Paws, ears and everything in between

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‘tis the time for sun-basking and then sun-masking when it gets too hot—Summer is upon us! While we gear up for to battle the heat, let’s not forget our pets.
There is a lot you will need to take into account to ensure that the furry loves of your life (the love is that intense, isn’t it) are prepped for the intense heat of summer.

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?!

The sun is as inviting to our dogs as it is to us so who’re we kidding, they will have their way and get out because obviously the sun shines just for them, or so it may seem.
The checklist is simple: everything!

Coated

Picture the PowerPuff Girls brushing their hair—that’s how much you will need to brush their coat. Don’t let that intimidate you, just substitute petting time with brushing time.

  • Use wide-combed brushed for dogs with thick coats
  • A de-shedder would be useful as it is shedding-time!

What this does is:

  • Removes knots and tangles which they are prone to especially is swimming is on the cards
  • Ticks and fleas can be warded off

Paw-fect!

Before walking your dog on concrete or tar roads, touch the road with the back of your hand, if you can’t take the heat, neither can your dog. Avoid walking them on such hot paths or get them shoes.
Clip their nails and file them for all that outdoor activity will end up causing them pain
otherwise. Get a good pair of clippers always handy.

Tend to the Ears

Wipe the ears with a cotton swab or wipes especially in the case of dogs with bent ears, so that you avoid infection caused by perspiration or residual water.

What did you eat? Where did you go?

Ensure you pay close attention to their behavior and check their whereabouts lest they’ve eaten something untoward. Consult a vet immediately.

Check their fur, nose, ear and paws regularly for weeds and foreign objects as a result of all the rolling around they will be doing.

Summer Cut

While there is no necessity to shave your dog completely, just make sure of a trim until one of inch of fur. For the fur especially in thick-furred dogs greatly aids in maintaining body temperature and forms a great shield from the sun.

A very close trim might result in too much exposure to sun and may cause skin cancer.

Shower them with more than love!

Lastly, bathe them regularly, for it results in:

  • no matting of hair and lesser tangles—work that shampoo in
  • regularisation of their body temperature to a certain extent.
  • the obvious benefit of summer hygiene

A CATTY AFFAIR

Cats also need pretty much the same care as dogs but, you will need to take a bit more care.

Brush likes it’s nobody’s business!

Else, fur balls are going to be the bane of your summer existence. Sometimes to the extent of them causes digestion problems in your furry friend.

The key is to get that desired shine.

Bathing time woes

If your fur-ball is averse to bathing, use wipes so that you still have a squeeze-worthy, smooth-haired feline.

Universal Summer Mantras

HYDRATE

Cats are prone to heat strokes, so ensure they are fed well and are hydrated. Dogs on the other hand fairly lesser. But make sure they are hydrated well. If the room temperature is still warm, use ice cubes or a chilled dish for water.

FASHION

You can dress up your babies with summer shirts—both fashionable as well as a great barrier from the heat when you’re enjoying days out.

Summer’s for many spells V-A- C-A- T-I- O-N. Fret not, for you can always rely on a trusted pet boarding in your city. Unikorn, with the intention of offering pet parents all the means to care for their furry children, offers a list of services straight from grooming products, services to pet boarding services, even a pet limo service! Get around the city in your cab and have your pet follow you in a cab of its own!

Oh importantly, enjoy your summer and have your pet add to it. Head to Unikorn, for all the support you will need this summer to keep your pet comfortable.

 

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My Woofy Valentine – 8 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s With Your Dog

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Lucky are those who have a four-legged, furry Valentine with a tail and a ‘bork’. Who said Valentine’s day has to be about two people? It is a celebration of love, and we believe that there’s no love purer than that of a dog. So if you are one of those fortunate ones who get to spend the day with your furry bud, then we say, make the most of it!

We are listing out 8 amazing ways to spend Valentine’s Day with your dog, and show him or her just how much you value having them in your lives. So here you go….

8 Ways to Show Some Pooch Love this Valentine’s

Spa Day

There’s nothing more relaxing, luxurious, and exquisite like a spa day out! However, there may not be places that offer ‘hooman and dog’ massage packages. So how about taking your pooch to the dog spa? Get him or her a lavish grooming session and some massive pampering.

If your dog hates baths, then you can just go for a grooming sesh. Some combing, clipping, trimming, and maybe a massage….it’ll make your pet’s day.

Treat Them

Whip up your dog’s favourite dishes, the ones that you reserve for special occasions like birthdays. There are plenty of stores that bake cakes just for dogs; that’s a good idea too. Or just bring their beloved treats from the pet store and watch their eyes widen in surprise as you unravel the ‘gift’.

Road Trippin’

Take a trip, just you and your pooch. Maybe a weekend getaway, far from the buzz and bustle of the city can help you both reconnect. Devote your time exclusively to spending time with your dog and getting some much needed peace in the process.

Look at locations with lots of space for your dog to run around and explore, maybe like a dog friendly beach or somewhere on a hillside. Anything that offers a lot of new places to sniff should do, really.

Retail Therapy

Another great idea is getting your dog something he/she will love. Like a soft bed, a chew toy, or a dapper jacket. It can be anything that your dog needs and will appreciate. Head to the pet store and check out what they have in store, or go online and browse the endless options.

Make a Scrapbook

This is more for you than your dog, but it’s a great way to immortalize your memories and show them off to anyone who’s willing, like every other pet parent! Click a lot of pictures together, or get the ones on your phone printed out and make your own scrapbook. Write down the hilarious things your dog does as a showcase of your relationship.

Matinee Time

Do you and your pooch have your own special movie? Why not download it or rent the CD and make an afternoon of it? You can make some popcorn, get yourself a nice glass of wine. And don’t forget your doggy’s treats. Everyone loves munchies during a movie!

Go For a Looong Walk

Dogs love nothing more than taking their own sweet time and taking a long, leisurely walk, taking in all the ‘sights and scents’ of nature. On Valentine’s, take your pet for an extra long walk. Maybe somewhere they love going, like the nearest hike trail or with the neighbors dog. Give the dog walker a holiday and enjoy this bonding activity with your beloved pooch.

Make a Donation in Your Dog’s Name

This is one of the best things to do on any day. Valentine’s Day is just a special-er occasion to honour and cherish your dog. Make a donation in his or her name to the local shelter. Maybe even visit with your pooch in tow, spend some quality time with the dogs who don’t have a forever home and family yet.

And just because we love dogs, here’s an idea for a Furry-tine’s day…..as a bonus.

Throw a dog party! If you have ample place at your residence, or know of such an area, preferably with a pool, then book it right away! Invite a few friends of your dog’s over and let them have a blast!

All you pet parents out there, don’t miss out on the chance to show your dogs just how much you love them this Valentine’s Day. To reiterate, there is no love as unconditional and pure as a dog’s. And even science doesn’t need to back that.

Dog Grooming Routine To Keep Your Pet Healthy And Clean

Pet Groomers In Hyderabad

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.

5 Benefits Of Pet Grooming Services

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After a hard day at work, a warm and loving welcome from your pet always give you spellbound happiness. These treasured moments are a joy, and it seems as if both of you were waiting for this time – to be together. There is no pleasure on earth that compares to this feeling you get when all your stress wears off when you see your pet running toward you. To ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy, you need to properly groom your pet – in physique and in health. The best way to do this is with professional help and assistance from reputed and reliable pet grooming services.

Beautiful and healthy – Professional pet groomers are properly educated to know exactly how to make your pet look its best without causing any pain, discomfort or injury. If you try grooming your dog at home you might end up hurting your dog with cuts, scratches or skin irritations. Thus, hiring professional services is a great decision.

Healthy Skin and Coat – Groomers can help decrease shedding, remove dead fur and let your pet’s healthy coat shine through. By removing dead skin, they keep coats shiny while invigorating the production of your pet’s natural skin oils.

Cleanliness with care – Hygiene is extremely important, and these professionals know how to maintain top hygiene and cleanliness for your pets… from brushing to shampooing. Professional pet grooming is a great way to make sure your pets stay clean and healthy.

Health care – Preventive health care is another important benefit of choosing pet grooming from professional service providers. Groomers can perform physical examinations to determine any internal and external issues, so that preventive measures and care can be administered. If needed, your groomer can refer you to a veterinarian who can look closer at the problem.

Your pet smells good – An unbathed pet can spread odors around the house, which can likely become increasingly unsettling. Professionals use special shampoos and spa soaps that make you pet smell great, in addition to leaving it clean and healthy.

Want to schedule a professional groomer for your pet? Visit myunikorn.com for more information!

 

About Unikorn, Inc.

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