Archive for July, 2011

Persian cats are one of the most popular breeds of cats.  They are known for their gentle disposition, sweet personalities and long, long coats.

As Persian’s have very long and dense coats, grooming is extremely important to prevent damage to their fur.  Persians should be indoor cats to protect their coats from dirt, common parasites or fleas forming in their undercoats..  They need constant brushing with either a metal comb or a type of comb like the  “FURminator“.  The FURminator style of brush gets down into the undercoat of both cats and dogs and helps alleviate shedding as well.  These combs get down into the undercoat of the cat to remove dirt, dander and the prevention of knotting/tangling.  Proper grooming is important to maintain a glossy healthy coat. You can find these combs and other similar combs at your local pet supply store.

Unlike some other breeds of cats, Persians cannot clean themselves well because of the density of their coats.  Therefore, bathing is an important part of their grooming regiment.  Starting your Persian off at a really young age for grooming and bathing is highly recommended so they will become accustomed to both.  It really is not optional as to whether you should bath them or not.  It’s the only way you will insure their coats are staying healthy.

Persians also have very large eyes and this can lead to infections.  Taking a soft cloth and just cleaning out the corners of their eyes will help keep them clean.  Your vet, upon regular visits will check to make sure problems are not developing.

Persians are wonderful cats and can live as long as 20 years, so regular checkups, shots and grooming are very important.

Persians make great pets for everyone, including children.  With their gentle disposition and laid back attitude they are rarely destructive.  Jumping and climbing are not normal activities with these cats.  They love to bask in the sun and lounge around.  They are intelligent and love to communicate with their eyes and voices.  These traits are what have placed Persians on a very high scale of popularity with cat owners.

Choosing the best food for your dog can sometimes be overwhelming.  The variety of foods available today can make it difficult to know which foods are healthy and of good quality.

Within this mass of advertisers pushing one brand over another, you are also confronted with choosing between canned or dry food.  Which is better for your dog — dry or canned food?  Let’s take a closer look at the differences between dry or canned food and which is better for your dog.

The Advantages of Dry Food:

Dry food is a great choice of food because it helps keep your dog’s teeth healthy.  Dry food breaks down and removes both plaque and tartar from their teeth.  Storing dry food is so much easier than canned food because it does not have to be refrigerated upon opening.  Also while traveling with your dog, dry food is the best choice because of the same reasons, no refrigeration is required.

Dry food is manufactured with well balanced nutrients that are needed for your dog’s overall well being and health.  Many dry foods come in an assortment of choices that will suit your dog, such as age, weight issues and even health issues.

Dry food, as a general rule, is also less expensive than canned food. You are able to get the same high quality found in canned food at a much reduced cost.  This is something to take into consideration if you have a large dog.  Large dogs need more food and therefore canned food can become quite expensive.

The Advantages of Canned Food:

The biggest advantage for choosing canned food is the quality of the food.  Canned food offers real meat, there are fewer additives and fillers found in dry food.  In general, canned food does offer a very high quality of nutrients that is unsurpassed.

Canned food also is more appealing to your dog’s palate.  As canned food has natural fats that makes this food more appealing in taste.

Another great case for canned food is the oral health of your dog.  If he or she has problems chewing dry foods, then canned is the better alternative.  Very young puppies usually need to start off on canned food because their teeth have developed enough to handle dry foods.

Some dogs are just very picky about their food and canned will probably seem more appealing to them.

I have incorporated both canned and dry food into my dogs’ diets.  I add chunky canned food to their dry food thereby giving them the best of both worlds.  They are getting rich taste of canned while having the dry ridding of plaque and tartar.

Talk to your veterinarian if you have questions on which is better for your dog, dry or canned food.  If your dog is under a veterinarian’s care, (both general or health issues) he or she will advise on which foods you should be feeding your dog throughout his or her life.

Also, make sure you adhere to the correct amount of food your dog should take in on a daily basis.  Your dog’s weight is extremely important to the overall health your four-legged friend.

You can view many varieties of Dry and Canned foods for your dogs at the links listed here:




The 4th of July for most folks in the U.S. is a time for cookouts, fireworks and being with family and friends.  Our four-legged buddies are also a part of this holiday and there are various safety precautions that should be taken into consideration.

Keep alcoholic beverages far out of the reach of your pets.  Alcohol can be potentially poisonous to pets.  They can become extremely intoxicated, severely depressed and could fall into a coma.  Some people think it’s funny to watch their dogs or even cats walk around drunk, this is cruel and could cause respiratory failure.   Keep alcohol away from your four-legged friends, it could kill them.

Sunscreen and insect repellents should never be used on your pets unless it is specifically labeled for use on animals.  Animals lick themselves, human sunscreens and insect repellents can cause vomiting, diarrhea and lead to neurological problems.

As with children, keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach.  Matches contain chlorates, which could damage blood sells and result in difficulty breathing and kidney diseases.  Lighter fluid can irritate their skin and if ingested, produce gastrointestinal irritation.  If inhaled your pets can suffer from aspiration pneumonia and other breathing problems.

Know your pets and their reaction to fireworks.  Many pets are frightened by the sounds and therefore you should keep them indoors or if you are going to a place with fireworks, leave them at home.  If fireworks are within sound distance from your home, please leave them inside in a safe, escape-proof area.

Although most states ban the use fireworks without a license, if you do use them do not expose your pets to them.  There is a potential for severe burning and extensive trauma to their faces and paws.  Even unused fireworks can post a threat because they contain potentially toxic substances including potassium nitrate, arsenic and heavy metals.

As always, do not give your pets scraps and other celebration foods.  It’s not good for them and some foods can be quite dangerous to your pets’ health.  Always stay away from onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes and raisins — these foods are quite toxic.

Enjoy your July 4th celebrations and keep your pets safe and happy during this time.

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