Here’s a fun infographic for you! The type of pet you own says a lot about you.
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Are You a Cat or a Dog Person via Pet Supplies
When you think of a responsible dog owner, what key characteristics come to mind?
For some, it’s waking up at 5am to let Fido out and fill his food bowl. Others feel that they are responsible pet owners because they feed only the most expensive dog food and go for walks at the same time of day every day. However you choose to define responsible dog ownership, there are a few basic ideas that fall under the category of “common courtesy” that you should always bear in mind.
Pick up after your dog! This is one of the most basic responsibilities of owning a dog. As a courtesy to your neighbors and other members of your community, always pick up pet waste during walks and off-leash play. There a few things worse than walking in your front door and realizing that you’ve brought a nice smelly surprise home with you. Don’t be the guy who left that mess behind for someone to step in.
Don’t let your pooch roam the neighborhood unattended. Okay, so maybe this doesn’t happen so often anymore, but this version of irresponsible pet ownership still exists. No matter how friendly or well socialized your pup may be, it’s not cool to let him or her wander through the neighborhood. Our pets are the best version of themselves when we are with them. In your absence, it’s very likely that he is begging for food from the neighbors, leaving “gifts” in their yards, digging in their trash, or any number of other naughty canine behaviors. Keep your pets next to you – they’re happier that way, anyway.
Remind your dog to mind his manners. Everybody loves dogs (right?), but nobody likes a dog who knocks them down every time they visit. Try to discourage your dog from jumping on people, begging your dinner guests for table scraps, and licking them to death. We understand that these are friendly behaviors that really aren’t harming anyone, but it’s still a nuisance to guests in your home, and they will definitely not earn you the “Responsible Dog Parent of the Year” award.
September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month (not to be confused with Responsible PET Ownership Month, which occurs in February). This month of recognition was created by the American Veterinary Association as a way of celebrating the efforts of the dog moms and dog dads who make the world a better place for our canine companions.
To learn more about the American Veterinary Medical Association’s definition of responsible dog ownership, visit the AVMA’s Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership.
…wait. It’s not what you think.
This is some seriously fun news, cat lovers. Like many of us, Pizza Hut Japan recognizes that two of the best things in the world are PIZZA and CATS. It’s pretty hard to argue against the idea that both of these things are awesome on their own, but what happens when you join the two together? Magic.
The good people at Pizza Hut Japan have capitalized on that magic by creating a new web video series about cats running one of the Pizza Hut restaurants.
Check out this article from CNET.com, titled “These Pizza Hut Cats Want to Serve and Entertain You,” which also includes links to the individual videos of the pizza cats. You really can’t miss these hilarious web commercials. Go ahead, check it out.
**The image posted here is strictly for entertainment purposes. We don’t recommend feeding pizza to your cat!
Most pet parents will probably agree that no holiday celebration is complete without their favorite furry sidekick, and Labor Day is no exception! However, since most Labor Day celebrations don’t typically include many dog-friendly activities, you’ll need to employ a little creativity when choosing how you’ll spend today with your best friend.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Host your own last-minute dog-friendly grill out. Since pets aren’t usually invited to the neighborhood barbeque, your friends and neighbors will probably be surprised when you call with an invitation specifically for their dog. We think it’s a super fun idea, though, however unusual it may be. Of course, it’s always a good idea to reserve the human food for the humans. Instead, be prepared with a lot of treats, toys, and water stations. Let the pups run and play together while you enjoy socializing with their owners.
Visit a Dog Park or a Dog Beach. Why not bring your pooch along while you’re out enjoying the last bit of summer? Instead of going to a regular beach (where pets are usually not allowed), visit a dog beach instead. Whether you choose a dog park or dog beach, pack a few snacks and bring enough fresh water for both you and Fido.
Take a Hike! The majority of national parks and forests are pet-friendly, and taking a hike with your best friend is a great way to spend the day. It’s fantastic exercise for both of you, and we guarantee that your dog will enjoy this activity as much (if not more) than you! To make it even more fun, invite some friends, and encourage them to bring their dogs, as well.
Do a little digging. If you’re looking for a specific dog-friendly event, whether it’s for this holiday or for any other day of the year, Bringfido.com is a fantastic resource. This is a worldwide directory service, which lists dog-friendly resorts, parks, beaches, restaurants, events, and anything else you can think of. Check online for events or play groups that you think may be fun for your pup.
Whatever you plan to do this Labor Day, make sure you’re making the most of these last few weeks of summer. Of course, we are also very interested in your pet’s safety, so we can’t resist reminding you to bring tons of water and keep him/her as cool as possible. Although it is late in the season, heat stroke and heat exhaustion are still common this time of year. Do your best to keep your beloved pooch safe from the harmful effects of extreme temperatures.
Did you know that certain school supplies can be hazardous to your furry sidekick? Whether it’s by choking or gastrointestinal foreign body, these items can absolutely be dangerous for pets. Pet360 has compiled a list of some of the most common culprits in the back-to-school hazards for your best friend.
Check out “Top 10 Scary School Supplies”, courtesy of Pet360.com.
Veterinary medicine has made incredible strides over the last couple of decades, and as a result, our pets are living longer and fuller lives. For those of us who have made a lifetime commitment to our furry family members, having them around longer is a joy and a blessing.
However, there seems to be a significant number of families who have “outgrown” their aging pets. At least, that’s the most logical conclusion that can be drawn from the growing trend of homelessness among senior pets. Well, as the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If yours is among the thousands of families who are interested in adopting a new pet, we’d like to urge you to consider a senior.
Still need some convincing? We’ve come prepared.
In many American animal shelters, senior pets are considered to be among the least adoptable pets, and they are often the first candidates for unnecessary euthanasia. We would love for that to change. If you’re in the market for a new pet, consider a senior. We can say with absolute conviction that you’ll be so glad you did.
Did you know…
While adult cats only have 30 teeth, dogs have 42. The reason for this difference is their individual dietary needs. Cats and dogs have the same number of incisors and canines, which are the teeth that are used for tearing meat. However, dogs also require vegetation in their diets (your best kitty friend is strictly carnivorous). Because of this difference, dogs have more molars and premolars, which are the teeth that are used for crushing and grinding plants. Regardless of their diets, though, our pets need their teeth cleaned regularly… just like we do!
The Basenji is the only breed of dog that is unable to actually bark. Instead, they make an unusual sound, often referred to as a “baroo”. It sounds similar to a yodel… check out the video below!
Do you ever wonder why your cat can climb gracefully upward, but when it is time to come down, she is either stuck or forced to jump? It’s a kitty paw design flaw! Because their claws are curved inward (like a hook), they are perfect for digging in to a surface so that she can then pull her body upward. However, this doesn’t work quite so well on the way down. Tell that to the neighborhood firemen the next time they need to rescue your cat from a tree. It’s not kitty’s fault!
A common misconception about dogs is that they are colorblind. This actually is not the case. While they don’t have the pleasure of experiencing the same robust color spectrum that we do, they do see some hints of color. Don’t worry that they are missing out on visual stimulation, however. Dogs have superior peripheral vision and can see extremely well in the dark.
Black cats have GOOD luck! The same gene that causes their fur to hold such a rich dark color comes along with the added benefit of increased resistance to certain viruses and bacteria. While this is certainly no reason to skimp on your best friend’s necessary preventative care, it’s still a fun fact to have on hand for the next time someone accused your adorable black feline of bringing bad luck.
If your pet is lost or stolen, how will you find him?
Few things are scarier than having a pet turn up missing. Microchips are a great way to increase your chances of having your beloved family member returned to you safely. They have become an integral part of pet ownership, and for those who have chosen to forego microchips for their pets, we’d like to urge you to reconsider.
In an effort to encourage pet parents everywhere to have their pets microchipped and keep their registration up to date, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has created National Check the Chip Day. The AVMA provides the following data on their “Microchipping of Animals FAQ” page:
A study of more than 7,700 stray animals at animal shelters showed that dogs without microchips were returned to their owners 21.9% of the time, whereas microchipped dogs were returned to their owners 52.2% of the time. Cats without microchips were reunited with their owners only 1.8% of the time, whereas microchipped cats went back home 38.5% of the time. (Lord et al,JAVMA, July 15, 2009) For microchipped animals that weren’t returned to their owners, most of the time it was due to incorrect owner information (or no owner information) in the microchip registry database – so don’t forget to register and keep your information updated.
Essentially, what this means is that your pet is more than TWICE as likely to be returned to you if he or she is microchipped and the registration is current. Those numbers really are significant!
The AVMA has created a FaceBook event for National Check the Chip Day. Make sure you check it out!
If your pet is not already microchipped, today is a great day to schedule that appointment. If you’ve already taken this very important step, take the time today to check in with the manufacturer of your pet’s microchip to make sure that his or her registration information is current and correct. The database that is most frequently checked by shelters and veterinarians is the Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool, which was created by the American Animal Hospital Assocation as a way of combining all microchip information from the various manufacturers. However, it’s also important that you check your registration with the manufacturer specifically.
Covering all of the bases will make sure that your pet’s information is accurate, which could mean all the difference in the world for your pet’s well-being.
For those overprotective pet parents who are nervous about the microchipping process, we get it! While the concept can seem like a scary one, we want to reassure you that microchips will not harm your furry friend. They are inserted using a hypodermic needle, which is no more painful than your pet’s annual vaccinations. No sedation or anesthesia is necessary, and your pet will not require any pain medications afterward.
Check out this great video provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association, which provides all the information you need to know about the microchipping procedure and its benefits.
Check out this hilarious compilation of sassy cats who love to annoy their canine housemates!