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Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

Many pet owners leave out an important aspect of dogs’ and cats’ health—dental care. In addition to annual visits to the veterinarian, you should consider brushing their teeth daily. It can make their lives easier—like pet doors can. You may prevent disease, tooth extractions, and even avoid dog teeth cleaning by vet technicians.

Shopping for dog and cat doors may be simple, but how do you go about getting your pet to cooperate with toothbrushing? First, your dog must be calm and relaxed. Try to brush pets’ teeth daily so they get used to the routine; it can prevent bad breath, tooth decay, discoloration, gum disease, and oral bacteria from entering a pet’s bloodstream and organs.

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Helping Your Pet Lose Weight

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Helping Your Pet Lose Weight

Helping Your Pet Lose Weight

Pet doors come in many sizes, and so do pets. If you find your dog or cat is showing signs of obesity, it’s time to help them lose weight. In 2016, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reported about 54% of canines included overweight dogs and 59% of cats in the U.S. are overweight. Thus, fitting through those tight dog doors and cat doors can get tough.

Overweight dog health problems include diabetes, arthritis, heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure, and even cancer. If you want your overweight cats and dogs to live healthier, here’s how to help your pets lose weight.

Calculate and Measure

Feeding guidelines often don’t consider your individual pet’s needs. Calculate calorie requirements by dividing the pet’s weight (in...

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Helping Your Pet with Seasonal Allergies

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Helping Your Pet with Seasonal Allergies

Helping Your Pet with Seasonal Allergies

Tis the season of sniffles, sneezes, and sore sinuses. That’s right. Springtime seasonal allergies are back, once again, and they affect many Australians. What many forget is that cats and dogs can experience seasonal allergies and often need treatment to ease their suffering, too. Natural remedies are available to help alleviate cat and dog allergies so that they can get back to their old selves.

If your dog gets itchy during spring, summer, and autumn, he or she is most likely reacting to seasonal environmental allergies. If the symptoms continue year-round, it could be a sensitivity to a certain ingredient in the food you feed him or her.

The general symptoms of allergies in pets include:

How to Identify and Remove Ticks from Your Cats and Dogs

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Identify and Remove Ticks from Your Cats and Dogs

How to Identify and Remove Ticks from Your Cats and Dogs

Many pet owners anticipate the discovery of a tick in their cat or dog’s fur with trepidation— and for good reason. Ticks are dangerous parasites that can transmit diseases to animals and humans alike. When your dog or cat is running through the pet doors from the outside, it’s worthwhile ensuring that it hasn’t picked up any ticks.

Signs Your Pet Has Ticks

Stay alert! If you notice any of the following signs, your dogs or cats may have ticks:

  1. You find a tick in your home.
  2. Your pet has a fever.
  3. There are unexplained scabs on their skin.
  4. You feel a small bump in their fur.

Active pets are susceptible to getting ticks, especially in grassy or...

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Got Allergies? Here Are Five of the Top Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Posted by on Sep 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Got Allergies? Here Are Five of the Top Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Got Allergies? Here Are Five of the Top Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

If dogs are man’s best friend, then it is simply unlucky that there are those who are allergic to these four-legged companions. Many people want to become pet parents but suffer from allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, as much as 10 percent of the population in America is allergic to dogs. If you long for a dog to run through that dog door, then hypoallergenic pets can help!

Usually, the hair and dander are what cause sufferers to start sneezing. Common pet dander allergy symptoms include:

  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Running, itchy, stuffy nose
  • Sneezing

Some people with dog...

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Popular Pet Names of 2017

Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Popular Pet Names of 2017

Popular Pet Names of 2017

Whether you’re picking up your puppy from the shelter or your cat is of what makes the companionship so special is building a relationship that will last for years.

If you have pets already, you’ll know that their names speak volumes about their personalities. Traditional names such as Spot, Fluffy, and Patch that described the look or personality of the pet seem to have been taken over with a variety of new names for our four-legged friends.

While names like Kitty and Tiger are still high on the list of popular names, there are new ones coming to the forefront that are proving popular among cat and dog owners alike.

Check out the top pet names that have cropped up this year:

Male Dog...

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Pet Priority: Dealing with Dog Separation Anxiety

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Pet Priority: Dealing with Dog Separation Anxiety

Pet Priority: Dealing with Dog Separation Anxiety

As any dog owner will tell you, a dog is part of the family—its own human pack. Australia Pet Doors, the leading provider of pet doors in Brisbane, knows that these highly sociable animals prefer living in groups and often become anxious when separated from their owners.

Pet parents may feel guilt over leaving their dog home alone, especially a new dog adopted from the local pet shelter, but there are dog separation anxiety solutions to ensure your dog can look forward to or, at the very least, tolerate being left alone.

What Are the Symptoms of Dog Separation Anxiety?

If you have a pet that acts desperate for you to stay by his side, you probably already know dog anxiety symptoms. These...

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Translating Different Dog Barks

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Translating Different Dog Barks

Translating Different Dog Barks

Bark! Woof? Growl?! Do you know what all these “dog language” words mean? Whether your furry friend is leaping through pet doors for dinner or trying to alert you to a dreaded squirrel in the yard, he has his own language, too. Savvy companions often grow to inherently know their dog’s barks and what they mean, but, as it turns out, your dog’s barks really do have different and identifiable meanings.

Let’s paw at the truth and get to know our pups a little bit better with this translation guide.

Repeated Mid-Range Barks

The repeated, mid-range bark is your dog’s way of saying, “Hey human! Pay attention. Something’s happening.” It’s the bark...

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How to Cool Down an Overheated Dog

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Cool Down an Overheated Dog

How to Cool Down an Overheated Dog

Dogs love to play outside, but it can be dangerous for them during the summer. Our furry friends burn a lot of energy, and it’s easy for them to heat up quickly with little warning. Keep your pup cool, comfortable, and collected with these overheated dog recovery tips.

Overheating: Causes and Symptoms
Dogs only have sweat glands on their paws, so they remove most of their excess heat by panting. Thus, it’s harder for them to release heat when they become warm. Dogs with thick or long coats, short noses, high activity levels, or advanced age are more susceptible than other breeds to overheating, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion.

Symptoms of overheating can vary but, in most cases, they’re...

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When and How to Trim a Cat’s Claws

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on When and How to Trim a Cat’s Claws

When and How to Trim a Cat’s Claws

Trimming your cat’s claws is about more than just saving your furniture; it’s good for your cat, too. Keeping those nails trimmed reduces the chance of your cat getting his claws stuck in the carpet or other fabrics, and that can prevent costly vet visits. Most importantly, the occasional trim will also foster an enjoyable experience instead of a pain-inducing exercise in wincing.

It’s far healthier (both mentally and physically) for your cat to keep their claws intact, so, even if it’s tempting, don’t entertain the idea of declawing. Not only can it cause devastating side effects like chronic pain, it really isn’t necessary, and, if they happen to dash out the pet door, declawed...

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