5 Potential Holiday Hazards for Pets

Are you spending a holiday at home? It would be the ideal setup nowadays due to the coronavirus pandemic threat, especially now that new strains or variants are roaming around. According to reports, this new COVID-19 strain is maybe 30-40% more contagious. But did you know that occasional holiday items can present potential hazards for your pet? 

It might seem ironic since holidays are so full of love. However, gifts of flowers and chocolate, plus the other props used on special occasions, are not pet-friendly. Here are some tips on how to keep celebrations safe at home for the sake of your beloved pets:

Flowers and Plants

One of the more common gifts during the holidays is flowers. But another type of flora is added to the list. It is none other than plants. Yes, plants. "Plant love" or "plant craze" started because of the pandemic. Due to the stay-at-home ordinances, houseplants have become the latest COVID-19 hobby.

However, no matter how lovely flowers and plants are, some varieties are harmful or poisonous to pets, according to North Shore Animal League America. Pet cats and dogs are like curious five-year-olds that will take an interest in innocent-looking flowers and plants. If they accidentally ingested it, they could suffer from poisoning or gastrointestinal upset. 

For example, Stargazer, Asiatic, and Tiger Lilies can cause acute kidney failure in cats. Hemerocallis or Lilium species can be toxic to dogs, causing heart arrhythmias when eaten. Roses can pose a danger as their sharp thorns can injure your pet's paws and mouth.

Chocolate

GourmetGiftBaskets.com revealed that chocolate and candy sales reached $1 billion in profits last year! That's how obsessed we are with this sweet confection during the holidays. But its sweetness isn't too good for your pet's health.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that all chocolate types can be life-threatening when eaten by pets. It contains Methylxanthines, a caffeine-like stimulant. Your pet may suffer symptoms like hyperactivity, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and increased heart rate. 

Chocolates have high-fat content as well, which could lead to inflammation of the pancreas in your pets. Moreover, chocolates can have xylitol, a sugar-free sweetener that can cause acute liver failure and life-threatening low blood sugar levels.

Cocktails and Other Alcoholic Beverages

You can't celebrate without the clinking of wine glasses. But pets and alcohol don't get along. 

Your curious pup or kitten might lap half a glass of wine or the spilled champagne on your table. When this happens, it can cause problems like lack of coordination, diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, metabolic disturbances, and worst, coma.

As much as possible, don't leave any liquor scattered after your friends or family go, and make sure that you put the unfinished glasses in the dishwasher.

Candles

Candlelit dinner instantly sets the romantic mood during your favorite holidays like Valentine's Day. If left unattended, it could pose a danger not just to your pets but also to your entire household.

Just like a moth to a flame, your nosy pets may get near a candle and inspect it closely. By doing this, they might burn themselves or burn the whole house by knocking it over.

It would be much better to use electric candles or battery-powered flameless candles as an alternative and still achieve the same candlelit glow results.

Gift Wrapping

After unwrapping presents, collect and chuck away the ribbons, bows, tape, cellophane, wrapping paper, and strings. 

Cats love strings and ribbons. Your pet pup might be curious too. If they swallow these things, the ribbons could get tangled in their intestines or throat, causing them to vomit or choke. 

A Hassle-free Date With Alternative Pets

Did you know that there are pets that will never dampen your holiday plans? They are called Perfect Petzzz, life-like pets that almost feel and behave like real ones. This alternative pet won't get in the way of your romantic dinner date celebrations. 

They won't dare sniff your beautiful succulents or take a lap of spilled wine. You will not feel tempted to indulge them in eating chocolate with you.

Perfect Petzzz behave so well that they will just lay on their soft bed all day. Despite this peaceful behavior, life-like pets offer the same real pet ownership experience as living pets without the hassles and expenses like vet bills. 

Each Perfect Petzzz bundle includes a new plush pet bed, collar with pet tag, pet brush, and adoption certificate. It is available for purchase through our Amazon site. For any other inquiries, contact us here. 

4 Things Humans Do That Dogs Hate

Aren't dogs a man's best friend? Yes, however, we humans have some actions and behaviors that our pooches find annoying or agitating. If you want to stay your pup's best buddy, you must be aware of the following things you do that irritate your dog without you even realizing it:

Hugging

What you think: Ooh, I'm gonna cuddle with my baby 'coz I love them so much!

What your pup thinks: Ugh, human! You don't have to assert your dominance over me. It's like you're rubbing it on my fur.

News flash! Dogs don't enjoy hugs. For humans, wrapping your arms around your dog is your way of expressing how much you care and adore them. However, this is not the case for your furry canine friend.

According to The Spruce Pets, hugging your dog's neck or body makes them uncomfortable, and they may perceive it as a threat, an act of dominance or control. 

How would you know that you're annoying them with your cuddles? Your pup may lean away, yawn, avert his eyes, or lick his lips. Some dogs may tolerate it, but they might turn aggressive towards you if you hug them frequently.

Walk-only policy

What you think: C'mon, Fido! What are you smelling there? Let's continue our walk. You've got to exercise.

What your pup thinks: Hmm, what is this thing? *Sniff* It's kinda earthy-- Why are you pulling my leash, boss? Let me enjoy this walk!

One thing we can learn from dogs is how to be in the moment. They love to take in their surroundings for a few minutes and appreciate the things around them.

That's why your pet dog wags its tail when you show them the "leash." They know that when you grab the leash, it means it's time for their walk. 

Let us repeat that.

Their walk. Your dog's walk, and not yours. So please give your friend the freedom to navigate their environment and allow them to explore with their noses. In case you're not aware, canines "see" through their sense of smell and not with their eyes. Simply put, let them have a good time.

Prolonged stare

What you think: *Gazing at your dog with heart eyes*

What your pup thinks: Are you picking a fight with me?

Eye contact is a powerful human gesture. For humans, it's a sign of focus or trustworthiness. However, puppies view it as a sign of dominance or aggression.

"For dogs, a prolonged stare is a signal of confrontation or aggression," says dog behaviorist Colleen Demling in her interview with BestLife. They might assume that you're challenging them. 

How would you feel if someone is looking at you without breaking contact? Would you feel creeped out, disturbed, or threatened? That is how your dog may feel, even if you are their loving owner.

Being left alone for a long time

What you think: Ah! Finally home from work. I will grab a glass of wine and got straight to bed--Brownie, why are you eating my slippers!?

What your pup thinks: What took you so long? I'm booooored!

Dogs can suffer from separation anxiety, and they aren't happy spending hours alone. They are social creatures who need companionship as much as you do.

Understandably, you have to work since you need to put their kibble on the table. But be sure to make time to bond with your furry friend when you get home to ease their boredom and loneliness.

If it really can't be helped, leave them in doggie daycare or hire a dependable pet sitter to look after them. Are you rarely at home? Sad to say, but maybe right now isn't the best time to have a pet.

Conclusion

Primates (humans) and canines (dogs) don't think and behave alike. You may think you're showering them with affection; meanwhile, your pup thinks otherwise. Pay attention to their body language to figure out if they're comfortable or not. As a pet parent, you must know the cues when your beloved furry friend feels off so you won't end up confusing or upsetting them.

If you want to have a pet but not yet ready to face the above scenarios, adopt a Perfect Petzzz. It is a lifelike pet that almost feels and behaves like a real one. This alternative pet offers the same real pet ownership experience as living pets without the hassles and expenses like vet bills. 

You can cuddle with them any time and as long as you want. They also won't mind being left alone while you are at work or even on vacation. Plus, you don't have to walk Perfect Petzzz because all they do is sleep in their soft bed.  

Each Perfect Petzzz bundle includes a new plush pet bed, collar with pet tag, pet brush, and adoption certificate. It is available for purchase through our Amazon site. For any other inquiries, contact us here. 

Pet Toys as Teaching Tools for Kids

My first gift for my five-month-old niece was a small gray stuffed elephant. Given my amateur gift-giving skills, I chose a toy that is harmless, non-toxic, and will not be accidentally swallowed by a curious tiny human. I figured my safest bet would be a stuffed animal, and,  I admit I bought it because I found it cute. 

As an adult, we think about buying new babies stuffed toys, which are cute and soft. However, did you know that it has educational benefits for kids too? A stuffed animal could be a source of comfort for a child, a playmate, or their first real friend.

Parents give their children toys to keep them entertained and preoccupied. You know the type, a toy that squeaks, play songs, rattles, or something they can cuddle with. However, for a toddler, it becomes more than that. According to Psychology Today, these simple toys become a child's transitional object.

What is a transitional object?

The New York University Psychoanalytic Institute defines a transitional object as, "typifying a phase in a child's development; as a defense against separation anxiety; and, lastly, as a neutral sphere in which experience is not challenged." A pet toy or teddy bear turns into a personified instrument of self-expression, which children utilize at home or in school.

The term "transitional object" was coined by Donald Woods Winnicott, an English pediatrician, and psychoanalyst, in 1951. He said that it is "a designation for any material to which an infant attributes a special value and by means of which the child is able to make the necessary shift from the earliest oral relationship with mother to genuine object-relationships." It represents how your child will interact with and maintain human relationships. 

Let us explain this further by enumerating the benefits of pet toys, teddy bears, dolls, a.k.a. transitional objects, below.

Benefits of Transitional Objects

Here are the benefits of transitional objects such as teddy bears or pet toys:

Helps develop social skills

How can an inanimate object, much less a toy, help a child get along with others? Kids start their first social bond while playing with a favorite pet toy or stuffed animal. It offers them friendship and companionship. Yep, pet toys or dolls are your child's first real friends even though they're not real people.

It all starts when your child begins exhibiting pretend  play with their toys like holding a tea party or a picnic with them. Their pet toy will act as the host of the party, giving their guests food and drinks. Or merely a guest that will interact or socialize with other stuffed toys.

Promotes language development

Sometimes I caught my little niece producing babbling noises in front of a stuffed toy. It seems like she is talking to the elephant toy. It is a hilarious and adorable scene to witness, but did you know that this helps in speeding up language development?

Stuffed toys or pet toys are great audiences for a kid who is still learning how to communicate. It won't judge them and will listen to them attentively while they "talk." It improves a child's speech and language skills by allowing them to freely express their thoughts and feelings in front of their stuffed animals.

Reduces separation anxiety and loneliness

As much as you want to be around your child all the time, it is impossible because you need to get things done around the house or go to work. This is where their silent friend, a teddy bear or stuffed animal, enters the picture. It helps your child alleviate loneliness and stress while you are away. Stuffed toys provide much-needed comfort and companionship to help ease their anxiety and distress.

Child psychologist Paul Donahue, Ph.D., tells Parents that children tend to freak out when left alone. But their fear lessens when they have a stuffed toy or teddy bear beside them. He said, "Dolls and stuffed animals can help toddlers cope with separation anxiety."

For babies and preschoolers, the big world could be a vast and intimidating place. What more if no adult is supervising them? Pet toys help kids cope with these intense emotions because they portray familiarity, comfort, and reassurance without a parent or adults' help.

Perfect Petzzz: A cuddly teaching tool for kids of all ages

If you are looking for a pet toy, you don't have to look anywhere else because you came to the right place! Introducing the Perfect Petzzz, a lifelike pet that almost feels and behaves like a real one. It provides the same comfort and companionship as a normal living pet.

Perfect Petzzz also offers the same real pet ownership experience as living pets without the hassles and expenses like vet bills. It can help your child's social, emotional, and mental development. 

Moreover, this alternative pet helps plant seeds of compassion and empathy inside the tiny heart of your child. They will take care of it by brushing its fur or singing it a lullaby to put it into sleep. It also teaches them to be responsible pet owners in the future. 

Each Perfect Petzzz bundle includes a new plush pet bed, collar with pet tag, pet brush, and adoption certificate. It is available for purchase through our Amazon site. For any other inquiries, contact us here. 

Top 10 Toys for Kids in 2021

There is no doubt that 2020 was  a tough year for all of us, especially for kids who are naturally carefree and adventurous at heart. They have to deal with quarantine, boredom, and being stuck at home for a long time. 

As a parent, you have to tap into your creative and resourceful side to keep your kids occupied while working from home. Fortunately, some toys will help them keep busy as you work or perform household chores. 

Here's our list of the 10 hottest toys for kids of any age in 2021 that will lessen their quarantine blues:

Professor Maxwell's VR Junior Chef Virtual Reality Kids

For ages: 8-12 years

It is a cookbook and interactive cooking food science learning activity set that will unleash your child's inner chef or food scientist. It comes with a 64-page book that has 24 yummy recipes of real meals and snacks. Besides encouraging your kids in learning how to cook, this immersive VR/AR learning tool also explains the science behind the food. It breaks down concepts about osmosis, dehydration, yeast, gluten, and more! Always make sure your kids are supervised by an adult when doing this activity.

Baby Yoda Plush Toy

For ages: 3 years and older

Kids are suckers for cute toys, and this Baby Yoda plush toy is a perfect example. It is an 8-inch baby Yoda figure from the Disney Plus series, the Mandalorian. This toy is also referred to as "The Child." Look at its big eyes, large ears, adorable smile, and soft tiny body—what a perfect snuggle buddy. Star Wars fans will also love this plush toy and display it as a collectable. 

Squeakee the Balloon Dog

For ages: 5 years and older

It is an interactive balloon-like toy dog that your kids can play with. It may look like a plain balloon toy at first but wait until it does awesome tricks! You can pet its head, rub its belly, or feed it with its Pump. Pop Squeakee with the pin to hear the balloon dog deflate and inflate it with the Pump. This animatronic toy responds to your voice and gets excited when it hears you!

Pets Alive Fifi the Flossing Sloth

For ages: 5 years and older

Don't mistake Fifi's sleepy eyes and chubby body as a boring and unresponsive toy. Because once you press Fifi's nose, the battery-powered robotic toy becomes the life of the party! Fifi, the Flossing Sloth, will move to the beat of three epic songs. This robotic pet copies one of the most iconic dances of the decade. Your kids will surely be entertained by its funny floss movements, butt wiggles and cute blinking eyes as it dances.

VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam

For ages: 5-10 years

Does your child spend a lot of time on TikTok or Instagram creating content? Then the VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam is the perfect treat for them. It includes a high-definition video camera, tripod, green screen, and selfie stick. The kit also has 20+ animated backgrounds to make each take more interactive and fun. It has features like on-screen editing, creativity tools, trick shots, and time-lapse video. However, videos can only be uploaded to a computer with a parent's or adult's discretion.

Family Campervan

For ages: 5 years and older

Since a trip in the wilderness is impossible for now, how about playing pretend with your child with this Family Campervan? Enjoy fun camping activities like barbecue, fishing, cooking, cycling with this mini playset. The campervan vehicle can seat up to seven figures from Calico Critters. It includes 19 pieces of accessories and furniture such as frying pan, fishing rod, bucket, stove, shower and toilet, sink, bicycle, fishing bucket and more. 

Kid Made Modern Ultimate Craft Kit

For ages: 8 years and older

Let your child create their own craft adventure with the Kid Made Modern Ultimate Craft Kit. This type of activity doesn't only foster their creativity, but at the same time, helps them develop mental, social, and emotional skills. This craft kit includes several fuzzy sticks, clothespins, glue, scissors, felt pieces, wooden beads, google eyes, sewing needles, glitter glue, embroidery thread, craft sticks, sequins, and more. All in all, it has over 1100 pieces in the box.

Osmo - Math Wizard and the Magical Workshop

For ages: 6-8 years

Learning math will be more fun and interesting with the Osmo - Math Wizard and the Magical Workshop. This is a great activity to play after their online class or on the weekend. The exercises are about learning how to add and subtract on a first and second-grade math level. It is self-paced play means there is no pressure in completing each game. After playing this game, your child will learn how to add and subtract mentally and write equations.

Ravensburger Disney Jungle Cruise Adventure Game

For ages: 10 years and older

Is your kid a fan of Disney Parks or loves everything about Disney? Better grab this toy and let them experience a jungle cruise like no other. It requires patience to finish it though because it is a 45-60 minute playtime. The good thing is it is easy to understand and easy to learn. This adventure board game is best played with two to four people. 

Perfect Petzzz

For ages: 3 years and older

Do you want your kids to grow as responsible and caring individuals in the future? Then it would help if you got them a Perfect Petzzz. It is a lifelike pet that offers a real pet ownership experience without the hassles and expenses like vet bills. This paw-some pet alternative can provide the same comfort and companionship as living pets. Perfect Petzzz is ideal for kids who want a pet dog or cat but aren't ready to be a pet parent yet. Parents don't have to worry about leaving their children with lifelike pets like this all the time since it will never hurt or harm them. This realistic pet is 100% made of synthetic fur, which only means non-stop love and cuddles!

Each Perfect Petzzz bundle includes a new plush pet bed, collar with pet tag, pet brush, and adoption certificate. It is available for purchase through our Amazon site. For any other inquiries, contact us here. 

This Toy Will Help Your Child Nap In No Time!

Nap time and your child are like oil and water. They don't go well with each other. Your toddler will fight tooth and nail to skip any shut-eye in the morning or afternoon. They will cry, throw a tantrum, or do anything that will throw you off your game. But, don't give in to your children's whims, dear parent. You know very well how important nap time is.

Since napping is not to be missed, below are some tips on encouraging your child to nap. 

Importance of nap time for kids

Sleep plays a major role in your child's health. Moreover, here are the benefits of an adequate nap for kids:

How much sleep does a child need?

Here’s the age-by-age guidelines for the recommended amount of sleep for children must have per a 24-hour period:

Why won't my child sleep or why are they resisting it?

There are several reasons why kids aren't a fan of napping:

  1. They want someone to accompany them while they sleep.
  2. They don't want to pass up any activities during the day, considering a kid's active lifestyle.
  3. They are feeling restless, anxious, and excited before going to sleep.
  4. They feel some physical discomfort like being thirsty, hungry, or wanting to use the toilet.
  5. You never include napping in their daytime routine, so they become overtired.
  6. They are having nightmares or night terrors.
  7. You didn't establish a bedtime routine.
  8. Their room isn't the right space for sleep or it isn’t conducive for sleeping.
  9. You are quick to give in to their whims and go rush to give them a bottle or pick them up.
  10. You didn't settle in with a consistent nap schedule (too early or too late).

Tips on how to help your child nap

Try the strategies below to get your kids to take a nap:

  1. It would help if you established a nap or bedtime routine, so they will expect that they need to get to sleep and get the hang of it.
  2. Ensure your child is wearing a comfy and fresh diaper and their room is dimly lit with just white noise.
  3. If they are restless or anxious, stay with them for a few minutes to settle them.
  4. It would be better to leave their bedroom door open so they will hear your movements around the house.
  5. Be firm in limiting screen time or using digital devices close to bedtime.
  6. Use blackout shades or curtains for daytime naps and make sure their room is cosily warm.
  7. If they cringe at the word "nap," call it with other names such as quiet time, private time, or rest time. Explain to your child that you need it as much as they do; thus, making them feel more grown-up.

Perfect Petzzz: The snooze toy you've been missing all your life

How about toys? Is it alright to offer toys before nap time? It is fine, according to Parents.com. In fact, they say that it is okay to allow them to play with puzzles, books, or dolls. WebMD backs this. Here's their thoughts on the topic:

“Sometimes having a special object close by can help a young child fall asleep. Blankies or stuffed animals are among the top comfort objects.”

If you are looking for the right snooze buddy for your kids, then get them a Perfect Petzzz. It is a lifelike pet that can provide the same comfort and companionship as living pets. It is also a great comfort object to help calm your little one before bedtime. Perfect Petzzz is a realistic pet made from 100% synthetic fur and feels and breathes like a real living pet.

What's more, it is well-behaved and emits little snores as it sleeps. Perfect Petzzz' snoring is so calming that it can lull your child to sleep.

Moreover, it offers a real pet ownership experience without the hassles and expenses like vet bills. Yes, you don't have to worry about pet food, accessories, or medical expenses with this lifelike pet. All it needs is unlimited love and cuddles!

Each Perfect Petzzz bundle includes a new plush pet bed, collar with pet tag, pet brush, and adoption certificate. It is available for purchase through our Amazon site. For any other inquiries, contact us here. 

Why Do Pets Ruin Your Stuff and How to Stop Them

Pets are energetic furballs that bring happiness into your household--until they destroy your expensive furniture or pee on that new carpet. You love them to bits, but it can drive you crazy when they do this unacceptable behavior. 

Unfortunately, this is a "normal" occurrence in pet-loving homes, but it doesn't mean you can't do anything to stop it. According to US research (yes, there is research), 17% of all furniture claims result from pet damage, and 35% are caused by an animal biting, chewing, or eating a piece of furniture.

What is the reason behind your pet's naughty behavior, and how do you stop it? 

Why do pets ruin your belongings?

According to PetHealthNetwork, there are two reasons why pets are destroying your stuff. First, it is normal for dogs or cats to chew on things. Puppies and kitties are just like babies when they are teething. They want something to relieve their pain, and sadly, it's your lovely couch that will "accidentally" be their chew toy. How about adult pets? Well--they just found your things to be a tasty-looking chew toy.

On the other hand, perhaps your beloved pet is stressed, bored, or anxious. Surprisingly, pets behave similarly to toddlers who have difficult moments figuring out how to deal with stress, boredom, or pent up energy. 

Did you know that dogs' mental abilities are close to a human child aged 2 to 2.5 years? Yup and that is according to psychologist and leading canine researcher Stanley Coren, PhD., of the University of British Columbia. That's what he revealed when he was interviewed by Science Daily. Our pets are indeed our fur babies.

So, going back to our pets' chewing fest, they tend to do that to relieve the anxiety and stress they're feeling. 

Types of pet's destructive behavior

PetMD shares the different types of destructive behavior of pets that will give you an idea as to why they are doing such actions:

If they start destroying your windows, doors, or window frames, then you are dealing with something serious. This is aggression-related, or your pet is protecting its territory (your house). You are around to see this behavior.

How to prevent your pets from ruining your stuff?

Now, you are at wit's end on how to stop your pets from snacking on your favorite shoes or peeing on your freshly laundered duvet covers. Here's what you should do:

Perfect Petzzz: The only pet that will leave your stuff alone

Yes, they do exist, and they are called Perfect Petzzz. A lifelike pet that offers a real pet ownership experience without the hassles and expenses like vet bills. Perfect Petzzz is an alternative pet that almost feels and behaves like a real one. It only needs lots of cuddles, and you will never get tired of it because they're ultra-soft and made from 100% synthetic fur.

They will never destroy your belongings because all they do is sleep peacefully on their plush bed and emit cute little snores. No more, no less. You can leave them on their own, and they will be at their best behavior at all times.

Each Perfect Petzzz bundle includes a new plush pet bed, collar with pet tag, pet brush, and adoption certificate. It is available for purchase through our Amazon site. For any other inquiries, contact us here. 

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