DIY Pet Smog Mask

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By now you’ve certainly read about the toxic smog enveloping much of Delhi which is currently causing massive shutdowns across the city and wreaking havoc on many people’s daily lives. While this level of smog is certainly unprecedented, it really comes as no surprise to many of the people who have grown accustomed to the declining air quality levels affecting many of the metropolitan area across India.

And while there are quite a few known ways for us people to deal with the smog, there are not too many options for our pets. And considering that our four legged best friends are more susceptible to the harm caused by smog, we felt it prudent to create this guide.

As of writing this piece, there is no commercially available smog mask created specifically for our furry best friends. This has left concerned pet parents with very few options in terms of protecting their pals while outside and exposed to the harmful toxins.

 Unfortunately just putting a regular unmodified dust mask over your pooch’s face doesn’t offer much protection as mask maintain a seal to function.

So we decided to get our hands a little dirty and bring out the crafting supplies to find a solution of our own. And after more than a couple prototypes, we’ve found what we consider the best way to protect your furry friend from the dangers of smog while out on walks.
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Before we begin, it is important to note that the best way of ensuring your pet is completely safe from the dangers of smog is keeping them inside during what is considered peak hours for smog. Though we understand sometimes that’s not always possible, so with that said, let’s jump into it!

What You’ll Need:

  • Muzzle – It’s best to find one that is a bit larger than your pup’s normal muzzle, this gives you room to make adjustments while still ensuring a proper fit.
  • 5 Disposable Dust Masks – try to find some that filter out the smallest particle possible.
  • Hot Glue Gun and Some Hot Glue Sticks – most hot glue sticks are non-toxic once they’ve dried but check the package just to be safe!
  • Scissor- Whatever you have works perfectly!

 Making Your Own Smog Mask for Your Pet:

  • Begin by cutting the disposable masks lengthwise in 5 cm wide strips – Simply hold the masks as if you were going to put it on, then simply cut from each side. After cutting each of your masks into the appropriate width strips, set them aside.
  • Once you have your strips, begin glueing them to the outside of the the muzzle – It’s important that you completely secure each strip of the dust mask to the muzzle with a thin strip of hot glue. Begin by gluing one piece completely to the outside of the mask. Then simply layer each additional piece of the dust mask over the previously glued section. Be careful not to leave any gaps.
  • Continue to layer the dust mask strips around the muzzle until it is completely covered – Once you’ve completely covered the entire muzzle in dust mask stripes, gently blow on the open end to ensure that there are indeed no gaps or holes.


Then, simply let the glue dry and you’re almost ready to protect your pal from smog!
All that’s left is teaching your pup to wear their new mask!

 That  said…

Teaching your dog to wear the mask might be a little more difficult than making the mask, but with a few treats and a couple practice runs, you can train your dog to wear his new muzzle/smog mask.

If you need a few tips for teaching your pup to wear the mask, check out this video for training your dog to wear a muzzle!

Well, there you have it, with just a few things you can pick up from the store, you can make sure your favorite four-legged friend is protected from the smog!

Be sure to stop by our FB page to post a picture of your pal in their new mask!

 

About Unikorn, Inc.

Unikorn is an all-in-one marketplace for pet services that provides affordable and convenient solutions to your pet needs– directly to your home! Through our easy to use website and mobile app, you too can give unconditional love to your pet through our community of caregivers and pet-centric  services.  Order pet food & accessories from the best stores in town, request a vet for house calls, find the best place to care for your pet while you are away, discuss your day to day pet questions with the community, and more!

*NEW!* Unikorn recently launched Social Butterfly, a social networking platform to connect with other pet lovers. Share your favorite photos of your furry friends and follow other pet parents in our exclusive online pet community.

Download the Unikorn App now!
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unikorn.unikornapp

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Taking Care of Your Dog During Winter

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Fall is in the air…

As the weather begins to drop, the days get shorter, and we bring out our sweaters, it finally signals the season of snuggling up inside and choosing the coziest spot to relax.

Just as we like to be warm and cozy during this season, our furry friends enjoy the same feeling. Except they probably much prefer a warm lap over a hot chai any day.

And while taking care of our little furry friends is a year round duty, during this time of the year, we have to take a few extra steps to keep out best friends safe and well throughout the season.

So grab a warm blanket, some nice chai, and of course your favorite furry best friend, while getting ready to explore some awesome ways to make this winter a safe and happy one.

Bundle up, it’s cold out…

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that our pets get a little cold from time to time as there are times a nice fur coat just isn’t enough to beat the winter chill.

And while some dogs are more suited to the chill of winter than others, more furry friends will need a little extra layer of warmth to make having fun outside a bit more enjoyable.

So if it’s cold enough for you to reach a sweater, you might want to pull out your pupperino’s sweater as well. While they may not show it and certainly won’t be able to tell you, sometimes your pup needs to bundle up.

And besides being super cute, a little sweater will help keep your four legged friend healthy and well throughout the winter.

Just be sure to find one that fits properly, because anything too tight or loose can cause problems of their own. A bit unsure of how to find the right sweater for your pooch? This dog sweater buying guide should point you in the right direction!

Nothing beats a nice warm room…

This one is more for those four-legged friends that are kept outside while their parents away. While it may be tempting to just throw on your pupperino’s sweater before leaving them outside to avoid coming home to a mess, doing so might hurt your best friend.

There’s always the risk that they may become tangled in the sweater, possibly injuring them, while running the risk that the temperature will dip below safe levels, even with a sweater.

So instead of leaving your best friend outside, find a way of bringing them inside. Whether that means giving your pupperino the run of the whole house or simply a safe space within it, is up to you. Just be sure to puppy proof the area, hiding all hazards and things you wouldn’t want them getting into.

If your pup is a bit rambunctious and has you worried about them making a mess, considering picking up a few puppy fences to create a safe little corner, one that will keep both your pal warm and you worry free.

A clean pup is a happy pup…

We all know the feeling of stepping out of a warm shower during the winter, right?  Unless your bathroom is heated, it can be teeth chattering experience leaving you rushing to get dressed.

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Your pup feels the same way about showers during the winter, except they may not have a cozy sweater and blanket to hide under.

So instead of giving your four legged best friend a bath during the winter, opt for some less chill inducing options.

There are plenty of safe and fur friendly options that will keep you puppers smelling good, feeling clean, without putting them at risk for developing a cold.

A blanket and friend to share it with…

While taking these steps to keep your puppers safe all winter long, be sure to remember the best way to keep your pup happy during the chilliest days of the year, nice warm snuggles and some belly rubs!

 

About Unikorn, Inc.

Unikorn is an all-in-one marketplace for pet services that provides affordable and convenient solutions to your pet needs– directly to your home! Through our easy to use website and mobile app, you too can give unconditional love to your pet through our community of caregivers and pet-centric  services.  Order pet food & accessories from the best stores in town, request a vet for house calls, find the best place to care for your pet while you are away, discuss your day to day pet questions with the community, and more!

*NEW!* Unikorn recently launched Social Butterfly, a social networking platform to connect with other pet lovers. Share your favorite photos of your furry friends and follow other pet parents in our exclusive online pet community.

Download the Unikorn App now!

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unikorn.unikornapp
Website: www.myunikorn.com

 

Three unusual pets, You can take home with you

We might be a little biased, but we believe every home needs a little furry friend to be complete. For all they bring to our families and the love they share, pets add a valuable piece to the family dynamic that just isn’t found anywhere else.

Whether its being the cutest little alarm clock, the perfect place to hide your face during scary movies, or just someone who always enjoys your cooking, animals offer their unconditional love while all they ask for in return is some snacks and maybe a few belly rubs.

So needless to say, we are pet people. Cats, dogs, hamsters, even rats, we love them all! So in honor of our animal best friends and the love they share, we thought we would share with you some rather unique pets that you can bring home with you!

Because a family isn’t about who’s in it, but the love that is shared!

Hedgehogs…

These little cuddly pin cushions may not look like the perfect pet to snuggle up to, but hedgehogs offer some of the best companionship you can find.

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Despite their rather prickly exterior, beneath those little quills is a little heart of gold that just wants to spend time with you.

And on the topic of their quills, while they can provide a bit of a sting, hedgehogs only stiffen them when they feel threatened. Which means you can give them all the little kisses you want without a face full of quills in return.

Hedgehogs are known for their quirky personalities and rather shy nature. So if you bring one of these little cuties home with you, be prepared to keep an eye on them while they set out exploring their new home.

And while they can be a bit shy, once a hedgehog bonds with its new family, they quickly become attached and offer affectionate cuddles.

Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs…

Commonly called teacup pigs or mini pigs, these cute little oinkers are the perfect little companion for someone who wants a friend that is a bit on the unusual side.

pexels-photo-133468Though extremely cute, and almost impossible to say no to, Vietnamese Potbelly pigs require a special kind of family to call their own. Often praised for their intelligence and curiosity these little piggies will get themselves into anything and everything, so be ready to piglet proof your home when you bring one of these little cuties back with you.

Though you wouldn’t expect it, these domesticated pigs are some of the most expressive animals you can share your home with as they are eager to let you know how they feel.

It is often said that Vietnamese Potbelly pigs are almost human in the way the express emotion as they can squeal in happiness when you come home or sulk when they get into something they shouldn’t have opened.

Though, they may be called teacup pigs, once they fully grow, these little oinkers can weigh up to 45kg, so be ready for some heavy duty hugs if you bring one home!

 Sugar Gliders…

These flying marsupials are probably the cutest member of the marsupial family you’ll ever meet, and that’s saying something since they are from the same family as koalas.

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Native to Down Under, these flying sweeties are as unusual a pet as they are cute.Seriously, just look at those little hands and eyes!

Since these little flyers are prone to, well, flying, they need a bit of space to enjoy themselves. But given the right home and the right family, sugar gliders can become a cute addition to any family.

Although it is probably best that you enjoy some late nights, because these gliders are nocturnal by nature and rarely enjoy quality time when the sun’s out. So if you don’t mind spending your nights hanging out with your new little sweet companion, a sugar glider could be the perfect new addition to your home.

 

Love Comes in Types and Sizes with Furry Friends…

While there are some rather unusual animals you can share a home with, the one thing you’ll always find is unconditional love. For whatever size, color, fur, or preference, animals will always be there to hear about your long day, offer a wet nose for comfort, and a happy hug. All they ask for in return is a safe place to call home and a happy family to call their own.

 If we missed any unusual pets or if you have a unique pet of your own, we’d love to hear about it. Better yet, head over to our Facebook Page and post a picture of you and your unique pal on our wall!

 

About Unikorn, Inc.

Unikorn is an all-in-one marketplace for pet services that provides affordable and convenient solutions to your pet needs– directly to your home! Through our easy to use website and mobile app, you too can give unconditional love to your pet through our community of caregivers and pet-centric  services.  Order pet food & accessories from the best stores in town, request a vet for house calls, find the best place to care for your pet while you are away, discuss your day to day pet questions with the community, and more!

*NEW!* Unikorn recently launched Social Butterfly, a social networking platform to connect with other pet lovers. Share your favorite photos of your furry friends and follow other pet parents in our exclusive online pet community.

Download the Unikorn App now!

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unikorn.unikornapp
Website: www.myunikorn.com

It’s almost that time of the year where spooky costumes and night time fun take over…

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If you are a lover of all things Halloween like we are here at Unikorn, then you’re probably just as excited as we are to get dressed up!

That’s right, it’s almost time to put on our costumes, put out some candy, and of course get ready for some friendly scares!

And the only thing we love more than Halloween is our favorite four-legged friends. So any opportunity to include them in on the seasonal fun is a win in our book. So it only seems fair that while we get ready to dress up and scare up some fun, our furry friends get to join in on the action!

And while there are plenty of places selling costumes for our little loved ones, we believe that the best costumes are made with a lot of love, a little crafting, and of course a great idea. So instead of buying a costume, we decided to put together our own this year.

And now you can too!

All it takes is a free afternoon, some crafting supplies, a willing dog, and maybe a few treats, for the both of you. And just let your creativity flow!

Though if you are looking for some inspiration, we could help you out with these awesome costume designs that are super easy to finish and a bunch of fun to do!

The Cutest Little Monster…

This one is rather easy to do, doesn’t require your furry friend to wear too much, which is probably for the best, and best of all requires no sewing!

All you need is a couple of ping pong balls, some colored felt, a spare marker, a pair of scissors, and simply just a patient furry friend that is okay with becoming a not so ferocious monster for a night.

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We tried it out for ourselves and were able to go from friendly four-legged friend to friendly monster in less than a couple hours, although we should say at least half of that time was spent taking videos and laughing.

 If you want to try it out for yourselves, there is super easy to follow set of instructions for your own four legged monster costume detailing every step of the way, so try it out!

Your Very Own Beanie Baby…

Out all of the costumes we tried to make, this one was by far the easiest and according to a couple of us here, the cutest. If you were one of those 90’s kids that just had to have every Beanie Baby they made, then this one is perfect for you!

In less than an hour you can have your very own life size Beanie Baby, best of all, this one is definitely a collector’s item and one of a kind!

All you need is access to a printer, some red and white felt, a pair of scissors, a bit of ribbon, and a glue gun! That and a cute little friend to become your newest Beanie Baby…

It’s super easy and makes for a pretty comfortable costume for your favorite furry friend as well.

If you want to try this one out, there is pretty easy to follow guide for making your own DIY Beanie Baby costume right here.

Boooo-ark Booo-ark Boooo-aaark…

Ghosts and Halloween go together like a happy puppy and a new chew toy, so it wouldn’t be a complete list of costume ideas without a friendly ghoul or two.

This DIY ghost costume is a different take on the old classic bed sheet turned ghost costume but adapted for a smaller ghoul. Unlike the others, this one requires your best friend to wear something over their face, so it’s best to only try this one with a patient pet.

But if you want to give it a go, all you need is a spare bed sheet, a marker, some elastic bands and a pair of scissors.

After a few quick measurements, a couple cuts, and placing the elastic, you’ll have yourself a friendly ghost to keep you company while you watch scary movies.

If you need a little help, you can check this easy guide for turning your pooch into a friendly ghost and just follow along!
Well…

There you have it, everything you need to let your four legged friends enjoy this Halloween as much as you will!

Be sure to snap a few photos of your new costumes and post them on our Facebook page so you can share them with all of us!

From all of us here at Unikorn,
Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

 

Dog Grooming Routine To Keep Your Pet Healthy And Clean

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The happiest dogs are definitely the healthiest dogs. Many dog owners take great care to provide the best food for their pets but neglect grooming of their pets. The facilities that dog owners provide their pets sometimes gets negated because of poor health of the dogs. It is imperative to groom your dog well regularly to keep the pet happy and healthy, while preventing unwanted expenses towards treatment. A whole host of dog grooming services are available, that take care of the specific needs of dog owners. Let us take a deep look at what you can expect from services that take up dog grooming in Hyderabad.

A proper bath is mandatory

More often than not, dog owners tend to give a quick and hurried bath to their pets. This does not really serve any purpose. Time needs to be spend to work up a proper lather so as to rinse the dirt, dust and grime that collects on a dog’s coat. If, for instance, the coat of the dog is dense and deep, sufficient time needs to be spent to rinse thoroughly. Professional dog grooming services take great care to give pets a comprehensive and clean bath.

Cleaning of ears and clipping of nails

The ears of pets need to be cleaned carefully. Dogs experience great discomfort when the wax in the ears begin to collect dust. It is a fact that due to dietary preferences, dogs experience more wax formation. Therefore, the need to clean dog’s ears is more heightened. Professional groomers spend considerable time to thoroughly clean ears of dogs, leaving them squeaky clean after the session. Similarly, the nails of dogs, if left unclipped, can cause the dogs more harm. For instance, the hind legs of dogs are generally used to scratch themselves. Sharp nails can cause damage and infections. Professional grooming services clip the nails of pets to blunt them.

Keeping risk of infections low

The services of professional dog groomers can help to ensure that the pet remains healthy. This is primarily because of the fact that professional groomers are better equipped to understand the coat condition of the pets. The skin of dogs help to give a better understanding of the health of the pet. Professional groomers can discern the difference and suggest better care or a visit to the vet for intervention.

Tips & Guide To Hire A Best Dog Trainer For Your Dog

Pet Trainers In Bangalore

There really is nothing more enjoyable than watching a trained and disciplined dog. Dogs that are out of control can be potential threats if temperamental issues are not dealt in time. Disciplined and trained dogs on the other hand, will never be a source of threat to members of the family. Untrained pets can wreak havoc on clothing and footwear or any other object of interest, not to mention poor behavior in the presence of guests. Some of the best dog trainers in Bangalore have consistently trained dogs to high levels of discipline.

Training humanely

Training of pets should never involve force, or deprivation of its necessities. It needs to be conducted in a proper manner without harming the dog. Professional trainers at Unikorn Pet Services India possess the ability to take the dog into control without harming it or causing fear or anxiety. Celebrity trainers have shown time and again that patience is the key to training pets. Professional trainers are better equipped to train pets patiently, rather than members of the family who may have other tasks to perform.

Showpiece training

A pet is a wonderful companion and possesses the ability to showcase talents. Experienced dog trainers in Bangalore offer training to dogs for showcasing talent. Dogs that perform tasks on command are a treat to watch and also help to bond the owner and the pet better. It is a fact that owners just love to see their dogs obeying their commands and enjoy the experience of being with their pets. Pet owners can continue the showpiece training of professional trainers and hone the skills of dogs.

Training to remain restrained

One of the important aspects of training is the command to dogs to stay restrained. This is useful in controlling the behavior of the dog and preventing situations from going out of control. It is not only safe for individuals, it is also safe for the pets. A pet that follows the command of its master to “stay” will be out of trouble, and also not put others in trouble.

How to tackle pet allergies

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Allergies are the worst! Constant sniffling, itchy eyes and nonstop sneezing… we’ve all been there. But did you know our furry friends experience these symptoms too?

Different types of grass, pollen and dust can cause our pets to feel down in the dumps. They may start scratching their skin, creating painful open sores that can become difficult to treat. These skin infections can become costly for pet owners.

According to Dr. Evan Antin, there are three types of pet allergies:

  1. Flea bite hypersensitivity
  2. Food allergies
  3. Seasonal/environmental allergies

So what do you do if your pets start sneezing and wheezing? The best thing you can do is take them to a veterinarian. The vet can assess the issue and come up with the perfect solution to fix the problem. This is usually done with a personalized allergy test to identify exactly what your pet’s allergic to, then an oral medication tailored to alleviating the symptoms.

Want to learn more? Check out this video below!
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