Pet Tips

When you’re lucky enough to share your life with a pet, you know how strong the bond is. Scientists claim there may be a reason for that. It seems our love for animals is as old as our planet. Go ahead and enjoy your pets. Make more time to walk your dog or find time to play games with your cat. The good feelings you get from spending time together may be doing your body and your mind good, too. Evidence suggests that people have had relationships with pets in numerous cultures worldwide for thousands of years so we’ve compiled some of the most important tips from our Pet Tips Archive to ensure your pets live their best lives!

Pet Tips German ShepardVaccines:

We all want our pets to be in our lives as long as possible. Regular veterinarian visits and vaccinations can help prevent health issues. Your vet will put your pets on an immunization schedule for disease prevention, which is a great way to ensure your pet lives a long, healthy and happy life.

  • Keep your pets’ vaccinations up-to-date.
  • Schedule annual or bi-annual vet visits.
  • Put your pet on a flea and tick prevention and treatment plan.
  • Watch for any unusual changes in your pets’ behavior.
  • Take him or her to the vet right away if you suspect anything isn’t right with their health.

Safety Tips

Protecting your fur babies is a top priority. When it comes to pet parenting, there’s no such thing as being overprotective. Here are some steps you can take to keep them safe and sound.

  • Tags: If you’re taking your pet outside, you should always make sure they wear their tag. It’s also a good idea to have them wear it inside as well. If they get out without your knowledge, it will be easier for someone to identify their owner.
  • Collars: What’s the point in having a tag if you don’t have a stylish way to display it? Collars provide an alert to passersby that your pet has a home and an owner who cares.

Bath Time Tips

Pet Bath Infographic

If there’s one thing most pets despise, it’s the ever-dreaded “bath time.” Your dog may run out of the room, may fear the water, or perhaps, you’re unsure if you should even be bathing your cat. We have the answers to ensure you and your pet have a successful bath time when it’s ready for a splish-splash in the bath.

  • Don’t say “bath.” Pets know the time too well. Try to come up with a code word, like “balloon,” when discussing pet baths with your family. “Time to give Fido a balloon.”
  • To entice your pet, put their favorite peanut butter on a wall tile in the shower. If there’s one thing your pets love, it’s snacks and treats.
  • Avoid faucet fright—pets may fear water shooting from the wall. Use a pitcher or large cup to drown those fears away.
  • Use the right soap. If your pet has sensitive or itchy skin, try an oatmeal shampoo. Find the shampoo that works best here.
  • When you’re finished bathing your pet, it’s time to brush. If your dog is long-haired, take them outside and brush excessively. Bathing loosens the hair causing a lot of loose hair to be brushed away.
  • Have a cat? Most cats are self-groomers, but a few examples of cats who may need bathing are: a smelly cat, a cat with health issues, an overweight cat who may need help cleaning hard-to-reach areas or a kitten who hasn’t developed self-grooming skills yet. Check with your veterinarian for more information.


Beat the Heat

It’s essential to keep our pets cool so they don’t overheat. While we enjoy taking our pets on walks and playing with them at the park, heatstroke is a possibly life-threatening condition that can happen. Below are tips to ensure that your pet doesn’t overheat and remains the coolest cat or dog in the neighborhood.

  • Keep water everywhere! Make sure your pet’s bowl is always filled with water. If you’re on walks, be sure to take a water bottle or two with you.
  • Doggy sunscreen? Yes, your doggy can get burned too! Look for pet-specific sunscreen. You can use human sunscreen, but be sure to avoid any sunscreen with zinc oxide.
  • Stay in the shade or avoid the outdoors as much as possible.
  • If you feel your pet may be too hot, avoid ice water. It can cool your pet too quickly and cause further complications.
  • Some fun treats to help your pets cool off more quickly are our Peanut Butter Frozen Treats for Dogs and the Purr-fect Puff Pops for Cats. Both can be found here.

Switching Pet Foods

If your pet is experiencing food allergies, it may be time to switch their food. They may be allergic to a specific ingredient. We’ve included a list below of how to find out which ingredients they may be allergic to. If you notice your pet is gaining too much weight or losing weight quickly, it’s possible your pet needs to be switched to a different food. Your veterinarian will be able to help properly diagnose any allergens and food symptoms. When introducing new food to your pets, it’s important to not switch it all at once. This may cause worse effects for your pet. Follow the graph to the right to help introduce your pets to new foods.

Switch Pet Foods

Determining Food Allergens

  • Feed your pet one protein and one carb that are not in their current diet, and that they have not eaten before (along with all of the necessary fats, vitamins and minerals essential to a complete diet), for at least 12 weeks.
  • Do not give your pet treats or access to other food sources during this trial.
  • If the symptoms disappear, your pet might be allergic to an ingredient in their previous diet.
  • Always consult with your vet before making any major changes to your pet’s diet. They can assist in either recommending a pet food that will work for your fur baby or developing a diet that you can prepare for your pet at home.

If you’ve determined your pets are allergic to certain grains, you could try one of these products from Publix!


Pet Tips Hygiene - Dog and CatGet Rid of Stinky Breath

Does your pet try to give you kisses and their breath is stinky? While you may try to overlook it, this odor can be an indicator for dental or kidney disease, a non-nutritional diet, a reduced appetite and more. Some beneficial tips to help your pet keep smiling and licking (but with better breath) are below.

  • Fresh water: The first is often the easiest. Their bowls are a breeding ground for bacteria buildup. Wash and dry your pet’s bowl every time you fill them with food and water.
  • Carrots and apples (with the skin removed): These crunchy snacks can help clean hard-to-reach teeth that may be covered in tartar along the gum line.
  • Probiotics: Good health starts in your pet’s guts. Probiotics, such as yogurt, kefir or bananas, will help promote healthy gut activity.
  • Coconut oil: Add a spoonful to your pet’s food or brush their teeth with it. It’s a sweet treat they’ll love that will help fight bad pet breath.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Add a half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your pet’s water bowl. It’s a natural disinfectant that dogs enjoy that will help with bad breath.


We hope you and your four-legged friends stay happy and healthy all year long. Our entire guide of Pet Tips will help ensure your pets be their best year-round. Which tips did you learn that you plan to incorporate into you and your pets’ lives?

Matthew L.

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Matthew L. started with Publix in 2009. After working his way up to a Publix Manager, Matthew decided to make a change from retail and pursue his passion for writing. Matthew enjoys hearing stories from the people he's writing about and loves the Publix culture. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife and their dog, Edmund. They love to explore all that Central Florida has to offer.

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