Petwell Supply Blog
Why Your Dog Needs Puzzle ToysWhat is a puzzle toy?
Puzzle toys allow you to hide treats or food in compartments that your dog must find by moving blocks, pushing levers and buttons, pulling out drawers, etc. Interactive puzzle toys provide extra stimulation to dogs when they must spend a lot of time at home, when the weather is bad, or just when they need a little extra challenge with their toys. They provide dogs with challenges that benefit their overall mental and physical health, which includes their problem-solving skills, focus, sense of smell, and muscle and joint strength.
Puzzle toys can also help with other health-related and behavioral challenges. If you have a dog who eats too quickly, a puzzle toy will encourage them to work harder for their food, slowing down eating time. Puzzle toys can also be great where it is necessary to keep your dog busy and avert their attention to prevent destructive behavior due to anxiety or general behavioral issues. Puzzle toys are even great for owners when building bonds with new dogs and helping your dog stay focused for training.
Check out our blog post on how to make your own DIY puzzle toy with items from your home! Not a DIY person? We carry all levels of puzzle toys both in store and online.
- Vanessa Rances
DIY Dog Brain Teaser Toy
Does your dog need a little challenge? This simple DIY puzzle toy will do just the trick!
What You'll Need:
- Your pup's favorite treats
- 6 tennis balls
- 6 mold muffin tin
- Place treats in molds of muffin tin (for added challenge, place treats in some tins, but not others)
- Cover each mold with a tennis ball
Not a DIY person? Check out our puzzle toys for sale both in store and online.
- Vanessa Rances
Are Potatoes Bad for Your Dog?
All types of potatoes are rich in carbohydrates and fiber, which can lead to obesity, high blood sugar, and many other types of problems for dogs when consumed in excess. When given in moderation, however, sweet potatoes make a very healthy snack for dogs.
Sweet Potatoes vs. White Potatoes
While white potatoes are not inherently dangerous for dogs, it is best to stay away from them altogether. Not only do white potatoes have a much higher carbohydrate content than sweet potatoes, but they could potentially carry a toxin called solanine, especially when raw. Solanine is a natural toxin from the nightshade family that can cause severe gastrointestinal and neuro complications and disorders when ingested by dogs. Complications include a "leaky" gut, vomiting and diarrhea, fatigue, poor vision, and high blood sugar. Solanine can also cause damage to joints by producing inflammation.
Sweet potatoes, on the other hand, are very low in fat and contain more vitamins and minerals than white potatoes. They are a particularly great source for Vitamins A, B6, and C as well as potassium, calcium, and iron, which help boost overall immune function. They also reduce inflammation, which is especially great for dogs who need joint support. The higher content of fiber in sweet potatoes is also beneficial for gastrointestinal issues. Baked or boiled sweet potatoes can make a great topper for your dog’s meal or an ingredient for homemade treats. Dehydrated sweet potatoes offer the best treats for dogs, because not only do they contain most of their nutritional value, but they can be used to make long-lasting chew treats, which are also great for your dog’s teeth.
- Vanessa Rances
What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Dental HealthYour pet’s dental health can be overlooked easily, especially if they give you trouble handling them for teeth-brushing. This is one of the main reasons that dogs and cats are at high risk for periodontal disease, a severe bacterial infection of the gums. Just like humans, daily dental care is ideal for a dog or cat. But if not daily, at least once a week can still significantly improve and maintain their dental health.
Without proper dental care, your dog or cat can develop infections that may eventually spread to their bloodstream, causing complications to their heart, liver, or kidneys. If you suspect that your pet has serious dental damage, look out for these signs:
• Swollen or bleeding gums
• Chipped or missing teeth
• Bad breath
• Excessive drooling
• Difficulty chewing or keeping food in mouth
• Loss of appetite
To make daily teeth-brushing a less intimidating and healthier process for both you and your pet, Petwell Supply recommends using Dentasure gel. Dentasure gel uses four powerful, all-natural ingredients that will help prevent and reverse damage to your pet’s teeth and gums while freshening their breath:
1. Grapefruit Seed Extract
2. Grape Seed Extract
3. Propolis Extract
4. Pure Stevia
You can use Dentasure gel just like toothpaste; squeeze it directly onto a toothbrush or a piece of gauze that you can wrap around your finger. And if your pet just won’t let the toothbrush inside their mouth, Dentasure also comes in a convenient spray that you can quickly spray directly into their mouth.
Or is your pet just seriously too stubborn for brushing? If brushing is not for them, we also carry all-natural dental chews that clean tartar from teeth and gums as they chew.
Also check out our video on how to make an all-natural toothpaste right at home!
- Vanessa Rances