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What’s the difference between dog breeds?

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You are an animal lover, and you can’t help but want to share your home with an adorable little fur ball. You think a dog would suit your lifestyle nicely, but there are so many different dogs out there. Is there a big difference between breeds?

Dog breeds can vary quite a bit, and it’s important to look at each potential companion’s traits when determining if they will fit into your household. A dog’s breed will determine how large they will get, which in turn can help you see what they will need for living space and outdoor room. It can also give you an idea of how vocal they will be, what basic personality traits they are likely to have, and what they will need for care. Information on a dog’s breed can really help you figure out if that is the pet for you or not. For more information, please contact your local Thorold, ON veterinarian.

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Choosing a pet for your family

Your family has talked about bringing a pet into the household for a long time now. Yo

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u have given it some long, hard thought, and you feel that it’s finally time to take the plunge. How can you determine which type of pet will fit into your lifestyle the best?

Your family is unique, so you will need to assess what you can handle for care. You will also need to determine what is necessary in order to keep a potential pet happy and healthy in your home. The two of these, what you can give and what a pet needs, will have to balance well in order for your family to be able to bring home a pet that will thrive under your care. Take the time to talk about pet preferences as well, since everyone in the family will be impacted by the new addition’s presence. For additional information, please contact your local Tipp City, OH veterinarian.

Canine companions

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You have always had a big spot in your heart for animals, and you can’t help but want to spend time with a canine companion. How can you determine what type of dog you should bring into your household?

If you have already decided on bringing a dog into your home, you have already made a big step toward pet ownership. It’s also important for you to remember that every dog is different and will need specific care. Think about your capabilities, and determine which breeds will be able to thrive in the life you can offer them. You want to find a pet that you can happily care for and won’t need to bend over backwards to meet the needs of. Then, you can take the time to narrow your options down a bit more based on your preferences. For additional information, please contact your local Clio, MI veterinarian.

Caring for a puppy

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You have always loved the idea of caring for a dog in your home, and now you feel that you are ready to open your doors to a puppy. What should you know about caring for this type of pet before you officially become a pet owner?

Your new pet will need you to be patient with her, as she has a lot to learn. She is still very new to the world, so she isn’t quite sure what behaviors are appropriate just yet. She needs tour guidance, particularly when it comes to safety matters. Supervision will be essential, and lots of consistency will be needed. Your pet will need a lot of your time as well. A puppy can’t be alone for very long, and may even need attention in the evening hours when humans are usually fast asleep. For more information, please contact your local Clio, MI vet.

Canine paw care

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You share your home with an adorable little fur ball, and you know that it’s your job to help your dog stay healthy and comfortable. How can you make sure his paws stay in great shape?

While it may seem like they can handle a lot, your dog’s paws are actually very sensitive. This means they are highly susceptible to injuries. Coming into contact with rough terrain, areas with very high or very low temperatures, and irritants can really take its toll. Take the time to look over his paws often and to address any issues that you find. This may mean making sure to have the vet’s phone number handy in case you come across an issue you aren’t sure how to address, but it will more than likely call for a bit of home care to help your pet stay happily roaming about his territory. For more information, please contact your local Bee Cave TX vet.

Walking your dog

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Your dog needs to head out to get some fresh air on a daily basis, and the exercise he gets when taking a walk can really make a big difference. This makes his time spent out walking an important part of caring for him.

Daily walks allow your pet to get a change of scenery, and they allow you to enjoy their time away from home. This helps to break up his day a bit, give him something to look forward to, and offer a way for your pet bond with you a bit. If you head to the same areas often, like taking walks around your neighborhood, your pet will be able to get familiar with the area. This will allow him to take note of what stays the same as well as what’s different. This can offer a great amount of mental stimulation. For more information, please contact your local Omaha NE vet.

Should you take your pet to a professional groomer?

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Your pet is a big part of your life, and you know that keeping her well-groomed is a great way to help her stay comfortable as well as look great. Should you bring her to a professional groomer to make sure she is all set?

There are a lot of grooming tasks you can handle at home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t head into the groomer’s if you feel the need to. This can be a great way to spend time, and you can make sure your pet is getting the care she needs from a professional who has spent a lot of time with other pets like your own. Every pet’s needs will be different, so you may find that the services of a groomer may not be necessary, or that you may be able to handle some tasks but would rather let a groomer handle others tasks. For additional information, please contact your local Pickerington, OH veterinarian.

Common Mistakes To Avoid When Exercising With Your Dog

 

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Exercise is a basic need of dogs. Regular physical activity helps in weight control, and boost confidence. These dogs also have fewer digestive, behavioral, and health complications. What pet owners should know is that there is a right and a wrong way to introduce exercise to pet dogs.

Dogs vary in their exercise needs, depending on their breed, age, or physical abilities. Unfortunately, many dog owners think that the more exercise their pets receive the better will be the health benefits.  But this is completely wrong. Though all dogs need daily physical activity, some can handle more strenuous activities better than others.

Some dogs don’t receive adequate exercise and have higher risks of becoming overweight or obese. It is a fact that many pet owners don’t give their dogs plenty of opportunities to engage in physical activity.

Know more about your pet’s exercise needs on your next visit to your London, ON vet clinic.

 

 

 

 

 

Flat-Faced Dog Phenomenon

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Dogs with flat faces and shortened muzzles are also called brachycephalic breeds. These dogs have very short skulls through selective breeding, but other parts of their head and body have not reduced at the same rate. This anatomical aberration has lead to an increase in serious health issues in brachycephalic dogs. These dogs are also more prone to heatstroke, eye ulcers, spine deformities and other medical issues associated with having short muzzles. One of the most common conditions that can affect dogs with flat faces is Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS). It affects the dog’s ability to breathe normally and signs are most obvious after physical activity or while eating meals. The problem is associated with the narrowing of the upper respiratory tract. If your brachycephalic dog has breathing issues, you should bring your pet to your London, ON vet as soon as possible. Click here.

Improving An Arthritic Pet’s Quality Of Life

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Once arthritis sets in, the aim of any treatment regimen for arthritis involves trying to decrease the symptoms as well as trying to slow down the development of arthritis. In general, arthritis treatment regimens are multi-pronged approaches in managing the symptoms. These involve:

Weight management

Excess weight can put unnecessary stress on the weight-supporting joints of the body. Maintaining your pet’s weight within healthy limits is a very important part in arthritis management.

Prescription diets

There are special diets that are formulated to support joint health. Most will take several months for their benefits to kick in but they are important tools in management of arthritis.

Medications

Medications for arthritis management usually involve anti-inflammatories and pain killers.

Changes in the home

These are important to keep your arthritic cat comfortable and include such changes as getting a soft bedding, a litter box with lower sides so they can easily get in and out, installing ramps so your cat won’t have to go up and down the stairs, etc.

Joint supplements

The most common joints supplements include glucosamine, chondroitin, essential fatty acids, and MSM.

Working closely with your London, ON veterinarian will certainly go a long way in improving the quality of life of your arthritic pet.