October 23, 2017

What to Expect As A Cat Ages and Becomes a Senior

What Age Is My Cat Considered A Senior? What is considered old age for cats? The old classic “one human year equals seven cat years” is an easy way to calculate and relate to your cat’s age, but isn’t entirely accurate. The feline stage of life (kitten, adolescent, adult, senior) determines the comparison between human and cat years. As a general rule of thumb, a cat who is 8 to 10 years old and older should be considered middle to senior aged, and a consultation with your vet is in order to determine the best health care maintenance program for […]
October 23, 2017

Behavior Changes in Aging Dogs

As they age, our dogs often suffer a decline in functioning. Their memory, their ability to learn, their awareness and their senses of sight and hearing can all deteriorate. This deterioration can cause disturbances in their sleep-wake cycles, making them restless at night but sleepy during the day. It can increase their activity level (resulting, for example, in staring at objects, wandering aimlessly or vocalizing more) or decrease their activity level (leading to less self-care and poor appetite). It can make them forget previously learned cues (commands) or habits they once knew well, such as house training and coming when […]
September 20, 2017

Rare Human Syndrome May Explain Why Dogs are So Friendly

When it comes to sheer friendliness, few humans can match the average dog. But people with Williams syndrome may come close, their unusual genetics granting them a puppyish zeal for social interaction. Now, scientists have found that extreme friendliness in both species may share common genetic roots. A friendly condition Williams syndrome, also known as Williams-Beuren syndrome, occurs when people are missing of a chunk of DNA containing about 27 genes. The syndrome affects about one in 10,000 people, and it is associated with a suite of mental and physical traits, including bubbly, extroverted personalities, a broad forehead, full cheeks, […]
September 20, 2017

Why Do Cats and Dogs Love a Good Head Scratch?

Why do some cats and dogs practically melt with joy when they get a good head scratch? The answer is different for Fluffy than it is for Fido, although they do share a few reasons for why they sink into complete bliss whenever their furry little heads are massaged. For instance, petting a cat or a dog on the head gives the animal attention, which it might crave, said Dr. Nicholas Dodman, a professor emeritus at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Moreover, it’s difficult for cats and dogs to touch the tops of their heads with […]
September 20, 2017

7 Tips to Keep Your Pets Cool During Hot Weather

Summer heat can be dangerous for pets, but there are a number of steps that owners can take to keep their pets safe when temperatures climb. Just this week, 14 dogs were found dead in a truck in Ohio after the vehicle’s air conditioning unit failed, according to the South Bend Tribune. The dogs’ handler was in town for a dog show, and left the animals unattended in the truck for about 2 hours. The incident underscores the need for owners to pay careful attention to their pets during hot weather, said Genny Carlson, executive director of the Humane Society […]
September 20, 2017

Do Dogs Sweat?

On a hot summer day or after strenuous exercise, most pups let their tongues hang out of their mouths as they huff and puff or they lie outstretched on the cool floor. It’s not uncommon for dogs to pant after a long run, but do they also sweat? Dogs pant as a means of evaporative cooling: when a dog gets hot, it will open its mouth and breathe heavily. As water evaporates from the dog’s tongue, nasal passages and lungs, this helps lower its body temperature. While dogs primarily use panting to cool themselves down, they also sweat — but […]
August 21, 2017

10 facts about man’s best friend

So you think you know your dog pretty well? Here are a few facts on canines you may not have heard before … Dogs are not colour blind – that’s a myth. They can see colours but not as vividly as humans can. It’s comparable to our vision at dusk. A dog’s nose print is as unique as a person’s fingerprint. A nose print can be used to accurately identify a dog. We all know about the dog’s brilliant sense of smell … A human has an average of 5 million scent receptors, while a Dachshund has 125 million. But did you […]
August 21, 2017

Has My Pet Been Poisoned?

March is Animal Poisoning Prevention Month.Thousands of pets suffer from the accidental ingestion of harmful substances every year. As such we thought we’d share this article on symptoms to look out as well as tips on what to do if you suspect that your pet has been poisoned. The symptoms of a poisoned pet depend on the type of poison that he/ she has been exposed to. The list of possible poisons include everyday household items like dishwasher detergent, furniture polish, drain cleaners, insecticides. Ingesting things like garbage, lead paint, toxic plants, strychnine, tobacco, aspirin, alcohol, gasoline, rat and mouse […]

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