If you’ve had a cat, chances are you’ve struggled with this once or twice. Cats are more difficult to “read” than dogs and it’s not quite as easy to train them to tell you what they need. A common way for cats to act out is to pee out of the litter box, but depending on the cat, it can mean a variety of different things.
Note: the list below highlights some of the most common reasons kitty companions urinate outside the litter box, but if you notice a change in your cat’s behavior, we recommend a trip to the vet to make sure there are not hidden health issues going on.
While you’re trying to identify the reason your kitty cat is urinating outside the box, considering buying an enzyme-clearing cleaning product to clean areas they’ve peed and consider using an attractant spray to encourage them to begin using the litter box again. Your goal should be to make the litter box the most desirable place while removing traces of urine from all other areas of the house.
Kitties can be hard to figure out sometimes, but paying attention to changes in behavior and routine can make all the difference and we promise, they’re so worth it! :)
The decision to get a dog can be equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. It’s a huge decision that will change your life for many years, so it’s important to take the time to really think about the breed, size, energy level, and personality that would be the best fit for your family. Of course our team always recommends considering adoption whenever possible, but we still recommend putting lots of thought into the breed - or combination of breeds - that would fit into your home and lifestyle.
Some important questions to consider when looking into dog breeds are below, but remember: each dog has its own unique personality. Also, keep in mind that dogs require a huge amount of time and attention; the best, most well-behaved dogs are those whose families give them lots of attention, training, and exercise.
Should I purchase from a breeder or adopt from a rescue/shelter?
Breeders usually sell purebred dogs who are known to be more predictable, at least in terms of temperament and appearance, whereas you can’t always be certain what breed(s) a rescue dog might be. While there is some breed uncertainty with rescue dogs, they tend to be less susceptible to genetic conditions because of crossbreeding.
Do I want a puppy or an adult dog?
While puppies are adorable, they require a lot of energy. They need to be taken out to potty very regularly and need to be trained to be respectful members of the family. For many families, adopting an adult dog might be an easier option. Adult dogs also tend to have a harder time being adopted than cute, tiny puppies do. When thinking about the age of pup you’d like to adopt, there are several important things to consider:
Which breed is right for me?
There are lots of stereotypes about dog breeds, but some are grounded in semi-truths. Visit these websites for lots of detailed breed-specific information:
When considering breeds, thing about the following:
We could go on, and on, and on discussing dog breeds because let’s face it, dogs rule our world! But the first and most important question you should ask is: do I really have time to devote to a dog? Then, you should consider your home and lifestyle; are you really able to give a new dog the physical space and training it needs to be a respectful family member?
If the answer to both of these questions is yes, talk to your friends who have dogs and do lots of research before taking the leap. When it comes to adding a new fur baby to your family, no amount of preparation and research is too much. Ask questions, read, and do your due diligence. We promise, you won’t regret it!
As human interest in the health benefits of CBD products grows, so does interest in the potential benefits to our fur babies. This week we’re taking a dive into the world of CBD products for dogs but as always, we want to stress that we are not veterinarians and each family should seek the advice of a trained medical expert before trying any of the products mentioned below. Additionally, there is no definitive scientific data about the efficacy of CBD in treating canine health concerns, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from dog owners around the world.
How does CBD affect dogs and what can it treat?
CBD is the shorthand name for cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis and hemp. Notably, it usually doesn’t contain THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Dr. Klein, the AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer, says that usually CBD comes from hemp, rather than marijuana.
Dog owners, and some doctors, suggest that CBD can help with a range of health concerns including nausea, appetite, stress and anxiety, seizures, cancer, and cardiovascular problems. Again, while there is no scientific data to back these claims, many dog owners swear by CBD and say that it has been transformative for their fur balls. The Canine Health Foundation recently launched a study to test the efficacy of CBD in the treatment of canine epilepsy, so we’ll standby for additional scientific data to support (or refute) these claims.
What CBD products are available for dogs?
The most commonly used CBD product for dogs is CBD oil which can be administered by putting a small amount of oil just inside their gums. It can also be added to treats/food for finicky pets. There are also several varieties of chews that contain varying amounts of CBD but we highly recommend reading the packaging thoroughly before purchasing these.
What risks does CBD pose to dogs?
Because CBD as a health supplement is a relatively new phenomenon, there is no official information about the risks and hazards associated with its use. The FDA doesn’t regulate CBD and as a result, there is no official dosing information available either. That being said, as with any supplement or medication, it’s important to administer the correct amount recommended on the packaging because too much is far worse than too little. Additionally, in consultation with your vet, we recommend starting small and monitoring Fido’s reaction before you progress to larger doses.
We always recommend during thorough research and consulting your veterinarian before giving your pet medications or supplements - especially those that haven’t been rigorously studied. The American Kennel Club is a great place to begin your CBD research.
Do you give our pups CBD oil? We would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!
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