Dogs… Did You Know?

Dogs… Did you Know?

  • Did you know a dogs hearing is at least ten times more accurate than a persons hearing?
  • One in three families int he United States owns a dog.
  • A dogs nose print is like our fingerprint, one of a kind.
  • An adult dog has 42 teeth.
  • The only place a dog has sweat glands, is between his toes.
  • For approximately 12,000 years, people have had dogs for pet.
  • Female dogs carry their puppies for approximately sixty days, before they are born.
  • Dogs don’t see color as vividly as people, but, they do see color.  So, it is a myth that dogs are colored blind.
  • A dogs smell verses a person, is more than 1,000,000 times stronger.
  • A dogs average temperature is 101.2.
  • Smaller dogs tend to have a longer life span than larger dogs.
  • The number one health problem in dogs, is obesity.
  • The percentage of people who have their dog featured on a holiday card, is 70%
  • Your average dog can run to to nineteen miles per hour, at full speed.
  • Dogs ear muscles are double compared to people.
  • In a bible, dogs are mentioned fourteen times.
  • Dogs sleep as much as 11-14 hours per day

I found these facts about dogs very interesting & I hope you did too.  Hopefully, you have learned something new about your dog, besides the fact he is your best friend :)

Dogs and Your Child, Safety First

When choosing a dog for your family and you have a baby or toddler, you may want to consider a larger dog, like a Mastiff, Golden Retriever etc.

Larger dogs are usually easier going and are less likely to be hurt when a child accidentally stepped on or tripped over. Small dogs, such as a Chihuahua or Jack Russell Terriers would not be a good choice if you have a toddler. Small dogs tend to be more fragile and sensitive than a larger dog. If stepped on, or pulling on his tail, may scare him and could possibly cause him to nip or worse bite your child.

The best choice for most families it to look for a young adult dog. You want a dog that has been around children and loves playing with them. You don’t want a dog that just tolerates children, this could end-up to be a problem.

Asking how the pet is around children is only part of the question in choosing a pet, you need to ask yourself how our children will be around a dog. Such as:

  • Teach your child to respect the dogs space
  • Teach your child not to ever put his face in the dogs
  • Never surprise a dog, this could make his protective instinct to surface
  • Never tease a dog, this could make him very angry
  • Teach your child how to approach a dog
  • Don’t go near mommy and her puppies.
  • Never try to break-up a dog fight.

Babies and young children should never be left alone with any dog, not even a pet that knows your child really well. The child could accidentally step on his tail or ear this could cause the pet to snip. Children sometimes show off, especially when other children are around. They might start teasing or getting rough with the dog. Be sure your dog has a bed or place of his own that he can escape to.

One of the most common and frequent incidents between dogs and children is food, dog treats or toys. Teaching your child not to go up to the dog when he is eating or chewing on a toy, could prevent your child from being bitten.

Know what an angry dog looks like:

  • Barking, growling, snarling with their teeth showing, ears laid flat, legs stiff and tail up. If you see a dog that looks like this, slowly walk away. Do not wave your arms around, keep them still. Don’t look the dog in the eye and never run.
  • Teaching your child about dogs and watching your child around them, is the best way to keep your child safe. Dogs are a wonderful pets and are very loving animals, they are definitely as asset to a family.

Buying A Bed For Your Cat?

Cats spend a good part of their day sleeping, this is why they need to have a quality and cushy bed.  Cat beds come in all shapes sizes, style and colors.  Many of the cat beds come with a heater, it is important to keep our pet warm.

Window Sill Cat Beds

If your kitty wants to cuddle, they can have all the advantages of looking out the window and feeling the sunshine while having the security of their window sill.

Since we know that our kitties like to stay warm, there are heated cat sills available.

Wicker Baskets

This pet bed is not as popular as others.  Although less expensive, your feline may chew on the wicker, plus they are difficult to keep clean.

Donut Cat Beds

Great bed to choose for your feline.  The beds have slightly higher sides and are made of soft material, stuffed with a soft lining.  If you kitty likes to curl up when he sleeps, this is the bed for him/her.

Igloo Beds

It’s perfect for cats who love to cuddle up in an enclosed space. Igloo is styled to meet your cats needs for privacy and security.

Pads

Some cats, no matter what you do, still prefer to lay on one of your favorite chairs or couch.  This is where the pads are great.  The pads work very well to protect your furniture.  Pads are usually made of foam covered with fabric and are washable.  Heated pads are usually available.

Heated Cat Bed

Your cat spends the majority of her life at rest. It is natural for her to sleep up to 16 hours per day. As a result, she is constantly looking for a sunny spot in front of a window or a heat vent. As she ages, her need for supplemental heat will only increase, especially should she become arthritic.

 Where and how your cat sleeps can make a big difference in her comfort and overall health. This is especially true during the winter months. While you sleep under an extra blanket, your cat should not have to sleep in a cold draft.

The best way to assure your cat good rest is with a heated bed.  If you have multiple cats and they are close, they may prefer to sleep on the same bed.  It is recommended, if you have more than one cat, they should each have their own bed in order for them to get the proper rest they require.

Be sure what ever bed you decide to go with is made large enough so your cat can stand-up and turn around, yet cozy enough for him/her to feel secure.

Being able to wash a bed is an important feature to look for.  Online websites are one of the best places to look for a cat bed.

Spoil your feline and purchase a quality made bed with enough filling.  Remember your cat spends at least 16 hours a day sleeping.  He/she deserves the best bed to do this on.

 

A Little Extra Tenderness for Your Senior Cat

Everyone and everything ages, even our precious cats. They no longer play as much as they use to. They don’t jump and roll on their cat trees, like they use to. Your cat will probably be in this stage, when he is between 8 and 12 years old.

Our pets become a member of our family and we don’t want to see them become older and slow down. But, I believe, that there are something that may help slow down that process. Like us, keeping ourselves healthy, by eating the right foods and getting our exercise, we will keep our bodies and minds healthier and slow down our aging.

By making healthy meal choices, seeing to your feline’s needs for medications and supplements, you will have your cat with you longer.

If you don’t already have one, consider getting your cat a cat tree. A cat tree or house, this is one of the best ways for him to get his exercise. The trees, also referred to as cat towers, houses and cat condos, are great for your feline to still climb and play with his toys.

You want to encourage your feline to do as many activities as he can. Just like us, keep his little joints moving. You may even consider getting a kitten. Your feline may interact with a kitten, making him feel young again. I know of several friends that got a new puppy when their dog was getting older and slowing down. It really seemed to liven-up their dog again. Cats love to mother, how could she resist a kitten around her all the time?

Are you aware of how popular pet strollers are becoming? They are great for older pets or pets that are not able to get around as much as they use to. A great way to get you and your cat out of the house and for a walk. He will still be able to enjoy all the scenery and get some fresh air.

I am no specialist in this field, just my point of view and how I have treated my pets. Just thought I would pass it along.

But, most of all, the best medicine in the world you can give to your pet, is by loving them and making them feel loved. After all, they are a big part of our family.

 

Why Your Cat Needs A Cat Tree

A cat tree is one of the very best things you can get for your cats to present them with a place to spend most of their time. These feline creatures will have fun going up and down, perching, leaping and scratching on these structures and you will be certain that other furnishings in the home are protected.

In order to get the greatest tree for your kitty, you will need to put in some thought, to make sure that you provide them with the finest comfort and at the same time you don’t strain your budget.

The first thing you need to consider, is the number of cats you have. This will help you in determining what size cat tree you will need.  If you have more than two cats, you will need a fairly large tree.  You want them to have ample space to play.

It is also, important that you select a cat tree that is big enough to hold the different toys for your pets.  Just in case you didn’t already know, cat trees can also be called, cat towers and cat condos.

The activity level and the personality of feline creatures will help you in the purchasing of the finest cat tree. You need to check out some of your cats  habits, like where they sleep, how much they scratch surfaces and where they play.

This will enable you to determine if you need a tree with a mini house, high locations for sleeping and areas for scratching. In case you have more than two pets, keep in mind all their activity levels. You will want to select the pieces that will comfortably accommodate all of them at once.

The cost of these structures should also be put into consideration. You will be introduced with an extensive range of prices from expensive to inexpensive trees. It is suggested that you avoid the extremely low cost structures since most of them do not come with the quality, as desired.

While buying these cat trees, keep in mind the response level of your feline creatures will vary. Some of them will rapidly adjust to their new play area  and others may take a lengthier time to get used to it.

Top Pet Care Tips

Many people think that looking after animals is simply a question of making sure they get fed.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case – there is far more that goes into providing a good level of care for your animal, especially the larger ones like cats, dogs and horses.

Firstly, you need to understand your animal in the greater scheme of things. Cesar Milan talks about this extensively in his dog training program, that to really understand your pet, you need to think of them in this order:

  • the species (eg dog – and what the purpose of a dog is: companion, hunter etc)
  • the breed (eg labrador – bred for tracking, sports)
  • the gender (eg female – hardwired to breed and serve a master)
  • the individual (eg Peggy – personal history, gender/breed/species imperatives)

At the very core of every animal is the imperatives of their species, their breed and their gender. These are the things, great and small, that they are hardwired to do. Only when you have considered each of these things does the question of the animal’s individual experience come into play. It is, of course, an important aspect, but is more meaningful in the greater context of the animal’s existence.

Next up, appropriate food. Feeding a dog or a cat a vegan diet is not at all in the animal’s interest – you cannot be a responsible pet owner and push your own ethical or personal views above the biological requirements of the animal. Dogs and cats need meat in their diet. Horses and rodents need vegetables and the like. Birds need seed, fish need worms and bugs. Feeding your animal what is has evolved to eat, and in sensible amounts, is key in taking good care of it.

Finally, giving the animal shelter and love. Some pets are best living outdoors, some do better indoors. Small animals should not be left outside in very hot weather, and nor should they be left out in the freezing cold. Larger animals like dogs, cats and horses are better equipped to deal with the elements but still need proper protection from the extremes. They also need love and attention – don’t get a pet if you don’t want to interact with another creature.

They rely on you, and you’ve got to be up for the ride.

How To Have Stress-Free Vet Visits

Visiting the vet with your beloved animal can be extremely stressful for both of you.

You’re tearing our hair out, trying to get them in the carry case and into the car, without being clawed open or covered in excrement.

The animal’s freaking out because it’s not used to being caged up, not being able to see it’s surrounding environment, and because it’s learnt from hard experience that car rides in lockdown usually mean something unpleasant is coming.

By the time you actually arrive at the surgery, you’re frazzled and look a fright, while your animal is on edge and liable to lash out when it’s released from the carry case.

Choosing a vet who is a calm and soothing presence for your animal is the most important aspect of getting through these visits without too much drama. The vet should be a person who truly loves animals, and finds satisfaction in calming them, soothing their anxieties and helping them.

Some vets are fantastic at this. Their offices are warm and smell inviting. They use professional grade massage tables for treatment, often covered in fleece to keep tiny paws warm and comfortable. They have a range of little treats on hand that can get the attention of even the most fractious animal.

Not only this, but they should be good with people too.

Your vet should see you just as much a patient as the animal, as you’re the one in control of making sure the animal is healthy. Your vet should set you at ease, be honest and open about what’s happening, and make you feel like you’ve stepped into a safe haven.

Before you actually get to the appointment, though, here are some tips on how to have stress-free vet visits with your pet:

  • Make sure your animal is well-fed and hydrated.
  • Take it for a walk or let it run around outside so there’s no pent- up energy or anxiety that’s going to spill over the edges.
  • Leave the carry case around the house so your animal gets used to it and is not afraid of getting into it.
  • When it’s time to go, make the carry-case warm and cosy. Put some treats in and a covered hot water bottle if the weather is cool, so your pet feels comfortable and looked after.

Why Cats Make Such Great Pets

When it comes to having pets in your home, cats and dogs certainly lead the charge – though in fact, more people in the USA own cats than dogs (some 16 million more!).

This is because cats make truly great companions, no matter what your situation or walk of life. Cats are highly adaptable creatures, and will generally follow their owner’s lead when it comes to how much interaction they want.

If you love being hands-on with your pet, your cat will come looking for frequent attention. If you don’t have a lot of free time, your cat will be independent and will be equally available or unavailable.

There are a lot of reasons cats make a great addition to any household:

  • They are clean, tidy animals. Unlike dogs, cats clean themselves fastidiously and are not inclined to make a mess. They are graceful and nimble, and are unlikely to tear up your house in a frenzy.
  • They teach children gentleness and respect. Whereas your little munchkins can get wild and rowdy with a dog, it’s a different game with a cat. They have to learn to be gentle, calm, and respectful around cats, or the fun and games are over.
  • Cats don’t need as much physical exertion as dogs. While that’s not to say they don’t need exercise, they certainly don’t need runs or walks every day like dogs do.
  • They’re happy being left to their own devices. You can quite easily keep a cat in your house or apartment while you’re at work, so long as they have some toys and a scratching post – whereas a dog will cry and howl all day and drive your neighbours to distraction!
  • Having a cat has been shown to lower levels of anxiety and distress in normal pet owners. Cats have a way of giving you affection and attention right when you need it, and are really tuned into how you’re feeling.

If you’re considering getting a cat, do give some thought to getting one from a shelter. It’s unbelievable how many of them end up abandoned in these places, for no reason other than their old owners didn’t want the responsibility. Shelters are full of beautiful, well-behaved creatures who would love to be part of your family.

Why Dogs Are Such Great Pets

Dogs are probably the most popular pet in the entire world. People in countries everywhere have canine companions, and there has been a huge amount of research into why dogs are such great pets.

In fact, historically there are good reasons that humans are drawn to dogs as their first choice in pets. Early domesticated breeds of dogs helped humans to track and hunt, and they provided early warning systems and protection for intruders or aggressors.

More recently, the popularity of having dogs has become ‘quantified’ by science, going far above and beyond the intelligence, happiness and warmth a dog can bring to a human.

There are a multitude of reasons as to why dogs are such great pets:

  • They are empathetic and will actively try to make humans feel better. Dogs are drawn towards people in distress and will often demonstrate affection or ‘petting’ to make someone feel better.
  • They can detect cancer and can sense seizures before they happen. Dogs have saved hundreds of lives after being trained to ‘sniff out’ these life-threatening conditions.
  • They improve the health and fitness of their family. Dogs need regular walking and play, meaning that their owners get the added activity too. Plus, dogs bring a whole different range of germs into the house, which can boost the immune system of your whole family.
  • They help you to be more social and make more friends. People are drawn to dogs, so you’re more likely to chat with new people when you’re out and about with your pup.
  • Improve your longevity. Dogs create a lot of joy for their owners. This helps keep blood pressure and stress down, while putting creativity and happiness up. The less stress you have in your life, the less you will be sick and in need of medical attention.
  • They bring out the best in people. Veterans suffering from PTSD, kids with autism, highly strung students and even dementia sufferers see a reduction in social anxiety, confusion, and anti-social behaviour when they have a dog in their lives to keep them company.

And, it must be said, dogs are just such friendly, happy, loving creatures. Their happiness comes from making you happy, and they are loyal, inquisitive fun animals. As you can see, there are many reasons as to why dogs make such great pets – if you’re ready for the commitment, a dog can be an amazing addition to your life.

 

Don’t Get A Pet If…

I’ve been an avid animal lover all my life. I’ve worked with them extensively, and I’ve worked with plenty of people who have animals too.

One thing I absolutely can’t stand is to see people buy a pet for the novelty, and then ditch it.

Maybe it’s Christmas time and your kids want a puppy. You give in, go to the pet store and get a young puppy who has just been separated from its mother and siblings. You keep it quiet enough to get to Christmas morning, put it in a box with some breath holes, and soon enough your kids are over the moon.

A few weeks later, you notice a nasty smell coming from a corner of the living room. You’re annoyed, but that’s what you get for buying a dog. Not long after, it happens again. The kids are nowhere to be seen when it comes to time to actually clean up after it, so you’re stuck doing the dirty work.

A couple months on and now your kids are complaining about walking the dog.

They don’t want to spend time with this innocent animal; they’d rather watch TV. And you certainly can’t be bothered – you’ve got meals to cook, washing to do, bills to pay. The dog will just have to skip the walk.

Soon enough, everyone’s sick of the dog. You didn’t train it properly, so it’s badly behaved. You don’t walk it, so it’s distressed. You and your partner start discussing giving the dog away, or a trip to the shelter if all else fails.

If this is a timeline you can see your family following, don’t get a dog.

Don’t get a cat, don’t get a bird or a horse or a fish. No animal deserves to be separated from its family and then stuck with a family who doesn’t care for it properly.

Domesticated animals need love, attention, exercise and care. You must be sure you can provide those things before you commit to the long haul with an animal – especially an animal like a cat or dog that can live for 15, 17 or even 20 years.

Don’t get a pet if you’re not prepared to care for it like you would a member of your own family.