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August's Interactive Toy of the Month

The interactive toy/bowl of the month is known as the "Licki-Mat". There are a variety of types of licki-mats available, some are deep, some our shallow, and others have fun designs!

We enjoy the licki-mat for a lot of reasons, here are a few:

  • Slows your dog down (especially helpful if they're the type to vomit after eating)!

  • It's a very different way to eat then the typical chowing down, which helps with mental stimulation (have you ever asked your dog if they actually tasted what they ate!)

  • Soothing for dogs with anxiety (think fireworks, nail trims, etc.)

  • Soothing for dogs who like to suckle on things (think dog's who may have been weaned too early from their parents)

  • Teaching new puppies to eat!

  • Great for cats too!!

Q & A:

Q: Do I have to use only wet food or peanut butter?

A: No way! Even if you only feed your dog kibble, you can still use one of these. The best way is to add your kibble into a bowl of water, let them soak for a bit and then put it on the licki-mat. This not only makes it more of a soft texture, but also gives your dog extra hydration - which is great for the Summer months!

Q: What type of wet food works best?

A: Any work well, even the chunky type I used in the video filled the little nooks and crannies. But, if I had to pick, I'd say a pate type works best overall.

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