Pet Advice

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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Types of Fish Food

Posted on December 19, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Feeding your fish is one of the few responsibilities involved in caring for fish, but it is essential that you feed them the correct food. Different types of fish need different types of food, or they can find it difficult to get the nutrients they need to live well.

One of the easiest ways to define the type of food you give your fish is by what species they are. Typically, fish of the same sort of size will be able to eat the same food, so size is a good barometer too, but species is the most important.

Small fish like Neon Tetras will need different food than Goldfish. Clown Fish will need different food than Star Fish. It is essential that when you get fish, you research what food they will need before you assume anything though.

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A Comparison of Salt Water and Fresh Water Aquariums

Posted on November 22, 2015 at 10:35 am

Aquariums can be made into a habitat that is suitable to both salt water and fresh water, but your choice on how an aquarium is used has big consequences.

Salt water fish tend to be larger fish, which for many people is a good thing. If you don’t have the space for a large aquarium though, this could limit your ability to purchase a large number of fish.

With a salt water fish tank, your filtration systems need to be able to contend with the abrasive and corrosive nature of salt. With a fresh water fish tank, the demands of a filtration system are far lower and therefore far cheaper.

Fresh water fish tend to be smaller than their salt water counterparts, which means that you can have as many fish in a smaller fish tank. For many people, because of this and the lower costs associated with caring for them, fresh water aquariums are ideal.

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Microchips To Become a Legal Requirement in the UK

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 4:52 pm

While installing a microchip identifier has been a widely advised course of action for dog owners, it is only relatively recently that news has come out that it is to become mandatory.

By the 6th of April, all dogs are expected to be microchipped with their identification. The only exception is for dogs under 8 weeks old, but after they’ve reached that age, they will need to have a microchip installed immediately.

Action will be taken if your pet is found to be without a microchip after the 6th of April 2016. This is in the form of a letter of notification, which gives you 21 days to fit your dog with a chip, and if you’ve still not done that afterwards you’re risking a £500 fine.

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Starting Early With Dog Training

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Dog training is a learning experience like any other, in the sense that the earlier you start the better the outcome. For dog training, there are two separate issues; training your dog, and training you. Both members of the relationship need to learn about eachother’s wants and needs and how to go about creating a better relationship which is enriching for the both of you.

Dog training is a term which can refer to a wide range of issues. With young dog training, or puppy training courses, what it tends to refer to is some of the basics which owners often have trouble with; the puppy’s social abilities, potty training, and basic obedience. All of these seem relatively basic, but they can be quite difficult for some dogs, particularly older ones, to learn. Starting young means that they will be more likely to learn these skills.

 

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