September 17, 2018


For the next two months, even if everything went smoothly with the birth, you have a lot of work to do! After the birthing process, clean up the mother as much as possible without upsetting her. Remove any of the soiled newspaper or bedding from her whelping box. Normally the new mother will spend most of her time with the puppies. For the first few days it may be difficult to get her to leave the nest to go to the bathroom. However, it is important that she continue to urinate and defaecate normally. Do not be afraid of putting […]
September 17, 2018

Raising Newborn Puppies

Once the anticipation and waiting are over, and your pregnant dog has successfully delivered her new litter of puppies into the world, it is time to roll up your sleeves and dig into the business of caring for your newborn puppies. This care starts even before the puppies are born, but the moment they are, it (of course) continues. After you have taken care of helping the mother clean up the puppies and have ensured that all puppies are breathing, you must help your bitch turn to the important task of nursing.   Newborn Puppy Nutrition Newborn puppies depend on their mother […]
August 22, 2018

Weaning and Feeding Your Puppy

If you’re responsible caring for puppies in the first few months of their lives, you’ll need to be prepared to move them from a diet of mom’s milk to regular puppy food. This process of gradually reducing a puppy’s dependency on his mother’s milk, known as weaning, should generally begin between three and four weeks of age and is ideally completely by the time the puppy is seven to eight weeks. When to Wean a Litter of Puppies Puppies receive complete nutrition from their mother’s milk for the first four weeks of life, so there is no need to feed […]
August 22, 2018

Feeding Your Adult Dog

Adult dogs require sufficient nutrients to meet energy needs and to maintain and repair body tissues. The amount you feed your adult dog should be based on his or her size and energy output. Activity levels may vary dramatically between pets, and will play an important role in determining caloric intake. How Much to Feed Your Dog The amount you feed your adult dog should be based on his or her size and energy output. For example, an animal with a normal activity level should receive what we call “maintenance” energy. A pampered lap dog may require just 10% of […]
August 22, 2018

Feeding Your Senior Dog

Dogs begin to show visible age-related changes at about seven to 12 years of age. There are metabolic, immunologic and body composition changes, too. Some of these may be unavoidable while others can be managed with diet. When feeding your older dog, the main objective should be to maintain health and optimum body weight, slow development of chronic disease and minimize diseases that may already be present. Your Pet’s Size Will Determine When to Begin a Senior Diet As your dog ages, health issues may arise including deterioration of skin and coat, loss of muscle mass, more frequent intestinal problems, […]
August 22, 2018

Feeding Overweight Dogs

One of the most common pitfalls dog parents should watch out for is overfeeding. Attempts to shower our dogs with love by means of big meals and lots of tasty treats are sweet, but misguided. In dogs, as with humans, extra weight can lead to health problems. Be sure to indulge your four-legged friend with affection, not food! Causes of Obesity in Dogs Obesity is an extremely common problem in pets and, as with humans, it can be detrimental to the health of a dog. The overweight pet has many added stresses upon his body and is at an increased […]
July 16, 2018

Do Cats Improve Our Mood and Become Attached to Us?

Last year I covered 5 unusual studies on the psychology of dogs and their owners. This kicked off a comment thread which discussed how dogs act as ice-breakers, how they might mediate the tension between couples and how long after you died they would wait to feast on your flesh. Apparently dogs wait longer than cats although I’m pretty sure there’s no experimentally controlled evidence for this. But what about cat-lovers and research into the psychology of cats?  I’ve uncovered a small literature on cats’ effects on human mood, their ability to become attached to their owners, their personalities and our relationships with […]
July 16, 2018

The Benefits of Pets on Mental Health

Source: BrookHavenRetreat

Cat lovers check out this Pawsome Blog.