When you become a dog owner, you take on the responsibility of keeping your pup healthy, happy and clean — part of that includes grooming them and clipping their nails. Failing to keep your dog’s nails trimmed and coat cleaned could result in pain, illness and, in some cases, injury.

However, if your pup is like most canines, grooming time isn’t their favorite part of the day. To teach your dog to tolerate, or even enjoy, getting groomed and having their nails trimmed, try out some of these tips.

  1. Make Sure You’re Doing It Right

Before you can expect your dog to behave while they’re being groomed or having their nails clipped, you need to verify you’re doing everything right. This mostly applies to clipping your pup’s nails. If you do this wrong, it could be extremely painful. Follow these steps:

  1. Hold your dog’s paw steady, but lightly. If you grip too tight, it could scare or hurt your furry baby.
  2. Clip off a small portion of the end of the nail. If it feels squishy or spongey while you’re trying to cut it, stop immediately. You’re cutting the quick, which is the blood vessel that runs through the nail. If you puncture this part of your dog’s nail, it will bleed, be extremely painful and they’ll probably remember it for a long time.
  3. If you do cut the quick, make sure to stop the bleeding as fast as you can. We recommend purchasing a nail cauterizer, which is a tool that stops the bleeding by applying heat. You could also buy styptic powder that you apply with a cotton ball or Q-tip.
  4. Consider Using a Muzzle

While this might not seem like it’ll be your dog’s favorite thing to wear, you can turn it around to make them truly enjoy wearing their muzzle. Two words: peanut butter. Smear a little bit on the inside of the muzzle, and they’ll love putting on their restrictive gear. You can even find one that has an opening at the end so you can feed them treats as you groom them and clip their nails without having to take it off.

  1. Take Them to a Fun Pet-Washing Facility

We all know how much dogs love car rides, so why not incorporate one into your pet’s grooming experience? Try finding a pet-washing facility near you and take your pup there to groom them. Make the groomer’s an exciting and happy place for your dog to visit. Take lots of treats with you and be ready to praise your four-legged friend for behaving in the shop.

If your dog is more motivated by playtime or exercise than food, you could also make it a routine to take them on a walk or to the dog park after they’ve been groomed. They’ll eventually associate going to the pet-washing facility with the super awesome walk they get to go on afterward. You didn’t think your pup would stay squeaky clean forever, did you?

  1. Offer Rewards for Good Behavior

Just like with training your dog to do anything else — go to the bathroom outside, not jump all over your visitors and actually drop the ball when you’re playing fetch, to name a few — dog treats are going to be your new best friend — right after your pup, of course.

Use cookies to reward your pet for good behavior while you’re grooming them or clipping their nails. After a while, they’ll relate grooming time with getting treats and will come running when they see the brush and nail clippers.

Dogs have an incredible ability to learn commands and activity patterns — that’s part of what makes them man’s best friend. Tap into that, and you’ll have no problem training your dog to enjoy grooming time. Remember to take the time to learn the proper way to clip your dog’s nails as well. Clipping the quick of your dog’s nail is a great way to make them dread watching you break out the grooming tools.

Shower your four-legged friend with treats, kisses and maybe even a walk or trip to the dog park if they’re well-behaved. Or, make grooming a fun trip to a pet-washing facility near you that your dog will love. You have the tools to make your dog love being groomed — and they’ll come out of the experience looking as beautiful as ever.

 

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Emily is an avid dog lover and conservation writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. To read more of her work, check out her blog Conservation Folks and go follow her on Twitter!

Choosing to get a dog is a decision that should be taken as seriously as the choice to have children. They are a living being that rely on you to take care of them, and if you’re not willing to do the task properly then that’s not fair on the dog. If you’re unsure on what having a dog entails and you’re thinking about getting one, take a read through this guide on what you will need to do to ensure that you have a happy and healthy dog.

Walkies!

No matter what size or breed, dogs need plenty of walking to keep their joints moving and strengthen their muscles. Very much alike humans, dogs need to keep their fitness levels up. The recommended amount is at least fifteen minutes, twice a day. Although, much larger dogs require more exercise, so it’s always best to do some research to see how much exercise your breed of dog should be having. Doing this allows them to run off their energy and take some much needed toilet breaks!

 

This also allows your dog to explore the world and find new smells. It’s also a great opportunity for them to meet other dogs. Again like humans, dogs need friends sometimes too.

 

If you’re unable to commit to taking your dog out for the minimum recommended time for their breed, consider hiring a dog walker otherwise your beloved pet will not only become lonely, but will likely gain weight and become unhealthy.

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Toilet time

Very much like babies, dogs require you to clean up their toilet break messes. Unfortunately, dogs will need this treatment for the entirety of their lives. If cleaning up after your dog isn’t something you can see yourself doing, then they’re not the pet for you.

 

If you’re caught leaving your dogs mess in public, you risk the chance of being fined along with the unpleasantness for someone else stepping in it.

 

In short, if you want a dog, be prepared to pick up it’s mess.

Veterinary care

Dogs become ill sometimes, just like we do. The downside of this is the costs that these illnesses sometimes entail. It’s likely that at some point in their lives you will have to take them to an animal health center to check out why your dog doesn’t seem like himself.

 

Another reason to be visiting the vets with your dog is for treatments like neutering. Although this may seem unfair for your dog, if you know that if your dog ended up getting pregnant that you couldn’t keep their puppies, then this is a wise decision for your dog’s benefit too. You may even choose to do this because even if you wanted to keep her pups, you couldn’t commit to them all.

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Behaviour

Dogs need rules and structures to ensure that they become a friendly dog. Too many dogs in the world aren’t given restrictions and end up becoming a mischievous dog. Be careful not to ‘over discipline’ your dog, because it may turn your dog into an unfriendly pet to be around. Hitting your dog is always a big no, to train your dog you must do this with treats and praise for when they do something good, and a stern voice for if not.

 

Dogs are not naturally a nasty creature, but sometimes we forget that they have descended from the wolf, so discipline is important. If you don’t have time to do this, consider taking your dog to puppy training.

Love

All dogs crave love and attention. They are among the most loyal creatures on earth, and all they want to do is spend time with you.

 

Even though we all have work to be doing and other errands in our daily lives, ensuring that you’re showing your dog as much love as possible is important. We wouldn’t have a child to leave them at home all day alone now, would we? Everything we would do for our children should be considered when thinking about getting a dog.

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Ultimately, having a dog is something that many people in this world take for granted. You should treat your dog (not just dogs, all pets too) as a member of the family. They deserve to eat healthily, stay clean and warm, and receive the attention and love that they deserve. If you can give all of this to a dog, then they’re a perfect choice of pet for you.

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Seeing your dog give birth to puppies is one of the most magical experiences that any owner can enjoy. Amidst the excitement, though, there is a huge responsibility to give each member of the litter a wonderful start in life.

Here are the five main focus areas that will ensure you do.

Birth

First and foremost, you need the dogs to be born in the safest possible manner. Making the mom comfortable is vital while you should also know that it’s not uncommon for a rest of up to two hours between births. If you think complications have surfaced, don’t be afraid to call a vet.

Once the pups have been born, you need to keep them warm. They will spend the majority of their first few days sleeping, and cannot open their eyes or ears. Once again, paying close attention to the mother is crucial during this period. Their dependence on mom is huge.

Good Nutrition

As with humans, nutrition plays an integral role in a puppy’s growth and development. When there is a big litter, one of the biggest challenges is making sure that each dog gets their fair share of mom’s milk. Failure to do this during that crucial first month can lead to several health problems.

 

All dog owners should know how to spot when a change of diet is required too. This is a responsibility that should follow you throughout the pup’s life, but is especially key in those early stages. Make sure you get it right.

Regular Exercise

Generally speaking, puppies are very inactive for the first three weeks. Once they are walking, though, their physical development will be rapid. Meanwhile, brains develop to an adult like state by around seven weeks.

Therefore, it’s important that you embrace thinking games in this period. You can learn more about these at MNN. After all, puppies will learn what is expected of them during this phase. When you eventually get to the point of taking them for walks, try to mix up their favorite routes with new ones.

Precautions For Life

When raising a puppy, it’s not just about guiding the dog through infancy. It’s equally important that you provide them with the foundations for a fantastic life ahead. Even if you don’t intend to keep the pup forever, getting this step right is vital.

Dogs need various injections to prevent illnesses and health conditions. Meanwhile, some pups will need additional medication to stay fit and healthy. Finding out about these elements at this earliest stage possible will set the pup up for a far more comfortable future.

A Happy Home

Above all else, the puppies need to feel loved. The harsh reality is that many families don’t have the funds or space to keep the entire litter. Using adoption services like Puppy System ensures that each bundle of joy ends up with a loving family. Just remember that the dogs should reach a stage of independence before separating from the mother.

As for any puppies that may be kept, it’s vital that you get them used to their surroundings. This could mean getting used to the home or interacting with other pets. Either way, a comfortable and healthy dog is a happy dog. As a pet lover, that’s all you could ever want.

 

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Dogs deserve to live a life full of the finest luxuries money can buy. Of course they do. Just think about what your dog does for you. Think about all the times they have sat by the front door and waited for you to get back from work. Think about the way they have helped you lose weight through all those walkies and runs through the park, the way they made you smile and laugh, the way they comforted you when times got a little rough and the way they made movie night that much more magical. Dogs are the best, so why not show them this with a little (or a lot of) pampering.

You probably treat yourself to spas sessions whenever you need to relax, and wrap yourself in a blanket when night closes in, and find a way to enjoy your little patch of the great outdoors when the sun pokes out. So why not offer your beautiful pooch the same level of tender, love, and care? Goodness knows they deserve it every so often, just like we humans do.

And to help you out a little, we have come up with a selection of ways you can give your furriest friend a slice of the good life, and let them lap up a bit of luxury. After all, no dog deserves to ruff it.

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Superb In Car Safety

When a new parent tries to leave the hospital after delivering their gorgeous buba, there is one thing that the hospital checks you have before wishing you a good life and that is a car seat. Well, why should it be any different for your fur baby? That was rhetorical by the way because it shouldn’t be any different, not whatsoever. That is why you should treat them to a comfy car seat so that won’t just let them get comfortable on long – and short – journeys, but also give you that peace of mind you’ve been subconsciously craving. It could be a crate pad or a studio car seat. It could be a companion seat or a travel hammock to go right across the back seats of your car. It could just be a travel cushion. Either way, it is time you made their travel that much more luxe.

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Delicious And Nutritious Treats

We treat ourselves to the finest foods we can. It could be a trip to the deli counter at the poshest supermarket in our state. It could be dinner at that upmarket restaurant that has just opened downtown. Whatever it is, we love feeding ourselves the best grub possible, and we should do the same for our pooch’s. None of this tinned stuff. We’re talking about the kind of deli treats you can find at http://veratreats.com/. Fillets of beef, succulent chicken breasts and top of the range burger patties. We’re talking about the kind of thing that we would have to look twice at in a store because we aren’t entirely sure if this is for dogs or us, questioning whether the store assistant has accidentally placed this in the wrong aisle.

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Movie Night Comfort

There is very little in this life that can compare to an evening spent in front of a good film, a soft blanket wrapped around us as we lay on the sofa with a glass of red within arms reach. Actually, the only thing that can top this is having our beloved furry friend camped on the sofa with us. That is where your doggy belongs. To allow them this life of luxury, start by getting them a companion ramp so that they can easily slink onto the sofa without having to exert too much energy, or put their elderly joints in the firing line. The next all important asset you need to get them is a soft as soft comes blanket. Something stylish and cozy that you can throw over them as you cuddle up in front of the fire, The Notebook gracing your TV.

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Help Lose Their Puppy Fat

On top of the very best artisanal foods to help your doggy enjoy the best diet possible, you can now hire specialized personal trainers for your pups. No, we’re not talking about the kind of trainer that will teach your dog how to sit, stay and rollover. We’re talking about a personal trainer like us humans would get; the kind that helps us burn calories as best as possible and get in the best shape of our lives. If this isn’t so much a priority for you because you enjoy sharing a bit of fitness time with your pup, then you can get even more specialised trainers that will take your dog swimming, or teach them how to catch a frisbee like a pro, or even learn how to take a selfie on an iPad with you, their human. We do recommend you see the photographic results at https://www.pinterest.com/ before you judge the need for this, by the way, because the results are amazing.

 

We now live in a world where we are able to humanize our pets like never before and give them the luxury pampering they deserve, as you can probably tell from our list so far. But it goes far beyond just these points. Perfumes for dogs, organic shampoos and conditioners and three-in-one tooth brushes to clean the inside and outside of their mouths are now available on the toiletry front. There are dog houses nicer than actual houses available for purchase, outdoor beds to ensure they are comfortable while tanning, doggie strollers, doggy tattoo parlors and even bottled coffee to help them wake up in the morning.

That’s not all either because then there are things like dating services, in-house pet suites with built-in baths and showers, financial plans to help your dog maintain the life of Riley after you die and, yes, even the chance to send your dog’s ashes into space when they pass on. Basically, there has never been a better chance to be a dog. In fact, we would rather be a dog than a human in today’s world. All the luxury without any of the stress. Amazing.

 

 

How To Treat Pet Fleas

Pet owners love their pets like family but usually they fear the summer season as it usually brings the onset of fleas. Fleas tend to create a lot of problems for the pet and pet owners are unable to see their family members in such a state.

Fleas are insects that usually abound in the summer as the temperature is ideal for them. Fleas are not insects that fly but are insects that jump from one animal to another. If a pet comes in contact with a pet that is infested with fleas then that pet also gets infested. The pet usually starts scratching the place where the flea bites. This could lead to swelling, loss of hair and other infections. Even one flea can cause a whole lot of problems to the pet. Hence it is imperative to treat fleas.

The first and effective way for pet flea treatment is to diagnose if the pet has fleas. You do not need to do anything, all you need is a comb and when you comb the hair you will be able to see the fleas if they are there. Usually fleas are found in the belly region and you can easily find them there.  Once you have diagnosed that the pet has fleas then you can start thinking about the treatment.

There are many types of pet flea treatments and when you want to provide relief to the pet immediately then you can opt for chemical or non-chemical pet treatments. Chemical treatments mean pills and powders that can be dusted on the pet etc. Pills actually start working immediately and most fleas are actually killed within a few hours. Powders etc take time to kill the fleas but they are also a good option.

Non-chemical flea treatments include shampoos that you need your pet to get soaked in for at least ten minutes. These will kill the fleas and some shampoos will just stun the fleas and you need to comb it out with a flea comb.

If you think that this treatment is enough then you are mistaken. Chemical or non-chemical treatment is not enough. You need to take care of the environment in which the pet stays. In reality the fleas abound in 4 states like the butterfly. They are eggs, followed by larvae, followed by the pupa and finally the flea. The eggs can be anywhere in the house when a pet is infested with fleas The eggs can become larvae soon and can be in the crevices on the floor or in the carpet etc. Then they get into the pupa stage and they can remain in this stage for a very long time. When they feel that the right environment is near, namely your pet, they will come out and immediately start feeding on your pet. Hence it becomes necessary to treat the home along with the pet. You need to take care of your home completely and ensure that fleas cannot come anywhere near your house or your pet.

Introducing Your New Dog To Your Cat

For decades now, dogs and cats have been portrayed in popular media as mortal enemies, pursuing some unknown agenda against each-other where we humans become occasionally caught in the crossfire. The reality, however, is that like most animals, dogs and cats can be taught to live harmoniously together and even become great friends.

The trick is, as with most things, in being patient and understanding. Neither dogs nor cats have the same mentality of a human and while both have pack animals in their ancestry, they nonetheless have very different sets of instincts and dispositions from one another. However, with a little understanding, a little patience and a lot of love you’ll have these two historic ‘enemies’ sharing a pet gear double stroller before you know it! Here’s how to get it right…

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Preparation is the key

We’re going to assume that you’re introducing a pup or young dog to an adult cat, although if you have a kitten extra care must be taken. Kittens are fragile and while playful pups are extremely endearing… they’re not the gentlest or most careful creatures.

Your first step should be to create a ‘safe space’ for your cat that the dog will not have access to, ideally somewhere that they are familiar with where they sleep or relax often. Make sure that they are able to access their food, water and litter tray without coming into contact with your new friend.

It’s important that your cat gets controlled exposure to the dog through becoming increasingly familiar with the look and scent of them. A stair gate is a great way to facilitate this and it’s worth considering using Feliway which will keep your cat feel safe and secure by subtly exuding relaxing pheromones. Cats need to have access to high spaces in order  to feel safe and secure, so make sure that they’ll have plenty of access to these as they’ll be invaluable in helping your cat cope with this new development.

If possible, you should keep your dog in a crate and give them free but supervised access in 15-20 minute increments to your home and family.

 

The importance of scent articles

While cats are far better visually equipped than their canine counterparts, both animals use smell to communicate, so it’s a great idea to use scent articles to acquaint both pets with each other’s smell. A scent article can be a toy or an item of bedding which the pet can infuse with their scent. After exposure to the article, your new pet will become slowly accustomed to their new friend’s scent and vice-versa.

Managing first contact

Ensuring that your pets’ first real exposure to each other is well managed is one of the surest ways of creating a lifelong friendship. Fortunately, you’ve already laid the groundwork for the best possible start.

Your dog’s first instinct will be to get up close and personal, while your cat will want to observe the pooch from a comfortable distance. You must control the dog and stop them from chasing the cat, as this will create a rift that’s very difficult to repair. Keep initial contact short and sweet with lots of praise for both pets and a rewarding treat for all.

The Guide to the Ultimate Dog-Friendly Road Trip

There’s nothing better than a warm breeze and a long highway. In fact, many of us here at Auto Accessories Garage think roadtripping should be considered a national pastime. And, since we almost always have a pooch or two wandering the office we decided it might be a good idea to put together a list of do’s and don’ts for when you and your dog hit the open road.

 

Preparation is key

Before you skip town with dog in tow, be sure you’ve acclimated your canine to the rigors of the road. Take him or her on a few short car rides in the weeks leading up to your trip, and if you can, try to gradually lengthen each trip.

WebMD also recommends taking along some comforts from home. A favorite toy and familiar pillow will go a long way in curbing your dog’s homesickness. Your dog can’t be sure of where you’re going or when you’ll get back, but the familiar scent of home will ensure to them that they have nothing to worry about but fun in the sun.

Your vehicle was meticulously designed for your safety, but unfortunately your dog’s safety wasn’t considered in the process. You wouldn’t take to the streets with a child without making sure their seat belt was properly fastened, and you can make the same accommodations for your dog with canine focused attachments.

You’ll also want to prep your vehicle itself. Cute as they are, dogs aren’t known for their cleanliness. A great solution to keeping permanent stains and damages off of your floor boards is a set of all-weather floor mats. They’ll also make it easy to clean off all the dog fur and french fries when you get home.

And finally, be sure to give your vet a call before you leave. This is a good time to make sure your pup is up to date on vaccinations. If you plan on travelling across state lines, it wouldn’t hurt to bring a copy of vaccination records along with you – just in case.

 

During the trip

Eating while on the road can induce motion sickness in your dog, so it’s best to feed them before and after travel, not during. We recommend providing a light meal a few hours before you leave, and then another meal upon reaching your destination for the day. If you can do this while sticking fairly close to your dog’s regular feeding schedule, that’s absolute perfection.

Try to take a fifteen to thirty minute break every three or four hours so you and your dog can stretch your legs and use the restroom. With a little bit of pre-planning you can probably even stake out some pet-friendly attractions, or at least some nice dog parks along the way. This will definitely make the trip more fun for your dog, and it will most likely make it more fun for you as well.

These long periods of travel can put some serious wear and tear on your interior. A lot of dog owners opt to cover their leather or upholstery in custom seat covers. Seat covers serve a number of purposes on a doggy road trip. Not only can they provide a more comfortable seat for your dog, but they also offer a line of defense between your dog and your factory seats. Plus, seat covers will make it a snap to clean up fur.

 

While away

If you can, stick to bottled water for your pup while you’re away from home. As the ASPCA points out, even minor changes in local water treatment facilities can have big impacts on your dog’s digestive system. Best to play things safe with purified water that will go down easy.

With these tips, some pre-planning, and some common sense, you’ll see that taking your dog along for a road trip is not only doable, but it can be an incredible bonding experience for both of you.

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  • Food
  • Bowl
  • Leash
  • Scoop
  • Plastic Bags
  • Grooming Supplies
  • Medicine
  • First-Aid
  • Vaccination Records (especially if travelling out of state)

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Pets can make travel very hard. When you’ve got an animal which relies on your care, you have to be careful to make sure they’re looked after while you’re gone. Usually, with dogs, this will be handled by a kennel service, making it a bit easier. But, should you even be using a service like this to look after your dog? Will they be happy there? Questions like this make the whole decision very hard to make. So, to help you out, this post will be going through some of the benefits of taking them with you and leaving them at home. So, now, you just have to book the flights.

 

Leaving your dog in a kennel is a great way to take away the stress of having them overseas with you. They will be looked after by professionals who complete this role on a daily basis, so you know that they will be treated well. And, companies like this often have their own medical professionals, too. So, if your dog gets hurt or is ill, they’ll have the best possible treatment. Along with this, having your dog kept safely at home will have a big impact on the stress you feel while away. Just knowing that your dog is cared for can be enough to have a huge impact on how you feel. Of course, a lot of people will be worried about having their dog left with strangers, though. And, this sort of concern is a very valid one if your dog is very clingy.

 

If you don’t want your dog in a kennel, you have little choice but to take it with you on the trip. Most modern airlines are happy to accommodate dogs, as long as you make the right efforts to let them know you’ll be bringing your furry friend. Taking your dog with you enables you to keep a close eye on them. They won’t get lonely because they’ll be with you. And, they will get to experience some of the greatest times in their life. Like humans, dogs like to travel. Seeing new things and enjoying new scents is all very exciting for a canine. So, taking them on a trip like this could make them very happy. But, of course, you should consider how fair it is to have them on a plane for several hours. And, whether or not you will be able to look after them properly while away.

 

For those that decide to take their dog with them, there will be a lot of work to do before you get there. And, you’ll still have some to do while you’re away. There are loads of companies out there which offer dog travel accessories to make this whole thing easier. For example, taking a collapsable water bowl to a hot country is a good idea. Otherwise, your dog might not get enough to drink. Along with this, you should also make sure that your dog has all of the relevant vaccines and other medical precautions before you leave.

 

Hopefully, this post will give you a good idea of the trouble trying to travel with a dog can bring. Not a lot of people put this sort of thought into their travels. But, when you have a pet with you, you have to be extra careful.

None of us enjoy being unwell. As well as having a physical strain on our bodies, illness knocks us out mentally. It makes us sorry for ourselves and in need of loving. And, it’s no different when your dog gets ill. Too often, we forget that illness is just as unpleasant for our pups. The trouble is, if we don’t pamper them a little when they’re suffering, their recovery could take longer. That’s why you should think about how you feel when you’re ill. Consider what makes you feel better, and how you could apply those same methods for your dog. If you’re struggling for ideas, we’ve put together a list of things you can do to make their illness more bearable.

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Surround them with their favorite things

When we’re ill, we like our creature comforts. We snuggle in blankets and cuddle with the stuffed toys we keep for display. The chances are, your dog will want the same when they’re ill. The only difference is, they can’t get what they need. So, it’s your job to make sure your poorly pooch has their favorite things. Grab that blanket they love, and let them lie on it. Put their favorite toys in their basket with them. Oh, and don’t forget their favorite thing of all – you! Snuggling up with the people they love most is sure to bring them some comfort. Not to mention that it’ll be wonderful quality time for you! So, take the time to sit in with them and give them plenty of love. Love is, after all, the best medicine.

Pretend the pills aren’t there

If the vet prescribes medicine, your dog’s illness could get worse before it gets better. While it is, of course, there to cure the problem, your dog won’t see it that way. And, who can blame them? Swallowing chunky pills or horrible liquid is the last thing anyone wants when they’re already feeling sick. To ensure this doesn’t exacerbate their misery, do your best to pretend the pills or medicine aren’t there. Something like the Paws IQ Pilltreats are fantastic for this as they have a hole ideal for pills to fit into. Or, you could try wrapping pills in cheese, or simply crumbling them over your pooch’s dinner. Bear in mind that dogs usually cotton on fast. Try using a different method each time to avoid detection.

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Let them rest

 

When we’re ill, it can sometimes make us feel better just to get out of the house. But, that’s where humans and dogs vary. Your dog won’t keep lying around when they start to feel better. As such, there’s no need to disturb them when they’re resting. You can be sure that, if they’re sleeping a lot, they need it. Don’t think that dragging them out for a walk is going to perk them up. They’ll let you know when they’re ready to get out and about again. Until then, let them rest as much as they need!

Our dogs are so much more than just pets, they’re furry members of the family. We have so much love in our hearts for these little creatures, and as pet owners do everything we can to ensure they’re kept happy and healthy. However, the problem with dogs is when they do feel unwell, they do a good job at hiding it. This is an evolutionary technique which might have helped them in the wild, but makes our job so much harder. It’s not like you can simply ask them if they feel ok or if anything hurts! There are some subtle signs though that can give you a clue that Rover might need to go and visit the vets. Here are just a few of them.

 

Off Their Food and Drink

Most dogs are very food motivated, so if they’re off their food or drink it can be a cause for concern. If they won’t touch their regular dog food, try them with a piece of cheese or meat. If they refuse it (and you’re sure it’s because they’re not just full) be sure to keep an eye on them. It could be a simple infection or something they have eaten hasn’t agreed with them, but your vet will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

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A Change in Toileting Habits

It’s not the most pleasant job as a dog owner, but when you’re cleaning up your dogs waste, it’s worth having a quick look to ensure nothing is out of the ordinary. A dramatic change in color, consistency or the appearance of worms obviously indicates that something isn’t right. It’s not always a cause for concern right away, but keep an eye on them especially if your dog is displaying other symptoms of being unwell. Dogs can be sensitive to ingredients used in cheaper dog food which can cause digestive issues amongst other things. This dog health article states you should feed a good quality food to keep them at their best. Ideally you need to be choosing a brand which is grain free, since this can disrupt the delicate balance of a dog’s system.

Sleeping More Often Than Usual

Different dogs can be very different in how much they sleep. Some dogs are very lazy and will like to spend most of the day napping, whereas others are much more active. Just like people, dogs are all different, so it’s about knowing what’s normal for them. While older dogs will naturally slow down and sleep more- if you notice a change in your dog’s sleeping behavior it’s a symptom of illness. If they seem very drowsy or fatigued, it’s important to contact the vet right away.

 

Lumps and Bumps

Lumps and bumps are common in dogs, they’re not always a sign of something sinister but are always something to have checked out by a vet. With very fluffy dogs it can be tricky to feel for any lumps, but spend some time grooming and checking them (they will just see it as fuss!) to make sure everything is as it should be.

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