The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

January 19, 2018
by Lynn Merton

The Most Pet-Friendly States in The US. That You Should Know About

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Relocating to a new state just because it’s more pet-friendly than yours is a little impractical. But knowing which states welcome pets with open arms are useful. Maybe you want to visit your family in another state, it’s good to know whether your pet will be welcome to come with you or whether he is better off staying at home, with a pet sitter. Here are 5 of the most pet-friendly states in the United States.

  1. Maine
    Also known through the sates as vacation-land, Maine is a state that will truly make your pets feel like they’re on vacation. Maine doesn’t have even a single breed restriction, has 76 dog-friendly beaches, dog parks, hiking trails, and almost 1000 hotels which are pet-friendly. The only thing that needs a little more improvement is the number of no-kill shelters across the state. 70% of the dog shelters have to euthanize their dogs due to an overcrowding problem.
  2. Virginia
    Not only is Virginia just for lovers, but it is also a welcome place for all animal lovers. There are around 371 restaurants and business in Virginia which are dog-friendly. That means that you’ll literally never have to be without your dog. You can go have lunch together, go on meetings together, and even run errands together. You will have no trouble finding a vet either since approximately 2500 vets practice in the state of Virginia.
  3. Arizona
    Arizona is already a very outdoorsy state. What could possibly add more adventure to an outdoorsy state – animals of course! This place is amazing for all pet lovers thanks to its mild weather, biking, hiking, and other outdoor activities. There are 629 businesses that are pet-friendly, hundreds of pet-friendly hiking trails, and more than 900 hotels which are pet-friendly. People are very accommodating of animals in the state of Arizona.
  4. Oklahoma
    The Sooner State does not disappoint as far as pet-friendliness is concerned. It is the fourth most pet-friendly state in the U.S. Its anti-cruelty laws provides pets and other animals with the most rights possible and punishes animal offenders with the strictest of sentences. They show no mercy to people who dare hurt a harmless animal. Oklahoma also has 33 pet-friendly trails and dog parks and 93 restaurants which are pet-friendly. It is a great place to raise your dogs, cats, and other furry friends.
  5. Colorado
    The residents in Colorado and their beloved pets have lots to live for. They have various different adventurous activities like skiing and hiking and over 300 days of fun in the sun. Soak in that vitamin C with your pet. The state has over 1000 pet-friendly hotels and over 200 trails which are pet-friendly. There are around 1900 practicing vets in the state so you will have no problem finding a vet to keep your pet happy.There are other states that are also especially pet-friendly. These states include Oregon, Massachusetts, Kansas, Rhode Island, and Washington.

January 18, 2018
by Lynn Merton

What is the Best Way to Wean a Kitten?

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Weaning a kitten can be a tedious and time-consuming task. But it’s a necessary one. Weaning is the process whereby you train a kitten to stop drinking her mother’s milk and start eating solid food. This is a very key part of the kitten’s development into a cat. You need to make sure that you’re doing this in the right way and at the right time. In normal cases, a mother cat is the one that takes care of all the weaning. But when she has trouble producing milk, or the kittens are abruptly orphaned, we humans need to step in and do what needs to be done.

Keep these things in mind before you begin the weaning process:
Within the initial 24 hours of their lives, kittens should in some way, be exposed to their mother’s milk. A mother’s first milk has in it, antibodies that kittens need and can’t absorb from anywhere else. If you’re dealing with a large litter of kittens and a mother that can’t produce enough milk for all of them, then make sure that each kitten receives at least a little bit of the milk. A little milk would be better than getting no milk at all.

If there are no nursing mothers available in the immediate vicinity, you can take things into your own hands and feed her a replacement formula with a syringe or nursing bottle. Experts recommend creating a mixture of a cup of whole milk, a drop of multivitamin, one egg yolk, and three tums. Mix all this in a blender and you’re good to go. However, you should only make use of this mixture temporarily. Make the switch to formula sooner rather than later.

You’ll have to feed the kittens by bottle for at least three weeks. Make sure you warm the bottle by placing it in hot cup of water. Taste test the milk in order to make sure that it hasn’t soured and is the right temperature.

When should you wean them?
Start weaning when she’s just around a month old. When you see them chewing or biting the feeding bottle, that’s your cue.

How do you do it?
To make the whole change a little familiar for them, mix the kitten food with a little formula. They’ll know the smell and taste of the formula and as such be more willing to try out the solid food. Try smearing the mixture around in their mouth and wait for them to lick it all off. Once they’re used to the new taste, they’ll want more of it. This is when you present them with a bowl they can lap from. Try giving them dry foods between the fourth and sixth weeks. Mix dry foods with water and decrease the amount of water once they’re familiar with it.

January 17, 2018
by Lynn Merton

What is Lyme Disease in Dogs?

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Lyme disease, also known as Borreliosis is a pretty serious condition in dogs. We love our pets with everything we have so when something like this affects them, it’s more than a little saddening. Here’s everything that you need to know about Lyme disease so you’re better prepared for it.

The disease is transmitted through ticks – again reminding pet owners why tick preventative measures are of optimum importance. It only causes symptoms in just 5 to 10% of dogs that are affected. The most noticeable symptom to look out for once the infection has lead to disease in a dog, is lameness caused by the pain in his inflamed joints. He may also be experiencing depression as well as a lack of appetite.

Symptoms that your dog might have Lyme disease:
The lameness that many dogs who are suffering from Lyme disease show are recurrent. He may feel lame for a few days and be fine for a few, only to let it happen again after 2 days or so. He will experience lameness either in different legs or on the same leg over and over again. This is called shifting-leg lameness. This happens one or more of his joints are painful, warm, or swollen.

In rare cases, some dogs are also known to develop problems with their kidneys. The disease can sometimes lead to the dysfunction of the kidney’s blood filter. It eventually causes kidney failure and your dog might start showing signs such as diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, lack of appetite, abnormal buildup of fluids, increased thirst and urination.

Some other symptoms are:

  • Sensitivity when touched.
  • Walking with an arched back (kind of stiff)
  • Difficulty with breathing
  • Lymph nodes which are close to the site of the tick bite might appear swollen.
  • Sometimes your dog could experience heart abnormalities.
  • Complications with the nervous system has also been reported, but is rare.

What causes Lyme disease?
The bacteria responsible for causing Lyme disease in dogs is called Borrelia burgdorferi. It is spread by hard-shelled, slow-feeding, deer ticks. The infection usually starts after the tick which carries the borrelia has been attached to the dog’s body for more than 2 days.

How do you treat Lyme disease?
Unless your dog has severe problems with his kidney due to the disease, he will be treated as an outpatient. The most prescribed antibiotic for Lyme disease is doxycycline. There are however, other effective antibiotics available. The most recommended treatment length is around four weeks. In some, more serious cases however, a more lengthy treatment may be required. If your dog is in a lot of pain and is especially uncomfortable, your vet could also choose to prescribe an anti-inflammatory.

January 16, 2018
by Lynn Merton

The Pet Care Resolutions You Should Be Taking In 2018

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We’ve finally made it into 2018! The brand new year must have surely spurred something inside you that makes you want to do better this year. As we think about resolutions for the year, let’s take care not to leave our pets behind. Just like we’d like to make our own lives better, let’s also dedicate the time and effort to make the lives of our pets better. We all know they deserve the best. Here are a few ways in which you can make 2018 the best year for your pets.

  1. Start a pet fund.
    As pet parents, you’re probably aware of the fact that with owning a pet comes unexpected costs. That’s why a pet fund is always a good idea. You can dedicate this fund to your pet’s emergency medical needs. It will surely be a lifesaver if there is ever a time when your pet needs emergency treatment or surgery.
  2. Update the info on your pet’s chip and tag.
    This is especially important if you’ve recently relocated to a new house or a new neighborhood. As your pet is not yet accustomed to the new neighborhood, it’s easier for him to get lost in all the confusion. An updated tag makes it easier for people who find your pet to return him to you. Make sure you provide at least two contact numbers along with your residential address. Improve his chances of making it back home in case he wanders away.
  3. Make it a point to spend more time with your pets.
    Cats and dogs are some of the most loyal creatures on this planet. So needless to say, they love you with everything in them. Reward their love and loyalty by spending more time with them. Show them how much they mean to you by setting apart an extra few minutes from your very busy day, just for them. Devoting more time to them will not only strengthen your bond with them, but if you choose to do physical activities like playing fetch, then it will also keep them healthy.
  4. Pay attention to their grooming habits and groom them more often.
    Although cats don’t need much help in this department, they still appreciate your care. Grooming your pet is also a good way to check for lumps, bumps, and other masses, in addition to keeping their coat healthy and shiny. Brush them at least once in two days.
  5. Try something new.
    Some people learn to play guitar, some learn a new language, so why not do something new and interesting with your pet? Try learning a new game to play with your cat or take your dog on a camping trip. The new experiences will benefit their health in the long run.

January 15, 2018
by Lynn Merton

Determining the Calorie Intake Of Your Pet Based On Its Activity Level

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You have to put in a lot of work to properly care of your pet. The amount of time that they exercise and the amount of food that they eat have a large impact on how they develop as they grow. We can all agree that we love our pets dearly and would only want the best for them. So feeding them right and exercising them properly is a big part of the care that you have to give them.

So how do you figure out how many calories your pet’s ingesting?
It depends on a number of factors. The calories that your pet gets from its food is needed to perform certain actions like digestion, circulatory and nervous system control, respiration, among others. In addition to the functions that their bodies have to perform, their calorie intake can also be determined by their age, activity level, sex, and overall body condition.

Dogs that require more calories than others:
Young dogs
Dogs who have not yet been neutered or spayed
Working dogs
Active dogs
Underweight dogs
Sick dogs

Dogs that require less calories than others:
Older dogs
Dogs who have been neutered or spayed
Immobile dogs
Inactive dogs
Overweight dogs

Feeding your dog too little can have a dangerous impact on his overall health. Feeding him too much however, can end up resulting in obesity. This is how you can determine how much calories your dog should be eating per day:

  1. Use a calorie calculator. Measure his RER or Resting Energy Requirements.
  2. Pick a factor wholly based on his energy needs throughout a day. Multiply this factor by the RER. This will give you an estimate number of calories that your dog should be eating during the day.
  3. You can find out how many calories are in your dog’s food by simply looking at the back of the package. From there it will be easy to dish out the necessary amount to keep him healthy.
  4. If you feed your dog two meals a day, then subtract the calories in the treats that you give him and divide the remainder by two. This will determine how many calories you should give your dog per meal.

Everything comes down to his Resting Energy Requirements. The RER and knowing approximately how many calories your dog burns in a day is what ultimately determines his calorie intake. If your dog requires around 400 calories per day and her burns 200, they an additional 200 calories added to his diet will be sufficient to keep his health and energy levels up. Just like in humans, if we eat within our calorie requirement, we stay the same weight. If we eat less and burn more, we lose weight.