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Dogs are called man’s best friend for good reason. The loyalty and affection that they give in return for the humans caring for them is immeasurable—sometimes, even if the amount of love and affection that we give to them to begin with is lacking. They are always willing to give their affection to us even if we have been remiss in our duties to look out for them and give them attention.
It is thus very important to make sure that your pet is loved. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to see a pet being neglected by its owner. If you want to be a responsible pet owner, here are a few simple ways by which you can begin to show your dog that you love him:
Feed him regularly and on time. One of the most basic ways to show your concern for your pet is to feed him. Depending on your dog’s breed and size, you would need to give him food at least twice a day. Fresh, clean water should also always be available. If you will be away for a long period of time, entrust your dog to a neighbor or a friend, or make sure that they will be visited and given food regularly.
Bring him out to play. Pet owners often overlook the importance of exercise and activity for their dogs. A sedentary lifestyle makes them susceptible to lethargy, obesity, and a host of diseases. Making playtime fun for both of you is easy, especially if you get a custom dog collar for your pet as both of you go out for a walk in the park. Play catch or simply let your dog run free in the field once in a while. You will see the benefits of your dog’s regular physical activity by way of his more calm and relaxed demeanor back at home.
Bring him to the vet for check-ups. At the very minimum, make sure to bring your dog to the vet for yearly anti-rabies shots and other vital immunizations, such as for heartworm. At the sign of alarming symptoms such as excessive vomiting, lethargy, or skin disease, don’t hesitate to bring him in for a check-up. The vet is the best person to judge whether your dog needs medical care or not.
Give him a bath regularly. Bath time is another most often neglected aspect of pet ownership. You may think that allowing your dog to go without having a bath for a number of weeks is fine, but in truth, it is harmful to his health. He can develop skin disease and infections, as well as attract parasites such as fleas, mites, and ticks. It is important for your dog to have a regular bath and grooming, especially if he is among the long-haired breeds. Vets recommend that dogs get a good cleaning around once to twice a week.
Do not forget nail care. A dog's nails need to be trimmed. On average, most dogs will need to have their nails trimmed every 1-2 months. You can also tell that your dog's nails need to be trimmed if they are clicking on the floor when your dog walks. Just make sure you do your research when you are choosing nail clippers for your dog, so that you purchase the best ones.
Build your personal relationship with him. At the end of the day, the best way to love your pet is to treat it like a human with four feet. Talk to him, assure him when he’s scared or anxious, and laugh with him during play. It is always comforting to have your pet sit on your lap while watching TV, or simply having him by your side as you read the morning paper. It is by spending time with your pet that you develop your own silent but meaningful language between the two of you. You’d be surprised at how you can actually understand your pet’s sounds and movements.
Loving your pet dog
Taking a pet into your home and life is a big responsibility—make sure you are able to make time for him and look after his needs. For many people, pets are more than just animals but a veritable part of their own family that need unconditional care and love as well.
How to Get Rid of Your Dog's Dandruff
Pets are lovely creatures that pet owners spend most of the time with and are lovely to have around as companions and friends. They are cute to have around and great to care for as described on petsarethebest.net. However when your pet gets dandruff it becomes very uncomfortable. Dandruff is dead skin that flakes off from the body that causes the skin to itch a lot and develop whitish looking scales caused by dry skin. This is prone during the winter season due to lack of humidity when the dog is kept indoors in a heated environment. This causes reduced production of natural oils in the dog’s skin hence making the skin dry.
What Causes Dog Dandruff?
Dog’s dandruff gives a clear indication that something is not right with your dog. This may be caused by allergies, illness, poor diet, food sensitivities, and parasites. A pet owner should always seek the help of a veterinarian to help determine the cause and have the right treatment for it especially dandruff recurring. Most dandruff occurs on the dog’s back and at the base of its tail. Some white flakes may also indicate the presence of mites called Cheyletiella, which are also contagious to humans. Taking your pet to the veterinary can help have the right diagnosis and help prevent the spread of mites. However, a pet owner can adopt these home remedies to help your dog get rid of dandruff. Remember if dandruff persists consult the nearest veterinary officer.
Bathing and Grooming
Ensure you maintain good grooming your dog to keep the dog’s coat free from dandruff and healthy. Use mud baths that have exfoliates to bath your dog regularly but not frequently, to remove dead skin and help moisturize the skin as it contains natural hydrants. Also use a soothing shampoo to bath the dog to help lock in moisture giving a healthier coat, for instance by using an oatmeal shampoo. Brush the dog regularly to stimulate the skin in order to produce natural oils that spread into the dog’s coat. Seek the help of a groomer and a veterinarian to establish special treatments that can help get rid of dandruff as well as to outsource grooming services.
Poor nutrition may also cause dog’s dandruff. Ensure the dog is fed on food that has enough quantities of carbohydrates, fats, minerals, vitamins and proteins. Seek veterinarian guidance on what nutrients should be incorporated in the dog’s home diet. In cases of allergies, identify the food that the dog has a reaction to and edit it from its diet.
Use oils to keep the coat moisturised relieving the dog of dry skin discomfort, itch and dandruff. Oils can be administered to a dog both internally by adding to the dog’s food or externally by applying on the dog’s coat. Some of the oils to be administered to your dog include olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that help to replenish the dog’s coat.
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My thoughts: My large black lab, Banner is an outside dog and we don't bathe him very often, unless we plan to take him somewhere in the car with us, thankfully.
Right now, I am actually 'babysitting' my brother's little pomeranian/chihuahua mix dog, Kody. This little guy is definitely a house dog as well as a lap dog, and he really gets stinky. Thankfully, I was sent The Eco Dog 2.Go Gift Box to review, and I am very happy that I have it.
I have had to bathe Kody twice since he has been here. He gets all muddy when he goes outside to go potty and then he comes in smelling like a wet dog, and I just cannot stand that. I love the wonderful Simply Clean shampoo! It doesn't burn Kody's eyes when he wiggles around in the tub. I simply wet him down and massage it all over his coat and then rinse. Kody smells so amazing afterwards! His fur is so shiny and clean and he smells so good.
Between washes, I spray him down with the Simply Fresh spray. I have to admit that Kody doesn't like to be sprayed, but he is getting used to it. When I send him home with my brother tomorrow, he will be smelling fresh and looking great. My brother might think I took Kody to a groomer!
Meet Kody. (He stares at me all day long and seems to be grinning at me.)
ABOUT ECO DOG CARE: Sisters Karen and Jane started Eco Dog Care in 2010 because they love their dogs and the environment. Their dogs are always on their couches, in their cars and on their beds (even when they're not looking), so they want to keep them clean and smelling fresh. They've always supported "green" living and it shows with the all-natural, toxin-free ingredients they use in every single Eco Dog Care product. They are certified as a Green America business for their commitment to eco-friendly products and practices. Their company also donates services and products to local rescues to make it easier for dogs to find forever homes. They also support the 501c3 charity Kind Hearts In Action to fight the global battle against canine distemper. Learn more about that work at Save Dogs From Distemper.
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Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
When I got the chance to review John Paul Pet Grooming Products, I jumped at the chance! First of all, I love it when my pets smell good. Second of all, I grew up using paul Mitchell shampoos and conditioners. When I found out they had created a line of pet care products I got so excited! Given a selection to choose from, I chose the Tea Tree Pack for my dog, Banner. I absolutely love Paul Mitchell's Tea Trea shampoo for myself. It smells amazing and there is no clean on earth quite like it. I could not wait to lather up my dog.
Even though Banner loves water, he is not very fond of baths. I did manage to get him into the tub and lathered him up with the Tea Tree shampoo. It smelled so good, I had to stop myself from jumping into the tub with him. After rinsing him off, I applied the luxurious Tea Tree conditioning spray liberally to his coat after I towel dried him off. Man does Banner smell great now! I might even let him sleep in my bed with me tonight just so I can keep sniffing him. Okay, maybe I won't go that far, but I am amazed at how his coat is so shiny! His fur is so very silky and looks almost new! It also comes with pet wipes which are great to keep Banner clean between shampoos and to wipe off his feet when they get dirty.
About John Paul Tea Tree Pack: (taken from their website)
The John Paul Pet Tea Tree Pack is specially formulated to penetrate and help revitalize pet skin and coat. Excellent for use between grooming visists. Tea Tree Shampoo, Tea Tree Conditioning Spray and Full Body & Paw Pet Wipes will help pets with overall dry skin and coats, sensitive skin and hotspots.
Disclaimer: I received samples of this product to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.