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Tips For Easier Dog Bathing

(NewsUSA) – American households keep 78.4 million dogs according to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. And every one of those 78.4 million dogs, at some point…well…smells like a dog. “Washing your dog doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience for you or your pet,” says Patty Mueller, pet care expert and founder of Rinse Ace brand pet products (www.rinseace.com). “Bathing your pet indoors is an easy, less-stressful alternative to a groomer -; or a backyard garden hose and bucket. All you need are a few inexpensive items and a little planning.” How frequently you bathe your dog depends on its lifestyle and breed. Bathing too often can irritate the skin. A good guideline is to wash your dog only when its coat gets dirty or begins smelling “doggy.” Here are some tips to make bath time easier and less stressful for pet and owner: - Gather your supplies without your pet present to reduce pre-bath anxiety. - P...

 


Cat Dandruff and Skin Care

Dandruff is a common problem for cats, and especially for diabetic cats. A study shows that about 1 in 200 cats have what is known as diabetes mellitus (DM) and if you want your pet to get better, here are some things you can do. The cause of this problem is associated with poor nutrition. So, instead of buying one of those generic brands of cat food, maybe you should change it and go for one of those that are of good quality even if it may cost a little more. You can also give food supplements that contain fish oil which have been proven to correct the dandruff problem. This may also come from canned tuna since it is rich in Omega 43 fatty acids that will improve their hair in about a week. Symptoms that will tell you if your cat has a skin care problem like dandruff include an increase in their appetite, excessive thirst or urination, dehydration, depression, muscle wasting, lethargy, weight loss and an unkempt hair coat that is a direct result of poor grooming. It gets worse when the cat displays w...

 


The Pros and Cons of Crate Training

The great crate training debate has been one that people have argued for or against for quite some time. People are split almost down the middle on whether or not they should try this training method on their dog. For anyone who is unaware of what this term means, it is the process of teaching your pet to accept their cage or crate as their safe and familiar place to be. Through time and a lot of patience, this little area can become their den which can be used to transport the dog. It can also be used as a place for them to be when the owners are not home. Some even use it as a time out area. The pros and cons of using a cage for a puppy or grown dog are numerous. There are plenty of reasons people stand behind their decisions, on both sides of the issue. We will go over some of the pros and cons so that anyone considering this option can make an informative decision. One of the biggest pros that comes with successful training has to do with potty training. For puppies, and dogs of all ages that may suffer...

 


Explained: Dog Collar Gentle Leaders

A Gentle Leader is an item that fits in the leash, harness, and head collar categories. People sometimes use it as a training tool or a restraining device. How this collar works is it helps the owner to control their dog in a way that the dog will better understand. It goes around the neck and there is a loop for the muzzle of the dog as well. When slight pressure is applied to the loop, your dog will understand that you are the "leader of the pack" and not them. This all follows their natural patterns to communicate with other dogs, in order to distinguish their hierarchy. The main purpose for using a Gentle Leader is for walking your dog. They can be used to train puppies, or to correct behaviors such as pulling on the leash. It may not work one hundred percent of the time, but most people who use them with their dogs definitely notice an improvement. For those of you who may weighing your options when it comes to these devices, there are plenty of pros and cons. As far as pros go, one of the biggest i...

 


Kitty Dental Care

Cat dental care is important to make sure that your pet enjoys a clean bill of health among other things. Cats also need their teeth to be taken care of because it can lead them to a lot of other problems with their general health. For instance, if your pet cat has periodontal problems, it might not eat well and experience poor health due to lack of the proper nutrients in the body. That's how important dental care is for your pet cat. Most cats may suffer from a wide range of dental conditions if they are not properly cared for. That is why it is the responsibility of the pet owner to make sure that his or her pet cat follows a regimen of good dental hygiene. It may be work, but it will serve you and your pet cat well in the long run. One of the problems that cats experience with their teeth is plaque. Just like humans, cats also have tartar buildup in their own teeth called plaque. This is due t the many types of food that cats eat with some of the substances accumulating in their teeth that may further...

 


Be Aware of These Cat Health Conditions

When we experience pain in our bodies, we can easily tell someone that there is something wrong and that person will be able to bring you to the hospital. Pets cannot do that but watching them can tell you a lot of things which is why owners should practice cat care and be aware of the symptoms. Here are a few diseases you should watch out for and their symptoms. Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is the most feared disease and in fact is the leading cause of death among cats. It is caused by a coronavirus infection and the worse part is that the symptoms are very common with other ailments so it is really hard to identify. There is also Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) that is similar to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Just like the human version, it is a life long infection that progresses slowly and can eventually be fatal. Cats can also in infected by Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). It is a retrovirus that causes cancerous and non-cancerous diseases. Fortunately, it can be treated using some...

 


Pet Prenups Could Save Divorcing Couples Grief

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Should couples sign a pet prenup? Divorces are never easy. And, it’s complicated when you get pets involved. Former Judge Marilea Lewis handles family law cases for the law firm Goodwin Lewis in Dallas....

 


Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy And Strong

Up until around ten years or so ago, you use to only be able to get your dog's teeth cleaned professionally, or with a dental care kit. These days, you have a huge number of items to choose from that all work differently to help keep their mouths clean and fresh. We will discuss some of the more popular ways to do this below. The old tried and true method is to use a doggie toothbrush and toothpaste from your home. The toothpaste is often flavored to their liking, and it is totally safe for them to use. While this is one of the best possible methods to choose from, it can be rather messy and difficult to do at times. Another tooth cleaning product for dogs is the increasingly popular finger brush. The advantage to using one of these little items is that you can personally get a deep clean in the mouth of any sized dog. The little knobs on the tip of the finger brush allow you to get the most stubborn things left behind off of their teeth, gums, and even tongue. The obvious disadvantage to this apparatus is ...

 


Emergency Planning for Your Pets

When disaster strikes, we can easily become overwhelmed. Gathering our supplies and getting to safe ground with our family is an all-consuming thought. It's no surprise that our pets often suffer during this dishevel. We panic, our pets panic, and no one is functioning very well. That's why it is so important to plan for your pets' safety along with your own. When our thoughts are scattered, we want a simple plan to fall back on so everyone, including our furry family members, are included and kept safe. Here are some basic guidelines for planning your pets' safety during an emergency situation. Identification: Probably the most important thing to do for your pet is to be sure he or she wears a collar with identification tags. Your pet will be scared during a disaster or emergency and may run away. Pets without identification tags are rarely returned to their owners in the case of evacuation. The stories of pets walking hundreds or thousands of miles to return to their home are extremely rare. They ma...

 




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