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14 October 2019

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  • 5 Amazing Dog Diapers Guide: Support Your Dogs Urinary Problems
    14 October 2019

    The interactive table of dog diapers below and the evaluation of diaper characteristics that follows will assist you in determining which dog diaper is right for your dog.

    Each person will have their own individual opinion on the best dog diaper for their animal. Some people will look for washable dog diapers, disposable dog diapers, belly bands for dogs or even cat diapers if they don’t have a dog. At any rate, we want to make sure that you select the best diaper possible for your pet, so we’re here to help out.

    Dog Diapers Comparison Guide

    Included within the comparison guide are the following columns:

    • Diaper pictures
    • Diaper brand and name – (You can click more information or to purchase the doggie diapers)
    • Size – weight in pounds and waist size in inches
    • Quantity – Number of diapers in the package
    • Rating – The average consumer review (out of 5 stars) on Amazon.com. This is how I recommend increasing the chances that you’ll be happy with the product that you decide to purchase.

    Note: You can sort the columns within the comparison guide in ascending or descending order by clicking on the column title.

    Product Images Diaper Brand and Name Sizes Quantity Price
    Wee-Wee Disposable Doggie Diapers X-Small, Small, Medium, Large and X-Large 12 diapers $
    Simple Solution Washable Diapers Double X-Small, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large and X-Large 1 Diaper $
    PoochPad PoochPant Diaper XX-Small, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large 1 diaper $
    SnuggEase Washable Dog Diaper XX-Small, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large, XXX-Large 1 diaper $$
    Wiki Wags Brand Dog Disposable Wraps (Bellybands) X-Small, Small, Medium 12 diapers $
    PlayaPup Dog Belly Bands for Incontinence/Trainin XX-Small, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large 1 belly band $
    Washable Doggie Dungarees - Dog Diaper X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large 1 doggie dungarees $
    Petego Hot Pants Dog Panties Small, Medium, Large 1 Dog Panty $
    Tinkle Belts X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large 1 Tinkle Pad $
    Simple Solution Original Training Pads 23 inches by 24 inches 50 Training Pads $

    The diapers within the table above really just start to scratch the surface. There are so many brands and manufacturers creating these products that there’s no way that we’re able to list every product available. Nevertheless, male and female dog diapers are available at nearly every price range and from a wide variety of manufacturers. Before you make a purchase, you will need to decide whether you want disposable dog diapers or washable dog diapers.

    What is a Dog Diaper?

    As a dog owner you may never have considered you would one day be in need of diapers for your dog. The reality is that diapers for dogs can be incredibly beneficial in a number of situations you may encounter throughout your dog’s life. Knowing that dog diapers are readily available when your family’s pooch is in need of them can be a huge relief.

    Dog diapers are similar to baby diapers in that the purpose is generally to help the owner cope with a dog’s urinary problems. They’re great for new animals that have not been completely house trained yet. When many pet owners consider house training their dog, they seldom consider dog diapers.

    Most people may not even know that dog diapers actually exist! Additionally, these diapers can be used for ageing dogs, dogs with mental disabilities or incontinence problems. Also, diapers are often utilised when pet owners know that will be away from the house for an extended time period. Like baby or adult diapers, dog diapers come in single use disposable form and in washable fabrics.

    There are a number of reasons that you might be searching for dog diapers as the solution to problems that you are facing with your dog.

    Territorial Marking

    Whether you’ve had your male dog for three weeks or three years, territorial marking can become an issue with all dogs; particularly if the dog is a rescue or if there have recently been changes to the household or your living situation. Not only is territorial marking horrible to have to deal with, it can lead to a lifetime of bad habits that are just incredibly frustrating.

    With dog diapers however, you’ll be able to greatly minimize the indoor territorial marking, and of course help to keep your home from smelling horrid when you walk in through the door at the end of the day.

    Not only will the dog diapers help to prevent your pooch from marking his territory on your sofa, but they can also help as a part of training him out of this habit. Keep in mind that if your dog is under a bit of stress or there is a new dog in the house that he may need a bit of behavioral training in order to help him get over this habit and the need to mark his territory all around your home.

    House training Puppies and Rescue Dogs

    House training hard-headed puppies and older rescue dogs can be somewhat of a challenge, especially for those of us who aren’t home all day to shepherd the dogs outside every hour. Dog diapers can help you to reinforce to your dog that he or she needs to restrict potty activities outdoors, without the risk of coming home to wet patches on the carpet.

    Puppies are typically easier to house train than older dogs, but you might find that your rescued adult dog is struggling with the idea of housetraining. Dog diapers can help to minimise the frustration you both feel as you learn to live together, and as you learn to develop trust with one another.

    Medical Issues

    Some medical conditions might lead your dog to have an increased urine output, like being on steroids or while adjusting his or her insulin levels if your dog is diabetic. In an ideal world we could all spend each day at home when our dogs are sick or adjusting to new medications. Unfortunately, most of us just can’t do that. Short of leaving your dog outdoors or crating him, there’s not much that can be done to try and combat accidental potty accidents in the house; unless you use dog diapers on him.

    Dog diapers can help to get your dog through this adjustment period, and can be used until he is feeling well enough to where you are no longer concerned about coming home to puddles all over the house. It just wouldn’t be fair on your dog to be expected to hold it all day in his crate, and this can also lead to urinary tract infections, and later on kidney concerns if he is holding it.

    With well-fitting dog diapers, your pup can relieve himself when he needs to, and you can be saved the need to clean up puddles when you get home in the afternoons.

    Dog diapers are also a superb choice for using on your unsprayed female dog when she goes into heat. With well-fitted dog diapers on hand, you’ll be able to avoid messes and stains that would otherwise be possible with an in-heat dog.

    Ageing Issues

    Whether we are ready to face it or not, our dogs are going to get older, and they could potentially face common aging issues like incontinence. Don’t spend your dog’s twilight years being frustrated with puddles on the floor that he just couldn’t hold any longer. With dog diapers you’ll be able to help avoid those puddles that senior dogs are so well-known for leaving around the house. Always discuss your dog’s incontinence with your veterinarian as there are some medications that can help to reduce his problems.

    Keep in mind that incontinence accidents are often out of the control of your dog. He could stand up and leave a puddle behind, without even knowing that he did so. With well-fitting dog diapers you can protect your floors, help to avoid feeling frustrated and upset with your senior dog, and you can both enjoy spending time together.

    What to Know Before You Buy Dog Diapers

    There are just a few things to keep in mind before you buy dog diapers. The first is that dog diapers are available in a range of sizes, which will help to ensure the perfect fit when you put the diapers on your dog. Knowing your dog’s weight and waist size can help you to select the right size for your dog.

    Dog diapers are typically available in both cloth and disposable versions. Cloth dog diapers are often the more economical choice, but they can also be less convenient because they will require an extra load of laundry. Disposable dog diapers do offer more convenience and are known for being able to better hold fluid, but they can be a bit more expensive.

    If you do plan on using dog diapers on your dog, or on your dogs, be sure that you change them frequently. A dog that is left in a diaper for too long can develop skin irritations that could be painful, and could also put your house training efforts back significantly as he heals from the irritation. It is also recommended that your dog gets frequent baths throughout the week, especially if he is ill and having several soaked diapers at the end of each day or in the mornings.

    Review of the Top 5 Dog Diapers

    Candidly, all of the diapers included in the comparison table above are really good options. Although, there are a few that I want to point out as favourites. Below you’ll find our overall picks for the best dog diapers and a more detailed review of each diaper.

    1 Simple Solution Washable Cover-Ups

    Simple Solution Cover-ups are machine washable diapers designed for heavy seasonal flow or serious cases of urination. You can simply attach the Simple Solution disposable liner to the internal net liner.

    These diapers work really well to protect upholstery, floors and bedding. General care includes machine washing these diapers on a gentle cycle. It’s generally recommended that you hang diapers to dry.

    2 Wiki Wags Brand Disposable Male Dog Wraps

    This Wiki Wags disposable dog wrap entirely and easily covers the area of the dog to help prevent them from urinating on walls, furniture, curtains, flooring, rugs and other household items. It’s developed entirely for the male dog anatomy. You also don’t have to purchase an extra lining or worry about cleaning the wraps – since they’re disposable.

    The Wiki Wags product comes in a variety of sizes. You should choose from extra small for puppies with a waistline of between 6 – 13 inches. Small for pets with waist measurements of 12 – 19 inches. Medium for puppies with a waist dimension between 18 – 25 inches. Large for animals with a waist dimension greater than 25 inches. To ensure the correct fit, you will need to accurately measure your dog’s waistline.

    3 Washable Doggie Dungarees – Dog Diaper

    The Washable Doggie Dungarees are covered using a soft plaid bamboo cloth for additional comfort and an absorbing mesh liner for safety against a heavier flow of fluid or waste. For dogs that consistently have a heavier flow, I would suggest using absorbent liners for additional protection. For minor excitable urination, it’s safe to use the diapers alone, or along with the inserts.

    To be clear, the dog diaper inserts aren’t commonly needed – unless a female dog is in heat. These Washable Doggie Dungarees perform best with urine, but can also hold poop when needed. And, of course these dog diapers are washable.

    4 PlayaPup Dog Belly Bands for with Incontinence Problems/Training

    PlayaPup belly bands provides several excellent advantages. There are ideal for those canines who want to mark their territory and dribble round your house. The stomach band trains them not to pee in the home or when heading out, when your dog has it on. Belly bands also supply short-term assistance to dogs with incontinence issues, particularly designed for elderly male dogs. For pee absorption, include a panty liner or tissues.

    5 Petego Hot Pants Dog Panties

    These stylish female dog diapers (Petego Hot Pants Dog Panties) offer safety for female dogs in heat and for urination incontinence in dogs. When using the Hot Pants Dog Panties you mitigate cluttered cleanups and furniture stains. The Hot Pants can be utilised with adhesive Hot Pads.

    What Did You Choose?

    You’ve seen the various options that are available and we’ve reviewed some of our top picks for the dog diapers on the market. It’s now time for your to pick the diaper that meets the needs of your dog, fits your budget and provides the right kind of protection that you’re looking for.

    It’s also important to note that new dog diapers are being released all the time. Due to this fact, the comparison table will be updated periodically as new diapers need to added to the list. Also, if you believe that we missed the mark and failed to list a particular diaper that works great for you, please let us know.

  • Phoebe – 4-5 month old female Shih Tzu cross Bichon Frise
    14 October 2019

    Phoebe is a 4 1/2 month old female Shih Tzu cross Bichon Frise. She came into us due to serious illness in her first family. This little dog is absolutely delightful. Already virtually house trained. She walks on lead, has a pretty good recall, but does get a little distracted at times. She travels very well in the car. She is child friendly, adores other dogs, especially bigger ones, and loves to play rough tough and boisterous games with them.

    Phoebe is a proper dog, she isn’t a handbag dog at all and loves to have fun in the wet and mud. She also loves cats too, but would really like to play, hence could be a bit much for a timid or elderly cat. Phoebe is very bright, and very active, she would not be suitable as an old person’s companion, nor in a family with small children.

    Phoebe is sound sensitive and inclined to bark at noises she can’t identify, or that excite her, so best in a home without paper-thin walls and close neighbours, to avoid conflict whilst she learns more appropriate behaviours. She needs someone who can concentrate on her, provide plenty of stimulation and guidance while developing her character. She would make a fantastic agility dog, perhaps an agility families’ teenagers first dog?

    She would also enjoy, and excel at tricks like dancing with her owner.

  • Storm – 3 year old male Labrador Cross
    14 October 2019

    Storm is a largish black Labrador cross of around three years old, fostered near Norwich, Norfolk. Storm has spent all of his life in a shelter in Benidorm. Despite being a favourite with staff and volunteers at the shelter Storm was never adopt. No matter how much visitors to the shelter were told how well behaved and friendly he is the fact that he was just a plain black dog always resulted in them choosing a luckier dog!

    Storm is a calm and gentle soul with a beautiful nature. He walks well on a lead and enjoys his walks immensely. He is a perfect gentleman with other dogs and mixes with all kinds in his foster home. Storm likes children but would be worried if they were too boisterous so over 8s would be better for him. There are far too many overlooked black dogs in shelters all over the world, to some Storm is just a statistic but to us he is a beautiful boy that deserves a loving home and family.

    Our adoption fee is £250. They are vaccinated, microchipped and neutered (unless they are too young). If you are interested please message or call between 9am and 6pm.

  • Lilly – 3 month old female Cross-Breed
    14 October 2019

    Lilly little girl is a 3 month old mixed breed will be medium size. This lovely little baby along with her siblings and parents were dumped on a Spanish Rescue we work with apparently they arrived locked in a boot of a car and when opened the whole family were in there completely terrified by the ordeal especially the parents. This lovely girl along with her brother were lucky enough to go into foster – they are lovely friendly little babies and their past life is far behind them now. Their mum is a possibly a small Collie cross and their Dad a typical Spanish mixed breed who is not that big so cannot see these boys getting very big either. They are very lovely well balanced little babies who have been given such a good start in life after their rocky start – they are getting well socialised with other dogs etc.

    Lilly needs a home who understands the importance of these coming months while he is growing up, she needs a person or family to carry on the good work of socialising her with the outside world, taking dog training, not being left for hours on her own.

  • Juancho – 7 year old male Cross-Breed
    14 October 2019

    Jauncho (pronounced hwoncho) is a seven year old medium sized Cross-Breed, fostered near Norwich, Norfolk. Jauncho has spent over two years in a shelter in Spain and it is a mystery to us how he didn’t get picked! He is a super fun boy who has clearly been a loved pet once as he not only knows how to chase a ball but will bring it back and place it right at your feet! Jauncho can be hesitant with new people but only very briefly and is soon trotting along behind you keeping you company in whatever your day holds.

    Jauncho likes children but would be better with over 8s due to his initial hesitancy. He mixes brilliantly with other dogs and loves his walks. He’s fun, affectionate and rather handsome so what more could you possibly ask for?

    Our adoption fee is £250. They are vaccinated, microchipped and neutered (unless they are too young). If you are interested please message or call between 9am and 6pm

  • Ralph – 8-10 year old male Cross-Breed
    14 October 2019

    Ralph is a small Cross-Breed of around eight to ten years old. He is a quirky little chap with a lot of love to give but he does require rather a special home. Ralph arrived in our care a few weeks ago from a shelter in Romania. On arrival it was quite quickly apparent that something was not at all right with him. A trip to the vet and subsequent blood tests showed he was suffering from acute pancreatitis and had been for some time but sadly the subtle signs were impossible to notice in the shelter environment where he had shared a pen with several other dogs. He was quite understandably quite grumpy and cross at that point as he was in considerable discomfort, he’d been unable to eat properly for a while and under all the dense fur was a quite skeletal frame. Ralph is fostered near Norwich.

    He was out on a course of painkillers and antibiotics and after a few days started to feel better and began eating again. As his health improved so did his temperament, he can still be quite wary of new people but warms up quite quickly to those who feed him! He will always have pancreatitis and must be fed a strict and controlled diet. All food must contain no more than 2% fat. Pancreatitis is a common disorder in dogs and there is plenty to read and research on the internet for anyone considering adopting Ralph.

    Ralph needs an adult family environment, he can live with other dogs but does like space when he’s sleeping and doesn’t enjoy sharing a bed. He is a very affectionate and loving dog to people he knows but still needs to be muzzled when bathed or groomed for now. Ralph walks nicely on and off lead and enjoys his walks, he completely ignores cats. Ralph’s vision is not perfect and will probably deteriorate further over the next few years but overall he is now a very happy and contented little dog.

    We are thankful that we took Ralph from the shelter when we did, nobody could have known how ill he was but if fate hadn’t have brought him to us he would very soon have deteriorated. The little character we present to you now is a far cry from the scared little scrap who suffered so long in silence, he deserves every future happiness we can find for him. They are vaccinated, microchipped and neutered (unless they are too young).

    If you are interested please message or call between 9am and 6pm.

  • Stella – 9 year old female Cross-Breed
    14 October 2019

    Stella is a nine year old medium sized female Cross-Breed, fostered near Norwich, Norfolk. She used to live somewhere around a park in Romania where one of our rescuer friends walked herdogs, from time to time she came in the park, walked around and then went away. She never trusted people enough to let them touch her, but she would go close so that they could feed her. One day she came with a very bad injury in one leg, the scar is still visible, still she would not let them touch her or help her then another day a dog with an owner attacked her, grabbed her by the head and although the injury was not deep she could not stand or walk, she was moving in circles. This time she was too weak to fight back and she was taken to the vet where she took weeks to recover. That was six years ago and poor Stella has been in a shelter ever since. Having had to interact with people there she is now much friendlier and at last is in the UK looking for a new home.

    Stella is an affectionate dog who loves to play with other dogs in her foster home. Her energy levels defy her years and she still had energy for fun. Having never experienced walks or being on a lead before she is now learning that late in life, after initial strong protests she is now enjoying her walks and just needs more practice to gain experience.

    Stella would be suited to an adult home or with no children under ten. She would like a dog companion in the home but it’s not something we would insist upon as long as she can see other dogs socially on walks. They are vaccinated, microchipped and neutered (unless they are too young). If you are interested please message or call between 9am and 6pm

  • Marley – 1-2 year old female Chihuahua cross Pug
    14 October 2019

    Marley is a 1-2 year old female Chihuahua cross Pug. Marley has come into rescue due to being incredibly dominant with the other resident female dogs in the home. Her family were having to keep her separate which quite simply wasn’t fair on her, especially considering she utterly adores human companionship and cuddling up on the sofa. Whilst Marley shares her suite here quite happily with other dogs of all genders and is social outside in the play area and on walks we do feel she could be quite dominant over humans and “her stuff” in the home environment and would be a bit of a bully. Ideally because of this we would like to place her in a dog free home.

    Marley is incredibly affectionate and very excited to meet new people. She does jump up to give kisses and she can nip when she gets too excited but there is no malice at all, she just simply can’t contain herself. She needs some general politeness and calmness training as well as some boundaries installing. She’s very smart and responds to things very well but currently getting her to sit calmly for 2 seconds is an Olympic sport. Puppy training classes and clicker training would benefit her highly. Marley is good with children and we are happy to accept applications from households with children ages 7+. Her previous owner was a teacher and used to take her to schools with her.

    Marley has the most incredible nature and has so much to offer a family. She would probably not suit an older person due to her activity levels but as she is only a baby this is to be expected. She loves going for walks and would be an ideal walking companion given that she’s so social with people and dogs alike. Over all Marley has no major issues, she’s straightforward and uncomplicated and a real joy to have around, she has been no problem at all here in Rescue and we are keen to find her a family to love on her and kiss her back. Marley is housebroken, crate trained, non destructive in the home and happy to be left for reasonable durations of time.

    Marley is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and will be subject to a home check and adoption donation.

    Pupcakes offer all adopters 4 weeks free insurance with Petplan and a complimentary voucher for a box of free food from “Nutriment Raw.”

  • Persia – 1-2 year old female Chihuahua
    14 October 2019

    Persia is a 1-2 year old female Chihuahua. She is finally ready to find a home of her own. Persia came to us about 5 months ago and was heavily in season having previously had a litter of puppies just 15 weeks earlier. She has now been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped and is ready to begin her life after losing the very early part of it to raising babies despite being only a baby herself. Persia is very sweet natured and quite confident for a Chihuahua; she is initially shy but hasn’t shown any aggression to anyone here during her time with us. Understandably, having spent so much of her early years raising puppies, she has missed out on a lot of key socializing time herself. She needs taking right back to basics and would benefit from training classes and further exposure to the big wide world so that she is successfully able to become the confident well rounded dog we know she can be.

    Persia does enjoy going for walks but can be quite reactive when she sees other dogs out however she’s quite social when she meets them. Persia has shared her suits with other dogs; both her size and a little bigger. We have found she can’t be quite dominant and a bit of a bully with smaller or similar sized dogs but did coincide with them without problems quite happily. We feel she may be better off as an only dog in the home due to this because we fear the bullying may manifest into guarding, however we may be open to discussing meets with calm social dogs if owners are willing to put in suitable redirection tactics to insure Persia is kept firmly in place and is not allowed to rule the roost.

    We have tested her with cats; she was okay and not aggressive with them however did chase them when they ran. This greatly reduced with redirection and correction. Nervous cats would not be suitable to live with her, however a dog savvy one may be able to coincide again with initial owner intervention.

    Persia is not a complicated girl and has no major issues. For a Chihuahua she is incredibly simple. She thrives on structure and routine and needs firm boundaries for her to succeed. She is incredibly affectionate when she knows you but can be standoffish at first. She travels well in the car in a crate, is crate trained, non destructive in the home and happy to be left for reasonable durations of time.

    Persia is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and will be subject to a home check and adoption donation.

    Pupcakes offer all adopters 4 weeks free insurance with Petplan and a complimentary voucher for a box of free food from “Nutriment Raw.”

  • Arlow – 3 year old male Yorkshire Terrier
    14 October 2019

    Arlow is a 3 year old male Yorkshire Terrier. He was heartbreakingly surrendered into rescue due to jealously issues with the 5 year old child in the home. Whilst he is generally fine with children he was struggling to share his mums attention and had started to become aggressive when approached in her company by the little boy. This escalated quickly and resulted in him warning snapping when the little boy tried to join them on the couch one day. Arlow’s family tried many different things to rectify the situation but were not able to manage both safely without compromising Arlow’s quality of life and keeping him separate from the family, so they asked us to take him and find him a wonderful new home that would love him as much as they did.

    For this reason we will not be accepting applications with resident and visiting children under 13 years old. Arlow is the sweetest most affectionate little boy who loves everyone he meets, he’s social and friendly with dogs also and could share his home with another canine companion. New adopters would need to be aware that jealously issues could arise in a home environment with other dogs and be prepared to put measures in place to correct this early on to stop it manifesting into a learned behavior; however we have not seen any evidence of jealousy issues with the other dogs here.

    Arlow is great offlead And has a good recall, really playful with other dogs and trained to heel. Arlow loves hard and fast; he would love nothing more than a single person or couple to lavish all the love on him. Routine and structure are very important to him and we will happily share his routine with his new adopters.

    He is housebroken, non destructive in the home and happy to be left for reasonable durations of time. Arlow travels well in the car and sleeps happily in his bed overnight in the bed room or kitchen; he does not require a crate. He is generally a very straight forward uncomplicated little lad who will make a family very happy.

    Arlow is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and will be subject to a home check and adoption donation.

    Pupcakes offer all adopters 4 weeks free insurance with Petplan and a complimentary voucher for a box of free food from “Nutriment Raw.”

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    I will tend to be a “less is more” sort of individual and scale back to the items that are demonstrated safe and viable, similar to avocado/soybean unsaponifiables.

    I did this for my own dog, Pursue, and as a German Shepherd Dog blend, he stayed portable long after most dogs of his breed, enjoying more than 17 healthy years.

    One of the items on Pursue’s “versatility list” as he aged was avocado/soybean unsaponifiables. Let’s look at why I prescribe avocado/soybean unsaponifiables as a component of a joint help routine.

    What are avocado/soybean unsaponifiables?

    When I was a child, the Ivory cleanser was the bar of the decision in our family unit.

    I cherished how it coasted in the bath! What I didn’t understand was that this family most loved was made gratitude to the marvel of saponification, a procedure where oil or fat is blended with lye to frame cleanser.

    Unsaponifiables, as the name infers, are the pieces of an oily/fatty blend that can’t saponify.

    Avocado/soybean unsaponifiables, or ASUs, fall into this classification. They are natural vegetable extracts produced using the little part — around 1 percent — of avocado and soybean oil that can’t be utilized to make cleanser since they can’t saponify.

    ASUs are bound for a more noteworthy calling than liquefying on the bath cleanser dish: diminishing pain and discomfort related to OA in dogs and people.

    How do avocado/soybean unsaponifiables work?

    Avocado/soybean unsaponifiables comprise of a blend of 33% avocado oil and 66% soybean oil.

    They are rich in a variety of mixes, including fat-solvent nutrients and phytosterols, cholesterol-like particles found in the cell walls of plants.

    ASUs are appeared to delay the movement of OA by meddling with numerous pathways associated with making pain and inflammation and destroying cartilage. It include obstructing the outflow of the incendiary COX-2 enzyme.

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    What does the research say about avocado/soybean unsaponifiables?

    Dozens of published studies verify the advantages of avocado/soybean unsaponifiables.

    A 2009 study of 16 dogs with cruciate ligament rupture demonstrated that treatment with ASUs altogether diminished harm to the cartilage matrix.  And decreased the loss of subchondral bone volume and calcified ligament thickness.

    Different studies in dogs inferred that ASUs produce an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and tissue-building impact on articular chondrocytes, the cells found in the stable ligament.

    Maybe the most impressive demonstration of the advantages of avocado/soybean unsaponifiables in individuals originates from a 2016 study published in the diary Reumatologia.

    The six months long study observed 4,822 patients treated for symptomatic OA of the knee in 99 centers around Poland.

    The patients were given one 300 mg capsule of ASU every day and no other medicine. The 86.8 percent of patients who finished the study indicated the improvement in useful ability and a critical decline in pain.

    They were additionally ready to incredibly decrease the utilization of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

    What it means for your dog

    When a loving dog experiences pain, stiffness, and absence of portability related to OA, we simply need him to feel much better.

    While we can’t get back to the clock, there are tools we can use to enable our dog’s age more quickly and keep up a functioning way of life longer.

    Avocado/soybean unsaponifiables, as I would like to think, are one of those tools.

    They are demonstrated safe for long term use and may help lessen or even wipe out dependence on NSAIDs, which are connected with certain health complications, including the expanded danger of heart attack, stroke, bleeding, and kidney damage.

    Dosing of avocado/soybean unsaponifiables

    A dosage of one 300-mg ASU capsule allowed every three days was utilized in canine research studies, however, Matt Brunke, DVM, of the Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports  Medicine Group in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation suggests deciding day by day dose-dependent on the individual dog’s body weight.

    I prescribe purchasing an item figured explicitly for dogs, for example, Dasuquin by Nutramax, which contains ASUs alongside other joint-support ingredients.

    If you choose to attempt an ASU item, make sure to be persistent. It might take a little while before you, and your dog, see the advantages.

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    What About Glucosamine?

    Found generally throughout the body, glucosamine is significant for joint and ligament health.

    It is crucial to synthesize glycosaminoglycan (GAGs), molecules found in ligament and other connective tissues. Just as in synovial liquid, which pads and greases up joints.

    Glucosamine generation can diminish with age, so it is regularly taken as a supplement. Dr. Brunke suggests the glucosamine hydrochloride structure for dogs.

     

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  • The benefits of using high quality meat meals in our kibble formulas
    13 October 2019

    Why does FirstMate use meat meals as the main ingredient in their dry kibble formulas? Meat meals provide a highly concentrated source of animal protein and are a great choice to keep your pets healthy and happy. Fresh meat is mostly water, with only about 20% protein—once this water is removed to produce a meat meal, you are left with a product that has up to 70% protein. By using high inclusions of high protein meat meals, FirstMate and Kasiks pet foods have high concentrations of the animal proteins required by cats and dogs

    FirstMate ambassador @bucktheadventuredog requires a lot of nutrients to pull a loaded sled 20km a day. He is pictured enjoying our High Performance formula.

    The meat meals we use are not processed using high temperature flame drying. Instead, FirstMate and Kasiks meat meals are produced using a much gentler steam drying process. Using lower processing temperatures helps to ensure that the quality of the protein remains intact and continues to be an easily digestible source of nutrition.

    Fresh raw meats are high in moisture and provide an excellent environment for growth of bacteria. This makes fresh meat highly perishable, and susceptible to contamination with disease-causing bacteria, such as salmonella, that could be harmful to pets and pet parents. Meat meals offer a protein source that is much more stable and safer to handle and store, ensuring the best quality kibble for your pet.

    Small or large, all dogs require high quality protein in their diet. FirstMate ambassador @kashdoggie enjoys the Australian Lamb Meal Formula Small Bites.

    In addition to excellent sources of protein, meat meals provide a natural source of highly available phosphorus and calcium for healthy bones and teeth. Phosphorus in particular is a limited and non-renewable resource worldwide that is required for agriculture. Feeding pets sources of food that do not require the addition of phosphorus helps to conserve this mineral and releases it back into the environment. This is just one of the examples of how meat meals are a sustainable protein option.

    FirstMate takes the time to source out high quality and sustainable sources of animal meat meals, ensuring your pets receive the complete and balanced nutrition they deserve.

    Want to learn more about FirstMate’s commitment to your pet’s nutrition? Check out the Nutrition section of our blog!

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  • Blue Heeler Poodle Mix
    13 October 2019

    Australian Cattle Dog, ACD, and Blue Heeler – several names for one dog breed.

    Poodles can be Standard, Miniature, and Toy – all size variations on one distinct breed.

    What about when their genetics combine to make a hybrid?

    What exactly do you call that, and what are those dogs like?

    You’ll probably hear them referred to as a Heeler Poodle mix more than anything.

    How they will look, behave, and mesh with your lifestyle will depend on several factors.

    No one knows for sure what kind of offspring two dogs will produce, and that’s true for purebreds as much as it is for hybrids.

    Luckily, there are some things to look at that can help you get a better picture of how a Heeler Poodle mix will turn out.

    A Look at Each Side of the Family

    Getting to know breed characteristics of both sides of a hybrid is helpful in understanding the many outcomes you can expect.

    There’s no secret formula for a dog to inherit specific traits – it’s all about the genetic lottery.

    So everything about each breed should be something you’re comfortable with since the hybrid can inherit just about anything.

    Australian Cattle Dog

    Here’s another name for them: The Queensland Heeler.

    They get that name from Australia, where they originate. They even have some Dingo in their genes.

    These tough dogs were bred to withstand the harsh terrain of the Australian bush, where they excel at herding livestock.

    They’re extremely bright and are among the most capable herding dogs.

    Harsh weather, large animals, and long working hours are no match for them.

    Their strong will to work makes them active by nature – this is not a dog who will sit around in your lap all day.

    Outside is their favorite place, but they can learn to live in the city or suburbs as long as they have access to some open spaces.

    They’re referred to as Blue Heelers because of the distinctly blue hues in their coats.

    They can have rust and black patches mingled with their bluish-gray fur, making for some beautiful patterns.

    Their double layer coat doesn’t grow too long, but it is thick, something that helps shield them from the elements.

    You might think that thick fur makes them bad candidates for hot climates, but on the contrary, their undercoat can insulate them from high heat as well as cold.

    Puppies will have “floppy” ears that will become naturally upright as they develop.

    Their erect ears add to the alert and focused expression they seem to wear at all times.

    ACDs don’t miss much and can make great alert dogs. They will sometimes bark at the sound of a doorbell, or the sight of a stranger approaching the home.

    Overall, they can be raised to be quite social dogs and generally make friends with humans and other pets.

    They’re 35-50lbs and quite stout. You won’t see any spindly Greyhound features here.

    Their build is muscular, which helps in the agile and physically demanding work they were bred for.

    A Blue Heeler mix of any kind can have a few health issues, which we’ll cover soon. However, with proper care, they can have a lifespan that reaches into the mid to late teens.

    The oldest dog on record is an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey. An Australian native, Bluey lived to a jaw-dropping 29 years of age.

    Poodles

    There are a few varieties of Poodle we’ll cover since it is possible to see each of them crossbred with a Blue Heeler.

    Standard Poodle

    They’re second on the list of smartest dogs, behind only the Border Collie.

    Most Poodles carry the stereotype of being the fashion accessory of the canine world.

    Aside from being highly intelligent, they can be formidable opponents in agility and obedience trials.

    They are also powerful swimmers. It might come as a surprise to some, but they were originally bred in Germany, not France, as retriever dogs.

    Take a look at a Poodle’s paws, and you’ll find the classic webbed toes which are ideal for swimming.

    That thick, curly fur coat isn’t just for show, either. Unlike many breeds, they have a single-layer coat, which still does a remarkable job protecting them from harsh environments.

    Their hair can grow very long and take on a fluffy appearance, leading many Poodle parents to opt for professional grooming and stylish hair-dos.

    That coat can be black, white, gray, blue, or apricot, to name a few. The coat is always solid colored.

    Male Standard Poodles can reach up to 70lbs, while females are slightly smaller at 50lbs.

    They’re tall – 15 inches or more – with long legs and slender builds.

    Standard Poodles’ lifespans range from 10 to 18 years, which is on the higher end for such a large dog.

    Miniature and Toy Poodles

    The fur, coloring, and general build of Miniature and Toy Poodles are the same as Standards.

    As the names imply, they’re the mini and toy versions of the Standard Poodle.

    Miniatures usually don’t exceed 15lbs, while toys are 4-6lbs. Both are small enough that they won’t have the same exercise or space requirements as Standard Poodles.

    They still like to be active and even compete in sporting events alongside their larger counterparts.

    Miniatures and toys fall into the companion dog category. They might have a slightly different personality than Standard Poodles.

    They’re smart, loyal to their humans, and can have a bit of a territorial temperament if not properly curbed.

    They can also be a little less outgoing and more content to stick close to their people.

    Which One Goes Best With a Blue Heeler?

    There is no right

    or wrong answer to this question, as hybrids from all backgrounds can make amazing pets.

    The only caveat?

    Toy Poodles might be too small to carry the offspring of an ACD. There’s no evidence that a toy breed and a medium-sized dog like the ACD can procreate naturally such as with the ever-popular mini Goldendoodles.

    Hybrids between two breeds similar in size are more common, and it’s safer for the dogs involved.

    Temperament

    So what do one smart dog plus another smart dog make?

    Most likely, a very intelligent hybrid.

    It’s these smarts that potential owners and seasoned pet parents alike will have to stay on top of.

    An intelligent dog is one who is easy to train, eager to please, and responsive to learning new things.

    It can also make them a little devious. ACDs, in particular, have been known to outsmart other dogs and people.

    They’re not easily contained, so they need enough exercise to make them not want to take off on a leisurely run. Better yet, teach recalls from an early age.

    Poodles are quite gentle and patient, while ACDs can be a little more excitable.

    The herding instincts are strong with this one – a house with children or small animals might not be suitable.

    ACDs have been known to attempt to herd children and other dogs by nipping at their heels.

    For them, it’s just part of who they are, and it can be challenging to break them of this habit entirely.

    Both breeds in this hybrid are social; they can thrive with many people and other dogs.

    The trick is to properly socialize them so they’ll grow into laid-back pets.

    They’ll likely be cooperative with training as long as they have an outlet for their energy.

    Too much pent up vitality will make them difficult to work with.

    ACDs might be diggers if they feel too cooped up. They could try to tunnel an escape route under a fence, and they have the digging efficiency of a bulldozer.

    They can also pull some surprising ninja moves on you – don’t be shocked if they try to go over a fence rather than under it.

    Again, you can deter this with ample stimulation. If the dog doesn’t feel bored to tears in their own backyard, they’re less likely to look for something to do beyond the boundaries of the fence.

    Those acrobatic-like moves they use to scale fences might be used in the house, too.

    Blocking them off from a certain area with a baby gate might not be enough because they can easily scale it.

    Indoors, the one reason they’ll escape from confinement, is that they want to be close to you. Neither Poodles or ACDs like to be alone very much.

    They could develop separation anxiety if left on their own for long periods.

    People who work long hours might consider a different hybrid for this reason alone.

    Training

    If you’re not prepared for an active lifestyle, this hybrid probably isn’t the one for you.

    Each dog breed in the mix is energetic and will need daily exercise to be responsive to any training.

    We’re not talking about a casual stroll around the neighborhood, either.

    ACDs are one of the top recommended dogs for runners since it’s also one of their most favorite pastimes.

    If you aren’t a runner, don’t cross this hybrid off your list just yet, though.

    They can be exercised by playing fetch, hiking, playing with other dogs in the household, or even through agility training.

    If they inherit any water-loving traits from the Poodle side, they’ll also enjoy swimming and playing in water.

    A small pool or sandbox in the backyard are good options for keeping them occupied.

    Be willing to commit to daily walks – at least three hours of steady exercise per day.

    You will need to get on your feet to exercise them even if you don’t run.

    Once their exercise needs are met, they will be more than happy to learn obedience, basic manners, and even neat tricks.

    strong recall is a must-have for this breed since they might have the itch to take off or chase from time to time.

    To avoid any territorial behaviors, socialize them early and often.

    Some of them will have the urge to alert you – one that can be very difficult to train them out of if you don’t want it.

    It is possible:

    With some positive reinforcement and redirection, you can teach them not to go crazy when a guest comes over.

    If their barking gets to be too much, talk to them in calm tones. Offer a toy to distract them.

    Then, you can take the opportunity to show them that your guest is welcome in the home.

    Most of these dogs will warm up to strangers quickly; they just need reassurance and a patient hand.

    Good leash manners are something else we recommend teaching early on.

    ACDs like to chase – sometimes it’s small animals, sometimes it’s a bag blowing in the wind.

    Either way:

    Teaching them to “heel” and not to pull is something you’ll be glad you worked on once they reach their full size.

    We advise against retractable leashes. Stick to standard-sized ones that you have more control over.

    A dog who has learned impeccable leash obedience can be given the privilege of a longer leash where it’s safe. As always, off-leash playtime is best in enclosed areas.

    Want to impress your friends?

    Take a look at how the intelligence of an ACD and good training can come together for some really cool commands.

    This dog is ACD through and through. A hybrid that is half Poodle will have just as much, if not more, brainpower.

    Care and Grooming

    How to care for a dog with half of a Poodle’s coat and an ACD’s thick undercoat?

    What do you feed them?

    What toys should they have?

    A lot will depend on their size and activity levels, but we’ll give you a general idea of what to expect.

    Toys

    A larger dog can destroy – and sometimes digest – plush toys. Both breeds in an ACD Poodle hybrid can be very enthusiastic when it comes to playtime.

    Soft, squishy toys won’t last long. Toys that are specifically designed to be durable in the jaws of a larger dog are a wiser investment.

    They will also enjoy heavy-duty chew toys and antlers. Avoid smaller, more fragile ones, which can be a choking hazard.

    Rope toys or other tug toys might be a popular choice, especially if you have other dogs in the house who enjoy a good tug-of-war.

    Just monitor playtime and keep a lookout for any aggression; dogs can sometimes get a little too attached to their toys and don’t always want to share.

    These brainy pups can also get a lot out of puzzles or interactive dog toys.

    Since they can bore quickly, it might be a good idea to keep these kinds of toys around for rainy days.

    Diet

    Again, their size will influence how much you feed your dog. High activity levels will also mean more food.

    Any dog should be fed enough to replace the energy they burn, but not so much that they become obese.

    Avoid cheap, carb-heavy dog foods, and opt for a more high-quality brand. Lots of protein is a must.

    Treats are a powerful tool for training – just keep them small and dog-appropriate.

    A slice of bacon for every good deed isn’t necessary.

    Table scraps and people food should be kept away from them. Human food treats are for very special occasions – we’ve all given our dogs something tasty on their birthday.

    Just avoid making a habit out of it, and your dog’s health will thank you. Stick to the best dog food for Australian Cattle dogs or check out dog food for poodles to compare.

    Remember Bluey, the 29-year-old Blue Heeler we mentioned earlier?

    He ate a lot of kangaroo and emu meat – although we can neither recommend this or promise it contributed to his long life.

    There is, however, some evidence that raw food diets can benefit dogs. It’s a conversation you can have with your vet if it’s an option you want to explore.

    Grooming

    If the hybrid has inherited the Poodle coat, they will need daily brushing to avoid any tangles or mats.

    They might also need more frequent bathing and a monthly appointment with a groomer.

    If their coat is long, you may decide you want to clip it shorter, especially in the summer months.

    An ACDs coat is a little easier to care for, although they will still need frequent brushing.

    As their undercoat sheds (once or twice a year), you will see them looking a little shabbier.

    A decent shedding rake can help, and most dogs enjoy a good brushing.

    Good news if the hybrid has inherited the ACD coat.

    The coat doesn’t get greasy or smelly, as is seen in some breeds.

    So while they might get a little dirty from time to time, they’re not typically stinky.

    Unless they roll in something foul – which is a risk for any dog breed out there.

    Health

    Poodles and ACDs carry risks for hip dysplasia. Toy and Miniature Poodles can also have some knee and elbow joint disorders.

    ACDs might have hearing issues that can cause deafness, and some are born deaf.

    Each of these is manageable, but they’re important to take into consideration before you commit to a hybrid of these breeds – health issues can be passed down from either side.

    On the plus side?

    Both breeds in the hybrid have life spans on the longer side, so a Blue Heeler Poodle mix should live a long and full life if their health is looked after.

    Ready to Adopt?

    So you’re active, have plenty of time to train a highly astute canine, and want a great companion?

    If you’ve fallen in love with this hybrid, they might not be as readily available as other hybrids out there.

    Blue Heeler Poodle mix puppies aren’t quite as common as other Heeler mixes.

    They’re not impossible to find, especially if you’re open to scouting out shelters and rescue organizations.

    Adoption fees through shelters will probably be less than buying a puppy.

    If you’re going to pay up for a pup, make sure they come with a certificate of health.

    Responsible breeders will screen both parents for the disorders we listed above, decreasing the odds that puppies will inherit anything serious.

    A good breeder will also watch out for behavioral issues and temperament, and avoid breeding any dogs who have undesirable psychological traits.

    Do your homework before you buy one, and you can avoid any unwanted surprises.

    If you rescue?

    There’s always that chance the puppy or dog came from a backyard breeder or puppy mill. Or worse, was in an abusive home.

    You’ll want to make sure you’re dedicated to any problems that can arise as a result.

    Mistreated dogs sometimes require professional behaviorists or trainers to rehabilitate them.

    Understand these possibilities and be ready to spend some resources on getting your rescue the help he needs.

    It can be a long, difficult road, but crossing the finish line is one of the most rewarding things the parent of a rescue can experience.

    Blue Heelers and Poodles: A Recipe for Smarts

    Having a sharp dog comes with its ups and downs, but sometimes it just what you’re looking for.

    A dog that loves sharing your favorite outdoor pastimes with you? Even better.

    No one can promise you for sure what a hybrid dog – or any dog, for that matter – will be like.

    At least you know that with this dog, proper training and exercise are the two best investments you can make to get a fun-loving and entertaining friend out of the deal.

    Whether they take after the Poodle, the Blue Heeler, or something right down the middle, you’ll have a uniquely beautiful dog in your home.

    Heeler Poodle mix dogs are sure to turn heads and impress with more than just their looks, too.

    Above all else, they’ll be a great companion who will love to do just about everything with you.

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Dog Grooming Blogs

14 October 2019

Dog Grooming Blogs
  • 5 Amazing Dog Diapers Guide: Support Your Dogs Urinary Problems
    14 October 2019

    The interactive table of dog diapers below and the evaluation of diaper characteristics that follows will assist you in determining which dog diaper is right for your dog.

    Each person will have their own individual opinion on the best dog diaper for their animal. Some people will look for washable dog diapers, disposable dog diapers, belly bands for dogs or even cat diapers if they don’t have a dog. At any rate, we want to make sure that you select the best diaper possible for your pet, so we’re here to help out.

    Dog Diapers Comparison Guide

    Included within the comparison guide are the following columns:

    • Diaper pictures
    • Diaper brand and name – (You can click more information or to purchase the doggie diapers)
    • Size – weight in pounds and waist size in inches
    • Quantity – Number of diapers in the package
    • Rating – The average consumer review (out of 5 stars) on Amazon.com. This is how I recommend increasing the chances that you’ll be happy with the product that you decide to purchase.

    Note: You can sort the columns within the comparison guide in ascending or descending order by clicking on the column title.

    Product Images Diaper Brand and Name Sizes Quantity Price
    Wee-Wee Disposable Doggie Diapers X-Small, Small, Medium, Large and X-Large 12 diapers $
    Simple Solution Washable Diapers Double X-Small, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large and X-Large 1 Diaper $
    PoochPad PoochPant Diaper XX-Small, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large 1 diaper $
    SnuggEase Washable Dog Diaper XX-Small, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large, XXX-Large 1 diaper $$
    Wiki Wags Brand Dog Disposable Wraps (Bellybands) X-Small, Small, Medium 12 diapers $
    PlayaPup Dog Belly Bands for Incontinence/Trainin XX-Small, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large 1 belly band $
    Washable Doggie Dungarees - Dog Diaper X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large 1 doggie dungarees $
    Petego Hot Pants Dog Panties Small, Medium, Large 1 Dog Panty $
    Tinkle Belts X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large 1 Tinkle Pad $
    Simple Solution Original Training Pads 23 inches by 24 inches 50 Training Pads $

    The diapers within the table above really just start to scratch the surface. There are so many brands and manufacturers creating these products that there’s no way that we’re able to list every product available. Nevertheless, male and female dog diapers are available at nearly every price range and from a wide variety of manufacturers. Before you make a purchase, you will need to decide whether you want disposable dog diapers or washable dog diapers.

    What is a Dog Diaper?

    As a dog owner you may never have considered you would one day be in need of diapers for your dog. The reality is that diapers for dogs can be incredibly beneficial in a number of situations you may encounter throughout your dog’s life. Knowing that dog diapers are readily available when your family’s pooch is in need of them can be a huge relief.

    Dog diapers are similar to baby diapers in that the purpose is generally to help the owner cope with a dog’s urinary problems. They’re great for new animals that have not been completely house trained yet. When many pet owners consider house training their dog, they seldom consider dog diapers.

    Most people may not even know that dog diapers actually exist! Additionally, these diapers can be used for ageing dogs, dogs with mental disabilities or incontinence problems. Also, diapers are often utilised when pet owners know that will be away from the house for an extended time period. Like baby or adult diapers, dog diapers come in single use disposable form and in washable fabrics.

    There are a number of reasons that you might be searching for dog diapers as the solution to problems that you are facing with your dog.

    Territorial Marking

    Whether you’ve had your male dog for three weeks or three years, territorial marking can become an issue with all dogs; particularly if the dog is a rescue or if there have recently been changes to the household or your living situation. Not only is territorial marking horrible to have to deal with, it can lead to a lifetime of bad habits that are just incredibly frustrating.

    With dog diapers however, you’ll be able to greatly minimize the indoor territorial marking, and of course help to keep your home from smelling horrid when you walk in through the door at the end of the day.

    Not only will the dog diapers help to prevent your pooch from marking his territory on your sofa, but they can also help as a part of training him out of this habit. Keep in mind that if your dog is under a bit of stress or there is a new dog in the house that he may need a bit of behavioral training in order to help him get over this habit and the need to mark his territory all around your home.

    House training Puppies and Rescue Dogs

    House training hard-headed puppies and older rescue dogs can be somewhat of a challenge, especially for those of us who aren’t home all day to shepherd the dogs outside every hour. Dog diapers can help you to reinforce to your dog that he or she needs to restrict potty activities outdoors, without the risk of coming home to wet patches on the carpet.

    Puppies are typically easier to house train than older dogs, but you might find that your rescued adult dog is struggling with the idea of housetraining. Dog diapers can help to minimise the frustration you both feel as you learn to live together, and as you learn to develop trust with one another.

    Medical Issues

    Some medical conditions might lead your dog to have an increased urine output, like being on steroids or while adjusting his or her insulin levels if your dog is diabetic. In an ideal world we could all spend each day at home when our dogs are sick or adjusting to new medications. Unfortunately, most of us just can’t do that. Short of leaving your dog outdoors or crating him, there’s not much that can be done to try and combat accidental potty accidents in the house; unless you use dog diapers on him.

    Dog diapers can help to get your dog through this adjustment period, and can be used until he is feeling well enough to where you are no longer concerned about coming home to puddles all over the house. It just wouldn’t be fair on your dog to be expected to hold it all day in his crate, and this can also lead to urinary tract infections, and later on kidney concerns if he is holding it.

    With well-fitting dog diapers, your pup can relieve himself when he needs to, and you can be saved the need to clean up puddles when you get home in the afternoons.

    Dog diapers are also a superb choice for using on your unsprayed female dog when she goes into heat. With well-fitted dog diapers on hand, you’ll be able to avoid messes and stains that would otherwise be possible with an in-heat dog.

    Ageing Issues

    Whether we are ready to face it or not, our dogs are going to get older, and they could potentially face common aging issues like incontinence. Don’t spend your dog’s twilight years being frustrated with puddles on the floor that he just couldn’t hold any longer. With dog diapers you’ll be able to help avoid those puddles that senior dogs are so well-known for leaving around the house. Always discuss your dog’s incontinence with your veterinarian as there are some medications that can help to reduce his problems.

    Keep in mind that incontinence accidents are often out of the control of your dog. He could stand up and leave a puddle behind, without even knowing that he did so. With well-fitting dog diapers you can protect your floors, help to avoid feeling frustrated and upset with your senior dog, and you can both enjoy spending time together.

    What to Know Before You Buy Dog Diapers

    There are just a few things to keep in mind before you buy dog diapers. The first is that dog diapers are available in a range of sizes, which will help to ensure the perfect fit when you put the diapers on your dog. Knowing your dog’s weight and waist size can help you to select the right size for your dog.

    Dog diapers are typically available in both cloth and disposable versions. Cloth dog diapers are often the more economical choice, but they can also be less convenient because they will require an extra load of laundry. Disposable dog diapers do offer more convenience and are known for being able to better hold fluid, but they can be a bit more expensive.

    If you do plan on using dog diapers on your dog, or on your dogs, be sure that you change them frequently. A dog that is left in a diaper for too long can develop skin irritations that could be painful, and could also put your house training efforts back significantly as he heals from the irritation. It is also recommended that your dog gets frequent baths throughout the week, especially if he is ill and having several soaked diapers at the end of each day or in the mornings.

    Review of the Top 5 Dog Diapers

    Candidly, all of the diapers included in the comparison table above are really good options. Although, there are a few that I want to point out as favourites. Below you’ll find our overall picks for the best dog diapers and a more detailed review of each diaper.

    1 Simple Solution Washable Cover-Ups

    Simple Solution Cover-ups are machine washable diapers designed for heavy seasonal flow or serious cases of urination. You can simply attach the Simple Solution disposable liner to the internal net liner.

    These diapers work really well to protect upholstery, floors and bedding. General care includes machine washing these diapers on a gentle cycle. It’s generally recommended that you hang diapers to dry.

    2 Wiki Wags Brand Disposable Male Dog Wraps

    This Wiki Wags disposable dog wrap entirely and easily covers the area of the dog to help prevent them from urinating on walls, furniture, curtains, flooring, rugs and other household items. It’s developed entirely for the male dog anatomy. You also don’t have to purchase an extra lining or worry about cleaning the wraps – since they’re disposable.

    The Wiki Wags product comes in a variety of sizes. You should choose from extra small for puppies with a waistline of between 6 – 13 inches. Small for pets with waist measurements of 12 – 19 inches. Medium for puppies with a waist dimension between 18 – 25 inches. Large for animals with a waist dimension greater than 25 inches. To ensure the correct fit, you will need to accurately measure your dog’s waistline.

    3 Washable Doggie Dungarees – Dog Diaper

    The Washable Doggie Dungarees are covered using a soft plaid bamboo cloth for additional comfort and an absorbing mesh liner for safety against a heavier flow of fluid or waste. For dogs that consistently have a heavier flow, I would suggest using absorbent liners for additional protection. For minor excitable urination, it’s safe to use the diapers alone, or along with the inserts.

    To be clear, the dog diaper inserts aren’t commonly needed – unless a female dog is in heat. These Washable Doggie Dungarees perform best with urine, but can also hold poop when needed. And, of course these dog diapers are washable.

    4 PlayaPup Dog Belly Bands for with Incontinence Problems/Training

    PlayaPup belly bands provides several excellent advantages. There are ideal for those canines who want to mark their territory and dribble round your house. The stomach band trains them not to pee in the home or when heading out, when your dog has it on. Belly bands also supply short-term assistance to dogs with incontinence issues, particularly designed for elderly male dogs. For pee absorption, include a panty liner or tissues.

    5 Petego Hot Pants Dog Panties

    These stylish female dog diapers (Petego Hot Pants Dog Panties) offer safety for female dogs in heat and for urination incontinence in dogs. When using the Hot Pants Dog Panties you mitigate cluttered cleanups and furniture stains. The Hot Pants can be utilised with adhesive Hot Pads.

    What Did You Choose?

    You’ve seen the various options that are available and we’ve reviewed some of our top picks for the dog diapers on the market. It’s now time for your to pick the diaper that meets the needs of your dog, fits your budget and provides the right kind of protection that you’re looking for.

    It’s also important to note that new dog diapers are being released all the time. Due to this fact, the comparison table will be updated periodically as new diapers need to added to the list. Also, if you believe that we missed the mark and failed to list a particular diaper that works great for you, please let us know.

  • How can I restore my cavalier’s coat?
    14 October 2019

    My King Charles Cavalier Spaniel is almost 5 years old and her coat is pretty dull and dry for her breed. I think it’s because of the fact that she was shaved by a groomer when she was 1 - I’ve heard that Cavalier’s arent meant to be shaved.

    Today, again, she was shaved. Which was totally unnecessary. All she needed was a trim, but she came back to us completely bald and her coat looks very choppy. It seems this happens at every groomer we take her to.

    Is there anything that can be done to make her coat more silky, like a spaniel’s should be?

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  • Candy corn nails for Howloween!
    14 October 2019
  • Nice butt 😆 working on growing it back out cause it had to be shaved about a month and a half ago.
    14 October 2019
  • Face grooming questions (x-post from /r/grooming)
    14 October 2019

    I recently got a havanese puppy. Currently, grooming is pretty easy since she still has her puppy coat; I comb her hair while watching TV and she doesn't seem to mind.

    Here's my first question: I've been clipping the hair around her muzzle fairly short (see attached photo); it's choppy, but I prefer this look to the dog-mustache that the long-haired breeds tend to get. I've never seen hair around the muzzle kept short on any dog except for poodles; is there a reason why it's not? Or do people just really like the dog mustache look?

    Here's my second question: I'm planning on keeping my dog in a puppy cut when she gets older. I'll probably take her to a professional groomer for full-body haircuts, but I want to eventually be able to cut hair around her eyes on my own to reduce costs, and to keep her comfortable as possible. How do you get a dog to sit still enough to use scissors or clippers around their eyes, though? It sounds really dangerous, but it has to happen.

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  • This party poodle parties so much in the daycare! A shorter cut would be appropriate!
    14 October 2019
  • Double-Sided Thinners?
    13 October 2019

    Hi,

    Anyone use double sided thinners? I have a Havanese that will not put up with clippers doing her legs and feet. Also, for some reason she does not like the sound of shears that just cut the fur from around her feet.

    I have noticed she is not as bothered when I use the small thinners. I thought I would buy either a double sided thinner, like the small Geib Gator 30t Double-sided, or the larger Geib 40t Gator. I need to do a lot of removal, quickly before she starts acting up. I have tried my chunkers on her, but they take some time to remove her thick fur.

    Thanks for any recommendations.

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  • This blend was soooo satifying
    13 October 2019
  • Had fun grooming this handsome fella today 😊
    13 October 2019
  • Any tips on anal glands?
    13 October 2019

    This community is awesome. With all the advice from before about bathing, my wash time has significantly improved and quality has been better with very few flubs. Thank you all.

    Now. To the asshole. So, I can get some of it, but the pros seem to get the rest of it. Its like they painfully really try to get it out. I feel like if it takes that much than the dog itself wouldn't be able to until it refueled? Is that the right word? Ugh.

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Australian Dog Blogs

14 October 2019

Australian Dog Blogs
  • Product Review: Promise Pet Treats
    14 October 2019

    Promise Pet Treats is an Australian company founded in the Channel Country, to provide the first organic single ingredient pet treat for dogs. Promise Pet Treats donate 30% of profits to assist the Australian Farming communities and to protect animals on the land.

    The post Product Review: Promise Pet Treats appeared first on Paw Life.

  • Pet Travel: Top Tips for Travelling With Dogs
    14 October 2019

     

    Spending quality time with your family on holiday is something we all look forward to. But there’s a big question on every dog owners mind – can I take my dog?


    Thanks to airlines, products, accessories and a lot of pet-loving, it IS in fact possible to take your extended family member with you.


    Travelling with dogs can be hard, of course, but we’ve put together some easy steps for you to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible.  


    First of all, let’s bear in mind your destination. Will your dog actually enjoy it? A Chihuahua isn’t going to enjoy a week of skiing in France and your Husky will not enjoy a weekend break in Dubai; so before you take steps to get them there with you, ask yourself whether they will actually be comfortable at your destination.


    Next, let’s check your accommodation – do they allow pets? Does your hotel know you will have your dog with you? Are you at a pet-friendly campsite? If you answered yes to all of those questions, your last thing to consider would be how your dog will react in this situation.


    Let’s assume your dog is well trained – don’t forget to add the factor of brand new surroundings. Take precautions such as home comforts; a toy, a blanket that they are familiar with if it all gets just that bit too much for them.



    Travelling by Car

    If you are travelling with dogs in a car, make sure you are well prepared. Long journeys aren’t great at the best of times for us, so assume the same for your pup.


    • Always have a harness whilst driving. Remember, safety first.
    • Stop every 2-4 hours for toilet breaks (that probably goes for you too!)
    • If your dog suffers from car sickness, bring some remedies – your vet will be able to recommend you some for your dog.


    And lastly...

    It’s made the news multiple times, headlines in newspapers, shares on social media: leaving dogs in cars. Do not do it.



    Travelling by plane

    It is becoming more popular to take your dog overseas with you and more airlines are getting on board with this too. Some will allow you to have your dog with you in the cabin (in a carrier at all times) and some will only allow for them to travel in the hold.

    Bear in mind your flight times and stopovers – make them as short as possible. 


    If your airline is not accommodating, there are options for your dog to travel separately to you on a specialised aircraft. Of course, these also come with a higher price tag!


    • Check your airlines' policies about travelling with your pup.
    • Make sure all vaccinations are up to date.
    • Double-check travel requirements for the country you are travelling to.
    • Do not leave your dog unattended unless instructed to do so by the airline.
    • Do not take your dog out of their carrier inside the airport.

    Travelling with dogs on planes can be an enjoyable experience as long as you are prepared!



    Don’t forget –your dog will need their own suitcase too! We’ve put together a checklist for you to ensure you don’t miss anything out:


    • Pet Carrier
    • Toys
    • Food (if travelling by air, check with the airline what is allowed)
    • Water
    • Treats (if travelling by air, check with the airline what is allowed)
    • Picture of your dog is a good idea (in case they get lost)
    • Vaccinations and documentation
    • Collar with tag
    • Sunscreen – YES!
    • Blanket/towel
    • Dog bags

    And of course, anything else your pup cannot live without!



    Remember, holidays are supposed to be a time of relaxation and a well-deserved break. If you are planning to travel with your dog, the more organised you are, the smoother your experience will go!


    If you need any more tips or would like to share some more of your own then just reach out to us on our Facebook page! (Petz Park). The team are more than happy to help.
  • Dog Fleas & Ticks: Parasite Prevention & Treatment for Dogs
    14 October 2019

     

    All doggie owners dread it but unfortunately may eventually have to deal with it.


    Fleas and ticks are most certainly unwanted parasites that latch onto your dog’s coat and skin. Fleas will move from dog to dog whilst ticks are more commonly found in infested wildlife areas.


    Allowing your dog to live with fleas or ticks can cause some serious damage.


    Fleas can bring other issues such as Flea Allergy Dermatitis, Anaemia and/or Tapeworms. Ticks being left untreated will almost always lead to respiratory or heart failure. As they feed, they secret paralysis toxins. The longer they are present, the more serious danger your dog could be in.


    Most fleas and ticks are found around the head or neck of your dog. This is because they are areas your dog cannot reach itself. 



    What do you need to look out for?


    Flea symptoms include:


    • Hair Loss
    • Itching
    • Scabs
    • Tiny red dots
    • Biting or chewing at the skin

    It is also common to be able to see “flea dirt” on your dog.


    Tick signs may include:


    • Lumps on skin
    • Limping
    • Difficulty eating
    • A weakness in respiratory muscles

    Some ticks are big enough to be able to see whilst others are tiny. Generally, the longer they have been on your dog, the bigger they are likely to be.

    There are 73 species in Australia – different ones can present different symptoms. 



    Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs

    Fleas and ticks are more present during the summer months in Australia. You can take precautions by avoiding wildlife areas that are commonly infected.


    There are products out there that can help too, such as sprays, shampoos and collars. Just ask your vet what your best option for your dog is!

    What Flea and Tick treatment can you use?

    Firstly, contact your vet if you are unsure of anything or need professional advice. 


    Discourage your dog from getting onto furniture and definitely do not let them sleep in your bed until you are certain to have removed any unwanted parasites.


    For Flea removal, use a flea comb. Dip it into soap and water to kill the remaining fleas. It is easier to remove the bodies. 

    Don’t stop there though – Fleas may well still be in your household. Vacuum daily and deep clean your house to ensure those pests do not return.


    Ticks can quickly lead to more serious issues so removal of them is vital as soon as possible.


    Once you have located the tick/s, use gloves and tweezers to remove them. Grab the tick as close to your dog’s skin as possible and pull up in one motion, being careful not to break the body – it could get stuck in your dog’s skin. If using a tick removal tool, twist out rather than pull.

    Clean the bite and check it often over the next few weeks. 


    If you notice any symptoms then contact your vet. 


    If any infections or diseases have risen, your dog may be administered antibiotics, antiserum or other flea and tick treatment for dogs. 




    Remember, professionals, are there to help. If you are unsure of how to spot signs, prevent or treat fleas or ticks, contact your vet for the best flea and tick treatment for dogs.


    You can also contact us if you have any further questions – we are always happy to help! Just head on over to our Facebook page (Petz Park) where we are most easily contactable.

  • Port's Howl-O-Ween Parade 2019 - October 27
    11 October 2019
    Celebrate Halloween at Port's Howl-O-Ween Paw Parade!
    Dress your pooch in the scariest, wackiest and paws-itively adorable costume this Halloween “Port’s HOWL-O-Ween”.

    On Sunday 27th October 2019, Port Melbourne proudly presents Port’s HOWL-O-Ween from 9:00am to midday, and a Trick-or-Treat Trail for the kids and their pups starting at 11:00am till 2:00pm on Rouse Street, Port Melbourne.

    Last year’s successful HOWL-O-Ween saw over 350 pooches and their owners in costumes embark on the biggest Doggy Trick or Treat ever seen! 

    This year event organisers are expecting the event to be bigger than ever, kicking off with a spooktacular parade down Rouse Street, giving participants the chance to win incredible prizes for costumes and tricks.

    After the parade, kids and their pooches can embark on the trick-or-treat trail starting at the haunted jumping castle in Rouse Street! 

    Registration for the Doggie Trick-or-Treat Parade is $10 at www.3207port.com.au, with 100% of the proceeds donated directly to Guide Dogs Victoria.

    Organisers are also looking for clever pooches, party pups and doggone funny dogs to share their talents with Australia.




    This Port Melbourne Halloween event will showcase exhibitors, entertainment for young and old, and a series of competitions and contests throughout the morning.

    With Rouse Street Port Melbourne having more family canines than any other suburb in Australia this HOWL-O-Ween Paw Parade is sure to be popular amongst the community – where everyone is welcome to bring along their furry friends of all shapes and sizes – it’s an awesome op-paw-tunity to bond with your best friend as well as make some new lifetime pals. 

    When: Sunday 27th October 2019, from 9:00am to 2:00pm

    Where: on the corner of Liardet & Bay St., Port Melbourne, VIC, 3207

    Cost: The $10 registration fee is a donation to the Guide Dogs of Victoria (kids events are FREE).

    Howl-O-Ween Program 2019
    9 am - 10 am: Dog Registration Check-In
    10 am - 11 am: Doggie Parade
    11 am - 1 pm: Competitions, Entertainment, Prizes
    9 am - 2 pm: Haunted Jumping Castle
    11 am - 2 pm: Children’s Trick or Treat

    For further information and registration details, visit: www.3207port.com.au/howl2019
  • The Pawfie Selfie Pet Photography Tool
    11 October 2019
    We're possibly one of the few people on this planet to have never taken a selfie so imagine our surprise when a mysterious brown parcel turned up on our doorstep a couple of days ago with (you guessed it!) a brand new tool to help us take better selfies. 

    However, we do take loads of pics of our own dogs who are not always co-operative during photo shoots so we decided it was worth investigating a little further...

    The Pawfie story



    The Pawfie was created by Emma, the dog and cat loving Founder from Sydney-based company Furfresh, who also offer whole food options and natural dog and cats treats only using 100% human grade ingredients.  


    The Pawfie was born out of her pure frustration at doggie events and also at home trying to capture the perfect selfie or picture of her own dog! At dog shows she was constantly struggling to hold the treat, give a voice command and also somehow hit the camera button to take the picture. Most of the time either the treat or the phone would end up on the ground. We could relate to that!

    A solution was needed that was lightweight and ultimately super versatile to hold different sized treats, on practically any phone or camera, and in a number of positions. 

    What is the Pawfie?

    Made from food-grade silicone that is easily cleaned for better hygiene, Pawfie is described as a versatile Ultimate Pet Photography Tool

    The innovative design uses suction cups of the underside of the Pawfie that can attach to the front screen, back or even wrap around the top, bottom or side of your phone. 

    Thanks to the flexible nature of silicone and the suction cups, the Pawfie can be adjusted to fit virtually any sized treat - customers have used it with tiny pieces of dried chicken or as big as a whole freeze dried sardine! 

    Most people use a phone case to protect their screens but it still works - it was tested it out on Otterbox, Body Glove and Lifeproof style cases. 

    But you can always attach it to the front screen/screen cover and use the side buttons to shoot. Genius! 

    Photo (and lead): @lewis_cavoodle
    Why use Treat Selfie Stick and not a Ball Selfie Stick? Let's face it, some dogs are ball motivated but 99% of dogs are food motivated! And cats, well, when they do decide to grace us with their presence they are much more affectionate if we're holding food!

    If you too have struggled taking still photos of your dogs and cats and want them to "strike a pose" for longer whilst feeling rewarded for their efforts, this could be the answer to your prayers!

    So now instead of saying "Cheese", try saying "Australian Kangaroo Fillet + Organic Parsley" low-fat treat to your pet. 
    Please let us know how you go?

    Price & Where to Buy

    RRP: $14.95 at furfresh.com.au
  • Healthy Homemade Dog Treats – Out Now!
    10 October 2019

    Pretty Fluffy’s first ever hard cover book, Healthy Homemade Dog Treats is available today!

    If I can say so myself these are my best recipes yet.

    Healthy Homemade Dog Treats is filled with easy, everyday recipes for go-to pet treats you’ll actually be bothered to make (and find yourself using over and over again). These nutritious, delicious, budget friendly, and oh-so-simple-to-make dog treat recipes include:

    • Kong and treat ball stuffers that are healthy and preservative-free
    • Natural chews that keep your dog entertained and occupied
    • Fun, cute, yummy treats for birthdays and celebrations that also look great in photos
    • No bake treats to save you time
    • Freezer friendly treats that allow you to batch cook
    • Healthy, dog approved training treats to help your dog stay focused
    • Yummy biscuits that help freshen your doggo’s breath
    • A whole section devoted to holidays, and special occasions
    • And so much more!

    With a huge variety of treats to reward, train, and pamper, every recipe is designed to make life easier and sweeter for you and your dog. Packed with mouth-watering images, easy step-by-step instructions, handy hints, allergy alternatives, nutritional info, and more, Healthy Homemade Dog Treats is the must-have recipe handbook for every dog owner.

    Packed with over 70 simple and delicious recipes for your furry best friend, I’m so glad I get to finally share this book with you!

    Available Now USA AUSTRALIA UK, EUROPE & WORLDWIDE Editorial Reviews
    “Healthy Homemade Dog Treats is the ultimate dog treat recipe book. Filled with easy, nutritious, and tasty recipes, it’ll have your dog begging for more.” —Dr. Katrina Warren, media veterinarian

    “You and your dog are both going to love this book. Filled with simple, fresh, and healthy treat recipes for your dog, Serena Faber-Nelson’s beautiful new book packs in the inspiration with yummy yet super-easy recipes (think coconut-dusted bliss balls for dogs that double as a Kong stuffer). You’ll have a hard time deciding what to make first!” —Modern Dog magazine

    “The sweetest doggy treat bake book I ever did see! Can’t wait to whip up some of these recipes for my own pup!” —Tessa Sam, baker and author of Sweet Bake Shop

    The post Healthy Homemade Dog Treats – Out Now! appeared first on Pretty Fluffy.

  • Spooktacular Halloween Gift Ideas for Dogs
    09 October 2019
    Everyone’s favourite spooky season is nearly here so how will you celebrate with your dogs this year?

    This is Halloween … Pups and dogs of every age, wouldn't you like to see something strange? From delicious dog treats to scary dog toys and not so scary accessories, we've got your spooktacular night covered!





    The Trick or Treat game is on again! Save yourself from angry mobs of Cavoodles throwing toilet paper rolls over your trees or these teenage Viszlas egging your garage! 

    This cute Halloween Dog Hamper by Willows Pantry is a selection of their finest peanut butter & coconut dog cookies plus a yoghurt treat.  All these artisan cookies are hand decorated and they come in a decorative cookie box.

    Willow's Pantry Howl-o-Ween Cookies are grain free, organic and made with plant powered colours. 

    "When there's no more room in the oven, the cookies will walk the earth!" - George A. Romero 
    So don't be a creep to your dog and buy them now before they are sold out!


    RRP: $25.00 at www.willowspantry.com.au

    Please note that $5.00 of every bag sold are donated to @victorianbullterrierrescue




    These fun Halloween noodle boxes by Brisbane-based Jojo & Lola Jerky Chompers are hand decorated with beautiful printed satin ribbon, a spooky glittery bat and are filled with a sampler bag of Jerky Chomper treats.

    The Jerky Chomper Sampler Bag contains:
    • 1 x Beef & Liver
    • 1 x Chicken & Liver
    • 1 x Turkey & Liver
    • 1 x Tuna & Chicken
    • 1 x Salmon & Chicken
    • 1 x Mackerel & Chicken
    • 1 x Chicken & Rainbow Trout

    There’s also a special Halloween box just for kitties to avoid jealousy!

    RRP: $11.00 (for dogs) at www.jojoandlolasjerkychompers.com.au



    This Zippy Burrow will get your dog in the mood for Halloween! 

    Dogs love to bury their noses in the Zippy Burrow Coffin to dig out the little critters (it comes with three little ghosts). 

    They’ll be begging you to put them back in the burrow again and again! This is a fun interactive toy to keep dogs busy and engaged. It is suitable for small to medium dogs.

    RRP: $26.95 at www.trick4treat.com






    Your pup will have the most frighteningly good time with any of the FuzzYard Howl-O-Ween collection of themed plush dog toys!


    The hardest part will be choosing just one but here are our personal favourites:

    * Howl-O-Ween Pumpkin Head plush dog toy
    * This Howl-O-Ween, Mr Surprise is the IT when it comes to plush dog toys from FuzzYard! 
    * Not even garlic will keep your pup from playing with Monsieur Vampy, the vampire plush dog toy 
    * Your pup will go batty this Howl-O-Ween with Wayne the bat plush dog toy 

    So this Halloween give your dog something to sink their teeth into because all these spooky toys come with a squeaker inside (your guests will appreciate!).

    RRP: $12.95 at www.peticular.com.au




    When it comes to pet homewares, Australian designer Indie Boho offers beautifully designed products that actually enhance your home décor.


    These Mexican Skulls design dog (and cat) food and water bowls are classically styled, environmentally friendly and super durable. 

    This Day-of-the-Dead inspired design features sombreros, chillies, cacti, tequila and of course decorative skulls, reminiscent of a Mexican fiesta!

    Glazed ceramic is non-toxic and completely safe to feed your dogs from. The non-slip base is easily removable for the dishwasher and it also prevents the clanking sounds that most dogs hate!


    Made to match your existing Indie Boho Mexican Skulls Bed and Mexican Skulls Blanket to ensure your home remains beautifully styled.

    Available in Medium (15cm diameter) or Large (19cm) but why not get the set?

    RRP: $50.95 at www.indieboho.com.au


    This Skeleton Bones dog costume also glows in the dark for extra spookiness! Dress your dog up for Halloween, just for fun or any other special occasion! This costume also doubles up as fun dog pyjamas. 

    Available in sizes to suit dog breeds from Chihuahuas to Labradors.

    RRP: $36.95 at www.morethanpaws.com.au






    Does your dog always try to be the King of the party? Then this is the perfect night to transform your furry friend into the King of the Jungle and hear him roar!

    This Lion Mane Costume by Doggytopia features fluffy faux fur with ears and adjustable draw-string toggle for a neat fit.

    Your dog can wear this costume to scare off tricksters on Halloween or don this Lion Mane for photo shoots or parties.

    The size will fit a circumference of 60cm to 80cm and there is an adjustable draw-string toggle. Please measure your doggy accurately before buying to ensure the perfect fit!

    To ensure the perfect match, this dog costume is available in 3 colours: Light Brown, Dark Brown & Black.

    RRP: $24.95 at www.doggytopia.com.au



    Even the pooch with the sunniest disposition can turn into Dogzilla for one night or the pet parade at your local Dog Day Out...

    Made from green stretch jersey, this costumes comes with padded tail, felt spots, spikes and teeth! 

    Both the neck and hood have an elastic trimming for a snug fit. Available in 12 sizes (from 15cm-70+cm), this outfit can be made to order in other colours - simply email your idea...

    RRP: $45 at www.fluppies.com.au







    Is your pooch a little naughty? This Little Devil costume featuring a black satin cape with a white and red trim will match his/her personality! 

    It comes with a hood complete with eye mask, sparkly red horns and a cute little tail. This is the perfect costume for Halloween, dress ups or just for fun!
    Available in 6 sizes to suit Chihuahuas up to large Staffies, small German Shepherds.

    RRP: from $31.50 at
     www.pittapattaboutique.com.au




    If your dogs won’t tolerate wearing a dog costume let alone a hat, they may be okay with wearing a loose T-Shirt (if it’s not too hot!).


    This Halloween themed T-Shirt will make your pet feel like a super star at any party! The Bootique 'Dapper Skull in Hat' is great for Halloween parties at home and trick or treating.

    The Bootique range is exclusive to Petbarn and also includes dog toys and hats.

    Available in 3 sizes: Small (30-36cm); Medium (36-43cm) and  Large (43-51cm).

    RRP: $11.99 (40% off special) in stores or at www.petbarn.com.au





    Trick or treat? Well, your dog can have both this Halloween! 

    The "Tricky Treats" Dog Bandana by LoveLaikyn features the spookiest cupcakes in Halloween town on the front and delicious candy corn doughnuts on the reverse side.

    Another popular option is All Hallows’ Eve, a haunting bandana featuring scary Jack-O-Lanterns (front) and gold creepy-crawly spider webs (reverse) so get ready to scare your neighbours wearing one of these ghoulish designs! 

    All cotton bandanas are handmade to order with love in Townsville (Queensland) to be shipped within 1-3 business days. 


    The bandanas are designed to slip over your pet's collar.

    RRP: from $12.00 (includes free delivery) at LoveLaikyn Etsy Shop




    The Wolf Pack Designs Australia range of dog bandanas for Halloween include: 

    • Gold Web
    • Spooky
    • Bat Shit Crazy

    These bandanas cater for all different sizes of pets, ranging from Small - perfect for cats and smaller dog breeds - to Extra Large which would suit bigger dogs like Huskies and larger breeds.

    RRP: from $9.50 (+$5 shipping) from the Wolf Pack Designs Australia Etsy shop



    Is your dog not a fan of costumes? This cute purple Skeleton Print dog bandana from That Dog Shop may just be your next best option!

    This style of bandana has been designed with wearing ease in mind and simply fastens with a snap button at the back.

    All dog bandanas are completely reversible so you get two looks rolled into one with a Purple Skeleton Print Fabric (front side) and Plain Black Cotton (reverse side).

    You can also personalise your bandana with your dog’s name on the reverse (8 font options) which is the plain black side. This bandana is available with gold glitter or white text for a truly unique look.

    RRP: $20.00 at www.thatdogshop.com.au




    If you have kids and plan on trick-or-treating that night, beware the candy, sweets and chocolate lying around that could poison your pets

    If you're having a party at home, this is stressful for your dogs as this interrupts their normal routine and they will prefer staying in their den, located in a quieter part of the house or the backyard... 

    Always make sure your dog is wearing an ID tag or personalised collar with your phone number as someone may forget to close the gate or the front door properly! 

    And if you're into decorating the house, keep all decorations, electrical cords, spider webs and streamers well out of reach from your dogs as these are choking hazards or they may end up with an..
  • Dog Dental Care: Steps That Every Pet Owner Should Take
    09 October 2019

    Dog dental care is quite often overlooked in dogs even though it is up there with one of the most important indicators of your dog’s overall health.


    Toothache and sore gums can be an indicator that your pup is dealing with pain and stress that you may not even know about. If left untreated, this can affect other parts of the body and even cause periodontal, heart, liver or kidney diseases.


    Healthy dog teeth should be clean and free of plaque and dirt. All 42 teeth should be intact and not jagged or broken. Their tongue should be moist without any signs of lumps or cuts and in most cases, their gums should be salmon pink, (although some breeds naturally have black or hints of black in them).

    Make sure you know what your dog’s mouth usually looks like and consult your vet if you notice any unusual lumped, raised spots, pale gums or red tissue.


    Dog oral care should be introduced when they are still a puppy. It is a slow process – so be patient! Starting this process early will teach your dog that it is something to expect daily (or at least a few times a week).



    What tools do you need when it comes to dog teeth care?

    The best brush to use is a double-headed brush with a 45-degree angle so to clean below the gum line. 


    Do NOT use human toothpaste – the ingredients can irritate their stomach and cause them to become very sick! Toothpaste formulated for dogs is easy to get hold of in most stores. They have a range of flavours that are appealing to your dog – although not quite the minty fresh we humans would prefer!



    How do you brush your dog’s teeth?

    Take baby steps. You want your dog to be comfortable with you touching their mouth and teeth first. Don’t rush them.


    Start by using your finger to get your dog used to the sensation. Quit trying if they become agitated and attempt again later. Once your dog becomes comfortable with this action, introduce a doggy toothbrush.


    Begin at the front of their mouth and slowly increase the areas in which you brush each time. Keep a calm and soothing tone throughout the process to keep them at ease.


    Before you know it, your dog will look forward to this event in their day! Reward them with a treat afterwards so they view it as a pleasurable time.


    Petz Park Top Tip: Try the process after your dog has exercised. They may be more inclined to sit still for a longer period of time.



    Other factors that will help you to maintain your dog dental health include specially designed chews toys and synthetic bones. They are created to help strengthen your dog’s teeth and gums. Be careful to choose a safe option for them to chew on – hard objects can cause broken teeth!

    Although giving a dog a bone will help to keep plaque build-up to a minimum, it is important that you do not rely solely on this. Maintaining good dental hygiene should be a priority.



    When should you see a vet?

    Your dog should have their teeth checked by a professional every 6-12 months, just like you. It can be a hassle for sure but can be a money saver or even a lifesaver in the long run.


    You should visit your vet out of these regular check-ups if you notice any of the following signs:


    • Bad breath
    • Change in eating or dog chewing habits
    • Pawing at the face or mouth
    • Depression
    • Excessive drooling
    • Misaligned or missing teeth
    • Discoloured, broken, missing or crooked teeth
    • Red, swollen, painful or bleeding gums
    • Yellowish-brown tartar crust along the gum line
    • Bumps or growths within the mouth



    We cannot stress enough how important it is to keep on top of your dog’s oral care. Follow our steps and you’ll both stay smiling!


    If you need any additional questions answered then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us on Facebook (Petz Park) where we can answer your queries almost instantly.

    Our expert team are the right tree to bark up! 

  • Best Joint Supplements for Dogs: Care for Hip and Joint Pain
    09 October 2019

    It is a known fact that dogs are active animals that love to be outside and engaging in physical activities. 


    But what happens when your best friend is faced with a common problem that is not spoken about enough?


    There are multiple signs and symptoms that your dog is experiencing a joint-related issue, to name a few:


    • Moving slower
    • Stiffness 
    • Limping (or favouring one side)
    • Trouble getting up and/or down
    • Difficulty in common movements
    • Licking affected area/s
    • Unwillingness to be active
    • Popping or cracking sound
    • Swelling
    • Behaviour changes
    • Whining/whimpering


    HIP DYSPLASIA

    Hip dysplasia is a common problem amongst dogs whereby the socket is not formed properly - creating pain, inflammation and irritation to a dog.

     

    It is a genetic condition that is passed down through offspring and unfortunately cannot be avoided because of this. It can affect any breed at any time during its life.


    Factors such as insufficient exercise and obesity are extremely likely to speed up the process of hip dysplasia. Keeping your dog active has never been more important!


    Dogs do not like to show pain or struggle – just like us, humans. This makes it super important to know your pup well enough to recognise the signs. 



    ARTHRITIS

    Also like humans, dogs can suffer from arthritis. This is natural wear and tear on the joint and can affect any joint in the body. 


    This is why it is essential to ensure you keep your dog's joints lubricated, even before the problem occurs. Being proactive about this will make sure your pup never even has to feel the pain! 


    If you think that your dog is experiencing either of these – contact your vet. They are there to perform x-rays and scans and give you the answer that you need. Don’t leave it until it’s too late! Many vets will recommend that you use dog arthritis supplements or other joint care for dogs.


    SO HOW DO WE FIX IT? – JOINT SUPPORT FOR DOGS

    Pain relief? Unfortunately, this isn’t the solution that your pup deserves. Yes, it will numb the pain but it doesn’t make the problem go away, only masks it.


    That’s why we have joint supplements for dogs to ensure your best friends joints are kept healthy and lubricated. 


    GLUCOSAMINE FOR DOGS

    This is a very popular supplement for dogs with joint problems – and for a very good reason!


    It is naturally occurring in the body but levels fall as the years' pass. 


    Using Glucosamine supplements will reduce pain and increase your dog’s mobility again. 


    But be careful – there are lots of different recommended dosages out there. Make sure you are following the best one for your dog. 


    MSM

    MSM is an organic form of Sulphur. 


    It is a natural analgesic – which means it reduces pain! MSM enhances the activity of cortisol in the body, in turn reducing inflammation. 


    Paw-fect!


    CHONDROITIN

    This is becoming increasingly used alongside other supplements – its benefits just keep on coming!


    The level of Chondroitin in the body, like Glucosamine, declines as joints deteriorate. By using this supplement, you can slow down that deterioration. 


    It keeps joints cushioned and also reduces inflammation. 



    But what really is the best joint supplements for dogs? 

    Knowing that these three ingredients are what actually make the difference, we created a powerful effective formula combining them – leaving us with nothing but incredible results. Petz Park Hip + Joint relieves your doggie of any pain, lubricates their joints and gives them a new lease of life. 


    If you are still unsure of the signs and symptoms, need more information on a solution or just need pointing in the right direction, Petz Park is here to help!



    Contact us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Our expert team are the right tree to bark up! 

  • Separation Anxiety in Dogs
    09 October 2019

    You come home after being away all day to find your neighbour complaining about the noise coming from your house, you look around and see pieces of furniture scratched up, the place in a mess and you look down to see one very happy pup that is overly excited to have you home.

    Sound familiar? 

    Perhaps this is an extreme case but separation anxiety is the most common specific anxiety in dogs.

    It is a term that typically refers to a dog that has formed a hyper-attachment to a single individual. If that person isn't present, the dog goes into panic mode.

    Isolation distress is a milder form that holds the same symptoms but is comfortable as long as they have a person present such as a trusted friend or family member.

    It isn’t exclusive to specific breeds but more common in some than others; usually companion and hunting dogs that are used to being in the company of others.

    You may be asking - how can a dog develop separation anxiety?

    Usually, dogs develop anxiety in the earlier stages of their life. 

    Some reasons why this may occur include but are not limited to:

    - Ageing changes associated with the central nervous system
    - Fear from a past experience (trauma)
    - Deprivation of social and environmental exposure
    - History of abandonment
    - Having multiple owners/neglect
    - Illness or painful condition (this contributes to the development of fears and phobias)

    Most visible behaviours of separation anxiety in dogs are elimination, destruction and excessive vocalisation. 

    This means if your dog is: 

    - Constantly barking, howling and/or whining
    - Chewing or digging
    - Door scratching 
    - Urinating or defecating indoors
    - Pacing or circling

    Then there may be a chance your dog is suffering from dog separation anxiety symptoms.

    Other perhaps more subtle dog behaviour problems may include; trembling, withdrawal, hiding, reduced activity and licking/biting self.

    If you suspect that your dog is suffering, a good place to start is to ask your breeder/facility your dog came from if they observed any signs of anxiety when in their care. 

    So what kind of separation anxiety treatment is there?

    Well, nothing changes if nothing changes – right? There are multiple answers to that. But it all starts with alterations.

    Separation anxiety treatment starts with YOU as a parent. Boosting their independence and teaching them that out of sight doesn’t always mean out of mind will allow your dog to enjoy some alone time again. Modify behaviours to get them to relax and not react to environmental situations.

    We have put together some important tips that you can do in order to try and create an anxiety-free zone for your best friend.

    • When you leave the house, don't make a point of leaving.
    • Try not to smother your pup (we know it’s hard not to!) with love, hugs and kisses before leaving.
    • Feed your dog a treat before leaving; enough time before your exit to keep them occupied for a prolonged period after you’ve gone.
    • Create a ‘safe place’ for them to go to, i.e. a special corner with a dog bed and their favourite toys. Never use this space during punishments.
    • Have someone stop by if they can – dog walker, neighbour, etc.
    • Play music that your pup enjoys – you can even get dog radio!
    • Don’t make a big spectacle upon your return home.
    • Exercise! This stimulates the production of serotonin, the ‘feel-good’ chemical, just like in us humans.

    These tips will make your dog realise that you leaving isn’t too much of a big deal and allow them to feel comforted in the time that they do spend alone.

    Treating anxiety can take time – just like in humans. Be patient. 

    Some fur Mum’s/Dad’s like to use things such as dog cameras to keep an eye on their pups at home. Others utilise toys that keep their dog’s brain working as a distraction or even products such as DTP (Deep Touch Pressure) blankets. Remember, everyone is different!

    Dog separation medication and supplements are also widely used and recommended by most vets (always consult yours first of course). Here at Petz Park, we put together a simple solution in order to help calm your best friend. Our carefully constructed Stress + Anxiety supplement will make sure your pup gets the most effective ingredients possible to keep them at ease when you leave.

    If you have any questions or tips that you’d love for us to share then reach out a paw and get in touch: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Alternatively, you can fill out our online form and connect with us on Facebook (Petz Park) where we can reply almost instantly to your much-loved questions!


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