Posted: Feb 07 2012That's a question that most pet parents have asked at least once in their lives! But, did you know that pet owners spent nearly $5.2 million dollars on treatments for the removal of foreign objects from their pets' digestive tracts in 2011?
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This is NOT a meal!
Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (VPI) reported that it processed 6500 claims for the removal of foreign objects last year alone. This kind of life-saving surgery can cost anywhere from $1400-$1900. That can't be easy to swallow. But, it's a great incentive to pet-proof your home by making sure that tantalizing items are kept well out of your dog's (or cat's) reach.
Here's a list of just some of the items dogs and cats ingested last year based on VPI's report:
RocksHair BandsPine ConesCandlesBaby Bottle NipplesDental FlossScrub BrushesArtificial Finger NailsGolf BallsBatteriesGlueDental RetainersPillow CasesA Dead PorcupineSoapWedding RingsAluminum Cans
*We are happy to note that the dogs and cats implicated in this report were successfully treated and made full recoveries.
Posted: Feb 06 2012
If it's Buddy or Lucy then you're among good company! Petfinder.com reports these are the two most popular names for the second year in a row. Here are the top ten names for both dogs and cats:DogsBuddyMaxDaisyBellaLucyMollyCharlieJackSadieRocky
Got a great name suggestion? Let us know!
Posted: Nov 19 2011
We've been huge Big Shrimpy Dog Bed fans for years and for good reason. They are comfy, durable and very eco-friendly. How eco-friendly? Well, most folks know that you can purchase a new cover for your bed to extend the life of your bed. Or, if you like, you can even have it recycled. That's right, Big Shrimpy dog beds are made from recycled material, AND you have them recycled when (or if) you decide your pet's bed is no longer needed. This video shows how to recycle your Big Shrimpy bed. Comfy, classy, durable and recyclable. That's why Big Shrimpy Dog Beds are totally awesome.
Posted: Nov 08 2011
Most dog owners ask themselves "Should I Hire A Dog Walker?" at some point. Whether you are working long hours, or just want to provide your pet with some extra exercise and/or attention, this is a great choice. We have just posted a great article that answers the question Should You Hire A Dog Walker. Enjoy!
Posted: Aug 22 2011A recent article in the Chicago Tribune highlighted the growing number of obese dogs and cats. According to the article, pets like people, are getting fatter. Fifty-four percent of dogs and cats are overweight or obese, reports the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. The most common side effects are osteoarthritis; insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, primarily in cats; high blood pressure; heart and respiratory diseases; and joint problems.
Many pet owners become complacent, get busy and stop walking their dogs, reward them with fattening treats, equate food with love and maybe figure their cats prefer to sleep all the time. Exercise is essential. Be sure to talk with your vet about the right kinds of exercise for your dog or cat. It's especially important not to do too much too quickly.
And, there are some great ways to cut calories without depriving your pet by switching to carrots and green beans instead of high carb snacks like biscuits and cookies. You can also cut your dog's meals 1/4 by adding low-fat, plain yogurt. It's satisfying and packed with healthy protein and probiotics. Switching from kibble to a dehydrated raw diet is another great way to help your pet slim down. Low calorie treats are also a great way to keep your dog's weight in check.
Helping your pet lose unwanted pounds isn't easy but it will prolong your pet's life and significantly increase your pet's quality of life if he or she suffers from obesity related problems like diabetes or joint pain.