Archive for June, 2016

There is no feeling that’s more amazing than adding a new puppy or dog to your family. There’s excitement, lots and lots of love, and, of course, a small amount of nervousness. Bringing a new pet into your home isn’t something to take lightly, after all, dogs are for life. Some breeds can live for up to 20 years, so it’s essential that you’re sure about it before you adopt a new furbaby to bring home. Unless you’re 100 percent sure that you can give your new pup a home for life, don’t bring him or her home.

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The number one reason that dogs are put in shelters or abandoned is due to money. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that money isn’t something to think about when it comes to adopting a puppy. But the truth is it’s an incredibly important factor. That’s why, before you adopt a puppy or dog, it’s essential that you’re sure you can afford to look after them. To help you do that, we’ve put together this handy guide explaining all the costs that come with owning a dog.

 

Monthly food bills

The cost of the food pills for your dog will depend on various factors; from the breed to the age of the dog. Larger breeds tend to eat more food than smaller breeds, which makes their monthly food bill more expensive.

For example, a small breed dog like a Jack Russell tends to cost between $20 to $30 a month to feed. While a larger breed, like a Labrador Retriever, tends to cost between $40 and $60 a month to feed. So make sure to take the breed into account when working out how much they will cost to care for.

 

Training and daycare

If you want your new family member to be happy and well behaved, it’s essential that you take them to training classes. This allows you to establish who is in charge and learn the best ways to teach and discipline your dog. Most beginner dog training courses cost between $10 and $13 a lesson, or around $70 for a block of classes. This doesn’t change depending on the breed; this is a set amount.

Then there’s doggie daycare services to take into account. You see, if you’re out at work all day and can’t leave your new family member at home, you’ll require a daycare service for them. Good doggy daycare services cost around $50 a day to take care of your pet. That’s a great price for daycare; it just depends if you can afford it.

 

Vet checkups and annual jabs

There’s also vet checkups and annual jabs to take into account. Most vet checkups cost around $45 a visit, that’s before any treatment has been prescribed. Treatment tends to come at an additional cost.

There’s also the cost of your pet’s annual jabs and boosters. The initial set will probably cost between $50 and $95, with annual boosters costing a little less than this. These are essential for your dog’s health, so it’s crucial that you’re able to afford to get them. Else, your dog could become seriously unwell.

Adding a dog to your family can be the most amazing thing to do, if you can afford it, that is. A dog’s for life, so you need to make sure that before you adopt a new pup into your family that you can afford to look after them.

 

There’s nothing quite as joyous as bringing a new puppy into your home. Even more fulfilling is the strong bond you will build over the years. Here are some tips and techniques you can use to help integrate your new puppy into your family’s pack!

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Walking

The obvious first choice to bond with your dog. Regular walking will not only strengthen your relationship but provide valuable exercise. It will also reduce stress throughout your dog’s life. In the early years, it will also introduce them to the world and new experiences. So make sure you mix it up, and take your puppy to lots of different areas and meeting lots of people. Being with you in these early stages of development will allow the dog to trust you. When they are feeling uneasy in new situations or places and show them, the world is a fun place. The more aware of the world your dog is, the less worried he’ll be about things!

Training

Obedience training in a dog is an important way to grow your relationship. It will teach your dog to focus on a task, creates a sense of teamwork between you. Training will help with your communication together. Your dog will look to you for guidance, and this will help you to read its body language when doing so. Simple commands such as: Sit, Stay, Quiet, And Lie down. These commands can be used throughout your relationship with the dog. It will keep them in order and to keep them out of trouble. It will also teach them what behavior is appropriate at certain times!  You can go further with this, and have professional dog training, where your dog can learn more. Dog training is also great fun at the same time!

 

Grooming

Not all dogs like to be touched all the time. Some dog’s love to be snuggled up on your lap all evening, but others may prefer to keep to themselves. Stroking your dog regularly when it’s young, you will show them that it can be a relaxing experience! Try not to be rough with them. Make sure children are monitored to ensure your dog is happy and comfortable with physical interaction and affection. You’ll soon find they’re incredibly friendly and love being by your side.

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Feeding

It may seem okay to leave food in your dog’s bowl all day. But a good way to bond is to feed your dog at regular times every morning and evening. Feeding time will create a routine for your dog, and an association that you are the provider in the house. Your dog will respect you for bringing them food.

 

Playing

A good amount of play time is necessary for a puppy, as it will help with their co-ordination. A ten-minute game of fetch gives your dog a rewarding, fun experience that exercises you both! You may have to splash out on various toys to find what your dog likes the most. Some love tennis balls and some love Frisbees. Pay attention to your dog’s behavior with toys and indulge them in their favorite!

 

 

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As a pet owner, you have a lot of things you need to sort out. And the main focus should be helping to keep your animal fit and healthy. If you can do this, they will stay strong and live a long, happy life with you. These are some of the things you need to make sure you do to keep them fit and healthy.

Feed Them Right

When you keep a dog, one of your key responsibilities is making sure they are fed right. This is essential when it comes to keeping up their strength and health. The bigger your animal, the more food it is likely to require as well. And, you have to remember that different types of food contain different benefits for the animals. So, try to get a mixture of the food you might want, and see what you can do to keep up an organized feeding schedule.

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Take Them to the Vet

The best way of keeping your animals fit and healthy is by ensuring that you take them to the vet. This is something that you need to do on a reasonably regular basis. The thing with animals is that it’s more difficult for them to articulate if anything is wrong. So, by taking them to get looked at on a frequent basis, you ensure that any problems get caught early. They can be penciled in for surgery if necessary. And it prevents issues from getting worse and leading to things that might prove terminal.

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Give Them Tablets

A lot of the time you will be able to get tablets you can use to treat your mutt. Some of these you can buy over the counter. Or, the vet might prescribe you something a little more specific. It’s important to get the right tablets and medication for your pet as you will need to treat them yourself. You need to check out things like Trifexis in order to prevent serious ailments. Many of these tablets are a crucial part of treating your dog on a weekly basis. And you have to be sure you have plenty of them to choose from.

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Make Sure They Get Exercise

Any pet, whether it’s a goldfish or a horse, needs to have regular exercise. It’s not fair on animals to leave them cooped up and locked away for long periods of time. You have to allow them the freedom to get out and about and express themselves. This is good for allowing them to let off steam but is also great for their health. Try to pencil in an exercise schedule for your pet on a daily or weekly basis. Or course, a dog is going to need considerably more exercise than, say, a rabbit might. But, you still have to ensure that whatever animal you might own that it gets the exercise it needs.

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Part of being a great dog owner is making sure your pooch is well taken care of. Remember, animals need love and attention as well as humans do. So, it’s essential that you do what you can to keep your dog fit, healthy, and well taken care of. This is how to ensure you get as much time as possible with them.

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Just like their human friends, dogs get stressed. Depending on the breed and temperament, they cope with this in different ways. Are you able to spot the signs? The following may indicate that your furry friend is suffering from stress, and it’s time to take action.

  1. Shedding

Have you ever noticed how much fur your dog sheds when you visit the vet? This is because they are out of their comfort zone and may be feeling anxious. If your dog is shedding more than usual, they may be suffering from stress.

  1. Ears

When dogs are stressed, they often pin their ears back. This is easy to spot.

  1. Yawning

Dogs yawn when they are tired. However, they also tend to yawn a lot when stressed. The yawns tend to be longer and more frequent in stressful situations.

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  1. Panting

This can be difficult to spot as dogs pant a lot. If it’s a cool day and they haven’t exerted themselves, panting could indicate stress.

  1. Licking

Again, dogs tend to lick a lot and so this is difficult to identify. But if you notice they are excessively licking their lips and mouth, they could be feeling stress.

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  1. Avoiding

If your dog is avoiding interacting with other people or dogs, he or she could be telling you that they are uncomfortable. Avoiding could include turning away, placing their tail between their legs, etc.

  1. Toilet Issues

If your house-trained dog is having accidents around the home, this could indicate distress or discomfort. There may be other reasons for this, and so it is worth a trip to the vet. But it may be related to your absence or another issue that is causing discomfort.

  1. Sickness

Some dogs show stress through physical illness such vomiting and diarrhea. They may also be off their food. Again, there may be many reasons for this, and so it always best to check with your vet if you are unsure.

How To Make Your Dog More Comfortable

If you feel that your dog is suffering from stress, there are several things you can do to make him/her feel more comfortable.

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Dogs like routine. Wherever possible keep to their regular schedule. This will make them feel more comfortable,

Keep on top of your dog’s health with regular trips to the vet. It’s a good idea to take out pet insurance for any unexpected vet’s bills. Companies like Stoneway Insurance offer peace of mind, and you’ll know your friend is taken care of.

Some pet owners use calming collars as a way to soothe and calm their dogs. They can be infused with herbs or pheromones.

One of the best ways to reduce your dog’s stress is to avoid stressful situations. For example, if you know they dislike traffic, avoid main roads.

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Exercise can be a great way to combat and cope with stress. Make sure your doggy friend receives regular exercise.

The best way to make your dog feel soothed and comfortable is to love them. Give them your attention and show you care. Nothing can beat that special bond you share with them.

No matter how well you look after them, you can’t alway prevent your dog from getting sick. What you can do is quickly identify the problem and seek fast treatment, to get them back on their feet again.

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Parasites

Parasites can be such a problem for dogs. From fleas to ticks and ear mites, dogs can suffer awful itching when these little blighters are feeding off them. The best way to treat canine parasites is to use a product that both removes and prevents further infestation, such as frontline plus. It is also important to keep your dog clean and to check for ticks if you have been for a walk in the countryside.

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Weight gain

 

All dogs are susceptible to weight gain, especially older, less mobile pooches. It is important to watch their diet, treat intake, and their exercise levels. If you dog needs to loose some weight, try to exercise them a little more. A new toy or an active treat dispenser can help them get the required calorie deficit. If this doesn’t do the trick, then a specialised diet can help. Consult your vet for advice on diet and the changes that will best help your breed of dog.  But make sure that no other family member is sabotaging your pups weight loss, by feeding them treats or scraps, under the table!

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Vomiting

 

A common problem with dogs is vomiting and diarrhea. While these symptoms can be a sign of something more serious, they are often a reaction to eating something that does not agree with the dog. While your dog can enjoy, rich foods like chocolate and cheese, on the way in, they way that they come out might not be so much fun for Fido or you. Remember that dogs are lactose intolerant so anything containing milk and dairy can do them harm. Sugar and sugar replacement are also dangerous for our canine friends and should be avoided. If you are going to spoil your dog, make sure it with a treat designed especially for canine consumption.

 

Arthritis

 

In later life, many dogs can suffer from joint pain, known as arthritis. Some dog owners include oil supplementing their dog’s diet to minimise arthritis in their pets. If Fido is struggling to walk, there are plenty of medications available to ease their pain. A visit to the vest will get you a diagnosis and some medication advice, and is always a good idea if you can see that your pooch is in pain.

 

Hot Spots

 

Hotspots or contact dermatitis in dogs is another common issue. They are usually easy to see, as your dog will be biting or scratching the area. Fur loss in these areas is also a common occurrence. Hot spots can be caused by parasites (see above), dryness or by irritants coming in contact with the skin. The best way to treat canine dermatitis is to take your pooch to the vet. They might shave and clean the areas and treat it with steroid or antibiotics depending on how bad it is.