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May 31, 2016
by Lynn Merton
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Preventative Care Measures to Save Money on Veterinarian Bills

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With the downfall of the economy and the disappearance of jobs, pet owners are beginning to forego healthcare since they cannot afford the costly vet bills. While a yearly examination is absolutely essential, you can do away with a lot of the unnecessary procedures and tests by making sure that your pet is healthy throughout the year. Not only will it save you a lot of money, it will also extend the health and longevity of your pet.

  • Invest in good quality food – Choosing a high quality pet food is the best way to ensure the long term health of your pet. It will eliminate most of the problems like gastrointestinal troubles, allergies, diabetes, obesity and other food related ailments. Yes, you will be spending a bit more time selecting the food, but at the end of the day, it will save you hundreds of dollars.
  • Avoid obesity – Obese pets suffer from a number of costly conditions like high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes and kidney problems. You need to make sure that you feed the correct portion to your pet if you want to curb excess weight gain and keep them away from the veterinarian.
  • Avoid risky treats – A lot of the treats tend to get lodged in the esophagus, intestines, stomach or trachea of pets. Make sure you avoid treats like pig’s feet, rawhide chews and other chews that are hard and do not dissolve properly.
  • Brush their teeth – Pets tend to suffer from a lot of dental problems and owners should brush their pets’ teeth daily if they want to avoid a costly trip to the vet in the future. Use a soft toothbrush with good quality pet toothpaste. Gum and tooth disease can lead to infection, loss of teeth, pain and organ damage.
  • Eye and ear care – Keeping the eyes of your pet clean will contribute to their wellness and health by preventing infection and irritation, which can be painful and cause loss of vision. Careful inspection and diligent cleaning once a week will open up the clogged ducts and prevent infections. It is also a good idea to clean their ears once a week with natural ear wash.
  • Flea control – Fleas are an expensive problem. They cause itching and acute moist dermatitis. Your pets can also get infected with intestinal tapeworms. There are a number of topical flea products that are excellent at ridding your pet of fleas. If you want a more natural approach, use an herbal dip containing citronella and other essential oils that aid in flea control.
  • Exercise – Pets enjoy the same health benefits as people from regular exercise. You can try exercising with our pet. It will be a fun activity for both of you.
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May 30, 2016
by Lynn Merton
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How to Manage Roughhousing Behavior in Dogs

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Dogs love roughhousing, whether it is by biting, nipping or lunging. If you engage in roughplay with your pet sometimes, and forbid him from the same during other times, then you will leave him confused. If your pet notices any cues that are similar to when you’re roughhousing, he’ll probably respond by playing rough; even if that is not what you intended to do. The bigger problem is if your pet responds the same way when he picks up similar cues from strangers or acquaintances. We take a look at how you can manage your pet’s roughhousing problem.

How to get roughhousing under control

If your puppy shows biting or nipping behavior, try to redirect his attention to chewable toys. Your pet may usually try to nip or bite you when you’re petting her. Make sure you have a toy at hand so she bites it instead, while you pet her. If your pet does take a nip out of nowhere, you want to discourage the behavior instantly. Obedience training is a necessary part of raising your pet right. Look at her and respond with a loud ‘ow’ or ‘ouch’, and then do not give her any attention for a while. This way she knows that a bite or nip is not acceptable behavior, and it could mean end of play time. You can get your puppy to stop lunging at people or pets, using the same technique. You do not want to use your hands to move your pet away, as he she will just assume that you are playing with her. Of course, if you have children playing with pets, it gets a lot more difficult to train your pet the same way. You can either train your pet so she does not engage in roughhousing, or tell your kids how to react to such situations. Once your pet exhibits the desired behavior, reward her with treats.

When should roughhousing be allowed?

Roughhousing is not always a bad thing, in fact it is necessary in some cases. For instance, if your dog is being trained to work with the law enforcement wing, then your dog will have to develop rough play instincts and drives. Of course, you want to train your dog so he does that only when you give him the cue, and stops when asked to. Make sure you keep your dog’s excitement levels in check, so he doesn’t go overboard. You can take breaks from time to time to make sure your dog’s rough house play is under control.

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May 27, 2016
by Lynn Merton
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A Clean and Green Home For Your Pet

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Pets are exposed to a number of toxic environments in their lifetime. However, the place you think is the safest is often the one that is most dangerous to the health of your pet. The modern home has more gases, chemicals and natural toxins than any other place your pet is likely to come across in the neighborhood. In spite of that, most pet owners are blissfully unaware of the health hazard posed by innocuous products like furniture polishes and air fresheners.

Just like humans, animals also fall ill due to physical reactions to most of the chemicals which are used to manufacture textiles and furniture in the home, and also cleaning products which leave residual films. On the other hand, air fresheners can irritate the mucus membranes and breathing passages – particularly in brachycephalic breeds. Damp carpets can also pose a health risk to your pet, considering the fact that they are so close to the source. To top it all, a lot of the plants that are used to keep the air clean in your house can be toxic to your pet as well. Luckily, there are things you can do to make sure that your pet stays protected from chemical overload.

Keep a tab on the chemicals

You need to exercise a lot of care with volatile organic compounds. They are carbon based chemicals and tend to evaporate at room temperature. Most of them stay around in the air for a long time especially if the ventilation is poor. These are often found in furniture manufactured out of composite wood products, disinfecting solutions (citrus-scented or pine-lemon cleaners and bleach). Prolonged exposure to these products can cause cancer, kidney or liver damage, and affect the central nervous system. Short term exposure can lead to vomiting, dizziness, breathing problems and irritate the mucus membranes in the eyes, nose and mouth.

New carpeting also has a lot of chemicals associated with their manufacture and installation. Along with benzene, formaldehyde and acetone, carpets are usually treated with moth proofing, stain protectors and fire retardants. Finally, they are attached to the floor with the help of volatile adhesives. So, if you are planning to buy a new carpet, make sure that the carpet is “gassed off” before the installation. If it is possible, use staples to install them instead of adhesives and make sure that the room is well-aired for the brief period after the installation.

When it comes to new furniture, manufacturers use a lot of chemicals to protect the fabric, wood and all the other components. Make sure that you air out the new pieces before you let your pet stretch out on them. That will drastically lower the risk of an adverse chemical reaction.

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May 26, 2016
by Lynn Merton
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Why Do Dogs Get Along With Some Pets And Hate Some Other Pets

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It may be odd for pet owners to see their pets make split-second judgments on other pets, and decide to love or hate them. However, that’s only because you aren’t seeing things from your dog’s point of view. We take a look at what is the train of thought that goes behind these doggy judgments.

Why does your pet hate some dogs?

Dogs make judgments on other pets based on their body language and scent, among other factors. The display of dominant or aggressive posture may cause your pet to hate other pets. Your dog may instantly take to some dogs, after smelling a whiff of treats on them, while he may hate him if he has a peculiar scent. Alphas in canines usually get along better with pets of the opposite gender, due to dominance issues. It is also not unusual for dogs to get along well with dogs of the same breed.

Your dog may hate another dog if it reminds him of a dog that had previously attacked him. In fact, a dog attacked by another canine from a certain breed, may take to hating other dogs of the same breed after the episode. Sometimes, dogs may start growling when they see a bigger dog, if they are scared for themselves or their owners. Your dog may take an aggressive stance around other dogs because he is being possessive or defensive.

Should you do something about it?

Your dog’s hate of other pets should not be a cause of concern in most cases, especially if your dog runs into the other dog only occasionally. However, if your dog has to live in close quarters or interact with the other dog regularly then you want to look into obedience training and monitored interactions to prevent fights and aggression.

You can start by helping your dog associate the presence of the other pet with positive incidents, such as receiving treats. Give your dog a treat every time he sees the other pet; soon he will look forward to seeing the other pet, as it means that treats will manifest soon. If your dog behaves aggressively toward the other dog due to behavioral issues, then you want to take him to an expert. There are also socialization classes for pets that help them interact with other pets in a structured environment.

Once you are sure that your pet’s socialization and behavioral issues have been resolved, you can consider introducing him to the other pet in a closely monitored setting for a short period of time. You may not be able to get them to get along extremely well, but so long as they are able to co-exist in peace, it should not be a problem.

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May 25, 2016
by Lynn Merton
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How To Keep your Pet Dandruff-Free

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Dandruff is definitely not on the top of the list of the most aesthetically pleasing things in the world. They are also a sign that your pet has dry skin. Read on to find the best ways to deal with dandruff problems. After all, your pet is named Fluffy and not Flaky.

  1. Regular grooming – If you brush your pet’s hair on a daily basis, not only will he feel good, it will also help keep his fur shiny, smooth and burr free. It also helps in distributing the natural oils in the coat and massages the skin. The brush you choose is going to make a lot of difference. If it is very soft, it is not going to be of any help. If it is too stiff, it will just end up aggravating the condition. Remember the story of Goldilocks – you want a brush that is just right!
  2. Spritz away – Make sure you do not grab the first product you see on the shelf. Get special pet oils which are usually available in spray bottles at holistic pet shops and spas. They are formulated to soothe the dry skin and lock in all the moisture. Your pet will get a break from all the pesky dandruff and also get pampered salon style.
  3. Splish and splash – Make sure you give regular baths to your pet. When dealing with dog or cat dandruff issues, there is nothing as useful as regular bathing to keep all the dandruff at bay. There are plenty of moisturizing, organic pet shampoos and conditioners. You also have products that are specifically designed for tricky dandruff issues.
  4. Moisture plus – If you have a high quality, completely natural hand cream (especially one with colloidal oatmeal), you can go ahead and uses it on your pet. It can work wonders on dry skin. Apply some of it to your hands and massage it deeply into your pet’s fur. Make sure you get it against the skin. Your pet will also like it. After all, everyone enjoys a good massage every now and then.
  5. Dandruff shampoo – You have specially designed anti-dandruff shampoo for pets. If the problem has gotten beyond control, add some of it to the regular bath of your pet to help him deal with the problem.
  6. Diet – Pets need a considerable amount of good fat in their diet to keep their skin supple and their fur shiny. You can switch their diet to a holistic, high quality pet food. You can also supplement their regular diet with oils which are designed specifically for pets.

Now that you can utilize these handy tips, your pet will soon be on his way to a dandruff-free existence.