Important Things Your Dog Wishes You To Know

Important Things Your Dog Wishes You To KnowEven if you have been sharing your life and home with a dog for a considerably long period of time, there are some doggy secrets that you may not know yet. Knowing some of them will help you decipher some of their behaviors and help you provide the best care for your pooch.

  • Spinning around before doing their business

A study conducted on the behavior displayed by dogs in relation to their elimination habits showed that dogs prefer to align with the north-south axis when defecating. They generally avoid the east-west alignment.

  • Different beds for different dogs

Like humans, different dogs have specific bed preferences. Dogs that like to curl up would be more comfortable in a bumper bed, while those that sleep with their legs straight out prefers a flatbed.

  • A wagging tail is not always a friendly gesture

Dogs wag their tails for a variety of reasons, and not all of them are friendly gestures. A dog that is angry, agitated, or annoyed may also wag his tail. You can tell whether your dog’s tail wagging is a positive behavior or not by observing his body language, such as the positioning of his tail and whether the muscles of his face are tense, his ears are pinned back, and pupils dilated. These are signs of a dog that is not feeling friendly or welcoming.


Important Reasons Your Cat Is Losing Weight

Important Reasons Your Cat Is Losing Weight

Cats have gained the reputation of being finicky eaters. Even though they are naturally inclined to regulate their food intake, being able to consume just the right amount of calories for weight maintenance, some cats become overweight or obese when they are fed an inappropriate ration. However, if your furball seems to be losing weight for no particular reason, this may be an important sign that something is amiss. If your pet’s weight loss is not a result of a change in his activity level or any other factor that you can identify, you should work with your veterinarian in getting to the root of the problem, and be addressing it before it can become serious and more complicated.

Some important reasons cats lose weight include the following:

  • They don’t like the food placed in their food dish
  • They hate the smell of their food bowls, especially when these are made of plastic. The material can easily absorb and retain scents.
  • A heavy load of intestinal parasites
  • Stress – cats are very sensitive to specific stressors in their environment.
  • Old age – physical and mental decline associated with aging can cause cats to lose weight and be more picky about their intake.
  • Health problems – specific health problems such as diabetes can lead to drastic weight loss and host of other distinct symptoms.

Cleaning A Ferret’s Ears

Cleaning A Ferret_s EarsPet ferrets need to have their ears regularly cleaned to prevent accumulation of dirt and ear wax. If you have a pet ferret, make sure to train him to accept or tolerate having his ears cleaned while he is still very young. A ferret that is not used to the procedure may be a hassle to deal with when the need arises.

Ask your veterinarian for an ear cleaning solution that is safe to be used in ferrets. Pour some of the solutions into a small container and lay out some cotton buds or Q-tips so you can easily get one. Next, hold him by the scruff and place him on a flat surface, such as on a table or counter. Dip a Q-tip in the solution and gently clean the ferret’s ears of earwax, debris, or dirt. Resist the temptation to go deeper into the ear canal because you may injure the eardrum. Use a dry Q-tip to get rid of excess moisture from your pet’s ears. For more details contact your local pet care.

Best, and Worst, Small Animals for Apartments

Sharing your life with an animal can bring you a lot of joy, no matter where you live. But, some pets are better for some homes compared to others.

Cats and dogs can be an option for people living in an apartment, as long as you’re thinking about the particular breed you choose. But, if you’re looking for a smaller companion, it’s just as important to consider which one would be best for you.

Here are a few of the best, and worst, small animals for apartments.

The best animals for an apartment

When considering which animal is best for your small apartment, you want to consider a few things. According to a professional veterinarian, noise is a very important consideration. You don’t want your new pet to be the reason why you don’t get along with your neighbors.

You also have to consider size. Animals that require a large cage are a bad idea for the same reason why large dog breeds can be a challenge in a small space.

In general, rodents often make good companion animals for people who live in an apartment. If you’re looking for a more independent pet, choose a hamster. They don’t mind being left alone in the cage if life gets a little busy. If you’re looking for a more social, trainable, and friendly critter, go with a gerbil or a rat.

Rabbits can be a good choice too! You just have to make sure you choose a relatively small bunny so your new furry friend’s cage doesn’t take over your apartment.

The worst small animals in an apartment

As mentioned above, any animal that’s noisy isn’t a good idea for an apartment. Some parrot species are especially bad for apartment life because their screaming and cawing can easily penetrate the walls. That can make your life miserable, but it’s sure to make your neighbors hate you as well.

Steer clear of animals that require a lot of space. Iguanas are one example. They may be cute and cuddly when you see them at the store, but they can grow up to be six feet in length. A pet like that needs a huge cage!

Need help figuring out what animal would be best for your family? Call your local veterinarian and they can provide you with professional advice.

What to Do If Someone in Your Home Doesn’t Like Your Pet Rat

Not everyone is a dog person, and not everyone is a cat person, but they aren’t the only animals that cause problems for people. Some creatures, like the rat, are more detested than others.

Now, what if someone who lives in your home doesn’t like that animal? Here are a few tips for making sure everyone in your home lives in harmony, even if one of those people doesn’t like your rat.

Keep the cage out of common areas

Some people are just turned off by rodents. It’s their loss. According to a professional veterinarian, rats are intelligent, social, and affectionate animals! But, if someone you live with just can’t be convinced otherwise, you should be respectful and keep the cage out of common areas.

Avoid placing the cage in the living room or dining room. Instead, place it in a bedroom. A basement can work too, as can a closet, as long as you keep the door open and interact with your pet regularly.

Be careful during playtime

Your rat needs to come out and play on a regular basis. That can be difficult if you’re living with someone who would rather act like they don’t share their space with a rodent.

The key is to be respectful when bringing your pet out to play. Only bring him out in areas of the home where your roommate or family member doesn’t have to worry about interacting with him. It’s even better if you can schedule playtime when that person isn’t home. That way, you and your rat can play anywhere in the house that you like!

When the weather is nice, consider taking your rat outside to play. Use a pen to keep your pet contained, or consider walking him on a leash.

Let them get to know each other

Not everyone is open to getting to know an animal they don’t like, but don’t be afraid to ask! You might be surprised to learn they’re willing to try!

You just have to start small. Invite them into your room to observe your rat in his cage, or ask them to hang out with you in the same room while you play with your rodent.

Don’t forget to ask your veterinarian for more tips!

Ferrets Can Get Heartworms


Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is not exclusive to dogs and cats; ferrets are also viable hosts of heartworms. Fortunately, there are preventive measures you can take to protect your pet ferret from heartworms.

Mosquitoes are important transmitters of heartworms. A ferret can get the heartworm microfilariae from the bite of an infected mosquito during a blood meal. Cases of heartworm in pet ferrets are highest during summer. So it is a good idea to minimize your pet’s time outside the house and install screens on your windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from getting in.

Adult heartworms are found in the heart of an infected ferret; when there is a heavy infestation, the worms impede the ability of the heart to pump blood. As the number of heartworms increases, the heart’s function and integrity are compromised. The cardiac overload will cause the heart to expand, exerting pressure in the chest, eventually giving rise to breathing problems. For more advice contact your veterinary clinic.

Feeding Kittens


Some experts say that it is fine to “free-feed” young kittens, meaning leaving food out all day long so they can eat anytime they want. However, they should gradually be transitioned to eating at specific times during the day by the time they are 4-6 months old. Free feeding also helps reduce the distention of the kitten’s stomach which can be a consequence of rapid meal eating. It is also a good way to encourage underweight or slow-growing kittens to eat. However, it should not be practiced in overweight or obese kittens. These kittens should be should be given measured portions so you can keep an eye on their caloric intake. You can check the suggested feeding guide on your pet’s food package. Overfeeding can become a big problem even among highly energetic kittens. Thus, portion control is very important around the time of spaying and neutering, where cats are more prone to piling on the pounds. For more advice contact your veterinary clinic.