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If you live in New York City or are planning on visiting, you may want to check out Birding Bob who offers bird watching tours of Central Park. Central Park has a range of different birds from sparrows to ducks and you may even spot an owl or a hawk along the way.

What could be better than getting a bit of fresh air, in a park and learn something or see something new?


Puppy Sleep Habits

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Casper Mattress company believes that puppies have distinct sleeping habits

There are specific daytime and nighttime sleep habits unique to puppies.

> Daytime sleeping habits: Puppies tend to sleep a lot more than dogs during the day. This excessive sleeping helps them mature, grow, and process the variety of information they have learned. You may also notice your pup napping several times during the day. Some puppies may even sleep every hour. These power naps are normal and may even come out of the blue! Puppies can fall asleep in the oddest places and may even fall asleep in the middle of a training or play session.

> Nighttime sleeping habits: When you first bring your pup home, you may notice that they’re very restless at night. They may get up to go to the bathroom, get water, or eat several times. After a few months, this should stop and you will notice your pup getting around 10 full hours of sleep.

Just like human babies, puppies need an adequate amount of sleep so they can develop and grow properly. To make sure your pup is getting enough sleep, it’s important for them to stick to a consistent sleep schedule.

How Long Do Dogs Sleep?

Typically, adult dogs will sleep 12–14 hours a day. However, just like humans, these numbers can vary based on your dog, their age, activity level, and personality. Dr. Linda Simon says that you “will likely find that your pooch sleeps more on days they have been most active.”
 
According to Veterinarian Dr. Joanna Woodnutt from DoggieDesigner, “dogs sleep the most between 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM, although usually have afternoon naps.” These naps can happen several times a day depending on your dog.
 
Puppies, on the other hand, need significantly more sleep and can even sleep to up to 20 hours a day. If you notice that your dog starts to sleep a lot more or is staying awake longer than usual, consider scheduling a vet exam to check for any underlying issues.

How to Help Your Pup Get the Best Sleep

It’s important to always keep an eye on your dog’s sleeping habits. The position they sleep in or the amount of sleep they get each day can be little clues into how they are feeling — both mentally and physically.
 
Dr. Jennifer Coates says that “dogs who are sleeping more or less than normal or in new positions or locations may be suffering from an illness or injury.” It’s always a good idea to talk to your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s sleep habits.
 
To help your dog get the best sleep possible, make sure their sleeping environment is comfortable. You can do this by buying a dog bed they love, filling their sleep area with their favorite toys, and keeping water nearby. Casper Dog Bed is made with pressure-relieving memory foam and supportive foam bolsters so your dog can sleep safe, supported, and comforted all night long. If your dog is a cuddler and likes to snooze in bed beside you, make sure to get a mattress protector to safe-guard against any accidents or spills.

 


Important Information About Deadly Pet Food Recall

Pet food recalled after at least 28 dogs die, 8 sickened: FDA

MEREDITH DELISO
·2 min read
 
From Yahoo News -----

Several pet food products have been recalled after 28 dogs died, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

Three brands of Sportmix products for dogs and cats made by Midwestern Pet Foods may contain potentially fatal levels of the toxin aflatoxin, according to the FDA.

The FDA said it is aware of at least 28 deaths and eight illnesses in dogs that ate the recalled pet food.

PHOTO: A dog with a food bowl in an undated stock photo. (STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images)
PHOTO: A dog with a food bowl in an undated stock photo. (STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images)

The Missouri Department of Agriculture tested multiple samples of the food and found "very high levels" of aflatoxin, which is produced by a mold that can grow on corn and other grains used in pet food, the FDA said.

Midwestern Pet Foods has committed to recalling nine lots of Sportmix products, the FDA said. The FDA and Missouri Department of Agriculture are working to determine if any others need to be recalled.

The lot code, which begins with the letters "Exp," is located on the back of the bag.

As of Dec. 30, the recalled products are:

Sportmix Energy Plus

50 lb. bag:

Exp 03/02/22/05/L2

Exp 03/02/22/05/L3

Exp 03/03/22/05/L2

44 lb. bag:

Exp 03/02/22/05/L3

Sportmix Premium High Energy

50 lb. bag:

Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

44 lb. bag:

Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

Sportmix Original Cat

31 lb. bag:

Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

15 lb. bag:

Exp 03/03/22/05/L2

Exp 03/03/22/05/L3

The products were distributed to online retailers and stores nationwide, the FDA said.

Pet owners who have the recalled products should contact the company for further instructions or throw the products out in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access them.

Signs of aflatoxin poisoning include sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice and diarrhea. There is no evidence that pet owners who handle the products are at risk of aflatoxin poisoning, the FDA said.

If your pet has symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning, contact a veterinarian immediately.

Pet food recalled after at least 28 dogs die, 8 sickened: FDA originally appeared on abcnews.go.com


The Value and Importance of Dog Drying Cages

Dog wetHelene Petersen of KVP Orthotics  offers her views on the value of Drying Cages especially for long haired dogs. There are profession grooming businesses that can find benefit in them and there are smaller drying cages (for dogs and cats) that you can use at home after bath time.
 

Dog Drying Cages- You Can Thank Us Later

There is no denying the fact that dog grooming is a form of art. And just like most art forms, it is painstakingly time-consuming. Ask any professional groomer, and they’d agree that it takes forever for any long-haired pet to dry after a bath. And it doesn’t take long for a pet with wet hair to get dirty again.

A simple solution to avoid this problem at professional grooming facilities is dog drying cages. Take a look at what they are and how they help-

What are Dog Drying Cages?

Dog drying cages are cages exclusively designed to dry pets after a bath. It is a highly efficient and safe alternative to use blow dryers, which might not be safe for pets or wait for hours for air drying. The cages can be attached with blow driers to dry the pets quickly.

The cages are available in many different configurations and can be customized as per your requirements. But only a handful of brands offer the customization option.

Top Benefits of Using Dog Drying Cages

Here are some of the top reasons why professional grooming facilities should consider drying cages.

1. Saves Time

Needless to say, the most significant advantage of using cage driers is that they save a lot of time. Once a dog is groomed and bathed, he/she can be placed in the cage for drying. While the pet is drying, the groomer can start working on the next pet.

In facilities that receive a lot of paw traffic, this is an effective way for the groomers to multi-task. It also keeps the facility organized and clean.

2. More Comfort for Nervous Dogs

It is not uncommon for pets to feel anxious or nervous in a grooming facility, especially if it is their first time. Once such dogs are groomed and bathed, it can be challenging for the groomer to hold them in a place for drying.

Dog drying cages can be very helpful in such cases. After the bath, pets can be placed inside the cage to make them feel more comfortable and calm. Nervous dogs can also be placed inside the cage before grooming or bath so that they feel more relaxed and safe. You can read this SitStay post for some more tips on how to keep dogs calm while grooming.

Purchasing Dog Drying Cages

There are plenty of reasons that make dog drying cages an excellent choice for professional grooming facilities. Look for a reputed dog grooming supplier to browse through their range of cage dryers.  


Advancements in Dog Orthotics Over the Year

Dog orthoticsHelene Petersen of KVP Orthotics writes to us to describe the available methods of improving the quality and mobility of our beloved dogs.
 
Over the years, there have been plenty of breakthroughs in the field of dog orthotics. As pet owners, this is certainly to our benefit. If before, there weren’t very many options for us to help
improve our dogs’ quality of life, now, there is hope.
 
Here are some of the recent advancements in dog orthotics.

Orthopedic Braces
One of the biggest advancements in dog orthotics today is orthopedic braces. Before, most injuries and orthopedic problems only have surgery as the solution. Nowadays, orthopedic braces can be used both as an alternative or adjunct to surgery. Our dogs no longer have to suffer from the pain and discomfort if they are not able to get surgery.

Back Brace
There is a wide range of orthopedic braces available for our dogs. One of the most common is a back brace. This is often given to dogs who have problems with their vertebral column or spine. Whether it’s for an injury or for correction of wrong posture, back braces are an excellent solution.

Knee Brace
Knees are perhaps the most commonly injured part of a dog’s limbs. This is specially for susceptible dog breeds like German Shepherd, Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers, and many more. You may ask your veterinarian if your dog is susceptible to this issue. A knee brace is often indicated for problems like anterior cruciate ligament or ACL tears as well as other ligament or tendon injuries in the knee.

Hock Brace
Hock braces are certainly unique to dogs. They are used to support our dog’s back legs. Oftentimes, dogs injure or strain their hock joint from trauma, overuse, and other factors. A hock brace can help them become more comfortable by reducing the swelling and inflammation in the area. Because of this, they are also great for old dogs suffering from arthritis.

Elbow Brace
Although less commonly injured, our dogs’ elbows are certainly not immune to problems. Elbow dysplasia is a disease of large dog breeds. They can be a very painful condition for the dog if not addressed properly. With an elbow brace, we can help improve their mobility and lessen the pain.

Fortunately, dog orthotics is a continuously evolving field. Through this, we can always rely to find the perfect solutions for our dog’s orthopedic problems. We can expect more innovations to come in the field. Thus, we can also expect more options and ways for us to improve our dogs’ lives."
 
 

7 Essentials You Need For a New Puppy

A wonderful guide by guest columnist Grace Hawkins on the essentials you need for a new puppy:

DogCongratulations! You are going through this content means you are all set to welcome a new family member (a puppy!) in your home. Or maybe you still require some prep work before making the final commitment! You might receive a puppy-care kit with samples of recommended products for the little canine, which includes treats, glucose drops, and training sprays.

Are you excited about using them all? Yes! Okay, then start with the spray. What? The smell is horrendous! Now perhaps you have realized that not all products are helpful, and getting hold of the ideal for new puppies can be challenging. But not anymore!

ls you need for a new puppy. Pick them up from the store and make your little kids’ homecoming smooth!

1.   Durable Collar and Leash

Kennel Club- the UK based organization, dealing in the registration of mixed and purebred dogs, suggests that stylish dog collars and leashes are perfect. They are sized appropriately to suit the age and breed of your puppy. Also, buying adjustable dog collars are crucial as your puppy will grow at a fast pace.

Do not forget to check the collar's fitting and condition regularly. Choose a leash that goes perfectly well with the size of your pup. It is best to go for rope leads as they are comfortable and strong on the hands. You can even select the chain leads if your pup likes carrying leads in its mouth or chewing. If you are opting for a traditional leather lead, make sure to saddle soap or oil it regularly so that it stays supple and clean.

 

2.   Water and Food Bowls

You cannot do without these essentials, can you? According to the pet care magazines, bowls made of metal carry more chemicals that can be very dangerous for puppies. So, it is better to use ceramic bowls. They do not just look beautiful but are super-safe as well. If you find that your pup is super-energetic, choosing plastic bowls will be ideal. Thus, it will not smash one on the kitchen floor because of its excitement of having the little supper you feed it with.

3.   Crate

Remember, the crate you get for your puppy will be its den for as long as it is in your home. So, ensure to get the right one and also introduce your pup to this place properly. Try going for high quality and durable crates. Collapsible crates will work fine as they can even be carried during travel. The size of the crate will entirely depend on your pup's size. Make sure your puppy can turn around, stand up, and lie comfortably in it. Buying a crate where your little companion can grow perfectly is wise. So, pick up a crate with dividers that can be adjusted as the pup grows.

4.   Potty Trainer

Getting an interior restroom for your new puppy is imperativet. You can't survive without the little potty trainer before bringing it. Interior restrooms for puppies are great for owners living in apartments without balconies. The majority of the potty trainers available in the market are odorless, and they are just perfect for the new pup owners.

5.   Treats for Your Puppy

Having treats handy is essential, considering all the training that you will be doing. Treats come as one of the best forms of positive reinforcements that can keep puppies interested and attentive during the training sessions. Thus, the treats you get for your puppy should be healthy.

Also, your puppy should be able to chew them properly, and you must feed them in moderation. Consulting a veterinarian in this matter would be wise. And always choose the puppy foods that come from reputable brands.

 

6.   Toys

How can you forget this essential if you are bringing in a puppy home? Your little pup is just like a kid that requires some toys to stay entertained and active. So you need lots of them! Of course, teething toys are a must-have. Make sure the toys are made using puppy-safe materials and durable at the same time.

7.   Identification Tags

Personalized identification tags are must-have products ensuring the safety and security of your pup. They can be of good help in times when your puppy goes missing. Any individual who gets hold of your pup could bring it back to you. All thanks to the ID tags.

Final Words

So, bring your new puppy home and immerse in the fun and excitement. Double the happiness by being all prepared to welcome your cute little companion. Do not forget to stock up the essentials detailed above. Happy puppy grooming and training!


Cannabis For Dogs?

I have to admit that I am up in the air when it comes to giving dogs cannabis. I don't think there has been enough research on the subject and it is difficult to ascertain its true health benefits. So I have started to do some research on the subject and will share what I have found in this post and in future posts.

The Canine Journal has an interesting article called the 8 Things You Need to Know About Dogs and Marijuana. The link gives you the full article but the gist of it is that according to their research, dogs can get high and can die if they ingest too much of it.

Two valuable Q&As from this article are:

How Does Marijuana Affect Dogs?

Below is a list of the affects of marijuana on dogs.

  • Lethargic
  • Breathing problems
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Loss of balance
  • Urinary incontinence

 

Is Cannabis Poisonous To Dogs?

According to the Pet Poison Helpline, the risk of cannabis poisoning in dogs is moderate to severe. If your dog accidentally eats marijuana, you should call your veterinarian or Animal Poison Control immediately. The ingestion of too much marijuana can be life threatening.

Symptoms to look out for:

  • Severe depression
  • Walking drunk
  • Lethargy
  • Coma
  • Low heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Respiratory depression
  • Dilated pupils
  • Coma
  • Hyperactivity
  • Vocalization
  • Seizures

So while other sites may advocate the use of cannabis for dogs, this particular site lists all of the warnings about doing so.

Dogs and Marijuana Infographic
Source: CanineJournal.com


NYC's Dog Restaurant Week?

It was only a matter of time. New York City now has a Dog Restaurant Week. Organized by Petminded, a travel planning company for pet owners, the first-ever Dog Restaurant Week has sixteen participating restaurants, of which five have dog menus! At all of the restaurants and venues, you are welcome to dine with your dog on the patio of the restaurant. Some are just walk-in but others you can reserve, and the restaurants say you should make a note in the OpenTable or similar-type of online reservation that you will be bringing your dog.

The restaurants with dog menus are Boulton & WattBar Bruno, The Wilson, and La Contente Oeste (the West Village location) and Grey Lady,  which is partnering with The Farmer’s Dog, the homemade dog food delivery company, for its dog menu. Boulton & Watt’s dog menu features Steak Tartare, Sweet Potato Jerky, and a Peanut Butter Bone, while The Wilson is preparing Ribeye Steak, Pan Roasted Salmon, and Grilled Chicken Breast especially for your pup. Other participating restaurants, like the Andaz Beer Garden, Dog & Bone, Wafels & Dinges in Hudson River Park, are offering discounts or free gifts for your pets.

Photo courtesy Boulton & Watt

In addition to an adventure out with your dog, donations are being accepted for two local rescue organizations, Foster Dogs Inc and Muddy Paws Rescue. Bar Primi is going the extra mile, donating $5 to Bideawee for every dog that dines at the restaurant.

Photo courtesy Boulton & Watt

Petminded founders Sonali Nigam and Leah Wang say that the motivation behind Dog Restaurant Week is to make dining out with pets easier to do. It’s more convenient in other cities, like Los Angeles, Nigam says. The founders tell us, “We launched NYC Dog Restaurant Week to highlight dog welcoming businesses to dog owners traveling to New York City, as well to our local dog-loving community. We hope that pet owners will continue to frequent these eateries even after the event is over.” Dog Restaurant Week will be happening until August 25th. Check out the full list of participating restaurants here.


Pet Industry Trends to Watch Out for in 2019

Pet trendsFOMObones has graciously allowed us to post this great article here on Pet Trends. Enjoy!

Every year, we see a new realm of pet trends that have that “wow” factor flooding the market on social media, at the local pet store, or at the Global Pet Expo—and 2019 is certainly no different for the pet care and pet business in general. We’re seeing a ton of new age ideas that are going to completely change the way you and your pet live your day to day lives. From new apps for your phone to new ideas when it comes to dog food, you’re sure to be amazing (and excited) at what 2019 pet trends have to offer. Even pet services such as pet grooming and pet sitting, and veterinary care, as well as the pet food industry,  have got in on the act and are offering more and more new and exciting food products.

More Technology

Technology is a huge part of everyone’s lives in this day and age; therefore, companies are going to utilize this area of their business and use it to sell more of their must-have, new age products to dog owners and pet parents in general. Some of the products you might see in 2019 include:

  • Pet Health Apps. It is easy to stay up-to-date with your pet’s health when you have an app on your phone helping you every step of the way. These apps will ensure your pet is in top-notch condition and also provide insight on things you can do to help your pet grow bigger and stronger. Some apps will also hook up to webcams to check on your dog throughout the day with ease.
  • Automatic pet feeders. Not your typical automatic pet feeder, though. These are connected to an app so you can feed your dog even when you’re not at home.
  • Mobile vet clinics. Don’t want to visit your veterinarian if you don’t absolutely have to? I’m sure your dog will love hearing that there will be digital applications for vets in 2019. This means no horrible visits to the vet that ends in an anxious, uneasy dog that is afraid to go for a ride in the car again.

Tear-Free Vet Visits

Animals do not like the vet (and neither do pet parents), it’s really as simple as that. And veterinarians across the country have decided it’s enough. They no longer want the animal medicine experience to be a horrible one that leaves dogs (and every other pet) riddled with anxiety and distraught.

So, what measures are veterinarians and their assistants taking to ensure every visit is an enjoyable one? First and foremost, they want to alleviate the anxiety by offering plenty of positive reinforcement during the visit while also providing treats and goodies for the good doss.

Another thing they want to do is create new rooms throughout the office, including a separate waiting room for dogs and cats so there’s no fighting while waiting in the waiting room. They also want to provide dogs only and cats only exam rooms so smells don’t rile them up anymore.

Lastly, the use of calming pheromones may also be used to help release any stress or anxiety that the pet is having. This is a huge positive for both pets and their owners alike!

Food Delivery Services

Uber Eats, Postmates, Grubhub…do I really need to go on?

In this day and age, we expect to have our food delivered to us. So, why wouldn’t we want the same for our dogs? In 2019, they will be introducing a food delivery service for dogs as well, and pet owners everywhere just wiped the sweat off their forehead and sighed with relief.

With healthy, nutritious food being delivered directly to your door, there is really no excuse to not provide your dog with the best. It makes everything so much easier on everyone’s part, and your dog will be delighted to have a treat delivered to him every so often.

And speaking of pet food, another trend you might see in 2019 is better food. It seems like pet owners are less interested in brand names and prices these days. They would much rather prefer something nutritious for their pup to keep them healthy and strong for many years to come. This means that more companies are making pet foods that are loaded up with real ingredients that make your dog (and their belly) happy.

Stress-Reducing Food

Dogs can suffer from anxiety for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s obvious what’s going on to bring on the stress, and other times we haven’t a clue why our dog is all the sudden behaving oddly and riddled with anxiety.

Pet owners said enough is enough when it comes to a stressed-out pup. Now we are seeing an increase in pet food and treats that contain calming ingredients such as probiotics and CBD oils, as well as many other ingredients,  said to release stress.

These products are starting to pop up on the shelves everywhere, including FOMO Bones which have become a huge hit recently. Our bones, much like other products, you will start to see on the shelves in pet stores and are geared toward making dogs feel at ease. That means no more jittery pup, no more doggy struggling with anxiety—just a happy dog that you know and love.

Eating Like Adults

People will always say not to give food off your plate to your dog, but why? Yes, it’s true some of these foods are harmful; however, there is a wide long list of foods that are perfectly fine for your pup. This is why more and more people are starting to give their dog exactly what they are eating, especially if they are following an organic diet filled with plenty of lean meat, fruits, and vegetables.

Conclusion

Excited for 2019 pet trends? We don’t blame you! There are truly some amazing things we get to look forward to—and your dog will be happy too. Just imagine how your puppy will act when his belly is filled with a proper diet filled with stress-relieving properties? How about a visit to the vet that isn’t a disaster? These things—and more—are just moments away.

 

Jordan

I work as a part of the Content Team at FOMO Bones. We all work together to curate the best articles to share with our readers and help them be the best parents to their dog babies.