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Treatment for Canine Arthritis

Canine arthritis is a common degenerative disease that often occurs in dogs older than seven years old. While it is most common in older dogs, canine arthritis can also affect young dogs as well. Arthritis is a disease that can keep the dog from moving and causes aches and pains in the dog’s joints. The worst part about arthritis in dogs is the loss of mobility and function.

There are a number of treatments that you can give your dog to help ease the arthritis:

1.      Exercise: Exercise is one of the natural ways to treat your dog’s arthritis. You can encourage your dog do light exercises to strengthen his muscles and joints and also to improve flexibility. Exercise can also reduce the pain and the severity of the condition as well. Swimming and walking are two of the light exercises that your dog can do regularly.

2.      Diet and Weight Control: It can be helpful if your dog is on an anti-inflammatory diet. There are some foods that he might be eating that can promote inflammation. Diet can also be helpful in controlling his eating so that he can lose excess weight. Any extra weight that your dog has can add extra pressure to the joints that have to carry your dog’s weight.

3.      Acupuncture: Your dog can also feel relief from pain caused by arthritis with this alternative treatment method.

4.      Medications: Canine arthritis is commonly treated using prescription medications. NSAIDs are common medications prescribed for canine arthritis as well as arthritis in humans. NSAIDs manage pain and can help increase mobility and slow the progression of arthritis. The downside is that all NSAIDs have side effects that should be considered before giving these to your dog. Over the counter dog arthritis supplement formulas can also help. Look for a glucosamine chondroitin dogs formula that can be used instead of medications or alongside prescribed mediations.

5.      Surgery: If your dog has undergone all of these above treatments and there is still no improvement in his condition, he might be helped by surgery.

How to Clean Indoor Rabbit Cages

A common concern regarding cleaning a rabbit’s cage is usually the frequency: “How often should I do so?”  Well, think about it this way. How long would it take you to flush a toilet? You would do it as soon as possible, right? This toilet-flushing principle applies to your pet’s cage as well, but since time constraints are usually an issue in our lives, we recommend a quick daily clean up in the morning or at night. The important thing is to make this a routine habit, just like showering or brushing your teeth. A once-a-week thorough cleanup should work fine, unless you have more than one rabbit. Training your pet to use a litter box will make the cleaning process much easier.

Daily clean up

First, take out your pet’s bowl and water bottle. Make sure to remove any food leftovers. Wash and rinse both accessories, and refill the water bottle. Make sure to take out any soiled hay or wood shavings, this will make the clean up easier at the end of the week.

If you have a litter box with a thin layer of litter you should clean it daily. You could use a thicker layer and just scoop out the residues on a daily basis, but you should still clean out the litter every three days. If you notice any hard material that’s stuck to it, these are calcium deposits that result from rabbit urine. Vinegar will be highly effective to remove them. Keeping an eye on your pet’s residues gives you a chance to see if there’s anything wrong with his urine or feces, and notice any health issues.

Weekly clean up

Your weekly clean up should be more thorough. You will need to remove everything from inside the cage: (hay or wood shavings, any accessories, and your rabbit). Remember to never leave your pet unsupervised (a dog carrier may help). You should use hot water to rinse and wash the cage. Try to use your tub if you can, if not, simply wipe it down. All other accessories should be washed with warm water as well.

Try disinfecting your cage every other week. It is important that any disinfectant is completely rinsed, since this may cause harm to your rabbit. It is never a good idea to use disinfectant on wood, because it soaks up the chemicals. You can use bleach (one part to ten parts of water), and even then, after rinsing it we recommend letting it dry under the sun. Even on a cloudy day, ultraviolet light will act as sanitizer, breaking down any chemical residue.

Quick tips for an effective clean up

It’s a good idea to keep vinegar it in a spray bottle for a more convenient use. Letting the vinegar soak for 10 or 20 minutes will take care of those hard to remove calcium deposits.

When you buy a cage, keep in mind that you need to clean it. Getting a wood hutch for example, will be harder to clean because it soaks up rabbit urine. Also there’s no need for a tall cage (like sugar glider cages), it’s better to make it multi-level or just get a simple smaller cage you’re committed to clean.

Training your rabbit to use a litter box will make the clean up process much easier. It’s also recommended to spay or neuter your pet. It’s good for his health, and it reduces territorial urine spraying.

By following these simple guidelines, cleaning up indoor rabbit cages should be easy enough. It will also decrease the chances of your pet getting ill.

Getting Your Little Dog Or Cat On The Plane

One of the hardest things about traveling when you have pets is the process and hassle involved with leaving them behind.  If you’re going on a trip where it makes sense to simply bring your pet with you it isn’t actually as hard to manage as it used to be.  Most airlines will allow small pets that will fit under the seat now, as long as you put them in small dog carriers that are well suited to airline travel.

Bringing Your Animal With You

Airlines generally allow small dogs and cats to be placed in any carrier that will fit underneath the seat in front of you.  The exact dimensions for your seats should be available on the company website along with rules about what pets you are and are not allowed to take on board.  When you bring a pet onto an airline in the cabin the pet will count as one of your two pieces of carry on luggage, so be aware that you’ll need to pack personal effects you’d normally put in a purse or backpack in your larger carry on.

Choosing The Right Carrier For Your Pet

There are quite a few airline approved pet carriers out there that will claim they are the only way to safely bring a pet on an airplane.  In truth, any carrier small enough to fit the required dimensions should work just fine.  The bottom needs to be waterproof, and you should always check with your specific carrier’s rules to make sure there aren’t any specific requirements for you.

Protecting Your Pet

Take care of your pet by making an appointment with your vet before you go on any plane trip together.  If your pet has any physical issues that might make flying unusually stressful, it is important to find out they are there for safety’s sake.

The Yorkie Poo is a Spunky Little Fellow

The Yorkie Poo is a small dog that is bred from parents of two pure breeds that breed well together. The two parent breeds are the Yorkshire terrier and the poodle. The smaller toy or miniature poodle is generally preferred. The black and brown colors of the Yorkshire terrier often dominate the colors of the Yorkie poo but the Yorkie Poo can also be black, beige, or white as well. These dogs tend to have very little shedding of hair. This makes them suitable for owners who may have allergies.  The coat can be curly or straight.

Their adult size is around 5 to 8 pounds and they can be 7 to 8 inches tall.  The Yorkie Poo enjoys several of the nicer traits of its two parent breeds.  They possess the nice easygoing personalities of the Yorkshire terrier. Their non-shedding nature comes from the poodle.  Being of small stature they are popular with folks who want a little dog. Knowing the two parent breeds will give you some insight into what to expect from a Yorkie Poo puppy. Yorkie Poos are affectionate, smart, and very devoted to their human families.

They socialize with humans well but can sometimes have difficulty with small children. A Yorkie Poo who is ignored can destroy household items so be prepared to offer plenty of attention. A small dog cage is all that is needed for transporting your Yorkie Poo.

They need a good deal of exercise and mental stimulation. A good walk or some playful activity will help keep them healthy. They make excellent watchdogs, as they will bark at a stranger quickly. As with any new puppy be sure to start introducing him to other animals and people as soon as possible.  This will assure a well-balanced dog mentally and make him a better pet.

Cockapoo puppies are another choice you may wish to consider.

Benefits of Using Tunnels for Dogs

Dog training is essential for every dog and every dog owner. It is a time of excitement and lots of thrills, bringing them together and building a stronger connection, but is also implies some hardships and a lot of time and patience to be spent. Teaching your dog to use an agility tunnel is a great training exercise that brings along lots of benefits.

Don’t hesitate to buy a dog tunnel made of plastic, vinyl or nylon and make full use of it. Dogs are extremely curious and they always want to stick their noses everywhere they are (or are not) allowed to, so for you to install a dog agility tunnel in your backyard is definitely going to call for his entire attention. He will respond by running around it, maybe barking and shaking his tail in excitement and simply expressing his happiness and curiosity. So you should not have any problems with the training part. You could, however, contact a dog trainer if you think your dog is a bit stubborn when it comes to executing commands that are more complex such as running through such a tunnel.

If you think you can handle the training part, arm yourself with patience and plenty of incentives and start doing your thing. Things might not go so good at first, so you should buy a sturdy tunnel that is not easily breakable in the outdoors. Choose a tunnel that has the right size for your dog and select either a closed-end tunnel, or an open-end one. Pipe or chute? It’s really up to you and your dog; you need to be the master of this decision. Just base your choice on your dog’s malleability when it comes to training. You can get some great deals on dog tunnels, Try searching “dog agility starter kit” in Google these are kits that include tunnels and weave poles.

Teaching your dog to run through an agility tunnel is an excellent way of spending quality time together, bonding more, showing him you are interested in seeing him busy and happy. Plus, another benefit is the fact your dog will be able to run through any long dark tunnel and face and eliminate his all of his fears.

Three Benefits of using Litter Box Furniture

Litter box furniture is one of the most expensive types of litter box on the market however I love to buy them for my cats and my cats love them too. Read on for the main reasons why.

My living accommodation is somewhat limited for space so I find that having a hidden litter box provides my cat with privacy that he wouldn’t have without it. There is no specific area within my home that I could place an open litter box that was private enough. I did initially start out with open boxes but my cats just refused to use them. In my first years of having cats I could never understand why this would be, until I learnt that cats expect privacy for such matters.

Litter box furniture is designed to blend in with your furnishings, so whenever I have guests around they rarely even realize what it actually is as it looks more like a cabinet than anything else. Nowadays there are so many different choices of color to choose from it would be difficult to not be able to find one closely matching existing furnishings. They are also much less of an eyesore as all the waste is contained within, which means that odors are also contained.

Any cat owners out there will already know that cats like to scatter the litter all over the floor in an attempt to clean up their mess, which invariably gets walked throughout the house by both cats and humans alike. Litter box furniture is great in this respect as minimal litter gets scattered in the process as it is all contained within the box itself.

Even though they are by far a more expensive option than open litter boxes, I will never go back to buying open boxes, and more to the point I don’t think my cats would ever use them, even if I tried.