Wednesday, 25 July 2018

The Toffee Stories - Introduction

We arent exacty hiring at PetStepin' but when of our favourite boarders here at PetStepin' has decided to become a part time manager here at PetStepin' , we thought why not..





She decided shes gonna make use of this chance and make the best of it and made a few changes here at PetStepin'

    
It all started when she decided she wont be able to work with us humans watching and decided she gets a bodyguard . 



Meet "Bella" the Bodyguard.
Now that I am safe from those disturbing humans, Lets get down to business !!!

I dont like walking around so you humans need to start carrying me, "Thats an order"



Toffee : "Smile for the camera so that they know I am not forcing you"


Now that we got my comfort sorted, lets get to work,


New Rules In PetStepin'
  • We decide where we want to sit not you humans, your chairs, on your laps, on your laptops we dont care.







Literally anywhere, you got a problem with that, guess what we dont care...



  • We get treats a lot of treats and snacks whenever we demand, 










  • Next.........wait.....whats that??

Bella :   Boss I see the humans are upto something outside...doesnt look good...

Toffee :

Toffee : Shit  !!!




What did Toffee see thats making her worried , stay tuned for the next blog to find out... :)



Saturday, 21 July 2018

The Volunteer Stories

There is a quote,

" One of the greatest gift you can give is your time "

And these kids from the "Be Me Alternate School" are doing just that.. five kids from the school are currently volunteering at PetStepin' for a month twice a week as they plan on working with animals in the future and want to choose a career relating to animal welfare and pet care. We at PetStepin' are glad to see more and more young people wanting to learn about animals and how to take care of them and wanting to learn hands on, what actually goes into taking care of animals.




We are happy that schools these days are giving importance and encouraging kids to study about animal welfare and pet care.







We personally would love to see a day where animal welfare and care is added as a subject in schools, cause we truly believe that teaching children to be kinder and understanding of animals today gives us hope for a better and kinder tomorrow.


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

The PAW Memes - Edition 1

Welcome to the first edition of "The PAW Memes", usually we have happy pooches in PetStepin' but when they look very thoughtful we cannot help but ask them why...so in this edition of "The PAW Memes" let's find out what's in their mind ....



First we have our regular boarder "Champ"

So Champ what's up with you today ?


Should we tell Champ he was the good boy all along ...??



Next we have "Spirit" one of our daycare doggies...

So Spirit why the long face ?



Aww... I am sorry Spirit we kind of have to agree with the mailman...you are cute.. :)



Oh let's see what's the story here, looks like one of our caretakers Sunil is having a tough time convincing "Bugsy"...


Bugsy... we are pretty sure Sunil just wanted you to play Fetch..


Don't worry they will be back together in no time... :)




This is it for our first edition of "The PAW Memes", stay tuned for more next Wednesday..  :) :) 



Tuesday, 17 July 2018

MONSOON = EAR INFECTIONS

How to prevent ear trouble!!

With the approach of the monsoons , ear infections are on a high. Painful ear problems are one of the top 2 complaints that Veterinarians encounter. Dogs with floppy ears or dogs that enjoy getting wet are the ones most prone to catch an infection.





Ear infections can be very painful and uncomfortable for the dog and shouldn't be take lightly. Especially certain breeds prone to ear issues, have a tough time getting rid of the infection and the process can be both time consuming and difficult. Care should be taken to immediately assess how grave the infection is as the infection of the outer ear can gradually become an inflammation of the inner ear, leading to deafness, vestibule disease and other serious conditions if left untreated. Thus it is always important to arrest the infection in the early stage and use preventive measure so it doesn't recure again!!



So in two easy steps we can prep up and prevent ear infections this monsoon!!

1) Regular ear check - get your dog's ears checked by a vet atleast once a month especially if they are prone for infections. Learn from your Vet how to clean the ears at home and choose the recommended cleaning materials to suit your dog's condition. At home you can use a non medicated ear clearer (if prone for smelly discharge or excessive wax) and ear wipes twice a week. This may not be the favorite part of your doggy's day but with treats, pats and a quick swipe with the ear wipes, the job can get done in minutes. Regular cleaning of the ears gives you a chance to check for sign of inflammation and an opportunity to arrest the problem before it flares up.

*Don't use sharp instruments to clean the ears as the ear canal is very sensitive and can cause damage.

*Don't use ear buds unless recommended by the Vet as u end up pushing the wax and infected material further down the ear canal.

*Don't use oils, lotions or liquids in the ears. Only Vet recommended products must be used based on the requirement of your dog.


2) Supplementing Essential Fatty Acids- You can support your dog's immunity by supplementing Essential Fatty acids in the diet. Omega FA are rich in fish but are deficit in most commercial dog foods and thus must be supplemented additionally. People and pets all over the world are enjoying the health benefits of Omega FA, as a supplement to help coat condition, heart, mental and overall body health. Omega 3&6 FAs  have anti inflammatory property which fights the inflammation at the root, including ear infections.They are commercially available as chews, paste or syrups which can be added to the regular diet. 

Natural organic cold pressed Coconut oil (1/2tsp a day) could be used as well on a daily basis in the diet. Always start with very small amts, see how your dog responds to it. Once you've let his body adjust you can gradually increase the amount of coconut oil in the diet to 1teaspoon per kg bodyweight or 1tablespoon per 15kgs of bodyweight. Putting your dog on this will not only boost him immunity and prevent ear infections but will also strengthen his heart and leave him with a smooth glossy fur coat.

*Don't start giving supplements in large doses. Always start in small amounts and gradually increase till the recommended dose once the dog's body has got adjusted. This transition should take atleast a week to 10days. Any sudden change in diet leads to greasy stools and diarrhea.

Practice these two simple steps and have yourself a fun filled, stress-free monsoon with your precious pooch!!


-By Dr. Nezhat Patrawalla
(Holistic Veterinarian & Proprietor - PetStepin')

Monday, 16 July 2018

The Blog Is Back !

Welcome to the PetStepin' blog, through this blog you will be joining us as we take you inside the daily adventures & life at PetStepin' with a lot of insider stories, grooming and vet tips, insights, humor and a lot more and ofcourse lots and lots of kisses, licks and cuddles :) !!










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Thank you for reading, visiting, commenting and contributing, we're excited to have you here !

Sincerely

PetStepin' Team