Month: March 2021

How to Protect Your Pet During Holi : Do’s and Don’ts

How to Protect Your Pet During Holi : Do’s and Don’ts

Podcast | Kiara – How to Protect Your Pet During Holi: Do’s and Don’ts

 

Holi is a time for joy, love, and celebration. For some of you, that may mean you want to bring your cat or your dog along with you in order to share in the festivities with them! After all, they deserve to celebrate as well! Before you bring them along, there are some critical pieces of information that you should know and consider. 

 

Table of Contents

  1. The Festival
  2. Kids
  3. Pet-Approved Washing Products
  4. Pet Friendly Powders
  5. No Water

 

The Festival

 

  • Do: celebrate Holi with your pet if they want to join you, they shouldn’t have to miss out on all of the fun!
  • Don’t: Bring your cat or dog to the actual Holi Festival. The chemicals in the colorful powders are unsafe for them!

 

The Holi Festival (whether in India or not) is meant to be celebrated by people. If you are wanting to include your pet, you will have to make some modifications and celebrate it at home to ensure their safety!

Happy Holi

 

Kids

  • Do: Keep your pet away from children during the festival, especially if you aren’t making any modifications to the colorful powders.
  • Don’t: Let any children put color on your pet!

 

Children love Holi due to the fun colors and opportunity to get messy without getting in trouble! Where you may run into a problem is when children get too excited, as they may dump some powder onto your pet! This will irritate your furry friend’s skin and fur, and could even get into their eyes, ears, nose, or mouth!

Cat sitting on a couple playing holi

Pet-Approved Washing Products:

 

  • Don’t: Use any other kind of cleaning product such as dish soap, human body wash, etc.

 

If your dog or cat ends up getting color on them, whether it’s the original color mixture of cornstarch and food dye or it’s a custom powder you made to protect them, use pet-friendly products to clean them off! Your pet’s skin and fur are already sensitive if it has been hit with these powders, you want to be extremely gentle with them.

 

We dog sneaking from towel

 

Pet Friendly Powders:

 

  • Do: Use powders that are made from pet-friendly ingredients
  • Don’t: Use the powders made from cornstarch and food dye. Even traditional Holi powder made from ground up flowers can be dangerous pending the kind of flower

 

Make sure you do your research on pet-friendly Holi colors you can make to ensure your pets safety during the festival season! For example, turmeric, beet, henna or kum-kum powders make excellent, pet friendly options! Just avoid their faces!

 

Dog wrapped up in a towel

No Water

 

  • Do: Keep your pet away from any water sources during Holi (water balloons especially)
  • Don’t: Force your pet to be outside if there are water activities happening, or outside at all, during festival time.

 

When your dog’s fur is wet, the powders will clump together, this makes their fur knotted and skin irritated more than it would be from the dry powders alone. Water balloons are also something to be mindful of due to their ability to cause pain upon impact and surprise your pet. 

Dog drinking water directly from pipe

If your pet doesn’t want to be outside, they don’t have to be. Remember, Holi is about love, triumph, and joy, you want your pets to enjoy themselves. If being outside amongst the festivities is too much for them, don’t make them stay. It can be frightening for your pets. Let them enjoy from the view of a window if needed!

Pet Grooming At Home

Pet Grooming At Home

Podcast | Kiara – Pet Grooming At Home

 

Taking your furry friend to the groomers can be a costly trip, especially when you’re looking for a simple  pet shampoo and conditioning treatment! Luckily, there are dozens of options for grooming your pet at home that won’t break your bank! These options are also great for anyone looking to avoid any large crowds, protecting their health and the health of their pet! 

 

Let’s take a look at how to get give your pet the grooming they deserve from the comfort of their own home!

Table of Contents

  1. Bathing Your Pet
  2. Brushing Their Teeth
  3. Trimming Their Nails

 

1. Bathing Your Pet

The level of difficulty for this task varies from pet to pet because they all have their own preferences! Some pets love water, others not so much! Bathing your pet is still critical to the health of their skin and fur though, so it should be done at least once every few months. Here’s a quick “how-to” on bathing your pet.

  • Fill your bath with around 4 inches of water, a little higher for larger dogs is perfectly fine. The water should be lukewarm, their skin is more sensitive than ours.
  • Either spray your pet with a detachable spray nozzle or shower-head or dump the water on their fur using a cup. Be sure to protect their eyes and ears!
  • Use a shampoo made specifically for pets (take breed into consideration). Rinse, and repeat with pet conditioner formulated for your pet!
  • Use a damp washcloth to gently wipe down under their eyes and inside their ears
  • Towel dry them and then let them air dry! If you insist on using a blow dryer, make sure it is on the cool setting!

 

dog after taking a shower

2. Brushing Their Teeth

Just like you or me, animals can get cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease as well. Whereas they don’t need to have their teeth brushed anywhere near as often, it should still be done a couple of times/week. Let’s talk about a few tips.

  • Get them used to the feeling by rubbing your fingers on their lips until they are comfortable with this act
  • Brush their teeth just like you would your own, in small circular motions at a slight angle
  • Only use veterinarian-approved toothbrushes and toothpaste approved for your pet!

Kitten Brushing happily

 

3. Trimming Their Nails

Unlike humans, pets do not enjoy having long nails. A key sign that your pet is need of a quick nail trim is when you start hearing a clicking sound on the ground as they walk. This can be a difficult task if your pet is skittish of the nail clipped, but there are some things you can do to ease their anxiety.

  • For small, anxious pets, try wrapping them in a towel or their favorite blanket and resting them on your lap. This cocoon often makes them feel safe.
  • For wiggly pets, you may have to just put a firm arm around their bodies and use your hand to hold their paw. That’s okay!
  • Ask your vet which pet clippers are best for your furry friend or give the two main styles a try and see which you and your pet are more comfortable with.
  • Cut the nail from the top down at a slight angle. Stop before you hit the quick because that’s where the blood supply is!

 

Dog Nail Clipping - Pawrulz

There are numerous ways to give your pet a quality grooming at home, just be sure you are using lukewarm water during baths, making, and keeping them comfortable, and use products approved by veterinarians!

Is Your Dog Ready for Summer?

Is Your Dog Ready for Summer?

Podcast | Kiara – Is Your Dog Ready for Summer?

 

With the hottest season of the year just a few months away and the world beginning to reopen its doors, it’s time to start prepping your pooch for the heat! Whether your pup enjoys lounging around inside, basking in the sun in your backyard, jumping into the nearest lake, or hiking all through the mountains, there are a few things you must do to ensure your canine companion enjoy themselves!

 

So these are the Things You Should Know :-

Table of Contents

  1. Get Their Hair Groomed
  2. Have Their Nail Done!
  3. Don’t Forget the Flea and Tick Medicine
  4. Update Vaccinations
  5. Run Through Training

 

1. Get Their Hair Groomed

Seeing as we have been under a modified lockdown for quite some time, you may have been neglecting your dog’s fur coat (no judgment, many of us have!). It’s time to kick things back into gear by taking your pup to the groomers to trim off some of those unnecessary layers. You can groom them at home or take them to your nearby pet grooming salon depending on your comfort level and breed!

 

Puppy running happily

2. Have Their Nail Done!

No, I do not mean a full-blown pedicure, just a nice trim to ensure their nails don’t get caught on objects that could cause them pain! Long nails can cause unnecessary paw pain, joint pain, and increase their likelihood of ingrown nails as well. You can take your pet to the vet or groomers to have their nails cut professionally or purchase a set of doggie-nail clippers recommended by your vet and do it all at your home! 

 

dog nail clipping

 

3. Don’t Forget the Flea and Tick Medicine

Even if your dog is more of an indoor, air-conditioning only, type of pup, you should still speak with your vet about getting flea and tick medicine. Fleas and ticks do not just live in the forest, they hang out in the trees and bushes in your backyard. If you take your dog to the dog park, and one of their playmates has fleas, your dog is likely to catch the fleas from their doggie pal! 

Just as important as the medicine itself, be sure you are checking your pet for fleas and ticks regularly, especially after coming home from being outdoors!

 

white dog with stethoscope

 

4. Update Vaccinations

Before taking your playful pup out and about for hikes, walks, play dates, etc. contact your vet and ask if they are up to date on all of their vaccines. The vaccines will protect your dog as well as any dogs they may come into contact with! 

 

vaccinating dog

 

5. Run Through Training

Especially if you have a puppy, do a quick run-through of common training procedures before heading out for an afternoon dip at the lake. If you have a new dog who is untrained, have them trained with a few basic commands like sit, stay, lay down, and heal, before you venture out! These simple commands will keep your dog safe and other dogs safe. Even if you have a very calm and friendly pooch, they are still animals, and anything could happen! 

 

Happy dog running wearing red collar

 

Be sure your pet is summer-ready with this little list! Don’t forget to ensure that you have all of the outdoor necessities such as a dog leash, a muzzle if needed, a cage, an indoor and outdoor water bowl, etc. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the summer months!

How Often Should I Clean My Pets Teeth?

How Often Should I Clean My Pets Teeth?

Podcast | Kiara – How Often Should I Clean My Pets Teeth?

 

Cleaning our pets’ teeth is often something that gets shoved under the rug. We tend to forget that, just like us, our pets are just as capable of getting cavities, gum disease, rotting teeth, etc. Whereas they may not need their teeth cleaned as frequently, it still needs to be done. When we fail to take care of our pets’ teeth, we see a rise in dental disease which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and even teeth falling out completely. It doesn’t take long for pets to reach this diagnosis either, most vets see this diagnosis around the ages of 2 or 3 years old! 

Table of Contents

  1. Dogs
  2. Cats

 

1. Dogs

Dogs are known for putting things they shouldn’t into their mouths! That tub of butter you left on the edge of the table, gone! That pile of dirt in the middle of the forest, chewed and swallowed! Dogs don’t often think before they try to eat, so their mouth takes on a beating! It is critical that you take care of your dog’s mouth health and not just because they’re giving you lots of kisses! You should aim to have your dog’s teeth brushed every 2-3 months, more often if they are outdoor dogs or hunting dogs!

 

dog don't want to brush

2. Cats

Cats do not put as much in their mouths as compared to their K-9 counterparts. Most cats just use their mouths for eating and cleaning, so they are a little less likely to end up with dental diseases. However, it is still possible, so most vets recommend having your cat’s teeth brushed every 4-5 months! If you happen to have an outdoor cat or an indoor/outdoor cat, bump those numbers to every 2-3 months just like dogs. You never know what your cat is getting into when you’re not around! 

 

Cat cleaning his teth

 

How to Clean Your Pets Teeth

Now that you know how often you should be having your pets’ teeth cleaned, let’s discuss how to complete the task! You have two options:

  • Do it yourself
  • Go to the groomers/vet

If you’re looking for a do-it-yourself option, cleaning your pets’ teeth really isn’t all that complicated. Your first step needs to be acclimating your pet to the feel of getting their teeth brushed. You’ll need to start by running your finger along their lips, firm enough that the inside of their lips will then touch their teeth. When they are used to and comfortable with this action, you can start introducing the toothbrush. Make sure you are using a vet-recommended toothbrush and toothpaste! Brush their teeth just as you would your own, with light pressure and at a slight angle. 

If doing it yourself isn’t appealing to you, you can always take your pet to a vet or a pet groomer! Nearly all of them will brush your pets’ teeth for you so long as you have a non-aggressive breed.

Taking care of your pets’ teeth is just as important to their overall health as giving them plenty of exercise. Brushing your pets’ teeth will insure they stay free of any dental diseases that would cause them discomfort and pain. 

How To Cater To A Pet With A Specialized Diet

How To Cater To A Pet With A Specialized Diet

Podcast | Kiara – How To Cater To A Pet With A Specialized Diet

 

Specialized diets are not restricted to humans alone. Pets can also require specialized diet plans. Several reasons can necessitate a specialized diet for a pet including health conditions, allergies, and nutrition deficiencies.

Special diets can be divided into veterinary formulas and cautionary formulas. Veterinary formulas consist of pet dietary supplements meant to assist in the recovery or management of certain medical illnesses in pets. Examples of pet dietary supplements include joint supplements, multivitamins, and fatty acids. Cautionary formulas on the other hand are meant to keep pet animals healthy by lowering their chances of developing such complications as allergies.

It is vital to ensure your pet has a balanced diet that is personalized according to its individual qualities such as the type of breed it is. This is because different breeds of pets have different genetic predispositions which make them respond differently to various diets. Their calorie intakes also vary.

 

The following are ways of how to cater to a pet with a specialized diet according to the cause;

Table of Contents

  1. Weight problems
  2. Allergies
  3. Medical conditions

 

1. Weight problems

Dogs and cats struggle with weight problems just like people do. Okay, they may not expressly say this but being overweight can expose them to illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart problems, kidney diseases, and diabetes. Therefore, certain adjustments have to be made to a pet’s diet to manage its weight and keep it within the recommended range.

The first dietary adjustment that should be made in the case of an overweight pet is to simply reduce food amounts and stick to scheduled mealtimes. The diet should then be adjusted to have lower fat percentages at between 7 to 10%. This coupled with exercise will help your pet to lose weight and regain an ideal body mass hence lowering its risk of developing other diseases.

Happy pug sitting on the floor

2. Allergies

While food intolerance is very rare in pets, some cats and dogs may be allergic to some foods. Most of the time these foods are grains or specific types of proteins. For instance, the gluten found in cereal grains is often a major cause of allergies in pets. Because allergies can be fatal in pets and recognizing allergens correctly is not so simple, it is important to take your pet to a professional veterinarian or pet dietician so that they can recommend what types of food to avoid feeding your pet and which ones to replace those with.

Dog enjoying flowers fragrance

 

3. Medical conditions

Dogs and cats can develop various illnesses such as diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, and even high blood pressure. Pets develop diabetes due to problems with the production of insulin, a hormone that is essential for glucose assimilation by the body’s cells. Such pets require low glycemic diets with a smaller proportion of carbs and a higher percentage of fats. For cats and dogs with kidney problems, a diet with less protein and more water is usually best pet supplements also really help pets with kidney disease, heart disease, and cancer.

Black and white dog sitting sad

It is vital to consult a pet dietician before making any radical changes to your pet’s dietary plan. This is because pet dieticians have a more specialized understanding of pet diets and know the right nutrient proportions by which to adjust your pet’s diet. A special diet for your dog or your cat can help make it healthier and more energetic. Therefore, always stick to your pet dietician’s recommendations. Remember that pet dietary supplements are for the most part unnecessary if your pet is getting a balanced diet.

5 Things You Should Know About Pet First Aid

5 Things You Should Know About Pet First Aid

Podcast | Kiara – 5 Things You Should Know About Pet First Aid

 

Just like humans, pets can suffer physical injury or other life-threatening accidents and as such, knowing how to handle them in case of an emergency is critical. First aid is essential as it can help reduce pain or prevent further damage as you search for professional veterinary services. Therefore, a pet first aid box or a pet first aid bag is a must-have for all pet owners. The following are five things all pet owners should know about pet first aid;

 

So these are the 5 Things You Should Know About Pet First Aid:- 

Table of Contents

  1. Maintain your composure in case of an incident
  2. Pet poisoning is a delicate matter and should be handled as such
  3. Be careful when removing foreign objects
  4. Administer rescue breathing correctly
  5. Bleeding can be fatal

 

1. Maintain your composure in case of an incident

Since we love our pets so much and fear for their safety, it’s normal to get histrionic and extremely stressed whenever they get hurt. However, you must remember that just like humans, pets can pick up cues from people and react to them. Trying to attend to your pet while you are in a state of panic and stress only serves to unsettle the animal further making it extremely hard to administer first aid.

 

Therefore, whenever your pet sustains an injury and you need to administer first aid on the animal, make sure to compose yourself first. Think clearly about your best course of action and stick to your plan without letting the stress of the moment overwhelm you and affect the accuracy of your decision-making. You will have an easier time and will increase the chances of your pet surviving its injury.

 

dog relaxing on couch

2. Pet poisoning is a delicate matter and should be handled as such

Generally, any substances that are poisonous to humans are also poisonous to pets. Pets can be poisoned when they ingest or get in contact with substances such as rodent poison, cleaning detergents, and a host of other chemicals that are used for various household purposes. Certain foods can also pose danger to your pets.

 

If your pet’s skin or eyes come into contact with any toxic substances, read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to handle emergencies that involve the product. Mostly the recommendations are meant for humans but you can apply them for pets too. You can use water and soap to wash the chemical off the affected area of your pet’s skin. In the case of the eyes, wash with clean water and then seek veterinary help as soon as possible.

Mr. Peabody in real life

 

3. Be careful when removing foreign objects

Choking could be fatal and so swallowed objects should be removed as soon as possible. You can use tweezers or pliers to pull objects out. However, care should be taken to ensure you don’t push the object further into the pet’s throat. The object should therefore be visible.

 

Choking causes a lot of distress to pets making them more likely to bite. Therefore, be very cautious as you try to dislodge the foreign objects from their throats. If the object cannot be removed using tweezers or pliers, massage both sides of the pet’s mid-area towards the pet’s head to push the object out. Whether you succeed or not, get the pet to the nearest veterinary as fast as possible.

girl hugging pet dog

 

4. Administer rescue breathing correctly

Breathing difficulties in pets can be caused by several issues including choking, poisoning, bleeding, shock, or heat strokes. Regardless of the cause, the first step is checking to see if the animal is still conscious or not. If it is unconscious, lay it flat. Open the pet’s mouth and check if the cause is choking. If so, try to remove the foreign object.

 

Administer rescue breathing by breathing into the pet’s nose with its mouth firmly closed. Do this until the pet is fully resuscitated. If the pet has no heartbeat, massage its heart until you can feel it beating again. Do this gently but firmly, applying just enough pressure for it to be effective.

Rescue breathing given to dog

 

5. Bleeding can be fatal

Pets can suffer from both external and internal bleeding. External bleeding is caused by physical injuries while internal bleeding is mainly due to biological illnesses or severe physical injury. Symptoms of internal bleeding may include bloody coughs and urine as well as bleeding of the nose, mouth, and rectum.

For external bleeding, ensure you muzzle your pet so it does not bite you. Apply pressure to the wound to quicken clotting of blood in the case of light bleeding before applying a bandage. If the bleeding is severe, apply a tourniquet and loosen it at intervals of approximately 20 seconds. Rush the pet to the nearest professional vet in cases of internal bleeding and severe external bleeding.

 

Dog legs rigged skin

 

It should be noted that first aid is a temporary solution. Therefore, do not use first aid to replace professional veterinary care. Always rush your pet to a veterinary doctor as soon as it gets hurts or injured.

7 Fun Games To Play With Your Dog

7 Fun Games To Play With Your Dog

Podcast | Kiara – 7 Fun Games To Play With Your Dog

 

Games are not only important for your dog’s physical exercise but can also be used as a reward for reinforcing positive behaviour. Games also provide an opportunity for you and your pet to bond and interact. While those trips out to the dog park may not be as frequent because of the pandemic, the following are seven games fun games to play with your dog at home;

 

 

So these are the 7 Fun Games To Play With Your Dog:- 

Table of Contents

  1. Tug-of-war
  2. Hide-and-seek
  3. Find the toy
  4. Fetch
  5. Toy-on-a string
  6. Follow your nose
  7. Digging box

 

1. Tug-of-war

This is one of the most popular games to play with dogs at home. As the name suggests, the game involves tugging on a tug toy with your dog. The size and texture of the tug toys vary according to your dog’s size as small dogs may prefer smaller toys while big dogs prefer bigger toys. Tug-of-war is a good game to exercise your dog and provide a basis for interaction.

 

dogs playing with a stick

2. Hide-and-seek

Dogs are hunters just like other canines and hence they are naturally predisposed to search and find things. Playing hide-and-seek with your dog is a great way of encouraging them to use their nose actively to trace where you are hiding. All you need is to get them to understand a few rules of the game and let the fun begin. You can use hints such as whistling or clapping if your hiding spot is too creative. Always be ready with a treat for your pet once they find you as this is what keeps the game exciting for them. Hide-and-seek can be played both indoors and outdoors.

happy dog

 

3. Find the toy

While dogs may not go to school as your kid does, this doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve to exercise their mental faculties. One such game that can help your pet use their mind creatively is find-the-toy. This game is similar to hide-and-seek in that the dog has to trace a hidden object but find-the-toy is a little more mentally tasking. All you need to do is hide your dog’s toy somewhere and let them use their sense of scent to trace the toy. Hide-the-toy can also be played indoors or outdoors.

dog playing with a squeak toy

 

4. Fetch

This is one of the most physically engaging games to play with your dog at home. However, it should be noted that not all dogs are enamored by this game. To play this game with your dog, drop or throw a toy or ball and then tell your dog to fetch it and bring it back to you. To make the session more intense, you can use several dog toys at once such that immediately your pet returns a toy you throw another one and order them to fetch it.

Dog resting after playing

 

5. Toy-on-a string

Toy-on-a string is another game that allows your dog to get some vigorous physical exercise and you too! This game is played by having a toy tied to a string and then quickly moving it around on the ground, challenging your dog to catch it. Toy-on-a string exercises your dog’s reflexes as it requires them to be highly alert and to move fast to catch the toy.

 

Dog resting on couch beside letter

6. Follow your nose

Dogs’ scenting abilities are a key fixture in their games. Follow your nose is a game that challenges dogs to use their sense of scent but at a higher level than in hide-and-seek and find-the-toy. This game involves dragging along the ground an object with a strong, yummy scent whether it’s a food or rope toy tied in a bag. Your dog is then supposed to trace the scent across various landscapes or objects until they track down the bag.

 

cute little furry dog

7. Digging box

Your pawed companions deserve to get a chance to scratch with their claws once in a while and there is no better way of doing this than using a digging box. You can use sand and wood to make your own digging box at home. These materials can be obtained from a hardware store near you. To avoid ruining the beauty of the compound due to your dog’s digging, designate a spot where to bury your dog’s digging box.

cute bull dog looking out of a carton

Games are a great way of giving your dog some much-needed exercise and allowing them to have fun. The utmost care should be taken to ensure your dog does not choke or sustain injuries during games.

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