Archive for Pampered Dogs

Whether you’re moving to another state, a different country or just down the block, moving with your dog can be stressful. Packing all your belongings, making sure everything is stacked away safely and crossing off your checklist can be nerve-racking enough. When you add in a dog that won’t sit still, crates and playpens in the combination, things can get even more draining. To come to your help, we’ve hand-picked 10 tips for the big day. Read on to find out how to soothe a stressed dog, how to plan ahead and what you should prepare for your destination.

 

1. Your Dog’s Toys Should Be Packed Last

You don’t want to stress out your dog days or weeks in advance. If they have a favorite room in your house, you should pack it last. This way, the dog will still be in a familiar surrounding while the rest of house is being wrapped up and packed in cardboard boxes. When you do have to pack your dog’s toys, make sure to leave a couple of his favorite out. Your pet might be traveling with you or in a crate but either way, they will benefit from the comfort a familiar toy brings.

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2. Take Your Dog Out for Moving Day

When moving day rolls around, it might be a good idea to take your dog for a long walk or even take it to a friend’s place (if they are familiar and comfortable with that person). On moving day, your house will probably be filled with people coming and going, furniture being moved around with loud noises. If possible, take your dog out or take them to a vet’s boarding. This will protect them from the stressful noise and unfamiliar faces in their environment.

 

3. Consider Using Professional Services for Relocation

Moving day is not only stressful for your dog, it’s bound to take its toll on you as well. From dealing with suitcases, documents, and specific crate sizes, figuring everything out can be time consuming and energy depleting. If you want the moving process to go as smooth as possible for both you and your dog, trust a professional pet relocation company with helping you out and relieving the load. They are fully equipped to handle all types of relocations, dogs of different sizes and breeds, all needed documentation and mandatory vaccines.

 

4. Grab a Baggage Cart in the Airport

You might not need a baggage cart for your suitcases on wheels, but transporting your dog in a crate can go much smoother if you use a cart. Regardless of your dog’s size, it can be cumbersome to wheel your luggage, hold on to your passport and also carry your dog. The cart comes in handy and gives your pet a smoother ride.

 

5. Introduce Your Dog to the Crate Weeks in Advance

If you’re using your own car to relocate, you still need a crate for your dog. And if you are flying to your new home, you definitely need to transport your pet in a crate that follows the airline’s guidelines. Since your dog will be spending hours in his crate, it’s always good to introduce him to it in advance. This way, he will be familiar with the new space and even warm up to it. You can crate train your dog either by leaving the crate out and waiting for him to step inside it on his own or by placing a familiar toy or blanket inside. This will encourage your pet to go inside and explore, without feeling like they are being forced into unknown areas.

 

6. Take the Dog for Car Rides in His Crate

Dogs thrive on routine so the big moving day is bound to disrupt their lives and bring about a lot of stress and anxiety. You can help reduce your dog’s anxiety levels by getting him acquainted with car rides. Increase the length of the rides gradually so that your dog can adjust to the new settings and sensations. This can be beneficial even if your dog will embark on a plane journey since he gets the chance to feel comfortable in a small, confined space and learn that you will be there to comfort him at the end of the flight.

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7. Be Prepared on Moving Day

Give your dog a light meal before embarking on a car ride or flight. Consult your veterinary and find out if there are any special dietary requirements you must take into account. When you’re traveling, you should have your dog’s microchip number and medical records with you. If your dog is not traveling with you, make sure to write your name, address, and phone number on the crate.

 

8. Make Sure the New Place Is Pet-Proof

In all of the excitement and stress of moving, it’s easy to forget to check if your new home is fully prepared to house a dog. If you’re renting, make sure you have approval to bring in a pet. Not all landlords accept all types of breeds. If you’re moving into a house, you should always check the fence to make sure there are no gaps to allow your dog to sneak out and run away.

 

9. Introduce New Things Gradually

Even after the moving day is over, your dog can still experience stress and anxiety. Rather than overwhelming him with dozens of new places at once, introduce everything gradually and give him time to explore and adjust to everything at his own pace. For instance, when you go out for walks, explore the neighborhood bit by bit. Allow your dog to become familiarized with a block or two before you go any further.

 

10. Explore Safely

While your dog is still adjusting to new territory, always keep safety in mind. Use a harness and leash and help him discover things he might not have seen before. Be there for him when he meets the neighbors, both human and canine, so you can both make new friends at the same time.

Whether you have recently become a dog owner for the first time or you’ve had mutts all your life, it never gets easier to leave your beloved hound behind when you are venturing off on vacation. Your dog may get separation anxiety, and you’re positive that you are afflicted by it too. Every day while you are away, you are worrying yourself silly about how your faithful friend is getting on back home. However, there are ways in which you can mitigate missing your pal.

You may have a cheeky mini chihuahua or a large soppy St Bernard. It doesn’t matter. The love you feel for your pooch is strong no matter what their size. When finding a carer or a place to accommodate your dog when you go away, it’s vital that you consider all of the options.

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Boarding Kennels

 

Some kennels are notorious for being cheap for a reason. Their facilities are poor, hygiene can be shambolic, and the dogs that stay there have a horrendous time. With the advent of review sites on the Internet, it’s easy to check out feedback for the accommodation you’re thinking of sending your mutt to while you’re off on your travels.

Recently, doggy hotels have emerged that give dog owners peace of mind when they are away. Yes, they may cost a little more, but your little pal will be catered for in the same way as a human client at a regular hotel. Pooch pads like the one seen at www.fondren5starpetresort.com will have facilities like a private dog park so that your hound gets plenty of exercise, top quality food with optimum nutrition and a doggy grooming salon. You can head off on your journey knowing that your dog will be pampered and well cared for in a true five-star environment.

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Dog Sitter

 

If you have a particularly nervous pooch, you may not want him to have the stress of moving to an unfamiliar place with other dogs and strange people even if it is just for a couple of weeks. An alternative is to vet some professional dog sitters using a site like www.trustedhousesitters.com. An individual will move into your home and spend most of their days with your dog. They’ll be able to stick to your regular routines, lessening the anxiety for your mutt. You could invite your dog sitter over to your home a few times before your holiday so that your four-legged friend can get to know his temporary housemate.

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When you go on holiday, it’s common to receive pupdates from your dog sitter or doggy hotel just to let you know how your mutt is getting on. One text a day, maybe with a photo, showing your dog enjoying a game of fetch or munching on some nutritious treats can put your mind at rest and lessen your worries.

 

As a responsible and loving dog owner, you want your hound to be well cared for while you are away. Opting for a top quality dog sitter or a spa-like doggy hotel can see your hound enjoying his vacation as much as you end up enjoying yours!

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Dogs deserve to live a life full of the finest luxuries money can buy. Of course they do. Just think about what your dog does for you. Think about all the times they have sat by the front door and waited for you to get back from work. Think about the way they have helped you lose weight through all those walkies and runs through the park, the way they made you smile and laugh, the way they comforted you when times got a little rough and the way they made movie night that much more magical. Dogs are the best, so why not show them this with a little (or a lot of) pampering.

You probably treat yourself to spas sessions whenever you need to relax, and wrap yourself in a blanket when night closes in, and find a way to enjoy your little patch of the great outdoors when the sun pokes out. So why not offer your beautiful pooch the same level of tender, love, and care? Goodness knows they deserve it every so often, just like we humans do.

And to help you out a little, we have come up with a selection of ways you can give your furriest friend a slice of the good life, and let them lap up a bit of luxury. After all, no dog deserves to ruff it.

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Superb In Car Safety

When a new parent tries to leave the hospital after delivering their gorgeous buba, there is one thing that the hospital checks you have before wishing you a good life and that is a car seat. Well, why should it be any different for your fur baby? That was rhetorical by the way because it shouldn’t be any different, not whatsoever. That is why you should treat them to a comfy car seat so that won’t just let them get comfortable on long – and short – journeys, but also give you that peace of mind you’ve been subconsciously craving. It could be a crate pad or a studio car seat. It could be a companion seat or a travel hammock to go right across the back seats of your car. It could just be a travel cushion. Either way, it is time you made their travel that much more luxe.

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Delicious And Nutritious Treats

We treat ourselves to the finest foods we can. It could be a trip to the deli counter at the poshest supermarket in our state. It could be dinner at that upmarket restaurant that has just opened downtown. Whatever it is, we love feeding ourselves the best grub possible, and we should do the same for our pooch’s. None of this tinned stuff. We’re talking about the kind of deli treats you can find at http://veratreats.com/. Fillets of beef, succulent chicken breasts and top of the range burger patties. We’re talking about the kind of thing that we would have to look twice at in a store because we aren’t entirely sure if this is for dogs or us, questioning whether the store assistant has accidentally placed this in the wrong aisle.

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Movie Night Comfort

There is very little in this life that can compare to an evening spent in front of a good film, a soft blanket wrapped around us as we lay on the sofa with a glass of red within arms reach. Actually, the only thing that can top this is having our beloved furry friend camped on the sofa with us. That is where your doggy belongs. To allow them this life of luxury, start by getting them a companion ramp so that they can easily slink onto the sofa without having to exert too much energy, or put their elderly joints in the firing line. The next all important asset you need to get them is a soft as soft comes blanket. Something stylish and cozy that you can throw over them as you cuddle up in front of the fire, The Notebook gracing your TV.

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Help Lose Their Puppy Fat

On top of the very best artisanal foods to help your doggy enjoy the best diet possible, you can now hire specialized personal trainers for your pups. No, we’re not talking about the kind of trainer that will teach your dog how to sit, stay and rollover. We’re talking about a personal trainer like us humans would get; the kind that helps us burn calories as best as possible and get in the best shape of our lives. If this isn’t so much a priority for you because you enjoy sharing a bit of fitness time with your pup, then you can get even more specialised trainers that will take your dog swimming, or teach them how to catch a frisbee like a pro, or even learn how to take a selfie on an iPad with you, their human. We do recommend you see the photographic results at https://www.pinterest.com/ before you judge the need for this, by the way, because the results are amazing.

 

We now live in a world where we are able to humanize our pets like never before and give them the luxury pampering they deserve, as you can probably tell from our list so far. But it goes far beyond just these points. Perfumes for dogs, organic shampoos and conditioners and three-in-one tooth brushes to clean the inside and outside of their mouths are now available on the toiletry front. There are dog houses nicer than actual houses available for purchase, outdoor beds to ensure they are comfortable while tanning, doggie strollers, doggy tattoo parlors and even bottled coffee to help them wake up in the morning.

That’s not all either because then there are things like dating services, in-house pet suites with built-in baths and showers, financial plans to help your dog maintain the life of Riley after you die and, yes, even the chance to send your dog’s ashes into space when they pass on. Basically, there has never been a better chance to be a dog. In fact, we would rather be a dog than a human in today’s world. All the luxury without any of the stress. Amazing.

 

 

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When it comes to dog food, a lot of people take advantage of how undiscerning a dog’s taste is. After all, a bag of whatever is being advertised on television and presented in abundance at national grocery stores seems to make your pup happy, right? Why think too much about it?

The problem is that a lot of the most popular dog food brands are actually pretty unhealthy for your furry friend. In fact, it’s basically junk food. Most of the stuff from P&G isn’t that good, and perennial food-business villains Nestlé have some pretty low-quality stuff that’s among the best-selling dog food in the country.

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So what’s a dog owner to do? Perhaps the best thing you can do is take matters into your own hands. Which, yes, means cooking your dog’s meals yourself! You may think this couldn’t possibly be simple – after all, there’s always a big line being drawn between “dog food” and “people food” – but it’s actually a very smart and realistic move. It’s not just about pampering your dog – it’s about keeping your dog healthy! Here are the things you need to keep in mind if you’re interested.

Speak with a vet

Vets have sometimes been known to tell you that home cooking for a pet is way too complex. This is usually for one of two reasons: it’s easier to dismiss the idea instead of actually outlining methods to the pet owner (vets often aren’t very trusting of the owners!), and the clinic wants to get you to buy the food they sell on-site! But, for the most part, vets will be very responsive and will help you figure out a food strategy.

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Preserving nutrients

When it comes to home cooking for your dog, the key is in making sure the food has all the nutrients that a dog needs in abundance. Magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, copper are just a few of the minerals it needs. Carbs and fats are also essential, as is plenty of protein! That’s why you need to be pretty precise when you work with recipes. Those recipes are carefully constructed, from the ingredient choice to the cooking method and time. This helps preserve all the necessary nutrients!

Keeping it safe

Before you serve up a home-cooked meal with a side of dog tea, you need to make sure you’re using safe ingredients. Pasta, rice, meat, most vegetables, bread – there’s plenty of “people food” out there that dogs can handle (and love!). But you need to make sure there are no ingredients that are famously toxic to dogs, such as tomato, garlic, onions, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners. You should also ensure you’re weighing your dog so you’re not overfeeding or underfeeding it.

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A watchful eye

Most people who home cook for their dog usually do so four or five times a week, and this is perfectly fine. (Many do so pretty much exclusively, which can work!) However, you must make sure you’re keeping an eye on your dog’s health and weight over the first few weeks when you change up their diet in any way. This will help alert you to any potential problems as soon as they appear, so you can start making suitable tweaks to the diet.

 

Most people that have pet dogs will live with other people. Either they live with friends, a partner, or family. This makes owning a dog a lot easier as there are always other people around to help out. If you’re not there to look after it and feed it, then you’ve got helping hands to ensure your dog doesn’t get neglected.

Having said that, there are loads of people out there that live on their own and still have a dog. It’s not impossible to look after a dog on your own, it’s just a little bit harder. You have to do everything yourself, and you run the risk of making your dog feel neglected when it’s on its own, and you’re at work for most of the day.

You shouldn’t be discouraged from not getting a dog if you live on your own. They’re wonderful pets and can provide you with constant company. What you should do is focus on ways to make dog ownership easier when you’re on your own, for the sake of both you and your dog.

So, here are some essential tips you should look at if you live alone and own a dog or are considering owning a dog:

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Find A Dog Walker

Right off the bat, you should address a big issue for people living alone with a dog; how will you walk your dog? If you’re out all day and there’s nobody home, your dog is left inside all on their own without any way of getting out for some exercise. Remember, dogs need to be walked at least once a day, some breeds even require more walks than that.

 

So, the easy solution is to find a dog walker to take care of this for you. They can pop round your house while you’re out (give them a spare key) and take your dog for a walk. You could possibly look for a dog walking team in your area too. I know there are lots of companies offering dog walking services specifically for people that can’t find the time to walk their dog. It doesn’t matter whether you get a neighbour to do it, a family member, a friend, or a dog walking company. All that matters is that someone can walk your dog while you’re not there.

Always Leave Food & Water Before You Leave

Another huge problem with living alone is that you don’t have any way of feeding your dog while you’re at work. Some people might think it’s fine to feed them before you go and just leave them until you get back for their second feeding. The thing is, your dog might not be hungry before you go to work, and they also might get hungry during the day.

 

The solution is simple, always fill their food bowl up with food before you head to work. Make sure you leave enough in there for more than one meal. This way, your dog can eat some of the food whenever they’re hungry. They can leave some for later during the day and go back to it when they need to. Also, water is an absolute must. Fill up a big bowl full of water to ensure they can stay hydrated throughout the day.

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Get A Dog Door

You’ve all heard of cat flaps, well, a dog door is essentially a bigger version of a cat flap made for dogs. They’ll ensure your dog can go outside whenever they want without you needing to open a door for them. This is essential for anyone with a back garden, you need to get a dog door installed on your back door.

Dogs aren’t meant to be stuck inside all day, and they might want to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Especially if it’s warm and they’re getting hot in the house. Side note: also ensure that you leave windows open and the heating off during hot weather, you don’t want to leave your dog inside your house when it’s warm. Back to the point, with a dog door, they can go into your back garden if they get bored of being outside. It gives them a sense of freedom, and they’ll feel less confined and trapped.

Consider A Dog Sitter

If you’re really worried about leaving your dog alone, then you can get a dog sitter. This is someone who’ll come to your house and look after your dog while you’re at work. It’s best to employ someone you can trust to do this job, as you don’t want a random person alone in your house all day long.

It shouldn’t be hard to find a dog sitter you trust as loads of people love dogs and would kill to spend the day with one. Saying that you don’t need to get one to stay the whole day. Instead, you could ensure someone pops to your house and spends an hour or two looking after your dog and making sure they’re okay. They could even refill the water and food bowls if your dog has eaten everything.

 

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While you’ve probably heard that dogs tend to settle into a new home better than any cat, it’s still a major adjustment, and they’ll require a fair amount of specialist care and handling. This is especially true if you’re moving to a smaller home or apartment. If you’re due to move to a new place with your furry friend, here are some of the best pointers for helping them settle in…

 

Keep your Cool

 

Organising and then executing a move is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever have to do, but keeping your cool can help your dog handle the transition massively. While dogs can’t grasp a language (as far as we know), they pick up on our emotions. A calm, collected tone in your voice will reassure them that everything’s as it should be. As hard as it may be, try to give off vibes that are happy and relaxed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious, and letting it show through in your voice and behaviour, your dog will quickly start to feel overwhelmed and anxious as well.

 

Give Them Enough Time to Adjust

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Bringing a completely new dog home requires a gradual, careful adjustment, as you can read about in these 5 tips for your new dog’s first day. The same goes for taking a dog that you’ve had for some time to a new place. When you take them outside for the first time, keep them on a leash, and give them ample time to explore the neighbourhood. Take it slow while you’re introducing your dog to the area surrounding the new home. It’s usually a good idea to explore your new town or city one block at a time, and let them see who else lives in the neighbourhood in a calm and gradual manner. Strange dogs and scents can be interpreted as a threat, and cause your pet a lot of unnecessary stress. When you feel ready to let your dog off the leash, make sure that they have a collar and tag on the off chance that they run off. You might be used to your dog being calm and obedient when off the leash, but a strange new place can change all that. Before you take this step, make absolutely sure that they know where their new home is, and feel comfortable enough in their new environment.

 

Try to Be Home in the First Week

 

If it’s at all possible, give yourself a week off before you start your new job. This will ensure that you’ll be there to help your dog to adjust. After that first day, try spending some time away from the home, just in small increments to begin with. This will allow you to gauge how your dog will respond to your absence. Ultimately, when you have to go to work and spend the majority of the day out of the house, your dog should be nicely adjusted to the home, and comfortable enough spending long periods of time alone there.

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.

 

How To Care For Your Aging Dog

It may seem like yesterday that your dog was a puppy, staggering around the carpet on uncertain legs, and getting itself into all kinds of trouble by exploring its new home. However, just like humans, all dogs grow old, and their health will start to deteriorate. If your furry friend is starting to get into its senior years, it’s essential you know what to expect. Here are some pointers for caring for an elderly dog…

 

Schedule Regular Trips to the Vet

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At the very least, you need to make sure your dog is being examined once per year, even if it appears to be totally healthy. Many diseases that affect dogs can be completely undetectable to an untrained person. Aside from that, your vet will be able to tell you about the kinds of conditions your dog is at risk of, and how you can minimise their chances of getting them. It’s much cheaper to prevent diseases than to actually have them treated.

 

Ask for a Body Condition Evaluation in Each Visit

 

Having your dog’s body condition evaluated is essential when you want to determine if your pet is overweight, underweight, or just about right. Your veterinarian may be able to teach you how to check your dog’s body condition yourself. Still, it’s good to make a point of asking your vet for this procedure just to be safe.

Give Them the Right Food

 

Older dogs are more susceptible to conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, skin disease and similar worrying health problems. To prevent these, your vet will be able to give you some guidelines for the kind of diet you should be setting for your dog. This is especially important for overweight dogs, as they have to be fed very carefully to ensure they get all the nutrients they need, while still allowing for enough weight loss. Even if your dog is a healthy weight, it’s very important to make sure they’re getting a nutritious enough diet. You can read more about this at FeedMyOldDog.com .

 

Take Care of Their Mouth

 

Brushing your dog’s teeth may seem like a bizarre, not to mention very difficult task. However, it can be a very important routine for maintaining a dog’s health as it ages. If you’ve never done this before, you can ask your vet to walk you through it during your next visit, or read guides like the one on banfield.com. As you can imagine, some dogs are more receptive to having their teeth brushed than others! If your pet won’t let you brush their teeth, there are various dental treats and toys that can help to maintain their oral health.

 

Get Some Exercise In!

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Obviously, every dog needs a decent amount of exercise to maintain healthy joints and muscles. However, you should still be tailoring their walkies schedule to their unique needs. Larger breeds could do a walk around the block in their sleep, but with breeds like a Chihuahua, a brisk loop around the corner could be like running a marathon! Again, ask your vet for guidance, and stick to an exercise quota meticulously.

 

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When you sign up to be a devoted dog owner, you sign up to all of it, and that means taking the great with the problematic. What we mean is, there are times when you have to make sacrifices, find a compromise or come up with a solution. This is especially true when it comes to traveling.

 

It doesn’t matter whether you’re going away on business or wanting to take a holiday, you need to know what options are available to you as a dog-owner, and which option is going to see your beloved pooch get the pampered treatment they deserve.

 

Well, we have come up with a few of the best options available to you, meaning all you have to do is ask your pup which they would prefer.

 

Get Yourself A Pet Sitter

When it comes to pampering your dog, no one does it better than you. You have absolutely everything a dog could ever dream of, from a memory foam mattress to organic treats. It is all under your roof. So why make them leave their creature comforts just because you have to? Why not get a dog sitter in to look after them? There are so many benefits from the cost-effectiveness to the ease, the security to the privacy. All it really takes is hiring someone you know and trust (could be a friend’s daughter) and talking them through your dog’s needs, such as feeding and walking habits. Simple.

 

Find A Friend

Another option that a lot of people overlook is that of calling on a friend. After all, a friend in need is a friend indeed. Sure, it may not be quite as cushy as your home, but it is still a home. It is a domestic environment, with sofas to sprawl out on and a garden to stretch in. The other major benefit of this option is that your dog will probably already know and adore your friend, it is like their home away from home, and you know they’ll be left in great hands.

 

Call On A Kennel

Okay, so most kennel owners are steering away from the name kennel and choosing to call themselves Doggy Spas, and if that makes you feel better then we’ll go with it. The bottom line is, these are such a great option. Yes, they can be expensive, but the degree of care and love showed to the dogs that stay in these tend to be of the highest caliber. They know dogs. They love dogs; it is why they got into it in the first place. So if you do choose to go this route, well, you’ll know that your dog is getting tip top exercise, a comfy bed, the best food and some wonderfully clever toys.

 

Take Them With You

This may seem like an unconventional option, and one that you couldn’t possibly choose, but that’s probably just because you don’t know how to travel with your dog. But think about it. You’ll get to have your loyal companion with you, you’ll be able to care for him or her like the parent you are, dote on him or her, and share yet another adventure with him or her. Okay, this may not be so easy if you are heading away on a business trip, but if you are going on an outdoorsy vacation – even a city break – then your dog could be the thing that makes it extra special. Trust us.