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The Wild Animals Dog and Does Doggy Doors Take Away Togetherness

Another thinking in our local TV news and the local paper reported an incident involving pet doors that turned out to be very scary, but interesting and informative.  I wanted to share this information because of an article posted on March 5, (Does Doggie Doors Take Away Togetherness?)   Living away from the hassle of busy cities, some choose to live in the suburbs of large cities for peace and quiet.

However, some areas away from large cities may have wildlife wandering around looking for food or water…. pets included.  The population of individuals living in these areas most likely do not think about the unusual circumstance that could possibly good dealing with wild animals. Something unpleasant or undesirable could happen and no one would be prepared for the possible outcome.

A pet family having several dogs installed a pet door for convenience purposes and worked well for everyone concerned.  One day last week two of the dogs were out in the back yard which was fenced, playing around when a young male mountain lion came up to the fenced yard.

The dogs started barking trying to scare the wild animal away, but the mountain lion jumped the fence and started after the two dogs.  The dogs run back through their pet door trying to get away from the lion, but guess what, the lion went in after them.  The woman of the house was in the area that the lion came into and she ran into another room with an additional dog.

No phone was available, so she quickly ran into the room where the lion was distracted by the two dogs, grabbed the phone, and went back into the other room closing the door behind her. She telephoned her husband and 911.  The husband hurried home and was able to lead his wife and dog out of the house just as the animal control, police… arrived.  The mountain lion was tranquilized and removed, but not before killing one of the dogs, and injuring the other.

After examining the lion, it was euthanized due to extreme malnutrition.  I am not telling you about this terrible experience to scare or to suggest the pet parent into not installing dog doors, on the contrary, but only to inform you that things do happen.

This was of course an isolated occurrence, and an inconceivable situation to encounter, but I thought it would be worthwhile mentioning to understand that sometimes things happen in our daily lives that will leave a mark, never to be forgotten.

Sometimes in every dog’s life, independence is special and rewarding.  When you have to go, you have to go, right?  Well, I can understand when pet parents work and leave their dog alone; they have the choice of going in and out of their dog doors when necessary and do not have to wait for their family to come home.

This is a good thing.  However, what about if the pet parent is home most of the time and the dog has to go outside?  The look in the doggy’s eyes and gestures they make letting them know it is time to go out and smell the roses is priceless.  The pet parent has to stop doing whatever it was they were doing, open the door and let the dog out.

Shortly thereafter, there is a slight ‘woof’ letting them know it is time to come back inside.  Once again, the parent has to stop doing what it is they were doing, and let the dog back in.  Is this a routine or what?  Doggies sure know how to train their pet parent with just a slight command, (you did not know Doggies know how to give a command to their parents, did you?)  This is togetherness!

As time goes on and the pet parent becomes wise to what is actually going on, decides it is time to install a dog door for convenience to everyone.  Dog doors are great to have, and this way they will not be bothered with activities they enjoy in their home, and doggie can do their thing all by themselves.

What a relief that will be, no more back and forth, opening and closing the door at doggies command.  This is all fine and dandy, but be prepared to know the correct size of the doggie doors opening so moving through the door will be plenty of room to go back and forth.  Also, keep in mind that if the dog door has not been installed in a safe area, security may then become a problem.

It has been reported that burglars may become aware of the door and when no one is at home, bingo, in the crawl (if large door), and when you return home, you will discover a burglary has taken place.  To safeguard this from happening, make sure your dog is aware of any foreign entry, other than themselves.  It is usually true that dogs can detect danger and want to protect their surroundings.  Pick a safe and perhaps an area protected by natural surroundings.

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You Can Choose the Best Pet Insurance Decisions

It is a big decision on the pet parent’s part in deciding if they should have pet health insurance on their new puppy or an existing dog before medical treatment is a necessity, and having to pay full veterinarian cost that would have been avoidable by having pet insurance.  Ten billion dollars is the amount that pet parents have spent on veterinarian cost this past year and will rise even higher in the near future with so many households caring for pets.

At any given time a pet needs medical attention, the charges are expected to be paid upfront, most veterinarian clinics do not offer payment plans.  Perhaps the thought of having pet insurance is not a priority at this time with financial problems, but if you are able to pay your dog’s medical bills without any worries, then you would not be interested in such a policy.

Compare pet insurance companies and find out what is covered and what is not, also keep in mind that most pet insurance companies do not cover pre-existing medical conditions, this is the main reason insuring your pet while they are still young and healthy makes a lot of sense before the fact – not after.

Depending on your choice, $10 a month to $50 and upwards is usually the cost of having coverage, but at this time, $25 – $30 a month is pretty much the cost of a premium.   Another thing to check into is if you have more than one pet, most of the pet insurance companies offer some sort of discount that makes it affordable for multiple coverages.

Pets between the ages of 6 to 8 weeks up to 9 years old, will be covered by most all of the pet insurance companies, but regardless of your decision, keep in mind, if you do or do not choose to insure your pet, you can expect medical problems will arise during your pets aging process, there is no way to get around it, just like humans.

This morning in reading the newspaper an interesting article about a large grocery chain stating they are now supporting pet insurance with a pet insurance company with the quick and easy process in claiming, and very affordable in protecting the health and welfare of our furry friends. When your pet is in need of veterinarian services due to accidents, sickness, and scheduled office visits, the reimbursement on a claim is usually within several weeks.

This is really a great way to go in protecting your financial concerns regarding the health of your pet.  Pet insurance companies offer different coverage’s and the age of the pet may be different as well, but anywhere from several months to 9 years of age can be insured for medical coverage.

This particular pet insurance company offers coverage with the renewal of the policy that will ensure your pet for life. The eligibility of accident coverage is for all ages of dogs and cats, and deductibles may vary from one insurance company to another, but being able to save money in keeping and maintaining your pet’s health is worth every penny of the cost for pet insurance opposed to not having any coverage at all.

I am sure that all of us have heard friends, neighbors, etc., talk about how expensive their veterinarian bill was after an illness, accident, surgery, or for whatever reason.  With the economy as it is today, you cannot be without a medical insurance policy on your pet, and another good reason is that the pet parent is able to use any veterinarian nationwide.

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The Consider Flying Your Pet in Comfort

There have been issues with flying pets in commercial airlines because of the percentage of people who may or may not have pets of their own and are allergic to pets and pet dandruff, so some airlines are not offering to fly pets as before.

In the re-circulation of air in the main cabin, inhaling the particles that may be in the air, just as peanut dust from peanuts are not served to passengers because of allergic conditions, is no different from pet dander.

If flying small pets that have a carry on pet carrier that slides under the seat, airlines that approve flying pets will accept that, but not large dogs.  Cargo and the baggage department will accommodate large dogs, but there is much to be said about this because of the danger to the dog.

Short-nosed dogs do not do well in this environment because of breathing problems that some may have, and the American Veterinary Medical Association does not advise sedating or tranquilizing dogs due to their panting that regulates body temperature because under any kind of sedation they may not be able to pant causing complications.

Therefore, what is the answer in the event that the pet parent wants to fly their pet child to another location for whatever reason?  Perhaps with Holidays not far off flying the pet child to join the family may be the most practical situation, but another scenario might involve moving to another state and the pet child is a large dog.

Pet Airways, the pet-friendly airlines for pets only is gaining popularity in flying pets to many major cities and provides a climate-controlled, lighted cabin for comfort and the only humans aboard are the pilot and the pet attendant.

Time sure flies when you are having fun, but before long, the days will begin to shorten, Labor Day will be getting close, and school will start again for another year.  Therefore, what does that tell you, vacations will soon end and every pet parent will have considered including their dog in activities away from home?

Whether it be vacations or visiting friends or relatives in other states other than your own, takes some serious planning, and taking your dog in the family vehicle for several days, especially if they are large dogs is not the best choice, or favorable to the pet family and their pet. Fly them in the sky on the pet-friendly airlines that are committed to pets only, flying in the main cabin with no humans aboard except the pilot and pet attendant.

Pet-friendly airlines continue to add additional cities on their flight plans delivering pets to places where their pet parents can pick them up and enjoy being all together as a family.  They are flying into cities such as Phoenix, Denver, Los Angles, New York, Ft Lauder dale, Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington DC, Chicago, and Omaha.

As time goes on pet-friendly airlines will most probably add more destinations to and from the pet parent’s home state.  A pet-friendly airline takes care of your pets as if they were their own, and has a lighted cabin with controlled temperatures for a safe and happy flight.

Just a Word of Caution

In my local paper today, there was an article cautioning pet parents who have short-snouted dogs such as pugs and bulldogs have had a  higher death rate in the last 5 years due to being shipped as cargo, again this is why it is so important to fly your pets in a pet the only airline, in the main cabin where there are no humans except the pilot and pet attendant.

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The Best Dematting Comb for Pet Grooming

It is essential that all cat owners have grooming supplies made especially for cats. A metal comb is the most essential basic grooming tool. Most stainless-steel combs for cats have wide-set, round teeth that are perfect for long and short hair cats. A slicker brush is perfect for all cats. Most cats enjoy the sensation of the slicker brush and the metal comb and it helps to prevent hairballs.

Most cats love being stroked and enjoy the feeling of light grooming, so don’t be afraid to brush and comb your cat or kitten regularly.

The dog owner can do much to help a dog’s hair coat achieve its full potential and to keep it in good condition: feed a good quality nutritionally complete and balanced dog food; keep the dog free of internal and external parasites and maintain a regular grooming schedule with the appropriate pet grooming equipment.

Grooming your dog not only helps him/her look their best at all times but also helps keep them clean and healthy.

Grooming sessions are an excellent time to assess your dog’s health. Learn what is normal for your dog, what characteristics distinguish him. Changes in appearance or behavior may be signs of illness. If a dog displays constant problems such as itching, sudden loss of hair, inflamed areas, any signs of tenderness or lumps under the skin, a veterinarian should be consulted.

A dog who is accustomed to grooming will be more at ease when he is examined or treated by a veterinarian.

The kind of grooming routine you establish for your dog will depend on how much time the dog spends outside, weather conditions, and whether the dog is a longhaired or shorthaired breed.

Shorthaired breeds should be groomed two to three times a week. Longhaired breeds require daily grooming. Many terrier breeds require periodic plucking to remove dead hairs and to give them a trim appearance with careful brushing and combing between plucking.

If your dog’s hair coat requires complicated grooming, you may want to have it done professionally. However, trips to the groomer’s are not adequate to maintain a healthy, handsome hair coat. Your dog still needs to be brushed and combed regularly between professional grooming sessions.

Most people don’t really think about how important dental hygiene is for their dogs or cats.  It’s been stated by veterinarians that approximately 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some form of gingivitis by the time they are 3 years old.

If it is left untreated, this disease can also destroy gums, teeth, and supporting structures just like in humans and it will also cause very foul breath.   If allowed to go on too long, serious problems such as irreversible bone loss, chronic pain, continuous foul breath, and even eye problems if a tooth abscess can occur.

The only sure way to prevent plaque buildup and dental disease and to keep that bad breath away is to make cleaning your pet’s teeth a frequent routine just like grooming routines.  There are so many dental products to make it easy for you to clean your pet’s teeth such as dental gel which is made especially for pets and doesn’t have to be rinsed out.  There are also great toothbrushes in a variety of styles made just for pets.

Maintaining your pet’s dental health is another way to help make sure your pet lives a long happy and healthy life, after all, we want to keep them around for as long as possible!

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The Dog Coats and Dog Jackets to Keep Your Pet Warm

There are so many different coats, jackets, and hoodies that are a must for keeping your beloved dog or puppy warm in cold or wet weather.  You have many options because there are a wide variety of colors, styles, and sizes that are available.

You can go classic college-style sweaters, vintage 60, camo, knit, or anything you can think of for all types of dog apparel.  Boots protect your pet’s paws from not only the elements, but from salt, stones, and rough terrain.

There are raincoats, hoodies, and tee shirts for all tastes and all sizes of dogs and puppies.  All pet parents want their pets to be safe and protected from the elements when they go outside for whatever reason and you can find any kind of dog apparel to fit your needs and your pet’s needs at First Rate Pets where you can shop and get friendly expert advice about pets at any time.

Camo or Camouflage apparel has always been popular with people and now you can get them for your dog!  When you think of camo colors, you normally think of green, but did you know you can also find camo prints in pink for the girl dogs?

You can get just about any type of apparel for your dogs in camo pink or green including hats, hoodies, coats and jackets, tee shirts, collars and leashes, and even boots!  If you love that outdoor look, then you really should check out all of the camo gear for your dog so you both can enjoy the great outdoors in style.

Can you even begin to count how many tee shirts you own?

This staple to any wardrobe has crossed over as a popular entity for dogs. Comfy and casual, tee shirts are a canvas for self-expression for you, and you’re pets. As a dog owner you’ll be the brains behind any fashion purchase for your pooch, so ask yourself: how would my four-legged friend express himself?

From the hipster tie-dye look to a fun floral print, it’s certain that you’ll find the perfect style for your pooch. Maybe you’re the type of person who enjoys a matching ensemble between you and your pet. Sports teams are a terrific way to show your spirit and an ever-so-popular selection for a dog tee shirt.

Well, September is already here and it’s already starting to get cooler at night.  Have you been thinking about getting your beloved friend a sweater to keep him warm while out for those early evening walks or even for early morning walks?  So many people agree that a sweater can really make those walks on chilly nights or mornings more enjoyable for you and your pet.

And you can find just about any kind of sweater you can think of for your dog from classic styles such as cable knit or maybe even a little more sophisticated like the Ranch Style dog sweater, you can even get retro styles with peace signs.

No matter what you fancy, you can find all kinds of styles and colors of sweaters made just for dogs and puppies that will fit your lifestyle and preferences and there are so many sizes that fit even the smallest dog and even great dog sweaters that fit medium and big dogs like German Shepards and other big dogs.

Your dog will appreciate that you thought enough of him to buy him his own great dog sweater and will come to associate his new sweater with a fun time outside with you.