How To Properly Take Care Of Your Family Pet

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Your pet is a part of the family and should be treated as such. Regardless of the type of animal, whether it’s a cat, dog, bird, rabbit, turtle, hamster, fish, or something else, there is a level of responsibility that comes with owning them. Even if you do not need to walk a fish, you must clean the bowl regularly to ensure it lives a long and happy fish life. Showing your unconditional love for your pet should always come first, and this will always be reciprocated back (although with a fish it’s harder to tell). Do you have the necessary budget in order to care for them? You must also guarantee that your home is properly equipped for their needs, you engage in the necessary daily activity, provide the right diet, groom or clean them, visit the vet, as well as do additional research as is needed.

Unconditional love

Your pet will love you unconditionally, and you must return this love back in order to build a good relationship together. Of course, it will be easier to tell there is a strong bond with some animals than with others. A fish will not love you like a dog. Regardless, you must look after them and provide them with everything they need to live a happy life, details for which are expanded on in the upcoming sections.

Budgeting

Owning a pet is expensive, and so you must make sure that your budget is prepared for it. The idea of owning a furry companion is cute, but if you cannot pay for their everyday needs, you are ruining both of your lives. The cost of a dog will be much greater than that of a fish or hamster, for instance, and it is important that you only adopt the pet that best suits your current lifestyle. There is no point in working non-stop, only to be able to afford your pet’s training. You won’t even get to spend time with your companion if this is all you do!

Preparing your home

Is your home prepared for your pet? Remember, this is an additional family member that requires their own space. If you own a bird, for example, you will need a big cage that is the right size for them. Even cats and dogs need their own sleeping space that you should make room for. Throw out any choking hazards that are on the floor and easy to reach, and even put your shoes away if your puppy has a habit of chewing on them.  Your cabinets should also have a lock in case a furry pet opens one up with their nose and starts poking their head in poisonous household cleaning supplies.

Daily activity

Some animals require daily activity, and this is particularly true for dogs. You need to set time aside in your schedule to take them out for walks, and you can also take turns doing this with different family members. Once again, this is something that will improve your pet’s wellbeing and it must be given top priority. Even if you have hamster, you should purchase a wheel they can use, or buy a bigger tank for your fish so they have enough swimming space.

The right diet

The same way you look out for your health through what you eat, you must do the same for your family pet. Some have stricter dietary needs than others, but you must abide by this in order to make sure they are well and strong. The good news is that there are also plenty of online sites available where you can order what you need directly to your doorstep. If you own a rabbit or hamster, for instance, you should only purchase hay that is rich in nutrients to help them grow, such as alfalfa hay. Small animals always need fiber in their daily diet, and you must accommodate this by keeping a fresh supply of hay daily.

Grooming and cleaning

Your companion and their environment must be cleaned. If they are furry, you will need to bring them to a professional who can trim their long fur, especially in the summer. You must also buy the right soap for your animal, as they cannot use what regular people do. Then, there is the matter of cleaning their environment. Whether you have a fish, lizard, hamster, or another pet that has a tank or cage, you will have to occasionally clean it in order to maintain their good health.

Visit the vet

As a person, you visit your family doctor ever so often to ensure that your health is in top shape. You must do the same for your pet, but bring them to the vet, instead. Even animals have to get their annual vaccines and shots in order to be healthy. Choose a place that isn’t too far from where you live, but one that also has good reviews from others. You are trusting someone with your pet’s wellbeing, after all. Making an appointment ever so often is also a necessary precautionary measure, even if nothing appears to be amiss.

Continuous research

The research should never end when it comes to your additional family companion. You should monitor their wellbeing depending on the current routine you have in place and the food they eat, in order to tweak it accordingly. Of course, when in doubt, you should also always visit a professional that can give them the appropriate treatment. Lastly, do not forget the importance of playing with them and buying them toys. At the end of the day, you want to create the best possible environment for them.

Taking care of your pet should not be a chore, it should simply become a habit you don’t think twice about. After all, when you wake up in the morning, you do not dwell on the fact that you must change your clothes, brush your teeth, eat and so on. A pet cannot take care of themselves, and so you must help them out. It will teach everyone in the family to be responsible, and your pet will be loyal and always love you for simply being there for them. They are a life-long friend, and must be treated right.

 

 

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6 Tips for Managing a Pet as a Busy Mom

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Life with a family is one of the best experiences that you can have, but it can equally be demanding and get pretty busy! For this reason, it’s imperative that you try and stay organized as well as look for ways to stay on top of things. Every person’s home is unique, so what works to keep one person’s household sane may not necessarily work for you. Things can get a lot more difficult when you’re managing kids as well as an active and energetic pet. If this happens to be the story of your life, then you should think about ways to manage your pet in the midst of a busy schedule. On that note, you’re going to find six tips for managing a pet as a busy mom below.

Create a Schedule

One of the first things that you can do for yourself if you have a pet as a busy mom is to create a daily schedule. This is key as it helps you know what you’re doing and when you’re doing it as opposed to continuously feeling overwhelmed. Some tips for creating a schedule or routine that works for you include writing down all of the things you typically do on a daily basis which could include ones that are related to the kids, domestic chores, meals, work, and of course your pet. You can then create a schedule and break it into three sections which consist of morning, midday and evening. Once you’ve done this, proceed to add some flexibility, putting your routine together, and then testing its effectiveness. If you find that irrespective of writing things down you find it hard to stick to your schedule, perhaps make better use of your gadgets by downloading an app that helps remind you of what to do and when to do it throughout the day.

Ensure They’re Well Trained

Another thing you can do which should help you manage a pet as a busy mom is to ensure that your pet is well trained. It is especially key for people with dogs and cats as they can be trained with patience and effort. Training your pets is so important as by doing so, you are more likely to be able to mitigate the risks of accidents, destructive behavior, and mess around the house. Some basic things that you can train your pet to do include sitting, standing, using the bathroom in the right places, coming, as well as going. It should ensure that they’re easier to manage and take a great deal of stress off of your shoulders.  Some training tips if you happen to have a dog include rewarding behaviors you like, making sure behaviors you don’t like aren’t rewarded, understanding how your dog learns, as well as controlling consequences effectively. Doing these things should also ensure that your pet can be left with others and taken to public places without too much of a hassle.

Get the Right Accessories

Depending on the kind of pet that you have, accessories can also be very important. They help to ensure that your pet is well taken care of and easier to manage which can ultimately save you time and reduce your stress levels. If, for instance, you have a dog, then getting a bark collar like the one on dogable.net could go a long way to helping ensure they don’t bark too much, cause you and the neighbors sleepless nights, and put the whole house in disarray.  Some of the best accessories for pets include bathtubs, water bowls, metal crates, beds, coats, litter boxes, food bowls, monitoring devices, grooming kits, and odor eliminators to mention a few.

Stock up on Food

In addition to the tips mentioned above, another tip for managing pets as a busy mom is to stock up on food for your pet. It is likely that you see your pet as another member of your household which means they will eat just as frequently or perhaps even more than everyone else in the house does. You should, therefore, create a list of food items as well as a feeding schedule for them if possible. Once you have a type of schedule for how often they will eat and what those items are, you can go to the store and stock up on a month’s supply of food or more if you can afford it. Doing so would ultimately mean fewer trips to the store to buy your pet food which again, saves you a great deal of time. You may also find that by buying in bulk, you’re able to get tangible discounts as well. Another alternative is to make organic homemade pet food which consists of ingredients like chicken, peas, green beans, yams, and dry milk if you have dogs or cats.

Keep Them Engaged

If you want to be able to juggle motherhood, work, and your pet, then keeping them engaged is key as well. Typically, one of the easiest ways to do so is by getting them a range of different toys. You should try and ensure these toys come in different shapes, sizes, textures, colors, and scents if you truly want to keep them busy. You can also take them on walks, for exercise, and engage them in play when you have a few free moments to spare.

Allocate Tasks

If you have an extra set of hands in the house, why not allocate different tasks to ease the burden? You can get others to help with taking the pet for a walk, cleaning the litter, feeding, as well as bathing your pet. It should help ensure there’s a shared responsibility and you get a few moments a day to exhale.

The life of a busy mom often can’t be understood by anyone but that busy mom. For this reason, it’s imperative that you look for ways to make life easier for yourself by creating a schedule, making sure all hands are on deck when it comes to managing your pet, and thinking ahead. By doing so, you may find that your routine gets easier to manage and your days become a lot easier.

 

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5 Plants and Flowers That Are Especially Toxic to Dogs

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There are few greater joys than sitting outside in the garden or a field while we watch our pets playing with their toys, chasing birds or insects, and rummaging through nice-smelling plants and flowers. Yet, dogs aren’t always satisfied with just smelling flowers, and it can be hard for them to resist the urge to have a nibble. Unfortunately, this can be dangerous as there are a high number of common UK plants and flowers that are toxic to our pets.

Pet experts James Wellbeloved have also identified a number of plants that are especially poisonous to dogs. Symptoms of poisoning can be fast-acting and include anything from sickness, weight loss and vomiting, to blood in the stool and sudden death. So, in the interest of keeping your dog safe, we recommend steering clear from the following toxic flowers and plants.

1. Azaleas

While Azaleas are far from being the most poisonous flower, dogs have a real affinity for them because of their nice smell. These common garden plants can be hard to avoid if they have been planted in a nearby park that you and your dog like to frequent. Fortunately, symptoms normally just include mild sickness and most dogs make a full recovery.

2. Grape Vine

While the vine isn’t a healthy meal for any dog, grapes are especially toxic. Just a few nibbles can lead to long-term urinary difficulties and even acute kidney failure, which can be life-threatening if not treated by a vet right away.

3. Hyacinths

While as common and as attractive as Azaleas, Hyacinths are much more toxic, also. Most dogs only tend to ingest small amounts of these plants, as the symptoms (vomiting and irritation in the mouth and throat) begin before they can eat too much. However, certain breeds, including Labradors, like to dig up and eat whole plants as quickly as possible, meaning they experience more severe side-effects.

4. Ivy

Although ivy is just as toxic to cats, dogs are the more likely pet to try and eat the poisonous leaves and berries. If your dog consumes parts of an ivy plant, you should see your vet immediately, as symptoms can be sudden and include falling into a coma.

5. Potatoes

An increasing number of us are taking to growing fruit and vegetables. However, if you are a dog owner, you need to be careful about which plants you grow. Every part of the potato plant is poisonous to dogs and, because they grow in the ground, they are easy for dogs to reach and dig up. If you want to grow potatoes, make sure to secure them with a fence that your dog cannot pass.

While these are just some of the common plants which are poisonous to dogs, don’t let this article scare you. Some dogs are more prone to eating plants than others, and most dog owners don’t need to worry. However, to keep your dog healthy, and to give yourself peace of mind, do your best to watch your dog around these plants. And, if your dog presents any symptoms of poisoning, it is safest to assume they have eaten something bad for them and to visit the vet right away. My friends’ dogs ate a toxic plant about 6 months ago. Her dogs weren’t expected to survive but because she got them to the vet right away, they were able to pump their stomachs and give them charcoal to stop the effects of the toxin. Thankfully they are all doing well now.

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Do’s and Don’ts of House Training Your Child’s New Puppy

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In a previous blog post, the discussion was about why a dog makes a fantastic birthday present for your child. Cats make fantastic companions, too, but if you have added a new puppy to your household, you might be questioning that decision every time it has an – ahem – accident. Don’t worry. The new family member will get the hang of doing its business outside. Here are some tips from the ASPCA to help.

Don’t Set Expectations

Here’s the thing: No puppy house trains at the same pace. Your dog may learn to ask to go outside to do its business within a couple of weeks or it may take it months to get the hang of it. The ASPCA says, “There’s no sure-fire formula or timetable that will work for every dog,” so keep this in mind at all times. What works for one dog might not work for another, and how long it takes to house train your dog will depend 100 percent on the dog and your efforts.

The Don’ts

It’s important to consider the don’ts first, because once you take them into account, the do’s will be much easier. Understand right away that your new puppy will make a mess. Period. Even if you have puppy pads and limit the dog’s access to indoor space, it will mess the carpeting or furniture at one point. Get used to the idea now because yelling at it for it is the first don’t. Do not yell at your puppy or older dog for going potty inside the house. In fact, don’t yell at it for any reason.

The only thing yelling accomplishes is instilling a fear of you in your puppy. It will become afraid of you, and this gravely affects your future relationship with your pet. If your puppy begins to urinate or poop in the house, make a gentle noise to get its attention. A clap of the hand often works. Then, whisk the dog outside if there is time. If not, remember: Don’t yell. Your dog does not understand your behavior. It won’t help.

Don’t rub your dog’s nose in any mess, either. This does not teach the dog that it did something bad. Rather, it tells your dog that you don’t like pee and poop. Consequently, your dog will not cease doing its business in the house; it will hide its business instead. The dog does not make the connection you want it to make between your anger, the nose rub, and the mess. This is ineffective and also teaches your dog to fear you rather than love you.

The Do’s

Dogs want your praise, so this is your number one tool in-house training. Keep an eye on your dog and look for signs it has to go potty. Take it to the potty area to do its business there. Praise your puppy every time it uses its pee pad, and praise it every time it does its business outdoors. Make it a huge deal. Lavish your puppy in affection, praises, and treats. Your puppy will connect the behavior to your praise, the response it wants, and – boom – instant house training.

If your puppy absolutely does not get the hang of being house trained, there might be something else wrong. Animals oftentimes urinate or defecate in front of you because they are trying to tell you they don’t feel well. Check your Cleveland auto insurance coverage to make certain your pet is protected in the event of an accident, and take your puppy to the vet for an exam. It might be sick instead of disobedient.

Patience and love are crucial to successful house training. Show your puppy where you want it to go and praise it consistently when it does.

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6 Foods To Avoid In A Dog’s Diet

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While food is essential for providing energy to the body and staying healthy, yet some foods are not necessarily fit for all species. In fact, many food items that are fit for human consumption should never be fed to dogs and other animals. It can even lead to fatal conditions for such animals. The primary reason behind it is that certain animals, such as dogs, have a varying metabolic activity than humans. Therefore, their digestive systems cannot break certain foods, thus not building any energy to sustain their growth and wellbeing. This post will highlight some of such foods for you to avoid feeding to your dogs and other pets.

Foods to avoid

  • Alcohol

Never give your dog alcohol as it can lead to abnormal acidity, poor respiration, unstable coordination, and intoxication. The worst-case scenario is that it can even lead to death.

  • Avocado

This fruit contains persin that can cause heart congestion, vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Moreover, one of the fatal portions of an avocado is its pit, which can choke the dog due to the excessive persin. You may need to show your dog to the vet urgently if it swallowed an avocado pit. You may also like to take up a course in the veterinarian profession. Thus, you can check out Best-Vettechschools.Com for finding the best of courses.

  • Mouthwash, toothpaste, chewing gum, or candy

These products not only incorporate sugar as one of the main components, but they also have a substance called xylitol in them, which can cause liver failure, seizures and vomiting in dogs. Therefore, make sure your dog does not eat or swallow any of these items.

  • Cat food

Remember that the metabolism of a dog and cat are not the same. Thus, cat food too can be poisonous for a dog. It is because of the high protein content in cat food, which is not fit for a dog. It can lead to pancreatitis, obesity, and an upset stomach in your beloved pet.

  • Chocolate

You may have heard about never feeding chocolate to a dog. This advice is given to pet owners because chocolate contains substances like caffeine and theobromine that can stimulate a dog’s nervous system and quicken the heart rate. Swallowing or eating too much of it can make the dog encounter seizures, increase in heart rate, tremors, uncontrollable urination, restlessness, diarrhea, vomiting and death.

  • Corn cobs

Feeding your dog with small portion of corncobs may not affect its body. However, large part of a cob may lead to hazards like choking, and blockage in the intestines. Thus, it is advisable to avoid feeding dogs corns with cobs.

The safety of your beloved dog is in your hands. Therefore, you will have to make sure that it follows a healthy diet throughout its life. Some items, like the ones mentioned above, may cause illness in such pets, as their digestive systems are not prepared to digest such foods. Hence, you have to monitor their diet and avoid giving them such products.

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4 Fab Activities For Playful Pups

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We all know that puppies are full of energy. From the time they wake up to the time they go to bed, they can’t help but be enthusiastic. It’s one of the reasons we’re dog people. The love they emit is like no other animal, including human beings at points! As an owner, it’s imperative that you give them the opportunity to run and jump and play and release the tension. Otherwise, the energy will turn into stress and will have a negative effect on their mental and physical health. If you’re looking for puppy-friendly inspiration, the ideas below should help.

Jog/Stroll/Canter

However you like to move, the pup will come along for the ride too. Have you ever seen the people jogging down the road with their dog ambling by their side? It looks as if the pooch is struggling to keep up, but remember that dogs are faster than humans. If they want to, they can turn on the afterburners and sprint off into the distance, dragging their owner along with them! Dog tips by Nina Lyman suggest using a quality leash for safety and comfort reasons. That way, every time you work out, the dog can participate also. Think of it as an excuse to exercise more. After all, it’s for the sake of the little cutie.

Go To The Park/Beach

Whichever one is closer is fine, or whichever one exists in the vicinity. Not everyone is lucky enough to live next to a beach. Whereas the first tip involved dog and owner side-by-side, this is far less strenuous for the human. In this case, you can simply let the pooch off the leash and watch as they bound around on the sand or grass. Now, it’s vital that you are attentive because there are dangers. Plenty of dogs on beaches, for example, swim too far out and get stuck. At the park, they have been known to rush children. It should be fine though as long as you know their location.

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Play Hide And Seek

Who doesn’t like a session of this family favorite? Canines love it too because they get to hone their natural instincts. Hide and seek, for instance, heightens their hunting senses. Plus, it allows them to use their strong sense of smell to track their “prey.” This is a two-player game, so you’ll need a friend or your partner to help. Start by holding a pair of hands over the dog’s eyes while one of you finds a hiding place. Then, when the pooch is on the loose, quietly say he/her name until it rumbles you.

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Train

One brilliant way to release energy is to listen and do. Quite simply, these are the things dog do when they are learning the rules of the house. “Sit”, “lie down” and “roll over” are commands that involve physical activity. The tricks should get more and more complex as the dog’s level of ability grows. As far as exercise goes, this is up there as one of the best as it combines activity with practicality.

What are the activities you like to partake in with your pet?

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7 Ways To Save Money On Your Pet

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Pets can chew through your money if you’re not careful. Whilst there are certain pet ownership costs that cannot be avoided, others can be reduced. Here are just a few ways to spend less on your pet.

Bulk buy food

Pet food can be one of the biggest expenses of owning a pet, but you can usually save money by bulk buying food. Online wholesalers can often have large bags of dry food that are proportionately much cheaper than constantly topping up your supply with small bags.

Do your own grooming

Grooming services can cost a lot of money. By watching Youtube videos, you can easily learn to groom your own pet. With dogs, this includes combing out lose hair, clipping their nails and brushing their teeth. You can buy dog grooming kits online at sites like https://www.aldi.co.uk/pet-collection-grooming-kit/p/096168198011700.

Create DIY toys

You don’t need to shell out on new toys for your animals. An old t-shirt can twisted up and turned into great makeshift chew toy for a dog. Empty toilet roll tubes meanwhile can make a great tunnel for hamsters and mice.

Compare vet prices

Vet clinics will offer different prices, so if you’re animal is sick it’s worth ringing around and getting multiple quotes. You may be able to negotiate a price match in some cases. It’s also worth asking about various treatment options as certain procedures could be less costly than others whilst still providing the same quality of treatment (an example being pain relief medication vs surgery).

Buy meds online

Your vet may recommend using certain medication, but you could save money by shopping for your own medication online. All veterinary medication has to be FDA approved to be sold, unless it’s advertised as alternative medicine. You’ll find lots of brands that pride themselves on being affordable as found at sites such as  https://www.petbucket.com/c/4560890/1/revolution-for-cats.html. Always research medication when buying it from abroad as the same testing laws may not apply.

Consider pet insurance

Pet insurance can help to cover the cost of veterinary bills. You’re best off taking out a fixed scheme when your animal is young – you’ll likely get the cheapest rates and spend less in the long run. Taking out pet insurance on an old pet is likely to cost you a lot of money monthly and may not be worth your while financially.

Keep your pet active

Keeping your pet active won’t just keep your pet healthy – it will save you a lot of money in veterinary bills. Overweight animals that don’t get enough exercise are more likely to suffer from conditions such as heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Inactive pets may also become stressed or bored, which could lead to a number of medical problems. Animals like dogs meanwhile can benefit from regular walks as it can help them to trim their nails naturally on the pavement. On top of this, a well-exercised pet that isn’t overweight won’t be as tempted to overeat, saving you money on food.

 

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Great Grooming For Good Boys

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It’s important that you take good care of your dog and ensure that it is regularly groomed. This can help it stay healthy throughout its life, but it also means that it will look extra cute! Thankfully, dog grooming isn’t too difficult, and you should be able to do most of it yourself.

Has your little pup been a good boy and is now ready for a makeover? Here are some great grooming tips.

If In Doubt, Take To A Groomer

The more grooming that you do, the easier it will get. Eventually, you could become quite the pro when it comes to styling your dog! However, when you are just starting out, there might be some jobs that you might not be so confident about doing yourself, such as trimming the pooch’s nails. If there is ever anything that are unsure of, such as this, it’s always worth taking your dog to a dog grooming company who can take care of it for you. They might even be able to give you some tips for taking care of your dog’s grooming needs at home.

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Check For Ticks

Ideally, you should be brushing your dog every couple of days. If they have particularly long hair, such as breeds like Afghan Hounds or Pyrenean Shepherds, then you need to be sure to brush them every day so that their fair doesn’t get too matted. While you are brushing, it is really important that you check for ticks. These are little insects that attach themselves to the skin and feed off the dog’s blood. They can pass diseases between animals so should be removed as soon as you spot them. Make sure that you kill the tick by squeezing it or burning it once removed as they can also attach themselves to humans and cause Lyme disease.

Always Use Dog Products

If you ever run out of dog shampoo, don’t ever be tempted to use your own. This will be a lot stronger than dog shampoo and could cause your pup to suffer from some irritations. So, if you ever run out of shampoo for your pooch, you will have to wait to bathe them until you get some more. If they are particularly dirty, you can always rinse them down with water to try and remove excess dirt for the time being.

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Distract Them With Bath Toys

Do you find that your dog gets a bit too excited at bathtime and they can be very hard to handle? There’s one way around this – you just need to put some toys in the bath with them so that there is something to distract them with. It’s a good idea to give them some toys that they can chew so that they aren’t so mouthy with you and try to nip you while you’re bathing them.

Once you get the hang of your dog’s grooming, you will find that the two of you can have a lot of fun in the bath. Plus, your dog will look fantastic at the end of it!

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Ways to Help Manage Your Dogs Stress Levels

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Having a dog comes with a lot of responsibilities. Ensuring they are well fed and looked after are the main priorities, but being able to understand your dog’s needs is essential to providing them with the best life possible. Here are a few ways to help de-stress your dog.

Understanding Their Needs

The first step to take to help de-stress your dog is understanding their needs and knowing what situations can trigger their stress and anxiety. Loud noises and being around other dogs can put pressure on your dog, so taking the time to analyze what your dog can and cannot handle will help in avoiding any added stress. Your dog may display signs of stress in a variety of ways, such as excessive barking or being more aggressive. Understanding your dog’s behavior and body language will help you identify how they are feeling.

Calming Your Dog

Being on hand when your dog is showing signs of stress and fear can help in calming them down. Knowing the best way to calm your dog will determine how your dog reacts. Speaking in an upbeat voice can help put your dog at ease and give them the reassurance they need. Your actions and words can have an enormous impact on your dog, especially as they are likely to follow your every command. Also, your dog may find situations more stressful than you. Being patient and understanding will help reassure your dog.

Exercise

Regular exercise for your dog can not only benefit their physical health but also help work off any anxiety or stress they are facing. Taking your dog on long walks in the morning and evening will tire out your dog and allow it to rest. Just like with humans, exercise releases endorphins which can boost your dog’s mind, relieve their stress and keep them happy. There are many different exercises for your dog that can keep them active, as well as those that you can join in with.

Familiarity

Leaving your dog for lengthy periods of time can leave your dog feeling stressed and anxious. However, leaving their favorite toys around the home to play with will help keep your dog mentally stimulated and help reduce any worries they are having. Also, if you are taking your dog on trips out, bringing toys with you will give them a sense of familiarity and help keep them calm.

Giving Structure

Keeping a routine will help give your dog the structure they need and reduce levels of stress. Having designated times for meals, playtime, and exercise will help keep your dog calm and stability. If you do not implement a structure to your dog’s day, this can not only elevate stress and anxiety but also cause unruly behavior. Websites like ourpetspot.com can give you more guidance and help for your dog, ensuring you have all the tools needed to keep your dog healthy and happy.

If you would like more information on ways to help de-stress your dog, make sure that you look at specialist websites online, where you will be able to get the guidance and help you need.

 

 

 

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Getting a kitten is a very exciting time. You may feel as though a kitten is going to be great for the kids it will be a welcome addition to your family as well. A lot of people don’t know this, but you do really need to prepare your home before you go out and bring home your furry friend. This is because there could be a huge range of hazards around the home that you might not even be aware of, so it helps to get these sorted out beforehand.

Curious Creatures

Cats are notoriously curious, to the point where they can wreak havoc on your home. They will play with absolutely anything they can find so it helps to look around your home to see if there are any blind fixtures or curtain tie-backs that could pose as a strangling hazard. If you want to avoid this issue then cut the cords or undo the knot so that the string isn’t looped on the blinds, or keep your tie-backs hooked on a loop so that they don’t dangle down. Some companies are actually selling strangle-free blinds now as they do pose as a risk to children, so it is well worth looking into these before you bring your kitten home. Elastic bands, paper clips and other small items can also be hazardous to kittens, so make sure that you put these away in a drawer. Remember that cats can be acrobats and that they can easily jump to higher shelves.

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Chemicals

If you have household chemicals then you should know that these are incredibly toxic to cats. Pesticides, car fluids and even cleaning products can be very dangerous to your cat. The worst thing about this is that some car fluids can taste very sweet so your cat may be tempted to lick them up if they are spilt anywhere. If you are unable to dispose of these chemicals, put them somewhere the cat can’t go. This can include a locked cupboard or it could include putting them in the garage.

Toxic Plants

There are some plants that are incredibly toxic to cats. You would probably think that cats would know this and avoid them, but that isn’t the case at all. Cats are curious and they will nibble on just about anything, especially plants. For this reason, you need to make sure that you avoid having toxic plants in your home altogether. This can include lilies, irises and ivy as well. If you can’t get rid of the plants for whatever reason then try and hang them higher from the ground and watch out for any hanging or falling leaves as well, as these can be just as toxic to your furry friend.

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Cat Beds

When you make a bed for your cat, you can easily keep them off your furniture and if this is your goal then it is very easy for you to make this happen. If you have furniture around the home and if you don’t want your cat jumping on any of it then you may need to have a bed in every single room that you have, even if it is just a pillow or even a folded up blanket. Cats like to sleep in places that are higher up, so consider having them on the windowsill or on top of a set of drawers.

Collar

You should always make sure that your cat has a collar. Some people see cat collars as being dangerous because they can get them caught on trees and even branches. If you want to avoid this then try and have a collar that is elasticated. This will protect your cat and it will also help you to keep them safe as well. It also helps to have a tag on your pet’s collar as well, so that you can have your phone number and even your vet’s phone number as well.

Microchipping

In some areas, it is a legal requirement for you to have your pet microchipped. When you do have your cat microchipped, this is a very small device that is placed underneath the cat’s skin. If something was to happen to your cat, the microchip would contain all of your details and it will also give you the chance to find your cat if they ever get lost or if something happens to them when they are out on their travels. Microchipping is a great way for you to protect your cat if they don’t have a collar as well, so make sure that you keep that in mind.

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Buy Everything you Need

The next thing that you need to do is make sure that you have plenty of cat litter and you also need to make sure that they have plenty of food and water as well. You will want to have a separate container for their food and water, and you should also take note that stainless steel is by far the easiest thing for you to clean. If you are getting your cat or kitten from a shelter then it is worth asking them what food they are being fed at the moment and you can also ask them about their cat litter as well. Some cats don’t like to have feeding bowls that touch their whiskers either, purely because of how sensitive they are so consider going for a really shallow feeding bowl to begin with to see how your cat or kitten likes it.

It also helps for you to buy plenty of toys as well because kittens are incredibly playful and they are always going to be on the lookout for things to mess around with. The more you give them to play with, the less likely they are to cause mischief around the home and this is something that you really do need to stay focused on. Luckily cat toys are very affordable to buy and they are also very easy to find. Catnip is great and it can really help to get your cats interested in a new toy as well.

 

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