Pooch Problems: Signs They Are Under The Weather

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It’s always a hard time when your beloved pooch isn’t being themselves. After all, our dog can’t tell us what’s wrong. Therefore, it can be challenging to pinpoint what is wrong with the pet. In fact, it typically ends up with us taking the dog to the vet to find out what’s occurring. However, if you look out for signs, you might be able to figure out what’s happening without even going to the vet. Therefore, here are some signs your pooch is under the weather.

They are not eating anything at all

If your dog is anything like mine, it will cry for food when it’s dinner time. And then gobble it down quickly to appease their appetite. Therefore, it can be a cause for concern if your dog stops eating their dinner. It might be a bad stomach which has stopped them fancying their food. And thankfully like our stomach bugs, it tends to go after 24 hours. However, if it’s longer than this timescale, you need to take them to the vet. After all, not eating could be down to a kidney or liver problem. Or they might have eaten something out of the ordinary which has now obstructed their stomach. And the vet might need to operate quickly to get them out of danger. Therefore, always keep an eye on your pet’s eating habits, so they stay happy and healthy!

They are constantly scratching their skin

It’s common for dogs to scratch their skin occasionally. After all, they might have picked up some dirt in their fur while they were outside and it’s bugging them. But if it’s becoming a constant thing, it’s a sign there is something else more serious going on. For one thing, it could be a sign that your pooch has got fleas or ticks on their body. And then you will have to quickly get treatment like frontline plus for dogs to ensure the fleas become a thing of the past. After all, the longer they stay on your pooch, the more chance your dog will end up with irritated skin. Not only that, but you could potentially end up with the fleas all around your house. Also, scratching their skin could be a sign of some form of infection. After all, they might have accidentally eaten something or come into contact with something which has irritated their skin. Therefore, check their skin thoroughly and go to the doctors for further action.

They are sleeping more than usual

Your dog is likely to sleep a lot in the day. After all, certain breeds do require a lot of sleep. And for other pets, they just love getting some rest! But if your dog is sleeping more than usual, there might be something else wrong. For one thing, they might be dehydrated and require more water to give them energy. The same goes for food; make sure they are eating plenty. Also, make sure it’s not dog depression. After all, more dogs than you realize suffer from this, and it can leave them sluggish. Therefore, do go see the doctor if you notice these signs.

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And remember to take your pooch for an annual checkup. That way, the vet can spot quickly if something is wrong.

Tammie~

5 Ways to Save Money on Your #Dog

Having a dog is one of the best relationships you’ll have. When raised right, dogs are loving and loyal creatures, and they will be there for you through thick and thin without judgement. What most people don’t account for when opting to get a dog is the cost. Dogs can cost a lot of money, especially as they get older. This doesn’t make owning a dog impossible for those on a limited budget; it just means you need to find the right ways to budget. The following are five ways that you can save money on your dog.

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1. Choose a Shelter

Buying a dog from a pet store or breeder will be very expensive, and if you’re trying to save money, then this is not the way to go. Instead, you should adopt a dog from a shelter. These dogs are just as loyal and attractive as pet store and breeder dogs, and they come at a fraction of the cost. In addition, these dogs need a home more than any other dog, as some of these may be facing euthanasia if not saved. Do some research at shelters near you to find a dog that suits your lifestyle, and then rescue that dog to enjoy a lifetime of companionship.

2. Look for Coupons

You probably use coupons when shopping for yourself, so why not use them for your dog too? For instance, be sure to check out your local paper or online coupon stores for dog food coupons or even treats and accessories. If you’re looking to save money on dog boarding or other amenities, you can also look for pet Groupon coupons, as they have pet-friendly options. There are plenty of ways to save a few bucks on the things you need most for your dog, so do the research.

3. Think Long-term

Your dog needs certain medication and to visit the vet regularly for their health and well-being. However, every time you go to the vet, you will dish out more than $100 on preventative heartworm and flea & tick medication. Instead of limiting yourself to what you need, choose a little more. The cost for this medication goes down per treatment if you buy more. So instead of buying a three-month supply for $35, consider buying the 12-month supply for $100.

4. Choose Vet Insurance

Some people think it’s crazy, but your pet insurance will pay for itself after a few visits to the vet. This works similarly to your own health insurance, where your provider will pay the vet a certain amount and you will only be responsible for another portion of the bill. This is also beneficial on your dog’s medication and surgery too. Look into pet insurance and find the one that makes sense for your budget.

5. Find Cheap Help

If you regularly need to board your dog or bring them to daycare because of your work schedule, you will find yourself paying a fortune. However, you can knock this bill down a bit by finding cheap local help. For instance, reach out to a local vet or vet school and see if anyone there does dog sitting or boarding on the side. You can also ask friends and neighbors for help or for references. You’d be surprised at how much you can save this way.

Having a dog will brighten up your world. If you’re worried about cost, use these tips to find the best ways to save money on your dog so you can enjoy each other’s company for years to come.

Tammie~