Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Eating & Exercise

Did your mother ever tell you to wait 30 minutes to go back in the pool after eating? "You'll get a cramp!" she'd say. Well, sorry to say but... Mom isn't always right.

But, does the truth go for your pets? Have you ever wondered exactly how long you should wait to exercise your pet after he/she eats? Or, has your pooch ever puked from not giving his food enough time to digest? Everyone knows how important exercise is for our pets, but when to exercise can have a beneficial or harmful effect.

Ideally, your pet should rest about two hours after eating a meal. There needs to be enough time given for your pet to fully digest his food. If an animal, especially a deep-chested dog, small or large, is exercised right before or right after eating, a life-threatening condition called a gastro-distension volvulus or GDV could happen. If eating is too close to exercising, a gastrointestinal upset could happen - poor digestion, vomiting, or even gas could result. No one wants to see his or her pet in any discomfort so it is best to rest a pet before and after a meal.

Rest before meal time is just as important. Your pet should rest at least one hour after play or exercise time before food is laid out for him. After a workout, there should be a cooling off period where the breathing rate has returned to normal, panting has stopped, and your pet is no longer overheated.

Always remember to have plenty of water before, during and after exercise! Keep your pet hydrated!

What is your pet's favorite way to exercise?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Pets With Allergies

Have you ever wondered if your pet has allergies? Here are some symptoms:
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Licks or chews paws
  • Develops ear infections or anal gland infections regularly

Does your pet experience either one or all of these symptoms? Fear not! Allergy testing is a simple procedure your vet can diagnose. Pet allergies are also easily treatable by simply avoiding certain foods or products.

All of our foods are free of corn, soy, wheat, and dairy ingredients which can cause and trigger allergy flare-ups. We also offer a wide variety of flavors and meats to satisfy even the pickiest of allergy-infected pets! Your pet can choose from, or even mix, these tasty options: chicken, turkey, beef, duck, rabbit, pheasant, buffalo, and lamb.

While a pet with allergies can be quite the itching matter, here are some other helpful tips to keep your four-legged friend comfortable:

  • Dust and vacuum your household regularly as dust and pollen can trigger an allergic outbreak also.
  • Wash your bedding and any doggie beds or blankets regularly using a gentle detergent that is free of dyes or perfumes.
  • Maintain your pet's flea and tick remedy.
  • Try switching to a grain-free pet food.
  • Keep a pet food diary to monitor what may trigger and outbreak in your pet. Knowing the triggers can be half the battle. With Evanger's, you always have plenty of options!

As always, browse to find your perfect selection of pet food! Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding pet allergies!