The best way to acclimate your dog to grooming early in life is get the puppy used to you touching their paws, ears and tail and give the dog a treat. Using a scrub brush when bathing will help stuck on dirt, exfoliate the skin, and remove dead coat to prevent mats from forming. Conditioner helps close up the pores and protect the coat from breakage and tangles. Spend a few minutes each day brushing your dog.
Cats are hardwired to hunt for their food, so knocking things over may be a manifestation of this instinct. The cat's paw pads are very sensitive, and they like to use their paws to test and explore the objects. The movement, sound, touch or feel of the object helps the cat understand what might be safe or not. Knocking over objects provides another way for a cat to get your reaction. It is also fun for a cat to knock things over. It is part of stalking prey and chase with the movement. Make sure that your cat has plenty of appropriate toys. Rotate the toys from time to time to make it more exciting for the cat. If your cat has a habit of knocking things over for your attention, it is best to ignore the behavior and put away the breakables.
The cats need to keep their claws ready to protect itself from prey and it needs to be able to hunt. By scratching their nails it will remove the dead outer nails. Cat pads will deposit their scent as they scratch. If the cat is bored they will scratch things and shared objects in the home. Try different scratching posts to see which one your cat likes. Once you find out which one the cat likes you can sprinkle some catnip. Keep your cat's nails trimmed. Play with your cat daily and make sure that the cat has lots of toys so it does not get bored.
Turkey white meat with no skin and no spices can be given in a small amount.
Your dog can only eat pumpkin from a can in a small amount. Pumpkin for the dog is also good to give when a dog is constipated or to help firm up their stool. Do not give your dog cranberry. Plain unsalted green beans can be given to your dog along with boiled or steamed plain carrots because they are gentler on your dog's stomach when steamed.
Your dog can eat cut up raw sweet potatoes, or steamed, baked or boil them.
Raw, apple can be cut up into bite size pieces sprinkle very little cinnamon.
The first thing you want to do is get to know what is “normal” with your cat's eyes.
So that you can identify signs of infection, look for redness, drainage, squinting and rubbing. If your cat's eye gets scratched by something or clawed by another cat it can become infected and requires treatment. The herpes virus can lead to ulcers and erosion of tissue of the eye. Some cats develop dry eye as they get older.
Some eye conditions only require oral medications, drops or ointments. The vet will teach you how to administer the madisons. Do not use medication that is meant for people or other pets and nothing over the counter. Be sure you consult with your vet before administering medication to your cat.
Keep from having holiday pet emergencies.
Foods that are off-limits to pets are: fatty scraps, turkey skin, drippings, gravy, corn on the cob,stuffing, mushrooms, nuts, garlic, sage, butter, bread dough, raisins, grapes, bones from the poultry, pork, alcoholic beverages, chocolate, candies, sugar substitute "xylitol", and onions can be harmful or toxic to pets.
Keep the table and unattended plates of food and alcoholic drinks away from your pets. Be sure to secure the lids on the garbage cans.
If the pets are not used to being around a lot of people, it can be very stressful for them. Put the pets in another room where they can relax with their toys. When you have the guest come and go your pet could slip out the door, be sure you have a current identification tag on your pet.
Keep holiday decorations out of the pets reach that could be harmful if chewed or ingested.
Stuff a kong with doggie treats. Stuff a cat toy with cat treats or catnip.
They do see in color like dark blue, light blue, gray, light yellow, darker yellow and very dark gray. Dogs can see green and red objects. If you are going play with your dog in the grass be sure you pick a colorful toy that the dog can see like red. Also when your dog gets anxious from noises, fireworks and thunderstorm it is a good time to play with your dog to distract him/her from those other noises. Dogs use their sense of smell to understand what's going on. Dogs rely mainly on movement and contrast to identify objects. If you noticed your dog or cat paying attention to a TV program dogs can differentiate pictures of humans from other dogs on TV and understand the sounds with those pictures. If you want your dog to be captivated by the sounds and pictures turn on the programs that feature animals.
The small dogs are giving a mixed signal to the large dogs. When they pee on things, the higher it lifts his leg to mark the objects the exaggerated urine streams may fool the large dogs into thinking large and more powerful dogs are in the area. Spraying urine higher up causes the scent of urine to be more noticeable to other dogs. Shooting high up proves their strength and dominance. Male and female will use their urine to mark territory.
Do not leave your pets in a parked vehicle even for a short time. You are putting your pets at risk even if you leave the windows cracked or air conditioner running, temperatures can still rise quickly and your pets can get serious illness or death.
Do not exercising, walk or play with the dog in the hottest part of the day. Best time is in the morning or evening. If you can't hold the back of your hand on the pavement for five seconds it's too hot to walk your dog.
Look out for heat exhaustion, trouble breathing, excessive panting, increased heart rate, weakness or collapsing. If the temperature in your house it's too warm for you, it's also too warm for your pets.
Do not leave your dog unsupervised by the pool. Be sure your dog knows how to get out of the pool by practice several times how to use the pool stairs with your dog. Put a life-jacket on your dog when you take the dog boating.
There is a variety of reasons cats lose their hair. The most common reason is allergies, particularly to fleas and over-grooming. When a cat gets itchy it will over-groom itself to the point that the cat will pull the hair out. Mange or lice also can make a cats skin itch. Also if the cat is in pain it will lick to help relieve the discomfort. An overactive thyroid can also cause hair loss.
Some cats have a hair loss on the outside of the ears called pinnae which is common in Siamese cats.
Some cats have alopecia which is a condition. Parasites that bring about mange, and fungal issues like ringworm, are also a common cause of alopecia.
Have your cat checked out by your vet.
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