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Essential Care For All Dog Lovers – Tips and Supplies

By Chuck R Stewart

The proper care of puppies involves love from the family and the right dog supplies. It is important that dog owners study and understand a lot of things regarding the needs of the dog to grow well and healthy. Learning the how to take care of your puppy also requires that you pick out the right dog supplies from hundreds of dog products.

When we consider the right dog supplies, we usually refer to health products like parasite treatment, animal beds and blanket, automatic pet feeder, furniture, cages and even books on pet care. There are a lot of specialty dog stores with a wide array of products for all kinds of dogs and for all kinds of uses. It is vital that you buy the most essential products for proper care of your dogs and limit your choices to those that are dog-friendly and tested to avoid any illnesses and untoward incidents while using the products.

There are also other important considerations when buying your dog supplies. For instance, it is imperative that you consider the size of your dog matches the type of automatic pet feeder that you are going to purchase. You don’t want to end up with a type of dish where your pet dog might not feed an adequate amount or end up wasting a lot during feeding.

Another dog supply that requires serious consideration is the food. The golden rule in selecting the right food involves the picking out the right food product appropriate for the dog age group and type. Owners should be very sensitive about the likes and dislikes of their pets and offer variety into their ration in order to stimulate their appetite.

One vital aspect of proper dog care is the appropriate and effective application of the tried and tested flea & tick treatment. Most dog owners would have to face this problem with their pets as they can bring them home occasionally with the parasites present all over the place and your dog just can’t avoid them regardless of what you do.

Fleas are very unpleasant not only for your dogs but also for the members of the household because they bite and suck blood of both animals and the people around. These pests do not live on people but they can jump around and bite humans.

Flea & tick treatments start with the dog. You can use a tried and tested flea powder or spray, or a special shampoo indicated for tick and flea. For the more serious cases of infestation, it is best for you to seek the service of an expert and competent groomer for a more thorough treatment. The next step for the control of these parasites involves the fumigation of the house and the immediate surrounding using an insecticide bomb from your favorite hardware store.

Proper care of man’s best friend require us to use the appropriate supplies and follow essential care tips to provide your 4 legged friend a lot of love and care deserving of a true member of the family.

Chuck R Stewart recently purchased a flea and tick treatment and an automatic pet feeder for his new puppy.

Randa

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Mar 31, 2009 | 0 | Looking after your dog

The Things You Need to Know About Dog Treats

By Alex De La Cruz

Every time you feed your pet with dog treats it surely wags its tail in pure delight. What a lovely sight would that be especially when you’ve got a cute puppy. Normally dog treats are handy during obedience training because it helps keep your pooch’s attention focused. These treats are truly welcomed by your pet whether it’s a simple cookie or a delicious tart. And because you love your pooch too much you want to give it everything that could make it happy. But have you ever considered whether your deed makes your pup healthy? Are you sure that the treat you bought from your favorite pet shop is good for your pup? Maybe you were convinced by its TV commercials or its attractive and flashy labels.

A product with a picture of a puppy happily eating its meal should not be the only basis why you buy it. You need to be a conscious purchaser. You must scrutinize every ingredient used, otherwise you may not know it but you are already poisoning your pet just a little each day. Be a sensible owner. Surely you would not eat or buy anything that could give you adverse effects. This same principle should be followed with regard to your pet’s well being. The quality of dog treats should not only be the consideration but also the quantity. Remember that anything given in excess is never good even if your dog treats are homemade and made from quality ingredients.

It will still have negative effects such as constipation and stomach aches for your beloved canine. It should be your aim to make a happy and healthy pet. Do you usually give dog treats to your pooch at any time of the day? Or when it suddenly becomes unfocused during training you used it as bribe? Any of these cases should not be encouraged because that may lead to overfeeding. Avoid giving snacks at any time of the day because your pet might lose its appetite for its real meal. A number of dog treats given at any time of the day can be equivalent to a full meal without you noticing it.

This could alter your pet’s digestion and excretion. And in the worse possible scenario you might be leading your pooch to obesity. Of course you know that an obese animal develops certain health problems which could even be fatal. That is why it is advisable that you cut back on dog treats. This doesn’t mean that you don’t love your pooch anymore rather it is the other way around. You should do this gradually especially when it is used to having lots of snacks. Try giving only twice or trice a day in small portions. Tell the other members of the family about this scheme so that it will be effective.

Otherwise you defeat the purpose of making a healthy and happy pet. And while you are eating refrain from handing it table scraps because that is also tantamount to treats. The key here is just simple: the quality and quantity of dog treats must be appropriate to keep your pooch in shape.

The author of this article, Alex De La Cruz, is a Dog Expert who has been successful for many years. Because most people think that Arthritis is a humans-only disease Alex now informs dog owners with his http://dog_arthritis.doggybooks.info Ebook on how to discover this disease and let their dogs live as pain-free as possible.

Randa

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Mar 30, 2009 | 0 | Dog nutrition

Polar bears and dogs playing

A great video I found on youtube..

It shows a strange relationship between dogs and bears. Taken from the show “Jailed Polar Bear” on FirstScience.tv

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Mar 29, 2009 | 0 | Videos

Cutest Pup With Most Patient Cat

Cutest puppy ever meets the most patient cat ever..

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Mar 28, 2009 | 0 | Videos

Your New Puppy – How Natural Remedies and Products Can Benefit Him

By Susan Koranki

There is a growing interest in taking a natural or holistic approach to healthcare, both for people and animals. Many pet owners are now actively seeking out natural remedies and products for both preventative care, and the treatment of certain conditions.

Natural supplements and remedies are often a safe, and affordable addition to your puppy care routine, and don’t have the potential side-effects of some conventional medications. Obviously, there needs to be a balance between conventional veterinary care and the use of natural remedies, but when you are able to take the best of both worlds, and use them in a complementary way, you can be sure your puppy is reaping the benefits.

Using natural healthcare options can benefit your pup in many ways, these include :

Better Overall Health – many common dog ailments, such as digestive disorders and allergies, can be prevented or significantly reduced.

Longer Lifespan – due to better health and a stronger immune system

Improved Healing – your pup will heal faster after sickness or injury due to a stronger, healthier body.

Better Quality of Life – a natural approach to pet health care includes treating all the factors (environmental, behavioral, nutritional etc) that lead to ill health. By treating the causes and not just the symptoms, your pup will be happier as well as healthier.

Natural Dog Food

Your new puppy is growing at a phenomenal rate, and the nutrition he receives during this critical growth period has a huge impact on his future health and well-being. Good nutrition is the cornerstone of good health.

Natural dog foods (including holistic/organic options) can provide optimum nutrition for your growing puppy. The benefits include human-grade ingredients, and the absence of hormones, chemicals, additives and other undesirables.

Feeding a natural diet (and that could include a raw diet, or BARF), helps to strengthen your puppys’ immune system, reduce the incidence of allergies, and research has shown that it can also help your pup live a longer life.

Some of the most popular names in natural dog food include Innova, Solid Gold and Canidae. Online stores often have a wide selection of natural and organic dog food that you can order from the comfort of your own home.

Natural Remedies for Dogs

Although professional veterinary care is absolutely essential to the health of your new puppy, there are often situations where a natural supplement or remedy can be very effective. This is especially true in the area of natural preventative care.

Many puppies have digestive issues, and constipation, flatulence and loose stools are common puppy problems. Feeding a natural puppy food is an important part of preventing these sorts of issues, and there’s a good selection of food supplements you can use to prevent/treat specific problems.

Natural laxatives, pro-biotics, digestive tonics and other products can be very helpful for a puppy who has tummy troubles. By helping to restore a healthy balance to your pups’ digestive system, the effects of things such as stress, pollution and toxins can be reduced/eliminated.

Another common puppy problem, and one that seems to be increasing, is allergies. Many dogs suffer from allergies of one sort or another, some are sensitive or allergic to ingredients in their food, others to environmental or seasonal triggers or parasites such as fleas. Whether exposure to toxins in the environment, chemicals in food, or immune systems weakened by over-vaccination or medication, the results are the same.

Medications such as anti-histamines can suppress allergy symptoms, but natural remedies actually target the imbalances/weaknesses at the root of the problem. Holistic blends of natural vitamins, herbs, and other ingredients can help keep your pups’ immune system functioning at optimum level. Soothing herbal salves and ointments can help relieve constant scratching, and food supplements can help keep your dogs’ coat and skin healthy and supple.

Anxiety, fear and general nervousness are also fairly common puppy behavioral issues. From separation anxiety, to submissive urination and situational stressors such as thunderstorms or car travel, at some time or other your puppy may need something that will help reduce his anxiety levels.

Sedative medications have a place in the treatment of anxiety disorders, but many times a natural remedy is both gentle and effective in reducing fear, stress and anxiety – without the side effects of some medications.

There’s a whole range of products to choose from in this category – Flower Remedy essences, pheremone-based sprays and diffusers, dietary supplements and more.

There’s no reason for your little guy to be cowering in the corner during thunderstorms, or shaking like a leaf on your road trips, when gentle, calming relief is so easy to find.

All dog owners know that there are some pesky critters who can cause your pup to be miserable – they’re called fleas! Fleas aren’t just annoying, they can cause disease, allergies and a whole lot of trouble. There are some very effective flea preventatives, but they do contain harsh chemicals, and often can’t be used on young puppies. Natural remedies provide a kinder alternative, and can be very effective when used correctly. There are products that you can dust/spray on your pet, and others that can be ingested. Intestinal parasites such as roundworms, tapeworms etc. can be treated using homeopathic or herbal products.

Both puppies and older dogs can experience muscle or joint problems, especially the large/giant breeds. A natural diet, and the use of a natural supplement which promotes joint/muscle health can improve strength and flexibility and prevent a lot of problems.

All new owners want the very best for their puppies, and prevention is definitely better than cure. By using a combination of natural remedies and health care options, in addition to the routine veterinary care that your puppy needs, you will be giving him the very best chance of a long, happy and health life. Isn’t that good to know?

You can learn more about natural remedies for dogs, and find all the tips, information and advice you need to raise a happy, healthy puppy at http://www.the-puppy-dog-place.com. Puppies are our passion!

Randa

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Mar 27, 2009 | 0 | Puppies

The Soup Awards 2009: Entertainer of the Year!

“Check out who wins the Entertainer of the Year at the 2009 Soup Awards! Here’s a hint: He loves cupcakes.”

Well, that caught my attention.. check out the winner here..

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Mar 26, 2009 | 0 | Videos

Sleepy Spudgy

A very cure video..

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Mar 25, 2009 | 0 | Uncategorized

Boston Breeders – Do You Have Colored Boston Terriers?

By Raymond Hendricks

Boston breeders will tell you that there is a lot of demand these days for what are known as “colored” Boston terriers. The American Kennel Club Standards allow for three colors to go with a Boston’s white markings: black, brindle or seal. Black is the Boston’s show standard so if you want to win ribbons, get a black and white Boston terrier. If you don’t plan to show your Boston, the brindle and seal are great colors. Brindle is a distinctive pattern of brown, tan, and black. The AKC defines the color seal as black with a red cast in the sunlight.

The most important thing to remember about the AKC and color is that the AKC allows any dog to be registered as AKC if the parents of that dog are AKC registered. Thus, you can have an AKC Boston of any color if both its parents are AKC registered. With that point in mind, you can consider some of the different views about colored Bostons. Ten different Boston breeders might have 10 different opinions about colored Bostons.

Some Boston breeders might only want to raise AKC show standard Bostons that are black and white. Others may want to raise AKC standard colors of brindle or seal. Some Boston breeders are happy to raise colored Bostons that are nonstandard colors. Photos on the web of the colored Bostons show a lot of really lovely dogs.

The red and white Boston terrier can have variations of red coloring from light reds to darker orange reds. The brown Boston terrier, sometimes called chocolate, can range from a light to a dark brown color. A white Boston terrier puppy which is not an albino will eventually have be cream and white colors.  The cream and white Boston, sometimes called blonde, has pigmentation in his nose, eye rims and paw pads, unlike an albino which is totally white. You can find good Boston breeders who have Boston terriers in all of these colors and more. 

If you are interested in a colored Boston terrier puppy, be sure to start with a reputable Boston breeder. The breeder should show you the papers on the parent Bostons. Be sure to get references from the breeder and check out the conditions of the facilities for his or her dogs. You will have no trouble in getting a beautiful colored Boston terrier from a good Boston breeder.

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Mar 24, 2009 | 0 | Dog breed information

Make a Good Pet Better With Dog Obedience Training

By Chris Robertson

When I adopted my poodle from a foster home near Sarasota, Florida, she was badly in need of dog training. But obedience training wasn’t all Lily needed. First and foremost, Lily needed a home.

Lily was a lucky girl. A foster family took her in after the puppy mill where she was a breeder abandoned her. Apparently she didn’t perform well in their labradoodle breeding program. Her foster family took care of her for a month, cleaning her up and calming her down, before putting her up for adoption.

When I met Lily she was pink. I thought she was cute, but it turns out she was sick. An extreme flea infestation and poor nutrition turned her coat pink. It took months of quality dog food and grooming for Lily to regain her natural sandy white color.

While Lily’s health was improving, I enrolled her in obedience training classes. Lily had several bad habits. I don’t think she had lived in a house before her foster home, or even had a family, so she didn’t exactly know the ropes. She was nervous, she didn’t come when called, she pulled on the leash, and she didn’t sit on command. But worst of all, Lily was a biter. When she met new people she approached them, circled around them, and bit them on the behind. It sounds funny, her butt biting, but it was serious. I knew we both could get in big trouble and I could even lose her if I couldn’t stop her from biting.

Lily’s foster mom told me about excellent dog training in Sarasota, but I lived too far away. So I asked the local pet store and they referred me to a dog trainer who held obedience training classes in the local park.

I wish I could say Lily was a star student. She got along well enough with the other adult dogs and the puppies, but her attention span was very limited. Because I had adopted rescued dogs before, I knew they often need an extraordinary amount of attention and care before they settle down, so I had reasonable expectations for the dog training. The dog trainer understood the special needs of rescued dogs and made excellent suggestions for training Lily and for generally improving her behavior.

Some dogs need more than one session of obedience training classes. I found it helpful to use a variety of training techniques and trainers. Dogs who are adopted as adults typically take six months to a year to adapt to their new homes, especially if their early years were difficult. That was certainly the case with Lily. It’s two years since I adopted her. She sits like a charm. She still doesn’t come, but she’s better on the leash. She doesn’t bite because I don’t give her the opportunity. Most of all she is an adoring and cuddly member of the family.

Just the other day a fellow dog walker told me, as her basset hound pulled relentlessly on the leash, that she hadn’t taken Leo to dog training and that Leo could not be trained. I don’t believe that. Dog obedience classes aren’t magic; they don’t turn every dog into Lassie, but they can make the difference between a torturous tugging and a relaxing ramble.

Chris Robertson is an author of Majon International, one of the worlds MOST popular internet marketing companies on the web. Learn more about Dog Training Works

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Mar 23, 2009 | 0 | Training

3 Tips For Finding Low Cost Vets in Your Town

By Crystal Jordan

With the rising cost of vet bills, finding an affordable vet makes sense. But sometimes it can be hard to know where to look. Here are three tips to help you find a low cost vet in your area.

One of the best places to look for an affordable vet is through the local humane society. They are very likely already working with a veterinarian that works at a reduced rate.

If they are not, they can likely point you in the direction that you need to go, or give you some additional resources.

The second way to find one is just to call around and ask what their prices are. If you call around to three veterinary clinics and ask what the average price of a spay is, then you can get a general idea of prices.

One potential downfall of this approach is that sometimes vet clinics charge a reduced rate for spays to get new clients, but overall their prices can be more expensive.

The third way to find one is by driving. Veterinarians set their prices by what the average income is of households in a 3 to 5 mile radius around the clinic.

Often times just by driving to an area of town where the level of household incomes is lower, you can find a vet that charges less.

Also remember to ask your current vet if you can get a break on prices. Sometimes they will give you one if they know you are a good client that pays right away.

Use these three tips the next time need to find a low cost vet in your town.

To learn more about this go to: Negotiating With The Vet For A Lower Bill

Also visit my blog: Help With Vet Bills

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Mar 22, 2009 | 0 | Dog health