Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • ‘Tis The Season To Have Allergies

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    Yep, it’s that time of year… the trees are blooming, the pollen is everywhere and our poor pets feel it too!  While handling allergies is a pretty common fix for humans, dogs and cats can suffer from seasonal allergies as well. We’ve rounded up a few tips to hopefully make allergy season go a little smoother.  Keep in mind; it’s always best to consult your vet if you feel your pet is experiencing any kind of allergy or condition.

     

    Watch for allergy symptoms: Itchy pups are hard to ignore.  Allergy symptoms can include excessive licking, redness ("hot spots") or hair loss.

     

    Monitor the pollen count: Allergy season for dogs can mirror that of humans, so bookmark the pollen forecast in your area and monitor your dog for symptoms. Also, wiping your dogs' paws with a cool towel to remove pollen residue or scheduling a weekly cool water bath will help.

     

    Don't ignore household allergens: The most common environmental allergen is not pollen, but house dust mites and house dust. Do what you can to reduce the amount of dust in your home by vacuuming carpets well. Focus on your dog's favorite spots in the house such as under beds and near windows. Don't forget to clean window treatments regularly.

  • GREEN with envy? Yes, pets get jealous too.

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    Sure we’ve all heard it, “alpha dog, spoiled Cat, etc.” And it’s true, our pets experience the same basic emotions as we do: fear, happiness, anger, and even, jealousy. While most pet behaviorists agree that pets may not actually have the same feelings of “jealousy” that we do, they do react to changes that a new person or animal may bring.  Cats typically become super distant and aloof and dogs can become erratic and territorial.

     

    For any anxiety-ridden emotion, the Thundershirt might be a great way to combat these actions and calm down your animal.  Other tactics to help with pet jealousy include- giving your pet time to adjust to a new animal or person; providing separate areas for your pet to go to if they become stressed or erratic, and not immediately punishing them for anxious behavior.

     

    It’s also important to try and maintain the original routine you had with your pet, or if you are changing the routine, be firm and be the pack leader so that your pet will know to listen and follow.

     

    For more information on pet behavior, we recommend visiting Mikkel Becker’s blog on VetStreet.com.

  • St. Patrick’s Day Treats

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    Well as you may or may not know, we at ThunderShirt LOVE any reason to celebrate our furry friends!  We hope you enjoy this fun, healthy St. Patrick’s Day dog treat recipe… who knows maybe it will bring you both good fortune!

    Based off the flavors of the traditional Irish-American dinner of corned beef and cabbage, these treats are much healthier for your dog than the human version. In fact, one of the common spices in corned beef, paprika, is actually poisonous to dogs.

    Ingredients:

    1 cup flour
    ½ tsp salt
    1 tablespoon parsley
    1 tablespoon grated carrots
    2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
    ½ cup low-sodium beef broth
    Parchment paper
    Shamrock cookie cutter

    Directions:

    1. Mix flour, salt, carrots and parsley together in mixer
    2. Add flaxseed oil and mix
    3. Add beef broth; mix until all dry ingredients are moistened
    4. Roll dough out on floured surface to a 1/8” thick sheet
    5. Cut into shamrocks using a cookie cutter
    7.  Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
    8. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes

    Makes about 10-15 cookies, depending on size of shamrock.

    Be sure to let the treats cool thoroughly before giving to your dog. These make great party favors for St. Patrick’s Day guests, or just to spoil your own Irish-loving pup!

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  • You Lucky Dog!

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    Hey friends! We’re lucky to have you, and to celebrate our favorite Irish holiday, we thought we’d give YOU a free Thundershirt! Here’s how you can enter…

     

    Step One: Visit us on Facebook, and “Like” our page (if you don’t already).

     

    Step Two: Post a photo of your dog or cat to our Facebook wall, and finish this sentence as the caption: “I’m so lucky to have {INSERT PET’s NAME} because…”

     

    Step Three: Share your post with your own Facebook friends, and invite them to “like or comment” on your post!

     

    The post with the most “likes and unique comments” by 5:00pm EST on Friday, March 15, 2013 will win a free, embroidered Thundershirt!

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