Keeping Your Pets Happy This Bonfire Night

Fireworks can be spectacular, and are enjoyed by many humans, but a lot of animals find them very frightening. Thank you for Pet Luxury Co for sponsoring today’s conversation.

Keeping Your Pets Happy This Bonfire Night

Every year it is important that we look after our furry friends to keep them calm and happy on bonfire night. We spoke to who said: “Not only can pets become distressed, but there is a risk of them running away from home and getting lost or injured.”

And it isn’t just cats and dogs who need extra care at this time of year. Hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and horses can all be affected badly by flashes and bangs.

Luckily there are lots of things you can do to help. A video recently went viral of a dog who’s owner had put on dog videos for him to watch on the iPad, but there are plenty of other things you should be considering doing both on the night, and in the period running up to bonfire night.

Before Bonfire Night

In the run up to bonfire night it is possible to help prepare your pets, and make it easier for them when the time comes.

Firework sound CDs can be purchased to desensitise your pets to the sound of fireworks. You can gradually increase the volume the closer it gets to the night. This should be started well in advance of bonfire night, as the amount of time needed to get used to the sounds will vary from pet to pet.

Pheromone diffusers are available for dogs and cats, which can help with mild cases by diffusing calming pheromones to reassure them. These should be plugged in a couple of weeks before bonfire night.

Make sure your pet has a safe area to hide if they do get scared, like under some furniture or in a cupboard. Try to choose a quiet room in the house.

For dogs, try associating them with feeling safe in this area in advance by leaving toys there, and not interfering with the area yourself to help your dog feel in control.

Have your pet microchipped, just in case they do manage to escape, so that you can be reunited. In England, Scotland, and Wales it is now compulsory to have dogs microchipped, and you could be fined if you fail to do so.

Find out where local fireworks displays are going to be, and if they are nearby. Ask your neighbours to let you know if they are going to be setting any off.

On Bonfire Night

Keep pets indoors, and keep doors and windows closed so they can’t bolt. Block off cat or dog flaps.

If you have small pets that live outside, bring the hutches into the house or garage if you can, or if you cannot, try to soundproof them by placing blankets over them. Make sure your pet can still look out and see, and provide lots of extra bedding for them to burrow in if they get scared.

Close the curtains, and try to soundproof the house as best as you can. Turn the TV up to distract your pets from the noises outside, or put the radio on.

Take dogs outside for their walks or for the toilet before dusk, as it may be a while before they are next able to go out. Make sure you keep them on a lead just in case any early fireworks are set off.

If your pets are pacing, whining, meowing or trying to hide, they are just trying to find safety and you should let them be. Don’t try to coax them out if they hide, and don’t shout or discipline your pets, even if they become incontinent, as they will just become more stressed.

If your pet prefers to come to you for comfort, make sure you cuddle and stroke them to help them relax, as they won’t understand you ignoring them.

Try to stay with your pets on bonfire night, as they will find your presence comforting. Act normally around them, ignore the firework noises, and give them praise for behaving calmly.

Horses and ponies need to be kept in a familiar routine and environment, so if they are normally out in a field and there are no firework displays nearby, keep them there as long as it is safe and secure. If they are normally stabled, then keep them in stables as normal.

Don’t take the risk of going out for a ride if there is a chance of fireworks being let off, and try to not get in the way if your horse gets startled as you could get hurt.

Make sure that if fireworks are being set off in the area you have someone experienced to stay with your horse, and if you know that they are likely to react badly, speak to your vet.

For more information on how to help your pets, contact your vet.

October 29th is National Cat Day

If you love your cat (and I’m sure you do), you’ll definitely want to plan a few surprises for them on October 29th which is National Cat Day. Maybe you can buy them their favorite cat treats, give them a bit of tuna, or treat them to one of these adorable cat gifts below. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

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Purrfect Together: Celebrate the Bond Between You and Your Kitty This October

October is National Pet Wellness Month and National Black Cat Awareness Month—and there’s never been a better time to show our cats some extra love. I was sent a gift for sharing this information.

Recently, the cat lovers at Meow Mix ran the Purrfect Together Survey, which asked cat parents around the country about their special bond with their four-legged friends. Here are some of the meow-nificent results:

83% of cats take naps with their humans

This is surprising—and not because 83% of people love napping with kitty. The bigger question is: Who are the 17% of deprived humans who don’t get to experience the joy of napping with their cats?

80% of cat parents believe they can interpret their kitty’s meows

While humans and cats may purr in different languages, that doesn’t stop most cat mommies and daddies from understanding what their kitty wants—whether it be some treats, cat nip, or just a snuggle partner.

72% of cat parents love to surprise their kitties with treats

Speaking of treats, nothing makes a cat happier than some spontaneous, unexpected goodies from the person who cares for them the most.

55% of cats love chicken-flavored nibbles

Exciting news: Meow Mix has just released a brand new culinary-inspired food made with real chicken or salmon, Bistro Recipes—a classy meal for a classy kitty! Head over Meow Mix’s new Purrfect Together web portal  right meow to learn more about this dry cat food with a foodie flair.

And that’s not all! You need a classy painting to go with that classy meal. On the Purrfect Together portal, you can enjoy the unique experience of converting a photo of you and your cat into a Meowsterpiece—a digital “oil” painting that helps express and immortalize your cat-love on canvas. I did it, and you should too!

Now it’s time to show me how special your human-cat bond is! Post your Meowsterpiece on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #PurrfectTogether. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Wishing a fantastic Pet Wellness Month and Black Cat Awareness Month to you and your feline friend!

Personalized Framed Photo of Your Favorite Dog

It can be difficult to find a meaning Christmas gift for some people, but if you have a dog lover on your list, I have a great idea. You can create a personalized framed photo of your favorite dog at Fido Phile. Thank you to Fido Phile for providing a prize for this giveaway.

Personalized Framed Photo of Your Favorite Dog

Personalized Framed Photo of Your Favorite Dog

Creating a meaningful gift for the dog lover in your life has never been easier. You simply upload your dog’s photo, choose the history of your dog’s breed, and pick your frame.  The story of each dog’s breed has been written by Dr. Caroline Coil, who has written 34 books, thousands of magazine and web articles, TV scripts, and even an app – all about dogs.

You can use a photo that was taken with your digital camera or even your cell phone provided the image is at full size. Most orders will ship within 2 to 3 days from the date that the order was placed. The price includes FREE shipping via standard ground service.

As an added bonus, after you purchase your Fido Phile, you will be sent the file with an image so that you can share on your social media channels or email to friends.

This is truly a personalized gift idea that will mean something for years to come. They have a huge range of dog breeds to choose from so no matter what breed you have, you’ll be able to find it on their site. You can also choose from a variety of text background colors and woods including cherry and mahogany!  Your print can be ordered to hang horizontally or vertically depending on your preference. I love how many different options are available to make ordering so simple.

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25 Adorable Halloween Dog Costumes

It’s almost time for Halloween so I’ve been checking out the Halloween dog costumes.  After all, why should kids have all of the fun when it comes to dressing up? If you’re like me, and the kids are too old for Halloween, you can still have fun by dressing up your pets. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

25 Adorable Halloween Dog Costumes

Here is a range of Halloween dog costumes for any sized dog.  I’m very much in love with the super hero themed dog costumes and the adorable pumpkin costume for dogs.

Some of the smaller Halloween dog costumes would probably work fairly well for a cat if you are in the mood to dress up your cat for Halloween. I’ve never had a lot of luck getting our cats to tolerate wearing a Halloween costume, but maybe yours will be in a better mood.

If you have a cute idea for Halloween for one of your pets, I hope that you’ll let me know as a comment below!

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4 Tips for Keeping Your Litter Box Fresh

We have two cats so keeping your litter box fresh is definitely something we need to think about. It seems like even with constant scooping our litter box needs a little bit of help in the freshness department.   This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. A product was provided for this post.

4 Tips for Keeping Your Litter Box Fresh

No one wants to open the door to their home and be greeted by litter box odors. It’s even worse if your guests open the door and notice the same thing.  Here are a few tips for keeping your litter box fresh.

Scoop it

Yes, this may seem obvious but it’s also going to make the most difference. Buy scoopable cat litter and scoop it after each use. You really will notice a difference and your cats will be happier.

Wash it

You need to empty and wash your litter box at least once every few weeks. Even if you scoop it regularly, there will be bacteria and waste that create odors left behind. Empty the litter box and wash it completely with a solution of hot water and vinegar with a few drops of tea tree oil to kill bacteria.

Tips for keeping your litter box fresh

Deodorize it

Believe it or not, sprinkling baking soda into your litter box really does help to contain odors. We’ve been doing this for quite a while and neither of our cats seem to care. You still need to scoop and change regularly but the baking soda should help as well.

4 Tips for Keeping Your Litter Box Fresh

Contain it

Cats love to dig and that means that they can scatter litter and waste outside of the litter box. Be certain that you sweep the area regularly to contain it. You can also use a cat litter mat to help keep the litter from being tracked all over the house.

Do you have any other tips for keeping your litter box fresh?

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How to Stop Leash Biting

As much as we love our pets, we may not love all of their behaviors. Whether your cat is fond of scratching on your new sofa or your dog has begun to bite on his leash, there are things they do we’d like them to stop. This article will discuss how to stop leash biting if that’s a behavior that your dog exhibits. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

This article will discuss how to stop leash biting if that's a behavior that your dog exhibits.

How to Stop Leash Biting

If you’ve noticed that your dog has begun to bite on his leash, you may be wondering why he’s doing it and how to stop leash biting.  It can be not only annoying but depending on the size of your dog, very difficult to control.

Your dog probably started to bite on his leash because he enjoys playing tug with you. Do you ever offer him a rope toy and then tug on it to play and throw it for him to catch? Your dog is probably biting on his leash with the hope that it will turn into a fun game of tug and toss.

Whatever you do, when your dog bites on the leash, do not tug it back from him. That will only reinforce the behavior. Instead, cue your dog to have positive behaviors before he begins biting his leash.  Be sure to reward your dog for being calm when he sees or wears the leash to reinforce the behavior you want him to have.

Allow your dog to sit calmly with the leash on before you begin to take your walk.  This will help him feel relaxed when he sees the leash rather than becoming excited which may lead to biting.  Speak to him using a calm voice to reinforce his behavior.

Once he has gotten used to sitting with the leash on, teach your dog to walk with you in the heel position by your side. Do this in a safe area inside or in a fenced in area so he doesn’t get loose. Once he has mastered this skill, you can introduce the leash back once again.

Have you ever had to deal with leash biting?

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I Need Your Help: Spread Awareness About National Guide Dog Month This September

Have you ever seen a visually impaired person in public and didn’t know how to react, or felt awkward? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to ‘see’ through the eyes of their guide dog? I know I have. I received a gift to thank me for sharing this information.

National Guide Dog Month

September is National Guide Dog Month, so I decided to learn more about what it might be like for people who are blind or visually impaired.

I’m partnering with Natural Balance (the maker of premium-quality pet food) and Guide Dogs for the Blind  (a non-profit charitable organization that raises and trains exceptional guide dogs to serve the blind and visually impaired) to recognize the ‘Top Human-Canine Teams Who Make Us Believe.’

These nine teams are outstanding examples of the amazing partnerships possible between humans and canines. I was particularly inspired by Tom and his guide dog Dynamo, and I want to share their story with you:

Imagine you’re on the verge of retirement, ready to enjoy your golden years to the fullest, when out of the blue—you lose your eyesight. This is what happened to Tom Kowalski. While Tom was always known for taking on any competitive sport, and was no stranger to overcoming life’s adversities, this was a challenge he simply wasn’t prepared for.

After months of seeing Tom come home from his daily walks with strange bruises, his wife decided to apply to Guide Dogs for the Blind on his behalf. Before he knew it, Tom was headed to San Rafael, California to meet his future soulmate—Dynamo, a professional guide dog.

“I’ve had four great gifts in my life: my wife, my two kids, and Dynamo,” says Tom. A superhero guide dog and a superhuman athlete, Dynamo and Tom spent two intensive weeks at Guide Dogs for the Blind training and securing their bond. They have never looked back.

With Dynamo never more than 20 feet away, Tom can listen to the birds sing and feel the wind in his hair without worrying about his safety. The added peace of mind that Dynamo gives Tom, and the support and positive reinforcement that Tom gives Dynamo, have helped the two complete a half-marathon together, raising $6,000 for charity. With no signs of slowing down, the two are now planning to hike up Mount Rainier and travel the country—speaking as ambassadors for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

As Tom’s story shows, in addition to providing enhanced mobility, guide dogs can also be a social bridge, opening a world of possibilities for friendship and human connection.

To help people like Tom thrive, please consider donating to Guide Dogs to the Blind. Once there, you can also read about the eight other amazing human-canine teams. There’s no better time than National Guide Dog Month to show your support for these incredible people and their four-legged superheroes.

I Need Your Help: Spread Awareness About National Guide Dog Month This September

I was so inspired when I read the story of Ashleigh and Yuri. I recently traveled to New York City for an event, and I cannot imagine trying to find my way around the city if I was blind. It was challenging enough for me to do while seeing.  I love that she is able to travel NYC even in the winter with the help of her guide dog, Yuri.

My cats and I make a great team. They are always here for me when I need them and do quite a bit to help with my stress level. I cannot imagine them helping me the way that Yuri did though!

Visit and support this life-changing cause today!

Do you have a special bond with your pet? Tell me about it in the comments below.

How to Improve Your Cat’s Oral Care

Have you ever wondered how to improve your cat’s oral care habits? After all, it’s not like you can send them into the bathroom with a toothbrush like you can your kids. That doesn’t mean that their teeth aren’t susceptible to the same types of problems that ours are. Thank you to the J. M. Smucker Company for sponsoring this conversation today.

How to improve your cat's oral care

How to Improve Your Cat’s Oral Care

Did you know that 85% of cats show signs of oral disease by 3 years of age? Or that 95% of cat owners agree tooth and gum problems can cause more serious health problems? Oral care problems in cats can cause pain, abscesses, tooth loss and infections.

Meow Mix Brushing Bites are crunchy treats are specially designed to help keep your cats’ teeth clean by reducing plaque and tartar when fed daily. They are fortified with Vitamin D and Calcium to help support strong teeth and bones so you can feel good about treating them every day!

How to improve your cat's oral care

Meow Mix Brushing Bites are available in Chicken and Salmon varieties and each contains real meat or fish that your cats are going to LOVE.  A cat that weighs six to eight pounds would get ten to thirteen of the Meow Mix Brushing Bites per day.

How to improve your cat's oral care

We had the opportunity for our cats to try the salmon and chicken varieties and they loved them! Chicken and salmon are two of their favorite flavors so I wasn’t at all surprised to see how much they enjoyed them.

Meow Mix Brushing Bites can be found at your local Walmart and will also be available on WALMART.COM soon. For now, you can find out more about Meow Mix Brushing Bites HERE.  Start a delicious dental routine with your cat today.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Importance of Preventive Screenings for Your Cat #askyourvet

Preventive screenings for your cat may not be the first thing you think of when you bring your new pet home. I know that the first things I thought of were food, litter box, cat litter and a few catnip toys. Remembering to take your cat to the vet to screen for potential health problems is just as important as picking the best food for them.

This post is sponsored by Pet Health Network® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help create awareness for the importance of the IDEXX SDMA™ kidney screening test for pets, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Neither Pet Health Network® or IDEXX is responsible for the content of this article.

Preventive Screenings for Your Cat

Did you know that Kidney disease is one of the leading killers of cats? One of the scariest things about kidney disease is that cats with chronic kidney disease often show no visible signs of being sick in the early stages. They can appear perfectly fine and healthy. That is what makes a diagnosis so tricky until the later stages.

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Your pet should be screened annually for chronic kidney disease (CKD). Cats hide disease. They don’t come with a “check engine” light or an alert system that provides a notification when something is awry – and will typically show no signs of illness until their kidneys have lost most of their function. As cats age, the likelihood of developing kidney disease increases. In fact, more than half of cats over age 15 are afflicted.

How to Screen Your Cat for Kidney Disease

Now IDEXX SDMA, a breakthrough test that screens for kidney disease, can detect this serious disease months to years earlier when there is still time to do something about it. This is great news for cats, as IDEXX SDMA can detect kidney disease when much of a pet’s kidney function is still intact.

It’s so important that we make an appointment at the vet to get this important preventive screening.  This screening is available to all veterinarians. Please be sure to ask your vet about this test at your cat’s next appointment. It’s better to know that your cat has kidney disease now, so you can do something about it than wait until they are older and have begun to show symptoms of the disease.

Preventive screenings for your cat may not be the first thing you think of when you bring your new pet home.

Love your pet? Love her kidneys, too – take your pet to the vet and get the IDEXX SDMA™ screening test. Connect with the brand on Facebook.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of IDEXX. The opinions and text are all mine.

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