5 Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

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Do you have a pet that loves to sneak food off of the counter or table during the holidays? Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s time to refresh your memory on the dangers of certain foods to pets. Don’t let your pet get a hold of food that could land you in the pet ER instead of enjoying the holiday festivities.

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CRITTER CHATTER: “Tis the Season to be Jolly and Joyous”

The Halloween costumes are put away along with all the candy (unfortunately), and I am already loosening my belt in anticipation of a Thanksgiving Day feast. So it seems only logical to begin to prepare for a safe and sane December holiday season with your pets.

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8 Fun places to take your cat

You love your cat and she loves you. You enjoy each others company, spending time at home and perhaps outside, but do you ever think about what else there is to do with your furry feline? There are many ways to have fun with your cat and in many different places. Our pets are like our family members, right? So why not plan a family vacation with your pet? Below are a few great places to take your cat.

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Happy Healthy Cat Month – Feline products from Essential Pet

September is Happy Healthy Cat month! Did you know what we offer a full line of cat health care products? Essential Pet has multiple solutions for your cat’s health needs.

21st Century Animal HealthCare is the provider of a trusted product line called Essential Pet Products. These dog and cat health care products are exclusively available at PetSmart stores nationwide. You can find them online or in the isles.

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CRITTER CHAT: Preparing your pet for general anesthesia

by Dr. Phil

Surgery or any procedure that requires general anesthesia for your dog or cat is a big deal, but by taking a few basic steps to prepare both before and after, you will help reduce some of your anxiety as well as increase the comfort of your pet.  Of course, it is most important that you follow your veterinarian’s pre- and post-surgical instructions.

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Our Top 5 Favorite Feline Pet Essentials Products

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Some of you may already know this, but 21st Century Animal HealthCare is the provider of a trusted product line called 21st Century Essential Pet Products. These dog and cat health care products are exclusively available at PetSmart stores nationwide. You can find them online or in the isles. On our Paw Print blog, we like to write fun and helpful posts that include tips about weather, holidays, giveaways and more. Once in a while we like to tell you a little bit about our trusted pet care products, too. Do you have a dog or cat? Visit our website to learn more about 21st Century Animal HealthCare.

Here are a few of our favorite Essential Pet Feline Products:   

  1. HAIRBALL CONTROL: Got hairballs? Essential Pet has a product for that! Cats are natural self-groomers. In this self-grooming process, they ingest hair which can build up and cause hairballs. While cat’s have a natural ability to expel this ingested hair, hand brushing and supplementation with 21st Century Essential Pet Hairball Soft Chews may help support this process.
  1. SKIN & COAT: Who doesn’t love soft and smooth fur? You can help support your cat’s skin and coat with the yummy chicken taste found in 21st Century’s Skin & Coat Soft Chews. Your feline will purr for it.
  1. CALMING SUPPORT: Do you have a nervous cat? 21st Century Essential Pet Soft Chews are a great way to offer calming support to your furry feline. Great for use while traveling and when you’re away. These soft chews are delicious, palatable and contain natural ingredients.
  1. EYE CARE: Get rid of tear stains. Remove tough tear stains from your cuddly feline with Essential Pet Tear Stain Remover Pads. These pads are gentle, effective and will restore luster to your cat’s coat. This product is a favorite among many pet owners!
  1. WOUND CARE: Support for minor skin infections. 21st Century Wound Spray is a soothing antimicrobial for topical bacteria, ringworm, various viruses and for soothing minor cuts and scratches. This is a great product to have on hand in case something does happen. Pick it up online or in stores today!

For a full list of our canine and feline health care products, visit us online at 21stessentialpet.com. Do you have a question about our products? Message us Facebook or Twitter. We are more than happy to help!

Meet our NEW Pet Celebrities: Simon and Sparky

21st Century Animal HealthCare is excited to introduce you to two very important furry friends of ours: Simon and Sparky.

Simon (#MEOW) and Sparky (#WOOF) are what we like to call our “Pet Celebrities”. They’ve recently joined us as spokes-pets to add fun, knowledge and adventure to our social media communities. Both Simon and Sparky will be blogging and posting directly to our blog, Facebook and Twitter pages as themselves.

Meet SimonSIMON is a beautiful, furry feline that knows her stuff. She is recognized for being a smarty-cat and is frequently sought after for advice and expertise in many fields. Simon enjoys observing her surrounds, loves a good challenge and tries to learn something new each day. It’s not uncommon to see Simon relaxing in the windowsill with the hot sun upon her back. She loves sweet treats (cat-nip, of course) and the holidays. Simon grew up in a wonderful household and now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She thinks she came from France originally and likes to be called SIMONE (pronounced C moan) but we just call her Simon since she really acts like Simon Says all the time. It’s her way or the high way, as we are sure other cat owners will understand.

– Simon’s Favorite Essential Pet Product: Hairball Chews because no cat likes hairballs and this stuff really works!



Meet SparkySPARKY is a 6-year-old mixed breed adventurous canine with a wealth of street and pound smarts. Sparky is friendly, sociable, handsome and well-traveled. He enjoys sports and likes to take walks as often as possible. Sparky can be found frequently enjoying treats, wagging his tail and socializing with friends. He makes friends easily and wants to spend his days enjoying life and making people smile.

– Sparky’s Favorite Essential Pet Product: Sparky loves the Dry Ear Powder for Dogs. He suffers from dry ear, itching and discharge. He’s had a lot of luck with this product!


Stay tuned for introductory posts from Simon and Sparky! They’re excited to share their stories with us.

8 Products to Keep in Your First Aid Kit

As the weather gets colder and driving around in snow (or ice) becomes more likely, be prepared for potential health-related issue with 21st Century Essential Pet Care products. Essential Pet has multiple products to support your dog’s and cat’s health needs. Below is a short list of a few common health issues that our products can help you with. Stock up on our PetSmart exclusive products and be prepared for anything!

This month we are featuring 8 Essential Pet products to have readily available in your home. It could save you time, money and stress.

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  1. Diarrhea – Did your dog eat something he shouldn’t have and now he’s feeling it? Essential Pet has a product that offers fast relief for an upset stomach. We offer digestion products for dogs and cats. Give your pet soothing relief with our trusted, veterinarian formulated products.
  2. Fever – Do you know if your pet’s temperature is normal? Is your pet acting strangely? It might be a good idea to have a thermometer on hand, just in case. You’ll get accurate readings in as little as 10 seconds with this digital thermometer.
  3. Gas – A dog with a lot of gas is no fun for anyone. Excessive gas can be uncomfortable for your pets and holiday visitors! Offer support for the reduction of pet gas with Gas Be Gone™ for Dogs.
  4. Liquid Bandage – Don’t forget to have liquid bandage in your first aid kit. It’s easy to use and waterproof. Cuts and scrapes happen. Be prepared with this fast-acting spray-on formula.
  5. Minor Cuts – Can you tell that your dog is in pain? Don’t let your pooch suffer through the agony. Essential Pet has a product for that! Canine Aspirin is used for temporary pain relief. It is available in dosages for both small and large breed dogs.
  6. Sore Skin – Is your pet itching and scratching? Hot Spot Spray for Cats is used for fast relief from itching, scratching and raw, sore skin. Add this to your cat’s first aid kit and be ready when sore skin occurs.
  7. Stress and Nervous behavior – We’ve covered this topic in more detail once or twice, but it’s always a nice reminder for pet owners. There is calming support for your nervous dog or cat!
  8. Wax Build-Up – Got wax? Keep your dog’s ears clean with this reliable product: Essential Pet Clean Ear Cleansing Liquid. Use it on a routine basis to dissolve wax and keep ears clean.


21st Century Animal HealthCare has several pet health products to keep in your pet’s first aid kit. Pet health is what we do, and luckily it’s easy to find our products at PetSmart stores nationwide!

What’s with whiskers? For cats, they’re pretty important

Cats possess many qualities that give them their astounding flexibility and athletic prowess, and one of the most prominent features all cats share that enables this are whiskers. But why exactly do cats have whiskers?

What is a Whisker
A common mistake most people make is making the assumption that cat whiskers and human hair are alike. The whiskers, unlike human hair, are actually touch receptors. These longer, stiffer hairs — also called vibrissae — are embedded more deeply in the cat’s body than the shorter top-fur coat. The vibrissae are connected securely to the sensitive muscular and nervous systems, sending information about the surroundings directly to the cat’s sensory nerves. This gives the animal a heightened sense of awareness and sensation, helping the cat to detect and respond to changes in its surroundings.

A cat’s tactile hairs may be the most prominent on either side of its nose and upper facial lip. You may be also able to see shorter whiskers above each of the eyes (kind of like eyebrows). But did you know that cats also have whiskers on their jaw line and on the back of their front legs?

Thou Shall Not Cut Your Cat’s Whiskers!
Another common mistake is presuming that cat whiskers should be trimmed. Some cats, like the Devon Rex, even have curly facial whiskers, so you might think that it wouldn’t be harmful to straighten them out with a little trim. You’d be wrong!

Grooming, trimming or cutting off a cat’s whiskers is a BIG no-no. Without their tactile hairs, cats become very disoriented and frightened. In short, whiskers enable cats to gauge and make sense of their environment. Whiskers do grow back, but cats need their whiskers to remain intact in the same way you and I need our touch senses to get around. That is, cats use their whiskers in the same way that we use the touch receptors in our fingertips to feel our way around in the darkness, and to alert us to potentially painful situations. Cat whiskers shed and grow back naturally, and should be left alone.

Feeling Their Way Around — Even in the Dark
Cats have a sensory organ at the end of their whiskers called a proprioceptor, which sends tactile signals to the brain and nervous system. The proprioceptor is related to the position of the body and limbs, an important part of knowing where every part of the body is so that decisions can be made for the next immediate movement. This organ makes the cat’s whiskers very sensitive to even the smallest change in the cat’s environment. A cat’s whiskers not only help it to gauge whether it can fit into a tight space (without even being able to see it), they can even respond to vibrations in the air, such as when the cat is chasing prey.

Whiskers also serve as a way for cats to visually measure distance, which is why they are able to leap so quickly and gracefully onto a narrow ledge or out of harm’s way.

Whisker “Radar”
Perhaps when playing “chase the toy” with a cat, you’ll notice its whiskers are pointing forward. This is probably its “game face,” a sign that your cat is in hunting mode.

Whiskers are a vital part of a cat’s mobility and sense of security. Without whiskers, cats would not be able to achieve the great acrobatic feats that are so awe-inspiring, or protect themselves from dangerous situations. (pet md)