Why Pets Do Not Make Great Holiday Gifts

It’s hard to resist those adorable furry faces! We totally get it. Giving the gift of unconditional love (a.k.a. a cuddly puppy or kitten) seems like a great idea, yes, but there are so many things to take into consideration before buying someone a pet. Whether it’s for your household or someone else’s home, take time to make sure this is exactly what he or she needs.

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10 Spring Safety Tips for Pets

March is the perfect time to start thinking about spring safety tips for your pets. It’s a great idea to get ahead of any issues that might rear their ugly heads in the upcoming months. Are you prepared for the warmer months? These quick tips should help.

For more suggestions and conversations about spring, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/21stessentialpet. Join in the fun! We hope you have a lovely spring. Have fun and stay safe.

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Ways to Keep Your Pet Happy

The first thing to remember is that not all pets are created equally. Like most humans, some pets have good and bad days. Some pets also have different needs than others. You have to keep these things in mind when exploring ways to keep your pet happy. Understanding and acknowledging your pet’s needs and wants will help you to achieve this goal. The fact that you are even reading this post is a good sign that your pet is probably already living a pretty wonderful life. Keep up the good work!

5 Things to keep in mind if your pet seems unhappy   

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15 Reasons Why Pets Make Great Co-Workers

Not everyone has a traditional 9-to-5 job. Some people work from home completely, while others visit the office only a few days a week. Many people are in sales and work strictly from home or from the road. Whatever type of work you do and where, having a pet accompany you might not be that bad of an idea.

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What 21st Century Products are in Your Home?

valentine-petsThe Paw Print Blog is a proud sponsor of 21st Century AnimalHealthcare, a business located in Tempe, Arizona. 21st Century AnimalHealthcare has had Essential Pet products available in PetSmart stores for over 15 years. Over the years, some of our products have inevitably changed and some have remained the same. We have our favorites, as we discussed in a previous blog post, and we have new products being announced very soon. We love what we do and are proud to be pet owners ourselves. It’s wonderful that we can work in a business that truly believes in the health and well-being of dogs and cats!

With that being said, are you a user of Essential Pet products? Do you have any favorites? We often get feedback on our Facebook page from fans that have positive comments or questions, and it really helps us determine and evaluate what is working and what is not. What Essential Pet products do you have in your home?

Whether you have a dog or a cat, we have several products to meet the needs of many furry companions. Does your dog need a hip & joint care supplement or something to help his or her coat look healthier and shinier? We’ve got you covered! By clicking on the top of this page where it reads PET PRODUCTS (or click on this link) you can find a full list of our trusted pet care products available exclusively at PetSmart sores.

If you are new to our blog and want to find out more about Essential Pet products, here is a quick list of a few posts where we talk in more detail about what products we think you might need in your home:

If you have any questions about our products or company, please feel free to contact us any time. We are here to help! We have a wide range of trusted pet care solutions. If you are looking for anything specific, send us a message on our Facebook page and we’ll let you know if we have what you are looking for. Thank you for having Essential Pet products in your home and for following our blog. We really appreciate it.

Do you look like your pet?

Girl with white poodle playing on the green carpet

You’ve seen it in pictures and perhaps in your home. Do you have a pet that looks or acts like you or a friend that resembles their pup? When did these similarities start? It’s a wonder whether people unintentionally purchase a pet that they can relate to or if the comparisons intensify as the bond progresses throughout the years.

Do you think it’s true or just something people think they see?

According to a 2003 study by Michael Roy at the University of California, San Diego about whether dogs look like their owners, it was concluded that it does appear people want a creature like themselves (just as in the case of selecting a spouse (Berscheid & Reis, 1998)). In this particular study, they went to three nearby dog parks, photographed the dogs and the owners separately, and then asked a group of participants to try to match them up. Despite no additional cues, he found that they were able to work out who lived with whom with reasonable accuracy. The result has since been repeated many times.

Whether it’s personality or looks, do you have a pet that resembles you? Share a look alike picture with us on our Facebook page. Message or email us at welovepets@21stcenturyahc.com with a picture and we’ll let our fans decide if the theory holds to be true. What types of personality traits do you think your pet has picked up from you or vice versa? We hope to hear from you soon.

Our Top 10 Favorite Pet Movies

Pet movie starWhat would we do without movies? What would we do without our furry friends? Put the two together and you get a perfect combination of fun and adorable.

In anticipation for The Secret Life of Pets, we decided to put together a list of our all-time favorite pet movies. What are your favorite movies that incorporate the life of a pet? Tell us more on our Facebook page here: Facebook.com/21stcenturypet.

Let’s start with number 10 and work our way up to our most favorite pet-lovin’ movie of all.



  1. Shiloh – Haven’t seen this one? It’s a classic with a sweet and sad ending. A must-watch for sure.


  1. All Dogs go to Heaven – You knew this one would make the list! This is a memorable and impactful movie that will teach you a great lesson about love and revenge.


  1. The Fox and the Hound – This is an outstanding movie about friendship, loyalty and coming together when you need to the most.


  1. Marley & Me – Grab a box of tissues and get ready for a lot of laughs and some unavoidable tears.


  1. Beethoven – You must see this loveable classic movie about a large dog that makes a big impact on a family not prepared to take in this type of canine.


  1. Lady and the Tramp – This is one of America’s favorites. It had to make the list. Who could forget the spaghetti scene?


  1. Where the Red Fern Grows – This is as wonderful as it is adventurous. Watch this movie for a feel good family flick. You might even learn a few valuable things about life!


  1. Milo and Otis – A true adventure movie with a wonderful theme. It will keep you on the pads of your paws.


  1. My Dog Skip – A newer pet-related movie about a boy learning valuable lessons about life, with the help of his dog Skip.


  1. Homeward Bound – Anyone will fall in love with this truly daring movie. All three characters are wonderful and lovable in their own way.


Whether it’s My Dog Skip or Marley & Me, we love watching movies that incorporate pets in them because they are such a large part of our lives. Do you have a favorite? Don’t forget to share it with us! Stay tuned for a review of the upcoming movie: The Secret Life of Pets. We can’t wait to see it.

Hairballs 101 with Simon

IMG_0114By Simon

Have you ever heard anyone say anything good about hairballs? No, probably not! In this blog post, I am going to cover the important and obnoxious topic of hairballs. What are they? Who gets them and how can they be avoided or minimized? And I’d say I’m probably the purrrfect blogger to be writing about this – being a furry feline myself for the past seven years.

For those of you that don’t know me, I am Simon and I am a cat. I’m one of two four-legged representatives for Essential Pet Products sold at PetSmart stores and manufactured by 21st Century AnimalHealthcare. I started working with 21st about two months ago and it’s been quite the adventure. I’ve tried great products and learned a lot over that last couple months. I’ve even learned a ton about how to work with a dog that’s totally and completely my opposite in every way (sounds like a future blog post idea!). Like I said – it’s been fun! But I digress…

Let’s chat about hairballs:

What causes hairballs?

Hairballs are caused exactly how you think they are. When grooming themselves, small pieces of hair will attach to the hooks of the tongue and get swallowed. Most of the hair that is swallowed gets digested, but some of it stays in the stomach to form a hairball. Hairballs can cause hacking, vomiting, lack of appetite, constipation and diarrhea. It’s not fun hacking up one of those gross hairballs! They can also be caused by a moisture-deficient diet or a problem in the GI tract. If you see that your pet is having excessive hairballs, a visit to the veterinarian might be in order.

Are hairballs harmful to cats?

Have you ever seen a cat vomiting and appearing uncomfortably ill only to find a yucky pile of hair (and liquid) on your dining room floor? Yes, that’s how it happens. The cat’s body is smart enough to try to eliminate this unwanted hair from the body, but in some cases it’s not a pretty or pleasant experience for anyone. In most situations hairballs are not a huge issue. For cats that groom very frequently or have long hair there could be cause for alarm if the hairballs become too big for the cat’s digestive track. This can cause a blockage that could become life-threatening.

Can hairballs be eliminated?

There are a few things you can do to support and lubricate your cat’s digestive tract. To promote your cat’s healthy ability to pass ingested hair use a product like Essential Pet Hairball Paste for Cats. This product is incredibly easy to administer and has positive results. You can also help by grooming your cat on a regular basis. This is especially helpful for long-haired breeds and cats that groom often. Use a grooming brush to help eliminate loose hairs. If you know that your pet excessively grooms him or herself, intermittent use of a hairball paste and help with grooming should definitely do the trick.

We hope you learned a lot about hairballs. They are not fun to see and certainly not fun for your cat to deal with – I should know! Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. If you ever have any questions, please visit us on our Facebook page where you can find other great tips and fun!

And don’t forget that for the entire month of May you can BOGO 1/2 OFF our products at PetSmart stores!

Purrring Out, Simon

– Other posts from Simon include: Meet Simon the Smarty Cat