The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

August 24, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Why Is Your Dog Barking Too Much And How To Treat It?

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It is natural for all dogs to bark. If you are expecting that your pet dog should not bark at all, it is similar to expecting that your kid will never talk. However, there are some dogs that bark excessively. In case, your dog is also exhibiting a similar kind of behavior, you should first try to figure out what is causing it to bark so much. When you have identified the causes of his barking, it is easier to treat this problem.

Reasons for dogs to bark

Dogs use barking as a form of their vocal communication. Barking can signify several things as it depends on a particular situation. Check out some of the reasons for dogs to bark.

Fear/alarm

There are some dogs that start barking as soon as they hear any noise or object, which startles them or catches their attention. It can happen in any place and not necessarily in his home territory.

Play/greet

Most of the times dogs start barking while greeting people or animals. Such barks are their expression of happiness that is typically accompanied by wagging their tails and jumping with joy.

Loneliness/boredom

Dogs do not love to stay alone. When you leave your dog for a long period of time in the yard or in your house, it can feel desolate or bored and start barking as they are sad.

To seek attention

Many dogs frequently start barking if they want to have something such as to get a treat, playing or a desire to go outdoors.

Protective/territorial

If your dog considers any animal or person stepping into an area as its own territory, it may resort to excessive barking. And when it feels that the threat is coming nearer, barking may even get noisier. The dog looks aggressive and alert in this type of barking.

Compulsive/separation anxiety barking

When dogs suffer from separation anxiety, they tend to bark louder and more frequently while they are alone. Other symptoms such as depression, inappropriate elimination and pacing are also exhibited by them. If your dog is a compulsive barker, he will simply love to hear his voice.

How to take care of excessive barking?

If you want your dog to bark less, you need to be patient as it will require consistency, work and time. Things cannot change overnight however you can observe progress with time and proper technique.

Here are some of the points to remember for controlling your dog’s excessive barking.

When you shout at it more, your dog may end up barking more as he will believe that you are also joining in. Hence speak firmly but calmly send avoid yelling.

A majority of the dogs are not sure about what you want them to do every time you yell and say “shut up”. Rather, you need to train your dog to understand the meaning of the word “Quiet”.

 

August 24, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Is It Safe To Give Peanuts To Your Pet Dog?

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An analysis done on search engine revealed an interesting fact. Most pet owners have been using the keywords “dogs and nuts” very frequently. The information clearly goes on to prove that many pet owners are curious to know whether it is safe god their dogs to eat nuts or not. It is indeed a pertinent query as there are some common varieties of nuts, which content can be toxic for your dogs. Some of them include pea and, macadamia, pistachios, walnuts and almonds. However, are old-shinned and good peanuts risky for your dogs? Or can they eat these peanuts without you getting tensed about the possible consequences?

Though safe, be cautious about chances of side effects of peanuts

Here is good news for you if you are a dog owner. Peanuts are not toxic for your dogs. But you need to understand that though it is okay for the dogs to eat dog cookies and other eatables with peanuts in them, the fat constituent is quite high. In fact it is tougher for your dogs to digest fat. When your dog eats something that has a high proportion of fat chances are that it can suffer from conditions like vomiting, diarrhea or stomach upset. Additionally, if dogs intake excessive fat with their meals, a painful condition known as pancreatitis can develop. It is a condition wherein the pancreas of your dogs becomes inflammatory because of excessive intake of fat. Although there is a cure of this condition, it can be quite painful for your dogs. Hence, you should try your best to ensure that such a condition is prevented.

It is recommended to make your dog stay away from salted peanuts

In case you are planning to give a peanut treat to your dog such as baking a homemade cookie with peanuts giving it peanut butter, it is better to use low-salted peanuts of peanut with low sodium content. That is because excessive salt can cause a condition called sodium ion toxicosis.

Avoid using almond butter

Many dog owners tend to use almond butter since they think it as a good substitution whereas in reality it is not so. Plus, your dog should not be given made-for-people eatables, which have peanuts in them such peanut butter cups as well as other types of candy bars. You should remember that even chocolate is highly toxic for your dogs since they could result in accidental poisoning.

Ingredients should be checked thoroughly

The market is full of different types of nut butters. So it makes sense to check their ingredients for the presence of xylitol, which is a substitute for sugar. This ingredient is highly toxic got your dogs, Hence you be careful in checking the ingredients used in a nut butter. A clue for you could be the words “natural sweetener”, which indicates that there is a possibility of the presence of xylitol in it.

August 23, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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How To Find Out That Your Dog Is Unwell?

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It is extremely important to know and realize when your dog is not feeling well. The faster you get to know that he is facing a problem, easier it is to seek help. However one big problem is that often the symptoms of illness are not quite obvious in dogs. Dogs have a natural instinct to bear a lot and hide their signs for a long time by putting on a brave face. But here are some handy cues to help you detect done potential severe health problems in them at the nascent phases.

External appearance can be a giveaway

There are some skin-related problems, thick can hint at a bigger problem within the body of your dog such as cancer, diabetes or a thyroid problem. Appearances of new bumps and lumps, rashes, persistent itching, loss of hair and flaky, dull coat should be always checked by a good vet and then observed for changes,

Issues related to respiration

Do you lately find your dog snoring more? Is he coughing? Are there any nasal discharges with blood or mucus? These can be symptoms of your dog suffering from respiratory problems and may even indicate that he could be having an infection or some other serious problem. You should take symptoms like collapse, labored breathing and wheezing quite seriously, particularly when your dog is overweight or you have dogs with short muzzles such as Bulldogs, Pekingese send Pugs.

Digestive problems

When you see symptoms in your dog like less of appetite, constipation, diarrhea or vomiting, they are indications that he is feeling unwell. Dogs may also suffer from some digestive irregularities that are not quite obvious. Check whether your dog has blood in his stool or not that San be old and black or red and fresh. When your dog has a tense, swollen or painful abdomen, it is also an indication of trouble. When your dog suffers from life-threatening bloats, they can lead to restlessness, distended belly or restlessness. You should not take these symptoms lightly and consult your vet as soon as possible.

Changes in behavior

You are the best person who knows the personally of your dog in and out. So, keep an eye for changes in his behavior like shirking contact from the family members so that it can sleep for more time or his excessive clingy behavior. If your dog is feeling unwell, he may refuse to play or walk and become aggressive or irritable with other pets in the house and family members.

Problems with elimination

When your dog, though house-trained begins to defecate or urinate indoors all of a sudden, chances are that he is ill. If your dog is old now, you need to monitor him on whether he is facing difficulty while passing stool or urine. If your dog is urinating excessively, he could be suffering from a kidney related issue.

August 22, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Ways to Puppy Proof Your Home

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Puppies are highly inquisitive and will leave no stone unturned in their mission to get to know you and your home better. While their antics are entertaining, it’s important to remember that their play can take a dangerous turn. There are many objects in your house that can create problems for your new puppy. Here is a list of things you need to do, while puppy-proofing your house:

  • Keep poisonous cleaning supplies out of reachDetergents, soaps, oils and fabric cleaners are just a few substances that can be toxic for your puppy. Be sure to store them in a place that your pet can’t reach.
  • Lock your foodCertain people foods like chocolates are hard to digest for dogs. Make sure you don’t leave out any food that your puppy gets tempted to try. This could create a recipe for disaster
  • Store away small objects that can be swallowedToys, machine parts, coins, razor blades, the list is endless when it comes to small objects that can be easily swallowed by your puppy. Don’t leave anything small lying around your house.
  • Tie-up electrical cords and wiresTeething pups are likely to chew objects that aren’t meant to be chewed, such as electrical wires, television cables and telephone cords. Tie all your wires up and keep them in a place that your pup won’t have access to.
  • Lock the doorsThe outside world can seem a very interesting place to a growing puppy. Be sure to close all doors behind you to prevent your pup from running out of the house.
  • Re-arrange your potted plantsMud, pebbles, leaves and flowers can be highly poisonous upon ingestion. Place your potted plants on shelves or in areas that your puppy can’t get to.
  • Keep dangerous liquids out of reachFrom oil to petrol, there may be many liquids that can be detrimental to your pup’s health. Store all dangerous liquids away from the reach of your pet.
  • Control your other petsYour existing pets may not welcome your new puppy with the same enthusiasm as you do. Keep your other pets on a tight leash, until you gauge their reaction to your puppy.
  • Clean your garageDo you have vehicle parts or paint cans in your garage? It’s time to find a new place for them. Puppies can be highly curious and may use your parts as their chew toys.
  • Use a baby gateA baby gate can prevent your puppy from wandering into dangerous territory both within and outside the house. It’s best to have a few baby gates installed to keep your new pup safe.

August 21, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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How Good is a Dog’s Sense of Taste?

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When we see commercials for dog food, we always wonder if our canines have a good sense of taste. Contrary to popular beliefs, our sense of taste is much stronger than our canine counterparts. While we have around 9,000 taste buds, our canine buddies have approximately 1,700, which means that their taste buds are only one-sixth the strength of ours. However, the taste buds of canines have unique features, not found in humans.

Canine taste buds

There are studies which show that dogs have the same classifications as us, which means that they are capable of identifying bitter, salty, sour and sweet. At the same time, canines also have taste buds that are designed only for water. Carnivores are the only animals that have these special taste buds. These taste buds located on the tip of their tongues, that is the place where they lap water. Even though these taste buds react to water all the time, their sensitivity increases after canines eat sugary and salty food.

The reason why carnivores have these taste buds is so that they drink more water after eating food which can cause dehydration. Also, the way canines respond to the taste sensations is different when you compare them to humans. Scientists believe that nature had a role to play in the development of their tastes. Unlike other animals and humans, canines don’t have a fondness for salt because they used to eat meat most of the time, which is salty. Nature prevents canines from consuming large amounts of salt by making it less appetizing. Nature has also done this for sour and bitter foods as they are because of poison or rancidity. As canines are omnivores, they also like sweet flavors as they may have eaten vegetables and fruits in the past.

Why do canines eat everything?

You might be wondering why canines will eat everything from garbage to prime ribs if they can taste food? Well, canines have special organs that allow them to taste their food through smell. The canines sense of smell is stronger than ours by a million times. For example, canines have the ability to differentiate between meat and non-meat food without smelling. However, they won’t be able to find the difference between pork, fish, beef, and chicken without smelling. If something smells good to canines, then it will also taste good.

Most of the time canines are not picky eaters when it comes to eating food. However, if your canine is a picky eater, you can increase the chances of it liking certain dishes by making it more aromatic. Sometimes, canines tend to be picky because they know they will get something better. Even though canines don’t have a strong sense of taste, they do have their preferences when it comes to food!