Archive for 'Pet Care'
Are diet changes required as a dog ages? If so, at what age should you change your dog’s diet? These are questions that many pet owners wonder. We have all seen pet foods that cater to elderly dogs, but are they necessary?
As dogs get older, they do require a change in diet. You can either feed them less of their regular food or choose a senior-specific dog food. Older dogs will inevitably begin to put on weight, so it is important to feed them a low-fat diet. Bowel problems such as diarrhea and constipation are almost inevitable, which is why a diet high in fiber can be very beneficial.Full Story
It may seem hard to believe, but animals can feel jealousy, and I know from firsthand experience. Every time my sister brings over her Boxer named Buddy, my Pekingese Pawz gets extremely jealous. The moment I go to pet Buddy, Pawz jumps in the way and demands my full attention. If I ignore Pawz, he will start whining and eventually start fighting with Buddy. It’s pretty amusing, and being that they rarely see each other it’s not a big deal. However, some pets have jealousy issues with animals they live with, which can become troublesome or annoying at best. For most this problem may be more prominent when introducing a new animal into the house, or even bringing a new baby home.Full Story
Spraying is a problem that should be remedied quickly to avoid repeated behavior. Whether your cat just began ‘marking his territory’ in this unpleasant manner or you’ve come in contact with a neighbor’s cat with this bad habit, there are natural ways you can help put a stop to it.Full Story
All dogs have a fur coat – it may be thin, thick long, short, straight or curly – and if you own a dog, you probably know the troubles that come along with taking care of their fur. Most dogs suffer from skin problems and dull coats from time to time. If your dog has not, count yourself lucky.Full Story
Anyone who’s ever owned a pet knows how difficult it can be after he or she passes away. For many, pets are part of the family, and losing one can be devastating, especially for children. Parents often shelter their children from the death of a pet; however, in most cases, this is not the best approach.Full Story
Whether you’ve seen them on TV or around your own neighborhood, it’s likely that you’ve spotted a few dogs wearing cozy winter wear, from jackets to booties. While some may scoff that dressing an animal is unnecessary and over-the-top, some experts may disagree. Dr. Becker, a practicing veterinarian who is commonly referred to as “America’s Veterinarian”, contributing to programs such as “Good Morning America” and “The Dr. Oz Show”, suggests that there are several kinds of dogs who may benefit from a little extra insulation during chilly months.Full Story
Aggression is a common problem pet owners face, and it can be very dangerous if left untreated. However, there is good news: it is treatable.
The first step is understanding the underlying causes of the aggression. Who is the dog aggressive towards: family members, strangers, or other pets? What are his triggers and what are the symptoms? These are questions that must be answered in order to successfully treat your dog.Full Story
Biking can be one of the best activities to do with your dog, especially if you have an energetic dog, as it is a good way to allow him to expend a lot of energy in a short period of time.
With the benefits come some risks- biking can be very dangerous with a dog. Start off slow, and make sure your dog can handle it, not all dogs are made to run.Full Story
Everyone knows our pets need food, water, medical care and love; however, they have other needs as well. Physical exercise and mental stimulation are essential in order for them to lead a happy, fulfilling life. “They need ‘jobs’,” says Kristen Collins, CPDT, and ASPCA Animal Trainer. Just like humans, animals need to feel engaged and busy. Unfortunately in today’s society, most dogs are left alone a majority of the day.Full Story
For many people, getting in shape can be difficult. What they don’t realize is they may have a personal trainer living with them: their dog. Studies show dog owners walk more, walk faster and enjoy an overall healthier lifestyle.Full Story