5 Tips for a New Puppy Parent

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Having a puppy can be both stressful and rewarding. Here at Pet Wants Cincy we love puppies and we love feeding them. In honor of National Puppy Day this month, we wanted to share 5 things we wish we had known when our dogs were puppies.

1) When They Need To Relieve Themselves

Potty training can be a stressful time. Puppies have small bladders and don’t know where you expect them to do their business. To help avoid accidents in the house it’s useful to know when your puppy is most likely to take a potty break. Puppies are most likely to relieve themselves after they have eaten; slept for more than 20 minutes; or played rigorously. It is a good idea to watch your puppy closely after any of these activities and watch for sniffing as an indicator you should get them outside ASAP!

2) Better Nutrition Matters

Many new puppy owners feed the food the shelter gave them or whatever the breeder was feeding. It is important in the first year to give your puppy the best nutrition possible. Here at Pet Wants we are committed to improving your life and that of your pet. We focus on diets that are made fresh and are free of corn, wheat, soy, and animal by-products. Puppies are growing and need proper nutrition to support muscle development, bone growth, and a healthy immune system. Ask your Pet Wants staff for advice on your puppy and which diet works best for his/her individual needs.

3) Train Yourself Before Your Puppy

Training is an important part of development for a puppy. Training needs to start day 1, but most of us discover that we are not equipped to train our puppy. One of the most important aspects of training a puppy is understanding how to train him. Before you bring your puppy home, do research and establish how you are going to train your puppy to sit, lay down, and go potty. Consistency is key; so, make sure you, your significant other, and the entire family know how the dog is going to be trained. Nothing hinders training more than giving the dog different commands to elicit the same behaviors. Everyone involved in training needs to use the same commands so as not to confuse the pup.

4) Make Sure You Have The Right Chew Toys

Puppies love to chew. Some Puppies chew to keep themselves busy while others chew especially hard when they are teething. Many people gravitate towards fluffy stuffed animals because they are cute and remind us of the animals we buy human babies. When you are getting prepared for your puppy be sure to stock up on bones, rubber and rope toys that are a bit tougher. This will help sooth sore gums, and keep them occupied for much longer than a stuffed animal.

5) Crates Are Good

A crate is one of the most useful tools to help in potty training, traveling, and keeping your pup and you’re your belongings safe when you leave. Crates can be a great tool to use for your puppy’s entire life or until you are sure that you trust your pup alone when you are gone.  The first thing to know about your puppy’s crate is that they just need enough room to stand up and turn around. The divider is not just an accessory that comes in the box or a spare part, it’s a vital tool in proper crate training. If puppies have too much room they will poop in the crate which will not help you in training. Having a confined space can make your puppy feel more secure and encourage him to hold it longer until you get home and can take him out. If the crate is too big, you can stick a box or empty cooler in the back and cover it with a soft blanket to make it more cozy and right-sized for your new fur baby.

Always use the crate in a positive way; never for punishment. Always leave the crate door opened when you are home and never put your pup in the crate if you are angry at him for something he did wrong. If you scold your pup and he goes to his crate that is fine, but never use the crate as a punishment. This associates negative feelings with the crate and you want to avoid that. When you leave, put your pup into his crate and give him a special toy or treat that is reserved for time in the crate only.  To help prevent separation anxiety, crate your pup and leave the house for short periods of time, gradually increasing your time away as the pup becomes more at ease in your absence.

 

We hope this helps you prepare for a new family addition. For more helpful tips on your pets visit us www.PetWantsCincy.com and speak with a Pet Wants Nutrition Specialist.

Stinky Dog Breath & Pet Dental Health

Snuggling with your pet can be one of the highlights of being a pet parent, that is unless Fluffy or Fido is suffering from a bad case halitosis! Wherever that bad breath came from, it is probably too offensive for your nose to handle and can haunt you for days. Although pets aren’t known for having great breath, bad breath may really be a sign of poor oral health.

Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, it’s the ideal time to put the spotlight on oral hygiene and the importance of proper dental care.

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In many cases, the bad breath is due to built-up tartar on the teeth close to the gum line. This can become irritated and inflamed if not addressed and ultimately lead to an infection or disease which can cause severe problems and be taxing on the immune system.

Other times, that stink is coming from the gut! Digestion problems, issues in the gastrointestinal tract, mouth and other organs can be sources of what some call ‘stomach breath’.

In both situations, as with many health issues, diet can make a HUGE difference! Because pets are naturally scavenger carnivores, they have a shorter G.I. tract, less enzymes in their saliva to break down foods (especially sugars & carbs) and teeth made to rip and tear instead of crush and chew.

Try these best practices in dental health with your pet:

  • Feed your pet foods that are low in sugars and carbs which cause more tartar on the teeth.
  • Avoid ingredients with no added nutritional value like common fillers and look for high quality proteins.
  • Consider cleaning their teeth a few times a month, even if it’s just wiping off the outsides with gauze or a wet cloth. If using toothpaste, remember to stay away from toothpaste designed for humans and choose one that is natural.
  • Try ‘snacks’ that can act as dental floss like uncooked or smoked bones. Dental chews are another option, but avoid any gluten in those, or try some sea algae which can break down tartar effectively too!

Remember that good oral health is important for more reasons other than that smelly breath! Your pet’s body can suffer more serious problems so try some healthy dental practices and feed good quality food. If interested in learning more about Pet Wants’ fresh food and the benefits on dental health, chat with us on our website Pet Wants Cincy or stop in our stores!

If awful breath is a persistent problem, talk to your veterinarian to rule out any serious issues.  Solutions for your pet’s bad breath depends entirely on its root cause.

For more information on pets or to try one of our nutritious blends, please visit Pet Wants Cincy.

Interview with The Founder of Pet Wants, Michele Hobbs

Have you ever wondered how Pet Wants got started? Check out this interview with the founder, Michele Hobbs and the story of Pet Wants.   You can also read more about Michele’s beginnings and her journey to Pet Wants in the article in the Spring 2015 issue of Where Women Create BUSINESS. 

Also, Did you know that Pet Wants now has curbside pickup and delivery?  Try it out now! Just call  513-888-DOGS or click here to shop online. 


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Reasons Why Freshness is Key for Pet Nutrition

Most commercial pet food you find on the shelf at a local grocery store has been produced in mass quantities. It has also traveled far and wide among distribution centers before it arrived for you to purchase. The food can sit on the shelf or in a warehouse for half a year ordog-cat-eating-copy more. 

Why Fresh Food Matters

Expiration dates on dog food can be misleading. The dates are guidelines, not necessarily great predictors of how fresh the food is. When pet food sits in a warehouse or on a store shelf, its nutritional value becomes compromised. In addition, to make sure pet food doesn’t spoil, manufacturers often load the food with additives, preservatives and chemicals. You may not even know which preservatives have been used, because companies don’t always disclose them. The damage caused by these questionable ingredients can lead to all types of health problems in your pets, including skin rashes, stomach ailments and in the worst cases, a shortened life span.

What Is Your Why?

Animal lovers want to provide their pets with the freshest and most nutritious food available. Wouldn’t it be great to choose a pet food company that upheld the same ideals and values? Pet Wants creates a range of pet food made from fresh, healthy ingredients that serve you and your pet well. Everyone involved with Pet Wants is passionate about nutritious food. We are committed to creating healthy alternatives to the pet food created with preservatives and unhealthy chemicals.

 

What Does My Pet Get Out of This?

You wouldn’t eat rotten or moldy food. You also wouldn’t want to eat food that used to be nutritious but is no longer that way. And whenever possible, you likely prefer fresh, nutritious meals to chemically enhanced ones. You don’t want your pet eating food loaded with chemicals and lacking in nutritional quality either. Eating fresh food helps your dogs and cats maintain a healthy weight. It also helps picky eaters and can reduce food allergies. Additionally, feeding your pets fresh food gives them healthy, shiny coats. You may also notice that they have increased energy and improved digestion. All of these benefits together make for a happier pet.

You love your pets. You can protect them from the consequences of eating low quality food that may have been on a shelf for several months. If you want to have healthy happy pets, and want to feel good about what you feed them, try Pet Wants! For more information about pet nutrition or to try one of our formulas, please contact Pet Wants Cincy (513) 888-3647.