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Month: February 2010

Allergy Free Dog Beds | Allergy Pet Beds

Just like humans, dogs too have their allergies especially when they have been lying in places with huge amounts of dust. Dirt and dust can irritate the dog’s skin, causing them to itch and turn red. Thus, as a pet owner, you will need to get an allergy free dog bed to ensure that your dog’s health is not compromised.

If you see your dog scratching profusely and rule out a tick problem, he may be suffering from skin allergies which are not uncommon in canines. Therefore, one of the first places to clean out is the place which your dog spends much of his time in – the dog bed. Another way is to get an allergy-free dog bed which will help ensure that no pet dander is trapped within the dog bed, and which is causing these allergies in the first place.

The best way to find allergy free pet beds are to find those which are easy to remove and machine washable. This way, you will wash them more often as washing will be an easy task for you. Placing it in the washing and drying machine will also make it really easy to get it done within a few hours.

Apart from that, try to select a dog bed which is made from waterproof material. With this, it will not get dirty as easy as a dog bed made from fluff or fabric. What’s more, those dog beds that prevent dander from seeping into the internal parts make good allergy free dog beds as dust and dirt do not collect within the bed. Therefore, dust mites are less likely to breed and live inside your dog bed, which are one of the common causes of skin allergy in dogs.

One commercially available allergy free dog bed is the Pacific Coast Feather Pet Bed, that utilizes feather as the internal component of the dog bed. Other than providing great comfort for your pooch, this bed boasts of an allergy free warranty that assures you that there won’t be any allergies when using this product. Of course, it comes with a denim zip cover which is easily removable for easy cleaning purposes. Thus, this $39.99 dog bed is also affordable, practical and just right for any dog with sensitive skin.

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Cedar Dog Beds | Pet Bed Made From Cedar Wood

Even if you take extra care of your dog, brush its fur regularly, give it a bath as needed, and use top-of-the-line dog care products; your dog can still end up with a peculiar smell. This does not indicate that you don’t care for your pet properly, but has more to do with the dog’s drool and natural body odor. But regardless of why the smell is present, you can get rid of it by purchasing a cedar dog bed for your pet.

Cedar pet beds are beds that are filled with real cedar filling. There are different types of cedar beds depending on what type of cedar filling is contained in them. In this regard, you have cedar shaving filled beds, cedar chips filled beds, and beds that have cedar coils in them.

Beds that have cedar chips or shavings can also contain some shredded foam as well. This type of combination filling makes the beds real soft and fluffy. Cedar beds for dogs that contain cedar coils offer very good support and also adjust to the contours of your pet’s body. These beds are very long lasting as they can be fluffed regularly.

Cedar Dog Bed Benefits

  • Since real cedar has a natural sweet smell, the dog bed also has a very nice smell to it. Thus, when your pet sits on such a bed, the smell gets transferred on to your pet which helps it to remain sweet smelling too.
  • Cedar is a natural repellant for bugs, ticks, and fleas, again because of it characteristic smell. A cedar bed thus does not attract any fleas or pests, which can be a major problem with regular dog beds. And if the bed has fleas, your dog certainly will; and how big a problem that is you definitely don’t need to be reminded. Thus, to prevent your dog and its bed from being riddled with fleas or ticks, consider getting a cedar-type dog bed.

When buying any kind of cedar dog bed, ensure that it is the type that can easily be refilled with new cedar. As the cedar gets older, it may lose its fluffiness and also its smell. This means that the bed will not be as comfortable as it once was, nor will it be able to repel fleas efficiently. By simply refilling the bed with new cedar filling, you can restore its usefulness and will not have to buy a new dog bed. Thus, it is best to buy ones that can be refilled again and again.

The Pet Gear Large Nature’s Foundation Deluxe Pet Bed is the best cedar dog bed that money can buy.

This bed is available at Pet Care Central

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Is Your Dog Sleeping Too Much?

Theories abound why we sleep — from the concept which holds that sleeping consolidates memories to that which claims that sleeping is a way of conserving energy. At an average, humans sleep eight to ten hours every day, bats and opossums for 18 to 20 hours, while elephants and giraffes for only three to four hours. But now, you have probably noticed that your dog sleeps twice longer than you do. And, most probably, your observation caused you some worries. In the end, you may end up thinking:  just why is my dog spending long hours sleeping in his doggie bed?

Take a look at the following facts to help you understand the underlying factors on your dog’s extraordinary sleeping habit:

Since dogs are good hunters, they spend less energy landing at a prey, which gives them more sleeping time (approximately up to 16 hours) than humans. Dogs enjoy this unfair advantage over humans. Because they only spend little from the energy stored in their body, they dedicate most of their time slumbering significantly longer than humans do.

Dogs’ sleeping hours are greatly affected by various orientations. These orientations pertain to dogs’ activities, health, age, and breed as well as environmental or weather conditions. Consider these:

  • Dogs who are treated as pets generally sleep longer compared to dogs who are doing different activities, and since dogs basically have fewer tasks and responsibilities than humans, they can be expected to have longer sleeping hours.
  • Dogs that are suffering from illnesses, undergo medications, suffer from depression, hypothyroidism, and senility generally sleep longer than normal.
  • Middle-aged dogs require approximately 16 hours of sleep daily while older ones slumber much longer. This is perhaps dogs of this age bracket tend to be less mobile than the younger ones. Hence, they have the luxury of being idle. And idleness, like in the case of humans, is a perfect excuse for sleeping.
  • Dogs have the tendency to sleep more during sunny days.

Determining the desirable sleeping hours that your pet should only have every day is a hard task. This is basically due to the interaction of the different factors mentioned earlier. Thus, there can’t really be a standard regarding dogs’ sleeping hours because it is dependent on the above-mentioned elements.

Basically, you shouldn’t be worried if your dog sleeps longer than you do. Just make sure that it immediately reacts to sudden bursts of noise or other activities. Older dogs fall under a slightly different case as their failure to be alert may be caused by difficulty in hearing.

Experts advise that you immediately contact a veterinarian when your dog suddenly deviates from the activities that it normally does as this is indicative of an unseen problem. However, always remember that only prolonged changes in your dog’s sleeping habits need an expert’s advice. To be sure, ask for help if you notice indications like when your dog is sleeping at a higher or lower rate than the usual, is visibly lethargic, shows signs of sadness, depression, aggressiveness, or a sudden change in weight.

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