We often write about cats and dogs here at The Paw Print, but we know that pets come in many forms. Although dogs and cats tend to be the two most common household pets in America, the pet world is wide and diverse, and the joy a pet brings into your life feels the same whether it has a tail, scales, fur, or fins. The bond between a pet and its human is a beautiful thing, no matter the species. If you’ve never ventured outside of the dog/cat pet experience, keep reading to see just how similar the bond between pet and its owner is.
When it comes to eating, cats can certainly have a flair for the dramatic. Whether it’s insistently voicing their concern that it’s five minutes past meal time and their bowl hasn’t been filled or turning their nose up at the food they’ve happily eaten for months, just about any cat owner has had some level of food-drama in their lives at some point. When your cat is refusing to eat altogether, though, it can go from slightly annoying to concerning quickly. If your cat is refusing to eat, here are some things to consider.
We’ve all heard the old adage about chocolate and dogs, but can you quickly name any other common pet toxins? March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month, and we want to help you brush up on your pet poison knowledge. Read on to learn ways to minimize your pet’s risk of accidental poisoning.
Meet Shay. Shay is a beautiful and ornery 10-year-old Shih Tzu with the personality of a cat. The only difference is that she uses the restroom outside and not a littler box. She doesn’t enjoy long walks, would prefer to lay around the house all day and even makes noises that are similar to purring while she rests. We’ve found ourselves saying that Shay is like a cat on many occasions.
Are you a pet lover like us? Do you own a dog or just happen to love them? Below are 6 of our most popular dog blog posts. From why pets eat their own feces (yuck), to the many reasons to love a mixed breed dog, we cover a wide range of topics to help pet parents and their furry friends!
Click on the links below to enjoy our most popular dog blog posts.
June is Adopt a Cat month. We’d like to take this opportunity and give you 10 reasons why you should adopt a cat. Reasons to adopt a furry feline include the fact that they need homes. They might need you more than you need them! Another reason is because a pet offers companionship that is indescribable and irreplaceable. They also offer many health benefits.
March 23rd is National Puppy Day, one of our favorite pet holidays of the year. Why is it that so many people adore puppies? Well, we think it’s because they are so stinking adorable! What better way to celebrate National Puppy Day than to share pictures of adorable puppies? We can’t think of a better way.
Don’t you just want to pick him up and cuddle him?
February is dog training education month. The Paw Print Blog would like to take a moment to remind pet parents why a well-trained pet is great for everyone! Here’s what you can do to get there.
Dogs around the world could use a little extra training.
There are many dogs out there that could benefit from dog training and education. Whether it’s a puppy or an older dog that never received crucial training strategies, many different types of training are equally important.
Having a pet and being a good pet owner is a big responsibility. The time and energy you put into it directly impacts the health and wellbeing of your pet or pets. So how can you be a stellar pet parent in 2017? Since you are reading this post, you’re already off to a good start! The fact that you are interested in being all that you can be is a great sign that you truly care. Being a great pet parent is easier than you think. Read these tips and you’ll be on your way!
1. Don’t ignore the signs that there is a problem. If you have any reason to believe that something could be wrong with your pet, give the vet a call. Taking preventative measures could save you a lot of heartache in the long run.
2. Show them you care in as many ways as you can: hold, hug, pet, treat, train and feed them. There are many ways to help your pet feel loved and supported. Go with your gut on this one.
3. Don’t neglect to provide the health care they need. It happens without even knowing it sometimes. Check to make sure your pet is current on all shots and checkups. Don’t let an ailment go untreated.
4. Follow general rules and guidelines, like how long to keep them outside when it’s cold out or how often to administer supplements the veterinarian has recommended.
5. Don’t lose your temper. If you have a puppy or a pet that’s not trained properly, try not to go overboard when they have an accident. Some pets can’t help it. Screaming at your pet could make matters worse. Try to think about other ways to help in this situation: training classes, training pads, etc.
6. Take them out on a special trip. Don’t get cabin fever. Take your pet out and about to get some exercise, even if it’s just to your favorite pet specialty store. Give them some one-on-one attention and consider spoiling him or her with a new toy.
7. Clean up after your pet. Being a stellar pet parent includes a clean yard or litter box. Having a clean environment to relieve themselves in can help your pet feel more comfortable in the yard. It might also make your neighbors happier.
8. Give them more of your time. Try to take at least 15 to 30 minutes per day to play with your pet. If you have a cat, get a laser toy. If you have a dog, consider getting a new throw toy. If you’re stuck indoors this is a great way to help your pet get the exercise he or she needs.
9. Make sure they are clean and well maintained. You also should take time to check their paws for snow or salt after being outside during the cold months. Do this before a problem has the potential to form.
10. Don’t put off what you’ve been meaning to do in 2016 with your pet. Is there something you wanted to do with your pet in 2016 but you never got around to it? Does he or she have an issue that you have not addressed yet? Make 2017 great for you and your pet by achieving what you might have put off for a little too long. It could make you and your pet feel better.
11. We all make new years resolutions for ourselves, so why not make one for you and your pet. January is usually the busiest time of year for human and pet supplements as we all think about our health and wellness for the new year. So stock up on some 21st Century supplements to start your pet off to an energized and healthy year.
Happy New Year! Make it great, and please continue to read and enjoy the Paw Print Blog from 21st Century Animal Healthcare. If you have any ideas or topics you’d like us to write about, feel free to let us know via our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!