Quick Tips and Fun Ways to Include Your Pet on your Big Day

include pet at wedding

(Cue wedding music now) Here comes the cat. All dressed in…?  Wait. What? Did you just say CAT?

Yes, we said cat.

Did you know that thousands of humans include their pet each year in their big day? Do you have a big day approaching and want to have your most loyal furry companion at your side? You’ve come to the right blog.

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A Shout Out to Pet Sitters – We Think You Are Wonderful!

Young woman with her dog 

Just like childcare providers, pet sitters and dog walkers are crucial for some of us to provide the best care possible for our furry loved ones. There are many reasons to appreciate and show our respect to these individuals, so we thought we’d write a blog post about it! If you are a pet sitter or pet walking companion, thank you for all that you do. We really appreciate it.

We know you are wonderful and understand the amount of pet-love that is required for this type of career, but have others ever wondered why people go into these types of jobs? Are you looking for an occupation with many loving rewards? Perhaps you should consider something in the pet business.

People around the web are talking about why they enjoy working with pets. Here are a few great reasons we found:

  • You’re always greeted with a wag or a purr! People in this profession are usually passionate about helping pets. Working in a field that feeds that passion can be highly rewarding. Who wouldn’t want to be welcomed each day by these lovely creatures?
  • Sometimes being a dog walker, pet sitter and even a pet groomer can mean that you own your own business. There are many benefits associated with having your own small business. Look into it! It might not be as complicated as you think.
  • Helping a pet is more about passion than dollar bills. Many people who work with pets are helping them live a happier, healthier life. For someone who loves pets, this is more fulfilling than any amount of money coming into his or her bank account.
  • Pets are exciting creatures! Human co-workers are great in their own ways, but pets are magnificent on different levels. Pets can be kind, loving and unpredictable. Working with pets can sometimes prove to be an unpredictable and fun profession.
  • Are you having a bad day? Sometimes all you need is a furry friend to make you feel better. Pets have an amazing way of understanding humans and being there for us when we need them. If you work with pets and offer them affection and love, they might just return the favor once in a while.
  • Pets can be challenging. Remember it’s not always going to be wagging tails and purrs. Sometimes separation from the owner can be stressful on the pets and that’s where the real skill comes as a pet sitter in managing to create an environment and support the pet while it is away from its owner or home space.

Whether you are thinking about working with pets or you do already, thank you for loving these beautiful creatures. We are in the pet industry as well and find it simply unexplainable how rewarding and amazing it is. We understand the time and commitment it takes to helping pets. Thank you for doing the hard work of being a pet sitter, pet companion or something similar. Here at 21st Century Animal HealthCare, we think you are doing a great job. Thanks again!

Reasons to Love a Mixed Breed Dog

National Mutt Day is upon us (July 31st) and we are excited to celebrate! Why, you ask? Because any day that we can officially celebrate our pets is a great day for everyone. There are just so many reasons to love and appreciate our beautiful mixed breeds – and any pet for that matter – that it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few. We’ve tried our best and to help us get our point across we’ve incorporated several pictures for your enjoyment. We certainly love our mixed breed pets!

They are beautiful inside and out.

Mixed breed

 They are unique.

Dog swimming in the pool about the grab the ball

Mutts cost you less money when you first purchase them and you love them just the same! 

Doberman Mixed Breed Senior Dog with Ear perked up 

Several mixed breed dogs are rescues. That makes us feel good about saving a life. 

Group Of Dogs With Owners At Obedience Class

 We love their personalities!

Mixed breed dog three on a sofa.

Mutts are said to be healthier than pure bred dogs. 

Willing to Serve

Some people believe that mixed breeds have more common sense. 

Black mixed breed dog in water portrait

 There are simply lovable!

adorable staffordshire bull terrier puppy outdoors

Do you have a “mutt” in your home that you would like us to celebrate? Share of a picture of your pet and we’d love to post it to our almost 25K fans on Facebook. Thank you for celebrating National Mutt Day with 21st Century AnimalHealthcare and The Paw Print!

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.

5 Tips to Get You Through Winter

funny-cats-and-dogs-it-s-cold-out-wear-a-catSnow is melting all over the U.S. and we’re getting excited for the warmer weather! Are you?

Whether you have snow on the ground or you’re lucky enough to have warmer temperatures, February is said to be one of hardest months for people to enjoy. If you’re feeling a little gloomy – know that you are not alone.

Here are 5 easy ideas to make the last month of winter more bearable for you and your furry friends.

  1. When you start to feel cooped up – even though it might be freezing cold outside – open your front door, grab the dog, step out for just a few moments and take a deep breath. Look at the sky and perhaps the snow. Simply take a break the fill your lungs with fresh air. Doesn’t that feel good? Now get back inside, it’s cold out there!
  1. Embrace the outdoors like your dog does! The best way to enjoy the colder months is to appreciate it through your dog’s eyes. Don’t you wish you could play outside without a worry in the world?
  1. Go shopping at PetSmart and don’t forget to bring the dog! Sometimes all you need is a little retail therapy. Does the dog need a new sweater, winter booties or calming support chews? PetSmart has you covered. In fact, our Essential Pet products are exclusively available at PetSmart stores.
  1. Take time to relax. It’s ok to lounge around with a warm blanket, cuddly cat and hot cocoa watching your favorite flick. Sometimes being cooped up in the house all winter reminds us of the things that need to be done around the house. Don’t forget to take time to simply relax and unwind. Plan a movie or game night with your friends or family members! If you can’t be outside, you might as well be having fun inside. What fun activities are you enjoying indoors while the weather is less than ideal?
  1. Read and follow our informative pet blog for tips, pet advice, product recommendations, giveaways and more! We like to have fun on our blog but more importantly we like to help. Does your pet get stressed? Are you following your New Year’s Resolutions? Do you love Dachshunds? Meet our newest pet-celebrities! We’ve covered all of these topics and more. Check it out!

We hope these 5 quick tips serve as a nice reminder that you can have fun even when colder weather is taking over your life! Please be careful and stay warm. Thank you for reading The Paw Print with us.

Expecting new puppies at your house? Take good care of your dog while she’s pregnant.

Just like humans, dogs need proper care and nutrition when they are pregnant. They also need check-ups and regular exercise. Always remember that a healthy dog is far more likely to produce healthy puppies.

Once your dog shows signs of pregnancy, do not hesitate to go to a veterinarian. There are cases when dogs show signs of false pregnancies. Once the vet validates your dog’s pregnancy, you can start preparing for it. The first thing you should do is ask the vet for advice as to what food to give your pet. It is not advisable to give a pregnant dog supplements. If your vet asks you to do so, do your research first and ask around.

This initial check-up can identify health concerns early on, but more importantly, your veterinarian can check for fleas or other parasites in the blood that would need to be treated. If in case your dog’s vaccinations are incomplete, remember that some vaccines can cause abortion. If you want the protection or antibodies to be passed on to the litter, this should be done prior to breeding and not during pregnancy.

A pregnant dog needs more protein in her diet. She will probably eat more because she is eating for more than just two—she’s eating for a litter. Give her high quality dog food. It is also advisable to give her puppy food because it contains more nutrients she needs for her litter. You can mix it with her regular food. Do not overfeed or underfeed her. Overfeeding can result to excessive weight gain and this can be a problem when she gives birth. It is normal for your pet to gain 15-25% of her weight at this time. Underfeeding, on the other hand, may cause weakness. Your dog needs all the energy she can get for her labor and deliver (whelping).

Regular exercise keeps dogs fit and avoids obesity. This is something that should be done even if a dog is not pregnant, so there is no reason to stop now. Exercise does not just keep dogs in shape. It is enjoyable and good for her mental health as well. However, letting your pregnant dog run loose is not advisable, because you wouldn’t want to expose her to diseases especially in the three weeks before she is due. At this time, it is advisable to keep her indoors.

Prepare a whelping box or an area where your dog will deliver. Make sure that there is enough space for her to move and rest, so that she doesn’t crush her litter. If you are using a box, make sure it is deep enough to contain the puppies. You may also use a pen to contain them if you will use a bigger space. Make sure to line the box or area with old clothes or towels for better cleaning. Newspapers aren’t recommended because the ink makes the puppies seem dirty. Plus the inks used in the paper may not be healthy for the puppies. Introduce the delivery area at least two weeks before delivery, so that your dog can become comfortable with it.

When your dog’s due date is near, monitor her temperature. If it falls below 100 degrees, it is a sign that she is about to go to labor. This gives you time to prepare or make arrangements. Dogs should not be left to alone to whelp, because some situation may arise that requires medical attention.

You should also examine your dog’s mammary glands every day. These glands provide colostrum and milk for the puppies to ingest. Firm and painful mammary glands may indicate mastitis, an inflammation of the mammary gland. If you catch this early, your veterinarian can show you how to apply hot compresses or perform milk stripping two to four times a day to keep the problem from getting more serious. In most cases, the puppies should still be able to nurse.

As for the puppies, have your veterinarian examine them soon after delivery. The puppies should ingest colostrum within the first 24 hours after birth. Weigh the puppies every day to document weight gain. The Puppies should gain weight daily, although there may be a short lag in the first day or two after delivery. Weight loss or the absence of weight gain may mean serious problems, so consult your veterinarian if this occurs.

Puppies cannot regulate their body temperature, so you must keep them warm for the first two weeks of life. Drafts pose the greatest threat for puppies. You can provide supplemental heat sources, such as heating pads or heat lamps on low thermostat settings. Just make sure the puppies can get away from the heat source to avoid becoming too hot. The puppies should remain with their mother during the first several weeks; she will feed them, help keep them warm, stimulate them to urinate and defecate, and teach them appropriate canine interactions.

As your new puppies begin to grow, open their eyes and explore their environment the fun really begins!