What to Do If Your Dog Falls Unwell?

What to Do If Your Dog Falls Unwell?

One of the amounts nightmares that pet owners have is when their dog gets sick. It can be an extremely stressful time that needs to be handled in a careful manner. Mostly people start to panic when they think of the situation, and they do not know how to approach the entire situation. 

If your dog falls unwell and does not behave like it usually does, the first thing that you need to do is to keep calm. Here are a few things that you need to do in case your dog falls unwell.

Approach a veterinary doctor

Veterinary doctors are individuals who are known to offer veterinary care to sick animals. These professionals have the requisite knowledge and expertise to understand the signs and symptoms that pets showcase when they are sick. Thus, the first option that you need to consider is to take the help of a professional doctor who can provide the appropriate treatment for your pet. Since these experts use the best procedures and solutions, your pet will be in safe hands. 

Observe the symptoms

Just like human beings fall sick, it is natural for pets to fall sick as well. In case your pet is unwell and is not behaving like it usually does, you need to observe the symptoms that it is showing carefully. Since your pet cannot talk, you need to look for signs that can help you know that it is sick. Some of the common signs include a decrease in appetite and a decline in the level of energy. Once you are able to confirm that your pet is unwell, you can opt to seek professional help.  

Comfort your pet

Pets feel low when they are not well. Thus, you need to make sure that you can dedicate your …

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Dog Accessories – What is Important For Dog Grooming?

There has been an amazing trend in dog accessories over the last few years. Just look around when you go out and you are bound to see someone’s precious pooch all decked out in their latest fashion accessories purchased by their owner. It is not just pet accessories that are popular but pet grooming is a high priority as well.

Dog accessories have become a mainstay of everyday pet care in today’s society. At one time it was considered to be a luxury to have your pet groomed professionally but these days it’s considered routine. The benefits of a regular grooming schedule, whether it be at a professional groomer or at home, are quite beneficial for both you and your furry friend.

There are a couple of main things that are important to consider when addressing your pet’s hygienic needs. The first thing I’d like you to consider is that the importance of grooming is not just aesthetic in nature. Grooming is an important part of keeping them healthy. Some of the main items consist of bathing, brushing, flea and tick treatment, nail trimming, cleaning ears, teeth cleaning, worming and hot spots to name a few. However, it’s important to note that you are the one who spends the most quality time with your pet. So it’s up to you to notice changes in your dog’s behavior, coat or general health and address those needs.

Each of these task, time and product used will depend on your individual dog’s needs and requirements. For example, an animal with long hair will require brushing and bathing more frequently than a short haired animal. It is however important to realize that every pooch should have at least a quick brush several times a week. This keeps their coat clean, shiny and healthy, as …

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21st Century Dog Pampering

21st Century Dog Pampering

There was once a time when dog owners were content to give their K9 friends an old blanket in a chewed up basket for a bed, a ready supply of dry dog food, regular trips to the vet, and the occasional bone left over from a steak dinner. Today the status of pets has changed dramatically in our society, as dogs in particular are viewed more like children now than as pets. For example, 20 years ago, terms like “dog hotel,” “K9 cosmetic surgery,” and “designer dog collar” would have sounded alien. Today these terms are commonplace in many regions.

As a consequence, dog pampering (for lack of a better description), has become a massive market and a booming industry. The English retailer, Harrods, recently quadrupled the size of its pet department to eleven thousand square feet, and carries items like Juicy Couture dog tracksuits, and bejeweled dog hair clips. Harrods also hosts an annual pet fashion show. During this show, attendees can gawk at exquisite K9 jewelry like a $25,000 Swarovski crystal-encrusted dog bed and a nearly $500,000 diamond dog collar by the jewelry icon Stephen Webster.

Furthermore, this insanity is not contained just within the British Isles. Americans have managed to make the pet market a recession-proof industry, with the pet industry projected to grow roughly 5% in 2009. In the last decade, American spending on pets has doubled to the eye-popping total of $43.5 billion dollars. While most of that sum is made up of very normal pet supplies like food and medication, there are also those who will pay thousands of dollars for things like a “pet stylist,” who will help make more pooches appear more fashionable.

Another area where dog pampering has reach new levels is in the popularity of dog shows, or ‘confirmation shows’ …

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Spring Training For Your Dog

Spring Training For Your Dog

For our four-legged friends, winter means sleeping by the fire, short walks, and a slower pace to the day-to-day happenings of life. Often it means gaining a few extra pounds and losing a little muscle tone. It can also mean less time using their basic obedience commands around the off-lead park or during on-leash street walks.

Then spring hits and it is all about getting outside and having fun for both the furry members of the household as well as the two-legged, non-furry variety. How many of us do humans overdo our first long walk on the first warm, sunny day of spring? How many of us look and feel as fit and toned in shorts as we did six months prior, before bundling up in sweaters and long johns? Those short days and times sitting by the fire reading a good book took their toll on our health and fitness level, and the first few weeks of spring usually come with a series of aches, pains, and injuries.

It is no different for our dogs except often, the injuries are far more serious. Easing your dog into spring can alleviate those sore, stiff muscles and help guarantee your dog does not suffer any unnecessary accidents!

Obedience Training ‘Refresher’

Why do dogs need an obedience ‘refresher’ after the long, sedentary winter? Even an older dog who has many years of training under their collar can lose their ‘edge’ when it comes to obedience if they have not used it for a while. ‘Sits’ are slow, ‘stay’ means only for a moment or two, and ‘come’ is easily ignored, at least until the human resorts to bribery. And this is all while you are still in the house!

Now add the fun and excitement of a green grass on a sunny …

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Six Things to Consider Before Buying Pet Finches

SIX THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING PET FINCHES

1. Finch Ownership

Are you ready to own pet finches? Finches are known for ease of care and can be nifty pets for almost anyone, including apartment dwellers, those with kids, and even those with other pets. That being said, you should make sure that other family members are really ready to have finches in the house, can they be considerate and careful around finches, can you keep your current pets under control around the finches, do you have a proper place for their cage, etc.

2. Finch Varieties

Which finch variety should you get? These active small birds are colorful, have varied patterns and personalities. They come in many popular varieties including the Zebra Finch, Gouldian Finch and the Society Finch. Ask your local bird seller for their opinion and recommendations.

3. Keeping Finches

The fact that finches are very friendly birds allows you to maintain them with other of these diminutive birds or even with other hard billed birds if you have a cage with enough space.

Because aggressive behavior can be exhibited by bigger bird species toward smaller bird species, it is not a good idea to keep finches with hook billed birds like parakeets and lovebirds as these birds have a more belligerent nature. In order to avoid feather picking do not keep too many of these tiny birds in your cage.

Finches are normally social birds but when grouped with other types of birds there may be some aggressive behavior among them. While some species of birds, like Parrots, may sulk when they cannot interact with their owners, these tiny birds are different because they are so gregarious and will be quite happy to play among themselves when left alone.

4. Taming Finches

Because these diminutive birds are so gregarious among themselves, they probably won’t …

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