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5 Tips for Buying Pet Supplies Online

5 Tips for Buying Pet Supplies OnlinePets are some of the best companions that people keep at home. They can sometimes carry some errands for us. Pets can also be a good way to keep lonely people company and this is a healthy way to improve the lives of such people. Other than that, some pets can act as a source of security for you at home. For this reason, we want to keep our pets healthy, clean, well-fed and immunized all the time. We also want to ensure that the animals have the right kind of supplies all the time. When you want to buy supplies for The Pampered Pup online, you must do sufficient research so that you can get the best supplies there can be out there. The fact that different companies offer different qualities of supplies means that you must work hard to find suitable high-quality supplies for your pet.

So, whether you need to buy foods, drugs, or toys for your pet online, many factors and tips can guide you to the best supplies. Here are the tips to follow:

  1.   Check product information before you buy

Most pet owners will buy pet food online without getting to know more about such foods. The fact that there are many sellers means that not all of them can be trusted. You should read the ingredients of the foods to ensure that you are giving your pet healthy foods. You should also beware of companies that do not give details of the ingredients on food packaging. This is the first step to ensuring safety for your pets.

  1.   Choose reliable pet supplies brands

The brands of the pet supplies manufacturers matter a lot. For this reason, it is important that one is aware of the various manufacturers and what they are best known for. Even though some of the manufacturers of dog supplies items could be charging higher prices, they could be the best option you have for quality products. Again, research is paramount before one settles for any supplier.

  1.   What is the refund policy?

When you buy any item online, you need to be aware of the terms and conditions of the purchase. What will happen if the supplies you buy are not good for your pet? What is the return policy? After how long are you allowed to return or exchange the products? What about the warranty policy? If you are unsure, it is a good idea to read up on the terms of the website before making a purchase.

  1.   Check for offers from various online stores

We all love good deals. What are the offers that the various stores have? What do these offers say about the various sellers of pet supplies? Are there many people buying from the stores? This is a good way to gauge the quality and reliability of the sellers and their products.

  1.   Consider the prices and shipping fees

This is a very important factor that you should consider when looking for a suitable pet supplies seller online. We always want to make savings and buy the best quality supplies. Does the seller offer free shipping? Or how much will it cost you to buy and ship the supplies? Compare the various online stores and make a choice based on the best deals.

5 Life-Lengthening Health Tips for Your Dog

It’s estimated that 12 million of us in the UK have pets in our household. If you have a dog, it’s only natural that you will want them to live a long and healthy life. Unfortunately, a dog’s lifespan is far shorter than a human being’s, so to keep your beloved pooch in good shape, here are a few life-lengthening health tips that you can take on board.

Feed a High-Quality Diet

For your dog to have the best start in life, it’s important that you feed them a high-quality diet. Doing so will strengthen their coat, improve their skin, and boost your dog’s immune system. We’re all a sucker for puppy eyes, however, it’s best not to feed your pooch any human food. While you may think you’re giving a treat to your companion, there are lots of foods that can prove fatal to your dog. A high-quality diet will help keep your dog’s muscles and joints healthy, as well as increase their mental acuity. 

Keep Your Dog Lean

Just like with human beings, there are numerous health issues that your dog can develop should they be overweight. Obesity is regarded as the top nutritional disease seen in dogs, and with several studies showing that being obese or overweight can shorten a dog’s lifespan, it’s important that you do all that you can to keep them in good shape. Being overweight will put your dog at risk for heart disease, joint disease, and diabetes. 

Take Your Dog to the Vet

Whether your dog appears fit and healthy or you have any concerns, regular trips to your vet can bring you peace of mind. No matter what type of breed you have, regular veterinary care is essential. When at your appointment, the vet will perform routine examinations that can uncover health issues you may not be aware of. 

Understandably, you may be hesitant to take your pooch to the vets because of the cost, making it more important than ever to take out pet insurance. Fortunately there are websites like Quotezone that can help you compare pet insurance providers, making it more likely that you’ll find a good policy at a cheap price.

Keep Your Dog’s Mouth Clean

A common problem that your dog may face is dental disease or other oral health issues. If your dog is in pain or finds it difficult to eat, oral health issues that are left untreated can lead to kidney and heart disease. The most effective way of caring for your dog’s dental care at home is to brush their teeth. If your dog isn’t a huge fan of toothbrushes, there are lots of alternatives that you can try, such as dental diets and treats.

Give Them Regular Exercise

Whether you have a puppy running riot around the home or a senior dog who likes to take things easy, regular exercise for your pooch can provide tons of health benefits. Reducing digestive problems, controlling behavioural problems, as well as helping hip joints are just a few health benefits your dog can gain from regular physical activity. Getting out and about with your pooch can help you be more active too.

It doesn’t matter what kind of breed of dog you have, we all want our four-legged friends to live forever. There are lots of handy tips that you can use to lengthen your dog’s lifespan, meaning you can hold onto your companion for that little bit longer

Creating a Comfortable Home for Your Pets

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We all love our furry friends. They make a rather dull home cozy. You can always look forward to their cuddles each evening. And, with a little training, you can get your pets to do some basic chores around the house. But, are you reciprocating the love that your pets show you. Is your home comfortable for your pets? If not, here are some tips you can use to remodel your home to a pet-friendly environment:-

  1. Use Pet-Friendly Furnishings

If your kids like to cuddle the puppy in bed, ensure you have a water-resistant mattress cover. It will keep your mattress dry despite the accidental pee from the pet. Likewise, use sofa covers or pet-friendly fabrics in your living room. Other pet-friendly furnishings include low maintenance floors that will not strain you to clean. Avoid carpets that tend to pile up pet fur and other allergens. Instead, use replaceable rugs in heavy traffic areas. Then, opt for hardy fabrics around the house. Such materials can withstand the scratches and jumps from your playful pets. Keep off from silk, velvet, or any other delicate materials.

  1. Study Your Pet’s Behavior

Now, our cats, dogs, rabbits, or birds love the outdoors. Yet, they may not know how to communicate that they need to step out. A good pet owner will study the pet’s behavior to understand how it interacts. That way, he will allow the pet to flourish and be happy. For example, we train our pets to pee outside. Yet, if you do not have a door opening for your pet, it may never practice this good habit. Hence, ensure your doors have an opening at the bottom with a self-shutting valve to keep out other animals. If your pet is always uneasy, it could be having fleas or ticks.

  1. Conduct Regular Grooming

Grooming is a crucial part of keeping pets. For a pet full of pests will always be itching and feeling uneasy. Plus, excessive pet hair can make the dog or cut not able to play, run, or have fun as much as it would want to. Hence, ensure you take your pet for regular checkups. During these checkups, the pet will get its routine shots and deworming. It will also have a thorough bath, shave, and disinfection where needed. Note, the grooming is also about maintaining a pest-free environment for your pet. Hence, consultants like Pest Control Delray Beach can assist you further to prevent any outbreak of pests in your home.

  1. Maintain a Stable Outdoor Shelter

Now, not all pets sleep in the house. If your dog or cat has its shelter outside, ensure it is as comfortable as possible. Do this by weatherproofing the enclosure. This way, you know your pets are safe from the harsh weather. Plus confirm that this area is free from rodents and other pests. Or, you can incorporate the kennel onto a section of the house. Make it appear like it is part of the house extension. Then, install ample pet furniture for comfort.

Pets can tell when they are treated well or not. Hence, they reciprocate the excellent treatment by being loyal to their owners. Then, plan to make your pet as comfortable as possible. If you are still not sure how to go about it, consult your vet for further advice. They can study the pet and let you know what routine is best for them.

Top Reasons Why Dogs are Good for Kids

Top Reasons Why Dogs are Good for KidsIf you know us, you’ll know that we’re a family animal lovers. Husband and I got Chuck in 2006, just a couple of months after we got married and he wa a huge part of our lives for 13 years. We’ve had other pets over the years, too – Happy the hamster, Maureen our Staff-Frenchie-Boxer cross, Bagel and Biscuit the budgies, plus various dogs we’ve fostered over the years.

We’re huge believers that pets make a home complete and that it’s great for kids to have pets too, as it teaches them responsibility…even if it is always be cleaning out Bagel’s cage instead of Sausage! With this in mind, I thought I’d share some reasons that dogs are great pets for kids (and why investing in scratch-proof flooring is a good idea if you want one!)

Bonding

Having a pet helps to build family bonds as animals are often the focus of family activities. From walking the dog together to grooming or feeding the pet, these simple but enjoyable tasks allow everyone to slow down, enjoy each other’s company and communicate with one another.

Exercise

Having a dog means that you have to go for walks. Come rain or shine, dog need exercise, no excuses. You have to remember, that as well as for their physical health, dogs need exercise for their mental health. When they’re at home, they can’t sit and read a book or watch the TV, that’s their equivalent of getting out and having a sniff around the neighbourhood!

Responsibility

The daily commitment of caring for an animal is a great way to teach kids the importance of dependability and responsibility. To be a dog’s provider is an honour that requires a lot of patience and work. We make sure that Sausage and BB help to keep Maureen’s water bowl clean and refilled, put her food down, and make sure her bed is nicely plumped up for her to rest in.

Mental Health

It’s actually been scientifically proven that spending just 15-30 minutes with your dog can help you feel more calm and relaxed, reducing stress and increasing happiness. Playing with your pup increases your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and tranquility. Just having a dog around can give your mental health a huge boost.

Comfort

Having a dog can be a huge source of comfort in so many situations. When my kids are ill, Maureen (as did Chuck) will always be the first one to sit with them while they’re recovering on the couch, she’s always there with face licks when the girls are crying and she lets us know if anyone o much as breathes wrong within a 100m radius of the house. She’s a huge source of comfort for us all and loves nothing more than a snuggle with her pack…except maybe for a 5 mile walk where she gets to chase pheants!

Wireless vs Wired dog fence. Which is better?

Invisible dog fences are great for pet owners. They can let their dogs play in the grounds without worrying that they will hurt themselves or make a mess. Since the boundary is invisible, it causes no obstacle or hindrance to the rest of the household. However, pet owners are often confused while deciding to buy a dog containment system. They cannot figure out if they should buy a wired or a wireless system. Both have been evaluated and compared below.

Installation

A wired fence is labour-intensive in its installation. Since the wires are buried, mud and dirt need to be dug up. For concrete and gravel surfaces, hardware and manpower are required to cut through the surfaces before placing the wires. This can make the installation expensive. On the other hand, a wireless dog fence does not need any intensive installation. You just need to figure out a centre point to install the transmitter and figure out the boundary size.  

Coverage

Even a basic wired dog fence can help pet owners secure their dogs over tens of acres. The coverage gets higher as the pet containment system improves. However, a wireless dog fence only offers around a few hundred feet of coverage. It will not be possible to supervise dogs over a more extensive territory using this technology.

Wired contained systems can be laid in corners and edges as well as long as the wires are kept rounded. This ensures full coverage of the property. But wireless containment systems only offer coverage along the circumference of a circle and corners are left out.

Durability

The hardware of a wired containment system is weather-resistant. The wiring is buried which protects it from rain, hail and snow. The system remains functional even in bad weather. A wireless system, on the other hand, is susceptible to environmental conditions. The base unit has to be kept in a dry space indoors.

As far as the signals are concerned, a wired system rarely loses signals. If there’s a power breakdown or the wires have been corroded, then the functionality would be affected. But until that happens, it will keep working. On the other hand, a wireless system has sensitive signals that keep on fluctuating. Electronic appliances, nearby trees and harsh weather can disrupt the communication lines of the transmitter

Problem-solving

At times, a dog containment system malfunctions. If the wires have been dug into the ground, it will be difficult to trace the origin of the problem. You cannot dig everywhere the wire was placed. A replacement will require plenty of effort similarly. Meanwhile, a wireless system is portable, and it can be easily opened up to diagnose the problem. It will not exert the owner’s energies and won’t be expensive to repair.

In conclusion, a wired dog fence is operationally very much superior to a wireless dog fence. It is also more durable and transmits signals even in bad weather. However, the installation and repair of a wireless system is cheaper.

Why Nitrile Gloves are a Home Essential #GloveIsAllYouNeed

Nitrile GlovesAs you’ll know if you read my blog on the regular, I’m far from a domestic goddess. Housework is not massively high on my list of priorities, however we do like to maintain a good standard of cleanliness even if tidiness isn’t our forte! One thing that I do like to keep a stash of at home to help me with my domestic duties is disposable nitrile gloves – they’re something that I find absolutely essential for so many things, so I thought I’d share a few uses for them with you here:

Oven Cleaning

This is one that I learned the hard way – oven cleaner is VERY caustic and if it gets on your skin can cause blistering and irritation. I once got oven cleaner on my hands and my skin was in a bad way for days afterwards, so now I make a point of never even going near oven cleaner without wearing a good pair of thick nitrile gloves. I also make a point of using the best essential oils after cleaning the oven to get rid of the smell of the chemicals.

Cleaning Up After Pets

Even though we have a long poop-scooper, I always wear a pair of gloves when I’m cleaning up after Maureen, just for an added layer of protection. Animal droppings can cause myriad health problems and ensuring there’s no bacteria transfer is really important. We have also now added two budgies to the family, so gloves are worn when cleaning out their cage.

First Aid

This one, thankfully, is a much ‘fewer and farther between’ use for gloves, but nitrile gloves are so important when doing first aid. As well as ensuring that my hands are sterile when dealing with cuts and scrapes, it gives me an added layer of protection too, as I’m a bit rubbish with blood!

Car Maintenance

Another thing I’ve blogged about in the past is that I try to do as much car maintenance myself as I can. This means that changing batteries and bulbs, filling up oil and water and even changing wheels and spark plugs are all within my remit, and it it MESSY work! I discovered, after too many times of ending up with ground-in grease on my hands, wearing nitrile gloves while doing car stuff protects me from dirt and grease.

Hair Dying

Although I don’t tend to dye my own hair anymore (TOO risky!), Sausage has had pink, blue and purple dip-dyes for the last three years running, and gloves are absolutely essential for this. The ones that come in the box dyes are worse than useless, so I always end up raiding my own stash of gloves instead, so that I don’t end up with multi-coloured hands.

Best Locations to Have a Holiday with Your Dog

Many pet owners don’t want to leave their pets behind when they go on holiday, whether that is somewhere close to home, or a little bit farther. Dog friendly holidays are becoming increasingly more popular, and even if you want to get some sun in a hotter climate, there are some great options for places to go, as well as reasonably priced companies offering all the help you need to ship dogs to your holiday destination, safely and happily. Here are some of the best holiday locations for you and your dog:

England

England’s quarantine laws have recently been lifted, allowing for free travel for dogs from most countries. This is ideal as England is one of the most dog-friendly places, with plenty to see for humans and their furry friends. The country and the cities are great for walking- something your dog is sure to enjoy. And it is not often that you can take your dog to see truly historical features like those on offer in England.

Greece

What dog doesn’t want to spend all day at the beach? In fact, you might argue that dogs usually have more fun than their human counterparts. Greece offers plenty of beaches, where you and your dog can enjoy in equal parts. If you go in the spring, your dog will be most happy as temperatures won’t be too high for them, and if they are, most places have air conditioning, so you are set!

Switzerland

The rules for dog travel to Switzerland are indeed lax, allowing easy entry for you and your dog. This spans to their use of public transportation as well, making it easy for you and your dog to catch a plan, train, or boat. Small dogs can even travel for free! As an added bonus, most restaurants in Switzerland even let your dog dine with you! A true dog haven!

Spain

Spain can be an extremely relaxing trip for you and your pup. Laying by the pool, catching some sun rays, all of this is extremely appealing when traveling with your puppy. Spain in general is pretty laid back. This makes taking your dog with you anywhere very easy. The largest cities in Spain even have specialized dog exercise and toilet areas. This is ideal when spending the day sight seeing. Just make sure you don’t let your dog get overheated in the Spanish sunshine!

It is important for dog owners to do all the necessary research before going on the holiday of their dreams. This includes checking what your pet needs to have (passport, vaccinations, etc.), talking to your vet for advice, and ensuring that not just the place you are sleeping is dog friendly, but that there are also local things to do with your dog that you can both enjoy and that you are both welcome in.

Family Friendly Flooring – Wood you  look?

It’s no secret that as a nation us Brits love our pets, sometimes more than our own kids! However, when it comes to kitting out your home, both can pose as a bit of a problem. This is no exception with flooring and it can leave you feeling pretty limited when it comes to choice. Now, many experts would probably advise that you stay away from real wood flooring and play it safe with laminate or vinyl. However, if you’re someone who is looking to achieve that ever-increasing popular ‘rustic’ look and are able to deal with the odd dent or scratch then real wood might be the one for you!

Personally, we would recommend either Oak or Walnut flooring, purely because these materials are the most durable and cost-effective in the long run. Ian from IB Flooring says that “vinyl and lino flooring are very popular choices because of their practicality and versatility, ranging in vast a number of colours and designs.”

Oak is an incredibly popular choice when it comes to family-life. We all know how much mess children and pets can make, if you’re sick of plugging in the vacuum cleaner then why not consider Oak? It only requires a simple sweep and a once over with a mop (at a push), making it one of the easier to clean flooring options. Oak can withstand a lot of wear but if it does start to look dilapidated over the years then it can be re-sanded to bring back to life! Furthermore, Oak flooring does not collect dust or mould as easily as other floors, which makes it ideal if anyone in your household suffers from allergies.

Another thing to consider is what type of finish you want your floor to have. There are two prominent choices; Lacquered and Oiled, both have their advantages and disadvantages. Lacquered flooring will definitely get scratched more often, however it is a lot more durable, easier to clean and will brave the challenge of a pet extremely well.

On the other hand, oiled floor is harder to scratch, but the floor will need re-coating more frequently. The decision really depends on how committed you want to be when it comes to maintaining the quality of your floor.

There are a few things that you personally can do to ensure scratches are reduced; maintaining the length of your pet’s claws is one of the obvious ones. Also, add extra protection by laying rugs/runners down in areas that see heavier traffic from both humans and pets. As with all flooring, if you do have any mishaps or spillages then try to clean them up as soon as possible to avoid stains and marks from occurring.

So there you have it, just a few reasons why Luxury Flooring think that the real thing is the best for your family home!

Gifts for Dog Lovers

Everyone has that one friend who is a little bit too bonkers about their dog, referring to it as their first-born child, allowing it to sleep in their bed and feeding it food which costs more than their own. Given the fact that I’m basically describing MYSELF here, and I’m the crazy dog lady in my friends lives, I thought I’d be a good person to put together a list of great gifts to buy the dogs (or dog lovers) in your life for Christmas. Here are my suggestions:

A Doggy iPad Cover

If your dog-lover has an iPad, then this dog print iPad cover would make a great gift, It’s made from natural materials and protects screens whilst looking cute and well made, and I’m convinced that any dog-lover would get a real kick out of putting their iPad in it!

A Doggy Cushion

I’m not sure if I’d like this one for myself or for Chuck…or maybe one for each! Chuck has his own selection of cushions that we put in his beds for a bit of soft support now that he’s getting old and I think these would look really stylish around the home.

Dog Christmas Jumpers

It’s not often that we see dog clothes which are big enough for Chuck because he’s a medium sized breed (although I think that’s discrimination personally, as he’d look SO AMAZING in a fair-isle jumper!) but if your dog-loving friend or relative does have a smaller breed then a Christmas jumper would be such a cute gift. You can even get Santa outfits!

Dog Beds

One thing on which we never scrimp is the beds that we buy for Chuck, especially now he’s old as he needs the warmth and comfort, especially at night when the temperature drops. Buying a dog bed for a human might not be the best idea but if you’re a dog-lover yourself then investing in a decent beg for your dog, with lots of padding and a good, strong material like tweed which will provide a good outer layer for the bed which still looks great in your home.

Are you a dog lover? What’s on YOUR Christmas list for either you or your pooch?

The Trouble With Renting…

This post was written in collaboration with CarpetRight
dirty carpet

One of the problems with living in a rented house is that we’re very much at the mercy of our landlord when things need fixing. Largely, he’s pretty good and he’ll send a tradesman over to sort things out, or attend to it himself if he’s in the country. However, there are certain things which aren’t seen to in such a timely fashion, such as our truly, completely grim living room carpet.

When we moved in, the landlord had refurbished the house, removing the old laminate and replacing it with new carpet. Now, this might seem like a nice thing, having brand new carpet in a rented  house, but in our case it was a curse. You see, our landlord chose a beige patterned carpet, knowing at the time that we had a toddler and a dog, and that the patio doors in our living room were the only way to get in an out of the garden. Skip forward three and a half years and our carpet is looking less beige and more ‘interesting collection of stains’.

If Husband and I owned the house, we’d replace the carpet with cheap laminate flooring, which would solve so many problems – it would be easy to keep clean, it would look SO much nicer than what we have now, and it would save our nerves from jangling every time Chuck comes in from the garden in the winter and we have to quickly try and clean the mud off of his feet before he steps on the carpet!

I’m by no means innocent myself. I’m terrible for leaving drinks on the floor and then inevitably kicking them over as I weave my way through the house like a bull in a china shop, which means several of the stains can be attributed to me. Luckily, I’m not a big drinker, or else red wines stains could have made the situation a whole lot worse!

We’ve asked our landlord if he could think about replacing the carpet with laminate, as we’ve lived here for a while now and aren’t planning on moving any time soon, so hopefully he’ll see sense and sort it out for us, but I can understand why he’d be reluctant to do so, this close to Christmas. All I know is, between my drinks, Chuck’s muddy feet, Sausage’s melted crayons and Husband’s…well, actually, no, Husband is the one innocent party on all of this; something needs to change, because the thought of a baby crawling on our carpet (despite the fact that we’ve had it professionally cleaned TWICE!) is not one that appeals to any of us.