It’s finally March which means it’s nearly spring and we’ve survived another long winter. At this time of year, a lot of people start “spring cleaning,” which means emptying out the garage and taking a scrub brush to the deep corners of our homes. Speaking of cleaning, March is Pet Poison Prevention Month and you know what is very dangerous for your pets? Cleaning products.
Pet Poison Prevention month is dedicated to keeping our furry friends safe - a time when vets and animal organizations remind us it's our job to keep our pets safe - and without making your home puppy proof, your pet could end up very sick or worse.
At Bullwrinkles we take pet prevention month very seriously because thousands of dogs are hospitalized each year by accidentally ingesting household poisons. Educating yourself is the best way you can keep your pet safe. The Pet Poison Helpline is a really helpful resource for both helping you keep your pet safe and also helps you recognize signs if your pet may have ingested something dangerous. Check them out here: https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/
Here are a few things that are very dangerous for your pet:
For a full list talk to your Vet or check out the pet poison list here: https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poisons/_
In honor of Pet Dental Health Month, we’ve put together some things you should know to keep your furry friends’ teeth clean and healthy.
1. Did you know full grown dogs have 42 teeth? All the more to love you with! But with many teeth comes many potential problems. A mouth that is full of plaque and tartar can lead to unhealthy teeth with a build-up of bacteria that can actually enter the bloodstream and hurt your dog's heart and liver.
2. Take your dog to the vet to check out their teeth at least once a year. When you plan your own dental check-up, think of your best friend’s too.
3. If your vet recommends a professional dental cleaning, it should include cleaning, any adjustments and potentially fillings or extraction if required. Get it done as soon as possible. Just remember your pet probably won’t complain about their teeth until it's far too late.
4. Between checkups, you can help keep your dog ’s teeth healthy with treats and bones designed to help clean like Bullwrinkles Pork Flossers.
5. If you ever smell anything rotten in your dog's mouth, schedule a dental checkup right away.
If you take care of your pet’s teeth, they’ll keep smiling. Well, as much as dogs can smile. :)
Whenever we think about dog ownership we think about all the TRAINING that goes along with it. That is the ONE thing most people are deterred from with pet ownership, but it is so important to have a trained pet as it will make or break your relationship with them.
Here are a few reasons why you SHOULD put the time and effort into basic training:
Dogs thrive on routine. They LIVE for it! A typical daily routine for your pup usually includes eating, sleeping, and playing. Pretty great isn’t it?!
Sleeping and playing are pretty straightforward, but a feeding schedule is something that has a few variables.
Typically, adult dogs are fed twice daily; once in the morning and once at dinner time. This usually correlates with most people’s work schedules and keeps an adult dog full throughout the day.
If you are the lucky one to be bringing a puppy home – congrats! Since puppies’ metabolisms are much higher than an adult dog and they have LOTS of growing to do, it is ideal for them to be fed 3x daily. In the morning, afternoon and dinnertime. With a working family, some choose to feed in the morning, after they get home from work, and closer to bedtime. This way their nutrients are split evenly throughout the day. (This is also a great way to feed a highly active dog as well!)
Some dogs aren’t big eaters and will pick at a bowl of food throughout the day. This is fine as long as their daily amount is measured out each day and the food is changed frequently to avoid it getting stale.
Meal feeding is helpful for digestion. The key here is that your dog’s DAILY amount of food DOES NOT change, it just is split into however many meals they will need. Lastly, be sure to provide fresh water at all times for your furry friend!
Dog ownership is amazing; the bonds that are created, and all the snuggles imaginable! There are also a lot of responsibilities of owning a dog, including making sure they receive enough exercise each day.
They are high energy animals for the most part, and even those breeds that don’t quite look like they should be running a marathon, (Bulldogs I’m looking at you!) they still need to get out and exercise their joints and lungs each and every day.
It is recommended that dogs get an average of 1 hour of exercise a day. This could be leash walking, taking your dog to the dog park, or going for a swim.
Most people enjoy walking their dogs. It’s a relaxing thing to do, usually in the mornings and evenings; a way to unwind with your furry friend. Hiking through the woods, beach walks or just walking on the sidewalk, it’s good for all of us.
Where do you like to walk your dog??
This day focuses on raising awareness and educating people on the importance of rabies prevention.
Check out https://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day for more great info!