Daily Archives: March 30, 2016

Want a dog that lives forever?

Okay, unless you have your dog stuffed and placed on your mantle, you’re never going to find a dog that lives forever. Unless you count that her memory lives in your heart forever…

However, if you’re worried about the affect it will have on you or your kids if your pooch were to pass away, there are a few breeds that live a long time. Generally the smaller dogs live longer—those who stay inside more often and are coddled by their owners. The following dogs can typically live from 12-15 years old:

  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Poodles (large and small)
  • Maltese
  • Lab Retrievers
  • Boston Terrier
  • Shih Tzu
  • Dachshund
  • Beagle
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Pug
  • Chihuahua

There are plenty of other breeds out there who, if kept healthy, will grow up with your family and give you plenty of years of happiness together.

Talk to your  Critter Care Animal Hospital  to discuss the characteristics that are important to you and your household .

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Walking Your Dog: Choosing the Right Equipment

Your dog’s daily walk is essential to his exercise regime. You need to select either a collar or a harness for your dog. A collar puts the controlling tension on your dog’s neck. If your dog is small, a collar may cause damage if you or your dog tugs on it too hard. A harness has the controlling tension in the chest and shoulders so any pressure is evenly distributed. However, for a large, strong dog, a harness may give your dog too much leverage and make it difficult to control him and keep him safe. Similarly when considering a retractable versus a fixed length leash. You may not be able to control a large dog with a retractable leash since you hold the “brakes” with just your thumb. The retractable leash is a ideal for a small dog since it gives them a little extra play to explore. Learn more from your Craig Road, NV veterinary clinic.

Places Where It’s Safe to Bring Your Dog

Places Where It's Safe to Bring Your Dog
Your dog is likely a member of your family, but just like there are some places where it’s not appropriate to bring your kids, there are places where you shouldn’t bring your dog. Here are some places where your canine companion is welcome.

Most outdoor areas are happy to host dogs. Parks, beaches, and trails often have rules for canines. If you want the freedom of allowing your dog off of his leash, visit the dog park. He can make a lot of friends with other dogs there too.

Some workplaces allow dogs. Just make sure you check with your employer before you show up with your furry friend in the morning. Some schools may be happy to host your dog as well.

For a list of places in the area that allow dogs, click here, or contact your veterinary clinic Fox Chapel, PA.

Do Cats Chase Their Tails?

Do Cats Chase Their Tails
It’s fairly common knowledge that dogs like to chase their tails. It’s a great way to pass the time and get attention from human companions, but what about cats? Do they chase their tails too?

Cats are less likely to chase their tails than dogs, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Kittens are especially prone to tail chasing behavior.

Felines are master hunters, which means keeping their eyes open for anything that moves. The flickering of a tail in your pet’s peripheral vision makes for good hunting practice!

Just like dogs, some cats chase their tails when they’re bored and want to play. Unfortunately, some cats can develop OCD, which means their constant tail chasing behavior is extremely unhealthy.

To make sure your cat’s tail chasing behavior is normal, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian Fox Chapel, PA.

Why Some Cats Prefer Water Fountains to Bowls of Water

Why Some Cats Prefer Water Fountains to Bowls of Water
Making sure your cat has constant access to water is important, but that doesn’t mean you can make your feline friend drink it! If you’re struggling to get your cat to drink enough water, you may have better luck with a water fountain.

Cats can be quite picky, especially when it comes to the freshness of their water. For some cats, changing out the water once a day isn’t enough! The mechanism in the fountain allows the water to cycle continuously, which makes the water taste better.

Water fountains are a lot more interesting than bowls of standing water! Even though most cats don’t want to get wet, they are fascinated by running water.

If you do decide to bring home a fountain for your cat, make sure that you clean it frequently. They can develop a slimy film pretty quickly. For more information, call your vet Fox Chapel, PA.

Mother Dogs Also Need To Be Weaned

Some pet parents are unaware that mother dogs have to be weaned from their puppy food diet at the same time that puppies are weaned from their mother’s milk. The process of switching a mother dog’s diet back to adult pet food is a process that should be undertaken gradually to avoid digestive upsets.

When puppies start to find puppy food more delectable, they will suckle less milk from their mother. In response, the mother dog’s body produces less milk. Certain hormones of the body exert an influence on the production of milk by the body as well as cessation. It is a customary practice to give puppy food to pregnant dogs during the last trimester of pregnancy. Puppy food is formulated with high levels of protein which are essential to help the body prepare for lactation.

The process of weaning puppies should be made step by step to avoid digestive upsets.

Know more about your pet’s nutritional needs by asking your Gresham, OR veterinarian.