We know that you love spending some extra time with your little furballs. National Dog Day is the perfect time to celebrate and shower your furry friend with lots of love and affection, just to make them realize how special they are, after all, happy dogs are the most adorable beings on earth!
Even if you are not a dog owner, you can contribute to making your society a better place for street dogs. There are so many ways you could spoil yours and all the other doggos out there without being too fancy, as, they only need to feel loved and cared for:
There would be no one to feed your street dogs if you don’t step up. This Dog Day feed them with love, food, and kindness to let them know they matter. You can also take them to the vet along with your pooch, play with them later, and offer them a comfortable space for cold nights. A little kindness goes a long way, especially when it comes to these fiercely loyal species.
A new toy is a great way of showing that you love them, you can teach them how to play with it and watch them go nuts over it. There is nothing better than seeing your little one running around with his/ her brand new toy.
You all like partying and meeting your friends, but so do your dog. Invite all your dog’s friends or your friends with dogs and let the fun begin. Your pup will get to play around and munch on delicious treats making it an exciting day for all.
Like you, your furball also loves having delicious treats all the time! Get him wagging with his favorite food and treats all day and watch him want to hug you tight for spoiling him.
Dress your dog for the occasion and keep making crazy poses with him/ her for some amazing selfies. It is given to show off your little baby to your human friends. Tickle, make them smile, and click!
Dogs are an integral part of society and your family! They are funny, loving, loyal, and always by your side. Even though sometimes their mischief makes you roll your eyes, still you’d never want to part with your pooch.
Our best friends need no introduction, we all know them as these cute four-legged fur balls, following us wherever we go. Dogs clearly are our best friends, always loving, caring and available for us. You certainly don’t need a day to celebrate them, but the Dog Day gives us an opportunity to show that we care.
There are several ways to show your care for dogs and some of them are listed below:
No matter if you are not a dog owner, you can contribute in many helpful ways to make it a better place for dogs, that includes street dogs. Dogs can really make us better human beings. They can help us fight mental health problems and be happy, in general. It is time we do something for them too.
There are several dog shelters spread throughout the city, go and volunteer or contribute your pet’s toys there. You can also adopt one of these adorable babies and give them a place to call home. After all, nothing says love as a day spent playing with dogs!
Some of you might already be doing your fair share of work by feeding community dogs from time to time. But when it comes to touching them or patting them, people always hesitate. This Dog Day take charge of one or two of your community dogs, take them to the vet, feed, play and give them a pat or two. In the end, we all are hungry for love.
Share picture of your own pet on social media to encourage people to adopt more and more dogs. You can use hashtags like #AdoptDontShop and help shelter dogs find a home. Social Media is also a very powerful medium to motivate people to do some good deeds for dogs, like rescuing, feeding, volunteering etc.
Were you looking for an excuse to buy that leash with your canine’s name embroidered on it? Or give him his favorite treat that you have been hiding? Well now is the perfect time, splurge on getting him everything he wants and spoil him a little more.
Call all your friends with their pets and organize a play date at home; as your little muffin needs to party today! You can also take them to a nearby park and watch them have fun.
In the pretext of keeping them laughing all day, do not ignore their health. Dig out some fun ways to make exercise enjoyable for them and get going.
As the historian Gavin Wright said, “To celebrate Dog Day be sure to take your dogs for a walk and then do the same every other day because they deserve to live a happy and healthy life.”
Having a new canine companion comes with its own challenges. Whether your new dog is a puppy or an adult, there are a few things that you need to prepare for, in advance, so that your home is comfortable for your new furry buddy. As dogs are often scared, appear aloof and show signs of fear when they enter new territories, it is necessary that you have everything set up at home before your new dog comes in.
The things to get for your new dog or puppy before you bring them home include, a comfy bed, a food bowl, a water bowl, toys for keeping them calm and grooming accessories, teething accessories, a collar and harness and medications that are recommended by a veterinarian. From training to vet appointments and vaccinations, you will need to read up about the prerequisites of owning a dog.
Before you adopt a dog, make sure you take an appointment with a vet so that you have a checklist. From scheduling regular appointments to guiding you through your dog ownership, a good vet will surely help you in maintaining a healthy and happy relationship with your dog.
No matter what brand of dog food you opt for, make sure you have consulted a vet and read the nutritional label on the packaging. You will also need to learn and study about pet food types and proper feeding portions that will help you come up with a healthy diet plan for your dog. Review the basics of canine nutrition and you will be set to give your dog an active and hearty lifestyle.
Get control over your dog’s behaviour by inculcating a sense of structure. Proper training can help your dog live a healthier and happier life in the long run. All you have to do it take a little time out every day to train them with basic commands to build a strong bond with them.
From shampoos and conditioners to keep your dog’s coat clean, shiny and healthy, to brushes to control shedding, you need to keep all grooming accessories handy before bringing a dog home. You will also have to stay precautious about ticks and claw and paw care.
As dog walking not only gives them exercise, but also provides a basic support for mental health. Walking your dog also covers benefits, including early socialisation and practical training tips. An outdoor stroll every day or at least several times each week will help your canine companion be balanced, healthy and happy
Bringing a dog home is a big commitment and comes along with a lot of responsibilities. As you are the sole provider of care, entertainment and food for the rest of your dog’s life, you will be able to establish a happy, meaningful and coexistent relationship with your pup, with the right learning.
Fleas and ticks are out for blood! These pesky parasites live on an animal’s skin and can cause a wide range of skin diseases. They may even cause systemic (whole-body) illnesses by transmitting intestinal worms, protozoa, and bacteria to your pet’s vital organs, leading to chronic to acute disease that may also result in fatality of your beloved furry family member.
But fortunately, flea and tick problems can be treated—and future outbreaks can be prevented—with the proper measures.
First, it is useful to understand how fleas and ticks make their way into the outdoor environment, your home, and onto your pet.
Fleas are wingless insects that go through a complete metamorphosis. Once a flea finds a home on a dog, it makes itself comfortable, feeds, and then lays up to several hundreds of eggs over a course of a few days. And that is one lone flea—ten adult females can produce nearly 10,000 flea eggs in just 30 days!
Egg larvae can be found in the grass and soil; from there, they make their way indoors on your dog, falling off onto carpet and furniture. The eggs then lie dormant for weeks before they emerge as adults. The flea life cycle is long, with the average life span of an adult flea being 113 days.
Here are some additional flea facts every pet owner should know: A female flea can lay 40 to 50 eggs per day, Fleas thrive in temperatures of 65° to 80°F and prefer humidity levels of 75% to 85%, Fleas live an average 113 days on the host animal, Female fleas can consume 15 times their body weight in blood daily.
Ticks are spider-like parasites that hide in grassy/forested areas and leap onto dogs or cats as they walk by. A tick will bury its head beneath your pet’s skin, often around the ears and neck, where it feeds off blood. Adult ticks can remain dormant for months and then lay thousands of eggs.
Flea and Tick bites can irritate even the healthiest pets, and those with sensitive skin may develop agonizing allergic reactions to flea and tick bites. When a dog or cat scratches and licks at one spot too much, the area can become inflamed and infected, resulting in what’s called a “hot spot.” Allergic reactions to flea and tick bites can result in rashes, hair loss, skin infections, and chronic skin irritation.
Ticks can transmit many diseases to your pet through their bites, and a flea infestation can be detrimental to your pet’s health.
Besides the irritation, various tick species transmit several devastating diseases that affect both dogs and people, including tick fever.
Some dogs are even allergic to tick saliva, which may compound the danger to your pet’s health.
Here are some of the most common problems that can result from flea and tick bites on dogs and cats: Canine ehrlichiosis, can occur all year round. Symptoms include weight loss, lethargy, and decreased appetite, Canine Babesia, infections in domestic dogs.
Knowing how to remove a tick from a cat or dog is important for pet owners to learn.
Overall, the best course of action is to treat your pet and the environment before an infestation takes hold in the first place.3-Step-Protection
Because of their resilience, the most effective approach to a flea or tick problem is to treat your pet, your home, focus on prevention before they reoccur. Overall, the best course of action is to treat your pet and the environment before an infestation takes hold in the first place.
Step 1. Treat your Pet
If you find live ticks or fleas on your dog’s body, it is important that these be killed using a medicated shampoo or spray that must be used only on the prescription of your vet. Adequate care must be taken for both the pet and owner during the application and use of these. Injecting a medication in the dog to kill the ticks outside on the body would not be a first preference. Using Ridd or Butox on the dog for ticks and fleas would also not be my first option. Medicated shampoos containing 0.1% Propoxur or Cypermethrin 1% are my preference to kill live ticks on the dogs body.
Step 2. Treat your Home
To prevent fleas and ticks from plaguing your pet, you must also treat their (and your) environment at the same time to kill fleas and attack the eggs and larvae wherever they are hiding in the cracks and crevices of the walls and flooring.
a. Wash your pet’s bedding : Before treating the inside of your home, first wash your pet’s bedding.
b. Vacuum your home thoroughly : Thoroughly vacuum your home with a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner. Vacuum carpets, floors, and all upholstery. A good vacuum can remove one-quarter of the flea larvae and over half of the flea eggs. After cleaning, take the vacuum outside, remove the bag, and discard it. It may take several days’ vacuuming to remove all the flea eggs.
c. Pest Control is a must : After you’ve done this, you may apply a chemical pest control using Deltamethrin 1.25% in the appropriate dilution on the floor and/or walls which will kill fleas, flea larvae, and ticks on a variety of surfaces. Take extreme care and protect and cover your face, hands and arms while using it.
Also ensure that your pet is not kept in the same room where you have applied it, while it’s still wet. A good method is to apply this in one room at a time. Getting a professional pest control done can also be an option but they must ensure and assure you that after the job is completed the home is safe for your pet to be in.
Pets can lick floors or walls or eat any paste that is applied by the agency. Also, since pets sit or sleep on the floor the pesticide can get transferred on their body and this too is a huge potential for serious complications in the pet’s health.
Step 3. Prevention is always better than cure
To keep the nasty crawlies far away from your pet is the best and safest strategy to ensure you win the war with the pests. Always remember that since we live in tropical climate zone, ticks and fleas exist and thrive in this climate all year round.
Thus, pet parents must stay on guard for them constantly. Staying one step ahead and using preventive measures to repel them from your pet must be taken.
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With this 3-step strategy score a Hattrick over these deadly creepy-crawlies!