Pet Guide Pet Guide Copyright by en Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:31:35 -0400 Top 5 Tips For Capturing Your Pets Personality We can all agree that a family is never complete without one thing, a pet. Most households in the world have a pet, be it a dog or cat. One of the sad things about pet ownership though, is that you often outlive your pet. That is a large part of why pet photography is so popular throughout high percentage pet ownership countries such as Australia. You find that you love your pet so much that you decide to take a photo of him in order to have something to help your memory out when they are gone. A picture might be a good way of remembering the pet even long after they are gone. Just like a child, taking a picture of your pet can be very challenging but not impossible.

A vital question to ask yourself before setting up the camera is; what’s special about my pet? Come with ways in which you can display the pet’s personality in the picture. Here are 5 tips that can guide you in capturing your pet’s personality in a photo.

Tip 1 - Use the right lightings as well as settings.

This is technical, right? You may consider opening the window and use it as a source of light for the shot. Experts say that the best time to take a photo of your pet is in the afternoon (sun). If you must do it at midday, though, you need a largely shaded area because the sun brings a lot of contrast. If the pet is in motion, it’s advisable to use a shutter speed.

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Tip 2 - Capture the pet off-guard

The best photos of your pets are the ones that have been taken while the pet is unaware. You can use the “pet-Perazzi “style of capturing where you try taking the shots at varying angles. For instance, if the pet is playing on all fours, try taking the photo while the camera is on the ground near the pet. You don’t expect the pet to pose for the camera, do you? Take the shots when the pet is sleeping, playing or even while goofing.

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Tip 3 - Make the pet look curious

There is nothing better than capturing the curiosity of your pet in a photograph. For your information, pets are naturally curious friends. For instance, taking a photo of your pet might make the pet curious; give the pet some time until it starts feeling uncomfortable with the camera. Let them sniff on the camera or paw it. Pull a surprise for the moment. Only then, that you will realize how lovely the photo may look. You can also try rattling his treats or toys in the bag. The pet will create that curious look. Utilize that moment.

 Tip 4 - Get to the pet’s level

Taking the photo of your pet from above can result in a distorting image. For instance, the head may appear bigger as compared to the rest of the body. However, taking the picture from the pet’s level will result in a realistic picture. Additionally, taking the photo on the pets level gives the best depth perception. You will also realize how vibrant grass will provide an amazing contrast with your pet.

Tip 5 - Be super creative and have maximum fun

This should be the first thing to consider in while taking the photo. It should not be a forced activity but rather one with fun and enjoyment. Take breaks where possible while keeping it light. Ensure that you carry treats with you to reward the pet for his good behavior. Everyone loves a snack, right? If you have a great time with the pet, then this can be displayed via the lens.  


Capturing your pet’s photos can be fun if you consider the above five tips and more others that you can get. Ensure that the activity does not take too long that the pet becomes bored. Do it for a maximum of around 30 minutes. If the time is not enough, there is always a next time.

Guide Editor Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:30:04 -0500
The Latest News in Regulation of Compounding Veterinary Pharmacy Practices


Historically, the regulation of compounding medicines for veterinary use has been regulated by the fifty individual state boards of pharmacy, and by a confusing and inconsistently applied group of federal laws and FDA regulations. The FDA does not approve compounded medications, but regulation has allowed for their formulation and use when FDA-approved medicines are either not available or not suitable for use.

Unfortunately, “suitable for use” is a difficult expression, open to interpretation, and interpretation can lead to issues and difficulties with regulatory compliance and best practices. And this has lead to a contemporary environment in which drug manufacturers are actively lobbying the FDA for stronger, clearer regulation of compounding for veterinary use.

FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Animal Drug Compounding From Bulk Drug Substances

Earlier in 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a draft of proposed changes to the regulatory language surrounding the administration of federal law when it comes to veterinary compounding pharmacy practices, and the use of compounded medications in veterinary practice. But this draft, titled Guidance for Industry (GFI) #230, Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Drug Substances, met with scrutiny and commentary from drug manufacturers, compounding pharmacists, and veterinarians alike.

To reiterate, current U.S. law does not permit the compounding of animal medications from bulk drug substances, but the FDA has historically recognized that there can be limited circumstances in which an animal medication formulated by a veterinary compounding pharmacist from bulk drug substances may make for a more appropriate treatment option than what may be available using approved drugs.

The Food and Drug Administration’s draft of GFI #230 goes further than past FDA regulation by describing the specific conditions of when compounded drugs from bulk drug substances may be used without threat of the agency taking action against either pharmacies, outsourcing compounding facilities, or veterinarians themselves.

Prior legislation had addressed statutory exemptions for the compounding and use of compounded human drugs, but The Drug Quality and Security Act that addressed these exemptions does not apply to the use of compounded drugs for animal use. The FDA has stated that their reasons for publishing GFI #230 are to ensure that animal drugs compounded from approved bulk substances remain available for appropriate use without jeopardizing either the approval process for animal drugs, or the safety of animals receiving compounded medications.

FDA Extends Comment Period to November of 2015

The FDA is currently building a list of approved bulk drug substances that can be used by either compounding veterinary pharmacies, or via outsourcing facilities in the compounding of animal medications. They are also inviting comment from veterinarians, pharmacists, and the general public on the move.

The public comment period for both the draft of GRI #230 and the list of approved bulk substances was scheduled to close in August, but the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists petitioned for an extension in July. The comment period for both the draft guidance and nominations to the list of bulk drug substances now closes on November 16, 2015.

Diamondback Drugs Is an Excellent Source for Compounding Medications for Vets and Pet Owners

Diamondback Drugs specializes in formulating a wide range of medications in a variety of dosages for your animals. We also offer a full selection of flavorings, so regardless of the pet undergoing treatment, you can rest assured that the patient will be less likely to ever miss a dose. To learn more about Diamondback Drugs and compounding medicines, visit our website today.

Guide Editor Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:47:34 -0500
The Solutions To Common Problems In Dogs Dog owners are famously very emotionally attached to their dogs. Many of us even find ourselves treating them like children! However, as well as being a lot of fun - and full of affection - dogs are also a huge responsibility. Part of the responsibility of looking after your dog involves watching over their health. That much goes without saying, of course, but how well do you know your dog’s health? It might shock you to learn that many dog owners are not even aware of some of the major health issues which plague dogs. The fact is, if you want to be the best caregiver you can be for your dog, then you need to know about these things. With that in mind, we have put together this short post. In this post, we will be looking at some of the most common issues which affect dogs, no matter what breed or age they are. We will also look at some prevention and treatment tips.


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Worms can affect any dog at any time in their life. What’s more, they can be a real hassle. There are many different kinds of worm which can affect your dog. The most common are tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. You might think that they are essentially all the same - in fact, this is not the case. All of them will make your dog very unwell, of course. But some - such as the hookworm - can be fatal, particularly for puppies. It is wise to be clued up on what symptoms your dog may display if it has worms. Some of these include: diarrhea, weight loss, change in appetite, or a poor appearance. If you start to notice these, then it is time to get your dog to the vet as soon as possible. They can then provide the necessary treatment option for your dog.


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One major problem which pet owners need to be on the lookout for is fleas. The real concern with fleas, of course, is that they do not just affect dogs. Any living thing in the vicinity can soon become the victim of a flea attack. It doesn’t take long for fleas to suddenly take over your home. And anyone who has experienced this will know what a nightmare it can be. The good news is that fleas are very easy to treat. You have several options for treating flea infestations. One of the most popular methods is to use a seresto collar. This is a preventative method, as it stops the dog from being the victim of fleas in the first place. If your dog already has fleas, however, you will need to use a treatment.


The issue with vomiting is that it is not necessarily a sign of anything in particular - but it could be anything! All animals will vomit from time to time. Sometimes, it will just be because they ate something bad. However, if your dog starts to vomit routinely, then you need to take them to the vet. Your vet will soon be able to diagnose if there is anything wrong and suggest a course of action. The important thing to remember is that you must not ignore your dog vomiting.

Guide Editor Tue, 31 May 2016 07:31:47 -0400
Beginner's Guide to Boarding Horses Owning a horse is a huge responsibility, regardless of your age. It requires a significant investment of time and money, and is not something to be undertaken lightly. Where to board your dog, horse or any other animal is just one of the major considerations you need to make. This in itself has a large number of aspects to take into account.

Understand your requirements

The first step is to know exactly what you need. Some facilities offer a wide range of services and support, while other simply put a roof over your horse’s head. It pays to buy as much stable as you can afford. Having a stable that takes care of the little jobs will make it easier and more enjoyable to turn up and engage with your horse. However, a part of the bonding process is spending time doing the little things with your equine friend. If you sacrifice these and focus solely on the fun things, you might find your passion isn’t quite as strong as you imagined.

Narrow your search

Once you’ve worked out your level of involvement and what you can afford, it is time to establish a search area. You don’t want to have to travel for hours to visit and ride your horse or you won’t do it regularly. A good rule of thumb is to start with facilities within a 30-minute radius, then extend your search to an hour. Beyond that it becomes a distance that will seem an inconvenience. . Ask for recommendations from friends and other horse owners as they may know of the ideal place that isn’t as well-known. You can also check the horse racing news outlets for any information that might help you make your choice.

Perform an inspection

Once you have a shortlist of potentials, spend some time inspecting their facilities. Meet with the people who run it and discuss your requirements, the type of horse you have, and get to know each other. These people will be looking after your horse when you are not there so you have to build a rapport and feel your animal is in good hands. They also want to have the very best people using their stables and will need to get to know you and your horse. This is the time to talk about any special needs your horse has and what level of care it requires.

Listen to testimonials and trust your instincts

Once you’ve gathered all the information you can, it is ultimately up to your instincts to choose the right one. Listen to other horse owners and narrow your search to a few that tick every box. From there, assess how the stable makes you feel and, if possible, take your horse along and gauge their reaction to it. This preparation is vital and laying the groundwork and taking your time will leave you with a difficult decision about which one is better, rather than which is the best of the worst. Your horse deserves the best possible care and it is up to you to provide it and leave it in the care of those who will treat it well.

Guide Editor Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:27:41 -0400
10 Pet Care Hacks That Can Ease Your Life from PetCareRX If you’re a loving pet owner, you want only the best for the animal that shares your life. But today’s fast-paced lifestyle means we have to do two, three, sometimes four things at once, even when it comes to caring for your canine or feline companion.

At PetCareRX, we never want you to skimp on the things that make your dog, cat, or other pet happy and content. Here are some unusual but useful ways to cut a few steps off the pet care routine and still keep your animal’s needs first and foremost.

1. Make Your Dog Brush Its Own Teeth!

Keeping your dog’s teeth free of debris and food is essential to prevent plaque, which can lead to painful tartar buildup. Unfortunately, many dogs dislike having their teeth brushed; and some owners don’t have time to scrub Spot’s choppers. Some vets recommend a Nylabone or similar item; but for even better results, squeeze a little canine toothpaste onto the bone or another favorite durable chew toy. Result: dog cleans its own teeth!

2. Make Your Own Pill Pockets!

Pet stores and veterinarians sell pill pockets—meat-flavored packs which hide pills your dog hates to take. A favorite brand is Greenies, which makes a variety of pill pockets for dogs and cats. Pill pockets are a must-have for elderly animals or pets with a chronic condition.

If your dog or cat only needs pills occasionally, make your own! Pill “pockets” can be rolled quickly out of a tablespoon each of milk and peanut butter, mixed with two tablespoons of flour. The mix makes a dozen handy pill pockets.

3. Learn Doggie CPR!

There is such a thing as canine CPR. It’s used frequently for search-and-rescue dogs, K-9 dogs, and combat canines, and knowing how to do it can save your pet’s life, too. Canine CPR is not that different from human CPR, except the respirations are given down the dog’s (or cat’s) nose, and the chest compressions are much shallower. An animal’s pulse can be found midway down any of its legs. Check with your vet to see if classes are being offered!

4. See If Scaredy Dog Is Just Static Dog!

Dogs and cats often become anxious and nervous when a summer storm approaches. Owners often think their pets are scared of the thunder and lightning. But before breaking out the sedatives and Thundershirt, try running a dryer sheet over your pet’s fur. It may be that what’s making your pet crazy is the static electricity tingling its skin. Use an unscented, baby-safe dryer sheet for your pet’s safety. Static fur is the cause of stormy pet problems about half the time.

5. Get A Carryall Leash!

Dogs need walks. Humans need walks, too. The longer the better, but where to put all the keys, cell phones, doggie-cleanup baggies, and other accessories? Answer: Fozzie Leash! This standard leash comes with a built-in pocket below the hand grip, providing enough room for keys, phone, doggie treats, and waste baggies. Now you have no excuse for not getting out and walking the dog!

6. A Tea Party Cures Kitty Box Odors!

We all love our cats, and we all hate kitty box smell. Some good cat litters on the market reduce odors, and of course regular cleaning will prevent the smells from building up. But for an extra odor-eater, a layer of dry green tea leaves in the bottom of the litter box will suck up the urine odor as well as any fancy cat-box deodorant. Loose tea leaves can be purchased in bulk at any grocery store.

7. Bitter Apple Will Save Your Cords!

Cats love to chew electrical cords. This is not good for the cat, especially if the cord is plugged in; but even if not, the cat can easily swallow bits of plastic and metal. It is also not good for the human who finds his or her computer cable chewed through.

Behold the power of Bitter Apple spray. Made by many companies, including Grannick’s Bitter Apple, this harmless but unpleasant-tasting liquid will deter cats and small animals from chewing nearly anything.

8. Pine Cones Will Save Your Plants!

Everyone thinks of dogs doing the digging, but cats like to dig, too, especially in your indoor plants. Sometimes it is to use the pot as an auxiliary litter box, but more often it is just to play in the dirt. If your plants are too big to be put on a high shelf or enclosed in a terrarium, try putting small pinecones in the pot. Cats dislike the feeling of pine cones and won’t walk or dig in your plants. Little decorative pine cones can be found at garden supply stores.

9. Find an Escaped Gecko in the Last Place You’ll Look!

Finding a lost dog or cat can be difficult enough, but what if you have a pet that’s only six inches long and designed for stealth? Geckoes, iguanas, and other reptiles are popular pets, but what happens when one goes missing? Easy: check behind the fridge. Reptiles seek out warmth and moisture, and the back of the refrigerator provides both, as well as being dark and safe. Larger reptiles, like pythons, may hide in the bathroom, but smaller ones may head for the kitchen first.

10. Become A Lizard Veterinarian!

Little lizards are prone to scratching or injuring themselves on their cages. You may not want to run your gecko to the vet for every little cut, but it can’t be left unattended. If the wound is not too deep or dangerous, make a warm, shallow bath of Betadyne, and let your lizard soak in it for about 15 minutes. Then dab some Neosporin or other topical antibiotic on the wound, and wrap with gauze secured with tape. Repeat until the wound heals. If it doesn’t heal in a week, you’ll have to see a real vet.

These quick tips are not meant to be a replacement for visiting your veterinarian or pet-care specialist! PetCare RX has many of the products listed here and offers many non-prescription medications for your animal’s health and comfort. But if things get serious, remember: your animal’s health comes first.

Guide Editor Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:11:11 -0500
Top Tips for Photographing Your Pet It can sometimes be challenging to take unique, clear photographs of your pet. This is because, unlike humans, pets don’t understand what you’re trying to do so as to pose for the camera. However, there are always some things that you can do to ensure you have the best photos of your pet. Here are top tips for photographing your pet. 

1. The personality of your pet comes first

It’s important to know the personality of your pet even before starting photographing it. Try to determine what sets your pet apart from the rest of the animals. With that in mind, try to capture some of its personality in your shots. For instance, if your pet is known as a placid little thing, sleepy or lazy set up your photo-shoot where it usually go after a meal to rest or around it’s bed and you’ll definitely have every chance you are looking for to capture a shot that is very unique and beautiful. Alternatively if you have a pet that is always on the move, hyperactive and inquisitive it might be good to take photographs at a local park or ground where it’s jumping for balls, playing with other pets or racing around.

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2. Use natural light

At any time when looking to take some pictures of your pet consider using natural light. Avoid flash as much as possible, as flush can often burst, causing red-eye and even frighten your animal. Consider taking photographing it outsider or in a room well lit by natural light. 

3. Catch your pet unaware

Posed shots can also be effective and fun, but photographing anything in a candidly paparazzi style can be really amazing. For example, photographing your pet while unaware - whether playing or jumping - around can produce very great and unique pictures.

4. Mix up the framing

Like humans, pets subjects is look different from various angles and to frame them in several ways can come with different perspectives to the shots you take. While taking photographs of your pet try some tightly cropped-facial shots – even focusing right on certain features like whiskers, eyes, ears, or noses –also consider capturing three-quarter body shots and full body shots. That way, you’ll end up with a variety of shots, which give viewers of photographs a full perspective on who really your pet is.

5. Be playful

Pets can sometimes be playful little critters and instead of attempting to contain that to get your pet posed for a special shot, it can be effective to go with its playfulness and make this personality a central feature of your picture. You can include some of its toys; stimulate it to look longingly into your camera by simply holding a very special treat above your head. Or, take a photo with your pet sitting on top of your mid wrestle or any other thing. Make your photo-shoot session a great, fun experience for both your pet and you and possibly your shots can likely reflect it.

Conclusively, with these tips taken into proper consideration, photographing your pet will be easier and a fun experience. If possible, include some people in the pictures of your pet and this can create or add a context the image.

Guide Editor Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:42:17 -0400
How To Set Up A Good Routine For Your Dog Our four-legged babies can be a handful at times. Sometimes they bark endlessly, or leave us a puddle to clean up. They can act out like naughty toddlers and make us feel guilty when we have to tell them off. So why do the, behave like that? If they’re not unwell, they may just be in need of a bit of routine.

You can help your dog cope better at home, especially when they are alone, by instilling a good routine. If your dog knows what to expect they can manage their own behavior better too. Keep your reactions to his behavior consistent at all times so he’s not surprised or frightened by anything you do. If he gets away with naughty behavior, he may be upset when he gets told off next time.

Set his boundaries and behavioral limits clearly and then stick to it. If you reward and praise him, he’ll know what things to do to make you happy. If he sometimes gets fed while you’re at the dinner table you may find begging becomes a problem at meal times. If you like to offer him treats from your own plate, place them in one of his dog bowls, so he knows not to touch your plate.

Puppy training classes are great when dogs are young enough but if the bad behavior is creeping in several years down the track, you may get stuck. A routine will help iron out any problems. Make your day quite rigid in a schedule for him. Get up at the same time each morning, and go through his feeding and walking in the same order.

If you can, try to keep subsequent walks around the same time each day. Even picking the same routes can help with developing his routine. If he has a doggy bed or basket, send him to it at the same times each day and for the same reasons. When you are about to leave him alone, say goodbye to him and give him a cuddle. When you come back, say hello and give him a cuddle. These routine actions will help provide him with comfort in your absence.

Of course, all dogs like variety, and it’s good for them to be introduced to new things and places. This can be managed as part of his routine too. Help him recognize when it is OK to go exploring. Introduce him to new things each week so he doesn’t get bored. Maybe you can allocate a couple of hours on the weekend to teach him a new trick?

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Dogs don’t tend to want to be naughty, but they can behave in ways we don’t like sometimes. There are lots of reasons for this. A routine could go a long way to helping you manage your dog’s behavior. Sometimes a training class may be all you both need.

It’s best not to raise your voice or resort to physical contact with your dog to discipline behavior you’re not happy with. It could just be your dog’s way of saying he would like more quality time with you. See if you can schedule some into your routine.

Guide Editor Tue, 04 Aug 2015 10:43:14 -0400
Are You Planning To Adopt A Cat? Here Is What You Need To Know If you're an animal lover, there will doubtless come a time in your life where you'll want a pet. Many people adopt cats, for example. That's because they are loyal, friendly and low-maintenance. When you're feeling down, your cat will come and cuddle up to you. And they'll play with you when you're feeling happy!

The idea of adopting a cat sounds good in theory, but some people get scared by the reality of it! Are you thinking of adopting a cat soon? Have you never looked after one before? Don't worry; you're not alone. This handy guide will tell you all you need to do.


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Ensure your family members welcome the idea

Before you go and adopt a cat, you should first check that everyone at home is on board with the idea! After all; you don't want to discover, to your horror, that your sister hates the idea! It's not fair to the cat to adopt them and then give them back soon afterwards.

You need to be a responsible pet owner. As such, you should make sure everyone at home is OK with you getting a cat.

Stock up on supplies

Just as you would with a new baby, you should stock up on the things your cat needs before they arrive. Here is a list of the essentials you will need in your household:

  • Food;

  • A flea collar;

  • A bed with a soft blanket;

  • A scratching post;

  • Toys;

  • An electronic cat litter box; and

  • A couple of food and water bowls.

Of course, there are all kinds of other things you can get for your cat. But, for now, you just need to bring your new feline friend home and get them settled in your house.

Get your cat microchipped

Cats love to roam around the neighborhood. If your moggy goes missing, he or she might get found and handed over to a vet or the authorities. It's important your cat can get traced back to you.

The easiest way to do that is by having a microchip implanted under your cat's skin. A wireless reader can "detect" the chip and bring up its serial number. This gets linked to your name and personal details so that you can get contacted.

The microchip isn't expensive, nor it is a painful procedure for your cat. In fact, some cat adoption centers will do this as part of the fee they charge.

Learn about your cat's behavior and habits

Like humans, cats are territorial animals. They want to have their own private space and hate it when others invade it. In a nutshell, you must learn to respect your car. In return, they will give you respect back.

You need to learn about your cat's behavior and habits if you are both to get along. That means knowing the signs when your cat tells you they want to get left alone. You should also learn when they want something. They usually do this by meowing in a different way for food, or to be let outside.

Good luck!

Guide Editor Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:17:37 -0400
Does Your Pup Need A Trip To The Vets?


Dogs are great to have around and are a family friend for life. When our pets seem ill, we can panic and get a little too worried. But it’s understandable! There are some common problems that dogs have that need veterinary attention. There are also other problems dogs may have, which are treatable at home. Here is a little advice, so you know what to look out for when it comes to your furry friend.

Fostering An Unwell Pet

When you’re fostering or adopting an animal, you might find that many of them are unwell. Sometimes owners give their pets up when they get an illness as they don’t want to deal with it. If you’ve decided to take on the care of a sick pet, well done! It’s a fantastic thing to do, and you can guarantee the pet will appreciate it.

When it comes to fostering or adopting, the animal shelter will be able to explain to you any issues they’ve noticed in the dog. You might want to take the dog for a second check up once while it's settling into its new home. Remember to follow any instructions from the animal shelter or vets, and you should be plain sailing.

Managing Fleas

Fleas are one of the most frequent things dog owners will have to tackle. And nobody wants fleas in their home! If your dog has picked up fleas, make sure you treat it as soon as possible.

Delouse your pup as soon as you can then work on your home. Once you've done both of these things, you can start to think about treating the fleas.

Over-the-counter treatments can be effective if used correctly. We recommend trying a treatment such as Frontline for dogs. Frontline is for the treatment and prevention of flea and tick infestations in dogs. Remember, with many flea treatment products, if you wash your dog too soon after, you might wash away the treatment. If your dog seems to be reacting particularly badly to flea bites, seek a vets advice immediately.

The best way to treat fleas is to avoid them in the first place! Even if your dog is healthy, use flea treatments and wash them with flea repellent shampoos from time-to-time.

Dealing With Tapeworms

Tapeworms are something else that you’re likely to have heard of in passing. A tapeworm is another kind of parasite. This parasite is usually seen in dogs who’ve swallowed an infected flea. Tapeworms will live in your dog’s gut and cause your dog issues. If you have a puppy, the damage a tapeworm causes can be more severe.

You might notice your dog dragging itself on the floor in an attempt to relieve the itching. You could also see unusual vomiting or bowel movements. Many owners will spot that their dog is eating fine but losing a lot of weight due to the tapeworm.

If you suspect your dog has a tapeworm, you need to do the following. Take your dog to the vet and have them checked over. The vet will look at how severe the infection is and prescribe an effective course of treatment. The vet may give you some advice for preventing future tapeworms so listen carefully.

As fleas are the most common cause of tapeworms, the best way to prevent them is to target those fleas! Always make sure you clean up after your pet too, out of the home as well as at home.

Looking After Ear Infections

Dogs are susceptible to ear infections so there is a chance that your pet may catch one at some point in its life. Ear infections can come about because of a variety of reasons. Your dog may have an allergy, ingrown hairs or mites trapped in their ear.

If you notice your dog scratching its ears and shaking its head more than normal, this can be a sign of an infection. Your dog may also have an unusual colour to the inside of the ear and be producing discharge. Another thing you can look out for is swelling.

Once you spot the signs, get your dog to the vet as soon as possible. Your dog will only make it worse by scratching at the problem site. The vet will clean up your dog's ears and often this is enough to get rid of the infection. Sometimes, the vet may prescribe specialist medication. If it is an unusually severe infection, your pet may need to go through surgery. Speak to your vet about any concerns you have if that is the case. The thought of surgery can often scare pet owners.

Top Tips For Unwell Dogs


If your dog has any of the above illnesses or anything else, there are few things you can do to help.

Always follow the instructions when you give your dog any medication. If you take shortcuts, you could make your dog much more ill.

As we’ve mentioned, you must always listen to your vet too. They are there to offer you the best advice when it comes to looking after your pets health. If the vet gives you instructions, follow them to the letter. This way, the vet can check properly if the treatment has worked. If you’ve skipped a step, you might not get the results the vet intended for your pet.

Sometimes illnesses can become serious, so you might want to consider taking out pet insurance. The last thing you need when you have an ill dog is stress from vet bills.

To prevent any sickness in your pet, you should be taking them to regular check-ups with your vet. This way, you’ll be able to spot anything out of the ordinary quickly. You also need to make sure you look after your dog's hygiene. Things such as bad dental care can also be harmful to your dog. The final thing to be wary of is your dog's diet. A poor diet will cause many problems in your dog. If your pet is eating badly, it may also affect their recovery when they are sick. If your dogs ever do get ill, make sure you make them comfortable.

All animals get sick from time-to-time, so don’t worry too much. Look after your pet well and it’ll be healthy and happy.

Guide Editor Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:22:17 -0400
Will my Dog accept a new Cat as a Family Member? If you own a dog and are considering adding a cat as a new member of the family, you often have all kinds of questions. The main reason that many people are afraid to bring a cat into the family is due to old wives tales saying dogs kill cats. This is not a false statement altogether but is one that is also not completely true either.

According to the breed of dog you own, you may be able to bring a kitty into your home. Aggressive dogs and ones that like to chase squirrels or rabbits would not be good companions for any cat. The dog may not even intend to hurt the cat and only wants to play, but could very easily end the life of a cat accidentally. On the other hand, if your dog is gentle and non-aggressive, the dog and cat may become great friends. There are many breeds of dogs that get along very well with cats even large dogs like the Great Pyrenees. Of course, you must also know the temperament of the cat as well. Some cats as soon as they see a dog believe it is a predator and will run and hide or may show their claws or swat at the dog. Much of this really depends on how the cat and dog was raised or if you choose a rescue cat, the environment in which the cat lived. A kitten is often the best choice as long as your dog does not think it is a play toy.  

The very first introduction is going to be what either bonds or destroys the friendship as well as peace in your home. You should work with your dog before you bring in the new kitty and ensure he or she is obedient. Just like bringing in a new baby for the dog to meet, you must watch the dog and ensure he will not harm your new kitty. The most important thing is to get your dog to calm down if you want the cat to feel at home. A rambunctious dog around a scared kitty that is new surroundings is never a good thing.

On the first day you bring your kitty home, you should have one room prepared with a cat litter box, food and water. Slowing introduce the dog and cat only at the doorway of the room. It is best to use a baby gate so the kitty can see out of the room, but that your dog will not just wander in. Take your dog to the gate a few times a day and always give treats to both when they smell one another. Praise your dog for acting nice to the new addition of your family and when the kitty approaches the gate to meet the dog also provide treats to your kitty.

The one thing to remember at all times is that your cat has a way to escape your dog even if the cat jumps the gate. Give your kitty time and he or she will come to the dog once they have become accustomed to the idea. Get more ideas of how to live with a dog and cat by visiting

Guide Editor Fri, 01 May 2015 09:13:48 -0400
The German shepherd The German shepherd is one of the most popular breeds of dog in America. They were first bred in 1899 by Captain Max von Stephanitz; they are faithful pets, guide dogs for the handicapped, police and military service, and herding. Their versatile use is what makes the German shepherd so popular. These large breed dogs are usually 60-90 pounds, live to be 10-14 years old, and stand anywhere from 1-2 ft tall.

Characteristics of a German shepherd

The German shepherd, also known as the Alsatian in Great Britain, is one of the most recognized breeds. German shepherd pups are easily trained. That is why they have been used in movies, to detect drugs, and even to herd animals. German shepherds are also devoted to their owners and are not fond of strangers. They do not like new people to cross their territory. They are very protective of their owners and will defend them against danger. German shepherds are very intelligent animals and learn commands with very little training. They are very energetic dogs, they like to play and learn. Being a lazy lay around dog is not in a German shepherds DNA. They are also naturally curious; they love to explore their surroundings. They are very graceful animals that can move very quickly. German shepherds are usually a mix of beige and black, but some solid black and white dogs exist.

Proper care of German Shepherds

Properly caring for a German shepherd is very important to the health of the dog. Feeding a German shepherd properly is one of the most important things in caring for the dog. Until your German shepherd is 3 months old you should feed them three times a day, after that they should be fed twice a day. Make sure to give your German shepherd proper exercise. Take them on walks and allow them to run, they are very active dogs and will need this time to thrive. German shepherds are friendly dogs by nature, allowing them to be social while they are pups will make sure they are not aggressive. By allowing your dog to play with other dogs and be around new people as a pup you are eliminating some of the possibility of aggression as your dog grows into an adult. German shepherds are beautiful creatures and properly grooming them is important to their health. The German shepherd had two coats a thick undercoat and a shiny overcoat that continuously sheds. Make sure to brush your dog at least once or twice a week to avoid neglect. This will enhance the beauty of their coat by removing the dead dull hair. This will also help to prevent some of the shedding in your home.

When looking to purchasing a German shepherd pup or adult dog make sure to do your research. These beautiful animals need love and attention to reach their full potential. The most important thing to remember is that proper care will help them to thrive and be the amazing pets they are intended to be.

Guide Editor Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:25:26 -0400
How to Give Them Quality of Life Everyone loves a cute little puppy, but dogs get old just like we do. Whether your dog has been a lifelong companion or you've adopted them in their later years, older dogs need special treatment. They can get aches and pains in their old age, and they have less energy than when they were a frolicking puppy. So now that your pooch is getting long in the tooth, how can you make your home more comfortable for them? As well as making sure they always have somewhere warm and soft to sleep, looking after their health and well-being is essential too. Make your older dog happy with these slight adjustments to their lifestyle.

A Comfy Place to Sleep

We all get a bit tired in our old age, and older dogs want to sleep too. Your dog might develop arthritis or just feel more sleepy when they're in their later years. Making sure they have a comfortable place to sleep is one of the first things you should do to make them happier. There are lots of luxurious dog beds for your best friend to lay their head on. Give them a bed with lots of padding, so their old bones are cushioned. It's also a good idea to put their bed in a warm place, where there are no drafts. They'll also prefer it if their bed stays in the same spot, so their routine isn't disrupted.


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Senior Food

When your beloved pet gets a little older, you might need to change his diet. Some changes in your dog's body and health might call for extra nutrients in their food. For example, they might need some help keeping their skin and coat healthy and glossy. You might want to talk to your vet about increasing your dog's GLA intake. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that helps to keep a dog's skin and coat healthy, and they may produce less of it when they're older. Make sure your dog is still getting enough protein because they need just as much in their old age.

Looking After Their Health

There are lots of health conditions you might need to watch out for as your dog grows older. You'll need to take care of both their physical and their mental health since dogs can get depressed, stressed or develop dementia. Some of the physical conditions you might want to watch out for include joint problems, respiratory issues, and signs of cancer. Make sure you take your older dog for checkups with the vet, especially if you think there could be something wrong.


Most dogs will start to slow down in their old age. They still need exercise, but they're less likely to want to walk for miles. It's important to take their health and energy levels into account for their exercise program. Watch them for signs that they're too tired or in pain, and make sure you don't push them too hard. You should still keep a routine so that your dog is getting fresh air and moving about.

Your senior dog might need a little more care in his twilight years, but he'll love you more for it. Dogs are for life, so do your best to make them comfortable at the end of theirs.

Guide Editor Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:54:28 -0400
Competitive Pets Owning a pet is one of the oldest hobbies in the book and dates back as far as the Ancient times, although no one is quite sure when it began. However, it is safe to say that throughout history animals have played a very key role in the lives of humans. From transportation to competition and from utilising animals power to utilising their products there are many ways that humans and animals have in the past and to this day continue to interact together.

So what if you fancy getting competitive with your pet, what are the options and how do you get into this highly competitive and often equally secret world?

What’s Out There?

For some pets you are spoilt for choice. For example when it comes to purebred cats and pedigree dogs there are a wealth of shows and competitions both on a local, national and international level. These events are often well publicised from the village dog show to Crufts being shown on prime time TV. However this doesn’t mean that if you don’t have a cat or a dog there is nothing out there for you.

Most animals have their own events and exhibitions throughout the year, from the Great Yorkshire Show that presents the best of British farmyard animals over three consecutive days to a doggy surfing event, I kid you not, there is something for everyone if you get looking.

Best Motto?

Be prepared to invest a lot of time, patience, effort and money in your pet before, during and after competition time. It is not uncommon for pets to be totally pampered in the run up to the event. Pampering often includes following top nutrition programmes such as those offered by Equiform Nutrition along with holistic and alternative therapies to aid any ailments. This is all in conjunction with a steady training programme and of course indulging in some friendly small scale competitions along the way.

It’s also recommended that for at least the first year or so be prepared to fail. It sounds harsh but it is unlikely for a newcomer to steal the show at a prestigious event and when it does happen it is big news. So don’t set yourself up for a fall, have realistic expectations to make sure you are keeping you and your pet both safe and happy. Remember it takes a while to build up to being the best, you can’t have it all at once.

Guide Editor Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:55:13 -0400
How to Set up an Attractive, Healthy Aquarium in your Home Fish are excellent pets to keep, and this is because they are low maintenance but beautiful and interesting to watch. As a fish owner will find yourself simply watching them swimming around, and this can be very peaceful and even hypnotic at times. A fish tank is also part of the décor of your home and can really brighten up any room. So, as you can see there are many benefits to keeping fish. The setting up of the tank will be the hardest part, and once you have done this and introduced the fish of your choice it is simply a matter of feeding them each day, maintaining a healthy water balance and cleaning the tank whenever it is needed.

Before you splash out on all the equipment that is required you will first need to find a good spot in your home to house the tank. This will need to be somewhere away from televisions, radios or anything that emits a loud noise as this will disturb the fish. It is also a good idea not to have it too close to any kind of heat source. Once you have found the ideal spot you will be ready to buy the aquarium, and these come in all kinds of shapes and sizes so you should easily be able to find one just right for your home.

Preparing the Tank for your Fish

The next stage will involve purchasing all the electrical equipment and substrate to fill the tank. The electrical equipment helps to keep your tank clean, healthy and at the right temperature for the fish. This will include a high quality filter, heater, lighting and an airstone, airpump and check valve to provide oxygen for the fish and plants. The filter is an essential purchase for any aquarium, and without it the tank would become unclean very quickly and also be unhealthy for the fish. For the best filters along with everything else you should visit specialists, like Fish Fish Fish and others. You will then also need to buy your gravel or sand, and you can then purchase ornaments and plants to add some colour and life.

You can now begin to shop for some beautiful fish to add to your tank, and you are sure to love caring for them and watching them interact with their new surroundings.

Guide Editor Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:54:54 -0400
Top 5 Tips for Training Difficult Dog Breeds There is an old saying that goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” But what if you can’t teach a dog any tricks – no matter what age it is? What happens if a dog doesn’t even want to learn how to sit or stay? Some dogs are smarter than others – that’s just the way it goes. And some dogs have a hard time responding to the whole treat and command response method of training. If this is the case, you are definitely going to need some help. Okay, maybe a lot of help. Dog training isn’t for everyone, but you should at least be able to teach your pooch some basic commands. Here are the top five tips for training difficult dog breeds.

  1. It’s a give and take relationship. If your dog is hyperactive, likes to chew on your expensive shoes and furniture or is just being a bad boy or girl, you have to figure out why your pup is acting so mischievously. Sometimes you have to find out what you can give your dog before you start the training process. It could be as simple as the fact that your dog needs to get out and run around. Dogs are like balls of energy and most of that energy needs to be exhausted before you can get down to the training.
  2. Don’t get mad at your dog. Dogs know anger and they can feel the energy of someone that is not pleased. However, the more patient you remain, the more calm and relaxed your dog is going to be. If your dog fears that it is going to be yelled at, it won’t respond to any commands. So, make sure to take deep breaths and think nice thoughts the next time your dog leaves you a little present by your bed.
  3. Take the lead. Dogs are pack animals – they need to have a leader. Where cats will basically do whatever they want, dogs will actual respond if there is an alpha in the group. The last thing you want is for your dog to become the alpha, because that means you have lost the war. So, make sure that you show your dominance and your pup will respond much better to commands.
  4. Create a rigid schedule. Some bad dogs need to go to boot camp to learn some of the more basic commands. While you probably aren’t going to get your dog to jump through hoops, dance and walk on its hind legs, you will probably be able to get your dog to heel, sit and stay. However, you need to have a very strict schedule, or else your pooch will forget many of the lessons it learned.
  5. Get help from a professional dog trainer. If your dog is not responding to anything – maybe your dog is a rescue or was abused by a previous owner – you may need to take him or her to a professional dog trainer, like Beyond the Leash. In the end, a little professional help can be like therapy for your dog and a little obedience can actually make your pup a better pet and best friend.
Guide Editor Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:27:23 -0400
5 Ways to Dog-Proof Your Backyard Fence Your dog loves spending time in the backyard playing, chasing squirrels, or just lounging in the grass. Dogs love being able to run around and explore outdoors, however if the space isn’t prepared properly, you could risk your dog running away or causing serious damage to a fence. While it is important for your dog to have a space to enjoy being outside, you also want your dog to be safe in the yard and you want your backyard fence to be able to hold him in. Here are 5 ways that you can dog-proof your backyard fence to deter diggers and jumpers!

  1. Deter digging or damage to the fence by utilizing landscaping to keep your furry friend at bay. Plant shrubs and bushes along the base of the fence to deter your dog from coming near it since something is in the way. Making your landscaping work practically and in a design savvy way is a win-win situation for all!
  2. Try using a fence that will not allow your dog to see through. Often chain link fences cause your dog to be disturbed by things happening on the other side of the fence causing the dog to react. Instead, by using something like bamboo or reed rolls, garden fencing or slats. These are all cheap options, plus they look better than a chain link fence, providing aesthetics and more yard privacy for your family.
  3. If your dog is a serious digger, you may have to take more extreme measures to reduce damage. One helpful option is to pour cement at the base of the fence. Pour along the perimeter of the fence, sinking the fence into the concrete before it dries. While it is a big project to take on it your yard, it will be worth the time and effort because it really does work!
  4. If your dog tends to jump or climb your fence, you could try using rollers. Rollers were designed to make it impossible for an animal to get a grip on the top of the fence between the bar spins, providing nothing to hold on to. You can buy these or do a DIY project using PVC pipes if you feel up to it!
  5. Lastly, lean-ins are useful for jumpers. These fences lean at an angle that is almost horizontal to the ground. They are made out of farm fencing. They provide security and are very sturdy.

Depending on your dog’s behaviors and the specifics of your yard, one or many of these tips may be helpful for you to keep your yard’s fence dog proof. A dog proof yard will keep your pet safe and will allow you to feel comfortable allowing him or her to spend time outside without fear of the dog running away or your yard being destroyed by poor pet behavior. These tips are practical, feasible and appropriate for any backyard space. You can install these options yourself or hire a professional to properly assess your needs and your current yard dog fence for the best results!

Guide Editor Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:37:01 -0500
5 Benefits of Having Your Dog Neutered Some people feel that spaying and neutering animals is barbaric or against natural law. But because humans have domesticated these animals and taken responsibility for them by turning them into house pets (making them unable to care for themselves in the wild), it is our duty to ensure that any puppies produced by our dogs are cared for. So if you want to call yourself a responsible pet parent, you probably need to admit that you really can’t care for litter after litter of puppies. And the best course of action to avoid this outcome is to have your dog neutered. You’ll be happy to hear that there are relatively few risks associated with the procedure, as well as plenty of benefits for both your dog and yourself. Here are a few positive reasons to neuter your dog.

  1. No puppies. The world is full of strays and animals that, for one reason or another, have ended up in shelters where they will most likely be euthanized. And although some pet owners breed and others do the responsible thing and spay or neuter their animals, many still fail to see the damage that is done when they let their pets breed naturally with other animals in their area, creating litters of unwanted puppies. This is a sad state of affairs that leads to so many animals being put to sleep through no fault of their own. You might not think it’s your problem if you have a male dog, but it takes two to tango and you need to own your role in the litters that result because you failed to neuter your dog.
  2. Marking territory. Many male dogs feel the need to mark their territory whether they’re neutered or not. But when you have your dog neutered in a timely manner (at the age of 6-9 months, or earlier in some cases), the lack of testosterone will significantly reduce his urge to mark his territory with urine, a habit that can be impossible to train out of older dogs.
  3. Looking for love. Although most pet owners take pains to ensure that their dogs aren’t wandering the neighborhood (with fencing, electric collars, and so on), your dog’s desire to roam can be difficult to deal with if he hasn’t been fixed. His natural urge to breed will cause him to look for ways out so that he can find females in heat. This could prompt him to resort to digging, squeezing through gaps in the fencing, or even attempting to jump the fence in order to get out. Neutered males are far less likely to get into such trouble.
  4. Aggression. While certain breeds of dogs tend to be targeted for their aggression, the truth is that an un-neutered male is bound to be more aggressive, in general, than others of his breed. Of course, this may only surface in the presence of females in heat or male competitors. But there is a strong likelihood that your male dog will be less aggressive as a result of timely neutering.
  5. Medical benefits. Your first thought when it comes to fixing your dog may be, “How much does it cost to neuter a dog?” But what you should consider is how much it could cost if you don’t neuter your pet. Did you know that dogs can have testicular cancer and prostate problems just like people? And if this happens, you’ll find yourself paying a lot more for treatment than you would have paid for a simple neutering. So spare your pet the potential pain of such medical issues and spare yourself the major expense by simply having your dog neutered.
Guide Editor Wed, 08 Jan 2014 11:00:44 -0500
3 Common Myths About Pit Bull Puppies It is hard to think of any other breed of dog that attracts as much media attention as the pit bull.

The vast majority of responsible owners who have owned a pit bull argue that they are safe and loving dogs whilst there is a strong voice of public opinion that considers them as dangerous and should be banned.

How you treat and care for your dog will certainly have an impact on how any breed will behave, so is the bad press justified when it comes to pit bulls or do they get a raw deal?

What is a pit bull?

The description of a pit bull is slightly confusing as it is a generic term to describe a range of dogs who share similar physical characteristics.

A pit bull is generally an American pit bull terrier, a Staffordshire bull terrier or simply a bull terrier, so when you see a pit bull mentioned in a press story, it could actually be any one of these distinct breeds and is akin to blaming a dog based on their physical traits rather than their characteristics.

So what are the common myths that need exploring?

All pit bulls are badly behaved

Probably one of the greatest myths that you will hear about a pit bull is that they are bred to be bad and are simply not to be trusted as they have no control over their character that is in their DNA.

There is not one single dog, irrespective of the breed that has a conscience and are pre-disposed to fight and behave badly simply because of how they have been bred. It is true that certain characteristics and instincts are bred into dogs but pit bulls, like any other breed of dog, actually react to the surroundings they find themselves in and according to the level of training that they have had as a puppy.

Pit bull puppies can bring a lot of joy and pleasure for their owners in just the same way that any breed of dog can, and if you train them responsibly and give them plenty of love and attention, then they will respond positively and have every chance of being a credit to their owner.

Pit bulls are bred to be aggressive towards humans

When pit bulls were bred to fight other dogs in a ring, the owners had to ensure that the dog would not attack them when they stepped into the ring to break up a fight.

They were able to train their pit bull to respond to commands and it is a myth to suggest that the breed is naturally aggressive towards humans. As with any dog, there are often other factors involved rather than just breeding, such as protection of their food, which could cause any dog to attack.

In that respect, a pit bull has just as much chance to be trained to respond to commands and show restraint as any other breed of dog, it is other factors that can trigger a natural canine instinct to attack.

Pit bulls are incapable of being friendly

Anyone who thinks that a pit bull is incapable of displaying love and affection has simply not owned one or has not observed them in a positive and friendly environment.

They love human interaction and feed off positive attention and many owners say they give more kisses than most other breed of dog, which is not exactly in keeping with the general public perception of their behavior.

Pit bulls will almost always get a bad press but when you get to know the breed, it would be fair to say that their reputation is not always easy to justify.

Anthony Jensen has worked in several animal shelters. He desires for the public to better understand animals through his writing.

Guide Editor Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:49:01 -0500
5 Things to Consider Before Boarding Your Dog Many concerned pet owners are worried about what might happen when they travel and leave their furry friends behind. Even if you happen to find a grade-A kennel, your pal will still be relegated to spending most of his time in a cage while you’re gone, and the rest of it with unfamiliar people and other animals, some of whom may be less than friendly. So it’s no wonder you’re hesitant to board your dog. But you can’t exactly let your pet’s potential discomfort stop you from traveling, especially if you are required to do so for your job (not that you should skip a vacation because you’re worried about how your canine might react to a few days at the kennel). And there are some options that should make you a little more comfortable with the prospect of leaving your best friend behind. Here are a few things you’ll want to consider before you opt to board your pet.

  1. Comparison shopping. It’s important that you feel comfortable with any establishment that your pooch will stay at while you’re gone, whether it’s just for a couple of days or several weeks at a time. This means checking more than just pricing and availability over the phone, although these are good preliminary steps to narrow down your affordable options. From there, however, you need to visit boarding facilities in order to see what accommodations and services are offered, as well as what the attendants are like. If the facilities are up to your standards and the staff seems kind, trustworthy, and attentive, you might feel a lot better about boarding your pet.
  2. Boarding with your vet. If you’re concerned about leaving an elderly and/or ailing pet at the mercy of overworked kennel attendants, you might want to find out if your veterinary office provides pet boarding for clients. This will ensure that your animal has access to any medical care he might need while you’re away, and he’ll be in the care of someone that knows him.
  3. Pet hotels. Some dog owners only want the best for their best friend, and if this is the case with you and your pal, you really can’t do better than boarding your dog at one of the many pet hotels that seem to be springing up in cities all over the country. These high-end kennels offer private rooms complete with beds and toys, personal attention in the form of walks and play time, supervised group play, grooming (including “spa” services), training, and even webcams that let you watch your pets at any time of day or night. Of course, this level of service will cost you, but there are few better ways to ensure your pet gest the best possible care in your absence.
  4. In-home sitters. Some animals don’t do well outside of their everyday setting, so you might worry about the stress and anxiety your dog will go through while you’re gone. You may therefor want to consider in-home care as an alternative to boarding. Although you’ll have to let a stranger into your house, this professional can ensure that your dog has the companionship and play time needed to stay calm and happy while you’re gone.
  5. Boarding with family or friends. Who says you have to leave your pooch with strangers when you travel? Although you can find truly spectacular accommodations and services at your local NYC, LA, or LV dog resort, you needn’t necessarily take on the expense and anxiety of leaving your pet pal at a kennel if you have family members or friends that you can rely on to watch your him. Whether they stay at your house or take your pet to their residence, your dog is bound to be a lot more comfortable staying in an open home with a familiar face. And don’t forget to offer compensation or even reciprocation when your favorite caregivers go on their own vacations, leaving their pets behind.
Guide Editor Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:18:00 -0500
Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy in Dogs In some circumstances, dogs may accidentally breed in an unplanned manner. In other cases, however, an owner may purposely breed dogs in hopes of a new puppy litter. No matter the situation, it is important that you are able to notice and identify the signs that your dog is pregnant so that you can take proper medical action. Here are some of the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy in dogs.

  1. Change in appetite can happen on both ends of the spectrum during canine pregnancies. Not all dogs experience the same symptoms, but some will go through a dog version of morning sickness. They may eat significantly less food at first, but will make up for it during the term of their pregnancy. Don’t panic or try to force your dog to eat. She will regain her appetite with time. Offer 2-3 feedings each day so that she has ample opportunities to get something in her stomach. Others may experience a sudden increase in appetite almost right away. You may find that she quickly eats all the food in her bowl immediately. While it is okay to indulge her, just make sure she doesn’t overload her stomach and overeat.
  2. Decrease in activity and energy levels is common with canine pregnancies. Upon pregnancy, a typically energetic dog may become lazy and lethargic. Just like women, female dogs experience feelings of exhaustion as their hormone levels are changing to support the embryo they are carrying.
  3. Nipple growth and development is a very apparent and reliable way to determine if your dog is indeed pregnant. Normally the nipple region is flat and the nipples are small. However during pregnancy the flesh beneath the nipples will develop in preparation for milk production.
    4.Change in nipple color is also common in pregnant dogs. Not only will the nipples develop and grow, but also they will change slightly in color to a light pink color or even a slightly gray tone. This color change especially happens on the last 4 to 6 nipples closer to your dog’s hind legs.
  4. Finally, a common side effect of dog pregnancy is behavioral changes. At times female dogs may become more affectionate and loving, to the extent that they may even be clingy since they too notice their behavior changes and feel uncertain and unsure. At other times, pregnant dogs may become irritable and grumpy. They may prefer isolation and may try to seek their own private space where they can be alone.

As with any pregnancy, your pregnant dog will experience lots of bodily and mood changes that are out of character. Your dog may have a change in appetite, a decrease in activity levels, nipple growth and change in color, as well as a change in behavior. Once you notice these pregnancy signs, you will be able to care for your dog appropriately by taking her to a vet with top of the line Keebovet equipment, providing her with proper nutrition, and ensuring that she rests enough.

Guide Editor Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:17:42 -0500