Fuddy-Duddy, January 9th Pet of the Week!

Who, me? A Fuddy-Duddy? Well, yes, you could say that I’m fussy about my food and would expect my new chef to go easy on the carrots and instead give me fresh, dark leafy greens and plenty of hay. I’m just a year old and have soft tan-and-gray fur. I need lots of play and safe places to play peek-a-boo to satisfy my curiosity, and of course, lots of love and cuddling because—well, I’m a lovely, loving bunny. Fuddy-Duddy is my name, and I presently reside in the Bunny Barn on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A636687.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Grey Fox, Jan 2nd Pet of the Week!

If Jack London had written “The Call of the Wild” about cats, this photo of Grey Fox would have been on the cover. Even her name suggests hinterlands and wilderness. But Grey Fox is anything but wild. She’s a sweet, tender 5-year-old gray tabby. She’s shy at first but warms up quickly. Can you make a new year’s resolution to adopt an adult pet from our shelter? If so, meet Grey Fox on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A630973.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Mandy, Dec. 26th Pet of the Week!

Mandy poses like a canine model. She’s kind, loving, affectionate and full of spunk. Because she’s patient and intelligent, she’s learned most commands well. Mandy was hoping she’d make it home for the holidays, and there’s still New Year’s Eve! She’s the perfect forever-after date for someone looking for a companion. Meet Mandy at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A34517.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

Winter Travel tips with Your Pet

Traveling with your dog is really fun and if you have not been out with your dog during winters then it is the right time to plan a trip. A trip with your dog needs some planning to travel like a pro. You might face bad weather, and the weather can be a reason behind accidents or icy situations that can lower your travel speed. When you are carrying your furry friend along on a trip then there needs to be some extra preparation.

In this article, we are going to share some useful tips that you should consider before you winter travel with your dog. Let’s begin:

1. Pack your winter Gears

You should carry all the winter essentials in your and your dog’s bag. The dog’s warm clothes and towel are as necessary as your winter clothes and boots. You should check the weather forecast in order to make a proper packing and keep your dog safe. Dogs are furry beings but they need warm conditions as well during extreme weather conditions. They otherwise might become victims of frostbite or other infections.

2. Make sure your car is good to go

Take your car for a checkup to make sure that there is no need to stop in the middle of the trip. Double-check on the fluids and tires. If you are riding through a car then do not forget to carry the car accessories for your dogs so that they can enjoy their own space. Attach your dog with a hook so that it does not distort the driver’s attention during travel. If your car breaks out in the middle of the trip then it is going to be an unlikely situation for your furry friend. Get it checked by a mechanic.

3. A destination that suits your dog

You should search for such travel destinations that have something fun to offer your pet. It is not just a holiday for the master but the dog as well. You can check out the activities that can be adventurous for your dog at the winter holiday destination. The events or activities that you have been looking forward to must be friendly for your pet. You can take the help of tourism bureaus situated in the city who are aware of everything related to the popular spots and activities in that place.

4. Drive slow and take breaks in the middle

A little weather cannot take a toll on you or your furry friend. Make sure that you and dog take rest in between the adventure and travel so that you enjoy everything at your fullest. Explore things outside and browse for pet stores where you can spend quality time with it. You can look around for the destinations that are friendly for your pets. You should spend your vacations in a relaxed fashion where you aren’t trying to get done with everything.

5. Stay Hydrated

You are not prone to the risk of dehydration only during the summer season but also during winters. Your body needs water at regular intervals. The dog needs to be fed with its water in a timely manner and it is you who has to take care of these things. Carry your dog’s tumbler through which you can feed it nicely and quench its thirst. Bone broth acts as a source of protein in your dog’s body and other minerals that are vital for your dog. You can add a broth that is free from onion to your dog’s water if it is reluctant to drinking water otherwise. It has a taste and smells that will encourage your buddy to have it and it will get good energy after its consumption.

7. Dry hair

Buy a shampoo that does not leave your dog’s coat dry. In winters like our skin, our dog’s coat also needs some extra care. You should always make a choice of products that are safe for your dog’s skin and it shouldn’t be allergic to them.

8. Dog food

The dog food is another essential thing that you should keep track of. It is something that you shouldn’t ignore on a daily basis and when you are taking your dog for travel you should be carrying its food along. There are possibilities that there can be a lack of food available for your dog that is of high quality. You shouldn’t make any compromises with your dog’s diet when you are traveling outside. Feed your dog with the best large breed puppy food. Your dog should be fed with an adult dog’s food if it is large and the food must contain all the essential nutrients. When you carry your dog’s essential during a trip during winters then you are likely to spend the best travel time with your furry companion.

How To Know The Good Food For Your Pet: Dogs Diet

Many new pet owners are clueless when it comes to what types of food they should feed their dogs. Often, this stems from not understanding the nutritional needs of a dog. Unfortunately, many people wait until their dog looks sickly and experiences excessive hair shedding on the dog brush to change the diet. To avoid this, below are simple ways to figure out the best food for your pet.

  1. Proteins

Dogs require essential amino acids to help them function and stay healthy. For this reason, proteins, including cooked eggs, cooked chicken, and cooked red meat are the main foods that a dog should eat. Even though you can feed your dog on plant protein diet; animal protein is much more beneficial to dogs. When dealing with dogs between the age of 8 to 16 months, its best to avoid raw meat. This is because a pup still doesn’t have a strong enough immune system to fight off dangerous bacterial infections.

  1. Minerals

To keep your dog’s teeth and bones healthy and in top-notch condition, a dog needs to partake in minerals. Unfortunately, most minerals like magnesium, iron, and zinc that are sold as additional supplements are useless to the dog as a dog can not metabolize them. To give it the needed nutrition, ensure you feed your dog low-fat cheese or yogurt. However, be keen and note if your dog reacts to such a product because that suggests your dog pet might be lactose intolerant.

  1. Fats, salmon- omega 3 fatty acids- peanut butter, – vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E

To ensure that your dog has healthy skin and fur, feeding your dog on healthy fats is vital to avoid saggy skin and excessive shedding. Foods that provide good fats include salmon and peanut butter which contains omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E, B, and niacin. However, avoid giving your dogs foods that contain too much farm as they harm your dogs health. Additionally, ensure you do not feed your dog avocados as they are poisonous to a dog.

  1. Vitamins

For a healthy metabolic system, vitamins are essential as they are enzyme reaction catalysts. Foods that provide healthy vitamins include cooked green beans, apple, and pumpkin that contain vitamin A, C, and beta-carotene. As excessive fat-soluble vitamins can be dangerous, avoid giving your dog additional vitamin supplements.

  1. Carbs

Even though carbs has been eliminated in most human diets and given a bad reputation, carbs are still essential. Note, carbs are the primary source of fiber. Fibre keeps diarrhea at bay and helps avoid constipation. Additionally, they provide the dog with the much-needed energy to remain active. Goods carbs you can give your dog include pumpkin, oatmeal, and rise that prove invaluable in your dog’s diet.

  1. Water

Though water isn’t a food, many people put so much emphasis on the types of food a dog eats but forget to give it water. Unfortunately, this leads to many dogs being dehydrated and lacking the energy to move about. Just as humans, a dog’s body is comprised of 70% water and hence keeping your dog well hydrated is vital. For this reason, avail clean, fresh water to your dog so it can get a drink whenever it needs to.

Conclusion

As seen above, the first few weeks of a dog’s diet require a trial and error aspect to get to know how your dog reacts to different food types. As a dog’s nutritional needs change from time to time, keep a lookout for any physical manifestation that the current diet needs to change. Steer clear of feeding your dog onions and garlic, citrus fruits, chocolate, and raw yeast dough as they are toxic to a dog. Overall, if you are still unsure visit your vet for medical advice to ensure what you give your dog is the best diet for it.   

Choosing the Right Dog for Your Family

With so many dog varieties and breeds to choose from, it can feel like an overwhelming venture to find the right fit for your family. The main point to remember is that your chosen dog needs to be best suited for your lifestyle, children and financial capabilities.

When looking to choose a new, welcome addition to your family, consider the following questions.

Which Type of Coat Would You Prefer?

A lot of individuals would only be open to a dog which doesn’t malt, such as a poodle. While opting for a dog which doesn’t shed its hair is a beneficial idea regarding cleaning, it also significantly limits the breeds of dog you can choose.

Some breeds also shed a considerable amount of hair more than others, and naturally the larger you go, the more hair there is to shed.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that longer-haired dogs should put you off. There is always the option for professional grooming services like Heart + Paw, which mean that your dog’s coat and general, healthy condition will always be maintained in order to best keep your home (and your pet) tidy and clean.

What Exercise Commitment Are You Looking For?

It’s important to understand how much of an active lifestyle certain dogs need, and whether you can confidently fit this into your daily routine. When it comes to healthy exercise for your dog, you can’t afford to cut any corners – as the proper amount of exercise not only cares for your dog’s health, but it avoids pent up energy and frustration which may be taken out on your belongings, or even others.

The husky is a very popular breed, for example, but many people don’t understand the demands of this dog regarding exercise. Huskies enjoy long walks, and the more the better. Many dog breeds, such as the popular Labrador, are completely manageable in their exercise needs, but if you’re looking for the smallest commitment possible, very small dog breeds which don’t need much outside exercise may be preferable to you.

Would You Like a Puppy or an Adult Dog?

Most families, especially those with small children, love the idea of bringing home an adorable little puppy and watching it grow. However, puppies are extremely demanding, and raising one goes beyond their cuteness and puppy-dog eyes. Puppies are very destructive, messy and need round the clock care to enable them to grow and be trained adequately.

If you simply cannot commit to this need, you may want to consider an adult dog which is already trained and established. Many adult dogs in shelters will be looking for a new and loving home.

Would You Prefer Male or Female?

When it comes to the traits of a male or female dog, there is no conclusive answer regarding their personalities – but you can naturally expect a female to be more aggressive and protective if she has her own puppies. When deciding between a male and female dog, the main area to focus on is future breeding possibilities, as with a female dog you will therefore have the possibility of your female falling pregnant and giving birth to pups. You also should be aware that female dogs may bleed when in heat.

Beth, Dec. 19th Pet of the Week!

If a picture speaks 1,000 words, this face speaks at least 2,000. Like her namesake in “Little Women,” Beth is quiet, well mannered, kind, curious and a little shy. Unlike the other Beth, she’s only 6 months old and hale and hearty—she has a lot of years left! She’s ready to make anyone’s holiday special, including her own. Meet Beth on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A633256.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: The Companion Animal Village.

Perfect, Dec. 12th Pet of the Week!

Perfect is perfectly named. He possesses the gravitas of Morgan Freeman, the class of Ricardo Montalban and the sense of fun of Bill Murray. Perfect was surrendered by his owner, which is too bad because he belongs in a home. He rolls on his back to solicit belly rubs, and he’s affectionate as can be. He’s only a year old, so he has lots of years to spend with a forever person. Meet Perfect on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID #A634593.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.