Why are dog ticks dangerous?


Our pets, not rarely, become our entire lives. And we want them to have long, prosperous lives, filled with happy moments that make us feel that mythical bond between man and dog. And not only that, but we want our companions to live healthy and comfortable lives. And one of the biggest threats to that purpose is ticks.

First things first. What are ticks?  They are bugs that usually carry a disease-causing bacteria, which can be a real nuisance if not caught on time. Not only that, but they also feed on blood, and if they are numerous, they can cause anemia and even local infections at the insertion point.

Ticks are little pests that can be found almost everywhere in nature, especially in wet grass and in forests. So every time you take your dog for a run, check to see if everything is ok when you come back home. And in case you find one, remove it, but don’t be alarmed. They are vectors for some types of diseases, but not all of them are infectious.

When should you get alarmed, you ask? Well, usually they are a few symptoms that might indicate your dog contracted a virus or a harmful bacteria. Watch out for persistent weakness and lethargy, see if the dog is losing weight or if it is vomiting, and check the stool for diarrhea. Sometimes joint swelling might appear and even anemia, which you can check by taking a blood test.

If the symptoms last only for a few minutes or hours, it’s a good sign. But go and see your local vet, just to double check and to see if you’re actually safe and sound. Also, some of the symptoms might appear a long time after the exposure to the parasite, as some diseases have an extended incubation period.

Some of the most known conditions a dog can get from a tick are the temporary tick paralysis which disappears soon after you remove it, the famous Lyme disease that even humans can get, and Ehrlichiosis.

To prevent all of that is quite easy nowadays. One of the best things to do is to always check your dog after going outside, even if it only runs in your backyard. And since we live in a modern age, there are special products on the market, collars and sprays, which are very effective in preventing ticks and other parasites from attaching to your pet.

So knowing all this, it must be easier for you to ensure your pet is living its best life and that you can have it for a long time next to you. Ticks are easy to prevent with a little dedication and care, and you should definitely invest in a product that keeps them away so you can sleep peacefully at night.


Learn to take care of a pet hamster

Pets are a great way to make children more responsible, especially since most of them want a pet from the earliest stages of life. However, regardless of the type of pet you choose, you need to treat it as a true member of the family and look after it, even when your child forgets or is not in the mood. Keep in mind that a pet is a living being that needs constant love, care, and a safe environment in order to live happily.

Hamsters are the perfect pets for children of all ages as they are rather easy to look after and don’t require constant care like dogs and cats. So, if you decided to adopt a hamster as the newest member of the family, here are some things you need to consider.


Provide a safe shelter

Hamsters need spacious cages in order to live as comfortable as possible. First, take a look at the size of an adult hamster and then consider the right dimensions for a cage. A Syrian hamster cage is the perfect solution for this type of hamster breed because, and most of them provide, aside from a comfortable bedding, plenty of indoor leisure activities to keep your hamsters happy.

A comfortable cage also implies a qualitative type of bedding. I suggest opting for fine sawdust because it is super absorbent, natural, and convenient to use. It is also non-toxic and harmless for your pet, reducing the risk of cutting. Pinewood shavings are also a great alternative to paper bedding and are hygienic and easy to clean.

Where to place the cage

Another thing to take into account is where to place your hamster’s cage. It is important for them to have a source of lighting but not direct. Hamsters are mainly nocturnal creatures, meaning they will spend most of the day sleeping and only being active during the night.

So, if your kids go to school early in the morning, it is best to avoid placing the cage right near their bed. I suggest opting for a mid-light and chillier corner of the room, away from direct sunlight.


Keep them happy

Bear in mind that hamsters deal better in pairs, so it would be best to find a new friend to your already furry member of the family. Hamsters love company even when they are taken care of really well, so take into account acquiring at least two hamsters from the same breed.

Also, since they don’t have enough room to run, they can easily get overweight. Thus, it is important to offer them a spinning wheel and plenty of toys or large cages with enough room to play. Hamsters get easily bored so they will need constant challenges to keep them active and happy.


How to get the right flea product for your dog


Owning a dog is one of the most rewarding things in this world, even though it also comes with a great responsibility. Apart from your unconditional love, your pooch also requires a good and comfortable shelter, proper winter and summer booties, fresh food an water, as well as regular visits to the vet, daily walks, and grooming products.

So, if you’re not entirely prepared for the commitment, I suggest waiting for a little longer. You could test your limits by walking your friends’ dogs and interacting with them for a straight few days. If you still want your own dog after caring for them 24/7, you’re more than welcome to join the club.

But, speaking of grooming products, one of the nastiest things about dogs is a flea infection. Luckily, you can prevent fleas with a wide array of products and natural substances, so let’s have a look at the most popular remedies on the web.

Natural flea repellents

There are plenty of natural flea remedies your dog can use both internal and external. Garlic, for instance, is one of the most powerful flea repellents but it could be harmful in large amounts. I suggest feeding your dog no more than one small clove of garlic per day, depending on its weight. Start feeding it one month prior to the flea season and you will notice improvements in your dog’s coat and personal health. Garlic is also a natural antibacterial and antiseptic ingredient, so it is also powerful enough to keep your dog away from flues and stomach problems.

Another great natural remedy is the classic apple cider vinegar in combination with water. You can use it both internally and externally, but I suggest the old fashioned way – spraying solution. For that, you will need around 50/50 warm water and apple cider vinegar, plus a one-quarter spoon of sea salt or Himalayan salt. Mix the ingredients together and spray the solution on your dog’s coat once a week, but avoid eye contact.

Anti-flea collars and shampoos

If you don’t fully trust the natural methods, you can also opt for the grooming industry solutions or the classic anti-flea collars. The latter has the great advantage that they can be worn all day long, even when bathing or cooling in the pool. The effect lasts for up to 6 months after you take off the collar, provided that you prolong the action with additional anti-flea products.

Anti-flea shampoos are also extremely popular, and they come in countless sizes, shapes, and scents. I suggest using one with natural active ingredients that has a neutral pH and will also provide a beautiful and luscious coat to your dog.

These shampoos shouldn’t be used more than once every two weeks, avoiding the eye and ear areas.