• Feeding Your Older Dog

    Posted on June 19th, 2012
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    Clear the Air suggests anyone with a senior dog check out these tips from the ASPCA on feeding dogs older in age.

    Dogs begin to show visible age-related changes at about seven to twelve years of age. There are metabolic, immunologic and body composition changes, too. Some of these are unavoidable. Others can be managed with diet.

    1. Since smaller dogs live longer and don’t experience age-related changes as early as bigger dogs, size is used to determine when it’s time to feed your canine a senior diet:Small breeds/dogs weighing less than 20 pounds—7 years of age
      Medium breeds/dogs weighing 21 to 50 pounds—7 years of age
      Large breeds/dogs weighing 51 to 90 pounds—6 years of age
      Giant breeds/dogs weighing 91 pounds or more—5 years of age
    2. The main objectives in the feeding an older dog should be to maintain health and optimum body weight, slow or prevent the development of chronic disease, and minimize or improve clinical signs of diseases that may already be present.
    3. As a dog ages, health issues may arise, including:
      – deterioration of skin and coat
      – loss of muscle mass
      – more frequent intestinal problems
      – arthritis
      – obesity
      – dental problems
      – decreased ability to fight off infection
    4. Older dogs have been shown to progressively put on body fat in spite of consuming fewer calories. This change in body composition is inevitable and may be aggravated by either reduced energy expenditure or a change in metabolic rate. Either way, it is important to feed a diet with a lower caloric density to avoid weight gain, but with a normal protein level to help maintain muscle mass.
    5. Avoid “senior” diets that have reduced levels of protein. Studies have shown that the protein requirement for older dogs does not decrease with age, and that protein levels do not contribute to the development or progression of renal failure. It is important to feed older dogs diets that contain optimum levels of highly digestible protein to help maintain good muscle mass.
    6. Talk to your veterinarian about increasing your senior dogs GLA intake. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid that plays a role in the maintenance of healthy skin and coat. Although it is normally produced in a dog’s liver, GLA levels may be diminished in older dogs. Does your older dog’s diet contain GLA?
    7. Aging can affect a dog’s intestinal bacteria, which can result in symptoms of gastrointestinal disease. Senior diets for dogs should contain FOS (fructooligosaccharides) to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria.
    8. Antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta-carotene help eliminate free radical particles that can damage body tissues and cause signs of aging. Senior diets for dogs should contain higher levels of these antioxidant compounds. Antioxidants can also increase the effectiveness of the immune system in senior dogs.
    9. Routine care for geriatric pets should involve a consistent daily routine and periodic veterinary examinations to assess the presence or progress of chronic disease. Stressful situations and abrupt changes in daily routines should be avoided. If a drastic change must be made to an older pet’s routine, try  to minimize stress and to realize the change in a gradual manner.

    From: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/feeding-older-dogs.aspx

  • Keep Your Cat Happy With These Tips

    Posted on May 30th, 2012
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    Since Clear the Air has dedicated May to “Cat Month”, we would like to share some easy helpful tips to make sure your indoor cat has all she needs.

    It doesn’t take much to make your furry feline a happy camper but it is important to make sure you are providing her with all she needs to make her, and you, happy!

    Remember our Cat Urine Odor Eliminator is now available at PETCO.  Also, send in your Cutest Cat Photo to win 2 FREE CANISTERS of our Odor Eliminator.  You can email them to YourCommunityPathway@gmail.com or you can post them on Facebook.  In order to make your cat’s home an enjoyable and comfortable one, make sure you have the following:

    Personal Space – Like all cat lovers know, cats are very independent animals. They enjoy hiding under, on top, and/or inside of many locations in the home. They are very curious creatures. A great way to give your cat the space it needs is by getting him or her a perch. A perch will allow them to elevate themselves from the ground level and observe from above. They will feel safe and secure while enjoying their surroundings. Perches are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and you can even attach them to a windowsill so your cat can get a better view of the outside.

    A Bed – Cats are most vulnerable when they are sleeping, so it’s important to provide them with a quiet and secure resting place. For those who prefer that their cat stay off beds and other furniture, providing your cat with a comfortable resting place in a quiet part of the house is the best alternative. This area, however, must be in a place where necessities like food, water, and litter box, are still accessible. Cat beds can be purchased, or a snug blanket or towel will work just fine. Remember, just like you, cats don’t like being disturbed while they sleep.

    Scratching/Climbing Post – Cats scratch as a way to stretch their muscles, shed old cuticle, sharpen their claws, and leave scent marks. Providing your cat with something to scratch will not only keep them happy, but it will save your furniture. When figuring out where to place a scratching post it’s important to keep in mind where your cat typically likes to scratch. You can place the post near this area in order to keep your cat from scratching that particular object. Keep the scratching post in close proximity to daily necessities and try not to move the post. If you do move it, try to move it as gradually as possible. Lastly, trim the sharp tips of your cat’s nails or purchase nail caps to reduce damage from scratching.

    Litter Box – Cats use elimination as a way to mark their territory. So, in order to keep them from eliminating all over your house, it’s important to provide them an attractive litter box. First, cats appreciate a clean litter box. So, if you do not regularly clean out their litter box, they will most likely find a cleaner spot which may end up being somewhere in your house. Second, cats prefer a large uncovered litter box. This gives them a large space to move around and stand up straight. Third, most cats prefer fine-grained, unscented litter. Most cats are turned off by a scented litter. Lastly, the litter box should be placed in a quiet, secure and accessible place. This ensures the cat privacy, and eliminates other animals or people sneaking up on it. The “golden rule” is one litter box per cat, plus one. So for those with multiple cats, and/or multiple levels in your house, it is important to have multiple boxes on each level. Remember to also always add Clear the Air Cat Odor Eliminator to the litter box to reduce odors.

    Toys – Although indoor cats don’t have to hunt for their food, they still have the urge to pounce. Toys are extremely important to the health and happiness of your cat. Something as simple as a ball to roll around or a stick with a string and a toy attached can amuse an indoor cat for hours. Taking a more realistic approach, you can give your cat a fake mouse that moves or makes noise.

    It isn’t difficult to keep you indoor cat healthy and happy. All it takes is providing your cat with privacy, a comfortable place to sleep, something to scratch, an appropriate litter box, and most importantly, toys! Keeping your cat happy and healthy will not only increase their happiness, but yours as well.

  • Cat Anatomy Facts

    Posted on May 11th, 2012
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    Cool Cat Anatomy Facts brought to you by Clear the Air!

    Remember PETCO now carries our Cat Urine Odor Eliminator at all their stores.  Stop in to pick some up!

    • Cats can’t taste sweets.
    • The cat’s front paw has 5 toes, but the back paws have 4. Some cats are born with as many as 7 front toes and extra back toes (polydactl).
    • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
    • Neutering a cat extends it’s life span by two or three years
    • A cat’s tongue consists of small “hooks,” which come in handy when tearing up food
    • Cats must have fat in their diet because they can’t produce it on their own.
    • Cat’s urine glows under a black light.
    • Cats have a third eyelid called a haw and you will probably only see it when kitty isn’t feeling well.
    • A cat sees about six times better than a human at night because of a layer of extra reflecting cells which absorb light.
    • Cats sleep 16 to 18 hours per day
    • Cats are the only animal that walk on their claws, not the pads of their feet.
    • Newborn kittens have closed ear canals that don’t begin to open for nine days.
    • A kittens eyes are always blue at first
    • A cat cannot see directly under its nose.
    • It is a common belief that cats are color blind. However, recent studies have shown that cats can see blue, green and red
    • Cats with white fur and skin on their ears are very prone to sunburn.
    • Siamese kittens are born white.
    • A cat’s jaws cannot move sideways.
    • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
    • A cat can jump even seven times as high as it is tall.
    • A cat is pregnant for about 58-65 days.
    • A cat may have three to seven kittens every four months
    • Cats step with both left legs, then both right legs when they walk or run. The only other animals to do this are the giraffe and the camel
    • If a male cat is both orange and black it is most likely sterile
    • The color of the points in Siamese cats is heat related. Cool areas are darker
    • Cats lack a true collarbone. Because of this, a cat can generally squeeze their bodies through any space they can get their heads through.
    • There are tiny, parasitic worms that can live in a cat’s stomach. These worms cause frequent vomiting.
    • A cat’s brain is more similar to a man’s brain than that of a dog.
    • A cat has more bones than a human; humans have 206, the cat has 230.
    • Cats have 30 vertebrae–5 more than humans have.
    • Cat have 500 skeletal muscles (humans have 650).
    • A cat can rotate its ears independently 180 degrees, and can turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog
    • Cats’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans and dogs.
    • Cats’ hearing stops at 65 khz (kilohertz); humans’ hearing stops at 20 khz.
    • In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal.
    • A cat’s field of vision is about 185 degrees.
    • Blue-eyed, white cats are often deaf.

    Do you have any other cool cat facts?  Share them with us on our blog!

  • Day #5: How To Avoid Jealous Pets

    Posted on February 6th, 2012
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    Day #5 of Helpful Tips For You And Your Pet

    Check out our Helpful Tips For You and Your Pet.  Today we are talking about Jealousy with new and resident pets.  We have previously touched on bringing new pets home and the steps you take to introduce them to new pets.  Now we will be discussing dealing with jealous pets and the best way to go about making sure everyone is happy!

    Day #5: How To Avoid Jealous Pets

    You have brought a new addition to your family, a cute little fluffy puppy.  However, your older dog isn’t so sure he is OK with this new “friend” and decides he doesn’t want to have anything to do with you,  your family and the new pet.  What should you do?

    -Continue to give large amounts of attention to your first pet(s).  While it is easy to get caught up in the cuteness of your new addition, your current pets will feel put out and naturally will become jealous.  Make sure you spend a lot of time reassuring them they are still very special to you and still a part of the family.

    -Don’t force the new and existing pet together.  As we discussed previously last week, you need to give your new and old pets their time to get used to each other.  Make sure you allow them to gain confidence to decide when they’d like to face their new housemates.

    -Separate your pets when feeding.  Use separate food and water bowls and keep them separated while eating, feeding them both at the same time.

    -Lastly, make sure to always keep an eye on them until you are fully confident they will get along.  Remember this takes time and being patient is important.  When you leave the house, keep dogs in separate rooms so they cannot interact without your supervision.

    Check back for more helpful pet tips to come!

  • Petco Sale – $3 Off

    Posted on December 13th, 2011
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    Get $3 OFF Pet Odor Eliminator and Pet Odor Eliminator for Carpet and Furniture canisters at Petco through December 24th!  If you are having family or company over at your house, use Clear the Air to eliminate any odors you may experience in your home!!

    Make sure to stop by before December 24th to take advantage of this GREAT OFFER!


    Posted on December 5th, 2011
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    Remember, $3 OFF through December 24th at PETCO on Earth Care’s Clear the Air “Pet Odor Eliminator”!!!  Make sure to take advantage of this great offer…


    Posted on November 23rd, 2011
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    PETCO SALE!  Get the Pet Odor Eliminator and Pet Odor Eliminator for Carpet and Furniture for $3 OFF either canister!!! Sale goes through 12/24.  Perfect for that last minute moment you need to freshen up your house!