The most popular dog names for the year

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Tommy. Bruno. Leo. You have probably heard these dog names a gazillion times now. These erstwhile popular dog names are now getting a thumbs-down from pet owners.

So, how about we help you with the latest trend in names for your four-legged, furry BFF?

Max

The name means ‘greatest’, which is actually pretty true for your dog friends. It’s short, sweet and kind of adds spunk to your pet.

Bella

The most charming and the most beautiful – these are the most popular reactions that your dog Bella will receive. The moniker is perfect for female dogs who walk with a charming gait, their head held high.

Charlie

The name always lends an affable quality to whoever owns it. This popular German name dates all the way back to Charlemagne, a.k.a. Charles the Great, lending a certain royal quality to your furry friends.

Coco

Warm and earthy, coco will remind you of all things nice and cozy and comfortable. Isn’t that how your dogs make you feel as well? A great names for both males and females, and would absolutely suit a brown -coloured pupper.

Rocky

At first, it’ll give off a tough-guy vibe, but could also stand for loyalty and determination. A dog that will fight back for you deserves this name. If your pup is a boxer, it’ll go very well with their personality, too.

Daisy

Fresh as a flower, and equally bright and beautiful. Your dog Daisy will symbolize all things nice in the world. Their innocent eyes and the moniker combined will make them the darling of every outing.

Maggie

Doesn’t this name remind of you of a friendly and playful doggie? If your dog is one of the more active and bouncy of the lot, Maggie would be a perfect name to match their happy personalities.

Sophie

Did you know some dogs are actually more smart than others? So this name Sophie, which means ‘wisdom’, can actually be suitable for your quiet, brooding, but super smart pupper friend.

Which of these names will you choose for your new BFF?

 

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Easy DIY collars to jazz up your pet’s looks

Dogs are probably the best gift to us humans. They are always happy to see us, and above everything else, love us unconditionally. So, it’s important that they be treated with all the love and care that they deserve.

So all you dog lovers, it’s time to get your creative side out and make some DIY dog collars for your furry best friend to jazz up their cute looks.

The vintage bow tie

Whether it’s for a fancy party, or you just like having your dog look dapper in a smart bow, this is the best collar to bring those ‘awws’ to your furry friend. Learn how to make yours here.

shutterstock_135661262.jpgFancy some royal jewels

Love a bit of sparkle? Nothing better than jewels to fulfill that dream. For your pampered pooch, this collar is a perfect addition to their looks. Adorning their collar with a sprinkling of jewels and instantly add glamour to their daily walks.

Bright ribbons

How about some patterned ribbons that match your pup’s leash? Jazz up their collars by sticking a beautiful, fun ribbon around it and watch it brighten up their barks. Learn to make it here.

The sailor dog

Does your pup love the beach? How about you bring the beach home by adding nautical elements to their collars?  Add a statement nautical piece, like a small anchor, to their collar and make them look trendy.

The name tag

Choose your favourite collar design, create a cute little name tag (a bone, a star, flowers, or anything else your dog fancies), and when you have those elements together, watch the new collar add a dash of personality to your dog. Plus, it will help keep them ID’d, in case they get lost. Double benefits, eh?

The formal office look

Bring-your-pet-to-work day at the workplace? We have got you covered. Create a formal dog collar, in the design of a shirt collar and a tie and make them look handsom and dashing for their day at office. Check out this tutorial on how to make one.

shutterstock_324845987Show your friendship to the world

A friendship bracelet is probably the best way to show how much your dog means to you. Create one at home with ribbons and threads, add cute little elements, adjust the size according to their necks, and voila! Make yours here.

Belt it up

Have old leather belts lying around in the closet? Time to make good use of them. Cut it into a smaller size, add as many fun elements you want to (stickers paint, sparkle), and convert it into a spanking new leather collar for your dogs!

 

Your checklist for hiring a pet sitter

Going on that long-awaited holiday cab become a little complicated if you have a pet to take care of and can’t take along. You are then left with mostly three choices – board them, leave them with a relative, or hire a pet sitter.

Your pets deserve only the best of care and that’s why it is essential to stick to high quality standards when you are thinking of hiring a pet sitter for them. Because obviously, you should expect the pet sitter to love and care for your pet the same way that you do.

While considering prospective pet sitters, it is essential to create a list of questions prior to the initial interview or meet the person in question. Don’t worry about asking too many questions; it is actually a prerequisite for handing over your pets to someone else. Here is our list of questions that you must ask your professional pet sitter before you hire them-

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How long have they been a professional petsitter?

It is critical to get as much information about the individual’s experience as a pet sitter and with pets in general to get a basic idea of how good they might be.

Can they provide you references?

A reference is a person who has hired the pet sitter before and is probably your best bet in terms of gauging the genuineness of the pet sitter. Ask for a list of references from previous pet sitting clients, that includes a phone number or an email address. When you contact those references, make sure to as them questions like were they happy with the pet sitter, what they liked or didn’t, if they would hire the same pet sitter again, and if they are still a client, and if not, then why.

Do they have a backup pet sitter?

Illness, injury, emergencies can come without a warning. The differentiating factor between a professional and an amateur pet sitter is whether the professional has a backup plan. Make sure your pet sitter has a backup, also a professional, who will make the scheduled visits to care for your pets when they can’t. Find out every detail in that case, and also keep the backup’s contact handy.

Where will the pet sitter keep your key?

Do find out where the pet sitter intends to keep your key. It has to be in a secure location to which no one else has access and needs to be colour codedto ensure identification.

There are a host of other questions that you should probably ask as well, including –

– What type of visits do you offer?

– How long is each visit? Do you offer overnight visits and what is the cost?

– Can you book last minute appointments?

– Does the pet sitter have a procedure if your pet becomes ill or injured?

– Will the pet sitter provide regular updates?

– How will you contact the pet sitter?

So, get this important checklist in place and you and your pet will be good to go.

 

The top supplements that your pet probably needs

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Have you been curious about supplements for your pets? Well then this is the blog for you!

For the average cat or dog that is in great health and is being regularly fed a balanced and wholesome meal, there is really no need for supplements. However, if your animal has not been receiving a well-balanced diet, or faces particular health issues, it would be a good idea to look into supplementing their diet.

Here are some of the essential supplements that are good for your pets and they may need for a more healthy life –

Fish Oils

Fish oils are known to have omega 3 fatty acids that have a host of health benefits for both humans and animals, including reducing the risks of strokes, heart attacks, and high cholesterol. However, finding the right supplement for your pet could be a difficult task. Look for the right concentration levels of omega 3 fatty acids that vary with each product. There are fish oils that are specially made for your pets, so invest in those instead of giving them the ones that you take.

Multivitamins

A multivitamin usually contains the recommended daily dosages of nutrients that you need in one pill. If you aren’t sure what your pet needs, consult your vet to check for any deficiencies they might have. Vitamins can immensely improve the quality of your pet’s life by helping regulate body processes, protect the body from environmental toxins, and break down nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats so the body can utilize them.

Joint supplements

Even the youngest of pets can have problems or injuries that involve their joints and bones. More so because they are infinitely more active than humans on a regular basis. It is quite possible for them to hurt themselves or fracture their bones while playing or running around, especially if they are small and haven’t developed, or are growing old. Add a supplement that contains glucosamine or chondroitin for joint health. Also look for a calcium ingredient that increases bone density.

Probiotics

A healthy pet needs a healthy gut to live a long happy life. Probiotics contain good bacteria that are beneficial to intestinal health. The good bacteria replace the bad kinds that cause constipation, diarrhea, and poor immunity. Although scientific research is still trying to confirm this, many people advocate the use of probiotics supplements for pet health for reducing incidents of diarrhea, bad breath, and gas, as well as prevent digestive infections.

Important point to note – Too much of anything, even something that is healthy, can be bad for your pets. Some products have a toxic effect on your pet, despite their ‘natural’ labels. Be very careful about choosing supplements for your pet. Additionally, always consult your vet before adding anything to your pet’s diet, no matter how benign the supplement might be.

 

Don’t ignore your cat’s dental health

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Dental diseases are not just something you and I have to deal with. Your feline friends also suffer from the same, dreaded tartar buildup, gingivitis, cavities, bad breath, and a host of other dental and oral problems.

But what is worse when it comes to cats is that a dental infection can cause many other potentially life-threatening diseases. While you spend your time tending to their coats and buying them cute toys, also take out some minutes from your day to tend to their oral hygiene needs. It can protect your cat from most dental diseases.

Dental diseases can lead to fatal health issues – From kidney diseases, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, and heart failure, a stinky breath might just end up being more than the fish lunch your cat ate. When the bacteria from their mouth and teeth enter the bloodstream, it increases the likelihood of affecting vital organs. According to studies, as many as 85% of all cats over the age of 6 are affected by one or more periodontal diseases. Plus, domestic cats on commercial cat food are more susceptible than wild cats, mainly because they are fed artificial food instead of their natural diet that can sometimes speed up tartar buildup.

It can cause severe pain – As a cat parent, it is your duty to ensure your cat leads a happy, healthy and pain-free life. Tooth decay and other oral infections can cause severe pain to your cat, which may also affect its usual demeanor and overall health. Cats with severe dental issues also face difficulty chewing food which can make them severely malnourished.

So, what should you do to avoid these?

Brush their teeth – This is the gold standard in dental care. Brush your cat’s teeth daily. Introduce the process when they are still young. It is easier to accustom them to a new routine. One thing to keep in mind is that do not use the toothpaste that you use, as it contains too much flouride that can end up making your kitty sick. There are special cat-approved toothpastes that you should go for.

Feed them well – This is the basis of good oral and overall health. The right kind of cat food, combined with vitamins and minerals will contribute to strong bones and teeth, keeping your cat friends pain-free and happy.

Consult your vet – If possible, schedule regular check-ups with your cat’s vet. Your vet will check their gum health and make recommendations for caring for your cat’s teeth, accordingly. They can also latch on to early signs of gum disease, sparing you and your cat a headache later. Depending on your cat’s dental health, your vet could also recommend a professional dental cleaning for a more in-depth look.

With an understanding of the potential causes of dental diseases, you can now take proper steps to maintain your cat’s health, and keep them purring with joy, all day long.

 

How to take care of your pet while moving houses

Imagine seeing your home in upheaval, constant stream of people, a pile of boxes everywhere, and a bunch of stressful humans you can’t comfort!  Sounds even more stressful, right?

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Moving houses is a stressful process for us. So, imagine how anxious it must make your little pet friends. This makes it crucial to take care of them while you are moving. While there is no formulaic solution, there are a couple of basic tips that should keep your pets calm.

  • Contact your vet and be prepared for a new one – Before you leave your old home, make sure to carry a copy of all your pet’s medical needs. Meet your current vet for any other prescription medications for your pet. See if they can recommend a new vet for you, have their phone number handy and make an appointment with them as soon as possible.
  • Keep things normal – Don’t try and pull an all-nighter when it comes to packing. Not only will it stress you out, but also your pet. Try and pack over a longer period of time so that your pet thinks everything is normal. Pro tip for cats – bring out their carriers out a few a weeks before the move. Also, don’t pack the food away, and keep your pet’s food, water, bowls, medication and any other important supplies, including their favourite toys, with you.
  • Keep pets away from the action – Don’t put them in the middle of all the packing; better to keep them in the quietest area possible to avoid stressing them out. Check in on them regularly, and try to feed or walk them at the usual time to maintain a routine. If you’re too busy, leave them with a trusted friend or at a kennel for the day. All this will further reassure them of things being normal.
  • Travel with your pet – Unless you are moving long distance or international, have your pet around you at all times. For instance, by driving them yourself, you can care for them and give them a sense of familiarity. Also, plan ahead for any special carriers your pets may need for transportation.
  • Don’t let them out immediately – Moving a pet is akin to acclimatization at higher altitudes.

Take them out on a leash to explore their new neighbourhood and show them how to get home. Give them a few days to adjust their surroundings. Make sure to secure their identification collars, just in case they get out and get lost.

Now that you are all set, it’s time to snuggle up with your furry favourites in your new home. Have fun!

 

 

The benefits of chew toys for dogs

Whether it’s your favourite running shoes, the recently-bought antique furniture, your clothes that you left out to dry, or even your fingers – your dog will chew on just about anything they can lay their paws on. Not that all chewing is bad, but destructive chewing is one of the biggest pet peeves that dog parents have. To help alleviate that concern, it’s best to provide your furry friend with the best chew toys that have a host of benefits, and will also foster safer chewing habits. Let’s take a look –  

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Channels their habit appropriately

Chewing is a natural instinct for all dogs. Hence, it is necessary to appropriately channel that behaviour rather than punishing or discouraging them from doing so. In the wild, dogs or wolves usually have raw bones to chew on. While that is not possible at home at all times, chew toys provide the much-needed alternative, especially for growing puppies, and help shape their natural behavior better.

Improves oral hygiene

The best kind of pet chew toys are great for promoting healthy teeth and gums. Chewing on a toy acts like a toothbrush for your pets, scraping away harmful plaque that can lead to gum disease. Another added benefit of chew toys for dogs is that it imparts them with fresher breath. No more dealing with stinky mouth, yay!

Relieves teething pain

Nothing is more painful and uncomfortable for puppies than teething pain. The arrival of new teeth can cause a host of problems for your little pups such as whining, whimpering, and crying, keeping not just them, buy dog parents at tenterhooks as well. So when your dog has a chew toy to rely on, it will provide the much-needed pain relief for their aching gums, and a good night’s sleep to you.

Helps fight boredom

Dogs get bored, too. Unlike us, they don’t eve have the option of whiling away their time on Instagram, Facebook or YouTube, watching the latest in cat videos. Being stuck indoors all day can make them irritable as well. Apart from physical stimulation, dogs need mental stimulation too, otherwise they end up tearing into trash cans, knocking over plants, getting into fights with cats, or driving your neighbours crazy with constant barking. Chew toys give them something to remain occupied with when you’re not home, making them less fidgety and easier to handle.

Saves your precious items

Imagine coming home after a long day at work to find your lovable furball sprawled across what used to be your favourite cushions. Not so lovable anymore, eh? Without a chew toy to keep their teeth and claws busy, you may soon find yourself spending a fortune on chairs, sofas, curtains and the likes. Plus, who knows what toxic chemicals they might be chewing along with them. Giving them a chew toy eliminates that risk as well, because the last thing you would want is to have them fall utterly sick.