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IKEA’s New Pet Line + A Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Petcurean, but all ideas are my own.

IKEA has a new pet line!

IKEA has been a staple in many people’s homes for quite some time. Famous for providing the best small space solutions, IKEA has now expanded their products to include a brand new pet line!

So far, products you can expect to see in the line include pet beds, leashes and collars, brushes, and of course, pet furniture.

So this weekend we took a trip to our local IKEA to take a look around and see what the new pet line looks like. After some deliberation, we picked a new bed for Rooney as well as a reflective collar for night walks since it gets dark so early now.

The Lurvig Cushion

So far, Rooney seems to really like his new Lurvig Cushion dog bed. He would rarely sleep on the old one we had in our room at night, and often would opt for the floor instead, but the past few nights he seems to have spent the whole night on his new bed. Therefore, the bed seems comfortable, but not so big that it takes over our room. We live in a small townhouse so we don’t have a lot of extra space for dog beds (although Rooney has at least 3 in the house!).

Additionally, the bed has a removable cover that is machine washable, which is so crucial since we picked out the white one. I think this bed could work well both as a crate bed, or a bed that fits in your pet’s favorite resting spot. If white isn’t your color of choice, this bed comes in 4 other colors, the dark gray being my second favorite.

The Lurvig Reflective Collar

We also had a chance to pick up a Lurvig Reflective Collar for any night walks we will be doing this season. In urban areas, its really important that cars can see you and your pets clearly. I highly recommend taking the necessary steps to update your walking gear for walking in the dark.

In the photo you can see that Rooney is wearing two collars. This is for two reasons. 1) Rooney’s ID information is engraved on his leather collar, so in case of emergency, we need him to have that on when we leave the house. 2) The inside of the reflective collar is a smooth material, making it very comfortable for Rooney, but also a material I would worry about slipping off if, for whatever reason, Rooney decided to back up suddenly. Therefore, we kept his leash secured to his leather collar that we use all the time.

Have you seen IKEA’s New pet line yet? Tell us what you think for a chance to win a $50 IKEA Giftcard and 3 Months of Petcurean pet food (three 25lb bags of dog kibble or three 16lb bags or cat kibble)!

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For Your Entertainment

In addition to being compensated for the IKEA items, Petcurean was nice enough to send us a collapsible water bowl and bandana. I tried to take a cute picture of Rooney with both, but when I put the bowl next to him, he wasn’t very pleased that it was empty, and then proceeded to run away with the bowl. I had to capture that moment because Rooney always makes me laugh…

Disclaimer: We are part of the Petcurean Blogger Advocate program. However, we feed Rooney Petcurean every day. My Kid Has Paws only shares information about products we like and we believe our readers will enjoy. 

Should You Adopt a Corgi? Adopt A Shelter Pet Month with Petcurean

As many of you know, my husband and I adopted Rooney almost 6 years ago from a Northern California Corgi rescue, and he has brought SO MUCH joy to our lives every day since then. Today, in honor of Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, I would like to discuss if you are ready to adopt a Corgi.

Recently, we had a chance to attend CorgiCon, which is a very large gathering of Corgis in the community at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Queen’s Best Stumpy Dog Rescue, which is a Corgi specific rescue in California, had an owner surrender at the event. This post from QBSDR really resonated with me because lately I have been thinking about the recent popularity of Corgis and the number of people who are likely ill-prepared to have a Corgi. You might be thinking, “Rachel, why are you telling people they are ill-prepared, if you are trying to get people to adopt Corgis?”. Great question! It’s because those people who have purchased a Corgi and are ill-prepared, might give them up for health reasons (see below), and those Corgis are going to need AMAZING forever homes. Forever homes require a certain amount of preparedness and research. So, let’s outline the things you need to consider before adopting a Corgi.

Happy #FindAFriendFriday everyone. This isn’t going to be your usual, happy-go-lucky Friday post…prepare to have some information dropped on you. This little baby is Cheddar Bay Biscuit, a 15wk old Pembroke. He came to us last week, given up for Juvenile Hereditary Cataracts. Before y’all start getting all puppy drunk, exclaiming “I want to adopt him!”, he’s not available for adoption yet – he still needs to finish his vaccinations, get microchipped, neutered, and be seen by an ophthalmologist. I know, he’s cute, he’s so young, and everyone wants a puppy. Now take a moment and ask yourself: 1. Why was he given up? 2. Would you be prepared to take on the reason he was given up? 3. Where did he come from? 4. Was he responsibly and ethically bred? 5. Did his breeder test for Degenerative Myelpathy (DM), von Willebrand disease (vWB), eye disorders, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and cardiac issues? Have they had cases of Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)? 6. Did the sire (dad) and dam (mom) have their OFA certificates, indicating a clear screening and evaluation from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals? 7. Does he come from a lineage of sound temperament and structure? 8. Did the breeder microchip him? 9. Why do any of these questions even matter? I just want a corgi puppy! Y’all know, we will ALWAYS advocate for adoption first, but we also respect that corgis are purebred dogs that exist because of breeders. That being said, if you’re going to get a dog from a breeder, KNOW WHERE THEY COME FROM. With the rising popularity of corgis and the increasing desire for puppies, there are plenty of breeders, backyard breeders, puppy mills, and non breeders who want to “have just one litter” or “keep just one puppy” and have the rest to sell, that are willing to meet the supply and demand. Let’s not forget the puppy slingers/flippers/brokers out there. Never heard of them? Well you’re about to. 1. Why was he given up? A: Cheddar was given up because “they already had two dogs and couldn’t keep a third one.” That’s the reason the flippers gave. The real reason: they never intended on a third dog, especially one that might go blind.

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Herding Breeds & Behavior

I am putting this as the number one thing you should consider because adopting a herding breed is not the same as adopting a non-herding breed. (I think I just heard a bunch of dog parents nod their heads in agreement!).

While Rooney is outgoing and wonderful, he also needs a lot of exercise, training, and mental stimulation. I love every quirk in Rooney’s personality (it reminds me of mine), but not everyone finds him as charming as I do.

Should You Adopt a Corgi? Adopt A Shelter Pet Month with Petcurean

Herding breeds are meant to work. If you don’t give them the mental stimulation and exercise they need, they might end up taking it out on your furniture, or your shoes, or other expensive items in your home.

However, if you are looking for a sturdy dog to keep you company on your hikes and other outdoor activities, then a Corgi might be the right dog for you. Additionally, if you don’t mind seeking out training classes, you may have found your breed.

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Don’t believe me? Here is what the AKC has to say:

Pembroke

  • Personality: Smart and alert, affectionate but not pushy, bold but kindly.
  • Energy Level: Very Active; A strong and athletic little dog, the Pembroke loves physical activity and is happiest when he has a job to do.
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

Cardigan

  • Personality: Loyal, affectionate, and smart; even-tempered, never shy
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Athletic, rugged herders with a love for the outdoors, Cardigans thrive on mental and physical activity
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

Genetic Diseases and Common Injuries

Unfortunately, Corgis are prone to a certain number of aliments mostly having to do with their back. I was highly aware of the risks and costs associated with a slipped disc and subsequent back surgery when we adopted Rooney, therefore, I purchased pet insurance.

Rooney slipped a disc in his back in 2014, and fortunately, he didn’t need surgery and only had to spend one night in the emergency room. However, it is likely we haven’t seen the end of Rooney’s back injuries. While we do everything we can to keep him lean and healthy, we know that another slipped disc is a possibility. If you are considering adopting a Corgi, I HIGHLY recommend pet insurance. If you have any specific pet insurance questions, I am happy to answer and share my experience, feel free to email me at mykidhaspawsblog@gmail.com.

Pembroke

While the AKC didn’t explicitly state any diseases associated with Pembroke Welsh Corgis, I can say from personal and professional experience that all Corgi parents should know what the symptoms of a back injury and degenerative myelopathy look like.

Cardigan

According to the AKC, here are some of the specific health concerns associated with the Cardigan Welsh Corgi:

  • Hip Dysplasia, a malformation of the hip joints that causes arthritis and pain
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), which causes blindness
  • Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Lifestyle Alignment

This one is easy…

…can you deal with shedding?

If your answer is no, please consider adopting another breed.

Okay, okay…I’m sort of joking, but seriously, Corgis shed all the time.

If you are considering any breed, you definitely want to discuss things like shedding, drool, and how you want their tiny little legs to weave into the fabric of your life. Will they sleep on the couch? Will they be around kids? Do you have cats?

While the two sections above are more specific to the Corgi breeds, this section is really about finding the right individual dog for you and your lifestyle. Take your time and think about the things you are willing to compromise on, as well as the characteristics that mean the most to you. One of the best things about adopting a dog is that their personalities are already developed and the rescues and shelters usually have some insight into their behavior.

For example, when we adopted Rooney I had never had a dog who liked to swim. When I asked the rescue group they weren’t sure if he did like to swim or not, so I just had to wait until that summer to find out. I wish you all could have seen the look on my face when Rooney waded straight into the lake one summer and took off swimming, I was so happy! Now, Rooney goes swimming with me whenever I get the chance to swim in a dog-friendly pool, and we have had the opportunity to visit a few lakes and oceans for swims as well.

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Family Preparedness

This is something I can’t stress enough. How ready is your family for a dog?

Has everyone in your family had a chance to voice their concerns and requests?

Having the whole family involved is definitely a key to success for helping a dog find their forever home with your family. If you aren’t sure if your family is ready, I highly recommend pet sitting and/or fostering a dog to see if your family members are ready for the responsibility and adjustments.

I would love to hear from other Corgi parents how your Corgi came into your life and if there is anything I forgot to include.

Petcurean would like to provide a Giveaway to celebrate Adopt A Shelter Pet Month! Tell us the story of your rescued or adopted pet in the comments below!

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Disclaimer: I am a Petcurean blogger. I was provided with food and compensation so that Rooney and I could provide our honest opinion. However, Petcurean is the food we feed Rooney every day. I am also a Chewy.com influencer. My Kid Has Paws only shares reviews we believe benefit our readers.

Photos of Rooney: Pawpawrazzi Pet Photography

Managing Your Pet’s Weight – Petcurean + A Giveaway!

Recently we discussed the difference between Obesity and Hypothyroidism in Dogs and what pet parents need to know to identify when their pet is suffering from Hypothyroidism. But when you dog isn’t exhibiting signs of hypothyroidism, but you know they have gained weight, it’s time to consider that you might need to make some lifestyle changes for your pet so that you can help them live a long and happy life.

Have you ever carried a few extra pounds? How did your joints feel? Did you find that you were breathing heavier? What was your energy like? I am not a proponent of anthropomorphism, however, I do think we can relate to how our pet’s feel when they are overweight. It’s so important that we make the right lifestyle changes so that our pets aren’t carrying extra weight throughout their life.

Therefore, today, I have teamed up with Petcurean to share with you some of their recommendations for managing your pet’s weight.

According to Petcurean:

“Did you know that 22-44% of pets weigh more than their ideal body weight? Obesity can contribute to major health problems for your pet including diabetes in cats and decreasing the lifespan of your dog. The negative side effects of being overweight can start to appear within just a few weeks of the onset of obesity. As pet parents, it’s our job to keep our furry kids happy and healthy, especially if that means helping Fido shed a few pounds. Here are some helpful tips from Petcurean on how to manage your pet’s weight.”

Evaluate your pet’s current weight:

Weigh your pet at the vet’s office or with your home bathroom scale and check it against this Body Score chart to help you determine the current status of your pet’s weight.”

Taking your pet by your vet’s office for weight checks is a great way to keep track of your pet’s weight and show them that not all trips to the vet include shots (i.e. desensitization)!

Diet:

“An important rule you should keep in mind when managing your pet’s weight is restricting treats and resisting the urge to give them table scraps. These items make it hard for you to regulate what your pet is eating. For dogs, you can feed them a weight loss recipe with reduced calories. This option allows your pup to eat the same volume of food they’re used to eating, but with less calories. Petcurean’s GO! Fit + Free makes a great diet feeding option with a protein-rich, lower carb recipe. Alternatively, you can simply cut back on the amount of food you’re currently feeding. To ensure your dog still feels full after these smaller meals, you can add canned pumpkin or green beans as a fiber-rich and healthy topper. Cats do the best on low carb canned recipes since the wet food not only promotes weight reduction, but also helps cats feel fuller. GO! Fit + Free also offers canned recipes for cats.”

Whenever you are making changes to your pet’s diet, make sure all family members in the house are onboard and aware of your pet’s plan. While working at the veterinary hospital, there were several times that pet parents knew there was someone in the house who was feeding their pet extra food and treats and making their dieting efforts fruitless.

Physical activity:

“Decreased food intake should be accompanied by increased physical activity. Track your pet’s weight through weekly weigh-ins. A rapid decline in weight can be harmful to your pet. As you monitor their progress, continue to check them against the body score chart. That will tell you when your pet’s weight goals have been reached!”

One recommendation I would make is to not be a weekend warrior with your pet. Meaning, don’t try to take them for a 5 mile hike when you haven’t walked them all week. As with humans, consistent exercise is going to provide excellent strength, balance, and endurance for your pet, so that they can live a healthier life. One of the ways to achieve consistency with your dog is to include them in the plans and exercise you already have in your schedule. Here are some ways I provide Rooney with exercise:

  • Take them for a walk as a pre-run warm up or post-run cool down.
  • Walk to run your errands and take them with you (if you also have someone to watch them while you are in the store. I wouldn’t recommend leaving your pet outside a store).
  • Check out doggy daycare, or coordinate with a local dog walker so that your dog can get extra exercise while you are at work!

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How do you manage your pet’s weight? Leave your best recommendations in the comments below and win a chance to receive a 6lb bag of Petcurean GO! Fit+Free from Chewy.com!

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Disclaimer: I am a Petcurean blogger. I was provided with food and compensation so that Rooney and I could provide our honest opinion. However, Petcurean is the food we feed Rooney every day. I am also a Chewy.com influencer. My Kid Has Paws only shares reviews we believe benefit our readers.

Move-In Day Essentials for Your Pets

Many people find themselves in the process of moving this time of year. As a matter of fact, according to the Census, most people move between the months of June and October. If you have already moved this year and I didn’t get you this post in time, I apologize.

However, for those of you who still have a move in your future, I want to talk today about some move-in essentials for your pets!

Move-In Day Essentials for Your Pets - with Casper

Rugs & Secure Flooring

This is especially true if you are moving with senior pets. You are going to want them to feel safe and secure moving around your new home, and that can be difficult when the flooring is slippery. If possible, before your pets walk into the home, try to put throw rugs or yoga mats on the ground so that they feel comfortable and secure while entering your home.

Microchip & Proper ID

A microchip and proper ID is SUPER important for your pet on move-in day. While you may be used to closing the door behind you, you will likely have movers, or family and friends, helping you move stuff in and out of your house, and they may not remember to keep the door closed.

In the event your dog or cat escapes, having your up to date contact information and your new address on both the microchip and ID is crucial for making sure your pet is safe in your new home on the first night.

Bed & Crate

In addition to making sure your pet can be returned to you if they escape, it’s also important to make sure they don’t escape in the first place. Creating a spot in your new home for them to be safe and secure from the noise and the bustle is important. Make sure to keep their most familiar blankets and beds with them where possible.

During the summer months the weather might be too warm to have your pet in the yard while you bring stuff in and out of the house, making a crate or bed in a cool spot imperative. If the weather isn’t too warm to have your pet in the yard, I highly recommend double checking the stability of the fence before letting them sniff their new yard.

Food & Water Bowls

For many pets, where they eat, drink, and sleep can quickly become their home. One of Rooney’s #1 priorities is “where is my next meal coming from?”. Setting him up with access to water and some food will go a long way to getting Rooney adjusted to his new home.

Let sleeping dogs lie on the Casper dog mattress.

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Toys & Puzzles

Let’s talk entertainment. While it is possible that your pet might be too stressed to want to play with toys and puzzles, they might make them feel more comfortable and will provide them with mental stimulation while you are moving things into your new home.

Mattress Sheets and Pillows

Whether you are buying a new mattress or setting up your old one, it will make your pet feel more at home if they can see and smell familiar items. In many cases, this means taking a nap on your bed. Try to make things look and feel as similar as you can for your pet. Bonus tip: Look at the room and home from your pet’s perspective and try to eliminate any added stresses from their environment (PetCentric.com).

Bonus Tips:

Have a New Veterinarian Picked Out

Because you never know what is going to happen, I would have your pet’s records already faxed over to your new veterinarian’s office (as well as a copy with you in case of emergencies).

Take a Week to Help Your Pets Adjust

This was a great idea from PetCentric.com. If you can work remotely or take a week off, that could really help your pet adjust to the significant changes that come along with any move. Having you around will help them feel more confident and comfortable in their new space.

What steps have you taken to reduce your pet’s stress during a move?

“What Do You Feed Rooney?” – Petcurean

The other day Rooney and I were at a Corgi meetup, and I had what was a very typical conversation with another pet parent.

I asked what their Corgi’s name was and how old they were. When they asked me the same, and I said that Rooney was 7, they asked me, “What do you feed him? Because he looks great!”.

Obviously I am biased. I think Rooney looks great, especially for 7. However when someone compliments how youthful your dog acts and looks, it feels good as a pet parent to know that you are doing everything you can to keep your dog young and healthy. But the question is, how do you know you are feeding your dog the right food?

Well, a huge part of learning about pet nutrition is learning how to read the food label. Petcurean put together this information with 5 food label essentials pet parents need to know:

Ingredients Panel:

  • The ingredients list is probably the most recognizable portion of the nutrition panel. What some pet owners may not know however is that the ingredients are listed in descending order by weight, which means the first ingredient is the largest quantity and the last ingredient is the smallest.
  • Tip: Buying economy brands of pet food is not always a money saver. Some economy brands use inexpensive ingredients that aren’t highly digestible. This means you must feed your dog more portions of the food just to ensure they’re meeting their nutritional requirements. In the long run, the cost per serving for a lower quality food is much higher than that of a premium food where your pet can get all of their nutrients from one serving.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • This section provides information about the nutrient content of the food. It should include the minimums for Crude protein and Crude fat, as well as the maximum Crude Fiber and Moisture. Additionally, any nutrients highlighted on the packaging must be included in the guaranteed analysis.
  • Tip: You can find the guaranteed analysis of a pet food product on a company’s website or by contacting the company. Here’s an example for Petcurean’s GO! Sensitivity + Shine LID Venison Recipe For Dogs.

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Feeding Guidelines:

  • The feeding guidelines should only serve as a starting point for deciding how much to feed your pet, as it heavily depends on your pet’s size, age, and activity level.
  • Tip: The best way to assess proper feeding is by calculating your pet’s body condition score. You can find that out here.

If you have any questions about how much you are feeding your pet, bring the food to your pet’s next annual exam and discuss with your veterinarian.

Nutritional Adequacy Statement:

  • This statement tells you if the food is complete and balanced, meaning it meets all of your pet’s nutritional requirements. It will also tell you if the product should be used only for intermittent feeding or as a treat.
  • Tip: Pay attention to what stage of life this section recommends for feeding. It should be labeled for all life stages or for one stage in particular.

Certifications:

  • Organic: An organic certification means that the production methods comply with organic farming standards. The primary goal of organic production is to use farming practices that are sustainable and harmonious with the environment.
  • MSC: The Marine Stewardship Council is an independent international non-profit certification organization that promotes sustainable fishing practices. An MSC certification is based upon three principles: sustainable fish stocks, minimizing environmental impacts, and effective management.
  • Vegan: The primary criteria for a product to receive the Certified Vegan logo is that the producer must prove that no ingredients were sourced from animals, no animal testing was permitted, adequate segregation of vegan and non-vegan ingredients was ensured and adequate clean out procedures were followed in facilities that produce vegan and non-vegan products.

GATHER™ dog and cat recipes have received three different food certifications, Vegan, MSC certified, and Organic, to provide transparency about the ingredients that have been carefully selected for these diets.

Do you check your pet’s food label? If so, what specifically do you look for?

Disclaimer: We are part of the Petcurean Blogger Advocate program. However, we feed Rooney Petcurean every day. My Kid Has Paws only shares information about products we like and we believe our readers will enjoy.

Rooney Photo by Pawpawrazzi Pet Photography

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