Category Archives: Dog Health

Great Tips for Dog Parents

Tips for dog parentsOver the years, I have collected a lot of fun and easy ideas related to maintaining a dog’s health and happiness. Because spring is finally here, I’ve decided to put a few of them in this list of tips for dog parents. Anybody can use these tips without much hassle or a huge time investment. While they all sound great, I have not tried all of them as of yet.

For the Outdoors

1. You know that you need to prevent water from going into your dog’s ears when giving him a bath. Depending on his ear shape, however, this is not always an easy task. So, simply use a shower cap on your dog’s head.

2. The hot weather is almost here, and your Fido loves treats. Why not create a fun one that will keep him busy for a long time? Freeze chicken soup along with bones. Add treats he likes and small dog toys. He’ll have a blast licking the frozen soup, chewing the bones and playing with the toys.

3. Your doggie loves to spend time in the fenced backyard. You need to keep eye on him, though, as this naughty guy always finds ways to squeeze out between the bars. (For some reason he can only do it on his way out haha) To prevent this, attach a stick elongated dog collar a bit larger than the fence spacing. If you want it to be more elegant, check out the Bumpers Collection section of our designer dog collars.

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4.  All year round in some areas, and especially during summer, ticks are a big problem. Once you find a tick, you have to remove it the right way. Try this tip: use a moistened cotton ball and add a drop of soap. Now, hold it on the tick for a few seconds. The tick should come off easily by sticking to the cotton ball.

For the Indoors

5. We all get sick sometimes, and we all get older. If your pooch has issues with his teeth and can’t chew hard food, or if he is sick and dehydrated, add chicken broth to soften the food or to water to make it tasty.

6. If your dog (like my Tong) eats food like a vacuum and looks like he is choking on it, it’s bad. It can harm his digestive system and cause bloating. Try putting a ball in his bowl that restricts his access and slows his eating. If he is smart enough to remove the ball from his bowl, you can find special dog bowls for fast eaters that have built-in simple obstructions.

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7. To remove hair and fur from your furniture and carpet, use wet rubber material like kitchen gloves and go over the area. In no time you’ll have a big stack of hair and a clean sofa. I’ve used this one for years.

8. How long will a new toy last? In my house, around two to five minutes. Any cute plush toy turns into a rag doll in no time and all the filling ends up on the floor. If this happens in your house, you can keep the filling! You can also keep old socks – simply fill the socks with the filling and tie it off. I play tug with my 55 lbs dog, Libby. The sock won’t tear, and if it does, well, we have enough socks at home.

For Animal Lovers

9. If you are an animal lover, you are probably against the suffering caused by archaic tests for cosmetics, personal-care products and household products. If you do not want to buy products that test on animals, but you are not sure what those products are, there is a free app for that. It’s called Bunny Free, and it’s only for iPhone. You can download it here.

Do you have any other good tips for dog parents? Please add it for everybody to read.

New Pet First Aid App Available

pet first aid appEvery dog or cat owner is likely to encounter at least one emergency or incident where they fear that something is wrong with their pet. Of course, if it’s possible, you’ll head to the vet. However, many pet owners will search the initially internet for solutions. This isn’t always ideal, though, as first aid information on the internet isn’t always reputable.

Luckily, for those who turn to technology during a pet’s emergency, the Red Cross has developed a new pet first aid app. Here are some of its features:

  • You can customize the app for each of your pets (cats and dogs).

  • You’ll be guided step-by-step through emergency situations.

  • You’ll get advice regarding a range of topics such as behavioral issues, administering medication, natural disaster procedures, and saying goodbye.

  • You can watch first aid instructional videos.

This pet first aid app sounds great; however, I haven’t used it yet, so I can’t personally endorse it. You can decide for yourself by checking it out on the Red Cross site and downloading it to your phone from the app store or Google play for $0.99.

More information can be found at the Red Cross.

Why Flea Treatment for Dogs is Vital

Many dog owners will encounter fleas at some point or another. It can be difficult to know which treatments and prevention methods are best. However, flea treatment for dogs is an essential part of ensuring your pet’s health for a number of reasons, as they can be harmful in ways that you might not have expected. Here are just a few of the ways fleas can do damage to our furry friends.

Fleas Transmit Disease

Fleas can transmit a number of diseases to pets, some of which can seriously affect their health. For example, animals may become anemic as a result of the fleas sucking their blood. It is also possible for them to become infested with tapeworms, since fleas are a host for these parasites. Fleas also increase the risk of people developing murine typhus, which is characterized by a rash on the trunk, headache, fever, aches and an upset stomach. Both humans and animals may develop plague if bitten by these pests, which can cause a variety of infections.

They’re Uncomfortable

Various flea treatments for dogs can also prevent them from being bitten, which can cause itchiness, excessive scratching and rashes. In extreme cases, a flea infestation can also make a pet lethargic, or result in them having difficulty sleeping. Fleas can also bite members of your family, in which case they can also experience these symptoms. Even when fleas are not biting, they give people and animals an eerie sensation whenever they are crawling on them, making it difficult to concentrate.

They Reproduce Easily

If a dog flea treatment is not given promptly, an infestation can easily get out of hand. Females can lay as many as 20 eggs at one time, or up to 500 eggs in a lifetime. It only takes about 12 days for an egg to hatch, and these new hatchlings can begin laying eggs of their own in as little as one to two weeks. As a result, just a couple of fleas can easily turn into thousands in a matter of days if the appropriate steps are not taken to eliminate them.

Safe Flea Treatment For Dogs

Although fleas pose a danger to humans and animals, some of the commercial flea treatments pose an even greater danger to your furry friend. That’s because many products contain harmful insecticides that irritate mucous membranes when they come into contact with them. Repeated use and long-term exposure to these chemicals can result in breathing difficulty, skin rashes or even organ damage. As a result, you should consider using natural flea remedies and shampoos whenever possible to treat your pet.

Natural Ingredients for Fleas

When shopping for a natural flea treatment for dogs, look for products that have a vinegar base, as it naturally repels them. Some people will swear by shampoos made with liquid Castile soap and essential oils such as tea tree, lemongrass or peppermint. You may want to follow with a natural conditioner that contains oatmeal, as this can help soothe the itchiness and prevent your pet’s skin from drying out too much.

Fleas can be dangerous for your dog, which is why you must remain vigilant and address infestations as soon as they occur. The best way to rid your dog of fleas safely is with the use of natural and organic products for dogs.

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