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How To Handle A New Puppy Safely

How To Handle A New Puppy Safely

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The birth of a puppy is an often eagerly awaited event but also a source of stress for owners, here are some tips on the first steps to be taken for newborns. Puppies should be born in a warm enough environment (around 25° C), because they are unable to raise their body temperature to fight against the cold. They must of course be protected from drafts of course if you are birthing them yourself at home. However, if not and you are collecting your pup, then you must be aware of the differences between breeds. Labrador puppies will be different from Havanese puppies for example.

Disease and health

Many female dogs are carriers of the Herpes virus, which they pass on to their young at birth. The puppies then easily develop the disease if the environmental conditions are not favorable: one observes a weakening of the puppies, with a delay of growth, or sudden mortalities. It is therefore necessary to ensure that the temperature of the room remains between 22 and 27°C during the first 10 days of life. It is important that puppies start suckling soon after they are born too as this aids their health. The first milk (colostrum) indeed provides essential elements for the defense of the puppy’s organism against microbes!  

The sucking reflex, and therefore appetite is a sign of good health in the newborn puppy. Do not hesitate to help the puppy find the mother’s pacifier. 

Toys

Choose toys that are very resistant, even almost indestructible. Try experimenting with different textures to see what your puppy (let’s call him Rex for example), will prefer and what will stimulate your pup the most. Don’t give him all the toys at the same time! Offer him a toy one week and another the following week! Try to remove toys from time to time so that he rediscovers it later and so that he does not get bored! Provide him with toys to pass his advice about chewing on everything in your house!

Little by little, teach your puppy to be alone

Be careful, it is very important to spend time with your puppy when it comes to your home. We even advise you to take a few days off so that you can familiarize yourself with each other and have the time to give them the basics of the education you expect or even introduce them to their new environment. However, in this context it is also important to prepare your dog to be alone. Gradually prepare your dog for your absence. It is best to get used to it as you go. Don’t leave it all alone all at once! If you don’t want him to mess around too much, leave him in a small space initially – maybe your kitchen will work best if it is warm. In any case, this space should be reassuring for him and he should be able to find his bowl and his toys there. Of course, provide toys to occupy him and allow him to think of something other than your absence!

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Is Your Lifestyle Suited For A Dog?

Is Your Lifestyle Suited For A Dog?

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A lot of people want to get a dog, but not everyone currently has the kind of lifestyle that a dog really needs in order to be cared for and respected properly. A dog is an animal with emotions that needs to be given the attention, love and care it deserves, and if your lifestyle prohibits you from being able to do all that, then it is not going to be worthwhile getting a dog. You will need to change aspects of your lifestyle first, or consider getting another pet which has different demands and needs altogether.

Let’s look now at some of the aspects you will need to consider when you are trying to work out whether your lifestyle is suited for a dog or not. As long as you have thought about the following, you are much more likely to be able to get a dog.

Do You Have Space?

Generally, a dog needs quite a lot of space in order to live happily. While you can technically have a dog in a smaller area, and of course this is much easier if the dog is of a breed which tends to be quite small on the whole, you should nonetheless make sure that you have as much space as possible before you even think about getting a dog. Dogs need to move around freely and be able to exercise, which is why having a yard or garden is really important, even if you are also taking them for regular walks. If you don’t think that you have enough space in your home, then you might not be able to get a dog.

Are You Active?

You personally need to be at least fairly active physically if you want to keep a dog, for the obvious reason that they are going to need to be taken for regular walks, and if you are not able to do this then you are not really able to look after them properly. That doesn’t mean that you have to be running marathons every day – but you should have no problem with going for an hour’s long walk every day, and perhaps even twice a day. If you need help, you could of course hire someone or ask a friend to help you, and if you can do that routinely then you could still comfortably get a dog and ensure they are looked after properly.

As well as being active enough to take them for walks, you need to be strong enough to ensure that they don’t get away from you when near to busy traffic and other dangerous situations. You’ll want to get a good quality, strong leash from a Dog Friendly Co, and you’ll also need to make sure that you are able to keep your dog under control no matter what. If you think you might not be able to do that, or the walker that you have hired can’t, then the dog might end up getting into danger.

How Often Are You Home?

Many dogs are left home alone for hours each day. As long as they are comfortable, well-fed and watered, and have lots of things to play with safely, then this is not too much of a problem, except for certain larger breeds who might feel a little stuck indoors this way! But you do need to make sure that you are not going to be out all of the time, as that can pose a very big problem indeed if you have a dog. If you have a lifestyle that keeps you out of the house for ten or twelve hours every day, with nobody home to care for the dog, then you are probably not in a position to have a dog just yet. Wait until your lifestyle is a little less busy before thinking about getting a pooch.

Can You Love Them?

Finally, what a dog really needs most of all is love, care and attention. The main and final question you need to be asking yourself is whether you have it in you to put all of your devotion into your little pooch. If you think that you can do this, then that is the single most important thing, and it’s a good sign that you are ready to have a dog. If not, then you are going to need to make sure that you are building up and developing this quality within yourself first. After all, your dog needs love just like you.

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How to Choose the Right Pet Door for You

How to Choose the Right Pet Door for You

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If you’re thinking about installing a cat flap or a dog flap in your home, then there are several important factors to consider. Ideally, a cat flap or pet door should add convenience and increase safety, not the opposite. There are also different kinds of pet door you can look into, to decide which one would best suit your home and your lifestyle. If you have pets, especially dogs and cats, it’s important to try and give them their independence. This does, however, depend on their breed. Here’s how to choose the right pet door for you.

Things to consider before installing a pet door

Some cats, for example, are bred as house cats. This means that they won’t necessarily be safe going in and out on their own. It’s vital to speak to the shelter or breeder where you got your pet and find out first whether they can go outside safely. 

If you’re pet is safe to go outside, the next thing you need to check is the conditions of your garden. Is outside safe for your pet? Have a clear out and do some garden maintenance. Run through a checklist to ensure your garden is pet-friendly. That way, you’ll have peace of mind when they’re off roaming on their own. 

The location of your cat flap or pet door is also important. You’ll need to find a suitable door or wall in which your dog or cat can enter easily and safely. Think about whether this will disturb you in the night.

The benefits of a pet door

You ideally want to create a safe living environment for your pets and all your family. A pet door is actually safer for cats and dogs. They can always get outside, but also they can get back in. If they need to come in quickly due to foxes or bad weather they can without having to get your attention. 

It’s also beneficial for their wild nature. For dogs that don’t normally use litter trays like cats would, it helps to avoid any toilet accidents. Both animals will have a little more freedom and independence which has several health benefits.

Different types of pet doors

If you aren’t sure which is best suited to your home then you could start by reading some cat flap reviews. For further information, here is an overview of the most common types:

  • 2-way locking

A 2-way locking pet door has a simple locking system. You can manually set the door to locked or unlocked.

  • 4-way locking

These are more advanced. You can set “in” to either locked or unlocked, and “out” to locked on unlocked. 

  • Magnetic

These are opened by a magnet attached to your cats collar.

  • Microchip

Your cat’s microchip acts as an electronic key, so no other cat can open it.

If you would like to give your pet more freedom and independence, a pet door could be right for you. Make sure you take their safety into consideration before you decide.

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Tips To Make Your Home Suitable For Pets

Tips To Make Your Home Suitable For Pets
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Buying pets is a serious commitment, especially for those that will live for years. It’s important that you also make your home a place that is suitable for the animal in mind. Here are some tips to make your home suitable for animals to live in.

Have Plenty Of Outdoor Space

Having an outdoor space is important because it’s good for those animals who need to stretch their legs and perhaps have quick access to go to the toilet. You’ve also got animals like horses who will need a lot of land to be able to use and places to store food from Equi Supermarket. If you haven’t got the available space or perhaps limited with the space you do have, you might want to reconsider or think carefully about the types of animals you were looking at having. For their own health, it’s important to have lots of outdoor space available, otherwise, it will likely impact their health and also their happiness. 

Consider The Flooring

The flooring is an important element to consider in your home, especially if you’re going to have animals that are running about on the carpet. Anything with claws or nails might end up damaging the carpet you have, and it’s important to clip them whenever they get too long. However, if you let them grow, then you could damage your carpets regardless. It’s probably a good idea to have wooden flooring or vinyl flooring where you can simply wipe up the problem, rather than having to deal with soiled carpets. This can be especially relevant when you’ve got puppies or kittens that don’t know how to go to the toilet properly for the first few months.

Keep Valuables Out Of Reach

With pets, there’s a risk that valuables or anything that’s sitting or hanging too late can end up getting damaged. It’s important to keep your valuables out of reach, just like you would if you had young kids. By keeping things out of reach, you stop some of your favourite things from getting ruined. Whether that’s a pair of fancy slippers from getting torn apart or anything small that might accidentally be swallowed by the animal who gets hold of it. Before you get the animal, perhaps go around your home to make sure everything is kept away, and that will hopefully help you to keep on top of it.

Invest In Cleaning Products

Cleaning products are something that can come in handy when cleaning out cages or dealing with soiled areas in your home. It’s a good idea to invest in the right products that will make cleaning up easier. However, it’s also important to pick the ones that aren’t going to be toxic to the pets you have in your home. There are certainly ones that you can use on floors and areas where they’ll be that are non-toxic for them.

Making your home suitable for your animals is essential, so make sure to do it before having them.