The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

August 23, 2017
by Lynn Merton

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

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

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!

August 18, 2017
by Lynn Merton

Is Your Dog Depressed? Here Are a Few Ways to Cheer Them Up

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Does your dog seem sad and withdrawn all the time? Is your dog not playing as much as it used to? Are you worried that your dog is depressed? Are you wondering what you can do to cheer your dog up and make it happy again? If you are unhappy or upset, your dog may respond to your mood in a similar manner.

Signs of depression in your dog

These are some common signs of sadness and depression in dogs. Your dog might display some or all of these symptoms, or may show other specific symptoms as well.

  • Lethargy
  • Excessive sleeping or sleeplessness
  • Not eating or eating very less
  • No interest in playing or walks
  • Whining or howling frequently
  • Excessive aggression or fear

How to cheer up a depressed dog

If you notice that your dog is depressed, these are a few things you can do to cheer up your dog and make it happy again:

  • Spend a lot of time with your dog. Your dog may be feeling lonely. Spending more time with your dog can help alleviate sadness and depression. Your dog may simply be missing your company and will cheer up as soon as you are around.
  • Play with and talk to your dog. Dogs are social animals. Your dog might be sad because it does not get to play with you or because you do not talk to your dog much.
  • Travel with your dog. Take your dog on a short trip or just a drive to a new place. Even a long walk, if possible, can help.
  • Get your dog’s favorite treats and keep them handy. Whenever your dog starts playing and running around, you can reinforce the behavior with treats. It will make your dog happy.
    Check for nutritional deficiencies or other health issues. Get your dog checked for deficiencies or other issues that might be causing lethargy and listlessness.
    Get a companion if your pet is lonely or has just lost a dog friend. Do this only if you can afford and take care of another pet. If it is not a viable or feasible option, look for alternatives such as going to dog parks and having a doggie meet at your place.

Tips to avoid depression in dogs

Do not leave them alone for long periods of time.
Talk to them and praise them.
Do not hit dogs or shout at them.
Take them for walks and play with them.
Give them nutritionally balanced food.

Dogs are loving, sensitive, perceptive animals, and they need to be treated well for them to be happy. Your dog needs to feel loved and have a sense of companionship with you and with other pets, if you have any.

August 17, 2017
by Lynn Merton

Planning to Buy a Cat? Here Are Some Things to Keep in Mind

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Cats can make wonderful pet companions, but they also require care and love to be happy. Some breeds of cats need more care than other breeds. If you plan to adopt a cat, the requirements of caring for the cat might be different. Are you planning to get your first cat home? Are you unsure what your new pet needs? Do you want to understand how to prepare yourself and your home for the cat before you get it home?

What do cats need to be happy and comfortable?

  • Safe areas to hide and play: Your cat must feel safe in your house to be comfortable. Ensure that there are some boxes or other cozy spaces where the cat can hide if it feels threatened and or scared. The cat may also use these safe areas to play and be mischievous.
  • Clean food and water bowls: Cats are clean animals and will not eat or drink if their feeding bowls are dirty. Wash their food and water bowls regularly. Set up a water bowl that has flowing water, if possible, as cats prefer flowing water to still water for drinking.
  • Catproofing: If you live in a city or in a place that has a lot of vehicles or dogs, it is best to keep your cat indoors. Catproof your home so that your cat cannot escape and get lost or injure itself outdoors. Catproofing includes sealing small gaps in fixed windows, ensuring sliding windows are locked, and doors are not left open.
  • Regular grooming: Most cats love to be brushed and groomed. Ensure that you groom your cat regularly. Grooming includes occasional baths, brushing, and trimming claws and fur.
  • Regular playtime: Cats are playful animals and need to be kept engaged to avoid boredom and lethargy. Playing also keeps your cat healthy and avoids obesity and other related problems. Take time out regularly to play and be with your cat.

As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to ensure your cat gets ample love and care from you so that it feels loved and happy in your home.

Tips to make you home perfect for your cat

  • Keep your home clean and free of loud noises.
  • Give your cat toys to play with so it is not bored.
  • Ensure your home is a quiet and peaceful place for the cat.
  • Clean the litter tray regularly and ensure there is enough litter in the tray at all times.
  • Spend some time every day playing and talking to your cat.

Cats can be extremely loving animals if given the right care and environment. Plan well and prepare your home well before your bring your cat home so that there are no last-minute surprises.