Daily Archives: January 21, 2016

Persistent Barking – Finding A Solution

Dogs bark to communicate; however, there are times when a dog can’t seem to stop barking at anything and everything. This can certainly irritate and annoy their owners, who will surely get in hot water with the neighbors if they can’t make their dogs stop barking. If you are in the same boat as these owners, the first step to take is to identify what is triggering your pet’s outbursts. While it is not possible to stop your dog from barking, your objective is to get your pet’s barking to a more manageable level.

There are many reasons dog vocalize—either they want to get the attention of their owners and other members of the pack; bark at perceived threats; deal with their phobias, or simply out of boredom. Identifying the cause of your pet’s behavior may take time and effort but it will be worth it in the end. A dog may also engage in persistent vocalization when they are in pain or suffering an illness. A visit to your Mt. Olive, NJ veterinary clinic may help rule out or establish an underlying health problem. Know more about your pet’s needs here.

Persistent Barking – Finding A Solution

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Your Pet’s Dental Health

Taking a proactive approach to a pet’s dental health is an important responsibility of pet owners. A home dental regimen should be introduced to puppies and kittens as early as possible so they will learn to get used to the routine and tolerate the procedure. Pet owners should make the habit of checking their pet’s mouth regularly for foul odor, chipped or loose teeth, as well as reddish and inflamed gums. These are important signs of oral disease and should be brought to the attention of a veterinarian the soonest possible time.

Dental visits to the veterinarian are essential to the dental health of pets. In addition to dental cleaning and examination, early signs of tooth and gum problems are often spotted during this time. You can also ask your Racine, WI vet how to properly brush your pet’s teeth and attend to his dental needs. Click here to know more about your pet’s dental needs and set an appointment.

Can cats and dogs clearly distinguish different tastes of food?

Dogs and cats have fewer taste buds compared to humans so they are unable to distinguish between different tastes as clearly as people do. Dogs possess about 1700 tastes while cats have only about 500. However, the extremely sensitive olfactory organs of these species more than compensates for their lack of taste buds. This is one important reason why pet food is made to appeal also to the olfactory senses of cats and dogs. Without a keen sense of smell, they lose the ability to differentiate between lamb, beef, pork, poultry, and other components in their diet.

Cats are fussier when it comes to their meals. If you placed canned pet food in the refrigerator, make sure to warm it a little bit before giving the food to your pet because cats hate being served cold food. Warming food also enhances its taste, flavor, and scent, making it more appealing to your furball.

Consult with your Floyds Knob, IN vet if you have any questions about your pet’s nutritional needs.

Can cats and dogs clearly distinguish different tastes of food

Teaching Your Mouse to Stand Up and Beg

Mice are quite intelligent and can be taught a number of tricks. To teach your mouse to stand up and beg, you need to use food rewards to lure your mouse into following your commands. Offer the treats before you start training to build some excitement about the special food. When starting to train, show your mouse the treat. Raise the treat slowly in the air over your mouse’s head. As your mouse starts to reach for the treat, give the UP command. Wait till your mouse is fully up and then give him the treat. Practice this often. Next make your mouse wait a little longer and longer between the time he performs the trick and you reward him. This teaches your mouse to hold the pose when you give the UP command. Keep training sessions short and fun and remember to be patient. For more information, contact your Arlington, TX veterinarian.

Teaching Your Mouse to Stand Up and Beg

Your Fat Cat

Obesity in cats can lead to mobility issues and make your cat more susceptible to disease. Check the portion size of your cat’s food and consider purchasing a low-calorie food. Make sure your cat isn’t eating any other pet’s food. Limit treats and include their calories in the total calorie count for the day. Eliminate table scraps since they just add calories and make it hard to keep your cat’s diet balanced. Help your cat get some exercise. Encourage movement by using toys that stimulate your cat’s hunting instinct. Laser pointers and balls incite pouncing and running. Fishing rod toys with a feather lure get your cat excited to jump. Even empty bags and boxes give your cat a place to hide and ambush toys. Raise bowls and beds so your cat needs to climb and jump more. Weight loss will take time so be patient. Contact your Arlington, TX vet to learn more.

Your Fat Cat