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3 Tips For A First Time Puppy Owner

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There are few things as cute as seeing a puppy running around your floor- but becoming an owner of a puppy also comes with a lot of responsibility. Understanding what you need to do to successfully raise a puppy into a good dog will make the process of adding a puppy to your family much easier. If you plan to get a puppy in the near future, use the following tips: Purchase a Crate Some people think that crate training is mean, but in reality a crate will probably become your new puppy’s safe place. Dogs are natural den animals– in the wild canines usually have small, secure places to sleep and hide from other predators. Crate training is a great way to help housebreak a puppy, as dogs typically will not urinate or have a bowel movement in their sleeping area. While crate training can be a great way to help housebreak a dog, never leave a puppy in a crate for an extended period of time. Puppies have small bladders and can only control their bowel movements for so long. Create a Teething Plan Much like human babies, puppies have a teething period as their new teeth grow in. If you want to avoid having your puppy chew up shoes or go to town chewing on the legs of your dining room table, it is important to have a plan. One of the best things that you can do is limit the area that your puppy has access to when you are not home. Using baby gates or a crate is a great way to restrict where your puppy can go. In addition to restricting access, make sure your new puppy has a variety of toys designed for puppies so he or she can fulfill the chewing instinct. Switch Food Slowly When adopting or purchasing a puppy, it is important to know what kind of food he or she has been eating. If you would like to feed your new pup a different brand of food, make sure that you make it a slow process in order to prevent stomach problems. Your best bet is to begin feeding the food that your pup is used to eating with a small amount of the new food. Over the course of a few weeks, you can adjust your new puppy to the diet that you want to feed him or her. Contact a business, such as Bar R Kennels, for more information....

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Understanding Your Cat’s Dental Needs: What You Should Watch Out For

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When most people adopt or buy a cat, they do not think about all of the potential dental or other veterinary needs they may have. In fact, most cat owners assume that cats do not require dental care or assistance. The problem is that cats can have numerous dental health issues that require the care of a cat dentist. Get to know some of these dental health issues that your cat could suffer from so that you can be sure that you take the best possible care of your cat’s oral health and keep them happy and healthy for as long as possible. Periodontal Disease (a.k.a. Gum Disease) Gum disease is one of the conditions that many pet cats can develop without proper dental care. This dental health issue occurs through bacteria in your cat’s mouth. The natural bacteria along with the bacteria they can get in their mouth through eating, drinking, and cleaning themselves can lead to the development of plaque and tartar. If the plaque and tartar on their teeth is not removed through dental cleanings, the bacteria will continue to grow and flourish, infecting the teeth and the gums. When the gum tissue becomes infected, your cat can suffer from inflammation, pain, bleeding, or other dental problems from the infection. Periodontal disease can also cause bacterial infections elsewhere in the body if the infection gets into the bloodstream. Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions (Tooth Resorption) Another dental health condition that affects many domestic cats is known as feline tooth resorption. Essentially, this is a condition similar to cavities in cats in which the hard outer layer of the tooth structure begins to deteriorate. This exterior tooth structure, known as the dentin, is the protective tissue that keeps the nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissues inside the tooth safe. As such, the deterioration of the dentin can cause pain, plaque buildup, gum tissue inflammation, and difficulty eating certain foods. Oral exams by a cat dentist as well as regular scans and cleanings can help you detect any signs of tooth resorption in your cat so you help minimize their discomfort and accommodate their changing dietary needs. You can also prevent the tooth resorption from causing other infections in your cat’s teeth or gums. Now that you have a few ideas of the types of dental problems your cat can suffer from, you can provide them with better dental care to prevent and treat such issues as they...

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2 Tips For Caring For A Frog

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Frogs are very interesting and popular pets, but they can be very difficult to care for since they require a lot of consideration and care that does not really apply to the more common pet types. Listed below are two tips that can help you care for your frog and keep it as healthy as possible. Watch Out For Bloating One of the biggest things to keep in mind while you are caring for a frog is that a bloated or swollen frog is a cause for alarm. In many cases, a bloated or swollen frog can be a result of impaction. Impaction is a result of solids being ingested by the frog and getting stuck within the body.  When impaction occurs, it can often be because the frog has eaten some of the non-edible materials in the tank while it was eating. In addition, a frog can experience impaction and bloating if its diet consists of a lot of chitinous insects. The chitin on those insects can be very difficult for a frog to digest, so it is easy for the chitin to build up in the frog. Now, impaction can sometimes resolve on its own as the obstruction can work its way out over time. In many cases, however, the impaction will often need surgery to be cleared so that the frog can begin to recover.  Keep An Eye On Feeding Conditions Another thing to keep in mind when caring for a frog is that it can often be quite difficult to create the optimal conditions to keep it eating. One of the biggest reasons that your frog may not be eating is that you are not feeding it live food. Live food is very important for many frog species as their hunger and eating drives are often only going to be triggered by seeing their prey moving. A frog will often also need the right level of humidity in order to feel up to eating. If the tank is too dry, then your frog may end up not feeling well enough to eat or may simply be sluggish all day. In that situation, you may have to add additional water to the tank. Finally, if your frog is not eating, then you may want to consider if the cause is another frog in the same tank. In many cases, another frog in the case may end up dominating the area and taking all of the food for itself or stressing out the other frog. In order to resolve this issue, you will want to consider feeding the frogs in separate cases if the issues do not resolve as the frogs get used to being together.  Drop by your local pet store today in order to discuss the many ways in which you can keep your frog or other amphibians for sale as healthy as possible. When caring for a frog, it is very important to closely monitor its feeding habits and body size in order to keep it in good...

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What To Know About Pit Bull Coloration

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If you’re buying a pit bull puppy, you may have noticed that they come in a variety of colors like any other breed. If you’ve done further research, you may have found people listing certain colors as “rare” or “unusual.” Other people claim there is a personality difference between dogs of certain colors. This, no doubt, can cause a lot of confusion about what to look for in a pit bull puppy. Pit bull coloration: Pit bulls can be black, blue, red, white, brindle, gray or any combination of those. Most colors, except for merle, are acceptable for show dogs. Despite the fact that the breed can come in all those colors and their combinations, there are two varieties that spark a bit of controversy between pit bull experts: red-nosed and blue-nosed varieties. Red-nosed and blue-nosed pit bulls: The only real difference between red nose and blue nose pit bulls is the color of their nose. The nose of the blue-nosed variety is actually a gray or black color. Many blue-nosed pit bulls have an accompanying gray or blue coat. Red-nosed varieties tend towards having a brown or fawn-colored coat. A certain variety of red-nosed pit bulls, known as Old Family Red Nose, has a distinct bloodline that is important in the show arena, but not necessarily for pet owners. No matter what the color of their nose or fur, American pit bull terriers are all the same breed. The controversy between the two nose colors: Some people claim that blue-nosed and red-nosed have distinct personality types. Others claim that the blue-nosed varieties are not American pit bulls at all, but are American Staffordshire terriers. The fact that the word “pit bull” is often used for other similar-looking breeds adds to the confusion. Be aware of any claims that the color of a pit bull’s nose can determine their personality or their value. Despite the controversy and the claims, it is not possible to judge a dog’s personality or worth solely based on their color.  There’s no reason to be concerned about your puppy’s color if you’re purchasing it for pet purposes. There are no “rare” pit bull colors, and personality has more to do with breeding and upbringing. Instead, be sure to meet and interact with the puppy to determine if their personality is the best fit for your family. If you are looking for a potential show dog, check with the various American pit bull terrier kennel clubs for acceptable colors and...

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Why Indoor Cats Should Be Vaccinated

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If you have just acquired a cat that you intend on keeping indoors, you may have contemplated skipping vaccinations. While an indoor cat is certainly at a lesser risk of disease than an outdoor cat, there are still some reasons why you should go ahead and make an appointment with a veterinarian. Consider the following points to help you realize why getting vaccinations for your indoor cat is an important task. Living Situations May Change You may have an instance occur where you are displaced from your current home and will need to look for a new location to live. If you do not have a plan as to where you would stay if you lost your home, you may need to bring your cat to a home with other pets. They may have to stay in a shelter temporarily if you do not have a home willing to care for them. If one of these scenarios happen, your cat can be exposed to disease or sickness from another animal. If you need to give your pet up altogether due to a situation beyond your control, a new owner may allow them outside and put them at risk for disease. A Jailbreak May Occur If your pet is bold and not scared to try new things, they may wander out the door if someone accidentally leaves it open. If your pet is not neutered or spayed, they may try to escape the confines of your home in search for a mate. If your pet becomes lost outdoors, they are at risk for contracting an ailment or disease through contact with another cat or a rabid animal. If someone finds your pet, it may end up in a shelter with sick animals around it. It is important to protect your cat from these possibilities. Stress Can Cause A Flare-Up Many cats are exposed to the herpes virus in shelters, inutero, or when around other cats that have this disease. Even if your pet seems to be in the best of health, you will not know if they have contracted the disease without having a checkup by a veterinarian. Those who skip having their cat checked because they are intending on keeping it indoors, may find out the cat has the disease if the cat becomes stressed. Stress can trigger a flare-up of the dormant herpes virus, causing the cat to have runny eyes or a respiratory infection. Getting a feline herpes virus shot will not take the disease away, but it will keep symptoms at bay, allowing the cat to avoid suffering from these symptoms. Some Towns And States Require Proof In most states, getting a feline rabies shot is mandatory regardless of whether it goes outside or not. There may also be town or city laws in place where you live. If a rabid animal were to make its way into your home, strict rules would need to be followed if your pet was bitten. Without a shot, your cat may need to be quarantined for several months, or the state may mandate that it is euthanized for precautionary measures as it is a risk to other animals or humans. You would then receive a fine for not having your pet vaccinated as the law specifies. Contact a local vet, like Cat Care Clinic, for more...

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3 Things To Do Immediately After Your Dog Eats Chocolate

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Do you have a dog in the house? Do you also enjoy food made from chocolate? While you may love both your dog and your sweets, the combination of the two can be fatal. Chocolate contains an ingredient called theobromine, which is a stimulant much like caffeine. Theobromine affects a dog’s heart, kidneys, and nervous system, thus making them sick, and in some cases, even causing death. You’ll want to call a vet, like All Care Pet Hospital of Harbour Point, as soon as you notice that your dog has ingested chocolate. However, to give you the best instruction, your vet will need some information. Here are a few tips to manage the situation so you can get the best care possible for your furry friend: Get the chocolate away from the dog. The first thing you should do is prevent the dog from ingesting any more chocolate. If you catch the dog in the middle of eating the chocolate goodies, remove the remaining food as quickly as possible. However, even after you remove the remaining chocolate, there’s still more work you’ll need to do. Your dog probably has chocolate in the fur around his or her mouth. Get a wet rag and a brush and wash that chocolate out of his or her fur. Also, he or she may have chocolate on the teeth. If the dog will let you, try to use a wet toothbrush to clean the chocolate out of his or her mouth. Determine how much and what type of chocolate the dog ate. Different types of chocolate contain different levels of theobromine. White chocolate has minimal amounts and is unlikely to cause serious problems. However, the darker the chocolate, the higher the levels of the toxic ingredient. Dark chocolate has high levels and cocoa and baking chocolate powder have extremely high levels. Also, the quantity is important, especially relative to the size of the dog. A couple of small pieces of light milk chocolate may not be serious for a large Labrador retriever, but it could be unfavorable to a small toy poodle. Use the remaining chocolate and the information on the packaging to determine how much chocolate has actually been ingested. Your vet can use that information to give you advice. Watch for symptoms. When you call the vet, he or she will likely want to know how the animal is behaving. It’s important to note that symptoms can show up hours or even a day or so after the chocolate was ingested, so keep a close eye on your...

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4 Ways To Take Care Of Your Puppy’s Teeth

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If you have a new puppy, then one of your top priorities should be taking care of your puppy’s teeth. Starting healthy habits early will ensure that your puppy’s teeth remain healthy right into adulthood. Here are some dental care tips that you can use to get your puppy off to the right start. Feed Your Puppy Tooth-Healthy Kibble Kibble will help to slow down the formation of plaque on your puppy’s teeth due to its abrasive action on the teeth. There is even some puppy kibble that is especially designed to help remove plaque. Read the label of your puppy’s kibble carefully to see if it has been especially designed to be tooth healthy; if you can’t find a brand that is, then regular kibble will work as long as you feed it to your puppy at least once per day. Use Chew Toys Chew toys are a great way to get your puppy’s teeth clean. This is because the action of chewing causes more saliva to be produced in your puppy’s mouth, and this will clean your puppy’s teeth. Test out different chew toys to see which types your dog prefers, and ensure that our dog chews on them at least once per day. Brush Your Puppy’s Teeth Prevent any tartar from building up on your puppy’s teeth by brushing them regularly. It can be a bit difficult at first to brush your puppy’s teeth. Some puppies will react with fear and some will think it’s a game. If your puppy reacts with fear, then don’t push the issue. However, if your puppy thinks it’s a game then use it to your advantage and see if you can turn the brushing of your puppy’s teeth into a fun routine. Get Regular Dental Checkups Dental checkup are not just for adult dogs. Take your puppy to the dentist every six months in order to get a full dental checkup. The frequency of cleanings that your puppy needs as they grow into adulthood will differ. Your vet will determine your dog’s cleaning schedule. However, if you notice bad breath or decaying teeth you should consult a vet, like those at Spring Hill Veterinary Clinic, as soon as possible. Taking care of your puppy’s teeth is not difficult once you take the time to understand the best ways you can help prevent decay and gum disease. Once you start your puppy out with good dental hygiene, you have set a firm foundation for a lifetime of good dental...

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Addressing Common Concerns About Buying Purebred Puppies

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Buying a puppy is a common way of bringing a pet into your family, and it is common for people to want a particular breed of dog. This will involve you purchasing a purebred dog, but this is a different process than adopting a puppy from the pound. For those that have never been through the process of buying a purebred, having the following two questions answered will help you to better anticipate what to expect when you get your puppy.   What Information Is Included With The Pedigree Documents? The pedigree documents that come with your pure breed are essential for proving that you own a purebred. Considering the higher cost of these dogs, it is important to keep these documents if you are ever forced to sell your animal in the future.  Your pedigree documents will include the family history of your dog as well as the registration documents from the governing body for that particular breed. If you buy the dog at a very young age, there is a chance that these documents may not be available because it can take several weeks for the governing body to prepare and send the registration documentation. In these instances, the breeder can provide you with a contact information for the governing body to confirm that the paperwork is valid and being processed.  What Should You Look For When Choosing A Purebred Puppy? It is no secret that pure breed dogs can be vastly more expensive than dogs with mixed ancestry. However, there are some people that make the error of just choosing the most affordable dog of their desired breed without considering many of the other factors that must govern this decision.  When you are considering a dog, you need to ensure that it is healthy, and this will mean inspecting the puppy for obvious health defects while also evaluating the medical history of the parents. This will help you to avoid choosing an animal with a serious genetic health problem. Fortunately, most breeders will be able to readily provide you with this information to review.  If you are considering buying a puppy with a pedigree (such as German pedigree rottweiler puppies), it is important for you to be reasonably informed about this process. By understanding what the pedigree documents will include as well as how to evaluate puppies you are considering, you can help you have a deeper understanding of this process. In addition to avoiding common problems, this deeper knowledge can help you to better ensure you get the perfect puppy for your...

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What Attracts Skunks And How You Can Deter Them Naturally

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Skunks serve an important part in an ecological chain. They eat a lot of unpleasant bugs, grubs and insect larvae. Unfortunately, skunks are also attracted to rotting and decaying things, like your garbage or fruit that has fallen from trees in your yard and started to rot. It is not so much the fruit that the skunks are after, but the larvae and maggots that call the rotting fruit home. Skunks are scavengers, and although they prefer certain things to eat, they will eat whatever is available to them. If you want to know what will attract skunks and then repel them naturally, the following information should help. Easily Accessible Food Sources If you leave food out for your outdoor cat, take your trash out to cans outside almost daily, keep fruit trees in your yard untended, and also have lots of old logs and tree stumps just sitting out in the open, you have the kind of yard that skunks love. It is a bona fide skunk buffet and paradise. All the skunks need now is a place to sleep during the day (since they are typically nocturnal). Places to Hide and Sleep Skunks are often nocturnal, or most active from dusk to dawn. You might get an occasional straggler that likes to be up past its bedtime and roam around during the day, but most skunks like to avoid the time of day when their predators are most active. They will look for places to hide and sleep that are close to the bountiful food sources you provide. Examples of these cozy skunk hideaways are: Crawl spaces Openings under your porch Garages and garage attics Your yard shed or storage shed In or under a wood pile (Skunks have excellent front claws for digging holes and digging up grubs) In open spaces inside dead tree trunks or under dead tree roots Repelling Skunks Naturally The easiest way to repel skunks naturally is to take away or remove all opportunistic food sources and close off all possible sleeping areas. This may mean removing dead wood and trees from your yard, locking up your garbage or not taking it out until garbage day, removing fruit trees or hiring a landscaper to care for the trees, forcing your outdoor cat to wait until sunrise to eat the kibble you set out, and blocking off or sealing off all access points to your home, garage and shed. Removing all sources of food and shelter will cause the skunks to relocate. If that does not work, you can always call a no-kill pest control service to handle your skunk removal...

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Health Problems Associated With Miniature English Bulldogs And How To Handle Them

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Unlike a miniature bulldog, which is a crossbreed of a pug with a bulldog, a true miniature English bulldog is a purebred animal bred down to its miniature size. That said, the purebreds have some different health problems associated with their breed, but it is not anything so serious that it should prevent you from considering a miniature English bulldog as a good pet. Here are some of the common health problems and what you can do to prevent and treat them should you decide to buy or adopt your mini English bulldog. Breathing Problems Not unlike the regular-sized English bulldog, the minis also have breathing problems. This comes as a result of having a compact head with sinus cavities smooshed up and back inside the dog’s head. If your puppy or dog ever gets a cold, you will need to take him to a vet to help him clear his sinuses and breathe easier. Sinus infections are also a possibility, so watch for signs of sneezing and/or labored breathing. If your dog begins breathing through his mouth a lot, it may also be a sign that he or she should see a vet and have his/her nostrils and sinuses checked. Another breathing problem that these dogs experience is a narrowed windpipe. It is a congenital disorder and not one you can prevent or fix. However, you can prevent asphyxiation and suffocation by not giving your dog large treats or large kibble, especially if your dog gobbles his or her food down like a starved pig. You can also feed your dog several smaller meals during the day to prevent food from being sucked into the air way and into the lungs, where it could potentially cause pneumonia. A complete physical by your vet when you first get your dog will tell you if your dog has a narrowed windpipe. Eyesight Problems Bulldogs of any kind frequently have poor eyesight. If your dog frequently seems to run into walls and other hard objects, do not panic. His or her poor eyesight is the cause, and while you cannot buy eyeglasses to help your dog, you can make sure there is not some other eye issue. Dogs, like people, can go blind, get cataracts and contract glaucoma, and since bulldogs already have bad vision, it may be hard for you to tell the difference, but a veterinarian can. The occasional bumping or running into things is normal for both full-sized English bulldogs and mini English bulldogs, but constant accidents, especially those combined with falls, falling over, passing out or having accidents in the house when the dog was housebroken, definitely requires a trip to the...

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