Daily Archives: February 25, 2016

Interesting Facts about the Australian Shepherd

Did you know that the Australian Shepherd didn’t originate in Australia? The Aussie, as it is often called, most likely originated in Europe. The breed was brought to the U.S. in the early days via Australia where it spent time herding cattle, sheep and other livestock. The dog was bred with other working dogs in the U.S. and became what is known today as the Australian Shepherd. The Native Americans called the Aussie the “Ghost Eye” dog because of the various color patterns of the Aussie’s eyes. Most Aussie eyes are blue, brown, or amber. However, some dogs have two eyes of different colors while others have eyes that are split colors or color swirled. Over time, the Aussie actually became famous for his performance as a trick dog in rodeos. The Aussie is very smart and easy to train. Talk with your veterinary clinic Southside, IN for more details.

Interesting Facts about the Australian Shepherd

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Easing Your Cat’s Anxiety in the Vet’s Waiting Room

A trip to the vet isn’t any fun, but it can be especially stressful for a feline. If it’s time for your cat’s annual appointment, here are a few ways you can reduce your pet’s anxiety in the waiting room.

First, let your cat get used to the carrier before the appointment. Leave it out in the living room open for a full week. That way, it isn’t a scary new trap when you have to stuff your cat inside.

Line the carrier with a blanket or towel that smells like home. The familiar scent will help ease your cat’s nerves as he deals with strange dogs in the waiting room.

Although you may be tempted to take your cat out of his carrier to comfort him, it’s actually better for you to leave him inside.

For more tips, click here, or ask your vet Lansing, MI during your appointment.

All about the Aegean Cat

If you’re looking for a rare breed then start your search for the Aegean cat of Greece. This national treasure of Greece originated on the island of Cyprus some 10,000 years ago. Archeological evidence points to the Aegean as one of the first (if not the first) domesticated cat. The cat got his name from the Aegean Sea which surrounds his island home. The breed was declared an official breed some 20 years ago. Although rare around the globe, the Aegean cat is quite popular in Greece and easy to find, purchase, or adopt. The Aegean comes in two to three distinct colors including white. The cat is of medium build and a gentle temperament. His eyes are almond shaped and come in various shades of green. The Aegean is loyal, affectionate, and a great companion for all ages. Contact your vet Southside, IN for more details.

All about the Aegean Cat

Ketoacidosis and the Japanese Bobtail

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Ketoacidosis is a condition that can develop as a part of or as a result of feline diabetes. If your Japanese Bobtail has been diagnosed with feline diabetes, ask your vet about Ketoacidosis and what you need to know and look out for in your cat. Sometimes, when diabetic treatment is delayed, a condition called Ketoacidosis could develop. This condition is a metabolic imbalance that occurs with unmanaged or poorly regulated diabetes. Ketoacidosis is caused when fat and protein is broken down due to a need for more metabolic energy. The excessive breakdown of these reserves causes a toxic by-product called ketones. While the ketones continue to build in the blood stream, the pH and electrolyte imbalance continues as well. Symptoms related to Ketoacidosis include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, weakness, dehydration, and difficulty breathing. Talk with your veterinarian Westlake Village, CA for additional information and support.

A Houdini of all Cats

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The American Bobtail is a highly sensitive cat that is known for his bobbed tail, numerous colors and patterns, and his docile temperament. He is also an affectionate cat that loves being left on his own as much as he loves being handled and coddled. The American Bobtail is adaptable to just about any environment. He is also an incredibly brilliant cat, which can sometimes get him into trouble. For instance, the American Bobtail has a reputation as the Houdini of cats. He can get himself out of just about any kind of situation. Of course the American Bobtail will most often choose to escape from his cage right into the arms of the nearest person. His overly affectionate personality has won the hearts of many, which helps make him one of the most sought after feline friends. Contact your veterinary Clinic Westlake Village, CA for more details.

The American Bobtail

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Did you know the American Bobtail is a fairly new breed of domesticated cat? The American Bobtail did not originate until sometime in the 1960s and quite by accident. A couple on a vacation in Arizona found a cat with a bobbed tail and named him Yodi. They adopted the cat and took him home. He and their current cat created a litter of kittens all with bobbed tails. Those offspring then had kittens with the same tail mutation. The breed was soon established with Yodi as the patriarch of them all. Today, the American Bobtail is one of the most sought after cats and there’s a long waiting list for a purebred. So if you’re thinking about an American Bobtail you may want to look into adopting or else get your name on the waiting list of a local breeder right away. You can also ask your vets Westlake Village, CA for more information.

Should you leave your dog’s food out?

Leaving your dog’s food out all day is called “free feeding.” Although some dogs can handle this, most experts recommend against it, especially for a puppy.

It’s hard to gauge how much you’re actually feeding your pooch. If you stick your dog’s bowl into the food container and set it down for her two or three times a day, you may be going through the food fast, which not only leads to obesity in your dog, but also costs you more money.

You may have a dog who can control herself when her food is out all day. Or, perhaps you leave food out due to your work schedule. If you do participate in free feeding, measure the amount you give your dog to keep track of how much and often she eats.

Ask your Animal hospital Gresham or for more details about the pros and cons of free feeding your pup or read more here.

Did You Know? The Australian Cattle Dog

Did You Know The Australian Cattle Dog

Did you know that the Australian Cattle Dog is a favorite breed among celebrities like Mel Gibson, Matthew McConaughey, and country music singer George Strait? The popular breed is highly energetic and playful. If you spend a lot time outdoors hiking, or on the go then this breed may be a great match for you. In addition, the Australian Cattle Dog is a loyal, loving, affectionate, and extremely dedicated companion. They are also high intelligent and easy to train. Crossed with a Blue Merle Collie and the Australian Dingo, the Australian Cattle Dog is designed to work long hours driving cattle and other livestock across rugged terrain. The breed is built tough with very few health concerns other than deafness and blindness in older dogs. They require little grooming and lots of love! Talk with your veterinary clinic Thousand Oaks, CA for more details about this beautiful breed.

What to Do If Your Dog’s Nails Get Caught in the Carpet

Caring for your dog’s nails is one of the most challenging aspects of pet ownership, which is why some people let their duties go. Unfortunately, this can cause your dog’s nails to get caught up in carpeting, sweaters, and more.

If you notice that your dog’s nails are getting caught in the carpet, it’s more important than ever to make sure that they are clipped properly. With shorter claws, there is a smaller chance that they will get stuck.

If you find that your dog’s nails still get caught, even though they are clipped, you may want to consider filing them. If your nail clippers aren’t as sharp as they should be, they could leave the nails ragged, making them easier to get caught in carpets and clothes.

For professional help clipping or filing your dog’s nails, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian Flushing, NY.

What to Do If Your Dog's Nails Get Caught in the Carpet

Fun Facts about the Australian Cattle Dog

Fun Facts about the Australian Cattle Dog

Did you know that the Australian Cattle Dog was developed in the 1800s by early Australian settlers in search of a working dog? That’s right; the settlers crossed the Blue Merle Collie with the Australian Dingo to produce a dog with the ability to drive livestock across rugged terrain for days at a time. The Australian Cattle Dog is know, for the ability to nip at the heels of livestock like cows and sheep and herd them or drive them across pastureland. If you want to bring this dog into your home, be prepared to provide him with lots of room to run. He should also get two to three hours of vigorous exercise daily. These dogs make great family dogs, but be cautious when introducing them to small children as the dog may try to nip and herd them too. Contact your veterinarian Thousand Oaks, CA to learn more.