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Why Do Cats Pee on Beds, Towels, and Dirty Laundry?

Some cat owners will have a strange thing happen at some time or another... their cat will pee on their bed. We all know cats are suppose to urinate in their litter box, but what are the reasons that some don't? Some of the places that cats will select to urinate, other than their litter box, are on a bed, sofa, towels, laundry, or even carpeting. You will note they seldom pee on the floor. Just to clear things up – we are not referring to “Spraying” or marking behavior which is most often seen in male cats and is characterized by them standing with their rear end facing a (usually) vertical surface. They “shoot” their urine, and typically twitch their tail at this time.  This article is about cats who empty their bladder on the bed, towels, and such, rather than "marking territory" with small amounts of urine. There are basically three reasons why cats pee on the bed, towels, or what have you. One is that they have a reason for not using ...

How to Make Homemade Dog Food

The past few years the quality of many of the commercial dog food brands has come in to question. Many dog foods contain corn, which is nothing but filler, questionable meat bi-products, chemicals and preservatives. Multiple dog food scares have left owners uncertain on what brands are safe to feed their beloved pets. More and more people are choosing to feed their dogs something different from commercial food. Many people are feeding their dogs a raw diet and loving it. Those who would like an alternative to commercial food but are not quite comfortable with a raw diet, making your own dog food might be a perfect compromise. Making your own dog food is quite easy to do and can be done for cheaper than buying a high quality commercial dog food. Homemade food can also be made in large amounts and frozen so you do not need to spend time daily making it. There are many dog food recipes online but it is just as easy to make your own. Be sure the foods you use are safe and that the food co...

Why Do Cats Kill Mice and Not Eat Them? Is It Okay if My Cat Eats Mice?

Cats are natural predators. If they see something moving they are likely to chase it. This applies to birds, cat toys, toes under blankets, and of course – mice. Cats are true carnivores, they need to be good hunters in order to survive. While our house cats might dream about taking down a bigger animal, most are only good at catching mice. Some Cats Kill, Some Cats Do Not Many domestic cats have not learned to “kill” effectively. They might play with a mouse but lack the killer instinct that a feral cat might have, or will have learned. In the case where cats are living as strays, it would not be uncommon for a mother cat to bring back a near dead mouse and let her kittens kill it, eventually teaching them how to kill it themselves. Some house cats who actually do manage to make a kill do so only as a result of playing too rough with the mouse, and in these cases they kill by accident; may play with the body, and then leave it there, much as they would with ...

How to Use Sevin Dust For Cats With Fleas

Fleas are a big threat when we have pets. They can cause anemia and the spread of tapeworms. Many flea control methods are available for dogs, cats, the home and yard. In order to get rid of your flea problem with your cat, the pet as well as its habitat should be treated. However, cats can be more delicate beings than most dogs and cannot tolerate many of the insecticide remedies. Sevin dust is a safe alternative that can be used for the entire home and yard, and can be used to carefully and harmlessly treat your cat to get rid of fleas. Begin your flea treatment process by shampooing your cat with a mild flea shampoo that is safe for your feline. Your veterinarian or pet store staff can advise you on the right product to use. Create a really rich lather and leave the shampoo on the cat for at least five minutes before thoroughly rinsing. (Please note, as a special tip, dish soap also works well in place of a flea shampoo, letting it set for the five minutes before rinsing.) Remove...

14 Gigantic-looking Long-legged and Longhaired Dogs: The Tallest in the World

The 14 Tallest Longhaired Dogs in the World Some dog owners and enthusiasts prefer longhaired or moderately longhaired dog because they are more appealing and more beautiful although they require more time in maintaining and grooming them. Others prefer shorthaired dogs because they are easier to maintain. When it comes to size, some dog buyers prefer the small breeds such as Chihuahua, Shih Tzu and others because they are cute and the maintenance is less expensive compared to large dog breeds such as Newfoundland, Great Dane, St. Bernard and others which are more expensive in terms of foods and maintenance. The breeds of dog on the list below look gigantic due to their long and slender legs. They are unique for their moderately longhair and for their compact muscles. These dog breeds are among the tallest longhaired dog in the world. 1. Irish Wolfhound Image Source You are looking at the tallest dog breed in the whole world – the Irish Wolfhound. This dog with huge size ...

Pomchi Mix Breed Facts, Temperament & Training

About the Pomchi The Pomchi is not a breed of dog, rather it is a mixed breed dog (a designer dog), the cross between a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua. They are small dogs and can either lean towards being more Pomeranian like or more Chihuahua like. The Pomchi will often have long hair, although not quite as fluffy as a Pomeranian, it will shed and should be brushed daily.  In size these dogs will average 4 - 10 pounds, and stand 6 - 9 inches tall.  Any pups marketed as "teacups" should be avoided as these are poorly bred dogs, stunted by poor nutrition, genetics, or both. The temperament of a Pomchi can be more Pomeranian like (protective and loyal), or Chihuahua like (outgoing but stubborn).  The temperament is also controlled by the level of socialization the dog gets while it is young.  Many owners of small dogs fail to socialize them correctly resulting in a nervous dog, prone to being afraid of strangers. As with most designer dog breeds, the Pomchi is likely...

Normal Bathroom Habits for Dogs

Many new dog owners wonder how often their dog may need to go to the bathroom. This is a good thing to consider if a person wants to be sure they have enough time to take their dog out when needed, but there is not a simple answer. Puppies Puppies have a poor ability to hold it in for long. A rule of thumb is that an owner should not expect a puppy to hold their bladder for more than 1 hour per week of age. As such a 6 week old pup may be expected to hold their bladder for only 6 hours, but an 8 week old pup should be able to hold it 8 hours. Dogs of any age should not be expected to hold it for more than 8 hours.  Some new puppy owners find that having a dog walker come over to let the puppy outside part way through the day is a good idea. A Normal Dog's Daily Bathroom Habits In a normal day the dog will want to urinate first thing in the morning. Then the dog is usually feed breakfast. After which the dog will run around for a bit, often defecating within 30 minutes. This i...

Costs of Owning a Pet Tiger

Many people think that having a pet tiger is a great idea, but most people can not afford to care for a tiger properly, let alone buy one. Even if you can buy one, pay for its feed, provide it with enough space, is a tiger really a good pet for you? Let us find out. For the most part this article is written for people in the United States wishing to buy and own a pet tiger, but some of the information is also good for people in other countries. To note somewhere between 6,000 and 10,000 tigers are kept as exotic pets in the United States, in fact more tigers are kept as pets now than there are in the wild. It also must be said that pet tigers are not allowed everywhere, before you even consider it (and I am not suggesting you should really consider getting a tiger at all) you must check out the laws and regulations concerning owning a pet tiger.  Even if your state allows you to keep a pet tiger, the area you live in may not.  In terms of owning a pet tiger, these exotics a...

What to Do when a Dog is Hit by a Car and Killed on the Road

If you have witnessed a dog get run over, and killed, on the road, or if you were a driver who hit and killed a dog, or even if you are the owner of a dog who was hit and killed, you may be wondering what to do, and who is financially liable for what. Witnessing a Dog get Hit If you witness a dog get run over it can be very traumatic but there are some things you can do. If the car did not stop (sometimes the driver does not know they hit a dog, or sometimes it is unsafe to stop) you should make note of the car and license plate if you can. If you are in a position where you can move the dead dog off the road you should do so, but do not risk your own life to do this (only on a quiet road). Call the police and let them know, they will want to get the dog's body off the road because it can be a traffic hazard, or call the local animal shelter and they will tell you who to call. If the incident happened in a rural neighborhood you may ask at houses to see who owns the dog. Otherwi...

What Causes Hair Loss on a Cat's Tail?

The correct name for hair loss in alopecia. Is your cat missing hair on the top of his tail? This could be caused by many things, many people suspect fleas, mites, or even ringworm, but the most common cause of hair loss on top of a cats tail is a condition often referred to as “Stud tail”. There are other conditions that could cause this problem too, but let us look at Stud Tail first. Stud Tail can occur in any mature cat, but is most often seen in tom cats (intact male cats). If the cat is not missing hair from other parts of the body, stud tail should be suspected. Stud tail is correctly called tail gland hyperplasia. In stud tail the cat's hormones cause it to produce more oils through their sebaceous glands. These glands are found on many places of the cat's body, one being the base of the tail. The cat's hair becomes oily, it may even get black heads. Very often the hair at the base of the tail will be greasy and the top of the tail starts to lose hair. Th...

What to Do if Your Cat Has Blood in Its Urine

Blood in a cat's urine can be a sign of many things and there really is no home remedy for this problem. The first thing you need to do is get your cat to the veterinarian. Your veterinarian might suggest you bring the cat in, or bring in a urine sample. How do I know if my Cat has Blood in its Urine? If your cat is not provided with a cat litter box in the home it may be some time before you notice health problems. You may notice your cat peeing in the home, on carpets, towels, clothing, even pieces of cardboard. What happens is that the cat is in pain when urinating, it associates urinating with the litter box (or where ever it normally pees) and soon stops using that location. You may even hear your cat meowing while urinating. Other times the irritation is so painful the cat tries to pee where ever it happens to be at the time. You may notice drops of blood on your floor, near the litter box, or in the litter box. This is one reason why it is a good idea for adults to check the ...

Awesomely Unique Tailless and Short-tailed Dog Breeds

Some dogs are naturally born tailless – absence of the tail while some breed of dogs’ tail are docked or shorten artificially by cutting. Tailless dogs and dogs with short tail are unique-looking are preferred by people wants to own a peculiar-looking breed of dog. Here are some of the most notable dog breeds with either short or no tail at all. 1. Bulldog Image Source One of the most famous dogs in the world is the Bulldog. It is widely known for its unique facial features and for being tailless. It is one of the very rare dog breed whose tail is naturally short and curled. This muscular heavy dog is distinctively unique for its wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose. It is also commonly referred to as the English Buldog. Origin: England Features: It is one of the very rare dog breed whose tail is naturally short and curled. Other names: English bulldog Tail: Naturally tailless 2. Olde English Bulldogge Image Source Origin: United States Features: ...

Is Goat's Milk Safe for Cats to Drink?

By now most people know that cats should not have cow's milk. Cats love the taste but most cats are lactose intolerant, some get stomach cramps, others get diarrhea, and others suffer from constipation. Additionally the calcium content of cow's milk is linked to causing the formation of crystals and causing urinary tract problems.  It can even make your cat fat.  All of this leaves owners, who still want to give their cat a treat, wondering, “Is goat's milk okay to give to cats?”. Goat's milk is different from cow's milk. It still contains lactose, but has different components overall. In some cases the problem is not the lactose in the cow's milk, but a component called Casein. This is actually what causes more problems in people than lactose. Casein is something many people, and some cats, are allergic to. Goat's milk has as much as 89% less Casein than cow's milk, so may cause fewer problems overall in animals that are allergic to Casein. As far as t...

Lovely Ticked, Speckled and Marbled With Brown Dog Breeds

Dog breeds with spots and dots are absolutely unique and handsome. They can be easily identified because of their unique coat pattern and design. Some dogs with spots and speckle are the results of cross breeding of particular dog breeds. The list of dogs below are characterized by brown spots, speckles or dots. 1. Dunker Image Source The beautiful Dunker is a dog breed that originated in Norway. It has marbled saddle markings on the coat. Origin: Norway Other Names: Norwegian Hound 2. Old Danish Pointer Image Source The Old Danish Pointer is a breed that originated from Denmark. This dog breed is a friendly family dog. It is strongly built and requires exercise. Origin: Denmark Other Names: Old Danish Bird Dog, Gammel Dansk Hønsehund 3. English Springer Spaniel Image Source The English Springer Spaniel is a beautiful dog breed with long hair and tiny brown spots all over its body. This gun dog can live up to 14 years. Origin: England, UK Other Names: Spring...

The Cutest and Most Remarkable Long-bodied But Short-legged Breeds of Dog

The Prettiest and Cutest Dogs with the Shortest Legs There are hundred different breeds of dogs from around the world. These dogs largely differ in size, color, appearances and may other traits but they all have one thing in common – they are very loyal pets; hence regarded as man’s best friend. Here are some dog breeds with long body but very short legs. Cardigan Welsh Corgi Image Source   One of the cutest dog breed with short legs but extremely long body is the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. This breed is from Wales in the United Kingdom and is one of the oldest herding breeds. Cardigan Welsh Corgis are very flexible dogs. They can live in urban or rural areas without problems and are very loyal family pet. Dachshund Image Source Dachshunds are extremely long-bodied breed of dogs with very short legs that belong to the hound family. This breed that originated in Germany was bred to hunt badger, rabbit and other animals. In the US, Dachshunds are used to hunt Prai...

Should I Be Concerned if My Cat Eats Ants? Will It Get Sick?

Kitty is a Hunter There is no immediate cause for alarm when a cat eats ants. In the first place, ants are exotic delicacies safely consumed by humans in some parts of the world. So per se, don’t be overly alarmed if kitty decides to have a sampling of this delicacy. There are even cat owners who deliberately provide ants to their pets as a treat. Cats are natural-born hunters. Even as these animals have been domesticated long ago as pets, they still retain that natural instinct to hunt for food. The playful antics of kittens are, in fact, manifestations of their training to hunt. For this reason, pet cats and kittens are inclined to play not only among themselves but also with inanimate objects like balls and strings. These pets are likewise very much to dart around chasing little creatures like roaches and ants or stalk perceived preys like house lizards, rats, mice, and birds. Address the Real Issue The more pressing problem is the presence of ants in a home, garden, or ya...

How to Find Homes for Kittens That You Cannot Keep

If you have a mother cat that has had a litter of kittens and you are unable to keep them, there are several possible solutions. If possible you should keep the kittens indoors with the mother, until they are at eight weeks of age (six weeks is the earliest they can be weaned). Giving Kittens Away Free to Good Homes Giving kittens away free is very risky as you have no way to qualify if a person is going to be a good owner or not. In some cases people may even approach you for a kitten with the intention of killing it to be used as snake food, or to be used as a bait animal (to train fighting dogs), or to resell it to a research lab. If you do plan to give them away to strangers be sure to ask people questions about how they intend to care for the cat. If they do not seem like they will be responsible owners you do have the right to turn them away. Note that kittens given to farms do not often survive their first year, and that anyone you give a kitten to should be instructed to ke...

World's Most Popular and Recognized Long-legged and Tall Purebred Cats

If there are longhaired, shorthaired, heavily built and small sized cat breeds, just like dogs, there are also long-legged and slender breeds of cat. There are only few long-legged cat breeds to choose from. Here are some of them. All the cat breeds which were included on the list are all show cats or pedigreed cats recognized by cat fanciers as show cats such as CFA, FiFE, GCCF, TICA and others.  These cats are intelligent and trainable. 1. Abyssinian Image Source  One of the most beautiful and most popular shorthaired purebred cat is the Abyssinian. Name: Abyssinian Origin: Coast of Indian Ocean Features: distinctive ticked coat; large pointed ears; slender body and legs; one of the most popular breeds of shorthair cat in the USA 2. Javanese Image Source One of the tallest-looking long-legged recognized show cat cat breed is the Javanese, a breed that originated in Java, an island located in Indonesia. Name: Javanese Other name/s: Javanese Cat Origin:...

The Top 18 Tallest Dog Breeds in the World

These Are the Certified Tallest Dog Breeds in the World The list of dogs below is the certified tallest dogs on the planet in terms of height. So, if you are looking for the tallest dog breeds for pet, this is the perfect site for you. On this particular article, you will find the tallest breed of dog or the tallest individual dog attained by a particular dog in a particular breed. Like for instance, you will see that the tallest breed of dog is the Irish Wolfhound but you noticed that a particular individual dog breed of Great Dane is taller. This particular situation explains that on the average, Irish Wolfhound is the tallest although there are some individual dog breeds that can be taller. These dogs may not be the most expensive in the world, but you will sure spend a lot for their food consumption. Here are the tallest dog breeds in the world. 1. Irish Wolfhound Image Source On the average, the Irish Wolfhound is the tallest dog breed in the world. The minimum height of...

Why is My Cat Not Using Its Litter Box?

One of the most stressful things cat owners encounter is when their beloved feline stops using the litter box and starts making messes around the house. There are several different reasons why cats stop using their litter box, and therefore several different solutions. Owner Error The most common causes are owner error, however most owners do not want to admit any part in the blame. Let us look at what an owner may have done wrong to cause this behavior. Declawing – The declaw procedure often causes pain in the cats paw, often making the natural habit of digging painful. As such cats soon associate their litter box with pain and resist using it. Sometimes this is noticed within weeks of the surgery while other times it occurs years later. Dirty Litter Box – Cats like clean litter. A horrid smell will turn them right off and force them to look for another place. Scary Litter Box – A litter box located next to a laundry machine might be viewed with fright...

Complications That Can Arise from Spaying a Cat

Cat Spaying Overview Cat spaying, also referred to as female neutering, desexing and female sterilization, is a surgical operation performed by a veterinarian to take out the reproductive system of female cats. The organs removed consist of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. This procedure is performed to control the cat population, to modify cat behaviour, to control genetic feline diseases, and to maintain the overall health of female cats. Female neutering is a generally safe procedure, but there are some surgical cat spaying complications that should be considered prior to undergoing this operation. Pain and Discomfort Bluesmoke Maine Coon Female cat Some of the most common complications of spaying are pain and discomfort. Cats usually express pain and discomfort in the form of trembling, refusing to settle or sit, growling, panting, hissing, hiding, adopting a stiff leg gait or biting its stitches. After surgery, the cats are usually sent home and owners are advised to...

The Heavily Built Ones: Top 15 World's Largest Dogs By Weight

Certified Heavyweights in the Dog Kingdom Do you like huge and gigantic dog pet? There are several large breeds of dog to choose from such as the Saint Bernard, Tibetan Mastiff, English Mastiff, Tosa, Pyrenees Mastiff, Bully Kutta, Newfoundland, Great Dane, American Mastiff, Kuvasz, Kangal, Landseer, Neapolitan Mastiff, Boerboel and many more. Here are the heaviest/largest dogs in the world in terms of weight. 1. Saint Bernard Image Source Attaining a maximum weight of 120 kg with a height of 90 cm the St. Bernard is the heaviest and largest dog in the world. This gigantic dog breed that originated from the Swiss and Italian Alps was bred for rescue. 2. Tibetan Mastiff Image Source The lion-like Tibetan Mastiff is a huge dog breed that can attain a weight of up 130 kg with a height of 80+cm. It originated in Central Asia and can live up to 14 years. 3. English Mastiff Image Source The English Mastiff is an enormous dog breed that can weigh as much as 110 kg and can g...

Are Pig Ears Safe for Dogs to Eat?

Dogs love chewing on pig ears (real ears of pigs you can buy in pet supply stores) but are these safe for your dog to eat?  Let us look at the risks and dangers of letting a dog eat, or chew, a pig ear.  Pig ears are a fairly new treat offered for dog owners to feed their dogs, they are dried ears, and are hard, chewy, and crunchy. Although dogs love them they can be risky Some dogs have allergies to pork, others simply find it hard to digest. In either case diarrhea is not uncommon, vomiting can also occur. Dogs with pork allergies may also have hot spots, inflamed itchy areas on their skin, as a result of eating the pig's ear. This is not the only concern. Pig Ears have the potential to carry bacteria, such as e-coli, or salmonella, in fact there have been several recalls related to salmonella on pig ears. Risks are higher when the pig ears come from foreign countries such as China. Another risk of feeding your dog pig ears is that they can splinter. A splinter can get...

Most Common Health Problems in Persian Cats

Not all long haired cats are Persians, but many do have some Persian breeding. Purebred Persian cats are prone to some health problems and if you own a Persian cat, or are thinking of getting one, you will want to be aware of these issues so you can watch out for them. Hairballs Naturally, being long haired, means these cats often suffer from problems related to hairballs. This can be reduced by feeding the cat a good quality food, regular brushing, and reducing stress in the home. Both stress and low quality cat food contribute to excess shedding and hair loss in cats. Problems Due to Face Shape Because the trend has been to breed Persian cats with extremely pushed in noses these cats often suffer from related problems. The more pushed in the face, the more problems the cat may have. Problems include tear ducts that constantly run and will stain the fur below the eyes, if neglected this can cause sores on the skin. Eyelashes, and hair on the nose, can cause a problem if they...

How to Get Rid of Smelly Tear Stains on Your Dog's Face

I own a nine month old pure bred Maltese myself and this has been an ongoing battle since day one. We have tried everything and anything people have told us (including the vet!) and nothing, by itself, really works. However, a combination of treatments really does the trick and you will be able to minimize and eventually eliminate the smelly tear stain problem. First of all, regular grooming is of utmost importance. Keep your furry friend’s face trimmed specially around the eyes. It seems like the least amount of hair that is soaked by the tears, the less they smell. Believe me they still look awfully cute even with their face trimmed. Clean its face with tear stain cleaning solution every day. Any brand will do as they all do pretty much the same. The cheapest one works as well as the most expensive one and you can get them at pet supply stores or department stores. The tear stain cleaning solution does not completely remove the stain, but it cleanses the tear sa...

Does Garlic or Parsley Get Rid of Cat Worms?

Overview Parasitic worms could be devastating to your cats because they can harm their health and make them extremely sick. Some worms common to cats are roundworms, tape worms and others. These parasites can make your felines feel uncomfortable. Many pet owners prefer to give their cats' natural home remedies rather than the chemically loaded wormers that are sold commercially. Some of these natural cat wormers can be made quite easily with ingredients found in most kitchens. Try these natural remedies like garlic and parsley for cat worms if your cat is in distress. How to Prepare a Garlic Worm Treatment Garlic is known to cure worms in cats and many other pets. However, it not only removes the worms, but it also prevents future infestations. Follow these easy steps to make a worm treatment from garlic. Procedure 1: Mince a small amount of fresh garlic, and add a pinch to your cat's food at least once a day. You may find it difficult to get your cat to eat food flavored with ga...

Stress Trauma on Your Cat: Residual Effects Of Stress & Anxiety

Sometimes there are traumatic occurrences in our lives that we in due time do overcome . . . but when it comes to our pets, trauma can have a more lasting effect on them. They can’t exactly communicate “in words” to us so we have to look for signs to know how they feel and how to help them through a bad time. The old saying goes “An elephant never forgets” may be true . . . but it is certainly true for most other animals as well. Assuring an animal, after a traumatic experience, that everything is going to be OK is very difficult. Some pets may be real resilient and move on easily and some cannot as easily do so, especially the older pets. The older cat tends to have a more difficult time of moving forward without fear. Stress and anxiety can have a profound effect on your cat, much like it does for humans. If they have been through a significant trauma or felt any signs of abandonment, it has a lasting effect on your cat, just as it would for you. ...

Best Dog Food for a Chiweenie

The Chiweenie, a combination of dachshund and chihuahua, is one of the most popular mixed breed dogs. This playful dog requires a lot of energy without the need to eat a lot of food. Eating a lot can make it gain weight that its relatively small body can’t handle. You need to get a dog food product that can provide your Chiweenie the energy and nutrition it needs without causing too much weight gain. The best dog food for a Chiweenie needs to be packed with nutrients that provide energy and does not require great volume to deliver it.   Blue Buffalo Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe This dog food is specifically designed for small breeds of dogs such as the Chiweenie. It includes proteins for the dog’s energy needs and promotes dental health, a shiny coat and healthy skin. Thanks also to the added vitamins and chelated minerals which help in strengthening the immune system, and fruits and vegetables that provide protection to your dog from free radicals. This special hi...

Most Common Health Problems of Pit Bull Dogs

Every breed of dog has some health problems they are prone to. It is always good for dog owners to be aware of the problems their dog may encounter. In some cases if an owner is aware of the potential for some problems they may be able to try to prevent them, in other cases they may just select a different breed of dog. Of course, it should go without saying, that buying a dog from a reputable breeder, one who has taken their dog to shows, and had it tested for genetic conditions (hips, eyes, ears) is usually safer in terms of genetic health, than when buying from just anyone. When we talk about pit bull dogs it is very important to remember that there is not a specific breed of dog known as a pit bull, rather this term refers to several breeds including the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Skin Problems Pit bull terrier dogs are more prone to skin problems, especially the lighter colored dogs. They often require special attention to their food,...

Characteristics of a Domestic Shorthair Cat

Overview The Domestic Shorthair cat is a mix of a lot of cat breeds, making it a little unpredictable in terms of personality. However, it's short coat domestic shorthairoften makes it ideal for people who do not have the time to spend in frequent grooming sessions. For beginner cat owners, the Domestic Shorthair cat is frequently ideal because of its low maintenance nature, but pet owners should also be ready to deal with the different personality of a Domestic Shorthair cat. Physical Appearance The most distinguishing physical characteristic of the Domestic Shorthair is its sleek and short coat, which comes in various colors and patterns. Its color ranges include orange, white and black. There are almost 80 different patterns documented for this breed of cat, which makes it one of the most colorful breeds of cats in existence. It is this clean and colorful look that usually gives a Domestic Shorthair a simple and elegant appearance that does not require a lot of grooming. There a...

Can Pedigreed Black Labrador Retrievers Have White Markings?

The Labrador retriever is the most popular purebred dog in the United States.  This popularity has not always been good for the dogs.  Black Labs with small white markings are often penalized or euthanized because they fail to live up to the breed standard. Labrador retrievers have been the most popular purebred dog in the United States for over 20 years.  Popularity comes with problems for the dogs when their appearance fails to live up to their breed standard.  Black Labradors are ideally all black with a black nose, although one white spot on the chest is allowed in the show ring. Labrador retrievers first appeared in the 1800s.  They are decedents of the now extinct breed St. John’s water dog – which often had white markings. Grim Reality Dogs are not photocopy machines.  Neither are genes.  There are many ways in which genes change.  Even purebred parents will produce dogs with less than desirable coloration.   Black La...

Distinctive Longhaired Dog Breeds With Bushy Curled Tails

Some dog breeds are longhaired while others are shorthaired. Some dogs have large ears and others do not. You will also see dog breeds with short legs while other breeds have long legs. There are also breeds of dogs with long tails while others are tailless. In addition, there are also breeds of dog with curly tails. Here are some notable dog breeds with curly twirl tails. 1.) Chow Chow Image Source One of the most popular and handsome dog breed in the world is the Chow chow. This unique dog that originated in China has a curly tail. It is referred to as Songshi Quan in China which means “puffy-lion dog”. 2.) Keeshond Image Source The Keeshond is a longhaired dog with moderately short legs and a tail that curl. This medium sized dog breed is closely related to the Pomeranian. It is formerly known as German Spitz or Wolfspitz in Germany and Dutch Barge Dog in England. 3.) Icelandic Sheepdog Image Source The Icelandic Sheepdog is a good-looking dog breed of...

What Can Go Wrong at the Dog Groomer and What to Do

There are many things that can go wrong following a trip to the dog groomer, accidents do happen and dogs are sometimes hurt.  If your pet is acting odd, or shows signs of injury after going to the dog groomer, be aware that you may need to do some checks. Normal Dog Behavior After being Clipped It is normal for a dog to feel odd or silly after getting their hair shaved. Many dogs run around, feeling lighter, others act traumatized and hide. Some dogs are itchy for a day or two, particularly if their fur had been badly matted. These mats pull in the dogs skin and cause the dog pain and discomfort, so when removed the dog is happy to itch. Some head shaking might occur, but if excessive this is a concern (see below). As dogs get groomed more regularly their owner will become familiar with the dogs normal behavior and will then know if something went wrong. photo source Abnormal Dog Behavior After being Clipped If a dog acts like it is sleepy, acts aggressive,...

How to Stop Your Cat Sleeping on Your Pillow at Night

If you have a cat who loves to sleep on your pillow, right next to your face, you will know just how annoying and uncomfortable this can be. Especially if your cat is large, or takes a long time to settle down. Even the most patient of people may find themselves getting frustrated if their cat is causing them to lose sleep by walking around their head, or taking up pillow space. Why your cat sleeps on your pillow There are several reasons why your cat may enjoy sleeping on your pillow. For a start, pillows are comfortable and retain a certain amount of body heat after they have been slept on for a while. Cats also like being next to you. As far as your cat is concerned, they are safe and secure if they cuddle-up by your head. Your face is where you communicate from verbally, and no-doubt they can feel and smell your warm breath when they lay next to you. At times, elderly cats may suddenly begin to feel insecure and take to sleeping on their owner’s pillow for comfort and war...

How Much Salt Does My Cat Need?

Salt or sodium chloride is necessary in a cat's diet, just like in humans. It plays a very important role in maintaining the balance of fluids inside and outside individual cells in the body. It also helps in transferring nutrients to cells and aids in maintaining the proper acid and alkali level in the cat's body. There are various studies conducted about the relationship of salt and cats. Although some are contradictory to each other's findings, experts still believe that too much or too little salt in a cat's diet may not be good for felines. Therefore, it is best to use salt in moderation. Salt Deficiency A dietary deficiency of salt is a rare case nowadays because almost all cat foods contain sodium chloride. A deficiency is more likely to happen due to an excess loss from the body, such as in a cat with severe and prolonged vomiting and/or diarrhea. This condition may have the following symptoms: Weakness Lethargy Confusion Vomiting/Nausea Dullness Seizures Coma Salt T...

Can I Use Milk of Magnesia for Dogs?

A pet dog suffering from constipation often show symptoms of passing out hard stools, infrequent bowel movements, or sometimes no bowel movement at all. He may manifest with much straining, lack of appetite and vomiting. Causes of constipation usually include lack of fiber in the diet, less fluid intake, parasite infestation, swallowing foreign materials and side-effects of some drugs he may have been given. More serious causes are bowel obstruction and other underlying diseases which can result in constipation. A pet dog may experience constipation at one time, but pet owners should be concerned when constipation occurs frequently. What Dog Owners Can Do So what can dog owners do when they have a constipated dog? When a dog owner observes the signs of constipation in his dog, he can first review the diet and liquid intake of his pet, or the kind of medication he is giving to him at the moment. He should also assess if this is the first time he has seen his dog constipated or if th...

Good News for Cat Lovers Who Have Allergies

There are many options for cat lovers who are allergic to cats but still wish to own one. Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds The hypoallergenic cat. There are several cat breeds available for cat owners who want their very own feline. The most common are the Sphynx breed, often called hairless, they have hair much more like peach fuzz. As a result they should not be allowed to venture outside because of the cold and the sun. Other breeds that are good for people who have allergies are the Cornish Rex and Devon Rex. These cats have curly coats and lack some of the dander associated with causing cat allergies. Finally there is the less known breed, LaPerm, another cat with curly fur. Owners would be advised to note that while these cats may not have allergens associated with fur, their saliva may still cause problems for owners sensitive to cat saliva. Above is a photo of a hairless Sphynx cat, photo source. http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrec/3021674438/ Above is a Devon Rex, while you ...

What You Should Consider Before Adopting A Belgian Malinois

The first thing you should consider when you are considering adopting one of these gracious Belgian originated shepard dogs, is their physics. Especially dogs from working lines can be quite large and have huge strength. Your puppy might grow up to be a real strong dog with a mind of its own. There are two lines of breeding: show dogs, that are on average shorter and calmer than working lines. And lines that grow bigger stronger, larger and more muscled. Most belgian malinois are bred to be working dogs and studs can even grow up to 25 inch of shoulder high and weight up to 70 pounds. Bitches are on average a bit shorter. Beside that, they are very strong. Most belgian malinois can easily breach collars and lines designed for regular dogs their size and weight. Best is when you walk them and you have a subburn pulling dog or one going though puberty, to walk them out with two leaches and best is to use a chain to train them. When you have back and shoulder problems, or physical or h...

How to Sell My Dog's Litter of Puppies

If your dog has recently had a litter of puppies you may be wondering when to sell the puppies, how much to sell the puppies for, and how to sell the puppies.  This information is provided to help you to sell a litter of puppies, it is not considered a guide for becoming a professional breeder.  Becoming a professional dog breeder involves going to shows and having genetic health tests done on the parent dogs.  This information is for people who have found themselves with a litter of pups they need to sell. Hold Old Should Puppies be Before Selling? In some areas there are laws that puppies cannot be sold before 8 weeks of age.  Generally speaking 8 weeks of age is best, and smaller breeds might be left until they are 10 weeks of age.  Puppies should definitely not be sold any younger than six weeks of age. The puppies should be eating dry food on their own and be robust and healthy in appearance.  Smaller puppies might be left with the mother longer th...

Black Spotted and Speckled Dogs

Undoubtedly, Dalmatians are the most recognizable and most popular black spotted breeds of dog. There are only few black spotted dog breeds in the world. Aside from Dalmatians, other black spotted dogs include American Hairless Terrier, Great Dane, English Setter and Braque d'Auvergne. Keep that mouse scrolling down and see more black spotted dog breeds. 1. American Hairless Terrier Image Source The American Hairless Terrier is a dog breed with black spots despite being hairless. This energetic and intelligent dog is a perfect pet choice for people with allergy. Origin: United States Other Names: AHT 2. Dalmatian Image Source The lovely-looking Dalmatian is the most popular black spotted dog breed in the world. It originated in Dalmatia, Croatia and was mainly used as a carriage dog. Origin: Croatia Other Names: Carriage Dog, Spotted Coach Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog Lifespan: 13 years 3. Great Dane Image Source The Great Dane is a huge dog that can atta...

Common Health Problems of Siamese Cats

Siamese cats are one of the most popular breeds of cats, and certainly one of the most recognizable. Although sometimes portrayed as cunning and mean, Siamese cats are actually very intelligent and more trainable than most other cats. As far as purebred cats go, the Siamese is one of the healthier breeds. People who own a Siamese cat, or who are thinking of getting one, will want to be aware of the health problems that are often seen in this breed of cat. Respiratory Tract Problems Some Siamese cats have been bred to have extremely distorted faces. The result is cats that are more prone to having breathing difficulties and may even suffer from upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) more often. Kittens in particular are more prone to suffering respiratory related problems especially if chilled. Eye Problems Again along the lines of breeding cats for head deformities, there was a trend at one time to breed cross eyed cats. Occasionally kittens are still produced with this co...

Giving My Dog Pepto Bismol

What is Pepto Bismol? Pepto Bismol is the leading drug used in the treatment of gastrointestinal tract problems. These include indigestion, heartburn, nausea, diarrhea and an upset stomach. People with any of these stomach problems, are often relieved after taking Pepto Bismol, whether in chewable tablet form, liquid form or caplet form. As dog owners find Pepto Bismol effective in their stomach problems, they may also inquire if it is safe for their pet dogs to take. What Do Veterinarians Say About Pepto Bismol? Pepto Bismol is approved by the Food and Drug Association for use in dogs and other pets. This only applies to some formulations, though. It is available over the counter, but it is advisable to check with vet first and have a prescription. The best form of Pepto Bismol for dogs is said to be the chewable tablet form. It can frequently relieve stomach problems in dogs, but if there is a more serious underlying problem, further treatment may be advised by the veterinarian. ...

What to Do? My Cat Has a Runny Nose

Overview The nose is a vital part of the cat’s ability to perceive his surroundings. His sense of smell is often remarkable as he can smell all sorts of scents. His sense of smell however, may get affected due to several illnesses caused by viruses, pollens and bacteria. Some of these may manifest with symptoms of a runny nose, sneezing and fever. It is important for cat owners to isolate their sick cat from other pets in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Owners are also encouraged to bring their cat to the vet for evaluation. But can a cat get a runny nose cold from being too cold? How do cats cope with this cold? These are just some of the more common questions that cat owners pose regarding the health of their pet cat when the cat is exposed to cold weather or especially during winter. During Cold Weather When the cat is exposed to cold temperatures during cold weather, the nose of the feline becomes dry. This usually results in the drying of the nose’s sen...

How to Get Rid of Warts on a Dog

Warts are often associated with old age, they are more common in some dog breeds than in others, and some owners find them disturbing and want to be able to get rid of warts on their dog. What is a Wart? A wart will usually appear as a small raised area on a dog's skin. Often the size of the eraser on the end of a pencil often with a cauliflower like texture. They are caused by a virus. When in the mouth the cause is the Canine Oral Papilloma Virus (COPV). Other warts are often called Viral Papilloma. Warts are more common on poodles, shih tzus, and other dogs that require regular grooming and haircuts. Some warts are itchy, others may go undetected, hidden under a dog's hair. In some cases a wart can become cancerous, particularly if they are black or start growing and changing in shape. Some concerns may be related to warts in the mouth, nose, or throat, as a large wart can be an obstruction. What Causes Warts in Dogs? Warts are contagious from dog to dog, spread during play o...

What is Canine Preeclampsia and Eclampsia?

There are two forms of this disorder which are called preeclampsia and eclampsia. Eclampsia is a more severe form of preeclampsia. Both of these disorders are more commonly known as milk fever. The symptoms of preeclampsia in dogs are tetany; this is a life threatening condition. If the condition goes on to the more serious form, eclampsia, the dog may also have seizures. The dog could die very quickly. A dog with eclampsia or preeclampsia will have symptoms that include trembling all over; this is what is referred to as tetany.  The dog may not be able to walk because she will be extremely week from an electrolyte disturbance. The dog will appear very sick and have a worried expression on her face. She can’t talk to you, but you will definitely know that something is wrong by her body posture and the look on her face that seems to say “please help me.” In full blown eclampsia the dog can have seizures and go into a coma and die. Several years ago I had a femal...

The 15 Most Interesting Facts About the Cute and Lovely Shih Tzu

One of the most popular and cutest companion dogs is the Shih Tzu (Lion Dog), breed of dog that originated in China although there are some claims that it originated up high in Tibet. This lovable dog with long silky hair is the closest known descendant of Senji, the prehistoric Chinese wolf. Here are some of the most interesting known facts about Shih Tzu. Image Source  1.) The full name of this dog breed is Tibetan Shih Tzu Kou which literally means Tibetan Lion Dog. 2.) It was named “lion dog” because of its resemblance to the lion and it was bred to resemble the lion. 3.) It is sometimes called the Chrysanthemum Dog, a name that originated in England because of the dog’s face resemblance to the beautiful flower because its hair grows outwards from the centre of the face. 4.) The Shih Tzu is also often known as the “Xi Shi Quan” which was based on the name of one of the most beautiful woman of ancient China – Xi Shi. Image Source ...

Caring for a Kitten with a Collapsed Lung

Signs of the Affliction A veterinarian’s help is definitely in order on how to take care of a kitten with a collapsed lung. This condition, which is also referred to as pulmonary contusion or lung damage, is certainly life-threatening to the pet. It can be the result of external factors which damaged or bruised the lungs. Injuries from falling, accidents or the hapless pet being kicked around bring about lung trauma. Breathing difficulty is one conspicuous sign that a kitten has a collapsed lung. Drool may also be observed dripping from its mouth. These symptoms manifest because of bleeding in the lungs and the accumulation of fluid in the respiratory organ. Consequently, the injured lung will have a decreased capability to take in life-sustaining oxygen, and as a result, breathing will be difficult for the afflicted pet What Must Be Urgently Done? In addition to the breathing difficulty, weakness can be observed in the kitten. The color of its gums will also be pale due to t...

Can a Cat Experience Night Terrors?

Overview Often during sleep, cats and kittens shake, bite, twitch their whiskers, or fight against an invisible enemy. However, this abnormal phenomenon of cat night terrors is simply common among cats. The process of retained traumatic experiences being manifested internally through dreams is not exclusive to humans; cats and other animals experience this as well. Cats Do Dream During slumber, cats replay events and experiences of the past in dreams just like humans do. According to Matthew Wilson of MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory in Cambridge Massachusetts, the hippocampus of the brain that is involved in memory is similarly wired and structured among mammals and vertebrates. "If you compared a hippocampus in a rat to a dog; in a cat to a human, they contain all of the same pieces,"1 said the brain expert. It follows that cats, just like humans, also go through the various sleep stages of slow wave sleep up to the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage. T...

Characteristics of the Shinese Dog: a Shih Tzu and Pekingese Hybrid

Characteristics of the Shinese Dog: a Shih Tzu and Pekingese hybrid The shinese dog is a cross between two purebreds-shih tzu and Pekingese. It is not a breed in itself but a hybrid. As a result of being mixed, the shinese can display characteristics that are from either parental purebred. They make really cute and loving pets. Shih tzu characteristics The shih tzu originated in China and is also called the chinese lion dog. It is a small dog, slightly more long than tall, and can weigh up to 16 pounds. It has a short muzzle, large, dark eyes  and long, silky hair that tends to grow very quickly and requires much grooming. Its coat come in a variety of colours: gold, light and dark brown, black and white. The shih tzu is a very energetic and playful, lap dog. It is very loving and protective of  its family. Though small, the shih tzu can be very tough [it is not uncommon to see them trying to attack dogs much larger than themselves[ and it has a stubborn streak. Shih tzu...

How to Make a Cat More Friendly

If you want a friendly cat the best thing to do is start with a friendly cat. When people get a kitten there is no guarantee it will grow up to be a friendly cat. There are a few things a person cat do to help shape their cat into being more friendly, and a few things they should not do. Some of these tips will also work well for a person who is trying to befriend a feral (or wild behaving) cat. Food Food is the best way to befriend a cat, while they should have dry food out at all times, you can earn the trust of a cat, or kitten, by offering it a small amount of canned food only when you are there. In the case of a feral cat, the first few times you may have to put the canned food out when you are not there so it knows to look for it, and eventually you need to put the canned cat food out and stay around while it eats, talking softly. After a while start touching the cat while it eats. In this way it associates the sound of your voice, and your smell with food – som...

Small Dog Breeds With Coarse and Shaggy Coat

Some small breeds of dogs look peculiar and uniquely cute for having long hair which are either curly, wavy and shaggy. Among the cutest tiny dog breeds with hairstyle like this includes the Australian Silky Terrier, Pumi, Cairn Terrier, Affenpinscher , Yorkshire Terrier and Glen of Imaal Terrier . Here they are… small dogs with the shaggiest and coarse-haired breeds on the planet. 1. Pumi Image Source The rough-coated Pumi is a unique dog breed that originated in Hungary. Although most Pumis are gray, they were born black and start to change color after 8 weeks from birth. Origin: Hungary Type: Terrier Bred for: Herding Lifespan: 14 years Other Names: Hungarian Pumi 2. Glen of Imaal Terrier Image Source The shaggy Glen of Imaal Terrier is a dog breed that originated in the Glen of Imaal in County Wicklow, Ireland. Origin: Ireland Type: Terrier Bred for: Herding and hunting Lifespan: 15 years Other names: Glen, Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier or the Wicklow Terr...

My Dog Won't Poop. How Canned Pumpkin Can Help Dogs and Cats with Constipation or Diarrhea.

Pumpkin for cats - pumpkin for dogs - Pumpkin for diarrhea or constipation It should be noted that both diarrhea and constipation can both be very serious and require immediate veterinary care depending on the cause. Whatever the cause, diarrhea or constipation lasting more than 24-36 hours requires vet care. If your dog or cat is having the occasional case of constipation or diarrhea, one of the things that might help is canned pumpkin. Yes canned pumpkin in its pureed form (NOT pumpkin pie filling) is a fantastic stool softener which makes it a good natural remedy for constipation. It often helps with upset stomach or indigestion for both cats and dogs. It is very rich in fiber and adding just one or two teaspoonfuls to your pet's food often gets the system moving in no time. Dogs will occasionally want to eat it directly and that's fine too. Sometimes though, finicky cats and dogs won't touch it no matter what you do. On the opposite end of things is diarrhea. Since the dieta...

Slender, Slim, Petit and Leanest Breeds of Dog

The list of dog breeds below are among the leanest and sexiest dog breeds in the world. These dogs are characterized by their all-muscle and no-fat built. The 10 tallest shorthaired and long-legged breeds of dog include the Azawakh, Finnish Greyhound, Great Dane, Greyhound or English Greyhound, Hortaya Borzaya, Ibizan Hound, Kanni, Polish Greyhound, Rajapalayam, Rampur Greyhound. Here’s an additional list of the tallest-looking breeds of dog in the world. 1. Mudhol Hound Image Source Origin: India Bred for: Hunting and guarding Type: Sighthound Height: 72 cm Features: Its feathered variety is commonly referred to as a Pashmi. Other names: Caravan Hound, Mudhol Dog, Lahori Pashmi, Pashmi, Pisuri Hound 2. Galgo Español Image Source Origin: Spain Type: Sighthound Height: 71 cm Features: It tends to get along well with people and other dogs. Other names: Spanish Galgo, Spanish Greyhound, Galgo Lifespan: 15 years 3. Magyar Agar Image Source Origin: Hu...

Pig Ears for Your Dog? Are They Safe? What Are the Health Risks?

If you’ve ever been to a pet store, or down the pet aisle in the grocery store, you’ve more than likely ran into a container of rawhides, and close by a container of pig ears. While they look and smell disgusting, some dogs really enjoy eating them. But, some dog owners have had a lot of trouble when it comes to pig ears. Some say that their dog has nearly choked on one, or the pig ear gave their dog some sort of sickness. While these may be true, pig ears aren’t entirely bad. They do give your dog something hard to chew on that can help with teasing or even just plan boredom. Vets and dog owners agree that pig ears can be dangerous, much like rawhides. If your dog chews off a large chunk of the pig ear and swallows it, he could easily choke or have trouble using the bathroom as it could cause a blockage. Pig ears can cause digestive issues as they are not easily broken down. This may cause stomach issues include diarrhea and vomiting. Many dog owners woul...

Facts About Cesarean Sections for Cats

Although cats usually have fewer problems than dogs when it comes to giving birth, there are always risks of letting a cat breed, including the concern that she may need a cesarean section. If you own an unspayed female cat (a queen) and either let her outside, or plan on breeding her, you need to be aware of the risks and possibilities that she may need a C-section at the time of having kittens. The medical name for a C-section is a hysterotomy. Reasons Why Some Cats Need a Cesarean Section A queen who is delivering kittens in a breach position (a position where they cannot pass through the birth canal on their own, such as being presented back first), will require a C-section as otherwise she would die in labor. Many cats with short noses, and round faces, have difficulty delivering their kittens, this being Persians, Himalayans and so forth. The Siamese cats with the extremely pointed noses and wide heads are also sometimes at risk for having natural delivery problems. Any cat ...

The American Bulldog Has Some Common Health Problems

American Bulldogs will live a long and happy life if they receive a proper diet, vaccinations, exercise and grooming.  The biggest problem the American Bulldog has is getting the proper diet.   The American Bulldog can get obese very easily so you need to be careful what you feed them and how much. American Bulldogs will have problems with food.  They love certain foods that are not good for them and will cause digestive problems.       You must vaccinate your dog against distemper, rabies and parvovirus.  If your dog catches anyone of these diseases he can die. The most prevalent diseases bulldogs get are Orthopedic and eye problems.  Hip dysphasia and elbow dysphasia are both huge problems with the American Bull dog.  Hip dysphasia is when the femur does not fit just right in the hip socket.  This will cause the dog great pain.  Hip dysphasia can be treated with surgery but this is not always a success.&nbs...

Why is My Dog Itching

Dogs scratch for many reasons, most scratching is a symptom of a larger problem. While most owners rush to treat the symptom few venture further and treat the actual cause of the itching. Knowing why a dog is scratching can help the owner make changes to have a healthier, and happier, pet.  Take the time to examine a pet if you notice itching that seems a bit excessive. External Parasites One of the easiest things to check for are visible parasites. Fleas and ticks are the largest external parasites. Fleas can be found by examining the dog under a light, and brushing it. Flea dirt, bits of dried blood may also be seen. A heavy infestation of fleas is hard to miss, on the hand a single tick on a dog might be hard to find. Ticks are larger than fleas but become attached to the dog and do not move. Ticks can be found by examining the itchy area on a dog and looking for a small, dark, object, this being the body of the tick. Smaller to see than fleas and ticks, are lice. These ca...

How to Clean and Maintain a Leather Dog Collar

Leather dog collars cleaning and maintenance are not complicated tasks. You just have to remember a few things to keep it from developing mold and mildew and experiencing degradation. Here are a few pointers in taking care of your dog's leather collar. Regular Cleaning and Maintenane Over time, even without the leather collar getting wet by water, it could still get soaked and damaged by the oil present in the dog's fur. This oil can build up and eventually cause damage to the leather collar. To prevent this, you need to clean the leather dog collar regularly. This will not only be good for the dog collar, but also for your dog. Damage Prevention Aside from regularly cleaning the leather dog collar to prevent damage to it, you can also prolong the life of the collar by keeping it away from water. Whether the dog is going to join you swimming or if you are going to give it a bath, or even if you are going to let the dog play in the rain, you should remove the leather collar until th...

American Staffordshire Terrier Obedience & Training Guide

The American Staffordshire Terrier is one of many dog breeds that fall under the general grouping of being a Pit Bull. Also known as Am. Staffs, Amstaffs, and Staffies, these dogs can make great pets given their history of being bred to fight other dogs, or be used in bull baiting. Due to their genetic predisposition for being tenacious (which is not the same as aggressive) they require special handling and obedience training. Puppy Training American Staffordshire Terriers should not be weaned until 8 weeks of age, and provided they are fully vaccinated can begin puppy socialization and training at 12 weeks of age. Until the time they are fully vaccinated puppies should not leave their home or yard. This will help keep them safe from highly contagious diseases such as Parvovirus. The first lessons, which may occur prior to taking a pup for socialization, are to get it to accept wearing a collar. This is generally done when the pup is young, and it should be checked regular...

Using Maalox to Treat Your Dog

Overview Can I give my dog Maalox for upset stomach? What is Maalox? Is it safe for my pet? These are just the common questions of many dog owners who are concerned about the health of their dogs. About Maalox Maalox is an antacid, also known as Milk of Magnesia. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the treatment of large animals. Although it is an over-the-counter drug, it is recommended that its use should be under the direct guidance of the veterinarian. Maalox is usually prescribed for dogs having stomach upset or indigestion, heartburn and stomach ulcers. It also utilized in dogs with kidney failure who present with elevated phosphorous in the blood. In such cases, it is given to reduce the dog's blood phosphorous levels. Consulting a veterinarian before administering Maalox to a dog is of paramount importance to determine if the dog is not experiencing any other conditions apart from an upset stomach. A history of kidney and heart diseases are often o...

How to Find a Good Farm Home for an Unwanted Cat

Are you struggling to find a new home for your unwanted cat? Many people think that a farm home would be an ideal home for a cat, but this ideal may be far from the truth with most farm cats having very short, and difficult, lives. Risks to Cats on Farms Some farmers do not feed the cats, thinking that they will kill more mice this way. This is erroneous thinking, and there are no guarantees the cat will catch any mice, especially if it does not have any energy to do so and is competing with other farm cats. Many farmers do not vaccinate, or worm their cats. Since they are eating mice they are usually full of worms. In addition diseases are often common on farm cats, with less care over all, and no vaccinations, their immune system is vulnerable. Farm cats often suffer from fleas and ear mites. Farm cats may be at greater risk from wild animals such as coyotes. Farm cats are sometimes killed by the farmer's dog, or feral dogs. Farm cats are not always provided with adequat...

Bluetick Coonhounds Have Some Health Problems

The Bluetick Coonhound is a natural hunter and they are great tracking and tracing dogs.  The Bluetick Coonhounds are a friendly dog and they are loyal and protective of their family.   They do not trust strangers and they are known as aggressive dogs. Blue tick Coonhounds are good watchdogs.  They need a lot of space so they often do not make good apartment dogs. They can be kept indoors but they do best when they are outdoors. They are considered healthy dogs but they do have some health problems.  They do get cataracts, hip dysphasia and Krabbes disease.  They will get overweight easily if they do not get plenty of exercise. Hip dysphasia is very common in Bluetick Coonhounds.  They will also get elbow dysphasia.  Before you get a Bluetick Coonhound make sure its hips are healthy.  The dog should be OFA certified and his parents should also be OFA certified.  This will lessen the chance your dog will develop hip dysphasia. Blueti...

Common Behavioral Problems in Declawed Cats

There are many side effects that result from declawing a cat. Often times cat owners are dumbfounded that their veterinarian did not warn them about behavioral problems which are common in declawed cats. If you are considering declawing your cat, or own an already declawed cat, these common behavioral problems are some things to consider, or watch for. What is a Declaw? To be brief, declawing involves removing the last joint of the cats toes. It would be like taking the last bone of your fingers, and removing it at the joint, thus removing your fingernail. Declawing is often done only on the cats front paws, but sometimes done on the back paws too. It should be noted that declawing only the front, or back and front, does not make a difference in terms of the side effects. While some owners report no side effects, is it possible they are not aware that their cats behavior is not normal, or problems have not yet developed (some show up later in life), but indeed a few cats do have no ...

Top 13 World's Most Renowned Search and Rescue Dogs in History

Several individual dogs of various breeds can be trained as search and rescue dogs. Search and rescue dogs are very useful in tracking or locating the exact locations of missing persons, dead people or people who were under the rubbles of collapsed building due to earthquake, bombing or fire. These dogs are effective and efficient also in searching people buried in mudslides or landslides. Dogs are good swimmers and there have been numerous dogs that saved several lives from drowning. 1. Balto Image Source Breed: Siberian Husky Birth date: 1919 Died: March 14, 1933 Image Source Balto is a well known sled dog who was the lead dog on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome that relayed diphtheria antitoxin by dog sled across Alaska to eradicate an epidemic. A statue was built for Balto in Central Park in New York. This historic run is commemorated by the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. He died at the age of 14. 2. Togo Image Source Breed: Siberian Husky Birth da...

Lovely Pet Dogs With the Most Expressive Tails

Some dog breeds have spectacular tails that make them very appealing and attractive. There are also dog breeds whose tails are traditionally docked. Some dogs have hairy, bushy, large, tufted and extremely long tails. Here are some of the most popular and well known breeds of dog with the most extravagantly showy and impressively large tails. 1. Sussex Spaniel Image Source The large ears, the short legs and the long tail of the lovely Sussex Spaniels are all tufted with long hairs which make it very appealing and attractive. This dog breed is from Sussex, England. Although this dog breed had originated in the United Kingdom, it is more popular in the United States and in any other country. 2. Tamaskan Dog Image Source The Tamaskan Dog is a handsome dog breeds with muscular built with moderately long coat and bushy tail. This working dog, which is used as sled dog is a rare dog breed, had originated in Finland and was bred to look like a wolf. 3. Caucasian Shepherd Dog I...

Best Names for Female Himalayan Cats

For some individuals, naming a pet cat can be as exciting as naming a newborn baby. They will usually carry their name their entire life. It's very important to use their name in communicating or obtaining their attention. If you have a Himalayan cat, there are many unique names available. Some pet owners name their Himalayans after the famous Himalaya Mountains and use names and words associated with them, while others choose the name according to their cat's characteristics such as coat colors or patterns. Try One of These Names for Your Himalayan Wikimedia Commons / by Cindy See Here are the top 20 female Himalayan cat names to choose from: 1. Dhaulagiri: If you want to name your cat after the world's famous mountain range, you may want to consider this. It means a white mountain, and it is the Himalayas' seventh highest peak 2. Nanda Devi: This word refers to a bliss giving goddess; it is the highest peak in India. 3. Amrita: The meaning of this word is ambrosia, which was t...

Dog Food Ingredients, Is There Dog Meat in Dog Food?

It might surprise some dog owners to know that dog meat has been used in dog food. This practice was relatively common until the late 1990's. Even today there are no laws preventing man's best friend from ending up in dog food. Please note the below information on dead dogs being used in dog food is true to the United States but may also occur in Canada and possibly other countries. At some time or another pet food companies realized there was a cheap source of meat available... Dog Meat, and it could be purchased cheaply from animal shelters and the dog pound.  These were places where dogs were euthanized weekly and there was always a need to dispose of the bodies. Nobody said anything and there were no laws preventing such from happening. However what started to tip the scales was that the veterinarians who performed the euthanasias at the animal shelters started noticing it was taking more and more drugs to put these animals to sleep. They realized that somehow pet...

Top Ten Most Clever, Highly Trainable, Most Versatile and Wittiest Dog Breeds in the World

The Smartest Dogs on the Planet What breed is your dog? Is it one of the most intelligent dogs in the world? Most dog breeds are very friendly and very loyal. If you have a witty and smart dog then you are such a luck owner. Like human beings, each dog is unique that possesses special talent and skill. It is just a matter of rigorous training to produce such clever and smart dog. The dogs below are the most intelligent and smartest dogs in the world. 1. Border Collie Image Source According to experts, Border Collies are the most intelligent dog breeds in the world. This extremely energetic and smart dog is usually successful in dog sport competitions. A particular Border Collie had learned 1,022 words. Some of the most notably intelligent Border Collies include Rico, Chaser and others. 2. Poodle Image Source Poodles are highly regarded as smart dogs. Theys are very successful in many confrontation shows and dog sports. Among the most popular Poodle dogs in the world includ...

The Difference Between a Wild Dog, Feral Dog, and a Stray Dog

When you look at a dog roaming the streets what do you think? Do you consider the dog to be wild, feral, or stray? Most people do not know the difference, and many do not understand what these simple, common words mean, as they apply to dogs. Wild Dogs photo source Correctly speaking any dog you see on a city street is probably not a wild dog. Wild dogs are really those born wild, to wild parents, and who have never had an owner. Although there is a blurry line between “Feral” and “Wild”, a true wild dog is a dog such as a Dingo, an African Wild Dog, or a New Guinea Singing Dog. These are dogs which have lived wild for generations without human interference in their breeding and genetics, and have gone without owners. "Wild" can also refer to a behavior seen in feral dogs, in that they do not accept, or are totally fearful of humans.  Feral Dogs photo source A feral dog is most often a dog who had an owner at some point, but has been di...

The Most Colorful Doggy Dog Dogs in the Whole Wide World

Here’s a list of uniquely colored. These dogs are not as brightly-colored as birds and insects but they can still be considered colorful somehow. Their colors are not-so-vibrant and not-so-striking but they are all natural at least. Cavalier King Charles Image Source The first 3 doggy dog dogs on the list are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels,  small dog breed considered as toy dogs. They are amongst UK’s most popular dogs. These tricolor dogs are remarkable for their black, tan and ruby silky coat. African Wild Dog Image Source The uniquely colored African Wild Dog of Africa, a medium sized dog that inhabits savannas and wooded areas, is also called the Painted Hunting Dog. Other common names for this colorful doggy dog include African Hunting Dog, Cape Hunting Dog, Spotted Dog and Painted Wolf. This dog is also unique for it is the only canid species to lack dewclaws on the forelimbs. Brittany Image Source The attractive Brittany is a colorful gun dog ...

Akita Obedience & Training Guide

The Akita is a breed of dog that comes from Japan, and may be classified as the American Akita or the Akita Inu, although they are very similar, and training methods would be the same. These are large, muscular dogs that do not like to be in large groups with other dogs, and often try to be dominant, as such they require special training, socialization, and consistent handling. These dogs were originally bred for hunting large game, including bear, as such some people still refer to them as Akita Bear Dogs. Puppy Training Akita's should not be weaned until 8 weeks of age, and provided they are fully vaccinated can begin puppy socialization and training at 12 weeks of age. Until they are fully vaccinated Akita puppies should not leave their home or yard. This is to keep the pup safe from highly contagious diseases such as Parvo. An Akita's first lessons, which may occur prior to taking a pup for socialization, are to get it to accept wearing a collar. This is generally done when the ...

List of the Best Fluffiest Dog Breeds To Choose From

Many pet lovers prefer to have fluffy pets such as fluffy cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and dogs. They prefer to have fluffy or furry animals because they are such adorable and admirable animals. They are lovely but require more time for grooming and they are not advisable for people with allergies. German Spitz Mittel Image Source One of the fluffiest dog breeds is the German Spitz Mittel Origin: Germany Type: Spitz Height/weight: 38 cm/11 kg Features: 3rd largest German spitz American Eskimo Dog Image Source Looking for all white dog breed? The clean and neat looking American Eskimo Dog is a perfect choice. Origin: Germany Type: Spitz/Companion dog Features: It is not from Alaska despite its name. Keeshond Image Source The Keeshond is perhaps the fluffiest dog breeds in appearance. Other name: German spitz, Wolfsspitz, Dutch Barge Dog Origin: Netherlands Features: Dog breed with a plush two-layer coat and curled tail. Samoyed Image Source The Samoyed Dog...

When is the Best Time to Get a New Puppy, or Dog?

Many people wonder when is the best time to adopt, or buy a new puppy, or dog. While there is no one hard and fast rule, there are times that may be better for your situation, and lifestyle.  There are some questions to ask yourself to be sure you are ready for a new puppy, or dog, as well as things ou should know in regards to selecting the right dog. Spring In spring the weather is good for house training, there many be many adult dogs for sale, and even a few puppies. The problem with getting a new dog, or puppy, at this time of year can be that you are busy with yard work, and the ground is often muddy. Summer Summer can be the ideal time, the ground is firm, and the weather is ideal for house training. Shelters, and dog breeders, often have puppies, and dogs, available at this time. The problem with summer is that many people take holidays. Getting a new dog, or puppy, right before going on holidays is not usually a good idea – it will interfere with house training ...

Cat Food Wet or Dry

There is no consensus on whether cats should be fed wet food, dry, or both. Even pet nutritionists disagree, some insist cats are better off only fed one or the other. This article will provide you with enough facts that you can form your own decision. Meat Content Cats are true carnivores, they need meat in their diet. Within the cat food industry there are many dry foods that put cheap filler into their food. Corn is the prime culprit here, often seen either in the top spot on cheaper pet foods or in two of the subsequent positions (often making it more prevalent in a food than meat). We have to remember that ingredients are listed in the order of their prevalence in a food. As such many of the lower priced foods (and a few of the higher priced ones) are loaded with ingredients the cat does not need, and can barely digest. In contrast canned food, by its very nature, tend to contain mostly meat. The exception are the foods marketed as “chunks in gravy” gravy being carb...

List of Unique Breed of Dogs! - Absolutely Rare

These are the lists of unique and rare breeds of dog from around the world. Why they are unique? It’s because of their natural color, hair style, their characteristics and interesting features that makes them different from other domestic dogs. 1. Shar Pei Look like stuff toy? you can hug it while they are still a puppy, they are cute and hugable features. This breed of dog is unqiue because of its characteristics, having wrinkled skin and black tounge. Extra care and treatment should apply to this dog, so that the gungus and other dog parasite will not grow inside their folds. 2.Chinese Crested There are two different kinds of Chinese Crested breed, the hairless variety and powderpuff variety. They both have unqiue features different from other breeds. They are made through cross breeding process thats why you can find some of them are hairless and some are not. First set of their teeth are not really permanent, it should pulled out together to have place for the ne...

Notably Unique Longhaired, Long-bodied But Short-legged Breeds of Dog

Longhaired breeds of dog are cool-looking and beautiful but ownership of such pets require more time in maintaining and managing their long coats. Most longhaired breeds of dog needs extensive grooming to avoid tangling and other related problems. Here are some of the most beautiful dog breeds with longhair but short-legged. Skye Terrier Image Source One of the cutest-looking longhaired breed of dog with long body but short legs is the Skye Terrier. This dog breed that is low and hardy terrier which is double coated, with a short, soft undercoat. Cesky Terrier Image Source The unique-looking Cesky Terrier is short-legged with long body terrier type dog from Czechoslovakia.  Cesky means Czech. This dog is characterized by a long head, mustache, bushy beard and eyebrows. Amazingly, Cesky puppies are born black but the coats lighten as they grow old. Dandie Dinmont Terrier Image Source A Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small bred of dog with elongated body but short legs...

Common Health Problems of Manx Cats

Manx cats are a breed best known for having no tail, however some Manx cats do have full length tails, and additionally not every tailless cat is a Manx. Purebred Manx cats are prone to several health problems, many related to the genetics that also result in them not having a tail, or having a shorter than normal tail. Breeding Concerns Totally tailless Manx cats, when bred to totally tailless Manx cats risk passing on a double dose of the tailless gene; which is fatal. As such 1 in 4 kittens of such a cross would be at risk for having double genes, so totally tailless cats should never be bred to totally tailless cats. Spinal Problems Manx cat syndrome is a condition where genetic deformity of lacking a tail has actually affected the spine. It is a condition that affects roughly 20% of the completely tailless Manx cats. Basically the cat has a spinal cord that is too short. These cats will often have problems using their litter box, and generally do not live more than three ...

Interesting Facts About the Cute Chinese Crested Dog

The Chinese Crested dog is a unique dog breed, but it probably did not come from China. Originally it was called the African Hairless but genetics have traced the dog to being closely related to the Mexican hairless. Although most people think of the Chinese crested as being a mostly hairless dog, this is not true, about 50 % of them have hair and look just like a regular furry dog. The hairy dogs are called Powerpuff Chinese crested dogs, the ones that lack hair on their bodies are called Hairless Chinese crested dogs. They are considered to be toy dogs. The hairless variety can have some dogs more haired that others, but usually they are kept groomed so that their hair is only on the top of their heads, lower legs, and tail. This hair is called the dog's “furnishings”. photo source - photo of a Hairless Chinese crested dog - note some have more hair, some will have less. While there is no such thing as a truly non-shedding dogs, these dogs do not shed in the con...

How to Feed Your American Pit Bull Terrier

Every breed of dog is different and they require different dietary needs depending on their lineage, body and behavior. Because of these subtle difference, it becomes important to learn what each breed needs, so that you can avoid food allergies among other things. In this factoid, I would like to talk about feeding your American Pit Bull Terrier (sometimes also called the American Staffordshire Terrier) or Staffordshire Terrier. The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) and the Staffordshire Terrier (ST) are not the same exact terrier breed, though they are from the same lineage and in so, they have very similar dietary needs. I feel confident that you can use this guide to feed either breed, though if you run into problems, do your research to make sure your pup doesn't have a more specific need. All dogs are different, even if they are the same breed, so paying attention to your unique canine friend can make all the difference. I have had the pleasure of sharing my life with many diffe...

Eleven Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a New Kitten or Cat

Kittens are cute and easy to come by, however many people will rush into cat ownership only to regret it later, usually when the cat has grown up and is no longer “cute”. This link is an attempt to help people decide if they are truly ready to enter the world of cat ownership. 1.  Are you 18 or older? In most countries, most ethical sellers will not sell kittens or cats to anyone under the age of 18. Sure, you can ask your mom or dad to get the cat, but then technically they are the true owner. Considerations as to what will happen to the cat when you move out must be made. It is very difficult to find rental property that allows pets. 2.  Do you own, or rent, your home? As just mentioned, very few landlords allow cats. Landlord permission to keep a cat should be in writing. One of the most common reasons pets are given up to animal shelters is because people did not get landlord permission to have a pet. 3.  Will the cat be indoors, outdoors, or both? S...

Is the Goldendoodle a Good Pet Dog?

Some people consider the Goldendoodle to be a high priced mutt, others consider them to be a dream dog. What is it really? The short version of what a Goldendoodle is, is that it is the name of a dog that is the result of crossing a Golden Retriever with a poodle. As poodles come in different sizes, so do Goldendoodles. As well, they may not always be golden. There have been crosses between Golden Retrievers and Poodles long before the catchy name “Goldendoodle” was assigned to them in the year 2000. The name, Golden doodle, can be written as one word, or two. World wide there are vast differences of opinion on these dogs, while the American, and Canadian, dog clubs frown on the intentional breeding of mutts, the Australian clubs seem to welcome this cross, even accepting it as a breed. photo source 5 month old pup The promoted advantages of these dogs is that they are non-shedding, and as crosses, should have fewer health problems. However neither if these is e...

Why Does My Dog Have Gas?

Dogs do have gas, it is normal. They fart just like we do, however if a dog seems to have a lot of flatulence, this is not normal, and could be a sign of internal problems, or poor diet. Does My Dog's Diet Make My Dog Fart? Just as some foods make humans gassy, some foods make dogs fart. Beans are one of the foods often associated with causing gas in pets and humans. Beans are sometimes given to dogs as treats, or they sometimes steal them from the garden. Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli, can all cause dogs to be windy. In fact too much of any thing they do not normally eat can cause minor stomach irritation, leading to gas. Additionally some ingredients in pet foods can cause gas. Of these the filler ingredients are often linked to flatulence in dogs; corn, wheat, and soy. Some dogs have difficulty digesting pork, or beef, so these are also related to making a dog gassy. Dairy products can also cause a dog to have bad gas. Canned food in general tends to make dogs more gas...

Cat Colors, Color Point Patterns

Many people make the mistake of assuming that a cat with a tan body and dark points is automatically called a Siamese Cat, or that the color pattern is called Siamese, but this is incorrect. Siamese is a breed of cat, the color is more correctly known as “color-point” for which there are several more specific color patterns. This information is of general interest for people who own color point cats and want to know what color their cat is (it is very important to be able to describe a lost cat correctly).  It is also important for cat breeders in terms of correctly indicating the color of kittens. Above, a Red Point Ragdoll Kitten Understanding Color Point Colors in Cats Color point is a cat color pattern where the body is a light color and the ears, tail, legs, and muzzle, are marked in a darker color. The cat can also have white markings. The terms used are mainly definitions for the color on these “points”, some of the most common color patterns a...

Endstage Canine Cancer

The decision to treat your much-loved canine cancer patient with chemotherapy, spending time (and much money) at veterinary clinics in the hope of prolonging his life, is a private one involving your family and veterinarian. As in humans, some types of cancer are curable and almost certainly worth the risk--although unlike humans, few dogs carry health insurance. Other dog owners prefer that the dog's last weeks or months should be spent at home with the best palliative care possible. When the inevitable time comes and it is no longer possible to prevent suffering, the owner may decide, reluctantly, to call the vet. Know that (like humans), each patient with cancer is different, and the median survival time is simply that--an average that can be used to help inform. Depending on certain prognostic factors, patients may be more likely to do better or worse. For example, a dog that is not feeling well at the time of lymphoma diagnosis is a very strong negative prognostic indicator--mea...

Feeding Your Dog Raw Eggs: Health Benefits and Safety Considerations

In recent years, this has definitely become a question that all dog owners ask. Since raw food diets for dogs have become more and more popular, more dog owners are looking to see what kind of raw foods they can give their dogs in order to keep them healthy from the inside out. However, raw feeding is definitely a decision that an owner must make. Even today veterinarians are split on whether or not giving a dog raw food, like a raw egg is healthy, or if in the end it can cause some sort of ailment that may ultimately hurt the dog. If you decide that raw feeding may be a good option for your dog, it does take a lot of research and time in order to ensure that you are feeding your dog healthy food that won’t hurt his digestive tract. Of course a raw diet for dogs consists of raw meat, fruits, and vegetables, but owners can also feed their dog nuts, dairy products, and even raw eggs. Raw eggs are always on the chopping block so to speak, but many owners that do feed their dog r...

Why Do Small Dogs Shake?

Many people who own small dogs, or who have been around them for any length of time, will have noticed that these dogs often shake. I am not talking about the shaking that a dog does when it is wet and trying to dry itself, but an entire body tremble as if it were shivering. There are several reasons why small dogs shake and tremble more than most larger dogs. Cold Small dogs have a harder time keeping warm and as such some do shake simply because they are cold. This helps their blood to circulate to help them to stay warm. Some extremely small dogs (often marketed as teacups) have heart deformities resulting in poor circulation, as such they are even more likely to feel cold than any other small dog. Many small dogs need to wear sweaters, even indoors, especially if the house is cold. Fear Some small dogs are not raised correctly, they suffer from a behavioral condition known as small dog syndrome in which they are often fearful. In some cases the owners actually, unintentio...

Why Does My Dog Hump Things

Although many people think dogs hump things because of sexual hormones, this is not always the case, indeed neutered male dogs, and female dogs alike, will hump things. Dogs will hump other dogs, people's legs, even stuffed toys, but why do they do this, and how to get them to stop? Sexual Humping Humping is most commonly observed in intact male dogs. It is also fair to say that some dogs do masturbate even if they are fixed. This is more common in dogs that were neutered after the age of one. These dogs may even ejaculate but there will be no sperm.  Dominant Humping photo source In some cases humping is a sign of a dog asserting a dominant role. This would be suspected when the dog is humping another pet, a child, or even a person's leg, or toy. A dog who is trying to assert its dominance in the family may also growl when food, or toy, is taken away away, and may drag its owner on walks. In wild dogs returning pack members often hump those who stayed at the den ...

Top Dog Proof Cat Bowls and Feeding Stations

A dog proof cat bowl is not just an ordinary bowl that you can use to feed your cat. It is a bowl that is protected from dogs and other animals by a secure feeding station that only your cat can access. Here are three recommended ways to give your cat a secure way of eating. NekoFeeder This dog proof cat feeding station is designed for average-sized cats and allows you to regulate the meals of your pet. It does not just keep dogs and other types of animals away from your cat's food, it also keeps away other cats, specifically overweight cats. It also provides safe shelter for your cat if it finds itself in a middle of a tense situations with other animals, especially dogs. This makes the NekoFeeder more than just a feeder. Its versatility does not stop there since it can also function as a pet carrier with a few minor and easy modifications. It is an all around tool for giving your cat a comfortable private space for feeding and resting. If you have a cat-sized dog, you can use this ...

Siberian Husky Obedience & Training Guide

The Siberian Husky is breed of dog from the Spitz group. They are extremely active dogs, not suited to every owner, or lifestyle. They are a physical dog, needing exercise consisting of several mile runs every day. Training a Siberian Husky is much the same as any dog, with notes that they are more independent, and more active. Puppy Training Like any dog, Siberian Husky pups should not be weaned (taken from their mother) until 8 weeks of age, and provided they are fully vaccinated can begin puppy socialization and training at 12 weeks of age. Until they are fully vaccinated Siberian Husky puppies should not leave their home or yard. This will help keep the pup safe from highly contagious diseases such as Parvo. The Siberian Husky puppy's first lesson, which should occur prior to taking it for socialization or further training, is to get it accustomed to wearing a collar. This is generally done when the pup is young. The collar should be checked regularly to...

Your Cat May Have Special Mental Abilities You Are Not Aware Of

Dogs and cats are known for having very perceptive and intuitive feelings. It seems as though many pets have special powers that we are not aware of. We may joke about the fact that our dogs and cats seem to know almost to the minute when it is feeding time, when you’re coming home from a long day and other ordinary events, such as the onset of a storm. Cats do seem to have extra sensory perceptions or ESP. They have very perceptive minds and are smarter and more intuitive than they let on to be. Many stories have been documented about cats that have been left behind when their owners relocated. I myself could never leave my pet behind, but there are instances where families seem to be left with no alternative. Most cats for sure do not like traveling in a car. When relocating from New York to California, a family had to leave their precious pet behind. They felt it to be less stressful for their cat by finding it a new home rather than travel several hours in the car. Several ...

Automatic Cat Litter Boxes the Problems and Reasons Against Them

Ask most any cat owner what responsibility of pet ownership they hate the most, and many will reply that it is cleaning of the litter box. To this end inventors have created various automated cat litter boxes which clean themselves automatically. There are many styles of automated cat litter boxes and none are particularly cheap. Like anything with moving parts they are prone to breaking down, but even that is not the biggest problem. While some cats will use them, many cats are afraid of them. Once purchased, and used, returning such an item may be difficult. Further more as a rule of thumb in multi-cat households, a person should have one litter box per cat. This is not because the boxes may get messy, but rather because some cats become territorial over their box and will not allow other cats to use it. When you have automated litter boxes, having one per cat can be costly. These boxes are typically larger than the regular litter box as they allow space for their mechanics. Some...

How to Encourage a Lazy Cat to Exercise

Many people will say that spaying or neutering a cat will make it fat and lazy. This is a bit untrue, cats typically sleep 14 – 16 hours a day regardless of being fixed, and generally become less active around one year of age in most situations. Often obesity in cats is due to a poor diet (many cat foods are not good quality), however a lack of activity does make things worse. If you think your cat is not getting enough physical activity there are a few things you can do to improve the situation. Healthy Food If your cat is on a low quality cat food it probably does not have much energy to exercise to start with. Too many cat foods use cheap filler, such as corn, brewers rice, and even by-products. If we want our kitties to be healthy and active we have to start by feeding them better. Cheap foods are cheap for a reason, some spend so much money on advertising, they have very little left for nutrition, and only follow low minimal standards. Switches to better food should be d...

Learn About the Characteristics and Size of the Sphynx Cat

The Sphynx is an unusual cat but nonetheless has very loving and unique characteristics as well as appearance. Even though the sphynx is hairless, it is by no means hypoallergenic as many believe. Maybe you like the sphynx because of the absence of hair. However, this little breed of cat has issues of its own. Because they do still have dander, they can cause allergies. The Sphynx does not require regular grooming with a brush but should be sponged daily because of the excess oils secreted from its skin. They came into existence in Canada in 1966 and have been bred with normal coated cats, then back to hairless ever since to create genetically sound cats like the sphynx. Appearance Many have described the Sphynx as having a pixie face, batty ears, potbelly and wrinkled skin. Even though this rare breed is known for being hairless, they do have a bit of fuzz on their body. This cat with no eyebrows or whiskers has a short nose and deep-set lemon shaped eyes, both of which seem to re...

Facts About the Pitbull Terrier Dog

First off, there is no such breed as a “Pitbull”, or Pit Bull, this is a generic term used to describe any dog that appears to match a general description. As much as these dogs are feared they are also sought after. In some areas the description of a dog being a “pitbull” is enough to have it exterminated when cities pass laws such what occurred when Denver passed its BSL legislation. Breeds of Pit Bull Dogs that fit into this generic category also are part of the dog group known as the Molosser Breeds, a much larger group which includes Mastiffs, and even Pugs. The term “Pit Bull” is a blanket term used for the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, as well as any unregistered dog that fits the physical description of those listed. A few areas have other laws in regards to what is, and what isn't a “pit bull” dog. Origins photo source Each breed had different origins, most comi...

List of the Best Dog Breeds for Seniors

Seniors, and older people, often benefit from having a canine companion. These dogs not only give them a reason to get up in the morning, but also encourage them to be active, and can provide therapy in other ways. Even people who suffer from arthritis, will stop complaining about their pains when stroking a dog. There are many concerns when selecting a pet dog for a senior. They may find they want a cute puppy, however it is important to note that a dog can be a 15, or more, year commitment. A senior is unlikely to be able to provide that kind of commitment, even if they live another 15 or more years, they may not be able to care for a pet for that time. Additionally puppies need to be house trained, obedience trained, and they tend to jump up on people, and may even nip. Seniors have fragile skin, so the two may not be a good mix. So.. with that said one of the best dogs for seniors, is a senior dog. These dogs may have special needs, and can be prone to obesity (it may be good to ...

Benefits of a Chihuahua Dog for the Right Person

There are many benefits of a Chihuahua dog for the right person. When looking for a small dog to join your family, it is imperative that you do some research before making a final decision. If the benefits of a Chihuahua dog is one of the breeds that seems to capture your heart, there are many things you need to consider before adopting your new family member.  The benefits of a Chihuahua dog is a spunky toy breed of dog with a huge personality. This tiny lap dog is an extremely loyal companion. They make excellent watch dogs with a tendency to be a little yappy at times. Choosing a Chihuahua for your family should take careful consideration as they may not be the right companion for everyone. With the recent Chihuahua movies, exemplifying the cute antics of the adorable breed of dog, the population of adopted Chihuahuas exploded without people looking into the benefits of a Chihuahua dog. The problem is that many families realized there is a lot more to this little dog...

Toy Dog Breeds: Doll Dogs of the Canine Class

Dog lovers are of different purposes why they would pet a dog. Some are for companion purposes and some for having guards for their homes. There are those that would take dogs for a guide and others for military purposes. But all these intentions are overshadowed by one main reason. Whatever the aim would be in having a dog for a pet, dominantly it is the simple excuse that simply dogs are lovable and adorably delightful. This cause generally makes dog lovers want their dogs to be treated as dearly loved toys. Toy Dogs, derivatively referred as a doll for play. Although, all dogs can be toyed since their lovable nature is much evident, but there have been classifying properties which separate the legally catalogued toy dogs from other dogs, hence with their class name, Toy Dog Breeds. In their physical orientation, Toy Dogs are the actually petite and diminutive lap dogs which are also referred to as doll dogs or puppet dogs. These dogs are really little that owners carry them aroun...

Vestibular Disease in Dogs

If your dog is suddenly acting strange, falling over, rolling to one side, tilting its head, behaving not quite right, you should suspect Vestibular disease. This is similar to a stroke, and prior to development in brain imaging techniques, we often mistook Vestibular disease as being a stroke. You will note that dogs can get strokes, but what we are talking about here today, is something different than a stroke. Vestibular disease is basically an inner ear problem. The vestibular system being the name for the inner ear and the nerves that run to the brain. Since balance is controlled and regulated in the inner ear any problems with this area will show as dizziness or balance problems. You will want to note that the common age of onset of Vestibular disease is after 10 years, but it can occur in younger dogs as well. Symptoms of Vestibular Disease The dog may tilt its head to one side Eyes tend to wander, often looking off to the side The dog may keep its eyes shut or blink mor...

How to Get a Fussy Dog to Eat Its Food

Many dog owners find themselves with a fussy dog, one that refuses to eat its food unless the owner does something special to the dog's food. Often this “something special" means the owner takes to adding canned food to the dogs food, adding gravy, or even raw egg.  This article will explore why feeding canned food, adding gravy, and feeding raw eggs, may not be good ideas, and will give tips to help you get your fussy dog to eat its food. Adding Canned Food Feeding canned dog food is in itself not a problem, adding the canned food to the dry can be a concern, as the dog may only eat the canned food and leave its dry kibble, effectively training their owner to feed them more canned food. Canned dog food is usually more fattening, and more expensive, but it also contains more meat, which is why dogs like it so much. Canned food is easier to eat, and smells good, some debate is on as to the fact that it contributes to tooth decay. In some dogs canned food causes d...

The Correct Way to Introduce New Cats or Kittens to Your Current Cats

When bringing home a new kitty it is normal for the current one to be upset, even territorial. There are things an owner can to to lessen the stress and reduce any risk of problems.  This guide is written to help with correct, and easy introductions of cats and kittens to each other. Start Right It is very important to get off to a good start with both pets. Never bring home an unvaccinated cat or kitten, and never bring home a pet to a home where your current one has not been vaccinated. If either one is sick you may have double the medical bills as very likely both will become ill. Having them dewormed, free of ear-mites and worms is also a good precaution. If you are bringing home a stray, or feral, cat you found always call your local shelter first to report finding it. In the event an owner has reported it missing this acts as protection for you so you cannot be charged with theft (unless you removed the animal from somebodies property). If the cats are old enough to be s...