What is a Low Maintenance Dog?

There is no love like the love of a dog. Their companionship and devotion fills a void we never knew we had! Not everyone has the time or space however for a high maintenance pooch. That doesn’t mean that you should miss out on the opportunity to share your life with one of these precious pups. The good news is that there are plenty of low maintenance dogs that would love to share your home and lifestyle with you.

So what exactly makes a dog low maintenance?

Before we can identify what low maintenance means, let’s be clear, that there is no such thing is a NO maintenance dog. Low maintenance pups will require less time and attention, but you can still expect to give regular walks, feeding, grooming and lots of love.

Trainability

Most dog owners want a pet that can be trained quickly and easily. Many dogs that are low maintenance have a high level of intelligence and are quick to pick up tricks and commands. It is especially important to know that you have a well behaved dog when left to their own devices for extended periods of time, like when their owners are working.

Energy Levels

Most dogs have some level of energy and still require regular walks and play time. However, low maintenance dogs do not need hours of exercise and attention each day. A low maintenance dog will need a 20 to 30 minute daily walk and an area to romp around. A fenced in area where they can explore on their own is perfect.

Grooming

Low maintenance dogs will require minimal if any trips to the groomer. They have shorter hair that I easily manageable and can be brushed and washed at home. Do be mindful however, that they will require nail clippings to prevent their nails from becoming caught on anything and tearing (this will also protect your floors and furniture) and bathes to keep their coats healthy and clean.

Health

There are some dog breeds that are more prone to health concerns than others. As a low maintenance dog owner, you want to ensure that your little (or Big) one is healthy all the time. Knowing which breeds are less prone to disease is at the top of the list for identifying low maintenance breeds, which we will begin to explore below.

What breeds are considered low maintenance?

There are dozens of breeds out there, both mixed and pure that can are considered to be low maintenance and are looking for their fur-ever homes. Let’s take a look at the most popular… in no particular order.

Low Maintenance Small Dogs

Yorkshire Terrier
Maltese
• Chihuahua
• Dachshund
Shih Tzu
Toy Poodle
Havanese

Low Maintenance Medium Dogs

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
• Beagle
• Cocker Spaniel

Low Maintenance Large Dogs
• Bernese Mountain Dog
Standard Poodle
• Greyhound
• Labrador Retriever
• Golden Retriever

Even the most laid back of dogs, require love, care, and attention. No matter the maintenance level they still need exercise and socialization. If you are ready to find your fur-ever friend, please visit premierpups.com and speak to one of our professional pet agents today to find the best fit for you and your family.

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Food Allergies in Dogs

What is a food allergy?

Food allergies are one of the most common allergies or hypersensitivities known to affect dogs. These offending food allergens can come from any food source and can widely vary, however, they most often derive from one to five ingredients. The most frequently identified causative allergens in canine food allergy include beef, chicken, eggs, corn, wheat, soy, and milk. Each time your pet eats a food containing these substances, the antibodies react with the antigens and symptoms occur.

When an allergic reaction occurs in your dog, antibodies are produced against some part of the food, usually a protein or complex carbohydrate. It is not uncommon for allergies to present themselves slowly in your pet, as they usually become visible after prolonged exposure to one brand, type, or form of food.

What are the signs that my dog has food allergies?

It is not uncommon for your dog to experience food allergies and in fact rank among the top reasons our pets are seen by vets. Dog allergy symptoms more commonly affect the skin and ears and unlike humans that can outgrow allergies, dogs worsen as they age. The best way we can help our pets is to pay attention to any signs of change and act accordingly.

Some of the most common signs and symptoms that your pet may be suffering from food allergies include:

• Itchy skin or dry skin
• Digestive disturbances such as vomiting or diarrhea
• Swelling of the face, muzzle, and/or ears
• Browning of the skin around the mouth
• Watery eyes
• Red or brown nail beds
• Weight loss
• Sneezing
• Chronic ear infections
• Low energy
• Hyperactivity
• Extreme mood changes such as aggression

How can we treat food allergies?

The best way to treat food allergies in your pet is avoidance. Once the culprit food is identified, you can easily eliminate this from your pet’s diet. There is cure for food allergies so it is best to be proactive and preventive. Some pets will require medication during more severe allergic episodes, but most can be successfully treated by being fed a hypoallergenic diet. Food allergens are not always easily identifiable however, and the process can takes months to identify and eliminate the allergy causing foods. With the help of your vet you can begin to slowly change your pet’s diet to get to the root cause. Patience and a high dosage of extra cuddles and love is always recommended as it can be very scary and unpleasant for our pets too go through this process too.

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What is a Maltipoo?

This charming little pup is a designer cross between the ever popular breeds the affectionate and loving Maltese and the super intelligent Miniature Poodle. The may also be bred by two 2nd generation Maltipoo’s. However, because they are a mix, they are not considered a true breed like their parents, and therefore are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

The Maltipoo weighs between 5 and 12 lbs. and measures between 12 to 16 inches at the shoulder, categorizing them as a toy sized dog. Originally bred, here in the United States during the 1990’s, this little one was no accident. The Maltipoo was intentionally bred for its low shedding coat and it sweet and fun loving temperament that is ideal for companionship.

Being a mixed, there is no breed standard to follow, which means the Maltipoo can inherit more of the Maltese traits or more of the Poodle. Typically, they inherit the best of both breeds, which increases their popularity –making it no wonder that they rank among the 5 most popular dogs not only in the US, but also the UK and Canada.

With its small size and low-shedding coat, which it inherits from both parents, it is very well suited to apartment living. These dogs do have a tendency to bark incessantly, however, which may make this a problem for close neighbors. Proper training and socialization beginning at a young age will help your Maltipoo to adapt and remain calm to surrounding noises and triggers.

Having two very intelligent parent breeds, training is a breeze for this one. They are eager to please and thrive on the attention. These dogs do best with positive reinforcement- if scolded they tend to shy away and can become very anxious or stressed. Remain calm and give lots of praise and your little one will be obeying you in no time.

Though they have lots of energy and love to play, the Maltipoo only requires about 30 minutes of active play each day and doesn’t need to much outdoor time as they are more comfortable inside. A brisk daily walk to get in some socialization, partnered with some interactive play at home will be plenty to keep this one healthy, fit and happy.

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The Importance of Regular Visits to the Vet

Our pets are our family and just like humans our fur babies need regular vet visits and check-ups. When you consider that our pets age at approximately six to seven times the rate that we do you can have a better understanding of why these visits are so critical. Ideally, your dog should be seen at the very least annually, and more frequently as they get older or if they have medical needs. If our pets could talk they would be able to tell us if they felt ill or hurt, unfortunately, unlike our pets we as humans do not have the instincts do to know if they are not at 100%.

Regular visits also play a large part in the prevention of any medical issues or illnesses your pet may face, such as heart warm, arthritis and dental disease. Even if your dog seems fit and healthy to you, there is still a chance of underlying issues that can be spotted by your local veterinarian.

In addition, our pets often associate visiting the vet only when they’re ill or hurt- this can lead to anxiety and stressful experiences at their appointments. Having your little one at the vet while they’re healthy as well, will help them to get acclimated and feel safe each time they go. It is important that you as the pet owner also remain calm and speak in a soothing voice as to not excite or upset your dog as they are very in tune to the emotions our voices.

What to Expect during the Check-up

During the checkup, you will want to report any changes in your pet’s behavior such as loss of appetite, coughing, emotional changes, weakness, fatigue, loose stools, or any other odd or erratic behavior that you may have witnessed. Your vet will also ask for you to bring a fecal sample in for testing.

Here is a list of what you can expect at your pet’s annual/bi-annual examination:

• Checking weight, heart rate and temperature (average temp should read 101 to 102.5 Fahrenheit)
• Inspecting skin, eyes, ears, and coat
• Listening to heart and lungs
• Running their hands over their abdomen to check for any unusual sign
• Palpating vital organs such as liver and kidneys
• Looking at teeth and gums
• Scan their microchip (if they have one) to make sure it’s working properly

At the completion of the exam your veterinarian will discuss any findings and any preventive measures they might recommend. Often these will include flea and tick medicine as well as heartworm preventative and supplements. They will also discuss the role of vaccinations and what your pet needs. Some doctors will also talk with you about microchipping your pet. It is important to heed the advice of your veterinarian and follow any recommendations that can help your pet to thrive.

With regular visits to the vet you can rest assured your pet will have a long and fulfilling love filled with love. For information on how to find your furever pet, please visit: premierpets.com today.

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Fighting Fleas

As a pet owner, you love your dog, but so do fleas. These pesky little mites are the number-one skin parasite of both dogs and cats and can jump from up to six feet away! Fleas have a reliable food source when it comes to your pet if they are not immediately treated. These blood suckers will burrow in to your little one’s coat and begin to reproduce at a rapid rate making treatment more difficult.

How can I tell if my dog has fleas?

Fleas can be very difficult to spot as they can burrow deep into your dog’s coat. There are many telltale sighs however to know if your pet is suffering from an infestation. Here are some signs to look out for:

• Increased scratching, biting and licking
• Behavioral changes, such as restlessness
• Bald spots or missing patches of fur
• Flea dirt (this resembles dark patches of dirt on your pet’s skin)
• Moving or crawling parasites
• Red bumps or scabs

How do I treat fleas?

To treat fleas you must first understand the four stages of fleas: Egg, Larva, Pupa and Adult. Adult fleas are the main culprits, they are the ones that live on your pet, and while they are there they lay eggs that can lay on top of the coat or they can roll off onto the carpet, furniture, bedding or other surface. They then hatch into larvae—the larvae form tiny cocoons during the pupa stage, where they hatch and become adults that infest their animal hosts. Why is this important to know you ask? Because, even if you kill all of the fleas on your pet there can still be eggs around other areas of the home that are just waiting to hatch. If these aren’t treated as well it will be a continuum of fleas.

Treat your pet

Quick-acting oral flea and tick control products can kill adult fleas on an animal within 24 hours. There are also topical treatments and sprays that your veterinarian can recommend based on your pet’s size and needs.

Treat your home

Getting fleas out of your home is not a simple task. It requires long hours of washing and vacuuming to make sure all surface areas are covered. It may take up to several weeks until your home is completely parasite free as these mites move about stealthily and can hid in places you’d never see. Begin by washing all bedding, blankets , curtains, towels and laundry in hot, soapy water. Next, clean and vacuum all carpets, hardwood floors, linoleum, and tiled floors- throw away the vacuum bag. Apply a flea control such as Methoprene insecticide inside the home or call an exterminator. It also a good idea to apply exterior flea treatments to your yard such as a spray, pellet, or non-toxic treatment as your dog likely carried these riders both indoor and out.

How can I prevent fleas?

The best way to deal with fleas is prevention. Year round oral flea and tick medications or collars are among the most popular preventatives recommended by veterinarians and used by millions of pet parents. Fleas are a major nuisance and can reek havoc on both your pet and your home. To save on aggravation and a sad and sick pup make sure to talk to your veterinarian about getting your fur baby on preventatives right away.

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Does My Dog Have Allergies?

According to the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) allergies are sensitivities to things found in everyday environments like dust and pollen. Most often, these irritants aren’t harmful to dogs.

Just like humans, our pets can develop allergies to many of the same things that we do and thus respond in many of the same ways that we do. Common allergens can include: pollen, grass, molds, fungi, weeds, and certain foods. They can also have reactions from flea saliva if these little mites become attached to your pet.

What are the symptoms to look for?

• Dry, rough or patchy skin
• Watery Eyes
• Runny Nose
• Sneezing
• Constant licking of the paws or anal region
• Scratching of one or both ears
• Shaking of the head (similar to the movement of wicking away water)

The most commonly affected areas are the ears and paws, but other areas such as the groin, underarms, eyes and muzzle can also become affected.

How can I help to ease my dog’s allergy symptoms?

One of the most common things that you can give your pet is an Over the Counter (OTC) Antihistamine-most commonly Benadryl. However, it is not recommended to self-treat your pet with any medications before speaking to your veterinarian. Side effects of an antihistamine can vary in dogs. Some animals may be come drowsy, while others may become highly energized. It is also important to know if the OTC will be affected by other medications your pet may be taking.

There is also, a natural path of treatment that you can try with your pet. Regular bathing with sensitive/dry skin, oatmeal or hypoallergenic shampoos can help remove possible allergens from the coat and in between the pads and toes of your pet. Supplements containing fatty acids like omega-3 EPA & DHA fatty acids (from fish oil) and organic turmeric are also helpful in soothing itchy and/or irritated skin.

What dogs are prone to suffer from allergies?

Not all dogs have allergies, but there are some breeds that are more susceptible to them than other breeds. Some of these include: Golden and Labrador Retrievers, Terriers, Bichon Frise, Beagles, Shih Tzu’s, Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, Maltese, German Shepherds, Brussels Griffons. Though, purebred dogs are at greater risk for allergies than mixed breed dogs- mixed breed dogs can have allergies, too.

We want to take care of our pets and make sure that they live a happy and healthy lifestyle. As with any supplement or OTC, it is important to speak with your veterinary provider before you put your fur baby on any dosage.

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Characteristics of a Cavapoo

The Cavapoo, also affectionately known as the, Cavadoodle or Cavoodle is among one of the first designer dog breeds developed here in the United States during the 1950s. A cross between the Cavalier Spaniel and the Miniature Poodle, the Cavapoo was bred for companionship and its low-shedding coat, which makes them a perfect option for allergy sufferers.

The Cavapoo has “teddy bear” qualities, with their sweet little round faces, big bright brown eyes and fluffy and soft coats. Depending on their genes they can take on more of their Poodle parent or more of their Spaniel parent. Either way, their “puppy” like looks carry with them into adulthood… and what can be cuter than that! Cavapoo size ranges based on the size of their Poodle parent and can range in the height of 9 to 14 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 12 to 25 lbs. full grown.

A perfect companion for any single person or family, the Cavapoo is full of love, affection and energy. Their high intelligence inherited by both parent breeds, make this dog very trainable and eager to please. They are social by nature and love to get out and explore while meeting new people and new dogs. They can become very attached to their families and so they shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time or they can become stressed or anxious, which may lead to destructive behaviors or patterns.

Though they are not known barkers, they are excellent watch dogs as they will alert their humans if any strangers are approaching or if anything seems amiss. They are highly adaptable dogs, though they thrive much better when they have plenty of room to romp around. A home with a fenced in yard is ideal for this lively pup or a close walk to the local dog park. Daily exercise and play is very important for this breed as they have lots of energy to burn and need the activity to remain fit and healthy. At the end of the day, this little love will be happy to curl up on the couch or in your favorite chair right alongside of you.

Because they are a mixed breed, the Cavapoo is not recognized by the American Kennerl Club (AKC), however this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR).

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Toy vs. Teacup

Toy and Teacup are terms used to describe the size of certain dog types. Toy breeds belong to a group of small dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). However, Teacup dog’s, are the unofficial name simply given to very small dogs – often small enough to fit into a “teacup” or even your pocket – this group is not recognized by the AKC. Whether Toy or Teacup these little cuties have their similarities when it comes to size, appearance, and exercise requirements just as they have their differences, especially when it comes to where they originated from.

Toy

Size Range: 4 to 14 inches at shoulder
Weight Range: 9 to 35 lbs.

The dogs in this group can be categorized together as the term miniature and toy is often used interchangeably. A miniature or toy breed is a dog that is a smaller size of the original dog breed. This can be accomplished through genetic modification or from breeding the smaller dogs out of the litter.

The toy group of dogs consists of small dogs, and quite often designer cross breeds that are thought of as a perfect companion pet for owners with smaller homes or apartments. They make excellent family dogs especially for those with active members and children as they love to play or seek out new adventures. Some of the most common dogs of this size include the, Yorkshire Terriers, Shih Tzus, Poodles, Italian Greyhounds, Pomeranians, Maltese, Bichon Frise, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Havanese, and Chihuahuas.

Teacup

Size Range: 14 inches or less (though some can be as big as 14 inches)
Weight Range: 9 lbs. or less

Teacup dogs are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). However, breeders name and categorize this breed size as any dog that is extremely small in stature. Teacups are often those that were born prematurely or those that were bred from two exceptionally small parents. Due to their delicate bone structure and tiny frame teacups are more prone to injury and should be handled with extreme care. Though teacup dogs are very sweet and gentle in nature it is not recommended to have a dog of this size when there are young children in the home as this little one can be easily hurt. Some of the most common Teacup breeds include the, Cavapoo, Morkie, Maltipoo, German Spitzer, Maltese, Brussels Griffon and the Papillon.

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Top Reasons We Love The Pomachon

The Pomachon, also lovingly known as the Bichonaranian, the Poochon or the Pom Frise, is one of the more recent additions to the world of designer dog breeds. This lap size companion dog is a mix between two of the most loved and popular dog breeds in the United States today, the cheerful and energetic Pomeranian and the sweet and playful Bichon Frise.

They are Socialize “Butterflies”

Both social and cute, the Pomachon will be sure to make new friends with both people and other dogs wherever they go. Taking your little one to the local dog park to socialize and romp around will keep them both happy and fit. Because of their social and loving nature, these little one’s don’t do well being left alone for extended periods. If left alone for frequent long periods of time they can develop anxiety or stress. They make a great addition to an active owner or family.

They are Highly Adaptable

Pomachon’s are very good at adapting well to any living space, whether it’s an apartment setting or a larger home with a big yard. As long as they are with their humans they are happy and eager to please. However, like any dog, they must be properly socialized and trained at a young age- so be sure to take your pup out for plenty of walks and social activities on a regular basis, and give them lots of positive encouragement around new places and people.

Play, Play, Play!

The Pomachon is full of energy and is always up for a new game or adventure. They get their intelligence from both the Poodle and Bichon Frisé parents and so puzzles and activities that require them to think more than usual are excellent. Don’t worry about your little one getting too much play, it’s more likely that the pet owners will get tired before the Pomachon does!

Cuddle Time

At the end of the day when all of that energy becomes expended, the Pomachon’s favorite place to be is cuddled up with their humans on the couch, on the porch swing or cozied up in bed. They adore their family and thrive on companionship and love. And who wouldn’t want to cuddle up with a Pomachon?

That Cute Little Face!

The Pomachon like many designer cross breed dogs, carries its sweet puppy looks well into adult hood. Known to many dog lover’s and the dog world as a “Teddy Bear” breed, this designer cross breed will have people falling all over them and their adorable looks and charming demeanor wherever they go.

To learn more about the Pomachon and its ever popular parent breeds, the Pomeranian and the Bichon Frise and how you can bring or more of these precious pups into your “furever” home, please visit premierpups.com today.

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How to Purchase a Dog Safely Online

Find a reputable breeder

34% of dogs are obtained through a breeder– that’s a pretty significant number. The best way to find a responsible dog breeder is to ask around your local area or find a trusted online pet breeder by researching their reviews, guarantees, and breeders. You may also want to reach out to your local veterinarians, dog trainers or local breed clubs.

Speak to the breeder

A knowledgeable and trusted breeder will be able to answer all of your questions and concerns. In return, they will ask you plenty of questions to be certain that you can take care of the dog and ensure that the dog will have a safe, happy and healthy home.

Ask for references

A reputable breeder will have no problem handing over references of prior clients for you to speak with. If the breeder can’t offer you this, take this as a red flag.

Ask to see the puppies on a live web cam

You want to see your puppy before you purchase it and pictures aren’t really telling you too much about their health or well-being. Ask to see the puppies live and also their living area – check for signs that it is clean, quiet and safe. Again, a reputable breeder will have no issue doing this for you, though you may need to schedule a time in advance.

Ask about warranties

The health of your new family member should be a breeder’s primary concern. Practicing precaution and making sure that each puppy is healthy and has its initial vaccines before going into a new home is paramount to the overall well-being of these little ones. A reputable breeder will most often have a warranty to cover any unexpected costs associated with an illness that wasn’t discovered prior to purchase.

Read the reviews

Find out what others are saying. A reputable breeder in addition to references will have good reviews. Reviews are most often left after the transaction has been made and the pups are settled into their new homes. You can find a lot out just be scrolling through.

Purchasing a new puppy can be an exciting and yet scary venture. Make sure to ask plenty of questions and be comfortable with a breeder before moving on. Always speak to someone over the phone or in person. To find out more on how you can bring home your “furever” pet, please visit: premierpups.com.

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