Senior Pets: Answers to Common Questions

Senior Pets: Answers to Common Questions

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We love our pets, and thanks to advancements in animal care, they’re living longer now than ever before. As our furry friends get older, their needs change and more care must be taken to ensure they live the rest of their years as happily as possible. Because we love dogs of all ages, we wanted to answer a few of the common questions that surround senior pets. These questions resonated with us, and we did our research to answer them for you. When is a Pet Considered “Old”? We all would have a different answer to this question. The answer really depends on the size and type of pet. Cats and dogs, for example, are categorically aged differently, as are large and small dogs. This chart from the American Veterinary…
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Tips for a Stress-Free Pet Portrait Session

Tips for a Stress-Free Pet Portrait Session

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As a Master Photographer, Jennifer has been photographing pets for over 10 years. Over that decade, she has honed her experience and expertise to catch dogs’ attention to capture amazing images. Jennifer’s specially-designed pet portrait studio features dog-friendly outdoor carpet to protect paws from the pavement, a relief area, accident-resistant floors and an open atmosphere to help you pets feel comfortable in our space. For a fun and enjoyable portrait session, we encourage you to: • Bathe and/or groom your dog the day before your portrait session • Walk your dog prior to entering the studio • Make sure your pet gets a potty break before your session • Bring soft, chewy training treats to reward good behavior • Bring your pet’s favorite toys and any props you’d like to…
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Pet-Friendly Fourth of July Tips

Pet-Friendly Fourth of July Tips

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Happy Independence Day from Hatton Pet Portrait Studio! We're excited for fireworks, barbeques and family fun. Are you planning to include your furry family members in the festivities? With fireworks and a lot of commotion, it's not surprise that the Fourth of July is one of the most active times for the recovery of pets. To keep your dogs safe while having fun this Fourth, here are some pet-friendly tips from the American Kennel Club. Keep Your Dog at Home Make your dog comfortable at home while you're away at the barbeque or celebration. Block out any outside sights and sounds to keep your dog as calm as possible. Because many dogs are afraid of loud noises like fireworks, do your best to keep their effect on your dog at…
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5 Easy Summer Recipes for Your Dog

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This month, with temperatures reaching 100 degrees F and higher, we wanted to share 5 ideas to help keep your pets cool and enjoy their summer! Stuff a Kong toy with pet-friendly foods (peanut butter is always a good idea!) and stick it in the freezer! Cube watermelon and freeze it for a quick, easy treat! Make homemade (no salt) chicken-broth pops or Poochie Pupsicles (recipes from Modern Dog Magazine) Mix up some Peanut Butter Froyo Treats (recipe via Rover from The Happiness in Health) Create an icey treat to keep them busy with a Doggy Ice Treat (recipe from Tablespoon) If you try these recipes, or have your own that you love, share them with us on social media. Tag Hatton Pet Portrait Studio on Facebook and use the…
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Pup Treats: Pumpkin Squares and Buttery Cheese Biscuits

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[caption id="attachment_811" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo via prestonspeaks.com[/caption] *These recipes come to us from Preston Speaks (www.prestonspeaks.com) We first met Preston, a Westie, and his mom, Rachel, at the Phoenix Pet Expo two years ago, where we got these two great recipes. First, here’s a little bit more about Preston the pup! Official AKC Name: Sir. Preston Peabody, CGC Age: 7 From: Western Kentucky Breed: West Highland White Terrier Trainings: Camera and video work, AKC Canine Good Citizen Jobs: Model and actor – Preston has been featured in 9 Westie calendars! What an interesting little guy! We loved seeing him at Phoenix Pet Expo and look forward to future events! Preston shared these recipes with us; we hope you enjoy them! Doggie Pumpkin Squares Ingredients: 2 eggs 2 1/3 c whole…
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Puppy Guidelines for New Dog Parents

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Choosing to add a new puppy to your family should not be taken lightly. There are a lot of responsibilities, and a little prep work ahead of time will make the transition to puppy parents a little easier. Clear Communication Especially if you live with other people, it is important to maintain clear communication for everyone’s role with the new puppy. Determining who is responsible for walks, feeding and filling the water bowl, and potty breaks is important. Will you dog be fed table scraps? Will they be confined to a certain location at certain times? A Puppy-Proof Home Think about where your puppy will spend most of their time. Will you use a crate of kennel? Do you need to get a baby gate to block off your area?…
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6 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Dog Lovers

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching! If you’re a gift giver but are at a loss this year for what to give your dog-loving mom, let us give you some ideas! Décor – If she’s like us, your Mom loves to see her pet’s personality in décor throughout her home. From pillows and breed specific pictures, to coasters, art and more, doggy décor is a great gift option. Accessories - Jewelry is always a good option for Mother's Day, and there are so many possibilities! Ask your jeweler not only what's in style and what pet or dog designs they have, but what they can custom create to ensure mom loves her new fashion accessory. Drinkware – In our experience, everyone LOVES mugs. Whether your mom is a coffee or tea…
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Be Prepared: Pet First Aid Basics

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Our pets are part of our family, and just like human family members, they can become injured or fall victim to disasters or local emergencies. With April being Pet First Aid Awareness Month, we thought it would be fitting to share three common pet first aid practices and proactive pet preparedness measures. Pet First Aid Kit The Humane Society of the United States recommends that every home have a basic pet first aid kit on hand. You can easily purchase a pet first aid kit online or from a local pet supply store or utilize a first aid kit designed for people and simply add pet-specific items to it. Some specific pet items include: Pet first aid book Phone numbers for your vet, nearest emergency vet, and poison control center or…
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