The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

March 20, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Signs of UTI in cats and how to treat it

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Cats, like us, also feel anxiety and fear. Your cat can be stressed for a number of reasons. A good example is that you have recently moved house or there is a new addition to the family, like a new pet. Whatever be the reason, you now have a stressed cat. Initial detection of this problem is your cat peeing and dropping feces outside the litter box. It could even have trouble during urination. The latter happens only when something is seriously wrong. It could be a behavioral problem, but the most common reason in such a case is the feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). The urinary tract problems in cats cause the bladder from emptying correctly. The urethra could also be fatally blocked.

FLUTD symptoms

The FLUTD is not only a single problem but a cluster of clinical symptoms which may have multiple causes. The list includes stones or crystals found inside the bladder and bladder infections. Other causes include urethral obstruction and urinary bladder inflammation. Other urinary tract abnormalities could also lead to FLUTD. The latter is the most common reason as to why cats are taken to the veterinarian.

The FLUTD brings with it many warning signs. The most visible is the cat straining itself to urinate. This may lead to dire situations like the formation of urethral plug or bladder stones. It is observed that male cats are at an increased risk when it comes to developing a urethral plug. This condition is a life-threatening one. The cat may lose its urinating ability. Another symptom is that your cat frequently tries to urinate, but only a small amount of urine comes out. The process itself is a painful one, and your cat will cry out while doing so. The FLUTD’s other symptoms are the presence of blood in urine. Your kitty will frequently lick its abdominal or genital areas. Cats do this to decrease the pain. The feline will be irritable and will urinate outside its litter box. It will do so on cool surfaces like tiles or the bathtub.

Treatment

If you observe any of the above symptoms, take your kitty to the veterinarian as fast as possible. The medical professional will conduct a physical examination and also collect urine samples. The diagnosis process also includes blood work, abdominal ultrasound, and x-rays. A majority of FLUTD affected cats recover sans any medical treatment, but the symptoms could recur. Although the condition is not mortal to your cat, it is an uncomfortable one. Treatment should be done to better your cat’s quality of life. You should make sure that your cat drinks more water.

March 19, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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How Getting a Dog Affects Your Relationship

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Many a couple take a dog to deepen their relationship commitments. As nurturing an animal result in learning valuable skills. Responsibilities get shared, and couples tend to hone their ability to compromise and communicate more effectively. Teamwork becomes much better. A dog is often viewed as a training wheel for marriage and ultimately children. Studies have shown that couples who have pets are closer and manage stress better.

Loves and challenges

Although there are a lot of positive reasons to own a dog, there could be some challenges too. It is essential that both members of a couple take a long and sensible look as to how this addition to the family could affect the relationship. A dog changes lives. It brings extra pressure and responsibility on the couple. It is important that both the husband and the wife are on the same page before taking the plunge.

Do remember that having a pet means reduced free time. You cannot sleep all day long during weekends and cuddle each other. Say goodbye to all relaxation activities when you adopt a puppy. You must walk the dog every day, without fail. It means waking up early. Puppies demand a lot of supervision and attention. Prepare to make sacrifices to your active social life. Your work schedule could be hampered as well. Be ready to stay at home instead of visiting the pub or the dance party.

Exercise and responsibility

The most significant benefit of having a puppy is that you get a lot more exercise. You will be in much better health than before. Many studies have shown that dog owners walk more compared to their dog-less times. Getting more exercise means you reduce your stress and improve the health of our heart. Walking also deepens the bonding with your partner. Healthy activities assist the relationship to develop and improves quality of life. Playing with the puppy is also good for the soul.

Both of you gets to be more responsible when you bring home a puppy. You communicate more with your other half as both of you are responsible for the well-being of your pet. When you care for the animal, your partner knows for sure that you can handle more significant responsibilities later in life. Nobody wants to be the only one who takes all the responsibility in a relationship. Caring for the animal takes team effort. If you and your partner face problems in this context, draw up a chore calendar and follow it. Having a pet could be expensive and make sure that you and your partner earn enough to care for a dog. The total cost goes beyond food. The puppy will need shots and must be neutered or spayed. There could be substantial hidden costs too, like veterinary bills.

March 18, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Handling Your Possessive Dog

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Your dog is a possessive canine when it claims a specific object like a toy and protects it. These dogs snap and growl towards both humans and other animals. As a dog owner, you must intervene if your canine is a possessive one. This is treatable. You need a lot of patience as you will assist the dog to relax. It is not a hard task.

Understand possessive behavior

A few examples of possessive behavior may appear benign, like your dog always at your side and not obeying your instructions to go away. Keep in mind that these seemingly small issues may snowball into larger ones. If your dog snaps at your friend when he or she comes to visit you, then you have a substantial problem. To manage a possessive dog, you must first recognize the warning signs. These include refusal to give the ball or toy when asked and hoarding of treats or toys. Possessive dogs usually snap at other dogs while eating. Such dogs are also jealous of other dogs, and they fight often. If you know the causes, you can better understand how to manage a possessive dog.

Prevention and management

You simply may have to give your dog an obedience refresher course. It may have already learned how to “stay” and “sit” when you command it to do so. There are however three other commands which your dog must learn if you want to take its possessive behavior away. The first command in such a scenario is to “leave it!”. Such a command orders the dog to ignore the attractive treat and focus attention on you. If you can teach your dog this trick, it will not be tempted by any edible lying on the street. You will be assured that your dog will listen to you. The second command is “drop it!” This command is especially useful for possessive dogs who will take its favored object everywhere. Alternatively, such a command can prevent possessive behavior. The third command is “trade ya” and is related to “drop it.” This is especially useful if your dog clings on to the object of its desire. By this command, you provide a much “better” resource compared to the thing it is possessive about. Use the “trade ya” command when the “drop it” command does not work. Follow all these commands with a “sit!” and give your dog a treat for all its efforts. Such training takes time, and a lot of energy but ultimately pays off at the end. It is essential to show your dog who is the boss. Make it wait for its food. Use the “sit” command to make it sit for a few minutes before you give it food. This will reduce possessive behavior.

March 15, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Why Your Cat Urinates on Your Bed?

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Some cat parents discover their beds soaked in cat pee and wish they had picked up a better animal as a pet. Cat urination on their owners’ beds is quite frequent and as expected, could turn out to be a medical problem. The list of other causes includes the said cat suffering from stress and anxiety. These two could affect many hormonal and chemical imbalances within the body. In medical terms, this is known as idiopathic cystitis. It means an unknown cause of behind bladder inflammation. The likely cause of cystitis is a hormonal imbalance. It is better prevented by stress reduction in the environment.

Position is important

If your cat pees on the bed, take it to the veterinary to rule out any urinary tract or bladder infection. If the cat is found to be free from both but still pees, there are other factors at play here. One of them could be the faulty positioning of the litter box. Everyone likes a little privacy when doing the deed. Your cat too wants some privacy. If you place your litter box in a high traffic area or next to a noisy machine, then the cat will avoid the litterbox.  Another reason is that the litterbox is in a dark place with no light — cats like warm places and like everything to be near. Placing the litterbox far away from its usual snooze place does not make the cut. Many owners also make the mistake of putting the litterbox in a location which means the cat must pass a zone it considers as dangerous, like the dog’s sleeping area.

Many litterboxes all over

One good way to solve this problem is to have multiple litterboxes scattered around the house. A few cats like to defecate and urinate in two distinct litter boxes. Some cats loathe sharing litterboxes with other cats. The best arrangement is to have multiple litterboxes on every floor of the house. Of course, it would mean that you, the owner, will have to clean many litterboxes. This arrangement is better than cleaning the bed sheet though. Multiple litter boxes are a must for kittens. Because as kittens are yet to master their elimination and they require a litterbox nearby to do the deed. As an owner, you must never punish your kitty if it defecates or pees outside the litter box. This will result in the kitty hating the litterbox and avoiding it altogether. You should also not use the litterbox to trap the cat to administer medicine or do something against its will. Doing so means it will avoid the litterbox from that time onwards. Some cats may dislike the cat litterbox as it traps odors or constricts its movements.

March 14, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Why Get Dog Biscuits?

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In human terms, dog biscuit is snack food to your dog. It should not be fed as a substitute for a meal. The dog biscuit is of hard texture and used as a dietary supplement. You can give dog biscuits to all canines. This food is not exclusive to dogs. The biscuit is a dry one and sold in a flat shape designed to look like a bone. Other than providing nutrition, it also assists in cleaning your dog’s teeth thus promoting oral health.

History

The existence of biscuits specially made for dogs can be traced back to Roman times. The earliest dog biscuit was made from bran. It was made from human bread gone stale or bad and thus unfit for consumption by humans. The Spanish made progress in this regard, with dog biscuits popping up in many early 17th-century literature.

The earliest iteration of modern-day dog biscuits come from the United Kingdom. It makes a maiden appearance in the 19th century. The cookies of those times were accompanied by an assortment of vegetables like parsnips, potatoes, and carrots. The biscuits were made in factories and in enormous quantities to feed the pets of people who were fast becoming more prosperous due to global trade.

Food convenience and more

Dog biscuits are not only tasty for dogs; it is a boon for dog owners too. You are not required to cook a snack just for your dog- the biscuits will more than suffice for a snack. The biscuit is much cheaper when it comes to feeding the dog another kind of snack. Since canines are mainly meat eaters, procuring meat and then cooking it could be a cumbersome and needless chore. Even if you are economically weak, the dog biscuit comes in handy as it is cheap and contains all the nutrients needed to sustain the dog. It also has the correct quantity of calories as a dog which is inside a small house almost all day long gets minimal exercise. Giving your dog high-calorie food as a snack will make your dog fat and unhealthy, giving rise to many diseases.

Dog biscuits in later years began to incorporate meat as an ingredient. A dog biscuit made of meat can be substituted for dog food. It means you can give it as a meal. About 25 percent of a meat dog biscuit contains meat. This kind of biscuits increase the endurance of the dog. The shape of the dog biscuit has changed through the years. It was flat and square shaped during the initial period of its development. This changed when an American company F.H. Bennett hit upon the idea of designing the biscuits to look like a bone. The idea took off, and most dog biscuits are shaped like bones today.