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Easy Strawberry Dog Ice Cream

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Easy Strawberry Dog Ice Cream

It’s Strawberry Ice Cream Day! We have an easy strawberry dog ice cream recipe for you to make today.

Why are strawberries good for dogs?

Strawberries are a low-caloric treat that is high in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C. Does your dog need to lose weight? Substituting traditional dog treats with strawberries can help your dog reach their goal weight.

How to safely feed my dog strawberries?

Strawberries should have their stems removed and cut into small pieces to help prevent choking. Smaller dogs may benefit from having strawberries blended instead of tiny pieces. Other than removing stems and small pieces you don’t have to do anything else to strawberries to make them safe for dogs. You can also try our strawberry ice cream recipe below or one of our other strawberry ice cream recipes.

Easy Strawberry Dog Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1lb of strawberries (a standard tub size)
3 – 4c low/non-fat plain yogurt

Directions:

1. Wash and remove stems from the strawberries with a knife.
2. Use a potato masher or food processor to mash/purée the strawberries.
3. Mix together your strawberry mix with the yogurt. If you want less strawberry flavor per bite, add more yogurt.
4. Spoon your mixture into silicone, food-safe molds.
5. Place the molds in the freezer and let them sit in a freezer overnight to harder.

That’s it! Did you make this recipe? Let us know @WetNosesPetSitting We’d love to see your results.

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5 Items In Your Kitchen That Are Poisonous To Dogs

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5 Items In Your Kitchen That Are Poisonous To Dogs

When sitting down to write about items in your kitchen that are poisonous to dogs, I stood in the middle of mine and took an inventory. There are a lot of things that are found in our kitchens that are poisonous but how often do you really have cherries in your kitchen? They’re probably not a staple. Here are 5 items in your kitchen that are poisonous to dogs that I keep on hand.

Minced Garlic

Amazon.com : Spice World, Minced Garlic, 4.5 Oz : Grocery & Gourmet Food

It’s easier than pressing my own garlic but extremely toxic to dogs. It does take more than a single piece of minced garlic to be toxic but studies have found that 15 to 30g of garlic per 1 kilogram (that’s a little over 2lbs) of body weight is enough to be toxic. Garlic toxicity can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and dehydration. On a more extreme end it can cause damage to red blood cells, resulting in hemolytic anemia.

Bowl of Chocolate Candy

Confectionery, Chocolate, Dark, Whole Milk, Cute

Reece’s Cups are delicious to humans but not to dogs. Chocolate in large amounts can be deadly to pets. Some chocolate candy that contains peanut butter may also contain xylitol which is equally as deadly. The darker the chocolate the worse it is for your pets to have. Dark chocolate contains higher levels of theobromine which dogs cannot metabolize effectively.

Alcohol

Wines, Glasses, Wine Glasses, Stemware, Glassware

You may have some bottles of alcohol in your kitchen if you enjoy a drink every now and then, or if you cook with it. Grapes are also extremely toxic to dogs. Even one grape can be enough to be fatal by potentially causing sudden kidney failure. While we don’t know exactly why grapes (and raisins) are so toxic to dogs they should never be given to a dog.

Caffeinated Drinks

Coca-Cola, Water, Ice, Soda

This isn’t just limited to soda but coffee and caffeinated teas. You’d be shocked about how many things actually contain caffeine. If you ever spill anything that contains caffeine make sure to clean it up right away. Bonus Fact: Cleaning up soda ASAP is important to help prevent ants. Ants are not only annoying but they can carry a variety of diseases with them and they can get into tiny spaces – like dog food containers.

Medications

Pills, Medication, Tablets, Bottle, Drugs, Drugstore

I keep my medications in a medicine cabinet in the kitchen. Why do I keep medications in there? So they’re in a centralized source that doesn’t require having to get them from the bathroom. It’s very handy when you need a Tylenol and somebody is taking an hour-long shower. Highly recommend. If you too have a medicine cabinet in your kitchen make sure it’s one of your higher cabinets. Keep medications in their original packaging. Original packaging is usually child-proof and subsequently slightly more dog proof. If you can’t keep it in its original packaging put it in a secure container on a higher shelf.

Items in your Kitchen that are Poisonous to Dogs Infographic

 

What to do if you suspect your pet has gotten into something they shouldn’t.

Seek emergency veterinary care immediately if you suspect your pet has been poisoned or if you have seen them getting into something that they shouldn’t. It’s always better to take them to the vet and be told that they didn’t ingest anything rather than waiting and it being too late.

What of these common kitchen items do you have in your kitchen? Are there any big ones we missed? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Most Popular Dog and Cat Names From 2021

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2021 was a year wasn’t it and that is reflected in the most popular dog and cat names from 2021. With more people becoming pet parents than ever there were sure to be some creative pet names. Does your pet’s name make this list?

A cat playing with yarn on a pink and white background. The top cat names of 2021 are Luna, Bella, Lily, Lucy and Nala.

Credit: The Dog People

Pet names are like a snapshot for a specific time period. When historical events take place or a new celebrity emerges we see that reflected in pets names. 2021 brought us another year of COVID-19, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Bridgerton (Netflix TV show) released, Bitcoin hit a new ATH, Kim K and Kanye broke up, so many things happened.

This year we saw an even larger increase in COVID-19 related names. Coming in at a+443% increase in cats being named Fauci and +43% being named Covi. It seems like people are still on the COVID-19 naming trend for pets. While names like Rona and Covid were down for cats but the same isn’t true for dogs. With a +35% increase in the name Covid and a +443% increase in the name Zoom. Prior to 2020 hardly any pets were named Fauci, Covid, or COVID-19 related names.

A German Shepherd wearing a mask for Covid-19 inspired dog names

Credit: The Dog People

Taylor Swift lost her top spot with dog parents making way for Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Lopez, A-Rod, and Doja Cat. Taylor held on strong for cats, increasing by +76%. Some popular celebrity names for cats in 2021 were: Yeezy, Doja/Doja Cat (+176%), Oprah, Miley Cyrus, GaGa, and Dua Lipa.

Celebrity inspired dog names

Credit: The Dog People

Breaking the most popular names down by sex between cats and dogs gives us these lists:

Top Female Names for Dog: Bella, Luna, Lucy, Daisy, Zoe, Lily, Lola, Bailey, Stella, and Molly

Top Male Names for Dogs: Max, Charlie, Milo, Buddy, Rocky, Bear, Leo, Duke, Teddy, and Tucker

Is your pets name on this list or did you go with another theme?

Top Female Names for Cats: Luna, Bella, Lily, Lucy, Nala, Kitty, Chloe, Stella, Zoe, and Lola

Top Male Names for Cats: Oliver, Leo, Milo, Charlie, Max, Simba, Jack, Loki, Ollie, and Jasper

Some of these names even overlap with Baby Center’s top baby names of 2021. With Leo, Luna, Oliver, and Stella all making that list.

The cast of Friends (dog edition) on the famous couch.

We even saw an increase in pets named after Friends characters following the reunion this year. Pets being named Phoebe Buffay was up +963% this year. Yes, that’s right. The full name. Not just Phoebe. Joey, Gunther, Chandler, and Ross also made the list. There was an increase in pets named after the popular show The Mandalorian with an increase in dogs being named Grogu.

But enough about what The Dog People found! What did Wet Noses Pet Sitting find? We compiled a list of all of our clients pets names who we did visits for in 2021 and found the most popular.

Wet Noses Pet Sitting Top Dog Names 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Names for Dogs: Bella, Lucy, Max, Charlie, Rocky

For our feline clients we found these names to be the most popular.

Wet Noses Pet Sitting Top Cat Names 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Names for Cats: Luna, Milo, Charlie, Lily, Lucy

Lucy and Charlie both were in our top 5 for cats and dogs. Seems like our data findings match up with what The Dog People found!

This is just a scratch in the surface from what The Dog People found. If you wish to learn more about the most popular cat and dog names of 2021, visit the links provided. Let us know in the comments if your pets name made their most popular names list! We’d love to know why you chose that name.

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How Many Times A Day Should You Walk Your Dog?

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How Many Times A Day Should You Walk Your Dog?

Every dog is different when it comes to how many times a day you should walk your dog.

A general rule of thumb is you should walk your dog

three to four times a day for at least 15 minutes

It might seem like a lot but we’re going to break it down for you since it’s different for every dog. Some factors that will influence how often you need to walk your dog are:

  • Health
  • Age
  • Physical athleticism
  • General activity level
  • Your general lifestyle

For smaller dogs, usually one walk a day is plenty but this depends on their breed. Breeds like jack russell terriers are known for their high energy so one walk might not be enough for that breed. With dogs that tend to have shorter noses or brachycephalic breeds – like pugs or french bulldogs weather is a huge factor when determining how many times a day you should walk your dog. Dogs that are brachycephalic tend to overheat more easily and should be kept indoors on hot days.

For larger or more high energy, high activity level you are really going to need those three to four walks. Especially if walking is the only activity your dog is getting. You can cut this number back if your dog is playing out in the yard, going to doggy-daycare, playing ball, or doing other activities.

I just can’t keep up!

If you have a high energy dog that needs a lot of exercise but are finding it difficult to keep up with them there are still things you can do!

  • Puzzle toys
  • Agility training
  • Rally
  • Obedience training

All of these things are designed to stimulate your dog. Remember, a tired dog is a happy dog.

Why does any of this matter?

Walks reduce boredom, destructive chewing, and scratching. It also gives them something to mentally stimulate them with all the smells and sights. Remember, we are leaving our houses fairly often but dogs don’t get to leave unless we take them with us. And remember, walks are not only great for your dog but they’re good for your health as well! Walks have been shown to decrease blood pressure, increase bone strength, loosen muscles, lower diabetes risk, and more.

Still can’t get those three to four walks in? We’re here to help! We’d love to discuss our dog walking services with you and find a plan that works for you and your pets.

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Should You Leave The Radio/TV On For Your Pets?

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Should You Leave The Radio/TV On For Your Pets?

When you’re leaving the house, should you leave the radio/TV on for your pets?

It’s up to you!

While the data is limited, there are studies such as the one conducted in 2002 by animal psychologist Deborah Wells from Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland 1 2 that indicate it can be beneficial to leave on the radio/TV for your pet but only if it’s playing the right kind of content – most notably classical music. But really, each animal has their own preference and it’s up to you to experiment with what works best for your pet. Some dogs liked heavy metal while others liked the sound of people talking.

What if I don’t have a Radio/TV?

With many of us moving to subscription based streaming you might find yourself without a TV or radio. There are streaming TV stations that are designed to cater to our canine and feline companions but if you have cut the cord there are numerous YouTube channels out there. Keep in mind, any media that runs advertisements can have suddenly loud and jarring sounds that can disturb your pet. One of my cats is currently recovering from a cystotomy so we’ve been enjoying the videos by Paul Dinning on YouTube. Some places like the Monterey Bay Aquarium offer livestreams of their various exhibits. These livestreams tend to have some calming background music but you can search for ones that don’t.

Do you leave the TV on for your pets? What about the radio? Let us know in the comments what your pets favorite thing to listen or watch is.

How To Protect Your Dog’s Paws on Winter Walks

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How To Protect Your Dog’s Paws on Winter Walks

Protecting your dogs paws on winter walks is important to keep your pet healthy and safe this winter season. But how do you protect their paws? Here are a few tips to protect those paws.

1. Paw Wax

There are many different types of paw wax out there but one I enjoy is Musher’s Secret. It’s also great to use on dry elbows!

Musher’s Secret is a paw wax made from natural food-grade waxes and oils designed to condition and protect your pet’s paws. Yes! This also works on cats. It’s fast=drying, non-allergenic, and non-staining which are huge pluses. You can also use it during the summer to add another layer of protection to your pets paws when out for walks in case you have to cross any hot pavement.

Buy Musher’s Secret on Amazon

2. Dog Boots

Dog boots take some time getting used to but can protect your dogs paws from more than paw wax can. There are numerous types of dog boots out there so make sure to do research before purchasing to determine if they’re a suitable fit for you and your dog.

Polar Trex™ Winter Dog Boots

Buy Polar Trex™ Winter Dog Boots on Ruffwear

Buy Pawz Dog Boots on Amazon

3. Wipe Those Paws…

When you dog comes in from a walk, make sure to wipe their paws off to get rid of any ice melt and other debris that may have gotten in between their toes. You can use a wet paper towel or any dog grooming wipe.

4. Or Try a Portable Paw Washer

You should still wipe your dogs paws when they come inside but if you know you’ll be out for awhile, consider a portable paw washer. Ideal for mud this will also work on some winter debris. This one comes in three sizes. Just make sure to bring a towel with you.

Buy Dexas MudBuster Portable Dog Paw Washer on Amazon

5. Check Surroundings

Besides waxes and boots you should be vigilant when walking your dog. This will help you avoid encountering potential hazards. Some things to note are:

  • Don’t walk in front of stores: Most stores don’t use pet-safe ice melt. Non pet-safe ice melt is toxic to pets.
  • Stick to a known path: This can help you avoid any holes/gaps that may be hidden by snow.
  • Avoid ice: Ice is slippery for both you and your canine. Walking around ice patches you see can prevent a fall.

Were any of these tips helpful? Let us know if we missed anything and how you protect your dogs paws on winter walks in the comments below.

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Celebrate National Pumpkin Day

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Celebrate National Pumpkin Day

Looking for creative ways to celebrate National Pumpkin Day? Here are some fun, and healthy, dog treat recipes you can make to celebrate with your pup!

REMEMBER: When buying canned pumpkin, make sure it’s plain pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling contains spices that your dog shouldn’t have. If you feel more comfortable buying a brand that was made to be consumed by cats and dogs, here are a few brands:

1. Dog-Friendly Pumpkin Pie Bites

Ingredients
16 oz. canned pumpkin (plain pumpkin– do not use pie filling)
½ banana
¾ cup flour
½ cup oatmeal
¼ – ½ cup water
¼ cup plain low-fat yogurt
Cupcake or muffin tin
Cupcake liners

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Mix oatmeal and flour together in a large bowl.
3. Add enough water to get the dough to form a ball. Add water slowly, too much will make it too sticky, not enough and it will crumble
4. Line cupcake tins. Take a chunk of dough and press into bottom of cupcake liner. Dough should go up sides a bit, about a 1/2″
5. Bake crust for 8 mins, until firm and slightly brown.
6. Carefully take crusts out of the tin, cool on the rack. When cool, remove liners.
7. Mix pumpkin, banana and half of the yogurt together
8. Fill each crust with pumpkin banana mixture
9. Freeze until firm. Serve Frozen

Dog-Friendly Pumpkin Pie Bites Recipe Card2. Banana Pumpkin Dog Treats

Ingredients
2 Large Bananas (spotted/brown are best)
3tblsp Xylitol-Free Peanut Butter
3tblsp Coconut Oil

Directions
1. Mix bananas in a stand mixer until they are broken down but not a purée. You can also use a hand mixer or a masher.
2. Slowly combine peanut butter and coconut oil until texture is smooth. A few chunks are ok!
3. Pour into your favorite silicone mold.
4. Freeze for 3-4 hours or until firm.

Banana Pumpkin Dog Treats Recipe Card

3. Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Bites

Ingredients
2c Whole Wheat Flour
1c Rolled Oats
1c Whole Fresh Cranberries (Frozen works, just make sure they’re thawed)
16oz Pumpkin
1½c Chicken, Beef, or Vegetable Stock

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. If the mixture is too dry you can add some more stock.
3. Roll into 1-1½in sized balls and place on a lined cookie sheet.
4. Bake for 50 minutes.
5. Let cool and serve!

Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Bites Recipe Card

What’s your favorite pumpkin dog treat recipe? Let us know in the comments below.

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5 Halloween Treats Your Dog Will Love

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5 Halloween Treats Your Dog Will Love

Halloween is fast approaching but you can still stock up on Halloween treats your dog will love. Here are some we’ve found that you should give a try.

1. Homemade Candy Corn Dog Treats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Homemade Halloween Pumpkin Dog Treats

Halloween DIY dog treats

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3. Candy Corn Frozen Dog Treats

These treats are great if you’re in a warmer area where even those fall temperatures still feel hot. A perfect way to keep your dog busy with a treat while helping them cool off.

Candy Corn Frozen Dog Treats

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not into making treats yourself? Consider purchasing some from one of these vendors.

There are lots of different treats out there made for Halloween each year. Check out your local pet store for seasonal bakery biscuits. Ghosts, Frankenstein’s Monster, candy corn, and witch’s hats are all popular cookie shapes this time of year.

4. Bocce’s Bakery Nutty Mummies Biscuits

Nutty Mummies Biscuits

Nutty Mummies Biscuits on Bocce’s Bakery @ $5.50

5. Howl-O-Ween Cookies from Dog Bakery Online

Howl-O-Ween Bag of Treats 4 Pack

Various Howl-O-Ween Cookies on Dog Bakery Online, starting @ $1.99

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Should Your Pet Wear ID?

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Should Your Pet Wear ID?

You pet should always have some form of permanent identification on them at all times as identification is extremely important in helping you be reunited with your pet. This can be either in the form of a microchip or a tattoo. As of 2021, microchips are by far the more popular of the two. If you plan on going out with your pet or if your pet is know to door-dart, they should have a form of ID that is easily accessible on them at all times. This is most commonly in the form of ID tags but some collars also come embroidered with information. You can get ID tags made at most pet stores or you can order them online on sites like Red Dingo.

 

What information should an ID tag have?

Your pets ID should have at minimum the following information:

  • Their name
  • Your phone number

Optionally you can include:

  • Alternative phone number, ex. a spouse’s phone number
  • Address
  • Medical alert, ex. if your dog needs insulin or is extremely allergic to chicken

If you are placing a collar on a cat, make sure it is a breakaway collar. With a breakaway collar, if they get it caught on a branch or a fence they are able to get unstuck.

Check that chip!

If your pet is microchipped, make sure that the information on the chip is currently up to date. Include secondary contact information when possible. If you don’t have anybody else you can put down you can put down the shelter where you adopted your pet from or consider asking a neighbor if you can put their information down. You should also check any physical tags every few months to make sure that the engraving has not worn away.

How To Keep Your Pets Warm This Winter

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How To Keep Your Pets Warm This Winter

Pets love to be warm in the winter. Here are some ways to help keep them warm.

1. Heated Bed/Blanket/Pad

I have a heated bed and let me tell you, it’s wonderful in the winter. I can climb into a warm bed and when I wake up I’m nice and toasty. Honestly makes it hard to get out of bed. I also know that my pets love it as well. So much so that I have three heated blankets, two heated pads, and a heated cat bed for them to use year-round if they so desire. They understand that if they lay on any of them when I notice I’ll turn it on for them.

K&H Pet Products Thermo-Kitty Heated Cat Bed 20″ on Amazon @ $92.99

K&H Pet Products Heated Thermo-Kitty Mat Reversible Cat Bed on Amazon, Starting @ $25.35

There are lots of different brands to choose from but most of the ones I own are from K&H. You can find their dog products here.

2. Keep that heated bed off the floor and away from drafts

The floor is cold, especially if it isn’t carpeted and drafts are no fun either. Even if your pet bed isn’t heated, make sure it stays off the floor and away from

3. Or add another blanket

Not only does adding another blanket provide additional comfort it provides warmth. Any blanket will do, it doesn’t have to be pet specific. If you do want a pet specific blanket, Tall Tails makes super soft ones.

4. Sweaters

Not all pets like sweaters but if yours does, great! Sweaters are a cute way to add an extra layer of warmth to your pet especially when they’re outside. They make sweaters for all sizes of dogs so you’re sure to find one on the market that fits. Go check out the ones on Amazon, Canada Pooch, or Chilly Dog Sweaters.

5. Don’t shave down to the skin

Cats and dogs are built to withstand some cold temperatures. Some breeds were even designed for it like Huskies. Don’t shave your pet down to their skin during winter as this will remove the warm, protective layer fur provides against the cold.

6. Wipe off paws when your pets come back inside

You know what it’s like to have the snow get into your boot and soak your sock. Imagine if you weren’t able to take off your boots and socks? Whenever your pet comes in from the snow, make sure to wipe their paws off to remove and ice and snow. If you’ve just come in from a walk, this is always a great idea in case they have gotten any ice melt on their paws.

7. If it’s too cold for you it’s probably too cold for your pets

Even if your dog enjoys being out in the snow or is stubborn to come in, if temperatures drop too low your pet can freeze. Make sure you keep track of how long your dog has been outside and keep an eye on them to notice if they start becoming disoriented. Always let them back inside when they want to be let back inside. If you know your dog doesn’t like snow, keep trips outside to a minimum.

New to Northern Colorado and not used to snow? Read up on our cold weather precautions for pets.