Showing posts with label Dog Care. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dog Care. Show all posts

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Major Advantages Of DOG BOARDING

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The former Black Springs Hotel, now used as dog boarding kennels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Having a pup or dog can be difficult when you live alone and have to go to a lot of business related travels and trips. You cannot just leave him or her alone, of course, that is why you should consider some options when doing it. One option you have is a boarding facility because you are definitely sure of the services they are giving you.

Certain options must be put in mind when you deal with this situation. First is selecting the best dog boarding to offer the required services that you need to make him feel great. Consider the best boarding facilities that can take good care of the animal. Be sure to select the best to get the correct outcome that is wanted.

When choosing it, you should be sure that the animal will not be alone. Know that other dogs are present to be with your furry friend and it will surely entertain him. It can certainly help the dog be entertained and not to feel alone in the place. This can also aid you in being confident given the situation. The staff is there as well to watch after him or her especially if he is a first-timer.

Right handling of those animals and taking good care of them are the main responsibilities of the staff. Certain benefits will be experienced by the owner when he decides to let the dog be there. However, you should be aware of the possible problems when you select a boarding facility.

Know the overall background of the service provider first before you decide to do it. Their facilities must function well given the type of place. It is also advantageous because of the choices you have. Various selections must be made to aid decide carefully. Choose the best by knowing their background and an overall number of years in the business.

Realize the basic advantages that you can have when you choose the best facility to answer all your needs. There are several choices to be made that is why you have to choose the correct one. Select properly to have the expected outcome and be sure that it is the type of outcome that you like to have.

All facilities have to be operated carefully by the staff. They need to be a dog lover to work well. Common standards should be fulfilled to fully ensure that the right care will be provided well. You may also ask for major recommendations from those people who have tried doing it. Asking your peers for help can be done indeed.

Ask those highly reliable veterinarians to help you in making the right decision. You must come up with the list of great options in mind. Having it can indeed help you when deciding which one is the most trusted provider. Be very careful when you do it. You need to finalize everything and choose the correct one.

Always set the appointment well to meet with the service provider. When he visits a facility, he needs to ask those related questions regarding the services. The details must be considered to have the right output.

    Author: Kathrine Franks


Monday, October 8, 2018

A good DOG FENCE Makes For Better Neighbors

A dog looking through a fence
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Believe it or not, not everyone likes your family pet.  By keeping your pet in an identified space with a good quality dog fence, Fido can remain as a good neighbor.  I know, I know, it's almost impossible to imagine that anyone who knows Fido doesn't immediately fall in love with her.  She might just be ok with the neighbors but the things she does in their yard make for some unhappy relationships.  This is just one of the main reasons why every pet owner has an obligation to control their pets traveling range with pet fencing.  

The problem, of course, is the about relieving themselves in someone else's yard,  Yes, your pet may be friendly and would like to visit the neighbors but the fact is, many people do not share your love affair with your pet.  They don't want the bother of picking up after an animal that's not theirs nor having their yards soiled with urine "hot spots" and doggie piles.  Dogs, although usually very friendly also can be destructive of plants and landscaping, making many breeds poor neighbors.

That's not to say that your dog isn't a nice animal.  Dogs are typically social and enjoy the interaction with a variety of people.  This play interaction, however, is not without consequences.  Things get broken, chewed on an otherwise "enjoyed" by your pet no matter if they belong to you or the neighbor.  Having to face an angry neighbor because your dog destroyed his prize-winning rose bush garden isn't something to be desired.

There's also the issue of community security.  This is especially true if your dog is a larger breed.  Having a large dog escape the security of their yard could be seen as negligence on your part.  Communities are becoming increasingly upset at pet owners who allow their animals free run of a neighborhood.  Heaven forbid if your dog, while free, attacks someone or another animal.  This is especially serious if the other dog or pet was on a leash.

The saying is that a good fence makes for good neighbors.  A good dog fence also makes for a happy and healthy environment for your pet.  By securing your dog using secure fencing, your best friend also has the security of knowing where his yard boundaries are located.  There is no need to "guard" anything beyond the fence lines so your pet is more inclined to stay in his yard to better "watch" his property.  Overall, electronic dog fencing is a good investment no matter what type of dog you may have as a pet.



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Who really is the BOSS in your house?

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People let me tell you ‘bout my best friend, he’s a warm boy, cuddly toy, my up, my down, my pride, and joy. People let me tell you ‘bout him he’s so much fun………….

If you’re old enough to remember that theme song – let’s get together for lunch and commiserate. If you’re not, it’s from an old TV show called “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” and you should seek it out on DVD. The point here isn’t nostalgia, though. It’s a cute theme, but it’s not good parenting – of children or dogs.

Dogs are pack animals and need leadership clearly defined. If you don’t take the lead, Muffy thinks she’s in charge. And Muffy has absolutely no clue how your household should be run. You can be absolutely certain that if Muffy rules the roost, everyone’s going to be miserable. You won’t be able to eat, sleep, or live in peace.

On the other hand, if you’re in charge, Brutus is going to be a happy camper. Teach him the rules and insist that he lives by them. It works. 

The most difficult dog we’ve ever had is a Boston Terrier. She’s a sweet dog, but her wiring is tangled. A friend of mine who works in a social service agency likened her to a child with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. We have developed a strict schedule for her and we stick to it. Given the opportunity, she would play constantly, whine when we didn’t indulge her, and generally make life difficult. 

She does get to play fetch – when we decide it’s time and for as long as we choose. We have a special timer for play sessions and when she sees us reach for it, she sits and cries for her special ball. We get the ball from her special shelf and throw that ball, without interruption, for as long as that timer is going, sometimes just five minutes, or as long as 15 minutes. When the timer beeps – that’s it. The ball goes back on the shelf. Playtime is over. It took a while for her to adjust, but now she hears the beep, drops the ball, goes to get a drink of water and then finds a place to lie down.

Our dog is an extreme example – but a valid illustration of the concept. When guests come over, she is allowed to greet them, but not jump on them, harass them, or drown them with licking (unless they invite it). After she’s given the opportunity to say hello, she is confined to a crate in the same room, with chew toys to occupy her, where she can see and hear everything. 

We’re able to have a nice evening with our company and without worrying about the dog ruining the gathering.

It may be easier to “give in” to your dog’s whining, begging or bad behavior. It’s also a recipe for disaster – most dogs who are given up or abandoned lose their homes because of behavior problems. It’s never too late to train a dog – they can always learn new tricks – and the most valuable trick of all may be learning to sit quietly. 

That’s a good place to start. Put on your dog’s leash and collar. Grab a handful of treats. Go sit down at the dining room table. Tell your dog to sit next to you sit on the leash. Read a magazine for five minutes. Have someone join you for a conversation. Drink a cup of tea. 

When Zeus is good, say “good quiet” and pop a treat. Ignore him if he whines. Try it for five minutes today. Maybe six or seven tomorrow. Don’t push it too far – you want him to succeed. Reward like crazy when he’s good. It’s a first step in taking control of your dog and your life.



Monday, September 24, 2018

Taking Care Of A DOG In Its SENIOR YEARS

Senior Citizen - Boxer
Photo  by Tobyotter 
When you have a dog, you have a best buddy. Millions of dog owners around the globe know this to be true. Nevertheless, you are tasked with caring for a dog if you should opt to bring one into your home. That's why you have to have some tips about how to do this. Keep reading for some great dog tips.

Consider teaching your dog hand signals along with oral commands. Consistency and practice are key to teaching a dog these non-verbal commands. Many owners get annoyed and resort back to oral commands, but a professionally trained dog should understand both. Try utilizing only oral commands when the dog is out of the way range, but when close up, only use the hand signals.

Keep on top of fleas. Not only can fleas give rise to infection in your dog, if you are swallowed, your pet can get tapeworms also. Speak to your vet about the best prevention system, but remember that this is not a single shot deal. You will have to continue your efforts over the life of your pet.

If you have got an interest in providing your dog with the healthiest of diets and making positive contributions to the earth's environment, make his food from scratch. You can buy locally grown organic ingredients and provide him with all of the proteins, carbohydrates, and fats he wants with no preservatives while reducing the waste from packaging too.

Pup

In order to make sure your dog is healthy, be absolutely certain to permit it to have access to clean water at all times throughout the day. Just like with all living beings, water is one of the most vital elements. The sole exception would be that you would want to keep water from a pup for 3 hours before bedtime.

Dogs need frequent check-ups, as well. At regular intervals, your dog desires indications of dog worms testing, vaccinations, and general check-ups. With a puppy, you're going to need to visit your vet a little more frequently. If your dog becomes unwell or is hurt, don't delay in getting him to the vet.

Owning a new young dog is very similar to having a new baby. Puppies need lots of attention and need to be looked after continually. They are not prepared to be left alone for lengthy amounts of time and need to have a fair degree of attention devoted to them.

Treatment

When taking your senior dog to the vet for a yearly visit, be sure to request senior blood work. A blood panel can help your vet to identify any kidney, heart or vascular concerns. If caught early, treatment is often minimally aggressive and less expensive. This is the best way to keep your pet healthy for several years to come.


Your coaching methodologies should only use positive reinforcement. The promise of reward or praise will incentivize your dog faster and agreeably than domination or force. This form of training will give you numerous benefits in the future for your dog. Therefore, be kind when coaching your dog and revel in the great end result!

Don't bathe your dog once you have applied for a flea or tick medicine. Some medications out that they are waterproof, but they only mean against rain or swimming. They will mostly wash away with a dog shampoo, rendering the treatment ineffective. If you've got to wash the dog after a treatment, employ a soap free shampoo.

Not only do you have a chum when you have a dog, but you've also got a responsibility. It's important that you do your utmost to ensure that your dog is well-fed, healthy and happy. You need to make certain that you use the tips here to help so you and your dog both enjoy a good life.

    Author: Timothy Huff  


Saturday, September 1, 2018

BEST DOGS for Families with Kids

BeagleChoosing the right dog for your family with kids need some research if you are new to the dog owner. Families with kids need to pay attention to certain dog qualities such as temperament, size, and energy level before adopting or buying a dog.

Kids like to play with dogs. Sometimes they forget to respect dog's cue to back off. You need a dog that won't mind if his hair or tail gets pulled. Size is another important consideration. This is for the safety of children as well as for dog. There are dog breeds that are very good with children but too big; especially with small children who may be accidentally stepped on or knocked over.

Some dog breeds that are good with children have high energy or activity levels than others. If dogs don't receive the exercise they physically require, they are more likely to develop behavior problems such as excessive chewing or barking. Select a dog breed that loves children but requires less exercise if your family is not so active.

Here are some breeds that work well with kids:

Beagle: Generally a non-biting breed. Good with kids. Approximate size: 40 to 59 lbs. Beagles do shed. if you or a family member suffer from allergies, it is worth looking into other breeds that do well with kids.

Bassett Hound: Generally a non-biting breed. Good with kids. Approximate size: 50 to 65 lbs. Gets along well with other dogs and pets. Minimal exercise needed.

Cairn Terrier: Generally a non-biting breed. Good with kids. Approximate size: 13 to 25 lbs. Minimal shedding.

Cocker Spaniel: Generally a non-biting breed. Good with kids. Approximate size: 13 to 30 lbs. Regular exercise may be needed.

Dachshund: Generally a non-biting breed. Good with kids. Approximate size: 16 to 32 lbs. Minimal exercise needed. They are medium shedders and require modest exercise. Housebreaking can be difficult.

Golden Retriever: Generally a non-biting breed. Good with kids. Approximate size: 65 to 75 lbs. Easy to train. Get along well with other dogs and pets. Daily exercise needed. Loves to play with balls and other toys, so exercise is fairly easy.

Labrador retriever
Labrador Retriever: Generally a non-biting breed. Good with kids. Approximate size: 60 to 75 lbs. Minimal grooming required. Requires daily exercise.

Pug: Generally a non-biting breed. Good with kids. Approximate size: 14 to 18 lbs. Sheds copious amounts, usually seasonally.

While there is no guarantee a certain type of dog will get along well with children, there is a wide range of dog breeds (many more than mentioned here) that are known for being excellent family dogs. Always remember, before adopting or purchasing your next puppy, please do your homework.



Monday, August 27, 2018

A DOGS COMMUNICATION - Could Your Dog be Trying to Tell You Something?

Little Man warning me to stay away from his bone
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Is barking a form of language among dogs with precise significance, or just playful noise? Dogs exchange information among themselves less by voice than by a wide range of facial expressions, body postures, and gestures, as well as by various scents. Dogs, who bark at night, are probably working off excess energy or announcing their presence, and this is undoubtedly the only message conveyed to other dogs within earshot. 

When a dog goes to his owner and deliberately barks, it is simply meant to attract attention. You must try to guess his general behavior, rather than from the circumstances and his general behavior, rather than from the particular form or pitch of bark he makes. The howling or baying of hunting dogs is an instinctive hunting cry informing the pack that the dog is on a trail. Barking at strange noises is a warning as well as a threat display.

A lonely dog who bowls may be sending out a gathering cry to other dogs nearby. Wild dogs on the other hand, never back, they only howl. Could the barking of domesticated dogs be a form of communication more closely resembling speech? A pet dog that shares a close relationship with his owner and has been taught to understand many words obviously makes an effort, sometimes quite successfully, to give meaning to his own utterances. 

A dog who wishes to assert his importance and boldness instinctively employs all of the effects that make him look bigger and more frightening, raising his back to increase his height and holding his head high in defiance. A dog who wants to show submission does just the opposite, making himself look small by crouching down with his tail between his legs and his ears laid back flat.

A dog who wishes to assert his dominance will take a perpendicular position with his head over the other dog's shoulders, while nudging or pushing, with his neck arched, head and tail raised and tense. The conventional play invitation is a posture with the forehead crouched, the hindquarters high, a wagging tail, bright eye and a little yap. A rigid stance with a steady gaze and a high, trembling tail is hostile. A high, steady tail signifies self-confidence, and held low indicates inferiority, fatigue, ill health, or a bad mood.



Pawing at the neck is an expression of affection, nose-nudging is another invitation to play. Paw-giving is a conventional canine gesture with two possible meanings. When he gives his paw to his owner while avoiding eye contact he's saying "Please forgive me" or when he wants attention, he is saying "I'm here, don't forget me." When he offers his paw to another dog, it's a sign of submission.

An owner, who takes the trouble to observe his dog and pay him the courtesy of listening to him, can establish a simple two-way communications system with his pet. Canine messages are generally very elementary, as he asks much less of us than we do of him. "I'm hungry," "I'm thirsty", "I need to go out", or "Come with me I think something is wrong" are among the messages he manages to convey very well considering his limited means. His most eloquent utterance is the emotional gurgle of barks that means to say "I've missed you!"



Thursday, August 16, 2018

Benefits Of A REAR HARNESS For Dogs

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Dogs with injuries for illnesses that affect their mobility use this rear support harness. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pets suffering from limitations in general mobility, require supportive devices to improve strain and to eliminate restrictions. A rear harness for dogs has been designed to assist animals that are unable to lift the hind legs because of hip and limb problems that can result from trauma and an increase in age. It is proving most helpful for both owners and their pets affected by debilitation in the joints.

A rear harness is an effective option for pets as it best supports the occurrence of weakness and limited mobility in the hips and hind legs. A large number of dogs can be supported with such mechanisms that will protect against further degradation of the joints, soft tissues, and nerves. For pets that are limited by acute injuries or chronic conditions, it requires corrective methods that are not harsh and will improve daily mobility.

The harness is available for a wide variety of breeds that includes maximum support for the hips and the rear legs. Canines can be assisted with the appropriate methods that prevent further difficulties, helps dogs move to relieve themselves, and may include short walks because of the additional support. The mechanism is available to relieve the physical stress that affects the health of joints and tissues.

These types of supports can be bought to securely fit the body size of the canines for increased comfort and protection. These aids must fit snugly around the abdominal area and ensure that all types of lifting motions are performed in a smooth and effective manner. Where pets have to be lifted to move around, it is imperative that the technique applied is safe and gentle on sensitive joints and tissues.

The harnesses have been designed to help pets with issues in mobility that may result from degeneration or acute injuries. It must be raised gently and slowly to assist the animal and to prevent against a fearful response when placing the mechanism around the lower body. It is important to ensure that the correct measurements are taken that will provide snug solutions and not slip off the rear.

The supportive device can best support the health needs of pets and incorporates soft padding for a comfortable feel. The strapping that secures the harness should not interfere with regular movement and must not become entangled in the hair of the animal. The necessary comfort must be provided for healthy canines that will prove most secure and safe for daily use with the affected canine.

The harnesses have been created with additional padding and a strap that keeps the private areas protected. It is simple to slip the item over the rear legs of the dog and to move upwards towards the hips to provide a snug and secure fit. Such support mechanisms can be used for daily walks and general mobility around the house.

Pets affected by sudden injury or chronic ailments can benefit from rear harnesses. The items have been designed to provide maximum comfort according to the size and physical needs of a dog limited in mobility. With the application of a healthy approach, it can deliver maximum joint support and relieve discomfort.

    About the Author: Francis Riggs


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Will Your DOG SURVIVE The Summer Sun?

Taking A Break
Photo  by Tobyotter 
As a 10-year-old child, I watched helplessly one hot August day as my beloved boxer, Duke, died in my arms. Four decades later, I still have that memory painfully etched in my mind. We didn't learn until after the fact that Duke had died of a heat stroke. Even more painful was the realization that, had we known what to look for, we could have taken measures to possibly prevent his death. In honor of his memory, I want to share vital information that may keep your dog from suffering Duke's fate.

What is heat stroke?

Too much time exposed to the dangerous combination of increased temperature and humidity can lead to a heat stroke. A mammal's body (and that includes humans, too) can only tolerate temperatures up to about 107 degrees before cells start dying. The higher the temperature, the faster this occurs. The longer the body remains at an elevated temperature, the less chance there is for recovery. Heat stroke can occur very quickly, given the right set of circumstances, and if too much time has elapsed, even your best efforts may not be enough to keep your dog alive.

Is my dog at risk for heat stroke?

Any dog can fall victim to heat stroke, but hot weather is especially hard on puppies and older dogs, (they have a harder time regulating their body temperature), short-nosed breeds, (like pugs, pekes, boxers, and bulldogs), overweight dogs, those with heart or lung problems, and dogs recently moved from a cooler climate. These risk factors increase if your dog doesn't have enough water if he's in an enclosed space or is exposed too long to direct sunlight.

How can I recognize heat stroke?

Heat stroke causes dogs to pant rapidly and heavily, the body's defense in an effort to lower the core temperature. Their eyes may be open abnormally wide, and they may appear to stare blankly, ignoring your commands. They may drool excessively and stagger weakly. The gums will appear pale and dry and eventually if left untreated, the animal will collapse into unconsciousness.

What should I do if my dog has a heat stroke?

If you suspect your dog is suffering from heat stroke and you're close to a vet or animal hospital, put him in the car, crank the air conditioning all the way up and get him there as soon as possible. They're the ones best equipped to handle your dog's recovery. If that's not possible, you must try to reduce your dog's temperature yourself. Get him to a shady area and either put him in a tub of cool (not cold) running water or spray him with a hose. Be sure the water penetrates his coat and wets the skin beneath. Run it over his tongue and mouth, inside the legs and on his stomach. Remember that small dogs will cool down more quickly than larger breeds. Take your dog to a vet as soon as you can.

Hopefully, your dog will never suffer a life-threatening heat stroke. If he does, at least now you know the signs and symptoms to be aware of, and the measures you can take that will offer him the best chances for a full and total recovery.



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Some Guidance For DOG Owners And Buyers

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Shepador Chewer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A dog is a great pet. Dogs are beloved pets virtually everywhere for good reason. They're active, loving and loving. They are going to stick by your side. Because of this, you should be a good friend to your dog and supply them with everything they require. These are some paths to do that.

Look into subsidized medicare for your dog if money is tight. Many local communities, along with groups like the SPCA offer discounted services that have proven invaluable to dog owners. Look into getting your dog spayed or fixed and immunized for a tiny part of vet costs at a sponsored event likely close-by to you. Just contact the SPCA or an animal shelter in your city.

Treatment

When taking your senior dog to the vet for an annual visit, make certain to request senior blood work. A blood panel can help your vet to spot any dog worms treatment, heart or vascular concerns. If caught early, treatment is often minimally invasive and less dear. This is a great way to keep your pet healthy for several years to come.

When you're canine training, use the method of positive beefing up. Rewards and praise work better and quicker than violence and predominance. Treating your dog humanely when training is what is handiest and what will be best for him. Always treat your dog with kindness during training so you will see a miles better result.


If your puppy or dog is continually gnawing up your furniture, invest in some chew-toys. Scatter them around the floor, particularly around the legs of the settee and end-tables. Be positive about your offers to play with the chewies with your dog to urge frequent use. This should finally deter him from chomping your furniture.

If you are in the marketplace for a new puppy, make sure you will have sufficient time to devote to his coaching. On average, you want to take a puppy dog outside to do his business eight times each day and that can take a lot away from your list. Coaching takes more tenaciousness and time than most people realize.

Care

Owning a dog is a sizeable monetary commitment. You have to pay for top of the range food, regular vet care, and various supplies. This will cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of greenbacks every year. Emergency vet care is awfully costly, in a number of cases thousands of bucks so you might like to consider buying pet healthcare insurance.

Take care to keep your dog cool while traveling during the summer by car. Even with your air-conditioning on, the dog may become over-heated in his pet carrier. A straightforward and inexpensive countermeasure is freezing one or two-gallon jugs of water and placing them near him where he'll curl up and cool down.

Always remember that you are accountable for the welfare of your dog. This info will help you take great care of your pet. It's vital to provide your dog with a good environment and take excellent care of it so it lives a long contented life.

    About the Author: Edna Torres


Monday, July 9, 2018

Yikes I Saw A Flea On My DOG

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Scanning Electron Micrograph of a Flea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
At some stage of your pet's lifespan every pet owner will have to deal with the problem of fleas, ticks and mites. If left untreated they can take over your pet's skin and coat so it is really important to keep it under control. It's best to stop the problem before it gets out of control. Rather treat your pet for a few fleas than treat the whole house for an infestation! 

There are some misconceptions about fleas. It is not something that only happens to dirty animals! In fact it is probably more common in clean animals because fleas prefer a clean coat. Coming into contact with other animals also causes exposure to the problem and can start a flea problem in your home.

Fleas, mites and ticks are parasites with a short lifespan so they reproduce quickly. Female fleas can lay up to 25 eggs a day. So you can see just how quickly the problem can get out of hand! They tend to prefer warm conditions so summer and spring are the most troublesome times for pets and owners. 

The main thing is that you want to catch the problem early! This means brushing your dog often and inspecting their coat. Fleas, ticks and mites are tiny black, brown crawling creatures that can even look like dirt. It may help for you to examine the fur under their ears and arms/legs. Fleas like warm places. You can also sea flea egg sacks and flea droppings in their fur if you look closely. If you still cannot see the fleas try combing your dog on a bright surface, something like a piece of paper should work well. 

This is a problem that needs to be treated right away. Instead of heading for the pet store to buy expensive over-the-counter treatments, sprays or dips you should rather seek professional help right away. It will save you time. Your vet should have some pamphlets or handouts about flea control. Some vets even prescribe oral treatments if the problem is out severe. 

If you choose to shop for the products yourself you will need to read the labels carefully to check that you are not inadvertently poisoning your pet! Never allow your pet to ingest any of the products you use; they are highly poisonous. It's also important to protect their eyes from these harsh chemicals. There is a lot of disagreement about whether or not flea collars work. They tend to kill fleas in a localized area around the collar. 

It is important to treat your home for fleas as well. Fleas can survive in almost anything in your home-furniture, rugs and bedding. Any flea treatments will be pointless if the flea's eggs or fleas themselves remain in your living space. 

To clean your home properly you will need to sanitize and clean the areas where the pet sleeps. Depending on the severity of the problem you may need to throw away blankets that have become infested with eggs. Often - just washing the affected bedding in hot water and some flea shampoo should do the trick. Rather safe than sorry though - if in doubt toss the bedding. Having to have your home fumigated will cost a lot more! 

Fleas can become a nightmare for any pet owner. Rather stop the problem early - check your pet everyday for fleas and regularly use a preventative product approved by your vet.



Saturday, May 12, 2018

DOG CLOTHES - Fad, Fun Or Functional??

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Your dog is not just a pet. Your dog is not just an animal. Your dog is a bona FIDO member of the family!! So, of course, your dog needs to dress the part – right?

Well, thanks to the internet and the many online boutiques you can dress your dog for every occasion from the comfort of your own home. No more “granny’ knitted sweaters for your sophisticated canine!! But is dressing up your dog just something that you like to do? Is there any benefit to your dog? It all depends on why you bought the clothes!!

A Dog Coat can be a very useful item of clothing for your dog. It can keep him warm in the cold weather, dry in the wet weather and can protect him from infections in the same way that our clothes protect us. It can also keep him clean which may be especially useful after a romp in the park on a wet winter’s day. Just take the coat off after it’s dirty and keep most of the dirt contained. Then you can let your clean(ish) dog into the car which helps keep the car cleaner. Dog coats come in many different styles and colors so pick the coat that's most appropriate for its use. And of course what dog would be seen out without the matching doggie hat??

Just like people wear, you can get ‘designer’ labels for your dog to make him feel like a million dollars, (and it probably costs that too). Many celebrities always have their dogs dressed in the latest doggie fashion. A practice that Paris Hilton with Tinkerbell has raised to an art form, or so it seems!

Apart from coats and sweaters, other useful dog clothing items include dog t-shirts and dog sunglasses. These can look cute but they do also serve to help protect your pet. The sunglasses can protect him from UVA and UVB rays and the t-shirt helps protect his skin. Dogs can develop skin cancer the same way that people can and this is one of the main cancers in dogs. And you thought it was just to make Fido look cute!!


As you can see, getting clothing for your dog is not just vanity on your part, although it is fun dressing up your dog. It can also play a vital role in keeping your dog healthy and happy. And if you do get the urge to step out on the wild side – get your dog some formal wear or a great costume for Halloween – go on have fun and buy your dog some great clothing today!!






Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Preparing Your DOG For A Walk

Walk Your Dog Austin's Dachshund Race
Photo   by MarkScottAustinTX 
You are not alone if it feels like your dog is walking you rather than you walking the dog every time you head to the park. If dogs drag their owners along or darts here and there sniffing and exploring, many find going for a walk with them to be an irksome experience. You can train a dog to walk properly to let you be the guide and let your pet have a great time.

Your relationship with your pet is associated with your dog's leash-walking habits and you might be surprised to learn about this. Instead of owners setting the pace and guide the experience, dogs control the walk and have to be dragged away from bushes and trees. During the walk, the dog is unaware of its owner for the most part. Dogs consider the leash to be an impediment which keeps them from going at whatever pace they want and where they want.

An experience that is pleasant for both the dog and the owner is what all of us really want. You don't want to keep untangling yourself from the leash as your dog wanders about, neither do you want to be dragged along. What that said, training your dog how to walk properly while on a leash is required. It's up to us to provide this dog obedience training since they are not born knowing how to do this.

With the number of different dog leash training methods available today, it is important to find a method that truly teaches you how to understand your dog's very specific personality. If both of you can learn to understand each other, it will be a lot easier to adjust to the training. Additionally, spending time playing with your dog is ideal prior to the walk. The main exercise of the day is often found by walking them and if you burn off energy before your training walks then your dog is more apt to follow along. Spending time before walking them by playing fetch or running around in the house makes the dog feel more relaxed and less resistant to training.

Proper dog training is one of the best investments you can make. Not only will you learn how to teach your dog to behave properly, it will improve the bond and relationship between the two of you. Often one of the main reasons why people forgo dog training is that they simply don't have time to attend a class. With work and family obligations it's often difficult to fit in a scheduled dog training class. For these people, it might be best to opt for a DVD training system, such as The Dog's Way.



Spread over five DVDs are 12 lessons with a workbook that follows along with each lesson with reminder cards that you can take on walks and access to a private, students-only website with extra problem-solving tips is what consists of this obedience training systems. All types of basic behavior such as training a dog to sit and stay walk loosely on a leash, coming when called, staying quiet and much more are included in these dog training video lessons.




Thursday, April 12, 2018

Helpful Products For BLIND DOGS And Helpful CARE Hints

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Australian Shepherd with the microphthalmic eye, from Gypsy's Eye Blind Dog Rescue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A blind dog can still lead a happy life. There are many products for blind dogs that help them to do just that. It is important that you treat your pet just as you always did. If you treat your canine like he or she is fine, they will adjust. If you treat your canine differently and feel sorry for the dog, the dog will pick up on your sadness and it will be bad for the canine.

One of the best things that you can do for a dog that cannot see, treats it like every other dog. A dog has a very good memory and will often be able to navigate its own home and other areas that he is used to spending time in. Many people who see your pet in its own environment, may not even realize he is unable to see.

No matter how careful you are, there is always the chance that a pet can escape. This is scary for dog and human. A medical tag should be attached to the collar. If anyone stops to help the escape artist, they can see right away that the dog has lost its vision and will need some extra help getting home to you.

A hoop harness is another product that is helpful for any dog who cannot see. The hoop harness consists of a harness with a loop on the front. The loop is held several inches in front of a dogs face. This way instead of your pup walking into walls and other things, the hoop hits the object first. This alerts the animal to walls, and furniture, and prevents possible injury.

The scent of a dog is amazing. They can smell things in the air that humans are clueless about. For this reason, using scented markers can help your pup find dishes, her bed, and another item that she must get to. They work well and they are reusable. They can be easily freshened up each month for continued use.

There are leashes that are made for vision impaired and disabled dogs. They allow you to lead the dog so that he or she knows where to go. They are unlike traditional leashes in that they are short and not made for taking walks. They are wonderful for helping you to help your pet.




As mentioned, your dog will not likely need help to navigate through their own home. That is unless you rearrange the furnishings. This can be very difficult for a blind dog. It is best to avoid moving your furniture, or the dog's bed and other items.

Help your pet to live a happy and rewarding life by keeping the above suggestions and products in mind. With a few helpful items, the animal will be able to figure out his surroundings. Your dog can still be taken for walks, always on a leash, of course. Your dog will still enjoy playtime with you and cuddle on the couch. Continue to love him just as you always did.


    About the Author: Tammie Caldwell


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Epilepsy in Dogs and Cats

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Epilepsy in dogs and cats is similar to that in humans. The main symptom is a type of seizure. Seizures can come in many forms and several of these are listed below:


Generalized Seizures


Generalized seizures are the most common type of seizures in dogs and cats. There are several variations of these seizures:

1. Absence seizures (petit mal): sudden brief loss of consciousness, rare in animals
2. Myoclonic seizures: muscle jerk of one or more muscles
3. Clonic seizures: rhythmic muscle contractions
4. Tonic seizures: increase in muscle tone in all skeletal muscles
5. Tonic Clonic seizures (grand mal): the most common form of seizure in pets




Tonic Clonic Seizures


Tonic Clonic (grand mal) seizures account for 60% of seizures in cats and 80% of seizures in dogs. They are usually accompanied by a loss of consciousness, and consist of a tonic phase, where the increased muscle tone causes the animal to fall on its side with its limbs extended, and a clonic phase, consisting of intense muscle jerking or paddling movements. 

In order to diagnose true epilepsy, other causes of seizures must be first ruled out. Once a tentative diagnosis of epilepsy has been made (by excluding all the other known causes of seizures), the animal can be prescribed anticonvulsant drugs. These drugs are not appropriate for animals with seizures caused by a problem outside the brain. The overall goal of anticonvulsant therapy is to eradicate all seizure activity, but this is rarely achieved. A more realistic goal is to reduce the frequency of the seizures to a level that is acceptable for the owner, without having negative side effects for the animal. 


Since epilepsy is not curable, the owner must be prepared to give the medication for the rest of the animals life.




Saturday, March 24, 2018

PARVOVIRUS & Discussion Of ASPIRIN For Dogs

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High Mag. Image: Parvovirus infection
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you want to talk about the parvovirus - often shortened to "parvo" - as it relates to dogs, there are two main categories to consider. Depending on the age of the dog being affected, the virus in question may be associated with the intestines or the heart, both of which are vital for the dog's long-term condition. As serious as this condition is, you may still wonder what it is all about. For those who do not know, here are a few details to consider, aspirin for dogs included.

Like one could imagine with any virus, the way that parvovirus is spread is from one being to the next. When a human or creature comes in contact with an infected dog's waste, they stand the chance of passing that condition along to others. This is even more noteworthy when you consider that the illness in question can last for a number of months in the open air. For this reason, as well as others, the idea of solutions has a greater level of importance.

To some degree, I think that there is a help to be had with alternatives to aspirin for dogs. As for Assisi Animal Health, in addition to other companies, will tell you, this particular condition can be characterized by a number of symptoms. However, with the discomfort that vomiting and the like can cause, wouldn't it make sense for the aforementioned alternatives to be brought into the fold? It's just a matter of understanding what's safe for dogs to use.

If you want to talk about long-term solutions to this very problem, vaccinations cannot be overlooked. Your dog is unlikely to catch the condition when he or she is young, meaning that you should see your vet for the appropriate shots. For dogs with the parvovirus already, veterinarians may issue antibiotics in addition to extensive therapy sessions. Once these are given and carried out, it's easy to see that your dog's condition will become better.


These are just a few of the essential details to cover when it comes to the parvovirus. Dogs may contract this disease, which makes it all the more important for pet owners to exercise the greatest level of care imaginable. You have to know that a condition like this can only be helped by respectable authorities, veterinarians being the most helpful. Make it a point to consult those in the medical field and, before long, you'll have all of the information and care you could want.




Thursday, March 8, 2018

CLIPPING a dog

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Many dog owners generally think of clipping as only a mechanical activity. Few understand that clipping a dog is an art.  Clipping a coat or nail needs to be carried out in a careful manner to avoid the injuries to the skin or nail.  Clipping of the coat is to be taken care of as per the breed characteristics. If the coat is not properly clipped, this may lead to the dust accumulation in the coat and the animal may start showing signs of skin diseases.  This is true especially when the grooming activities are not done in a proper manner.

Clipping of coat helps to get rid of the parasitic burden to a greater extent and also, the clipping of your dog is of more use to expose on the type of parasitic problem that the dog is likely to suffer. Many pet health parlors are available wherein the clipping of dog will be carried out in a more systematic manner.

Always make use of a sharp clipper and in the winter regions, avoid the close clipping. This is due to the fact that the closer clipping in the winter seasons may expose the dog to the environmental stresses like the cold climate.  Hence, the dog may become more vulnerable to the frostbite.  Avoid the close clipping of coat or nail because this may cause injury to the underlying tissues and may cause bleeding in the concerned animal.

Many pet owners need to avoid any clipping activity when the animal is not in health status. Clipping instruments are available to a greater extent in many pet shops. Avoid the blunt instruments because they may not clip well and hence, repetition is required often. Always use modern equipment for clipping activities.