Dog Bloat How to Protect Your Pup

English Bulldog in a grass

Happy english bulldog laying in a grass

In May 2017, Tailored Pet Services lost our furry Director of Love and Fun to a condition called “bloat” so we wanted to educate the public on this series condition.

We’ve all been bloated and it can really feel terrible. However, usually it’s nothing that a little Pepto or Alka-Seltzer can’t fix. Unfortunately, for our dogs, it can be a little bit more serious. Much like us, dog blog happens when a dog’s stomach fills with gas, food or fluid and makes it expand. When this happens in our dogs it puts pressure on other organs, which can lead to some grave problems such as:

  • Tears in the stomach
  • Difficulty breathing
  • No blood flow to the heart or stomach lining

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Anal Glands What Are They and Do I Need to Express Them

dog with anal glands problem

dog suffering with anal glands problem

You’re probably thinking, “Do what with my dog’s what?! And we know, it does sound pretty yucky. However, even if it is off-putting, it is very important to know if you’re a dog owner. Problems with anal glands can occur in all dogs and actually happen pretty frequently.

 What is an anal gland?

As you may imagine they are located close to your dog’s anus. They can also be referred to as anal sacs or scent glands when found in dogs. These little glands help many mammals make their territory and let them recognize the scent of other animals. And usually they express themselves naturally through excretion, but sometimes they need a little help.

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How to Introduce a Cat into a Dog Family

dog nuzzling with a cat

cat affectionately caressing a sleeping dog

People often ask if you’re a cat person or a dog person. But what if you are a “both” person? Having been raised in a home with both cats and dogs, I am definitely a both person. Cats and dogs are very unique in their characteristics. A lot of people love both, but we often feel like our homes can only have one or the other to be harmonious.

Thankfully that isn’t true at all! Cats and dogs can easily get along and even become best friends after a while. All you have to do is introduce them! Even if you have an already established dog in home, you can still introduce a cat to the family. Continue reading

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How to Keep Your Dog From Tracking Mud Through the House

Muddy paw prints on the wooden floor in the kitched by the labrador near the fridge.

Labrador near fridge and muddy paw prints on wooden floor in kitchen

Some of us love a nice relaxing rainy day (I know I do!), but they can be messy. And they can be especially messy if you have a dog that needs to go out. This can easily turn a nice relaxing day into a mud cleaning mess. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to keep your dog from tracking mud all through the house.

1. Get a mat made for muddy paws

Grab a made for pets floor mat that is designed specifically for muddy paws. They are made to absorb water and mud, leaving the mess on the mat and off your floor. Continue reading

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How Remote Temperature Monitors Can Keep Pets Safe

a hot dog

hot dog cooling off with a fan

One of the great things about living in the age of technology is having cool new things that help keep us safe. And as pet parents, looking out for our pet’s safety is always our first priority. Keeping them safe at home can be easier than keeping them safe while out on the road. That’s why these fantastic remote temperature monitors are great for pet safety in cars and in RVs.

We also know how dangerous it can be to leave our pets in the car, camper or RV. Because of that we often decide to leave our pets at home. That’s when we realize how great it is to have technology on our side.

 Enter the Nimble Pet Temperature Monitor.

This handy device will allow you to see the temperature inside your RV or car on your phones or tablets while you’re away. What’s even better is that they will send you an alert if it the temperature rises or dips below your set limits. Continue reading

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National Pet Fire Safety Day

Cute dog by the candle light.

Lovely dog lying on the armchair

Did you know that July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day? You may think it’s just another cause that us humans have named a day after for nominal reasons, but that’s not true. In fact, each year approximately half a million companion animals are affected by a fire in their homes. And close to 1,000 of those fires are actually caused by our pets. That’s why the American Kennel Club and ADT teamed up to make July 15th a day to spread awareness.

Tips to help protect you and your furry family members safe:

Put out open flames: When you leave a room for a large amount of time, make sure to put them out. Dogs and cats (especially those kitties) can knock over candles while you’re not looking.

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How to Keep your Dog Cool this Summer

Keep your dog from getting too hot with water

Dog in a small pool tired of the summer heat

The heat of the summer is here and it’s so surprise that it affects our dogs more than it does us. Their inability to sweat and sometimes heavy coats can make summer a pretty miserable time for them. You can still have fun, plus stay safe and cool at the same time.

Keep your dog from getting too hot with water

Bring extra water and travel bowls anytime you’re spending time outside. Pack frozen water bottles as well as other fresh cold bottles.

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Cookouts Food and Pet Safety

Best part of summer time cookouts is that our family pets get to be a part of it as well.

Dog standing close to barbecue and looking up to owner

 

Cookouts are the staple of summer. It is the time for good food, good friends, and good times. And the best part of summer time cookouts is that our family pets get to be a part of it as well. But, making sure that your pet is safe, is one of the most important parts of having a great time. Cookouts can quickly go from fun to bummer if your pet gets sick or lost.

Here are our top safety tips for your cookout this summer:

General pet safety tips

Whether you’re hosting the cookout or visiting a friend’s house, there are some things that need to be in order for a good time. Continue reading

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10 Summer Fun Ideas for You and Your Dog

Find a nice shady park and hit the trails. Just don’t forget some hiking essentials, like water bowls, clean up bags, and treats.

Couple happily hiking with their furry friend.

Summer and activities go hand in hand. Beautiful sunny days melt into warm and fragrant summer nights. It’s the perfect time to enjoy some quality time with friends and family. And there are so many different things you can do this summer. Continue reading

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Playing Fetch with Fido

Playing with the dog, throwing frisbee.

Middle aged woman playing with her border collie dog in the park.

Whether the sun is shining or you’re stuck in the living room on a rainy day, a game of fetch is always fun. Some dogs are fetch-experts, others…well, they may need a little help. Either way, practice makes perfect. Not to mention you and your dog can always learn new tricks to impress your friends and family.

Basics in learning how to play fetch:

Get your dog interested in the ball – Sometimes we think that our dogs should automatically want to chase a ball and bring it back. However, this doesn’t always happen. So, your goal is to first, get them to desire the ball. You can do this by putting a little peanut butter or even rubbing it with their favorite toy. Then throw it a short distance. Continue this while tossing the ball a little further each time.

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