First aid is a way to help your pet in an emergency, so anyone who sees the injury or trauma first can help. Your veterinarian can provide you with basic first-aid training, which will come in handy in an emergency.
Always keep in mind that your pet should receive immediate veterinary care following any first-aid treatment. However, if your dog sustains serious injuries, having a dog first aid kit will allow you, as the owner, to administer first aid before taking them to the veterinarian.
Although first aid treatment is not a replacement for veterinary care, it may save your pet’s life until it is treated by a veterinarian.
Call your veterinarian, explain the nature of the illness or injury, and inquire about first aid advice.
In this post, we will discuss some basic dog first aid tips at home.
Include these items in your dog’s first aid kit:
Bandages: a roll of self-adhesive or crepe bandage (5 cm wide)
Conforming/open-weave bandages (2.5 cm wide)
Blunt-ended scissors, preferably curved
A box of sterile absorbent gauze
An Elizabethan collar
A box of cotton wool
Surgical sticky tape
A thick towel
Some non-adhesive absorbent dressings (5 cm x 5 cm) to cover open wounds
For a bleeding dog
Maintain the dog’s calm demeanor. Put a bandage on tightly. If necessary, substitute with a towel or some clothing. Apply a second, more secure layer if blood is seeping through.
Use a tourniquet only in extreme cases. Put a pad firmly on the wound and hold it in place if you can’t bandage it. Get right to the veterinarian.
Apply a non-adhesive dressing to the wound and cover it with cotton swabs or bandages if you have them. After that, cover it with cotton wool. Add another cotton bandage to cover this.
Using surgical tape, adhere this to the hair at the top and cover the entire thing with an adhesive bandage or tape.
Elastoplast should not be applied to the dog’s hair. The foot should be bandaged as well, or else it may swell up. A bandage should never be left on for more than 24 hours.
For a dog involved in a fight
If your dog appears shocked, dull, or distressed following a fight, contact the veterinarian. If not, examine the wound. If your pet sustains head or body puncture wounds, you should see a veterinarian right away.
Unless the injury is severe or very painful, limb injuries may not require immediate treatment; however, the dog should be taken to the veterinarian within 24 hours for antibiotics.
Dogs with burns and scalds
Apply cold water to the affected area for at least five minutes before calling a veterinarian. Applying ointments or creams is not recommended; however, if getting to the veterinarian will take some time, you can apply a dressing that has been soaked in saline. Warm the patient up.
Dogs with heat stroke
If your dog is distressed and panting heavily on a warm or hot day, especially if the dog has been playing or exercising, is overweight, or has a short nose (like a boxer), think of heatstroke!
The dog should be placed somewhere cool, preferably in a draft. Wet the coat with warm water (cold water slows heat loss by contracting blood vessels in the skin) and call the vet. You can give them a little bit of water.
Dog having a fit
If your dog is having a fit, you should not try to hold or comfort it because doing so will stimulate the dog and make the fit last longer.
Reduce noise and darken the room. In order to prevent the dog from being injured, move items, particularly anything electrical, away from the dog. Put cushions on the furniture. Contact the vet.
Dogs with swollen tummies
If this happens suddenly, it needs to be treated seriously, especially if the dog is a deep-chested breed like a boxer or mastiff.
Additionally, attempts to vomit, gulp, and saliva dribbling are possible. It could indicate a stomach twist that threatens life. Call the veterinarian right away; do not wait.
Dogs with eye injuries
Apply a wet dressing; don’t rub or scratch; and call the vet if the eye is bulging out of its socket. If chemicals have entered the eye, flush it several times with water, preferably from an eye dropper, and contact the veterinarian.
For electric-shocked dogs
Avoid approaching if a high-voltage supply is involved. Make a police report. Turn off the power first in the house. If this is impossible, you might be able to push the dog away from the power source with a dry, non-metallic object like a broom handle.
Give resuscitation if the patient has stopped breathing. Call the vet right away.
For poisoned dogs
Try to locate the substance’s packaging and bring it with you when you call the vet. Try to identify the plant if it is suspected of having been chewed.
Call the vet right away. Unless advised by your veterinarian, do not cause your dog any harm.
For dogs with broken bones
If the bleeding is severe, stop using a splint because it hurts and can break the bone through the skin. Secure the patient so that they can be taken to the vet. A box can be used for smaller dogs.
Most American households own a pet and they often become the most important members of our families. From French bulldog puppies to Egyptian cats, pets can bring us a lot of joy throughout the years. Aside from pets being adorable and fun to play with, people reap many benefits from having animals in their lives. Here are some of them.
The Benefits of Having a Pet
Companionship – A pet can provide companionship and love, which can be very beneficial for people who live alone or feel isolated. Pets can also provide affection and comfort for people that are grieving or have other emotional difficulties. Studies have shown that people that had a pet during a difficult time in their lives found it helpful in improving their mental health.
Physical Health – Having a pet can also help you get physical activity daily. Dogs need exercise every day to stay healthy, and it can be a good reminder for their owners to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Walking your dog or playing catch with them can also boost your cardiovascular fitness and help you burn calories, which can help you lose weight and stay healthy.
Mental Health – Having a pet can help improve your mental and emotional health. Spending time with your pet can be very relaxing and can help you reduce your stress and anxiety levels. Taking good care of your pet can provide you with a sense of purpose and make you feel more competent, which can improve your self-esteem and confidence.
Responsibility – Caring for a pet can be a very rewarding experience. It can help you develop good life skills such as responsibility, patience, and compassion. For families with children, taking care of a pet together is a great way to impart the importance of responsible pet ownership and empathy for others from a young age.
Socialization – Often, attending events or going to places with your pet can make it easier for you to meet new people and develop connections with others in your community. Having a pet may also make you more approachable and help you feel less shy in social situations. In addition, owning a pet can promote healthy interactions with your family members or housemates.
Protection – Your pet can help keep you and your family safe. For example, a dog can be trained to alert you to potential intruders and may even be able to defend you by biting an attacker. Other pets like cats are excellent at keeping mice and small pests out of your home, which can help protect your possessions from damage and eliminate the risk of you getting sick.
What to Consider
With Christmas coming, it can be tempting to head out and buy or adopt a pet on a whim. However, it is important to consider whether you are ready to take on the responsibility of caring for an animal before you do so. Here are four factors to consider if you are thinking about getting a pet.
Space – If you have a small house, getting a large dog such as a labrador or golden retriever may not be a good idea. Some small dogs such as miniature schnauzers can also be very active and require plenty of exercise; this can be an issue if you have limited outdoor space. If you live in a high-rise apartment and want to keep a cat, make sure that your windows are fitted with safety grills to prevent your cat from jumping out.
Time – Owning a pet requires a great deal of time and commitment, so you need to be sure that you can dedicate enough time to your pet every day. Animals who are neglected often suffer from behavioral issues or become ill due to lack of care, so it is important to spend time with your pet each day and give them the care that they need. If you work long hours, you may need to find someone else to care for your pet during the day.
Finances – The cost of owning a pet can add up quickly, especially if you have a large dog who consumes a lot of food. You will also need to purchase accessories for your pet such as crates, scratching posts, and toys to keep them entertained. Furthermore, be sure to factor in ongoing expenses such as grooming appointments and potential vet bills. Unless you are confident that you can cover these costs, reconsider getting a pet.
Personality – Different animals have different personalities, so you need to make sure that your personality is compatible with that of your chosen pet. For example, some dogs are high energy while others are relaxed and prefer to be left alone. If you are not sure what you would like in a pet, talk to friends and relatives who have pets or offer to foster animals for a rescue shelter to help you learn more about various animals personalities.
Pets enrich our lives in more ways than one. They provide us with companionship and love and give us something to look after and care for. However, make sure that you can meet the basic needs of the animal and provide a suitable environment for them before you bring one home.
Are you bathing your dog too frequently? The chances are you might be but does it really matter? Yes, it does. You could be doing more harm than good.
How much bathing is too much and what should you be doing when it comes to good doggie hygiene? Let’s discuss dog bathing frequency for a healthier, happier dog.
The cons of over bathing your dog
If you grew up in the 70s and 80s your family dog probably only got a bath if they rolled in something terrible. These days though it is not unusual to meet dog owners who bathe their dog every week. Maybe we are all more house and doggie proud now but whatever the reason for this change, are our dogs really thanking us?
A dog’s coat should be shiny and glossy, tangle free and free from odours. But you don’t need to keep bathing your dog to achieve this. Quite the opposite in fact.
Over bathing your dog, even with gentle and mild shampoos, can strip your dog’s coat of important natural oils. This can leave their skin vulnerable, sensitive and even itchy. It can also leave their fur looking dull and unhealthy. And here is the real rub – in this stripped back state, your dog’s skin and fur is now more likely to end up greasy and smelling of dog.
How often should you bathe your dog?
I have shared my entire life with dogs and all of my dogs have had a bi-annual bath in the spring and autumn. I have always had lots of comments on how well my dogs look, with healthy coats and no doggie odour.
Last year I was asked onto a TV show to talk about giving dogs a bath. The presenter commented on how beautifully soft my terrier’s fur was. When she asked me how often I bathe him I replied “Twice a year”. She almost fell off her chair. Her face was a picture of confusion. She assumed my dog must therefore smell but when invited to sniff my obliging little dog, she was amazed to find that he smelt of nothing in particular and certainly didn’t smell of anything bad.
Brushing your dog
The key to an odour free dog with a shiny healthy coat is brushing, not bathing.
Just because you are only bathing your dog twice a year, doesn’t mean you can let other aspects of coat care go out the window. It is just as important, if not more so, than ever. Turn some of the time you save from bath time into brushing sessions.
A daily brush of your dog is a great habit to get into. It frees up and removes any loose fur and old skin cells, and helps to distribute healthy natural oils through the fur, leaving your dog’s skin tingling with health and their coat gleaming. Even short or wiry haired dogs massively benefit from a daily groom. This can be done with a bristle or rubber dog brush to really get the circulation going and get all the detritus removed.
Don’t turn the daily grooming session into another chore or a time of anxiety, chasing your dog around the house in a frenzy. Use this time as a bonding session, petting and stroking your dog as you brush them and having a few moments when it is all about the two of you. Most dogs love being brushed along their back and top of their bottoms so start there and they will soon be looking forward to their daily grooming session.
Just a few minutes to stimulate the skin and fur and remove any tangles is all it takes. Your dog will soon be gleaming, feeling great and lapping up compliments.
What if my dog gets muddy?
I meet a lot of dog owners who over bathe their dogs. When I ask why they will often say that their dog gets wet or muddy on walks so they need a bath when they get home. So what do you do in this situation?
Give your dog a rinse with plain water and dry them thoroughly with a towelling or microfiber towel. A lot of mud will easily come off a wet dog in this way. Muddy paws can be cleaned with plain old tap water too (no shampoo required). If your dog has very fluffy paws that act like a mud magnet, try a specially made paw cleaning device that uses fresh water and a rubbery bristle action to get doggie’s paws mud free. The online website D for Dog https://www.dfordog.co.uk sells a great range of dog care items including drying coats and towels, Mudbusters and more.
If your dog only picked up some mud here and there, simply let it dry and brush it out. Job done.
When to use dog shampoo
People over use shampoo. If you think about what soaps and shampoos were invented for, that should tell you when its use is necessary. Shampoo is a detergent that is used to remove sweat, oils, stains and odours. At this point you may be thinking that your dog does smell and is greasy so you need to use shampoo but remember what we said at the start of this article – a dog with a healthy coat that hasn’t been stripped of oils won’t get over greasy or odorous because the coat will be in balance.
If your dog has rolled in something really stinky, a bath may be necessary. You can even get special fox poop shampoo, but whatever you use, make sure it is gentle on your dog’s skin and coat.
At the groomers
If your dog has the type of coat that necessitates a trip to the groomers every 6-8 weeks, what can you do? Speak to the groomer. Ask if they can do the cut without a bath. If they insist on bathing your dog, ask for a mild shampoo to be used and no perfumes. You can even research your own and take it with you. Or find a groomer who understands your over-bathing concerns.
Using scents, sprays and perfumes on dogs
Take care with this kind of thing. Perfumes and sprays are all about what scents humans find pleasurable. Dogs do not like the same kinds of smells as we do. Dogs don’t hanker for perfumed fur or a floral scents. In fact dog detest all that flouncy pong. Dogs find perfumes just as offensive as we find the smell of something gross like fox poop. What is pleasant to us is not necessarily pleasant to them.
Imagine how you would feel if someone kept spritzing you with eau de fox poo. Not pleasant. You would immediately try to get rid of the smell. Ever noticed how, after a bath or a spray with perfume, your dog will go straight outside and rub around in anything they can to try to negate the flowery or musky scents. They don’t like it.
Why do dogs like nasty smells?
What smells nasty to us smells very acceptable to a dog. It could be evolutionary. Blazing a trail of strong distinctive scent is not going to help a dog to avoid predators or catch prey. Smelling of the great outdoors or even better, smelling of your prey, is very helpful.
Now their love of stinks starts to make more sense.
Washing dog bedding
It is of course important to keep your dog’s bedding clean and to wash it when it gets dirty or whiffy but don’t go over the top. Your dog’s bed doesn’t need a weekly clean for no reason other than it is Saturday again.
When you do wash your dog’s bedding, use a non-biological laundry detergent that is less likely to cause irritation and don’t add fabric softeners, especially scented ones. A clean dog bed doesn’t need to smell of flowers, white musk or any other artificial scents. A nice neutral smell that is fresh and clean will be acceptable to everyone and won’t offend your dog. It is their bed so let them have a place that smells how they like it to smell.
So there you go, that is everything you need to know about washing the dog. Why not give it a try. Put down the dog shampoo and pick up that brush.
Give it a few weeks. Your dog’s coat needs to recover and get back in balance, which can take time. But before you know it you will be getting comments like “Your dog looks great. What products are you using?” I get it a lot with my dogs, so take it from someone who knows.
Jenny Prevel is a lifelong animal lover and dog owner. She grew up with dogs, cats, pigs, chickens and rabbits, to name a few. Wanting to help dogs in her adult life, Jenny started adopting needy rescue dogs in 2003. After adopting a deaf dog and wanting to share what she had learnt, Jenny started her website D for Dog in 2004 and has helped many dog owners by writing articles on a number of topics including pet loss and end of life, dog adoption, dog care and health issues.
Buying an Acrylic Dog Crate: What You Need to Know to Make the Right Purchase
Are you tired of looking at your old steel dog crate? Or, have you come to a realization that your beloved furry family member does not deserve to be put inside a cage when you are away or are busy with other things? If you are, then it is time for an upgrade and try something new—the acrylic dog crate.
In this article, we will help you understand everything you need to know about acrylic dog crates, from the benefits down to the key considerations before making a purchase.
Why Buy a Clear Acrylic Dog Crate: 5 Priceless Benefits
Clear dog crates have become popular lately because they offer a number of perks for both dogs and their owners. Let us take a look at some of these benefits.
1. They Look Good
When it comes to acrylic dog crates, the most obvious advantage that they have over traditional pet crates is the aesthetics. They look so much better than those industrial-looking metal wire cages. If you have guests over, they will be impressed with how nice your dog crate looks.
And, since they are see-through, these crates will just blend in and will not be an eyesore in your home. They can complement whichever theme that you currently have without looking out of place.
2. They Provide Comfort for Your Dog
Another great thing about a transparent dog crate is that Fido will not feel claustrophobic inside it. Solid plastic cages can make some dogs feel anxious because they cannot see what is going on outside. This is not a problem with acrylic crates since your dog can still see his surroundings from the inside.
In addition, these crates also have smooth surfaces. This means that there are no sharp edges that can hurt your pet when he moves around inside them.
3. They Can Serve as an Additional Piece of Furniture
A Lucite or plexiglass dog kennel can come with functional features that it can serve as an additional piece of furniture in your home.
For example, some acrylic dog crates have storage compartments where you can place your pooch’s toys, treats, and other things. Other crates are even designed to look like end tables, meaning that they can double as a place to put your drinks and snacks when you have guests over.
With these added features, these crates become more than just a kennel for your pet—they become a multi-functional piece of furniture that can serve many purposes in your home.
4. They Are Very Easy to Clean
Unlike traditional dog crates and cages, acrylic crates are very easy to clean. You will not have to spend hours scrubbing them to get rid of all the dirt and grime. All you need is a mixture of mild soap and water, and you can easily wipe down their surfaces.
In addition, acrylic dog crates do not absorb smells. This means that they will not retain any odors from your furry friend, even if they have accidents inside the crate.
5. They Are Highly Portable
Last but not least, acrylic dog crates are very easy to transport. They are much lighter than metal wire cages and can also come with built-in handles, which makes it even easier for you to carry them around. So, if you need to travel with your pooch, then these crates will be a great option for you.
The same thing when you need to re-arrange the furniture in your home. You can easily move these crates around without having to ask for help from other people.
Key Considerations When Buying an Acrylic Dog Crate
Now that you know some of the benefits of using an acrylic dog crate for your furry family member, it is time to take a look at some key considerations when making your purchase. These factors will help ensure that you get the best item for your money and for your dog’s needs.
Size of the Crate
Ideally, the clear acrylic dog crate that you buy should be big enough for your pooch to move around comfortably, but not too big that it takes up a lot of space in your home. To know which size to get, it is best to take measurements of your dog. Here are the steps that you can take.
1. Place your dog in a standing position.
2. With a measuring tape, measure the height of your dog from the top of his head to the ground. This will give you an idea of how tall the crate should be.
3. Measure the width and length of your dog by placing the tape around their body (from his chest to his backside). This will give you an idea of how wide and long the crate should be.
4. Add two to three inches to each measurement that you get. This additional space will ensure that your pooch is comfortable inside the acrylic crate and that they can move around without any problems.
There are many different sizes available on the market today, so take your time in choosing the right one for your dog. If you are not sure about the size, then you can always ask the shop’s representative for help. They will be more than happy to assist you in making the right decision.
The Crate’s Design
When it comes to acrylic dog crates, there are several designs that you can choose from. There are those that come with a single door, while others have two doors. There are also some that come with a removable roof, while others have a solid roof.
The design that you choose will depend on your preferences and on your dog’s needs. For example, if you want to place the crate in a corner of the room, then getting one with two doors might be more convenient for you. This way, you can access the inside of the crate from either side.
On the other hand, if you are planning to use the crate as a piece of furniture, then getting one with a solid roof might be a better option for you. This way, you can rest assured that the top surface will not move easily when you place something on it.
Acrylic dog crates can come with cool features that make them more comfortable for your dog. For example, you can find something with ventilation slits that will help ensure that your pet gets enough air inside the crate.
There are also some models that come with a built-in food and water bowl. This can be very convenient, especially if you are planning to use the crate for travel. Having a built-in bowl will save you from having to pack an extra one when you go on trips.
Moreover, there are also those which come with extra beddings. This is a great feature that ensures your dog will be totally comfortable inside the crate. Not to mention that it will also help keep them warm during cold nights.
Material of the Crate
Depending on the brand, acrylic dog crates can be made from different materials. However, the most popular options on the market today would be the Lucite or plexiglass dog house.
If you want something that will last for a long time, then getting one made from Lucite would be your best bet. On the other hand, if you are on a budget and do not mind replacing the acrylic cage every now and then, then getting one made from plexiglass would be a good option for you.
Apart from those which are entirely made of clear acrylic, you can also find crates that are made from a combination of acrylic and metal wire. There are also those with wooden frames and acrylic panels, which are a great option if you have a home with a rustic theme.
Generally speaking, your choice of material will depend on your budget and on your personal preferences. Just make sure that you pick something that will be comfortable for your pooch and will last for a long time.
The price of a clear acrylic dog crate can range from $200 to $1,000 depending on the size, construction, material, and functionality. Of course, the price will also depend on the brand.
However, it is important to note that just because a product is expensive means that it is the best option for your needs. There are many affordable acrylic dog crates on the market today with great designs and are made of high-quality materials.
To ensure that you are getting a good deal, it is important that you compare the prices of different products before finalizing your purchase.
Where to Shop for Acrylic Dog Crates
The easiest way to find acrylic dog crates is to do a quick search on the internet. However, it is important that you only buy from reputable sellers to ensure that you are getting a high-quality product.
So, how do you know if a shop is reputable? One way to do this is to read reviews. You can also ask for recommendations from your friends or family members who have purchased acrylic dog crates in the past. This way, you can be sure that you are buying from a trusted source.
Another thing to consider is the return policy of the seller. This is important, especially if you are buying the crate online. Make sure that the shop has a good return policy so that you can get your money back in case you are not satisfied with the product when you receive it.
Acrylic Dog Crate FAQs
Q: Is acrylic safe for my dog?
A: Yes, acrylic is a safe material for your dog. Unlike traditional plastic, which can cause allergies in dogs, acrylic is hypoallergenic. If you are not sure whether or not an item is safe to use, it is best to consult with your veterinarian first.
Q: How often do I have to clean a clear acrylic dog crate?
A: The frequency of cleaning will depend on how often you use the crate. If you only use it occasionally, then you can just wipe it down with a damp cloth every now and then. However, if you use it frequently, then you might have to wash it with soap and water once a week.
Q: Are acrylic crates suitable for all types of dog breeds?
A: More often than not, these crates are used for smaller dog breeds. But if you have a large breed, then you can always get a customized acrylic crate that can accommodate them.
Q: Can I put an acrylic dog crate outdoors?
A: Yes, you can put an acrylic dog crate outdoors. However, it is important to note that acrylic is not UV-resistant. This means that it can become yellowed or brittle over time when exposed to direct sunlight. If you are planning on using the crate outdoors, make sure that you put it in a shaded area to prolong its lifespan.
When buying an acrylic dog crate, it is important that you take your time in making a decision. This way, you can be sure that you are getting a product that is made of high-quality material and will be comfortable for your pooch. With a bit of research and the information we provide in this article, you should be able to find the perfect acrylic crate for your needs without breaking the bank.
For more useful pet care tips, feel free to check the other posts on our site. Happy shopping!
A dog truly is a person’s best friend. We invest in their lives, find emotional comfort and relationship with our furry friends, and develop deep connections. Because of this, when we are happy, our dogs are happy, and when our dogs are happy, so are we. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes our furry friends struggle, and these struggles cannot only bring down our pets, but can affect us as well. We want to see our pets happy, we don’t want to watch them be in pain, be stressed, or even be anxious.
While it might surprise you, giving your dog CBD can actually be an effective way to help your best friend through difficult times, injuries, or old age.
CBD, not THC
First and foremost, we are not saying to give your dog marijuana. In fact, THC can actually make your dog very sick. It is important to distinguish that while both THC and CBD come from the cannabis plant, they are different things. THC causes a reaction in humans that many of us are familiar with—whether first hand or second hand—that is known as “getting high.” CBD, however, another production of the cannabis plant, can help reduce inflammation, help to cope with stress, and improve sleep habits in humans.
While humans can tolerate both CBD and THC, your pets can only tolerate CBD, so ensure to find a healthy dose if you are considering giving your dog CBD.
Why Should I Give my Dog CBD?
There are a number of reasons why you may be considering giving your dog CBD. Obviously, this is not something that you just give your furry friend regularly for no reason. Giving your dog CBD is with the desire of improving their quality of life.
Many dogs suffer from stress, anxiety, attachment disorders, pain, and arthritis, and CBD can be used to remedy this.
Especially if you have a former stray, or abused pet, your dog may struggle with attachment anxiety, and stress caused by sounds or certain settings. CBD can be a great tool for helping your pet to move through anxiety symptoms, and even develop new neuropathways to assist it in healing from past mental wounds. This type of treatment should be done carefully, and notably, but may help improve your pet’s emotional ability and significantly reduce their day-to-day stress levels.
Another reason for administering CBD to your dog can be a post-injury scenario. Many dogs when injured, whether through an accident, or through a skin condition (such as fleas and ticks) have a habit of reopening wounds by biting or scratching the effected area. CBD has a significant effect of calming itches and the desire to itch for dogs. Giving your healing dog CBD can help ensure that it heals quickly, and does so without further aggravating or reopening their wounds.
Lastly, arthritis and old age are two things that we struggle watching our pets deal with. This type of pain that comes with older joints and age can make your dog less lively, and in some cases less happy. CBD is a great tool for reducing inflammation, and mildly assisting pain reduction. Giving your arthritis-affected, or older dog CBD treats can help to treat their ailments.
How Do I Give My Dog CBD?
First and foremost, you should never give your dog a CBD supplement made for humans. The human endocannabinoid system allows us to process cannabinoids (such as CBD and THC) in a specific way. Dogs also have an endocannabinoid system, but just like other nutritions and supplements, they process cannabinoids at a different level than humans. If you administer a dose of CBD to a dog that you would give yourself, you may get your dog sick. Thus, ensure that you acquire a dog-directed CBD supplement for your pet.
Additionally, you will want a CBD treat that is paired with other compounds to help your dog best ingest, and best enjoy their CBD supplement.
At this point, schedule a treatment plan for your pet, and keep a notebook of their treatment. It is important that you document any changes to their behavior, and that you can accurately decide when to, and when not to give your dog CBD, as well as how it is affecting their condition.
Where Can I Get CBD for my Dog?
There are a few places to get a CBD treat for your dog. ElleVet has a researched and backed CBD + CBDA product that has been clinically tested, and is tailor made for your pet. In addition, they provide a plethora of scientific data and proof regarding the use and effectiveness of their pet CBD product. Once you have found the right product for your pet, make sure that you follow the instructions of the distributor or your vet.
Urinary tract infections in cats are characterized by increased frequency of urination, difficulty in urination, soreness in the bladder, and occasionally the presence of blood in the urine. They will typically avoid urinating in the litter box at all costs. A cat with a UTI prefers smooth surfaces like the floor, bathtub, or shower enclosure.
There is no cause to be worried if your cat develops a urinary tract infection (UTI). Here are home remedies for your cat’s UTI and the symptoms. These remedies have the potential to alleviate the pain associated with a UTI, as well as to lessen or get rid of the infection altogether.
What Are Urinary Tract Infections in Cats?
Cats rarely suffer from urinary tract infections (also known as UTIs). Only 1% to 3% of cats exhibiting symptoms of urinary tract infection may develop a disease.
It is essential to differentiate urinary tract infections (UTIs) from other diseases, such as crystals in the urine because UTIs can seem like a wide variety of other medical issues. Your vet can identify the difference with basic testing.
Bacteria typically cause cats’ urinary tract infections. Urinary tract infections caused by bacteria in cats are typically not difficult to cure, and medicine is usually effective against these infections. Chronic infections that don’t respond to treatment may require extra testing to determine why your cat is prone to UTIs.
Symptoms of a Cat UTI
Even though a urinary infection in cats is a potentially life-threatening problem, the good news is that there are several warning signs that are simple to recognize.
The following is a list of the most typical symptoms that a cat may exhibit if they are suffering from a urinary disorder:
Frequent litterbox use
Howling when urinating
Blood in the urine
Urinating outside the litterbox
Frequent or prolonged urination
Causes of UTI
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are especially common in kitties and are usually caused by numerous bacteria species.
Other factors that may contribute to the development of a urinary tract infection (UTI) include an injury to the urethra, urine retention, stress, and problems with the spinal cord.
But remember, some viruses and some pre-existing health conditions also lead to UTIs in cats.
Remedies for a Cat UTI
There are a number of remedies for a cat UTI that are helpful in treating the infection. Rather than attacking the difficulty with antibiotics, which can lead to undesired side effects, it is recommended that medications not be used.
The juniper berry is a type of herb that assists the kidneys in more efficiently eliminating waste and toxins from the bloodstream. This can stimulate urine production, cleaning your cat’s system and removing harmful bacteria from the urinary tract.
This herb reduces inflammation, which helps ease your cat’s UTI pain. Juniper berry can fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi, helping to cure your cat’s UTI.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural treatment for a number of conditions, including urinary tract infections (UTIs), that are rather frequent in cats. However, excessive dosages might be dangerous, so limit the intake.
Apple cider’s acidity can help prevent bacteria in your cat’s urinary tract. This reduces and eliminates UTIs in cats.
Before administering it to your cat, dilute the apple cider vinegar with water. Apple cider vinegar should never be given to cats in its pure form.
A few drops in their water daily should be sufficient for little cats weighing less than four pounds. Cats weighing more than six pounds can have as much as one-half of a teaspoon daily. Medium-sized cats should get 1/4 teaspoon every day.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Glucosamine and chondroitin are two supplements used for managing arthritis joint discomfort; however, they can also be used to lessen the symptoms of a feline urinary tract infection (UTI). Glucosamine has the potential to assist in the replacement of a substance found in the lining of the bladder wall in cats. Chondroitin helps avoid the breakdown of this compound.
Two supplements can repair the bladder wall and reduce microbial infection. This alleviates inflammation as well as the other symptoms of a UTI. You should give your cat 100 milligrams of glucosamine and 50 milligrams of chondroitin for every ten pounds the cat weighs.
In addition to managing the pH level and strengthening the bladder wall, it is essential to keep your cat adequately hydrated when treating a cat UTI. This will assist in cleaning out the bladder and preventing the buildup of potentially dangerous bacteria.
You can hydrate your cat with bone broth. Bone broth hydrates and includes nutrients and minerals that fight illness. Bone broth’s amino acids, glycine and arginine, decrease inflammation.
Marshmallow roots can destroy germs, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the bladder lining to fight a UTI. It serves as a diuretic to enhance urine flow and clean the bladder.
According to research, marshmallow root’s mucilage can soothe membranes and support the bladder lining.
According to studies, cranberry juice can treat UTIs. It stops bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract. Bacteria can’t produce an infection if they can’t attach to the urinary tract.
Unfortunately, the high sugar content of cranberry juice makes it unsuitable for felines. However, there are other possibilities. A few drops of cranberry concentrate have less sugar than cranberry juice.
Parsley leaf is a powerful diuretic that can facilitate urine elimination. In addition to their high nutritional value, parsley leaves possess antibacterial properties, making them an excellent choice for treating urinary tract infections.
The leaf of the uva ursi plant is one of the most potent natural astringents that can be found. Holistic vets utilize it to fight UTI-causing bacteria. It can prevent bleeding and bring down the inflammatory response caused by these illnesses.
If you do not have time or access to the above-mentioned remedies for feline UTI treatment, then the best solution is to offer your kitty some medically formulated cat food specially made to cure feline UTI infections. You can find all the best possible options such as non prescription cat food for urinary crystals easily online.
Are Some Cats Predisposed to UTIs?
Older female cats and cats with diabetes mellitus get UTIs more often. Cats with bladder stones are susceptible to repeated UTIs, highlighting the significance of a full diagnosis anytime there are urinary tract indications. Bladder stones must be eliminated or broken to restore bladder health.
Humans are curious and imaginative, so they make up their own theories and ideas when they can’t explain nature’s mysteries. Even though such hypotheses are generally false, they still fascinate people and become myths and tales. There are many misconceptions regarding the animal kingdom due to its unusual creatures and strange behaviors.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common misconceptions:
Ostriches Bury Their Heads in the Sand
The photographs of ostriches with their heads buried in the sand that you can find on the internet are not what they appear to be. Ostriches do not hide from potential danger by burying their heads in the sand. Instead, they will either flee away or flop down on the ground and flatten their heads to fit in with the various types of vegetation in their environments. However, ostriches use their beaks to help dig holes when making their nests and hiding their eggs in those nests. After that, they will turn the eggs multiple times throughout the day. It would be difficult for an ostrich to keep its head down since it couldn’t breathe.
Rabbits Lay Eggs
Rabbits are placental mammals which sleep on comfy bedding, meaning their embryos spend an average of 31 days developing inside their mothers’ uteri before they are born. Since eggs are historical symbols of rebirth, this egg-laying mythology is presumably based on the rabbit’s prodigious fertility. Heres a refresher on do rabbits lay eggs.
Goldfish Has 3-Second Memories
The imaginative human thinks a goldfish’s weak memory makes every swim around its bowl a new experience, but the truth is quite the contrary. Studies suggest goldfish can store memories as old as three months, do complicated activities, and expect meals. They may have the same level of intelligence as birds and even some animals.
Penguins Are Monogamous and Mate for Life
Penguins aren’t monogamous, contrary to assumption. During the breeding season, 85% of Emperor Penguins and 71% of King Penguins switch partners. And although they appear to be monogamous, as shown by the DNA of their offspring, Gentoo penguins, along with one-third of female Humboldt penguins, are unfaithful to their partners, according to a study of 19 of these birds.
You Can Charm a Snake With Music
You’ve seen movies featuring a man playing a lengthy instrument to lure a snake out of a basket. This so-called “snake charmer” is not only extremely risky but also requires some element of magic to succeed. Since snakes lack ears, they are completely unable to hear the music; yet, they are sensitive to the vibrations caused by it. The snake is made to feel threatened by the performer, so the snake charmer hypnotizes the animal by waving the instrument around in front of it. This causes the snake to become agitated. Therefore, it is impossible to charm a snake with music, and we do not advise anyone to attempt to seduce a snake in any way.
Earthworm, Cut In Half, Becomes Two
You may have imagined that when an earthworm is cut in half, two new earthworms regenerate from each piece, but this is not true. If an earthworm is severed, the section that still contains its head can regenerate the rest of the body, but the portion of the earthworm that was cut off without its head would die. On the other hand, planarian flatworms can create a whole individual from as little as a sliver of a parent organism.
Vultures Stalk Living Animals
It’s a common misconception that vultures will prey on living creatures even though they know they will die soon. All they need is a good set of senses, which enables them to locate their food, which in their case is often already-dead animals. There have been reports of turkey vultures congregating around leaking gas pipelines that contain compounds that smell like rotting organic stuff. Vultures also recognize where animals are most likely to die, such as areas with low rainfall, and they go there specifically to find dead items to eat.
Camels Store Water in Their Humps
It’s a common misunderstanding that camels keep water in the humps on their backs. Camels store fat in their humps, which provides them with a source of energy. The humps have enough food for three weeks’ worth of consumption inside of them. In addition, this function helps maintain a healthy internal temperature.
However, it is a fact that camels can go for extended periods without needing to drink much water. This water is taken in by their bloodstream, kidneys, and intestines, where it is then stored and digested.
Bats Are Blind
Bats can be spotted on Zoo sites if you know when and how to look. Several bat kinds are native to Virginia, and Zoo workers are captivated by them, so we debunked this myth. Bats do not have poor eyesight. They can see as well as humans, but at night they utilize echolocation to find food and land. Bats, like many other creatures, are nocturnal, which means that they like to sleep during the day and go hunting at night.
We learn that bears find a den each fall to hibernate during the winter. For an animal to enter a state of hibernation, its internal temperature must be lowered to a point comparable to that of the surrounding environment. During the winter, bears engage in torpor, which involves inactivity and a temporary decrease in body temperature. Even while ‘hibernating,’ a bear may still defend itself against predators from the outside world, so take extra precautions.
Bulls Get Mad When They See the Color Red
Matadors traditionally use a red cape in bullfights to signal the bull to charge. You might assume bulls dislike red, right? No, not quite like that. Cattle are dichromats, meaning their eyes have only two color receptors at any time. Because of this, the red cape does not appear to the bull in the same striking manner as it does to us. More likely, it’s agitated by the matador’s activities, driving it to charge.
All Turtles Use Their Shells to Hide When They Feel Threatened
This statement is mainly true; however, there is one point that is not accurate. Most tortoises and turtles may withdraw their heads, tails, and feet within their shells when frightened or to avoid predators. The carapace and plastron protect turtles and tortoises’ internal organs. All turtles are tortoises, but not all tortoises are turtles.
Owning a pet comes with a lot of responsibility. Not only do you have to make sure your furry friend gets enough exercise and proper nutrition, but you also need to provide them with toys and treats that keep them happy and healthy. One great way to do this is by using a dog treats canister. These containers make it easy to store and dispense treats, making it the perfect way to reward your pup for a job well done.
Here’s a look at the different uses and benefits of dog-treat canisters. We’ll also provide some tips on how to store your dog’s treats. So whether you’re looking to teach your pets some new tricks or just want to make sure their snacks are kept fresh, read on for all you need to know about a dog treats canister.
A Convenient Way to Store Dog Treats
Most quality pet containers such as a dog treat canister ceramic is strong and durable, but also lightweight and easy to carry around. They have a tight-fitting lid that helps keep the treats fresh and a wide opening at the top that allows you to easily put in or remove the treats. The lid shuts firmly so that your dog cannot get into them without your help. The canisters are made of durable plastic with a handle on the side that makes them easy to carry around when full.
The small size is ideal for storing individual packets of treats, while the large size is perfect for storing larger bags. The containers can also be used to store other items like kibble or cat food if you have pets who eat that kind of food too.
Keep You Dog Treat Fresh and Healthy
Dog treats are a special part of your dog’s daily diet, so it is important that you can keep them fresh and healthy. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to keep your dog’s food fresh and dry, then consider purchasing metal or plastic dog treat container.
Some of the canisters come with locking lids so that you can keep them closed at all times. Some even come with a spoon that allows your pet to scoop out their favorite treats without any trouble at all. When looking for a good place to get the best pet treat container, consider visiting https://bitchnewyork.com/collections/dog-treat-jars.
Save Room for Storing Items
Treat containers for dogs are one way of keeping your pet’s treats organized and safe from harm. These containers come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. Some of them even come with lids that open up so you can see what is inside without having to open the entire container. You can keep them in an area where they are easily accessible when your dog needs them but at the same time, you need to make sure that they won’t get into something that is toxic or harmful to them.
Easy to Decorate and Personalize
Dog treat canisters don’t have to be boring and plain – they can be decorated with your favorite colors, patterns, and images. Personalized dog treats canisters are easy to decorate and personalize. You can choose from a variety of different designs, including Christmas trees, snowmen, and more. If you want something more unique, you can even upload a picture of your pet or child onto the canister. This makes it even more special.
Can Be Used For Training
Training your dog is always a top priority for responsible pet owners, and one way to reinforce good behavior is by using treats as a reward. The best dog treat canisters have a number of features that make them more effective when it comes to training your dog. They can be used at home or on the go, and they provide your dog with a source of food that is always available. This helps to keep him busy, which is especially important when you are trying to train him to do something new.
Dog Equipment and Supplies Checklist for New Dog Owners
There’s something very comforting and loving about having a dog be a part of your family. While bringing a new pet into your home can be a lot of fun, it can also be a little stressful.
If you’re planning on welcoming a new dog into your family, and you want to do so as effectively as possible, keep on reading for our must-have list of dog equipment.
Collars and Leashes
A good quality collar and leash are two of the most important items on the list.
The collar should be comfortable for the dog to wear and sturdy enough to hold up to daily wear and tear. The leash should be the proper length for the dog and also be made of durable material.
Collars like martingale leashes combine collar and leash into one. An article on a martingale leash said that this works best for dogs that usually chase other dogs, are not being walked, are pullers, or dogs suffering from ADHD.
Crate or Kennel
Crates are dogs’ safe place where they can go to relax and feel secure.
The crate or kennel should be large enough for dogs to stand up or turn around in, but not too big. It should be made of strong material that will not collapse if the dog bumps into it or jumps on it.
It should have a soft and comfortable bed or mattress inside for the dog to lie on. The crate or kennel should be placed in a safe, quiet place in the home.
Bowls for Food and Water
When choosing a bowl, make sure it’s the right size for your dog and is made of durable material.
You may also want to get a separate bowl for water and one for food, or choose a bowl that has dividers to keep the two separate. You’ll also want to make sure the bowl is easy to clean.
Your puppy must have different and interesting toys to play with, if not, they might chew on your belongings. Chew toys also help keep your dog’s teeth clean while they exercise their jaws. They also provide mental stimulation for your fur baby.
Dog Equipment for Grooming
Quality dog supplies like shampoo, conditioner, and de-shedding tools are essential. You will also need a brush, comb, and nail clippers.
This also includes items for cleaning, such as a vacuum cleaner, steam mop, paper towels, and waste bags. It is also important to have the proper shampoo, conditioner, and grooming tools, such as a brush and comb.
These are some essential items every new dog owner should have on hand. Proper preparation also includes research.
New dog owners should take the time to learn about their dog’s breed and specific needs. As a new dog owner, it is important to be prepared with the proper dog equipment and supplies.
By taking the time to properly prepare, new dog owners can set their furry friends up for success and provide them with a loving, forever home.
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According to data collected by the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 76,000,000 households in the U.S. have dogs. If you’re one of the millions of families who own a dog, you understand the importance of having a well-trained dog.
If you aren’t sure how your pup measures up, this guide will describe some of the traits your dog should have. Keep reading to learn what they are.
1. Your Dog Remains Focused
A well-trained dog can stay focused on specific tasks. This is a dog who can take on a variety of responsibilities in any kind of setting without getting distracted.
This type of training is most often seen in a service dog. Service dogs are trained to help complete tasks that are difficult for their owners.
2. Your Dog Doesn’t Struggle With Separation Anxiety
Another trait of a well-trained dog is one without separation anxiety. If you’ve ever done any pet sitting, you know some dogs struggle with breaking away from their family.
You might notice separation anxiety with your dog. Even something as simple as going into another room sends your dog into a panic.
Dogs who start getting training at an early age understand that their humans aren’t abandoning them and will do fine if left alone for some time.
3. Your Dog Listens to Your Commands
Another trait of a well-trained canine companion is following commands. If you only have to tell your dog once to come before he does, you have a well-trained and behaved pup.
A well-trained dog learns and can remember all kinds of commands easily. This is usually the case with dogs who start training as puppies. Your dog should know how to sit and stay with simple hand gestures.
4. Your Dog Adapts Well to Change
Most dogs, especially as they start to age, have a hard time adapting to change. A well-trained pup will be able to manage any changes to his or her environment without becoming stressed or lethargic.
Their ability to focus is what allows them to learn how to manage their owner’s needs in every new environment.
5. Your Dog Does Well on a Leash
One of the most common problems dog owners face is leash pulling. An excited puppy will pull on their leash as they try to explore new scents as they walk.
Dogs who started their training as puppies will let their owners guide them and will never try to walk far ahead of them. If your dog is struggling with pulling or any other behavioral issue, you might want to consider dog training. You can learn more about it and book a session right away.
Work to Develop These Traits of a Well-Trained Dog
These are the top traits every well-trained dog should have. If your dog is struggling in any of these areas, you should consider training.
Check out some of our other pet blogs if you found useful information in this one.