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Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

10 Facts About Senior Pets

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In honor of Adopt a Senior Pet month, we’d like to share some interesting facts and information about our elderly four-legged companions. From signs of aging and orthopedic beds to the benefits of adopting an older pet, here are 10 facts about senior pets:

1. Cats and small dogs are typically considered a senior at the age of 7, while larger dogs are usually considered a senior when they’re 5 or 6 years old, though it varies by the pet.

2. A majority of pet parents say that adopting senior pets is better than raising puppies or kittens. When you adopt an older dog or cat, they are usually potty-trained and have developed their personalities, so you know the temperament of the dog or cat you’re adopting.

3. The weight of your senior cat or dog can have a large impact on your pet’s health. Overweight pets or a pet that has had sudden weight loss is cause for concern and you should schedule an appointment to see your veterinarian.

4. There are ‘orthopedic’ beds available at many pet supply stores to make your senior pet as comfortable as possible.

5. Senior pets are typically the last to be adopted at shelters, if at all. When you adopt a senior pet, you are literally saving a life. Adopt yours today!

6. Usually, senior dogs and cats make great napping buddies.

7. Signs of aging in cats may look like dry fur, flaky skin, and a thinning coat. He or she may move more slowly, not hear quite as well and may feel a little bonier when you pick them up.

8. Signs of aging in dogs may include weight gain, loss of hearing, less active than they used to be, and cloudy eyes

9. An old dog can learn new tricks! Senior pets are teachable, contrary to popular belief.

10. Best Friends Pet Hotel always accommodates our senior pet guests. With comfy beds, and plenty of love and patience, we welcome older dogs!

 

Sources:

1. AVMA

2. Pet Cube

3. Pet Finder

4. Cat Time

5. I Heart Dogs 

 

Share your photos and videos with us! Did you score a video of Sparky catching a fly ball while jumping into the pool? Did you snap a cute photo of Fluffy in a sleeping slumber? Send your best photos and videos of your pets to marketing@bestfriends.net for a chance to be featured.

Tags: Adopt senior pets, Best friends pet care, Best Friends Pet Hotel, Pet Hotel, Senior cat, Senior cats, Senior dog, Senior dogs, Senior pet health, Senior pets

Thanksgiving Foods That Can Be Harmful to Pets

One of our favorite things about Thanksgiving is time with family and the delicious food. But it’s important to make sure your pet isn’t eating food that could potentially be dangerous. Check out these Thanksgiving foods that could potentially be harmful to your cat or dog!

1. Turkey Skin, Ham, and Cooked Bones.

Foods that are high in fat like turkey skin and ham can be very dangerous for your pet to consume. In addition, turkey and ham bones can splinter in a dog’s digestive tract and can result in a pricey trip to the vet

 2. Grapes and Raisins

Although the ingredient and mechanism is still unknown, a dog that consumes grapes or raisins could have severe kidney damage or failure.

 3. Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic contain sulfides, which are toxic to dogs. Onions also contain the ingredient called thiosulphate which is toxic to both dogs and cats. Keep in mind that cooking these ingredients does not reduce their toxicity.

 4. Walnuts and Macadamia Nuts

While many nuts can cause gastric intestinal upset or obstruction in a dog, others are potentially more serious. Specifically, walnuts and macadamia nuts are extremely dangerous for dogs and could cause vomiting, fever, and more serious complications. Other nuts that shouldn’t be consumed by dogs are almonds, pecans, pistachios and hickory nuts.

 5. Chocolate and Baked Sweets

We all know that chocolate is a BIG no-no for dogs, but often many of the ingredients in our favorite Thanksgiving baked treats are harmful to our pets too. Nutmeg which is sometimes used to spice sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie is potentially dangerous. Though sweet potatoes and pumpkin itself are not bad, they cannot contain any nutmeg (or other toxic ingredients) if you decide to sneak your dog a Thanksgiving treat. Dough and batter are also potentially troubling, as they contain raw eggs. Other baked sweets likely contain sugar and fat. Though we find these things delicious, we should keep our pets away from them.

 6. Alcohol

Any and every type of alcohol is toxic for your pet. Though your dog may like the taste of beer, their kidneys were not meant to filter or process the alcohol content of beer, wine or any alcoholic beverage. Even small amounts of liquor can be lethal to a dog or cat.

Sources

  1. Pet MD
  2. PHZ8
  3. Wag The Dog
  4. Dogster
  5. AVMA
  6. Pets Best
  7. People

 

Share your photos and videos with us! Did you score a video of Sparky catching a fly ball while jumping into the pool? Did you snap a cute photo of Fluffy in a sleeping slumber? Send your best photos and videos of your pets to marketing@bestfriends.net for a chance to be featured.

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5 Tips For Pet Parents This Halloween

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Halloween is a time for dressing up in your favorite costume, trick-or-treating with the little ones, or going to parties. But pets can sometimes get spooked by all the festivities and costumes. To keep your pets safe, here are 5 tips for pet parents this Halloween.

dog in witch costume1. If you decide to dress up your furry friend, please make sure it does not limit their movement, sight or ability to breathe. Some pets may not enjoy being dressed up as much as others and this can cause them stress and discomfort.

Cat looking out the window

2. Keep pets indoors and in a safe area during trick-or-treating. Whether you’re the one trick-or-treating or you’re passing out the candy at home, leaving your pets indoors is usually the safest option during this holiday. Costumes can scare dogs and cats just as much as us humans.

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3. Stash the candy! Keeping all forms of candy away from pets is best practice. Several treats, especially chocolate, are toxic and potentially lethal to pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian immediately.

Halloween Decorations4. Keep an eye out for the decorations. While we love the look of festive and spooky Halloween decorations, pets may want to play with or eat them. Decorations, like a lit pumpkin, can be dangerous, so make sure they are in a safe place that Fluffy can’t get to or knock over.

Dog Sleeping

5. Send your dog on a Halloween sleepover with a few nights of Boarding at Best Friends Pet Hotel. Sometimes it’s easiest to not have to worry about the dog eating candy or the cat escaping out the front door. They’ll be safe and sound with our experienced pet care staff.

 

Sources

ASPCA

Arkansas Matters

 

Share your photos and videos with us! Did you score a video of Sparky catching a fly ball while jumping into the pool? Did you snap a cute photo of Fluffy in a sleeping slumber? Send your best photos and videos of your pets to marketing@bestfriends.net for a chance to be featured.

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