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Helpful Hints For Tick Proofing Your Pup

Helpful Hints For Tick Proofing Your Pup 0

If you live anywhere near a wooded area or tall grass and take your dog to walk there, or if you spend a lot of time outdoors in general, you might be concerned about ticks.  Not only can they make you and your dog uncomfortable, they run the risk of spreading dangerous diseases to all the members of your family.

Here are some ways to help prevent bringing any little hitchhikers home with you.

Be Aware If Ticks Are In Your Area...

If you have seen one, chances are that there are more hiding. A dog’s thick coat makes it an ideal home for ticks. Always check your dog after a walk in an area where there might be ticks. Ticks can be as small as a sesame seed prior to a feeding, but can quickly grow to several times their original size.

Ticks will most frequently attach themselves to your pet’s face, ears, legs, paws, chest, and abdomen, so pay careful attention to these areas. If it is an all-day excursion, check several times throughout the day. Try to stay on the beaten path while out walking and avoid thick underbrush.

Make Sure Grass & Weeds Are Kept Cut...

When at home, make sure that grass and weeds are kept cut and are not overgrown. Treat outdoor areas that your pet frequents with a pesticide that kills ticks. Ticks love thick, damp underbrush as a home.

Have Your Dog On A Flea Preventative...

It is also helpful to have your dog on some form of tick preventative. This can be in the form of a topical treatment put on once a month or a dip or shampoo that is used more frequently. Check with your veterinarian for the best treatment option for your pet. Always read warnings and directions on the label carefully before applying. Do not apply topical products one after another as you might overdose your pet. For example, do not use a topical treatment immediately after a dip – allow for at least 48 hours in between.

Chemical Alternatives For Repelling Ticks...

If you are concerned about using pesticides, there are also alternative therapies available to repel ticks. These include garlic tablets, herbal shampoos, or oils that are applied to your pet that makes him less appetizing to the ticks. These may not be as effective as their chemical counterparts, so make sure that you continue to check your pet frequently for stray ticks.

If you spend a lot of time in tick-prone areas, talk to your vet about getting a Lyme disease or other tick vaccinations to help protect your pet.

If You Do Find A Tick...

If you do find a tick on your pet, it is important to remove it as soon as possible. While ticks are small and hard to find initially, they can swell to the size of a pea or larger after a blood meal. Wearing gloves and using a pair of fine-pointed tweezers, grasp the tick by its head or mouthparts as close to your pet's skin as possible. You might need a second person to help restrain your dog or part his hair while you do this.

Pull firmly outward until the tick is removed – being absolutely certain that you removed the head as well. Kill the tick by putting it in a vial of alcohol. Label the jar with the date and the area you were in when you got the tick and take it to the veterinarian. Your vet can then determine what kind of tick it was and what treatments might be necessary. Do not use petroleum jelly, matches, alcohol, or other irritants to remove the tick – these will only initiate a response to grab on harder and release more toxins. After removing the tick, disinfect the entire bite site with alcohol.

If You See Ticks On Your Dog, Watch For Symptoms Of A More Serious Disease...

If anything out of the ordinary seems to be going, contact your veterinarian immediately.  Symptoms of tick-borne diseases include lethargy, appetite loss, weakness, pale gums, fever, lameness, vomiting, and even paralysis. However, these are also symptoms of various other diseases, and only your veterinarian can make the determination whether it was from the ticks or not.  If you see any symptoms, get your dog to the vet as soon as possible – the sooner the diagnosis the more effective treatment will be.

Keeping an eye out for ticks on your dog will keep both of you healthy and happier and let you enjoy your time together outdoors.

  • Jennifer M
Putting Our Best Paws Forward - Barky Pines Animal Rescue

Putting Our Best Paws Forward - Barky Pines Animal Rescue 1

Here at Doggie Dailies, we believe there is no better feeling than helping those in need. That's why every quarter we pick a new charity to donate a portion of our proceeds to!

We’re now in our third quarter of the year (July-September) and this quarter we're excited to be donating to Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.

Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary rescues the most urgent pets from their county shelter. The animals they rescue find themselves there by owner surrender, confiscation, or by being a stray that no one claimed. Often times they are sick, injured, geriatric, or in need in of major surgeries.

Barky Pines rescues these animals from the shelter and cares for them on their farm in South Florida. They work to rehabilitate each animal physically and emotionally. They live on site with the animals so are available at all times to tend to them.

Since being founded in September 2014, Barky Pines has rescued 405 dogs, 13 cats, and over 100 farm animals.

In 2017 they purchased farmland to expand their operations in order to be able to save more lives. They are working hard to clear the land and build more housing so they can help even more animals.

In addition to rescuing animals and running the farm, Barky Pines also works to educate young people in their community by speaking to classes and having them come to the farm to help care for the animals. They hope these efforts and their participation in other local events helps to play a role in stopping the cycle of animal abuse and discard.

Our friends at Barky Pines work hard each and every day to care for the animals and better the farm, but they can’t do it alone!

There are a few ways you can help…

Of course, you can make a donation. Any amount you can afford to give helps!

They also have fostering opportunities so if you are in South Florida and interested in fostering one of their animals, fill out an application!

They have a lot of cute animals available for adoption. Share this organization with your friends or consider adopting one of their amazing rescues yourself!

To learn more about Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary or to assist them in their mission, visit their website or ‘Like’ them on Facebook.
  • Dana S
How to Tame That Shedding Doggie Fur

How to Tame That Shedding Doggie Fur 0

Your dog loves to lounge on your dark brown sofa and being the loving dog parent you are, you allow him to do so.  Yet whenever he jumps down, he leaves ample fur behind, and prior to sitting in that chair yourself, you will need to “shave” it, or risk wearing your canine’s hair yourself.

Similarly, when you look down at your rugs and carpets you see a trail of hair your canine companion left behind. Visitors to your home as somewhat reluctant to sit on the sofa, and at times you look a bit furry yourself when you arrive to work. Face it, your dog is shedding and you will need to deal with it. Yet you often wonder if there is anything you can do to tame that falling doggie fur?

While it is not possible to completely stop your dog’s shedding, there are actually a number of things that can be done.

Be Sure To Brush Your Dog Daily...

This will allow you to eliminate a lot of the falling fur before it hits the sofa or the carpet. A well-kept secret is the lint-roller – not on the sofa but on the dog! There are some dog lovers out there who in addition to brushing their dogs sometimes also use a lint roller. It does not hurt the pet, but instead allows some of the hair to be picked off in between brushings.

If You Are In The Midst Of A Season Change...

Such as from winter to spring, then odds are that your canine companion is losing his winter coat. There is nothing you can do from stopping this process, yet there are a number of grooming tools available that will permit you to strip the winter fur yourself before it finds it way onto your sofa.

Discuss your predicament with your veterinarian or groomer and see if she or he cannot recommend a tool that will help you. Before using an unfamiliar grooming tool for the first time, be sure to read all of the instructions, or even better, ask your groomer or vet to demonstrate the proper use.

Set Up A Grooming Appointment...

Proper grooming will get rid of a lot of the dead hair that is being shed in between seasons, and will also ensure that your dog’s skin remains healthy. Your groomer will also be able to recommend some things to try at home to keep the flying doggie hair under control until it is time for the next grooming appointment.

Of Course, There Will Be Times When Shedding May Actually Be An Indicator Of A Health Problem...

If the shedding is accompanied by the advent of bald patches in your dog’s fur, it is time to visit the veterinarian. You want to rule out any illness, such as mange, or other problems that cause patterned hair loss. Hair loss is a very important indicator in failing or declining health, and if caught early, many health problems may be fixed before they become more serious.

Sometimes malnutrition will be indicated by a loss or fur. Discuss your dog’s nutrition with your vet, or, if you have just gotten the dog, have him checked for nutritional deficiencies. At such a vet appointment it is extremely helpful if you bring a sample of the food you are giving to your dog, preferably in its original packaging to permit the veterinarian to take a look at the list of ingredients in case she or he feels the need to change the dog’s diet.

Sometimes A Vitamin Deficiency Will Alson Contribute To Irritated Skin Which May Result In Shedding...

There are a number of over the counter remedies available, but it is advisable to discuss any such supplementation with your vet first. Self-medicating your dog should only be done if you are absolutely certain of what you are doing.

As you can see, a shedding dog is something you will need to live with, but the amount of shedding can be controlled with a few simple steps and a bit of easy know-how. So go ahead and embrace the changing seasons, and make sure you know where your doggie brush is!

  • Dana S
Should You Get Pet Insurance for Your Dog?

Should You Get Pet Insurance for Your Dog? 0

You love your pooch and take extra special care of them, but nonetheless, anything can happen. Should you consider pet insurance to help pay for unexpected health issues that come up? It is generally a good idea!

What Exactly Is Pet Insurance?

Pet insurance is similar to health insurance for humans. You pay a small premium each month, and in exchange, pet insurance helps to pay for routine and emergency situations that may come up. There are also pet insurance plans that pay out if your dog suddenly dies or gets stolen for those who got an expensive purebred pup with plans for breeding or showing. The main way most pet insurance plans differ from health insurance is that you often have to pay your vet for the full cost of the procedures performed, but then you submit a claim to your pet insurance provider for reimbursement.

Types of Pet Insurance Plans

As with health insurance for humans there are several different types of pet insurance plans. The most affordable option is an accident-only plan. This will cover your vet costs only in the event of an unforeseen accident. Other more comprehensive plans also cover diseases that strike randomly, congenital conditions that your dog was born with and hereditary conditions that may not appear until later in life.

There are also plans that help to cover your routine vet visits, and ones that help you save on premiums through a time limit or maximum benefit paid out. However, the most comprehensive type of pet insurance plan is a lifetime policy and it covers most things that could happen to your pet for their whole life. The latter is the most expensive option but if something difficult happens, it will really help you out.

The Benefits of Pet Insurance

Pet owners have enjoyed having pet insurance primarily because it removes a difficult choice from a bad situation. With pet insurance, you are less likely to have to make the choice between saving your pet's life and spending a bunch of money or putting your pet down because it is too expensive to treat them.

It also helps in situations where you simply wouldn't be able to cover the expenses at all, even if you wanted to. Saving your best friend's life becomes possible with pet insurance. Having pet insurance puts your pooch first and is considered the responsible thing to do by many pet owners.

Pet Insurance Considerations

If your dog has a pre-existing condition, it may be a challenge to find a plan. A pet insurance plan isn't going to cover a pre-existing condition but would cover any new problems that pop up. Similarly, older pets are often a bit more expensive to insure, because just like humans, with old age comes more chronic health problems that are expensive to treat. It's a good idea to get your doggie covered while they are still young to cash in on low premiums.

Before you get your own pet insurance plan, check with your employer! Just like some companies offer health and life insurance benefits to employees, some offer pet insurance too. Otherwise, the best way to get covered is to do research online and get a few different quotes from top companies. Note the differences in prices and coverages, then pick the one that is best for you based on your needs. Adding another monthly expense may not seem like the best idea, but when you consider how much pet insurance could help you save in the long run, it's usually a good idea.

  • Dana S