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Friday, September 19, 2014

Mealtime Is The Time To #GetHealthyHappy !

                             Did someone say "mealtime"?

The old adage, "You are what you eat", really isn't so old anymore, because the current science of nutrition has finally caught up with what grandma always knew. Proper nutrition for both humans and pets affects not just how long we live, but our quality of life, too. And we want to feel great every day, don't we?

In addition to regular veterinary visits, you pet parents should make sure that your furry companions are getting the right kind and amount of food for their age and activity levels. The good folks at Hills  have done all of the hard work to ensure that each of their pet foods meet only the highest dog nutrition and cat nutrition standards. Just like humans, we pets have different nutritional needs for the various stages of our lives, and nutritionally balanced pet food will make all the difference in how we feel, from puppy or "kitten hood" straight through to our senior years.

        Hills even makes a grain free formula, available for both dogs and cats.

We know there are lots of tips available to help you choose the right food for your pet, but we've culled a few of the best strategies to share with you:

1. You should probably have a chat with your veterinarian, who can help guide you to the right foods for you pets' life stage and life style. (Don't forget that Hills Science Diet is giving away a $100 credit towards a veterinary visit every day for 90 days to help your pets #gethealthyhappy!)

2.  Consider specially formulated foods that cater to your pets' specific needs. Choosing the right food can help manage certain health conditions, for example. And whether you're pet parent to a couch potato or canine athlete, there can be specific nutritional needs for the more or less active dog or kitty. Check with your vet on this one, too!

3. Transition foods slowly. If you choose to change pet foods, remember to gradually transition to the new food—it takes at least a full seven days to successfully change your pets' diet and avoid stomach upset or digestive issues. 

To help call attention to your pets' specific nutritional needs and get your pets on their way to happy and healthy, Hills is offering a $10 rebate for select Hills Science Diet products. 

Want to really "GetHealthyHappy? Take this fun and informative quiz from the experts at PetMD to find out whether your pet is eating quality food.

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Healthier Pets. Happier LivesTM, but Bocci's Beefs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Yes, September is still the month to celebrate all pet bloggers, but today's weekly "theme" over at BlogPaws is "Squeezing in More Summer". Do you have any pics of your family trying to enjoy the last remnants of warm weather?

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch, we've been heading to the dog park pretty regularly—how about you?

Now, it's on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The ASPCA Wants To Know: Are You And Your Pets Prepared? #NatlPrep

       An ASPCA Google+Hangout just for you and your pets!

You can never be too prepared! That's been our motto here at Bocci's Beefs from the beginning, and we're proud to tout the various strategies for ensuring that you and all of your pets stay safe and healthy in case of an emergency or natural disaster. And what better time to stress the importance of preparation and practice than National Disaster Preparedness Month? Yes, September is full of fun, back to school activities and lots of outdoor time before cold weather sets in, but September is also National Disaster Preparedness Month, and the ASPCA is here to help you and your family plan for an emergency. If you have to evacuate your home, you want to be prepared for just about anything, and that includes taking your beloved pets with you or planning for designated caregivers.

The first item on the agenda is to make sure you have Rescue Alert stickers prominently placed in your home windows. Just in case disaster strikes when you're not home, emergency officials must know if pets remain in the house.

The ASPCA's detailed Disaster Preparedness Plan will help you: Arrange a "Safe Haven" for your pets, if necessary (Not all Red Cross Disaster Relief Shelters accept pets), pull together an emergency supply and traveling kit, and prepare for an evacuation. The ASPCA plan even provides information  specifically for small pets, birds and reptiles.

Don't forget ASPCA's Mobile App for pet owners that allows you to store all sorts of useful data about your pets, like medical records, and provides tons of emergency-specific strategies all in one handy place. And in case your pet is lost, this app also allows you to create a customized digital "Lost Pet" flyer.

One more cool thing to help you prepare: The ASPCA is hosting a Google+ Hangout to answer all of your emergency planning questions on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7-8pm EST. Don't miss this fun and informative hour—it could help you save lives!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

National Preparedness Month: Four Top Pet Protection Strategies From Pet 360

Our good friends at Pet 360 recently conducted a survey of over 5,000 pet owners to understand just how many of you are adequately prepared to face a disaster or emergency evacuation with your pets. It turns out that the numbers could certainly improve! In the interest of full disclosure, Parental Unit counts herself among those not prepared for a disaster or evacuation for herself and for Bella and me.

                                Hey, we need to come, too!

In fact, 13% of those surveyed had already been through a disaster or emergency evacuation with their pets—so the danger is real. And of those 13%, a whopping 12% were actually separated from their pets during the emergency. The survey also shows that most pet owners simply aren't prepared for a disaster: 46% do not have an emergency plan in place for their pets; less than 35% have an emergency kit specifically for their pets; and 63% don't even have pet alert stickers in their windows.

But help is on the way! Pet 360, along with Red Paw Emergency Relief Team, have created "The Four  P's of Pet Preparedness".  We suggest that you print these out and have your Parental Units gather the following information and supplies, so your entire family is prepared in case emergency strikes. And what better time to get crackin' than National Preparedness Month?

1.    Plan ahead – Many local and state health and safety regulations do not allow pets to accompany their owners to disaster shelters (Philadelphia DOES allow pets in disaster shelters). Determine the best evacuation plan, including where to go and how to get your pets there safely. Follow this emergency planning checklist, and you’ll be well-prepared.
2.    Practice with your pets – The first step of any pet evacuation plan is to quickly and safely remove your pet from harm’s way. Your pet may be inclined to run and hide when disaster strikes, so be sure to rehearse a "come" command with your dog and identify a reliable way to find your cat, maybe by opening a can of food. Also practice putting your cat in a carrier and getting your dog in and out of the car. The more you practice, the more comfortable they'll be. 
3.    Pack an emergency kit – Assembling an emergency go-kit well in advance of a disaster will ensure nothing gets left behind. Your pet emergency kit should include first aid supplies, proof of ownership, vaccination history, and at least one of your pet’s favorite toys or blankets. Not sure what else to pack? Check out Pet360's top 10 pet emergency kit items.
4.    Protect your pets when they’re home alone – Disasters can strike when you’re not home. Display a Pet Alert sticker on your front door or window to let first responders know how many pets are inside. Remember to include your veterinarian’s contact information.

Kudos to Pet 360 and the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team for this spot-on information!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cat Helpers Continued...

Wasn't it just last week that we shared a video of a feline "helping" sort the laundry? Well, to drive home just how important a cat's services can be around the house, enjoy this video of kitty lending a paw at dishwashing time.

Note to self: That looks like even more fun than scattering Parental Unit's papers...

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