Today is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 57.9% of cats and 52.7% of dogs are overweight or obese.
Obesity is the number one health threat pets face, and the most important pet health decision owners make each day is what and how much they feed.
Welcome to the #SurfNTurf giveaway that we’re co-hosting with DogTipper! Along with some other great blogs, we’re giving away a Kurgo Surf ‘N Turf Dog Life Jacket to keep your dog safe on summer outings (and dry this fall and winter!) Not all dogs are good swimmers; dogs with large heads or heavy coats often have swimming challenges and our Baylie fits into both of those categories. Even the best swimmer can tire in the water — or needs help staying afloat if injured.
Happy Fourth of July! Remember to keep your pets safe during firecracker “season”. More pets are lost during this time of year than any other. If possible, bring your pups and kitties indoors. It’s common for dogs to escape from backyards due to fear of fireworks, so if bringing your pets indoors is not an option, please make sure they are microchipped and wearing their pet ID tags.
It all began with a cat; but not your average cat. When Elisabeth Norman Gardner rescued Frankie the 30lb. Cat, he weighed in at a whopping 35 pounds. It wasn’t until he lost down to 30 pounds did Elisabeth create his Facebook Page. Frankie’s rescue story began in Mobile, Alabama where he was surrendered, at 11 years old and morbidly obese, so his family could travel in their RV. Elisabeth, through Have a Heart Rescue in Birmingham, Alabama, drove over three hours to Mobile, Alabama to rescue Frankie.
We all know that summer means outdoor fun with our dogs — but that fun comes at the price of muddy paw prints. Whether you’re enjoying the beach or lake with your dog this summer, your car seats and cargo area can soon be covered with muddy paw prints and shed fur as your wet dog returns to the car.
It’s typical behavior for dog-lovers to walk up to a dog we have never met to give him a pat on the head. However, this type behavior can invoke fear and provoke the flight or fight mechanism in a dog. It’s also typical behavior for children to be drawn to an unfamiliar dog. They want to pet every pup they see as if it were a fluffy teddy bear.
Even thought Baylie has never shown any signs of aggression towards children or adults, I keep a watchful eye, nonetheless. She’s a large-breed dog and even playfully jumping on someone can cause injury. With so many dog bites in the news of late, we all have to be on our guard. Even if you have the friendliest dog on the planet, a dangerous situation can develop in mere seconds. Although they mean no harm, children can do a number of things to trigger aggression in dogs.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.
Two items I vowed never to have in our bipetual home; 1) doggie potty pads, and 2) a pet gate. Potty pads were never necessary since Baylie was so easy to potty train, but I succumbed to the use of a pet gate. Why now, you ask, even though Baylie is past her rambunctious puppy stage? The foremost reason we decided to consider using a pet gate was not so much to corral Baylie, but rather to provide Smoki some degree of privacy without shutting her off from the other rooms of the house.