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How to Properly Store Pet Food

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We spend hundreds of dollars on food for our pets. Yet, few of us think of the best way to store and preserve it when we buy in bulk. There is a right way and a wrong way to store pet food...

Over the past year, salmonella has become a common problem in both human and animal food. While the FDA recently declared a zero tolerance for salmonella in our pet food supply, contamination still occurs. Salmonella can be easily transferred to humans who handle or ingest (accidentally or intentionally) contaminated pet food. If you have kids, you must be particularly vigilant!

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Training Diaries: Preliminary Health Checks, Feeding, and Methods

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When we first started out with our training diaries commitment, we wanted to ensure our pets were all healthy. After our preliminary health checks (you can read more about those here: Training Diaries: Health Checks) we also changed their diet to The Honest Kitchen (which we and they love!). This week, we began working on routine exercise (more on that next week), and have started requiring that they “work” for a living. Of course, they are all in great shape and while they don't have any weight issues, they do have some behavioral ones.

We are approaching training like we would approach anything else with a family member: We’re researching the methods that we believe would work best for us, tossing out what doesn’t, and trying to avoid quick fixes, to make sure that we have a happy, healthy, cohesive family unit when it’s all said and done.

That said, we are doing our best to treat them like kids – they have “chores,” and we will offer a reward when that chore is complete. We will do our best to respect them as individuals, cater to their individual strengths and offer as many tools as we can to ensure their success. In return, we expect that they follow through, respect us as the “leaders,” and trust us to make the correct decisions.

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Heat Related Pet Resources

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These are a couple of printable resources that will teach you to:

  1. Identify the signs of heat stroke in pets
  2. Administer CPR in the case of emergency

Thanks to the American Red Cross for providing the "Saving your pet's life with CPR" graphic. And I'm not sure who to thank for the "Heatstroke Can be Deadly" graphic. If you know who created it, please let us know.

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Calming Anxious Pets: Fireworks, Thunderstorms & Monsoons

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Independence Day is one of my most feared holidays. Why? Because I know how my pets are going to react - it's historical fact...  My wolf hybrid taught my coyote to fear fireworks. My coyote taught my Aussie. My Aussie taught my pointer and my pit. Get the picture? Now I have an entire household of animals who are terrified of loud noises.

But over the years, we have learned how to make this time of year as easy as possible on everyone and we now believe we'll make it through July with nary a problem.

In 2010, Thundershirt did a survey of pet owners and found that two of the most prominent forms of anxiety among dogs were noise and separation from their owners. Loud noises, such as thunder storms (86 percent) and fireworks (74 percent), were the most often cited form of noise anxiety. Here are some other fun facts about pet anxiety:

  • Forty-one percent of the 1,201 dog owners polled said they had at least one dog that currently has or had an anxiety issue.
  • Of the 1,960 dogs owned by those polled, almost 30 had some form of anxiety or fear issue.
  • By applying its findings to 2010 U.S. population estimates, nearly 23 million dogs suffer or have suffered from some sort of anxiety.
  • Dog anxiety issues have impacted 18.6 million U.S. households.
  • 71 percent of the dog owners polled did not feel that it was necessary to address the issue
  • 29 percent did not feel like there was a viable solution and 13 percent felt solutions were too expensive.
  • For those that did address their dog’s anxiety, survey results indicated that more traditional solutions, such as medication, training and avoiding certain circumstances, were the most popular.
  • Dog owners spend, on average, more than $1 billion annually addressing anxiety and fear problems, with more than $240 million going to property damage

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Surviving Summer: 8 Tips for Pets in the Heat

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It’s summer. No one knows that better than us as we swelter in temps that should only be experienced inside of an oven. We’ll reach 117 degrees this week and that makes me feel a little terrified for the millions of animals left outdoors by owners who don’t know any better, or worse, don’t care. We know you’re not one of those people, but we do hope you can pass this article along to someone who may not know better.

It’s important to make sure your pets have shelter that is clean, ventilated and has adequate air circulation, preferably in an area that is shaded all day. Pets can overheat quickly.

Watch for these signs of heat exhaustion
  • loud, rapid panting
  • rapid pulse
  • glazed eyes
  • excessive salivation
  • elevated body temperature
  • excessive whining, agitation and vomiting.

(See these helpful infographics for Identifying Heat Stroke and How to Administer CPR to Your Pets.)

If you live in a climate with temperatures exceeding 80 degrees, we have some tips and tricks for you. Read on for the latest in cooling trends for pets...

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