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We spent a long time waiting for winter to turn to spring, and now we’re not too far away from seeing spring turn to summer! A lot of people begin to concern themselves a lot with what they’re going to do to keep themselves comfortable when the weather starts to get uncomfortably hot. But what if you share your home with a dog?

 

Many people seem to assume that pets are able to take care of themselves when it comes to these warm months. And while they may seem perfectly happy to be basking in the sun most of the time, there are actually a few problems that can come with the summer months if you’re not getting yourself and your dog ready.

 

So let’s take a quick look at the ways in which you and your furry friend should be preparing for the upcoming heat!

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It’s time for a furcut!

 

During the colder months of the year, your dog’s fur will have been growing at a faster rate in order to keep in the warmth. Owners don’t tend to get their dog’s fur cut during those months, generally because they understand why it’s grown out so much. But a lot of owners underestimate how warm all that fur can get once the sun is a bit closer! When the blaze begins, your friend simply doesn’t need all that fur.

 

It can be very difficult to tell just how uncomfortable a dog is in a given season, but there are some signs you should have your eye out for. Excessive panting and a lot of fluid drinking will tip you off to their increasing heat levels. Get their fur clipped to ensure maximum comfort.

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Pests abound

 

When the sun is out and blazing, plenty of pests come out to play. It becomes a bigger risk in your household, but it’s the outdoors with which you really need to concern yourself. Dogs will spent more time playing around the grass, where ticks, fleas, and other pests abound.

 

Basically, it’s a lot easier for dogs to get dirtier, unhygienic, and pest-ridden during summer. So it’s best to ensure that you give them a good wash more frequently than you would during colder months. You can visit Jim’s Dog Wash today if you need assistance. Aside from that, ensure your pup has the right vaccines and medications to hand.

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Microchipping

 

Dogs will get way more adventurous during these months. So there are a couple of things you should consider here. The more adventurous dogs get, the more likely it is they’re going to lose their collar. In fact, it may even increase the risk of your dog getting lost if it starts chasing after another of nature’s summer wildlife creatures!

 

So microchipping is something you may want to consider if your dog only has a collar. If for any reason you can’t get your dog microchipped, then make sure the collar tag has all the relevant information possibly required in case your furry friend ends up getting a little lost.

 

 

 

Can Dogs have skin Cancer?

Protected from the sun by a set of fur, it doesn’t come in our mind very often that our dogs might have skin cancer, but the fact is, they might and cancer tumors on the skin are the most common type of tumor in dogs. Skin cancer is as dangerous to dogs as it is to human and could be fatal, fortunately, if diagnosed early, there is a good chance that it can be cured. In the length of this article, how to spot unusual lumps on your dog’s skin and what action to take will be concerned.

  1. Types of skin cancer

One of the most common types of skin cancer in dogs is malignant melanoma. This type of cancer is found mostly on the part of body covered with hair. They are known to grow fast and spread to the dog’s organ. It is believed that genetics has a role to play in forming this type of cancer as well as trauma or compulsive licking of a certain spot.

Squamous cell carcinoma is another popular cancer in dogs. This is usually caused by the dog’s too much exposure to the sun. It is also suspected that it has something to do with the papilloma virus. Although they do not spread to surrounding lymph nodes, they can destroy tissues around the tumor due to their aggression.

The most common type is mast cell tumors, which occurs in the immune system’s mast cells. It is unknown that what causes this type of skin cancer though some cases have been recorded to have inflammation or irritants on the skin.

  1. Why?

All dogs have fur to cover their body except for the ears and the nose that has little to none to shield from the sun. Although sun damage to the skin could be a factor that leads to skin cancer in dogs, it is not the only cause. Age, color, and breed of dog also play an important role to such misfortune. Depending on the types of cancer, dogs in a certain age could suffer from that type of cancer. For example, melanomas are common among dogs from 5 to 11 years old, or malignant melanomas on the toe or in the toenail bed are more common in black dogs. Dysfunction in hormones is also worth considering.

  1. Symptoms

Mostly the symptom is just irregular lumps on the dog’s body. These lumps’ appearance might be different depending on the type of cancer.

For malignant melanoma, the lumps are benign melanocytomas with the size ranging from very small to 2.5 inches in diameter with different colors of black, brown, gray or red. This is often found in the dog’s mouth, lips, toenail bed and pads of the feet, which is often mistaken as a simple infection.

The tumors of squamous cell carcinoma are often firm and look like a wart. They are found mostly on the dog’s bellies and genitals and occasionally on their feet.

Mast cell tumors often grow very slow and feel like rubber, but some are aggressive and may ulcerate, making the area sore and inflamed

When you spot these differences on your dog’s skin, you should consult your vet so they can take a look and use medical tests to confirm and have suitable treatment, either it’s surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.

  1. Recovery

After the removal, your dog still have to pay the vet a visit weekly for 2-3 weeks to recheck so examine healing and make sure the cancer does not come back. A cone on the neck could be applied to prevent scratching or licking on the area.

Antibiotics and painkiller might also be necessary to keep the dog comfortable so remember to give them as the vet advised and report to your vet about any bleeding, swelling, loss of suture or redness.

No precautions could be taken so the only thing you can do is to examine your dog’s skin regularly to spot the tumor early, increase your dog’s chance to survive.

 

 

Oral hygiene is an often overlooked yet significant factor in the overall health of your dog. When your dog is suffering from sore gums or a toothache, you might not even detect any signs that he is dealing with stress and pain. And when this is left untreated, bacteria can go into the bloodstream and affect his liver, kidney or heart.

Common Dental Problems In Dogs

·       Loose Teeth – This is not a problem for puppies, but for an adult dog, this can be a sign of illness. Also, this may be a result of trauma to the mouth or from gum loss because of periodontal disease. Often, a loose tooth will not correct itself, and your vet might suggest an extraction.
·       Misaligned teeth – This is characterized by your dog having difficulty in chewing. The vet will realign the teeth or perhaps provide relief by capping or extracting a problem tooth.
·       Periodontal Disease – Your canine’s toys might give a clue to his dental health. When he leaves spots of blood on them, this indicates bleeding and swollen gums, and these are symptoms of periodontal disease. Removing tartar through professional tooth cleaning can prevent the occurrence of such disease.
·       Tooth Trauma – This may be a result of your dog chewing on the wrong objects, specifically those that are solid and rigid. As such, it is very crucial that you monitor what he chews on. Whenever you see a broken or cracked tooth, visit the vet immediately.
·       Tooth Root Abscess – This happens when the root of the tooth is exposed to bacteria. Signs indicating that your canine is suffering from this problem include difficulty eating and tipping his head to one side. Let the vet deal with such a problem quickly.
Dog owners must be aware that all of these problems can be prevented with regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

 

 

Tips for Keeping Your Dog’s Teeth and Gums Healthy

1. Brush your dog’s teeth

Brushing your canine’s teeth will be difficult at first, but with enough patience and many yummy rewards, you can definitely turn tooth brushing into an excellent bonding experience with your pet. Begin by allowing him to smell the toothbrush and pet toothpaste. Gradually, work your way to brushing for at least 30 seconds on each side of his mouth every other day.

2. Visit your dog’s dentist regularly

Going to the dentist on a regular basis will help you discover small problems before they become worse. By taking your dog to the vet at least once a year for dental exams and cleanings, different signs of dental disease that cause pain to your furry friend can be checked. These will include inflamed gums, bad breath, broken teeth, and tartar.

 

During the dental exam, your pet’s medical history will be asked by the vet. He will also ask if you have noticed any signs of bad breath. After that, he will examine your pet for any abnormalities. Lastly, he will check out your canine’s teeth and gums for bleeding, inflammation, and redness. He will also check for cracked teeth, tooth loss, tartar, plaque, and potentially cancerous bumps and lumps.

 

There are instances wherein the vet will sedate your pet. This may be scary for you, but it is not actually as bad as it seems. Bear in mind that prior to sedating your dog, the vet will recommend pre-screening tests to make sure that your canine is healthy enough to be sedated.

3. Buy him some dental chews

Brushing chews will have ridges and nubs that will clean like bristles on a toothbrush. This will also contain ingredients that will help fight tartar and plaque formation to ensure healthy, strong teeth. Moreover, these dental chews are primarily designed to help clean the back teeth of your dog, which can be very hard to reach.

4. Invest in vet-approved toys

Dogs love to chew on toys. It is highly advised that you must get him toys and other dog accessories that will also help clean his teeth. However, you must not buy just any toy because some can be hard on teeth and may even break them. Consider asking your vet to suggest a dental chew toy that is best suited for your canine.

 

5. Give him therapeutic dry kibble

Your vet might recommend feeding him a customized dental diet in order to improve his oral health. This kibble type is usually larger and has an abrasive texture to help prevent plaque build-up. Some dental foods also contain ingredients that will help minimize tartar formation. You can further boost his immune responses by giving him vitamin treats.

6. Mix medicated rinses with his water

Medicated rinses can help make the surface of your dog’s teeth less vulnerable to bacteria and plaque. Your vet may recommend the best products and point you to the best place to buy it. All you have to do is to add it to your furry friend’s water or perhaps spray it in his mouth. These medicated rinses can also aid in combatting stinky breath. Remember, though, that this is not a substitute for brushing.

 

Caring for your dog’s teeth and gums is not as daunting as you might think. With these tips, you can definitely help keep your pet’s adorable smile healthy and his teeth shiny at all times.

 

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Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pets Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a BSC in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brand including P&G, Savic, Zolux, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.

Neat Tricks To Help The Medicine Go Down

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Anyone who has had to give their dog medication knows how hard it can be. Most dogs are masters of avoiding pills. And, even when you think they’ve gone down; they usually turn up in a pile of drool on the floor elsewhere. Unfortunately, sometimes you simply have to make them take their medication, though. In the case of infections or serious illness; failing to take just one pill could have a very negative impact. So, to help you out, this post will be going through four ways to make those tablets slips down much quicker.

 

Putting pills into a pet’s food has been an age-old trick to get them to take medicine. The idea is that they won’t notice or taste the pill; because they’re eating. And, of course, this will work for dogs that have a good appetite. But, dogs with fussier tastes will easily be able to pick out and leave the pill behind. Sometimes, this will work straight away. So, it’s a good way to test what will work for you. Try this before you try anything else. But, don’t expect it to work for the first time.

 

Next, you can ty a slightly different approach. Most dog food is wet or dry. And, it won’t be a great shape to hide the pill once they’ve eaten some of it. Thankfully, to solve this issue, loads of companies have their own Vetiq pill treats. These products are designed to hide medication from even the most observant dogs. These tend to work best if the dog doesn’t see you add the pill to it. Usually, dogs will chew and swallow something before they even consider the taste. So, this can be a great way to get them down if the food fails.

 

Sometimes, it’s best to get a tool to do a job like this. The biggest issue with making an animal swallow a pill is that they don’t understand why they need it. Unfortunately, there’s no way that you can change that. And, they still need to have the medication, regardless. Thankfully, if you need to take a more hands-on approach, it’s possible to get a syringe to do the job for you. Pill syringes are designed to gently drop a pill into the back of an animal’s mouth. This triggers their reflex to swallow. And, should hopefully be enough to make them take their pills.

 

If all else fails, you might have to get some professional help. Vets have to deal with fussy animals all the time. So, they are used to making them take pills when they have to. Along with this, most vets are more than happy to help with things like this. When something as important as health is on the line; it’s worth making sure that you try every avenue before you give up. Even if it costs you money.

 

Hopefully, this will give you the helping hand you need when it comes to the next time your pet needs some medication. Most animals will avoid things that they don’t understand. So, it may take some trickery to get their dosage taken.

If you have ever had a dog you will know that they literally become part of the family. As such, you want to give them the best life possible, ensuring they stay healthy and live a great life. The longer they live, the more you get to enjoy their company. There are hundreds of reasons for owning a dog, because they add so much to your life. But in return you should do the same for them. There are ways you can probably make your life better. Ways you may not even have thought of. These following tips can give you what you need to help your little friends out. You may have thought of one or two, but try the others and see how they help.

 

In the first instance you want to make sure you spend some time grooming your dog. It ensures their coat stays in a good conditions and looks great. It can also stop fleas and ticks taking hold. You may want to use Advecta flea & tick dog shampoo if the situation gets particularly bad. There are also vitamins you can buy for your dogs than help give them a glossy coat. It makes sleeping easier too because the fur isn’t mattes. Some dogs need this more than others, yet all could do with a groom every now and then.

 

If you have a dog that stays outside, which is usually the case with larger dogs like rottweilers and dobermans then you need to provide shelter. People buy kennels all the time the issue is their size. They need to be big enough for the dog to stand and turn around in. This way they can sleep in comfort. You should also use drainage and ensure the kennel doesn’t attract water when it is raining or leaking. Your best bet is to use a porch or some similar area to ensure your dog can stay inside, this is certainly the case over the winter months. Granted, some homes don’t have this. Just be sure the area you use is a good one and that you are treating your dog in the right way.

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Dogs are sociable animals. If they weren’t kept with humans they would be living in the wild with each other forming packs similar to wolven. As such, even though you may bedeck them with all kinds of attention, they could do with seeing their own kind from time to time. Take them to the park for this. There will be other dogs there. It also teaches them the right social etiquette. If you have a friend who also has a dog you could consider taking them out together so that they make friends and enjoy each others companies. It can be one of the better decisions you make with your dog. Allowing them to enjoy mutual company on walks or runs in the park, beach or forest. A great way to beat this is by getting two dogs. This gives them a great bit of company. Just be sure you have the space, patience and time to look after two dogs. It will also cost more money for vet bills and food and such.

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Like any animal, dogs are very emotional. They have extremely strong feelings of happiness when they’re enjoying life. But, likewise, they can also suffer from issues like depression and stress. The complexity of their brains is surprising. And, it’s very easy to have your furry friend get sad on you. Thankfully, though, it’s arguably easier to make sure that they hve a good life; if you love them. To help you out, this post will be going through three considerations you have to make when you own a dog. So, now all you have to do is make sure he knows that he’s a good boy.

 

Dogs are very social creatures. They descend from wolves, which are naturally pack animals. This mentality remains in domesticated dogs. And, is part of the reason that they can be so selfless and loyal. But, it also means that you have to learn to communicate with them in the right way. Staring a dog in the eyes can often be a battle for dominance. So, this can be tricky to handle. With most dogs, though; you won’t have any issues with them trying to be the pack leader. Next, you have to consider the volume and tone of voice that you use when you address your dog. High-pitched and soft talking will reassure your dog. Shouting, though, will scare them. Most of the time, they won’t understand why you’re shouting at them.

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Animals like dogs and cats aren’t very good at understanding negative enforcement. If you really want to assert yourself with a dog, the worse you should do is a light tap on the rear. But, you should only ever do this when they are in the act of something naughty. Otherwise, it’s best to avoid punishment. They won’t understand it; so, it won’t improve their behavior. Instead, it’s much better to reward them when they do something good. Giving them some dog treats made in USA when they manage to go outside to wee for the first time could do wonders. But, rubbing their nose in an accident on the rug will only foster fear in your new friend. And, this isn’t the sort of welcome you would want into someone’s home. So, it’s not what you should do to your dog.

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Any pet takes a certain degree of attention. The more intelligent your pet; the more attention it will need. Dogs are some of the smartest pets around. And, though it might not seem like it, they are always desperate for your attention. It’s easy to let the time you put into looking after your pet drop off after a few months of it being in the house. But, it’s very important to keep walking, playing with, and fussing your dog until he or she can’t do it anymore. This will ensure that our dog has the most fulfilling life it possible can. And, you can sleep easy knowing that you’ve given them everything you can.

 

Hopefully, this will inspire you to start treating your dog much more like a member of the family. Your pets may only be a small part of your life; with work, friends, and family topping the list. But, to them, you’re everything. They know nothing else. So, it’s your duty to make sure that you play the biggest possible role in their life.

 

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.

 

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.