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01 Oct '19

Why Your Dog Digs and How to Stop It

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Why Your Dog Digs and How to Stop It

When a dog is digging up your backyard, you're going to wonder about two things. First, why in the world are they digging? Second, what can you do to stop them? We're going to take a look at...
01 Sep '19

Tips for Keeping Your Cat Relaxed

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Tips for Keeping Your Cat Relaxed

If your cat is particularly ornery or you are bringing home a new kitten, here are a few tips for a stress free environment.  First, there are plenty of ways to tell if your cat is stressed.  A cat will puff out...
13 Aug '19

How to Prevent Your Pet from Getting Heartworms

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How to Prevent Your Pet from Getting Heartworms

Your pets are susceptible to diseases that humans either rarely or never contract. That's why you have to look out for things like heartworms, which is a serious disease. Heartworms are the result...
11 Jul '19

Celebrating Your Dog's Peace of Mind During Holiday Fireworks

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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...
12 Jun '19

Don't Let Them Bite: Preventing Fleas & Ticks

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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 to dogs...
13 May '19

Does Your Dog Have Any Separation Anxiety?

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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...
16 Apr '19

Dogs and Cats and Fleas: Oh My!

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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...
11 Mar '19

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

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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.


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