Taking care of a dog

Taking care of a dog

A dog pet needs to be taken care of in areas such as feeding, grooming and giving it the required shots and vaccinations. Below are some of the things you need to do while taking care of the dog.

Vaccinations

Ensure the dog is vaccinated and shots as needed. This will prevent it from succumbing to or transmitting illness. You should also have the vet install a microchip on the dog with your phone number and address information.

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Petting a cat

Petting a cat

Petting a cat may seem easy but in reality, it requires a lot of thoughtfulness so as not to distress the cat, causing it to scratch or bite. For instance, a female cat may not like it if you touch its tail. The tips below will help you to pet your cat without agitating it.

Check if the cat wants to be pet

To check if the cat is ready for petting, extend a finger or a hand so the cat can sniff on it. If it is not interested, it will just stare at the hand suspiciously, and that means you should not pet it. If it sniffs the hand and rubs the chin or its head against the hand, then it is ready to be petted. Touch its body softly.

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Moving with your pets

Moving with your pets

Moving is as traumatic for pets as it is for humans. It is therefore important to ensure that your move is pet friendly. Below are the steps you can take in order to have a smooth move.

Prepare for the move

Start by making a plan of the move. This should answer the questions of how you will move the and when.

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Making yogurt drops for your rat pet

Making yogurt drops for your rat pet

If you have a pet rat, it is likely that it loves yogurt drops just like most other rats. Most health food stores have these drops and you can buy them from there. However, if you want to give your rats a special treat without spending a lot; you can make yogurt drops at home. This will leave you more money to spend on other treats. The steps below will help to make the yogurt drops for your rat pet.

Requirements

o    Wax paper
o    Smooth yogurt
o    Icing tube that is commonly used for decorating cakes
o    Space in the freezer
o    Plastic bags

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Acclimating Two Dogs for Peaceful Coexistence

Acclimating Two Dogs for Peaceful Coexistence

Dogs know how to defend their home and territory. If you intend to bring home a new dog, high chances are that the old dog with try to defend its territory, and this may cause fights and aggressive behavior between the two dogs. Therefore, it is important to introduce the dogs properly to acclimate them so that they can coexist peacefully with to aggressive behavior or violence.

Choose a location to introduce the dogs

The location where the dogs are introduced should be neutral so that the dogs do not become territorial. For instance, introducing the two dogs at home may lead the old dog to display aggressive behavior to the other dog. Choose a neutral location where the dogs have never been such as the park or the backyard of your friend. This way, no dog will feel entitled to defend its territory. In case you get the dog from shelter home, you may be required to introduce the dogs there before taking them home. Take the dogs to the introduction location separately. You can take the new dog and tell someone else to bring the old dog to the location. Make sure that the dogs are on leashes so that they do not attack each other in case of aggressive behavior.

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Using a DIY facility to wash your dog

Using a DIY facility to wash your dog

Are you tired of cleaning up the mess after washing your dog? Learn more about DIY dog washing facilities where you do not have to worry about cleaning after washing your dog.
Washing your dog at home means that you have to clean the mess afterwards. There is water to be wiped and the tub needs cleaning. The DIY dog washing facilities take away all the afterwards cleaning hassles because all you need to do is clean your dog and someone else will clean the mess. The facility is in between having your dog cleaned by a groomer, which is expensive, and doing your own cleaning at home. It provides a place to use professional cleaning equipment and supplies to wash your dog.


The facility should have:


•    A clean wash station with no dirt and dog hair from other dogs.
•    Raised dog tubs for all dog sizes.
•    Grooming tools that are clean such as nail trimmers, combs, brushes, and ear cleaning kit and coat scrubbers.
•    Your waterproof apron and clean towels for wiping the dog.
•    Different types of shampoos and conditioners for you to choose the one appropriate for your dog.
•    A staff member for consultation and for providing guidance on the use of the washing equipment.

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Using Homemade and Natural Shampoo to Clean the Dog

Using Homemade and Natural Shampoo to Clean the Dog

If you are not comfortable with the ingredients that are in commercial shampoos, you can use natural homemade shampoos to clean your dog. These shampoos are inexpensive and gentle to the dog. This is unlike most commercial shampoos that have harmful ingredients, which may cause flakiness, itching and discomfort to the dog.

Making the shampoo

One important factor you should note when making the shampoo is the ph levels. This is because dogs have different levels of acidity and the homemade shampoo ingredients also have different ph levels. Therefore, you should mix the ingredients such that the shampoo has the right ph level for the dog. The preferred level for a dog is between 6 and 8. If the soap is too acidic with a low ph level, then it can cause the dog to have skin irritation. Always make sure that you check the ph levels of the soap and the ingredients before using them.

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Caring for a pet rock

Caring for a pet rock

If you have decided to take a rock as your pet, know that you will need to care for it just like any other pet. The question that arises is how you care for a stony-faced silent pet while you do not know when it is playful, tired, mad or hungry. You may be wondering how to clean, play with or feed the pet. Below are tips of how to care for a pet rock.

Feeding

Considering that the pet does not have a mouth and cannot feed on physical objects, give it food for its senses of touch, smell, hearing and sight. Get the rock something that smells nice for it to smell. You can also allow it to smell your food. You can make for it a potpourri so that it can smell, by adding orange or lemon peel to cloves. Also include lavender, rose petals or mint to the mixture.

Allow it to see you working on the snacks and you can still print or paint a nice picture for it to see. Entice its sense of smell by playing for it music such as classical or pop music. Let it feel the texture board that you have made by rubbing it on the board.

Bathing

Your rock pet needs bathing for it to remain clean. Put water in a small cup and add liquid soap. Dip a cloth or a sponge into the mixture and use it scrub the pet for about three minutes. You may also use your hands to scrub it.

Dry it with a clean cloth and allow it to rest.

Shelter

Make a house for the rock pet using a shoebox. Cut a window on the side of the box. Place a matchbox in a corner inside the box and fill it using materials such as cloth, cotton or newspapers.

Glue small felt material at the box bottom to act as a rug. You can make a couch using a beanbag or filling a purse using cotton and place it on one side. For a table, take sturdy material and place it over pebbles.

The house would not be complete without a dining room, in which you can place a potpourri in a corner. Paint the house color depending on the breed of the pet and it should the same color on the carpet. Remember to play some music to give the house the right mood.


Taking the pet with you

You can take the pet on nature walks, on vacation and to school. Make a house for it such as a small box or a purse. Put it in your backpack so that you do not lose it. If you are going to foreign and dirty places, take care so that the rock does not get sick from lichen, moss or fungi.

Remember to involve your rock pet in your social life. Have sleepovers and go with it. You can sleep with it in your sleeping bag. Give it a spa treatment by bathing it in hot water mixed in flower petals and bubble mix. Massage it with Vaseline by rubbing its nooks.

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Homemade meal for the cat

Homemade meal for the cat

Different reasons may lead you to make meals for your cat such as the safety of commercially made food if you fear that it may be contaminated. The health of the cat may result to the need for homemade food in order to prevent risks such as urinary tract infections or heart disease. You may also want to give your cat home meals so that you can control the ingredients used. Whatever your reasons, the first thing you should do is to know the nutritional needs of your cat. Know the nutrients they require and from which foods. You can also consult with a veterinarian or a certified nutritionist before making the diet. Show the vet the recipes you intend to use to ensure that the cat will be getting a balanced diet.

Nutrients required in the cats foods

Make sure that the meals you will be preparing for the cat has all the nutrients the cat requires. Essential foods that you should include are:

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Building a Dog Shed from Scratch- DIY Project

Building a Dog Shed from Scratch- DIY Project

A dog shed is necessary for enhancing the dog’s safety and comfort. However, considering the way contractors and repair people levy high charges for these structures, you would feel like retreating from the idea, but you can DIY. Constructing a shed for your dog, can ensure it is always safe from other animals or people who would want to steal the pet. This comes in handy, when the dog sleeps outside. The shed will not only give the dog an assurance of security, but it will also protect it from weather elements and in particular during winter. This is a pet project you can crack alone. You do not have to high skills in building and you can do it alone with the help of a family member. Usually, the size and the design of the shed will depend solely on the size of your pet and your taste.


You start by gathering the materials and tools for the project. Most of the tools and materials, you may be having them in your store or garage.  It is time to use those chips of wood, which lie recklessly in the store. To be specific, you will require a screw gun, duct tape, screws of various sizes, shingles, and saber saw. In addition, you will need plywood, 2 by 4 planks of wood, two door hinges, carpenter pencil, and a door latch. Then, take the measurements of your pet’s width, length, and height. Preferably, your shed should be 11 to 17 inches than the dog, 6 to 9 inches taller, and 11 to 17 inches wider. The dimensions of the dog shed, also relies on your discretion. All the same, it should not be so large such that the pet feels uncomfortable and insecure. If possible layout the plan of the shed; it will make the pet DIY project easy. Use the 2 by 4 wood pieces to build the foundation. Then, cut a proportionate piece of the plywood and screw it into place. Cut other three pieces of plywood and prop them on the foundation. Use the duct tape to keep them up, temporarily.  Now, take some of the remaining 2 by 4 planks of wood and fix them in all the inside corners, to make the walls strong.


On the fourth piece of the plywood, cut out a door opening, measuring some three to five inches bigger than your dog. Screw the piece in place. You can decide to leave the opening as such or use the cutout  to make a door. If you choose to have a door on your dog shed, remove a half an inch from each side of the plywood. Fix a pair hinges on one side of the door space with screws and attach the latch on the door. It is now time to fix the roof. Cut it from the plywood. Do not that it should hang a little bit over each wall.  Use screws to fasten the roof to the walls. To make the roof, water resistant, apply shingles. For the shingles, it will be best, if you fix them using shorter screws. With that, your dog shed is ready. You can place at the patio, just any other outdoor living place, or the backyard. However, always ensure that the shed is raised from the ground.

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How to Welcome your New Pet Home

How to Welcome your New Pet Home

You have found your dream pet, and now it is time to take it home. How prepared are you to accommodate the pet? Remember it will be a part of your family. Hence, you must be willing to do anything possible, to make the pet adjust fast. Pets get scared when they are moved to new places. It is your responsibility to make this transition period bearable.  Pets are loyal and loving but only if the people around them treat them with care and love. There are some ways to ease the adjustment. First, it is natural to feel anxious about when your cat, bird or dog, will feel comfortable around you and the family members. Even at that, do not hurry off this important stage of your relationship with your pet.  For instance, a cat will take approximately seven to fourteen days to acclimatize to a new environment. Therefore, this is not time to introduce it to your friends and relatives. Just save it for another day.


Find the pet some place to hide in as it tries to get used to the surroundings. They will appreciate it, if you have some set place for them from where, they can watch its new housemates as they go about their daily activities. Pets are very observant, hence, with time; they will come out of the hiding place and approach the person, who seems welcoming.
In addition, get a litter box for the pet. This will prevent the pet from littering your home. Are you confused about the litter box to use? In particular, pets, they opt for fine grain clumping litter box. Use this type, unless the cat is in the developmental stage where they eat their litter. On the other hand, non-clumping litter is preferred for kitten, which is yet to hit ten weeks in age.


To ensure your new feline health, take it for a visit to the veterinarian. Here you will get to know the diseases; the pet may be suffering from and get some advice on what to do. It is through this test, you learn whether the pet is allergic to certain things. Moreover, you can find out from the vet on the best feeds to give the pet. For a week or two, you will need to feed the animal, with the same diet, it used to have before you adopted it. It is all right to change from one brand to another but do this after this period. When you are introducing the new food, give a quarter portion of the new flavor and fill in the portion, with its old favorite food, until the pet adapts to the new diet. Pets and especially cats love to scratch on just anything. Hence, before you come home to a damaged leather couch, find it something to scratch on. Surprising, they also use their paws on wooden furniture. Save yourself the screams and curses, by investing on a scratching board. You do not need to buy, any board in your store, can serve this purpose. A pet can take some time to adjust to a new home, but it all depends with how you welcome it. Implement the above ways to initiate a lasting relationship with your pet.

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Choosing a Dog Bed- Different Types of Pet Beds

Choosing a Dog Bed- Different Types of Pet Beds

In as much as you would love your new pet, you certainly cannot welcome it to your bedroom. There is the warmth o enjoy but there are also some health reasons, why you cannot sleep in the same bed with your pet. Instead, you need to find a bed suitable for your dog. It can be overwhelming to find the right bed for your pet, owing to the many types and shapes available. Regardless of whether you are considering a DIY bed or a designer, you should use the sleeping style of your bed, to k now the appropriate size and shape your dog’s need. To begin with, depending on the style of sleeping, there are two broad categories of dog beds. First, there are curl dog beds. In this division, we have the pillow dog bed. These take a rectangular, square or a round shape. Just like your pillows and cushions, the beds are soft. Mostly, they are stuffed with foam and cedar chips, to fight off fleas. However, if your dog exhibit allergic symptoms, you may have to veer off, those cushion beds containing cedar chips.


The next type is donut dog beds. They are oblong in shape, comfortable and able to accommodate the curl sleeping style. The edges are raised to ensure your dog stays in position, when it is resting. Dome dog bed on the other hand, resembles the aforementioned enclosed beds; just that it features a top part and only a small opening is left to allow the dog in.
The second category of dog beds comprises of beds, which facilitate comfortable sleeping for dogs that stretch. A dog mat represents one of these beds. It is suitable for offering a nice resting place during the day or for lining a dog kennel. Dog mats prevent the pet from lying on a cold floor. They feature a lean layer of foam ensuring comfort. On the other hand, a dog mattress resembles your mattress. It is larger and rectangular. It is also soft, a relish for dogs that stretch when sleeping.


Other beds are specially designed to offer comfort to dogs, which interchange between the two sleeping styles. Specialty beds are designed just as human furniture. A sofa style is great for your dog, if he sleeps curling and sometime stretching. This provides adequate space for the pet to stretch and raised edges to enable it to curl. If you have a senior dog or one that is suffering from hipdysplasia or arthritis, orthopedic dog bed, will be perfect. They are made in all the types discussed above, but the materials differ. Orthopedic beds are usually formed with memory foam, which is sturdy and comfortable while helping to support joints. Another specialty dog bed, which will be important during the cold weather, is the heated bed. Dog beds are a great reward for your pet’s loyalty and love. However, remember to consider the size of the bed since you will be bringing in the bed in your home. Consider the space you have and the size of the dog, when purchasing the bed.

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Pets Attire- Does your Pet Need Clothing

Pets Attire- Does your Pet Need Clothing

Just as humans pets require clothing for the same reasons people wear them for. There is a wide variety of pet’s attire including sweaters, caps, jackets, T-shirts, jewelry, bandanas, and sunglasses. Are they relevant or are they just some accents? The answer to these questions is positive to both scenarios. Dog‘s attire serves two purposes. First, they shield the pet from extreme weather elements, and they make the pet to look unique. Many people do not court the idea of a dog having some clothing after all; it already has a hair coat. Hence, they will not comprehend why a dog will need a jacket, raincoat, hoodie or a sweatshirt. What     they do not know is that dog’s pets too are affected by heat, cold weather, and rain. In addition, some people own pets in places the breeds are not meant to live in. As a concerned pet owner, is best, if you ensured that your pet is safe from the effects of the environment.


In most cases, you will protect the pet during the cold weather but has it ever occurred to you that the pet experiences discomfort during the hot season too.  The pet industry has your back; they have designed jackets, which can keep the pet cool, during summer. The jackets maintain the body temperature at minimum and prevent heat injuries. Apparel your dog will need is a life jacket. Today, it is not strange to see dogs at the beach. Some even go to the extent of swimming in the shallow waters. If you intend carrying your dog to the beach with you, then a life jacket will be necessary. It will ensure its safety, if it drifts towards deeper waters or places with high tides. The outdoor air has been polluted and as humans have been exposed to particles in the atmosphere, dogs are facing the problem as well. It is also a norm for a dog to stick out their heads from the car, when you are traveling. Moreover, some people travel with their pets on motorbikes. In such cases, you will need to invest in some dog goggles to prevent debris from entering their eyes.


Pets’ attire is also sported for the purposes of fashion. This comes in handy, if you like having your dog with you whenever you travel. If you want your dog to be the talk of the town or the love of the children, you need to find the right accessories to adorn it. When selecting the fashionable apparel for your dog, it relies heavily on your personal taste. However, for the jewelry and bandanas, you must be careful, when you put them on because they are worn around the neck, which can lead to accidents. It is upon you to be at a closer look, anytime the dog is wearing either a jewelry piece or a bandana. Overall, pet’s apparel is essential. They make your dog or cat to look special, while protecting them from effects of harsh weather.

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How to Ensure your Pets Safety

How to Ensure your Pets Safety

Just as you would put some safety measures to safeguard your little ones, pets too need care. For instance, cats are often curious, and they portray signs of mischievousness, which means that some items must be kept away from to prevent hazards. Unlike other animals, which are able to handle toxins, once they are in their bodies, cats lack the liver enzymes, responsible for detoxification. How do you keep your feline friend from danger? To begin with, read the instructions on the pet products, before you buy. Some are meant for dogs or other related pets and should not be applied on cats. A good example is the line of products used in fighting ticks and fleas in dogs, since they contain permethrin, which is fatal to cats.


Keep away all the automotive products as well as the windshield washer. These products contain ethylene glycol, characterized by an inviting scent and a sweet taste both to children and pets. However, automotive products are known to cause deaths of nearly 10000 pets every year, after ingestion. In addition, gather all the human medicines and keep them locked in the medicine cabinet. Keep all other medicines safely intact. This way, the curious cat, will not reach them. Especially the human drugs, which are defined by sweet taste and scent, will easily lure the cat to ingesting them. The choice of houseplants you have, can also pose health threats to your lovely pet. Plants such as the Oliander, Yew and Azalea, can lead to an immediate death, if pets ingest them. Others can cause terminal damage, to the liver, kidney and even result to persistent respiratory problems. If you are not sure of the toxicity of the plants, consult a local environmental agency.


You should also keep rodenticides away from the cat. These baits contain lethal compounds, which can cause internal bleeding in the pet, if accidentally ingested. The chemicals also contain organophosphates, which can wreck the nervous system of your cat. Close the laundry rooms, linen closets and the like. These areas may be where you store cleaning agencies, some of which may contain toxic compound including those containing Ajax, Drano, and pine oil. Keep also garden products away from pets. While these chemicals eliminate pests in your garden, they are also poisonous to pets. Make sure there are no lying objects, around the house such as nails and screws, which the cat can swallow. If swallowed, they can lead to death, when they are trapped in the esophagus. You can ensure your cat's safety by, employing the above strategies. Cats are quite playful and have unmatched curiosity, if you do not take care, they will access the chemicals, which can lead to their loss. It is your responsibility to keep your home safe for pets, as you would apply gates at the top of a high stairwell, to protect your toddler.

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How to Clean the Pet’s Litter Box

How to Clean the Pet’s Litter Box

Most people are fond of cats, be it adults or kids. They are calm, loving, and playful, just what you need after a rough day at work or when you want to engage your little ones, as you go about the house chores. However, this fondness is conditional and in particular, when it concerns taking care of the litter box. Even the diehard pet lovers, find it hard to take care of the litter box. Scooping the pet’s waste from the box, cannot be anybody’s cup of tea. Unlike all the other pets, you got in the house, cats are naturally intelligent and they know the basics of using the litter box. It is hard to find them peeing in any corner of the house as long as there is a noticeable box. All the same, once they are done with their usual release, somebody must help in cleaning the box. It can be labeled as the most fun activity; it is dirty and smelly. In most instances, the litter box is neglected, to attend to be other demanding house chores.

Nevertheless, a messy waste box can ruin the peace in the house. It will awaken everyone’s sense of smell, regardless of where the people are based in the house. Even if it only takes a few minutes to make this a success, most would prefer not to do it all. For the best results, ensure to scoop the litter box on daily basis and once per week, remove the bag and replace it with a new one. At least once per month, it is essential to clean and sanitize the litter box.  Start by removing the feces and place them in a garbage can. Make sure that there are no traces left on the sides of the box. Rinse the box with water and fill it with a half to an inch of undiluted white vinegar. Allow the solution to settle for 30 minutes and rinse with cold water. By doing this, you will have rendered the litter box healthy for the pet and prevent bugs from harboring in the box.

For the litter, which may escape from the box, when you are scooping out, be sure to sweep any residue and vacuum. Do note that the broom you use for the pet waste should not be used in the bedroom, kitchen, or dining room. This is because, pets’ litter carries with germs- carrying microorganisms. After you have swept all the particles of litter, use a handheld vacuum, to ensure the place around the box is kept clean. The floor around the box should be washed thoroughly once per week.  Use undiluted white vinegar for this task. Owing to its high acidity level, it helps to disinfect and kill germs, just as bleach and other commercial cleaning agents, will do. The beauty with vinegar is that is natural and will not cause any harm to the cat. As you can see, cleaning the litter box is not difficult and it is a necessity. Use the above tips to keep your pet’s litter box, healthy.

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Are you looking for a Pet Collar? Learn a Few Tips

Are you looking for a Pet Collar? Learn a Few Tips

Pet collars are used for many purposes including protection, training, and identification.  Most pet owners, make use of the collar to attach the leash, used in walking pets. There are numerous styles and types of the leashes in the market such as leather, nylon, and cotton. Nevertheless, it is important to install the collar appropriately, so that your dog feels comfortable and does not choke. There are many reasons why you will need a collar. To begin with, it acts as an anchor for attaching leashes, to facilitate ease walking of the dog. It also plays a great role in ensuring the safety of the animal. For example, if your pet gets lost, it will be easy to find it, as compared to if it did not have the collar. Hence, a pet collar can be used as the identification badge, where it contains all the necessary information of the owner. Pet collars are also used for training dogs on how to follow their owners.


Cats are not appropriate candidates for pet collars. They are quite mischievous. They have the tendency of getting their paws and jaws stuck in the collar, as they try to disentangle from the collar. If you want to protect the cat, a surgically installed chip, will help to trace the cat, when it runs away. Pet collars are available in cloth, leather, and nylon materials. They also feature metallic, slip or buckle closures. The nylon and cloth are cheaper and they come in different styles and colors. On the other hand, leather is durable and it softens with time. There are many collars including walking collars, training collars, traditional collars, and martingale collars among others. All these pet collars, restricts the pet from moving its head out easily, and can be used as head halters and harnesses.


Halters and harnesses come in handy, on pets who like pulling on the leashes or display symptoms of respiratory problems. They are designed to put no pressure on the chest or throat area.  In addition, there are bark collars, which are used to restrain the dog from barking unnecessarily. Some device is placed in the collar and remote based, is hidden on the inside of the collar, to ensure it is hardly noticeable. In as much as, they are unlimited options of pet collars, the one you select must be fitting well on the dog. It is important that you put the size of your dog at the back of your mind, when choosing the collar. Of course, you will not carry your pet to the market, hence, take the measurements of their neck, and leave an allowance of 2 to 3 inches. Once you have bought the collar, you should be able to put two fingers under the pet collar. If this is not possible, you may consider getting another collar for the pet.

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DIY Dog Dry Skin Treatment Options

DIY Dog Dry Skin Treatment Options

Dry skin condition, does not only affect humans but also pets. It is even better for humans since they can put their flaking skin in check by applying moisturizers and lotions. However, for the dogs, such as luxuries are hard to come by. Dry skin comes because of intensive exposure to the dry indoor air and the chapping impacts of the cold air during the winter season.  A few DIY treatment options can help regain the dog’s skin and the natural glow of its skin. A daily brushing will be a good place to start, since some of the itchiness, is caused by lack of natural oils on the skin of the dog. This causes the fur to appear dry and brittle. The brushing catalyzes the production of these oils, facilitating their fur to regain its natural look, while reducing the itchiness.


Bathing the dog can also help to soothe an itchy skin. However, ensure that you do not overdo it, since it can remove the very oils, you are trying to stimulate, their production. Use medicated shampoo for dogs, with oatmeal protein, which you can make by putting 4 cups of ground oatmeal in a lukewarm bath. Gently, wash the dog in the bath. Once you are done bathing the pet, rub its fur with baby oil, olive oil or fish oil and cover it with a towel, until the oils are completely absorbed by the skin. Sometimes, poor dietary habits may be causing your pet‘s skin to break out. While dry skin problems are popularly associated with climate conditions, a little diet change can make a difference. Use a tablespoon or two of olive or flaxseed oil, for two to three times weekly, to help in replenishing some of the vital elements, the dog requires keeping its skin from flaking. Other foods, which can help in rejuvenating the skin, include a raw egg or one sardine dipped in olive oil. Do note that, these two are very rich in nutrients, hence, give the dog only once per week.


In some cases, you may consider changing the dog’s food, but be sure to consult with your local vet, on the best feeds for your dog. There are several varieties to choose from, which are manufactured for maintaining the pet’s skin oily and looking nice. While at it, always ensure the dog is hydrated. Other options include use of supplements and vitamins. Ensure that the supplement you choose is laden with fatty acids such as Omega -3 and vitamins including, B3, A and E. These nutrients are all responsible for ensuring a soft skin and lustrous fur on your dog. If your dog’s dry skin condition keeps on repeating or deteriorates, it is an intelligent move to take it to the vet. However, this will only happen, if you do not feed and clean the pet appropriately. The above guide can help you keep a healthy pet while preventing the buildup of allergens in your indoors.

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How to Help a Dog out of Shyness and Lack of Confidence

How to Help a Dog out of Shyness and Lack of Confidence

Some animals are shy, owing to lack of good introduction to people, things, or places, when they are developing from puppies to mature pets. Other causes for the timidity displayed by such animals include physical abuse, emotional trauma, and inadequate social interaction. If such emotions in the animal are not addressed, the pet may result into biting and aggression.  You can rescue your dog. To begin with, set up situations for helping the dog, to learn new positive responses. If you have a helper, lay out some guidelines on how to handle the dog. For instance, tell the helper to avoid eye contact with the animal and ensure to stand by its side, while keeping a safe distance. Do not try to force the dog, to get close to the person. The helper can maintain the same level with the animal and with the help of pet treats; the dog will be lured to the helper.


As the helper, performs the exercises, you should be at a closer range, showing your approval of the stranger. Avoid comforting the dog, in case it feels threatened, since, this will only reinforce the bad behaviors. You may need to repeat this set –up session, to give the dog enough time, to shed off its timidity. Help your dog to get accustomed to all types of people and experiences. For instance, if you find that the pet shies away from men, have a man prepare its meal, and takes it out. As time passes by, they will get used to the people. On the other hand, if the dog has a problem, with a member of the family, who either invokes fear on the animal or speaks in a loud voice, they will have to change their behaviors, when around the pet.


You cannot be adequate company for your dog. It needs other animals for emotional stability. Hence, if it displays fear and timidity, when around other dogs, start by introducing the calmer dogs and then, afterwards release it bond with other big dogs. In addition, furnish the dog with agility and obedience skills. These small tactics, will help the dog in forming lasting relationships with the members of the family and with any other person, they meet. The more skills the dog will learn, the more it will gain confidence. Your method of training will make a difference between a fearful dog and a confident pet, which will be a love of many. Be sure, to maintain gentleness, when handling the animal and reward it with treats.
Lastly, take the dog outdoors, from time to time.  Ensure to introduce to the neighbors and pets from the neighborhood. This way, it will become confident and make friends.  A shy dog can be a challenge to deal with, since we all want a playful pet, which will make our days and color our evenings. However, it is not the end of the world that your pet is fearful and shy. You can make it better by using the above strategies.

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How to deal with a tick infestation without the use of chemicals

How to deal with a tick infestation without the use of chemicals

Ticks thrive on animals and your pets may fall victim. This may result to a tick infestation in your home that can endanger the animals if they get tick related diseases. In case you have a tick infestation, it is important to control it as fast as possible to get rid of the ticks. The tips below will help you to clear the tick problem without using harsh chemicals. Check the pets for ticks on a regular basis. If they have them, have them treated immediately. This will help to reduce the chances of the pet reintroducing the ticks to the house. It is also important that every time you take the pet outdoors, you should check it for ticks and remove them.

Vacuuming can help to get rid of ticks. Vacuum all the areas that the pet goes often. Pay close attention to where the pet sleeps, on the window frames and baseboards. These areas should be vacuumed at least once a day until there is no more infestation. Make sure you get rid of the vacuum bag immediately after the first cleaning so that the eggs do not hatch inside. To prevent the carpet from harboring the eggs and ticks, you can steam it using a steam cleaner or by using the services of a professional cleaner. This is especially important if the carpet is thick and likely to hide the eggs. The steam penetrates the fibers and kills the eggs. You can also steam fabric sofas to get rid of the eggs. Another area that can easily harbor ticks and their eggs are where the pet sleeps. Wash the pets beddings using hot soapy water and use high temperatures to dry them. This will help to kill ticks and their eggs.


Cracks on the window frames and on baseboards can be a hiding place for the ticks. Seal these cracks and any other cracks in the house so that the ticks will not find a place to lay eggs or hide. In addition to the cleaning, ensure that you create a hostile environment in the house for the ticks by using fans and dehumidifiers. This will ensure the house does not have damp air that the ticks prefer. Continuous cleaning is also important in dealing with an infestation. This will help to break the cycle, especially when keeping in mind that tick eggs may hatch after 30 days. These measures will help you to deal with indoor tick infestation. If the outdoor is also infested, you should also get rid of the ticks to prevent them from getting back in the house. Get rid of all the overgrown areas and shades where the ticks may thrive. Trim the grass and clear the leaves and debris that may be on the yard. Prevent animals that carry ticks such as deer from getting into your property by using a fence. Check if the fence is infested, in which case, you can use insecticide on infested areas.

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Practical Ways of Moving your Pets with Ease and Ensuring their Comfort

Practical Ways of Moving your Pets with Ease and Ensuring their Comfort

Moving houses does not only place intense pressure on you, but also to your favorite pet.  The animals take your current home, not just as a home but also as their territory. Cats for example are very sensitive and do not welcome the abrupt change of environment, lightly. Dogs on the other hand, adjust with ease. For the cats and dogs, they all would like it, if you maintained their routine, include getting their treat, grooming, and walking time as usual. To make your dog or cat, comfortable in your next house, take the steps below. Some time before the move, prepare your cat for the journey. It does not matter whether you are moving to a house, five blocks away from your previous home. Your pet will be safer in a pet carrier. However, it is not their cup of tea. They will resist every effort of you trying to place them in the carriage. You can introduce them to the idea gradually until they are used to the carrier. Put some treats inside the box and leave the door open.

The next step is to familiarize the pets with car travel. Start by taking short rides in your neighborhood and when they are fully ready, take them around town. If it is a dog, take it for a walk around the area, you are moving to. This will enable them, to collect scents from the place. Hence, it will be easier for them to adjust to the location. While packing the household goods, allow the dog or the cat to be there. That way, it will not be surprised when you place it in the car. When moving, a cat carrier will be handy. It is the only thing, which will keep the kitty in place. Provide adequate food and a bathroom for the pet.  Label the box, so that those who will be moving your things, takes good care of the pet. Preferably, do not keep it together with the items but rather set aside some space near the family. Dogs can travel together with a family member.

If you are going on a long distance journey, find out about the provisions of the airline on the pet travel. Arm yourself with the necessary veterinary documents.  Research also some of the pet friendly hotels, to avoid rubbing the wrong way with the authorities. Now when you reach the new home, release the cat from the carrier, and place it in a safe place.  Cats usually take time before getting used to new environments. This is the reason why they will escape some few days after you move. Hence, you can put a box under the bed or find a separate room, for them to seek refuge, for the time being. Your dog will only require a walk around the building. To conclude, it is not always easy to move pets, but if you take the above steps, you will transport your lovely pet safely and ease its adjustment to the new home.

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