We all want what’s best for our furry friends. But what if, by trying our best, we may unintentionally do more harm than good? Think of all the overpriced and delicious-looking snacks you get for your bamboozler at a local pet store, the sea of pet toys you shower them with just because you love ‘em to the moon and back... and you wonder what’s up with your bank balance!
But one vet is debunking common myths and sharing some real useful pet tips, from things to get them at a pet store to things we feed them that are actually very toxic.
Meet Dr. Hunter Finn, TikTok’s beloved veterinarian, who has set out on a mission to educate owners on pet care and “strengthening the human + animal bond.” And with a whopping 1.9M followers and a total of 39.5M likes, it seems like Hunter is doing a terrific job.
1. Shows you their tummy
2. Gently bites/nibbles you
3. Slowly stares and blinks at you
With so many fun, colorful and tasty-looking things sold in the pet stores, it’s easy to get lost. Do you really need a bunch of overpriced organic dry foods for your furry friend, or yet another chewy bone to add to your pupper’s collection? Well, the experts say you may be better off without some of them.
So to find what to snatch and what to pass on in pet stores for the safety of our beloved four-legged friends, Bored Panda talked to Molly DeVoss, a certified feline training and behavior specialist who runs Cat Behavior Solutions agency.
“I do not recommend buying a covered litter box—especially in a multi-cat household. Cats worry that they’ll be ambushed when coming out of a covered box,” Molly said and continued: “In the wild, a cat will choose to urinate/defecate in wide open spaces so they can see potential predators coming.” Turns out, covered litter boxes are often a cause for avoidance issues.
"Doesn't it always mean they are sick or have a nutritional deficiency? If they eat too much grass it can cause them to vomit yes. But the truth is they probably just enjoy it."
"My whole life's been a lie because that's the most perfect pill pocket I've ever seen"
Among other things that Molly would suggest avoiding is buying a box that’s too small. “As a rule of thumb, the box needs to be at least 1.5 times the length of your cat (measured from tip of nose to base of tail),” she explained.
Moreover, the feline behavior expert would also avoid buying dry food for cats “because it does not provide adequate hydration. The worst brand of wet food is far better for your cat than the highest quality dry food. Yes, dry food is convenient for you, but it is not what your feline species needs to maintain optimal health.”
"The plants are extremely toxic and can cause kidney failure. Even the pollen or water from the vase can be toxic"
1. Recognizes your name when talked about
2. Guarding you or looking the other way while you eat
3. Prolonged staring at you
And when it comes to cat toys, Molly said it is a lot like buying toys for children; “you want to avoid small parts and pieces that can break off or be chewed off and swallowed. Ingesting toys can create serious intestinal issues and blockages in cats.”
According to her, wand toys are the best choice for your cat; interactive play simulates the hunting sequence and burns off pent-up energy. “Be sure to put the wand toy away—out of reach to the cat—when you’re not using it,” she reminded all the cat owners.
1 year old dog= 31 year old human
What about 7 year old dog? 62
Aging slows down. 8 year old= 64
Make sure there is no xylitol and its super high in calories so MODERATION or else they gonna get chonky
"We don't know the exact toxin in the grapes and some dogs will be fine while others go into kidney failure"
We also talked to Salman Haqqi, a pet insurance expert at Money.co.uk who said that when picking the right toy for your dog, you should consider “the size of your dog, how active they are, their breed and age." Moreover, "Toys that are too small can get lodged in your dog's throat or be easily swallowed so it’s best to buy the appropriate size for your breed.”
And when it comes to many dogs' favorite squeaky toys, the Money.co.uk animal experts warn that the canine “may want to track down and demolish the noise, which could be ingested if left unattended, so just keep an eye on your pooch to make sure they aren't eating anything they shouldn't be.”
"Yes, they like the exaggerated, high pitched tone. But only when using dog relevant words like 'walk' or 'play'"
"Pig ears. Very fatty. Can contribute to obesity, vomiting and diarrhea. Higher chance of bacterial overgrowth"
“Be careful with rawhide dog chews as they may pose choking hazards, it's always important to check with your vet about the most safe and appropriate toys. We’d recommend Kongs and fun treat dispensers that keep your pet entertained for long periods of time.”
If you’re thinking of getting your pet some chews, you should make sure there is nothing sharp or hard that could damage pets' teeth or cause injury, “anything that could splinter or be a choking hazard.”
1. Picking fights with housemates.
2. Peeing outside the litterbox
3. Tearing up furniture
5. Sleeping more
"They are smelling secretions from anal sacs. These glands produce a unique odor to that animal. It gives them instant information and helps them determine how to act"
"Bones (Raw or processed) and Hooves. These WILL wear/break your dogs teeth and possibly cause gastrointestinal problems. Remember this: if you can't make any indention with your fingernail or hit it against your knee comfortably, then it's hard for your dog to chew"
The next year=about 10 years
Then every year = about 7 years after that
1.Remove the stinger (don't use tweezers)
2. Apply baking soda/water paste and ice the area
3. Call your vet
"These won't always cause problems, but if shredded, ingested and unable to be passed can become life threatening"
1.Hyperactive at times
2. Always hungry
3. Drinks a lot of water
4. Losing weight
1.Establish one primary veterinarian
2. If you're concerned, don't wait
3. Invest in pet insurance
"Meat is the #1 ingredient means it must be the best right? Meat is generally about 70% water. So maybe it should say "water is the first ingredient". Don't base your choice off of this one marketing tactic"
"Wet noses help their sense of smell and help cool them down"
"All dog feet smell... some more than others. Mainly due to microbes like yeast and bacteria. If the odor is getting stronger or your dog is licking/chewing a lot go see you vet"
At least once every 3 days. Make sure to get those back molars especially as they chew with those most often
"The best way to avoid even HAVING to do this is to use prevention (orals are better than collars). But this product helps you remove the entire tick. Without having to touch it or leave the head in the dog. Prevention is better than simply removing ticks because now this dog is at risk for many different diseases"