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Tue, 01 May 2007 19:11:00 +0000Neutering / Spaying your PetStudies have indicated that having your female dog or cat spayed before she matures can significantly reduce the risk of mammary gland cancer. This also eliminates her chance of uterine infections. Neutering your male dog or cat prevents testicular cancer and can prevent pet health problems of the prostate. This also can help reduce some behavioral problems. If possible, for optimal preventive pet health care, both procedures should be performed by six months of age.Dog Dental CareTaking care of your dog's teeth offers many health benefits. Keep your pooch's teeth and gums healthy by scheduling annual dental visits and cleaning your dog's teeth at least three times per week at home using a dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste found at most pet stores. Never use human toothpaste!Lyme's DiseaseA type of bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, which is carried by the deer tick, causes Lyme disease. Lyme disease may cause serious pet health problems, such as lameness, enlarged lymph nodes, and an elevated temperature. The joint pain can become quite extreme. In severe cases, the bacteria can damage the kidneys and immune system. Pets at high risk for Lyme disease include those living in the northeastern part of the U.S., near the Great Lakes, or in northern California. Areas along the west coast and southern states east of Texas are moderate risk areas. Please vaccinate!Dog and Cat ObesityManaging your dog or cat's weight can lead to a longer, healthier life. Weight control also helps ward off conditions such as osteoarthritis and diabetes. Commercial pet foods have been the leading cause of over-weight pets. If you love your pet, then it's time for a change. We recommend All Natural Pet Foods, such as Healthy Pet Net and Flint River Ranch. Click Here for more information.Separation AnxietyA dog that is destructive while you are away from home might be suffering from separation anxiety. Dogs who do not have self-confidence, are not comfortable being left alone, or whose daily routines have changed can develop separation anxiety. The fear of isolation often results in unfavorable behaviors inside the home while the dog is alone. Keeping arrivals and departures low-key, and leaving your dog with a personal item such as a T-shirt that smells like you may ease his or her anxiety. If behavioral modifications are not enough, veterinarians may prescribe medications to help curb the behaviors.AllergiesCommon signs of food allergies are inflamed, itchy skin around a dog or cat's feet, face, ears, and "armpit" folds. In addition, recurring ear infections may indicate an allergic reaction. Another form may include "dandruff" in their coat. This is common in commercial pet foods due to the incredible amount of grains added as cheap fillers. We recommend All Natural Pet Food to alleviate further issues. Click Here for more information.Bloodshot Eyes in DogsYet another sign of poor health due to many commercial pet foods. Get your dog or cat on a Natural Diet for optimal health and happiness.HeartwormHeartworm is a disease in dogs that is spread by mosquitoes, causing damage to many organs, respiratory problems, and heart failure. This disease is not easily detected so a veterinarian should determine whether your dog is heartworm-free. You can easily prevent heartworm. Start treatment when a dog reaches 12 weeks of age. Regularly administer daily, monthly, or yearly medications. Some heartworm pills also prevent intestinal parasites and include a flea prevention component. Many brands are available by prescription: Filaribits®, Heartgard®, Interceptor®, Iverhart® Plus, Revolution®, and Sentinel®.Are People Foods OK For Dogs?Some people foods are OK for dogs in moderation (no more than 10% of the total diet) such as:Vegetables. Most veggies are OK for dogs, either raw or cooked. Stay away from onions and garlic because they can cause anemia in dogs.Rice and pasta. Low in fat and calories, these foods make great treats. Use these to add some bulk for weight control diets.Cooked meats without bones. Small amounts[...]
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 17:22:00 +0000There are many behavioral problems in dogs that leave us wondering, why are they doing that? What are the causes and what can I do to stop such behavior? The more frequently reported behavioral problems are described below.Destructive behaviorDestructive behavior is one of the most common complaints from dog owners, and hence necessitates the most in-depth discussion. A dog quickly ceases to be ‘man’s best friend’ when he/she scratches up a prized rug, chews up a favourite sweater, or eats an expensive pair of shoes. Destructive behavior is due to many causes, including separation anxiety. Many owners are gone from the house for many hours during the day, and the result is that the dog has more opportunity to develop destructive behavior The problem with this is that owners come home and see the chewed object and will punish the dog at that time. The dog will not associate the act of destruction to the punishment because they will not understand exactly why you are upset. They will act ‘guilty’ because they know you are upset, but they will not associate your anger with their act of destroying the object. Therefore, do not punish a dog for its behavior unless you catch him in the act.Another reason for destructive behavior is lack of environmental stimulation. Boredom may be a cause, or at least a contributing factor, especially in young or large animals that do not receive adequate exercise. Animals need environmental stimulation. Obtaining a second pet or providing interesting and interactive toys for the dog may help. For example, a hollow toy filled with solid treats or peanut butter encourages the dog to interact with the ball to get at the treats.Finally, destructive behavior could also occur due to barrier frustration. This may result if the dog has been punished by being put in a closed room or into a fenced yard, or it may be caused by the presence of something very desirable on the other side of the barrier. In these cases, the dog will try hard to break through the barrier and may destroy the door frame or door knobs, for example.To treat destructive problems, one must determine the exact cause of the behavior and remedy the cause accordingly. For example, a young dog that is chewing furniture but not doorways is mostly likely in need of more environmental stimulation. Increasing exercise, providing another animal companion, putting the radio on, decreasing anxiety, or giving a chew toys only when the owners are away are other treatments.Preventing such behavior is always easier than trying to treat it. Puppy owners should avoid giving the puppy old shoes or a piece of rug to chew on because the animal will not be able to differentiate between an old sneaker and the new leather dress shoe. Dog toys should be provided, but they should be a type and texture that the dog can easily distinguish from forbidden objects. It is also a good idea to be consistent when presenting toys to the dog and make it obvious that the toy indeed belongs to the dog. Puppies should be left in their crate when the owners are gone from the house. The crate should not be the place where you confine the dog as punishment. The crate is their ‘den’ and the puppy should learn that it is their own safe haven. AggressionAggression is also a common complaint from dog owners and is a serious threat to public safety. Refer to the article on aggression and biting at http://pets.ca/articles/article-dog-aggression.htm for more information.Biting should be discouraged during puppy-hood. Refer to the article on what to do if you have a ‘mouthy puppy’ here: http://pets.ca/articles/article-dogmouthy.htmExcessive barkingExcessive barking can be disruptive to you and the neighbours. But before considering a drastic surgery such as debarking (which is not recommended), determine where and when the dog is barking. If it occurs only when out in the backyard alone, the solution is to keep the dog indoors and accompany the dog on a leash outside. More commonly, dogs bark at strangers or [...]
Wed, 11 Apr 2007 17:12:00 +0000I STOOD BY YOUR BED LAST NIGHTI stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep. I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear, "It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea, You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.I want to reassure you, that I'm not lying there.I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "it's me."You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.It's possible for me to be so near you everyday.To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew, in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.Be patient, live your journey out ... then come home to be with me.- Author unknownPet LossWe love our animals so much, and it's so hard to let them go. The loss of any beloved pet has a drastic impact on our lives and is equal to or worse than that of losing a human family member. Losing a little one causes extreme anguish and sorrow. This is a natural reaction when you lose a loved one, whether human or animal; and the stages of mourning are the same. Grievers feel the identical shock and denial, anger and guilt, sorrow and depression.Yes, it is okay to cry! It's okay to grieve over your loss. You have the right to grieve because you've lost a loyal companion and a best friend. You've lost a family member who gave you unconditional love and acceptance. You've lost the one who loved you no matter what you did or didn't do.Anger and guilt are natural, but you must allow yourself to go through all the reaction stages of death: denial & disbelief, anger, guilt, depression, and finally, acceptance. There is no order to these stages. Be sure each person in the family, including children, is allowed to share their grief.If it bothers you to see your pet's belongings, you might want to put them out of sight so you are not constantly reminded of your loss. After a while, when you are feeling stronger, you can bring them out again.To help yourself overcome the sorrow and grief you are feeling, have some kind of burial ceremony to say goodbye to your dear angel. If you have other pets, they are most likely grieving also. Let them be a part of it all. Write a eulogy to say how much you loved your little one and tell about all the good times and happiness you shared.Talk about your pain and loss to someone else who will understand what you are going through. Other people who have also lost a pet are the ones most likely to offer you their comfort and support because they know the horrible pain it causes. In times when the pain feels unbearable, focus on all the good memories. Use pictures and some of your little one's favorite belongings to create a special remembrance. Use your angel's tags as a necklace, or put them on a key chain. Go for a walk or call a friend on the telephone to fill the time you usually spent with your precious one. Do something you think your sweet baby would like for you to be doing at this moment. Look through the pictures you have of your darling and remember all the love and happy times you shared. Remember, too, that our little loves are waiting for us at Rainbow Bridge.After the tears have dried and you are feeling somewhat normal again, consider getting another p[...]
Wed, 11 Apr 2007 17:03:00 +0000CozyPetClothes.com Quality Dog Clothes for your Pampered PetCozy Pet Clothes carries a wide variety of Pet Dog Clothes. Accessories, Beach wear, out door wear, Coats, Jackets, Dresses, Formal Wear, Hats, Holiday Fashions, Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Hanukkah, Patriotic, Rain wear Boots, Robes, wraps, Shirts, sleep wear, pajamas, sweaters, swim suits, vests, Western Wear and more! Check out our Exclusive Collection of Dog Clothes!Here you will find our fabulous line of "hand-made " designer dog clothes for your pets. You will find shirts, dresses, vests, bandanas, robes, coats, accessories and much more! Can't find dog clothes for your large dog? You've come to the right place. We offer clothing for pets of all sizes, from teacup to Great Dane! Nearly every clothing item you will see on our site is available in sizes up to XXL!Accessories, Beach wear, out door wear, Coats, Jackets, Dresses, Formal Wear, Hats, Holiday Fashions, Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Hanukkah, Patriotic, Rain wear, Boots, Robes, wraps, Shirts, sleep wear, pajamas, sweaters, swim suits, vests, Western Wear, Sale, costume, harness, personalized, Dog, Pet, Dog Clothes, Dog Clothing, Pet Clothes, Pet Clothing, Pampered Pets, hair bows, bandanas, sunglasses, swim suit, swim trunks, visor, swim shorts, patterns, light weight jackets, heavy duty coats, winter coat, designer, Wedding Attire, Wedding Dress, Tuxedo, Fancy Collars, Graduation Cap and Gown, Bridesmaids Dresses, Flower Girl Dress, Hangers, Hats, Shoes, Winter Clothing, Spring Clothing, Western Clothing, Scarves, Sombreros, Christmas harness, holiday harness, pet panties, dog harness, pet harness, fancy pants, female dog panties, Fourth of July, St. Valentine's Day, and more!Dog Apparel BasicsSome dogs are naturals for dressing up, and some people like their "kids" to look like humans. Dressing them up is an extension of their love for them. There are, however, practical reasons to consider apparel as well.Fashion Isn't Always FollyAside from our own desire to dress our dogs in human clothing, there are often practical reasons to do so. Dogs that have undergone medical treatments that result in the loss of fur will often need at least some temporary protection from the elements until their fur grows back. This also applies to dogs that have been shaved.People who live in severe winter climates should keep in mind that even though their pets have fur, they may need protection from the elements when they spend most of their time indoors, because they acclimate to their indoor surroundings.Short-haired dogs are almost bald on the chest and belly, so be sure to select garments that cover the lower portions of their bodies as well as the top. Most dogs don't enjoy the rain, and if your pet spends most of his time indoors, you probably don't enjoy the musty odor or the mud. With a rain slicker, all this can easily be avoided.Polar fleece is also a good protective fabric; it insulates and keeps the dog warm while drawing moisture away from the skin. Booties are good for dogs in snow, ice and rain. Booties are also outstanding for dogs when taken hiking in rugged terrain. In cases of extreme heat, booties can help protect a dog's pads from hot ground surfaces. Remember that while a dog's pads are less sensitive than our own feet, they are still sensitive to extreme temperatures.While people might not think about the summer as a time to use apparel, a dog that has been shaved or suffers from hair loss may need additional protection from the harmful rays of the sun. Hats and sunglasses offer protection from UV rays as well.Getting Your Dog to Accept Wearing ApparelProper fit is the key for getting your dog to accept donning dog apparel. However, ease of getting the garment on and off is a learned behavior for both you and your dog. Start by putting the clothing item on and rewarding the dog with ver[...]
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