Best GPS dog fence : You can monitor and control your pet’s whereabouts!

GPS

If you are looking for a pet containment system, you have plenty of options among the wireless fences mentioned on http://shihtzuexpert.com/wireless-dog-fence/. Of course there is also the more well-known option of an invisible fence that uses a wire placed around the perimeter of your yard. And now there is a third option in wireless dog containment that you might not know about: the GPS-based pet containment system they are called GPS dog fences.

Best GPS dog fence

Let’s start with the main idea, and then we’ll take a look at the two types of GPS-based perimeters on the market. GPS technology has been around for a while, of course, with the earliest applications being handheld devices that helped you see your coordinates (latitude and longitude), and a bit later, navigation systems for cars. GPS technology has migrated seamlessly into “smart” technology, with phone navigation systems, watches that can monitor the distance and the exact path of your run, monitoring your kids’ whereabouts by tracking their phone’s  location, and the list goes on. And now, you can monitor and control your pet’s whereabouts.

Satellite-to-Collar Signal.  A GPS-based pet containment system has, similar to other wireless pet fences, a “controller” and the collar. The collar receives a signal when the pet leaves the pre-set area, and gives the dog a gentle electric correction. But the difference between this system and other wireless systems is that the controller doesn’t talk directly to the collar. Instead, the collar receives its signals from up to four satellites at a time. The satellites tell the collar its exact location. Then the collar will react and correct the dog if the dog is outside a preset boundary. Each of the systems below uses a different way to set the boundary, so I’ll get into the question of how the boundary is set when we talk about the systems individually.

Technician-Programmed Boundary

Technician-Programmed Boundary

Easy Install by Technician. The first kind of GPS fence system we will look at is proprietary to the Invisible Fence brand. This technology, unlike most wireless fences, involves an installation expert coming to your property. After you explain to them where you would like the boundary to be – which areas you would like to enclose to keep the dog in, and which you would like to keep the dog out of (pools, garden beds, etc.), the installer will program the collar with the latitude and longitude coordinates of the area you want your dog to stay within. If your dog is outside the programmed coordinates, the dog will get a low-level “static correction.” A plug-in base unit sits in a high point in your house and communicates with the collar, which improves the accuracy of the collar’s GPS positioning.

Works Across Varied Terrain, Including Water. The amazing part about this use of GPS technology is that it doesn’t matter how big your yard is; you will be able to enclose as many acres as you have without purchasing all the extra boundary wire you’d need for a wired system. This boundary can also be programmed straight through a pond or stream. If you want to let your dog splash on a pond that you share with your neighbor, just set the boundary straight down your property line; you won’t have to worry about wires corroding in the water. And unlike other wireless systems, if you have a strangely shaped yard (say, a very long rectangle, or a trapezoid corner lot), you can include all the strange nooks in the property’s per. And of course, you can enclose and keep your dog out of delicate areas like gardens and pools.

Failsafe Signal. One clear benefit of a system that doesn’t rely on a transmitter to set and maintain the boundary is that the signal can’t get hung up by any objects in the way – a heavily sloped yard is fine, as is a wooded lot – so your dog won’t get accidentally shocked like they would with a wireless system.  Additionally, the signal can’t get lost by the transmitter losing power in a power outage, which would also result in your dog getting a correction in error. The GPS signal can pierce through the average tree canopy, though it might get hung up on a very thick one, but even then the collar won’t correct your dog when it loses signal.

Cost. This unit does require a good amount of setup, so the cost ranges into the thousands – well over $3000, on average.

GPS

Portable Circular Boundary

Handheld Transmitter in Training Mode. The other kind of GPS-based fence has a handheld controller/transmitter with two completely different modes. The Dog Expedition TC1 is the first (and currently the only) model with this technology.  In training mode, like the Garmin Astro 320 and the Roameo Pet Monitor, the TC1 uses GPS technology to track a dog’s (or dogs’) location on a small screen, telling their distance and direction from you. The controller can then be used to correct the dog – or up to 5 dogs – for going too far or not listening to a command.

Customizable Correction. In addition to the 50 levels of correction, the training mode of the TC1 also enables you to use “nick” – a succession of quick corrections – “rise” – a slowly rising level of correction if the dog isn’t responding – and “jump” – a short burst of more intense correction while you are already correcting them using a less intense setting.  Additionally, for those of us who get turned around in the woods, this system also has up to four waypoints that you can mark along your route, to help you find yourself back.

Adjustable Signal Field. This system also has an amazing GPS-based fence mode! In this mode, the handheld remote works a bit like the transmitter in other wireless models. You start by setting the radius you want, and the system will set a perfect circle around the transmitter – from 15 to 800 feet in every direction. BUT, because this uses GPS from satellites instead of wifi from the remote, the circle’s center point gets saved by the dog’s collar. Even if you turn off the controller, the circle you set will stay in place. You can’t get more portable than this system, because even if your controller runs out of battery life (or if you turn it off to save the batteries), the collar can operate independently for up to 12 hours, until it needs a charge.

Flexible Correction Area. This system has 50 levels of correction, and also has an optional warning area. When you set the range of the circular boundary, you get to choose if there should be a warning zone inside the correction zone – and whether the warning should be a beep, a vibration, or both.

100% Portable. The benefit of using this kind of model in training mode is that, unlike the radial fence mode, the training mode can adjust to your location. The center point of the “radial fence” gets set to a center point that you choose, saves the coordinates of that point, and can’t move until you change the center point. This would be time consuming on the go, and it would probably result in your dog finding himself on the outside of the boundary perimeter without having gotten a warning.

 Zero Accidental Yard Lockouts. The TC1 has special programming that makes sure the dog does not get locked out of the containment area. While your dog is crossing through the circular bands of the warning area and into the correction area, he will experience the mild shock level that you have chosen. But once he has passed outside the correction area, he won’t feel the shock anymore. But when he decides to return to the safe area that you have programmed, he will need to cross back through the correction and warning areas. However, because of its proprietary “Welcome Home” programming, the TC1 will never shock the dog on the way back into the safety area. Your dog will never get “locked out.”

Works with Sloped Yards and Tree Coverage. Since the signal is coming from satellites above, you’re not limited by slope or dense tree coverage. Feel free to put a swath of mountainside inside your boundary. Additionally, because there is no wire, you don’t have to worry about putting a boundary across a pond or stream.

Cost. This is a fairly “simple” controller / collar system, but because of all the bells and whistles, it will cost you more than the usual wifi-based wireless fence – around $600, and more if you want to add another 1-4 dogs.

Portable Circular Boundary

Downsides of GPS Pet Boundary Technology

Inaccurate . A downside of these GPS fence systems is that these fences can be wildly inaccurate – up to 30 feet! GPS technology can waver in accuracy from minute-to-minute, similar to other wireless dog fences, but to a much larger degree. It requires four satellites for optimal operation, so if only three are in view, the tracking becomes even less accurate. If you are on a very small lot, say, a ½ acre, and have a wavering line of 30 feet of error, you are going to be having a dog getting corrected in error quite often when the boundary bends inward. And when it bends outward, it could be even worse potentially, if you have a busy road to protect your pet from. However, this 30 feet of error would be much less of a factor on a large, rural property – say 5 acres that are on a low-traffic road.

Downsides of GPS Pet Boundary Technology

Are GPS Dog Fences for You? Comparison with Wifi Transmitters and Wired Systems

These GPS fences have benefits that outrank both wired and wireless models. I’ve put each GPS model head-to-head with a similar wired or wifi fence to see which would be the best for you.

Wired vs. Invisible Fence GPS? The Invisible Fence GPS system has all the benefits that a wired system has – an infinitely flexible shape and size – without the wires. Both require a professional to come install them for best results, and both cost around the same amount of money. The GPS system, though, has a leg up: it is able to cross bodies of water very easily to allow your dog some swimming in the pond or stream that borders your property. If you have a yard that is large enough to offset the 30-foot drift of the GPS signal, that has a unique shape (and a maybe a body of water in it), and that also happens to not be near any busy roads, the Invisible Fence brand GPS system is for you.

Caveat? The only time a wired system is a better choice is if your large, uniquely shaped yard is near a busy road. Then the variability of the GPS system would leave your pooch in danger.

Wireless vs. Handheld Remote / Circular Boundary GPS? The TC1 and its circular boundary have a leg up on the wifi system in many respects. THough they both cast circular shapes from a chosen center point, the TC1 lets you pick your point and turn off the transmitter. And of course, the TC1 is alone in being usable as a remote training tool or to keep your dogs close on a hike. Caveat? A wireless system like Petsafe actually may be a better pick if you live near a busy road or if your yard is quite small, due to the variability of the GPS reading.

Are GPS Dog Fences for You?

 To Sum Up… Now that you know how each of these GPS Dog Containment fences work, and how they compare with wifi-based and wired invisible fences, you can make a decision based on what is best for your yard. Whether it is most important to you to be able to take your fence perimeter camping with you or on a long hike, or whether you need a customizable boundary over a vast tract of land, or whether you have a stream you’d love your dog to have the freedom to explore – you know what is best for you and your dog.

Dog X-rays : Cost and Helpful Information To Learn.

The Cost of X-ray and Associated Costs

Dog X-rays: Cost and Helpful Information

Veterinarians use x-rays on a regular basis to help them diagnose and monitor a variety of conditions. Dog owners should know some basic information about the cost and what is included in the cost, how the x-rays are used, and the safety of the procedure.

What Can X-rays Diagnose in Dogs?

Doggie x-rays can help veterinarians identify orthopedic issues, intestinal issues, tumors, ulcers, and polyps, in addition to the broken bones they are used for in humans. Orthopedic issues include things like hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, fractures and bone deformations. Intestinal issues include blockages because a dog swallowed a non-food item or bladder stones.  However, x-rays may not be the best tool for identifying tumors that blend in with surrounding tissue, or for diagnosing neurological, cardiac, or pulmonary issues. Other imaging techniques, like ultrasound, CT scans, or MRI, are available that might be better for some of these specific issues.

What Can X-rays Diagnose in Dogs?

The Cost of X-ray and Associated Costs

The cost of x-rays for your dog is dependent on many factors. The cost can vary wildly between different veterinary offices, locations, and types of x-rays. In the U.S. x-rays will cost between $80-$150 per image. Globally, you can expect to pay €60-€160 in the United Kingdom or €40-€80 per photo in the Netherlands.  However, none of these price ranges include the costs of sedation or anesthesia, the cost of barium if needed, the cost of the vet visit, the cost of getting multiple photos (which is almost always necessary), or the cost of a specialist (like a radiologist) if necessary. The cost of sedation will vary on your dog’s size and cost $40-$180 on top of the cost of the x-rays. Emergency or after-hours care will often cost up to twice as much as the cost of care during regular business hours.

The Cost of X-ray and Associated Costs

The cost of x-rays will also vary depending on your location. Urban areas with multiple offices are more likely to offer competitive rates than rural areas. However, large metropolitan areas with a higher cost of living overall will be more expensive than the cost in smaller cities.

It is possible to discuss the price with your veterinarian or shop around for better prices, but here are some more factors to consider.

Don’t waste time if your dog is in pain. If a traumatic event has occurred, or even if your dog has developed a limp suddenly, they are probably in a lot of pain. Dogs don’t have the ability to tell us how much pain they are in. If you think your dog is in pain, don’t prolong his or her suffering by spending days waiting to hear back from several veterinarians’ offices.
Cheaper is not always better.  If you have a regular vet that you and your pet are comfortable with, discuss the price with them. So long as they can explain to you the reason that their prices might be more than others, it is probably worth the peace of mind for you and your dog to stick with someone you trust.
Ask Questions! Asking the right questions can help ensure that you are not paying for unnecessary items. The more you know, the more likely you will be to pay a fair price and get exactly what your dog needs.
  • Ask why the cost is higher at this office than another one.
  • Ask why the x-ray is necessary and ask how many images they will need to take.
  • Ask about whether or not sedation is necessary.
  • Ask to see an itemized list of the included costs. Use the itemized list to make sure that you aren’t paying for unnecessary supplies (like barium for a leg x-ray). You can also use the itemized list to make sure that you won’t be surprised with a separate cost for sedation that wasn’t included in the previous price.
If a vet is recommending that you pay for a bunch of tests to protect their liability in case of a mishap, you probably need to ask yourself if they are worthy of your trust.

It is possible to discuss

Don’t be afraid to tell your vet that you have done your homework and have found better prices elsewhere to see if they are willing to adjust their prices accordingly. If necessary, you can also set up a payment plan, either with your vet’s office or with a company like Care Credit. If medication is necessary, make sure that your vet is using the generic version instead of the name brand. In some cases, it is safe and cheaper for vets to use medicine formulated for humans, but make sure to follow your vet’s instructions on this. If possible, schedule your appointment for earlier in the day so that you don’t have to pay after hours or overnight fees.

X-ray Types

Generally speaking, when people refer to different types of x-rays they mean x-rays that are taken on different areas of the body. However, there is also a difference between digital and traditional x-rays. Traditional x-rays create a film photograph, while digital x-rays transfer this image to a digital file that can easily be shared among a group of specialists. Digital x-rays will cost more than traditional x-rays.

Abdominal X-rays- Abdominal x-rays are one of the most common x-rays for dogs. Abdominal x-rays are used to identify intestinal blockages, check for bladder stones, and can be used to identify tumors (depending on the placement of the tumor in relation to abdominal organs, it may or may not be visible on an x-ray). They are also commonly used to determine the number of puppies an expectant mother is carrying, but only after 45 days of pregnancy. Because they are relatively easy to capture, it is less likely for dogs to need sedation for an abdominal x-ray.

X-ray Types

Chest X-rays- Chest x-rays are used to check for cancers and other diseases of the heart and lungs. If your pup has been through a traumatic event, like being hit by a car or falling from an extreme height, chest x-rays will be used to check for broken ribs or to see if air has gotten inside the chest cavity. Chest x-rays are relatively easy to capture, so long as the technician is able to move the legs, so it is unlikely that sedation will be required. However, barium may be used to highlight the esophagus or other internal organs, and the use of barium will be an additional cost.
Dental X-Rays- Dental x-rays are used to identify issues with the teeth and jaws. Unfortunately, these tend to be some of the most difficult x-rays because it is difficult to get the dog to keep their head still. Therefore, sedation might be required for dental x-rays and will influence the cost.

What to Expect

Is Sedation or Anesthesia Required?

Sedation and anesthesia during x-rays depend mainly on the type of x-ray and your dog’s personality.

Types of x-rays are based on what body part is of concern. The x-ray images will come out better if the animal is still. It is easier to get animals to stay still in certain positions. For example, if they are lying down on their back, they should be still enough for an x-ray of their abdomen. However, if the x-ray requires them laying in positions that are uncomfortable, it will be harder to get them to lay still, so sedation might be necessary. If the x-ray needs images of an internal organ, a muscle relaxer may make it easier for the x-ray to capture the image.
Your dog’s personality will also make it easier or more difficult. The x-ray itself does not cause pain, but the whole situation may cause anxiety for many animals. If you have an extremely anxious dog or a dog that tends to attack strangers, sedation may be necessary. Even if your dog is comfortable with your vet, it may not be comfortable with the x-ray technician or other staff members that will assist. If the dog is currently in pain, it might avoid sitting or lying in the necessary positions, so sedatives or anesthesia can help make your dog more comfortable.

Is Sedation or Anesthesia Required?

Most often, x-rays can be done without the use of sedation or anesthesia. However, if sedation is necessary, it will be an additional cost that will depend on the size of your dog.

Before the X-ray – Preparing Your Dog for an X-ray

There should be very little preparation for the x-ray event. In some cases, your veterinarian will ask you to have your dog fast for a twelve-hour period before the x-ray. This fasting will reduce the stomach contents so that the vet can see past the stomach to other organs or to see if there is a blockage in the intestinal tract. In general, the best way that you can prepare your dog for an x-ray is to simply keep it as calm as possible.

The X-ray Procedure – Can I Stay with my Dog During the X-ray?

The x-ray procedure is similar for dogs and humans. First, your dog will be placed on a table that has a glass or plastic shield with the x-ray film underneath it. This may be confusing for some dogs because they are generally told not to climb on tables and furniture, but now they are being asked to. However, experienced technicians will be able to help your dog through this. Your dog will be positioned so that the necessary body part is visible. Specially made sandbags may be used to calm your dog and to encourage stillness or other restraint devices may be used to hold your dog in a particular position. The technician will move the x-ray beam into the correct placement above your dog. The technician will step away from your dog, but continue talking to it so that it stays calm and still. Then the technician will push a button for the image to be captured. This process may be repeated several times depending on how many images your vet needs.

The X-ray Procedure – Can I Stay with my Dog During the X-ray?

You will most likely not be allowed to stay with your dog during the x-ray. In the United States, state laws indicate that owners are not allowed into the x-ray room. However, in cases where the dog is extremely anxious or difficult to restrain, the technician may ask the owner to assist in holding the dog in place during the x-ray. If this happens, the owner must be over 18, must wear protective garments, and must not be pregnant or nursing. The reason that protective garments must be worn is simply that the radiation required to capture an x-ray image of a dog is higher than the radiation used in human x-rays. However, this radiation is not dangerous to humans or dogs, unless there is repeated or prolonged exposure.

Are X-Rays Bad or Harmful to Dogs?

So long as your dog is not getting x-rays excessively often, they will be perfectly safe. In most cases, the benefits of diagnosing a health problem with an x-ray far outweigh the risks of radiation.

The one exception is pregnant dogs. X-rays are only safe for pregnant dogs after 45 days of pregnancy. After 45 days, it is common practice to use an x-ray to determine the number of puppies in a litter. However, x-rays are not the only method that can be used during pregnancy, and the other methods will not expose the puppies to potentially harmful radiation. If the purpose of the x-ray is just to count the number of puppies, it is probably not worth the risk. However, if there is a sign of trouble during or before birth, an x-ray will be beneficial to both the mother and the puppies.

Are X-Rays Bad or Harmful to Dogs?

Can I See My Dog’s X-Rays?

You should always be allowed to see your dog’s x-rays and most often your veterinarian will go over them with you to explain any information about your dog’s condition. However, x-rays are legally considered a part of a patient’s medical record, even when that patient is a dog. Therefore, the original x-ray photographs must legally stay in your dog’s patient file at their vet’s office. You can request a copy of the x-ray photographs, but an extra fee may be charged.

Other Kinds of Medical Imaging for Dogs

X-rays are the most common diagnostic tool for most vets, but they are certainly not the only ones available. Ultrasounds, MRI, and CT scans can all be used to focus more intensely on a specific body part.

Ultrasound- Ultrasounds project a harmless sound wave into your dog’s body. The sound waves bounce off different structures within your dog’s body and register a picture of the surfaces inside. Even though dogs’ sense of hearing is stronger than humans, these sound waves do not harm them. Ultrasounds can be used for reproductive purposes after 21 days of pregnancy. They can also be used to check internal organs such as the heart, liver, or lungs. As with x-rays, the cost of an ultrasound will vary depending on your vet’s office and the equipment they are using as well as the purpose of the ultrasound. They can range from $50-$500. It is a good idea to ask questions about certifications, equipment, and specialists so that you know exactly what you are paying for.

Magnetic resonance imaging

MRI- Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a scan that produces detailed images of the body. MRI uses magnetic fields and radio-waves to produce a picture of internal organs. It is especially useful for diagnosing neurological conditions or spinal cord conditions. MRI requires specialty equipment that your local veterinarian will most likely not have access to. This equipment is usually only found in veterinary schools or advanced diagnostic centers. The scarcity of the equipment means that you need a referral from your vet to make an appointment, and it means a much higher cost. An MRI could cost up to $2500 per scan.
CT Scans- CT scans, also known as Cat Scans, take numerous x-rays rapidly. These series of x-rays can then be presented in cross-sections so that the vet can see a more focused picture of the specific body part. CT scans are mostly used for examining the most complex body parts like the head, chest, and joints. Just like the MRI, CT scan equipment is scarce and expensive. CT scans can also cost up to $2500 per scan and will require a referral before the appointment.

Tough Dog Toys : Here are the list of different toys to choose from!!!

Tough Dog Toys

We all know how hard it can be to find a toy our puppies won’t destroy in 5 seconds of playing with it. For those of us who have loveable monsters in our homes who like to chew and tear apart everything, it is always concerning to buy new toys for them. You never want to buy a toy, only to find that it was worth an hour of fun for your dog. Rather, you want to find toys that your dog can use over and over again without fear of it coming apart easily and with dangerous parts.

Tough Squeaky Dog Toys

There are so many types of toys to choose from. You have your plush, squeaky, chew and chase toys of all different kinds of materials. With so many options out there on the market, it can be hard to find ones that you can rely on for your playful pillager. It is good to find out what kind of toys your dog is drawn to. Some love to get at squeakers and others just like to chomp down and chew on toys. Either way, if you know what your pet likes best, it can be easier to find a toy that will be perfect for them.
One thing that you always want to keep in mind for your dog is their safety. When you have a chewer at home, it can be possible for them choke on small pieces that they rip off or out of their toys. Stuffing in plush toys can be harmful to your dog if they start to eat it or if they accidentally eat it. Other toys may have small parts that your dog can detach and play with on its own. You want to make sure you can rely on your toys to not be a waste of money and will stand up to your dog.

Now, unfortunately, there is no such thing as an indestructible toy because, let’s face it, when your dog sets their mind to obliterating a toy, they will eventually win. However, there are many toys that are extremely durable and can hold up much longer to your pet. Actually, there are so many options out there that it can be kind of overwhelming at first. So here are some toys that you and your dog will love.

Tough Squeaky Dog Toys

We all know squeaky toys can be annoying, but boy do our dogs love them! They are always so fascinated with trying to get the squeaker out that they will stop at nothing to make sure that they achieve just that. However, once the squeaker is gone your dog will just walk away and never touch the toy again. The ideal squeaky toy would be one that can hold up to being taken apart and one that your dog will continue to love and come back to. Otherwise, you can be throwing your money away on toys that don’t last and stop being fun for your dog.

Kygen Squirrel Squeaker Mat

Kygen Squirrel Squeaker Mat

This plush toy is unique because it comes with multiple squeakers for your dog to work on, which we all know is the dog’s end goal. Since the mat has many squeakers sewn into different pouches, your dog will stay occupied with this toy for much longer and the best part is, there’s no stuffing in the mat for your dog to choke on when they eventually rip it to shreds. Let’s face it, a plush toy won’t last forever, but this one will keep your dog entertained and safe.

Air KONG Squeaker Tennis Balls

These tennis balls come in a variety of sizes for you to choose from. Each tennis ball is made with a squeaker inside for extra fetching fun! They are made with a durable material and are also pressure-less to keep the chance of puncturing to a minimum. The material is non-abrasive, so it will not hurt your dog’s teeth during rough play. Best of all, the ball is great for poolside fun, as it floats and can be retrieved easily.

Playology Squeaky Chew Ball

These balls are scented with either all-natural bacon, chicken or beef to keep your dog engaged and coming back for more. Scents in the toy are released as your dog bites down on the toy and the scents can last up to six months. It is made with a durable material that makes it hard for your dog to puncture through the toy and get to the squeaker inside. The toy is bouncy and fun for your pet and it is also dishwasher safe!

Tough Dog Chew Toys

Chew toys are important for your dog, especially at a young age or if they are aggressive chewers. However, finding a toy that will last is a difficult challenge for anyone with a chewing monster of a dog. Luckily there are many chew toys out there that are not only durable and will last long, but also toys that help keep your dog engaged. On top of keeping them coming back for more, many chew toys offer benefits of promoting healthy chewing habits and better oral health.

 Tough Dog Chew Toys

 Zogoflex Hurley

This toy is great for your dog who loves to play fetch in and out of the water. These toys are bright colors which makes them easy to spot and are made with a great material that makes it hard for your dog to destroy. In fact, the manufacturer will replace the toy free of charge if your dog destroys one!

DuraChew Barbell Peanut Butter Dog Toy

The barbell is specifically designed for aggressive chewers. They come in three sizes so you can pick one that best fits your pet’s size. Each toy is made with durable nylon to keep your dog from ripping it to shreds. Plus, it is flavored with allergen-free peanut butter to promote healthy chewing habits. To top it all off, the toy is textured and designed to keep your dogs teeth and gums clean and strong.

KONG Corestrength Bow Tie Dog Toy

The bow tie is made with multiple surfaces to reinforce its durability and long lasting strength. It comes with a textured material to help promote healthy oral hygiene for your dog. Not to mention it has a strong core at the center of the toy that keeps it strong and held together.

Nylabone Proaction Dental Dog Chew

This bacon-flavored chew toy can withstand hours of chewing from your dog. It is made with a durable material that is textured to promote oral health for your dog. This toy also helps to promote good chewing habits and freshens your dog’s breath while doing so! It holds up great against strong jawed dogs and works great for dogs who just can’t stop chewing.

Indestructible Dog Toys

Now for those of us who have the hardest time finding a toy that can last even a day against our dog, it is frustrating trying to find a toy that they can use multiple times. Now even some indestructible toys can be torn apart, but there are many toys that can withstand months of chewing, biting and playing before falling apart. Even the toughest of dogs have trouble ripping these toys apart and can help save you money and time you spend researching what to get next.

KONG Corestrength Bow Tie Dog Toy

Dogify Indestructible Ball

This ball is made with a hard plastic and will keep your pet active for hours! The ball is incredibly hard to pop which makes it even more fun for your dog. Better yet, the ball is soft on furniture inside your house, so it won’t cause damage inside. Your dog will enjoy chasing this ball around and it even floats on water if you are playing in the pool. They come in a variety of sizes so you can find the best one for your size of dog.

DuraChew Hollow Stick

What dog doesn’t love to run around with a stick? This toy is scented and flavored with bacon to invite your dog in to play and chew on its durable material. It is a hollow toy, so you can add more fun by stuffing the toy with treats for your dog to work towards. The durable material holds up to the chewing of your dog, while keeping them coming back for more.

West Paw Design Tux

These little toys are so versatile and fun for your dog. They are bouncy, they float on water and are incredible chew toys. Not only are they fun on their own, but the toy also has a small opening that can be used to stuff with treats for your dog to gobble up while playing. The toy is dishwasher safe, so you don’t have to worry about the treats becoming infected with bacteria that can harm your pup. This toy is made in the USA and holds up against hours of continuous play. The one thing to watch out for with this toy is its bounce! While fun for your dog, it can make playing indoors a bit hectic and messy.

Kong Dog Toys

Kong is a company that has been around for many years, more than 40 to be more specific. They pride themselves on creating fun toys that your dog will love, while making them with durable material that keeps the toys in great condition. Their toys enrich playtime for your pet and help promote good behavior in your pet. These toys are great for your pet and keeps them happy and active.

Tough Dog Toys

Kong Classic Dog Toy- Treat Dispensing

This toy is one of Kongs classics and greatest. It is a toy that comes in a variety of sizes and is made with durable materials to keep your dog from ripping it to shreds. The toy stays intact so it can keep up with your dog’s need to chew, and the toy also bounces around so your dog can play. It is a great toy that promotes fun and activity for your pet.

Kong Plush Teddy Bear

Kong has made a plush toy that is built to last. This plush comes with a pre-loaded and removable squeaker for your dog, which means that you can replace it when your dog takes it out! Another benefit to this product is the fact that there is no stuffing inside the plush, so when your dog rips into it, you don’t have to worry about a mess or your dog choking on anything. Better yet, the toy is non toxic, so your dog is safe to play on.

Kong Extreme Flyer

This high flying disc is perfect for active dogs who love to chase things down. The disc is made with rubber which it easy on your dog’s teeth, but durable enough to withstand the impact of their bite without damaging the toy. The toy is able to fold in on itself for easy transportation and can be used as a chew toy for your dog.

Indestructible Dog Toys

Fluff and Tuff Dog Toys

Fluff and Tuff is a company that makes high-quality plush toys for your dog. Their products are reinforced with double stitched seams, durable mesh liners and non-toxic ultra plush fabric. These toys are fun and playful and your dog will absolutely love them. While they are strong and made to last long, they are not indestructible, because they are only plush toys. However, they pride themselves on wonderful products that your dog will love for a long long time.

Katie the Caterpillar

The toy is made to last and last as it is stitched so well that any dog would have trouble ripping it apart. It has three different squeakers in the toy that your dog will love. Another benefit of the toy is that it does not have any appendages that can be ripped off and eaten by your dog. It is also great for dogs who like to play tug-o-war.

Beach Ball

So many dogs love to take apart stuffed balls and make sure that they can’t come back from the dead, but this ball can stand up to even the toughest players. The toy is made to stay together no matter how much your dog tries to tear this one apart, it will last for months compared to the other plush balls that are out there. This is a great addition to your pet’s toy inventory.

 

Victor Dog Food Vs Blue Buffalo Dog Food Comparison

Victor Dog Food Vs Blue Buffalo Dog Food Comparison

VICTOR’S VS BLUE BUFFALO [WHY CHOOSE ONE OVER THE OTHER?] [DOG FOOD REVIEWS]

Are you having a difficult time choosing between Victor’s dog food and Blue Buffalo dog food? As every dog owner knows, when it comes to deciding on dog food, there are a ton of options. You want your dog to live a long and healthy life. Picking the right dog food for your lovable canine companion isn’t always an easy decision.

VICTOR’S VS BLUE BUFFALO

To make the process a little bit easier for you, we’ve put together a guide comparing the subtle differences between Victor’s and Blue Buffalo dog food. Blue Buffalo and Victor’s dog food are both excellent premium dog food options for your dog. So how do you know which one is the right one for your furry friend? Is it Blue Buffalo or Victor’s? Find out more about both Victor’s and Blue Buffalo dog foods below!

VICTOR’S Vs BLUE BUFFALO QUICK SUMMARY

If your dog is a healthy adult dog, we recommend Victor’s dog food.

If your dog requires a specially formulated diet due because of its age, size or a health condition, we recommend Blue Buffalo dog food.

VICTOR’S – PROFESSIONAL FORMULA BLUE BUFFALO BASICS
Rating (4.7/5) (4.5/5)
Protein 26% (meat meal, alfalfa) 20% (deboned turkey, turkey meal, alfalfa)
Fat 18% (omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed, glucosamine) 12% (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from canola, fish oil, flaxseed, glucosamine)
Carbohydrates Approximately 40%, 3.8% as crude fiber (chicory root, sorghum, millet, carrot) Approximately 45%, 6% as crude fiber (chicory root, oatmeal, brown rice, barley, pumpkin, blueberries, cranberries)
Vitamins & Minerals Chelated minerals, selenium yeast, prebiotic, montmorillonite clay Holistic, chelated minerals, probiotic
Preservatives & Bad Stuff Plant-based with added meat, gluten free, tomato pomace is controversial as filler ingredient, no preservatives Corn free, wheat free, soy free, no artificial flavors or preservatives, no chicken/poultry by-product meals
AAFCO Approved Yes Yes

Are you finding it more difficult than you expected to decide between Victor’s and Blue Buffalo dog food? As you can see, both dog foods are incredibly healthy options for your dog. There are, however, subtle differences between Blue Buffalo and Victor’s dog food.

One thing that makes Victor’s dog food stand out amongst it’s competitors is that Victor’s dog food is produced by a small family-owned company. Because of this, Victor’s dog food uses local ingredients as much as they can, making Victor’s an excellent choice if you prefer to support local businesses. Victor’s dog foods also tend to have less product variation than some of the larger dog food companies, mainly owing to their smaller company size.
The Blue Buffalo line of dog food is an especially great choice for dog owners dealing with the challenges of having a dog with health issues. Blue Buffalo dog food was originally designed specifically with canine health issues in mind. The first ingredients of Blue Buffalo dog food are always chicken, lamb, or fish. Additional sources of vitamins and minerals in Blue Buffalo dog food are sourced from whole grains, vegetables and fruits. According to their website, Blue Buffalo does not use chicken or poultry by-products in any of their dog food lines. In addition, Blue Buffalo dog food is free from artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors, as well as corn-free, soy-free, and wheat-free.

According to their advertisements, Victor’s dog food is a good choice for dogs of any age, young and old. If you have more than one dog in your household, Victor’s dog food could be a great option, however, dog owners should always keep in mind that dogs of different sizes and ages can have varying nutritional requirements. If you are the owner of a puppy or an older dog, you may want to consider one of Blue Buffalo’s specially formulated dog foods.

VICTOR’S Vs BLUE BUFFALO

Most dog owners never expect their dog to need a specialized diet for their health. When you first brought your puppy home, you probably ran to the pet store first to stock up on dog food, toys, and other necessities. Once in the dog food aisle, you were suddenly surrounded by a wide array of different choices, each one boasting various health benefits for your dog. Maybe you’ve been feeding your dog the same food for years now, but they’ve suddenly started having new health symptoms crop up, and it’s time for a change. Jackie and Bill Bishop, the founders of Blue Buffalo dog food, actually created the Blue Buffalo line of the dog food specifically aimed at helping dogs with health problems, including their own Airedale Terrier, Blue, who has now passed away.

VICTOR’S Vs BLUE BUFFALO QUICK SUMMARY

In order to maintain optimal health, it is important to make sure that your dog eats a high-quality, nutrient-dense diet that contains plenty of protein as well as sufficient fats and carbohydrates. Many dog foods also contain added vitamins and minerals, however, as a conscientious pet owner, it is always important to figure out the source of each added ingredient in your dog’s food. Once you know the source, you can accurately weigh the potential benefits and risks associated with feeding your dog a food that contains a specific ingredient. To help make the decision-making process easier, we’ve also included information on why proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are each important parts of a healthy dog’s diet.

PROTEIN

You probably already know that dog’s ancestors are originally descended from wolves. Wolves are considered carnivores, meaning that they need to consume other animals to survive. According to the latest research, however, dogs are considered omnivorous, meaning that although dogs require protein to survive, their digestive systems are also capable of digesting plants. Because of their carnivorous origins, however, dogs are better able to absorb nutrition when it comes from a non-vegetarian source. Many dog owners wish that they could keep their dog healthy on a vegetarian or vegan but unfortunately, dogs cannot properly survive on a plant-based diet.

PROTEIN

There are many healthy sources of protein in various dog foods, including chicken, turkey, fish, lamb, beef, bison, and even venison. A useful tip when choosing a dog food is to make sure that the first ingredient listed on the dog food is a high-quality source of protein such as real turkey, chicken, or fish (and not just meat meal). Many dog foods contain poor quality sources of protein, such as meat meal and meat byproducts. Legally, if a dog food is labeled as containing meat byproducts, that dog food could contain a combination of various waste products generated by industrial meat processing plants, including brain, lung, stomach, intestines, fatty tissue, spleen, bone, or kidneys. According to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), all byproducts sourced from animals and contained in animal feeds must be labeled with “the species of animal that meat and meat byproducts comes from, unless the meat or meat byproducts comes from cattle, swine, sheep or goats” (http://talkspetfood.aafco.org/byproducts).

One way that you can tell the difference between poor-quality and high-quality dog foods is that many of the poorer quality lines of dog food don’t even disclose where the protein inside the food is sourced from. This is where you, the responsible pet owner, come in. Unfortunately, many of the available dog foods on the market contain less than ideal sources of protein. Many of the meat byproducts used in pet food would never be allowed for human consumption. It is up to you to educate yourself about the differences between those brands of dog food that might have excellent advertising but lack appropriate nutrition and those that are actually intended to improve the health of your dog. By taking steps to ensure that your dog’s food contains high-quality sources of protein, you can help keep your lovable canine companion as happy and healthy for as long as possible.

Victor Dog Food Vs Blue Buffalo Dog Food Comparison

In addition to doublechecking where your dog’s protein is coming from, it is important to know the guidelines within which, according to law, dog food companies must operate. This includes the AAFCO labeling guidelines which explicitly define requirements for protein content in dog food, commonly referred to within the pet food industry as the 25%, 95%, and 100% rules. This group of rules effectively limits how much leeway companies have in deciding protein content when they are formulating a particular dog food. For example, according to the 100% rule, dog foods labeled with only one ingredient must contain solely water and that one ingredient. In practice, therefore, a dog food listed as containing only lamb liver must be entirely made up of lamb liver and water. This is where it gets tricky. The 95% rule denotes that for all dog foods labeled explicitly as dog food, 95% of the product must be made up of the listed ingredient (i.e. “bison dog food” should contain 95% bison). The 25% rule makes things even more complicated. According to the 25% rule, dog food labeled as an “entrée,” “recipe,” or “dinner,” is only required to contain 25% of the listed protein.

FAT

Although protein is crucial in any dog’s diet, protein is not the only thing you need to worry about when choosing dog food for your cherished pet. Contrary to popular belief, fats are not necessarily to blame when it comes to canine obesity. There are two different kinds of fats: “healthy” unsaturated fats, also referred to as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and “unhealthy” saturated fats. As carnivores, dogs require sufficient amounts of fat in their diet to keep their eyes, skin, and coats healthy. As with protein, however, it is very important to make sure that the fat is coming from a healthy source. Healthy sources of fat to include in your dog’s diet include fish oil, krill oil, coconut oil and flaxseed oil.

FAT

 CARBOHYDRATE

The topic of carbohydrates in dog food is controversial and has been long debated. Research indicates that wolves in the wild do consume carbohydrates such as twigs and berries. Thus, there certainly is a need for carbohydrates in any dog’s diet, however, this is where the problem comes in. Processed dog foods are infamous for containing high amounts of relatively non-nutritious carbohydrates such as wheat, corn and soy. Carbohydrates are also one of the leading causes of canine obesity. Faced with an increasing epidemic of obese dogs, many veterinarians have opted for putting heavier dogs on high-protein, low carbohydrate diets to prevent additional health issues. According to the PetMD, sufficient amounts of carbohydrates are required to ensure that your dog has enough energy and fiber and also to prevent the build up of tartar on their teeth.

 VITAMINS AND MINERALS

 VITAMINS AND MINERALS

Ideally, your dog would get all their necessary vitamins and minerals from their diet. Many of the cheaper dog foods on the market, however, don’t contain sufficient nutrition to keep your beloved canine companion relatively healthy through old age. It is always important to find out where the vitamins and minerals in your dog’s food are being sourced from. Cheaper vitamins and minerals are typically much harder for your dog to absorb and utilize.

AAFCO APPROVAL

Along with doing your own research, it is always important to make sure that any dog food you are considering feeding your furry friend has AAFCO approval. The AAFCO requires all dog food companies to comply with their minimum nutritional guidelines when creating a new dog food. If you would like to find out more information about the AAFCO guidelines for approved pet foods, please check out their official website: http://petfood.aafco.org/

AAFCO APPROVAL

VICTOR’S

Victor’s dog food is a great choice for many dog owners, especially if they have multiple adult dogs with similar nutritional needs. Furthermore, Victor’s is a family owned company that sources from local farms for its ingredients. Victor’s dog food is also produced in smaller batches, allowing for less variability, which is a huge bonus for anyone with a picky canine eater. Finally, Victor’s line of dog foods boasts various options for dogs of different ages, sizes, and nutritional requirements, including a line of grain-free dog food.

BLUE BUFFALO

When it comes to picking a healthy dog food, Blue Buffalo is also a fantastic choice. Blue Buffalo dog foods were created to provide a healthy option on the market for especially conscientious dog owners, resulting in a time and tested product formulated specifically for dogs with health problems.

COMPARISON

Whether you should choose either Victor’s dog food or Blue Buffalo dog food really comes down to your dog’s health. If you have a relatively healthy dog and you’d like to switch them to a healthier brand of dog food, Victor’s is an excellent option. Moreover, by buying Victor’s dog food, you are more likely to be supporting the local economy through their use of local ingredients. If your dog has serious health problems, however, Blue Buffalo dog food might be the brand for you. Blue Buffalo was created specifically to satisfy the need for a healthy dog food option for dogs with health issues.

Cheap natural dog food : How to find one as easy as possible !!!

Cheap natural dog food

Cheap natural dog food

Finding affordable, cheap natural dog food can be challenging for many dog owners. Faced with seemingly endless options, it can be difficult to know where to start, and what to look for. Finding healthy dog food doesn’t have to break the bank!

puppy

Here are a few tips to make the process of choosing cheap and natural food for your dog as easy as possible.

One of the most important aspects to choosing a dog food that is both cheap and healthy is to make sure that the food in question contains all the ingredients necessary for your canine companion’s diet.

pug

Protein should generally constitute the majority of any good dog food. Healthy protein options for your dog include chicken, beef, salmon, and rabbit.  Many dog foods also contain grains and other carbohydrates such as soy, beans, rice, oats, wheat and barley.

Pet food is regulated by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) according to the “95% rule,” requiring at least 95% of the product to agree with the labeled ingredients. For example, if the dog food in question is labeled “Beef Dog Food,” then 95% of the dog food must contain beef. The ingredients are always listed in order of predominance, with the first ingredient listed making up most of the product’s weight.

dog

Keeping these regulations in mind, when attempting to find a cheap and natural dog food, it is especially important to check the dog food ingredients. Despite the effective advertising put out by some of the most popular (and expensive!) dog food companies, many dog foods on the market contain ingredients that can harm your pet.

Here are a few ingredients that you might consider avoiding when feeding your dog:

  • Wheat (gluten)
  • Preservatives such as butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), ethoxyquin, and propylene glycol (PG)
  • Food dyes
  • Rendered fat

Now that you know what to stay clear of, you still have quite a few decisions to make. Do you want to feed your dog wet or dry food?

pekinese

If cost is a limiting factor, dry food will likely be your best bet. Dry food is cheaper, less messy, and even helps to clean your dog’s teeth. There are also several downsides to dry dog food. For example, dry dog food has a very low moisture content and can contribute to your dog being dehydrated. Furthermore, dry dog food often contains artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives, none of which are necessary in a healthy dog’s diet. So, when choosing a dry food, remember to pay attention to the ingredients!

pet

Moist dog food is also an excellent option, if you can afford it. Moist dog food contains a much higher moisture content and can be easier for older dogs to chew, however, it can also contain additives. Additionally, moist dog foods can have much longer shelf lives than dry dog food. Make sure to check the ingredients of any moist dog food before deciding to buy it, and always check the expiration dates to be safe.

 

Good Cheap Dog Food : Is it still Possible to Find One?

Good Cheap Dog Food

Is it still Possible to Find Good Cheap Dog Food?

Ever want to treat your best friend with the best quality things but wonder why is it so expensive?

Well there is hope.

Having a puppy is fun, great companionship, and not to mention the cuteness overload. They are our family. However feeding your best friend can add up in spending and be more than you bargained for. To be able to determine the best food out there, take account of the nutrition needs of your dog and what type of food you want for them.

dog

There are brands out there that are great quality while still being cheap. All it requires is a little investigation. An expensive brand does not always mean better quality. What the product is made of is more important. There is also no perfect brand of dog food. Each one is different and every dog is different. Find the one that works best for your pup.
Read the reviews and look at the history of the brand. Some brands just started but make great quality food. Other brands have been around for years and know their formulas well. Find the price you want first, and then follow these tips to ensure you are buying the perfect one.

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Here are a few tips on how to find a good quality of food while sticking to budget.

  1. Look at ingredients of the food. Cheap dog food can have cheap ingredients which can cause health issues for your dog. Depending on the type of dog you have, there are different formulas out there that will work for your breed better than others.
  2. Check out the protein. Dogs need a lot of protein, so when reading labels make sure that it is in the first few ingredients on the list. Beef and chicken are higher in protein than other meats but depending on the age of your dog, different types of protein are still good. Younger dogs will need more protein, and older dogs need more fiber in their diet.
  3. Is the food balanced? Are there fruits, veggies, and vitamins in it? Also look to see if the food has any fillers in it like soy protein or corn. Real ingredients and meat is more nutritious than fillers.
  4. Find the flavor. Every dog is different and has a preference. Try out some different types and see what is more exciting for your dog.
  5. Try to stick with natural food. It will have fewer chemicals in it and be better for you dog’s health and appetite.
  6. Look at the label closely. Some will try to trick you in claiming that it’s the best when it is not.

small breed

Finding the right product is important. It will allow your dog to have a great immune system, shiny fur, and maintain a healthy weight providing you a happy, energetic dog.

Once you have looked at different food brands and found one you like, compare it at different stores and online to see who has the better pricing. Some places will have coupons and memberships that will allow you to get those discounts.

cheap dog food

Your dog deserves the best and it is possible to find cheap, great quality, food without breaking the bank. Stick to your budget and follow these simple tips to find the best food to make your dog smile.

Small Guard Dogs : Yes, they can provide added protection to your life!!!

Small Guard Dogs

One of the most cherished features of “man’s best friend” is a dog’s ability to alert and protect his owner by instinct.  While there are larger dog breeds known for their suspicious and, if necessary, aggressive behavior toward strangers, there are small dog breeds who are equally as passionate about fulfilling the job of “guard dog.”  They play a role of alerting their owner to possible strangers by barking, even though they can’t intimidate strangers like a larger dog can.  In fact, these small breeds are distinguished as “watchdogs” rather than “guard dogs.” The best small guard dogs for apartments and condos give you added protection along with adaptability.

Small Guard Dogs

About half of the top-rated small guard dogs appear on the list of most kid-friendly small dog breeds, and half do not.  While kid-friendly small dogs tend to be bred primarily as companion dogs, there are some small dog breeds originally bred as sporting or hunting dogs who are also compatible with kids and other pets.  Let’s look at both groups and see how they differ.

Best Small Breed Guard Dogs

One of the most highly ranked protective small guard dogs is the Bull Terrier.  They were originally sporting dogs and they still have the prey instinct.  For this reason they are not as compatible with smaller pets and while they are devoted to their owners, they have trouble distinguishing friends from strangers.

Bull Terrier

Also high on the small guard dog list is the adorable, yet powerful, Chihuahua.  As tiny as this dog is, he is aggressive by nature.  He may be better described as an “alert” dog, and he proudly fulfills his role.  He is so devoted that he is less compatible with other pets and sometimes family members, and for these reasons we don’t see the Chihuahua among the top kid-friendly small dog breeds.

Chihuahua

The adorable Dachshund also makes a superb small guard dog.  They are devoted to one owner, so they don’t appear on the top kid-friendly small dog lists.  Make sure this little protector gets plenty of exercise!

The Jack Russell Terrier packs a mighty punch!  While also recommended as a top contender for a small guard dog, you will want to make sure there is plenty of activity for this breed.  The Jack Russell is a working dog, and needs to defer to an alpha human or he will be unruly and bossy.  Your training will be rewarded if you need a devoted and alert protector.

Jack Russell Terrier

If you like beauty and brawn combined, the Lhasa Apso breed is your answer.  This gorgeous and intelligent small dog breed is also independent and protective.  They have been known to nip, and for that reason they are not generally the ideal kid-friendly small dog breed.  Don’t leave them for an extended time as they suffer separation anxiety.

Lhasa Apso

Best Small Guard Dogs for Families with Small Children

The beagle is ranked the most popular small dog breed in the U.S. by the American Kennel Club because it is family-friendly and low-maintenance.   This breed is a hunter by nature, and once they are properly trained, they direct that instinct toward protecting their owner and family.  Their lovely bark makes them seem bigger than life!

beagle

The Boston Terrier is also a family favorite, but also ranked one of the top ten small guard dogs for apartments and condos because of its protective nature.  This breed is also a hunter by nature rather than a companion dog, so other pets need to be introduced to this breed at a young age.

Boston Terrier

One of the most surprising kid-friendly small dogs to make the small guard dog list is the Cocker Spaniel.  This little sweetheart has a jealous streak, and can go into what is called a “rage syndrome”.  He needs to be coaxed down to a quieter, calmer level when excited.  Introduce them early to the family and other pets.

Cocker Spaniel

The most intelligent small guard dog is the Poodle, and it is also a favorite among the kid-friendly small dog breeds.  This breed has hunting instincts and is devoted to its owners and families.  The Poodle needs lots of exercise and mental stimulation, as well as consistent grooming.

Poodle

Small Guard Dogs that Don’t Shed

Among the top ranked small guard dog breeds already mentioned, the breed that doesn’t shed at all is the Poodle, making this breed an all-around winner.   Other minimally shedding small breeds that can provide protection by barking are the Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier and Miniature Schnauzer.  You will need to spend some extra time grooming these more hypoallergenic small breeds, but the added bonus is that these breeds are kid-friendly as well with proper training.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Basenji is also recommended as a small-to-medium guard dog breed, and its short hair makes it suitable for those with allergies.  This breed is also good with energetic kids and likes the company of other dogs.  Make sure to exercise the Basenji every day!

Small Medium Guard Dogs

If you have a bit more room, or have an area close by for dog exercising or walking, there are more guard dog breeds in addition to the Basenji to choose from in the more medium range, from 20 to 40 pounds.  Here are two of them:

The Shiba-Inu is a beautiful compact version of the Akita, a well-known larger guard dog breed.  This breed considers itself part of the family, and can be a good companion for active kids.  It is, however, quite protective and can be aggressive; it is best not to have small pets with this breed.  The Shiba-Inu is energetic but adaptable to any kind of activity.

Shiba-Inu

In the same way that a Miniature Schnauzer is suited for a small apartment as a small guard dog, the Standard Schnauzer is a great medium-breed guard dog.  This breed requires regular grooming and daily exercise, but his size gives him a more impressive bark and makes him heartier than smaller breeds.

Miniature Schnauzer

Is there an overall list of small guard dog winners?   That depends on your own personality and needs.  Whether you are alone or have a family with small kids, active or sedentary, or whether you are allergic or enjoy grooming, there are small guard dog breeds just for you.  Your small canine companion can also provide an added layer of protection to your life!

The Best Dog Foods for Shih Tzus and Yorkies : A guide for our fur babies!

The Best Dog Foods for Shih Tzus and Yorkies

The Best Dog Foods for Shih Tzus and Yorkies

Dogs are a man’s best friends and if you own a playful Shih Tzu or an affectionate Yorkie, you know how true this can be. And you will go to any length to keep your best friend healthy. A balanced diet is the first step to taking care of any pet, but with so many options available, it is hard to know where to start. Always discuss nutrition with your veterinarian because they will be able to offer guidance with your specific dog in mind.

Shih Tzu

It is always good to do your homework before a vet visit so that you know the specific questions to ask. Here are some important things to keep in mind when choosing a pet food, specifically for your small-breed Shih Tzu or Yorkie.

General Guidelines

Always look for an AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) approved brand. This ensures that the dog food meets the minimum standards of ingredient requirements for all dogs. The label on the package should refer to AAFCO directly and will often say “100% Complete and Balanced Nutrition.” Pay attention to the way that the food is advertised. According to AAFCO standards, a “beef formula” must contain at least 95% beef, but a “beef entrée” may only contain 25% beef.

Yorkies

Always read the ingredient label, but beware of some common misconceptions. In general, dogs need a large portion of protein, a medium portion of fat, and a small portion of carbohydrates. Some preservatives are necessary, to keep the food fresh. Natural preservatives, like tocopherol or ascorbate, are acceptable, but avoid preservatives like ethoxyquin, BHT or BHA.
Ingredients are always listed by weight, so ingredients with a large amount of moisture can be misleading because they are heavier. Similar ingredients can also be labeled as separate ingredients, so a formula that includes kibbled corn, ground corn, and flaked corn can actually contain a lot more grain than necessary. Also, keep in mind that the ingredient list tells you what the ingredients are, but does not tell you the quality of the ingredients. 

Keeping Your Pup in Mind

Once you have narrowed down the possibilities to a quality dog food brand, it is time to consider your dog’s specifications. The AAFCO monitors different nutrient levels based on the dog’s age. Just as human dietary needs change as we grow, a puppy has different needs than an adult dog. Choose a brand that has a variation for your pet’s age.

shih tzu

Individual pets may have specific dietary requirements. If your dog has allergies, you will need to find a brand without those allergens. Some dogs are allergic to chicken so a less common protein, like bison or lamb, can be substituted. But be sure to carefully read the ingredient label because a lamb formula may also include chicken fat, which your dog will react to. If you are concerned about your dog’s digestion, consider a brand with whole grains and vegetables. Very few dogs have gluten allergies, but a grain-free or gluten-free formula can help address skin sensitivities.

Small-breed dogs have different needs than large-breed dogs. Many small breeds have faster metabolisms so they need to eat more calories more often, especially as a growing puppy. Small-breed dogs that are not fed often enough can develop hypoglycemia. Small-breed dogs also tend to have smaller snouts, so they can easily choke. A small-breed formula will have smaller kibbles to prevent choking.

Shih Tzus, in particular, are known for long, fast-growing coats that distinguish their breed, but these coats can also cause skin sensitivities. For this reason, a grain-free formula rich in Vitamin A and Omega Fatty Acids are good for Shih Tzus.

Keeping Your Pup in Mind

Yorkies can suffer from a hereditary issue called a liver shunt where the blood passes directly into their system without being filtered by their liver. A diet with plant or dairy-based protein can prevent or manage this condition. Excessive fat can also cause pancreatitis in Yorkies, so look for a food low in fat.

Yorkie

Which Brand is Best?

Royal Canin offers breed-specific dog food formulas for both Shih Tzus and Yorkies. These formulas are both AAFCO approved and contain natural preservatives. The kibble size and shape are specifically formulated to prevent choking and dental problems based on the breed’s snout size and shape. They are both rich in Omega Fatty Acids to protect the long coats of Shih Tzus and Yorkies. The Yorkie-specific formula includes ingredients that are agreeable to a Yorkie’s sensitive digestive system. This can be purchased from any pet specialty store or through your veterinarian’s office.     At around $35/bag for a ten-pound bag, this brand is also fairly affordable.

yorkie

Hill’s Healthy Advantage has a “small bites” product formulated for small breeds that includes ingredients that support healthy digestion, coats, and mobility for small dogs. However,  the cost may vary.
Blue Buffalo Life Protection formula for toy/small breeds offers a formula specific to the energy needs of small breeds like your Shih Tzu or Yorkie. They also include vital nutrients for joint health and for a healthy coat. Blue Buffalo also guarantees that it avoids potentially harmful ingredients like artificial colors or preservatives. This is one of the most convenient brands because it can be purchased at most local grocery stores or online. It is also one of the most cost-effective brands at only $26/bag for a 15-pound bag.

Ultimately, the choice of dog food is up to you, but by communicating with your veterinarian and keeping these guidelines in mind, you can ensure that your Shih Tzu or Yorkie will be happy and healthy for many years to come.

 

Cheap dog food : How to cut costs when purchasing high quality dog food

Is it still possible to find high-quality, inexpensive dog food?

According to many long-term dog owners, the answer to Cheap dog food is a resounding “no.” Gone are the days when you could walk into a pet store, spend a quick five dollars, and walk out with a sizable bag of food for your beloved pet. With some brands of food costing more than sixty dollars for a week’s supply, many dog owners are left scratching their heads, wondering if they should skip quality (in favor of low prices) or begrudgingly accept a higher price point for better ingredients.

high quality dog food

Indeed, the ingredients are ultimately responsible for the rise in the price of dog food. As the cost of wheat, barley, rice and corn continues to rise, so does the cost of dog food. And even though some dog food brands run promotions and offer coupons to lessen the costs of dog food, prices continue to be astronomical.

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However, despite the fact that dog food prices may be unreasonable, dog owners must still purchase the best dog food possible, in order to promote the health and longevity of your furry friends. Here are some easy ways to save costs when purchasing high quality dog food.

1. Search for coupons.

Many dog food manufacturers understand that customers prefer high quality, low cost dog food. As a result, they offer easily accessible coupons. To access coupons for dog food, check the websites of both dog food manufacturers and dog food retail stores. Sometimes, you can save up to 40% on the base price of your dog’s food.

2. Try a different retailer.

The price of dog food depends largely on the retailer you purchase it from. A dog food brand that costs $60 at Store #1 might just cost $50 at Store #3. The websites of most major dog food retailers offer the ability to check prices and inventory availability, so you can find the lowest prices from the comfort of your own home.

3. Experiment with new brands.

Although switching dog food should be done carefully in order to minimize stomach upset for your furry friend, switching dog food can be an easy way to save money. To switch dog food in a safe way, feed your dog a half-and-half mixture of the old brand with the new brand. Continue the mixture for at least three days, or longer if your dog begins to show signs of intolerance, like diarrhea or vomiting.

4. Buy in bulk.

Like all products, dog food is cheaper when purchased in bulk. Buying large packages is a great way to reduce the cost of dog food over a long time period. If you’re worried about the dog food spoiling, you can always make a large purchase with a group and divide up the dog food evenly.

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As you can see, buying high-quality, inexpensive dog food is a certain possibility, with a little bit of ingenuity. By working together with friends, carefully strategizing, and creating a solid plan, you will be able to provide essential nutrition for your beloved pet in a way that doesn’t break the bank.

Small Dog Traveling Crate: What to Look for? What to avoid?

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Whether you want to travel with your dog or keep them out of trouble while you’re out, there are thousands of crating options to choose from. What should you look for? What do you avoid? There are many factors that you should consider when shopping for a  small dog traveling crate including where you are going and how you are getting there. Keep reading to find out more!

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What to Look for When Buying a Small Dog Traveling Crate

Type of Travel

One of the biggest factors in shopping for the perfect crate is your method of travel. A short distance in a car may require a different type of crate than an airplane. There are new crash-tested crates for cars, while others prefer a soft-sided crate for short car rides.

 

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Distance

If you’re going long distances with your dog, comfort is an important factor to consider. If your dog is comfortable, they will be less likely to act up. It will also prevent health problems, especially if you are planning on a lot of trips, or a trip with an extended duration.

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Materials

It is important to consider materials. Wire crates tend to be the most popular because they are simple and easy to clean. They have a large range of visibility so that if you are using your crate indoors, your dog can still feel like they are included (this may also be a con for these crates, but they are easily covered). Additionally, materials such as plastic or metal are generally easy to clean. They also tend to be more durable.

Plastic crates are typically viewed as travel crates, and are the most likely kind of crate to be “airline approved.” Metal (heavy duty) crates are used as travel crates as well, but usually for use in homes with destructive dogs due to their weight. Soft crates, while some people find them gentler and less imposing that other crates, tend to be harder to clean because of its shape and the fabric and netting used.

 

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Size

Size is an important factor no matter what your travel plans are. You will want a crate that is big enough to hold your dog comfortably, but not so big that they could get hurt. When measuring your dog for crate size, add three inches to its height and length. This will give you the minimum size of your crate. The crate should provide them enough room to sit, lay, turn around, and stand comfortably. Typically, a crate between 18 inches and 24 inches is recommended for small dogs. Be cautious when looking at crate guidelines on packaging. Each dog is different, and may differ from the recommended guidelines. It is important to go by your dog’s measurements rather than the manufacturer’s guidelines.

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Versatility

If versatility is a factor for you, there are also many options. Oftentimes crates are collapsible for easy transporting on the go. There are soft crates that have expanding sides and compartments for extended periods in the crate. Wire crates can be a good option because they can be used in crate training indoors as well.

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Airlines

If you are traveling by air, it is best to start your search with the airline requirements for pet crates, and narrow down your options from there. There are generic guidelines set forth by the International Air Transport Association, however; many airlines have their own guidelines which are stricter. It is important that you adhere to the strictest set of instructions when buying your crate. These requirements are intended to keep your pets and the airline staff safe.