Monday, 26 June 2017

How to be a Hygenic Dog Owner

Bringing a new dog to become a member of your family is an exciting time, especially if you buy them when they’re still a puppy. Buying a dog from a shelter is also a very emotional experience because you’re potentially giving that dog a happy home that they might not have been so lucky to have been part of in the past. Every dog deserves a wonderful home where they can be loved. Pets of this nature are often referred to as ‘love heaters,’ as in a creature you bring into your home that radiates love, can relieve stress, and over time can become a deep part of the family.

However, it’s easy to get caught up in the ownership of a new dog to the point where you don’t pay strict attention to their hygiene as you should. The odd toilet training accident is frequently common when they’re a puppy, so this article won’t lecture you about the everyday training habits you should be enacting to housetrain your new pet. Instead, this article is concerned with how important it is to be hygienic with your dog and enact habits around that that allow you to be the most responsible pet owner you can be. This is important if you have children because sometimes they can catch illnesses or sicknesses from a dog who doesn’t intend to do these things.

For a seasoned and loving dog owner, treating a dog ‘like a dog’ can sound like a harsh reduction of the role the dog serves in the family unit. You might consider the dog to be a family member, but you must remember that it has a different set of requirements for its responsible maintenance. These tips will allow you to carry out said maintenance effectively and thoroughly.

Keep Hair Well Groomed

Depending on the season, it’s important to keep your dogs hair well groomed and tidy. Keeping it short will help them cool off in the summer months. Imagine walking around with a winter coat in the middle of summer. That’s how uncomfortable a dog can be when you don’t help it remove its coat in a heat wave. Of course, the coat will molt over time to make room for new growth, but this can often result in large patches of hair being found all over your house. Make this easier for the dog by trimming his or her hair well. Your dog will look well taken care of, and it will reduce and nasty knots or mites attracted to sweat from surfacing on the coat itself.

Trim Nails

Just like trimming your human nails, dogs can benefit from having theirs trims if they’re getting too long or otherwise have dirt or grime under them. Dogs are known for digging, so it’s likely that you’ll find this under there often. It’s not something to overly worry about as long as dirt isn’t being tracked into your carpets too often. Just give the dog a mat to walk over when entering the house and a large amount of this grime will come off, but it’s important to make sure nothing untoward is developing under the nails now and then.

Designated Sleeping Area

Do not allow your dog to sleep on your bed with you. It might seem like a nice way to spend the night with your companion, but it’s very unhygienic for you. Dogs coats, bottoms, and mouths house many different bacteria, and you’ll be lying in this often.

Check for Fleas Often

It’s important to check your dog for fleas often. Lack of flea control for dogs will mean that your dog will pick up nasty bites, will be uncomfortable and can seriously affect the health of your dog. Fleas carry bacteria, and so breed disease if left unchecked. You can also catch fleas off your dogs, and that’s a very uncomfortable position to be in. Check them for fleas every week and enact the right solution to counteract this immediately if positively identified.

A well groomed and maintained dog is a happy dog, and also a hygienic dog. Be a good owner, and enact these tips today.

It's a Dog's Life: Habits to Keep Your Canine Healthy

When you own a dog, your number one priority is to keep them healthy throughout their whole life. That way, the two of you can spend many happy years together! Like humans, the best way to keep dogs healthy is by getting into some good health habits. And also like humans, a good diet and regular exercise are at the heart of a healthy lifestyle. Let’s take a closer look at some of the other habits that make all the difference to the wellbeing of your pooch.

Put Water Down on a Regular Basis

Making sure your dog has access to clean, fresh water should be right at the top of your list of priorities. This is important all year round, but especially on these hot summer days. You should make sure that there is always water down in their bowl and change this at least twice every day. When you take them out for a long walk, you should also carry some water with you then as well.

Help Your Dog Stay in Shape

Obesity is one of the top health risks for dog owners, and can lead to a whole range of issues. If you think that your dog has piled on some extra pounds, you should start by taking a trip to the vet and checking that there aren’t any medical reasons behind this weight gain. You may find that you need to cut back on giving your dog so many high calorie snacks and also reduce their meal portions. And, of course, daily exercise is one of the best ways that you can prevent your dog from getting obese. Try to keep this interesting for both of you by taking some different routes and alternative forms of exercise.

Keep Your Dog Well Groomed

Grooming your dog every 3-6 weeks should be another part of your regular routine. When you are doing this, you can get a better idea of whether they have any specific skin issues and if they need any dog flea treatment. Trimming your dog’s hair will allow they to be able to see better which can also prevent eye irritation. If your dog has particularly floppy ears, grooming can help to prevent them from infections.

Don’t Forget About Their Oral Hygiene

Brushing your dog’s teeth on a regular basis can help to protect against a whole host of problems including tartar, gum disease, infection and tooth decay. You should invest in some specific doggy toothpaste rather than the regular kind as they can end up swallowing this and it can irritate their stomach. Ideally, you should brush their teeth on a daily basis. Ask your vet for some advice if you find that your dog is resistant to having their teeth cleaned.

These four habits should help to keep your dog healthier for longer. Obviously, there is only so much you can do yourself and your dog will need to go into the vet if they are experiencing any specific problems.

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Ultimate Moving Home Checklist

We all know that moving home can come with its fair share of headaches. We’ve all been through it before and we know what a mountainous challenge it can feel like if not planned out properly. Once we’ve done it a couple of times we start to notice however that a smooth move is a well organised move, so with that in mind here are our top tips for creating the ultimate moving home checklist.

Organise Insurance

Organising insurance is really important to make sure that you are covered for every potential eventuality. Contents and household insurance is one of the most important insurance policies that we can invest in and that is never more true than when we are moving house. So if you don’t already have this insurance make sure you get it in time for your big move so your belongings are covered.

Always Call In The Pros

Learning from our past mistakes we all know that there really is no point in trying to do it all ourselves. Trying to take on every detail of our move only results in high levels of stress and the odd popped back disk so calling in the professional removalists is essential to make sure it all goes without a hitch.

Finalise Utilities

You need to be contacting all your electricity, water and gas suppliers to let them know that you are moving. Make sure you are on top of final meter readings and that your suppliers are provided with your new address so that the transition from home to home is as smooth as possible.

Redirect Post

It’s incredibly frustrating to have to deal with missing post so make sure you have all of this organised in good time before you move to ensure you don’t lose any important mail.

Prepare An Inventory

Creating an inventory of everything you own means that you can keep on top of your belongings in the move. You want to be working your way through your home and making lists of all your belongings, to make sure that everything is accounted for.

Organised Packing

Once your inventory is in place you can then start planning your packing schedule. Making sure you are organising your packing in a highly methodical and structured way. You want to start packing the smaller items of your home, that are not in everyday use, well in advance of the movie weekend. You want to try and leave as little as possible to be packed on the actual day itself whilst also making sure that you retain access to all your essential items. So think strategically and start putting away all the items that you will not need, with well labelled boxes. All the material for packing up the larger and more essential items such as beds and sofas should be all ready and good to go for the day of the move itself. So preparation and organisation is key.

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