Monday, 19 April 2010

Diets for Diabetic Dogs

Burns Diabetic Dog FoodRoyal Canin Diabetic Dog Food

Diabetes is a chronic condition caused by a deficiency of insulin in the body. Insulin is a hormone and without it the body struggles to metabolize sugar. Both humans and dogs can suffer from diabetes and it is not un-common in either.

There are 2 types of diabetes that dogs suffer from. The first type is caused when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin and needs injections to keep levels high. Usually this type of diabetes is caused by the destruction of the cells in the pancreas. The second type of diabetes is caused when the body does produce enough insulin but something else in the body prevents it from being made use of. This is rare however whereas the first type is not.

Diabetes is most likely to occur in female dogs between ages 7 and 9 although juvenile diabetes can occur in dogs under one year old. If your dog has diabetes, a specially designed diabetic dog food can be a great help in controlling it and keeping problems at bay. After a meal is eaten and digested, glucose is released into the bloodstream. The type of food that has been eaten has a big impact on how this release is made. If a meal is eaten that has a high sugar content, the release of glucose into the bloodstream is quick and sudden, whereas a meal made up of complex carbohydrates (including starch and fibre) ensures the glucose is released in a more controlled way.

This is far better for a dog suffering from diabetes. There are a good number of diabetic dog food diets available. Each dog pet food designed for diabetes will be low in fat, high in fibre and contain lots of complex carbohydrates. If you want to find out more about dog pet food designed for diabetes or would like to try a diabetic dog food, talk to your vet or buy online at an online pet store.

If any of you have information about dealing with diabetic dogs or providing the right food to control the condition, please let us know.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Worming your pets

Panacur Dog & Cat PasteDrontal Worming Tablets
Worming tablets must be administered to your pets on a regular basis, as the presence of worms in your pet can be very destructive and detrimental to their health. Worms are internal parasites that if left untreated can cause serious illness and even death.

There are a few different varieties of worm that can affect a dog or cat. Roundworms live in the small intestine as well as the blood vessels and sometimes even the respiratory tract. They are particularly harmful to puppies and they feed on the contents of the stomach. Infected puppies and dogs can contract hepatitis, pneumonia, obstruction to the gut and sometimes suffer from fits. They can even travel to humans and in some cases have been known to cause disease.

Tapeworms are another problem. If a dog is dragging its bottom then it is likely they are suffering from tapeworms and should be wormed immediately. Although tapeworms don’t cause serious illness and don’t travel to humans generally from pets, they do cause irritation and itchiness to your pet. That is why regular worming tablets are still very important.

Dog wormers like drontal worming tablets are inexpensive and available either at an online pet pharmacy, from the local veterinarian or even at some supermarkets and chemists.

Regular worming of around once every 3 months is the optimum approach to worming both cats and dogs. Worming tablets kill anything currently present within a cat or dog but reinfection is likely. Kittens and puppies should be wormed at 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks and then every 3 months after that.

Drontal worming tablets are effective at killing the parasites and removing all worms. Other actions that owners can take is disposing of all animal droppings quickly, controlling fleas on your pets, cleaning all bedding and food bowls regularly and avoiding being licked by your pet.

Have any of our readers got any advice on dealing with fleas and worms? Are there any particular products you can recommend? Send in your comments below.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Where to buy pet medication

Online Cat MedicineOnline Dog Medicine

Owning pets is certainly a wonderful experience, but as many owners will tell you can also be a rather expensive experience. Owners want the very best for their furry friends but this often conflicts with the other desire to keep costs to a minimum. Pet medications, toys and supplies for our pets can all add up considerable over time, but there are ways to keep costs down.

When you buy pet medication or other supplies from your vet directly, you often pay a premium on the products. You can buy pet medicine online however and because of dramatically lower overheads the prices are dramatically reduced too. If an urgent situation arises of course you must head straight to your local vet, but for routine supplements or medicines that your pet needs, why not take advantage the savings and discounts to be found online?

Online pet pharmacies are a growing phenomenon and it is now very common for pet owners to purchase their flea treatments, worming tablets, pet food and health supplements online. Not only does it save money, but it also saves time as the pet meds are posted straight to your door. There is often a greater choice of products available too, and a host of cheaper generic (rather than branded) products on offer enabling yet further savings to be made.

Buying pet medication online as well as other routine treatments is a popular and growing trend. So long as you are purchasing your pet medication from a trusted source, there are very few risks involved. At Viovet you can purchase everything from dog food, accessories and worming tablets to health supplements and medications for illness. We have a team of staff on hand during the day to answer your questions and offer advice so you know you are in safe hands.

Have any of you bought your pet medications online? Have you found it be a good experience or do you prefer doing it another way? Send in all you comments below.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Grooming a Cat

Cat Shampoo
Many cat owners don’t realise the importance of grooming a cat. Cats are clean creatures and they do spend a lot of time grooming themselves, but that doesn’t mean a little help every now and again isn’t necessary. The length of hair will determine how regularly a cat needs grooming, with short haired coats needing far less attention than coats of long, thick hair. Very long flowing coats could use a groom every other day to prevent hair from matting or getting too tangled.

As part of the grooming session, comb gently from front to back making sure you talk to your cat as you do it to keep them calm. It can be tempting to cut out a matted section of hair but this is dangerous as if the cat were to move suddenly you could cut the cat’s skin. Eye care is particularly important too and a flannel or face cloth dipped in tepid water should be gently wiped over each eye. This should be repeated until both eyes are clear.

If you are brave (!) you can try and bath your cat. A good quality cat shampoo is necessary and ideally a degreaser. Use the shower spray to wet the cat and then apply the degreaser. Rinse thoroughly and do the same with the cat shampoo. Be careful to avoid the eyes and ears. Conditioner can also be used on the cat if you have some available although it is not essential. Rub your cat with a clean, soft towel to dry him off and give the coat a brush or comb whilst they are drying too.

During the grooming session, it is a good idea to carry out other important cat care tasks such as checking the condition of the coat and skin, giving your cat a flea treatment and maybe even a cat worming pill too. Getting everything done in one go is a great way to make sure all the important jobs are taken care of regularly.

Have any of you got any tips for cat grooming? Send in your comments below.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Dog Whistles

Dog Training Aids

In the past dog whistles were really only used by hunters who, when on a shoot or hunt would use them in order to control their dogs from a distance. A shout would have scared the wild animal away which is why a high pitched whistle was used instead. Now however a dog whistle is common amongst all dog owners as they provide an excellent way for training your dog in various commands.

Different blows on the whistle can signal different commands for the dog to learn. Generally speaking (and the signal most commonly used for this) one long blow on the whistle signifies for the dog to come. This is definitely the best place to get started if you are wanting to begin training your dog with a whistle.

A dog whistle has a high pitched frequency which makes it extremely loud for a dog, but relatively quiet for a pair of human ears. That is why it is ideal for training dogs. The most important advice for when training your dog with a whistle is to use positive reinforcement at all times. Rather than scolding when your dog does something wrong, praise him when he gets it right! No matter how frustrating it is for you, scolding your dog will only make him afraid of you and less likely he will do it right the next time. Even if your dog doesn’t come to you when you blow on the whistle and takes an hour to reappear, no matter how red in the face you are - show only praise upon his return, otherwise the training will never progress.

If any of our readers have any tips or ideas on how to train a dog successfully with a whistle, send in your comments below. We welcome all comments and suggestions so don’t be shy!

Monday, 22 March 2010

Puppy Training

Puppy Training Games

Training your puppy from as young as possible is the best way to ensure a happy and obedient dog. It really is never too early to start training and socialising your dog and should be done as soon as he is brought into your home. Your training, guidance and leadership in the early stages will directly shape its character, temperament and behaviour for the rest of his life. It is not something that should be taken lightly.

The best way to train a puppy is through a variety of dog training games and positive reinforcement, so you don’t scold when they do something wrong, you praise when they do it right. This ensures you are instantly setting your puppy on the right path and it is much easier to do this than correct bad behaviour down the line.

Dog training games and sessions shouldn’t be longer than about 5 minutes at the very early stages. This can be increased to perhaps 10, but no longer than this should be attempted at any one time. Your dog is likely to get bored or lose attention in longer dog training games which will have a detrimental effect and slow progress.

Begin with very easy commands like “sit” and “come”. Once you see success with these types of dog training games, you can begin to build on them with further commands. Each command that is mastered with increase the confidence of both you and the dog making continued training a little easier.

Repetition is the key to dog training games success. Practice the same commands over and over again. If you are training your puppy to come to you, make the distances longer and longer over the course of weeks and months. Start indoors and gradually build up to doing it in the garden and then the park.

Avoid all harsh corrections, aggression or shouting but instead focus on respect and praise. Your puppy will respond much better to this kind of training as harsh training and punishment will likely cause him to be afraid of you.

If you follow this advice, you should find implementing dog training games and exercises an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Have any of you got any further tips for training a dog or puppy?

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

How to become the Alpha Dog ?

Online Pet StoreDog FoodIt is very important that your dog sees you, the owner, as the alpha dog, the leader of the pack. The dog will step into the role if he feels there is no one else to fill it, and that will result in disobedience and bad behaviour. The whole family represents the dog’s pack, and the dog must feel that he is at the bottom of it. Far from being cruel or mean, the dog will be much happier for it.

The best ways to exert your authority over the dog are by sticking to a few simple rules. First and foremost, your dog must always eat after the rest of the family. If he is given his dog pet food at the same time or before, he will believe he is more important than the rest of you. No scraps should ever be thrown for the table either. Human food can be dangerous for a dog if consumed and this behaviour causes begging too. Only healthy dog food should be provided.

Secondly, never allow your dog to exit the house or car in front of you. Again, this demonstrates he is more important in the pack. Always make him wait for you to give him the signal that he can leave.

Never allow the dog to pull on the dog collar and lead when out walking or making any of the decisions such as when to stop, where to turn and when to go. You must be in charge from start to finish on the walk to make your position clear. Some training may be required to get your dog to “heel” by your side when wearing his dog collar and lead.

Finally, the dog needs to feel like he is a guest in your home and is lucky to be there. This is created by making some items of furniture off limits such as the bed and the sofa. Another good trick is to sometimes make your dog give up his place for you. It may seem mean to kick the dog off a chair and take it yourself, but it is better for everyone in the long run.

These are the best and easiest ways to display your position as leader of the pack. If these rules are stuck to rigidly and coupled with brief periods of training each day (simple commands such as “stay”, “come” etc) then the dog will happily remain at the bottom of the pack, where he wants to be.

Have any of you got any tips on being the alpha dog at home? Send in your comments below.