D.I.Y. Dog Treats

Making homemade dog treats is a fun and inexpensive way to reward your furry friend for being a wonderful companion. Baked with love and using all natural ingredients from your kitchen, you can ensure that your dogs treats are both tasty and healthy with no additives or sketchy ingredients. Check out these recipes below for ideas and inspiration.

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Tips for Adopting a New Pet

The connection between humans and animals is a wonderful thing. Pets can bring smiles, laughs, comfort, and love into your home. However, adopting a pet is not a decision to be taken lightly. If you’re considering adopting a pet, whether it is your first time adopting or you already have a full house, consider the following before making a decision.

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When considering adopting a pet, one major factor should be your budget. Too often, animals are adopted, and then given up again because their owner couldn’t care for them. Before you make the decision to adopt, be sure that it is within your means. You will have monthly expenses such as food, toys, and medication to keep up with. You must also be able to afford veterinary visits including routine checkups, shots, and whatever other health issues that might arise. Some animals cost more to care for than others, so be sure to factor that into your decision making.

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Another important thing to consider is your living environment. If you are renting, be sure that your landlord allows you to have pets. Cats, rodents, lizards, and birds will do just fine indoors. Dogs require open space to walk multiple times a day. If you don’t have a fenced in back yard, this means you will have to take your dog for a walk every day, rain or shine. You will also have to pet-proof your home. Cats and dogs especially are known for eating things they shouldn’t. Anything small that could potentially be eaten will have to be kept away at all times.

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Keeping Your Pets Safe in Winter

We take a lot of steps to protect ourselves from cold weather in the winter. We have our coats, hats, and gloves, and we layer on thick when the temperature starts to drop. But what about our pets? Sure, cats and dogs have fur, but that’s not enough. Fur coats are less effective than the insulated coats we wear during the winter. If you’re cold, chances are your pet is too. So what should you do to protect your pets from the bitter chill?

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Bring Them Inside. When the temperatures start dipping below 40, it’s time to bring your pets inside. Cats actually prefer temperatures around 65 degrees or higher. Some dogs can handle cold better depending on the length of their coat, but it is not recommended to leave dogs outside in temperatures below 40, especially overnight. Another danger with cold temperatures is dehydration. If your pets water bowl has frozen over, it’s likely your pet will become dehydrated. If you have outdoor feral cats and absolutely cannot bring them inside, there are still things you can do to help make the winter more bearable. You can easily craft an outdoor cat shelter out of wood, or even a storage bin. Click here to see how.

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