Did you know dogs communicate with their tail? A wag can mean many things – an aggressive dog may wag their tail, but it will be held high and moving rapidly. A playful dog will also hold his tail high, but it will be waging in big arches from side to side. Meanwhile, a dog that is afraid will hold his tail low and may wag it stiffly back and forth. Being aware of this can be helpful while walking, in training, and during interactions with other dogs.
With the countless sizes, colors, and personalities of dogs, there are just as many cool facts to go along with them. Below are a few facts that may catch you by surprise!
- “It’s rumored that, at the end of the Beatles song, ‘A Day in the Life’, Paul McCartney recorded an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, just for his Shetland Sheepdog.”
- “Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming”
- “Dogs have three eyelids, an upper lid, a lower lid and the third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” which helps keep the eye moist and protected.”
- “A dog’s normal temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.”
- “There are more than a dozen separate muscles that control a dog’s ear movements.”
For more cool facts check out PetFinder.com‘s list of 25 Cool Dog Facts!
Here a few tips to keep their health in check!
- Keep up with regular visits to the vet
Take your pet to the veterinarian at least once a year for wellness exams. Regular checkups can ensure your pet is up to date on vaccines and can help detect underlying health problems.
- Brush your pet’s hair and clip their nails
The brush you need depends on the breed of cat or dog you have. It is also important to remember to clip your pet’s nails. This will prevent injury to their feet and to surfaces in your home. If you can hear your pet’s nails clicking on the floor, it’s a sign they are too long.
- Brush your pet’s teeth
Keeping your pet’s dental care up to date is one of the most important things you can do for them. A healthy mouth promotes overall wellness. To introduce your pet to brushing their teeth, start slowly and ease your way into it. Stop in and visit us for tips on how to brush their teeth.
- Provide proper exercise
Exercise is important to maintain a healthy body weight and stay strong. The amount of exercise your pet needs depends on their weight, age, and breed. For dogs, take them along on your favorite outdoor activity. For cats, try testing out a jungle gym or laser pointers.
- Focus on proper nutrition
Feeding your pet proper nutrition is extremely important. Ask your veterinarian what food is best for their breed, age, and size. Keep your pet’s diet consistent to avoid upsetting their stomach.
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As dogs and cats age into their senior years, it’s important to keep an eye on their evolving health needs. A dog or cat can be considered a senior at the age of seven (7) years. Some large breed dogs are considered a senior age at six (6) years old. Diet, exercise regime, and energy level are some of the most noticeable things that start to deteriorate as a dog ages. Dental disease can also be a common problem, so it’s important to continue to visit us for yearly dental exams. Dental disease in dogs can start as early as two years old.
Schedule wellness exams: Regular wellness exams should be scheduled for your senior pet once every six (6) months. Wellness exams can help detect any illnesses early on, and promote your pet’s overall health. It is also recommended to conduct a baseline laboratory test that can help monitor any changes in your pet’s health.
Exercise: Even though your pet may seem to have less energy than in their younger years, it’s important to keep them active to prevent obesity. Provide them with the proper exercise needed for their age, breed, and weight. Consult us for recommended exercise.
Keep nutrition in check: Proper nutrition plays an important role in your senior pet’s life. If your pet is suffering from heart disease, kidney disease, or digestive issues, make sure to speak with us to help determine what diet will best suit their needs.
Make senior pets comfortable: While keeping your senior pet comfortable is essential for their happiness and well-being, adjusting your home temperatures can help regulate their internal body temperature. Older pets are more sensitive to changes in heat and extreme temperatures. Be sure to protect them from outdoor temperatures such as overheating and hypothermia.
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Rabies is a very serious disease that can have devastating effects on you and your pet. The easiest way to maintain your pet’s safety is to regularly visit your veterinarian and be sure their rabies vaccinations are up-to-date.
Although wild animals are more likely to be rabid than domestic animals, it is still vital to keep a close eye on your pets when they are outdoors. This becomes especially true when you live in or near a wooded area where wildlife is closer.
To learn more about rabies prevention visit CDC.gov.
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Help make your veterinary visits more memorable by creating a fun and positive experience. Treating your dog and using play as a reward throughout their visit will help them associate the vet with a positive experience. Taking your dog in for “happy visits” can also help your canine to see the vet as a pleasant place to go. Encourage your veterinarian and technicians to use positive reinforcement throughout your visit to help reduce stress.
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Check out some poisons to keep far away from your dog and/or cat
Poisonous for Dogs:
While Advil or over-the-counter medications can help us feel better, it does not have the same effect on pets. Prescription drugs and antidepressants can cause elevated heart rate, seizures, high blood pressure, kidney failure, and even death.
Rodenticides are easy for dogs to get a hold of. The main types of rodenticides contain warfarin, brodifacoum, diphacinone, and bromethalin. The threat to a dog’s health when ingesting rodenticides are anticoagulants. Ingesting these chemicals can increase seizures and paralysis in dogs, as well as tissue mineralization.
Perhaps one of the easiest items for a dog to accidentally ingest is a plant. Toxic plants to dogs include apple trees, aloe, holly, lilies, daffodils, azaleas, baby’s breath, bird of paradise, daisies, carnations, cherry plants, chives, bamboo, hibiscus and more.
Poisonous for Cats:
You’ll often find cats munching on indoor and outdoor plants, but even indoor plants sprayed with herbicides can be fatal if ingested. Also, the bait contains methomyl which can lead to respiratory arrest in cats.
Almost one-quarter of phone calls to the ASPCA regard pets ingesting human medication. One of the most common human pills that poses a threat to cats is ibuprofen. Ingestion can cause kidney failure and stomach ulcers. Aleve is another medication that contains naproxen which can be fatal to cats even when ingested in small amounts.
Some lilies cause irritating reactions, such as tissue damage to the mouth, tongue, pharynx, and esophagus – this results in minor drooling. The more dangerous, potentially fatal lilies are true lilies and not the variation.
**If you suspect your pet has ingested any of the above toxins, please contact your veterinarian immediately.**
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Caring for a senior pet is much different than for a younger dog. The 3 most common issues as dogs age are arthritis, dental disease and obesity.
Each of these issues can be aided, and to an extent, can be prevented. Below are some great ways to help your aging dog as best you can!
- Schedule regular visits with your vet
- Feed them a higher quality diet
- Take care of their mouths (especially their teeth)
- Provide plenty of toys
- Provide special accommodations
For more tips and tricks visit CanineJournal.com.
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We always strive to keep our pets as safe as possible; but this can be difficult to maintain if we don’t know where they are at all times!
1 in 3 pets become lost in their lifetime… that’s quite staggering. Cats and dogs should ALWAYS be wearing their ID tags; there is no warning when they escape out the door. One way to ensure they are tagged to the best of our abilities is to have have a physical tag, a microchip and a license. Another vital step for ID maintenance is to ensure that metal ring the physical ID is attached to is strong and be replaced on a regular basis as it begins to wear thin.
For more information about National Pet ID Week check out FoundAnimals.org.
Adding a furry family member can be simultaneously exciting and nerve-racking. Below are some tips for adding a new dog or cat to your family!
When doing dog to dog introductions, keep the interaction short and positive. There are some things you can do to ensure that your dog enjoys greeting others Having your dog under control in a calm state sets them up for a calm, stress-free introduction. If your dog is not able to settle, it may be best to walk by the other dog while they adjust. The best rule of thumb is to count to three, then allow your dog to come back to you. Doing this also allows you to read both dogs body language for any signs of stress. Our dogs may not like every dog they meet and we as their ”pet parent” must know this. Doing this will keep your dog safe, happy, and calm during greetings.
There are many things you can do to make adding a feline to the family positive and stress-free. Begin by bringing the new kitty in a carrier and allow them to adjust to the new scents and sights of their new home from within a safe environment. This allows any other kitties to investigate the new member of their family without feeling as if their house is being invaded. You may also consider allowing the new kitty to hang out in a bathroom or mudroom for a few days. Other family members can greet and smell their new sibling. Allowing short and positive interactions can encourage your new kitty to adjust well and become a happy part of your family.