Why Won't Cats Play With Their Own Toys?

Any cat owner will know that the last thing a cat will ever use as a bed is the expensive bed you bought for the purpose and the same rule applies to toys. It doesn’t matter what extravagant creations you invest in they would much rather play with something they shouldn’t. I often wonder if this habit is due to toy manufacturers having got it all wrong or whether it is a deliberate tactic on the part of the cats to cause disruption. I suspect the latter!
3 Dog Friendly Projects For The Do It Yourselfer

3 Dog Friendly Projects For The Do It Yourselfer

If you enjoy tackling those do-it-yourself projects, you may have exhausted all of your ideas and needs for your home. But there are plenty of DIY projects that you can tackle that could benefit your dog. From beds to personal puppy rooms, check out the following list of great DIY projects you can do for your dog.

The Dangers of Purchasing Pet Medication Online

While ordering discount pet meds online sounds like a great time and money saver, it turns out that this may be one of the most dangerous things can be done for a pet.

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released consumer health information in 2010 warning pet owners against these risky online purchases, the information is still pertinent today, as the Internet and online shopping have both become even more popular.

No More Mess - How To Housetrain Your Puppy Quickly And Efficiently

The novelty of a new puppy is wonderful – suddenly there is a new little spirit in the house that is loads of fun and very cute! However, the novelty starts to wear off a little when you realize that your pet pooch is not yet housetrained. Having a dog in the house that is not housetrained is pretty stressful – and if you don’t get them trained quickly you will end up doing a LOT of cleaning, bleaching, scrubbing and disinfecting. Housetraining is especially important to do if you have young children or a pregnant lady in the house because of the increased risk of toxoplasmosis – in fact it is advisable to only get a dog that is already housetrained if this is the case. Here’s our guide to help you effectively housetrain your dog.

Be Consistent

The most important thing is to be consistent with your dog. Teach him that there is an area in the garden where he can go, and let him out plenty of times during the day in order for him to be able to do it. If he slips up (and he will) then give him a stern telling off, and if he gets it right then give him loads of praise and affection. He’ll soon get the message! While he is a pup it’s best not to let him out of your sight – he needs to be told off the minute he relieves himself somewhere he shouldn’t. Make sure he is let out after every meal, and also the minute you wake and the time before you turn in for the night. Giving him plenty of opportunities to go outside means he won’t be as likely to be caught short.

Be Patient

You need to accept that you are not going to get 100% success straight away – in fact sometimes it can take a few months for them to properly get the hang of it. Ask your vet for some tips if you are struggling – they will be able to advise you on where you may be going wrong. Don’t lose your rag with your dog and shout at him – you will only scare him. Even if you are really cross when he goes somewhere he shouldn’t, you should still remain consistent and deliver the usual message in the usual tone.

Spot the Signs

Dogs are very good at letting you know that they need to go. Watch your dog and start learning his signs for needing to get outside. Some dogs will sit by a door and whine, while other ones will pace round in circles, or sniff around looking a bit anxious. The more you get to know your dog, the more obvious the signs will be that he needs to get out. Help him wherever you can by giving him lots of long walks – and don’t forget the bags!
It’s really important that, when your dog has an accident, you clean the mess up properly. Use bleach to get every last scent out, because if the spot starts to smell like a toilet to him, then he will keep going back for a revisit.
Jack Brown, the author of this article, is a consultant with, Pleasant Plains Animal Hospital, leading providers of veterinary medical services in Staten Island. He loves getting into discussions with others over a practical remedy for a case and enjoys watching his favourite sitcoms when he gets the time.
Winter Safety Tips For Your Dog

Winter Safety Tips For Your Dog

Winter Dog Pictures Donated by Kelly ThompsonThe winter months can be brutal for your dog. There are plenty of aspects that can cause pain or injury to your animal, and it’s very important that you know how to properly take care of your dog in the winter to ensure they remain happy and healthy. Use the following tips to take care of your dog during the winter.

Keep your dog on a leash.
If you’re taking your dog for a walk in the winter, it’s very important that you keep them on a leash. Your dog may be well behaved and stay by your side, but having them on a leash is extremely important in the winter. During the cold weather, a dog’s sense of smell is hindered, meaning that if they were to run off and become lost, they would have a harder time finding their way back home. In fact, the ASPCA reports that more dogs end up lost during the winter months than any other time of the year.

Let them keep their longer coat.
If you shave your dog’s fur, it’s a good idea to allow their fur to grow a little longer in the winter. It’s very important that you never shave your dog during the winter, as the lack of a winter coat can cause your dog to suffer from hypothermia, which can cause death.
If you have a short haired breed, it’s a good idea to invest in a dog sweater or a dog coat for them to wear during the cold, as this can help keep their body temperature elevated.

Give them a warm place to rest.
Even though your dog may not look cold doesn’t mean they aren’t. Make sure that your dog has a warm place to relax and lie down. Never leave a dog outside during the winter months. Instead, make sure they are allowed in the house to warm up. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the dog’s bed is away from doors, windows or other drafty areas. If you have a short haired dog, you may want to consider giving them their own blanket too. Once in a while, you may want to curl up with your dog and a good movie. Many people don't realize, their loyal, furry friend can help chase away the winter blues.

Increase their food supply.
If your dog is extremely active during the winter months, you may want to consider increasing their food. Dogs use more energy during the winter months than other times of year, and the extra food can help keep them from losing weight and provide them with the extra energy they need.

Wipe them off.
If your dog was spending time in the snow, be sure to wipe off their paws, belly and body before coming into the house. Your dog is prone to frostbite, and having a wet dog in the house means that they’ll still be cold from the remnants of ice and snow. Wiping them off allows them to dry easier and enables their body to get back to a normal temperature.

Never leave them outside for too long.
Dogs may be able to withstand colder weather better than you, but they’re not immune to it. Never leave your dog out in the cold for extended periods of time, and never leave a dog alone in a car during the winter months either.
Author Bio: Dr. Susan Wright, DVM has been providing care for domestic animals for more than a decade. Susan extends her love of dogs through freelance writing on topics that teach owners how to be better caregivers and friends to their loyal companions.
What To Do If Your Dog Breaks A Bone

What To Do If Your Dog Breaks A Bone

taking care of a dog with broken bonesDog owners do everything they can to keep their dogs safe, but accidents do happen, and dogs often become sick or injured without warning. As a dog owner, it’s extremely important that you know what to do in every emergency situation with your dog, and this includes knowing what to do if your dog ends up breaking a bone. If you ever find yourself in that situation, the following information will help you learn exactly what to do.

Pay attention to the injured area.
It’s likely that you will know when your dog has a broken bone because your dog will likely yelp in pain. If the break is severe, your dog’s bone may be protruding from their skin. If the break isn’t that severe, you may still notice that the area of the break is lying differently than normal, or you may notice that your dog is not putting any pressure on that specific area.
You should also look and see if the area is swollen, as this is generally a sign of a break. Try moving the area slightly, and if your dog yelps in pain and if you can feel a slight grinding, then the bone is broken.

Stabilize your dog.
You’re not going to be able to treat your dog’s break yourself, so you will need to stabilize them until you can get them to your vet or a local emergency vet. Try to get your dog to lie down on a flat surface, such as a piece of plywood. This way, you’ll be able to carry your dog without adding to the injury.
If you don’t have a big enough flat surface to carry your dog, you want to at least stabilize the broken bone. Try to adhere the broken area to a flat surface, such as a piece of wood. This will keep the bone stabilized and keep your dog from being able to try and move it. Moving the broken bone can add to the injury and make the break worse.

Bring them to the vet or emergency clinic.
You don’t want to wait to treat a broken bone. Be sure to take your dog to the vet right away. You may even want to call ahead to let them know you’re coming so they can be ready to treat your dog immediately. If your vet is not open, you will want to bring your dog to a local emergency vet. Waiting for your vet to open the next day will only put your dog at greater risk or hurting the break even more.

Listen to the vet’s directions.
After the vet treats your dog’s break, they’re going to give you a set of directions to follow. You may have to limit your dog’s activities, you may need to give them pain medication, and you may need to follow up with your vet in a few weeks. In order for your dog to recover properly, it’s important that you listen to your vet’s directions to get your dog back to normal as soon as possible.

Author Bio: Emily Grant is a volunteer for the ASPCA and frequent reviewer of animal training products who loves to write to pet owners with the goal of promoting animal health and well-being.

Blue Heeler Puppies: A Loyal, Hard-Working Breed

Blue heelers, also known as Australian Cattle Dogs, is a working dog that was bred to be incredibly loyal and hard working for it’s owners. These dogs are incredibly fast, strong and active and always want something to keep them busy. They are a smaller medium-sized dog with grey and black hair that almost appears blue in some light and many of these dogs have patches of burnt orange in their coats, as they were bred from the Australian dingo, a wild dog in the Land Down Under. Due to this breeding history, Blue Heelers can often be overly active and unruly. However, this concern can be dealt with if specific things are done when the Blue Heelers are puppies, namely through discipline, attention and some work between the owner and the dog. Some tips for how to work with a Blue Heeler puppy, as well as information about Blue Heelers in general, is below.

Start Training Blue Heeler Puppies Early
As soon as you have your adorable new Blue Heeler puppy, some training needs to begin. The dog will be full of energy, so walks should be regular throughout the day to not only housebreak the dog, but to also work off some of this excess energy. Try to walk the puppy at least two to three times per day for at least 15 to 20 minutes each time. It may be difficult to find the time to do this regularly, so if this is going to be a problem for your schedule, you may want to reconsider getting a blue heeler puppy that will grow into a very active dog.

Start Playing Games Early
Training a Blue Heeler is not solely about doing tricks like sitting, shaking and rolling over, but also about playing certain games that help the dog get it’s energy out. Fetch should be something you begin doing with your new puppy from the outset, so that he comes to expect it whenever you guys go out in the yard or to a park. This game requires the Blue Heeler to go after only the ball or whatever you are throwing and bring it back to you consistently, so that it is not distracted by anything else that is going on and won’t run off to investigate, endangering himself or others. The more disciplined your Blue Heeler puppy becomes when it comes to playing these games, the easier it will be to get their energy out in the future and keep them under control.

Go to Training Classes
Take your Blue Heeler puppy to Zoom Room or other disciplinary classes so that they have training from the outset. This will allow you to work with them on other basic disciplinary things, like coming back to you on command no matter what is going on around them and will also help them get extra energy out. As with most dogs, the more time you spend training them when they are puppies and adolescent dogs, the better behaved they will be when they are older. So invest some quality time with your Blue Heeler puppy. It will pay off in the long run!

Source:  http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/australiancattledog.htm
+Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.

Four Reasons Why It's Important To Provide Pure, Clean Drinking Water To Your Pets

While some people think it's perfectly fine to give their pets water that comes straight out of the tap, the truth is that animals, just like humans, need pure, clean water to drink every day. Without providing this vital form of nourishment, you could be putting your pet's health at risk, especially over the long term. Whether your water comes from a well or from your municipal water supply, you should take steps to ensure that it's as clean as possible for both your family and your pets.
Not sure why it matters so much to provide clean drinking water to animals? Continue reading for a few reasons that will help you understand.

First Off, Water is Necessary for Health

No matter what species of pets you own, you need to provide them with fresh, clean drinking water every day in order to maintain their health by preventing dehydration and giving their bodies all of the moisture they need to work optimally, right down to the cellular level.

Water Softeners Can Be Detrimental to Your Pet's Health

Some people advocate against using water softeners to remove hardness and minerals from your water supply. This is because the process of water softening adds sodium to the water that, when consumed over long periods of time, may lead to cardiovascular issues in both humans and pets. Therefore, it's best to not use a water softening system in your home, especially if you have a sick or elderly pet with heart or kidney issues who would be more likely to suffer the negative consequences of soft water.

Parasites and Bacteria May Be Found in Dirty Water

Contaminated water supplies may contain harmful parasites and bacteria, such as E. coli and giardia, and these pathogens can cause a host of health problems in your pet, especially if your companion is elderly or is already dealing with other health problems. To make sure that your water doesn't contain any of these pathogens, filter it before serving it to your pets. There are many different types of filters to choose from, including pitcher filters and those that attach right onto your faucet. No matter what, using them will help you rest assured that you and your family, including your pets, have safe drinking water every time.

Chlorine and Fluoride May Cause Adverse Health Effects

Chlorine and fluoride are two additives that are meant to help keep the water supply clean and, in the case of fluoride, help people maintain healthy teeth. But the problem is that they're also associated with adverse health effects, with some studies showing that they may be carcinogenic. Filtration systems exist that remove both chlorine and fluoride so that the water that you and your pets consume will be as pure as possible and will help you maintain your health rather than ruin it. 
Providing your pets with clean water that's properly balanced with minerals, not too soft, and clear of contaminants is one way to keep them healthy for many years. And making sure your human family drinks the purest water too will ensure their health as well.
Author Bio: Brandon Light, the author of this article, works with, Rhodes Pump Service, leading providers of Water Filtration's Systems in CT. He loves the outdoors and enjoys going trekking and sailing.

Tips to Pick the Best Winter Dog Coats

Each individual has to take several measures to get ready for winter. Similar to human beings, dogs also need to be prepared for the cold winter month. Along with setting up a warm and comfortable indoor spot for the animal, you also need to choose the right winter garments for the dog. The denim winter coat for dogs come in variety of styles, designs and colors. But you must not pick the winter garments only because of their aesthetic appeal. It is always important to consider a number of factors to ensure that the coat meets your dog’s specific needs.

Use Colorful Glowsticks in this Christmas and Make Yourself Colorful !

Those who do has less idea about glowsticks, for those I just want to let them know in brief that glowsticks are a light source in a plastic tube. You can use those glowsticks for recreational activities or some other purposes. The plastic tube which contains the plastic tube is a translucent plastic tube and the light glows using chemiluminescence.

Glow sticks usually gives the light when two chemicals get mixed together. Glowsticks are used while dancing in a dj party or any other party or occasion. In a dance show people also use this and makes great effect of light and darkness. Dance clubs use this glow sticks very often and this glow sticks are really popular in dance clubs. Sometimes people get those glowsticks for free or sometimes the participants in the dance club use this glowsticks to be come more attractive to others.
Glowsticks also use as toys when the shape is different. The largest glow stick is 8 feet 4 inch tall according to the guineas book of world record. Glowsticks are available in different shapes and sizes like glow bracelets, glow necklaces, glow sticks, flashing jewellery, flashing cups, jumbo sticks, light up sunglasses which can make you colorful in this Christmas.  
In a DJ party, concert, or in a Christmas party to make you more attractive you can wear glowstick made sunglasses which can make you different in the large crowd. If you are willing to prepare for a party, you can also order some glowsticks for your firends and using this glowsticks, your friends can make this party more colorful and can add some extra dimension to the party. 
You can also use glowsticks for your pets, because in the dark night, if you use the glowsticks in your pets body then it is very easy for you to find out your pet. 
You can order glowsticks easily online and there are some great online shops like glowuniverse.com
So, why are you waiting for? Order your glow stick just now and enjoy this Christmas in style. 

What You Need To Know Before You Adopt a Pet

What You Need To Know Before You Adopt a Pet

If you’ve decided that you want to adopt a shelter pet, you’re about to embark on a journey that will save one life and enrich your own. Euthanasia rates at county shelters around the country are incredibly high, so you may be on the brink of adopting your new friend just in time. Call it sentimental, but there’s a certain special loyalty and gratefulness in rescued animals, as if they knew you were saving them. But before you head down to your local animal shelter to adopt a pet, check out these lesser-known facts and tips to help guide you through the process.
Pet Health 101: Five Tips For Caring For Your Pet During An Emergency

Pet Health 101: Five Tips For Caring For Your Pet During An Emergency

Today Americans seem more divided than ever on key issues, but there seems to be one thing everyone can agree on despite their differences: their love of animals.  People can’t get enough of their furry friends.  The Humane Society estimates that there are 83.3 million dogs owned in the United States, and 95.6 million cats.  People are willing to pamper their pets to ensure that they’re only getting the best things possible and pet owners are known to go to great lengths to keep their pets happy.
Should You Tell Your Homeowner's Insurance About Your Dog?

Should You Tell Your Homeowner's Insurance About Your Dog?

As a homeowner, it’s important that you have homeowner’s insurance. Most banks or loan agencies will not provide you with the money you need to buy your home unless you have insurance. While homeowner’s insurance is an added expense, it helps to cover the loss of certain items in certain events. For example, if your house were to catch on fire, your homeowner’s insurance would cover the cost of the damages in order to rebuild your home.

Halloween Special Costume for Your Adorable Pet

If you are are pet owner and like to dress your pet then its the time to dress your pet as your wish because Halloween party is knocking at the door. But before dress your adorable pet you should think about their comfort. Dress must be in perfect size.If the dress is too tight or too loose then your pet will look ugly in the party. Pet owner may choose spider man, lion, burger, superman ,batman shape dress for their adorable and cute pet.Whatever the dress you choose i think in every costume your pet will look beautiful.

When Is It Time to Put Down Your Dog!

Are you concerned that it may be time to put down your dog? If you’re like most dog owners, you’re probably confused, sad, devastated and feeling a bit guilty just thinking about it. Putting your dog to sleep, also called pet euthanasia, is something many owners go through at some point. But, that doesn’t make it any less stressful on you or your family. That’s why we’re here to help you make an educated decision about saying goodbye to your furry friend.

Saving Money With Generic Pet Meds

With the ability to buy so much online now we have more choice than ever when it comes to our pets medications. From simple flea meds like Frontline to heartworm medications like Heartgard, all are now available to purchase from the comfort of our own homes. 

What we are also seeing a lot more of are generic options for popular medications. But owners have concerns about the safety of these products, and wonder if they are quite as effective as the real thing. Let's uncover the truth.

The Truth About Generics

According to the Free Dictionary a generic is: any product, as a food, drug, or cosmetic, that can be sold without a brand name.

Care for Puppies

Keeping in mind the mistreatment and bad attitude towards puppies, it has been found essential or rather important to provide vital information on how people should treat them. To resolve issues related to dogs and behavior towards them, many Animal Care Agencies have come forward by providing aid through their helpline numbers; one such helpline number is the rspca phone number.
The following are few steps that you can follow in order to let your puppy grow in an adorable environment: 

How to Raise a Persian Cat

An Irish saying is that, “Who would believe such pleasure from a wee ball o’fur?”Cats have a very delicate touch in them. The way they take care of their self is not only amazing but lovely to watch. That elegant walk and all the time a cat takes to observe its surrounding when deciding to mark their territory is beautiful and intelligent act of nature’s creation. Studies reveal that territory marking to be between 7-28 hectares. Cats have many myths and legends associated with them. Egyptian civilization also had place of cats within their high ranking mythologies. Modern day home décor has canvas art prints of these mythological presentations for interior decoration purposes as well.

Ensuring Your Cat’s Health and Well-Being

One of the best ways to properly take care of your cat and ensure it stays in the pink of health is to ensure that it is fed with only the most nutritious pet food.
The following are some tips to making sure that your cat is fed well and stays healthy.

The hidden dangers of commercial cat food

Commercial cat dietary products can be dangerous, especially if it the only source of your cat’s nourishment. It can cause lots of health problems and disorders. Think of commercial cat food as the cat’s version of junk food, full of harmful compounds detrimental to the cat’s health. Be sure to feed your cat with natural foods such as steamed chicken, salmon and tuna on a regular basis.

Tips That Would Help You Groom Your Pet

Pet owners love and care for their pets. Some people are really fond of getting the best for their pets, and are always looking for options to feed them the best. If you are one of those, and are looking for grooming tools, the given suggestions will help you get the best tools for your dog. People have been using such tools for their pets since a long time and have been getting great responses.

Best Gift Ideas for Your Bowwow

Dogs are commonly known as man’s best friend for a reason. They are people’s loyal buddy and they their master’s completely. The will forgive us anything and ye they ask for so little in return. As a reward for their faithfulness, most people only think to give their dogs tasty treats.  But like people, dogs love to receive gifts too! Imagine how happy he is during Christmas morning. If your dog has birthday coming up or you’re thinking of doing your Christmas shopping early, the following gift ideas will help you make a decision on the best and ideal gift for your dog or dog lover in your life.

Top Dog Food Choices For Canines

With so many different selections of dogfoods, from dry to wet to treats, it’s no wonder why owners have a difficult time choosing. The truth of the matter is that it is easy to spot good food just by reading the first few ingredients on the package. Just as heath conscious consumers avoid over processed food, so too should pet owners. Food jam packed with corn, and meal by-product should always be avoided. The best brand to avoid at all costs is those Beneful bags that are sold just about in any store. Although, there are three brands of dog food that are both safe and healthy for dogs to enjoy; and considered by both pet experts and veterinarians as top quality dog food options. Quality dog food comes with a price tag and to cut down on costs, look around for dog food coupons, its a great way of saving money on costly quality food.

Vet Clinics Save Pets and the Environment

Vet clinics are just like any other facility that requires electricity to provide the care for our furry friends. It’s good to know that there are some clinics that take care of our pets and are also doing their share to take care of the environment.

One way for clinics to go green is to turn to cleaner sources of electricity. There’s a very good chance that the power that we get from the grid comes from coal-fired power plants. According to the World Coal Association, the world gets 41 percent of its electricity from coal-power plants.

Tips for Joint Care of Your Dog

Dear pet lovers, in this article i am going to describe about some common joint related disease of dogs. I will also provide some tips regarding the joint care for dogs.

Joint Diseases in Dog:
Noninfectious osteoarthritis is a kind of disease which is very common in aging dogs. The disease is a kind of progressive one and it is not uncommon to a veterinarian to detect this disease while regular check up of a dog. Because the symptoms are easy to recognize.
Osteoarthritis is a kind of disease in dogs which affects one out of each five dogs during their old ages. But it can also be observed in young dogs also. Hip dysplasia, ruptured cruciate ligaments, patella luxation, joint trauma, and other joint conditions are the main causes of degenerative arthritis and can also be seen in young dogs.

 Another point is that the large breed dogs suffer from this disease more than the small dog breeds. Because the dogs which are large and heavy weight, they feel extra pressure and strain in their joints and ligaments. Dogs usually feel this kind of osteoarthritis related pain when they get up in the morning or when they get up from a nap. If the surrounding of the dog is cold and damp, then the dog feels the stiffness and pain more. Degenerative arthritis can be taken care of closely, otherwise it will make the dogs life miserable.

The diagnosis is made using X-RAY and it can be found some problem in the dogs joints.

How to Treat Joint Diseases in Dog?
Dog joint disease is incurable but i can be controlled if it is properly taken care of. Joint diseases can be treated by physical therapy and also by weight control of a heavy weight dog. But if the dog is not heavy weight but still suffering from arthritis, in that case  Acupuncture is the best therapy. If the condition is severe, all of these treatments can be used at the same time. You can get more information here.

In some cases, surgical treatments like the hock of elbow can provide comfort to the dogs and restores the limb movement.

Physical Therapy of Dogs for Arthritis:

The best way to control the arthritis is physical therapy. Physical exercise like swimming is an excellent way to get rid of painful arthritis. Other type of exercises are also a great way which can be treated as physical therapy in dogs. But make sure that dogs having arthritis do not stand on their back legs or jump up and down or exercise too much.

If your dog is getting overweight then you need to control your dogs weight. Because overweight is a good cause of arthritis both in human and dogs.

Supplements for Dog Joint Diseases:

Actually supplements cannot cure dog joint diseases. But if you feed you dog at his or her younger age with the dog joint supplements then in the long run you will get good results. Because it will make the joints of your dog more healthy.

Housetraining Your Pet in 3 steps

Housetraining Your Pet in 3 steps

As soon as you arrive home with your new pet, housetraining begins. The learning process starts as you walk in the front door. Your pet learns from you and from other animals that may be present. Housetraining poses so many challenges but it is necessary to help you live harmoniously with your pet. To make it easier, there are three main things you can do to housetrain your pet effectively.
Dealing With Obesity Problems In Dogs

Dealing With Obesity Problems In Dogs

Obesity In Dogs

A recent study revealed that more than 10% of dogs in America are obese. This means that there are over seven million dogs in the country suffering from obesity and the related problems.  Many people do not know whether their dogs are obese or not. You can watch out for certain signs to find out the obesity in your dog.