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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday's "Living With Your Pet Tips": Fall Care Guide For You And Your Pets

                                    Fall is in the air!

And these autumnal pet care and pet safety tips from Better Homes and Gardens, complete with adorable slide show, will help you and your furkids be prepared for anything this gorgeous season brings your way. This Tuesday, September 23rd is the Autumn equinox, so these tips are quite timely.
(It also happens to be Bruce Springsteen's 65th birthday, but perhaps that's for another post...or another blog!)

It never hurts to be reminded that back-to-school supplies, like markers and glue, are toxic to pets, and that you should remind your kids to keep their supplies stored safely away from Rover's reach (think open book bags on the floor). And if you're the decorating kind, make sure your pets are either trained not to touch your festive creations or such temptations are out of reach.

I've had a few digestive troubles lately, so Parental Unit has been mixing a teaspoon or so of that autumn staple, pumpkin, in my regular food, and to her and my relief, it's worked wonders. And it's delicious and full of vitamins, too!

What fall pet care or safety strategies have worked for you? Let us know!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

It Doesn't Take Much To Make Dogs Happy...

Check out the joy these dogs exude when chasing a simple stick. Oh by the way, some are handicapped (or differently abled), but it matters not!
Hope this short video makes your day like it did ours!

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!

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