Is Halloween Scary for Your Pets?

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Trick or Treat

There are a number of reasons why fall is a great time of the year. One of those reasons is Halloween. Although this holiday can be a lot of fun for both children and adults, there are those who aren’t particularly fond of Halloween. The group we’re going to focus on today who may not be such fans of Halloween is pets. While dogs and cats don’t automatically hate this holiday, there are some different elements of it they may find scary.
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4 Ways You Can Help in October for Adopt-a Shelter-Dog Month

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Did you know that it’s officially Adopt-a Shelter-Dog Month? Given that there are more shelter dogs than ever who need help, this month is the perfect opportunity for anyone who is passionate about animals to do their part to help. Since plenty of people want to contribute to this initiative but aren’t exactly sure how, I’ve put together a list of four different ways you can use your time and resources to help make a difference:

1. Spread the Word on Social Media

A simple but effective way to support Adopt-a Shelter-Dog Month is to let other people know about it via social media. Doing so can be as simple as sharing this post with others. If you want to remind people throughout the month, another useful option is to find pictures of specific local shelter dogs and share those.

2. Find Out What a Shelter Needs

There are number of great shelters around the Cincinnati area. You can easily find multiple ones via a Google search. Then when you find a specific shelter that resonates with you, check their website to see if they have a donation wish list. If this list isn’t on their website, you can contact them and ask about it. Once you know what the shelter needs, you can put together a donation on your own or organize a mini-drive to help collect those essentials.

3. Volunteer at a Shelter

In addition to things like food bowls and collars, shelters also need support in the form of time. So if you haven’t ever volunteered at a shelter before, October is the perfect month to start. Being a volunteer in this environment is a very rewarding experience. While not all shelters have the same needs, common activities for volunteers include walking dogs, playing with animals who are recovering from injuries, helping with dog training, working in the adoption center, folding laundry and helping with public events.

4. Adopt a Shelter Dog

Choosing to give a dog a home is a big decision, which is why it’s not something you should rush. But if you’ve been thinking about adopting a shelter dog for some time now and have the resources to do so, October is a great opportunity to follow through with this decision. By adopting a shelter dog, you’ll get to save a life and also enjoy all of the benefits that bonding with this type of wonderful animal will bring to your life. Plus, you’ll make room for another dog in the shelter!

Pet Wants Cincy is a company that’s very passionate about the well-being of all dogs, which is why we want to say thanks for using your time and resources to help support Adopt-a Shelter-Dog Month!

How Do Cats Always Land On Their Feet?

 

photo-1452873867668-7325bd9f4438For people who don’t have a cat, the type of smooth landings portrayed by cats in movies and TV shows may seem like an exaggeration. But for anyone who has a cat, chances are you’ve seen your cat pull off a landing that seemed nearly impossible. A cat’s ability to always land on its feet is directly tied to the old saying that cats have nine lives.

While cat owners have seen this type of landing in action, they still may not have an explanation for it. So if you’re wondering how cats actually pull off this feat, keeping reading to find out! Read More

Is Your Dog Stressed Out?

 

photo-1455103493930-a116f655b6c5Over half of the adult population in the United States experiences physical symptoms caused by stress. But we’re not alone in facing the negative effects of this condition. Dogs can also suffer from stress. And just like humans, it can take a toll on their well-being. If you’re trying to get to the bottom of whether or not stress is impacting your dog, here are three signs you’ll want to watch for:

  1. Decreased Appetite

When you feed your dog delicious food like Pet Wants, you know that they’re always going to be excited when it’s time for a meal. So if you notice that your dog suddenly loses the spark it usually has for eating, chances are it’s due to stress or another health condition.

  1. Sleeping More Than Normal

Dogs definitely sleep more than humans. The short answer to why is they don’t sleep as soundly as humans. In order to get the amount of rest they need, dogs have to spend more time with their eyes shut. Although spending quite a bit of time sleeping isn’t a bad thing for dogs, what can be cause for concern is if your dog starts sleeping even more than normal. Like most of the other signs on this list, stress is one of several health conditions that increased sleep can signal, so be sure to let your vet know about this issue in a timely manner.

  1. Self-Isolation and/or Aggression

Like people, dogs may need to occasionally recharge by spending time alone. What a dog shouldn’t need to do is constantly isolate itself from humans or other dogs in your household. Frequent self-isolation is a very strong indication of stress that’s occurring from anxiety or some type of pain that your dog is trying to hide. This symptom can also manifest itself as aggression whenever anyone tries to get close.

Helping Your Dog with Stress

By knowing the signs of stress in dogs, you can help protect yours. If you do notice any of the signs of stress or have reason to believe your dog may be suffering, it’s always best to consult with a vet. Even if it turns out to be nothing, a vet will never fault you for wanting to take the best possible care of your dog!
Once you’ve met with your vet and ruled out any serious health conditions, you can help your dog with its stress by making outdoor exercise a priority. Another way to help is creating a designated area in your home where your dog feels 100% safe. And if you aren’t feeding your dog a high-quality food like Pet Wants, switching can help provide your dog with the health support needed to feel its best. Pet Wants also makes dog-friendly Calming Balm infused with essential oils to reduce anxiety. And if your dog hasn’t tried our Housemade Snooze-Booster Pawsicles, they’re missing out on some serious chill time.  Snooze Booster has dried lavender buds frozen in a pumpkin and turkey breast puree and cranberry to boot!  Just think how you feel after Thanksgiving dinner! Yes please…

How Cats Keep Cool in the Dog Days of Summer

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Summer Cat

In our last post, we talked about dogs sweating (or their lack of), how to avoid overheating and what you need to know about the glands in a dog’s paw. But as we all know, dogs aren’t the only ones who can be affected by the summer heat. Since we’re probably going to have at least a few more scorchers (if not more) this year, we want to use this post to focus on what cats do to manage their temperature during the summer.

Cats, Sweating and Panting

Like dogs, cats don’t do their sweating out of their brow. Instead, the area where you’ll find sweat glands on a cat is their paws. If a cat gets scared, there’s a chance they’ll sweat so much that they end up leaving wet paw prints wherever they walk. But in normal cases, cats just do a little sweating through their paws. However, since these glands are small, they’re often not enough to fully cool a cat.

Needing other ways to cool down brings up the subject of panting. Although this behavior is very common in dogs, cat owners probably don’t notice this action as often. However, cats can and do pant. When this happens, it means they’re very hot, so it’s a good idea to provide water and a cooler environment if possible.

Cats are vulnerable to heat stroke or overheating, so watch out for signs like drooling, heavy panting or staggering. In the event you see these signs, use a damp cloth on your cat’s belly that’s cool but not cold and seek veterinary care as soon as possible.

Other Ways Cats Beat the Heat

Because sweating through the paws is only a minor part of cat’s cooling down and panting is reserved for especially hot situations, you’re probably still wondering what they do to stay cool. One of the strategies cats use is finding the coolest spot available. That may be under the bed or on cool tile floor. So while it may look like a cat is hiding, there’s a good chance they’re just trying to beat the heat.

Another very interesting way cats stay cool is by mimicking the process of sweating. They do this by licking their coats even more than normal when it’s hot. By getting their saliva all over their coat, they can enjoy a cooling effect when it evaporates. You can help your cat stay cool by being sure to consistently brush during the hottest months. Some cats also enjoy playing with ice cubes, so you should definitely try that out as well.

By providing your cat with a comfortable environment throughout the summer, along with a daily diet of great cat food, you can help your cat continue to feel its best even when the weather is absolutely scorching outside.

Sweating the Dog Days of Summer

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Sweating the Dog Days of Summer

Although we’ve made it through July, there are still plenty of hot summer days left. In a previous post, we talked about boarding your dog in Cincinnati. That can be useful if you’re going on vacation for a few days. Dog day care at a boarding facility may also be a great way to prevent pet anxiety when your household returns to a school-year schedule.

With this post, what we want to focus on is something that may happen to your dog when you’re out and about. That topic is sweating. Specifically, we’re often asked if dogs actually sweat. When you come back inside after a walk outside in the heat, you may notice that your dog has a different smell. While it’s completely understandable to attribute that change to normal sweating, what’s interesting is dogs don’t have the same types of sweat glands found in humans and many other species. Instead, dogs take a different approach to cooling off. Read More

Leaving Cats At Home During Vacation

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If you’re planning on taking a vacation this summer or fall, one of the things you need to do before leaving is figure out what’s going to work best for your cat while you’re gone. While this is an issue that most cat owners think of well in advance of leaving for a vacation, it’s still something that causes quite a bit of worry. Read More

Boarding Your Dog in Cincinnati

 

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Vacation

Planning to go out of town? If so, boarding may be the best way to take care of your dog during your time away. While there are other options like having someone dog-sit at your house or hiring a professional for that task, not everyone wants to go down that route. Additionally, quality boarding facilities can offer advantages that may not be available with other options. That’s why we want to expand on what great dog boarding has to offer, along with two Cincinnati dog boarding facilities that live up to very high standards. Read More

What MSM Can Do For Your Dog

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MSM stands for Methylsulfonylmethane. Although that’s a mouthful, it’s simply an organic sulfur containing compound. The reason you should care about MSM is it’s been shown to be useful as a joint health supplement. The benefits of this compound are applicable to both humans and dogs.

7 Reported Benefits of MSM

The first reported benefit of MSM is the reduction of chronic pain in dogs. This compound is a natural analgesic. It’s able to block pain impulses from transferring through nerve fibers, as well as cortisol and the inflammation process. Functioning as a synergist is its second benefit. MSM has been shown to improve the cellular uptake of everything from vitamin A to calcium.

The antioxidant qualities of MSM are its third reported benefit. Being an antioxidant means MSM is able to bind to free radicals and deactivate them before they’re able to cause any harm. Fourth on the list is detoxifying, followed by aiding in the prevention of neurological diseases. Sixth is helping to lessen the negative effects of allergies.

Allergies aren’t something that are as noticeable in dogs as they are humans. But dogs can definitely suffer from them. And for those that do, MSM can provide relief. Last on the list is combating parasites. MSM is not a replacement for any medications or other measures recommended by your dog’s vet. However, it can give your dog an additional barrier of defense against a wide range of parasites.

Not All MSM is Equal

While there are a lot of good things that can be said about MSM, one important note is not all forms of this compound are equal. Many forms of commercially produced MSM come with the risk of contamination or impurities. That’s because it only takes not following a single sanitation procedure or using water with heavy metals to create a problem. The best way to avoid those issues and ensure that MSM is as beneficial as possible for your dog is to get an ultra pure formulation.

Give Your Dog a Quality MSM Supplement

Even if your dog already has a quality diet, it’s unlikely that the food your dog is eating contains enough MSM to create a therapeutic dose. The recommended amount for dogs is 50 to 100 mg MSM per 10 pounds of body weight. We believe that MSM can be very useful for dogs with issues like joint pain or chronic inflammatory condition.

That’s why we have our Joint ReLiver supplement. The only two ingredients in this quality supplement are ultra pure MSM and dehydrated pork liver. Not only can dogs benefit from this supplement, but they love the taste as well! We also give you the added convenience of being able to make a one-time or recurring order.