Daily Archives: March 15, 2016

Schipperkes and Boats

If you own a Schipperke then you probably know that this spunky and curious breed is often referred to as a “little black devil.” But did you know that the Schipperke also has the nickname of “Little Skipper” and “Little Captain.” In fact, “Schip” in Flemish means boat. That’s right; these pint size pups are right at home on the water, on the boat, in the water and all around. It is believed that the Schipperke originated as a ship dog and was used primarily to hunt rats and other vermin on board ships. The Schipperke is often described as having the heart of a Terrier and the body of a Sptiz. If you’re an avid sailor, beachgoer, or just plain love the water then the Schipperke would make a great companion. As with all dogs on boats, make sure your Schipperke has appropriate water gear on. Your veterinarians Eastern Passage, NS can give you more details.

Schipperkes and Boats

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Can Persian Cats be impregnated by Multiple Males?

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If you’re a cat owner then you may be familiar with the myth circulating that one cat can get pregnant by multiple cats. This belief is actually a true statement. Cats like the Persian cat can be impregnated by more than one cat. This may help explain the variety of colors and markings that kittens in the same litter have. Persians and other cats continue their heat cycle even if they are pregnant. Multiple eggs can be released over the course of a cat’s cycle which can last from three to twenty days. Having multiple “fathers” so to speak is known as superfecundity. Some cats come into heat between their third and sixth week of pregnancy. Although extremely rare, some cats can carry fetuses of different ages from different mating times (in different heat cycles) through a process known as superfetation. Talk with your vet Cypress, TX for more details.

Keeping Your Dog Safe

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Your dog depends on you to keep him safe from danger. Get your dog microchipped and make sure he wears a sturdy collar with an ID tag at all times. This will up your chances of becoming reunited with your dog if he gets lost. Check that your perimeter fence is secure and the gate is always kept closed. You may need to bury cinder blocks or chicken wire at the bottom of the fence to prevent digging. Keep your dog on a leash at all times when you are off your property to prevent injury and so your dog doesn’t run away. Demand that people keep their dogs away from yours if you feel threatened. Keep your dog’s vaccinations up to date to prevent him from contracting deadly diseases. And make sure you treat him year-round with a flea and tick prevention medication. Learn more from your Round Rock, TX veterinary clinic.

Does your dog chew on things around your home?

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Your dog does a lot of amazing things, and one thing he is particularly good at is chewing. However, since this can mean ruining your household items, you’d like to understand the behavior better in order to divert it to appropriate items. Why does he do this?

Your dog chews on things for a few different reasons, the first of which is simply to give him something to do. He may enjoy chewing, and it may also help relieve any gum pain he may be experiencing. This can be particularly helpful to him if he is teething. He may also chew in order to determine what the item is all about. It’s a way to learn about his surroundings. Since he can’t ask you questions directly, he is trying to gather information in the ways he knows how. For additional information, please contact your local animal hospital Colorado Springs, CO.

Safe Dog Toys

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Toys can be used to stimulate your dog mentally and increase exercise. Your dog may also find comfort in their dollies and find relief from the pain of teething. Only purchase toys that are designated pet safe. Then examine how your dog will be playing with the toy. Most danger in dog toys comes from choking hazards that occur after purchasing the toy. There is also a risk of digestive tract obstruction if your dog swallows something indigestible. Some toys are made from a softer plastic that an aggressive chewer can tear easily. Buttons and eyes and even limbs of plush toys can be broken or torn off and swallowed. Dogs will often peel the fuzzy skin off tennis balls. Watch that your dog doesn’t eat the skins afterward. Supervise your dog while he is playing with his toys and repair or discard if they are damaged. Learn more from your Chesapeake, VA veterinary clinic.

There’s Something in My Pomeranian’s Eye

Pomeranians are generally energetic and curious pups that love to play. It’s common for Pomeranians to get debris, dirt, or dust in their eyes when playing outdoors. If your Pomeranian is blinking his eyes excessively or his eyes are watery and weepy then he may have something in his eye. Call your vet to find out what you can do for your pup. Your vet may instruct you on checking the eye for anything obvious such as debris. You can do this by using your thumb to lift the upper eyelid while checking underneath. Do the same with the lower eyelid by using the other hand. If you see something that does not appear to be sticking in or poking at the eye, you may be instructed to flush it out with fresh water or saline solution. A follow up with the vet Regina, SK may also be recommended. To learn more, visit this website Victoria Veterinary Clinic.

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How Often Should You Vacuum If You Have a Cat?

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Dealing with pet hair is a challenge for any cat owner. One of the best ways to keep cat hair at bay is to vacuum, but exactly how often should you vacuum?

The rule of thumb is to vacuum once a week for every person and animal in your home. So, if you live alone with your cat, you should strive to vacuum twice a week. In this case, you may realize that it’s still better for you to vacuum more often. It isn’t unusual for pet owners to vacuum every other day.

If you live with a significant other and children, you may notice that you’re vacuuming at least once each day! If that’s just too much vacuuming, ask your family to help, assigning each one a certain day of the week to vacuum.

For more tips on controlling cat hair in your home, call your vet Crown Point, IN.

Keeping Your Cat out of Trouble While You’re at Work

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Sure, cats sleep a lot, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get into a lot of trouble for the few hours they’re awake each day! Here are some ways you can encourage your cat to stay out of trouble while you’re at work.

Cats love being up high, which means your feline friend is sure to knock a few things over while you’re gone. Before you leave in the morning, make sure that you pick up any dishes, including glasses that might have liquid in them. You may also want to consider putting away small items, like pencils and rubber bands.

If you find that your cat still finds a way to get into trouble, consider confining him to a single room in your home while you’re gone.

For more tips on keeping your cat out of trouble when you’re not at home, call your vet Fort Collins, CO.

Keeping Your Cat’s Litter Fresh

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Your cat needs fresh litter if you want him to keep using the litter box. The trouble is, keeping the litter fresh can be more challenging than you think! Here are a few tips for keeping the box clean and smelling nice so your cat enjoys using it.

It all starts with scooping the box regularly. The more you scoop the box, the fresher the litter will stay. If you don’t want to deal with all that scooping, consider purchasing a self-scooping litter box.

Keep an eye on the way the litter works. Clumping litter will only clump so long before it gets saturated. If the litter looks darker than the new litter in the bag, it’s time to replace it.

Litter additives can help keep nasty odors at bay too! For more litter box tips, click here, or call your vet Carteret County, NC.

Encouraging a Sick Cat to Drink More Water

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Whether you have two legs or four, getting sick is always a possibility, no matter what time of year it is. If your cat is feeling a little under the weather, you’ll need to make sure that he’s drinking enough water. Here are a few tips on getting him to do just that.

Old, stale, sitting water can be very unappetizing, especially if your cat isn’t feeling well. Instead, consider investing in a kitty water fountain. It’ll keep the water fresh and cool, encouraging your cat to take a drink more often.

You can also make the water tastier. Add a little chicken broth or tuna juice and your cat is sure to lap it all up!

Wet food is a great way to make sure your cat is getting enough water too. If you worry that your cat is ill, you should also schedule an appointment with your vet Leesburg, VA.