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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11 Ways to be a ROCK STAR Pet Parent in 2017

fc5843e6ecd8849db81c20f8a0943552Having 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!

Help Your Pet Stay Calm During the Holidays

Allee_my_assistance_dog.Happy Holidays! What a wonderful time of the year for humans, but what about your nervous pets? Does your pet get stressed during the holidays?

If you read our Halloween post, you know that the holidays can be very stressful for some pets. The hustle and bustle, new noises and even the Christmas tree can cause angst among many furry friends. The good new is this: We have products exclusively available at PetSmart that will offer your pet calming support for uncomfortable situations.

Let’s start by identifying a few situations to watch out for this holiday season.

  1. Some pets are excellent with people and others are not. Do you have a nervous cat or dog? If you are reading this post and have a nervous pet, you know exactly what we are talking about. As much as we love little children, sometimes pets get incredibly tense around kids because children tend to be a little rougher with them.
  1. New smells. What do the holidays bring? Yummy food and curious smells. Pet owners beware! See our most recent post about feeding your pet table food. Yummy smelling food may not cause your pets stress, but ingesting something they shouldn’t sure can.
  1. Oh Christmas tress, Oh Christmas tree! Watch your pet around the Christmas tree, if you plan to put one up. You probably already know some of the hazards including needles, tree water, ornaments and more. Read up on holiday safety tips to avoid problems.
  1. Ding-Dong. Does your doorbell ring more often during the holidays? Are you lucky enough to have carolers visiting your neighborhood? Does UPS frequent your doorstep? All of these doorbell-ringing opportunities may leave your pet feeling anxious. Is your dog a nervous barker? Try a calming support product from 21st Century Pet.
  1. The holidays can be very busy for some people. There are presents to buy, shopping to do and parties to attend. Do you have a pet with separation anxiety? If so, we feel your pain. You don’t want to leave your sweetheart home (sometimes cooped up in a kennel) alone and missing you! Be proactive. Plan ahead for these times and try not to leave your nervous pet feeling too lonely during the holidays.
  1. Change in Routine. Some pets get worried when there is a sudden change in the routine. Are you too busy to take frequent daily walks with your dog? Is the weather outside causing your pet to fret? The colder weather and holiday hustle and bustle can leave your pet feeling confused. Why am I not getting as much attention?

Keep these holiday stressors in mind this season. Don’t leave your pet feeling stressed. Here are a few options for your anxious pet from 21st Century:

  • Pet-EZE™ Paw Paste for Cats – Offer your cat calming support in a paste. It’s a great tasting way to calm your feline friend when holiday visitors come knocking on your door. This product is offered exclusively at PetSmart stores.

Does your pet have any other nervous triggers during the busier months of the year? Share them with us by emailing us at welovepets@21stcenturyahc.com. Remember to include a picture of your pet and we’ll post it to our Facebook and/or Twitter page!

Halloween Tips for Your Anxious Pet

 It’s almost Halloween! Are you as excited as we are? With the adorable costumes, numerous visitors, bags of candy, and exciting holiday parties – Halloween is one of the most popular American holidays in the United States. Most humans love Halloween, but what about our furry friends? Not all pets enjoy the constant noise and commotion that comes with this well-liked celebration. But what can you do to help your pet and yourself have a great time on October 31st?

Like fireworks on Independence Day, a lot of noise can cause a pet to panic. Anything out of the ordinary can make your pets nervous and scared. If you have a nervous pet, we have a solution for you. 21st Century offers calming support to your pets during these stressful times. Below are five things you can do to help prepare your pet for the spooky festivities.

x1KLrmUao345StqBqnAeNMxvKTKmjCA1N8mo4GBXwhoOptions for your anxious pet:

  • Pet-EZE™ Paw Paste for Cats – Offer your cat calming support in a paste. It’s a great tasting way to calm your feline friend when Halloween visitors come knocking on your door. This product is offered exclusively at PetSmart stores.

In addition to offering a natural calming aid to your pet, consider these quick tips.

  • Safety is important to consider when your pet is nervous. Some pets will run away when they are anxious during home holiday celebrations. Make sure your pet has a collar with proper identification or a chip. Some sneaky dogs and cats can slip through the door while you’re attending to the trick-or-treaters.
  • Allow your pet to relax in your bedroom with his or her favorite toys while you attend to the visitors. If the doorbell will make your pet nervous from any room in the house, consider sitting outside to hand out candy. You can also stick a piece of tape over the doorbell and sit close to the door to see when trick-or-treaters are approaching. Check on your pets and snuggle them frequently to make sure they’re okay.
  • It’s not a terrible idea to forgo trick or treating. If you feel bad about not offering any candy, you can simply place a bucket of candy with a sign that says “one per person” and hope for the best. Turn your porch lights off and watch a Halloween flick with a friend – perhaps a furry friend!

Have fun and share your pet-related Halloween pics with us at welovepets@21stcenturyahc.com. We would love to share your pet’s Halloween pictures on our Facebook and Twitter pages!