The holidays are a time for family and friends to share good times together and for many of us our “families” include our pets. They may not know what the all the fuss is about with the decorations, the stream of visitors and the food and decorations that they see all around them, but for pet owners no holiday would be complete without their presence. This is why it is essential for owners to remember that the holidays, as joyous as they are, can present dangers to our furry little friends. At Dog Stuff we have unique gifts for dog lovers that are safe as well as engaging and durable. We also offer these tips to keep your pets safe during the holiday season so that they can enjoy it in comfort and security along with your human family.
- Watch the bones you give your dog: While, it is tempting to slip dogs a treat while they sit at your feet during holiday dinners, you should take care in giving them small bones that can lodge in their esophagus or intestine. Poultry bones, for example, are often small, sharp and hollow and can be dangerous for your dog to digest.
- Watch out for holiday plants: Popular holiday plants such as poinsettia, mistletoe and holly can make your dog sick and lead to symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.
- Microchip your pet: The holiday seasons comes with many distractions as friends are coming and going, parties are being thrown and gifts being exchanged. It is easy to let your pet get out of sight. Micro-chipping your pet will give you peace of mind and keep your cat or dog safe.
- Keep the noise down: Noise poppers, firecrackers and even gunfire are very distressing to a dog’s sensitive ears and can thus terrify them. Such sounds can also damage a dog’s hearing. Remember this as the New Year approaches.
- Watch the alcoholic drinks: While celebrating the holidays with toasts etc. be sure to keep alcoholic beverages out your pet’s reach. Pets can become ill or even die as a result of alcohol poisoning.
- Watch the wires: Wires such as those used in Christmas lights can pose a danger to pets as they may chew into them causing electrical shock. Keep these and glass ornaments away from your pet.
Finally, follow these tips and you will make sure that your pet enjoys the holiday as much as your human family does even if he/she doesn’t know what all the commotion is about. Have a happy holiday season with your human and furry family members from the folks at Dogstuff.
As every dog owner knows, pets are not deterred one bit by the dropping temperatures that are already upon us. They are always ready to go outside and walk around in order to explore new scents, play in the falling leaves and to…relieve themselves. But for some of our four legged friends that have shorter coats – such as an American foxhound, Beagle, Boxer, Bull terrier and other breeds – a trip outside on a chilly fall morning can be uncomfortable. Often owners may notice their dogs begin to shiver particularly as cold rains fall. Shorter haired breeds can get cold just as we would if we went outside without sufficient covering. That is why if you have a short haired breed you should consider buying them a coat so that he/she can weather the coming rain and falling temperatures of Autumn.
At Dogstuff we have a multitude of dog rain coats to protect your dog from the cold rains of the coming season. They come in different sizes to fit various breeds and are both practical and functional. They allow dogs to move about without restricting their movement. Pair one of our coats with one of our backpacks that fit on your dog and you can take with it everything you and he/she needs for an enjoyable Fall walk. Other things to remember about how the falling temperatures may affect your dog include:
- Rain mixed with lower temperatures can increase the incidence of an ear infection in your dog. Use an ear rinse recommended by your vet if you notice an infection.
- If it is too cold or rainy outside remember that you can still exercise your dog on a treadmill, steps, etc. indoors.
- If your dog begins to shiver excessively bring it indoors as soon as you can.
- In Winter watch for watery eyes that can’t be dried. They may be a sign of dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis. sicca)
- Consider buying your dog shoes in order to protect its feet against cold surfaces during the height of Winter.
Finally, remember that gift ideas for dog lovers can be practical, stylish and attractive as one of our rain coats or backpacks or as fun and whimsical as one of our durable squeaky toys. At Dogstuff we offer a whole line of products that are fun and safe for your dog but that also give you peace of mind as a dog owner and your pet’s best friend.
According to the site PetMD, arthritis in dogs is one of the most common health problems seen by veterinarians. This sad statistic is worsened by the fact that since dogs cannot vocalize their symptoms, we as pet owners can sometimes miss the onset of arthritis in our four legged friends. But the signs are there and with a little vigilance we can help to give your dog a little relief as it shoulders the burden of this condition. Here is a list of the most common signs that your dog – especially those that are aged – may have arthritis.
Limping: If your dog seems to favor one of more of its legs then it may be a sign that he is in pain. Owners should especially watch for changes in a dogs gait as it ages.
Difficulty moving: Does your dog seem to have difficulty doing things that it used to do easily such as jumping into your car, running up and down stairs or getting into your lap? This may be an indication of discomfort and should be investigated by you its owner.
Fatigue: Often dogs that have arthritis nap frequently.
Irritability: Sometimes snapping or biting when you handle it may mean that your pet is experiencing some physical discomfort.
Licking: To dogs licking is a universal cure-all for pain. If your dog licks at one particular spot on its body, especially to the point inflammation and hair loss, this may indicate that it is experiencing soreness in this area.
There is good news, however. Owner can be proactive and help their canine companions by treating them in a number of ways. Steroids and NSAIDS are one treatment option that is commonly prescribed by vets but a method you can use yourself is our Joint Supplements. In addition to unique gifts for dog lovers like toys and clothing, we offer All Natural Dog Supplement with Joint & Immunity Support formulas that can strengthen and support your dog’s joints and bones. Our supplements also improve the resiliency of muscles and connective tissues and can be added as a part of his/her healthy diet. They are vet recommended and helps protect your dog against bone and joint degradation without sugar, fillers, grains, corn, wheat, wheat gluten or by-products.
Finally, compassionate dog owners experience pains themselves whenever they see their dogs suffering. Thus, it is a good idea to watch for the signs of canine arthritis and be ready to help our furry friends find relief. Protect your dog and give yourself peace of mind by mixing our joint supplement into its favorite food.
Let’s face it – doggy birthday parties are mainly for us humans. However, while no dog can understand why we choose to lavish gifts and praise on it on that particular occasion, all dogs can appreciate gestures of warmth and kindness. This is why throwing a party for your pooch can never really be seen as a waste of time or resources. These are occasions to strengthen the bound between us and man’s best friend. But how do you put together and celebrate your dog’s birthday? What are some ideas to make it an enjoyable experience for you, your family, your friends and your dog?
Plan first: As with most things, planning makes execution go much smoother. Mark down the date you wish to celebrate your dog’s special day so that you have plenty of time to send invitations, set up the area you will use and buy toys. If you have a pound dog and don’t know the exact date just make one up.
Don’t forget your human friends: Most dogs love being around people outside of their immediate human families and by inviting such people you and our dog will enjoy yourselves even more.
Have lots of toys on hand: Have old and new toys around for the dog to enjoy with you and your human guests. Dog Stuff has a full complement of unique gifts for dog lovers such as fetch, plush, chew, tug and squeaky toys that will excite your dog for countless hours. A gift for dog lovers should hold the interest of both the dog and its owner as the two play together.
Have cleaning supplies ready: As we all know accidents do happen especially when our pets are excited. Be prepared to have to clean up when an accident occurs especially if the party is being held indoors.
Make a cake: There are plenty of recipes online and even some brick and mortar stores that make doggy cakes. These cakes are specially formulated for a dog’s diet since human pastries are often too rich for canines.
- Set up an obstacle course: Have your dog burn off energy by setting up an obstacle course for him to run through.
- Buy dog themed decorations: This is more for human guests to get into the spirit of the occasion but it will contribute to the overall mood of the party.
- Have a beach party: For dogs that are not potty trained or for days when the weather is especially nice, try throwing your party on the beach with your dog and his friends.
Finally, nothing is as precious as those moments when we get to bond with our canine best friends. Your dog – though maybe not able to understand the occasion of a birthday – will love you for the effort and appreciate you as a kind and considerate owner when you throw him or her a party.