Why picking up #2 is important…

Dog poop is gross topic but every pet parent that lives in an apartment complex or urban area knows that doggie bags are a must. There are always excuses “I forgot a bag” or “no one will care this time.” I have done it a one point and surely everyone has done it. The habit of carrying a doggie bag is a hard one to form but will be environmentally and community friendly later on.

Reasons why to scoop up the poop:

  1. Environmental and Health: Poop has bacteria and can contain viruses that get into the water supply or tracked in to your home.
  2. Keeps away flies: Don’t you hate flies? Well you can keep them away by keeping a clean yard area.
  3. Take back your yard: Have a reason to hang out in the backyard and play catch or have a bar-b-que with not worrying about your dog’s business.
Dog picking up dog poop.

Dog picking up dog poop.

Solutions: Where to find cheap bags:

  • Grocery/plastic shopping bags: They might not be biodegradable but these bags are free when picking up milk and eggs and do the dirty poop picking job.
  • Dollar store: Usually comes in a pack of six and reasonable for a $1.00.
  • Apartment Complex: Sometimes when apartment complexes want their residents to pick up their pets’ poop or have seen a lack in cooperation with pet owning residents; They will give away free doggie bags and dispensers.
  • Dog Parks: Most urban areas will have trash cans with plastic bags just for this reason and its free. So take advantage.
  • Flush it: Might sound gross but flushing the dog poop after picking it up in the bag is more friendly to the landfills.
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Cat Comments: The Best Age to Adopt Cats

For myself and personal experience, adopting an animal is 50% of searching and the other 50% is finding the age that is right for you and your lifestyle.

cats and kittens

cats and kittens

Cats are no different than dogs when it comes to life stages. The three categories are young, middle -aged and seniors.

Young kittens:

  • You have a fresh start in training, traits and personality when adopting a kitten but training can take a while for your kitten to get it; so have patience.

Middle – aged Cats:

  • The shelter should have a grasp of the cat’s personality and what he/she doesnt like or like with other animals and people.
  • Middle aged is a great medium they are still really active and mellowed out.

Senior Cats:

  • Adopting a senior cat is a honorable act of kindness for that feline and the shelter. Some shelters have had these cats for a long periods of time because adopters are drawn away from their age.
  • They do not have the behavioral issues and more companionable at this life stage.
  • There are some health issues that can come along with an elder cat. But with the right attention and regular vet checks it will be no problem to welcome this furry friend into your home.

Top 5 dog breeds that are USA’s favorite

In 2013, American Kennel Club released the top dog breeds that Americans adore.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepard
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Beagle
  5. French Bulldog

It seems that top three on this list are always on some sort of popular dog poll; I wonder when other breeds will knock off the Golden Retriever and the good ole’ Lab.
What is your favorite breed?

Spring Break Pet Traveling Tips

Spring break is upon us and we all have sorts of plans but taking our pets with us may not be an option. Here are some ways to keep you and your pet happy:

  1. Ask your family and friends: this may not be the best solution for you; since everyone might be going out of town or have allergies etc. Hey it doesn’t hurt to ask!
  2. Ask college peers: Some universities now have Facebook groups just for students and the past few days I’ve seen students post inquiries for a pet sitter for a reasonable price.
  3. Check with your local vet: See if your vet has boarding services or other local vets in the area.
  4. Search around for area dog boarding; many other reasonable pricing and board cats too!
  5. Petsmart does have a PetHotel or Doggie Day camp offered at certain stores.
  6. Check out pet sitters for a price can watch your dog like; check-ins, feeding and many other things while in the comfort of your home. San Marcos Pets is local and near by that offers many services to make your furry friend happy.

dog travel

Tips For Dealing With Shedding: The Never Ending Problem

I love my dogs but I hate dealing with pet hair. It seems that my floor, furniture and clothes all are a pet hair magnet and I have no clue what to do. Recently, I have been searching for home remedies and changes that I can do to improve my dog’s shedding issue. This can help cat owners too with their feline friend.

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What I found was:

  • Diet is a huge factor: High quality ingredients and supplements in dog foods improve the health of your dog’s coat and skin.
  • Vitamin Supplements: provides the extra push to get all the nourishments that your furry friend needs to reduce shedding.
  • Allergies: Many pet owners don’t realize that their pets can get allergies which can contribute to their shedding and hair loss.

Remedies:

  • Cover and slips for furniture: This won’t solve the problem and changing these covers out will help you keep some sanity.
  • Vacuum and sweeping: cleaning on a bi weekly bias will help control the amount of hair in the home.
  • Change in pet food: Try out a couple of brands that work best for your pet and see if the amount of hair loss is changed over time.
  •  Boost pet hair health with omega oil: these oils can boost the shine and gloss of your pet’s coat and decrease shedding
  • Make an appointment to your vet: This problem might be a cause that needs medical attention and your vet can help locate the issue with tests or request some changes.
  • Grooming: Baths and brushing are important to remove the hair that lays on and within the coat and provide a cleaner coat for your pet.

I will be testing these solutions out on my dog and may be adding another post to share my findings.

Puppy Pointers: How to deal with pee spots

House training puppies is no easy task. When pee spots do occur act immediately and try to soak up much up with fluid with a rag. Sometimes its impossible to act fast to clean up the mess with a busy life or simply overlooking your pup’s accident.

I found some sites that provide everyday and cheap household items to remedy the pee stain.

Home remedies:

How to get rid of pet stains from carpet

Remove Urine Odors and Stains Permanently

Check out these tips to avoid another accident

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Where to groom/bathe your dog locally

Grooming is very important to a dog’s health. A cleaner pet is a happy pet. Bathing your dog yourself is a money saver but a pain. Your back ends up hurting by bending over to scrub your pet. By the end of washing and drying you are more soaked in dirty dog water.

Here are some local spots to try out!

dog, pink, grooming, bath

dog, pink, grooming, bath

Self serve dog wash: This is a less expensive and they provide all the essentials you might need to your dog’s bath.

  • Austin: Healthy Pet: They provide a do it yourself wash but they are also a pet store with varies of treats and toys. Pricing is based on weight of your pup. Less than 30 pounds is $12 and more than 30 pounds $15. Healthy pet has all the bathing products there for your dog’s wash.
  • San Marcos: Stinky Dawg Wash: No appointment needed and they offer 10% off Self-Serve Washes with Texas State ID. Another offer is the Self-Serve Bather Program and when you Wash 5 times get your 6th wash free. Stinky Dawg provides everything you might need so no need to bring your own shampoo.
dog, hair cut, grooming

dog, hair cut, grooming

Professional Grooming: Have a professional to style and bath your pet, fair warning,this can come at a higher cost for the services.

  • Austin: Laura’s Doggie doo’s: If you want high professional grooming quality, you should check this local place out. Laura’s Doggie Doo’s provides everything a pet grooming salon has to offer. They even do cat grooming!  Even though it takes an average 3-4 hours before you receive your pet but i bet your dog will come out fab.
  • San Marcos: Beyond Grooming: Serves dogs and cats to look their best. Pricing is based on weight and type of grooming services. They even have a mobile van for an extra $20 can come to you to service your pet needs.

Chain pet groomers/stores: For a quick grooming and a low price. These stores may vary in coupons and discounts to use towards the grooming services.

  • PetsSmart: From walking in to have a nail trims to different types of baths with an appointment. Pricing is available online.
  • Petco: They aren’t well known for having grooming salons within their stores but will do the job at your local store. They provide different offers and packages from their Mini Make Rover to the Full Service Groom.

**Please be aware that most places require documentation of your pet’s rabies and vaccinations before they preform any services.** Check out where to get these shots on my blog.