What To Get Your Dog For Christmas This Year?

When the holiday season comes around, it only makes sense to want to treat the ones we love. While we usually think about doting on our friends and family, it’s also important to remember the furry friends we love so much.

Our dogs are the best companions all year long, so why not treat them during Christmas? This year, give your doggie one of these dog-friendly gift ideas.

Personalized Dog Bowl
For the dog who already has everything, a personalized dog bowl makes a great gift not only for Fido but also for dog owners. A personalized ceramic bowl is sturdy enough to last years, and it also ensures your dog has a little part of the house that’s just for them.

Whether you personalize your dog’s bowl with their name, a favourite symbol, or a colour that matches your home design, they’re sure to look forward to using it. You can make a bowl yourself or purchase one online.

Speciality Dog Cookies
If your dog is like most other furry friends, he loves getting special treats. While your usual picks from the pet store are nice for every day, your pooch deserves something extra special for the holidays.

This Christmas cookie box is just what every good boy deserves! Whether you’re hoping to start a new training plan or just gift your dog something they’re sure to go wild over, these dog cookies are the best choice.

Pet Bandana
Another festive idea is to gift your dog some fun accessories. While it’s true this is a gift the owner will likely appreciate more than the dog, it’s still all in good fun.

Pet bandanas come in all shapes, sizes, and colours, and they’re the best way to get Fido in the holiday spirit. Make sure you choose the right size for your dog and their breed, and they’re ready to celebrate the holidays in style. Better yet, bring these bandanas with you on your holiday trip to make sure they’re easy to spot.

Dog Puzzle Game
Last but not least, challenge your dog to a game they’re not soon to forget. If your poochy always grows bored of existing toys, a challenge puzzle will put their brains (and noses!) to the test.

These dog-friendly puzzles encourage pets to use their sense of smell to find their favorite treats. Not only will your pet love being rewarded for their cleverness, but this will keep them entertained for hours!

Treat Your Dog This Holiday Season
No matter what type of dog you have, make sure he feels special this holiday season. From keeping your dog occupied during holiday feasts to including them in family fun, these gift ideas above are perfect for every situation.

Your dog is sure to love you even more with these gifts under the tree! Let the holiday festivities begin for everyone, furry friends and all. Dogs deserve a bit of holiday fun as well, and this fun comes in all shapes and sizes.

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Dog Friendly UK Holidays

With the wealth of scenic coastal walks, beautiful National Parks and long sandy beaches to visit in the UK, it seems a shame to leave the family dog behind when you go on holiday! With kennelling costs typically starting from £10 per day, dog friendly accommodation can also be a very cost effective holiday option for you and your four legged friend. Many holiday cottages, apartments and holiday parks will happily accept dogs at a small additional charge so the whole family can easily enjoy a coast or country break in the UK – search our excellent range of accommodation to find your perfect place today.

Peaceful country walks with your dog
Enjoy exploring some of the UK’s best countryside with your dog including the rolling Cotswolds Hills, the stunning Lakeland scenery of the Lake District or the rugged expanses of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. Wales is also an excellent base for a dog-friendly holiday with great walks available in Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Park or head to Scotland to explore the beautiful Scottish Islands on a pet friendly holiday. Dogs even travel for free on Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services which sail to twenty four destinations off the West Coast of Scotland.

For a real ‘back to nature’ holiday, why not book a log cabin on a peaceful forest? Stay in a choice of beautiful rural locations throughout the UK to be close to the countryside walks with many farms offering pet friendly accommodation or onsite kennelling facilities. Please see individual property information regarding any restrictions on walks with dogs when staying on a working farm.

Head to the coast for a relaxing holiday
If you are planning a holiday to the British coast, the South West of England is home to some of the best dog friendly cottages by the sea including Weymouth Beach in Dorset, Crantock Beach near Newquay (Voted Best British Beach by BBC Coast 2013!) and Daymer Bay close to Polzeath in Cornwall. If you are visiting the South East of England, the beaches of Brighton, West Wittering near Chichester and Botany Bay near Broadstairs all provide plenty of space of your dog to run around. It’s always best to check dogs are welcome before you book though as some beaches restrict areas where dogs can go over the peak summertime of May to September.

You could also enjoy walks along the 630 mile South West Coastal path with your dog which passes through pretty towns including the harbour town of Poole in Dorset and the family seaside resort of Minehead in Somerset. Alternatively, stay in a cosy cottage or welcoming B&B along the Pembrokeshire coastal path in South Wales for easy access 186 miles of scenic walks and over fifty wonderful beaches.

City breaks
Plenty of the budget chain hotels will also accept pets for a small fee which is ideal if you are planning a city break and wish to take your dog. Alternatively, search our accommodation for pet friendly holiday apartments throughout the UK which can be found in many of the Country’s top city break destinations and will often accept a small dog for an additional charge. There are also plenty of B&Bs in the UK ideal for a dog friendly holiday and some allow dogs to stay for free and provide extras including bowls, treats and their own bed.

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A Dog’s Support: 7 Types of Walking Aid Accessories for Dogs

Paralysis in dogs is a severe problem which could be caused by many reasons, such as spinal injury, genetic disorders, injuries caused by accidents, and many more. For many pet owners, it is a huge heartbreak seeing their pets not able to walk again.

The legs of the dog’s body are the most affected area, and the burden of not being able to walk again is most likely traumatizing for every dog. Therefore, several walking aid accessories were invented to assist those dogs that are unfortunately unable to walk again.

These walking aid accessories will give these dogs the feeling of becoming independent again. Now, if you’re up to know more about a few of these accessories, take a read.

Full Support Wheelchair
When we talk about accessories for walking aids, there are many wheelchair options for dogs that will surely help to keep their balance to walk again. One of these accessories is the full dog wheelchair that comfortably supports your dog and does not put pressure on the shoulders or front legs.

To remain active and retain their movement, dogs need a device with full-body support. Hence, a wheelchair with four wheels will be helpful in supporting the front and back weight of your dog. You can also adjust its tightness, making it easier to use than traditional wheelchairs for pets.

Rear Wheelchair
Unlike the full support wheelchair that offers full-body assistance to dogs, this rear wheelchair only offers assistance for dogs with lower back or rear leg problems. The rear wheelchair is positioned at the back of the dog’s body, where two wheels support the dog’s rear. It gives aid by enabling your dog to stand straight and get the workout they needed.

Using this type of wheelchair will help dogs who can’t still lift their rear or back legs. Also, keep in mind that there are different types of wheelchairs for dogs with different specifications and use. It’s always a good thing when you know what type of accessories best fit your dog’s needs.

Body-Covered Lift Harness
A lifting harness is a sling that attaches a long handle throughout your dog’s body. It is crafted to enable you to raise your dog while entirely holding the chest and stomach. This accessory will give you a way to assist your movement-limited dog just by softly lifting on the handle. It will help the dogs move around without them feeling the heaviness of their body.

The padding is quilted from the braces to the entire structure of the harness to provide proper stability. However, note that some lift harnesses are made entirely of lightweight materials. Still, a few have hardened handles, and other parts might be appropriate to lift a heavier dog. Therefore, when picking a suitable lift harness size, consider your dog’s weight.

Lift Rear Harness
There are times when your dog can’t always rely on the comfort provided by an entire body-covered lift harness. That’s why the lift rear harness was created solely to help dogs with back issues. This harness is designed to secure only the back legs of your dog. By doing this, their walking difficulties can gradually improve.

The exterior part of the harness is made from sturdy fabric. For optimum comfort, the interior is filled with lightweight fleece. Since it will be placed at the dog’s back, it would still allow the dog to urinate or excrete when wearing the collar. It is very convenient and isn’t troublesome to use.

Scooter
Unfortunately, if your beloved dogs have lost two of their back legs and the front legs are the only ones functioning, the best walking aid accessories that can support them are scooters. For comfort and longevity, the scooter base is filled with cell foam padding. It is made out of a light and comfortable coat that lines the dog’s chest and neck sections.

The dog will be sitting on the scooter, and with the help of the scooter’s rollerballs, the dog can comfortably glide in any direction with a continuous smooth motion since it was designed for quick movement. However, rollerballs are not too helpful with outdoor activities. That’s why it’s only decent for indoor walking exercise.

Amputee Leg Ring Cover
An amputee leg ring cover is used with wheelchairs, so dogs with leg disabilities can use their wheels properly. This can help improve the dog’s comfort while being bound to the wheelchair. By covering the leg ring, this will make your pet more relaxed while moving around.

Usually, it is composed of lightweight material because it will serve as the cover of the legs. Since it’s made of soft materials, it can be easily cleaned and dried, which can be a good thing. Lastly, bear in mind that leg ring covers come in various sizes to make sure it fits different dog sizes.

Leg Braces
If dogs are in a bad state, such as having an injury, these dog leg braces offer protection and stability. It helps to alleviate joint pain and swelling and help them walk more steadily. It is a compression brace made of materials that provide comfort and protection to the dog’s legs without compromising flexibility.

It also helps dogs recover from trauma and any joint problems and can be used as a prevention method for aged dogs that are more at risk of injury. Note that when one of the dog’s legs is injured, the other leg will eventually follow suit since the disability can create an imbalance that can affect the dog’s movements. Therefore, leg braces are vital during this time to lessen the dog’s burden when walking.

Takeaway
Dogs are valuable companions of every pet owner. Therefore, when they need additional support, do not hesitate to give them appropriate assistance, especially in walking problems.

Regardless of any leg problems like arthritis, fatigue, joint injury, damage caused by accidents, or struggling to walk because of age, you should know how to take care of your dog and provide them the care they need. Walking aid accessories are made to give them comfort and help them recover their sense of being independent.

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Turn your pet green!

We are a nation of pet lovers, it’s true. According to the RSPCA just shy of half of us have one, yet the impact of pet ownership upon our environment can rack up if we don’t take care.

They’re good for our physical and mental health, they’ve been invaluable companions to us during lockdown and… they’re responsible for a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions caused by animal agriculture. So, as we all take steps to reduce our carbon footprint and live greener lives, let’s not forget to look to our pets’ contribution.

The good news is that there are choices we can make to mitigate our pet’s impact on the planet, including carefully selecting their pet food.

When planning how you and your pet can make less of an environmental impact, why not consider the following?

  1. Use biodegradable bags to pick up after your pets and consider investing in a pet poo wormery – these are a great way to recycle waste into useful garden compost.
  2. Choose chemical-free shampoos to wash your pets. Chemical options can pollute rivers and oceans and poison animals.
  3. Try making your own dog toys and avoid plastic or electronic options.
  4. Instead of driving to a location to walk your pet, find a walk closer to home to cut down on petrol use and emissions.

This year, pet food brand Vet’s Kitchen is moving to 100% recyclable packaging. The changes will be made over a two-year period and will cover the entire product range, beginning with dry dog food in October 2020. The Vet’s Kitchen brand, which is dedicated to transforming the health of the nation’s pets through diet and nutrition, have decided to prioritise meeting environmental goals such as these, ahead of many larger pet food companies. To date, they have reduced their plastic use by over a quarter (27%) on some lines and by 17% across the range.

The move comes as part of a re-branding strategy, as Vet’s Kitchen upgrade both their packaging and website design, as well introducing a number of new recipes and pack formats. It is hoped that by actively displaying the OPRL (on-package recycling label) will prompt customers to dispose of packaging responsibly through recycling.

“The Vet’s Kitchen brand is synonymous with high-quality pet food which delivers real health benefits. We take great care to select the best possible ingredients; (with an emphasis on natural, nutritious and local,) and a move to greener packaging solution was an integral part of our rebrand strategy,” says head of marketing, Jilly Whibberley.

Vet’s Kitchen believes that nutrition is fundamentally linked to health and well-being and the lives of the nation’s pets could be improved through diet. It is the only food brand with its own in-house veterinary practice based in Swindon, known as Vet’s Klinic. Their natural products are produced using this ‘Vet Know-how’ and are specifically tailored to meet the dietary needs of cats and dogs, including treating many of the common ailments faced by pets.

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It’s Selfie Time – Best Ideas For Taking Awesome Photos of You and Your Furry Friend

What better way to celebrate the special bond you share with a pet than with some fun selfies? Whether you’re hitting the park for a rousing game of catch or just relaxing on a rainy Sunday, taking selfies with your dog can help you create lasting memories.

Unfortunately, it can be challenging to encourage your pet to work their angles and strike a pose. Here are some of the best ideas for taking photos of you and your furry friend.

Lock in Your Lighting
Finding the right lighting is the difference between a good picture and a great picture. If possible, opt for even, natural lighting for your photo. Avoid using the flash, as this can be shocking and damaging to your dog’s eyes.

If you’re in a dim room or plan on moving around, lock in your lighting. On an iPhone or Android, you can lock the AE/AF feature by tapping and holding the area where you want the camera to focus. This won’t make your photos blurry but will keep the lighting the same as you move around.

Zoom Out and Crop
We all love the up-close selfies of people with their dogs. However, it can be difficult to get the perfect snapshot when zooming in. Leave your camera zoomed out instead and crop as needed.

Taking zoomed out photos also gives you more room to edit and transform your images into something else. You can visit Instapainting and have your favorite animal selfie turned into an oil paint portrait or use editing software to replace the background.

Use Burst Mode
Burst mode will be your (second) best friend when taking a selfie with your dog. By snapping multiple shots, you’re more likely to get one where you both look great. Using burst mode also prevents you from having to check your pictures and reposition yourselves after every failed photo.

Choose the Right Timing
Keep your dog’s feelings in mind when trying to get a selfie. Try to avoid snapping photos when you know they’re hungry or itching to get out the door for their daily walk. Plan your selfie schedule around their existence, rather than the other way around.

Move Around Them
Learning how to move around your dog is a must for capturing the perfect selfie— especially if you have a large breed. It’s not as easy to get your dog into a position for the right shot as it is to position yourself.

If you maneuver your pet into a pose for a picture, check to ensure they’re comfortable before proceeding. Remember to give them lots of love and pats for their cooperation.

Use Sound Effects and Props
One of the challenges many pet owners face when trying to get photos of their pet is getting them to look at the camera. Fortunately, there are a lot of creative options for capturing your pet’s attention during selfie time.

One way to get your pet looking in the right direction is with sound effects. There are apps and features you can use on your phone to play dogs barking, cats meowing, and birds chirping.

Another way to get great pet selfies is to use treats and snacks attached to your phone. Get a phone attachment that holds a treat or toy to keep your pet’s attention for the photo. Remember to reward them with the treat or toy after your session is done!

Practice Makes Perfect
Practice makes perfect when it comes to taking selfies with your furry friend. The more you do it, the quicker the process will become. With some time and patience, you’ll be able to capture amazing selfies with your pet!

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These Tips will Help you to Bring Home your Very First Rescue Dog

There are thousands of dogs out there who require a forever home. If you’re looking to bring home a puppy then why not think about adopting instead? Find out everything you need to know, right here.

What to Expect
There really are so many reasons why pets end up in animal shelters. Usually it comes down to the personal circumstances of the owners, as opposed to it being the dog’s fault. It may be that you end up moving house, changing jobs, undergo a divorce or even have a new baby. Dog-ownership can be challenging to say the least and this is why so many people end up taking their dog to a rescue centre. Sometimes when you go to a shelter, you will soon find that they have so many family-friendly breeds as well as puppies. They also have adult dogs too. It’s vital that you research as many breeds as you can in advance, as this could help you to highlight some of the characteristics that your dog might have.

Choosing the Right Dog
It’s highly recommended that you try and choose a dog with your head as opposed to your heart. It’s very easy for you to fall in love with an animal right away but at the end of the day, you’ll want to stay somewhat detached if you can so that you can keep in mind what you’re in store for. If you want to save yourself some heartache, then don’t choose a dog that does not suit your lifestyle. The staff who work at an animal shelter, or a rescue centre will have so much experience in helping you to choose the right dog, but at the same time it helps to have an open mind. You might have a shortlist of all of the potential dogs you want, but at the same time, you need to make sure that you are open to bringing a dog home that wasn’t what you had in mind to begin with, but is right for your home. Your dog should have no health issues when they come to you, but sometimes they can develop conditions soon after leaving the shelter. Read more here about diseases such as kennel cough, as this can be very common in dogs that are young.

Behavioural Issues
Some rescue dogs will have behavioural issues that you need to address with patience and consistent training. It may be that your dog has aggression towards other dogs or even people. You will need to make sure that you are tough in your training because it is more than possible for you to curb these issues in no time. At the end of the day, most dogs will have a backstory. It may be that your dog was taken away from the mother too soon and that they like to snuggle. On the flip side, it may be that they have not been socialised enough at that crucial age.

Getting your Home Ready
Before you even think about rehoming a dog, you need to have a check done by the staff who work at the animal charity. They will have so much practical advice which will help you to ensure a smooth transition from start to finish. You have to remember that some dogs are happy to sleep in a crate too, so you need to make sure that you are comfortable having something like this in your home if you want to try and keep your rescue as comfortable as possible at all times. It’s also helpful to have everything you need before you pick up your dog, such as grooming tools or puppy toys.

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4 Crucial Signs Your Dog May Have Declining Health

Dogs of all ages and sizes are vulnerable to a range of health problems, especially infection. The hardest part is that we can’t entirely avoid bacteria infection. They can quickly spread through the air and stay on surfaces where there is a dense concentration, such as your dog’s kennel, beddings, grooming equipment, bowls, and bodies.

The best way to determine any signs of illnesses is to warrant a check-in with your vet as soon as possible. It’s equally important, nonetheless, to know the common indicators that your dog is sick. Be wary if your dog is showing any of these symptoms as they can have major underlying causes.

Vomiting

There are two reasons why your dog throws up. First, it’s trying to get rid of undigested food, which usually stays in its oesophagus or stomach. This action is called regurgitating, not vomiting. Your dog usually regurgitates almost fairly shortly after its meal, especially when they gobble their food too fast. It’s very normal.

However, if your dog is forcefully throwing up its partly digested food from its stomach, it’s called vomiting. It could be a sign that your dog is suffering from clinical diseases, ranging from mild to severe conditions, which can either be the following:

  • Motion sickness
  • Side effects of medication
  • Dietary indiscretion
  • Food intolerance
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Ingestion of foreign bodies
  • Ingestion of toxic substance
  • Heatstroke
  • Viral infection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Kidney or Liver failure
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gastrointestinal disease

Moreover, a dog vomiting virus is currently spreading throughout the U.K. Affected dogs would usually vomit for up to five days, more frequently than is commonly seen with canine gastroenteritis. They tend to throw up profusely with five or more bouts within 12 hours while showing symptoms of lethargy, loss of appetite, and diarrhoea.

Worse is there’s a spike in cases of prolific vomiting in dogs recently. It’s very worrisome, but you have to stay calm and prudent. You’ll know your dog is about to vomit when it shows symptoms like retching, drooling, or experiencing contraction on its abdomen. Should you suspect your dog is suffering from prolific vomiting, contact your local vet right away.

Decreased Appetite and Thirst

It’s no cause for alarm if there’s a slight decrease in your dog’s water and food consumption. It usually happens when your dog gets less exercise, especially during cold weather. When they’re inactive, they feel less thirsty and hungry.

However, if your dog persistently shows disinterest in water and food, it can be caused by a disease. Health issues, such as kidney disease, diabetes, and some cancers in dogs, can cause your dog’s thirst to fluctuate.

Decreased thirst could even be one of the signs of a dying dog. It usually happens when a dog is infected with a bacterial or viral infection, like the Parvovirus. This virus attacks the cells of dogs’ intestines, particularly those of young puppies and unvaccinated dogs.

When your dog’s gut can’t absorb vital nutrients, your dog will suffer from fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, dehydration, depression, loss of appetite, and, worse, death. Parvovirus easily spreads through body fluids, so it’s highly contagious. And with no up to date cure, dog owners can only rely on vaccination. Make sure to protect your pup against this fatal infection by vaccinating them.

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence happens when your housetrained dog loses its bladder control due to some abnormal health conditions, which generally vary depending on your dog’s age and gender. Check WebMD Veterinary Reference from the ASPCA for more in-depth information.

For the most common causes of urinary incontinence in dogs, here’s a rundown categorized into age and gender.

Adult Female Dogs
Urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence (USMI)

Adult Male Dogs
Prostate problems
Perineal hernia

Young dogs
Ectopic ureter
Congenital USMI

Any age
Spinal problems
Urine Infection
Urine Blockage
Urinary Tract Injuries
Urinary Tract Tumors

Urinary incontinence can cause your dog to change its appetite, drink more, and pee more than usual. In the worst scenarios, your dog might be in pain while peeing, suffer from pain in its back legs or lower spine, or bleed while peeing.

While it doesn’t directly cause your dog’s demise, medical research shows that it’s a reliable predictor of death caused by another medical disorder. Hence, urinary incontinence in dogs is entirely abnormal and shouldn’t be ignored.

Changes in Gum Color

This is a very common indicator of a dog’s health condition. Your dog is very healthy if it has nice moisty bubblegum-pink gums. It means that there’s oxygen-rich blood circulating throughout your dog’s body.

On the other hand, dogs with dry, whitish or bluish gums are usually terminally ill and dying. Sad to say, there’s nothing much that we can do to reverse the gum colour to normal. A vet may advise emergency transfusion or euthanasia, depending on the dog’s condition.

Takeaway

Reduced mobility, disinterest in food, declining hygiene, social detachment and other signs of illness shouldn’t also be overlooked. For the most part, any changes in your dog’s behaviour are among the first signs of their sufferings. If these changes occur, don’t wait and consult a vet immediately.

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Your Guide to Finding a Pup-Friendly Residence for You and Your Pooch

House hunting as a fur parent can be a lot more challenging than most people would imagine. As a result, it can take you quite a while to find the perfect accommodation for you and your pooch. And, if this is the first time that you are attempting a move with your pup, you may feel a little lost.

Well, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. It is easy enough to find a new place to live as long as you know the right tips and tricks. So, if you are looking to make this process easier, here is what you should do:

Be Aware of What Your Dog Needs
Not all homes are suitable for dogs. So, when selecting a house or a flat, there are several elements you should pay attention to.

The good news, though, is that your dog doesn’t need as much space as you may think. Even big breeds do relatively well in small spaces. Due to this, you can comfortably house your pooch in a flat without feeling an ounce of guilt.

However, outdoor space is important. If your dog doesn’t have access to a yard or garden, you need to be mindful of the location. Most dogs need a fair amount of exercise. And, more importantly, they need a place to take care of business. Thus, you need to make certain that you can readily find this space for your pup.

This is why it is a good idea to look at the area around the flat or the house and not just the property itself. Is the place very close to a busy street? If so, it may not be the ideal spot for your pup. Instead, look for somewhere where you can take your pup on long walks or, at least, play with them.

Start Your Search with Pet-Friendly Accommodation
To avoid wasting your time, start by looking at places that accept pets. Now, this can be a bit tricky. Around 78 percent of pet owners admit to finding it difficult to discover such accommodation. The good news, though, is that it has gotten a little easier.

Several websites can help you with your search. These sites give you the option of narrowing down accommodations that specifically allow dogs. This way, you don’t have to go through the additional hassle of convincing the landowner to let you keep your pooch with you.

It should be noted that there may be limitations with these accommodations. After all, many landlords haven’t listed their properties with such sites. Thus, you may not automatically find what you are looking for on these sites.

Fortunately, there are still some options available to you under these circumstances.

Convincing Landlords to Allow Your Pooch
More often than not, you may just have to convince a landlord to allow your pooch to stay with you. Needless to say, you are going to have to resort to a few tactics to make this work.

Your pup may provide you with emotional assistance. They may have even been “prescribed” by a psychologist or mental health expert. If so, they can be called an emotional support dog.

Thus, you should work on acquiring an ESA letter for your dog. While there are no laws protecting animals in the UK, some landlords may make an exception for you. After all, if you have proper certification, it means that you genuinely need your pooch by your side. Due to this, they may be more inclined to allow you to move in with your pup.

To improve your chances even further, gather proof that your pooch is a well-behaved dog. For instance, you can ask your current landlord to write a letter of recommendation. You can even show pictures of your residence as evidence that your dog isn’t destructive.

If your dog has had any kind of obedience training or just training in general, provide proof of this as well. The more evidence that you have to back up your claims, the better.

If the landlord has specific concerns – ruined furniture, etc. come up with how you can prevent or counteract these issues. Showing the individual that you can solve virtually any issue that they come up with will let them know that you have nothing to worry about.

In the event that the landlord continues to have doubts, arrange a meet and greet between your pooch and the landlord. If you have a cheerful, well-behaved pup, you will find that even the hardest of hearts will soften towards puppy dog eyes and a wagging tail.

Paying the Fur Tax
In some instances, you need to be willing to come to an agreement with the landlord. Some individuals will see things your way for the right price. Now, this could involve a type of “pet rent” that you pay on a monthly basis.

Or, your landlord may be required to put down a deposit. This way, if there is any damage done at all, the cost of the repairs will be deducted from this deposit. Such an arrangement gives the landlord peace of mind and shows them that they will be able to recoup all their money.

At the same time, it is important to know your rights. You shouldn’t let the landlord get away with quoting exorbitant amounts at you. Such costs often mean that the landlord is trying to cheat you.
There is no denying that it can take some time to find the ideal place for you and your pup. However, it isn’t an impossible endeavor. As long as you have the right strategy, you will find that it is a lot easier to locate a good place to live.

Just remember to start your search early on. This way, you will have more time to find a place that is perfectly suited to you and your pooch. Then, everyone will be happy with the arrangement – what more could you ask for?

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Tips On How To Disinfect Dog Toys

Pets bring energy, joy, and companionship to our lives, but one of the things we don’t want them to bring is germs. Disinfecting your dog toy can be an easy and effective way to keep germs and bacteria at bay and protect your canine companion from illnesses. When not well sanitized, a pet’s toys can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria.

In this post, we’ll explain why disinfecting your dog’s items is important and give you some helpful tips on how to maintain the cleanliness of dog toys to keep your beloved pet happy and healthy.

Why Is Dirty Dog Toys Dangerous?
Dirty dog toys can be dangerous because it can be a good host for germs and bacteria since they are often used many times in a day. Pets often use their mouths to play with their toys and this is a common way for germs to easily spread from the toys to pets.

According to some vets, your dog’s toy could even make them sick. That’s why they encourage dog owners to wash their pet’s toys at least once a month. Apart from bacteria, a filthy dog toy could be hosting harmful fecal coliforms, like E. coli, which could also affect humans. However, the good news is that pets are capable of dealing with a lot more germs than humans are, so the health risks are not as great.

Contrary to popular belief, canine acne is rarely caused by hormonal imbalances or changes during their early growth years. In fact, it mainly affects pups that chew on filthy toys and generally eat in bacteria-infested areas. Grime and bacteria can accumulate in the hair and pores on their face, leading to irritation – which manifests as red bumps or even pustules.

Disinfecting your pup’s toys and their other items is a suitable solution for puppy acne. Provided the dog’s bowls and toys are properly cleaned and maintained in a sanitary condition, this issue is unlikely to reappear. The actual danger of dirty dog toys is to humans. You might not realize how often you come into contact with your dog’s items; let alone the bacteria and germs that have accumulated on them.

Dirty dog toys also tend to get damaged faster as well. Depending on its material, a dog’s toy will start to weaken and break easily, posing a choking hazard. Therefore, be a responsible owner and do a proper and regular cleaning. This will allow you to examine your pet’s toy to ensure they are in great condition.

But how do you disinfect your dog toy? Let’s find out below:

How to Disinfect Dog Toys?

Hard and Plastic Toys
In order to clean hard and plastic pet toys, start by putting a little white vinegar in a container with water. Soak the toy in the mixture, clean them thoroughly and then let them dry naturally.

Soft and Plush Toys
The main purpose of disinfecting your dog’s soft toys is to eradicate dust mites. These tiny bugs are responsible for the allergic reactions that make pets and humans sick. Wash soft and plush toys by putting them through a mixture of baking soda and hot water in your washing machine on a gentle cycle. Use low-level heat to dry them.

Rope Toys
Plush animals and rope toys should be washed more regularly than other types of pet toys. Rope toys have soft, absorbent fibers that can absorb drool moisture and make them a breeding ground for bacteria and germs.
Start by removing any metallic parts, soak the toys and put them in the microwave for at least a minute. Once they are dry, they will be germ-free and ready for your dog to play with them.

Rubber Toys
When it comes to disinfecting rubber toys, we recommend using vinegar. This natural disinfectant is gentle enough not to destroy the toys. You can soak rubber, nylon and silicone toys in warm water and 5% vinegar solution for around 10 minutes, and then scrub them gently with a clean brush or sponge to get rid of any accumulated dirt. Be sure to air dry the toys properly before giving them back to your canine companion.

Homemade Disinfectant Tips for Dog Toys
Disinfectants kill germs but they don’t get rid of dirt. Before you use any disinfectant, a thorough cleaning is necessary.

Start by removing all toys. Carefully wash and disinfect one toy at a time. Use a scrub brush and gentle detergent to scrub the surfaces to eradicate dirt and waste. Rinse properly to remove detergent before disinfecting.

Although bleach is effective as a disinfectant, it can cause any metal parts to corrode and damage clothing. Moreover, it can irritate your pet’s airways and sinuses.

Vinegar contains 5% acetic acid that acts as a disinfectant to kill germs. To produce your disinfecting mixture, add vinegar to an equal amount of water. Add a little baking soda to eradicate odors. Apply vinegar and water solution to the toy to disinfect and leave it on for around 10 minutes and then rinse them thoroughly.

Ways to Maintain Cleanliness of Dog Toys
So, here are a few tips to maintain the cleanliness of your dog toys so they can enjoy them for longer.

Check labels: Check labels before buying new products for your dog. Choose products that are easier to clean. If they are fabric or cloth, this is even more important.

Wash frequently: Although you don’t have to clean your canine’s toys on a daily basis, it’s advisable to regularly wash the ones they use often.

Sanitize: Keep germs and bacteria at bay with pet-safe disinfectants.

Control the chaos: Create a dedicated play area to help maintain an orderly home.

Toss out damaged or broken toys: This will also help prevent them from becoming a choking hazard.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to bleach dog toys?
No, it is not safe to bleach dog toys. It’s best to avoid using them or any other harsh cleaning products since it can cause skin irritation – thus, you should try and avoid it. Instead, try using apple vinegar and baking soda solution.

Will vinegar hurt dogs?
It depends. Vinegar might not be completely safe for dogs, but most pet parents add diluted white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to their pup’s regimens due to its supposed ability to clean, heal and reduce orders. Nonetheless, administering vinegar to your pooch is not an ideal solution as compared to any cleaning requirements your pet may have.

What Laundry Detergent Is Safe For Dogs?
A gentle detergent with no fragrance or dyes is safe for dogs. Make sure to toss them in the dishwasher or washing machine when they start to smell.

How often should I wash my dog’s toys?
You should wash your dog’s toys at least once a month to keep germs at bay. More, depending on how active your dog is. Without proper care of their toy, these products would become be hazardous in a long run. And washing your pet’s toys regularly can also prolong the life of these products – thus, allowing the pooch to enjoy them for an extended period of time.

When Should You Throw Away Dog Toys?
You should toss dog toys into the garbage bin if they are torn, broken or damaged. It’s sad, but sometimes the time comes to part ways with your dog’s favourite toys. Once they are damaged, they can break or crack. This means that your pooch would end up eating small parts of the toy when they are chewing on it.

Conclusion
Keeping your dog toys clean and sanitized isn’t always easy- and at times it feels impossible. However, considering how much your pooch loves his toys, putting in the effort to clean and disinfect them can be a great way to keep your furry friend healthy and happy. It is also important to get the right type of toys for your dogs. Some dogs may be sensitive or dislike certain materials. Fortunately, Well Pet Coach covers this in-depth about the best dog toys to have and how these toys can help to keep them both physically and emotionally healthy. As pet parents, we want the best for them and knowing what suits them is important. Do check out this Facebook page to read more of such relevant insights.

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5 Tips for Planning a Road Trip With Your Dog

Travelling with a dog can be fun, but it requires extra planning compared to “human-only” road trips. Aside from keeping your pet safe, you also need to ensure he doesn’t get anxious, stressed or bored.

With that in mind, here are five tips for a safe and enjoyable road trip with your dog.

Remember to Pack the Essentials
Dogs travel lighter than most humans, but there are still many items you need to pack.

The most important are a harness, leash (plus a spare), water bowl, food bowl, and enough food for the journey. While you can always buy more kibble or wet food, switching to a new brand can cause an upset stomach – which is the last thing you need on a trip.

If your dog takes any medication, remember to bring enough for the whole journey. You should also take medical records and vaccination certificates, along with any grooming equipment you might need.

Other essential items include:
Plenty of dog bags
A dog first aid kit, with items such as cotton wool, gauze, sterile pads, and bandages
Your dog’s bed and blankets
A crash-tested harness or crate (see below)
A chew toy or bone to entertain your pet in the car
Other favorite toys, such as tug toys or a ball, to play with during stops
A recent photo of your dog

You should also make sure your dog is microchipped and his tag’s contact information is up-to-date.

Plan a Dog-Friendly Route With Plenty of Stops
Setting off on a road trip without a fixed destination can be a liberating experience, but it’s probably not a good idea if you have a dog. It’s important to check that your route is dog-friendly before you leave.

If you’re staying overnight in a hotel or B&B, you’ll need to find one that allows dogs. This limits your route, as many hotels won’t allow dogs in rooms.
Dogs also need regular breaks on a car journey. These stops aren’t just for going to the toilet, but also for allowing your pet to stretch his legs and relieve boredom.

Most motorway service stations in the UK have at least a small patch of grass. These are perfect for giving your dog time outside the car, although you’ll need to keep him leashed. If you’re travelling on smaller roads, you might need to plan rest stops more carefully.

Keep in mind that some dogs get car sick. It’s best to feed your pet several hours before you leave each day, as this minimizes the chance of sickness.
You should also research veterinary surgeries along your route – including those providing an out-of-hours service. If something were to happen to your dog, getting him to a vet quickly could be vital.

Decide Whether It’s Fair to Take Your Dog
Some dogs love spending time in the car and will happily go on a road trip. Unfortunately, other dogs find cars scary or stressful, which would make a road trip a horrible experience.

It’s important to be honest about whether your dog would enjoy a road trip. If your pet is terrified to go near a car, it isn’t fair to take him on a long journey.

The good news is that positive reinforcement training can often teach a dog to find journeys less stressful.

Start by taking your dog near the car, while giving lots of praise and a few treats. Gradually progress to getting into the car, giving a few treats, then getting straight back out. Once your pet is happy to do this, you can start turning the engine on without moving, pulling in and out of the drive, and eventually taking short trips.

This process can take weeks or even months, so start long before your road trip. Always watch for signs of stress, as these indicate that you’re moving too fast for your dog.

The above process works best for dogs with mild anxiety about car rides. If your dog is petrified of the car, put any plans for a road trip on hold and contact a qualified canine behaviorist.

Safely Restrain Your Dog
It’s frightening how little protection a regular dog harness or crate provides. During crash tests, most disintegrate on impact, either allowing the dog to fly through the car or be crushed by their own crate.

For this reason, you should only ever use a harness or crate that’s been thoroughly crash-tested. Crash-tested harnesses are great for smaller dogs, but larger dogs need a tough crate to protect them during an accident.

You should also never allow your dog to put his head out of the window. Aside from the risk of being hit by a road-side object, the strong winds can damage a dog’s ears and eyes.

Make Overnight Stops as Comfortable as Possible
Dogs are creatures of habit, so many feel uncomfortable sleeping in a different environment.

An easy way to help your dog settle is to bring his normal bed and blankets. It’s best if these haven’t been washed for a few days, so they still smell comforting.

You may also want to use white noise to cover up sounds that might disturb your pet. A dog in a new environment is often more alert to new noises, which can make it difficult to sleep.

Summary
A road trip with your dog can be a wonderful experience. Many dogs love coming on family trips and exploring new places.

It’s your responsibility to keep your pet safe and happy though. So, when you’re planning your route and the attractions you want to see, remember to plan for your dog’s needs too.

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