Monday, February 5, 2018

February is National Dental Health Month

How clean is your Pug’s mouth?  How clean are your Pug’s teeth?  Have you look at your Pug’s smile?  Does your Pug have tarter?  Believe it or not, yes pugs need to get their teeth cleaned also.  Pugs need the have the proper dental care just as humans do.  Many pug owners do not realize that oral disease is the most diagnosed infectious disease which could cause other health issues such as heart issues, neurological issues and issues within the bloodstream.  Most Pugs by time that reach the age of three maybe four already have some sign of oral disease.  If left untreated oral disease can lead to bad breath, tooth loss, loss of appetite and even have your pug in severe pain.  To assist in the prevention of oral disease you should give your pug bones to chew on such as tarter control dental bones or other dental bones.  Just be mindful of when they get too small your pug does not swallow them whole and/or choke on them.  However, do not rely on these bones to do the job completely; you need to be a part of your pug’s dental hygiene also.  If possible you should brush your pug’s teeth on a weekly basis as well as add a dental rinse to their water.  Check with their veterinarian on which they would prefer or recommend.  Your local pet stores such as PetSmart, PetCo, Pet Supermarket and such carries toothpaste and toothbrushes specific for canine dental hygiene.   It is important NOT to use human toothpaste on your pug; these are not good for them and can cause harmful effects. 

Once you get your pug on a good dental hygiene routine just add it to the same routine as bathing, cleaning the nose wrinkles and ear cleanings.  Also, remember to take your pug in for regular dental checkups at their veterinarian or during their yearly physical.  Pugs need to have their teeth taken care of for them because they are unable to do it themselves.  If you are unsure about the dental care plan and the seriousness please inquire with your pug’s veternarian.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

It has been a Brisk Winter…

We made live in Florida but this winter has been a little brisk.  However, our Northern friends are having one of their worse winters with the negative temperatures, flooding which changes into ice with the freezing temperatures and so on.  So whether you live in the north, south, east or west we need to pay attention to our Pugs.  Remember they are a brachycephalic breed and they do not fare well in hot temperatures nor do they fare well in extreme cold temperatures.  So be mindful of how long your pug is outside whether getting some fresh air or waiting for them do/finish their business.  Pugs are prone to overheat in hot weather but in the cold weather Pugs are prone to colds which do hinder their breathing on top of their other breed respiratory issues.  Make sure your Pugs have a warm place to come into, that your Pug is not left out overnight, do not let them out in the rain unless necessary and also be aware of their paws.  Their paws are tender and can crack which can cause them pain just as in the hot weather, so their paws need proper care whether it is in the hot or the cold weather.  Check with your Veterinarian or your nearest pet store for the appropriate paw cream for the care of their paws, DO NOT use a human cream on your Pug’s paws they can cause some serious to deadly consequences.  There is a specific paw care cream just for the care of your Pug’s paws.
Keep plenty of water available for your Pug as well as the same diet that your Pug is use too.  

However, if your Pug is inactive in the colder weather then you may want to cut back on their food intake, remember Pugs are prone to be overweight, with little to no exercise your Pug will only gain so it is best to cut back their food until their exercise routine amps up (i.e. more walks, play time at the park or in the yard).  It is up to the humans to control their food intake and to keep them healthy.    
So please be aware and be mindful of the care and time of your Pugs in both, hot and cold weather.  Remember as in all breeds, Pugs have specific needs to care for them just as all breeds have specific care and issues to their breed which need the proper care.   

Stay warm and have a Happy and exciting New Year.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

An alternative from bottle water & faucet water for your dog…

Go Pure Water Purifier in water bowl
with water. 
As many of you are aware Pia Pia suffers from bladder stones so we are careful of what we feed her and what type of water she drinks.  The water that comes from the faucet is not necessarily the best water however bottle water can get costly plus it is not the best for the environment, so where does one go from there? Well, a few months back I was at a pet expo and came across the PuriBloc Go Pure Water Purifier.  

This is a water purifier that has suction cups and attaches to the bottom of your dog’s water bowl.  It has a purifier that the water consistently flows through to clean the water in your dog’s bowl.  It is good for up to six months however we have not had it for six months yet only three months but considering we have had it through Hurricane Irma where we lost electricity for a few days, it was nice to know and see that Pia Pia’s water in her bowl was clean even to this day the water in the bowl is still clean.  She use to have impurities whether it was the dirt from the outside, left over crumbs from her eating or other odd things that fell into her water bowl.  I have not seen anything in her bowl since we have been using the PuriBloc Go Pure Water Purifier.  We take the purifier out to clean her bowl on a regular basis and replace the PuriBloc Go Pure Water Purifier right back into her bowl. 

The good thing is the actual purifier is small and replaceable.  However, the one thing one must make sure to do is to make sure it is securely suctioned to the bowl because of the purifier being small and replaceable it could be a choking hazard.  Overall, it is nice to know and nice to see that her water is clear from impurities. 
Suctions Cups on the bottom 
Purifier separated from protective shell.

Protective shell and Go Pure
Pod together. 
Size of Go Pure Pod.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Traveling with your Pug

Whether it is the summer, spring break or the holidays traveling with your pug can be fun as long as you are prepared and organized. If your pug is not use to riding in the car, you would want them to get familiar with riding in the car.  To get your pug ready for a road trip, start taking then on small car trips around town and make them longer and longer until you feel your pug is ready for the long car ride.  If you are flying and they are not use to being in a carrier, then begin putting them in a carrier for a few minutes a day until they are comfortable and know the carrier is not a punishment.  You want a carrier that will meet the requirements of the airline as well as enough room for your pug can get up and turn around.  You do not want the carrier to be too restrictive because then your pug will despise going into it.  Make sure your destination whether it is family, friends or hotel is pet-friendly.  The worse thing to do is go all the way there to find your furry friend is not allowed or invited.

When it comes to packing for your pug make sure to keep their regular diet, pack a toy or two of their own, a blanket or towel, food/water bowls, dog treats and maybe a bed (pending space) to remind them of home.  If you are driving make sure to pack water with you so when you stop you are able to give them water.  If it is a long drive you are able to feed them also. When driving please make sure to walk them so they are able to relieve themselves.  Make sure your pug is secure in your car by a seatbelt or carrier, in the event of a car accident the carrier or a pet car seat will help keep your pug safe and not a projectile.  If you are flying it is best not to feed or give them water two hours prior to them flying.  Also make sure to let them go to the bathroom before you enter the airport or security area.  There are some airports that have pet relief areas but the maybe outside the security areas.  Again, research the airports before going to know if your airport has one or not and leave enough time to allow your pet to relieve themselves before the flight.  It is also best that if you pug is on a special diet, review the area to make sure you are able to get their food within their area.  You would not want to change their diet and risk a tummy upset while on vacation or visiting.  Make sure to pack all medicines, heartworm prevention (pending the time of month you give your pug their prevention), recent photo of your pug, and recent vaccination record for your pug. Do not forget when packing to pack an emergency kit for your pug such things as gauze bandage, eye wash, tweezers and such are great to have in that emergency kit.    

Finally, take your pug to their veterinarian for a full physical and make sure your pug is up to date on their vaccinations especially if they are going to a different region.  For example, ticks are not an issue in the southern region but they are in the northern region so be mindful of those vaccinations for your area and intending areas you are traveling to.  Make sure they are healthy to make the car ride and if they are flying they will need a flight certification.  Once you get a clean bill of health from their veterinarian request a copy of the vaccination record to have on hand while you travel, in case of emergency.  If you are flying, call ahead to the airline because brachycephalic breeds are not to fly in cargo due to their breathing issues. Some airlines have restrictions on the number of dogs allowed on a flight, so call ahead and let them know you will have your pug with you so it can be noted.  Also, if have not done so it is best to get your pug microchipped.  Many rescues, animal clinics, veterinarians, dog catchers and such utilize this method to help get a beloved pug back into the arms of their owners.  You also want to make sure to use a secure harness, leash and all dog tags are on your pug while you are traveling and while you are at your destination. Remember you are going to a strange place to your pug so be patient with them but also you want to make sure all forms of identification are on them in case they get away.  If the cost of the microchip is a problem watch in your area, some Humane Societies, veterinarian clinics or a rescue will offer a microchip at a reduced cost to you. 

Remember to be mindful of your during your travels and final destination of the surroundings such as the different plants and other potential toxins, other pets around the area, bodies of water such as pond, lake or pool, children and etcetera that are accessible to your pug.  Your home and local area maybe pug friendly but not all homes or areas are pug friendly.  Also, be aware of local emergency veterinarian clinics around the area, hopefully you won’t need it but it best to know where one is than not to know and need one. 

Overall, though pending how long you will be gone, how far you are going or how you will be traveling it may be a good idea to have a relative watch your pug, hire a pet sitter or even board your pug with some one that you are comfortable as well as your pug is comfortable with.  Traveling is a stressful situation for you and your pug so consider all options and choose the right options for you and your loved pug. 

Have a happy and safe travels. 

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Halloween Reminders for You and Your Pug

Candy Cane Princess
Costume by Jae Elisabeth Taylor
Halloween is almost upon us so the first thing to do is to make sure is that our beloved pug is taken care during this holiday.  There will be so much going on, so much excitement and it is the beginning of many more events.   First of all, if you are going to dress your Pug up please make sure it is appropriate dress for the weather.  Pugs overheat fast so between the costume and the weather make sure your pug will stay cool and of course, have plenty of water available for them to stay hydrated.  Remember also to make sure the costume does not restrict your pug or cause them any harm such as cutting or rubbing into their skin for this may start to cause an infection and pain to your pug.  A fun comfortable appropriate costume will help make sure you and your pug will have a nice evening of trick and treating.  If you are walking your pug around while trick and treating with your children please be mindful all the excitement, children, noises and such may be too much for your pug so use caution.  Some pugs may get too excited or panic and get loose which could cause them to take off, get lost or worse.  So it may be best to leave them at home.  If you choose to walk them make sure their lease and harness is secure, they are microchipped or have all their dog tags on them, and if they are wearing a costume it is appropriate for your area. 

Bumble Bee
Costume by Jae Elisabeth Taylor
Second thing, the nights leading to and including Halloween is a night for mischief and pranksters so please keep your pug inside where they will be safe and secure.  It is sad but those mischievous youngsters and pranksters tend to act out more as Halloween nears and with that they have a tendency to target our pets even if your pet is in your own back yard, so again it is best to make sure they are safe and secure in your home away from the pranksters.  

Third, if you are handing out the candy make sure you are careful to where your pug is at so they do not run out the door as it opens.  Be mindful of your pug as well as your children.  It is best to keep your pug secure in a room or behind a fence, so they will not be able to get out while you are handing out the candy. 

Finally, when all the fun is over make sure the candy is up and away from your curious pug. You do not want your pug to get into the candy and eat it; this could cause your pug to become extremely ill, cause organ damage or worse death.  So please make sure the candy is up and away from your pug.  As your children are going through, sorting their candy and of course, eating some the best thing to do it give your pug a dog treat so they do not feel left out or inclined to indulge themselves.  
Just a few reminders as the Holidays are just around the corner.  Happy Halloween to you and your little two and four legged goblins. 

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Television has gone to the Dogs, literally!!

Pia Pia loves to sit and view
the world. 
Television, radio and other sound makers are left on as we leave our homes so our dogs feel they are not left alone.  Not to say all of our dogs suffer from separation anxiety or have behavioral issues but it more or less helps to soothe their insecurities of being home alone for long periods of time.  However, have you ever thought about those sounds or sights on the television or radio? Are they soothing and calming to your dog? Do they do they aggravate or upset them? Even though it is helpful and ensuring to your dog that you will be returning it is best to make sure the sights and sounds are really calming them.  Recently I have come to learn that there is a DogTV, seriously, DogTV.   I thought it was just a rumor or an option in other countries but not here.  However, I was wrong.

DogTV is available in the United States as well as in fourteen other countries on providers such as Xfinity, DirectTV, AmazonFire, AppleTV and more.  This is great news for us and our dogs, why? Because DogTV is just that - for the dogs.  This channel has episodes designed specifically for one person in your household and only one person – your dog!! This channel’s content is appealing to your dog because the coloring is more vibrant to keep your dog’s attention, the sounds are pleasant to help keep them calmed and soothed during the day to keep them entertained,  and finally the channel is scientifically designed by numerous pet experts from veterinarians, behaviorists, and etcetera.  DogTV is a channel that has years of research behind it to make sure the channel maximizes the specifics of their programs for your dog’s hearing and vision to keep them happy and entertained so they are not destructive, stressed or have other potential behavioral issues.  

Pia Pia likes to watch TV
in bed pending what is on. 
People wonder if dogs even watch television? Will this help curve my dog’s behavior? What is needed to subscribe to DogTV?  Is DogTV suitable for my children? Believe it or not, yes dogs do watch television as well as just listening to the television assists the dog with resting and keeping calm, just as if your dog was hearing your voice. Of course, hearing your voice is a lot better than hearing anything else in the world just as you hearing your dog’s bark.  As for curving your dog’s behavior, DogTV will help with your dog’s separation anxiety and boredom by keeping their minds active during the day with the activity in their programs.  However, if your dog has further behavior issues it is best to seek assistance from your veterinarian or dog trainer for further assistance.  There is nothing special needed to add DogTV to your lineup, just go to and register, please at check at provide this code PiaPug.   You will be able to get one month free, which is an excellent deal.  Yes, DogTV is suitable for children, adults and your pets.  In fact, it is encourage sitting with your pets so your pets know that you are happy with the viewing as they will be happy to view the channel with or without you there. 
Yes, Pia Pia will sit right in
front to see her shows.  

Not everyone likes to admit they are wrong but I am glad to admit I was wrong and I am glad that I found DogTV.  I am glad to know I was able to get the channel here, it is reasonable costs, it is geared for Pia Pia, and yet fun for me to watch too.  So it is a win-win for all.  Enjoy watching DogTV, please let me hear from you with your and your dog‘s view on DogTV.  Thank you.

 #veteranservicedog #servicedog #dogtv #seperationanxiety #anxiety #behaviorissues #pug #pugs #pugnation #puglife #dog #pets #pet #blogpaws #television #xfinity #directtv #appletv #amazonfire #dogtelevision #tvfordogs #suitableforkids #animal #animals 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Brick and Mortar Pet Stores versus Online Pet Stores

Socializing, shopping, playing.
Over the past few months it seems more and more of us are shopping online compared to purchase from the Brick and Mortar stores.  Each of us have our own reasons for doing so, such as we do not have time to go to the store, the store does not sell our pet’s particular food or toy, or we just don't want to be disturb by stopping and going in.  Again, we all have our own reasons and for that those stores are losing income and are trying to figure how to bring the consumer back in.  Most recently a store manager of one of those stores stopped me to asked my opinion to bringing the customers back in.  My opinion for the Brick and Mortar stores:

1.      They have the space for training when the space is not used for training, offer a meet-up group to utilize the space for their a meet-up date, especially in the extreme heat or in the extreme cold.  This will help to bring in consumers to the store even new customers who may shop around before or after the meet-up.     
Nice cool place to meet will help. 

2.      Invite a rescue group or several rescue groups to the store, advertise with them to let the community know which groups will be available at the store and on which days.  Not only will this help a shelter animal exposure and higher potential to be adopted but will bring customers to the store.  Once they adopted a pet they will need to pick up supplies for their new pet such as toys, food, cage or leash, harness/collar and treats. 

Too hot to meet outside. 
3.      Each store has a budget set aside for activities within the community to help advertise and let the community know what their store is doing and that the store is there for your pet and you.  For instance, send an employee to the local Farmer’s Market to walking around with treats for the pets there,  advertising with a rescue groups or a meet-up group to when they will be at the store.  This will help people to recognize the store and the store’s commitment to the community. 

4.      Run specials while the meet-ups are happening and while the rescue groups are there.  Make it a fun time for all those who come in.  People will always remember where they had fun and look forward to coming back.  Offering a discount on treats or pawprints of our favorite pet, just something for a customer to remember that was fun we need to do that again. 

5.      Keep the store clean and stocked.  Again, you always want the store to be clean and stocked so the customer does not have a reason to get elsewhere. 

Not to say customers will be running back in but inviting meet-ups to meet at the store, helping rescues to display and get animals adopted out and just letting the community know that your store wants to be a part of the community, will be a big step towards bringing customers in.  It just starts with one friendly gesture to start the ball rolling.  Commitment to your local community will go a long way just as your local community will return their commitment back to you.  

Again, these are my thoughts of what would be a good idea to bringing customers back into the Brick and Mortar stores.  After all, it is nice to be able to still hang out with friends and their pets but not in the extreme heat or extreme cold so if there was a location such as a store were we would be able to hang out plus do so shopping it is a win-win-win for all – we can hang out with our friends and our pets, we can pick up our pet needs, our pets can get out of the house, and the store has returning customers.  Just something to ponder…   

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BlogPaws, a first timers view...

Sheraton Myrtle Beach, SC
It has been a few days since our return from BlogPaws.  BlogPaws, is a conference where bloggers, writers, and social media personalities of the pet world meet to socialize, network and learn to expand and grow our own avenues whether it is a blog, writing and etcetera.  Even to this day ideas are flowing on how to improve my blog.  I have so many ideas to write about, how to improve my writing, how I can show my dedication to what my blog is about and why I am blogging.  I have pages of notes from the different sessions we attended to the individuals we spoke to who have successful blogs or publications themselves.  However, it wasn’t all educational there were socialization time with sip and paint hosted by Red Roof Inn, Happy Meower hosted by VCA, and the Red Carpet Hour hosted by Natural Balance.  This conference was about the education and the networking with or without your pets. 
Sip & Paint hosted by Red Roof Inn

With this being my first BlogPaws conference I wasn’t sure how to plan or what to expect so I read all the posts in the social learning center on how to prepare, what to expect and what to bring to BlogPaws.  I carefully read each newsletter that was emailed prior to the conference in regards to what to expect upon arrival, who will be available to ask questions, and so on.  At first all of that was overwhelming but don’t let it be, read it all thoroughly then go back take notes to that which is pertinent to you.  When the schedule is published review and re-review it, unfortunately you will not be able to make it to all sessions as much as you want to so again make chooses that are most pertinent to you and what you want to achieve.  Just networking/socializing you will be able to pick up the highlights of the other sessions but the best news is most of the speakers are fellow bloggers or writers so they are available and easy to speak with.  Even the speakers that are major speakers such as this year with Kathleen Gage or Jay Baer, don’t be shy after they speak go up to them and ask them questions.  Both were very down to earth and open to answer questions.   The environment there is a friendly social environment, not like other conferences where speakers sneak out the back to avoid the attendees or answering further questions.  It is a well-organized and relaxed environment. 
Speakers Stage 

Even with the reading and re-reading once we showed up it was quite overwhelming with meeting and greeting fellow pet world personalities and their pets from cats, dogs, ferrets, rats, and a bearded dragon.  It is comical that we all recognize each other by our blogs or writing not necessarily by our names but still everyone was so friendly and welcoming.  There was a BlogPaws staff member available to welcome each of us, our pet and to answer questions. 

BlogPaws this way...
Only downfall to BlogPaws that I saw was it was too short or went to quick pending how one would look at it.  Another was there were some people I overheard stating how people stayed within their “clicks” however I feel it takes two.  If there was someone you wanted to speak to, go up introduce yourself and speak to them.  That is what this conference is about networking and socializing.  I knew a lot of people from the BlogPaws chat on Twitter or from their blogs but never really met anyone face to face that is why I went to the conference.  I put myself out there, introduced myself, gave my business card and spoke to them.  Not only was I able to put a face to a blog but I met new people and new blogs. Was it scary, yes, but I lived through it and it was worth it.  I would do it again in a heartbeat and Yes, I purchased my ticket for 2018 BlogPaws in Kansas City where I hope to meet even more new people as well as meet up with those I met with this past BlogPaws. 

Thank you to the speakers, Sheraton Myrtle Beach, and to the BlogPaws staff.  

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