Dr. Temple Grandin: A Special Breed of Hero

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Pets Who Wish They Could Go To a Dentist Too!

By Guest Author Chris Turberville-Tully

We all know that caring for our teeth is very important. From daily brushing and flossing to regular checkups with our dentist, dental hygiene is something we make sure we don’t forget. But what about our four-legged friends?

Often times, we neglect to give them the same care we give ourselves when it comes to their teeth. If they could talk, they would probably ask us to schedule an appointment with the dentist.

Dogs

Dogs are five times more likely to experience gum disease than humans, but they aren’t likely to show any signs of pain. For this reason, regular cleaning of your dogs’ teeth is critical to their health. Make sure to brush them and have their teeth and gums examined annually. Sometimes a professional cleaning may be necessary. If you neglect Fido’s teeth, he may end up with tooth decay and gum disease. Eventually he could need to have teeth pulled. In addition, dental diseases can cause other health issues, such as heart, lung or kidney disease.

To help your dog maintain good dental health, purchase a good toothbrush and canine toothpaste. You may find that Fluffy actually likes to have his teeth brushed. If your dog doesn’t, try giving him hard dog biscuits, chews, a raw marrow bone or some other dog treat designed to help reduce tarter buildup. Vets recommend dental checkups and cleanings as early as one year for small dogs (since they are more prone to periodontal disease) and two years for larger dogs. Make sure your pet is healthy enough for general anesthesia as the procedure requires it due to the fact that two-thirds of an animal’s tooth is below the gum line. Also make sure you feed your dogs a quality dog food.

Cats

Cats can have just as much trouble with their teeth as dogs do. A cat as young as three or four years can suffer from periodontal disease that could lead to tooth loss. Your cat definitely wants you to take care of his teeth so that he doesn’t end up wearing dentures.

To help your cat keep his teeth in good health, try feeding him dry cat food, which is somewhat abrasive and can help to keep teeth clean. Don’t let your cat chew on toys that are harder than his teeth. You can also find a supplement such as Dental Fresh or Pet Kiss Plaque and Tarter Control Liquid to add to your cat’s water to assist with dental health. Make sure to keep your cat’s teeth brushed regularly using specially designed feline toothpaste (generally flavored to taste like tuna or poultry for a cat‘s liking). Warning: cats will typically be less prone to let you examine or brush their teeth than your canine friend will be. You might have to start slowly to get them used to the idea of having their teeth brushed.

Some common dental problems in cats include retained baby teeth, malocclusion (incorrect bite) and feline oral resorptive lesions. A good checkup with a vet can help keep your pet’s teeth in good shape.

If you take care of your pet’s teeth as well as you do your own, you can help to keep your cat or dog healthier longer. Your pet will thank you for it.

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Chris Turberville-Tully works with LonDec, a dental courses school in London offering dental implant, medical emergency, infection control, aesthetic and decontamination courses to students globally.

I was able to train Dakota the Corgi to let me brush her teeth.  It was a gradual process:  First I showed her the toothpaste tube and tooth brush.  After several days I put some tooth paste on the brush and let her lick it off.  I put tooth paste on my finger and into her mouth, then on the brush and gently brushed her teeth.   I rewarded her with a treat every time.  Slowly, over several weeks, we got to the point where she not only tolerates the brushing, but she reminds me if I forget. OK, there’s a treat  involved, but still.  I bought a soft toothbrush, child size as I think the dog toothbrush was too harsh.  Dakota has beautiful pearly whites!


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Pet Nail Clipping Guide

From Dr. Jean Dodd’s Pet Health Resource Blog

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This is a wonderful guide as to how to trim your pet’s nails and keep them trimmed.
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If you do inadvertently cut into the kwik, Dr. Dodds’ colleague, Dr. Barbara Royal, has a great home remedy:  Nail bleeding after a trim or being broken? Don’t have quick-stop powder? Apply cornstarch, soap shavings, tea bag, cotton gauze, and apply pressure while you elevate the limb. Do not use water or rub.

(Note: If the bleeding does not stop, please visit your veterinarian or emergency vet service in your area immediately.)

References
Royal, Barbara, 2012. The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets.

 

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Animal Costume Jewelry – Are You a Collector?

By Deena O’Daniel

Figural costume jewelry is such fun to collect, and animal figures are at the top of the list.

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Think of any mammal, bird, fish, insect or reptile, and you can be sure to find many pieces in many styles. Designed with rhinestones, gold, silver, enamel, precious metals and stones, lucite, bakelite and other plastics, the variety is virtually endless.

What’s your favorite breed of dog? There’s the start to a fascinating collection! During the 1930s Scottie jewelry was a popular design, influenced by President Franklin Roosevelt’s dog, Fala. In the 1950s poodle jewelry had widespread appeal.

My grandma Bella wore a set of poodle scatter pins with rhinestone eyes and collars.

 

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Cats are very popular in figural jewelry, in both vintage and contemporary pieces. Whimsical kitties play with rhinestone balls, peek at their reflections in glass mirrors, and cuddle together in enamel baskets.

Vintage costume figurals range from exotic animals like cheetahs, giraffes, elephants and gazelles, to gorgeous birds, fish, bees, lizards, and even crabs, lobsters, frogs and turtles.

Black onyx inset into gold tone makes the spots on leopards. Silvertone and rhinestones gave life to elephant jewelry. The infinite variety of bird colors came alive with the use of enamel and colored rhinestones. Lucite ”jelly belly” animals included turtles, birds and fish, the rounded “bellies” forming their bodies.

Imagine a vintage seal pin balancing a pearl or rhinestone on his nose – he’s out there, and you just might find him. Picture a flamingo pin covered in pink stones, a seahorse covered in pearls, a turtle with a lucite “jelly belly” for its back. Red rhinestones make a lobster pin glow. Green enamel covers a frog’s back. The infinite colors of bakelite made for stylized and animals. Lucite dolphins frolic as if under water.

 

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Check out estate sales, thrift shops and yard sales for the best prices, and, as always, examine every piece closely for condition of the stones or the workmanship. If you’re buying for yourself, you can be a bit more lenient with flaws than if you’re buying for investment.  Search on eBay for pieces, both vintage and contemporary.  There are literally thousands to choose from, and the prices are very reasonable.

Whether you specialize in one type of animal jewelry, or spread the love around, you’re sure to enjoy the hunt and capture of remarkably beautiful animal figural jewelry.

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How Working From Home Can Benefit Your Dog

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Thanks to Guest Author Susan Wright for this article.

work from home with dogsMost people enjoy being able to work from home because of all the benefits it provides to them specifically. They don’t have to deal with a commute, they don’t have to look presentable, they may be able to set their own hours, and they can be home in time to see their kids come home from school.

While you may be enjoying the benefits that you receive for working from home, there is someone else that can benefit from the fact that you stay home—your dog. The following are five ways how working from home benefits your dog.

1. They’re not lonely.

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sad dog looking into eyes (Photo credit: epSos.de)

Although your dog may nap most of the day, dogs still like knowing that there is someone else in the house with them. In fact, when you work from home, your dog may end up napping under your desk in order to be close to you. Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety, causing them to be frantic when their owner leaves. In these cases, dogs may bark excessively or they may chew items that don’t belong to them. When you’re home, your dog will not be lonely, and they will not have to suffer from separation anxiety on a daily basis.

2. They don’t have to hold it.

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Dog In My Office (Photo credit: Aaron Landry)

How would you feel if you were told that you couldn’t use the bathroom for eight plus hours a day, even if you really had to? It wouldn’t be fun, but this is what your dog experiences on a daily basis. While you may be working from home, you are still able to let your dog outside when necessary, and this can keep your dog happy while also alleviating your need for cleaning up messes throughout your home in case their training falls through.

3. They’re not stuck with other annoying dogs.

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English: Dogs Running in the yard at Affectionate Pet Care (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you considered putting your dog into a doggy daycare while you were working at an actual office, your dog would be stuck having to deal with other dogs all day. While you may think this is a dog’s dream, sometimes your dog may just want to be alone. Other dogs may be too aggressive, playful or lazy for your dog’s liking, and this could generate altercations between your dog and other dogs, which could lead to injuries. When you work from home, your dog gets to stay in the comfort of his or her own home.

4. They can stick to their own schedule.

When you’re home with your dog, they are able to stick to their own schedule. You can set routines that your dog will become used to, and they’ll be able to eat, go outside and play when necessary. When you work in an office, you’ll likely need to put your dog into doggy daycare, forcing them to be at the routine of the establishment and not their owner. You might even be surprised to learn there are ways your dog can help around the house.

5. They can be outside.

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On a nice day, you can leave your dog out in the yard while you work. Being in the fresh air and taking in the scenery is much more fun for your dog than being cooped up in the house all day, even if they spend the majority of their outdoor time lying around in the sun.

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5 Things To Do To Get Your Dog Through The Winter

Thanks to Guest Author Lizzie Lau for this article.

 

Get Your Dog Through The WinterWhen winter approaches, there are plenty of things you do for yourself in order to prepare for the change in weather. You will likely put your summer clothes away and pull out your winter wardrobe. You will give your lawn a fall feeding. You’ll bring plants and delicate patio furniture inside, and you’ll even get your car winterized.

While you’re doing all of these tasks for yourself, it’s also important to do a few things to get your dog ready too. Your dog’s life will change with the seasons, so make sure to do the following five things in order to prepare your dog for winter.

1. Let their coat grow.

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Maltese and Maltipoo Dogs Chilling (Photo credit: chachafance)

If you have a dog that you regularly shave during the summer months, you may want to start letting their coat grow a bit longer. A dog’s fur is what they use to protect them from the harsh winds and freezing snow, and continuing to shave your dog in the winter months can be hard on their body. You don’t have to let your dog’s fur get out of control, but it is a good idea to let it grow a bit longer to help keep them warm.

2. Prepare their shelter.

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Molly’s Dog Bed (Photo credit: Howard O. Young)

It’s very important that your dog has a nice warm place to lie down and get warm during the winter months. Make sure that your dog is allowed to spend time in your home in order to get warm. If their dog beds or crates are currently sitting near doors or windows, move them to the middle of the home. Doors and windows can be drafty in the winter, so it may not provide the most warmth for your dog, and since your dog is probably trained to sleep on those places they may not move even if they are cold. If your dog tends to lie on the floor, make sure you put blankets or dog beds down on tile or hardwood floors, as these tend to be colder during the winter.

3. Invest in coats.

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Whippets in Winter (Photo credit: yooperann)

If your dog is short haired, now is the time to buy your dog a winter coat or sweater to wear while outside. Breeds such as Greyhounds tend to be extremely sensitive to cold weather and need to wear a coat to stay warm. If your dog is not used to wearing clothing, be sure to practice wearing the coat before winter officially starts. This way, you won’t be fighting your dog to wear the coat when it’s snowing outside. The cold weather can be especially tough on older dogs or dogs developing arthritis. Take a little extra care to keep them warm to avoid unnecessary pain and suffering.

4. Give them more food.

During the winter, your dog uses more energy in order to stay warm. For this reason, you’ll want to be sure to feed them more food during the winter months than you do any other time of year. These extra calories will help provide your dog with more energy in order to stay warm when it’s cold outside.

5. Dry them off.

If your dog gets wet due to the snow, dry them off when they come into the house. The cold ice and water on their fur will not feel good on their body and will make them cold. Instead, give your dog a nice towel dry in order to keep them warm.

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How to Find Animal Care Courses

Thanks to Guest Author Jenna Evans for this article.

It takes a certain kind of person to look after sick animals; training takes many years and entails lots of qualifications. Training to be an animal nutritionist can be a long process too. But there are other jobs which involve animal care including zoo keeping or veterinary nursing.

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There are many colleges that offer various courses in animal care and although deciding to go to college can be a big decision, the rewards of doing so can be great. Knowing how to find animal care courses is not that hard these days, all you need to have is access to a computer and the Internet.

There is an excellent Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College in California.

 

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Find a College with Smaller Classes

The first place to look for animal care courses in on the Internet. Most colleges these days advertise the various courses they offer students, and to what level a course will take them to. The thing to bear in mind is location of the college, whether or not you would need to find living quarters or if there is a college closer to where you live that offers animal care courses that interest you.

Obviously, the smaller the class the better as it means each student has more contact with their tutors. The other thing to think about is whether or not a college is affiliated with any universities. This can be a real advantage should you decide to further your education in animal care at the end of your course.

Do You Want to Work With Small or Large Animals?

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You have to decide whether or not you would like to work with small or large animals. Some colleges offer fantastic equine facilities, which means you need to make up your mind before you apply. Another factor to think about is whether or not there are any apprenticeships available through the college. These are invaluable because you get a lot of hands on experience, which will stand you in good stead when the time comes to find a permanent job in animal care.

 

What about the Cost?

Naturally, you would need to check out the cost of any animal care course you may be interested in doing and whether or not you would be entitled to any sort of bursary for enrolling into the course.

What About Short Courses in Animal Care?

Many colleges offer short courses in animal care which allows people to learn how to not only look after their own pets, but also professional train to care for animals.  This type of course is ideal for anyone looking to make a career move.

Lots of Opportunities Available

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Once you have completed a course in animal care, there is a great choice of directions to take within the animal care industry. This includes working in boarding kennels as an assistant or with an animal charity. You may choose to work with the Guide Dog Association or if horses interest you, then a placement as a groom in a racing yard might suit you better. Having all the right qualifications under your belt, makes finding a position that much easier.

Conclusion

Working with animals is a rewarding career that takes a lot of dedication. If you’re unsure of which direction you would like to take, then consider going along to a couple of college open days. These events regularly take place at colleges and attending one is a great way to get some idea of which route you would like to go down.

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How To Take Your Cat Boating

Thanks to Guest Author David Hammel for this article.

 

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Boat Cat (Photo credit: Trent Strohm)

 

Leaving your cat home for the day or even a few days is perfectly fine with the advent of large food bowls and automatic litter cleaners.  However, some of you may have cats that love being around the water, and/or never want to leave your side. So if you are going to bring your cat, here are some life saving tips to consider.

 Motion Sickness

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A grumpy cat on the Poezenboot (Photo credit: Adrian

Cats rarely do well with motion so count on them getting sick. Be sure to give your cat a lot of attention while the boat is in motion to minimize the damage. It is also a good idea to not feed your cat before you set sail, as it is a guarantee to make your cat sick. Water however, is certianly okay.

 

Litter Box

The fact that your cat is litter trained instantly makes it a million times easier to travel with than any dog. However, when placing your litter box make sure it is out of traffic (in the corner – like at home) and somewhere in the center of the boat to minimize the sway. You may want to put some rubber grips under it so it doesn’t slide.

A few other things to consider are to bring a lid (I’ll let you guess why). You should also keep the litter box away from the water, as it will all harden, if it comes into contact with it.

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Kattenbak (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 If you have a weak stomach and are going on an extended vacation, plan ahead and bring some scented/odor eating garbage bags to back up the odor eating cat litter.  You may have to hold onto your garbage longer than you would like, and I’m sure you don’t want a smell ruining your trip!  Littering laws are very strict in North America so you don’t want any temptation to throw it overboard either.

 

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Lucy the Ship’s Cat on Watch (Photo credit: A.Davey)

Life Jacket 

It is not a good idea to put a lifejacket on a cat because it will make it tremendously difficult for them to swim. However, take extra caution if your cat is declawed because it will have a hard time getting back in the boat if unassisted. It is handy to bring a long strip of carpet just incase your cat does fall it, so he or she can more easily make it back aboard in the event of an emergency.

Cabin and/or Crate

There will be times on your adventure where it is not a good idea to let your cat roam around freely. The two most notable times is when you are docked or at a lift lock, as the cat can run away in an unfamiliar territory.

A cabin with a door can be a great measure of safety and if you do not have one, a crate will do just fine as it is very easy to get distracted and have your cat slip right on by your watchful eye.

 

Entertainment

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Boat kitty (Photo credit: Konabish ~ Greg Bishop)

Your cat may get bored so be sure to bring their favorite toy(s), as long as a lot of playroom is not required. This rules out curtains and laser pointers. All kidding aside, a scratching post or a toy on a short leash can be great to bring along.

 

 

David Hammel is cat lover, freelance writer, professional blogger and an avid boater. He is from the Napanee area and enjoys blogging for Atkins & Hoyle about his boating knowledge and experiences.

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Why Dog Boarding Is The Way To Go

Thanks to Guest Author Robert Gold for this article.

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! Love My Dog(s) November ’06 Mosaic (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)

When you need to go on a trip but cannot take your dog along for the ride, you will need to make plans and decide where it can stay. Dogs are hardy creatures but you cannot just leave them at home for days on end to fend on their own. A number of businesses have cropped up to fill this need over the years. Two of the more popular options include placing your pet in a dog boarding facility, such as a kennel, or opting for pet sitting services. The first option is often considered better for the following reasons.

 

1. Socialization

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Reggie at camp (Photo credit: August Rode)

Think of canine boarding as camp for pets. Pet boarding facilities will allow your dog to have fun while you are on your own trip. With dog hotels and similar institutions, the pets are encouraged to socialize with their own kind. They will get to roam around new territory and meet (or sniff) other dogs. Dogs are social animals and will benefit well from this experience. With pet sitting, your beloved canine will only get to see the designated sitter.

 

2. Cheaper

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Dogs doing what they do best. “You chase me then I’ll chase you” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Availing of dog boarding facilities is often a more practical option for pet owners. Kennels lower their prices to compete with the number of businesses offering the same services. Most pet sitters charge per visit and the charges can rack up quickly if you intend to be away for several days at a time.

 

3. Supervised by professionals

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Dog training: trying some sports (Photo credit: Hotfield)

Trained staff with experience handling animals will be taking care of your beloved canine. Unless you have a relative or friend who can stay in your home while you are away, with pet sitting, you will have to settle with a person who will come by for a few hours a day. Leaving your pet in a pet boarding gives you some peace of mind that there are trained professionals always looking out for the well-being of your dog while you are away. You will not need to worry that your pet accidentally ends up in the streets. In case your dog gets sick or needs medical attention quickly, the staff can administer medicine or get them to a hospital immediately.

 

4. Added services

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Dog Groom UK (Photo credit: Dog Groom UK)

Like people, pets also like to get pampered. Another main draw with a boarding facility is that it can offer premium services that can address your pet’s needs, other than the basic food and shelter. More luxurious pet boarding facilities offer services that resemble those in a spa or hotel. Examples of dog spa services include dog grooming and massage. There are also facilities which offer wellness programs and dog training sessions. For the more lavish accommodations, it is possible to see rooms fitted with televisions or have several pets in the same room, like they are having a slumber party. The sky is the limit on what these kennels can offer pet owners. It just depends on what the owner is willing to pay for their pet.

 

5. Home away from home

Some pet owners may hate to admit it but they do want their pets to enjoy their time while their humans are away on their own business trip or short vacation. If you choose the right boarding facility, it can become like their home away from home. Your canine buddy will be able to relax and enjoy the company of their fellow dogs. There are studies that indicate that spending some time away from your dog will allow your pet to miss you. As a result, you will enjoy each other’s company more after the trip.

 

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English: Quite the happy dog. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These are only some of the benefits for leaving your pet at a reputable dog hotel or boarding facility. Keep in mind that the success rate can still vary depending on your dog’s personality and the dog boarding facility you choose to use. Do your research and consider as many factors as possible to ensure that your pet enjoys its stay there.

 

This post was written by Robert Gold, an active blogger for Paradise 4 Paws, a luxury pet boarding facility located in Chicago, IL and DFW Airport, TX.

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The Psychology of Dogs

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Man and his canine companion represent a relationship that stretches back to at least 30,000 B.C.. At this time period, it is thought that humans hunted alongside with packs of wild dogs, each party taking advantage of the other’s presence when it came to killing and gathering food. It is possible that man was living and developing meaningful, domestic relationships with these four-legged creatures by the year 12,000 B.C.. Remains of dogs and humans dating back to this time period were buried together, suggesting value in terms of a partnership.

By 10,000 B.C., we start to find evidence of different breeds of dogs, making the idea of domestication a certainty. Once 1,500 B.C.E. Rolls around, we see the first instances of modern breeds that are still in existence today. The dogs with the oldest roots stretch across every continent on the globe. In North America, we find the Spitz while in China there are Chow Chows, Asian Spaniels, and Feral Dogs. European countries are still home to breeds such as Terriers, Mastiffs, and Herding Dogs.

The domestication of dogs over time is not one to come as a surprise. The process was slow and continuous but completely in line with the needs and evolution of dogs over time. Wild dogs quickly realized that being near human settlements would equal greater food supplies for their offspring. As humans interacted in increasing numbers with puppies and adult canines, the dogs became less fearful and the puppies were open to socialization from a young age.

Dogs continued to evolve, developing many of the capacities for emotion that now make them so attractive to the average human. Chief among their emotional capacities is the ability to love and return human affection. For this reason, nearly 46 percent of all households in the United States own at least one dog. In addition to providing love and devotion to their owners, dogs can share in feelings of excitement, contentment, fear, and joy. Dogs even engage in dreams on a nightly basis as well. Dogs also experience a high degree of affection from human beings due to the emotions that they rarely develop that we do not typically value in other human beings. These emotions include guilt, pride, contempt, and shame.

Source: Best Psychology Degrees Guide

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What if You Let a Cat Design Your Home?

Thanks to  Terrys Fabrics for this Infographic!

 

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What if you let a cat design your home by Terrys Fabrics.

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My Dog Ate What? – Signs That Your Dog Swallowed A Foreign Object And What To Do About It

Thanks to Guest Author Kris Hopkins for this article.

 

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Dog eating a neck of lamb raw (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

As a dog owner, you are well aware of your dog’s curiosity and his tendency to try to ingest something he shouldn’t. Most dogs chew certain items, such as a bones, toys, sticks, stones, and rubber balls, and occasionally they will swallow foreign objects. Some of these objects may be so small that it will just pass through their system without causing any problems. Unfortunately, some objects may get stuck, putting your canine’s life in danger.

 

What should you do if your dog swallows a foreign object? How will you know that he swallowed it in the first place? Listed below are the signs you should watch out for and what you should do in such a situation.

 

 

How Do I Know If My Dog Has Eaten A Foreign Object?

 

If your dog is exhibiting any of these warning signs, it may mean that he has eaten a foreign object or something toxic:

 

  • Vomiting or gagging
  • Diarrhea
  • Tenderness in abdomen
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Change in usual behavior, such as becoming aggressive when picked up or when handled around the abdomen
  • You see something hanging from your dog’s mouth or bottom. If you see a string or a thread, do not pull it because it might lead to more serious injury. Do not cut it either because it will be more difficult for the vet to treat your dog.

 

When these signs start to manifest, immediately bring your companion animal to the vet to learn more about his condition and how to treat it. You should not wait for the object to pass on its own because the longer the foreign object stays in your dog’s body, the more damage it will cause. For one, the foreign object can cut off the blood supply to the vital tissues. If that happens, your pet may suffer serious damage or shock. Lastly, do not induce vomiting without the veterinarians’ consent because the foreign object may cause as much damage or harm coming back out.

 

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How Will The Vet Treat My Dog?

 

  1. The veterinarian will perform a careful physical examination. He will gather as much information about your dog as possible.
  2. The vet might ask you if you have an idea of what your dog ate and when he swallowed it.
  3. Abdominal x-rays and ultrasound will be necessary if a foreign object is suspected as the cause of the symptoms.
  4. You will also need to submit your dog’s blood and urine sample to be tested.
  5. If the foreign object needs to be removed, your dog will be given general anesthetic.

 

The vet will also consider some factors:

 

  • The location of the foreign object
  • The size, shape, and characteristics of the object
  • How long it stayed in your dog’s intestine or stomach
  • The health condition of your companion animal before swallowing the object.

 

If there is a good chance that the foreign object will simply pass on its own, the veterinarian will recommend hospitalization of your canine so that he can observe him closely. But in most cases, the vet usually recommends surgery to remove the object and to avoid further internal damage.

 

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Preventive Tips

 

You cannot possibly stop your dog from chewing or putting things in their mouth; however, you still need to keep an eye on what he is eating. Avoid giving him toys that are too small as this increases the risk of swallowing foreign objects. In addition, do not keep too many toys lying around. Lastly, you should properly dispose fruit stones, corn on the cobs, and bones. Make sure that your dog won’t be able to access them.

 

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The author, Kris Hopkins, promotes pet health and safety. In this article, she lists the signs that pet owners should watch out for and what they should do if their pet swallows a foreign object.

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Top Questions About Canine Heartworms

Thanks to Guest Author Michele Bowie for this article.

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If you have recently adopted a pet dog, you might already be enjoying the pleasures of owning one: exceptional cuteness, an incurable curiosity, and a boatload of energy. Puppies melt hearts daily, and owning one is just about one of the greatest treasures on earth. However, adopting a puppy comes with a price, and that price is responsibility. As a part of your responsibility to take care of your favorite four-legged friend, you are required to take care of his or her physical health. Whether you take your new puppy to the vet or purchase Heartgard for dogs at the best price available, you will find yourself taking on new endeavors in an effort to keep your new friend physically safe.

What are some common health issues your puppy can face?

One of the more obvious health issues your new puppy might experience would be genetic; for example, poodles are prone to receive cataracts. Regardless of whether or not you have chosen a tiny Chihuahua puppy or a little golden retriever as the newest addition to your family, heartworms is a major health consideration to watch out for. Unfortunately, heartworms are very prominent in dogs, causing them to be much more susceptible to the infection. According to the American Heartworm Society, dogs are considered the definitive host when it comes to heartworms.

How do dogs get heartworms?

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Picture of a heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) microfilaria taken through a microscope at 400x. Taken by Joel Mills on April 21, 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One answer: mosquitoes. If a mosquito is carrying the heartworm larvae and bites a dog, the infection is immediately transmitted. When the larvae grow, they develop and migrate, and then produce their offspring (known as microfilariae). These microfilariae enter the bloodstream.

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Aedes albopictus – Tiger mosquito (Photo credit: Camponotus Vagus)

How can I prevent my dog from receiving heartworms?

There are heartworm options available, such as:

  • Injections
  • Monthly pills
  • Topical treatments

Remember, preventing the actual disease is fundamental. After you have your puppy settled into your home, you should ensure to keep him or her safe from any harm. It’s a good idea to purchase Heartgard for dogs at the best price available so that your puppy can be safe and protected at once.

What are the symptoms of heartworms?

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Although a blood test is the most definite answer you can receive, here are a few signs your puppy might have received heartworms:

  • Lack of eating/inability to eat
  • Loss of energy and lethargy
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • An abrupt collapse
  • A bulging chest
  • Nosebleeds
  • Blindness
  • Seizures
  • Cough

If your puppy has had any of the above symptoms, take him to the vet immediately.

My dog has heartworms—how can I treat it?

There is an injection treatment for heartworms, but the overall cost can be up to $1,000. It’s much better to prevent heartworms in the first place with Heartgard or by keeping your dog out of mosquito-infested areas.

Your puppy will bring you many days of joy and tons of laughter throughout the course of your lives, but don’t forget that preventing heartworms is a crucial step in first adopting your new friend. Make sure to prolong his or her life with a good heartworm preventative so your cute little puppy can grow old with you.

Michele Bowie is the owner of an adorable Chihuahua named Tina. She lives in Philadelphia, PA and works in a vet’s office. She enjoys writing in her spare time.

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Want 2 Pet Dogs? Here’s 4 Breeds That Get Along Well Together

Thanks to guest Author Neil Kilgore for this article.

 

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Many families find that having two dogs is actually better than having one. This is because the two are companions when the humans are gone to their various activities. But it is important that you carefully combine the two dogs because you really want them to care more about your family than they do about each other. Whole Dog Journal has a good discussion of that dynamic here.

Choosing the breed of your pets

A big factor in having two dogs is the compatibility of their breed. Among the top breeds known to get along with other dogs, here are four to consider:

  1. Golden Retriever–the most popular dog in the US, friendly and calm but loving activity, weighing 55 to 75 pounds when full grown
  2. Bernese Mountain Dog–a gentle giant weighing 70 to 115 pounds at maturity, excellent with children and other pets but the size difference can cause problems
  3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel–the classic lap dog at 13 to 18 pounds, very dependent upon companionship and eager to please
  4. Bichon Frise–tiny at 7 to 12 pounds, tolerant and friendly

The Golden Retriever and Bernese Mountain Dog are larger breeds known for their amiable personalities. The King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise are smaller dogs that are equally gentle. It makes sense to avoid aggressive or highly territorial breeds when you are combining your household pack, because the pack dynamic is unavoidable. Dogs who are naturally inclined to be laid back about things make the adjustments easier.

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A male Golden Retriever named Tucker. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Planning for your pets

But there is more to a multi-dog household than breed compatibility. Veterinary Partner suggests that combining a male of larger breed with a female of smaller breed will use the natural inhibitions of aggressive behavior from male to female and large to small in your favor. There will be adjustments as each member of the pack finds their place; you and your household members will be considered members of that pack so be diligent to stay “alpha”. It is extremely important that you work with each dog individually and know not only the general breed characteristics but the personality of your own pets.

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A multi-pet household is common and most owners will tell you that the extra investment in time and training is well worth it. Take the time to do research on the animals you are considering and make your choice with an eye on the future: your dogs will be with your family for a long time. Think about who will be in the home at the end of your pet’s natural lifespan and be aware of each breed’s tendency toward specific health problems.

With two or more dogs, your vet expenses will be at least double. Knowing what to expect with the breed you choose will help you deal proactively with potential problems. Owners of multiple combinations in these breeds; the Golden Retriever, the Bernese Mountain Dog, the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, and the Bichon Frise, are all pleased with their choice and glad to have more than one canine companion.

 

 

+Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.

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How to Keep Cats Off Your Car

If you have cats in you neighborhood or you own a cat or two, coming outside to see these cuddly creatures comfortably resting on your vehicle may be a common occurrence for you. However, there are a number of humane ways to repel cats from your car and prevent the paw prints and scratches these furry creatures can sometimes (unintentionally) cause.

Cayenne Pepper
One effective method for making sure cats don’t end up on your car is to sprinkle a little cayenne pepper around your automobile. Cats are repelled by the spiciness of the herb, and will learn after a few days that coming close to your car means nasal irritation and stinging paws. Of course, it may also be effective to sprinkle a little of the pepper on the hood of your car as well. You may have to use this remedy for a few days until all the cats in the neighborhood get the point.

Mothballs

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English: Mothballs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Or, you can hang mothballs all around your car, including on the roof of your vehicle. Yes, the smell is very strong and unappealing. But cats feel the same way about the odor of mothballs that most humans do. Once the animals get a whiff, they are very likely to stop taking naps on your car.

Wolf Urine
While this may not be the most appealing option, spraying wolf urine from the local hunting and game store all around your car could scare the neighborhood cats from jumping on top of your vehicle. The wolf urine will indicate to the animals that there are predators nearby, which is especially frightening for indoor cats. Using this method for a few days could prove to be effective.

Pet Alarm 
Installing a motion-sensitive pet alarm may scare away cats with the noise it makes if the animals get too close to your car. You can set it up on the roof of your vehicle each evening when you park your car to ward off felines throughout the night.

Timed Sprinklers

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If you don’t have a garage and want to make sure that your car doesn’t have paw prints or scratches from cats once your vehicle is parked, set up a few timed sprinkles in your yard, close to your vehicle. This way, if the cats get too close to the car, they’ll be sprayed with water and run the other way. It’s a common perception that cats hate water, and this is somewhat true with the exception of a few house breeds, so setting up automatic sprinklers may be an effective solution.

ScatMat
A ScatMat is a device you put on your car that shocks animals with static and teaches them not to perch on your vehicle. You can put the ScatMat on or around your car to reinforce to the cats in the neighborhood that your car is not their playground. After you’ve had the mat out for a week or two, you may be able to put it away, as the cats will associate your automobile with static shock. However, it’s a good idea to keep the ScatMat on hand in case any new pets move into the neighborhood.

These are just a few of the remedies you can use to prevent cats from ruining your car. In many cases, it may take a combination of these methods to truly solve the problem.

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Exotic Pet Sitting

Thanks to Guest Author Nicolas Bowman  of Pet and People Sitters for this article

 

It may seem crazy to think about, but all pets need to be pet-sit at one point or another. Sure, dogs, cats, and other “basic” pets need that occasional pet sitter when a family goes out of town, or if a person works long hours and needs somebody to care for their pet during the day to avoid health issues.

 

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The Indian star tortoise (Geochelone elegans) is a species of tortoise found in dry areas and scrub forest in India and Sri Lanka. This species is quite popular in the exotic pet trade. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

But not everybody has a dog or a cat, after all – some people have birds, lizards, horses, pigs, and all other forms of exotic pets that need special and specific care and must be treated carefully and professionally at all times, regardless of needs and specific dietary or lifestyle restrictions.

 

 

 

After all, it can be quite complicated to find a high quality exotic pet sitter, as it can be a challenge to find a company or individual who can totally and fully understand the specific needs of your pet. And, like so many other pet owners, exotic pet owners are understandably very particular and concerned with their pet’s lifestyle and needs, so much so that it is important to pick an exotic pet sitter carefully.

 

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But what can you really get out of a good exotic pet sitter in Denver, anyways? Here are just a few important things to consider when using the services of an exotic pet sitter:

 

 

 

Professional house sitting

 

First and foremost, a professional exotic pet sitter provides a professional experience. You don’t need to worry about the guy down the street that you hired to rifle through your things while you are gone; with a professional, you get the best you can expect without having to worry about the results as you enjoy great pet sitting experiences from a respected and respectable company.

 

 

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English: A female Pygmy Slow Loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) clinging strongly to a human arm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Care and understanding of your pet’s needs

 

Exotic pet sitters work to the point where they fully and completely understand exactly what it is your pet needs and deserves, no matter their background, medical history, or level of exoticness. In fact, professional pet sitters work hard to maintain professionalism in knowing exactly the care your pet needs, as they are experts in a variety of exotic and non-traditional pets that may require more specific care and more focused love than a normal dog or cat.

 

 

 

Experience and a good reputation

 

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Finally, a professional pet sitting company like ours provides a great experience and a great reputation with which to work. No longer do you need to worry about bad happenings with your pets or your home, as our company works tirelessly to build a professional reputation with everything that you have and with your beloved pet. We will see to it that you and your pet are satisfied and happy by the end of the stay, and that you get the most out of your investment.    Pet and People Sitters

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8 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe & Stress-Free This Halloween

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Taking Better Dog Photos

Thanks to Guest Author Susan Wright for this article.

Dogs quickly become a part of a family and like the other family members their photos belong on the walls of your house. The trouble is that dogs aren’t always willing participants when it comes to picture taking so it can become quite a challenge to capture good images of them. To help you with this, here are some tips to help you take perfect photographs of your pooch.

1. Have fun

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Dogs can read your emotions and if they know that you are stressed out about getting a perfect picture they’ll sense it and will get nervous as well. Keep your tone upbeat and happy and your chances of grabbing a great shot will increase significantly. Have you ever seen a portrait photographer that is grumpy or nervous? They don’t exist because their subjects would never smile at them!

2. Fit in with your dog

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Instead of grabbing your dog and asking him for a photo shoot when he’s got something else on his mind, fit into his schedule a little. Catch him when he’s quiet, sleep time and thinking time and invite him to pose for you. You’ll end up with some perfect shots that will make their way to your walls.

3. Don’t expect perfection

When you’re working with your dog, don’t aim for the perfect shot. Some of the most beautiful dog pictures are much less than perfect but seem to capture something in the dog that simply can’t be put into words. When you grab your camera, you’ll be looking for something deeper than just a surface picture that shows the beauty of your dog on the outside. You’ll be aiming for a shot that captures the true spirit of your canine best friend.

4. Prepare to take a lot of pictures and develop patience

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You’ll need to have patience when you’re photographing your dog and it may take quite a few pictures before you find one or two that you truly love. In the blink of an eye your dog will move from one place to another and engage in a completely different activity. Shoot plenty of photos and you will end up quite surprised with some of the results. Usually it’s not the posed look that stands out from the rest of the photos but rather some type of spontaneous shot that shows your dog’s spirit. Digital cameras make this easy – you can take lots of photos and you need only print the ones you like.

5. Use natural lighting

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This image shows a young mixed-breed dog. The parents are a white shepherd dog and an alsatian dog. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Try to use natural lighting for your photography whenever you can. This provides the best pictures and also helps to avoid redeye that can be caused by a flash. If you have a nervous or skittish dog, the flash may frighten him and that will mean the end of your photo session for that day. When natural lighting is used you’ll get better shots and won’t have to worry about making your dog nervous.

You don’t need any fancy equipment to take good photos of your dog. A small compact camera will do a good job. Give it a try, and follow these suggestions. You may just be pleasantly surprised at the results.

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Doggy Emergencies – 4 Common Reasons To Call Your Vet

 

Thanks to Guest Author Mila Joseph for this article.

No matter how well we look after our pets, sometimes they end up suffering from the effects of a life threatening health problem. Some problems are easily treated, but others require emergency intervention from a veterinarian. Pet emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, but here are a few of the most common reasons for an out of hours visit to the vet.

1. Eating the Wrong Foods

A lot of people treat their canine best friend as another human. This is fatal. Dogs are not people and should not be treated as such. They can’t eat the same food as us without suffering from side effects because their digestive systems are not designed to cope with the things we like to eat. Chocolate is particularly dangerous to dogs, so never feed your pet chocolate unless it is a pet-friendly variety. Other foods your dog should never eat are grapes and raisins.

2. Poisoning

Aside from poisonous foods, dogs are also susceptible to ingesting other types of poison. Rodent poisons are sometimes attractive to dogs, especially the types of dogs who will eat anything. Symptoms of poisoning include:

  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Bleeding from the nose and mouth

To prevent a poisoning incident, never put rat poison down where a dog may find it, and if you suspect your dog may have ingested rodent poison take him to the vet immediately.

3. Swallowing Foreign Objects

Some dogs find it impossible to distinguish between food and foreign objects. This means a lone sock or a plastic ball is fair game to a Labrador with a penchant for chewing. The trouble is a lot of dogs end up in the emergency room having ingested a totally inappropriate object. Small objects can often pass straight through, but larger or awkward objects get stuck and end up causing a potentially fatal intestinal blockage. Symptoms include:

  • Distended abdomen
  • Constipation
  • Discomfort
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea

4. Allergic Reaction

Dogs are just as susceptible to allergic reactions as humans, so if a bee stings your pet or he comes into contact with some other allergen, he may go into anaphylactic shock, which is a life threatening allergic reaction. Dogs often develop allergies over time, so be vigilant to the symptoms, which may include:

  • Itchy/runny eyes
  • Excessive scratching
  • Sneezing
  • Scabby/itchy skin

If a dog has allergies to pollen and dust, he is likely to be allergic to an insect sting or bite. And if the worst happens and he has a massive allergic reaction to an allergenic substance, he will need to be taken to the emergency room immediately.

Unfortunately, it can often be difficult to figure out what is wrong with your pet when his symptoms are not clear-cut. If in doubt, you should always contact a vet for advice, and if you suspect your dog has eaten something he shouldn’t have (particularly if he may have ingested human medication), make sure you give your vet as much information as possible.

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Losing A Pet Is Losing A Member Of The Family – Here’s How To Get Through It.

 

Thanks to Guest Author Nancy Baker for this article.

A pet, whether it’s a dog, a cat, a rabbit, a guinea pig, a gerbil or a horse is part of the family, and is widely loved and known by everyone. Pets can stay in the family for years and they can be an important part of your children’s upbringing. Pets bring so much joy – they can entertain you, make you laugh, play with you and charm you with their little personalities. So, when the time comes and they pass away it can be very difficult to cope with your grief. In this article we will give you some help for dealing with things when the inevitable happens and your pet passes on.

Release Your Guilt

Often, when a pet dies, you can end up feeling pretty guilty because you think that there is more that you could have done. Perhaps you weren’t up to date with their injections at the vet, or perhaps you feel that you just didn’t spend enough quality time with them. Maybe you didn’t realize that they were ill, or maybe you were the one with the horrible job of asking a vet to put them down. There is often a lot of guilt associated with the loss of a pet, so if you are feeling in any way guilty then try to let yourself off the hook. Remember all the good things you did for your pet, and remember how well they were treated.

Explain it to the Children

Your children will take the death of a pet very badly too so it’s important to help them process their grief. Depending on their age, they may not be able to process all of the emotions that they are feeling, so it’s really vital that you let them talk through their feelings. Don’t rush out and get a replacement straight away – your kids will probably want you to do this but they are actually then missing out on an important stage of the grieving process. No animal can be ‘replaced’ any more than a human being can – they are all one-offs just like us. Understand that your children are going to be sad about it for a while but distract them by talking about all the good times that you had with your pet.

Get Rid of the Reminders

One of the hardest things about losing a pet is all the reminders of their absence. So throw away their food (or give it to someone you know that can use it). Take their food bowl and put it away in a cupboard, and try and remove all other signs of them from the house and garden. Of course, you will get a new pet in time, but for the time being it’s best to stop taunting yourself with constant reminders.

When the time comes and you feel ready, it may be a good idea to start looking for a new pet. They will be a very welcome, much-loved addition to the family and they will bring their own personality to the mix!

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