The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

April 24, 2018
by Lynn Merton

Here are Surprising Facts about Black Cats you probably didn’t Know

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Superstitions and religious beliefs have caused a lot of trouble for black cats. Today, these harmless beauties are associated with bad luck, witchcraft, horrors, and Halloween. Thanks to these beliefs, black cats are the most commonly abandoned or overlooked animals at shelters.

Although marred by these notions, black cats are awesome creatures. They make great pets, just like cats of any other color. Here are some facts about black cats that will surprise you.

  1. There are at least 22 registered breeds of black cats. Felines of other colors do not come in these many breeds. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some have gray-colored coats while others have dark brown-black fur. If you pay more attention to a black cat, you’ll notice that there’s more to them than just the color of their fur.
  2. While lots of people consider black cats as the harbinger of bad luck, they are revered in many countries. In Japan and Britain, black cats are considered lucky and are thought to be the bringer of prosperity and good fortune. Sailors would often travel with black cats as they believed these felines would protect their ships.
  3. The origin of black cats and their association with bad luck can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Unmarried women and ladies who lived alone who often cared for and fed stray cats were wrongly believed to be witches and the cats became their conspirators, especially the black ones. They were later shunned as bad omens.
  4. The most common eye colors among black cats are green, golden, and yellow. These bright colors are caused by the high amounts of melanin pigment in their bodies.
  5. As black cats grow older, their fur changes color to varying shades of gray or brow. This phenomenon is known as rusting. This commonly happens if the black cat enjoys lazing around in the sun too much.
  6. In the English Midlands, it signifies good luck if you present a bride with a black cat.
  7. In Japan, single ladies would keep black cats as pets because they were believed to bring in potential suitors.
  8. August 17th is celebrated as Black Cat Appreciation Day.
  9. Black cats make great pets. They can be of pleasant demeanor and get along well with other pets and children.
  10. The best part about having a black cat as a pet is that you would never notice their fur on your furniture or decor.
  11. Black cats are small-sized panthers. They have the confidence of a big cat.
  12. Some researchers believe that black cats have certain genetic mutations that may offer them protection from some diseases.

If you are looking to adopt a loving pet, do not overlook black cats at your local shelter. These cats make great pets and even better companions.

April 23, 2018
by Lynn Merton

All you need to know about Allergic Shocks in Canines

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Just like humans, dogs are prone to allergic reactions too. In some cases, certain allergic reactions can be very serious and life-threatening. It’s important that you learn to identify an allergic reaction and what caused it.

What is an allergic shock?
An allergic shock can be described as an uncommon, exaggerated, and serious reaction to a foreign substance or allergen. These cases range from mild to severe, with a wide range of reactions. A severe reaction can cause your pet’s major organs to fail. If your dog is experiencing an allergic shock, you will notice symptoms affecting his respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. This severe reaction is known as an anaphylactic or allergic shock.

Your dog’s allergic reaction is triggered by a foreign substance or allergen. When this substance enters your pet’s body, his immune system goes into hyperdrive trying to eliminate it. The immune system produces histamines to combat the “intruder,” a fight that can cause extreme distress to your pet.

Allergic shock requires immediate medical attention. If left untreated, it can be life-threatening. As long as your pet is treated in time, he will definitely recover.

What are the symptoms of allergic shock?
In case of an allergic shock, your pet’s liver is the first organ to be affected. This results in a gastrointestinal reaction. Here are other symptoms a dog can experience during an episode of allergic shock.

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Sudden vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Low pulse
  • Increased drooling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Noisy breathing
  • Coma

There are different categories to allergic reactions with allergic shock being the most serious type. This type of allergic reaction can affect your pet’s major organs immediately or can take a few hours. It is imperative that you take your pet to the veterinarian immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

What causes allergic shock in dogs?
Like us, dogs can be allergic to a variety of things. The most common substances include food, insect bites, vaccinations, and medications. As with any allergic reaction, you will know if your pet is allergic to something only after he has either been exposed to it or ingested it.

This exposure triggers his immune system, leading to the release of histamines. As these histamines travel through his body, the symptoms will start to occur.

How is allergic shock treated?
If you believe your pet is in allergic shock, take him to the vet immediately. The most common treatments for allergic shock is adrenaline via injections. Hydrocortisone and antihistamines can also administered. Based on the animal’s condition, the doctor may also suggest additional oxygen and intravenous fluids.

If treated on time, your pet will recover from the allergic shock without long-term effects on his health. Speak to your vet and learn how you can protect your pet and prevent future allergic shock episodes.

April 20, 2018
by Lynn Merton

What is The Best Way to Pamper Your Feline Friend?

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Cats are curious creatures. They are intriguing on all fronts and they’re a joy to have around the house. There’s a lot of mythology and speculation surrounding the life of cats, their general behavior towards people, and their ability to appear so nonchalant about everything, all the time. Cats seem to be pretty content with themselves. They love their alone time and unlike dogs, their happiness doesn’t primarily depend on our presence. However, when they do want attention, they can be really clever about asking for it. So clever, that even if you tried, you’ll just not be able to say no to them.

Cats have a way of denying you attention so when they finally give it to you, you have no choice but to oblige. Over the years, there’s a good chance that your cat has come to expect certain things from you. But that doesn’t mean you should spoil her every time she gives you attention. It’s all part of her plan. Instead, cut back and oblige her every now and then. Pamper her but don’t outright spoil her. Here are a few ways in which you can pamper your feline friend.

  1. Give her time.
    You’re an understandably busy person. However, your cat also needs some outlet. Although she may not always show it, she enjoys your company and values your presence. So give her your time. Take a few minutes out of your day to indulge your cat. Have a play session with her. This will strengthen your bond with her as well as increase her mental health on the whole. Regular play session s also keeps her mind and body stimulated, preventing boredom, depression, and obesity.
  2. Provide her with lots of hidey-holes.
    Cats love hanging out in the tiniest of places. They can somehow fit and mold themselves perfectly to fit into a nook. Get her a cube or a condo so she can continue basking in her personal space. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, even a little cardboard box could do.
  3. Give her access to the views from the window.
    Cats love watching life go buy. It’s a little bit of a hobby for them. This keeps them entertained and prevents them from getting bored. They love the great outdoors. But some cats are more hesitant to step out than others. Having a view will give them a safe space from where they can enjoy the outdoors without actually having to be outside. Invest in a good cat tower by the window. Another thing you must have noticed about your cat is that she loves heights. She just loves to watch the mundanity of life from her high tower. This gives her a sense of power and control.

April 19, 2018
by Lynn Merton

Does Your Pet Have Cancer? Here are Things you Should Avoid Doing

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Cancer is something that all pet parents fear. It’s something we’ve all thought about at least at some point in our lives. It isn’t something that happens to every pet, but there is always that chance. It’s heartbreaking to watch your pet go through cancer. You never know where it’s going to end up and that’s scary. Your pet wouldn’t know what’s happening to them so in most cases, their owners try to protect them as much as they can. There are things you do, thinking it’s for their own good, when in fact, you might just be making their condition worse. Don’t make this mistake. Here are some things that you shouldn’t do while your dog has cancer.

  1. Don’t give your pet any supplements or medications without your vet’s consent.
    It takes a lot to fight cancer. This can understandably leave your dog feeling weak and even defeated. That doesn’t mean that you have to take it upon yourself to start giving them additional supplements like vitamins and other medications. While you think you’re doing well, you might just be doing the exact opposite. The supplements that you give your dog thinking they’re natural might even counteract his existing cancer medications. If you really have your mind set about supplements for your dog, discuss this with your vet and see what he has to say.
  2. Avoid overfeeding.
    Yes, there is a chance that your dog might die. That doesn’t mean that you should feed him whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Not only is this unhealthy, but it could also worsen his current condition. Overfeeding your pets can also cause gastrointestinal problems as well as obesity and heart diseases. It’s understandable that you want to keep your pet happy during this difficult time. But rather do so using other methods like toys or an extended amount of playtime than food.
  3. Don’t isolate yourself.
    Your pet is going through something drastic. You can’t run away from it or even hide from it by isolating yourself. During difficult times like these are when we’ll need our family and loved ones even more. And besides, by running away, you’re also taking yourself away from your pet. Your pet needs your support and care. You can’t give him any of these things if you run. Reach out to other people who are on the same boat. Ask them how they dealt with their pet’s sickness and how they got over it.

Find refuge in the fact that the same has happened to thousands of other dogs and their owners and most of them have come out victorious. Follow your vet’s directions to the letter and never lose hope.

April 18, 2018
by Lynn Merton

Can an MRI Scan Help Your Canine?

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One thing all pet parents agree on is how much they all love their dogs. We care for them like they’re part of our own families and in some ways, they are. A lot of our most valuable memories are formed while our pooches are around. So it’s rather difficult to not see them as a part of the family. So when our dogs get sick, it’s especially heartbreaking for us. We feel like there’s nothing that we can do and that doesn’t sit well with us. We want to help but the fact that we can’t drives us crazy. At difficult times like these, veterinarians might suggest MRI scans to further explore your dog’s condition.

This suggestion might come off as a bit of surprise for you as most people have never actually heard about MRI scans for dogs or animals in general. Rest assured, they do exist and they’re here to help.

What is an MRI?
The abbreviation stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Your dog won’t experience any danger or discomfort during an MRI procedure. The MRI uses radio waves and magnetic fields in order to form a clear image of the specific body part that’s being scanned. The MRI is performed after your dog has been given a light anesthetic by your vet. This will render him immobile for a few minutes so the scan can work. He is then put inside a huge magnet which sends radio waves through his body. Once the magnet is turned off, the radio waves also stop, causing your dog’s body to emit the waves which the machine then picks up. The computer uses these radio waves to form an image of your dog’s body.

What is the MRI used to diagnose?
It’s used to diagnose conditions that can’t otherwise be individually tested. Since dogs can’t communicate using language, we have to guess most of what they’re trying to tell us through their actions. While this can be a good strategy, it doesn’t always work in our favor when it comes to diagnosing serious medical conditions. For that we require actual evidence. And that’s where the MRI comes in handy. If your vet suspects that your dog might have a brain tumor, there’s no better way to find out than by using an MRI. Here are a few conditions that are diagnosed using the MRI:

  • Brain conditions like tumors, abscesses, infarcts, and meninges.
  • Spinal disorders like stenosis, nerve root impingements, spinal tumors, and herniated discs.

If your pet is experiencing seizures, the best way to diagnose a condition is by using the MRI machine. It’s non-invasive, safe, and more reliable than most other tests used to determine medical conditions.