Tuesday, March 17, 2020




Quoting directly from World Health Organization (WHO), Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.



According to WHO,  While there has been one instance of a dog being infected in Hong Kong, to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. This is further backed by World Organization of Animal Health (WOAH) stating "There’s no evidence that dogs can spread the disease or that the disease can cause an animal to fall ill."
However, both organizations disclaim that since this virus is fairly new, and still being studied, further studies may bring new findings. They are continuously monitoring the latest research and will update us as soon as new findings are available.

If you haven’t come across this news yet, a Pomeranian in Hong Kong who lives with a COVID-19 patient, tested “weak positive" after having undergo several oral and nasal tests and quarantined back in Feb 26, 2019. Recently, attending vet and head of veterinary medicine at Modern Animal, Christie Long DVM, stated that "The dog never became clinically ill, and it remains unclear whether the dog tested positive from being kept in an environment with a COVID-19-infected human or if the dog truly became infected with COVID-19, However there are currently not measurable amounts of antibodies in the blood” 
According to University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College professor, J. Scott Weese, “It wouldn’t be surprising for this to be a low-grade infection because dogs are not thought to be very good hosts for this virus.”
Despite the results, Hong Kong authorities still believe the dog could be a carrier of COVID-19, and are keeping the canine in isolation until that possibility is ruled out.
Canine Corona Virus (CCoV) is a highly infectious intestinal infection in dogs, especially puppies. Canine coronavirus is usually short-lived but may cause considerable abdominal discomfort for a few days in infected dogs. This is not to be mistaken with NCoV as CCoV does not affect people

At the moment, competent veterinary and research personnel have concluded that dogs are not very good hosts for the virus thus they are by any means of the word “safe", but that wont stop the virus from sticking into your dog’s fur or paw if your dog primarily resides outdoors, and eventually infect you, so what could you do? Here are some of the tips we gathered from various credible sources (WHO, Christie Long DVM, Dr. Shelly Rankin WOAH, and AKC);

  • Include your pet in your preparedness planning, i.e. stocking on dog food, medicine, etc.
  • Keep your dog’s fur clean, you can do this by keeping them in a clean and sanitized place, if you’re like us and the dogs run around the house just make sure your house is sanitized, or keeping them well groomed
  • Refrain from going on walks, stay at home and try to do other exercise alternatives for your doggos.
  • As we’ve all been reminded routine hand washing is a must, wash your hands after touching your dog
  • If you have kids, watch your kids when they interact with your doggos. Have them wash their hands afterwards
  • Don't let your pets kiss your face, since saliva can carry germs.
  • If they are both outdoor and indoor dogs, clean their paw with sanitizing wipes

These precautions are mainly for your protection, try your best to follow them. 




As of late, most competent veterinary, medical and research personnel agree that the COVID-19 does not affect dogs nor is the COVID-19 detrimental to their health or can it be transmitted from dog to humans, so to answer the question, NO YOUR DOG DOES NOT NEED A MASK, it’s unnecessary. If you’re really concerned with their health, invest more in immunity building supplements. 


We The Kardogshians will keep you posted with updates on our facebook page.

You may also access information from credible sources through World Health Organizations FAQS, Mythbusting, Protecting yourself and Research Page, on their website. however please use this knowledge responsibly.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Rejoice Furents! Our little doggo babies are now allowed inside Public Utility Vehicles (PUV)!
Memorandum Circular 2020-003 of The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (or LTFRB) dated January 27, 2020, set the guidelines of allowing pets, limited only cats and dogs, to ride alongside their owners on PUVs
PUVs include public utility buses (PUBs), jeepneys (PUJs), UV Express services, and premium point-to-point bus services, among others.

The LTFRB through MC 2020-003, however, provides the following conditions:
  •  If pet animals are to be loaded on mass transport, without having to compromise safety, health issues, and convenience of other passengers, said pet animals must be put in a cage or animal carrier free from the foul odor.
  •     Passenger-owner must ensure that pets wear animal diapers to maintain cleanliness and sanitation at all times during the journey.
  •     Dog sizes must be the range of small to medium, as large and giant dogs will not be allowed. (I know the doggo discrimination is for real)
  •     Pets placed inside carriers or cages must be beside the passenger-owner, and must pay the corresponding fare the same as that of the paying passenger owner per seat occupied.


Please remember that this is a mere privilege and not a right, meaning that the LTFRB may choose to revoke this circular should there be any issues with such permission. Issues such as but not limited to; Chewed up buss interiors, neglected animal urine or excrements, and animal attacks.

For the sake of Responsible pet ownership, and in addition to the conditions laid down by LTFRB, Please try to keep the following in mind.

  • Always clean up after your pet
  • Make sure all the conditions laid down by LTFRB are met
  • Take control of your pet, restrain them so they won't roam around the PUV's for their safety, as well as the safety of others.
  • If your pet barks a lot or are aggressive, please opt out of riding PUV's. But if you really must please place them in a secure cage or carrier and make them wear a muzzle 
  • If your pet sheds, place them in an enclosed carrier or cage
  • Make sure your pet is safe at all times

The bottomline is to not at any cost, cause an inconvenience to other people. bringing your pet along with you might be super fun, but if it encroaches upon other’s enjoyment, it is just downright bad. Also if it is deemed detrimental to your pupper’s well being just opt not to. Always remember that animals' behavior is a mirror of their owner’s




Now here are some tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel with your doggo;

  • Make them wear harnesses, and if possible get a carrier with a built in leash that way your doggo is well secured in his/her seat
  • Get a PET TAG for your dog just incase, if you have the means to, you can also get a tracker.
  • If there are seatbelts you have to secure your carrier to the seatbelt
  • Pack small treats with you incase your doggo becomes fuzzy out of hunger
  • It’s nice to have a dog water feeder as well

For long travels;
  • Carry an odour neutralizer spray, just because your doggo’s in a diaper doesn’t mean they can’t stink up the entire bus, bring one with you hopefully with a very neutral scent
  • Make use of the allocated stop overs to allow your doggo to do it’s business outside the bus, just make sure to pick up after them
  • Your doggo can get stressed out, make sure to always comfort them
  • Bring a toy, hopefully something that emits no sound, your doggo can get bored too
  • Don’t just jump right on the next provincial trip with your doggo specially if they don’t have prior experience traveling as it can be burdensome to you and your doggo.

READ OUR ARTICLE ON: Top 10 Travel Essentials for Dogs


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Sunday, October 14, 2018


We met Maya through a friend of a friend, her human was scheduled to leave the country leaving her human no choice but to put Maya up for adoption. Following our principles and support for #AdoptDontShop we decided to take her in and provide for the care and support that she needs.

Her given name is Maya of Habilis, a descendant of Loki of Wolfenson and Merida or Kingspoint she's a Siberian Husky of quality pedigree. While it doesn't matter to us, we believe it's worth mentioning since she's the only adopted Kardogshian with papers.


As of the time being, she's slowly transitioning or adapting with her new environment, new humans, and new playmates. As a Kardogshian, she's starting to warm up with the rest of the pack. The little ones are still afraid of her size though. 



She's playful, energetic and quite sweet in her own little ways, she loves to sit beside her new human as the latter studies for his exams.

Expect to see a lot of her very soon in all our platforms..

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Monday, October 8, 2018



We’ve never been a fan of using collars for dogs, we find it a bit inhumane to pull a dog by his/her neck, that’s why we always opt for harnesses. Before we always get the cheap cute ones at around 150-300php each but they always end up short lived leaving us with no choice but to keep buying and buying new ones.




Finally we decided to simply get a more durable albeit more expensive one, but we need to be on Kardogshian brand, meaning we had to have something that’s durable and cute. 

And there it was, PUPPIA!



Puppia is probably one of the leading brands for high quality pet harness that specializes in durable stylish pet harnesses for small to medium sized dog breeds.



What we love about Puppia is the material and the print that never fades even after multiple washing. It’s material is thick yet breathable, and light and the Kardogshians are loving it.


Our first 2 Puppia harnesses were gifts from a friend (The black and gold, and the furry angel wings which is not in the photos) the suceeding 2 (blue and pink chevron) we bought from a friend who used to re-sell these costing us atleast 2,500php each. and the last one was won from an international competition.



Puppia Harnesses are available in selected Hobbes and Lands and in Lazada, There, prices vary from 3,500-6,000php.




 It maybe costly but it sure is worth it, we’ve had ours for about 3 years and it’s still just as durable as it was before. 

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Saturday, September 29, 2018




We found this Dog IQ Test shared by renowned pet behavioralist, Warren Eckstein, and it really opened our eyes. We normally associate a dog’s intelligence with their abilities to perform tricks or exhibiting very human like behavior, however, studies show that your dog’s problem solving skills are perhaps the best way to determine how mentally adept they are. 


Kinds of Dog Intelligence

According to pet behavioralist, Warren Eckstein, Dogs has two basic kinds of intelligence. First is INSTINCTIVE,  this type of intelligence comes with the breed and type of dog, so certain dog breeds have inherent abilities that differ from others, i.e. some dog breeds are sight oriented, and some are smell oriented. 

The second one is ADOPTIVE, which is the ability of a dog to learn, comprehend, and remember certain things. Eckstein further provides that the two are not better than the other, they are simply different kinds of intelligene


The IQ Test

This test can give you a general idea about your dog's intelligence, but wise pet owners maintain their own criteria. Eckstein, provided these set of tests and some scoring system that aims can help you keep track of your dog’s intelligence. It examines their…. Here are some of his notes when deciding to try out.
  1. Don’t necessarily try to do these tests in one day, because your dog might get overwhelmed.
  2. DONT BE NEGATIVE, provide possitive re-enforcement and refrain from scolding or getting mad at your dog if he/she doesn’t get it.
  3. Give them lots of love and encouragement after even if the results are in the negative

Here’s how the Kardogsians’ IQ Test went, we’ll also provide the instructions so you may try it yourselves. 

Following the said rules provided, we did this in two days, with 3 tests per day to each Kardogshian Member; Raven, Khaleesi, Harley Quinn, Bart, and the Twins; Kylie and Konnor. We will be keeping scores and on the last day, we will tally them up and award them in the Kardogshians’ Doggy Graduation Ceremony. 

Also we did this test TWICE, yup, the reason why is in the conclusion down bellow but as far as the results are concerned we focused on the second exam.


Task 1: Towel Test

What is tested: Problem Solving Skills


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How: Take a large towel or blanket and gently place it over your dog’s head. You have to keep track of the time on how long will it take for your doggo to free himself




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Scoring: Less than 15 seconds - 3pts | 15-30 seconds - 2pts | Longer than 30 seconds - 1pt.

Our results:



Task 2: Bucket Test

What is tested: Memory and ability to learn and retain information


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How: Place a dog treat or a favorite toy under one of three buckets (we used cups instead) placed next to each other. Show your dog which bucket/cup you placed it under. Then turn your dog away for 5 seconds. After 5 seconds, let them try to find the treat

Scoring:  If they guessed it after one try - 3pts | if it took them two attemps - 2pts | If your dog looked through all of the cups - 1pt

Our results:



Task 3: Favorite Spot

What is tested: Reasoning and Cognition
How: IDEALLY with your dog out of the room, rearrange the furniture. When he re-enters the room, observe if he finds his favorite spot immediately. HOWEVER since the kardogshians don’t necessarily have a favorite spot what they have is a favorite person, thus we cannot do this exactly how it is, and made our alternative that test reasoning and cognition, we did Hide and Seek and timed how long it’ll take them to find us.

Scoring:  Less than 30 seconds  - 3pts | More than 30 - 2pts | If your dog gave up - 1pt

Our results:



Task 4: Chair Puzzle

What is tested: Reasoning and Problem Solving

How: Place a treat under a table or chair low enough so your dog can only fit his/her paw and cannot fit her head. Observe how he/she did it.

ScoringWith only her paw  - 3pts | If she tries to use her head to retrieve it - 2pts | If your dog gave up - 1pt

Our results:



Task 5: Walk Test

What is tested: Reasoning and Problem Solving

How: On a day or time you normally don't walk your dog, quietly pick up your keys, and his leash while he's watching you. 

Scoringif he gets excited immediately  - 3pts | If you have to walk to the door before he gets it - 2pts | If gets confused - 1pt

Our results: 



Task 6: Barrier test

What is tested: Reasoning and Problem Solving

How: Construct a barrier from cardboard that is 5 feet wide and taller than your dog when she's on two legs, so she can't see over it.  Attach two boxes to either side as support structures.  In the center of the cardboard, cut a 3 inch-wide rectangular hole,  it should run from about 4 inches from the top to about 4 inches from the bottom.  (This way, the dog can see through the barrier but cannot physically get through.)  Toss a toy or treat to the other side of the barrier, or have someone stand on the other side. Time how long it’ll take them to walk around the barrier.


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Scoring: within 30 seconds - 3pts | more than 30 seconds - 2pts | if your dog walks away or worst gets his head stuck in the hole - 1pt

Our results: 




Scoring and Results

Add all the accumulated score, you can categorize your pet's intelligence through the following;





Kardogshian University Graduation


Of course we have to be extra, we're the Kardogshians, we have a license to be extra! Hahaha Kidding aside, we really did, we tallied the results and here are the reciepients of the first Kardogshian University, the medal of honors.



Our cum laude is.... Raven!!!


Our Magna Cum Laude is... Bart!!!


Our Suma Cum Laude is..... Khaleesi!!!



The results are particularly shocking to us, we always assumed Raven and Harley were the smartest because of how they act, their breed, and their ability to be independent. Khaleesi while knowing a bunch of tricks, surprised me as we didn’t peg her much as the smartest Kardogshian, we thought she was quite mediocre in the intelligence department. Bart on the other hand is the biggest surprise, he was the hardest to train amongst all them because he lacks focus and has ADHD.


Khaleesi and Bart tied for first place so we needed to have a tie breaker. We did the bucket test again since both of them aced that test, they still got it at first try, although Khaleesi got it quicker.

Conclusion

I’m a photographer thus I train my dogs to pose on camera. We did this test twice because apparently our dogs have a tendency to stay still when infront of the camera.  We wanted to document this experience so we can show our readers how it’s done, but each time we present them with a test they just stay still and look at the camera. So we did the first exam with camera and the second one without, and the results varied marginally.

Anyway our personal take on this is that; Doing this test was not only fun, hilarious, and exciting it’s also quite the bonding experience. Knowing who the smartest is or the contrary, does not change how we view, or love our dogs, HOWEVER it did occur to us that their previous training, and life experiences (environmental exposure, accidents, travel, socializing, human respect, and training) contributes a lot. Khaleesi and Bart got the highest scores probably because they were able to travel, had accidents, Khaleesi even had babies and miscarriage experience, and she was once a shelter dog. While the twins got the least result probably because of their lack of life experience, also taking note that Kylie, while at the same age and training as Konnor, got higher than Konnor probably because of her experience taking care of her babies and pregnancy. 

If your dog does not particularly perform well, don’t worry, it is not something to be taken in its finality. As we have concluded ourselves, maybe life experience contributes to this. Meaning there’s still a possibility of raising their Doggy IQ, with a little effort from the humans, they can be as smart as smart dogs can go. Also don’t get sad or defensive or even angry. Like humans, one’s low IQ doesn’t automatically mean they’re stupid per se, as they could excel in other stuff as well.

sources:

  1. W. Eckstein, How Smart Is Your Dog? Give Him an IQ Test, Today, 2016

Thursday, September 27, 2018


Jen Atkins is Kim Kardashian and Kendal Jener’s go to hair pro, and the founder of OUIA hair products. If you’re a fan of Sephora you probably already know the OUIA brand of hair products, and just recently they produced a Limited Edition OUIA Pet Shampoo.


We’re not going to lie, it’s quite expensive, $30 to be exact (with tax) that’s approximately 1,500 Philippine peso per bottle, not to mention the shipping fee which is another story. The company explains that 15% of the proceeds will go to Vanderpump Dog Foundation, a pet aesthetic and personality rehabilitation shelter that takes in abandoned dogs, and rehabilitates them so that they may be adopted by a loving family.



According to their site, the shampoo is formulated with odor-fighting cleansers and apple cider vinegar, aloe and hibiscus extract, with a promise to leave your pet looking shinny and less knotty. The pet shampoo likewise omits parabens, sulfates, and phtalates and boasts one of Ouai’s signature fragrances: No.1 which comprises of notes of italian lemon, turkish rose, jasmin sambac, iris, lily, and white musk

While that all seems promising, the real question is, does it live up to the hype and is it worth it? To answer those questions we had to try it for ourselves. For the purposes of a holistic review, we are trying these on three Kadogshians; Harley Quinn (Shihpoo) Bart (Pomspitz) and Khaleesi (Chihuahua) and compare it with our trusty P200 pet shampoo.

DOG FUR ASSESSMENT


Harley Quinn often gets her fur all messed up, specially the facial area. She has these tear marks and always has her facial fur wet and all over the place. Here, she’s the only Kardogshian to have her fur professionally groomed, so the test for her is basically, whether or not we can achieve the same quality as pet groomers provide?


Bart’s fur is pretty straightforward and kinky, it doesn’t get as messy as Harley Quinn’s but it has that sort of rough texture that can be irritating in contact to human skin. The main test for him is whether this shampoo can help soften it up.



Khaleesi’s fur is short and does not need much attention, for the purposes of the review we had to add in a short haired dog.

INITIAL REVIEW

The packaging itself is very minimalistic, the bottle cap is hexagon in shape which is something we have yet to encounter in any human products let alone a dog shampoo. They send it to you in a box with a quote that says…

The consistency of the shampoo is a little thinner than all the other dog shampoos which is a good thing for us personally cuz it’s easier to spread around their fur and body. The smell is good but a bit common though, we can’t pin point what exact product it smells like, but it really smells familiar. 

Compared to our P200 dog shampoo this definitely looks and feels more luxurious.

AFTER

Generally their fur actually got softer and a bit silkier which we’re living for. Also my hands feel softer after I bathe them, which is something I’ve never experienced in any shampoo.

Another thing we've noticed is a week since their OUIA bath, the scent lasted for approximately 7 days, admittedly just like our 200php shampoo. Although to compare scents, our 200php pet shampoo smells a bit generic while OUIA smells more luxurious

Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn's fur is the one that changed greatly, her fur became smoother and somehow straighter, the shampoo relaxed her fur immensely.



Bart

As for bart, his fur got softer in texture, and more fluffier.


Khaleesi

Khaleesi's fur got silkier and eliminated her natural dog scent




If you’re interested in this product, We’ve just been informed that it is now sold out. Here’s to wishing it’ll come back!
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