Category: Tips and Tricks

The Benefits Of Pumpkin To Dogs

To live a healthy and prosperous life, staying healthy is the key for us and our pets. Have you ever thought about the health benefits of pumpkin not just for humans but also for dogs?

Pumpkin is packed with lots of benefits for your dog’s digestion and will be listed below;


  1. Pumpkin has fiber content which helps to soften your dog’s stool thereby regulating its digestive system. Also, it can be used as an addictive if your little one has diarrhea, it absorbs the extra water content and firms the stool.
  2. Pumpkin is known to aid Weight Loss. Peradventure your pet needs to lose a couple of pounds, you can add pumpkin to the meal.
  3. I know this might sound unbelievable, but just as Cranberries are known to aid people with urinary symptoms, Pumpkin also does so. The oil gotten from pumpkin seed and flesh has been proven to enhance urinary health.
  4. Pumpkin is also a source of Vitamin -A, potassium, iron, beta-carotene, which can help reduce or prevent cancer in your pet.
  5. Pumpkin seed contains essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which is useful for healthy skin and fur.


Additional facts about pumpkin;

The name ‘pumpkin came from a Greek word ‘Pepon’ meaning ‘large melon.’

In the past, pumpkins were recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites!

Pumpkin flowers are edible, and in early colonial times, it was an ingredient for the crust of pies.

Pumpkins are 90% water, and its seed can be roasted as snacks.

Simple Approach To Real Life Dog Training And Rewards

It’s impossible to walk these days without encountering one or more dogs on the street; Downtown has turned to a Haven for dogs. As the city is becoming busier, how can you make sure your dog is well- behaved to live in Downtown? Well, in this article I will discuss more on simple real-life training for your dog; read on.

One of the mistakes we make is assuming that our dogs don’t want to learn, but we are wrong,  just as humans learn every day, so dogs learn every day. If you want to bring out the desired behavior in your dogs, you have to reinforce those desired behaviors during your daily activities.

Here are simple approaches you can try right now;

Firstly, take your dog around your neighborhood, there are special places that are dog-friendly you can take your dog. Once you are there, you can practice some training like walking nicely, sitting politely, or practice lovely greetings by instructing your dog to say ‘Hi’ in a polite manner.

Secondly, when you have company, you can train your dog to sit politely with a guest, friend or a relative. Also, practice sit-stays when receiving a door delivery. Always reinforce this positive behavior in your dog, by doing so, your dog learns to relax when you’re busy or at work, quiet and obedient

Thirdly, during your daily activities, use the positive behavior in your dog to earn him what he wants. Give your dog a life reward for doing a positive behavior.

For you to achieve these desired behaviors in your dogs, you need to give him a life reward in exchange for positive behavior. However, several pet guardians do not fully support using a reward approach when training your dog, albeit you can try balancing it by following the law of motivation which states that actually to train a dog, you must be ready to get and maintain their focus.

You may ask how I can use a treat? The answer is simple; you must do exciting activities around your dog. There are a couple of approaches to fulfill this goal; you can make use of toys, food, attention or nothing.

Lastly, if your dog is not motivated by food don’t hesitate to use a toy. Also, using attention can be tricky because your dog can take all your day and you might end up not following your day’s goal.  Try to limit the way you use an attention on your dog. For those who believe in using nothing to motivate their dog or pet, this is regularly the most baffling situation both for pet and parent as these can sometimes produce fewer victories and fewer rewards.

Pet Safety Holiday Tips

Holidays are a memorable and exciting time for humans and animals alike. The last thing pet owners would want to do is rush his/her pet Ian Emergency Room. Concerning this here a few good tips shared by the ASPCA to help you and your pet celebrate a safe holiday.

Be Careful with Seasonal Plants and Decorations

The Christmas Tree: make sure your tree is securely anchored such that there are no possible cases of a trip and fall; this may likely cause injuries to your pet and other relatives as well. Also, ensure that the fertilizers of the trees are not split such that the pets have access to it-the fertilizers are known to cause stomach upset. Furthermore, stagnant water in the tree pot serves as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria which could lead to nausea or diarrhea if the T per comes in contact with it.

Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly, if ingested, can cause severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It can also cause intestinal as well as heart-related problems to your pets. Lilies are also known to cause kidney failure in pets like cats if it is ingested. However, you can control or avoid these situations by opting for   a pet-safe bouquet.  
Tinsel-less Town: this “toy” is mostly loved by kitties because of it sparkly and light-catchy features. Is it also easy to carry around in their mouth but any little nibble can lead to a swallow which may result in dehydration, vomiting, obstructed digestive tracts and in some cases surgery. It is advised to brighten your boughs with objects other than tinsel.

That super Holiday Glow: Don’t leave lighted candles unattended to because Pets may likely burn themselves up or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you intend to leave the room, put the candle out!
Wired Up:  wires, batteries, and glass or plastic ornaments should be kept out of paws’ reach. A wire has the potential to cause a lethal electric shock, and a punctured or damaged battery causes burns to the mouth and esophagus of your pets. The breakable ornament can also damage the mouth and digestive tract of the pet.


Skip the Sweets: You ought to be aware now that You should not feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but you do not know the extent an active pet will go to chomp on something tasty or yummy? Make sure your pets are kept away from the table and unattended plates of food. Also, secure the lids of garbage cans. 
Let go of the Leftovers: Fatty, spicy and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends(pets). Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won’t lead to costly medical bills afterward.

Careful with Cocktails: If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages(alcoholic drinks), ensure your unattended alcoholic drinks are placed away far from where pets can get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.

Selecting Special Treats: Looking to stuff your pet’s stockings? Stick with chew toys that are indestructible, Kongs that can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible. Buy cute toys like a big ball that is too big to swallow for your kitties, a stuffed catnip or an interactive cat-dancer. Avoid toys like a ribbon; they can get stuck in the intestine.


You can Plan a Pet-Safe Holiday Gathering

Here’s how

There should be House Rules: If your guests are animal-loving and they would love to give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while you’re busy with other part activities; you should ask them to feel comfortable to start up an excellent peering or play session.

Meds should be put Away: ensure that all medications are put off and securely too and be sure that guests have their pita way too.  Meds zipped up and packed away, too.
A Room of Their Own: Give your pet his quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or a separate room away from the hubbub.
New Year’s Noise: As you countdown to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines, if ingested, perhaps necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears. And remember that many pets are also scared of fireworks, so be sure to secure them in a safe, escape-proof area as midnight approaches.

Happy Holidays!