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Pet Myths 1

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dog looking at cameraPet Myths – Page 1

Chocolate is not harmful to dogs:
MYTH: Chocolate is terrible for dogs. The theobromine in chocolate that stimulates the cardiac and nervous systems is too much for dogs, especially smaller pups. A chocolate bar is poisonous to dogs and can even be lethal

Dogs sweat by salivating:
MYTH: Dogs actually sweat through the pads of their feet!

Dogs see in only black and white:
MYTH: Dogs see in color, but not the same way that we do. Veterinary ophthalmologists have found that dogs are similar to people with red/green color blindness, meaning they can see bluish and greenish shades but not reddish ones. To a dog, a bright orange ball on a grassy lawn appears as a light greenish ball in greenish grass. This is similar to our vision at twilight.

A cold can be transferred between pet to owner:
MYTH: Most viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other organisms are specific to the species they inhabit. In other words they cannot transfer from animal to human or human to animal and still survive. Here is a list of things your pet can not catch from you:
• Common Cold
• Influenza
• Stomach Flu
• Mononucleosis
• Poorly thrown tennis balls…

However there is something called Zoonosis, which is a disease or health condition that can be transferred from animals to humans. So there are a few things you can catch from your pet but it happens VERY rarely. So you can feel free about snuggling up with your cuddle buddy when you are too sick to be around other people!

Hypo-allergenic pets:
MYTH: Many people take this to mean non-allergenic when it really means LESS allergenic. Allergies are caused by a reaction to the proteins in an animal’s saliva or dander that comes off our pets and not from the fur itself. Some animals drop less dander than others. If you are a pet lover but also an allergy sufferer here are some tips to help you “breathe” a little easier:
• You can get an allergy shot from your doctor, or buy over the counter meds (something with loratadine works wonders).
• Install an air filtration system
• Groom animal frequently
• Wash animal bedding and toileting areas often
• Vacuum, dust, and sweeping daily

My dog is urinating in the house because he is angry with me:
MYTH: If your dog is urinating in the house, it can only be for one of a few possible reasons:
• The dog might be dealing with a medical condition such as a urinary tract infection or seizures.
• The dog might be anxious and in distress about being left alone.
• The owner left him alone longer than the dog can hold his bladder.
• He is not fully house-trained.

Using human food during training will encourage a dog to beg at the dining table:
MYTH: If you give your dog human food while training, it will not necessarily equate to him begging at the table. If you do not want your pet to ask for food while you are eating, teach him a “go to your place” command to show him that he needs to go somewhere else while you’re enjoying a meal and to earn his yummy reward

Tug of war creates aggression in animals:
MYTH: Tug of war can be a great game to play with your dog as long as you do it properly! Dogs should learn that it’s never okay to put their teeth on your skin when grasping for the toy with their mouths. Dogs should learn to “drop” the toy on command when you’re ready to end the game. Using a tug as reinforcement instead of food is common among working dog trainers because dogs enjoy it. When your dog shows a natural inclination for this type of play and reward, making it cooperative and under your control is the name of the game for your talented athlete!

Purebreds are not as healthy as mixed-breeds:
MYTH: This is not necessarily true; while mixed-breed dogs are not susceptible to many of the genetic diseases common in purebred lines, there is no guarantee of genetic health or temperament in either type of dog. Both purebreds and mixed-breeds alike are vulnerable to rabies, distemper, parasite infestation among other non-genetic ailments.

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Pet Tags: Differentiating Pets From Strays

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pet tags

Pet tags are probably the only thing that differentiates your dog from a stray one. These tags contain the pet’s name, your address and phone number. If you lose your pet, this information plays the pivotal role in finding your dog. This makes these tags the most important accessory that your dog can have.

When our pets are in their initial age, there is little chance that they will run away. Gradually as they grow up, we start letting them out thinking that we have trained them enough and there is no chance of them running away. Most animals are unpredictable and restless, and might be thinking that it is fun to run away or they might even run after another animal. If your dog runs away, it will be very difficult to find him/her, even if you put up fliers to find them. To avoid this, you should put a tag on your pet to give yourself a better chance of finding it.

To make the tag of your pet unique, you can always find a tag of a unique shape and color. Nowadays, it has become very easy to find the right pet tag for your animal on the internet. If you go to a website, you can find tags of different materials, shapes and sizes. You can select the tag which suits you the most and order it online. These companies make sure that the tags are delivered in quick time. If you unfortunately lose your pet, the unique dog tag helps people to recognize the animal from a distance. This increases the chances of recovering your dear pet.

When you are choosing a tag on the internet, you should consider many aspects. The first thing you should consider is that the tag should be unique. After all, your pet is also unique. You should also consider the durability of the tag. Only a durable tag will stay on your pet’s neck in the worst possible condition. Aluminum tags are preferred in this regard as they are long-lasting and their engraving never rubs off.

There are around 10 million pets lost every year. Around ninety percent of the animals recovered after being lost, were found because of their tags. Without the tag, there is a very low probability that you will ever find your dog. I have lost my dog once, only because I did not bother to buy a tag. Take it from someone who has been through this; get a tag for your pet. Otherwise, the only thing you will be left with will be regret.

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Pet Dental Care

Smiling Dog

Smiling Dog

Tips to keep your pets mouth healthy. Always start with a visit to your vet. They will do an examination and cleaning to start you off with a clean slate. Just like us, our pets need their mouth hygiene continued at home.

  1. While at your pets cleaning, ask your vet to explain and demonstrate the proper way to brush your pet’s teeth. I’ve included a video for brushing dog’s teeth from about.com.
  2. Make sure you start your pet off slowly and as young as possible. Go slowly and carefully so you do not hurt or frighten your pet and end up in a constant battle
  3. DO NOT USE HUMAN TOOTH PASTE!! This is important; it can make your pet very sick. Your vet can recommend the correct toothpaste to use.
  4. Find the correct size tooth brush. Read the sizes, a 4 pound pet has a much smaller mouth than a 70 pound one.
  5. It is recommended that your brush your pet’s teeth daily, however, weekly is great. Getting into a good routine will help a lot.
  6. Giving your dog chew toys can help. They have to be for dental health however to be of help. Kong dental toys are highly recommended. Rawhides can make your pets’ mouth hygiene worse, so use moderation where they are concerned.
  7. They are a variety of treats available that help with tarter control. Use your judgment but always be mindful of the calories and quality of your pets’ diet.
  8. How to brush your dogs’ teeth video below

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Lake water safety

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dog on a boat
Captain Fido
 

If you are an avid boater, you want to make sure your dog is safe and has as much fun during your excursions as you do. Here are some general guidelines to follow when taking your dog out on the water. Please remember to always use common sense when it comes to the well being of your pet.

In some parts of the country, there are certain times of year that lake water is unsafe for pets. Bodies of water that carry blue-green algae can cause a series health risk. Talk to your area officials to see if it is problem in your area.

Make sure your pet can swim. Start from shore and work your way from there, just in case something happens you want to know your pet can swim. A pet flotation device is always a wise choice as well.

Beware of lake water! It is best to bring drinking water along for your pet, as lake water can be unsafe to drink, even for your pet. Although is very small amounts it should not hurt your pet.

Be sure to check for rocks or muscles near the beach or shallow water that may harm your pets paws.

Always rinse or bathe your pet when returning home. Include cleaning and drying their ears.

Apply sunscreen to white dogs or dogs with thin coats as they can burn easily (they make a special sunscreen for dogs, check your local pet store or with your vet)

Make sure your dog gets plenty of rest. Imagine how tired you are after swimming!

Most of all…enjoy your adventure! Happy summer!

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Declawing and Debarking

This is one of those subjects that get a lot of back and forth. Although, if done correctly, neither of these will hurt your animal, deciding on these two procedures can be difficult. If you are thinking of doing either one I would suggest researching before deciding. Also you may want to ensure you have a good vet so you can know your animal will not suffer.

Debarking your dog. Although it may seem like the only way to get your dog to be quiet, there are lots of other ways. Keep in mind that you this is how your dog communicates, so please think of how you would feel if someone took out your vocal cords. Instead of debarking, perhaps you can get a shock collar (on a low setting) that will teach our dog they that something unpleasant happens when they bark. If you are willing to pay to have them debarked, you can also look into training courses which may help and may also cost less than the surgery. Please remember that no matter what you choose, be sure it is the best for the animal and not just the easiest choice for you. Dogs can be trained and if you do not have the time or energy to train them, you really shouldn’t have one.

Declawing your cat. Although this is an extremely painful surgery, it can be doable as long as you choose your vet with care. Declawing your cat should only be done after other options have been tried and you should never declaw a cat that goes outdoors as this is their only means of protection. Some other options you can try would be to clip your cats nails (if they let you) and making sure they have plenty of things to file their nails on. Examples would be clawing posts, towers ect. You can also try training you cat not to scratch furniture and such by spraying them with a water bottle when they do so. This will teach them that scratching means they get wet which most cats hate. Also remember that if you are declawing your cat it is best to do it around 6 months of age to avoid traumatizing the animal. Please make sure whatever route you choose it’s the best one for your animal.
I hope this helps you with your decision. Again I ask that no matter what you choose please be sure it is best for the animal. It is also best to do research and check with different local vets to choose the best option when you do opt for surgery. The cheapest vet will not always be the best one for your animal. Please ask them how they do the procedures to make sure your animal will be comfortable through the surgery and during the healing process.

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New Dog and Your Toddler

Kid with puppy

As any close relative will tell you, raising a youngster isn’t meant to be simple, and it’s something that takes a lot of effort, tolerance, and love to get right. The same can be said for bringing a dog into your household, so when you’re trying to do both at the same time, it can turn into quite the challenge. Introducing a new dog to your toddler requires a bit of dedication to make sure things run smoothly, but if you’re willing to put in the work, your toddler and your new dog will make fast friends.

The choice to bring a dog into your home should never be made without due consideration, but this goes double when there’s a inquisitive toddler jumping around the house. So when choosing a new furry friend, make sure you take into account all of the troubles that you will surly face. The two most important things to consider are the size and personality of your new pup. Generally speaking, the larger the dog is, the harder it will be to manage him around your child. Big dogs can often bang your toddler around without even realizing it, so it may be best to pick a small- or medium-sized dog for your toddler to play with. On a related note, you also should choose a dog that doesn’t get too excited or destructive. Preferably, you want a calmer, less nippy dog that your toddler will be able to live with peacefully.

Assuming you’ve picked out your new dog, there are a few of preparatory things you need to take before introducing him to your toddler. First off, you need to make sure your house is puppy-proofed before you bring your new canine home. This means clearing your house of any sharp edges or dangerous products and chemicals hanging around. After you’ve brought your new pup into your puppy-proofed home, let him get used to his surroundings for a few days before introducing him to your child. Your dog will automatically be excited and nervous about his new home, so let him burn off a bit of steam before introducing a curious toddler into the situation. As always, make sure that you purchase a new pet id tag for your new puppy!

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Dealing with separation anxiety

Scared Dog

It is not terribly common, but it is heartbreaking to have a pet that does not cope well with being left alone. In most cases it is triggered by the departure of a specific individual. Some of the ways dogs react to this anxiety are: scratching point of exit, chewing, barking, whimpering, pacing, panting and some even lose control of their bladder or bowls. Most of the time the anxiety is caused by a traumatic experience, that may have occurred in your pets past. Sometimes something as simple as getting your pet a “friend” will solve the problem. However in most cases it seems only human attention will relieve this fear.

There are ways to help relieve this stress to your pet. Here a some of them. First of all, you can talk to your vet who may prescribe a medication that can be given to your pet a certain amount of time before your departure. Please remember it may not work completely and, depending on the animal, may wear off before you return so it is best to combine it with another technique. You can also try using aroma therapy plug-ins designed to calm pets which, again, works depending on your animal. Another option you can try is what trainers call the “safety signal” method. You are going to give your pet a special toy that they only get when you leave. You give them the toy, pretend to leave, then take away the toy when you return. As you increase the amount of time you are “gone” your pet will begin to understand, when they receive this toy you are not really gone. Therefore you can actually leave without your pet realizing they are alone. This method can take a lot of time and may not work on all animals. You can also do this by taking your dog to a day sitter so the house becomes the “safety signal”. It is always best to discuss any options with your vet and even consult a professional trainer who can help you design a plan that is specified to your dog. Brought to you by: OvernightPetTags.com

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Bringing a new baby home with pets

Dog and Baby on blanketOne of the major stresses in life, is bringing home a new baby with pets at home. If you are a pet lover your pets have been your baby until now. This will be a big change for them, just as it is for you. I myself am expecting and have done a ton of research on how to best handle the situation. No matter how you intend to handle it, please don’t forget your pets and remember that they have feelings too.

If your preparing to bring home a baby you’ve already been spending all your waking moments planning and preparing. The best thing you can do to make this transition easier for your pets, is making sure they are feeling lots of love and attention during all these changes. Even though it may seem best to you, keeping them out of the nursery or pushing them away all the time will only make your pets resent your new addition. If you happen to leave your pets with family members while you are in the hospital make sure that you have their information on the pet id tags.

Something else you can do to make this easier is cuddling with your pet or pets as much as possible with your growing belly. You make think you smell the same but they may already be able to begin picking up baby’s sent from you. Something else you can do is make sure you pack your own baby blanket for the hospital. Normally after delivery the hospital will wrap your new bundle in a blanket and put a cap on his or her little head. Your spouse can take this blanket or cap home and let the animals smell it on their own without feeling anxious. By the time you come home with baby, they are used to the smell, or at least expect it.
No matter how you handle your situation do not stress. Remember that babies and pets have been living together peacefully for a long time. So do not stress. Give you pets some love and attention. Enjoy being pregnant and look forward to baby and pets being the best of friends.

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Pet Facts

Pet Facts

A dog’s whiskers are touch-sensitive hairs called vibrissae. They are found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws, and can actually sense tiny changes in airflow!

An American Animal Hospital Association poll showed that 33 percent of dog owners admit that they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on an answering machine while away.

An estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner’s will

At the end of the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life”, an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his Shetland sheepdog

Before the enactment of the 1978 law that made it mandatory for dog owners in New York City to clean up after their pets, approximately 40 million pounds of dog excrement were deposited on the streets every year

Cats have better memories than dogs. Tests conducted by the University of Michigan concluded that while a dogs memory lasts no more than 5 minutes, a cat’s can last as long as 16 hours – exceeding even that of monkeys and orangutans

Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten

Cats, not dogs, are the most common pets in America. There are approximately 66 million cats to 58 million dogs, with Parakeets a distant third at 14 million

Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible

Pet Tags are the cheapest way to protect your pets

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Pet Tags: Your pet’s Identity

Pet ID Tags

If your pet is lost, a pet tag is the only thing that your animal has which can bring him safely back to his/her home. 90% of lost pets make it home because of this god sent product. It would not be wrong to say that pet tags are your animal’s identity.
Making these tags is a work of art. Manufacturers consider the utmost ease of the pet while making the design. Materials like brass, aluminum and stainless steel are most commonly used for the manufacturing of these tags. The durability of the tag ensures that no matter what condition the dog goes through, the tag is going to stay on him. This will increase the chance of finding your dog. Special light weight tags are manufactured for adolescent pets. Apart from these things, the tag should always have an eyelet for the pet collar. You can also get the manufacturer to make a design on the tags. Engraving a good design on you pet’s tag gives your animal a unique look.

Usually stainless steel tags are preferred for most animals as they are durable and look extremely good on your pet. No matter what metal you use, make sure that it is resistant. People usually prefer aluminum tags for puppies and kittens. Brass tags, on the other hand are not as durable as stainless steel. You may need to replace you dog’s tag after every two years if you choose brass. This leaves us with aluminum. Aluminum is a durable and good-looking metal. The only problem with these tags is that they are expensive.
For the tag to be useful, it is necessary to have all the information required to facilitate the safe return of the animal. Apart from the obvious thing like the pat’s name and the owners address, other additional information like phone number or possibly your contact name can also be added to serve the complete purpose of these tag. If your pet’s tag has all the mentioned information, there is a very low probability of it getting lost.

Pets are not just animals; they are a part of your family. They decide to be with you, even when no human wants to be at your side. In turn, it is your responsibility to give them their own identity. In other words, it is your responsibility to keep them safe.