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3 Ultimate Exercise Buddy

We all long for health, fitness, and vitality and many of us made New Year resolutions to work on that. We buy fancy new exercise shoes and high dollar attire to wear while walking on “top of the line” treadmills. We eat foods that we have trouble pronouncing and can’t quite afford because the health food magazines recommend it. Somehow it all falls by the wayside and we feel we will never attain our goal. Yet the one thing that won’t cost us a penny we don’t often consider to best motivate us – our dogs.

Our loyal, lovable, even-tempered furry best friends not only are motivated to exercise, but see exercise as a reward. Imagine that. The new shoes that quickly get dirty, and the health diet that inevitably gets broken, doesn’t compare to your dog holding its leash in its mouth reminding you that twenty minutes outside will make both of you feel better.

Dogs
0 Is Your Dog Vomiting And Having Diarrhea After Switching To A Raw Food Diet?

Have you just switched your dog from a commercial food diet to a raw dog food diet? Have you noticed loose stools and vomiting in your dog? He could be going through a detoxification period.

Detoxification happens because your dog’s body is being cleansed from its previous diet. It’s a normal part of switching. How long it lasts can vary depending on how many toxins your dog has in his system. But typically it starts within 1 to 2 days of switching to a raw food diet and lasts a few days. In some dogs, detoxification has been known to last for a few weeks, although I would advise having your dog checked by a vet if vomiting and diarrhea persists for more than a week.

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2 Crating Your Trained Dog

When our dog was a puppy we worried that almost everything we were doing was wrong. “Should we take her out again?” I would say to my husband watching her vigorously smell the carpet only 10 minutes after we’d just taken her out. “Do you think she’s hungry?” I’d ask since she stood over her just emptied bowl. “Maybe she’ll stop barking if we let her out of the crate,” my husband would mutter at 1 A.M.

Then I remember that first night we brought her home and tried to be firm by putting her in her crate far away from our room only to have her barks break our heart – and most likely anger the neighbors – and soon she ended up, still crated, but next to my bedside, with my finger patting her every so often through the metal bars of the crate.

Yet soon we discovered that as anxious and uncertain as we felt as first-time dog owners, the crate eased our stress — as well as the dogs.

Teaching our dog to be in the crate for short periods of time, as well as during the night, helped us potty train our dog rather than watch her constantly like an unpredictable sprinkler system, ensured she was safe when we were gone, and slowly gave her the confidence to peacefully sleep through the night without me petting her head every so often.

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1 DIY Christmas Treats for Your Dog

by Louise Blake

If you’re like me, you’ll consider your pet to be another member of the family and try to make them feel as such, particularly when it comes to including them in family celebrations and festive occasions. But apart from buying them a new toy, how can you give your pooch a really special day on Christmas?

While it may be tempting to feed your dog the same festive delights that you enjoy, remember that they have very different digestive systems to us, so play it safe by avoiding feeding them fatty foods, chocolate or candy. However, rather than just giving them their normal bowl of dog food, why not try making some tongue-waggingly healthy DIY festive treats? That way they can join in with the gluttony of Christmas with the rest of the family!

So here are three recipes to prepare for your pet to include them in the celebrations.

Cats
0 Top 10 Tips to Keeping Your Furry Friend Warm This Winter

by Chris Martin

Here are ten suggestions for making sure that your furry friends stay warm throughout wintertime.

1. Raise their beds. Inspect the places where your pets sleep. Is there at last two or three inches of padding or space between your pet’s body and the surface on which the bed rests (especially outdoors)? If not, you pet will feel the cold emanating from the floor or ground.

2. Heat their beds. There are plenty of products on the market that can safely provide artificial warmth for your pet. So place a “snuggle disk” (a plastic frisbee-like object that can be heated in a microwave) or a hot water bottle in your pet’s bed for some extra heat while they sleep.

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0 How to Care for Your Pets

by Kate Wilson

So, you have added a new companion animal in your life and family. Unlike your kids, pets too will be dependent on you for all the things including nourishment, safety, medical attention and exercise. You need to ensure that you render the best possible care for your pets. You need to know all the details of pet care right from selecting proper collar and ID tag, to food, a proper and a comfortable place for them to sleep and be at home, etc. The following tips would help you in taking care of your pets in a best way.

Give them proper food and water

Once you bring a pet home, make sure you cater your new companion animal with proper food that suits their nutritional requirements. It is always recommended to give them natural pet food. This will help the animal to maintain a good health shiner coat, better energy level and a happy life. Giving them table scraps is certainly not a good idea as your food could contain a number of minerals and other items in it; which could be certainly harmful to your pets. Giving them a balanced and complete diet could prevent the animal from the issue of obesity. You could explore this issue to find a precise list of food to be given to your pets.

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