Protect Backyard Chickens. Here's How.
When we think pet fencing, we sometimes only think about dogs and cats as our pets; but this is why EasyPetFence.com offers humane chicken fence solutions for backyard poultry owners. Electric poultry netting is common practice; but it is often viewed as inhumane by pet owners; and therefore, we at EasyPetFence.com do not offer this fence option. Here are two alternative livestock fencing solutions for backyard chicken owners:
Your backyard chickens needs a place to call home while they wait for a complete chicken fence system. Before you install your chicken wire fence, you’ll need to give them a safe place to nest. A Chicken Coop is the perfect coop for the backyard flock and the homeowner that doesn’t want to spend hours mucking out a big stationary hen house. Our chicken coop for sale on EasyPetFence.com is a BPA-free plastic alternative that sets up and tears down in minutes, and because it’s entirely made of plastic, it won’t rot like wood or rust like metal after years of weather exposure. Each Mini Coop Chicken Coop houses two chickens.
Chicken Fence Rolls and Kits
Put a roll of our 20-gauge galvanized steel hex web fence between your flock and prowling predators. Our backyard chicken fence rolls for sale are 100% chew-proof for added security, and are PVC-coated to resist weather elements. Chicken wire fences are coated in black PVC to give the fence a virtually invisible appearance from a short distance. Chicken wire fence rolls feature 1-inch hexagonal mesh patterns that are stronger than traditional square meshes, allowing the fence to resist sagging or bending. Backyard chicken wire lasts 20-30 years in the field.
Valentine's Day Tips For Pets
Valentine's Day is all about love; and of course, we love our pets! As pet owners, we want to shower our domestic animals with love and affection all the time and provide them with the best possible care. On Valentine's Day, we may want to give our pets something extra to show just how much we love them; but some common Valentine's Day gifts and foods may be toxic to pets. Here are a few pet tips to get you through Valentine's Day without having to worry about your four-legged friends:
Valentine's Day Chocolates
Never, ever give chocolates to pets. Unfortunately, both dogs and cats can get violently ill from ingesting candies with high amounts of sugar and cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures and even death in pets. It's best to keep that box of chocolate to yourself. However, there are dog bakeries that may be offering special Valentine's Day treats for pets. Check your local listings.
Valentine's Day Candies
Candies with nuts, coffee beans and raisins are especially unsafe for dogs and can cause kidney failure. Consult a vet immediately if chocolates or these types of candies are ingested.
Valentine's Day Flowers
Cats may jump on tables to smell the flowers. Keep them away from them! Bouquets full of lilies, can be deadly to cats, causing kidney failure, if ingested - although they are relatively safe for dogs. Move flower bouquets away from edges so your dog's tail does not knock it off.
Valentine's Day Decorations
Who doesn't love decorating for the holidays? Just be wise where you place house decorations and make sure they are away from pets. Balloons can be easily popped from cat claws. Also, bows and ribbons may be fun "toys" for a cat, but they can also become choking hazards. Keep teddy bears with small parts away from domestic pets, too.
EasyPetFence.com wishes you and your furry friends a Safe and Happy Valentines Day!
February Is Responsible Pet Owner Month
As February marks Responsible Pet Owner Month; that got us thinking as pet owners: What does it mean to be a truly responsible pet owner? Is it buying a puppy or kitten the most expensive food or shimmering rhinestone collar? Or, simply playing with the new pet each and every day while providing shelter, toys and love?
While there is no exact definition, we at EasyPetFence.com feel that your loyalty, devotion and care is unwavering and should stick with the pet throughout its lifespan.
“Owning a dog is not just a privilege-it's a responsibility.”American Kennel Club
Bringing home and new pet is similar to bringing home a newborn baby. You, as responsible pet owners, will need to make the dog or cat feel at home, part of the family. You will need to provide them with love, care, attention, companionship and much more.
Similar to a small child, you will need to watch them like a hawk, and make sure they stay out of trouble. Pet owners will need to pet-proof houses with proper barriers and make sure they stay away from stairs or wide gaps - at least for the first few weeks. Keep them away from edges, fireplaces and lamps; and pick up children's toys that may be a choking hazard for the pet.
Pet Owners should take the step during the early stages of 'parenthood' to train new dogs or cats with simple obedience commands. While attending classes is great for both the pet and pet owner to connect with others, owners can train new pets from the comfort of their own home.
Here are five essential commands you can teach your dog:
1) Sit: Hold a treat close to the dog's nose. Once they perform the action, give them the treat.
2) Come: Put a leash on your dog and say "come" while gently tugging on your dog.
3) Down: Hold your hand up to your dog's snout and slowly move it down as he follows.
4) Stay: Ask your dog to "Sit." Then, open the palm of your hand and say "stay," while slowly moving away.
5) Leave it: Get a treat in your hand and let the dog lick or smell it; but say "leave it." Repeat until the dog doesn't touch the treat.
And, you will need to register your animal and get them an ID. Consider micro-chipping your pet to help identify Fido if he ever gets lost or stolen.
Growing Up With Pets
The average lifespan of a dog is 10-13 years; while the average lifespan for a cat is 12-18 years. Pet owners will need to make a lot of decisions for their pet including whether or not to spay or neuter their pet. Studies show that pets that are spayed or neutered live longer, healthier lives and are less likely to act out with poor behavior.
Beginning pets will need annual visits to the vet for routine check-ups and shots. As your pet ages into adulthood, the visits may become more frequent.
Just like humans, domestic pets need plenty of fresh water, proper nutrition and the right foods to stay alert, fit and active. Read labels to know exactly what you are feeding your dog or cat. If your pet is not eating a certain food, understand that they may not like the taste; and try another kind. (We can be picky eaters, too!) Consult a vet to get a weight management plan, if needed; and practice portion control. Obesity, just like with us, is real and can cause your animal to have weak muscles and joints.
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimated that 53.8% of
U.S. dogs and 58.2% of U.S. cats are overweight or obese. (2015 statistics)
Your pet throughout its life should always feel loved and well-cared. Never, ever, hit a dog or yell at it. Your dog comprehends and feels basic primary emotions; and give a poor psychological impact on your pet.
Socialization for pets is a must! If you have a dog park nearby, take them for a walk over to make friends. Dog parks are a great way for a dog to burn off energy and get in shape, too.
The safety of your pet should be your number one priority. Make sure they always have a warm, dry area to go to for shelter. The harsh winter weather, and brutal heat of summer can affect both dogs and cats, leading to heat stroke, rough foot pads, shaking, hypothermia, or even death. If you think the garage is a suitable place for a dog or cat to stay, think again.
Consider backyard pet fencing from EasyPetFence.com for both dogs and cats. Outdoor fence enclosures allow dogs and cats to get the 30 minutes of daily activity needed to stay healthy. As your pet ages, they will require additional time outside. Fresh air, socialization with other domestic pets and security are just a few reasons to invest in a pet fence.
Stay away from electric fence for dogs and shock collars as these options are inhumane for animals. When you choose an invisible fence, you are choosing to deliver a painful shock to your animal, usually by collar. When you shock a dog, you are sending jolts of electricity to your animal. This, naturally, hurts (at least scares) the dog in hope that the dog will not move away from the yard again. For your pets, they don't understand why you are hurting them, they just know they are too scared to move away from a designated area. Is this what you really want for your pet?
Caring For Senior Pets
Aging is unavoidable; but there are steps that a responsible pet owner should continue to take when caring for an older pet. Remember when we stressed the importance of proper nutrition? This will help your dog in the long-run. Good dog food with lots of protein will give your dog energy and will strengthen their joints and bones.
They will require regular visits to the vet, possibly monthly. Regular visits will prevent them from illnesses and will help you plan during the senior years of its life.
Pay attention to your dog. If they are usually active and are now lethargic, or are not eating their favorite meals, they may be sick. Consult a vet if you have questions.
Pet Dental Health Matters
As pet owners, we want our pets to be healthy and happy at all times. This is why we need to pay attention to our pet's temperament and body. If your dog's bad breath is turning you off, take them to the vet. This could be a sign of serious health risks including gum disease and damage to internal organs.
Being that February is just around the corner, we want to start discussing National Pet Dental Health Month and what you can do as pet owners to take care of your dog and cat's teeth.
Periodontal disease in pets is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs - caused by poor oral hygiene. Your dog may have this type of tooth disease if their mouths are swollen and red with tender gums. Fortunately, it is completely preventable, if proper care is taken for pets. As with humans, daily tooth brushing is a must for pets. Dog tooth brushes have softer bristles and a longer reach. Choose a dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste specific for your breed; then follow these steps to successfully brush your pet's teeth:
1) Get your dog comfortable with your finger in his/her mouth. It may take some time, so be patient.
2) Let the dog lick some dog toothpaste off your hand to familiarize them with the taste.
3) Show the toothbrush to your dog or cat.
4) Brush a few teeth at a time while gently lifting their lips. If you have a family member that can help, this is best.
Sometimes pets will not cooperate with you, no matter how patient you are with them. If this is the case, try interacting with your pet using a chew toy. (This may help calm their nerves.) Professional dog cleaning can be done, but it can be quite expensive. If you cannot brush teeth, you can also try a gel or spray.
In the meantime, healthy dog snacks and dog peppermint treats can help clean teeth. Pet owners can find these items at local grocery stores or pet stores.
Winter 2017 Pet Owner Catalog - View Now
Our Winter 2017 Pet Catalog is available to view online. In the issue, you will find information pertaining to:
- Tick Identification and Removal
- Becoming a Responsible Pet Owner
- Backyard Dog Fencing and Kitty Corral Cat Fencing Systems
- Winter Care Tips for Dogs and Cats
- Steps For Training a New Puppy
At EasyPetFence.com, we are proud to offer quality pet fence and fence parts to satisfy the needs of individual landscapes, pet breeds and budgets. We are just as passionate about pets as you; which is why all of our products are 100% harm-free to pets, owners and the environment. You will not find animal electric fence options through us.
We offer humane fence solutions for dogs, cats and even livestock. Our poly dog fences are our top sellers; made from a tough plastic fence material suggested for small and calmer dogs. For dog digging under fence solutions, we recommend our steel hex dog fence rolls which are completely chew-proof, dig-proof and ideal for high energy dogs. Cat owners will appreciate our Kitty Corral Cat Fence Kit that contains everything to assemble a safe outdoor cat enclosure including Cat Fence Extenders. And, we can help you design the appropriate livestock fence with our steel hex fence for chickens and fence accessories.
All of our dog fence, cat fence and chicken fence choices can be installed by homeowners without the help of a professional in as little as one day. Our website offers step-by-step video tutorials and print-out instructions to assist with the installation process. For easy fence installation, choose EasyPetFence.com!
Dog Parasite Control: Babesia Tick Transmission
What is Babesia?
Babesiosis is a diseased parasite in dogs that can occur by different types of ill transmissions.
How is Babesia Caused
Babesiosis is a diseased parasite in dogs that can occur by different transmissions: dog bite transmission, blood transfusions or trans-placental transmission. However, the most common transmission is by tick bite, as the parasite uses the tick as a reservoir to reach active-blooded, or, warm mammals.
Symptoms of this type of dog tick virus include:
- Lack of energy
- Lack of appetite
- Pale gums
- Enlarged abdomen
- Colored urine
- Yellow or orange skin
- Weight loss
- Discolored stool
Symptoms may not be shown in domestic animals until two weeks after the tick transmission of the virus; but once it does, the virus can lead to jaundice and anemia causing the dog's body to not produce new red blood cells that were destroyed from the virus.
Types of Dogs At Risk
Dogs that spend time outdoors have an increased risk of being bitten by an infected tick carrying the parasite. This is especially true in the summer months (May through September) when dogs are most likely to be playing outside in the backyard, at a dog park, or hiking with their partners through a wooded area.
Removal of the Virus
If pet owners find a dog tick attached, they will need to remove the dog tick safely with a tick removal tool. Then, contain the tick and take it quickly to a vet's office for identification. Additionally, dogs will need to be evaluated for tick-borne illnesses. A vet may use a blood sample from the dog for examination.
Once the virus is identified as Babesia, a vet can prescribe antibiotics to fight the disease and halt the spread of mutated species of the disease.