Category: Dog Care

5 pocket-friendly healthy dog foods and their homemade alternative

5 pocket-friendly healthy dog foods and their homemade alternative

Podcast | Kiara – 5 POCKET-FRIENDLY HEALTHY DOG FOODS AND THEIR HOMEMADE ALTERNATIVE

 
The food that we buy for our dogs from the markets has a lot of preservatives added to them that can make them less nutritious. A homemade meal for a dog is way healthier than the packed ones, not only are they affordable but they are also unique and beneficial for your dog’s well-being. Homemade dog food allows you to provide your dog with high-quality meals at a lower cost, and they won’t get bored by eating the same kind of meal daily. It is also enjoyed by the one who prepares the food for their dog by looking at really easy DIY meals.

A few of the pocket-friendly foods that can be easily carried anywhere are mentioned below:

Table of Contents

  1. Peanut butter treats
  2. Chicken and wild rice biscuits
  3. Cheddar bacon dog treats
  4. Spinach, Carrot and, zucchini treat
  5. Dog donuts
  6. Conclusion

1. Peanut butter treats

Whenever you want to take your dog for a walk, don’t forget to carry some food made of peanut butter. To make it you’ll have some pumpkin puree, peanut butter, eggs and, wheat flour. You can see all the natural ingredients are added to the recipe and it is better than ordinary dog food. When they get baked, cool them down and they will be ready to soothe the taste buds of your dog.

2. Chicken and wild rice biscuits

Never give your dog meat having bones in it as it can hurt the inner area of their mouth, mostly the dogs prefer the meat that is cooked, so, in this recipe, you have to take the breast piece of the chicken and boil it, then blend it with cooked wild rice, eggs and salt. Cut them with the help of a bone-shaped cutter and bake them. it will fulfill all the needs of protein for your dog that he gets from dog food.

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3. Cheddar bacon dog treats

While some businesses provide nutritious dog treats, most owners are unaware that it’s really simple to make their dog treats at home using nutritious foods that are just as excellent for dogs as they are for people, such as oats. To make this recipe all you need is rolled oats, cheddar cheese, cooked bacon strips and 2 eggs, make a sticky dough and bake it. This yummy recipe gets ready to serve your dog in no time and replaces all the by-products of meat found in dog food.

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4. Spinach, Carrot and, zucchini treat

While the actual content of dog food varies greatly from one manufacturer to the next, meats, animal products, cereals, grains, vitamins, and minerals are all common ingredients.  Modern dog feeds began as a dry, biscuit-like diet for dogs, this full of additives can be harmful to your pup’s health. So, this organic recipe is going to treat your dog right which includes all the main ingredients that are the best alternative for dog food. This healthy recipe contains some veggies along with wheat flour, oats and, pumpkin puree. They are baked in biscuit shape so are handy-sized food for your pet.

best meats for dog

5. Dog donuts

All the dog foods contain the things that are essential for his health. If you ever noticed, the foods are labeled with omega-3 fatty acids and protein. These things can be consumed by dogs if we make such meals from natural ingredients, the recipe that’s going to be shared consists of coconut oil, oats, peanut butter, eggs, bacon and, Greek yogurt. Spread this mixture in a donut-shaped pan and bake it.

 

6. Conclusion

Homemade organic food is always proven essential and superior to the packed dry food for dogs. Even if you can’t cook a proper meal for your pet, look for food that contains whole ingredients that are slightly cooked because it is never recommended to compromise on your dog’s health by continuously giving them ready-made food products.

 

 

 

 

Best Ways to Control Dog Shedding

Best Ways to Control Dog Shedding

As a dog owner, you know how annoying it is when your pet sheds. Dog shedding can be all over your home and furniture, which makes cleaning up after them that much harder-hard. Dog shedding happens because of the constant growth of hair. There are many ways to control and reduce this problem in dogs and, in this blog post we will find the perfect technique for you!

Table of Contents

  1. Brushing Done Correctly
  2. Get Your Dog The Correct Nutrition
  3. Keep Fleas Away At All Costs
  4. Bathe Your Dog Regularly
  5. Exercise Your Dog Everyday
  6. De-shedding Tools For Heavy Shedders
  7. Remember Clean Water Is The Key!
  8. Conclusion

1. Brushing Done Correctly

Brushing is crucial to controlling your dog shedding. Brushing removes the dead hair from your dog’s coat, which will reduce shedding. The more often you brush your dog, the less they will shed. Dog brushing also helps to keep their skin healthy and free of any irritations that can cause them to scratch or chew at themselves!

Brush daily with a metal comb. Metal combs are best for removing old hairs because it has teeth close together so there is no space between them where new hair could slip through without being removed by the comb. This makes all the difference in controlling dog shedding! Another awesome tip is using an undercoat rake before or after bathing as well as during grooming sessions to remove loose fur and debris (dirt). This way you not only get rid of dog shedding, but you also help promote a shiny and healthy coat!

If dog shedding is still an issue, try changing up your brushing routine. Use a slicker brush or pin brush on the dog’s body to remove dead hair. Use it at least once per week for maximum results! If dog shedding is heavy throughout the year, try using a de-shedding tool once or twice per week. This will help remove dog shedding much faster and easier than brushing alone!

2. Get Your Dog The Correct Nutrition

Aside from dog shedding, nutrition is very important for your dog’s health. The food you give to your canine companion should be high-quality and healthy. Dog shedding can also happen if the nutritional needs of the animal are not being met; this includes their protein, vitamin or mineral levels!

If you have a large breed that sheds heavily, consider adding supplements to their diet such as omega fatty acids which help with dog shedding issues because it promotes shiny coats plus reduces inflammation in joints. Dry dog foods tend to work best so pick up some good quality dry kibble at the store today.

3. Keep Fleas Away At All Costs

One of the most common dogs shedding causes is because your pet has fleas. Fleas love to feed on dog shedding, so if you see them constantly itching or scratching themselves; they probably have an infestation. Not only do dog Flea treatments work well for controlling dog shedding issues but if they will also get rid of any parasites that might be causing other problems like worms and infections in their skin! If you cannot afford a dog Flea treatment then there are many natural ways to help reduce dog Flea symptoms without spending too much money. Try adding some garlic powder to your dog’s food every day (just make sure not to give them more than one teaspoon per day) as this helps kill off adult fleas by destroying their digestive systems. On top of dog shedding control, garlic also helps prevent heartworms!

4. Bathe Your Dog Regularly

Lastly, bathing your dog is very important for dog shedding problems because it cleans out all the dead hair and dirt in their coat; which prevents them from itching or biting at themselves when they are shedding heavily. If you don’t plan on taking your pet to a professional groomer then make sure that you use shampoos made specifically for dogs (and not people) as human shampoo can be too harsh on canine skin causing irritation plus leaving behind residue which will attract more dog shedding! Make sure to brush before bath time so there isn’t any loose fur stuck in the dog’s coat after getting wet with water. This will make dog Shedding much easier to remove when it dries because the hair won’t stick together in clumps!

5. Exercise Your Dog Everyday

Dogs who do not get enough exercise will suffer from dog shedding problems due to stress on the body. Exercise helps reduce dog shedding by allowing dog shedding to release any pent-up energy that might be causing dog flea problems. Also, exercise keeps your dog’s muscles toned and healthy which helps them stay in good condition! Try taking the dog on walks or runs every day for maximum results.

6. De-shedding Tools For Heavy Shedders

If dog shedding is still an issue, try changing up your brushing routine. Use a slicker brush or pin brush on the dog’s body to remove dead hair; use it at least once per week for maximum results! If dog shedding is heavy throughout the year, try using a de-shedding tool once or twice per week. This will help remove dog shedding much faster and easier than brushing alone! Other great de-shedding tools include dog hair vacuums and dog dematting tools. These can be found at dog groomers or local dog grooming supply shops.

7. Remember Clean Water Is The Key!

Lastly, dog shedding problems might be caused by your dog drinking dirty water. Make sure to provide them with clean water at all times so they are not constantly drinking from dirty puddles or ponds which could have dog fleas in them. Also if you feed primarily dry dog foods then consider adding some tap water to their food every other day or so because dog shedding benefits when they are kept hydrated.

8. Conclusion

It is essential to take care of your dogs shedding problems to keep them happy and healthy. Dog shedding can be a nuisance but dog flea treatments, dog De-shedding tools, and dog grooming will help you manage your pet’s shedding issues! Try using these tips today for maximum results! Remember to consult a vet if you have any other questions on this topic as dog shedding problems can be a sign of dog Flea infestations or other dog Health issues. Be sure to catch symptoms early to prevent any further issues!

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How to Stop a Puppy (or Adult Dog) From Inappropriate Chewing

How to Stop a Puppy (or Adult Dog) From Inappropriate Chewing

 

Podcast | Kiara – How to Stop a Puppy (or Adult Dog) From Inappropriate Chewing

 

Is your puppy or dog getting into things they shouldn’t be? Are they leaving chew marks, bite marks, or even tears on the furniture? There are numerous reasons for this behavior and the reason affects the treatment. Don’t fret though, there’s hope! There are several ways to stop a puppy or adult dog from inappropriate chewing.

Table of Contents

  1. Understand your dog
  2. Give Your Dog A Chew Toy
  3. Use Bad-Tasting Repellents and Sprays
  4. Give Your Dog Plenty of Exercises
  5. Obedience Training
  6. Be Patient and Realistic

 

1. Understand your dog

The first step in stopping your puppy or dog from inappropriate chewing is understanding the reason for the behaviour. The most common reason for excessive chewing is:

  • Attention seeking
  • Boredom
  • Teething
  • Toothaches

Once you determine the reason, you can help phase your pup out of this phase using the following methods.

 

2. Give Your Dog A Chew Toy

Dogs and puppies are genetically geared towards needing to chew on things. It’s an innate behaviour that every puppy pal comes with, so it’s inevitable that they’ll start choosing things. In order to prevent them from chewing on things you do not want them to, be sure they have other options like chew toys lying around the house! You may have to test a few out to see what kind your dog prefers (hard, plush, noisy, flavored, etc.).

3. Use Bad-Tasting Repellents and Sprays

Visit your local pet store for pet-safe sprays and repellents that you can spray on the objects you want them to stay away from. The smell or taste will deter the behaviour, but the desire for the behavior will remain so you’ll have provided them with an alternative.

4. Give Your Dog Plenty of Exercises

A primary reason for inappropriate chewing is actually boredom and/or seeking your attention. If you notice an increase in frequency in this behavior, it’s best to first look at how their or your life has changed recently. It’s likely that they aren’t getting enough exercise to keep them entertained and boredom-free. Make sure you’re getting your dog out of the house twice daily and playing with them inside as well. This should decrease the chewing behavior as they’ll be less bored, and they’ll be getting the attention they seek from you.

5. Obedience Training

If all else fails, you can always take your puppy or adult dog to an obedience school. There are schools that allow you to drop your dog off and pick them up several times per week, stay for a whole week, or even do daily training where you can stay and observe. These training consist of sessions where the trainers will present chewing options and work through the inappropriate behaviour with your dog so that the behaviour decreases at home. 

6. Be Patient and Realistic

This behaviour is a hard one for any animal to beat, especially if it has been going on for an extended amount of time. You’ll need to be patient and accept that the behaviour won’t go away overnight just because you got them a new toy. Your pet needs to accept that they have other options and that they are getting what they need from you every day. Over time the behaviour will decrease! 


Training a new pup or adult dog can be a difficult task, especially when it comes to inappropriate chewing. So long as you are patient with them and ensure you are providing them with the appropriate amount of exercise and attention, as well as some alternative chew toys, you should see the behaviour go down! If you don’t, consider obedience school or having a trainer come to your house. The behaviour is a tough one, but it’s absolutely attainable to overcome! 

How To Take Care of Newborn Puppies?

How To Take Care of Newborn Puppies?

So, your favourite pup has just given birth to numerous new favourite little pups! What an exciting adventure to embark on. Puppies bring so much joy to our lives, but with that joy comes a whole host of new responsibilities that you may not be aware of. Taking care of newborn puppies is a huge up taking that needs to be taken seriously and delicately! Let’s talk about why.

Table of Contents

  1. Feeding
  2. How to keep newborn puppies warm
  3. How often do newborn puppies poop?
  4. Monitor the newborns’ weight
  5. Trim the newborns’ nails
  6. Don’t handle the newborns excessively
  7. Playtime
  8. Socialization With Humans
  9. Vaccinations
  10. When to Visit the Veterinarian
  11. When is the right time for a puppy to leave its mother?

1. Feeding

A newborn pup who has a mother with them will get their nutritional needs from the mother. This is not something you need to worry about unless you notice mama isn’t producing milk or your pups are not eating/latching. 

If there is no mother around, you will need to purchase a puppy milk replacer and feed it to the pups in a bottle similar to ones used for newborn humans. Do not feed newborn pups cow’s milk or any other human/animal drink as their digestive systems are not fully developed and are sensitive to such products.

2. How to keep newborn puppies warm

Newborn pups are often skinny and cold. It’s best to keep newborn pups in a sideways cardboard box that is lined with soft blankets they can curl up into to keep warm. Wrapping newborn puppies in small blankets or towels individually is also an option if you don’t have a whole litter to manage. 

If you live in a colder area, or it’s a colder season, consider turning on a space heater but be sure to position it on the other side of the room so as not to make the room too hot or endanger the pups!

3. How often do newborn puppies poop?

Most newborn puppies will poop after each meal, some will defecate prior to the meal so they don’t feel bloated or tense in their tummies. Keeping puppy pads around can help control where they poop and ensure they don’t roll in their own faeces by accident!

4. Monitor the newborns’ weight

Keeping track of newborn puppy weight is critical to ensuring the pups don’t have any health conditions occurring. Pending the breed of your pup, their starting weight should be between 2.5 oz and 2.5 lb and this should increase by 10-15% of birth weight each week during the first year of life.

5. Trim the newborns’ nails

When applicable, trim your newborn puppy’s nails to avoid accidental injuries such as clawing at other pups, scratching mama, scratching you, getting stuck on catchable fabrics, etc. 

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6. Don’t Handle the Newborns Excessively

Newborn pups are sensitive to touch as they are growing and learning about their environment. They also do not see for the first 4-6 weeks of life so they don’t always know you’re coming and this can be frightening.

7. Playtime

Newborn pups will play with each other and in their environment. They do not need excessive amounts of toys, especially in their newborn phase of life. Wait until their order to start incorporating puppy toys.

8. Socialization With Humans

Getting your newborn pups used to humans is important but should be done slowly. Allow human interaction in short increments daily and increase the allotted time each week. Start small, maybe 10 minutes/day, and build from there.

9.Vaccinations

Newborn pups need several vaccinations include distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, and parainfluenza. They should be vaccinated around 6 weeks old.

10.When to Visit the Veterinarian

Newborn pups should visit a veterinarian within their first week of being born to ensure they have no health issues right out of the gate. They should then receive monthly checkups to monitor development.

11. When is the right time for a puppy to leave its mother?

The minimum age for a puppy to leave its mother is 8 weeks, but it’s preferred to wait for 10-12.

 

The American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a dog that has been bred to be gentle around children. The dogs are originally from Britain where they were used as bait in the sport of bull-baiting and then used by farmers on farms for their strength and intelligence before finally moving into people’s homes, so families could have them as nanny dogs. They may come from rescue shelters or breeders; You might not know that Pit Bulls, with their tenacity and courage, make them a popular choice for competitions in weight pulling, agility training, and obedience. Of course, they’re also great at being friendly companions! 

The term “pit bull” doesn’t refer to a breed, but rather it is used as an adjective for several different types of purebreds including the American Pit Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Table of Contents

  1. History
  2. Size
  3. Personality
  4. Health
  5. Feeding
  6. Children And Other Pets

 

1. History

Bull and Terrier breeds were created in early 19th century England for the sports of bull- and bear-baiting. When those sports became illegal, dog fighting sprung up as a replacement.  And this is when aggression was bred into the genetic line. Dogs with an unwillingness to bite humans needed handlers able to separate dogs without getting hurt themselves The breed soon developed a reputation as strong protective dogs but also known for being family-friendly.
The “Bull Dogs” accompanying immigrants to America had new jobs in the New World. Their duties varied from hunting and guarding, while also being a companion on the farm. Some of these Bulldogs were larger than their English ancestors as they continued with this mindset that bigger is better!

The American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier are two different breeds of dogs, which share a common ancestor. The UKC named this breed in 1898, but it was renamed after later generations were bred for AKC conformation contests. Today these differences are much more subtle than they used to be.

2. Size

Males’ height ranges from 18 to 19 inches, while females’ height ranges from 17 to 18 inches. The weight fluctuates between 30 and 85 pounds.

3. Personality

You can call Pit bulls one of the most misunderstood dog breeds out there. They’re confident and keenly aware of their surroundings, but they have no idea that their size is something of a deterrent to being a lapdog. Confident and alert, pit bulls may warn you if someone unfamiliar makes an appearance- not because they want to protect themselves from strangers as guard dogs do, but because they love people so much!

It takes early socialization for American Pit Bull Terriers to grow up well-rounded. That’s because exposure too many different people and experiences when they are young helps them develop a personality that is tolerant of new things and provides an emotional support system.

4. Health

American Pit Bull Terriers are usually pretty healthy, but like any other breed, they’re prone to a few diseases. Not all American Pit Bulls will get any or even most of these problems – it’s important to know about them if you want this kind of dog!

  • Hip Dysplasia (HD)
  • Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Heart Disease

5. Feeding

It’s important for your pit bull to have a proper diet in order to stay healthy and happy. One of the keys ingredients in high-quality dry food, 1.5 – 2 cups per day split into two meals will keep them satisfied!

Feeding your dog at set times each day will help prevent obesity. You should be able to feel his ribs when you rub him and not necessarily see them, though sometimes they may still be hidden beneath a layer of muscle that is needed for the athletic activities he enjoys most.

 

6. Children And Other Pets

The American Pit Bull Terrier is an excellent choice for a family pet. They’re energetic, sturdy, and tolerant – making them perfect playmates! It’s important to note that no matter what the size, any dog or breed should not ever be left unsupervised with children. The best way to guarantee a happy, healthy dog is by teaching kids not to touch them. They should never approach an eating or sleeping pup and take away his food either!

Pit Bulls have a history of fighting and, because of this, it can be difficult to train them not to act aggressively. But if they are socialized early on in life and properly trained about their behaviour then aggression is less likely. Just for safety’s sake though you should always supervise your Pit Bull around other dogs.

 

Pit bulls are the most versatile and intelligent breed of dogs in existence. They’re always happy to see you, no matter what they were doing before. If a Pit Bull is not with their human companion then chances are that they will be around someone else playing or being silly! This makes them great companions for people who work long hours because these energetic creatures never tire out–they can keep going all day without getting bored even if it means chasing after your kids from room to room at home while also keeping an eye on older family members when others need help outside.

 

German Shepherd

German Shepherd

German shepherds are recognized as one of the most popular dog breeds around the worldwide scale for their calm and confident demeanor. They’re quick to learn, eager to please, protective dogs that just want people’s love. They have many qualities that are desirable to both pet owners and dog enthusiasts. They are very protective, calm, intelligent, eager-to-please attitude makes this a top choice for anyone who wants an obedient companion with good grooming skills. German shepherds are famous for their balance of power and grace. These loyal dogs weigh between 50-90 pounds, with most German Shepherds being a black & tan color mix—but it’s not unheard of to see other variations like all-black or red! Loyalty is one of the many qualities that make German Shepherds such a great breed. These dogs will put everything on the line for those they love and want to protect, but because of their size and energy level, they may not be best suited for everyone’s lifestyle or needs.

German shepherds are extremely loyal dogs with enough power to take down anyone who comes near what matters most in life – human companionship!

Table of Contents

    1. History
    2. Food
    3. Interesting Facts

1. History

German shepherds are one of the most famous and recognizable breeds in history. The German shepherd originates from Germany during the late 1800s, as Capt. Max von Stephanitz found a powerful “wolflike dog” at an exhibition that exhibited excellent herding skills with no training other than direction—which is what made him decide to adopt it into his family’s farm for use on livestock. The intention was to create a perfect dog for work . the result was the direct ancestor of today’s modern german shepherd. Though von Stephanitz originally focused on breeding herding dogs for military police forces to use in World War I but switched gears shortly after when he realized that these animals were not as well suited for this task due to their size or personality traits. German shepherds have been working in every line of work for a long time. They’ve helped with police investigations, found people lost during natural disasters and wars, saved lives as search and rescue dogs or supply carriers because they’re so strong!

 

German Shepards are one breed that has always played an important role in the world – helping people find their way back home when disaster strikes.

German shepherds were first introduced to the U.S. in the early 1900s and their popularity boomed after World War I, when returning soldiers brought them back with them from Europe. In 1917, due to a stigma against all things German during this time period, they changed its name officially to shepherd dog (similarly it had also been renamed Alsatian Wolf Dog in England). American Dog Clubs, like the AKC, changed their name to “German Shepherd” after 1931. This change was a way to distance themselves from German breeds that were bred for combat and not confirmation purposes such as those produced by Nazi Germany in World War II The American-bred dogs have been selectively breeding with sloped backs while at the same time highlighting attributes that would win them awards in competitions instead of working on the field.

 

German Shepherd

2. Food

German Shepherds are known for their intelligence, but they can be difficult to care for. It’s important that you monitor the growth of your puppy and take steps during this time if necessary so that it does not become too large as an adult.

One problem associated with German Shepherd dogs is a high risk of musculoskeletal problems because in many instances these breeds grow into adulthood too quickly without enough calcium or other nutrients needed for healthy bone development at some point before 3 years old.

It’s easy to keep your German Shepherd healthy and happy! You just need to feed them a large-breed puppy food formula up until they grow into their adult size, then switch it out with an appropriate-sized adult diet. The latter provides proteins for supporting lean muscle mass in all dogs of different sizes.

If you have a German shepherd, these are the best dog food choices for your pup.

Royal Canin  – Royal Canin German Shepherd Adult Dog Food

Pedigree Pro – Pedigree Pro Adult Dog Food – Large Breed Food

Smart Heart – SmartHeart Power Pack Adult Dog Food – Medium and Large Breed

Taste of the Wild – Taste Of the wild – Sierra mountain Canine – Puppies and Adult Dog Food

3. Interesting Facts

  • Rin Tin Tin was a German shepherd who had been rescued from the battlefield of World War I. He is credited with boosting popularity for his breed and spreading their use as “man’s best friend” through entertainment, such as the 1950s television hit The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.
  • A German shepherd named Buddy and his owner Morris Frank was the first recorded seeing eye dog duo in America. In 1928, when they arrived from Switzerland to New York City, Dorothy Harrison Eustis had established a school for service dogs used by blind World War II veterans that Buddy completed training with before traveling abroad.
  • Buddy, a guide dog for the visually impaired that had been trained by Frank to help him navigate through the city streets. Buddy’s arrival in New York helped catalyze efforts to make resources available across America and around the world so more people with vision impairment could live independently.
How To Help Your Dog Love Baths

How To Help Your Dog Love Baths

Every dog owner knows the struggle of taking their dog out to play and walking back inside with muddy paws, smelly fur, and an overall attitude of, “I don’t need a bath, I’m squeaky clean!”. However, giving your dog a bath is important, but for some dogs, this is a terrifying experience. Luckily, there are several things you can do to help your dog learn to love baths!

Table of Contents

  1. Start young
  2. Don’t underestimate a good treat
  3. Don’t rush
  4. Bring a positive attitude
  5. Make it Fun
  6. Make the water comfortable
  7. Keep it short
  8. Conclusion

1.Start young

If possible, start bathing your dog at home from a young age. This gives them ample time to adjust to the process and puppies are notoriously easier to train to enjoy baths than older dogs are! Puppies also often enjoy baths from the beginning, so this will make your life and theirs easier as they age.

 

2.Don’t underestimate a good treat

Treats are going to be your best friend when trying to get your fearful dog to enjoy (or at least tolerate) bath time. Use treats as motivation and builds your dog’s tolerance slowly. The best way to do this is by working in stages: use dog treats to get your dog to tolerate being in the bathroom then work your way up the ladder (tolerate hearing/seeing the running water, tolerate feeling the water, tolerate standing in the tub, tolerate having water poured on them, etc.)

3. Don’t rush

Baths are hectic enough for dogs with the noise of the bathroom, bathtub water, feeling a little trapped in the bath, feeling the water on their body, having water dumped on them, etc. Take your time when helping your dog enjoy baths. The slower you go and the more praise you provide, the calmer your dog will feel.

 

4. Bring a positive attitude

Dogs often feed off of the emotions of their owners. If you are showing fear, they will show fear (or they will get aggressive). By using an excited tone of voice, you’re more likely to notice your pup’s excitement level and trust level increase during bath times. Some pets also respond well to a positive attitude, but calm demeanor versus an overexcited one. You’ll have to do some trial and error to determine which one your pet responds best to. 

5. Make it Fun 

Don’t make bath time all about getting in and out. Provide your pup with some bath time toys like squeakers they only get when they are in the bath. This will increase their motivation. Also, using an excited tone of voice here and getting a little wet and messy with them will help lower their anxiety and make bath time seem more like playtime.

 

6. Make the water comfortable

Dog’s skin is much more sensitive to heat/cold than humans. You want the bath to be warm, but not hot. It should be easy for you to keep your hand in the water for an extended amount of time. If you notice your hand is getting too hot or you’re wanting to pull out, make the water cooler. The same concept applies to water that is too cold.

7. Keep it short

Bath time should not be rushed, but it should also not drag on for pups who have a fear of this time. For first-timers or pups with bath time anxiety, try keeping bath time under 10 minutes and then build it up.

7.
Conclusion

Bath time can be scary for new pups, rescue pups, or pups who have a fear of bath time. It’s absolutely possible to help reduce your pup’s anxiety with the help of a few tips and tricks. Remember to make bath time fun, simple, and provide lots of praise and treats/toys that will reassure your dog. You want them to enjoy bath time, not want to dive out of the tub every 10 seconds!

What Every Puppy Owner Should Know About Parvo?

What Every Puppy Owner Should Know About Parvo?

Table of Contents

  1. What Is Parvo?
  2. Why Do Puppies Get Parvo?
  3. How Long Are Puppies With Parvo Contagious?
  4. Symptoms
  5. Treatment

1. What Is Parvo?

Parvo disease in puppies is caused by parvovirus. Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that’s transmitted through direct and indirect contact with an infected dog. Your puppy will be exposed to the virus every time it sniffs, licks, or consumes something contaminated by parvovirus. When a person who has recently had contact with an infected dog touches their puppy, or when a puppy encounters an object such as food and water that is contaminated by the virus; it’s possible for the indirect transmission to occur.

Parvo is classified as a disorder of the stomach and the small intestine, which is why it does so much damage here.

2. Why Do Puppies Get Parvo?

Puppies between six weeks and six months of age are most susceptible to parvovirus. Puppies are vaccinated against Parvo at 6, 8, and 12 weeks of age. Puppies are suspected of the disease until they have received all three vaccinations, which means that owners must take extra steps during this time to keep their puppies from getting the virus.

The severity of parvo cases varies. Weaning stress can lead to more severe cases in puppies, as their weakened immune system is less able to fight off illness.  

The top breeds of dogs that are at an increased risk of parvo are:

  • English Springer Spaniels
  • Rottweilers
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • German Shepherd Dogs
  • American Staffordshire Terriers
  • Labrador Retrievers

3. How Long Are Puppies With Parvo Contagious?

Puppies and adult dogs with parvovirus infection begin to shed the virus 4-5 days after infection. Unfortunately, this time frame does not always coincide with the first symptoms of Parvo, which means dogs may become infected before the owner realises that the puppy is sick.  Keep the recovering puppy away from other dogs for at least 10 days. Puppies infected with parvo continue to shed the virus even after clinical recovery, so be careful of passing it on.

 

4. Symptoms

A dog with a parvo is very sick. The sooner you find the first signs of the virus in a puppy, the sooner you can take your dog to the vet. Since parvo is common in puppies, you should see your veterinarian when your puppy is not feeling well. But you should also be aware of the specific symptoms if your puppy has parvo.

Some of the most common symptoms of parvo are:

  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Anorexia
  • Weight loss
  • Depression
  • Dehydration

 

5. Treatment

Your veterinarian diagnoses parvo based on clinical signs and blood tests. Your vet can also perform a test called an ELISA to look for viral antigens in your dog’s stool and determine whether additional diagnostic tests are needed.

There is no cure for parvo. Your veterinarian will provide supportive care for your puppy throughout the illness, treat symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration, and ensure your puppy is getting adequate nutrition along with the proper dog food

 

How to Store Dog Food Correctly

How to Store Dog Food Correctly

Your dog is basically the most important friend, child, protector, and therapist you’ll ever have. With such heavy responsibilities, they deserve only the best care, and that includes fuelling them with the best dog food you can afford! However, is there more to dog food than just the ingredients? Does the way you store your dog’s food affect its nutritional value?

In short, yes. The way we store our dog’s food can change how long it lasts, its nutritional value, and how well it gets digested by your furry little friend. In order to better understand the why and how of dog food storage, we’ve put together a little guide on the ins and outs of the right way to store your dog’s food!

Table of Contents

    1. Why dog food storage is important
    2. Mistakes to Avoid When Storing Dog Food

1. Why dog food storage is important

The way we store our dog’s food directly affects the shelf life and the quality of it. Whether you serve your dog dry food or wet food, you’ll want to be sure you are storing it properly to preserve its integrity.

Adult Dogs

2. Mistakes to Avoid When Storing Dog Food

Let’s go over the top common mistakes to avoid when storing your dog’s food.

Make sure to seal the dog food bag

Dog food, just like any other food, can get stale or spoiled if it is exposed to air for too long. It’s important to reseal your dog’s food after each use to avoid this. Sealing the food bag also ensures that no unwanted bugs, germs, or chemicals from household sprays are getting into the bag!


Choose the right spot for storing the food

Pending the type of food you have; the company should tell you the best location to store your dog’s food. With dry food, it’s most common to store the food in a cool, dry area such as in a cabinet. With canned wet food, it’s a similar concept such as storing them in a pantry. Avoid storing your dog’s food anywhere with excess moisture such as a bathroom, basement, or outside. 


Don’t allow kids to touch pet food

Let’s be honest, kids have germs. So, when we allow our kids to touch their pet’s food, we are exposing our pets to germs that their bodies may not be equipped to handle! Your kids are more than welcome to feed the dog, just be sure they are doing so safely by using a dog food scooper.


Do not transfer kibbles into a container

Transferring kibble into a container is simply an unnecessary step that extends exposure to the air. It’s best to leave the dog food in the bag that it came in as the bag was specifically designed to keep your dog’s food fresh as long as possible. 

 
Not taking the expiration date seriously

Just like our food, dog food expires and spoils as well. If you feed your pet food that is past the expiration date, you’re likely to end up with a sick doggo! Some dog food can last up to a month past the expiration date, but it is not preferred to take the risk. 


Wash the dog’s water and food bowls

Lastly, wash your dog’s water and food bowls. Bacteria can build upon these bowls from your dogs’ mouths and over time can lead to illnesses. Try to give your dog filtered water if you live in an area with hard water!

Dogs play such a significant role in our lives. They deserve only the best care, including the food we give them. By following these tips and avoiding the above mistakes, you can ensure a happy, healthy pooch!

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