7 Ways to Feel Closer to Your Pet

Life is busy. From children’s activities to work responsibilities, life can throw a lot of curve balls at us. You might feel like you don’t give your pet the quality time he or she deserves. If you are feeling this way, don’t worry! There are many easy ways to better incorporate your pets into your every day life. When times get busy, include your pet as much as you possibly can.

Here are a 7 easy ways to feel closer to your canine companion:

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CRITTER CHATTER: Smoothing Out the End of “the Dog Days of Summer”

by Dr. Phil

Back to school can be a tough time not only for parents and students, but household pets as well.  During summer vacation pets get to spend more time with kids, maybe sleeping late with a teenager, chasing Frisbees with middle or elementary school children or even hiking or swimming with the whole family.  Back to school means its time for more firm schedules and quieter households.  Pets suddenly go from lazy breakfasts to the frenzy of kids eating on the go while searching for homework papers, lost books and misplaced backpacks often followed by frantic dashes out the door and then abrupt silence and time alone.

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Happy Parent’s Day – From YOUR Pet

Have you ever thought about what your pet might say to you if he could speak? July 23rd is officially (or unofficially) Parents’ Day! To celebrate, we are writing a letter to all of the wonderful pet parents out there – from the perspective of your pet. The innocence of pets is so precious. If they could verbally communicate with us, do you think they would explain why they do what they do? Perhaps what we view as slightly negative is actually their way of telling us they love us!

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November Tips for Pets and Pet Parents


Novemdog-in-snowber is a beautiful time of the year! There are many things to look forward to in the month of November: lovely trees, great tasting food and thanksgiving memories. You can even perhaps get a glimpse of snow – if you’re so lucky.

What does November mean to you? Do you love it or hate it? How about your pets? How do they feel about the changing weather and shorter days? With only two months left in 2016, we’d like to celebrate this month by offering a few November suggestions for you and your pet. Some of these topics will be covered in later blog posts this month and some are meant as food for thought.

If you have any tips or questions for our pet-lovin’ experts, please let us know by messaging us on our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you!

November Tips for Pets and Pet Parents:

  • Take advantage of the cooler weather. Do you live in an area where the weather is now getting tolerable and more pleasant? Walk your dogs a few extra times a week in November. You and your pet will most likely appreciate the fall sights and smells.
  • Take note of what foods are acceptable for your pet to eat around the festivities. Do you have Halloween chocolates sitting around the house? Some thanksgiving foods are dangerous to pets, too. Keep a close eye on your pets this month to make sure they are not eating anything they’re not supposed to.
  • It might be time to buy a sweater or booties for your pet. With the leaves falling and snow on its way (in some parts of the country) you might consider preparing for the colder days. Pets get snow stuck between their paws or in their fur. Would a pair of booties help? Think ahead and be proactive this time of the year.
  • November is Senior Pet Month. There are many things to appreciate and keep in mind in regards to senior pets. This month, try to think about those things and make changes in your pet’s lifestyle if necessary. You might want to ask yourself questions like, would your pet benefit from a joint care supplement? We can help you with that.
  • Don’t forget about your pets during the holidays. There are many ways to celebrate with your furry friends. A lot of stores will offer special holiday food for pets or holiday gifts! You can even pack a stocking for your four-legged friends. Consider putting in a few products from Essential Pet. Help your pet stay happy and healthy this year.
  • November is Animal Shelter Appreciation Month. If interested, consider volunteering or making a donation to your favorite animal shelter. Did you get your pet from a local animal shelter? There are multiple reasons to show your gratitude to an animal shelter.

We hope you enjoy this wonderful month. Thank you for taking the time to read our pet blog. Here at 21st Century Animal HealthCare, we love seeing happy and healthy pets. We also love to assist pet parents with informative blogs and facts about our health care products. Please reach out to us with any questions, ideas or concerns. Happy November!

We would love to feature a blog post by one of our customers. If you have an inspiring story or great advice you would like to share, please let us know.

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!

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.

14 Reasons Why We LOVE Our Pets


In honor of Valentine’s Day and the love we have for our four-legged family members, we have complied a list of 14 reasons why we love our pets. There are many reasons to love and express your love for those that play a large role in our lives. Try not to forget about your furry companions this year. Do something special for your pet for Valentine’s Day to show that you love and appreciate all that they do.

  1. Pets have a way of making people feel more comfortable.

  1. You never feel lonely with a pet by your side.

  1. Pets are always there to listen to you when you’re feeling down.

  1. A dog can help keep you active.

  1. Having a pet can be a conversation starter and help you meet new people.

  1. Pets can help reduce anxiety.Pets give us something to be responsible for and to love.

  1. Being welcomed home with the wag of a tail can warm the heart.

  1. A pet can help reduce stress.

  1. Dogs and cats make us laugh and give us joy!

  1. A pet can offer companionship.

  1. Pets need us and we need them.

  1. A dog can make you feel secure and safe.

  1. There are many health benefits to having a pet.


Do you have a furry friend in your home? Take a moment to think about and appreciate the joy that your pet brings into your life. Enjoy this fun and loving holiday with your delightful pet by your side. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.


Does your pet have tangled or matted fur? Here are some reasons to do something about it.

Dreading the next brushing session with your dog or cat? Many owners of dog and cats with long fur struggle with tangles and knots that create mats, and sometimes it feels like an unending job.  Essentially it is, if you’ve chosen a long furred friend, but the effort is worth it.  Constantly matted fur can create great pain for your pet and can lead to other health and behavior issues.

When an animal’s coat is matted down to the level of the skin, each time a dog or cat scratches, the nail catches the matted hair or fur and tears at the skin. This creates discomfort and often pain as the scratching pulls the tangled knots away from the skin and may even lead to actual rips in skin that require stitches and antibiotics after the animal is completely shaved down by a professional. Eyes, ears, mouths, paw pads and sterile areas are increasingly prone to serious infection with an improperly managed coat.

Aside from developing open wounds, dirt and bugs and feces can be enveloped into the matted mess and cause infestation or infection within a short period of time, as well as skin rashes and other complications. Aside from the physical effects, an animal’s behavior can change drastically due to the pain and discomfort they experience with a matted coat. Dogs can tend to get very snappy and bite without provocation and cats may disappear in their occasional hiding spots for days on end and even stop cleaning themselves.

Underlying Conditions
A matted coat on a cat can also mean that they are severely nervous or not being treated properly by their owner and have stopped grooming themselves. Usually, a strong comb out is required, rather than a shave down and also a serious look at the factors and environment contributing to the cat no longer cleaning himself or herself, as was the case with Coco who was a special needs (fearful) case adopted by a woman who never took the time to introduce her into the household gradually or develop a one-on-one relationship as instructed (and supposedly understood) at the time of adoption. After a period of time, Coco had to be removed from the home and the adoption rescinded. Coco has a new mom and is doing wonderfully because the owner took the time to develop the relationship and introduce her to the new environment properly. She sleeps and snuggles and greets mom when she comes home from work and cares for her beautiful coat with no more matted fur!

It’s recommended that anyone considering adopting that fluffy little ball of fur in the window to please educate themselves on all aspects of a breed, and the cost and time of proper grooming, before choosing a pet. Additionally, be sure to find a professional groomer that has a solid reputation and has extensive experience or specializes in the particular breed or coat of your pet. Check out this LINK for more information on preventing matting in your animal’s coat.

March is Poison Prevention Month. Is your home pet-proofed?

March is Poison Prevention month. There are many hazards around your home and yard that can have dangerous, and sometimes fatal, consequences, but there is a lot you can do to protect your pet from ingesting something harmful.

One of the most common hazards indoor pets face is human medications. Last year, the ASPCA received over 45,000 calls from pet owners involving over-the-counter and prescription drugs accidentally ingested by their pets. Animals are curious by nature, and a pill bottle or medicine tube left on a countertop or bed stand makes for an easy “snatch.” Common medications that can be potentially fatal to pets (even in small doses) are:

  • Pain killers
  • Cold medicines
  • Antidepressants
  • Vitamins
  • Diet Pills

Another common form of accidental poisoning is from the misuse of flea and tick products. Applying the wrong topical treatment to the wrong species, like applying dog flea control to a cat, can cause serious and even fatal consequences.

It may be surprising, but  there are even certain kinds of people food can have an adverse affect on your animal’s health. Pay attention when in the kitchen, and be sure to pick up anything that falls on the floor right away to keep your four-legged “Hoovers” safe. Even small amounts of some foods can cause toxicity. For example, a half ounce, or less, of baking chocolate per pound of body weight can make your pet very sick. Some potentially dangerous foods to keep away from your pet are:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Avocado
  • Coffee (all forms)
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy or spoiled foods
  • Onions, onion powder
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Salt
  • Yeast dough
  • Garlic
  • Products sweetened with xylitol (like sugar-free gum or candy)

With spring in the air there are a lot of plants beginning to bloom, and your pet spending more time outdoors. Unfortunately some of those plants and flowers But some can be potentially life-threatening to pets. Azalea, oleander, yew plant, rhododendron, sago palm, kalanchoe and schefflera are plants commonly kept in or around  homes and can be potentially fatal to pets. Lilies are especially dangerous for cats.

Pet-proofing is much like child-proofing, and you should protect your pet from the dangers in your home in the same way you might protect a toddler. Always keep your medications in a safe place that is not easily accessible to pets. Never leave dangerous foods like chocolate, raisins, etc. out where a pet can get to them. Guard your coffee, keep electrical cords  tucked behind furniture and out of the line of site (for those of you who have chewers), and remove plants that can be potentially harmful to your pet.

If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435, immediately. Remember, our pets rely on us to keep them safe so we can enjoy their companionship for years to come.