There couldn’t have been a worse start to 2021 for pet parents. In what is thought to be the first pet food recalls 2021, at least 28 dogs have died and eight others have fallen ill from toxin reportedly found in certain dog foods.
The food containing the toxin has been identified as certain Sportmix products manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods. The products have been voluntarily recalled Midwestern Pet Foods.
In a statement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said they and the Missouri Department of Agriculture are working with the manufacturer to determine whether more products contain high levels of the toxin. The FDA said the investigation is ongoing and the “scope of the recall may expand as new information becomes available.”
Are you a UK based pet parent? Would you need to take your pet cats, ferrets or dogs, including assistance dogs, to the EU in the near future?
Then this is for you.
It’s everything you need to know about pet travel to the EU post brexit.
You may call it the essential guide to pet travel after Brexit. Or your definitive guide to travelling with your pet from the UK to any EU country and Northern Ireland post brexit, i.e. from January 1st, 2021.
Numerous studies have shown the amazing benefits of pets for human health. This is hardly surprising, as the bond between humans and their pets has been known to increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their human owners.
In this article, we will look at some of the amazing benefits of pets for human health.
Is owning a pet important? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some of the health benefits of having a pet include:
With those big eyes and playful paws, kittens are irresistibly adorable tiny bundles of joy. And one thing’s for sure. Once one of these furry little balls of energy enters your life, things will never be the same again!
What’s more, it is always an absolute delight to watch them mature and grow up. Which brings me to the all important question: What’s the best age to adopt a kitten and bring home your little bundle of delight?
But first, a note of caution.
What we sometimes don’t realize, is that cute as it is, a kitten can be a lot of hard work. Kittens don’t come with an off-switch. At least not yet! And just like tiny babies, kittens need looking after.
At the very least, you will need to give kittens four feeds a day, and provide them with constant entertainment. And oh did I mention countless litter changes?
So, what’s the best age to adopt a kitten and bring home your irresistible bundle of joy?
Is there a right age to neuter a male kitten? In order to prevent unwanted pregnancies, it’s recommended that cats are neutered at around four months old, after they have completed their primary vaccinations.
Some vets still recommend spaying at five or six months and it’s quite safe to neuter older cats.
But first, should we even neuter kittens at all?
Want to adopt a puppy? There are many factors that go into deciding the “perfect” age to bring home your new puppy. And to muddle the waters, opinions on the best age to adopt a dog vary too!
However, here is something most veterinarians and breeders seem to agree on. 7 to 8 weeks of age is the prime time for a puppy to meet its new family.
You need to pick the right pet. That’s right!
Before adopting a new pet, make sure that it is the right one for you and your family. Do some prior research about the specific needs of the animal before you make that move.
Good pet hygiene is not just the latest fad for pet parents. It is much more. As a responsible pet parent, you should practice good pet hygiene not just for your pet, but perhaps more importantly, for the safety and wellbeing of everyone who comes in contact with your pet.
And there are good reasons why.
Animals are known to carry and spread stomach bugs like salmonella. Our beloved pets can infect us humans with parasites, fungal infections and other diseases. In fact, according to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 6 out of 10 infectious diseases are zoonotic i.e. these diseases pass from animals to humans.
In a moment, we will look at how to stay healthy around pets. We will also consider some good pet hygiene tips every responsible pet parent should follow.
But first, how pet hygienic are you?