Thursday, July 13, 2017

How to Help If Your Dog Gets Motion Sickness

Countless movies and TV shows have scenes of dogs riding in cars. In many cases, a dog happily has its head out the window and is letting its tongue wag in the wind. While it is true that dogs of all breeds and sizes really love going for car rides, there are issues a dog can encounter. Specifically, some dogs suffer from motion sickness. If you believe that this may be an issue for your dog, keep reading to learn what you can do to help your pet.

Understanding Motion Sickness and Dogs

Motion sickness is most commonly seen in puppies and younger dogs. A big reason is the ear structures used for balance are still developing while a dog is young. One thing to remember is if a dog experiences nausea during its first few car rides, it may have that negative association for a long time. So the sooner you can treat a dog's motion sickness, the better.

What exactly are the symptoms of motion sickness in dogs? In addition to vomiting, fear of cars, excessive drooling, whining, yawning, panting, uneasiness, listlessness or inactivity are all potential symptoms of this condition. In general, noticing multiple symptoms means there's a very high likelihood your dog has motion sickness. The other important thing to know about motion sickness is stress can be a contributing factor.

Treatment Options for Motion Sickness

If your dog vomits or displays any of the other symptoms we covered during car rides, it's worth taking a trip to your vet. This is the best way to determine if the problem is motion sickness or another issue like an orthopedic condition.

Once a veterinarian determines that motion sickness is the problem, there are a number of ways you can help your dog. The first is to have your dog face forward during rides. You can use a canine seat belt to keep your dog in this position. Next, lower your windows a few inches to equalize the inside and outside air pressures. Keep your vehicle cool throughout the ride.

If possible, try to avoid giving your dog food and water right before a ride. You can use a couple of healthy pet treats to help your dog feel good about getting in the car. The same is true for giving your dog a favorite toy to use as a distraction.

By following those tips and initially limiting your rides to short trips, you may be able to help your dog build up a positive tolerance for the car. If not, you can talk to your vet about using a dog medication that's specifically approved for preventing vomiting due to motion sickness.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Brief History of Hamilton, Ohio

We opened Pet Wants Hamilton because we want to make it easy for you to understand what is in your pets’ food and to ensure you have access to a better option. Our wonderful pet food is slow-cooked in small batches with fresh, all-natural ingredients every 30 days. Owning this business fulfills our desire to help make our community an even better place, as well as support local initiatives, our first responders and our parks.

As active community outreach volunteers, we are committed helping local rescues and humane societies by offering our high-quality pet food to the animals in their care. We intend to continue these compassionate efforts by helping vulnerable children, women and families. Because being part of the Hamilton community is something that’s very special to us, we want to take a look at the history that has turned the city into the great place it is today:

A Look Back at Hamilton’s Roots

The history of Hamilton can be traced all the way back to 1791. Originally named Fort Hamilton as a way to honor Alexander Hamilton, the area served as a supply station for the troops of generals Arthur St. Clair, followed by Anthony Wayne. A couple of decades later, Hamilton was first incorporated by act of the Ohio General Assembly in 1810. However, elections weren’t held in 1815, which caused Hamilton to lose its status. After reincorporating in 1827 with Rossville, the two location severed ties in 1831 and then rejoined in 1854. In September of 1859, Abraham Lincoln arrived at the Hamilton Station and gave a speech that concentrated on popular sovereignty.

In 1867, Hamilton withdrew from the townships of Fairfield and St. Clair to form a "paper township.” Around this time, Hamilton developed as a significant manufacturing city. Steam engines, reapers and threshers are all examples of the types of equipment manufactured here. By the early 20th century, the town was a heavy-manufacturing center for vaults, machine tools, cans for vegetables, paper, paper making machinery and locomotives. March of 1913 brought a massive flood to Hamilton. Flood waters rose with unexpected and frightening suddenness, reaching over three to eight feet in depth in downtown, and up to eighteen feet in the North End, along Fifth Street and through South Hamilton Crossing.

Hamilton Today

The latest census, which was conducted in 2010, found 62,477 people, 24,658 households, and 15,489 families residing in Hamilton. 2010 also marked the most recent time the city hosted the Little League World Series. Hamilton Little League has won ten of the last twelve state championships. With a significant capital program for the Hamilton City School district, an incredible public library and much more, the future looks quite bright for our city, and we look forward to being part of it for years to come!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Warming Up Your Dog for Spring

Even a mild winter usually ends up adding weight to your dog and causing some muscle loss due to holiday treats and inactivity. The first sunny and warm days of spring rekindle thoughts of outdoor summer fun. It’s not going to take much motivation to get your dog outdoors and active in the warm sunshine. However, you do need to take some precautions to build up stamina and prevent injuries:

Friday, March 10, 2017

Keeping Playtime Fun and Creative for Your Cat

Regardless of your cat's age or personality, chances are they enjoy playtime. However, like humans, cats get bored with doing the same thing over and over again. That's why it's important to keep your cat's playtime creative and fun. Use the following few tips to keep playtime exciting for your pet:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Importance of Moisturizing Paw Pads and Skin

Do you struggle with dry skin during the winter? If so, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that this problem can affect dogs as well. Not only can winter conditions cause a dog's skin to get quite dry, but it can also impact their paw pads. In fact, a dog's paws can go right past dry and end up visibly rough or even cracked.
A common sign of this condition is a dog that repeatedly licks its paws. But even if you don't notice that happening, it's worth getting your dog and checking out its paws. When you inspect them, you'll notice that they're quite thick. Just keep in mind that despite being designed to stand up to less than ideal conditions, a dog's paws may need some extra help from you.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

How a Rotational Diet Can Help Your Pet in the Winter and Beyond

The cold weather and often harsh conditions can be hard on animals of all sizes. Both dogs and cats may need some extra help during this time of the year to stay warm. The same is true for keeping their skin and coats healthy.

 One way to address this kind of issue is by giving your pet food with heartier proteins. Specifically, both lamb and fish with oils work really well. If you're wondering how to introduce these new options into your pet's diet, feeding a rotational diet is a strategy that works very well.

The Basics of a Rotational Diet 

Although people may eat the same meal on a regular basis if they're trying to lose weight or have another issue related to health, most of us enjoy a lot of variety with your food. While there's nothing wrong with consistently feeding your pet the same type of food (as long as it's one that's nutritionally balanced), the concept of a rotational diet is something that's gotten a lot of attention in recent years thanks to enthusiastic support by a number of prominent veterinarians.

 Even though a rotational diet is something you can customize to your specific pet, the basic concept is to feed a variety of protein sources and food forms. By taking this approach, your pet will get to enjoy new tastes on a regular basis. This can help create excitement when it's time for your pet to eat. And by feeding different forms, you can help ensure your pet gets enough water. Utilizing this type of variety in a pet's diet has also been linked to reducing the risk of food intolerances and allergies.

More Information About Feeding a Rotational Diet

 It's generally easiest to introduce a pet to this type of feeding when it's still a puppy or kitten. However, that doesn't mean you can't do it for an older dog. Just be aware that getting your pet used to all the variety may take a little bit of time. One helpful tip is to keep a log of when and what your pet eats. This will help you spot any trends.

If you have any other questions about following this type of feeding strategy for your pet, we'd love to talk to you about it. You can easily reach us by calling 513-502-0407.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Making New Year's Resolutions for the Sake of Your Pet

New Year’s is the perfect opportunity to think about what you want from life during the next twelve months. Once you know what you want the most, you can make relevant resolutions. While there’s nothing wrong with popular resolutions like spending more time with family or losing weight, we want to focus on a different group of resolutions.

Specifically, we want to focus on resolutions related to your pet. Given all the joy that a pet can bring to your life, it’s normal to want to provide the best quality of life for your pet. But with all the challenges and obligations that life can bring, it’s normal to get overwhelmed and fall short in some areas of pet care. Fortunately, you can always make improvements if you’re willing to prioritize doing so, which is exactly what we’re going to focus on now:

1. Socialize

Not every pet wants to socialize in large settings like dog parks. However, almost all pets enjoy playing with a companion that’s similar in size. So if you not only want to spend more time playing with your pet but also want it to reap the benefits of being around other animals, committing to consistently arranging 1-on-1 play dates is a great resolution. While cat playdates may be more difficult because there is much more to consider - territory, anxiety, watching over them, neutral zones, transport - they are still possible, just trickier. 

2. Measure Your Pet’s Food

By using high-quality pet food ingredients, we’re able to ensure that dogs and cats get the nutrients they need. While eyeballing the serving size of your pet’s food may seem good enough, the variance in servings can really add up over the course of daily feedings. Resolving to use a measuring cup is a simple but very effective way to optimize your pet’s food intake.

3. Save Money

Even if your pet seems incredibly healthy, there’s always the chance of an accident or other incident requiring significant medical care. Since you never want to be in a position where you have to compromise about this kind of care, making a resolution to creating a savings fund for your pet can provide a lot of peace of mind. In terms of how much to save, a poll by Angie’s List about this topic found that 34% of respondents paid between $251 and $500 for an emergency vet visit, while 16% spent as much as $1,000 or more.

4. Check Your Pet’s Tag and/or Microchip

Although it’s something you will only need to do a couple of times a year, resolving to check your pet’s tag and/or microchip for accurate information can make all the difference in the event your pet ever accidentally gets out of your home. There are different types of chips and multiple registry databases, which means some chip companies let you do everything online and others require you to call them.

5. Try Something New Together

While all of the ideas for resolutions we’ve covered are great for both pets and their owners, trying something new together is our personal favorite. Whether it’s swimming with your dog or giving your cat the opportunity to see if it likes walking outside on a leash, introducing a new activity into your routine will give you a great new way to bond with your pet throughout the new year!