Toys for Ferrets

The intelligence of the ferrets makes them highly sensitive and playful. There is an essence of providing them with ferret toys in order to keep them active and intellectually engage. Toys help these creatures to be able to develop capabilities to solve various problems and make decisions. Ferrets with no toys to play with are always depressed and bored which makes them become more destructive. They end up digging in the litter box and chewing litter and fabrics. Their health can also be compromised by the lack of toys to play with

Toys for Ferrets

Which Are The Best Toys For Your Ferret?

Toys are a type of therapy that keeps the ferrets fit physically, mentally and health wise. When you provide the animal with interesting toys, it becomes very easy to keep it away from the things you don’t want the ferret to play with while in the house. Have you been wondering the kind of toys that you should provide to your ferret? You should find the toys that act as a stimulant for their instinctual behaviours like tunnelling, digging and hunting. Such toys may include wind up and battery powered toys. Other toys like cat teasers, as well as those on elastic strings,  are also good for the ferret. Such toys such as toys help stimulate their hunting drive. (more…)

Canine Cancer Treatment for Dog

It is not only Humans that suffer from dreadful diseases such as cancer. In fact, cancer is quite a common occurrence in dogs. Cancer is considered as the principal cause of death in geriatric dogs. Approximately 50% of canine deaths are caused by cancer or tumours every year.

However, despite the high instance of cancer in dogs, cancer in canines is readily treatable as compared to other fatal diseases like Diabetes, Renal Failure, Cardio Vascular Diseases and many more. Dogs suffering from cancer need immediate attention, which can only be given by an experienced and dedicated Vet.

Common Symptoms of Cancer in Dogs

Listed below are some of the easy–to-find symptoms of cancer in dogs. This will help a dog owner to analyze the state of medical condition. The symptoms include:

  • Oral Mucous Excretion and Odor
  • Bleeding or Discharge
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Excessive Weight Loss
  • Depreciating Stamina Level
  • Finding Difficulty to Eat and Drink
  • Drooling
  • Dull and Drab Appearance
  • Change in Routine Bowel & Bladder Habits

There is no better treatment than prevention. A dog owner should keep a check on the daily dietary habits and requirements of their dog and provide him/her with a high quality balanced dietcontaining a low quantity of carbohydrates and high levels of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. It is also necessary that dog follows a strict daily exercise routine. Consult your vet to get best professional advice for your dog’s health.

Despite taking all the precautions, even if your dog is diagnosed with a tumor, don’t panic. Today, veterinary science has shown marvellous improvements that offer effective cancer treatment for dogs. These innovative treatments include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and combination of all. Moreover, the aim of modern cancer treatment for dogs is to look after the well-being of your pet and increase quality life.

A Guide for Cancer Treatment For Dogs

It is upsetting to find that cases of canine cancer are on the rise. And the worst thing is that a dog cannot speak about his/her wellbeing or medical condition. If the development of cancer in dogs is caught at an early stage, it can be easily treated by utilizing different treatments and therapies.

In recent times, all of us have become known about the factors that cause human cancer. These include smoking, junk food, alcohol, drugs etc. We very well know that if we adhere to healthy practices; eat balanced diet, exercise regularly, prevent direct exposure to sun-light, we can reduce the likelihood of developing cancer.

By going for regular health check-ups, and checking for growths or abnormalities, we can absolutely minimize risk from cancer. Health awareness is very important to keep the cancer away.  Remember! There are certain basic similarities between dog cancer and human cancer, and if we can take care of our body well, then definitely we can also care and protect our pet against cancer too!

Look Symptoms of Cancer in Your Dog

Even with advancements in medical science, statistics reveal that mortality rate of dog cancer is approximately 25%. Inspite of the fact that it is shocking rate, cancer can be treated and in many conditions can be easily cured.

Whether it is cancer or tumor, the success rate varies, and depends directly on the type of  cancer, the treatment type, and also the stage of cancer development. The sooner treatment begins, the greater the chances of success.. Therefore, as a serious dog lover, you should make yourself aware of the obvious dog cancer symptoms. And you don’t have to invest extra time while doing so. The task can be easily included as the part of daily routine.

10 Most Common Symptoms of Cancer in Dogs

  1. Appetite Loss
  2. Loss in Weight
  3. Abscess Formation in the Sores
  4. Bad Odor
  5. Non stop bleeding or Mucous Discharge from the Openings
  6. Difficulty in Walking and Body Stiffness
  7. Localized or Generalized Swelling on Body
  8. Problem in Urinating, breathing, and/or defecating
  9. Stamina Loss
  10. Lump Formation, which continues to grow in size and volume

If you spot any of these signs in your dog, you should report them to your vet as soon as possible. It won’t necessarily be cancer but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Diagnostic Tests

The Vet will perform cancer diagnostic tests to identify the cause of the symptoms.  Diagnostic tests such as, Biopsy, X-Ray, Ultrasound etc., are carried out by the Vet to ascertain whether cancer is benign or malignant. Benign cancer is localized cancer that can be easily removed. The cancer doesn’t spread to other parts of the body. Malignant cancer on the other hand is aggressive form of cancer that spreads to other parts of the body, ultimately resulting into production of secondary growths called Metastasises.

After the diagnosis is confirmed, the Vet begins with the course of treatment. Treatment depending on the nature of the disease, can be Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy or Surgery. Though surgery is the common methodology of treatment, combinations of various treatment methodologies can also be used by the vet under different conditions.

Remember, treatment for dog cancer is expensive, but here again a pet owner need not worry as pet insurance policies can relieve this problem. There are certain dog breeds that are at high risk, and as a dog owner, if you own these high risk breeds, it is advisable that you get the appropriate insurance coverage to suit.

Highest to Low Risk Dog Breeds

It is true that not every dog breed suffers cancer. The degree of of dog cancer is variable depending on the individual dog breeds. Here is a basic list of the dog breeds that are susceptible to cancer.

Maximum Risk Level

• Boxer.
• Golden Retriever
• Rottweiller
• Bernese Mountain Dog

High Risk Level

• Boston Terrier
• English Bulldog
• Scottish Terrier
• Cocker Spaniel

Medium Risk Level

• Irish Setter
• Schnauzer
• Labrador
• Mongrels

Minimum Risk Level

• Beagle
• Poodle
• Collie
• Dachshund

Cat Food for Hedgehog

For the last few years, people have been using hedgehogs in their homes as pets. They attractive and fun to have around. However, they are a mess when it comes to diet. However, in the wild, they feed on a variety of products. Breeders and owners of hedgehogs have been on the run to find the best diet for these animals. However, agreeing on the best meal for hedgehogs has spooked a very heated debate. Nonetheless, it has been discovered that hedgehogs can feed on cat foods.

Most experts say that cat food is the best for hedgehogs. Before hedgehog food arrived in the market, these animals have always been feeding on cat food for the hedgehog. However, the arrival of hedgehog food was rather devastating than expected since they were never up to the expected standards.

Cat Food for Hedgehog

Some of the best cat food for hedgehogs are easy to find. Some of them like chicken soup for soul kitten can be used as supplements or as stand-alone meals. This food has vegetables incorporated into it which makes it very effective for hedgehogs since they like vegetables. Hedgehogs require a lot of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids. They are also always in need of vitamin E as well as zinc ions all which are present in the chicken soup for kittens. This form of meal is said to be good for the hedgehogs since it contains pearled berries which are cracked, chicken fats, chicken liver, and chicken meals. (more…)

Pamper Your Pet with Style at The Doggie Bag Boutique!

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We are very proud to announce the launching of our new Doggie Bag Boutique website!  Those of you that have never had the opportunity to visit our shop, can now visit us through the web.  But, we hope if you are ever in our area you’ll drop in to visit. 

Our shop is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of your typical pet shopping experience.  We offer the finest in products for cats, dogs, and the people they love.  Whether its an all-natural gourmet treat,  the hottest new fashions for your pooch, or that perfect gift for the pet lover on your list, we are your source for all your pet pampering needs!

We are adding new products to our website everyday, so keep checking back to see what’s new.  If you don’t see what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to give us a call, we will be more than happy to help in any way we can.

Lakeland Florida’s Original Speciality Pet Boutique

The Doggie Bag has been specializing in top quality pet products, most of which are USA Made, since 2002. We offer the finest in premium pet foods, pet treats, pet supplements, pet apparel, pet collars, pet leads, pet harnesses, pet bedding, pet toys, and much more for dogs, cats and… their humans!

Our combined experience of over 27 years provides us with the knowledge and expertise to help and guide our Lakeland Florida and Polk County customers with their pet’s nutritional needs. We have the highest of standards with the products we stock on our shelves. If we won’t feed it to our own pets, we won’t sell it to your pets! If you do not see something on our shelves, just ask. We’d be happy to help. After all, we’re a family owned and operated business, and we pride ourselves on providing our four-legged customers and their humans with true customer service. Our goal is to make every tail wag and every face smile!

Beware of wet cat

There are few things in life as cute — or as alien-loooking — as a wet kitty. See a few adorable cats and kittens who are not exactly enjoying the water during bath time.

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There are few things in life as cute — or as alien-loooking — as a wet kitty. See a few adorable cats and kittens who are not exactly enjoying the water during bath time.

Calling Dr Doolittle: Talking animals

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No-no-no kitty

This cat isn’t playing around — she will have none of it. No, no, no. (Maybe they tried to make her go to rehab?)

Man-goat wants Bob

This Peruvian goat sounds for all the world like he’s yelling for someone named Bob:

Cody the dog yells

Okay, so this little pup named Cody isn’t exactly talking, but he’s sure hollering like a man whose team just lost the Super Bowl on a technicality.

What’s your racehorse name?

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Horse nonsense

There are approximately 2.7 billion name generators on the internetwebs, and here is another.

If you have ever wondered what your racehorse name would be, The Baltimore Sun has you covered — all in honor of the Preakness. Just answer the simple question — you can pick from several different ones — and hit the “Calculate Name” button and voilà — you are now known to the world as Medium Rare Magic, winner of the Triple Crown of silliness. Get your racehorse name here.

Our names? Lemon Drop Dancer and She Loves You A La Mode.

Crazy vintage cats & dogs

Picturess of cute cats and adorable dogs? They’re nothing new. Most of these photos of cats and dogs in human domestic situations were created as novelty amusements and sold as postcards during the mid-1910s, while others were used as advertisements or to illustrated newspaper stories.

Take a look back at pets of the past

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Winnie the Pooh: Violent criminal?

From the Brampton, Ontario Guardian we get a valuable lesson for newspaper publishers about making sure the photo on the front page above the fold matches your top headline — or at least doesn’t make your publication look entirely silly.

Check out the capers of the “Violent crime duo caught on video” — aka the Abominable Snowman and Winnie the Pooh:

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That Winnie The Pooh sure is a violent one.

Look, I get that the photo is of the holiday display that was vandalized as referenced in the story — but maybe an “after” photo would have been more appropriate?  Because now all I can picture is Winnie The Pooh drunk on honey, knocking over convenience stores and yelling obscenities.  Which, admittedly, is funny.