Posts Tagged ‘Diet’

  • Homemade Bunny Treats

    Following along with the two previous homemade treat blogs, we’re now moving on to the small animal world! Not everyone has a dog or cat, bunnies need love too! And the best way to show them you care is by homemaking treats for them. This can be a great activity for the whole family to spend time together and showing love to their animals. We hope you (and your pets!) enjoy this list of homemade small animal treats!

    Banana Oatmeal Carrot Granola Treats:

    Ingredients:

    5 cm ripe banana

    5 cm carrot, shredded

    1 pandan leaf, cut into strips

    3 tbsp instant oatmeal

    Directions:

    1. Mush the banana into purée. Add in the shredded carrot and pandan leaves
    2. Add in the instant oatmeal and mix into a dough
    3. Take a small teaspoon of the dough, press hard into a ball shape.
    4. Shape the dough into a bowl shape. The shape allows the rabbit to bite on its own without having us to hold on to the snack.
    5. Lay the small doughs onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper.
    6. Bake the doughs in an oven set at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Then allow the snack to cool down in the oven for at least 1 hour to allow most of the moisture to escape.
    7. Store the cool down biscuits in an air-tight container. Give your rabbits one or two biscuits per day!

    Via: http://mymindpatch.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/banana-oatmeal-carrot-granola-for-rabbit.html?m=1

    Special Bunny Cookies:

    Ingredients:

    ¼ cup mashed banana

    1 tsp honey

    ¼ cup pureed pumpkin

    ¼ cup ground pellets

    ¼ cup ground oats

    Directions:

    1. Gather and mix all ingredients together
    2. Roll out to ¼ inch thickness
    3. Cut dough out into cute shapes and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees
    4. Turn off oven, but let cookies dry in warm oven for another hour
    5. Let cool completely, then give 1-2 cookies per day

    Via: http://www.thebunnyhut101.com/2014/01/bunny-cookies.html

    Bunny Cilantro Squares:

    Ingredients:

    1 Banana

    1/2 c. Pineapple, crushed (Do not drain juice. If you are using canned pineapple, make sure it is just pineapple in juice. Do not use pineapple in syrup.)

    2 c. Cilantro, chopped

    1 c. Rabbit pellets

    1 c. Oats

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. Puree banana, cilantro and pineapple until consistency is smooth.
    3. Grind oats and pellets into a powder (a clean coffee grinder works best for this).
    4. Mix the puree, oats and pellets together in a large bowl, and knead the dough until it is stiff enough to form a ball. Divide the dough in half, and place on baking sheets or stones, and roll to about 1/8th of an inch thick. Hint: When you are rolling out the dough, put plastic wrap over it. This will prevent the dough from sticking to your rolling pin.
    5. Cut the sheets of dough into small squares (a pizza cutter works well).
    6. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Be careful not to brown them too much, especially if you are using baking sheets (metal sheets brown faster than stones).
    7. Turn the oven off and let the treats sit in the warm oven for several hours to dry out and harden the treats
    8. Let cool completely before giving them to your bunny and store in an air-tight container
    9. Only give these occasionally, as they are loaded with sugar!

    Via: http://www.amysedarisrocks.com/simpletimes/simple-times-crafts/

    Another good idea for very simple treats is putting your bunny’s favorite fruits and veggies, cut up, in ice trays with just enough water to bind the chunks together and freezing overnight. Viola, instant cooling treats for your small animal!

  • Fall Is Just Around the Corner…Time for All Pumpkin Everything, but Mainly Homemade Dog Treats!

    I know, I know! We are about to be inundated with pumpkin spice as fall is about to be within our grasp, but I just couldn’t help myself! Pumpkin makes such a good ingredient for homemade dog treats as it is very easy on sensitive tummies and is scrumptious for our furry friends! Take a moment to treat your pups today!

    Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuits:

    Ingredients:

    3 cups oats

    ½ cup peanut butter

    1 cup pumpkin puree

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    2 eggs

    Instructions:

    1. Place the oatmeal into a food processor and pulse it until it’s not so coarse, but it doesn’t need to be a fine as flour.
    2. Add oatmeal, pumpkin, peanut butter cinnamon baking powder and eggs to bowl on mixer and blend on medium until it’s all mixed.
    3. Roll out with a little flour and cut with cookie cutters.
    4. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
    5. Cool on rack until completely cooled.
    6. Place in airtight container to keep them fresh, or in the freezer. I keep them in the freezer, they don’t freeze solid as there is little liquid.

    Via: http://www.createdby-diane.com/2012/10/pumpkin-peanut-butter-oatmeal-dog-biscuits.html

    Blueberry Pumpkin Dog Treats:

    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

    1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

    2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

    1/2 cup ground pumpkin seeds (unsalted)

    1/3 cup blueberries

    * Water as needed

    Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. In a blender or food processor, grind the pumpkin seed finely. Empty grounds into bowl, and then add blueberries. Grind to a pulp.
    3. Blend together the applesauce, pumpkin and blueberries. Once the applesauce and pumpkin are well combined, stir in the flour and pumpkin seed meal. Knead into a stiff dough, add water if necessary.
    4. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters.
    5. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
    6. Bake for 30 minutes and let cool. Refrigerate or freeze in Ziploc bags or airtight containers

    Via: http://www.petguide.com/health/dog/beautiful-blueberry-and-pumpkin-dog-treat-recipe/

    Pumpkin Yogurt Easy Frozen Dog Treats Recipe:

    Ingredients:

    100% Pure Pumpkin

    Plain Greek Yogurt

    Banana

    Supplies:

    Silicone Mold

    Directions:

    1. Slice a banana into thin slices
    2. Layer each section of the mold with pumpkin, yogurt and tip with a banana slice
    3. Tap the mold on the counter to try and eliminate any air bubbles and then press down on the banana slice to push the ingredients into the mold
    4. Freeze overnight
    5. Pop the treats out of the mold and serve to very happy pups! You can store in the freezer for up to a week.

    Via: http://amagicalmess.com/2016/08/yogurt-frozen-dog-treats-recipe.html

    Pumpkin & Molasses Dog Cookies:

    Ingredients:

    ½ cup organic canned pumpkin

    4 tablespoons molasses

    4 tablespoons water

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    2 cups whole wheat flour

    ¼ teaspoon baking soda

    ¼ teaspoon baking powder

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a large bowl mix the pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water.
    3. In a separate, medium bowl combine whole wheat flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Slowly stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until the dough softens.
    4. Scoop out small spoonful’s of dough {about 1 inch wide} and roll them into balls with your hands.
    5. Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten them with a fork.
    6. Bake for 20 minutes
    7. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months

    Via: http://betsylife.com/easy-homemade-dog-treats/#_a5y_p=4440262

     

  • 10 Must-Haves for Your New Puppy Checklist!

    You are now the proud caregiver of a new puppy! Over the next several weeks, months, and years you’ll come to learn and experience so many wonderful things. But one of the keys to success is preparation. Make sure you have these puppy checklist items on hand before you’re distracted by a licking, happy ball of fur in the house.

    1. Dog Food

    Growing puppies need a dog food that is specially formulated for their developmental stage— the “puppy” life stage. Puppies need certain nutrients to grow strong bones and muscles, to feed their developing brains, and to build their immune systems without overdoing it on the calorie count. Look for large breed puppy foods for puppies which will be 55 pounds or more once fully grown as an adult.

    2. Dog Treats

    Dog treats are the highlight of a puppy’s day. They can make dog training a snap and improve the human-puppy bond through a positive reinforcement program. However, because it’s easy to overdo, make sure dog treats are small enough to be a tiny bite of flavor … not a meal replacement. In fact, treats should not account for more than 10 percent of your puppy’s daily calories.

    3. Dog Toys

    Teething puppies have an intrinsic need to chew. If you don’t have an adequate supply of dog chew toys on hand, you can kiss your shoes, purses, and furniture goodbye. Inappropriate chewing is annoying, expensive, and possibly even dangerous, so set your puppy up for success with dog-appropriate chew toys.

    4. Bedding

    Puppies should have a safe, comfortable, clean spot to sleep. Many owners find crate training an indispensable tool in the house training process, and this solves the problem of both house training and a designated slumber spot.

    5. Dog Gates (or Pens)

    Dog gates are an excellent way to block doorways to rooms you’d like to keep off-limits to your puppy. Some may even be configured as a personal play pen.

    6. Cleaning Supplies

    Puppies are messy, no two ways about it. They rip things up. They have “accidents” (hint: enzymatic cleaners are very helpful in these cases). They sometimes vomit on the rug. A good supply of cleaning supplies is indispensable. However, choose cleansers that are designated “pet safe” to ensure that even if Fido sneaks a lick, it won’t be a problem for him or for you.

    7. Grooming Supplies

     Your puppy will certainly be in need of a bath at some point. You will need one specific to dogs, as their sensitive skin is easily irritated by the stripping cleansers in shampoos designated for people. Have a good brush on hand as well to get your puppy used to being groomed and to keep their puppy coat in tip top shape. Brushing helps keep the coat shiny and healthy by spreading the oils in their skin through the coat.

    8. Leash

    Dogs aren’t born knowing how to walk on a leash. Training them to get used to a dog leash (and collar) early is an essential socialization skill. For young dogs still learning manners, make sure your leash is short enough that they will be in your control and save the long leashes for when they are a bit older. If you have a small dog — under 20 pounds — you may also want a travel carrier.

    9. Collar

    Dog collars should be snug enough that your puppy dog can’t back out of them, but large enough for 2-3 fingers to slip comfortably underneath. Remember, a growing dog will need a new collar several times during the puppy stage as he or she gets bigger.

    10. Dental Care

    People often don’t think about starting dental care at the puppy stage, but it’s really the only time to start! Getting your puppy used to brushing their teeth and/or using water based tarter control is much easier than getting an adult dog to let you root around in their mouths! And having a set routine for your dog’s dental care will only save you money and time in the future by not having expensive teeth cleanings or (eek!) tooth removal at your veterinarian’s office.

    Well, that will about do our essential puppy checklist! Here at Petland, we specialize in making sure you have everything you need to be successful for your new puppy as well as all the extra supplies they need as they grow into adulthood. And you don’t have to purchase a puppy from us to be able to enjoy how knowledgeable and friendly our Pet Counselors can be when it comes to all things four-legged (or feathery!) So come on down to our store today!

     

  • 5 Litterbox Mistakes You Could Be Making, Yikes!

    It’s come to my attention that we need more blog posts about our other favorite four legged friends – the kitty cats! While they are not quite as popular a pet as the dog, that doesn’t make them any less special to the owners that love them. Cats, however, are typically easier to take care of that their dog counterparts and require very little for their day-to-day upkeep. But that being said, there is the dreaded litterbox to contend with! Does this situation sound familiar? You head to your kitty’s litterbox to scoop it out and discover that she’s decided to go to the bathroom elsewhere. How frustrating! But don’t blame your cat just yet. She might have a medical condition that needs attention. In fact, the first thing you should do if she’s improperly eliminating is take her to the vet to rule out any medical problems. If it turns out that the issue isn’t health related, then look at other potential reasons. In fact, you might be the cause of her litterbox issues. Oh no! Here’s a list of common mistakes that happen with having a litterbox trained kitty.

    You’re not cleaning her litterbox enough.
    Many cats won’t use the litterbox if it’s not in pristine condition. We know it’s probably not your favorite chore, but you should scoop it out at least twice daily and add more litter as needed. Clean the actual box with baking soda or unscented soap once a week. To make your life a little easier, make a litterbox kit with all the essentials (litter, bags and scoop), so you have everything handy.

    It’s in a less than ideal location.
    Place your cat’s litterbox in an area that’s quiet and away from her resting areas, as well as her food and water bowls. If there’s too much foot traffic or if it’s too close to where she eats, she might opt to go to the bathroom somewhere else. Also consider how much privacy the location offers and how easy it for your cat to access it.

    You don’t have enough litterboxes.
    For many cats, having just one litterbox to use is not going to cut it. Instead follow this general rule: one litterbox per cat plus one. So if you have one cat, you’ll need two litterboxes; two cats need three litterboxes. More boxes might be necessary if your house is large or has multiple floors.

    It’s not big enough.
    When it comes to litterboxes, size matters. A 2014 study conducted by veterinarian and behaviorist Norma Guy found that cats tend to prefer big litterboxes to small ones. Ideally, the litterbox should be at least one and half times the length of the cat’s body (not including the tail). Additionally, cats are not always fans of covered litterboxes, so you should try leaving it uncovered.

    You’re not addressing your cat’s stressors.
    If your cat is missing the litterbox, it could be a sign that she has anxiety. Common stressors are when there is a move or a new baby or new pet in the household. If you have multiple cats, one of them could be bullying your kitty and preventing her from using the litterbox. The stressor could even be more subtle than that. For instance, she might be stressed that you changed to a new type of litter, moved her litterbox to a new location or that the depth of litter has changed. If you’re not sure what’s causing your kitty to miss the litterbox, talk to your veterinarian, who may refer you to a veterinary behaviorist.

    Petland Kennesaw also has a variety of different litterboxes, as well as different foods to try or calming supplements if anxiety is stressing your beloved feline out. Or if we don’t have what you need, ask one of our Pet Counselors if we can special order it for you. We can also be very knowledgeable about cat food and how different brands can affect your cat’s delicate system. That’s all for now, thanks for staying up to date on our blog!

  • 5 Frozen Homemade Dog Treats for Your Cool Pup!

    With summer being upon us and the temperatures continuing to rise, we need to be extra diligent in making sure our pups stay cool and hydrated! Earlier this week, we had a blog about tricks and tips for keeping your dog cool and one of those tricks was using frozen treats. Now for those feeling extra adventurous, skip the store bought frozen treats and make your own with these seven recipes, I guarantee you, your pup will be overjoyed!

    1. Peanut Butter & Apple Pupsicles:
    Ingredients:
    2 containers (6 oz. each) plain yogurt
    2 tablespoons honey
    2 tablespoons peanut butter
    1/3 cup regular applesauce (or a 4 oz. snack size portion)

    Instructions:
    Stir together all ingredients in a mixing bowl with a spoon until well combined. Divide mixture into small paper or plastic cups (or ice cube trays for bite-sized treats) and freeze for about 3-4 hours. Loosen treat by holding cup under warm water from the faucet and serve.

    Via: http://zimonawhim.com/2012/04/20/homemade-frozen-dog-treats-pupsicles/

    2. Frozen Yogurt & Berry Bones:
    Ingredients
    1/2 cup whole Blueberries
    1 cup chopped Strawberries
    1 cup plain Yogurt

    Directions
    1. Combine all ingredients until mixed.
    2. Pour into molds (we used bone shaped, but any will do!) and freeze for at least 4 to 5 hours before serving.

    Via: http://doggydessertchef.com/2013/09/02/strawberry-blueberry-yogurt/

    3. Frozen Star Shaped Treats:
    Ingredients:
    1 cup water
    8 strawberries
    1/4 cup blueberries

    Instructions:
    Rinse fruit and cut stems off the strawberries. Mix 1/2 cup water along with all the strawberries in a blender until liquefied. Repeat with the blueberries. Pour mixture into star shaped ice cube trays (you can always use regular ice cube trays, but the ones with shapes are so cute!) Let freeze 2-4 hours at least.

    Via: http://irresistiblepets.net/2012/08/diy-frozen-star-dog-treats/

    4. PB&J Pops:
    Ingredients
    1/4 cup Peanut Butter
    2 cups Strawberries, chopped (frozen or fresh)
    1/2 cup Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
    1 3/4 cup plain Yogurt, divided
    4 Rawhide Sticks

    First Layer
    1/4 cup Peanut Butter
    3/4 cup plain Yogurt
    Add peanut butter and yogurt to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth

    Second Layer
    2 cups Strawberries, chopped
    1/4 cup plain Yogurt
    Add strawberries and yogurt to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth

    Third Layer
    1/2 cup Blueberries
    3/4 cup plain Yogurt
    Mix blueberries and yogurt

    Directions
    1. Pour an inch or so of your first layer mixture into the bottom of each cup.
    2. Allow to freeze for 30 minutes, and insert your rawhide stick.
    3. Repeat pouring the layers, allowing them to set 30 minutes in between, until they are all used.
    4. Freeze for 8 hours to allow them to fully set.
    5. Run warm water around the mold to remove the popsicle.
    Makes 4 popsicles.

    Via: http://doggydessertchef.com/2012/05/28/pbj-pops/

    5. Frozen Peanut Butter & Yogurt Heart Treats:
    Ingredients:
    Plain organic Greek yogurt
    Natural peanut butter
    Heart shaped ice cube tray

    Directions:
    Spoon a small amount of peanut butter into the base of the ice tray. You can heat up the peanut butter first to make it easier (and not so messy) to spoon in. The more you add, the thicker the top layer on the treats will appear. Next up, dollop heaping spoonfuls of the yogurt to cover the peanut butter in each mold. Press yogurt down into the molds using the back of your spoon to make sure they’re packed. This will help seal the peanut butter and yogurt together in the final treat. You can even gently “drop” the tray a few times in order to encourage further settling. If you have excess yogurt in any of the molds, gently scoop away until level with mold and pop into the freezer for at least 4 hours and then pop out of tray for a cool summer treat!

    Via: http://www.17apart.com/2014/02/valentines-pets-diy-natural-frozen-dog.html

    As with anything that your dog consumes, make sure you supervise after you give them one of these treats to make sure your pup doesn’t react badly to them. If your pup is sensitive to certain foods or is on a special diet, double check with your vet before making any treats that might not be the best thing for them. And if you end up making some and they are a hit, please let us know! Thanks so much for taking the time to read our blog, we really appreciate it!

  • Treat or Toxic? Foods to Keep Away from Your Pooch!

    Everyone knows that when you’re eating your favorite treats, your dog suddenly adopts the saddest “I’m so hungry!” face on the planet and while we’ve all given in to our dogs every now and again, but here are some foods that we should never give our furry family members. Even if you don’t intentionally give these items to your pet as a treat, your dog may get into the trash and eat coffee grounds or snatch cherry pits from a bowl – both of which can be toxic in large quantities, so make sure you have a veterinarian you can see in an emergency. Here is a list of more common toxic foods for dogs:

    Alcohol: Can impair coordination and breathing; consumption may result in coma or death.
    Apple Seeds: Release a cyanide compound when digested. It would take a lot of apple seeds to affect a dog, but it is best to avoid them.
    Apricot Pits: Source of the toxin cyanide.
    Avocados: Contain persin, which is somewhat toxic; may cause vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or pancreatitis.
    Bread Dough and Pizza Dough, Raw: Unbaked yeast dough can expand in a dog’s stomach, causing bloating. Symptoms include drooling, retching, distended belly, increased heart rate, and, in rare instances, death caused by gastrointestinal rupture.
    Caffeine: Large amounts of caffeine can result in a fast pulse, hyperactivity, increased blood pressure, tremors, seizures, and even death. Seek veterinary help right away if your dog has consumed coffee grounds.
    Cherry Pits: Source of the toxin cyanide.
    Chocolate: Contains caffeine, but the real problem comes from the poison methylxanthine. Symptoms may not show up for hours. Ingestion can cause hyperactivity, vomiting, elevated pulse, tremors, fever, pancreatitis, seizures, and, in rare cases, death.
    Cooked Bones: Can splinter when chewed or can be swallowed in too-large pieces. This can cause choking, internal bleeding, or digestive blockages that could result in serious illness or death.
    Corn on the Cob: Dogs can easily chew and swallow the cob itself. Bits of cob can cause digestive blockages, a serious condition indicated by vomiting and diarrhea. If unresolved, a total blockage is fatal.
    Fish, Raw: Raw salmon and trout are toxic if they harbor the bacteria Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which can be fatal to dogs if untreated. Symptoms generally appear 5 to 7 days after consumption and include fever, vomiting, yellow diarrhea, and discharge from the nose. Cooked fish of all kinds is fine.
    Grapes and Raisins: Contain a toxin that can cause liver damage, kidney failure, and sometimes death. Symptoms can occur from as little as one cup.
    Liver, in Excess: Contains high levels of vitamin A. Too much liver can lead to excessive bone growth of the spine and joints, weight loss, and disinterest in eating.
    Macadamia Nuts and Macadamia Butters: Can cause fever, rapid heartbeat, tremors, distress, and weakness.
    Onions and Chives: Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells. A large quantity of food containing onions can cause hemolytic anemia. Symptoms include weakness, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and darkened urine.
    Pits and Seeds: Including peach and plum pits and persimmon seeds. These are a source of the toxin cyanide.
    Processed Foods: Likely to contain ingredients dangerous to dogs. Chips often contain onion powder and excess salt; diet foods often contain Xylitol; cookies or granola bars contain raisins or chocolate; and pizza contains onions.
    Xylitol: Commonly found in chewing gum, breath mints, and sugar-free foods. Even small quantities of Xylitol can lead to insulin overproduction, kidney failure, and death.

    This may seem like a lot to watch our for, but really it’s just common sense so always use your best judgment when giving your dog a piece of human food. The absolute best thing to do is get in the habit of having different kinds of dog treats available to treat your dog when he does something good and then you can maybe cut out some of the begging dogs tend to do…maybe! At Petland Kennesaw, we have a ton of different kinds of treats no matter what your dog’s preference may be and in all different price ranges as well. Swing by and let one of our Pet Counselors help you pick out some good stuff for the four-legged family member in your life! Thanks for reading our blog and see you next time!

  • 6 Steps for Choosing the Right Dog Food for Your Dog

    6 Steps for Choosing the Right Food for Your Dog
    We all want to be responsible pet owners and a big part of caring for your dog is seeing to its nutritional needs. Our beloved four-legged family members cannot tell you want they need, so it’s up to you to be able to navigate the every-growing sea of dog food brands. Keep in mind that no two dogs are exactly the same and differences in age, growth, activity level and reproductive status all play a role in which dog food might be right for your dog. And while there are many good dog food options with regards to nutrition, there is no one “best” dog food and these steps should help you evaluate the most important needs for your individual pet. So let’s get started!

    1. Your pet’s age and activity level. These categories are very important when deciding on a dog food. A growing puppy needs more calories than an older pet would, just as a high energy breed of dog needs more calories than a breed that prefers to laze around the house.

    2. Evaluate the specific nutritional needs of your dog. You should ask the question of whether your dog is in healthy shape. Can you see a discernable waist and feel the dog’s ribs with your hands? It can be fairly easy to see if your dog is a little on the thin side or if he has been packing on the pounds and this should factor into your dog food decision.

    3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. When comparing dog foods inside a pet supply store, allow the employees to help you by asking questions about each dog food you’re considering. They are usually pretty knowledgeable about the dog food they stock and can help point you in the right direction or give suggestions based on your pet’s individual needs.

    4. Talk to your veterinarian. If you’re worried about your pet being at its optimal weight or if it has very specific health problem that is affected by diet, then your first resource should be your veterinarian. You should be able to discuss options and develop a plan that’s right for your pet. Typical diet related health problems can include dry/irritable skin, chronic loose stool and diabetes.

    5. Check the list of ingredients on the label. After you’ve narrowed down your pet’s nutritional needs, now it’s time to make sure the dog food fits those needs. Many people don’t realize, but dogs are omnivores that can eat a variety of vegetables, meats and grains. The thing to be on the lookout for is the first listed ingredient, which should be the protein source or the meat that you want your dog to have. Stay away from foods that have a grain or vegetable listed first, unless you are specifically looking for a vegetarian diet, and beware of foods that have “meat by-product” or “beef or chicken meal” listed first.

    6. Check the protein and fat analysis on the label. This gives you a starting point for deciding if it’s right for your dog. Also important is the adequacy of the food for your pet, does the bag say that the food is appropriate for “all life stages” or is it specifically for “adult maintenance”? These are all things to consider with choosing a dog food.

    The key element here is that doing a little research can go a long way to picking the perfect dog food for your pet. Here at Petland Kennesaw, we have landed on Health Extensions brand dog food and it is what we feed and recommend in our store. Health Extensions is an American made dog food company that is family owned and operated, which is an important factor with us as we are family owned and operated ourselves! It has several protein sources to choose from, organic chicken being the most popular, as well as formulas for senior, weight management, small breed specific and grain-free. And if that doesn’t fit your needs, we have many other high-quality dog foods for you, and your four-legged companion, to choose from!

  • 6 Homemade Treats We Think Your Pooch Will Love!

    6 Homemade Treats We Think Your Dog Will Love!
    Are you looking to spoil your little furbaby with some homemade treats, but don’t know where to start? Well, we’ve got some recipes here that are sure to be a hit! It’s important to make sure that everything that goes into homemade treats are safe and palatable for your four legged friend.

    1. Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Banana Dog Treats:
    Ingredients:
    • 1 egg
    • ⅓ cup peanut butter (chunky or creamy)
    • 1 cup whole wheat flower
    • ½ cup oats
    • 1 mashed banana (1/2 cup)
    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
    • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and knead until a dough ball forms. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour.
    • Roll it out on a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. (I use the cap of spices for tiny circles, since he’s itty bitty.)
    • Place the cutouts on a baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes
    Via: http://thecozycook.com/peanut-butter-oatmeal-banana-dog-treats/

    2. Spinach, Carrot and Zucchini Healthy Treats:
    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup pumpkin puree
    • 1/4 cup peanut butter
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
    • 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed
    • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
    • 1 zucchini, shredded
    • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
    • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
    • Gradually add old fashioned oats and 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky. Add carrot, zucchini and spinach, beating just until incorporated.
    • Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
    • Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
    • Let cool completely.

    Via: http://damndelicious.net/2015/06/10/spinach-carrot-and-zucchini-dog-treats/
    3. Oat and Apple Pretzel Dog Treats:
    Ingredients:
    • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Flour
    • 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats
    • 1 free range egg, beaten
    • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    • Beat egg and set aside.
    • Combine applesauce, oat flour, and rolled oats in a large bowl. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of the egg over the mixture and set aside the remaining 1 tablespoon of egg.
    • Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture until a dough forms. The dough should be tacky but not overly sticky. Add a bit more or less flour if necessary.
    • Take a two tablespoon sized piece of dough (approximate) and roll into a tube. It should be about 10 inches long and about the width of a pencil.
    • Take each tube and make into a U shape, then twist the ends together and fold back to the top. This makes the pretzel shape. Pinch the ends in to make sure they’re secure.
    • Place the pretzels onto the baking tray. Brush the top of each pretzel with the remaining egg.
    • Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until they’re slightly browned and become crispy. The pretzels should be pretty hard, just like pups love them!
    • Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.
    • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

    Via: http://www.thecookierookie.com/oat-and-apple-pretzel-dog-treats/

    4. Chewy Cheddar Puppy Puffs:
    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • ½ cup evaporated lowfat milk
    • 1 large egg

    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Mix all of the ingredients together until well combined.
    • Drop the dough by teaspoons full onto a greased cookie sheet.
    • Bake for 9-12 minutes or until golden.
    • Remove from the oven, cool and store in an airtight container

    Via: http://bitzngiggles.com/chewy-cheddar-puppy-puffs/

    5. Doggie Breath Mints:
    Ingredients:
    • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, (optional whole wheat flour)
    • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/4 cup of water, plus 1 teaspoon
    • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (unrefined extra-virgin is best)

    Directions:
    • Preheat the oven to 325° F
    • Add oats to a blender and pulse to a flour like consistency. In a large bowl whisk together diced parsley and mint, egg, water, and oil. Add oat flour and stir to combine. Knead dough a few times then turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
    • Using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten dough to about 1/8″ thick. Using a cookie cutter or knife cut out approximately 40 (1-inch mints) mints. Place mints about 1/4-inch apart on a parchment lined or non-stick cookie sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
    • Allow mints to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.

    Via: http://skinnyms.com/diy-doggie-breath-mints/
    6. Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Bone Treats:
    Ingredients:
    • 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour (can substitute whole wheat flour if you know your dog is okay with wheat)
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree (can substitute mashed sweet potato, thinned down with a little water)
    • 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter (no sugar added)
    • 2 large eggs
    • Pinch of salt

    Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 350f.
    • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin puree, and peanut butter until smooth. Add the flour and salt and mix with a rubber spatula or your hands to form a stiff, dry dough. (If the dough is too dry to hold together, add a few drops of water, or a little more pumpkin puree, as needed).
    • Dust your counter or work surface with a little more flour and dump the dough out. Knead the dough into a rough ball, and roll between 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Use any cookie cutters you like to make the biscuits. Re-roll and cut any scraps. If you’d like, use the tines of a fork to poke indentations about half-way deep into each biscuit.
    • Place biscuits onto an un-lined baking sheet (they can be spaced as close as you like, since they won’t spread at all) and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the tray and flip each biscuit over – return to the oven and bake for another 10-20 minutes, or until completely dry. Let cool before treating your pup!

    Via: http://www.willcookforfriends.com/2012/12/pumpkin-peanut-butter-dog-biscuits-tummy-friendly-treats.html
    Make sure before adding or changing your dog’s diet that you consult your veterinarian if they have any food allergies or you think they might have food allergies. Also, make sure not to give too many treats at one time as they can upset your dog’s stomach, everything in moderation!

  • Choosing the Best Furry (or Feathery!) Friend for You!

    Here at Petland Kennesaw, we have many different types of animals that you can visit with and learn about, but when you’re looking to add a new family member, it can be hard to choose which one might be best for you! Below, we have some descriptions of the most popular pets we have and you can decide for yourself which one best fits your lifestyle!

    Hamsters – whether it be a dwarf hamster like the Roborovski or a full-size like a Panda Bear or Teddy Bear hamster, these pocket-sized pals make a good starter pet for people of all ages. They do require a cage that is big enough for them, but not too big that they can escape! Chew toys, proper food, an exercise ball and wheel and a few grooming tools will put you in business to take care of these little guys, but otherwise, they are fairly low-maintenance. Just watch out that the breed of hamster you choose might be nocturnal, which means they are most active at night, in which case, make sure the wheel you choose is a silent one!

    Bunnies – these also make a perfect first pet for many different people. Rabbits tend to be gentle and easy to handle as long as you keep a sure grip on them. Younger children need to be monitored carefully that bunnies don’t jump out of their hands and do better when the child is sitting on the ground and the bunny can be in their laps. Rabbits do require a much bigger cage as they can reach several pounds in weight depending on the breed you go with. Rabbits also need a varied diet that includes not only pellet food, but all hay and fresh fruits and veggies once they reach adulthood. They also need stimulation in the form of chews, treats and toys and, of course, lots of love from their owners! If a slightly higher maintenance pet is still okay with you, then a bunny might be right up your alley!

    Cockatiels – these feathered friends are easily spotted in our new aviary at Petland Kennesaw! If you’ve never considered having a bird as a pet, you are surely missing out! They make great pets, especially our hand-raised babies, to first time pet owners. They can learn to whistle tunes and even talk in some cases! They can also be very affectionate, giving their owners “kisses” and grooming their hair. Birds do require an appropriate sized cage, as well as many types of toys and chews to keep them entertained and daily interaction from their owners. They can sometimes be very demanding, so make sure you are prepared for that if you decide that an avian pet is right for you!

    Puppies – as man’s best friend, we couldn’t leave the dogs out of our examples of pets! While dogs can be the most demanding of pets, they can also be the most rewarding. It takes a lot of responsibility to take care of a new puppy or dog, but the unconditional love they show you over the course of their lives make it all worth it! Sometimes the amount of training, toys and nutrition they need can be daunting, but we can help you rise to the occasion if you decide that a puppy is the pet for you!

    We hope you enjoyed this brief description of our store’s favorite pets! And if you are still unsure about which pet may be right for you, come in our store and let our dedicated Pet Counselors answer any questions you might have about pet ownership. We can make sure you have everything you need to be a responsible (and happy!) pet owner. Thanks for being such a valued member of our Petland community!

  • How to Find the Right Dog Groomer

    How to Find the Right Dog Groomer

    Your pet is an important part of the family. So, just like any family member, you want them to stay healthy, happy and clean.

    Many pet owners rely on the services of a professional breeder to help maintain their pet’s hygiene, look, and health. Whether you’re bringing a new puppy home, or looking to find a new groomer in your area, our staff has put together some tried and tested tips for finding the right dog groomer for you and your pet.

    Find a groomer – ask friends who they might recommend. Talk to your vet, your neighbors, or your coworkers. They should be able to point you in the right direction. A quick Google search for groomers in your area can also help you find the name of a groomer near you.

    Stop by – Once you’ve found a groomer you like with a solid reputation online, pay them a visit in person. You can ask questions about their background, credentials and if they might be right fit for your pet. An in-person visit also gives you the chance to tour their facilities.

    Get the full picture – make sure you understand what the service will cost and what it will include. Also, be sure to understand the procedure for setting up an appointment, cancellation policies. These important details matter when you’re choosing a groomer who you’ll want to work with for multiple grooming visits.

    Finally, prepare for your pet’s first visit – make sure your pet is up to date on his or her vaccinations prior to scheduling your first appointment.