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Never Lose Your Dog With A GPS Tracker

Having a GPS tracker for your dog* could be a lifesaver. For instance, your dog could run off somewhere and if he wasn’t in sight it would be very difficult to locate him.

Never Lose Your Dog With A GPS Tracker

Your dog could be injured while out walking and may not able to come back to you. With a tracker, you’d be able to locate his whereabouts quickly and easily.

Tractive* uses real-time cellular GPS live tracking, it doesn’t matter where you are or at what time it is. This device works worldwide, you’ll always be connected to your dog or cat and be able to see the exact location of your pet on any browser or smartphone.

Virtual Fence

Tractive has a feature called virtual fence (geofence). This immediately notifies you when your pet leaves a pre-defined safe area. This could be set to notify you when your dog leaves the back garden for example.

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Monitor Activity

Keep tabs on your dog’s fitness level and set activity goals for your dog. Keep him fit and healthy using the useful information the Tractive provides in the dog daily activity records.

Location History & Sharing

See all the places where your dog has been with the location history and share your dog’s location with family and friends. (Sharing is a premium feature).

Details

The device is small & lightweight, 100% waterproof and shock-resistant. It weighs less than 30g and has an interchangeable battery that will last 2-5 days depending on use and the strength of the cellular signal. Charging takes less than 3 hours.

The tracker easily fits different sized collars with a flexible clip and mount.

Tractive GPS trackers do require a subscription plan, this covers the cost for data communication and only charges a flat subscription fee.

Choose between different options on the Tractive website here*.


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Never Lose Your Dog With A GPS Tracker
See the exact location of your dog on any browser or smartphone

Where Do Dogs Get Worms and Other Parasites From?

There are a variety of worms that cause illness in your dogs such as heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and whipworms. What causes worms in dogs?

Let’s take a closer look.

Where Do Dogs Get Worms and Other Parasites From?

Hookworms

Hookworms are predominately found in dog faeces. If your dog eats these faeces they can develop this condition. Look for the following signs: loose stool or blood in the stool, the dog seems bloated, gas, has an unusual appetite, and his coat seems to be on the dull side.

Roundworms

Roundworms come from dogs ingesting the egg of the roundworm. In puppies, they may become infected through the mother. Signs that your dog has roundworm may be exhibited as follows: vomiting, diarrhoea, bloating, gas, and unusual appetite.

Heartworms

Heartworms* are usually developed from mosquitoes. This condition can result during warm months when dogs are more exposed to these pests. Signs your dog may have heartworm include lethargy, coughing, appetite loss, difficulty breathing, and may become more tired than usual after exercise. This condition requires immediate treatment from a vet.

Tapeworms

Tapeworms are caused by dogs eating fleas. Regular inspection of your dog’s rectum to detect if there are any white rice-like parasites will clearly indicate your dog has tapeworms. Other signs may include: itching in the infected area, inability to digest food, loss of weight, and stomach pain.

Whipworm

Whipworm is caused by dogs that eat other faeces that have been infested with worms or if they happen to step in faeces and lick their paw. A dog with this condition will have a bloody stool, unusual appetite, will become bloated, experience cramps, and have a dull coat.

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There are other serious conditions which can affect a dog’s health, particularly puppies. While these are not attributed to worms, they should nonetheless be noted. Coccidia is parasites which are caused by digesting faeces. Signs of this condition include loose stool, vomiting, loss of weight, and bloating. Coccidia infects the intestines of the pup.

Another parasite which can affect pups is called Giardia. Found mostly in areas where water is abundant, the ingestion of these parasites can cause loose stool, loss of weight, and bloating. These parasites feed on the small intestine. Detection and early prevention can alleviate the symptoms affecting your dog or puppy.

A regular check-up will give a vet the opportunity to check for worms and other conditions by taking stool samples. If you find that your dog’s behaviour or habits have changed in any way, make an appointment with your vet to ascertain the problem so that treatment can commence immediately.

Note: Some parasites can affect small children. To prevent this from occurring, ensure that your child does not come into contact with the dog’s faeces. After your child plays with the dog, make sure he or she washes his hands thoroughly each and every time.

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Regularly Worm Your Dog

Always make sure that you regularly worm your dog once a month to prevent infestation. Puppies will need worming more frequently.


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The science behind why some people love animals and others couldn’t care less

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John Bradshaw, University of Bristol

The recent popularity of “designer” dogs, cats, micro-pigs and other pets may seem to suggest that pet keeping is no more than a fad. Indeed, it is often assumed that pets are a Western affectation, a weird relic of the working animals kept by communities of the past.

About half of the households in Britain alone include some kind of pet; roughly 10m of those are dogs while cats make up another 10m. Pets cost time and money, and nowadays bring little in the way of material benefits. But during the 2008 financial crisis, spending on pets remained almost unaffected, which suggests that for most owners pets are not a luxury but an integral and deeply loved part of the family.

Some people are into pets, however, while others simply aren’t interested. Why is this the case? It is highly probable that our desire for the company of animals actually goes back tens of thousands of years and has played an important part in our evolution. If so, then genetics might help explain why a love of animals is something some people just don’t get.

Micro pigs in skirts.
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The health question

In recent times, much attention has been devoted to the notion that keeping a dog (or possibly a cat) can benefit the owner’s health in multiple ways – reducing the risk of heart disease, combating loneliness, and alleviating depression and the symptoms of depression and dementia.

As I explore in my new book, there are two problems with these claims. First, there are a similar number of studies that suggest that pets have no or even a slight negative impact on health. Second, pet owners don’t live any longer than those who have never entertained the idea of having an animal about the house, which they should if the claims were true. And even if they were real, these supposed health benefits only apply to today’s stressed urbanites, not their hunter-gatherer ancestors, so they cannot be considered as the reason that we began keeping pets in the first place.

Illustration of a Japanese cat cemetery.
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The urge to bring animals into our homes is so widespread that it’s tempting to think of it as a universal feature of human nature, but not all societies have a tradition of pet-keeping. Even in the West there are plenty of people who feel no particular affinity for animals, whether pets or no.

The pet-keeping habit often runs in families: this was once ascribed to children coming to imitate their parents’ lifestyles when they leave home, but recent research has suggested that it also has a genetic basis. Some people, whatever their upbringing, seem predisposed to seek out the company of animals, others less so.

So the genes that promote pet-keeping may be unique to humans, but they are not universal, suggesting that in the past some societies or individuals – but not all – thrived due to an instinctive rapport with animals.

Pet lovers of the future.
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Pet DNA

The DNA of today’s domesticated animals reveals that each species separated from its wild counterpart between 15,000 and 5,000 years ago, in the late Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods. Yes, this was also when we started breeding livestock. But it is not easy to see how this could have been achieved if those first dogs, cats, cattle and pigs were treated as mere commodities.

If this were so, the technologies available would have been inadequate to prevent unwanted interbreeding of domestic and wild stock, which in the early stages would have had ready access to one another, endlessly diluting the genes for “tameness” and thus slowing further domestication to a crawl – or even reversing it. Also, periods of famine would also have encouraged the slaughter of the breeding stock, locally wiping out the “tame” genes entirely.

But if at least some of these early domestic animals had been treated as pets, physical containment within human habitations would have prevented wild males from having their way with domesticated females; special social status, as afforded to some extant hunter-gatherer pets, would have inhibited their consumption as food. Kept isolated in these ways, the new semi-domesticated animals would have been able to evolve away from their ancestors’ wild ways, and become the pliable beasts we know today.

The pug – a long way removed from its ancestors.
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The very same genes which today predispose some people to take on their first cat or dog would have spread among those early farmers. Groups which included people with empathy for animals and an understanding of animal husbandry would have flourished at the expense of those without, who would have had to continue to rely on hunting to obtain meat. Why doesn’t everyone feel the same way? Probably because at some point in history the alternative strategies of stealing domestic animals or enslaving their human carers became viable.

There’s a final twist to this story: recent studies have shown that affection for pets goes hand-in-hand with concern for the natural world. It seems that people can be roughly divided into those that feel little affinity for animals or the environment, and those who are predisposed to delight in both, adopting pet-keeping as one of the few available outlets in today’s urbanised society.

As such, pets may help us to reconnect with the world of nature from which we evolved.The Conversation

John Bradshaw, Visiting Fellow in Anthrozoology, University of Bristol

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Diarrhoea In Dogs

Diarrhoea in dogs is quite common and can be caused by various things, here are some common causes of diarrhoea in your dog.

Changing Dog Food

Changing dog food is the greatest cause of diarrhoea in dogs. A dog that has been used to eating one brand dog food then suddenly given another type of food is very likely to suffer diarrhoea. A change in drinking water, especially when travelling, can also cause temporary diarrhoea.

Sudden changes in diet are particularly distressing to puppies whose intestinal tracts are still very sensitive.

If you’re wanting to change your dog’s food it’s best to do this gradually by mixing the food in with the current brand your dog eats. Increase the amount day by day. Doing the will prevent your dog from suffering diarrhoea.

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Dog Food Amount

Think about the amount of dog food you feed your dog, too much food can cause diarrhoea, both overfeeding and underfeeding have an effect.

A dog that is very hungry and overeats is apt to get sick, as is a dog that is fed less than once a day. Such a dog will usually overeat when he is finally fed.

Diarrhoea in dogs is less if they are fed half a total dog food amount twice a day, rather than the whole amount at one feeding. Many breeders, as well as veterinarians, recommend self-feeding, where the dog has a full dish of food left out to eat as he chooses. Only dry commercial food is used in this situation, and diarrhoea is very rare.

Dog Drinking Excessive Water

Another cause of diarrhoea in dogs is drinking excessive water. The dog that drinks too much water could be something more serious than diarrhoea, and a visit to the vet is recommended.

During the Summer months, of course, it is normal to drink more. Dogs, like humans, tend to overdo the liquid intake and diarrhoea can become more common.

Dog Food Storage

Summer is also the season of another serious source of diarrhoea when food gets spoiled. This is when you need to be careful of dog food storage.

Wet food will spoil and grow bacteria if left out too long. Leave out for your dog no longer than 2 hours then discard any uneaten food. Dry food can be left out for longer periods.

Keep the dog away from rubbish bins where food has been left. Stop your dog picking up food off the floor when out walking.

Sometimes, the cause of diarrhoea has to do with specific elements in your dog’s diet. For instance, egg whites, unless they are cooked, will cause diarrhoea. The same is true with excessive lactose. Therefore, do not feed your dog too much milk or milk products.

Normally, a dog’s diarrhoea will pass in a day or two. You could try a tummy settler if it’s not too severe. Be sure to avoid milk, and mix some cooked rice with his regular food.

If diarrhoea lasts after a few days, or if it is accompanied by blood in the stool or vomiting, contact your vet asap.


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Treadmills For Dogs

Humans aren’t the only ones needing a good workout, your dog does too and should be taken out regularly. Treadmills for dogs come in handy when you can’t go out. Here are some reasons why you should get a dog treadmill.

Dog Treadmills Are Convenient

A dog treadmill is convenient especially when the weather is bad. Heavy rain, hot sun and snow aren’t the best conditions for walking.

It’s not pleasurable or safe for your dog to be out in hot sun or walking in torrential downpours.

Getting a dog treadmill enables your dog to exercise inside. If you have air conditioning, even better!

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A Dog Treadmill Improves Your Dog’s Physical and Mental Health

A dog that receives regular exercise is happier mentally and in a better physical condition by increasing muscle tone and energy.

By owning a dog treadmill dog’s can exercise at any time of the day and provides safe workouts in the house.

Routine and consistent exercise using dog exercise equipment can help disabled dogs. It is very challenging for a blind dog to go out walking or running, and there is a high risk of an accident.

You Can’t Walk Your Dog

You may be unable to walk your dog for whatever reason, illness, disability, or you can’t walk far.

Investing in a Firepaw Dog Treadmill could make life a lot easier for you. It will save money long term having to pay out for a dog walker to do the job for you.

A dog treadmill will curb destructive behaviours

A bored dog can become destructive, especially if he’s not exercised regularly because you don’t have the time.

If you can’t leave the house because you’re working, allow the dog to exercise on the treadmill under your supervision to get rid of that excess energy.

Take a look at the dog treadmills below, if you need a small dog treadmill, the GoPet PR 700 and the Firepaw Mini Dog Treadmill are ideal for toy breeds.

If you need a large dog treadmill the Dogpacer Jog A Dog and Firepaw Standard are suitable for all dogs.

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A dog treadmill is generally fun to use and a great tool if you just can’t exercise your dog on occasions for whatever reason. Please always use it responsibly, never leave your dog unattended. Make sure the treadmill is in the same room as you are.

Which Dog Training Whistle To Use

Find a Dog Training Whistle Suited to Your Needs

A dog training whistle is used as an alternative way of training rather than using verbal commands.

If you’re looking for a dog training whistle, I’m going to go through a few different types.

Silent Dog Whistle

A silent dog whistle emits an ultrasonic sound which people cannot hear but dogs can.

The silent dog whistle has adjustable frequencies so that you can find the perfect one to suit your dog.

The silent dog whistle is ideal for using at a long distance to get your dog to come back to you.

The trick to successfully train your dog to come to you is to reward your dog every time he comes when the whistle is blown.

Then, with time and patience, your dog should come back to you every time you blow the whistle.

These whistles often come with a handy lanyard and training guide like the one below!

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Pealess Whistle

The pealess whistle is often used in colder climates and is less likely to freeze and not work as it would if it had a pea inside.

A pealess whistle will produce a high pitched sound at a loud volume. This type is particularly useful if your dog is hard of hearing.

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Pea Whistle

A traditional pea whistle allows you to produce different sounds so ideal for dog training.

It’s easy to blow, is loud and high pitched like the pealess whistle but makes more of a trilling sound effect.

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Dual Tone Whistle

A dual-tone whistle gives you the best of both worlds a pea whistle and pealess whistle combined into one.

The whistle has two clearly different tones which are ideal if an owner has two dogs or wants to give multiple commands to one dog.

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