The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

June 19, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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5 Mistakes You May Be Making While Storing Your Cat’s Food

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How you choose to store your cat’s food can determine how long it remains fresh and maintains its optimum nutritional qualities. Dry cat food especially is challenging to store, unlike its canned counterparts which can be refrigerated, if not finished at once.

  1. Don’t dispose of the original packaging
    The pack has the cat food’s barcode, its date of expiration and batch code – all important information you should possess, in case any problem arises. The container is almost always designed to keep out elements and maintain the food’s freshness for as long as possible.
  2. Prevent exposure to air
    If cat food is exposed to air & humidity, it may increase the risk of bacterial contamination. As also, accelerate the degradation of the food. Make sure you seal the bag after every feeding to prevent the above.
  3. Prevent exposure to sunlight
    Similarly, keep the cat food away from sunlight. It can elevate the temperature and humidity inside the bag leading to the same problems as air exposure.
  4. Throw it away if it is past Date of Expiry
    Many pet owners forget to check the expiration date for their pet’s stored food. Don’t be one of them and risk an uncalled for trip to the vet. Check the “Best Before” and “Use By” date for your cat food before feeding it to them. You don’t want to feed your cat expired food, do you?
  5. Avoid mixing old & new cat food
    True, you may be tempted to mix the remaining bit of the cat food from the old box with the contents of the new. Don’t. Doing this may contaminate the ingredients of your brand new bag of cat food.

June 18, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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Should You or Should You Not Invest in a Pet Ramp?

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We, humans have the help of railings, crutches & canes when we need support while climbing or walking. Similarly, dog ramps assist those dogs in need of support. A dog ramp can be indoor or outdoor depending on the nature of function it will perform. Indoor dog ramps are used when a dog has to climb onto a couch, bed or other furniture. Outdoor ramps are used to enable dogs to enter/exit any vehicle on their own. They may also be used to ease a dog into a pool or atop a boat.

Does Your Dog Need a Dog Ramp?

Dog ramps are frequently used for old dogs with joint ailments and dogs of small breeds. These dogs lack the mobility to climb by themselves. Dog ramps also ensure that injured dogs do not add further stress to their joints. Puppies and large breed dogs too may employ these ramps because of their still developing bones and increased risk of joint problems respectively. Additionally, pups who suffer from genetic hip dysplasia may ease their troubles with a dog ramp. A dog ramp also comes handy when the owner isn’t able to assist their dog into a car for whatever reason.

Arthritic dogs and dogs with leg amputations benefit greatly from dog ramps. These ramps are also thought to be a great training aid for guide dogs. The dog wins points for walking upon the ramp without showing any signs of resistance.

Injuries a Dog Ramp Can Prevent

Some of the injuries that a dog ramp can prevent are-

  • Broken nails
  • Trauma to elbow joint
  • Foot pad injuries
  • Sprains to legs, wrists and shoulders
  • Slipped knee caps – caused by hopping on hind legs before jumping
  • Hip and joint stress
  • Injury to spinal cord

So, whether your dog is a hefty Great Dane, Labrador or a cuddle-sized Dachshund/Corgis, a ramp for them is a clever investment. Your pup may exhibit oodles of energy constantly jumping on and off whatever surface it finds, don’t be fooled. All of this reckless jumping will start to take a toll on its health as it grows older. Jumping causes needless stress on your pet’s joints and may well lead to hip and joint problems. A pet ramp is the perfect accessory for your pet. Infact, it is almost a necessity. Go ahead and buy one, you won’t regret it!

June 15, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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Summer Is Here. Here’s How To Keep Your Pet Safe

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Picnics, cool drinks, watermelon slices and a day well spent at the pool are some of the thoughts that come to mind when one thinks about summer. But summers can also be a hotbed for infections and hazards when embarking on outdoor adventures with your furry pal. Here are some tips to keep your best friend safe during the season.

Cars Can Become Furnaces, Keep Your Pet Hydrated and Safe

According to a report by PETA, the inside of a car can get up to 3̊ F hot per minute. If you do have to leave your pets in the car, make sure you roll down the windows or crank up the air conditioning to ensure that the heat inside the car is being constantly regulated. Heatstroke and dehydration are not just human problems; your pets get affected too. Keeping your pet hydrated during hot summer months. Always make sure there is a bowl of cold water available for your furry friend.

Be on a Parasite Patrol

While summers can be a playful time for your pets, it is also the time where veterinarians see the most number of cases of ear or skin infections. When on a picnic or exploring the outdoors with your furry playmate, keep them away from sniffing too many flowers or eating plant food. Even the grass is sprayed with insecticides and ingesting it can prove to be fatal for your pet. Ensure that the paws of your pet are well protected against ringworms, tapeworms or any other parasite wiggling on the streets. Anti-flea and tic medication should also be applied all over your pet’s body to maintain good hygiene.

Love Your Scissors, Ditch the Razor When Grooming

How one grooms their pets is largely dependent on the area they live in and the breed they have. Your pet’s fur coat is what helps them to regulate their body temperature and block harmful sunlight. This summer season, trim your pet’s majestic coat to keep them cool but do not shave it off. The most common illness amongst most pet is skin cancer due to a high exposure to the sun. Pair the short coat with an effective sun block to keep their skin healthy and happy.

Be Your Pet’s Lifeguard

Pools or just a good time at the beach can be a great stress buster during summers. When stepping inside the cool water with your pet, make sure they have a life jacket strapped on. The first thing to teach them is the exit route from the pool to prevent them from drowning. One should always be near when swimming in a lake or an ocean to rescue them immediately if they get stuck in a sand pit and fail to find solid ground underneath.

June 14, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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How To Include Your Pet In Your Disaster Plan

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Disasters, whether man-made or natural, are marked by huge loss of life and property and large-scale destruction. Prevention is better than cure is the mantra to live by, for it always comes in handy to protect yourself and your loved ones from impending damage.

When it comes to loved ones, every pet owner would agree with me when I say that to us, our pets are just as dear as our kith and kin and our friends. Hence it is important to include our little friends in our disaster management plans.

Two aspects to this are:

  1. Formulating a disaster plan.
  2. Preparing a kit.

Formulating A Disaster Plan.

  1. Attach collars and tags to your pet containing updated information.
  2. Use a microchip that contains relevant information that can be used to track the pet if it is lost.
  3. Use a pet carrier for your pets and fill in your name, the name of the pet and contact information in it and make sure your pet is well acquainted with the transport box.
  4. There are two ways of sheltering in case of a disaster – sheltering at your place or sheltering at a place distant from your home. Decide your option.

In case of sheltering at home, make sure the sheltering room is safe and free of toxic materials.

In case of evacuation, you can

visit http://www.humanesociety.org/animal_community/resources/tips/find_local_animal_shelter.html for pet shelters. You could also check with your family and friends or stay in pet friendly hotels.

The next step is preparation of a disaster kit.

Preparing A Disaster Kit.

Having a disaster kit at the ready always helps in case a disaster strikes. Few items to include in your pet’s disaster kit are:

  1. Food and water for minimum of a fortnight. Food should be packed in air tight containers.
  2. Food and water bowls and a can opener.
  3. Items that can be used for cleaning up in case of bathroom accidents (towels, plastic bags, cleaning agent).
  4. Medications for the pet and its medical records like a copy of its medical history, rabies vaccination certificate, current vaccination records and microchip information in case microchips are used and prescription for the medicines.
  5. Trunks or caskets that can be used to transport the pet and items like toys and pillows to make it feel comfortable.
  6. A photo of the pet and identification information, including your contact information.

Diseases that can be transferred during a calamity include rabies, ringworms and leptospirosis.
Maintain good hygiene and provide proper vaccination to prevent or curb them.
To each man, his own pet. Protect your treasured little ones with these tips. Hope they help.

June 13, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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How to Best Enjoy the Outdoors With Your Pooches?

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The outdoors provide a rich environment for dogs to exercise & play. Infact, playing out in the open helps preserve the dog’s physical and mental health. Dog owners too are equally fond of accompanying their pets outside on a walk/run. They want nothing more than to have their furry friends by their side at all times, even when they go for a camping trip or to a trek somewhere. However, the outdoors can get challenging for your trusted canines if not looked after properly.

Before you start-

  • Basic Obedience Training is a prerequisite before allowing your dog outdoors. The vastness of the world outside can tempt your pooch to run wild, If it isn’t taught the primary commands to “Stay”, “Come” & “Sit” – controlling them when outside can prove to be a headache.
  • Be aware of your dog’s fitness level in order to correctly plan outdoor activities. While some dog breeds are made for the outdoors, smaller short-snouted ones tire easily. Young dogs are a bundle of energy but could risk injury to their growing bones in strenuous activities.
  • Pack them a doggy-bag with ample water, treat supplies, plastic poop carriers, extra dog leash, first aid kit and dog tags/collars for identification.
  • Choose a safe spot away from running vehicles, poisonous plants and possible dog pests to ensure your furball’s safety.

Activity Ideas-

A walk in the park is still the old favorite but there are tons of other things you can do with your dog! Once you’ve conditioned your dog for the workout, take him along with you on your next hiking/camping trip.

How about including him in your morning run? Not only will you have a companion, you will be doing wonders for your dog’s endurance.

You could even plan a day-trip to the city’s outskirts to explore nature’s bounty with your beloved pet. If your dog can swim, you could both make a trip to the beach or a nearby lake.

Take the opportunity to devise new games and indulge in playtime with your canine. Don’t limit yourself to playing “Fetch” – carry a Frisbee to toss back and forth. Hide your pet’s treat and ask him to find it from its scent. Incorporate scent tracking into the games to bring in an educational aspect to the sport. The outdoors proves to be a wonderful training ground for your pet if you allow it to be. Follow the above-mentioned precautionary measures and prepare to have a gala time gallivanting outdoors with your four-legged friend.