The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

February 7, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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Here’s Why Dogs Shake Their Fur

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Dogs are adorable creatures. They do many things that tend to fascinate us and for good reason. They’re playful, friendly, and mischievous and we love all that about them. They are like family to us and we love them more than we can put into words. We’ve gotten so used to some of their behavioral traits that we don’t even question whether it’s normal or not anymore. Why do dogs shake their fur? We may see it as something they just tend to do from time to time, but is that all it is? Here are a few reasons why he might be shaking his fur.

  1. He’s stressed
    When dog’s get stressed, they try to shake the feeling off as if it were something physical. IT can also be seen as a surge of adrenaline after particularly stressful situation. The shake helps your canine companion to press the reset button on his brain. When he shakes his fur in this instance, he’s trying to alleviate the built up stress in his system and start over.Watch his reactions on different occasions to get a clear idea of what might be stressing him out. If he shakes his fur right after you’ve stopped petting him, chances are that the interaction stressed him out a bit. Identify the stressors in his environment by paying attention to him and try to remove as many stressors as you can.
  2. They’re going through a wind down.
    If you’ve noticed your dog shake his fur right after you had a pretty intense play session, or after a rigorous activity, he’s likely to be winding down. Shaking his fur in this instance means that he’s ready to relax and flex his muscles. It could even signal that he’s feeling friendly and ready to be petted. It’s a common way dogs use to tell their humans that playtime was a lot of fun but now he wants to relax.
  3. They might be uncomfortable
    Is your dog favoring one ear over the other? Having issues with his skin? Emotional discomfort isn’t the only reason why dogs shake their fur. The action could also indicate physical discomfort. It could be a sign that their skin is itching due to allergy related issue, or that they might have something lodged in their ear like mites or debris. It’s safe to take to the vet as soon as possible if you see him shake his fur and also scratch his ear while doing it.

When should you be concerned?
It is important to be able to differentiate between fur shaking and just plain trembling. The two can mean really different things and if your dog is trembling uncontrollably, then you should take him to the vet to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

February 6, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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How To Protect Your Pets From Mosquito Bites

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It is common knowledge that mosquitoes spread dangerous diseases in human beings, such as malaria and dengue, through their bites. Matters become critical when these virus-carrying insects bite and spread diseases in our animal companions. Heartworm disease is one such disease spread via mosquito bites in cats and dogs. This disease can also prove to be fatal if not treated on time. Hence, it is highly essential for us to save our pets from mosquitoes in every way possible.

Use synthetic mosquito repellants
The most feasible way to prevent mosquitoes from biting our pets is by applying mosquito repellants on them. A number of mosquito repellants are available in the market, such as K9 Advantix II for dogs. Some repellants that work for ticks and fleas can also work for mosquitoes. Before selecting a repellant, consult your vet and gain proper knowledge. Doing so is crucial as some repellants, such as those that contain DEET, are known to be harmful to your pets. Also, some repellants that work for dogs may not be suitable for cats; for example, K9 Advantix II can be toxic to cats if they happen to consume it.

Opt for natural repellants
Although synthetic and artificial substances have made human lives easy, thanks to their speedy mode of action, it is always better to opt for natural substances. Oils such as eucalyptus, geranium, neem, soybean, and rose in various combinations can work as effective insect repellants for your pets. Using these oils, you can also make sprays at home. Citrus juices are also quite effective as insect repellants. Before using any of these options, make sure you thoroughly research them. Homemade sprays should have all the ingredients in the appropriate quantity. Make sure these sprays do not come in direct contact with your pet’s eyes or open cuts and sores.

Prevent mosquitoes from entering your house
Do a thorough check of your house, and look for possible entrances for mosquitoes. Repair your window screens in case they are damaged. Birds and bats are known to feed on mosquitoes. Hence, adding bat and bird nests to your backyard can prove to be an excellent solution for keeping mosquitoes at bay. Lighting citronella products can also work wonders.

Prevent mosquito breeding around the house
You can avoid going through the above-mentioned hassles, if you simply act smart and work towards the root cause of the problem: prevent mosquito breeding around your house. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so check the outdoor areas of your house for such possible sources. Clean your swimming pool on a regular basis. Check for clogged gutters and clean them to avoid water stagnation.

February 5, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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How to Make Your Cat Visitor Friendly

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It is common knowledge that our feline friends are reserved by nature, unlike our canine friends. Hence, people looking for low-maintenance pets often opt for cats. However, almost any creature can be made to acclimatize to conditions it is not used to, and the same goes for cats.

For people about to become cat parents
If you’ve finally decided to get a pet cat that you’ve always wanted, it would be best to do a thorough research about various cat breeds before going ahead with it. While researching, look for cat breeds that are friendly by nature. Persian, exotic shorthair, Burmese, and Ragdoll are some of the friendliest cat breeds. Once you finalize your desired cat breed, opt for a kitten not more than two weeks old. Kittens can be made to adapt to human presence in the 2 to 7-weeks age range.

Once the kitten is in the house and starts spending time with you and your daily visitors, it will get trained and become social. New cat owners need to make sure their kitten is not exposed to harsh behaviors or extremely loud noises. Having such experiences can permanently make them antisocial.

For cat owners whose antisocial cat is more than 7 weeks old

Trying to train a cat who is more than 7 weeks old and is afraid of people other than you can be a difficult and frustrating task. However, with patience, right techniques, and persistence, you can manage to make your cat visitor friendly.

  • If your cat runs away and hides the moment a visitor enters your house, the most important step to take would be to simply let your cat be. Forcing your cat to come out and mingle with your guests will only drive it into its shell further.
  • When a cat is nervous, making eye contact with it intimidates it further. Hence, ask your guests to not make an eye contact with your cat.
  • After a while, try making your cat get out of its hiding place using small treats.
  • Once it comes out, make your guest offer it treats from a distance, and let your cat approach your guest gradually and not the other way round.
  • Repeat the above-mentioned step several times, each time decreasing the distance between the guest and your cat.
  • Once you get a sense that your cat has started feeling comfortable around your guest, make your guest offer it a treat while sitting on a chair. Gradually make your cat climb your guest’s lap through this exercise.

It cannot be predicted as to when your cat will finally become visitor friendly. Unfortunately, if your cat is reserved genetically, there might be a case it will never become social.

February 2, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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All You Need To Know About A Pet Trust

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All pet parents have one thing in common – they love their pets more than they can describe. They are never seen as just property or even just an animal. They are often seen as a companion, a best friend, a member of the family, basically part of the inner circle. We love them and always want them to be well, even when we might not be there to take care of them anymore. We make provisions to ensure that the humans we love will be looked after and cared for after we die. Since our pets are like family to us, why not do the exact same thing for them. Their safety should be paramount in uncertain times.

A lot of pets end up being in bad situations because their owners forgot to think about a plan for after they’re gone. So do your research, talk to close friends and family, seek profession advice, and then decide on your plan of action after you’ve gathered your information.

Why opt for a trust?
Setting up a simple trust can benefit both you and your pet. You’ll have peace of mind while your pet will be taken care of in the way that you want. A trust fund, which allows you to leave property and money to a beneficiary is a good idea because you can’t directly leave cash or property to an animal.

A trust is a great way to ensure that you pet’s quality of life doesn’t decrease just because you’re not there. If you care about and love your pet, it is only right that you think about and make plans for after you’re gone. If your family members don’t assume responsibility of your pet, then there can only be a few scenarios and they aren’t good. He’ll either end up at the pound or on the streets. Although you may not consider your pet as property, the law does. That’s the main reason why you can’t directly leave your pet with money.

What are your options?

You have three main options to plan for the care and well-being of your pet after your death. These options are:

  1. Traditional trust
    With this kind of trust, you can appoint a primary caregiver, provide instructions to care for your pet, and name a trusted person to manage all the money.
  2. Pet protection agreement
    If you don’t want to leave money to your pet, then this option is an easy way of doing things. It’s a legally binding agreement that lets you name a caregiver. You basically hand over your pet to the person after your death. It lets you set the instructions and rules to how your pet should be cared for. It is signed by you and your chosen pet guardian.
  3. Statutory pet trusts
    This is a simple form of leaving money for your pets. All you’ll have to do is write a simple direction that you’re leaving money for your pet, in your will. The court overseeing your will will then appoint people and manage the money as deemed fit.

February 1, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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How Good is Day Care Boarding for Your Pet?

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Doggy day cares have become overly convenient facilities for dog owners who are often really busy with work or away a lot on business trips that they can’t take they dogs on. Doggy day cares are also great places for dogs to socialize with other dogs and meet new people. But how good are day care boardings for the well-being and safety of your pets?

Do dogs really like going to day care?
The best way to tell whether your pooch likes it at the day care center is to pay attention to his personality. There are certain factors you should pay attention to like whether he likes the company of other dogs, if he likes playing with other dogs, how he feels while he’s playing with these dogs, if he goes to the dog park, if he loves spending time at the dog park, and if he’s active. Not all dogs fit in at a doggie day care. Some dogs like spending time with themselves rather than with other dogs. Yes, dogs can also be introverts.

How safe are doggy day cares?
The safety of a doggy day care depends on that particular facility that you’re looking into. Do some research on whether they have a screening process, if they have trained staff and proper supervision at all times, if the dogs in the facility are ever left unattended, if they have good security measures, if they have non-skid, safe surfaces in the areas where the dogs play, if they have procedures put in place in case of an emergency and what they are etc. If you’re satisfied with all the information you get after your research, then only should you take your dog there.

What is the standard procedure for my dog to be allowed into a doggy day care?
Most doggy day cares do a temperament test before they allow a new dog in. This is done for the safety of both the dogs as well as the people. It also helps determine whether the day care you chose is, in fact, the perfect fit for you and your pooch. It’s also used as a means to measure and determine your doggy’s personality so that he’s accurately placed into the right play group. These procedures are all set the way they are for a reason.

What’s the training that a doggy day care staff member should have?
They should be trained in body language, basic animal care, and stress signals. They should also be aware of the intricacies of communication between dogs. There are lots of things that dogs do that we can’t really decipher. It’s important to do that the actions which they do are almost always never by accident. The staff members should be aware of this fact.