People who keep dogs as their pets treat them like nothing less than family. Dogs are some of the most loyal and friendly pets that one can keep, and it’s no wonder that they are known as man’s best friend.
Because of the fact that people treat dogs as members of their family, they are inclined to take them on trips with them, or when they just go out somewhere. While this kind of behavior is very sweet, it can cause the dog to get motion sickness from sitting in the car for too long.

Reasons for Canine Motion Sickness

Motion sickness in dogs happens for very similar reasons to why they happen in young children. Most dogs get car sick when they are young, and this is because their inner ear structure, the one responsible for balance, is not completely developed.
Other than this, one common reason for this is anxiety. Many dogs associate a trip in the car with a trip to the vet, which can cause them to get stressed or anxious.

Enjoying The Ride

How to Prevent Motion Sickness

In order to prevent your dog from getting car sick every time you take them out for a ride, here are some tips you should remember:

  • First of all, you need to make your dog understand that not every trip in the car is a trip to the vet. Take your dog out to a park and play very enthusiastically with it before coming home. Do this oftentimes, and your dog will relax a bit to the idea of traveling in the car.
  • Don’t feed your dog right before you go out. Feeding your dog at least 6 hours before going out in a car is recommended to prevent car sickness.
  • Long car rides can be tiring even for human beings who are used to traveling, so your dog is no different. Make sure that you stop after every couple of hours if going on a long trip to let your dog relax a little.
  • Driving by some scenery is a good idea to distract your dog. Having someone to play with your dog while going on a trip also helps in preventing anxiety.
  • Opening the windows is always a good idea too. Fresh air can do wonders for everyone, and dogs love it when they can feel the air rushing past them.

Some Common Signs of Motion Sickness

Prevention really is better than cure, so it is always good to know if your dog is developing car sickness before it’s actually developed. Some common signs that you should keep an eye out for are too much drooling, vomiting, inactivity, constant yawning, and uneasiness. If you see your dog developing these symptoms while in the car, you should try and make the ride as comfortable for it as you can, and the tips mentioned above can go a long way in helping you and your canine friend.

For more info, check out http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/20607-canine-car-sickness-what-to-do-about-it

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Dogs are usually regarded as adults when they are already 1 to 3 years old. While dogs generally age at different speeds, this timeline usually sees dogs of all breeds and sizes as adults. Once they become adults, their nutritional needs vastly increase. In order for your adult dog to remain healthy, their diet needs to include a whole lot of new nutrients. Below are some tips on how to pull this off.

Group Of Dogs Behind Mound Food
For dogs with low activity levels – dog food that is low in both calories and fat but high in fibre is advised. There is no need to reduce the amount of food you serve them as the fibre content will help keep them feel sated. This is also advised for dogs that pick up weight easily.

Always check recommended food intake – Your dog’s weight should dictate how much food he needs. Look up the recommended dietary allowance for your dog basing on his weight. Of course, you should also factor in his activity level and body condition. Body condition refers to the size of your pet with ranges from obese to emaciated. These, too, have scoring charts which can aid you in determining your pets’ suggested diet.

Feeding frequency – While most adult dogs can eat just once a day, it is common for pet owners to feed it two or three times instead. There is nothing wrong with this as some dogs tend to get hungry throughout the day.

Treat alternatives – an estimated 40% of all dog owners hand out treats to their dogs. These aren’t necessarily healthy options and should be limited. For a healthier alternative, you can feed them thin carrot slices, green beans, bell peppers and other raw vegetables instead.

Always observe – each dog has its own preferences and sensitivities to food. Always observe them when they’re eating and adjust as needed. Check if a particular type of food gives them medical problems and contact your vet right away.

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Hot spots, commonly known as acute moist pyotraumatic dermatitis or AMPD, is a terrible skin problem that affects pets. It is characterized by painful, irritated and raw skin lesions that are further aggravated by the pet chewing, biting or licking the afflicted skin area. This condition is most common in dogs and cats and is actually worse if covered by hair. This is because hair is able to hold in moisture which further irritates the skin. The term “hot spot” was coined because the affected area is rather warm to touch. If not treated well, secondary infection could arise and this will bring about added discomfort.

Hot Spots on Dogs

It is also worth noting that hot spots are sometimes called summer sores because they commonly occur but are not limited to the summer season. Hot spots also go by other names like moist eczema, acute moist alderman and wet eczema.

How can dog owners prevent this?

Not all dogs are immune to this but there are several ways to prevent it. By grooming dogs regularly, the probability of this occurring is severely decreased. Likewise, their coat also needs to be dry and clean to keep them from developing hot spots. Dogs who are subject to swimming or exposed to rain need to be washed and dried properly so as to minimize hot spots from occurring. If you own a long-haired breed dog with a naturally thick coat, you may want to ask your vet for preventive measures you can take as these breeds are typically affected.

How can this be remedied?

Hot spots are the result of a bacterial infection and will therefore require antibiotics. Oral antibiotics are usually prescribed for at least three weeks. Likewise, the afflicted area will also need topical treatment in the form of creams, ointments and sprays. If there is hair around the area, this will need to be clipped first in order to easily administer the topical treatment.

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While it is easy to associate trampolines with words like fun and leisure, many people do not realize how many health benefits they can provide. Yes, trampolining is a great way to get a lot of exercise done in a much lesser time than some other, more conventional, ways.

benefits of trampolines

The Benefits

So if you’re ready to get some exercising done in a fun and easy way, let’s take a look at some of the specific advantages a trampoline can provide you with.

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An Aerobic Workout

Jumping on a trampoline might sound too silly for you to believe that it has immensely positive effects on your cardiovascular system. It helps the heart pump blood faster while also making the muscles stronger.

A Low-Impact Way to Health

By low-impact, we mean the amount of stress it has on your limbs and muscles. A trampoline helps soften your landings every time, making it easier for your limbs, knees, hips, and spine to keep going.

Fights against Osteoporosis

Due to the repetitive jumping, your bones start to develop a higher density. This happens when they are put under small amounts of pressure, as with trampolining. It leads to a buildup in minerals while also helping you avoid conditions like osteoporosis.

An Easy Way to Stronger Muscles

Trampolining involves performing some strong jumps over and over again, leading to contraction of the muscles more often than with many other exercises. This helps build stronger muscles, especially those of the legs and thighs.

Increases Concentration

You can’t just simply start bouncing on a trampoline; you need to have a good sense of co-ordination and balance to do so. Constantly trying to balance yourself and preparing your body for the next jump improves your brain’s motor functions and response times, which can prove very helpful in your routine life.

Helps in Burning Calories

If you thought you had to start dieting to lose weight, you don’t. Trampolining puts your muscles under pressure and the continuous movement helps burn a lot of calories and fat.

Other than that, it also uses a lot of muscles of the body, including those in the legs and stomach, which helps tone your body and keep it in shape.

Assists in Releasing Toxins

Jumping up and down helps improve the blood flow in your body, which is important for the lymphatic system to work properly. So trampolining helps your body’s lymphatic drainage system be more efficient in order to keep it free of toxins.

Just Like Jogging

According to many websites, ten minutes of trampolining is equivalent to a half hour run. Using a trampoline is better because it also reduces the impact on your legs and knees, unlike running or jogging. It reduces this stress by 80%, which is a huge factor for choosing this fun form of exercising over something like jogging.

So if you ever thought that jumping on a trampoline was only for kids who want to have fun, you were sorely wrong. It is a great way to help you improve your health and keep your body in shape, and should definitely be considered a serious form of workout if you want to take care of your body.

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It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, fishing can be learnt at any age. From young kids, right through to those in their retirement, fishing is a hobby that can be picked up fast and improved with practice. And the better you get at it, the more rewarding it can be…

You don’t want to go out and spend money buying a rod, net, hook and all the other stuff, only to find out that you don’t like fishing after all!

Where can I fish?

Fishing can be done from the banks of a river, on the sea coastline, or if you are feeling more adventurous, from a boat or kayak – this best fishing kayak guide is useful if you want to learn more…

How to Cast

The most important skill to learn is casting. Casting involves placing your bait into the area of water where you think (or hope!) your fish are swimming.
Casting methods include the Overhead technique, which can be done when there is plenty of room available and few people are around. Another technique is ‘sidearm’, which is usually performed when in enclosed spaces.
There are also different types of casting based on what type of reel you are using. There are spincasting reels and baitcasting reels

Hopefully, after not too long you will get a bite and then you’ll need to learn how to reel the fish in!

Remember Licenses!

Don’t forget your fishing license! Make sure you check the area where you are fishing that fishing is actually permitted, or that you can fish there without approval.
The last thing you want to be doing is be fishing in a license area and get caught. Hefty fines can be applied for fishing in areas without a valid license.

A great place to get more information on learning how to fish is http://takemefishing.org/

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A dog is a man’s best friend they say. And a cat? Well, they can be your best friend too, but only when they feel like it!

Why Dogs are best?

Dogs are generally very obedient. Throw them a stick, they’ll go and fetch it. Sometimes they’ll even bring it back for you so you can throw it again. You can tell them to sit,and they’ll sit..lie down, they’ll lie down. Tell them to roll over, and guess what….

Dogs are loyal. They only really listen to what their ‘master’ tells them. If their master tells them to do something, you can be pretty confident that they will do it. It doesn’t really matter how kind or unkind you are towards your dog, he/she will always be loyal. Sadly there are some owners who fall into the unkind category and mistreat their loving canine – such a shame.

You can take them for walks. This is certainly not something you could do with your cat! I mean, you maybe could, but it would be a bit weird walking along with a cat on a leash!

Apart from the pleasure of having your dog’s company while you go out walking, it’s an extra incentive for you to go out and get some fresh air and exercise!

Why Cats are best?

They look after themselves (mostly). They clean themselves, don’t require daily walking (or any walking at that!), and are generally pretty quiet. The meows are nowhere near as noisy as the barks!

They don’t require too much looking after. Ok, so they need to be fed and watered, but the amount of food is a lot less than most dogs (ok, maybe not chihuahuas!). They clean themselves and generally don’t need much attention. Ok, sometimes they come up and like to be stroked. But who couldn’t resist stroking a cat. Especially when you get rewarded with a loving ‘purr’.

They are mostly smaller than dogs, which makes it easier to own more of them. Owning 5 can be a lot easier than owning 5 dogs!

At the end of the day, everyone is different. Some prefer cats, others dogs. It really does depend on your personality and what you are looking for from a pet.

And hey, if you want a cat or a dog and can’t quite decide, you could always go for both! Sometimes they get on together a lot better than you think!

If you want to learn more about dogs, cats or other pets, check out https://www.aspca.org/pet-care

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Newfoundlander dogs are from Canada originally. They come in different colors, including black, gray, white & black, and brown. There are more colors, but the kennel club permits only the aforementioned to be classed as a Newfie.

The original Canadian Newfoundlanders are black (with little bits of white), and white and black (mainly white). The white and black variety are known as Landseers.

Newfoundlanders are often referred to as Newfies or Newfs. Which is just as well, because calling them by their full name can be a bit of a tongue-twister!

Working Dog

Newfies are a large working dog and were bred to work alongside Canadian fishermen in the Newfoundland region…hence the name!

They are incredibly intelligent dogs with plenty of loyalty.

Their feet (paws) are webbed and their heavy coats are resistant to water. This makes them a perfect Canadian fisherman’s co-worker.

The male dogs generally weigh around 150lb, but have been known to weigh over 200lbs. They can grow up to 30 inches (to the shoulder).

Personality & Health

As previously mentioned, the Newfs are very calm and docile creatures. They are also very strong dogs – in factbthey are nicknamed the ‘Gentle Giant’. These traits make them an excellent companion and safe to have around children.

Newfoundlanders generally don’t live too long. 8 to 10 years is the general life expectancy.

Looking after your Newfoundlander

You need to take your Newfie out for regular exercise. Not great long hikes, but moderate walks and if you can – swims. The Newfie was bred to swim well!

Newfies are easy to train, but it’s recommended the training starts ASAP. Right from the first day your bring your puppy home.

Make sure that leash training is on the agenda, and of course obedience training. But don’t worry, this will be easy

Feeding

2 meals a day. In total 4 or 5 cups of dry food over the 2 meals. It’s important to stick to these measurements to avoid over-feeding.

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