Skunk Encounters with Pets – Dealing the Fog of Eternal Stench

So now that Spring has sprung (YAY!), pet owners across the nation may find themselves dealing with more than foul weather and slick roads. The warmth of the sun and the extended daylight becons the emergence of dormant wildlife from their cozy winter dens. Perhaps none is so dreaded than those with tell-tale black and white markings and unmistakeable scent – the skunk.

Mojo and the Fog of Eternal Stench

I know a Great Pyranees named Mojo that has a particular fondness for wildlife. He can often be seen roaming the farm fields and woods edge in search of something to make friends with (or harass) whether it be a herd of deer or a plump groundhog basking too far away from his hole. Unfortunately for his family he doesn’t discriminate – he’s happy to greet anything he comes across, even the local skunks. I often wonder if he likes the smell or if his gentle, fun-seeking nature just makes him keep trying to get aquainted with them. Regardless of his motives, it seems as if he constantly reeks of his overnight encounters, much to the dismay of his family. My guess is he’ll never learn or accept that the fascinating striped “cats” don’t want to be his friend, and the noxious perfume is supposed to be a hint.

Mojo has inspired this blog entry. Everyday pet owners wake up, let the dog out and go about their daily routine, but a select few are greeted by more than their happy dog when he comes back in from his morning business. A freshly skunk scented pet is an excellent way to begin a ruined day. If you’ve ever experienced it, you know what I mean, and for those of you who haven’t – pray that it never happens to you. By the time you realize what’s happened, your eyes are watering, you don’t want to breathe, and the smell seems to permeate everything! So, what next?

A Lesson in Skunk Chemistry

Skunk musk is so powerful it can make you dizzy or bring on a strong feeling of nausea. The musk is a means of defense. Each skunk has two glands, one on each side of the anus. Muscles next to the glands allow the skunks to spray the fluid accurately at a potential threat up to 16 feet away! The Spray is not the skunk’s first means of defense, in fact they try not to use the spray, depending on their warning colors and postures to deter a threat first. They only produce enough fluid for about five or six sprays. Once depleted, it can take over a week for the fluid to be replenished. Fortunately for the skunk, most predators are deterred by the initial barrage. The fluid doesn’t just stink, it can cause temporary blindness, vomiting, and the scent can linger for miles around! Most natural predators know better and don’t bother skunks they encounter.

Chemists have studied skunk musk for years (I DO NOT envy them). What makes that stuff so effective!? The distinctive odor is somewhere between a concentrated dose of sulphury rotten eggs and a mountain of burning rubber. The spray is composed of seven distinctive compounds and “thiols”created by decomposing proteins. It is speculated that the smell has evolved to resemble the scent of decay that animals naturally tend to avoid. The 2 most potent compounds are butene-1-thiol and methyl-1-butanethiol. Complexities aside it’s easy to understand why it makes an effective deterrent.

Dealing with Eau du Skunk

If early childhood memories serve me, tomato juice, tomato sauce, or whole tomatos were the go-to remedy for a skunk sprayed pet. Others included vanilla, vinegar, orange juice, or even mouthwash! Unfortunately, none of these really pack the punch necessary to remove the musk, though some amy do a mediocre job masking the sharpness of the smell. The odor can linger for months and may become more apparent in rainy or damp weather. Your senses may adjust to the smell somewhat, so it may not seem as pungent.

In order to have a real impact on the odor, a wash has to be able to break down the thiols in the skunk oil. In 1993 a chemist named Paul Krebaum formulated what is waidely viewed and praised as a miracle skunk odor remedy. Mix 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap; use the mixture immediately on your pet, following with a generous rinse of warm tap water. VOILA! Simple but effective. These days there are also several reliable, commercially available products that can safely remove or neutralize the odor from your pet.

It is important to keep several things in mind if you should be faced with this issue. The faster you can clean the dog the better…the longer the musk oil lays on the skin and coat, the harder it may be to remove and the more you and your pet will suffer the smell. Above all keep your pet’s well-being in mind. Look over his body and face to check for scratches and bites that may need to be addressed or require veterinary attention. Also, before using any home remedy consider your dog’s skin and coat type – some home remedy ingredients may irritate a pets sensitive skin or discolor his coat. If it’s a concern, call your vet for advice on a reliable solution.

Don’t Blame the Skunk

Foul smelling odor aside, skunks aren’t all bad. Yes, they have a reputation for being vectors of rabies like other wild animals, and yes, they can create a mess by foraging for food in gardens, trash cans, or other places they associate with food (resourceful little guys!). But generally, skunks just want to be left alone. They have poor eyesight and a typically shy disposition. Spraying is usually a last resort – an effective defense if their bold color, hissing, stomping, and defensive stance doesn’t do the job. Some people even keep domesticated skunks as household pets (scent gland removed, my grandmother had one years ago named Flower), but thats a whole other blog!

Who Says You Can’t Train a Cat? – Training Your Cat to Come on When you Call

We all know that cats usually tend to do their own thing. Most don’t have any interest in doing anything they don’t feel like doing on their own terms, while some may be enticed with catnip or a dangling string. Depending on the temperament of your cat, you may be able to train him or her. You probably won’t be able to train her to roll over, shake, or to leave your tuna alone (that takes some special training talent), but teaching a cat to come when called can be vital in emergency situations.

Picture this: for whatever reason you need to evacuate your house. Your cat is hiding under the bed or on top of the cabinets out of reach. If you have properly trained your cat to come when her name is called, you will have a better chance of getting her out of danger in time. Hopefully you and your pet will never be faced with a situation like this, but it’s always better to be prepared.

It is best to start training your cats when they are young. Remember to always be consistent, many of the same principals involved in training a dog also apply to training a cat. It’s very important to end each training session on a positive note with lots of praise and petting so that your cat associates training time with positive sensations.

Start by assessing whether or not your cat is a good candidate for training and finding a reward that motivates your particular pet. Active, curious, food motivated cats are usually the easiest to train, while (for obvious reasons) uninterested, lazy cats are a bit more difficult. If your cat is the lazy and unmotivated type, it may take some effort to find a tempting treat or toy they can’t refuse.  For some it’s a piece of tuna, for others it could be a catnip toy or a crunchy paper bag, it may take a little experimentation.

To teach your cat to come when called, you will want to start out in the same room as the cat. Time training sessions around feeding times, it can help the training to be more successful. You can call out your pet’s name or pair your calling with a recognizable noise, such as a fork tapping the food can or shaking the bag of treats. Once the cat associates the sound of its name and/or the additional sound as a signal to come running, you can vary the training by moving to different rooms and changing situations. Eventually, calling the cat from a different location and at different times will evoke the same “come hither” response.

Learning to Speak Cat: What Your Kitten’s Behavior Is Trying to Tell You

Kittens are cute. It is an undeniable fact that the little balls of soft fur that are clumsy in their own kittenish way are probably one of the cutest animals on the planet. When you bring the kitten home, you may be thinking that there is nothing to know about raising cats as they are often portrayed as being pretty self-reliant.

Cats, however, do talk to you and you should have an understanding of what they are trying to say. These communications are not always going to be verbal displays, they will also include the animals’ mannerisms, or how it presents itself.

Punishments

You may be tempted to try disciplining your kitten in order to break it of any bad habits that may be present. Some suggest making a loud noise by either clapping or banging something, while others suggest using a spray bottle to stop undesirable behaviors.

Whichever method you choose you will want to be sure that you never shake, yell at, or kick the kitten. Kittens, much like human babies, are incredibly delicate. Shaking, hitting, or kicking the kitten can cause serious problems. You will also want to be careful to avoid doing things that cause your kitten to become skittish or afraid of you.

Meowing

shutterstock_138907445Meows are probably the cats’ most well known means of communication. Though many people do not understand that the cat is indeed letting them know something. The reason most of the time for a cat’s meow is because it wants cat food or attention, or you have just arrived home and the cat is letting you know that you were missed. The meow that accompanies these feelings will be of a higher pitch.

A lower octave cry may signal you that your cat is not feeling well.  Paying attention to your cat and its meowing habits will help you connect with how your cat is feeling. A cat that meows often that suddenly is not meowing, may be an indication that something is wrong. The same is true of the opposite situation as well where a cat that is normally quiet suddenly begins meowing a lot.

Purrs

A cat uses it’s purr to tell you that it is happy, or at the very least, content. You will notice that the cat will often purr at times when it is being petted, rubbing around your legs, or even just lying comfortably taking a nap. Cats’ will sometimes use their purr as a means to comfort themselves when they are scared, nervous, or anxious.

Show some love…

You may notice that there are few things your cat loves more than simply being at your feet, and rubbing up against you. This is your cats’ way of showing you that they love you. It could be said that this is the cats’ way of petting its human.

Hissing and Growling

Cats demonstrate their fear and disdain in any combination of ways. If your cat is hissing or growling, it’s a pretty good indication that they are scared. The cat will often puff up and all it’s fur will stand on end as well. This is the cats’ way of making itself seem bigger and scarier to whatever is frightening it. This reaction is quite common when the cat comes into contact with another animal, such as a dog. Approach your cat carefully because in fear they may lash out t you.

The whole tail…

Tail TalesMuch in the same way that a dogs tail can indicate how the animal is feeling, a cats’ tail is used to indicate what the cat is feeling. When the cats’ tail

  • Is straight up, your kitten is happy.
  • Is tucked between the legs, the kitten is scared.
  • Is widely swishing, the cat is annoyed.
  • Is moving rapidly side to side, the cat is agitated.

When the cat is agitated you need to be weary and stop whatever is bothering the animal, otherwise someone could end up getting bitten or scratched.

It is important that you acknowledge and are aware of what the signals that your cat is sending mean. This can help you to avoid problems and better interact with your pet. Their cues are the best indicators of what they need and their wellness.

 

 

Why Does My Cat Do That? – Common Questions on Kitty Behavior

You know your pets better than anyone, but even though you love them no matter what, their adorable and often mystifying behaviors may sometimes make you ask “why do you do that”?  Here are some simple answers to common questions on cat behaviors you may witness every day.

Why does my cat purr?

Your cat’s purr may be one of your favorite things about hime or her.  Where that distinctive sound originates is still debated, but cat owners know that unmistakeable trill, which begins when the cat is about a week old. Cats purr when they are content and happy, but also when they are stressed by fear or pain. The frequency of the purr has been linked to stimulated bone growth and healing, and it is also believed that endorphins are released while the sound is produced. So, despite the obvious communicative properties of a good healthy purr, it may actually be contributing to your pet’s overall well-being, as a self-soothing, self-healing, relaxing therapy. You probably already know that a purring cat can have similarly soothing, healing, relaxing powers on you too!

Why does my cat knead me with his paws?

kitten bitingNot all cats knead, but the explanation for why those that do is pretty simple. Kittens knead as a sign of contentment, and the action helps their mothers milk flow while they nurse. As the cat matures, kneading is still a signal of contentment at their situation, and it is also a way to mark territory, as cat’s perspire through the pads on their paws. Getting a kitty massage is usually pretty fun, but some cats can be obsessive with kneading, or the behavior may lead to or be done in conjunction with suckling or chewing, which leads us to…

 

Why does my cat suck or chew my hair/clothes?

Suckling and gentle chewing with or without kneading action is somtimes a habit formed by kittens weaned too early from their mother. Others simply find it comforting like a child sucking his thumb. Some use it as a remedy for stress, anxiety, minute dietary deficiencies or just plain boredom. Use your judgement. Generally these behaviors are harmless, but if your cat is sucking obsessively or causing hot-spots or physical trauma to himself, talk to your vet about curbing the behavior.

What does my cat bite me?

Do you get “love bites”? Also referred to as petting-induced aggression, your cat may be the type to spontaneously nip or chomp you for petting him. This behavior may be perplexing, but it is generally believed to be a simple feline method of acting out or asserting their position in the household. There may also be some neurological stimulus associated with being petted certain spots or for certain lengths of time that affects these cats in particular. You don’t have to fear interaction with your pet, just learn to recognize the very subtle warning signs he presents before reaching the biting point.

Why does my cat eat my house plants?

Cat with PlantThere is no definitive answer as to why cats have a thing for plants, but if you live in a house where only faux foliage is allowed you may be looking for an explanation. Some plant predatory behavior may stem from boredom or curiosity. Leaves that dangle or flutter in the breeze can look like or cat toy with similar action, so they can be pretty exciting to a cat who is easily stimulated. Grass and some other plants act as a laxative and/or purgative that helps with the passage of hairballs. If your cat leaves these lovely little presents around the house, you may want to invest in special food or paste formulas that help to prevent hairball formation. Plant shredding may also be a learned behavior…your cats might have learned that messing with the plants is a way to get your attention.

Why does my cat bring me dead things?

Cat with MouseYou all know that cats are predators and hunting is a natural behavior in every cat. Wild and feral cats teaching their kittens to hunt and feed by bringing them dead prey to eat. As they mature, the mother brings them injured prey until they learn to make the final kill for themselves. Domesticated housecats are supplied with all they need, but while it isn’t necessary to hunt, if the opportunity arises their insticts will likely kick in. If your cat makes a kill, he or she may present you with a gift for one of two reasons: Many people believe that they’re offering dead animals to us as a gift to please us, and they expect praise for their effort. The other theory is that our cats think that we are incompetent hunters, and by bringing us dead or nearly dead prey, they are attempting to teach us how to hunt, as a female cat would teach her kittens. Either way, their intentions are good!

These are just a few of the interesting and endearing things our cats and kittens do. Does your cat fo anything that perplexes you, or does he or she do something unique as a habit and you wonder why? Tell us all about it in the comments!

Happy Cat image referenced from wikipedia and originally posted by Yumi Kimura
Biting Kitten image referenced from wikipedia and originally posted by Aravindan Shanmugasundaram
Cat chewing plant image referenced from wikipedia and originally posted by Yamaguchi Yoshiaki
Cat with mouse image referenced from wikipedia and originally posted by Lxowle

5 Things You Give Up In Exchange for Pet Parenthood

Lots of people I know don’t have pets because they’re afraid that a pet might destroy their belongings or otherwise cause destruction and mayhem. While this is definitely the case with some pets, there are steps you can take to mitigate the damage and take on a furry family member. The love that you receive from a cat or a dog in the house is unlike any other kind of love you’ll ever experience.  It is an experience to cherish and hold dear, though I heartily admit pet ownership isn’t right for everyone.

Without further ado, here are my top 5 picks for what pet parents sacrifice:

1. Clothes or furniture free of dog hair or cat hair

This one is tough to avoid at all costs, unless you decide on a hairless breed of cat or dog, but trust me; a house full of pets is a house full of loose fur! I have 3 dogs and 2 cats and I sweep and vacuum twice a week, which is probably less than half of what I should do. When you share your home with this many animals you learn to ignore the hair as much as possible. Some tips for tackling that hair problem?

  • Soft leather furniture. I’ve had 2 cloth sofas and I now have a soft leather couch. By far, there is much less hair on the leather couch than on the previous sofas. You’ll have to mindful of claws and get high quality leather, but leather is much easier to clean than a cloth sofa.
  • Regular grooming. The more hair you can remove with regular brushing and dog grooming means fewer hairs on your clothes! I groom weekly, but should do it more often.
  • Use the hair as a condiment or garnish. My mother in law always said “Nothing tastes quite right without a Husky hair in it, or two!” I’m sure from an outsider this sounds gross, but fellow pet lovers can probably attest, there is no way you’re going to be completely hair free in your house.

Did I do that?2. Nice belongings.

Especially the case with young dogs, they will love to chew and they will inevitably find your favorite pair of expensive heels to chew on! My opinion is that every dog is different, some dogs I’ve had went after personal belongings, others chewed on furniture. There are ways to keep your pet from taking everything you love:

  • Keep nice things (handbags, shoes, baskets, electronics) out of reach and behind closed doors.
  • Use bitter apple spray on your furniture
  • Adopt an older pet who is less likely to damage your belongings. Be sure to find out from the shelter staff if there are any known “chewing” incidents.
  • Create a pets-only room: A room where you pet can roam unsupervised with plenty of toys, beds andchews to occupy their minds while you’re away.

Top 3 Crate Training Questions, Answered

Continuing our series on crate training, this segment will answer some of the top questions we get when people are considering crate training their dogs or puppies. Our previous posts included why you should consider crate training and the three main steps for crate training your dog. Hopefully by now you know that crate trained dogs don’t view their crates as punishment, but as a refuge in a world that is constantly changing around them. You also know that crate training can be a slow process. That leads us to our first question:

How Long Will Crate Training Take?

The answer to this very common question is “It depends.” It depends on your dog’s age, temperament, personality, and any past experiences they may have had in a crate.

It is very important not to rush the process of crate training. Take your time and only proceed when your dog is comfortable with the last step in the training process. If you move too fast, your dog may become anxious or fearful of the crate. The purpose of your dog’s crate is to provide a safe, comfortable environment where your dog can retreat to if they are anxious, scared, or there is too much excitement in the house.

The crate should always be a safe, welcoming and enjoyable environment, which is why you should never use the crate as a tool for punishing bad behavior. Make sure to provide plenty of treats, praise, fun toys, and love while you are crate training. Your dog will learn to enjoy time in the crate and will begin to use it on his own, without you asking him to go to his crate.

The second most common question we hear has to do with whining. Many puppies have this issue in particular and it can be heart wrenching to listen to. Lets talk about some steps to try if your dog is whining while they are inside their crate.

What do I do if my dog is whining?

You never want to let your dog out of the crate when they are whining. This only serves as a “reward” and they’ve now learned that whining will get them out of the crate. Consider first that your puppy may be whining because he needs to go to the bathroom. Calmly take him straight outside to do his business and return him to the crate without any stops along the way.

Tips for Introducing Your Pet to Your Newborn

Set Up The Stuff

Babies come with tons, and I mean TONS, of stuff. You can help your dog prepare by slowly putting the new items out. Set up your crib one day and then that fancy new swing or play mat a few days later. Take it slow and let him get used to each item before adding the next. Introducing these items gradually will give your dog a chance to smell and explore each one, and then when your baby arrives he will already be used to those things being in the house.

Bring Babies Around

Have friends with babies? Have them over. If your dog has never been around a baby you may want to see how he reacts to the crying and all the new little movements. Some people have even used those electronic babies you were forced to bring home from health class. Lucky we have lots of family and friends with kids, so Chester has had exposure to children of all ages.

Set Boundaries

Let your dog know what’s okay and what’s not. If he won’t be allowed in the nursery after the baby comes, don’t let him in now. If you let him do things now that you won’t let him do when the baby arrives it’s going to confuse him and he could end up resenting you or your little one.

Tell Him About The Baby

Everyone says that dogs can tell when you are pregnant and I really believe that Chester knew. It might sound silly to a non pet owner, but I talk to Chester like he’s my best friend so naturally I told him all about his little sister before she arrived. I like to think he understood and that helped him prepare.

Stock Up On Treats And Toys

In the weeks after you bring your little one home your front door will be like one of those revolving doors at the mall, people coming in and out all the time. Chester is extremely food motivated, so we stocked up on lots of different types of treats. We got some of his favorite training treats to reward him for good behavior or if we needed to temporarily distract him from the door or other items. We also loaded up on some long lasting treats like Greenies , filled bones, and Indigo chews. These were good to have when he would get a little too excited and we needed to divert his attention for a longer period of time. If you are worried about over treating or your dog is on a diet, toys can also be used to keep your pup occupied.

Have A Plan

This may be common sense but make sure you have a reliable pet sitter on call. Child birth is unpredictable–you can go into labor at any time and be in the hospital for an undetermined amount of time. Make sure you have one, if not two, pet sitters that will be able to get your dog within a few hours when the big day comes.

 

Control The Introduction

Chances are that you haven’t seen your dog for a few days, so he is going to be really happy to see you. Give him a little time to get his excitement out and give you all the kisses he wants before bringing in the baby. What worked for us was to have my mom take Emmalynne into her nursery when my husband brought Chester home. Once he was over the excitement of seeing me he sniffed around at the diaper bag and car seat then we took him in to meet his little sister.

Keep Calm

Your dog can tell if you are nervous and that can make him uneasy, if you stay calm and don’t make a huge deal out of him meeting the little one he won’t either. Remember to take it easy on your pup; this is a huge adjustment for him too. Dog toys and baby toys are surprisingly similar so you can’t really blame him for chewing on one you leave out.

Don’t Forget Your Dog

Make sure your dog gets enough exercise and attention. Try to stick with his normally scheduled feedings and walks; you don’t want to have to deal with accidents just because you didn’t have time to let him out. We take Chester with us everywhere that we are allowed to. So even though it might be easier to leave him home sometimes, we make sure that if we would have taken him before Emmalynne was born, we take him now. I look at it more like; we now have two kids rather than one kid and a dog.

These are some of the things that helped Chester make the transition from only child to older brother. Emmalynne is now two months old and Chester has taken on the role of her protector. When someone new holds her he is watching their every move. He is more alert and curious about abnormal noises. In the mornings when she’s in our room sleeping and I’m getting ready he lays in the doorway where he can keep an eye on both of us. It makes me feel good knowing that he is looking out for her (as all big brothers should). I think he has accepted her as a member of our family and I am excited to see how their relationship grows as she gets older!

7 Things You Might Not Know About Your Canine Companion

How well do you know your dog sitting on your sofa? Why is he playing odd sometimes? Is your canine doing it on purpose or just desire to make fun of you? The days you are with your dogs do not guarantee how good you know them as well as their odd practices. Let’s try to find out some wonderful dog facts and know them more than what their wagging tail seems to tell.

 

Canine Fact Number 1:  When your dog chases his/her tail, he might need help from the vet.

A wide variety of reasons clarify why dogs chase their tail: exercise, predatory instinct, discomfort or presence of fleas. Nevertheless, to talk with your vet is the safest and surest approach to get the actual reason why your dog keeps chasing his/her tail.

 

3823200771_b745a54697_zCanine Fact Number 2:  Dogs dream while asleep.

Do not be shocked if you see your dog barking or moving his/her feet while asleep. He/she may have been chasing his/her dearest at the park in his/her dream. Humans and dogs share the same SWS (slow wave sleep) as well as REM (rapid eye movement) while asleep. So let him/her experience the moment to savor twitching while the eyes are closed.

 

Dog Fact Number 3:  They have night vision.

Do you know how dogs can freely move in the dark? How did they even get robbers trying to steal your valuables when it’s dark? Well, dogs have tapetum lucidum, which gives them the ability them to see even when it’s dark.

 

7385054252_8e8ba99e34_zCanine Fact Number 4:  If he/she is acting comical, go find your umbrella.

Although scientists have not yet found the mystery behind this, but according to some, dogs can determine the weather especially when it’s going to rain. So, the next time you discover your dog acting funny, go get the umbrella straight away. Besides, it pays to be all set at all cost.

 

 

Dog Fact Number 5:  Dogs don’t sweat like we do.

Dogs do not sweat everywhere. As a matter of fact, they only sweat on their pads. When you find that their paw pads are sweating, you get the notion that the area is a bit warm for them to reside.

 

Dog Fact Number 6: Your dog’s nose is wet because he/she is absorbing scent.

Popularly known to be the captain of scent, dogs secrete a mucous on their nose to help them recognize the scent (more accurately than we do). When their noses get wet, they would lick them to sample the scent they have gathered with their mouth.

 

Canine Fact Number 7:  They are the chief of scent.

Dogs can smell 100,000 times more accurate than their owners. No wonder why even the FBI and peace order departments of our local government search help from them in searching unwanted items in certain public places. This also explains why when you leave your cookies unattended; you would be left with nothing but the food container.

 

There are other things that you do not understand about your pet so do not easily label them by the way they act or kick after peeing in your couch. Some of the strange stuffs they do may really be funny but it is always ideal to visit your vet on a regular basis.

Be Responsible – Pet Ownership & Pet Care Tips for Cats and Dogs

Hi Pet Blog Readers,

Today we have a post from guest blogger Mike Warner.  He takes a look at what it means to be a responsible pet owner and why our furry friends depend on us for love, companionship and proper care.  If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comments section below.  Thanks!

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Handling and dealing with pets is not an easy task as it might appear. Do you know how sensitive cats and dogs are when they are left unattended? It is absolutely not possible for you to render the care and attention to your four-legged friend 24*7, right? What should you do in such a situation? Have you thought about it?

How to offer high standard pet care?

Don’t let your canine friend suffer from anxiety, depression or behavioral changes. Work, business trips, and personal reasons often cause us to be away from home. It is during such occasions when you seriously require the advice of professional experts and you have to be extremely cautious and careful with the selection.

The market is full of such service providers claiming to provide the best performances. But in reality there are very few who can actually accomplish your desires and requirements. It is your responsibility to evaluate and inspect, only then investing money by hiring any one particular professional.

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Why is pet care so important?

Just because they are animals does not mean they are without emotions or feelings. They are, in fact, similar to human beings and many are considered as close as your own child or friend. Don’t you think he or she must get the best care and treatment regardless of any situation?

Moreover, it has been found that if these creatures are left alone on their own they show visible signs of depression, anxiety and some weird behavioral patterns. Therefore, it becomes mandatory that they are addressed with the best and optimal treatment. Let your canine companion enjoy and have a good time.

Don’t take pet care lightly

Being a responsible pet owner, you need to have the knowledge and the sincerity to take the complete responsibility of the animal in the best possible manner. It is advisable not to take things lightly but rather consider them seriously.

Therefore, before you take your new friend home, make sure you understand how you should treat him/her and the amount of love they require. Check these highlighting points:

  • Give proper housebreaking and crate training.
  • Make sure you visit the veterinarian so that shots and preventive vaccinations are given to your dog or cat.
  • Obedience training is one of the most important tips that must be followed by every pet owner.

These are some of the tips that you need to execute before you plan to bring your pet home.  Allow him or her to mix and adjust in the new environment with you and your family members.

How should you render the complete and proper tender?

  • He or she shouldn’t be handled roughly. Instead they should be given the complete attention in a very tender manner.
  • There should be a regular routine for the food time, play time and the sleeping time. Even these animals enjoy the daily maintenance of routine in life.
  • Proper and nutritional food must be provided to the animals.
  • Make sure the pet is not left unattended for long hours. If such a situation arises, hire a sitter or you can even leave them in a boarding care center.
  • Spend quality time with your four legged friend if you want to see him/her happy and healthy.
  • Try to render him/her comfort in every possible manner at optimal level.

Caring for pets is not as easy as it might appear. The animals like cats and dogs are extremely sensitive creatures and require extensive tending and attention. If you fail to do so, he or she might suffer from depression, anxiety and other behavioral changes and fall sick. Thus, it is very important that proper pet care and attention is rendered.

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Act responsibly with your pet dog or cat

Often you have to be away from your home for a variety of reasons. How do you handle and tender the canine in such a situation? Who will attend to them when you are away home? This is a serious issue because they cannot stay alone as they require constant care and attention.

Is there any solution to the problem? Don’t get distressed, rather give a big smile because there is an amazing solution and it lies with the pet sitters or the boarding care centers. Depending upon your tastes and preferences you can choose either of the one for proper guardianship of the animals in your absence.

You have to be a knowledgeable owner

Don’t forget that your new cat or dog relies or depends on you with all the necessities and requirements of life. This is a huge responsibility and you have to act in such a manner that you always render a happy, healthy and comfortable life to the canine friends.

It is important that you execute your research work and get in touch with other pet owners so that you can render some useful tips of handling such animals. With awareness and acting responsibly you can provide love and a happy home to your new companion.

Don’t let too many restrictions on your new companion

Animals like cats and dogs are similar to human beings in terms of emotional behavior. They too value freedom and enjoy spending their time moving around and playing. They are extremely energetic and enthusiastic and thereby it is advised not to restrict them to a small room or cage. Rather you should allow them complete freedom and independence.

Taking care of their diet is a part of the responsibility too

If you want to ensure that your friend is healthy and in the best of fitness, you have to ensure that he or she is given the proper diet that is full of nutrition values. There are certain kinds of items that are not advisable for pet animals like cats and dogs as they are dangerous and can be fatal too.

Author Bio:

This post has been contributed by Mike Warner. He loves to write about pet care. He recommends John’s Pampered Pooch for providing you the best dog and cat boarding services.

Top 5 DO’s and DONT’S of Crate Training

Crate Training Gone Wrong

Welcome back, Pet Blog Readers! I’ve missed you!

We’ve been spending a lot of time focused on crate training and how to crate train your dog recently. Why have we been so focused on it? Crate training, if that is the route you are planning to go, is a long process and you must have dedication and commitment and stick to the training in order for it to work properly. You don’t want your dog to dread the crate – you want them to love it and look forward to their alone time or a place for solace. The only way that will happen is if you follow our guide and only move at a pace that your dog is comfortable with.

To summarize and simplify our crate training series, I put together my list of the top 5 things you should do when you are crate training and the top 5 things to avoid while crate training. Good luck!

 

 

Top 5 “Dos” of Crate Training

  • DO exercise your pet before crating
  • DO place the crate in a quiet corner of a frequently used room
  • DO make their crate comfortable and inviting
  • DO provide appropriate toys and treats in the crate [only if your pup can be trusted with toys while unsupervised – use your judgement]
  • DO choose a crate that will be the appropriate size when your pup grows up

Top 5 “Don’ts” of Crate Training

  • DON’T use the crate for punishment
  • DON’T force your dog into the crate
  • DON’T leave dogs in the crate for a long periods of time
  • DON’T let children or adults tease your crated dog
  • DON’T rush the crate training process

If you’re looking for more information on how to crate train your dog, check out my full crate training guideon thatpetplace.com. You’ll find specific details on each step of the crate training process and some of the commonly encountered problems and how to deal with them.

If you’re just starting the crate training process be sure to leave us a comment and let us know if our guides have helped you. We’d also love to know what kinds of problems you’re running into while trying to crate train your dog. Leave us a comment and we will consult with our experts to try to come up with a solution to help.