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5 Must Knows Before Bringing Home A New Pet

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Pet ownership has skyrocketed in recent years. While many folks are making the step towards expanding their family, it’s important to do your research before bringing your new furry companion home.

1. Research the Best Kind of Food For Them

Before you bring home your pet, be sure to do your research on their specific dietary needs. Most grocery stores carry food filled with ingredients like food dye, corn syrup, Melamine, and MSG that could cause harmful long-term effects on your pet’s health. Plus, different animals require different amounts of carbohydrates and protein based on breed, size, and age. 

It’s important to remember that high-quality food doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank. Researching food beforehand allows you to pick out the most nutritious food that works with your budget.

Also important is to look at a brand’s recall history! Typically, brands that sell low-quality food for a low price get recalled more often than higher-quality food. Recall history can vary between a brand’s wet and dry food options, so make sure you check on the specific type of food you want to get for your pet. 

Doing this research before your new furry pal comes home can allow them to get acclimated to the good food faster.

2. The Importance of Playtime!

It’s no secret that animals are a big commitment, mentally, financially, and physically. However, certain animals require different levels of playtime than others.

Important questions to ask yourself before bringing home your pet are:

  • How often do they need to go for walks?
  • Or do they even need to go outside?
  • How much playtime indoors do they need? 

Researching these questions beforehand can allow you to grasp the outdoor time commitment you’re about to take on and give you a clue as to what toys might be beneficial to your pet’s health. 

Speaking of toys, while your pet’s physical health should be your top priority, their mental stimulation is equally as crucial. Keeping your furry friend’s mind active can promote good behavior. Boredom causes pets to misbehave and likely cause depression. Preventing that with mental stimulation teaches them to channel their energy more productively.                                 

3. Think of a Game-Plan

Researching proper training techniques benefits not only you but your pet as well. Beginning the training process right when they are starting to get acclimated to their new environment gives you a better sense of control and helps them respect you quicker. If there are certain behaviors you know will be unacceptable, learn ways to prevent them before they begin. Are there sections of your home you want to be pet-prohibited? Do you not want them on your couch? Or maybe you want to prevent naughty behaviors like scratching the couch or getting into the shoe closet? Having these places pet-proofed beforehand trains them out of bad behavior before it even starts. Investing in locks, deterrents, and other forms of distraction teaches your pet to focus their energy elsewhere while keeping your stuff intact.

Having a repertoire of pet training techniques helps maintain your authority while quickly stopping poor behavior the second it starts.

4. Create An Assimilation Space

Bringing a pet home for the first time could be a very stressful experience for both the owner and the pet. Creating an assimilation space gives them a spot in your home they can call their own. Fill their space with necessary comforts such as:

  • Their favorite toys
  • A bed or a soft place to nap
  • Water and some treats
  • Close proximity to their bathroom
  • If necessary, a place to hide
  • And other pet-specific amenities.

If you have other pets in the home, a personal space for your new pet is essential, as meeting new friends could sometimes be a stressful endeavor. Having a safe space your pet can relax in can ease some of the stress of the adjustment. If your pet ever feels overwhelmed, training them to go to their area allows them to re-center themselves and gives them time to learn self-coping techniques.

5. Don’t Forget About Grooming

Grooming is quintessential in keeping your pet happy and healthy. Still, the kind of grooming frequency of it can vary by animal breeds. Grooming depending on how much and how often your pet sheds as well as their hair type. Special tools need to be bought to minimize the chances of your home being covered in the latest fur (fashionable or not). The right tool for your pet’s fur type paired with weekly, or in some cases daily, grooming can have your pet feeling fresh and energetic for a day of quality play.

Other important grooming aspects include

  • Nail trimming/ Paw pad treatments
  • Tick/flea prevention
  • Ear health
  • Other species-specific grooming requirements.

An aspect of grooming often overlooked by pet owners is your pet’s dental health. Cleaning your pet’s teeth prevents long-term issues such as tooth decay, liver and kidney disease, cancer, broken jaw, and diabetes. Prioritizing your pet’s oral hygiene is key to giving your furbaby a long, happy, and healthy life. Research the best dental treats for your pet and pair them with frequent brushing.

To ensure proper maintenance for your pet’s pearly whites, we recommend using Petsmile Professional Pet Toothpaste to keep your fluffy friend smiling from ear to ear.

Top 5 Ingredients To Avoid In Your Pets’ Toothpaste

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Dogs are man’s best friend, but bad dog breath is man’s worst enemy. And, in a pet owner's efforts to keep their beloved dog’s canines white and bright, their oral health maintained and their breath nice and fresh, they may be causing more damage than good with toxic, unsafe toothpaste.

Choosing the right dog toothpaste will be the difference between preventing periodontal disease and halitosis, and encouraging it. So, how do you know which type of dog toothpaste to use for your furry four-legged family member? Well, despite online reviews and marketing copy promoting each product as the best and safest, pet owners need to look at the ingredients within the toothpaste itself to assess whether it is safe to use. Luckily for you, the devoted dog owner who'd do just about anything for your furry friend, we’ve listed the top five ingredients to avoid when choosing your pet’s toothpaste.

Grind Away The Plaque, Not The Enamel

While some online sites advocate for the use of silica within toothpastes, as it does serve a purpose in grinding away tartar, unfortunately, avoid silica at all costs or else it’s your dog’s tooth enamel that will be ground away, with it never growing back. Even worse, silica is known to cause mild gastrointestinal problems and upset tummies for your little pooches. And we all know how much we hate seeing our pets feel poorly.

All Sugar Is Bad, Especially When It Comes To Your Furbaby

Now, one may think that dogs would just about consume anything, with taste not being a factor. They eat old dog bones and the foulest things, right? However, as parents of spoiled furbabies, we’re always tempted to give them that special treat and flavor their foods nicely, as well as their toothpaste. However, this must be avoided, especially when the toothpaste contains xylitol. According to VCA Hospitals, “When non-primate species like dogs eat something containing xylitol, the xylitol is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, resulting in a potent release of insulin from the pancreas. This rapid release of insulin causes a rapid and profound decrease in the level of blood sugar (hypoglycemia), an effect that occurs within 10-60 minutes of eating the xylitol. Untreated, this hypoglycemia can be life threatening.”

Good For Humans, Bad For Dogs

For those of you who would do anything for your dog, running out of dog toothpaste is as bad as running out of toilet paper. However, we advise you not to reach for the human toothpaste. Why? Well, because human toothpaste contains fluoride and this is harmful for dogs. According to Wag, “Severe poisoning can occur if your dog eats something with a very large amount of fluoride, such as toothpaste. This generally begins with the inflammation of the stomach and intestines, followed by an increased heart rate with abnormalities. The fluoride is absorbed into the system within 90 minutes and will generally result in collapse and death within a few hours if it is untreated. Chronic overexposure to fluoride can result in weakened bones or abnormal bone growths as well as chronic gastric disorders. Fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical that canines can be particularly sensitive to. Fluoride toxicity due to overexposure is extremely serious and it can be acute or chronic.”

Preserve Your Dogs’ Teeth, Without Using Artificial Preservatives

Preserving your dogs’ teeth at all costs shouldn’t have to cost them allergic reactions and skin irritations. With this mind, stay clear of toothpastes which contain artificial preservatives like ethoxyquin or butylated hydroxyanisole, which have links to allergies and immunotoxicity. Toothpastes containing these harmful components may render a breath so fresh you want to kiss your pup all day, but they’d be too busy suffering from skin irritation, allergies and possible cancer thanks to these harmful elements.

Anti Bad Dog Breath? Avoid Toothpastes With This Antibacterial

According to, “The Food and Drug Administration recently banned Tricolsan and 18 other antibacterials as researchers found links between hormone disruption and they can serve as the impetus for drug-resistant bacteria.” Toothpastes containing Tricolsan are a big no-no and should be avoided.

Now that you know the top five ingredients to avoid in your pets’ toothpaste, let us recommend that, no matter what toothpaste you opt for, it must be approved by veterinarians or dental authorities. Quality dental products are only quality if they’re approved by the right people. Better yet, opt for Petsmile Professional Dog Toothpaste - it’s Veterinary Oral Health Council Approved Dog Toothpaste.

According to, “The Veterinary Oral Health Council approves Petsmile Professional Dog Toothpaste. The toothpaste contains an ingredient called Calprox, which is proven to safely prevent plaque, fight bacteria, and improve bad breath. This dog toothpaste is meant to be used two to three times per week and requires no toothbrush. Owners can simply use the finger applicator to rub the paste on their dog’s teeth. The Petsmile toothpaste contains safe ingredients and is free of fluoride, parabens, sulfates, and other ingredients that could be harmful to dogs.”

Get the best dog toothpaste, Get Petsmile for your dog and his precious teeth. To learn more about our toothpaste and other dental products, contact us today. Browse our wide selection of safe and healthy toothpastes here.

Top 5 Trends For Pet Care To Look Out For

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The pet care business is booming – and 2019 is set to be a banner year. The time of dogs and cats as livestock is over. Pets are now part of the family and it shows that because annual pet care product sales figures are in the billions. In addition, new innovations in the pet care industry. From pet health insurance to USA-made products, the new and emerging innovations show great promise in improving how you can provide quality care to your dogs, cats and other pets. Check out this list of the top five trends for pet care in 2019 to see what is coming your way this year.