September 17, 2010
Fleas. Even saying the word makes us itch. These tiny creatures can make your pet miserable, and in turn make you miserable. Plus, once they latched on to your pet and made a home in your house, they are very hard to get rid of. Bottom line, fleas are a pain.
DogWatch Hidden Fences want to help you avoid this pain by providing the following tips to avoid or get rid of fleas on your pet and in your home. Early fall is the peak of flea season, so we encourage you to follow our three easy steps right away!
Getting rid of fleas on your pet and in your house can be a long, challenging and expensive process – so why not avoid them all together? There are several widely-available flea prevention products that you can use monthly to protect your pet from fleas.
The most popular prevention product, Frontline, is available for cats and dogs, and can be found at your vet or your local pet superstore. It is a gel that is applied in between the pet’s shoulder blades, so that the pet won’t lick it off. The product then seeps into the pet’s oil glands under his skin, and is distributed throughout his hair. This creates an inhospitable environment for fleas, and causes them to literally “flee” the pet and stay away for a full month. Frontline also works on ticks – so you get twice the power!
K9 Advantix (for dogs only) and Advantage (for dogs and cats) are two other, similar flea prevention products that perform largely the same function using a different chemicals. (A side-by-side-by-side comparison can be found here.) As always, talk to your vet about what is best for your animals.
A couple of things to note about these products: 1) they are approved for cats and dogs as young as 8 weeks, and 2) it is recommended that you do not bathe the pet within two days before or two days after the product is applied, to ensure that the chemical is properly distributed.
August 12, 2010
Starting this week, DogTails – the weekly blog brought to you by DogWatch Hidden Fences – will begin highlighting the best of the pet-centric social media world. In this post, we tell the stories of three pets who have become worldwide stars thanks to social media. We love following these cats’ and this dog’s exploits on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and blogs, and we know you will too.
So, without further ado, we give you our “Star Pets of Social Media.”
Maru the Cat
The equation is simple: cat + cardboard box + video camera = genius. Maru, a male Scottish fold from Japan, is the star of a seemingly unending series of irresistible YouTube videos. His YouTube channel has over 63,000 followers and his videos have been viewed more than 58 million times. Not bad for a clumsy kitty!
If you are like us and can’t get enough of Maru, check out his blog. (It includes English translations.) While it seems criminal to choose just one video, our favorite video of the moment is this slow-motion clip of Maru jumping out of – you guessed it – a box.
Sockington the Cat
Maru may have recently eeked out a win over Sockington in “the battle for the internet’s favorite feline,” but the social media world still can’t get enough of this other cat sensation.
Sockington, a very proper-looking black and white rescue cat from Waltham, MA, has so far amassed over 1.5 million followers on Twitter. His owner, Jason Scott, chronicles his cat’s thoughts and broadcast them to the ever-growing “Socks Army.” Sockington loves food and naps, frequently shouts in all caps, and is surprisingly witty. A recent tweet read: “HURRAH GIFT GIVING TIME may I present you with 3/4 of a mouse HEY I DO NOT APPRECIATE YOUR INSINUATIONS or the screaming for that matter.”
In addition to his Twitter feed, Socks also has a blog and a Flickr account filled with numerous photos of “the most popular cat on Twitter.” As Sockington himself might say: “OF COURSE I AM THE MOST POPULAR nap time zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”
Tillman the Bulldog
August 4, 2010
In honor of the new film Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, which opened this past weekend in theaters across the country, DogTails is tackling the fascinating relationship between America’s most popular pets. For every story of a dog who loves cats, there are even more stories of dogs who love fighting with cats.
In honor of this love-hate relationship, we have compiled the following tips to help all the brave animal lovers who share their homes with a dog and a cat. Follow these tips, and you can help keep the peace between your two furry best friends.
The most important rule of introducing a new dog to your cat (and vice versa) is to take it slow. When it comes to a dog and a cat’s first meeting, do not just open the door and let them chase each other. Instead, let the two animals slowly move closer to each other, while maintaining control of them at all times. As a result, it is best to have another person help with the introductions, so that both animals can be quickly pulled away if necessary.
As always, treats are helpful to encourage good behavior in your dog. Ask the dog to look away from the cat and look at you. If he complies, give him a treat – he is doing very well! If he does not comply, continue working with the dog to calm him down and divert his attention away from the animal. Toys and treats and words of praise are all helpful here.
The ultimate goal is to allow the dog and cat to interact without chasing and lunging. Some dogs will need more guidance and training than others – it depends on the dog’s breed and history. Also, you will want to muzzle larger or more aggressive dogs when they are first introduced to smaller animals like cats, to ensure that no one gets hurt.