Pet Care Best Practices (DIY- Do It Yourself)

We care about your pet as much as you do. We perused through every important detail about the best care for your pet and did a short write-up below to give you sound advice.

That fluffy and hairy friend needs to feel at home as much as every other member of your family. You can achieve making him feel at home as much as you need with a little effort. Making your pet feel at home need not be a tedious effort nor does it need to be expensive.

Ranging from pet care during pregnancy, while the pet is giving birth, best care for the young one and its mother, diagnosing a stressed pet, to the best practice of the unfortunate situation when the pet passes on.

Our expertise is in the automation of your pet’s wellbeing. We endeavor to advise you on the best practices and ensure that nothing goes wrong while at it.

Our goal is to help you do it yourself while we also recommend the best professionals in the field in case of serious medical conditions.

We have sampled cats and dogs behavior as a representative of pets besides them being our favorite pets.

How to Discipline a Cat or Dog

Pets can be a sweet company until they get to your nerves the wrong way. Your cat or dog may decide to pee or poop at every wrong place in the house including the couch, carpet while you have provided necessities for the same at their convenience. If your dog messes this way, its time you disciplined him before he disgraces you in full glare from your visitors.

Best practices for disciplining your pet excludes hitting him. The idea is encouraging good behavior from the pet not punishing. Hitting a pet could result in unforeseen repercussions. Being violent on a pet could make it equally hostile to you. This could lead to a dog biting you or the cat scratching you in defense. Dog bites are as lethal as cat scratches and such could be avoided easily by treating the pet humanely. Your cat or dog can have award-winning behavior through disciplining. Pet disciplining takes many forms as we shall see including training them.

Disciplining a pet should begin on the right foot, hmm… yeah, paw; you guessed right. The two of you start to nurture a bond. Remember that you are in charge of the process so don’t hesitate to be creative. You are better placed in reasoning than your pet in growing the friendship bond. The pet can perceive hostility towards her as well as friendship action towards them. For every action, there is always a reaction which means they will give back in kind.

There are many forms of disciplining your four-legged friend. Majority of professionals will recommend training the dog to understand the human language and our way of life. Others are for the conventional methods like working with a reward system where you feed the dog or cat with its favorite piece when it behaves well and consequently denying it when it messes up stuff. Arguing which could be the best method could be a shouting competition since the best method depends on you, the pet owner. The pet owner decides on what choice suits them best based on their priorities that’s why we present them all for you to get the idea. You’re not alone though since we also recommend the best suited according to various situations.

Creative ways to discipline your furry friends include:

  • Raising your voice on the pet while it’s misbehaving.
  • Show less attention when they misbehave.
  • Withdrawing their favorite toys when they misbehave.
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  • Reward with a favorite piece when they are well behaved.
  • Positive (constructive) obedience punishment.
  • Hiring professional trainers.

All the above recommendations are expounded below.

Raising your voice on the pet is a tested and proven method. Dogs and cats are fast learners and understand human language fast. This method works best when you have named the pet. The pet should also have recognized their name by repeatedly referring them by it. The method then applies by raising your voice when the pet is doing wrong. The pet will leave the activity immediately in response. If it works, congrats! Your pet has learned your language. This method is preferred to hitting your pet for correction.

Denying pet attention when it misbehaves is an effective method. The trick is in the timing. The moment you miss on the timing the method loses its effectiveness to a large extent. Dogs and cats are social and as a result demand for attention from their guardians. The method’s effectiveness also counts on the amount of attention one gives to their pet. If the bond between the two of you is notable, the pet will notice the withdrawal of attention. The method thus works by giving them attention when they behave well and consequently withdrawing it when they misbehave.

Dogs and cats are playful beings and may have favorite toys. Their favorite toys are a powerful tool that could help discipline them appropriately. The method works best when toys are priory introduced to the pet. When the pet misbehaves, the toy is withdrawn and vice versa. Discovering their favorite toy means that they have several toys and one has taken time to notice the prominent one.

Almost all the non-physical methods of disciplining a pet are based on the rewarding theory. It involves rewarding the pet when they are well behaved and denying the reward when they misbehave. The reward used should be a favorite for the pet. Needless to say, the most appropriate reward to use can be a Munch. Their favorite food is the best bait. When caught in the wrong, you can tease them with the food. Make sure they see and smell it but not taste. At approximately around the same time, if the pet acts well give them a bite. This tells them what is right and wrong helping you inculcate discipline in them.

Spanking a dog or a cat can either be positive or negative. There is a thin line in-between the two and thus hitting a pet is generally discouraged. The relationship between the pet and the one spanking it is vital otherwise the spanking loses meaning. The pet should be corrected by someone close to it especially the one who feeds it. Otherwise, dogs and cats are fast learners and can discern between correction and abuse.

Hiring a professional trainer is recommended especially when the owner doesn’t have enough time to train the pet themselves. Note that we recommend that you do it yourself to learn the ropes too. Note also that these professional trainers go through what we recommend in this piece and nothing extraordinary. Better still, you can purchase a trained pet or present your pet for training. The trainers could also have an upper hand in skills since they have the experience and could make your pet receptive to more language than you could ever do. However, we still recommend doing it yourself ideally if you are on a budget. It could take time and be tedious but the results make it worthwhile.

How to Punish a Cat, Dog Correctly

When a cat or dog is cheeky, they need correction immediately to minimize repetition. Many methods are suggested including some physical while others involve playing around with their psychology. Just like the majority of trainers confirmed to us, we recommend a mix of the two. Minimal spanking of your pet complemented by the rewarding methods explained in detail above hastens learning. Training your pet might turn out to be playful jokes to your pet and end up being a waste of precious time. A little spanking could help to register seriousness to the pet.

Do Cats Get Lonely; Dogs too?

Your furry friend counts on you for companionship and emotional support. Pets too have feelings and show frustrations when denied attention. Pets should not be left unattended for extended periods. Leaving them alone in the car or locked in the house could frustrate them.

Pets are man’s closest companion. They develop relationships with you and can be worthy companions. These pets could seem to be loners from afar since they sleep lots of the time but when they wake up they are playful and require company. Many people prefer hiring pet sitters or finding another pet when they are unavailable to give the pet company.

Lonely pets can get pretty depressed. Depressed pets show aggression by making suggestive sounds, scratching surfaces, etc... They can also lose appetite, become obese due to excessive eating and minimal movements while in depression. Prolonged periods of inactivity nor mental stimulation could worsen depression leading to chronic results. Severe depression in cats and dogs can injure their physical being leading to the need to see a veterinarian or even the need to administer antidepressant prescription drugs.

Signs Your Dog, Cat is Happy

Cats and Dogs are equally good in showing gratitude. If your pet takes off speedily when they see you, think again, you are mistreating them. Needless to emphasize that pets too have rights that should not be infringed upon. A happy pet loves your company and is elated to see you every time. Happiness can’t be faked for long by pets leave alone humans. A happy pet is generally clean without fleas, full in the stomach, playful due to worthy company, and has enough rest when need be among other comforter measures.

How to Tell If Your Dog is Pregnant

Your Dog requires special care while pregnant and noticing this the earlier the better for you and the Dog too. Signs to look for in a pregnant Dog includes:

  • Nipples discolor and enlarge

You will notice her nipples get bigger and also change color. This occurs early after conception although it’s easy to notice if you are close enough to your pet. The nipples turn a darker shade of red than usual. This darker intensity in color shows an increase in the blood flow. In the late stages of pregnancy, the nipples might begin dripping some milk.

  • Nesting Attitude

Your Dog begins creating a nest for her and the oncoming little ones. The dog develops irritability and it’s prudent to keep the distance she so desires. Keep children away from her because she is not in that playful mood anymore.

  • Less Playful

She might be the industrious one and you could see her activity diminish if she is pregnant. She would rather spend time sleeping than playing or running with the kids around the compound. She will also get exhausted easily after little activity. These could also be symptoms of illness so it’s prudent that you observe her more closely to determine what’s up.

  • Abdomen Swells and Increased Weight

The little ones will grow and the abdomen swells increasingly as the pregnancy grows. The swelling of the abdomen seems to be almost an obvious sign of pregnancy but beware of other causes like bloating and worms infestation.

  • Appetite Fluctuations

The second half of pregnancy makes dogs increase appetite significantly while low appetite might be observed in the early days. She might also vomit occasionally in the first half which is the equal of ‘morning sickness’ in humans.

My Dog losing Hair Diagnosis

Some dogs, for instance, the American Terrier and the Chinese crested breeds are naturally hairless. However, Dogs lose hair for a variety of reasons. Some cases of hair loss may be complex demanding a vet’s attention while on the contrary, your dog could be having the usual seasonal shedding. Your dog could also have a parasites infestation hence her bald spots. Below are some of the most common reasons for hair loss:

  • Allergic Reactions

Just like humans, your hairy friends could have allergic reactions to the environment, food, or a parasite. Parasites cause itching of the skin hence rapid scratching of the pet on its skin which results in hair falling off. Environmental allergic triggers like pollen grains would have allergic effects on some dogs hence causing hair loss. Some breeds of dogs and cats are allergic to a variety of reasons hence it’s advisable to research your breed of cat or dog to determine if they are allergic to either certain environments or foods.

  • Cushing's Disease

This skin condition is caused by the adrenal glands having generating cortisol in excess. It’s common in Dachshunds, Spitz (American Eskimo), Poodles and Terrier breeds. Common symptoms include increased urination, excessive panting, restlessness, and irritability. Seeing a vet soon enough is recommended for specialized attention.

  • Vaccination or Drugs Reactions

Some dogs could have hair loss as a result of some form of medications such as chemotherapy medicine, certain vaccines, some injections, etc. some could have been administered in excessive proportions than recommended. This requires urgent professionals’ attention to correct before it’s too late.

 

DOES THE DOG DIE?

4 Common Signs Your Dog Is Dying

A dog is a man's best friend but unfortunately, they are also mortal beings. A beloved pet could be taken away from us by an accident, illness or natural age-related deaths. Seeing them die could be emotional and noticing signs before they die can help you prepare psychologically or better still save their life. Signs that your dog or cat is about to die could include:

  • Acute Pain

A dog has phases towards death which is a process, especially for the natural or ailment related deaths. The process could begin even weeks or months before the actual death for example for a terminal illness. Pain is a sign that your dog is nearer to resting forever. Pain can be accompanied by difficulty in breathing and restlessness. You can help the dog by consulting a vet for pain-relieving medications.

  • Lethargic Actions

This is not an indication that your dog will automatically die but is part of the dying process but your dog could be salvaged in swift action. Lethargic reactions include decreased activity like the dog stops grooming, greeting its owner and sleeping most of the time.

  • Reduced Appetite

The dog could reduce feeding and intake of water which worsens the situation. You can help by ensuring food and water are always available nearby since even its mobility is usually low. You can also consult your vet especially if it’s already under medication.

  • Reduced Social Interaction

Your dog begins avoiding interaction with previously favorites. The dog could also be easily irritable to playfulness. It’s advisable to keep other pets and your children away from the pet to give it space. Allow the dog enjoy its quiet time in solitude.

What to Do When Your Dog Dies

Double-check to ascertain the pet is dead. You can feel if there is a heartbeat or a pulse or better still contact a qualified vet. It’s upsetting to lose a pet as close as a family member. However, you need to have these tips up your sleeves to deal with the situation. It could be advisable to deal with the carcass disposal before it begins decomposition. Remember to wear gloves all through.

  • You can contact a professional company that deals with such remains disposal. Professionals can handle the disposal hence relieving the obligations from your shoulders.
  • You must disinfect the area to stop the spread of germs. Clean the area thoroughly with disinfectants to kill disease-causing bacteria spread to other pets and humans. Dead dogs can discharge bodily fluids which have germs and disinfecting the area is recommended. Professionals can be very instrumental in the cleaning process if you can’t do it yourself.
  • Dog Cremation- if you wish to memorialize your dog, crematoriums return the remains in ashes. Some prefer keeping the ashes in urns while others would scatter them in their favorite walks. Cremation could cost a little more than normal burial but preference wins.
  • Home Burial- First check with local laws. In the UK for instance, it’s against the law to bury in rented or public places. It should also be away from water sources and direct intake food such as groceries. This is the cheapest and fastest disposal option for the remains. You can dig out a fairly deep grave for the final resting of the remains. Be cautious to take as far as possible from your dwellings and other inhabitants of your family.

How Much Does It Cost To Cremate a Dog?

The price of cremating of a dog depends on your location and several other factors such as the size or weight of the dog. We have traversed across borders to give you the latest price offers to give your canine friend a decent send-off. We discovered that different crematoriums offer further creative options like a memorial tree and the normal urns too. Below are our findings:

United States, US

Cremations of pets in the US depends on individual crematoriums and services offered. Communal crematoriums are relatively less expensive than individual functions. Communal cremations involve collective functions especially for families that do not require the ashes back. Individual cremations, however, involve a single function at a time and the owners could be in attendance or require the ashes to be sent back to them by the crematorium.

For a small dog or cat, prices start at $140 to $350 for huge dogs across most crematoriums across the country. Services such as paw imprint, paw tattoos, necklaces, and urns for the ashes are offered at the crematoriums at affordable prices depending on your preferences.

United Kingdom, UK

Various crematoriums vary in price and services offered. The family can also choose whether to attend the ceremony. Prices vary as per weight description of the dog/cat. Masses below 10 kilograms cost from £65 while weights above 50 kilograms cost up to £300. The crematoriums also offer to collect the remains from your home for £50 and above depending on the distance from its location.

Prices on holidays and weekends elevate by over £25 for every dog cremated. An urn goes for £15 and above for the majority of the crematoriums depending on its size. You can also have a paw imprint from your dog for only £20 to £200 on average from crematoriums in the UK depending on the material used for the imprint. The ashes will then be sent back to you via mail delivery at the usual cost charged for these deliveries.

5 Tips How to bury a dog?

  1. Home burial for your departed dog is the cheapest option. However, check with local laws since some locations do not allow such burial in cities or rented places.
  2. The remains should be wrapped in biodegradable materials like a wooden casket or a blanket. Avoid plastic materials which would not decompose fast.
  3. Dig the grave at least three feet deep. This allows for faster decomposition and less interaction with the environment.
  4. Choose a location away from water reservoirs and sources. Underground water sources and reservoirs would be contaminated if in contact. The location should also be away from other pets and children who can excavate.
  5. You can place a mark or grow a tree/rose to commemorate your departed pet. This also ensures that the position can’t be accidentally dug up or eroded.

 

I Miss My Dog; A Guide to Dealing with the Grief | cat dog Lost or Dead?

  1. A pet has always been man’s best friend. If he went missing you should look into possibilities of finding him. If he died in your watch you are better placed since the lost one is a mystery, we don’t know if they are suffering or worse dead.
  2. When your furry friend dies, no one else understands your grief more than you do. However, dealing with the grief heals your soul.
  3. First, accept that your beloved pet is gone forever to the land of no return. Dwelling on the thoughts that he might come back or entertaining the thoughts that he might be the only one you love.
  4. Find another pet or confidant close to you. Don’t be lonely since this could lead you to depression. Look for another pet or be friends to someone who understands and would help you overcome the grief.
  5. You can memorialize your dog by planting a tree on its grave, getting a paw imprint necklace, getting a paw inked tattoo which gives the impression they are around you forever.
  6. In extreme cases of depression and PTSD due to the loss, we recommend that you see a professional such as a psychologist who will walk you through the grief. Mourning a pet is normal since they are equal members of the family. Professional help is the best bet on fast recovery especially for loners with no confidants to grief with.
  7. Note that grief is a natural phenomenon and should not be avoided. Mourning is part of the recovery process and should go the full length for better results with dealing with grief. Avoidance of mourning can haunt later with grievous repercussions.

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