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Love your Dog's fur - what to do with it after
I have had a few customers ask me to save their dog's
fur to be spun into yarn. It is a very interesting idea. And
now I have found a contact who spins it, and might be willing to also
knit something for you using the fur. Here is the link to the
Staining (on fur) - How to Make it Go Away!
I know how much it bothers many of you - the
reddish-brown saliva staining on your dog's fur! Usually residing
on feet and under eyes, around mouth, from licking and tearing.
What usually causes this? DYES IN THE DOG FOOD! I have
finally found one that doesn't seem to stain... honest! Give it a
try... Nature's Recipe - vegetarian version is what I have witnessed -
available at pet supply stores, i.e. PetCo, Laconia Pet Shop, etc...
Clean Teeth - Want a Cleaner Mouth on Your Dog?
I learned a new way to keep your dog's teeth and mouth
cleaner! No kidding... This is great. You don't have to
struggle brushing their teeth daily, or put them under anesthesia
for a cleaning. Take a cotton ball, dip it into Hydrogen Peroxide and rub
the cotton ball on your dogs teeth. Do not put too much on it so your dog
swallows it, it does induces vomiting. Use just enough to wet the teeth,
making them fizz. Believe it or not, the hydrogen peroxide eats bacteria
that causes tartar. You will help your dog fight bad breathe and help them
keep their teeth clean and healthy. Great news, hu?
Shedding? No Magic Cure...
But there are ways to keep it under control. First, brush your
dog regularly -at least once a week- with a slicker brush (curved
wire bristles), or a de-shedding loop, or even the Furminator. This will help remove the dead hair before it gets all
over your house. Plus, you should have your dog professionally groomed
regularly, you wont
believe the the difference it makes!
Having a baby? Help the Dog Adapt...
Pets (especially dogs) are very sensitive to changes in
their household. And babies are a BIG change! The best way to introduce
your dog to the baby is to have someone bring something home from the
hospital after delivery. This item needs to be something the baby has been
around (hat, blanket, etc). This will give your dog a chance to get used
to (and familiar with) the new smell of the baby before you bring it into
the house. This way, when you walk in with your bundle of joy your
dog will be already familiar with the baby. He'll still be curious, but it
wont be as shocking.
Remember too, during the pregnancy, don't push your dog
away. They sense the changes and need to be reassured everything is OK.
And, after bringing the baby home, don't isolate your
dog, ignore him, leave him outside... They are a part of the family and
need to know you still love them!
Spaying and Neutering - Fact and myths
Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of
health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
Puppy Mills - What you should know
Although it's hard to resist that puppy in the pet store window, you
should walk right past the shop and right to your nearest animal shelter.
Buying dogs from pet stores supports mass dog-breeding operations known as
puppy mills. Learn what you can do to close down this cruel industry.
Pet Allergies - What you can do
For many, the benefits of animal companionship outweigh the drawbacks
of pet allergies. Shaving your pet down helps family members with
allergies or even professional bathing has some rewards. Anything
that helps remove or limit the animal's dander. Also, following these guidelines can help you coexist with
your pet, even if you have allergies.