Coyotes eat whatever they can find, from seeds and fruit to small animals, both alive and dead. Coyotes threaten dogs and cats weighing less than 25 pounds. Two coyotes can take down a large animal.
How to protect the backyard against coyotes:
Use motion lighting
Trim landscaping to eliminate hiding places
Remove bird feeders, pick up fallen fruits and nuts from trees, and harvest gardens.
The food attracts the natural prey.
Keep the trash cans in the garage.
Always supervise your pet in the yard, especially at dawn and dusk.
Never leave your dog tied up in the yard.
Never allow your pet to interact with wildlife.
For maximum protection the collar must stretch from behind the animal's ear to the top of its shoulder.
When leaving the house for any length of time be sure you put the trash out of the way of your pets so that the smell does not trigger their curiosity. There are things in the trash that could be potentially dangerous to your pets.
Remove any small toys, string and rubber bands that they can choke on when you are not there to supervise them. If the toys are not the appropriate size for your pets it can get lodged in the pet's throat.
Check for places where the pets can become stuck, such as behind the refrigerator, entertainment center or in fireplace openings, and seal up those openings. Close all toilet lids before you leave the house.
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.
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:
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.
Always wash your hands before and after handling neonates. Always use clean towels.
Use eye dropper or bottle with a nipple for puppy or kitten. Use a hypodermic needle to pierce the tip of a nipple. Too large of an opening could cause the kitten to aspirate formula into their lungs. Too small of an opening will prevent the animal from getting the nutrition it needs. Hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle to prevent air from getting into the bottle. Let the animal suck on its own pace, do not over feed. Feeding can take 20-30 minutes. Weight should double the first week. Do not use cow's milk.
Eyes open and ears start tuning in. If eyes are weepy or pus-filled, gently wipe with soft, warm wet cloth never pry open. Let them open naturally.
Crawling on all fours. After each meal place the kitten in the litter box and take the puppy outside on a leash.
Puppies and kittens begin playing with each other and start developing teeth. This is the time to transition to wet food every 4-6 hours in a bowl. Pets should be drinking water on their own. Litter box and house training begins. Never feed a newborn when they are cold they are prone to gut problems and won't be able to properly digest their food. Administer warm fluids until is warm enough to be fed. Neonates haven't developed the ability to keep themselves warm. Use a heating pad on a low setting in their crates or carriers and wrapped in a towel with another towel on top of it. Puppy or kitten should never make contact with the pad directly. Use only until the animal is four weeks old.
Make sure you check the pad constantly you don't want the pad to be too hot or too cold.
Introduce kibble. Each food change comes with diarrhea. This is the time the eyes may also begin to change. The true color doesn't set in until three months of age.
Time to start basic obedience. They also should respond to their names.
Kittens should be up to 2 lbs. They should have 26 baby teeth and they will begin to fall out around 12 weeks. The teeth will be replaced by 30 adult teeth by the age of six months. By 32 weeks most dogs are 30% of their adult weight.
The problem with fearful behavior will probably get worse.
When the dog is fearful it will become destructive and will try to escape.
If the dog escapes or is destructive it can become a problem and can result in physical injury.
Use a fan, Animal planet shows or radio to block out the sound. Encourage your dog to engage
in playing this could distract the dog from behaving fearfully. When you notice that the dog is alert
keep the of a noise immediately get the dog interest in something that it really enjoys. If you keep the
dog attention and the dog fearful stop.
You can use a wide wrap bandage to wrap around the dog's torso and chest to provide a constant gentle pressure this method is very comforting to the dog also you can try a Thunder shirt
If need be asked your vet for medication to help reduce your dog's anxiety or talk to an animal behavior specialist. If you choose the medicine to make sure you ask your vet about any potential risks and side effects with the drug(s) you’re considering.
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