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  • Best Dog Food - Homemade Dog Food Your Dog Will Love

    posted in Nutrition on 26th Dec, 2012

    Do you know why dogs are so amazing? They are very loyal and enjoyable to have around the house. More importantly, they love you unconditionally-whether or not you took that bath this morning. Well OK, they love you whatever you look like but do you want to know a way for him to love you even more? Simple, feed him delicious homemade dog treats every day. Alright, there are a few people who actually think that this is manipulative. Rest assured that it is not. Just think-- our dogs are not endowed with the same logical mental faculties that we humans have (well, most of us anyway). Therefore, the way to train them and bring them up properly is through operant conditioning.

  • 7 tips to reducing veterinary clinic anxiety

    posted in Dr. Mark Edwards on 15th Feb, 2009

    So often anxious and fearful dogs turn up to my clinic, these patients are often very difficult, and sometimes dangerous, to deal with. Many owners do not realize that the way they treat their dog whilst in the clinic has everything to do with their dogs concurrent behavior. Here are seven sure-fire ways of helping ensure your dog is more relaxed at your local clinic:

  • 10 Fast facts about fleas

    posted in Healthy on 21st Jan, 2011

    At just 1/16” to 1/8” long, fleas may be tiny little creatures, but they can have a huge impact on the warm-blooded animals sharing their environment. Here are some other interesting flea facts: There are approximately 2000 known species of fleas in world today. Fleas prey on warm-blooded animals, and the great variety of warm-blooded animals living on the earth likely account for the many species of fleas. Fleas are very small pests. Measuring just a few millimeters in length. They are also laterally compressed, meaning that their bodies are squished from side to side, so that when you look at them head on they appear very thin indeed. This helps them move between the hairs or fathers of their host animal. Fleas, like other insects, have 6 legs. Their hind legs are by far the longest and account for the flea’s incredible ability to jump. Fleas are truly jumping superstars! The can jump up to 7” vertically and up to 13” horizontally! That’s over 200 times their body length. If the average 6’ tall man could do that he would be able to jump the length of 4 football fields put end to end! Fleas have no wings, and rely solely on being able to jump onto their hosts from the environment. Fleas do not hatch out of eggs ready to suck blood. There are 4 stages in the life-cycle of a flea: egg, larva, pupa and adult.  After having a good meal of blood on a host animal’s body, and adult female is able to lay about 40-50 eggs a day, and several hundred over her life. These eggs then fall off the host, and larva hatch out in the environment. Larvae are completely blind, have moveable mouthparts, but do not yet suck blood. They eat adult flea feces, sloughed skin cells, hair, feathers and other organic matter. To transform from larvae to adults, fleas enter the pupa stage. Although adult fleas can only remain alive for approximately one week without finding a suitable blood meal, pupae can remain alive for several months until the right conditions are detected. Only about 5% of a given flea population exists as feeding adults. The other 95% are split among the other three life stages. An effective treatment against fleas must take this into consideration, and last at least six months to ensure that fleas at all life-stages are eradicated!

  • Animals, fleas, ticks and worms

    posted in Health on 27th Nov, 2009

    Fleas and other parasites have always to be given the top priority by dog owners. The all too common occurrences of flea bite allergy in the case of dogs causes worry to many dog owners every year. This is because flea bites can induce allergic reactions in the area bitten by the fleas. In these cases, the affected area becomes hairless due to the dog scratching itself vigorously. Heavy flea infestations can cause severe dermatitis in dogs, because the dog will scratch and scratch the area until he bleeds and can also introduce infection. If the flea bites cause an allergic reaction or even dermatitis in your dog, he/she really ought to be taken to the veterinary doctor as soon as possible, because usually, the dog will be experiencing severe discomfort by this time. The vet will sell you a cream to ease the itching and reduce the inflammation and some powder or a spray to kill the fleas. Prevention, however, is better than cure and medicated collars are available to treat and prevent an infestation of external blood-suckers like ticks and fleas.

  • 4 "musts" when caring for your puppy

    posted in Health on 11th Sep, 2009

    Small dogs are easy to care for. Having said that, there are certain points that need to be made aware of when looking after a small dog.  If you look at the daily dog care schedules, you would also notice the several adaptations that have been made to them.

  • A healthier dog diet - Changing away from commercial dog food

    posted in Nutrition on 28th Jan, 2008

    Unless you have been living in space for the past decades, you should know that it is not difficult to find artificial coloring, artificial flavorings, and sweeteners ingredients listed in most of the package food that we human beings eat today.

  • Actions to take for heartworm symptoms in dogs

    posted in Health on 26th Oct, 2009

    Many people believe that heartworms are an infestation that dogs can catch from other dogs or from eating things off the ground that have been infected. This is not the case. Heartworms are caused by mosquitoes who carry the larvae of heartworms and infect the dog when they bite it. When heartworm symptoms in dogs becomes noticable the dog usually has had the infestation for a long period of time. Protecting a pet from heartworm infestation is relatively inexpensive and easy to do. There are many treatments available from the vet that can be applied to protect a pet. In addition, there are injections that can be given when a dog has it's yearly health check that will protect it from infestation. The rate of dogs who are being infested with heartworms in the United States is so high that it is very important to pre-treat a pet before they are exposed to areas where they may get bitten by mosquitoes. These treatments will insure that the pet does not become ill and require more expensive treatment.

  • Asprin toxicity in your cat

    posted in Health on 13th Feb, 2008

    When many of us think of Aspirin, we think of a very common medication that is found in a lot of homes; almost everyone has heard of Aspirin, and many of us have had to take it on occasions, for pain or some other complaint.

  • Cat breeds: Feline diabetes and ring worms

    posted in Health on 21st Aug, 2008

    There are some cat breeds that have roots going back quite a bit in history. Some Japanese breeds, such as the Japanese Bobtail, can be traced back more than 1,000 years in history. These cats were very common and well known throughout Medieval Japan. Now days though, they are all but a myth throughout Japan and the entire world.

  • Cat urinary tract: Food to maintain feline urinary healthy

    posted in Nutrition on 22nd Aug, 2009

    There are several foods that you should never feed your cat, as they will not only make it feel unwell but in some instances can be extremely detrimental to its health and well-being.