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Natural Dog Treats To Prepare At Home

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Preparing your dog treats at home is a good option to save money, provide healthier food and pick on fresh ingredients that are good for your precious fur baby.

Commercially made treats can be harmful too and there have been many instances where some of these products have been recalled due to harmful ingredients used. Home-cooked treats are more natural and organic in a way because you can control what kind of ingredients to use.

Before embarking on the preparing natural treats for your dog, please ensure that you are familiar with the many other ingredients that a dog cannot ingest. Here are few examples of food to avoid when preparing your dog’s natural treats:

Onions – can be poisonous to a dog affecting its blood and causing anaemia

Grapes/Raisins – can cause kidney failure

Chocolate – contains methylxanthines which is a toxin for dogs

Xylitol – found in sweeteners used for candies and gums, it can cause liver failure

Macadamia nuts – can cause muscle weakness and paralysis

Canned goods (human consumption) – due to high levels of salt (and sugar for some canned goods)

There are more but be careful with your food preparation.

 

Below are lists of resources where you can find recipes for your fur babies’ treats that you can make at home to ensure the highest level of quality and freshness your dogs deserve.

http://www.natural-pet-essentials.com/homemade-dog-treat-recipes.html

http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/

http://www.cesarsway.com/ – This is Cesar Milan’s site (the dog whisperer) and you can also find many tips on how to care, train your dogs

http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/homemade-dog-food-recipes.html – contains list of other sites that offer natural dog treat recipes

http://www.topdogfoodrecipes.com/

 

Have fun with the doggie treat preparation and couple that with lots of love and affection!

 

Tips To Keep Your Pets Active During Winter

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The harsh winter season can be a drag for both humans and animals.  It is difficult to go about our daily routine without exerting too much effort and not to mention being covered from head to toe with layers upon layers of warm clothing. Aside from those inconveniences, our activities are limited and as much as possible, staying indoors will be our wish. If we can only watch winter to go from the comfort of our homes…

With that being said, imagine the state of our furry babies during winter. Their run around the park and regular walks are down to a minimum for fear of getting too cold and sick being outdoors.  Not only that, there may be salt or some chemicals on the pavement to prevent slipping from snow and those can be harmful to your pets. So, what can you do to help keep your pets active during the winter time? Here are some tips you can follow to ensure your pets are well exercised even during the harsh winter time.

Play fetch indoor

Playing fetch does not have to be done outdoors. There are areas at home where you can do a simple throwing of your pet’s favorite toy to be retrieved. Likewise, if you have small balls you can roll rather than throwing to avoid any accidents, then do so. Just make sure when you play fetch, you have cleared the surrounding areas of any breakables like those precious figurines or even those nice, antique chinas!

Make a pretend “walk” inside your house

Grab your pet’s leash and walk him/her inside your home. Cover every room in your house so you can maximise the walking activity. I know, it can be boring for both of you but it is a good way to keep your pets active even while at home during winter and you are also doing yourself a favour by having a mini work-out at home.

Practice or teach your pet a new trick

Cold season can make us all lazy but don’t be. Use your spare time to bond with your precious fur baby and teach her/him a new trick or practice on the ones that you’ve taught earlier. This is a good way to make both of you active.

Put his/her treat in a feeding toy

Make his/her mealtime stimulating by making your pet work for it. Studies show that pets enjoy their food more when they have to work for it.

Use a laser pointer

This is not meant for cats or for use when doing a presentation. Dogs can go crazy with the laser pointer too. Just point it on the floor and allow your pet to run after the “red dot.” It will be fun and your pet will be active running around. Please do not point the laser pointer to your pet’s eyes.

 

 

Potty Train Your Puppy

Having a pet is a responsibility that every family who brings in a puppy must understand. Yes, a puppy can be all cute and fluffy but it is like a baby that you have to train while young.

 

Puppies need to be trained as early as 5-7 weeks old so they can differentiate what is bad from what is good when it comes to urinating and defecating inside your home. There should be a clear boundary when these puppies are honed to relieve their natural instinct outside the house by properly training them.

 

Take note of the natural ability of a young puppy to hold its bladder. A very young puppy will only have a certain threshold and they will urinate when they want to. During the 5-7 weeks, it will be a common occurrence to have “accidents”  in their pen. So, you can start introducing them to puppy training pads.

Puppy Training Pads 100 ct (23″ x 24″)

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These training pads is a good way to introduce your puppies to potty training.

 

Puppy Training Pads 100 ct (23″ x 24″) – $25.95 (21% off), 9.10 shipping – Available at KV Supply


Hot Pants Dog Panties, Small, 10 Inches, Black

Hot Pants Dog Panties, Small, 10 Inches, Black

You must be constant with your potty training and be gentle to them so they do not develop the “fear” but only understand that it is not good to relieve inside the house.

Another thing to train to them is when they are a bit older like around 16 weeks. By this time, the puppies are able to hold their bladder so you can actually let them out of the house to run to the yard and find their perfect spot in the corner to urinate and poop.

As you go along these routine regularly, the puppies will start to associate going outside after meals or at certain period of the day as relieving time and by then, they should be house trained.

 

As a perfect gift to these cute puppies who are now able to go outside and do their thing is this cute doggie panties.  Cute!

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Our Dog Scare

Millie was a bit down the past few days. One day she was jumping up and down in our couch and bed and the next thing you know it, she was lying on her bed or on the floor, didn’t want to eat much and a bit quiet lately.

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We took her to the vet last night and hoped for positive news that what was happening to her wasn’t that bad. We had a feeling that she was in pain with all those jumping around. And the vet confirmed that. She probably had her vein compressed in the neck area with all those jumping around. Also, her bloodwork came out negative. That is a relief to hear.

So, our dear little diva baby Millie is on pain-relief meds right now for few days. I didn’t go to work to observe how she is behaving. Also, the doctor asked me to reduce the weight of Millie. I am guilty! I kept giving her treats as I can’t bear to look at those begging doggie eyes. I guess I have spoiled her rotten too.

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Things will have to change from now on. After the dog scare with Millie, we’ll have to set new rules and rearrange stuff around the house so she won’t jump on the bed and the couch and hurt herself in the process. Also, daily workout for Millie will have to be done. So, it pays both ways for me too. I lose weight with Millie. I have to give time for this even if I’m tired from work. It’s a commitment I will give as if she is my own child. Well, for my family, that’s how we see Millie. She’s our baby with four legs…and fur who barks. 

This is what I can suggest to pet lovers out there. If you suspect your dog is feeling something weird or see signs that are unusual for your pet, bring your beloved pet to the vet right away. The sooner you do that, the sooner your pet can get the immediate medical care it needs and can prevent any serious complications later on. It’s also wise to get pet insurance. I am considering that now.

Do you get so attached with your pets? Do you love them like they are your own kids? I know I do. How about you?

An Old Dog’s Poem

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I read this poem from the web and don’t know who to give credit for this wonderfully written poem about an aged dog in the shelter and being given a new lease in life. It is close to home base as it pulls my heart string because I also have a dog. Her name is Millie. I adopted her from a family who could not take her back to the UK.

I was not even the first in the list for those who wanted to take Millie. But as luck would have it (but I credit it to fate and God’s providence), the previous owners of Millie called me to say the rest backed out and asked if I still want Millie. That phone call sealed the deal for me and Millie. She is ours.

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Millie is also an old dog now. I reckon, she is around 9 or 10 already and her features are slowly showing those sign but I still pray that we’ll have her for many, many years more because she is already a part of the family and she’s already won our hearts 1 million times over.

This poem is very beautiful. If all shelter dogs can talk and share what they feel for being adopted and being given a second chance in life, I am sure this is what they will say:

One by One, they pass by my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can’t run and play.
Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way.

A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.
Now my muzzle is gray, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?

My family decided I didn’t belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.
Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can’t justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted away.

When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw thru the gray, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage.
You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.

We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.
I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To you, my dear person, as long as I live.

I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.
And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear.

Such a lovely poem, right? So if you want to have a pet, please try not to buy. Visit a shelter for dogs and check out the number of lovely poochies you may be able to save there. Give them a new hope. Give them a home they can live in forever. More so, let them feel love whether they are young or old.

A dog’s love is unconditional. Aside from God, I can’t think of anyone else who can love me unconditionally despite of my imperfections than my Millie.

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