The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

April 17, 2018
by Lynn Merton

How Much Do You Know About Your Dog’s Tongue?

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Dogs are wonderful creatures. While they’re amazing pets, they’re also rather interesting in their own respective ways. It’s our responsibility as pet parents to take time to actually learn about the important things concerning our dogs – like their tongues. The tongue is an important part of your dog’s mouth. Although it may not necessarily seem like it, the tongue has many different uses. It can tell your dog’s health condition, it can help them to groom themselves, it can cool them down through panting, and it can even dictate the sound of his bark.

Every bark is distinctive to the size, length, and thickness of your dog’s tongue. Of course, the vocal cords also influence this but the tongue also plays a major part. That’s how you can tell dogs of the same breed apart by just listening to their barks.

What actually does your dog’s tongue do?
It tells you when he’s overly stressed. If he constantly licks his lips and flips his tongue back and forth through the air, there’s a good chance that he’s either uncertain or stressed.

What role does the tongue play as far as dental hygiene is concerned?
When you take care of your dog’s teeth, you’re preventing plague buildup, thereby also protecting your dog from further dental problems such as tooth infections and gum disease. Although brushing your dog’s teeth can be a bit of a challenge, it’s all made a little bit easier because of his tongue. Your dog takes care of the insides of his teeth using his tongue. So you’re good to go on that part. Dental hygiene is really important. That’s why missing a dentist’s appointment can be close to deadly.

Can the tongue help in regulating your dog’s body temperature?
Dogs have very few sweat glands. This means that they rely on other methods to keep them cool during the harrowing summer heat. One of these methods is panting. When he pants after a good game of fetch on a hot summer day, he’s just trying to cool down. Since he can’t rely on his sweat glands to keep him cool, he has to turn to his tongue to do the job.

What should the actual color of their tongues be?
Tongues can have different hues. They don’t always have to come in the shade of pink as is what’s normal for humans. Some breeds even have blue tongues! It’s perfectly normal if your dog’s tongue has black spots on it. However, if you notice that your dog’s tongue has changed over time, it might be a good idea to visit the vet. The color, shape and texture of your dog’s tongue matter and if there’s a change, it’s better to strike out the possibility of an underlying medical condition that might be causing the change.

April 16, 2018
by Lynn Merton

How to Choose the Right Sized Pet for Your Home

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Pets come in all shapes and sizes. They can range from the size of the palm of your hand to bigger than your build. No matter your choice of pet, they definitely bring a sense of joy and responsibility to your lives. Especially if your life has been disarray for a while. They’ll give you purpose. When you’re looking to adopt pets, it’s especially necessary to take your current living environment into account.

How big of a pet can your home accommodate? Will your children be okay with the new addition to the family? Is anyone allergic? Will you able to care for your pet properly? Will you be able to provide them with the things they need the most? Like stability and love in general? There are things that you’ll need to consider and pros and cons that you’ll need to weigh. Here are a few tips that could potentially make this headache a little bit lighter.

The wonderful decision to adopt dogs.
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. They could either look like an angry potato, a majestic beast, or even a regular best friend who just loves to play fetch. The first step in finding the perfect dog, is to assess the space that’s currently available to you. Will you be able to share the space with your new companion and still live comfortably? A common mistake that people make is to adopt the first cute little puppy that they find nestled in their hands, without considering their breed, or even how fast they will grow.

Remember that most puppies won’t stay that size forever. When they grow into their true size, make sure you have a big enough home or apartment to accommodate them. Don’t just buy a big breed with hopes that you’ll move to a new place soon. Rather get a place and then decide.

What about when you live in an apartment?
The best thing to do in this scenario, is to go with smaller breed like the Chihuahua, Pug, Dachshund, Cockapoo, Poodle, Beagle, Jack Russel, Shi Tzu, and Chow Chow. You won’t have to worry that they’ll end up outgrowing the space they have. They only take up very little space, and they don’t grow remarkably larger than their original size. Some of these breeds require good, regular exercise. Most of them are satisfied with a walk around the park or two rounds around the block.

Remember that whatever size dos you choose, you should be able to give it the love and care that it deserves. Also take your neighbors into consideration. Are they people who would mind your dog’s barking? Or are they allergic? Once you clear these questions and are confident in your choice, you can finally go ahead with the adoption.

April 13, 2018
by Lynn Merton

Why Your Dog Might Be Scared to Go Outside

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Dogs are adorable little fur balls. They’re lovable and loyal. They come with so many perks and they’re totally worth any trouble that you’ll go through for them. Sometimes, these adorable little creatures of ours are frightened of the great outdoors. Since we associate dogs with having lots of energy, being mischievously playful, and inherently curious, we might find this hard to believe. But there are some pooches that are simply terrified of going outside.

Your responsibility is to try and dig deeper into this irrational fear to understand where it might be coming from. Once you understand it, you can work with him to give him the proper training necessary to alleviate that fear, and make the outdoors a place that’s both enjoyable, as well as pleasurable for the both of you.

How can you recognize your dog’s fear of the outdoors?
There are different ways in which your dog’s fear can manifest. He might refuse to go outside altogether, or it might be more subtle than that. He might pull hard on his lash to try and get back to him comfort zone. He might also be more covert about it by crouching close to the ground or even keeping his head bowed during his daily walks. He might also be keeping his tail tucked, tremble and yawn excessively, and pant even when he hasn’t started doing any kinds of strenuous physical activity.

Instead of punishing them for their behavior, try and understand where it’s rooted and get help to train him to be less vary of the outdoors. With patience and training, your dog will come to appreciate what the outside world has to offer.

What are his reasons?

  1. Previous negative outdoor experiences.
    Maybe your dog has had a scary experience while he was walking could be something as minor as being getting startled by a garbage truck. Once he’s outside, all he’ll remember is that negative experience with the garbage truck. When something traumatizing happens to you, your mind connects the traumatizing event with the place it happened in.
  2. He’s just not used to the great outdoors and that scares him.
    When he’s just a new pup, he’s still transitioning into his new environments. All your pup is thinking, is about the potential dangers that could be lurking behind every corner. And the added discomfort of a collar and leash doesn’t help either.
  3. He might be in pain.
    There’s a good chance that dogs that refuse to go outside or on walks are in pain. Dogs can’t vocalize their emotions so it’s our responsibility to notice these things and take necessary actions. If your dog has other pain related symptoms, you should take him to the vet immediately.

April 12, 2018
by Lynn Merton

Can Your Dog Get a Fungal Infection?

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Fungal infections are rather worrisome. They’re a serious issue for humans and animals alike. Fungal infections can also affect our pets. Most people know that dogs can get fungal infections on the surface of their skin, but did you know that these fast spreading infections can also affect their insides? Fungal infections are rather common in dogs. Not all types of fungal infections are curable. However, treatment is often easy and also readily available to pet parents everywhere.

Where do fungal infections come from?
Fungal infections are caused by fungi. There are lots of fungi in the world we live in. They appear in many different forms and can do lots of harm. Fungal infections usually happen when the fungi enters your dog’s system through his skin or his respiratory tract. Here are some of the most common fungal infections that dogs experience and how you can treat them.

  1. Ringworm
    This infection mainly affects your dogs’ skin, nails, and fur. Symptoms include itching, crusty or flaky skin, hair loss, and brittle or misshapen nails. Ringworm can also spread to humans as well as your other house pets. So time is of the essence here. Treat it as soon as you spot it. The treatment for ringworm depends on the severity of the infection. It can be treated with both medicated baths as well as oral antifungal pills. To stop the infections from spreading to other animals or people, disinfecting and vacuuming the house would be a good idea.
  2. Yeast infections
    When there’s an overgrowth of yeast in your dog’s body, it can cause really irritating infections. The infection affects his paws, ears, and skin in general. Treatment for yeast infections usually involve antifungal or antiseptic creams, which can be applied onto the infected areas. If your dog’s condition is quite sever, he may need oral medications. Yeast infections are not contagious to other animals or humans. Yeast infections could reoccur if the underlying conditions have not been treated. Discuss your options with your vet.
  3. Blastomycosis
    This is a type pf lung infection caused by fungi found in moist soil. So if your dog goes sniffing along the sides of river banks, there’s a good chance that he might end up developing lung infections. Once the organism is in your dog’s system, it can travel to almost any part of his body, causing damage as it goes. Symptoms of blastomycosis include limping, weight loss, poor appetite, coughing, breathing difficulties, eye problems, fever, and skin lesions.

Fungal infections are really serious and can range from a simple irritation to something life threatening. If you suspect that your dog might have a fungal infection, make an appointment at your vet immediately.

April 11, 2018
by Lynn Merton

Best Foods for Elderly Cats

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As we age, so does the food we eat. We need more minerals and nutrients to get us through our old age. We have different needs and we need to be eating the right kinds of foods to accommodate those needs.

Cats are creatures that live longer when compared to other pets. And so that raises the question of what we should feed them to keep them sustained and happy. The answer to that question clearly depends on what stage of life your cat is in. If your cat is really nearing the end of her days, then let her have free reign over the foods she eats. As they age, cats become more and more picky with food. So if you get them to eat anything at all, that would be seen as a success. When they get this finicky about food, there are certain things that you as a pet parent can do to keep their health up.

As your cat ages, so her ability to digest different types of foods. When she reaches the age 11 to 12 milestone, her ability to process fats decline. This can impact the way in which she extracts energy from food. Since fats have the highest amount of calories, that obviously causes a problem. Once she reaches 14, her ability to process certain foods further deteriorates and she will have difficulty digesting proteins. This can lead to the loss of both fat as well as muscle mass. When your cat loses her muscle mass, she has higher risks of catching illnesses and having an early death. A lot of senior cats also suffer from kidney diseases and arthritis.

Here’s what a good diet for your senior cat should contain:

  • High levels of antioxidants – in order to counteract the damage caused by free radicals.
  • Lower levels of phosphorous – the health of her kidneys are already deteriorating. Less phosphorous in her diet can help protect her kidneys.
  • Higher protein levels – this helps to maintain he muscle mass and prevent muscle atrophy which can lead to various different medical conditions.
  • Essential fatty acids like fish oils – these can promote joint health while also keeping her mind sharp.
  • Moderate levels of fat – when a cat loses her ability to process fats, she loses a lot of it. This means that you need to feed your cat a lot more calories to properly balance her intake. Especially when your cat is on the skinnier side.
  • Good smell – cats are more likely to eat their food if they like how it smells. As with humans, the olfactory experience is what amplifies the taste.

Cats are finicky eaters. It’s our job to recognize this and help them in any way we can. You could even talk to your vey about dietary options for elderly cats. He’ll only be happy to help.