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Top Reasons Why Pets Are Great For Every Family

posted by The Daily Fluff March 14, 2017 0 comments

Can we have a pet? Can we have a pet? Can we have a pet?” If this sounds familiar to you, then you know how much your kids want a furry little friend in the household. If you haven’t caved in yet, don’t feel guilty. It is completely natural to have concerns about bringing a pet into a home with kids. However, there are many ways your kids can benefit from owning a pet.

Every family will be better off with a fur baby in their lives, and we’re here to explain why. 

  1. Responsibility:

This is the most commonly known benefit of having a pet, but we’ll illustrate it for you anyway. Owning a pet is a great way to teach your kids a little bit about responsibility. By having them help out with the feeding, cleaning and general wellbeing of your pet, your kids will learn about some important values that they will need in life. If you encourage them to do some chores, your kids will be more kind, helpful and assertive. They may even offer to help out without even asking! The best thing is that they will most definitely be rewarded for it. Your pet will be well taken care of, which will allow them to live a long and happy life!

  1. Physical Health:

It is no secret that kids are more likely to be fit if they own a pooch. There are many studies showing that children with pets exercise more than those who don’t. Simply having them play with your dog at your local park will get your kids more excited about getting in some regular exercise. But did you know that owning a pet could also increase your children’s immunity to illnesses? Studies have shown that kids who are exposed to pets in their early years have less ear infections and respiratory illnesses than those who don’t. It’s almost as if your pet is your children’s guardian angel!

  1. Social Skills:

You know those moments when your kids see an animal on the street and they immediately run up and give them a pat? Well, this can actually prove to be worthwhile! When your child plays with a pet, whether it’s their own or with one they come across, they learn how to approach them without fear and with ease. This can be transferred to developing social skills, which can make it easier for your kids to make new friends! Pets can also help with interacting with friends. Kids are more likely to be compassionate and nurturing when they have a pet, which can help them with engaging with friends if they’re shy or socially awkward.

  1. Mental Health:

You know how much your child’s face lights up whenever they see a pet, but the benefits are so much deeper than that. Kids who own a pet have higher self-esteem than those who don’t. Your pet will love your child unconditionally. This will allow your child to be who they are without any judgement, and they can express their true feelings and not bottle them up. This can go a long way, with your kids being more likely to develop academic, physical and social skills without fear of being ridiculed. No matter what, your pet will always be there for your child when they’re feeling blue, or if they just need someone to talk to.

A pet is the friend your child will always cherish. You can live your life easily knowing your child is healthier and happier because of their new best friend!

Our friend Lenny agrees,

I think pets are great for every family as they can help to bring a smile to your face, especially after a hard day. I can always tell when mum or dad have had a bad day however they are able to come home and I am always able to make them smile by giving them lots of hugs and kisses!

How has your pet benefited your child? Comment below and let us know!

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Fun

The Best Dogs for Families

posted by The Daily Fluff October 1, 2016 0 comments

Introducing a dog into your family can be an exciting time for everyone! But it is important that you do your research and find the right dog for you and your crew.

Here are some of the best dogs for families:

Retrievers:

Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers are renowned for being docile, loyal and super-dooper friendly! Retrievers LOVE to be trained and are very adaptable. This means that they will adjust to new family members quickly and easily.

Their calm temperament means that they are patient with little humans and other animals. They do need regular exercise, which is a great excuse for the family to get out for an afternoon stroll!

Poodles:

Not only are Poodles one of the most intelligent breeds, they’re also super adorable (real life teddy bear anyone?). These attentive and faithful dogs love cuddling up, chasing after a ball, or training.

Their hair-like coat means that they are hypoallergenic, which is great for families who struggle with allergies.

There are three different sub-breeds of Poodle; Toy (24cm tall), Miniature (30cm tall) and Standard (45cm tall), so there is bound to be a breed to suit your family’s lifestyle.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:

If you’re looking for a dog that’s cheeky but loyal, then you don’t need to look past the Cavie’ King Charles Spaniel. These pint size pups get along with everyone, and anything.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels can weigh between 5 and 8 kilos when they’re fully grown, so they’re pretty manageable for young families.

Greyhound:

Greyhounds are affectionately known as ‘the world’s fastest couch potatoes’. They’ve got some speed on them, but they’d probably prefer to cuddle up with you on the couch all day instead.

For a dog of their size, they are extremely obedient and tame. As a major plus for most families, like the Poodle, Greyhounds are hypoallergenic!

Our friend Zelda the Greyhound loves being apart of her family:

“We are very quite, low maintenance dogs, so we’re well suited to busy families. We’re sweet-natured, gentle, love to be around people, but most of the time want nothing more than to sleep all day. So if you have a comfy couch then I’m sure there’s a place for a greyhound in your family!”


Do you have a favourite family dog breed? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Animals Every Household Needs

posted by The Daily Fluff September 26, 2016 0 comments

For most of us, the perfect thing to complete a household is pets — and lots of them!

Not only do pets keep you company and give you lots of love, but they will also keep you occupied whilst providing you with lots of memories to cherish. From the small and slimy to the big and hairy, we’ve got you covered for the animals every household needs!

The Scaly:
Fish are great for those who may not have the time, money or ability to own any more large pets. Even if you often travel on short trips, you can purchase fish feeding blocks. Be prepared to research water temperatures and which fish can be housed together. And remember to be careful of your other pets prying eyes (and stomachs)!

The Small:
There are a variety of smaller pets that we’re sure your heart and homes have room for. Bunnies and guinea pigs are great for those who want outdoor, ‘hut-living’ pets. Otherwise, rats and mice are great for the indoors and—despite their bad rep—they’re adorable and sweet! (Or at least that’s what we hear…)

The Loving:
The first animal that generally comes to mind when you’re thinking about a furry new family member is a dog. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and with so many breeds and personality types to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your family. Have we mentioned how happy and loving dogs are? There’s nothing better than coming home at the end of a long day and having your canine pal greet you with sheer joy and excitement.

The Characters:
A cat (or two or four) is a must have for all households. They are amusing, fluffy, loving, interesting and at times, downright strange. Every cat may be unique, but they have one thing in common; they will take over your life and your social media accounts. Okay so not in the violent kind of way, but in the “I love you so much I’m going to watch you do cat things all day long” way.

The Colourful:
Whether you choose to have parrots, love birds or lorikeets, birds are such great pets to have. Birds are extremely underrated, and despite them being less common than some other pet choices, they can be very affectionate, loving and have hilarious personalities. If you’re looking to own some birds, it’s a great excuse to start an outdoor project by building an outdoor aviary. For those who want a self-sufficient household, why not get chickens? This way you can ensure the eggs you eat come from well looked after chickens.


What animals do you have in your household? Comment and share with us!

Wellbeing

6 Reasons Why Pets Make You A Better Person

posted by The Daily Fluff September 7, 2016 0 comments

We all know that our furry friends brighten up our lives, but did you know that they are also helping to make you a better person?

Here are some of the amazing things pets do to make us better people:

Pets…

Make you appreciate the little things:

How often does your pet do something cute that makes you stop what you’re doing and just watch? Whether it’s a head tilt or a head-bump from your cat, our pets know how to get our attention so we can really appreciate what surrounds us.

Teach you responsibility:

Remember that fish your parents gave you when you were young? Yep, that was to teach you responsibility. By caring for a pet you become in-tune to their needs and understand what it means to have something rely on you.

Encourage you to be active:

Most pets are playful and encourage you to get moving; resulting in a more active and healthy owner.

Frankie Sunny the sausage dog says, “I help my humans stay fit and healthy by giving them the puppy dog eyes so they take me for lots of walks.”

Bentley the Newfoundland agrees with this and points out, “I give my owner a reason to exercise—only if I feel like it too!”

Teach you to not hold grudges:

You just scolded your dog two minutes ago for chewing up your favourite decorative cushion, but here he is with his dopey smile looking for a belly rub. Pets prove to you that everyone makes mistakes. Even if you haven’t been in the best mood, or if they have been extra naughty, you still love each other!

Cheer you up:

Whether you’ve had a tough day at work or you’ve heard some bad news, your pet knows. It’s no doubt that pets can sense your feelings and often when they do they try to comfort you. Not only is this heartwarming, but it helps to cheer you up so you can get up and keep going. Even if things aren’t going your way, you have your pet to snuggle up to at the end of the day.

Bentley reassures his human, “I’ll smother you in kisses when you’re sad!”

Teach you patience:

Young animals need to be trained and taught from a young age, but this is not something that happens overnight. By owning and raising a pet, you’ll learn that good things really do come to those who wait.


How has your pet made you a better person? Share with us in the comments below.

Health

Top Most Toxic Foods For Cats and Dogs to Avoid Now

posted by The Daily Fluff July 8, 2016 0 comments

Many of us like to treat our favourite furry friends to our meals while we eat them, however what you may be sharing with your pet could be harmful to their health. There are many foods out there that can cause some serious nasty side effects if consumed by our pets so it’s vital to be aware of the dangers.

Here at the Daily Fluff, we’ve rounded up the most common toxic foods for your cat and dog to keep out of their sights and away from their paws now.

Chocolate:

We all love to treat ourselves to some delicious chocolate every now and then, but it’s important to keep those tasty sweets away from our pets at all times. If our dogs and cats consume chocolate they can have symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, hyperactivity (restlessness, muscle twitching), lethargy, inappetence and excessive thirst thanks to a nasty chemical compound called theobromide that is found in chocolate.

Caffeine:

Caffeine is also highly toxic for dogs and cats and can cause some major damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys and central nervous systems of our furry companions. Common side effects of include hyperactivity, vomiting and restlessness which can make your pet very unhappy and sick.

Grapes and macadamia nuts:

Common snack foods like grapes and macadamia nuts should also be kept away from our cats and dogs and this includes dried grapes like raisins and sultanas. If consumed, symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, decreased urine production, weakness and loss of appetite can typically occur 24 hours post ingestion.

Garlic and onion:

Common cooking ingredients garlic and onion are also highly toxic to dogs and cats and have been known to cause damage to red blood cells. This is true for all types of garlic and onion including raw, cooked and powder variations. Symptoms may include an increased heartbeat, pale gums, vomiting, diarrhoea and blood in the urine that requires urgent treatment.

Alcohol & tobacco:

It’s important to always keep alcohol and tobacco away from cats and dogs as ingestion of alcohol and/or tobacco has the potential to produce serious health consequences. Symptoms of intoxication include depression, staggering, excitement and or decreased reflexes. Ingestion of cigarette butts from the ground or ashtrays can also cause adverse digestive and nervous system consequences.

A few other foods to keep away from cats and dogs include:

  • Milk and diary
  • Salt and salty snack foods
  • Meats that are high in fat
  • Yeast dough
  • Lilies (only in cats)
  • Rat/snail poison

 

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