I live downtown in a large, lively city environment and am looking into getting a dog. Is any breed of canine better for the busy city life as opposed to the country lifestyle?
When selecting a pet, space should be a major factor in your decision. In large, more populated cities, smaller dogs are recommended. However, please consider your time schedule, routine and personal preferences when selecting your pet.
My puppy/kitty seems to sleep a lot. Is this normal?
It is very ordinary for new puppies and kittens to sleep a lot. Younger pets tend to snooze a great deal, especially directly following meals.
Should I use human shampoos on my pets?
While many people do use human shampoos on their companions, it is better not to. Pet skin is not only less acidic than human skin, but also much thinner. Other differences exist as well, all of which means that for the optimum health of your pet's skin, you should use shampoos designed specifically for pets when bathing them.
What is the reason behind cats purring, and how do they do that?
Purring is a way to show affection and appreciation for a cat. The source of purring is believed to be located in the animal's circulatory system (rather than in the "voice").
What causes ear infections in pets?
Water, ear mites that were never eliminated, yeast infections and skin allergies are just a few causes of ear infections. Ear infections are especially common in longer haired, droopy-eared dogs such as Bassets, Cocker Spaniels and Labradors.
How often should I give my pet a bath?
Pets with a normal coat and skin conditions usually require bathing no more than once per week. However, if your pet has a skin condition such as an allergy, infection, or seborrhea, then it may need bathing twice a week to control the problem. Frequent brushing and combing between baths will assist in removing old hair and reduce shedding. Additionally, bathing is a great time for you and your pet to spend together. Pets love the added attention!
Are there any houseplants that are poisonous to pets?When should a pet be brought into a household?
In general, houseplants can be poisonous to cats.so be careful! Many common plants are toxic to your cat if they are chewed and ingested. This includes (but is not limited to) Easter Lilies, English Ivy, Iris, Jade plants, Mistletoe, Philodendron and Poinsettia.
The best and ideal age to bring a young pet into a home is between eight and ten weeks.
Are there any factors to consider when choosing a male or female pet?
If you treat your pet correctly and properly, it does not matter whether you choose a male or female companion. Children have equal amounts of fun with both male and female pets. However, male puppies may tend to be more assertive and forceful; while females may be easier to train and are less likely to be hyperactive.
Why do animals shed?
Animals shed during autumn to replace their thinner summer coat with a thicker winter one. In the spring, they prepare for upcoming warmer days by shedding their thicker fur. Loss of hair may also be attributed to your pet's exposure to light. Animals that are kept inside under artificial light shed more than they normally would if outside.
How do I weigh my pet?
You can use your everyday bathroom scale to discover your pet's weight. Weigh yourself first, then pick up your pet and note the combined weight. Subtract your weight from the total reading to calculate the weight of your pet.
When should your new kitten or puppy first visit the veterinarian?
As soon as possible; a veterinarian will assure you that your new pet is healthy and happy, and recommend a vaccination schedule to protect against various diseases. Among the topics they should discuss are spaying and neutering, feeding and grooming your pet.
How should I take my pet's temperature?
Your pet's temperature should be taken in his rectum with a lubricated rectal thermometer. Insert thermometer only 1/3 of the way in and leave it for a minimum of one minute.
How big of a problem is pet obesity?
This is a serious issue. Being overweight can lead to a myriad of negative occurrences including (but not limited to) liver disease, heat stroke, difficulty breathing, and back and heart problems. Dogs should get a minimum of 15 minutes of exercise a day, with longer periods 2-3 times a week. Exercise is a great way to control your dog's weight while bonding with your pet.
How do I keep my pet cool?
To help avoid heat stroke, provide your pet with shaded locales and plenty of fresh water (check his/her water bowl several times a day to be sure it is full). Make sure your pet does not overexert himself. Watch for irregular breathing. If your pet appears to be hot, place a moist towel over your pet and it will instantly begin to cool them off.
How often should I brush my pet's teeth?
Try to clean your pet's teeth and gums once a day, if possible, and preferably after eating has occurred. Dental care can add as much as five years to your pet's life.
How can I tell if my pet will have a good personality?
A paw-sitive, friendly pet personality may be indicated if he greets you freely, without snarling and with no hesitation. When picked up, he should be fairly easy to hold and not cry/bark excessively. And finally, he should possess curiosity and appear alert.
How can I help my pet get over his fear of thunderstorms?
Train your companion by repeatedly playing taped recorded thunderstorms. Gradually increase the volume while comforting him. If your pet still reacts severely, tranquilizers should be kept on hand in case needed.
When I come home I notice I have a soiled floor due to my pet. What should I do to discourage this kind of activity?
It does no good to punish your pet upon arrival because he will not remember what he did wrong (soiling may have occurred hours ago). Punishment will often confuse the pet. A simple and better solution is to confine your pet to one area of the house or place him in a crate while you are away from home.
What is a "Hot Spot?"
A "hot spot" on a pet is classified as an inflammation that is caused by the animal's constant licking or scratching at an area until the area becomes bald and damaged. It can be caused by several factors, but primarily it is flea-related. If left untreated, it can develop into a bacterial infection.
Why Do Cats Hate Water?
Not all felines dislike water. Actually, cats residing in warm/hot locales have a tendency to love it (this includes lions, tigers and jaguars.) Some veterinarians believe that water destroys how fur insulates an animal against cold. Although most domestic cats do not like water so much, none completely avoid it. When their ancestors developed an attitude regarding water a long time ago, it was passed down to today's domestic cats.
Why does my pet urine and eliminate in the exact same spot as he previously did?
Most pets have a sense of smell that is more sensitive than humans. Because they can smell the ammonia from the last time there was an "accident", they often return to the same spot. Even though the area may have been cleaned well, it is still necessary to treat the spot with an odor neutralizer. These products break down the chemical nature of the ammonia, which in turn eliminates the smell of ammonia that triggers a pet to "mark" the spot again.
Why does my pet's hair tangle and mat up?What are some signs of periodontal disease?
Tufts, mats and tangles may occur as a result of lack of hair brushing (brush daily, especially longer haired pets), a transition to adulthood (growth of new hair) and living in a locale with humid and damp temperatures.
- Broken teeth
- Infected teeth
- Loose teeth, loss of teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Eroding gum line
- Reluctance to play with chew toys or drink cold water
- Swollen, red, bleeding gums
- Unusual growth in the mouth
- Yellow/brown colored teeth