How To Stop Your Dog From Begging

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I’m no stranger to being surrounded by a pack of dogs gazing at me with that overwhelmingly adorable yet pathetic stare that pooches tend to display either at the dinner table or any time a morsel of food should appear. It’s important to keep in mind that even if a dog is not jumping and whining, that loving stare is considered “begging.”

Begging is a learned behavior which is usually unconsciously reinforced. Many of us see our pets as members of the family, so it’s extremely natural for us to want to share with them. Although it gets annoying to have a pet begging at the dinner table, we have a tendency to block it out and let it continue. One minute we might yell, “Stop begging!” at the guilty dog, but the next minute we feel bad and feed him something. This is exactly where the problem begins.
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How To Deal With Cat Dandruff

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The condition of a cat’s coat is a good gauge of its overall health. Cat dandruff, characterized by a dry or oily coat with visible flakes, can be caused by anything from dry air to parasites, obesity, and serious diseases like skin cancer. Therefore, if you see these symptoms of dandruff on your cat, a trip to the vet’s office may be in order.”Many diseases show up first in the skin,” says Dr. Jean Hofve, a holistic veterinarian and author of “The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care.” “It’s impossible to diagnose skin disease just by looking at it.”

A veterinarian can analyze a cat’s skin cells under a microscope and perform blood tests or biopsies to narrow down the cause of the dandruff.”What we generally think of as dandruff is usually nutrition related. It is most common in overweight cats, and in cats eating mostly or only dry food,” says Hofve. Therefore, says Dr. Hofve, dry kibble should be reduced or eliminated. Kibble is low in moisture and will dehydrate cats and, in turn, their skin.
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Keeping Your Cat's Teeth Clean And Healthy

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They need them to eat, to protect themselves, yet for seven out of ten cats, teeth troubles begin by the time they are three.The key to healthy feline teeth is regular at home and professional cleaning but many well-meaning pet owners don’t know how important this is. And it’s not completely their fault. “Most veterinarians don’t address dental health in cats,” says Dr. Michel Selmer, veterinarian at Advanced Animal Care Center in Huntington Station, N.Y. A vocal advocate for the importance of dental health in pets, Selmer devotes 20 percent of his practice to oral issues.

In honor of Pet Dental Health Month — and for the sake of 70 percent of American kitties — Paw Nation asked Selmer for tips on how to keep your cat’s mouth in good shape.The process starts when they’re kittens, with pet owners using a finger cot or gauze and toothpaste made specifically for them. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends dipping your finger in tuna water before rubbing it on your kitty’s gums to make the experience more pleasant. If you’re uncomfortable, or you have just adopted an older cat who won’t stomach your finger in his mouth, a once-yearly cleaning at the vet’s office is recommended by the AVMA, beginning after a cat turns two.

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Keeping Your Cat's Teeth Clean And Healthy

cat-mouth

They need them to eat, to protect themselves, yet for seven out of ten cats, teeth troubles begin by the time they are three.The key to healthy feline teeth is regular at home and professional cleaning but many well-meaning pet owners don’t know how important this is. And it’s not completely their fault. “Most veterinarians don’t address dental health in cats,” says Dr. Michel Selmer, veterinarian at Advanced Animal Care Center in Huntington Station, N.Y. A vocal advocate for the importance of dental health in pets, Selmer devotes 20 percent of his practice to oral issues.

In honor of Pet Dental Health Month — and for the sake of 70 percent of American kitties — Paw Nation asked Selmer for tips on how to keep your cat’s mouth in good shape.The process starts when they’re kittens, with pet owners using a finger cot or gauze and toothpaste made specifically for them. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends dipping your finger in tuna water before rubbing it on your kitty’s gums to make the experience more pleasant. If you’re uncomfortable, or you have just adopted an older cat who won’t stomach your finger in his mouth, a once-yearly cleaning at the vet’s office is recommended by the AVMA, beginning after a cat turns two.

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7 Expert Tips For Planning A Doggie Wedding

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Thinking of throwing a doggie wedding? From the simple to the extravagant, there’s definitely more than one way to celebrate your furbaby’s nuptials. We consulted pet style guru Dara Foster and Beverly Hills Mutt Club boutique owner Sandy Siegler, both seasoned in the doggie wedding world, to get their advice on the planning basics. Whether you were inspired by our photo gallery of blissful couples or the recent uptick in the popularity of canine unions, keep these handy tips in mind:

1. Plan ahead. Like you would for a human wedding, give yourself at least a few months to make arrangements, like hiring a muttrimonial minister, ordering your doggie wedding cake, putting together a gift bag of party favors and sending out invitations (Foster suggests sending them a few months in advance).

2. Choose a dog-friendly location, preferably outdoors. Both Foster and Siegler like beaches, parks and backyards during warm weather months.
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7 Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe This Valentine's Day

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Nothing’s better on Valentine’s Day than getting flowers, truffles and those little heart-shaped candies with the cute sayings printed on them. But for pets, all that romance can be dangerous.

“Around Valentine’s Day, it’s the dogs and cats, rather than birds or other kinds of pets, that get into trouble from things such as lilies and chocolate,” Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City,the most common pet-related dangers lurking on Valentine’s Day and how you can avoid them.

1. Lose the lilies. “My biggest concern is flower arrangements because all lily flowers are extremely toxic to cats and will cause fatal kidney failure,” says Dr. Murray. Even a tiny nibble of any part of the lily plant can be deadly to felines. If you have cats in your home, make sure that mixed arrangements of flowers do not contain any type of lilies and, if they do, pluck them out. “Cats can get almost anywhere,” says Dr. Murray. “And as the lilies wilt the petals can fall off and I’ve seen cats get toxicity that way.” If you think your cat has been exposed to any part of the lily plant, bring them immediately to the vet, Dr. Murray advises.
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7 Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe This Valentine's Day

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Nothing’s better on Valentine’s Day than getting flowers, truffles and those little heart-shaped candies with the cute sayings printed on them. But for pets, all that romance can be dangerous.

“Around Valentine’s Day, it’s the dogs and cats, rather than birds or other kinds of pets, that get into trouble from things such as lilies and chocolate,” Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City,the most common pet-related dangers lurking on Valentine’s Day and how you can avoid them.

1. Lose the lilies. “My biggest concern is flower arrangements because all lily flowers are extremely toxic to cats and will cause fatal kidney failure,” says Dr. Murray. Even a tiny nibble of any part of the lily plant can be deadly to felines. If you have cats in your home, make sure that mixed arrangements of flowers do not contain any type of lilies and, if they do, pluck them out. “Cats can get almost anywhere,” says Dr. Murray. “And as the lilies wilt the petals can fall off and I’ve seen cats get toxicity that way.” If you think your cat has been exposed to any part of the lily plant, bring them immediately to the vet, Dr. Murray advises.
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Tips To Slim Down Your Pet

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* Take an objective look at the food you are feeding your dog. Many commercial foods lack sufficient nutritious ingredients in addition to lacking freshness. As a result, the dog continually craves more food and is more prone to health problems. It may be time to upgrade to a super premium food or to a home-made diet, or something in-between, such as supplementing a super premium dry food with whole foods such as fresh vegetables and yogurt.

* You can help an overweight dog lose weight by cutting back on the regular dog food and adding vegetables. The vitamins and extra roughage will help. Suggestions about healthy foods appear later in this article. As for healthful dog foods, read articles on the internet, such as those listed at the end of this tipsheet.

* If you stick with the same food, reduce the amount by 25 percent. You should see results in two weeks. If he hasn’t slimmed down, cut back his food a little bit more, but do not make drastic reductions. Gradual weight loss is preferred; for many breeds, one pound a week is plenty. If you don’t see results in a month, consult your vet — and reconsider the type of food you’re using.

* You should not try to eliminate all fat from a dog’s diet. Just reduce the amount of fat intake. Remember, some fats are better than others. For example, flaxseed oil, fish oil and other foods that contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are beneficial and essential for humans and canines alike. The same cannot be said for things such as animal fat and the trans fat prevalent in cookies, chips and certain dog treats.
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Top 10 Tips For Adopting The Right Dog For You

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So how do you do it? Here are their Top 10 tips for adopting a dog succesfully:

1. Consider your lifestyle.
This is the single most important factor in determining what kind of dog will match you or your family the best, says Saunders. How much time do you have to spend with a dog – are you a busy, single person with an active social life, or are you a homebody with tons of time to give to your dog? a”All kinds of lifestyles can accommodate a dog, but there’s a huge difference between adopting a puppy who’s not housetrained and needs lots of exercise versus a more senior pet who’s more willing to hang out and sleep while you’re out,” she says. Consider energy levels, size and, of course, expense. Food, grooming and routine veterinary care, as well as emergencies, all add up. Also important to note: Some dogs are easier to train than others. “Terriers are known for being tenacious and stubborn,” says Saunders. “For a brand-new pet parent with no dog experience, that can be a challenge. They might want to stick to a dog that doesn’t have as challenging a temperament.”

2. Consider your children.
For families with kids under 7 Sternberg strongly recommends having a professional trainer accompany you to help pick out a dog “with the right temperament” at a shelter or rescue group . She notes that children between the ages of 2 and 7 are the largest population to suffer dog bites.

3. Choose a shelter wisely.
Ideally, you’ll want time and space to interact with a dog you’re considering taking home, says Sternberg. Visit your local shelters or animal rescue group, and try not to judge a facility from its exterior or discriminate between a “no-kill” shelter that doesn’t euthanize any dogs and a city shelter with a euthanasia policy. “One shelter’s euthanasia number is everyone’s euthanasia number,” says Sternberg. Be sure to walk around and look in every kennel. “Even if you think you’ve fallen in love with a dog in cage number four, walk all the way to the back to cage number 40,” says Sternberg.
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How Can I Help My Dog Adjust To A New Home?

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Adding a dog to your family can be exciting and fun. To help things go smoothly for your dog, one of the most important things you can do is have a schedule.

In the first few weeks of your move:

* Be consistent about routine trips outside so there are no house training accidents.
* Keep the dog’s diet and mealtimes consistent so he knows when to expect meals.
* Be sure to plan daily walks, playtime and other activities such as daily brushing.

After the dog settles in, no matter what his age, training will be beneficial and will help the dog bond with you. AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) training is a great place to start. CGC is a noncompetitive program that rewards dogs for good behavior at home and in the community. All dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds can earn a CGC certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Finally, providing your dog with his own bed, toys, dishes and a place to eat will help him learn that he’s there to stay. After all, there’s no place like home.


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