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Dog Beds, Crates, and Carriers

When your dog grows older, you'll still want to care for him as well as you can. At this stage of his life, an orthopedic bed may be in order. Orthopedic beds that are made with medical-grade orthopedic foam are perfect for easing pressure on your dogs joints and will shape according to the contour of your dog, each time he lays down.

Some orthopedic dog beds have quilted covers that can be removed and washed. These covers come in different designs and the zippers are covered. You can buy an extra cover to have a spare when needed. Some dog beds with medical-grade foam come with heating ability that is low level and safe. The heat is therapeutic for dogs with muscle strains or arthritis.

Gel beds are good dog beds that keep your dog warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The bed has thick insulation for the winter and the gel has a cooling effect for the summer. Dog beds also come in styles like spindle beds, loungers, mats, chaise beds, crate beds, and there are iron bed frames.

Dog crates are useful and can be a safe haven for a dog properly crate trained. A folding crate to use when traveling with your dog by air comes in handy. Some of them fold down as small as a briefcase. And have straps to carry the crate that can be used as a leash. Breeding crates and whelping crates are available. There are replacement floor pans for some crates. Dog crate pads and beds are available.

If you like to go camping, to outdoor events or the beach, then a dog pup tent can be useful. They are made with sunscreen material, have good airflow, have screened windows, and a zipper. Soft crates made of nylon are another alternative and they are lightweight. If you are into showing your dog, this may be a good item for you. Mesh type crates that setup with two poles have good ventilation, create a den effect; some can be locked with a padlock. The soft crates and tents may not be appropriate for dogs that chew a lot or puppies.

Dog carriers are another useful item. They are good for taking small dogs to the vet. There are different kinds of dog carriers such as leather, denim, fur, and checkered. You can get backpack dog carriers, city carriers, and travel carriers. Some carriers are airline approved. Some of the dog carriers are combination carriers that can be used as a backpack or used like rolling luggage.

Doghouses like igloos are made that have vents for airflow and are insulated for the winter. These doghouses have conduits that move rainwater away from the door of the doghouse. These doghouses have moats that trap any liquids inside and whisk it away from the dog.

There are such a variety of doghouses, carriers, beds, and crates on the market today; there is something out there for every dog owner and each dog.

 


Dogs in Heat: The Facts

There are numerous questions that people ask, when learning about dogs in heat. There are practical answers that help dog owners to understand the estrous cycle.

The proper name for heat is the estrous cycle and during this cycle a dog can become pregnant. The obvious sign is bleeding from the vagina and the vulva might be swollen. The bleeding isn't profuse, especially in small dogs. She will urinate more often. The biggest clue is the sudden surge of male dogs hanging around your yard. Observe the small dog before her first cycle more carefully, as it can be harder to tell when she first goes into the estrous cycle.

The majority of female dogs come into heat at between six to twelve months of age, though it can be sooner or later. For some it it as long as fourteen months. Have your vet examine your dog, if she hasn't cycled in fourteen months. They normally come into heat twice yearly. The smaller dogs are the ones that might come into their cycle earlier and the larger breeds might take longer than the usual time.

The estrous cycle is broken into four parts.

1) Proestrous is the initial stage. Its duration is between four and twenty days. The dog bleeds, is usually shy, her vulva is swollen, and she isn't receptive to male dogs.
2) The estrous part of being in heat is from five to thirteen days long. The female dog is receptive to males and the blood secretion is a lighter color.
3) Diestrous is the next stage and now her secretions lessen and she begins to lose interest in the male dogs. If she got pregnant, the pregnancy duration would be between sixty and sixty-four days.
4) Anestrus is the period when the dog's heat cycle finishes and she stays in in his stage for five to eleven months.

The majority of the cycle is around three weeks and doesn't include the most of the anestrous period.

When your dog is in heat, she will be more excitable and can use some extra attention. Brushing, petting, and talking to her will soothe her nerves. You can control the mess made through bleeding by putting a doggy pad on her or keeping her in her area when inside. The space normally set aside as her place to sleep is her den. Visit her often, if she is confined to this space.

Breeders of dogs usually test for progesterone levels, which signifies the dogs most fertile days. Normally those days are the 11th through the 15th day of heat. She can become pregnant during her first heat. The majority of breeders don't breed their dogs that soon. They usually have genetic testing done prior to breeding. Some serious hip problems aren't apparent until the dog is about two years old.

Spaying her is advisable, if you don't want her to have puppies. The traditional advice has been to allow her to experience one cycle or have puppies once before spaying. But vets now spay earlier. Ask your vet how soon you can have your dog spayed.

 


A Look at Discount Dog Beds

Many people want to make sure their family pet has just the right bed, but might not be willing to pay the (often quite hefty) price.

It's actually more difficult to find designer and luxury dog beds especially for oversized pets than it is to find discount dog beds for average sized animals. If you're not too fussy about the design of the fabrics being used in the bed; if your dog is of average size and weight; and if her sleeping habits are not too extreme in the curling up or stretching out situations; you can probably save a lot of money when you purchase a dog bed that's right for her.

To begin with, a lot of the more expensive bed-makers change their designs just like clothing designers do for people, if not quite as often. The changes do result in closeouts and discontinued items being drastically marked down at pet shops across the country and on the Internet. Then there are the many pet supermarkets and discount retailers who carry a variety of comfortable beds, in a variety of colors at prices much reduced from the luxury beds available at upscale pet shops.

Then there is always the option to go ahead and make your own dog bed. If you've got any sewing ability at all, (and for the most part, a dog bed is more about being comfortable and durable than about looking great) you can produce an average-sized, comfortable, washable dog bed for just a few dollars worth of fabric and filler material. Cut a couple of pieces of fabric - it can be from an old sheet, a shower curtain, or a nice comfy old bathrobe - and sew them together to make a pillow of the right size. Stuff it with filler material and you have a comfy, simple dog bed. You may also create a fancier dog bed with an upper ring by cutting a long rectangle of fabric and creating a tubular pillow to go around the edge. Then fasten the upper ring to the original base with hand stitching.

You have just created a comfortable, washable bed for your dog made with love by your own two hands using a piece of fabric you'd probably throw away, some kind of filler material and a little bit of your precious time. What better way to save money and take care of your loving pet at the same time? You'll enjoy the process of making the bed just as much as your pet will enjoy sleeping in it.

 




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