Pet Health

If you are a pet owner, feeding your furry friends the proper foods is essential to maintaining their health, both inside and out.

Just like their owners, pets need nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, grains and some fats. "It's really important to have a variety," says veterinarian Dr. Bernadine Cruz of the Iams Pet Wellness Council. "These are the building blocks that allow us, the pet owner, to make sure that we allow [pets] to age successfully, because we want them around for a long time."

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and Dr. Cruz explain what prebiotics are and why they are important for your pet.

Dr. Cruz's Signs of a Healthy Pet
• Strong bones
Shiny coat Healthy digestion Strong immune system Healthy teeth Healthy heart Strong muscles

Dr. Cruz gives tips on how to keep your pet healthy and active!

Pet Accidents
Kathy is concerned with how to properly housebreak her new puppy. Dr. Cruz and her four-legged volunteer, Sam, demonstrate two solutions for preventing pet accidents.

Dr. Cruz explains that you can housetrain a puppy by using the Three Cs:

Confinement: Crating is a humane and effective way to housetrain. Dogs are cave-dwelling animals and feel comfortable in this secure environment, which actually helps separation anxiety.
: Like with children, consistency is key with training. As long as you're consistent, the dog will learn your body language and respond accordingly.
Clean Up
: Don't rub their nose in it! Pick up the mess with baking soda, then vacuum to remove the odor completely so the puppy won't do it again.

Another simple solution  is to put artificial turf down for the puppy to go potty on. It is an absorbent material that looks like grass, so your puppy knows where to "go."