Thursday, May 21, 2015

Taking a Break

I wanted to inform everyone that I will be taking a break from blogging to focus on my summer internship. I will resume posting content in the fall. Until then, feel free to read my posts I have written over the past few months. Thanks for visiting and be sure to check back for new content in the fall!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Moisturizing Homemade Shampoo Recipe

Last week, Jake, my boyfriend's 5 year old golden retriever, was in dire need of a bath. Jake's doggy odor could be smelled five miles away and his coat looked dull. A doggy spa day was definitely on the agenda.  

Instead of bathing him with a bottle of oatmeal shampoo I bought at my local pet store, I decided to make a concoction of my own. I wanted to make a shampoo that would not only cleanse him but add some extra shine to his coat so I did a little homework. I researched cleansing products that were all-natural and pet safe. Then I came up with a recipe to tailor Jake's cleansing and moisturizing needs. 

What You Will Need:

​Baking soda, oatmeal, coconut oil, aloe lotion, pure essential oil drops and water.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Choosing the Perfect Dog Bed

Dogs need a warm and cozy space to catch some z's. Whether it's their own doggy bed or half of your bed, dogs will find a special spot to rest their heads at night. Every night my dog Dudley used to sleep in my bed under the covers. However, if your are the kind of person that doesn't like to be woken up by a cold nose nudging your arm or a getting slobbery kisses, buying your dog their own bed would be the best option.

Dog beds come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. The most popular dog beds are pillows, cushions and mats that lay on the floor. If you are looking for a more luxurious bed, you can purchase a doggy couch or futon. For owners with a creative side, you can buy a dog bed that is built into your own box spring. The person who designed the box spring was obviously a small dog lover. Sorry big dogs.

Choosing a dog bed that fits your dogs size and other personal needs is important. Large dogs need bigger beds than small dogs. Older dogs may need beds with more cushion and warmth.

A small dog would feel comfortable in a small to medium size round bed.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Protecting Your Dog Against Fleas and Ticks

After a long and grueling winter, spring is finally in the air in Western New York. I can now take my dogs for a walk without having to bundle them up in sweaters. Brody, Suzy, Mandy and Otis can play outside and freely romp around in the grass. However, along with the nice weather comes the responsibility of treating my dogs for fleas and ticks.

Treating Your Dog With Flea Medicine:

There is no need to be alarmed, treating dogs for fleas is not a hard task. It only takes a few minutes to apply the liquid medicine on a dog's skin once a month. 

To apply the flea medicine to your dog, squeeze the majority of the liquid in between their shoulders. You can apply the rest of it further down their back. Make sure the medicine soaks into their skin and doesn't rest on the top of their fur. For best results, don't pet your dog until the liquid has dried.

Canine Influenza Outbreak

On Wednesday morning, Mandy could barely get up and refused to eat. I knew something had to be wrong so I called my vet and made an appointment right away. Thankfully it was nothing too serious, she had a bladder infection and the vet prescribed her with an antibiotic. During the visit though, my vet alerted me to a canine influenza outbreak and gave me a packet explaining the virus. 

This is the packet I received from my vet.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bathing Your Dog

Some dogs don't mind getting a bath while others absolutely hate it. Dogs could care less if they smell so bathing is not a priority to them. As a result, if you want your dog to cooperate in the tub, you have to make bathing a positive and rewarding experience for them.

When I give my dogs a bath, I get mixed results. Suzy will sit patiently in the tub and only shake a few times. On the other hand, Brody will jump out of the tub half way through and flood the bathroom floor. It's not that he hates bath time. He is just too energetic and thinks it's playtime.

Tips for Bathing Your Dog at Home

Whenever I bath my dogs, especially Brody, I always put on old clothes because I never know if I will end up getting a bath too. Once I'm ready, I give Brody a thorough brushing so all his excess hair won't plug up the drain. I always get my bath soap and towel ready too.

Oatmeal dog shampoos are good to use on a dog with skin allergies.

Minimizing Smell With Daily Grooming Routines

The fresh and squeaky clean smell of bath soap only lasts so long. After a week or so, the refreshing scent will wear off and your dog will go back smelling like they usually do. Most of us owners refer to this as the "dog smell". Your dog's scent can be smelled on your hands, carpet, furniture or anything your dog comes in contact with. The longer it has been since you brushed or bathed your dog, the worst the smell will be.

Brody snuggled up on the furniture.