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10 Must Have Apps For Dog Owners

1. Tagg

Tagg is essentially a GPS attachment for your dog’s collar, and because of its many features, it can give you peace of mind. The app will track your dog’s activity and send you a message if he goes beyond the boundaries you set. Not only that, Tagg allows you to make sure your dog is getting enough exercise by measuring movement.


2. Doggy Datez


3. Pet Phone

The Pet Phone app lets you track your dog’s health with ease. You can keep track of vet appointments, medications, allergies and food preferences for each of your pets, and the app can be synced with your calendar to get reminders.


4. I-Cam

If you want to see what your dog is up to in real-time, iCam is the app to get. You can watch your canine friend remotely, just to make sure everything’s all right. This is especially useful if you’re leaving your dog home for the first time, you recently moved or you’re traveling.


5. Petoxins

It’s tough, if not impossible, to know everything that is harmful to your dog. The Petoxins app from the ASPCA helps you out by having a impressive list of poisonous plants, and most of them you probably didn’t know. For example, did you know that tulip bulbs are hazardous? Now you can keep similar vegetation out of your dog’s reach.


6. MapMyDogwalk

With MapMyDogwalk, you and your dog can get fit at the same time. You can log your walks, track your calories and map your favorite routes using GPS. The app also has sharing and geotagging features for photos and data.


7.Pet First Aid

Raising pets is fun, but it’s also a big responsibility, which means there can be some scares. If anything should happen to your dog, Pet First Aid helps you take the right steps to make sure he’ll be OK. Detailed videos and illustrations include restraint, muzzling, CPR, bandaging and more.


8. Pet Minder Pro

Pet Minder Pro helps you keep track of your dog’s actions, and it’s presented in an easy way so you can use it while interacting with your dog. By tapping custom buttons, you’ll never forget when you last gave your dog medicine, fed him, took him for a walk or took him to a play date. You can also track training phases for puppies, set up reminders and share information via notifications.


9. Petsie Dog Breeds

Answering the question “What kind of dog is he?” isn’t always easy, especially if your dog is a rescue or mix. As a tool, Petsie Dog Breeds can help you figure it out, but it’s also full of adorable photos and information. You can even use it as a fun social network by creating a profile for your dog.


10. Weather Puppy

It’s useful to check the weather before you take your dog out for a walk, but Weather Puppy takes it to a new (and very cute) level. The app shows more than 100 dogs depending on the time and weather, and you can even add a pic of your own dog. Weather Puppy partners with non-profits and shelters across the U.S.


Bonus : FourSquare

This might seem like an obvious one, but it really comes in handy for dog owners. You can organize all of the dog parks in your city, find nearby pet stores and vets when you need them and see if any friends with dogs are in your area.


Are Yearly Vaccinations For Pets A Necessity or Excessive? Let Me Hear Your Opinions…



Before I begin, I need to preface I respect the Pet Healthcare Professionals such as Veterinarians, R & D , and pharmaceuticals company for all the advancement in medical prevention and treatment that help save our pet kids’ lives as well as improve the quality of their lives. This issue , however,has become a controversial one in recent years.
Speaking as a pet parent with multiple pets, these vaccinations can and do become expensive. And as a pet professional, my clients are required to have updated medical records of their pet kids .

What I will present are the vaccinations and their purposes. And I would love to hear from my readers and clients their opinions on the issue.

I have 5 pets. So you can imagine what yearly vet medical bills I have. And YES, it’s expensive. Think about it. We have yearly vaccinations, heartworm prevention , dental health and not to mention the unexpected illnesses and accidents. I don’t complain because I love them with everything I have and will go to the end of the earth to make sure they are healthy and happy. But one can’t help wonder if we are doing more harm than good with our protective strategies.

What many pet owners are not aware of is the increase in information that says yearly vaccinations are a waste of time, money and may put your pets’ health at risk. Recent Research says that veterinarians are charging owners $36 million for vaccinations that are unnecessary. And owners may want to adopt a reduced vaccinations schedule.

Reduced Vaccination Schedules are based on the belief that just as humans don’t need  measles shot every year, neither do dogs or cats need annual injections for illnesses such as parvo, distemper or kennel cough. Even rabies shots are effective for at least three years.

The news has been slow to reach consumers, partly because few veterinarians outside academic settings are embracing the concept. Vaccine makers haven’t done the studies needed to change vaccine labels. Vets, who charge $30 to $60 for yearly shots, are loath to defy vaccine label instructions and lose an important source of revenue. In addition, they worry their patients won’t fare as well without yearly exams.

Logically, some may conclude that some vets would feel threatened because they may think, `People won’t come back to my office if I don’t have the vaccine as a carrot,’ Realistically, a yearly exam is very important . So I don’t feel they would see a reduction in clientele as long as their ethics are high and customer service is tremendous .

The reasons vaccinations became top priority for pets is because 1) rabies shots became common for pets in the 1950s, no one questioned the value of annual vaccination. 2) Distemper, which kills 50 percent of victims, could be warded off with a shot. 3) Parvovirus, which kills swiftly and gruesomely by causing a toxic proliferation of bacteria in the digestive system, was vanquished with a vaccine. Then eventually over the years, more and more shots were added to the schedule, preventing costly and potentially deadly disease in furry family members.

Lets breakdown the vaccinations for dogs and cats .

Rabies is a mandatory vaccine in most areas of North America because it not only protects the pet, but also the people in the pet’s environment. The most likely source for people to contract rabies is through their pet.

Leptospirosis can also be transferred from pet to human. In fact, people are more likely to get leptospirosis from a pet than any other source. It can cause chronic kidney disease and death.

Here are the protocols for felines and canines.

Feline Vaccinations

With a kitten there are three stages to the vaccination process:
A) At 6 to 8 weeks they are vaccinated for feline viral rhinotrachetitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, and chlamydia.

B) At 12 to 14 weeks they are given a booster for the vaccine given above, as well as a vaccine for leukemia.

C) At 16 to 20 weeks a booster is given for set 1 and set 2 as well as a rabies vaccination.

D) 1 year from the last set of vaccines, and yearly for the rest of the cat’s life, it should be given the full set of vaccinations.

Adult Cats

If a full grown cat is adopted, and its medical history is unknown, then the following process is followed:

1) The cat is vaccinated for feline viral rhinotrachetitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, chlamydia, leukemia and rabies.

2) 1 month after step 1 the cat is given a booster for all the vaccinations except rabies.

3) 1 year from the last set of vaccines, and yearly for the rest of the cat’s life, it should be given the full set of vaccinations.

Canine Vaccinations

With a puppy there are four stages to the vaccination process:

1) At 8 weeks they are vaccinated for distemper, adenovirus 2 (hepatitis), parainfluenza and parvo virus.

2) At week 12 they are given a booster for the vaccines given in stage 1 as well as the vaccines for leptospirosis.

3) At week 16 they are given a booster for stage 1 vaccines and the vaccine for lyme disease.

4) At week 20 they are given a booster for leptospirosis, lyme and the rabies vaccine.

5) 1 year from the last set of vaccines, and yearly for the rest of the dog’s life, it should be given the full set of vaccinations. NOTE: Rabies is supposed to be only given every other year after the first year vaccinations as it is a two year vaccine. But I do know some veterinarian offices will require it yearly , if your pets are their patients. So that in itself is a debatable issue.

Adult Dogs

If a full grown dog is adopted and its medical history is unknown then the following process is followed:

1) The dog is vaccinated for distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvo, leptospirosis, lyme and rabies.

2) 1 month after step 1 the dog is given a booster for all the vaccinations except rabies.

3) 1 year from the last set of vaccines, and yearly for the rest of the dog’s life, it should be given the full set of vaccinations. NOTE: Rabies is only given every other year after the first year vaccinations as it is a two year vaccine. But I do know some veterinarian offices will require it yearly , if your pets are their patients. So that in itself is a debatable issue.

Bordetella, better known as the “kennel cough” vaccine, some experts believe it should be given to all dogs who are in close contact with other dogs. If you take your dog to any of the below places they should be given the bordetella vaccine:
Dog boarding kennels
Dog parks
Obedience classes
Dog shows

And in regards to Bordetella, this is one of the vaccinations many holistic vets believe is not necessary yearly. Holistic veterinarians adopt the reduced vaccination schedule.

The movement to extend vaccine intervals is gaining ground because of growing evidence that vaccines themselves can trigger a fatal cancer in cats and a deadly blood disorder in dogs. Many zealous holistic vets conduct public seminars aggressively because they believe the vaccination schedule is ” theft by deception’ and they want the proper channels to research and inform the public on this issue.

So I ask my readers , speak up and give me your intelligent opinions on this topic. Are we causing more harm to our pets with such an aggressive schedule or do you believe the schedule stands on its own merits?

I’m listening….

What Every Person That Owns A Dog Need To Know

By: Jennifer Carter

Dogs require more than food and hugs. Your dog needs attention and love all day. How can you learn what to do with your dog? The following information in the article will give you tips used by both dog experts and other dog owners.

Be sure your dog is neutered or neutered. Research shows that this can give extended life to your animal live longer and reduce their cancer risks. Also, dogs that have been neutered or spayed stick closer to home, lessening the chance of them getting lost or hurt.

If you have prescription or over-the-counter medication in the house, keep it in a place the dog can’t access it. Call your vet as soon as possible if you suspect that the dog swallows any pills.

Be careful of the ingredients in many flea treatment you’re going to use on your dog. A lot of these medications have chemicals that might be bad for kids! Talk to the vet about different forms of treatment that are safer for your dog.

Speak with your vet about the amount of food should your dog each day. Some people feed the dog based on their food package recommendations, but those guidelines are not always right and using them can cause your dog to become overweight. Ask your vet for your dog’s needs.

Schedule a veterinary checkup for the new dog. The veterinarian will do a complete health check and set up a vaccination schedule. You should also want to check with the vet about fixing your dog neutered or spayed to cut down on pet overpopulation.

Trim the hair around your dog’s paws so it doesn’t get matted up. A comb is a good tool to straighten it before you do any cutting. If you have a hard time with this, a professional can always step in to help.

A lot of people give their dogs to the city pound when they can no longer keep their dog anymore. Just give a quick call your local pound to find out what breeds they have available. You could save a dog’s life in the process.

If your dog is a female and in heat, be careful with her when she goes into heat. Male dogs can tell your dog is in heat when they are five miles. This may also make other dogs fight or impregnation if a male dog spots her.

Ensure that your dog will return by placing some type of identification on them. A common method to make sure your dog is to use a breakaway collar and ID tag. This tag needs their name and your own contact you. You can also have a micro-chip inserted into your dog micro-chipped.

Make sure your dog. Annual dog physicals can prevent lots of unneeded expenses later on.

Take the dog for regular vet visits. Puppies tend to need the vet more often than adults. You also should see a vet as soon as possible if your dog seems sick or hurt.

If you have a dog but are thinking of getting another one, allow your existing dog to meet the new one before you make your final decision. Dogs happen to be social creatures, though not all get along well. Finding a compatible dog will be best for everyone in the long run.

Were you aware that some vitamins can be harmful to dogs. Your dog doesn’t need vitamins in addition to eating right. Too many of some vitamins can damage joints, particularly the bones, and blood vessels.Speak to the vet before starting your dog’s vitamin regimen.

When you first start training, you should give a number of reward systems a shot. You should try to find out what motivates your particular animal. If your pet loves food, reward it with tiny hot dog pieces. If your canine likes playing with toys, have a quick game of tug of war once your pup does what you want. Certain dogs respond well to petting and affection whenever they behave.

You must pay attention to your canine’s water and food bowls. You need to wash the bowls every day.

If you have children, you’re aware of scheduling around their lives. Dogs are also of a similar to this. Your dog might not sure what to expect.The behavior they show will reflect their mood.So make it that you have set times for training, meals, sleep and play.

By taking time out to learn all there is to know about caring for dogs, the better off you and your pet will be. Your dog is ready to shower you with unconditional love. In return, why not do all you can for your pet’s health and well-being? If your dog could, wouldn’t you like him to learn all he can about you?