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Month: January 2017

Healthy Treats For Your Bunny

Rabbits have a sweet tooth and love treats! Like most human children, they would choose sweets over healthy food if given the choice. While rabbits should eat a natural, vegetarian diet high in fiber, an occasional treat is ok as long as it is not full of sugar.

The best types of treats for your rabbit are natural sweet treats, such as fruit—a bite of banana or apple—or small bites of “sweet” vegetables, like carrots or broccoli.

Dried pineapple contains enzymes which help break down ingested fur. This should be given only in small doses due to its high sugar content. While fruit is considered healthy, it should still only be fed in small amounts. An approximate amount of fruit to feed your rabbit is a teaspoon per 2 lbs of body weight, daily—in one feeding or divided into multiple feedings. Pet Supermarket carries a variety of healthy treats for your rabbit. Some of our favorites include:

  • Kaytee Country Harvest Treat Blend: A delicious mix of wholesome fruits, nuts, grains & veggies
  • Vitakraft Rabbit Carrot Slims: Made with harvest fresh grains and carrots; easy to digest
  • Pets International Super Pet Apple Orchard Sticks: Real all-natural apple sticks, help keep your rabbit’s teeth healthy, clean and trim, made from sustainable tree sources

As a treat alternative, you can spoil your pet bunny with safe chewable toys. They’ll keep your bunny entertained and will last longer than a sweet treat. Pet Supermarket also has a wide variety of chew toys for your rabbit. You’ll be sure to find lots of options both in-store and online for keeping your bunny happy and healthy.

Importance of a Cat’s Diet

Importance of cats diet
More than any other pet, what you feed your cat shows on the outside. Cats need proteins, fats, carbs, water, vitamins and minerals in their diet.

Read on to learn the nutritional fundamentals for keeping your feline friend healthy.

  • Protein: Just as protein is important to your own healthy diet, it’s essential for cats too, and should be the biggest part of your cat’s diet. It supplies essential substances for growth and repair of body tissue, and also produces the energy your cat needs to run, prowl, and play.
  • Taurine: Taurine is a very important amino acid for your cat, and deficiency can contribute to a variety of serious health problems, like blindness, heart disease, and developmental abnormalities. Maintaining healthy levels is a particular challenge because cats have a limited ability to create taurine and it is easily lost in digestive waste.
  • Fat: While consuming too much fat can lead to obesity, it is required to absorb vitamins and as a source of fatty acids, which are important for wound healing, reproductive performance, and for a healthy skin and coat. Fat is also a main source of energy, since cats are unable to convert carbohydrates into energy.
  • Water: Water is one of the most important nutrients in your cat’s diet. If your cat eats canned or wet cat food, that can contribute to her daily water intake, but she should also have access to a water fountain with clean fresh water at all times to increase hydration.
  • Carbohydrates: Cats are not able to utilize carbohydrates as an energy source. However, some veterinary prescription diets include high-fiber foods for weight loss or other benefits.

There may be other nutritional factors to consider, depending on your cat’s age. Kittens, adults, and senior cats all have different needs that must be taken into account.

A high-quality, well-balanced diet not only nourishes your cat, it also helps maintain overall wellness and prevents future ailments. To keep your feline companion energetic and healthy for years to come, make sure she’s getting the best food possible that meets all of his specific needs.

Starting The Year Off On The Right Paw

Healthy dog
New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for humans! Your dog can also benefit from setting healthy goals for the new year.

Here are a few tips for starting the year off on the right paw.

  • Always measure your dog’s food. More than 50% of pets in the US are overweight and obesity in pets can lead to serious health issues. Check the recommended feeding guidelines on your dog’s food bag, or check with your vet for more help on figuring out how many calories your dog actually needs.
  • Introduce your dog to a new activity. It’s easier than ever for humans to incorporate their dogs into their exercise routine—hiking,”doga” (dog yoga), kayaking and jogging are just a few ideas! You’ll both benefit from being out in the fresh air getting exercise—it’s a win-win!
  • Schedule a vet visit. Annual examinations are essential and a great way to stay on top of your dog’s health. Many health conditions are much easier to manage and treat when they’re detected early, and when the vet sees your dog on a regular basis, he’ll be more aware of anything out of the ordinary.
  • Make grooming your dog a regular habit. Some dogs require less maintenance than others, but all dogs will benefit from regular grooming. Brushing removes excess fur from the coat and helps distribute oils which keep the coat shiny and healthy. As a bonus, it’s also a bonding activity and helps show your dog that you love him.
  • Make good dental hygiene a priority. Routine dental care can help keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy, and can help prevent painful and costly problems in the future. Brush his teeth regularly with dog toothpaste, provide dental chews, and schedule regular cleanings with the vet.
  • Keeping your dog’s brain active can make it healthier! Studies have shown that mental stimulation can help reduce cognitive deterioration in aging animals. Teach your dog some new tricks, and regularly practice the ones he already knows. There are also a variety of interactive toys and puzzles that are engaging and offer treat rewards when solved.
  • Keep your dog’s ID info up to date. If any of your contact information has changed recently, make sure to update your pet’s tags and microchip. It’s the best way to ensure a lost dog makes its way home again.
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