Pet Advice

The behaviour traits of huskies

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Huskies have unique traits and characteristics such as loving, gentle, social, casual, keen, playful, happy-go-lucky, independent to name a few. They tend to be very fond of their families, making them a great family dog. Huskies are great with children and friendly with strangers, and are easily trained. These beautiful animals are extremely smart and excel in obedience. Huskies can provide families with great challenges as they require a lot of walking, feeding and interaction. They however do not make good guard dogs as they do not bark, instead they howl.

Huskies are frisky and full of energy, especially when puppies. They require exercise daily and become bored very easily. If you are a runner, this is the dog for you. They will go anywhere alongside you. Make sure you keep them well hydrated on long walks or runs as they have a thick strong coat as they are arctic dogs by nature.

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Benefits of hiring a dog walker for your pooch

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 3:42 am

You may feel that you are neglecting your pooch if you will enlist a dog walker for him/her every morning or every afternoon- but this must not be the case.

It is normal for a dog owner to walk their pet every day and it doesn’t alter the relationship between yourself and your beloved canine. That said, there are a few people who simply don’t have sufficient energy to walk their dogs, while others do not have the time due to their busy work schedule. Even if your yard is big enough and the pooch has enough space to play, you still need to make sure they’re walked since they need a lot of exercise to stay healthy and fit.

So should I not feel guilty?

Dogs are social animals; they must exercise daily for proper stimulation so the fact you’re going out of your way to make sure they’re walked, rather then leaving them moping about inside is a sign you’re a good dog owner. He or she must be walked daily for enjoyment. If you are very busy working long hours you do not have enough time to spend with your dog daily that’s okay, just find a good walker to fill in for you. You must understand that different dog breeds require different levels of exercise and so your dog might need the more rigorous type of dog walking or that she/he must run in the middle of the day. The big problem is how you can take a dog for a walk if you are not at home all the time? Well, this problem is solved thanks to the many amazing dog walkers nearby. There are many websites where you can find professional dog walkers and you’ll get the chance to meet them and bond with them before you handover the lead.

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Is making your dog vegan good for their health?

Posted on February 18, 2017 at 2:04 pm

Based on religious or moral values, there are some dog owners who would insist that their dogs feed on vegetarian food only. While some claims have been made for dogs being able to thrive on diets that consist primarily of tofu that provide plenty of vegetable matter protein. That protein is not high quality enough to be metabolised by your dog. In fact, fresh fruits and vegetable snacks are often recommended for dogs that must lose weight only because these vegetable base snacks add very few calories to your dog’s system.

It is important to remember that even if you feel that eating meat is “immoral,” your dog has no morality; he/she is an amoral creature who lives their life based on their desires, not on right or wrong.

It is also strongly recommended that a veterinarian is consulted before changing to a vegetarian diet. Regular visits to the vet is necessary until they are certain your dog has adjusted to the diet.

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Benefits of having pet insurance

Posted on January 22, 2017 at 7:37 am

It may at first sound like just another regular expense; until pet owners realise that those trips to the vet are very expensive. Just as with private medical insurance, vet’s costs have risen sharply since the early 1990’s; for those people with pet insurance, they have witnessed this rise inform of premium increases. Nevertheless, the pet insurance premium rises are miniscule compared to the huge expense you could be faced with if you choose not to have pet insurance, and your beloved pet get involved in an accident, or becomes ill.

The problem is that domestic animals are often more liable to become sick or be involved in an accident ; the more you own, the greater the chance is, and if this does occur a couple of times a year, you will soon see your savings reduce. If you are in this unenviable position then a choice should have to be made; the last thing you should have to deal with is the stress over the expense of saving your animal.

The financial strain of keeping your pet healthy can sometimes be quite overwhelming; this is even more relevant if you are experiencing financial difficulties. If you are experiencing money worries then raising additional finances can prove embarrassing at best, and impossible at worst.

Financial difficulties are the number one reason why pets do not receive proper attention; owners with pet insurance do not have these concerns because they have whatever treatment they need. Although pet healthcare insurance costs are rising they are not going to break the bank; plans are still affordable, especially when you consider the alternative.

Various pet insurance options are available. If you have more than one pet, discounts are often available should you decide to place all your pets on the one policy. All pet owners should think carefully about what type of pet health insurance provision they have made for their pet; do not leave it until it is too late.

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Dogs need to work hard for their treats

Posted on November 12, 2016 at 7:00 am

No matter what bread, from Pug to German Shepard, dogs need to have adequate exercise to have treats.

Following in par with the human race becoming overweight due to poor eating habits, our pets are too. Owners think that giving their dogs regular treat is being nice, however it is being cruel if they are not able to burn off those extra calories.

Many vets are experiencing increasing numbers of overweight pets. If you are unable to walk your larger dogs twice a day for an hour each time, or a small dog once a day for one hour, then consider hiring a dog walker.

Dog walkers are great at caring for your pooch, and provides you with the peace of mind that you dog is staying fit and healthy getting daily required exercise into their routine.

Dog walking is essential for a dog’s life, they need the exercise, they need to be able to explore and build their own immune system up by exploring and being exposed to new environments. Take the opportunity to find new and interesting trails, some with water so your pooch can have a paddle too.

When setting off on a new trail, make sure you have a supply of drinking water, for yourself and your pet. Allow your dog to explore and sniff the new environment, meet other canines and enjoy their new active lifestyle.Photography of White and Grey Short Coated Dog Sitting on Green and Pink Leaf Covered Ground during Daytime

Another popular alternative is to join a dog walking group, packed with others alike. Keeping each other company and telling some great stories your funny dogs have been up to.

Remember your dog’s health is important and obesity could really affect the lifespan of your pooch, keeping them fit and active is an essential part of their lifestyle. Don’t forget a treat now and again is definitely acceptable once they have worked for it.

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Vegan dog food

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 12:08 pm

If you’re not a vegan or a vegetarian then you probably didn’t know that there are many vegetarian and vegan dog food products available on the market. This seems a little odd though doesn’t it, after all, dogs are carnivorous so they’re not made to live on a vegan diet. So why would a vegan prevent their dog from getting the nutrients they need and deserve? Well it’s because the methods used to get this meat can be inhumane and cruel, and if there’s no way of being 100% sure no animals have been inhumanely killed in the production of the dog food, then perhaps it’s only right they look at vegan alternatives. That said, the one thing worth going back to is that dogs are carnivores and they really aren’t built for a vegetarian diet, so there may come a time when a vegan needs to compromise and give their dog meat, even if they’re not sure exactly where it comes from and whether any animals were slaughtered in the making.

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Professional Pet Portrait Photography

Posted on July 25, 2016 at 10:37 pm

Not every photographer is equipped to photograph pets as it’s completely different to photographing humans. With a dog or a cat, you have to be patient enough to get the animal into position, and even with dog treats in your pocket you may find that he or she is simply not willing to listen.

If you’d lie to get some professional shots taken of your pet, you may want the photographer to come to you. Events photographers are skilled in capturing moments as they unfold naturally, and you’ll get much better photos on a walk with the dog than you would in a photography studio. Animals are more natural and happy when they’re in their comfort zone, so always try to get the photographer to come to you if you want  the best possible results.

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Why are some dogs so clingy?

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 8:14 am

Some dog owners are surprised by the amount of affection received from their dog during the early stages of their relationship. You may spend hours and hours each day with them to begin with but of course over time when the dog is more comfortable in his or her surroundings, they’ll be able to spend time on their own. That’s not the case for all dogs though, and some dog owners let their dog rule them completely. They’ll only leave them for 1 hour max and even then they’re itching to return home. A clingy dog comes from clingy owners, and if you’re firm to start with, your dog will pick up on that. If his sad puppy dog eyes still work, he’ll continue to do so If he gets what he needs from you, meaning he’ll never leave your side. And that can be quite frustrating.

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Dealing With Ringworm

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Ringworm is also known as a fungal infection of the superficial layers of the skin, hair and nails. Ringworm infections can occur in humans and in all domesticated species of animals. The name comes from the classical appearance of the round, red, raised ‘ring’ marking the boundary of inflammation in people infected with the disease. The common name of ringworm is somewhat misleading, in that it is not an infection caused by a worm, and the infected areas are not always ring-shaped. The organisms that cause ringworm infections belong to a specialized group of fungi known as dermatophytes, so the medical name for this disease is dermatophytosis.

Some species of dermatophytes are species-specific, meaning that they will only infect one species, whereas others can be spread between different species of animals or from animals to man. In cats, one species of dermatophyte, called Microsporum canis, is responsible for almost all ringworm infections, and this species is infectious to cats, dogs and man. Occasionally ringworm infections in cats may be caused by species such as Trichophyton mentagrophytes. Both of these species are zoonotic, meaning that they can also infect humans.

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Starting a Pet Shelter

Posted on February 22, 2016 at 11:23 am

There are a lot of ways for people to get involved in the pet care trade, but one of the simplest and easiest ways to enter it is to start your own pet shelter.

Shelters for pets can be done by sole individuals and by larger establishments. The task they’re set with is to care for abandoned and abused pets while larger organisations attempt to find new owners. If you are an individual doing this, it is important to remember that the pets aren’t supposed to be with you permanently, so it is important that you don’t start treating them like yours. If you don’t maintain that mindset, you could end up with dozens of pets, which wouldn’t be good.

Often times pet shelters will be established by individuals caring for specific species, such as a dog or a cat shelter. The benefits for individuals is that you only need one skill set to care for the animals and that you can choose your favourite types of pets.

Many people make their first step into sheltering animals by becoming a foster carer. These are quite similar to shelters, only the scale and organisation is considerably lower. Often times a fosterer will only care for 1-3 animals at a time.

Running a shelter is a lot like running a business, and this becomes more and more true as the scale of your operation increases. If you are only looking after 1-5 animals at a time, then chances are that you won’t have too much to do, besides establishing with the authorities that you are trustworthy. As you scale up your operations, you will need to show that you have skills in management, accounting and animal training and welfare.

If you want to run a sizeable operation, you will need to be prepared to submit yourself and your facilities to reviews. These will establish whether or not you have the skills needed to care for the animals, and whether you have built up your facilities in a way that satisfies the animals needs and can maintain their health.

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