Attention-Getting Behavior and Other Behaviors that Can Pave The Way For Destructive Behavior in Dogs

Destructive behavior in dogs can be a result of certain canine behaviors that could be unintentionally reinforced by pet owners. Here are the top 3 on the list:

Play behavior

Dogs spend a good part of the day playing and engaging in natural behaviors such as digging, chewing, and even shaking of toy-like objects. This is very common among puppies as they continue to explore their environment or when young dogs are left unsupervised, or when they don’t receive adequate outlets to engage in appropriate play behavior.

Attention-seeking behavior

Some owners unintentionally pay the most attention to their pooches when they are naughty. As dogs get used to the attention, they may engage in problem behaviors just to get reinforcement and attention—negative attention is better than no attention at all.

Investigating or exploring their Environment

Dogs are curious creatures and they can unintentionally damage items when they are investigating or exploring every nook and cranny of the house. They may paw at objects or explore them using their mouths. Some dogs fetch and carry objects around. Damage can be done when dogs are left without supervision for considerable lengths of time.

Your veterinary hospital can help you deal with any problem behavior displayed by your pet.


Giving Mixed Signals Can Confuse Your Dog During Training

The importance of giving a cue at a given time should always be kept in mind when training a dog. Making multiple requests can only confuse your dog. Training your pet using repeated cues or commands will teach him that you need to say commands over and over again before he makes a response. Also, your body language may be confusing your dog. Remember, canines are highly perceptive to their owners’ behaviors and body language. They pay attention to your body movements, rather than verbal instruction. Be consistent with your body movements when giving a cue or command. To avoid this situation, the first step you have to take is to teach your dog the desired behavior using positive reinforcement, then add the cue or command. Just say it once, and wait. Patience is indeed a virtue during dog training. Give your pooch a minute or two to respond. If he seems confused or fails to make the desired action, you need to go back and practice the behavior some more before you attempt to add the verbal cue. Read more here.

When Is The Best Time To Bring Home A New Kitten

The best time to bring home a new kitten is when they’re between 8-12 weeks of age. Once a kitten is weaned from his mother and the rest of the litter, he is ready to create an emotional bond with his new pet parent. A new cat owner should be ready to take on the responsibility of taking over the mother cat’s role of providing premium quality food, fresh clean water, a comfortable home, as well as emotional security.

As the kitten arrives in his new home, he must be given opportunities to explore his new world and get used to new sights, sounds, and scents. These experiences are important to the physical and mental development of the kitten. However, make sure that these explorations are always under your supervision. Young kittens that are not permitted to explore and socialize will grow up fearing unfamiliar things that they will encounter later in life. They will be nervous in strange environments and can be unfriendly towards strangers. Talk to your vet for more Pet Health Tips.

Tips For A Stress-Free Transition Period For New Guinea Pigs

Being in a new home can be a stressful time for new pet guinea pigs. Planning and preparation should be made well ahead of time so the experience may not be as stressful. Your new pet needs all the care and support that you can give to help him adjust to their new and strange surroundings. Here are ways to help your new pet breeze through the transition period without any major problems:

  • Set up your pet’s cage a day or two before their arrival. Basic essentials such as food and water bowls, bedding, cavy-safe toys, and other basic needs should already by placed inside the enclosure.

  • Once you arrive with your new cavy, place him inside the enclosure and cover it with a light cloth to prevent undue stress and any distraction. The cover will give your new pet some privacy while he is adjusting to the new place.

For more details, give your vet a call.

Are Bengal Cats Hypoallergenic?

People who are allergic to cats usually start sneezing when they are around cats. Their eyes also start watering and their noses start to run. Some also break out in rashes or even hives. An asthma attack can be triggered by a severe reaction to cat dander.

Bengal cats are often said to be hypoallergenic because many people with allergies reported lesser or no flare-ups when they are around these cats. This may be due to the fact that Bengal cats produce lesser amount of dander that becomes suspended in the air or covering furniture and other household surfaces.

Cat dander is actually shed off skin and dried saliva, which is produced as a result of a cat’s self-grooming habits. A glycoprotein that is present in dander (Fel D1) is the allergen that triggers an allergic reaction in hypersensitive people. Ask your vet for additional information.

Protecting Your Dog From Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough is a highly contagious disease that affects the upper respiratory tract of dogs. It can easily spread like wildfire from one susceptible dog to the next; this is usually the case when dogs are kept in close quarters, or when they come into contact with each other in the dog park, dog shows, or during leash walks.

Vaccination is the most effective way of protecting your dog against Kennel Cough. Other measures that can help minimize your dog’s exposure include the following:

  • Keep your dog fit and healthy; these can help boost the function of their immune system. stress and exposure to environmental extremes should be avoided as much as possible because they can compromise your dog’s immune system.
  • A dog’s living conditions should be well-maintained and have adequate ventilation.
  • Minimize your dog’s contact with other dogs

More animal care tips by visiting your vet.

What To Do If You Think Your Cat Has Ingested Something Potentially Harmful


Cats are very curious creatures and even if measures have been taken to cat-proof your home, your kitty may get into situations in which they can be exposed to potential hazards. One of the most common emergencies that involve pet cats is poisoning as a result of ingesting  products that are used for housecleaning or for garden and lawn application.

If you think your kitty has been exposed to any of these potentially hazardous products, make sure to keep the product packaging so you can show it to your vet when you bring your kitty to the clinic. This will make it easier for your vet to come up with plan of intervention to address the problem immediately.

If your cat has had access to a potentially toxic product, never try to induce vomiting. Also, don’t adapt a ‘wait and see’ attitude. It may be too late to save your pet by the time symptoms may appear.

If your cat got chemical solution or powder on his skin or hair coat, use warm water to wash off the chemicals, just be careful not to get any soap or chemical in his eyes. Dry your kitty thoroughly after the bath. To know more details visit the website.