The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

October 18, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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What should you feed your sick dog?

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We all hate being sick. It reduces our appetite and brings our energy level to an all-time low. Exactly the same thing happens to our adorable ball of fur too. The most common illnesses seen in dogs is an upset stomach. Diarrhea, vomiting, kidney or liver disease, intestinal parasites can cause them to be sick too.

Symptoms that your dog is sick

Dogs cannot communicate to you when they are in pain or not feeling well. You need to be proactive and check for the following symptoms to ascertain that your dog is ill.

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Aversion from water.
  • Difficulty in walking.
  • Loose stools.
  • Excessive sleeping.
  • Excessive drooling.
  • Itchy skin.

When your puppy is sick, they stop eating and do not play all day. It hurts to watch them be sick. Getting them to eat nutritious food for a speedy recovery can become a challenge in itself. Would the same chicken noodle soup that makes us feel so much better work for our puppies too? Here is a list of food items to feed your dog when they are sick.

Water

Make sure to boil and then cool the water. Feed your dog small amounts of water at regular intervals throughout the day. If they are extremely reluctant to drink water, you can use a dropper. Keeping your dog hydrated,when they are sick, is extremely important.

Shredded boiled chicken

Chicken is a great source of nutrition for your dog. Do not add any spices and simply boil some chicken. Shred-it to make it easier for your dog to consume it.

Boiled rice

Well cooked rice is another nutritious yet light food for your sick dog. Serve the rice in small portions to your dog. You can pair it up with shredded boiled chicken too.

Mashed pumpkin or sweet potato

Mashed pumpkin or sweet potato is soft and easy to digest. You can also feed them the canned pumpkin variety. Make sure that it does not have any additional sugar since that can further upset your puppy’s tummy. Also, do not use sweet potato for diabetic dogs.

Bone broth

Bone broth is extremely mild and gentle on your dog’s tummy. You can use turkey or chicken legs to boil in water. Remember to scoop out the layer of fat that forms on top of the broth after it has cooled down. As an additional precaution, strain the broth to remove all small bones.

Boiled eggs

If you see your dog getting a little better, you can try and feed them a fully boiled egg. It is high in protein, but do not force it on your pup if they do not feel like eating it. They might not be ready for an egg yet.

October 17, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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What Causes Aggression in Dogs?

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It is in the nature of dogs to be aggressively protective of their loved ones. You may have seen several dogs being violent, growling, and even trying to bite. But have you ever wondered why some dogs show these nasty behaviors? You understand your dog is aggressive, but understanding the cause of the aggression can help you find a solution to treat them.

Some of the common causes of aggression in dogs

You cannot find a solution without knowing what the problem is! As long as you know what is causing aggression in your dog, you may be able to help. Some of the most common causes of aggression in dogs include

  • Injury or illness

Pain is a common cause of aggression in all living things. Your dog may have been loving and friendly for several years and suddenly started showing signs of aggression. The first sign to notice is whether your dog is in pain or if there is an illness that is causing the aggression. Some medical conditions make dogs aggressive such as brain disease, tumors, among others.

  • Possessiveness

Dogs are extremely possessive animals. Your dog may show aggression when it fears to lose the object of value such as a toy, food bowl, bed, or sometimes even a person. This is also called resource guarding. Dogs may also growl and warn when strangers or outsiders enter your home. To your dog, it’s his or her territory. The degree of aggression varies from barking and growling to attacking and biting.

  • Anxiety or Fear

Aggression is a form of defense mechanism in dogs. Many dogs show aggression when they are in danger and unable to escape. They exhibit aggressive behavior to defend themselves. Most of the dogs that exhibit fearful behavior have been neglected, abused, or experienced a traumatic event.

  • Frustration

There are several reasons for a dog to feel frustrated, from fleas and ticks to being tied up or restrained on a leash. Also called redirected aggression, when a dog is frustrated, and it is unable to take the frustration out in any way, it gives birth to aggression.

  • Dominance

Establishing dominance happens in all species, including dogs. Your dog may either be trying to establish dominance over another dog or even over your whole family. Most times, dogs show aggression when their position is being challenged, and it may be mistaken for dominance. But in some cases, your dog may be trying to be the ‘Alpha’ of the family resulting in aggression.

  • Learned Aggression

You may have seen infants and few children creating in a scene in public to get what they want. Once it works, they continue with the behavior. Dogs are no different. Once they realize that they can get what they want by showing aggressive behavior, they learn to repeat the aggression. It is always better to be careful while interpreting aggression and first rule-out health issues causing aggression. Any mistake in interpreting can cause more harm than good to your dog.

October 16, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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The Biggest Dog Breeds You Would Want to Keep as Pet

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You will be amazed at the diversity among dog breeds that are suitable to be kept as pets. Some like small dogs that are easy to handle while others like big strong dogs that look aggressive. Different people have different choices. If you are a dog lover looking for the biggest dog breeds to keep as pets, then you will not be disappointed. Here are some dog breeds that are big and make great pets.

St. Bernard

These dogs are well known to be rescuers in the treacherous winds and cold of the Alps. These dogs are very friendly and love human companionship. They do not show signs of aggression and do not bark without a cause. Their height varies between 69 to 89 cm and weighs anywhere between 73 to 117 kg. These big, giant dogs are very affectionate and make great pets.

Newfoundland

These massive dogs weigh around 118 kgs and grow as tall as 183 cm, from nose to tail. They are great swimmers and working dogs that are famous for carrying out water jobs, water rescue we well as sports. They are lovingly called Gentle Giants as they are extremely loving and affectionate towards their families. They are a devoted companion who needs daily brushing and exercise.

English Mastiff

When muscle mass is considered, English Mastiffs are the largest dogs that weigh between 50 to 156 kg. They stand 64 to 91 cm tall and have served as watchdogs since their existence. They love being around people and are great companions. As they need little grooming and exercise, they make a great pet.

Landseer

Landseer and Newfoundland are sometimes mistaken to be the same breed as they are similar to each other. But they are not! They have a few differences in personality and appearance. Landseer weighs around 82 kg and is about 82 cm tall and makes a perfect lifeguard. They are great swimmers and are perfect for rescuing people from drowning. They are sweet, gentle, and easy to train.

Tibetan Mastiff

These are some of the strongest predators that are fearless to confront, like a wolf or a leopard. They are large muscular dogs that weigh between 45-72 kg and stand tall at around 84 cm. Tibetan Mastiff is not actually a Mastiff, but a fearless flock guardian dog. They are extremely intelligent, independent, and impressively large dogs that are possessive and protective of their family. They have a double coat that needs regular brushing to keep flea and tick away.

Great Dane

They have the reputation of being the tallest dogs in the world, as well as one of the most dangerous dogs. With a height of 76-87 cm, and weigh between 54-90 kg, they are one of the biggest breeds of dogs that make a great pet. Other breeds of dogs that are well known to be large loving pets include the Neapolitan Mastiff, Bull Mastiff, Cane Corso, Dogue de Bordeaux, Leonberger, Irish Wolfhound among others.

October 15, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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St Bernard, A Rescuer That You Would Want to Grow Up With

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St Bernard, A Rescuer That You Would Want to Grow Up With

What more can you ask from a kind, intelligent, gentle, and good-natured dog? St. Bernard is the ‘whole package’ when it comes to finding a pet. These dogs were once rescuers who reached out to people suffering in the cold in the treacherous Alps. But now, St. Bernard is a breed that many would want to keep as a pet.

What makes St. Bernard an excellent pet?

Despite their size, St. Bernard dogs love indoors. They are extremely calm and friendly and make great companions. All they need is a good amount of walking and a little room to stretch and spread out. There are several reasons to pick St. Bernard as a pet to grow up with. Some of them are

  • Need limited exercise

Unlike other dogs, St. Bernard dogs do not need a lot of exercises. He is not a jogging companion. But he does need to walk around a little and stretch himself.

  • Display minimal aggression

St. Bernard dogs are not aggressive. They bark when there is a cause or show display protective instincts. Their size is indeed a deterrent to any attacker. But apart from that, they are very calm and friendly dogs.

  • They love human companionship

They love to be with their human family and mostly indoors. They make great companions either while reading, watching TV, or simply sipping a cup of tea. They are easy-going and extremely patient with children as well. Though they might accidentally knock off small children, St. Bernard dogs are great to snuggle, especially for kids.

  • Happy and playful

St. Bernard breed of dogs suffer heat exhaustion. But put them in snow, and they are the happiest dogs you will ever see. They love to romp in the snow, play, and run around. Snow is their playground, and watching a playful dog gives more joy than ever.

  • Big puppy for years

If you love puppies, then St. Bernard is the dog for you. They take longer to mature mentally, giving you a big puppy for several years. St. Bernard originated in Switzerland and have the ability to withstand cold temperatures. Unfortunately, they do not do well in heat due to their coat that comes in two variety, short-haired and longhaired. These dogs have a short life span of 8 to 10 years but can live a little longer with a good diet, timely vaccination, proper attention, and care. Grooming them is of utmost importance as they can shed excessively if they are not taken care of. If you are a neat-freak, then St. Bernard breed is not for you. They drool and shed, and their paws bring in a fair share of mud.

October 14, 2019
by Lynn Merton
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Dogs Best Suited for Cold Weather

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Dogs Best Suited for Cold Weather

Winter is the most beautiful season of the year. But not everyone is the biggest fan of winter. While some love the snow and the games that come along, others prefer staying insides within the warmth of their homes. Like humans, even dogs have a choice when it comes to weather. A Mexican hairless dog cannot survive easily in snow, and a tropical climate is not suitable for a Siberian Husky. Here are some dog breeds best suited for cold weather.

Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky breed originated from the harsh climate of Siberia and was used for pulling sleds. They are very active and independent breed of dogs that love cold weather. They are great escape artists and need supervision when left alone in the yard.

Alaskan Malamute

They are often confused with Siberian Husky or American Husky, their closely related cousins. They are built for the harshest weather on the planet with their beefiest double coats. They are strong and have the ability to tow more than three thousand pounds. They are known to be extremely intelligent and exceptionally friendly.

Saint Bernard

They are the most iconic winter dog breeds and famous for being rescue dogs in the treacherous Alps weather. They make a perfect family pet as they are very affectionate and easily trainable. They make an ideal nanny for these dogs to have a softer side that many fail to notice.

Bernese Mountain Dog

It is one of the most beautiful cold-weather breeds of dog you will see. They can survive in just about any condition, especially chillier ones. They make an excellent hiking companion and known for their love for adventure. They are also known for being affectionate and friendly, but they are not meant to be guard dogs.

Tibetan Terrier

Don’t be fooled by its size as a Tibetan Terrier weighs anywhere between 15-35 pounds on average. They have a large and remarkably thick double coat that is well suited to cold weather. They are athletic, smart, agile, and outgoing. These dogs need a lot of grooming to keep them healthy and happy.

Newfoundland

They are the most intimidating but loving and affectionate breed of dogs in the world and are called ‘Gentle Giants’. They are widely known as nanny dogs as they are marked by patience and friendliness, making them the ultimate winter dogs.

Akita

They were originally bred in the mountain regions of Northern Japan and are known for having heavy bones, making them extremely tough. They have thick and short double-coat that are weather resistant that makes them an excellent pet for cold weather. They are the descendants of ‘Matagi’, Northern Japan’s traditional winter hunter dogs.

Other breeds of dogs that are suitable for the harsh winter weather include the Norwegian Elkhound, Keeshond, American Eskimo Dog, Caucasian Shepherd, Tibetan Mastiff, Great Swizz Mountain Dog among others.