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Fruits & Veggies For Your Pet? You Bet!

While fruits and veggies for some pets are common-sense, like rabbits or hamsters, they can seem a little unorthodox for dogs and cats! It turns out that many fruits and veggies can add a lot of important nutrients to your pet’s diet that even the more expensive dog or cat foods can be missing. They can also be a great way to help an overweight pet slim down! At this point, you may be asking yourself whether or not your could get Fido to eat a cabbage? How interested is Snowball going to be in a banana? You might be surprised! It’s all about presentation and learning your pet’s preferences!

That being said, be careful introducing new fruits and veggies into your pet’s diet though. Changes in diet can cause stomach upset in some pets so new items should be introduced slowly and in small quantities at first. Be sure to always wash all produce before you feed it to your cat or dog. Pesticides, germs, and imported fungi or bacteria can make your pet sick too. A simple and quick way to clean your pets produce is to take it straight from the grocery bag and submerge it in a weak vinegar solution in a bowl or your kitchen sink. The vinegar helps to cut the waxy coatings that can make the pesticides adhere to the fruits and veggies and help them rinse cleaner!

WARNING – Always remember to remove all seeds from fruit before feeding it to your pet! Especially apple seeds, which contain small amounts of arsenic. It’s not enough to hurt a human in most cases, but in small pets over time it can cause illness. Also, beware of pits in things like peaches and apricots, which can be a choking hazard! If your pet has a tender belly avoid citrus which can cause upset stomachs, as well as grapes and raisins since they can cause kidney damage in dogs and cats. It’s best to avoid corn, onions, and garlic too.

When introducing the new items, be sure to cut them up into bite-size pieces! You may find it easier to mince them up and mix them in with your pets regular food until they get used to the taste. Who knows though, some pets love fruits and veggies! This summer, if you’re feeling like really giving your pet a treat, try blending them up a smoothie with ice to cool them off and give them a nutritious boost!

 What are some of the best fruits and veggies to introduce to your pet?


Bell Peppers
Sweet Potato
Green Beans

What about canned fruits and veggies? Try to avoid them since most canned fruits contain added sugars and preservatives, and canned veggies can contain added salt. When possible, stick to fresh produce and don’t try to feed your pet anything you wouldn’t eat too!

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April Is National Pet Month – Celebrate With Us!

April is National Pet Month! You may be asking yourself, “What does that mean exactly?” Well it’s not just a month for pet pampering, but also for raising awareness about pet related issues! April is the month to be reminded of all the amazing ways pets impact our lives and how we can make theirs better. Below are some ways you can participate in the National Pet Month. Do you have your own April ritual to celebrate pets? Share it with us!

April Pet Awareness!

  • Support pet adoptions – Do your best to raise awareness for pet adoptions and provide loving homes to many abandoned and abused animals looking for a “forever home”. Can’t adopt one yourself? Many shelters struggle to make ends meet under growing population of homeless animals. April donations of food, treats, toys, and medicine can mean a lot toward ensuring that these pets get the best care when they are in the worst sit
  • Volunteer! – April 12-18 is also National Volunteer Week. Ask your local pet shelter if they could use some extra help with Spring cleaning or other duties! Sometimes the regular staff could use a little extra help or some much deserved time off.
  • Support pet responsibility – Help prevent overpopulated shelters by being an advocate for spay and neuter! Go one step further by raising awareness about the cost and responsibility associated with pet ownership. Informed people are less likely to get in over their heads with a pet and more likely to understand their pets unique needs!
  • Pay tribute to service animals – There are many charities out there that pay tribute to service animals; animals that were injured in the line of duty, or have reached the age of retirement. Consider donating or volunteering at one of these facilities. Service dogs range from those that help the blind to dogs that accompany firemen or police officers. Their dedication to humanity is something that deserves recognition all year long, not just April!
  • Promote the benefits of pet ownership – pet ownership has many medical and social advantages, even for those who don’t require service dogs! From lowering blood-preassure to helping build responsibility and self-esteem in children, pet ownership has tons of benefits.
  • Pamper your pet! – When you’re overworked it can be easy to get frustrated with the responsibilities associated with taking care of pets. Take this month to reflect on what a positive impact your pet has on your life. Remember not to take them for granted! Give them extra treats, make time to hit the dog park or schedule play dates! If you’re too busy, consider getting a Pet Nanny to spend some extra time with your pet! Remember, you’re their whole world!

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Memory in Animals – How Does Your Pet Measure Up?

Have you ever wondered how good your pets memory is? Does your pet seem to be a repeat offender when it comes to misbehavior? Do they seem to recall some things (like the sight of the bag of treats) with an amazing ability and then completely blank out with other things (I didn’t know that was a no-no…)? Animals, unlike humans, tend to remember things that are triggered as important to their survival. In the wild, an animal may always remember the way back to a popular watering hole, but  show no recollection of a recent event. As a result, when considering the memory of a pet, it has to be divided into what they remember in the short-term, and what they remember in the long-term.

The short term memory span of a rabbit is four minutes!

Like most animals, dogs have great long-term memories, but are unable to keep track of time and specific events like humans can. Their long-term memories for remembering their training or tricks, are created not by remembering specific episodes, but by connections that are formed in their brain during the training which result in memory “impulses”. So that their reactions to certain stimulus become second nature to them. It’s important to have an empathetic understanding of animal memory when you decide to take on a pet – even more so when you decide to train one!

Their lack of a short-term memory is the reason why disciplinary action must be taken immediately after a bad behavior occurred. If your pet tore up the house and made a mess while you were away, by the time you get home, it’s too late to punish them and expect any effect except other than making them scared of you for a little while. Lasting training and discipline with most pets must come in the form of immediate cause and effect – you go into the brier patch and get scratched or you touch something hot and get burned. Committing a “pet crime” and then getting punished a few hours later is seen as nothing more than abuse by your pet, not punishment. It will result in no change in your pets behavior other than making them less trusting of you, and trust is a key factor in successfully training a pet.

 Interesting facts and statistics about animal memory:

  • Fish can remember where for is for up to twelve days! On the down side though they probably have no idea who you are. Their short term memory span is about three seconds.
  • Dogs short-term memory maxes out at about two minutes – no punishing if it’s been longer than two minutes!
  • Chimpanzees will forget trivial information in about 20 seconds, but have a visual memory far superior to humans allowing them to recognize other chimpanzees and places.
  • Sea lions can recall frivolous things they were taught for up to a decade.
  • Ravens remember faces and voices for their entire lifetime.
  • Cats memories are said to be much better than dogs. Cats are believe to have a short term memory of about sixteen hours – maybe it’s that slow pace they’re known for!
  • A rabbits short-term memory is about 4 minutes.
  • Hamsters have terrible memories. The poor little buggers will occasionally forget what they were doing moments after starting!

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Shedding: How To Deal With Pet Hair

It’s getting to be that time of year again… No longer needing their thick coats for warmth, pets begin shedding. Even for those lucky enough to not have allergies can be subject to sneezing fits and itchy eyes when the season of shedding begins. The back seats of cars, your carpets, furniture, and clothes are usually he biggest victims. How to cope? Here are some great tips, tricks, and devices to help get pet shedding under control!

How to Conquer Shedding this Spring

  • Brushing – It may sound obvious but frequent brushings cannot be recommended enough! While once a week may be good for most of the year, we suggest once a day during peak shedding season! Try using a specialized brush with rubber teeth to really grip the hair. Two top rated such brushes are the Kong Zoom Groom Dog Brush and the FURminator.
  • Conditioner – When bathing your pet be sure to include a conditioner. Not only will this help to keep dry skin at bay but the sleeker your pets coat the easier it is to remove loose fur during a brushing.

Shedding nightmares!

  • Air Filters – This may not help with shedding but it shouldn’t be overlooked. Make certain that all the filters in your house are checked frequently and either cleaned or replaced until shedding season is over. Don’t forget the vacuum filter to maximize its usage!
  • Lint rollers and rubber gloves – These are two common household items that can work overtime in the spring! A damp rubber glove run over furniture picks up pet hair wonderfully! A lint roller can be used on more than clothes too! From car seats to mini blinds their uses are plentiful!
  • Launder – Wash pet bedding daily if possible. Don’t leave clothing where your pet can recline on it. Keep your pet off your bed or be prepared to wash your bedding several times a week! Don’t give pet hair a chance to build up on anything!

Do you have your own tried and true tips for dealing with a shedding pet? Share it with us!


Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe on the 4th of July

Animals do not like loud noises, and need to be heavily distanced from them, or kept away from them altogether to ensure their overall safety and peace of mind for you, their owner. The following are tips are from The Humane Society of the United States:

  • Keep pets indoors and in safe areas– Leave them in a safe area with a TV or radio on so that it will lessen the loud noises. If you have a pet that stays outside, bring them in. When they hear loud noises and booms, they are known to break free and run, and they will not stop; they’ll continue to run.
  • Never leave your pet in a parked car– With hot temperatures, those same temps rise to lethal degrees when your pet is locked in a car. Even with the windows cracked open, the temps still skyrocket. For example, on an 85-degree day, a parked car will reach 102 degrees in under 10 minutes! That’s fast! Take your pet with you when you leave your car or don’t take he or she with you if they cannot join in your activities.
  • Consult your vet if your pet is distressed by loud noises, such as fireworks– Your vet can recommend medications and techniques that can improve your pet’s fear and anxiety of loud noises.
  • Always have your pet wear a collar and identification tag– Keep your pet’s contact identification tag current so that you can be reunited quickly if your pet escapes. All pets, even pets that are kept indoors, should always have a collar and identification tag. If your pet does become lost, contact your local animal shelters immediately and other local shelters within the area. If you happen to find a lost pet, take he or she to the address on their tag or to the local animal shelter to be reunited with their family as soon as possible.

Have a happy, fun and safe 4th of July, and remember why we celebrate our Freedom today and every day!

Article Source: http://www.sandiegopetsmagazine.com/view/full_story/22292528/article-Tips-for-a-Safe-Fourth-of-July-with-Your-Pets?instance=Petpress

Pet Nanny Main Line’s Pet Tip of the Week

Many people think that feeding their pet table food is okay and isn’t harmful. I’ve had people tell me, “If we can eat it, it must be okay for them,” and “What’s the big deal if we sneak food to them here and there?” Why shouldn’t you feed a pet table food? Because it’s more harmful to them than it is to you. Another fact (and possibly shocker):

  • With 55% of pets being overweight leading to decreased life expectancy, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer, feeding your dog a hot dog is the equivalent of a human eating three cheeseburgers. Talk about a cholesterol overload and if we did that everyday, we’re sure to have a heart attack come on!

It’s not just dogs you have to worry about feeding table food; it’s a no-no for cat’s too, and even worse for them because of their size and shape! The reason?

  • Giving your cat an ounce of cheese is the equivalent of a human eating three and a half cheeseburgers or four Hershey’s chocolate bars.

So, the next time you’re dog or cat begs, or gives you that irresistible look that you just can’t ignore or entices you to ‘give in’, think again for the sake of your pet’s health and longevity.

Source: http://www.upnorthlive.com/news/story.aspx?id=895120#

Pet Sitting Tips for Out of Towners

As a recent pet sitter for a great friend’s dog, keeping him in his routine was very important to her and I think I did pretty well. Most of the time he was happy and content, with a few moments of occasional whining for his “Mom” in the evening when it was time for bed. Otherwise, he was his lively and energetic self.

The following tips are helpful in taking care of pets for owners who are out of town:

  • Keep daily normal routine.
  • Have automatic lights set to make it look like someone is home, and pets aren’t left in the dark.
  • Close doors to rooms that pets are not to be in, so there will be no unexpected messes.
  • Make sure to have extra food, treats and medicine for late returns and delays.
  • Have fresh water available at all times.
  • Leave a contact number for your local vet, who has your pet’s medical records.
  • Always have plenty of paper towels and cleaning supplies in case of accidents.
  • Never crate pets more than 5-6 hours between intervals.
  • Of course, your pet will want their normal toys, daily walks (if they are walked every day), treats, food, bed, etc.
  • The most important? Make sure you have the right person taking care of yoru beloved pet, as they should be attentive, warm and loving.

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Tips for Pet Groomers and their Services

With National Pet Week being a central focus this past week, there are some time-saving tips and suggestions for pet groomers to promote their services and expertise. With the average American spending over $53 billion dollars for food, veterinary care, kennels, and more, animals are a costly, yet loved, commodity. As referenced in a recent press release that owners “will show appreciation for their pets with a visit to a pet groomer.”

With increase in business for pet grooming, the following are some helpful tips for professional groomers to keep current and attract additional clientele. Many of these tips are essential basics for any business to maintain longevity and success:

  • E-mail Newsletter– This is an ideal way to attract potential current customers with promotions, discounts and additional offers.
  • Social Media– It seems every business site now has a fan page, whether you want to promote your business, keep your customers updated with current hours, early closings, and exclusive specials for those who are connected with you on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more.
  • Web Site– Of course, a website is necessary to promote your business, as not everyone is on social media, and wants to be able to have the option to connect with you outside of Facebook and Twitter.
  • Customer Referral– Word-of-mouth has a huge effect on business sales and increasing customer loyalty, so offering incentive to current customers who refer their friends, family and/or colleagues, is an added bonus.




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