Purina’s Remarkable “The Puppyhood” Website Preps Puppy Parents; Win a Free Bag of Puppy Chow®

Posted on May 17th, 2015 in Canine Corner, Dogs, Pet Care, Pet Food, Pet Information, Purina

The Perils & Perks of Nurturing a New or Future Puppy are Made Easier with Videos, Tips, Detailed Expert Information & More!

“Grow Up Right from the First Bite!”

Contest Winners Get Free Purina® Dog Chow®*!

No matter what kind of pup you fancy, no matter what type of bouncing, bounding ball of fur you’ve just acquired, you’ll feel better about the unknowns, the what ifs, and even the planned aspects of raising a pup once you peruse the new Purina® Puppy Chow® website, Puppyhood.com. A seriously interactive and well-thought-PUPPYHOODout help guide, if you will, to assist you and your pup as you “grow” through those sometimes-challenging puppy years, Puppyhood.com has all the deets you need to heed in order to survive these hectic years.

No, I’m not kidding.

How do I know? I happen to have my own slobbering, barreling, 80-pound, chipmunk-chasing, squirrel-fixated, twig-chomping, stuffing-spitting, English

Mr. Jiminy Cricket

Mr. Jiminy Cricket

Cream Golden Retriever, Mr. Jiminy Cricket.  He is about 1.5 years old, we think… but he is living his puppyhood now, with us, because his breeder (we rescued him from an international training organization, long story), we deduced, didn’t allow him toys, the outdoors, bones, walks, or really too much of anything.

Anyhow, Puppyhood.com, aka My Puppyhood or The Puppyhood, is the poop and totally has the scoop on a number of things pertinent to pupsand their peeps, too.

When you register (free – just means getting a login), you’ll get access to custom tools that help you raise your pup and you’ll get coupons, special offers and more as they grow. (As an SEO maven, I can’t stress how much I recommend getting a login on this site…) Additionally, when you register, you get a free bag of Puppy Chow®! By joining The Puppyhood owners can create a cool customized learning experience specific to their pup, and, again, take advantage of some really neat tools plus exclusive benefits and coupons.

Here is the who, what, why, where and how.

-Firstly, My Puppyhood is going to give you a hand in ensuring your puppy “grows up right from the first bite.” Purina® Puppy Chow® understands that dogs need different nutrition in their first two years or so; their formula has these specially tailored vitamins and minerals as well as DHA, which is naturally found in mother’s milk and encourages brain development.

-Secondly, there’s an innumerable amount of articles and videos (and even experts available for chat online) in regards to behavior, exercise, nutrition, grooming, health and more! And I don’t mean those run-of-the-mill SEO articles looking for search engine rankings; I am talking about intelligent, well-organized and well-written articles and even videos on things that you might never think you’ll need to research (i.e., puppy allergies).

-There’s also a Trending News area, similar to what you might see on a social media site, filled with Twitter-worthy story gems like “5 Reasons Your Pup is Irreplaceable.”

Puppyhood.com Site shotUnder the “Puppy Planning” tab, Purina® partnered with the nationally renowned Petfinder™ to bring users a truly one-of-a-kind puppy-finding engine: this thing is AWESOME! Folks at Purina® understand the barriers that sometimes prevent people from adopting and hence created a unique way for individuals to get matched with the right dog, the first time. The engine has a Breed Selector, Name Generator (really funny!) and a Prep Checklist; I encourage potential puppy parents to go down this path – it’s highly entertaining and extremely, incredibly useful in assisting those who don’t know exactly what type of dog they want or what’s best for their lifestyle.

-When you register, you’ll get access to Puppy Perks, the Milestone Tracker, and Expert Access as well! These things are as equally impressive as the rest of the website. If you let it track your location, you’ll get recommendations for dog parks, veterinarians, hospitals and grooming services! OMG! Again, I encourage you to register because it makes everything more personalized and fun; you really can’t go wrong on that one.

-Finally, there’s a nice search bar smack in the middle of the page at the top, so if you know what you’re looking for, just type it in!

So I’m so looking forward to using My Puppyhood with Cricket – to find new parks and dog beach parks we can go to in and around Cleveland, to take some of the suggestions in the articles I read (I recommend “Puppy Exercise and Play”), to get some expert advice on his anxiety issue, and to track his progress using the Milestone Tracker.

*Now for further awesomeness. I am doing a giveaway, an easy one, in which you can win one of two prizes that include coupons for the world-famous Purina® Dog Chow®!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post please telling me what your puppy’s name is, why you got him/her, and why you think proper nutrition is important! I will announce two winners on May 30th. First place will receive two coupons for any bag of Dog Chow® formula (valued at $16.50, or one bag, each); second place will receive one coupon valued at $16.50 (one bag), plus a $5 off coupon for any Dog Chow® formula. So get your comment entries in and, if you’d like, for an extra entry you can Tweet me a picture of your puppy at @thoughtsfurpaws! (If you don’t have Twitter, please email to thoughtsfurpaws@gmail.com and I will share on Twitter!)

P.S. As I write, Cricket is roaching around on the floor, chewing on two toys while simultaneously eyeing his leash and spying on the cat with one eye. (Doggie ADD?) So yeah, I can’t wait to get some help with his puppyhood!

All opinions herein are those of the Administrator, JL Smith, and her rescue Golden Retriever, Mr. Jiminy Cricket. This post was written in conjunction with Nestle® Purina® Pet Care and the Administrator, and the Administrator is being compensated. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the spread of misinformation.

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2015 Dog Flu Virus Q and A: Canine Influenza Still on the Rise

What You Can Do to Keep Your Pet Safe and Healthy

Flu season may be winding down for humans, but there have been over 1,000 reported cases of canine influenza in Chicago in the last few weeks, causing some local vets to call the situation an “epidemic.” The outbreak also spread to dogs across the Midwest, and infected many pooches right here in Cleveland. :(

To help dog owners better understand the virus, here are some key facts from the American Veterinary Medical Association:

What is canine influenza?

Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious infection caused by an influenza A subtype H3N8 virus first discovered in 2004.

What are common symptoms of the infection in dogs?

In the mild form, the most common sign is a cough that persists for 2-3 weeks. However, some dogs can develop signs of severe pneumonia, such as a high-grade fever (104°F-106°F) and faster breathing. Other signs in infected dogs include nasal and/or ocular discharge, sneezing, fatigue, and refusing food.

Is every dog at risk of infection?doggie flu

All dogs, regardless of breed or age, are susceptible to infection.

How does it spread?

Canine influenza is spread from dog to dog through the air, contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes), and people ineracting with infected and uninfected dogs. On surfaces, the virus is alive and can infect dogs for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and on hands for 12 hours.

Can veterinarians test for canine influenza?

The most reliable and sensitive method for confirmation is serologic testing. Antibodies to canine influenza virus can appear in blood as early as 7 days after symptoms begin, and the virus may be identified in nasal or pharyngeal swabs during the first 4 days of illness.

Any treatment options?

In May 2009, the USDA approved the first influenza vaccine for dogs. Trials have shown that it can significantly reduce the duration of illness, including the incidence and severity of damage to the lungs. Dog owners should consult with their vet to determine whether the vaccine is appropriate for their dog.

Can canine influenza infect people?

There is no evidence that the virus can be transmitted from dogs to humans.

*I wanted to note here also that both Bordetella and the influenza virus have symptoms that mimic one another. In about 20 percent of cases, more severe symptoms occur including high fever and pneumonia. A small number of dogs with the virus have died from complications of the disease.

For more information about canine influenza virus, visit the American Veterinary Medicine Association or the Center for Disease Control.

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Lindy & Company Brings Taste of Philanthropy to Pet Treat Market

Homemade by homeless youth, Lindy & Company treats are “Saving Kids, One Treat at a Time”

After Cricket took just one teeny taste of the new dog treats he received in the mail from Lindy & Company last week, he melted at my feet like butter. I now realize that these fabulous new dog treats are from a gourmet pet treat bakery; a dog treat bakery with a twist, if you will.

Founded in 2012 by Daybreak, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and housing for homeless youth, Lindy & Company is a work-readiness program Lindy and Company Logothat employs these youth so they can develop the valuable work skills (timeliness, respect, customer service, teamwork, etc.) needed in order to find and keep good jobs.

Linda Kramer, CEO of Daybreak, is proud of this unique program.

“Being able to employ the youth who stay at Daybreak means more than just giving them a job,” Kramer said. “It’s about giving them hope, reigniting their dreams, and providing them with tools that they can use so that they never have to be homeless again.”

Made with natural ingredients and natural preservatives, Lindy & Company and its homeless youth workers create, make, pack and offer six varieties of dog treats (including gluten-free), three varieties of dog training treats, and four varieties of cat treats! Cricket voted these dog treats extremely palatable and Maxwell gave the cat treats from Lindy & Co. four-paws-up!

Some of the delicious dog treat varieties you’ll find on the site include Apples-n-Cheese, Better Butter Honey, Cheddar Chompers, Peanut Butter But Better and more! Cats will delight in Lindy & Company’s gourmet cat training treats, which are appetizing and arouse Sasha’s interest with their flavors, like Liver and Cheese, Chicken Delight and Cheese and Tuna.Pet parents can purchase dog treats or cat treats in person at the Dayton, Ohio bakery, online, or at one of Lindy & Company’s retail partners.

“Our treats arLindy and Co Treat Bage sure to make your pet feel like a super hero,” Kramer said. “Beyond that, they’re homemade with love by homeless youth. We like to say Lindy & Company treats are saving kids, one treat at a time.”

For more information, please visit Lindy & Company online at www.lindyandcompany.org.

About Lindy & Company

Lindy & Company is gourmet pet treat bakery and social enterprise located in Dayton, Ohio. Founded by Daybreak, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and housing for homeless youth, Lindy & Company employs these youth so that they can master the work-readiness soft skills that employers expect. For more information, please visit www.lindyandcompany.org or connect with the company on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Pinterest.

 

All opinions herein are those of the Administrator, JL Smith, and her dog Cricket, and cats, Maxwell, Tater Tot and Sasha Smith. This post was written in conjunction with Lindy & Company and our Administrator. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the circulation/spread of misinformation.

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Tips for Pet First Aid Awareness Month

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month; Top Tips to Help Your Pet in an Emergency

Emergencies happen – sometimes pets eat the wrong foods, get bitten or cut and have seizures.  But, there are ways to help while you’re getting your pet to the vet.  Here are a few tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to help stabilize your pet:

  • If your pet has been exposed to a toxin, check the label for immediate instructions such as washing its skin with soap and water, or flushing eyes with water.
  • If your pet is having seizures, keep it away from any objects, blanket your pet to keep it warm and call your vet or an emergency vet clinic, or phone the Animal Poison Control Hotline at 888-426-4445. They’re available 24/7 and there is a fee for consultation.AVMA
  • If you think your pet has a broken bone, gently lay him or her on a flat surface, or use a blanket as a sling to gently transport your pet to the veterinarian.
  • With cuts, press a clean, thick gauze pad over the wound and press on it until the bleeding stops. If bleeding is severe and on the legs, apply a tourniquet (using a rubber band and gauze) between the wound and the body to slow down the blood flow and get your animal to the vet ASAP.
  • For burns, flush a light burn immediately with lots of water, and if the burn is more severe quickly apply an ice water compress.
  • For choking, if your pet can still breathe, get it to the vet immediately. Look in its mouth with a flashlight and quickly try to get the object out with a tweezer.  If that doesn’t work, place both hands on the side of his or her ribcage and strike the rib cage firmly with the palm of your hand 3 to 4 times while getting to the vet.

What a proper Pet First Aid Kit should include, according to the experts at AVMA:

-Important phone numbers – your numbers, the vet, Poison Control, dog walker, etc.

-Gauze for wrapping wounds

-Nonstick bandages or towels to control bleeding or protect wounds

-Adhesive tape to secure the gauze or bandage *do not use human Band-Aids or adhesive bandages on pets

-Hydrogen peroxide – induces vomiting if ever necessary

-A digital thermometer in case you need to check your pet’s temperature

-Milk of Magnesia to absorb poison if necessary

-An eye dropper to give oral treatments or flush wounds

-A muzzle (in an emergency a rope, necktie, soft cloth, nylon stocking, small towel may be used) – to cover your pet’s head

-A leash – to transport your pet easily

-A stretcher (or board with a blanket) – to transport an injured animal

Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. First aid is not a substitute for professional veterinary care, but it may save your pet’s life until it receives veterinary treatment.

More pet life-saving tips from the AVMA are available; check them out at www.avma.org!

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Blue Dog Bakery’s New Deli Sticks for Dogs Meet the Meat!

Hold the bone, said Cricket. Savor the flavor, said Brisket! Blue Dog Bakery’s new Deli Sticks for dogs are a major contender for favorite dog treat around here after we were sent a sample to try by the brand last month.

beef deli sticksCricket, the happy-go-lucky Golden, took a whole 2.8 milliseconds to inspect the delicious-smelling meaty variety. He proceeded to immediately chew it. Voraciously. Happily. Like he had just tasted a bit of Heaven disguised as a sausage-roll-looking shapeshifter. He swallowed and immediately walked back to me for another one, just in case, by some small miracle or unknown impending Armageddon, I was willing to give up one more of the moist and meaty doggie delicacies… #pleaseGodletherhaveanother

Brisket the Pit Bull perfectionist didn’t play around with her Blue Dog Bakery meaty-licous dog treat either. I call her my “meat-o-saurus” because she just loves meat! Brisket licked the Deli Stick a few times and rolled it over on the carpet so as to inspect for other flavors or additional smells (oh the possibilities, skunk! Goose poop!), decided there were neither anymore new smells nor flaws, and then, BAM! It was gone! I didn’t even see her sweet sassy lips inhale it! It was just gone! #funniestBrisketmomentever

Brisket and Cricket both followed me around the house for like an hour after they had their first taste of Deli Sticks by Blue Dog Bakery. And here’s why:

  • Deli Sticks are made with human-grade meat
  • They contain no fillers, preservatives, artificial colors or ingredients
  • No corn, wheat or fillers
  • No animal by-products
  • They’re premium, natural dog treats
  • Deli Sticks are all natural and grain-free

Blue Dog Bakery Deli Sticks are no exception to the company’s objective to produce high-quality treats using high-quality ingredients.

“We wanted to create a new product form that was unlike anything else in the pet section,” said Eric Koppelman, Blue Dog Bakery’s VP of Sales and Marketing. “Our Deli Sticks are made from a high-grade USA beef in a facility that produces products for human consumption. The ingredients and the process is a quality so great you could confidently eat Deli Sticks yourself. We certainly do.”

Blue Dog Bakery has been dedicated to creating all natural, healthy dog treats since 1998. What began with one flavor of dog biscuits 17 years ago has gradually expanded….Blue Dog Bakery’s product portfolio now includes upwards of ten different product varieties for both mass-market grocery stores, and pet specialty retailers. While some of these product forms do contain natural meat flavors, they are 100% vegetarian, according to the company blue dog bakerywebsite.

In January 2015 Blue Dog Bakery launched its first-ever meat-based treat for dogs – all natural and grain free Deli Sticks made with premium USA beef. You can find Blue Dog Bakery Deli Sticks (and the company’s massive line of other dog treats) at shop.bluedogbakery.com. You can save 10% on your first order when you order now!

*You can also get your dog featured on the website! Email your cutest dog photos to bluedog@bluedogbakery.com for the opportunity to have him posted on bluedogbakery.com. With your photo, please include your dog’s name, a Blue Dog Bakery testimonial, your first name only, and your city.

The Deli Sticks retail on-site for around $7 and $10, for a 4.8-ounce and 7.8-ounce pack, respectively. You can also order an 8-pack bag of either dog treat variety, and there’s a 100% satisfaction guarantee! You can also find the natural dog treats at major pet retailers for similar pricing.

Cricket and Brisket have a final thought: Blue Dog Bakery Deli Sticks leave a pooch with nothing to be blue about (unless, of course, you run out! Then you have to send your hooman to get more!)

Four-paws-up! Thanks Blue Dog Bakery!

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