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5 Tips to Live Green When You Have Pets

Our pets are a part of our family. So shouldn’t they get the same natural, secure and sustainable lifestyle?

Living in eco-friendly environment with your pets around isn’t that difficult a task. Just follow these 5 tips and you are set to live green with your pet.

  1. Choose natural food for your pet

Though pet owners are cautious of what they are feeding to their pets, there are still some quick reminders:

  • Avoid pet food with a GMO label
  • Avoid foods with added preservatives
  • Go for organic food
  • Check the USDA green organic label when buying pet food off the rack

It would be thoughtful if you prepare your pet’s food yourself. Being a full time pet chef may sound crazy but you can treat your pet occasionally. It will give your pet a chance to enjoy clean and less processed meal once in a while. It will also cost you less.

You may also go for a grain-free diet for your pet.

  1. Compost pet poop

With a pet in every second house, there’s a lot to deal with. Animal’s waste mostly either land up in plastic bags or remain on the ground until the rain sweeps it down to the rivers and beaches. You can compost it in your backyard. Make sure it’s far away from your vegetable garden. You may bury an old dustbin in your backyard and use it as a composter.

  1. Spay or neuter your pet

With handful of stray cats and dogs in every nook and corner, it is safer to keep your pet spayed or neutered. It will not only keep them safe but also keep them healthy. Spaying or neutering increases the lifetime of your pet. Moreover, it completely eliminates the chances of cancer and prostate disease in your pets.

  1. Green leashes and collars

Rodents, like cats and dogs, are responsible for a number of bird killings every year. They cause a serious threat to wildlife. That’s the reason vets suggest to keep them indoors. It is important to keep your pet leashed when moving around in the city with your pet. Though it’s not a mandatory law in all cities but it is important for you and your pet’s safety. It will also keep others safe. Green collars and leashes, made up of natural cotton and hemp, are classy and quite useful. Hemp is biodegradable, strong and pesticide-free. It is also hypoallergenic. Thus, it makes a durable and eco-friendly option.

  1. Choose green pet-care and cleaning products

You are sensitive to use shampoos and beauty products that contain chemicals like parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, cocamide DEA, cocamide MEA, TEA lauryl sulfate and propylene glycol etc. So are your pets. Such products can result in skin irritation and other diseases like cancer. Use natural grooming products for your pets. There’s a wide range available in the market. They’ll benefit both, your pet and the environment. Same goes for your pet cleaning products. Choose them wisely. As gentle you want them on your pet, they should show same gentleness to the planet.

Follow these 5 tips and contribute towards the betterment of this planet. Live green, stay happy!

 

 

 

7 Most Dangerous Foods for Your Dog

Those cute brown eyes looking at you with that heart warming grin. Who can resist them? Will a little reward off from your table hurt your dog?

That depends on what does your food contain. There are a number of human foods that are toxic for your cute furry doggy friend. Here’s a list of most toxic 7 food items:

  1. Avocado

Avocados seem to have plenty of benefits but still they are not good for your dog. Avocado contains a substance named persin that’s toxic for your dog’s health. Persin offers great benefits to humans who are not allergic to it but it’s consumption in large amount can cause a threat to your dog. Persin is not only within the fruit but it is also present in the seeds, leaves and bark of the plant. If you happen to plant avocados in your backyard vegetable garden, then you should keep your dog away from the area.

  1. Alcohol

Though alcohol is toxic for humans also but it is more toxic for your dog. Beer, liquor, wines either in its original form or mixed with a food item, it is not at all good for your dog. The health threats it pose to your dog are same as those on you. It damages the brain and liver in both species. Even a little amount of alcohol can result in serious illness for your dog. Its effects are huge and quick. It can cause severe vomiting, diarrhoea, central nervous system depression, difficult breathing and coma that may lead to death.

  1. Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic can seriously damage your dog’s red blood cells resulting in anaemia. Whether raw, cooked or powdered, a small dose of onions and garlic can be dangerous for your dog’s life. Frequent consumption of small doses or a large consumption at a time can cause poisoning.

  1. Caffeine

Tea, coffee or any other product containing caffeine can be fatal. Large amounts of caffeine can kill your dog and you’ll fail to find any antidote. Your dog will feel restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpation, fits and muscle tremors as a result of caffeine intake. Beverages like cola, chocolate drinks and instant energy drinks also contain caffeine. Some pain killers also contain it.

  1. Milk and Other Dairy Products

Food products containing milk are healthy for you but not for your dog. If you are thinking to share your ice-cream with your dog on a hot sunny day then skip the idea. Milk and other dairy products cause diarrhoea and other allergies in dogs that appear as itching.

  1. Candies and Chewing Gums

Such food products use xylitol as sweetener. Xylitol causes a drop in your dog’s blood sugar level by stimulating the insulin making process. This can also lead to liver failure in your dog in a day or two. While you keep your sweet tooth satisfied with candies and gums, don’t pass it to your dog.

  1. Chocolate

Who can deny the love for a chocolate? But this deadly dessert can be literally deadly for your dog. Theobromine is an important constituent present in all kinds of chocolates. Even its slightest quantity can be very bad for your dog making him excessively thirsty along with diarrhoea and vomiting. Keep your faithful friend away from your best dessert. It can prove fatal for his life.

You certainly love your pet. So keep a close eye on what your dog is eating. It is important for his health and life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Find a Vet When Travelling With Your Dog

If you need to take along your dog on a journey, it is thoughtful to visit your vet and undergo all necessary procedures like blood tests, vaccines, planting an identification microchip, health certificates for destination territories etc.

Chances are that your dog may still get some serious illness or injury on the journey. How you find a vet when travelling depends on how quickly you need one. Here are a few cases.

  • Routine Pet Care

Vaccinations, annual examinations and other regular scheduled visits to the vet are considered as routine care. We recommend you to seek your regular vet and schedule the appointments accordingly for such check-ups.

In case you switch places frequently, ask for the reviews and recommendations from the pet owners of the area. You can also check the reviews online and then schedule an appointment.

The routine care sometimes reveals some serious illness that requires immediate attention. Depending on your case, seek help from your regular vet or the vet you find in the new area.

  • Immediate Pet Care

Those visits to the vet where your dog’s illness is not life threatening but it must be addressed within 24 hours time. We classify them as immediate/urgent care.

For example, an ulcer developing on your dog’s cornea or the urinary tract infection following a series of X-Rays.

In such cases, we suggest you to ask advice from your home vet. Call her and ask if she knows anyone in the area.

If your vet doesn’t know anyone in the area, seek help from friends, family or nearby management, it could be the hotel management you are staying in or some local office in the area.

Keeping the suggestions, check for the nearby vets online and decide by reading their reviews.

 

  • Emergency Pet Care

The life threatening scenarios are the emergency cases for obvious reasons.

It is recommended that you locate the nearby vet whenever you stop by a new place. Note down the address in case you need to seek him.

We also suggest you to keep an emergency bag ready while travelling with your dog. Keep the following in your bag:

    • Your dog’s past records scanned in a USB drive
    • Names and dosages of your dog’s regular medicines
    • Your regular vet’s contact information
    • A snack for your dog in case you can’t find anything nearby

 

  • Vet Specialist

Once in a while you need to seek a specialist’s advice on certain matters related to your dog. For example, a vet neurologist, a vet ophthalmologist etc.

Again, you may ask your vet for a specialist or find one online. The specialists will ask for some referrals. You can have it from your regular vet easily.

If you are a regular traveller, we recommend you to keep the records updated in a USB drive and ask for your dog’s complete file from every vet you visit. Also keep your vet’s notes with you. It will help the new vet to treat the case with ease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Ways To Keep Fleas And Ticks Off Your Dog

It’s no secret that the spring and summer months are difficult for dogs, especially when fleas and ticks have setup their camps in your dog’s fur. It won’t be fun removing these ticks as they are difficult to dislodge once they have started feeding on your pet’s blood.

Fleas and ticks aren’t just uncomforting for your pet but if left unattended for long, they can cause some serious health issues. So what’s the way out? What can you do to get rid of these buggers? Here are some ideas that might help you to put your dog back to happy mode for the summer.

  1. Over the counter spot-on and oral medications

Spot-on over the counter treatments is one of the most effective ways to get rid of fleas. You can purchase these medications from your vet or from a pet store in your local market. You can also purchase these medications online.

These medications are good for your pet when it has fleas. Once your dog uses these medications, you and your pet can forget about fleas for a month.

Before you use such medications, be sure to get some advice from a qualified vet on which one to use. Reading labels on these medications can help a great deal.

The only concern about these spot-on medications is that your pet should stay away from children and cats for a while after you have applied the medication. If it’s a problem for you, consider using oral medications.

  1. Medicated shampoo

A medicated shampoo is a good way to kill ticks that have hidden inside your dog’s fur. Such shampoos aren’t expensive but you will need to apply them at least once every week to keep the ticks and fleas away.

  1. Tick and flea collars

These collars are a wonderful invention. They keep the ticks away and protect your dog from other similar parasites. However, the only limitation with these collars is that they are only good for neck and head area. Fleas would still be able to hide in dog’s tail, legs and spine. Some dogs can be allergic to these collars so be sure you examine your pet closely after putting on the collar for the first time.

  1. Combing your dog’s fur

Although this might take some time and require attention, it works especially when fleas haven’t laid eggs. You will go through your dog’s fur with a comb especially designed to grab fleas. You will comb your dog once a day. You can rub some oil or petroleum jelly on the comb to make sure that fleas stick with it.

  1. Vacuuming dog’s bedding and other areas

You should regularly vacuum carpets, floors and pet bedding to suck fleas and ticks into the vacuum cleaner. Although this method won’t remove fleas from your dog’s fur, it will definitely help you get rid of fleas from your home and your pet’s bedding. So the chances of getting fleas back on your dog will be really low.

  1. Use tick and flea powders

Flea and tick powders are great topical medications for your pets once they have been attacked by these pesticides. The only limitation with flea powder is that you need a lot of care while applying it. You don’t want to put the powder in your pet’s eyes.

  1. Medicated tick and flea sprays

Medicated sprays work great especially when the only option is to use a topical medication. There are numerous sprays in the market that do a great job. However, it is always a great idea to consult a vet before you choose a medication for your pet.