Fighting Fleas

Posted by August 4th, 2012 in Happy Hounds Walking

Fleas love warmer areas. Places such as sheds, plants around the house, within your house, garage and on your pets are all places you will find fleas.

To properly win the fight against fleas you have got to target the source .
Flea control must involve all areas of infestation, your pets,and around  your home  and it must involve treatment of all phases of the flea lifecycle, adult, eggs, larva and pupa.

Flea Control on Your Pet

There are several products on the market to treat and control flea infestations on your dog. Collars and spot-ons are the most up to date for long-term control.  If you should chance to use a spot-on it is advised that you not wash your dog the day of or one day after application of the spot-on treatment. As well as spot-on treatments, sprays and foams are available too.

You should include all cats you have in your flea control program regardless of whether they are showing any signs because cats can easily carry fleas from your garden into your place. Cats are a lot more attuned to flea control chemicals (some products for dogs can’t be used on felines ) so be certain to only use products that are totally safe to be used on cats.

Flea Control in Your House

Treatment of your house should be focused on areas where your pets spend most of their time.  There are plenty of carpet sprays available and you need to also vacuum source points regularly and dump the bag, wash pet bedding in hot water and dry on extreme heat for about twenty minutes.

5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy

Posted by June 3rd, 2012 in Happy Hounds Walking

As all pet owners know, the secret to keeping your dog happy is to keep them healthy. Here are five easy steps to ensure that your dog remains, healthy, happy and full of life.

Exercise: All dogs need regular exercise. Depending on the type of dog this can be anything from a quick run around the block to two hour long walks.

Food: What you feed your dog and how much they need varies according to the breed of dog. Try to feed them a good quality, complete dog food; whether this is dry or canned or a mixture of the two is entirely down to personal preference. Ensure that whatever food you use, that your dog always has access to clean water.

Veterinary care: Find a vet you can trust and visit them regularly. Ensure your dog is micro chipped in case it gets lost and keep their boosters up to date.

Play: In the wild dogs play with each other to strengthen the social bond. A dog that isn’t bored is also less likely to chew furniture and be destructive. Any shop with a decent amount of pet supplies will stock chew toys, balls and tugging toys, get a few and see which your pet prefers as no two dogs are the same.

Clean and comfortable: A clean dog is a happy dog. If you have access to the sea or a river, encourage them to swim. Don’t be tempted to bath your dog too often as this will dry out their skin. A bath once every two months should be fine with a dog shampoo. Regular brushing is much more important and also helps bonding with your pet. At the end of the day make sure your dog has a clean, dry, adequately sized dog bed  sleep in.