Factors To Consider When Choosing A Dog

April 4, 2015 by  
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Topdogcare-smidgeThere are generally three ways to select the family dog:

  • Many people select the family dog based on their experiences with dogs from their past. They may have a fond memory of a dog once owned by someone they knew or of a family dog owned by their family when they were children, and that’s it –the selection process is over! That’s certainly one way to do it. Unfortunatly that might bring problems later on. Your family situation now is unique to you. What fits someone else or you as a child is completley different.
  • Another way many people select a family dog is by going to a pet store or an animal shelter and taking a walk past the cages; they’re all so special, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll fall in love with one of them. This method, as easy as it is, is so much easier when you have your children along; dogs seem to know just how to behave to steal a child’s heart.
  • The third method is less heart-warming but it’s probably the surest way to select a family dog that is just right for your family — it’s called ‘considering the bigger picture.’

Considering the bigger picture

Before deciding on the dog that will become a part of your home and family there are several questions that you’ll need to ask yourself and honestly answer:

  • How much time do you have for a dog?


Some dogs require a lot of attention — they get very nervous if there is no one home with them and when they get nervous it usually winds up either with a mess to clean up or with something chewed up or scratched up.

  • How much time and effort do you want to put into grooming

Some long-haired dogs need daily grooming or that beautiful coat will be a tangled mess in just a very short period and every dog, especially a dog that spends any time in the house, should be bathed, brushed, and have its teeth and ears cleaned about once-a-week. Every dog also requires some degree of one-on-one attention every day; talk to them, scratch their head, feed them, walk them and generally treat them like they are family.

  • How much space do you have for a dog?

Dogs need space to move around in and, most importantly, to get the exercise that they need to stay healthy. If you have a large house and yard almost any dog will fit in fine. Larger dogs take up space and eat a lot; also requiring lots of exercise. There are many smaller breeds, however, that are known to be ‘apartment dogs;’ these smaller dogs can get all the exercise they need in a one bedroom apartment — but they still need to be walked at least twice a day to take care of their biological functions.

  • Do you have very small children?

Sometimes younger children are a little rough with their pets; they’ll want to carry them around and squeeze them and play dress up and expect full cooperation from the dog. Some dogs have the ‘laid back’ temperament that allows them to tolerate these things; some breeds even seem to thrive on the attention. There are some small breeds, however, that are too delicate to be handled as roughly as children are likely to handle them, some breeds of all sizes that just don’t enjoy being picked up and carried around or being hugged and other larger dogs that have both the patience and the temperament for life around small children, but are also large enough that they might unintentionally hurt a small child. Any dog under 7 lbs is not suitable for children under five. Any dog 10 lbs and over are usually suitable for all ages. Always keep in mind All dogs can bite. Don’t ever leave your childeren unsupervised with any dog.

  • Do you have room in your budget for a dog?

Dogs have needs just as people do — adding a dog to your family will add expenses. Some of these are:

  1. the initial purchase of the dog;
  2. the shots that are required by the city or county where you live;
  3. the grooming needs such as brushes, shampoo and etc.;
  4. professional obedience training is required for some dogs;
  5. of course every dog needs food — the bigger the dog, the bigger the food budget;
  6. don’t forget water and food dishes and collars and leashes;
  7. as the dog ages, there are sure to be some additional medical expenses.
  8. Some medical expenses will be necessary just because of the breed, for example, big dogs have a tendency to develop hip and bone problems just because of their size and some smaller breeds, especially the ones with the short muzzles and large eyes, develop eye problems and respiratory problems. Considering pet Insurance will help budget.
  • Are you ready to do some research?

Obviously, the “Considering the bigger pictuer” method of selecting the family dog will require some research. There are many books in the library, many Internet resources and many experts (breeders, pet shop owners, etc.) that can make your selection process easier.

In the end, however, any choice will be a gamble. Every dog is an individual and the ‘breed characteristics’ you get from your research will only be guidelines. And in the end you may select the family dog by using one of the other selection methods mentioned before or you may have some other criteria but hopefully the information presented here has helped you understand that owning a dog is more than just buying a dog. Owning a dog is a responsibility and a commitment.

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Pet Dental Care

December 31, 2010 by  
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If you would like to start Home pet dental care the first thing you will need to do is check your dogs mouth.

Is your dog over 3 years old and suffering from

  • Bad Breath
  • Plaque
  • Tartar build up

You will need a vet to have a look at those teeth before you start any home dental care. With any of these things present you and your dog will be fighting a loosing battle at home.

If this is not the case this is what you can do at home

  • raw beef bones
  • brushing – fingerbrush

– tooth brush

  • dental chews ( pedigree dentalsticks, greenies (mars))
  • Hills t/d


If you have got a young dog or the teeth are looking ok you can provide bones. Make sure these are uncooked long bones that don’t splinter.  Only use beef bones. Don’t use lamb or pork they will brake off tiny pieces and cause harm.

You can also provide chicken neck if your butcher provides them.

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Mind that the breeds of dogs like Pekingese,poodles etc. are more prone for the development of teeth diseases because the teeth are closely crowned in the oral cavity be to the small size of the these dogs. Hence, these dogs need to be checked up for the excessive plaque by a vet.

Recreational raw beef bones are wonderful materials to keep the teeth structures of your dog clean and free from formation of plaque with build up of bacterial organisms.

Tooth brushes are available for use with care in case of dogs and one has to be careful during the usage of these brushes in dogs. Teeth brushes are to be used with special kinds of pastes recommended by the veterinarians for home use in case of dogs.

Specially prepared food are available in the pet shops to remove the tartar and the plaque materials from the teeth structures. Dry dog food and toys that are specially made to add strength to the teeth structures are often used at home for better teeth cleaning.


Know When Your Dog Is Sick

December 19, 2010 by  
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Most dog owners will notice any sudden or odd changes in their dogs normal behaviour but it is useful to know the specific symptoms to watch out for.

If you dog shows symptoms of excessive drinking, sudden loss of appetite, continual vomiting or diarrhoea, or unusual lethargy then these should be obvious enough to raise your concern.

Discharge from the eyes or inflamed eyes, a shallow or rapid breathing pattern or perhaps persistent coughing can all be signs of something serious.

Typically when a dog is sick or ill they will show a raised temperature, indicated by a hot, dry nose. If your dog has a high temperature or even a very low temperature you should seek professional advice from your veterinarian.

Do be aware that a dog’s temperature will be raised after strenuous activity or excitement and will not therefore be a reliable indication to its health.

If you are unsure you can take your dogs temperature yourself and this is taken rectally with a suitable thermometer. A dogs normal resting temperature is 101.5F, although if your dog is a hairless breed their temperature could be one or two degrees higher.

To take your dogs temperature choose a time when your dog is calm. You will need to ensure your dog is firmly held to prevent them from sitting down onto the thermometer. Smear the thermometer with vaseline or suitable lubricant and insert it into your dogs rectum about an inch.

Any reading above 102.5F or any reading below 100F should be regarded with concern and veterinarian advice should be sought.

If you known or feel your dog is ill make sure you keep them calm and display a reassuring manner until you get them to the veterinarian. Dogs can be very sensitive to your tone of voice and will pick up any worry or anxiety in your voice and manner.

Understanding your dogs needs and keeping a watchful eye for symptoms of sickness and ill health will ensure you can take swift action and ensure you dog is cared for sooner than later.

Dog Cages

December 19, 2010 by  
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There are many different styles and types of dog cages on the market and as expected there is also a huge range of prices.

While you might find people opposed to the suggestion of using dog cages, it is in actual fact something that most dogs are comfortable with.

Dog cages can offer your dog a sense of security, much like a child has a security blanket. By having their own little area they have a sense of security and this security can go with them if there is a need to travel.

If they feel safe within their dog cage they are less likely to become stressed when traveling in a motor vehicle.

By adding a favorite blanket or padding to the dog cage, the animal will feel comfortable and happy in familiar surroundings.

When buying a dog cage it needs to be big enough to allow your dog to stand up and turn around, but doesn’t need to be any larger than that for the dog to feel comfortable. There will need to be enough room for the dog to lie down on it’s side with it’s legs outstretched and sleep comfortably.

Usually the biggest problem will be whether your motor vehicle is big enough to fit the dog cage inside, in a safe place.

You can expect to pay between $50 and $125 for a good quality dog cage that will be big enough for a medium to large dog.

It is a small price to pay for all the benefits of dog happiness and security, along with ease of transportation. A good quality dog cage should last the life of the animal if handled correctly, which makes it a relatively cheap investment.

The cage should be purchased based on the size of the full grown animal as you won’t want to be replacing it after a year or so when you find that it is too small to house your pet when it is fully grown.

Some dog cages have dividers that are useful when transporting puppies as they restrict the area of the cage that they have access to, and as they grow the divider can be removed so they can use the whole cage.

When deciding on a dog cage you should look at all the alternatives that are offered by the biggest pet retailers on the Internet and look at all the price comparison websites to get the best deals.

Beyond Washing The Dog

December 19, 2010 by  
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Keeping your dog clean is an important responsibility for every dog owner. Fido depends on you for general hygiene. Clean ears, teeth and a coat free from fleas and ticks are all the conditions you check for a healthy pet. Bath time is a great time to bond with your dog as well as check his well-being.

A healthy dogs actually don’t need to be washed all that often, but humans prefer to bathe them so that they smell fresh and clean and not like…well…dog. Although most dogs don’t like to be washed, they will appreciate the contact and attention that they receive from their owners during a bath. It is also a good time to perform some other necessary “dog maintenance” such as cleaning the ears, checking for ticks and fleas, and brushing the teeth. Since many dogs do not like to sit still for any of these activities, it can be a good idea to do them all at once.

Brushing your Dogs’ Teeth

Brushing your dogs’ teeth is just good dental hygiene. Most vets recommend that it be done at least twice a week to ensure your dog maintains healthy teeth and gums. If you’ve have been doing this, it’s never too late to start. The dog should have its own toothbrush and special toothpaste designed for dogs. You pick up everything you need at your favorite pet supply store. Make sure you brush the back teeth in small circles, the same way you would your own, and brush up and down the length of the “pointy” canine teeth. Dog toothpaste is made to have a pleasing taste, to dogs that is, and this should help make your dog willing to let you perform this activity. If you cannot brush his teeth, the next best thing would be to give him teeth cleaning dog biscuits but brushing is definitely preferred.

Checking for Ticks & Fleas

Ticks are nasty little arachnids (they’re eight-legged creatures like spiders, and therefore are not insects) that will latch onto your dog’s skin and feed on his blood supply. They are most common in wooded areas, but your dog should be checked for them regularly because they can carry a number of diseases. The best place to look for these bugs in under the collar or on the dog’s underbelly, buried in the fur. If you find a tick, be sure to use tweezers and remove the tick by its head.

Fleas can be found in the same places, under the fur. The presence of fleas can be betrayed by the sight of their droppings on the dog’s coat. They look like flecks of pepper. The fleas themselves can vary in size, from tiny infants to larger adults, which are about an eighth of an inch long. They can’t simply be picked off the dog like ticks can, they will jump before you can catch them. If you do find a flea or their droppings, you know it’s time to start the dog on a program to control and eliminate these pests.

Cleaning his Ears

Pet supply stores sell special solutions for cleansing a dog’s ears. Dogs can easily get ear mites. These small insects live in the ears and feed of the waxy secretions there. Over time, the bodies of these short-lived creatures build up and form a black, dirty substance. Using a cotton swab dipped in a bit of this solution, gently clean the inner ear. It may be difficult to hold the dog still for this procedure, but it doesn’t take long. The result will be clean ears and the avoidance of potential infection and earaches for your dog.

So you see, the quality time you spend bathing your dog will not only make him smell great to you but it will make him FEEL great.

Choosing The Right Dog Food

December 19, 2010 by  
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Do you still remember the day, you brought home this fluff ball with two brightly lit eyes that melted your heart? Well! He may have grown bigger since then and probably looks more handsome or beautiful and there’s one thing that you will never be able to deny: your dog loves you unconditionally.

Dogs are not merely pets; they always end up being a part of the family. Hence, you need to take care of your dog just the way; you would take care of your family. One of the most important aspects is their diet. These days you can find hundreds of variety of dog food over the internet and in the super-market but the question is: are they healthy for your dog?

The diet and the amount of food intake will depend on the dog breed you have. If you have a German Shepherd or a Doberman then the intake of food will be more than what you would ideally give to a poodle. There is no particular type of food out there, which can be termed as the super-healthy food for dogs. When talking of dog food, you need to decide the intake keeping in mind several factors like:

Exercise: If your dog is exercising twice a day or going for a run in the neighborhood park then he needs a high-calorie diet. On the other hand, if your dog spends most of its time in front of the TV or just being at home then he needs a low-calorie diet.

Breed: The bigger the dog, the more they eat. A poodle and a St. Bernard can never have the same food intake. The St. Bernard will probably eat a few pounds of chicken as compared to a poodle who will be fine with a couple of pieces.

Health: This is important. Depending on the health of your dog, the food intake will change. Just like humans, dogs also face severe health problems like Diarrhea, stomach infection etc. During such times, irrespective of the breed, you should stick to a particular diet so that your dog can regain his/her health as quickly as possible. Never over-feed or under-feed your dog!

Packaged Dog Food

These days, you will find packaged dog food everywhere but it doesn’t mean that they might be the best for your dog. Different pet food will contain different ingredients, and you need to check the list of ingredients because some of them might be potentially harmful for your dog. The most common danger to dogs is allergy and this can be caused by certain types of dog food.

Different types of pet food contain different ratio of various nutrients or macronutrients like fat, proteins, and carbohydrates. The amount of vitamin and minerals in each of these products will also vary although most of them will be well within the limit that is acceptable by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). You will need to take a decision on whether a particular dog food is deficient in the nutrients for your dog’s needs or not. Accordingly, you can purchase the dog food.

For example, you can try the Berman Puppy milk from Fuzing.com. The Berman Puppy Milk has additional vitamins and minerals for a growing puppy. It mostly contains organic pure natural materials, which can be easily absorbed by a puppy and help him or her to grow up faster and in an healthy way. The Berman Puppy Milk can be served 2-3 hours during the day.

Where to Start

If you have a dog or puppy recently then you can visit a vet to get him/her checked before proceeding to getting a diet in place. If your dog is around 1 year old or even more then you probably have him/her on a diet. The important thing is that there is a approved list of food that your dog should eat on a regular basis and this will keep him/her healthy. The food that you buy should ideally have high -quality ingredients like vegetables, whole meats, fruits, and grains.

But before you buy any particular type of food, you need to assess his/her health. Make a note of any particular condition that might need veterinary care or even medications. Some of the conditions that you need to keep in mind include bad breath, itchy paws, tartar buildup, thinning of the coat, stinky ears, recurrent constipation or diarrhea, worms or flea infestation, low energy, and even anti-social behavior.

These are certain areas that you will need to consider prior to buying dog food and it will help if you refer to a pet dietician and get a particular diet for your dog. The most important thing is how many times you feed your dog. He will wag his tail but it doesn’t mean that you start feeding them because it will do more harm than good. Take care of your dog just the way you will take care of your family!

Essential Care Tips For Your Dog

December 19, 2010 by  
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Dogs are loving pets. But caring for them is a bit of hard work. Here are some tips to consider in taking care of your dog:

If you do not have a dog yet, consider the area where your dog can exercise. If you have a big yard where you could exercise or play with your dog, you might want to get a large dog such as a German Shepherd, Labrador, or Golden Retriever. If you have a smaller space, get a smaller dog like a Terrier or Dachshund. These types of dogs need little exercise compared with the larger dogs.

You also need to consider your dog if there are children in your house. Some dogs like Pit bulls and Dalmatians sometimes get to be temperamental.

It is important that you groom your dog. A regular groom is recommended. Dog’s ears should be cleaned, with the wax and dirt removed every week. Ear cleaning also helps you detect presence of ear mites or infections. The dog should be bathed weekly with warm water and dog shampoo.

It is also recommended that you brush your dog at least once a week.

After grooming your pet, do take it to a veterinarian to get its anti-rabies shots and over-all checkup.

A diet that is balanced and nutritious is recommended for your dog. Contrary to what many people think, dogs do not just eat meat. They also need carbohydrates. A diet consisting of 50 percent of protein or meat and 50 percent of carbohydrates is the preferred diet for dogs.

As implied earlier, dogs need some amount exercise. Aside from their health, dogs exercising will prevent them from retrieving and chasing, digging, and chewing on various things. Exercises depend on your dog’s sex, age, and health level. A dog likes to jog, fetch, and race-walk a lot. One warning however, start slow in exercising your dog. Unfortunately, some dogs enjoy themselves so much when they do these exercises. They do not know when to stop it.

Having a dog to last you for a long time does not end with just owning one. You have to take care of it. Although that may be hard work, it would also bring you fun and enjoyment when you see that your dog is healthy and loves you. Having a pet dog of your own is a pleasurable experience.

The Art Of Dog Grooming

December 17, 2010 by  
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If you have a dog, then you are already familiar with the art of dog grooming. If you are just considering a new pet, there is plenty to think about and this includes their appearance. Some dogs are easier to care for than others, including ones with shorter hair. A dog with long hair requires daily brushing and sheds constantly, which can make for a long day of vacuuming. Dogs with short hair, on the other hand, can be brushed several times each week and their fur will not fill up your vacuum as quickly.

A part of proper dog grooming is finding the right hair brush for your pet. Gentle strokes will allow your pet to get used to the idea of being brushed, which can make them anxious at first. A regular bath is also a part of dog grooming, which can sometimes be the messiest. In the beginning, pets are often resistant to the idea of a bath. It’s best to start as early as possible in teaching your dog how to act, which can be done by bathing your puppy early in his/her life. When they are able to run and play, they are able to have a bath and will probably even grow to enjoy it after time. If you have a friend or relative who is willing to help you, invite them over. While one holds the puppy, the other can wash him/her with a washcloth.

If you are unable to handle dog grooming, there are businesses that can take care of it for you. A local veterinarian or animal hospital is likely to have grooming services, along with businesses specifically dedicated to this purpose. In exchange for a fee, your pet can have his/her nails clipped, be given a bath and get their fur brushed all in one afternoon. This process isn’t necessarily a lengthy one, but it’s best to make an appointment before showing up for dog grooming.

The proper dog grooming techniques will make your pet to feel better overall and will make you happy to see that your pet is in good spirits. Even though they love to dig in our yard or investigate every hole that they find, dogs love to feel good and a part of that means being clean and well groomed. Dog grooming is also a reflection of how much you care for your pet, so let the world know how much you love them.

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