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
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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
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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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 … Read more
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
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
4. Taming Finches
Because these diminutive birds
are so gregarious among themselves, they probably won’t … Read more