Thursday, October 13, 2016

Why Do Cats Purr?

Purring is a very natural behavior for cats. It’s so natural that most people simply take it for granted. But if you’ve ever stopped and wondered exactly why cats purr, we’re going to answer that question for you in detail.

What in the World Do These Weird Dog Behaviors Mean?

As a dog owner, you probably get a lot of enjoyment out of watching all the different ways your dog reacts to situations. While there’s a long list of adorable things you may notice your dog doing, you’re definitely not alone if certain actions your dog takes seem downright weird. Since there are a handful of fairly common dog behaviors that can seem completely foreign to us humans, we thought it would be fun to dig into several of these:

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Why Does My Dog Always Eat Grass?

Dogs have some very interesting habits. With certain habits, owners know right away that there’s no cause for concern. But with others, it’s completely normal to wonder if what your dog is doing is truly harmless. Eating grass is the perfect example of a habit that falls into the category of giving owners some cause for concern.

Can Cats Predict Storms?

Cats are very smart animals. One of the reasons is they pay very close attention to their surroundings. For example, your cat probably knows the signals of when you’re going to fill its bowl with new cat food. While this knowledge is based on your cat understanding patterns, how do you explain a cat that tries fleeing or frantically grooms its face prior to the arrival of a storm?

Humans have noticed these behaviors in cats for several centuries. In fact, there was a time when sailors blamed cats for causing storms. Although cats’ ability to sense storms can still seem quite amazing, scientists can now explain exactly how felines are able to pull off this “trick.”

Thursday, August 11, 2016

3 Common Feline Skin Conditions and What to Do About Them

While what we sell is quality pet food, we’re really in the business of helping owners like you take the best possible care of your pets. We believe that by combining great products and education, we can help people throughout Lenexa Shawnee Mission provide their pets with the highest quality of life. 

Since that’s something all pet owners want to accomplish, we’re passionate about being able to do our part to help. With that in mind, what we want to focus on today is the different kinds of skin conditions that affect cats:

Dog-Friendly Car Shopping

Although some people don’t like when having a dog is compared to having a child, anyone who has experienced both knows that there are definitely some similarities. One of those similarities is they both depend on you for care. Another interesting similarity is they affect the decisions you make. If you enjoy taking your dog along with you when you go places, one of the decisions that your pet may affect is the next vehicle you purchase.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Keeping Your Dog Calm at the Veterinarian's Office

Along with feeding your dog a high-quality food like Pet Wants, regular trips to the vet are an important part of keeping your dog happy and healthy. For some owners, a trip to the vet brings with it lots of anxiety. The simple reality is not all dogs are happy when they realize where they’re going. Although this can be a frustrating situation for everyone involved, it doesn’t have to stay that way.

Whether you’ve recently gotten a dog or want to improve the habits of the dog you have, here’s how you can make trips to the vet much more pleasant for both of you:

Calm Vet Trips Start with Basic Training

Training a dog to be obedient and follow commands isn’t as easy as many people think. So if your dog isn’t trained as well as you would like, you don’t need to feel bad or guilty. However, calmer veterinarian visits do start with being able to control your dog, which is why it’s a good idea to find an obedience class or program that you can go through with your dog.

Make Sure Your Dog is Socialized

Have you ever wondered why your dog is fine with everyone in your household handling it but gets very unhappy when individuals like vet office staff try? One potential cause may be that a dog wasn’t fully socialized as a puppy. While that scenario does create a bit of an uphill battle, you can work with your dog by letting people you trust like friends and family handle it in non-stressful situations. On the same note, you can practice the different motions like lifting ears and limbs that your dog will experience during a vet checkup.

Control Your Own Feelings

Dogs feed off the energy of their owners. This often creates a problematic cycle. An owner gets tense knowing what’s likely to happen when they go the vet, which in turn causes the dog to feel stressed and end up acting out as a result. Making a conscious effort to be relaxed and think positively about vet visits can go a long way towards improving these experiences. That’s why it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment when you have plenty of time and won’t have to rush.

Distraction Works

You can go to almost any restaurant and see at least one toddler holding a tablet. Although many of those parents probably said they wouldn’t ever give their little one a tablet, they learned that distraction may be the only option that works in a certain situation. The same can be true for the vet’s office. Don’t be afraid to use a toy or treat to help occupy your dog’s mind during an examination!

Even though vet trips may seem like an activity that are always destined to be stressful, putting even a few of the strategies we covered into practice should greatly improve this experience.