The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

September 6, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Unusual Things Cats Like to Play With

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Cats are the most eccentric yet interesting creatures in the animal world. You may think that you figured them out, only to find out that there is so much you don’t know much about cats. One moment they ask you to pet them and give them a belly rub. Next moment, they are trying to get their claws on your fingers. Truly, there cannot be any pet that is as strange as a cat. Cats also love to play with anything and everything, ranging from balls of wool to cardboard boxes. However, there are also these unusual toys that cats love to play with:

Pizza face organic catnip toys

Believe it or not but cats love to play with pizza face organic catnip toys. Available on Etsy, these toys are extremely popular among cat owners. According to the website, sometimes your feline friend would like to take a chill pill and enjoy a few slices of catnip pizza. We know cats love catnip, who knew they also like catnip that looks like pizza?

Art Set Organic Catnip Toys

Okay, you see a pattern here; cats love anything that has catnip in it, which couldn’t be more accurate. We know that cats will do anything to get their paws on some catnip, but an art set? If you want your artistic cat to imagine it is Leonardo Di Vinci while it is munching on some catnip, why don’t you buy art set organic catnip toys from Etsy?

Syringe Organic Catnip Cat Toys

Okay, it looks like cats are quite eccentric because they apparently love syringe organic catnip cat toys. The last two items were borderline unusual, but this one takes the cake. It’s hard to say if the manufacturers of this cat toy made it because they lost a bet or as a practical joke. Regardless of what was the reason, these catnip cat toys are a hit among feline friends. Do you want your feline friend to join the group of super eccentric cats? If yes, head over here and give your feline this unusual gift.

Tiny Turdy Organic Catnip Cat
The one reason we can think of when we look at this toy is that cats love playing with it because they get high. You can spend hours wondering why on earth do felines love playing with a tiny turdy and only one answer will come to your mind. Regardless of whether you like looking at this unusual cat toy or not, we are pretty sure your feline friend will go bonkers with it. Show your feline some unusual love by giving it this toy.
These are just some of the unusual things that cats like to play with if they get their paws on them. If you have any queries, feel free to leave a comment below!

September 5, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Common fears and phobias dogs have

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Fears and phobias are more common in dogs than you may think. This could affect dogs of all breeds and ages. Do note there is a clear difference between phobia and fear. Your dog can be afraid as it responds to a perceived or actual threat. This can be a particular situation. In contrast, canine phobia is described as an exaggerated response towards fear which can inundate your dog.

A few dogs can be naturally afraid of a few elements due to inadequate breeding practices. A certain event may also make them afraid. If it is not solved early, the fear could encompass everything. These could turn into a life changing phobia.

Thunder

Fear of thunder or Astraphobia is quite common in canines. However, degree of fear can vary. A few dogs are mildly afraid of thunderclaps. If this is the case, the dog will exhibit a slight tremble. You will notice that the ears of the dog get flattened. Tails also get tucked during the thunderstorm. A few other dogs could have a severe phobia. The sound of thunder frightens them to hiding. They may lose all bladder or bowel function. A few dogs are also found to be destructive when there is thunder in the skies above.

Fireworks

Most dogs are severely afraid of fireworks. Like a fear of the thunderstorms, the unpredictable, loud sounds makes dogs tremble. The sudden lights add to their confusion. To make your dog immune, you must make your dog get used to fireworks effects. Dogs with extreme fireworks phobia could require ti be treated with sedatives or anti-anxiety medication.

Being left alone

This is known as separation anxiety in dogs. Canines who suffer from this behavior generally show destructive behavior. The latter manifests itself as soon as a dog’s owner leaves the house. The list of other symptoms include housebreaking accidents and excessive barking when it finds itself alone in the house. This problem could be solved by making low-key exits and quietly coming into the house.

Vets

Being afraid of vets is extremely common among dogs. A canine’s initial visit to the vet includes alien smells, endure handling in new styles it had never before experienced, and being restrained. It is also the place where vaccinations are provided. It is thus not surprising that dogs are afraid of visiting the vet. This phobia can be easily fixed by taking the canine to the vet for few social visits which does not include any examination.

Riding cars

A surprising number of dogs could be afraid of riding in cars. This fear is usually due to lack of car rides or paucity of early exposure. Negative experiences like getting car sick or associating a car ride with a visit to the vet may lead to fear.

September 4, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Ways to Get Rid of Pet Ticks

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During summer and spring season, it is quite common for your pet to get ticks. Even if you do your best to keep ticks at bay, there are times when a few of them will get past your vigilant eyes. The problem with ticks is that they carry a lot of diseases, which are transmittable to your pets. However, if you use these ways to get rid of pet ticks, you won’t have to remove them manually.

Oral medications

There are medications available that can be given to your pet orally. These medications can eliminate fleas and ticks. On top of that, they are also capable of interrupting the fleas’ life cycle. You need to give these oral medications on a monthly basis for them to be effective. The best part of oral medications is that you won’t have to worry about your pet coming in contact with your children or other pets.

Spot-on medications

You can purchase spot-on treatments from a nearby clinic, pharmacy, online store, or the veterinarian. As spot-on medications are effective for a month, you need to apply them on a monthly basis. However, you need to make sure that your pet doesn’t come into contact with your children or other pets for a while after you apply the spot-on medications.

Tick shampoos, dips, collars, powders, and sprays

You can purchase medicated shampoos and dips from a nearby pet store. Tick shampoos are cost-effective but labor intensive methods to keep ticks at bay. As tick shampoos aren’t as effective as spot-on or oral medications, you need to use tick shampoos every two weeks.

Dips are chemical concentrations that need to be diluted and applied on your pet’s fur. Make sure that you don’t wash the dip after applying it on your pet. As dips are extremely strong, check the label before application.

You can use a tick collar to keep ticks away from your pet’s head and neck. For the tick collar to be effective, it should be touching your pet’s skin. Ensure that there is enough space for two fingers to fit between the collar and your pet’s skin.

You can also use tick powders and sprays to kill ticks. As these powders and sprays have various chemicals, you have to make sure that you don’t apply them on your pet’s face. You can also apply tick powder on your pet’s bed to keep ticks at bay.

Treat the lawn and the house

By trimming your lawn, trees, and bushes, you can significantly reduce the number of ticks in your backyard. You can also use chemicals to treat your lawn and house, to prevent ticks from breeding. However, ensure that your pet or any other living being doesn’t come in contact with these chemicals.

These are four simple ways to get rid of pet ticks. If you have any queries, feel free to leave a comment below!

September 1, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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How to Calm an Anxious Dog

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Much like humans, dogs also react to all kinds of stressful scenarios. A change in behavior typically indicates anxiety in a dog. It might become too clingy or withdraw or act out, depending on the nature of the animal and the level of anxiety. Unfortunately, dogs do not have the ability to either express or manage their anxiety like humans. As a pet owner, you might like to know some easy ways in which you can calm your dog whenever he/she is anxious:

Cuddle the dog

Physical contact is known to help both human beings and animals when trying to relieve stress, anxiety and fear. It is natural for a dog’s anxiety levels to increase when he is physically separated from their owner. If your dog is suffering from physical pain, you could calm him down by simply staying close to him. Cuddling and petting always helps in reducing some of the stress and anxiety.

Play some music

According to pet behavior consultants, when you play music that is specially created for pets, it can help relieve anxiety in the animal. This is particularly true for dogs who are struggling with separation anxiety. It would be a good idea to leave the songs to play whenever you’re away from home.

Get them to exercise

It isn’t unusual for anxiety to cause the development of uncontrollable energy. When this happens to human beings, doctors often advise them to get some exercise as it helps release stress. The same is true for dogs too. You could help your dog burn off the excess tension either by playing in the backyard or by going for a jog or walk in the neighborhood. Not only will the activity tire out your pet, it will also relieve a chunk of his anxiety. You will see him feel calmer once he is back inside the house.

Give them a chew toy

You might find your anxiety-stricken dog acting out and behaving in a destructive fashion. Dogs are unaware of what to do with the increased energy in their body during periods of anxiety. To help your dog, you can offer him a chew toy. It will help keep him focused on something for at least a while or till the anxiety passes.  This will also prevent him from going around and destroying precious household items in an attempt to channel his extra energies.

The symptoms of anxiety in dogs could vary significantly and also change over a period of time. These signs typically include trembling, pacing, lip-licking, hyper-vigilance, decreased appetite and yawning. If these symptoms appear persistently, it might be a good idea to take your dog to visit the vet.

August 31, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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5 Interactive Toys to Keep Your Dog Busy

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Dogs are intelligent and emotional creatures. They are intuitive and sharp which is why their help is often used in law enforcement agencies. Dogs are trained to sniff out cadavers, drugs, and also to protect their owners from harm.

Most owners indulge in developing the physical well-being of their dogs by proper feeding, taking them out on long walks, playing with them. But, just as physical health is important, it is important that you pay attention to their intellectual development as well. You might notice your dog gets easily bored at times. Engage your dog in interactive activities and keep him/her busy.

There are several enrichment toys that can provide a challenge for your dog. These toys have features that can capture your dog’s attention. They have unusual movements, sounds and contents. This helps in keeping your dog focused and he or she will not be growing bored with it anytime soon. Interactive dogs come in different types, shapes and sizes. There are toys that dispense treats at the end of the challenge, toys to enhance your dog’s memory, ones that are meant to sharpen their senses and so on.

Here are some popular toys. 

  1. Kong toys

    These toys take advantage of the fact that dogs are motivated by food. You can put in treats and snacks in an outlet. The task for your dog is to get the treat out. This engages your dog’s mind and instills a sense of victory in him. They are great for your dog’s oral health.

  2. Automatic fetch machines

    Dogs love playing fetch. This machine is a ball launcher that serves the purpose. It comes with a little twist. The machine launches balls in specific trajectories and your dog will have to analyze the path of the ball if he wants to catch the ball.

  3. Puzzles

    They enhance your dog’s memory. They are motivated by the treats and end up solving these puzzles to ultimately get to the treats kept within the puzzle.

  4. Mind games

    These toys will definitely keep your dog busy. There is a hide-and-seek toy which has tops that need to be dislodged to get to the hidden treat and a spin toy which consists of a wheel which has to be spun so that your dog gets his reward.

  5. Food cubes

    This is basically a plastic square and a cylinder. The cylinder has to be removed and filled with treats. You can adjust the cylinder for various levels of difficulty. He or she has to move the cube with his cylinder to get to the treat.

All these toys are easy to clean and is excellent for your dog’s mental and physical health.