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                                                           Are you giving your dog enough attention? ​​​​​

In a perfect world most dog owners would love to spend more time with their pet(s). However, in today's fast paced society where people are now working longer hours than ever before, this is a luxury few people can afford. Even the most devoted pet parent can get bogged down with other day to day demands. And when the stresses of life take over, sometimes the family dog is the one who suffers the most. 

  1. Choose a breed suitable to your lifestyle. Some breeds need lots of mental stimulation, such as the Border Collie — that’s not a breed people who work full-time should have. 
  2. A dog that walks often—especially on pavements—has nails that file naturally. And trimming your dog’s nails should be part of a regular grooming regimen. So if yours has rather long untamed nails, it's usually a sign that your dog is not spending enough time enjoying the outdoors.
  3. Consider whether you could work from home, or take your dog to work, if this is a possible option for you. The maximum amount of time a dog should be left alone is four hours and that’s pushing it. Dogs have got to have lots of activity toys and lots of stimulation.

  4. Watch out for your dog's signs of distress. This  including a disinterest in food or play, destructive behaviour, no longer greeting you at the door and suddenly having household accidents. Sometimes a dog that is having emotional stress or feeling depressed will urinate and/or defecate in the house. Bored dogs might also occupy themselves by chewing on furniture, rooting around in the rubbish bin or barking incessantly.
  5. Dogs need mental stimulation and exercise to live a long, healthy life. If your dog spends most of the day snoozing, it might mean he/she just needs more attention. Set aside time every day for some indoor playtime to boost his/her energy and strengthen your bond. 

         Remember, you can always count on Findlay's Pet Care, to help you manage your pet's  day to day needs, ensuring they receive all the attention he/she deserves.

Posted May 09 2016

                                                                  5 top essential oils for your pet

If you love using natural products for your health or your home, you’ve probably wondered how you can share their great benefits with your pet?

Nowadays, essential oils and aromatherapy are all the rage. Many people are effectively using them to care for their health needs, including their pets.  Here are some of the most popular oils and how they can benefit your furry friend. But remember, you must always seek your veterinarian’s guidance before using any natural product, including essential oils, for your pet.

Which oils are safe to use? 

  1.  Bergamot  – This oil is known for being highly effective for treating bacterial ear infections, as well as ear infections caused by yeast, and it also has anti-fungal properties. One word of caution: when using Bergamot, limit your pet’s time in the sun, as it may cause photo-sensitization resulting in sun burn. 
  2. Peppermint  – Known to stimulate circulation in dogs, and it may also work as a natural insect repellant. 
  3. Lavender  – Used universally, lavender may provide immune support for allergies, ulcers, insomnia, and burns. Specifically in dogs, it may also be used to calm car ride anxiety and car sickness. Some pet owners use it for its anti-itch benefits as well.
  4. Roman Chamomile  – Touted for its analgesic and nerve-settling properties, Roman Chamomile is also reported to be effective in treating muscle pain and cramps. We love the smell of this one!
  5. Spearmint  – This popular essential oil may help reduce weight, and is also good for diarrhoea and nausea. Used on a short-term basis, it’s also reported to be helpful for gastrointestinal problems in cats. When purchasing essential oils for use with your pets, here are a few things to keep in mind:


  • Always purchase oils that come in amber, cobalt blue, or violet purple glass bottles.
  • Check the label for important information such as the country of origin, how the oil was extracted, and the names – both common and scientific – of the oil;
  • Be sure the label specifically says “100 percent pure essential oil” and “therapeutic grade”. Accept no substitutes!

Although aromatherapy and essential oils may provide many wonderful benefits for pets, it is imperative that we know which ones are safe and how to properly use them so as not to harm your pets. Always consult your veterinarian BEFORE using any essential oil or other natural product. 

Posted March 03 2016. Source:

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