Pet Guide Pet Guide Copyright by en Fri, 20 May 2022 16:26:16 -0400 How Can You Help Your Dog and Cat Become Friends?

Always had a cat and now you’ve brought home a dog or vice versa?  And, you’re wondering how you can help your dog and cat become friends?

Both species are known to be at each other’s throats most of the time. And, that’s not surprising either because a cat sees a dog as a threat, while a dog usually views a cat as a rival for its owner’s attention.

But through all the growls, snarls, hisses, and yaps, your tabby and tyke can be trained to live peacefully together and develop a tolerance for each other even if they never become the best of friends.

Here are practical tips on how to introduce a cat to a dog and how to get a cat and dog to bond.

Can Cats and Dogs Become Friends?

Have you googled “How to know if a dog and cat will get along?” You probably got mixed results. 

It can be hard to predict how animals will react to each other. Your house cat may become curious about a new puppy. Your beloved dog may welcome a new kitten and treat it gently. On the other hand, it may take considerable time for the dog to accept a cat as a family member.

Tips to Help Your Dog and Cat Like Each Other

Enrol Them in Obedience Training

If questions like “how do I socialize my dog and cat” are on top of your mind, then the first step should be to invest in obedience training for your dog. A well-behaved dog that can control its impulses will get along better with a cat.

Your dog’s instinct to chase prey is quite strong, so you need to manage this as soon as possible. Otherwise, an untrained dog will end up pursuing your cat relentlessly.

If your cat fails to recognize this as a game, it will feel stressed whenever it sees your dog. Your cat might even decide to fight back, which can lead to both of them getting injured.

Make sure you teach your dog to heed commands like “Stop.” With the proper training, your pet dog will understand that it needs to leave your cat alone.

Let Them Interact in Your Presence

The initial interaction between your dog and cat should happen under your supervision. This is crucial in the first few weeks after you have introduced a new pet to your household. If left to their own devices, there are higher chances of a cat and a dog hurting each other.

Schedule a common playtime for your feline and canine pets. Both animals should be willing to play and in a good mood.

During the first couple of weeks, you can also try feeding your cat and dog at the same time. Since their focus will be on eating, they are less likely to get into a tussle.

Don’t expect instant rapport between a cat and a dog. If you observe any discomfort, frustration, or hostility, separate them and try again another day.

Be Patient

So how do you get a dog that hates cats to like them? As with any form of animal training or socialization, the secret is to give it time.

If you're lucky, your dog and your cat may become friends during their first meeting. However, this rarely happens. It’s going to take time for your dog to adapt to your cat and vice versa.

That’s why you’ll need tons of patience and perseverance. Brace yourself for a lot of snarling and hissing whenever your pets meet. As much as possible, don’t force them to stay together as this can be traumatic for both, not to forget stressful for you.

As a safety precaution, leash both animals during their initial encounters. Remove the restraints only if they become tolerant of each other.

Desensitize Them

If you’re thinking, “How do I get my cat and dog to be friends,” here’s another tip. Desensitization allows your pets to get used to each other faster. The idea is to reduce your dog’s impulsive reaction to your cat’s presence.

Many dogs tend to get over-excited on seeing a cat for the first time. This can make your cat uneasy, thus spoiling the chances of a potential friendship.

So, what’s the best way to familiarize your dog with your cat’s presence?

Try using a baby gate. This low barrier separates your dog and cat while still allowing them to see or sniff each other through the bars.

With continuous exposure, your pets will soon become familiar with each other.

Give a Cat Its Territory Before It Meets Your Dog

As you learn how you can help your dog and cat become friends, pay close attention to the latter. Cats may feel cornered when they interact with loud, aggressive dogs. Since felines tend to be smaller, dogs often start treating them like prey.

To avoid this, ensure that your feline companion has its own territory, one that your dog cannot access. This “safe space” could be on top of the refrigerator or a bookshelf.

When you bring home a new pet, keep your existing pet in a separate room. Do this until the newcomer becomes safe and relaxed in its new home.

Keep Their Food and Toys Separate

Previously, we recommended feeding your dog and cat together in the first few weeks. But once they become familiar with each other, try keeping their feeding areas and utensils separate.

This way, you can prevent them from competing over food and also getting into each other’s food. While this can be difficult in a multi-pet household, it’s not impossible either.

Raised surfaces that your dog cannot access are ideal for feeding the kitty and you can move your dog’s meals to a closed-off area in the house.

This also applies to their treats and toys. Store your dog’s favorite chew toys away from your cat’s playthings. 

How Long Does It Take for Cats and Dogs to Become Friends?

There is no exact answer to the question, “How long does it take for a dog and cat to get used to each other?” Some cats and dogs take to each other immediately. In other cases, it might take a few weeks or even months.

It also depends on the breed. Some dog breeds such as the beagle have friendly personalities and are known to get along with kids and other pets faster than the rest.

Don’t lose hope. With a bit of strategy and a lot of coaxing, your pets can become the best of pals and if not, at least get to a place where they can stand the sight of each other. 

Final Thoughts

So how can you help your dog and cat become friends? By helping them overcome their instinctive need to protect themselves and their territory using the tips and tricks mentioned above. While there’s no guarantee that all of these methods will work, it definitely won’t hurt to try them out.

Keep in mind that this process takes time and close supervision. And oodles of patience and perseverance too! And in the meantime, remember, a little bit of sibling rivalry never did hurt anyone.

Guide Editor Tue, 20 Jul 2021 06:56:04 -0400
Why is my puppy pooping blood?

Seeing blood in your pet’s stool is often nerve wracking and worrying.  It’s a disturbing experience for the dog and also the pet owner who has to clean it up or witness the puppy suffering.  But what exactly does bloody diarrhea in puppies mean? Could it be a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention or can I wait it out to see if it goes away? These are just a few of the question that may run through your mind during such a situation.

Without proper information, it can be extremely difficult to discern this kind of a circumstance.  Hopefully, after reading through this article, you will have a better understanding of what to do and when to get immediate medical care.

Do your own quick assessment

Before anything else, it’s important that you do a quick assessment of the situation.  This is because the red color may actually not be blood. Is there a time when you shared with your puppy food that has red coloring? What about the nonfood items?  Are there possibilities that the dog got a hold of your red lipstick and ate it?

 Foods containing profuse amounts of food coloring or items such as lipsticks that have dyes may color the stool and make it seem bloody. In most cases, this is not a cause of worry but it won’t hurt to ask a vet free of any extra charges. This is especially if you suspect it may pose some health risks

Secondly, take a good look at the stool consistency.  Is it normal in consistency (firm) or loose?  What about the normal behavior of the dog? Are the energy levels normal and is it eating the right way? Diarrhea and vomiting in dogs accompanied by lethargy should be a reason enough to call the vet right away even if it’s in the middle of the night.

What does it mean when there is blood in my puppy’s poop?

Whenever people see blood in their pets stool, they associate it with a severe health condition. There are times when it’s not a serious issue especially when there is only a streak of blood or there are no accompanying symptoms like lethargy or vomiting. Other times it’s an indication of a life threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.  Among many reasons, here is why your dog has blood in his poop;

Food allergies

Some dogs are allergic to certain foods or ingredients and this may lead to a severe reaction in the gastrointestinal tract.  If the dog eats a food it normally doesn’t, irritation or inflammation may occur in the gastrointestinal tract damaging the lining. The end result is blood in the stool.

Viral and bacterial infections

If your puppy is pooping blood and this is accompanied by symptoms such as vomiting, there is likelihood of an infection.  For instance, the pet may have contracted parvovirus which is quite common especially when you fail to vaccinate your puppy. Without immediate treatment, viral and bacterial infections result in a life threatening condition known as hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.  Therefore, early intervention is vital.

Intestinal parasites

Intestinal parasites are another common cause of bloody stool in dogs. These can be roundworms, hookworms or whip worms.  These parasites irritate the lower intestinal tract causing bleeding. If you suspect your pet is infected with parasites, you can take him to a vet who will then check for worms in dog’s stool.

Ingesting a foreign body

There is no telling as to what your puppy can eat and sometimes he may ingest nonfood items which cannot be digested in the tract. In this case, an ingested foreign body may get lodged inside the gastrointestinal tract hence causing an obstruction. For one thing, there will be a significant strain on the movement of contents in the GI tract. Additionally, the foreign object will most likely damage the tract. Eventually, he may experience bloody diarrhea.

Blood clotting disorders

Blood clotting disorders are rare in dogs but if not detected early can be quite fatal.  What happens is the body is triggered to attack the platelets. Therefore, the clotting ability is largely affected causing bleeding in various parts.  This bleeding also occurs in the gastrointestinal tract and hence the bloody poop.

This list is not exhaustive and there are many more reasons why there may be blood appearing in your pet’s stool. For comprehensive evaluation, it’s always prudent to take your pet to the veterinarian.

Should I worry if my puppy poops blood?

If you notice only a small streak of blood in the poop, it’s probably nothing to worry about especially when the stool appears normal.  However, frequent bleeding or bleeding that occurs in large amounts is an indication of a more severe problem.  In such a situation, it’s wise to pursue veterinary care right away.

Also, pay close attention to the behavior of your pet. If the appetite and energy levels are good then it’s fairly safe to give it a day before going to a veterinarian. All in all, even very small amounts of blood in the stool should be mentioned to the vet.

What should I do if my dog is pooping blood?

Blood in your dog’s poop is supposed to be taken quite seriously. Any concerns about the appearance and consistency of the stool should be discussed with the vet. This way, the vet will carry out a physical examination and analysis of the stool as required. If there are any abnormal changes in your dog’s behavior or any symptoms, mention them to the veterinarian.

There may be need for further tests depending on the symptoms. Furthermore, the treatment will depend on the exact cause. In case parasites are the cause of the bloody stool, the next course of action would be to deworm the dog.  Viral and bacterial infections are quite serious and more often need hospitalization. 

Never ignore the fact that your dog is pooping blood.  This is mostly a symptom of an underlying problem. Always seek veterinary involvement.

Guide Editor Sun, 01 Nov 2020 22:20:35 -0500
How to prevent dog bites (and costly lawsuits)

Dogs are adorable pets and testimony to this is the fact that 90 million dogs in the U.S. have been adopted by families as household pets. While dogs have the reputation of being loyal, friendly, selfless and protective, there is a flipside that people should be wary of. Dogs can cause harm by biting people. Unfortunately, the bite is quite dangerous because it can result in a preventable viral disease known as rabies if the dog has not been vaccinated against rabies.

There is one dog bite every seven seconds in the U.S. (4.5 million bites in a year) and out of these about 0.8 million people require medical attention. The treatment for bites is quite painful and prolonged.

The high incidence of dog bites enjoins both dog owners and people to do everything possible to prevent dog bites. However, dog owners must know that they are responsible for their dogs and they are liable for injuries in a dog bite as per law existing in each state. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, who specialize in dog bite lawsuits, emphasize the importance of understanding the significant liabilities that owners can face if things go wrong.

In such a scenario, people should take precautions to avoid getting bitten and dog owners should train their dogs to behave more responsibly. Here are some steps that dog owners and people could take to prevent dog bites.  

Dog owners

Dog owners have the ultimate responsibility to keep their dogs under control always. This can be achieved by taking the following steps:

  • Train dogs vigorously and continuously right from the beginning
  • Expose dogs to different kinds of people and different kinds of situations
  • Train dogs to recognize various sounds, movements and stimuli
  • Train dogs more through rewards than punishment
  • Observe dogs to spot any devious behavior and take corrective steps
  • Allow dogs free rein only when you are confident of their safe behavior
  • Leave dogs free with strangers only in your presence
  • Never leave dogs alone with children especially infants
  • Ensure dogs are vaccinated for rabies and checked by vets periodically
  • If dogs cannot be trained or controlled give them away

By following the above regimen dog owners will have peace of mind and visitors to dog owners’ homes will also have peace of mind.


Visitors need to be careful when they encounter trained or stray dogs on the street or when they visit homes with dogs. They can train themselves to study and understand the dogs’ behavior and learn to recognize various signals from the dog. Depending on the behavioral signals given by dogs they can determine if dogs are hostile or friendly. However, it is advisable not to approach a new dog (even if dogs give friendly signals) without being introduced by its owner.

People can look for the following positive and negative signals from dogs:

  • Wagging of tails
  • Special barking when people known to the dog come visiting
  • Eating or playing or caring for its puppies
  • Stiff tail, ears flattened back, tense body, staring
  • Growling, baring teeth

Whatever be the signals dogs give it is prudent not to approach a new dog. It is better to be safe than sorry.

If a dog bites

If after taking all the precautions, people who get bitten by dogs should take quick action to clean the wounds and get medical help to assess whether the victims need rabies treatment. This can be ascertained by observing the biting dog and learning whether it has been vaccinated. If not, a course of injections is warranted as prescribed by a medical practitioner. Subject to prevailing laws, victims can claim cost of treatment and damages, which can be substantial.

Clearly, it is better to avoid getting bitten by a dog, as a dog bite can be detrimental to both dog owner and victim. The dog owner may have to shell down cost of treatment and recovery (sometimes as high as $755,000) and the victim has to undergo travails of medical treatment (course of injections) including trauma.            

Guide Editor Wed, 22 Apr 2020 00:31:21 -0400
Be aware of horse wounds and address it well Owing a horse might be a matter of pride, but caring for it is a matter of commitment! Other than the everyday food and physical activity, it is essential for also beware about the sudden wounds and injuries that might occur. Like humans, even horses have the chance to get injured or hurt during a normal, even if it's inactive. Cuts and abrasions can arise from the nails, metals, barbed wire, fencing, glass and many more.

Horses often run on to sharp objects and get stuck. It causes deep cuts along with puncture wounds. It is true both for horses in the private stable as well as horse racing tracks. Horse owners know that their horses can have open sore injuries, puncture wounds and other cuts that might need the usage of antibiotics. Though it’s true that you can always count on the vet for solutions, but it makes sense if you stay updated on a few horse medical basics.

Horses require tetanus injections

Do you want to keep your horse secure from tetanus injections? If yes, then you need to ensure that the horse gets vaccinated at least twice annually. Additionally, creating a useful first aid kit is like investing in a precautionary measure that can help whenever the horse gets wounded. However, sometimes horse wounds would need a tetanus shot, to eradicate the bacterial infection. In such cases, it is best if horse owners arrange for the injection than any other alternative measures. 

Open horse wounds need to get cleaned carefully

Horse open wounds need to be cleaned and dressed cautiously. The best thing you can use here is a sterile saline solution. Make sure that you add in a saline solvent in the horse first-aid emergency kit. It is useful in cleaning the open wound. Just in case, you don't have it or have run out of it, make sure to flush the wounds using water. Even though it's an age-old way, it's still beneficial.

The idea is to clean the area of the wound from any bacteria that might result in any possible infection. The moment you use saline solvent or ample water, it helps to free the injury from all kinds of bacteria and other germs that tend to flock to open wounds. 

Tackling puncture wounds

There are moments when a horse puncture wound tends to be very serious. It is mainly because of the size, location, depth and the origin of the injury in the horse's body. Generally, this kind of an injury happens on a dense muscle and is not very bothersome. However, sometimes when the wound takes place in areas like the lower leg, chest or the belly there are chances of the injury affecting the internal organs. So whenever you find a horse puncture wound on the chest or the abdomen, the best solution is to contact the vet. Always make it a point to check the wound severity, clean and bandage the wound till the time the vet arrives.

Horse wounds and cuts need attention like that of humans. When you fail to attend to these wounds and cuts, there are chances of infections that can prove to be detrimental in many ways. Following the measures mentioned above will help your horse to stay healthy for a long time.

Guide Editor Wed, 28 Nov 2018 09:31:18 -0500
Seven Simple Tricks to Get Your Dog to Eat

Getting your dog to eat is a simple matter of figuring out how your dog would like to eat. What are their patterns, and how much energy do they have? Some dogs need to eat several times a day, and other dogs need to eat just once or twice a day. You can take all this information into consideration when you are looking to make your dog as healthy as possible. You will get amazing results because your dog has been given the best possible food. They will have more energy because they are on a good diet.

  1. Find Better Food

You can start with something like the Dr. Marty Pets Dog Food that you can get online. These foods have a blend of ingredients that make your dog happy, and they will give your dog the energy that they need to get through the day. The idea behind these foods is to pack them with nutrients, help your dog enjoy the best possible flavor, and get them excited to eat when they see the bag come out.

  1. Start the Dogs on a Schedule

Your dos needs to eat on a schedule. They will never forget a feeding time, and that will make it much easier for you to stick to the schedule going forward. There are a lot of people who are going to want to get their dogs eating early in the morning, while eating again at dinner time with the family. Others will feed their dogs when they leave the house and when they get back. It all depends on what works best for you.

  1. Alternate Foods

You can alternate foods for your pets, because some of those foods are wet and some are dry. You can get your dog excited for a wet treat today, and they will go back to the dry food tomorrow. Mixing it up makes it easier for your dog to enjoy the meal.

  1. Schedule the Meal Around Your Kids

Your kids might want to feed the dog, and it is a good bonding experience for them. Your dog wants to make your kids happy, and the kids are excited to feed them. They both win in this scenario.

  1. Get Your Dog a Special Bowl

Your dog is more likely to eat when they have a place to eat and drink water. They will be disappointed if you do not have a place for them, and they will come to the place where they eat when it is time for their meal.

  1. Play Music

Some dogs will respond to music if you play the same song every time it is time for them to eat. They will get excited to eat, and you never have to holler for them again.

  1. Eat After Exercise

You can feed your dog after exercise time because they are already hungry. This makes it easier for them to get in the mood to eat.

You can get your dog to eat much more easily if you have tried these steps. Planning a mealtime makes it easier for your dog to be healthy and happy.

Guide Editor Wed, 21 Nov 2018 04:38:12 -0500
When and How to Switch Your Dog Food Imagine eating the exact same meal all day, every day, with the only addition to your monotonous diet being a glass of water. This is not only boring but can also cause harm by not providing all the vitamins and nutrients you need to stay healthy. Unfortunately, for most dogs out there, this is the very situation they’re put in.

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It’s important to ensure that your dog receives everything they need from their diet as they grow older. It also pays to be wary when your dog develops symptoms that can lead to costly diseases further down the line. By feeding your dog everything it needs for its immune system to fight the problem from the beginning, this can be avoided.

In this post, we’ll take an in-depth look at these issues and provide guidance on how you can help your dog maintain its health by ensuring a complete diet.

Food Sensitivities

Just like allergies in humans, dogs can have negative reactions to certain ingredients in their food. Symptoms such as irregular stools, hair loss, and itchy skin are often the result of a food sensitivity. These reactions can even develop at random times throughout their lives, as opposed to always being present.

If your dog seems to be showing symptoms, pay your local vet a visit or try changing the proteins in their food. Some brands offer more premium proteins in higher percentages, such as ostrich as opposed to chicken.


Throughout the stages of a dog's life, their nutritional requirements change. Puppies require larger percentages of protein and carbohydrates in their food to help with growth. However, too much protein in a senior dogs’ diet can harm their liver. Puppies also require more calcium to help their evolving teeth and bones.

Senior dogs will benefit more from chondroitin and glucosamine, which helps maintain movement in a dog’s joints as they become weaker. These days, most dog food brands provide puppy, adult, and senior versions of their standard and premium lines, making it easier for you to choose the most suitable food for your dog.

There are also moist food satchels that contain higher percentages of nutrients for each age group. These are great because they not only add more nutritional value but will work as a tasty treat to occasionally add to their standard food.

Making the Change

Instead of immediately switching to a new food, it’s safer to do it systematically and gradually over time. Over the course of a week, slowly mix more of the new food into the old one before completely switching up. While experimenting, it’s better to avoid giving any treats or additional food, in order to better assess the results of the change.


Keep in mind that this can be a time-consuming process, taking up to three months to fully see the difference a new diet makes. But it’s completely worth it, as you’ll have a happier and healthier dog in the end.

Guide Editor Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:41:07 -0500
What to Consider Before Getting Yourself a Pet Horse If you are among the many who always wanted a horse as a young kid, you should stop and find out more about owning and taking care of a horse.  These majestic animals need a lot of special care to ensure that they not only survive but also thrive. Some useful considerations:


As its owner, you will not only be expected to bear the initial cost of acquiring the horse but for everything that is required to its welfare thereafter such as food, water, shelter, healthcare, and not to forget the various tools required for its proper upkeep. You will also need to plan on how and who will take care of it when you are out on a vacation of a business trip. Vet costs are also an important aspect of owning horses as they can be fairly substantial over the long-term.


As surprising as it may seem, you will need to provide for far more than just grass for your horse’s feed because it cannot consume enough grass by itself for its proper sustenance. The quantity and type of feed you will need to provide will depend on factors such as the age, size, activity level, health as well as other factors like the breed, space, and weather. You will need to arrange for additional nutritional inputs like grains, protein, hay, salt, etc. because the modern horse has evolved substantially from their wild forefathers that were accustomed to living off nature.


Horses require a fair amount of space for their proper growth. While your backyard may seem to be sufficiently large, most often, it will not be large enough for it to be able to move around freely, play, and exercise. According to experts, you should provide at least one acre of free space and have provision for shelter on hot days or from high winds. This is the reason why many owners actually keep their horses in facilities that are especially geared towards taking better care for horses. Explore TVG for details on the top facilities in your area.


As may be expected, horses need a lot of care and maintenance for which, you will require a variety of brushes and tools like hoof picks with which you can keep their feet clean and prevent rocks and stone splinters from hurting them. You also need to keep their feet clean of mud and manure to prevent bacterial infection. Warm and waterproof blankets are also necessary to keep your horse protected and comfortable during the winter.


Keeping a horse at home is not a task for the faint-hearted. Like for any household pet, you need to do everything that is necessary for its health and wellbeing, but for a large animal like a horse, the dimensions and the effort required are multiplied. Before you actually bring home a horse, consider working with a local stable to get a firsthand idea of what keeping horses entails and also read up everything you can find so that you know what you will be in for.

Guide Editor Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:14:45 -0400
4 Ways to Fight Weight Loss in Dogs

It can be a real source of worry to see your dog lose weight. They tend to become less bouyant and  look malnourished. If not supplied with appropriate nutrients, they could be susceptible to a number of health issues.

The health of your dog is vital, and weight loss might be a sign of ill health. Fortunately, there are a few ways to help your dog put weight back on after having experienced weight loss for whatever reason. Here are some you should follow:

  1. Find Out Why Your Dog is Losing Weight

If a dog whose weight has been normal suddenly starts losing it, there must be a reason for this. So, the foremost step to solving your dog's weight problem is to determine the reason behind their weight loss. There are several conditions that can be responsible for weight loss in dogs - one being age, as many dogs begin to lose weight as they get older.

Another is the presence of medical conditions such as digestive disorders, intestinal worms, diabetes, lack of  pancreatic enzymes, liver disease, cancer, and others. Lack of appetite can also be responsible for weight loss in dogs. 

Once the cause of weight loss is discovered, it becomes easier to solve. Firstly, you’ll have to subject the dog to constant monitoring and supervision. When you watch over the dog closely, you might find out that they’ve been losing weight simply because other dogs steal their food.

  1. Make Sure Your Dog Eats the Right Quantity and Quality of Food Daily

Like humans, dogs get energy from the food they eat. The higher the amount of energy a dog gets, the more weight it is likely to put on. Proper  nutrition serves both as a way of preventing weight loss, as well as regaining it (after weight loss has already occurred).

To prevent weight loss, you’re advised to increase the quantity of food your dog normally eats. If your dog is a kibble-feeder,  add an extra cup, (full or half) to what you normally give them. If they’re a raw feeder, then adding extra meat will ensure your dog never loses weight. Also, if the dog's diet is homemade,  the quantity of protein and carbohydrates should be increased. However, care should be taken so as not to feed the dog  more than normal, as that can bring its own problems.

On the other hand, you can achieve weight gain in a dog that has already lost weight (or that’s losing weight) by feeding them foods that are rich in calories. In this case,  foods  rich in protein and fats should be chosen. Your dog won't only gain weight, but will also stay happy, because according to Ultimate Pet Nutrition, “Optimal nutrition is the key to happy life”. So, feed your dog well, so they’ll maintain weight and be happy too.

  1. Employ Feeding Hacks

Another way to fight weight loss in your dog is to hack its feeding style. For example, let's say you give your dog an equal amount of food two times every day; you can then hack it by providing a smaller quantity in the morning and a bigger quantity at night.

The idea behind this is that the energy in the larger quantity of food will be stored up as fat, since the dog’s body will hardly utilise this when sleeping. However, be sure not to give the dog too small a quantity in the morning, as this might cause them to starve.

Alternatively, instead of feeding your dog twice a day,  you can choose to divide the food into smaller portions, so that they are fed three or four times a day.  This method will ensure that nutrients are always available for the dog’s metabolic and physical activities.

  1. Ensure Your Dog Gets Good Exercise

Some pet owners associate exercise with weight loss, but this is not actually so. Good exercise helps the dog to build muscle, which is one positive way to gain weight. Furthermore, exercise can be a way to increase appetite in dogs that are losing weight as a result of a lack of appetite. So, always be sure to give your dog good exercise, and regularly too.

Finally, the methods discussed above are surefire ways to help your dog gain weight and wear that healthy look you have always wanted it to have. Additionally, you should regularly have your dog checked by an expert to check fitness and good health. This will help identify potential illnesses in time and treat them accordingly.

Guide Editor Tue, 08 May 2018 11:24:43 -0400
How To Look After Your Dogs Teeth When getting a new puppy or dog, there are many things to think about, including toilet training, walking, toys, vaccinations, and much more. Dogs cannot look after their own teeth, so knowing how to do the best for your dog’s teeth is very important. Here are some great tips to keep on top of your dog’s dental care.

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The Right Foods

Just the same as humans, there are certain foods that are better for your dog’s teeth than others. Many of us pick up dog food without looking at the packet, but there are dog foods out there that have high sugar content and contain mostly solid food. Always read the label and buy high-quality dog foods to give your dog the best chance of good dental hygiene. It may seem better to pick a cheaper option, but it could save you a lot of money in the future on dental bills. Most foods we eat can be given to dogs in moderation, but remember, anything that is bad for our teeth is also bad for theirs. Sugary food such as chocolate should always be avoided, as this can be poisonous to dogs, as well as damaging to their teeth. You can purchase treats from pet stores that are made for them to enjoy and clean their teeth at the same time.

Regular Checkup’s

It is never too early to start thinking about puppy dental care, especially as their teeth just begin to develop. Just as you would visit the dentist regularly, your dog should do the same at the vets. You can ask the vet or your pet insurance company how frequently they recommend your dog gets a dental checkup. This can depend on the age of your dog, as well as the condition of their teeth. The better the condition of their teeth, the less frequent visits will be needed.

Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth

This can be something many pet owners are worried about doing, especially if they haven’t before. Don’t worry, you are doing it for your dog’s best interests and as long as you are doing it correctly, you and your dog will remain safe. Laying your dog on the floor is the best chance of ensuring your dog remains relaxed and is the best way to ensure you get every tooth. Purchase some dog-friendly toothpaste and use a toothbrush to brush along the gum line, from front to back. Hold your dog’s lip up with one hand and their muzzle with the other. It may calm your dog down to talk whilst doing this; even if you manage to brush for twenty seconds, this is better than nothing and your dog will eventually get more used to this routine.

Looking after your dog’s teeth as soon as they begin to come through gives them the best chance of having healthy teeth. Brush your canine’s teeth, take them for regular checkup’s and buy them the right foods and their dental hygiene should stay in top shape.

Guide Editor Fri, 05 Jan 2018 22:44:22 -0500
Fresh Water is Essential: 5 Reasons Fresh Water is Absolutely Necessary for Your Pets Owning a pet is not just a case of companionship, it is also a massive responsibility. If you are unable to give the amount of time that owning a pet requires then maybe it’s not for you. Pets require an incredible amount of love and attention, so you should always make sure that you are certain you can give your pet the love it deserves. However, if you are able to offer the requisite amount of time then a great tip to to ensure that your pet has fresh water. Here are five great reasons why you should ensure that your pet is always fully hydrated.


If your pet isn’t getting enough water then there is a big chance of them suffering from dehydration. This is a serious affliction can lead to organs shutting down and even death if you don’t provide water quickly. If you want your pets to remain healthy then avoiding dehydration is highly important.


If you leave your pet's bowl to get dirty over time then it can be infested with parasites which will harm your pets from the inside. It’s not just if you leave the bowl to become dirty that this can be an issue though. If you don’t fill provide your pet with enough water, they will find other water sources outside. These water sources can contain many harmful parasites just like a dirty bowl can.


It isn’t just parasites that can find a home in dirty water. Bacteria that can cause sickness can be found not just in dirty water but in dirty bowls too. If you want your pet to avoid the vet, not just for their own health but so you can avoid the costly bills, then ensuring that not only is your pet’s water fresh but their bowl is clean. It will help to keep your pet as healthy as possible.


The more water you provide for your pet, the more likely they are to be able to carry out enough exercise to remain healthy. This is especially important in the hot weather when exercising and playing will cause your pet to lose a lot more water than they usually would. If your pet likes to run and play then providing them with the best pet fountain possible is a great idea.


When your pet is young it needs water to grow. If you’re not providing your pet with enough water to grow to it’s potential then you are hampering the development of your pet. It can cause your pet to be undersized which could make it difficult for it to be able to get the food it needs, or possibly even lead to it being attacked by other animals.

If you are a pet owner and an animal lover then you should always be providing your pet with enough fresh water to keep it hydrated and healthy. There is no excuse for limiting the amount of water that your pet has access to and you should always endeavour to be a responsible and loving pet owner.

Guide Editor Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:05:59 -0500
5 Unusual Benefits of CBD Oil for Dogs

While marijuana has served medicinal purposes for humans for thousands of years, it is interesting that we are now seeing many people use CBD oil to help treat ailments suffered by dogs. If you have a dog who is suffering from a condition, you may want to look at using CBD oil to help treat the condition. And since you can easily find CBD Oil online and buy it legally, this is one substance that you can use on your pet without too many issues. Here are five unusual benefits of CBD oil for dogs.

  1. Dealing with Anxiety

If you have a dog that is always on edge, you may want to think about using a little bit of CBD oil to help calm them down. Remember that when you are giving a dog CBD oil, you should not be giving them a similar dose to humans. Dogs are much smaller than humans, and even a large dog does not need a dose that is as large as what we would take ourselves. But if you have a dog who is always anxious or barking at other people, some CBD oil may be exactly what they need!

  1. Improving Quality of Life

It is always heartbreaking when we must look at our pets as they get to the late stages of life. If you have a dog that has suffered various aches and pains and is currently on its last legs, you may want to think about daily doses of CBD oil. The great thing about CBD oil is that it can promote calmness and help hugely with pain. If you have a dog that is in a lot of pain, CBD Oil for Dogs could be precisely what they need.

  1. Combating Phobias

Dogs are not so different from humans in how they react to external stimuli. And just like humans, dogs may not have the most rational reaction to certain things. For instance, it is very common that dogs will be afraid of thunderstorms or fireworks. The loud noises do not agree with them at all. If you have a dog who is constantly scared when a storm hits, or when fireworks are going off in your area, a bit of CBD oil could help to calm them down!

  1. Appetite

One of the symptoms associated with some dog diseases is a loss of appetite. If your dog used to love eating all the time, but now he is just barely eating enough to get by, you may want to think about using CBD oil to help him out. CBD oil is known to help boost appetite, which is one of the reasons why we feel so hungry after smoking marijuana. And since CBD oil is completely safe and non-psychoactive, you are getting the appetite boost without any of the marijuana high!

  1. Inflammation

If there is any issue related to inflammation in your dog, CBD oil is a natural method of treatment that will help a lot. CBD oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, and it will ensure that your dog is more comfortable and not in pain.

Guide Editor Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:51:35 -0400
The Most Important Things to Consider When Buying from a Breeder Whether you're in the market for a specific breed of pet or you simply want to know what kind of pet you're getting, there are many reasons to consider buying from a professional breeder. This process can be the beginning of a special relationship that will last for years, requiring your time, money and attention.

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It is vital to remember that not all breeders are the same, not all pets are suitable for all homes and that various, unexpected situations can arise after the fact. Before you buy from any dog, cat or other animal breeder, what should you know? We'll give you some insight into what to consider before making any commitment.

Breed Characteristics and Requirements

Professional breeders have plenty of knowledge and understanding when it comes to the breeds they offer. Whether you're looking at dogs, cats or an entirely different animal, it's important to understand the differences between various breeds. Some breeds may require extra care, while others may have a variety of common illnesses or ailments that need to be understood.

Your breeder should be able to give you a full rundown of any potential problems or concerns that are common to the breed, helping to ensure you're making the right choice. If a breeder does not seem to have an innate understanding of the breed they offer, it's best to look elsewhere.

Contractual Aspects

Buying one or more pets via a breeder may not be as cut and dry as you might think. There may be specific requirements and/or restrictions that come with purchasing a particular breed. For instance, purchases made involving more premium or thoroughbred pets may prohibit the owner from breeding the pet with any other male or female pet.

In any breeder’s contract, there will likely be stipulations about what responsibilities the buyer has, what restrictions the seller insists on, and a variety of other concerns designed to ensure any potential future occurrence is covered by the contract. Because of this, what you need to know about a breeders contract can sometimes be extensive and complex.

Certifications and Papers

Does the breeder have papers and certification showing that the breed is in fact pure, as well as whether it may have any likely genetic problems? If not, then you probably should consider looking elsewhere.

When the parents of your prospective pet are certified, you'll not only know the exact lineage of the breed you're buying, but also can plan ahead for any potential health concerns or known issues.

Breeder Legitimacy

While we've touched on the broader topic a couple of times above, it's important to verify a breeder and ensure they have a good reputation. Most breeders will have plenty of satisfied customers who can vouch for their professionalism and accuracy; be sure that you request references before signing any contract.

Now that you know what to consider and evaluate when purchasing a pet from a breeder, you'll be better prepared to walk through the process. From knowing the genetic background of the pet to verifying that the breeder in question is reputable, these considerations will help protect you, your new pet and the breeder alike.

Guide Editor Mon, 28 Aug 2017 02:48:59 -0400
Top Five Reasons Your Dog Could Benefit from Hemp When you first bring home your new little puppy, it is the picture of perfect health. Unfortunately, just like us humans, dogs can develop various health issues. These issues can affect their mobility, energy level, mood, and more. One solution that pet owners are turning to now is CBD for dogs, which is hemp. When given in the proper dosage, hemp can help with a number of chronic and acute health issues.

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If you're curious as to whether or not hemp may be a good solution for your dog, here's a look at the top five reasons it is used.

GI Tract

Many dogs suffer from GI tract issues such as IBS and IBD, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and discomfort. If your dog often gets constipation, watery stools, and gurgling in their stomachs, this can be a sign of GI tract issues. Hemp is able to help by removing the toxins that are in the GI tract. This is done thanks to the fact it contains fiber. By removing these toxins, you will in fact by regulating the entire digestive process.

Mobility and Joint

Mobility and joint problems can affect dogs of any age, but they are more prone to these issues as they age. Arthritis is often the culprit and can cause a lot of pain and inflammation in their joints. It doesn't even have to be arthritis that is causing the mobility and joint issues, it could just be daily exercise and activities.

Hemp can have some very effective results and you won't have to worry about your dog feeling stoned or high. Once they start feeling better, they will probably feel more energized since they aren't dealing with that same amount of pain and discomfort.


For dogs that suffer from anxiety and stress, hemp can also prove to be quite beneficial. Hemp works to calm the dog, which is great for the temporary situations that can prove to be quite stressful. This could be such things as a long-distance car trip, moving home, etc.


If your dog is suffering from low immunity due to other health issues, hemp can work to boost and support their system. This provides them with the energy and good health they need to fight off illnesses and diseases. Hemp is often a good option for dogs that are fighting cancer, as it can help to fight the disease.

Comfort and Care

If you are in the unfortunate situation of dealing with end of life issues with your dog, hemp can provide them with the comfort and care they need in their final days and weeks.

Speak to Your Vet

Hemp can be a wonderful option for dogs suffering from a variety of health issues, even if that health issue is simply end of life comfort and care. It's best to speak to your vet to figure out if it's the right option for your pet, and if so what the proper dosage amount should be.

Guide Editor Mon, 28 Aug 2017 02:45:58 -0400
How to Tell if a Dog is Suffering from Poor Nutrition Poor nutrition is often a problem among neglected dogs, but some of the most loved pets can also suffer from the malady. The thing is, poor nutrition can also be a result of overfeeding or inadequate diets, and not just a lack of food. Most of the time, dog owners are not even aware that they are doing something wrong and continue to ignore the signs of inadequate diet, until it’s too late. To avoid such tragedies from happening in the first place, take a look at the following symptoms of underlying canine nutritional problems.

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Skin and Coat Problems

When a dog’s diet is deficient in the necessary fats, the following dermatological problems may begin to show:

  • Lackluster coat
  • Dandruff
  • Dermatitis

Try feeding your pet a healthy dog food which is rich in 10%-15% fat from natural sources like flaxseed oil, primrose oil, vegetable oil, safflower oil and fish oil among others.

Dental Problems

Brushing your dog’s teeth is no easy task and a lot of dog owners neglect it due to the hassle. This in itself is a bad habit that pet owners should not harbor, but that is made even worse by feeding dogs excessive wet meals. Wet food makes plaque problems worse, which may lead to foul breath and a whole list of teeth and gum issues. Dry foods for dogs are often designed to clean plaque off the dog’s teeth and gums, so make sure that your dog’s diet has a good deal of dry food in it as well.

Poop Problems

This one is a bit tricky as bad stools or excessive defecation can also be the indication of a lot of issues that have little to do with the nature of the diet. Nevertheless, stool problems generally indicate that your dog food is either poor quality (too many carbs probably) or just isn’t suited to your dog at all. Frequent bouts of alternative diarrhea and constipation means that you need to take your dog to a vet and stop the current diet immediately.

Hindered Growth

Protein, fat and calcium are three things that puppies need a lot of to grow strong and to their full potential. If your puppy doesn’t seem to be as big as it should be (depending on the particular breed of course), their diet is probably lacking in the essential nutrients. Different breeds have different requirements in terms of quantity and sometimes, even the ingredients. A puppy’s diet will not be the same as the diet of an adult dog, so it’s important to talk to your vet and figure out how much of what you need to feed the dog.

Weak Immune System

If your dog suffers from frequent colds or displays signs of a weak immune system by catching immunodeficiency diseases often, the diet he is on needs to change. Allergies are not uncommon in dogs, but it has been found that dogs with weak immune systems and a poor diet suffer the most from them.

These five are some of the most prominent signs, and if you can relate even one of these with your dog, it’s time take him for to the vet. A veterinarian can measure and take a look at your pet’s Body Condition Score or BCS to know for sure if he is indeed suffering the effects of poor nutrition.

Guide Editor Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:32:38 -0400
Separation Anxiety in Dogs – What You Need to Know Separation anxiety is a very real problem for man’s best buddy. Millions of dogs are left alone for hours at a time while their owners work or socialize. The problem with leaving a dog home alone is that they often become anxious, stressed, and develop destructive behaviors to compensate. Do you have to listen to neighborhood dogs bark and howl all day long? Chances are these animals have been left home alone. Whereas you might watch TV or surf the internet, barking, howling, and chewing are a dog’s way of coping during long periods of enforced isolation.

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Don’t Leave Your Dog Home Alone All Day

Leaving a dog home alone for many hours is bad for their health. Some dogs are more sensitive than others and cannot cope with enforced isolation. They pine for their owner and develop serious mental and physical problems. Yet people think it’s OK to take a dog into their family and then leave him while they go to work all day. It really isn’t.

Symptoms of Separation Anxiety

The best way to prevent separation anxiety is not to leave your dog alone for more than 2-3 hours at a time. Anything longer than that is likely to cause considerable stress to your dog. He will probably chew, bark, scratch the furniture, and possibly even urinate or defecate. In serious cases, a dog with extreme separation anxiety will cause massive destruction in his efforts to escape and find his owner. You can prevent unwanted behavioral problems and extreme distress by getting your dog used to being left alone for short periods from a young age. He might not enjoy being left at home on his own, but he will tolerate it better.

Puppy Training

Get your puppy used to being left for short periods from an early age. When he’s small, crate him with some chew toys and a comfortable blanket while you go shopping. To begin with, keep these periods short, but once you think he’s comfortable being left and he can hold his bladder, slowly leave him a bit longer. Older dogs should be OK for 2-3 hours, but it is a good idea to take them for a long walk first and make sure they have toys to play with while you go out. Give him treats inside a toy so he must work to release his treats. Challenging toys can keep a dog entertained for ages.

Before you conclude that separation anxiety is the root cause of your dog’s behavioral problems, it is a good idea to rule out other problems. Puppies routinely chew, so don’t assume your dog is chewing everything because he’s anxious – he might just be teething. Try giving him some elk antlers for dogs to see if that helps. If he is urinating in the house, despite being toilet trained, watch to see if he does this in your presence. If he does, he might have an underlying physical ailment, such as a UTI or kidney disease.

If your dog’s separation anxiety is extreme, consult an animal behaviorist for advice. He will need special treatment to cure his fear and anxiety.

Guide Editor Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:31:40 -0400
Top 5 Tips For Capturing Your Pets Personality We can all agree that a family is never complete without one thing, a pet. Most households in the world have a pet, be it a dog or cat. One of the sad things about pet ownership though, is that you often outlive your pet. That is a large part of why pet photography is so popular throughout high percentage pet ownership countries such as Australia. You find that you love your pet so much that you decide to take a photo of him in order to have something to help your memory out when they are gone. A picture might be a good way of remembering the pet even long after they are gone. Just like a child, taking a picture of your pet can be very challenging but not impossible.

A vital question to ask yourself before setting up the camera is; what’s special about my pet? Come with ways in which you can display the pet’s personality in the picture. Here are 5 tips that can guide you in capturing your pet’s personality in a photo.

Tip 1 - Use the right lightings as well as settings.

This is technical, right? You may consider opening the window and use it as a source of light for the shot. Experts say that the best time to take a photo of your pet is in the afternoon (sun). If you must do it at midday, though, you need a largely shaded area because the sun brings a lot of contrast. If the pet is in motion, it’s advisable to use a shutter speed.

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Tip 2 - Capture the pet off-guard

The best photos of your pets are the ones that have been taken while the pet is unaware. You can use the “pet-Perazzi “style of capturing where you try taking the shots at varying angles. For instance, if the pet is playing on all fours, try taking the photo while the camera is on the ground near the pet. You don’t expect the pet to pose for the camera, do you? Take the shots when the pet is sleeping, playing or even while goofing.

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Tip 3 - Make the pet look curious

There is nothing better than capturing the curiosity of your pet in a photograph. For your information, pets are naturally curious friends. For instance, taking a photo of your pet might make the pet curious; give the pet some time until it starts feeling uncomfortable with the camera. Let them sniff on the camera or paw it. Pull a surprise for the moment. Only then, that you will realize how lovely the photo may look. You can also try rattling his treats or toys in the bag. The pet will create that curious look. Utilize that moment.

 Tip 4 - Get to the pet’s level

Taking the photo of your pet from above can result in a distorting image. For instance, the head may appear bigger as compared to the rest of the body. However, taking the picture from the pet’s level will result in a realistic picture. Additionally, taking the photo on the pets level gives the best depth perception. You will also realize how vibrant grass will provide an amazing contrast with your pet.

Tip 5 - Be super creative and have maximum fun

This should be the first thing to consider in while taking the photo. It should not be a forced activity but rather one with fun and enjoyment. Take breaks where possible while keeping it light. Ensure that you carry treats with you to reward the pet for his good behavior. Everyone loves a snack, right? If you have a great time with the pet, then this can be displayed via the lens.  


Capturing your pet’s photos can be fun if you consider the above five tips and more others that you can get. Ensure that the activity does not take too long that the pet becomes bored. Do it for a maximum of around 30 minutes. If the time is not enough, there is always a next time.

Guide Editor Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:30:04 -0500
The Latest News in Regulation of Compounding Veterinary Pharmacy Practices


Historically, the regulation of compounding medicines for veterinary use has been regulated by the fifty individual state boards of pharmacy, and by a confusing and inconsistently applied group of federal laws and FDA regulations. The FDA does not approve compounded medications, but regulation has allowed for their formulation and use when FDA-approved medicines are either not available or not suitable for use.

Unfortunately, “suitable for use” is a difficult expression, open to interpretation, and interpretation can lead to issues and difficulties with regulatory compliance and best practices. And this has lead to a contemporary environment in which drug manufacturers are actively lobbying the FDA for stronger, clearer regulation of compounding for veterinary use.

FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Animal Drug Compounding From Bulk Drug Substances

Earlier in 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a draft of proposed changes to the regulatory language surrounding the administration of federal law when it comes to veterinary compounding pharmacy practices, and the use of compounded medications in veterinary practice. But this draft, titled Guidance for Industry (GFI) #230, Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Drug Substances, met with scrutiny and commentary from drug manufacturers, compounding pharmacists, and veterinarians alike.

To reiterate, current U.S. law does not permit the compounding of animal medications from bulk drug substances, but the FDA has historically recognized that there can be limited circumstances in which an animal medication formulated by a veterinary compounding pharmacist from bulk drug substances may make for a more appropriate treatment option than what may be available using approved drugs.

The Food and Drug Administration’s draft of GFI #230 goes further than past FDA regulation by describing the specific conditions of when compounded drugs from bulk drug substances may be used without threat of the agency taking action against either pharmacies, outsourcing compounding facilities, or veterinarians themselves.

Prior legislation had addressed statutory exemptions for the compounding and use of compounded human drugs, but The Drug Quality and Security Act that addressed these exemptions does not apply to the use of compounded drugs for animal use. The FDA has stated that their reasons for publishing GFI #230 are to ensure that animal drugs compounded from approved bulk substances remain available for appropriate use without jeopardizing either the approval process for animal drugs, or the safety of animals receiving compounded medications.

FDA Extends Comment Period to November of 2015

The FDA is currently building a list of approved bulk drug substances that can be used by either compounding veterinary pharmacies, or via outsourcing facilities in the compounding of animal medications. They are also inviting comment from veterinarians, pharmacists, and the general public on the move.

The public comment period for both the draft of GRI #230 and the list of approved bulk substances was scheduled to close in August, but the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists petitioned for an extension in July. The comment period for both the draft guidance and nominations to the list of bulk drug substances now closes on November 16, 2015.

Diamondback Drugs Is an Excellent Source for Compounding Medications for Vets and Pet Owners

Diamondback Drugs specializes in formulating a wide range of medications in a variety of dosages for your animals. We also offer a full selection of flavorings, so regardless of the pet undergoing treatment, you can rest assured that the patient will be less likely to ever miss a dose. To learn more about Diamondback Drugs and compounding medicines, visit our website today.

Guide Editor Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:47:34 -0500
The Solutions To Common Problems In Dogs Dog owners are famously very emotionally attached to their dogs. Many of us even find ourselves treating them like children! However, as well as being a lot of fun - and full of affection - dogs are also a huge responsibility. Part of the responsibility of looking after your dog involves watching over their health. That much goes without saying, of course, but how well do you know your dog’s health? It might shock you to learn that many dog owners are not even aware of some of the major health issues which plague dogs. The fact is, if you want to be the best caregiver you can be for your dog, then you need to know about these things. With that in mind, we have put together this short post. In this post, we will be looking at some of the most common issues which affect dogs, no matter what breed or age they are. We will also look at some prevention and treatment tips.


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Worms can affect any dog at any time in their life. What’s more, they can be a real hassle. There are many different kinds of worm which can affect your dog. The most common are tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. You might think that they are essentially all the same - in fact, this is not the case. All of them will make your dog very unwell, of course. But some - such as the hookworm - can be fatal, particularly for puppies. It is wise to be clued up on what symptoms your dog may display if it has worms. Some of these include: diarrhea, weight loss, change in appetite, or a poor appearance. If you start to notice these, then it is time to get your dog to the vet as soon as possible. They can then provide the necessary treatment option for your dog.


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One major problem which pet owners need to be on the lookout for is fleas. The real concern with fleas, of course, is that they do not just affect dogs. Any living thing in the vicinity can soon become the victim of a flea attack. It doesn’t take long for fleas to suddenly take over your home. And anyone who has experienced this will know what a nightmare it can be. The good news is that fleas are very easy to treat. You have several options for treating flea infestations. One of the most popular methods is to use a seresto collar. This is a preventative method, as it stops the dog from being the victim of fleas in the first place. If your dog already has fleas, however, you will need to use a treatment.


The issue with vomiting is that it is not necessarily a sign of anything in particular - but it could be anything! All animals will vomit from time to time. Sometimes, it will just be because they ate something bad. However, if your dog starts to vomit routinely, then you need to take them to the vet. Your vet will soon be able to diagnose if there is anything wrong and suggest a course of action. The important thing to remember is that you must not ignore your dog vomiting.

Guide Editor Tue, 31 May 2016 07:31:47 -0400
Beginner’s Guide to Boarding Horses Owning a horse is a huge responsibility, regardless of your age. It requires a significant investment of time and money, and is not something to be undertaken lightly. Where to board your dog, horse or any other animal is just one of the major considerations you need to make. This in itself has a large number of aspects to take into account.

Understand your requirements

The first step is to know exactly what you need. Some facilities offer a wide range of services and support, while other simply put a roof over your horse’s head. It pays to buy as much stable as you can afford. Having a stable that takes care of the little jobs will make it easier and more enjoyable to turn up and engage with your horse. However, a part of the bonding process is spending time doing the little things with your equine friend. If you sacrifice these and focus solely on the fun things, you might find your passion isn’t quite as strong as you imagined.

Narrow your search

Once you’ve worked out your level of involvement and what you can afford, it is time to establish a search area. You don’t want to have to travel for hours to visit and ride your horse or you won’t do it regularly. A good rule of thumb is to start with facilities within a 30-minute radius, then extend your search to an hour. Beyond that it becomes a distance that will seem an inconvenience. . Ask for recommendations from friends and other horse owners as they may know of the ideal place that isn’t as well-known. You can also check the horse racing news outlets for any information that might help you make your choice.

Perform an inspection

Once you have a shortlist of potentials, spend some time inspecting their facilities. Meet with the people who run it and discuss your requirements, the type of horse you have, and get to know each other. These people will be looking after your horse when you are not there so you have to build a rapport and feel your animal is in good hands. They also want to have the very best people using their stables and will need to get to know you and your horse. This is the time to talk about any special needs your horse has and what level of care it requires.

Listen to testimonials and trust your instincts

Once you’ve gathered all the information you can, it is ultimately up to your instincts to choose the right one. Listen to other horse owners and narrow your search to a few that tick every box. From there, assess how the stable makes you feel and, if possible, take your horse along and gauge their reaction to it. This preparation is vital and laying the groundwork and taking your time will leave you with a difficult decision about which one is better, rather than which is the best of the worst. Your horse deserves the best possible care and it is up to you to provide it and leave it in the care of those who will treat it well.

Guide Editor Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:27:41 -0400
10 Pet Care Hacks That Can Ease Your Life from PetCareRX If you’re a loving pet owner, you want only the best for the animal that shares your life. But today’s fast-paced lifestyle means we have to do two, three, sometimes four things at once, even when it comes to caring for your canine or feline companion.

At PetCareRX, we never want you to skimp on the things that make your dog, cat, or other pet happy and content. Here are some unusual but useful ways to cut a few steps off the pet care routine and still keep your animal’s needs first and foremost.

1. Make Your Dog Brush Its Own Teeth!

Keeping your dog’s teeth free of debris and food is essential to prevent plaque, which can lead to painful tartar buildup. Unfortunately, many dogs dislike having their teeth brushed; and some owners don’t have time to scrub Spot’s choppers. Some vets recommend a Nylabone or similar item; but for even better results, squeeze a little canine toothpaste onto the bone or another favorite durable chew toy. Result: dog cleans its own teeth!

2. Make Your Own Pill Pockets!

Pet stores and veterinarians sell pill pockets—meat-flavored packs which hide pills your dog hates to take. A favorite brand is Greenies, which makes a variety of pill pockets for dogs and cats. Pill pockets are a must-have for elderly animals or pets with a chronic condition.

If your dog or cat only needs pills occasionally, make your own! Pill “pockets” can be rolled quickly out of a tablespoon each of milk and peanut butter, mixed with two tablespoons of flour. The mix makes a dozen handy pill pockets.

3. Learn Doggie CPR!

There is such a thing as canine CPR. It’s used frequently for search-and-rescue dogs, K-9 dogs, and combat canines, and knowing how to do it can save your pet’s life, too. Canine CPR is not that different from human CPR, except the respirations are given down the dog’s (or cat’s) nose, and the chest compressions are much shallower. An animal’s pulse can be found midway down any of its legs. Check with your vet to see if classes are being offered!

4. See If Scaredy Dog Is Just Static Dog!

Dogs and cats often become anxious and nervous when a summer storm approaches. Owners often think their pets are scared of the thunder and lightning. But before breaking out the sedatives and Thundershirt, try running a dryer sheet over your pet’s fur. It may be that what’s making your pet crazy is the static electricity tingling its skin. Use an unscented, baby-safe dryer sheet for your pet’s safety. Static fur is the cause of stormy pet problems about half the time.

5. Get A Carryall Leash!

Dogs need walks. Humans need walks, too. The longer the better, but where to put all the keys, cell phones, doggie-cleanup baggies, and other accessories? Answer: Fozzie Leash! This standard leash comes with a built-in pocket below the hand grip, providing enough room for keys, phone, doggie treats, and waste baggies. Now you have no excuse for not getting out and walking the dog!

6. A Tea Party Cures Kitty Box Odors!

We all love our cats, and we all hate kitty box smell. Some good cat litters on the market reduce odors, and of course regular cleaning will prevent the smells from building up. But for an extra odor-eater, a layer of dry green tea leaves in the bottom of the litter box will suck up the urine odor as well as any fancy cat-box deodorant. Loose tea leaves can be purchased in bulk at any grocery store.

7. Bitter Apple Will Save Your Cords!

Cats love to chew electrical cords. This is not good for the cat, especially if the cord is plugged in; but even if not, the cat can easily swallow bits of plastic and metal. It is also not good for the human who finds his or her computer cable chewed through.

Behold the power of Bitter Apple spray. Made by many companies, including Grannick’s Bitter Apple, this harmless but unpleasant-tasting liquid will deter cats and small animals from chewing nearly anything.

8. Pine Cones Will Save Your Plants!

Everyone thinks of dogs doing the digging, but cats like to dig, too, especially in your indoor plants. Sometimes it is to use the pot as an auxiliary litter box, but more often it is just to play in the dirt. If your plants are too big to be put on a high shelf or enclosed in a terrarium, try putting small pinecones in the pot. Cats dislike the feeling of pine cones and won’t walk or dig in your plants. Little decorative pine cones can be found at garden supply stores.

9. Find an Escaped Gecko in the Last Place You’ll Look!

Finding a lost dog or cat can be difficult enough, but what if you have a pet that’s only six inches long and designed for stealth? Geckoes, iguanas, and other reptiles are popular pets, but what happens when one goes missing? Easy: check behind the fridge. Reptiles seek out warmth and moisture, and the back of the refrigerator provides both, as well as being dark and safe. Larger reptiles, like pythons, may hide in the bathroom, but smaller ones may head for the kitchen first.

10. Become A Lizard Veterinarian!

Little lizards are prone to scratching or injuring themselves on their cages. You may not want to run your gecko to the vet for every little cut, but it can’t be left unattended. If the wound is not too deep or dangerous, make a warm, shallow bath of Betadyne, and let your lizard soak in it for about 15 minutes. Then dab some Neosporin or other topical antibiotic on the wound, and wrap with gauze secured with tape. Repeat until the wound heals. If it doesn’t heal in a week, you’ll have to see a real vet.

These quick tips are not meant to be a replacement for visiting your veterinarian or pet-care specialist! PetCare RX has many of the products listed here and offers many non-prescription medications for your animal’s health and comfort. But if things get serious, remember: your animal’s health comes first.

Guide Editor Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:11:11 -0500