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July 13, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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Dog Breeds That can be Left Alone for Longer Periods of Time

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Maybe you have a demanding job that requires you to put in long hours or perhaps one that entails a lot of traveling. What happens to your dog, then? Not only do you agonize over his sad puppy face, you worry about the furniture being intact when you return home too. Subtracting the guilt that pet parents feel when they have to leave their four legged friends alone for long, chewed up shoes and scratched door faces are a gaping reality they have to face. While some dogs take a nap or go about some mischief while you’re gone, others suffer from terrible separation anxiety that goads them into destructive behavior. Adult house-trained dogs can be left alone for hours provided their needs are satisfied. They wait for their owners in patience if there is food and water accessible to them in the meanwhile and they’ve been exercised before being left to themselves.

Some dog breeds seem to handle being alone rather well. These are generally intelligent and find a way to entertain themselves in their owner’s absence. Such breeds tend to be independent and fast learners.

“Home Alone” Breeds 

  • The Bull Terrier has the instinct of a guard dog and won’t mind being left alone at your house. Instead of feeling abandoned in your absence, it will feel responsible for the security of the house.
  • The Basset Hound is low on energy and loves to laze around. It is comparatively low on anxiety when compared to other breeds and do not show signs of mood swings. You can trust the interiors of your home with your Basset Hound.
  • Shar-Pei, originally bred to be a herding dog, guard dog and hunting dog are quiet and reserved in nature. They can be difficult to train but if done so properly will know to respect your home-rules when left alone.
  • Golden Retrievers that are in their adulthood and senior ages take immensely well to being left alone. In fact, you can even train them to enjoy their time alone by gradually introducing alone time to them.
  • Beagles, too, do not fret if their owner leaves them be for a while. They need a certain amount of reassurance that their owner will return to them and that is enough to keep them satisfied.
  • Chow Chows are intelligent and independent dogs that perform well as guard dogs. Their independent nature ensures that they do not feel ill at ease if left home without their owner.

Conclusion

Most dogs are at a risk of separation anxiety if their owner leaves them alone for too long. They need to be trained to be accepting of time alone. While it is okay to leave home without your dog, one must ensure that the dog isn’t left by himself for more than 8 hours.

July 12, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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Caring for a Pregnant Cat

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Is your cat expecting? If you’re a new cat parent, this can be a cause of major distress. Perhaps, you waited too long to spay your cat or maybe you adopted it. Breeding a cat is not a cakewalk and does not come recommended for those with little knowledge of their cat breed, or cat breeding in general. Whatever be the case, pregnancy is a natural part of a healthy feline’s life and knowing how to care for it will benefit both the cat parent and his/her furry friend.

How to tell if your Cat is Pregnant 

Pregnant cats tend to become vocal and affectionate as their pregnancy progresses. Just like human females, they could experience morning sickness. It is important to tip off other members of the family prior to the event of the kitten’s birth, so they can respect the cat’s need for privacy. Also, everybody should be warned against pressing on the cat’s stomach, which could cause a miscarriage.

Steps to Caring for Your Pregnant Cat like a Pro 

  • Visit a vet – The vet can confirm your cat’s pregnancy, let you know how far along she is, give you advice on its nutritional requirements and examine her health. Visiting a vet will also put your growing anxiety to rest.
  • Take care of her nutrition – Your pregnant cat will be eating for two. Make sure you feed her good quality mineral, protein and nutrient rich food. But take care of not overfeeding her as she may begin to add unnecessary bulk if overfed. Canned kitten food will benefit her health greatly.
  • Get her to exercise – Pregnancy does not need to take a toll on her fitness. Take your cat out on a walk or play with her. As long as you ensure you don’t get her too tired, you both will be fine.
  • Keep her well groomed – Pay attention to her external and internal health. Get her checked by a vet for any infection, fleas or worms. Doing so will keep your cat and its kitten in good health.
  • Provide a convenient litter box – As your cat begins to gain weight, it will be difficult for it to climb in and out. Present her with a cardboard box with low sides where she can do her business. Clean it twice everyday to maintain hygiene.
  • Look out for signs of nesting – Your cat will begin to look for comfortable spaces to birth in as she nears her due-date. Help her find her nesting spot by picking out a roomy cardboard box and tossing in old blankets or towels. Keep her food and water bowl near this box and watch her settle in, to give birth.

July 11, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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Does Your Cat Have A Swollen Belly? 5 Reasons Why It Has This Problem!

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A tissue lining known as peritoneum covers the internal organs and abdomen of your cat. It secretes peritoneal fluid, which allows the organs to locomote, as your cat moves around the house.
If you notice a swollen belly on your cat, it is an indicator that this fluid is building up, due to various problems. Today, you will get to learn about the different reasons which contribute to a swollen belly, so that you can take appropriate action.

Abdominal organ failure
There will be times when organs such as the bladder, kidneys, and liver, don’t work properly or fail, which causes fluid buildup inside the feline’s body. These organs are important for removing excess waste and fluids from the body. If the kidney or liver rupture or fail, they will start releasing fluids into the feline’s abdomen, which leads to an infection.

There are several reasons which cause kidney and liver failure, such as metabolic dysfunction, infection, consumption of toxins/chemicals, and imbalance in the diet to name a few. The other symptoms of abdominal organ failure are lethargy, loss of appetite, and weight loss.

Cancer
Another reason why your cat has a swollen belly is due to cancer. Due to large masses or tumors in your feline’s abdominal cavity, they will cause blockages, which disrupts the functioning of the organs. The fluids which go to organs for filtration will leak out or back up, to the cat’s abdomen, causing significant swelling over time.

Feline infectious peritonitis
There is a virus which flourishes in the cat’s white blood cells, which causes feline infectious peritonitis. The infection causes significant damage to the cat’s tissue lining, which starts to swell up due to inflammation. The virus is dangerous, as it reduces the strength of your cat’s immune system, allowing it to affect the abdominal lining and kidneys.

Congestive heart failure
Congestive heart failure is a disease which prevents the heart from performing its function, such as pumping oxygenated and fresh blood throughout the body. Most of the time, the swelling is due to right side suffering from congestive heart failure. High blood pressure, heartworms, and heart diseases are some of the common reasons which lead to this problem. Also, it can pass on from one generation to another, as it is genetic.

Trauma
If your cat got injured because of an accident, its internal organs might have gotten damaged. As a result of this, it can rupture or tear the organ, causing fluids to start leaking into its abdomen, causing significant swelling.

These are the five reasons why your cat may have a swollen belly. Take your feline to the vet immediately, so that he/she can perform a proper diagnosis.

July 10, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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Why is your Cat always Hungry?

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It always looks like dogs are always hungry because no matter how often you feed them, they always act like it is the first meal of the day. On the other hand, food doesn’t always motivate cats. However, if your feline starts asking for food, every time you stand up or start moving, there is a deeper reason as to why your cat is behaving this way.

There are worms in your cat’s body
Internal parasites, such as worms cause a lot of problems in cats in the long run. Worms will start consuming a huge portion of the nutrition, which your cat consumes. As a result of this, the cat will continue to eat large quantities of food, as it isn’t getting enough nutrition.

If your feline eats fleas by accident, it may get worms, as they are carriers. However, there are several medications which can get rid of these worms. The vet will examine the feces, before suggesting the appropriate medications.

Your cat isn’t meeting its regular nutritional requirements
When you eat a lot of food but still feel hungry within an hour, it is an indicator that the ingredients are not high-quality. The same applies to your feline, as low-quality food doesn’t meet its nutritional requirements. Due to this reason, your cat will continue to consume large amounts of food to get the necessary nutrition. Try switching to cat food which is dense in nutrients, and see if there is a change.

Your feline is feeling bored and lonely
When you feel lonely or bored, you start eating food because it helps alleviate the problem. Similarly, your feline behaves the same way, as it doesn’t know how to keep itself occupied. Rather than leaving a huge bowl of food every day, invest in toys which will keep your feline engaged for hours.

Your cat feels depressed
When your feline feels depressed, it will start consuming food, as it helps soothe its feelings. There are several reasons which can cause depression such as not spending enough time with you, you moved into a new household, or it lost a companion. You should try to play with your cat on a regular basis so that you can get it out of this mindset.

Your cat is suffering from diabetes or hyperthyroidism
If your feline’s thyroid gland is overactive, it leads to hyperthyroidism, which causes constant pangs of hunger. One way to confirm this is if your cat continues to eat large portions regularly, without gaining a single pound in weight.

Another reason why your feline feels hungry all the time is due to diabetes. As the cat’s body cannot process the glucose from food properly, the feline feels thirsty and hungry all the time.
These are the four reasons why your cat is always hungry. Do you have anything to say on this subject? Feel free to leave a comment below!

July 9, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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Vegan Diet for Dogs – Is it a Healthy Option?

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Off-late, veganism has been picking up steam, because of the numerous advantages that come along with this lifestyle. The vegan diet reduces the risk of suffering from health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, some of the most common problems in the world.

As vegan diets are a healthy alternative, pet owners tend to ask the question, whether the same applies to their four-legged furry friends. Today, we will take a closer look at this popular alternative, to determine whether it is a healthy option.

Why dogs go vegan?
The first thing you need to understand is why dogs go vegan. There are two major reasons – the owner is a vegan and doesn’t want to contribute to animal suffering in any way or the canine is prone to food allergies. If a dog is suffering from food allergies, in most cases, it is sensitive to animal protein. As a result of this, it makes sense for the owner to cut off animal products.

Are dogs omnivorous or carnivorous?
One of the biggest debates at present is whether the dog fits in the carnivorous or omnivorous category. There are several reasons which indicate why dogs are omnivorous than true carnivores. For starters, their requirements for vitamins such as Vitamin A, pyridoxine, and niacin, and taurine, is much lower than carnivores. They can use vegetable oils to create arachidonic acid, even if they don’t get access to animal fat and protein sources.

Their small intestine accounts for 23% of the gastrointestinal volume, a common feature among omnivores. They possess the ability to use beta carotene (which you will find in plants), to produce vitamin A. Their molars are quite flat, which allows them to grind plant material and bones. As a result of this, dogs can eat both plant and animal food products, and remain healthy.

Potential problems with a vegan diet
Just because the canine is following a vegan diet, doesn’t mean that everything is going to be okay for the rest of its life. If you don’t provide a well-balanced diet, it will cause deficiencies in the future.

For example, the protein intake might be lower than 25 grams for every 1,000 calories. Also, the canine may not get enough amino acids, like L-carnitine and taurine. Another deficiency is lack of minerals and vitamins, such as iron, phosphorus, calcium, and vitamin B.

Is it a healthy option?
Yes, feeding your dog with a vegan diet is a healthy option. However, you should practice caution while following this diet. Give this diet to your dog for 12 weeks, to see how it responds. If all goes well, your canine can continue to follow this diet. You can choose commercial vegan dog-food, as they contain the right amount of nutrients. If you plan on giving your canine a home-made diet, make sure that you use supplements!