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Aloe Vera And Dogs

May 24, 2017 | Helpful Tips, Pet Health, Pet Products

At Charleston Dog Walker, we love to share new products, pet health information, pet-friendly activities, and local pet businesses with our amazing clients! Check out this guest blog from Hannah Salters, a local representative of Forever Living, an aloe vera company that offers a line of over 200 products for dogs and people made from organically grown, hand-harvested aloe.

Aloe Vera And Dogs

Have you ever wondered about the many uses of aloe vera? Other than breaking off the leaf and treating burns, aloe can be used for an assortment of ailments for both you AND your pets. Did you know you could ingest aloe, and that it is great for your dogs, too?

Aloe can be used for skin irritations, joint pain, digestive issues and more. Pure aloe vera gelly is versatile and safe. It can be used in dogs’ ears, on cuts, bites, rashes, in mouths for ulcers or sores, and much more.

Much like the gelly, the aloe vet spray is a great item to have on hand as it is easy to use and sprays directly on your pet’s fur. It can often save you from having to shave your pet to reach the skin, as the spray goes right on, and reaches the infected or aggravated area. It is a multipurpose product as well, and can be used to clean ears and around your pet’s eyes. It is a coat conditioner and is also great for washing out wounds. When our yellow lab had a rather nasty infection and had to have his fur shaved for it to be cleaned, we used the vet spray to help the wound heal. The poor guy had to wear a cone for a while, but thanks to aloe, it was a shorter stint than it could have been!

Aloe vera and dogsForever Freedom drinking gel is wonderful for animals with joint issues, arthritis, hip pain and more. They love the taste of the gel which has MSM, Glucosamine, and Chondroitin. These three supplements can offer great relief in a matter of days, as the two latter help rebuild cartilage.

The Aloe Drinking Gel can be used for puppies with upset tummies as well as a prebiotic. It can be given to show dogs in order to promote superb skin and coat health. Drinking aloe for digestive care, especially for gut issues such as Colitis, has been proven to be extremely beneficial. Our 6 year old lab, Jake, as well as both my husband and I, drink the gel for our gut health. Jake loves the taste and licks his lips when gulping down his aloe. If ever we see him resort to eating grass, we make sure he gets a few doses of aloe so he can reset his gut and be back to his playful self.

Forever HA and Arctic Sea are two wonderful supplements that support joint health. The HA provides a unique form of hyaluronic acid to keep joints lubricated. The Arctic Sea is an Omega 3, Mercury free supplement. These nutrients serve several functions, cushion and protect the internal organs, and support proper joint function. Our sweet little friend named Gatsby, an 8 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, loves taking his Arctic Sea to help with mobility. Gatsby is a true product of aloe as he also frequently gets his baths in the Aloe Jojoba shampoo and he uses the vet spray too. These two items help him to stay fresh and looking his normal, handsome self!

All of the above items, along with many others, are for both humans and pets. They offer the same benefits for people as they do the animals. Forever Living is THE aloe vera company, and it offers a line of 200 or more products made from organically grown, hand harvested aloe. For more information on these and other products, please contact Hannah Salters via hannahsaltersglobal.flp.com


Guide To Taking A Road Trip With Your Pet

May 1, 2017 | Charleston, Helpful Tips, Pet Products, Pet Safety, Pet Travel, Things To Do

Guide To Taking A Road Trip With Your Pet

What’s an adventure without your four-legged friend in tow?  My husband and I love taking our dogs on road trips – even if that means hair all over the car and enduring some dog farts! There’s a lot to think about when you bring your dog or cat along on a road trip, though. That’s why it is super helpful to have a plan in place when you are road tripping with your pets. Here’s our pet road trip guide to help you prepare for your road trip:

Pet Road Trip Guide ChartPet Road Trip Guide

  1. Prepare the car so your pet can travel safely. If your kitty is coming, make sure you have a cat carrier or crate so they can have a cozy bed. This will also keep them contained so they don’t climb or fall all over the car. If you have a small dog, crates are the safest way for them to travel in a car. For the bigger pups, check out a car hammock so they don’t fall off the seat at stop signs. You should also consider a doggy seatbelt. Doggy seatbelts attach to their harness or collar and then buckles into the seatbelt.
  2. Make a pet suitcase (or bag) with all of their supplies the day before. Gather all of their food and medications, favorite toys, poop bags, litter box and litter, treats, and beds. Measure out how much food you’ll need and put it in a gallon ziplock bag. Be sure to bring along a measuring cup so you can easily get food out at meal times. If your pet has refrigerated medications, you should find a small cooler. Bring along some ice packs so it can stay at the correct temperature. Don’t forget to pack some water bottles and bowls for food and water!
  3. Double check that your pet’s collar has tags with up to date information. You never know what could happen and you want it to be easy for your pet to get home to you if they get lost.
  4. Reserve a pet-friendly hotel room if you need a place to stay during the drive. We love using Trips With Pets, which shows you all of the pet-friendly places in the area you’re traveling to. I highly recommend calling ahead and booking your room, as most places only have a few designated pet rooms and they can fill up fast!
  5. Tire your dog out before jumping in the car. Our favorite tactic for having a good road trip with our dogs is to start our trip with a stop at the dog park. Our dogs run wild and play with all of their friends for about 30 minutes and then we load them up and start the trip. They are tired out after all the play time, were able to go to the bathroom, and then they are happy to just lay down and take a nap for the first part of the trip.

This pet road trip guide helps make car trips with your pets fun and easy. Just remember to prepare your car, gather all of your pet’s supplies, book your room, and tire them out. You and your pets are sure to have an awesome road trip!

Pet Road Trip Guide

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!


Picking The Right Leash For Your Dog

April 27, 2017 | Charleston, Cool Pet Products, Dog Training, Dog Walking, Helpful Tips, Pet Products, Training

How To Pick The Right Leash For Your Dog

Have you ever wondered how to pick the right leash for your dog?  As someone who walks all breeds and sizes of dogs every day, I’ve learned a lot about leashes. Every dog parent should know what leash options are out there and what is the best fit for their dog.

How to pick the right leash for your dogThe most common types of dog leashes are:

  • Standard Leash
  • Chain Leash
  • Adjustable Leash
  • Multi-Dog Leash
  • Retractable Leash

The Standard Leash

The standard leash is, by far, our favorite type of leash to use when walking a dog. They are typically made out of thick nylon or leather. You can get them in a variety of lengths, normally anywhere from 3 feet to 9 feet long. We’ve found that dogs typically walk better on a shorter standard leash (3 – 4 foot is ideal), which gives you more control over what the dog is doing while you walk. We prefer nylon leashes to the leather, as they are more comfortable to hold. Just make sure that the leash you buy has a sturdy metal clasp to attach to the dog’s collar and that the leash is made of a durable nylon and not a thin fabric.

The Chain Leash

The chain leash is very similar to the standard leash, except that is made of metal instead of nylon or leather. A chain leash has two main benefits – it won’t get smelly, and it is harder for a dog to chew through it. If you have a dog who likes to chew on the leash as they walk, or hold it in their mouth, using a chain leash is a way to train them not to do that since it’s very unlikely they will want to have a metal leash in their mouth. Most puppies go through a phase of wanting to hold the leash as they are learning proper leash training. Make sure to correct them so they know that it’s not ok, and then you shouldn’t have to worry about this problem anyway. Chain leashes can be uncomfortable to hold and they can be heavy for a dog, so we tend to not recommend going with a chain leash.

The Adjustable Leash

The adjustable leash looks like a standard leash, but with extra rings and hooks. This allows you to shorten or lengthen the leash as needed. This could be useful as your dog grows since you can start them out with a shorter leash and work up to a longer leash when they walk well.  We tend to always favor shorter leashes, though, so we stick with the standard leash option.

The Multi-Dog Leash

The multi-dog leash looks like a very appealing option for someone who has more than one dog, as it allows you to have both dogs on a separate leash, all controlled by one main leash. If you have tiny dogs, this may be a good choice, but we wouldn’t recommend this for someone with larger dogs. The main drawback is that a multi-dog leash doesn’t allow you to have direct control over each dog. It also shifts the weight distribution away from you, making it easier to be pulled by the dogs if they both try to pull towards the same thing. If a squirrel runs past, you may be on the ground before you know it!

The Retractable Leash

The retractable leash is one of the most common types of leashes used today, but it is by far the one we dislike the most. Retractable leashes are much easier to break, whether it stops retracting or snaps. Most of them also use a cord for the retractable part, which can cause serious injuries to you or your dog. The cord can easily cut you if your dog starts to run or if it gets tangled around you. Google retractable leash injuries and you’ll see just how dangerous these can be. Retractable leashes also are terrible for leash training. They give the dog too much control and don’t allow you to teach them how to walk properly beside you. While it is important for a dog to stop and sniff on their walks, they can easily do that with a standard leash when they are walking properly.

There certainly are a lot of leash options out there, but our tip pick will always be the standard leash. It allows you to have the most control while you walk, it is comfortable to hold and helps you to train your dog how to walk well beside you.

 

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!


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