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.

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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
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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
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/unikorn/id1057032063
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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
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Caring for Furry Family Members. Making Vacation as Fun for Your Pet as it is For You

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You organized your schedule, chose the location, and booked your flights.  Whether it’s fun in the sun, hitting the slopes or visiting Aunt Sarah, you are oh-so ready for this year’s holiday escape. You start packing two days before your flight, and that’s when your beloved beagle mix, Bella, throws herself into your open suitcase. This is doggie language for “You are not going anywhere without me.”

And while you may have to break it to Bella that she won’t be basking with you on the beach, this year you could plan a vacation for her too. You networked with other pet owners and found just the right doggie care in your area.  Not only is Bella going to an amazing at-home cage-free dog boarder, she gets to hang out the whole week with her bestie, Maggie, from the dog park.

You may think this is just a scene from “It’s a Wonderful Dog’s Life,” but with new technology and resources, connecting to quality pet care is easier than ever.  We don’t need more stress over the holiday vacation season and with some thoughtful effort and planning, your pet can bring in the New Year as relaxed and rejuvenated as you!

“The most important thing to take into consideration when thinking about vacation pet care is the disposition and personality of the animal themselves,” said Stephanie Zeh, owner of Doggie Adventures, a door-to-door all day doggie care and home away from home in our home boarding company serving Silicon Valley.  “What is the dog’s current lifestyle?  Are they social, healthy and mobile?  Do they prefer to be around other animals and are comfortable in new locations?”  Are they territorial or get aggressive in new environments?”

The main categories of pet care to consider are:

Kennels:  Some kennels are like a week-long playdate for dogs.  Outdoor socialization, freedom to roam in a safe area, lots of sniffs, pees and doggie dog interaction. When choosing a kennel, it is imperative to visit it prior to boarding, meet staff members, see the conditions, assess how the current residents are doing, and learn what a day would be like for you dog. Where will they sleep? Will they be in a cage? What vaccinations are required?  Kennel cough, a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, is aptly named because the infection spreads quickly among dogs in close quarters of a kennel or shelter. Most kennels require vaccination prior to boarding.  Make certain that no electronic collars are used and there is plenty of positive (versus negative) behavior reinforcement.

Not all dogs thrive at a kennel.  Being around other dogs, or in an unfamiliar environment is not their idea of a vacation.  For these dogs, better to try Home Boarding.

Home Boarding: Some animal loving humans open their homes to dogs and other critters for stays while their owners are away.  Even if the home is modest, as long as the caregivers provide regular exercise and loving care, this option can be like the canine Four Seasons for Fido.  Be sure to visit the location, get to know the caretakers and ensure your dog will be comfortable with any other animals in the house.  Home Boarders often advertise on community bulletin boards, at local pet stores and vets.  Ask for referrals from your friends at the dog park, and speak to other dog owners who have boarded prior to booking your pooch!

Pet-sitters:  If your animal does not do well in new environments, or you have multiple animals in your home, a pet-sitter might be your best bet.  Pet sitters come in two types: those who stay in your home, and those who drop by throughout the day. “Cats are creatures of habit and habitat, and since relocating usually stresses them out, a pet sitter is clearly the best option,” continues Zeh.  “Dogs need at least three visits per day, cats can get by with one or two.”  Some pets can cope with spending the day and night alone, but others might feel abandoned or depressed with just a few visits per day. The better choice might be to find someone willing to stay in your home. Make sure your chosen pet-sitter meets your animals prior to you leaving.  Invite them to walk your dog ahead of time, show them your home, and familiarize them with your pet’s routine!

Another great option is to leave a pet with a neighboring family or friend. Some families might welcome a temporary pet visitor, perhaps to evaluate adopting one of their own, or to teach the kids the time and effort a pet requires. Caring for an animal is a big responsibility, especially a puppy or a dog that needs medical care.  Make sure your caretaker is onboard with the full commitment required to care for your animal.

Lastly, have you considered taking your dog with you?  Many hotels allow dogs (most with a fee). Perhaps your Aunt Sarah would welcome a furry four-legged visitor while you stay.  Keep in mind that airplanes and long car rides tend to be stressful on animals, and they might need a few days to acclimate!  Before you pack your pooch in the car, consider your holiday schedule.  Are your days packed with visits to dog friendly places?  Will Bella bark in the hotel room while you are gone?

Once you have decided upon care, the next step is to clearly outline important information about your animal’s needs.  How/when/what should they be fed, medication doses, exercise, play and affection needs. Be detailed, such as where on their body they like to be scratched or that their pill gets administered in ground beef.  Point out quirks such as when Fido barks at the UPS guy, chases squirrels, or when you see the neighbor’s Chihuahua, walk on the other side of the street. If you’re re-locating your pet, send some familiar bedding, stuffed animal or other item that will remind them of home! Make sure your pet has a collar and updated ID tags.  If you can’t be reached during vacation, have a pet tag created with your pet sitter’s phone number!

Everyone looks forward to the winter holiday season where school’s out, the parties are on and hope and joy is in the air. Holiday travel is crowded and often stressful however Unikorn is trying to address this issue for pet parents in India and US (coming soon) by on boarding quality Vendors .  Knowing that your pet is cared for is one huge step in keeping your vacation out of the rough.  Happy Holidays!

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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Pet Sitting – What You Need to Know

shutterstock_370950692For pet owners there’s nothing like spending time with their beloved animals. Unfortunately, sometimes we are too busy to take care of our pets and yet we don’t want them to be and feel neglected. While you’re away from home, hiring pet concierge services might be a good idea. If you need someone to walk your dog, to check out your fluffy kitty or to take your ferret to a vet, but you don’t have enough time for that, it’s recommended to hire someone who’s ready and willing to do that for you.

Pet owners whose work and/or travel keep them away from their beloved companions have probably considered various pet-care solutions: from asking for a help from a neighbor or a friend to hiring a professional pet sitter. A responsible, educated, professional pet-care provider is, obviously, a great choice if you want the peace of mind and what’s best for your pet.

What do pet sitters actually do? Pet sitters take care of your pet in your own home while you are away. Therefore, dog walking can be considered as a form of pet sitting, due to the fact that it involves someone coming to your home and provide companionship and exercise to your dog. Owners usually hire pet sitters when going on a vacation, traveling for business or when then need to work long hours.

A pet sitter performs a variety of tasks, such as feeding the animals and providing them with fresh water, playing with them (including dog walking), cleaning up (litter boxes and other pet messes), when required they can also administer medications. Simply put, a pet sitter provides your pets with anything they need: a long walk, a trip to a vet or a cuddling time!

Usually, a pet sitter offers more than one visit a day, while in some cases, even overnight stay is included. You can also ask them to bring in newspapers and mail and to alternate lights and blinds; this way your home will get that “lived-in look” even when you’re away for weeks. In some cases, a pet sitter may also perform some other tasks a pet owner requests.

Pet owners have been increasingly using pet concierge services, especially pet sitters because of all the benefits of an in-home pet care. What are the advantages of leaving your pets at home instead of taking them to pet boarding facilities? Although the latter is not a bad choice, the fact is that pets experience less stress and are happier at their homes. Their exercise and diet routines aren’t interrupted, there’s no travel trauma and they aren’t exposed to illnesses.

Finally, why is it better to hire a professional pet sitter instead of someone who simply loves animals? Professionals are experienced and trained in working with pets and they know how to give them what they need based on the individual habits, fears, likes and dislikes of a pet. If necessary, they are able to react effectively and quickly; they know when your pets need vet’s attention. To cut the long story short, a professional pet sitter does this for living and has a necessary experience to take care of your beloved animals.
If you’re looking for pet services in the SF Bay area, Hyderabad and Benguluru in India, visit www.myunikorn.com. This company’s mission is to help you to take good care of your beloved pets. MyUnikorn offers a vet on request (for wellness, non-emergency and minor care) and same-day delivery of pet food, toys and other needs. Also, you can create your pet’s profile there and join the forum to discuss anything pet-regarding with other pet owners from around the globe.

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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