• Fostering Animals

    KittenBnB-A Chat with Foster Mom Jess Thoren

    Welcome to my first post that introduces a new category on LLApets, an interview with someone who’s fostering and working with rescue animals. My first guest is Jess Thoren who’s  a foster mom who runs KittenBnb. Hear the story about how she began fostering and her tips for those of you who might be thinking about doing the same. Definitely check out her web site www.kittenBnB.com.  and find her on Instagram for a huge dose of kitten cuteness overload. If you’re looking for a kitten, please consider contacting Jess to give one of these beautiful cats a loving, forever home. And also, consider fostering an animal because it helps shelters…

  • tips for pet parents

    Have You Prepared for an Emergency?

    Wildfires, hurricanes…just a few of the natural events that have been in the news lately. It got me thinking about getting prepared if something terrible happened and we had to flee our house (or even the city), because of a dangerous situation or something like a major power outage. Have you thought about preparations for your pet? While my first instant would be to get mine out of danger as soon as I could, I’d never given much thought to where we’d go and what supplies we’d need if we had to be gone more than a few days. Here are a few things I’ve made sure I’ve got ready-…

  • Holistic Pets,  tips for pet parents

    Are Holistic Pet Care Products Good or a Waste of Time and Money?

    Holistic pet care products may be very good for your pet, or they might not be. What Are “Holistic” Pet Care Products? First we need to backtrack and talk about how commercial pet food was invented. Grain mills needed to find a way to use up the waste from the process, and someone came up with the idea of using it in pet food since the rules for making pet food were very lax. Pet owners are a lot savvier today and felt kind of cheated when they learned how pet food was made commercially. So smart entrepreneurs decided that it was time to create a better version of pet…

  • tips for adopting a pet,  tips for pet parents

    Dog Grooming Tips

    Dog grooming is an art that goes from basic pet care to almost spa-like pampering. Long hair dogs that shed need more frequent grooming than short hair dogs or those who only shed seasonally. Dogs with curly or frizzy hair need daily care to detangle the hair and remove debris or foliage that gets caught in the coat while the dog is outdoors. Sending your dog to a groomer each week gets time consuming but these days you can e hire mobile dog groomers who have a full grooming station in their vans. The groomer parks in your driveway and does the complete grooming onsite. This is a great convenience…

  • Dog Training Information,  Dog Training Tips,  tips for adopting a pet,  tips for pet parents

    Choosing Between a Male and Female Dog

    Some dog owners claim that males are typically more aggressive and destructive, particularly in small spaces. Female dogs are said to be easier to train and more affectionate. Depending on the dog breed, these stereotypes may be true or not. Male dogs insist on marking their territory, whether it’s around your house or in the yard. They do this by urinating on their “spot” so they can find it again. You can try to train a dog not to mark his territory, but you’re asking him to go against his instincts. If you have another male dog in the house, expect a battle for who rules the house, particularly if…

  • tips for pet parents

    Walking Your Dog in Hot Weather

    If you’re a dog owner, chances are you really don’t think much about your daily walks but with the recent spell of hot weather that’s been gripping most of the country, heat poses extra risks. Here are some tips for taking your dog walking when the temperature rises- 1. Customized Walk Every dog is different. Experts suggest customizing your walk to suit your dog’s physical type and endurance level. If your dog is slightly overweight and you’re starting an exercise program, then three or four short, 10-minute walks might work better than one long one. For a more energetic, younger or thinner dog, a longer walk might work fine, but…

  • Dog Training Tips,  Getting Ready To Train Your Dog,  tips for pet parents

    Housebreaking Versus Housetraining

    Housebreaking a puppy starts with the wrong premise – breaking. It’s as if you want to make the puppy stop being a puppy and function like a perfect little toy. That’s neither fair nor realistic. A pet owner who wants to establish a positive relationship with the pet is focused on housetraining. This approach shows the puppy how to live comfortably in your environment. Forget the old school methods that teach you to start paper training and swatting a puppy the first day it’s home. Whether you bring home a puppy or an adult dog, you’re taking this animal from the environment it knows and going into an environment that’s…

  • tips for pet parents

    Natural Remedies for Pets

    Have you ever thought of natural remedies for your pets? Just like human medicine, we want to minimize the side effects while they recover from an illness. One way to do that is to opt for natural remedies and here are some guidelines but please check with your veterinarian first before using any non-medicinal treatment. * Skunk smell – Pets like cats and dogs can get into a lot of trouble while exploring in the woods. When your pet gets sprayed they will be stinky. One way to help get rid of the smell is vinegar and water. Combine vinegar and water together and rub it all over your pet.…

  • Holistic Pets,  tips for pet parents

    Tips for Giving Pets Supplements

    Medications have instructions regarding when to give them to your pet, but vitamins sometimes don’t offer much guidance. Here are some tips on how to give vitamins and supplements to your pets. Read the Label The label will have a lot of information about when and how to give the vitamins to your pet. Some will say with food, some will say between meals, and some will say how many hours before or after meals to give it to them. Make sure they have fresh water too. Ditch the People Food Some people like to put pills in hot dogs for their dog. The problem is, hot dogs are highly…

  • tips for adopting a pet,  tips for pet parents

    Can You Offer Your Dog an Active Lifestyle?

    Dogs are active by nature, but if they live with a couch potato then this mismatch can make for a strained relationship and a really miserable dog. When bringing a dog into your home consider the activity level that the dog needs to be physically and emotionally healthy. Some people actually get a pet thinking if they only had a dog to walk then they would get the exercise they need. These are the same people who are not likely to change their habits enough to make a good fit between them and active dogs. It’s the dog that will suffer as the lazy owner slacks off on walking and…