Monday, July 28, 2014

Going Beyond an Average Grocery Store Pet Supply Aisle

When I go grocery shopping about once a week, I like to be able to pick up food or supplies for my dog at the same time. It can be difficult for me to make separate trips to the pet store, so I love the convenience of being able to buy my dog's food at our local H-E-B store.

For any non-Texan reading this, H-E-B is an awesome grocery store here in Texas. It's where I do all of my grocery shopping. We have a really nice H-E-B store about 5 minutes from my house and I love shopping there. They have tons of healthy food choices for my family, including my dog. I love their pet supply section and I think it goes above and beyond other grocery store pet supply aisles.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Do Over the Counter Dewormers for Pets Really Work?

A few weeks ago, Shiner had a case of tapeworms. Tapeworms are an intestinal parasite that live inside your pet's gastrointestinal tract and feed off of nutrients from the food your pet eat. Dogs and cats get tapeworms by ingesting an infected flea. We've had quite the battle with fleas this year, and I'm afraid it's not done with just yet.

Photo via Terrah

Tapeworms aren't too serious luckily and are easy enough to get rid of. They are easy to spot either in your pet's stool, or around your pet's anus. But if you really want the lowdown on everything that has to do with tapeworms, you should read this

As soon as I noticed Shiner had tapeworms, I wondered if there was something over the counter that I could find from the store to get rid of them with. I searched different Dewormers available through PetSmart online, but couldn't ever find any active drug ingredient lists for them. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Healthy Fruit for Your Dog

Feeding fruit to your dog is a good way to offer a tasty and low calorie snack. Plus, fruit is super healthy and full of vitamins and antioxidants. Still, there are many fruits that are not safe for your dog to eat. Before trying a new fruit with your dog, make sure to check whether or not it is safe for them.

We have several fruit trees here at our house that have been producing lots of yummy fruits lately. We have pear, apple, and peach trees. This means extra healthy fruit snacks for our dog and even the rats. Pears and apples are both healthy snacks for dogs as long as you remove the seeds because they can be dangerous for them.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Petting the Babies

My 2 year old daughter loves her babies, aka the rats that we keep as pets. And that's what she calls them - babies. I ask her - "What are your babies doing?" and she goes to check on them. She loves hanging out by their cage to talk to them and tell them what to do. She's kind of bossy, sometimes.

When I first adopted Jack and Gus, I think Violet scared them a little. She was just so excited and got a little loud. They seem to have adjusted to her just fine now and she doesn't startle them much anymore. Violet is pretty good with them, but she has her moments when those tails are just too tempting to grab hold of. Don't worry, she's always monitored with them just in case.
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