Top Tips To Keep Your Pet Fit & Healthy

1pets | Tips | Saturday, 19 April 2014

cutedogWhether you own a cat or a dog, your pet will be a much-loved member of your family. Always there for you and full of love and affection whatever the weather, it’s only right that you care for them as best you can. A vital part of owning a pet is to ensure that he or she is healthy and happy, and there are a number of ways you can do this. Let’s take a look at some top tips to keep your pet fit and healthy…

Exercise
Exercise is important for any animal, and without it, your pet could be at risk of obesity and a whole host of other ailments, such as heart disease and diabetes. Many pets today are overweight – don’t let yours be one of them! Many people assume that exercising is just for dogs, but cats also need it to remain fit and healthy. If you live in a built-up, urban area, then your feline friend will need adequate room to play indoors.

A healthy diet
A healthy diet is vital for a pet, so feed them a high-quality diet that is high in fibre. It is also important not to overfeed your animal – they may love their food and wolf their dinner down quicker than you can say ‘down boy!’, but you should avoid giving them more to eat. This can make them sick and can lead to obesity, one of the biggest health problems in pets.

Prevent parasites
Parasites such as fleas can plague your pet, causing irritated skin, loss of hair and infection – not at all comfortable for your cat or dog. It is best to protect your pets all year round with regular parasite control. Your pet will thank you when they’re no longer scratching and clawing at their flea-bitten coats! Consult your veterinarian, who can advise you on the best course of treatment for your pet.

Regular exams
Just like humans, animals get sick – sometimes it is obvious they are ill, but other times it may be less so. For example, heart conditions or arthritis often go untreated for some time, leaving your animal in hidden distress for longer than is necessary. Regular trips to the vet can ensure that ailments are caught early and treated successfully.

Teeth cleaning
Humans clean their teeth in order to remain healthy and clean, so why wouldn’t you do the same for your pet? In order for your pet to feel its best, he or she requires regular mouth care. Unfortunately, pets cannot brush their teeth themselves, so it is up to you to ensure that plaque does not build up and that gum disease does not occur.

Fresh water
An adequate supply of fresh water should always be available. Water is an essential nutrient for your pet and staves off dehydration, as well as symptoms such as constipation and extreme lethargy. How much water your pet requires will depend on breed, size and your animal’s activity level. A full bowl that they are unable to capsize is a necessity in any home with pets.

Keep them warm
Many people choose to keep their pets outdoors, but extreme weather such as snow, sleet and sub-zero temperatures can quickly lead to frostbite and hypothermia. In addition, some health conditions can increase the risk of frostbite in your pet. If you must keep your pet outdoors, take steps to ensure that your furry friend is as warm as possible in the cold winter months.

So there you have it – 7 top tips that can help you to keep your pet fit and healthy. If you love your pet then act now to ensure that you are caring for them the best you can. He or she will give you lots of love and affection and total loyalty in return!

Alex Johnson is a freelance writer and pet lover based in Oxford, writing on behalf of MORE TH>N, which offers animal owners pet insurance cover to enable them to provide the best care for their pet. These are her own thoughts and do not represent the views of MORE TH>N.

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Why Get Dog Crate For Your Furry Friend?

1pets | Dogs | Friday, 11 April 2014

best-dog-cratesDog crates are really essential when you have a canine friend at home. It’s true that many pet owners cringe at the idea of getting crates thinking they by putting their furry friend into a crate they are creating an unwanted cage like feel- little do they understand that a crate actually creates a safe haven for their poodle buddy. There are a great lot of benefits of getting crates for your dog.

Personalized space

Dogs love to have their own space and the crates duly assure a separate personalized space for your canine friend. You can easily make the crate more cozy and comfortable by adding on your old soft cushions.

Needed for chewy stage

All dogs, no matter how adorable they are, are a menace when they reach to their chewy stage. They are just like little infants who feel like chewing on everything they find on their way- however, in a dog’s case the chewy damage is dangerous and can reach serious harm to your furnishing and valuables at home. If you can train the furry friend to stay at the crate for a considerable time in the chewy stage you would be able to bypass a great deal of damage to your belongings.

Easy for travel

Dog crates are excellent aides when you have to travel with your canine friend. Traveling with a pet in a car is really distracting for the driver as the dog would be constantly moving, creating much disturbances. But if can place him inside a crate while driving, the dog won’t find way to roam about and disturb you. Basically a moving vehicle makes a canine restless and a crate here would be able to assure it a sense of security.

Apart from the car rides, you would need to carry your dog in a crate while flying in an aeroplane or other means of transport.

Dog crates are available in different sizes to match up with the requirements of varied breeds. If you are looking for a trusted resource for these crates, swell pets dog crates would be an excellent choice. Swell Pets is one of the most renowned pet products store which assures high quality & versatile range of canine crates to pick from.

Find Your Puppies For Sale

1pets | Dogs | Friday, 04 January 2013

cute puppiesIf you are thinking of getting a new puppy, then it is important that you do some research into dog breeds and dog owning, to ensure you pick the right puppy to suit your personality and lifestyle. Although each dog is individual, many breeds have specific traits and characteristics, so you should jot down what qualities you would like in a dog, and do some research. For example if you have young children then some breeds of dogs such as Labradors and Golden Retrievers are more patient and good natured, and will put up with all of the ear pulling and extra noise!

You must also think about your lifestyle and how much time you can devote to your dog. Some dogs get very lonely, and need people around them for most of the day. If you work long hours and have no one else that can keep your dog company, then you will need to think very carefully about dog ownership.

There are many ways and places of getting a puppy. You can look in the telephone directory for local rescue centers and breeders, but remember puppies will be in high demand in these places so you may have to go on a waiting list. It is also a good idea to look at the classified advert for puppies sale, and the Internet is a good resource for a huge range of puppy and dog websites, such MyPuppiesSale.com

At MyPuppiesSale you can find a huge range of puppies for sale, from all sorts of breeds and such as poodle and Shih Tzu puppies. The site provides information on each breed and their general characteristics, so that you can choose the best puppy to suit you and your family. If the puppies are from registered breeders then you will also be able to view information about their sires and dams, as well as a more in depth analysis of characteristics from their blood line.

There are also free puppies listed under the adoption and shelters section, and adopting a rescued puppy is a great way of helping to shelter and protect vulnerable animals in your area. ;)

How to train your puppy

1pets | Tips | Saturday, 04 August 2012

A new canine arrival to the family is always an exciting time for anybody. Your cute little puppy will automatically be flooded with attention and will never feel lonely. Eventually though, you will come to realise that it takes more than care and attention to truly look after your puppy and make sure it matures into a well-adjusted and trusted member of your family and your society, the last thing I’m sure any owner wants is for their puppy to be put down because they do something harmful to somebody or another animal.

The way you approach your puppy’s training will shape the way your puppy will eventually grow up. Your puppy is totally reliant on you like a parent and child thusly you need to teach them things that will help them mould their character, temperament and overall behaviour.
Having a set feeding regime is one of the first things that can help your puppy mould into a routine. Picking the right dog food, although it may seem non-irrelevant in a training respect, can actually really help your puppy in the long run. A regular regime of puppy food will help your pet grow and give them the right kind of diet. A human’s diet can affect mood and overall character and it’s no different for a dog.

The three words you need to remember when training your puppy are; encourage, praise and rewards (also known as positive reinforcement) The sooner you start training your puppy the sooner you will see improvements in their behaviour. Some people, when they first get their puppy are surprised when they bite and chew things, bark or use your house as one big toilet, but that is a puppy and the only way you can fix that is with training.

The first thing most owners want to look at is house training. Stopping your dog from using your house is a toilet can be tricky sometimes but is the most important thing for your puppy to learn to save you and the dog stress. Keeping an eye on your dog food and how much water your dog has taken on board can help you estimate when your dog will need to go to the toilet. Being able to calculate this (around two hours after they have eaten) can help you take your puppy into the garden or somewhere outside and do their business. Positive reinforcement in this position will help your dog understand that this is where they should do their pooing and weeing.

Social interaction is also key. Introducing your puppy to the sights and sounds of the world is a crucial time. It helps reinforce the bond you and your animal have, as well as introducing your pet to other dogs and helping them make these connections and interactions that will again further their character. Taking your dog out regular also offers chances for more training, such as leash and call back command training.

Overall the sooner you begin to train your puppy in the basics, the quicker they can establish themselves as a well-rounded animal. Too many animals these days are being neglected when it comes to their training and can often pay the ultimate price which causes untold heartache. All it takes it’s a couple of hours a day to research training methods and put them into practice and you can build an ultimate bond between you are your puppy.

Choosing a Veterinarian

1pets | Tips | Saturday, 22 October 2011

Thanks to advancing veterinary technology, our pets are living longer than ever. A combination of pet meds for dogs and cats, advanced treatment for serious illnesses and an emphasis on preventative care are all responsible for more years with our faithful furry companions. For this reason, it’s smart to take care in choosing the right veterinarian for your pet.

It’s best to choose a veterinarian before your pet becomes ill or injured, this way you’ll feel prepared if an emergency situation does occur. One of the best ways to find a veterinarian is through a referral. Friends and family with pets are a great resource for info about local veterinarians. You can trust them be give honest feedback about vets in your area- both positive and negative. It’s also a good idea to a little bit of research on
the internet to see what others have been saying about a vet’s office you’re considering.

Once you’ve found a veterinarian you feel might be a good fit, pay them a visit. Come prepared with a list of questions about their services. You may need to visit several vets before finding one that fits the needs of both you and your pet. Below are some questions to consider when selecting a veterinarian:

•What are their office hours? Are they compatible with your work schedule?

•Do they have after-hours emergency care or do they refer clients to emergency clinics?

•Do you feel comfortable talking to the veterinarian? To the technicians?

•How well does the staff interact with your pet?

•What methods of payment are accepted?

•If you have pet insurance, does the practice accept insurance policies?

•Is the building itself clean?

•Are there any non-medical services available (boarding, grooming, etc.)?

Pets are cherished members of the family and proper veterinary care is crucial in keeping them healthy and happy. By putting in a little bit of time and effort, you can find the perfect doctor for your doggy or feline friend.

Pregnant Dog – Signs and Symptoms

1pets | Dogs | Wednesday, 15 July 2009

If your dog has not been spayed, then even if you are not intending to breed her, sometimes breeding can take place without you realising, so it is important that you know the various dog pregnancy symptoms.

Female dogs, known as bitches, can only become pregnant when they are going through their heat cycle, which normally last about 60 days so you should take extra care to keep her confined during this time, and separate her from any male dogs you also own. However it is impossible to watch over dogs in heat every moment of the day so keep an eye out for some of the following signs, which can indicate if conception has taken place.

  • Decreased appetite and activity – these are early signs that your bitch may be pregnant, as the pregnancy hormones initially suppress appetite and energy levels.
  • Nipple growth – any changes in your bitches nipples, (which should normally feel fairly flat), are another early sign of conception, and as the pregnancy develops the breasts will increase slightly in preparation for suckling.
  • Behavioural changes – pregnant bitches can often display different behavioural patterns, either becoming more affectionate or else withdrawing from attention and spending more time alone.
  • Weight gain – as the pregnancy progresses appetitive will increase and you will see some noticeable weight gain, especially around the abdomen. This will become very obvious in the later stages of the pregnancy if your bitch is carrying an average sized litter (especially in the smaller breeds), but if she is only carrying one or two pups then it might not be so noticeable.
  • Puppy movement – also in the later stages of the pregnancy you will be able to see and feel the puppies moving around as they get into a birthing position.
  • Milk production – this will begin in the later stages and often leak a little from the nipples as the delivery date gets nearer.

If your bitch is pregnant then she may also display some obvious signs that the birth is imminent, such as nesting where she will prepare the area she has chosen to delivery by tearing or scrunching up paper and blankets, and also a general restlessness. A more scientific method is that her temperature will drop down from 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit to around 97-99 degrees. You should start taking your bitches temperature after the 58th day of gestation, to ensure you have an accurate idea of her normal temperature so that you can judge when this has dropped for the birth. :)


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