We know how important it is for us to keep hydrated on walks and hikes; it can be a serious situation when we are dehydrated. The same goes for your pets and they rely on us to keep them hydrated and fed a healthy diet. We are their last resort for a long and healthy life. Both dogs and cats drink a lot and need fresh water daily. Just count the times that hear your doggo sloshing and lapping at their water bowl. The bigger dogs leave quite a splashy mess, don’t they? In this article, we aim to share a few bits of knowledge and a few more tips on some essential ways to keep your pets happy and healthy and hydrated!
Some facts on pets and water
We know what our bodies are comprised of roughly 60% water; that sounds like a fair bit, right? Your dog and cat are 80% water! This is why hydration is so important. On average a small (lap) dog requires 1-2 cups per day, a medium-sized dog needs 4-6 cups and big dogs over 60 pounds are drinking over 6 cups a day! But that’s just a baseline. In hot weather and days of higher activity, that number can double, so when you’re out with your pup, you need to bring a lot of extra water.
There are so many great ways to water your dog that we wanted to share a few of the easier tricks as well as showcase some great travel gear for those trips that you’ll be taking soon!
A few ideas to keep your pooch hydrated
Abundance of options
Place 2 or 3 bowls of water around the house, bearing in mind that there may be splash’age and spill’ery around where you place the bowls. Dogs live in the moment and you always want to provide options for them to drink. They could stroll by one bowl and think: meh! Then a moment later they’re lapping up freshwater with gusto in the other room.
Fit the bowl to the pet
You want to ensure that your pet is getting the right amount of freshwater daily so be sure to fit the water bowl to the dog. A small dog is only going to need a couple of cups a day (on a relaxed day) so don’t drop down a cauldron that holds 6 cups just because it’s convenient for YOU. The bowl, or bowls, should be big enough to hold a little more than necessary to ensure that you are refilling the bowl each day with fresh water.
For the picky drinker
Dogs are generally happy-go-lucky as we mentioned, they live in the moment. Cats on the other hand, well they’re all kinds of picky sometimes. From “I don’t like wet food” to “I don’t like dry food” to “I won’t drink from still water!”. Enter the water fountain. Water fountain-type watering bowls are a lot of fun. They mimic moving water, or a tap or a creek, or whatever a cat likes. Something different which your cat might enjoy drinking from. A happy cat is a healthy cat so try a few options if you don’t think your pet is drinking enough. It just might be a bit fussy.
Check out this perfect little fountain with several flow patterns and a serious water filter which you can buy right here.
Moisten the kibble!
This goes for both cats and dogs and there are so many creative ways to help keep your pet hydrated, especially when it’s hot out. As we know, dogs pant to stay cool, their huge tongues are their air conditioning unit. It’s easy to add some moisture to their food by simply adding water. Or, there are more nutritious methods like super tasty pour-over raw food toppers that your dog or cat will LOVE! Give a little less of that dry, dusty kibble and drop a bountiful, tasty layer of yummy goodness.
Needs some ideas? Here is a long list of fresh, yummy toppers for cats and dogs: Yummy Food Toppers
Don’t forget about playtime and camping
Watering your pet during playtime and camping and runs is super important. Trail running dogs go through a lot of water. Planning your run near creeks and lakes always helps, but carrying water for you both is the key. When you’re out camping or at a park, planning out easy ways to keep water on hand will save you and your pet a lot of grief. Fortunately for you, we have a killer sale on a whole host of super-great travel bowls and other watery, feedy things.
We hope you’ve learned a few things and have some fresh ideas on keeping your pet hydrated all year round. If you need any more ideas, just give us a holler or drop by the store! We’d love to meet you and your furry children.
Just like when we eat raw food, we need to ensure that we are feeding our pets the sort of clean, high-quality food that we would eat ourselves. When managed correctly, a raw food diet or partial diet can be exceptionally healthy for your pet and keep them living vibrant and active lives for years. And, just like us, you are what you eat so feeding your pets low-quality, over-processed food products day in and day out can lead to health issues and deficiencies. Here are a few myth-busting facts about raw food diets that you can take to the bank. Or, to our store, because we have tons of really great raw food to try!
We will say this, when considering a transition to a raw food diet or partial diet consider that your pet will go through an adjustment period. After living off kibble for their lives, their tummies are used to a certain type of food. Just like you and I, if we suddenly change to some exotic food we may have a … reaction. You know… The same thing can happen to your pet, so be prepared. While a little runny poop might be alarming, it’s just the pet adjusting to a new diet with a lot more moisture. It’s no biggie.
Myth 1: Raw food is smothered in salmonella and bacteria and your pet will die!
Okay, that might be a bit gratuitous, but we hear similar sentiments all the time; this is just fear-mongering. While ALL things carry bacteria from your fingers to apples, lettuce, toys, door handles, cell phones (you don’t want to know), get what we’re saying? It’s true that raw food that isn’t handled or stored correctly can lead to an increase in harmful bacteria, the handling of food should carry with it some basic common sense.
It’s a fact that both dogs and cats carry traces of salmonella in about 20-30% of all healthy pets. To limit any exposure to harmful bacteria, handle your pet’s raw meat/food as you would your own. Wash your hands before and after handling raw food. Serve the food shortly after thawing or immediately after prep. The rest should just come naturally.
Myth 2: Raw food diets for pets are unhealthy.
Again, this just isn’t true when applied with proper direction and common sense. It’s not healthy for humans to exist solely on fast food, right? I hope you said yes. Likewise for your pet. Dropping a handful of ground beef into your dog’s bowl isn’t going to be healthy over time, although doggo might wolf it down every time. Raw diets are a significant shift from over-engineered dry food that, depending on what you buy, is providing most of the required nutrients for a healthy diet. It just tastes like sawdust.
A raw food diet should be well researched and planned out with the help of your vet or a pet nutritionist possibly through your local pet store. Raw food diets can certainly deliver sub-optimal nutrition if it’s managed incorrectly, and who would do that to their pet?
Myth 3: Raw food diets are expensive and cumbersome.
As with all food, this can certainly be the case. A pre-made lasagne is many times the cost of the ingredients; the same goes for raw food diets. Companies that develop highly nutritious bricks of frozen, pre-made raw food dinners are providing an understandable convenience which is accounted for in the price. It takes a great deal of research, testing and regulatory hopscotch to produce a retail-approved product that meets all of your pet’s dietary needs. That adds up to a little more overhead but with the added assurance of the amazing, fresh and fully balanced diet, it’s well worth it in the end.
You will quickly fall into a rhythm of moving food from the freezer to the fridge and finally to the bowl so the food is only thawed for the least amount of time. You’ll get a kick out of watching your pets eating carrots and brocoly and other yummy vegetables.
Consultation and proper food handling will save the day.
All that aside, there is certainly the potential to do harm to yourself and your pet when choosing to feed a raw food diet that hasn’t been vetted by a pet nutritionist or your vet. This is why the pre-made options are very convenient but come with a higher price tag. There’s no guessing, it’s balanced, clean and processed according to approved food prep regulations.
Mishandling raw food can and will cause health issues and possibly, very serious health issues; as it would for humans. At the end of the day, transitioning to a raw food diet should be carried out in stages by slowly adding portions to your pet’s existing diet. Over a few weeks, your pet (your pet’s digestive tract) will adjust to the new meals and you’ll be off to the races.
Thinking of giving raw food a try? We have a whole host of assorted raw food options from very reputable companies. Here are just a few options to browse. Don’t hesitate to give us a call and chat about what might be a good fit for you and your fur-kids.
Keeping our pets entertained while working from home can be challenging, especially when you’re working long days or are always on a Zoom call! Despite how busy we might be, our pets need mental stimulation to help keep their minds sharp and to nurture their instincts, especially as they grow older. Let’s take a look at 5 simple yet effective (and fun!) ways you can keep your pet entertained while you work from home.
Give your dog something to chew
Dogs love to chew, so let’s give them something to gnaw on (besides the couch!). Provided the chew toy is the appropriate size for your dog, this will keep your dog busy and entertained while avoiding any destructive behavior. Try one of our quiet Hush toys or Benebone’s to keep your pup busy when you are!
Try interactive toys for your cat
Cats are tiny little hunters, and they love trying to hunt down and catch things! To stimulate their
senses and their hunting instincts, you can use interactive toys like puzzle toys, lasers, and
interactive tunnels to keep them busy (and their instincts busy, too).
Give them treat puzzles
Treat puzzles are a simple yet effective way to entertain pets as they hunt for treats and will keep
them busy for hours. They’re also a great way to train your dog’s or cat’s minds!
Get longer walks in earlier
If your dog appears to be bored while you’re working from home or has lots of energy in the
morning, consider taking them for a long walk or jog in the early morning. This will help them burn
off excess energy and give them a daily dose of exercise.
Make pet popsicles!
Not only are pet popsicles a great way to make healthy, nutrient-rich treats for your pets at home,
but dogs and cats alike will be kept busy licking and eating their popsicles while you’re on work calls
or getting projects done! Pet-healthy ingredients like bone broth, goat’s milk and
other nutrient-rich foods right from your fridge can make popsicles delicious and good for your pet!
With these 5 simple yet effective ways you can keep your pet entertained all day!
If you’re looking for new and healthy toys, treats, and accessories for your furry friend, stop by our
store or shop our variety of products online. We have an array of goodies for your pet that will keep
them entertained and stimulate their senses!
Owning a dog is one of the greatest joys in life—they have so much love to give, they offer comfort, playfulness, and an innate level of understanding. Learning how to reciprocate their unbounding loyalty can build an even stronger bond between you and your pet. Here are some helpful tips to spread the love!
Most dogs love ear rubs! Their ears are full of nerve endings and rubbing them releases endorphins, making them feel good.
Feeding your dog by hand shows that you’re a food provider—very important for a pack animal. This helps create a strong bond, especially for puppies. Don’t overdo it and don’t allow any sign of food grabbing or aggression. Use feeding by hand as an opportunity to teach dog patience.
USE WORDS OF PRAISE AND AFFECTION
Our furry friends listen to our tone, and see our body language, to tell him that you love him, and mean it!
PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT HE OR SHE IS “SAYING”
Learn how dogs communicate and relate to them that way. For example, most dogs don’t like being hugged. Don’t approach them directly. Don’t expect them to like strangers. Knowing how they communicate will help them feel less stressed and they will associate you with those feelings.
Dogs lean on people because they want to be close to them. By nature, dogs are social animals. Most dogs enjoy physical contact with their humans. Check out our article on why dogs lean on you here, to learn more.
RAISE YOUR EYEBROWS
Don’t stare, that’s intimidating to a dog. Eye contact with soft expressions are read as positive and caring by your pet.
GROOMING + MASSAGE
Petting releases oxytocin which make them feel good.
Using positive reinforcement shows that you care for your dog. Use food, praise, and play, which are things dogs like, and helps him to understand how you feel about him.
PLAY + SPEND TIME
Another thing that most dogs love, they have fun and will enjoy being with you. Bonding with him occurs naturally, but it takes time from you.
While most of these tips are second-nature to dog owners, they’re great to keep in mind, especially if your dog is new to the family, and to ensure your pal is living their best life!