The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

June 5, 2018
by Lynn Merton

Why do you think your dog is mad at you?

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For most dog owners, keeping their companions happy is pretty high up on their list of priorities. A pet isn’t just a pet to many dog mummies and daddies. Pets are comparable to a human baby and as such it makes sense that we care a lot about how they feel, after all we have domesticated dogs for 30,000 years. We share much of our history with them. So when little Rover topples the trash bin or starts barking incessantly it’s only natural to be concerned. Is he really angry with you?

To put it bluntly, no he is not angry with you for not taking him out for his walk yesterday. According to the American Kennel Club dogs don’t experience anger like humans do. They don’t brood over a past incident and plan their revenge. So it doesn’t make sense to try and connect their destructive behavior to a past incident. Their erratic behavior should be seen as a response rather than an act of retribution.

Understand your dog’s perspective

If you and your dog lead a very sedentary lifestyle then there’s a pretty strong chance that your dog is just plain bored. Just imagine staying inside for a week with no contact with the outside world. For most people that would be pretty rough, and dogs are no exception.

If you do take your dog out for your morning runs and keep him or her busy, then acting out could be a symptom of a deeper problem. Some of the causes of aggression in dogs are-

  • Illnesses

Pain tends to bring out the worst in humans as well as dogs. Thyroid and brain tumors can make your little pooch aggressive. Dogs aren’t exempt from mental illnesses either. A veterinarian can correctly diagnose whether your dog has a physical or mental health issue.

  • Dominance

Dogs usually try to assert their dominance over other dogs, but sometimes this can happen towards humans as well. Dogs usually bite, snarl and snap when they feel challenged. Establish whether your dog’s aggression is illness-related first, because trying to correct its dominating behavior without doing so can make the matter worse.

  • Fear

Have you ever heard the phrase “A cornered animal is a dangerous animal”? When it comes to dogs, this phrase has to be taken literally. Fear can make a dog feel like it needs to defend itself if it’s unable to escape.

  • Psychological trauma

There are some memories we cannot forget no matter how much we try and the same applies to canines. When it comes to dogs, psychological trauma usually elicits immediate responses which little Rover may not be able to control.

It’s close to impossible to get an accurate answer from the internet because only you know the history and symptoms of your canine friend. The safest course of action would be to schedule a visit to your vet and then let him/her take it from there.

June 4, 2018
by Lynn Merton

Do you have an Afghan Hound Here’s how to care for it

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Afghan hounds are special creatures. Dogs are famously known for being man’s best friend and that’s the truth. They are lovely creatures and they’re loyal till the end. They’re energetic, playful, mischievous, and are guaranteed to keep us young at heart. Dogs are simply a joy to behold. These amazing creatures are like blessings to mankind. And there are lots of them. There are small ones and big ones, there are hairy ones and smooth ones. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes.

Afghan hounds are really amazing dogs with great qualities. One of these qualities is their long and silky hair. Their hair is what makes them so attractive (other than their playful and warm character of course). While the hair does look appealing, it takes a lot of special care and attention to maintain. If you treat it with care, you’ll find that an Afghan hound’s hair is like a show stopper wherever you go.

How to take care of your Afghan hound’s hair

  1. Get him a hood.
    Although it seems really complicated at first glance, taking care of an Afghan hound’s coat is not all that difficult. Like with everything else in life, practice makes perfect. The most popular method of caring for your Afghan hound’s coat is to get him a hood. They can be found in specialist pet stores. The hood serves to keep the Afghan’s long ears clean. Their ears are so long that they sometimes even get into the dog’s food bowl while they eat. Slip on the hood before meal times to make sure that your Afghan hound’s ears are perfectly protected and away from the bowl of food.
  2. Bathe him
    The number of times you bathe an Afghan hound depends primarily on the place he lives. IF he lives in a tropical place where the humidity is high and there are more plants and dirt for him to roll around in, he’ll need to be bathed more often. But bathing him once or twice a month should be enough. This is true with any dog. However, there are some special things that you need to do after you give your Afghan hound a bath. You’ll have to carefully blow dry his hair, preferably with a hairdryer, and brush it very thoroughly. Hair that retains moisture is more prone to developing tangles and knots. If you want to take extra care of your dog’s coat, you can choose to also visit a dog grooming salon to straighten out his hair.
  3. Brush him
    You can keep up his shiny coat through frequent and thorough brushing. You’ll have to use a certain type of brush. Ask your vet to recommend one for you. Avoid brushes that could scratch his skin.

    Afghan hounds are not awfully difficult to take care of, as long as you know what you’re doing, you’ll be fine. They have very sharp instincts and are fiercely loyal. They are a joy.

June 1, 2018
by Lynn Merton

5 Things You Didn’t Realize Are Making Your Cat Anxious

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Cats are really interesting animals. Most of the time, they seem to be in their own minds, enjoying their own companies. They are as fun as they are mysterious. Although cats do like their alone time, too much alone time will only do damage. Yes, cats can be closed off at times, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need their human to pay attention to them and pamper them. Cats tend to get anxious a lot and we might not notice it right away because we would write it off as cats being cats. But when they’re anxious or depressed, they are not happy. We might even be the cause of their anxiety! We could do something that seems like no big deal to us, but it could mean something to your cat. Here are 5 things that make your cat anxious.

  1. Loud voices
    Cats are overly sensitives. Loud noises could spook them really easily. If your kitten was subject to really loud noises during the first few months of her life, then chances are that she’ll be spooked forever. It doesn’t even have to be that loud a noise for it to scare her. You could be blasting your music or playing the TV really loud. There also tends to be a lot of raucous when you have guests over. Plan wisely, don’t let this upset your cat. Try speaking softly and providing your cat with a safe space where she can go to, to collect herself.
  2. Your absence
    Although cats may seem like they got it all figured out, they still miss their human. Some cats experience strong separation anxiety. This maybe because of prior neglect, rehoming, or multiple homes. Make sure you say goodbye to your cat before you leave her alone. Understand her fears and give her love.
  3. Thunderstorms
    Fireworks and loud storms are a definite no for your cat. If she’s easily spooked from loud music or the TV, imagine her fright when she hears loud thunder or crackers. Take care of your cat during storms. Make her feel at ease by speaking to her. Try murmuring. Don’t leave her out of your sight. She won’t always show it, but she appreciates your support.
  4. Cuddles
    Respect their space. Cats aren’t always crazy about cuddles. In fact, you might do more harm than good when you try to pick them up and flood them with love out of nowhere. Be aware of boundaries. If your cat wants to be cuddles, she’ll come to you.
  5. New pets
    Another addition to your pet family could really ignite some serious anxiety in your cat. So make sure you introduce your new pets to your cat slowly and carefully. Devise a plan and stick to it.

May 31, 2018
by Lynn Merton

Considering a daycare for your pet? Here’s what you should consider before doing so

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As all pet lovers know, hardly anything compares with the loving company of our pets and the joy it gives us. Much as we would love to spend all our waking hours with them, work or family commitments often mean that we have to spend long hours away from our buddies. In the meanwhile, how can we ensure their wellbeing if no one is around to take care of them? That is when pet daycare becomes a true blessing.

But how do we know that the daycare we choose is ideal for our pets? Here are a few points that would help make that choice:

  1. Do your research
    Research done on the internet for the nearest daycare centers can yield pretty good results. Especially given that the ratings and reviews posted by the previous clients can be viewed online, it is possible to gather a rough idea regarding the various facilities. But the best and the most reliable way to find an ideal center is through personal referrals. Ask close friends and family about the pet daycares they trust. You can also get your doubts clarified through them and what is more, they can even give you tips on how to arrive on a considered decision.
  2. Visit the daycare
    Drop in at the centers in your list to see for yourself how they maintain the facilities. In addition to checking whether the place is neat, clean and hygienic, you can also find out the number of staff available per pet on any given day. It is also a good idea to see whether the daycare has enough properly fenced outdoor area for the pets to safely play around.
  3. Meet the people
    Pay special attention to the staff and their interaction with their animal and human clients. The daycare employees should be cheerful, rested, communicative, enthusiastic and well-informed. Also note how the other pets in the daycare respond to the staff. Steer clear of centers where the animal residents seem afraid or anxious.

    Talk to the people in charge. Ask them about the daily routine at the facility, their licenses and permits, how they handle crisis situations and clarify any other doubt you may have. Getting feedback from previous clients would also be helpful.

  4. Do a trial run
    When you have zeroed in on a daycare, drop your pet in for a few hours while you are available in town, so that in case anything goes wrong you can rush in. Once you get back, inspect your pet thoroughly. Though she may be tired and a little dirty, on no account should she be completely drained of energy, stink of urine or stool, or have any injuries that were not informed of.

May 30, 2018
by Lynn Merton

Do you know why cats hate water?

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Cats – poised, elegant and ever so self conscious! They keep bathing and preening themselves to such an extent that one might think they are the most cleanliness-conscious among us all! Then logic demands that they should enjoy a proper bath with water, soap and all the associated paraphernalia. And yet, if you try taking your kitty to the bath tub, chances are that you will come away with a scratch (if not many)! Your feline will be none the too happy for the experience. In fact, it might take a while for you to win back your pet’s trust after that!

Even our nursery rhymes – remember, “Ding dong bell”? – educate us that cats and water don’t do “well” together! Most felines, though not all, hate water with a vengeance. Why?

The evolution theory (Not the Darwinian one!)
Some say that felines owe their hydrophobia to their origins. Cats are said to have been first tamed by humans in the arid settlements of the Middle East. As water was hard to come by in these areas, the domesticated cats simply weren’t used to seeing it around. As the modern felis domestica evolved from these “aqua-averse” ancestors of theirs, they retained this trait of keeping a safe distance from water.

The odor theory
Having highly refined olfactory senses, cats are smell-sensitive to a fault. Though our noses can hardly discern the difference between water from natural sources and tap water, cats can. So another theory is that cats dislike and distrust the treated water from our household taps. As far as they are concerned, tap water reeks of strange chemical smells – not a scent they would be comfortable carrying around!

The stick-in-the-mud theory
Yes, we love our cats. But let’s be honest. Compared to canines, felines can be quite resistant to changes. They love their routines and like to explore things at their own pace. As any cat lover knows, these fur balls loathe surprises, hate infringements into their personal freedom and generally like to be left in peace. If you startle her with a nasty and unfamiliar experience like a bath, you can’t really blame her for the reaction she gives!

The soggy fur theory
Many dogs have a natural water-repellant coating on their fur which makes it comparatively easier for them to dry off with the famous doggy-shake! But things are not so easy for cats. Though the top layer of their coat may be water resistant, if drenched, their fur becomes water-logged and naturally, quite heavy. Cats are usually nimble on their paws and they prefer staying warm (Haven’t you noticed your pet’s love for a nap on your laptop when colder months come by?). So a soggy coat not only weighs down your kitty and compromises her agility, but it also lowers her body temperature. Small wonder then why cats hate baths!