Toilet Training Your Dog

Toilet Training Your DogFinding any evidence of potty accidents around the house can be pretty dismaying for pet owners. Even if your pet has been housetrained, there are instances when he is unable to hold it in, and you should be ready to deal with these accidents properly. Before anything else, always remember that punishment has no place in correcting your pet’s behavior. Be patient and take steps to identify what is causing him to behave this way.  Knowing the underlying reasons and understanding them can lead to effective management or retraining. For some dogs, the behavior may be a result of boredom due to a lack of physical and mental stimulation; for some, it can be due to separation anxiety; it can also be a red flag of an underlying health issue. In some instances, a dog may need re-training. While the problem may take a while to correct, be patient and be consistent in taking your dog to its potty area in the yard. You may also schedule an appointment at your pet clinic Kalamazoo, MI so your pet can be examined thoroughly to rule out any potential health issues.

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Good Quality Cat Food

Good Quality Cat FoodPremium quality cat food should have a high amount of meat-based protein in order to meet their specific dietary requirement as obligate carnivores. When buying cat food, choose only those with real meat as the first ingredient. Examine the list of ingredients to make sure that it is using meat rather than meat by-products, and has little or no grains. Another ingredient that you should check in pet food for cats is the source of meat or the specific animal it is from. Poor quality pet food may use meat from prey animals or from a road kill. Meat and bone meal has no place in any pet ration. Cats can develop problems associated with long-term, low-grade dehydration as a result of inadequate water intake. Giving canned food is one way to remedy this problem because it contains more water than kibble. For more information about your cat’s dietary needs visit your veterinarian Kalamazoo, MI.

Getting Your Home Ready for Doggy Visitors

Just because you don’t have a dog doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of canines in your life! Whether you’re planning a family gathering, a friend’s birthday party, or a holiday event, you may find yourself opening your doors to your guests’ four legged companions.

Here are a few tips for getting your home ready for doggy visitors.

Take care of your own pets first

It is extremely important to think about your own pets before you do anything else. For example, a professional pet clinic recommends setting up a sanctuary room if you have a cat. Put food, water, a litter box, and some toys in the room and keep the door shut so your furry friend isn’t stressed out.

If you have a dog of your own, you have to think about how he will react to other animals in his home. If he’s over protective, anxious, or shy, consider putting a kennel in a bedroom where he can relax as you invite other animals into your home. Once the guests have arrived, consider bringing him out on a leash.

Be ready with snacks and water

If you have guests coming over, you expect to give them drinks and provide them with snacks. The same is true of any furry friends that enter your home.

Make sure you set out a few different water bowls so more than one dog can take a drink at a time. Chances are, you won’t have to worry about feeding the animals who come to visit, but you should make sure there are a few different treats to choose from. That way the canines’ owners can pick which treats they want to feed their pooch, and you can show their pets that your home is a fun place to be.

Make your home safer

Dogs can get into a lot of trouble. It’s important to think ahead and prevent any accidents that could happen.

Keep human food out of reach so your furry guests don’t decide to snarf down hors d’oeuvres that could make them sick. Make sure small items, like toys, ribbon, and rubber bands are tucked away in drawers and cabinets. You may also want to consider shutting doors to rooms, like bedrooms, where animals shouldn’t be allowed.

If you’re looking for more tips on getting your home dog-ready, contact your local pet clinic!

Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Pet Rat

You have the cage ready, you have the right water bottle, and you have a rat-friendly place outside the cage for your pet to play. Just don’t forget about the food!

There’s more to feeding your rat than you might think. Here’s everything a professional animal hospital wants you to know about making sure your critter is well-fed.

The right food

It is extremely important to buy the right food. With so many choices at the pet store, it doesn’t seem like it would be hard. The truth is, much of the food at the store really isn’t that good for your critter.

Seeds and nuts are loved by rats, but they’re loved in the same way that many of us love chips and cookies. If you get your pet food that is heavy in seeds and nuts, he’ll end up gaining weight. If you buy a mixed food, he’ll likely pick out all the goodies and leave behind the healthy stuff.

Instead, buy lab block for your rat and save all that other stuff as a special treat. That way he still gets to eat all the treats he loves, but it doesn’t negatively affect his weight.

Feeding frequency

Unlike dogs and cats that often overeat when confronted with food all the time, rats are able to pace themselves. They won’t overeat if you make sure their bowl is full. That means it’s best if you just make sure your furry little friend has plenty to eat at all times.

However, that doesn’t mean you should fill up his bowl every day! Rats like to take their food from the bowl and hide it in the cage. By filling the bowl every single day, you’re just giving him food that you’ll end up having to throw away when it’s time to clean the cage.

Instead, try and learn your pet’s eating habits. Only fill the bowl when you know there’s only a couple of morsels left in the cage.

The right bowl

Although rats like to hide their food in the cage, you should still start by putting the food in a bowl. Any bowl will technically do, but glass and stainless steel bowls are the best because they won’t harbor bacteria like plastic and ceramic bowls can.

Learn more from your local animal hospital!

How to Make Sure Your Pet Rats Are Cared for When You’re on Vacation

A lot goes into planning a vacation. You have to make all the plane, car, and hotel arrangements. You have to know what to pack and you have to know what you’re going to do when you get there. Well, if you have pets, your work isn’t done yet.

You have to make sure someone will care for them while you’re gone!

Here’s how a professional vet suggests you have someone care for your rats while you’re on vacation.

Find someone who likes rodents

The first step can be the hardest. You have to find someone who isn’t afraid of rodents!

Unfortunately, many people don’t care for rats. From their long tails to their reputation for being dirty, many people have the wrong idea about these critters. If you choose someone who doesn’t like rodents to care for your pets, they probably aren’t going to do a very good job.

Only ask someone who is comfortable handling your pets. That way you can ensure they will be cared for properly while you’re gone.

Food and water

Their biggest job will be to make sure your critters have plenty of food and water. Give them plenty to eat and they may only have to check in on them every few days. A large water bottle can ensure they only have to check on your pets a few times while you’re gone as well.

Make sure they give your critters treats too! Just make sure they know not to give your pets too much.

Cleaning the cage

If your rats are trained to use small litter boxes in the cage, they will need to be cleaned at least once a day. Whether they use litter boxes or not, the cage should be cleaned at least once a week. If you’ll be gone longer than that, your helper will have to replace the bedding too.

Playtime

Don’t forget about playtime! Show your friend or family member how your critters like to play outside the cage. Then, when they come every day or two to check on your rats, they can get them out to play.

To learn more about how to make sure your rats are properly cared for while you’re on vacation, call and ask for advice from your local vet.

Tips for Making Your Hamster as Happy as He Can Be

We all want what’s best for our furry friends, but sometimes life gets busy and we slack on our duties. In some cases, we don’t actually know what’s best for our pets. But, with a little research and diligence, we can make sure our critters are as happy as they can be.

Here are a few tips from a professional vet on how to make sure your hamster is happy.

Food and water

It should come as no surprise that the happiest hamsters are full and hydrated. To make sure your critter is as happy as he can be, give him plenty of lab block to chew on and a full bottle of water at all times.

That’s a good start, but if you really want to make your hammy as happy as he possibly can be, give him treats every once in a while! You can find tasty snacks at the pet store that your critter is sure to love, but don’t be afraid to experiment with the vegetables in the refrigerator. Snacking on a carrot could really make your hamster’s day!

Fun things to do

Sitting around with nothing to do is no fun for you, but it’s no fun for your hamster either. In order to make sure your critter is happy, you have to make sure there are plenty of fun things for him to do.

Hamsters love to dig. Make sure there is plenty of bedding in the cage so he can move it around. Don’t be surprised if he moves most of the bedding into his nesting box!

Tubes are a must for hamsters. The more tubes the better! Get a cage that allows you to reconfigure the tubes so you can keep things fresh and exciting for your hammy.

Time with you

It may take a little time and dedication, but your hamster will learn to like spending time with you. Once he does, you should get him out to play regularly.

Let him run around in a hamster ball or create a special pen just for him that contains paper towels, wash rags, and treats so he can have fun exploring. You can even put him in your pocket!

A happy hamster is a healthy hamster, so make sure you schedule appointments with your vet whenever it’s necessary.

Tips for Raising Your Kitten Right From the Start

One of the benefits of bringing home a kitten is the ability to mold your new furry friend just the way you want. Of course, your feline will have a certain disposition, but starting early means you can avoid potential problems in the future.

Here are a few tips from a professional vet on raising your kitten right from the start.

Have your kitten spayed or neutered

One of the best things you can do is have your kitten spayed or neutered. For your sake and for his.

Animals that go into heat can be a real nuisance. Male felines will spray your house while female cats will yowl and cause a racket. By having your furry friend fixed, you can eliminate all of these problems.

The animal population is a real issue. By fixing your cat, you can prevent more felines from ending up in the shelter.

Why does it matter that you have your kitten fixed instead of waiting until he’s an adult? It’s much easier for young animals to recover. If you wait to fix your cat until he’s older, his recovery is going to take longer.

Microchip your kitty

A collar with your personal information is a good start when it comes to making sure your kitty is returned home should he ever get lost, but a microchip is even better.

Many kittens and even adult cats can easily wiggle out of their collar, which means no one will know where he belongs if he runs away and is found by someone else. A microchip can be scanned by veterinarians and animal shelters who can then contact you.

Keep your cat inside

Although the wide world can be fun for a kitten, it is very dangerous. And it’s stressful! Not only is your kitty more susceptible to getting hurt, he’s also more likely to get sick.

It’s important to keep your kitten inside from the very start. It’s nearly impossible to take an outside cat and turn him into an indoor animal. It’s much easier just to keep him inside in the first place. That way he’ll never know what he’s missing.

Of course, another important thing you need to do for your kitty is schedule annual appointments with your local vet to keep him in good health!