Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Healthy Practices For Your Pet

While you may be making resolutions for yourself in the new year in regards to health, maybe you should do the same for your pet as well! From food needs to exercise - there are many ways to care for your pet. At the PetCot Company, we know how important your pet is, and keeping them healthy is just one important part of caring for your pet. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for the coming year!

Caloric Needs

While your pet does need food, there is a fine line between having too much and not enough. If you don't give them enough food, it can affect their growth, their ability to stay warm in cold months, and even their energy levels. While overfeeding them can cause them to become obese, which has it's own set of issues. Here is a good guideline to make sure you're feeding your pet the correct amount of food for their weight.

If your furry feline is around 10 lbs. you want to make sure they are consuming between 180 and 200 calories.

You can figure out how much to feed your pet with this formula: 30 x (your pet's weight in kilograms) + 70.

5 lbs.
They need to consume 138 calories in a day.

10 lbs.
Between 200 and 275 calories, a day is a perfect amount.

20 lbs.
This size dog needs 325 and 400 calories a day.

30 lbs.
478 calories is a perfect amount for your pup.

50 lbs.
Limit this size to 700 through 900 calories.

Daily Exercise For Your Pet

While we can offer some suggestions and recommendations for your pet in regards to exercise, it's always best to check with your pet's vet before starting anything new or rigorous.

For long-legged short-nosed dogs like Boxers, Chow Chows, and Mastiffs, brisk walks for about 20-30 minutes are a great way to get some exercise. You'll want to avoid overheating them or over-exerting them, though.

Do you have a large breed dog like a Great Dane, Bernese Mountain Dog or Greyhound? A short 30 minutes walk are a great way to keep them active. Remember that hikes and lengthy runs can be hard on their joints.

Short-legged, short-nosed breeds like Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, or Shih Tzus love obstacle courses and walks. You can create a hallway course with cardboard boxes and rolled up towels and let them run around for 20-30 minutes.

If your pup is a short-legged dog with a standard snout, like a Chihuahua or Yorkshire Terrier, slow jog that appeals to their love of sniffing is perfect. Hiding treats and letting them find them is a great way to stretch their muscles.

Long-backed and short-legged dogs with a long snout like Basset Hounds and Dachshunds like brisk walks. Avoid leaping and trying playing fetch for 20-30 minutes instead.

Does your furry friend have long legs and a standard snout? Pointers, Rhodesian, and Ridgebacks love to run. After a year they can run as many as 3 miles at a time!

If you have a water dog, like a Labrador, Golden Retriever, Springer Spaniel, or Poodle they love to swim. 20-30 minutes in a clean body of water that they can get in and out of easily is a great form of exercise.

Giving Your Pet the Best

Just as you care about the food they eat and the way they exercise, we're sure that you care about your pets sleep as well. At PetCot, we've done research to create the best raised pet bed, and now it can easily be yours. Not only is it a great place for your pet to rest and relax, but it's also easy for you to clean, and even a safe place for them to relax by being easy on their joints. Do you want a premium pet bed in your home? Visit our website today to learn more about the PetCot and how you can get one!

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