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PetMeds | Pet Health Blog by Annemarie Laredo - 3d ago

One of my greatest fears concerning Leo, other than losing him, is him getting lost or taken. One of the first questions I had asked the vet during Leo’s first vet visit was when we should put a microchip in his back. A few weeks later, during another vaccination-filled vet visit, our vet inserted a microchip in between Leo’s shoulders. Leo also wears his collar at all times (not in the crate or when he’s home alone), and it has his id tags as well as a tag that has his microchip id on it. It’s good to know that if something were to ever happen, there’s a good chance I would be able to find Leo.

Leo’s id tags contain our numbers, of course so if someone found him they could call us, but if his collar somehow fell off, his microchip could be scanned and our information would pop up.

While I don’t think Leo would run away, I am afraid of him taking off and getting lost. He is leashed at all times because he likes to chase ducks, squirrels, or anything that catches his interest. I’m not sure why, but he also has an affinity for moving vehicles (anyone else have this problem??).  When we’re at the park, I make sure to watch Leo like a hawk, partly to make sure he’s playing nice with other dogs, but also to make sure he doesn’t run off with someone else or run through the gate when someone is coming in.

Maybe one day Leo will walk at my side like a perfectly trained dog, and I won’t ever have to worry about him taking off. Fingers crossed!

Heads up! Anytime is a great time to chip your pet, but since this month is Chip your pet Month, it’s the perfect time to get your pet chipped!

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Summer is an exciting time for everyone. The weather is nicer, more time is spent outside, and it’s likely filled with trips and celebrations. For humans, summer is all fun and games. For pets, sometimes it can be a whole different story. If your pet suffers from anxiety or gets stressed out easily, a behavior and calming support supplement like Grizzly Hemp-Enhanced Calming Aid might be a great solution.

As summer approaches, many events that might seem harmless to you might be triggering for your pet. Thunderstorms and fireworks, which happen much more frequently in the summer, are two major events that can cause your pet to cower and hide, become aggressive or even run away. Boarding your pet while you travel or leaving your pet at home alone for long periods of time can also cause them to stress out. Other stress-inducing events can include new and unfamiliar people or animals, vet visits, car rides, old age, and more.

Keep in mind that some pets may develop negative behaviors when filled with anxiety. The following unwanted behaviors can be related to your pet’s heightened stress levels:

  • Pacing, tensed muscles
  • Excessive barking or meowing
  • Inappropriate elimination
  • Snapping, cowering, or hiding
  • Destructive chewing, scratching or digging
  • Teeth baring or panting
  • Excessive grooming

No matter the cause, you can safely help ease your pet’s anxiety with effective calming supplements, exercise, and other natural remedies. Regular exercise can naturally put your pet into a relaxed state. Generally, pets that get adequate exercise have fewer amounts of pent up energy that can turn into anxiety or stress. Calming supplements can be a great remedy to turn to if your pet has trouble relaxing or turns to destructive tendencies when stressed.

Grizzly Hemp-Enhanced Calming Aid promotes a sense of relaxation

The new Grizzly Hemp-Enhanced Calming Aid is an effective supplement for both dogs and cats that helps keep your pet calm during events that might stress them out.  Containing a unique blend of organically grown hemp oil and wild krill oil, Grizzly Hemp-Enhanced Calming Aid helps your pet cope with external stressors, supports your pet’s normal emotional balance, and even helps curb destructive behaviors due to anxiety or stress.

When summer strikes, no matter what is going on, Grizzly Hemp-Enhanced Calming Aid is perfect for keeping your pet cool, calm, and collected. Grizzly Hemp-Enhanced Calming Aid can be used during fireworks, thunderstorms, construction, vet visits, traveling, and for pets that suffer from separation anxiety.

The ingredients in Grizzly Hemp-Enhanced Calming Aid, such as phospholipids and phyto-cannabinoid-rich (PCR) hemp oil (CBD), act as a behavior and calming supplement that help promote a sense of relaxation and mental alertness without causing drowsiness.

Grizzly Hemp-Enhanced Calming Aid is a liquid supplement and is available as a 2 oz dropper bottle and a 4 oz pump bottle.

Win FREE Grizzly Hemp-Enhanced Calming Aid for your dog or cat! Does your pet get stressed easily? Help relieve their anxieties with a calming aid supplement!  Just leave a comment below, and you could win  FREE Grizzly Hemp-Enhanced Calming Aid for your dog or cat from 1800PetMeds! Five winners will be chosen at random Monday, June 3, 2019, so everyone who participates has a chance to win! There will be a total of five (5) winners. (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck! 

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PetMeds | Pet Health Blog by Annemarie Laredo - 1w ago

Even though Leo was born in a litter of 11 and grew up with siblings until he was 8 weeks old, Leo is an only “child”. We don’t have any real kids at home nor do we have any other pets, meaning all of the attention is on Leo. He has all the toys to choose from at home (and at work), and he gets all the attention from us at home and from everyone at work. In short, he’s a spoiled pup. He thinks all toys are his and all the attention should be his. This, of course, isn’t a problem at home but can be quite entertaining at work or at the dog park.

Usually when we’re at the dog park, we walk the path while Leo plays with other dogs and runs around. However, because I love dogs, I stop frequently to pet them. More times than not, it’s a quick pet and the dogs run off to play with other dogs. Sometimes, I’m lucky enough to pet a dog who loves to be pet and will stick around for more than a few seconds. This is a big no-no in Leo’s eyes, especially if I call said dog “good boy/girl”. If he notices me petting a dog for too long, he’ll come running from anywhere in the park to claim his attention from me. Once Leo has won my attention back, he’ll run off again to play with other dogs.

At work, Leo’s “only child” tendencies usually appear during play dates with Dexter or Asher. If we visit Dexter’s or Asher’s office, Leo spends the whole time stealing their toys and running away with them. He’ll even try to bring them back to my office because he thinks that the toys are now his.

As of right now, Leo will be the only child for the foreseeable future. Whenever we do decide to bring home another puppy or a kitten, he will be in for a rude awakening.

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I am definitely one of those dog moms that bring their dog everywhere. I know I’ve mentioned before how little time Leo spends at home alone because he’s at work with me during the day. Well, he also tags along with us almost everywhere we go all the time. Leo is always willing to jump in the car because he knows we’re going somewhere fun, whether it’s the dog park, work, the beach, a restaurant, or even just a new place to walk around.

Lucky for us, Florida is a very dog-friendly state, so we’re always bringing Leo with us to dinner or fests. Since he was a puppy we were bringing him with us to restaurants, partly because we wanted to but also to make sure he was well-socialized. It was hard at first because Leo wouldn’t sit still (understandable for a puppy), and he would pull at the leash to try and get to whatever was distracting him. We started giving him chew toys while we sat down so he would be occupied. Now, he usually sits or lies down and somewhat patiently awaits his attention. Sometimes he’ll try and pull away if there’s another dog nearby, but for the most part, Leo is the best boy, and I love to have him around.

One of the reasons Leo loves going out to restaurants is because of all the attention he gets (surprise, surprise). So many people, including waiters and waitresses, other restaurant patrons, and people walking by, will stop to say hi and pet Leo. He probably gets so many visitors because he will stare people down and wag his tail as an invitation so he can get all the pets. He also loves it because a lot of places have a “doggy” menu, and I can’t pass that up so he sometimes gets a doggy biscuit or slice of bacon for being a good boy.

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Most families with pets consider their pets as a furry part of the family, and most would agree that a house just isn’t a home without a pet. With Mother’s Day coming up, we wanted to host the Pet Moms Day sweepstakes to celebrate devoted pet moms, too!

Whether you consider yourself a pet parent or a pet owner, research shows that your pets love you and consider you as their parent. Pet moms would agree that it takes a lot of love and commitment to be a pet mom. Similarly to human children, pets depend on their pet parents for everything. Pets require daily feedings, vet check-ups, playtime, cuddle sessions, dog park visits, litter box cleanings, and more. It’s hard work being a pet parent, but it is also a very rewarding experience that deserves to be celebrated.

Pet Moms Day Sweepstakes Prize

The prize package in our Pet Moms Day Sweepstakes has been handpicked for pet moms who love mementos of their adored pets. What better way to celebrate your cherished pet than to frame and proudly showcase a favorite picture of them? Ten lucky winners will win a Pearhead Pawprint Keepsake frame to feature their beloved pet.

All Pet Moms Sweepstakes winners will get to choose between a wall or desk frame kit. This high-quality frame features both a favorite pet photo as well as a custom paw print impression that you can simply make in your own home!

The Pearhead Pawprints Keepsake Hinged Desk Frame measures 11.5″ x 7.5″, and the Pearhead Pawprints Keepsake Wall Frame measures 12″ x 9.5″. Both frames hold a 4″ x 6″ pet photo on one side and a custom-molded pawprint impression on the other side. Both frames are made of high-quality mahogany wood, and each kit contains the frame, acid-free mat, air-dry impression material, rolling pin, shaping ruler, spacer, double-sided adhesive tape, and instructions on how to put it all together.

How to enter the Pet Moms Day Sweepstakes

To enter, visit our Pet Mom’s Day Sweepstakes page, tell us what you love most about being a pet mom, and submit your entry. Enter once from May 1st through May 12th.

Pet Moms Day Sweepstakes Rules

The Pet Moms Day Sweepstakes runs from 12:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) May 1, 2019, until May 12, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT. Ten (10) winners will be chosen at random on Monday, May 13, 2019. Winners will be notified via email. For complete rules, visit our Pet Moms Day Sweepstakes page.

The post [Giveaway] Pet Moms Day Sweepstakes appeared first on PetMeds® Pet Health Blog.

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PetMeds | Pet Health Blog by Annemarie Laredo - 3w ago

Leo loves all people and pets, and he especially loves kids. A lot of the times they don’t love him, which makes him love them even more. Leo’s first encounter with kids was when he was about 10 weeks old. He met my then 7-year-old nephew, 5-year-old niece and 9-week-old nephew/godson. Since Leo was a baby, we knew it was important to make sure that my older nephew and niece were gentle with Leo.  As he grew, my niece especially grew afraid of him because he was so excitable. We were no longer worried about them being gentle with Leo. We had to teach them to be calm around Leo. If Leo moved in the slightest when my niece tried to pet him, she would scream and run away, causing Leo to chase after her because to him it was all a game. I think it was a game for her too because when Leo would stop running, she would stop until he began chasing her again.

Watching Leo interact with kids is amusing. On walks or at the dog park, kids that are clearly comfortable with large dogs will ask to pet him and he gleefully welcomes the attention. When timid children come up and ask to pet Leo, he gets so excited. He must sense their fear or nervousness and think it means they are excited which only excites him more. When I notice this is happening, I grab Leo’s head, start scratching his ears, and tell the kid to pet his back. If I don’t, then I know Leo is going to try and lick the kid’s face which would scare them even more.

I don’t mind if kids come up to pet Leo without asking because I know he wouldn’t hurt them, especially now as he’s calmed down a bit and knows not to jump up. However, it’s so important to teach kids to ask before petting a dog because not all dogs are friendly. Even if they are friendly, some dogs might not welcome attention as eagerly as others. 

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