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Dogs And Sago Palm…………Pet Parents Beware!

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sago palm

 

 

Here's something that many dog and puppy owners might not know……………dogs and sago palms can be a very deadly combination!

 

Sago Palms are beautiful and plentiful in southern climates but if you happen to have one in your yard and you have a dog, then you need to be safe rather than sorry.

 

These plants (all parts of them including the sago palm seeds)) can be very poisonous to dogs. They can cause liver damage and failure and it can happen very quickly.

 

If you own a dog or puppy, it's a very good idea to see what kinds of plants (both inside and outdoor varieties) can be a safety hazard for your dog or new puppy.

 

No pet parent would intentionally leave a poisonous plant within reach of their dog. It's just that many people don't know and that's what makes it scary.

 

So be sure and do your due diligence if you have a dog or if you are about to get a new puppy, and find out ahead of time. Go online and look for a list of plants in your area that might be a hazard to your pet. You'll definitely be thankful that you did!

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Lifes Abundance Puppy Pack……….The Perfect Solution For Your New Puppy

 

Getting a new puppy is a very exciting time but it does take a bit of preparation. The Life's Abundance puppy pack takes all the guesswork out of what you'll need to get your new furry friend off to a great start. And that can be a big relief!

Let's face it, there is a lot to think about and gather together for the arrival of your new fur baby. There's food, treats, shampoo, you name it…………………….lots of decisions to make BEFORE your new puppy arrives in your home.

Wouldn't it be nice to have everything you'll need to get started packaged up and shipped directly to your front door? No frantic last minute trips to the store worrying about whether or not you have everything you need?

Letting somebody else do all the work gives you more time to do what's most important………loving on that new bundle of joy!

Click here to see what comes in the Lifes Abundance Puppy Pack.

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Is Puppy Food Really Necessary…….. Or Not?

So,  is puppy food really necessary? This question gets asked a lot by first time puppy parents. They want the best food for their new puppy and can you blame them? 


So is it necessary?  Well, I guess you could say the answer to this question is  "not really"  BUT it does depend on the quality of dog food you will be feeding your puppy. Is it an all life stages dog food? One that is designed for both a puppy and adult dogs?

 

One exception when it comes to puppy foods is large breed puppies. They do have special nutritional needs, so it's always a good idea to find a large breed puppy food designed just for them.

 
Remember,  not all dog foods are created equally. What you need to be looking for in a dog food,  whether puppy or dog food, is quality nutrition. That's what it really boils down to. Does the food that you are feeding have the very best nutrition for your puppy?

 

If your puppy is not a large breed and you choose an all life stages dog food, make sure it is high quality, has been  AAFCO approved  and has a protein content of at least 26%

And be sure and read the dog food ingredient list.:) before you buy a food. The more educated and informed you are about dog foods, the healthier your new puppy will be! 

 

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How Much Food To Feed A Puppy? Check Out These Helpful Tips

One of the biggest questions with new puppy parents is, "How much food to feed a puppy?" They worry,  and rightly so,  that they might be feeding too much or maybe too little to their new bundle of joy.


So,  "How much food should I feed my puppy?"


Well, the first suggestion,  and most obvious is to be sure and read what's on the bag of food that you have chosen to feed your puppy. If its a food specifically for puppies then it will be listed under the general directions.


If it's an "all life stages dog food" (which means the food is designed for puppies AND adult dogs) then there will be a section with specific instructions just for puppies.


Here is a basic feeding guideline that works well with most puppies:


When they are ready to eat solid food you can moisten the food and "free feed" (which means always leave food available) until they are fully weaned (which will be between 6-8 weeks old). Most new puppy parents get a puppy that is already fully weaned and on a food already.


Once weaned,  feed them the "suggested daily amount"  of dry food according to their weight and add at least 25% more.


So, how many times a day should I feed my puppy?"  A general guideline would be………….



From 8 weeks to 4 months,  divide this daily amount up into 3-4 meals over a 24 hour period which is generally a good rule of thumb. From 4-6 months,  divide the daily amount into 2-3 meals in a 24 hour period. After that,  follow directions on the bag according to their weight.


Note: Some people choose to free feed longer, but keep in mind that it may lead to obesity as your puppy grows.


Also remember that food requirements for individual puppies can vary (depending on breed, etc). It's always a good idea,  if you're unsure,  to ask your vet if you have specific questions concerning your breed and how much food they will need 🙂


Important!  If you decide to use a different food other than what your puppy has been on, BE SURE and switch the food over SLOWLY.  You can give your dog diarrhea by changing over too quickly.


Finally…….Remember these are suggested guidelines only on how much food to feed a puppy and you should ALWAYS check with your vet if you are unsure about anything.


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What To Buy A New Puppy………..Don’t Forget These Must Have Items

 

It's important to know what to buy a new puppy and have it on hand before the big day arrives. That way you will be prepared and ready. It's almost like bringing a new baby home……….you would definitely want to make sure you had the diapers!


Puppies are no different. They have immediate needs too and you want to make sure that you have covered all your bases BEFORE you bring them home.



So what do you need on your new puppy checklist? Well here are a few tips and some essential items to help you get ready for the big day:



Food– By all means don't forget the food! Do your research ahead of time and decide on the best puppy food for your puppy. One little tip on the food…………….make sure the kibbles are small and easy for them to chew.



Daily Supplement– Puppies really need a daily vitamin mineral supplement to help them get off to a good start. They will be growing very fast their first year and need all the nutrition that they can get.



Healthy Dog Treats– All dogs love treats and that includes puppies. They are also a great way to reward your puppy when they have been good.


There are antioxidant health bars for dogs,  pork hide bones and a multitude of good healthy treats on the market for your puppy. (Just remember to read the labels!)



Ear and Oral Health Items– Make sure you have something on hand to clean your puppies teeth and ears. Keeping your puppies teeth and ears clean will keep them healthy for years to come.



Puppy Shampoo– You'll definitely be needing to give them a bath once they get home. Look for a hypoallergenic dog shampoo that is natural and smells good too.


You can actually buy puppy starter kits with all the essentials already in them and ready to go so you won't forget anything.


Other things you need for a new puppy include a dog bed,  food and water bowl,  dog crate (if you are crate training) or an indoor dog gate (if you want to keep them in a certain area of the house).



If you haven't decided on a house training method you need to do that ASAP. Are you going to use pee pads or maybe one of the new dog potties on the market? No matter what you decide, you need to have it on hand as well.



It really pays to get prepared before bringing home a new puppy. Having all the essentials on hand can make it much more stress free so you can spend your time doing what's most important………..enjoying your new bundle of joy!


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