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  • Choosing the Right Food for your Puppy

     

    A puppy’s diet should be carefully monitored to make sure they are getting balanced nutrition and gaining weight at the proper rate. The amount of food your puppy eats depends on things such as their age, size, breed, activity level, environment and health. You should always consult with your vet about how much your puppy should be eating each day and the type of food.

    When shopping for puppy food at the store, make sure you read the packaging to see what benefits your food offers your puppy. Some foods contain more nutrients than others, and could affect the amount of food that your puppy should have. Puppy food is available in wet or dry forms, it largely depends on your and your puppy’s preferences. You could mix it up and try both types of food to see which one your puppy favorites most.

    When your puppy becomes older they will need a different level of nutrients than they did when younger. Depending on the size and breed, your puppy should be switched from puppy to adult food somewhere between 1 and 2 years of age.

    Aside from the occasional dog treat, your puppy should only be eating food specially made for puppies. If you get into the habit of feeding him human food, your puppy may become a picky eater and exercise bad habits.

    Over feeding Your Puppy

    It is important for dogs to have the right balance of nutrients for their bodies. Dogs that aren’t fed balanced meals can have a variety of health problems. You want to ensure that you’re feeding your puppy the right amount of food in order to prevent obesity. An obese dog is not a healthy dog and can many serious consequences you should try to avoid.

    Always consult your veterinarian and ask them to recommend the best food for your puppy!

  • Puppy Playdate

     

    Valentine’s Day is a time when people show feelings of love, affection and friendship. What better time to set up a playdate for your furry friend! Play dates can be valuable for your puppy’s well-being and should always be a positive experience for all puppies. It’s an excellent way for them to release excess energy, exercise and learn a few doggie manners from each other as they socialize.

     

    Tips for a Successful Playdate:

     

    • Keep the first meeting and interaction calm. Allow the puppies to sniff each other for a moment, then take them for a short walk together before letting them off-leash.
    • Meet for the first time in neutral territory. Choose a safe, fenced-in area that’s not too large so you can easily get to the puppies if necessary.
    • Try to match your puppy with another puppy whose personality is the same.
    • If you see your puppy is not interested or is not playing appropriately you may have to end the play date earlier.
    • Don’t try to force the interaction between the pups. Let them set the pace and initiate to play with each other.
    • Play close attention to the puppies and their attitudes towards each other.
    • Make sure to have a water and a bowl for hydration breaks!
    • Bring enough toys for the puppies to each have one.
    • You should always give your puppy a lot of praise and a few treats to show them they are doing a great job.

     

    A well-mannered and socialized puppy who can hang around new people and other puppies will be a happier pup and a better companion!

  • Pet Dental Health

     

    Dental health is a very important part of your puppy’s health and well-being. Regular exams throughout your puppy’s life can help detect problems early before they cause damage to your puppy’s teeth or mouth.

    Have your pet’s teeth checked if you observe any of the following problems:

    • Bad breath
    • Broken or loose teeth
    • Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
    • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
    • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
    • Pain in or around the mouth
    • Bleeding from the mouth
    • Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth

    Most dental disease occur below the gum line, where you can’t see it. Therefore is important to regularly brush your pet’s teeth and create a daily routine for you and your furry-friend. Here’s how to make brushing easy and stress-free for your fur-baby:

    1. Make sure your puppy is calm and relaxed. It is important to set a routine and work up to brushing daily.
    2. Be sure to use toothpaste meant for puppies.
    3. Test your puppy’s willingness by gently touching their mouth and slightly rubbing your finger on their teeth.
    4. Lift your puppy’s upper lips. And begin to brush! Brush in small circles, getting the top and bottom teeth.
    5. Make sure to be gentle and reassuring with your puppy.

    Once you are done, make sure to give your puppy a lot of praise!

  • 6 Puppy New Year’s Resolutions

    New Year is all about new beginnings. Here’s a couple of New Year’s resolutions you and your pup are sure to love!

     

    #1 Try a new activity with your pet.

    • Take yourself and your puppy out of the comfort zone and try new activities. Activities like dog hiking or puppy yoga are great ways to exercise and are the perfect time for some bonding.

     

    #2 Practice brushing your puppy’s teeth.

    • Daily brushing is the best way to keep your puppy’s mouth clean and keep the plaque away. Make sure to always use toothpaste that meets your pup ’s breed and needs.

     

    #3 Get a pet ID collar.

    • Having an updated pet tag is very important to ensure your puppy will safely return home in case they wander off.

     

    #4 Potty train your puppy outside.

    • Sometimes we conform to having our puppy solely using wee wee pads but it can be uncomfortable when guest visit. The smell of potty can creep up on your house, which is why training your puppy to potty outside is better!

     

    #5 Socialize your puppy.

    • Socializing your puppy with different pets and people is crucial, it’s never too late to take your puppy out and introduce them to friendly people and pets.

     

    #6 Teach your puppy new tricks.

    • Teaching your puppy new tricks is the best way to bond with your furry friend. Teaching your puppy tricks like how to high five is incredibly easy and fun to learn.

     

    Start this New Year off with a healthier and more entertaining routine you and your puppy will enjoy.

     

    Happy New Years from the Petland Family!

  • Christmas Tree Shaped Puppy Treats

     

    Let’s celebrate this holiday season with some delicious homemade treats for your pup. Frozen treats are creamy, easy to make and a great refreshment for your best friend. These two recipes will for sure make your fur-baby is extremely happy during the holidays.

     

    Strawberry and Banana

     

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups of Sliced Strawberries
    • 1½ cups Plain Greek Low-Fat Yogurt

    2 sliced bananas

    • ¼ cup of Skim Milk
    • 3 tablespoons of Honey

     

    Instructions:

    • Mix all the ingredients in the blender. Blend for approximately 2 minutes.
    • Pour into Christmas tree ice molds.
    • Freeze for 4 hours or more
    • Pop out of the molds
    • Ready to enjoy with your pup!

     

    Peanut Butter and Banana

     

    Ingredients:

    • 2 sliced bananas
    • 1 cup of Plain Greek Low-Fat Yogurt
    • ½ cup if peanut butter.

     

    Instructions:

    • Mash up the two bananas in a bowl.
    • Mix all the ingredients together and blend until smooth
    • Pour mixture into Christmas tree ice molds.
    • Freeze for 3 hours or more
    • Pop out of the molds
    • Ready!

     

    This is the perfect time to bond with your puppy while enjoying some deliciously refreshing treats in the shape of a Christmas tree. Perfect for the holidays!

  • Remember: Candy and Puppies Don’t Mix

     

    Halloween is a time of trick or treat, costumes, and haunted houses! However, the best part of Halloween is of course all the candy! Although it’s hard to say no to those adorable puppy eyes, sometimes a tasty candy for you could be harmful to your furry friend.

    Puppies do not process fats, sugars, and other “human food” components the same way we do.

    If your pup were to eat artificial sweeteners they may experience:
    – Dangerously low levels of blood sugar
    – Vomiting
    – Seizures
    – Liver failure
    – Coma

    Although it’s delicious to us. Chocolate acts as a stimulant to your puppy and may cause:
    – Diarrheas
    – High heart rate
    – Muscle tremors
    – Seizures

    You can satisfy your pups craving for a sweet treat this Halloween with some homemade candy corn treats that is both safe and delicious for your furry friend!

    Ingredients:

    ● 2 bananas
    ● 1 cup of plain non-fat yogurt
    ● ½ cup canned pumpkin
    ● Ice cube tray

    Directions:

    1. First, add 1/3 of plain nonfat yogurt on the ice cube tray, and then place in the freezer for two hours.
    2. Mix ½ cup of yogurt with the canned pumpkin. Stir until it is completely mixed and pour over the frozen yogurt.
    3. Put in the freezer for 1-2 hours.
    4. Mash the bananas in a bowl and stir with the yogurt. Pour over the frozen pumpkin layer in the ice cube.
    5. Freeze until set.
    6. Pop the treats out and enjoy!

    Keep your fur-baby safe this Halloween by keeping all your sweet candy in a secure place and out of reach of your puppy. Hope you have a safe and fun Halloween from your friends at Petland Florida.

  • Homemade Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Treats!

    It is finally that time of year! Halloween is around the corner, and what’s better than spoiling your fur-baby with some delicious homemade treats. Pumpkin and peanut butter are among the most delicious flavors your puppy is sure to love.

    Ingredients:

    1. 2 cups of flour
    2. 2 eggs
    3. 1/2 cup pure 100 percent pumpkin
    4. 1/4 ounce jar pure carrot baby food
    5. 2 spoonfuls of peanut-butter

     

    Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
    2. In a bowl mix all the ingredients together.
    3. When completely mixed, knead the dough using your hands.
    4. If the dough is too sticky add more flour to it and if it is too dry add a few spoonfuls of water.
    5. Here comes the fun part, take out your favorite cookie cutters and start cutting.
    6. Spread these cookies on a baking sheet, make sure it’s floured.
    7. Make a ball of the left-out dough, flatten it again and cut it out into more cookies.
    8. Repeat this process until all the dough is used.
    9. Once your baking sheet is full, place it in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.

     

    When the treats have reached a golden color. Let the treats properly cool off before giving them to your puppy to avoid any burns. We hope you and your best friend enjoy your homemade pumpkin and peanut butter treats!

  • How to Bathe Your Puppy!


    Bathing helps keep your fur-baby’s skin and fur clean and healthy!

     

    Here are some tips on how to make bath time for your puppy a friendlier experience for both you and your best friend.

    1. Brush your puppy’s coat thoroughly to remove dirt trapped in their fur.

    2. By placing a rubber mat under your puppy’s feet, you will prevent them from slipping.

    3. With a hose or a bucket of water wet your puppy with warm water.

    4. Start by shampooing your puppy’s neck and work your way down to their paws. As you rub the shampoo
    on your puppy, make sure you get a nice lather. Remember to always use your fur-baby’s designated shampoo.

    5. When washing your puppy’s face be very careful around the eyes and don’t get water in their ears.

    6. Rinse thoroughly and make sure all the soap is washed out of your puppy’s fur.

    7. First, towel dry you puppy. If your fur-baby has a short coat, you could let them air-dry. However, if your pooch has longer fur you should blow dry on the lowest setting. Be very careful and don’t move the hair dryer too close to your puppy to avoid burns.

    8. Once your pooch’s hair has dried, brush their fur again.

    9. Check your puppy for any dry skin patches. If their skin is dry, avoid washing your puppy as frequently.

    10. Lastly, reward your best friend with a lot of praise and treats!

     

    By making pleasant associations with bath time, it will be a lot easier for you to bathe your puppy in the future and give you the opportunity to bond with your fur-baby. Although puppies should not be frequently bathed, don’t hesitate to give your puppy a good wash if they get too dirty.

  • 3 Essential Commands to Teach Your Puppy

    Getting a new puppy is very exciting. Although, the first thing you might want to do is play and cuddle with your new fur-baby, it’s never too early to begin teaching your puppy basic commands.

     

    Here are a few tips to help you teach your puppy a few commands:

    Sit

    • Hold a treat close to your puppy’s nose and allow your puppy to smell it.
    • Say, “Sit,” and slowly move your hand upwards.
    • As your puppy’s head comes up, their hips will go down.
    • Once your puppy has sat, give your best friend a treat and a lot of praise.
    • Practice a few more times, then stop and practice another day.

    On the next training session, follow the same steps. However, this time delay the treat a few more seconds and then give one to your puppy with a lot of praise. This will cause your fur-baby to hold still for a longer time, and make the next training sessions easier.

     

    Stay

    • Tell your puppy to sit with a treat in your hand.
    • Reward your puppy with a treat.
    • Open your now-empty hand with the palm towards your puppy.
    • Say, “Stay,” but do not step away. (Do not say, “stay,” with a happy tone of voice used for praise)
    • Wait ten second before rewarding you puppy with a treat and praise.
    • Practice a few more time, then stop and practice another day.

    On the next training session, repeat step 1 through 4 but step away, wait ten seconds, and then move back towards your puppy.

     

    Lay Down

    • Hold a treat close to your puppy’s nose.
    • Say, “Lay down,” then slowly lower your hand to the floor as your puppy follows.
    • Move the treat towards your puppy.
    • Once your puppy lays down completely, give your fur-baby a treat and a lot of love.

     

    After each training session, you should play with your puppy and rub their tummy. Remember to keep training sessions short, sweet and positive!

     

  • Petland Urges Safety When Handling Any Puppy


    “Regardless of where they come from, any puppy and dog can carry Campylobacter germs.” 

    According to the CDC, nearly 1.3 million people in the United States are affected each year by Campylobacter.  Petland is concerned to hear that 39 of these cases, or .0003-percent of all infections in the nation, were identified as having a likely connection with a Petland puppy. The health and wellbeing of our pets, staff and customers is Petland’s utmost priority and concern.

     

    Petland is committed and stands ready to assist in identifying any possible link between our pets and this bacterial infection.  Petland has requested but has not been given any information from the CDC or any other health department offices related to the dates, stores, or cities where the 39 infection cases allegedly originated. We have also not been provided any information or location of any employees affected.

     

    Petland has resources ready to deploy once we are given case specific information from the CDC.  The only information we have is the limited information shared with us from the CDC. Prior to the public notification from the CDC, Petland had not been contacted by any customers or employees regarding a confirmed or diagnosed human campylobacter infection after visiting a Petland store or from a Petland puppy.

     

    About Campylobacter

    Campylobacter is a common germ that can be spread in homes, parks, zoos, doggie daycares, boarding facilities, animal shelters, rescue groups and more. As stated by the CDC, “Campylobacter is one of the most common causes of diarrheal illness in the United States.”  CDC further states, “Most cases of campylobacteriosis are associated with eating raw or undercooked poultry meat or from cross-contamination of other foods by these items.”

     

    As it relates to human contamination by dogs, the CDC states “Regardless of where they come from, any puppy and dog can carry Campylobacter germs.”  In fact, a 2017 study by Texas A&M identified the “prevalence of fecal campylobacter shedding among sampled dogs was 75.7%.” The study states “approximately 70% of campylobacter-positive dogs had grossly normal feces.”

     

    PetMd states “Up to 49 percent of dogs carry campylobacteriosis, shedding it into their feces for other animals to contract.  Because of this, humans can contract the disease if they do not practice proper hygiene after coming into contact with infected animals.”

     

    The VCA Hospital website states “research has shown that campylobacter organisms can be isolated from both healthy and sick dogs.”

     

    Regardless of the widely-known threats of campylobacter contamination from dogs from various sources, Petland finds itself the focus of a national inquiry from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments with hundreds of media reports targeting Petland alone while Petland remains in the dark on any information related to these 39 cases.

     

    Tips for preventing infection

    Proper Hand-washing Techniques

    1. Wet your hands with running water — either warm or cold.
    2. Apply liquid, bar or powder soap.
    3. Lather well.
    4. Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds.
    5. Rinse well.
    6. Dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel or air dryer.
    7. If possible, use a towel or your elbow to turn off the faucet.
    8. If soap and water are not immediately available, use hand sanitizer until you can properly wash.
    9. Adults should monitor children while washing their hands.

     

    If you have a specific personal concern relating to the possibility of contracting the bacteria, please call our help line at 877-658-5155.

     

    We look forward to our continued work with the CDC and will provide any further updates as they become available.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28371319

    http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/digestive/c_multi_campylobacteriosis

    https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/campylobacter-infection-in-dogs

    https://www.cdc.gov/campylobacter/index.html

     

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