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Pet Health

Walking your Dog is NOT a Pastime

Taking your dog for his daily walks might seem like a routine after doing it for so long, thus you might be wondering why there is a day dedicated exclusively to this. The short answer is to create awareness about the importance of pet fitness and how walking them daily will help achieve it.

Note: February 22nd -” National Walk Your Dog Day ”

Below are some of the reasons why you should walk your dog regularly?.

1) Walking keeps both you and your dog fit

Walking keeps both humans and their pets fit and healthy. Just 15 to 30 mins walk every day will help you both stay healthy both physically and mentally.

2) Bonding time

Walking every day with your pet helps in solidifying your bond. Switching up routes once in a while, meeting new people and pets helps in socializing. This way both you and your dog can explore a new place and create various experiences together.

3) Walking helps with stress and anxiety

We all know walking every day is great for our body, and so is for our pets too. As it reduces blood pressure and boosts immune systems in humans, it helps to calm their nerves and alleviate stress in pets. Pets can also benefit mentally from doing small exercises.

4) Social magnets

Like humans, dogs are social creatures. Take them on a walk to dog parks where they can interact with other dogs and play for a while. You can also interact with other dog parents and exchange stories and tips. It’s a great way to socialize.

Now that we have given you a few reasons to walk your pet, here are some things you should consider before starting a routine

  1. Make sure your dog does not have any health issues. Take them to a vet and ask them for the ideal exercise routine. That way both you and your pet can be safe during your walking routines.
  2. Make sure your dog has access to water during walks and keep their body temperature on the check. Also keep their paws protected during winters.
  3. Last but not least, wearing bright coloured collars and leashes helps during walks.

Keep these key points in mind and have fun!

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What does being a responsible pet owner mean?

As we are already into February, the month of love, do you know it is also the Responsible Pet Owners Month? When you think about responsible pet ownership what comes to your mind? Being a responsible pet parent, taking good care of them or taking them to the vet for regular check-ups?

The answer to all the above questions is ‘yes’ and more. Here are some of the ways by which you can observe the Responsible Pet Owners Month.

1)   Do the needed research

Before adopting a pet, do proper research on the type of breed you are adopting. How to take care of them, how to satisfy their everyday needs and whether or not you could afford them. These are all some of the serious questions you should ask yourself because adopting a pet is like having another family member. They need care and affection.

2)   Make your home pet-proof

If you haven’t done it yet, this month is the perfect opportunity to pet-proof your home. Many pet owners do not realize the hidden dangers that are present inside their own home. Dogs are curious creatures and they love to explore, so make sure there are no harmful substances that are lying around or within the reach that could potentially harm your furry bestie. Do a little research on household products, plants, food and other everyday objects that could be a hazard and make a conscious effort to remove them.

3)   Take them to the vet

This is a given. Take them to the vet at least twice a year to get them checked up. Apart from treating them, a visit to the vet can give you an idea about your pet’s overall health. The vet can also help you in providing the proper diet, exercise routine and living environment. If the visit is pending for a while, this is the perfect opportunity.

4)   Provide them proper diet

Consult a vet and make sure you are giving them proper food filled with nutrients throughout the day. A well-balanced diet plays an important role in keeping your pet energetic and happy.

5)   Respect their feelings

Pets feel emotions too, sometimes more than humans. It is important to remember that they too feel sad, hungry, happy, and a few hundred other emotions. They are a lifetime commitment and responsibility; not a toy or an accessory that you can discard if bored.

The Responsible Pet Owners Month is here to remind you of your responsibility as a pet parent and also to spread awareness about animal abuse. Countless animals get abused in their own homes every day and it needs to be stopped.

Make sure to practice a better, responsible pet parenting and help spread awareness by sharing this article. Cheers!

 

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Ways to exercise your dog during winter!

Winter season is not ideal to spend a lot of time outdoors but your pets still need to burn off the energy and relaxHere are some of the ways by which you can help them get their exercise during winter.

1) Play with them!

Playing hide and seek is one of the best activities during winter to get your pet moving. Hide their favourite snack or toy and let them seek it out. But it will be a great bonding exercise if you play hide instead of toys or snacks. It will have the pup round around the house and have them tired in a few minutes.

2) Stimulate their senses!

Dogs have strong and incredibly powerful sniffing abilities. So indulge them in exercises that make use of their nose, can be stimulating. Build an obstacle course to find a treat or hide their meal around the house and make them sniff it out. These simple exercises are enough for daily activity.

3) Walk them!

You can still take them for a walk outside for a short amount of them. Make sure to take the necessary precautions and check the weather before bringing your dog for a walk. Know your dog’s cold tolerance level and limit their time outside. Don’t over-exercise them and keep an eye for any signs of discomfort. If you notice them shivering to take them inside immediately.

4) Indoor training

Make use of the time spent indoors and train them to obey new commands. Teach them social skills and how politely greet guests. You can also train them to sit, properly walk with a leash and even practice exercise routine with them. This will burn off a lot of calories and help them stay fit.

5) Take them to agility parks!

To switch up routine takes them to the agility park once in a while. These parks provide various workout routines for your dogs like ramp climbing, exploring tunnels, walking across the bridge, etc. Some of these parks even offer classes for beginners. If the weather is too troublesome for travel thinks about building a mini agility park in your backyard!

6) Use pet treadmills

Pet treadmills are constructed especially for pets and if you think they are pricey you can also use treadmills designed for humans. Make sure your treadmill runs at a safe speed for your pet while exercising. This is one of the best ways to help your dogs get toned.

7) Take them to a dog care

At daycare, the trainers teach dogs proper behaviour and your dogs can receive stimulation, exercise also they get to socialize with other dogs. Take them to daycare a few times a month for puppy socialization.

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Get your Senior dog into shape!

Tips for senior dogs to be healthy and happy

We all want to be healthy and happy for as long as possible and the same rule applies to our pets as well. Usually, puppies are hyperactive and they get their exercise done when they go on their daily walks or running around your home. But as they get older they tend to get slow. By the time they reach middle age, they start to show signs of arthritis, illness, injuries and if they are overweight then these symptoms might start even earlier.

Exercising is a must for all dogs as it keeps their muscles toned and helps them maintain joint flexibility, good circulation, and overall health. But if they have other problems like arthritis, then exercising regularly can cause further problems. So it is important to maintain a healthy balance between exercise and rest for your senior dogs. Here are some tips you can follow to make sure your senior dog is happy and healthy.

1)   Take them to a Vet

The first step for a healthy lifestyle is to consult a veterinarian. Get them completely checked (a full body examination), before planning their diet and exercise routine. This way you know that you are not straining your dog. Get together with the vet and plan a proper set routine. And if your dog has got serious conditions like heart disease or arthritis, ask your vet to include routines to help them improve those conditions.

2)   Take it slow

Once you are set with a proper plan, make sure you implement it slowly. You cannot accomplish your target in a day or two. Take your time and make sure your dog is comfortable with small changes that you are making day by day. This is about teamwork, you work together with your dog. Be aware of your dog’s attitude, his breathing, and his heart rate. If he looks even a little bit over-exerted, stop. Do not force him to go on.

3)   Physical Therapy

Try new methods like physical therapy. Ask the vet to recommend a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT), the veterinary version of physical therapists for dogs. CCRTs design exercise programs for individual dogs to help them recover from injury and safely improve their strength, balance, and range of motion. Since these therapies target particular areas, this is much more useful in case of injured dogs.

4)   Switch up the routine

Just like us, dogs need a little bit of excitement once in a while during their exercise routine. So, instead of being fixated on a single routine, try different activities like swimming, playing catch, visiting a dog park, teaching him new tricks, etc. It will not only break the mundane routine but will also help him relax once in a while.

5)   Take your pet to massage

Massage works wonders; both on human and pets alike. Take your pet to the massage center or learn a few massage techniques so that you can give them a little massage at home. It relieves stiffness and joint discomfort. Have a massage session at home as a bonding time with your furry friend!

Finally, make sure to constantly monitor and re-adjust your dogs routine according to his/her needs. At the end of the day, all you need is one happy dog!

 

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Hiking with Small vs Big dogs

 

Summer is the time of the year where going on hikes and picnics is a must. And what better way to enjoy your hike other than taking your dogs along the long trails? Dogs are excellent outdoor companions and taking them on hikes can also be a great bonding exercise. Though it’s extremely fun to take your pet along it is a lot of work as well and we have to be prepared for anything that might possibly happen during those long hikes. In this blog, let’s take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of taking small and large dogs on hikes.

1) Stamina

Most of the dogs of average size or bigger tend to have great stamina, thus can walk continuously for a long period of time. However, small dogs can get tired very easily and the pet owners must know when to take breaks and give them a rest. It is important for owners who own either big or small dogs to stop overworking them when they get tired.

2) Water and Snacks

It is really important to carry plenty of water along your trails as dogs get as thirsty as humans, sometimes even more. Especially, if the breed is double-coated. It is important for the dog owner to understand the breed. Since smaller dogs need more energy when climbing those rocks, a little snack along the way can give them a boost of energy. Big dogs can withstand those rocky trails however the owners should look for signs of overheating and dehydration. Give them water or soak a wet towel and wipe them in case of overheating and dehydration. Make sure your dogs are in the best condition while hiking.

3)  Help them

Most of the big dogs can easily climb a mountain when compared to small dogs. Small dogs might need occasional help while hiking through rough patches, rocky terrains or shallow streams.  Don’t hesitate to help them if you see them struggling over any obstacles along the way.

Related:Should You Adopt a Puppy or an Adult Dog?

4) Bring a first aid kit along

Everyone should have a pet first aid kit at home, but it’s smart to have one in your pack specifically for hiking. The most common injury for dogs while hiking is cutting or damaging their pads on rocky or sharp terrain. If one of their footpads gets cut, it is helpful to have the pack to carry them the rest of the way, or have a boot handy to put on their injured foot, if they are still able to walk. If the breed is small it is easy for the owner to carry but if they are huge it may get difficult and you might have to call for help. So until the help comes, make sure to give them the necessary first aid and do not panic as it might agitate your pet.

Related:Pet Parents! Are you Prepared Enough?

5) Size

Most people hesitate to take their small breed dogs on hike due to their size and other people’s opinion. But they are as good a hiking partner as big dogs. They just need a little extra water, snacks and break times. Do not listen to other people’s comments, because you know your furry baby better. If you are still afraid to take your munchkin on a hike, try experimenting with small mountains or hills and move on to bigger ones.

6) Don’t forget to have fun

The summertime hiking is all about you bonding with your furry best friend. So do not let anything stop you from making that hiking trip you always wanted to go. If you know your dog best and take all the necessary precautions, the size of the dog does not matter. Make sure your pet is in his/ her best condition for the hike before you go on your adventure.

Related:Do Dogs Bring Happiness?

Happy Hiking!

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How to identify if your dog has a cold?

Dear pet-parent, do you know your dogs can get cold too? Many of us are aware of the common serious illness in dogs like kennel cough and giardia. But not all of us know about the common cold that our pets can catch.

Cause

Dog Cold Virus: Virus is one of the main factors for causing cold in both humans and in dogs. Usually, when people talk about catching a cold, they are actually referring to a wide range of viruses. They are grouped under the same category because of the similar symptoms they cause like sneezing, sore throat, runny eyes, and nose, etc. The same goes for dogs. There are several different viruses that cause cold symptoms in dogs. The most common viruses include canine respiratory Coronavirus, Canine Parainfluenza virus, and Bordetella bronchiseptica.

The Common Dog Cold Symptoms include nasal congestion and discharge, a little difficulty to breathing through the nose, Occasional coughing, Mild fever, runny eyes, Sneezing.

Dog Sneezing and coughing

These are the first symptoms of your dog getting cold. Just like humans it indicates a poor immune system and can be self-recovered in a few days. But if the illness persists it may indicate a serious problem.

Dog Congestion

If you see your dog breathing heavily or have difficulty breathing then it is likely that your dog has nasal or respiratory congestion. When you see these symptoms the best course of action to take is to take your pet to a vet.

Dog watering eyes

A watery eye may indicate cold or infection of your dog’s ear, nose or throat. In case of infections, your dog may show other symptoms like redness of the eyes, irritation, pain, blinking more than usual, rubbing and scratching of eyes. Eye discharges are usually present in infections that are advanced.

Though few of these less serious symptoms can be treated at home, it can also indicate a more serious disease such as Kennel cough, parasites, dog flu, parainfluenza virus, canine bronchitis, fungal infection or canine distemper.

If your pet is from the breed called Brachycephalic, or flat-faced breeds, they are more prone to breathing problems and even a simple cold can be serious. The reason behind this is because of the structure of their nose and nasal passages. They show extreme symptoms like  Snorting, Wheezing and increased snoring. And since they already have narrow nasal passages they are more prone to congestion and the trapped mucus will more likely become a secondary infection like pneumonia.

It is always a good idea to take your dog to the veterinarian in case of respiratory infection as he can identify if its anything serious or not. The cold can also become life-threatening in an old or very young dog as their immune systems are either weak (in the case of an elderly dog) or not yet fully formed (in the cases of puppies).

How to treat your dog’s cold?

We all hate cold! The same goes for our pets. Here are some of the home remedies that can help alleviate the symptoms of a cold.

Inhale Steam

Run a hot bathtub or shower so steam builds up in your toilet or use a typical vaporizer within the room wherever your dog sleeps.

Just as with humans, steam can help clear up his nasal passages.

Drinking and eating

Make sure your pup is drinking plenty of water and keep him hydrated throughout. Don’t give him orange juice; it’s good for people, not for pets. It is better to simply give him plain water. You can also add a bit of low sodium chicken or beef broth to the water.

Taking Rest

Plenty of rest is needed for a dog with a cold. It’s probably not a good idea to take your pet on long walks until his symptoms improve. Also, try to restrict playtime for a hyperactive dog.

Try Herbal Remedies

Herbs are rich in vitamin C and help in boosting your dog’s immune system.

Safe flavoring remedies for dogs include elderberry extract or flowers, colloidal silver, and mullein flowers. Check with a holistic doctor to know the acceptable amounts of herbs that can be given to your pet and also how to administer them.

Feed them Chicken Soup

Who doesn’t love a bowl of hot chicken soup when we have a cold? While it may sound strange, lukewarm chicken soup can be as beneficial to dogs in fighting a cold as it can be for humans. Make sure that soup contains has a low sodium level or simply doesn’t add salt to the soup.

Please do not give your own medicine for the pets without consulting the vet. As mentioned earlier, be sure to take him to a vet to get his symptoms checked if he looks sick, so you can be sure it’s not anything serious.