A dog is for many people a member of the family that is why car rides are not complete without them. We all know that dogs are not able to seat still in a car and that is why they need seats. Apart from the regular seat covers, does a dog need others specifically for them? When you go through the dog section at the local store, one of the many accessories you come across is a car seat cover. This is how helpful it is.

Cleanliness

Dogs are known to sit anywhere provided that it is comfortable for them. In most cases, these are not usually the cleanest places and you will often find dirt on the body of the animal. Since it is not possible to keep checking whether your dog is clean before they enter the car, a car seat cover protects the car seats and interiors from getting dirty. You need to keep your car clean on the inside to reduce the frequency of washing which in time may lead to premature wear and tear.

Dryness

Have you ever seen a dog with its tongue out? In most cases, this happens when it is hot and the mouth drools as a way of cooling the canine. The weather does change all the time and you will not know for sure when your dog’s body will need to cool down. If this happens when your dog is in the car however, having a car seat cover protects the seats from getting wet. Even if you are sure that the dog’s saliva is completely free of any disease, you will need the seats to be dry when you offer someone a lift.

Durable

Most dogs tend to be playful when they are in a moving vehicle. They get excited when the outside appears to be moving and this gets them jumping up and down in the car. Apart from this playfulness being dangerous to the dog because it could cause them to be hit when it slips, its paws will scratch the seat covers when the dog lands and tried to gain balance. Having car seat covers ensures that any damage caused by the dog to the car seats is happening on the removable covers and not on the car seats.

A dog car seat cover is a necessity for your car when you have a dog that rides with you. You will prevent many expenses you would have incurred if the car seats get damaged in one way or the other.

 

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Pets feel sick and it is such a stressful incident for us as pet owners because they cannot express their feelings to us. It is hard enough to attend to a sick dog at home and it therefore becomes complicated when sickness occurs in travel. This is why it is important as a pet owner to always carry a first aid kit in your car that is well equipped to deal with minor illness such as stomach up sets, splinters and cuts. You must also familiarize yourself with dosages needed to administer common medications that you can give to your dog as first aid.

Contact your vet

Just like regular human clinics, pet clinic have a database of their clients. When you get in touch with your dog’s doctor, they will be able to guide you on steps to take in line with any allergies, reactions to medications or current prescriptions.

Make use of a muzzle

Carrying a muzzle that is comfortable for your dog could be a life saver for you and everyone else that handles your dog. When in pain, a dog may become highly irritable and you may be bitten for no apparent reason. It is also important to protect anyone who might come along to help as the dog may feel the need to defend themselves against strangers. Having your dog wear a muzzle at the first sign of distress is also helpful in stress reduction for the dog.

Find help

After you have administered any steps at basic first aid, it is now time to seek help from a professional. There is no need to locating your local vet as they might be far from where you are. It will help a great deal if your regular vet could recommend a colleague they are sure will attend to you well. Even without a referral however, you can make use of recommendations that friends will make.

You probably have not given much thought to the fact that your dog could fall in when you are in the car. This might seem like a helpless situation but a little preparation will give you the much needed confidence to handle the situation calmly. It is better to be prepared for any eventuality even without signs that anything will go wrong. This is the only way to remain calm enough to ensure that your dog receives the best care to get back to health.

Is your four legged family member scratching, biting, or licking at its paws uncontrollably?

Are the little red bumps that have sprouted on its stomach, legs, or back causing obvious discomfort and itching?

Are you worried about what’s provoking these painful rashes, raw patches, or bite-like red spots all over your dog?

 

The simple answer is: Your dog might have food allergies.

Just like humans, dogs are prone to allergies. Unlike people, though, your pup can’t tell you what’s causing it discomfort or pain. The only answer is for you to be vigilant and thorough in recognizing your dog’s symptoms, and to make the necessary changes that will enable him or her to live a comfortable, symptom-free life.

Aside from itchy rashes and red spots, food sensitivities can be recognized in a number of other ways.

Does your dog experience any of the following symptoms on a regular basis?

-Constant scratching and shaking of the head

-Chronic ear infections

-Frequent diarrhea or gas

-Licking of the feet

-Hair loss

-Red spots or skin inflammation

-Coughing or “hacking”

-Constant sneezing

 

If you can answer yes to one or more of the symptoms listed above, there’s a chance your dog might have a food allergy or intolerance; it’s time to consult your vet for a proper diagnosis.

If a food sensitivity seems likely, your dog might be prescribed medication for temporary relief or allergy shots for a more long term solution. Rest assured, though, even if your dog does suffer from any of these problems, there are other at-home steps to take that will relieve their discomfort and get their health back on track.

 

Here’s where to start:

Try a New Dog Food

 

If your vet does diagnose your dog with a food related sensitivity, the first step to take is switching their food.

Dogs are commonly allergic to foods like:

-Pork

-Poultry (chicken, turkey, duck)

-Beef

-Eggs

-Corn & Wheat

-Dairy

-Soy products

To find out which food your dog is reacting to, try implementing an elimination diet.

 

To do that, remove every single food your dog currently eats and replace it with a food source they’ve never come into contact with before. Like humans, dogs can also develop allergies over long periods of time, so even if your dog has eaten chicken products with no issues throughout its entire life, you’ll still want to eliminate them.

Good food sources to try during the elimination diet stage are things like buffalo, salmon, sweet potatoes, or even kangaroo. While these might sound a little strange, by feeding your dog something they’ve absolutely never come into contact with, you’ll be able to more quickly and surely figure out which specific food is ailing them.

After you’ve switched your dog to a new food, wait for all symptoms to disappear. Once they do, you’ll know your dog isn’t reacting to the food they’re currently eating, and you can start re-introducing more common foods, one at a time.

Reactions to food usually show themselves within a few days to weeks of consumption, so this process will take time. To get your dog’s health back on the right track, though, it’s well worth it.

Once you know which foods your dog is sensitive or allergic to, you can choose to either buy processed food or make your own. If you’ve decided to feed your dog something like venison or kangaroo, for example, feeding your dog a homemade diet might be easier.

Raw Diet Pros and Cons

 

Feeding your dog homemade meals, or a raw diet, comes with its benefits and drawbacks.

Benefits:

-You’ll know exactly what goes into your dog’s food and won’t have to translate words off the back of dog food packaging.

-You’ll be able to use ingredients that might otherwise be hard to find in processed dog food.

-You can eliminate all processed ingredients and preservatives from your dog’s diet.

Negatives:

-Feeding your dog a raw diet can be both time consuming and expensive.

-Dogs have different nutrient requirements than humans, and it’s easy to leave an important element out if you’re not following strict guidelines from a pet dietician.

The best decision for you and your dog will depend on your lifestyle and preferences. Whichever route you choose, make sure your dog’s food only contains ingredients that have been cleared through the elimination diet phase.

What About Treats?

Dogs with food allergies and sensitivities often miss out on the fun stuff like treats and bones. There’s nothing worse than feeding one pup a tasty treat while the other sits by and watches. The good news is, dogs with food sensitivities can enjoy the tastier things in life right alongside their four legged friends.

 

There are three great options when it comes to snacking outside of regular meal times:

 

  1. Feed your dog cut up fruit, vegetables, or even meat for small snacks or treats. Of course, make sure each food is safe for dogs and has passed the elimination diet test. If you’re sure the chosen food is in the clear, though, bite size pieces make excellent treats. Fruits like grapes are a no-go for canines, but apple slices without the seeds can be a perfectly healthy snack. Fully cooked shrimp or other dried meats are also great choices.

 

  1. Buy all natural dog treats. If cooking and preparing snacks for your dog is too time consuming or you’d just prefer the convenience and safety of knowing someone else has handled the hard part for you, opt for pre-made, all natural dog treats. Companies like Safe Bones Co make tasty and healthy treats with no preservatives, which are wonderful on-the-go options your dog will love. You won’t find ingredients like corn meal or chicken by-products with companies like this, so you can rest assured your dog’s health will be in good hands.

 

  1. Prepare home-made treats. Sure, you can feed your dog whole foods like apple or shrimp, but where’s the fun in that? There are hundreds of excellent dog treat recipes for all the avid bakers out there. Try this list for homemade dog treat recipe ideas; make sure to swap out any ingredients your dog might react to.

 

For a crowd favorite, try preparing a batch of homemade jerky treats for your dog.

 

Ingredients needed:

-2 to 3 pounds of meat (use a meat that’s safe for your dog)

-¼ to ½ tsp of soy sauce

-1 tbsp of creamy peanut butter (optional)

 

Follow these steps for tasty jerky treats:

  1. Freeze the meat for 1 to 2 hours. Make sure it’s still thaw enough to slice.
  2. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees after the meat is frozen. You can also use a dehydrator, but an oven will work if you don’t have one.
  3. Slice the almost-frozen meat as thinly as you can without letting it fall apart.
  4. Place the meat slices in mixing bowl and add soy sauce and the optional peanut butter.
  5. Mix the ingredients together and let them sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Place the meat evenly spaced out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, making sure none of the slices overlap (if you’re using a dehydrator, follow the directions for your machine).
  7. Leave the meat in the oven for 2-4 hours, flipping once throughout. The total cooking/drying time will depend on the season and humidity, and the level of doneness you prefer.
  8. Remove the jerky, let it cool completely, and store it in a cool, dry place.

 

Author bio:  Kristen Youngs writes for pet blogs like https://safebones.co and spends much of her time hanging out with her own pup or traveling the world.

Do you have a friend who has a four legged animal as their baby? Is it hard for you to find your friend a present or gift for their birthday, special occasion or holiday? Why not get them something their dog or cat can use. There are a variety of gifts available for pets these days. Many pet owners look for the best and healthiest gifts for their four legged friends.

 

Pets, particularly dogs and cats have been man’s greatest playmates and trusted friends for many years. They have always been around as loyal companions and hence healthy gifts for them will go a long way in appreciating their loyalty. Therefore when making your shopping list it’s important that you include something special for your best friend and longtime companion.

 

When buying a gift for your pet you don’t need to spend a lot of money on expensive items. There are many healthy, less costly and more practical items that will ensure that your pet lives long and remains around for many years. Some great gift ideas for pets include: pet insurance, veterinary medical checkup, healthy food, a life without parasite, exercise and microchips.

 

Pet insurance: Pet insurance which primarily covers cats and dogs pays the veterinary costs when the insured pet becomes ill or accidentally injured. Insuring a pet helps the pet owner avoid the risk of paying for serious medical procedures such as cancer treatment or surgery. Alternatively, the pet owner can prepare for such situations by setting aside a given amount of money every month. For example you could set aside $25 per month to go towards emergencies for your pet. There are a number of different pet insurances available to meet your needs and the needs of your pet. Either way, preparing for a medical emergency is one of the best gifts you can give your dog at anytime.

 

Veterinary Medical Checkup:Although a trip to a veterinarian may not appear as an ideal gift for one’s pet, a medical check up may help in early diagnose a serious and potentially fatal health problem. It’s just as important for a pet to get regular checkups as it is for their owners to get checked on. Therefore working closely with a veterinarian to ensure that your dog is both healthy and happy is a wonderful gift one can give a pet.

 

Nutritious Food:Special food treats often accompanied with table scraps are common gifts given to pets during the holiday season. While this may be a great act of love and kindness such foods may make a pet ill or lead to an overweight pet, therefore be cautious when giving dogs edible gift. To make food a great gift for your pet consult a veterinarian about the right nutrients for your pet so that you can choose the best diet for your animal.

 

Parasite Free Life: Parasites such as fleas, ticks and heartworms infect pets making them very sick and in some cases killing them, to avoid this it is recommended that pets are checked regularly and given anti-parasite medications. If your pet has not been given anti-parasitic medications then parasite prevention will make a great gift for any animal.

 

Exercise: Although buying your pet a new play toy may seem like a great gift, an extended play time with your pet or a long walk around your neighborhood is better. By helping your dog maintain a healthy weight through exercise you will give a gift of good health to your pet and yourself.

 

Microchip: A microchip will make a wonderful gift for your pet if it is not yet microchipped. Having a pet microchipped is a fast and inexpensive way of ensuring that you are re-united with your pet if it gets lost at any given time. If your pet has already been micro-chipped ensure that the contact information is correct and up to date. Investing in a microchip for your pet will save in the headache of searching and looking for them if they go missing. The expense will outweigh the benefits in the end.

 

Pets have always been man’s best and most trusted friends. While we may want to shower them with material things, it’s good to note that love and attention is the greatest gift of all.

 

You’ve done all your research and finally decided you want to adopt a
Border Collie. Congratulations! Border Collies are smart, highly trainable,
social dogs that do well in single households and families alike. Here are
eight things you should know if you want to adopt a Border Collie.

1. They’re Super Intelligent

If you search ‘Border Collie’ on the internet, one of the first things
you’ll notice is that this breed pops up at the top of plenty ‘most
intelligent breeds’ lists. Because they’re so smart, they pick up on
everything, both verbal and non-verbal. This means they’re perfect to
train in things like catching Frisbees or running agility courses.

2. They Were Born to Herd

Border Collies are herding dogs. Herding dogs do great on farms and ranches
where sheep or horses or cattle need to be directed. For Border Collies
brought home as a house pet, this can be a problem as there are no animals
to herd—except you and your family. Herding is a natural instinct that
all Border Collies are born with, so you’ll have to be diligent in
teaching your Border Collie not to herd humans.

3. They Have The Eye

When a Border Collie stares you down, you’ll understand “the eye.”
It’s a stare Border Collies do when they’re controlling their flock but
they frequently give it to us humans, too. Don’t be scared when your
Border Collie breaks out their eye. Grab your camera and capture their
intense stare to share with the world!

4. They Need a Lot of Exercise

Border Collies are born with a lot of energy, stamina, and deep working
drive. For a house dog, these qualities can be a little harder to deal
with. Border Collies require a decent amount of exercise to stay happy and
healthy, so a quick walk around the block in the morning isn’t going to
cut it. Border Collies need two walks a day, and a nice long one in the
morning before you go to work.

5. They’re Well Socialized

Most Border Collies who are raised properly are well-socialized and get
along great with other dogs and humans. Border Collies are gentle with
children (when they’re not trying to herd them) and enjoy meeting other
dogs on walks and at the dog park.

6. They’re Prone to Certain Health Conditions

Just like other breeds, Border Collies are prone to certain health
conditions which all owners should be aware of (but please remember that
not all Border Collies will get any of all of these diseases). Some of the
most common conditions to affect Border Collies include hip dysplasia,
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), epilepsy, Collie eye anomaly, allergies,
and Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD) . Treatments vary and the best way to
make sure a Collie stays healthy is by visiting the vet regularly. For more
information about the aforementioned conditions, please visit the Border Collie page on DogTime.

7. They Need a Job

Border Collies were bred to gather and control sheep and to be able to
withstand working long days on the farm and ranch. Therefore, if you leave
your Border Collie alone all day while you’re at work and they have
nothing to do, they’re not going to be too happy. In addition to two
walks a day (see above), if you can’t get home in the middle of the day,
it’s a good idea to have  a pet sitter look in on your Border Collie or
take your Border Collie to doggy day camp where they can get attention all
day. You can also leave plenty of stimulating toys out.

8. They’re Not Cuddlers

As much as Border Collies enjoy being around family, they’re not big
cuddlers. Some dogs love nothing more than curling up next to you on the
couch and being petted. The Border Collie is not that type of dog. This
doesn’t mean they won’t want affection every once and awhile but they
are definitely not going to sit down for a cuddle-thon.

Adopting a Border Collie is an exciting decision, and with these tips,
you’ll be able to give your Border Collie a long, healthy life!

Author bio: Jessica Roberts is a freelance writer who offers blogging services for the pet industry. She works closely with businesses to provide engrossing and informative content that boosts Google visibility and social media ratings. When she isn’t writing, she’s walking her Border Collie/Aussie mix, Socks, and making a mess in the kitchen. For more of her services, visit her website, www.jessicarobertsonline.com.

Humans are not the only ones susceptible to allergies. Unfortunately, your beloved canine friend is also at risk of various forms of allergic reactions. This is not a problem that can be fixed overnight, so make sure to take the time and effort in order to pinpoint the cause and find a proper way to deal with the allergy. The following points can be very helpful if you’re not sure what to do, so keep on reading.

Proper hygiene

One of the main causes for dog allergies are usually outdoor allergens that are dispersed in the air and ground during spring. In that respect, regular baths and brushing can help your pet a lot. Bathing them every day may be too much, but you should at least wash their paws daily. Anyhow, it’s better to bathe your dog more often, no matter how reluctant they are when it comes to water, than to let them suffer from allergies. Brushing through their fur will also help ease the discomfort and even prevent some more serious conditions. Therefore, familiarize them with this kind of regular treatment so that they don’t try to run away or struggle as you try to groom them.

Take care of ticks and fleas

Another major cause for concern is definitely flea /tick bite. In that respect, have your dog undergo a flea and tick treatment every month. There are various ways to prevent these pests from leeching on your pup. For example, Net to Pet flea sprays come in handy and offer a quick solution. These are especially useful when you go travelling with your pet or before you take your dog for a walk. On the other hand, there are also flea shampoos as well as flea repelling collars that are a good option, and provide a more long-term solution. Topical solutions can be rather effective as well if you don’t mind a non-green treatment, but make sure to talk to your vet before purchasing one yourself.

Keep the home clean

Sometimes, the allergens are closer to home than you may think. Your dog may be allergic to various cleaning solutions and even some indoor plants. Also, poor ventilation system is as dangerous for a dog as it is for a human. Therefore, make sure to do a thorough check up of your home and identify potential allergens. If you’re not sure how to completely get rid of toxic agents, take a look at “Joey Green’s Cleaning Magic: 2,336 Ingenious Cleanups Using Brand-Name Products.” The book deals with various DIYs and use of natural household items that can help you clean your home without any need to worry about your pet’s health.

Check the food

If your dog still suffers from allergies even after the spring season, it may have food allergies. Make sure to take your pet pal to the vet because they can suggest effective food trials. These are very helpful in determining whether your pet has developed an allergy to some protein over time. In any case, it’s essential that you invest in top quality dog food and focus on the dog’s breed when looking for the best food option. Not all breeds react the same to different types of food. You should never cut protein completely. At the beginning of the food trial, limit your dog’s protein consumption as much as possible. Then, slowly introduce new protein sources to find the cause.

Prevention comes first

The best way to treat allergies is to stop them before they develop. Therefore, take your pet to a vet even if there’s still nothing wrong. There are special vaccines and medicine that pets can take. These are designed to boost the animal’s immune system so that they are more resistant to allergies and other health issues. Even if you just want some helpful advice before making an appointment, you can talk to a vet via Vet Chat online. This is a really nifty site that will offer you good advice and help regarding your little furry friend.

The most important thing when it comes to dealing with your allergic pet is to remain calm. Your pet will already be stressed enough and it definitely doesn’t help them to see you agitated as well. Treat them kindly and calmly so that they can relax and allow you to help them to the best of your abilities.

3 Breeds And What They Need

Dog’s are just like us, they come in lots of different shapes and sizes and have different temperaments. Some need to go for long walks, others only need a little exercise. Some dogs have long hairy coats which shed, and others don’t. There is a big difference between them depending on their breed. Make sure you’re taking into account your dog’s breed, and what it needs.

 

Dalmatian

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Dalmatians are beautiful spotty dogs made famous by the films. More people than ever want one, but you have to know how to look after them. Dalmatians are athletic dogs and have been bred for thousands of years.

These dogs are affectionate and interact well with other dogs as well as children. This makes them great for first-time owners. They also respond well to training. Dalmatians are incredibly playful and have lots of energy. They should be exercised in secure areas as they are capable of roaming for miles without tiring! Dalmatians need a lot of exercise so only get one if you can keep up. Running with your dog and lots of play will keep it fit and healthy.

Dalmatians have a short coat that doesn’t require much attention. Brush regularly to remove dead hairs, but other than that they’re fairly low maintenance.

Bulldogs

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There are three main types of bulldog, American, French, and English. They often get a bad rep but this is due to the owners rather than the dogs themselves

English bulldogs are small dogs which were bred for working with bulls. Despite their past, these dogs now make very loving pets if treated correctly. Bulldog area has some more information about these popular pets on their site. The bulldog’s temperament often surprises people. It is in fact very docile and obedient. The bulldog is a fiercely loyal dog which is stubborn but also willing to please.

Bulldogs also don’t need much grooming in terms of their coats. But be sure to clean between the fold of their skin so that infection doesn’t set in. Because of the size and power of their jaws, regular dental checkups are required. Take care to keep teeth clean and well maintained.

The American bulldog is muscular and larger than the English bulldog. Their temperament is similar to an English bulldog and they are loyal to their owners. Training is essential and they do need strong leadership. French bulldogs are fun-loving and free. They are more unrestrained than other types of bulldog and are a family favorite.

Labradors

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Labradors have a great reputation as loving lap dogs who love attention and fit right into a warm and loving family,

They are loyal and intelligent dogs and make great first time pets because they’re so easy to train. It doesn’t need excessive exercise, just regular trips to a park or field for walks. They’re also great with kids because they’re so playful and gentle.

 

 

Sometimes your dog deserves to be spoilt. Whether it’s a reward for good behaviour, a birthday gift or just because you feel like it, there are a whole range of accessories that you can buy for your pet. If your four-legged friend prefers chew toys, grooming product or anything else, here are a few ideas to help you spoil them rotten.

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Time for bed?

Although some dog owners like to spoil their pets by letting them into bed with them, a more permanent solution comes in the form of a luxurious place for your dog to call its own. You could create a bedding area yourself out of a basket and some old cushions, or you could splash out on a more extravagant option.

Goose-feather, water-resistant dog beds can be purchased to let your pooch experience the height of luxury. What’s more, these beds are easy to clean and transport, so they also come with practical benefits.

 

Grooming

Dog grooming has become a major industry and so there’s plenty of products available for you to buy. Paws Prof offers a number of different nail clippers for your dog, to ensure that they are always looking their best. What’s more, nail clippers don’t just serve a cosmetic purpose, they make sure that your pet’s claws are trimmed so they can walk properly and are less likely to suffer from an infection.

 

If grooming is your method of choice when it comes to spoiling your dog, then you’re spoilt for choice. There are now dog shampoos, conditioners, hairbrushes and many other products on the market. Why not buy a few different ones and see what works for your pet?

Chews your gift wisely

Giving your dog something to chew as a gift is great for a number of reason. Firstly, it make your dog happy, but also it should prevent them from chewing something else – something that belongs to you. There are chew toys available that are durable, soft, make noises and have a nutritional benefit. A chew toy also provides a great opportunity for you to play with your pet, as a game of tug of war is good fun, even if the dog always wins.

Making them look fashionable

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Yes, it is strictly true that dogs don’t need clothes, but when it makes them look so adorable then what’s the harm? Fashionable accessories are available in the form of raincoats, jumpers, bandanas and harnesses. If you choose a reputable manufacturer, you’ll also ensure that these stylish items don’t just make your dog look great, but that he or she is comfortable as well. If you’re looking for ways to bring you and your dog closer together then you can’t do much better than matching outfits.

 

Owning a dog can be expensive and there are plenty of regular costs that you have to deal with, including food and veterinary bills. However, that doesn’t mean that a treat, every now and then, is out of the question. If you do have some money leftover to spend on your dog, what better way to show your love and appreciation than with a gift or two?

 

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Owning a dog is a little like owning a piece of love. An excitable, fluffy, non-verbal piece of love that follows you around and is always happy to see you. Have you ever noticed that when you get home from work, even if the day has been long and hard, your mood instantly lifts when you see your dog? Spending time with a pet in the home can have a very fast impact on your mood and health and can make you feel better and the reverse is true, too. Your dog is happier and healthier when you are around. Additionally, the time you spend with your dog can allow you to see any health issues that may need to be looked after quickly.

There is much evidence to suggest that your dog improves your health which you can read about here, but in return you have to look after your pet as if he were a member of your family rather than just another animal wandering around! If you love your dog, as well you should, the idea that he may not be around forever will be a painful one. As their owner and friend, it’s up to you to make sure that their life is the happiest and healthiest one they live while they can.

There is so much research to suggest how the way we look after our dogs has gotten better over the years. There was a time we didn’t think about cancer in a dog being something that was curative, that putting the dog down was best for them. We vaccinate our pets for rabies but today we know there are other things we have to do to care for our dogs. There are many ways you can improve your dog’s health and that comes down to you and how much you are around as well as their general day to day living. It’s not just physical health, it’s emotional, too, as our dogs feel things like we do.

The dietary staple for dogs would have been scraps from our table, but thankfully, due to constant research of animals we now ask ourselves is this the right food for my dog and make better, more informed decisions on the brands we use. We must avoid grains and processed foods, as these are known to contribute to joint inflammation and therefore make them hurt. Scrap food off the table is not the best way to go for your dog’s health and they need to visit the vet for regular check-ups in the same way we need to go to the doctor to get a once-over! We know they need to have their teeth looked after and checked for gum diseases and that their ears are sensitive so need regular checks for infection. As a responsible owner, you’ll already have the right pet insurance in place for the bigger issues that come in during their lives from cancer to arthritis.

Even simply stroking your dog can make them happy and healthier. It’s a simple idea, but touch is powerful and being held, stroked and played with lowers their blood pressure and releases happy hormones. Much like humans need contact to feel happy, dogs are the same. It should be seen as a privilege to look after a dog and once you get yours, you’ll find yourself worrying about it like any other family member.

When I first met my husband, I was worried about our compatibility.  You see, he’s a dog guy while I’m a definite cat lady.  Owning pets is a non-negotiable for both of us, but it was hard to see what our future would hold.  Were we going to have to choose between owning cats or dogs?  Is it possible for felines and canines to get along?

The good news is that yes, it’s certainly possible to have cats and dogs in the same household.  To help those of you thinking about introducing a pup to your feline friend, Nancy has kindly invited me to share some information here on Pampered Dog Blog about some of the best dog breeds to get along with cats.

 

  1. Golden Retriever

The golden retriever is one of the most well-known family dogs.  Its gentle and tolerant nature means that it gets along well with both children and other animals.  Although cats may find their large size intimidating at first, golden retrievers are extremely unlikely to attack even if provoked.

This is a good dog if you have a mischievous or energetic cat as the two will play together until they’re worn out.

  1. Bichon Frisé

On the smaller side we have the bichon frisé.  According to veterinarian Dr. Mark they are one of the most loving dog breeds and will play and cuddle with your cat if she allows it.  Bichon frisé dogs are generally obedient and easy to train so it shouldn’t take too long to introduce one to your other pets.  Bichon frisés often become anxious when left alone so a kitty friend should help to keep your pup company.

  1. Basset Hound

Basset hounds actually have a lot in common with cats – not least their stubborn personality!  They too prefer to live in the comfort of their human’s home instead of being left outside in the yard. Although training a basset hound can be a challenge, their relaxed and friendly nature makes them great companions for your feline.

  1. Poodle

I must admit, poodles are one of my favorite dog breeds (although it’s almost impossible to choose – I love them all!).  Not only do they look adorable but their personality traits are very endearing too.  A poodle is more likely to act as protector to his feline friends than to chase them.  Poodles are smart and easily trained so with your guidance and supervision, an introduction between cat and poodle should go very well.

  1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are small and meek dogs – two characteristics which make them a good companion for cats.  Cavalier King Charles Spaniels will likely let your feline take the lead but enjoys play if kitty initiates it.  This is another dog breed that likes to form close attachments so if all goes to plan, your pets should make friends for life.

 

Other Tips

If you have a timid cat, choose a smaller dog breed – will be less intimidating.  Likewise, breeds that bark a lot can scare cats.  Do your research and spend time with the breeder getting to know your dog before taking him home if possible.  Some even offer a trial period.  Adopting from a breeder or owner who also keeps cats is a guaranteed way to make sure your new pet will get along with your feline fluffball.

 

Although it might be tempting, you can’t just release your new dog into the same room as your cat and hope that they’ll work things out by themselves.  During the introductory period, make sure to deter bad behavior and reward friendly interactions with a treat.  Make sure to supervise all interactions until your pets are fully comfortable together.

Final Thoughts

Don’t forget that while choosing one of the above dog breeds increases your chances of a harmonious household, every pet has its own unique personality.  Some cats don’t like company at all, whether it’s a human, a dog or another cat.  In addition, a poorly trained dog may find himself unable to resist chasing the smaller animal.

With a little luck and a lot of patience, you should be able to create a cat-dog friendship that will last a lifetime.

Author bio:  Annie Cooper blogs at catobsessed.com.  She lives in Australia with her husband and two very fluffy felines.  Apart from cats, Anne loves traveling, DIYing and all things cute.