Winter Care Tips for Your Pets

When a hot cup of cocoa becomes your favourite go-to beverage, surely, the winter season has arrived. The clean and vivid smell, decadence and feasting, winter woollies and beautiful views make winters an amazing season. No matter how freezing cold it is, no living being should ever forget to celebrate this weather. You take winter care tips for yourself seriously, now it is time for you to focus on your four-footed family member.

Since winters can pose serious perils to your pet’s health, you should never overlook their need of shelter from winter’s nasty weather conditions. To help your pet survive this weather while still enjoying it, there are a few things that you should know:

There are many unpleasant situations that your pets face in winters such as exposure to the season’s dry, cold air; frosty rain showers, sleet and snow leading to chapped paws and itchy, peeling skin; winter walks becoming downright unsafe if chemical compounds from ice-melting agents are licked off or absorbed into naked paws, etc. To comfort your furry friend from cold weather threats, please take a look at the following guidance:

Cold Weather Safety Tips for Your Dog

Just like humans, canines have variable degrees of forbearance when it comes to extreme temperatures. However, if they are exposed to harsh weather conditions, even the dogs from the hardiest breeds become vulnerable to hypothermia and frostbite . Here are a few precautions to take for the health of your canine.


• Continue with your dogs normal exercise routine even during the colder months. Lack of exercise can cause more then just weight gain, your dog can lose muscle tone and mass, their connective tissues can become weak or tight leading to torn ligaments, they can also become hyperactive, bored and misbehaved.

• If your furry family member has even mild arthritis, joint pain or stiffness, these conditions will likely worsen during the winter. Take special care to keep him/her warm during the cold months, find a good joint care supplement, and ensure you continue to visit your vet on a regular basis.

• If your pooch belongs to a short haired breed such as Greyhounds, Miniature Pinschers, Chihuahuas or Whippets, you should look at getting him/her a doggie jacket for times when he/she is outdoors.  Short haired dogs do not have the same protection as their longhaired friends so an extra layer in the form of clothing is a smart choice.

• During icy weather you should supervise your canine when he/she is outdoors, slipping on an icy surface can cause massive trauma to joints and prevent the dog from being able to return to a warm or safe place.  Ensure that the shelter you provide for your dog is dry and warm enough to keep them protected.

• Your dog’s paws, ears and tail are susceptible to frostbite during the winter months.  A dog’s body is normally able to regulate temperature by conserving or producing extra heat, however on especially cold days the amount of heat loss will be more than their body can compensate for; as with humans, when faced with cold the body begins to protect important systems (like the brain, liver and lungs) at the expense of peripheral areas (like paws, ears and tails).  Monitor your dog when he/she is outside, if they are shivering, showing lack of co-ordination, or becoming lethargic they may be suffering from hypothermia.  If they refuse to walk, keep trying to lift their paws off the ground, or begin to cry or vocalize pain, their paws may be at risk of becoming frostbitten.  

• While walking outside, the snow on the road can disguise hazardous objects that can cause harm to a dogs paws. So when your pooch returns home, thoroughly check for any cuts or scratches. Trim any extra fur in between their toes to prevent snow and ice build up, and keep sharp objects from getting embedded.

  Feline and Chilly Weather

When the temperature dips, it is imperative to safeguard your cats from the cold spell and to keep them indoors if possible. Though felines are well adapted to handle cold temperatures, even they can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite, in cold weather they will seek a warm place to shelter in, so if you cannot bring them inside, build them a heated outdoor shelter to keep them warm and safe.

In cases of hypothermia, the body temperature of your cat can fall below normal, which will be further followed by stiff muscles, slow heartbeat and no response to stimuli. In such a condition, you must take your cat to the veterinarian immediately.

In case your cat gets frostbite, you should remember never to rub the frozen tissues; else further tissue damage can be caused. Taking your cat to the vet immediately is the best thing to do. If this is not possible, then you should warm the affected area with moist bath towels. Subsequently, when the affected tissues become flushed, you must withdraw the warming process, dry the area and gently cover it with a sterile, dry, non-adhering bandage.

For offering more protection to the little members of the Tiger family, supplement their food with essential fatty acids that supply the coat enough nutrition for the winters. Feed a diet, which is enriched with protein, vitamin E and B-complex. The ideal way to secure your cats from icy weather is to keep them indoors most of the time.

Finally, to help your dog and cat survive the frostier weather, follow these simple guidelines and keep them happy and healthy throughout the winter season. For better hygiene and care, you can buy pet supplements , such as immunity booster, urinary defense , wild salmon oil, etc. from Pet-Tek Distribution.

Pet Safety Tips for the Christmas Holidays

Holidays are the most wonderful and eagerly awaited time of the year. Everyone wants to make the holidays a happy and cheerful time and not a time for an emergency visit to their vet.

So, before you and your family awaken on Christmas morning too find the surprises Santa Claus has left for you beneath the tree, ensure that you have taken all the necessary precautions to keep your pet safe and secure this holiday season.

This Christmas season, take a look at the following pet safety tips to avoid an accident or mishap with your pet .


Food Dangers to Your Pet

Don’t feed your pet chocolates, coffee or tea; they embody hazardous constituents known as xanthines that can harm your pet’s nervous system, urinary system or lead to heart muscle stimulation.

Foods that are rich in fats, such as gravy or cheese can pose issues to your pet’s health, such as stomach upset and pancreatitis. Moreover, raw meat, fish or poultry also contain disease-causing bacteria, such as E.coli and parasites.

Humans are not the only alcohol lovers in your household, pets are also attracted to alcohol, especially cats. Make sure your pet stays away from alcohol, foods cooked with alcohol, and foods that are in the process of fermenting; intoxication in your pet can lead to low blood sugar, brain damage and seizures.

Don’t Let the Christmas Tree Hurt Your Furry Friend

Christmas trees and their beautiful decorations can be perilous to your pet’s health.  The tree may tip over if a pet attempts to climb it, needles can get stuck in paws and cause irritation or if eaten they may cause perforation of the intestine.  Sweep or vacuum often while your tree is up to help lower the risks the needles pose.

Tinsels may be the reason your Christmas tree has sparkle and shine, but this glitter can also be the cause of blockage in your pet’s intestine.  A blockage like this will most likely require surgery to fix.

Glass ornaments and sharp hooks can be choking hazards and may damage your pets paws, mouths or other body parts.  



Are Loud Noises Scaring Your Dog?

Experts have stated that dogs are gifted with a strong sense of hearing. Therefore, large crowds and loud noises make dogs respond fearfully. There are certain behavioural symptoms through which you can recognise your dog’s anxiety:

• Hiding

• Cowering and trembling

• Urinating and defecating

• Panting

• Pacing and circling

• Barking and whining, etc.



To relieve your dog’s fear of loud noises, use massage therapy and lavender (lavender has a soothing effect on dogs). You can also try alternative therapies which will benefit your dog such as acupuncture and chiropractic treatments.  Natural calming products such as Pet-tek’s Calm Aid  can be used to help alleviate stress and anxiety without worrying about negative side effects.

Distance your dog from holiday plants, decorations and gift wrappings. Undesirably, the plants such as holly, mistletoe and poinsettia, which we use to decorate our houses during the holiday season, are poisonous to our pets. Other items used in decorations and wrappings, for example, ribbons, yarn, long strings, adhesives, glues and candles, can also be dangerous to the well-being of your pet.

Make sure your pet feels safe and special during the holiday season, try to keep to your normal schedule as much as possible.  If you get them a new toy make sure you take the time to play with them, if they get a new bed put a favorite blanket or a piece of your clothing on it to help it smell like “home” faster.  

Pet-Tek Distribution offers a variety of pet products , including leashes, collars, pet sofas, pet toys, etc. Buy quality pet products and make this holiday, a ‘Happy Christmas Holiday’ for you and your pet.

Pet-tek Guide For Helping your Dog Smell Better

dog clean shower bathWhat causes dogs to have offensive odor?  The reason behind the smell can vary, the cause may be fast or slow to diagnose, the underlying reasons may be simple or complex, treatment may be easy or may require a lengthy and involved process.  The three main reasons for offensive odor in dogs are: cleanliness, infection, or disease.  

Cleanliness

Cleanliness can include animals with excessively oily skin, animals who are not bathed regularly, or animals that have come into contact with an offensive substance.  The latter two are easy enough to rectify with a bath or more regular bathing routine.  In the case of animals with oily skin there may be underlying reasons for the production of excessive skin oils, such as Canine Seborrhea (an inherited disease that causes the skin to exude a waxy, greasy substance that can form clumps and cause dirt and bacteria to remain trapped against the skin) or it may be a secondary reaction to another condition or disease such as allergies, dietary deficiencies, parasites or autoimmune disorders.

Infection

Most infections are caused by bacteria or yeast, an infection is usually either localized (affecting a specific area or internal organ), or systemic (whole body).  For localized infections you will notice the odor is coming from a specific body part such as the ears, mouth, vulva or anal area.  In each of these cases the treatment varies because there can be underlying reasons for the infection.  For example, ear infections may be caused by ear mites, excess moisture, lack of oxygen/air flow or allergies, the first three are easy to treat and can be avoided in the future, allergies on the other hand must be dealt with first in order to prevent a recurring issue.  For systemic infections such as a blood infection there is almost always an underlying or beginning cause, systemic infections are extremely serious and can be fatal.  Preventing a systemic infection can usually be accomplished by keeping the animal in good health and treating any issues, infections, or injuries as soon as they appear.

Disease/Disorder

Diseases and disorders such as Kidney Disease, Dental Disease, Diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Anal Gland Impaction can all cause offensive odors.  Treating or keeping the disease in check can help to decrease or remove the odor.

Wet dog odor is caused by microorganisms such as bacteria or yeast that are living on the skin and in the fur.  As long as the fur stays dry the odor is minimal, but introducing water causes the smaller microorganisms to be displaced which brings the odor out.  Regular bathing and grooming can help to minimize the amount of normal (non health related) odor your dog has.  Bathing should take place about once a month depending on the length of coat, and brushing should be done a couple times a month with the amount increasing during shedding seasons.

Other options for keeping your dog smelling nice are to use waterless shampoo, doggie cologne or other pet fragrance.  Baby powder or cornstarch can also be used in small amounts to help absorb odors.  Applying baking soda and lavender to your dog’s fur can help soak up the oil give them mild and pleasant scent while also repelling bugs and other pests. 

Dog colognes and pet fragrances are common products that are used in the dog grooming process nowadays. As your dog's smell can be a long-term thing that you might have to deal with day in and day out, especially if your dog has a thick undercoat, it’s important to know ways to keep your dog smelling fresh. 

Essential oils can also be a great resource to combat your dog’s body odor. But you have to be careful while choosing the oil because they can be toxic and even fatal to your dog’s health. Using dog fragrances scented with natural oils is the best way to avoid using deodorants containing chemicals.

Whatever be the cause that leads to a smelly dog, it needs to be treated. Maintain the health and hygiene of your dog on a regular basis. 

Pet-Tek Distribution  Pet-Tek Deodorizer aids in the natural detoxification process of your dog and removing the toxins that produce body breath and fecal odor. 

 

Pet-tek Distribution now using Biodegradeable Packing Peanuts

Effective March 1, 2016

Pet-tek will now be using only Biodegradable Packing Peanuts for shipping!

In an effort to be more Eco friendly we have sourced a new packing material...Biodegradable Packing Peanuts.   These Peanuts are made from Starch Resin, and will slowly dissolve in water.  They can be Recycled, Composted, or added to General Waste Disposal in accordance with local regulations.

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