16 Things You Should Never Feed Your Horse

One thing for certain is that our pets deserve a treat from time to time and whilst we most commonly think of those on the receiving end being cats, dogs or perhaps rabbits, hamsters or guinea pigs; horses are no exception to this!

 

Rewarding your horse with a treat is a great way to reinforce good behaviour as well as to help you out whilst training. Perhaps surprisingly, however, human foods don’t always make great horsey treats, despite what you might have heard and whilst most won’t cause any problems, others are best avoided.
Whether you own a horse yourself or are guilty of feeding those at the local stables as you pass on a walk with the kids every once in awhile, here’s a quick guide to 16 things which you should never feed our equine friends:

 

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About The Author: James writes on behalf of Rideaway.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading equestrian stores, offering a wealth of useful advice to those looking to get involved with horse riding for the first time as well as parents looking to get their children interested in riding at their local stables.

 

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7 Tips For Moving Overseas With Your Pet

For many pet owners, making a move overseas may seem like a very stressful thing to do, especially since you not only must coordinate a very large, and lengthy move, but also because you will need to make plans to bring your pet with you during the move. After all, your pet, just as your human relatives, are a big part of your family dynamics and when you make a move, so do they. If you are planning a move to a new country, you may find that the following seven tips for moving overseas with your pet will come in handy during your travels.

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1. Country Regulations

Every country has regulations on protocol they follow for allowing pets to enter with their humans. Some countries, for instance, will not allow animals of they consider them to be aggressive. Other countries, such as Australia, will not allow rodents and others won’t allow exotic animals including snakes, turtles and other species of animals. Contacting the local consulate or embassy in the country you plan to move to can help get things settled about your pet being allowed in the country. Some countries, for instance, may have a general rule for pets that allowed in the country but you may be able to speak to a government agency who may be able to explain how you can legally bring a pet that would otherwise not be allowed. In some cases, if the pet is a seeing eye dog or therapy dog, the rules can be bent to allow the pet to enter. If you plan rent or purchase a small space including living in an apartment or condo with a pet, you may want to see if there are regulations on spaces that pets can live in and whether the local government requires you to have a fenced yard or space for them to run or exercise. You will also need to make sure your pet is ready to live in such a space.  

2. Veterinarian Considerations

For the most part, when you bring a pet to a new country, you must have them checked out by a veterinarian before they can travel. They will need to have the right vaccinations and be checked for disease or illness. Vaccinations are generally the basic rabies shots, de-wormed and other basic care but you will want to speak to customs in the country you are travelling to so you can ensure everything is up to date and all shots needed have been given. You need to keep all paperwork that details vaccinations and veterinarian care for your pet.

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3. Pet Health Certificate

While not all countries require one, you will need to obtain a pet health certificate or passport of sorts if you plan to take your pet to countries in the UK as well as several other locations globally. Like a passport, the pet health certificate will show that your pet is healthy and free to travel without any health issues. Once you have your vaccinations up to date and all other health checked with your veterinarian, you can have them fill out the health certificate and then send it your state’s USDA Veterinary Services office to be signed by the state veterinarian. Once the state veterinarian signs off on the certificate, your pet will officially have their own passport, or health certificate, to travel with you to the new country.

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4. Speak to The Airline

While you may be concerned with getting vaccinations up to date and speaking to the embassy to make sure Fido is good to go in the new country, another very important thing to do is speak to the airline before you show up at the airport with your pet in tow for the trip. Every airline has different, although similar, requirements for bringing a pet along on a flight. You will need to check into things including transfers in other cities, states or countries as well as the type of crate to use during the flight. You will also need to make sure the airline has no restrictions on the types of pets they can handle if your pet is one that is known for having a rambunctious temperament, you may need to ensure them that your pet will behave during the flight. Most airlines will not ask about temperament since pets will be placed in their own space and crated during the flight, but if you plan to carry the pet on the flight with you, they will need to know it will not disturb other passengers who want to rest during a long international flight.

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5. How to Transport Your Pet

During an overseas move, you are bound to easily find the right moving service for your household goods, the perfect overseas auto shipper for your car, and the right airline to fly you over, but you are also going to have to consider the best way to physically transport your pet as well. This means, find them a crate they will be comfortable in and have plenty of room to stretch their legs. Imagine being loaded into a crate and being cramped up for twenty or more hours during a long flight overseas. Your legs would be killing you by the time the plane landed and you would most likely be in bad spirits due to lack of comfortable rest during the flight. The same is true for your beloved pet and it is up to you to find the most appropriate, and comfy way for them to settle in during a long flight. Most airlines will transport pets in the animal cargo section of the plane where they will have warmth and air pressure. Some flights will let you bring the pet on the flight with you as baggage. You will need to speak to the airline to see what their policy is about pets on an international flight. Be sure to place your pets favorite blanket or toys in the crate with them before the flight. This will help keep their stress level down and will let them feel more at home during the long flight. If you have a

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6. The Local Area

Although you have yet to move, you may be able to take a quick holiday in the local area you plan to move to or you may be able to take some time to travel without your pet to find a new home ahead of time and get to know the local area. As you are sightseeing and checking things out locally, see if the local area has dog parks, if neighbors have pets and what, if any, local ordinances there may be about keeping a dog or cat leashed during trips outside. You will also want to see where the local veterinarian is located, where you can buy pet supplies and if possible, what neighbors will think of having a new furry friend in the neighborhood. You also need to see what the area offers to make sure your pet will feel safe around strangers and comfortable in the new home.

7. Check the Cost

Before you hop on the plane and head overseas, you will need to check rates for transporting your pet and this should be done by speaking to several airlines before the trip. You can usually expect to pay anywhere from $200 to more than $1000 to move a pet overseas, but the cost will depend on the type of pet you own, the airline handling the move and the health checks and vaccination requirements that must be taken care of prior to moving your pet overseas with you.

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The most important thing to remember when you plan to move overseas and have a pet to bring along is going to be to plan the trip ahead of time. Some countries require rabies vaccinations be given months ahead of the trip while others have few requirements at all. Planning head will help ensure that you, and your pet, will be able to travel comfortably and arrive at your new home safely and ready to hit the new town exploring what it has to offer instead of sitting in quarantine alone for months while waiting to see if they have rabies or other illnesses before being released to your care.

About the Author: Jason is an entrepreneur who loves to travel with his pets.  His company A-1 Auto Transport allows him to travel around the world and enjoy life.  

The Best Ways to Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs

There are a number of different species of flea. The dog flea is species that lives on a number of mammals, making dogs really susceptible to picking them up. Fleas can be extremely annoying and also dangerous to dogs because it’s very common for fleas to transmit disease and other nasty things such as tapeworms.

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It’s important that fleas are treated as soon as they are diagnosed. There are a number of different ways to get rid of fleas and even prevent them. Some of the best methods are listed below:

 

1. Flea Shampoo, Spray or Powder

A flea shampoo, spray or powder can be administered to your pet. They are specially formulated to treat fleas and ticks. You’ll want to lift the fleas out of your dog’s coat once you’ve applied the treatment. These combs have very fine gaps in the teeth to ensure the fleas and eggs are collected.

Some of the best brands for flea shampoo include Adams’s, Hartz UltraGuard and Virbac Ecto-Sooth. These brands are formulated to ensure you break the life cycle of fleas, flea eggs and ticks, whilst still being completely harmless to your dog.

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2. Clean the Environment

Carpets, bedding, furniture and linens are a cozy place where you should expect fleas to hide and nest in. You’ll need to boil wash any bedding, linen or clothing in hot soapy water for a minimum of 15 minutes. Carpets and furniture can be cleaned with specialist sprays.

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3. Preventative Measures: Flea Tablets & Flea Collars

Monthly flea tablets can be included in your pet’s food. This is more of a preventative tablet than anything. Every dog will require a different dosage depending on the age and breed, you’ll most likely need to speak to your veterinarian to confirm the dosage required.

A flea collar is also a great way to ward off fleas in the future. They typically contain two active ingredients that help to deter fleas and provide protection for over 8 months.

Bio: After studying Veterinary Science and working with number of veterinary surgeons, Alice has an extensive experience in dog microchipping.

 

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7 Tips for Your Dog That Fears Strangers

If you own a dog then no one has to tell you that each one has their own personality. Just like humans, every critter has life experiences and different reactions to emotions. Dogs can be stressed out, anxious, and frustrated just as much as people can.

Not all dogs behave themselves around strangers and some may be downright scared. As a responsible owner, it’s your job to know when your dog is fearful and how to help them cope with this reaction. The following are 7 tips for your furry friend that fears strangers:

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1. Understand the Warning Signs

When dogs are afraid of strangers they are often described as shy, cautious, and anxious. This type of behavior can be easy to recognize in animals that tremble, move away, or hide but it can also be recognized in behaviors like:

  • Panting
  • Drooling
  • Shedding
  • Jumping up
  • Urination
  • Refusal to make eye-contact
  • Aggressive behavior

Although the urge to hire a carpet cleaner is an annoying result of your dog’s behavior, having to take someone to the ER is unacceptable. Step in before your dog’s fear ever turns into aggression.

 

2. Avoid Crowded Areas

If you are already aware that your dog does not do well around strangers, you should avoid bringing them to places with large gatherings of people. Regardless of whether your dog is on a leash or in a carrier, this type of interaction can cause them great distress. If the situation is unavoidable —like traveling in an airport—make sure you seek advice from your vet about possible medications to keep your dog safe and calm.

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3. Protect your Dog

When an individual approaches your dog to pet them, it is your duty to protect both your dog and the stranger. The situation can easily be deescalated by placing yourself in between the two parties.

The more distance that is put between your dog and a stranger, the better. If you have to cross the street to avoid people, do so. It’s much better to possibly offend someone rather than stressing your dog out or worse yet, creating an aggressive situation.

4. Who are They Afraid Of?

Just like a human, sometimes turning a person from a stranger into a friend will alleviate anxiety. Ask yourself “does my pup respond to certain people in particular?” The answer may be gender-based, age-based, or simply due to their scent. Once you know exactly what is causing fear in your dog, you can take steps to minimize it (even if that means total avoidance).

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5. Never Reprimand Them

If your dog expresses fear, show them comfort, identify the source, and work to help them cope. Never punish them. This may cause your animal to internalize their fear but it does not necessarily make it go away. When a dog has to hide their emotions, they may feel vulnerable and lash out with biting.

6. Be Responsible at Home

Sometimes strangers need to enter your home and you don’t need Fido biting the plumber. If you know your dog is fearful of strangers, and worse yet, if you know they act negatively, your best bet is to keep them in a separate area of your home at all times when they are present. If your pet cannot be locked in a separate room (you’re not wanting to pull out the carpet cleaner), baby gates can also be utilized. For bigger breeds, sometimes crating is the safest option.  

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7. Reward Good Behavior

If you are trying to break your dog of their fear (i.e. you’d like to take a walk without worrying yourself), it may be wise to carry around a bag of treats in your pocket. Whenever you notice your dog sit and relax around strangers, loudly proclaim positive affirmations like “good dog!” and reward them with a treat.

Creating a pattern of this behavior will positively reinforce your pet to react the same every time and slowly ease their anxiety around other people. However, never let anyone else feed your dog a treat if you are unsure of your dog’s reaction.

Lessening the fear of a loved one knows no bounds between species. Making sure your dog is comfortable is important. Understanding the warning signs of their anxiety, reacting appropriately, and rewarding them for good behavior is the first step to getting your pup a little more social with strangers.

John Davidson is the owner of Superior Carpet Cleaners and enjoys sharing is knowledge of environmentally friendly ways to keep your house clean using all natural ingredients and safe methods.  In his spare time he enjoys sharing useful dog training tips on the web.  He is also an owner of two large Akitas who love hiking, swimming in the lake, and rolling around in the snow.

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The Best and Worst Pets For Apartment-Dwellers

The size of your home should not discourage you from adopting a pet, though the size of the pet should be a consideration. Many animals can live happily in even small apartments. According to the ASPCA, it is estimated that there are 70 million to 80 million dogs and 74 million to 96 million cats that are owned in the U.S.

Before you start thinking about adoption, talk to your landlord and find out if you will have to pay a pet deposit. After you take care of that, consider our list of the best pets for apartment living.

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Cats

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but cats are the most popular American pet. According to the ASPCA, there are between 74 million and 96 million cats in the United States. Since they do not require walking, cats are perfect for apartment-dwellers . They also handle their own grooming, don’t need to be let outside to go to the bathroom, and are able to make good use of vertical space.

Parakeets

While not necessarily compatible with the pet listed above, parakeets are well-suited for life in close quarters. Unlike larger parrots, parakeets can get all the exercise they need within a 3’x3’x2′ cage. Aside from the cage and a few toys, parakeets do not need a lot of equipment.

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Small Dogs

If your idea of a pet begins and ends with dogs, you still have options if you live in an apartment. One of those options is to get a smaller breed such as a pug or Yorkshire terrier. These breeds can be perfectly happy within the confines of a smaller living space.

However, just because an animal is small doesn’t mean it’s suited for life in an apartment. Here are some animals that might seem suitable, but in reality are not or, in other words, the worst pets for apartment living.

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Ferrets

These animals are incredibly cute and very photogenic; however, they are also very different from the animals on the list above. For starters, they need space and a lot of it. They are also very active: They like to run and burrow.

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Sugar Glider

Small and cute, sugar gliders appear to be perfect for a smaller apartment. The reality is that they are highly active and their need to jump and glide requires a lot of space. In addition, they are social and need at least one more sugar glider, otherwise they become depressed and their health suffers.

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Large Parrots

Bigger birds are louder than smaller ones, which can make them unpleasant companions in a small place. Note also that cockatoos and macaws tend to spend the early morning and late evening hours squawking.

The pets listed above are just a few of the animals that you might consider as an apartment pet. Consider whether you want a conventional pet or something a little more exotic.

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About the Author: Founded in 2012, ABODO is the country’s leading hyper-local apartment search service. The company is driving the rental search experience by combining the largest inventory of available apartments with a simple and intuitive user experience. ABODO is a privately held venture-funded company, headquartered in Madison, Wis. 

How to House Train Your Pet in a New Home

When it comes to pets, accidents happen and this means preventing them from happening in your new home. Moving is stressful enough, but when you first move in, bringing in a pet can add to this stress. Don’t let this happen to you. By using some helpful tips, you can make sure your pet learns to have good behavior in the new home as well as where it should use the bathroom so it can stop mistaking that lovely carpet in the living room for grass. 

 

Tips for House Breaking a Pet

There are many tips for housebreaking your pet, but with so many to try, how do you really know which ones are going to work? This is something that no one can answer for you since every pet and pet owner is different. You must go through the trial and error process to find out which one is the best to go with. Depending on your pet, they should get the hang of where to go after the first couple of weeks.

1. Use a crate!

This might be hard for pet owners to do if they are used to having their pet out at night or if the pet sleeps with them in their beds. However, crate training has been shown to provide positive reinforcement, while also being a safe-haven for your pet. It can also drastically cut down on accidents around the house.

2. Use an outdoor schedule to your advantage.

When it comes to potty time, you must stick to your guns, so to speak. Make sure to bring the pup out every two hours and show them where they go. This will get them familiar with where and when they’re able to go to the bathroom. You want to also make sure that the time between potty breaks expands a bit as time goes on. 

 

3. Set up a doggy door and show them where it is!

This may seem a bit lazy but if you have the option to do this with a backyard that has a fence, then it is strongly encouraged that you do so. You can let them find out how much fun they can have and how they can go to the bathroom without having to come to you with the leash every time. This is great for those that work long hours and want to make sure their pet gets enough exercise as well as has a viable way to get out of the house and use the bathroom.

4. Use praise by rewarding them every time they go to the bathroom where you want them too.

This is a cause and effect method. It will teach them that they’re supposed to use the bathroom outside, and not inside the house. If they go where they are supposed to go, then they get a treat! However, it is recommended that you reward them no more than three-seconds after they’ve gone to the bathroom. This way, they know what they’re being praised for.

5. Consistency is crucial to this process!

If you slip up and forget to do something, or don’t let them out within a certain time frame, they’ll likely have an accident in the house. You need to make sure that whether you are using one, or even more than one of these tips, you stick to them so the pet will know what to do and what to expect when they do the right thing.

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Since it is a new house you need to make sure you give them time to become familiar with their surroundings. You can then take them where they’re supposed to go on their leash. You want to show them every aspect of the new house so they can find out which spots are meant for what.

Once the movers have everything moved into your new home you will have plenty of time to sit back and relax while also taking time to enjoy the benefits of having a pet. Use these tips to make life just a bit easier and prevent unwanted messes from happening in your new home. After a while, your pet should have no problem using the bathroom where you intend them to go. Teaching your pet from day one at the new home is going to help you fully enjoy the new surroundings and will also be a great way to get your pet acclimated to their new surroundings.  

What Do You Know About The Greyhound?

Greyhounds are one of the gentlest breed of dogs. They are a loving, unobtrusive and low shed breed. Over the past number of decades the popularity of greyhound racing has led to many misconceptions about these docile dogs. For example, did you know that greyhounds are actually very low energy? They are often affectionately known as ‘’coach potatoes’’. This makes the greyhound breed the perfect companion for those living in small dwellings.

On the whole, greyhounds get along very well with other animals as well as children. Want to learn more about this pooches? Luckily for us, GAP NSW have created the infographic below that features some of the most fascinating and noteworthy facts about these lovely creatures. So if you’re interested in adopting one of these pups or simply want to learn more about this ancient breed, keep reading!  

Which greyhound fact surprised you the most? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below!

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About the Author: Tom Clarke is Marketing Manager at a not for profit organisation called Greyhounds As Pets, which focuses on the adoption and fostering of retired greyhounds into loving homes. He is an animal lover and loves to create content about all animals but writes about greyhounds most often. 

 

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8 Ways to Keep Your Pet Entertained During Holiday Parties

Holiday time is here and if you are like many pet parents, entertaining is part and parcel of the season. Being a pet owner, the challenge must surely arise as to how to keep your animal companion entertained when the festivities are in full swing.

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If you are planning the perfect party and pets will be present, strategy is needed for how to keep these important members of the family on their best behavior and not interfering with your hosting duties. Read on for 8 ways to keep it calm on the home front when pets are on the holiday gathering guest list.

  1. Spare Pets the Greeting Process

Whether your pet of choice is feathered or furred, keeping him out of the welcoming process is most likely best for all involved. Not having to deal with the stress of constant new arrivals is key to comfort when it comes to pets. Greeting guests at the door is often not the favorite part of the evening entertainment for our animal family members; allow them quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of arrivals.

  1. Provide a Quiet Refuge

Not only will dogs, cats, and other creatures appreciate avoiding the welcoming of party guests, they may also be thankful for a quiet place to hang out away from the revelry. A gated room, with music or television in the background just might be what your pet prefers as entertainment. Less activity, a more serene environment, and a space where they feel safe and secure could be the answer for a peaceful evening for both you and your animal family member.

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  1. Try a Pheromone Plug In

If you are not certain that your pet will want to be confined to a space yet you feel it is best for all involved, consider a pheromone plug-in for the room. These nifty devices are diffusers that emit nontoxic and odorless pheromone-like compounds that have been said to help many an anxious pet. It’s best to give this a try for a few weeks, to allow your pet the pleasure of the experience before the big night. Not all pet owners have seen a difference in the behavior of their pets, but many say a pheromone plug-in serves it’s purpose well, which is calming and soothing a dog or cat who may need a little down time.  

  1. Exercise Your Pet Before the Party

Providing a stimulating, fun filled day (or even few days) before the big event has been proven to keep a pet happy and in need of less entertainment during a holiday party. Activities with the family pet, such as a walk incorporating many instances of sitting, staying, and heeling will work your canine’s brain and therefore, help to make him ready for a quiet evening when the celebrations commence. When speaking of cats or ferrets, for example, games that allow exercise such as chasing a laser beam on the wall before the party will permit peacefulness later when guests arrive.

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  1. Hire a Pet Sitter

Many pet parents work outside the home during the day and because of this, preparing food and decorations for a party after working hours may not leave much opportunity for spending one on one time with the furry family member in anticipation of the fete. A pet sitter, either before the party or during the event, can prove invaluable when keeping your beloved animal entertained. A pet sitter can make sure the pre-party exercise takes place, or can walk the dog for you during the window of guest arrivals and beyond, leaving you free to entertain your guests, as opposed to your pet.

  1. Provide an Outlet

If you do not have access to a sitter you can look to other forms of entertainment for your dog, cat, ferret or feathered friend. A new toy which provides an invitation to keep busy elsewhere is always an idea to try. Freeze a dog safe rubber chew toy such as a Kong filled with dog biscuits and canned food, providing hours of happy stimulation for a dog. Cats may enjoy a new scratching post or carpet sprinkled with catnip.

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  1. Let Your Pet Join the Party

There is nothing wrong with letting a pet join the party, providing that you make guests aware of the possibility. Pet owners must remember that not all members of the human race enjoy the company of canines, felines, or rodents so the courteous host or hostess will always warn guests of potential extra party members. Doing so will permit your guest to decline (though we’d hope not), or at the very least relay to you their discomfort or uncertainty about sharing the celebration space with a member of the animal species. Remember, there are allergies to keep in mind as well.

  1. Train Beforehand

If the decision has been made to let your dog or cat join the affair, act wisely and be fair to both your pets and your guests by practising some party etiquette beforehand. If your dog has had training in the sit and stay commands, or your cat knows and obeys the fact that the table is off limits, the food, a main component of holiday gatherings, will be out of bounds for pets. Training of your guests is key, as well, to keeping animal friends safe and healthy; let your guests know that no matter how cute your canine companion is, or how friendly your feline may be no treating is permitted at the party. With a little thought and preparation, allowing your furry family member to be part of the holiday festivities is entirely possible.

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About the Author: Vetary Credit provides financing for veterinary care for your family pets. Pet treatment payment plans can be used for everything from routine tests to emergency operations. Your pet deserves its recommended treatment in its time of need. With Vetary, you can qualify for financing for immediate care, select a flexible payment plan that suits your needs and make monthly payments over time. Learn more

Ingredients You Shouldn’t Feed Your Pooch

If you have never wondered what’s in your dog’s food, now is the time to start. Different research studies that reveal many of the ingredients in your pet’s food and how they affect their body. Here are two reasons you should be aware of bad dog food ingredients and a list of these dangerous ingredients.
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Ingredients To Avoid: 

Health and safety are the primary reasons you should know what you’re feeding your dog. Many of the ingredients found in dog food are dangerous and can damage a dog’s heart, lungs, kidneys, and eyesight. You want to keep your pet as safe as possible, and one way to do this is
by knowing what’s in your dog’s food.

Ethoxyquin

Ethoxyquin is used as a preservative in dog food. Originally, ethoxyquin was developed for herbicide purposes. This preservative is known to cause kidney and liver damage, and cancer of the skin, liver, stomach, and spleen. Other dangers ethoxyquin are linked to include leukemia, immune deficiency syndrome, and blindness.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol is an ingredient found in anti-freeze and your pet’s food. Propylene Glycol is an ingredient used in dog food to prevent the growth of bacteria and reduce moisture in the food. Since this ingredient prevents the growth of bacteria, your dog may have issues with digestion because intestinal bacteria is required for the proper absorption and digestion of food. Without an ample amount of moisture for digestions, dogs are at risk for developing an intestinal blockage or cancerous lesions.

BHT/BHA

BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene) are found in dog and human food. BHA is a preservative linked to kidney damage. BHT is more dangerous than BHA and is linked to cancer in dogs. BHT is an ingredient found in pet food that keeps food from spoiling.

Corn Syrup

Corn syrup is sugar that is used to sweeten your dog’s food. Corn is a concern because a dog’s body, like humans, cannot digest it. Too much sugar consumption can cause weight gain and lead to diabetes. Other changes that can occur due to corn syrup consumption include hyperactivity and change in rational behavior. Corn is a filler that is frequently used in dog food because it is inexpensive. Corn can develop mold or fungus.

By-Product

By-product is a dangerous ingredient and is the internal remains of different animals, including chicken, turkey, beef, fish and lamb. By-products often include tumors and diseased tissues.

Carrageenan

According to a research study conducted by Cornucopia, more than 70 percent of canned cat and dog food contain carrageenanCarrageenan is a dangerous ingredient found in pet food that causes intestinal inflammation which could lead to cancer.

Food Dyes

People do not believe food dyes are as harmful as other ingredients found in dog food, but they are. Food dyes are used in dry dog food to imitate the appearance of fruits, meats, and vegetables. Food dyes are dangerous because they can cause hyperactivity, cancer, and organ damage.

The next time you go to the store or shop online for pet food, look for these ingredients. The ingredients listed are harmful to your pet and can cause different illnesses and death. Organic dog food is one of the best options for your pet. The ingredients used are all-natural and do not cause disease and illness. Organic dog food is great for your dog’s overall health and well-being because the ingredients are not refined.

About The Author: Mary Nielsen is a passionate dog lover, blogger and part-time music teacher. She founded MySweetPuppy.net to share her ups and downs of being a pet parent to a bunch of adorable mutts. When she is not playing with them or teaching, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen.

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How To Make A Playlist Your Dog Can Enjoy When You’re Not Home

Turning on your dog’s favorite playlist when you leave can help soothe them while you’re away. According to animal behaviorist, Deborah Wells, dogs find specific types of music to be relaxing, and even have their own preferences in what they like to listen to. Leaving on your dog’s favorite playlist when you go to work can prevent unwanted behaviors such as chewing and barking. It can also improve your dog’s health and wellness by promoting sleep.

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You can use your dog’s playlist during car rides if they have travel anxiety, when you leave for work if they have separation anxiety, during thunderstorms if they are afraid of lightning, or in any potentially stressful situation for your dog.

Dogs all have different tastes, like people. Different songs with different frequencies, pitches, and rhythms have different effects on dogs. Dr. Sands, animal behaviorist, has done studies to find which variables in music (like beats per minute and frequency) affect dogs the most, and in what way. He found that the more BPM’s a song has, the more energizing it is for your dog, and the less BPM’s, the more calming it is.

The size of your dog may also have an effect on their taste in music. Smaller dogs may be partial to melodies with higher frequencies, and larger dogs may respond more positively to tunes with lower frequencies. This has to do with the kind of sounds they are used to making and hearing, as smaller dogs make higher pitched sounds and larger dogs make lower pitched ones.

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Try listening to your music with your dog in the room, and watch their reaction. If your dog can sleep through or falls asleep to certain songs, they would be a good choice for your doggy playlist. If your dog paces, barks, or acts agitated during certain tunes, then leave them out.

Classical Music For Your Dog:

Dr. Wells’ research has shown that classical music tends to incite behaviors that suggest relaxation in dogs. Listening to classical music can prevent damaging behaviors and soothe severe anxiety. Characteristics such as instrumental solos and slow tempos in a piece increase the chances of it having a calming effect. The fewer the instruments and simpler the melody, the better. Try making a playlist for your pooch featuring composers who use calming melodies and homophonic textures. Classical composers your dog may enjoy listening to include:

  • Haydn
  • Brahms
  • Clementi
  • Bach
  • Beethoven
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Schubert
  • Wagner
  • Chapin
  • Liszt

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Modern Music For Your Dog:

Many people don’t have the complete works of Chopin or Liszt on their ipod. If you want to make a playlist for your pooch but don’t want to download additional music to your listening device, don’t worry. Modern music can have a positive effect on your dog as well, as long as it has certain characteristics that your dog enjoys.

Some modern artists that my dog enjoys are:

  • Hozier
  • Sara Bareilles
  • John Mayer
  • Jason Mraz
  • Christina Perri
  • Jack Johnson

However, different songs vary for each artist. In general though, I’ve found that these artists have many songs with calming melodies and slow tempos.

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Bad Songs For Dogs:

Music such as heavy metal can be very unnerving to your dog. This kind of music has extreme pitches and frequencies that can be harmful to your dog’s hearing. It can also aggravate your dog and incite barking, chewing, or other harmful behaviors.

There are plenty of albums out there that have been specifically recorded for dogs. These may be the best option for you and your dog, however, it is likely that you can create an enjoyable, calming playlist for your dog with songs that you already have and listen to. After all, you want to enjoy the songs on your dog’s playlist too!

About The Author: Eliza Jessee lives in apartment 3 with her dog, Johann Sebastian, and her husband, Chris. She enjoys hiking, knitting, blogging, and playing saxophone. Visit her blog, The Pup in Apartment 3, at thepupinapartment3.com.