10 Mar Welcome to the New Year from Your Critter Sitter
Pet Care and Goal Setting in 2017
The start of the new year is always a time of reflection and setting new goals, new plans,
new achievements and Pet Care…so what goals have you set for yourself, your career, your dog, your cat, pocket pet…
My pet! I hear you say…Yes, your pet!
Let’s look at the usual goals:
Get out and be more social
More ME time, more pamper time
Over the next couple of months, we are going to look at these goals in more depth. Work out if your pet needs to lose a few inches, change the kibble for more raw meat and some soft bone, check the rabbit and guinea pig are getting the correct amounts of fibre, fruit and veg.
Up the exercise and get out more regularly, and spend some time having fun!
Get a FREE vet check and have the lungs, heart and kidneys given the once over.
Prevention is better than medicating.
Pamper Time Tip: DIY K9 Paw Balm
2 tablespoons Shea Butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons grated beeswax
1 teaspoon sweet almond oil.
6-8 drops of Lavender essential oil (Only cold pressed oils are SAFE for pets)
4oz glass jar
In a double boiler (or Pyrex bowl inside a saucepan) melt the Shea Butter, beeswax and coconut oil over a low heat. When liquefied, remove from heat and allow to cool for about 3 minutes. Then add the sweet almond oil and Lavender oil and stir until mixed.
Pour into warmed glass jar and allow to cool.
This is a great way to have some one on one time with your dog, and to discover if he is ticklish. rub the paw balm into his paws, it will take care of dry skin, heat damage and be soothing. This is also a good time to check if his nails need trimming.
Know Where to Cut BEFORE You Cut: Nail Anatomy
It’s super important to know where the quick is on your pet’s nails. The quick is a sensitive area of the nail that contains a supply of blood. If you cut too far and you hit the quick, not only will you draw blood, but this is also painful for your baby! If your pet’s nails are clear or white, it’s the pink area that you can see in the centre of the nail. If he has black nails, this will be a little more challenging because you cannot see it. You would need to make tiny cuts until you find a black centre (pulp) on the edge of the cut. This tells you that you are getting close to the quick and need to stop. If it’s white and flaky at the edge of the cut, then you can cut a little further. You will want to get within millimetres of the quick. I know some people like to cut at a 90-degree angle, but I prefer to cut at 45 degrees and then file down at 90 degrees to round and smooth the edges.