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Buh-Bye Bugs – A Godsend!
April 2, 2009, 11:53 pm
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One of the problems that I encountered with my pet dog, Killborn, was bleeding ears.  It turns out that flies and mosquitoes were *feeding* off his ear.  Yup! FEEDING OFF!  My poor dog had raw and bleeding ears, which made it attract more flies and mosquitoes!

After ruling out a possible ear infection, I immediately checked the Internet for some insect repellents.  I suspect that aside from the very visible flies and mosquitoes hounding Killborn, he also had ear mites.  And because he spends most of the day outdoors, I really do not know what else could have bitten him.

What I found is that there are a lot of bug repellents out there but only a few are suitable for animals.  And most of those that are available for your pets are made of chemicals like pesticides, formaldehyde, neurotoxins, and other stuff that I could not even pronounce!  I was worried that Killborn would be licking on his ears and get poisoned by the chemicals in the repellent.  I would rather have a dog with unsightly ears than a dead one!

And then I came across one repellent that is aptly named “Buh-Bye Bugs,” a wax-based insect repellant that is herbs and essential oils that keeps bugs and insects away from animals.

What is more is that it is non-toxic and all natural, which means that it would not harm Killborn’s skin and is very safe for the environment.  In fact, the whole ingredients list reads like a recipe for a very tasty fruit and vegetable salad!

The thing is, Buh-Bye Bugs promised that it will moisturize the skin and assist in the re-growth of hair at the parts where Killborn was bitten.  It also promised to condition the coat.  Five months later, and I think that it delivered!  Not only did Killborn’s ears healed, but the hair is back as well!  More than that, it offered instant relief from the itch.  In as little as five minutes, the redness, rashes, blisters, cracking seemed to be die down and Killborn stopped scratching like crazy!

If you worry about messy applications, don’t.  Buh-bye Bugs comes with a FREE specially-made sheepskin applicator pad that lets your apply the repellent easily.  Cleaning the pad is easy as well, simply rinse with water and let it dry out in the sun.

I also found out that Buh-Bye Bugs were also used on other animals like horses and even humans, but I have yet to splurge it on my skin.

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No More Boring Dog Collars!
April 1, 2009, 5:09 pm
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Dog collars nowadays have come into its own, bringing fashion and stylish elegance to our dogs.  Gone are the days when all you have for dog collars are boring black leather.  Now, dog collars come lighted, adorned with rhinestones, or some other semi-precious gems.  You also have the option to customize your dog’s collar to your heart’s content!

Personalized Dog Collars

Personalized collars are limited to having your dog’s name and your phone number either embroidered or stamped into the collar.  Just pick out your preferred collar, and get your dog’s size and they will do the customizing for you!

Rhinestone and Crystal Dog Collars

Dog collars that feature rhinestone settings are all the rage right now.  Rhinestones are usually sewn or glued to the collar, with anything from a simple one gem design, to a row of rhinestones, or to having the whole collar studded with rhinestones.  If you do not like rhinestones, offers you an alternative: birthstones or Swarovski(r) crystals.  How’s that for some bling bling!

Designer Dog Collars

Blame it on Paris Hilton, but Gucci, Fendi, Christian Dior and other big names in fashion who have come out with dog collars with their names on it!  The thing is, these collars may come with a hefty price tag, but you are ensured that they are made with the choicest fabric and leather, high quality materials like metal, clasps, rivets and others.  Now you can truly say that “The Devil (Dog) Wears Prada!”

Fashion Dog Collars

For the fashion- and budget-conscious, you can still have a fashionista dog without having to pay a whole month’s salary on your dog’s collar.  Since dog collars are most often your pet’s only fashion statement, make sure to accessorize a lot!

Also, there are dog collars that are available in a wide range of colors, fabrics, patterns and designs.  So you can mix and match the collar itself with accessories.  Or perhaps match the collars with your dog’s personality!

It does not even stop at being girly, or flirty.  You can get edgy with a punk collar complete with crossbones or skulls.  Or have your favorite brand stamped on the collar.  There are also a lot of fancy and unique dog collars you can choose from.

Lighted or Glow-in-the-Dark Collars

These illuminated, or lit, collars are just what your dog needs to be more visible in the dark.  Most of these lit dog collars are lightweight and shock-proof.  The lights may be seen from afar.  These are generally useful for nighttime walks or when your dog gets lost at night.  It makes sure that he would not be run over by some vehicle and will make it easier for you to find him.

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How to Get a Snug Collar Without Choking Your Dog!
March 31, 2009, 5:04 pm
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Dog collars are essential to having a dog or just about any pet.  Such collar makes training them easier, and puts you in control every single time.  A dog collar also provides you a convenient manner with which to attach an ID tag or a leash to your beloved pet.

It is very important that the collar has a snug fit.  Snug means a comfortable fit that is neither too tight nor too loose that your dog could slip out of the collar.  Having a collar that is too tight and your dog runs the risk of choking; too loose and the collar could snag on something.

To ensure a snug fit, get a seamstress’s tape measure, or if you do not have one, you can use a string and a rigid ruler.  The rule of thumb is that you take the measurement around his neck, a few inches down from the head.  For small dogs, you then add an inch and two inches for medium and large dogs.

Some tips:

  • A snug fit usually means that you can insert two fingers inside the dog collar comfortably.  If your two fingers do not fit into the collar, it is too tight.  If there is any extra space, it must be too loose.
  • Be sure to check your dog’s collar every so often since dogs, especially puppies, grow!
  • When purchasing a collar for your puppy, make sure that the collar is not too long that they could reach it with their mouths and chew on it.
  • Always replace worn collars.  Frayed, chewed-on or torn collars will break at the most unlikely moments.  Rather than run after your dog in traffic, you might save yourself the effort and the stress by buying a new collar every now and then.
  • Now, more than ever, dog collars are getting more and more fashionable.  We see dog collars with great designs, in a variety of colors, and made out of different materials.  While it is easy to go overboard and buy every cute dog collar available, you also have to take into consideration that other than a snug fit, a pet owner should also take into consideration the weight and width of the collar and the dog’s size. Also you have to make sure that the collar does not tangle with your dog’s hair.
  • If you have a large dog, you might want to go for the buckled collar.  Otherwise, a snap collar will do.  Many people prefer snap collars because it looks neater and are easier to put on, but these types of collars are generally weaker and with a large dog’s tendency to lunge forward, it may break.
  • In terms of material, you might do well with a nylon collar rather than a leather collar.  Although both are durable, dogs often chew on leather collars.

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Lost Pets: How ID Tags Could Save the Day!
March 30, 2009, 5:05 pm
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I had an experience with my old maltepoo, Penny, that made me appreciate dog tags more.  You see, Penny got lost when he was still a puppy and his old dog tag made finding him a lot easier.

I hate to say this, but most people do not know a poodle from a maltepoo.  For some, dogs are just dogs.  Breeds are not significant.  Even if they see your posters identifying your lost dog’s breed, age, and contact information, they would not be able to remember it as much when they do find your lost dog.

Also, when people find a lost animal, they tend to call an animal shelter instead of trying to find their owners.  Lucky for me, Penny had an ID tag that identified him as properly vaccinated, owned by me, and had my details: my name, address and telephone number.  A kind soul picked Penny up and read the dog tag and 5 hours after he was lost, and after the person who found him called me, I was driving across town to pick him up.

It is fairly a common thing to lose your pet.  In fact, around 30% of all pet owners lose their pets at one point or another, according to a 2003 study made by the Animal Hospital Association.  So it is vital that you take steps to make it easier for your pet to be returned to you in the event he gets lost.

Having an ID tag also identifies your pet as one that has a loving home and a loving owner to return to.  Not just a stray.  So if you want to save your pet from euthanasia, better get those ID tags.  These would help animal shelters locate you if ever they end up in their care.

What is more, ID tags now are very fashionable and easily customizable.  These days, your pet can sport a fashion statement according to his personality.  ID tags now come in a range of designs, colors, and materials that you will surely adore!

Some tips:

  • Select a large enough tag to be able to fit in all the information you need to include.  Make sure that the information is legible.
  • Do include your name, address and phone number on your pet’s ID tag.
  • Do use those closed-type clasps, or “o” shaped clasps, instead of the “s” shaped because closed-type clasps ensure that the tags stay on
  • Use a collar that will stay on your pet no matter how he tries to wriggle out of it.  It should be snug, but not too tight.

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