• How Often Should My Dog Have a Bath?

    Dogs don’t need daily baths like your human family members, but how often should they get a scrub-down? This video offers tips for timing your dog’s baths and pet grooming sessions.

    For most dogs, the maximum number of baths you should give is one per week, and often, less frequently is better for your dog’s skin and coat. Pet grooming needs differ from breed to breed, so ask your groomer for a good schedule for your dog.

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  • Your Feline Food Questions, Answered

    Feeding your cat a healthy diet will keep him or her active and strong for life. Choosing the right food for your feline, however, can be easier said than done. Once you select the best diet for your pet, Metro Pet , EZ Pet Care’s cat and dog food delivery service, will bring your chosen food to your door, so you never have to worry about running out. The answers to these frequently asked questions about cat food will help you select the right option for your pet.

    Is wet food or dry food healthier for my cat?
    Many people believe that dry food is the healthiest choice, but in reality, wet food can pack more nutrients in some cases. Each kind of cat food has its pros and cons, so the choice comes down to your cat’s needs and preferences. For example, if your cat has dental health problems, dry food is a better choice, but cats with urinary tract problems can benefit from the added moisture in wet food. Your vet can give you advice that is specific to your cat.

    Can my cat and dog share food?
    Although cat and dog food may not look especially different from each other, they have very different nutritional contents. If your cat sometimes steals some of your dog’s kibble, it won’t hurt him or her, but feeding your cat and dog the same food on a regular basis will result in nutritional deficiencies and health problems. Choose a food made specifically for cats for your feline family member.

    Should I leave cat food out all day or feed at specific times?
    Most cats prefer to nibble, which makes leaving food out all day a good strategy. However, pay close attention to the amount of food you provide each day, so that you don’t overfeed your pet and so that you can detect times when your cat is eating less than normal. If your cat eats as soon as you put the food down, you could also opt to feed at specific times, as long as the amounts are monitored.

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  • Potty Training Basics for New Puppy Parents

    Bringing a new puppy home is thrilling, but it’s also a lot of work. One of the biggest jobs new puppy parents face is potty training. Fully potty training a puppy can take four to six months, or even longer for smaller breeds that have tiny bladders, so don’t get frustrated if you don’t see the effects of your training efforts right away. For pet parents, having a strategy for pet waste removal should also be part of the potty training process. These basics will help you get your pet potty trained as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

    Start with a Schedule
    Puppies can learn to start holding it by around 12 weeks of age, but keep in mind that, up until that time, your puppy will have gotten used to going potty anywhere, any time. You will need to break that habit, and a schedule is a good place to start. Take your puppy outside first thing in the morning, immediately after eating or playing, and every hour or so to start, slowly extending the time between potty breaks. Don’t give your dog the run of the house in between. If you can’t supervise your pet, crate him or her.

    Reward Instead of Punishing
    When your pet goes potty outside, praise him or her and provide a treat. When he or she has an accident, don’t punish. Instead, clap your hands and take your pet outside immediately to potty. If you find an accident after the fact, rubbing your puppy’s nose in it and yelling won’t work—he or she can’t make the connection between the potty stain and your anger.

    Take Your Pet to the Same Spot
    Bring your puppy to the same spot in the yard for every potty break. The smell will encourage him or her to use the spot again. However, keep in mind that dog feces should be cleaned up regularly to avoid attracting rodents and to prevent the spread of disease.

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  • Decoding the Meanings of Your Dog’s Stomach Noises

    Devoted puppy parents pay close attention to every aspect of their pet’s health. You’ll undoubtedly hear your dog’s stomach make some odd noises from time to time. In most cases, this is perfectly normal. Your dog’s stomach will likely be the loudest right before mealtimes and after eating his or her favorite dog food . Here’s a closer look at what those noises mean.

    Hunger Signals
    The muscles around your dog’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract routinely contract, even when the stomach is empty. As the GI tract moves, it produces some rumbling noises—just like those in a hungry human. Your dog’s stomach will grumble more loudly when it’s hungry than when it’s digesting dog food. You’ll probably hear it the clearest first thing in the morning before breakfast.

    Digestion Noises
    The GI tract gets even busier when food is moving through it. The muscles contract, and food gets broken down and converted to energy. All that movement produces stomach noises, although these tend to be a little quieter than the sounds that indicate your dog is hungry. Digestion noises can be louder when a dog has more gas than usual, or when a dog wolfs down the food quickly after having an empty stomach.

    Ingested Air
    Speaking of wolfing down dog food, eating too quickly can cause dogs to ingest more air than usual. This increases gas activity in the GI tract, which can cause the noticeable stomach noises. It can also cause your dog to burp. If your dog seems to be eating too quickly , there are a few tricks you can try. Look for a “slow feeder” dog bowl or a food puzzle. These allow the food to settle into nooks and crannies. Your dog will still be able to get the food, but it’ll take longer.

    The team at EZ Pet Care genuinely cares about your dog’s well-being. We deliver high-quality dog food to homes in Dallas, and we even provide dog poop cleanup services! Call today at (888) 613-1320 or browse our website to find out about our dog food delivery and poop scooper services.