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.