February is Dental Health Month for pets, which we consider to be a very important awareness ‘holiday’ because there is a direct correlation between a pet’s dental health and their overall wellbeing. Think about it, a dog’s teeth serve as a sense of security – for them, healthy teeth means being able to eat, chew for leisure (a natural instinct), as well as protecting themselves if necessary. If a pet’s oral hygiene is lacking, not only will their owners be experiencing bad breath (which can effect their wanting to engage with their dog), but it can also be incredibly painful and lead to other, much more serious ailments like cardiovascular disease. Infections in the gum line seep into the blood stream and can cause serious issues.
We know brushing your dog’s teeth daily can be a hassle, but it’s important to try periodically because nothing will remove plaque quite like consistent brushing. There are also other preventative measures you can take to help keep Fido’s mouth healthy like administering an oral gel once a day, which is much easier and has proven to work, as well as their diet (a raw diet is one of the healthiest for oral health), and the chews you allow them to have. Our Raw Frozen Ground Bones are durable enough to scrape against teeth, are made with beef marrow, and don’t dangerously splinter like other bones or chews. And, best of all, they come in a dental formula that boasts mint and parsley to help prevent bad breath and maintain proper oral health. More information here: http://stewartpet.com/our-products/treats/stewart-raw-ground-frozen-bones/
We are excited to announce that we have been honored with an Industry Recognition Award from Pet Business magazine for our Freeze Dried Ferret Treats! Every year, Pet Business seeks out innovative products and the companies behind them to recognize the integral role we play in pet owners being able to truly care for their pets, which is exactly why we do what we do. Animal nutrition is so important to us and are very excited to receive this recognition! If you or someone you know is a ferret lover we hope you refer them to our treats for a 100% natural and delicious reward. Made with pure chicken or turkey liver as its only ingredient, our treats are always gluten, additive, and preservative free. To find where to buy near you, head here: http://stewartpet.com/where-to-buy/
While we all enjoy a dog that doesn’t smell, grooming isn’t just about aesthetics. Regular maintenance of the coat, nails, ears, and teeth can play an integral role in your pet’s well being.
Coat: Not only does it reduce shedding, but regular brushing of your pet’s coat evenly distributes their natural oils, leaving coats lustrous and healthy. Furthermore, having an ‘organized’ coat allows owners to see their pet’s skin easier which can be a huge tool if you think your pet may have a tick or other skin irritation.
Nails: Trim nails don’t just look better, it’s a matter of safety. Long nails are uncomfortable to walk on and have a higher risk of breaking, which can be painful and cause infection. For most breeds, a run around the backyard or elsewhere is enough to keep nails naturally trim, but if your pooch isn’t much of a runner, regularly check on their nail length and trim as necessary!
Ears: Some dogs are more prone to ear infections than others, but it’s important to know what to look for. If you see your pet digging in their ear, look inside to see if there’s buildup or if you notice a smell. If one or both of those are present, dampen a cotton ball with an ear cleaning solution recommended by your vet and gently swipe; do NOT dig in the ear or take a q-tip to it, as this can dangerously push the buildup further into the ear. Healthy ears should be pale in color, cool to the touch, and odor free. If left untreated, ear infections can start affecting the inner workings of the ear and can even rupture the eardrum.
Teeth: Think of your pet’s teeth as little tiny icebergs, what you see is just the beginning. Improper care of your pet’s teeth can cause all types of infections that can creep into your pet’s bloodstream and can even lead to organ failure. Furthermore, it becomes painful to enjoy eating and chewing, two of your dog’s favorite things. The good news is it’s totally preventable, just make sure your pet has plenty of bones to chew (a natural plaque scraper), and consider brushing their teeth or administering an oral hygiene gel regularly!
We admit that some New Year’s resolutions might be a little overplayed, but when it comes to pet health we’ll spin it any way we can. This year, we hope you resolve for a healthier pet (which can also yield a healthier you).
Make it a goal to measure their food every time you feed them. Feeding guidelines are always on the side of your pet’s food bag; keep in mind that older and neutered pets are usually a little less energetic and, thus, require fewer calories than young or intact pets. Use an eight ounce measuring cup and place a mark at their normal feeding level to insure everyone who feeds your pet is doing it correctly. (Hint: When someone else is watching our pet, we like to measure individual bags of food just to be extra sure the dogsitter isn’t trying to score more points via bigger portions). If you’re unsure of the proper amount of food you should be feeding Fido, never hesitate to contact your vet. We’re also pleased to provide you with a Personal Feeding Guide to help calculate proper proportions based on your dog’s unique information, which can be found here: http://stewartpet.com/personal-feeding-guide/.
Try a new activity with your pet, or make a goal for (x) amount of walks per week. Trying something new is an exciting and motivating way to become active and bringing your dog along is total extra credit. Even a short 30-minute workout can significantly improve both of your health and it’s also a great way to bond with your dog.
Lastly, dental health is vastly underestimated. Make it a goal to either brush your pet’s teeth (if they’ll let you) or administer a plaque reducing treat or gel consistently throughout the year. Not only will this greatly improve their health, staying on top of it can potentially save you a load of money in the long run!
The holidays are a time of togetherness which, for us, includes our dogs. If you plan on hosting this holiday, taking a few small steps to insure Fido’s comfort can mean making great memories with the whole family. If your pet becomes anxious when the door opens, try confining him to a safe place or behind a baby gate until the commotion dissipates and all the guests have arrived. It also helps to maintain his regular feeding and exercise routine, regardless of if your guests are staying with you for a few days. We’re sure you’ve seen plenty of safety tips regarding decorations, but remember to secure your tree if you have a curious pup on your hands (a fallen tree can be a dangerous disaster) and keep any chocolates, poinsettias, and candles out of pets’ reach for safety. Other than that, we just ask that you keep your loved ones close and tell them how much they mean to you during this special time of year. We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday full of food, fun, and fur!
Many people consider dog “clothes” to be a silly figment of high-maintenance culture, but the truth is some dogs can benefit from giving their coat a coat! How warm your dog can keep himself depends on his breed, size, coat, and even age. Some dogs were bred in warmer climates, like the Chihuahua, and need a little help acclimating to colder temperatures. Certain large breeds, like the Greyhound, don’t boast a thick coat and can certainly benefit from a sweater or coat if they plan on bounding around in cold weather. If you notice your pet shivering, even older dogs who’ve never required a coat or sweater prior, consider getting them an extra layer for the colder months ahead. And have some fun with it! There are so many styles and patterns, you can certainly find a way to express your pet’s style (or, rather, what you think their style would be.)
Whether you’re getting a puppy for the holidays or already have a pooch, there are so many benefits to training. Training gives your pet the knowledge, and ultimately the confidence, to approach and interpret new situations in a polite, manageable way. Not only has training saved lives in the past, it strengthens the pet/owner bond and yields a pet that is able to participate in more activities than one who isn’t trained.
Training is certainly easier said than done; it takes time and, above all, consistency. The good news is: most dogs are incredibly food driven, and we just happen to be the food experts. The start to effective training is immediate rewards. Our Pro-Treat® Obey® Training Treats and Pro-Treat® Freeze Dried Liver Treats are the perfect treat to immediately reward at home or on the go. Obey® treats, made with QuickCrunch™ construction, means a nutritious reward without the distraction of crumbs. Our Freeze Dried Liver Treats are 100% pure liver (beef, chicken or pork) are made without additives or preservatives. The preferred treat for over forty years. With a little research you can find the tricks and technique that work best for you, but leave the treats to us. Wishing you and Fido a fun, easy training experience! Check out our full line of treats here: http://stewartpet.com/Our-Products/Treats/
Today is National Mutt Day, a day dedicated to influencing people to embrace, save, and celebrate mixed breed dogs. With so many adoption centers facing overpopulation, National Mutt Day was created to spread awareness of the fact that happy, healthy, friendly mutts are oftentimes overlooked and needing loving homes. Many people want purebred dogs or toy breeds but, while we love all breeds, mutts make some of the best pets. Most mixed breeds aren’t susceptible to the diseases and ailments that purebred dogs are and adopted dogs can be among the most grateful and well-behaved pets, because they know you saved their life. The holiday is also celebrated on July 31, giving humans two chances to spread awareness and save a mutt’s life. If you’re considering adopting a dog or adding one, whether it’s today or any day, consider saving a mixed breed!
For us, November means two things. 1. Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and 2. Turkey, Turkey, TURKEY! Which is why we feel the need to pay a little tribute to one of our favorite poultries. We integrate turkey into our Fresh to Home™ recipes to give Fido all the flavor and nutrition of turkey that we love. Turkey is a low fat source of quality protein and contains important vitamins and minerals like selenium for a healthy immune system, phosphorus and choline, as well as beneficial omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Niacin and B6 are also found in turkey, which promote heart health. There’s even speculation that turkey supports insulin production to maintain healthy levels, a benefit for dogs with blood sugar issues like diabetes. It’s pretty much a superfood when you consider how tasty and nutritionally beneficial it is. And, as Turkey Day approaches, PLEASE keep cooked poultry bones out of Fido’s reach, as splintering can quickly become dangerous. From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. For more information on all of our turkey eats and treats for Fido and more, head to our hompeage at www.stewartpet.com.
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, a month designated to recognizing the importance of improving an older pet’s life. Sadly, senior pets are often overlooked and among the last to be adopted, when in reality they make amazing pets. Older pets already have established personalities (which are usually calm and docile), they’re out of their destructive phase, are usually house trained (or learn quickly), and really, all they want to focus on is love. If you have a busy schedule or maintain a relatively low-key lifestyle, a senior pet could be the perfect companion for you. We know that puppies and kittens’ “aww” factor is through the roof, but if you really listen to your heart strings you may just find yourself adopting a doting older companion. If you’re in the market for a pet, we truly encourage you to consider giving a senior pet the loving home they deserve.