Why Pet Dogs Should Be Kept In A Crate While Traveling

Placing your pet dog inside his crate during car rides is very important to prevent accidents. While it may be adorable for pets to look out the car window, a properly restrained pet will certainly do everyone a favor, including themselves.

To avoid any hassles, a dog should get used to being properly restrained while being in a car. Traveling can be stressful for everyone in the car, especially if a dog is not used to traveling in a crate or pet seat belt.

Here are important reasons why a pet dog should be properly restrained while riding in a car:

  • The driver can easily be distracted by a dog that is not restrained. Letting the dog move around inside the car may cause him to block the steering wheel, shift the gear, or step on the brake pedal or gas.

  • When the dog hangs his head outside the car window, he can be hit by moving projectile such as debris or stones that may cause serious injury to his face or head.

  • An unrestrained dog can become a hazardous projectile when the car suddenly brakes.

For more information, talk to your Pets Health veterinarian.


Doing These Things Can Be Annoying To Your Pet Dog

Doing These Things Can Be Annoying To Your Pet DogSome situations can have a profound effect on a dog’s temperament and behavior. These include changes in routine, unintentionally aggressive greetings, and inconsistency.

Routine Changes

Dogs are creatures of habit and their sense of stability and security often depend on routine. Mealtimes, potty visits, walks, playtime, and even the time you arrive home from work are all deeply ingrained into your pet’s brain, and he expects these events to happen day in and day out without distinct changes.

Random changes such as taking him to the potty area later than usual or changing his dinner time can stress your dog and may result in behavioral problems. It is best to stick to the same schedule, the same activities, and the same diet to prevent undesirable effects on your dog.

Being inconsistency

Once you have laid out the line that separates acceptable behaviors and what are not allowed in the household, make sure to be consistent in observing the rules you have established. Inconsistency can only confuse your pet dog. Never tolerate any undesired behavior at all times.

Fur Biting In Chinchillas

Fur biting is a type of anti-social behavior displayed by chinchillas. It is commonly seen in chins that don’t receive adequate physical and mental stimulation. Fur biting keeps them busy when they’re bored. Animosity between chinchillas that are kept in the same enclosure can also lead to the behavior.

For some, the behavior is a way of coping with stress as they are chronically exposed to certain stressors in their surroundings. Chins that have developed the habit can have a choppy-looking hair coat over time.

Certain stressors in the chin’s immediate environment, as well as health problems can trigger fur biting. Take note that fur biting won’t resolve on its own. The underlying cause needs to be identified so the problem can be addressed properly as soon as possible. A visit to your vet can help determine if the problem is caused by an underlying health issue. But if the vet gives you pet a clean bill of health, there’s a need to take a closer look at your pet’s immediate surroundings for potential stressors that could be causing the undesirable behavior.

What Is Clicker Training?

Clicker training is a training regimen that is grounded on the principle of ‘click and treat’; a click marks appropriate behavior, followed by a treat for positive reinforcement. Clicker training is popular among many animal trainers; it’s often used to instill proper behavior as well as correct behavior problems in pets. It’s also used in some training programs for horses and dolphins.

Clicker training uses a small device called a clicker that the trainer used to make a clicking noise that the animal will eventually relate with treats or other forms of positive reinforcement.

When he hears a click, the dog will anticipate the treat which is a reward for desired behavior. This will encourage the animal to repeat the behavior until it becomes deeply rooted. In animal psychology, this type of learning is referred to as operant conditioning.

The timing (that is, accuracy and consistency) of the clicking sound is very important. It should be clicked at exactly the moment when desired behavior is performed so the animal will know which behaviors will earn him treats. To know more, contact your vet.

Why Cats Love Catnips

Catnip is an herb with certain chemical that has a stimulating effect on cats. When a cat catches a trace of this chemical, there are distinct changes in the cat’s behavior. However, not all cats respond to catnip; those that do may differ in their response. Some become more energetic and engage in antics that are often amusing, while other cats have a more laid-back response such as excessive purring, rubbing, and even rolling about happily. There are also cases when aggressive cats tend to display more aggressive behaviors when encountering catnip.

About 25% of cats don’t respond to catnip in the same way as other cats. This may be attributed to a hereditary resistance to the stimulatory effects of catnip. If both the cat’s parents do not react to catnip, then their offspring is also expected to be non-reactive.  On the other hand, if your pet’s parents react to catnip, then so will their offspring. As you can see, the ability to be influenced by catnip is a dominant characteristic. Cats younger than 8 weeks old and senior pets don’t show any distinct response to catnip. For additional details, contact your animal care tips.

Who Should You Leave Your Dog With When You Go on Vacation?

It isn’t always possible to take your dog with you on vacation. Even if it is possible, you may decide you would rather leave him home. The question is, who should you leave your pooch with?

A professional boarding facility

A local vet would recommend that you drop your dog off at a professional boarding facility. There are a few reasons why it’s such a good choice.

First, you know that your dog is in good hands. The people there are trained to take care of canines, and it’s literally their job to make sure your pet eats regularly, gets played with, and goes for walks.

Second, they are equipped to deal with any emergencies as soon as they arise. Some veterinary clinics even double as boarding facilities. That means, if your dog gets sick or ends up in some kind of accident, his illness or injuries will be treated right away. It’s an especially good choice if your pet has serious medical needs.

A friend or family member

There’s no doubt that a boarding facility is a good place for your dog, but that doesn’t make it the right choice for everyone. Many people shy away from the boarding facility because it can be expensive, especially if you’re vacationing for a week or more.

Instead, many people turn to their friends and family. This is a great option if you have a person in your life that you know without a doubt will take care of your furry friend while you’re gone. They can even provide you with daily updates while you’re away!

A neighbor

What do you do if you don’t live near friends or family, and a boarding facility is out of the question? You can consider asking a neighbor to step in and help.

There’s no denying that it’s the most convenient option. You don’t have to drive your dog anywhere to drop him off because your neighbor lives right next to you. You can also provide your neighbor access to your home, which means he or she can make an emergency run for a little more food or a few treats. They can even make sure your pooch is waiting for you at the door when you get home!

Need help deciding which choice is right for you? Ask your vet for professional advice.

Tips To Help Your Obese Puppy Blast Away The Pounds

Tips To Help Your Obese Puppy Blast Away The PoundsOverweight puppies are very cute and adorable, but carrying excess pounds can have a negative effect on their health and wellbeing. Obesity has been identified as one of the most important predisposing factors of diabetes, conditions affecting the bones and joints, as well as heart and respiratory problems. It can also increase a dog’s predisposition to some types of cancer.

Pet owners should work with their veterinarians in creating a weight loss program for their overweight pets. This will help ensure that excess weight is eliminated in a healthy manner.

Overweight or obese puppies tend to tire easily and lack endurance. The most common culprit is overconsumption of calories, much more than what they need each day. Your pet’s food and exercise regime will be evaluated to see if there’s a need to change these programs.

You can also ask your veterinarian for a pet weight chart which will serve as a guide to help determine if your pet’s weight is within the standard limit appropriate for a specific age and breed.