Prepping Your Cat For The Groomer

You can consider certain things before visiting a groomer with your cat and these things will not only help the groomer to groom your cat properly but make your cat look adorable. It is good to visit a groomer with your cat but there are certain things which groomer wishes that the owner of the pet should really know. It will save you, your cat and the groomer from a lot of time and tears.

By implementing these simple little things, the relationship between cat and the owner can be stronger and also these will help the groomer while grooming your pet. The process of preparing your cat before visiting a groomer begins long before getting an appointment.

Regular Brushing

Let’s look at what will happen if you do not brush your pet regularly. Try not to brush your own hairs for a day or two, you will feel the knots in your hairs and they will be gnarled. It is the same with your cat’s fur. If you do not brush the cat’s fur, they will be gnarled and cause matting.

Your cat will be in a lot of pain while resolving the knots and de-matting and on the other hand, the groomer will be irritated while doing such a job. The worst-case scenario will be your cat’s fur to be too matted to save and require a shave. So, you should brush the hairs of your cat regularly to avoid such problems and it will also strengthen the bond between the owner and the pet.

Allow Your Cat Get Used To The Carrier

On the day of the appointment when you tries to put the cat in the carrier, you usually face a lot of difficulties. This happens because cats do not like to be placed in a confined area and are stressed while going out as it is used to be at home, its most familiar environment most of the time. You should prepare your cat for the carrier by putting the carrier in front of the cat a few days before the groomer’s appointment so that cat may sit in the carrier often and mark its scent on the carrier while wandering around the house. It will save you a lot of time and also save you from being late.

You should start the early grooming of your cat so that the pet may use to it. When your cat is young and even if it does not need any grooming, you should pay the introductory visits to the groomer so that it may not cause any other problems when it is young. By paying the early visits, the cat will be used to the carrier and also to these grooming sessions.

Early Preparation For Nail Clipping

Groomers usually had to face a lot of problems when they touch the paws of your pet. Cats usually don’t like to be touched on the paws and it can create difficulties for the groomer to do the nails of your pet. Your cat should be early prepared for the nail clipping by getting it used to be touched or stroked on the paws. It is most effective and easy when it is done while the cat is only a kitten. It will be a lot easier if your cat is used to be touched at the paws.

Discuss Your Cat With The Groomer

It is important to discuss your pet and what works do you want to be done with your cat. You should be specific and detailed in what you want to be done. Groomers might be confused if your directions are unclear. If your cat has certain allergies or is afraid of certain elements, it is best to discuss this with your groomer so he can try his best to remove the element from the environment to make your cat as comfortable as possible.

Regular Baths

You should not be afraid of bathing your cat. As long as the right shampoo with the right water temperature is used, your cat can enjoy its bath if not, at least tolerate it. Consult with the groomer for the right shampoo and he will be glad to advise you. Regular bathing can save your cat from matting and different skin diseases especially in the tropical country like Singapore.

In fact, some cats might even enjoy their bath time with you as part of strengthening your bond. Save the hair dryer, hand towel dry your cat and let it lick itself dry. By licking itself dry, your cat is taking in extra water as well, which is a good thing especially they constantly need to keep themselves hydrated.

Wait Until Your Pet Is Done

If you have dropped your cat for the grooming, you should not hover around until your cat is done. Give your cat and the groomer some space. A professional groomer will only wait until the pet is calm and quiet before starting the grooming process. Your cat may get excited when they see their owner. So, when you will pay an early visit the cat may get excited to see you and can cause difficulty for the groomer to complete the treatment. You should be patient and wait until your pet is done.

Regular Grooming

Make a habit of going for regular grooming. Little things like brushing and nail clippings can be done at home but they are not enough to keep your cat’s fur healthy. Regular visits to the groomer will improve the relationship between your cat and the groomer thus reducing stress whenever you bring your cat to the groomer’s.

By following the above tips, you might save yourself a lot of hassle and your cat a lot of unnecessary stress.

 

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Grooming Mistakes That Pet Owners Makes

Pet grooming is the best opportunity that you have got to bond with your pet. That is not all, grooming your pet all by yourself is cost effective as compared to taking it to a professional. However, grooming your pet at home is not an easy task.

If you decide to groom your dog at home, you have to be very careful because a simple mistake can result in an injury of your pet or if the worse comes to the worst, your pet can die. What you should understand that if you make a mistake while grooming your pet, the injury that you will cause your dog or cat or any other pet that you own will not only be physical, but it is an emotional injury as well. Once this happens, your pet is likely to lose its confidence in you, and thus your relationship is likely to be affected.

What you require if you choose to groom your pet all by yourself is a lot of patience and the right grooming equipment. You can be sure that with these two things, your pet grooming will be fun and very simple.

The following are some of the common grooming mistakes that pet owners make while grooming their pets and what you should do in case an accident happens:

Shaving

Many pet owners make mistakes while shaving their pets. While shaving their pet, pet owners tend to get too close to the skin of the pet while shaving, which is likely to lead to a nasty razor burn to the skin. When you are shaving your pet, ensure that you do not get too close to the skin of your pet because the razor is likely either burn or cut the skin of your pet.

When the skin of your pet gets burnt or cut, it is an entry point for germs and other disease-causing pathogens into the body of your pet.

If while you are shaving your pet, you realise that you have accidentally injured the skin of your pet, stop immediately and apply some first aid to your pet to avoid any possible infection from occurring. It is recommended that if such an accident happen while you are shaving your pet, clean the wound and apply some antibacterial salve before taking your pet to the veterinary for further treatment.
If an injury occurs while shaving your pet, one important thing that you should do is to let your pet know that you did not do that intentionally. You can hug your pet and show it some love and apologise, though it will not understand your words, your actions will speak louder than words.

Poor Shampooing

Many pet owners make mistakes while shampooing their pets. You will agree with me that pets either a dog or cat will not stay still while you are grooming them – they like moving their heads. This, coupled with carelessness during the shampooing process that leads to disaster.

When you are shampooing your pet if you are not careful, the shampoo or chemical that you are using can easily get into the eyes of your pet. When shampoo or any other chemical, in that case, gets into the eye, it causes eye irritation, and your pet is not going to like it at all.

If while you are shampooing your pet, it enters into the eyes, stay calm and wash off the soap with clean water or a saline solution. When you have done this, gently dab the corners of the pet’s eyes with a clean towel. Next, show your pet some affection by either cuddling it to make it feel that you did not intend to hurt it.

*Also take note that you have to be extra careful to avoid water going through their ears and nose. When water enters into their ears, it will cause ear infection and water can get into their lungs when water get into their nose.

Let The Pet Loose

Another very common mistake that pet owners make while grooming their pets is to let the pet unrestrained while grooming it. This is not recommended unless you have successfully groom your pet multiple times with training commands.

If you let your pet loose while grooming it, it might be injurious to your pet. This is because many pets do not like baths, and hence they will try to run away. While your pet is trying to run away, it can be very dangerous to the well- being of your pet and yourself. Your pet might run and slip on the wet floor, resulting in fractures or it might be frightened and turn on you, either scratching you or jumping on you.

It is recommendable that when you want to groom your dog, for example, have it on a leash. You can also opt to muzzle your pet when grooming it or if you are bathing it outside, ensure that your gate is closed so that it will not run on the road and onto incoming traffic. The necessary evil for its safety.

Too Hot Or Cold Water

Often, pet owners make the mistake of bathing their pets using either too hot or too cold water. If you use too hot or too cold water when bathing your pet, you are likely to provoke a negative reaction from your pet – hatred of taking a bath. It is recommended that you use lukewarm water when bathing your pet.

So, how can you know the right water temperature to use to bathe your pet? It is easy, spray some water on your forearm, if you can withstand the temperature, then it is safe for use. However, you should remember that your pet’s skin is more sensitive to temperature change than yours so be careful.

That is not all if you are using a nozzle spray to wash your pet, ensure that you do not use a spray jet directly on your pet because the loud noise that is made is likely to frighten your pet. Hence it is advisable that you use a hand spray to wash your pet.

If you do not have a hand spray, spray the water directly on your pet but ensure that the water first falls on the back of your hand to reduce the pressure.

Grooming your own pets should not be a pain in your life. If you prefer to have someone else groom your pet, opt for a professional groomer like us and we can groom your pet in the comfort of its familiar surroundings.

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Not Ready for a Permanent Pet? Try Fostering.

Do you love pets, but don’t want to keep them on a permanent basis? Do you love pets, but aren’t sure of how well you can take care of them? Do your children want a pet, but you want them to learn how to take care of one before they can get a permanent pet?

Good – you can foster a pet. Fostering a pet is providing temporarily for an animal – could be a dog, a cat, a hamster, a rabbit – and taking care of their needs and showing them love and attention. As a foster pet parent, you take care of the pet as though it were yours for life, looking after it physically, mentally and emotionally, and feeding it properly.

Fostering pets is a common enough practice due to the number of strays that are rescued off the streets on a daily basis by pet protection agencies, such as Action for Singapore Dogs or Cat Welfare Society. Most of the animals are not pedigrees or purebreds, but they are all capable of vast amounts of love and charm, and they give you as much love as you can show them, maybe even more.

What Do You Need To Prep For Being A Foster Pet Parent?

There are certain requirements that you need to meet to be a foster pet parent, depending on the organization or shelter that you go to.

  1. Everyone in your house must be in agreement about fostering a pet. They should also be aware of what it takes to keep a pet.
  2. You must agree to regular visits from the volunteers of the shelter or organization you are fostering a pet from. They need to make sure that your household is good enough for the pets to move into.
  3.  The animal shelter volunteers will also interview you so as to have a better idea of your lifestyle, and this will help them determine what kind of pet would be most suitable for you.
  4. It would be preferable if you had friendly neighbours, neighbours who are well disposed towards animals. Neighbours who hate pets will do anything to get rid of them, including lie about your pet parenting skills and the state of your household.
  5. Prior experience with pets is not really required but is important. Most animals to be fostered are street animals, including old dogs and puppies, and all of them need special care and attention.
  6. Ensure that the pets you already have can get along with new pets. Also, make sure that their vaccinations are up to date.
  7. You will need to be able to supervise your children and little ones every time they are with a pet. Pets are generally well mannered and well behaved, but one can never tell what would happen to change their demeanour, or what the children might do to aggravate them. Make sure an adult or an older child is watching them as they interact with the pets.
  8. Accept the minimum fostering period of two months. Animal shelters would greatly appreciate if you can foster the pets till they get adopted.

 

Where Can I Go To Foster Pets In Singapore?

Singapore has several organizations and animal shelters dedicated to taking care of all kinds of pets, and ensuring that they are healthy and end up in good homes where they are well taken care of. These places include:

  • SOSD – Save Our Street Dogs
  • ASD – Action for Singapore Dogs
  • OSCAS – Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter
  • SPCA – The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • VFA – Voices for Animals
  • The Cat Welfare Society
  • Animal Lovers League
  • The House Rabbit Society of Singapore

Why Should You Foster a Pet?

Fostering a pet is a good way to test yourself, to find out if you are ready and prepared to get a permanent furry companion. Fostering pets is also a great thing to do for expats, who have moved to Singapore and wants to have a companion while living alone.

Fostering a pet allows you to provide temporary shelter for other pets, especially when you have other pets with you in your household, but you feel you could take care of more. Fostering pets is also a good idea if you don’t have the finances to take on a pet full time, but you love pets and have the time to spend with them.

What Are The Benefits Of Being A Foster Pet Parent?

Fostering a pet gives you the opportunity to teach your children about responsibility and how to take care of charges in their care. It also lets you get to know pets much better before adopting one.

Fostering pets is a good way of educating people on pet care and disseminating general information on how to treat pets. Also, the knowledge that you are making a difference in the world by helping to take of pets is one of the greatest benefits of all, and your pets will love you for it.

Why Is Fostering Important In Singapore?

Singapore is a small country without a lot of space, and this makes it necessary to keep strays off the streets, both for their sakes as well as for the sake of humans.

Furthermore, some animal shelters do not have specific buildings in which to house these pets, and they depend on foster pet parents to provide foster homes for the animals.

Most of these animal shelters also have limited space, because the number of animals brought in usually exceeds the amount of space they have to keep them, and this also necessitates foster parenting for the animals.

Most animal shelters lack volunteers to help in treating, feeding, and cleaning these animals and their habitats for an extended period of time. The lack of volunteers means that the pets won’t be getting as much care and love as they need, and foster homes will be adequate for the pets to get all of this.

 

If you want a pet, try adopting one from the local shelters. Unsure of the 10 to 20 years of commitment? Give your love and care for the less fortunate cats and dogs until they like yourself, have a permanent loving home.

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Is Your Pet Giving You Allergies?

Are you allergic to your pet? Are you afraid of going to the doctor’s because they might tell you to let your furry friend go?

You don’t have to suffer in silence: you can still keep your pets despite your allergies. It is very common for people to have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. The painful thing is, the first piece of advice you get from doctors (after getting your prescription) is to remove that dog or cat from your heart and home. This doesn’t necessarily have to be the only solution to getting rid of your allergies. There are steps that you can take to reduce the number of allergens in your environment and still keep your pets with you, exactly where you want them.

Allergens are substances that cause allergies. In cats and dogs, the most common allergens are the proteins found in their dander. Dander refers to the old skin flakes, or dead skin cells, that are shed constantly by animals. Allergens can also be found in your pets’ saliva, skin, urine, and litter. Touching or inhaling these allergens can cause such allergic reactions as itchy skin, itchy eyes, red eyes, watery eyes, runny nose, scratchy throats, and asthma, which the worst of all of them. It doesn’t really matter if your pet is bald or very furry: allergens will still be present to irritate humans. Sometimes, your allergies may be due to dust mites, mould, or pollen, all of which contain allergens and all of which can be found in homes, whether you have pets or not.

There are measures that you can take for yourself and your pets, that will decontaminate them, you, and your immediate surroundings of allergens, limiting your exposure to them and allowing you to keep your beloved pets.

Steps To Take To Prevent Allergies In Your Home

  1. Have a room that is designated as ‘allergen-free’. This room is one where your pets are not allowed to enter, so making it your bedroom is best. Your pets don’t have to be everywhere in your home. Keeping an ‘allergen-free’ room ensures that you can have a couple of hours every day when you are not threatened by allergic reactions, and still have your pets under the same roof.
  2. Use anti-allergen room sprays to deactivate allergens in your home, and on your pets.
  3. Install air purifiers that contain HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting) filters. These air purifiers constantly freshen the air inside our homes, even when we cannot throw the doors open to let fresh air in due to any number of reasons. Air purifiers freshen the air inside our homes, reducing the number of allergens in them
  4. Get washable bedding for your pets, as well as cages that can be cleaned regularly and easily.
  5. Always wash your hands after handling your pets before touching your face. This is the quickest and easiest way to transfer allergens to our bodies. If washing your hands may be a bit of a chore, then always have some hand sanitizers on hand to rub into hands after touching pets.

Reduce Allergies By Your Pets

The steps mentioned above are mainly for us and our homes. There are ways you can take care of your pets that will reduce the number of allergens they carry and keep you at less risk of having an allergic reaction.

  • Basic Grooming Daily

    Always brush their hair and teeth, and trim their nails and clean between their toes daily. Grooming your pets is also beneficial for them, as it lowers their risk of catching any irritants, reduces the levels of allergens on their bodies and also a great bonding time between you and them.

  • Vacuum The House Daily

    If you cannot bring yourself to vacuum your house daily, then get an auto-vacuum machine like Roomba to do it for you. Just set it in a timer for it to vacuum your house, and it is also rechargeable, and you can set it to recharge itself once the battery is low. It is also advisable not to use deep carpets in your home when you have pets.

  • Wipe Surfaces To Get Rid Of Dust And Dander Frequently

    Allergies come from the allergens that are found in dander, which is the dead skin that sloughs off our pets’ bodies and fur at a constant rate. Use special sprays that attract dust and allergens when you are cleaning. Do not use a dry cloth to dust the surfaces in your house, as this will stir up dander and cause you to inhale them.

  • Professional Grooming Once a Quarter

    It is advisable to take your pets to a professional groomer at least four times a year. Grooming them keeps their fur trimmed and short, and reduces the risk of irritation for your pets, especially since Singapore’s weather is mostly hot and humid.

  • Change Pet’s Diet

    Your pet’s diet needs to contain high-quality, nutrient-rich food that has oils and fatty acids that support skin health and their overall health. Your pet’s diet should be one that is rich in fatty acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6, but they should be available in a balanced amount that is appropriate for your pet.

  • Bathing The Pet Once A Week Or Once Every Other Week

    Make sure you bath your pets at least once a week with shampoos and conditioners that are specially formulated to remove dander and keep their skin moisturised. If a dog’s skin, for example, is dry or irritated, it sheds more dander, so using the right shampoos and conditioners is essential to keep the skin smooth and properly moist. Do not use human shampoos and conditioners on your pets, as they contain way too much acid for the pet’s skin and can irritate their skin.

Though some of these measures are expensive and time-consuming, they are important for our well-being as well as our pets’ well-being. It is also important to note that you should always consult with a doctor that thoroughly understands pets and allergies so that they can advise you well.

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Cats in Heartland Singapore: Pros and Cons

“Cats are not allowed in flats. They are difficult to contain within the apartment. When allowed to roam indiscriminately, they tend to shed fur and defecate or urinate in public areas, and also make caterwauling sounds, which can inconvenience your neighbours.” This is a significant controversy on cats in HDB.

The big question has always been, “if dogs are allowed, why not the cats?” but this is not new because over the centuries there has always been a debate between which pet between the cat and the dog should be domesticated.

Pet lovers in Singapore are advocating that the old and obsolete ruling to ban cats across all HDBs in Singapore should be removed and instead of a coverage ban, irresponsible pet owners should be dealt harshly on a case by case basis.

Allowed Pets In HDB Flats

Occupants of HDB flats are allowed to have only one pet in the flats – a dog- man’s best friend. That is not all, the dog should be of a toy breed (should weigh 10 Kg or less and stands at 40 cm at the shoulders) or its cross breed.

HDB residents who want to keep a pet dog must ensure that the dog breed is approved by the HDB to be kept in the flats because there are specific breeds that are allowed to be owned in the HDB flats.

Prohibited Pets

Pet lovers and especially cat lovers in Singapore were taken aback by this announcement because of the blanket ban. The reasons given by the HDB are not resounding well with our local cat lovers; cats shedding their fur, defecating and urinating in public areas does not hold on its own because even the dogs are prone to do the same things as well.

The truth is, dogs just like cats do shed their fur. However, unlike dogs, cats after defecating and urinating, have a tendency of covering up their excrements which help to mask the scent of the urine or stool. Dogs will leave their excrements open to the public. Despite all this, the dogs are allowed in the flats where the dog owners are encouraged to clean up the mess that dogs make. Why can’t cat owners be given a similar opportunity?

As long as I can take good care of my cat and that it will not cause any inconvenience to my neighbours, why can’t I be allowed to own one in the HDB flats? As long as I ensure that the cat is safe, does not roam about aimlessly and it does not make unnecessary noise in the neighbourhood, is that not enough to keep the HDB environment safe for my neighbour who does not have a cat? After all, is that not dog owners in the flats are supposed to do?

Pros

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against dogs. In fact, I am a proud owner of a dog and 3 cats. As an animal lover, I am of the idea that the ban of cats in the HDB flats should be reviewed and lifted because as compared to their dog counterparts, cats are cleaner, they can be sterilised, registered and be easily kept indoors.

Cats are clean animals, and they require little grooming assistance. The cats’ cleanness can be attributed to the fact that it spends a third of its awake time grooming itself. Furthermore, when you groom your cat, it is a perfect opportunity to bond more with your cat since it is a relaxing experience for you and your cat.

Many Advantages Of Owning A Cat

First of all, they are lovely. They do the most adorable things when you list expect them. Did you know just by taking a few minutes each day to sit with your cat and petting it can help to reduce your stress and give you a feeling of contentment?

That is not all; cats bonds with the owner to the extent that when you return home every day, it will run to the door to welcome you. Yes, just like a dog! Cats are also very social around humans, and they are known to be intelligent and they are good at taking commands.

That is not all; cats are easy to care for if you know how. If you are afraid of it defecating in your house, simply get a litter box and train it to use it to excrete. Hence it is very rare for you to step on the cat’s excrement.

Just like the indoor dogs, cats are even much better to keep indoors than dogs. You only need to put a wire mesh on your windows, and your cat’s movement is restrained for its own safety and providing peace to your neighbours as well. Cats are happier when they are kept indoors as long they are well fed and cared for. Remember, cats have a poor sense of vertigo. So keeping your window meshed might just save your cats from plunging 13 floors down!

Cons

Cats are also very playful whether during the day or night hence they can disturb you at any time when they want to play. However, you can train your cat that not every time is play time. The key to it is to set a strict routine. Cats love routine and since cats are intelligent, once you train it a few weeks, it will get used to the routine, and it will never disturb you again when you are not ready.

If you are worried on your cat’s shed fur, you can overcome this problem by grooming your cat regularly. In addition to that, you can have your house vacuumed daily to ensure your house is clean and dander free.

 

Cats are independent animals that require little attention as compared to their dog counterpart. If you want a pet that needs little effort to take care of, then the cat is the best. However, even if dogs are allowed in the HDB flats, they need a lot of attention which cats don’t. Dogs require regular exercise; they need a walk 3 -4 times a day. Cats, on the other hand, don’t need any exercise.

If we are allowed to keep cats in our HDB, we can adopt and give the animal a new loving home, keeping our strays off the streets and introduce a balanced, well-being pet loving heartland.

 

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Coconut Oil: How It Can Benefit Your Dog’s Health

Dogs are man’s best friend. Some of you probably think more of your dogs than you do of your fellow humans (and no one can judge you for that. Humans can be a pretty rotten lot). Dogs are also animals that tend to have a whole lot of issues just like little children or elderly people, and taking care of these precious pets has to be a priority for all pet owners. Many of us do know the benefits of coconut oil but do you know it can benefit the health of your beloved dog?

Coconut oil has been touted as a universal cure or remedy for most health issues that plague humans, and it seems this can be said for dogs as well. Coconut oil is a great natural source of fats and other acids that have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, and antimicrobial benefits for dogs. Coconut oil is also so great for its health benefits because it does not have any side effects what so ever.

What Kind Of Coconut Oil?

When sourcing for coconut oil for your pets, go for organic virgin coconut oil, as this is completely natural and organic coconut oil without any additives or chemicals in it. However, you should note that some manufacturers use hexane to extract their coconut oil. Hexane is a chemical that is a product of petroleum, which is very toxic to animals and humans alike, and evaporates as the oil is being processed. Most food and drug regulatory bodies do not require that elements used during the processing stage be listed on food labels, and as such hexane may not be listed on the label one of the ingredients. Be careful when buying organic virgin coconut oil, and go for oil whose extraction process can be verified, or make some yourself!

Why Coconut Oil?

There are plenty of reasons why you ought to include coconut oil in your dog’s diet, the most important one being they will stay healthier longer. Having more time to enjoy your pet’s company is always a blessing, and using coconut oil in their diet will do this for you. Here are 14 more reasons you should use coconut oil in your dog’s diet:

  1. Coconut oil helps to kill yeast on, and in, dogs. Yeast is a naturally occurring bacterium in dogs that may get out of hand due to any number of reasons, causing them a lot of discomforts, and even pain. Coconut oil aids in destroying this yeast (which could be in the form of candida), helping them feel better in no time.
  2. Coconut oil makes digestion better for dogs. It helps them digest their food properly, and also aids in nutrient absorption into the cells and the blood. Some nutrients cannot be absorbed by cells unless there is some other acid present for them to be absorbed properly, and coconut oil provides these acids to aid in nutrient absorption.
  3. Coconut oil in your dog’s diet aids in the treatment of digestive problems such as colitis or inflammatory bowel syndrome. Digestive problems in dogs can prevent them from getting the full amount of nutrition they need or can prevent them from passing out waste as well as they should. Coconut oil helps to smooth out their digestive systems so that they can have normal bowel movements and feel good about themselves. However, coconut oil can make dogs’ stool a bit loose, but this shouldn’t be a problem: just add some pumpkin to their diet.
  4. Coconut oil greatly reduces doggy breath. Every dog owner knows that dogs tend to have pretty bad breath! Using coconut oil in their diet (or even brushing their teeth with it) will greatly improve their breath.
  5. Not only cats have hairballs. Dogs can have these too, and coconut oil is a great remedy for removing hairballs.
  6. Coconut oil is a great prescription for diabetes. Dogs do tend to get diabetic, and with coconut oil, you can balance out and regulate their insulin levels, thus controlling diabetes, and ensuring your dog’s continued good health.
  7. Coconut oil helps the thyroid gland and thyroid hormones to function better.
  8. Coconut oil is touted as a great natural way to lose weight, and dogs also have the tendency to get a little bit overweight (feeding them too many doggy treats, perhaps?). With coconut oil and a proper meal plan for your dog, including an exercise regimen, you can get your dog’s weight in check, and also increase its energy for more fetching and longer walks.
  9. Coconut oil is great for the bone health of your dog. It strengthens their bones and helps older dogs with arthritis, helping them to walk better and ease the stiffness in their joints.
  10. Studies have shown that coconut oil in your dog’s diet is a good naturally way to reduce clot formation in the blood, a condition that is very dangerous to dogs’ health. Coconut oil may contain fat, but it is healthy fat, as compared to mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are a cause for those deadly clot formations in the blood.
  11. Coconut oil helps in the prevention of certain infections, as well as the prevention of heart disease.
  12. Coconut oil in your dog’s diet is beneficial to brain health, keeping older dogs more alert and active for longer.
  13. Coconut oil, when rubbed directly on their skin, improves the overall skin health of your dog, clearing up skin conditions like eczema, itchy skin, and the like. They also heal wounds, bites, stings, and other skin injuries when applied directly to the skin.
  14. The anti-viral effects of coconut oil help your dogs to recover more quickly from a kennel cough.

Studies have confirmed that coconut oil has no adverse effect on your dog’s health or its diet when it is fed as much as 10% or less of the oil in its diet. It is recommended that you should give your dogs at least half a teaspoon of coconut oil daily, for every 101 pounds of their body weight. Fido will thank you for caring for its health.

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Top Five Dog Senses and How They Help

Top Five Dog Senses and How They Help

How would life be if you couldn’t see, touch, hear or smell? It’s our senses that adds meaning to our life and make it worth living.

For your four legged pal, senses helps them experience the world in a better manner – in fact, they have a far smarter set of senses when compared to humans. Also, their senses come handy to us as we can utilize them for our benefit, and for the general the betterment of the society.

 

Let us have a look at the major five senses in dogs and their importance:

 

  1. Smell

The power of scent or the sense of smell is most heightened in a dog enabling it to trace and identify smells even yards away. Dogs can detect pheromones, found in our urine, stool, and skin with their noses. While a human has around 5 million scent glands, canines has as many as 125 million to 300 million, according to the type of breed it is.

A mucus-like liquid present on the nostrils of a dog helps it in trapping scent particles. A dog identifies a person with his smell – this is because they are made to rely on their sense of smell at a tender age to find their mothers and nurse, so their first association with survival is the scent. We are already aware of several incidents where this sense has helped in sniffing out bombs, finding people, etc.

 

  1. Sight

A dog’s low-light vision is much better than ours, and they can see better at dusk and dawn. They are also able to see better even those things that are in motion. Studies have shown that they can see different shades of blue and yellow as well.

They don’t have every gift of sight though – they cannot see nearer things as clearly as we can and often see blurred images if kept too near.

 

  1. Hearing

More than Humans, dogs have the ability to hear higher pitched sounds and a wider range of frequencies. Dogs have more than 18 muscles in their ears, while we have to do with only six. As a result, they are capable of perceiving, picking and distinguishing sounds in a far better way than we do.

Breeds as German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, Australian Terriers have naturally perked ears enabling them to hear better than dogs with floppy ears and are used as hunting dogs as well for expedition purposes.

 

  1. Taste

A dog’s sense of taste is the least developed dog sense. Dogs can recognize the tastes like sweet, salty, sour and bitter. However, they do not care much about the taste but rather about the smell of the food they eat.

 

  1. Touch

A dog’s entire body, including its paws, is covered with touch-sensitive nerve endings that make it more responsive. It is the sense that develops at the earliest stage in a dog and enables it to form bonds through socialization and interaction.

Knowing your pet’s abilities can just help you appreciate your canine friend in a better way.

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Cat Grooming Myths and Why Your Cat Needs Grooming

Cats are skittish and adventurous by nature – a reason they can come in contact with dirt and germs very quickly.

Thankfully, they also love taking care of themselves and keeping neat regularly which means that you don’t have much to worry about. However, at times, cat lovers/owners duty as well to keep their pets in good and healthy shape.

 

How to Proceed With Cat Grooming?

While most people tend to believe (and wrongly so) that cats do not need grooming, it is important for them to realize that grooming is not just about looking good. Here is how it can help your feline friend.

– It keeps a certain hygiene level and helps maintain healthy skin in cats

– Stimulates the production good oil secretion in them

– Helps in lubricating and waterproofing the fur, making it shine.

– By removing dirt and parasite like fleas from them, it maintains good health in them and prevents them from the spread of dangerous diseases in them.

– Grooming allows air circulation in the skin preventing loose hair.

Everybody loves the look of a well-groomed cat – the time spend is absolutely worth it!

 

The Top Myths about Cat Grooming

  1. Your Feline Friend Can Take Care of Themselves

You think that your feline friend doesn’t need additional grooming and can clean themselves? While this isn’t entirely false, it is also true that they are bound to get dirty and run the risk of an infection or a disease and therefore grooming is highly recommended for them.

  1. All cats hate water

A highly inaccurate generalization – some cats also enjoy playing with water.  It all depends on how it has been brought up. Faucets, for instance, are something intriguing for most cats.

  1. Cats do not require to be trimmed

Well, they do. Furs can grow in no time, and you would need to trim everything from the furs to the crusts in the eyes.

  1. Cats do not need to be brushed

Your furry pal can also get oral diseases causing a lot of pain and serious health problems in them.

If you don’t have the time, there is no need to do it daily, but do regularly brush their teeth with the specially tailored cat paste available.

When Should You start?

Groom your cat from a young age – it helps them to get accustomed to such routines later on.

 

Tips to Remember

– While grooming is actually good for you cat, make sure you’re not over-grooming your cat.

– Make the grooming sessions a fun activity for the both of you.

– Schedule them at the right time when the cat is relaxed or in a good mood and not otherwise. Otherwise, it’ll end up being a nightmare for the both of you.

– Always check for any signs of disease or infection on him, and schedule an appointment with your veterinarian at the earliest.

It is important to remember that grooming is a necessary part of the feline’s life and can make a tremendous difference in your cat’s comfort and health, which can be visibly seen.

Also check out how grooming your cat at home can benefit your cat.

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Useful Training Tips for Your Puppy

Okay, he’s home. Training must begin promptly, whether you educate your pup or dog yourself, simply choose classes, or use a dog trainer, some easy training ideas has to be undertaken from the doorway. These top ten ideas from professional trainers of the game in the best can help get you going.

A side: A dog that’s spayed or neutered is more docile, less competitive, and could be accessible to successful training.

 

Puppy Training Tips

Clearly you want to to take a title for the pup or dog which you adore, but in addition for the purposes of education it’s also useful to look at a short name ending using a consonant that’s strong. This allows one to say his name so he’s actually able to hear it definitely. If he’s an old canine he’s probably used to his title changing it is not hopeless. They may neglect to tell you that he have a short term title assigned by staff to him, if he’s from a safety. He’ll arrive at a drawn-out title, which change being used by you, or if he’s from a breeder, you also may prefer to reduce. But we’re lucky: dogs are extremely adaptable. And right away, in case you get it to use he will responds to his fresh name. Aged or fresh name you can, link it and negative.
Ascertain what he can’t and may do before he returns. Are parts of your house off limits?
Set in place his lair which was private. He needs “a place of his own.” From the initial moment that’s his own resting place that’s not used by other individuals in your family or your pup an alternate pet, or potential offer canine. He’ll reap the advantages of short periods left in the relaxation of his lair as well as security. If he remains serene and peaceful prize him. His lair, which is often a cage, may also be a helpful tool for housetraining.

When he comes back home support, him flake out. This may alleviate him in his environment that are fresh and mimics the heat of his litter-mates and beat. This could potentially be a lot mo Re crucial for a pup that’s the latest from an energetic, deafening recourse who’s had an interval that is difficult early on. Whatever you’ll be able to perform to help him get in his house that is new will shortly be great for each of you.
When called instruct him. Come Jasper! Great lad! And because he’ll be arriving to you your alpha standing will likely be supported. Create an immense offer when he actually does, using positive reinforcement. Fascinating subsequently try it, when he’s occupied with some thing. You are going to truly find of mastering this arrangement early, the edges as he ages.
Encourage his conduct that’s great. Encourage your pup or canine behaviour that is great with positive reinforcement. Use treats, a lot of playthings or compliments. Let whenever he’s setting it him comprehend. Additionally, never encourage behaviour that’s poor; him only mistake.
take up great care of the jump. Pups would like to bound-up in intro. Just blow off he is not reprimanded by his actions and wait’ before supplying positive reinforcement.

Pups and pups are now dwelling in the minute. It is really missed about two minutes the moment they’ll have finished some thing. When he’s doing something terrible, try your instruction method that’s chosen aside so he have the chance to help to make the organization including the adjustment along with the actions. Repetition that’s consistent may reinforce what’s he’s found.

Fall him from biting or nipping. He’ll be amazed he’s prone to stop immediately. Attempt trading a chew gadget for your palm or leg, when it fails. The shift technique also functions when he’s in to your chosen sneakers. He’ll favour a a plaything anyway or a bone. Separation the behavior that’s biting, and after that just blow off him, if all neglects.

Complete services on an upbeat note. Lad that’s remarkable! Great work, Jasper! Left a lot of some stroking, a a delicacy, compliments, or five minutes of perform to him. This ensures he’ll arrive jointly with his tail wagging—ready to perform at his path!

Learn more about puppy potty training and dog grooming tips. Don’t forget to check out our mobile pet grooming services too.

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5 Tips For A Healthier Pet

Whoever has ever had a puppy or pet wishes only 1 matter — that he/she includes a long and balanced life. Here are five tips that might help your furry friend try this.

 

1. FEED A PREMIUM QUALITY DIET.

Animals fed a premium quality diet have healthful skin a gleaming hair coat, and eyes that have been brilliant. A good diet help retain his or her intestinal health can help strengthen your pet’s immune system, help boost his or her intellectual acuity, help to keep bones and muscles balanced, and much more.

 

2. KEEP YOUR PET SLIM.

Pets which are obese have been in hazard for an array of health problems. Obesity could be the number-one healthy disease within animals presently and reports have proven that cat’s life span or your pet dog cans lessen by around 2 yrs. Why? Being overweight or overweight places your furry friend at risk for combined infection, diabetes and disease.

 

3. TAKE YOUR PET TO THE VETERINARIAN CONSISTENTLY.

All animals, including dogs and cats, require regular professional care. a schedule evaluation can uncovers health conditions which you’re ignorant by your vet. All the occasion, an early examination improves the likelihood of effective treatment. Early analysis can be prone to be more affordable for you than waiting until your infection is becoming critical and advanced before attempting cure.

 

4. KEEP YOUR PET’S MOUTH CLEAN.

A standard dilemma among oral health issues and cats, dental illness and dogs can cause your furry friend pain, rendering it difficult to allow them to eat. If left untreated dental health issues could even produce heart and kidney condition. As well as normal dental examinations, of patient at home to your pet’s mouth, the most reliable way is always to brush teeth that are his or her . You’ll find other choices additionally, including treats toys, and diets in case your dog isn’t a huge supporter of toothbrushes. Ask your veterinarian or a pet groomer for a variety of recommendations.

 

5. DO NOT LET YOUR PET TO ROAM UNSUPERVISED.

Nevertheless, animals that roam are vulnerable to many risks, including much more, vehicle accidents, exposure to contagious disorders, experience of poisons, and predation.

 

Also learn more about how can water benefit your dog and toxic fruits and vegetables your dog should avoid.