How To Teach Your Pet To Swim

Taking your dog out for a walk isn’t the only form of physical exercise. Summer is the perfect season to teach your pet how to swim! When it’s hot, nobody likes to go for a walk outside, and this includes both you and your dog. Wouldn’t you much rather spend the day by the water instead of walking in the hot sun?

There are countless games you can play with your dog once they learn how to swim, not to mention it’s a fantastic way to bond and get exercise! Read on to learn how to teach your pet to become a fantastic swimmer.

What You Should Know

Though most dogs do have some natural instinct when it comes to swimming, there are certain breeds that don’t have as strong of an instinct, which is why it’s extremely important that you teach your dog the correct way to be in the water!

Breeds such as Basset Hounds, Dachshunds, Bulldogs, Pugs, and Maltese don’t tend to develop the physical ability to swim. In fact, Maltese might learn the process, but the mere act of swimming gives rise to severe health conditions like arthritis and rheumatism. So you should keep that in mind.

The most important thing to remember is that you can’t force your pet to love the water. Some dogs prefer dry land over wet, but at the same time your dog could be scared. Spend some time getting them used to the water but don’t push it if your dog is feeling anxious or scared.

Safety Rules

As I have already mentioned above, particular breeds don’t adapt well to swimming. These breeds would do well with a floatation device to hold them above the water and keep them safe. There are dozens of doggy lifejacket options that will be perfect for your pet! If you’re planning on being in the deep water these safety tools are great for strong swimmers as well.

When first getting started with teaching your dog to swim it’s important to start in a quiet, calm area. Loud noises and people can give your dog anxiety which in turn could make it much more difficult to learn.

Starting out you should always have a leash securely attached to your dog’s harness or collar so that you can assist them with swimming movements. Your goal is to keep calling your dog back to you, so once you achieve that you can eliminate the leash.

Two important safety guidelines to remember are that you should never leave your pet unattended in the water. Even if your dog is a strong swimmer make sure you’re keeping an eye on them! Also, avoid putting your dog in the deep end of a pool or lake by themselves for the first time. This could frighten your pup, causing them to never enjoy swimming again.

How to Teach Your Pet to Swim?

Do you remember the first time you gave your dog a bath? The task wasn’t and still isn’t easy, right? You have to take it slowly each time unless your dog isn’t scared of water. In that case, you might just be the luckiest pet owner in the world.

Essentially, swimming is a step by step procedure and you must remember to stay calm and be patient with your dog.

1. Walk Towards The Water

You begin by calmly leashing your dog. Talk to the pup in a confident but cheerful tone and casually lead them to the swimming pool or lake. If your dog hesitates do not start dragging them. Calmly speak to your pet and wait until they are ready to proceed. Every time they take a move in that direction, reward them with praise or treat. But whatever you do, don’t tug on the leash.

You can try to make this the ultimate goal of the day. Associate walking to the pool with good things like receiving treats or getting praised.

2. Time to test the waters, quite literally

This is a significant step for learning how to teach your pet to swim. Once you’re able to reach the edge of that swimming pool with your dog, it’s time to get in there. But not all at once. First, dip your legs in the water and sit by the pool with your dog by your side. Keep talking to your pet in a calm, casual tone. And make sure that you don’t stop those praises and treats.

3. Enter the swimming pool

Now you can get into the water completely but use the steps to do that. Climb down the first 2-3 steps and call the dog towards you. At this time, you can gently pull the leash. If your dog comes to you, then reward them and climb down a few steps more. Then repeat the calling out and rewarding action.

4. Swim!

If your dog passes the first few steps with flying colors, you can swim out further and call them by name. Another command that you can add here is “let’s swim.” Feel free to pull on the leash gently. Once your dog’s entire body is in the water, immediately show them how they can turn around to find those stairs and get out of the pool.

All this while, please don’t forget to reward your pet with tons of praises and maybe some treats too.

5. Repeat the steps several times

You can repeat the whole procedure as many times as it takes until your dog seems to enjoy swimming and is no longer afraid. And when you think you’ve practiced enough, try it without the leash.

At this time, you can even replace the food treats with a squeaky toy or tennis ball. This is when the fun time begins!

Goal Achieved!

Once your dog learns how to swim, you can enjoy an array of summertime activities! You just need to have lots of patience to get through the process.  I hope you liked the article and find it easy to teach your dog how to swim. Thank you for reading. Bow-wow folks!

About the author:

Ruby Smith is the founder of PetSoFun. She’s an expert at giving advice about the emotional and physical well-being of dogs and cats. Her primary goal is to ensure that your pets live a healthy and happy life. And this is the reason why she writes so passionately about the things you can do to achieve that.

How to Prevent Your Dog From Overheating This Summer

 

terrier dog having fun,running , jumping and playing at the beach on summer holidays

With the beautiful, summer sun comes high heat and humidity. High heat can cause overheating in dogs. Although, both high heat and high humidity can make overheating even worse for dogs. For dogs, overheating can happen suddenly. Dogs typically have higher body temperatures than we do, but are difficult to cool because they don’t have the same cooling mechanisms. Dogs only have cooling mechanisms on their nose and the pads of their feet. It is important to remain aware of the way dogs act when they begin to overheat, so that you can keep your dog happy and healthy this summer.

Dogs Prone to Overheating

Certain dogs are more prone to overheat in the summer. These dogs may need to spend more time inside, or need a cooling vest to keep them cool when the heat hits. Depending on your dog’s needs, you can take simple precautions like getting a haircut to keep them cooler during the summer. Below are some of the top types of dogs prone to overheating in times of high heat:

  • Thick coated dogs
  • Long haired dogs
  • Young or Senior Dogs
  • Breeds with short noses and flat faces
    • Shih Tzus
    • Pugs
    • Boxers
    • Bulldogs
  • Overweight dogs
  • Working and Hunting Breeds
    • Shepherds
    • Retrievers
    • Spaniels

Keep in mind that working dogs were bred to stay focused while on the job. This natural instinct can cause them to forget to rest and cool down. Therefore, it is important to watch your dog during active times to make sure they are not overheating.

adorable golden retriever on nature background

Mild Overheating

Mild overheating is present in the early stages of overheating. You may notice that your dog is panting or drooling more than usual. This is a good time to take a break in the shade or to offer your dog some water. By taking action early into the overheating process, you can keep your dog healthy and safe.

Signs of Mild Overheating

Below are several signs of mild overheating in dogs. When you notice any of these behaviors in your dog, take action and start cooling your dog.

  • Slow responsiveness
  • Excessive panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Excessive thirst
  • Glazed eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Lack of coordination and focus (e.g. they may not come when called)
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Dry gums that become pale

Treating Mild Overheating

You can treat mild overheating by beginning to cool your dog. Place cool towels on your dog’s head and back. This will begin to lower their body temperature at a steady rate. You can also bring your dog to sit in the shade to start cooling them down. Next, offer your dog water in a bowl or from a water bottle. If your dog is overheating, do not give your dog ice. It will cool their system too quickly and bring them into shock. Instead offer your dog ice cubes before overheating, as preventative action.

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Severe Overheating

If you happen to miss the early signs that your dog is overheating, it is important that you notice the severe signs at the very least. We recommend never letting your dog become warm enough where you notice these behaviors. It could mean long-term health damage and even death if handled improperly. Use preventive measures to prevent overheating and to keep your dog safe.

Signs of Severe Overheating

In the case that your dog begins to experience any of the following signs due to overheating, take your dog to the vet immediately. At this stage of overheating, it is difficult for untrained people to re-hydrate and cool the dog in a healthy way. Below are signs of severe overheating:

  • Possible collapse or convulsion
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Gums and tongue may be blue or bright red

Treating Severe Overheating

In the case that your dog becomes severely overheated bring your dog to a veterinarian immediately. If you take your dog to the vet, call ahead so that they may prepare oxygen and fluids for your dog before arrival. If your dog loses consciousness go to an animal hospital immediately. Please do not try to treat your dog yourself in this situation. Untrained individuals can do harm in extreme cases of overheating.

 labrador retriever is lying in door of the house

Preventing Your Dog from Overheating

1. Limit Exercise

Limit exercise and outdoor activity, instead let your dog go for a swim, or play in the sprinklers. You can also go for walks early in the morning or late at night, during cooler weather. Offer your dog water and breaks on walks. No matter the exercise, always keep watch of your dog. Your dog can still become overheated while playing in the sprinklers or while swimming. If the temperature outside reaches 90 degrees, it is best to keep your dog inside to stay cool.

2. Stay Cool

Cooling body wraps and vests keep them cool without getting them wet. If you do choose to wet your dog, place cool towels on their neck, hind legs, beneath their armpits, and on their head and neck. Cool their paw pads by wetting them after a walk, and protect them by not walking on hot pavement. If walking barefoot burns your feet, it burns their feet too. Not only can the concrete burn their paws, the heat from the concrete or parking lots can very quickly overheat your dog because they are so close to the ground. Use this as a gauge to decide whether it is a good time to go for a walk.

3. Offer Cooling Treats

While your dog enjoys the shade, you can offer them simple homemade treats that can keep them hydrated and cool. For example, you can freeze a few dog treats or cooked meat in an ice cube tray. You can also offer your dog a few cold watermelon balls. This will give your dog new nutrients, while keeping your dog hydrated and cool. Lastly, you can buy commercial ice cream for dogs, and give your dog a scoop or two. Your dog will be delighted by the surprise and the tasty flavor!

4. Stay Out of the Car

Never leave your dog alone in a car. Even in 70 or 80-degree weather, your car acts like an oven, reaching temperatures of over 120 degrees in less than 20 minutes. In some weather, it can feel uncomfortable staying in a car for several minutes – let alone half an hour. Your dog will have the same experience if they are left in a car in high heat and/or high humidity weather. Instead of leaving your dog in the car (even for a minute), leave them at home, inside, where it is cool.

5. Get a Haircut

Dogs will naturally begin to shed their fur in the summer months. It is important to brush your dog’s fur every week or every few days when they are shedding more often. This will help prevent your dog for being insulated by their coat. For dogs with longer coats, it is important to give your dog a haircut when the summer months come. Take a trip to the grooming salon and you will be able to more easily keep your dog cool during these warm months.

6. Always Provide Fresh Water

Always give your dog fresh water. In hot weather, dogs can become dehydrated quickly. If you are traveling by foot, on a bike, or in a car, always bring a portable water bowl for your dog. If you have not yet bought a portable water bowl, share your water bottle with your dog. They will be grateful for it!

jack russell terrier dog swimming in aqua blue pool.

Dogs can become overheated very suddenly. It is important to prevent any occurrences of severe overheating and dehydration. If severely overheated, your dog can go into cardiac arrest or have a seizure. Signs of mild overheating include glazing of the eyes, excessive panting and drooling, and a lack of coordination. Prevent your dog from overheating by keeping fresh water always available, cooling them with wet towels, and limiting exercise. By staying aware and taking preventive measures, you and your dog can enjoy the summer weather in a fun and healthy way.

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5 Most Popular Flea and Tick Treatments for Cats

Fleas and ticks are relentless; they’re easy to prevent but a huge pain to control. Keep your felines safe from biting bugs with the 5 most popular flea and tick treatments! You’ll never have to struggle with an infestation again!

1. Frontline Top Spot for Cats and Kittens

This spot on treatment is fast-acting, long-lasting and waterproof. Protect your kitties for up to 1 month!

flea and tick treatment frontline top spot for cats and kittens

2. Frontline PLUS for Cats

In addition to killing 98-100% of adult fleas on your cat within 24 hours, Frontline Plus contains a special ingredient that also kills flea eggs and larvae to break the flea life cycle for good.

frontline plus is the highest rated flea and tick treatment for cats

 

3. Frontline GOLD for Cats

The new triple-action formula of Frontline uses 3 secret weapons to effectively kill fleas and ticks. It’s no surprise that Frontline is among the highest rated flea and tick medicine.

best flea and tick medicine frontline gold for cats

4. Advantage II Flea Control for Cats

Advantage II is the most reviewed flea and tick medicine for cats that will kill adult fleas as well as their offspring for up to 1 month of protection.

advantage ii flea control for cats

5. Seresto Flea & Tick Collar for Cats

If you don’t want to deal with sticky topical treatments, the unique Seresto collar is the most popular flea and tick treatment for cats that lasts up to 8 months!

best selling flea and tick prevention seresto flea collar for cats

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5 Best Flea Treatments for Kittens

While most flea treatments are for adult cats only, fleas don’t discriminate! They love feasting on kittens too, and a flea infestation on a young kitty is dangerous if left untreated. Here are some top flea treatments for kittens to keep your baby protected.

1. Advantage II Flea Control

This formula is a flea treatment for kittens 8 weeks and older. Advantage is one of the best products of its kind with guaranteed prevention and control.

advantage ii flea and tick medicine for kittens

2. PetArmor All Cats (6 Month)

Customers keep raving about PetArmor! This treatment kills fleas, ticks and chewing lice to protect cats and kittens 8 weeks or older at a fraction of the cost.

petarmor flea and tick treatment for all cats and kittens over 8 weeks

3. EctoAdvance Plus for Cats

This fast-acting and long-lasting flea treatment is safe to use on kittens under 12 weeks of age. Not only does it control current infestations but kills flea eggs and larvae to eliminate the next generation.

ectoadvance plus flea medicine for cats and kittens under 12 weeks

4. Seresto Flea & Tick Collar for Cats

The top-selling brand for flea and tick collars presents a collar formulated for cats. This collar is a great flea treatment for kittens 10 weeks old!

seresto flea and tick collar for cats and kittens 10 weeks and older

5. Green Pet Fleaze-Off

If you want to go the natural route, this spray naturally protects your pets against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and flies! It is the perfect flea treatment for small kittens with a safe and all-natural formula.

green pet fleaze-off natural flea and tick repellant for pets

holding a pet corn snake

5 Pets Snake Care Tips For Beginners

Do you want a pet snake, yet you have no idea how to care for it the right way? Snake care isn’t rocket science but it isn’t easy either, so you must be thoroughly informed before adopting one.

First of all, ensure that all of the members of your family are comfortable with the decision of bringing in a snake pet. If you have children, you might notice that some are fascinated by such pets while others are terrified. Therefore, before actually buying one, take your family to the local pet shop and see if they could get used to a snake.

1. Choose The Right Tank Size

A snake that you buy from the local pet shop is not usually fully grown into an adult, but rather a young snake. Analyze the species and study its most important characteristics in order to see how much it will grow. Depending on their size when fully grown, you must look for a tank that will be always be large enough for it. Snakes need space and exercise so a small tank or cage can be a stress factor for them.

small pet snake in tank

2. Place Accessories Into The Tank

Snakes need exercise so it’s an absolute must to have some accessories and furniture such as branches or other typical stuff that you can find in local pet stores.

green snake on a branch

3. Maintain Tank Temperature & Humidity

If you’ve read a little bit about snakes, you surely know that not all of the species have the same living requirements. Depending on their origins, they might need more or less humidity inside the tank. Find out what their needs are and buy a humidifier or a mister if necessary. Also, find out the right temperature for the snake species that you are thinking to adopt.

brown corn snake pet

4. Keep The Tank Clean

Snakes might look like resistant pets, but in reality they are very sensitive when held captive. Their skin could get irritated and they could develop serious conditions if their living environment is not clean enough. Make sure that you set a maintenance routine once per week and that you clean the tank properly using non-toxic products. Also make sure to clean up the feces, the uneaten food and their skin daily.

holding a pet corn snake

5. Don’t Keep Other Pets In The Same Tank

Snakes love to chase their prey; it is in their nature to hunt it down and kill it. They can get defensive or kill just for fun, so keeping it close to other pets such as mice could turn up into a horrific scenario that is not pleasant to watch. When playing with your snake and handling it, make sure that there are no other animals around that could distract it as their attention will lock onto the other pets and could take you by surprise at any time.

a green pet snake

Keeping a snake as a pet is fun and fascinating but there are many things that you should know about them before adopting one. Make sure that you have all the information and that you are prepared to care for it.

9 Ways To Keep Your Furry Friends Comfortable at Home This Summer

Summer’s here and your pets aren’t safe from the scorching heat from the sun. If you feel hot, your pets feel hot too!

While our furry buddies have their own way of cooling themselves, they’ll appreciate your effort to keep them cool this season. They never fail to show you their loyalty and the love, so they deserve this extra attention. Here are some tips to keep your dog or cat comfy during summer:

Open the house

Staying outdoors in the summer might be more comfortable than locking yourself inside a poorly designed house or apartment. Ventilation is an important part of home design. Open your windows to allow fresh air inside the house, cooling your interiors. This way, you and your dog will feel comfortable at home.

When you can utilize the breeze and wind to cool down your home, you won’t need to leave the AC running all day, saving power.

Use smaller rugs

The tiles and wooden floor surfaces remain cold during summer.  Don’t cover them! Your animals will benefit from the cool floors. Instead of using large area rugs, lay smaller stylish ones on the floor. If you don’t have smaller rugs, go bare.

Use mechanical fans

One way to improve ventilation at home is by using mechanical fans. It helps move stale air out of the house as fresh air comes in. Leave these on for your pet and allow them to lay in front of it if the temperature’s rising.

Change their bedding

Even if your pet prefers sleeping on the floor, it doesn’t mean that you skip preparing their beds. Use bed fabrics that are cool to the body. You can put their bed next to yours so you share the air conditioner or fan that you’re using when you sleep.

Provide a comfortable outdoor space

Animals and outdoor spaces go naturally together. Playing and hanging outside is good for them, so support it!

Walk your dog in the park during the cooler times of the day—early morning, evening, or late night. Take your dog in a place with tall and shady trees. If you have a tree in your backyard, let them stay there. Make your backyard pet-friendly so they can comfortably stay and sleep outdoors. Build them a dog house or setup a simple bed under a shaded patio.

Hang sun-blocking curtains

The windows are responsible for the unnecessary rise of temperature indoors. It can make your home 87% warmer during the summer. To avoid this, hang drapes over your windows during the day. These curtains will block the sun and the unwanted heat from coming in through the windows. At night, you can open your windows to completely cool your home. This is one of the most cost-efficient ways to keep you and your pets at ease.

Give them easy access to water

It’s important to have a source of fresh, drinking water for your cat or dog. That’s the one thing they’ll look for after walking or playing under the hot sun. You can build them a small drinking station, pond, or splash fountain. Having a pool will help your dogs beat the heat with a little doggy swim.

Give them a haircut

Dogs and cats with thick fur can feel miserable during summer. If they need a haircut, give them one. You can take them to your trusted pet salon or you can trim the extra fur yourself.

Finally, give them a bath

Sometimes, all they need is a bath to cool them down. Make your dog excited about bath time by creating their own shower or grooming area in the laundry room or garage. Cooling oatmeal baths or aloe shampoo will help soothe warm skin and help them relax even more.

We hope you find these tips helpful in keeping everyone cool this summer. When you and your pets feel good inside your home, there’s nothing that can stop you from having fun and making memories together—not even the scorching hot sun outside.

 

 

About the Author: Charlene Ara Gonzales is a design writer in Superdraft Pty. Ltd.’s team of architects in Melbourne. They’re leading in providing architectural services, especially in sustainable, human-centred, and pet-friendly designs.

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7 Things Your Pet Needs This Summer

portrait of little girl outdoors in summer with dog eating watermelon

It’s time for some fun in the sun! With the hot vacation season coming up, it’s important to pack up some essentials you’ll need for your pet to stay cool and healthy for uninterrupted summer fun. Don’t leave your pets out of the best season of the year!

1. Cooling Beds

Summer means hot days and nights. A good cooling bed like the Canine Cooler will give your dog a cool spot to chill out and get relief from the sweltering heat! You can use it indoors, outdoors and even in the travel crate (away from direct sunlight, of course) to keep it cool anywhere you go. The Canine Cooler is extremely easy to use and doesn’t even require refrigeration! You simply add water and voila, a fluid-enhanced cooling bed that works at room temperature!

Alternatively, check out COOLAROO Pet Bed! This bed is made of a breathable fabric that is flea and mite resistant. We all know how pests love to roam during the warm summer months, so this is a perfect resting place for your pet to stay cool.

adorable cool dude dog wearing sunglasses laying on the beach

2. PUPsicles

While you’re enjoying that ice cream cone on a hot summer day, your dog can munch on a Cool Pup Popsicle! These chew toys are perfect for cooling your pet during the harsh heat of summer. They’ll love licking up the cool water that seep out from the holes as the toy defrosts, just like a real popsicle! Aside from the cooling effects, the view of your pup chomping down on a popsicle is adorably priceless!

a shetland sheepdog eating ice cream

3. Sunscreen

Yes, that’s right. There’s sunscreen for pets too! When you’re out on the poolside or running around the beach, your furry friends need protection from those harsh UVB rays as much as you do, especially if your buddy has light skin or a pink nose. Dogs tend to have more sensitive skin than humans so instead of using human sunscreen on your dog, Doggles Pet Sunscreen is specially formulated to suit a dog’s skin. This formula protects your pet from sunburns while also conditioning their coat! It’s a 2-in-1 deal breaker!

winner dog on sand mountain top above everyone looking very cool

4. Aloe

Even with sunscreen to protect us, there is always that occasional sunburn when the rays are too strong. If your pet get’s burned a relaxing bath with Vet Solutions Aloe and Oatmeal Conditioner will soothe their skin and relieve the burns. Aloe is famous for its soothing properties especially on sunburns while oatmeal is rising star in relieving sunburns and moisturizing the skin.

sweet puppy dog in playing pose on grass at the green meadow

5. Lotion

The summer heat brings dry skin through dehydration, air conditioners and clogged pores even on our pets! Cracked paws and chapped noses are no fun for any pup, that’s why a good moisturizer like Burt’s Bees Paw & Nose Lotion for Dogs made with rosemary and olive oil is perfect to keep on hand during the dry heat. Burt’s Bees taps into the power of nature to provide safe and natural ingredients to keep your pet’s wellness in tip top shape!

beagle dog on a meadow in the autumn park

6. Travel Water Bottles

Stay hydrated on the go! That includes you and your pup. Whether you’re on a hike in the mountains or taking a walk in the park, it’s important to keep water on hand to keep your dog cool and hydrated. Lixit Thirsty Dog Portable Water Bottle/Bowl is a bottle and bowl all in one convenient container! Clip it on your belt or waistband for a hands free hiking experience and easy traveling.

portrait of a puppy purebred english cocker drinking in a bowl

7. Flea & Tick Prevention

Keep biting parasites away from your furry friends! Bugs like fleas and ticks often carry transmitted diseases along with their itching bites, and it’s not fun for anyone when an infestation is carried home from an outdoor trip. Keep your pets protected by preventing the parasites from latching on in the first place! Flea collars like the popular top seller, Seresto Flea Collar, are extremely effective in repelling insects and other parasites.

outdoor portrait of cute golden labrador crossbreed with black collar

EntirelyPets offers an extensive line of product you’ll need for your pet this summer, so what are you waiting for? Go gear up on some summer essentials and let the fun begin!

About the Author:

Leslie Le is a dedicated content writer for EntirelyPets. She is passionate about spreading information and awareness to help pet owners make the best choices in caring for their furry friends.

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5 Ways to Get Rid of Fleas

beautiful blonde woman playing and stroking her loyal border collie

Fleas are a pain to deal with, especially once they’ve infested your pet and all areas of your home. We take preventative measures as often as we can, yet they keep creeping over to pick a fight! Let’s upgrade our defenses by learning about the best ways to get rid of fleas. This is war!

WARNING: Before we start, please remember to use products made for dogs only on dogs, and cat products only on cats–they can be deadly if misused!

1. Yard & Home Flea Treatment

If they’re not yet on your pet, they’re probably in your yard; if they’re feasting on your pet already, they’re probably lurking in your home. Fleas can hide anywhere, that’s why it’s important to treat your home and yard to make sure they’re gone for good.

We all love watching our dogs run and play freely in the yard, but with fleas lurking in every corner, it’s understandable to be a little nervous about letting your pup out. Yard treatments are perfect if you let your pets play outside. Sprays are used outdoors in lawns, trees, shrubs and flowers to effectively kill fleas and ticks while repelling other biting parasites like mosquitoes in your yard. You’ll have long lasting control and peace of mind when letting your furry friends play outdoors.

When the fleas make their way  into your home, it’s time to pull out some more tricks. Aside from sprays, powders and foggers are effective in home pest control. Powders are often sprinkled and brushed into your carpets to kill any fleas that are hopping around while foggers are bombs that go off while you’re out of the home to clear the room of pests.

Here are some of our top sellers for Home & Yard Treatments:

dog walks on nature, greens, flowers nova scotia duck tolling retriever in summer

2. Flea Shampoos & Sprays

It is recommended to use shampoos and sprays in conjunction with other flea treatments such as oral, topical, and/or home and yard treatments to defeat the flea armies for good. Flea shampoos are multi-functional medicated shampoos that clean your pet while killing fleas. Some even keep them repelled! Sprays made for pets are gentle enough to be used on your furry friend; be careful not to confuse these sprays with yard and home treatment sprays! These products provide fast relief for your pet while keeping them clean.

Here are some of our favorites:

adorable cute young puppies outside in the yard taking a bath covered in soapy bubbles

3. Spot On & Topical Flea Medicine

Topical medications kill fleas on contact, meaning they will die before they get to take a bite out of your pet! This keeps your furry friend protected from transmitted diseases like tapeworms that parasites are infamous for carrying. These treatments will typically come with an easy applicator; once dried, the medication will keep your pet protected for up to 1 month. Since they are oil-based, the medicine will not wash off once spread across your pet’s body so you can bathe regularly or go for a swim after 24 hours of application!

Our customers love these topical medications:

  • Advantage II Flea Control for Cats is the best flea treatment for cats works to kill fleas within 12 hours and effectively breaks the flea life cycle to prevent reinfestations.
  • Frontline Plus for Dogs is the most trusted brand for flea and tick treatments! By combining an adulticide and an insect growth regulator, Frontline kills every generation of fleas existing on your pet.
  • K9 Advantix II for Dogs provides up to 30 days of protection from fleas and ticks while also killing young developing flea eggs and larvae so you never have to see a reinfestation.

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4. Oral Medications

If you’re not a fan of the sticky residue from topical treatments, oral medications are perfect for you. This is especially suited for households with children who may be exposed to a fresh application of spot on insecticides. Oral treatments can be mixed with your pet’s food or fed as a treat, and one dose will often kill fleas for up to 1 month!

How do they work? By poisoning the fleas’ food source: your pet’s blood. Once ingested, the insecticides (which are perfectly safe for your pet, by the way) work their way through the animal’s bloodstream to kill any hungry fleas that feed.

Check out the top selling oral flea medications:

little dog maltese and black and white cat eating food from a bowl in home

5. Flea Collars

Flea collars are long lasting and economical. Unlike the other treatments that have to be applied monthly to keep fleas away, collars can provide protection lasting up to 8 whole months with a one-time purchase!

They work by emitting medication to repel and kill fleas. The insecticide will spread onto your pet’s body through their oil glands to kill fleas on contact. This will kill them before they get a chance to bite! Many flea and tick collars are also armed with an insecticide that works to eliminate the next generation of fleas by stopping flea eggs and larvae from growing into adults so you can be sure to prevent reinfestations. And don’t worry, they’re safe for your pets as the medication only targets insects!

Take a look at some of the best flea collars on the market:

  • Seresto Flea & Tick Collars are the top selling flea collars for both cats and dogs of all sizes that provide up to 8 whole months of protection.
  • Zodiac BREAKAWAY Flea & Tick Collar for Cats is perfect for your outdoor kitties. The breakaway collar will unlock if your cat gets it caught on something to prevent choking and other injuries.
  • Hartz Ultraguard Plus kills and repels fleas and ticks to give you peace of mind when letting your buddy run and play outdoors. You can be sure that they won’t return with fleas!

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As you can see, there are many weapons you can arm yourself with to combat fleas and protect your pets. Even if you’re not currently dealing with a flea infestation, remember that prevention is the key and it never hurts to be prepared! If you didn’t like any of the listed products, check out the extensive list of Flea & Tick Supplies from EntirelyPets to pick the perfect flea treatment for you and your pet!

About the Author:

Leslie Le is a dedicated content writer for EntirelyPets. She is passionate about spreading information and awareness to help pet owners make the best choices in caring for their furry friends.

11 Ways Animal-Assisted Therapy Improves Patients’ Quality of Life [Infographic]

We all know our furry friends make our lives better.

But did you know they’re being used in hospital and therapy settings to relieve pain and stress and make patients’ lives better?

Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been shown to fight depression, decrease loneliness in seniors, help autistic children communicate, and reduce pain and stress in children after surgery. And those are just a few of the many benefits!

We put this fun infographic together to show 11 ways AAT is positively affecting sick, injured, elderly, and mentally unwell patients across the country.

If more people know that these methods are available, we’re hopeful that more therapy animals can be deployed. The more people in hospitals or therapy who see animals during their recovery, the better their lives will be during the stressful and often painful times they’re going through.

Emily Parker runs Catological, a blog dedicated to helping cat parents love their kitties better. She has lived in both dog and cat homes, and is excited to introduce a new dog to her family (which includes 2 cats) in the coming year.

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5 Reasons Why Your Pet Should Go To The Vet

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If you have a pet, then you probably think of them as a member of your family. As with any other family member, keeping your pet healthy is likely something that’s very important to you. One of the best things you can do to keep your pet healthy is to take your pet to see a veterinarian on a regular basis. Instead of waiting for your pet to get sick, you should take them to see their vet every six months so you can proactively manage their health, rather than reacting in an emergency. Here are five reasons why your pet should see the vet every six months.

1. Protecting Against Toxins

Did you know that some toys can be toxic for your pet? Most pet owners buy pet toys without worrying that the toys designed for animals can actually be harmful to their pet’s health. A recent article on Healthy Pets by Mercola’s website revealed that some pet toys contain toxins that can harm animals if they are exposed to them. Your pets can ingest these harmful toxins if the toys break, crack or otherwise deteriorate during use. Pet owners can protect their furry friends from these toxins by watching toys for aging or damage and making sure that the toys they buy are free from BPA and other harmful chemicals.

Regular check-ups with a vet, can also detect any early signs of harmful toxins. It is important to see your vet on a regular basis so if your pet comes in to contact with these substances, the vet can recognize that and help you identify the culprit. Some toys are actually beneficial for your pet’s health, so you might take that into account when choosing the perfect toy.

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2. Checking for Parasites

Pets can get intestinal parasites relatively easily, and vets can perform a quick screening for intestinal parasites on a regular basis when pet owners bring in a stool sample. The process of screening pets for intestinal parasites is relatively inexpensive and quick, and it can save pet owners a lot of hassle down the road. Detecting parasites early means that vets can treat pets with medicine before any serious health issues develop because of parasites.

It is important to check for parasites on a regular basis because pets can be exposed to them by other animals that may wander into yards throughout the year. So, even if your house is extremely clean and your pet has never had parasites, they can still get them just by going outside.

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3. Caring for Aging Pets

As Pet WebMD points out, most veterinarians recommend that aging pets are taken to the vet every six months. This is because regular checkups allow vets to check them for common problems seen in older animals such as kidney and liver problems as well as thyroid issues. Pet owners can also use these appointments to update their vet on any changes in their pet’s behavior, which can be early signs of health issues that need to be addressed.

Regular check-ups can also serve as a way to communicate with the vet about a pet’s aging process and talk through how caring for an older pet changes as they age. Pet owners can also get some support from their vet if a beloved pet is nearing death. Veterinarians can help pet owners work through this process and deal with the changes of caring for a pet who will pass away soon.

senior woman with her dog inside of her house.

4. Preventing Disease

Sometimes a pet can have the onset of a disease that is not obvious to their owner. Although pet owners like to believe they know their pets well enough to immediately know when something is wrong, that is not always the case. Since pets can’t talk, it can be difficult to identify diseases in their early stages. Seeing a vet every six months will give a professional a chance to do a quick screening for common pet diseases.

A veterinarian will be able to detect signs of disease and illness much earlier than the average pet owner, so it’s a good idea to take your pet to the vet on a regular basis. Additionally, many common diseases can be tested for a relatively low price, allowing pet owners to detect diseases even before any symptoms are present.

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5. Answering Questions

Finally, seeing a vet on a regular basis can be important because it provides an opportunity for pet owners to talk through any questions or concerns they have with their vet. Sometimes pet owners have questions, but they don’t necessarily have immediate access to a professional that can give useful advice. Regular checkups give pet owners a chance to ask questions, not only about changes in their animals, but about routine animal care.

It can be helpful for pet owners to get advice about caring for their pet on a regular basis, especially because the latest news in pet health care isn’t always immediately available to pet owners. Veterinarians can provide advice on serious health issues as well as regular pet care that can help pets to stay healthy in the future.

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Taking your pet to see the vet every six months is an important way to maintain their health. Whether your pet is very young, elderly, or somewhere in between, regular visits to the vet can be a very important part of caring for your animals. Taking your pet to the vet every six months will help you identify any problems early and also get the latest information on maintaining their well-being.

About the Author:

Deborah is a veterinarian from New Orleans and she enjoys a quiet life. She lives on a farm with her family: her husband, two children, and 12 other four-legged family members. She really has many toys and too much free time, so she decided to co-found ToyPetReviews.com.