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How To Choose Toys For Dogs

March 26, 2014

As you're out shopping for dog beds on sale, why not pick up a new toy for your pup? Now that Winter blues are over, you and your precious pet can finally enjoy the outdoors again!

Nothing like a good game of fetch; or a fun afternoon playing with colorful bouncing balls.

Choosing the best toys for dogs can sometimes be difficult. Aside from the wide selection of incredible products in the market, a responsible pet owner must ensure that these toys won't be poisonous for his dog. Plastic pet toys especially, if not certified, could be toxic. Also, one must consider what his canine would like best.

So if you're stuck between a cute plush doll or a practical bouncy ball, let these tips help you out:

For Dogs Who Like To Chew...

Rope Toys For Dogs

  • Most pups love to chew. Ask yourself first if your dog is a moderate or aggressive chewer. Soft, non-toxic plastic chew toys or rope toys made from chemical-free threads, are best suited for this type of dogs.

  • Senior pets and young puppies would love munching on anything smooth or squishy.

  • Aggressive chewers can have either a durable plastic toy, OR a synthetic bone. Make sure that the product won't quickly break into bits. If swallowed, these parts can choke and pose other hazards for your beloved pet.

For Dogs Who Like To Chase...

  • Toss-and-retrieve toys would be perfect for high-energy dogs who love a good run! Balls, disks, and dog sticks are nice examples.

  • Look for fun features that make them bounce, fly, or roll. Invest in products that can withstand constant wear and tear. Soft, non-toxic plastic is best as it cares for sensitive teeth and gums.

  • If you're looking for an excuse to exercise, then these toys are good for you too! Your dog can't enjoy them properly without your help – so play them together as a team! 

For Dogs Who Like To Cuddle...

  • Affectionate or home-buddy pets deserve cuddly plush toys. These come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. They're usually made from fleece and stuffed with squeakers inside. This helps catch a dog's attention.

  • The more they're played with, the more they're going to smell familiar to your dog. This would become one of their most treasured belongings.

  • Ideal for quiet, snuggle time by the fireplace; or before bedtime.

For Dogs Who Like Rewards...

Food Dispenser Dog Toy

  • Interactive food dispenser toys are great for furry pals who enjoy being challenged. These are typically hollow so you can fill them with all sorts of treats. Use bite-size biscuits, peanut butter, or soft cookies.

  • This type of pet toy can keep them occupied for long hours. That's because they won't stop until they get every piece of treat inside!

  • Other interactive toys such as puzzles, provide mental stimulation for your pet. It keeps them sharp and active.

Whichever pet toy you choose for your darling dog, it would certainly bring joy to his eyes. So don't forget to bring home a plush doll or bouncy ball today!

Are Mushrooms Poisonous for Pets?

March 13, 2014

Both the onset of Spring and Summer are signaled by rain and humidity. Aside from beautiful flowers and the smell of fresh dirt, expect tiny cute mushrooms sprouting from the ground. After a drizzle for instance, try traveling with your pet the next morning and you will see these little wonders. Especially if you hike near wooded trails or in sidewalks.

 Mushrooms and Dogs

But are these things poisonous?

Mushrooms and Pets

It's very difficult to identify edible from inedible mushrooms. Some experts believe that the more innocent-looking they are, the more lethal they could be. The 'false morel' for example, looks so much like the 'morel' mushroom sought after by chefs and gourmet cooks around the world. Properly identifying them takes great skill and often, years of experience.

Wild mushrooms in general, can be toxic to pets (depending on the type and amount ingested). For simplicity's sake, toxic variants are classified into four categories:

  • Class A – the most dangerous type of mushroom; can cause the destruction of liver and kidney cells
  • Class B and C – just as dangerous; affects mainly the nervous system
  • Class D – results in gastrointestinal irritation

Common Symptoms

If your dog has swallowed or eaten a mushroom, assume that it is ALWAYS toxic and take him to your vet immediately. Bring a sample of the suspected mushroom to help identify it. Here are some of the common signs associated with mushroom poisoning:

  • weakness or lethargy
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • loss of coordination
  • seizures
  • coma

Treatment

Your pet will need hospitalization upon mushroom poisoning. Depending on the type and amount of toxic mushroom ingested, your vet will perform several tests firsts before doing actual treatment. Blood and physical exams are to be expected. If you didn't bring a sample of the mushroom with you, the vet would possibly take one out of your dog's stomach.

Usually, the vet would use activated charcoal to help the toxins in the mouth and stomach come together. This makes it easier for them to be taken out. Your pup may also undergo fluid therapy to promote urination. This can flush out said toxins from his system. If that doesn't work, your vet may have to induce vomiting.

Keep in mind though, that animal doctors can't predict the outcome of the treatment until they know what kind of mushroom it was.

Prevention

Keep your beloved pet away from mushrooms as you walk. Stay alert and keep a sharp for anything he might accidentally swallow. Dogs are notoriously curious; and he will normally find a way to eat something he shouldn't. Take advantage of practical pet accessories at PetFancy Dog Carriers and Leashes to help keep your dog in check.

If you discover any mushrooms growing in your backyard or lawn, pluck them out. Should you suspect that your furry pal has ingested poisonous varieties, contact your vet or the Pet Poison Helpline at once. Be it Spring or Summer, always keep a lookout for your pet no matter the season.

Sailing Or Flying With Your Pet

February 19, 2014

Traveling with your pet these days is made easier with dog bags and conveniently cute carriers. It's not so much as how to travel with them, but how to keep them safe. Whether on the road, at sea, or by air, there are many dangers to watch out for. As a responsible pet owner, you should always make sure that your furry pal's needs come first.

As Spring draws nearer, there will be a flurry of vacation and/or sailing plans. Of course, these shall include the beloved family pet. Have you decided where you'll go and the mode of transportation? Traveling by air is faster in all respects but carry as much risk as when cruising by boat. Keep your anxious pet happy with these tried and tested tips for a delightfully safe journey:

General Travel Tips

Be it plane or boat, there are general guidelines every good pet owner must abide by:

  • Have all the necessary paperwork ready. Make sure that your pooch has medical records certified by the vet that he'll be alright during the trip.

  • Check the airline or cruise ship for their animal rules. Most strictly prohibit pets; but a few are really animal-friendly. Call them and inquire about rates, requirements, and accommodations.

  • Invest in a quality carrier or leash (if planning on taking a small dog in a cabin). It should be made from sturdy material to withstand incessant chewing; as well as have a good fit (for leashes) and adequate leg room (for kennels).

  • Train your dog to anticipate the journey ahead. If it's by boat, try sailing or rowing with your pet across the nearby river. Learn to soothe him as early as possible because it's not advisable to medicate pets for a trip. In the long run, they might become dependent on it.

  • Even if your pal won't be with you during most of the trip, make sure that pet necessities such as treats, dog waste bags, and water are still easily accessible.

Leashes For Dogs

By Plane

  • In most cases, your dog would not be flying with you in the main cabin (especially if he's a big dog). Before the flight, make sure he's well-fed but not full. Let him do his business too.

  • Remain calm. Don't make a big goodbye scene as this will only upset your furry companion.

  • As much as possible, get a direct flight. This lessens the chances of delays and possible loss of pets.

  • Check that he's wearing his ID tag and that your contact details are on it.





Pet Leashes

By Boat

  • One of the hardest things to combat is sea sickness. Ease your canine's tension with a small whiff of lavender to calm his nerves. Again, avoid any medication as much as possible.

  • If you're allowed to keep him by your side, keep him from the boat's edge. Have him wear his life vest at all times as well.

  • Bring along a rubber food and water bowl. This has a non-slip grip that could let him eat in peace even as the cruise becomes quite bumpy.

 

And there you have it – simple travel tips for you and your canine! The only problem now is which transportation mode to consider.

Bon voyage!

Common Pet Poisons To Watch Out For

January 28, 2014

As a pet owner, you should be careful about what goes into your beloved pet's ceramic dog bowl. Many animal lovers don't realize that their pantry favorites are actually very dangerous (and at times even deadly) for their furry pals.

It's a fact that animals LOVE to eat – and given the chance, they'll eat anything all day! That's why pet owners should be perpetually alert. Check out a few harmful food items below to avoid emergency trips to the pet hospital:

Right Food For Dogs

Chocolate

The number one pantry culprit. Responsible for symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, hyperactivity, and abnormal heart rate; in severe yet rare cases, it might even lead to death. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is for your dear furballs. This is due to their chemical compound methylxanthine, which is lethal once ingested. A small accidental cookie is fine – but more than that and it would be a real threat.

Caffeine

A human favorite but a poison to pets. Signs to watch out for in case your furry companion has swallowed some would include: restlessness, tremors or seizures, collapse – and death. Caffeine is not limited to coffee; diet pills, energy drinks, and tea all contain this ingredient. Be careful whenever you see your pet scouring the garbage can, especially if you just threw in a can of soda (yes, that has caffeine too).

Garlic

This Asian staple tastes great for stir fries and is beneficial for human hormones. Unfortunately, the opposite is true for household pets. Garlic causes weakness, drooling, abdominal pain, nausea, and collapse. These symptoms don't usually appear immediately and might even take a couple of days before becoming noticeable. Japanese dog breeds (like Akitas) and cats are more sensitive to garlic than most pets.

Raisins

It's not just raisins that are lethal to cats and dogs; their cousins such as currants, organically-grown grapes, and grape bagels are bad for pets. Although it's not exactly understood how these foods affect their system, it's clear that it leads to pet anorexia (inability to eat anything), kidney failure, and abnormal urination. Beware of grape-laden family favorites too, like trail mix and juices.

Salt

A kitchen necessity but a poison to your furry pal! The common practice of using salt to induce vomiting in pets during emergencies is NOT recommended. Vets and pet clinics don't use this method. If your animal friend has been poisoned with this substance, he can show signs of excessive thirst or urination, lethargy, vomiting – and in untreated scenarios, coma followed by death.

Alcohol

Although plenty of pet owners know well enough never to give alcohol to pets, it's surprisingly a common pet emergency! That's because alcohol can be found in the most unlikely products such as fruit cakes and bread dough. If your furry pal accidentally eats it, it can lead to retching, stomachaches, weakness, elevated heart rate, and bloating (for those who swallowed unbaked bread dough with yeast).

Sashimi For Siamese Cat

Remember: not all human foods are safe for animal consumption. Pets are naturally curious by nature and could attempt to munch on these behind your back. Keep your pantry closed and be sure that treats (like cookies or chocolate) are safely stored in containers.

Pet poisons are everywhere and are not limited to food – so ba vigilant!

Meat of the Matter: Raw vs. Dogfood

January 9, 2014

Wondering what to fill your pet's dog food bowl today?

For years, animal lovers have been on heated debates regarding raw food diets versus man-made dog food. People ever since have always given their pets dry dog foods because it's the most convenient; plus, it also contains vitamins and minerals n…

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Considerations when Choosing Dog Carriers

November 28, 2013

Choosing dog carriers are also critical because it will be the temporary surroundings of your dog when you are traveling. If you are done choosing the best leash for them, you are now ready to find another accessory for your dog: the carriers. You can't allow them to play in your car while you are d…

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Top Tips when Buying Dog Leashes

November 21, 2013

Dogs are natural wanderers especially when they do not with their leashes. They can go anywhere running or attacking a person. But you can keep them safe and protected by letting them wear a dog leash. You can choose different colors and different lengths of leashes. It is also made of different mat…

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Different Types of Dog Leashes

November 14, 2013

There are a few factors to consider when buying dog leashes. But first you need to know the importance of it to you and to your dog. The main function of dog leashes is to allow the dog owner to control and restrain his or her dog from running away or even attacking another person. It is attached to…

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Treating Pets Like Family

November 7, 2013

Buying your dog the things they need like dog beds, dog leashes, dog bowls, and accessories only prove that pets have been part of your lives. On the average, 3 in every 5 Americans own a pet. 39% of the US population have at least one dog in their household while 90% of dog owners consider their pe…

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How to Choose a Bed for your Dog?

October 29, 2013

In as much as you like to sleep in a soft and comfortable bed, dogs need dog beds too. If you really consider them as part of your family, you can't afford to let them sleep in their cage with all the mosquitoes biting them. You wouldn't want them to sleep on the floor or sleep with you in your bed.…

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Comprehensive Guides when Buying Cat and Dog Supplies

October 22, 2013

Cat and Dog SuppliesWhether we admit it or not, there are really some people who love their cat and dog beds more than they do with their neighbors. This isn't weird or funny for the relationship is reciprocal – the pet gives back to what is given by his or her master, may it be in the form of hug and unique accessorie…

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