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October 28, 2008

Pet stairsAs humans age so do their bones. After a long and active life those bones are bound to show some signs of wear and tear. Animals are no different. Elderly animals are hit hard by the aging process. Pet owners should be aware that they can help animals suffering from chronic hip pain.

Pet stairs are a welcomed alternative for elderly pets that struggle to jump up on the couch or the bed. Many people enjoy the comfort of their pet dog or cat sleeping in their beds or snuggling up next to them on the couch. But in many cases elderly pet can’t do this, or, it’s painful to do so. Putting some pet stairs next to the couch and the bed can ease a pet’s pain and keep them by your side.

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Putting Puppy Away

Author: FidoIntheCar
October 28, 2008

Cayman dog crateGetting you new puppy to use a crate can be tough. After all, the little guys are so cute it’s hard for any owner to force them to do something they don’t want to do. But when you return home and realize puppy had urinated on the floor and chewed up your new leather shoes, you will realize you have no other choice than to keep your new puppy in a dog crate until they are better trained.

There are a few tricks owners can use to get their puppies to feel comfortable in their crates. Try putting a few of the puppy’s favorite toys in the crate, that way he will have something to do while you’re gone. Give your puppy a small treat each time he gets into the crate. The most important things to do are to give your puppy lots of love and attention when he’s out of his crate. Dogs that lack exercise tend to have more behavioral problems, and it’s an owner’s responsibility to give him that exercise.

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Ever heard of a hammock? It’s a bed of canvas or netting where you can rest while being cradled between two trees. A hammock for dogs, however, is a bit different. A dog hammock can also be made of canvas but it cradles your dog in the back seat of your car instead of between trees. Because the hammock hangs from the front seat headrests of your car, it also provides a barrier to keep your dog in the back seat. This way your dog can’t jump from the back to the front and distract the driver. And because the hammock suspends above the floor of the car, your dog actually has more room to sit, stand, or lay down. The hammock covers the back of the front seats, the floor, and the entire back seat. It is perfect for keeping pet hair and dirt from getting all over the car. A high quality dog hammock, called the Wander Hammock is also waterproof. So feel free to let your wet and/or muddy dog in the car when you use the Wander Hammock. The Wander Hammock is also stain resistant and is machine washable. Another great feature of the Wander Hammock is that it has a zipper opening for the seat belts to come through. This way you can utilize a dog car seat belt for your pet as well. The more safety, the better!

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October 21, 2008


Being a puppy, my dog Maya likes to investigate things by putting them in her mouth. In order to prevent her from hurting herself or doing damage, I put safety covers on all my plugs, secured all the wires from my computer and television so that she could not get to them, and the trash can is kept under the sink. If you have a pantry, you can put your trash can in the pantry or get a trash can that has a secure lid. Also, anything I do not want to get destroyed is put up out of Maya’s reach or put into a room where she is not allowed to go. Laundry is kept in a laundry basket with a lid and the bathroom door is kept closed.

Puppies need to chew so it is important that you have fun and safe toys for your dog to play with. The chewing phase generally lasts to age two, but every dog is different and some may take longer to grow out of it. Besides keeping the house secure, I also work with Maya to help her learn what she is and what she is not allowed to chew on. Maya has several toys. If I find her chewing on something she is not supposed to have, I take it away and say “no” in a very firm voice. Then I give her a toy she is allowed to play with and tell her what a good girl she is for playing with it. If your dog gets bored with their toys, switch them out every week or so. You do not necessarily have to buy new toys each time. Just give your dog two or three of their toys at one time and change to two or three of their other toys the next time it seems your dog is getting bored. They will probably play with them like they are new toys!

Another think I do is I keep Maya in a crate for when I am not home. Crate training is a great way to keep your dog safe for when you are not able to keep an eye on them. For more information on crate training your dog, visit this site:

Crate training is not cruel unless you leave the dog in for hours and hours at a time with no potty breaks. Maya actually loves her crate and she often goes in there on her own to rest. On days when I am not going to be home for long hours, I take her to a doggie day care place called Woof’s Play-n-Stay or had a dog walker from Grand-Paws Pet Sitting Services to come by and take her for a walk.

Here is an overview of the things you need to do to make your home safe:

*Put safety covers on plugs that are not being used.
*Secure plugs and wires and make sure your dog can’t get to them.
*Put trash can under the sink or in the pantry or make sure it has a secure lid.
*Make sure items that your dog might like to chew are put out of reach.
*Keep bathroom closed in order to keep the dog from getting into the toiletpaper or laundry.
*Provide fun and toys that your dog is allowed to chew on.
*Teach your dog to chew on their toys only.
*Keep your dog in a secure place, such as a crate, when you are not home.

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October 18, 2008


If you want to buy a purebred dog, be sure to do your research on puppy mills and “backyard” breeders.  You do not want to buy a dog from these types of businesses.  Generally, they are only breeding dogs to make money and have little or no concern for you the consumer or the dogs themselves.  The puppy you buy could end up getting sick and dying from the unhealthy conditions of which they are bred in.  Or they could end up being inbred and having all sorts of health problems which could cost you a lot more money.  Also, by buying from a puppy mill, you may be inadvertently supporting an inhumane practice of the mother dog living in squalor for her entire life in a dirty tiny cage.

So how do you tell the difference between a puppy mill and a reputable breeder?  We have come across a great article which will help you learn the difference.  So if you are wanting to buy a purebred dog, PLEASE read this article, How to Recognize a Puppy Mill.  If we do not support irresponsible dog breeding, we will not only put puppy mills and backyard breeders out of business, we will also be making life better for ourselves and the dogs we love.

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October 12, 2008


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Vet Care
If you adopted your puppy from a humane society or animal rescue group, most likely, all the health care has already been taken addressed. Whether you got your new pet from a humane society or individual, your pet still needs to visit your veterinarian. Be sure to provide the vet with all the information and records you received from the humane society or individual. The health treatments which have been done or will be done by the veterinarian include:

* Rabies vaccination to prevent your pet against the rabies virus.
DHPP vaccination which protects your pet against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfuenza.
Bordatella vaccine to protect your pet against various strains of kennel cough (also called canine cough).
Lyme disease vaccine (recommended only for dogs in high-risk areas).
Fecal exam and de-worming medication if parasites such as worms are found in your pet’s feces. (De-worming is done automatically for puppies and follow-up boosters may be necessary as well.)
Flea & tick prevention such as Advantage and Frontline which will help prevent the parasites as well as kill any fleas and ticks which may already be on your pet.
Heartworm prevention which will help guard against heartworms, which causes heart disease and other serious health conditions.
Spaying or neutering.
Microchipping to increase the chances of getting your pet back home should your pet ever get lost.

Not all of these procedures occur at once. If you have a puppy, your puppy may be too young for some of these treatments. Some vaccines require additional booster shots within the next few months or so. This is a lot to remember but your vet will know everything which needs to be done. Ask your vet any questions you have concerning your new pet.

Pet Supplies
Pet supplies will also be needed for your new dog or puppy. Your pet needs food, food and water bowls, leash, and a collar. You may also want to consider a special walking collar to help for in case your dog or puppy likes to pull on the leash. We recommend the Martingale collar, headcollar, or pull-stop harness. The Martingale collar works like a choke chain but can be adjusted in order to limit the amount of choking done. The headcollar fits around the head and muzzle and the leash is attached in such a way that if the dog pulls, they are forced to turn their head. The pull-stop harness fits around the chest and legs so that if the dog pulls, they are pulling from their legs and not their neck.

Another optional supply for your pet is a crate. Crate training is a great way to limit a lot of bad behaviors and establish some good behaviors. Don’t use the crate as a punishment, however. If trained properly, most dogs learn to love their crate. They eventually feel safe and secure in them. Other optional supplies for your new dog or puppy include pet toys such as a Kong or rope toy, dog treats, a dog bed, pet apparel such as a dog sweater, personalized pet id tag, and pet auto safety supplies. If you want to travel to take your dog to the park and such, it is a good idea to provide them with safety when they are in the vehicle. Large dogs do best with just a dog car seat belt. Small dogs do well with the seat belt as well, but you can always pamper them by getting them a comfortable booster seat. In combination with a harness or dog seat belt, the booster seat keeps your pet safe and helps them get a boost so they can look out the window (something that most dogs absolutely love to do).

Be sure to check out our next blog, Making Your Home Safe and Getting Your Pet Acquainted With Your Family.

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