In the UK the ownership of dogs and cats is pretty much equal. It used to be the case, going back hundreds of years, that dogs were by far and away the most popular pet. Cats do seem to be having their day, thanks to their over-occupation of the internet; however, for many you simply can’t beat a dog. Continue reading
Pets benefit from extra supplements to their normal pet food diet just as we do. In order to ensure that your dog or cat is in the best healthy, you can choose foods which are chock-full of these essential nutrients, or feed them supplements in addition to their regular diet. Here are some of the most essential.
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids are not naturally produced by dogs or cats and so must be added through their food. Pet food generally has plenty of Omega-6 fatty acids (coming from vegetable oils and animal fats) but less Omega-3s. Good sources are in fish oils, such as cod liver oil.
2. Digestive Enzymes. These are used to break down foods, allowing them to be absorbed and used by the body. Food which isn’t properly broken down can lead to inflammation, allergies and other chronic health problems, and so digestive enzymes are particularly important for older pets. They are naturally produced by the pancreas, but production slows down with aging.
3. Antioxidants. Antioxidants are naturally consumed through a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables, but less so through commercial pet foods. Good antioxidants to look out for in your pet food choices include Vitamin E, carotenoids such as beta-carotene, and flavanoids such as Vitamin C.
4. Probiotics. Just as with humans, probiotic products can have health benefits, as they keep the normal bacteria in the gut balanced and healthy. Cats in particular often suffer digestive problems, such as hairballs, diarrhoea, vomiting and constipation, and so could benefit from a supplement of probiotics.
More and more people like to take their pets away with them when they travel. If you are thinking about holidaying with your pets this summer, then make sure you have some of the necessary travel pet supplies to hand for when you pack those suitcases. Here are some of the most common items you could need.
1. Your Pet Passport. There are different rules depending on where you are travelling to and from, but by and large your pet now needs a passport to be able to travel so sort this out well in advance of your trip. The passport will certify that your pet is healthy to travel and has had the right vaccinations, so you’ll also need to organise this.
2. Pet Carriers. Cats in particular don’t always travel that well and can become confused or distressed by their new surroundings. To make the journey easier, and safer, for everyone use a pet carrier. This will also help to keep the rest of your car clean and free of fluff and hair. You should also bring a portable litter tray for during the journey and also for when you arrive.
3. Toys. During a long journey, you’ll start to get bored and restless – and so does your pet! While some dogs and cats may fall asleep easily on the journey, others will want to expend their excess energy from being cooped up. Bring a few toys with you for the trip – the familiar smell will also help to keep them calm.