Responsible dog owners do whatever they can to make sure their canine companion isn’t involved in a scuffle with another dog. However, you never know when you might encounter an off-leash dog when out on a walk, which might lead to an unforeseen dangerous situation for your pooch. SprayShield animal deterrent spray is a great thing for pet parents to carry on walks to ward off an aggressive dog or stop an incident that’s escalating into a dog fight.
SprayShield available from online retailer vetdepot, contains a powerful citronella formula that is not harmful to the eyes, making it a safe and humane way to stop an attacking dog. Even when walking or jogging without your canine companion, SprayShield is a good thing to have on hand in case of an encounter with an aggressive dog on the loose.
SprayShield is easy to use- just shake for one to two seconds, slide the trigger to the right, aim at the animal’s nose and spray. The spray can reach up to 10 feet.
Are you looking for inspiration to name a dog, cat, or other new pet? Check out VPI’s top 10 lists for the most popular pet names based on their records.
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Want something a little more unusual? VPI also puts together lists of the wackiest pet names, including notables such as Stinkie Mcstinkerson, Beagle Lugosi, Beanfart, Oxxy Pawsbourne, Mittens Ninja, and Bobblehead.
The hard work of pet ownership doesn’t stop once you have a name picked out. You also have to make sure you have all the pet supplies and resources on hand that you will need to keep your pet happy and healthy in its new home.
A new survey done by the Kroger Company shows that about one in ten dog or cat owners would be willing to spend more than $3,000 on medical procedures if it meant that their pet’s life could be saved, and some pet owners would spend even more. The majority of those polled (61%) said they would be willing to spend between $100 and $1,000 under the same circumstances.
The survey also asked owners what they fear most with regards to their pet’s well-being. The top responses were:
1. Cancer (27%)
2. Hip/Knee/Leg Injury (17%)
3. Getting hit by a car (16%)
1. Kidney Disease (19%)
2.) Cancer (17%)
3.) Injuries sustained in fights with other animals (10%)
Owners were also polled about their interest in pet insurance, which can cover accidents, illnesses, routine care and pet medications. 61% of dog owners and 48% of cat owners said they would consider purchasing pet insurance if it costs under $20 a month, and at least half of pet owners said they would be interested in adding their pets to their own health insurance plans if such a thing were possible.
Part of being able to determine when an animal is sick or injured is knowing what is normal for that pet. Owners should monitor their pet’s behavior daily and perform brief physical examinations monthly so they can recognize when something has changed.
- Run your hands over your pet’s body to feel for any new lumps or bumps that should be checked out by the veterinarian. Also, ruffle your pet’s fur and look at the skin for fleas and ticks, redness, scaling, etc.
- Look at the color of your pet’s gums. Keep an eye out for dental disease or any masses in the mouth.
- Examine ears, eyes, nose, nails, feet and the anogenital region for anything unusual that may have developed since your last exam.
- Weigh your pet monthly and record the information so you can pick up any unexpected weight gain or loss as early as possible.
If you find anything out of the ordinary during your examination, contact your pet’s veterinarian with any questions or concerns.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) has released its ranking of dog breed popularity based on its registration statistics. Here are top 10 dog breeds, according to the AKC:
1. Labrador Retrievers
2. German Shepherds
3. Yorkshire Terriers
5. Golden Retrievers
10. Shih Tzus
No matter what the breed, save money on all of your lovable pup’s pet medications and pet supplies by shopping on www.vetdepot.com.