How to Greet a Dog

You know that feeling you get every time you see a new dog? That somewhat uncontrollable urge to run over scoop that pup up and snuggle it for hours. As tempting as it may be, think about it from the dog’s point of view, scary right? If a dog sees you as a threat they may feel like they have no choice other than to bite. Here are some tips on how to great dogs in a non-threatening manner.

  • Always ask the dog’s owner
  • Do not make direct eye contact
  • Approach the dog slowly
  • Get down on his level
  • Wait for him to approach you
  • Pet gently
  • Pay attention to his body languagegreeting-a-dog

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Foods That You Should Never Give Your Dog

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From table scraps to common fruits and vegetables, there are some foods that your dog is better off without. We know that you just melt and give in when he looks at you with those puppy eyes, but these foods that are seen to be healthy for humans are unhealthy, and some even toxic to canines. The effect of these foods, again, varies based on the breed and size of your pet. Even so, your dog can enjoy a longer and healthier life without these foods in its diet. Be sure to take special care to ensure that your dog does not get access to any of these foods.

Chocolates

A sweet and even comforting treat for humans, chocolates can be downright toxic to dogs. Chocolate contains methylxanthine compounds- theobromines and caffeine, which are known to cause dehydration, vomiting, seizure, irregular heart rate, abdominal pain, increased body temperature, and even death in some cases. Dark chocolate is believed to be the most toxic of all chocolates. Be sure to stock all those chocolates at home out of reach of your canine.

Raisins and grapes

Raisins and grapes are toxic to dogs, although scientists are yet to figure out which of the compounds in these foods are responsible for the toxic effects. These foods can initiate rapid kidney failure, and it takes just a couple of grapes or raisins to do the damage. Some symptoms that canines show when they are affected by grapes and raisins include loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration; not all dogs show these symptoms. A kidney failure can cause dogs to die within a couple of days.

Garlic and onions

Garlic and onions damage the red blood cells in dogs causing anemia. The symptoms of anemia show up as breathlessness, vomiting, weakness, dullness and loss of appetite. Your dog may develop a lethargic tendency and may not actively move around. Garlic has worse effects than onions for every ounce consumed. In case the condition is severe, a blood transfusion may be required. Bottom line, garlic or onions should not be given to dogs in any form, whether it is raw, cooked or powdered.

Bacon

The next time you are feeding your dog scraps from under the table as you enjoy your breakfast, you want to make sure that bacon is not on the list. Bacon contains a large dose of fat which can cause pancreatitis in canines. The condition causes inflammation of the pancreas, ultimately impairing its ability to function. Dogs will have difficulties with absorbing nutrients and digestion problems due to which they become weak.

Keep these foods off your dogs’ diet and help them lead a healthy life.

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5 Signs That Your Cat is Suffering From Arthritis

Arthritis is a fairly uncommon condition in cats. It affects about three in every ten cats. Arthritis may affect cats as they age due to disintegration of the joints. However, there have been cases where it has occurred in younger cats due to infection or trauma. It is important that you are aware of signs associated with arthritis so you can spot the same in case your cat develops the condition. While arthritis is a long-standing condition which does not have any cure once it has set in, given the right treatment, medications and a few lifestyle changes, you can contain the pain and discomfort that it is causing to your pet. Here are some signs of arthritis that you want to watch out for:

Finds it difficult to climb up the stairs

If you cat faces difficulties in climbing up the stairs or stops jumping onto perches and countertops all of a sudden, then it could be a sign of arthritis. Your cat may be hesitant about moving as freely as before due to the pain and discomfort.

Is not keen on playing

Cats with arthritis tend to tire much faster than when they were healthy. Your cat may show signs of lethargy, where it is not as keen on playing as it was before. You may find them sleeping for much longer than usual, and they may also show difficulty in finding a comfortable position to sleep in.

Limps when it walks

Does your cat limp when it walks? You will have too observe closely for this sign, as the limp may be conspicuous right after your cat gets up to move around, rather than a while after, when it is already warmed up.

Shows reduced grooming

Does the coat of hair on your cat appear unkept? Cats with arthritis have a tendency to not groom themselves, resulting in a disheveled appearance, but this is not always the case. Some other cats have a tendency to lick, bite and chew in areas that are causing pain. They may lick, bite or chew on the area till it shows up as some swollen skin or a bald patch.

Is easily irritable

Does your cat have a case of “bad moods” off late? It could be due to arthritis pain. Cats are wired to not show any signs of weakness or pain, so they can guard themselves in case they are attacked. So, what you are assuming to be as just foul mood could actually be as a result of painful joints. Cats may show their irritability by snapping or biting when you approach them or try to hold them, or if it causes more pain when you handle them.

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Reasons Why Your Dog Might Be An Easy Victim For Ticks

Why are ticks attracted to dogs likes bees to honey? These parasites are attracted your dog’s warm and thick fur where they can settle in and suck on blood. Tick bites in dogs are very common in the United States, which is home to 90 of the 899 species of ticks found in the world.

Hard ticks and soft ticks

Ticks can be broadly divided into hard-bodied or ixodid ticks, and soft-bodied or argasid ticks.
The common hard-bodied ticks affecting dogs are:

  1. Black-legged ticks that have a two year lifecycle, and are notorious for transmitting Lyme disease bacteria to humans. In dogs, Lyme disease causes arthritis due to inflammation of joints, depression, appetite loss, and in severe cases, may affect the kidneys.
  2. American dog ticks are found in all parts of the United States, with their highest population reported in the Atlantic Coast. They cause tick paralysis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which damages blood vessel tissues and causes inflammation. Though curable, the disease can be also be lethal.
  3. Brown dog ticks cause tick paralysis and a range of bacterial infections in dogs.

The spinose ear tick is the most common soft tick infesting the ear canal of dogs. It causes excessive head shaking, irritation, and pain in dogs. In some cases, tick bite can result in oozing infections.

Where do the ticks come from?

Ticks are active outdoors, especially during the warm months. They are drawn to a dog’s odor, and attach themselves to its skin very easily. Your pooch may also pick up ticks from open fields, an infested kennel, or after coming in contact with tick-infested dogs. Ticks that have enjoyed a full blood meal may detach from the host and reside under window moldings, baseboards or furniture. After molting, they reattach to another host.

How to control ticks in your house

If your pet’s kennel or some part of your home has been detected as harboring ticks, they must be cleaned and vacuumed thoroughly to kill as many of these tiny parasites as possible. Apply residual and non-residual insecticide sprays in areas where ticks are likely to molt. As there are several potential hiding places for ticks, and they hitch-hike on mammals very easily, also consider de-cluttering your home, and washing dirty clothes and bed linens in hot water.

Treating tick bites

If you are up to the job, you can remove ticks in your dog with a pair of tweezers after treating the affected areas with rubbing alcohol. Take care to wear gloves, and grab the tick by the head. There are a number of effective tick control products that kill ticks within 12 hours of application. We would also advise you to consult your vet soon after you detect ticks in your pet, as bacterial infection from tick bites can manifest quickly.

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8 ways to exercise your dog indoors

Just like us our pets can pack on a few extra pounds over the cold months. Here are some tips to help keep your dogs active as the temperatures drop.

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  1. Hide some of your dogs favorite treats around the house and put his natural instincts to work sniffing them out.
  2. Visit your local pet store for some socialization and a long walk through the aisles.
  3. Most human treadmills can be utilized for K-9 family members too. Make sure to take time to train you dog safely to use a treadmill, and never leash your pet to the treadmill.
  4. Play fetch with an indoor safe toy like the Chuck-It indoor roller. Add a little extra to the work out by throwing the ball up the steps!
  5. Make meal time more fun and stimulating with some interactive puzzle toys!
  6. Create an indoor agility course for your pup out of things around your house.
  7. Have a play date with one of your dogs 4legged buddies.
  8. Rotate your dogs toys so he stays interested and doesn’t get bored.

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Pet Microchipping – 5 Reasons You Should Have Done it Already

355973_2711There’s nothing worse than losing a loved one. Let alone a loved one who doesn’t have a cell phone or really any clue on how to find their way back to the family they love. Unfortunately, that’s the reality you’re facing ever time your 4-legged friend hits the ground running outside. If you were to step back and ask the question – what can I do to offer the best chance that my pet finds his way back home in an emergency – and sure, not spend a ton of money in the process – your answer would be microchipping. So – without further delay – let’s look at 5 Reasons why you should have already microchipped your four-legged friend.

1. It’s a Lifetime Safety Net For Your Pet’s Security

You can’t really say that about anything else! Microchips are permanently embedded in your pet’s skin and made to last 25 years. That’s longer than any collar or tag, and it’s not about to fall off when your little escape artist crawls under that chain-link fence. The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen every year – make sure you and your loved ones are prepared.

2. It Doesn’t Hurt Much

Your pet is used to vaccinations – and microchipping feels similar. Your veterinarian will simply use a needle to insert a small, grain-sized chip between your pet’s shoulder blades. A shot for a lifetime of security is a fair tradeoff.

3. Microchipping Works – We Have the Stats to Prove It

The American Veterinary Medical Association conducted a survey that said stray dogs at shelters WITHOUT a microchip were returned to their owners 21.9% of the time. That number increased to 52.2% when the dog was microchipped. To put that another way – it went from a 1 in 5 chance to greater than a 1 in 2. Similarly, cat without microchips were only returned 1.8% of the time, while cats WITH microchips were returned an amazing 38.5% of the time. Again, a 1 out of 50 chance changed to a 1 in 3. Microchipping has been so successful, that both England and Scotland have recently made it mandatory.
Dogs Returned Home With Microchip

4. It’s Inexpensive

Compared to the other costs associated with owning a dog a microchip is barely an expense at all. In fact, many animal rescues, clinics, pet stores and veterinarians offer low cost microchipping services all of the time. Not to put a cost on a lifetime of security and peace of mind, but you’re really only looking at $10 to $40 dollars per animal. Our store – That Fish Place – That Pet Place, regularly plans microchip clinics with the Furever Home Adoption Center and they only charge $15. In addition, though you should check the chip from time-to-time, they do not require batteries and have a lifespan of 25 years. This means there’s little to know upkeep cost. Awesome!

5. There’s No Better Feeling Than The Love Of An Animal!

As if you needed any more encouragement – here are a few amazing videos of pets being returned to their owners because of microchipping. Warning – you may want to have tissues handy!

Sources & Resources

https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/FAQs/Pages/Microchipping-of-animals-FAQ.aspx

https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/lost-and-found-dogs/why-microchip/

Need to find a veterinarian near you to get your pet microchipped? – check out – https://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/about_aaha/hospital_search/default.aspx

 

Pet Microchipping – 5 Reasons You Should Have Done it Already

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