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Signs You’re The Best ‘Purr-ent’

posted by The Daily Fluff November 15, 2016 0 comments

Here at The Daily Fluff, we like to treat our pets as if they are a part of our family! Whether you like to pamper your pet with their favourite treats, or just love and affection, you know that no matter what, to them you’re the best human in the world.

Here’s a list of reasons The Daily Fluff thinks you’re the best ‘purr-ent’ out there!

You look after their health:

Like us, our pets probably aren’t feeling their best without yummy, nutritious food and some exercise! Trust us, your dog thinks you’re the best person on earth when you grab their favourite ball and have a game of catch. Keeping your pets active, keeps them happy!

When it comes to their physical health, you know what’s best, that’s why you take them to the vet, regardless of how much they don’t want to go!

You show them affection:

It’s important to show your fur babies how much you really love them. Set aside some time every day to pamper your cat or dog with love and affection. Whether this is some quality belly rub time, or just some cuddles, this fosters an emotional connection between you and your pet, and it shows them that you love them as much as they love you!

You let them hang out with their friends:

Socialisation is so important for pups! If your dog is an only (fur)child, make sure that every now and then you take them out to a dog park so they can interact with other dogs. Not only will your pup love making new friends, it will teach them important lessons.

They get super-dooper excited to see you:

You know your pet really loves you when they get excited every single time you walk back through the front door. There is nothing nicer then being greeted with pure happiness everyday when you get home! Whether your dog runs around in circles, or your cat rubs against your legs, this their way of showing you that they are glad to see you.

They treat you like you’re part of the pack:

This is how you know your pet truly believes you’re the best parent out there!

It’s natural for animals to cuddle up when they’re having naps, so this is why they might try and sneak into your bedroom in the middle of the night.

If they’re feeling playful, they might even try and give you a sneaky love-bite! If they give you a little nibble on the chin, or on your fingers, they are trying to tell you that they love being in your pack, and that you’re the ultimate purrent!

Our Insta-friend Bentley said

My mum is the best purrent because when she comes home from work after leaving me by myself all day she makes up for it with endless cuddles and kisses! She also puts up with my fussy eating habits and doesn’t get angry when I don’t eat my food!

How does your pet show you they love you? Leave us a comment down below!

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5 Ways to Deal With Animal Separation Anxiety

posted by The Daily Fluff September 5, 2016 0 comments

Animal separation anxiety can be a real issue for some pet parents. While at first a dog whining at the door can seem a little cute and silly, actions surrounding animal separation anxiety can become quite dangerous and pets desperate to escape for a lunchtime reunion with their mum or dad can really hurt themselves. Some symptoms of animal separation anxiety can include: Excessive whining when owners leave, urination in strange areas and destructive behaviour such as chewing ­as well as the aforementioned escape attempts.

Here at the Daily Fluff we’ve compiled the top five ways to deal with animal separation anxiety. Remember that extreme cases of separation anxiety may require treatment and training from a certified pet behavioural specialist.

Counterconditioning:

For more mild cases of separation anxiety counterconditioning may be effective. Counterconditioning is a method that relies upon associative behaviour. Owners can train their pets to look forward to a normally anxiety-­inducing situation by giving them some sort of treat to look forward to. Food ­based puzzles and toys are perfect for this. Every morning before leaving for work you could try stuffing a food based puzzle toy with a tasty treat to alleviate antisocial behaviour. Your pet will eventually move their attention from your leaving to the treat they will consume and begin to enjoy their alone time.

Leave the TV on:

Leave the TV or radio on. This is another option best for mild separation anxiety. The lull of human voices will comfort and interest your pet, as well as distract them from your departure.

Mix up your pre-departure routine: 

As a pet lover you notice that your pet is aware of certain things about you. One set of such behaviour is known as ‘pre-departure cues’. You may notice that your pet can exhibit signs of anxiety when you start to go through your daily leaving routines. Whether this consists of grabbing your keys, ironing, putting on your shoes, or packing your bag. You can extend your counterconditioning training by alleviating your pet’s idea of the significance of these motions. Pick up your keys, and then sit down and wait for a little while before leaving the house. Other methods include leaving for very short periods and then coming back, gradually moving on to longer out­-of-­home excursions.

Try crate training:

Crate training is another method that may help your pet deal with separation anxiety. When a pet is enclosed in a smaller area they can feel more secure. If you opt to use a crate training method (best for dogs) ensure that you create a ‘safe space’. Fill the crate with lots of toys, treats, etc.

Reward good behaviour:

Treat your pet if they are quiet when you come home: Regardless of the method you use you should reinforce it when you greet your pet upon your return home. If they are calm 
and quiet treat them and show affection. If they come bursting out barking, ignore them in a calm manner until they resume normal behaviour.

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Easy Ways To Toilet Train Your Puppy

posted by The Daily Fluff September 1, 2016 0 comments

It doesn’t matter how prepared you are, toilet training a puppy is not something that happens instantly. It requires patience, consistency and understanding, and it is something you should start working on as soon as you bring your pup home, and be continued until the training is complete.

Puppies are, well, puppies, and naturally don’t understand that accidents on the carpet are frowned upon! To make the training process easier, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you along the way, and to help make the (sometimes disgusting) process easier.

Put newspaper or training pads down:

This is a great method to use when training your puppy. Place newspaper or training pads all over the floor of the room the puppy is predominantly in — which works great if you’re keeping the pup in the laundry or a confined space overnight or when you go out! Slowly reduce the amount of newspaper/pads, until there’s only a small corner covered. Then, slowly move the last piece of newspaper/pads further and further towards the door and eventually outside. Once the puppy understands this is the spot to use, take the paper away.

Take them outside regularly:

This means after meals and drinking, as soon as they wake up and every few hours in between. “When I was a puppy Mum and Dad would take me out into the backyard lots of times a day, and give me lots of kisses, cuddles and treats when I went to the toilet on the grass! I quickly learnt that wee wee’s are for outside, and not inside on the carpet!” says Bentley the Newfoundland.

Watch out for the signs:

Even if you took your pup out 20 minutes ago, if he/she begins displaying the signs of needing to go, make sure you take them outside. The signs could be excessive sniffing, restlessness and anxiousness.

Don’t yell, but praise:

Try not to yell if your puppy slips up and has an accident inside. As they are only young, puppies can be very sensitive and may not understand what they did wrong. Puppies can become anxious, which is understandable as they’ve just moved to a completely new home and environment. Instead of scolding them excessively after accidents, try positive training by praising them and giving them cuddles and attention after they do the right thing and go to the toilet outside.

And what do the pooches Ollie and Oscar have to say?

“Hi Ollie and Oscar here! For our paw-rents, toilet training us was a nightmare until they figured out the secret. Treats! Lots and lots of treats and positive reinforcement. Humans need to make sure they take us to the toilet frequently, we have little bladders you know. Also if we accidentally go in the wrong spot they shouldn’t yell at us, just move us to the correct spot and praise us when we do go. That was our secret!”

Do you have any top tips for toilet training your puppy? We’d love to know – share them in the comments below.

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Common Pet Allergies

posted by The Daily Fluff August 12, 2016 0 comments

It’s that time of the year. The temperature starts to rise, the sun comes out again and all of a sudden the hay fever kicks in. Believe it or not, our furry friends can be just as sensitive to seasonal changes, food products and skin care products as we are. So as a pet owner, it’s important to know what to look for if you think your pet may be experiencing allergies.

Common Symptoms:

Cats and dogs generally show similar allergy symptoms to their mums and dads, so if your pet is acting a bit out of the norm then this may be the result of allergies.

Here are a few signs to look for if you think your pet may be experiencing allergies:

  • Itchy or red skin
  • Runny eyes
  • Itchy ears
  • Paw chewing
  • Sneezing
  • Non-stop licking
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Causes:

Both dogs and cats can be allergic to a number of things that they will come across in everyday life. One of the most common causes for allergies in pets is grass, seeds and weeds. If you have a larger backyard, make sure you keep an eye on your pet to make sure that they aren’t having a reaction to anything they may have been sniffing around.

If your fur-child has been experiencing digestive issues, this could be a sign of potential food allergies. Yep, that’s right, your pet can be just as sensitive to different foods as us! Food allergies can be difficult to spot and an elimination diet may be the only way to pin point exactly what has been causing an upset stomach. If you think your pup or kitty may be experiencing food allergies, make sure you consult with your vet first before making any changes to your pet’s diet.

Cats and dogs can also be allergic to some medications, which can sometimes be a bit scary! Whether it’s flea or worming medication or even antibiotics, some sensitive pets may have a reaction. If you think this may be happening to your pet, make sure you consult a vet as soon as possible.

Solutions:

Consult your vet for solutions to food and medication related allergies. Medicating your pet from home could potentially cause more harm than good!

If your pet is experiencing allergic reactions to dust, grass and weeds there are a few easy steps you can take to make life more comfortable for them.

If they’re experiencing skin irritation, both cats and dogs can benefit from weekly baths using oatmeal shampoos and conditioners. Washing bedding and clothing weekly can also help reduce dust-based allergies. Cats may benefit from using unscented litter as well!

It’s important to remember that no matter the breed, any cat or dog may be susceptible to developing allergies at some point in their life. Make sure you consult your vet to work out the best allergy action plan for your furry friend.

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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