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Core vs. Non-Core Vaccines for Your Dog

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As dog owners, we want to make sure that we are prioritizing the safety and health of our furry friends. When it comes to the various vaccines that dogs need, it can be tricky to ensure that you have your bases covered. However, it is important to stay updated on your dog’s vaccination schedule

Core Vaccines

Download this puppy vaccine schedule to stay up to date on your pup’s shots!

DAP/DHP

The DAP/DHP vaccine is usually given in one shot and protects against three different viruses. This vaccine protects against canine distemper, adenovirus (hepatitis), and parvovirus, which are all highly contagious and dangerous for dogs’ gastrointestinal systems, nervous systems, and more. Young dogs are at the highest risk to contract these illnesses, so it is essential to inquire about this shot with your veterinarian. 

Rabies

If you are unfamiliar with rabies, it is a viral disease that harms the nervous system of animals who become inflicted. Severe symptoms can range from fever, excessive drooling, and even paralysis. As dogs can pass rabies to one another and even to humans through saliva, usually from a bite, vaccinating your dog against this disease will protect them and protect you. 

Non-Core Vaccines

Download this new puppy vaccination tracker to check off each appointment and shot!

Bordetella

Bordetella bronchiseptica is a contagious respiratory disease that is passed through bacteria. It often presents itself through kennel cough and the inflammation of the bronchi and trachea. If your dog spends time around other dogs at the dog park or a boarding kennel, it is a good idea to get your dog vaccinated.

Canine parainfluenza

Believe it not, canine parainfluenza is a very common cause of kennel cough which is highly transmissible between dogs that spend time near one another and in close quarters. If you happen to travel or take your pup on doggie play dates, you may want to vaccinate them against this disease. 

Canine influenza

Also known as dog flu, canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease that dogs can get from being around other infected dogs. Symptoms include cough, fever, runny nose, or lethargy. In severe cases, dogs can develop pneumonia and even die. Luckily, vaccinating your dog against canine influenza will prevent this from happening!

Leptospirosis

While it is not extremely common due to high rates of vaccination, leptospirosis is a disease that occurs from Leptospira bacterial infections. Symptoms can greatly vary based on severity but liver failure, fever, vomiting, and other side effects are likely. Dogs contract this through infected tissues, urine, or even drinking from a contaminated lake or stream. 

Lyme disease

If your dog spends time outside in tall grasses or bushes, you should be wary of ticks and diseases they carry. Lyme disease occurs from infection with Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. Symptoms include swollen lymph nodes and joints, fatigue, and lack of appetite. There are risks associated with Lyme, and therefore, it is important to protect your dog against this. 

Making these optional vaccines part of your adult dog’s routine will ensure his or her safety into their older dog years! Download this adult dog vaccine tracker. 

Protecting our dogs means giving them the best chance they have against potential risks, dangers, and diseases. There are tons of ways to keep your dog safe and prioritize their wellbeing. Looking to take the first step and learn more about vaccinating your dog? Use the printables included in this post courtesy of The Zebra for more information on each vaccine and how to best manage your dog’s immunization timeline.

How to Keep Your Dog Safe In The Car

According to Pet Pro Supply, 84% of dog owners do not keep their pets properly restrained when traveling with them in a car. 

Some dog owners might think that keeping their pet restrained while riding a car could make them feel uncomfortable. However, driving with your pet unrestrained can put them in harm’s way if you have an accident.

In a car crash, an unrestrained pet could be hurled forward and hit the back of a seat or the dashboard. This collision could injure or even kill your dog.

You should, therefore, always keep your “pawsengers” restrained in a car whether you’re going to an outdoor adventure or just bringing them to the park. We will now run through some of your options for keeping your dog restrained in your car in this article.

1. Dog Harness Seatbelt

You can keep a larger dog safely restrained in your car by having them wear a dog harness and attaching the harness to your car’s seatbelt.

Dog harness seatbelts have a tether that can be attached to your car’s seatbelt to keep your dog from moving and tumbling off the seat in the event of a sudden stop. 

This form of car harness is best for well-behaved dogs who can stay in one place for extended periods of time since it restricts their movement.

It should not be used with energetic dogs because they may get restless if restrained, and this can be distracting when you are driving.

It should also only be used for dogs weighing above nine kilograms as smaller dogs are not heavy enough to make the seatbelt taut if they suddenly lurch forward. 

2. Zipline Harness

A zipline harness is suitable for active dogs who need to move about while riding in the car.

It is made up of two mechanisms: the harness that your dog wears and the “zipline” which is usually a short leash attached to any two fixed points in the car.

The harness secures your dog to the zipline, while the zipline allows them to move around in the rear of the car in a controlled manner.

It’s critical to keep the harness just long enough to allow movement while keeping it short enough to keep your dog from hurtling forward when you step on the brakes.

3. Passenger Seat Hammock

A passenger seat hammock gives a pleasant spot for your dogs to lie down in the back seat and creates a barrier between the front and rear seats.

It’s best for older dogs who need to lie down the majority of the time because it keeps them from falling off the seat and catapulting forward.

4. Plush Carry Box

A plush carry box serves as a booster seat which is fastened to the car seat with a safety harness to keep your dogs secure. 

It’s ideal for dogs who are too little to wear a normal harness and who enjoy looking out the window.

It’s also perfect for anxious dogs because it allows them to see their owners and their environment.

Make sure your plush carry box is big enough for your dog to sit and lie down in. You can also keep them entertained by placing their favorite toy in the box.

5. Crate

Hard-sided crates are one of the best ways of securing your dog in the car while traveling because of their sturdy structure.

Crates can protect your dog from flying debris and prevent them from being tossed during an accident. 

Their solid build, however, may also cause discomfort to your dog when confined inside the crate for a long time. Therefore, you should place a soft blanket inside the crate to ensure that your dog is as comfortable as possible.

You should also make sure that the crate is large enough for your dog to move around in.

If your dog is not used to being confined, you should think about alternatives to a crate for keeping them safe in the car. Keeping them in a crate may upset them, thereby creating a distraction for the driver and increasing the risk of an accident.

The Takeaway

There are many options for keeping your dogs safe when traveling in a car. Some methods may or may not be effective for your dogs. You should, therefore, explore different approaches and see which one is the best for your dog.

It is also a good idea to consider getting a health care plan for your pet so you’re always covered in case of an accident.

This article was contributed by Mike Skoropad. Mike is the CEO of automotive parts retailer United Tires.

What Types of Personalities Do Pets Have?

Cats tend to have varied personalities. Whether someone is planning on adopting a cat or they already have a cat, knowing the personality can make sure the cat is a good fit for the family and help with the care of the cat. Learn more about the various personalities cats tend to have to find out what they like and how they’ll interact with your family.

Adventurous

Adventurous cats are the ones that enjoy going places, that are always up for trying something new, and that are ready to enjoy life. These cats will benefit from cat collars and harness to keep them safe when traveling to new locations or heading out on a hike with their owner. With an adventurous cat, it’s always fun to try new things, like taking the cat to new places or seeing what they like to do.

Confident

Confident cats are the ones that rule the home. They’re in charge, and they know it. They might rule over other pets in the home, keeping the other cats or dogs in line, or rule over the family. They tend to know when it’s time to eat and will loudly express their displeasure if dinner is late. With a confident cat, it may be best to do any introductions with people or other pets slowly, as they’ll want to show they are in charge from the beginning.

Shy or Timid

Some cats don’t like being around new people or pets. These are the cats that tend to hide when someone comes over to visit. In fact, when there is someone new in the house, they might not see any sign of the cat during their visit. While the cats might be friendly and lovable with their family, they take time to warm up to anyone new. With shy or timid cats, take introductions slowly and make sure the cat is comfortable.

Independent

Independent cats are the ones that don’t really need anyone else. They aren’t the type to cuddle up and watch a movie or come looking for attention. Instead, they’ll play with toys on their own, enjoy napping in the sun, and just live their own life as if they’re the only ones in the house. With an independent cat, you might not even need to do much to make sure they’re happy.

Laidback

Some cats just love to relax. Laidback cats tend to just relax throughout the day and go with the flow in the house. If dinner’s a few minutes late, that’s okay. They’ll just relax and enjoy the day until it’s ready. They don’t tend to get upset about anything and won’t worry if you’re a few minutes late getting home or you don’t have treats ready in the morning. A laidback cat doesn’t need as much, so they’re perfect for most families.

Playful

Playful cats are full of energy and ready to get up and go. They’re the ones racing to the top of the cat climber, wrestling with toys as they run through the house, and yelling for attention. These cats definitely benefit from more playtime and may enjoy toys that require more interaction on your part. They’re going to always be moving and ready to play. With a playful cat, try out food puzzles to give them something to work toward.

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The Impact of a Cat’s Personality

Knowing the personality of a cat allows you to make sure they’re comfortable and happy. If they’re shy or timid, you may want to learn how to introduce cats to new people. If they’re adventurous and outgoing, this isn’t needed, as they’ll love everyone they meet. If they’re playful, you’ll want to have plenty of toys ready to go and will want to try out new toys that challenge them frequently.

If you already have a cat, learning their personality can make it easier to ensure they are happy, healthy, and well cared for throughout their life. If you’re planning on adopting a cat, take some time to get to know them and to see what their personality is to make sure they’re a good fit for your family. Though cats have varied personalities, they’re an excellent companion and you’ll enjoy the time you have with them in your life. 

Your 2022 Pet Health Checklist – Start the Year Right

As we’re keeping our resolutions and making plans for 2022, here’s a checklist to make sure your pet starts the year happy and healthy.

  1. Wellness Check

Is your furry friend healthy? Good, let’s keep that up. Did your furry friend have any changes in diet or exercise? OK, let’s get that checked out. A wellness check, either performed once or twice a year, can maintain your pet’s health. Checkups are also great to identify future conditions or ailments that will need attention in the future.

– Does Eusoh reimburse for wellness checks? Yes

– Does Eusoh offer free virtual wellness checks that can be done on mobile devices? Yes

Eusoh community members have complimentary 24/7 access to FirstVet. And with veterinary consultations and other services going virtual, FirstVet’s 30-minute Health Pet Checkup with licensed veterinarians will provide peace of mind and the knowledge and foresight on the health of our pets.

Log in to your Eusoh dashboard and click on the FirstVet option to get started. Click here to learn more about FirstVet’s 30-minute Pet Checkup.

2. ID Tagging

ID tagging is important for the worst case scenarios. But now with apps and QR codes, ID tagging is taking the next step. Did you know there are apps that connect with your pet’s ID tag? And did you know these apps can also be a library of your pet’s health records?

Here’s Animal-ID, a one-stop solution for pet owners to identify and register their pets within a global pet database.

Here’s what Animal-ID can do:

  • Returns lost pets to their homes
  • Organizes travel
  • Stores pet documents
  • Maintains health records
  • Schedules visits to the visitMakes pet food orders

3. Assist Your Local Shelter

We know you love your pet and that you give them the best care. We know that our community shares in that care. But did you know there are so many pets without homes? These pets full of love looking for “fur-ever homes”.

Here’s what you can do to help:

Volunteer at your local animal shelter. There are pets that need walking, exercise, and attention.

 – Foster a rescue or two. Check with your local rescue to see if you can house a pup or kitty before a home is ready for them.

– Donate. Shelters and always in need of financial support or even supplies. Some even have Amazon wishlists where you can help by purchasing supplies for them.

Here’s an Amazon wishlist from our friends at Wags & Walks – Link
Donate to Wags & Walks – Link

4. There’s More

Here’s a shortlist of more health-related things you can do for your pet.

1. Consult with a trainer for boarding or obediance.

2.Create a workout program. See your vet before doing this.

3. Make travel plans that visit pet-friendly destinations. 

4. Add supplements to your pet’s diet. Check with your vet first.

5. Go to a pet expo or convention and find new pet products.

6. Join an online pet enthusiast group on Facebook or Reddit

Now that you have our checklist, let’s start 2022 on the right foot or paw.

Now that you have our checklist,
let’s start 2022 on the right foot or paw.

Employers Can Build a Community Culture by Offering Pet Benefits

Employers, in the midst of the “Great Resignation”, are finding it difficult to wrangle and keep quality talent. While an adequate or lucrative pay scale can always attract the best candidates, a new avenue is being sought. It is relatively untouched but it is one that seeks to keep prospective employees happy and eager to show up in the office or online.

Company culture, loosely defined as the beliefs, practices, and ethics that a company’s employees abide by when interacting with one another, clients, and customers. Companies go out of their way to build a culture and have it practiced, amended, and perfected to create a happier employee, client, and customer.

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In dealing with employees, the best way to keep the talent happy and healthy is the offering of benefits. From healthcare, life insurance, show & sporting tickets, all the way to free meals, employees love benefits and employers love having their team intact and happy. But a new benefit is being offered in the form of pet coverage.

Pet coverage, whether in the form of traditional insurance or a pet insurance alternative like Eusoh, is now a much-sought benefit that employees desire. There’s been a change in how employees see their pets; they’re not just pets, they’re family. Younger employees now see that pets are family and they are willing to pay a good price to fund their veterinary costs. In a poll from MetLife and OnePoll, 58% of pet parents worry about their pet’s health more than their own.

Benefits like health, dental, and vision will always be staples of offerings for employees. And you can always have pizza parties or company outings that bond employees together. But pet coverage can extend these bonds by bringing together those who love pets together. Much like an outing at the dog park or an office with a pet at work policy, companies that are pet-friendly strengthen the comradery of employees.

Nothing brings people together more like a common love of pets. Companies must find a way to offer pet coverage as a benefit. Employees want to cover their own health and even the health of their furry friend. And with community-based platforms like Eusoh, they can cover and protect the health of their fellow employees and their pets. Now that’s company culture built on community.

Petlibro’s Feeder and Fountain are Our Favorite Things for the Holidays

We made it to the Holidays! It’s been quite a year for us and our beloved pets. Most of us are getting out of being shackled at home and getting back to the workplace while some of us are still working at home. One thing rings true, our pets are still the number one priorities in our lives.

Whether you’re at home or at the office, feeding your pet is extremely important. Of course, sustenance along with happiness, is very much needed in your pet’s life. And sometimes, much like humans, happiness is sustenance. Food makes both humans and animals happy; But we have to keep that in balance for our health.

With this all in mind, meet Petlibro who describe themselves as a company and as a group of pet lovers who are all about creating the best pet tech & lifestyle products for pet owners and their bestie furriends. The one thing you’ll notice about Petlibro products is their sleek, modern design for their feeders and fountains. It is as if Petlibro products came off the production line at Tesla…they look that good.

Petlibro products look great but the question at hand is how good do they work? How technologically advanced are they? How do they make your life and your pet’s life easier? Let’s just say “yes” to all of those questions. We’ll take a close look at the Petlibro Granary Automatic Pet Feeder.

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Imagine a pet feeder that you can schedule when it can dispense your pet’s nom-noms. Imagine a feeder that you can record your voice and have it amplified to get your pet’s attention when you’re not home.  Imagine a feeder that can be charged via USB-C. That’s the Petlibro Automatic Pet Feeder, which is basically the iPhone, or the Tesla Model 3 of pet feeders.

This amazing feeder can hold 4 liters of dry food, suitable for cats and small to medium sized dogs. It can also be used for squirrels, guinea pigs, and even birds. As with most feeders, there is always the hazard of pets shaking it to dispense more food. That will not be an issue with the Granary Automatic Pet Feeder, the dispenser is fully intact and enclosed within the structure of the feeder, ensuring safety and any leaks or breaks. Along with that, there are infrared sensors that stop the feeder when there is an obstruction.

As mentioned, you can time and schedule meals on the feeder’s digital display. This is such a great and useful feature of the Granary Automatic Pet Feeder because you won’t be waking up in the middle of the night to wails and cries coming from your hungry pet. Also, you can balance your pet’s diet by putting it on a schedule. By scheduling and properly proportioning meals, your pet will end up being more fitter, healthier and ultimately, happier. If only we can do this for humans.

Moving on from feeders, let’s take a look at Petlibro’s Capsule Automatic Pet Water Fountain. The first thing to know is that fountains are very comforting to our pets. Why? Because the sound of running water is a signal to our pets that the water is safe, fresh, and can be consumed. The Capsule Automatic Water Fountain not only ensures running water but also clean, drinkable water through its advanced filtration system. 

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Hydration is essential to the lives of our pets, but having a clean water supply is just as important. The Capsule Automatic Pet Water Fountain has a five level filtration system that ensures clean, drinkable water for your furry friend.

The filtration system is on par with the filtration systems used in our kitchen and our hospitals. It contains an ion exchange resin and coconut shell activated carbon. At the granular level, the filter takes out all the bad molecular matter and outputs clean, nourishing H20. This is important because clean water will keep your pet safe from urinary diseases.

We at Eusoh want to make sure our pets are healthy and happy. This requires responsible pet parents who are on top of their pet’s diet and exercise habits. Petlibro’s products, the Granary Automatic Pet Feeder and the Capsule Automatic Pet Water Fountain, will definitely regulate and improve dietary habits. They are amazing examples of product design and engineering, but even more, their intrinsic value to improve the health of our beloved pets. We strongly endorse Petlibro’s products. To purchase the Granary Automatic Pet Feeder and the Capsule Automatic Pet Water Fountain, follow the links below.

Petlibro Automatic Pet Feeder

Petlibro Automatic Pet Water Fountain

Essentials You Should Never Forget When Planning for an Outdoor Adventure in Autumn

Fall is the perfect and prettiest time to be outdoors! Here are our top essentials you should never forget when planning for an outdoor adventure in autumn.

Autumn is the perfect time to be outdoors. The weather is on the cooler side, the colors are spectacular, and fall festivals and activities are in full swing. 

Whether you’re looking for something to do with the family, friends, your furry friend, or alone, autumn is full of possibilities. 

Here are 5 essentials you should never forget when planning for an outdoor adventure in autumn! 

Layers 

Whether you’re hiking, camping, or going for an open water kayaking adventure, layering your clothing is essential in autumn. The weather can change at the drop of a hat, with temperatures varying from 35 degrees in the morning to 75 degrees by the afternoon. 

Take items of clothing that are lightweight, waterproof, windproof, and that insulate your body heat. This will allow you to adjust your layers based on the weather and the activity that you’re doing. 

But most importantly, you’ll be able to stay dry and warm!

Protection Gear 

Make sure to pack a hat, sunscreen, and wear your sunglasses when you’re spending a few hours outdoors. This will help to limit your exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays, which can lead to sunburn even in cooler weather. Depending on the activity and time of day, you should reapply sunscreen every two hours.

If you’re going to be hiking trails, take a GPS device and personal locator beacon with you. Not only can this help you find your way back to camp, but the personal locator beacon can alert emergency services if you need help while in the backcountry. 

A personal locator beacon will work even in remote areas where you may not have cell phone coverage. 

Fishing Gear 

Autumn is one of the best seasons for fishing, because the cool water temperatures lead to fish biting as they feed before winter. 

If you’re hiking or camping, this would be the perfect opportunity to either catch your own dinner or teach the kids how to fish. Pack your best freshwater spinning reels to lure in largemouth bass, walleye, pike, trout, and other popular catches. 

After a day of catching fish, you can relax around a crackling campfire surrounded by your loved ones. If you happen to be going coastal instead of inland, you can take your best fly reel and do some saltwater fishing. 

A Multi-Tool 

If you’re going to be going on a day hike or a long multi-day trek, you should take a multi-tool with you. You never know when you may need to fix something, and you’ll be happy to have it with you should a situation arise.

You may have to cut through some tangled fishing line, use the pliers to fix a jacket zipper that’s stuck, or open cans and bottles. Whatever the situation is, you’ll be prepared.

First Aid Kit 

A first-aid kit is a must-have safety item for any outdoor adventure. 

Make sure that your first aid kit contains an assortment of bandages, gauze pads, medical tape, antiseptic wipes, and antihistamines for allergic reactions. You’ll also want to include tweezers, bug spray, and an insect sting treatment. 

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Pet Supplies 

Pack a separate first aid kit if you’re taking your dog with you outdoors. Stock your pet’s first aid kit with similar items to your human kit and don’t forget your pet insurance details

Other supplies you should pack for your pooch include a comfy travel bed and blanket, dog booties (to keep their feet safe from hazards and warm in cooler weather), their food, some treats, and their harness and leash. 

Don’t get complacent and let your dog off-leash when other people are around, or if they spook easily or get overly excited in open spaces. Keep them leashed and safe! 

Also, do some research on keeping your pet safe on adventures. Consider using a platform like FirstVet to get advice on-the-go if you need. Make sure they always have enough water even in cooler weather and don’t be afraid to call the vet if you’re worried. 

Enjoy Every Autumn Moment 

Whether you’re out in the great outdoors alone, with loved ones, or with your dog, don’t forget to be grateful for the beautiful weather and amazing nature surrounding you! Autumn only comes once a year, so make the most of it while it’s around. Enjoy!

Leptospirosis Outbreak in Los Angeles – The More You Know

Los Angeles County is currently seeing an unprecedented rise of Leptospirosis – with 51 confirmed cases so far. This is the largest outbreak since 2017 and is a leading cause of death and prolonged healthcare issues in dogs at this time. 

What is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that spreads through skin contact into the bloodstream. Leptospirosis in dogs can cause symptoms like: 

  • Sudden fevers, 
  • Reluctance to move, 
  • Stiffness, 
  • Shivering,
  • Weakness,
  • Lack of appetite, 
  • Rapid dehydration, 
  • Vomiting, 
  • Diarrhea, and 
  • (in some cases) Death. 

Leptospirosis can spread throughout a dog’s entire body – where it can rest in the kidneys, liver, nervous system, eyes and reproductive organs. 

How is Leptospirosis diagnosed? 

It takes a urine and blood test to determine if a dog has leptospirosis, as well as a number of other testing methods. This can cost upwards of $250 to conduct in an office, and even more if it is an emergency visit. 

How can I protect my pet? 

Ask your veterinarian about getting your dog vaccinated against Leptospirosis! Dogs can receive the vaccination against Leptospirosis beginning as young as 6-8 weeks old and up. 

Additionally, research any kennels or day-boarding locations prior to boarding your dog. As leptospirosis spreads easily, any locations that potentially have rat droppings or where dogs are interacting with each other (skin, saliva or urine spread) may pose a risk for your pet – especially if they are not vaccinated! 

Can leptospirosis spread to humans? 

YES. Be sure to protect yourself and wear gloves when handling a dog that has leptospirosis! If there is urine, vomit or any other type of fluid or waste that comes from your pet, handle it with care and keep children and other pets away from the area. 

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Animal-ID: The All-in-One Tag, Pet ID and Record Keeping That You Need

There are a lot of digital apps and products out there for pet parents. You can take care of your pet from the comfort of your own smartphone. There are apps like FirstVet that does online vet visits. There’s Pet Plate, an online food subscription service for your dog. And then there’s Eusoh, where you can get a comprehensive pet health plan.

With GPS and location tracking, finding a lost pet has become much easier compared to handing out leaflets in the neighborhood. We’re going to introduce you to a digital pet product that is a pet id, as well as a tag, and much, much more.

Our friends at Animal ID created a one-stop solution for pet owners to identify and register their pets within a global pet database. The app and ID can also help return lost pets to their homes, organize travel, save pet documents, maintain health records, schedule vet visits, communicate, order favorite pet munchies, and more!

The app is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Download the app and get the QR pet ID for your pet — Because if by chance your pet goes missing, someone can scan the code and be sent to your pet’s online profile where they can notify you immediately.

Use Promo Code: eusoh30  and get 30% off your order.

Links
Learn more about Animal ID
Learn more about the QR pet ID tag
Download the app on Google Play
Download the app on the Apple App Store

Animal ID, like Eusoh, is so comprehensive. It’s a digital passport for your furry friend. It holds your pet’s medical records in one place as well as keeps a diary and reminders. It’s more than a microchip to keep track of your pet, it’s a community of responsible pet owners. Try out Animal ID today.

How To Pick Best Pet-Friendly Plants for Your Home + Top Choices

Choosing the right types of plants for your home can be tricky with furry friends living in the house. With pets in the house, going for low maintenance, pet-friendly plants is the way to go. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to make sure that you are choosing the perfect plants for your home. 

Firstly, you want to make sure that your home is set up for your pet. Whether you need tips on how to set up a cat-friendly space, or making sure that there are doggy doors to block off certain areas, it’s important to take note of the specific needs of your pet and how they apply to your space.

Next, you’ll want to determine what other factors are important to think about when choosing the right house plants. Some of these key traits include whether or not you want plants that need sunlight if they are toxic for animals, and how much water is required for maintenance. 

Below is a plant care key with a list of factors that can help:


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Best Pet-Friendly Houseplants: 

  1. Mini Money Tree

Known for its good luck and bringing in prosperity, the money tree can grow quite large over time. With little maintenance required, the money tree doesn’t need frequent watering, except when its soil is about 75% dried out. It’s a good idea to keep this plant in spots with indirect sunlight to avoid any leaves burning over time. 

  1. Spider Plant

Typically containing a combination of green and white stripes, the spider plant is known for its air-purifying properties. These plants do best with moderate amounts of indirect exposure to the sun and heat. They grow relatively well, so expect to re-pot them around one to two times a year. Lastly, you will want to keep the soil moist and add a dash of plant fertilizer into the soil about one to two times a month for optimal growth. 

These white and green striped plants are perfect for hanging baskets. They prefer moderate indirect sunlight and temperature. They grow fairly quickly so you will need to re-pot them about once a year. For spider plants, keep the soil moist and sprinkle plant fertilizer into the soil about twice a month to support its growth. 

Interesting Sports That You Can Enjoy with Your Pet

Who said that you couldn’t stay active with your pet?

Today, more and more sports are becoming inclusive. Doing sports with your dog not only boosts overall wellness but strengthens your bond as well. Whether you have a hyperactive canine or a playful feline, there are plenty of activities that both of you can enjoy keeping their tails wagging.

To help you create lasting memories outside, here are some fun sports that you can enjoy with your four-legged companion:

Golf

Who would have thought that you can hit some golf balls with your dog cheering on you?

Just in case you missed it, there are a lot of dog-friendly golf courses today. In fact, our canine companions have been joining humans on the greens for decades already. So, if you’re a dog parent who loves playing golf, then what’s stopping you from bringing along your canine caddie?

While you’re busy practicing your swings, let your dog watch you or toss a tennis ball before you hit a golf shot. If you’ve finally decided to bring your dog with you, your driver or club would no longer be the most essential item in your golf bag—now, it’s your dog leash, dog treats, and tennis ball. These items will surely save you a lot of headaches on the golf course.

So, put your golf shoes on and seek a beautiful adventure with your pooch in a dog-friendly golf course near you!

Hiking

We all know that dogs make excellent trail companions. However, not a lot of us appreciate that hiking is for cats too.

With more and more cat parents training their feline friends on leashes, it’s becoming common to see a courageous cat braving the trails in the woods.

If you have an outdoorsy dog, hiking is a great way to appreciate nature, be active, and have fun together.

If you have an active feline companion, this is the purr-fect moment for you to indulge in a new outdoor activity. Hiking can also reduce boredom-related behavior problems and fight obesity.

Remember: Hiking isn’t for all dogs and cats. Your pet needs to be comfortable in the outdoors, on a leash, and with strangers. Your pet should be in good physical condition as well.

Walking

Nothing beats the classic leash walking. If the two aforementioned sports require too much effort on you and your pet’s end, then regular walking sessions would suffice. Leash walking gives you control of where and when your pet is going, which will help hone their obedience.

For cat parents, it may be challenging to train your cat to walk on a leash at first. Stop forcing your pet the moment you observe that they don’t like being on a leash.

Frisbee

Accommodate your pet’s flair for fetch through a frisbee game. There are many great things to love about frisbee. For instance, you don’t have to go to a secluded area as you can easily play it in your backyard or local park. It’s also fun to throw a frisbee, plus your pet will love—and stay active and healthy—fetching it for you.

All the running and catching will keep you and your pet physically and mentally stimulated. Not only that, you can have fun watching your dog run, jump, bite the disc in mid-air, and return it to you!

Conclusion

If ever you’re feeling lazy to stay active, may this article remind you there are ways you can make it fun and fulfilling with your pet. So whether you’ve decided to hit some golf balls or hike with your pet, now’s the perfect time to do it.

Dog Park Tips to Help You and Your Best Friend Have Fun

Taking your canine companions to the dog park has plenty of benefits. The physical benefits of visiting such places and exercising will definitely keep their weight down and muscle tone up. While socializing with other dogs is considerably beneficial to their mental health, it can become a disaster if precautions are not taken beforehand.

So, how can you make your trip enjoyable for both you and your pet? Here are a few things to help you along:

Before Going to the Park

  • Avoid taking puppies to the dog park right away. Yes, it is tempting to do so, but not recommended because they need to learn how to properly socialize with other canines in a more controlled environment. Aside from that, they are hyper, which can become a problem as older dogs may look at them as a nuance. Lastly, they are not fully vaccinated thus have a high chance of contacting a disease.
  • Take into consideration if your dog knows how to behave even when they’re off-leash. Most dog parks require pets to have their leash taken off to minimize injuries, interfere with their natural body language, and avoid getting tangled up with each other. Proper training to ensure that they will follow your command despite having the leash taken off is necessary beforehand.
  • Know the rules of your local dog park, and find out if there are fees that need to get paid. Every place has regulations that must be followed, and they vary from one another. Some might not allow you to bring treats or toys while some permit it.

While at the Park

  • Take time to pause and survey the situation in the park before fully entering. Keep your dog within their leash on while entering so they can get used to the environment. If there is a scuffle or too many canines in the park, it is best not to barge in.
  • Keep your full attention on your pet once the leash is removed. Always make sure to know where your furry companion is and what they are up to. Keep an eye out for any sign of trouble; if there is a brawl brewing nearby or how your dog is behaving around others. Play fights are different from real ones.
  • Clean up after your canine– and yourself as well. Dog parks, just like regular ones, are public places thus you must pick up after both you and your pet. Pick up any pet waste immediately and dispose them in the designated trash cans. Do not leave food wrappers, plastic bottles, or any type of litter lying around the vicinity.
  • Be knowledgeable about how to break off fights. Even with the best efforts to avoid such problems, there is still the off-chance for it to happen. Once a fight starts, do not step in with your hands or body; try to use a long stick to push them apart. If the fighting continues, you and the other owner need to intervene by approaching them from behind and lifting them by their back legs.
  • Your canine’s safety comes first. If you notice that they are scared, feel threatened, being a disturbance, acting differently, a brawl is starting, or got involved in a fight, the best course of action is to remove them from the dog park. It is not only a polite thing to do for other patrons but also a way to protect your furry friend.

After Visiting the Park

  • Give your dog a treat after a fun and successful day in the park. Praise them for their good behavior and provide them with comfort through head pats or neck scratching. Hydrate them, but be mindful about how much water you give them so they won’t overdrink.
  • Do not make going to the dog park their only form of exercise. Find other opportunities for them to be outside without the high-energy environment. Take them out for a walk or play with them in an area that is not near the dog park.

Going to a dog park with your favorite furball is a fun way to bond with them.  Each trip will not always be a success, but all you need is practice. Take your time in getting used to the environment and let your pet enjoy park visits as much as they can.