Want to create a personal pet calendar, either for yourself or to give as a gift? Check out these funny photoshoot ideas to turn your pet into a pinup star.
Do you ever look at your pet and think… “You could totally be a furry model”?
We bet you the answer is yes, in which case we have a great idea for you: organizing your own photo session with your little companion and making a calendar out of it! You can keep it to yourself, give your friends and family some copies or sell them and raise money to your local kennel or sanctuary.
Whatever you choose to do, we can ensure that you and your dog will have the best time together while taking photos.
Check our funny photoshoot ideas, grab your camera and get ready to start shooting!
Human selfies might be slightly 2000 and late but pet selfies will never go out of style.
Unless your pet is a ball of energy and can’t stay in one place for more than five seconds, this selfie should be easy to take. All you need to do is get your little friend’s paw and place by the camera, making it look like they’re taking their own photo.
To make it even more realistic, you can use an online image editor and add a trendy filter to make the selfie 100% Instagram ready!
Get your doggo in the bathtub, use some water and dog-friendly soap and give them crazy hairstyles for the photos: a mohawk, a lion mane… whatever you can think of!
This is a great idea if you want to have a simple, quick photoshoot. You don’t even need a unique background or special props: the wet dog will be the star!
How many times do you log onto Facebook only to see one more album of newborn photos?
If you’re not exactly ready for a baby but still want to get in on this trend, organizing a newborn photoshoot with your puppy can make for a hilarious (and adorable) set of photos. Just think of all the typical newborn poses and see if you can get your puppy to emulate them.
Putting your pet in human situations is also an easy yet hilarious photoshoot idea.
You can sit them in front of your computer while wearing a pair of glasses, sit them at the kitchen table with a plate and cutlery in front of them, or put them in your kid’s electric car as if they were driving it – any human-like scene will work.
If you need some inspiration, check Doug the Pug‘s Instagram account. A true furry influencer!
This final idea is all about timing but if you catch the right moment, you’ll end up with photos that will make anyone laugh out loud.
All you need to go is get some delicious treats, throw them at your pet and capture them while they try to catch the snacks, with a close-up on their face. It might be a bit tricky to do all this by yourself so ask your partner or a friend for some help and it’ll be a lot easier!
If you have a pet, you know how delightful it is to create new memories with them. And what’s more memorable than a photoshoot day? We can guarantee that, once you see the final photos, you’ll want to send your calendar to every single person you know.
So, are you ready to start planning all your funny photoshoot ideas?
If you enjoyed reading this article and would like to discover more activities you can do with your pet, make sure to keep exploring our blog!
When you get a dog, he/she becomes a part of your family and home. Your precious little pet went from being a cute little puppy to a full-grown adult dog right in your home. That’s more than 10-12 years. So when your furry companion is nearing the end, it’s only natural to ask such a dreaded question. How to euthanize a dog at home without a vet?
Many dog-lovers these days prefer carrying out the euthanasia procedure at home. Some wish to do it with a vet while some without.
The thing about putting down your dog without professional guidance is that it can be a risky process. So I highly advise you to speak to your vet about it first. This is for nothing but the benefit of your dog. A peaceful, pain-free death is what he/she deserves, am I right?
The decision of euthanasia is not something any dog owner is able to make. But, at such times, you should understand that keeping your pet alive when there’s no hope for him/her to lead a healthy, happy life is a selfish move. You have to show mercy and let your furry friend rest in peace.
So here are the most common medical conditions that degrade the quality of life in dogs. Euthanasia is an option when these significant factors take form. But, once again, talking to your vet will give you a better, more well-informed understanding.
It’s during these times that euthanasia comes up as an option. In most cases, it’s the last resort. So the best thing you can do in such scenarios is to take your dog to the vet clinic to have him/her fully examined. And then let the medical professional decide what’s in the best interest of your adorable pet.
I have already mentioned that the conventional way to go about it is to take your dog to the vet. And let him/her perform the euthanasia procedure if required. As a responsible pet owner, this is the only safe approach.
Even so, here are some very common reasons why so many dog owners want to euthanize their pet at home without a vet…
To be honest, if it’s possible to take your dog to the vet clinic, then you absolutely should. But if it’s just not happening, then you can consider euthanizing your pet at home without a vet.
Just make sure you speak to the vet at least to figure out your options and other important matters. For all you know, the vet might be able to come to your house to carry out the procedure. In that case, you’ll be euthanizing your dog at home only but in the presence of a trained, trusted professional.
The cost of euthanasia varies from one vet to another. Even the cost of having the vet come to your home to perform the procedure varies. Irrespective of how small or big your dog is. And irrespective of how far he/she has to travel. But one thing is for sure. Having the vet come home is comparatively cheaper than going to the vet’s clinic.
Even then, there are many people who simply opt for euthanasia at home without a vet. Due to the lack of financial resources or access. The only major concern here is the safety of your dog. When doing it yourself at home, the possibility of your pet feeling pain during the procedure is not eliminated. Also, without a vet, you might not even get access to suitable medication.
Whatever approach you decide to take in terms of euthanasia, the aftermath is going to be quite difficult to deal with. Only a few dog owners choose not to be in the same room during the process of euthanasia. But the most that do find it very emotional.
When you perform the procedure at home, you’re highly likely to find it even more challenging to deal with the death of your dog. That’s because you keep seeing the place or room where your pet was put down. And carrying this image in your head daily is not easy to handle.
So doing it at the vet’s clinic seems like a less devastating choice. At least you don’t have to be reminded of it on a daily basis. Nevertheless, it’s hard to cope with the loss of a pet. There’s no denying that.
If you’re leaning more toward euthanizing your dog at home without a vet, then please understand that it might get complicated. Medical assistance at every step of the way is very important at this point. Otherwise, your pet ends up suffering for your mistakes. Proper sedation before the last drug is given is crucial to the procedure.
If that doesn’t happen, side effects like vomiting, pain, and seizures are common. So you have every reason to take your dog to the vet’s clinic for euthanasia.
There’s no point in deciding whether or not you want to euthanize your dog at home without a vet if the laws in your state don’t permit it. You should know that it’s illegal to carry out the procedure of ending life without proper medical training or license. The only legal method is to let the vet do it. Most animal shelters employ well-trained staff for this very reason.
In the majority of US states, only certified technicians and vets are allowed to perform euthanasia. Only a few states have legalized carrying out the process by non-veterinarians but with the supervision of a vet.
And it’s not just the procedure that you have to worry about here. Even the drugs are not easily available without a proper medical prescription. Most states allow only licensed professionals to store the drugs commonly used for euthanasia. In my opinion, this is a very responsible move. Since drug control ensures that these drugs aren’t abused or misused.
So you have to also check if the medication you want to inject is legal and accessible in your state.
I know I keep mentioning again and again that you should speak to your vet first before you decide to do anything. But that’s because it’s very important you do so. The vet will examine your furry companion. Only after a thorough examination can any medical professional decide if euthanasia should be the last resort.
You can even call up the clinic and ask if the vet performs home procedures. And if yes, then ask how you should go about it and the arrangements to be made.
So the decision of euthanasia has been made. Now is the time to emotionally prepare yourself as well as the members of your family. Your pet passing is not an everyday or pleasant occurrence. So, at such times, what goes a long way is talking about the situation. And offering support and care to one another.
Be very careful and sensitive toward children. You have to explain what’s about to take place. And let them share their feelings and emotions with you. Speaking of children, it’s best your child not be in the same room as your dog when he/she is being euthanized. But if your kid isn’t too sensitive or young, then it’s alright.
Your precious pet has brought so much joy, happiness, and love into your life. So now is the time for you to show how much you care. Make your dog’s last moments as comfortable and enjoyable as you possibly can.
You can do so by making sure he/she is lying down in a comfortable, warm space. Use extra blankets and pillows. Feed some of his/her favorite treats. And most importantly, shower your pet with loads of kisses and hugs.
And in the final moments, make sure that at least one loved one is present with the dog. It’s important that your pet doesn’t feel alone during this time.
For a peaceful and pain-free send-off, you should choose one of the following medications. These are common anesthetics vets use for mercy killing.
It’s a combination of zolazepam and tiletamine. Zolazepam offers valium-like properties. And tiletamine works as a dissociative anesthetic. Individually, both medications are low in terms of pain relief. But when combined, their effect reaches full potential.
Here’s another dissociative anesthetic. What the drug does is allow your dog to experience the brain and body separately. The result of this is immense pain relief when combined with valium-like drugs.
It’s a sedative that provides pain relief for dogs. But it’s expensive for larger breeds.
This one’s quite effective when it comes to working as a sedative. It’s not a widely abused form of medication, thus more accessible to get. However, propofol is quite expensive.
It’s a cheaper alternative to medetomidine. Most vets administer acepromazine on aggressive dogs.
But, obviously, before you decide what to pick, consult with your vet. What I am doing here is just giving you a vague idea about the sedatives. The final decision should be made based on the advice of a medical professional.
The preparation part is in place. So now it’s time for the inevitable.
The first injection consists of propofol, telazol, and ketamine. This you should administer intravenously. IV injections are preferred because they tend to have an effect quicker. Plus, they’re easy to administer. This is very useful in case you’re inexperienced or not a professional.
Don’t inject telazol, propofol, and ketamine intramuscularly. It ends up hurting the dog, at least in the majority of cases. But you can administer acepromazine and medetomidine intramuscularly. The former does sting though. So it’s best to do the IV method for this too.
Another thing to keep in mind is the right dosage. So my advice to you here would be to talk to your vet about the amount of pain-relieving sedative you should inject during euthanasia. The goal here is to heavily sedate your dog.
Now come the anesthetics, meaning barbiturates. These trigger cardiac arrest in less than a minute after injecting the medication intravenously.
At this point, don’t be surprised or alarmed if your precious little furry companion moves. The movements don’t imply that your dog is in pain. Or that the procedure is failing. They’re just the canine’s last few electrical impulses before the brain shuts down completely.
Once your dog breathes his/her last, you can start thinking about the funeral service. Most dog-owners go for a simple burial.
Handling your pet’s remains is also a very emotional part of the experience. But you can find some solace in knowing that now your dog is resting in peace. And that he/she is not going through any pain or suffering.
I know that reading this guide must have been hard for you. But you have to understand that your dog deserves nothing but the best treatment from you. Even during his/her last moments!
So you have every reason in the book to perform the euthanasia procedure at the vet’s clinic. Avoid doing it at home if possible. Such important decisions and procedures should be undertaken only by well-trained medical professionals. Only they have the proper knowledge to assess the situation. And then provide the most appropriate form of treatment.
Trust your vet, even if your instincts tell you otherwise.
The Border Collie Lab mix, also popularly known as Borador, might not sound like the name of an actual dog breed. But it is one; in fact, it’s one of the most reliable breeds. The canines are loving and intelligent. The love comes from the Lab parent. And the intelligence is all Collie.
The cross-breed responds very well to training with rewards and positive reinforcements. After all, food rewards are not new to Labradors because of their scavenging nature.
Now it’s time to get into the most specific details. Like where the breed comes from, how to care for them, what to expect from them, etc.
Borador puppies are a mix of Border Collie and Labrador Retriever. The dam and sire are interchangeable. This means the father can belong to either breed.
Both parents come from a working background. Even so, Border Collie Lab dogs are not registered with major Kennels. So the cross-breed is labeled as a designer or companion dog.
It was brought into existence to combine friendliness and intelligence. The former coming from Labradors and the latter from Collies. It goes without saying that a Border Collie Lab mix is an ideal breed for a family to adopt.
Speaking of which, if you’re deciding to pay for the pup, then the cost is anywhere between $200 and $500. And in a single litter, you’ll find at least 6 to 9 puppies.
Now you should also know that Collies and Labs have been around for a very, very long time. But their offspring has only been active for the last 10 to 20 years. So let’s find out where the mixed breed comes from.
Border Collies were bred after the invasion of Britain by the Vikings. This took place around the Roman Empire dissolution. So the invasion brought the breed into the country. The mating of Viking’s dogs with Roman dogs produced the breed Border Collie.
The dog community was agile with an exemplary work ethic. Border Collies took some time to venture further beyond Britain. And it’s only in 1995 that the breed received recognition by the AKC (American Kennel Club).
Collies are known for athleticism, speed, and intelligence. But it’s their striking intelligence that makes them so popular when it comes to work ethic and training.
A Border Collie that doesn’t receive the required amount of physical and mental stimulation tends to become destructive. Much like most other dog breeds! They get bored quite easily. So if you live a busy life without enough time to take your dog outside, think again before adopting a pet.
So the Collie side of the cross-breed is highly athletic and intelligent. Now it’s time to get to know a little more about the Labrador parent.
I think you already know that Labradors are quite popular with Kennel Clubs and as home, family pets. The chances are you know at least one person or family that has an adorable Lab in the house.
Labrador Retrievers go all the way back to 1800s. This breed from Newfoundland was a part of rich English communities fond of waterfowl hunting. As for receiving recognition by the Kennel Club of England, it happened in 1903. And by the Kennel Club of America, Labs were registered in 1917.
Working dogs; that’s what Labrador Retrievers were used as. But that’s not what it looks like today. They’re more suited for family companionship. Needless to say, the breed is people-oriented and super-friendly.
The furry creatures are also very happy and energetic by nature. They love playing and just being outdoors. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find a Lab chilling comfortably on a couch after the completion of a hectic day.
On top of that, since Labrador’s have a people-pleasing nature, they are very easy to train.
So what’s the moral of the story? That a Border Collie Lab mix is a very intelligent, friendly, happy, and energetic cross-breed. Families would be truly lucky to have a pet like this.
The thing about designer dog breeds is that their pups develop distinctive features and characteristics from both parents. In that case, Border Collie Lab puppies are no exception.
The happy face of a Lab, with slightly shorter ears and body much like that of a Collie. This is what the hybrid looks like. Also, the dogs have dark, piercing, and striking eyes. It’s what sets the breed apart from the rest.
Labrador Retrievers have a solid black, brown, or yellow coat. As for Border Collies, their coat is more double or triple-colored. But there are beautiful full black Boradors as well.
What about the length of the hair? This feature is much like the Collie parent, maybe slightly shorter. But medium in length on the whole.
To tell you for a fact, the body of the mixed breed is more like a Collie than Lab. At least size and shape-wise! So even the weight is pretty much the same as that of a Border Collie.
But you should know that Labradors are big dogs. This means your Border Collie Lab companion is very likely to be heavier than Collie.
An adult Border Collie weighs around 30-45 pounds. So the adult cross-breed can weigh 5 pounds heavier than that. Even 50 pounds is possible for an adult, full-grown male canine.
Now you know exactly what you should expect in the areas of appearance and weight. So it’s time to delve deeper. It’s time for discussing the personality.
There’s no doubt that both Labs and Collies have a positive and unique personality. The uniqueness in the latter is their extreme intelligence. Did you know that the mental abilities of a dog are much the same as those of a 2-year-old?
As for Labrador Retrievers, you can think of them as toddlers. They are also plenty smart. But that’s not their unique characteristic. The trait that stands out here is an easy-going, happy, and kind attitude. So when you combine this with intelligence, what you get is a cross-breed with an incredibly positive temperament.
The hybrid is loving, attentive, friendly, and even unchallenging to train. The training part is easier than you can imagine by the way. Thanks to the Lab parent’s desire to please.
Here’s another important thing to note. Border Collies, originally, were bred for gathering sheep. So the canines are fond of obedience training. In fact, they’re the happiest when told what to do.
Speaking of training, let’s talk about an aspect that brings into action proper training.
Learning to socialize during the early stages of life is crucial if you want your four-legged companion to be outgoing, healthy, and happy. So expose your little pup to as many dogs as possible. And even to other people.
This you should do from a very young age to prevent the dog from becoming aggressive or fearful around new crowds. By a very young age, I mean when the puppy is 3-14 weeks old.
Now, in terms of Labs and Collies, the breeds have a kind, easy temperament. So you won’t have a hard time teaching your hybrid pup to socialize. After all, I’ve said it enough number of times that training this cross-breed is comparatively easier.
The mixed-breed requires top quality food, no doubt. You get to choose from raw, dry, wet, and dehydrated food. Whatever you decide to feed, make sure the servings and type of food meet your dog’s daily nutritional requirements. And obviously, the nutrient requirements of a puppy are not the same as that of an adult dog.
Here’s a table you might find very useful:
|Weight||Daily Calorie Needs of a Puppy||Daily Calorie Needs of an Adult Dog||Daily Calorie Needs of an Adult Dog in Winter|
Generally speaking, a pup’s daily allowance can be divided into 4 meals. When he/she turns 6 months old, reduce to 2 meals a day. The majority of dogs stay healthy and happy with only 2 meals for as long as they’re alive.
Apart from that, make sure your furry creature drinks plenty of fresh water. So keep that option easily available for him/her. Particularly if your dog is on dry food!
Now is the time for me to bring to your attention that Boradors have a tendency of gaining weight quite easily. This is because of the scavenger gene they inherit from their Lab parent. So please keep a check on how much they eat. And also on how much exercise you’re providing them with. As long as you’re able to feel the ribs, it’s all good.
You already know by now that both Labs and Collies are very active breeds. So this should suggest their mix is going to be pretty much the same. That means more than an-hour-long walks daily is a must.
The cross-breed is fond of hiking up mountains, exploring woods, playing ball out in the backyard, chasing fellow four-legged buddies in the park, etc. They’re all equipped to make sure you’re on your toes.
The mixed-breed takes after its Collie parent when it comes to excelling in agility, obedience, flyball, and rallies. So how about you introduce a fun hobby into your dog’s life to keep him/her busy and active? Don’t let those working genes go to waste.
Your bonding sessions with your furry companion are also going to be brilliant. And it’s because of how intelligent and loving Border Collie Lab puppies and adult dogs are. You can use food to entice or encourage them to play brain games.
Like I already told you, Border Collie Labs are not difficult at all to train. When it comes to responding to a routine that’s consistent, you can expect good behavior. Particularly with the help of positive reinforcements and rewards.
The practice of punishment doesn’t work. So refrain from using negative coercion or punishment-based training. It just causes anxiety and fear in dogs. And that, in turn, results in aggression.
Whenever your little pooch follows your orders, feel free to reward him/her. Either with food or a toy!
When training a puppy, establish a consistent plan of routine. After every meal, take him/her out for a walk. It even prepares them for toilet training. Apart from that, regular walks throughout the entire day are a must.
The temperament of the parents does matter when it comes to training. You already know that, don’t you? But what also plays a major role is the environment. It’s very important for you to introduce your dog to new things and people slowly and safely. This means encouraging the canine to socialize from a very young age.
Introduce your pet to all kinds of a crowd. Let his/her curiosities run amuck. Don’t keep them from not investigating loud noises. Instead, reward them if they do so in a calm manner. It’s imperative for your dog to understand that exploring is a good, positive thing.
Have you ever had a breed with long hair? If yes, then you know how shedding is a part of the whole experience. Unfortunately, a Collie is a long-haired creature. So the chances of your Collie Lab mix also shedding are not unlikely. Even so, this shedding might not be as voluminous as in the case of a purebred Collie.
Just expect to find fine to medium length dog hairs scattered across your home. Instead of having to clean larger tufts all the time!
Like I already told you, shedding doesn’t seem like such a major concern. So you don’t need to devote a lot of time and energy into grooming your Border Collie Lab mix. At least not as much as the exercising aspect!
You can use a pin or bristle brush to do the grooming. I would say 1-2 times a week is good enough. If there are any mats to clear out, feel free to use the slicker brush for that.
The cross-breed’s grooming requirements are perfect for someone who doesn’t have a busy schedule to keep up with. However, daily exercise requirements say the opposite.
Also, don’t forget to clean his/her ears and eyes along with trimming the nails. Cleaning the teeth is also necessary from a very young age. It’s because the idea of getting your puppy used to such regular checks makes the same tasks easy to carry out during adulthood.
Let’s not forget that all breeds run the risk of developing certain illnesses. But some of them are more susceptible to specific medical problems. So as a responsible and caring pet owner, it’s important for you to be well aware of such concerns at the time of getting a pup.
In that case, why would a Border Collie Lab puppy be any different! So to better understand the potential risks associated with the cross-breed, let’s have a look at both parent breeds’ specific health issues.
The most common medical problem Labs have to deal with is elbow and hip dysplasia. Along with osteochondritis, arthritis, and knee dislocation. These issues are either directly or partially linked to the weak joint formation. Let’s dive deeper!
The condition dysplasia involves the elbow or hip joint. It occurs when the elbow or hip socket fails to perform properly. The result of which is painful arthritis, as well as lameness in some cases.
And, unfortunately, Labradors are likely to get affected by this particular joint ailment. Not only that, the medical condition becomes a part of their DNA. Meaning even their offspring are prone to developing it.
Labs are also genetically inclined toward the formation of retinal atrophy. It’s a disease that causes blindness.
The next common medical condition is cancer. But, on the bright side, Labrador Retrievers are less likely to develop a tumor. In comparison to purebred canines!
Retinal atrophy and hip dysplasia are detectable from a young age. However, cancer is not as it can take control later during the adulthood stage. Even if your dog is well taken care of!
On the other hand, conditions like obesity are easily avoidable. Proper diet and regular exercise are important if you want to keep your dog from becoming obese.
Now let’s talk about Border Collie.
The most tragic part here is that Collies are highly susceptible to epilepsy. The breed is likely to suffer from seizures. This means long-term care and medication are required.
One major risk connected with the condition is injury at the time of a seizure. So if your little pooch has that gene in him/her, it means you’ll have to practice more attention and care. Leaving your dog alone for long hours is a bad idea at such times.
Both Labs and Collies are prone to developing eye diseases like primary lens luxation and Collie eye anomaly. The latter, as the name suggests, takes form very quickly in Border Collies. It develops when the puppy is 5-8 weeks old. Only an ophthalmologist can detect it. This means all the more reason to not neglect regular check-ups with the veterinarian.
As for primary lens luxation, the condition occurs when the eye ligaments responsible for keeping the lens in position become weak. Sometimes it’s just the outcome of trauma. But, more often than not, the disease is inherited.
Both the eye-related medical issues lead to complete blindness in a Border Collie.
Congenital deafness is another cause for concern among the Collie community. It happens when cochlea-related blood flow problems and vascular malformations occur. In simple words, the inner part of the ear doesn’t receive any blood flow. And this is why your dog cannot hear properly.
The problem is very likely to affect four-legged creatures with blue eyes and white heads. Such dogs’ gene pattern is double merle, which is highly linked to the deafness disease.
Also, elbow dysplasia and Collies are no strangers. However, deafness is the most common condition that affects Collies.
You might not know this; healthy dogs contain the best genetic diversity. The more the diversity, the less the amount of bad genes being passed on. This means the chances of developing serious ailments are quite low.
So as far as diversity is concerned, what matters the most is selective breeding. Several generations are what it takes to eliminate potential medical conditions from the breed’s gene pool.
The science about breeding is a very confusing topic to understand. But just know one thing; when you adopt a pup, the little creature contains bad genes that are taken from both purebred parents. Meaning the health concerns in common with both the mother and father are a part of their offspring too.
In the case of a Borador, these health concerns include eye diseases and hip dysplasia. You can even test your pup for medical conditions that are most commonly found within that breed. Even so, there’s no guarantee your Border Collie Lab won’t have to deal with serious health concerns.
A long, happy life is a part of the picture here, fortunately. Generally speaking, the life expectancy of a Collie and Lab is not the same though. The former lives for the longest time, which is 13.5 years. As for Labrador Retrievers, their average lifespan is 12.5 years. So that’s about 13 years for a Border Collie Lab cross-breed.
Now here’s a fun fact. Mixed breeds have a tendency of living for a while longer than purebred parents and dogs.
If the breeder is caring, qualified, and experienced, you can rest assured knowing that your pup is going to be the best.
Collies and Labs are very energetic dogs, right? So would you rather get a hybrid that’s as active as the parents? Or a canine that’s slightly low-key? More often than not, the most favorite choice is the former. But that’s only when you know you’ve got the time to keep up with the high energy levels of your pet.
An incredibly active Border Collie Lab is a great option for a family with several children. So the kids can play with the dog too. To top it off, the mixed breed is just what you and your adventurous family might demand during those frequent weekend trips.
Dogs love playtime and adventures. So it’s a win-win situation for both parties. Just make sure you prioritize health when choosing a pup and during your whole time with him/her. This brings me to a very relevant part of the article.
Many breeders work with pure breeds for creating mixes. But only the responsible ones understand congenital health concerns that are likely to be transferred to offspring via the gene. And for this reason, make sure to ask for the medical history of both purebred parents.
There are some breeders that actually go through the trouble of DNA testing. This they do to eliminate concerns associated with health issues being passed down. In fact, if you want to make sure you’re to-be pet is the healthiest Lab Collie mix, then a DNA test is the most effective method to do so.
If the Borador cross-breed’s not suited for your lifestyle or personal requirements, there are many other such mixed-breeds that contain the Lab gene.
But you know; if you’ve got the time and you’re dedicated toward caring for your pet, then I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t choose a Border Collie Lab mix.
Now there’s a difference between snacking and chowing down food at every opportunity you get. And border Collie Lab dogs belong to the latter. Expect a heavy food bill once you invite this cross-breed into your home. But please make sure to keep their food intake under control as they’re very likely to gain weight very fast.
The dogs are ridiculously energetic. So it’s only natural to want to eat more when you’re utilizing all that energy from food for chasing, jumping, fetching, etc.
The best advice I can give you at this point is to buy breed-specific dog food. It’s packed with the right kind and amount of nutrients for your Collie Lab mix. Now I don’t mean searching for food that’s specially created for only Border Collie Labs. However, many manufacturers specify the names of breeds the food is suitable for.
It’s not such a useful fact getting to know that the mixed breed is not classified. But that’s because we don’t give the matter the importance it deserves. Two different parents imply the offspring is a product of two separate classes. So the final result doesn’t belong to any one particular class.
However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. And that’s because the cross-breed can do what both parents are capable of doing. So that’s 2 sets of different traits, qualities, and characteristics. And 2 is always better than 1, is it not?
In the case of a Borador, it means the intelligence of Collies and friendliness of Labs.
Now it’s true that most dogs simply can’t get enough of romping around in the park with fellow furry creatures. But there will always be exceptions that don’t enjoy it as much. And those who love it more than the rest of them like the cross-breed Border Collie Lab mix.
You can take your little pooch just about anywhere and at whatever time of the day. The former includes both human and dog parks. He/she is going to end up being the life of the party with generous slobbery kisses and a happy, wagging tail.
It’s fun playing fetch with your dog. But the fun part gets jeopardized if the dog doesn’t bring back that toy. But this is something you don’t need to worry about if your pet is a Border Collie Lab. It feels like it was this particular breed that invented the game in the first place.
The Lab side of the hybrid ensures that he/she brings the toy back to you every single time. After all, Labradors were born to fetch. But you might have to buy more than 1 or 2 toys as the canine is also very fond of tearing up the toy when bored. And you can’t play the game all day long now, can you?
“Most friendly canines” is the best way to describe this particular mix between Labrador Retrievers and Border Collies. The hybrid is the most loving, stable, and reliable pet to have in your home. Plus, the dog is not at all difficult to train. Such qualities are perfect for a family looking to get a new pet.
Collie’s intelligence and Lab’s friendly nature; the mixed breed is a wonderful blend of two separate genes. The impressive intelligence responds well to training and a consistent exercise routine. The former should include positive reinforcements along with rewards.
Daily exercise, as well as mental stimulation, is a must. Otherwise, this is what awaits; destructive behavior, incessant barking, and aggression. Also remember that bored dogs equal to unhappy dogs, no matter the breed.
As for the easy-going attitude the mixed breed picks up from its Lab gene, it makes the dog more socially active.
In all, expect a Collie Lab mix to keep you busy all the time. At the same time, look forward to receiving a lot of love, affection, and loyalty from the cross-breed. So are you ready to buy one? Have you thought about adoption instead?
The Husky Lab Mix is also known as Siberian Retriever and Huskador. The parent breeds are nothing but a huge bundle of delight. Loving, intelligent, loyal, and highly energetic; a Husky Lab puppy fits perfectly well into just about any active household. Provided you’re okay with regular grooming.
Are the dogs just like purebred Labradors or Huskies? No, they’re not. So don’t even expect them to be. Rather the hybrid is a very unpredictable mix of America’s 2 most favorite dog breeds. So let’s get to know everything about this adorable cross-breed.
Obviously, a Husky Lab comes from one Siberian Husky and one Labrador Retriever. Either can be the mom or dad. What’s important instead is that both parents should be purebred dogs.
Now if you want to understand the history and origins of Husky Lab mix, let’s delve deeper.
The breed seems to have originated from Newfoundland, which used to be a British colony. This explains the dog’s English origin. Even though Newfoundland now is in Canada.
Labrador Retrievers are labeled as working dogs. They are Retrievers, after all. Meaning retrieving is a part of what they do. Back in the days, Labs worked with hunters for flushing out and collecting captured prey.
They are loyal dogs that are simply great around people. As pets, the breed offers abundant love, affection, and playfulness. And they’re great with children too!
I don’t need to tell you that Siberian Huskies come from Siberia in Russia. This breed too also consists of working dogs. Traditionally speaking, the job of a Husky was to pull sleds for transportation. Along with helping out with gathering firewood, food, etc. and hunting.
Siberian Huskies were specially bred for cohabitating and collaborating with people. They’re good with both adults and children. And as pets, the breed is very protective, loyal, and simply wonderful.
Choosing a cross-breed almost always seems like a risky gamble. And that’s because you don’t know which parent’s traits the hybrid might inherit the most.
However, both sides share nearly the same characteristics. So you can expect the product of a Lab and Husky to be energetic, affectionate, loyal, highly protective, affable, hardworking, smart, and eminently trainable.
It is a cross-breed after all, right? So the appearance of each puppy is going to be a unique combination of both a Labrador Retriever and Siberian Husky.
The most common coat colors include black, brown, yellow, copper, grey, and white. A beautiful blend of colors is also a possibility. Much like in the case of Huskies.
One other common trait in terms of appearance is heterochromia. This is when both eyes are different colored. It’s a very natural condition and not harmful in any sense.
Since most Huskies and Labradors are of the same size, your Labsky is going to grow into a medium size dog. With either droopy or upright ears. The former is a part of the Labrador breed while the latter is found in Huskies. Whatever the case, the hybrid looks stunning.
Like I said, Husky Lab mix is a medium size dog. The height they achieve when fully grown is somewhere between 20 and 25 inches. As nature dictates, males are slightly larger and taller than females. But on average, the weight is around 40-60 pounds.
A combination of colors taken from both sides of the lineage is what you get. The different shades include brown, black, yellow, grey, copper, and white.
But that doesn’t mean your Husky Lab puppy can’t have a block-colored coat. As that of his/her Labrador parent. It’s not always a possibility that the puppies are going to be a wonderful blend of different colors like Huskies.
The length of the coat is either short or medium. But straight in all scenarios.
One downside of being a descendant of Huskies is the shedding of hair. If you’ve seen a Husky up close, you know the breed has a double layer of coating. These layers are what kept the dogs warm when the temperature dropped in freezing Siberia.
So if your pup inherits the double coat, shedding only comes naturally. This means you’ve got to be okay with regularly brushing your dog and his/her undercoat off the floor.
It’s very important to buy from a well-known breeder. Meeting your future pet’s parents or at least the mother to see how they interact with their puppies is certainly a memorable experience. This way you also get an idea as to what traits your pup might inherit and develop.
My advice to you would be to pick a breeder who favors working-dog traits over aesthetics. When breeders do that, they’re making sure the puppies have a calmer and healthier temperament.
On your part, make sure the cross-breed comes from 2 pure breeds. You can even request to see some documentation. Popular breeders also offer medical records of not only the puppy but also the parents. In the case of the former, it includes vaccinations, flea treatment, deworming, and more such steps taken until you collect the little playful creature.
You can even check your puppy on your own. Clean ears and eyes and good health are great indicators that the breeder really cares. And doesn’t just want to make money off you. Also expect the breeders to direct questions at you too. After all, the most genuine ones are concerned about where their puppies go.
When it comes to picking the most suitable puppy for your home, there are many factors you might want to take into account. From gender and appearance to temperament and genetic testing.
For a tropical climate, a pup with short hair seems like a more thoughtful choice.
Now you should know that there are many show breeders that unknowingly or knowingly give importance to appearance. Instead of strength, temperament, and good health. So make sure you keep this in mind at the time of choosing your puppy.
Interact with both the parent dogs, if possible. So you get an idea of what the temperament and personality are like. But if the breeder doesn’t allow this, know that something is not right.
Examine the eyes, mouth, ears, paws, skin, tail, tongue, and underside. Make sure they look healthy and clean. You can also request for the medical history of your Husky Lab puppy. And if there’s a veterinarian, get his/her name and address too.
Good breeders charge you around $400-$800 for Husky Lab mix. As for adopting one from a shelter home, the price range is much lower. It’s between $50 and $100.
In terms of monthly costs, you’re looking at quite a few steep expenses. The food intake of Huskadors is pretty high. So you’ll be spending a lot on that. Along with general maintenance and insurance! So the round-up is somewhere between $120 and $140 per month.
It’s not easy determining the exact behavioral characteristics of a Labsky. And it’s because the breed comes from two different breeds. This means the traits can be a mix of both parents.
So in order to understand your dog better, why not read about the temperament of both Labs and Huskies!
Did you know the Labrador breed is America’s most favorite? And there are enough reasons for that. The dogs are intelligent, eager, and loyal. This means they make excellent companions. Even if you have other pets and children.
The breed is very gentle and loving toward family members. And all they want to do is bring joy and happiness into your life.
As far as training a Labrador is concerned, the process is not very challenging. Labs train easily and quickly. But do keep in mind that they mature slowly. So you’ll notice puppy-like behavior even into adulthood.
You might also want to know that Labradors are prone to boredom and chewing. It’s a very bad combination indeed. So it’s entirely in your hands to prevent your dog from getting bored and chewing. Make sure proper physical and mental exercise is a part of his/her daily routine.
Huskies have earned a reputation of being very energetic and agreeable. The breed is family-oriented after all. The background here combines work and companionship. And this is what makes them such friendly pets to have.
A Siberian Husky demands social interaction. With you and with other dogs! So leaving them alone at home for a long time is not such a great idea.
The dog has a lot of energy to expend. So a backyard with secure fencing is the perfect place for such a canine. He/she should have the opportunity to play and run around as much as they like. Huskies love to chase as well. So don’t forget the leash when you’re out with your dog.
The breed loves kids and even other fellow four-legged creatures. You can also expect them to greet and interact with strangers quite easily. They see just about everyone as friends.
In short, a Husky might not win the award to the best watchdog. But he/she definitely bags one as the most loving, caring, and friendly furry companion.
Labradors and Huskies are known about for their energy and endurance. So if you’re planning on getting a Huskador, be prepared to meet the demands of an energetic canine.
Your cross-breed is a highly social creature who enjoys company. The breed is people-oriented indeed. This suggests it’s the perfect choice for a family.
But you’ll have to buy a lot of toys and make sure your pet receives a lot of mental stimulation and exercise. Otherwise, don’t expect the dog to feel or spread any joy. And when that happens, destructive behavior is inevitable. No wonder adequate exercise is always encouraged by veterinarians, dog owners, and the like.
Obedience training and early socialization are also recommended by professionals. In the case of this particular breed or just about any dog breed. Husky Lab puppies are highly excitable, but slow in terms of maturing. The latter part is inherited from their Labrador parent.
When obedience training and early socialization take place properly, they reduce the level of anxiety. Such daily practices also promote good behavior, adaptability, and calmness in your dog. No matter the situation!
Does a Labsky respond well to training? Fortunately, the answer is a big YES. Positive reinforcements work best in this case. And that’s because the cross-breed is very intelligent.
Let me bring to your attention that Labradors are quick to train. They have a wonderful eagerness when it comes to pleasing the ones they love. So you should hope for your Husky Lab mix to inherit this particular trait from its Labrador parent.
But if that doesn’t happen, you’re looking at the Husky temperament. At least as far as training is concerned, Huskies are very stubborn. They are much more difficult to train. Since they like to follow their own instructions and ideas. However, you can combat this stubbornness with consistent, repetitive, positive reinforcement training.
What you can also do is encourage your dog to socialize with other people and furry creatures. When that happens, mental stimulation receives a boost. And this helps in keeping your pet entertained and well-behaved. So include a lot of play dates in your dog’s weekly schedule.
Mental stimulation is crucial if you don’t want the dog to get bored. Especially if the breed is known for its intelligence.
Also, Huskadors benefit from dog puzzle toys. Did you know that? You might have to practice a little bit of patience with them. But they’re pretty much well-equipped to handle such games and be occupied by them.
Regular grooming twice every week is a must. Along with normal tasks such as nail clipping, ear cleaning, and flea treatment. So yes, caring for this cross-breed requires much effort.
Apart from grooming, the dog demands tons of exercise, both physical and mental. So if you have a backyard, it’s a huge plus. The hybrid thrives in company, meaning it’s people-oriented. It’s perfect for an active, social family. With one person at least at home for the most part of the day!
For Husky Lab mix, 60 minutes of daily exercise is a given. There’s no debating that. But you can split this into many sessions. Apart from giving him/her the opportunity to run around off-leash throughout the day. If you’ve mastered the skill of recalling your dog, then feel safe to remove the leash even during walks.
Even the puppies are going to be intelligent and highly energetic. So if you know of any agility classes for dogs in your locality, sign up your little creature.
The dogs also enjoy swimming. This activity ranks as one of the most effective forms of exercise. Even for you, there’s nothing more fun and memorable than watching your pet swim in the pool. Just make sure you’re standing at a distance when they shake off the water. Husky Labs have a double layer of coat, which means it can hold lots of water.
Getting a Husky Lab cross-breed means agreeing to groom your dog twice every week. The grooming part includes thoroughly brushing. As this reduces the coat from shedding!
Now you already know that Huskies have a double coat. The double layer increases the chances of the dog shedding profusely during the Fall and Spring. So there’s no reason why Husky Lab mix is going to be any different. This is when professional groomers come to the rescue.
Also don’t neglect ear cleanliness, bathing, and nail clipping.
The chances are you’ve got a puppy from the breeder or local adoption shelter. So the dog is already following a set diet. So it’s best to maintain that before slowly transitioning into a new one. Mix some of his/her old food with the new food. And then gradually increase the amount of the latter.
Puppies usually feed 3-4 times a day. But once they turn 6 months old, you can reduce this to 2 times only. And give them puppy food till they turn 1 year old. The difference between puppy food and adult food is that the former contains more protein.
As for an adult Husky Lab mix, about 2 and half cups of dry food is more than enough on a daily basis. Choose dry foods with higher protein content. 1/3rd of your dog’s diet is supposed to be protein. And avoid foods with corn, wheat, gluten, rendered fats, and artificial coloring.
Inheriting diseases from parents happens in humans and animals, of course. So why would dogs be an exception, even if cross-bred! This is why health screening at an early age is so important. It helps you prepare for and avoid future health problems your four-legged companion might have to face.
So let’s get to know the potential health conditions that affect both Siberian Huskies and Labradors.
When it comes to a Husky, the breed is susceptible to all common health concerns that affect all dogs. Such as skin disorders and dental disease. But Huskies are highly prone to developing skin issues. Like zinc-responsive dermatosis, pemphigus foliaceus, and follicular dysplasia.
Dermatosis leads to hair loss and skin crusting. Along with having a negative impact on the chin and eyes of the dog. Even pemphigus foliaceus causes hair loss and crusting. As for dysplasia, it’s canine alopecia. The condition results in skin flaking, abnormal growth of hair, and hair loss.
Let me tell you that Siberian Huskies are also inclined toward more serious health concerns. That may or may not pass down to their offspring.
Ophthalmological issues are no strangers in the case of Huskies. These include corneal dystrophy, retinal atrophy, and cataracts.
Cataracts usually affect older adult dogs. They are marked by filmy, cloudy looking eyes. And what the condition does is impairs vision. So when not treated, it can cause complete blindness.
Even young Huskies (2 years old) are more likely to develop cataracts.
Retinal Atrophy is a progressive eye disease, which also results in blindness. The condition affects dogs 3 years or older. Once it sets in, the little furry creature can lose his/her eyesight within 1-2 years.
Unfortunately, there’s no cure. However, you can do genetic screening in the parent breeds.
Corneal Dystrophy comes in three different variations. And all three cause eye opaqueness. This too is inheritable by nature. And it strikes from the age of 6 into adulthood.
In some cases, the condition doesn’t give rise to troublesome symptoms. But there have been scenarios where the dog has had to deal with impaired vision and painful ulcers.
Mainly found in larger breeds, dysplasia is caused by obesity. The condition is the result of the bone of the leg not fitting into the socket of the hip. Such misalignment causes friction and further joint deterioration. Thus, giving rise to arthritis.
Symptoms of hip dysplasia include stiffness, restricted range of movement, and trouble in climbing stairs, running, and jumping.
As for the treatment, weight management, exercise limitations, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicines, or surgery are recommended.
When the thyroid gland hormone production is insufficient, hyperthyroidism takes control. The thyroid is responsible for managing important bodily functions like temperature regulation and metabolism.
The list of symptoms includes hair loss, weight gain, irregular heartbeat, lethargy, etc. Huskies or any other breed with hypothyroidism is also very susceptible to developing ear infections.
You can diagnose the condition with a simple blood test. And treat the problem with medication.
Idiopathic seizures are the most common among Siberian Huskies. Without any specific common cause! Epilepsy can occur from anywhere between the age of 6 months and 3 years. And, obviously, medication helps in managing the condition.
Labrador Retriever Health Problems
Just like Huskies, Labs are also prone to retinal atrophy, cataracts, and corneal dystrophy. Along with epilepsy and hip dysplasia!
Here are some other health issues you might want to know about in the case of Labrador Retrievers:
What’s the precise cause of this bloating condition in Labradors? The cause isn’t known yet. But one thing is for certain. That gastric dilation affects larger breeds only. It is marked by the stomach expanding and then rotating. So all the food and gas get trapped inside the stomach. With no exit route!
Bloat can be very painful. In fact, when no medical intervention takes place, a dog can even die due to this serious condition.
Some of the most common symptoms include panting, distended stomach, pacing, inability and refusal to lie down, and foamy saliva but with no vomit. When you spot these signs, contact the vet immediately.
You can decrease the chances of bloat formation by feeding your dog more frequent, smaller meals.
The most unfortunate news is that Labradors are prone to both hip and elbow dysplasia. The latter occurs when a part of the cartilage or bone breaks off around the joint. The condition wears down that joint and leads to osteoarthritis.
Puppies as young as 4-6 months old have also had to deal with this painful medical condition.
Known as EIC, such circumstances are very common among Labrador Retrievers. And they occur even if your dog is healthy. In fact, the condition becomes evident only when intensive exercise is performed.
So it’s best to stick to a moderate exercise plan. And by moderate, I mean less than 5-10 minutes. Since EIC takes just 15 minutes of vigorous activity to give rise to the symptoms. 15 minutes or less by the way.
And what happens is the dog starts to become extremely weak in the hind legs. Due to which he/she collapses, even though awake. Just not able to move. But the symptoms keep worsening for as long as 5 minutes.
In most cases, dogs recover once 10-20 minutes have passed. The condition affects dogs from the age of 5 and above.
So a Husky Lab cross-breed is likely to develop any health condition that affects either breed. And if both parents share a common disease, it’s possible that your hybrid puppy has inherited it from them. This means medical conditions like epilepsy, hip dysplasia, retinal atrophy, and cataracts are more common among Husakdors.
What you can do is, at the time of buying from the breeder, make sure he/she provides proof of your pup’s health testing. If the breeder is any good, you will have access to your future pet’s parents’ hereditary health problems.
The typical lifespan of a Lab is 10-12 years. And that of a Husky is 12-14 years.
More often than not, mixed breeds have the same life expectancy as their parents. So you can look forward to your Lab Husky mix living for 10-14 years.
The short answer is YES. Huskadors make fantastic family pets.
Here’s the long answer. The cross-breed is gentle, loyal, and friendly. And this is because both parent breeds are like that. Not just with people but also with other pets. The dogs simply love company. So they’re a great choice if you have an active family. In that case, a spacious backyard is a huge plus point.
But I would like to add one more thing. A Husky Lab adult dog is quite big. So if you have small children in your house, the dog’s rambunctiousness might seem to be a bit much. Knocking over your child is a possibility when he/she is too excited or playful.
When the American Eskimo and Siberian Husky get together, the cross-breed is not so different from Husky Lab mix. At least as far as exercise requirements, temperament, and coat care are concerned.
Both the breeds were sled dogs that loved spending time with people too. This is why the hybrid doesn’t like to be left alone at home very often. Much like Huskadors, American Eskimos are excellent family pets. Gentle with other furry creatures and children!
So what’s the difference? The weight and size are not the same. This particular breed is smaller with a weight of 60 pounds. In fact, the size gets as small as a miniature toy. So you get many options in terms of size with a mixed breed like this.
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The coat of a Husky Lab cross-breed is the same as that of a Labrador Akita mix. Even grooming needs are quite similar. But the latter is much larger in size. The weight goes up to around 130 pounds.
Both the parent breeds are loyal, energetic, and intelligent. But if the puppy inherits more from his/her Akita side, then the tolerance level toward children reduces. Then you should also know that Labrakitas are not friendly toward other smaller pets. And it’s because the Akita breed comes from hunting dogs.
Similar Breeds as That of Husky Lab Mix
If you’re really interested in a mixed breed like Huskador, then you might find the following cross-breeds also quite appealing.
Is the breed Husky Lab mix the right choice for you?
It’s perfect for anyone looking to get a loving, loyal, and intelligent pet. The dog is simply the best for both singles and families. But if you’re not ready to invest some time and effort into training, exercising, and grooming the furry creature, then don’t take it into consideration.
The hybrid is a very active pet that demands lots of physical and mental stimulation to be happy and fit. In that case, if you have a spacious, fenced backyard, you’re a good fit for this cross-breed.
As long as the Huskador receives his/her daily dose of workout and the freedom to run around all day, everything is going to be fine. However, if you don’t have the time or energy to keep up with the high energy levels of the dog, then go for a smaller breed.
Also important to note here is that regular brushing is a part of the experience as well. So you should be willing to walk the extra mile.
When our fur buddies start to age, they experience changes both mentally and physically. I know you want your dog to be as much as healthy as possible, just like they were in their active years. However, sometimes, it’s not the case.
Not only the aged ones but younger pups can also suffer from injury and could be recovering. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t thrive ever! That’s why to help them you out you can use health harnesses. These are like support harnesses. Today I’ll talk all about helping dogs with their health harness.
So, let’s get started.
If you don’t have any knowledge about harnesses for health issues, then choosing the best one would be a bit tough choice. I’m giving some insights on which harness would be better for what kind of diseases or health conditions. Check them out!
This type of harness is meant for those dogs that have hind end weakness or hind end paralysis. The condition doesn’t really let them walk around on their own. However, their front paws would be functional. That’s why these harnesses fit around the dog’s hips, and back ends to support them.
So, when you assist them with these harnesses, you’ll be able to help them walk around with their front paws. Furthermore, these harnesses help you to lift them high enough so that their rear paws don’t drag.
It’s a harness designed for dogs that can walk around on their own but still needs some help doing difficult tasks such as climbing stairs or getting into the car. If your dog suffers from severe arthritis, then you should definitely get these harnesses. Moreover, if he is recovering from any kind of back surgery, you can also help him out with this kind of health harness.
The full body harness will help your dog’s hind and the front shoulders. Furthermore, this type of harness is great for dog’s that are recovering from surgery or with end-stage paralysis. Because in that case, your dog will need both front and back support to walk around.
If your loving dog lost one of its legs somehow, this harness could surely help you out. The harness will offer additional support for the torso where your dog will need support the most.
Back brace isn’t really a harness but rather a support for your dog if he/she suffers from Intervertebral Disc Disease. It offers full support so that he can move around freely.
Before you buy any of the harnesses for your dog, you need to look for some features. These features will determine the safest dog harness for your dog. So, let’s see what they are –
First of all, let’s start with the size of the harness. You’ll always have to make sure that you choose the right size for your dog. In case of any mismatch, your dog might suffer more than getting the support it needs. So, be extra cautious.
Remember that the harness shouldn’t be a too tight fit. Also, it should never rub or buckle any part of your dog’s body. You also need to be able to put it on easily.
Typically harnesses come in extra small to extra-large sizes. So, to determine what size you need, you need to know how large your dog’s chest or rib cage are. Typically anything within 20 inches will be suitable for the small size, 20-28 inches is for medium size, and 28-40 is for large size and everything more from that is for extra-large size.
If your dog is in between two sizes, then it’s always best to go for the upper size. However, make sure you consult with your vet first.
The harness should be made of any durable and strong material so that it can support your weight. Most of the time, you will help your dog using the health harnesses, so it needs to be extra sturdy. Typically the outer layer of nylon is a good choice.
Furthermore, it should include some form of padding on the inside so that your dog feels soft touches, not rough ones. You do not want to irritate your dog’s skin. As you’ll be supporting or carrying a lot of weight in many cases, go for padded handlers. Another great option is, mesh harnesses because they are best Frenchie harness to support their breathing issues.
Well, before you really go buy one you need to determine which harness your dog actually needs. It’s because as you know already, every kind of health harness is for specific health purposes. So, it’s best to ask your vet to know which type would be perfect for your dog.
Some harnesses come with a really small height, and if you have a back problem, it would be a bit trouble to bend down simultaneously and assist your dog. That’s why go for the harnesses that come with adjustable slings. This way, you can adjust the height to your comfort zone and still assist your dog in every way.
Even though health harnesses can be worn over a longer period of time, however, many experts suggest to take it off now and then. The problem with wearing anything external for a longer time may result in hot spots or skin issues. It won’t matter how much comfortable that harness is, it would still be problematic if you keep it on for days.
So, make sure to take it off time to time and let your dog’s fir breath and rest. Also, if you see any sign of discomfort such as chewing the harness, then take it off immediately.
Dogs are our best pals. Their love is unconditional and unexchangable. So, when they need our help the most, we should try our best to support them with their aging or any physical issues. Health harnesses can really make a difference if we are willing to pick the right one. Now that you know all about them, it’s time for you to help your best bud out!
All dog lovers around the world simply adore their pets for obvious reasons. These owners go to any extent to ensure the safety and welfare of canine companions. After all, they are any other members of their families. It won’t come as a surprise for anyone if you feel the same way about your dog. However, you may be facing a very serious dilemma.
You probably aren’t really sure whether to buy a dog harness or continue using a traditional collar. All you want to do is choose an accessory which is best for your dog. You won’t have an objection to paying a reasonable price for it.
Why are dog harnesses a better option to traditional collars?
Experts say a traditional collar helps other people to identify your pet when it suddenly wonders off. However, they admit the product is generally unsuitable for most situations. Buying a suitable dog harness is always a better option. They point out the following four important reasons for coming to this conclusion. These are as follows:
Like their human counterparts, dogs are very inquisitive by nature. They don’t hesitate to go after birds or jump on their own species on sidewalks. Some of them even go to any lengths to trap cats in the neighborhood. You don’t expect your pet to be any different.
This behavior may be fun to watch. However, on many occasions, it can get your canine companion into serious trouble. Using a suitable harness, give you better control over your dog in comparison to a collar.
Most traditional dog collars are a very serious disadvantage. The constant use of these products can seriously strain your pet’s neck. In the worst-case scenario, they can even result in serious injuries to its body. This is the last thing you want.
The professionals clarify you don’t face such risks when using a suitable dog harness. This is an important fact which you can’t afford to ignore said by experts from an esteemed company in this field https://www.winstonmanner.com/dog-harnesses/.
Many dog owners have never come across the term ‘ocular proptosis. ’ Veterinary surgeons explain it is a condition where a dog’s eyes appear to bulge out of their sockets. It normally results from a severe injury to its head. However, in many cases, a tremendous strain to its neck is also responsible for this disorder. This is the reason why these experts are against the use of traditional dog collars. However, good quality dog harnesses don’t result in this painful medical condition.
Veterinary experts say dog collar is not only responsible for ocular proptosis. In the worst-case scenario, your favorite pet may end up suffering from serious respiratory issues. This is because the product puts immense pressure on your dog’s windpipe. However, this is not the case with a suitable dog harness.
Buying a suitable dog harness is the best thing you can do for your canine companion. The above four important reasons should be enough to convince you of this fact. It can clear all your doubts. At the end of the day, you won’t regret the decision.
CBD pupper treats are very nutritious and provide a new way to treat your dog of specific ailments such as anxiety. Before we look into the best CBD currently in the market, what exactly is CBD and what benefits does it have?
CBD is a cannabidiol oil extracted from hemp. Hemp is from the cannabis family, but unlike regular marijuana, it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is a chemical found in regular marijuana which gets you high when you smoke pot.
Dogs are not tolerant of THC. Unlike humans, dogs contain a higher number of neuroreceptors which make them highly sensitive to THC. For this reason, it’s not advisable to sneak your dog edibles made from marijuana as it might even end up dead.
CBD produces no psychoactive effects and has very minimal side effects to your pet if any.
Over the past few years, CBD has become very popular due to its health benefits both as a supplement and a remedy.
The benefits of CBD as medicine include:
– Works as a painkiller to relieve chronic pain
– Anti-inflammatory properties which come in handy in arthritis and IBS
– An anxiolytic to tackle your any anxiety
– An antiemetic to prevent nausea and vomiting
– Increases your pet’s appetite
– An anticonvulsant to reduce tremors and seizures
– Prevents the formation of tumors and cancer
As a supplement CBD helps to:
– Keep your dog in a perfect homeostatic state
– Prevent fur shedding
– Improve the quality of your dog’s skin and fur
Because of the high concentration of CBD oils, they are integrated into pets’ treats to make sure the right dosage is given to your pupper and makes it easier for them to ingest.
The current market contains hundreds if not thousands of CBD treats, and it’s hard to choose the right one for your dog. For this reason, we went through the market and here is a list of the best CBD treats for your pupper:
They contain: Cured Bacon/Organic Turkey/Organic Bananas, Organic Maple Powder, Cannabinoids, Cinnamon, and Organic Barley Flour.
Their ingredients are organic which help promote the wellbeing of your dog.
Canna-Biscuits are some of the best quality dog treats as they are made with 100% organic ingredients and contain the best CBD oil in the market-The Advanced MaxHemp Extract.
Ingredients: Hemp, Oat Flour, Almond Meal, Maple, Molasses, Flax Seeds, Coconut Oil, Apples, Turmeric, Rice Flour, Cinnamon, Peanut Butter, and Probiotics.
This treats are handmade and come in a peanut butter-and-apple flavor. They come in two varieties of 2mg and 5mg CBD. This helps you to choose well for your dog depending on its need and size.
Ingredients: Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) Hemp Oil, Ground Peas, Salmon Oil, Sweet Potato, Ascorbic Acid, Green-Lipped Mussel, Ground Chickpeas, Tapioca, and Garlic.
PCR hemp oil provides a wider range of cannabinoids which makes Healthy Hemp Pet CannaNatural treats one of a kind.
Apart from the PCR benefits that they have, they contain green-lipped mussel which is an excellent source of chondroitin and glucosamine making it particularly beneficial to dogs with joint problems.
This is the best for dogs suffering from arthritis, muscle fatigue, and joint issues.
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Ingredients: Pumpkin, Full Spectrum Hemp, Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Garbanzo Bean Flour, Apples, Eggs, Coconut Oil, Mint, and Parsley.
They are handmade using 100% organic ingredients in small batches which guarantee that they are fresh. This makes their quality very high.
Ingredients: the essential ingredients are Brown Rice Flour, Molasses, Cinnamon, Hemp Seed Powder, CBD Oil, and Coconut Oil.
They contain extra constituents for each category of HolistaPet Organic CBD Dog Treats which are: Green apple and peanut butter for stress and anxiety relief category; pumpkin spice and cinnamon for joint and mobility care category; and blueberry and sweet potato for heart and immunity care.
Ingredients: CBD Oil, MTC Oil, Peanut Butter, Malted Barley, Organic Barley Flour, and Organic Eggs
Honest Paws CBD come in three varieties: the Honest Paws Restore, Honest Paws Relief, and the Honest Paws Calming. This makes it perfect because you can choose a range that works best for your dog.
PCR Oil, Krill Oil, Turmeric, Black Peppercorn, and Oat Flour are the basic ingredients.
In addition to the above ingredients, different flavors have extra components which include: organic apple and cinnamon for apple cinnamon flavor; sweet potato, eggs, blueberries, honey, flax seeds, and diced apples for blueberry flavor; and rolled oats, almonds and honey for the oat flavor.
The krill oil contained in all King Kalm Crunch has health benefits. It improves cardiovascular health and reduces inflammation and pain.
Ingredients: Organic Flax Seed, CBD Oils, Potato Starch, White and Brown Flour Rice, Nutritional Yeast, Organic Chicken Soup, Cage Free Eggs, and Parsley.
Because of their chicken flavor, they are suitable for even the pickiest dogs. They are handmade from 100% naturally occurring ingredients which have a multitude of benefits to our dog’s health.
Ingredients: Chickpea Flour, Coconut Oil, Kale, Cinnamon, CBD Oil, Molasses, Turmeric, Sunflower Lecithin, Tapioca, and Pumpkin
Treatibles was the first company to introduce PCR oil. They offer several flavors with different sizes and varying concentrations of CBD to accommodate both big and small dogs. They are the best treats for small dogs.
Ingredients: Ginger Root, PassionFlower, CBD Oil, Valerian Root, Vitamin E, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Propionate, Cane Molasses, Cheese, Glycerin, Lecithin, Rice Bran, Rice Flour, Safflower Oil, Tapioca Starch, and Sorbic Acid.
The treat contains unique ingredients such as Passionflower which produces calming effects; ginger roots which have anti-inflammatory effects; and valerian roots which reduces anxiety.
The dog treats mentioned above are produced by known and trusted companies using pure CBD hemp oil which is the safest for your pupper. Though some are expensive, it is better to be safe than to try to save a few bucks only to end up giving your dog treats full of toxic THC.
We love our pets and want nothing but the best for them. Apart from giving them a nutritious meal and a daily dose of exercise, we often need to take them to a vet. Barring the routine checkups, it’s really a judgement call to figure if a particular symptom or sign is important enough to be taken seriously.
Here’s the thing when it comes to pets there is no such thing as trivial symptoms and signs. For example, a lethargy, which is often confused as laziness, can be a sign of heartworm disease. Coughing at night may be a sign of heart problems.
Now, because dogs cannot express how they are feeling explicitly, it’s your job as a pet parent to keep a lookout for the subtlest of signs and seek out help from a qualified professional. Early detection and administration of prescription dog medications can help you treat a lot of serious health conditions and diseases, which would otherwise be life threatening.
Ignoring seemingly-trivial symptoms can be dangerous because it prevents early detection. Symptoms that seem more dangerous such as fainting, vomiting, coughing blood and others only appear when the condition has progressed at which point treatment becomes more complicated.
It really depends on your dog’s health and age. If you have an elderly dog, then routine checkup every 6 months is a good idea. A healthy young dog, on the other hand, can be taken to the vet’s office once every year. Most veteran pet parents club the annual health checkup with vaccination dates to save time and effort. Long story short, you need to take your pet to the vet for a wellness checkup at least once every 12 months.
Vets conduct a full physical exam, which includes checking the eyes, ears, gums, teeth, stomach, anal opening, and other parts for clues of diseases and problems. Vets also check the heart for murmur and arrhythmia using a stethoscope. Vets may prescribe medical tests if he or she suspects a particular symptom or sign deserves further investigation.
Follow the golden rule, which is to always consult the vet when in doubt about a particular sign or symptom. With that being said, there are certain symptoms that demand immediate attention. When you spot these signs waste no time and rush your pet to the vet’s office. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it serves as a good starting point.
Dry Vomiting: Dogs vomit sometimes and it’s usually safe to ignore it if it happens once. However, dry vomiting also known as unproductive vomiting can be a sign of serious health problems such as GDV and gastric dilatation.
Gum Discoloration or Abnormality: Gum discoloration may be an indication of a lack of oxygenation, which in turn is a sign of fatal conditions such as congestive heart failure. Poor oral health and gum infection can also lead to organ failure.
Seizure: When it comes to seizures, one is one too many. Seizures can be caused by a range of different diseases right from Lyme disease to epilepsy. Even if your dog has a seizure for a few seconds, go to the vet’s office for a thorough check up.
It is well-known that many women love dogs, especially small dog breeds that look cuddling and lovable throughout their entire lives. So, if you are still single and would like to meet a woman or you have a girlfriend and would like to surprise her, a small pup will help you get the attention you want. In case you are up to taking in the responsibility of being a dog owner and appreciate the companionship of a four-legged friend, here is a list with puppies that women love.
A cute French bulldog is all you need to grab the attention of ladies. This dog has an aspect that will definitely not go unnoticed, especially if you are walking it alone. This small dog breed is known for its cool temper and the fact that it doesn’t bark much, so it will be the best kind of dog for when you want to relax and unwind. Also, it has moderate energy levels and low maintenance requirements. It is really hard to refuse a dog with so many qualities.
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The gentle nature of the Poodle and its fuzzy appearance is definitely something women love. It is a very friendly dog that will get very attached to its owner and women simply adore a cuddly and lovable dog. They will instantly think that you are the same since you chose such a dog, so it won’t be difficult at all to find a partner with a Poodle at your side.
The Maltese is one of the most loved dogs by women, its white and soft fur and black, bead-like eyes being responsible for the fascination women manifest toward this breed. This dog breed can be even more adorable if it receives a puppy cut, which also makes it easier to maintain. Thus, if you want a real chick magnet, don’t hesitate to get a Maltese.
It is hard to remain indifferent at the sight of this elegant and supple dog. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a gentle and loving dog that makes an ideal companion. In case you are interested in a puppy belonging to this small dog breed, do know that it is highly recommended to get it from reliable sources only, to avoid genetic defects and severe health problems.
Very many women can be seen in the companionship of Yorkies, as they are the kind of dogs that keep their puppy appearance even after passing into adulthood. Their soft hair is very similar to our hair and women simply love giving this dog haircuts and dressing it up. It is often seen as a dog for sophisticated persons, so depending on the kind of dog you are looking for, it can represent a great choice.
Yorkies are also on the list of dogs that get highly attached to their favorite human, so it could be a good idea if you’re thinking about buying it for your female significant other. They will quickly bond with each other.
The Beagle is a cheerful dog with large puppy eyes, so it’s no wonder women fall in love with it. Because it is also a great dog for single men to have, especially if they enjoy outdoor activities, the Beagle can easily turn into a matchmaker.
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A dog that can easily fit in a bag will always be on top of women’s preferences. This a fragile dog that requires a lot of attention and can be rather feisty if it is not socialized and trained properly, but its small dimensions make it simply irresistible.
The Dachshund will always be able to charm women with its gentle soul, brilliant eyes, and cute little feet. It is a dog that is recommended for those with lower levels of activities, who also look for a dog breed suitable for life in an apartment. So, having this little sausage around will definitely brighten your days and grab the attention of ladies.
How can you not love this exuberant bundle of joy? You can add to this its soft, white, fluffy coat and you have the ideal recipe for making women want to get closer to you. You’re scared that you’ll end up with a dog that is difficult to maintain? Don’t be, as you can always give your Bichon Frise a puppy cut and make it look even cuter.
We have to include the Pomeranian on this list as well, due to its small size and generous coat that makes it look more like a toy than a dog. Women simply adore the aspect of this dog breed and will definitely want to cuddle one as soon as they will spot it.
The previously list can help single men increase his changes to meet a woman, especially if he is a dog lover. So, if you are seriously thinking about getting a dog, opting for a breed that is appreciated by women can help you improve your personal life.
A lot of thanks for the availability of the internet today. The existence and development of the internet have made it easier for people to find, search, share information’s. Right here are ways you can use to deworm your dog at home naturally.
Moreover, worms are the most common situation in dogs. And such worms are like the hookworms, Heartworms, whipworms, tapeworms etc. You may be aware of the pharmaceutical treatment of worms in dog but looking for how to do it yourself at home naturally. It’s indeed a nice idea to know how to naturally deworm a dog at home.
Natural remedies are a great practice for deworming a dog, and one interesting fact is that, there are many herbs and food that can eliminate different kinds of worms, thus to make a dog worm free and become healthier.
Using herbs to eliminate worms in dogs is really very important. Here are some herbs that can be used to eliminate worms and make a dog worm free.
These herbs are absolutely great to protect and eliminate roundworms and whipworms. They are also many other health advantages of the pineapple weed or Chamomile and one of the advantage is that, it works as anti-inflammatory. In terms of using these herbs follow the steps below:
The tumeric is an ancient herb’s anti-parasites, it helps to secure worms infested area in your dog’s digestive system. To use this:
Cloves also help in eliminating worms if it’s been taken every day after meal. So you can give it a try using the cloves. To use this:
The black walnut is made from the black walnut tree, this herb is absolutely good for eliminating worms such as hearth worms and intestinal worms. It is even safer than some of the dog dewormers you could find in the market. Use the black walnut carefully else it may become toxic when you overused it.
Moreover, in case the tannins and the alkoloids may be hazardous kindly act fast by consulting your veterinarian for the right dosage.
There are lots of recommendation in using the wormwood but you have to be totally careful using this herb. Because this herb can cause serious negative side effects to the nervous system of your dog such as liver and kidney. Therefore using this herb should be under the care of your veterinarian.
The parsley water support in keeping the digestive system of your dog healthy at the period of deworming. Parsley water contain plenty of nutrient which also act as diuretic to eliminate all the worms your dog contacted. How to make the parsley water:
Understand the healing power of fruit, fruit support greatly to eliminate worms in your dog. Here are list of fruit that can set your dog free from worms. There are:
The pumpkin seeds are absolutely effective, it fight particularly against tapeworms and hookworms and also support to eliminate the worms from the digestive system of your dog. To use these seeds:
Grind the pumpkin seed into a powder plus one teaspoon for each ten to fifteen lbs weight of the body everyday do that for two weeks. After that add wheat bran in the dog’s food, soak the wheat bran with water, add eight teaspoon for each 10 lbs weight of the body to larger animals and only a pinch for smaller animals.
Grind the papaya seeds, this seed is very rich in papain and enzymes that is capable of eliminating worms’ outer coat in other not to have power over the intestinal wall. Papaya seeds are a great aid for digestive system. To use this seed:
Grind the papaya seeds into a powder, spray 8 milligrams for each 2.2 pounds weight of the body, into your dog’s diet. There is no limit of how long you should continue using this remedy. You can also feed your dog with the papaya.
Figs are also essential for your dog, you can feed your dog with it. Figs are rich in enzymes facin, it also helps to eliminate the worms’ outer coat in other not to have power over the intestinal wall.
However, there are some other fruit you can also use for deworming suchlike grapefruit and more. Nevertheless, you can find some foods that can also help in eliminating worms, such food include fresh garlic, food grade diatomaceous earth ( DTE) etc.