The human health and wellness craze has definitely crossed over into the pet world! Now more than ever, pet owners are trying to do everything they can to ensure their pets are physically healthy and emotionally happy. For people who are interested in giving their pets (specifically dogs for this blog post) a bit of a “boost” in the form of supplements, vitamins, or additional nutrients, the information can be very overwhelming: everyone seems to have the next big, best solution and there are soooo many options available.
This week, we’re highlighting 3 commonly used supplements in the dog health market. If you need more information, or to create an individual plan for your pup, please be sure to consult your veterinarian! Also, according to the AKC, dogs who are fed a commercial dog food diet are unlikely to need additional supplements above and beyond what they’re eating daily; supplements are usually recommended for dogs who have deficiencies, specific health challenges, or are ageing.
Glucosamine - one of the most popular supplements purchased by dog owners, this is commonly used to support joint health. Veterinarians are divided in their opinions about the effectiveness of glucosamine. Most agree that many of the typical treats and chews on the market do not actually have enough glucosamine to make a difference, and that it’s very important to consult your vet before wasting time and/or money.
Fish oil - used to reduce inflammation and support joint health. There is general consensus that fish oils can be very powerful anti-inflammatory options, but the Environmental Protection Agency urges pet owners to investigate the presence of heavy metals in their supplements to make sure you’re not causing more harm than good.
Probiotics - just as they’re used for human use, probiotics support good gut and digestive health in dogs. These might not be necessary for day-to-day use in healthy dogs, but can be great supplements for dogs who are experiencing acute gut challenges or have unique digestive issues. Vets seem to agree that probiotic tablets or capsules that can be sprinkled on regular pet food are more effective that dairy-based options like yogurt or kefir.
The biggest takeaway here: in the dog supplement world, product type and quality makes a huge difference. If you’re purchasing a product to prevent a specific health concern or address a challenge your pet is facing, we recommend consulting your vet and doing thorough research before going to the nearest pet store and grabbing anything off of the shelf. These products can be pricey, especially if given long-term, so you want to make sure you really get your bang for your buck and give your pet the best products possible!
Dog collars and harnesses are kind of like coffee shops - everyone has their favorite and some people even get feisty when discussing all the multitude of reasons why theirs is better than the competitor!
In the same way that each dog is different in terms of size, shape, and physical appearance, their personalities and behaviors are uniquely different too. This week we’re highlighting some of our favorite dog collars and harnesses but please remember that you should do what’s best for your family.
If you’ve got a stubborn dog who likes to pull and tug, or you have a new puppy that needs some initial training support, read below and comment to tell us your favorites too!
We believe it’s important for you to know your Pet Sitters because they’re lucky enough to spend lots of QT with your fur babies. We’re excited to announce that we’re going to start doing Pet Sitter Spotlights on the blog, so you can get to know our team members a little bit better.
Our first spotlight is on SHIMON! Read below as he talks about his love of fishing and the loyalty and love he appreciates from furry friends.
What's your favorite animal and why?
The Wolf because of their confidence and pride. They always stay focused on what’s in front of them and can adapt to any situation using their intelligence as their main advantage.
What inspired you to become an animal lover?
Honestly, animals always appreciate the love and time you give them.
When I was little, I used to spend time in the country and I would go to my uncle’s farm. We collected eggs from the chickens, rode horses, and fed the dogs and cows. I was truly born to love animals.
What do you do for fun aside from animal care?
Besides spending time with my two amazing daughters, I am CEO of a fishing club. My passion is being out in nature and getting to catch bit trophy bass. I fish on both land and boats, and really enjoy it.
If you had to pick one word that describes you, what would you choose and why?
I would say “loyalty.” I invest a lot of dedication into all of my duties and responsibilities.
What's your ideal vacation (location, activities, etc)?
What's your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation would definitely be a trip to Brazil. I would love to see the amazing oceans, beaches, and rivers and would try my luck at catching the native Peacock Bass.
Do you love fishing? Have questions for Shimon?! Please feel free to comment below and share, share, share the blog with your networks to help The Village Pets family grow even bigger!
This week on the blog we're sharing some love and cuteness from another site for pet lovers: Love Meow.
Sometimes you just need some cuteness (especially on a Monday) and Love Meow features some of the cutest kitty cat stories you’ve ever seen.
Check our favorites below...you never know, maybe you’ll end up with a new rescue kitty friend!
Sure, pets get separation anxiety, but let’s be honest, some of us human pet owners get anxious when we leave our pets too. For those of you who can’t stand being away from your pet and want to know what they’re doing while you’re away, we have just the blog post for you!
Today we’re reviewing some of the top pet monitors on the market, and telling you about our faves. These are totally opinion-based and there are tons of available products, so we encourage you to do further research to make sure you find the best option for you. Regular home security cameras do the trick too, but these cameras are specifically focused on your pet so you can watch them bark, jump, snooze, eat, and drink as much as you’d like.
Used by J Lo and Ellen DeGeneres, this product lets you see your pup, talk to them, and even dispense treats if you wish! It’s sleek and stylish and is specifically designed to help you monitor your pup. You control the camera from your smartphone, which can be both positive and negative: you are constantly in control, but the camera can only be adjusted so much from afar. One other slight downside: not all treats fit in the dispenser so you might have to buy special treats to fit in the tiny slot. It’s a bit expensive ($200), but the majority of users say it’s totally worth the money and provides a much-desired peace of mind when you can’t physically love on your dog.
Tenvis Home Camera
While this camera isn’t necessarily a pet-specific camera, many users purchase it specifically to keep an eye on their loved ones because it’s designed to be used inside, it’s easy to control via a smartphone app, and it has a relatively clear camera lens. At only $39.99, it’s much cheaper than the Furbo but has great features including the ability to make a quick 15-second video, night vision, and a motion detector that can send updates and reminders. This is a great option at an affordable price. Our recommendation for an inexpensive yet reliable option!
Petzi lets you “connect with your pet from anywhere,” much like many of the other cameras on the market. Petzi is very similar to the Furbo; in fact, we could find very little in the way of differences, except the price. Petzi is about $85 but still allows you to dispense treats, talk to your pups, snap photos, and watch live video. One cool feature: Petzi is equipped with Amazon Dash so the tiny treats that are required for the machine can be automatically reordered so you never run out! Unfortunately, while Petzi is offered an affordable rate, many users complain that it has some technological difficulties that should be ironed out before it’s really ready to rock and roll.
The Petcube falls into the same category as the Furbo and Petzi, but it’s special feature might entice pet owners who love all-in-one systems: Alexa is built-in. Using the built-in Alexa technology, you can play music, search for a local vet, or order treats. Another benefit of Petcube is that you can count on an experienced pet tech company to back up your device; Petcube has created several iterations of devices, including pet dispensers for dogs and laser pointers for cats, so they seem to know what they’re doing. One downside: some people report having serious issues with wifi and smartphone connectivity. At $171, it is in the same price range as the Furbo, but might be a bit less reliable.
Pawbo+ has been referenced as “Amazon’s Choice” and backs it up with pretty solid, positive reviews. Pawbo has similar features to those listed above: a two-way speaker, video and photo capabilities, treat dispenser, and smartphone controls. For socialties, this might be the best part: you can instantly upload photos to social media using your Pawbo smartphone app. Like the other treat dispensers, you’ll need to make sure you have treats that actually fit in the dispenser, but you won’t be able to automatically reorder refills like you could with the Petzi. At $149, this product is a bit more affordable than the Furbo and seems to have more features, including multi-user capabilities and automated “Pawbo theme park” accessories. This is our recommendation for a high-end product!
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