Tails From a PetSafe Idea Partner

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By Amanda H — PetSafe Labs Idea Partner

Rocco is caught by his SocialPet camera taking a snooze.

Rocco is caught by his SocialPet camera taking a snooze.

I always thought my cat Rocco slept all day when my husband and I were away at work.  Well, boy was I wrong.  With the PetSafe® SocialPet™ system I was able to keep an eye on Rocco, as well as keep an eye on my house.

The SocialPet system comes with a camera that I placed in my living room on our entertainment stand, which provided me with endless entertainment throughout my day.  The SocialPet system also comes with a treat dispenser that when connected to Facebook my family and friends can treat Rocco to a snack from their home, office or on the go with their Smartphone.

Rocco seen on the SocialPet camera!

Rocco seen on the SocialPet camera!

On the first day I set up the camera, while I was at work, I saw Rocco actually playing with toys I never thought he even played with! It took a few days for Rocco to get used to the camera, but it was adorable watching him adjust.  One of the features of the camera is panning the camera in all directions, and when that happens, even though it is very quiet, Rocco still heard it.  Rocco would run up to the camera and stare at it intensely until he felt comfortable and resumed playing.  After all that playing, I would hit the button to treat him, and the treat dispenser would make a beeping noise, which became an alarm for a snack.  This became one of Rocco’s favorite features because that equaled snack time!  One of my favorite features would have to be having the ability to take pictures of Rocco while playing or just hanging out.  Not only could I take pictures, but my family and friends could, too.

Rocco enjoying some sun with the door open!

Rocco enjoying some sun with the door open!

It was not all fun and games though.  I repeatedly caught Rocco chewing on our surround sound system wires.  After catching him a few times, we decided to “Pet Proof” the wires, so he would not get harmed or harm our system.  On other occasions, I left the front door open on Saturday mornings for Rocco to sun bathe.  One day I left the house in a rush and half way to my destination I swore I left the front door opened and unlocked.  When I arrived to my destination, I was relieved after checking my SocialPet camera to find that I did indeed close and lock the front door.  Pretty Amazing!

Overall, Rocco and I could not be more pleased with the SocialPet system.  I am more at ease as a pet parent when leaving my little guy home alone for 9 hours a day, and being able to treat him throughout his day is a beautiful thing!

 

**This product testimonial was provided by Amanda H who received the SocialPet system at no charge in exchange for her testing results.**

If you would like more information on how you can potentially test and sometimes keep upcoming products, sign-up for PetSafe Labs today!

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New Dog On the Block: PetSafe Welcomes Moose

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By Jessie McDowell, Marketing Content Specialist

Moose and Jessie pose for a picture at the lake!

Moose and Jessie pose for a picture at the lake!

Moose and I are new to PetSafe. We don’t know where half of the stairwells are, we are constantly looking for the coffee and Moose even made the mistake of busting into an important meeting he definitely was not invited to. Basically, normal new kid things that we can’t wait to get past.

What isn’t normal about starting our new job at PetSafe? The great perks Moose gets to enjoy! His first day he received more toys than his slacker mom has ever bought him… and that was just the first day! Since then, he has sampled long-lasting treats, lapped from the purest water he has ever experienced and has had food dispensed to him by magic when mom left him at home. He is having the time of his life, and is becoming a PetSafe product expert. Here are his favorite things he has tried so far:

Moose explores the cool swag from PetSafe as he becomes an official dog at work!

Moose explores the cool swag from PetSafe as he becomes an official dog at work!

  1. The Busy Buddy ® Bouncy Bone™

Moose is a pretty big dog, and he usually overpowers and destroys a toy in about 4 hours. Parts are all over the yard and a new toy ends up straight in the garbage can, never to be seen again. He is also pretty picky about what he plays with. Not just any rookie tennis ball will do. Everybody has those. He likes toys that have a bounce but wants to play even when no one is home; he is a growing pup after all! This toy kept Moose playing and chewing so hard, he didn’t even notice mom slip out the door. Now that is a good toy.

2.   indigo™ Triple Chews™

Moose has sampled so many treats that his lanky, teen puppy body has gained some weight, and this was by far his favorite. This treat was perfect for him to hold between his paws and gnaw on without fear of any dog being able to swoop in and steal it. It had layers of different flavor that kept him interested, and made treat time an event. Finally, when he tried to lick mom in the face after, she didn’t wince from gross, meat-smelling breath. That, is a rarity.

3.    Drinkwell ® Everflow Indoor/ Outdoor Fountain

This is Moose’s favorite invention ever. Moose is a thirsty pup, and when mom isn’t home, sometimes he runs out… or accidentally knocks over his bowl and chews it up…  This fountain can go outside and water is in there… All. The. Time. It is amazing.  And the water is clean; no more fur, sticks, grass or dirt messing up the taste of Moose’s water. At least not after he started working at PetSafe!

 

Moose and I are loving our new job and learning about all the fun things we can do together. He loves going to work, and I love seeing him have fun with all of the PetSafe products. We may be the new guys in the office, but we are starting to feel right at home.

 

 

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Celebrity Kitties From PetSafe

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By Sharon Popek, Photography Coordinator

Mr. Jackie Chin, future movie star, poses for a picture.

Mr. Jackie Chin, future movie star, poses for a picture.

Recently, our marketing department had a video / photo shoot for fountains. We had several cats appear and disappear (under a stove, into their crates, under a large tarp, etc), as they were not really interested in adding acting to their resume. So, we were in dire need of some cats willing to put out a little extra effort. So, I contacted The Stray Connection in Knoxville, TN. In the past, I have found that cats from rescues or shelters do better in strange environments. They are used to going to adoption fairs and having lots of people around. So, I thought I’d take a chance and see if I could get a cat or two. Although it was very short notice, less than a day, The Stray Connection came through for us. They sent us a cat that was willing to work for two days straight, with only a quick catnap or two. He did an incredible job. This is his story.

THIS POST CONTAINS A PHOTO OF A VERY SICK CAT!

When Jackie was first rescued.

When Jackie was first rescued.

Jackie Chin was born into a nice home with a nice family. But they did not have any idea how to care for cats. That included not getting them spayed and neutered. It got out of control quickly. Some good Samaritans, sad to see several cats killed in the street, stopped to offer help. The family was very relieved to have someone wiling to help. The good Samaritans contacted a local woman, who works with several local rescues, The Stray Connection and Feral Feline Friends. She started by getting the adults altered using TNR (trap, neuter, return). She had not intended to take any kittens, since most of them looked pretty healthy. But after a week or so, all of the kittens got Upper Respiratory Infections. So, she brought them all home. Jackie was the worst with both a horrible URI and a broken jaw. In addition to the URI and broken jaw, Jackie developed megaesophagus. It is a rare condition where the esophagus becomes enlarged and does not allow food to properly pass through. There is no real cure for it. Even more rare is the cat that grows out of it. One of the few things Jackie could eat was Easy Cheeze. Yes, that’s cheese in a can. Yes, it’s not good for cats, but it kept that little guy alive. Now he is healthy, active and looking for a good home.

Jackie and his cheese

Jackie and his cheese

Jackie is a real lover boy! He loves to snuggle and hang out with people. He’s also young, active and loves to play!

Unfortunately, several of the other kittens did not make it. However, the rest have recovered and found happy forever homes. Jackie is still looking, along with Fifi and Alfalfa. Fifi and Alfalfa are bonded and must be adopted together.

 

Fifi and Alfalfa did so well at the video shoot!

Fifi and Alfalfa did so well at the video shoot!

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The World According to Cooper

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By Stacie Greene, PetSafe Supply Chain Specialist

That's me, Cooper. I'd rather stay inside when the weather gets crazy!

That’s me, Cooper. I’d rather stay inside when the weather gets crazy!

I’m SNO-VER IT!!

Hey everybody!  I don’t know about everyone else, but I am sooo over the snow.  At first I loved it.  It’s fun to run and play in and chase snow balls.  We have had a lot of snow in the south this year. I think I reached my breaking point with snow when we got 6 inches last week, and my mom had to dig a path out for me to go potty.  How embarrassing!!  I hate to admit it, but 6 inches of snow is too tall for me to do anything in, if ya know what I mean.

I’m ready for spring.  I want warm weather, long days and more time to play outside and go to the park.  I can’t wait for fresh cut grass instead of the mushy wet cold ground that we have right now.  It’s time to get spring fever and kick up my heels.  Doesn’t that sound like the absolute best?

One of my best buddies here at work, Bruiser, was snowed in up in Indiana for the entire month of January and the first half of February.  He is my pal and I really missed him.  He is back in Tennessee now and back to work.  We can start our cookie games again!

One other thing that I will not miss about snow is not coming to work.  I know my mom likes to work from home now and then, but I hate it.  I want to come to work and see my friends, and play and eat as many cookies as we can find people to hand them out.

So I am SNO-VER it and ready get Spring fever!  How about you?

Talk to you soon,

Cooper

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Dog Dental Health Tips

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By Toni Gibson-Mark, KPA-CTP

Sadie, a Petsafe “employee” is all smiles!

Sadie, a Petsafe “employee” is all smiles!

February is National Pet Dental Month, and what an important month that is!  You might have seen lots of articles about how to brush your dog’s teeth and veterinarians running specials on dental cleanings.  The reason why all of this happens is because, unfortunately, doggy teeth rarely get enough attention from their owners.  Owners are left with the myths that dogs clean their own teeth with their kibble, or that dog teeth don’t need to be cleaned at all.  But beliefs like that often lead to neglected teeth, major tartar build-up, and potentially life-threatening infection.

There are hundreds of articles out there this month that emphasize the importance of taking care of your dog’s teeth.  To avoid repeating, I’ll focus on a few things that those articles might not have covered.  These factors can play a tremendous role in cleaning your dog’s teeth.

Doggy dental toys- are a terrific addition to your “Doggy Dental toolkit!”  There are several different types of dental toys.  The two most popular are rubber toys and nylon toys.  Rubber toys usually have little rubber ridges or nobs to scrape against the teeth and massage the gums.  Nylon toys are a much harder material and as the dog chews, the toy scrapes the teeth.  Both of these types of toys may come with a dental treat or some sort of toothpaste that encourage the dog to play and chew on the toy.

Both of these toys have advantages and disadvantages, which means there is one very important rule of thumb—SUPERVISION!  While nylon toys do a great job scraping the teeth, they are also very hard and can potentially break teeth if a dog chews too hard.  Unfortunately, many broken teeth need to be removed due to the risk of infection.  That surgery can be very expensive!  To avoid this problem, supervise your dog with nylon toys.  If they seem to get a really good grip on a toy and chew very hard, take away the toy for a little while.  Also, you might want to consider finding nylon toys that a dog cannot fit in the back of his mouth as easily so he can’t bite down as hard.

The Busy Buddy Nobbly Nubbly is a great option because the ends are much thicker/wider and dogs have a harder time getting them in their back molars.

The Busy Buddy Nobbly Nubbly is a great option because the ends are much thicker/wider and dogs have a harder time getting them in their back molars.

Rubber toys also pose risks.  Because rubber is not as durable as nylon, it is possible for rubber to be chewed up.  Chewed up pieces can be ingested and may not pass through a dog’s digestive system.  This can also lead to very expensive surgery.  When your dog is chewing on a rubber toy, it’s important to supervise so that you can remove any damaged or chewed up pieces.

 

The indigo Triple Chew treats are a great long-lasting dental option for dogs!

The indigo Triple Chew treats are a great long-lasting dental option for dogs!

Dental treats- are also great additions to a “Doggy Dental Toolkit”.  There are several treats on the market that are good for dog teeth, such as bully sticks or pig ears.  Several of them require the dog to chew them for a while, which scrapes the tartar off of the teeth.  However, this lengthy chew time might mean that you need to pick up the treat from your dog to give him a break or so he can finish it later.  For some dogs, this might not go over very well.

Dental treats can be some of the tastiest treats or food your dog will get.  When you try to take it away, the dog might get frustrated or even aggressive.  Of course they don’t want you to take away their treat!  Consider your dog’s perspective—what if you had the perfect, tastiest, most wonderful cupcake—and then someone snatched it away before you could finish?  You’d be upset too!

This is when safety should be your number one concern.  If you don’t have a reliable “Drop it” on cue, you’ll need a safe way to take the treat away from your dog.  You should always offer a “trade” for the dental treat.  You don’t want the dog to make the association that when people come around, their favorite things get removed and they’re left with nothing.  Instead, you want to make the association that when people come around, they might offer something absolutely wonderful.  When you are ready to take the dental treat away from your dog, offer the dog a few really tasty treats, such as pieces of cheese or hot dog.  When the dog drops the dental treat and is focused on getting the other tasty treats, take the dental treat away.  Put the dental treat away and reward your dog again with a few more tasty treats for a job well done.

If your dog growls at you for trying to remove the dental treat, do not take it away.  Your dog is growling as a warning- he is asking you to leave his treat alone.  If you take his treat anyway, he could learn that you disregard his warnings and you can’t be trusted.  This could mean that he won’t give you a warning next time- perhaps he’ll escalate right to a bite.

At first, some dogs might be uncomfortable with you handling their mouth and teeth.  Be sure to slowly acclimate your dog to the brushing so that it stays a safe process that you can do again and again.

At first, some dogs might be uncomfortable with you handling their mouth and teeth. Be sure to slowly acclimate your dog to the brushing so that it stays a safe process that you can do again and again.

Instead, find something that is equally rewarding and do the “trade” with your dog.  Having a stress-free interaction as you take away his dental treat will teach your dog that he can trust you.

Don’t ever yell or try to “dominate” your dog over a dental treat.  This is a sure-fire way to escalate your dog’s stress, ensuring that he definitely won’t trust you next time he has a dental treat.  Keep the situation calm, relaxed, and quiet.  You want it to be “no big deal” that you took the dental treat.

Brushing your dog’s teeth- is one of the best things you can do to ensure doggy dental health.  However, this can be stressful for both you and your dog if you aren’t used to it.  Dogs aren’t used to having a toothbrush or a finger brush rubbing around in their mouth, and most likely, all they really want is for you to leave them alone so they can lick the toothpaste.

There are several different types of toothbrushes, finger brushes and toothpastes on the market.  Regardless of which types you use, you’ll want to slowly acclimate your dog to getting his teeth brushed.  First, introduce your dog to the toothbrush or finger brush by putting something tasty on the brush and letting your dog lick it off.  When your dog seems comfortable, you can begin brushing his teeth.  Don’t do your entire dog’s mouth in one session—as your dog is getting acclimated to the brushing, do only a few teeth at a time and then give your dog a  break.

The more often you work with your dog, the quicker he’ll get comfortable with getting his teeth brushed.  Many veterinarians recommend brushing your dog’s teeth a few times per week, but you can actually brush them every day if you’d like.  With practice, you’ll soon be able to brush your dog’s entire mouth in one sitting.

As your dog is getting used to having his teeth brushed, pay very careful attention to his body language.  Does he seem stressed out?  If so, stop and slow down the process.  Brushing a dog’s teeth requires a person to be pretty close to a dog’s face and obviously very involved in the mouth.  If your dog seems stressed, this can quickly escalate to growling or even a bite.  Taking the training process as slowly as your dog requires is important to having a successful future with getting his teeth brushed.

Some puppies are extremely excitable and will think that brushing their teeth is a fun game.  Make sure to keep them calm so you can avoid unnecessary playful puppy bites to your fingers.

Some puppies are extremely excitable and will think that brushing their teeth is a fun game. Make sure to keep them calm so you can avoid unnecessary playful puppy bites to your fingers.

If you’re starting your puppy off right, you might begin by brushing their teeth during their socialization period.  (Even though puppies will lose their baby teeth, it’s a great idea to brush them anyway- it gets them used to you doing it, so when their adult teeth come in, it won’t be an issue!)  This is great!  However, some puppies might get overly excited by you brushing their teeth—they love your hands in/near their mouths!  Consider brushing their teeth during a calm period, such as when they’re sleepy or after a long walk.  If they start to chew on your fingers or brush playfully, stop brushing their teeth and walk away.  When they do a great job, give them verbal praise and/or a tasty treat to let them know they got it right!  Don’t yell or punish your puppy—it will just confuse them.  They assume that you put the brush or hands there for them to play with, and we can’t blame them for thinking that!  The best thing we can do is reward them for a good job and ignore the bad behavior.

Doggy dental health is extremely important.  If a dog’s teeth are neglected, it can cost hundreds of dollars to fix them.  Bad breath, dental cleanings and surgery to remove broken or rotten teeth can be avoided if an owner takes proper care of their dog’s teeth.  Just as important, rotten teeth and tartar build-up can lead to a lot of health related problems, so taking care of your dog’s teeth is important for a dog’s health and well-being.

Having an expansive “Doggy Dental Toolkit” equipped with dental toys, treats and brushing supplies can be the first step in maintaining great dental health.  You’ll also want to make sure that you discuss your dog’s teeth at every vet visit.  This might include conversations about how to prevent problems and how to deal with any potential problems that might already exist, such as tartar build-up or broken teeth.

Happy smiling!

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WORLD SPAY DAY – an OUNCE of PREVENTION

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By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances

Jim with adopted dogs Bodie and Sam.

Jim with adopted dogs Bodie and Sam.

I’ll bet most of you didn’t know that we’re rapidly approaching one of the most important days of the year when it comes to the health and well-being of dogs, cats and other companion animals. In terms of saving lives, the last Tuesday in February is like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July all combined into one very special day.

I refer, of course, to World Spay Day which, this year, we celebrate on February 25, 2014.  This annual event, established by The Humane Society of the United States and other national/international animal protection organizations, brings attention to the importance of spaying or neutering our pets as a means of saving lives.

While major progress has been made in reducing pet overpopulation, there are still many places in the United States and beyond dealing with far more unwanted dogs, cats, puppies and kittens than can possibly be placed into loving permanent homes.  It is hard to imagine in this day and age, when we have such a clear understanding of how to combat pet overpopulation, that hundreds of thousands of animals continue to lose their lives in shelters and on the streets.

An estimated 6-8 million homeless pets enter shelters in the US every year.  Over 2.5 million are euthanized simply for lack of available homes.  Most of them are healthy, well-adjusted pets who just needed a second chance – a second chance that did not exist.  And, most of these discarded pets were not the result of strays or street-dogs, most were the result of irresponsible pet owners who allowed their pets’ breeding to go unchecked.

World Spay Day provides an opportunity to remember those animals who have fallen through the cracks of society, and to recommit the energy needed to finally put an end to the unwanted birth and needless death of our closest animal companions.  If dogs (and cats) really are our “best friends,” it is time for society to prove it.  A simple surgical procedure keeps our pets happier and healthier, and brings the cycle of pet overpopulation to an end once and for all.

Get in touch with your humane society, SPCA or animal care and control agency to find out what events have been planned for your community and find out how you can best help in the effort.  Worldwide events include low-cost (or free) spay/neuter clinics, preventative veterinary services for low-income families, fundraising events to benefit spay/neuter clinics or programs and educational campaigns to bring awareness to communities of the importance of responsible pet ownership including surgical sterilization.

If you can’t find an event in your area, start one!  Recruit your friends, family and neighbors to participate.  For more information, visit https://worldspayday.org/.  Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Nowhere in modern society is that statement more applicable than in reference to pet overpopulation.  Especially when one considers that a simple surgical procedure is the “ounce of prevention”.  This is a far better option than the tragic loss of life still used as the “pound of cure” in much of the world.

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Improve Your Pet’s Dental Health: Prevention, Diagnosis & Treatment of Periodontal Disease

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By Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VMD

A healthy smile starts with great pet dental health!

A healthy smile starts with great pet dental health!

Although February is Pet Dental Health Month, you shouldn’t wait until this wintery month rolls around to promote your pets’ dental health. Keep your pet’s mouth healthy all year long by taking good care of your  pet’s teeth through a combination of professional and home dental care.

Facts About Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is one of most common we veterinarians diagnose. Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) estimates that more than 80% of pets in the U.S. experience gum disease by age three. Like obesity, it is a preventable condition causing potentially irreversible and life-threatening health problems.

It’s not just your pet’s teeth that affect oral health. Your pet’s teeth, gums and supportive structures including periodontal ligament and alveolar bone can all be affected by poor oral hygiene. Periodontal disease starts with bacteria that form a thin layer called plaque on tooth surfaces above and below the gumline. Over time, plaque accumulates and forms tooth-staining tartar, which appears yellow to brown. Tartar then mineralizes into calculus, which is a thick, shell-like covering.

This process isn’t something that takes years to develop either. Carbohydrate residues create a prime medium on tooth and gum surfaces on which bacteria can thrive within the dark, warm, and moist environment of the mouth within hours of eating.

Negative Effects of Poor Oral Health

Mild tartar gingivitis can build-up without proper dental health care.

Mild tartar gingivitis can build-up without proper dental health care.

The old wives’ tale of dog and cat mouths being cleaner than human mouths is not true. Dog and cat mouths are quite unsanitary and house plenty of bacteria that could harm their internal organs or people who are bitten by a pet.

The multiple facets of periodontal disease permits bacteria to move from the mouth into the blood and cause damage to the heart, kidneys, liver, pancreas and other body systems. Bacteria can also be inhaled into the respiratory tract and contribute to breathing problems including coughing, snoring, sneezing, wheezing, tracheal collapse and pneumonia.

Inflammation created by periodontal disease also negatively affects the immune system. White blood cells and inflammatory mediators that could otherwise be used to manage infection and inflammation in other body parts are targeted toward the mouth to keep bacteria from entering the blood. Poor oral health also causes unnecessary immune system stimulation and can contribute to autoimmune diseases including IMHA and IMTP.

Periodontal Diagnosis & Treatment

The good news for pet owners is that there are many ways that periodontal disease can be treated in our canine and feline companions, including brushing, water additives, and dental cleanings either with or without anesthesia. In the veterinary world, there is some controversy about these procedures, as they vastly differ in their abilities to promote the best states of periodontal health.

The most thorough dental is performed under anesthesia. When a pet has been immobilized by an anesthetic, all tooth surfaces can be thoroughly evaluated both visually and via dental x-rays and then cleaned and polished. As a significant degree of periodontal disease occurs under the gumline, x-rays are vital to diagnosis and addressing problems that are otherwise unseen to the naked eye. Scaling under the gumline, extracting teeth, and thoroughly polishing tooth surfaces is nearly impossible with an awake or less than cooperative patient.An endotracheal tube also prevents aerosolized bacteria, chunks of tartar and calculus, and oral cavity fluids from entering the respiratory tract via the trachea.

An anesthesia-free dental can still help improve oral cavity health in the face of periodontal disease, but it will not be as thorough. American Veterinary Dental Society fellow Dr. Brett Beckman weighs in on non-anesthetic dentistry, stating that “most non-professional dental cleanings are done using some sort of hand curette. These tools cause scarring and micro-pitting of the enamel surface and this can actually accelerate plaque retention and tartar build-up!” Essential in the dental care process is the step of polishing the tooth to smooth out enamel surfaces to reduce bacterial attachment, which is ineffectively performed without anesthesia.

There are some cases where an anesthesia-free dental cleaning is a good option. Cooperative pets with mild dental disease who have health concerns that put them at risk for anesthetic complications (heart, lung, kidney, and liver diseases, etc.) are appropriate candidates for dental cleaning without anesthesia. In such cases, veterinary practitioners need to be flexible and offer the dental procedure that fits the patient’s needs even if it is not the best dental strategy available.

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Give your dogs an indigo dental treat from PetSafe!

Give your dogs an indigo dental treat from PetSafe!

The best practice is to prevent periodontal disease from happening instead of addressing it once bad breath or another associated health issues affect your pet. This takes dedication and consistency from you.

When raising a child, parents brush their kid’s teeth until the child is able to do so on his own. Our dogs and cats never mature to the life stage where they are fully capable of addressing their dental health without at least some human assistance. Promoting pet periodontal health is a lifelong concern.

Although most pet owners like to think that their pet’s dry food and chewing habits sufficiently promote optimal dental health, this is far from the truth. Dry food (kibble) shatters when the pet’s tooth penetrates the surface and provides no cleansing effect unless a veterinary prescription dental diet is fed. Instead of being thoroughly chewed, kibble is often gulped down whole and provides no teeth-cleaning effect, leading to excessive calorie consumption and inefficient digestion of food.

Pets who like to chew toys, bones or dental treats can help to improve their own periodontal health. This is a great step but an incomplete one. Overzealous chewing of hard materials can lead to dental fractures and gingival bleeding, so watch your pet’s chewing habits.

Not all tooth surfaces or mouth parts are cleaned by the chewing process. You’ll still need to clean your pet’s teeth on a daily basis with a moistened toothbrush or dental wipe and a pet-friendly toothpaste. Start daily cleaning early in your pet’s life so your pet can get used to the process. Your pet will thank you for your dental health promoting efforts.

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What Is Your Cat Trying to Tell You?

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By Roslyn McKenna, PetSafe Web Content Specialist

Cats seem to have a million different meows, including “Feed me,” “Stop typing and pet me,” “I hate the dog,” and “Please let me out so I can murder that squirrel by the window.” And cats don’t just use meows to communicate with you either. Your cat’s body language is the best way to understand what your cat is trying to tell you. Learn what your cat is saying with meows and body language, and teach your cat a few words to improve your communication skills.

Cat Body Language

Kneading, slow blinks, headbutts, licking and purring are all signs that your cat is content.

Lily is very comfy on my lap. She’s kneading, purring, and giving slow blinks.

Lily is very comfy on my lap. She’s kneading, purring, and giving slow blinks.

When your cat looks at you and slowly opens and closes her eyes, she’s telling you she’s happy and comfortable. She might look like she’s sleepy, but she’s really saying she loves you. You can try to communicate back by doing the same thing. When my cat’s cuddling on my lap and giving me slow blinks, I give her the same look back. She often responds by giving me a headbutt or licking my chin.

Purring usually means your cat’s relaxed, but sometimes cats purr when they’re nervous. If you’ve ever been to the vet and wondered why your cat was purring, it’s because she was feeling anxious. Cats purr to comfort themselves when they’re stressed.

Your cat’s tail can tell you a lot about her mood. If your cat’s tail is slightly curved or straight and quivering, she’s happy. A puffed-up tail means she’s angry or scared. If her tail’s swishing back and forth, she’s excited or upset.

Teaching Your Cat Your Language

Is it shower time?

Is it shower time?

Teaching your cat to speak human is pretty easy too. You’ve probably already trained your cat something, even if you don’t realize it. Does your cat come when she hears the can opener, expecting some tuna juice or wet food? Does she always know when it’s time for snuggling in bed? Do you have a special signal for your cat to come to you, like a crooked finger or a “kitty, kitty, kitty?” Many cats learn patterns and routines like these easily.

You can also deliberately teach your cat. For example, if you want your cat to learn to come when you say the word “treat,” say “treat” repeatedly while shaking the treat bag and giving your cat treats. Or if you want your cat to cuddle in bed with you, say “bedtime” or “sleep” repeatedly as you turn out the lights in the house and go into the bedroom (or whatever your nightly routine is). Clicker training is another option for training your cat.

Cats can learn commands just like dogs can. If you catch your cat on the kitchen counter, say “Down” or “No” in a loud, firm voice. You can also try a short hiss or spit instead, which means “Stop that!” in cat. When your cat does something good, praise or reward her. If you see her using her scratching post, pet her or give her a treat and say “Good kitty!” in a soft, happy voice.

More Cat Translations

http://www.wikihow.com/Communicate-with-Your-Cat

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/cat_communication.html

http://www.catster.com/cat-behavior/how-to-talk-to-your-cat

How do you communicate with your cat?

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Roses are Red, Pet Dental Health is indigo™

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By Sarah Folmar, Brand Communications Specialist

Remember the video to “Thriller,” with the zombies wreaking havoc on the town? They were pretty intimidating other than the whole stopping to do a dance number thing. Zombies chasing me? I run. Dancing zombies chasing me? I laugh. Anyway, the part where you see them coming out of the dirt and having nasty teeth is the part that always scared me as a kid. I wondered what their breath smelled like. Well, once I got a dog I had a pretty realistic interpretation of this.

Sheeba is a beautiful Shiba Inu, but her breath was not so pretty at first. I finally learned about pet dental health, and realized I should be brushing her teeth or doing more to help keep her teeth nice and healthy. If you’ve ever had a control freak in the form of a 30-pound dog, you can easily understand my frustrations with this task. Sheeba hated when I would brush her teeth. I don’t mean she scoffed and waltzed away dramatically when I’d try; I mean she managed to flail about like a dolphin trying to catch fish. How can you keep your pet’s teeth healthy while keeping your own sanity? Try our line of indigo™ Fresh Dental Treats!

indigo™ Fresh Dental Sticks are a daily treat and dental benefit!

indigo™ Fresh Dental Sticks are a daily treat and dental benefit!

indigo™ Fresh Dental Sticks give your dog a better smile without all the hassle of a toothbrush. These low-calorie treats are crunchy, which help remove the plaque and tartar buildup that can become a stinky and unhealthy problem with time. Dental visits to your vet can be expensive, and these treats can help prevent a lengthy cleaning. Each stick has a pleasant minty smell as well, so your dogs won’t  walk around smelling like stale dog food. It is recommended that you give these daily as a regular dental routine for your dogs, and they are intended for dogs who are 6 months and older. What should you do if your dog is much smaller, or possibly older and not able to chew something crunchy? We’ve got you covered.

indigo™ Fresh Dental Sauce can be added to your dog’s food for a great dental cleaning with each meal! They come in Hint of Mint and Sweet Potato flavors, and are a softer alternative for older dogs who aren’t able to crunch down like their younger buddies. Check out the sauce and the other great indigo™ Dental Treats below:

indigo Fresh Floss Bones are a sweet and savory dental treat for your dog!

indigo Fresh Floss Bones are a sweet and savory dental treat for your dog!

If you are looking for a great long-lasting chew for your dogs, give them a tasty dental treat with indigo™ Fresh Floss Bones. I think the design kind of looks like a small dumbbell, and I always think of my dogs as strengthening their teeth when they chew on these. The ridges in these treats allow dogs to chew while the treat works its magic along the teeth and gums. These have a natural chicken and blueberry treat, so make sure you don’t get jealous when your dog is getting his sweet and savory fix for the day. This great dental chew, and the rest of the indigo™ line of treats, are all MADE IN THE USA! The ingredients on the bag support your dog’s dental health, and this even includes Hexametaphosphate. Yeah, it’s a lengthy word, but it means a compound proven to reduce plaque and tartar buildup.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so why not reward your dog with a tasty little dental snack?

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23 Years of Success to Celebrate!

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CaptureBy Robin Rhea, Senior Brand Manager

Radio Systems Corporation began its journey to build a pet brand trusted above all others 23 years ago today! It was 1991 when our little corporation opened the doors to its office, then a one-room trailer.  With a Dodge Maxi Van (with no air conditioning) and a few passionate and innovative pet lovers, they set out destined to make the world a better place for people and their pets.

It’s exciting that our history continues to be just as rich with purpose as it has always been. Our Radio Systems fore fathers and mothers held a vision in their minds that our 600+ associates worldwide live today.  We continue to build on the principles, training methodologies, intellectual property and a wealth of learnings about the human-animal bond that they pioneered two decades ago.  They started with one product. Today, our catalog has grown to include over 4,000 products and 3 major international pet brands. Sadly, some of these folks have passed away, but they remain in our hearts and their legacy lives on.

Some things remain the same. Our commitment to customer service has been a critical piece of our success. We’ve never outsourced our service because we love connecting with our consumers and learning from them how we can make our products even better. We also have not strayed from our values and our culture. Often times when companies experience great growth, their culture shifts and changes. At RSC, we are so committed to our culture that we continue to drive it through all that we do every day. We also have never strayed from doing everything we can to positively impact the pet community, especially homeless pets and reducing euthanasia. We will continue to chip away at these issues until they are no longer a part of our pet care vocabulary – a lofty goal, but one that keeps us inspired for all the right reasons.

Perhaps the best part of RSC is that we are part of something bigger than we could ever be by ourselves. It extends so far beyond the walls of Radio Systems to the homes of pet owners in the 16 countries where we offer our products, the animal shelters and rescues that we support, to the PetSafe dog parks we build and to every pet that brings joy to a person or family that loves them. Just like our days with our pets, our days on this earth are numbered.  This fact demands that we make our days full of impact, and rich with joy and contribution. Radio Systems has and will continue to be our conduit for making the world an even better place for ourselves, our customers and the pets we love so much.

Happy Anniversary Radio Systems and PetSafe!

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