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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
6 Tips for Safely Cleaning Your Dog's Ears

6 Tips for Safely Cleaning Your Dog's Ears 0

It isn't necessary to clean some dog's ears. However, for others - especially those with floppy ears - ear cleaning is something that should be done regularly.

Believe it or not, there is a right and a wrong way to clean your dog's ears.

If you want to make sure you do this properly, and that you don't cause any pain or harm to your pup, use the tips found here.

1. Never Use Q-Tips

Did you know when you use a Q-Tip on your own ears, you are actually packing down the "junk" and pushing it further into your ear canal? The same thing happens if you use a Q-Tip on your dog's ears.

Also, don't ever use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol to clean your dog's ears, as this can be quite irritating. Take cues from your dog, as well. If they yelp in pain at any time during the process, then stop right away. This may be a sign of an ear infection.

2. Use Plenty of Liquids

It is crucial that you dissolve all wax buildup and debris that have accumulated in your pup's ears. An effective way to accomplish this is by filling up the ear with a safe ear cleaning solution. Continue adding it until the ear slightly overflows.

Once the liquid is in place, use your hands to gently massage the lower portion of the dog's ear to ensure it works properly. This is going to make a squishy sound and should be done for approximately 30 seconds.

3. Massage Repeat

Once you have massaged the ear for 30 seconds, you can wipe out any ear gunk you can see. If you see a lot of "gunk" on the tissue, then it will be a good idea to repeat the steps mentioned above. Simply add more ear washing solution, massage and wipe once more.

If you repeat this and still see quite a bit of brown goop, then let your dog be for a few days and then try again. This will allow the cleaner to work its magic and soften the wax, so you can easily remove if from your dog's ear.

If there is still a lot of goop coming out of your dog's ear, it may be the sign of an infection. It is a good idea to have your vet check it out.

4. Use a Cotton Ball to Clean Out Any "Goop"

If you have a pup who is a willing participant in the ear cleaning process, then use a cotton ball to clean out the goop. You can soak the cotton in an ear cleaning solution until it is dripping. Avoid using a tissue for this, as it can fall apart in your dog's ear.

Place the cotton ball into your dog's ear and then massage the ear just like before. After about 30 seconds, remove the cotton ball and use a dry tissue to wipe any gunk away. Repeat if needed.

5. Don't Worry About Remaining Cleaning Solution

There's going to be some of the cleaning solution left behind. Don't worry about it. It isn't going to cause any harm.

If you are planning on a complete grooming session for your dog, it is best to start by cleaning your dog's ears and then give them a bath. This lets you remove any left-over goop.

6. Finish with Praise and Treats

Make sure you finish the ear cleaning process with plenty of praise and a few treats. When there is something positive associated with the experience, the dog will be a more willing participant next time.

Cleaning your dog's ears isn't a difficult process, but it is important to know how to do it right. To learn more about the proper and safe way to care for your pet, visit the Doggie Dailies website. Here you can find quality ear cleaning solutions, as well as a myriad of other pet healthcare products.
  • Jennifer M