Keep Your Pets Safe This 4th of July

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To help keep pets safe this season, the ASPCA has created ID Your Pet Day on July 1st – a holiday to raise awareness about the importance of ID tagging your pet. This holiday is especially timely as July 4th is a time of year when many pets go missing due to fireworks. In hopes of spreading the word about this important day, they designed this infographic with tips below to keep your pets safe:

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·         A personalized ID tag is the best way to increase the likelihood your pet returning home. Make sure your pet is fitted with a collar and ID tag that includes your name and phone number.

·         Implanted microchips can serve as an important security measure to ensure that a pet is returned home in the case of a lost collar and ID tag.

·         Download the ASPCA Pet Safety App to access personalized instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances: ASPCAapp.org.

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5 Ways to Help Your Dog Live A Natural Life #AvoDermNatural

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If you are a pet parent like me, you may be wondering how you can help your dog live a natural life.  You are working on your own health, why not your dogs?  We have shared with you in the past about our partnership with AvoDerm products, and once again we have to appreciate how this brand helps us focus not just on feeding our dog, but truly improving his health.  Cooper is only 2 years old, but we want him to have a long and healthy life.  So these ways to help him have that life are really important to us.

avoderm bagsFeed them a natural food source.  AvoDerm Natural Revolving Menu provides you with an amazing protein and natural fat rich food source that your dogs will love.  Not only is it gentle on their tummies, there are many options to suit your individual dogs needs.  From the still playful young pup like Cooper, to the older “grandpa” dog in the bunch AvoDerm has great options of foods that are natural, quality and not full of unhealthy filler product like some brands.  This brand has been dedicated to giving you oven baked food and treats of the best ingredients since the 1960’s.

Get plenty of exercise daily.  Dogs need more than just a walk to use the bathroom. They need real exercise, just like we do.  Not only do they need it for weight maintenance, many breeds need the exercise to keep things like hip displacement, arthritis and other common breed ailments from becoming an issue.  Getting out and building strong bodies in your dogs is important for their complete health just like it is for yours.  More quality exercise on a regular basis helps them to be happier, work out excess energy (especially in younger pups) and build strong muscles to carry their bodies easily for longer.

Give them a chance to “make friends”.  Go to the dog park, bring a second dog into the home, or set up doggy play dates.  Your dog needs friends to play with just like you do.  While you have fun, play fetch and even walk your dog, they may still crave that playtime they can only get with another dog.  Providing them with a “brother” or “sister” in your home is great, but if you can’t have an additional pet take the time to get them out to a dog park or to another dog owners home for play time on a regular basis.

Bring them indoors for their safety.  While there are many pets that reside outdoors the bulk of the time, there are just as many who are mostly indoor pets.  The main thing is to make sure your pets are safe and healthy.  Dogs love being outside and in the fresh air, but when temperatures fluctuate it is time to think about their health and safety.  In the heat of summer, bring your dogs inside for cooler temperatures, or at least provide them with proper shade and plenty of water to stay hydrated.  In winter months make sure your dogs are indoors and warm during the coldest days.  A dog can easily find their paws frostbitten in extreme cold, and this is not a healthy thing for any pet.  Bringing your dogs inside to protect them is one of the best things you can do for their physical and emotional health.

Give them a place of their own in your home.  Dogs are wonderful pets, but they like to know they “own” something just like you do.  They can be very possessive, or feel very left out when they don’t have a space of their own.  Make sure your dog has a bed, crate or area that is just for them.  This can be their place of comfort to go sleep, rest, play or recuperate after a long day playing.  Make sure they feel loved, welcomed and like they can consider that their own little place in the world.  Their physical health is important, but don’t forget to help your dog live a natural life, you need to provide them with emotional security.

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Give Your Pet a Healthy Variety with #AvoDermNatural Revolving Menu

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Finding the right food for your dog or cat can be a difficult challenge, especially when they have allergies or a sensitive tummy. When we first got our lab mix, Cooper, we went through several different brands of food to try to find the right one that he would eat but wouldn’t bother his stomach.  Each time we switched foods,even if it was just a different variety from the same brand, we would have to do it slowly and introduce only a little at a time with his previous food. This made it difficult to find the right food. I was so excited to learn about Avoderm® Revolving Menu because it helps pet parents avoid food sensitivities. With this special formula you can vary your pet’s proteins so they don’t develop allergies.  Plus because it’s specially formulated with a similar base your pet won’t have stomach/digestive upset when you switch between proteins.

Revolving Menu helps pet parents avoid food sensitivities :

  • Help minimize the risk of food sensitivities by varying proteins
  • Switch proteins with stomach/digestive upset (duck today, lamb tomorrow!)
  • Grain Free, Gluten Free
  • A limited ingredient list to help further minimize sensitivities
  • Meat Protein as the first ingredient
  • No white potatoes or fillers

AvoDerm is available in smaller sized kibble for little dogs as well!

I recently started a new, healthier lifestyle for myself and my family. We are eating more fruits and vegetables, more lean protein, and more healthy fats. This includes things like coconut oil, olive oil, and one of my favorite foods, avocados. Avocados are a nutrient rich SuperFood so I was impressed to find that AvoDerm® premium dog and cat food formulas have avocado in them.  The right nutrients in the right proportions are indispensable to keeping your dog’s or cat’s skin healthy and avocados are an amazing superfood for humans and pets alike!

  • Avocados are a nutrient booster that helps pets absorb more of the nutrients they need
  • Avocados are rich in heart healthy fats and omega 3&6 fatty acids
  • Avocados are packed with antioxidants and nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including vitamins A, C, E & B6 for overall health

Many of the nutrients your dog or cat needs for a healthy skin and coat can be found in rich amounts in the remarkable fruit known as the avocado.

avocadoYou might be worried about avocado for pets like I initially was. I had heard that avocado was toxic for dogs but here’s some information on the safety of avocado for pets.


Dr. Art Craigmill, UC Davis, Professor and Extension Specialist in Environmental Toxicology has said that his studies and other research in the United States and Australia have shown that the problem of toxicity is in the leaves and the pit of the Guatemalan variety; the avocado meat of the fruit and oils have not been shown to be toxic. AvoDerm pet products do not utilize any Guatemalan variety avocados, nor does AvoDerm use any leaves or pits of any variety of avocados for avocado meal and oil. 

Avoderm Natural is made in the USA specifically in California and created using California Avocados and high quality proteins.

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Meet the furry members of my family:

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How to Teach Your Child to Be a Responsible Pet Owner

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All parents know the sound of their child begging for a pet. Whether it’s a hamster, cat or dog, your little boy or girl has tried to convince you that they’re capable and willing to do what it takes to look after one. If you’ve decided to give in and let them have a pet of their own, you should be prepared to teach them how to be responsible with their new friend.

The last thing you want is to end up doing all the legwork a few weeks down the line. You don’t want your child to be happy to play but refusing to take part in the upkeep. As well as doing things like cleaning out cages or going for walks, you need to make sure they know how to be gentle and caring too. Owning a pet is an excellent way to develop these skills in children and can help them learn empathy.

Do a Trial Run

Before jumping in and buying a pet, performing a trial run with someone else’s animal can help. You can test if your family really wants and is able to look after your animal of choice. If you have friends or family who own the animal you want to get, offer to look after it for them while they’re away. Spending a week walking, feeding and playing with a dog or even caring for a gerbil will help you to determine whether your child is ready. Explain to them that the trial is so they can prove they can be responsible and make sure you give them tasks to do.

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Add Pet Care to Their Chores

If your son or daughter already has daily chores, make sure they know that routine pet care is now on the list. They need to know that the fun things about owning a pet go hand in hand with the boring necessities. You might consider withholding the fun things, like playing with their pet, until they have completed the daily tasks.

Lead by Example

Whether you find little puppies online for sale, visit your local pet shop or find an exclusive breeder, you should make sure you’re a responsible pet owner too. It’s best to buy an animal as a family pet, instead of asking your child to take on all of its care. By showing your children how you care for your new family member, you allow them to copy you. Demonstrating how to treat your pet, from touching them gently to training them, gives your children a strong example to learn from.

Adding a pet to your family isn’t something to go into lightly. You should give it a lot of forethought and make sure your child thinks about it a lot too. Before buying a pet, it’s important that your child knows that pet ownership isn’t all about having something cute and fluffy. It’s a big responsibility that in some cases can last 20 years or more.

 

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ASPCA Launches First FREE Interactive Mobile App for Pet Owners

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As a pet parent myself and huge animal lover, this new app from the ASPCA is so important to me.  The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has launched its first interactive mobile application, which is available for FREE download on iPhone and Android. This mobile app is the must-have app for pet owners and animal lovers around the country. The app will offer a groundbreaking new tool to help reunite pet owners that have lost their pet, which will include step-by-step instructions on what to do if a pet goes missing, tailored to each specific circumstance and a pet’s individual personality. Nearly one-in-five lost pets goes missing after being scared by fireworks or other loud noises, so this tool is particularly timely for the July 4th holiday.

The ASPCA mobile app will also allow pet owners to store vital medical records, and it will provide information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters. Specific app features include:

  • A personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances. This kit was developed by ASPCA pet care experts and based on the latest field research.
  • The ability to build a lost pet digital flyer that can be shared instantly on social media channels.
  • Access critical advice – even if there’s no data connectivity – on ensuring pet’s safety before, during, and after a major storm or disaster.
  • Store and manage pet’s health records.
  • Timely, relevant updates from the ASPCA about the latest in pet news and animal welfare.
  • Built-in ASPCA Twitter and Instagram feeds.
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The app can be downloaded for free on the App Store for iPhone devices and on Google Play for Android devices.
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Cruelty Free Gift Ideas For Your Pets From the ASPCA Including Some DIY Gifts #SantaPaws

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Disclosure- The ASPCA sent me some toys from their online store for my furry children but I received no other compensation and all opinions are 100% my own.  I am very passionate about protecting animals.
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If you’re anything like me, your pets are like your children only furrier.  We love our pets and many of us like to get our pets gifts during the holiday season.  And let’s not forget all the pet lovers on our holiday gift lists.  Studies show that over a third of Americans purchase holiday gifts for their pet.  Every year, the ASPCA encourages shoppers not to buy anything at stores that sell puppies.  You see, most pet store puppies come from puppy mills—you know, those large scale breeding operations where dogs live in horrible conditions and never receive love.  Well, every time you buy anything from a pet store that sells puppies, you’re actually supporting this very cruel industry.  Check out their holiday video below to learn about the connection between pet store puppies and puppy mills.  You can also visit No Pet Store Puppies to learn more and take the pledge to I pledge that If a pet store sells puppies, you won’t buy anything there.
Then click to tweet to share the pledge with your friends!
ASPCA behavior experts have put together some fun gift ideas for DIY enthusiasts or just those trying to cut back on costs:

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~To make a tasty chew toy, soak a rope toy in chicken broth and then freeze. Once frozen, give the toy to your dog for hours of savory chewing.
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~For cats, rip off a piece of aluminum foil paper or tissue paper, put cat food or cat nip in it, and crumble it up into a ball. This serves a fun batting toy for hours of kitty entertainment. (I was given this idea by the ASPCA but it has been brought to my attention by a reader that tin foil might not be safe if your kitty is left unattended with the foil so use paper or tissue paper instead just in case.)  🙂
~For cats, fill plastic Easter eggs with wet cat food as a fun food puzzle.
~Rinse out an empty, cardboard milk carton, fill it with dry pet food and poke holes for a food-dispensing puzzle toy.

Here are some other cute gift ideas for pets, available on the ASPCA Online Store and the prices are very reasonable.

Gifts for pets:

5 Piece Gift Set
5-piece Dog Gift Set – $5.99

Dog Stocking Toy

Dog Stocking Toy – $8.99

Cat Play Balls 
Cat Play Balls – $1.99
DJ Cat Scratching Post

DJ Cat Scratching Post – 39.99 
Fling Ama String
Cat Fling-ama-String – 29.99 

Gifts for pet lovers:

Chocolate Dogs Cookies for People

Walker’s Shortbread Chocolate Cookies – $4.19 

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Zales Diamond Pendants – prices vary depending on the piece, the pieces above are some of my favorites! 

 Symbolic Transport of Animal Rescues
Symbolic Transport of Animal Rescued from Cruelty or Disaster – $25.00 

 Symbolic Puppy Socialization
Symbolic Puppy Socialization Class – $25.00 

 Make sure to check out the ASPCA’s FULL holiday gift guide for pets and pet lovers alike.

ASPCA twitter partyMake sure to join their annual #SantaPaws Holiday Twitter party coming up on Wednesday, December 18th at 7pm EST (RSVP here) with special co-hosts Tails Magazine, The Fluffington Post and Two Little Cavaliers.
Special holiday giveaways every six minutes

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Neater Feeder Giveaway

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A few months ago I did a review and giveaway of the Neater Feeder pet feeder.  We are still using it with Cooper and we love it.  When Lisa at Money Saving Parent reviewed the Neater Feeder asked me if I wanted to join her in doing another Neater Feeder giveaway, of course I said yes!
Good luck!

 See terms and conditions for the fine print including must be 18+ to enter and valid U.S. addresses only.   A huge thank you to our generous sponsor Neater Feeder,  for this amazing giveaway of your size and choice Neater Feeder valued at $59.99 ! 

Beginning Date: 12/7/2013 6:00 am CST
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