3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Choosing A Large Dog Breed

3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Choosing A Large Dog Breed

Is Your House Suitable For Them?

First, consider your home environment and whether it is suitable for a dog. You’re going to need a lot of space for them to roam around, even if they are not a particularly energetic breed. If you live in a small house or you have a big family and space is already an issue, a big dog might not be right for you. 

As well as the space, you need to consider all of the added extras that you may need in your home. For example, you’ll need to install an extra large dog door if you want them to be able to get outside. You might need to put stair gates in too because big dogs can cause a lot of havoc if left to roam the house on their own. 

A big garden is a bonus too because, even when you are walking them regularly, a big dog needs a lot of exercise. 

Can You Commit To Walking Them?

Speaking of exercise, your large dog will need to be walked just like any other dog. Dog owners always need to decide whether they can commit to daily walks, but it’s a bigger commitment with large dogs. They are more prone to joint issues, so it’s vital that they maintain a healthy weight. They have more energy too, which means that you need to walk them for longer than a small dog and they need time to explore and run around. No matter what the weather is like, you will have to grab your walking essentials and take them out for multiple walks every single day. Think about whether you are willing to commit to that or not before getting a large dog. 

Can You Handle Their Strength?

People often underestimate just how strong these big dogs can be. If you are not very big yourself, you might be walking a dog that weighs almost as much as you do, so if they decide they’re running off, you’re going with them. But that doesn’t mean that only big people should get big dogs, it just means that training is extra important. You don’t want your dog running off and pulling you along behind or jumping up at strangers in the street and knocking them over, so they need to be trained well from an early age. However, regardless of how well you train them, you still need to be aware of their strength and consider whether you can handle it or not. 

Before you buy a large dog breed, think about the extra responsibilities involved and ask yourself these questions to make sure that it’s the right choice.

What To Know When You Adopt A Pair Of Kittens

What To Know When You Adopt A Pair Of Kittens

Kittens are regarded as some of the most beloved domestic animals in the world, and along with puppies make everyone in the vicinity collectively go 

‘Awww’

If you are looking to adopt a pet this year and you believe that a kitten is the right choice for you and your lifestyle – now is the time to take a look and consider what you are to expect if you do adopt a kitten this Christmas. 

They are crazy 

If you have seen pictures and videos of kittens calmly sleeping for hours on end, this is accurate – however what you don’t see is the hours between these short naps where a kitten is running around the house like a crazy person. Kittens are incredibly playful and curious, and when you bring one into your home they will spend a lot of their time exploring and running around playing with anything they can find. Be aware that in the first few months of kitten ownership you need to be all hands on deck! 

They sleep a lot 

As well as running around and playing, it is not unusual for a kitten to sleep for between 16 and 20 hours everyday. Kittens are still babies, and until they are around 1 year old they will be very much like having a baby or toddler in your home. Be sure to place lots of beds and blankets around the house for them to curl up and take a nap. 

They love to chew 

Just like babies, at around 16 weeks old your kitten will start to teeth. Teething in kittens is thankfully not as traumatic as a child; but a kitten will chew anything from toys to furniture to cables, and even sometimes you. Be aware to stock up on hard toys for their teething stage and make sure there is always a toy in view for your kitten to teeth with. And don’t be alarmed if you find a tooth on the floor now and again! 

They need their own space 

Like all cats, kittens need their own space as well as space with you. When you first bring a kitten home you should have a room set up in the house which has a bed, food and water, and litter box in easy reach. Your young kitten needs to know where everything is in their new home because if they don’t it could cause anxiety as well as a little accident. Leave this room as their main room, but also bring kitten toys and beds into the rest of the house so that when they are ready to explore, they feel like this is their home as much as yours.

They have sensitive tummies 

You can’t feed a kitten the same things as a fully grown cat – and if kittens eat things that are inedible whole playing they will get an upset tummy. It is a good idea to stock up on vitamins and supplements on petness.com to ensure that you can give your kitten everything they need in their diet to stay healthy and solid.

Happy 4th of July! 4 Tasty BBQ Recipes for Your Dog

Happy 4th of July! 4 Tasty BBQ Recipes for Your Dog

Happy 4th of July! Today’s the day we celebrate our nation’s independence. Checking out a parade, hanging out by the pool and protecting our dogs from fireworks are the only things on our agenda. Oh, and grilling, of course. BBQ food is an absolute must on the most patriotic day of the year. Because really, is there anything more American than hamburgers and hotdogs? We didn’t think so.

As you prepare to chow down with family and friends this afternoon, why not prepare something special for your dog? She’ll likely be waiting beneath the grill anyhow, hoping for human food to hit the floor. Unfortunately, most traditional BBQ foods are dangerous for dogs and can make them sick. Providing your pup her own tasty meal will keep her out of harm’s way and help her feel like she’s part of the celebration.

Check out a few of our favorite dog-approved Fourth of July recipes below!

Ingredients

1 cup water

8 strawberries

1/4 cup blueberries

Instructions

Rinse strawberries and blueberries.
Mix ½ cup water and strawberries in the blender. Blend until liquefied. Repeat with blueberries.
Pour strawberry mixture into star-shaped ice cube trays. Repeat with blueberry mixture.
Pop them in the freezer for 2-4 hours and serve!


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Keeping An Eye On Your Dog When He’s Exploring

Keeping An Eye On Your Dog When He’s Exploring

Did you know that dogs have 300 million olfactory receptors in their nose? That is a staggering 40 times greater than human beings. Is it any wonder that dogs just go around sniffing anything and everything? Can you imagine literally being led by the nose all your life? This is why dogs are so amazing, but they can be a danger to themselves as well. They’re such amazing creatures but even a normal trip to the park can end up being very serious. Dogs like to chew, bite and lick things they find stimulating and this can lead them into having a sore stomach, sneezing a lot, getting watery eyes and even vomiting. Keeping an eye on him while he explores is something you need to get used to.

Do they eat plants?

Yes! Dogs eat plants when you’re not looking. They do this when they’re stray dogs or ‘in the wild’ because they may have an upset stomach. Naturally, they know what to eat but sometimes they can make a mistake. Dogs will sometimes eat stinging nettles because it helps them digest, but too much can harm them. This is also why we make nettle soup because it calms your bowels. However, they can end up eating things they shouldn’t. For example, toxic flowers like lilies and daffodils. The petals are harmless and even quite sweet, but the bulbs are toxic. Ingesting them can cause your dog to puke and convulse. The next time you go to the park, keep your pooch away from the flower patch.

Keep out of the soil

Now we all know what it’s like to try and get our dog out of a muddy puddle. It’s one of life’s hidden challenges. Dogs love to roll around in the muddy water because they’re having fun. You find that many animals in the wild roll around in mud too. It could be the texture on their fur, perhaps the stickiness or maybe it could be how it cools them down on a hot day. Regardless, you shouldn’t encourage your dog to roll around in dry soil or mud because worm eggs can become trapped in their paws. The larvae will hatch and make their way into your dog and this can make your furry friend very sick. But you can give your dog a chewy antiparasitic treat from it.nexgardspectra.com. This small treat helps your dog by fighting off 5 different types of parasite at once, worms being one of them.

Straying too close

Not all dogs like the water and not all dogs are good swimmers. If you have a dog that is short, stumpy legs such as a British bulldog or poodle, you should keep an eye on them while in the park. If the park has a pond or perhaps a river running through it, your dog will be tempted to jump into it due to his own reflection or perhaps the fish swimming underneath the surface. Call him back if you think he is about to jump in!

Dogs are sometimes too inquisitive for their own good. They have huge hearts and even bigger noses that can sometimes lead them astray. But as long as you’re keeping an eye on them, let them explore.

Four Reasons That Fish Make Perfect Pets

Four Reasons That Fish Make Perfect Pets

Life on the homestead is often focused on life outdoors and taking care of your livestock. Looking after animals can be time-consuming, but all the effort is more than worth it to watch them thrive. If you are looking to bring more pets into your home, then pet fish make an excellent choice. Freshwater fish are an incredibly popular pet, according to the 2019 – 2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 11.5 million US households have freshwater fish as pets.

It is easy to see why keeping pet fish is just so popular with households across the United States. There are many reasons why fish make the ideal pet, here are some of the reasons why they are the pet of choice for so many people:

Tranquil and Calming

If you have ever spent time sat watching fish swimming around in a tank, you will know just how relaxing it is to watch. Seeing these beautiful creatures moving through the water is an incredibly calming experience. Research shows that watching tropical fish moving about their tank can help to reduce both heart rate and blood pressure.

If you are looking for a pet that transforms your home into a soothing environment, then investing in a tropical fish tank is a perfect choice.

Allergy-Free

If you have allergy sufferers in your household, you will know how difficult it is to find domestic pets that don’t aggravate their allergies. Keeping pet fish is the ideal way to enjoy all the wellbeing benefits of pet ownership without itchy skin and eyes, and sneezing being an issue.

Many children with allergies long to have a pet and find it hard to accept that it could be bad for their health. Keeping pet fish is an excellent way for children to learn the responsibilities involved in caring for a pet, without risking allergy flare-ups. The benefit of keeping pet fish is that there is also no need to vacuum fur and pet dander on a daily basis.

A Fascinating Hobby

Keeping fish is about so much more than caring for a pet. For many people, tropical fish become a fascinating hobby. Learning the correct Fish Tank Setup, the best way to care for your fish, and discovering all the different species of fish available is an exciting interest as there is so much to learn. Developing your knowledge of caring for fish is not only an exciting pass time, but it will also ensure that your fish are kept in the very best conditions.

Brighten Up Your Home

A beautiful, colorful fish tank is a guaranteed way to add some wow factor to any room in your home. A fish tank that is filled with vibrant colored fish, combined with the soothing sight of the bubbles traveling up through the water, will make a beautiful addition to your home. Of course, keeping fish is about much more than improving your home décor, these fascinating creatures are a joy to watch and enjoyable to look after.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes

Thanksgiving is next week!  With so much to do to get ready for the holiday we sometimes forget our furry friends.  But they’re part of the family and deserve a special holiday treat too!  This year why not make your fur babies some Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes?

Yes I said Pupcakes, not cupcakes, although I use human friendly ingredients so if someone mistakenly eats one it’s all good; they may not like it like my Siberian Husky Cannoli does, but it won’t kill them! These Pumkin Spice Pupcakes are the perfect doggie treats for Thanksgiving!  Believe me your pup will love them.  Best of all they are super easy to make using ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are perfect for fall birthday celebrations too!  I know you can buy doggie cakes and cookies from pet stores and gourmet pet bakeries that are springing up all over town, but why spend big bucks when you can whip up a batch in about an hour?

Seriously these Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are easy and inexpensive.  All you need are basically flour, egg. baking soda, and pumpkin puree.  I like to use coconut water too, but if you don’t have any plain old water will do.  And of course a dash of cinnamon; but you pretty much have all these in the kitchen specially this time of year!

My recipe makes 20 regular size cupcakes but you can use mini cupcake pans and get a whole lot more.  The size of your pupcake will pretty much depend on the size of your pooch.  Since we have a medium sized dog the regular size cakes work best, she just inhales the minis!

I frost my Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes with cream cheese but dogs love them without frosting too, so no need to take the extra step if you don’t have too much time.  These Pupcakes freeze very well.  I usually freeze them and thaw them out as needed.  I also frost them just before feeding them to the pooch.

Now these Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are dense so don’t expect anything light and airy.  They’re quite heavy too!  They don’t rise much during baking so whatever level you fill each cupcake wrap will be the same after they’re baked.

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Ingredients:

3 Cups Flour – white or wheat whichever you have on hand

1 Large Can Pumpkin Puree – be sure it’s the puree and not the pumpkin pie mix that’s already seasoned.

1 Egg

1 1/2 Cup Coconut Water – regular water works too

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Cinnamon

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir very well –  be sure the flour is all blending in.

Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan.

Scoop batter into each cupcake liner filling at least 3/4.

Smooth tops of batter.so pupcakes look neat.

Bake in oven for 25 – 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool before frosting.

Store in airtight containers or freeze.

Frost with peanut butter if you like.