Sunday, November 2, 2008

Pets with Compulsive Disorders

When normal behaviors become repetitive or sustained and don’t seem to make any sense, a dog or cat is often diagnosed with compulsive disorder.

These behaviors can become so extreme that they affect the animal’s well-being, says veterinary behaviorist Amy Marder, director of the Center for Shelter Dogs at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Emotional conflicts, stress, genetics, medical conditions and a pet’s environment can lie at the root of compulsive behaviors — but sometimes the cause is unknown, perhaps triggered by a situation that went unnoticed at the time.

Please go to the MSN web site to read the entire article and learn how to get your pet help to stay happy and healthy.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Stressed Out Dog? Then Check This Article Out


Dog anxiety is every bit as real as the anxiety you feel and dogs can become stressed when their owner's are away.

Noises such as thunderstorms or fireworks can cause dog anxiety and the first step to prevent a dog's anxiety attack is to eliminate the cause. But this is not always possible, such as in the case of storms. Other times it's just plain difficult to determine what is causing the stress.

Here are some tips to help you ease tension in your pet.

1. If you dog has a fear of thunder or fireworks, you can pretty much forget about being able to desensitize him. It's almost impossible. Instead, try placing your pet in an area of the home where he is away from windows and doors. Perhaps keep a radio on to drown out the outside sounds.

2. Introduce new pets into the home gradually. And be sure to stick to any routines you've already established with your pet.

3. Separation anxiety in dogs is very real. They don't like being left home alone. This stress can cause destructive behavior. Leave favorite toys around for your pet to play with. Dog whining is another way dogs show their displeasure at being left along. If you dog has shown to get along well with other animals, consider adopting a second one to keep him company.

4. Leaving a TV or radio on when you are away can also help relieve seperation anxiety.

5. Dogs can also become stressed when moving to a new home. If you're moving, take your dog to your new home before you move in. Allow him to investigate the surroundings. Give him some treats and play with him in the new home so he will associate something positive with the experience.

6. A new baby or spouse in the home is another cause of dog anxiety. Again, keep things as normal as possible. Stick to your dog's regular routine and give him plenty of attention.

7. If you dog is grieving the loss of a companion, give him plenty of love and attention. After some time, consider a new animal playmate.

One more thing you may want to consider. There are several natural products on the market made specifically to reduce dog anxiety but if your pet continues to suffer please get him to a vet.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Why Your Dog Eats Grass...

Did you ever wonder why your dog eats grass....is it salad to them, help with digestion or what! Here is an excellent article on the subject from the WellPet Club e-Newsletter.

'Plant and grass eating is normal behavior and there are several theories to support why dogs may do it, but no one really knows for sure. Dogs are omnivores, which means they eat plants as well as meat, so some dogs may simply like the fresh clean taste and texture of grass.'

To read the entire article go to the WellPet Club e-Newsletter website.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The 'Sound' of Fear

Up to 20 percent of dogs of all ages and breeds suffer from noise phobias so severe that their people seek professional help for them, something that affects my black lab.

Sometimes fear of certain sounds can be linked to a specific event: a particularly bad storm, a smoke detector going off or a fireworks display. In other dogs, the fear progresses over time, so a dog who’s afraid of storms gets worse each storm season.

So if your pet has a 'sound phobia' and needs some help to calm down, please read the full article on the MSN website.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Kids and Pets

Do you already have a pet and are now having a baby or have kids that are begging for a pet? Here is an excellent read on how to introduce kids and pets to each other and training tips for both.

No more 'we have to get rid of our pet because we have kids' because with a little effort you can make this transition an easier one and have a happy kid and happy pet as the end result.

You can read the entire article on the HomeVet web site.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Animals in Desperate Need

Many of us have the good fortune to be living in parts of the world with governments that allow us to be safe, fed and healthy and while we read the news of the terrible situations in other countries, we often do not think of the other forgotten, innocent victims, the animals.

A clinic offering vital help to people and their pets in impoverished township communities in South Africa has issued a desperate plea for donations after recent violence left pets abandoned, starving and in need of urgent veterinary care.

The CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) project near Johannesburg, which is supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), is appealing for emergency funding to cope with a huge increase in the amount of homeless pets, mainly dogs, arriving daily at its clinic and shelter, which were already working at full capacity.

If you can spare even the smallest donation PLEASE go to support IFAW’s work with abandoned pets in Johannesburg and other needy animals around the world, please call 020 7587 6700, or visit www.ifaw.org

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Summer's Hot Dogs!

A must read for all pet owners as the hot summers months are upon us.

'Just as there are safety precautions to ensure warm-weather safety for humans, there are precautions to make sure pets stay safe and happy. When it's hot for you, it is probably even hotter for your pet — especially if it has a dark coat, a short muzzle (breeds such as bulldogs and pugs), is in its elder years, or has a tendency to overexert itself.'

Let your pet enjoy the outdoors in summer with these tips:

* Adjust their exercise routine by taking them out for playtime in the early morning and evening hours.
* Be cautious when walking your dog on pavement (which can get very hot and may burn your pet's paws) and at the beach.
* Provide your pet with plenty of water.
* Try a simple keep-cool tactic such as soaking a bandanna in water and putting it in the freezer before you put it on your dog to wear on a walk.
* Make sure your pet has plenty of access to a shady area to rest when outdoors.

And most important, be sure never to leave your pet unsupervised in a car, even on a mild day a car can heat up quickly and your pet could suffer heatstroke.

Read the entire article for more information on how to keep your pet safe and warning signs of heat distress to watch for on the MSN web site and have a safe summer!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Sign of the Times

Some pet owners have been hit hard by the economy and as a result, pets are being abandoned with no food or water.

'The rising costs of fuel, food and housing — and the rising tide of foreclosures — have generated a surge in requests for pet food from traditional food pantries and prompted some pet owners to give up their animals. Others are trying to save money by forgoing veterinary care.'

Read the entire article on the MSN web site and see how you can help pet owners in your area and share tips on how to cover the cost of caring for your pet in this tough economic time.

If we can help others in this time of need we can help make the world just a little bit better.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Oh No, My Dog Was Sprayed by a Skunk!

Having your dog sprayed by a skunk has got to be one of the worst things for you and your pet to deal with, something we know from experience!

Today there are excellent natural, organic products that will neutralize the terrible odor and get your pet's coat clean and shiny that contain no toxic ingredients — and come infused with pure country spirit — include Buddy Wash (cloudstar.com), Parsley Hollow (parsleyhollow.com), and Vermont Soap (vermontsoap.com), the first USDA-certified organic pet shampoo.

HOLD THE TOMATOES
They don't work. What does work to neutralize this horrendous smell is the brilliant Omega Zapp Skunk Odour Conditioning Shampoo by NuHemp (available from fetchdog.com). The key ingredient: organic hemp oil.

SHAMPOOS FOR KEY CANINE COAT TYPES

SHORT COATS like a Labrador's spell sensitive skin that demands a gentle formula such as Puppy Suds available from Spa Dog Botanicals.com.

HUMAN HAIR resembles that of the Shih Tzu, who requires a conditioner like Buddy Wash available from Cloud Star.com.

BRUSHING OUT before lathering is a must with thickly coated breeds like the sheltie to prevent mats.

WIRY COATS like a terrier's won't dry out with an ultra-emollient shampoo such as TheraNeem Pet available from Fetchdog.com.

For more information read the entire article on the MSN web site.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence

Barry Yeoman has written a piece on the connection between battered pets and battered women and the article, originally published in O Magazine may be read on Barry Yeoman's web site.

'Who would suspect that a family’s animals could be pawns in domestic violence? Or that their sad condition might tip off investigators to women in trouble? The terrifying truth about cats and dogs.'

Heart wrenching on so many levels but painfully simple to connect and understand, batterers always attack those that they can dominate and submit by force.

PLEASE
read the Animal Cruelty/Domestic Violence Fact Sheet on the US Humane Society web site and download any of the FIRST STRIKE materials that you may find helpful.

One day this information will help you save lives.