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The Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Pets

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Fall is upon us and with it comes flavorful aromas, a chill in the air and... pumpkins!

Pumpkin is one of nature’s super foods. Its high moisture content makes it especially valuable to animals who refuse to drink enough water. Adding moisture-rich foods, such as pumpkin, can help diminish the effects of dehydration and reduce heat in the body.

This does not mean you should save that dried out, crusty leftover pumpkin that you carved up and placed in front of your door two weeks ago. You should only use the freshest of pumpkins (hopefully organic) for your pets. Remember, if you wouldn’t eat it, your pets probably shouldn’t eat it.

Go buy a fresh pumpkin from your local, organic farmer's market and use this helpful guide to Preparing Pumpkin Puree for pets for your dogs or cats. And if you're not up to making it yourself, you can buy it ready-made for pets thanks to Fruitables Pumpkin Dog Digestive Supplement

No matter which method you choose, you should seriously consider adding pumpkin to your pets diet. Here's why:

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Top 7 Threats to Pets on Halloween

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Quite frankly, Halloween is a pet parent's most dreaded holiday.

It's not a lot of fun for our pets either - there are little two-legged creatures running around dressed as monsters - ringing the doorbell, chasing them down streets, uncomfortable costumes, and loud noises that often go unexplained. 

This is why it's so important for you to prepare your pets on Halloween - because even things you use every single day can turn into a threat or a potential problem.

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How to Create A Pet Sitting Kit

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When I was much, much younger I did a lot of babysitting for neighbors. It was good money, I didn't have to worry about taxes, and I was pretty good at it. But, there is a lot of competition in babysitting – just as there is now a lot of competition in pet sitting. To get the jobs, I had to prove I was the best, the most reliable, the most trustworthy and the most likable.

To remain competitive, I created a “babysitting kit” to take along on the job. This was essentially a kit of everything I needed to keep kids happy and content. It consisted of things like glue, dull scissors, construction paper, games, and other things along those lines. I think it was one of the reasons I was called back so many times.

As I grew older and my patience grew more thin, my babysitting days morphed into pet sitting days. Like my young days of watching kids, I still carried a pet sitting kit, and I want to talk about what that means.

When I was pet-sitting for a living, I had many diff tent types of animals that I cared for. From diabetic cats, who needed daily injections of insulin to hyperactive dogs who needed lots of exercise, there were different tools for different jobs.

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Preparing Pumpkin Puree for pets

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The preparation of pumpkin puree for pets is a simple process, and in doing it yourself, you eliminate the problems associated with commercial preparation. Not only can you avoid unnecessary additives and preservatives, you will save money and be assured you are providing the best product for your dogs.

Pumpkin is one of nature’s super foods. Its high moisture content makes it especially valuable to animals who seem determined not to drink enough water. Adding moisture-rich foods help diminish the effects of dehydration and reduce heat in the body. It's also rich in fiber, which can help quiet upset stomachs and eliminate both diarrhea AND constipation in pets. (You don't need to feed a lot of it to get these benefits - a teaspoon or so for a 50-lb dog will do just fine). Pumpkin is also low in fat, rich in antioxidants, and is a great source of Vitamin A, which helps support urinary health. (Read more about The Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Pets).

Once you have your puree all prepared, you can either hand off a spoonful to your pet, mix it into their food, or bake some healthy treats for your dog. Our favorites are Pumpkin Pretzels for Hungry Pups and Pumpkin Peanut Butter Wafer Pet Treats!

So, now that you know the reasons for doing it, here's how to do it:

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Keeping Pets Safe On Boats

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Whether it’s a boat, lake, ocean or pool, you can’t automatically assume your dogs and cats will take to life on the sea. Pets like firm, stable surfaces – and water does not a firm surface make... So before you plan your next water outing, be sure that you and your pet know what to expect. Here are a few tips to prepare your pet for day on the boat:

Make sure your pet is familiar with the concept of boating.

Don’t assume your pet will automatically take to boating. Most dogs and cats like firm, stable surfaces, and a boat can be anything but stable. Before you plan an outing with your pet, get the animal on board and turn on the engine to see if the sound disturbs it. Some pets couldn’t care less, but others make themselves sick with worry at the loud noises. Take short trips at first to let your pet get acclimated to the pitch and roll of boating. Remember, if you can get seasick, so can your pets.

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