Monthly Archives: April 2016

Dog Beds for Large Breed Dogs

If you are thinking of getting a dog bed for your large breed dog there are a few things you should consider. Just considering the size of your dog alone is going to make choosing a proper dog bed tough enough.

You will have to see how your dog likes to sleep and that will determine if you are going to buy a round style dog bed or a bed that is more rectangle in shape. We have one dog that likes to curl in a ball and one that likes to sleep fully extended out on his side. We looked for  rectangle type sized bed that would fit both.

Take a measure of your dog when they are sleeping or laying down so you can get the proper dimensions. If you buy a bed too small your large breed dog may be hanging off the side or end and that is just not comfortable for them.

Take a look at the material. Is it easy to clean and it is it durable? We purchased a dog bed that has a cover that unzips do it’s easy to clean and maintain. Also if you have a dog that is still destructive you will want to choose something that is durable and going to last.

Make sure that it’s comfortable and has some nice cushion to it. You don’t like sleeping on a cheap mattress or pillow and either does your dog. You get what pay for so try not to go too cheap.

This is my Georgia enjoying her dog bed.

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Tips for Choosing a Veterinarian for your Dog

Choosing a veterinarian for your dog or pet is an important choice for you to make. You want to choose somebody that is right for you and your dog. You want to choose a veterinarian that you feel comfortable with and that you feel is making the right decisions when it comes to your dog or pet. Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice when choosing a veterinarian for your dog.

The Facilities – You will want to take a tour of the facilities and ensure that they are clean and sanitary. You will want to make sure that they are modern and that their equipment is up to date and modern so they can handle any emergency or problem you may have. If the vet hospital looks dirty, dated and mismanaged then you might wan to look elsewhere.

Experienced Staff – When we settled on our vet we did so because she was familiar with labrador retrievers and knowledgeable about the breed specifically. She was aware of their health risks and nutritional needs. These are things you want to look for.

Compassion and Caring – This is something you can pick up on right away. Bedside manner is important and you need somebody that understands just how important your dog or pet is to you and your family. If a vet seems uninterested in your dog in general you might want to rethink things.

Word of Mouth – Ask around. Get recommendations from other dog owners. I would always be careful of reading review sights but instead of actual people I know that had experience with your prospective vet choice.

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Photo by Greg Foster Photography

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