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Why Do Pets Itch Their Ears?

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Why Do Pets Itch Their Ears?

Why Do Pets Itch Their Ears?

Itches happen! When a dog or cat uses their hind foot to reach a scratch, this is usually normal. On the other hand, if your pet is pawing or scratching at their ear constantly, chances are that there’s an underlying health issue that may be causing discomfort. Keep reading to learn what could be causing your dog or cat itching ears and treatment options to consider.

Causes of Ear Scratching

Constant itching of the ears in pets is a telltale sign that there’s something going on. Your pet’s diet, breed, and lifestyle all play a role in the health of their ears. Ear scratching can be caused by:

  • An ear infection
  • Skin problems
  • Wax build up
  • Debris in the ear
  • A cut
  • Poor...

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How to Help Your Pet with a Stomach Ache

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Help Your Pet with a Stomach Ache

How to Help Your Pet with a Stomach Ache

Treating an upset stomach in humans typically involves bland food, ginger ale, and medicine to settle things down—but do you know what to do if your dog or cat has an upset stomach? Here are the signs and symptoms of a stomach ache in your pet, as well as treatment options and helpful tips such as installing a dog or cat door.

What Causes a Pet Stomach Ache?

In pets, there are all sorts of factors that can cause a stomach ache. More likely than not, your pet ate something that he shouldn’t have. Dogs are notorious for eating anything they can put in their mouth. Other times a dog may have tummy issues because of a sensitive stomach, stress, or a sudden change in food. On the other hand, a cat...

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Can Cats and Dogs Get Along?

Posted by on Dec 23, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Can Cats and Dogs Get Along?

Can Cats and Dogs Get Along?

In the movie Ghostbusters, Dr. Peter Venkman said, “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together … mass hysteria!” People often use the phrase “fighting like cats and dogs.” Our culture seems to peg the two as polar opposites, destined to be adversaries.

However, it is possible for the two to get along. The idea of dogs living with cats isn’t so far-fetched, especially if they’re introduced in their youth. Puppies are far less aggressive than adult canines, in most cases, and keener on learning a cat’s boundaries. A feline is then less likely to go scurrying through the cat doors; also, a kitten is less likely to have had bad dog experiences. In fact, animals often forge a bond as they grow together.

Other factors in acclimating dogs and cats...

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Holiday Gifts for Your Pets

Posted by on Dec 9, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Holiday Gifts for Your Pets

Holiday Gifts for Your Pets

With the holiday season here, many families are planning their gift giving. That includes the pets. In fact, a National Pet Owners Survey from the American Pet Products Association reveals 48% of dog owners purchased pet Christmas gifts for their pooch in 2016, as did 38% of cat owners. Aside from pet doors, there are nearly limitless ideas.

In case you need pet gifts ideas, here are a few:

Ideas for Dog Gifts

  • Rawhide, plastic, or plush bones
  • Squeaky toys in any color, shape, or size
  • Ropes with attached squeaky toys or balls
  • Personalized dog collar with name and/or stones/jewels
  • Water bottle with attachable...

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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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