Archive for July, 2015

Jordan Walker has always been passionate for animals. He loves to share his knowledge and expertise about the animal kingdom through pet-related blogs. He leads the content team of Coops and Cages. In this article, he shares some benefits of regular pet grooming.

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If by any chance you decide to get a family pet, it is important that you understand your responsibilities as their owner. You can’t just get a pet because you want to or you are envious of your neighbor’s new Labrador pup. Remember, raising a pet is never easy as it requires patience, time, effort, and money. So, before you pursue your decision, you have to think about it carefully.
When raising pets, every owner has to know a lot of things, and that includes the importance of grooming. Pet grooming plays a vital role in their lives. Not only does it make your pets look clean and tidy; it also keeps them strong and healthy. Apart from that, there are plenty of benefits pets and owners can enjoy with frequent grooming. Here are some:

Healthy Pelt
By using pet-specific shampoos, you are actually keeping your furry pal’s pelt nourished, healthy, and clean. This is because it involves the process of brushing, scrubbing, and blow drying, which effectively removes any dead hair and skin.

By doing this more often, air can circulate properly through their skin. Keep in mind that shampooing doesn’t only apply to cats and dogs with long hair. This is for all pets, regardless of hair length. Here is one tip. A healthier coat can be achieved if you also use a deep moisturizer conditioner.

Fragrant and Fresh Smell
Pets must not smell bad. Just like humans, they always want to be fresh and fragrant all the time. With regular grooming, you will not just keep your pets from smelling dirty; you can also prevent your house from having that odd dog-smell.

Nowadays, pet shops sell a variety of products for your beloved animal friends. But, this does not mean you can buy any product you want. To ensure you get the right one, read the labels and instructions provided.

Reduced Shedding

Can you imagine how great it would be not having furs on your floor, clothes, and furniture pieces? Well, during the grooming process, plenty of these loose hairs will be removed. Hence, you will not have to worry about checking and cleaning every corner of your house for any signs of fur that might cause allergies.

Prevent Illnesses

Pets are also like humans. They are prone to illnesses and diseases that eventually show up out of the blue. But if you only groom them habitually, you no longer have to worry about bringing your pet to the vet every now and then. All you have to do is to start inspecting the tails, the toes, and the head of your pet. From there, you can easily spot any abnormalities.

However, you don’t just end there. You have to brush their fur as well, so as to remove any ticks, pollen, allergens, and dirt. This way, the chances of allergens flying in your home will be significantly reduced.

Neat Appearance
Though pets can’t talk, it is quite obvious that they feel happier if they are clean and tidy. Even if a shaggy appearance looks good on your pets, regular grooming can guarantee that your pet will always be at its best, no matter how long its hair is. If there is excessive hair in its face and paws, it can result in hygiene problems. And worse, it can lead to infections.

Moisturize Fur
With constant brushing, essential skin oils will spread all over the coat of your furry pet. These oils are very useful as they keep the fur shiny and moisturized all the time. To achieve a more moisturized fur, sometimes, a topical finishing spray must be used. But, to be very certain, you can consult the veterinarian first. He can give you a list of products that could help improve the fur of your pet.

Ensure Comfort
If the fur of your pet is matted and tangled, chances are these will make them feel uneasy or uncomfortable. Any knotted fur can stretch and pull the skin underneath, which can be painful for them. If you only groom them regularly, your pet will be relieved from the tension and stress these tangles bring.

At the end of the day, the overall health and appearance of the pets depend on the owners. If you really love to raise pets, but you think you can’t keep up with all the responsibilities that await you, it is best that you opt for pet grooming services.

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jordanwalkerAuthor: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can reach him via Google+ or Twitter.

It is high time for another camping trip and your pup is equally happy to come along with you wherever you decide to go. When it comes to packing it is crucial to bring all the necessities for you and for your pet, which might be daunting and if you are inexperienced you might have a tough time deciding what to bring. Fear no more, here you can see some basics that should cover all your pet’s needs, so let’s line up the most useful things to pack in a doggy backpack:

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  • The main concern is your dog’s wellbeing so if the dog suffers from a particular health concern preparing its medicine ‘pack’ is a must, plus what every animal will benefit from is a product like sentinel, that will address heartworms caused by mosquito bites, heart or lungs failure could be the fatal outcome, so better be safe than sorry. Also prepare them with flea and tick repellants, so they can roam around freely.
  • Dog Bowls for food and water are essential and a good range is available on the market; it will satisfy almost everyone (squishable and easy to clean products win the most as while on holiday nobody wants to spend much time cleaning and washing up).

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  • Portable dog bed and blanket – slightly elevated products of this type are preferable as insects will be limited in reaching your pet and therefore keeping it safe, if the same bed is comfy your pet will love you even
  • Leash and Collar go ‘hand in hand’ and most dogs will treat them like we treat clothing – should not walk out of the house without them! Retractable leashes are good for smaller and well behaved dogs, though a good ‘training’ session to make a dog more ‘sociable’ and used to other dogs and people is also
  • Poop Bags – an imperative, even if the walk is to last a very short time the dog should not be walked without them.
  • Brush – though some dogs are not very fond of being brushed it is quite important to be clean and tidy, and this item in your dog’s backpack will come in really ‘handy’.
  • Toys and Treats – there will never be enough of these and be generous with t&t, as in occupying the dog with lots of toys, exercising them, having them run and walk a lot, play and engage with you. That is the true meaning of a doggy holiday.

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  • Towel – some might ask what for? Well when the dog gets wet and that is definitely going to happen whipping it with the towel you packed will be really practical;
  • 20-foot Long Lead/Tether – to chain the dog if necessary, while in the campsite or in the forest for example.

Since this type of a holiday will mostly be within the campsites that are ‘dog friendly’, obeying the rules of the premises will be prudent. The reason is that you might like to re-visit the same place again. Leaving a good impression will be the ‘carte blanche’ for the future and the dog will like that in equal terms.