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---"I want to add my praise for WiggleLegs Frog toy.  My cat loves to play with WiggleLegs No other toy will do.  When I ask her to find WiggleLegs she goes right to it!  I just ordered 3 more as I'm afraid you will stop making them and then I don't know what we will do!"

---"Once again, you have provided excellent service with an excellent product. Thanks for the extra - it was a hit! My cats are totally addicted to the WiggleLegs Frog, so please keep plenty in stock!"

---"I just wanted to let you know that my cat, Molly, is absolutely addicted to your FlyToys. I literally have to hide them from her so she will go to sleep at night, but as soon as morning arrives she is sitting right in front of their hiding place waiting for them to come out and play."

Each MetPet FlyToy is handmade by skilled artisans with great attention to detail.  They come in the form of bugs, amphibians, mammals and more in three very reasonable price points.

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Watering The Dog

Keeping fresh, clean water available at all times Staff Writer big water bowl for dogsDogs should have access to clean, fresh water all the time.  (Puppies should have water except before sleeping to prevent accidents.)   Even though your dog may be happy to drink from oily gutters, algae-covered ponds, muddy puddles or other questionable sources, you should never let him drink what you wouldn't.  This includes the very dangerous habit of drinking salt water at the beach!

How much water does your dog need? 
A rule of thumb is 1 ounce of fluid (including drinking water and fluids from food) per 1 LB of weight.   There are 8 fluid ounces in a cup so an 8 LB dog needs a cup of fluid a day.   Heat, activity, fever and even a switch to a drier kibble can increase water requirements.  It's always best to leave it to your dog to drink as much as he wants to prevent dehydration.

Weight of Dog Fluid Ounces per day Cups per day
10 lbs 10 1 1/4
20 lbs 20 2 1/2
40 lbs 40 5
50 lbs 50 6 1/4
80 lbs 80 10

What kind of water servers are there?
There are many products that make watering the dog easy and convenient.  They range from the chintziest plastic ware to one-of-a-kind granite bowls.  If you are using porcelain or clay-based bowls, make sure that any paint is nontoxic and fit for this type of use.  If your dog is prone to allergies, consider using stainless steel bowls instead of plastic as some types of plastic can cause reactions. 

There are many alternative products for special situations.  There are licking spouts (like those in hamster cages) that attach to outside faucets.  There are bottle-sized canisters that drain automatically into watering bowls.  There are outdoor bowls and troughs that are automatically filled from garden hoses.  There are travel bowls that have a lid with a small central opening to prevent spills.  There are bowls with "moats" to prevent ants from crawling into the drinking water.  There are waterproof soft-sided nylon bowls that pack flat into handy cases.  There are even bowls with narrow sides to keep floppy ears from falling in and bowl stands so that your dog can drink without bending his neck.  

The sporting dog and his bottle
Here's our favorite idea for moving around with your dog+water.  Train your dog to drink from a sport bottle.  They're available from sporting goods stores, gyms and are frequent giveaways at summer events.  Many of them have a pull top similar to those on dishwashing liquid bottles (clean one of those thoroughly and they work pretty well but are not as pliable, durable or cool-looking).  Hold the bottle upside down and drip water into your dog's mouth.  On really hot days, we add ice cubes or fill the bottle 1/4 full of water and freeze for a few hours.

More tips for watering the dog
Here is a tip that we like quite a bit.  Since some dogs see the water bowl as a really tiny swimming hole, there is little use in leaving it full of water.  Attach a plastic "Y" attachment to your outside faucet.   This attachment is available in any garden center for a few dollars.  One fork of the "Y" attaches to a hose for normal use.  The other fork is left free and can be turned on to create a fountain for your dog.  Your dog can drink his fill every time he goes out for a walk (3-4 times a day minimum) and the kitchen floor isn't always sopping wet.

If your dog flicks water around the floor every time he goes in for a drink, try using a very large bowl such as a stainless steel mixing bowl or a deep plastic serving bowl.  Fill about 1/3rd of the large bowl with water.  When your dog flicks his tongue to drink, the water will hit the sides of the bowl instead of spilling all over your kitchen floor. 

However your dog likes to drink water, just make sure that he has plenty of it!  Dehydration is common especially during the warm months and it's a dangerous condition that is easy to prevent. 



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