It’s now the 27th year of National Pet Month – which is a celebration of the mutual benefits shared between people and their pets or as we like to say in our house… our pets and humans. This month is an observance and time to recognize the many things that really matter in life – including our pet friends, no matter their type or species. Our family literally has a variety of pets and friends and we vow to treat our animal buds as individuals and a part of our family – caring for them as we would care for others. With a dog (who happens to be a bit on the high maintenance side – hehehe), a Jackson Chameleon, two chickens, fish, and a plethora of rescued animals – we consider ourselves a family that not only loves our animals, but strives to keep them healthy (or get them healthy if they are rescued) and give them homes.
As a part of National Pet Month, I thought it would be a great idea to share with all of you a few treats that we have been loving to feed our Ikaika (our King Charles Cavalier Spaniel) lately. He loves treats but he has been loving these. Today I share with you a little bit about these products as well as a few tips on helping to be an advocate for National Pet Month and pets all around the World.
The VetIQ Minties Dental Treats are surely one I think any furry dog friend would love. These treats provide vet recommended dental care for your dog while giving your friend a delicious bone to chew on. The bone has a triple action formula to help clean teeth, promote fresh breath and help to reduce plaque and tartar. This product not only helps your dog have great teeth, but also helps with that doggy breath that us humans are not too fond of. Most importantly, it’s easy to give your pet – Ikaika took to this treat immediately and loved it. You can pick up Minties at a variety of stores like Kmart, Walmart, Target.com, Sam’s Club, Bartell Drugs and other locations which you can find here. I have found our packages from Walmart at reasonable costs which are great on our pocket book, but at the same time, really help with our dog’s health and well-being.
These awesome treats are made in the USA and are free of many ingredients that could be of concern for you and your dog: wheat, gluten, soy, corn, artificial flavors and animal by-products. Minties have a unique hardness and shape as well as texture to help clean your dog’s teeth and keeping them healthy well he chews – reducing plaque and tartar. The leave a peppermint fresh breath (which we love) and it’s easy for Ikaika to chew on, which he loves.
This product contains five natural ingredients that work in your dog’s mouth and stomach to promote fresh breath and reduce unpleasant odors:
- Peppermint – for minty fresh breath
- Parsley – which contains enzymes to help break down odor-causing particles in the stomach
- Dill & fennel as natural breath fresheners
- Chlorophyll from alfalfa to help deodorize your dog’s breath.
Ingredients: Rice Flour, Vegetable Glycerin, Water, Natural Chicken Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Lecithin, Garlic, Tricalcium Phosphate, Brewers Dried Yeast, Chlorophyll (Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin), Parsley, Fennel, Dill, Peppermint, Cholecalciferol (Source of Vitamin D3), Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Source of Vitamin E)
The VetIQ SkinCoat Soft Chews have become another favorite for our Ikaika. They are Maximum Strength Skin Coat chews that helps to soften your pet’s coat from the inside out and leave it looking smooth and shiny. Like beauty supplements for people, these SkinCoat chews help your dog get soft skin, a shiny coat and a healthy heart.
What we love about this product is that it helps to reduce shedding. Before we got Ikaika, we had a Pitbull named Koa. We were used to a short haired dog that didn’t really shed much and took on a dog that literally could weave his own blanket with his hair. Taking these chews over the last month have been a big difference in how Ikaika’s hair shed. His hair is really soft and there is a lot less shedding than before. It’s an easy to swallow and chew treat for our dog and he loves it. Literally in just a short few months we noticed a huge difference.
These chews are soft and has Omega 3 to help support cognitive health in aging pets and healthy joint function. It has a great flavor that my dog loves (I don’t know personally – but when Ikaika hears the bag ruffling, he comes running) and I love that it comes in a resealable bag to keep the product fresh. Not to mention these are so affordable and my family has already repurchased at least once.
These products are made in the US which is a big deal and come with a variety of ingredients that you can have verified with your vet. Both treats are loved by our pet, so much so that we have continued to purchase them and he still enjoys them. You can purchase these chews at the same locations as the Minties.
Ingredients: Brewers Dried Yeast, Tapioca Starch, Dried Sweet Whey, Glycerin, Spray Dried Chicken Liver, Fish Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Sucrose, Molasses, Dried Ground Molasses, Pork Gelatin, Safflower Oil, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Lecithin, Botin Supplement, Caramel Color, Dried Milk Protein, Hickory Smoke Flavor, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherals, Citric Acid (preservative), Vitamin A Supplement, Rosemary Extract.
If you are looking to start your pet on any type of treat regimen or supplements, make sure you check with your vet to see that your pet can take these particular products. Overall – our Ikaika loves both of them and has been enjoying them as his treats. He eats one Minties a day and has 1-2 chews a day, usually split between morning and evening. We really have been enjoying these and as I mentioned previously, we have already repurchased these once.
Now as I stated earlier, I would also provide you with a few tips on different ways people can make a difference during National Pet Month and always. The animals we choose as pets, no matter what the types they are – need special love and attention too. Here are a few things you can do to make a difference:
- When looking to add a pet to the family, consider adopting a pet from the animal rescue shelter. Giving a pet a home and offering care and love to an animal in need fosters warmth towards ourselves and others. Not to mention, you’re doing some good and it feels good to do so.
- While shopping or considering adoption of a pet, be sure to choose a pet that is appropriate for your family and home. This is a decision that will affect all the lives involved and has special requirements. Gather as much information about the dog or cat or reptile, etc. that you are looking to add to your home and see if it is the right choice for you and the new friend you will be obtaining.
- Make sure your pet enjoys a nutritious and well-balanced diet. If you already have a pet, you should know what works and what is required for your pets diet. If not, be sure to check with your vet. Not all pet foods are the same quality and be attentive when your pet is around strangers or friends, etc. For example – Ikaika does not eat human food at all… and he does not eat scraps off the floor. We are very careful to make sure that spills are cleaned up immediately and that anyone visiting does not feed him.
- Ask your vet about your dog’s or pets health issues and what your pet may be prone to. different breeds are prone to specific ailments and health issues. For example – Ikaika can develop a heart murmur early on in his life or later in the years while our Koa (the pitbull) didn’t have many issues. Male cats (another example) may experience urinary issues depending on their food or change in diet. Different animals have different issues so you must be your pet’s advocate since they are unable to fend and speak for themselves.
- Stop the cycle of pets without homes. Prevent unwanted litters. Each year, sadly there are about 2.7 million animals euthanized after entering animal shelters. 1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats are in that mix. You can prevent an enormous amount of suffering by spaying or neutering your pet.
No matter the type of animal you have, caring for them is just as important as caring for oneself. They are our pets and friends after all and a part of our family. With a little love and care, we can make a pet’s entire world.
Thank you for reading! Please be sure to give your animal some extra TLC this month for National Pet Month and always.
Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post were sent to Honeygirlsworld.com for review consideration. While it’s obvious that anything you read here is 100% honest and unbiased, I can also speak for Ikaika, when I say he was not paid to provide his thoughts through me… lol.
Holiday gift giving is always so much fun for everyone in the family, but we must not leave out our furry friends, especially since they are a huge part of our family. Each year Ikaika, our King Charles Cavalier Spaniel gets a handful of yummies and some warm clothes to celebrate the year and the Christmas season with us and this year was no exception. It’s always fun to see our Ikaika’s face light up when he sees new treats and especially cute when you say the words “treat” or “snack” because he knows exactly what to expect. It’s always great to see other pet owners shopping for their furry friends this time of year and I’m happy to see my dog and other pets get spoiled.
I have been told about this super cute website called TheNosePrint.com from Big Heart Brands (the makers of Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs, and Milo’s Kitchen). This fun site really knows how to get you celebrating with your favorite pup during the holidays and year round. On TheNosePrint.com you can check out some fun doggy do-it-yourself ideas that they’ve dreamed up: http://thenoseprint.com/
Some cool info: The NosePrint.com also asked 3,000 Americans about their dog-related holiday habits, including whether their dog is involved in gift-giving, stocking-stuffing, Christmas sweater-wearing, and other holiday traditions. What they found is that Americans really LOVE their pets, of course! Did you know 71% of dog parents give gifts to their pups?
According to the survey, here are the top 5 reasons people give gifts to their dog:
- To express love to my dog: 72%
- Because it’s fun for me: 60%
- To help my dog feel included like a family member: 54%
- To give my dog a moment of happiness: 53%
- To feel closer and bond with my dog: 43%
In our family, we love to give presents to Ikaika because of all of those reasons. He is a very important part of our family and the holidays or any day would not be the same without him. He is our second fur baby for our family and having lost our first doggie a few years ago just five days before Christmas was hard for us. Our animals are a part of our family!
The study also shared how often dogs are included into popular Christmas traditions:
- 48% of dog parents hang a Christmas stocking for their dog.
- 43% of dog parents include a dog in a photo for a family holiday card.
- 32% post photos of their dog on social media with a holiday message.
- 29% dress up their dog in a holiday-themed costume or outfit.
- 22% make or buy dog-themed holiday decorations.
For photos and instructions on how to add more dog-related fun to your home holiday traditions, check out these cool projects they have here: http://thenoseprint.com/
Finally, want to know which states have the most spoiled pups? The 2015 TheNosePrint.com Santa Dog Index ranks states based on how much, on average, dog parents will spend on their furry kids:
Top 10 States That Spend the Most on Holiday Gifts for Dogs:
- New Jersey: $29.61 (average gift spending per dog for state residents)
- New York: $28.95
- Pennsylvania: $28.75
- Utah: $27.75
- Georgia: $27.04
- California: $26.07
- Washington: $25.81
- Florida: $25.13
- Illinois: $24.98
- Virginia: $24.58
Apparently, it’s good to be a dog in the New York tri-state area. You can find the complete rankings of all 50 states at www.
Disclaimer: The products mentioned/featured in this post were sent to me for consideration. All thoughts and opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts or feature the products at all. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I am a dog lover, true and true. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t discriminate and love all animals in general, though dogs are and always have been my favorite. I have always had large dogs so I was used to training big dogs. Our Koa – an American Red Nose Pit bull died a few years ago and we have since added Ikaika to our family. Ikaika is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and let me just say – it is a big difference training a little dog as it is a large one. I have had to learn to be patient with a dog that is a little more maintenance than a pit bull and I found that some of my normal training worked while others did not. Today I am going to share with you a few easy tips that will hopefully get your tiny dog trained and if not, at least it will give you some tips on how to enjoy your little companion.
1. Patience – Patience is key no matter what size your dog or animal is. Any dog (or animal for that matter) will react according to your actions and demeanor. Be calm and keep from being excited. Take your time, like with children – everything is a learning process and this is the same with your dog.
2. Consistency is Key – Be consistent with what you do. If you tell your dog to eat his food outside, keep his feeding done outside (just as an example). Dogs have a short attention span (not all of them, but many do) so by keeping things a constant and doing everything the same – it keeps your dog from feeling confused and therefore a routine will develop.
3. Let your dog know what they are doing wrong – this is known as replacement therapy. This is quite easy when you start doing it. By being firm and letting your dog know that something is not right, your dog will learn. I.e. Telling your dog “no” when it is doing something wrong like chewing on a shoe. Be consistent and firmly tell your dog no to let them know that what they are doing is wrong and then take the item away. Use a voice that is firm, but do not yell.
4. Training tools can be helpful – We don’t use it often, but a dog training collar with a remote control comes in handy when you are not in the direct vicinity of your dog to tell them to stop something without yelling at them. I recommend a dog training collar like Cujo Controls. It comes with 8 levels of training with a fully adjustable collar. It can be used on dogs of all sizes and is one of the easiest tools to use. Do not confuse this tool with punishing your animal. While it does offer a shock level, we use it for vibration, which is light and soft enough to have the dog notice that he gets a pulsation when he does something he is not to be doing. It then becomes a reminder that what he is about to do, he should not be doing. It comes with a wireless remote control and is water resistant. The Anti-Bark collar has a range of up to 800M and you can train 2 dogs at the same time. This unit is meant to accelerate obedience training, prevent unwanted behavior like barking and chewing and helps you with various training. If you don’t like the pulsation mode or vibrating mode, you also have a sound mode that allows you control with sound. This product is safe, humane and an effective tool when used properly and not abused. While many will say it is not something they want to use to train their dog, it has been helpful in training ours and Ikaika’s squeaky bark at 4am is not an issue any longer for us or our neighbors. Again – we use the pulsations that are light vibrations (similar to that of a vibrating ringer on a cell phone) that will not hurt or injure our fur baby. We have tested it on ourselves and it actually tickles but vibrates enough to get your dogs attention. That is the setting we chose for our little dog, there are eight settings available for you to choose from.
5. Love – last but not least, animals need a lot of love and compassion. They are like children and need affection and they are affectionate creatures. It doesn’t matter the breed (I know that first hand) because each animal will love as their owner loves. Just as we teach our children, we teach our fur babies to love by loving them.
Cujo Dog Collars love Rescue Dogs. A portion of your purchase helps support dog rescues across the U.S. This post is for informational purposes only and was brought to you in collaboration with Cujo Control. Remember – treat your animals as you would want to be treated, love them and show them compassion and you will have a companion for life. While I do offer tips for training your dog, I am not a certified trainer or veterinarian and these tips come from personal experience. Please check with your vet prior to any training regimen for your furry friend.
Disclaimer: This post includes products that were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased. I was not paid to provide this post or feature the product. There are affiliate links posted through out.
We are HUGE animal lovers in our house and have recently added a new addition to our family. His name is Ikaika. While puppies are cute and friendly and love-able, they also sport major dog breath.
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