Tips On Travelling With Your Dog

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travel with dogIf you’re anything like me, you don’t like going anywhere with your dog. Add to that the fact I don’t like leaving my dog at a kennel, taking your dog with you when you go away can be great fun! While a beach holiday might not be the best place to take your dog (I do make exceptions!), there are plenty of trips where you can take your dog with you. But if you’re not prepared, a dream trip with your furry friend can quickly turn into a nightmare.

Where to stay
It’s absolutely essential to do some research before taking off. There are some great places to stay which are completely dog friendly and ever cater to dogs. I saw one which had a doggy roomservice menu – how great is that? Google “dog friendly hotels” and add wherever you’re going. Plenty should come up. It is important to always check beforehand whether it’s ok to bring your dog, as many hotels won’t allow them to stay in the room.

Keep your dog on the leash
When exploring new places, make sure you have your dog under control. He/She might be over excited about seeing a new environment if he’s used to the same walks every time.

Should you crate your dog for travel?
While I always feel really bad when I see a dog in a crate, it turns out that’s just us – most dogs won’t have a problem with being crated. It’s even possible your dog will feel safer in one. Before you put them in though, make sure you exercise them sufficiently and remove anything dangerous from the crate. A dog shouldn’t be able to wander around the car either, he should be secured to avoid any injuries.

dog-travel-tipsDriving with your dog
My dog loves driving. I put her in the boot and she will hapily look outside for hours. However I know many dogs don’t like it and even get carsick. The key here is not to feed your dog too much before you start your journey.

Taking your dog on the plane
The best thing to do is check with the airline you’re travelling with whether you can take you’re dog – there are plenty of rules. They can also give you the best practice. As with driving, give the dog sufficient energy beforehand, and do not feed the dog before putting them into a crate.

Keeping the dog calm
Is there anything your dog loves, like a favorite toy? Make sure you bring that along to calm him/her down.

Water and food

If you’re going far away, you may want to give your dog some bottled water. It’s a good way to avoid an upset tummy and also running out of water. Same with food, make sure you bring plenty of it so you don’t have to go looking for a store on your trip.

How to Choose a Dog Trainer

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dog trainerI always find it funny when people think they can get a cute puppy, cuddle it, love it, and all will be well. I really wish it was that way, but dogs need to be trained or you’re opening yourself up to a whole lot of trouble! An untrained dog won’t just be messy and disobedient, it could be downright dangerous depending on the breed.

The cheapest way to train your dog would be to do it yourself. There’s plenty of great book out there. If this is the way forward for you, I recommend you visit Amazon, type in “your breed training” and breed specific training books will come up. Just let the reviews determine which is the best book for you. But sometimes, it’s easier and better to go to a dog school or if you can afford it, hire a dog trainer to get the best pet training available.

So let’s take a look at how to chose the best dog trainer.

  • If the trainer has a place of business, then visit the school without your puppy first to get a good feel about the place. Does it look professional, clean and safe?
  • Where has the dog trainer received his or her training. There’s plenty of different Dog Training Certificates out there – have they received schooling / training from a respectable place? While this is not really necessary, and if the trainer has great reviews – certification can be overlooked, but it is a great bonus!
  • This links to one of the most important points and that is referrals. Get a few referrals to determine the quality of the trainer and whether previous dog owners were pleased with the results from the dog trainer. This in my opinion is way more important that a certificate!
  • While some one-on-one time with the trainer and dog is to be expected, make sure you are being included in most of the training process. It’s no good to you if the dog listens to the trainer and not you. You need to know what to say, how to say it and what to do for dog training to be truly effective.

You can search for dog trainers near you using the search function at the official website for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. The APDT is an organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education; so it’s a great starting point. But one thing to bear in mind, is that unfortunately dog training is an unregulated industry; so anyone can call themselves a dog trainer – so I would always recommend you do your research before handing over your dog. Typing the trainer’s name in Google is always a good starting point for basic research.

Should I Take Out Pet Insurance For My Dog?

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Dogs can be expensive. A little too expensive for some owners. To make things worse, some dog breeds are more prone to disease and will cost you more over their lifespan. Dog insurance is one way to protect yourself from running out of money, or at least not paying crazy amounts when things go wrong.dog insurance

Why get dog insurance?

Here’s a few things pet insurance can protect you from:

  • Injuries and accidents: Things can go wrong, and broken bones, swallowed toys or harmful substances or even bite wounds could happen.
  • Illness such as infections or stomach problems
  • Advanced medical care such as hereditary and congenital conditions, or even behavioral problems.
  • General care such as checkups and vaccines

The great news is that with a great dog insurance plan, you could gain access to advanced medical treatments for your pet, and not worry too much about the veterinary bills. In other words, it allows you to move your focus away from the cost, and focus on your dog’s wellbeing. The amount of protection and treatment you’ll have access to will depend on the type of insurance plan you sign up for. So it’s important to really do your homework and pick the plan that fits not only your dog, but your personal situation the best.

Should you get insurance for your dog?

We think so. So many things can go wrong with a dog, and at the end of the day, it’s likely to be a member of the family. Wouldn’t you want to give your furry friend the best of everything? It’s a good idea to at least get a basic dog insurance cover and if you can afford it, add on extras such as advanced medical treatment. You can get instant quotes online from various insurance companies, and compare the best quotes in minutes. It might even be worth asking for a special deal if you’re on the phone or checking to see whether there are any discounts available online.

Like I said before, do your homework, and make sure you know what you’re signing up for. What’s the total cost, when does it need to be paid and what exactly does it cover. Does it cover all medical bills, just a part of the vet’s costs or none at all? Be sure you know enough about the plan to avoid any surprises later on in the dog’s life.

One thing to bear in mind – if you have a very active dog or an accident prone dog – insurance is more of a necessity than a calm dog. Also look at your breed, are they likely to have medical issues later in life, if not, then insurance may be a bad deal for you. If the likelihood of future vet bills is high, insurance might very well save you a pile of cash!

 

How to choose a good dog sitter

If you’re anything like me, you want to know your pet is well taken care off when you go away. I personally don’t like to use a dog kennel for my own dog, but that really is just my preference. There’s plenty of kennels out there. If you’re wanting a dog kennel, read this article by the humane society to understand what to look for when choosing a kennel.

Why should you hire a pet sitter?

choosing the right dog sitterA dog sitter is more than just someone who walks and feeds my dog. My dog is needy, as are most dogs. While food is always on there minds, they have emotional needs just like us. Unless you have a very high quality dog kennel in your area that would cater to such emotional needs, I would always suggest using an experienced dog sitter. I always try to find friends or family, and return the favor when they go away. But in some cases, I have actually gone out and hired someone to watch my dog during the day and night.

An added bonus of having a dog sitter is that the dog isn’t upset by having to change environments. While he might miss you, he can retain the same routine, and doesn’t have the added stress of being in a new environment.

Where do you find a good dog sitter?

You could place an ad or look through the phone book, but the best way is to get a recommendation from someone you know. Ask family and friends whether they have ever used a good pet sitter as they will be able to tell exactly what kind of service to expect.

What to watch out for

Don’t just find a person that offers pet sitting services and invite them to watch your dog. Please don’t do that. Check that person out carefully, as your dog’s life might depend on it. Here are some important things to do before hiring anyone:

  • Check the person’s references (they should have testimonials form other customers)
  • What kind of experience does the sitter have with dogs? Have they received any special training? Do they even like dogs?
  • A criminal background check should always be performed on that person before inviting them in your home. According to lookupcriminalrecordsnow.com the best service is Been Verified. You can read some Been Verified reviews here.
  • Is the company fully bonded and insured?
  • Make sure they are providing a written service contract detailing their services and fees?
  • Will they be available to take your call to check up on them?

If you follow these simple rules, you should be in a position to hire a very trustworthy sitter, and be confident that your dog is safe and happy while you’re away from home.

How To Prevent And Treat Yeast Infections

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The first time I head about a yeast infection in relation to dogs, I was shocked. I literally had not idea dogs could have yeast infections. The only difference is that dogs have it in a different place. They suffer from infections in the ear.

It’s actually very easy to diagnose, as you’ll see your dog rubbing his ear or tilting his head constantly. You’ll also notice a waxy substance around the ears which is a sure sign of infection. Just like with us, an infection is caused by the overgrowth of yeast. Some of the causes include bacterial infections due to poor hygiene, allergies or an object stuck in the ear.

yeast infectionThe best way to prevent yeast infections is to maintain good hygiene. Wash out the ears regularly. If you can’t do this yourself, then have a professional do it. A vet should be able to clean the ear canal out for you on a regular basis. I recommend at least once a month. The other main prevention is to check him or her frequently for any of the signs of a yeast infection. If you see any discharge, bad smell and crusted skin, then definitely have this checked out.

A yeast infection is actually quite dangerous and if left untreated can cause more problems including deafness. What’s more, the infection itself could be a sign of something worse. So make sure you have him or her checked over by a vet to ensure there are no other underlying health problems. Because of this danger it’s important to find the best homeopathic remedy for yeast infection as fast as possible

Apart from the ears, an infection can also happen anywhere else on the skin. The symptoms of this is scabby and reddened skin. It’s important that you don’t let this be scratched. It’s therefore important to treat the yeast infection and the itchiness to avoid further damage from excessive scratching.

The treatments include either steroid therapy or antibiotics. However antibiotics will also destroy the good bacteria, so this will create a bigger imbalance, and make the problem worse. The quickest solution is to carefully disinfect the infected areas on a regular bases to avoid it getting even worse. Some of the herbal remedies include anti-yeast baths. You can rinse with these products as well. One of my favorite natural herbal remedies are anti-fungal shampoos made up from tea tree oil – which is a great herbal remedy for skin infections. Some people like using lemon on the skin as it is an astringent but I’ve found that this dries up the skin even more and makes things worse.

The best yeast infection treatment in my opinions is a homeopathic remedy called Yeastrol. I buy Yeastrol for myself when I have a yeast infection and it works great. It combines the most powerful natural remedies in one easy to use spray which is absorbed quickly by the body. This is a treatment I use for myself personally.

Famous Celebrity Dogs

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Who doesn’t love celebrity gossip. We’ve found the five cutest dogs owned by celebrities. Here we go:

1. Serena Williams – I wonder whether her dog can play tennis as well?

Serena Williams dog

 

2. Anne Hathaway – We like her even more now that we know she has a chocolate lab Esmerelda

Anne Hathaway dog

3. Sharon Osbourne – This one is a real cutie

Sharon Osbourne

 

4. Gwen Stefani – Cool woman, cool dog

Gwen Stefani

 

5. Miranda Kerr – both very pretty and loving their picture being taken as well

Miranda Kerr

 

Source: vh1

 

Causes And Solutions For Dog Acne

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Much like humans, dogs can get acne as well. But not to worry, it doesn’t tend to be a permanent and serious condition. Dog acne occurs when hair follicles become irritated – the root cause tends to be genetic and due to hormones. Bulldogs for example have a short coat, and therefore are more likely to suffer from it.

dog acneThere are a lot of treatments, but instead of throwing medication at the problem, it may well be healthier to try some home remedies for pimples and see what kind of results this brings. While some things might only work on human skin, it’s still worth a try if it doesn’t hurt the dog.

One of the causes for acne on dogs can be lack of hygiene. You can eliminate a lot of the bacteria by improving the dogs hygiene. But in some cases the best thing to do is nothing and wait it out. Messing with the skin might make things worse. Having said that, a popular solution is to wash your dog with a medicated shampoo designed specifically for pets. The problem with this is that some of these shampoos can irritate the skin further and cause more problems. Make sure you know what you’re using, how it will affect the dog and that it is a high quality product.

The symptoms again are very similar to a teenager. You’ll see blackheads and red bumps. Another telltale sign is when the dog constantly rubs himself against things. It’s important that if you’re concerned to take him to the vet for a thorough exam. Before he can find a treatment, a vet would need to know the breed of the dog and how old the dog is. It would be useful to know how long he’s suffered from it as well. For example, this is very common in adolescent dogs so that might reduce your anxiety a little bit but on the other hand it could be a sign of something worse.

In my opinion any treatment should be focused on relieving the discomfort, but that’s just me. I don’t like seeing my best friend in pain! There are all kinds of different lotions and creams, including antibiotics in case the condition becomes unbearable or the vet deems it necessary for the proper healing.

Much of the advice in a leading acne cure book written by Mike Walden would work on a dog as well, despite it being written for people. After reading an Acne No More review we found some very interesting similarities between you and your pets. So it might be a good idea to try that out, especially if you’re suffering from a similar condition.

Hopefully these tips will help you find a good acne treatment so that he can be healthy once again!

 

Best Diet And Nutrition Tips For Your Dog’s Colon Health

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The biggest mistake dog owners make is thinking that their diet should be similar to dogs. It shouldn’t, humans and dogs are very different biologically speaking. But one element where the diet should be similar is that they should both be high in fiber for an optimal digestive system.

Two of the best foods for fiber are apples and pumpkins. Apples are full of nutrients and vitamins, but don’t go overboard, as too many will lead to diarrhea. Pumpkins, in small portions can help with constipation and diarrhea. These foods, due to their source of fibre, are a great way to flush the toxins out of their colon, much like the best colon cleanser would flush out our system.

Just like with us, dehydration can be very dangerous and you should ensure he is drinking enough clean water each day. As a general rule, your dog will need at least one ounce of water for each pound of body weight. I would recommend bottled water unless you know the tap water is ok to drink. You could always filer the water to make sure it’s completely fine to drink.

colon healthMany dog owners do not feed their dogs raw vegetables. My Labrador loves raw vegetables and I feed her high fiber, nutrient rich foods such as carrots, cabbage and cucumbers all the time. This again aids the digestive system if given in smaller portions and helps detoxify and cleanse the bowels. Better nutrition does wonders for the skin as well.

You don’t have to go overboard either. Not everything should be fresh and natural. They are made up of strong stuff and can take quite a bit. Having said that, I’d always recommend you check the food labels of all products to ensure meat based foods have mostly meat or chicken in them and not artificial substances. Also look for quality ingredients. Protein levels should be higher than the fat levels to achieve optimal nutritional power.

In terms of supplements, if you follow our advice and give nutritionally balanced meals, supplements are probably not needed as long as they are healthy. Bear in mind, what’s good for us may not be good for a dog. Too many vitamins can be damaging to their health. Obviously there are special vitamin and mineral supplements specifically designed for them if you think they need it.

While you give your furry friend a change in diet, why not treat yourself to a detox as well. While you don’t want to put your pet on a complete detox, it’s a good idea to do it for yourself at least once a year. It doesn’t sound pleasant but a colon cleanse could really improve your wellbeing. If you’d like more information, you can read this Bowtrol Colon Cleanse review.