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Why You Need To Feed Your Pet According To Its Age?
Why You Need To Feed Your Pet According To Its Age Group? As pet owners, we’ve definitely come across situations when you’re shopping at the pet store for your furry friend’s food and on the packaging, you see things like “for puppies”, “adults”. You catch yourself wondering if there really is any difference between these pet foods. And looking at the price difference, you might be tempted to even get the food that isn’t ideal for your pet. Let’s find out if there is actually a difference between these foods and why you should actually feed your pets accordingly!     What age group is your pet under? The preliminary step you should try to take is to know the age group your pet is under. Check out the age ranges of felines and canines:   For cats, your cat is classified as a senior once it reaches 11 years of age. It is, however, not that simple for dogs as it depends on breeds.   Why should we differentiate according to age? There are several reasons you should differentiate the food given to your pets according to its age. These include: Age differences Much like humans, dogs and cats have different needs throughout their lives. Because they require different nutrients, its important to ensure that they have the right diet. Dietary requirements Food is created for different age groups to meet their main dietary needs tackled for their age group.   Food differences There are different types of food that must be given to cats in different quantities.   How different is the food according to age group? Before you get started feeding your pet, it’s important that you first understand the needs, possible health conditions to look out for, and the things/ ingredients to avoid. Puppy/kitten stage At the puppyhood or kittenhood stage, your pet will have higher metabolism due to their young age. High metabolism refers to the faster rate at which food and energy are processed. Energy requirements during the first 4 months are double that of adult dogs and cats. The puppy/kitten stage is an active stage when young burn out energy very fast.   What does your pet needs at the puppy/kitten stage? • Higher calories• Higher protein• Higher fat content• DHA• Calcium and Phosphorus• Need to build bones, muscles, and eyesights Note: At this stage, it’s better that you feed your pet protein-rich food.   FAQ: Can I feed adult food to my puppy? Many first time owners, confused by the array of choices available, might not understand the difference between puppy food and adult dog food, and may be tempted to feed adult food instead. Some of us already have an adult dog at home and we might see it as an inconvenience to get another pack of food just for puppies. In this case, is it advisable to feed adult dog food to your puppy? You are, in fact, advised not to feed your puppies adult food. Adult dog food has a lower protein, calorie and DHA content than what is required by a growing puppy. Feeding your puppy adult dog food could actually cause your puppy to have developmental problems! So, you should feed puppy food to puppies and feed adult food to adult dogs.   Junior pet stage At the Junior pet stage, you may need to feed your pet Junior food- an intermediary food to be fed to your kitten or puppy in the later stages of puppyhood/kittenhood, which is meant to help pets transition into adulthood.   Adulthood The way adult dog food is formulated is very different from puppy food. These differences are important for the long-term health of your pet. When your pet reaches adulthood, there is a change in their dietary needs, with specific levels of protein, calories and other nutrients to maintain the proper weight and energy levels so as to preserve their health.   Adult Food VS Puppy or Kitten Food • Adult dogs and cats need lower protein content from their calories• Because they have lower metabolism, adults may gain weight easily if fed the same food as kittens and puppies.• Adult dogs and cats should avoid consuming high-calorie density food. Note: At this stage, feeding the right amount of food is very important, and maintaining weight is a key point for adulthood. This is because it can lead to obesity and cardiac conditions if not managed properly.   Senior stage At the senior stage, your pet requires a lower level of protein, fat but higher level of carbohydrate in its diet to manage its weight. Weight management is even more important at this stage as your pet will be less active and less likely to move around due to age-induced joint conditions such as arthritis. To help with joint conditions, senior pet food often contains glucosamine, which helps alleviate joint pain. At this stage, it is also very important to factor in health issues your pet has when determining your pet’s diet. As pets get older, they often develop more health conditions such as renal issues. It is, therefore, important that you make appropriate changes to the diet according to their pre-existing health conditions. For example, if your senior dog has renal failure, you can feed them Monge Vet Solution Renal & Oxalate Dog Wet Food.   Check out some of our products you can feed your pet according to its age!  
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Meet The Breeds: Sphynx Cat
Meet The Breeds: Sphynx cats Sphynx cats are known to be unique breeds of cats. They are well-known for their nude-like appearance. Did you know that they are also distinctively intelligent, charming, and affectionate felines? You might be surprised to find out there’s more about this breed of cat than you know! Let’s find out more about the Sphynx cat.   Where did Sphynx Cats Originate from? The Sphynx cat was discovered in 1996 (fairly recently). And unlike what many of us think, the Sphynx cat originates from Canada, not Egypt. The Sphynx cat was produced as a result of genetic mutation. In today’s context, Sphynx cats often come from crossbreeding of Devon Rex cats with different hairless cat breeds in other parts of the world. Interestingly enough, the Sphynx cat is not the only breed of hairless cat around, but it is the first hairless cat breed bred precisely for its hairless trait.   Why do Sphynx cats look different from other cats? It’s easy to identify a Sphynx cat from other cats thanks to their unique appearance. Some have also said Sphynx cats look like raw chicken. And by “somebody”, we actually mean Rachel from Friends.   Are Sphynx cats really hairless? Contrary to what many of us might think, the Sphynx isn’t actually completely “hairless”. Even though the appearance of sphynx cats makes them look as if they are hairless, they are actually covered with a fine layer of downy fuzz. Like many things in life, the Sphynx cats are unique! No two Sphynx cats are 100% identical. In fact, every Sphynx has a different level of hairlessness. This extent of hairlessness largely occurs as a result of a recessive gene.   Do Sphynx cats feel cold? With their almost nude-like appearance, you might think that the Sphynx cats are constantly feeling cold. Surprise! Sphynx cats actually feel warmer than other cats. The body temperature of Sphynx cats is actually 4 degrees warmer than the usual “furry” cats. This is the greatest example of how mother nature works in wonderful ways, as the higher body temperature of Sphynx cats is to, in fact, make up for its lack of fur.   Are Sphynx cats hypoallergenic? With the absence of fur, many misunderstand that these cats might not cause any allergy at all. This is completely untrue, due to two main misconceptions. Firstly, many think that Sphynx cats are completely hairless, which is untrue. Another key misconception is that fur is the main cause of allergy, when in fact it is Fel d1, the allergenic protein in cat saliva and skin secretions that causes allergies. Hence, Sphynx cats are in fact, not hypoallergenic.   What do Sphynx cats eat?  Due to higher body temperature, they have higher metabolism rates, need to eat more and more frequently. If you’re an owner of a Sphynx cat, you should ensure that you provide them with the right amount of nutrients to keep up with their higher metabolism rates! How long do Sphynx cats live? The average lifespan of the sphynx cats ranges from 9 to 15 years. The oldest Sphynx cat known to have lived was a Sphynx in Texas by the name of Grandpa Rex. Grandpa Rex passed away at the age of 34 in 1964. Can Sphynx cats swim? While Sphynx cats like being in water, they prefer relaxing in it than playing in it. The therapeutic effect of water helps them to rest and rejuvenate, especially when they have sensitive skin. Are Sphynx cats friendly? Yes, Sphynx cats are friendly. In fact, they are one of the friendliest felines known to man. Their lack of thick fur makes them behave cuddly towards humans because they enjoy the warmth from their human friends. Do Sphynx cats like children? While they don’t exactly have a furry and cuddly appearance, the Sphynx cats are actually very good with children. They have a docile personality and are seen to be a warm and cuddly cat breed. Are Sphynx cats legal in Singapore? Yes, Sphynx cats are legal. However, they are not very easily found in Singapore. The hot and sunny weather in Singapore suggests more meticulous care to protect the cat’s skin, especially when there’s no pet sunscreen available. Are Sphynx cats HDB approved? Unfortunately, in Singapore, all cats are not allowed in HDBs. How much does it cost to buy a Sphynx cat? If you’re interested in buying a Sphynx cat, there are a small amount of Sphynx cats available. The Sphynx cat actually comes at a higher price, due to the limited number of Sphynx cats available. What extra care is needed for Sphynx cats? Since the skin of Sphynx cats is sensitive due to a lack of layer of protection, they will definitely need extra care. Besides, they are not covered with dense coats like other cats, so they get sunburnt or cold as a result. So, what are some care tips for Sphynx cats on sensitive skin? Keep them warm with cat apparel: Clothes for these little creatures are more functional than fashionable. You can get some from perromart to keep your unique feline warm when it’s cold outside or in the house. Supervise your cat in the sun: Fun in the sun? This doesn’t apply to Sphynx cats! Limit your cat’s exposure to the sun to protect them from the harmful UV rays. When they’re allowed in the sun, you should ensure that they’re under your supervision. You can also get lon-sleeved sun-protective clothes. Install a play tent for your cat outdoors (UV protection included to prevent harm to the skin): You can also make a play tent with UV protection for your Sphynx cats for outdoor activities to avoid their skin from being endangered. Cat shoes to shield cats from hot floors: Sphynx cats are indoor cats, but they can also go outside. However, it would be best if you take the precaution of putting cat shoes on them to avoid sunburns.   How often do Sphynx cats have to get groomed? Due to their higher susceptibility to skin conditions, you should bathe and groom your Sphynx cats more often than other cats do. It’s advised to give them a bath every week. There are some cleaning products that might help alleviate their skin sensitivity available on perromart. What are some common health conditions for Sphynx cats? Some of the common health conditions for Sphynx cats include: Skin problems: Excess oils on Sphynx cats can lead to skin problems such as rashes (urticaria pigmentosa) and cutaneous mastocytosis, as well as issues with ear wax, and skin infections. Body temperature regulation issues: Due to their lack of fur, Sphynx cats tend to get chilled easily. Ear infections: Dirt in your Sphynx ears, and excess wax can lead to ear infections. Ensure you stay away from cotton swabs when you’re cleaning Sphynx cat’s ears, as they can damage your cat’s eardrums. Periodontal diseases: Sphynx cats are also susceptible to dental issues, and that’s why they need regular dental cleanings. Some of the symptoms of these diseases include bad breath, tooth discoloration or tartar, difficulty eating, drooling, pawing at the teeth, or red, swollen, or bleeding gums. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Sphynx Cats are susceptible to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick. This condition usually develops as your cat grows older. How to prevent these health conditions? You can protect your Sphynx cats from the aforementioned health conditions with some basic care tips. Bring them for regular health checkups Feed them with better food (control cat’s oil secretion) Give them intermittent baths during the week to help with their sensitive skin Provide them with Cat apparel to keep them warm and protect their skin Avoid using cotton buds that can damage their eardrums
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Which Dog Breed Should I Get?
Ever wondered which dog breed suits you the best? Anyone who owns a dog knows how wonderful these animals really are. They make great additions to any home whether you are looking for a guard dog, a playmate, or simply a companion. Along with the myriad of joys that a dog brings to one’s home, there is responsibility. The decision of bringing a dog home must be well considered, as it really is a lifelong commitment. To make the process easier, we have compiled a general list of considerations that should be taken into account before deciding upon the breed you want to get. What dog should I get? 1. Size This is an incredibly important aspect to look into while deciding upon the breed. The size of the dog you eventually get will largely depend on the type of residence you live in. Apartment residents will need to abide by the list of HDB Approved dogs; the official list is available on the Housing and Development Board website. The breeds listed are typically smaller and have a lesser requirement for space. Dogs that are larger (for example, a Labrador Retriever) will have greater energy expenditure and require more space to be healthy. However, larger dogs can also be kept in apartments with suitable care and exercise (for example, taking the dog out regularly for long walks). 2. Energy Level Of The Dog It is immensely important that the dog’s energy level is compatible with that of its owner. The owner needs to be cognizant of its pet’s energy and find suitable ways to channel it appropriately. For example, Alaskan Malamutes have high energy levels and will need to be exercised regularly. If you lead an active lifestyle, high energy breeds are a great choice. However, if your lifestyle is greatly sedentary or you don’t have enough time to walk your dog, consider getting a low energy breed (for example, a French Bulldog). It is essential to ensure that your dog receives sufficient exercise to expend its built-up energy. Unused energy may be converted into aggression, general inertia or restlessness (chewing on objects left around, barking, prancing around the household). Just as exercise forms a pivotal part of human health, dogs require exercise to ward off diseases such as heart disease and obesity. 3. Temperament Of The Breed Behavioral traits of a breed are an important factor to take into consideration before you bring a dog home. If children are present at home, consider getting a breed that is relatively more docile and companionable. Popular choices for child-friendly breeds include the Golden Retriever and Bulldogs. These dogs are not only immensely loyal, but are also highly intelligent and sensitive. They are easy to train which makes them great dogs to play with children. Their docile and loving nature not only makes them perfect fits for kids, but they also make wonderful companions for adults. Clock ten miles on the beach or hop into a swimming pool on a sweltering summer day; these furkids are ready for it all! If you lead an athletic lifestyle, energetic breeds like the Border Collie or Weimaraner make great jogging companions. Since these breeds have notably high endurance and stamina, they don’t tire out easily. If you are more interested in owning a dog for the purpose of security, German Shepherds and Dobermans are particularly renowned for their strong sense of territory. Any trespassing will trigger a series of barks from these breeds, alerting you instantly. There are several other parameters that will influence the temperament of a breed, such as gender and parental history. Research has shown that male dogs are likely to be slightly more ebullient, territorial and playful compared to their female counterparts. The temperament of your dog’s parents is also a strong indication of behavioral traits that your pet is likely to exhibit. It is always a good idea to ask about the history of the parents to gain foresight about your pet’s temperament in the future. 4. Maintenance Some breeds are prone to shedding more hair than others, such as the Shetland Sheepdog. Maintenance for these dogs will involve cleaning the house regularly to ward off the growth of any unwanted microbes. Breeds with thicker coats such as the Irish Setter, will require frequent grooming to prevent tangles and knots setting in the hair. If you anticipate that you may not have sufficient time to devote to the maintenance of your pet, opt for breeds like the Beagle and Jack Russell Terrier, which have comparatively lesser grooming requirements, for they have shorter fur coats. Whichever breed you ultimately choose, remember that all dogs are created equal. Owning a dog is an incredibly rewarding experience and you can expect to make relationships that will last forever.
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What To Do When My Cat Stops Eating?
Occasionally you may find that your cat seems fussier about its food, only choosing to sample its food before walking away. Perhaps your cat could show signs of refusing to eat whenever you try to set your feline down. Being familiar with your cat’s habits will help you recognize any behavioural changes and you can work out why it may be unwilling or unable to eat as it did before. Here are some reasons why your cat is refusing food.   Why Is My Cat Not Eating?   1. Changes In Routine Or Environment Cats are very sensitive to changes in routine and atmosphere. It may be something as simple as your having introduced a new cat to your household, as this could arouse feelings of insecurity. A change in the arrangement of furniture could also unsettle your cat. 2. Emotional Problem Have you been on holiday recently and left your cat with a cat kennel and someone else to look after him daily? A disinterest in food might be due to a simple case of depression. Such minor issues will not present much of a headache for you as they can be dealt with easily. Offering a little healthy treat to tempt your cat or putting a little bit of meat jelly onto its gums just might persuade it to have a little something to eat. You could also try offering a taste of something your cat really does like, to see whether it’s turning its nose up at what’s being offered, or if there are other reasons for its reluctance to eat. 3. Food Transition With cats accustomed to receiving carbohydrate-rich food, a switch to a more health conscious diet could be the reason for its disinterest in food. A refusal of food may be a cat’s attempt to show its displeasure in being denied its desires. Your cat may be under the mistaken impression that if it waits long enough you may relent and give in. However, you should also note that putting an overweight cat on a crash diet of low-carbohydrate food can result in your cat refusing to eat for more than two days. In such circumstances, a prolonged period of rejecting nourishment is likely to result in liver problems as your cat draws on his fat reserves and doesn’t take in the protein which he needs. In other circumstances, should your cat persist in not eating for more than a day or two, it could hint at an underlying health problem. In such situations, a consultation with your veterinarian is advised. 4. Health Problem Your cat might have a problem with its teeth or jaws which make eating painful or difficult, as would any problems associated with its digestive system. It could be suffering from inflamed gums or a broken tooth, a cut in its mouth, or an abscess in its jaws arising from a deep scratch. Your feline could also be experiencing discomfort in its stomach or have an intestinal condition which will reduce its appetite. Your veterinarian will advise on the best course of treatment in these scenarios. However, keeping an eye on your cat and its behaviour will help you deal with any problems before they get worse or chronic, and both you and your vet can make sure it has a full and happy life.   What Is The Food That Cats Love The Most? Cats, in general, prefer food with a strong smell and soft texture. They prefer the food at either room temperature or slightly warm. How Can I Get My Cat To Eat?   If your cat will not eat, interact with them and let them come to you for attention. If the problem is stress-related, this one-on-one with them may help. If he still won’t eat after a couple of days, consult your vet on what other options there are. If your cat appears to be stressed out by a possible visit to the vet, consider engaging one who will make house halls. If your cat loves playing in the outdoors, it could be that they’ve been stuffing themselves on what nature provided for them and they really don’t need another meal. They might also have been fed by someone else — be sure to add a tag to your cat’s collar so that strangers know that they are not strays. Also, if your cat has any problems with their teeth or gums then this will also put them off their food. It is therefore imperative that you deal with the root issue of your oral care by using long term solutions like sprinkling granules onto their foods to help prevent plaques, or to impose a strict teeth cleaning regime. Be sure to check if their bowls are clean. Cat dishes should be washed at least once a day for dry foods and after every serving for wet foods. Leftover foods allow bacteria to grow which can be harmful to cats, and be doubly sure not to place their food near their litter trays — as the saying goes, ‘don’t eat where you poop’! If you have been feeding your cat dry food, try changing it more frequently especially in a humid environment as dry food, will absorb water, making it soft and potentially off-putting for your cat. In addition to changing their existing dry foods, try adding a bit of wet food to their diet to mix it up! Cats like a bit of variety, and they can be bored with the taste and texture of crunchy dry foods. If you are not using dry food but wet food straight from the fridge, consider warming the food before serving them to your cat. Cats are like humans, in that their sense of taste is closely linked to their sense of smell — if they can’t smell their food, they can’t taste it. Cold foods will not smell as much as they do in room or warmer temperatures, so a quick pop in the microwave should get those feline whiskers twitching! And if they are still not attracted by the wet foods, try adding a few biscuits on top to vary the texture. Syringe feed and feeding tubes are viable options if your cats are still not eating, but only use this as a last resort!   What Can I Feed A Sick Cat? In order to recover, encourage your sick feline friend to eat small, frequent meals with high energy, palatable and highly digestible food. Hand-feeding is highly recommended. Meanwhile, fresh water should be available at all times as well. Your veterinarian may suggest giving fluids or liquid food via a syringe if your cat can’t eat on his own.   How Long A Cat Can Live Without Food? In general, cats can potentially survive for weeks without eating, but that heavily depends on their water intake and overall health. If your cat fails to eat for more than 1 day, it is highly recommended to bring him to the vet clinic, according to PetMD.   How Much Water Does A Cat Need To Drink A Day? Water is far more essential for a cat’s survival. According to Catological, cats generally can’t survive without water for more than 3 – 4 days before organ failure occurs. Dr. Jenna Ashton explains that the daily water requirement of a cat is roughly a cup per 10 pounds of body weight.   How Do I Get My Cat To Drink? One option is to feed wet food to your cat or to simply add wet food to dry kibble. If wet food isn’t the option, get him a drinking fountain as the flowing water in the fountain can encourage increased water intake.   How Long Can A Cat Be Left Alone? An adult cat should be fine to be left alone for 2 days as long as fresh water and a sufficient amount of food are accessible at all times. However, it still depends on other factors, including the safety of the environment and the overall health of your cat. Japanese article: 【猫の食欲不振】ご飯を食べない猫の原因と食べさせ方
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How to Pet Cats Properly
One of the best ways to bond and communicate with your cat is by petting them. Many cats love to be stroked, petted, and scratched. Petting your cats is one of the best ways to show you love and care about them. Interestingly, your feline friend is not the only one benefiting from this event, as petting your animal can help relieve anxiety and stress in humans. Your cat enjoys this exercise and would want you to pet them more often. However, many cat owners have been doing this the wrong way. There is a better way of petting your cat. The exercise is mainly for them, not you. With the proper petting approach, your cat will not only have a good time in your arms, but you will also be able to detect if there are any problems going on under their hair that you cannot see. Without wasting much time, here’s the proper way to pet your cats! How to Pet Your Cat Properly You need to focus on providing your feline friend with as much control and choice as possible when petting them. For instance, giving them a choice is determining whether they want to be petted or not. You should also let them have control over where they want to be touched and for how long. Here are the best ways to pet your cat. 1. Determine Whether They Want to Be Petted or Not The first step to petting your cat properly is determining whether they want to be petted. To know if your cat needs petting, you have to read their body language first. It is not ideal for picking up your cat whenever you want to pet them; you need to respect their space. Cats are very sensitive to touch, and their body language will help you determine if they are okay with a stroke or cuddle. If your cat is purring, it’s a sign they want to be cuddled or petted. However, if they are hissing, scratching, turning away, or trying to escape when you want to pet them, it’s a sign they are not in the mood for it. A feline that wants to be petted will be relaxed throughout the process. They might even nudge underneath your hands or rub the sides of their mouth across your hand when you stop stroking them. 2. Know Where They Want to Be Petted The second phase to getting this even right is giving your cat control. You are not the one being petted, so you need to allow your cat to choose where they love being petted the most. In general, cats like being touched or petted around the regions of their facial glands, including under their chin, the base of their ears, and around their cheeks. They prefer those areas over other areas like their back, tummy, and base of their tail. Their underbellies, whiskers, tails, and paws are super sensitive, so you should avoid them. Nevertheless, not all cats are the same. You might need to spend quality time experimenting with your cat to know the best places they like being petted and touched. 3. Know When to Stop Knowing when to stop is the key to having a great petting session. You need to observe your cat’s body language to know when they’ve had enough. If your cat starts turning its head, moving, or shifting away, it means you should stop. You should respect their body language and allow them to go when they want to. Besides petting your cat, there are several ways to entertain them. One of the best ways to keep them active and engaged is by providing them with quality cat toys. We highly recommend the following products for this purpose. Product Recommendations Pawise Kitty Roundabout Cat Toy: This is a fun and highly interactive toy to keep your cat busy for an extended period. It has some stylish and appealing designs to attract your cat’s attention. You can bat the ball on the toy to watch it go round and round while your cat preys on it to satisfy his hunting instincts. Kong Feather Teaser Cat Toy: This toy makes a crinkle sound to always attract your feline’s attention. It is designed for interactive play. The toy’s crinkle sound and bright features will tempt your cat to capture it. It is safe and highly durable, thanks to the quality material used to make it. Kong Cuteseas Octopus Cat Toy: If you are not always around to touch and cuddle your cat, this is the perfect toy to give them. The toy has a plush, soft corduroy body for cuddling and snuggling. It also makes a crinkle sound to encourage play. The toy’s design is safe and promotes healthy exercise for indoor cats. It is also suitable for cats of all life stages.
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Do You Know How to Pet a Dog? Techniques Dogs Will Love
Petting a dog may seem so simple for most pet owners, but it’s not the case with some. While certain petting tactics will have a dog shoving his body against the owner eager for affection, other petting strategies send most dogs running in the other direction. Not all breeds start out eagerly seeking affection. Some dogs may not welcome demonstrative displays of affection. Fortunately, there is an ideal and wrong way to pet a dog. Sadly, most people always dive right into touching a dog they just met or don’t even know. Some pet owners also fail to read their dog’s body language when they are trying to tell them to “stop.” Here is everything you need to know about petting your dog correctly, including petting styles to avoid and those to employ. 1. Approach the Dog Carefully Successful petting is greatly determined by how you approach a dog. Always remember not to pet the dog until he hints you to go ahead. Despite what a lot of people were taught, it’s not always a good idea to offer a dog your hand to sniff. Follow the steps below for a successful first impression with a dog. • Inquire from the owner if you can handle the dog- Most dogs always look friendly from the outside, but you may not be able to tell how the dog reacts to strangers if you don’t really know him. Follow the owner’s instructions. You are also free to inquire the owner about the dog petting preferences. • Be very careful when approaching a dog that has no owner- This often happens when you come across a stray dog on the street. You need to approach such a dog cautiously and stay in a position where you can be able to defend yourself just in case. Always remember that chained dogs are more likely to bite. The same applies to dogs that are busy eating or chewing on something. • Draw back from action if the pup displays any signs of discomfort or aggression- Signs of discomfort consist of pulling the ears back, holding the tail low, lip licking, and displaying the whites of its eyes. Signs of aggression include holding the body in a rigid position, growling, raising the tail, and barking. Abandon the petting attempt if the dog does not calm down within half a minute. • Invite the dog to approach you by bending over closer to their level- Remember not to bend down directly over the dog because it could make him feel under threat. Relax, squat down, extend your hand, and let the dog come to you. Having treats in handy is one of the best tactics that usually works out for many people. • Persuade the dog to come closer to you- Some dogs may feel shy or even hide from you. It’s better if you could ask about the dog’s name. Use the name to gently and persistently persuade the dog to come close to you. Most dogs become less aggressive or shy at the mention of their names. • Offer your fist for the dog to examine- You can only hold out your fist for the dog to investigate if he appears relaxed and doesn’t show signs of discomfort or aggression. Your fist should be directed towards the dog’s nose and not the face. By sniffing you, the dog will be evaluating whether you’re a threat or not. Wait until the dog is satisfied with sniffing you before you start petting him. It’s even better when he starts licking you because it’s a way of letting you know that he has an affection for you and he already trusts you. • Evaluate whether the dog is comfortable and ready for petting- A comfortable dog will loosen its muscles, wag its tail, and make a brief eye contact. Wagging tails may also insinuate that a dog is tense and ready to bite. Make sure you can differentiate between the two. Stop petting the dog and hold your fist out again if he tries to move away. 2. Petting an Unfamiliar Dog When you see an unknown or stray dog, it’s important not to spook him as you approach. Most people often make a mistake of running after a stray dog trying to catch him. Even the nicest dogs will panic if you approach them instantly. Here is what you should do when you want to pet an unfamiliar dog: • Pet the dog around the ears if he doesn’t show signs of aggression- Do not approach the dog from above its face. It’s advisable that you approach the dog from the side of his head. • Proceed to other areas- Continue to other areas if you have succeeded in petting the dog around the ears. Try moving your hand across the crown or the back, while gently scratching with your fingers. Don’t pet the dog’s legs, private parts, and the tail. • Stop petting if the dog reacts weirdly- Dogs have different petting preferences. Any sudden moves, including lowering the tail and growling should signal that you need to stop whatever you are doing and stay still. You may pet different spots if the dog calms down. • Avoid sudden movements- Maintain gentle scratching because moving rapidly to a different area may cause unwanted reactions. 3. Petting a Familiar Dog Pet owners should teach their dogs to tolerate being touched and petted by strangers and children in places they don’t like. The following are some ideal ways you can employ to ease your dog into petting. • Learn which types of petting your dog adores- Identify your dog’s sweet spots. Most dogs prefer belly rubs, while others like being stroked on the back. Avoid rubbing the dog’s belly if he seems tense. Concentrate more on areas the dog enjoys being petted most. • Teach children and strangers how to pet dogs- Dogs are often nervous around strangers and kids. It doesn’t matter whether a dog has grown up with children since kids tend to be clumsy when handling dogs. Teach kids in the house to know how to kiss, grab, or hug a dog. Make sure that children understand the negative impact of pulling a dog’s tail. • Massage your dog thoroughly once in a while- Give your dog an enjoyable massage by rubbing him from head to tail for about 10 to 15 minutes. This will also help you identify any bumps on your dog’s skin that requires veterinary checkup. The Bottom Line Petting a dog reduces stress and anxiety, encourages deeper breathing, and strengthens his immune system. Furthermore, petting also strengthens the bond between you and your dog. Aside from petting, pet owners can also play and bond with their dogs to increase circulation and decrease pain. Below are some of the best dog toys that provide lots of comfort to your dog and are also important to your furry friend’s welfare. ·       Zippypaws NomNomz – Boba Milk Tea – Plush Dog Toy Zippypaws NomNomz- Boba Milk Tea – Plush Dog is great for small and medium dogs. It has 2 round squeakers that your dog will probably enjoy playing with. ·       Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Artichoke Treat Dispenser Dog Toy Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Artichoke Treat Dispenser Dog Toy  is suitable for dogs of all sizes and breeds. You can take dog training to a whole new level with the treat dispensing Orbee-Tuff Artichoke. ·       KONG Squeakair Ball Dog Toy KONG Squeakair Ball Dog Toy combines two classic toys; the squeaker toy and the tenni ball, making it perfect for games of fetch. It’s made with non-abrasive felt, which will not wear down your dog’s teeth. ·       Furball Collective Ang Ku Kueh Squeakie Dog Toy Furball Collective Ang Ku Kueh Squeakie Dog Toy contains fun squeakers that will entice and excite your dog. It also comes in a soft plush with cotton filling. ·       Kong Classic Dog Toy Kong Classic Dog Toy is a mentally stimulating toy that offers enrichment by helping satisfy a dog’s instinctual needs. The red natural rubber is ideal for dogs that like to chew.
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Brand Review: Stella & Chewy’s
Stella & Chewy’s is a well-experienced and highly reputable pet food manufacturing company. This private company has been in the industry for over two decades. Stella & Chewy’s specializes in producing food & beverages and pet supplies. Marc Hill is the CEO of this great establishment and is well-experienced in the pet industry. Stella & Chewy’s headquarters is located at Oak Creek, Wisconsin, but their products are known and sold across the United States. They have also gained global recognition as their products are known far and wide. The specialties of Stella & Chewys include: Frozen and freeze-dried raw food for cats and dogs Frozen and freeze-dried treats for dogs and cats Dog kibble Cat kibble Wet food for dogs Wet food for cats Various pet treats In 2003, Stella & Chewy’s started in a small kitchen in a 600-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, NY. It all started with two dogs and one tiny freezer. Over the years, their kitchen and capacity grew enormously. They currently operate their central facility out of Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Stella & Chewy’s started as a raw pet food brand only. However, the company has expanded beyond raw food over the years. They now have a wide range of products to meet the budges of all pet owners and the needs of various pet sizes and breeds. Stella & Chewy’s Nutrition Philosophy This pet food company is committed to producing the highest quality natural pet food. To achieve their goal, they focus on nutrition, safety, palatability, and convenience. Stella & Chewy’s has been able to stand tall in the pet food industry because of its practices like: High-Quality Ingredients: They use the world’s best ingredients from trusted suppliers to make their food. The ingredients are 100 percent organic fruits and veggies to ensure your pet gets all the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Responsibly Sourced Ingredient: Besides being of high quality, the ingredients used to make the food are all responsibly sourced. The animal protein, fruits, and vegetables are all from known and trusted suppliers. They use farm-raised, cage-free, wild-caught, and grass-fed animals as protein sources. Balanced and Complete: All their pet foods are 100 percent balanced and complete. The well-balanced and complete nutrition diets will ensure your dogs and cats thrive optimally and live a healthy, happy life. They are fortified with enough minerals and vitamins to ensure your dog or cat gets the nutrition they need. Product Recommendations Dog Products Stella & Chewy’s Cage-Free Chicken Broth Topper: This topper is made with responsibly sourced, single animal protein. It includes sweet potato and nutrient-rich pumpkin, which are highly beneficial superfoods. Furthermore, the topper is easily digestible and high in collagen. It has a sweet smell and taste that can attract even the fussiest dogs. Stella & Chewy’s Freeze Dried Duck Duck Goose Meal Mixers: This mixer is made with raw protein and pure ingredients to provide your pet with natural, wholesome nutrition. This formula is made with premium ingredients like a duck with ground bone, goose, turkey liver, turkey, turkey gizzard, and other fruits and veggies. It also contains omega fatty acids for healthy skin and coat. Stella & Chewy’s Freeze Dried Raw Coated Kibble: This is a delicious and easily digestible dry formula for dogs. It is made with premium ingredients to ensure your dog gets all the essential vitamins and minerals they need to thrive. It is an irresistible diet with a very attractive smell and sweet taste. It also contains natural ingredients to help improve your dog’s skin and coat health. Stella & Chewy’s Absolutely Rabbit Dog Dinner Patties: This formula is made with raw, natural ingredients. It is free of artificial ingredients, preservatives, colors, and flavors. It contains antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies like spinach, cranberries, carrots, blueberries, and broccoli to help boost the immune health of your dog. The formula contains natural sources of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and a shiny coat. Cat Products Stella & Chewy’s Raw Coated Cat Kibble: This dry kibble for cats is made with wild-caught salmon, which is a super protein source. If you have a fuzzy cat, this food is for them, as it has an irresistible taste and smell. Stella & Chewy’s Perfect Pate: If you are looking for the perfect wet food to satisfy your cats’ cravings, we highly recommend this option. It is made with cage-free turkey, a novel protein source. In addition to being tasty, the meal is nutritionally complete and balanced. It is also grain-free, making it suitable for cats with sensitivities. Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Cravings Savory Shreds: This product is for pet owners who want their cats to eat like their ancestors. It is a simple ingredient formula, with only four to six simple ingredients. The food is well-moist to keep your cat hydrated. It is also low in carbs and rich in protein, making it a great weight management diet.
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