Archive for April, 2016

It has always been a great quest for me to take my dog along with me when I travel. But along with this dream there has always been a fear lingering around – how well would I be able to travel taking care of my lovable companion. Last month few of my friends have camper down from Wisconsin and joined us for some warm, sunny weather in Arizona. It has been the first time that I am spending so much time with my buddies after I had completed and moved out of my college and that too taking my pooch along.

It was really interesting for all of us and the most beautiful part was that for the first time we have been able to disclose our hearts and let our strengths and fears flow out making that camp fire blaze more deeply.

My only concern whenever I travel out is about Hector – my lovable bulldog. I was always scared to drive him with me out to the unknown situations that we may face during our journey.

 

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Travel Safely with Your Pet

Though I was smart, capable and strong, what has troubled me was taking care of Hector. I usually thought that at home I am a very good pet parent. But, when it comes to travelling with him, I may be the worst and would fail in taking best care of hector as he is really a lifeline for me. Many times because of this fear, I missed many of the interesting journeys and would later undergo a hurtful repentance about not capable of taking hector out on an adventure.

However, my friends have pushed me along the edge and helped me overcome my inner weakness. They have planned out everything for me and more interestingly knowing my weak point about Hector, they have amazingly worked out everything for the safety of my furry pal. On the other hand, I would rather say that it was definitely a pet-friendly campervan travel with lot of things to enjoy with hector. The moments I have cherished with hector and my friends, has made a new person, rather I would say that I have evolved to be a much better pet parent for my furry pal.

 

What Are Some Safety Tips for Traveling With A Dog?

 

So, if you are doddering on the edge out of the fear of travelling with your pooch and bout the health of your lovable companion when on the campervan then these simple tips are of great use.

  • Always have a car harness and a leash with you that may hold your dog when you people are tramping on the legs.
  • Take ample of dog food with you never to run of it until you finish your journey. You can even get some local food that is specially meant for doggies only.
  • There are a lot of people out there who love dogs, so there is no fear to be afraid about the harsh behavior of the people around you towards your pet when travelling with him.
  • Don’t forget to pack dog bed in case you may require when camping at outer regions.
  • If you are going for a long camp holidays, take flea and tick medications along with you. As during warm weathers flea and tick infestation is at peak. Moreover, you may not be aware whether the places you are going to visit are heavily infested with fleas and ticks or not. As the proverb goes – “Prevention is better than Cure.”
  • For instant relief of fleas and ticks, stock capstar along with you. This controls heavy flea and tick infestation.
  • If you are planning to camp near river fronts or have a plan to go swimming in ponds or lakes, take dog floating vest along with you. This ensures your pet’s safety in case you are taking him in unknown waters.

 

Looking back to my journey with Hector along with my friends has really helped me to overcome my fear of travelling along with my lovable companion.
With the journey being a teaching lesson to me, I have really come over my inner weakness and it has deeply instigated inert strength in me. Always having a memoir of this travel, I am moving ahead of planning some of the adventurous campervan travel with Hector in the near future.

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According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, around 45% of all dogs in the United States are overweight. Overweight dogs are more likely to suffer from the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Weakened immune system
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Breathing Problems
  • High Blood Pressure

The following tips will help you learn how to help your dog lose weight.

 

  1. Feed Your Dog Correctly

You should feed your dog a small portion of food two to four times a day. It is important to measure the food as well. Use an 8 ounce measuring cup when you feed your pet. It’s too easy to accidentally give your dog too much food when you use a coffee cup or a scoop.

  1. Choose the Correct Type of Food

If you’d like your dog to lose weight, you will want to choose quality dog foods that contain above-average amounts of protein and below-average amounts of fat. Make sure you choose ones that have been approved by food and drug administration, and be mindful of harsh chemical and preservatives from the package. You may also mix high-quality dog food from the store with low-calorie dog food you make at home. Homemade dog food for weight loss is easy to prepare and store.

  1. Choose the Correct Types of Treats

Healthy dog treats will reward your pet for good behavior and keep him or her healthy at the same time. Choose organic dog treat that do not contain sugar. Sweet potato, salmon bites, or kangaroo treats for dogs are great alternatives to healthy snacks. Another tip is to break larger store-bought treats in half to lower the calorie count.

  1. Offer Chews

Bones and chews support a dog’s need to chew without adding extra calories. However, avoid chews such as pig ears since they can be high in fat content. Chews can also help keep the most avid food-beggar too busy to worry about eating extra food.

  1. Up Your Dog’s Exercise Level

Exercise is a great way to help your dog if you’re asking yourself how to get your dog to lose weight. Commit to taking your dog on a daily walk no matter the weather. Exercise will help your beloved pet lose weight and live longer.

 

How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?

As little as 20 to 30 minutes of brisk walking or playing is all it takes to aid your dog’s weight loss. However; if your dog has been sedentary for a long period of time, you may want to ease into a higher activity level to avoid injury.

 

  1. Use Supplements

Check with your veterinarian to see if an omega-3 supplement can help your dog lose weight. Additionally, use of an L-carnitine supplement has been shown to increase lean muscle mass and aid in weight loss.

 

  1. Monitor Your Dog’s Progress

Weigh your dog every one to two weeks while you are engaging in a weight-loss program. This will help you determine if calories need to be further restricted. If your dog has lost too much weight, you will know that you can increase calorie intake.

 

Helping your dog lose weight is very possible if you stick with a proper diet and exercise regimen. Contact your veterinarian to determine the healthiest way for your dog to lose weight.

 

Alicia Hill

Alicia is a full-time freelancer. She writes for several companies and sites, including Zoe’s Doggy Treats. Alicia is very simple, plain, and chill most of the time. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with loved ones.

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Finding a great outfit used to be tough, but the internet has exploded with dog-friendly garments in recent years. One of the very best places to purchase attire for your companion is Top Dog Apparel, which stocks dog clothes, accessories, and many other canine related items. By shopping there, you can get your dog ready for any occasion, and you’ll find a few ideas listed below…

Christmas

It’s Christmas day, and everyone is sitting around the tree wearing their novelty Christmas jumpers, excited about what’s to come. But spare a thought for little Fido, who has exactly the same collar on as usual, and isn’t sharing any of your Christmas joy. There’s no need to worry though, as there are plenty of festive ways to give your dog some Christmas spirit, with perhaps the best being a jumper all of their own!

There are loads of different designs you can choose from, ranging from traditional knitted patterns through to ones with humorous slogans, guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of everyone who sees them. Add to the dog jumper a bandana, or perhaps a festive collar, and your dog will look perfect on Christmas day. Why not even wrap them up, and let your dog tear the wrapping paper away?

Weddings

Dogs are part of your family, so they should definitely be involved in your big day. After all, they’re around you all the time, so why should they be sidelined on the most important day of your life? They can’t simply turn up looking scruffy though, so get them nicely groomed and styled, before then selecting from one of the many dog wedding outfits found online.

These wedding outfits come in many shapes and sizes, from smart tuxedos through to elegant flowing wedding dresses. Just don’t expect the dress to stay white for too long though, as they’ll definitely find a patch of mud to roll in at some point! Remember: these smart outfits can also be used for many other important events, such as birthdays and christenings, so keep them packed up safe after you’ve used them.

Bedtime

It might not be a particularly special occasion, however your dog should feel comfortable when it heads off to bed, ready to dream of chasing birds and eating piles of dog treats. This is why so many people invest in a great set of doggie pyjamas for their pooch, which are warm, comfortable, and really set your dog up for a great night of sleep.

It isn’t just pyjamas you can find for your dog though, as there are also loads of other pieces of clothing and accessories as well. For example, why not get a dog robe for your pet, so that it can unwind before heading to bed? Or maybe you could grab a brand new dog duvet or pillow, so your dog has the most comfortable sleep possible?

Out On the Town

If you like taking your dog into town with you, perhaps when you go for coffee with friends, then you really need to make sure they look the part. You don’t have to go as far as a complete outfit (although they do look great), but you should certainly grab yourself a sparkling new lead, and a collar they can be proud of. You can even find matching collar and lead sets, to make sure your dog is looking stunning!

For those really special days out, you can also add some bling to your dog’s look, simply by getting them some beautiful dog jewellery! You’ll find everything from tiaras through to hair clips, all of which are guaranteed to add a certain style to any canine companion. For the boys, you’ll also find adorable clip on bowties, so that they can look as smart as possible!

 

So, there you have it: loads of great ways you can make your dog look its absolute best. Your dog will love all the attention lavished on it when sporting such stunning attire, and you’ll also love the admiring looks you get when with your dog as well!