Monday, December 7, 2015

Cats Behavior Explained

Have you ever wondered why your cat chooses to run laps of the house at 3 A.M? This is in fact due to cats being 'crepuscular', meaning that they are most active at the hours of dusk and dawn. Historically, cats and all felines alike spent most nights darting through the shadows and pouncing on unsuspecting prey, which burns up a lot of energy. Despite years of domesticity, cats still retain their predatory nature and tend to sleep more during the day to conserve their energy for activities later in the night. 





Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thanksgiving With Your Pet

‘Tis the season for family, friends and lots of delicious food – but with this also comes the possibility of distress for our fur friends. Pets won’t be so thankful if they get their paws on some under cooked turkey, unattended alcohol, or perhaps a not so friendly floral arrangement.

One thing pet owners can always count on is the presence of excited, curious and hungry animal companions. When they look at you with those big puppy dog or kitty cat eyes, begging you to toss a nibble or something their way. You want to give in, but should you? For many reasons, probably not.

Thanksgiving is a time everyone should enjoy, including your animal companions. Have a read of our tips for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy too. 


Turkey

If you decide to allow your pet a little taste of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer raw or undercooked turkey meat as it may contain salmonella bacteria. 

Sage

Sage is great for Thanksgiving stuffing, but along with many other herbs, sage contains oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets. Cats are especially sensitive to certain oils.

No No To Bread Dough

Yep, bread dough is a big no no! When raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in their stomach. This may cause vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become life-threatening and require surgery. 

Cake

Keep in mind that if you are baking up a Thanksgiving cake, that you pets keep their noses out. Cake batter, especially if it includes raw eggs, may lead to food poisoning in pets. 

Don’t Allow Overindulging

A bit of turkey, a munch of mashed potato and a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to have an excessive amount as they may end up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even an inflammatory condition. It’s best to keep your pets on their regular diets during the holiday season.

A Feast Fit For A Kong

While the humans are enjoying their meals, give your pet their own little feast. Try stuffing their usual dinner – perhaps with a few added bits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and a dollop of gravy inside a Kong toy.

Do right by your fur friends so they’ll be around to enjoy many future Thanksgivings right by your side.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Worms, Worms & More Worms

It’s That Time Again

As we start to enter the cooler months of the year, there are five types of worrisome worms we certainly won’t be warming to; round worms, hookworms, whipworms and heartworms. Dogs can get worms from many different places including food, water and from devouring other animal faeces, ew! Flea infestations and mosquitoes can also bring about worms in dogs. No matter what the cause, dogs and worms will mingle together at some point of their life. So since they are going to meet without even a proper introduction to each other, as a pet owner it’s handy to understand the different types of worms, where they will reside in your furry pal and how you can get rid of them.  


Show Me The Worms!

Roundworms-

There are many different types of worm parasites that fall into the ‘roundworms’ category. The most common roundworm is Toxocara canis. These worms feed on partially digested food in the dog’s intestine. Eating worm eggs off the ground or through an infection that is passed on from mum to pup, are the most common ways dog’s contract roundworm. Signs that your dog may show if it has this type of worms include vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss, a pot-bellied appearance, dull hair, lethargy and constipation.

Hookworms-

Hookworms are smaller than roundworms and feed by hooking onto the wall of the dog’s intestine. Hookworms have sharp teeth which can cause the dog’s intestine to bleed, and if left untreated can be very bad for the dog. Other symptoms of the presence of hookworms may include severe anaemia, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting and weakness. Similar to roundworms, your dog can get hookworms from the ground where other dogs have passed eggs before, or from the milk of their mother is she was infected. 

Whipworms-

Whipworms can also make the dog’s intestine bleed as they bury their long necks into the intestine wall during feeding. Your dog can get whipworms from eating eggs that other dogs have shed. Symptoms include dehydration, anaemia and diarrhoea.

Tapeworms-

Tapeworms also live in the dogs intestine and are usually contracted when dogs eat a flea that has previously eaten a tapeworm egg. Tapeworms do not have mouths, however they feed by absorbing food across their skin. Tapeworms use hooks and suckers on their head to attach themselves to the intestine wall, which can cause dogs to have problems absorbing their food, diarrhoea or scooting (perianal irritation).

Heartworms-

Heartworms differ from the other worms as they live in the blood vessels and heart of dogs and can be transferred via an infected mosquito bite. Heartworms can cause the dog’s heart to stop functioning and extreme cases can lead to death. Heartworm can be defined in three classes, which increase in severity respectably. Dogs with class one heartworm disease are often ‘asymptomatic’ showing no visible symptoms, or very minimal signs such as an occasional cough. Dogs with class two heartworm disease will tend to show coughing and an unusual intolerance to exercise. Class three heartworm disease infected dogs will exhibit symptoms of anaemia, exercise intolerance, fainting spells, and in severely affected dogs, right-sided chronic heart failure. 

Treatment

Treatment of worms depends on the type of worm; since they infest and attack different organs. Heartgard Plus Chews work effectively to prevent heartworm in dogs as well as killing off roundworms and hookworms. Advocate for Dogs and Advocate for Cats works as a prevention for heartworm and treats fleas and infections of gastrointestinal worms. If your dog has heartworms, seek medical advice from your local Vet as soon as possible. Just like a flea prevention program, regular treatment for worms is the key in keeping these pesty parasites away!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Do Goldfish Really Have A Three Second Memory?

The answer is…

False!

In fact, goldfish have very good memories and can be trained to respond to various sensory cues such as color, light and music. Goldfish have also proven to remember things they are taught as much as a year later. Researchers have taught goldfish to play fetch, push levers, do the limbo, and even play soccer.

Have you ever noticed a goldfish getting really excited when it’s feeding time? If they are fed around the same time each day, they seem to anticipate the time leading up to feeding, which shows that they have a good sense of time. 

Goldfish also have shown to recognize their master (usually the one who feeds them) and be a lot more active around them. They even sometimes stop considering that person as any sort of threat, including if that person sticks their hand in the tank, however around strangers you may notice goldfish tend to hide away.

How cool!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Five Fun Facts About Man's Best Friend

There are many different dog breeds in the world and each has their own unique set of characteristics and personalities. One thing for certain though is that these lovable and cuddly companions are fascinating creatures. Have a read of some very interesting and fun facts about dogs.


1. Dogs Get Jealous

Dogs suffer from jealousy and are just as likely to turn into a green eyed monster as humans. When a pooch is jealous, they may show behavior changes such as snapping and snarling.

2. Dogs Don’t Feel Guilt

It may seem that your fur friend is feeling bad for chewing up your newest pair of shoes, but don’t be fooled. Those puppy dog eyes are in fact just the way dog’s react when been spoken to in a different tone of voice and body language. 

3. Dogs Can See Color

It is a common myth that dogs can only see in black and white but they can actually see colors – just not as vividly as humans. Dogs have difficulty distinguishing between red and green, however they have better night vision than humans.

4. Dogs Dream Just Like You

You may have seen you dog twitching or whimpering in their sleep and yes you guessed it, they are dreaming. Dogs have the same brain wave patterns while they are asleep as humans, so they dream just like we do. 

5. Dogs Can Fall In Love

They don’t call it puppy love for nothing. Studies have found that a dog’s brain releases oxytocin (the love hormone) when they interact with humans and other dogs, just the same as a human brain does when we hug or kiss.

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