While a pudgy pet may be cuddly and even cute, the truth is he's unlhealthy. Estimates of the number of obese cats and dogs are as high as 50% or more; but the percentage of pet owners who think their pet’s weight is just fine is even higher, nearly 90%! That discrepancy has come to be known as “the fat gap.” An appropriate name, don’t you think?
When we waken to the stale aroma of last night’s dinner, or catch a whiff of the litter box, what do we do? Chances are, we grab a can of air freshener or light a scented candle. Problem solved! Or not. In fact, we may have created an even bigger problem.
Are our pets’ toys harmful? Even toxic? I'm afraid the answer is yes. At least some of them are, primarily because of the chemicals they contain. Here are 13 steps to choosing safe toys for your pet.
We Americans spend about a billion dollars a year on products that we hope will protect our pets from fleas. No one can blame us for wanting to avoid these nasty little guys; but the use of toxic chemicals must be weighed against the dangers they pose to the health of our pets and our families, particularly our children.
Fleas, of course, are best known for making a pet’s life miserable with persistent scratching; but they can also transmit disease and tapeworms, and severe infestations can lead to life-threatening anemia in your pet. So why not just buckle a flea collar around your pet’s neck, or squeeze a tiny tube of spot-on treatment between their shoulder blades, and call it a day? Good question!