The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

November 24, 2017
by Lynn Merton

What Is The Best Feeding Method For Your Pooch?

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Bringing home a brand new puppy is definitely one of the most exciting things in life. Puppies are adorable balls of fur that guarantee never ending fun and playful mischief. Although puppies bring so much joy into our lives, it is still a pretty big responsibility to take care of them. One of these big responsibilities that you should especially keep track of, is how you’re feeding him. Puppies need the right amount of nutrients and minerals in order to grow and be strong. That means that you have to come up with a diet plan that details calorie intake, macro nutrients, micro-nutrients, and other minerals that he many need to grow.

Taking care of a dog is a lot of work. They require constant care and attention. To make your job easier, here are a few tips on how to feed your pooch for his best health and your satisfaction.

  1. Controlled Feeding
    When you choose controlled feeding, you are giving your dog an exact portion of food on a daily basis by taking their weight, height, and age into consideration. Make sure you don’t leave food lying around. Dogs are curious creatures and if they find it, they won’t hesitate to chow down. If you’re unsure of the exact amount, ask for assistance from your veterinarian who will only be happy to help.
  2. Say No to Table Scraps
    We know you love your dog. So much that you would feed him from your own plate or sneak him something under the table. To bring him up with discipline, you should skip this habit. Feeding human food to a dog is one of the worst things you’re doing when it comes to his nutrition. Keep in mind that not all that we as humans eat are safe for dogs. Some foods can even be fatal! So stick to the dog food.
  3. Adjust His Diet Seasonally
    If your doggo is more active during a certain season, then change his diet accordingly. He may be more active during summer when the weather is nice outside and all he wants to do is go out in the sun and play. In this case, you should give him slightly more to keep up his energy. During winter months, it may get too dangerous for him to go outside which leaves him stuck inside being idle. Consult your vet on the right method to feed him during this season as dogs will still burn more calories trying to stay warm during the cold winter months.
  4. Limit the Treats
    Treats are a good way to teach a dog tricks but you don’t have to splurge on the treats every time he does something he’s supposed to. The calories from treats are often a bit much and that can be harmful for your dog in the long run.

Exercise and diet is also important for animals. Always ask your vet before you start a new exercise or put him on a new diet. Your vet knows best when it comes to the health and well-being of your dog.

November 23, 2017
by Lynn Merton

How To Train Your Kitten To Use The Kitty Litter

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So you have a new kitten! These must be very exciting times for you. Adopting a new kitten is without doubt, one of the best decisions you’ve made – or you’ll soon discover it to be so. But taking care of cats can be a lot of work and a big responsibility. You’ll have to teach her to behave and follow orders from scratch.

One of the most important things you’ll have to teach her is how to use the kitty litter or the litter box. Many cats don’t really have a problem using the litter box because they are basically clean, self-grooming creatures. Chances are that she has already learnt from her mom about using the litter box. But if she was adopted from a very young age, she might need some help. So all you’ll have to do is push them in the right direction. Here are a few tips that you can use to teach your new kitty how to use the litter box.

  1. Fencing In
    Just like how you would train your dog using a crate, train your new kitten by using a modified version of the crate technique. You’ll need to section off a part of the room and place the bedding, litter box, toys, and dishes in there. You can then introduce your kitten to the space. By fencing them in, you’re not giving them much choice other than to use the litter box.

    Although some may get it right at first try, it may take some getting used to so stock up on cleaners, paper towels, and a lot of patience. Remember to use non-toxic cleaning solutions.

  2. Your Choice of Kitty Litter Matters
    She wants to be comfortable when she does her business. Most cats prefer unscented litter that has the consistency of garden soil or beach sand. Kittens are pretty small and they might sometimes eat the litter and this can cause blockages. Avoid using clay litter to prevent blockages.
  3. Less is Not Always More
    Cats are free animals. Don’t just keep one litter box at one place in the house. Especially is you have multiple stories. Have at least one litter box per floor. Place them in private, quiet places so she can have her peace while she’s doing her thing. Don’t over fill the box.
  4. Be the Mom Cat
    If your kitty lacks a mother figure who would usually show her all the dos and don’ts, then be the mommy cat for her. Walk her to the litter box after she wakes up or before a meal. And after she’s finished, take her paw in your hand and show her how to hide the evidence.

Cats are intelligent creatures and they’ll get the hang of using a litter box soon enough. If you have any trouble at all, don’t hesitate to call the vet.

November 22, 2017
by Lynn Merton

How To Identify Pet Poisoning

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There are many things that are a potential threat to our pets. Things in our house and in our garden can sometimes poison our beloved furry friends. Knowing the symptoms of pet poisoning could help you to save your pet someday.

Here Are A Few Things That Can Be Fatal To Your Pets:

  • People medications – although some medications are harmless, most of them are not supported by your pet’s anatomy.
  • Flea and tick products – getting rid of fleas are important but try using non-toxic, natural products to do it.
  • People food – although a lot of foods are safe, there are a few that can be quite harmful to your pets. i.e., chocolate, alcohol, avocados, macadamia nuts, raisins, grapes, xylitol etc.
  • Pet medications – just like how sometimes people medications can hurt more than they help people, pets sometimes experience the same effect with pet medicines.
  • Household plants – there are many plants that are especially fatal for cats and dogs. Some of these include sago palms, daffodils and tulips, and rhododendrons and azaleas.

Symptoms Of Pet Poisoning

  1. Loss of appetite
    In most cases, a pet’s loss of appetite is the first signal that can indicate many illnesses. If your pet isn’t interested in eating his favorite snacks or regular meals, and shows other symptoms, contact your vet immediately.
  2. Vomiting
    Vomiting usually happens because of problems in the digestive systems. His vomit might or might not contain traces of blood. Anyway, make sure you take a sample with you when you visit the dentist. Your vet may be able to determine exactly what it was that caused the vomiting by inspecting the sample. He can then prescribe treatment accordingly.
  3. Drooling
    This can usually indicate to multiple things. Drooling usually indicates nausea and is not a major cause for concern unless your pet is drooling excessively or showing other symptoms. Call your vet immediately if this is the case.
  4. Diarrhea
    Diarrhea during poisoning is usually caused by the excess water in your dog’s body that’s trying to flush out the toxins from his system. There may be significant color changes in the stool ranging from black to green. There may even be blood depending on whether he has internal bleeding or not.
  5. Rash
    This is usually a common symptom when the toxin has entered through your pet’s skin. The rash is just the skin’s reaction to the toxin. You may notice:
  • Fluid-filled blisters
  • Continuous itching
  • Red and irritated skin
  • Swelling

These are the 5 most common symptoms of pet poisoning. Other symptoms can include lethargy, momentary loss of coordination, labored breathing, seizures or tremors, sensitivity to lights, unconsciousness, the beginning of organ failure, coma, non-responsive behavior, and even death.

Try to identify the toxin if possible, and take him to the vet immediately.

November 21, 2017
by Lynn Merton

Is Reverse Sneezing In Dogs A Common Condition?

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Reverse conditions is something that causes pet-parents everywhere to worry. You should know that it is very common for a dog to start reverse sneezing. In fact, all dogs do it at least at one point in their lives. It affects all kinds of dogs but smaller ones especially like the terriers and brachycephalic breeds. It comes in spasms and all it is, is a respiratory response.

What is it?
Although it is a pretty common event in dogs, it has rarely been seen in cats. It can be caused by the inflammation or the irritation of the pharyngeal, sinus, or nasal passages. It’s a kind of coping mechanism that your dog uses in order to get rid of trapped dust particles, powder, allergens or irritants from his upper airways. It can also be experienced after episodes where your dog experiences over-excitement.

Reverse sneezing is mainly characterized by rapid, repeated, and sudden inhalations. It is then followed by a gagging or snorting sound. Although it is without a doubt alarming to you as his parent, for the dog, this is a normal thing that happens from time to time. There is no cause for concern unless he has an underlying medical condition like a heart disease of some sort that might be causing these spasms. Most dogs seem to be completely normal before and after the episodes.

The episodes shouldn’t last all their lives. Reverse sneezing usually lasts for one period of time before resolving itself. It is uncommon for it to continue throughout a dog’s life. If that is the case, you might want to get that checked out by a vet.

What exactly happens when your dog is having a reverse sneezing episode?
During one of these episodes, your dog will likely come to a sudden stand still, extend his neck and head, and then produce a snorting sound which is often loud. In some cases, this condition can be confused with a tracheal collapse which can be better recognized by a loud honking sound that the dog makes. It often impacts toy breeds more breeds than other dogs.

What Can I do When My Dog Reverse Sneezes?
A commonly used remedy that is often effective is to hold his nostrils closed for a moment and then lightly massage his throat. This usually calms him down. You can also try blowing air slightly in his face. This usually causes the dog to swallow a few times putting a stop to the spasms that accompany the reverse sneezes. You could also try verbally calming him down while getting him outside where he can get some fresh air.

While most dogs are fine without medication for this condition, some veterinarians recommend antihistamines if the problem is severe or allergy-related.

November 20, 2017
by Lynn Merton

Winter Is Here. Here Are 4 Tips To Take Care Of Your Pets

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Winter, that brutal time of the year where cold seeps in through the floor. There doesn’t seem to be a way to winter proof everything. That’s why it’s important to take some precautions – especially when it comes to the health of our pets. Our furry friends may seem like they don’t need much help out in the snow because of their naturally thick coats. But not all pets are the same. Each breed experiences the cold weather in a different way.

When you see the tell-tale signs of snow, get ready for a blizzard. As soon as the temperature drops, start making changes to your pet’s routine so that you can keep him comfortable, safe, and happy until the spring. Here are a few things you can do in order to ward your pet from the cold.

  1. Take Good Care of His Paws
    The parts that are not covered by fur – the tail, ears, and legs are more susceptible to frostbite. There isn’t much you can do to protect his ears or tail without causing him discomfort. However, you ca still take good care of his paws by getting his some booties so he can walk comfortably this winter. You could also limit your walking duration or only go out on walks during the day while the sun is out. Booties not only protect against the cold, but they also protect against dangerous chemicals such as deicers.
  2. Adjust His Calorie Intake In Accordance With Daily Activity
    Your pet will burn more calories during the winter. This is because more energy is needed in order to keep the body warm. Some dogs are crazy about the snow. They may even go outside 4 – 6 times a day to just play in the winter wonderland. Make sure you adjust their calorie intake accordingly on these days so they get enough nutrients and minerals to be comfortable.
  3. Play Games With His Food
    Some pets are hesitant to go out for walks during the winter. Their physical activity will decrease when this is the case and that can lead to unnecessary medical conditions that could otherwise have been avoided. Instead of making him go outside, play games with his food so that he can get some physical activity out of it. It’s a great method to get him moving and keep him active.
  4. Never Take Him Off The Leash
    Although your dog might love running around in the snow, it is not as safe as it is during warmer months. He could wander onto a lake that’s still freezing over and fall in or simply get hit by a vehicle because there isn’t much you can see in the thick snow.

The best thing to do for your pet this winter is be careful. Take special care to get him to exercise but also be careful of the dangers lurking outside. Better safe than sorry. So prepare for this weather change accordingly.