July is National Pet Hydration Month and with good reason -- it's been hot, humid and unbearable for humans and that means if it's uncomfortable for you, it's uncomfortable for your pets.
Did you know that your dog should drink one ounce of water for each pound of his body weight? This means your five pound poodle should drink five ounces a day and your seventy pound lab should drink seventy ounces of water daily. That is a lot of water and it might be hard for a human to drink seventy ounces of water daily so how do you get your dog to drink enough water to keep him hydrated during the hot summer months?
Here are some ways in which to keep your pet hydrated.
- Offer flavored water. There are water flavorings on the market that boast beef, chicken and liver flavors. You put in the number of recommended drops into your dog’s water bowl and he may be more inclined to drink enough water because it has a flavor.
- Serve their water in a fountain bowl. Many dogs and cats prefer to drink “moving” water instead of “stagnant” water in their usual water bowl. In the wild, dogs would look for moving bodies of water rather than drink out of a puddle, if possible.
- Freeze their favorite treat in an ice cube or a bowl. If your dog loves watermelon or has a favorite treat, freeze those in a large bowl or ice cube tray. Once frozen, give it to your dog and he will have to lick the ice cube or frozen bowl to get to the treat. He’ll be getting more water in the process.
- Freeze his water bowl. If you’re sitting outside with your dog or are at a picnic or on a road trip, a frozen water bowl will assure he has access to cold water while you’re out and about. If you’re at work and your dog is home alone, a frozen water bowl will provide him with access to cold water all day long.
- Make sure, no matter where you are that your dog has constant access to water. If your dog is home alone you need to make sure he has fresh water available all day long. You will also want to give him toys to keep him entertained so he doesn’t scratch or claw your doors or window sills while you’re away!
A note of caution, though, don’t let your dog drink swimming pool water or salt water (from an ocean or sea); the chemicals and salt can sicken him. If your dog loves to play in the water, fill a kiddie pool with clean, fresh water and let him splash in that and drink the water from there to his heart’s content.
What is your favorite trick to get your dog to drink enough water? We’d love to hear it!
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Spring has finally sprung. It’s a time of renewal and to open the windows to air out your house and welcome in the warm weather. If you’re a pet owner you know you’ve been breathing in cat and dog fur and dander.
We know when you have dogs and cats you want to keep your house clean, even though it may be a losing battle as all pet lovers know!
When you’re a pet parent, spring cleaning may seem even more daunting – dust bunnies the size of puppies under the fridge, anyone? Start now. Tackle one room at a time and you’ll be starting summer with a clean slate and a clean house!
Spring Cleaning Tasks For Pet Parents
- Get pet hair off furniture. Even if you vacuum the furniture regularly, you should do a deep cleaning to get rid of all the pet hair – or as much as you can! Remove furniture slipcovers, brush or vacuum up as much pet hair as you can using a lint brush or a grooming glove.
- Move furniture. Sweep and vacuum under couches, beds, the refrigerator and other dark corners of your house to remove as much hair as possible.
- Deep clean carpets. If you live in an area of the country with snow and ice and winter that eventually turns into dirt and mud you will want to deep clean the carpets. Cleaning carpets removes ground in dirt and rock salt and unwanted pet smells. Choose carpet and other household cleaning items that won’t harm the environment and more importantly won’t harm your pets or other family members.
- Deep clean litter boxes. Even better – replace the litter boxes. Make a note to replace the litter boxes several times a year. Even if you clean them regularly, when your cat scratches, she is digging into the plastic and that leads to bacteria and odors being trapped in those gouges she’s made.
- Thoroughly clean pet bowls and toys. Many pet parents clean their dog and cat’s food and water bowls at least weekly, but if you don’t make sure to take the time during spring cleaning to thoroughly wash and dry all bowls. Clean the food mat or tray the bowls sit on. Check for washing instructions on toys and bowls and put them in the dishwasher or washing machine to deep clean them – use pet friendly soaps.
If your dog or cat has been scratching the doors or window sills or even scratching up the furniture, add “repair doors, window sills and furniture” to your spring cleaning list. Repair the scratched areas, paint or refinish them then protect it with a Door Shield or with our new Furniture Shields.
Once you’re done with your spring cleaning, you can kick back and enjoy the spring and summer weather ahead surrounded by your dogs and cats in a clean house!
CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from damage caused by dogs and cats. Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like window sills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more.
Whether you share your life with a cat, a dog, multiple cats and dogs or a mixture of both do you know the traits of a good pet parent? This isn’t a trick question by any means.
Caring for dogs and/or cats is a big responsibility and if you’re a new pet parent you may wonder what the traits of a good pet parent are. We have rounded up a few for your consideration.
You are responsible. Caring for a pet means putting his or her needs before your own. No more weekends away at the spur of the moment, unless you have a responsible, reliable family member or pet sitter lined up. You look forward to getting home after work because you know your pet will be there to snuggle with you.
You become a saver. When you have a pet you know you have to save for veterinary visits and emergency health issues that may arise. You learn to set aside money regularly to assure your pet will receive the care he needs.
You learn to share your space. In other words, you’re no longer selfish when it comes to sleeping in the entire bed yourself. You are happy with a sliver of the bed as long as your cat or dog is comfortable you will sleep in an uncomfortable position so you don’t disturb them. Do they need to be constantly on your lap? You’re all right with that, too.
You find yourself talking about them all the time. If you’re an empty nester, you may find your phone is full of pet photos. Even if you have young children, you will likely be showing people pictures of your children and your pets together. They are a package deal, after all!
Your pet always has the best – the best food, clothing, bedding – you name it. You’re willing to eat ramen as long as Fluffy and Fido are well taken care of. Just as you’d make certain your human children had their needs met first, you’re also doing the same with your furry children.
You may learn to cook. If your pet has a health issue and requires a unique diet, you may find yourself in the kitchen trying out recipes for her meals. You may also enjoy being in the kitchen baking your pets healthy, organic ingredients rather than relying on store bought treats.
You learn patience. Sharing your life with a dog or cat means you need to be patient. You will have to have patience to housetrain your puppy. You will need patience when you’re trying to sleep and your cat is attacking your toes. You will have to understand, if you adopt a shelter dog or cat, they may need more love and attention because they are afraid -- this means more hugs, pats and accepting kisses from them.
You will definitely want to avoid these pet parent mistakes:
- Getting a dog or cat without truly putting thought into the responsibility and that it is a relationship for a life time.
- Not training your puppy or kitten
- Being inconsistent with training. If your dog isn’t allowed to chew shoes on Monday, he shouldn’t be allowed to do that on a Tuesday, either. If your cat shouldn’t scratch the couch on a Wednesday, you shouldn’t allow him to do it on a Thursday. You get where we are going here, right?
- Giving too many treats. This can lead to obesity.
- Not giving your dog or cat regular exercise
- Not introducing your puppy or kitten to other humans and other dogs or cats. Socialization is necessary for your pet.
- Not making your home pet-friendly. Just as you would “baby proof” for a toddler, so too do you need to puppy- or kitten-proof the house. This could mean putting up CLAWGUARD door shields so your puppy or dog doesn’t destroy the door frame. It could mean using CLAWGUARD furniture shield to protect your furniture from your cats’ claws. Remember, scratching is instinctual behavior for all cats – it’s up to the pet parent to give the cat a place to do what comes naturally!
Being a pet parent is a responsibility that will pay back rewards in puppy kisses and kitten snuggles and you will have a life long companion as your puppy and kitten grow old!
Can you remember life before you became a pet parent? Once you have begun sharing your life with a cat or dog you simply cannot imagine not having them there to greet you when you come home. Now that you’ve been a pet parent you may find you’ve developed some of these unique traits.
CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from damage caused by dogs and cats. Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like window sills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more. CLAWGUARD products relieve pet owner anxiety.