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.

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Shy pup? Tips for helping your pet come out of its shell.

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Dogs have pasts just like us. Sometimes these pasts cause them to be nervous in certain situations. They may be weary of certain people. They may need more time to open up and feel comfortable.

So what can we do? Be patient. Be kind. Be loving. With perseverance, that once-shy pup can be the adoring companion you’ve always wanted. Here are some quick tips to unleashing your pet’s personality:

  1. Identify which situations make your dog feel uncomfortable: Once you know what scares your dog, you’ll better know what to do to combat it. Does your dog get nervous around men? Slowly introduce him to affectionate, loving men who will show your dog love. Always stay with your dog to make him feel at ease in these nerve-wracking situations and tell him it’ll be okay. Start with quick 15-second interactions then increase the length each time. Once your dog learns to conquer his fears, he will become more comfortable in everyday situations.
  2. Find what comforts your dog: Does a certain toy make your dog feel more at ease? A special kind of treat? A blanket? Identify what makes your dog feel relaxed. Bring that item with you whenever possible. When you’re dog is feeling anxious, patiently calm your dog down and give him that comfort item. He will begin to associate those scary situations with comfort, in turn showing him that everything is going to be okay.
  3. Reward your dog when he acts brave: You want to reaffirm that brave behavior. Instead of rewarding your dog when he acts anxious or nervous, calm him down then give him a treat he settles down. This will show your dog that being calm is good behavior.
  4. Give your dog space: Sometimes nervous dogs just want to be left alone… and that’s okay. Give your dog his alone time when he indicates he wants it. Make sure he has a quiet, secluded space (like a crate or doghouse) to go to when he wants to be alone.
  5. Know when it’s the time to seek help: If after several weeks you don’t see progress, maybe it’s time to hire a professional to help. You can find expert trainers at myunikorn.in or on the Unikorn app who can help your dog finally come out of his shell!

 

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!

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Hot dog! How to protect your pet from the heat

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Sunglasses. Sunscreen. Hats. Sandals. You have your go-to essentials for those hot, summer days. So why shouldn’t your pet?

An overheated pet can suffer from heat stroke, a dangerous condition that can cause organ failure and other potentially deadly issues. Symptoms include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and rapid panting. Therefore, it’s important you protect your pet through necessary preventative measures.

Keep your pet hydrated: Always make sure your pet’s water bowl is filled and perform regularly checks for excessive panting. If your pet is experiencing symptoms of heat stroke, immediately move him to a cool area with a fan, dampen the skin with room temperature water, and allow him to cool off.

Avoid hot pavement: Hot surfaces can burn your pet’s paws. Instead of taking long walks on asphalt, let him play (and potty) on cool grass where there is ample amount of shade.

Make a trip to the groomer: Warm weather calls for a short, summer cut! This will help keep you pet cool and prevent him from overheating. You can schedule an appointment with one of Unikorn’s top groomers at myunikorn.com or the Unikorn app.

Keep your pet safe: Never leave your pet in a parked car. Temperatures inside can soar to more than 140 degrees (even with the windows cracked!)… which can quickly turn deadly. Instead, keep your pet in an air-conditioned space or outside on the grass.

With these quick tips, you– and your pet– can enjoy the summer months!

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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Get rid of pet odor once and for all!

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Have you ever walked into a house and immediately knew pets lived there? No, you didn’t see a cat strolling by. No, you didn’t notice a dog toy in the corner of the room. And no, you’re not psychic. You knew because the house smelled like cats and dogs.

While we love our furry friends, we also don’t want our house to smell like a litter box. Admittedly this can be a difficult task for many pet owners, especially when they have more than one animal in their family. Most air fresheners simply mask pet odors instead of eliminating them, and it always seems like once you finally get rid of the smell, it comes back the next day! So how do we get rid of those pesky pet odors for good?

1. Start by feeding your pet a balanced diet. Top quality pet food can help improve the odor of your pet’s waste. Try Royal Canin, which offers different food options based on your dog’s size, breed and lifestyle.

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Royal Canin Junior Golden Retriever Dog Food, 12 kg, Rs. 6290

2. Make sure you bathe your pets regularly. This will prevent any odors and sweat from seeping into your furniture and carpets, leaving a lingering odor. To streamline the process, opt for a shampoo that serves multiple purposes, like this Lozalo Shootix shampoo below. Not only does the lemongrass oil leave your dog smelling fresh and clean, but it also helps eliminate ticks and fleas!

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Lozalo Shootix Shampoo, 200 mL, Rs. 127.50 

3. Prevent odors before they start. The easiest way to eliminate pet odors in your house is to never have them in the first place. Use preventative measures, like deodorizing crystals in your cat’s litter box, so you have less work to do later.

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Pet Brands Deodorizing Cat Litter Crystals, 170g, Rs. 179.1

4. Eliminate stains and odors immediately after you notice them so they don’t get worse. Try a product like Simple Solution’s Stain and Odor Remover, which uses Pro-Bacteria and enzymes to eliminate the odors, instead of just masking them. Make sure the odor remover you use is safe for pets and children.

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Simple Solution Cat Stain and Odor Remover, 500 mL, Rs. 535.5

By following these simple rules, you can enjoy the company of your pets, scent-free!

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
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/unikorn/id1057032063
Website: www.myunikorn.com

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Welcome to the family! How to introduce a new dog to your other pets

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Adopting a new dog is an exciting time for your family. You get one more adorable furry friend to provide you with love and companionship. But for pet parents who already have other pets at home, the introduction phase can easily become complicated.

When making the initial introduction between your new dog and the resident dog, have them meet in neutral territory like a local park. The dogs should both be on leashes and under careful supervision in case either animal shows signs of aggression or discomfort. Start off by giving the dogs some space to see each other from across the lawn so they aren’t taken by surprise.

If both dogs seem comfortable, walk them closer to each other so they can meet. Loosen the slack on their leashes, while still being cautious in case they need to be separate. From there, let both dogs smell each other to get acquainted and feel more at ease with one another. From there, you can let them play, but make sure you keep watch.

The next step is to re-introduce the dogs to each other at your home, following the same steps as above. Now that the new dog is in the resident dog’s territory, a new dynamic can be created if the resident dog is possessive. Therefore, be just as diligent while watching them as you were for the initial introduction. If you have a backyard, have the dogs meet there first, then once again inside the house.

Now that your dogs have been introduced, they can play together as new pet siblings! Remember to take extra precaution over the first few weeks while your dogs get accustomed to each other, and put them in separate rooms and/or crates whenever you’re gone. Congratulations on adding a new doggo to your family!

Source: Animal Humane Society

 

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
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/unikorn/id1057032063
Website: www.myunikorn.com

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Adopting a dog?  Pedigree versus Mutt-i-gree and what’s best for you!

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By Patricia Leitch

Did you see those adorable puppies in the window of your local pet store?  A cuddly, purebred Cavalier King Charles who couldn’t be more perfect to take home?

Or maybe you couldn’t get past that sweet dog’s face behind the cage at your local shelter:  a Lab-Aussie mix whose owner moved to an apartment that doesn’t allow dogs. Kind and well-behaved, he was surrendered to be re-homed.

If you are thinking of adopting a pet, the good news is you have lots of choices. According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are about 10,000 facilities, both licensed and unlicensed, that sell more than 2 million dogs annually, while animal shelters adopt out another 4 million dogs.

Should I choose a purebred or a mutt?

When the lineage of an animal is recorded, that animal is said to be pedigreed.  If you are looking for a dog with specific physical or personality traits, or you simply love a certain breed, a purebred dog can be a great option. A purebred dog’s ancestors are all members of the same breed, which results in consistent physical and behavioral characteristics.

Mixed-breeds or “mutts” are simply combinations of different breeds of dogs. Mixed-breed dogs have a more diverse genetic makeup than purebreds. When you adopt a mixed-breed, you benefit from the combined traits of two or more breeds, which results in a dog that’s less likely to have the genetic defects that are common to some purebred dogs.

Whether pedigree or mutt-i-gree, what is the best way to go about finding the dog of your dreams?

If you are looking specifically for a purebred puppy, it is important to find an experienced, responsible breeder that prioritizes health, temperament and socialization. Do your homework. Research online for the top breeders in your area. When you see dogs you like, ask the owners where they got them. You can also check vets, groomers, local trainers and kennel clubs for their recommendations. They will be able to point you to reputable breeders who you can trust.

If finding the right breeder seems daunting, purebreds are often available for adoption in local shelters and rescues. Some purebreds are surrendered by their original owners when they move, while others are rescued from puppy mills or off the streets. Consider visiting your local shelter before deciding on a dog.  Most shelters have animal adoption specialists who can help find the right match based not only on your doggie dreams, but your personality and lifestyle!

Say “no” to puppy mills.

A puppy mill is a commercial dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.  According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills and many come with incapacitating illnesses or genetic defects that lead to declined health.  That adorable puppy in the window often has a mother who will spend her entire life in a cage, never loved, walked or petted. About 1 million dogs in the U.S. are confined to cages for most of their lives where their only job is to breed as much as possible, and many are put to death when they are to old to breed.  In a puppy mill, the health, happiness or well-being of the animals are of little or no concern.

Mill puppies are also sold directly to customers through the Internet and newspaper ads.  Never buy a dog from anyone whose home you cannot visit, make sure you see the conditions the dog has lived in, and meet the breeder and at least one parent dog. Therefore, new owners of puppy mill dogs often pay a very high price both financially and emotionally.

Bringing home a dog requires careful consideration whether adopting from a breeder, rescue or shelter.  Take time to consider your decision before you bring a dog home and make sure you are comfortable with both the dog… and where it comes from.  And when your dog arrives home, make sure to train and exercise it plenty, and create a social profile on Unikorn’s Butterfly site, so we can all see your new family member!

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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New year, new pet? Here are our top 5 tips for new pet owners

The new year can bring lots of excitement, especially for families who adopted a new pet over the holidays. Whether you welcomed an energetic puppy or a sweet senior into your home, these first few weeks are essential in establishing a relationship between you and your pet that will last a lifetime.

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1. Make the new familiar. For any pet, moving into a new place can be scary. The foreign smells, sights and sounds can quickly become overwhelming for your new furry friend. That’s why it’s essential to give your pet a quiet place to relax. Set up a special spot where he can go to feel secluded and safe when he needs alone time. A crate with its door open in a corner of a dimly lit room is a great start. Add a bed, water source, and a toy from the previous home so the space has familiar smells to calm your pet.

 

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2. Give your pet space. While it’s important to show your new pet love and affection, it’s just as necessary to give him space to explore for himself. When you bring your new family member into your home, give him time to explore his new surroundings. Give your pet some time each day where he can acclimate to his new home.

 

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3. Establish house rules. Although you want to make your new furry friend feel comfortable in his new home, make sure you start training early. Be fair but firm, using a strong “No” when he performs an undesirable action and reward him with treats and pets for desirable actions. You can also use a professional trainer to help in this process (Check out our awesome Unikorn trainers coming soon at myunikorn.in). Setting and enforcing rules early on will help make your pet ownership experience easier and more fun.

 

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4. Get your pet checked out. Take your pet to the vet within the first few days to check for any medical procedures or vaccinations he may need. Your vet will also be able to provide you with pet ownership tips, and you can ask any specific questions you may have about the health and well-being of you new friend. (You can order a Vet on Request appointment today at myunikorn.in). 

 

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5. Socialize your pet. Introducing your pup to other furry friends is not only fun for him; it’s necessary for his socialization. He should be able to play and interact with other animals in a friendly, non-aggressive way. The best way to ensure this behavior is to teach it to your pet as soon as possible. Take your dog to a dog park or have a puppy play date with your neighbor. However, always make sure you carefully supervise your pet to make sure everyone stays safe.

 

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
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/unikorn/id1057032063
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