Sep 25

The Health Benefits of Having a Pet

Golden RetrieversMost people think of pets merely as furry playmates and companions. This is especially true for those who have never owned a pet or feel somewhat antagonistic towards animals. But ask any pet owner how their furry friends have impacted their lives and they will give you almost similar answers – very positively.

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Sep 25

Be a Responsible Pet Owner – Get Pet Insurance!

IPet Insurancen all my years as a vet, one problem stands out among pet owners – lack of pet insurance. Most pet owners think of pet insurance merely as an unnecessary expense. I will tell you right now that it is not. In fact, I always encourage my patients’ owners to consider taking out pet insurance for their furry companions.

 

How Can You Benefit from Pet Insurance?

 

There are a lot of ways you, as a pet owner, can benefit from pet insurance. However, its main benefit is the peace of mind you can get by knowing that your pet will be taken care of no matter your financial situation. Another benefit is the fact that you are protected from spending thousands of dollars on veterinary bills in case of emergencies.

Let me tell you a little story.

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Sep 25

Exotic Pets in Southeast Asia

Cotton Top TamarinsA couple of months ago, my wife and I took a couple of weeks off from our daily lives to travel to Southeast Asia. I asked my parents to stay at our house to take care of the kids and my assistant to come in everyday to help with tending to our pets. I also hired a housekeeper to make things easier for my parents.

Now before we booked our trip, I told my wife that I really wanted to experience the local culture of the countries we would be visiting. That meant, I didn’t want to stay at some fancy hotel that had all the amenities you could ever need because frankly, I had no plans of staying indoors. My wife suggested we book our accommodations through AirBnB so we could get a dose of the true local hospitality. After doing some research, I agreed.

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May 19

Exotic Pets – What We Can Do About Them

I think I might have mentioned this before, but being a vet has always been a dream of mine ever since I was a little kid. I just enjoy being around animals. For me, they are not just ordinary creatures but they are also creatures that can be called friends — friends who have soul and friends who can feel different emotions. Because of my deep love and never ending passion for these amazing creatures, I have become the man I am today.

I was not able to share my love for exotic pets before. However, some of my closest friends and family have known about my fascination for them. When I was young, I used to own different spiders. Yes, those big and hairy spiders that most people’s nightmares are made of. I was interested in taking care of them and see how they can survive in the world.

I love travelling and through my passion for exotic pets, it gave me the chance to explore different countries all over the world. You will be amazed how many fascinating creatures there are out there. I bet you’re wondering, “How do I balance my job as a veterinarian if I travel most of the time?” That is a good question. I thought it was not possible for me travel and work at the same time. However when I got my VOIP service provider, I can reach out to my clients even when I’m far away. Most of the time, they can seek help to me over the phone. I just answer simple questions and give them temporary solutions that they can do until I come back. The line is clear and I didn’t have problems in contacting them. Of course, if there are emergency cases, I can get to them as soon as possible.

Exotic pets are genuinely beautiful and magnificent. Just like any other living creature, each and every one of these strange creatures have feelings. I can see that whenever I look at them. The point I’m trying to make here is that not all of us will see the beauty in exotic pets. Not all of us will even dream of having one. However, when you at least try to give few minutes of your time in taking care of them, you’ll understand why I fell in love with them.

Although these pets are dangerous and lethal, you can learn ways on how to train them. Exotic pets have distinct approaches to taking care of them. You can’t simply get one and understand everything about them. I take time, and proper training. They need to be handled carefully. Their basic needs should be attended. Once they get hold of the things that need daily, they will live well with you. One important thing that you need to do is have patience in taking care of them because they are precious and one of a kind.

May 06

My pet in my carry-on bag

Recently I was on a domestic flight from New Orleans to Atlanta. I was flying
with American Airlines and what I noticed was that there was a pet on board.
But what was really strange was that this little creature was in a carry-on bag. As a veterinarian and a pet lover I was really astonished. How could this be?
Is it allowed?

Well I asked the cabin crew and it seems that on some short domestic flights it’s allowed to take a small pet with you. And what better place than your carry-on it seems. Some luggage brands are already adapting to this novelty and are making carry-on bags specially for holding your little pets. However I do wonder what if a pet needs to go the bathroom? And a couple of other questions also pop up.

Meanwhile I did buy my own carry-on luggage here. It’s brand new and I guess I could put a pet in there. I did choose a soft shelled luggage. I don’t think hard cases are suited for animals. However I think as veterinarian that you shouldn’t put your pets in this type of bag. So I didn’t do it. But everyone is free to do as they like of course.

However the reason I left my veterinary in New Orleans was because I was visiting a friend in Atlanta. He was a fellow student and after university we kept in touch, mainly through Skype and phone because the distance between us was too big. However getting married is a special occasion and for special occasions I gladly make an exception. So I flew from New Orleans to Atlanta where he picked me up at the airport. My first impression of Atlanta was one of awe and admiration. It’s a really clean and immense city to be honest.

My friend invited me to stay at his place and I gladly accepted. Also the wedding ceremony would be held in their backyard. So I couldn’t have an easier place to stay. I mean no search for hotels or difficulties of getting to the event. Just stepping outside was enough. I stayed in their guest room upstairs. It was a single bed but that wasn’t a problem as I didn’t have a partner. Yeah you heard it right “didn’t” I used the past tense for a reason. I was staying their 3 days. I flew in on Friday and would leave on Sunday. So there wasn’t much time for sightseeing. However my plane landed on Friday morning and so I did visit Atlanta quickly. The most important thing I saw there was…..

The next day, Saturday, was the wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony and a lot of people had tears in their eyes. There weren’t too much people, but just family and close friends. After the ceremony the party started and it’s there on the dancefloor that I met someone. Monica is her name. Because of her I stayed a bit longer in Atlanta and it seems we really get along well. The distance will be difficult, but I guess true love overcomes this. And now I’m back in New Orleans taking care of pets.

May 01

The Most Prevalent Diseases That Affect Dogs

There are so many diseases that can affect your pet, rendering them inactive. As a pet owner, you will need to take your pet to a veterinary doctor immediately. Dogs are man’s best friend, but when your dog is sick, he might express an unruly behavior. It is for this reason that you should at least understand the different types of pets as well as the kind of symptoms they can exhibit when they are sick. Most importantly is to know how you can get help fast.

There are many causes of dog diseases, of which it will be helpful if you know the signs and symptoms that come with the root-cause. One of the main causes is bacterial infection, and in the same range falls the fungal infections and protozoal diseases as well. Note that when your dog is infected with fungus, it will tend to show different signs, as when infected with bacteria. While some of these diseases can be found in dog species, others only affect dogs. It is also possible for some of the diseases to be passed to human beings too. If you are not sure of what your dog is suffering, do not hesitate to take him to a dog specialist.

The other cause of dog diseases includes but is not limited to respiratory diseases, endocrine diseases, cancers, and nervous system diseases. In case your dog becomes inactive, you should check several signs and symptoms. If you do, you will be able to identify exactly what affects your dog, and be able to get treatment before the situation worsens. Remember, a dog might also suffer skeletal disorders, parasitic infections, and gastrointestinal disease which can lead to death. There is nothing better than seeking professional help to save the life of your dog.

In order to be specific, some of the most common diseases that can affect your dog are namely; canine minute virus, canine distemper, canine herpes virus, and canine corona virus. The others that fall in the same range include; pseudo rabies and canine parvovirus. It is of utmost importance that you realize that some of the diseases affect dogs in certain specific regions while others affect dogs worldwide. There are some which will only affect the puppies, and there are other diseases that are only prevalent among adult dogs. This said, no matter what the age of your dog is if you realize that he’s not okay, attend to him immediately.

The signs that you should always be on the lookout for are weight loss issues, rough coat, poor appearance, vomiting and ear odor. If you realize that your dog lacks balance and its ear is red, these might be signs that your dog is sick. Also, when you see swellings on the ear especially the outside part and he is scratching often, you do not need to think twice about taking the dog to a veterinary physician. In this way, you will be able to save your dog’s life and restore his health.

In case you are a veterinary doctor and are willing and ready to offer these services to the owners, the best thing to do is to have a convincing information and a well-designed website. If it is your passion to save the lives of pets, you too should have a website. You can always contact an excellent Yourlocalseo.expert like I did for your online services. They will not only be able to design a great website for you, but they can also market your services to the world. They are professionals who always try their best to offer excellent services.

Apr 23

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Chewing On Your Stuff

There is nothing more frustrating than walking into your bedroom to find your favorite pair of shoes chewed to pieces. Of course you know who the culprit is, and unfortunately firmly telling your dog, “NO!” and pointing at your shoes isn’t very effective at stopping this disruptive behavior. My dog once got my favorite vaporizer and it ruined my day.

The first step in to stop unwanted chewing from your dog is to understand what is causing them to do it. The techniques used to stop this behavior are different depending on the circumstances which eventually lead to your shoes being shredded on your bedroom floor. Once you figure out why they are doing it, you can address the root cause of the problem and hopefully get the behavior to stop.

Nature v.s. Nurture
Chewing is a natural instinct for dogs, and in order to prevent unwanted chewing you must make it clear which objects belong to you, the pack-leader, and which objects belong to them — so they can chew those freely. Make chew toys available for your dog (under supervision) and calmly assert your displeasure in their behavior if they chew on anything else.

Being a Puppy Parent
Is your dog a puppy? If so, chewing is a perfectly normal and natural phase that every young pup goes through. Chewing on stuff helps them explore their new world, and many puppies will outgrow this bad habit by the time they are adults. It’s all part of being a puppy parent, so you have to prepare your house and belongings for this adventure. If you catch them in the act of unwanted chewing, claim your position as pack-leader by letting them know this isn’t appropriate behavior with assertive and calm gestures.

Please, Don’t Go
Does your dog only chew stuff when they’re alone? This could be a sign your pet is suffering from separation anxiety, and chewing is their way of showing you how much they missed you. But no pet parent wants their dog feeling anxious whenever they’re alone. In order to address this behavior, take note of what you do and how you act when you leave and come home. If you make a big deal out of your coming and going, your dog will too. Try the “No Touch, No Talk, No Eye Contact” rule whenever you leave or enter your house. If you are calm and relaxed, your dog has a better chance of feeling the same way.

Mom, Dad — I’m Bored!
Your dogs chewing could be the result of sheer boredom, this could especially be true if your pup has a lot of energy. Dogs with a high energy level need a way to release it, if they are out of options then your favorite rug might become their chew toy. If this sounds like your dog, make sure to take them on regular walks (at least 30 minutes) or let them run it off at the local dog park several times a week. If your dog has a lot of energy, it will take a constant effort on your part to make sure they have appropriate ways to release it.

It’s also important to take your dog in for regular veterinary checkups, this will rule out any medical issues that might explain your dogs destructive chewing. I found out the hard way that my dog swallowed that tip to my G PRO and we just had to wait for him to pass it through. Training your dog takes time and effort, but it’s well worth the reward of having a furry friend who is well-behaved and healthy.

Apr 13

Archery Helps When You Train Your Pets

You might think that training your pets to do certain tricks is just about their skills and their ability to follow your commands. However, not everything is about them. The success or failure of this endeavor also lies on your ability to train them. You need certain skills if you wish to be a good pet trainer. Otherwise, no matter how massive the potentials of your pets to be trained are, they won’t learn what you want them to learn. Thus, the best thing to do is to also train how to be a good pet trainer before doing anything to them.

Learn to be patient

It is not easy to train pets especially if they don’t know how to focus. You keep on doing the same mistakes and it seems like there is no improvement at all. Thus, the first thing that you need to learn is patience. Try some activities that will test your patience. You can also solve puzzles or do activities that will really give you a hard time. By then, you will learn patience. Again, this is the first step if you wish to train your pets harder.

Try mental outdoor activities

Another skill that you need to learn is focus. Your pets are not the only ones who need focus. You need it too. Thus, you need to do something that will test your ability to stay focused. For instance, you can try archery. This might be a physical game, but it also needs mental skills. You have to be totally focused if you wish to do better. This is something that you can do only if you have the ability to focus on your target. At first, you will have a hard time dealing with the targets. However, as soon as you get the hang of it, things will be easier. Even professional archers also miss the target at times, so you really have nothing to worry about. The point is that you can go for an activity that teaches focus and mental preparedness.

If you wish to get started, you can check out the best compound bows from this site. You can also read about recurve bow reviews at astraightarrow.com if you need more ideas on what equipment to buy.

Go back to pet training

Once you have already trained as a pet trainer, you can now go back to your goal of training your pets. You are now more prepared to take on the job. You will feel better knowing that you are more equipped now than ever before. You will also feel great since you have learned something new along with your pets.

Doing these activities doesn’t guarantee changes in your training with pets. However, it will guarantee a change in your attitude towards the training. You won’t pressure your pets anymore and you won’t get angry with them if they fail to learn what you want them to learn. You become a loving pet trainer and you also love what you do more than ever.

 

Apr 04

Getting Your Dog Ready for Open Season

When autumn rolls by, it indicates the start of the hunting season in majority of the states in the US. Outdoors people and those who love hunting often take their dogs with them. If you are one, there are several considerations that you have to take into account if you are taking your dog to this year’s hunting season. You must take precautions to ensure your animal companion’s safety, and yours as well. Read on for some tips on how to keep your dog safe and get him ready to go hunting.

  1. Polish his obedience skills. Before you take him outdoors to hunt with you, practice his obedience skills first such as stay, sit and heel. They will come in really handy when you go hunting. Dogs are naturally very naughty especially when they see other animals. When polishing your dog’s skills, do not forget to praise and reward him so he always remembers and follows your commands. Keep treats handy when you go outdoors. 
  2. Keep his leash on. It is not safe to unleash your dog. He might run far away from you and hunters might mistake him for game or other legally hunted animals and subsequently injure him or worse, kill him. Your pet may also get lost in the woods if he runs after other animals and fail to make his way back to you. 
  3. Do not let your pet feast on animal remains. Animal carcasses may bring intestinal diseases to your dog, so beware of carcasses lying around the trail – your dog may eat them. Train your dog not to eat anything on the trail for his own safety. 
  4. Keep him away from any hunting weapon. Dogs can get excited when they see these weapons thinking that they are toys. If you are handling a weapon yourself, make sure that you exercise safety precautions not just for yourself and other hunters but for your pet as well. Keeping your dog safe is just like the first time you had a child and you had to read jogging stroller reviews for the jogging strollers so you can take your child jogging with you. Securing your hunting weapon is much the same as securing your child’s double jogging stroller from http://www.toddlervirtues.com. 
  5. Get your dog a neon orange vest. This is to warn other hunters that your dog is not one of the targets. It is very easy to mistake dogs for small wildlife because of their size. Bright colored vests protect them from being shot as they can be seen from afar, so your dog is safe from shots. 
  6. Beware that most dogs are scared of loud sounds. Generally, dogs are afraid of loud sounds such as fireworks and gunshots. So expect that when they hear gunshots, they might scramble and run for cover, so be ready for such occurrences.

Keep your pet near you at all times, but use a longer than usual leash so your dog’s movements are not restricted but at the same time he does not get too far away from you and stray. These are just some of the tips that you can follow to get you and your pet ready for hunting season. But if you feel like your dog is not yet ready to be taken out to go hunting, it may be wise to just leave him at home.

Mar 31

Properly Caring for Your Chihuahua

Raising a Chihuahua in your house will be a memorable and exciting time that you will forever cherish. The mere sight of these hyper-active furballs is enough to light up anyone’s face, no matter how bad their day has been. However, raising a Chihuahua puppy is a serious responsibility (we’ve all heard that as kids when we got our first pet), and you shouldn’t take the decision lightly. You’ll have to give them a healthy and safe environment with all the things they need to ensure proper development and growth.

In many cases people take home Chihuahua puppies just because of their cute looks, without completely understanding exactly how much they’ll need to give towards their care. Because of this, the needs of the pups aren’t met and they suffer due to the owner’s negligence / ignorance. If you’ve seriously considered it and are ready to put in your money, time and energy into raising a Chihuahua, read on to discover the basic preparations you need to make when bringing a pup home.

After you’ve found a Chihuahua pup from a breeder that you want to take home, you’ll have to first prepare for the puppy – start by getting lots of high quality puppy food. Whereas certain vets suggest particular formulas, you’ll do just fine sticking with the diet they were being given by the breeder. While checking out new puppies, inquire from the breeder about their diet. Many breeders may also agree to let you take some of the puppy food home.

It isn’t very difficult to become attached to a cute puppy Chihuahua, but you have to give them enough time with their mother before taking them away. If you take them home too early, the puppies run the risk of developing health issues, and it may also put emotional strain on them. There isn’t a single answer to the question of the correct time for separating the puppy from its mother since each pup has different physical and emotional growth rates. In general though, you should wait for them to be at least 10 weeks old before taking them home.

Here’s a summary of what you must do before bringing the pup home:

  • Buy a couple of bags of the best puppy dog food you can get your hands on and a bowl each for water and food.
  • Make a safe, confined area where the Chihuahua can play and rest without your constant supervision. This area should be made of laminate, tile, linoleum or hardwood floors which can be cleaned easily since the pup will certainly make a mess there quite a few times.
  • Get a pliable bed and a few blankets for the pup to snuggle up in. Puppies need the comfort of blankets even more than adults, so a nice, comfy bedding is a must here.
  • Unless you’re OK with your clothes and furniture getting gnawed and chewed on, get a few chew toys from the pet store. They will be useful for when the puppies are teething.
  • If you haven’t yet, start gathering newspapers to lay in the pup’s play area – it will protect the flooring by absorbing part of the urine.
  • If you have to travel from your home for more than a day, you’ll need to acquire the services of a professional pet sitter who has experience in handling energetic pets.

Mar 16

The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing a Healthy Puppy Diet

There are few things in life more exciting than bringing home a new puppy. You’ve purchased a crate, a plush bed, a stylish leash and collar set, and of course, lots of toys! Your family is ready to raise a happy, healthy dog, right? All too often the most important item you can buy for your puppy becomes an afterthought: a healthy diet. With all of the opposing viewpoints and changing trends regarding pet food, it can seem like a daunting task to choose a nutritious diet. Follow these Dos and Don’ts to ensure an informed decision on behalf of your new pup.

Do Read the Fine Print:
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) establishes the nutritional guidelines for pet foods. Each bag of food or treats must have an AAFCO statement, but read it carefully! A puppy food label reading something like “This diet meets the AAFCO requirements for growth and maintenance of puppies” sounds like a pretty good endorsement, right? In reality, this means the diet meets minimum requirements. An AAFCO label reading “Puppy feeding tests using X Brand Puppy Food show that this diet provides complete and balanced nutrition for growing puppies” indicates that the pet food company took an extra, non-required step to conduct actual feeding trials and obtain the Gold Standard endorsement from AAFCO.

Don’t Get Hung Up on Trendy Ingredients:
A very popular pet food brand has built quite a name for itself by advertising meat as the number one ingredient, and condemning meat byproducts. Yes, your puppy needs lots of meat for protein, but this company wants you to believe that byproducts are bad for your pet. In the wild, dogs eat gizzards, entrails, internal organs, etc when they make a kill. These “byproducts” are nutrient rich and quite tasty to your pup! Look for Grade A Chicken or Beef Byproducts in a good puppy food, as well as whole meat ingredients. The important thing is that the first few ingredients list “Grade A” meat products.

Do Measure Carefully:
Puppies grow and develop quickly. As they do, it is important to adjust the amount of food they are eating. At 8 – 12 weeks of age (a pup younger than this should still be nursing) it can be beneficial to feed several small meals throughout the day to avoid drops in blood sugar, especially in smaller breeds. Utilize your veterinarian for advice on how much to feed, how often, and when to wean to an adult diet. Your vet’s office is also a great resource for frequently tracking your puppy’s weight as she develops.

Don’t Choose a Diet Based on Taste:
Children love pizza, but responsible parents know that eating pizza three times a day can spell disaster for a growing child. The same is true for puppies. Several foods on the market are packed with delicious added fats, sugars and salts. Your puppy may love them, but that doesn’t mean they are the healthful choice!

The sheer volume of puppy diets on the shelves can make you want to grab the first bag and run. With a little research and time, you can choose a food that will give your puppy a healthy start in life. Don’t be afraid to ask questions at the pet store or reach out to your vet for advice. A balanced diet will lead to more years with your new family member!

Mar 09

Helping Your Pet Cope With Moving Anxiety

Moving can be a stressful time and is always a major life event for anyone. This is especially true if you have pets, as they have a tendency to be very anxious and scared during this time. If you look at it from their perspective, you can understand why. During this time, their whole world is being turned upside down and they don’t have any understanding as to why. This can make an already stressful time even more stressful, as you have to deal with an unusually anxious pet along with moving everything you own. To help you out, I’ve come up with some easy to follow tips that you can follow that will help make moving easier for you and your pet.

Don’t Wait Till The Last Minute

When people move, some decide to wait till the last minute and make more of a mad dash of sorts, but doing this is extremely stressful to your pet. Our pets are very anxious to brand new things and if all the sudden they find boxes and everything they know strewn around, they will become very anxious. You can help them by having a lot of stuff packed up days in advance and leaving the boxes around the house, letting your pet become accustomed to them being there. They may still be a little anxious on moving day, but they will be used to seeing the boxes and things moved around so it’ll be easier for them.

Keep Them In A Safe Room

If you can, try to keep your pet in a safe room that is quiet from all the noise and commotion from the moving. One of the worst things you can do is leave your pet roaming around while there is a lot of moving and people walking in and out of the house. Keeping them in a safe room will keep them from being nervous, and it will help keep them safe from someone accidentally stepping on them or even sneaking out the door and getting lost. Nothing can make moving harder for you like losing your beloved pet through all the things going on.

Maintain Their Schedule

Do your best to keep your pet’s schedule the same as you possibly can. Our pets get very used to their routine, like when they eat, go outside, and bedtime. To help with this on moving day, try and feed them at the same time you usually do and anything else you normally do as well. Doing your best to keep to their routine will help them a lot and help you keep your sanity as well.

Medication If Needed

If you happen to have a very nervous pet, even if you do all the things listed above, your pet may still be a ball of stress and anxiety on moving day. If you know this then, it’s not a bad idea to get some anxiety medication from your vet to help keep them calm during the hectic moving day or days. Just be sure to follow the vet’s prescription and not over medicate your pet.

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Feb 26

When Pets Clog the Toilet, Don’t Let it Ruin Your Today

Pets can be very playful and sometimes they can clog your toilet. However, you can do something about it.

You already know just how much your pets love to bite on anything. Worse, they don’t just bite, but move these things around. Thus, you will just be surprised to come home one day and see that your house is already very messy. Aside from having a messy house, the worst part is that as you step in the toilet, it has been clogged with almost all sorts of things. Your pet might have the tendency to be playful and decide to just drop whatever it is that they want on the toilet bowl. You will then get angry and your day is already ruined.

This can really be disgusting and annoying at the same time. However, instead of getting angry, you can just find a way to solve the problem by then, you won’t have to deal with the same issue the next time around.

Train your pets to do the right thing

Though it might take some time, but pet dogs and cats can be disciplined. They just need to practice. You must also have a signal that will immediately make them stop. You don’t have to shout at them or kick them out every time they do something bad. Once they have already gotten used to the training, then they won’t do the same thing again.

Don’t leave your toilet door open

The reason why they can easily get inside the toilet and drop a lot of things is because you leave the door open. If not you, then someone else in the family might have done it. Thus, it helps if you discipline your family members too. Tell them to cooperate so you can solve the problem. Otherwise, the problem stays. If the pets already learn how to open the door even if it is closed, then lock it from the inside. Make sure everyone has a key so they can open the door when they have to.

Learn how to unclog a toilet

When you face a clogged toilet because your pets play around, you have to stay calm and do the right thing. To begin with, you have to remove the bigger objects that get stuck. Before doing it, you have to use gloves for sanitary purposes. Once the smaller items are left, you have to try flushing them down and see if the problem is solved. If not, you might have to use a plunger. Remember not to keep on flushing everything down. If it has been clogged already, flushing will just make things worse. You can use a plunger or a snake to unclog the toilet. If you want to know more details on how to unclog a toilet, you can check this out. After some time, the problem will already be solved.

Your pets will always be playful. You just have to learn how to control them and not let them mess around again. Most of all, you just have to enjoy these moments. They are cute the way they are and you just have to smile since they obviously have no intention of harming you in any way.

Feb 15

Use Vacuum for Pets to Keep Your House Clean and Safe

You definitely love your pets and you want to stay with them as much as possible. Whether you are eating or sleeping, you want to be beside your pet. This might be frowned at by many, but there is nothing wrong with it. As long as you keep your pets clean and you have no allergies to pet hairs, then you will be fine. However, not everyone at home might feel the same way. There might be family members who are allergic to pets especially with the hairs. When these pets roam around the house, they will surely leave behind some hairs.

This will place you in a very difficult situation. You wanted to keep your pets out of the house to avoid allergic reactions. At the same time, you don’t want to stay away from your pets too. In this case, the best thing to do is to just buy a vacuum for pets. You can find out more about the best vacuum for pet hair in this site. With this machine by your side, you won’t have to worry about your pets anymore. If your family member who is allergic to pets is around, you can just clean the house right away using the vacuum. The best part is that the vacuum is cheap and can last for a long time. It can also easily clean up whatever pet hair it is that can be found around the house.

Using floor cleaning solutions

If the vacuum won’t suffice, then all you have to do is to get a floor cleaner. It does not just remove the hair, but also help ensure that the floor is clean and sparkling. The amount that you put on the floor depends on the instructions given by a particular brand. The process is very simple. You just have to mix floor cleaners with water and place it on a spray bottle. You can spray it on the floor and use a mop to wipe the water off. It does not take time for the process to be over. Again, if you need to clean the floor already, then you just have to do this simple chore. In case your water source is not clean enough, then you might have to check the main water supply. If it is not the problem, then it might be the faucet. In this case, you have to check out kitchen faucet reviews at http://www.kitchenfaucetkid.com/ for more information. Once you change the faucet and you choose the one with filters, you will get clean water.

With these tricks, you don’t have to worry about pets anymore. You can play with them and bring them anywhere in your house and you still won’t worry about cleanliness. Just make sure that you clean constantly if you allow your pets to move around all the time. Take note that they also play outside the house. When they step inside your house, they will bring all dust and dirt. Thus, cleaning must be done constantly.

Feb 15

Easy Ways to Get Rid of the Ants in Your Home

Ants in your home can be a real problem that can damage your house and decrease its value. If you spot ants or other pests in your house, you need to get rid of them. There are many ways to get rid of ants in your home. But first, you need to find out where and how the ants are entering your home.

Common Places of Entry for Ants in Your Home
There are different areas where ants can enter your home. To help get rid of ants in your home, you must first create barriers to these entry areas. These areas may include:

• Underneath doors, molding, and walls

• Through loose or cracked floor boards

• Around loose fitting windows

• In your basement

To effectively rid your home of ants, you must secure these areas and create physical barriers that the ants cannot get around. If you can locate and secure those areas where ants are entering your house, you will have a much better chance of getting rid of them.

Make Your Home Less Inviting for Ants
Ants are attracted to the inside of your home by food. To effectively get rid of ants in your home, you must get rid of the food particles that attract them.

Start in your kitchen, and make sure you keep the countertops clean and free of crumbs. Secure all food in containers, and check the crevices between appliances for food crumbs. Once your kitchen is clean, make sure your dining room remains well kept and free of food crumbs. Make a rule in your home that no food is to be consumed outside of specified dining areas.

By eliminating food crumbs in your kitchen, you make your home much less enticing for ants.

Techniques to Rid Your Home Of Ants
There are many ways to effectively get rid of ants in your home. Some methods are more natural and safe, and other techniques may require a bit of chemicals to be used. Be sure to check local codes before applying any chemical to the inside or outside of your home.

Methods to help rid your home of ants:
• Use scents that ants do not like. Spray vinegar around areas where ants are entering your home, or use scents like peppermint oil, camphor, or garlic in these areas. Ants do not like these strong odors and will avoid these areas.

• Spread chalk or talc around areas where ants enter your home. Ants are repelled by talc and chalk, so a small barrier of the substance around areas where ants enter may help deter them.

• Use soapy water. Ants do not like soapy water, so mix dish soap and water in a spray bottle to spray areas where ants are entering your home. You can add a bit of orange peel to it to help create a pleasant scent.

• Use boric acid. Ants do not like boric acid, so sprinkling some boric acid powder around areas where ants enter your home may be an effective way to get rid of them. Boric acid powder can also be spread around your home’s foundation to help control ants. Remember, boric acid is caustic and may not be suitable for all homes, especially those with young children.

Getting rid of ants in your home can be challenging, but by keeping your home clean, creating barriers where ants enter, and by using some tried and true techniques, you may be able to free your home of these insects. If all else fails, call a professional exterminator to manage your ant problem.

Feb 14

Tips on How to Make Sure Your Dog Enjoys its Shelter

Being a veterinarian has always been a dream for me. As a young boy, I always had this deep passion for animals and caring for them, and nursing them to health. Ensuring their survival is one of the most rewarding things that I have accomplished in my life. The thing with my experience as a veterinarian though is that not only do I get to care for people’s pets, I also get to advise my clients on how to best take care of their pets’ homes. This is supposed to be beyond my skills and training but I believe that the welfare of the dog also depends, to a huge extent, on the condition of its shelter.

A lot of my clients use cages to house their pets, particularly large dogs since they cannot have them inside their house at all times. Others choose to build wooden houses for their dogs. Whatever your choice is, there are some benefits and drawbacks for each. The best thing you can do is to properly care for your pet’s shelter as that would ensure protection for him from the elements.

Let us take a look at some of the most common pet shelters that people use today.

Metal Cages

Metal cages are popular because they are sturdy and would serve for a long time. If you have a large dog like a Rottweiler or a Mastiff, then it should be the pet shelter of your choice. The problem with metal cages is that if proper care is not applied, they could deteriorate way faster than expected.

Metal rust is a nasty enemy. It can be annoying when it comes in contact with your clothing, but that is just a minor thing. Rusts will not only destroy your dog cage but it will also endanger your beloved pet. The problem is that rusts develop when metal is exposed to water. This is something unavoidable given that the dog would urinate at least once in a day.

Inspect the cage thoroughly. If you detect any rust formation, no matter how small, treat it right away. You can use lemon juice (citric acid). Acetic acid also works well against rusts. Your vinegar is a great source of acetic acid. Another excellent recipe I learned from my travels is a mixture of salt and lime. Simply apply a bit of salt on the affected area and then squeeze a lime or lemon over the salt until it is soaking. Wait for a couple of hours and remove the rust using the lime rind.

Wooden Shelter

Wooden shelter for dogs is a great alternative to metal cages. They provide the same amount of protection but they do not cost as much as their metal counterpart. In fact, you can simply have them constructed from scrap materials.

The problem with this type of pet shelter is that it is not as sturdy as metal cages and is susceptible to insect attacks such as that of termites. Termites are a real pest especially when they get out of hand. The thing with these tiny insects is that you never notice they have attacked until it is too late.

Fortunately, dealing with termites is not that difficult. You just have to keep it in mind from the day you had your pet’s wooden shelter built. The best way to keep termites off is by treating the whole shelter with repellants. You can learn more about this by checking with professionals or looking at http://www.termiteshelp.info/ to gain information like termite treatment cost as well as ways to deal with the problem on your own.

Always remember, providing shelter for your dog is as important as feeding them. Loving your dog also means making extra effort to take care of their shelter.

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