Saturday, April 15, 2017

Advice for Lengthening Your Dog's Life

Dogs are truly loyal companions, and they deserve the best treatment we can provide. As much as we may love these beloved pets, we also need to take care of their health and help them live a long life. The average lifespan of a dog is between 10 and 13 years, although some breeds can live longer than that. If you want your dog to live that kind of long and healthy life, here are some tips that will help you.

1. Encourage Exercise

While some dog breeds don't need to be as active as others, all dogs need to get at least some exercise. You can encourage this by taking your dog for walks, playing with them regularly and giving them plenty of room to run around and explore. This might mean taking a trip to a dog park if you don't have a big back yard, but it will be well worth your time when you have a leaner, healthier and happier pet.

2. Feed Your Dog the Right Food

You don't need to buy the most expensive gourmet food on the market for your dog, you should be using food with quality ingredients. Look for dog food with real meat protein sources as its primary ingredients, and avoid food that has too much corn or grain as filler. Feed your dog in moderation, and don't give out too many treats and table scraps.

3. Visit Your Veterinarian

Just like with people, a dog needs regular check-ups to stay healthy. You probably know that your dog needs regular vaccinations, which is just one of many reasons why you should make an appointment with a veterinarian at least once a year. A good vet will be able to spot potential health issues before they become a problem, and they will give you some advice on how to better care for your pet.

4. Keep Stress to a Minimum

Dogs are as affected by stress as much as people are, so try to keep your dog out of stressful situations as much as you can. How you do this will depend on your dog's personality, but things like being around too many strangers or keeping dogs tied up for too long are examples of common stressors.

5. Clean Your Dog's Teeth

A lot of treats and chew toys claim to keep a dog's teeth clean and healthy, but there's more to canine dental care than that. A weekly tooth brushing will improve your dog's dental health and help avoid any related heart and kidney problems.

In many ways, maintaining a dog's health isn't that different from maintaining a person's health. You need to make sure that your dog gets plenty of exercise, eats the right foods and makes it to the veterinarian for regular check-ups.

For more information on pet nutrition or to try one of our formulas, please contact Pet Wants Houston Central at: 832-786-8579.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Link Between Dog Allergies and Nutrition

Have you noticed your dog scratching itself more than usual? Or maybe your dog is experiencing hair loss or spending a lot of time chewing at its feet. All of these symptoms are signs that your dog is experiencing a food allergy.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

All the Ways Cats Make Us Healthier and Happier

As a business built around a love for animals, we enjoy sharing interesting information about pets whenever possible. In that spirit, we want to share six different ways that cats can make their owners healthier and happier:
1. Cats are great for sleep. If you let a cat sleep in your bed, they're twice as likely to improve your sleep as they are to disturb it.

2. Petting a cat is a great form of natural stress relief. When you physically touch a cat by petting it, your body releases chemicals that help to lower both stress and anxiety.

3. Cats are very good for your heart! Studies have found that individuals who are at risk of having a stroke due to cardiovascular disease can decrease it by having a cat. Research also shows that cats can lower humans' blood pressure and decrease the risk of a fatal heart attack by as much as thirty percent.

4. Because cats provide so much companionship, they're great for individuals who struggle with issues like loneliness. This seems to be directly related to another benefit of having a cat, which is living longer than average.

5. If you're passionate about doing your part to help the environment, you'll be interested to know that cats actually have a lower carbon footprint than dogs.

6. Although cats don't require the same amount of exercise as dogs, they still need some daily stimulation for their physical and mental health. Knowing that a cat needs to be played with helps people get up even if they've had a long day. The role of taking care a cat also provides a sense of purpose and can help with issues like mild to moderate depression.

The Best Way to Bring This Joy Into Your Home
If you've been thinking about adopting a cat for awhile, now is the perfect opportunity to make this decision official. Not only will you be able to provide a wonderful cat with a great home, but you'll personally get to enjoy all of the benefits we covered above.

In terms of where you should go to get your cat, we always encourage anyone who asks us to adopt from a local shelter like BARC. Because this is something that's very important to us, we have a special offer for anyone who adopts a new pet.

Once you bring your new cat home, call 832-786-8579 and tell us about your adoption experience. In return, Pet Wants Houston Inner Loop owner Jaime Graham will provide a free 15-minute nutrition consultation. At the end of the consultation, you'll also receive a free 2 pound sample of any Pet Wants cat food blend.

Friday, January 6, 2017

How Much Exercise Does My Dog Really Need?

It’s no secret that in addition to the dog food your pet eats, exercise is one of the most important factors in your dog’s health. What many people underestimate is how much of an impact exercise has on a dog’s behavior as well. If a dog isn’t getting enough exercise on a consistent basis, the odds of it having behavioral problems are quite high. Common examples of these types of problems are excessive barking, tearing up furniture or not listening.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Some Useful Tips Before You Head to the Dog Park

Taking your pet to a Houston dog park can be a great experience. However, a common misconception about going to a dog park is it’s automatically going to be a great time. The reason that’s not true is there are things that can happen which make this trip stressful or simply not enjoyable. Fortunately, you can minimize the likelihood of those types of things happening and maximize your chances of having a fun time with your dog. The key to making that happen is doing a little planning and knowing what to expect while you’re there.

So with those objectives in mind, we want to share five useful tips about going to a dog park:

1. Choose the Right Houston Dog Park

Because Houston is a city that’s home to plenty of dog lovers, there’s no shortage of dog parks to choose from. Since the experience at parks can vary quite a bit from one to another, it’s important to pick the best fit for you and your dog. Asking any friends or family members where they take their dog is a good starting point. You can also do some research online. And if you ever arrive at a dog park and get a bad feeling for any reason, there’s nothing wrong with bailing and trying again somewhere else.

2. Be Ready to Use the “Come” Command

Prior to heading to the dog park, make sure your dog is trained to respond to the “come” command. This will give you the confidence to navigate any situation that may arise from a lot of dogs or people being around.

3. Take Your Dog Off Its Leash

Once you enter the dog park, it’s time to let your dog off its leash. The reason we bring this up is some owners are hesitant to take this step. What they don’t realize is keeping their dog on its leash when other dogs are running around freely is much more likely to result in their pet getting stressed out.

4. Leave Treats and Food in the Car

Many dogs can become aggressive when food is introduced into a setting.  They will try and guard it for themselves. To avoid dog fights and keep the peace, please leave treats in the car or your human food at home.  Dogs have such an incredible sense of smell, they will know if it’s “hidden” in your pocket or purse. 

5. Stay Alert But Focus on Having Fun

It’s important to pay attention to the body language of your dog and others when you’re at a dog park. But as long as you pay attention and use the “come” command if it ever seems like any play is starting to get too tense or aggressive, you’ll be able to have a fun time watching your dog have a blast playing with others.