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Celebrating Your Dog's Peace of Mind During Holiday Fireworks

Celebrating Your Dog's Peace of Mind During Holiday Fireworks

It's easy for humans to forget that pets don't have weekends. Their's is a 24/7 job. While they continue to surprise us with what they know - and learn - loud noises, flashing lights and frantic neighbors can signal...
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Don't Let Them Bite: Preventing Fleas & Ticks

Don't Let Them Bite: Preventing Fleas & Ticks

Spring is finally upon us, which means the days are getting longer, the grass is getting greener, and bugs are going to start making a comeback. Fleas and ticks are parasitic pests that can pose health risks...
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Does Your Dog Have Any Separation Anxiety?

Does Your Dog Have Any Separation Anxiety?

Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety, and it can be heartbreaking to see your dog go through that as an owner. While it's impractical to stay home with your dog 24/7/365 when you have to go to work or tend...
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Dogs and Cats and Fleas: Oh My!

Dogs and Cats and Fleas: Oh My!

Fleas are little brown insects which thrive in particular temperature and humidity levels. Which means most pet owners will deal with them at some time or another. For many, it's not just a summer problem. Dogs and cats...
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6 Reasons Why You Should Be Changing Your Pet’s Food

6 Reasons Why You Should Be Changing Your Pet’s Food

Should You Be Changing Your Pet’s Food Regularly?

Should you be changing your pet's food regularly? We may be used to feeding our furry friends the same food but there are a variety of reasons why their food should be switched up every once in a while. These reasons include their life stage, activity level, dietary deficiencies and the development of allergies.

  1. Life stage

As your pet becomes older, their food should be changed to reflect their nutritional needs. For example, a puppy should be fed puppy kibble. As they age, they will move on to adult and senior kibble, which should be introduced gradually rather than abruptly. You can get recommendations from your vet as to when you should change your pet's food and how to introduce them to a new food.

  1. Overall health

Over time, your pet's health will change. They may develop specific dietary needs, such as needing to eat higher calorie food if they are underweight or "diet" food if they need to lose weight.

  1. Activity level

Another important factor to consider is activity level. Think about whether your pet is mostly sedentary, moderately active or highly active. If your pet is more active than most, then they may need high protein food to suit their nutritional needs.

  1. Variety

Dogs are designed to eat a variety of foods. Would you want to eat the same food for years? It's important to switch things up but while being attentive to the needs of your pet's health.

  1. Dietary deficiencies

Another reason to change your pet's food is that they may be lacking in certain nutrients. After all, no one pet food has it all. Some factors that may indicate nutritional deficiencies are:

  • A dull, lackluster coat
  • Noticeable changes in weight
  • Changes in their behavior
  • Changes in thirst, such as suddenly becoming very thirsty
  1. Avoid the development of allergies

Your pet may develop one of several common food allergies when eating the same food, such as an allergy to corn, soy, wheat, chicken, beef and/or fish. This means that it's time to change their food to a type without this ingredient. There are many diet foods that don't include these popular ingredients.

Overall, you should be changing the type of food that your pet eats periodically. Your pet's dietary needs will change over time and their food will need to change, too! Check in with your vet if you have any concerns about what your pet is eating.

  • Pequannock Feed & Pet Supply Admin
Good Dental Hygiene is a Must for Your Pet's Optimal Health:

Good Dental Hygiene is a Must for Your Pet's Optimal Health:

As February marks National Pet Dental Health Month, it's essential that we take a moment to remember how important good oral health is to our furry friend's overall well-being. Whether you have cats or dogs, their oral health is imperative to their overall health and quality (as well as length) of life.

Good dental hygiene is a vital part of your pet's long-term health. Poor dental hygiene can result in plaque and tartar buildup that leads to periodontal disease. If left unchecked, it can result in anesthesia and operations that are required to remove the animal's teeth. Moreover, in the worst cases, poor dental hygiene can even cause your pet to end up with heart, lung, and kidney diseases from the bacteria that build up in the mouth and eventually manage to make it to the bloodstream.

How Can I Determine If My Pet Has Periodontal Disease?

Determining your pet has a periodontal disease is not always a simple thing to do, but the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends looking for the following symptoms to clue you in as to when your furry pal might need some additional dental attention:

  • breath with a very repugnant odor (sign of bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup in the mouth)
  • your pet has a buildup of plaque or tartar on their teeth
  • red swollen gums that may indicate gingivitis
  • gums that are bleeding when the dog eats/chews
  • infections that have formed around the root of the tooth
  • excessive drooling
  • loose teeth/loss of teeth (from decay)

If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, it is advisable to make an appointment with a qualified veterinarian to have your pet checked out and to see if further treatment including professional cleanings is needed.

What Can I Do to Help My Pet Maintain Good Oral Health?

As an owner, you naturally want to do what you can to help your pet avoid the previously mentioned scenarios. The following are a few great ways to ensure that your pet has the best oral health possible:

Clean Your Pet's Teeth at Home:

When your pet is at home, a simple way to clean their teeth is to put a piece of gauze and to brush over your dog's teeth with your finger. The fronts and tops are the most important. Some dogs may not let you get to the back of their teeth, but don't worry too much about that as little if any plaque ever grows back there anyway. Use small circular motions to clean all teeth. Doing so on a daily basis can help avoid tartar and plaque buildup which could otherwise lead to periodontal disease.

Provide Teeth-Friendly Treats & Chew Toys:

Providing your pet with treats that are designed to help clean their teeth can ensure that they are not getting tooth decay or rot from having too many biscuits, bones, or other "treats" in their diet. Also be sure to give your pet chew toys that are healthy for their teeth and do not have any toxic materials or ingredients in them. These practices ensure that you are not damaging your pet's teeth more than you are helping keep them healthy.

Have Your Vet Check Your Pet's Teeth:

When you take your dog in for vaccinations or annual appointments, have your vet check over your dog's teeth to ensure that there are no early signs of periodontal disease, gingivitis, or other plaque/tartar buildup that may turn into a bigger problem later. Nipping the problem in the bud can save your pet a lot of discomforts and you a lot of cash.

Get Your Pet Proper Treatment:

If your vet detects a developing issue with your pet's oral health, you may need to get your pet further treatment such as X-rays to see if the periodontal disease has gotten into the bone structure of your pet's jaw or blood work to see if the toxins or bacteria have gone to their bloodstream. While these treatments may be pricey, they are a lot cheaper than leaving the problem till your pet needs surgery, which is almost sure to be even more expensive than what you would have had to pay for otherwise.

Conclusions:

Your pet's oral health is critical to their overall health. Ensuring that they are free from any oral diseases. If there are beginning signs of disease, treating that issue before it gets worse can save you money and your pet a lot of discomfort in the future.
  • Janet Thomas