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House Sit Becoming Nightmare In Kenya

I had been dreaming of spending time in a luxury villa with a swimming pool at the famous Kenyan coast, enjoying a laid back lifestyle under palms, sipping a sundowner and overlooking the pristine turquoise blue waves, which curl over the white sand of an endless beach. But the house sit in Kenya turned out quite differently, to say the least! Continue reading House Sit Becoming Nightmare In Kenya


Does your Cat drink enough water?

Cats in the wild obtain most of the water they need from the animals they hunt and therefore cats have very little inherent motivation to drink as a separate behaviour.

They also naturally tend to avoid water sources that may have a certain smell or that are not clearly visible.

In our homes cats often eat food low in moisture content and even though owners provide them with water bowls, it is not uncommon for a cat to be in a constant state of mild dehydration. Due to their nature, they sometimes just don’t drink enough and this can be a serious risk factor to develop conditions such as feline cystitis. This is why it’s a good idea to encourage your cat to drink more!

Here are a few tips that might help:

  • Make sure there is fresh water available every day;
  • If possible feed them wet food;
  • Offer multiple drinking stations with different options and see which ones are preferred: some cats prefer to drink tap water while others prefer bottled water; some cats enjoy drinking from puddles or from bowls while others may prefer flowing water;
  • Location might also be a factor so it’s a good idea to provide water in different spots to find the cat’s preference;
  • Many cats prefer ceramic and metal bowls because these do not retain odors (unlike plastic) and the shape of the water bowl may also important. Usually cats prefer wide, shallow containers because they don’t like to get their whiskers wet when they drink.

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Puppy love: Do dogs have emotions?

There’s no doubt in my mind that dogs have emotions. They feel joy after a job well done. They feel sad when a pack member passes away. And they feel love for their family members – their pack. Continue reading Puppy love: Do dogs have emotions?

Social Enrichment Can Relieve Stress In Dogs

Being pack animals, dogs enjoy social interactions and activities. Some prefer being around other animals, while some choose to interact with humans. If your pet seems to be anxious in the company of other dogs, he won’t be happy being in a dog park or being enrolled in doggy day care. However, if your dog adores people, make sure to ask human members of the pack to spend time with your pooch.

If your dog is left alone during the day, it may be a good idea to add another dog to the household so they can keep each other company. However, make sure that introductions are properly carried out. The initial encounter should be in a place that is neutral because many resident dogs won’t take too well to the presence of an unfamiliar dog in their established territories.

Source: Social Enrichment Can Relieve Stress In Dogs

My Beagle Ate a Tomato!

Did your Beagle eat a tomato? Not sure if the tomato is safe or not? In general, ripened tomatoes are safe for your Beagle if given in small quantities.

However, you must be careful that your Beagle does not have access to unripened tomatoes. If your Beagle eats a tomato from a vine, make sure he does not eat the leafy greens as these parts contains most of the toxins. Tomatoes and potatoes are members of the Solanum species and are part of the nightshade family of plants, which contains toxic alkaloids that can be harmful to pets.

If these toxins are eaten in large quantities your Beagle may start to show signs of excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, confusion, weakness, behavior changes, dilated pupils, or even a slowed heart rate. If your Beagle has any of these symptoms, call your veterinary clinic immediately.

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My Dog is Afraid of Thunder

Did you know that many different dog breeds both big and small are afraid of loud noises like thunder? For instance, some dogs are afraid of thunder and even lightning. This is a common fear, but sometimes the fear can get a little out of hand or extreme. Signs of fear and anxiety may include your dog simply hiding under the bed or sitting close to you.

Extreme anxiety may include your dog pacing, working himself into a sweat, trembling and becoming frantic. One way to help your dog remain calm is to make sure you reward calm behavior at all times.

When your dog panics over a storm, try to calm him with a command and then reward him.

Petting a fearful dog or even allowing the dog to sit close rewards and encourages the behavior instead of addressing it.

If the fear gets out of hand ask your vet for advice.

Source: My Pomeranian is Afraid of Thunder

Does your dog need an orthopedic bed?



Your dog loves to lounge around your home, and naps frequently. He needs this rest in order to keep up with all his daily activities, and to take part in any and all action that happens around your home. However, this doesn’t mean that all the rest he is getting is quality rest. In fact, if he is older or experiencing joint pain, there is a good chance that he needs an orthopedic bed in order to make the most of his napping. This is because these types of beds are made from dense foam designed to support your pet’s body. This helps eliminate pressure points and minimizes tossing and turning, thus allowing your pet to get a deeper sleep and remain asleep longer. This can also help lessen any joint pain your pet has during his waking hours as well.

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What To Do If Your Dog Is Eating Dirt

Does your dog seem to find dirt a delicious delicacy? Eating dirt may be an indication of an underlying medical problem, and not just made out of curiosity. The most common problem associated with eating dirt in dogs is anemia or other types of rare mineral deficiencies.

Here are some steps to take if your dog is eating dirt:

  • Examine the color of your dog’s gums. If the gums appear too pale or jaundiced (yellowish tinge), an immediate visit to your veterinarian should be made as soon as possible.
  • Check your dog’s diet. What’s the quality of your pet’s food? If you are giving homemade pet food, consulting a veterinary  will help establish whether it lacks any essential vitamin or mineral.
  • When your dog’s appetite for dirt is accompanied by lethargy, decreased appetite, or unexplained weight loss, take your pet for blood work and other tests that may be recommended by your veterinarian.

Source: What To Do If Your Dog Is Eating Dirt

Caring for a Carpet with a Dog Around

Dogs can really do a number on your interior spaces. Your carpets are especially prone to wear. Here are a few tips for keeping your carpet looking its best, even if you have a dog around.

First, clean up messes quickly. Choose a pet-friendly cleaner that is specially formulated to take care of tough stains. Clean up after potty accidents, muddy messes, and anything else that stains or causes unpleasant odors.

Vacuuming regularly is also a great way to keep your carpets in tip-top shape. It can pull hair up out of the carpet, but it can also cut back on allergens if you use a HEPA filter.

Even if your carpets look pretty good, you should still plan on having them professionally cleaned once or twice a year.

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Is Bubblegum Harmful to Canines?

You’re likely to have bubblegum in your house, especially if you have kids at home. If you don’t have bubblegum, you probably at least have some chewing gum to keep your breath minty fresh. If your dog gets ahold of some gum, should you be worried?

Unfortunately, there is definitely cause for concern if your dog has eaten any kind of gum. That’s because it contains an ingredient called xylitol, which is extremely poisonous to dogs. It only takes 3 grams of the stuff to kill a 65 pound dog.

Because different manufacturers use different amounts of xylitol, it can be difficult to determine just how dangerous the situation is. If your dog vomits, is uncoordinated or lethargic after consuming any amount of gum, or if you have a particularly small breed, you should visit your vet.

Source: Is Bubblegum Harmful to Canines?