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Our Top 5 Favorite Feline Pet Essentials Products

6 December; Author: The Paw Print

Red kitten lying on a clean towel

Some of you may already know this, but 21st Century Animal HealthCare is the provider of a trusted product line called 21st Century Essential Pet Products. These dog and cat health care products are exclusively available at PetSmart stores nationwide. You can find them online or in the isles. On our Paw Print blog, we like to write fun and helpful posts that include tips about weather, holidays, giveaways and more. Once in a while we like to tell you a little bit about our trusted pet care products, too. Do you have a dog or cat? Visit our website to learn more about 21st Century Animal HealthCare.

Here are a few of our favorite Essential Pet Feline Products:   

  1. HAIRBALL CONTROL: Got hairballs? Essential Pet has a product for that! Cats are natural self-groomers. In this self-grooming process, they ingest hair which can build up and cause hairballs. While cat’s have a natural ability to expel this ingested hair, hand brushing and supplementation with 21st Century Essential Pet Hairball Soft Chews may help support this process.
  1. SKIN & COAT: Who doesn’t love soft and smooth fur? You can help support your cat’s skin and coat with the yummy chicken taste found in 21st Century’s Skin & Coat Soft Chews. Your feline will purr for it.
  1. CALMING SUPPORT: Do you have a nervous cat? 21st Century Essential Pet Soft Chews are a great way to offer calming support to your furry feline. Great for use while traveling and when you’re away. These soft chews are delicious, palatable and contain natural ingredients.
  1. EYE CARE: Get rid of tear stains. Remove tough tear stains from your cuddly feline with Essential Pet Tear Stain Remover Pads. These pads are gentle, effective and will restore luster to your cat’s coat. This product is a favorite among many pet owners!
  1. WOUND CARE: Support for minor skin infections. 21st Century Wound Spray is a soothing antimicrobial for topical bacteria, ringworm, various viruses and for soothing minor cuts and scratches. This is a great product to have on hand in case something does happen. Pick it up online or in stores today!

For a full list of our canine and feline health care products, visit us online at Do you have a question about our products? Message us Facebook or Twitter. We are more than happy to help!

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Ways to Show Appreciation to Animal Shelters

2 December; Author: The Paw Print

girl in animal shelterDo you have a favorite animal shelter in your area? Did you get your best friend from a local animal shelter and want to show your support? There are many ways to show your appreciation for the animal shelter you love. Take a moment to read these tips for ideas that might strike up unique ways to offer gratitude.

Some people might think that the only way to show appreciation is by giving money. However, there are other ways to give back – there really are. Of course most animal shelters run off of donations and need the monetary offerings, but other ideas can lead to this type of donation in the end. Everything you do is a step in the right direction. If you can’t give money at this time, take a few of these ideas below into consideration.

5 Ways to Show Your Appreciation to Animal Shelters

  1. Use social media to spread the word – Social media and the internet is a powerful thing! Have you liked your favorite animal shelter’s Facebook page yet? If yes, take it a step further and start to share and comment on their posts so all your Facebook friends can see that you are a fan. Many companies (for profit or non-profit) spend money on Facebook advertising to reach people in their areas. You can actually save them money by sharing their important posts for others to see. This is called organic reach. It will also help them get their name and cause out into the community. This is a great way to give back without spending money. Give it a try!
  1. Become a volunteer – A lot of animal shelters run on the help and work of volunteers in the community. Some shelters state that they couldn’t run without their volunteers. Become a volunteer today. Start off slow and decide the best days and times that work for your schedule. Don’t take it too fast and burn yourself out. The experience that you take with you might fuel other people to give back in this important way.
  1. Write a review – Another excellent way to show appreciation is to share your story online with a company review. Many people read reviews before considering adopting a pet or supporting a shelter. They might read several online reviews before even entering the location. By sharing your positive story, it could encourage others to visit. It will also help future donors feel positive about supporting this particular shelter. You can find review options on most Facebook pages, company websites and even Yelp!.
  1. Talk about it with friends – Share you story with friends and family as often as you can. When someone expresses their love for your pet, tell them where you got him or her. Share your experience and it could have positive results. How many times has someone talked about how great your cat is? Have you told that person that you wouldn’t have her without the help of ZYX Animal Rescue? It’s time to spark up that conversation!
  1. Attend their events and fundraisers – Many animal shelters will have an annual fundraiser or community event to celebrate their existence and to raise funds. By attending, telling your friends and just being there, you are offering a huge amount of support. The last thing an animal shelter wants is to put time and effort into an event just to have low attendance. Follow them on social media and you can stay abreast of what is going on there. You can also set up post notification from that particular page. This way you’ll never miss anything they have going on.

Thank you for taking the time to show your love and support of an animal shelter. Pets are beautiful creatures, aren’t they? It’s wonderful that there is a place where pets can go when they have not other option. Show your support today. Keep the conversation going!

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How to Prepare Your Pet for Winter Weather

28 November; Author: The Paw Print

139856735-cold-weather-dog-paw-care-632x475With holiday arrangements in full force, it might be hard to remember to prepare your pet for the colder winter months. You know it’s headed your way and your pet can probably sense it, but what exactly can you do? Take some time to make sure you have everything he or she might need before the freezing temperatures hit hard. Below are 5 ways to help prepare your pet for the colder months ahead.

  1. Your pet has fur, but could they benefit from a nice warm coat or sweater while spending time outdoors? ABSOLUTELY. If you already have a coat from last year packed away take a few minutes to make sure it still fits your pet. Whether your pet enjoys the outdoors or runs in and out only to take care of their business, an extra layer might not be a bad idea. If your pet has never used a coat before, consider taking him and her to the store to get a comfortable fitting. You might also want to introduce the coat or sweater to your pet slowly. Have them wear it for small amounts of time to start off with. Some pets do not enjoy having clothes on.
  1. Put a reminder by the door to check your pet’s feet when they come inside. Whether it’s snow, leaves or any other outdoor debris, checking your dog’s feet as they come indoors is never a bad idea. Snow can get stuck in their fur and cause issues. You might want to leave a floor mat, towel or paw cleaner by the door to help eliminate potential issues.
  1. Refresh your memory on all things that are hazardous to pets this time of year. One to always remember is antifreeze. Dogs are attracted to the smell and it tastes sweat on their tongue. Licking up antifreeze can be very bad for your pet. Holiday poinsettias are also dangerous. Don’t let them take a nibble on this plant! Here are a few more articles that will give you even more tips about pet poison prevention.
  1. You might not want to get your pet as many haircuts. Depending on the dog, it might not be the best idea to keep the same grooming schedule as you do in the warmer months. Does your dog’s groomer keep your pet’s hair a bit longer in the winter or do you prefer it just as short? Do you think your pet will be extremely cold if it snows? Will keeping his or her coat longer cause snow to get stuck in it. This might be a good question for your veterinarian. Depending on the pet and how many coats your pet has, adjusting your grooming schedule might be a wise idea. Changing up the type of shampoo you use can also be beneficial. Try a shampoo with added moisturizers.
  1. Keep an eye on your pet’s skin. Just like humans, the cold can cause issues for your pet’s skin. Keep an eye out for redness, cuts and dryness. If you see signs of skin irritations limit the time your pet spends outdoors. You might even need to visit the vet. Pay close attention to your pet after they go outside each time. A lot of dogs enjoy the snow, which can cause issues to the paw pads, nose and ears. Keep an eye out and you might be able to spot any problems.

Do you have any ideas for pet owners to help prepare their pets for the colder months? Share them with us on our Facebook page.

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Human Foods You Can Feed your Canine (Don’t Forget to Ask Your Vet)

23 November; Author: The Paw Print


thanksgivingdogEDITOR’S NOTE: This list was compiled from several reputable online resources. Always remember to ask your dog’s veterinarian before giving your canine anything that isn’t meant for your pet. Consider taking this list and asking your vet which foods he or she recommends. Not all dogs are created equally. One thing might be acceptable for one dog, while another pet might not agree.

With the heavy food holidays right around the corner, we want to cover an important topic that comes up year after year: feeding our dogs table scraps.

The topic of feeding your dog table food is a highly debated topic. Many people and veterinarians believe you should not give your dog table food. There are many reasons for this. One being that human calories do not exactly equate to canine calories. Giving dogs certain human food can cause pet obesity, begging or other unwanted outcomes. Another common reason to abstain from giving pets human food is because some are poisonous or extremely unhealthy for your pet. Keep in mind that we are not talking about home cooked meals made especially for pets. That a different topic entirely.

The truth is, many people still offer table food to dogs and they continue to live a long, healthy life. If you do online research, you will find thousands of articles about human foods to be considered acceptable for canine consumption and some that are not. Here is a quick list of people foods that are deemed acceptable for pet digestion.

Apples (no seeds)

Apricots (no pits)

Baby food (all-natural)

Beef (scraps)

Berries (fresh and frozen)


Bran cereal

Bread (without raisins or nuts)

Broccoli (raw)



Cauliflower (raw)



Cheese Wiz

Chicken (cooked, no bones or skin)

Chicken broth

Cottage cheese

Cream cheese

Croutons (plain)

Eggs (cooked)

Flax seed (ground or oil)


Green beans




Nectarines (no pits)


Orange slices (no rinds)

Organ meats (giblets, liver, tongue, heart, gizzards


Pasta noodles (cooked)


Peanut butter

Pineapple (fresh or frozen)


Potatoes (mashed, no butter, skin or green parts)

Rice (cooked)

Rice cakes


Sweet potatoes

Tomatoes (no greens or stems)

Tuna (and the juice from canned tuna)



Here is a list from the ASPCA containing indicated foods you should not feed your pet. If you suspect your pet has eaten any of the foods they have listed in the post, note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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November Tips for Pets and Pet Parents

14 November; Author: The Paw Print


Novemdog-in-snowber is a beautiful time of the year! There are many things to look forward to in the month of November: lovely trees, great tasting food and thanksgiving memories. You can even perhaps get a glimpse of snow – if you’re so lucky.

What does November mean to you? Do you love it or hate it? How about your pets? How do they feel about the changing weather and shorter days? With only two months left in 2016, we’d like to celebrate this month by offering a few November suggestions for you and your pet. Some of these topics will be covered in later blog posts this month and some are meant as food for thought.

If you have any tips or questions for our pet-lovin’ experts, please let us know by messaging us on our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you!

November Tips for Pets and Pet Parents:

  • Take advantage of the cooler weather. Do you live in an area where the weather is now getting tolerable and more pleasant? Walk your dogs a few extra times a week in November. You and your pet will most likely appreciate the fall sights and smells.
  • Take note of what foods are acceptable for your pet to eat around the festivities. Do you have Halloween chocolates sitting around the house? Some thanksgiving foods are dangerous to pets, too. Keep a close eye on your pets this month to make sure they are not eating anything they’re not supposed to.
  • It might be time to buy a sweater or booties for your pet. With the leaves falling and snow on its way (in some parts of the country) you might consider preparing for the colder days. Pets get snow stuck between their paws or in their fur. Would a pair of booties help? Think ahead and be proactive this time of the year.
  • November is Senior Pet Month. There are many things to appreciate and keep in mind in regards to senior pets. This month, try to think about those things and make changes in your pet’s lifestyle if necessary. You might want to ask yourself questions like, would your pet benefit from a joint care supplement? We can help you with that.
  • Don’t forget about your pets during the holidays. There are many ways to celebrate with your furry friends. A lot of stores will offer special holiday food for pets or holiday gifts! You can even pack a stocking for your four-legged friends. Consider putting in a few products from Essential Pet. Help your pet stay happy and healthy this year.
  • November is Animal Shelter Appreciation Month. If interested, consider volunteering or making a donation to your favorite animal shelter. Did you get your pet from a local animal shelter? There are multiple reasons to show your gratitude to an animal shelter.

We hope you enjoy this wonderful month. Thank you for taking the time to read our pet blog. Here at 21st Century Animal HealthCare, we love seeing happy and healthy pets. We also love to assist pet parents with informative blogs and facts about our health care products. Please reach out to us with any questions, ideas or concerns. Happy November!

We would love to feature a blog post by one of our customers. If you have an inspiring story or great advice you would like to share, please let us know.

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25 Reasons to Love a Senior Pet  

9 November; Author: The Paw Print


The month of November is officially Senior Pet Appreciation Month! There are many reasons to love and appreciate a senior pet (and all pets). Although older pets can often be overlooked, more and more people are starting to realize that adopting a senior dog or cat has several rewards. Below are numerous quick reasons to love – and perhaps adopt – an older dog or cat.

NOTE: Not all dogs or cats are created equally. These fun-loving reasons will not apply to all of our furry friends.

  1. You know what to expect.
  2. They might be potty trained already!
  3. Older pets might be trained with basic obedience skills.
  4. Senior pets tend to be calmer and have less “puppy” in them.
  5. You automatically know how big they are going to get! You don’t have to wait and see.
  6. Adopting an older dog might mean that you are saving his or her life.
  7. They’ve been around the block and know what to do around the house.
  8. Some senior pets require less exercise than their younger counterparts.
  9. They are over their ‘chewing on shoes’ phase of life.
  10. Older pets are wise.
  11. Your senior pet might be more willing to share cuddle time with you.
  12. They are beautiful creatures no matter how old they are.
  13. Their personality might not be a mystery.
  14. Senior pets show their independence!
  15. Old is beautiful.
  16. You will feel good about having an older pet around the house. There’s something incredibly wonderful about them.
  17. They offer devotion and love like you wouldn’t believe.
  18. Senior pets that have remained in the same household become predictable and appreciate their forever homes.
  19. They know what they want and will show you.
  20. Older pets can show younger pets the ropes.
  21. They make great friends.
  22. They might be old, but they can still hang with the little dogs.
  23. Older pets can read human emotions and understand you more deeply.
  24. They might be less destructive around the house – in more ways than one.
  25. Senior pets can be very family friendly.

Did we miss a great reason or two? Share your ideas, and/or pictures of your loving senior pet on our Facebook page. No matter what age a pet is, we love them all the same!