a few hours a day to recover. They can also take allergy shots to build up a tolerance to the pet dander that causes allergic reactions.

If you have no allergy from pet or asthma there’s really no big issue with having a dog in the bed according to Damin, who for years shared his bed with his miniature dachshund. It’s fine as long as it doesn’t disturb your sleep. Having pets on your bed also put you in a relaxed state, that can relieve stress giving you a better sleep.

Make sure your pets are clean and healthy since they can transmit illness or zoonotic diseases. It is also advisable train the dogs first before allowing them to sleep in their owners' beds so that it doesn't cause behavioral problems. They may become aggressive if the owners let them sleep on their beds.

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pets in bed, bed, pets, dogs, cats

pets in bed, bed, pets, dogs, cats

Monday, November 21, 2016

Shopping for the Holiday Season? Don't Forget About Your Pets

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It's holiday season again and as you shop for gifts for your family, friends and love ones, don't forget about your pets. Pet owners in the U.S. love buying stuff for their pets. In 2015, pet owners spent $60.28 billion on their pets. This year that number's expected to jump to $62.75 billion. However, majority of that went to food and health care but still the numbers for treats and presents are significant.

In a survey by the American Pet Products Association, an industry trade group shows that there are about 85.8 million cats are being kept as pets in the U.S. and 77.8 million dogs. The most popular pet in household are freshwater fish with about 95.5 million. A total of 65% of U.S. households own a pet. And this holiday season, more than 50% of dog owners and 38% of cat owners plan to buy their pets gifts, according to them.

Here are some great buys for your pets:

1. Furbo pet feeder - it's a robot nanny for your pets, it can chat with them through a two-way microphone/speaker combo. It also send an alert to the owner if the dog starts barking. It can also toss a treat to your dog and play a game of fetch from anywhere.

- Interactive treat tossing: Treat your dog from anywhere with the swipe of a button on the free Furbo iOS/Android app
- HD live video streaming: 120° wide-angle camera with 720p HD, 4x digital zoom and night vision for a super clear look at your dog
- Two way audio: Crisp, built-in microphone and speaker so you can hear them and they can hear you
- Barking alert: Furbo senses when your dog is barking and sends a push notification to your smartphone
- Take photos & videos: Capture special moments to save or share with friends and family

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 buy pet products, pet gifts, gift for pets

Furbo Dog Camera: HD Wifi Cam, 2-Way Audio, and Treat Tossing $186.00

2. Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster - this is a new fun way to play fetch with your dog! It can shoot a ball up to 50 feet in the air. It also uses special softer balls to reduce the risk of injury and it has a safety release mechanism.

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Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster $24.99

3. Dogtra iQPet StarWalk - fitness monitor for dogs that tracks their activity. It monitors your pet's total steps, calories burned, active time, activity type, distance traveled and temperature. It's similar to Fitbit for humans.

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Dogtra iQ Pet by StarWalk Dog Activity Tracker $49.49

4. PetNet Smart Feeder - this is a pretty amazing products specially if you occassioally leave your pet alone at home, it make sure that they'll never go hungry. It also measures portions based on a pet's age, activity level and weight. You can rest assured that no matter how hectic your life gets, they're always getting the food they need. It is programmable to schedule up to 12 meals a day with flexible meal portions from 1/8 cup up to 4 cups. It has removable stainless steel bowl which is more hygienic for your pet than a plastic bowl.
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PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder $129.95

5. Petsafe self-cleaning litter box - are you tired of scooping cat litter? Yes, it's really awful cleaning after your cats so why not make things easier with this self-cleaning litter box. The crystal litter absorbs urine and dehydrates waste to instantly remove odors. It has a disposable leak-proof tray with lid for quick, hygienic cleanup.

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ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box $129.99

6. Kat Pak disposable litter box - If you don't want to spend too much for a self-cleaning litter box then this is a good option. It is made from recycled paper, it's lightweight, water resistant and strong. You don't need to clean it up just throw it in the garbage and replace.
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Kat Pack The Eco Friendly Biodegradable Travel Cat Litter Box, 4 Pack $30.52

7. K&H Self-Warming Pet Cot - your furry friends will love to curl up and take a nap on this self-warming pet cot. The self-warming center requires no electricity.
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K&H Manufacturing Self-Warming Pet Cot Medium Choc/Fleece 25-Inch by 32-Inch $39.99

Thursday, November 3, 2016

People in the US are spending more on pets care

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American spending on pet's health care are rising, according to a recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. According to the study, the U.S. health-care system is “uniquely inefficient” since it is plagued by high costs and poor health outcomes compared to other developed countries.

Although there are plenty of reasons why this might be, they write, it’s often blamed on an insurance industry that shields customers from decisions about costs, and government regulation and reimbursement that give the industry little reason to make itself more efficient.

The study found that spending cost on pet purchases, medical supplies and veterinary visit have mirrored the human health-care spending closely. It is up by 60% for pet health care from 1996 to 2012, and 50% for people.

Also the supply in physicians grew significantly faster than in other sectors it grew about 40%, while the supply in veterinarians nearly doubled. Physician-related establishments and veterinary-related establishments grew at similar rates, and more quickly than did other kinds of establishments.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mars Petcare recalls Cesar Classics Filet Mignon dog food for plastic pieces

Mars Cesar Classics Filet Mignon dog food recall

Mars Petcare has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of "Cesar Classics Filet Mignon Flavor wet dog food products" due to a potential choking risk from small pieces of plastic which has been mixed accidentally in the food during the production process.

The product can be purchased individually, as well as in flavor variety multi-packs. The lot codes listed below are the only products affected by this recall.

Consumers who have bought the affected products are advised to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. There are a small number of reports from consumers finding the plastic pieces, the company have not yet received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product.

Each Cesar Classics Filet Mignon Flavor product will have a lot code printed on the side of the tray that begins with 631FKKC or 631GKKC and best-before date between 08/04/18 and 08/05/18.

The Cesar Classics Filet Mignon Flavor can also be found in variety packs with the following lot codes: 632D14JC, 633B24JC, 634A14JC, 634A24JC, 634B14JC, 634B24JC, 634E14JC, 635A24JC, 635B14JC, 636D24JC and 636E14JC. The best before date falls between 08/04/18 and 08/05/18.

Lot Code is indicated by the red box below:

Mars Cesar Classics Filet Mignon dog food recall

The company said they are working with its distributors and retail customers to make sure the recalled products are no longer sold and are removed from inventory. Those with questions may contact the company at 1-800-421-6456.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dog Owners Warned about Dangerous Bacterial Disease

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Dog disease, lepto in dogs, leptospirosis

Veterinarians in Chicago has warned dog owners about the increasing cases of a bacterial disease that is fatal to dogs and can be passed on to humans too. The disease is called leptospirosis and they said that they are alarmed about the recent rise in incidents of the disease in Chicago which is because of increasing rat populations and recent wet weather.

Lepto is a bacteria found in rats and is usually passed on to dogs through the consumption of standing water or when they step on it with their paws when they lick their paws they will be infected. The bacteria that causes leptospirosis is spread through the urine of infected animals and can live in water or soil for weeks to months.

Veterinarians in nearly every state are diagnosing more cases every year, so the need to protect dogs is on the rise.

Symptoms of leptospirosis are similar to those of the flu, which includes vomiting and diarrhea. There is a vaccine but it isn't foolproof because there are many strains.
If left untreated, it can lead to kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, respiratory distress, and even death.

In humans, it can cause a wide range of symptoms, some of which may be mistaken for other diseases. Some infected persons, however, may have no symptoms at all.

GREENIES PILL POCKETS Soft Dog Treats $12.48
Proden PlaqueOff Dental Care for Dogs and Cats $29.88
Vet's Best Natural Flea + Tick Home Spray $9.49

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bath-time Cute Little Puppy - mynameis_mango

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I found this clip on Instagram from the user mynameis_mango, this cute little white critter is simply too adorable while having a relaxing bath. He's like having a spa session he just chill unlike my dog which is like a wrestling match every bath time.

Really adorable dog, I'll have this clip as my screensaver!