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Five Crucial Tips on Budgeting for Pet Care

We all have a responsibility and obligation in ensuring our pets’ health. Like humans, they also need to see a doctor and have check-ups to maintain good health. They are already part of our family like a best friend that needs to be loved and taken care of. So if you feel like taking care of your pets has cost you a lot of money, don’t worry! Here are some guidelines that will really be able to help you save and at the same time manage your pets’ health very well.

 1. Give your pet a regular check-up with your veterinarian

This will provide you with your needed facts on how healthy your pet is and if there are things needed to be done to ensure optimum health for your pets. It will also give you more details if ever your pets have an illness or not. It will lessen the cost you will be having once the veterinarian sees ahead of time the sickness that your pet may be having. Moreover, it will eliminate the possibility of major problems later on that may let you spend more expensively.

2. Be aware of your pet’s behavior

Be very vigilant to any unusual changes in your pet’s behavior. Check whether your pets still eats well. Check also if your pet still urinates and defecates easily. Any changes may mean that your pet has an illness. Also, observe if your pet still drinks water regularly. Prevention is better than cure that is why it will be very good if we check our pets to diminish bigger problems of their health in the future.

3. Take care of your pet very well

Provide the required vaccination for your pets. They should not go near sick or infected animals to avoid contamination. Guard them during walking exercise and put them on a leash to keep them away from eating poisonous substances on the streets. If ever they have ticks or fleas, consult your veterinarian for needed medication.

  1.   4. Provide Good Grooming for your pets

Don’t forget to bathe them regularly and promote a clean surrounding for them. Have ample time to brush the teeth of your pets to avoid dental disease. Ask help from your veterinarian on the proper way of brushing your pet’s teeth. Don’t also forget to clean the ears of your pet by using the right tools and right steps. Proper hygiene will help you save money on your pets are healthy, and you will not spend any more for an illness that will come to your pet.

5. Maintain Normal Healthy Weight for Pets

It is very crucial during feeding time that pets should be given the right amount of food according to their age and nutritional needs. Like humans pets also should not be overweight or obese since it will lead them to other health diseases and problems. Foods should be prepared according to the needs of your pet and especially the ones suggested by your veterinarian.


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Where Pets Are Allowed: Support Dogs

A small concern when people have pets is that they will not be able to take them out wherever they would like, so at times they may feel restricted to where they can go with them. It may also be a let down if they wanted to spend time out with their pet, knowing they can only go to a few available places, such as out dining or shopping. This restriction is usually for safety precautions, and when it involves food, maybe even sanitary reasons. No store owner will want to be liable or have to worry about someone’s pet acting out or attacking another customer. This could potentially give them a bad reputation as an outcome or the customer may retaliate towards them for allowing pets within their store. It all depends on where and what guidelines must be followed. But, surprisingly there are a significant amount of places that will allow owners to bring in their pets. A majority are actual pet stores, such as Petco, but some also include Nordstrom, Macy’s, TJ Maxx, the Apple Store, Lush cosmetics and also Bass Pro Shop. Though, there be a few franchises that might specifically prohibit animals. It’s always best to check beforehand whether they are allowed or not.

Now this limitation changes for those who have support dogs, which require certification for the dog. They are usually utilized when a person has certain medical conditions or impairments, as well as for anxiety. This would be known more as an emotional support dog but there are also guide dogs, hearing dogs, seizure alert, diabetic alert, and even severe allergy alert dogs. This requires training dog for these specific tasks and having them registered. Most will recognize them because of the vest or harness that they usually wear to designate that they are there for medical purposes, though they are not required to wear one. These dogs are usually required to be permitted wherever their handler is, such as in restaurants, hotels, hospitals or shopping centers. They are usually even allowed to ride with their handler in an ambulance, if for any reason it is needed. These dogs are not restricted to only a select amount of places as would a normal pet.


Now, there is a certain type of etiquette required when these dogs are out in public with their handlers and many people may not realize it when they see them. Though, the dogs usually need to stay in close proximity to the handler, not leaving their side for any reason. It may be hard to resist petting such an adorable dog, but it is important not to distract the service dog in any way. They are there to do a job pretty much, and petting them or interacting with them may hinder their senses to help their handler. It is possible to ask the handler directly if it’s okay to pet the dog, but most often than not they will say no and it’s not out of rudeness.

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Why You Should Pay More Attention to Your Pet

Best pet care practices

Is your pet acting out? Are they constantly destroying your home with their claws or their jaws? Do they chew up your furniture, shoes, get into the trash can, or even use your home for their own personal bathroom? Chances are, you have shaken your head yes to at least one of these scenarios. Every pet owner goes through this at some point, and the behavior must be eradicated for it to become less of an issue—otherwise your pet will continue to act out and be destructive.

Most pet owners are aware that if a pet is exhibiting weird behavior, or even just acting out, sometimes this is a medical issue. Your first step should be to take your pet to the vet to rule out any medical conditions that are causing their irregular behavior. Once you rule out any medical conditions, you can now rule the issue as a behavior problem.

You can spend money on a pet trainer, pet day care, a sitter, and so on. Those of us who have done so, know this becomes costly and just not reasonably feasible. However, how many of us tried paying more attention to our pets as a way to eradicate their irregular behavior?

Drop the screen and pick up the leash

In today’s day and age, we have become focused on technology; spending hours a day on our phones, in front of the computer, or in front of the T.V. Meanwhile, our pets sleep, eat, and go out (or use the litter box). Nothing more or nothing less. During this time, your pet will become bored. They, like humans, love entertainment as well. When your pet becomes bored, they are more likely to become destructive and act out. This is why you should pay more attention to your pet.

One reason you should pay more attention to your pet is because it provides healthy entertainment for both of you. You are no longer staring at a screen and sitting. Instead, you will be up and moving, waving a cat wand, throwing a tennis ball, walking your pet, and so on. Pet’s love to do things with their humans, and playing is one of them. Not only does this benefit your pet, but it benefits you as well. You are now moving around, instead of sitting still—something that is good for your overall health.

Another reason you should pay more attention to your pet is that paying attention to them establishes a strong bond. That strong bond will eventually eradicate their abnormal behavior. Pets have a companionship type of relationship with their humans. In other words, if you have their back, they have yours. This phenomenon is experience with pets who have a solid relationship with their humans. By paying more attention to your pets, you will experience a solid relationship and less misbehavior.

Pets are, in a way, kind of like children. They will do what you let them get away with, and will continue until that behavior is stopped. Our pets want nothing more than our companionship and our attention. By paying more attention to your pet, you can restore your home to its former glory, build a strong relationship with a creature that will forever be loyal to you, and you will experience a heightened sense of happiness as well.

Do Not Make These Mistakes When Feeding Raw Food to Your Pets

Raw food diets are beneficial to human beings. Recently, pet owners are also feeding their felines and canines with raw food. More often than not, they switch their pets to raw food diets because their pets have health problems. Some of them mixed canned and raw foods for their beloved pets. But, be aware that you may be committing mistakes when you switch your pets to raw foods.

Misunderstanding Nutrition Basics

Like humans, pets need balanced and complete nutrition. Failure to recognize this may lead to health problems for the pets later on. Raw diets include uncooked meat with additives such as organ meat, bone, vegetables, and supplements. Also, it can include some cooked vegetables or grains. Some pet owners combine raw meats with freeze-dried products.

Raw food diets have no established vitamins and minerals standards. The 2006 National Research Council based its standards on a dry food diet. Supplementing raw meat diets just to meet these standards may offer excessive, if not dangerous, nutrients build-up in the pet’s body.

Thus, pet owners must confer with professionals before deciding to feed raw meat to their pets. Some pets may lose weight on raw meat. A nutritionist can decide to add fat or cooked grains to solve the problem of underweight pets.

Believing that Raw Diet is Raw Meat

The raw diet contains raw meat, but it has other ingredients like cooked oysters or mussels, vegetables, eggs, bones, organs, and muscle meat. Variety can solve the problem of lack of vitamins and minerals in the pet’s diet.

Commercially-available raw diets have other additions aside from raw meat. They may include salt, cod liver oil, minced or raw vegetables, liver, kelp, cheese, and raw eggs. Some pet owners include cooked vegetables in their pet’s raw diet. But, pets find it difficult to digest vegetables. As such, pet owners must cook, juice, or mince them before giving them to their pets.

Ignoring Fruits

Fruits provide variety, fiber, flavor, and vitamins. Berries have antioxidant content. Watermelon or apples can be chew treats. Fruits can be stewed, diced, or pureed before giving them to your pets. Also, you can just remove the pits and give your pets the whole fruit. But, raisins and grapes can damage their kidneys. Also, do not give canned fruits with sugar to your pets. Fruits must comprise 30% of your pet’s diet.

Forgetting the Need for Supplements

Some pets need supplements. A raw diet may not be able to provide enough calcium. Pet owners who buy commercially-available raw food do not need to worry because such food already has balanced and complete nutrition. Those who prepare raw food at home must include ground oyster shell or eggshell for the calcium requirement.

Pets can benefit from flax seed oil or fish oil for their omega-3 fatty acids diet requirement. Seaweeds and kelp provide trace minerals. Adding supplements, minerals, and vitamins to your pet’s diet is important in keeping it strong and healthy.  


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Greatest Dog Parks in America

One thing that is most important to a dog’s health is exercise and how much of it they are receiving. You may need a fence company to make your yard suitable for the dogs to exercise. Even just for the happiness and enjoyment of the dog, it is always imperative to give some form of exercise during the day whether it’s running around the backyard or hanging at a dog park. In terms of dog parks, it may sometimes be daunting to some dog owners because of the potential for interactions with other dogs. Of course, this depends on the temperament of their dog, whether they are comfortable with other dogs or are usually defensive or aggressive. Majority of the time, it may as well be an asset to gradually have your dog familiarized with being around others. If an owner decides they want to take their dog to one of these parks, they have many options to choose from. Certain cities may have designated dog parks or beaches, or even neighborhoods will have one or two for their residents. Now, below are a few dog parks from all over the United States that will be impressive to dogs and even their owners.

West Coast Greatest Dog Parks

Starting from the west coast, there are a few to be mentioned in California and Hawaii. In California, a known dog park is the Huntington Dog Beach, where dogs are free to roam the sandy beach and play in the water as well. What’s great about this dog park are the amenities, such as beach clean up, public restrooms and grassy areas to play in as well. The beach clean up is really great cause a whole event is made out of it, with volunteers who sign up for the day to help out. In Hawaii, one of their designated dog parks is the Kai Dog Park, which is surrounded by mountains and large grassy expanses. Though they do not have public restrooms available and all dogs must have a license to get in, it may be one of the safest parks due to Hawaii being free of rabies. They also have smaller designated areas for smaller toy dogs to play in and be comfortable without the bigger dogs intimidating them.

Midwest Greatest Dog Parks

In the midwest part of the United States, there are also a few parks that have great amenities for dogs. One of these is the Washington Dog Park, in Ohio, and is unique in that the turf is made specifically for dogs and the available water consists of a creek made just for dogs as well. There are also rocks over the area for climbing. Another park, Shawnee Mission Off-Leash Dog Area, consists of a huge area for dogs to play in covering 53 acres. It contains swimming pools and wooded areas for dogs to enjoy and run wild, figuratively of course. Farther south, are two in Florida and George that tend to stand out. In Florida, there’s Bonita Beach Dog Park where dogs can roam freely on the white sandy beach and even get to enjoy special dog showers afterward. Georgia has the Newton Dream Dog Park that consists of safe dog turf, hoops and tunnels to explore and water sprinklers to play in. It also features fake fire hydrants and huge dog bone tunnels.

Exotic pets- a little out of the ordinary

Pets are very common across the world, and they are usually domesticated animals. However, not every pet owner owns a typical domesticated animal or pet. Some pet owners own exotic pets—pets that are not typically kept in a human household. There are many different types of exotic pets, some may even include special licenses or qualifications to own that pet. The responsibilities of owning a pet are much known, but the responsibilities for owning an exotic pet bring pet owning to a whole different level.

Special licenses needed

One exotic pet, is the Zebra. The Zebra is a black horse with white stripes (or is it a white horse with black stripes?!), that is native to Africa. These magnificent creatures thrive in certain conditions, and should be taken care of as such. A Zebra is technically a horse, and you can own one as long as you have enough property and an exotic animal license.

Other exotic pets that don’t require such qualifications are sugar gliders, hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, skunks, and even bearded dragons. Just because these exotic pets do not require a certain license or qualification, they still require certain upkeep. Sugar gliders have to maintain a certain diet, and need a cage big enough for them to jump around in. They also need an area where they can be freed from their cage to play and interact with other sugar gliders. Tarantulas and hissing cockroaches require a certain aquarium to thrive effectively. Tarantulas are pretty much harmless to humans so they can be let out to wander around, but use caution if you are going to release your hissing cockroach!

Types of exotic pets

Skunks are particularly exotic as, well, they are skunks! What most people do not know, though, is that you can have an exotic animal vet remove the skunk’s stink-sack so that you no longer have to worry about that awful skunk smell. Skunk owners have concluded that they are great house pets, and are very similar to cats.

The bearded dragon is considered to be exotic, but requires the same upkeep as other reptiles. They need a heat tank, proper food and water, and some sort of interaction. They are pretty mellow when it comes to exotic pets, but they do require a bond with their owner.

Another exotic pet, in the form of an insect, would be the scorpion. The use of a scorpion varies on culture, but there are a variety of uses. Chances are, if you own a scorpion, you are handling them with proper care and are staying away from that stinger. To say this exotic pet is not very popular is an understatement.

Probably the most popular exotic pet (besides a money or exotic birds), would be the hedgehog. These little rodent-like creatures require a similar environment to a rodent, but also require much more bonding with its humans. They are sweet and affectionate when they want to be, but can also be mean. If you plan to get a hedgehog, make sure you do your research first!

A common misconception about cats

Black cats

When it comes to pets, the rate at which black cats are adopted is not as high as it could be, no thanks to an old pet stigma of black cats. This may have started in the medieval times, where black cats and other pets (even cats of other colors!) were associated with being a witches familiar (in laments terms, the black cat was the witches assistant). Black cats are also the pets that are highly associated with various evil practices, Halloween, and bad luck.

The stigma on the black cat is much higher as it is amongst other pets. Other pets who are close to this stigma could be Pitbull’s or Rottweiler’s. Black cats, specifically, are viewed as bad luck in the United States, but are viewed as good luck in the United Kingdom. Each country has their own pet stigma, but the black cat stigma stretches across the world.

Bad luck

The most popular black cat superstition is the presence of bad luck if a black cat is to cross your path. As we move from medieval times and medieval folklore, this superstition is becoming less and less popular amongst populations. However, the black cat is still associated with Halloween and the Wiccan year of Pagan through Samhain. During this time, black cats are the pets who are commonly associated with evil or wrong-doing. Black cats are the pets who are popular amongst Halloween decorations and Halloween costumes, portraying a frightening persona. As if the black cat stigma was not bad enough, being associated with a Wiccan holiday does not good for an innocent black cat who just wants to be adopted.

It is now known that black cats are portrayed with evil, witches, superstitions, folklores, and so on. They adopt a frightening person around Halloween and Wiccan holidays, due to these superstitions and folklores. However, what these superstitions and folklores fail to tell you about black cats, is that they are actually a fantastic pet.

Black cats are just like any other pet: they just want a companion, food and water, and for someone to entertain and love them. Unlike other pets, black cats do not get adopted as frequently—which is probably due to the black cat stigma. They are very curious pets, lovable pets, and have spunky personalities that may seem different from other pets.

If you are unsure about adopting a black cat, even though that little black kitten and the pet shelter was just the cutest thing, then ask someone about it. Many people own at least one pet, if not more, and will be able to help you come up with a decision. Another way to decide if you want to adopt a pet, specifically a black cat, is to discuss it with those who are working in pet shelters, pet stores, and even veterinary clinics.

To conclude, black cats make wonderful pets. Their stigma is becoming outdated and old-fashioned, and more and more people are starting to adopt black cats. Be sure to check your local pet shelter for one of these furry cuties!

Tips and tricks for taking care of your pet

Best practices

This almost seems like an oxymoron. If you have a pet, you should know how to take care of it, right? Of course! However, there are always first time pet owners, and any information on taking good care of your pet should be good information for any pet owner. There are so many different pet trends going around, like grain-free food, all organic food, grooming, medications, and so on. It can be very confusing on what trend you should be following. The pet trend you should be following, though, is the best pet trend for your pet!

Before you get a pet, you should always do your research. Even though cats and dogs are cute, sometimes they just are not a right match for a person (the same goes for all other animals). By doing your research, you are preparing yourself and even saving some money in the long run.

Once you have determined what kind of pet you want, get the pet! Once you have your pet, set up a vet visit. Explain that you have a new pet and would like to get their shots up to date, get them a license, and even have a physical done to check for any medical conditions. Most pet adopting places already do this for you, but it is always okay to get a second opinion from your trusted vet. Make sure during this appointment, you stress any concerns you may have. Your vet will give you the best information on taking care of your pet and tips on how to train them.

Make sure you do your research on different pet foods. There is a huge variety of pet food brands, and it is important for you to determine which would be the best food for them. Some people prefer cheaper pet food brands that have more fillers and chemicals than their expensive counter parts. Some people spend good money on their pet food, or even home cook their pets healthy meals every day. If you are confused on what food to get, research the breed of your pet and determine what the best food is from there. Just because your neighbor feeds her dog kibbles, does not mean you need to feed your dog kibbles as well.

Find entertainment for your pet. From toys to treats to walks, all of these are forms of entertainment for your pet. Entertaining your pet is great for bonding, but also keeps your pet from getting bored or acting out. If you can, take your pet to the store with you and allow them to pick out their treats and toys. This is a fun activity for both pet and owner!

The single, most important part about taking care of your pet is to love them and pay attention to them. You will know your pet better than anyone else, and it is important you follow your intuition about your pets. If your pet seems off, call the vet and express your concerns. If your pet looks bored, play with them or take them for a walk. Pets are great companions for any person; they just require patience, dedication, and love.

Pros and Cons of pet ownership in 2017

Pets are everywhere. You see them on the internet, from funny cat videos to animal fails, you see them out in public, and you probably have heard the infamous saying: adopt, don’t shop! Owning a pet is considered normal in today’s world, and many pet owners exist around the globe. Pets are wonderful creatures, but too many pets can be a hassle. Are you considering getting a pet? Here is a simple pros and cons list to help you make your decision!



  • In-home waste. Most pets require a bathroom space. That bathroom space is determined on what kind of pet you get. Most dogs do their business outdoors, or on “pee-pee pads” in the house. Other pets, such as cats or rodents, do their business in a designated area. This could mean a little box, or this could mean their cage. Either way, their waste is in your home, and you have to maintain it.
  • Training. At some point, each pet will require some training. Training pets can go really well, or they can be extremely difficult. What determines the difficulty of the training is dependent on both the pet and the owner. This is also a great time for both pet and owner to create a bond together, but you may need to have someone help you train your new pet.
  • Money. Owning a pet is not something that is cheap. The initial set up for any pet is probably the most expensive cost you will pay, unless your pet becomes ill. The financial aspect of owning a pet is not always brought up, because it is simply a given. When searching for your pet, take into consideration not only the adoption cost, but the cost of their food and other materials as well.



  • Cute. Even if you do not currently own a pet, you have probably called one cute in the past—and this is true! Pets are so cute, and are wonderful creatures. They are soft and comforting, but also entertaining.
  • Forever a Companion. Forever is a bit of a time stretch for a pet, as most pets do not live past their humans’ life. However, for the pet’s whole life time, you will have a forever companion. No matter what pet you get, they will be forever loyal to their owner. As long as you spend valuable time with your new pet, you will always have a companion.
  • Happiness. You will never know unconditional love until you get a pet. These creatures do not care if you stink, or if you are having a bad day, or even if you look like you just rolled out of bed. Pets do not care about that stuff, they only care about you. They provide you with loads of daily happiness that will brighten your day, every day.

Pets are wonderful creatures, and wonderful companions. Always do your research before getting a pet, and make sure they are compatible with you. You will find the perfect pet, and when you do, get ready for years of happiness and love!

Our favorites types of pets for companionship!

Why we love to have pets in our lives

One aspect of life that people seek out is companionship. Everyone wants a someone who can understand and love them and who they can understand and love back. Building a strong network of companions helps improve people’s quality of life, so sometimes people adopt pets to strengthen their network. Pets can offer unconditional companionship and they can help many people maintain happiness even through the toughest of times. Also, people can adopt a pet to help with other things like work or home security.

Common types of pets in our households

There are many different types of pets one can obtain. The most common types of pets are cats and dogs, but some people like more exotic pets like rodents, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and spiders. Other people even like adopting pets that are commonly seen as wild animals, like foxes, skunks, raccoons, and wolf-hybrids. Any “wild” animal that is kept as a pet should be domesticated in order to keep the animal safe around humans. All states in the US have their own laws regarding what kind of pets someone can have, and some pets are restricted or illegal. For example, in some states, you need to have a certain amount of property acreage in order to have a large animal like a horse, and in some states it is illegal to have certain species of monkeys. Some states require permits to have a wildlife pet as well.

There is almost no limit to what type of pet someone can own, but it is important to do research to make sure you are well-equipped and prepared to take care of whatever pet you want to adopt. All animals deserve to have a healthy and happy environment to live in, so it is essential that their owners do everything possible to give that to them. It is also important that owners train their pets and warn other humans of any behaviors that could be dangerous for them or the animal. Animals have their own instincts and personalities that cannot always be molded to what humans want of them, so sometimes we as humans need to respect their needs and find ways to work around that.

Caring for your pet properly

Taking care of pets can become time-consuming, stressful, and costly. Training your pets requires extended time and patience. Cleaning up after your pet or having to make time to take care of them can sometimes become stressful especially if you are caught up in work or other responsibilities. Vet bills can become expensive when unexpected medical issues arise in your pet. It is important that you be prepared for any of these things. Having a pet isn’t just about having a companion to keep you happy – sometimes your pet needs you, too.


When you adopt a pet, they become part of your family, no matter what purpose you obtain them for. Whether you adopt an animal to help with work, to keep you company, to help protect your home, or just because you like to have them, it is vital that you take care of them and treat them as if you would treat any member of your family.

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