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Setting up an aquarium is as easy as 1-2-3 with API fishcare! #APIfish

API logoThis post is sponsored by MARS Fishcare and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about API Perfect Start but 4 the Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. MARS Fishcare is not responsible for the content of this article.

I have always loved fish, and have long dreamed of the day when I would have a gigantic tank! You know, like the kind you see in Las Vegas. Well, this might not be a giant freshwater fish tank, but it’s a nice addition to our home. It’s so fun to have a fish again. Do you have fish? API is having a giveaway so be sure to enter for an API aquarium.

We picked out a smaller tank because we knew we wanted to get a betta. The API® 1.5 gallon starter kit was just what we needed.

API fish care at Petsmart

The kit comes with a filter, a light, and several chemicals to help get your tank set up properly. I loved how easy it was to set up too. I really like how nicely the filter system is integrated into the tank. It really helps keep things quiet, and simple to maintain.

Found just the right spot! Now to set it up.
Found just the right spot! Now to set it up.

Like I mentioned, we picked a smaller kit, because we were getting a smaller fish, but they do have larger sizes too! Our kit came with API PERFECT START™ which is 3 envelopes that are clearly marked for each day of use. Day 1 for setting up the aquarium, Day 14 and Day 28 after the aquarium set up. I loved that the system made it simple to get set up quickly. No guess work here! And if you ever do have a question, API is very responsive on their Facebook Page .

Ready and waiting for our new betta!
Ready and waiting for our new betta!

API® Perfect Start™ is also recommended by the aquarium experts at PetSmart. They offer a wide range of products to help you care for your fish.

I do recommend picking up a bottle of dechlorinator when you buy your tank, as you will always need this on hand for water changes. API also has a very helpful website where you can research all of their products to make sure you have what you need for your freshwater fish tank. When you are ready to purchase, be sure to find your local store with the store locator. API is even on Instagram.

We took two trips to Petsmart because I prefer to set the tank up and have it running for 24 hours before adding fish. I was pretty excited when we went back and picked out our betta, as you can see, he has gorgeous colors!

Betta half moon
Our new betta!

He still needs a name actually, we have been hearing some fun suggestions but haven’t settled quiet yet. What do you think we should call him?

Update: We have a name! Our fish is named Sakana, which is Japanese for fish.

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How to Ensure Your Dog Has a Healthy Diet

Dog eating grass

Dogs are reliant on their owners for all of their needs. Their basic needs consist of shelter from the elements, regular exercise and a nutritionally balanced diet. Sounds easy, but many new dog owners often struggle to get the diet and exercise regime of their dogs correct. Here we are going to look at how to ensure your dog gets a healthy, balanced diet that meets his or her needs.
Ensure diet matches life stage

As with babies, the nutritional needs of puppies differ from that of adults. Certain nutrients such as DHA, an omega 3 found in fish, can help to develop the cognitive skills of your puppy encouraging them to learn and making them more trainable. Making sure your puppy gets the right nutrients can also improve their physical health, with Vitamin E being shown to support their developing immune system.

Dogs ancestors were natural carnivores and, although they can survive on vegetable proteins, the make-up of their digestive system and teeth suggests that a diet consisting purely of meat proteins will ensure healthy growth, giving them the best chance of reaching the full potential of their breed. This is due to the fact that animal proteins are more complete in amino acids than vegetable proteins. When it comes to feeding your dog meat, you need to be careful about the source—raw, pristine meat is perfect in the right quantity but in most cases, the meat available in the supermarket is far from pristine and is often old, treated and has the risk of salmonella and other nasty bacteria that are just as harmful to your dog as they are to you. A premium, complete dog food that exclusively contains animal proteins may be the best option as it will provide the high quality meat that your dog requires.

The right diet can affect many aspects of your dog’s health

Providing your dog with the right diet throughout their life can not only help your dog to live longer, but it can drastically improve their quality of life. Creating a diet with the right balance of proteins, fats, omegas, fibres, vitamins and minerals will not only encourage the growth of lean muscles and strong bones, but also the healthy growth of skin and a substantial coat. Correct diet promotes healthy digestion and a strong immune system helping your dog to live a pain-free life.

Balancing it all
Getting the right balance right for any dog can be difficult, especially as introducing new foods can cause stomach upsets. Dog food brand Eukanuba recently found that the right diet, together with appropriate care, can stave off ill health to such a degree that there’s a notable change in lifespan by breed:

If you’re considering switching your dog’s food to be complete, healthy and balanced, just go gently. Many veterinarians recommend a seven-day swap, meaning that over the course of a week, you gradually add some new food to the old food, increasing the ratio of new food until on the seventh day, you’re serving only the new food to your dog. That way, their stomachs can adjust and you won’t have a sad pup on your hands.

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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

This post is sponsored by Purina. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets, but 4 the Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.

PPVD_38100_17142If you have cats, it’s important to know about a common disease that can affect them. It’s called Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, or FLUTD.

FLUTD is a group of diseases that affect both the bladder and the urethra in cats. The disease is sometimes caused by urinary stones or crystals, and it’s more common than you might think.

FLUTD Risk Factors

  • Age, gender and physical activity can help indicate whether or not your cat is at a higher risk for developing FLUTD.
  • Gender: Both male and female cats can experience urinary tract disorders, but since male cats have longer and narrower urethras, their urinary tracts are more likely to be obstructed by crystals and mucous.
  • Breed: Urinary problems are more common in certain breeds, such as Persians, where there is a lower incidence in Siamese.
  • Age: Young adult cats between the ages of 2 and 6 years are more likely to have lower urinary tract disorders, but cats of any age are susceptible.
  • Activity Level: indoor cats seem to be more susceptible to lower urinary tract disorders. This may be because confinement reduces physical activities, which in turn may reduce the amount of water consumed and frequency of urination, allowing crystals to form in the urine.
  • Diet: high levels of ash and magnesium in the diet were once through to cause crystals. However, more recent work indicates that urine pH and concentration are more important factors in the development of FLUTD. Increasing water intake is highly recommended to help reduce the risk of FLUTD.

How to Recognize the Symptoms
You will likely notice a change in your cat’s appearance or behavior if he or she is experiencing FLUTD. Look for common signs, such as:

  • Makes frequent trips to the litter box
  • Cries when urinating
  • Urinates outside the litter box
  • Licks genital area excessively
  • Strains to urinate, with little success
  • Displays signs of anxiety, such as pacing or hiding

PPVD_38100_13830_LIt’s important to take your cat to the vet if you see these symptoms. Luckily FLUTD can be treated, and your cat will feel much better.

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets UR Urinary St/Ox Feline Formulas are scientifically formulated to meet the special dietary needs of cats that are predisposed to lower urinary tract conditions.

If you have a cat that has FLUTD, you can download a coupon for Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets UR St/Ox Feline Formula to use at your vet office.

We are giving away two coupons for a free bag of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets UR Urinary St/Ox Feline Formula to one lucky reader.

NOTE: coupons are redeemed at a vet clinic. This giveaway is for USA only.

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