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Finicky Eaters – My dog won’t eat his kibbles!
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We know, it’s hard to resist those puppy eyes at the dinner table while Max is sitting there waiting for you to drop a piece of that turkey. He starts drooling as he watches you chow down your dinner, and it’s so hard to resist feeding him table scraps! Then you notice that since you’ve spoiled him so much with your leftovers, he’s not willing to eat is own kibbles.

Sometimes, like their owners, dogs are just picky eaters. How often do you get to pick and choose the food you want? “Extra cheese, no tomato, over easy, with dressing on the side,” sound familiar?

If your dog stops eating their own food, there are several factors to consider:

Are you feeding them table scraps?
Feeding them table scraps is one way to spoil their appetite. They probably learned that if they wait patiently enough that you’ll eventually give them a slice of what you’re eating. Be careful with feeding them the food we eat, because some can be toxic for them, such as grapes, garlic, and onions! Check out our blog post on the top foods you should avoid feeding your dog.

Are you feeding them one too many treats?
Although we want to give our dogs treats to reward good behavior, treats should only be given sporadically. If you are training your dog, one tip is to break the treats into smaller pieces to decrease the amount of treats they are given. Another way to prevent spoiling their appetite is to feed them treats after meals.

Are they in good health?
If your dog normally eats well, and suddenly sniffs their food and walks away, they might not be feeling well. Have they been vomiting, losing weight or having diarrhea? Check to see if their teeth and gums are in good condition. Decreased appetite can be caused by pain or discomfort from their mouths. If you notice any problems, bring them to your veterinarian for a checkup.

Don’t worry, your dog is going to have to stick to their diet! We can solve this.

Try switching diets.
If your dog is not eating the food that is given, try out another brand. With so much variety of dog foods, you want to choose one that best match to their needs. Are they allergic to any foods in particular? Palatability is very important to stimulate your dog’s appetite. When transitioning dry food, slowly add the new food to their old food. Gradually increase the amount of new food to their old food to prevent upset stomachs. Try not to switch brands frequently, it can disrupt your dog’s digestive system.

Use meal toppers.
To make dry food more enticing, use a gravy or sauce formulated for dogs as a meal topper to mix in with their kibbles. Wet canned food can be used as well to add some flavor. If your dog only picks and chooses what they want to eat, leave the food there and wait for them to eat it. Take the bowl away after a while, even if they did not finish their food.

One of the main reasons why dogs are finicky eaters is because of the response their owners give them when they are not eating their own food. Be patient and do not tempted to feed them table scraps! It will take time for them to adjust but they will eventually feel hungry and eat their own food. Remember to use positive reinforcement such as praising or giving them treats after their meals. Eating their own dog food is essential to maintaining a healthy, balanced diet.

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Cat Coat Care
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Coat Care for Cats!

It’s in a cat’s nature to keep themselves clean, but sometimes they miss some spots too. A cat’s coat doesn’t stay shiny by itself, and they’ll need your help. Through time, natural oils will settle in their fur, hair will become loose, and dandruff will appear. Grooming is imperative for your cat to have a healthy coat, so here are several ways you can help them stay clean:

Brushing
A good way to keep your cat’s coat healthy is regular brushing. Brushing will remove any loose hairs, oils, dead skin cells, and dandruff. Long, silky coats require daily brushing to prevent their fur from being tangled. Some cats will enjoy this experience and some will not. When you first start to brush your cat, they might feel uncomfortable. Start off slow and gradually increase the time of brushing sessions for your cat to adjust.

Choosing a Shampoo
Depending on your cat, their fur or skin may be more sensitive than others. Do not use human shampoo or soap on your cat because it can be too harsh on their skin and cause irritation. They will need a gentle, pH balanced shampoo that is formulated specifically for cats. They can easily be found in pet stores!

Bathing
Cats do not need to be bathe as frequently as dogs do, but they will eventually reach a time when they will need one. There is a high chance that your cat will not enjoy the experience, but they will thank you for it after! Before bathing, brush out the tangled fur and remove loose hair. Use lukewarm water and gently massage them from head to tail with a cat-formulated shampoo. Be careful to not get their ears, eyes, or nose! Rinse thoroughly and be sure that all of the soap is rinsed out. If your cat is frantic or if you don’t feel comfortable bathing him or her, taking them to the groomer’s is always an option.

Drying
Your cat will get cold after the bathing! Use a towel to dry off your kitty. If your cat can tolerate loud noises, use a blow dryer on the lowest setting, but be sure to keep a distance from the blow dryer and your cat.

Alternative for a Bath
Some cats will need to be bathed more frequently than others, depending on how much they are outdoors and how active they are. Another option to keep them clean are cat wipes! They can be used as a touch up in between baths or grooming sessions. Cat wipes help neutralize odors and remove loose hair to prevent hairballs.

Keeping your cat’s coat shiny and clean will result in a happier, healthier life.

Here are some related links that you may find helpful:
https://pets.webmd.com/cats/bathing-your-cat#1
https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/grooming-and-coat-care-for-your-cat

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Housetraining a Puppy Outdoors
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Bringing a new puppy home sounds really exciting, but we can’t forget that there is also a lot of responsibility that comes along with it - such as housetraining. It is very important to start properly training your dog at an early age to start doing their business where they are supposed to, as one of the many reasons why dogs are surrendered and taken to the shelter is because of improper training. It will take a lot of consistency and effort to fully house train your dog, but within a couple months they will begin to associate eliminating their waste with the outdoors. However, each puppy will learn at their own pace, so please be patient with them!

Just like a human child, when dogs are young, they won’t understand where and when to go potty. They will relieve themselves whenever they feel the need to. This is where you teach them that urinating or defecating in the wrong places, like indoors, is not okay. If you catch them doing their business inside the house, stop them with a stern voice or loud clap to get their attention. Then, bring them outside to show them the appropriate location to potty. They might not understand the concept the first few times, but do not give up! Don’t forget to clean up their mess thoroughly with quality product like Nature’s Miracle to eliminate urine odors.

Because puppies are still very young, they will need to take frequent potty breaks. Take your dog out to do their business once in the morning when they wake up, after their meals, and before going to bed. Ideally, you want to take them out at least once an hour if possible. If you see them sniffing the floor and turning in circles, it might be a sign that they need to go. The more frequently you take them out, the less likely they will make an accident inside the house, and the quicker they’ll learn! Tip: Taking them out to the same place to urinate/ defecate can increase the chances of them remembering that this is the place to go.

Positive reinforcement is key!
When your dog urinates or defecates outdoors, praise them verbally and with treats (if possible) to let them know what they did was correct. Playfully pet them and smother them with love, so the next time they’ll know that they will receive the same reaction from you. However, it is very important that you praise them immediately! If you wait too long after they’ve finished, they won’t understand why they are receiving positive feedback.

If your dog happens to make an accident inside, do not punish them! The last thing you want is to have your dog fear you. Accidents are bound to happen and it is all part of the learning process. House training normally takes about 4-6 months to learn, so patience is key!

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How to Prepare for Natural Disasters with Pets
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It’s not every day we hear that a natural disaster is approaching, but when it does, what are you going to grab first? We often have prepared a mental checklist for family members and other items, like pictures and small valuables, but rarely do we have a contingency plan for our pets. Leaving your pet behind does not need to be an option! During natural disasters, if your pet is left alone or abandoned, those that survive can develop traumatic disorders that can affect them for the rest of their lives. With recent natural disasters occurring throughout the world, we’d like to share some tips on how to prepare your pet for any unexpected events.

Whether it is a massive storm, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, or fire, you want to be as prepared as you can be before the event occurs. We never know how much we should plan for them, but it is important to have formulated an evacuation plan for your pet as well. With the limited amount of time to leave your house, it’ll cause a lot of panic and anxiety. Having a set plan will ease  the situation, so let’s get started!

First thing’s first - Crate
Crates are great for easy transportation and is the most secure way to keep your pet in one place. In addition to making life easier for you, it will make them feel safe and secure. If you have two pets, whether they are both of the same species or not, it is not recommended to keep them in the same crate.

Prepare an emergency kit.
Just because you have your family’s emergency kit ready, doesn’t mean that it covers your pet’s needs as well. You’re going to prepare one for them too! Here are some items to include:

  • Water bottles
  • Dry pet food or wet canned food
  • Their favorite treats
  • Blanket, small bedding
  • Toys
  • Harness & leash when applicable

Be sure to have your pet’s identification tags.
Is your pet wearing a collar and an identification tag? If you and your pet are separated, wearing a collar immediately signal rescuers that they are lost pets, not strays.

Is your pet microchipped? If your pet is ever found, there is a higher chance of them being returned to you if they have a microchip. Your phone number and name will be in the database and you will be contacted if your pet has been found.

Keep a recent photo of your pet.
If your pet is ever lost, a recent photo will help others identify them. You can use the photo as a reference as you searching for them, or create missing pet flyers.

 

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Flea and Tick Control
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It happens. Your dog is running around the backyard and there’s a hungry flea who is ready to latch onto the first furry creature that walks by. Maybe you take your dog to the local dog park and there is a dog who is already carrying fleas. When your pet comes into contact with other animals that have fleas, there is a chance that it can spread to your dog. These little pests love to live in the fur of your animal and can cause allergic reactions, and possibly transmit diseases such as Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Fleas will result in irritation on the surface of the infected pet’s skin. You may notice that they often scratch and nibble their skin to relieve the itch. If you discover fleas on your dog, please treat it as soon as possible, because these little insects can rapidly reproduce and the problem will only get worse from there. One female flea can start laying up to 40 eggs on your dog’s body per day, which means that a couple of fleas can quickly infest your dog in a short amount of time! The problem can escalate very quickly if not treated. Learn more about the flea’s life cycle here.

Flea ‘dirt’ is an obvious way to tell if your dog has fleas, and is comprised of droppings that look similar to little black specks that lie on the surface on your dog’s skin. Flea dirt is in fact dried blood that comes from the flea’s waste. If you are unsure of what it is, you can take a paper towel, drop warm water on the dirt, and see the result of the color. If it comes out to be dark red, you can confirm that it is flea waste.

If you happen to discover fleas on your pup, do not worry. There are several ways you can treat the problem:

Flea and Tick Treatments
If your pet is already carrying fleas, there are great topical treatments to help break the life cycle of the fleas to stop them from reproducing. The treatment is applied once a month and will kill fleas, flea larvae and eggs on contact. Depending on which brand you use, the treatment can help repel fleas and ticks off of your pet’s fur for several weeks. If you don’t want to use topical treatments, oral tablets can be given to your dog. The frequency of these tablets varies, but they are effective in treating and preventing fleas.

Flea and Tick Shampoo
There are a variety of flea and tick shampoos to choose from. It is important to choose the right formula for your pet. For a more effective result, leave the shampoo on your dog without rinsing for about 10 minutes. This way the chances of removing fleas are higher.

Flea Comb
After bathing your pet, use a flea comb to remove all the dead fleas and excess flea dirt that hasn’t been already removed from the bath. This would ensure that most of the fleas have been cleared from your pet’s fur.

Flea and Tick Collars
These collars can have long-lasting effects, up to 8 months! These easy to use collars are a great way to repel the pests that we don’t want living on our pets. Put the collar on during walks or when your dog is outdoors. For full prevention, your pet can wear the collar consistently.

The best way to keep fleas out of your pet’s fur is to prevent flea infestations around your house. Vacuum your home, remove unwanted weeds in the backyard, clean your dog’s bedding, and frequently give baths to your dog to keep fleas away. Even if your dog does not currently have fleas, a preventative technique is to have them wear a flea collar outdoors and use flea/ tick shampoo when bathing. Having fleas and ticks is very common, but as long as you treat it as soon as you can, the problem can be solved very quickly.

 

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Getting a New Puppy
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You just brought home a new puppy and he’s curious of his new home. The first thing he does is leave a surprise for you on the carpet. As you clean it up, you turn around and your new pair of shoes is his new favorite toy! He’s full of so much energy and you can’t get him stay in his crate without him whining for attention. What do you do?

Bringing a new dog home can be exciting, but oftentimes we forget how much responsibility that comes with it. If you’ve never had a puppy before, everything might be new to you. You have to start thinking about what you’re going to feed him, where to leave him at night, what toys he needs, where is he going to go potty and so much more! Puppies are going to want all the love and attention you can give them. It’s not going to be an easy process, but with some patience and time, having a puppy will become more manageable.

We have several tips for you for bringing a new pup home and things you should take note of.

Find your veterinarian - First things first, take your pup to the vet for a check up. Bringing your new puppy to the veterinarian should be the first priority, so make an appointment as soon as you can. Your veterinarian will give you the next steps on how to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Diet - A puppy has a lot of growing to do! It might be overwhelming to choose a brand of dog food for your pup since there are so many choices to choose from. Consult your veterinarian on what formula is best for your dog, depending on his size, breed, and age. The vet will tell you what your dog needs and how to keep their diet balanced. Kibble size matters as well! You don’t want to feed your chihuahua kibbles that are too big for him to chew. Don’t forget to always provide a clean bowl of water for your pup too.

Crate - A crate is great for a dog to feel safe and protected in. It should be large enough for your dog to move around in. Keep in mind when choosing the right size that puppies are still growing and can still outgrow their crate. You want to train your pup to be comfortable in there when you’re not home. This should be considered as your dog’s ‘den’ and not somewhere they associate with punishment.

Toys - Teething toys are necessities for a puppy’s growth! They will begin to lose their teeth at 4 months and their adult teeth will come in. Toys such as Nyla-bones, Kong Toys, teething rings or ropes can help them relieve any pain or soreness.

Vaccinations - Puppies are prone to catching diseases and illnesses, and there are ways to prevent that. Before they start interacting with other dogs, take your pup to the vet and get the vaccinations he needs when he is a puppy. Check out this puppy vaccination schedule to get a better idea of what your puppy needs.

Potty training - Potty training a puppy will take some consistency and effort. Puppies have smaller bladders and will need to take frequent potty breaks. Take your puppy outside first thing in the morning, after meals, and before bed. Associate the outdoors, such as a grassy area in your backyard, as a place for them to relieve themselves. When they do, reward them with a treat and use positive reinforcement to remind them that this is the place to do his business. If your puppy makes an accident in the house, do not punish him. Housetraining pads is another option for potty training indoors.

Don’t let the cuteness and puppy eyes fool you! Adding a new addition to your family can be so exciting, but just as exhausting as well. Remember, patience is key when having a new puppy in the house. They’ll become your best friend in no time!

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If you've found a stray dog...
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You’re on your way home and you suddenly drive by a dog crossing the street. You look around and the dog isn’t tied to a leash and you realize the owner isn’t present. Although you might want to help, what do you need to know before you do?

Let’s start with basic safety, for yourself and the dog. Every dog is different, so you never know how they will react when someone approaches them. They might be terrified, injured, or previously abused, so they may not socialize with people well. They may attempt to run away, or show aggression towards you if you come too close. There are several concerns to consider before making the first move. Remember, safety should be your main concern for both you and the dog.

Approaching the dog slowly is always your safest bet. Food or treats are a good way to coax the dog towards you, and to encourage trust. Sometimes waiting patiently near them is better. If they are friendly and allow you to pet him, you can speak to them calmly and try to restrain them. Get them to trust you to bring them back to safety. If for any reason you cannot capture them, they show signs of extreme aggression, or place you in harm’s way, contact Animal Control services immediately with an accurate description and location.

You’ve carefully restrained the animal, now what?
Check to see their overall appearance and condition. This is a vitality check, and the question you are trying to answer is, “Does this dog need immediate medical assistance.?” If so, head to your local veterinarian. Some vets will help with the cost of medical care if they know they animal is a stray, but you may need to be prepared to cover medical costs.  

Does he have a collar on?
If they have a collar on, they most likely belong to an owner. If you are able to safely take a look at the collar, and you can find the owner’s contact information, such as a phone number or address, on the dog tag.

If they do not have a collar on, they may be microchipped. If you take the lost dog to a local veterinarian or animal shelter, they can scan to see if the animal is chipped. They are able to retrieve the owner’s contact information in their search system. If the animal does not have a microchip, you can try to look for the owner in several ways. Make “Found Dog” signs, and post them around the city. It can help if you post these up around where you first found the dog. Include a picture, a description, your contact information, and the time and location of where you found him. You can also look for “Lost Dog” signs to see if the dog matches up.

Also, be sure to use your social media networks, like Facebook, Instagram, and especially NextDoor to help spread the word.

Home Care
In the meantime, you can foster them at home. A quick checkup at your local vet will help you better understand the needs of the dog. If you aren’t able to care for them, have pets at home and are concerned about aggression, or for any other reason cannot provide for the animal, please contact a local animal rescue before taking them to a shelter.

If weeks go by, and you’re still fostering the lost dog, you can consider adopting the animal yourself!

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8 Foods You Should Avoid Feeding Your Pet
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Certain types of foods are healthy for us, but can be harmful for our pets. Always feed them their own formulated food in order for them to receive the nutrients they need. It's tempting to give them our leftovers, but remember their health is top priority and health issues can easily be prevented. Here are some foods you should avoid feeding your pet: 

  • Bones. Although you may think that dogs love to chew on bones, they can be potentially hazardous for your dog. The bones can choke the dogs and be tough to digest. If you want to give your dog something to gnaw on, dog toys will do just fine! 
  • Chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. Depending on how much chocolate was eaten, your dog may experience symptoms such as pacing, shaking, an increased heart rate and vomiting. If too much is consumed, it can be fatal for your dog. Be sure to keep your dogs away from the Halloween and Easter candy that your kids may have collected during the holidays.
  • Dairy Products. Like humans, some dogs may be lactose intolerant which will cause them to vomit or have diarrhea when they consume dairy products. It is best if you avoid feeding your dog any foods that contain milk to prevent sickness.
  • Grapes and Raisins. These little fruits may seem harmless, but they can be highly toxic to dogs and cause dehydration, loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting. If too much is consumed, it can cause kidney failure which can be fatal for the animal. Raisins are just as toxic to dogs.
  • Onions. Even just a small amount of onions can poison your dog or cat. Onions contain thiosulphate that can cause hemolytic anemia, which is a condition where red blood cells are damaged. Since onions are a common ingredient in dishes, avoid feeding your dog table scraps to prevent your pets from getting sick.
  • Alcohol. Dogs can get drunk too, but it’s not good for them! The consumption of ethanol can cause alcohol poisoning for dogs. Just like humans, this can cause a depressed central nervous system for dogs as well. If you spill your beer or mixed drink, clean it up before your dog gets to it first.
  • Candy. Oftentimes, candy contains a substitute sweetener called xylitol. This can cause a rapid release of insulin that can result in low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and hepatic necrosis (liver failure). If you notice that your pet has consumed sweet foods, check the ingredients to see if xylitol was in the product.
  • Caffeinated drinks. Coffee, teas, sodas, and energy drinks all contain caffeine which can be harmful for your pet. Caffeine is a stimulant, which can cause your dog to become to be hyperactive and restless. This can lead to an increased heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, and increased thirst.

We know, it’s hard to resist their cute puppy eyes when we’re eating, but the safest bet is to feed them treats that are meant for dogs! They’ll love it just as much and their bodies will thank you for that. Don’t forget to clean up after yourselves after meals to prevent your dogs and cats from eating your scraps!


 

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9 Ways to Help Rescues
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Are you an animal lover and want to give back to the community? Non-profit organizations are constantly looking for people to lend a helping hand. From cleaning cages, feeding the animals, walking the dogs, or simply giving love to the animals, you can make a difference in an animal’s life!

We have several ways you can help with rescues:

Volunteer at adoption events.
Adoption events are held to help the animals find their homes. Volunteers can help with set up and clean up. Interacting with interested adopters can increase the chance of them bringing a new family member home.

Every shelter needs foster homes.
Not ready for the full commitment of having your own dog? One way to help is to foster a pup or kittens in your home. This gives the animal a chance to bond with you and feel loved! They can work on their socializing skills and prepare them to be adopted. With so many animals in the shelter, foster homes allow for more space for incoming animals.

Help with transportation.
Unfortunately, cats and dogs can’t drive. They need a ride too! One way you can help with events is transporting the pup to the assigned location. Some rescue organizations will collect pups from abandoned homes, hoarding situations, or simply to save them from being euthanized. At times, they’ll drive miles and miles just to rescue the pups! If you have a car, why not assist them?

Sew together some beds!
This is a fun DIY project you can do at home! If you have extra fleece, old sweaters, or used cushions lying around your home and want to make use of it, you can sew a fluffy bed for a pet. Here are some easy steps to make a bed.

Donate towels or blankets.
You can donate your used or unwanted towels or blankets you have lying around. If you were going to toss it in the trash anyway, why not put a use to it? Most shelters are cold at night and have hard floors for the animals. These will keep the animals warm at night and have soft bedding to sleep on.

Take photos!
Is taking pictures something you enjoy doing on your free time? Shooting high quality photos help the animals get advertised. These photos can be posted on social media, which gives them a better chance of getting adopted. If you have extra time on your hands, go shoot some pups at the shelter! It makes a tremendous difference from low quality photos to beautiful portraits.

Walk the dogs.
Some shelters allow you to swing by and take the dog out for a walk. Dogs are anxious to come out of their kennels, so they will be jumping for joy when you pull out the leash! This gives you a chance to bond with the dog and gives them some fresh air.

Help clean.
This might not be the most fun activity, but someone has to do it! With so many animals, there’s always a mess to clean up. Towels and blankets are constantly being used and need to be washed in the laundry. Litter boxes need to be cleaned as well.

Have photoshop skills?
Use your creativity and help design posters or logos. Whether it is for an event, flyer, poster, or a lost dog sign, this is where you can use your expertise. If graphic design and photoshop is something you do as a hobby, why not design for an organization that helps saves lives?

Shelters and rescue organizations are always in need of help. If you have some time to spare or items to donate, it can really make a difference for these animals. Start volunteering!

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Found a Litter of Kittens? Here's How You Can Help!

You hear rustling in the bushes, and silent meows from a distance. You peer over and you find a litter of kittens. Is their mother coming back for them? Are they abandoned? What do you do and how can you help? It’s that time again. It’s kitten season!  

The idea of kitten season might sound exciting with so many newborn kitties, but the idea of having shelters flooded with new kittens and not enough homes does not. Kitten season occurs twice a year, once in the spring, and early fall. Cats are seasonally polyestrous, which means that they typically give birth only at certain times in the year. Their gestation period is around 60 days, which means that the kittens will be born in early spring. Each litter has an average of 4 to 6 kittens, but it is not unusual if there are more or less.

Unwanted pregnancies can cause more unwanted future pregnancies in the long run. The best way to prevent this is by altering the cat. Because cats are able to give birth as early as 5 months of age, the best time to neuter them is before they get their first heat cycle at 5 months. When they reach 2 months of age and is over 2 pounds, they are able to be spayed and neutered.

One way to control the cat population in the community is through a program called TNR (Trap Neuter Release). The TNR program collects feral cats, brings them to a veterinarian to get him/her fixed, and then gets released back into their original homes. The cats are then ear tipped to identify which cats have already been fixed. This practice alone can help solve the issues of the overpopulation of cats by preventing female feral cats from being impregnated. This creates a balance for outdoor cats in the community.

There are a countless of kittens born each spring, so what happens when you find a litter of kittens in your backyard?

First, determine whether the mother is around or not before disturbing them. Monitor the litter of kittens for a few hours to see if the mother returns.

  • If you notice that the mother has returned, you can place a bowl of fresh water and food for her nearby. The kittens will survive better with the care of their mothers.
  • If you notice that the kittens have been abandoned, you can rescue them by placing them in a safer, warm place. The kittens can be placed together in a box and provide clean, soft towels for them to nest in. They will need to be bottle fed with kitten formula every 2-3 hours, depending on how old they are. The kitten formula will act as a milk replacer for the kittens; please do not feed them other types of milk. There are several ways you can determine how old the kittens are. By the end of the third week, they can start transitioning to moistened dry food or wet food. A litter box can be provided as well, and they should be ready to urinate and defecate on their own.

It is determined whether they become feral or domesticated cats during their time of nesting. If they are socialized well enough, they can be adopted into families. If you would rather keep them outdoors, they will become feral cats. Either way, when the kittens are 8-10 weeks of age, they should be spayed or neutered before they get released. This is an important step because you can help prevent the cycle of having unwanted litters of kittens in the future.

Once they are ready to be on their own, put them up for adoption! Take them to your local shelter and advertise them through social media and help them find their new homes. These kittens will thank you for saving their lives.

Here are some related links that you may find useful:

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/facts/kitten_season.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

http://www.asapcats.org/volunteer/fostering.html

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Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

Before we get to the pros of spaying and neutering, we have to say how incredibly important we feel this issue is. In fact, at its very core, MTAC has always seen education as a crucial component of its mission. Frankly, if we all spayed and neutered our companion animals, we probably wouldn’t have much to do here at MTAC HQ, and that seems like an alright proposition.

Now, you know from previous posts that there are literally millions of dogs and cats that need homes all across the United States, and spaying/ neutering is a great way to stop the growth of the population of homeless pets. However, we have a few more benefits for you to consider as well:

  • Prevent future pregnancies. Did you miss that earlier? We said there are millions (7.6 MILLION, to be exact) of unwanted kittens and puppies in shelters, and a large percentage of them will be euthanized if they don’t find homes. With so many animals that don’t have homes, why contribute to the population?
  • Prevent escapes. Your dog or cat will less likely try to escape and try to mate with others. This lowers their chance of roaming around on the streets to find other partners, especially when females are in heat. After being spayed or neutered, your pet’s desire of mating will decrease.  
  • Decrease mating behaviors. It is natural for unaltered dogs to display sexual behaviors such as mounting and thrusting. Although spaying/ neutering an animal does not guarantee these behaviors will disappear,  they will more than likely decrease.
  • Longer life. It is reported that spaying and neutering can extend a dog’s life by 1-3 years, and a cat’s life by 3-5 years. Why wouldn’t you want your dog to spend extra years with you?
  • Take them to public places with no worries. You don’t need to worry about who your dog is sniffing when you take them to public dog parks. You will feel more comfortable with who your dog is socializing with.
  • Protect them against diseases. They have a lower chance of getting mammary tumors, uterine infections, heartworm, Lyme Disease, and certain types of cancers. Although spaying and neutering can reduce the risks, it does not mean they are completely risk free of developing these diseases or cancer.
  • Decrease aggressive behaviors. Once your dog reaches maturity, he may start showing aggressive behaviors towards other male dogs, such as growling to show dominance towards other dogs.
  • Discounts and perks. There are certain discounts given to those pets who are altered, such as applying for a dog license or pet insurance.

Spaying and neutering your pet is highly recommended. There are way too many homeless dogs and cats, let’s stop overpopulation!


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Say Cheese: Keep Those Canines Clean!

Does your dog reek of bad breath? Dogs don’t brush their teeth when they wake up or before they go to bed like we do. If we didn’t, we would develop dental disease just as easily! One of the most overlooked health issues concerning pets is their oral hygiene. Periodontal disease is found in most dogs and cats over the age of 3 and can quickly infect other areas of the gums if not treated. If left untreated, the disease will continue to spread and may damage internal organs. Those who are affected are in greater risk of having heart disease, so let’s try to practice preventative care before it’s too late!

There are several stages of periodontal disease, starting from gingivitis to periodontitis. When bacteria or food particles are present on the surface of a dog’s teeth, it can lead to the growth of plaque. When the plaque hardens, it will cause the formation of dental calculus (tartar) to deposit onto the surface of the tooth and affect the gum line. Over time, the bacteria on the oral cavities will spread, and will lead to gingivitis, which is the inflammation of the gums. The gum lines will be affected and begin to appear to be red and sore, making it uncomfortable for your pet to chew. Periodontitis is a bacterial infection in the mouth that destroys the bone and tissues that surrounds the teeth. This can cause teeth to loosen or lead to loss of teeth.

Oral hygiene should be taken seriously in pets. Check their teeth regularly by lifting their lip to see if there is any plaque build up or tartar found on their teeth. If they have smelly breath or has yellow or brown teeth, there is a high chance that your dog has dental disease. Try to brush your dog’s teeth regularly to get them in the habit of allowing you to do so. This may take several attempts for them to get used to the routine. Use toothpaste that is specifically formulated for dogs, such as the Advanced Oral Care Natural Dog Toothpaste by Nylabone, or Advanced Pet Care Tartar Control Enzymatic Dog Toothpaste by Arm and Hammer. These products will help maintain healthy gums and breaks down tartar buildup if used correctly. They are safe for your dog to consume and will help keep their breath fresh!

Teeth cleaning and dental procedures can be very costly. The more time and money that is spent preventing them will save pet owners a lot of money! Don’t forget to take your pet to the veterinarian to get regular checkups and oral examinations, just like how you would make regular visits to the dentist.


Here are some related links that you may find useful about your pet’s dental hygiene:
https://www.avdc.org/periodontaldisease.html

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/features/perlis-gum-disease-dogs

 

Winnie Goh
Soak Up the Sun: Pup Edition!

It’s time to soak up the sun with your pup!

Have a free day? Here are 8 fun-filled activities you can do in the summer with your dog.

  • Go on a hike! Regardless of their shape and size, your four-legged friend can make the best companion to go hiking with. It is recommended that your dog understands basic obedience rules such as sit, stay, down, and come if you’re planning on letting your pup off the leash. This creates a safer environment for you and other surrounding hikers. Remember to bring a portable water bowl to keep them hydrated.
  • Attend dog meet-ups. Did you know there are events specifically made for different breeds of dogs, such as pug meet ups, corgi-cons, or doxie round ups? Check for ones near you and meet with other dog owners. Your pup can meet their other furry friends too!
  • Go on a picnic. While you are preparing sandwiches, crackers and cheese, don’t forget a meal for your pup too. Find a pet-friendly park for a picnic, and bring your dog along with you. This can be a pur-fect date, but let’s keep his nose out of the basket of foods.
  • Take a trip to a dog-friendly beach. A trip to the beach can help them cool off! Always watch what they are eating and drinking, and provide fresh water to keep them hydrated. Keep an eye out for them, you wouldn’t want them to go too far! Remember to wash them off after swimming in the water.
  • Dog park. You can’t go wrong with going making a trip to the dog park. This is a great way for your dog to socialize with other dogs and make friends. Take your dog in the early morning or late evening to avoid the heat. If it’s too sunny, try to keep cool in the shaded areas of the park.
  • Go for a swim! Have a pool in your backyard? Your dog will enjoy splashing in the pool as much as you do. This would be a great way for them to cool off in the heat.

 

If you’re thinking of going on a longer trip, consider these two options:

  • Camping. This would be a great chance for you to bond with your pup while you explore the outdoors. Always check if the campsite is pet-friendly before you go. Dogs have essentials to pack too! Don’t forget their food, water bowls, leash, poop bags, bedding, and some toys. A flashing LED light for their collar is highly recommended to easily locate your dog during the night time. Again, it would be best if your dog is obedient and listens to basic commands, like “sit” and “come here”.
  • Go on a road trip. Going on a road trip means taking your dog everywhere you go during your getaway, that means you should always check for dog-friendly hotels, restaurants and rest stops before heading out! While the car is moving, keep them safely restrained in the vehicle. But before you do, go on several test drives to see how your dog handles a moving car. Some pets do not do so well during long drives and may experience motion sickness. Remember, your pet’s safety and health should be your top priority.

No matter what activity it is, your dog will love you for spending time with him. So what are you waiting for? Get on out there and enjoy your summer! Just don’t forget to clean up after him if he ever leaves you with a surprise.

 

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Understanding Kitty Language: Check Meow-t!

Your cat is purring, meowing, hissing, and calling for your attention but you still don’t know what she wants. Or she has her tail up and high, glaring at you with her glowing eyes. Then she takes off! Cats make a great addition to your family, but they are mysterious creatures; you never know what lies behind the cute face of theirs. Understanding feline language may take a while to learn but here are a couple behaviors that will help you read their body language them better.

  • Vocalizations - Whether they are purring, or hissing, each sound they make has a different meaning. If you listen carefully, you might understand what they are trying to tell you!
    ·         Meow - The classic “meow” has multiple meanings. She might just be trying to casually greet you, telling you to stay away, or just being curious.
    ·         Purr - Purring is the sound of contentment. It means they are welcoming your company and is happy to be around you. Cats also purr when they are being fed because they are hungry.
    ·         Hiss - If a cat is hissing, she is indicating aggression. She is unhappy and may attack. Your best bet is to stay away from this cat until they cool down.
    ·         Yowl - The cat needs help! Either they are being attacked or hurt, they will yowl. If you hear a really loud “meow”, attend to them immediately.
  • The Tail - You can most likely determine a cat’s mood just by observing their tail. The movement or stature of their tail can have various meanings. Unlike dogs, a wagging tail does not mean they are happy or excited, in fact, it just might mean the opposite!
    ·         Up high - She is happy and excited. She is interested in you.
    ·         Upright & tip curved - She’s feeling friendly. She wants to get to know you!
    ·         Up with fur standing straight - Frightened, anxious. She could run away any second now.
    ·         Curled and by its side - Calm, content. She’s relaxed.
    ·         Curved down - She’s worried.
    ·         Shifting from left to right - She is irritated or angry. (You don’t want to mess with this cat.)
    Check out this image made by Lili Chin for a visual image of kitty body language. 
  • Rubbing
    When cats rub their body against you or use their head to butt you, they are marking you as a person they want to affiliate themselves with. It signals affection and is a positive sign that indicates trust. They also do this to household items such as tables, chairs, couches to mark their territory. So if they’re rubbing their body against you, they’re marking you as a friend.
     
  • Kneading
    When your cat pushes her paws in and out on a surface alternatively, that means they are really happy. At times, they will push their claws out too, so it might be painful if they are doing it against you, but at least it means they love you right?

Now you’re a cat professional who understands the feline language fluently!
·         If you want to learn more about the feline language, here is a related article that you might find helpful:
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/cat_communication.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

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Strut Your Mutt!

Tired from a long day of work and don’t have time to take your dog out to the park? Then strut your mutt! If you want to keep your dog healthy and happy, be sure to give them the exercise they need. The simplest way to keep them in shape is to take them on daily walks. A simple 20-30 minute walk around the neighborhood can enhance both their physical and mental health. Not only it is beneficial to your dog, it is beneficial to you also. According to Steve Jobs, you can improve your focus and productivity, while exercising your creative mind just by going on a brisk walk. Easily get your mind off of negative thoughts by enjoying the nature around you. This is a great way to manage your stress levels. Walking will improve your overall health, and your dog’s too!

Think of them as children, they need attention and constantly want to play. The best times to walk your dog is in the early morning before you head off to class or work, or after you come home to catch the last hours of the sunlight. If you have a puppy who has not yet been leash trained, click here for some tips on how to teach your pup to walk on a leash. It might take some time for your puppy to get used to wearing a collar and a leash, but if you follow these simple directions, your dog will be ready to take walks in no time!

Exercise is essential to good health. If your dog is lacking the proper exercise that they need, it may lead to serious problems such as biting, digging, scratching or any other means of rough play. This also gives you quality time to spend with your dog, especially if you’re busy during the day. If you have a restless dog who’s full of energy, a walk will be perfect to calm them down and keep them relaxed when they are home. Or, if you have an overweight dog, walks can help him control their weight and keep him in shape. No matter what the circumstance is, your dog will love and appreciate you.

And remember, too much exercise can be harmful for your dog too. 20-30 minutes a day is recommended - as long as you strut your mutt and give them a bit of fresh air everyday, they’ll be happy. This creates a healthy lifestyle for both you and your pet. Make this a routine and they’ll get their tail wagging once you grab the leash. So what are you waiting for? Put the harness on and get going!

* If you do not have a dog, but would like to volunteer as a dog walker, check out your local rescue or animal shelter for any upcoming opportunities. One of our partners, Priceless Pets Rescue, has weekly Sunday Hikes if you’re interested in walking dogs that are currently up for adoption. Check it out!

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10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer

Summer is here and so are high temperatures. With daily highs nearing 100 degrees outside we should remember that these extremes can affect a dog’s overall wellness. If we don’t pay close attention to our dogs, overheating can lead to heatstroke or hyperthermia (hyperthermia is the opposite of what we more commonly use when temperatures drop, hypothermia)

Depending on what breed they are, if they are obese, how long or thick their coats are, dogs tolerate heat differently. Flat-faced dogs with shorter muzzles, such as Pugs, Boston Terriers, and Pekingese breeds, have a more challenging time panting, while dogs with longer snouts have a better advantage. Coat color is another factor; darker colored coats will absorb more heat than lighter colored coats.

Every dog has different heat tolerance levels, so be sure to understand your dog’s needs! Since dogs do not sweat like humans do (only their paws have sweat glands), panting is one way to help circulate the air coming in and out of their bodies to regulate their body temperatures.

Regardless of what kind of dog you have, we have some tips on how to keep your dog cool for the summer!

  1. Walk them in the early morning or late evening. It is suggested that you take your dog on walks before the sunrises and after the sunsets, depending on the temperatures. The pavement will be the hottest during the afternoon, so avoid walking them at that time. The pavement will be much cooler in the early morning or late evening.
  2. Always provide water. This is an obvious one, but don’t forget to constantly refill their water bowls! You can also add ice in their bowls before heading out of the house to keep their bowls chilly throughout the day. Bring plenty of water with you on walks as well.
  3. Keep your dogs off hot asphalt. Lucky for us, we have shoes to wear and we never have to walk on burning pavement with our bare feet! Dogs however, can burn their paws on the sizzling sidewalks. Try walking on grass or dirt as an alternative. Another option is to purchase dog booties for them to wear. There could be painful consequences if you do not protect your dog’s paws.
  4. Take them out to the pool. If you have access to a pool, and a water loving dog, take them out on a swim! Some dogs do not like the water, so do not try to force it upon them, but even those who feel somewhat uncomfortable can benefit from a quick dip or a soaking with the hose. For smaller dogs, purchase a small children’s plastic pool for your backyard. With proper supervision, this can be a great bonding experience for you and your dog as they cool off!
  5. Make dog pup-sicles. If you enjoy having popsicles on a hot summer day, wouldn’t your dog like one too? Try making peanut butter pup-sicles! Your dog will love you for this! Here’s a link for more recipes for pawesome frozen treats.
  6. Ice pack or cool towel. Providing an ice pack beside their bed for them to rest their head on is a wonderful way for keeping them cool. A cool towel that has been chilled or dampened will do just fine!
  7. Look for shade. If you take your dog to dog park, try to stay in the shaded areas. Remember, if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them too!
  8. Or just stay indoors. This is the best way to avoid the heat. An air-conditioned room might just be the way to go!
  9. Lower exercise intensity. As much as we want our dogs to play outdoors, we need to remind ourselves that the heat can exhaust them. Limit their outdoor playtime and shorten their walks. Their bodies will thank you for this!
  10. Do not leave your dog in your car! Your car will overheat under the sun and this can be very dangerous for your pet.  If you see a dog in an unattended car, please call for help.

Let’s try to avoid heatstroke and hyperthermia this summer! Remember, depending on your dog’s breed and size, some dogs can tolerate the heat better than others. If you see any signs of dehydration or overheating, contact your local veterinarian immediately.

Enjoy your summer holidays and stay cool!

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Tips for July 4th: Keep your pets safe!

Fourth of July is right around the corner, and that means fireworks, barbecues, family gatherings, and lots and lots of… terrified cats and dogs!

July 5th is reported to be the busiest day for animal shelters. Cats and dogs will try to flee from home to find safety, but they’re often found in places where they don’t belong. A dog’s and cat’s sense of hearing is significantly more sensitive than of ours, which means that they are extremely sensitive to the explosions of firecrackers.

With that in mind, here are a few tips to keep your pet comfortable while you celebrate the holiday:

  1. Keep them indoors. Try not to bring them outdoors to firework displays. It is best if you keep them at home or at a place you know they will feel secure. Make sure they are in a confined area where they can’t escape. They will most likely try to hide, so don’t be surprised if you find them in your closet or underneath your bed.
  2. Make sure they are wearing their collars! Just in case they become lost, they have a higher chance of being found and returned to you if they are wearing a tagged collar with their name, and your phone number.
  3. Microchip. If your pet does get lost and found on the streets, the shelter or vet can retrieve your information and contact you about your missing pet. Be sure to have your contact details up to date. You can most likely get microchipping done at your local animal shelter or veterinarian for under $50!
  4. Tell them it’s okay! Cats and dogs can be soothed by the sound of our voices. If you talk to them in a calmly manner, they will feel more at ease. Calm them down by singing a song, or pet them.
  5. Keep the cats in a quiet room. As for cats, your best bet is to keep them in an enclosed room. As long as you provide food, water, litter box, and a bed, they’ll be fine. Try keeping their bed in a closet, or under the bed, where they will feel safe.
  6. Play music. If played loud enough, different sounds or music can distract them from the noise of the firecrackers. If available, turning on the television or radio can be just as effective.
  7. Close the windows and blinds. They may attempt to jump out if there is an opportunity to escape. Make sure every window is secure and tightly closed. This not only prevents them from running away, but it also blocks the light flashes that may come from the fireworks.
  8. Watch what they are eating! If you’re throwing a party or gathering at your place, be sure to keep trash and foods out of their reach. Chicken wings are delicious, chicken bones however are difficult for dogs to digest and are harmful for their digestive tract. Barbequed foods are too greasy for a cat’s metabolism. Be sure to clean up after yourselves and keep their noses out of the trashcan!
  9. Take them to a boarding kennel. Leaving town for the weekend, and left with no other choice? Your best bet is to take them to a local boarding kennel where you know they will be left in good hands.
  10.  Do not leave them unattended. This is an obvious one, but they will run away if you don’t pay attention. Don’t leave them alone and try to keep an eye on them. Your pet will feel safer with your presence and knowing that you are nearby. If you have a relative or friend who is pet-sitting them for the weekend, be sure they understand your pet’s needs.

We hope that everyone enjoys their holiday and let's try to keep all our pets from wandering on the streets and out of the shelters this year! Happy Fourth of July! 

Winnie Goh
Dealing with Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Let us paint you a picture: It’s been a long day at work, you’re exhausted and ready to be home. You walk in the door, greeted by your favorite furry friend and that is when it hits you. Your living room has been turned upside down, the house has few new funky smells, and the fluff of your newly purchased couch had all been torn out. It’s a disaster! You’re ready to lose it, but how can you get mad at their cute puppy eyes when all they ever wanted was someone to play with?

This scenario happens every day, all over the world, but why?

When you leave the house, it is common that your dog will show signs of distress due to separation anxiety. Dogs are social, loyal creatures, many of whom constantly need attention and want to play. This is especially true when they are at a young age. Many dogs in the shelter have once been abandoned or surrendered, which often leads to a higher chance of them experiencing separation anxiety. They are afraid of being left alone again. But don’t worry, there are several ways to decrease their anxiety by making them feel more comfortable when you’re unavailable. We’re not saying these problems can be solved overnight, but rather over time and consistent effort, you can change these behaviors.  

Signs of Separation Anxiety

·         Escaping: Came home to scratched doors, broken fences, or chewed up windows? Dogs will try to escape when they’re bored or in need of attention. When they’re in a confined area and have a limited space to play, they’ll have the urge to escape. Puppies, especially have the most energy and want to play, they’ll do anything to leave! Try to secure the area, because escaping can result in terrible consequences, such as having a loose dog, or if an aggressive dog attacks the neighbors.

·         Destructive chewing: Damaged furniture? Still can’t find the left pair of your favorite shoes? Dogs love to chew, and one way for them to cope is to bite on household items. Excessive chewing can cause ruptured teeth, and it isn’t good for your dog’s jaw! You might want to provide them with some toys or rawhides before heading out of the house.

·         Urinating and defecating: If your dog is potty trained, but is still leaving his droppings around the house, he is showing signs of distress due to separation anxiety. To prevent accidents from spoiling the house, purchase dog potty pads and place them in spacious areas.

·         Increased Vocalizations: Your dog will howl, bark or whine after you leave their presence. They will be more agitated and sensitive to sounds.

Now that we have the symptoms identified, let’s look at ways to prevent the causes of separation anxiety:

·         Morning walk/ jog: Take them on a walk before leaving the house. This will not only be great exercise for you, but for your dog too! Spend about 20-30 minutes in the morning and take a stroll around the neighborhood. This allows you to spend some time with your dog, and burn some excess energy.

·         Toys! Interactive dog toys can keep your dog, especially intelligent working breeds, distracted for hours. It gives them a unique challenge that can stimulate them mentally, and can help lower their energy build up. Puzzle toys such as a Kong are durable and very satisfying for them to chew. Simply stuff treats inside the toy, give it to your dog right before you leave the house, and you’re good to go!

·         Rawhide: Enough with the shoes, and pillow stuffings all over the living room! Well, one of a dog’s natural instincts is to chew. Rawhides are one of the most popular dog chews, which are made from the hide of cows or horses. Dogs can spend hours chewing on them, which will keep them busy while you’re out. This can also prevent dental diseases; the repetitive chewing can scrape off the buildup of plaque on the surface of their teeth. These treats will not only freshen your dog’s breath, but keep your couch in one piece as well!

·         Consistency, consistency, consistency: You have routines, they should have routines. If possible, try to feed and exercise your dog the same time every day. Create a schedule of when you’ll be giving them extra attention. It will let your dog know that even if you’re busy sometimes, you’ll always spare some time just for him when you can.

·         Adopt another dog: It may sound crazy, but getting your dog a companion at home may ease the separation anxiety. They’ll keep each other company while you’re out.

·         Enter/ leave the house calmly. Giving your dog extra attention when you leave can trigger some emotions. Try to leave discreetly without notice. When you come home, greet them lightly and wait until they have calmed down. Your dog is keenly aware of your emotions, so if you are sad, or nervous, or excited they will be too. So, if you’re dog is highly reactive, make sure you monitor your emotional responses as well.

Here are some related articles that you may find helpful:

Five Ways to Help Your Dog Cope With Time Away from You”, akc.org

Separation Anxiety in Dogs”, pets.webmd.com

Winnie Goh
Two is Better Than One

Are you considering getting another pet for your home? Here are a couple reasons why you should consider adopting a new family member to your household!

  • Loneliness and Separation Anxiety - Not only are they a new companion to you, but they make a great friend to your pet too! While you are out of the house, your current pet will be less lonely at home. That companionship and playfulness helps alleviate boredom, anxiety, loneliness, and separation anxiety. They could be spending time with one another and playing in the yard. How else can they get in a good game of tug-o-war? Since they have each other, the dogs will need less attention from you and they won’t be as needy. You won’t have to feel guilty leaving them alone when you’re off to work.
  • Physical Health - This can enhance their physical health and keep them in shape. A partner gives them more of a reason to exercise as they encourage play and interaction in both parties. This health benefit also extends itself to longevity, helping both animals live a longer and healthier life.   
  • Dogs are Naturally Social Creatures - If they don’t have a human companion with them, your next best bet is to have another pet. They’ll have a life-long companion to grow old with. If one of them is distinctly older than the other, they will be able to teach the youngster how to practice normal behaviors, while a younger dog encourages youthful vigor.

But before you bring a new friend home, here are some things to consider:

  1. Do you have a senior dog? If yes, certain younger pets may be too playful and energetic for older dogs, so it’s best to take some time to introduce the two in a neutral setting.
  2. Does your dog or cat get along with other pets? Know if your pet is social and willing to welcome in an unfamiliar dog or cat to your house.
  3. Is your pet spayed/ or neutered? If you’re considering getting a pet of different genders, be sure your dog or cat is already spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Your best bet is to have both of them spayed/ neutered before bringing a new pet home.
  4. Are you ready? Only consider adopting another pet if you’re ready to give attention to another animal at home. Having one dog or cat is already a lot of work! A second companion is not a substitute for your own affection and attention, so be ready to expand the love you’re capable of sharing.

Here are some related links that you may find helpful if you’re considering having another pet at home:

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Five-Reasons-Why-Two-Dogs-Are-Better-Than-One

https://www.petcentric.com/07-13-2014/3-reasons-why-two-dogs-or-cats-are-better-than-one/

Winnie Goh
Why Cats Make the Perfect Companion

Did you know that there are more cats owned in households in the United States than dogs? According to the American Pet Products Association (2015-2016), there is an estimate of 85.8 million cats owned, while there are 78 million dogs owned. Although we think of cats as mysterious creatures, they can have big huge, playful personalities, and they make the best companions. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider adopting a cat in your home:

  • Low maintenance - Cats are independent and easy to have around the house. They aren’t like dogs who need your constant attention. They know how to keep themselves busy during the day, so if you’re always on the go, having a cat will be perfect for you! No need to take them on walks either.
  • They’re clean - Cats naturally groom themselves. It is not necessary to bathe them on a regular basis. They know how to keep themselves clean.
  • Quiet - With the exception of the occasion meowing and purring, cats are typically quiet animals. They aren’t as noisy as having dogs (and they won’t bark at the mailmen).
  • Helps with loneliness - You’ll never feel alone when you have a cat around. They make the perfect cuddle buddies too, so if you ever feel like lounging around on a Sunday afternoon, they’ll keep you company.
  • Can be litter trained - Cats are very easily to litter train. They almost naturally know how to use the litter box, so you don’t have to worry about them having accidents around the house. Just provide them a litter box, and you’re good to go! There’s no need for frequent trips to the backyard.
  • They are entertaining - Cats are naturally curious creatures, they love exploring their surroundings. With so much personality, they’ll entertain you as they entertain themselves in their own mischievous ways.
  • Reduces stress - Having a pet to care about distracts you from other worries and frustrations. Cats will help alleviate the stress from other situations, and rather gives you a reason to be happy.
  • Good with kids - Depending on the breed, cats are typically good with children. They’ll mind their own business. Your kids will create an emotional bond with them too.
  • Compatible with other cats - Cats normally get along with other cats, so if you’re thinking of having more than one, it’s possible. If they grow up together, you won’t have to worry about cat fights.
  • You are saving a life - With approximately 3.2 million cats that enter the shelter each year, you will help save a life by providing them a loving home.
William Schwing