Disaster Preparedness: Have Adequate Rations for Your Dog

Dog owners should always prepare for disasters

Power outages, water shortage, and food inadequacy. These are some of the known effects of most disasters, which as we all know occur, sometimes without warning. Everyone has 20/20 hindsight, but it wouldn’t solve the aforementioned problems when they occur. Things happen that are out of our control, some natural and others man-made. And while we can’t stop them from occurring, we can always be prepared for the worst so we can mitigate the consequences.

When it comes to the family household, keeping a few articles at hand can make an unexpected disaster experience a lot less uncomfortable. And even as we go out of our way to be prepared we shouldn’t forget the four-legged members as well.

Be prepared for your dog’s sake

Perhaps one of the most common situations people face is that of having no power. This effectively means no lighting. While the feline breed can handle this quite well, we and our canine friends don’t cope nearly as well. Sure your pup could use their nose, but it’s more important that you are able to see them in order to keep them safe.

Avoid candles, since these can quickly become a fire hazard for pets. LED flashlights are small and very powerful, and are cheap (a couple of dollars at the thrift store). This will allow you to see and avoid any dangers, such as falling objects or even the annoying coffee-table corner that always gets you on the knee.

Staying warm is something else with the power out though. Wool blankets are perhaps the best and most cost effective means to keep both you and the pup warm (without the use of a fire). In extreme conditions, it is better that you stay together under the same blanket (a dog’s body temp is around 100 F) which will help keep both of you warm and safe.

Then there’s the importance of keeping your dog close to you. Keep a leash next to the door and one in a prepared bag, just in case you have to evacuate. A prepared bag should contain necessities for both you and the dog, but there are harnesses designed to help the dog carry its own supplies. Additionally, if there is more than one person in the home, designate one individual as responsible for your canine companion in order to avoid any unnecessary confusion.

Don’t forget the water

Perhaps the most important element for survival is water. When there’s no electricity, especially on a large scale, water is likely to stop flowing. No water? What are you going to drink? Both dogs and humans can go without water for up to three days, but that is when it’s cooler. In the heat, it will be necessary for a dog to drink more to cool their body (they’re most efficient at this through their tongues, which is the reason they pant).

Distilled water by the gallon is one of the best preparation methods. This water can be used to drink or wash with as well. You should also use pots and bowls to collect water from the tap as long as it’s flowing.

The importance of water brings up the subject of keeping the body clean and healthy. Medical supplies for you and the dog should be at hand at all times. Bandages and antiseptics (Hydrogen peroxide is favorable for dogs) should be kept nearby.

But, what if water is the issue, such as flooding? If you are in an area that is susceptible to flooding, it is good practice to keep a life-preserver on hand that is suited for your dog.

Food for the belly

Then there’s the need to eat. Keeping perishables when the fridge is out isn’t going to be effective, so how do you keep your belly, and the dog’s, full? Small bags of food kept in reserve are important. Avoid letting yourself run out of sustenance for the pup, make sure to have something for them kept away. Besides, it may not be possible to run down to the store and pick up fresh supplies.

On a related note, in anticipation for emergency situations the FDA has designated certain approved dog food brands to be human consumable. While it may seem a little strange, it is more important that everyone survive, even if it means sharing.

Share what you know

One of the most important things that you can do to prepare in case of a disaster is to interact with the neighbors you know and trust (fellow pet owners). Build a community that works and plans together for that just-in-case situation. Share what you know; you’d be surprised at what they could educate you on to help you be better prepared.

It’s important that every pet owner keep their dog safe, especially when there’s trouble at hand. While there’s not much you can do until the storm blows over, you can be prepared to keep both you and the dog safe.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Say No to Fleas!

Tips for dog owners on how to keep fleas away from your pet

Fleas are extraordinarily hard to get rid of, especially once they’ve made their home on your pets. This is due mostly to the fact that they are similar to roaches and are easily adaptable to pest-controls and chemical compounds. And while there are some very powerful chemicals on the market that would kill fleas (at least for now), they also have the tendency to affect our dogs – mostly negatively.

While fleas have the ability to adapt to chemicals, their need to feed in a particular environment never changes. Animals and even humans are often subject to these nasty creatures, and the worst part is that they are bound and determined not to simply go away.

We must therefore find out what it is that these parasites don’t like and use that to our advantage. Most flea repellants are Cholinesterase inhibitors, which paralyze and kill insects that come in contact with it. Most work for a short time before fleas adapt and return. This leaves us with the most effective solution: make your dog, home, and yard undesirable for fleas.

The natural solution

Apple Cider Vinegar: A spoonful of this in your dog’s water will turn a dog’s skin slightly acidic, which will deter ticks and fleas from wanting to turn your dog’s furry coat into their new home. If the flavor isn’t favorable, it can also be used as a spray deterrent.

Lemon water: Quarter a lemon and place it into boiling water and let cool (almost like a tea so as to eliminate any toxins and bacteria). You can now use the liquid as a spray to repel ticks and fleas.

Brewer’s Yeast is one of the most favorable of natural flea and tick remedies. It is also a great source of natural vitamins and is known to increase the health and luster of your dog’s skin and coat. Because of the sulfur content in the yeast, many studies have shown that a dog’s skin becomes unpalatable for housing, keeping your dog healthy and repelling those nasty parasites.

Garlic: Renowned for its ability to ward off just about any parasite that likes to bite (including vampires), garlic is an age old remedy for making the flavor of your dog very undesirable. Much like Brewer’s Yeast, it is the sulfur compounds that help to naturally repel annoying parasites.

Keep your dog’s environment flea-free

Fleas do not usually live on your dog. They, in fact, prefer to eat on the go, residing in your pet’s belongings and bedding (sometimes your bedding!). For every flea you find on your dog, there are likely thirty more living in your home. And do keep in mind that while the lifespan of a flea is only ninety days, their eggs and larvae can survive up to a year without feeding at all.

This means you must also take measures to kick those unwanted squatters off your land.

Diatomaceous earth is perhaps one of the best yard solutions you can find. It’s completely natural and doesn’t hurt larger organisms like people and their pets. Much like a sand or fine powder, it is the fossilized remains of ancient creatures. When small organisms, like insects, worms (yes, the ones that are a threat to your dog), and fleas crawl over the substance, the granules cut them up and either kill or deter them. It’s completely natural and can usually be found where swimming pool equipment or livestock feed are sold.

Of course, don’t forget the insides of your home. Most natural remedies will help to deter ticks and fleas, but you want to eliminate the threat of nesting. Regularly wash your dog’s bedding. Dust and vacuum often, and don’t forget to clean out the vacuum and spray it with some deterrent. The insides of vacuums aren’t usually considered but they are perhaps the best breeding ground for fleas.

Strange as it may sound, and not exactly recommended, is the fact that ants have a very interesting purpose. While they on their own can be pests, they do enjoy hunting and snacking on parasites like fleas, ticks, termites, and just about any bug that wanders in their territory. While it’s not a solution, there have been many accounts where after poisoning an ant pile and eliminating the colony, fleas and ticks took nest and became the next issue to deal with.

The trick isn’t to eliminate fleas. Rather, it is to eliminate your flea problem without turning your dog into a host for multitudes of chemicals that don’t always work. Instead, work towards making your dog and home inhospitable for those annoying fleas and best of all, do it the all-natural way that your dog can really appreciate.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Are Dog Walkers Robbed?

Dog walks and dog lovers

Not everyone has enough time to spend ensuring the complete care of their dog. Busy schedules combined with special needs and care has helped the profession of the dog walker become a growing industry throughout the world.

The Dog Walker

Though the professional title implies what a dog walker is, that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s all they do. While the profession is relatively easy to get into, it takes the natural charm and personality of a dog lover to really excel in the business. In some cases where an individual works for a company, they may be required to have certain experience and qualifications, such as taking medical classes for animals (in case of emergency situations).

But for the most part, professional dog walkers are entrepreneurs who are performing a service they enjoy for those who need it. So, this raises the question concerning the grass litter boxes that have recently gained popularity amongst dog owners. Are dog walking professionals being robbed?

Such grass litter boxes as the Porch Potty have enabled pet owners to avoid certain situations and increase the comforts of their pet. Because one of the jobs of a dog walker includes walking the dog to allow them the opportunity to potty, indoor potty units have been seen as a threat to the dog walking profession. But this is not the case, because the profession of the dog walker applies to so much more than providing an opportunity to potty.

The job of a Dog Walker

The primary job of a dog walker is to keep your dog healthy by getting a regular dose of exercise. Dog walkers will often take on multiple clients simultaneously, which is a great social opportunity for your pet. So, while an indoor potty unit prevents the need for your dog to have to go out to potty every time, this does not mean that they should also forego their exercise practices. For the dog walker, this simply means that they won’t necessarily have to pick up as many droppings in the park.

Some dogs may have situations that require assistance when you aren’t there to provide it. Certain medications may need to be given or there may be situations where they would need help moving around. In these cases, you could almost consider a dog walker as a dog sitter, but it is often a job entitlement of the profession. There are even some services that include washing, keeping the dog clean, and regular brushing (dogs love the attention and it’s relaxing for them).

Entertaining is the biggest part, especially while you’re away and you don’t want your dog to stay home alone for extended periods of time (they might get lonely or they might get mischievous). In this particular situation, while an indoor grass litter box would be beneficial, your dog would still need the opportunity to get out, have fun, and get some exercise.

Dog walkers perform a unique service

In addition, consider the fact that in many situations, dog walkers are not simply performing a duty. It takes more than just credentials and a leash to perform this line of work. The profession in fact works because there are individuals who perform a very specific service for an owner’s dog. The profession isn’t the same as washing a car or analyzing business accounts. It is a profession that relies almost completely on personality, compatibility, and overall effectiveness when handling a living, breathing creature.

Grass litter box units cannot replace walking your dog or interacting as another dog lover would. These units are a device designed to help dogs by giving them the opportunity to potty whenever they need to. Though in some cases, owners may rely strictly on a litter box, this doesn’t mean certain care and attention can be forfeited. As a dog owner, you are responsible for your dog’s health and happiness, which requires attention, exercise, and socialization. These can’t be replaced by an indoor grass litter box, and that’s where the dog walking professionals can help out.

Dog walking professionals are an essential asset to the pet care industry because they are able to perform a very unique service for pets and dog owners alike. While indoor grass litter box units have made the lives of owners and dogs much easier, they have not negatively affected the profession of dog walkers. In some cases, indoor litter box units can actually prove to be a useful tool for those in the pet care profession.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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