Rescued Dogs Are Angels In Disguise

Are you one of the 80% whose home is also home to a dog or cat? I am. I have had a dog in my life since I was in college and each one has been extra special. I am one of those pet owners who celebrates their pets birthdays. One who buys their pets and their friends’ pets gifts at Christmas. So it is no surprise that at the death of each dog, I took the loss hard. But when I lost two dogs within two weeks of each other one summer, the grief was overwhelming.

Our dog Fox was diagnosed with Mast Cell Tumors. The prognosis was not good but we went with the surgery and were among the lucky ones. He bounced right back and we had him for another three years. Then our luck ran out. He became very ill, very quickly and knowing it was best for him, we let him go. Anyone who has had to make that decision knows how hard it is. We still had his beautiful and loving litter mate and thought of getting another dog immediately to keep her company. Before we could do so, she became ill. She wouldn’t eat and she became lethargic. Even with all of our love and medical assistance from our vet, she died two weeks later. I believe she died of a broken heart and I was sure I was going to also.

There are two points of view about how soon after the loss of a pet before letting another one into your heart and home. Some people need to get another pet immediately. They say it helps with the grief. Others need to have some time alone, feeling it is disrespectful to their pet’s memory to replace the lost pet too soon.

I belong in the former group.

Within days of our second dog’s death, I found THE dog while searching the web. As soon as I saw her picture, I knew she was the one. She was a little ball of white fur. I called the adoption center and begged them to hold her for a couple of days until I could get there. We took to each other instantly and for the past year and a half she has been my constant companion. I’m not so sure who rescued whom.

As I mentioned, I am one of those crazy pet owners and everyone knew how much my dogs meant to me so when they learned that my pets had died, they did not know what to say or do.

When a friend or business associate looses a pet, the best thing to do is to acknowledge the loss. Offer the same kind words you would if it were the loss of a family member because, in a sense, it is. Your sympathy and support will be very much appreciated. If you are close to the person, sending a card and a gift is certainly appropriate. You can find … Read More

Bringing Your Dogs On Planes – Exactly What People Should Know

Thinking about bringing your canine friend on a commercial airline anytime down the road? We’ve searched the airline’s service fees and safety records as they related to pets to give you the additional facts you need before you book that next trip. With a little preparation, taking dogs on planes can be less expensive and much less of a hassle!

Carry-on or Checked?

The first question you should ask yourself is whether or not you’ll be carrying your canine friend on the flight with you or checking him and putting him in the hands of the airline to be carried in the plane’s cargo area. This decision typically will come down to size, with there currently being simply no choice but to check larger dogs on aircraft.

Carrying your Doggie on with You

Traveling dog owners with dogs small enough (each airline has varying rules regarding this) have the option to bring their dog on the flight with them in the cabin. The main factor we considered was simply cost. In that regard, Southwest Airlines was the major carried with the lowest charge ($75 each way) to carry-on your dog. The airline also offers the P.A.W.S. (Pets are Welcome on Southwest) guide. This is really a pleasant move for an airline that didn’t even allow dogs (or any other pets) only a short while ago.

Also worthy mention is definitely JetBlue. While they now charge more than Southwest ($100 each way), their Jetpaws program is specifically designed for flyers traveling with dogs on planes. The program includes a pet bag tag, a welcome e-mail with important details and their “Pettiquette” guidebook describing etiquette with regard to dog travel. As an additional bonus, members of JetBlue’s frequent flier plan, TrueBlue, collect 300 points each way whenever flying with their family pet.

Checking your Dog

As pointed out above, pet owners whose animals are too large to fit under the seat in front of them will have to check them at the airline’s check-in counter. In determining which airlines we favored, we considered expense as well as statistics pertaining to fatality rate, injuries and loss.

Based upon those criteria, we feel Alaska Airlines comes out on top. Not only is Alaska the least expensive for checking animals ($100 each way as compared to as much as $250 each way on other air carriers), they also have experienced an impressive safety record.

Special Note on the Temperatures!

When checking your dog, keep in mind that cold or hot conditions be a significant hazard to the health of your dog. Airline’s regulations differ, but generally, if the weather conditions are forecasted to be either below 45F or over 85F, you might need a note from your personal veterinarian stating that your doggie is acclimated to such conditions. Additionally, if you have a snub-nosed dog, the constraints on warm temperatures is typically 75F. Some airlines will not allow snub-nosed pets at all in their cargo areas during warmer months. Choose morning flights whenever … Read More

Beware – Dogs and Vegetables – A Lethal Combination

There are dogs and puppies that like to chew on different kinds of vegetables. It may be a way to clean their teeth or they do it just for fun. Be very careful with this attitude, your dog may poison itself and die. People have taken to study home remedies that will help in these situations because their pets have had accidents before or they just want to know what to do when it happens.

For example dogs like to chew on raw, hard vegetables like carrots or broccoli this is fine but eating tomatoes or raw potatoes will cause your dog to shake like a leaf, stomach pains and contractions and a rapid and dangerous heart beat. Corn on the cob would also be adequate for your dog to clean his teeth with and scratch its gums with it. The cob is extremely dangerous and the pieces will stick to his intestines and they will have to be removed surgically.

Vegetables cooked in oil and then salted are also hazardous for your dog. All of you that like to sit and feed your dog fries and potato chip are damaging his digestive system. Dogs do not need the salt and oil we poison ourselves with. Every time you give a piece of pizza to your dog you are endangering his health; mushrooms are poisonous to dogs, they have tomato sauce on them and other vegetables that might hurt him.

I know of a poodle that ate raw onions and had no reaction against them; however onions, chives, leeks and garlic will upset their stomach producing gases, pain and vomiting. The old tale about feeding your dog garlic to keep the fleas away does not really work and you will be hurting him with it.

Everybody enjoys a couple of fresh, juicy grapes or a cup cake filled with raisins. Go ahead enjoy it, but please do not share them with your canine friend. Grapes and raisins will cause convulsions, stomach ache, kidney failure and eventual death to your dog. Even a cookie that has raisins in it may hurt him permanently, so before giving him a piece of yours make sure of the ingredients it was made with. Any way dogs do not eat or need sugar in their diet.

Nuts and seeds are not okay either; walnuts and macadamia nuts will cause muscle tremors, weakness and paralysis. Avocado and other fruit seeds produce cyanide which is lethal to dogs and men too. There is no information on the effects of other nuts and berries but why take the risk of hurting your pet or maybe killing him. I have seen many dogs eat peanut butter but I have never seen them eat peanuts so their effect is also unknown to me.

Dogs will not usually eat any of these things, even when they are rummaging through waste. It is possible though that seeds or pieces of these fruits are attached to pieces of meat that they … Read More

Five Dog Breeds That are Suitable for Keeping inside the House

Five Dog Breeds That are Suitable for Keeping inside the House

Adopting a giant dog to be kept at homes or a dog breed that is not meant for indoors will result in a lot of issues. As much as the pet will be irritated and remain uncomfortable, the owners too will have to suffer in various ways and will have to decide on what should be done about such a problem.

Apart from size, there are several other behavioral factors that should be considered when adopting a dog that one is intending to keep inside their home. So, homeowners must not settle on a particular dog breed based on how adorable it is or simply because they are being sold reasonably in the ‘dogs for sale’ section of a website, but be aware of other specific requirements too.

Here are five dog breeds that that can be easily accommodated inside both size and behavior wise, but before you read onwards keep in mind that a reliable platform that has dogs for sale is Mypetzilla. It is a well-known provider in the market and is famous for selling dogs that are well-trained, groomed, and friendly. Visit them today to get yourself a companion! Now, here are those five dog breeds that can be easily accommodated inside.

Bichon Frise

Pronounced as “Bee-Shawn Free-say”, this is a dog breed that will not outgrow the lap of their owners even at their largest. These dogs don’t grow taller than a foot and appear like fluffy furballs rolling here and there. Bichon Frise is a playful and active dog breed that needs to exercise daily. They shed lesser than other breeds and this is what makes them ideal for every household including those where there are people with mild allergies and love for dogs.

Chihuahua

Chihuahua is an adorable dog breed that is mostly known for its tiny size. This is the factor behind this breed making to the list of top dog breeds that can be kept inside homes. Chihuahua is low-maintenance and can be managed with a tough routine as they require less exercise and more time staying around their owners only. This breed, however, can be a little less friendly to strangers and need to be trained properly to be sociable.

Dachshund

The smallest hound dogs, popular for their teeny tiny legs, are the Dachshunds. These are cute, adjustable, and lively dogs that will instantly make your home a happy place, simply by existing alongside you.

Coton de Tulear

This is just another happy-go-lucky people can’t resist keeping inside and staying around all the time. With their small size, easy-to-care fur, low exercise needs, and a very friendly nature, Cotons make for amazing indoor pets.

Maltese

Last on this list but not any less than the rest mentioned in here, Maltese is a dog breed that has been titled the best companion dogs for over 2,000 years. Yes, they are that old. They are non-shedders because of the lack of an undercoat and love staying around people, even in the smallest … Read More

Guideline for Preparing a Meal Plan for a German Shepherd Dog

Guideline for Preparing a Meal Plan for a German Shepherd Dog

How will you know which food brand is best suited for your dog? You need to look for the type of ingredients each brand product is using and check if they are healthy for your dog or not. When a captivating puppy of German Shepherded in Malaysia becomes a member of a family everyone gets engaged in taking care of its nutritional needs. Puppy Malaysia want their food to taste best just like humans. When we talk about love and care yes, all dogs are hungry for love and care, but germen shepherds need a little more attention than any other dog. The meal that you plan and serve your Germen Shepherd will depict your love and affection for him as there is nothing more important than his health. Here are a few guidelines for preparing a healthy meal plan for your German Shepherd Dog.

  •  ROUTINE CALORY REQUIREMENT

A German shepherd is a 90-pound weighing dog that requires around 1700 to 2100 calories per day to stay active and sharp. You need to feed your dog with the required calories each day to keep him healthy and active. These dogs need extra care and attention as they are sensitive. Thus, to keep your germen shepherd sharp you need to show extra care in his diet by providing him all needed calories each day.

  •  PROTEIN & GROWTH

a branded premium dog food brand with labeled as certified by animal food authorities will fulfill all the nutritional requirements of your dog. Some branded foods contain 18 while others contain above 20% of the protein constituents in their dog feed. A German shepherd is fed on a puppy diet for only 6 months, after that they need all the protein energy needed for an adult dog for their better growth and structure development.

  • INGREDIENT LIST

We all know that ingredients are always essential to look when selecting dog food, either it is expensive or not. The key ingredients in your dog feed should be meat as it offers extra proteins to a German Shepherd. If your premium dog food brand has meat ingredient within first three items, then it is considered worth investing in. Before purchasing a premium dog food brand quickly look for all the food brands ingredients to find out which is worth investing and which is not. 

  • OBESITY

No one would want a sharp dog like German shepherd to be obese and lazy. Consuming extra fat diet can make your dig obese and lazy. To avoid the risk of obesity, make your dog follow regular exercise plans after you have fed him with healthy meal. An overweight dog can be at many health risks.

Either you are selecting German shepherd food or Rottweiler food you need to be extra careful about the nutritional needs of your Dog. It is true that high quality premium food brands bring a healthy change to your dog. You need to feed your dog with best balanced diet.… Read More