DOGGY TREATS CUSTOMER SERVICE

Doggy treats customer service rep offers advice in dog speak with a nanny dog accent
Doggy treats customer service rep offers advice in dog speak with a nanny dog accent

How cool is that! A doggy treats customer service hotline! I bet the staff at this call center give advice on a whole bunch of stuff. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to tell everyone. You know, Chloe the Bichon, and Harley the Golden, and all my friends at the dog park. 

But wait. Where’s that number to call? Gotta search for it online. Then, you know what I’ll do? I’ll post it on my Facebook page. Everyone will see it. Woof! 

Then it’ll go viral. Woof! Woof! 

Our guardians won’t know if they’re coming or going! Woof! Woof! Woof!

I’m so, so excited, like, I can’t stop wagging my tail! 

To Sum Up

For my human readers who have difficulty understanding dog-speak, don’t forget what I wrote last week. Never underestimate doggy smarts. They are prewired!

PUPPY LEARNS TREATS SMARTS

And guess who’s teaching him?

This puppy learns treats smarts so that the training rewards keep flowing. So, who’s giving this valuable advice? Mom, or Dad, or someone else in the home? Well, that someone is not who you might think. It’s definitely not a human. After all, the whole idea is to outsmart the most intelligent beings on this planet. The ones who spend all this $$$ on rewards so their puppies get a really good education.

Lesson to be learned — don’t ever underestimate doggy smarts. It’s in their DNA!

Puppy learns treats smarts, but not from us!
Puppy learns treats smarts, but not from us!

BEST PET FOOD/WATER BOWLS

Feeding bowls made from stainless steel, the preferred material for dogs
Metal food and water bowls on a stand for a rather long-legged dog

Choose the best pet eating/drinking bowls for your cats and dogs
Cat enjoys drinking and feeding out of metal bowls raised off the ground

Have you ever wondered what the best pet food/water bowls are made of? Did you know that there are important differences? If not, just read on to find out how your choices can benefit the dogs and cats in your life.

Plastic Pet Feeding Bowls

This may come as a surprise but plastic is certainly not the best. Some pets are allergic to it and anything made from that material can cause a health episode. 

However, allergic or not, plastic is likely to break down over time causing harmful chemicals—Bisphenal A (BPA) and Phthalates— to seep into the food or water in a plastic bowl. Some researchers have even found traces of lead.

GETTING PERSONAL 

Not too long ago I cared for a family of four cats. One of the trio of white ones suffered from skin allergies caused by anything made from plastic. Yes, anything. Plastic bags, plastic containers, you name it. The cat’s guardians had to make sure it never ever came into contact with items like these. 

When the family was away, kitty care was my responsibility and to keep the felines out of harm’s way. I always made sure to keep my work tote bag zipped shut. When I brought in the newspaper, I removed the plastic lining and immediately threw it away into the lidded bin. Then there were times I might need something stored in a plastic container that was kept in a closet. I had to make sure I never left it out on the kitchen counter unattended, or forgot to put it back in its place after use.

Glass Pet Feeding Bowls

This material is stable and can be sterilized but there is always the possibility of breakage. If you do choose glass, avoid products made in developing countries that often contain lead.

Ceramic Pet Feeding Bowls

Generally this is a reliable material. Just make sure the label says “lead-free.” The reason being that the colors used in glazed items produced in some countries could contain lead and cadmium which are toxic.

Stainless Steel – The Best Pet Eating/Drinking Bowls

This is definitely the preferred material of choice since it doesn’t react to foods and liquids. It is strong, and can be sterilized. Nevertheless, if the bowls were to become severely scratched or damaged, metals could seep out over a long period of time.

To Sum Up

As you can see, it really does matter what you serve food and water in. Most importantly, check out the country of origin and almost certainly stay away from plastic. Despite this, you still have a number of good options available. Choose the best pet food/water bowls for your companion animals. Not just any bowls. And, finally, be the best pet parent possible.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  

FEEDING YOUR PETS REQUIRES QUANTITY CONTROL

Quantity control feeding helps keep pets healthy
Photo credit: Karen Arnold

Let’s face it, pets are so food motivated they will eat as much as they can in case it’s their last meal or the only food they’ll get in quite some time.

This used to be the case when dogs and cats lived in the wild and were forced to hunt but today that has all changed. It’s we, the pet parents, who decide the when, what and how much for them and, often times, we get it all wrong.

Constant access to food and the ability to eat any quantity at any time will soon, inevitably, result in over-eating which translates into becoming overweight or, worse, obese. And, we are all very much aware of the health hazards that poses.

I recommend two options but this is the preferred one that most pet parents can manage.
Precise quantities served in person, morning and evening.
Wait 10-15 minutes.
Pick up each time if left unfinished.

GOOD TO KNOW #1 – Avoid the temptation to guess the amount of food you should give your pet at each meal. Consult your veterinarian who will advise you what that amount should be based on the weight, age, health and physical activity of your pet.

GOOD TO KNOW #2 – Once you know the right quantity to give, don’t guess the amount. Measure the food accurately using a measuring cup and a measuring spoon.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!