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5 Tips for Easier Travelling with Dogs 

Travelling with dogs is a bit like travelling with young children.  Most are perfectly OK with the process, but even so it can go a whole lot more smoothly if you work your trip around their needs.  Even short trips can benefit from a bit of preparation and the longer the planned trip, the more helpful advance planning can be.  Here are 3 top tips (and a bonus tip) for pleasant and safe car trips for you and your dog.

Use a pet carrier

Pet carriers are the equivalent of car seats for children.  They hold your pet securely and comfortably in the car.  This has two benefits.  Firstly it reduces their ability to distract you when you are driving.  Secondly in the event of an accident, their safety is vastly increased.  These days most people have grasped the idea that seat belts need to be worn on short trips and young children always need to be in car seats, no matter how little time they spend in the car.  Pet carriers should be thought of in the same terms – check out http://www.petcarrierverdict.com/ for great reviews on these carriers.

Splash-proof dog bowl

If your dog is likely to make anything more than the occasional, short trip in the car, a splash-proof bowl is probably a good investment.  Ordinary bowls can be something of a liability in cars as it is so easy for the movement of the car to make them spill their contents.  This can result in a wet dog, wet bedding and wet seats.  Splash-proof bowls are designed to keep the water where it is supposed to be even if the driver turns a corner or has to brake suddenly.  This means that the dog can have water available at all times, rather than having to wait for proper rest stops.

Large microfibre car-cleaning cloths

These are essentially the same as the microfibre towels sold to backpackers – only usually they’re a whole lot cheaper and they have a wide range of pet-friendly uses.  The obvious one is if your dog gets wet when out of the car.  It can be uncomfortable for a dog to sit in a car with wet hair (much the same as it is for humans).  Using a hair dryer on a dog in a car is usually rather impractical (if the dog will let you do it at all) but a good, brisk rub with a microfibre towel can shift a lot of water.  They can also go on the base of pet carriers, in case of accidents and if there is an accident anywhere, they are great for clearing up.

For longer trip

For longer trips, it’s a good idea to pack a copy of your dog’s medical details in paper form (as opposed to just an electronic copy on a smartphone).  You also want to double-check their ID tag (and if they don’t have one, then it would be advisable to buy one) to ensure that the details are up to date.  If your dog wanders off in an unfamiliar place, you stand a far higher chance of

getting them back quickly if the person who finds them just has to call your mobile quickly.  Likewise ensure that the details on their microchip are also up to date.

Finding a Cozy Pet Bed for Xmas

So its that time of year again and we are all asking the question, what are best gifts available on the market to purchase for our furry friends? As the pet industry continues to grow this year more owners are buying gifts for their precious pooches more than ever. Therefore I have compiled a list of what I think are the latest products to purchase for your dog this Xmas.

On the top of most doggie lists is a new bed! Dog beds make a great gift for dogs this time of year, as it is always nice to have a cosy bed for our dogs to sleep in during the cold winter weather.

So where are the best places to purchase new dog beds for our pets? There are many fab places where you can get high quality as well as fashionable dog beds for your dog, however one place I found who have a really nice collection of dog beds is Cozy Cluddlerz.    envelope_tan-2-400x267

Many Dogs like a save place to rest and feel safe. Therefore the envelope cuddler pet bed makes this a perfect safe haven bed for your little pooch or puppy, as it offers inner-carved plush fleece inside for them to snuggle into get cozy.

For more full sized smaller and medium sized breeds then I recommend the Bold Coduroy pet bed as they offer sizes up to 31 inches and are made up of PV fleece style cushion, making this pet bed very snug and warm for your little pooch this winter.

However if you are looking to give your dog a bit of extra luxury this year, then I would recommend taking a look at the Luxurious linen pet bed. Although this bed is a little more than the other pet beds in store, it is still a very reasonable price. What more it offers your dog a more luxurious feel as the inner material is made from Jacquard Flannel. This pet bed is a favorite of mine and adds that certain upmarket feel to your home as well being a higher quality fabric for your furry friend to enjoy. download-10

Lastly on my list of dog beds to purchase for your pooch this Xmas, is the Orthopedic dog bed. This bed is designed for the comfort of an older dog. Therefore if you dog is now getting to that age and he / she is starting to limp a bit more, especially after a run about. Then this would be the perfect pet bed for them, as it would give them that extra bit of comfort and therefore allowing them the rest they need.

In addition to the dog beds mentioned above Cosy Cuddlez also offer a huge range of cat beds, so if you also have cat as part of your family, take a look at their cosy range.

In addition take a look at their facebook page to see all the latest range of products and offers: https://www.facebook.com/cozycuddlerzinc/

Benefits of Using a Pet Sitter

When planning a trip away you can’t always take your pet/s away with you. As a result pet owners need to decide the place and person to look after their belovered cat or dog.
Traditionally if owners are planning a holiday they will look at using a boarding kennel for their pet to stay at whilst travelling. However many pet owners are opting to hire professional pet sitters instead and there are many benefits for doing this.
Having a pet sitter come to your home can be of great comfort for your animal and can be a lot less stressful than the environment of a kennel, where for a lot of dogs and cats it can be a distressing place. Especially if your pet is already nervous about being in surroundings that are unfamiliar with a lot of noise from other animals, such as barking dogs throughout the day and night. pet sitting marco island

The benefits of using a pet sitter means your pet can keep to their routine at home for feeding time or bathroom breaks for example, therefore minimising their distress. Many kennels run the risk of your pet getting kennel cough, as a result having a pet sitter come to your home whilst your away avoids this. Pet sitters give more attention to your dog and or cat whilst you away, a lot more than attention than they would get if they were at a kennel.

When choosing a pet sitter, it is essential to select a trustworthy pet sitting service. Canine Casbah who offer Pet Sitting Marco Island in Florida, know how important it is to look after your pet just the way you would whilst you are away. They strive to keep your dog as comfy as possible, all from the safety of your own home. Canine Casbah offer a meet and greet service too as no extra charge. There they go through all specific needs that pet owners want as well as taking detailing instructions for their pet. It is also a great way for your pet and the pet sitter to meet beforehand. I really like what this company have to offer and highly recommend using their pet sitting service if you are based in Marco Island.

Also take a look at their Facebook page to keep up to date their offers and their latest news.

Finding a vet you can trust online

Choosing a vet you can trust can sometimes be tricky business. We all want someone we can trust, who will give us the best advice and offer us with the best treatments and products. However once you find the right place, it can give you peace of mind. Therefore allowing you to go to place which you can use time and time again.

One place that is great for getting on all your medication from is the AffordableVet.net, they offer a huge range of dog medication and cat medication all with free shipping. It is a great site to get all pets antibiotics, joint care, gastro care as well as many other treatments your dog or cat requires.

The company launched in January 2015 and was set up by Dr Randolph Stepusin, DVM and Jeff Saporito. Since the launch they have helped thousands of owners get the correct treatment for their furry little ones. They are dedicated to making sure your pet is fighting fit and look to provide you these treatments at the most affordable price. As they all know too well, how pet treatments and bills can add up. glc_5500__72460-1421284333-500-500

In addition they offer medication for horses, farm and livestock, so a great place to go if you have these animals and are looking for a reliable on vets to get your assistance from.

But the company don’t just offer treatments for your pets, they also supply some fabulous toys, leads, collars and harnesses for your cats or dogs. So brilliant for picking up a gift for your pet to cheer them up if they are feeling poorly such as new plush toy.

Their customers have also given them some great feedback too, Paul D said “Ordered some probiotics for my dog that cost 20.00 at my Vet  for 6 packets and got a box of 30 for less here at Affordable Vet. So happy there is a place to stretch my budget. My dogs health is #1 and need reliable sources when needed.”

It is also worth pointing out that if you like affordable vet on facebook or sign up for their email list, you will instantly received a 5% off coupon. So I would definitely recommend doing that before purchasing any items.

How to Teach Your Dog to Love Water

Yоu wаnt уоur dоg tо swim?

We’re gоіng tо trу tо gіvе ѕоmе аdvісе on hоw tо teach a dog hоw tо ѕwіm аnd some gеnеrаl ѕаfеtу іѕѕuеѕ. Aѕ аlwауѕ сhесk wіth уоur vеt on аnу medical questions.

I wоuld suggest starting your dоg оut іn a рооl оr ѕhаllоw lаkе whеrе уоu саn enter the wаtеr with your dog. Mаnу dоgѕ wіll bе mоrе confident іf you аrе standing wіth them іf they аrе nеrvоuѕ аbоut vеnturіng оut оn their own. Sо bу wаlkіng оut, уоu саn buіld thеіr соnfіdеnсе before lеttіng them gо оn their own. Bring a fаvоrіtе tоу wіth уоu аnd еnсоurаgе thеm out furthеr bу tоѕѕіng thе toy ѕhоrt dіѕtаnсеѕ and ѕwіmmіng over tо іt.  And always be sure to use a no stink waterproof dog collar so help avoid any irritation or odors which may arise and discourage your dog.

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Brіng аnоthеr dog whо knоwѕ how tо ѕwіm аlоng tо hеlр encourage уоur реt to try.

There аrе lіfе vеѕtѕ (life jackets) уоu can рurсhаѕе tо аіdе іn teaching your dоg. These usually have hаndlеѕ that you can hоld оntо еаѕіlу and аrе hеlрful fоr gеttіng a dog bасk іntо a bоаt.

Use a no stink waterproof dog collar at every swim outing.  This will help to relax the dog and prevent foul odors and having a wet dog collar for the next several hours.

Wаtеr Frеаkіng

Here іѕ a common рrоblеm. Your pup goes оff аnd wоn’t come bасk. Yоu hаvе two сhоісеѕ, ѕwіm out аnd get thеm, оr wаіt untіl thеу get tired аnd come back. Nеvеr lеt thеm оff lеаѕh аnd аwау frоm уоu untіl you knоw for a fасt they wіll rеturn оr start іn ѕhаllоw wаtеr whеrе уоu саn go gеt them ѕhоuld уоu need tо.

Use a twо tоу аррrоасh tо rеtrіеvіng and swimming. Always kеер оnе сlоѕе bу so you саn tоѕѕ іt nеаr them. Trу tо mаkе a lоt оf noise tо get thеіr аttеntіоn and toss it іntо thе ѕhаllоw wаtеr. Tеnnіѕ bаllѕ are nоt thе best сhоісе as thеу саn gеt lоdgеd іn thе thrоаt blocking thе аіrwау. Try kоng rеtrіеvіng tоуѕ оr retrieving bumреrѕ.

Aftеrwоrdѕ, make ѕurе уоu RINSE уоur dog with frеѕh wаtеr tо get оut аnу bасtеrіа or сhеmісаlѕ. Yоu саn also rіnѕе уоur dоg bеfоrе hand tо hеlр thе wаtеr nоt absorb іntо the соаt hаіr.

New Pet Lost and Found Identification Tag System

 

The amount of families in the US has increased significantly over recent years, as more of us are opting to add a pet to the family. With most of us choosing a dog or a cat to add to the household. In the US it is estimated that 70-80 million dogs are owned as well as around 74-96 million cats being owned. This means that approximately 30-47% of all households in the United States will either own a dog or cat.

Pets are becoming increasingly more important to us too and we generally think about ours pets as part of the family. Long are the days when dogs would sleep in the garden, now they are spoilt just as much as kids. This is not surprising, as the American Pet Products Addociation (APPA) has released a statement to say that pet owners in the US are expected to spend on average $60 million on their pets by the end of this year alone. So I think it is safe to say we care about our pets a lot.

So with this huge love we have for our pets, we also think about our pets safety just as much as anyone else in the family and would be extremely devastated if anything were to happen to them. Therefore it is crucial that we put a system in place in the unfortunate event that our pet becomes missing.

One place that you can sign up to in the case your pet goes missing is a new start up called Token Pet. They offer a brilliant pet lost and found system through a unique identification tags online platform.

tokenpetToken Pet have set up a system to drastically reduce the number of alarming lost dogs, cats and other pets you may own, in order to get your pet back to you. In addition to this, the site also offer some helpful online services such as pet education, pet adoption, including the latest advice from vets in the local area. As well as this they post all the local pet events happening up online including latest news and articles on animals. They also have a dedicated section where you can look at pet products and pet reviews from pet brands to allow you to get you a better insight into products before purchasing online.

In addition to this they also have page where they recommend a range of services such as veterinarian providers, dog walkers, breeds, daycare/boarding as well as whole host of other services.

This is a great little site that offers you piece of mind for you and family member, so that if the unthinkable does happen your pet has a unique identification tag in order for you to track them.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tokenpet

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tokenpet/?ref=nf

Website: www.tokenpet.com

The DexDog EZHarness is the latest technology of Pet Harnesses

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Having a dog is a great addition to the family and taking your dog for a walk can be a great way to get some exercise without overexerting yourself and therefore brilliant for keeping yourself healthy.  Therefore great for pushing you to go for that walk even if you are tired after a long day at work. In addition it is gives you and your dog a chance to bond together against other distractions that may occur in our busy lives.

However sometimes owners need a little helping hand when taking their dogs on a walk, as not all dogs walk nicely on a lead and may need the help of a harness. To stop their dogs from pulling, some owners opt to purchase a step-in harness to help with this issue.  The step in dog harness is designed for easy on and off use, as well as also allowing the dog comfort during his / her walk. The step-in harness allows owners to lay the harness down on the ground so dogs can step in and then have the harness pull up and around the dogs shoulders to then be clipped into place.

However the problem with step-in harnesses is that they can become quite fiddly foDexDog Ezharnessr dog owners to take on and off. One company that may have solved this problem is DexDog. DexDog have designed a dog harness called DEXDOG EZHARNESS. The harness offers an easy on and off solution which just takes seconds to put on. This allows owners and dogs a stress free experience when putting on the harness before a walk. After all many dogs are usually quite tense and excited before their walk anyway, therefore the quicker the harness can be put on, the better.

The DexDog EZHarness is also great for if you find your dog gets irritation from the harness they may be currently using. The DexDog has been especially designed for great comfort too. Plus the best part about the DexDog EzHarness is that it offers a reflective strap. So if owners are used to taking out their dog after work, then this is the perfect harness. Especially as the nights are now drawing in for winter.

They have also had some great reviews from customers too.

Jerry says “This is the iPhone of dog harnesses. It is THE one I have been looking for. Does not slip around or chafe. Also makes a canine fashion statement. Great quality. Thank you DEXDOG for making the dog harness of my dreams! I have been searching for years.”

Check them out here: https://www.dexdog.com/

7 Vehicles That Look Like Animals

You’ve probably experienced looking at ordinary everyday objects and seeing them as something else – for example, a cloud that looks like an elephant riding a bicycle, or a piece of toast with a scorch mark that resembles a religious figure. This cognitive phenomenon is a natural, innate recognition process called Pareidolia which refers to a stimulus causing the mind to perceive a familiar pattern of something where in fact, it doesn’t exist. It’s no wonder then that we can walk around and have this happen several times throughout the day, seeing faces, silhouettes or patterns in our everyday objects.

I’ve been looking into speaking to a used car dealership like Quick Sell Your Car for my trusty little Mini Cooper because I want something a little bigger now. But Minnie’s sweet little face just looks so sad when I look at it – as if she knows. It sounds ridiculous, but everyone always used to say how happy my mini looked. They have very cute looking fronts – with round lights like beady eyes and the grille representing the open mouth. That’s a good example of Pareidolia for you. Cars are very often mistaken for looking like ‘things’ or animals, so I decided to come up with a list of vehicles that resemble a bunch of animals for a fun blog post! I hope Minnie isn’t too upset with me, but the old girl’s getting on a bit and I’m in need of some heavier duty wheels…

7 Vehicles That Look Like Animals

1. The Fiat Multipla Vs. Beluga Whale

There’s definitely something fishy going on here… the Fiat Multipla, which has been described as one of the ugliest modern cars to exist, resembles our ocean dwelling friend, the Beluga Whale (NB not actually a fish, but a mammal). These particular types of whales are found in the Arctic Ocean and have distinctive white skin and a large rounded forehead. This rounded forehead is referred to as the ‘melon’ and is responsible for focusing and modulating the whales vocalisation.

Do you reckon this was a feature Fiat said they wanted to implement during their design board meetings?

2. Morgan Aero 8 Vs. Exotic Shorthair Cat

This ball of fluff looks remarkably like the Morgan Aero 8 – a vehicle that was designed to be a sleek, British sportscar. Though highly rated for its speed and its slender, lightweight body, the Aero 8’s oddly positioned round headlights look freakishly similar to this little guy’s bulging eyeballs – a look of sheer confusion.

3. Lancia Hyena Vs. a Hyena

Ok so it didn’t take a genius to work this one out, but I just love how well the car depicts the animal’s muzzle features. I would love it even more if they gave the car body a spotted paint job!

4. Google’s Driverless Car Vs. A Koala

Thanks to the strangely shaped, zoomorphic features of Google’s new driverless vehicle, we have what appears to be a giant, motorised koala. It has also been described as looking like a spooked owl, a computer mouse and anime character Totoro. Cute though.

5. MK One Frog eye Vs. a Tree Frog

“Yes, it’s unbelievable that Austin Healey would name the model of their car after an amphibian isn’t it!? After all, who wants a car that’s titled after a slimy little green…” *car is revealed at expo* “…aww! It’s adorable, I want one!”

6. McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29 Vs. an Elephant

Though this image has been accurately photoshopped (I mean, are there any differences!?) it’s highly unlikely that the racing car was produced with an intentional elephantine aesthetic. However, with the addition of the googly eyes, it seems far more fathomable. I mean, it’s genius.

7. Ferrari Vs. Sid the Sloth

So he may not completely class as an animal, but Sid the Sloth is certainly present in the rear of this red Ferrari. Once this has been seen, it cannot be unseen.

Identifying If You Have Fleas In Your Home

Having a dog is a lot of fun, it gives you a companion, a partner in crime, and someone to talk to when you need a venting session. However, dogs also bring in fleas, which can cause you no end of trouble and expense. People often associate fleas with having a cat, but dogs can have their very own unwanted guests, as most dog lovers already know. The worst part is that you don’t even have to own a pet to have fleas, because sometimes they will come into your home by grabbing onto your shoes or trouser legs, and then making a nest inside your house. So, whether your have a dog or not, flea pest control is something you need to learn about, including how to identify and deal these horrid insects.

* Check your animal’s fur

If you have a dog, the best way to test if you have fleas is to take a look at the fur. Check their top coat for the crawling creatures, but also go ahead and take a look at their skin underneath using a fine tooth comb too. This is a common place for them to hang on and get a good meal or two, much to your dog’s hatred.

* Walk around on your floor with long white socks

Walk around on your flooring with a pair of white knee high socks, sliding your feet as you go. Fleas nearby will grab a ride and you should be able to see squirming black dots when you take the socks off. Needless to say, get rid of the socks after you use them if this is the case, then do some research on how to get rid of the fleas from your home.

* Check for flea dirt

Flea dirt tends to be sometimes easier to spot than the fleas themselves, so take a look around and see if you can find any. Common places would be a dog’s bedding, rarely used linens, or other fabric places they might frequent. You can also check on light coloured rugs for signs or for the insects themselves.download-6

* Cool, wet areas are their favourite

Fleas like areas with lots of shade/darkness and moisture, both inside your home and on your property. If you think you have fleas, these are the places you should check to verify that one way or the other. This might include checking damp areas around your sinks and bath for flea dirt, especially if your pet has access to those rooms.

Fleas can cause lots of problems in terms of the health of your dog, but also that of yourself and your home, too. Make sure you take a look around your home regularly as well as on the skin of your dog to make sure that fleas haven’t moved in without you knowing about it. Once you’ve established there is a pest control problem with fleas, you can deal with the situation yourself, or with the help of a pest professional if the infestation has got out of hand. Fleas breed very fast, so don’t delay on dealing with this if you discover your dog or your house has them.

Dogs As Rodent Deterrents: Will Dogs Keep Mice Away?

If you have a beloved family dog, then you know the joy of playing fetch and taking him for walks. He is as much a part of the family as everyone else, and he really makes you love animals. Cat owners have these same feelings, while also understanding their value for pest control. But, did you know that dogs can often be a deterrent for pests too? Especially rodents? Well, it’s your lucky day, because you’re going to learn all about it from a pest control expert and dog lover so that you can make use of the information for yourself.
If you’re considering buying a family dog and want one that will double as a rat deterrent, you’re best off getting a terrier of some kind, particularly a Jack Russell Terrier. These dogs (along with most terriers) are bred to look for mice and rats and then drive them from your garden so that your property is pest-free.

Another option is a Dachshund. These are a beautiful breed, and you will find them to be a better match to your lifestyle if you want a quieter dog. Terriers tend to be a bit hyper, whereas a Dachshund isratterrier893355_1280 gentler, and will be content to curl up with you without too much persuasion. If you are looking for a lap dog in the true sense that also doubles as a mouser, try a Papillon. These guys are great for mice as well as moles and other burrowing creatures that will make a home for themselves in your garden.

Terriers are great mousers for an active family that will give a Jack Russell Terrier the attention that is required for their happiness, whereas the family that is slower and more comfortable with a puppy who will entertain the kids and not be ripping up furniture, will find that a Dachshund or a Papillon is much better suited. They will keep the peace in terms of personality as well as keeping the property free of pests.

If you are a pet lover and are looking to get rid of rodents, a dog is something that you should seriously consider! It’ll give you a friendly face, companionship, and save you both worry and money on pest control. Using animals for effective pest control is definitely not a new idea, and while a dog is certainly not a guarantee that no pests will enter your home, it is a solid way to make sure their number is as low as possible.