Help Your Pet to Get a Comfortable Sleep With Pet Beds

Pets have always remained one of the dearest family members. An owner would ensure that his furry friend is not only comfortable, but happy at the same time. A proper sleep, rest plays an important factor for an animal. So, to make this possible, one has to purchase a pet bed. This type of bed is specially designed for a pet that allow him to lead a cosy life. There are varieties of beds which offer different purposes for the animals. It is available in different sizes according to the size of your furry friend. A person can also order it comprising some brilliant colours and designs which will not only attract pets, but will also ornament the room in an amazing way. There are certain important factors which a person should consider while buying a bed for their friend. One of them is the way your cat, dog or any other animal sleeps.

If your goal is to minimise or reduce your pet’s health problem, then in that case you should certainly go with a comfy bed. If he is suffering from any physical limitations like arthritis, then a memory foam pet bed would be a perfect choice. It will surely reduce his problem and help him to get a comfortable sleep.

Washing your friend’s bed would be a tough task. So, it is necessary to get a pet bed cover which will cover the bed in a beautiful way. It will keep any debris away from it and will also act as the perfect decorative element for the room. If you think it is heavy and costly, then don’t worry, this bed is soft, lightweight and can be carried anywhere while travelling.

You can also get different types of pet beds combining some different colours and designs that will look neat in the room. It goes with the overall décor of the home. Before buying, consider an important aspect that should be noticed while buying a bed. First is the size of the bed. Second is the amount of space available in the room. Third is the weight. Fourth is the number of animals you have. Fifth is the colour and design of the bed. Get a simple bed that will surely help your lovely friend to lead a relaxed life.

Cleaning Your House With Pets

Today let’s talk a little about keeping your house clean with pets. Okay, okay this is not the fun thing to always talk about, but I’m sure it’s a daily struggle for all of us pet owners. Constant shedding from almost every kind of dog and cat is bound to happen. From the day you welcome a new puppy or kitten into your home you know the task of keeping up after them is there.

Living in town and a yard that wasn’t fenced in I already knew that I wasn’t going to have an outdoor dog. She was indoor and had free reign with most of the house, aside from the spare bedrooms. I watched her like a hawk when I brought her home and for the first two days I was pretty good at reading her signs as to when she needed to go out. But I wasn’t always fast enough. There were the few accidents that of course I was pretty diligent at cleaning up right away and making sure to spray the carpet or hard wood to deter her from going there again.

As the days, weeks and months go by your puppy will be getting better at letting you know when they need to go out and just about the time you think you have a handle on it, BAM… the poor thing gets sick. Either with a new food change or something that is causing your poor pet digestive issues, you now have another clean up situation. Whether that means a carpet spray or hardwood cleaning or it entails the full body suit clothes pin on the nose and rubber gloves to your elbows, it’s gotta get cleaned up. Then there is the smell to contend with.

Finding the solution to work in your home to control the smell and cleaning can be hard. Here are a few things I do that seem to help a lot.

Spot Scrub.

Wherever the scene of the crime is I start with spot scrubbing. Odor killing and stain removal for pets are the two biggest things I look for in a spot cleaner.

Baking Soda.

Baking soda helps to deodorize a room. If it’s my carpet I start by sprinkling around the area and if the smell is still pretty bad I let the container in the room to absorb the smell. This also works wonders in kitty litter boxes. When I change them I sprinkle it in the bottom of their litter box and on the floor under the box. Baking soda and vinegar water is a perfect stain remover when steam cleaning and scrubbing your carpet.

Grooming and bathing your dog.

Oh yes the difference this makes in the smell of my house is amazing! Especially as I was dealing with an allergy that made her skin have a terrible odor. Grooming was essential for my dog with allergies.

Vacuum every day.

I try to keep up with my vacuuming. I don’t always do it every day but I try to. I also use baking soda before I vacuum and let it sit in the carpet about a half hour before running the sweeper.

Odor control room spray.

This one is a big one. I always have a spray bottle of odor control spray to help freshen up the house especially before any visitors come.

Cleaning can be a daunting task as a pet owner but we could never trade that for all the love and affection we get from our loving furry friends.

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Keep Your Pets Ready for Disaster

When you are assembling disaster preparedness kits for your family be sure to include one for each of your pets. Keep the pets first-aid kit in your home and be sure to grab it in case of disaster or also when traveling with your pet. Here are some basic items to include in your pets’ emergency preparedness kit:

· Have a folder with your pets’ vaccination records and any important medical records, also include a picture of your dog (in case pet gets lost).

· Phone numbers for your veterinarian and also the nearest emergency veterinary clinic. Also include the number for a poison control center such as the ASPCA.

· A Pet first-aid book

· Keep these items in a waterproof container or gallon zip lock bag.

Other more pet specific items would include a nylon dog leash or pet carrier to control your animal as it may be frightened. A muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting, if your pet is injured they may bite in fear. Also include Basic first-aid supplies:

· Absorbent gauze pads

· Adhesive tape

· Antiseptic wipes or spray

· Cotton balls or swabs

· Gauze rolls for packing or covering injuries.

· Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting, only if instructed by Vet or Poison Control)

· Ice Packs

· Disposable gloves

· Rectal thermometer /Petroleum Jelly

· Scissors (blunt ended)

· Sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages

· Sterile Saline Solution

· Tweezers

· Benadryl for allergic reactions

· Needle-nosed pliers / tweezers

· Penlight or flashlight

· Ear-cleaning solution

· Styptic powder or pencil (for minor bleeding)

· Hard card to scrape away insect stingers

· Triple Antibiotic ointment

· Emergency blanket for warmth

Along with these items it’s important to be sure your dog always wears current identification either on its’ collar or preferably a microchip. That way if you and your pet separated you will have a better chance of being reunited with your pet.

If your area is being evacuated always take your pet with you, if it’s dangerous for you it just as dangerous for your pet. Never leave a pet behind in a cage or tied up, if possible you should evacuate before it is mandatory so you have extra time to get your pets to a safe place.

Also be ready for emergencies that could occur when you aren’t at home to assist your pet directly. Place a sign or stickers near all outside doors that states that you have pets in your home. Be sure to include the number of pets you have, the type of pets and a number you or your veterinarian can be reached. It is also helpful to ask a trustworthy friend or neighbor to check on your pets in case of emergency.

Rabbit As Pet

Rabbits are one of the most popular pets, apart from dogs and cats. They look attractive, lovely, gentle, friendly and cute. They are easy to take care and undemanding in terms of care and housing. They will settle well either indoor or outdoor, at home.

There are 40 species of rabbits and hares worldwide. All domesticated rabbits are originated from European rabbits. The scientific name for domestic rabbit is Oryctolagus cuniculus.

Typically, domesticated rabbits weigh between 2.2-221lb (1-10kg). The domesticated rabbits can be fed on commercially produced rabbit food, pellets, hay, green food, root vegetables, tree bark, herbs and apple.

The gestation period of a rabbit is 31 days and the typical litter size ranges from 6-8 young. The lifespan varies with breed.

Keeping a rabbit as pet requires a good training system to prevent unnecessary destructions or hassle. For example, furniture and carpet chewing problems, pseudo pregnancy symptoms, litter problems, fights, behavioral problems, rabbit-house worries, sickness, fleas, predators and etc. Nevertheless, these challenges can be overcome when the owners have the knowledge and experience to deal with them. Thus, one of the recommended ways to acquire the important knowledge is to read widely and exchange practical information with experienced rabbit owners.

It is important to watch out for any abnormalities in your rabbits as rabbits are susceptible to various digestive ailments and other life-threatening diseases. For example, rabbits are vulnerable to myxomatosis and VHD viruses. These are the killer viruses!

There is no universal system of classification for rabbit breeds. Some popular breeds of rabbits include:

· Alaska

· American Fuzzy Lop

· American Sable

· Angora

· Belgian Hare

· Beveren

· Californian

· Champagne D’Argent

· Checkered Giant

· Chinchilla

· Dutch

· Dwarf Hotot

· English Lop

· Flemish Giant

· Florida White

· Harlequin

· Havana

· Himalayan

· Hotot

· Jersey Wooly

· Lilac

· Holland Lop

· Mini Lop

· Mini Rex

· Netherland Dwarf

· New Zealand

· Palomino

· Polish

· Rex

· Rhinelander

· Satin

· Silver

· Silver Fox

· Silver Marten

· Tan

Yours Sincerely,

Amanda Gates,

Special Gifts for Animal Lovers

Animal lovers come in all shapes and sizes. Undoubtedly if you bump into an animal lover you will find them to be friendly, loving, caring, and compassionate human beings.

There are hundreds of gifts for animal lovers, bound to bring a smile to their face. Keep in mind that a pet can be any number of animals including cats, dogs, horses, fish, birds, reptiles and even little piggies.

When searching for gifts for animal lovers, remember that each animal has distinct personalities, characteristics and habits. Some of these are detailed for you below.

1. Cats: Cats have perhaps the most distinct personality from any other animal. They might definitely be described as independent creatures. They are also lazy creatures, often requiring a nap in excess of three hours or more during the day. A cat traditionally will require his/her own ‘space’ within your household, so be certain you take this into consideration. Among the top gifts for cats include catnip and scratching posts.

2. Dogs: Dogs are the universal unconditional lover. No matter who you are, where you come from or what you do, a dog is sure to love you. Unlike their feline friends, dogs love to travel in a car, and will often sit next to the driver and enjoy the ride. They tend to obey commands, and love to play chase. A Frisbee might be a cherished gift to a dog lover.

3. Fish: Fish were created for those that love animals but don’t have a lot of time to commit to elaborate hygiene and entertainment schedules. Fish pretty much live a self sufficient existence. They swim about, look beautiful and occasionally do something ‘neat’ that captures the attention of their owners and guests. Aquarium supplies and accessories are often appreciated by fish lovers.

You might find that an individual with an affinity for parakeets or other birds has quite a personality and loves to talk. Animal lovers often bond with pets that match their personality and lifestyle habits. Thus, when considering gifts for animal lovers keep in mind the pet owner’s personality, and you’ll easily find a gift that will satisfy both the owner and the pet.

Easy Tips for Healthy Pets

Do you want a long and healthy life for your pets?

There are things in our pets’ environments that
can rob them of precious health and long life. I’m
not talking about cars accidents and mean kids
in the neighborhood. I’m talking about things
inside the home. Things like:

1) Food
Food is meant to be good tasting and good for you.
The same applies to our pets. Unfortunately, both
people food and pet food are full of stuff. And
most of this stuff isn’t found growing naturally.

Manufacturers have taken the place of growers and
cooks. To make foods taste better things are
added.

To make foods last forever on the store shelf,
things are added. For example, tomatoes are now
designed to look good after a long trip to the
store. They are not grown to be nutritious and
safe.

On TV we see reports about how additives,
preservatives and stuff are making our children
unhealthy. The same thing applies to our pets’
food.

Preservatives keep food fresh by altering the
DNA of the creatures living on the food.
What do these preservatives do to the DNA of the
child or pet eating them?

See where I’m going?

Altered hormones, cell mutations (cancer),
sickness !!!

The only way to minimize this stuff in our pet’s
food is to make the food ourselves. There are
recipes all over the web for the kitchen literate.

 

Most people don’t have the time to make their
pet’s food and treats. There are places where
good wholesome pet foods can be purchased.

 

2) Chemicals in the home

What do you use to clean your counter tops? Where
do you store it? Can your pet get to it? Can your
kids get to it?

A large number of children and pets are poisoned
each year because household products are very
attractive to inquisitive minds. There are a lot
of products on the market that won’t harm anyone
if swallowed.

We had one 6 month old child find and swallow
a cleanser. The parents didn’t think he was old
enough to get to the open bottle.

 

3) Mold in the home
Most people consider mold in the home an
unattractive nuisance. But it can cause allergic
reactions in children AND pets.

One house we investigated had two sick, allergic,
asthmatic kids. But they called us in when the dog
started sneezing.

Does your pet sleep in the laundry room? Lots of
mold there too.

Mold can cause:

* Allergies,

* sinus problems,

* itching,

* stomach problems,

* hyperactivity,

* skin and hair problems.

This list applies both to kids and pets.

But be careful about what you use to clean away
the mold. Bleach doesn’t kill mold but does burn
sensitive lungs.

Don’t use any product that your store owner or
pest control person won’t drink in front of you.

For more info on mold and what it can do to you
and your pet,

 

Remember – if you use this article as your guide,
your pups and cats will love you for a long,
long time.

5 Things to Know about Animal Rescue Groups

Over the past decade, breed rescue groups have become
a major force in dog adoptions. These rescue groups
limit their effort to a particular breed of dog including purebreds. This is a help to people who want a certain
breed of dog but can’t or won’t use breeders.

To make the best use of a rescue group, however,
there are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Watch out for scams.

Some wholesale breeders and brokers who can’t meet
federal and state laws advertise themselves as “rescue” organizations. Crooks have even collected money for
non-existent rescue groups.

Unlike animal shelters and local humane societies,
rescue groups usually do not have storefronts. They are
a collection of breeders and breed fanciers who perform
their services from their homes.

Ask any rescue group if they are incorporated or
registered as a nonprofit group in your state.

The best way to find a rescue group is to go to the
American Kennel Club’s (AKC) website at http://www.akc.org
and search under the breed you’re interested in getting.
If no rescue group is listed, contact the national breed
club and ask for references.

2. Don’t trust everything a shelter tells you.

In some areas, the county or charitable animal shelter
feels they’re in competition with rescue groups and
take pains to color these groups as irresponsible.

Some people who volunteer at shelters are animal
rights extremists who despise anyone who breeds dogs
to serve as pets. This is a source of tension as many
rescue group members are hobby or professional breeders.

Some rescue groups have made this worse by advertising
how they “rescue” dogs from the shelter implying they
are the guys in the white hats.

A further issue of contention between the groups is
the fee charged to obtain a dog. Some rescue groups deliberately undercut the fees the shelter’s charge.

Shelters may be limited by law or organization rules
to charging a certain amount and can’t compete on
price with rescue groups.

3. Ask about foster care for the dog you’re considering.

Responsible rescue groups place dogs in foster
homes to assess the dogs and determine what behavior
problems, if any, exist with the dog.

This information is crucial to determining what
type of permanent home would be best for the dog.
For instance, one without children or one without
other pets.

Be leery of a rescue group that is trying to place
a dog that it has just obtained without having an
interim placement.

4. Expect to be interviewed.

Responsible rescue groups do attempt to match
a dog and his personality with an appropriate owner.
They can only do this by asking questions including
what your experience is with dogs, what you know
about the breed and what type of lifestyle you have.

Please do not be offended. I would never accept
a dog from a rescue society that did nothing
more than ascertain if I could pay the fee they want.

5. Be prepared for anything.

There are no overarching laws, regulations or
oversight of rescue groups. Some are run very
professionally and some are basket cases. Unlike
shelters, they are rarely subject to any state or
local inspections.

You may call a rescue group and never get a response.
Part of the problem is the rapid turnover of volunteers involved in rescue groups. Realize that you may need
to be very, very patient when dealing with a
rescue group.

Always ask how the dog came into rescue. Some
well-meaning group members “rescue” any dog,
especially a neglected looking dog, they find
outside without an owner.

The dog may or may not be abandoned but few rescue
groups, in my experience, make much of an effort
to try to find owners especially if in their opinion
the dog does not appear to be well treated.

Find out if they check for microchips or tattoos
and if you do get a rescue dog, have your vet
check them right away for this as well as diseases.

You may expose yourself to emotional trauma and
even liability issues if you wind up with
a lost dog whose owner tracks him back to you.

As a final caution, it pays to make two or three
visits with the dog you’re considering adopting
before making the final decision.

Flea Control for Pets

Flea control can be a very hard thing to do especially if you live in areas where fleas are largely populated. Weather has a lot to do with fleas and trying to keep them outdoors and off of your pets can be very challenging.

You can try many of the products available to rid your pets of fleas and then find that you still have the problem. Fleas will lay their eggs in your carpet and on furniture and bedding that your pet happens to lie on.

The first step in flea control is to rid your pet of these blood sucking pests. Talk with your veterinarian to find out the best products available. You can have your pet dipped; buy flea collars, and other products that will eliminate the fleas from your pet.

Now, that your pet is flea free, how do you get rid of the fleas inside your home? You should now vacuum your entire home including any furniture that your pet has laid on. Once you vacuumed, be sure to throw the vacuum cleaner bag out immediately. The bag is probably full of fleas and you do not want to take the chance of them somehow finding their way out of the vacuum. If your pet has a pet bed, wash it completely or discard it and buy a new one. Any other bedding, towels, and rugs that your pet has been on also need to be cleaned.

Sometimes, the above steps may not be enough to rid your home of fleas. You may need to invest in an insecticide that can be used on carpets, baseboards, and cracks. Fleas can hide in very small places and if you have one flea, soon you will have many. Before using any type of insecticide, talk with your veterinarian to be sure that it is safe to use around your pet. You do not want your pet to ingest any type of toxic chemicals that could make them sick.

Top 10 benefits of Natural and Holistic Pet Care

There are a number of reasons for choosing natural pet foods, treats and supplies. First, use of natural products is consistent with a holistic view. A holistic approach considers all factors regarding your pet’s health, not just individual symptoms. The top 10 benefits of choosing natural and holistic pet care are listed below.

Top 10 benefits of Natural and Holistic Pet Care

1) Better nutrition- a natural diet reduces contact with unnecessary chemicals and preservatives while increasing the intake of quality nutrients and vitamins.

2) Less probability of developing disease- Quality natural foods can reduce the onset of a variety of health problems, including allergies, digestive disorders and more.

3) Treats source of disease not just symptoms- Holistic care also looks at an animal’s surroundings for ways to improve health. Lowering potential causes of stress, such as loneliness or territorial conflicts, can be helpful in improving overall health. Sufficient exercise and grooming are also elements of good holistic care.

4) Longer lifespan- natural pet care will help pets live a long life and give you many years of faithful companionship.

5) Enhanced quality of life- there’s no use on living longer if the quality of life is not good, holistic pet care, will provide a better quality of life for your pet.

6) Faster healing- Holistic treatment of existing conditions by use of natural products will promote faster healing as natural ingredients are generally absorbed better by your pet and thus speeds the healing process.

7) Human safety- another reason for using natural pet products is the reduction in human exposure to toxins. Most pets are in frequent contact with people, especially children. Contact with a pet can mean risk of exposure to whatever is on your pet, whereas natural treatments avoid these risks.

8) Protects the environment- also, natural products breakdown and are absorbed into the environment better than chemical agents and, consequently, are more earth friendly.

9) Saves time- you won’t be wasting your time dragging your pets to the vet’s office to treat different illnesses as the holistic approach targets the individual as a whole entity, treating existing conditions from their source, not just their symptoms, and preventing new ones from developing.

10) Saves money- you won’t be wasting your money on cheaper products that ultimately can be a contributor to declining health in your pets and thereby creating more vet visit and bills.

Is Pet Insurance Right For Your Pet?

Trying to decide if you should get insurance on your pet? There are of course pro’s and con’s to it. Years ago I decided to try it out. I thought, if something happened, it would be a good decision to have it. Some plans will cover basic vet care and heartworm and things like that. Read through the information below and make a decision for you and your beloved pets.

Standard Care is the essential care that is required for any pet. This usually includes shots, heartworm tests and supplies, and any other preventitive care that is required through an animals life. This is usually not covered by most insurance plans and requires a special extra fee. Calculate the cost of this fee and then call your local vets office to get a price quote and compare the two. Keep in mind that sometimes your vet may be more costly than using an online pharmacy, so price out those options as well.

Accidents happen to pets all the time. Just the other day, my dog broke his nail. We had to go to the vet, have it removed, and get a shot of antibiotics. The total cost was $50 for this procedure. Of course, not everything is covered so you need to discuss this with the insurance company and find out exactly what is covered. When I was with one insurance company I actually got charged for submitting claims that weren’t covered. Of course I had no way of knowing what was covered and what wasn’t.

Every owners fear is the dreaded Cancer word. At least I know it is mine. Cancer procedures and testing is not covered by most companies. There are special riders for this as well. But you have to purchase them BEFORE the dog has cancer. Otherwise it is excluded as preexisting.

The bottom line is do your research, talk to your vet, talk to different companies and try to make the best decision you can for your loved ones. I know that vet insurance has worked for so many people. In the long run, I think its a gamble, just like life insurance. If you dont have it and something happens you kick yourself that you should have just done it. But in other cases, you do have it, and nothing thankfully ever goes wrong.