Hello and welcome to my blog for pets. I started this blog in order to help people care for the pets with the best knowledge that I have gained throughout the course of my life. Happy pets are the best and my main goal here is for all pets to have a happy and healthy life.
Both my husband and I have had aquariums in the past, so when my husband came to me and said, “I want a fish tank.” I hesitantly agreed. Fish tanks can be a lot of work, but it can also be worth it to set up your own aquarium. With my husband agreeing to do most of the water changes, we headed to the pet store. We knew that we needed to set up everything and have it running before we ever thought about fish. We found a 20-gallon hexagon column type tank. While I wanted a bow front, my husband fell in love and HAD to have it.
This was our tank all set up.
(Fish included, but I’ll get to that later!)
To this day, I wish I had taken more pictures, but I never planned on writing about our tank, until now.
We set it up and decided we wanted to put in cichlids. If there is a cichlid for dummies book, I need it!! We went to a different pet store and told them, “We want a cichlid tank, what do we need?” We were directed to a very cool sand called, Aragonite. Most people use it for saltwater tanks, but it is also great for cichlids as it helps keep the ph up without relying on chemicals.
I wish I would have checked Amazon because it is priced better!
So we set our tank up with the sand, a heater, filter and air stones. We waited one week before taking in a water sample and when they told us our water was good to go, we started looking for fish. When an employee asked us about our tank, he told us that cichlids definitely need more room and a vertical tank is not ideal, we should have listened!!
Cichlids need more surface area as they are very territorial and a lot bigger size to grow.
We went to another well-known pet store, where an experienced lady told us we should look at different types of fish, but if we absolutely wanted cichlids, we might be able to get away with 5, but not for long.
And we quickly learned this. The first time we noticed two of our fish being VERY territorial, I told my husband, “WE NEED A BIGGER TANK!!”
20 Gallon Fish Tanks
I really liked our 20-gallon tank. It was cute. It was simple and it fit next to our tv stand perfectly. I liked how you could look around from different angles and be able to see the fish better. So if you are into community fish, I find a 20 gallon can be perfect for even beginners.
My husband has more of a decorative eye and while I was willing to throw the fish tank on part of the kitchen counter, he wanted a stand. We searched and searched. We drove back and forth across town checking prices. (Why we didn’t just call, I do not know!) We finally found one that would fit our tank and it was on sale too!
Seasonal allergies are very common in dogs just like humans. Some allergies precipitate in summers while some in winters but mainly dogs faces allergy issues in the summer time. These allergies can cause wet eyes, scratching, rashes in skin, sneezing, and also excessive itching with red patches in your dog which even worsens when the temperature rises in summers.
In order to keep your dog healthy and allergy free, you must be aware of the particular allergies that might happen in summer time.
Below are the types of allergies that are found in dogs:
Atopy (atopic dermatitis)
Allergies can be caused in dogs by many reasons like through dust mites, pollens, food ingredients, cigarette smoke, mold, insects, cleaning products, plants etc.
However, in summer time, the atopy allergies which is caused by the direct inhalation of dust mites, mold etc by dogs is very common. It is just like hay fever (caused by pollen allergens) in humans.
What is exactly Atopic Dermatitis allergy in dogs?
Atopic is a chronic skin disease that is linked with allergies. In this the allergic reactions can come up with the environmental surroundings like dust mites, grass and other allergens present in the atmosphere like pollens.
These allergens enter into the body of our dog through normal inhalation or direct contact with the skin. When the body of the dog responds to this allergen, it is resulted as an inflammation of the skin or what we call as “allergic dermatitis”. Dogs mainly suffer from this allergy between the ages of 3 months to 6 years.
Infection in ears
Loss of fur from excessive scratching or itching
Rashes in skin, irritation
Rubbing and scratching of skin
The main areas where these allergy triggers are dog’s toes or paws, ears, eyes, underarms, wrists, ankles etc.
What are the precautions to prevent this allergy?
Allergies are mainly caused because of the poor immune system. One of the best ways to prevent allergies is to give your dog healthy food and herbs. Here is the list of some precautionary foods:
Baking soda: This is one of the very effective food ingredients to relax the inflamed skin of your dog.
Aloe leaf: The aloe plant leaves contain the enzymes that can provide an immediate ease to your dog’s itchy skin.
Green tea: Green tea contains anti-inflammatory and antihistamine effects that can soothe the dog’s itchy skin.
Sprouted Seeds: The seeds contain essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes to fight against the allergens present in the dog’s body.
Colostrum: This is found in mammalian’s mother milk that helps in the development of the strong immune system in dog’s body since the time of birth.
Is there any medicine or treatment for the dog allergies?
Yes, there are treatments for the dog allergies:
First and foremost, use a wet cloth to wipe down your dog every time it comes after the walk, to remove allergens from its body.
Use anti-allergic shampoos for its bathing.
Use of medicated spray is also a helpful solution to provide your dog an immediate relief from itching.
Give it an anti-allergic tablet if the situation is not under control but only after the consultation of the vet.
Thus, dogs are like our family members, for their better health and survival, it is very essential to notice their allergy symptoms timely. Consult with the vet immediately, if the situation starts worsening suddenly.
Deepak is the founder of IndiaPups.com– a wholesome place for loving and caring for our dogs. At heart, he is a musician and an animal lover. At work, he is a serial entrepreneur and an e-commerce marketing specialist. Loves to chat about new things and a sucker for cute dog images!
To successfully trim your dog’s nails, you going to need the right tool. Just like with any job ( and it can be quite the job to trim nails!) you need the right tools. So you go to your local pet store and find the aisle with the nail clippers. Sure, they can all get the job done, they look easy enough to use, and they should all work the same.
Not all nail clippers can get the job done and they do not all work the same. The 2 most popular styles of nail clippers are the guillotine and the scissor type. The one I’ve heard people use the most is the guillotine. And I’ll explain the pros and cons of both!
Guillotine Nail Clippers
While these clippers can get the job done, there is one main reason I do not like them and i refer people away from them. The guillotine style only has 1 cutting edge, so the nail does not have even pressure applied when you are trying to make a cut. A few things can happen. The nail clipper can bend, not allowing you to make a quick and easy cut. Or it can only cut part of the nail, causing you to have to readjust the clippers and make a second cut. When you are cutting your dog’s nails, you want the easiest and quickest way. Dogs don’t like to hold still as is.
Scissor Style Nail Clippers
These are my personal favorite style of nail clippers for dogs. There are 2 cutting edges, causing even pressure on the dog’s nail. Thus making a clean and easy cut. I use this style and have for quite some time. Most of this style even comes with a guide to help you not cut too much off of your dog’s nail. The Scissor style also comes in many sizes. Small for puppies and toy sized dogs, medium for medium and even some large dogs and large for large and extra large dogs. The size you want depends of the size and thickness of your dog’s nails. You wouldn’t need the large clippers for a small dog and the small clippers definitely wouldn’t work for a medium – large dog.
In each and every one of your dog’s nails is a quick and a nerve. The quick is the blood vessel that is very painful to cut. You want to avoid the quick, but just know that if you do happen to cut it, there is a product called styptic powder that can stop the bleeding in a few seconds. Even the pros sometimes catch a tricky quick and apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding. It’s never fun to quick a dog, so be careful.
This is a great diagram on where and how to cut your dog’s nails.
A good rule of thumb is to make the cut so that your dog’s nail will be even with his pad once you have made the cut. Unless your dog is way overdue for a nail trim, then in that case it is better to take a little off at a time.
I always hear clients complain that their dog will run away or move around too much while they are trying to trim their nails. Having someone there to help you hold your dog is always helpful. Another tip is to put your dog on an elevated surface, such as a dryer or a table outside. When you dog is on the couch or the floor, you are in their territory. They will get away with anything they can behavior wise. When you elevate your dog from their territory, they are more likely to hold still. Which is why groomers use grooming tables!
If you still are not comfortable cutting your dog’s nail, give your local groomer a call! Many groom shops have walk-ins available for nail trimming and are happy to do it for you.
Cutting your dog’s nails is very important. Keeping them shorter will insure your dog is walking properly and not causing pain when he/she does walk. If your dog’s nail have gotten too long, it will take some time to get them shorter sine the quick recedes over time. Check your dog’s nails once a month and if you notice them long, it’s time to get the clippers out or take a trip to your favorite salon!
With owning a dog, dog crates have to be one of the best inventions out there! There are many reasons to have one for your dog. Just a few reasons are keeping your dog safe, keeping your household undamaged, and keeping your dog from escaping.
Dog crates allow you to know that your dog is not getting into anything that could harm him/her. Even if you left something out that could harm your dog, (chemicals, sharp objects, certain foods) you will know your dog is safely tucked away in the crate.
Ever come home to your shoes chewed up? Maybe even a wall? (My dog loved to chew on the crown molding in my house as a pup!) I know lots of pups that take to trash can diving when their owners are not home. There comes a great piece of mind knowing that your house and belongings will still be intact when your dog is in a crate.
If you need to be away from your home, for work or whatever reasons, puppies and dogs can get bored. Bored can turn into destruction and if you don’t have a crate, that means everything that is reachable is fair game.
I’ve seen many videos online of dogs who are master escape artists. Dogs that can open doors and even locked doors can be a scary thought if you need to leave your precious pups at home. With a crate, you won’t need to worry.
A general rule for getting the right sized dog crate is to find a size that your puppy or dog can stand in, lay down in and turn around in. If you get one that is too big, your puppy or dog may use part of the crate as a bathroom. Dog do not like to potty where they sleep, so if a kennel is too big, your dog will feel like there is still enough room to sleep and potty. That is something you do not want!
Most large crates come with a divider that you can move as your puppy grows so that the crate is not too large and so that you do not need to keep buying larger crates.
However, with puppies for the first month or so I would highly recommend just putting them in an empty crate. Reason being, puppies are prone to have accidents and having a crate bed can mean more of a clean up for you. It’s always recommended to take your puppy out every 30-45 minutes while they are still young, but if you need to be away longer, your puppy may have to potty. Cleaning a crate bottom will be a lot easier that also cleaning a bed, toys and anything else you may out in there.
NEVER put anything in your puppy or dogs crate that can become a choking hazard. Always watch your pet with any new toys to ensure that they cannot bite pieces or parts off and choke.
If you are going to crate train your puppy at night time, understand there will be whining and crying for the first few nights up to a week.
DO NOT GIVE IN!!
Your puppy is smart! Too smart in fact. He or she will whine and cry to get you to let them out because they just spent the first 8 weeks sleeping with their littermates and mom. If you let them out, they will realize that they can continue to whine and cry and the cycle will never end.
I know it’s hard to hear your puppy cry, but in the end, they will benefit greatly from being crate trained for bedtime!
I will suggest putting their favorite stuffed animal or a t-shirt that smells like you in their crate to comfort them.
Some dogs enjoy a blanket covering their crate. That is something you will have to figure out if it works for your puppy or dog. Some dogs will pull the blanket into the crate a shred away. If you’d like to try a blanket, place one over your dog’s crate and keep an eye on them to make sure it doesn’t become a tug a rope.
Putting the crate in a common area of the house will allow your dog to get used to having it around. Leave the door(s) open during the day so that your puppy or dog can lay down or take naps. Soon they will love to sleep in their crate.
Great Dog Crates
My favorite crates are the ones that come with 2 or more dogs. Reason being, I can place it anywhere in my house and still have accessibility to a door. Here are some of my favorite small, medium and large dog crates.
My dog, Daisy has this exact crate, even though it only has one door, I think it’s adorable!
The benefits of crate training greatly outweigh any reason not to have one. The safety of your pet comes first and dog crates can play a key factor in keeping your puppy or dog safe! Crates are great training tools and should be used as such. I do not recommend using a dog crate for timeouts. Nor do I suggest putting your dog in a crate outside, as it can get too hot or cold and your dog will not be able to find shade or shelter.
I am a dog groomer by trade. I see dogs of all shapes and sizes with different hair types. And I know what I’m about to say sounds a little crazy!
But I HATE charging people extra money when their dogs are matted!!!
Matted or shedding dogs take a lot more time. Your groomer basically has to give your dog two haircuts or take a lot of extra time removing loose undercoat. Groomers cannot get a matted dog wet (and you shouldn’t either) because it makes the mats tighter.
Because a matted dog takes more time and work, grooming shops have to charge more for that time and work. It’s not fun to pay more than you need to, so I’ll list the products you will need to help save you some money at the groomers each and every time.
For short haired dogs, such as labs, boxers, etc., it doesn’t require much more than 5 minutes a day!! If your dog sheds a lot, you can save money just by simply running a brush over your dog for a few minutes a day.
Wet or Dry the Kong ZoomGroom is a great way to help reduce shedding for your short haired dog!
Another great tool for short haired dogs is the Furminator deShedding Tool. Just be careful not to brush too hard, as the edge is sharp. This tool can get a significant amount of undercoat out of your dogs coat.
It absolutely thrills me to see people walk their dogs!! Especially when the dog just looks like he is on cloud nine. It’s time between the owner and the dog to just explore, see the neighborhood, and both can benefit from it. They walk down the sidewalk as though they were meant to be side by side until the end of time.
Then there are people with their dogs who you just want to pull the car over and help. Their dog is either dragging them all over the place, running in between and around their legs, or getting caught up on every pole, bush or rock they can find.
I’ve seriously contemplated helping a few of these people and their dogs!
Walking your dog should be a breeze and it should be fun. I know many people who simply do not walk their dog because it’s to difficult to manage or they have one good walker and one not so good walker. All dogs should get to smell the neighborhood and pee on some trees. Which brings me to some of the greatest products that have helped so many people be able to walk with their dog.
You want control when you are walking with your pet. A leash that is too long can just cause problems. (Getting hung up on objects, your dog not staying near by, reaching people or dogs before you can.) A leash that is too short can also make it seem like your dog is dragging you. I think the perfect length for walking is 6 feet. Your dog can still walk over by trees and flowers and you’ll still have control of him/her. You can get your dog closer to you so people can walk by or so you can have them meet with other dogs safely.
I prefer a padded leash that is comfortable on the hands. Another great thing to have in a leash is two handles. (MORE control!)
Harnesses or Collars
For older dogs or dogs that already know how to walk, a simple collar will work perfectly. If you have a rowdy dog or one that is still learning to walk on a leash I prefer the PetSafe Gentle Leader or the PetSafe Easy Walk. These two products were designed with hard to walk dogs in mind.
I do NOT recommend any plain type of harness for hard to walk dogs.
You are giving them more power to drag you down the road!! Harnesses were designed for pulling power. Think sled dogs and horses.
These products give you a simple way to teach your dog that if they pull or try to move off the beaten path of where you would like to go, they can’t.
It’s always great to have some poop bags handy, just incase your furry friend needs to go on the walk. The bags pictured also come with a handy carrying dispenser.
I also like to have some water for my dog. In case we take a longer walk than planned or if it is a particularly hot day.
I hope these products can help you enjoy walking your dog. They certainly helped my with my dog and I know many others enjoy the benefits of these simple but effective tools.
When working in Pet stores, one of the main questions I’ve had customers ask is, “What dog toys are the best for tough chewers?” And through my years of experience, I’ve found quite a few.
I know it can be frustrating to spend money on something to only have it be destroyed in minutes. My own dog has been through a plethora of toys. She is so great that she will rip the stitching out of a dog toy, just to get to the squeaker!
So what are some things to look for when trying to pick out the right dog toy for your tough chewer? Which brands are the best? In my opinion, The brands that make the best dog toys for heavy chewers (in no particular order) are;
The main thing you want is durability. You want your dog to be able to chew and chew and chew, and this toy will still live to see another day. So how do you know the toy you pick out is durable? Many toys or balls can be hallow, allowing your dog to create a hole, which leads to the toys being left in pieces that you have to clean up. Wasting your time and money!!
I like to look for dog toys that are made out of solid rubber or plastic. There are very few stuffed animals I have found that are any good for tough chewers. While there have been some dogs I’ve seen that pick out a dog toy or stuffed animal and that is the only one they don’t tear up. I think that is adorable, but it doesn’t solve the problem for all other toys.
Kong is one of the most popular brands known for good dog toys for tough chewers. It’d popular in our household too. From a small puppy to an adult dog, out dog has always had a Kong toy of some sort.
Dog toys that are a challenge or create work for your dog are also a great option for heavy chewers. If your dog is so focused on figuring out a toy or working to get something out of the toy, they will busy and less likely to be destructive. Wether you use treats or your dog’s food (which will help them stay busy while not causing any weight issues) Puzzle dog toys will keep your dog busy because they are working for something.
When dogs become bored, they become destructive!
There are many different types of puzzle and activity toys to choose from. Just be sure to watch your dog when using any toys so you can be sure there are no choking hazards.
PetSafe Busy Buddy Tug-A-Jug is a great puzzle toy to keep your dog busy and undestructive.
Making sure you pick out the right size dog toy can make a world of difference! If you choose a toy that is too small, it will be easily destroyed and can also become a choking hazard. If you choose one that is too LARGE, your dog may become bored with it and never use it.
Luckily, most dog toys are labeled with the correct size depending on your dog’s weight, durability, and/or age. Always get puppies dog toys made for puppies. They are made with a softer material so your puppy won’t break their teeth. Dogs that are a year and older have much stronger teeth and are less likely to break them, but you still want to be careful when choosing a toy. Older dogs can have much more fragile teeth and gums, so again, see if it’s the right toy for age.
Toys for Tough Chewers
Below is a list of my tough chewers favorite toys and you can buy in the link!
Today I want to talk about brushing and bathing your dog. It seems simple enough and it really is. What if i told your that there are tools that help make this simple task even easier?
Well there are and I would like to share them with you.
Short Haired Dogs
For short coated dogs, it’s a long simpler than longer haired dogs. Simply get them wet, rub on the shampoo and rinse! Viola! But what if I told you, you can get even more out of the experience to help you and your dog?
Short haired dogs, such as labs, boxers, chihuahuas, pugs, bulldogs, etc tend to shed A LOT! There’s a lot that plays into this such as their diet, (I’ll go over this more in a food post!) Bathing your short haired dog is a good way to help drastically reduce shedding, but you need the right tools.
Long Haired Dogs
For long haired dogs, bathing can be a bit more tasking than a short haired dog. The very first thing you need to do is brushing your long haired dog. To ensure you have all of the tangles out you will need a slicker brush and a comb.
(Some of my favorites will be at the bottom of this page.)
First use the slicker brush to work out an tangles. Then you will want to go over your dog with the comb to make sure there are no tangles or mats on your dogs. Bathing your dog with tangles or mats will make the mats worse and very tight!
After your dog is tangle/mat free, you can go ahead and scrub-a-dub-dub. You’ll want a good shampoo to make your pup soft and smooth. A conditioner also helps long haired dogs feel soft and keep tangles out as well.
Shampoo and Conditioner
A good shampoo and conditioner with help you get the most out of bathing your dog at home. You want to look for a shampoo that is hypoallergenic (especially if your dog has skin allergies). Oatmeal is also another great ingredient that helps sooth the skin. As far as conditioners, I personally like a deep coat conditioner because it not only helps them feel silky smooth after the bath, but it also acts like a lotion for your dog’s skin and helps release a double coated dog’s under coat.
Be sure to keep the shampoo and conditioner out of your dog’s eyes and keep the water away from your dog’s ears.
Some of my favorite brands include: Furminator, Isle of Dog, Vets Best, Earthbath, Nature’s Miracle, and AromaCare.
I use AromaCare shampoo almost everyday. My favorite kind is the deodorizing.
For short haired dogs, a Kong Zoom Groom is a great product to really spread the shampoo and conditioner and helps remove a decent amount of undercoat! The are easy to clean and store and work great for bathing and brushing outside of the tub. The Kong Zoom Groom comes in different colors and sizes.
For long hair dogs, I really recommend completely brushing your dog out before getting them wet. As I mentioned above you’ll need a slicker brush and a comb. A great brand of slicker brush is Paw Brothers. The pin tips are coated to prevent any scratching from the bristles.
I know a cup works great to pour water on your dog, but it can also take a lot longer to get the soap out of your dogs hair. I’ve used an attatchable shower sprayer at home and it makes the whole process much easier!! They are fairly simple to install too.
My hopes are that some of these tools can help you get more out of bathing your dog than for them to just smell better. Scrubbing your pup down can be fun as well as helpful if you’ve got the right tools.
Just in case you need to see the products again or so you don’t have to scroll back through and find them.