Holiday Pet ToysThe holiday season is here and food is a very big part of this time of year for most people. You may be wondering how your dog can join in the fun. This article will give you some guidelines about holiday food for your dog. The Pet Supply Company wishes you and your family a happy and safe holiday!

According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) there are several traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas meal ingredients that are dangerous for dogs.

• Fowl bones, especially after cooking are extremely dangerous for dogs. They splinter easily and can cause chocking and other serious hazards.

• Onions, garlic and chives all cause gastrointestinal irritation in large doses, as some holiday recipes require.

• High milk products can cause diarrhea.

• The amount of salt in many human dishes is too much for a dog to digest.

• Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.

• Raw or undercooked meat and eggs can cause Salmonella and E.Coli.

• Avocado contains Persin, which can cause vomiting, and diarrhea in dogs.

• Chocolate and coffee contain Methylxanthines, causing vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rate, seizures, tremors and death. Dark chocolate and baking chocolate are worse than milk chocolate.

• All candy contains too much sugar for pets.

Take care about giving your pup holiday leftovers. Too much of any new food can be a problem for dogs. You do not want to be spending your precious visiting time cleaning up after a sick dog. (Pet Supply Company pet cleaning products can be ordered online today! Free shipping.) But there are some goodies you can share with them if you are careful not to over do it in one sitting. Here are a few Thanksgiving and Christmas foods that are safe for your pet to enjoy.

• Cooked turkey without bones or extra seasonings is fine and delicious.

• Mashed potatoes are safe for your dog if you leave off the butter and seasonings and gravy.

• Small amounts of cranberry sauce are a yummy treat.

• The pasta from macaroni and cheese is a good snack.

• Green beans without the casserole sauce or onions included.

• Sweet potatoes are full of great nutrients for dogs. Remember to scrape off the marshmallows and brown sugar though.

If you are still wishing that your dog could join in the food celebration a bit more, you could buy some extra dog treats to toss his way throughout the day. The Pet Supply Company has a huge selection of yummy and nutritious treats for your pets. Ordering pet treats online is a smart way to save time this holiday season! To go a step further why not make some dog treats a few days ahead of time, if you have the time?

HOMEMADE SWEET POTATO DOG TREATS
Instructions:
Slice 2 sweet potatoes into ¼ inch rounds. Place on 2 non-stick baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 2 hours, flipping halfway through.

PUMPKIN TREATS FOR DOG

Instructions:
1 can 100% pure pumpkin puree
½ cup peanut butter
1 cup plain yogurt
Blend all 3 together until smooth.
Pour into ice cube trays, freeze 12 hours.
Pop single cubes into dog dish!

The holidays are usually full of busy activities. Remember to include your pets whenever you can. But if you have a house full of people you may want to set up a secluded spot for your pets to retreat to if the crowd becomes too much for them. Besides holiday food treats for your pet, you may want to come see the great variety of holiday pet toys and pet Christmas stockings here at The Pet Supply Company!

Santa pet toy

We hope that your family time is fun and safe for everyone. Come by The Pet Supply Company today to get ready for the holidays!

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The Pet Supply Company is aware of this heated debate in today’s world. The battle between dog lovers and cat lovers seems to be a never-ending war among pet lovers. The Pet Supply Company loves and cares for BOTH cats and dogs, equally. We would desire to see peace between these two passionate factions but realize that this is probably an impossible dream. TPSC is a super convenient one-stop-shopping website designed especially for all animal caregivers.

To help those of you who may be undecided about casting your vote for one side or the other, we have developed a simple test that will reveal if you are a dog person or a cat person.

• You are a dog person if you actually look forward to being mauled with love every time you enter your home.
• You are a cat person if you feel loved when your pet slowly rises from her pillow and looks at you when you enter your home.

• You are a dog person if slobber does not disgust you.
• You are a cat person if hairballs do not disgust you.

• You are a dog person if throwing a ball endlessly sounds like a good time.
• You are a cat person if dangling a string sounds like a good time.

• You are a dog person if you like consistency. You enjoy knowing that you can rub your pet’s tummy in complete safety.
• You are a cat person if you like to live dangerously. You can rub your pet’s tummy never knowing when her claws will clamp tightly upon your hand.

• You are a dog person if you have purchased the same kind of pet food for years.
• You are a cat person if you are constantly offering your pet new foods and never knowing if it will be accepted or not.

• You are a dog person if the edges of your couch pillows are chewed up.
• You are a cat person if the edges of your couch are chewed up.

• You are a dog person if your pet runs toward an intruder in your house.
• You are a cat person if your pet hides from the intruder in your house.

• You are a dog person if there are pet treats in your pocket.
• You are a cat person if there is animal hair in your pocket.

• You are a dog person if you have a bag of plastic bags.
• You are a cat person if you have a bag of litter.

The Pet Supply Company is ready to help both the cat lovers and the dog lovers in any way we can. We care about the health, safety and happiness of your pet. Come by our easy-to-use website today! Simply click on pet supply items from dog food to cattle markers and the items will be sent to you quickly with no shipping charges! In the war between cat people and dog people, The Pet Supply Company is a neutral place where both sides can find peace. Come visit our website today!

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The dreaded task looms before you. You know that your dog’s toenails need to be trimmed. Many outdoor dogs do not need any help in this area. If they spend a lot of time running on cement or gravel, their nails may be getting the required trim naturally. But if your dog spends more hours inside than outside, lucky you, it is up to you to take care of this one way or another. The Pet Supply Company cares about the health and safety of your dog. Come to our remodeled website and shop online for the best tools for this job. Shipping is FREE!

 

First you need to decide if this is a job for a professional or is it a do-it-yourself kind of task. A professional dog groomer will usually charge a very small fee to take care of your pet’s toenails. Does your pet go to a groomer on a regular basis anyway? If so, then it make sense to simply add this request the next time you take your pet in for a makeover. Easy-peasy, problem solved.

 

But if you do not take your dog to a groomer consistently or at all, you may want to consider doing this little job yourself. Otherwise, the added stress of going to a new place will just make the nail trimming a more traumatic experience for your pet.

 

The ASPCA suggests helping your pet become accustomed to having his feet and toes handled by touching them gently every day for a few days prior to the actual nail trimming day. Many dogs hate having their feet touched and will need the extra time to get used to you handling them.

 

Next you will want to let your dog get used to the trimmers that you plan to use. There are two types of pet nail trimmers. The guillotine style has a small hole for the toenail and a sharp blade comes down through the hole at an angle to cut the nail off. The other nail trimmer style is a basic scissor style. You will find several high quality dog nail trimmers at The Pet Supply Company. It’s easy to order dog nail trimmers online today.)

 

There is actually a third alternative to these two nail trimmers. Many dog owners use a dremel tool to literally sand the excess toenail away. Again, it would be wise to let your pet become accustomed to the look and sound of this tool before attempting its use. (Order Oster Gentle Paws HERE or the Furminator Grinding Tool HERE.)

 

Most dogs are not going to sit still for this job. It may take more than one person. One will be the dog holder and the other will be the actual trimmer. A dog that is uncomfortable with his feet being handled will pull away at the first attempt to trim the nail. The dog holder must be ready to hold the bulk of the dog and hold a paw in the correct position for the trimmer.

 

The ASPCA also suggests making the experience a more pleasant one by offering the dog a treat after each snip. Have a good supply of dog treats close by to help distract your dog as best you can.

 

Trimming your dog’s toenails is going to require your patience. Do not expect to do this all at once or in a hurry. You may even have to cut only one or two nails a day if your dog becomes highly stressed and agitated. Be ready to stay calm and reassuring.

 

There are many helpful videos online that will guide you into the precise mechanics of trimming your dog’s nails. You do not want to cut the nail too short as that could lead to bleeding and pain for your pet. Your dog will know if you are nervous about this task, so take your time and do your research before you introduce your dog to the device you decide to use. Click on over to The Pet Supply Company for a great variety of nail trimming tools to choose from! Come by today, shipping is always FREE!