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foods that dogs should never eat

Food that Your Dogs Should NEVER Eat

As dog owners, we all want what’s best for our dogs. The most important thing with taking care of our pets is knowing what is good and bad for them starting with their diet. While it’s recommended that dog owners feed our dogs with food made specifically for dogs, as it already has the nutrients that dogs need, there are dogs that actually don’t like most dog foods.

Some dogs prefer actual human food than dog food so a lot of dog owners give dogs table scraps as food. While it is less expensive to feed dogs leftovers, it is not always safe for the dogs. Apparently, not all human food is safe for your dog. Some can actually be bad for them including some that are perfectly healthy for us humans.

Here are some of the foods that your dog shouldn’t eat:

  1. Chocolate – For humans, all chocolates are a sweet treat. For dogs, it deadly and definitely not a treat. Chocolates act as a stimulant which makes your dog’s heartbeat irregular that may cause seizures and even lead to cardiac arrest. It also induces frequent urination, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you even suspect your dog to have eaten chocolates of any sorts, it’s best to take the dog immediately to the vet.
  2. Milk – Like for some humans with lactose intolerance, milk, and other dairy products can cause harm to dog’s system too. Although we all know that as pups they breastfeed milk for food, dogs can still become lactose intolerant. Milk contains sugar that dogs don’t have the enzymes to break it down. For some dogs, consumption of milk could lead to diarrhea, vomiting and gastrointestinal problems.
  3. Grapes and Raisins– These fruits causes disorder in the dog’s kidneys and digestive system. Some of the havoc’s symptoms include frequent urination, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  4. Onions and Garlic – Onions causes the breakdown of dog’s red blood cells which affects the supply of the much-needed oxygen. If you are to feed your dogs with table scraps make sure to take out the onions or the dish was not prepared with onions. The effects of onions to dogs can be cumulative over time. Symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fever, and exhaustion. Since garlic is from the family of onions, it takes after onion’s effects to dogs. Garlic has components that have high toxicity levels.
  5.  Alcoholic Beverages – Giving alcohol to dogs can lead to alcohol poisoning.
  6. Caffeinated Drinks – Like Chocolates s, they act as stimulants to dogs and may cause cardiac arrest.
  7. Raw Fish – Fishes that are usually consumed raw like salmon can contain parasites which can hatch on your dog’s digestive tract.
  8. Avocadoes – For most animals, avocados are toxic. The toxins damage internal organs like the heart, lungs and other tissues.

Not all foods that we humans eat are good for our man’s best friend. It pays to know what is good and not good to our pets since this is all about their health. A healthy dog is definitely a happy dog with a happy owner.

fostering rescue animals

Fostering Rescue Dogs

If you are an animal lover and thinking of bringing a dog or cat into your family, consider getting them from an animal shelter, as it’s probably the noblest thing to do. While no one wants to see any dogs or any other animals beaten, abused, or abandoned, many animal shelter pets have these animals. It’s because animal shelters take dogs and cats there were probably abandoned, abused and neglected.

Some of them even die on the streets from hunger, illness, or injury. The ones that are lucky get picked up and sent to animal shelters for possible adoption. So, if you’re thinking of getting a dog to take care of, go to animal shelters and adopt a dog or a cat. This way, you’re helping the domestic animal population in general.

Although fostering a dog is highly encouraged than buying one, fostering a dog isn’t just for anyone. Dogs that are from the shelter are different from dogs that you get to buy on the pet shop. These foster dogs are dogs with experience of mostly abuse, mistreatment, and abandonment. And you must bear in mind that being fostered and finding new owners is a huge thing and new hope for their lives.

Fostering a dog is a huge responsibility and it requires more patience and real commitment from the owner. Since these dogs mostly have bad experiences, anyone who wants to foster must have experience with dogs. Most shelters usually make sure that the people who are adopting the pet are ones that actually care and would be responsible owners for the cat or dog.

Dogs that have experienced abuse or were abandoned are often the most difficult to foster as they have developed fear, trauma and a lot of anxieties from their past experiences. They often have trust issues and it would take for someone to have a lot of patience to actually get the dog to follow and give trust to the owner to take care of him.

One must need to encourage them to have confidence and patiently teach them to be social. It should be in a foster owner’s capacity to be patient and give love and care for these dogs who haven’t felt it before.

During the process of adoption, here are some of the questions that you need to ask the shelter before taking a dog:

  1. How did he come to be with the shelter or rescue group? How long has he been there?
  2. Does he have any medical concerns or need medication?
  3. Has the dog been given vaccines for anti-rabies, heartworm and other diseases?
  4. Does he have any behavioral issues or concerns? How are they dealt with?
  5. How can you take care of the dog?

This is only some of the information that you need to know about the dog. It’s important to have a background of how the dog ended up in the shelter. That way you will have an idea of how you can take care of him or her and you’ll be able to know what makes the dog anxious and eventually help him overcome it. That way you will be able to gain his trust and he or she will let you take care of them.

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Grooming for Different Types of Dogs

Dogs come in different coat types depending on their breeds. That’s why understanding their coat type or fur will give you an advantage when it comes to making them look at their best. As a dog groomer, you must learn the right techniques of grooming. You should also take into consideration the pet owner’s preferences, lifestyle, and the dog’s coat characteristics. For future references, it would help if you keep a photo album of the different mixed breed hair styles you’ve provided. That way, you can easily share them with pet owners and set their expectations about the results.

I’ve personally worked as a dog groomer at Mobile Dog Grooming Simi Valley for three years. So here are some brief dog-grooming tips I can give you that you can apply:

Long-Haired Coat

There are various problems associated with dogs that have a long-haired coat. Regular check-up on their coat is important to prevent ticks and fleas which are common with this type of dogs. More grooming, care, and maintenance are required compared to short-haired breeds. Be sure to check their matted hair around the anus as well as around the ear to prevent unhealthy skin conditions and other serious illnesses.

Short-Haired Coat

Dogs with this type of breed require less grooming. However, you need to get rid of dead hair and debris that are often found in their coat using a slicker brush or a soft brush. Meanwhile, breeds with a dense undercoat would require occasional grooming using a shedding rake.

Smooth Coat

Smooth-coated dogs do not need to be brushed daily, but brushing is still beneficial to help preserve the natural moisture of their skin. Maintaining a clean coat that is free from shed hairs and dirt is possible using a bristle brush. Examples of dog breeds that have a smooth coat are the Weimaraner and the Great Dane.

Wirehaired Coat

A wirehaired coat is often rough and bristly, thus it requires a groomer to pluck or strip out the breed’s straggly hair using the fingers or a stripping knife. Doing such will stimulate the breed’s skin and allow new hair to grow. Fox Terrier and the Border are two examples of breeds that have this kind of coat.

Single and Double Coats

Dogs with single coats lack a layer of undercoat, but they do have an outer guard fur. It’s essential to always spray single coats with water or conditioner before grooming to prevent breakage.  Afghan Hound is an example of a dog with a single coat type.

On the other hand, dogs with double coats have outer guard hairs with an inner layer of undercoat. This characteristic allows them to endure any type of weather outside. Working breeds and some sporting dogs often have double coats.

Corded Coat

These breeds have curly coats that require regular baths to keep their fur clean. Matting their coats similar to dreadlocks will create a weather-resistant shield in some hunting breeds. Unfortunately, corded coats will take long hours to dry after each bath.

Wooly or Wavy Coat

Curly or wavy coats can easily get knotted and tangled. It is, therefore, important to always spray some conditioner or water before brushing this type of coat to prevent breakage.

Hairless Coat

Although breeds with this type of coat have no hair, their skin must still be maintained the same way as other breed coats. They still require regular baths, moisturizer, and sunscreen in places with hot climates.