Krabi Hotels

27 May

Best Hotels in Krabi Thailand

5. Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort
5 hotel

4. Ban Sainai Resort
4 hotel

3. The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort
3 hotel

2. Rayavadee Resort
2 hotel

1. Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
1 hotel

Make Those Fleas Flee! (For Dogs)

25 Jun

You noticed that your dog hasn’t been able to stop scratching for some time now. He just can’t seem to keep his foot on the ground! So what can you do?

First Things First

dog fleaThere is a chance that your dog is having trouble with dry skin instead. Or, if he is scratching his ears, that could mean ear mites, or an ear and throat infection of some kind. If he’s scratching or licking other parts of his body, he could be having a food allergy or some other kind of irritation. So make sure that those fleas really are fleas.

Fleas vary in size. They have flat bodies and they jump. They don’t have any wings.

If you don’t see any obvious fleas, then you should look for flea feces on your dog. It may collect on your dog’s skin and then start to look like little clusters of dirt.

After You’ve Determined That It’s Fleas

So you’ve inspected your dog, and it turns out he does have fleas. So, now what?

A very important step to take is to kill the larvae. Choose a pesticide that contains a larvae-killing chemical. Some examples are methoprene or pyriproxyfen. Then your dog will be on the way to becoming, and staying, flea-free.

After applying spot-on flea and tick treatment, your dog shouldn’t be bathed for 4-5 days. This is because most of these kinds of treatments have to migrate into the subcutaneous layer of fat on your dog. This process makes your dog’s skin uninhabitable for fleas and their eggs.

Don’t Bathe Your Dog Too Soon

If you bathe your dog too soon, then the natural oils that carry the treatment into the previously mentioned layer of fat won’t be enough for your dog. You also may end up washing away all the medication.

Should your dog have fleas, immediately apply the medication to him. Over-the-counter flea killers will help your dog to get rid of the flea infestation within about 6 hours. After about a week’s time, then you can go ahead and give your dog a bath, with flea killing shampoo. However, try not to use too much of the shampoo. It can dry up your dog’s skin. Keep in mind that fleas are little parasites that really bother your dog. They cause your dog to be very itchy, so be gentle with his skin.

After Applying Medication, Before Bathing The Dog

During the time between these two steps, maybe use a flea comb and go through your dog’s fur with it. Have a bowl of water with soap by you. If you scoop up a flea or some flea eggs, then you can drown them in the bowl of water and continue combing.

After you’ve applied the spot-on treatment, begin the following.

Treat Your Home for Fleas

Thoroughly vacuum your home, including hard floors. After that, seal your vacuum cleaner bag in plastic before discarding it. It would be a good idea to sprinkle some borax onto the carpets you plan on vacuuming. Allow the borax to sit overnight, and then you can vacuum it up. This is a nice, safe way to suffocate the fleas that could be lurking in the carpet. It also causes them to become sluggish so it’s easier to pick them up with the vacuum cleaner.

Wash your dog’s bed in hot water. If possible, dry it in a hot dryer too. Some synthetic beds melt in the dryer, so think carefully. If this could happen, it’s better to just replace it.

If, after all of this, you continue to find fleas throughout the house, then now would be a good time to see about hiring an exterminator. If you can’t afford to, then you can get a DIY spray or fog kit. Make sure you read the labels. Some flea killing chemicals can be dangerous for birds, fish, and children.

Keep them from happening!

Logically, this is the best thing to do. Take your pets to a veterinarian every month to get treated with a recommended spot-on flea repellant. If you live in an area full of fleas, then you should probably put a flea collar on your dog when he goes outdoors. Take it off when he’s inside.

Reference
FleaTreatmentCenter.com – http://www.fleatreatmentcenter.com

Golden Retrievers: Loyal Companions For Any Home

9 Apr

One of the most popular family dogs in the world, the golden retriever, is a fascinating dog with many wonderful attributes. A member of the sporting canine group, this lovable dog works well in almost any family unit and is a favorite among those that live in houses, apartments, or sprawling estates. No matter the situation, the golden retriever is a pet that boasts many advantages and may be the perfect addition to any family.  Finding the best pet insurance for your new dog should be at the top of your list. It’s inevitable that you will be making trips to the vet on a regular basis.

History

Golden RetrieversRetriever breeds have been used for hunting for decades due to their strong gait and endless energy. However, the golden retriever has only been around since the mid-19th century when Lord Tweedmouth decided to create a more agile breed that could tackle the conditions of the area in which he often hunted along the Tweed River.

Born just north of the Scottish border, the golden retriever is a cross between many breeds including the wavy-coated retriever, tweed water spaniel, bloodhound, black retriever, and setter. Lord Tweedmouth meticulously bred the various dogs in an effort to create a dog with a very specific set of training and hunting skills. In the early 1900s, the resulting dog was brought to the United States by Lord Tweedmouth’s sons and, ultimately, recognized as a golden retriever in 1912. In 1925, the American Kennel Club (AKC) formally recognized the golden retriever as a pure breed that is fit for show and bloodline procreation.

Appearance

The golden retriever has a beautifully vibrant appearance and, seemingly, happy disposition. Its waterproof coat comes in various shades of gold that is characteristic for the breed, and makes it easily identifiable with either a straight or wavy appearance. With well-developed hind- and forequarters, the golden retriever has a distinctively agile build that gives this breed’s gait a sense of powerfully athletic movements. In families with small children, the golden retriever is sturdy with strong neck and back areas, which afford this dog the ability to stand up to climbing toddlers and rough situations.

Temperament

Highly praised for its devotion and love of human camaraderie, the golden retriever is a loyal pet that tends to want to please his humans. The breed has a love of outdoors, but is extremely calm and well-behaved indoors. It’s been said that golden retrievers are trustworthy and can be left alone indoors for hours without the destructive behaviors of other, more mischief, breeds.

A motivated learner, the golden retriever is a quick study that is easy to train and eager to pick up on new things. Tricks and simple stunts are no problem for this pleasing animal, so they often acquire a plethora of skills that their owners like to show off in a crowd. This breed lives up to the retriever name and is more than happy to return almost anything his human tosses about. The physical attributes of the breed affords the stamina to run yards away in an effort to return a ball or stick to his faithful companion.

Care and Activity

Golden retrievers require some care on a daily basis that should be incorporated into the family routine. In order to maintain the coat and discourage an abundance of fallen hair throughout the house, full-coat brushing is required at least twice per week. Dry shampoo may be used on a weekly basis, but baths should be used sparingly in order to maintain a hydrated scalp and avoid skin issues which are common to the breed.

These pets, a very loyal and social bunch, have the ability to live almost anywhere – indoors or outdoors. However, their temperament dictates the desire to live and sleep among their owners. Goldens are much happier when included within the family unit and socialized accordingly.

The activity level of the golden retriever is, ultimately, determined by the owners and graciously followed by the pet. However, it’s important to allow daily exercise for this active breed in order to maintain health and well-being. The golden retriever will happily relax for hours as long as there is ample energy burn at some point during the day.

Health Concerns

With a lifespan of, roughly, 10 – 13 years, the golden retriever will adorn a family for many years. This page does a good job of explaining pet insurance if you are interested in obtaining insurance for your Golden Retriever. There are, however, some health concerns that should be considered and watched throughout his life, including:

– Hypothyroidism

– Eye disorders

– Hip and/or elbow dysplasia

– Sub-aortic stenosis (SAS)

– Mast cell tumors

– Unexplained seizures

– Osteosarcoma

– Hemangiosarcoma

– Skin issues

– Lymphoma

Although these conditions may seem intimidating, most are rare and can be easily managed. Early detection and identification of these conditions is important through tests to monitor the heart, thyroid, eyes, hip, and elbows through the managing veterinarian.