Two of the most important things you can do to protect your animal is to have them microchipped, and keep a collar around their neck with an identification tag at all times. So many animals end up in the shelter because they don't have a tag, and without a microchip, finding their guardian is nearly impossible. Even if your animals are inside a majority of the time, in the event of an emergency - fire, earthquake, break-in, gate or door inadvertently left open - there are so many reasons why they should have proper identification. And don't forget to update the information if you move!
This is my favorite collar tag. It's called a Boomerang tag, and it doesn't have that annoying "jingle" as with many of the tags. My dogs have worn these for over a decade. And because of the way they are fastened to the collar, there is a significantly less probability of falling off. A worthwhile investment if your animal ever is lost.
Some dogs tend to be more anxious than others, either on a regular basis, or triggered by a specific circumstance, such as fireworks, thunderstorms, or separation anxiety. Thunder Shirts have been known to help many dogs feel more safe and secure when under stress.
If you don't reside in the Orange County area, we highly recommend purchasing food and treats from Wag. They carry high-quality food that can't always be found in some of the larger retail pet stores, and with a minimum purchase of $49.00, delivery is free to your door, and arrives within two days of your order.
One of the most effective ways that a person can help animals, and the environment, is to switch to a plant-based diet. The science that a plant-based diet is far more healthy than any diet that includes animal products is irrefutable. A fabulous source for more information about eating a plant-based diet is the movie, Forks Over Knives. While it focuses primarily on the health benefits and not so much the benefit to animals, there is an obvious benefit to the animals if more humans opt for an animal-free diet.
Animal testing is cruel and inhumane. Animals used in experiments are subject to unspeakable abuse. Alternative ways for testing are far more relevant today, yet some companies continue testing on animals. For a list of companies who are cruelty-free and do not test on animals, please click the link above.
One of the best ways to keep your dog entertained is with a durable Kong toy. Stuffed with their favorite treats (or even peanut butter or frozen dog food!), it will keep them entertained for hours.
For dogs with diaper needs, or for boys who like to mark their territory, we have partnered with Barkerwear - designer doggie diapers and belly bands made in the United States, using the highest quality materials with human-baby-grade fabrics that are machine washable. And portion of every purchase is donated to Kisses and Paws!
The above links are an excellent source for checking the nutritional value of almost all of the leading pet foods on the market, along with ratings for ease of selection of a high quality food. We strongly recommend that you check both sites to ensure that the food you are feeding your animal has highest nutritional content available.
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Curious to find out the breed of your adopted dog? Now you can! The Mars Wisdom Panel DNA tests are the most accurate that we've found. The test is done with a simple wipe inside the dog's mouth, and the sample is mailed back to the company. Results usually take about three weeks. You will receive a full report with all of the various breeds included in your dog's DNA, along with a history of each breed. It's quite fascinating!
Use this Petfinder tool to quickly start your search!
If you are looking for a particular breed of dog, one of the most wonderful sources is Petfinder.com. All of the animals on the site are either currently in the shelter, or in foster with a local rescue group. Simply type the animal, breed, age and sex preference, and your zip code, and it will list all of the animals under that description in your area, along with a photo and complete description of the animal.