Hygiene For Dogs

November 23rd, 2010

Providing proper hygiene for dogs is the basic care we can give to our pets. In doing so, it helps prevent more serious complications that are acquired through bad hygiene.

Here are some tips of basic proper hygiene for dogs:

Ears– It is good to clean the ears at least once a week. Check for ticks, redness, inflammation, and unusual odors. If either of these symptoms exists, consult your veterinarian right away. For dogs with long ears and fur, checking their ears often helps prevent complications. To clean the ears, use a cloth dampened with oil or water. Get rid of the dirt inside the ears slowly and don’t try to clean deeply into the ear canal.

Eyes– Eyes must always be clean. Eye infections are a big problem you want to avoid if possible.
Use a clean cloth to wipe away dirt from the eyes. Wipe it from the center towards the sides. Not the other way around. If you notice a yellowish discharge from the eyes, consult your veterinarian right away because this might be a sign of eye infection.

Teeth– Dogs are likely to acquire to dental problems such as periodontal disease. As early as possible (puppy stage), include teeth brushing as part of their care so that they will get used to it. When brushing your dog’s teeth and gums, use formulated toothpaste for dogs. There are a variety of flavors that dogs will definitely love.

Dog Bath– A thorough dog bath keeps dog smell clean and makes their coat shiny and soft. Also, bathing your dog helps you assess any problems in their skin. In addition, some shampoos kill ticks and fleas, and prevents them from infesting your pet. It’s not necessary to bathe your dog that often, generally every 6 weeks is adequate. Of course, depending on the breed and coat length, that can vary. If confused, consult with your vet or a professional groomer for more information.

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Dog Exercise: Stretch those muscles!

November 16th, 2010

Exercise is not just good for humans but for your dogs as well. The benefits of exercise to us humans are just the same to dogs. Daily activities or dog exercise enables your dogs to be more sociable and bring out energy from themselves. It also gives them the freedom to explore their surroundings and know more about the people around them, especially the members of their owner’s family.

Dogs that are always confined in cage develop sense of mutilation and depression. These then result to health problems such as muscle and bone degeneration because of the lack of blood circulation and imbalance in metabolism due to inactivity, and problems in socialization.

Exercise as we all know doesn’t just give positive effects to the social aspect of our pets. Regular dog activities such as running or a simple walk at the park increases blood circulation which is good for the heart, bones, and muscles. This lowers the risk of health problems such as dog obesity and other metabolic imbalances. Furthermore, regular exercise for our canine pets increases optimal health.

A good dog exercise doesn’t need to be strenuous or complicated. You can play fetch in your backyard or do some walking around your neighborhood. These activities don’t just improve your dog’s health but also yours. Constant interaction with your dog also improves your bond.

Here are some simple dog activities to stretch out some muscles and bones for your dogs:

• Fetch-Play fetch in your backyard or at the park.
• Find it- This is a great fun and exciting activity for your dog. Show your dog his favorite toy or treat in an accessible area. Your dog will get the toy or treat right away. This activity increases your dog’s sense of sight and smell.
• Tunnel exercise- Tunnel exercise is a great type of exercise for the big muscles groups of your dogs. The whole body is involved in this activity. This also increases agility and endurance.

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Improve dog behavior with a professional trainer

November 9th, 2010

When people notice pet dogs, some of the first things they’ll notice is how adorable they are or how beautiful they look. But even more importantly, people notice how well-behaved a dog is. Training and proper socialization rewards pet parents with a well-behaved and admired dog. While dog behaviors vary among different breeds, all dogs can have improved behavior with training. However, teaching your dog the right behavior requires a whole lot of patience and some investment. Sometimes, a dog trainer should be hired to train or teach dog commands and tricks. This can be very helpful for a dog owner who is strapped for time, or is new to the world of dog ownership. Dog trainers can teach the owners as much as they teach the dogs! Read the rest of this entry »

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Dog Arthritis

November 2nd, 2010

Dog Arthritis is a degenerative condition of the muscles and joints of dogs due to old age and other injuries. This is caused by a lack of lubrication on the affected joint. As a result, there is an increase in friction and immobility. Like in humans, this condition causes dogs a great deal of pain. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vaccinations for Dogs

October 26th, 2010

Vaccination for dogs are very important. They protect dogs from life-threatening diseases. Through vaccination, pet owners are also protected from diseases contracted by pets such as rabies.
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Bringing home a new cat, pt 2

October 19th, 2010

Bringing home a new cat, pt 1

You can find part 1 of our series on introducing a new cat to your family below. This post is going to discuss how you introduce a cat to the family dogs. A word of caution. Not all dogs are appropriate companions for cats. Some will chase and harass them, regardless of how well trained or socialized they are. Keep that in mind when deciding whether to be the forever home for a new cat. If you’re unsure, consult with professional trainers or a cat rescue organization. They may be able to help you determine how fit your home will be for a cat.

Once you’re sure that your dog will be able to learn to live with a cat, you can start the introduction process.

Bringing a new cat home

Before introducing any new pet into your home, it’s important to have a well-trained dog. If your dog doesn’t do well on a leash or around new things, or if he or she doesn’t know basic commands, you might want to wait before introducing a new pet. However, if you’re confident in your dog’s training and behavior, this will help the introduction go more smoothly.

Start by keeping the cat and dog separated at first, with the cat confined to a small part of the house such as a bedroom. The cat will need a few days to get accustomed to his or her new home, and there’s no need to stress them out more by also introducing them to a dog. After the cat begins to get comfortable, feel free to let them explore the rest of their home. Simply keep the dog outside or crated while this happens. Once the cat is again comfortable, meaning curious, eating well and not visibly stressed, you may try introducing the new family members.

Introducing your dog and cat

Keep in mind that you can manage your dog’s behavior more easily than you can the new cat’s. So when introducing them, make sure to have control of the animal by means of a leash and verbal commands. And introduce multiple dogs one at a time, so as not to overwhelm the cat. Let the cat make its way toward the dog, if it wants. Once things seem comfortable, continue to monitor the animals even when the dog is off the leash. Don’t leave them alone together until you trust both animals. This may take as little time as a few days or many months. Don’t be impatient.

General words of advice on introducing new animals

As you may have noticed, a lot of this process involves closely watching the animals to ensure nothing dangerous happens. Knowing ahead of time how your animals feel about living with other cats and dogs will make the process much easier. This can be why it is worth it to have a well socialized dog that has met many different people and animals. Additionally, adopting a cat from a rescue organization will often ensure that you can learn about the animal’s behavior long before you bring him or her home. That way, if a cat shouldn’t live around dogs, you can avoid unnecessary stress and heartbreak later.

By taking the time to learn about new animals before bringing them home and taking steps to make the introduction smooth, there’s no reason your pets can’t have a happy life together.

Sources:
http://www.peteducation.com/
http://www.thecatsite.com

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Keeping the peace when bringing home a new cat

October 18th, 2010

Fighting like cats and dogs

Afraid your beloved pooch will turn into a bully when you bring home your Siamese kitty and German Shepherd puppy loungingnew pet kitten? While the cliches would have you believe that cats and dogs can never get along, many happy cats and dogs can be part of a happy family. The same goes for introducing cats to other cats. By using some common sense and being respectful of the needs of your beloved pets, introducing your pets to their new family member can be much less stressful. In this post, we’ll focus on introducing your new cat to existing feline family members. In a follow up post, we’ll discuss introducing your new kitty to your pooch.

Introducing a new cat to your pet cats

Cats are creatures of habit and the stress associated with moving to a new home can upset them and alter their behavior. In order to limit the stress, keep them confined to smaller portions of the house away from other pets for the first few days. Make sure they have safe places that are just for them, such as beds and crates.

When introducing your cats to the new family member, take it slowly. Start by letting the cats get used to each other’s scent by rubbing each cat down with a towel or blanket and then letting the other cat(s) smell it. Feed the cats near these towels and near the door that separates them so that they associate the new kitty smell with something positive. Once the two cats become more settled, you can introduce the cats in such a way that they can see each other, but not actually touch. Use something like a screen or a cracked door. Let the cats do what they will. There might be some nervous hissing or tail swishes, but hopefully more meetings will alter this behavior

Once they’ve had a few days to get used to seeing each, you can move them into the same room for meals. Keep their feed bowls apart, ideally all the way across the room. Keep them separate the rest of the time. Feel free at this point to allow the new cat to travel around the rest of your home. Just make sure your other cats are confined while this happens.

A Happy Family

After as many days (and possibly weeks) as you think it’s necessary to keep the pets separated, once you sense that they’re finally comfortable, it’s time to let them meet. Don’t leave them alone together at first, and watch closely for any signs of aggression or stress. If they get into a fight, separate them again and try reintroducing them slowly. However, don’t expect that they will become best friends immediately, or ever. Sometimes the most you can hope for is tolerance. However, by taking the time to make their introduction comfortable and less stressful, no one has to get seriously hurt.

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Dog Dental Problems

October 18th, 2010

Dogs can have dental problems just like humans. Generally, dog dental problems occur because of calculus or tartar that builds up around the tooth. This can cause everything from bad breath to tooth loss and even more serious health effects. That’s why dog owners need to make dental hygiene an important part of their pup’s health routine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Preparing For a New Pet

September 24th, 2010

Introducing a new pet to the family can be very exciting, and stressful. It takes a whole lot of commitment, time, and responsibility. By keeping in mind some of the following tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a happy and healthy home environment for your new pet.

New Dog, Cat or… Tarantula?
There are a number of pets to choose from – big dogs to gold fish, and even exotic animals like a tarantula! Every individual animal will has its own personality and needs, but in general you can learn what to expect from an animal by reading about its species and breed. Read the rest of this entry »

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