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How to Meet the Chewing Needs of Your Small Animal Pet

How to Meet the Chewing Needs of Your Small Animal Pet

If you own a small rodent as a pet, like a hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, mouse or rats, then you’ve probably noticed that they like to chew on things. If they were loose in your house, this chewing might be a nuisance that you’d want to stop. But, as your pet, you need to know that chewing is important to your pet’s survival. Small rodent pets chew for survival Rodents are the only animal that have teeth that continually grow. They have two teeth at the center of their upper jaw and two at the bottom. Because these teeth never stop growing, they would die if they didn’t wear them down. Without the chewing, the teeth could go through their upper mouth and into their brains, killing them. Guinea pigs have another reason to chew Guinea pigs also chew for another reason. They are considered semi-ruminant, which means they have to chew their food twice. Food and toys for these pets need to allow them to safely gnaw You can make sure that your small pet gets the opportunity for chewing with the right food and accessories. Grateful Pet has an array of products that will be safe for eating and will enhance their chewing. American Antler Critter Chew – American Antler Critter Chews are natural bone chews. They provide calcium, minerals and nutrients for your small pets that chew. The chews are long-lasting, with no splinters or odors. Oxbow Bene Terre Organic Barley Biscuits – Oxbow Bene Terra Organic Barley Biscuits are made from certified organic ingredients like hay, fruits and vegetables. The ingredients are baked into crunchy... read more
Yes, You Can Provide Healthy Seasonal Meals and Products to Your Pets

Yes, You Can Provide Healthy Seasonal Meals and Products to Your Pets

Do you ever feel that your pet’s dietary routine can tend to be a bit routine? Feeding your fur babies the same food regularly not only gets boring, but can feel that they’re being treated as less important members of the family. We receive variety in our meals, why can’t our pets? With the holidays around the corner, Grateful Pet offers a variety of fun, tasty, and healthy seasonal meals and products for your beloved companion. Merrick Seasonal Canned Dog Food Merrick Seasonals Grain Free Friday Night Lights Fest Canned Dog Food – Your Friday night or Sunday morning tailgate will feel incomplete this year without this grain free, nutritious meal for your furry friend. With a balance of high-quality meat, poultry, fruits and vegetables, this meal is a touchdown dogs with food allergies or sensitivities. Merrick Seasonals Grain Free Christmas Day Dinner Canned Dog Food – Without all of the hard work and preparation, your companion can enjoy a hardy meal of chicken, duck, sweet potato, and peas in gravy on Christmas this year. With a meal like that, even your family will be envious! Merrick Classic Grain Free Venison Holiday Stew Canned Dog Food – That tradition served every year on New Year’s Day is now available for your amazing dog. Venison Holiday Stew is prepared with Venison, Red Jacket New Potatoes, Carrots, Zucchini, Sugar Peas, & Red Apples and is a fan favorite. Winter Seasons Specials Grateful Pet doesn’t just bring you holiday treats that can change with the seasons, but other products that can make the winter seasons special, and a bit more comfortable for... read more
3 Rules of Dog Walking Etiquette

3 Rules of Dog Walking Etiquette

This sweet spot between summer and fall is a great time of year for walking your dog. Following the right etiquette practices and being responsible with your pet can make these outings fun for both of you—as well as anyone else you might encounter on your walk! Dog walking etiquette is pretty straight-forward when you follow these three simple rules. Review the best practices for this type of exercise, then grab any additional supplies you might need. Grateful Pet can help you walk your dog like a pro. Keep Fido Leashed Be safe on your walks by making sure your dog stays right at your side. Letting your puppy run off can be dangerous around traffic—even in quiet neighborhood settings. Crossing on to another pet’s property might invite trouble, as well. The leash is for protection, but it’s also just good manners to prevent any trespassing. Depending on your environment, you might want a shorter, nylon leash to keep your pet close. If you have a little more flexibility with the distance, a retractable leash might work well. We love the leash styles from Wigzi because they come in fun, bright colors. Depending on your dog’s size, your leash can extend from 13 to 16 feet. Clean Up—Every Time It’s normal for dogs to “do their business” while on walks, so be sure to keep a collection of bags to clean up after they go. No one wants to see that mess by the sidewalk! Responsible dog owners know how to respect their environment and neighbors. Dispose of the waste in a public trash bin, or wait to throw... read more
5 Pet Treats Good for Your Cat or Dog

5 Pet Treats Good for Your Cat or Dog

Pet treats aren’t just about indulging in dessert. They’re are actually a lot more useful than say, a piece of chocolate cake. Unlike our “people treats,” most treats for pets aren’t made just for taste. Giving treats can help strengthen the emotional bond you have with your cat or dog, and actually be pretty healthy for them! 5 Different Types of Pet Treats You can use treats for positive reinforcement with your pet or just offer them as rewards throughout the week. Either way, it’s a good idea to look for high-quality pet treats and ingredients that serve more than one purpose. Obviously, you want the treat to taste good for your pet—but what other benefits can it bring to the table? Pet Treats to Mask Medicine If your pet needs some extra encouragement to take their prescription medicine, you might try hiding their pill in a treat. Chewy pet treats are great because you can usually mold the treat around the medicine. Nutro Chewy Treats come in apple, banana, blueberry, and peanut butter varieties to satisfy even the pickiest of pets. Choose a flavor your dog or cat loves so they’ll take their medicine without a fuss. Dental Treats for Cats and Dogs Lots of dogs enjoy chewing, and certain pet treats are specifically designed to make chewing even more fun and useful for your pup. Having a bag of dental chews on hand for your dog lets you give them a new activity in the evening after a walk or playtime. Crunchy treats can act like a “toothbrush” for cats, too. The texture of these Halo Cat... read more