Shih Tzu Terrier Mix

American teacher and composer James Mumford described the Shih Tzu as “… a dash of lion, several teaspoons of rabbit, a couple of ounces of domestic cat, one part court jester, a dash of ballerina, a pinch of old man, a bit of beggar, a tablespoon of monkey, one part baby seal, a dash of teddy bear, and, for the rest, dogs of Tibetan and Chinese origin.”

With a description like that, it’s no wonder the Shih Tzu is one of the most popular companion animals around. Add in the tenacity, dogged determination and loyalty of a terrier and you have the perfect designer dog for nearly any family. But there are a few things you need to know about these ancient Chinese dogs and about terriers in general before you decide to commit to one and make it a part of your family.

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The Shih Tzu’s Regal Beginnings

The origins of the Shih Tzu breed have been speculated by historians and researchers for years. There is no doubt it is an ancient breed dating back to the time before the Common Era. But whether it was bred in Tibet and gifted to Chinese royalty by monks or bred by Chinese royals themselves is not known.

Some people think the name Shih Tzu is Mandarin for “lion,” but since I don’t speak Mandarin, I have no idea if that is true. The breed was probably named after Xi Shi, who was rumored to be one of the most beautiful women of ancient China. Beautiful dog … beautiful name.

Regardless of where the breed was developed — Tibet or China — it’s clear that the Shih Tzu was a treasured companion from the earliest times. There are references to the dogs from China’s Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.), in documents and art from 990 to 994 A.D., in the 13th century by Marco Polo and again during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Shih Tzu Terrier Mix

Legend Has It

One legend says Buddha traveled with a little dog fitting the description of a Shih Tzu. One day, some thugs came upon the Buddha and decided to rob and murder him. The little dog changed into a ferocious lion, scared the robbers and saved Buddha’s life. The lion reverted back into Buddha’s fun-loving little companion, which Buddha picked up and kissed.

A Dog of the Earth

The word “terrier” means “of the earth.”

Terriers were bred to hunt vermin and other rodents that could be a danger to farmers’ crops and livestock. That meant the dogs would chase prey into their burrows and underground dens. Since the dogs wouldn’t leave the animal behind in its home without killing it, the owner would retrieve his dog from the hole by grasping its tail and dragging it out. That’s why such emphasis is placed on the strength of a terrier’s tail.

Just Want to Be With You

Shih Tzus were bred as companion animals, which means they are comfortable in your lap, but they can tend to be possessive of their humans. That loyalty, affection, and alertness can be just what you’re looking for. But start training and socializing early to make sure those positive traits don’t turn into something not so nice.

Terriers, on the other hand, were bred to hunt small animals and to work alone. They are happy dogs, but typically don’t imprint on their humans the same way some other breeds might. So early training and socialization will help terriers as well.

A Dog of the Earth

It’s Not 50/50

You might think the personality and characteristics of a “designer breed” between two “purebred” dogs would be a 50/50 mix of the two breeds. That’s not so. Every dog has its own personality, so get to know your own dog. Odds are you’ll see traits from both parents — and some that aren’t mentioned anywhere on the web or in dog behavior books.

In general, Shih Tzus are playful, stubborn, quiet, friendly and devoted. Terriers are brave, mischievous, independent, active and fearless. So you need to start training and socializing early.

That stubbornness and independence might mean your dog may not catch on (or may just ignore) attempts to teach it simple commands or even to house train. That playfulness and mischievousness may put other, smaller pets in your household in danger from being played with too aggressively or being actively hunted by a dog with a high prey drive. That fearlessness and devotion may bring out possessiveness in your dog that could mean picking a fight with the wrong (large) dog at the dog park.

As far as size goes, a Shih Tzu/terrier mix will tend to be on the small side — anywhere from 8 to 30 pounds. Since Shih Tzu/terrier mixes tend to be petite, they can get injured easily if they get caught underfoot.

Coat type can range from soft and silky to coarse and wiry. And color can span white to black and everything between. These little loads of love can live for 10 to 15 years; be prepared to be a pooch parent for a while.

And despite what some may say, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. When people say they are allergic to dogs, they typically have an allergic reaction to a protein found in the dog’s saliva, which also can seep through the dog’s skin onto its coat. Some dogs shed less than others, and some are bathed or groomed more often than others, which means their dander and hair don’t have as much of the protein available to trigger someone’s allergies. So, just like with temperament, those allergy triggers will be different for every animal. You’ll have to wait and see what you need to do with your dog to minimize your allergic reactions. Or be prepared for many trips to the groomer.

It might be a good idea to introduce your puppy to baths early on. And buy your own grooming kit so you can take care of simpler tasks — like toenail clipping and tooth-brushing — yourself. Spending time grooming, brushing, bathing and simply touching your puppy will be another way to socialize it and ensure those activities don’t become troublesome as the dog grows.

Stubborn or Not?

Both Shih Tzus and terriers can be stubborn, so training may be a problem — especially house training. That’s why crate training is so important. Don’t allow a puppy to roam around the house unsupervised. While in the house without supervision, a puppy should be in its crate. Then, as soon as it is let out, it should make a beeline for the door to get outside to do its business.

Obedience training will require patience and persistence. Reward training works best, and the terrier side of your dog should shine through as terriers tend to be more prey, food or toy driven. Try clicker training, and give your puppy an opportunity to solve problems — like how to get that treat out of the plastic ball. While your puppy is in its crate, give it a toy or puzzle that will keep it busy and built its confidence. For terriers, impulse control exercises (like waiting at the door) can be important and will teach your puppy the concept of delayed gratification.

Puppy

Many communities offer puppy classes, which are great ways to introduce your pup to obedience commands as well as other dogs. The proper socialization of your puppy could prevent problems in the future with food aggression, possessiveness of toys and people and fear of strangers.

Children should also be supervised when playing with a puppy, primarily for the child’s protection. Puppy play is very different from child’s play and tiny puppy teeth can be sharp. Encourage children to be calm and gentle and to talk softly to the puppy. Fun experiences for the puppy with children will go a long way in predicting how an adult dog will treat children in the future.

The same goes for other pets in your home. Kittens, hamsters, birds, guinea pigs and the like can look like prey to a terrier. Your puppy should learn that those other family pets are off limits and should not be viewed as toys or food.

Apartment or not?

Don’t let the relatively small size of your Shih Tzu/terrier mix lull you into a false sense of inactivity. Your dog may be small, but it is full of energy and needs regular exercise.

Shih Tzus and terriers both thrive in apartments, condos, and houses. But remember to try to meet the innate needs of your pet.

Terriers are bred to chase and catch animals that make their homes under ground, which means you may notice a lot of digging — in your flower beds, your couch or the corner of the living room. A simple solution is to create a space where it is okay for your dog to feed its digging craving, like maybe in a sandbox. Puppies can also be escape artists so make sure you have secure fencing around your yard and keep them on a leash when you are outside your yard. Also, invest in a microchip. It’s easy for your veterinarian to administer and it’s the first thing your local dog warden will check for if your dog is found roaming the neighborhood. A few dollars could save you and your beloved puppy a lot of heartache.

Both terriers and Shih Tzus thrive in dog agility situations. Your local kennel club may have opportunities to take part in agility courses, fly ball and other events that your active and extremely athletic terrier mix would love. These pups also make great partners while you hike, jog or wander aimlessly through your neighborhood.

Your Shih Tzu mix just wants to be with you and will be entirely content to be by your side in whatever you choose to do. But no matter what, your small Shih Tzu/terrier mix should be considered a house dog. Don’t chain this lovable, loyal and little pooch outside. Give it the safe luxury of being inside a home — with you.

Where can I get one?

Typically Shih Tzu or terrier breeders don’t go out of their ways to create designer mixes. But sometimes it happens. Make sure you get your pup from a reputable operation and not a puppy mill. Good breeding is as much a science as an art. Responsible breeders work hard to produce healthy and well-adjusted puppies. Some people call larger Shih Tzus “imperial,” and smaller dogs “teacup.” These are terms used by breeders to market the pups they have for sale.

Please, don’t shop … adopt! Each year in the United States 3.9 million dogs enter shelters. Of those, 1.2 million are euthanized. When you adopt a Shih Tzu mix from a shelter, you are saving a life. You may wonder, after you get your new companion, just who rescued whom.

Health and Care

Terriers typically do not have many health issues. Shih Tzus, however, are susceptible to several, not the least of which involves their noses, which are short and scrunched in. This condition is called brachycephaly, and it makes dogs with this shape of face highly sensitive to heat. If your Shih Tzu/terrier mix has brachycephaly, it should stay indoors in an air-conditioned room on hot days so he doesn’t suffer from heat exhaustion.

Brachycephalic dogs may experience snuffles, a condition that happens when a puppy’s adult start to emerge. If, for some reason, the adult teeth don’t push the baby teeth out of the way, all those teeth are in one very small mouth with not a lot of room. The gums may swell, and puppies may snort, snuffle, snore, or wheeze.

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Other issues, which are rare but should be considered are:

  • Problems with allergies and teeth.
  • Hip dysplasia, an abnormal formation of the hip socket that can cause pain and lameness.
  • Dislocation of the knee cap
  • Kidney, bladder, liver, thyroid, back, and eye irritations
  • Ear infections
  • Umbilical hernias, which may close up as the dog grows or may need surgery to repair.
  • Obesity. Make sure to feed your dog at fixed times. Dry food should be plenty. Make sure to check the bag to figure out the right amount of food to give and the number of times a day to feed your dog.

New puppies should have regular veterinary check-ups and should be up-to-date on all vaccinations.

Designer Dog Names

Many combinations of Shih Tzu/terrier mixes have been identified. Here’s what you get when you mix a Shih Tzu with a:

  • Rat Terrier = Ratshi
  • Scottish Terrier = Sco-Shi
  • Silky Terrier = Silky Tzu
  • Schipperke = Skip-Shzu
  • Smooth Fox Terrier = Smooth Fo-Tzu
  • Toy Fox Terrier = Fo-Tzu or a Toy Fo-Tzu
  • Mini Fox Terrier = Mini Fo-Tzu
  • West Highland White Terrier = Weshi
  • Yorkshire Terrier = Shorkie
  • Jack Russell Terrier = Jack-Tzu
  • Boston Terrier = BoShih
  • Bulldog = Bully-Tzu
  • Cairn Terrier = Care-Tzu

Whether it’s a Care-Tzu, a Shorkie, a Weshi, a Jack-Tzu, or any other combination, you’ll end up with a dog that is as comfortable snuggling with you on the couch as sniffing every inch of your local dog park.

What’s the Bottom Line?

Shih Tzu/terrier mixes can make excellent family pets. They are loyal, loving companions full of energy that will keep their humans entertained and on their toes. They may take a bit more effort than some other breeds, but the result will be well worth the extra work.

10 Best Dog Houses For Winter

When it comes to dogs in winter you need to provide them with extra care. If you are feeling the chill your pet most certainly is! Providing your dog with a winter dog house, extra supplies of warmth and special care to ensure your pet is as safe and comfortable as they can be in winter. Remember, it is a better option to bring them inside on the nights when it gets unbearably cold!

There are quite a few options available when it comes to winter houses for your dog. Ranging in prices and features, these are the ones dog owners are backing with positive reviews:

  1. Petsfit Dog House
  2. ASL Solutions Deluxe Insulated Dog Palace With Floor Heater
  3. DP Hunter Dog House And Floor Heater
  4. Pets Imperial Insulated Wooden Dog Kennel
  5. Petmate With Indigo Microban
  6. Tangkula Weather Proof Dog House Outdoor
  7. Petmate Barnhome 3 Dog House
  8. Animals Favorite Dog House
  9. Confidence Waterproof Pet Outdoor Dog Kennel
  10. Dogeden Open Yard Series Dog House
Best Dog Houses For Winter

Top 10 Best Dog Houses For Winter

1. Petsfit Dog House

This pet house is moderately insulated for mild winters. It is recommended by most dog owners who have tried this product. Crafted from furnace dried cedar boards it prevents heat loss and pests. Elevated off the floor and a door flap, it is great to have for those moderate winter climates. Built to prevent drafts and pre-drilled holes for easily assembly, you can’t get better than this. Not to mention the roof that lifts for easy access. Keep this one in mind when purchasing your cooler climate dog house.

2. ASL Solutions Deluxe Insulated Dog Palace With Floor Heater

This is one of the most respectable houses on the market and a favourite among pet owners. It is insulated with polystyrene to assist in heat retention. But don’t worry, this one includes a floor heater and self closing door for maximum heat retention and protection from the outside elements. Simple to clean and great looks, you won’t be sorry for investing in this one. There is a builtin viewing window in the door to ease anxious and curious dogs with whats going on around them. Easy to assemble, large enough for big dogs and a warranty for life, you’ll be surprised how much your pup love it!

3. DP Hunter Dog House And Floor Heater

Investing in this winter warmer is worth it because it is all about warmth. From the amazing insulation and the included heater that is stationed on the floor, your beloved pet will be staying warm. This house is build to last in all seasons as it has window panels that are adjustable to change the ventilation, accompanied by a self closing door with a window. A great pick for you warmer and colder months!

4. Pets Imperial Insulated Wooden Dog Kennel

Owners rave about this winter dog kennel. It is an amzing product with awesome insulation provided by 3 layers (timber, styrofoam and plywood board). It lasts for years when enduring the harsh elements winter has to offer. Door can be a little problem as it uses flaps which isn’t as secure as a self closing door, but many owners find that is isn’t too big of a problem because of the build quality. The ability to remove the floor and the ability to open the roo fup easily is great for cleaning and ventilation, so it can be used all year round.

5. Petmate Indigo With Microban

Although, this one is less expensive many owners are backing it due to its igloo shape which provides housing all year round. A strong construction with awesome insulation to keep the cold out and the heat in or the heat out and the cold in. Easy to clean and with the addition of the microban antimicrobial it is designed to protect against smells and stains. Built with an offset doorway, elevated floors and moats that keep liquid away you won’t have an issue with your pup getting wet. This is a durable dog house with an easy snap together assembly without any tools needed.

6. Tangkula Weather Proof Dog House Outdoor

This weather proof dog has is rather inexpensive with decent insulation. Water proofing has been made the priority for this product so it isn’t ideal for the extreme winters, but will do just fine in moderate conditions. It has a raised floor to assist in insulation your pet, and with that money you have saved you can invest in some good blankets. However, the main draw back for this on is its open entrance. But you can easily fix it yourself by blocking or insulating the door using a thick blanket or making a flap for it .

7. Petmate Barnhome 3 Dog House

This is one of the least expensive options on the market but is super easy to clean and store away. It has an overall great quality, but it isn’t a definitive solution for housing your pet. Ideally, this is for traveling from camping and trekking to long bush walks when you spend a night or two. It allows you to keep your pet warm in its sturdy PVC casing.

8. Animals Favorite Dog House

A great option for places where it doesn’t get too cold in the winter climates is this beauty as it is inexpensive but still has decent insulation. There is no self closing door on this one, so you may want to block or prevent the wind from coming in by creating a plastic flap or curtain. To ensure you pet stays warm in this house, invest in some blankets and an appropriately sized heating mat. You don’t have to worry about the assembly either as owners say its takes 5-10minutes to put the 7 pieces together.

9. Confidence Pet Waterproof Outdoor Dog Kennel

With ample room and it’s plastic construction, owners are loving this doggy house. Perfect for winter with its innovative waterproofing and amazing insulation, it can with stand all weather conditions. Not only that, but owner’s confirm this structure is sound and doesn’t leak! You can quickly set it up and easily clean it. You’ll want to invest in this sturdy k-9 den.

10. Dogeden Open Yard Series Dog House

With a design inspired by nature you’d be surprised to know that this is a favourite among pet owners.

Although, this does require a little extra labour when installing (you have to create a small bit by digging), it relies on the ground to keep your pet warm – just like wild animals homes. You can’t argue against nature that this wont insulate your pets heat! It has a lip that sits on the surface to prevent water from seeping in, while your pup crawls through the door and retreats to his/her comfortable and extremely cozy chamber. You can even add a few blankets for that extra plushness.

Bonus Options

Petsfit Insulation Kit

This isn’t a dog house but an insulation kit. Ideally it pairs with the Petsfit Wooden Dog House, so you can have it all year round. It is rather inexpensive but offers great insulation when installed. Your pet is surrounded by a sense of coziness and comfort during the cooler months. Easy to open up a couple zippers to remove the foam for quick machine washing. The most appreciated feature of this kit is the easy installation and the carry case for storage.

Best Pet Supplies Inc. Indoor Tent Bed

Do you own a little dog? This one is for you. Made to keep your small dog warm by using plush materials top to bottom, such as faux suede, corduroy and linen. This is only made for indoors use and will last a very long time. The soft poly foam lining provides a soft feel while insulating your pup. It also prevents it from collapsing or falling over. Easily machine washable. Pair it with a few blankets and you little dog won’t be feeling the cold.

How Much Is Too Cold For Dogs In Winter?

When it comes to your pet in winter you need to be aware of the temperature. Dogs can only handle so much. When it drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit you need to start watching out for symptoms of your pup getting too cold, as this is where they start getting uncomfortable. 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you need to start taking action to heating your dog up.

Insulated vs Regular Dog Houses

When it comes to providing your pet with a winter dog house you need to understand the differences between insulated and regular dog houses.

Insulated

An insulated dog house isolates the temperature difference inside from the outside. This is done by thicker walls, floors and ceilings that are stuffed with foam. They can also utilize the use to layers to prevent heat from getting out and the cold getting in. A winter dog house that’s insulated should ideally have no gaps or holes where the chill can seep in. Quality insulated dog houses will incorporate a door that’s closes by , extended entrance or at minimum a plastic flap. This assists in retaining heat and preventing your pup from getting wet. Raised houses help to stop the transfer of temperature from the ground through to the floor of your dog house. Adding blankets and extra accessories that encourage heat retention will have your beloved pet falling asleep all cozy and warm.

Regular

When it comes to a regular dog house, they don’t usually have any of the special features for battling the cooler climates. There is no insulation, thinner walls, ceilings and floors and they usually sit on the ground directly, which are all big no no’s for preventing heat loss. These regular dog houses are ideally

made for warmer months, so make sure you invest in an insulated dog house to give your dog the warmest winters ever.

Can I Use A Heater In My Dog House?

A dog house heater can be installed inside or directly outside of your dog house. Just remember to follow the safety instructions. Most heaters made for dog houses have a protective housing to make sure your pup is safe from getting burns by accident

Never use a human heater for you dog. Human heaters are made for us so your pup may cook from the heat it produces. A dog house heater wont cook your dog as it is designed to automatically turn off or reduce the amount of heat it puts out once it reaches a particular temperature.

How To Build A DIY Dog House For Winter

If you have a few basic carpentry tools and skills, you could build your own house for your pet with a little time. You have the ability to build whatever you want if you cant find that perfect house just remember to keep safety at the utmost importance.

Start with some research of dog house from things you like and don’t like. This will help you to determine how to build your dog house. You can then make up your own design. Otherwise you can find many blueprints and design of dog houses on the internet you can download.

When it comes to building there will be a few things that vary depending on your design but keep these following in mind:

  • Set up before getting started. Get your tools and supplies together and all in one location for easy findings, it prevents wasting time and having to stop half way through to look for a tool or piece you require.
  • Build to your skill set. Don’t go picking an extravagant design that is going to be difficult to build if you barely passed your wood work class in school. You will only get frustrated and be disappointed when the final product is not what you expect it to be.
  • Back to basics. Measure twice and cut once. When it comes to constructing anything in life this is a golden rule. It prevents wasting materials from things being cut too small, as well as saves time from having to do things over and over again.
  • Check again and again for hazards. Don’t let your pup inside to enjoy it and then he/she gets a nail in the paw. You need to check to make sure all surfaces are smooth, nothing poking out or little gaps. Little gaps can potentially pinch your dog or they could get stuck.
  • Water. Avoid your house decaying and rotting over time from water seeping in by using wood resistant to insects and rotting ie cedar and/or use a paint for outdoor use and a coat of a clear seal. If you prime the wood before you paint you’ll be in an even better situation . Remember paints and sealants smell so give it a few days to air out before letting your pup inside.
  • Strong roof. If your pup is a curious one and enjoys climbing you’ll need to make sure the roof you build has the ability to allow your pet to sit on it. Better to be safe then sorry and come to find your pup caught half way through the roof of his/her little house.
  • Electric cords. Planning on using a bed or mat that is heated, you need to make sure you drill a little hole near in the house to prevent the dog from chewing and getting tangled in the cord. It will also keep the house looking tidier. Insulainge around the hole will prevent your pup from feeling a chill coming into the house.
  • Incorporate Mylar. This is a thin film that is reflective which is used in making survival blankets. It bounces back the heat your dog emits back towards him. Remember to make sure it isn’t in a place that he/she cant chew on it.

Dog Care Tips For Winter

When it comes to taking care of your dog during winter you need to put in a little more care. Dogs that don’t handle the cold well can get sick, become lethargic and sore due to the cooler temperatures. To prevent that from happening, here are a few extra care tips for winter:

You should feed you pup just a little more as they are burning more energy to keep producing heat. It is best to give them several small meals. If that isn’t possible just add a little extra to their usual meal times.

Play games inside such as hide and seek to keep your pet warm and fit when it may be too cold to go outside and exercise.

Practice tricks to build your bond with your pup while training them and keeping them stimulated.

If your pup begins shivering, shaking, seeking warmth or is sluggish, you need to take action in heating them up. They rely on you to provide for them so keep your eye out for them getting too cold.

Additional Winter Dog House Equipment

When it comes to accessories to add to your pup’s house you should consider getting some of these items. They assist in keeping your pet warm and healthy during those harsh months.

  • Heated Bed. They are comfortable while assisting in keeping your pet warm. Has the ability to relieve dogs with ailing joints, arthritis or hip dysplasia. Choose a bed suitable for use and follow the guidelines explicitly to avoid any injuries (such as being shocked or burnt). It is advised to decide on a self heating bed as it requires no electricity. This avoids the problems of injuries and cords.
  • Heated Mat. These are a better option for owners who have already provided a bed or dogs that have never liked sleeping in a bed. Keep safety in mind as electricity is not a safe option for pups who like to chew. You should aim to protect any cords by threading it through a pipe, burying the it and drilling a hole for it to come into the dog house. Otherwise use a conduit to protect the cord and prevent your pet from accessing the cord.
  • Heated Water Bowl. You don’t want to come outside to find your dog extremely thirsty during winter because his water bowl has frozen. Use a heated water bowl to prevent the water from freezing. Place it just outside of the dog house to prevent spills inside!
  • Blankets, Litter, Bedding. By covering the floor of the dog house you are helping to insulate it while keeping it cozy. You could use a good blanket or more if you prefer your pet to have the extra heat and coziness. You could use a litter to assit in cushioning and insulating the house. By using a combination of litter under a blanket(s) for ultimate comfort. You should avoid using grass or hay for litter as they tend carry bacteria and parasites. Decide on using wood shavings such as cedar and pine. These are popular for their pest repellant properties and nice smell. Be wary of the strong smell in confined spaces as some dogs can suffer respiratory issues after resting on them. Wood shavings can be harmful to puppies or pregnant females so avoid using them in these cases; also be wary of females feeding new puppies.
  • Thermal Blankets. These are inexpensive and quick to stock up on to provide warmth. You can be wash them in a washing machine. Thermal blankets are made out of materials such as microfiber plush fabrics, sherpa and even fleece to keep them soft. These materials also hold heat better which is great for winter.
  • Insulate the gap between the ground and the dog house. Hopefully, your dog house is raised. Use Mylar or Styrofoam to assit in insulating the house from the ground. You should particularly do this if your dog house is sitting on the ground. Insulation boards are another option. You can get these or similar materials from a home improvement store.
  • Durable and safe chew toy. This ensures your dog doesn’t get bored, especially during winter when he is most likely to spend his time lazying about. It also prevent him/her from chewing their house, blankets or bed.
  • Dog House Furnace. They work extremely well and do what they say . Dog house furnaces are moderately priced but will last several years. These help to keep your pet warm, just remember to get an appropriate size.
  • Thermal Pads. These are flat heating devices placed under your dogs bed or alternatively used as a dog bed. You can get electric ones but we suggest you opt for the self heating and heat retention ones. They are simple to use and come in handy on those chilly nights. Not only that but they are cheaper then buying a heater.

What To Look For When Buying A Winter Dog House? The Buying Guide.

When it comes to purchasing a winter dog house there are a few things to look out for. Although, they may be similar, you will want particular features to ensure your pup is warm and safe from the harsh weather.

You need to invest in quality. You can’t go purchasing a cheap dog house and say that it will do because your pet will end up getting too cold, possibly ill, maybe even hurt from it collapsing, and not to mention that it won’t last. Look for houses that are built to block the wind and have no gaps or holes from which a draft can come up through. Quality and durability is what you need for a winter dog house.

Seek out a house that has an extended entrance, self-closing door or minimum a double plastic flap door. You need to make sure there is something to prevent water and wind seeping in through the entrance. Otherwise all your efforts to keep you animal warm will go out the window. Remember it is your pets house so be sure he/she can easily fit in an out without having any issues.

You need something that is solid and wont leak. Purchasing a house that is waterproof and constructed to withstand the elements is vital in keeping your pooch dry. If you don’t your beloved pet will get ill from being damp or wet from water seeping in.

Each dog is a different size, so you need to accommodate for that. You cant go buying a little chihuahua a big dog house because it will all be in vain. They won’t be able to produce the heat the house would need to stay warm. Then you have the other side of the scale. You don’t want to purchase a house too small for your Great Dane, that would be ridiculous, especially if he can only fit his head inside! The house needs to be large enough for them to stand comfortably and turn around when they are inside.

Look for a house that is raised and has adjustable feet. When a house is on the ground it will rot quicker. Not only that the chill from the floor will seep through the floor of your dog house. Getting a house that is raised is particularly important. Having adjustable feet allows you to keep it level when you place the house on uneven ground.

Good insulation is vital in your winter dog house. Thick walls, ceiling and floor helps to prevent heat loss and the cold coming in. Don’t forget to add in blankets and other accessories to assist in heat retention.

Now, I don’t know about you but when it comes to cleaning and assembling things it can be a pit of a pain. So, make sure you find a dog house that’s easy to clean, whether it assist drainage from the inside or opens up for easy access, just make sure you will clean it to keep it hygienic for your pet. Remember to pick something easy to assemble if you struggle with flat packs or putting things together. There are some really easy snap in place dog houses available on the market for those who struggle.

Do Small Dogs Need Extra Protection In Winter?

When it comes to small dogs in winter you need to take extra care. Smaller pups require a lot more heat to stay warm. This is because of their minimal body fat, thinner coats and limited muscle mass. So, yes small dogs need extra protection in winter.

Remember to keep an eye out for the bigger dogs with thinner coats and limited body fat and muscle mass (ie greyhounds) as well. They also feel the cold really easily. You older dogs with or without ailments will feel the chill easier as well. Any dog that suffers from conditions such as arthritis should be kept a close eye on and the cold makes their pain worse unfortunately.

Things To Remember

  • Check on your pet’s house thoroughly every week to ensure it isn’t deteriorating. You should make sure that the inside isn’t cold or damp as well. Although, dog houses for winter are meant to withstand the harsh conditions, they are being put through their paces with the cold, mud, snow, rain etc. so overtime, they will start to weaken and get old, especially during a big storm.
  • When cleaning out the dog house remember to dry it fully before allowing your pet back in. It is suggested to wash in the morning so it has plenty of time to dry out.
  • Remember to wash bedding, blanket etc often to prevent dampness and bacteria to build up, which can cause your pet health problems.

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5 Best Silent Dog Clippers

Helpful tips for the salon and home:

Very few dogs truly look like they enjoy going to the groomers or simply being groomed. Many suffer from anxiety throughout the whole grooming process or just when it comes to getting their nails trimmed. Sometimes introducing typical grooming methods at a young age can help alleviate anxiety, but what if you adopted a dog or did not attempt that method? Below are some tips and tricks to help you with your anxious pup when it comes to grooming.

Five of the Best Silent Dog Clippers for Anxious Dogs

  • Oster Pro 3000i Cordless Clipper

The Oster Pro 3000i Cordless Clipper is one of the pricey options for grooming your pup, but it has very helpful features. The 3000i is cordless and heavy duty, which is beneficial for you and your dog. Since it is a heavy-duty clipper, this means you’ll spend less time grooming your dog and long or thick hair/fur will not be an issue. In addition to dogs, the 3000i is suggested for cats and livestock, so if you have other furry pets then your investment will certainly provide! Having a cordless clipper is amazing, you do not have to worry about the cord getting tangled around your pup or running out of cord while you are grooming your dog. Product details mention that the 3000i can function up to two hours on a single charge, so you do not have to worry about the battery running out anytime soon! The clipper does not lose all of it’s charge when not in use, and it is compatible with all other A5 Oster blades!

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Not only do you get a product that is user friendly, but it is perfect for your pet! The 3000i maintains its power throughout the battery life, meaning when the battery is getting low, it stays at the same level of power so you won’t have to worry about tugging the clipper through your pet’s coat when the battery is almost out. This feature saves you and your pet that unwanted hassle! The noise level on the 3000i is low and quiet, which is a must-have feature for anxious dogs. This clipper also delivers a groomer-quality cut that is easily done at home! Maintenance is not complicated, simply clean after each use and follow the directions for lubrication to ensure smooth running and longevity.

  • Wahl Motion Lithium Ion Clippers

The Wahl Motion Lithium Ion Clipper is a close-second to the Oster Pro 3000i. It is much more affordable and comes with a 5-in-1 blade set. Six different guide combs are included if you prefer to use those when grooming your pup, they are very helpful for beginner groomers. This clipper is also recommended, like the 3000i, for livestock and cats. The Ion Clipper reaches a full charge within an hour, but if you cannot wait that long, the clipper is usable while charging. If you need to do an emergency grooming session, you don’t have to sit and wait for it to fully charge in order to use!  Much like the 3000i, thick fur and hair will not slow this clipper down. The Ion Clipper comes with a one-year warranty in case you change your mind or if there is anything wrong with the product.

  • Andis UltraEdge Super 2

Andis is a well-known beloved clipper brand amongst many professional dog groomers. The UltraEdge has an extremely basic design for pet-owners who are simply looking for something to get the job done. This clipper is corded, but is fourteen feet long so you have plenty to work with when grooming your pup. There are high and low speed settings in case you want to take your time over sensitive areas or quickly work through thick fur. The UltraEdge is very affordable and has an excellent customer rating. There are six different color options for the UltraEdge, so if you’ve been dying to have a matching grooming set, you finally can!

The UltraEdge boasts clippers that prevent snags and clogs in your pets fur, so you won’t be tugging or detangling in the middle of grooming! The UltraEdge is quiet and is suitable for all breeds and coat types.

  • Oster A5 2-Speed

Oster made the list a second time with its A5 2-Speed clipper. If you are set on an Oster but not wanting to pay top-dollar, this is the option for you! The A5 offers a high and low speed setting, all while handling thick coats. The A5 comes with a one-year warranty in case anything happens. This clipper is available in a corded or cordless option, so you can pick whichever you prefer! The A5 brags that it is chew-proof and nearly unbreakable, which is nice in case your pup decides that it is a toy when you are not grooming them. It is compatible with all A5 detachable blades, perfect for general grooming or cleaning up tough spots, and is quiet enough for your pup.

  • Andis ProClip AGC2

Andis has tied with Oster on the list with its ProClip AGC2. The AGC2 is the cheapest option that still delivers groomer-quality. The two-speed clipper offers a high and low setting that can handle any coat type and length. The clipper has a smooth and quiet design that your pup will love. The AGC2 is corded and is fourteen feet in length, much like the UltraEdge Super 2. The AGC2 has easy-cleaning detachable blades and shatter-proof housing, so if it drops or get knocked, there will not be damage! The AGC2 also features a handy locking switch, preventing it from being shut off accidentally.

What is the BEST Quiet Dog Clipper for My Dog?

Budget and product specifications are certainly important when choosing a quiet clipper for an anxious dog. It may be really tempting to go with the cheaper option, but that may not be what is best for your pet. Usually, the cheaper the clipper the less quiet and soothing it is. The more expensive options do promise a much more quiet motor and smoother grooming session. If you have to wait a bit and save in order to purchase the better quality clipper, such as the Oster Pro 3000i,  it’s worth it for both you and your pup.

Five of the Best Silent Dog Clippers for Anxious Dogs

Why do dogs become anxious while getting groomed?

Some dogs walk happily into the groomers and go through the process just fine, while others behave like it is an absolute nightmare and cry until they are picked up by their owner. For many dogs, the latter is the norm. Many factors contribute to a dog’s anxiety while being groomed such as, unfamiliar surroundings, smells, noises, sharp objects, and sensing that the groomer is anxious or nervous.

If you are taking your dog to the groomers for the first time, or continuously have them with a different groomer, this can trigger anxiety before your pup even begins the grooming process. A new or unfamiliar environment can cause a lot of stress and because your dog has never been there before and does not feel safe about its surroundings. New or unfamiliar smells can make any dog anxious, an overcrowded grooming salon can contribute to this. Loud and sudden noises such as clippers, items being dropped, or clanging can make a grooming visit more stressful and unpleasant for your pup. Sharp objects like manual nail clippers and grooming scissors can scare a dog because they are not familiar with these objects. If a groomer is anxious or nervous, your pup can easily pick up on this and become just as anxious because they do not feel safe with that groomer.

Why is it bad that dogs are anxious while being groomed?

If your dog is anxious while being groomed, this can lead to many problems such as accidental cuts, stabs, scratchings, jumping off of a groomer’s table, and breathing issues. If a dog is anxious while the groomer is using scissors, nail clippers, or shape equipment, they are not likely to be sitting still on the table. If a dog is not sitting still while any sharp object is being used, this can lead to accidental stabbings, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, or even punctures. We all understand that accidents happen, but an anxious pup makes those potential accidents much more likely. It is important for dog owners to pay attention to how their pup is behaving before handing them over to the groomer, so such accidents do not occur or are less likely.

In extreme cases, an anxious dog could jump off the groomer’s table during grooming or begin to have breathing issues, both could result in death. A dog that is extremely uncomfortable or overly anxious might try to jump off the groomer’s table in order to escape the situation. This can be deadly as most dogs have a short, thin leash around their neck when they are on the table. Often this is so sudden and quick that a groomer does not have time to react, and the dog dies. A dog can be so anxious while being groomed that they can begin to have breathing issues because of how stressful the environment is around them. If the temperature is 5 best silent dog clippers in the grooming salon, this can also result in breathing issues. If the dog’s breathing issues are not addressed by grooming staff immediately, this can result in a serious emergency or death.

How to control anxiety and keep a dog calm during grooming:

There are many tips and tricks for calming an anxious dog before, after, and during a grooming session.

What is the BEST Quiet Dog Clipper for My Dog?

If you drop your dog off at a grooming salon:

A great beginner trick for when you schedule your pup’s first grooming appointment, give them a tour before the actual appointment. Most grooming salons do not mind if you walk-in and explain that you have an upcoming appointment and want your dog to familiarize themselves with the establishment before the appointment. This allows your dog the chance to meet the groomers and get a feel for what the environment will be like. On the day of the appointment, take your time. If you start to rush and push your dog into the car, they will begin to feel anxious before they even arrive at the grooming salon. Make sure you and your pup are ready in plenty of time before the appointment, and even arrive early to make sure your dog is calm and collected before going in.

If you are dropping your dog off at a grooming salon and worry about your pup’s anxiety, ask for an experienced groomer who knows how to handle anxious dogs. Talk to them before you leave your pup with them, let them know your concerns. Make sure you leave your current phone number and ask to be called if your pup shows signs of anxiousness. After the appointment, it helps to give your dog plenty of love and praise for making it to the end of the grooming session, sometimes a treat can help with this!

If you groom your dog at home:

Having a dedicated grooming space for your dog can alleviate any signs of anxiousness, usually a spot that they pick or are comfortable in is best. Keeping treats nearby will help during the process, and will hopefully motivate your pup and help them realize that it is not something to be fearful of. Allowing your dog to explore the grooming tools beforehand is always a good idea, this way they can familiarize themselves with what you will be using. Do not push your pup, if they try to squirm away from you while you are clipping their nails, or if they start to cry when the clipper is turned on, let them pull away. Do not force grooming objects on your dog if they are clearly anxious and uncomfortable about them. Grooming is a process, and not a quick one, so patience is key when it comes to grooming your furry friend.

Helpful tips for the salon and home:

Many dogs show signs of fear as well as anxiousness during or before grooming. Here are a few simple tips and reminders to help alleviate your pup’s fear and anxiousness.

Make sure you give the dog a break. Whether you put down the grooming tools and offer a treat or take them outside for a potty break, offering that time helps the dog to relax a bit and feel less stressed and afraid. There isn’t a rule as to how long the break needs to be, just however long it takes for the dog to feel comfortable and ready to continue with grooming. Some signs that a dog is successfully de-stressing include laying down, exploring their surroundings, and scratching.

Do not punish the dog for growling at you. It is in their nature to growl at things or situations they are not comfortable with, take it as a warning and do not yell at the dog or attempt any form of punishment. Punishing the dog can sometimes make the situation much worse and cause things to escalate quickly and result in an accident.

Forcing a dog to behave a certain way while brushing or clipping them will not help. Yanking a dog around on a grooming table or putting them in a headlock while brushing them will only cause further fear and anxiety in the dog. If this type of behavior continuously occurs, the dog may shut-down or become more anxious and may act out when being groomed. Again, taking a break is a good idea for the groomer and the dog, do not let frustration rule the situation.

Having treats on hand is extremely useful for anxious, shy or well-behaved pups. Treats can be used to help a pup be okay with being on a grooming table or as a reward for a dog who was very well-behaved while having their nails trimmed. Rewards are associated with something good, so if rewards are presented during grooming, the dog will be more likely to understand it as a positive experience rather than a fearful one.

Before grooming or when taking a break, ask the dog to do something it knows such as sit, shake, or high-five. Most dogs love to please and don’t mind fulfilling a request. If the dog completes a few tasks readily, they will settle down after a bit and then you are ready to go back to or begin grooming. If a dog ignores these requests and appear disinterested, this could be a sign of anxiousness or stress. Some common signs of anxiousness and stress include pacing, whining, shaking, and growling. If the dog does not seem interested in fulfilling a command, this is where the treats may help.

Electric Dog Hair Clippers v.s. Manual Dog Hair Clippers:

Every professional groomer and dog owner have their preference as to which type of clippers work best for dogs. Some are die hard electric clipper fans, while others prefer the old-fashioned manual clippers. We have looked at both and present you the pros and cons of each style.

Electric dog clippers are easily becoming a fan favorite. They are versatile, user-friendly, and you don’t have to have had prior experience in order to use them. There are many types ranging from simple two-speed settings to multiple settings depending on your dog’s coat and how you want to style them. You can pick between corded and cordless, and choose what style of blades you want to clip with. Cordless electric clippers offer a rechargeable battery, and some even allow you to use them while they are charging. If you choose a cordless clipper, you do not have to worry about a cord tangling around you and your pet while you are grooming them.

A big concern amongst electric clippers is the noise. Electric clippers are not completely silent, so some may say that they are not ideal for anxious dogs. There are some brands that boast a quiet motor, but that is as close to silent as you will get with an electric clipper.
How to control anxiety and keep a dog calm during grooming:

Manual clippers are not always the first choice. Many people worry that the scissors are too sharp for their pup, and could result in an accident if they have a dog that does not care to be groomed. Another concern is that they are not beginner-friendly, owners assume that you have to have prior experience in order to know what you are doing when it comes to using manual dog clippers. They are also not as versatile as an electric clipper, and are harder to use on thick coats.

A benefit that manual clippers do hold over electric clippers is that they are completely silent. If you have a pup that is afraid of noises or is anxious when it comes to grooming, manual clippers are much preferred over electric clippers. They do not make any noise while grooming, so your dog will be at ease which can make the grooming process much easier.

Why we do not recommend manual clippers, like Scaredy Cut Silent:

Manual clippers are easily the most affordable option and boast that they are the perfect fit for an anxious dog because they are silent, but we still do not recommend them. Manual clippers leave too much room for accidents, and sometimes can be the cause of anxiety because of their appearance. Grooming scissors are very sharp, which can scare some pups because they do not interact with or have never interacted with sharp objects. If you have a dog that does not enjoy being groomed, manual clippers can be highly dangerous. A dog could be scratched, cut, stabbed or punctured by accident with manual clippers if the person doing the grooming is not careful. Even if the groomer is careful, accidents can still happen. Electric clippers lessen the chance of your pet being harmed.

Why do dogs become anxious while getting groomed?

Even though the noise of electric clippers is a concern, it is continuously being worked on. Most dogs can overcome the anxiety of the noise and vibration of an electric clipper with the help of their owner. If a dog is stabbed or hurt by manual clippers, they are not likely to forget that incident. A dog cannot be stabbed, punctured, or cut by an electric clipper when it is being used correctly and properly. It is the safest way to groom your dog, and makes grooming much quicker and easier.

When using manual clippers, if a dog has a thick coat or a copious amount of long hair, it can take hours to accomplish. Many electric clippers are rated for dogs, cats, and livestock so they are equipped to handle any type of coat no matter the length or thickness. Electric clippers groom your dog with ease and swiftness, and do not tug or get caught in your pup’s coat. Manual clippers could become tangled or snagged easily in a dog’s coat, especially if they have long and thick fur. Having clippers become tangled or snagged could result in your pet becoming anxious and can cause frustration for the person doing the grooming.

Scaredy Cut Silent is the number one recommended brand of manual clippers. The product description boasts that they are easy to maneuver and are completely silent. Although they are honest in noting that you will need some practice before using them on your pet. There are seven different attachments and a guide comb to prevent your pet from being scratched. Gel finger inserts are included so that your fingers are not too uncomfortable while grooming your pup.

Why is it bad that dogs are anxious while being groomed?

The description notes that the scissors are capable of cutting through matted hair and do not get stuck, nor cause an uneven cut. When consumers were asked about this product, they noted that it takes a long time to trim a large breed dog, and complain of arm cramps if the trimming is not divided up into small sections. Others note that if you do not have small hands, these scissors are not for you and the holes for your fingers are a bit tight.

The Scaredy Cut Silent does not appear to be user-friendly, nor versatile. Electric clippers trump the Scaredy Cut Silent because of how simple they are, and how anyone can use them successfully. You do not need any amount of practice in order to use electric clippers, unlike Scaredy Cut Silent. Most electric clippers have a comfortable grip and glide easily when being used, there is no worry of arm cramps or taking breaks during grooming. It does not matter how big or small your hands are, electric clippers will fit comfortably and your fingers will be saved from being stuck in a pair of scissors.

FURminator For Dogs : Solutions For All Hair Types For Dogs.

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Pet owners around the world understand that there are many pleasing and difficult aspects of having a furry family member in their stead. From the varying degrees of care for the multitudes of breeds, to ensuring their happiness and well-being on an individualistic basis. There is a wealth of information and tools to guarantee the maintenance of the home, one of which pertains to the shedding of short, medium, and long haired pets. Some pets shed year round, which can cause difficulties in regards to allergies or cleanliness in general. A company titled FURminator offers solutions for all hair types for dogs.

FURminator For Dogs
For over a decade, FURminator has offered professional grade tools to assist in dog grooming that is easy to use and effective. Developed by a professional pet groomer and her husband, they created a solution to efficiently remove the loose undercoat of a pet’s fur. The tool was designed to ensure the safety and comfort of the pet, as this is typically a prominent concern for pet owners. This tool has become a sought after gem in pet ownership. The creators of FURminator continue to innovate and expand their brand in pet care by creating reasonably priced solutions to common pet owner concerns, such as shampoos, bathing brushes, and vacuums. In 2017, FURminator earned Brand of The Year at the World Branding Awards, Animalis Edition, solidifying their world recognized position as a pet care product provider. In the Grooming Products-Shedding Control category, FURminator was the only product selected for the Global Tier Award. This is especially impressive considering that there were over 800 products competing for the global honor, with 60,000 participants voting. This speaks to how prominent, effective, and well regarded FURminator’s brand has become through supplying quality products.

Is the FURminator For Dogs the Best Fur DeShedding Tool?

When it comes to products, its effectiveness is its key to its success. Consistently, the FURminator delivers its promised results. Reviews highlight its ability to remove loose undercoat hair, as well as, leaving a polished look for the dog. It is also designed with a FURejector release button, which makes cleaning out the DeShedding tool easy and allows for the loose hair to be placed in a specific area. The button allows the groomer to quickly complete the task, which is great for both parties involved. With a 4.5 star rating on Amazon (of 13,505 customer reviews), it’s evident there are a wealth of happy customers. The only truly negative review is from a buyer whom purchased from a third party and received a counterfeit product, which is always a risk one takes from purchasing from third parties. This would virtually leave any negativity toward the product essentially non-existent.  It’s evident that public opinion of the product falls in line with predominantly positive feedback.

FURminator is priced to be a worthwhile investment without breaking the bank. The pricing differs when it comes to selecting the length of hair for the breed of your dog, the size of the tool, and depends on which site you choose to buy from. FURminator is available on various platforms for purchase. These platforms include Amazon, Petsmart, FURminator, Chewy.com, Pet Supplies Plus, Home Alive Pets, and Petco. Its ease of access makes it a more plausible choice for pet owners and lovers who want to be able to do all of their shopping in one go and want to know they are getting quality.

What is the FURminator DeShedding Tool, how does it work?

The FURminator is designed to comb out the loose hair in your pet’s undercoat without harming your pet’s skin or damaging its coat. The teeth of the stainless DeShedding’s edge are long enough to reach beneath the topcoat; this is what allows it to leave the topcoat in tact. The teeth length vary based on your pet’s length of hair. The combs available are short, medium, and long hair length. FURminator offers a helpful Frequently Asked Question section to ensure you are selecting the proper tool for your pet. All that is required is selecting species and breed. It will provide the average weight, coat length, and seasonal shedding. The design includes a FURejector button and an ergonomic handle. The FURejector button is a release that is curved for comfort when handling, designed to comfortably rest one’s thumb. The ergonomic handle is made of soft and comfortable materials that fit in to the palm naturally to ensure the ability to complete the DeShedding with little to no discomfort. There are recommendations on how often you should use the DeShedding tool on your pet; preferably a few times a week for a short period of time, to not only keep the undercoat maintained, but to also loosen up the undercoat for the next DeShedding session. The FURminator makes it easier to groom your dog without large clumps and snags due to its teeth being smaller and closer together.

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One of the greatest perks about the FURminator tool is that the hair stays in the comb until it is released. Other tools are known to allow the loose undercoat hair to fly freely after being released. However, the tight comb teeth keep the hair locked in place until you release it with the FURejector button, allowing you to place the loose undercoat hair into a pile, making clean up much easier. By selectively releasing the hair, it makes the grooming process far neater and more efficient. Particularly when it comes into regards with long haired dogs, such as German Shepherds, who shed quite consistently. The lever pushes the latch down to remove the hair from of the teeth of the comb. There are various videos available on sites such as Youtube, where one search for videos of the tool in use, as well as, in comparison to other tools. On average, the reviews have proven to be quite positive on Youtube.

Where is the best place to buy the FURminator DeShedding Tool For Dogs?

As mentioned before, the FURminator DeShedding Tool can found in various online and brick and mortar stores. Deciding the best place to purchase the tool comes down to convenience, cost, and product availability. Petco offers the tool starting in the 30-40 dollar range, the same can be said for the official FURminator site, as well as, PetsMart. The best deal can be found on in the Amazon Marketplace, where it is sold by the FURminator creators, but also starts at $24.99 USD.  The FURminator DeShedding Tool is also listed as Amazon’s Choice. Another bonus for buying from Amazon, is the ability to read the myriad of positive reviews for one’s self. It also gives you more information on the dimensions of the products, its ranking in its particular sub-category, and the freedom to read answers to questions from fellow pet owners. Even if you wanted to take the chance of buying from a 3rd party for a cheaper price, the opportunity is available, yet not recommended if you do not what to risk receiving a counterfeit product. Another positive aspect about purchasing from Amazon, is that you can sift through the products on one page. There is no need to leave the page if you want to change the length of the hair or the size of the handle and comb. Amazon is known for its timely delivery, even without the investment of Amazon Prime.

Perks of purchasing online is the ability to easily compare other products and reviews. FURminator DeShedding tool outshines its competitors in the Amazon comparison by star ranking in proportion to verified purchases and reviews. There are 513 answered questions on Amazon, as well as, customer submitted before and after pictures available for review prior to purchase. There is even a 4 step process available on the product page to ensure users yield the best results.
FURminator DeShedding

All in all, the FURminator DeShedding tool comes critically acclaimed and highly recommended by both professional groomers and pet lovers alike. It’s award winning thoughtful and original design solidified its place in the global market. Ease of use makes it difficult to even find a negative aspect in its design and its effectiveness in maintaining a healthy, shiny coat makes it almost impossible to find a reason not to give it a try. Especially with its affordable price on Amazon paired with Amazon’s convenient consumer interface. FURminator’s product site offers a money back guarantee if the product does not deliver on its promises. It’s important to not that the FURminator DeShedding tool sold through Amazon does not offer the same guarantee, only a customer service contact option.

The open availability makes it convenient for buyers to access the tool and other accessories. The FURminator site comes in multiple languages, so buyers can research the proper DeShedding tools for their pet from there with ease. Simply select your nation’s flag in the upper right hand corner to change it from EU. As FURminator continues to expand its product line and keeps negative reviews almost nil, it is most decidedly a brand to keep an eye on.

TOP 5 BEST DOG NECK WARMERS and SNOODS FOR THIS WINTER

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Do you shudder at the thought of taking your dog for a walk in below freezing weather? Maybe even below 50°F (10°C) is a stretch for you! It can be conflicting for any pet owner when deciding between staying in and keeping warm, or taking your dog on their much coveted walk.

With that in mind, let’s check out the top 5 best neck warmers and snoods for 2019’s winter!

  1. Zoo Snoods (Website & on Amazon)

I think it’s safe to say that we all love Amazon, their deals and trust in the reviews of fellow dog-lovers. And who can deny that Prime’s two-day shipping hasn’t at times persuaded us to purchase something?

Whether you’re looking for a cute costume for your dog or a way to keep them warm, Zoo Snoods gives your dog a new set of ears while protecting their real ones! Thinking ahead, this is an economical purchase as Zoo Snoods is something you can use this winter and next fall for Halloween.

Zoo Snoods, a reputable company that provides adorable animal-knit snoods for pets, is on amazon, offers a 100% money-back guarantee and has a consistent 5-star rating on their products. In addition to feeling confident in your purchase, you can also feel charitable since they are committed to donating one dollar of proceeds to various pet charities.

Did you ever think your dog kind of looked like a bear? Well now they can have the ears to match. Maybe you thought they were more like a bull, a panda or a bunny. If you don’t see what you were dreaming of on Amazon, don’t have a prime account or want to make sure that the $1 is donated, check out over a dozen options on their website!

BEST DOG NECK WARMERS & SNOODS

Make sure you look at their website’s sizing chart to ensure the best fit for your pooch. Some previous customers suggested that if you have a very active dog, you might want to size down as the yarn has a tendency to stretch after a couple wears. You might want to hurry and add an adorable snood to your cart, because Zoo Snoods are selling out on some animal designs due to their end of the holiday’s sale! Prices for the snoods range from $15+ for a small to $25+ for a large.

  •  RC Pet Products (Website & on Amazon)

Does your dog love to snuggle? Then the Summit Snood by RC Pet Products is for you. Your pup can dive right into this cozy fleece snood for a cold winter day! Some customers have even reported that this snood is so comfortable that their dogs like to sleep with it on.

With three colors to choose from (Red/Gray drawstrings, Black/Lime drawstrings, or Teal/Orange drawstrings) your dog can happily roll around in the cold without worrying about their ears getting too cold. Thanks to the two adjustable drawstrings, the snood will be secured in place throughout all of the digging, running and rolling.

This snood comes with some appealing features such as reflectivity on the RC label and decorative piping, machine washable anti-pilling fabric and a stretch to ensure freedom of movement.

The Summit Snood is not only meant for the head, but also for the neck. To ensure the correct sizing for your dog, you should check out their sizing chart on their website.  Not only does RC Pet Products sell “The Summit Snood,” but they just came out with a new snood, The Polaris.

The Polaris offers many of the same benefits as the Summit including the easy to use drawstrings, three color choices (teal, plum or black) and machine washable. However, the Polaris is made of a highly reflective yarn material allowing the entire snood to become a safety feature.

In addition, the tight knit material of the Polaris can create an even warmer feel than the fleece of the Summit. Overall, both are great options for your pet and come with an amazing guarantee: repair or replacement products for the lifetime of your pet. Although this product may seem pricier than others, the lifetime guarantee can give you peace of mind for a smart purchase.

Before purchasing, make sure their guarantee is honored both on their website and amazon! Prices range from $20+ to $25+ for the Summit and $35+ for the new Polaris snood.

  • Crochet Snood by SeacliffeCottage (Etsy)

While Amazon offers excellent shipping and returns, it’s hard to beat the care put into handmade items such as this crochet snood by SeacliffeCottage offered on Etsy. If you’ve never heard of Etsy, you are in for an amazing discovery. Etsy is an online shopping medium to find handcrafted, unique, vintage or custom items sold by individual businesses from all over the world. SeacliffeCottage is a business located in Canada and has an excellent review rating of 1,099 5-star reviews.

Although SeacliffeCottage offers dog snoods and scarves in 159 different colors and designs, they also make other items like baby booties, adult hats, scarves and baby blankets. Even though this business is in Canada, they luckily offer reasonably-priced shipping to the United States.

This crochet snood is handmade to perfection and is ready-to-ship. This particular oatmeal colored snood is heavily textured giving extra warmth and comes in four different sizes: x-small, small/short, small and medium. The material can be washed in the washing machine and is meant to be laid flat to dry.

Lastly, the snoods from this business are stretchy for ultimate comfort made from acrylic yarn. Acrylic yarn is an excellent non-allergen material for dogs known for its durability and washability. Prices range from$10+ to $20+ subject to change based on current exchange rates.

  • Knitted Wool Snoods and Cotton Snoods By WoofCoutureDog (Etsy)

If you’re still feeling a little heartbroken from the first snood option because they didn’t have your animal of choice, WoofCoutureDog from Etsy may have what you’re looking for! They have a tropical frog, a fiery fox and a sweet little mouse snood! The Bear Snood and the rest of their animal snoods are made of wool and the sizing of each item can be found in the description within the post.

Wool is an excellent material for those who live in humid areas because wool can absorb roughly 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling cold or damp. However, wool can be an allergen for some dogs so it is important to check your pup for a skin rash or unusual behavior. If you know your dog has an allergy, don’t despair.

Wool

WoofCoutureDog handmakes all of their doggy items from either 100% cotton, fleece or wool and has an array of coats, sweaters, hats, leashes, collars and over 100 snoods for every occasion. Another excellent product is the red buffalo plaid snood. This snood comes in four sizes and two different elastic options. The elastic option is great for those who might want a more secure feeling for their dog (three elastic bands) versus a typical two elastic band design.

WoofCoutureDog is targeted towards smaller breeds and has a unique collection of outerwear especially for French Bulldogs—although the items would work for any small breed. They have been on etsy since 2013 and are based out of Florida, USA. WoofCoutureDog offers special services such as “rushing” an item for a small fee, customization of an item and exchanges within 7 days of delivery. Prices range from $10+  to $50+ based on the material and size—subject to change based on current exchange rates.
  • Waterproof Snood By WoofCoutureDog (Etsy)

Maybe by this point, you’re thinking that you might not need a snood because your winter ranges from 32°F (0°C) to 50°F (10°C). However, if you live in a rainy location, you might want to reconsider! When dogs are wet, they are more prone to the cold, even at higher temperatures. 

Also, as mentioned earlier, dogs with floppy or thin ears or ears prone to ear infections can have a proclivity to being cold and may need a cover, too. This snood is a great option because it is 100% waterproof. Not only do people use this to keep their dog’s ears warm and dry from rainy walks, but also when they are giving their dog baths or when they’re feeding their floppy-eared friends their meals!

WoofCoutureDog has almost 2,000 five star reviews, and this waterproof design comes in several different colors and designs. This monkey pattern is adorable for bathtime or eating time and keeps dog’s ears clean, dry and infection-free. While this snood might not offer a lot of warmth, it is pretty inexpensive and will make a great addition to your budding snood collection. Prices range from only $10+ for an extra-small and $15+ for a large. This snood comes in four sizes: XS, S, M, and L.

At this point, snoods and neck warmers have grown on you and you’ve probably already got one on the way. To an untrained eye, one might think you only care for the appearance of your dog, but when you choose a snood for your dog, you’ve chosen a way to keep your little one happy, healthy and warm.

However, the task becomes less daunting if you have some facts. For example, you may ask the question, “Is going on a walk in the cold still in my dog’s best interest?” The answer is yes. According to PetMd, dogs need a minimum of 30 minutes (sometimes more, depending on the breed) of exercise a day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Being busy, some of us can only manage to get one or two walks in a week, let alone seven.

And with winter in full-force, it is understandable to lean towards doing even less without the right equipment. In the end, we all want what is best for our furry family member. In this article, we have compiled the facts about chilly weather and some options that will keep your dog warm and happy even on the coldest winter walks.

Before we look at those top 5 best neck warmers and snoods for your pooch, it is important to consider if your dog even needs one and if they do, what to look for in a functional snood.

First things first, if you like to take walks longer than 30 minutes in the winter, you should strongly consider purchasing some warm outerwear for your dog! There are a lot of options including coats, sweaters, snoods, scarves, hats and booties.

Any of these options are viable choices, especially in combination with each other. Prolonged exposure to below freezing temperatures can cause hypothermia or frostbite in our furry friends and the best way to treat this is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Hypothermia is characterized by a 1 to 2 degree drop in a dog’s body temperature (which typically rests between 101 and 102.5 degrees fahrenheit or 38.3 to 39.2 degrees celsius).

This can happen very easily in some dogs, and not so easily in others. Some dogs are simply born with the tools to be in colder weather, like Siberian Huskies who have a thick layer of fur. Deciding if your dog has the proper attributes will depend on a bit of research regarding your dog’s breed.

However, if you have a small, old, hypoglycemic or short-haired dog, chances are you will need some sort of outerwear and preventing them from getting the shivers should be at the top of your list! You may be asking yourself, why a neck warmer or snood instead of a coat or sweater? What even is a snood? 

A snood is a knitted hood or scarf that originally was only worn by people. Now, dog snoods have become popular ever since their appearance at the Westminster Dog Show and they cover the dog’s neck and ears. While a snood seems very similar to a neck warmer, a neck warmer only covers the neck of a dog, leaving the ears exposed.

Although it’s a good idea to consider multiple forms of clothing to keep your fur baby warm, dog’s ears can be one of the first things to get frostbite when their body temperature starts dropping. Dog’s ears have over a dozen muscles in them, help them hear high frequencies, move their ears independently and express emotion. Due to how important a dog’s ears can be, they are very important to protect, which is exactly what a snood does!

This means that it’s a good idea to invest in ear-outerwear for your dog regardless of below-freezing temperatures— especially if they have floppy ears, thin ears or ears prone to ear infections. When considering the perfect snood, you should look into the material for warmth and comfort, functionality, style and price. Our list has a range of prices, styles and materials that can work for you and your lifestyle with your pet.
Neck Warmer

As you can see, there are a lot of options out there for your dog. Even if you have got your heart set on one of the options above, there are a few things to keep in mind. Some dogs may not enjoy wearing something on their head–even in the extreme cold—and that’s okay! Afterall, outerwear is for the comfort and safety of your pet.

If your dog likes wearing it, it’s probably bringing them comfort. For example, Whippets and Greyhounds usually wear coats, jackets and snoods in any mild weather due to their short coat and little body fat. Sometimes they even wear their outerwear inside! Although there are sizing charts for each snood, every dog is different.

It is important that you can comfortably fit two fingers in between your dog and the item of clothing. If not, the item of clothing is too tight on your dog and you should exchange it for a bigger size. On the other hand, perhaps you have a picky dog but know it is too cold for your dog without a snood. Consult a veterinarian about the best course of action for your dog.

Another point to consider is that sometimes it is too cold to take your dog for a walk. If the temperature in your area is below 0°F (-17.7°C), you should refrain from taking your pup for a walk. There are plenty of wonderful alternatives to walking your dog such as tug-of-war, training games, or mind games to keep your dog mentally stimulated.

Lastly, if you have an outdoor dog, remember to bring them in when temperatures drop below freezing or make sure they have a heated space to relax. Whatever you decide, we know it will be best for your furry friend. Ultimately, if you’re worried about hypothermia or frostbite in your dog, consult a vet immediately for care and consider using preventative measures in the future. Happy 2019 and a happy warm winter, my fellow dog-lovers.

Top 5 Best Indoor Dog Houses

Does my dog really need an Indoor Dog House?

Everyone loves a cozy space that they can call their own- even dogs! And what better way to give your dog their very own personal space than with an indoor dog house.

You are probably aware of the importance of an outdoor dog house, but dogs require comfortable indoor protection just as much as humans do. So, it’s important to provide your dog with a safe, nontoxic dog house to provide them with that sense of comfortable protection.

But with hundreds of indoor dog houses on the market, how are you ever supposed to know what option is best for your dog and your living circumstances?

Continue reading below to learn about the top five dog houses that are on the market and what goes into choosing the perfect indoor dog house for your fur baby.

Best Indoor Dog House Reviews – Our top 5

1. Petmate Igloo Dog House with Microban Technology

This Igloo shaped dog house is unlike any dog house you’ve ever seen. Its adorable shape will make you and your dog think that they are sled dogs in the Arctic. The Microban technology that Petmate’s Igloo Dog House has implemented eliminates bacteria that cause odors, stains, mildew and even mold. Because this dog house comes in three sizes (medium, large and extra-large), dogs of all shapes and sizes ranging from 25 to 175 pounds can fit inside this igloo.

Another positive side to Petmate’s Igloo Dog House is that it doesn’t require any tools for assembly, so you can have it up and ready for your dog in no time. Plus, it’s long-lasting, so you don’t have to worry about it breaking or falling apart anytime soon.

Not only is this an indoor dog house, but it’s also constructed to work outside as well. The heavy-duty construction that the manufacturers implemented will protect your pet from even the harshest weather conditions. The raised floor, side moats and extended, offset doorway that the Igloo Dog House offers will keep your dog dry by preventing rain, wind and snow from entering. It also contains insulation to keep them cool during summer and warm during winter, and the roof ventilation ensures that there is a constant flow of fresh air for your pup.

Best Indoor Dog Houses

2. Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate

If you want to crate your dog when you leave the house but don’t want an ugly wire cage, the Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate is perfect for you. This dog house is more like a piece of furniture because it doubles as a gorgeous end table, which means that it essentially saves storage space as well. So, if you have a small apartment or townhome, this dog house would be a great option.

With a strong, lockable latch, this indoor dog house can also be used as a crate that can provide extra security and a peace of mind when you are away from home. The sustainable and solid wood that the Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate is made of promotes a private and relaxing space for your dog to relax and nap in. It also promotes durability and longevity, but the wood requires regular cleaning and upkeep. So, customers should only purchase this dog house if they know that they can make the time to take care of it properly.

This dog house is highly customizable as you can order it in rich colors including white, gray, black, espresso and taupe to ensure that it perfectly accentuates your living area. It’s also available in four sizes ranging from small to extra-large to provide a comfortable and spacious dog house for your fur baby.

If you aren’t very handy or simply don’t have a lot of time to allocate to a new project, then this dog house is for you. It’s rather simple to put together, and it comes with all the tools necessary for assembly.

3. Merry Products Wood Pet Home

Go ahead and spoil your fur baby with a dog house and a view. They probably deserve it! This dog house represents a two-story cabin condo made especially for a happy pup. The second-floor balcony features a ladder and a lattice fence that your dog can use to take a nap, relax, sunbathe, play or store their favorite toys in style. It’s important to note that while this dog house is meant for small and medium dogs, the Merry Products Wood Pet Home only comes in one size.

The naturally stained, brown cedar color of the Merry Products Wood Pet Home makes for an aesthetically pleasing and beautiful addition to your living space. But you can also restain this dog house to complement a specific color scheme.

One of the highlights of this indoor dog house is that it’s constructed from strong, kiln-dried cedar. This enhances durability and resilience, and it provides a natural and calming wood scent to complement your home. The stable, cellular structure of the wood this dog house is made of can withstand even the harshest temperatures and extreme humidity.  

All these features also mean that the Merry Products Wood Pet Home can be used outside as well. It’s lightweight enough to be transported inside and outside if your dog wishes for a change of scenery. And the lower lounge area contains raised panel floors to prevent rain from flooding the inside of the dog house.

4. Home Sweet Home Pet House

This is, hands down, the coziest indoor dog house on the list. It is crafted with two safe fillings to ensure that your dog is always comfy and ready for an afternoon nap. The first material it’s lined with is polyfoam, which molds to your pet’s favorite positions. The second material is polyfill, which adds extra cushion and comfort.

As for the outside material, the strong, coral fleece is extremely soft and comforting, and the nylon provides durable comfort that is water repellent. Plus, the extra cuddle inducing pillow is perfect for the dogs that love to make their bed or borrow in pillows. Say hello to your dog’s new favorite spot in the whole house.

Built to last a lifetime, the Home Sweet Home Pet House will be the last indoor dog house that you will ever buy. Not to mention that it is the cheapest dog house on this list. So, if you are on a tight budget, this is the dog house for you. This is also the easiest indoor dog house to clean on this list as all you must do is toss it right into your washer on the delicate cycle and let it air dry.

Our top choice

The built-in zipper is the only thing you need to set this indoor dog house up, making it the easiest setup on this list as well. And, it’s extremely lightweight and portable, so you can essentially travel anywhere with your pup while keeping their housing consistent.

However, this indoor dog house only comes in one size, which is 16x16x14. So, this only houses small dogs and cats. Also, while many of the dog houses on this list are both indoor and outdoor, the soft fabrics and materials of this dog house should be kept inside.

5. Advantek Pointe Elizabeth Garden Cottage Dog House

We saved the most expensive dog house on this list for last, but it’s definitely worth every penny. Not only is it nicer than most apartments on the market, but it’s also extremely efficient.

It includes an elevated feeding area that is included with steel bowls, so your pup can eat in style. It also includes a stylish, built-in dog food container to keep their food fresh and dry. But you can also use this storage unit for toys or cleaning supplies if you would like. The front porch allows your dog to enter their dog house in style, and the garden box is a great place to store their favorite fetching balls.

The Advantek Pointe Elizabeth Garden Cottage Dog House is also one of the eco-friendliest dog houses on the market because it’s made with lumber that is grown in sustainable forests that are also government controlled.

The blue wood panels of this dog house are made with fir, which is both durable and lightweight. To increase longevity, this dog house is finished with a wood preservative that is nontoxic. It’s also insect and weather resistant, making this another great outdoor dog house as well. The naturally insulated walls paired with the nontoxic, weather-resistant asphalt roof make the Advantek Pointe Elizabeth Garden Cottage Dog House perfect for any weather climate and can be used year-round.

Our top choice

A lot of factors were considered when choosing our favorite of these five dog houses. At the end of the day, our favorite and most recommended indoor dog house is the Petmate Igloo Dog House with Microban Technology.

Not only is this indoor dog house unique and adorable, but it’s highly effective as well. Dogs can live in this Igloo Dog House year-round due to the insulation and roof circulation. We also appreciate that it comes in a variety of sizes to fit every fur baby.

The features that this dog house provides combined with their reasonable pricing makes this dog house one for the books. Not to mention that the Microban technology greatly enhances the longevity and durability of this dog house by eliminating bacteria that causes odors, stains, mildew and mold. Because it’s both an indoor and an outdoor dog house, this product gives you the most bang for your buck since it can be used in a variety of settings.

Trust us, your dog deserves this indoor dog house.

Does my dog really need an Indoor Dog House?

Dog houses aren’t just for outside. In fact, they are very beneficial to have in your home as well. You’re probably wondering why your dog needs another house if they already live inside. To some, it may seem counterproductive. But there are many positives to providing your dog with their very own space that is special to them.

For starters, indoor dog houses can serve the same purpose as a wire crate but without the eyesore. Puppies are known for chewing shoes, baseboards, toilet paper, furniture and basically anything else they can get their teeth on. But an indoor dog house that has a latch can keep those puppies, safe, secure and cozy while you are about and about. And luckily, indoor dog houses come in a variety of styles, shapes and colors to complement your inner living area.

Indoor dog houses are also important because dogs have an inherent instinct to build a den when they get nervous or stressed. Have you ever noticed that your dog hangs out under your bed, under your table or in any other tight spaces? This is because dogs like to be in areas that are snug and secure. Indoor dog houses are important for dogs because dogs have a habitual instinct that causes them to build a den, and a crate provides them with that maternal area.  

What to look for when buying an Indoor Dog House?

When purchasing an indoor dog house for your pup, there are a few factors that you should pay attention to. For one, you want to make sure that your dog has enough space to where they are comfortable, but they shouldn’t have too much space. The goal here is to find a happy medium. Choose an indoor dog house that provides your dog with room to stand up, turn around and stretch. Any more space can be counterproductive to their habitual instinct to build a cozy den.

You also want to make sure that your dog’s indoor dog house is sturdy- especially if you have a large dog. A high-quality and sturdy dog house is important because you want it to stand up to the power and weight of your dog.

The last thing you want is to invest in a dog house, spend time setting it up just for it to collapse in seven days. A sturdy dog house not only protects your dog, but it also protects you from the frustration of wasting money on a cheaply made dog house.
Best Indoor Dog House Reviews - Our top 5

What is the best material?

Before you go out and purchase a dog house with your ideal price point, you should first investigate the material that the dog house is made of. This is important because the material plays a role in both the safety of your dog and the sturdiness of the dog house. And different materials yield different benefits when it comes to your dog’s home.

Wood dog houses are extremely popular because they are both sturdy and visually appealing. However, if there is even the slightest chance that you will move your dog house outside, make sure the wood is both weatherproof and insulated to keep your dog dry and protected. You also want to look for wood dog houses that are raised off the floor to prevent flooding and rotting.

Canvas dog houses are beneficial to those who travel frequently. These dog houses are often tent-like structures that provide little to no insulation but are a cozy alternative to its wood competitors. Canvas dog houses are both portable and lightweight, so you can bring them with you on trips or to your dog sitter’s house to provide your dog with a sense of normalcy.

Another great material for indoor dog houses is plastic. Plastic dog houses are waterproof, which makes them extremely easy to clean. They are also lightweight and can be easily moved if you ever decide to rearrange your furniture or move houses. Plastic dog houses are also much easier to assemble than wood dog houses because they often just snap together.   

Indoor Vs. Outdoor Dog Houses what are the differences?

A dog house is a dog house, right? Not exactly. Indoor dog houses and outdoor dog houses have quite a few differences. And while outdoor dog houses can often double as indoor dog houses, indoor dog houses do not always double as outdoor dog houses.

Outdoor dog houses must be extremely sturdy, weatherproof and have excellent insulation to keep your pup safe, dry and warm. They also need to be raised off the floor to prevent flooding and rotting.

These factors can often be ignored when looking for an indoor dog house because your home will protect your dog from harsh weather, temperatures and UV rays. By passing on those features, you can essentially save money when purchasing a home for your pup. But it’s important to never put an ill-equipped dog house outside as they will not last in those harsh conditions.

Dangers and risks of indoor houses

Indoor dog houses are often implemented to provide your dog with a safe and secure space for their innate instincts. But this can be counterproductive if you aren’t aware of the dangers and risks that some indoor dog houses can come with.

One of the biggest dangers that you should be aware of is the toxicity of a dog house. It’s important to find a dog house that is built with safe and nontoxic materials. The last thing you want to do is subject your dog to a home that can essentially harm them.

Another danger is using your indoor dog house to crate your dog more often than you should. Dogs aren’t meant to be locked in a crate for long periods of time. Many dog owners crate their dogs just while they are at work, but even that can be pushing the limit. If you can, come home during your lunch break to let your pup out of their indoor dog home so they can stretch their legs and go outside. Even small breaks like this can improve the danger of over crating your dog.

Conclusion

Indoor dog houses can be highly beneficial to your pup because they are not only great for afternoon naps, but they also provide your dog with a sense of protection. Choosing the perfect indoor dog house for your fur baby may seem daunting with the wide variety of options on the market. But with a little knowledge and a few recommendations, you are bound to pick the best option for your dog.

The 10 Best Wet Dog Food Brands for 2019

Wet Dog Food

When you first become a dog owner, one of the toughest choices is what type of food to feed your pup. Some owners are loyal dry food buyers, and others recommend wet food. Even though many people wrinkle their noses at the thought of wet food, mainly because it tends to smell strongly, wet dog food is packed with nutrients and sometimes contains more than dry dog food. Below are the top 10 wet dog food brands that you should consider for your pup as well as additional information about canned, wet, and dry food.

Ingredients to Avoid In Wet Dog Food

Wet dog food can best be described as pet soup. The ingredients are typically in chunks and are canned in a gravy-like consistency. Wet dog food is thoroughly moist and is quite different from semi-moist pet food. When searching for the perfect wet food, there are several ingredients to watch for and avoid. Looking at the ingredient list for any type of dog food, you’ll notice that the ingredients are ordered by volume, the higher the volume the more of that ingredient there is in the food. It is always important to have at least one high-quality source of animal protein at the tops of the ingredients list. Animal protein can be something like chicken, beef, lamb, salmon, etc. If it does not start with an animal protein, then it is not very beneficial for your pup.

Try to avoid wet foods that are made with carbohydrates such as corn and wheat, grains do not provide your dog with complete protein like animal protein does. Foods that start with grains typically lack in amino acids, which are very important in keeping your dog healthy. Fresh fruits and veggies are a plus when reading over the ingredient list, these are better for your dog’s body to process versus frozen options. Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives are not recommended and try to stay away from corn, wheat, and soy products.
The 10 Best Wet Dog Food Brands for 2019

Why and When Should Canned Food Be Bought?

Canned dog food can be bought if your dog is not drinking very much water, you want to add it as a topper to dry food, you have a picky pup, or if you simply want to try it and see if it is right for your dog. A few benefits to canned food are that it can be another method of hydration, and that your dog is able to eat a larger portion without the extra calories.

If your dog is having trouble staying well-hydrated, canned food may be an option to hydrate them. Canned food contains more moisture and water versus dry dog food. The amount of water in canned dog food can help hydrate your pup and hopefully encourage them to consume more water. For the picky eaters, canned dog food is more appealing than dry dog food. Think about this, we as humans, prefer fresh options for dinner and don’t opt for a dehydrated food diet. Dogs prefer the fresh smelling option for food as well, and canned food can perk up a pup that has turned down every form of kibble.

Some pet owners will purchase canned food as a topper for dry food, or use half canned and half dry. Doing this can be a treat for your pup or a way to change them over from dry to wet. Maybe you’re tired of buying the same dry food and want to spice things up for your furry friend, so some owners purchase canned food to give it a try. Canned food can be bought in bulk and frozen if you are not going to use it immediately, another benefit to purchasing canned food! When it comes to feeding your dog canned food, they will consume more food without the cost of extra calories which can cause unhealthy weight gain. Your pup will feel more full from canned food and won’t come looking for more later.

Canned Food vs. Wet Food, is there a difference?

Canned pet food can offer options such as moist and semi-moist. Moist indicates “wet” pet food and “semi-moist” indicates pet food that is considered canned but has enough moisture to be of a squishy consistency and is not canned with a gravy. When pet owners refer to “wet” or “moist” dog food, they are talking about dog food that is canned in a gravy or sauce consistency and the food is typically in chunks of meat and veggies, almost like a stew you would make in a crockpot. Others will talk about canned food which is meaning “semi-moist” and the food is not canned in a gravy-like consistency, similar to the consistency of canned yams or mashed sweet potatoes. Ingredients for wet and canned food are similar enough that they are both recommended for dogs. Most dogs do prefer wet food over canned because of the enticing smell. Both require refrigeration after opening and are good for about three to five days. Both canned and wet food can be frozen if you are purchasing a bulk amount.

The only difference between canned and wet food is the appearance of the food. Even though one may look like homemade stew and the other is closer looking to spam, they are still both nutritious and tasty to your pup!

Dry Food vs. Wet Food

The debate between dry food and wet food is an age-long, ongoing, argument. Some vets recommend dry food and some suggest wet. Below are some pros and cons for both types of food.

Dry Food:

A lot of pet owners choose dry food over wet food because of two main reasons, price and dental health. Dry food is typically cheaper, you can purchase a 25lb bag of kibble for around $30+ and sometimes less than that. If you are on a tight budget, dry food is the best for your buck. Vets and other professionals recommend dry food because it helps keep your pups teeth cleaner and brighter. The process of crunching on dry food can help break up other mouth debris and won’t leave your pup with stinky breath. The main problem with dry food is that it does not have a good nutritional value for your pup. Most dry foods contain some sort of grain, even if it’s a small amount. Carbohydrates are one of the ingredients to avoid in dog food, as they do not provide the recommended amount of amino acids your dog needs.

Wet Food:

Many owners and vets recommend wet food because of the nutritional value. Wet dog food is excellent in containing fresh veggies, fruit, and has the full amount of amino acids your pup needs on a daily basis. Wet food has a higher moisture content than dry food, which can help keep your pup hydrated and aids in proper digestion. Wet or canned foods are easier for older dogs to eat and smell more appealing to picky eaters or pups that have a low appetite level. The carbohydrate level in wet food is much lower than the level found in dry food.

Dental health is a concern when it comes to wet food. Dogs that have been on a wet food diet their entire life, typically have more discolored teeth and permanent bad breath. If nothing is done to help this, then it can cause problems later on. There are solutions if you do choose a wet food diet for your pup. Having plenty of teeth-cleaning treats, such as Greenies or Whimzees, are good options in addition to teeth-cleaning toys to combat bad breath and help keep your pup’s teeth cleaner. Brushing your pup’s teeth with dog approved toothpaste is never a bad idea, though you should make sure your pup is okay with it and do not force it if they don’t care for it.

What is the best grain-free wet dog food on the market?

What is the best grain-free wet dog food on the market?

There are so many options when it comes to choosing grain-free wet dog food. The best grain-free wet dog food option is Blue Buffalo. Blue Buffalo offers a wide range of grain-free food, both wet and dry. When looking at their wet dog food, Blue Buffalo offers a range of food called Freedom. The Freedom line is grain-free and can be found in a meatloaf-style canned food or a stew-styled wet food. Flavors include chicken, beef, lamb, duck and potato, turkey, salmon, trout, rabbit, and more. Their grain-free line can be found in Petsmart and Petco or it can be ordered online through Amazon or Chewy.

What are the best wet dog food brands?

Blue Buffalo

The number one recommended wet dog food brand is Blue Buffalo. This brand has a wide variety of wet food, ranging from meatloaf-style to pouches and toppers. The flavor options are endless and include flavors such as trout, venison, and catfish. All of their food products are made without artificial ingredients, corn, wheat, and soy. They have options for all ages, from puppy to senior. Blue Buffalo lists all their ingredients online and thoroughly explains each one. Their grain-free line can be found at stores such as Petsmart and online through Amazon.

Taste of the Wild

Our second wet dog food recommendation is Taste of the Wild, which comes in flavors such as bison, venison, and lamb. The ingredients are similar to Blue Buffalo, typically including fresh veggies, fruit, and animal protein. The company does list their ingredients online for each type of food, but they do not offer an explanation for each ingredient so you might have to do some research on your own. The wetlands canine formula wet dog food recipe is sold as a pack of 12 for, a little less than Blue Buffalo.

Wellness Core

The third pick for the top ten is Wellness Core Grain-free wet dog food. Wellness Core is grain-free, and gluten-free. Flavors include pork liver, duck, chicken, turkey, sweet potato, and more. Wellness lists all ingredients of each type of food online, and shows a short clip as to what the food texture will look like outside of the can. They also provide an analysis of what their food contains, such as protein, fat, fiber, and moisture. Their wet food contains fresh ingredients such as apples, parsley, kale, broccoli, spinach, and beef liver. Wellness Core turkey, pork liver, and duck formula wet food comes in a 12.5oz can and can be bought as a 12 pack.

Merrick

The fourth brand to make the top ten is Merrick. Merrick has a grain-free wet dog food line that contains flavors such as chicken, beef, duck, buffalo, and combination recipes such as Thanksgiving Day which consists of turkey, chicken, and sweet potatoes. Merrick lists all ingredients online and most canned wet dog foods contain fresh veggies and fruits such as carrots, green beans, and apples. They offer grain free wet food for all stages, from puppy to senior. Pricing varies depending on what flavor you choose. The grain-free Thanksgiving Day recipe comes in a 13.2oz can and can be purchased as a 12 pack.

Natural Balance

In fifth out of ten, Natural Balance offers a variety of wet food. The one downside is that their wet food products are not grain-free but they do have grain-free canned products. Their wet food flavor options include types of stew, chowder, pilaf, and others. Ingredients found in their wet food options include tuna, lamb, brown rice, pease, and carrots. Even though some of their wet food products include carbohydrates, it is not the first or second ingredient so the food is not made up of mostly carbohydrates. The gobbler cobbler stew wet dog food recipe comes in 8 oz tubs and is available for purchase as a pack of 12.

Whole Earth

Our sixth recommended brand is Whole Earth wet dog food. Whole Earth is an entity under Merrick Corp. Whole Earth has a grain-free wet dog food formula for all life stages and includes fresh ingredients such as chicken, turkey, chicken liver, whitefish, peas, sweet potatoes, and carrots. The chicken and turkey wet dog food recipe comes in 12.7oz cans and is available as a 12 pack.

Canidae

Seventh on our top ten recommended brands for wet food is Canidae. Canidae offers grain-free wet food with flavor options such as lamb, salmon and mackerel, duck, and chicken. Their wet food line covers all life-stages from puppy to senior. Their salmon and mackerel wet dog food recipe comes in a 13oz can and can be purchased as a 12 pack.
Wellness Core

Crave

Our eighth recommended brand is fairly new to the dog food market. This brand arrived in stores (such as Petsmart) around 2017. Since Crave is still new, they have limited flavor options and offer beef, chicken, turkey, and a chicken and beef combination. They only have a semi-moist style, so their wet food does not come in a gravy-style. This brand still makes the list because the options they offer are very high in animal protein. Their grain-free wet food turkey recipe contains turkey, turkey broth, chicken liver, chicken heart, chicken, and pork broth as the first ingredients. Crave is the most affordable, and healthy, best canned dog food option on our list. A 12 pack case of their chicken recipe in 12oz cans can be purchased.

Nutro

Ninth on our top ten is Nutro, which offers a grain-free wet dog food line. They have a wide variety of flavors such as meaty lamb, green bean, and carrot stew. They do not use chicken by-product meal, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. A 12 pack of their hearty stew recipe of meaty lamb, green bean, and carrot can be purchased, with each can being 12.5 oz.

Science Diet

This is our last brand recommendation for our list of wet dog food brands. Hill’s Science Diet is heavily recommended in many vet offices. The Hill’s Science Diet offers a grain-free wet dog food line and contains ingredients such as beef, zucchini, carrots, and pork liver. A 12 pack of the roasted beef and zucchini stew can be purchased with, each can being 12.5 oz.

What is the best wet dog food in the market today?

The best wet dog food for your dog is a brand that is grain-free. Carbohydrates are not necessary for your pup’s diet, therefore it is best to find a brand of wet dog food that is grain-free and includes plenty of animal protein.

The Best Dog DNA Test : Our Top 5 Picks

DNA

What is the Best Dog DNA Test?

Over the past few years, DNA testing kits have become extremely popular. Companies like AncestryDNA and 23andMe are two examples of companies that made legitimate, accurate ways to test your genetics more accessible to the general public. With just a simple saliva sample, these kits give you the power to unlock the hidden messages encoded in your genes, as well as credible analyses of how these results impact your identity and health. But what if there was such an option available for your pets?

You may be shocked to hear that the market for dog DNA testing kits is exceptionally huge. However, this makes sense when you consider all of the benefits that dog DNA testing can have for you and your canine. Just as DNA testing for humans can give out invaluable information about your lineage, hereditary dispositions, genetic variants, and other related statistics – dog DNA testing can give you the same information about your beloved furry friend.

The Best Dog DNA Test
If dog DNA testing is something you’re interested in, you’re in luck – there are hundreds of different kits on the market to choose from. However, this poses a different problem: which testing kit is the best kit for you and your dog? Fortunately, we have compiled a list of the top five best dog DNA testing kits available for purchase. Find out which kits are worth your time and money, and which will give you a more comprehensive look at your pup’s personality and health.

Our Top 5 Picks for The Top Dog DNA Tests

  1. Embark Dog DNA Test Kit
Overview: Embark Dog DNA Testing databases crosscheck your dog’s sample against over 200,000 genetic markers, which is the largest and widest range out of all of the kits on this list. Embark also tests for more than 160 genetic conditions, including degenerative myelopathy (similar to Lou Gehrig’s Disease in humans), progressive retinal atrophy (which leads to blindness), and even resistance to certain drugs. With high accuracy and credibility, Embark DNA gives you the most bang for your buck.

2. Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification Kit

Overview: Mars, Incorporated has certainly cornered the market on dog DNA testing, providing a wide variety of kits that claim accuracy and effectiveness. The Wisdom Panel 3.0 has around 1,800 genetic markers in its database and can identify more than 250 breeds, varieties, and types of dogs. While it does test for less factors than Embark, it is cheaper and still just as accurate.

3. Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 2.5 Breed Identification Kit

Overview: An earlier version of the 3.0 kit, the Wisdom Panel 2.5 DNA kit. While not as updated as the Wisdom Panel 3.0, dog owners claim that it is reliable. The test is easy to perform, and provides accurate results for MDR1-gene testing and adult weight range prediction.

4. HomeDNA Orivet Dog DNA Tests

Overview: When ordering the HomeDNA health screening test, you truly get a wealth of information for a good price. However, if you want another detailed report on your dog’s breed identification results, you need to buy a separate test entirely. Therefore, HomeDNA is pricy, especially in comparison to Embark, which offers both tests in one. If you are only interested in looking at your dog’s genetic variants and health conditions, HomeDNA might be worth looking into.

5. DNA My Dog

Overview: If you’re a dog owner less interested in the complicated genetics of your pet, and more so in the specifics of its breed, DNA My Dog might be the kit for you. DNA My Dog is a fun alternative to some of the other kits that provide more hard, scientific results, and it is the least expensive of all the kits reviewed here. However, if you are looking for a more detailed and accurate assessment of your dog’s breeds, traits, and health, you may want to look into the other kits mentioned.

Best Dog DNA Tests Reviewed

  1. Embark Dog DNA Test Kit

For the most accurate, interactive, comprehensive, and credible results, look no further. Embark has stepped up to the plate as the most accurate DNA testing kit available on the market, testing more than 200,000 genetic markers, and over 160 health conditions. Partnered with Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and backed by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, Embark promises easy to access results, as well as a vet report that can be directly delivered to your pet’s healthcare provider.

Pros: Highly accurate; Backed by credible institutions; Tests for over 160 canine health conditions.

Cons: More expensive than competing kits.

2. Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification Kit

Wisdom Panel 3.0 uses some of the most innovative, up-to-date technology to test your canine’s DNA. This kit’s breed identification technology can identify over 250 dog varieties, types, and breeds. It also tests for 1,800 genetic markers, and is and is especially adept in detecting the gene for multi-drug resistance and adult weight range prediction statistics.

Pros: Solid information about genetic makeup; Fast results; Affordable

Cons: Not as many genetic markers to test from when compared to Embark; Only covers breeds from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Western Europe.

3. Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 2.5 Breed Identification Kit

While not as in-depth as Embark, or as up-to-date as its successors, Wisdom Panel 2.5 has the validity of customer satisfaction on its side. This kit provides valuable information about your dog’s heritage for a low cost, and is exceptional in testing for drug resistance. Many pet owners trust Wisdom Panel 2.5, which means that at the very least, it is credible among customers.

Pros: Can test for drug resistance; Accurate for identifying breeds; Receive results within 2 to 3 weeks.

Cons: Only covers a few genetic markers, which can be an issue for dogs with mixed heritage; Outdated version.

4. HomeDNA Orivet Dog DNA Tests

HomeDNA provides in-depth testing on your canine’s health and breed composition. Unfortunately, the mixed-breed identification test and the health screening tests are separate, meaning you have to shell out for each if you want both heritage and health results. However, with over 235 recognized and developing breeds in their database, HomeDNA is sure to provide accurate and comprehensive results. Their health screening tests provide a lot of valuable information.

Pros: Great health screening tests; 235 breeds in database; Testing for over 150 health conditions.

Cons: You have to order two separate tests, making it more expensive than Embark, which only requires one; Results can take more than a month to be sent.

5. DNA My Dog

DNA My Dog is a genetic testing kit that is perfect for dog owners who want to know about the lineage of their beloved pup, but don’t want to spend so much money on testing procedures for other genetic conditions. However, the results of this kit do not seem to be the most accurate. If you are looking for detailed information about your pet’s health, then this is not the kit for you.

Pros: Very affordable; Custom certificate with breed and photo of dog; Results within 2 weeks.

Cons: Accuracy is questionable; Does not test for health or genetic conditions.

How Does Dog DNA Testing Work?

To understand how DNA testing works, it’s best if you have a general understanding of reproductive genetics. Like all dogs, your dog is the product of two reproductive cells. This means that 100% of a dog’s genetic makeup is given to them by their parents – the male parent gives 50%, while the female parent gives the other 50%. However, this idea is complicated once you move up the family tree and throw dominant and recessive traits into the mix; your dog’s parents have genetic makeup from their parents, and so on and so forth. This is why the most advanced and accurate genetic tests take a longer time to produce results, since they are sorting through generations of mixed heritages. 

To test your dog’s DNA, first you need a sample of their cells. Most DNA tests require either a swab or blood test. Once submitting the sample to your preferred testing company, the DNA testing technology will then pinpoint similarities between your sample and other existing data on various breeds. This is why its important to have a large breed database to pull from, as having more knowledge about various types of dogs allows for a wider range of data on the genetic predispositions unique to each breed.

Swab vs Blood DNA Test

Both swab and blood tests are valid ways of collecting cells from your pet. However, there are key differences that the two tests that you should be aware of.

Swab tests use a tiny brush with bristles (also called a swab) to collect cells from inside your dog’s mouth. This process can be done quickly and easily at home. Typically, the kit will provide you with a prepaid envelope to send in your sample to the company via mail, meaning this process doesn’t require any additional fees.

Alternatively, blood sampling is a bit more of a lengthy and expensive process, as it requires you to take your dog to the vet. The vet draws the blood sample and places it into containers provided by the kit. While it is more expensive, blood sampling is generally more accurate, since you don’t have to worry about contaminating the sample or incorrectly performing the procedures for a swab test.

How to Swab Your Dog with a DNA Test

Performing a swab test is the most convenient way to send in a genetic sample, as the process is free and fairly easy. All of the tools you need (a swab, container, and prepaid envelope) should be in your kit. Though swab kits are simple, there are still ways in which you can contaminate the sample. Here are the four steps you should take to ensure that your swab test is properly conducted:
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Step #1:  Examine the inside of your dog’s mouth to check for food or debris. If your dog has just finished eating, wait about 30 minutes to 2 hours before performing your swab test.

Step #2: Open the swab packets and read the instructions provided by your kit. Be extra careful not to touch the bristles of your swab, as it will contaminate the sample.

Step #3: Place the swab inside your dog’s mouth, and firmly rub the bristles up against the inside of their cheek for 15 to 30 seconds.

Step #4: After 15 to 30 seconds, remove the swab and allow it to dry for about 5 minutes before placing it back in its storage sleeve.

If you afraid that you may have contaminated your swab, don’t worry – many kits come with two swabs, and some even send you a free replacement if yours get damaged.

How Accurate is a Dog DNA Test?

Accuracy refers to how close a given value of something is to the real value. While all DNA tests are backed by science, there is no real way to be certain that your test is completely accurate. The accuracy of dog DNA tests relies largely on the credibility of the company and their resources. When looking for accuracy, it’s important to consider the amount of data the company has access to. Typically, if a company tests for the standard 180 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, it is more likely to be fairly accurate. However, the more statistics and information a company has in their database, the more accurate your tests are likely to be.

To assess the validity of your kit, it’s best to review the company’s procedures and cross-reference the kit with findings detailed in published clinical research studies.

How long do I have to wait to get the DNA test results?

The length of time it takes for a DNA test to be conducted relies on the information being tested for. Usually, companies have to run hundreds or even thousands of tests on a single sample, and this process takes a while to complete. Typically, companies will send you results in about 2 to 3 weeks, though this could be longer depending on the number of variables being tested.

Why Should I DNA Test My Dog? What are the Health Benefits?

As a dog lover, there are numerous reasons why you may want to get your dog’s DNA tested. That reason could be you satisfying a simple curiosity about the lineage of your pup. But your dog’s heritage holds a lot of important data. Figuring out what different breeds your dog is a mix of can provide value information about your dog’s personality and possible health risks.

Every dog is unique. Because breeders have spent years experimenting with different breed mixes, the dog population is incredibly diverse. Even if you may think your dog is a purebred, it could actually have a mixed lineage somewhere in their family tree. Due to the complicated history of dog breeding, no two dogs, despite being the same breed, act exactly alike – and this is where DNA testing comes into play. Finding out the mix of breeds that lies within your dog’s genetic makeup can help identify which breeds contribute to its personality and behavior. This information can be useful when coming up with behavior training or obedience training programs, since different breeds respond more positively to different training methods.

DNA testing can also help determine what genetically predisposed health risks or diseases your dog may have. Different breed mixes are more susceptible to certain kinds of genetic mutations, or are more at risk for developing certain diseases. For example, Shepherds and Collies are more likely to contain the multi-drug resistance gene (MDR1), which effects their tolerance for medications and antibiotics. Knowing what genetic mutations your dog has, and what health conditions they are predisposed to, can allow you to take preventative measures to maintain your dog’s overall health. For example, if your dog is prone to have weaker joints as they get older, you may want to begin giving your dog joint health supplements to minimize the impact this will have on your dog’s health later on.

DNA testing your dog can help you and your vet come up with a healthcare plan better suited to your pets needs. For instance, adult canine weight predictions can help evaluate if your dog is more prone to metabolic disorders or obesity. You and you pet’s healthcare provider can come up with a well-balanced meal program specifically designed for your dog to rectify these potential concerns.

DNA testing

While DNA testing can be an amazing tool to access to your dog’s health information, it’s important to keep in mind that just because your pet is predisposed for a certain health condition, does not mean they have that health condition. Because words like “mutation” and “disease” have such terrifying connotations, it’s easy to be misled by the health indicators on these tests. For instance, certain genetic mutations that may be associated with cancers in some breeds may not cause cancer in other breeds – however, the mutation will register as a cancer risk on both tests. Therefore, be sure to speak to the company about your results to make sure you understand them in their entirety. Before making important health decisions based on a DNA test, talk to your veterinarian.

The Most Important Things to Look for When Buying a Dog DNA Testing Kit

There are many factors to be aware of when buying a dog DNA testing kit, many of which I have detailed above. However, the five most important things are as follows: credibility, accuracy, comprehensiveness, speed, and affordability.

Credibility: The credibility of your kit relies primarily on the company and their methods for testing your sample. Do you trust the company running the tests, and how likely are you to question the results? Try looking into companies and their testing methods before purchasing a kit from them. Companies that are backed by legitimate educational and medical institutions are more credible, and are therefore more likely to produce accurate tests.

Accuracy: As I mentioned earlier, accuracy can be a difficult thing to measure. However, accuracy of results tends to go hand-in-hand with credibility. If your company uses legitimate testing methods, and has a sizable database to reference, they will produce more accurate results.

Comprehensiveness: Companies that have a large pool of information at their disposal are more likely to produce comprehensive results. If you are looking to test your dog’s DNA for the purpose of creating health or behavioral plans, comprehensiveness is important in getting a well-rounded look at your dog’s genetics. For instance, testing against 1,800 breeds is better than testing against 180 breeds when it comes to crosschecking your dog’s genes against known genetic predispositions.

Speed: Most tests take 2 to 3 weeks to produce results, but if a company takes longer, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A company running over 1,000 tests should take longer to produce results than companies only running 100 tests per sample. If you are expecting speedy results with a DNA test, they will be less accurate.

Affordability: DNA tests can be expensive, so it is best to look at your options to determine which kit has the best balance between information you are interested in, and a price point that won’t break the bank.

How Much is a DNA Dog Test Kit?

DNA test kits can range anywhere from $60 to $200. Note that usually (but not always!), more expensive DNA tests are going to give you a lot more results for your money. However, it may not be in your best interest to go with the most expensive kit out there – considering what information you want to know about your dog, as well as the legitimacy of these tests, are as important as price.

How Much Cold Can Toy Breed Dogs Tolerate?

How Much Cold Can Toy Breed Dogs Tolerate?

Unfortunately when it comes to cold conditions we need to keep an eye on our pets particularly smaller breeds and toy breed dogs. They feel the cold easier and its takes them less to be affected. From their size to how they fight the cold, you need to keep an eye out for the symptoms while knowing how to warm them up.

Why Do Small Breed And Toy Breed Dogs Loose Heat Faster Than Larger Breed Dogs?

Small breed dogs and toy breed dogs loose heat faster than larger breeds due to a couple of reasons. Firstly, Newton’s Law of Cooling. This states that the change of surrounding temperature affects smaller animals and/or objects to loose heat faster than larger animals and/or objects. Intern, this means that due to the smaller size of the animal and/or object, it will have an increased rate at which it looses heat. Not only that, but the surface area to volume ratio links with heat loss. This means that smaller animals that have a greater surface area for it’s size are prone to heat loss. While, larger breeds that have a minimal surface area to size are better adapted to conserve heat. Also, keep in mind that smaller breeds are more sensitive to drops in temperature.

How Cold Is Too Cold?

You need to keep temperature in mind to keep you dog safe and healthy. When the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit it is the threshold where most dogs begin to feel uncomfortable and chilly. Smaller breeds, sickly and older dogs, even those with thinner coats, when it gets below 32 degrees Fahrenheit you need to immediately take action to warm them up. When the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit this is the danger limit for small breeds and toy breed dogs. When it gets to this temperature there is the potential of causing great harm to your beloved brethren.
How Cold Is Too Cold?

Things to remember:

  • Shorter and thinner coat breeds don’t do well in the cold due to the lack of protection and insulation
  • Toy breed dogs and smaller dogs have a thinner layer of muscle so it takes less for the cold to go through to their bones
  • Short-legged and toy breed dogs are at an increased risk during cold conditions as their tummies can come into contact with snow and puddles that will cause them to become colder quicker.
  • Energy that is exerted by jumping and waddling through snow will take its toll on strength and heat loss
  • Lighter colour coats don’t absorb heat like a dark coloured coat. Darker colour coats can keep your pet warmer as they have absorbed extra heat compared to the light coloured coats.

How Long Can Dogs Be Outside In Cold Weather?

Determining how long you can have your dog out in the cold is important when it comes to monitoring their health. You can stop your pet from enjoying the outdoors, you just need to be aware time and conditions.

If it is 32 degrees Fahrenheit you should be able to be out and about for around 30-45minutes. If you and/or our pet are feeling the chill, it’s better to be safe and cut it short. If it is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, you should probably keep the walk short, perhaps 5-10minutes.

Remember if you are feeling the cold and you are huddled up in a coat and scarf, then your dog is probably feeling it as well particularly if they are use to being indoors.

How To Keep Your Dog Fit During Winter?

Many dogs become lethargic during cooler temperatures. Just as you might want to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate, they just might want to curl up in a blanket. You need to keep your pet fit and healthy during the winter season. Here are some ideas on how you can get your pet to exercise, without putting them under stress from it being too cold.
  • Play a game- hide and seek the treat/toy/or even you! Throw something to get him or her to walk away from you ie a treat and then you can hide in another part of the house or the toy or another treat and your pup has to come and find you/toy/treat. Great for exercise as your pet rushes around the house looking for you.
  • Practice tricks-any trick from rolling over to playing dead, spending this time will create a great bond while giving your pet something to do to keep warm.
  • Stimulate their nose-hide a treat under something and they have to go find it. Have 3 cups and put a treat under it, see if they can find it – make it harder by mixing up the cups.
How Much Cold Can Toy Breed Dogs Tolerate?

Symptoms Of A Dog Being Too Cold?

You need to keep an eye on your pet during the cooler seasons as it takes less for them to be too cold. If you notice any of these symptoms you should go back inside if you are outside and take immediate action in warming them up. A great tool to have is a dedicated pet thermometer so you can tell exactly how cold your pet is and if they are experiencing hypothermia. A dog’s body temperature usually sits around 100.5-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If it drops below 100 or above 103, it calls for a trip to your local vet. If you don’t have a thermometer, a good way to check your fur baby’s temperature is by touching his ears or body. If his or her ears feel cold particularly on the outer edges, it is probably time to bring them in. If their body is cool to the touch, you should take action in warming them up. Here are some warning signs for you to keep an eye out for to prevent a trip to the vet:

  • Shivering
  • Shaking
  • Sluggish
  • Lazy
  • Whining
  • Acts Of Anxiety
  • Seeking Warmth
  • Paws Up (One or two – telling you to pick them up)

Top Five Best Dog Thermometers

Best Dog Thermometers

When you’re felling sick or under the weather, one of the first things you do is check your temperature to see if you have a fever. Fevers can indicate different illnesses, ranging from minor colds to high-grade fevers. Humans are not the only ones whose body temperature is a sign of sickness, dog’s bodies operate similarly to ours in that respect.

When Should You Check Your Dog’s Temperature?

How do you know when it is necessary to take your pup’s temperature? Obviously our furry friends lack the gift of speech in order to tell us when they are feeling bad, so what are some signs you can look for? Some signs are more obvious than others but here are some explained. Sudden lethargy can be a sign of a fever, meaning your pup suddenly lacks energy and seems to be dragging themselves around, not wanting to play, lack of appetite, or would rather lay and sleep all day. One minute your pup could be running around the yard and then a couple minutes later is seen lying in the grass and barely lifting their head or acknowledging your presence. Shivering is another common sign, your dog could suddenly be shaking all over and can’t seem to control it nor does it stop. Excessively warm ears can indicate a rise in temperature, dogs ears typically feel like room temperature to the touch, so if they are extremely hot that could be a sign that you should probably check their temperature. Sudden loss in appetite is a well-known sign of a dog that is not feeling well, this can be especially obvious if you know that your pup eats regularly and has never been picky. Coughing can be another symptom of an illness, if your pup is coughing for any length of time, absolutely check their temperature. Nasal discharge can indicate an illness, especially if it is excessive or an abnormal color, definitely take the time to check your pup’s temperature once you notice this.

When Should You Check Your Dog’s Temperature?

How to Take Your Dog’s Temperature

There are many different ways to take your dog’s temperature, thanks to technology developments. Three common choices for types of thermometers are mercury, digital, and infrared. Mercury thermometers can be dangerous because of the amount of the chemical and are usually fragile. Digital thermometers are user-friendly and beep once the temperature has been read correctly. Infrared thermometers are even more user friendly, they are non-invasive and no-touch. You should always be cautious when taking your dog’s temperature, most dog’s dislike the discomfort that comes with the rectal thermometer, some might show discomfort to having their temperature read via their ear.

How and Where you Should Check Your Dog’s Temperature

Whichever method is chosen, make your dog is calm and comfortable. Do not use force and if they are extremely anxious about having their temperature taken, seek out a professional for help. If the rectal thermometer method is chosen, it is best to do it efficiently and quickly. An ear thermometer requires you to put it in your pup’s ear for a few seconds, most dogs do not mind this method because it is not as invasive as the rectal thermometer. Infrared thermometers are able to be held up to your pup’s ear, rectum, or mouth to obtain an accurate reading. Your pup’s temperature can be accurately recorded through their ears, rectum, or mouth by a digital or infrared thermometer, mercury thermometers should only be used for the rectum.

How to Take Your Dog’s Temperature

Human v.s. Dog Temperature

Even though dog’s may feel like they would have the same body temperature as us, their temperature is different than ours. The normal temperature range for humans is 98.6, dogs are slightly higher beginning at 99.5 and can be up to 102.5 degrees. When a dog’s temperature reaches 103 degrees or higher, that is a sign that you should probably take them to the vet. The most accurate temperature readings are through the rectal method, the ear method can possibly produce a slightly higher reading.

Emergency Treatment: What To Do If Your Pup Has A High Fever

You took your pup’s temperature and it turns out that they have a fever, now what? There are some methods to bring their temperature down, especially if they have a high fever. Grabbing a washcloth and running it under cold water, wringing it out, and gently wiping your pup’s paws and ears can be one way to lower their temperature. Wrapping an ice pack in a towel and placing it on their chest and abdomen can provide relief. Having a fan nearby to help cool down the room temperature can help them feel better and less warm. Make sure that your pup is still drinking water, that can also help, and if they are not moving much then keep it near their reach.

Is Human Medicine Okay for Dogs?

It is not okay to give your dog any form of human medicine, most medicines for humans are absolutely not safe for your pup. If you are unsure, at least call a vet and consult with them. The immediate answer is that it is never a good idea and can cause further harm to your pup.

How and Where you Should Check Your Dog’s Temperature

Types of Thermometers for Dogs

The type of thermometer to have for your dog is one that is reliable, and can provide an accurate reading. Glass thermometers with mercury are not recommended for dogs, that isn’t to say that you cannot use one, just that there is a lot of risk when using one on your pup. Glass can break and injure your pup while trying to get an accurate read, or worse, the mercury is ingested and is very toxic to them. Digital and infrared thermometers are safe and reliable for your pup, as well as user friendly.

Rectal Thermometers

This used to be the common way to measure your dog’s temperature, now it has become less preferred. Majority of dog’s do not take kindly to having a thermometer inserted into their rectum, owners are not thrilled about it either. Glass mercury thermometers used to be used for rectal readings, however it is not safe for your pup so digital thermometers are much preferred for a rectal reading. If a rectal thermometer is your choice, you can choose either a digital thermometer or an infrared. Some owners have noted the infrared does not always provide accurate readings, and others say that it works just fine. There have been very few complaints about the accuracy of digital thermometers.

In-Ear Dog Thermometers

In-ear dog thermometers can be either digital or infrared. Infrared in-ear thermometers do require a bit of maneuvering to properly read your dog’s temperature. This method is far more comfortable than the rectal method. Digital thermometers are available that are designed specially for dog’s ears in order to achieve the best accurate reading.

Non-Touch Thermometers

Ideally, non-touch thermometers are the best method as this avoids causing any anxiety or discomfort for your pup. Infrared thermometers and stick-on thermometers are the only type of non-touch, non-invasive thermometer. If your dog is prone to anxiety or discomfort when it comes to new things being introduced, a non-touch thermometer would be ideal for them. Non-touch thermometers are not considered to be the most accurate, but it is up to the owner to decide whether or not that will be an issue.

Stick-on Thermometers

This type of thermometer is a non-touch, so it will not be put anywhere on your pup. Instead, the stick-on thermometer is usually stuck inside of kennels, crates, or whelping boxes. These are not as accurate because they’re typically not close to your dog and usually read the temperature of that environment that the dog is in. This is a handy thermometer to have if you are planning to breed or want to help keep track of when your dog is in heat.

Best Thermometers for Dogs: Our Picks

Below, we will give you our choices for dog thermometers and descriptions of them.

iSnow-Med Non-contact Infrared Pet Thermometer

This thermometer is a non-touch, non-invasive thermometer and can be used to read your dog’s temperature via their ears. The tool boasts that it can register your pup’s temperature no matter the size of their ears. The thermometer features a display screen, backlight, a buzzer for when your pup’s temperature is above the normal range, a Celsius and Fahrenheit switch, as well as a memory recall that can store up to 32 reads. The iSnow is battery operated and small enough that it is easily maneuverable. Like other infrareds, consumers have noted that the temperature readings are not as accurate as they would like them to be.

Advanced Monitors Pet-Temp Ear Thermometer

The advanced monitors ear thermometer can be used to read your dogs temperature by inserting it into their ear. A moveable probe makes it easier to put in your dog’s ear and it features a small display screen. The thermometer can take approximately one second to register your dog’s temperature, it comes with different cushioned tips, beeps when it has finished reading your dog’s temperature, and the screen displays the numbers in a large easy-to-read font. Many consumers liked how quickly the thermometer read their dog’s temperature, but disliked that the item has to be shipped back to the manufacturer once the battery dies in order to get a new battery.

Care Touch Digital Thermometer

The care touch digital thermometer can be used to read your pup’s temperature through their armpit or rectum. The care touch is easy to use and features a flexible probe tip, approximately a ten-second read time, and 50 different probe covers. Customers loved how user-friendly it is, but they were disappointed that it does not have an illuminated LED display.

Anikuv Digital Pet Thermometer

The Anikuv is a non-touch, non-invasive infrared thermometer for pets. This thermometer can read your pup’s temperature via their ears, mouth, or rectum. Readings are provided in both Celsius and Fahrenheit, and take approximately five to six seconds. Other features include the ability to be a touch thermometer, features heavy duty plastic, and boasts it’s accuracy which is compared to the classic glass mercury thermometer. Consumers liked the accuracy of this thermometer, speed, and the overall user-friendly aspect. This thermometer is not waterproof, which was the only problem customers found.

Human v.s. Dog Temperature

Enji Digital Thermometer

The Enji digital thermometer can be used to read your pup’s temperature via their ears, rectum or armpit. It boasts a flexible tip, digital display window for easy reading, and that it is waterproof. The Enji comes with probe covers and a case for storage. Approximate reading time is between 20 to 35 seconds, but it lacks a backlight to help users see the reading more clearly. Consumers did enjoy the accuracy of the thermometer but were disappointed with the lack of backlight.

Our Pick:

After researching many different types of thermometers, our pick would be the Anikuv Digital Pet Thermometer. This was one infrared thermometer that provided the accuracy of a digital thermometer yet maintained being non-touch and non-invasive. This thermometer can be used to read multiple areas and is very time efficient, which makes it much easier on the dog and owners. Even though the thermometer is not waterproof, it can still be sanitized properly by following the care instructions. The display on the Anikuv is also color coded, so the color changes depending on your pet’s temperature. If the color is green, that means your pet is at their normal temperature range. If the color changes to orange, this means that your pup could have a slight temperature, but not a high fever. If the color changes to red, this means your pup has a very high fever and you should probably take them to the vet. There is a buzzer feature for when it is done reading your pup’s temperature, but what if your pup doesn’t like the noise? There is an off button in case your pup is not keen on noises near them. There is a large amount of storage on this device, it can record approximately 99 readings. The thermometer also features an energy save mode, if you don’t use the device for approximately seven seconds, it will shut down as to not waste energy. The Anikuv does come with a two-year warranty and an affordable price tag.