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Stinky Problems

From time to time your pet may experience problems with relieving themselves in places they shouldn’t. Sometimes it can be a medical problem, sometimes a behavioral problem.  So how do you know?

Our friends at Fetch Magazine shared some content with us and we are passing it along.

Litter issues for Cats

Medical causes could be…

Walk this way:  A cat with arthritis could be in too much pain to step over the wall of the litter box, while a cat with a neurologic condition may be too weak or wobbly to walk to it.

Eye See:  Illnesses like heart disease, kidney disease, hypertension or3infection can cause blindness, making it difficult for the cat to find the box.

Bladder Matters:  Urinary tract infections, urinary crystals, bladder inflammation or a blockage (which is a veterinary emergency!) can also lead to accidents in the house.

Emotional Causes could be…

Clean House:  Cats generally like to be clean, so if the litter box isn’t, they’ll find another location to relieve themselves – perhaps the laundry basket, tub or even your bed.

Lousy Litter:  Some cats may not use the box if they dislike the scent, texture or amount of litter being used.

Location, Location, Location:  Litter boxes placed next to a noisy washing machine, crammed under a bathroom vanity or found only on the third floor of the house likely don’t offer the peace, privacy and accessibility that cats need to do their business.

Afraid So:  In multi-cat households, an inadequate number of boxes or previous litter box squabbles with other housemates could make a feline friend fearful of using the box.

cat litter box

Cat’s are purrsnickety, so be sure to try some of these suggestions so you both are happy.

 

 

Potty Problems for the Pooch

Medical causes could be…

Hold It:  A wide range of conditions – including diabetes, Cushing’s disease and illnesses of the kidneys, liver or brain – can all cause dogs to make more urine than normal (polyuria), or make them incapable of holding urine.

Gotta Go:  Urinary tract infections cause a sense of urgency to run to the bathroom, while urinary incontinence causes bed wetting or dribbling urine while standing.

Senior Moment:  Aging or senile dogs may not be able to make it outside in time or may be unaware that they’re urinating in the house.

Emotional Causes could be…

Pup-Pee:  Puppies who are having urine accidents may need some additional house-training reinforcement, or they could be intentionally having “accidents” to seek attention. (Hey, it works!  Even if it is negative attention.)

Nature Calls:  Naturally submissive or excitable dogs can have frequent accidents, while separation anxiety or territoriality could also lead to unwanted puddles in the house and can happen to dogs of any age.

So if you’re experiencing any of these issues look for the signs and consult your veterinary professional for assistance.  Don’t lose hope.  Remember, there may be reasons for your pet’s behavior and finding the right answer will keep you both happy.

Consider Pet Insurance to help offset the cost of veterinary care when your pet is sick.
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13

04 2017

New Year – Here’s to Your Health

Top Health Benefits of Pets

Not only are pets good companions, but they’re good for our health! Here are a few ways that dogs and cats help our minds and bodies.

 

  1. Stress Relievers

There’s nothing like a warm, cozy cuddle session to melt away stress after a long day. Calming cuddles with your pet can lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety levels.

 

  1. Heart Helpers

Pets can have a positive effect on our hearts. Studies have reported better survival rates for heart attack patients with pets and improved heart rate variability, which is an indicator of heart health.

 

  1. Mental Boosters

Our furry friends can help combat depression. In studies, pet-assisted therapy helped reduce depression in chemotherapy patients. Pets also reduced stress for people caring for loved ones with dementia.

 

 

Return the favor by taking great care of your pet’s health for a long and happy life.  www.aspcapetinsurance.com/barkpurrandinsure
ASPCA Pet Insurance plan can help you manage the costs of your pet’s health care.  Click the link above for your no obligation quote.

Information provided by our friends at ASPCA Pet Insurance.

 

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27

01 2017

Holiday Feasting

puppyWith the holiday’s fast approaching, we want to remind you that sharing the holiday favorites with your pets is not the healthiest for your pet.  During the Thanksgiving weekend, vet cost spike 148% according to Fetch Magazine.  History has shown 78% increase in pancreatitis claims and a 27% jump in gastroenteritis claims.

Protect your pet by cutting the fat with buttery rich foods like turkey skin and graving.

Only share small servings of plain turkey, sweet potatoes or carrots.

Keep an eye on the trash.  All those good smelling table scraps attract curious pets trying to score a tasty tid bit.

If you’re looking for a special treat for your dog, here’s a recipe that it is good for them.

Fall Pumpkin Balls

This snack is not only delicious but is also filled with fiber, vitamin A, betacarotene, potassium, & iron.

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
• 4 tbsp molasses
• 4 tbsp water
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 2 cups whole wheat flour
• ¼ tsp baking soda
• ¼ tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil & water together in a bowl
3. Add whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder & cinnamon
4. Stir until dough softens
5. Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough & roll into balls
6. Set balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet & flatten with a fork
7. Bake approximately 25 minutes until dough is hardened

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Always be prepared for the unexpected with vet bills.
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21

11 2016

Take Me Out to the Ball……No, Wait….Take Me Out For a Walk

loki-walkYour four-legged tail waggin’ friends need at least 30 minutes of walking every day! Why?
Because regular walks can help combat pet obesity and go paw in hand with good nutrition. Obesity can lead to other conditions plaguing your pet with illnesses like arthritis and diabetes.

Daily walks also add to healthy bonding with your pet. Spend quality time with your furry family strengthens your bond and gets both of you moving and that is a good thing. Dog parents sweat more than people without pets and this lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer too! So if you’re looking for encouragement to get up off the couch, get a dog and both of you get movin’ and put one paw in front of the other for a healthy lifestyle.

They say a tired dog is a good dog! Having 6 dogs at home, I assure you, this is a very true statement! Walking quiets the mind, quenches curiosity and helps to get all the energy out of their system. Energy that may be destructive. So a good dog walkin’ is constructive and pawsitive!!
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14

10 2016

Hyperactivity – Is There an Answer

tosh-smDogs are just about the most loyal animal you can find. Were you aware they too can exhibit hyperactivity just like people?

Know your breed!! Some breeds are more hyper than others. Sadly, when humans can’t handle the dog because of their hyper nature, the animal ends up at a shelter. Let’s not watch this happen. Learn the characteristics of the dog you wish to adopt. Understand how your schedule is going to affect the dog.
When our schedules are jam-packed, the dogs boundless displays of energy can make any dog owner feel like they are going to lose their mind.

Here are some helpful tips.

1) Make sure your dog is getting plenty of exercise. A tired dog is a good dog, and there is nothing better for soothing a wild beast than a great workout. A workout makes humans feel better, and it does the same for our four-legged friends too. Playing fetch, going for a jog, swim or even just a long walk can exhaust your dog in a short amount of time.

dog-toy2) Still Puzzled? Mental stimulation is essential so break our the puzzles. Not jigsaw puzzles, but food puzzles and treat-releasing toys as well as inside-the-house games like “find the toy”. Making your dog think for what he/she wants is great for them…the treat release is an added reward letting them know they did well.

3) Obedience Training. This isn’t about teaching your dog how to do tricks. It’s about your dog bonding and spending time with you. It’s also about learning basic manners and commands that will make every other activity you take on a little easier and more rewarding.

If you still have difficulties with your pet, consult your veterinarian. They may have more solutions that can help or may recommend a special trainer who can help you both along your journey.

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04

10 2016

Foods To Avoid Sharing With Your Pets

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We love our pets. We love to see how happy they are when we share our food with them. Though sharing with your pet may be enjoyable, it also causes animals to beg. There are also many foods you should avoid sharing with your pets.

Remember, sharing human food with your pet is not the healthiest for them. A balanced diet of “pet friendly food” as outlined by your vet is the best option. You could, unknowingly, be increasing your pet’s weight to an unhealthy level. For every pound your pet is overweight, you may be shortening their life by as much as a year.

Our friends at the ASPCA have compiled a list of people-food to avoid feeding to our pet children.

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets

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22

06 2016

Arthritis

Humans aren’t the only ones who can be affected by Arthritis.  Your pets are susceptible to this disease as well.  If you notice your dog is slow to move, whines because of discomfort, walks stiffly, he/she may be suffering from arthritic pain.

Be sure to take him/her to the vet so that a proper diagnosis can be made.  You as a pet parent can do a few things to help your arthritic dog.

First, Bring your dog in for regular checkups which will allow your veterinarian monitor your dog’s arthritis and set a treatment plan of action into effect.

Second, reducing your pet’s weight (if overweight) can help decrease the load on his or her joints.  Feed your dog the right amount of high-quality food and this will help with weight control.

Third, carefully monitored exercise on soft surfaces can help.  Your vet may have a few suggestions.

Fourth, arthritis is aggravated by the cold and damp, be sure to keep your dog warm and dry.  A padded dog bed will help alleviate discomfort from sleeping on hard surfaces.  Warm compresses can also assist in soothing affected joints.

Fifth, massage therapy can help to increase your dog’s flexibility, circulation and sense of well-being.  Your vet may have the name of a professional animal massage therapist.

Sixth, pain medication may be necessary, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Disease-modifying osteoarthritis drugs can also be an important part of managing osteoarthritis.  Don’t ever give your dog a drug without your veterinarian’s recommendation.  Drugs that are safe for humans may not be for dogs.

Seventh, Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements can be used to help manage arthritis in dogs and other animals.  Be sure to consult your veterinarian before implementing any treatment.

Eighth, Acupuncture isn’t just for humans. It’s painless and has shown some success in animals suffering from arthritis pain.

Ninth, surgery may be an option in advanced cases of canine arthritis.  Be sure to discuss all the factors and risks of surgery with your vet.  Be an educated pet owner before making a decision involving surgery.

Tenth, a low-stress environment, lots of affection and love, and supportive care can aid in improving your dog’s quality of life.

Please remember, many pain relievers that may help dogs and people are poisonous to cats so please do not implement any treatment to a cat that you would a dog without first consulting your veterinarian professional.

 

Slip-free flooring, soft bedding, ramps instead of steps, a warm, dry environment and help with grooming can be beneficial to an arthritic dog.

We love our pets and we hate to watch their pain but with proper education and TLC, we can help them along their journey to a long healthy life.

 

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26

09 2012

Unreliable Sources for Dogs

Animal shelters, rescue groups, and reputable breeders are unquestionably the best sources for obtaining healthy, well-socialized dogs.

People do get wonderful Family pets from other sources, but most other sources are extremely risky.  Some promote poor breeding practices, while others encourage the overpopulation that results in the killing of millions of animals yearly.

Pet Shops

While it is not impossible to get a healthy dog from a pet shop, in general it is a bad idea to support stores that sell animals (as opposed to stores that sell pet supplies- and sometimes offer cage space for animals from animal shelters or rescue groups).  Many of the dogs sold in pet shops are the products of puppy mills, wholesale operations that breed dogs in large numbers purely for economic gain, often with very little concern for the behavioral or physical health or happiness of either the parents or the offspring.

Commercial Breeders

Large-scale commercial farms or kennels that breed so frequently they always have animals for sale cannot possibly provide each dog with the daily one-on-one attention that he needs and deserves.  As a result, puppies that come from these sources often suffer from medical and behavioral deficiencies.  Some of these breeders supply pet stores; others sell directly to the public.

Backyard Breeders

Although there are many reputable breeders who run their businesses out of their homes, it is not a good idea to obtain dogs from “backyard breeders,” people who are not conscientious about their breeding programs and are more concerned with financial gain than with the health and well-being of their animals.  A few red flags are breeders who are not knowledgeable about their breed, who do not check you out as well as check them out, who are not active in their breed club or local canine organizations (such as the local humane society), who do not register their dogs, or who keep their dogs isolated in basements, garages or other unpleasant spaces.

Stray Dogs

Rescuing a stray dog is always a gamble.  Often strays have serious medical or behavioral problems that can require a lot of time and money to correct.  You should call your local animal control agency if you encounter a stray that seems vicious or injured.  If you find a stray and decide to keep him, take him to a veterinarian right away.  You must be prepared to nurse him back to health, if necessary, or seek professional help to modify problem behaviors.  If he is intact, have him neutered.  If you do not want to keep him, turn him into a shelter or animal control agency.  If you can’t keep him but want to take a more active role, file a report with animal control, run advertisements in local publications, put up “Found Dog” signs, and take the dog to a vet for a checkup.  If no one claims the dog, start trying to find him a new home.  It may take 6 to 12 months to find a home for an adult mixed breed.

Free to a Good Home

Finding a puppy through newspaper ads, signs and posters may be slightly less of a gamble than rescuing a stray off the street, but it is still an unreliable means of obtaining a family pet.  Often puppies advertised in this way are the result of an unplanned pregnancy (this is why it is so important for all dog owners to have their pets neutered).  Sometimes the father is not even know, which makes it difficult to assess what the puppies’ adult temperaments might be.  In other cases, the puppies are the result of a pregnancy initiated by people inexperienced and undereducated in responsible breeding practices.  These puppies can carry genes for serious defects.

It is also risky to adopt an adult dog from a family, as the dog may have behavior problems.  Most behavior problems can be remedied with careful, consistent training, but many such problems are best handled by a person experienced with dogs.

There are, of course, situations in which a family cannot keep a healthy, well-adjusted dog (for example, if someone in the home has become allergic to the animal), and will advertise his availability.  If you are interested in adopting a family dog, speak with the owner, find out the dog’s routine and habits, observe the dog in his home environment, and call the veterinarian who has been caring for the animal.  If you like the dog and feel sure that you can handle him, consider going forward with the adoption.

 

Information courtesy of ASPCA Complete Guide to Dogs book.

 

 

 

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16

11 2011

Labrador Retriever

History The original Labradors were all-purpose water dogs originating in Newfoundland, not Labrador. Not only did the breed not originate in Labrador, but it also was not originally called the Labrador Retriever. The Newfoundland of the early 1800s came in different sizes, one of which was the “Lesser” of “St. John’s” Newfoundland- the earliest incarnation of the Labrador. These dogs- medium-sized black dogs with close hair- not only retrieved game but also retrieved fish, pulled small fishing boats through icy water, and helped the fisherman in any task involving swimming. Eventually the breed died out in Newfoundland in large part because of a heavy dog tax. However, a core of Labradors had been taken to England in the early 1800s, and it is from these dogs, along with crosses to other retrievers, that the breed continued. It was also in England that the breed earned its reputation as an extraordinary retriever of upland game. Initially breeders favored black Labs, and culled yellow and chocolate colors. By early 1900s the other colors had become acceptable, although still not as widely favored as the blacks. The breed was recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1903 and by the AKC in 1917. The popularity of this breed has grown steadily until it became the most popular breed in America in 1991 and remains so today. Temperament Few breeds so richly deserve their popularity as does the Labrador Retriever. When trained, it is obedient and amiable, and tolerates well the antics of children, other dogs, and other pets. It will be a calm housedog, playful yard dog, and intense field dog all on the same day. It is eager to please, enjoys learning, and excels in obedience. It is a powerful breed that loves to swim and retrieve. It needs daily physical and mental challenges to keep it occupied, however; a bored Lab can get into trouble. The Labrador’s hunting instinct drives it to roam; breeders say “his home is under his hat.” Upkeep Labradors are active and sociable dogs. They need daily exercise, preferably in the form of retrieving or swimming. Owners with swimming pools either must fence them out or be prepared to share the pool with the dog. The Lab coat sheds water easily. It needs weekly brushing to remove dead hair. Although Labs can live outdoors in temperate climates, they are much happier indoors with their family. Health • Major concerns: CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), elbow dysplasia, OCD, obesity, patellar luxation (knee problem that causes lameness) • Minor concerns: cataract, CPRA (Central progressive retinal atrophy (CPRA) is a different disease from PRA involving the retinal pigment epithelium “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_retinal_atrophy”), hot spots, retinal dysplasia, hypothyroidism • Occasionally seen: diabetes, entropian also called cherry eye, distichiasis (effects the growth of eye lashes) • Suggested tests: hip, elbow, eye, knee • Life span: 10-12 years Form and Function The Labrador is a moderate dog, not extreme in any way. It is square of slightly longer than tall, of fairly large bone and substance. Its broad head and strong jaws should enable it to carry the largest game birds, such as Canada geese. Its heavy body set and strong legs enable it to swim and run powerfully. Its coat, which is short, straight, and dense with a soft undercoat, is weather-proof and helps to protect it from icy waters. The Lab is a working retriever and should possess style without over refinement and substance without clumsiness. (information from Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds Second Edition by D. Caroline Colie, Ph.D.)

 

 

 

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11 2011

Somali

With its bushy tail and arched back, this cat is one of the world’s most popular new breeds.  Like its shorthaired Abyssinian forebear, the Somali has a ticked coat: Each hair on its body has three to twelve bands of color.  The bands are darker than the ground color and produce a vibrant shimmer when the cat is in full coat.  The facial markings are striking, resembling theatrical eyeliner.  Somalis are natural hunters and thrive in the outdoors.

The head has a moderate wedge, with smooth lines and slight nose break in profile.  Ears are wide-set, large, cupped and tufted.  The faces of Somalis have dark-rimmed eyes surrounded by “spectacles” of lighter hair, and show clear tabby markings on their cheeks and forehead.  The body is medium sized, lithe and muscular.  Legs are long with paws that are rounded and tufted.  The tail is long with a full brush of hair.  The coat is soft, fine, and of medium length.

Breed History

The genetic roots of this breed go back to founder stock in Britain.  Longhaired kittens appeared occasionally in Abyssinian litters, and in the 1940s, breeder Janet Robertson exported Abyssinians to North America and Australia.

Decedents of these Abyssinians sometimes produce fuzzy, dark kittens: In the 1960s, a Canadian breeder, Ken McGill produced the official first Somali.  Using McGill’s stock, the breed was fully developed in North America by the late 1970s.  Somalis appeared in Europe in the 1980s, and by 1991 had worldwide recognition.

Overview

Date of origin: 1963

Place of Origin: Canada and the United States

Ancestry: Abyssinian

Other Name: Longhaired Abyssinian

Weight Range: 8-12 lbs (3.5-5.5 kg)

Temperament: Quiet but extroverted; Active  and Sociable.

Grooming: Moderate

 

 

 

 

 
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10 2011


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