NuVet Labs: Important Things to Remember for New Puppy Parents

NuVet Labs: Important Things to Remember for New Puppy Parents

After reading all the books you could find on puppies and puppy care and researching which breed would complement you best, you have finally decided to take that leap and open up your heart and home to a new puppy. You have a lot of information and ideas floating around in your head on how you will carry out this lively doggie adventure. In fact, you may have so many ideas taking up space in there that you might feel a bit overwhelmed and not sure where to begin. Well, NuVet is here to help.  We have compiled a short list of important things to remember to help you and your pooch start out on the right foot (or paw).

Be Patient…

Because your puppy isn’t cooing or crawling like a human infant, try to always remember that your new pup is still a baby. It is going to take some time for them to get the proper behavior and habits down. Get used to the idea that there will be some accidents and that it is not the end of the world. Also, and this is important, be patient with yourself! Being a new parent is a learning process that is going to take some time for you as well.

Be Flexible

Being flexible will help take some of the burden off you feeling like you have to do everything perfectly. Just because a book tells you that you can only train your dog how to do something one way, does not mean it is necessarily the right way for your dog. Listen to your instincts and trust in the bond you share with your dog. You might come up with a better and happier way to do something that will get the exact same point across to your pooch.

Take a class

If in doubt, take a puppy training class. You will get to work with somebody who should be very familiar with dogs and canine behavior. Chances are you will meet new puppy parents on the same journey as you. The experience and support you find may pleasantly surprise you.

Be Consistent

Most likely it is going to take you more than once to get a point across to your new dog. Make sure when you are reiterating the behaviors that you want to instill in your pup that you always try to use the same language.

Frequent and short

Like small children puppies can have a rather short attention span so when trying to train your pup work on new skills and behaviors for short periods of time throughout the day. That way it won’t seem overwhelming for you or your puppy. Try to keep the sessions shorter than 15 minutes. If you find yourself getting irritated or unhappy, stop the training session. The experience should always be as fun and positive as possible.

Listen

Part of developing that great bond with your new dog is learning how to listen to them. Certainly dogs cannot talk but they are great at using body language and behavior to tell you how they feel. You should be able to sense if your puppy is happy, sad, excited or even frustrated. If you can’t see any outward signs, listen to your instincts or just take a minute to try and sit calmly with your dog. You may be surprised at what you hear.

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Good Nutrition

One way to keep your new puppy on the right path is to make sure that you are providing them with optimal nutrition. You should be feeding your dog a protein and nutrient rich dog food. It is also a good idea to give your dog some additional nutritional support by including a vitamin supplement like NuVet Plus into their daily diet.

Be Kind and affectionate

Most puppy parents will tell you that what their dog likes to do the most is make them happy. One way you can tell Fido he is making you happy is by giving him a lot of praise and affection. Playing with your pup, rewarding him with a treat when he does something correctly and giving him a gentle scratch behind the ears are all ways you can tell your puppy you love him and appreciate him.

If it helps, print this little article out and keep it handy so you can always have a list of reminders available if and when you find yourself a little frustrated with your pup. Ultimately the relationship that you are trying to foster with your new puppy should be one filled with happiness, companionship and fun. Sometimes these important elements of a cohesive human-dog household can get murky when things are new and boundaries are trying to be established and enforced. One way you can make the responsibility of being a puppy parent easier is by being confident in knowing that you are meeting all of your puppy’s nutritional requirements. One way you can do this is by providing your canine family member with NuVet Plus. NuVet Plus is a human grade vitamin product specially made for dogs in our FDA registered laboratory. Many dog parents are eager to share with us how NuVet Plus has helped improve their dog’s quality of life. Frequently we receive testimonials describing how many beloved family dogs have found excellent health as well as relief from uncomfortable allergies and other health problems when NuVet Plus was added to their diet. We love for people to read the amazing letters we have received regarding NuVet Plus and share them with you on NuVet Reviews. Stop by NuVet Reviews and see!

 

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NuVet Labs: 5 Cat Myths Revealed

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Here at NuVet Labs, we think cats are pretty cool and we are sure that most cat parents would agree. So in honor of cats and their fun personalities we thought we would clear up some common kitty misconceptions. Here is what we have to share…

Cats steal the breath of infants

This is an old wives tale that could stem back to the old belief that cats were the familiars of witches and thus sinister. The truth is, you might find your cat cozying up to your baby simply because they want to snuggle, which may or may not be something you are comfortable with as babies usually do not have the ability or strength to push a cat away if kitty gets too close to baby’s mouth or nose. Otherwise, cats have no intention or desire to steal a baby’s breath. For safety’s sake, it is generally a good idea to know where your pets are in relation to your children.

Cats can’t stand water

This is simply not true. Housecats as a general rule may avoid full immersion in a sink or tub simply because they aren’t adapted to water or used to it. However, cats regularly enjoy watching the stimulating plip-plop of a drippy faucet and will often partake of a quick roll around a tub post-shower. And if thirsty, your cat certainly won’t turn away from a faucet if some refreshing, cool water is flowing out. Moreover, there are actually certain cat breeds that are quite adept at water play, like the Turkish Van. Larger cats in the wild also don’t mind frolicking around in a nice cool lake or stream. Some even like to go fishing!

Cats love cow’s milk

Ask yourself, why would a cat want to drink the milk of another animal? In truth, the best milk for your cat is that of its mother before kitty is weaned. Once weaned, there is no need for your cat to drink milk at all. In fact, most cats develop lactose intolerance as they get older. As a result, cats often experience diarrhea and vomiting if they ingest cow’s milk because their body does not generate enough of the enzyme needed to break down the milk. Drinking cow’s milk has also been linked to feline obesity. Ideally, you cat should be meeting their protein requirements through a proper diet. As far as beverages are concerned, fresh water is all your feline companion needs.

We should not accept false assumptions about cats. Give your cat attention instead of suspicious behavior and it will be a happy & healthy pet.

Only female cats are calico

Interestingly, the myth that only female cats can be calico is not true. What is true is that most calico cats are female and that is because the color pattern for calico is carried by the X chromosome. Rarely, a male calico is born, around 1 in 3,000 cats. Perhaps what is more interesting, is that these male calicos are typically born sterile, which makes for them being that much more unique.

Declawing is equal to nail trim

Far from a simple nail trim, declawing is equivalent to having the tips of your fingers amputated up to the first joint. Declawing is surgery and irreversible. Cats don’t claw to be destructive but to mark territory, shed old nails and to stretch. Fortunately, with a little time and patience cats can learn that they should only scratch in designated parts of the home like a scratching post for example. Being declawed has been linked with a lot of negative effects including surgical complications, joint problems in their feet and behavioral problems. According to the Humane Society of the United States, most countries have banned the practice of declawing.

NuVet understands that knowing the facts about cats is important to you. We also know that keeping your feline family members healthy is also important to you, which is why we created NuVet Plus. A nutrient rich vitamin supplement, NuVet Plus is manufactured in our FDA registered lab. NuVet Plus is also made using all human grade ingredients. Cat parents everywhere are using NuVet Plus to help combat dietary deficiencies and other things in their cat’s environment that could be negatively impacting their health. As a result, we regularly receive happy reports & reviews on how NuVet Plus has helped improve many cats’ quality of life. We love to share these success stories on NuVet Reviews. If you would like to see all of the amazing things NuVet Plus users are saying, take a look at the NuVet Reviews.

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NuVet Labs: Bath Time

NuVet Labs: Bath time

Giving Scruffy a bath might seem pretty straight forward. Put Scruffy in tub, wet Scruffy down, soap Scruffy up, rinse, towel off…Well, if you want to keep your pooch as comfortable as possible during the process and make it simpler on yourself, NuVet thought it might be helpful to share some useful tips to make bath time a smoothly flowing process.

Gather supplies

  • Dog Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Spray-on detangler
  • Dog brush
  • Wash cloth
  • 8 Towels (approximately, the number you need will depend on the size of your pup and the space you are using for bathing)
  • Doggie treats
  • Cotton balls
  • Plastic cup or bottle

Get the bathroom ready

  • Line your shower or tub with a towel; this will help your pup avoid slipping. If you have a rubber bath mat, this will work just as well!
  • Place towels on the floor. This will help your pooch avoid slipping when outside of the tub and will also keep your floor dry. Note: use as many as you wish
  • Place shampoo, conditioner, towels and treats within arm’s length.

Get your pooch ready

  • Let Scruffy have a bathroom break.
  • Love Scruffy up. Lots of pets and his favorite treat or toy will show him how much you love him.
  • Gently brush through any tangles or knots that may be in your dog’s fur. This is where the spray-on detangler will come in handy.
  • Give Scruffy another treat.
  • Gently place 1 cotton ball in each of Scruffy’s ears; this will help keep them dry inside.

Protect your canine from dust and dirt. Here are few easy tips from Nuvet Labs for a healthy and happy bath time.

Bath time!

Step 1: If able, let your pup get in the tub by himself. It is safer than holding a nervous and or wet dog. Some puppy parents use a little stool for Scruffy.

Step 2: Turn on the water. Make sure the temperature is comfortable.

Step 3: Use a water sprayer or fill a cup with water and get your pup’s fur, down to his skin, nice and wet.

Step 4: Using your favorite doggie shampoo, work the soap into Scruffy’s fur from the neck down until you have a nice lather. Make sure to get all of Scruffy (except the head).

Step 5: Using a wash cloth, wash Scruffy’s head. Make sure to avoid his mouth, eyes and inner ears.

Step 6: Thoroughly rinse your pup. Use your hands to get all the soap out of Scruffy’s fur. It may take a few minutes. Be absolutely sure. You do not want your dog ingesting any soap residue or lingering shampoo.

Step 7: Follow the same steps as above if you choose to apply a conditioner.

Step 8: Place a towel, sized accordingly, over your pup and gently squeeze out the excess water. Chances are your pooch is going to want to shake off; this is where the towels on the floor and the extra towels come in handy.

Step 9: Help your dog out of the tub or better yet, let him get out by himself. Feel free to hover just in case.

Step 10: Take the cotton balls out of Scruffy’s ears.

Step 11: Give Scruffy his favorite treat. Treats help reward Scruffy for a bath well done and give him pleasant associations with tub time.

Step 12: Once Scruffy is damp or even dry, gently brush him. You may need to use the spray-on detangler for any knots.

Helpful Hints

  • When bathing Scruffy check his skin and body for anything that seems out of the ordinary, like lumps, bumps or skin changes.
  • Let your pup’s fur dry naturally. Using a hair dryer can dry out your dog’s fur and skin and cause itching. Make sure to keep your pup away from drafts during this time. You can always continue to pat him dry.

Like good nutrition, bath time should be a pleasant experience. Many NuVet Plus users have written Nuvet plus reviews to tell us how much their pets enjoy their NuVet Plus vitamin and are actually excited when it is time to take their daily supplement. If you would like to learn about NuVet Plus and read the exciting testimonials that NuVet Plus users have shared with us, please visit NuVet Reviews.

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NuVet Labs: Make Your Own Organic Doggie Shampoo

NuVet Labs Make Your Own Organic Doggie Shampoo

With so many doggie shampoos on the market to pick from the choices can be overwhelming, so wouldn’t it be nice to be able to make your own shampoo and to make as much as you want when you want? Well, NuVet is here to tell you that you can make your own shampoo and it is really easy! Not only that, but there are other benefits to making your own doggie shampoo as well, which include:

  • Cost savings
  • Time – no more trips to the pet supply store
  • You know where the ingredients came from
  • Tailor made to your specifications and preferences.
  • It’s green -no more carbon emitting car trips to pick up shampoo plus you can choose to use green ingredients

What you will need:

An empty bottle

Squeeze bottles work well and can be found almost anywhere. Make sure to wash the bottle before using. 12 to 16 ounces is a good size to start with. If you want to double the shampoo recipe feel free to get a larger bottle.

Organic liquid castile soap

Organic liquid castile soap is super gentle and is made from olive oil. Also, aside from being used as the base for your doggie shampoo, you can use castile soap to wash yourself as well as almost everything in your house.

Organic apple cider vinegar

Made from fermented apple juice, apple cider vinegar has been hailed by some as a miracle cure and according to its fans ACV has a nice track record for doing a whole bunch of things; from removing stains on your teeth to helping with insulin sensitivity. But for doggie shampoo purposes, ACV is a great odor fighter and flea repellent. Additionally, it will add a lovely shine to your pup’s coat.

Organic olive oil

From the olive tree, olive oil is considered an essential fruit oil and has been used by man for centuries. Many experts feel olive oil is a must for maintaining good health. In our doggie shampoo we are using olive oil as a conditioner. Moreover, the addition of olive oil will prevent your dog’s fur from drying out and will add a beautiful post-bath gleam to your dog’s coat.

Water

Water will help with mixing and dilution.

Organic lavender essential oil

Not only will lavender leave Fido smelling beautifully it has amazing properties that are sure to make you and your pup super happy. Lavender is a natural flea and tick repellant. If your pup is anxious or nervous lavender is calming, which certainly can’t hurt during bath time. Lastly, lavender is soothing to dry and itchy skin. Really, what’s not to love about lavender?

Organic Eucalyptus essential oil

Like lavender, eucalyptus is great at combating doggie odor. Also eucalyptus is great for flea and tick control and for calming itchy skin. Eucalyptus is also known for its antiseptic qualities which can come in handy. When inhaled, eucalyptus has been shown to help relieve respiratory problems including bronchitis.

Recipe:

Step 1: Carefully pour 1/2 a cup of the liquid castile soap into your bottle. Using a funnel can make this easier.

Step 2: Add a 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar to the soap.

Step 3: Add 1 tablespoon of olive to the soap and vinegar mixture.

Step 4: Add 2 tablespoons of water to the olive oil and soap and vinegar mixture.

Step 5: Add 4 drops of each essential oil to the water, olive oil, soap and vinegar.

Step 6: Shake well. These ingredients have a tendency to settle so give the bottle a shake before each use.

How to use:

Rinse your pup with warm water and apply shampoo, making sure to avoid the eye area. This is not a tearless shampoo so it can irritate Fido’s eyes. Lather well down to your pup’s skin. Rinse completely. Towel dry and groom accordingly and don’t forget to take a moment to enjoy how wonderful Fido smells!

Itchy skin and dryness? There is a simple and natural shampoo recipe by Nuvet Labs. Try it and give your dog a healthy and gentle bath.

Helpful hints:

Play around with the essential oils. You can choose to use only one oil or add a little more of each. Make sure if choosing to add a different essential oil that it is pet friendly and always check the quantity you are using. If in doubt, check with your vet.

NuVet thinks you are going to have so much fun making your own doggie shampoo that you are going to want to make some for your dog-loving friends! Who wouldn’t want to share the health and beauty of a lovely dog coat? While keeping your pet’s appearance at its best also remember to keep your dog’s inner beauty at its best by providing them with a nutrient-rich vitamin supplement like NuVet Plus. NuVet Plus is quickly becoming the vitamin supplement of choice by dog parents everywhere. Using natural, human grade ingredients, NuVet Plus is manufactured in an FDA registered laboratory. Pet parents have been happy to share their experiences with us on NuVet Reviews, if you would like to read the amazing things they are saying stop by NuVet Reviews and prepare to be impressed!

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NuVet Labs: What To Know About Dog Shampoo And Conditioner

 NuVet Labs: What to Know about Dog Shampoo and Conditioner

Picking up shampoo or conditioner at your groomer or local pet supply might seem pretty straightforward. However, there is a little more thought that should go into it in order to make sure the bathing process is as safe and comfortable for your pet as possible. To make the hair care selection process a little bit easier, NuVet Labs thought we would take a look at dog shampoo and conditioner.

Like human shampoos and conditioners, there are products for every skin type. If your pup has oily skin there is a shampoo for that. Does your dog have flaky skin? Then there is even a shampoo for that! There are even products fortified with certain vitamins, minerals, herbs and oils. With so many options it is even more important to pick the right one for your dog’s coat. Additionally, it is important to know your pup’s skin type and be aware of skin conditions your dog may have. If in doubt it is always a good idea to check with your vet. Getting the incorrect product for your dog could lead to skin irritation and a very unhappy pup. Fortunately, there are a lot of options on the market.

Shampoo

  • Organic shampoo – Made with ingredients that must adhere to certain growing and manufacturing standards. Look for products that are certified as organic
  • Conditioning shampoo – Shampoo that contains a conditioner, this makes a two-step process only a one-step process. The conditioner will help make it easier for you to brush your pup’s hair.
  • Hypoallergenic shampoo – Shampoo that has been tested to make sure it is free of allergy causing substances. However, some dogs can still be sensitive to hypoallergenic shampoos. It all depends on the dog.
  • Oatmeal shampoos – very gentle and good for minor skin conditions like dandruff.
  • Tearless shampoo - A good rule of thumb is to select a tearless shampoo. This can usually be combined with the above listed features.

Conditioner

Like shampoo, you can also find organic, hypoallergenic and oatmeal containing conditioners in addition to the following:

  • Leave-in - Just like human leave-in conditioner, doggie leave in conditioner is the same idea. Most of these products promise not to weigh down your dog’s fur while leaving her coat smooth and silky. Keep in mind that if you leave this on your pup, there is a chance they may ingest it as dogs naturally have a tendency to groom themselves.
  • Detangler (spray) - Detangler is helpful if you need to get out some of those tangles and knots prior to a bath. Note: it is generally a good idea to get out as many knots prior to bathing as possible. If you do not, the knots tend to get tighter and closer to the skin during the bath. Many detanglers are essentially a leave-in conditioner.
  • Rinse out -Like many humanconditioners, rinse out conditioners are rinsed out. This does not mean they are any less effective in getting out tangles and knots. The nice thing about rinse-out conditioner is that after a good thorough rinsing, no conditioner should linger on your dog’s fur or skin. As a result, there should be very little chance of your dog ingesting any.

Nuvet Labs help to groom your pets naturally and suggest to use natural shampoo for dogs to keep their coat safe and shiny.

Ingredient list

It is critical that you check the ingredient list of the shampoo and conditioner. Avoid products containing alcohol or other harsh chemicals. There will probably be some ingredients that you are unfamiliar with, when it doubt, consult with your vet or other pet care professional.

Perfumes and dyes

Be careful about any perfumes and or dyes in the shampoo or conditioner. Strong perfumes can be overwhelming to your pet and may even cause some respiratory issues. Remember dogs have an enhanced sense of smell. So what smells like a lovely spring meadow to us might smell like the perfume section at the local department store to your dog. Also, some dogs may be sensitive to the dyes used in the shampoo or conditioner. Selecting a product absent of dye may be a good idea depending on how sensitive your pooch is.

Proper rinsing

Proper rinsing is essential. As mentioned above, leftover shampoo or conditioner can irritate Fido’s skin and could also be ingested by him if he is doing some self-grooming. Keeping your pup’s skin and fur healthy is important so that is why shampoo and conditioner selection must be undertaken with some care. Another way you can give your pup’s skin and fur a healthy boost is by providing your four-legged family member with a nutritious vitamin supplement like NuVet Plus. Many users of NuVet Plus have shared with us testimonials describing how NuVet Plus has helped to improve the quality of their pet’s fur as well as their skin. If you think you would like to give NuVet Plus a try, visit NuVet Plus Reviews and see all of the wonderful things NuVet Plus pet parents are saying.

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NuVet Labs: Detection Dogs And What They Do?

NuVet Labs: Detection Dogs and What They Do?

NuVet asks: Have you ever been to an airport, train station, bus terminal or other public place and noticed individuals very purposefully being lead around by dogs? The dogs appear engaged, observant, disciplined and are clearly performing a job of some kind. But what exactly is that job? The dog that you most likely observed was a detection dog, also known as a sniffer dog. These dogs have been trained to smell a myriad of things and on many an occasion has proven invaluable, including saving countless lives. If you would like to learn more, keep reading.

Background

 Most dog lovers know that dogs are notorious for their keen sense of smell. Fido can usually smell that turkey sandwich at 50 paces away long before he’s seen you leave the kitchen to share it with him on the couch. Humans have recognized and tapped into this very valuable dog ability. As a result, we have what are called detection dogs. These pups have been trained to specifically recognize certain scents.

What they do

 Detection dogs have been trained to smell out numerous things. Most detection dogs have become famous for sniffing out illegal substance such as drugs and explosive devices. These pups have also been trained to smell other illegal substances like elephant ivory being smuggled into the United States. Preventing their owners from having potentially life-threatening allergic reactions is another skill of the detection dog. Used by allergy sufferers, they have been trained to smell harmful substances like peanuts and other allergins their owners have to avoid. In addition to Drugs, bombs, animal contraband and allergins, detection dogs have been trained to sniff out the following:

  • Blood
  • Human remains
  • Insects (bed bugs, termites, cockroaches)
  • Cancer
  • Money
  • Endangered animals

Popular breeds

 Many dogs are can be trained to be detection dogs. Here are a few of the most popularly used:

  • German Shepherd
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Bloodhound
  • Belgian Malinois

Controversy

 Despite the helpfulness of these working dogs their use is not without controversy. Some feel that their privacy rights have been infringed upon by the use of these dogs. For example, drug sniffing dogs used at schools or in homes without a police warrant. The dog may smell something that a policeman or other law enforcement agent would not have otherwise found unless he or she had a warrant to legally search in a particular place.

Be a responsible dog owner and keep it fit and tip top by feeding daily nutritional needs. Nuvet Labs provide a wide range of pet health supplements, keeping your pet healthier, happier and living longer.

It cannot be denied that detection dogs have helped change public and personal safety for the better by saving lives and alerting their owners and law enforcement to potentially dangerous situations. Even if your pooch may be more of the turkey sandwich kind of detection dog, show him how much you love him by giving him a balanced diet, which includes a nutritious supplement like NuVet Plus (You can also check Nuvet Plus Reviews for inquiry). NuVet Plus has been trusted by countless dog and cat owners to help keep their pets healthy. To learn how NuVet Plus has improved the lives of countless dogs and cats visit NuVet Reviews to see what happy pet parents are saying.

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NuVet Labs: Canine Depression

NuVet Labs: Canine Depression

On the NuVet labs blog we talk a lot about your dog’s physical well-being but we also want to remind our readers that it is important not to forget about Fido’s mental health as well. It might seem surprising but just like their human family, dogs, too, can experience depression. Just like us, dogs can have a hard time after the loss of a loved one or during times of transition. As most dog owners can attest, dogs are very sensitive to their environment and any changes to it. It is important to note as well, that depression sometimes manifests as a result of an underlying health problem. Continue reading to learn more about canine depression and how you can help your pet should you find your pup feeling blue.

What might cause my dog to become depressed?

 Below is a list of some things that may cause your pooch to get depressed.

  • Loss of a human family member
  • Loss of a canine family member
  • Puppy parent getting married
  • New baby in the house
  • New pet in the house
  • Moving to a new house
  • Kids going back to school after summer break
  • Abuse
  • Boredom

Canine Depression in dogs can be a serious matter, but you can help your pup to fight against stress with the support of Nuvet Labs.

Signs and Symptoms my dog may be depressed:

If you suspect Fido may be depressed keep an eye out for the following behavior changes:

Change in sleep patterns

 If your pooch is sad, you may find that he is spending more time sleeping than usual. It is not uncommon for your pup to sleep during the day while you may be at work or out of the home but if you notice him wanting to sleep when you are around this may be a sign he is depressed. Conversely, you may notice that your pup is not sleeping during times when he normally would, like at night when the family goes to bed.This, too, could be a sign of depression.

Change in appetite

 Has your pup lost interest in her food or maybe she can’t get enough? If either one of these behaviors is out of the ordinary it could be a sign that she is depressed.

Peeing and pooping in the house

 Believe it or not but your pup could be so depressed that they do not even have the desire to alert you to their toileting needs. If you find your once potty trained pooch is suddenly having accidents in the house, it could be a sign that he is suffering from depression.

Lack of interest

 Most dog owners don’t have to look far to find their pup because they love to follow us everywhere. They are completely interested in what their human family is up to because they want to be a part of it. If you are finding that your pup no longer seems interested in the things that used to keep her entertained this could be a symptom of depression.

If any of the above sound concerning it might be a good time to visit your veterinarian. He or she will first want to rule out any underlying health problems that could be plaguing your pet. Your vet may also recommend changes that you and your pup can make to improve Fido’s mood. In some instances, your veterinarian may prescribe anti-depressants.

NuVet Labs knows that keeping your dog happy is important to you. One way to keep your pup happy is by feeding her a balanced diet complete with a nutritious supplement like NuVet Plus. NuVet Plus are human grade vitamins specially designed for dogs and cats. Many pet owners have already begun including NuVet Plus into their pet’s healthy lifestyle. To see the amazing things NuVet families are saying, stop by NuVet Reviews.

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NuVet Labs: 10 Interesting Facts About The Westminster Dog Show

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In honor of the recently held Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, NuVet thought it would be fun to list 10 fun facts about one of the countries longest running public sporting events. Read on to discover and enjoy some interesting historical facts.

1) The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the Longest running American sporting event next to the Kentucky Derby. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has been around since 1877. To put this into some perspective, this means that people were going to dog shows before they were going to the World Series, driving cars down the street or enjoying the benefits of the light bulb!

2) Most of the winners of the Best in Show competition have been from the terrier group, which consists of breeds like the Airedale, Cairn, Fox, Irish and many others. This group is followed by the sporting group, which contains breeds such as the Cocker Spaniel, English Setter, Golden Retriever and the Weimaraner.

3) Tashtins Lookin for Trouble also known as Miss P (for Peyton) was the Best in Show winner for 2015 and only the second Beagle to ever win this event. Her great-uncle, Uno, was the first beagle to ever win Best in Show in 2008.

4) Winners get to have dinner at New York’s famous restaurant Sardi’s in Manhattan. This year, Miss P dined on steak, which was fed to her by the restaurant’s president.

5) The show has always been held at the “Madison Square Garden,” even though the venue has been re-built 4 times.

6) Shockingly, despite being two of America’s most favorite dog breeds, the Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever have never won Best in Show.

7) Since 1884 participants must be registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC).

8) Mixed breed dogs have been allowed to participate in an agility event since 2014. All other events at the show are for are purebred dogs.

9) The price of entry has gone up $73 since 1878 when cost of entry was only $2. Now a entered pooch can receive food and care for $75.

10) The Westminster Dog Show was an American event before there were 50 states. When the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show took place the United States only consisted of 38 states. Several of those missing at the time include Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Oklahoma.

Take health lessons from the Westminster dog show and prepare your dog for next the Westminster champion with the help of Nuvet Labs.

NuVet strives to make learning about dogs and dog history fun and engaging. NuVet also strives to bring better health and longevity to our canine companions by providing you with NuVet Plus, a nutritious vitamin supplement designed especially to help dogs and cats maintain optimal health. The benefits of NuVet Plus have been witnessed by happy pet owners all across the United States. To see what these happy pet parents are saying about NuVet Plus, read the NuVet Reviews.

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NuVet Labs: And The Winner Is…

beagle-nuvet-reviewsNuVet labs would like to congratulate the beautiful beagle Miss P (call name, Peyton. Official champion name, Tashtins Lookin For Trouble), the Westminster Kennel Club’s 2015 winner for Best In Show, which is quite a feat as she is only the second beagle to come away with this title at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (P’s great-uncle Uno was the first in 2008). So what is it about Beagles that sets them apart from other dogs? In honor of Miss P, NuVet thought we would take a look and share some fun information about Beagles.

Identified as a breed

The Beagle was first identified as a breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885 although the breed itself is believed to have been around since Roman times; however the beagle’s initial origins are not exactly known and remain a bit of a mystery.

Their ears…

A beagle’s ears can be up to seven inches long and believe it or not, these special ears help trap scents to keep them close to the beagle’s powerful nose, which is very helpful to a scent hound.

It’s all about the smell

The beagle is known as a scent hound which essentially means it hunts with its strong sense of smell rather than its sight. Beagles have an amazing sense of smell which has been prized by hunters the world over. Beagles are commonly used to help scope out and lead the hunters to their prey such as a rabbit or a fox. Being a scent hound has its benefits because instead of having to rely on their eyes, the beagle is able to follow the smell of the animal which can be more reliable and lingers long after that animal can no longer be seen.

Independent spirit

Beagles are essentially controlled by their sense of smell. They must follow the scent! This can make the beagle a little harder to train than other dogs but training on a regular basis is highly recommended for a beagle parent. It is important to note that beagles have been shown to be challenging even for the most seasoned of dog people but with proper training and time a beagle will make it worth your while. Just remember to never take your beagle outside without having her on a leash or placed in a securely fenced in yard because if she smells something interesting she is going to have to follow it!

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Family! Family! Family!

One of the greatest things about a beagle is how well they do with children and other pets. For this reason, they are hugely popular with families. Beagles are good natured and friendly and not known for being aggressive. And they will do anything for a treat.

Hearty

One of the best things about the beagle is how healthy they are. It is believed that this is because all negative health traits have been bred out of the breed. For this reason, beagles rarely need special trips to the vet other than for their regular check-ups.

Clearly it is easy to see how Miss P won Best in Show. What a great breed the beagle is! For beagle parents it probably makes perfect sense.  And if you are a puppy parent keeping your pooch hearty and healthy is a main priority. One way you can do that is by providing your pet with a nutritious vitamin supplement like NuVet Plus. NuVet Plus has been valued by doggie parents all over for its excellent health benefits. If you would like to see what happy pet owners are saying about how NuVet Plus has helped their furry family members, check out the NuVet Plus Reviews.

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NuVet Labs: Could My Cat Be Bored?

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At NuVet when we think of cats we envision a spry animal with keen senses who watches and waits…cats are quick, cunning and playful. They seem ready for anything and seem to like surprises. Who hasn’t seen a cat go from zero to fifty just because something only they have managed to see has caught their eye? Let’s face it; cats really do seem like little balls of energy. However, some of us may be concerned that our cat could be bored, especially the indoor cats who do not have the opportunity to go outside and prowl among, what many might feel is, more of their natural habitat. If you are concerned, we at NuVet thought we would share with you 5 things you can do to help liven up your cat’s environment:

Make them their own special kitty spot

There are two things that cats love. They love to curl up in a cozy spot and they love to look out the window. One way you can make Fluffy happy and mentally stimulated is by placing her kitty bed near a window. If you do not have a wide window sill or a window box, install a shelf just under the window and place her cat bed there. To make this an extra fun environment, hang some bird and squirrel feeders on the trees outside the window. Fluffy will have oodles of fun watching the animals eat and frolic outside. Naturally, she may try to chase them but her indoor perch will keep her safe.

Build a cat walk

If you have the space, time and some carpentry skills, why not install a series of ramps and catwalks throughout your house? Cats love to have a high vantage point to watch their environment and a catwalk would do just the trick. Install them over doorways and Windows or wherever you think your cat would have the most fun, make them safe and accessible through ramps. Also it is important to make sure they are wide enough for your cat to walk easily and to lounge about on.

Keep plenty of toys around

Nobody loves to play more than a cat. Stock up on cat safe toys and keep them around your home in places your cat likes to frequent. Balls, stuffed mice, and teaser toys, like feather teasers are all favorites of cats. Toys containing catnip are particularly popular to most felines. Laser pointers have also shown to be quite entertaining to our feline friends. Collapsable mesh tunnels, specially designed for cats, are another way your cat can spend their time. NuVet recommends rotating these toys out regularly to keep your cat’s environment new and fresh.

Nuvet Labs provide the right enrichment supplements for your cat so that it doesn’t get bored and always feel fresh.

Cat videos

Believe it or not there are videos made just for your cat. Like their human family members, your cat can now be entertained by the television. Cat videos usually contain action shots of fish, birds and other critters going about their day. Your cat will be highly entertained watching and interacting with them. And you won’t have to worry about Fluffy falling in a pond or getting stuck up a tree, because she’ll be safely inside.

Get a scratching post

It might seem like a no-brainer but cats love to scratch. And if you are a cat owner it is fairly essential that you have a scratching post for your pet. Cats love to mark their space with their scent and one way they do that is through their paws. This is also a great way for your kitty to keep their nails healthy as they can get rid of dead and broken bits of nail that they might have.

At NuVet we understand how important it is to give our pets as enriching a life as possible both mentally and physically. One way you can help keep your cats diet as nutritiously enriching as possible is by feeding them a supplement such as NuVet Plus. NuVet Plus are human grade vitamins specially designed for your cat. If you would like to know what happy cat owners are saying about NuVet Plus, stop by NuVet Reviews and have a look.

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