Friday March 7, 2014
It's one of my favorite times of year. Yes, I love Christmas, and I have a deep and abiding affection for Halloween (it's such a great time to dress my cats and dog up in costumes). I also love to welcome the seasons and other holidays, but they're not the time I'm thinking of right now.
So what am I so excited about? Why, Global Pet Expo, of course! It rolls into Orlando every spring, bringing over 1000 vendors who showcase every conceivable type of pet product. It's like Christmas for pet parents, and I'm always amazed at my new finds.
The expo runs March 12, 13, and 14 in Orlando this year, so tune in for all my updates, which will be followed by a long parade of new product reviews. As you can see by the photo below, which shows last year's haul, Global Pet Expo always gives me plenty to write about:
GPE is only open to vendors, buyers, and the media, but there are plenty of pet expos that are open to everyone. If you find one in your town, check out this article on how to make the most of it.
Sunday March 2, 2014
It's Academy Awards night, and that means that some lucky stars and movies will take home shiny golden Oscars as a symbol of their achievements. In the spirit of this big night, here are the most common movie-inspired pet names, as compiled by Veterinary Pet Insurance from among its database of insured pets:
- Milo (1,130) - The Adventures of Milo and Otis
- Otis (558) - The Adventures of Milo and Otis
- Sassy (532) - Homeward Bound
- Shiloh (309) - Shiloh
- Toto (105) - Wizard of Oz
- Babe (98) - Babe
- Jinx (88) - Meet the Parents
- Beethoven (33) - Beethoven
- Lassie (21) - Lassie Come Home
- Snowbell (3) - Stuart Little
Want some more related names? The VPI database lists 1208 named Oscar, plus nine named Ellen, the same moniker as this year's host, Ellen DeGeneres. There's even a pet named Cinema.
If your pet deserves an "award" of his or her own, check out this video with five fun toy ideas for dogs, or watch this one for five fun cat toy suggestions.
Monday February 24, 2014
February is Pet Dental Health Month, and people usually focus on their cats and dogs. Yes, our feline and canine friends need us to help them take care of their teeth, but so do many types of small animals. For example, did you know that pocket pets like rabbits and guinea pigs have continually growing teeth? They can have major problems if you don't provide them with a proper diet that helps them wear their teeth down.
When I first got guinea pigs, I thought they just needed pellets to stay healthy. I soon learned that they need a continual supply of hay, which is an important part of their diet and which also wears down their teeth. People often buy chew toys for their piggies, but they shouldn't need that extra assistance if you're giving them enough hay.
If you'd like to read some more facts about guinea pigs, check out this list.
Pocket pets like ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, and even hamsters and mice, definitely aren't the low maintenance critters that many people think they are. Always do your research before adding any type of new animal to your household.
Sunday February 23, 2014
Since it's Pet Dental Health Month, I'd like to share some quick facts, courtesy of Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI):
- Puppies have 28 temporary teeth. These teeth begin to show in your puppy's mouth at about 3 to 4 weeks of age
- Dogs have 42 permanent teeth that generally grow in between 5 to 7 months of age
- Just as in humans, periodontal disease is the most common dental issue among dogs
- Kittens have 26 temporary teeth. These teeth begin to show in your kitten's mouth at about 2 to 3 weeks of age
- Cats have 30 permanent teeth that generally grow in by 5 to 6 months of age
- Common feline dental issues include tooth resorption and ulcerative stomatitis
Here's some more information on your pet's dental needs:
Four Ways to Keep Your Dog's Teeth Healthy
Video: Tips for Buying Dental Hygiene Products for Cats
Video: Tips for Buying Dental Hygiene Products for Dogs