THE LIVE WELL BLOG
THE LIVE WELL BLOG
RETURNING TO WORK? UNDERSTANDING SEPARATION ANXIETY IN PETS
After a year-long lockdown, it’s quite a transition for pets when the home is suddenly quiet and empty. Yes, pets can suffer from “empty nest syndrome” too. Consequently, as you head back to work and general activities, it’s important to monitor pets for signs of stress and anxiety. It’s easier to remedy fretful signs when they are recognized early.
lockdown, it’s quite a transition for pets when the home is suddenly quiet and empty. Yes, pets can suffer from “empty nest syndrome” too. Consequently, as you head back to work and general activities, it’s important to monitor pets for signs of stress and anxiety. It’s easier to remedy fretful signs when they are recognized early.
PREPARING YOUR PETS FOR YOUR RETURN TO WORK
It certainly tugs at our heartstrings to think about our pets missing us (and us missing them) when we return to work. Pets are creatures of habit. If you’re going back to work soon, now is the time to start adapting your lockdown routine to a new schedule so your pets can change their habits too. This will help make the transition as successful as possible for you both.
3 TYPES OF TOYS TO KEEP YOUR DOG BUSY WHILE YOU’RE AT WORK
As you are getting ready to return to the office, it’s helpful to consider comfort, action and distraction toys, puzzles and games to keep dogs engaged until they hear the key in the door announcing you’re home again. To stock the toy box with both mentally and physically stimulating fun stuff, here’s what you need to know before you go shoppin
SAFETY TIPS FOR CATS AND CHRISTMAS TREES
Some cats find it hard to resist exploring the family Christmas tree. But their antics, no matter how amusing, can be dangerous. With some sensible cat-proofing, it’s possible to keep the holiday tree looking gorgeous and the felines, and other members of the household, safe.
Canine intelligence is a very popular topic. We all want to know if that lovable goofball on the couch is smart too. Fortunately, the smartest dog breeds come in all shapes and sizes. So, it’s easy to find a savvy furry family member to welcome into your home.
10 WAYS TO HELP YOU FIGURE OUT YOUR DOG’S BREED
“My dog has brown eyebrows, a mostly black with a white chest, big paws that are black and brown, droopy ears, he licks and he chews on everything. What breed is my dog?”
Every month, thousands of people turn to the Internet asking, “what breed is my dog?” looking to learn more about the dog they adopted, posting cryptic descriptions like the one above in the hope of learning more about their four-legged family member. Mutts account for more than half the dog population in America. And with 195 dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, the amount of cross-breeding through generations has populated American homes with dogs of all colors, sizes, looks and adorable personalities.
10 HEALTHY HIGH-CALORIE FOODS FOR UNDERNOURISHED CATS
There are many reasons a cat or kitten could be severely under-nourished and need a high-calorie cat food to help gain weight and boost general feline health and wellbeing. Fortunately, there’s a great selection of both wet and dry recipes, all readily available off the shelf, that can be a nutritious fix.
IS YOUR CAT A COUCH POTATO? 5 WAYS TO GIVE HER MENTAL AND PHYSICAL STIMULATION
Cats do nap a lot. But extended napping could be sheer boredom. Contrary to the assertion that they are aloof and independent, cats do like to engage with their favorite people. Here are some quick fixes to offer your kitty both mental and physical stimulation and, at the same time, boost your quality time together.
8 TOP PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR PET PHOTO CHALLENGES
With the increase in social media accounts just for pets, and fun social media photographic and video challenges, cats and dogs are turning into internet sensations. Whether you are planning to join in the fun, or simply want to take some great pix for the family photo album, here are some photographic tips to capture some memorable entertainment.Before you start, be sure to stock up on treats in order to offer tasty rewards for their efforts!
10 WAYS TO FEED YOUR INDOOR CAT RIGHT
There’s no question that cats that have an indoor lifestyle are much safer when protected from outdoor predators, social challenges and diseases. But they need additional mental and physical activities and the right indoor cat food diet specific to their everyday needs to ensure they don’t put on weight and lead happy and healthy lives.
4 PROTEIN OPTIONS FOR YOUR DOG ( OTHER THAN CHICKEN)
There are several reasons why pet parents may prefer a dog food without chicken for their adored fur kids. Primarily, it could be that their pooch is allergic to chicken. Secondly, there’s no question that dogs, like people, have their food favorites and may prefer another tasty protein flavor instead. And, this taps directly into the growing trend of rotating menu options and offering dogs a greater variety in the food bowl. After all, dinner time is a great bonding experience with your pooch.
WHAT TYPE OF DOG FOOD TO FEED TO PREVENT ITCHY SKIN
Itchy skin is one of the most common signs of a dog food allergy or a food sensitivity causing fixated scratching, attempts to bite the area and even “butt ski” to eradicate an annoying irritation. Selecting a food with a single protein source and limited ingredients can be a good choice in finding a dog food for itchy skin and preventing it from being an ongoing problem.
KITTEN DEVELOPMENT MILESTONES: BIRTH TO ONE YEAR
Kittens grow up very fast especially during the first few weeks of their lives. Here’s a timeline of those captivating milestones so you can chart their development as they discover the wonderful world around them—and you.
GUIDE TO FEEDING LARGE BREED PUPPIES AS THEY GROW
If you recently adopted a large breed puppy, get ready for a wonderful rollercoaster fun ride as your rambunctious new family member discovers different things with boundless energy and delight. In terms of nutrition, puppyhood is an important life stage to ensure the puppy grows up to be a healthy and happy adult dog. And the best way to give him a great start in life is with a diet that specifically addresses large-breed puppies.
FLAKED CAT FOOD: USING TEXTURED WET FOODS FOR YOUR PICKY KITTY
10 OF THE BEST FOODS YOUR PUPPY CAN EAT
Give your puppy the best possible start in life by feeding a specially formulated puppy food to meet their growing needs.
WET CAT FOOD TEXTURES DE-CODED:HOW A CAT CHOOSES HER FAVORITE WELLNESS PET
FOODJudging by the thousands of tantalizing food photographs posted to Instagram, visual presentation ranks high alongside taste when it comes to our food choices. But cats are just the opposite; they don’t care about the way their food looks. And further, flavor only plays a partial role in determining feline food preferences as cats only have 500 taste buds, compared to humans who have 9,000 taste buds!
HOW TO HONOR YOUR CAT’S INNER LION
When it comes to feline nutrition, cats are described as obligate carnivores. This means that meat (as well as poultry or fish) is an essential ingredient as cats rely on nutrients found only in animal products as a part of their daily diet to maintain overall health.
ALL ABOUT THAT BASE:CHOOSING THE RIGHT BASE KIBBLE FOR YOUR DOG’S CUSTOMIZED MEAL
A customized burger is built around a high-quality piece of meat. Even with an array of fresh toppings, a burger isn’t going to be delicious unless the meat is juicy, tender and fresh. Similarly, a customized meal for your dog starts with a high-quality kibble recipe, crafted specifically for your dog’s age, size and nutritional needs.
HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR CAT TO NATURAL WELLNESS KIBBLE
Whenever introducing your cat to a new kibble, it’s a good idea to gradually transition to the new dry food recipe over a 7 – 10-day period.
HOW TO TRANSITION FROM ONE KIND OF DRY FOOD TO ANOTHER
An extended transition time frame allows acceptance of the new flavor in the food bowl. And, it will also avoid potential stomach upsets that could cause diarrhea as a slow changeover allows the digestive system to adjust to new ingredients.
SERVING A COMBO DIET OF WET AND DRY FOOD
There are advantages to feeding a cat a combination of both wet and dry food ensuring your feline enjoys the benefits both meal plans have to offer.
HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR CAT TO A NEW FOOD
Cats are known as being picky eaters. If you want to switch your feline to a new food, we’ve got some tricks to get picky cats to convert.
PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR A NEW PUPPY
A new puppy! Get ready for a rollercoaster ride of fun as your exuberant pup turns your home and yard into an exciting adventure playground seeking out fun stuff to explore — and chew.
TAKING THE STRESS OUT OF PUPPY TRAINING
A well-trained puppy with great social skills in guaranteed to have a great social life because good manners opens doors ensuring he will be welcome everywhere.
For a pet parent, reading the food label on your cat’s dry or wet food packaging, and, understanding the written content at a glance, offers peace of mind in knowing that your cat is getting a balanced and highly nutritional diet to support her overall health and well-being.