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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE

As the weather heats up, it’s really important to keep pets hydrated.
Animals in the wild enjoy drinking from running water sources and this is very easy to recreate for a pet both in the garden and in the home.

There are a variety of pet drinking fountains that can be installed outside.  Many are freestanding; others can be attached to a wall. Make sure the height is right for all the pets in the household to reach before installing.

There is an equally large array of indoor drinking fountains that plug in and operate on a low-voltage system. Again, be sure to buy one big enough for all the pets in the home to drink out of. I like those made from stainless steel or ceramic because they are easy to dismantle and put in the dishwasher from time to time.
The thing with pet fountains, as with people drinking water systems, be sure to replace the carbon filters every 6-8 weeks.

I like to top up daily by adding blocks of ice especially in the hot weather because it's a way of keeping the water cool.

However there are also special drinking bowl like Frosty Bowlz, http://frostybowlz.com

which come with a special ring that you freeze solid in the freezer and then place inside the base of the bowl. It will keep the water cool for up to 10 hours. This type of bowl can be used both indoor and outside.

But if you are really looking for a do it-yourself garden project, consider purchasing a small garden fountain and installing it in strictly for use as a pet drinking source. Be sure to choose a design that has a ground-height bowl. There are plenty of different designs to choose form.

It’s important to remember to keep it clean and not allow any algae build up. Also you have to ensure you clean it with non-toxic chemic cleaners.  Vinegar works to keep things fresh. Remember to rinse it out well. But if you scrub it out with a brush regularly and refill, it is hassle-free, attractive in an outdoor setting and your pets will certainly enjoy the benefits.

 

Tips To Be Careful Around BBQ’s

Memorial Day means summer and the BBQ season is around the corner.
Pets enjoy a BBQ with friends and family because it means lots of socializing and of attention.  It also means they will probably enjoy food served at the BBQ too.

However, its important to remember that people food is for people and pet food is for pets. And while no-one is going to admonish a guest for feeding a little piece of chicken or steak around the grill, its really very important to keep an eye on pets to ensure that they don't help themselves to items which could in fact be very dangerous.

Firstly certain food items are toxic to pets such an onions – a popular topping on hamburgers. Not to mention fruits such as grapes too.
Apart from the foodstuff, the things to be most watchful for are discarded BBQ items such as wooden skewers, corncobs and sharp meat and chicken bones. They can puncture the intestinal tract, block organs and in fact for a pet that ingests any one of these items, the result could be fatal.

And while this BBQ warning applies to all pets, some dogs are notorious for helping themselves such as Labradors! Cats can be sneaky too.

When entertaining outdoors, it actually means that you have to keep an eye on the food both on the table outside and simultaneously on the kitchen counters. It’s a good idea to keep food well covered and secured from nosey noses especially when you aren't present in the kitchen.

When it comes to clean up, never leave plates stacked with leftovers in the kitchen. Be disciplined about wiping down and immediately throwing away used paper ware, flatware and of course food items such as the corncobs and bones.

In fact, instead of feeding pets at the table, rather give them treats for being good and not making a pest of themselves. Loving Pets has great meaty treats called Grillicious  http://www.lovingpetsproducts.com/pet-treats/grill-icious
that even have the burnt grill markings on each treat. Your pet will be part of the fun for sure.

That’s the safe and sensible way to go.

 

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