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Keeping Kids Safe Around Pets

As a kid, pets can be so exciting. Giving your kids a pet is one of the best things you can do. They help teach them responsibility and empathy. However, it is also important to teach your kids pet safety. Not every pet will be a great fit for families with kids either. Every type of animal and breed has different instincts and personalities to watch out for. Here are some safety tips for keeping kids safe around pets.

New Pets

Before bringing home a new pet, it is important to teach kids about pet safety. Set rules for them and keep things like their food and litter boxes away from younger children. First, teach children how to treat pets. Teach them to let the pet sniff their hand and pet them softly where the pet can see them. Teach them not to touch or pull on their tail, ears, eyes, or nose.

Pets also do not like it when people, especially kids, are in their personal space. Research has shown that dogs feel stress and anxiety when they are hugged. Dogs are designed to run away from danger. They need to be able to be free to do so. The same is true for cats as well. Teach your children not to hug your pets, but to stick to petting them to give them the space they need.

Signs to Look Out for in Dogs

kids petting a dog gently

Not every dog is a good fit for families with children. Some dogs are more aggressive than others. This is due to several factors. It is important to look out for signs of aggression to keep your kids safe. These signs may include:

Growling – Many dogs growl and it is not always a huge concern. If a dog growls at a potential threat to protect themselves or their owners, this is not a bad thing. Just keep your kids away when this happens to avoid startling them. However, if your dog growls while petting them, giving them commands, or just by going near them, they should not be near children.

Unpredictable Behavior – If your dog’s behavior has suddenly changed, it would be wise to keep children away from them. This could include chewing things up when they never chew on things or excessive barking when they are normally a quiet dog. If this is the case, talk to your vet because they may have a health issue that needs to be addressed.

Physical and Mental Health is Declining – As dogs get older, their health can suffer. When dogs are in pain or do not have the same energy they once did, they like to be left alone. Energetic and playful children around a dog like this could cause them to lash out.

Signs to Look Out for in Cats

Cats do not need to be worried about too much around kids. Compared to dogs at least! They are smaller and rarely cause any serious harm. However, it is important to watch out for these signs:

Constant Hissing – It is normal for cats to occasionally hiss at new pets, new people, or something startling. However, if they are constantly hissing at anyone who upsets them, they could become aggressive. If this is the case, keep them away from children. They will most likely frustrate the cat and cause them to lash out.

Not Up to Date on Shots – Cats are known for carrying diseases. When a cat carrying a disease scratches or bites someone, they can transfer the disease to them. For this reason, it is important to make sure any cat you bring into your home is caught up on their shots. This is especially important when you have kids in your home who more likely to be bitten or scratched.

Most importantly, teach your kids how to be safe around animals. Following these tips for keeping kids safe around pets will help prevent dangerous situations. Check out our article, Dog Proofing Your Home, for tips on how to keep both your dog and home safe. Liquid Health Pet’s K9 & Kitty Calmer is also great for times when your pet may feel stressed around children.

Sources

https://vettedpetcare.com/vetted-blog/4-worrying-signs-you-should-keep-your-dog-away-from-kids/

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How to Keep Indoor Cats Happy and Healthy

Many people have indoor cats. Maybe you are worried about their safety outdoors or you just do not want to worry about letting them in and out all day. However, cats that are indoors all day can become lonely and unhealthy. Learn how to keep indoor cats happy and healthy with these helpful tips.

Play with your Pet Often

One of the most important things indoor cats need is exercise. Playing with your pet every day can help keep them in shape and happy. String and laser pointers are some favorite toys that encourage cats to run around and exercise.

Keep Things Clean

Cats can be picky when it comes to cleanliness. Make sure to clean out their litter boxes regularly. On top of that, be sure to keep your own home clean since it is their home too. Because cats rely so heavily on their sense of smell, it is also important to avoid scented cat litter.

Give Them a Safe Space

Cats in the wild hide at the sign of danger. This is part of their instinct. Make sure your home has a place where your cat can hide when they feel uncomfortable. Having space for this will help them to feel safer in your home. On top of this, it is also important to not force any interactions with your cat. Let them approach you when they feel comfortable. Positive interactions with you over time will help form a bond with your cat. Liquid Health Pet’s K9 & Kitty Calmer is a great way to help calm anxious cats as well. This supplement for pets is great for helping them adjust to a new home, new pets, traveling, or even having company over.

Indoor Grass for Grazing

Outdoor cats will graze on grass and other plants due to a distinctive behavior that has been passed down to them. Indoor cats have this same instinct. Buying them a patch of grass from a pet store will help satisfy this instinct. It may even keep them away from your indoor plants. Letting them graze on grass is not vital to their health, but it will help keep your pet happy.

As the number of indoor cats increases, people must know how to care for them. When locked indoors, cats can easily become bored, unhappy, and unhealthy. Learning how to keep indoor cats happy and healthy will improve the quality of life for your cat.

Sources

https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/10-tips-keep-your-cat-happy-indoors

http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/why-do-cats-eat-grass/

https://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/article/how-create-healthy-indoor-environment-your-cat

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Reasons Your Pet May Not Be Eating

Most people love their pets and when they stop eating, it can be worrisome. There are a lot of reasons why cats and dogs may not be eating. Some issues may resolve on their own, while others need the help of a veterinarian. Here are some reasons why your pet may not be eating and what you can do.

They are Picky

One of the most commons reasons either a cat or a dog may not be eating their food is that they just do not like it. Sometimes when owners buy a new brand of food for their pets, they have a hard time adjusting. It may not even be food. Some ways to resolve this are to switch back to their old food, add something they like to the new food to encourage them to eat it or try another brand of food. Sometimes pets do not like where their food dish is at. Many pets need to eat their food in peace, so keeping their dish away from high-energy people and pets can help.

Changes to Their Environment

Some pets do not handle change very well. The situation can be stressful for them and cause them to lose their appetite. If you and your pet have recently moved or traveled someplace new, this could most likely be the reason your pet is not eating. Give them time to adjust. Some pets even avoid eating while you are out of town and have left them with a pet sitter. If your pet still does not eat after a few days have passed, call their vet.

Reaction from Medication or Vaccination

Sometimes pets have weird reactions from a new medication or vaccination. These side effects should only last 24 hours. Consult your vet.

Dental Pain

If your pet still will not eat, they may have dental pain. One sign your pet may have dental pain is if they look like they want to eat but will not. They could also be drooling at the mouth when near food or scratching their mouths. To figure out what is wrong, take them to their vet.

Pain from Illness

If none of the options already mentioned seem likely, you should take your pet to the vet. The problem could be more serious. To learn more about illness in dogs, read our article, “Common Symptoms of Illness in Dogs“. Overall, there are a lot of reasons your pet may not be eating. It is important to pay attention to why they are not eating and contact your vet when needed.

Sources

https://www.preventivevet.com/cats/my-cat-wont-eat-how-to-stimulate-your-cats-appetite

Halloween Pet Coloring Pages

It’s almost Halloween! We love this spooky time of year at Liquid Health Pets. To celebrate, we have created free Halloween pet coloring pages for you to print out and enjoy. What is cuter than a dog in a Haloween costume? Just click on an image below to save it and print out.

We hope you enjoy these Halloween pet coloring pages! Tag us in your finished coloring pages on Instagram and we will feature your art on our page. Don’t forget to also check out the pet products we have available. We have liquid supplements available for dogs large and small, and even cats. We love when your pets are healthy because a healthy pet is a happy pet! Looking for human products? We have those too at Liquid Health Inc.

Here is a Golden Retriever in a Jack-o-lantern headband. Nothing is more festive than Jack-o-lanterns on Halloween.

golden retriever halloween pet coloring page


BOO! Here is a dog in a ghost costume ready for some Halloween treats.

ghost dog Halloween pet coloring page


Some costumes aren’t scary at all. This beautiful Chihuahua ballerina is ready to dance all Halloween night long.

Ballerina dog Halloween pet coloring page

This little pug is ready for a spooky Halloween!

pug in a witch hat


Super dog! This pup is ready to save the day.

Super hero dog