• Am I Feeding My Pet Too Many Treats?

    Cats and dogs have turned the art of begging into a science. It can be hard to resist pampering your pet with lots of treats. But giving your pet too many extra snacks can lead to weight gain, and obesity in pets can lead to serious health complications. It’s best to limit your pet’s intake of treats to no more than 10% of his or her daily diet. For more specific guidance on cat and dog food, you can talk to your pet’s veterinarian.

    The vet can tell you how many calories your cat or dog should eat every day, based on his or her age, activity level, and weight. You can use this number to calculate 10% of the daily calorie intake. Check the calories on the bags of treats you purchase. Look for low-calorie options. You can also choose treats that serve a dual purpose, like the promotion of dental care.

    EZ Pet Care makes it easy and convenient for you to re-order healthy treats and food for your pet. We offer cat and dog food delivery in Dallas right to your door! Call (888) 613-1320.

  • Is Your Dog’s Waste Killing Your Lawn? Here’s What to Do

    Dogs are important members of the family, but they can also be tough on lawns. When your lawn is serving double duty as your dog’s toilet, you may notice patches of brown, dead grass. These damaged areas are commonly referred to as lawn burn. The best way to deal with dog feces is to clean them up immediately or have a pet waste removal service handle it. But since lawn burn is actually caused by a dog’s urine, you’ll need a different tactic to deal with it.

    Understanding What Causes Lawn Burn
    A dog’s urine is high in nitrogen. Lawns benefit from getting a little nitrogen, which is why it’s an ingredient in lawn fertilizers. But too much nitrogen will kill the grass, resulting in lawn burn. Lawn burn isn’t a problem for all puppy parents. Here are some factors that increase the likelihood of it:

    • Female dogs
    • Large dogs
    • Dogs fed a high-protein diet
    • Stressed lawns (drought, disease, or newly established)
    • Heavily fertilized lawns

    Training Your Dog
    One way to minimize lawn burn is to train your dog to eliminate in just one area of the lawn. Choose an out-of-the-way area. When you take your dog outside, put him or her on a leash and walk over to the designated area. Use a command word for elimination and keep your dog in that spot until he or she eliminates. Offer a reward.

    Taking Care of Your Lawn
    Another solution is to saturate the area with water right away. After your dog urinates, pour several cups of water on the area. You could also consider using less fertilizer on your lawn and watering the whole lawn frequently to keep it healthy. If lawn burn is a persistent problem, you might want to re-seed your lawn with urine-resistant grass. Fescues and perennial rye grass are urine-resistant. Bermuda and Kentucky bluegrass are the most susceptible to lawn burn.

    EZ Pet Care offers convenient pet waste removal for Dallas-area homes. Our services include the application of yard odor elimination and disinfectant products. Don’t let your dog’s waste ruin your lawn—call us today at (888) 613-1320 to request our premier pet cleanup services!

  • Signs of Stiff Joints in Dogs

    Senior dogs are most susceptible to stiff joints, although younger dogs may sometimes have problems with them too. In particular, German shepherds, rottweilers, golden retrievers, and Labrador retrievers tend to be susceptible to stiff joints. If your dog is suffering from joint discomfort, you may notice that he or she doesn’t like to go up and down the stairs. Your dog may become tired more easily or lag behind during walks.

    A dog with stiff joints will also tend to lie down more often than he or she sits or stands. In severe cases, a dog may whimper, growl, or snap when someone tries to touch the joints. It’s distressing to see a beloved pup in pain, but a veterinarian can help. One remedy the vet may recommend is a joint health supplement, which you can order along with your dog food delivery.

    You might already be familiar with the dog food delivery services in Dallas by EZ Pet Care, but did you know we also deliver high-quality pet supplements right to your door? Call (888) 613-1320 to arrange a dog food delivery or request our pet waste removal service.