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A Thanksgiving Meal Safe for Pets to Gobble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving for pets? Yum!

Even us pet-nutrition peeps are guilty of slipping our pets a nibble of something off our plates, but we try really hard to limit it to special occasions. That being said, what’s a more special occasion to share food than Thanksgiving?!  I mean, they’re family! It’s only fair to include them in the festivities! But it’s important to know that some ingredients that go into our Thanksgiving fare aren’t exactly good for our pets, so we came up with a little compromise for your canine that simply requires a little forethought.

As you’re prepping, set aside some of the boiled sweet potatoes and regular potatoes before mashing with all the extras, a slice or scoop of cranberry sauce, and some turkey gravy. Once the turkey’s done, remove the skin from a few pieces and dice up the meat. Mix everything together (unless you prefer a better presentation) and serve! Not only will your companion be completely pumped on this Thanksgiving treat, but you can relax knowing you’re not feeding them any unnecessary butter, salt, marshmallows, or incognito onions.

For those of you who aren’t cooking or want to give dogs a new flavor for the occasion, consider our Stewart Pro-Treat freeze dried liver treats or  Stewart Raw Naturals freeze dried turkey recipe dog food to meet their poultry quota without the unhealthy add-ons.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Show us your pets gobbling up their plates on our Facebook page!

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Pet Cancer Awareness Month: What to Know When Looking at Lumps

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Most pet owners know the stomach-dropping feeling of finding a lump on their animal, and it’s easy for our imaginations to jump to the worst-case scenario. It’s important to know that less than half  of the bumps and lumps you find on dogs are not malignant, but that certainly doesn’t mean you can ignore the issue. Seeing as November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, we thought we’d offer a slight bit of insight into the different types of lumps and bumps pets can develop. With that said, we always say it’s always best to get your veterinarian’s professional opinion.

Sebaceous Cysts.

These are superficial, liquid-filled bumps caused by clogged oil glands and typically rupture on their own but, in some cases, can require surgical removal. They do occasionally develop into tumors called sebaceous adenomas which rarely present bigger health issues. Most pet owners are aware if this is something their pet is prone to.

Lipomas.

A commonly encountered painless lump that is typically benign. These lumps stay in one place after growing to a certain size and don’t usually require removal unless they impede your pet’s mobility.

Mast Cell Tumor.

While some of these tumors may be benign, they’re usually malignant and should be monitored closely. Look for any changes in size, color, and shape, as any rapid changes in these characteristics can be indicative of a mast cell tumor and should be looked at right away. Common malignant tumors include:

  • Abdominal tumors, which can be hard to detect from the outside. Look for diarrhea, weight loss, bloody stool, and indications of stomach pain.
  • Mammary tumors, which are most common in unspayed females and will be found in the mammary wall.
  • Skin cancers, which are the most common; look for unusual red or black spots on the skin, small lumps on the spine, skull, or pelvic region, or sores that won’t heal, typically near their head.
  • Other lumps and bumps your pet can develop but rarely cause health issues include:

Warts.

Most commonly found around the mouth, warts are caused by a virus and will typically go away on their own but older dogs may require professional removal.

Hematomas.

Hematomas are basically large blood blisters that form around the site of a recently injured area.

Abscesses.

An abscess is a pus-filled sac that forms around a wound to aid in healing.

It’s important to take time regularly to give your pet a good rub down so that you can monitor any new developments and consult your veterinarian as necessary. Remember that feeding your pet a quality diet along with regular exercise can play a paramount role in the prevention of these popping up.

If you have a story about Pet Cancer Awareness you’d like to share, please feel free to head over to our Facebook page.

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4 Tricks to Keeping Halloween a Treat: Easing Pets’ Anxieties

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Ah, Halloween. Fun for people, but it can be scary for pets

Like Fourth of July, Halloween isn’t an easy holiday for pets. Not only is the doorbell ringing repeatedly, but there are masked strangers at the door holding bags that could be interpreted as threatening (to an unsuspecting pet, at least.) Not to mention all the chocolate, hard candy, and taffy around the house. For many families, Halloween is a much-anticipated holiday – so let’s keep it fun for everyone. Below are a few tricks to keeping pets safe on October 31.

1. Howlin’ from the House.

The safest place for your pet during witching hour is indoors. Since the door will inevitably be opening and closing, it’s best to designate a room, preferably toward the back of the house, specially for them. If you plan on having company, put a sign on the door asking ghoulish guests to keep out of your animal’s room.

*Pro-Tip: Put a few of their favorite playthings (perhaps a chew toy stuffed with Pro-Treats)  in the room, and be sure to pop in and remind them they haven’t been forgotten.

2. Tucker Treat.

Take your dog on a run or to the dog park during the day so they’re too tired to worry too much about what the racket’s about.

3. Other Tricks.

For pets that have extremely high anxiety, consider a pressure wrap. Better yet, if your animal is comfortable in a crate, let them decompress there and do what you can to avoid them seeing the costumed crowds at the door.

4. Loot Lockdown.

Whether it’s the bags of candy you buy before Halloween or the mounds your kids bring home thereafter, it’s imperative to keep it out of pets’ reach. Designate a special place for it and be diligent in making sure all members of your family are keeping the sweets there and properly disposing of wrappers.

What are some ways you include your pet in Halloween? Do your dress them up or let them peacefully retreat? Share with us on Facebook!

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Pup-Friendly Pumpkin Treat Recipes

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October 26 marks National Pumpkin Day

and, let’s just say, we are totally on board this pumpkin treat bandwagon. From lattes to baked goods we love (and anxiously await) this fall classic. Of course, as pet people, we are always looking for ways to include our four-legged loves in the yummy fun and luckily we can.

You may already know that pure canned pumpkin (NOT pre-sweetened pumpkin pie filling) is safe and even beneficial for pets (not to mention they love it!) Naturally high in fiber, vitamins A and C, and zinc, pumpkin helps keep pets’ digestive tracts healthy while also giving their skin and coat a boost. So, in honor of National Pumpkin Day, here are a few yummy pumpkin treats for your pup.

Pumpkin Bakes

  • ¾ – 1 can 100% pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Optional: 1 ripe banana
    • Preheat oven to 350º. Mix pumpkin and honey (and banana if using). Mix flour and baking powder and add to pumpkin mixture – dough should be dry. If it is too moist, add more flour. Roll dough and cut into desired shape. Place on parchment-covered baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes. Cool and store.

Grain-Free PBPs

  • 1 ½ cups coconut flour
  • ½ cup organic peanut butter
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted then slightly cooled
  • 1 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree
    • Preheat oven to 350º. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Roll dough to ½ or ¼ inch thick and cut into desired shape. Place on parchment-covered baking sheet and bake 13-15 minutes. Cool and store up to three weeks.

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Freezies

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree
    • Combine ingredients in bowl and divide into large ice tray. Freeze and treat!

Do you have a pup friendly pumpkin treat recipe?  Share with us on Facebook!

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Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Mouth: A Peek into Pets’ Wellness

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October is Pet Wellness Month!

We want to take this opportunity to remind you that you are the first line of defense for your pet’s health and wellness. There are many things you can do at home to monitor and maintain your pet’s health long before it requires a vet appointment. This month (and, honestly, every month) take the time to check your pet from head to toe. Of course, trim nails and a healthy coat certainly contribute to their well being, but for today’s lesson we’re showing you what to look for above the neck.

● Eyes.

Look in your pet’s eyes – tell them you love them. Now, look at their actual eyeballs: they should be clear, bright, and white with no excessive tears, crust, or discharge. Inner eyelids should be pink – not red or white. Make sure the hair around the eyes is trim to avoid irritation.

● Ears.

When untreated, ear infections can cause permanent damage to a sense your pet relies on. Check your pet’s ears regularly for any excess redness or build up and gently clean them. If the build up is significant and smells, it’s likely an infection that will require veterinary attention.

● Nose.

Your dog or cat’s nose should appear moist and leatherlike, though if it’s a little dry it’s not necessarily a cause for panic. Monitor any cracks, swelling, dripping, or color changes closely – if you notice blood or bumps that won’t go away call your veterinarian.

● Mouth.

Your pet’s teeth are an integral player in the game of health. Keeping them clean is one of the best ways to keep them strong, so make sure in addition to at-home cleanings once a week they go in for a professional one at least once a year.

If you have any grooming or care tips you swear by, we’d love to hear more on Facebook!

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Brrr. Time to Break Out Those Dog Sweaters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah, Fall… 

When it comes to dog sweaters, some breeds (like those with short thin coats) actually need them while others just look absolutely adorable in them. In light of the cooling weather and fresh fall fashions, we’re breaking down this season’s sweater trends.

● Fall Colors.

We’re talking oranges, browns, olive greens, and even gray – in any combination.

● Choose your Cut.

There are sleeveless turtleneck dog sweaters for the sophisticated hound or scoop necks with sleeves for the more laid back buddy. Both completely adorable. Heck, they can even have a hood if that’s your pet’s thing.

● Puptastic Patterns.

Classic stripes? Preppy argyle? The obvious houndstooth? There are so many amazing patterns knitted to fit your pet’s style! We personally think the more ‘70s Dad’ the better, but that’s just us.

● Festive Themes.

Obviously dog sweater weather and the holidays go hand-in-paw, so consider a Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas pattern for a truly festive fur friend.

You want to be sure your pet’s sweater fits loosely enough that it doesn’t pinch or chaffe their armpits (but not so loose that it’s not keeping them cozy.) Check the material inside and out for anything that may cause discomfort and be sure the sweater doesn’t impede their hearing or movement. For dogs who aren’t into dress up, consider a fall-forward collar like this beautiful leather collar in a burnt red hue – it doesn’t get much more autumn than that!

Does your dog have a favorite sweater?  Send us a pic on facebook, instagram or twitter with #SeasonOfPets!

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Top Dog Breeds and Top Dog Names 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Top Dog Breed & Top Dog Names for 2018:

September 23 – 29 marks National Dog Week and well, as you may know, we’re a little crazy about dogs of every shape, size, and coat type. We know dog ownership is on the rise, and with such a vast variety of looks, temperaments, and abilities, it got us wondering: which pups are most popular? Well the list is in! And in honor of National Dog Week, we’re recapping the most popular dog breeds and top dog names in 2018.

Top Dog Breeds

According to the American Kennel Club the top 10 most popular breeds for 2018 are:

  1. Labrador Retrievers (For the 27th year in a row!)
  2. German Shepherds
  3. Golden Retrievers
  4. French Bulldogs
  5. Bulldogs
  6. Beagles
  7. Poodles
  8. Rottweilers
  9. Yorkshire Terriers
  10. German Shorthaired Pointers

Keep in mind, the AKC doesn’t recognize certain breeds that are gaining popularity like Golden Doodles or Cockapoos; while you may get them from a breeder, they aren’t considered pure breeds (but they’re still amazing!)

Top Dog Names

According to Rover.com, the top dog names are:

Top Boy Names:

  • Max
  • Charlie
  • Cooper
  • Buddy
  • Jack
  • Rocky
  • Oliver
  • Bear
  • Duke
  • Tucker

Top Girl Names:

  • Bella
  • Lucy
  • Daisy
  • Luna
  • Lola
  • Sadie
  • Molly
  • Maggie
  • Bailey
  • Sophie

How trendy is your pet? Do you have a Labrador named Max or a Retriever named Molly? Or are you way off the beaten path with a mutt named Waffles? We want to meet your pooch whether they’re in the popular crowd or not – post a picture of them celebrating Dog Week to our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram using @stewart_pet! #SeasonOfPets

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4 Tips For Bringing Your Pet To An Outdoor Event

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What to consider when bringing your pet to an outdoor event.

Just because summer’s winding down, it doesn’t bring an end to outdoor activities. September weather still allows for all kinds of outdoor events.  Consider visiting a farmer’s market or catching a concert by the river. If you’re anything like us, it’s understood your dog will accompany you (unless the event explicitly states they’re not allowed) but not without some consideration and mild preparation. Here are a few tips for bringing your pet to an outdoor event.

1. Consider your Pet.

Just because it’s fun for you to have your pet in tow doesn’t mean they’ll enjoy themselves. Make sure your pet does okay in large crowds and can walk confidently next to or in front of you with other people everywhere. And, of course, never bring a pet that doesn’t do well around small children or other animals, as you’ll certainly run into them at some point in the event.

2. Consider Yourself.

Are you going to be able to focus on your pet?  Will you remain calm should something unexpected happen? Will your pet be an added worry to an already busy affair? Sometimes it’s best to go on your own so you can relax and enjoy.

3. Consider the Venue.

Is the event happening somewhere where you’ll be able to step aside and get some shade and rest?  Is it a busy convention with constant foot traffic? Be sure you guys can get away from the excitement if needed.

4. Be Prepared.

Make sure you have everything you need for a day out with your dog.  Essentials include  collars with secure tags, a sturdy leash and harness, poop bags, treats, and even a travel bowl for water. Make sure your pet isn’t too rusty on their recall commands and be prepared to leave if they aren’t enjoying themselves.

We know that bringing your pet along makes most things more fun – plus it means they aren’t bored at home – just be sure it’s fun for everyone and not just you. Is your pet a pro at accompanying you to large events? Share their picture on our Facebook page #SeasonOfPets 

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In Honor of National Teddy Bear Day – Teddy Bear Dogs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 9

is National Teddy Bear Day and, we’ll be honest, the history of the teddy bear isn’t very warm and fuzzy.

How the Teddy Bear Came To Be

President Roosevelt hunted a massive bear in 1902.  Remember, times were different, and game hunting was more accepted than it is today.  News of President Rooevelt’s bear became very big news. Because of this,  the owner of a small shop back in Brooklyn sewed a plush bear, set it in the window, and called it Teddy’s bear. You could say, the rest is history.

Despite their grizzly beginning, teddy bears have since become a beloved toy world-wide. They comfort and entertain millions of children (and dogs too, we’re sure.) In fact, they’re so lovable that some dog breeds get mistaken for the adorable toy – check them out!

Golden Doodles –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With their curly hair and big, beady eyes it’s no wonder these hypoallergenic fluffs could be mistaken for a teddy bear.

Teacup Poodles –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small, fluffy, with little leathery noses and round brown eyes? Sounds like a teddy bear to us.

Chow Chow Pups –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These little bears have the ears and the fur to pass for a fluffy stuffed bear!

Pomeranians (Teacup or otherwise) –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C’mon, look at them! Their smiling expressions and button eyes look just like a plush, toy bear! 

Does your dog ever get mistaken for a teddy bear? Does your dog have a bear they simply can’t live without? We’d love to see them on our pages! Tweet us @StewartPet and use the hashtags #TeddyBearDay #MyTeddyBear #SeasonOfPets – we can’t wait to ‘aww’ out loud!

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Dog Food Allergies – How The Right Food Can Help

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Does Your Dog Have Food Allergies?

Many pet owners are plagued with trying to figure out why their pet is constantly itching, scratching, or biting themselves.  Unfortunately, much of the time the cause is a food allergy. Wheat is often the culprit behind skin inflammation, but with so many food brands using any number of ingredients, it can be nearly impossible to pinpoint which one is driving your dog crazy.  It may take several attempts at trying different foods to find out which ingredients are causing problems.  It makes sense to start the process by eliminating  the unnecessary ingredients and take them back to basics.

L. I. D. (Limited Ingredient Diet) 

If your pet is diagnosed with food allergies, most veterinarians will recommend a limited ingredient diet.  Limited ingredient diets are exactly what their name implies, diets with fewer ingredients like unnecessary fillers or flavorings.  These diets are easy-to-digest, because the body doesn’t need to work as hard to find and absorb good nutrients. Using quality nutrients also means higher absorption and less processing to eliminate.  

Can A Raw Diet Help?

For many dogs suffering from food allergies, a raw diet is the answer. It’s a limited ingredient diet,  easy to digest and completely balanced.  Selecting the right diet allows you full control of everything your dog ingests.  You can avoid specific proteins or other ingredients that may give them problems. 

Some pet owners are afraid to commit to a raw diet because they worry that they are complicated, won’t provide nutritional balance, and are messy to prepare.  It’s true that a homemade raw diet can be tricky, or even dangerous if not prepared properly, which is why we’ve made it easy with our Raw Naturals™ products.  We’ve prepared our diets to be complete and balanced for all life stages so you never have to worry that your dog isn’t getting the nutrition they need.  You will never see wheat or other fillers and you will certainly never see anything artificial.   We offer 6 protein options to accommodate your pet’s palate and digestive sensitivities.

Have you or someone you know had success eliminating pet allergies by switching to a raw diet? You’re who we want to hear from! Tell us your story on Twitter @StewartPet!

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