Anyone can go out and get a dog and bring him home. However, if you wish to properly care for your dog, you must know what you’re doing. Pay attention to the following helpful advice so that you can make sure your dog has everything it needs in order to live and long and healthy life.
Your dog needs annual medical exams. Your dog can’t speak to tell you he’s in pain. Annual checkups can catch these things before they become major problems.
Store your prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines in a safe place where your dog cannot get them. If your dog has access to these pills, there can be fatal consequences. If the dog does consume some medication, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Hot summer days are harder for dogs to handle than humans. Always make sure your pet has enough water to drink. Provide them with a shaded area to rest if they are going to be outside for any length of time. And, if your dog begins acting in an unusual manner, call the veterinarian. Heatstroke could be fatal, so it is important to get medical care as soon as possible.
Take your dog to the vet regularly. This may seem like an added expense that you don’t need, but when you take your dog to the veterinarian, he can screen your dog for diseases and make sure he is in the best of health. This of course prevents problems down the road.
Make sure your dog gets enough exercise. This is vital to the care of a happy dog. Many people don’t bother to exercise their dog, thinking that walks are enough. Dogs are active creatures and need to play. Talk to your veterinarian about how much activity your dog needs, and make sure he gets it. Read the rest of this entry »
You’ve found out about welding for years and you’ve always think it is something badass that you’d love to try, but you never imagined it would be something you would do yourself. But you’ve found yourself with a few time on the hands and a desire to set up a new hobby. Well – that means now is the time to start welding! But you probably have no idea whatever you can weld, so here are some tips for starting up this exciting new hobby.
First, of most, safety is of the utmost importance. It’s no real surprise that welding is dangerous and particularly hazardous to people who do nothing like to follow safety protocol. Don’t be stupid, since it’s your own safety you’re discussing. There are welding helmets available for sale at places like The DIY Outlet and you ought to get one of those as well as some welding gloves. If perhaps you knew what to weld, once you have the adequate space in your home to work, and these safety materials, you are ready to get going!
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By Simon Robinson.
I recently developed an online course “How to Make a Film to Honour your Pets”. Thing is, before I started, I didn’t know anything about film making or editing and most challenging of all: when it comes to technology I am a total luddite and numbskull!
Fortunately my partner in this enterprise was Stephanie Powers who had enormous experience from the Vancouver Film School. Our idea was that we would construct the course in the same step by step method that we would teach the course so that I became the first hands-on guinea pig to see if this could actually work for people who were at the same skill level as me.
I learned that by using equipment that I already owned: my little Samsung camera, cheap tripod, a basic recording device, my bicycle lights, and an introductory subscription to Adobe Premier Pro I was able to produce a film that can pass for more than competent. Sure, some of the footage is a bit out of focus (just a bit!) but I learned that creating a great story trumps a few technical faux pas.
My subject was a kind friend of Stephanie’s, David D and his dog, Seamus. I was to plan ahead and then film and interview them over the course of one afternoon and then see if our method worked by editing all the material that I had captured into a compelling short film which I called simply, “David & Seamus”. Read the rest of this entry »
Dogs make incredible companions – there’s nothing better than taking your favourite pooch out for a walk on the park, enjoying some fresh air and top quality canine company. Unfortunately mans best friend is just as susceptible to illness as we are, only they can’t let us know how they’re feeling like we can. Dogs will often endure immense pain and discomfort without any change in behaviour because they are so willing to please and desperate to ensure they get their walkies, petting and food. This is why it is so important that we look out for any potential health issue signs so that we can get them the treatment they need quickly, and relieve them of their secret suffering.
Here are 7 health issues to watch out for in dogs;
Fleas can be annoying and uncomfortable for both owner and pet, spreading quickly throughout the home onto bedding, furniture and carpets. They are caught easily but sometimes a little trickier to treat, especially in summer. Excessive flea infestations can do real damage to your dog, especially if they are puppies or have an allergy to flea bites. The main signs of fleas are;
- Flea dirt (looks like small black dots in the fur)
- Tapeworms in the dogs excrement
- Allergic reactions that look like sore, flaky patches
- Hair loss
- Biting at the skin
- Excessive skin twitching
Luckily fleas are easily treated with sprays, shampoos, powders and tablets along with supporting products which also treat the home. Use these regularly (as recommended by the manufacturer) to prevent infestations. Read the rest of this entry »