If your dog is acting depressed or anxious that can be a negative impact on your dog's health.
Anxiety can cause constipation, diarrhea and digestive issues. If you see that your dog loses interest in eating or stops eating and it lasted longer than 24 hours see your vet.
A dog that is constantly isolating its self from people or pets may be suffering from anxiety or a sickness. Also if it is aggressive toward animals or people can be a sign of stress or illness.
Be sure you buy high-quality dog food. Provide a properly balanced diet for the dog's age otherwise, it could lead to anxiety and stress.
A great stress reducer for the dog is taking the dog for a walk and play fetch.
If there is a thunderstorm, fireworks or parties, give your dog its favorite toy or security blanket. If you can stay with your dog, your presence is greatly reassuring to your dog.
When you buy a new fish and you put it into your aquarium make sure that you have room for them to swim comfortably. If you are a beginner start with a 20-gallon tank and work your way up. It is easier to keep the water clean with a larger tank with a filter. It's very important to give the tank time to become established before adding fish. Buy a test water pH kit. Most fish do best with a balanced ph7 some fish like more acidic.
If it is a new tank let it sit for at least a week before you add any fish.
Before you put gravel in the tank rinse out with water very well. Add one pound of gravel per gallon of water. Have your fluorescent light on the tank only half of the day and the other half the day off. Keep the hood of the tank closed so that the fish don't jump out. Fish like to hide, make sure that you give them places where they can hide. Like plants, rocks and aquarium figurines.
Choose a high-quality filtration system that is the size of your tank. Be sure you change the filter according to the filtration instruction. If the water looks cloudy it is time to change water or the filter. Remove any uneaten food and waste with a net every other day.
Take out 10% to 15% of the water from the tank once a week and replace it with clean water. Also, test the water quality with a kit and scrape any algae build up from the glass. Any bucket you use for your fish should be used for fish only.
Pets have the capability of long term memories. Dogs who bury their bones in the backyard being able to dig them up months down the road show that they have long term memory. Cats and dogs getting lost and finding their way back home years later are all part of long term memories.
Dogs that are scared of a man, loud noises, fireworks, hats, etc, that dog can relate to a negative memory or event that has happened in the past. They remember particular episodes from long ago. It is based on what level of impact the incident that initially formed the memory had on the dog or cat.
Important information and memories with emotional content tend to be remembered for longer times. Cat and dogs do have long term memory, the precision and accuracy of these memories can decline over time, just as it does for humans.
Puppies and kittens form the most important memories in their early days.
The memories that are formed during this period influence how they behave for the rest of their lives. It is very important to expose them to the socialization and proper training. We can help our dog or cat turn a potential negative long term memory into a positive one.
The wrong type of mushrooms are toxic to cats and dogs.
The mushrooms that are safe for humans to eat can be toxic to pets.
It is best to remove mushrooms from your yard for the safety of your pet.
If you are able to get the suspected ingested mushroom bring it with you to the vet. Sometimes the vet will take a sample from the pet's stomach to identify the type of mushroom. The curious dog or cat can be attracted to mushrooms because of their odor. Make sure your pet doesn't ingest any type of mushroom.
If you think your pet has ingested a mushroom take the pet to the vet immediately bring the mushroom with you to the vet. Do not put it in a plastic bag because it will break the mushroom down. Wrap it in a moist paper towel.
Common signs to watch for:
Understanding why cat fights. Wild cats have a strong relationship with their family. But when the cat wanders off on its own the cat tends to be more solitary.
If another cat crosses into their territory the cat is usually stand offish. This can happen with outdoor and indoor cats protecting what they consider to be their area, toys or a human. One cat will leave the room when the other cat enters and the more submissive cat may hide to avoid confrontation. Sometimes personalities just don't mix. Cats have different personalities.
To stop cats from fighting. Use a large piece of cardboard between the cats this creates a gentle barrier between the two cats. If the cats are locked together, pick one up by the scruff, which will force the release of the other cat. It is hard to correct the relationship when the fights are long. Separate the cats and let them cool down.
How to help the cats like each other. Have lots of patience and be very consistent.
Have the cats share the scents, by feeding the cats at the same time on the opposite sides of the door. This allows them to associate the others smell with something pleasant like wet food and treats. Be sure you spend time with each cat in their areas. Continue to swap their scent by mixing their used litter together, take a wash cloth and wipe down one cat's paws and tail and other let cat smell it, switching the cat's space.
Now you can let them meet face to face by putting up a gate or screen between them. This setup allows them to see and smell each other and they are protected by the barrier between them. You can remove the barrier completely once they get to the point to where they can see each other without getting into a fight. Have someone help you with this step.
When you bring the cats into the same room give the lots of attention and praise.
Be sure that the cats have their own litter box, food and water bowl.
Some cats may never get along. Hopefully, they can get to the point where they will tolerate each other.
Relaxed ears and a loose body.
Relaxed mouth, it looks like the dog is smiling.
Tail wagging is a sign of a happy dog.
Alert and active, enjoys playtime, walking and exploring their environment.
Well behaved, a pleasant dog is less likely to destroy the house.
A Happy dog has healthy eating habits and a good appetite.
The adult carefree canine will sleep up to 16 hours per day.
Some dogs, when they sleep, they stick out their tongue that means they are very relaxed.
A healthy coat is a sign of a happy dog.
When a dog rear is up it is telling you I want to play.
When your dog is happy, it will greet you at the door with excitement, bouncing around with and happiness.
Keeping the rabbit diet consistent is most important.
A sudden change in amounts or type of food can cause digestive problems from soft, sticky feces to a gastrointestinal stoppage, which can be fatal. Be very careful and follow the feeding instruction. Different rabbits can have diverse dietary requirements and it is very important that you don't overfeed.
Water is extremely important. Be sure the bottles or bowls are filled and refreshed.
Used litter is usually disposed of daily to avoid unhealthy ammonia inhalation.
Keep an eye out for chewing of unsafe items such as plastic, carpet or electrical wiring. Paper and cardboard are safe for chewing.
If a rabbit escapes, never chase, enticement with a favorite food works best.
Keep in mind that rabbits are vulnerable to high temperatures and heat stroke. In weather above 85º F or 29º C, keep their environments cool.
It is very important to know that not all rabbits get along well together. It could result in a fight with serious injuries.
Be sure you handle your rabbit correctly. If the rabbit falls or kicks it can break his spine.
To bring the temperature down you can have the dog stand in a pool or bath tub with cool water you can also use cool wet towels on the chest, head, neck, legs, armpits, and ears. Don't use cold water.
Dog fur can be a problem in the hot weather.
Overheating by panting, excessive thirst, bright red or dark tongue and gums. The dog is at risk of heatstroke. Dogs have a higher body temp than humans.
A fan helps the dog to bring its fur down to room temperature.
When taking a dog for a walk if you can't hold the back of your hand on the pavement for 5 seconds it's too hot to walk the dog. It is a good idea to always carry water for your dog on a hot day out, stop in the shade and offer the dog water. Try to walk in the shade with the dog.
Spread your cat's or dog's dry or wet food evenly over a flat plate.
This can also keep the cat or the dog from throwing up when eating food too fast.
It can cause the cat to have regurgitation of undigested food several minutes after it eats when eating fast.
Eating grass is another way a cat or dog clears the stomach.
When the cat gobbles up the meals it can develop the habit of vomiting undigested food shortly after the cat eats.
It’s very important to determine the cause of vomiting if the vomiting is unrelated to eating fast see a vet.
You can buy a square dinner plate at the dollar store.
If you are out in the park, wilderness or hiking it’s important to do a tick check on self and your pets. If you find the ticks take them off immediately. Avoiding bushy areas or trails that are heavily wooded, since the ticks can quickly transfer from a leaf to a hiker. To remove a tick safely don’t just pull it out with your fingers. Instead, use tweezers to firmly grasp the insect and pull up quickly.
Tick bites on dogs or cats may be hard to detect. The signs may not appear for 7-21 days or longer after the tick bite.
Be sure you watch your dog or cat closely for behavior or appetite changes.
You can ask your vet about using tick preventives on your pets.
Tick bites can cause a painful wound and may become infected.
When bitten, a dog may become infected with a number of diseases.
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