Archive for February, 2017

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.

 

Whether you have had a dog for a long time, or you adopt an older dog, there are different requirements when you care for a senior dog than there are when you care for a younger dog. This is fairly obvious, as it is the same with people; we have different requirements at different ages. The age that a dog is considered senior does differ from dog to dog. So it will depend on the breed that you have as to when they will be classed as a senior. But when they aren’t able to move as much, they can suffer from more health problems. They may also gain weight as a result, which can put a physical strain on them. So what can you do to care for an older dog, to make sure that they can still stay as healthy and well as possible? Here are a few tips.

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Regularly See a Vet

When you regularly make appointments to see a vet, it makes a massive difference to their health. As if they are seen regularly, the vet can deal with any issues that arise as and when rather than trying to deal with a few things after they have already been an issue for a while. Letting things fester can be detrimental to your older dog’s health and will put more strain on them physically. So make sure they regularly see a vet.

Make Adjustments Around the House

Your older dog won’t be able to do as much as they used to. So you need to remember that they might not be able to do as much around the house. If they had a bed upstairs, then it might be tricky for them to get up to it as often if they have anything like arthritis, for example. So you could think about moving their bed elsewhere. If they share with you, then you could think about getting some bedside stairs for dogs in your home. Then they can get up more easily, rather than having to jump up. As dogs get older, they will be much less likely to be able to jump up, especially if they have any bone or joint issues.

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Keep them Active

It is important to keep your senior dog as active as much as is possible. It might be that the intensity and duration of dog walks are reduced, but they should still be happening. How far will depend on your breed of dog, though. An older chihuahua won’t be able to walk as far as an older Labrador would, for instance. So you just need to bear all of this in mind. Still play with them at home too. Just remember that they won’t be running as far or fast for a ball as they once did.

Care For Their Mouth

The thought of brushing your dog’s teeth might seem a little ridiculous. But it can help to keep their mouth healthy. If you can’t brush, then getting things they can chew on or fod sticks to help their teeth is a good idea.

Have you ever heard of people having pets for helping them overcome depression and anxiety? Over the years, study has proved that pets and especially dogs can help you overcome various problems like depression. There are various places that have service dogs for anxiety that will help you get over your depression in a natural way rather than using any medications. If you are looking on how to get a therapy dog for anxiety, you can search over the internet and connect with various NGO’s that provide this service. Let us take a look at the advantages of having a dog.

Advantages:

Is it still difficult for you to grasp the concept that can dogs help with depression? In this section we will show how they can help you through your depression.

  1. Companionship

In most of the depression cases, there is a need for some kind of companionship that the patient is looking for. The symptoms become more acute if the patient does not have someone to understand his condition. What better way than to find companionship in a dog? Dogs are loyal and will help you with you getting over your depression state of min.

  1. Taking care of the Dog

One part of getting over the depression stage is to occupy your mind so that it does not wander off. Owning a dog means that you need to take care of it, bathe it, feed it and look after it. When you busy yourself with these activities, your mind will not wander into a depressed state. The happiness of a dog will motivate you to have a better living rather than staying in remorse.

  1. Staying Connected

Like stated before, a person may suffer from extreme depression if there is no one to take care of him/her. A dog can be the best advice in such cases. Dogs will never judge you, accept you and love you endearingly. They also have instincts to panic attacks you may suffer from and their mere presence will help you get over those panic attacks. They will help you stay connected always. Some of the service dogs can also be trained to help keep strangers making unexpected advancements which helps you reduce panic attacks.

You can also train your dog for anxiety in case you are looking on how to get a therapy dog for anxiety.

Valentine’s day is right around the corner and with that brings all the mushy, gooey love-stuff that couples can enjoy together. However, if you find yourself lacking in the “date-department” have no worries, your canine companion would love to spend the day with you.

Here are five fun and engaging activities to help you celebrate Valentine’s day with your bff.

  1. Enjoy a Spa Day

Nothing makes a day brighter than being pampered at a spa. Take advantage of this special day with a massage, a new hairstyle and even some much needed work on those “neglected” nails. After your pup is finished being pampered, treat yourself to your own spa session. You’ll feel great and your dog will look awesome, too.

  1. Valentine’s Day Play Date

Now that both you and your pooch are looking your best, why not meet up with some other pet parents for a Valentine’s day play date? Both outdoor and indoor dog parks are a great place for your furry friend to be off-leash and to socialize with other pups. Plus, many of these facilities (especially indoor) offer different activities for your pet to do like obstacle courses that will give your dog a full-body workout.

While your pup is playing, take the opportunity to meet new pet parents that may not have a special someone on this day either. Who knows? You might just make a connection.

  1. Pet Friendly Restaurants/Cafes

After your dog has run off some steam, treat yourself (and perhaps that new someone) to a coffee or even a meal at a pet-friendly restaurant or cafe. These canine-inviting establishments are popping up more-and-more and will allow your dog to join you on their porches or outside venues. Some may even allow the pets inside, but be sure to check before you enter with your dog.

  1. Pet Store Shopping Spree

After you’ve had a satisfying nibble, take a trip to your local pet shop (don’t forget to invite your new friend) for a pet store shopping spree. Most pet retailers welcome animals inside the store and may even show it my giving your pup a treat or two. And since it is Valentine’s day, pamper your pooch with a new heart-shaped or Valentine-inspired squeaky toy (or perhaps even a tug-toy made-for-two?) to commemorate the day.

  1. Homemade Doggy Treats

A special day calls for a special dog-friendly homemade treat, so instead of purchasing dog biscuits, bake your own. There are many easy DIY dog biscuits that you can whip up in no time. Your dog will love the wholesome, yet delicious treats that you made with love. Plus, it’s a nice way to spend a quiet evening or to get to know that special someone.

Valentine’s Day With Your Dog Could Be Amazing!

Spending quality time with your canine companion is always a great way to spend the day. Your dog will love the pampering, the socialization and the awesome treats. Plus, you never know when or where cupid’s arrow might strike next…this Valentine’s day with your dog could be amazing!

 

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Sandie lee is a freelance writer that enjoys spending time with her three rescue cats. She hails from a smallish town in Ontario Canada which the residents jokingly refer to as the place with only two seasons; winter and not winter.

“If you saw a dog going to be crushed under a car, wouldn’t you help him?

-Oskar Schindler

When you’re living in a country where the temperature goes down to minus degree, and you can’t tolerate the cold, how your canine companion behave? Did you try to notice that ever? Do it cuddle up in the bed under a cozy blanket? It also has a tough time in this frosty condition.

It’s high time to show a little extra care for your pet at home during winter. There are some tips below which can make it healthy, safe and happy in this cold weather.

Danger in the cold

Frostbite

The dog can suffer from frostbite. When it’s exposed to cold for a longer time, tissue might get damaged severely. At this moment, the dog pulls the blood from the extremities to the center automatically, and ears, paws or tail get cold. There’re various symptoms you can notice for it:

  • Discoloration of the skin like- grey or bluish.
  • Very cold to touch
  • Ulcers on the skin
  • Dead skin
  • Pain or swelling

Treatment:

You may not notice the sign of frostbite immediately as they develop after the exposure. Look for veterinary as soon as possible to avoid any complication and infection. Besides, as first aid, you can warm and rewarm with warm water of 104 -108 degree Celsius. Dry afterward and keep your pet warm.

Hypothermia

 

If you find your pet’s temperature getting down below the normal range, then you’ve to understand that your pet has caught Hypothermia. It’s a life-threatening condition if it goes untreated and unrecognized. The symptoms include:

  • Shivering
  • Low heart rate and respiratory rate
  • Collapse
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle stiffness

Treatment:

Consult with the veterinary care as soon as possible. On the other hand, as a first aid treatment, re-warm your pet with a warm blanket or hot water and dry it up.

Dangerous Chemicals

Antifreeze

It’s a deadly poison. Just a small amount of it can be fatal. It tastes sweet, and thus dogs try to lick it wherever they get. So try to clean all the spill.

 

Ice melters

Wash your pet’s feet off after coming from outside. Salts and ice melts are commonly known as the skin irritant. If your dog has long fur, clean the stomach area properly.

Indoor Bed With Cozy Bedding

During winter, make an arrangement for an indoor bed for your pet. When the temperature drops, don’t keep the pet outdoor.

Again, when your dogs are inside, don’t let them sleep on a cold floor. Make a cozy bedding. Provide warm blankets to create a comfy environment. Besides, make a raised bed so that they don’t come in contact with the tiles or cold floor.

To keep the bed warm avoid using heated pet mats. This is because there can be the risk of burns or fire. So it’s better not to go for heated pet mat.

Keep The Places Clean

As a dog owner you might have been aware of this issue that, there’re a lot of risks of getting your dog sick.
Again, there are several diseases that get transmitted from dog to human.

So, keep the places where your dog lives, eats, plays, sleeps and passes time clean of dog waste. It’s better to clean the dog wastes with a pooper scooper rather than using hands along.

Add A Little Bit More Food; But Not Overfeeding

From the study of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine,  you can offer 10-15% more food to your pet to provide extra calorie during winter. This is because the dog uses own energy when it gets cold. But excess food can even cause diarrhea or gastrointestinal trouble.

For extra food ensures that it adds coat not a layer of fat. A raw meat based diet can ensure a healthy coat and thus good energy for the cold winter

Paw care

During winter time, it’s better to use dog booties. Your dog can suffer from cracked pad. Again, the salt or ice can also burn the pads. Don’t allow your dog to lick it off after coming from outside rather rinse it or wipe it.

Proper grooming

Don’t shave the pet’s fur during winter rather keep it longer. Bath your dog with warm water and keep it dry after bathing. You can also switch to waterless shampoo if needed. Trim the nails with clippers and clean the dog’s pad properly.

Keep your dog hydrated

Dog dehydrate very quickly in summer and winter. So keep water bowl nearby your dog. It’ll eat snow to get out of dehydration. But don’t allow it to eat because it might cause stomach upset.

Proper training

  • Train your dog properly so that it can enjoy the winter weather condition
  • Have a loose leash for avoiding any accident in the slippery road
  • Recall it frequently so that the dog can avoid frozen body of water while coming towards you
  • Make the foot-wiping, a part of your daily routine. And reward your pet your allowing you to examine and clean the foot pad.

Take care of the senior dog

The cold weather worsens the health condition in dog mainly the one suffering from arthritis. Make its resting area soft and warm and be careful while walking on the slippery road. During winter, the dog gets ill easily like a human being.

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