Pet Therapy – How Can Pets Help Us Fight Stress?

Having a fur baby is one of the best things that can ever happen to anyone. Sure you’ll be spending a lot of money on pet food, vet visits, grooming and all the other things your baby would need but you’d also get something priceless – unconditional love.

Dogs and even cats are loving animals (though cats don’t really show it that much except for rare cases). Their love is unconditional and pure. This kind of love cannot be compared to anything and can be healing to humans in most cases. Pets can help you deal with stress, battle depressions and also help you feel joy and find laughter.

Stress Busting Benefits of Having a Fur Baby

Pets are pure souls. They love you because they just do love you. They have no hidden agenda. They don’t ask much. Just a bit of time, some food to eat and water to drink and of course your company. Unlike human relationships that require you to act or behave in a certain way, animals accept you for who you are regardless of whether your rich or poor, educated or not.

There has been countless cases of pet healing their human parents from suicidal tendencies, helping them cope with grieving and death and saving them from depression and isolation. Soldiers who suffer PTSD are said to do much better when they are accompanied by therapy cats and dogs. Kids also behave better when raced with animals. Elderly people find joy and cheer around their fur babies.


  Helps you fight stress – Being around pets help you release anti stress hormones that make you feel calm and serene. You exude oxytocin, serotonin and even endorphins when around pets. Pets cheer you up when you are lonely and sad.

Cuddle Buddies – Humans need hugs and companionship. However there are times when a human contact is not possible. Elderly people may not have companions at home and may feel isolated. Pets provide the love and friendship a person needs. Pets give you someone to snuggle with at night. They can help you feel warmth and cope with being alone.

Someone to confide with – Non pet lovers would never understand the point of talking to other pets. Pets do understand our feelings. They know it when we are sad, they know it when we are happy. Having a pet can help you cope with sadness. When you need a good cry, your pet will never judge you or let you down.

Gives you a purpose in life – For people who ask why they ever need to get up in the morning, having a pet can help them change their perspective in life. They can wake up with a purpose and want to go on living because a pet relies on them. They know that someone loves them and that they are needed and wanted because their pet is there.

Other Benefits of Furry Friends


 Pets are known to give you many benefits aside from the obvious stress relief. Dogs have guided the blind more many years now. They also aid the police and the military to help keep humans secure. Cats have been known to help children with autism as well as people who have PTSD.

Diabetic Monitoring Dogs – These dogs are trained to help those suffering from diabetes specially those who fall into the Type 1 to take sugar before their glucose level severely falls. They can smell a person’s blood and notice the acidity rate associated with low blood sugar. They would then notify or even wake up their owners to get up and take some sugars.\

These dogs have proved their worth by saving many kids who are sleeping and had almost died due to hypoglycemia however these dogs woke them up and notified them.

Seizure Aid Dogs – These dogs help people who have seizures such as those suffering from epilepsy. They put their bodies under the person’s head so that the person who gets the seizure will not crack his or her skull during the seizure.

Cancer Sniffing Dogs – Dogs have very powerful noses and they can know if a person has cancer just by olfactory indicators.

Therapy Cats – Cats may have a mind of their own but their charm comes from their aloof nature. When they start being loving and sweet, it’s forever. They can be loyal too though it may not be obvious all the time. Cats can provide kids who have autism association. They can also aid those who have suffered trauma a sweet and loving refuge.

How to Reciprocate Doggy or Kitty’s Love

Dogs and cats know if their owners do love them. They need to have their love returned too. They need affection and time with their human parents.

Spend time with them – Dogs really need your attention because without it, they would feel anxious. When you ignore dog, they can grow restless and destructive.

Cats on the other hand may or may not want your attention. But unlike popular belief, cats do build relationships with their owners. They like playing and goofing around too.

Give them good food – Pets need a healthy diet. They need to eat proper food to avoid getting sick. A poor diet can lead to an early mortality.

Frequent vet visits – Doctors know best so going to one is a must if you have a pet dog or cat or turtle or whatever it maybe. Don’t play doctor quack around your furry baby, because this can endanger their life.

Can Your Dog Understand You?

chihuahua-1850477_640Any dog parent has probably wondered if their fur baby understood them or not. Many have often wondered if a dog can understand human speech, emotions and actions. Scientists and veterinarians have tried to experiment and investigate to understand the canine species and know if they can understand their owners words and feelings.

Dogs are apparently one of the smartest species aside from humans and primates. They have large heads which are well proportioned to their bodies which means that they also have large brains. They can do tricks, be trained, help people and even rescue individuals in times of emergencies. There is no doubt dogs can comprehend things.

Can Dogs Understand Emotions?

Emotions are universal specially for mammals. We all feel hunger, love, pain, sadness and anxiety. Cats, dogs, hamsters, elephants, monkeys and humans feel emotions. Even though other animals may not be able to speak or move like humans, they sure can understand feelings.

Dogs are very good at detecting emotions. They normally sense when their owners are angry, happy or sad. At times, the dog’s temperament is a reflection of how his or her owner behaves.

1. Happiness – Dogs know if you are happy because they can sense the amount of energy you have and the way you smile. Dogs feel happy too if their owners are happy.

2. Sadness – Dogs are the best companions in times of pain, misery and sorrow. A lot of times, your dog can sense the loneliness that you feel even if others around you cannot do so. Studies have shown that dogs are also good at lifting your spirits when you feel down. Dog owners are likely to feel less depressed than those who do not own dogs.

3. Anger – Dogs are very sensitive to anger. They can cower or even retaliate even if you are not directly angry at them. They can sense the aggression in you and can become aggressive themselves.

4. Fear – Dogs are most sensitive to fear. They can actually smell fear. Like bees, dogs have a special instinct when it comes to fear. They know that if their owner is fearful, they must help them. On the other hand, if the fear is coming from a stranger, dogs may attack to protect their home and family.

Can Dogs Understand Human Speech?

girl-636874_640For many, many years dogs have lived with humans and served many domestic purposes. Dogs have been used as police dogs, guide dogs, farm dogs, sheep herders, playmates and dogs are even friends. Through many years of being exposed to humans, dogs have learned to interpret human speech and words into commands and actions. They have also learned to associate objects with words.

Being man’s best friend has allowed the domestic dog who came from a wild wolf to get to understand human speech. According to studies an average dog can recall about 165 words. A dog can even learn more words if his human parent takes time to teach him.

One very famous dog known as Rico joined a TV show and showed that he could remember 200 words. After that show, he got training and was able to recall more words. Another dog from South Carolina named Chaser, a Boarder Collie was able to remember about 1022 words.

This means that dog can understand human speech. Scientists also trained 13 dogs to lie still for an MRI scan. They found out that dogs recall and understand words similar to how humans do. Their right brain processes the emotion related to the word and their left brain tries to interpret it. When the two sides of the brain are in sync, the dogs felt happy with understanding the word.

How Can You Make Your Dog Understand You?

In order for your dog to understand both your emotions, messages and words, you need to have a special bond with him. Training can help the dog unlock his intelligence. Spending time with your dog fosters familiarity which fosters understanding.

Yes your dog can understand you. Most of the time a dog can love you way more than any other human can. For your dog, you are his life and light. He will do anything and everything for you so try to understand him too. Get to know his likes and dislikes. What he wants to play with or how he likes to play. Spend time with him on walks. Dogs are one of the best things that have ever happened to this planet, treasure yours.

How is Your Dog’s Dental Health?

How's Your Dog's Dental Health?Your dog has teeth. This is a fact. And if your dog has teeth, then he needs dental care. But you ask, “Is the dental health of my dog really important?” The answer is YES! Your dog’s dental health is very important.

A pet’s dental health is one of the most neglected yet one of the most important factors in providing your furry friend a good overall health. Even though dogs’ teeth are much stronger than human’s, they are still susceptible to tartar, plaque, gum disease and tooth decay. Poor oral health can lead to various diseases such as liver, heart and kidney problems. A dog who has an unhealthy mouth will also suffer from loss of appetite and depression.

How to Take Care of My Dog’s Oral Health?

Like any other creature, your dog needs oral well being. Having issues with your mouth can cause many problems, not to mention the discomfort of having painful teeth and gums. If you love your pet, you will make sure that his or her mouth is happy and healthy.

1. Start Them Young

Tooth brushing can be pretty uncomfortable when your dog is already an adult and dislikes how a tooth brush feels in his mouth. When he is a puppy, he is likely to find it like play. It can be a bit annoying for him but he will acclimate to tooth brushing much easier than if he was an adult.

2. Regular Vet Visits

Consulting your vet and having your dog’s teeth and mouth checked out can help you find out if your dog’s mouth is healthy or if he has any issues in there. The vet can also prescribe toothpaste or doggy treats that can clean out your dog’s mouth and teeth. Some veterinarians may find that your dog’s oral health is pretty bad and may need to do a dental procedure to clean up his teeth, gums and sometimes even remove teeth. These dental procedures need anesthesia and thus prevention is better than cure.

3. Make the Tooth Brushing Comfortable

Dogs are responsive and loving animals. If you speak to your dog gently and make him comfortable then you can expect less resistance from him as you clean his mouth. Try doing this task when your dog has already had his daily exercise and is pretty calm and docile.

When you brush his mouth, try choosing a tooth paste that has a delicious flavor like chicken or beef. Never use human toothpaste because this can harm the dog due to fluoride.

Gently brush your dog’s teeth at a 45 degree angle and with gentle strokes at first. After the brushing is done, give him a doggie treat so that he is more likely to want to have teeth brushed again. You can use dental doggie treats that have special properties that help clean a dog’s teeth.

4. Dry Dog Food Prevent Dental Problems

Wet food normally tends to stick on your dog’s teeth and get stuck in between them. This causes tartar, plaque and tooth decay. On the other hand, kibbles, according to veterinarians and experts help clean out your dog’s teeth and mouth. There are specialized dog treats that are used to clean your dog’s teeth. Dry food rubs on your dog’s teeth and helps remove surface build up.

5. Chew Toys and Chew Bones

Chew toys and chew bones helps your dog to get rid of tartar and clean the surface of his teeth. These toys also strengthen his teeth. On the other hand they are not enough to keep your dog’s teeth clean and free from disease. These toys however need to be sturdy so that they don’t break easily and damage your dog’s teeth.

6. Be Your Dog’s First Line of Defense

Being vigilant when it comes to your dog’s health can help him live happier, healthier and longer. You have to observe your dog’s mouth to know if he is having any problems. If you notice bad breath, sudden lethargy, loss of appetite, changes in his mouth and depression, then it may be a sign that he is suffering from teeth and gum problems.

Check his mouth for the following issues:

Checking your doggie's teeth

  • Bad breath

  • Tartar buildup on his teeth; check the front, back and the sides of his teeth.

  • Pinkish or reddish gums that look swollen

  • Misaligned teeth.

  • Discolored teeth; e.g. blacked teeth or severely colored teeth

  • Bleeding in the gums

  • Canker sores and ulcers in his mouth

If you notice any of this, please bring your dog to the vet right away since this may mean severe pain on the part of your dog.

Your dog needs your to be the one to watch out for his health. He cannot talk or tell you how he feels directly. Dogs are like little children that need our supervision and love to live happily. If you look after your dog and his teeth, can have a happy smile all through out his life.

Why is My Pet Not Eating and What to Do?

Has your dog lost his appetite?

Has your dog lost his appetite?

There are many reasons why your pets may not be eating. If your pet is not eating, his or her health may suffer. This may lead to severe weight loss, sickness and eventual death. Identifying the reason why he or she is not eating is very important in order for you to help him or her get better.

If your pet has not been eating well for the last couple of days, you should consult a veterinarian. On the other hand prior to going to the veterinarian there are a few things you must first take into account in order for your vet to better help out your dog, cat or rabbit find out why your furbaby is not eating.

Things to Consider

When your pet is not eating anything or is eating very little, chances are he is not feeling very well. He would have low energy and would feel scared and be unable to show the same energy that he once have had. There are many factors why your pet may not be eating. Identifying them can help save his life.

1. Tooth and gum problem


  If your pet is suffering from tooth or gum problem, it is very likely that he will refuse eating. He may be trying to eat little by little as well or eat very slowly. You can check his gums and teeth to make sure. If his gums are very pink, then this is a sign of gum disease or gingivitis. On the other hand if his teeth are also yellow, they may also have rotten inside. His breath my also be an indication to his oral health.

Pets are not unlike people. They also need oral hygiene, everyday just like us humans. Most humans however neglect this part of the hygiene of their pet. Pets normally have long sharp teeth that humans always try to stay away from and so we never brushed their teeth as a puppy or a kitten.

2. Kidney or Urinary Disease or Infection

When your furbaby is suffering from inability to pee, he or she will likely have a fever. He will be very lethargic and be unable to move a lot. As a result he or she may lose any energy to eat. If you observe that he dribbles as he pees or rarely pees, then this is a red flag that may indicate that he has a kidney problem. This requires immediate attention and so bringing him to your vet right away is needed.

3. Old Age

When your cat or dog is becoming old, he will likely not have the capacity to eat like he did before. His gums may have already eroded and his teeth may already be decaying. Aside from that his digestive system may already be weaker. He may need a special diet in order to help him cope with his aging body. Older dogs may not be able to eat as well as before, just like humans who grow older too. They become more lethargic and their body ache too. Giving them the proper attention and diet can help improve the quality of their life as they age.

4. Worm Infestation

If your pet has stomach and intestinal worms, chances are he is finding it difficult to eat because he has severe stomach pain. He may even experience diarrhea, vomiting and dizziness. His worms may lead to infections. He may have lesions in his stomach, intestines and his heart may be affected too.

5. Tick and Flea Problems

Ticks and Fleas drink up your pet’s blood. This causes severe itching when they suck up blood and also causes severe lethargy. In some cases, this also leads to seizures and paralysis. When your pet cannot eat, it may be a symptom of a flea or tick issue.

On the other hand, some tick and flea solutions such as chemical formulations may actually cause serious effects on your pet on top of getting rid of the ticks and fleas. These can cause side effects such as dizziness, vomiting, lethargy, lack of appetite and many more. Sometimes, instead of doing good they lead to more harm.

6. Change of Food

Simple things such as the change in his diet can make your dog or cat lose his or appetite. Slowly introducing a new kind of food is the key. Sometimes he will not like a certain kind of food at all. Do not force your pet to like a certain type of food because this will bring more harm than good. Proper adjustment is needed if you ever plan to change his or her diet.

7. He May Be Under Stress

Have your recently have had a new pet or a new person in your house? Did you move the furniture? Or have you moved to a new place? Stress affects your dog or cat’s diet as well. They may feel depressed, anxious and fearful causing them lose their appetite.

What To Do When Your Cat is Not Eating

sick catWhen your pet is not eating he may under a lot of stress just like when a human refuses to eat. He or she may be in pain or may be too lonely to even touch his or her food. Observe him closely. At first try to give him soft food in order for him just to have something in his or her stomach. But bringing him to the vet can help save his life. If the pet is having renal or liver failure bringing him today versus bringing him tomorrow can spell life or death.

You should also watch out for signs of poisoning. He may have been poisoned by anti flea or anti tick agents. If this happens wash him well and rush him to the vet.

If your dog or cat dislikes the food that you recently gave him, try to incorporate play into his meal time to help him adjust to the food. Always remember to give him the time and attention he or she needs because eating is a great sign of another problem.

Your vet can really help you find out what is wrong with your pet. Always monitor his eating and drinking habits. Your pet is not just an animal who lives in your house. He or she is your family member who depends on you to keep him safe and healthy.

Preparing Your Own Dog Food

Preparing Your Own Dog Food

Have you ever wondered what goes into that can of wet dog food or that bag of kibbles? You have probably tried to read those small letters on the back of the label to figure out what goes into the food of your furry baby. Probably your dog also wonders what goes into that dog food. You may have often thought if all these stuff are really good for your dog or it is making him fat or even worse, sick.

Much like preferring something which is home cooked rather eating some frozen TV dinners, our dogs would much be delighted to eat food that has been lovingly prepared for them. Of course it takes time, knowledge and some effort to do but it does go a long, long way to help our pooches attain wellness. By preparing home cooked meals for them, we can ensure that what goes into their bodies. Moreover, we can customize the meal to suit their nutritional needs.

What Kind of Food Should I Put Into the Mix?

What Kind of Food Should I Put Into the Mix?

Dogs have specific nutritional needs similar to any specie. He has specific dietary requirements that needs to be met in order to live a healthy life. There are many conflicting articles on the internet regarding what our canine friends truly need. Some say they can eat raw meat while some say not to give them raw meat. Other articles point out giving food with carbs while others say that these cause sicknesses and obesity.

Protein – In the wild, before dogs became domesticated, they were natural hunters. You can see this just by looking at their facial structure. They have elongated snouts and mouth areas which makes eating meat easier. They have long canine teeth that helps tear down carcasses easier. Essentially dogs need about 50% to 60% protein in their daily food intake. Research shows that dogs can consume raw meat because unlike humans, they have shorter intestinal tracts and this prevents bacterial issues such as salmonella and e-coli. They also have strong gastric juices that can digest meat easily as well as teeth that can tear it apart with ease.

Protein helps them to build muscle and gives them strength. Raw meat has enzymes such as iron and zinc which are naturally occurring as well. Some amino acids break down due to cooking so feeding raw meat is good to ensure optimal protein intake. On the other hand, introducing cooked chicken breast meat or cooked fish is also good to help keep variety and avoid fur shedding since some dogs may have fish and poultry allergies and can cause their fur to fall. Consulting your vet before preparing your own food is important.

Vegetables and fruits – Contrary to popular belief that dogs and vegetables are not friends, well they are. Your dogs can benefit from eating vegetables such as squash and carrots. It can provide them essential vitamins and minerals as well as fibre. Fibre in a dog’s diet can help fight constipation. Mixing an amount of 25% of veggies and fruits into the homemade food can help him achieve good nutrition. Apples, bananas and oranges (with no seeds) can be given to dogs.

Carbohydrates – Some people say that dogs should not consume carbs but they can benefit from eating a little from this food group. Gluten free options are good for dogs such as potatoes, barley and rice. Some dogs have intolerances to gluten and hard to digest fibrous carbohydrate sources. Fibre is good for them but not too much. Since dogs have a short intestinal tracts, eating too much fibre can cause them stomach irritations and diarrhoea. Only about 15% to 20% of a dog’s diet should come from carbohydrates.

Calcium and Omega-3 – Dogs do need many nutrients and minerals but they would benefit the most from calcium and omega-3. Calcium helps keep their bones and teeth strong. Dogs need a lot of calcium since they have long teeth. This helps keep them sharp and strong. It also helps them fight osteoarthritis and bone degradation. Omega-3, on the other hand helps them have beautiful and shiny coat. It also helps fight heart problems and keeps their cholesterol levels low. Adding ground egg shells or calcium supplements can help your dog get his calcium needs. You can also give him yogurt as long has he has no problems with dairy. Yogurt also has probiotics that can help him stay away from sicknesses. Omega-3 is normally available in fish such as mackerel. Try to avoid feeding your dog raw salmon as it is high in mercury can cause poisoning and also skin irritations.

Food That My Dogs Should Never Have

What Kind of Food Should I Put Into the Mix?

When preparing your own dog food, you must stay away from food that can cause your dog to get sick. Many human food that are not poisonous to us can cause irritations, seizures and other illnesses in our dogs. Common food that your dog should avoid are chocolates and chips of course. Chocolates are poisonous for dogs and cats and cause their hearts to stop. Chips contain MSG or monosodium glutamate that may cause seizures, lethargy as well as allergies in your dog.

  • Garlic, onions and leeks – All vegetables that come from a bulb such as garlic, chives, onions, and leeks should be avoided by your dog. Dogs can suffer from a sudden drop of blood pressure if he or she eats these vegetables. This can cause heart failure as well as a coma. On a less serious note, this bulbs can give the dog anaemia which if unnoticed can eventually be harmful.
  • Avocado – Avocado contain high amounts of fatty acids and fibre. This combination can cause him severe diarrhoea. Avocados contain persin which can be a problematic substance to birds, horses, cats and dogs. This can cause difficulty breathing in smaller dogs and indigestion in larger dogs.
  • Grapes and Raisins – Grapes and raisins are very harmful to dogs. Studies have not yet revealed the reason why these fruits are deadly to dogs but a lot of cases have shown kidney problems. This can affect a dog’s urinary tract and even cause instant death. It may also cause dehydration, vomiting and gastric distress.
  • Macadamia Nuts – Although not totally fatal, macadamia nuts should never be given to dogs because they cause a rise in body temperature such as a fever. It also shows effects that are similar to gout or arthritis. Dogs who have eaten this nut seem to be in pain in their hind legs and some even experience shaking.

The most important step in making your own dog food is to first consult your vet. Some dogs may have allergies and irritations to certain food. You may also consult an animal nutritionist so that he can help you create a meal plan for your pooch. He or she can help you create the recipes. Unlike humans, dogs do not need to have their food seasoned by salt or pepper. Natural flavours are best for our pets. Actually commercial food are loaded with sodium to enhance the flavour but natural food which is truly meaty does not need added salt.

If you plan to cook the food try to cook the vegetables well since dogs cannot digest them well or puree them before mixing them to the meat. Try to make sure that the container you used is washed to avoid contamination. If you plan to cook the meat, beef, lamb, pork and game should not be cooked over medium rare to maintain the amino acids. Chicken or fish can be cooked well to avoid allergies. Remove excess skin or fat from the meat since dogs only need 10% of fat in their daily diet can get cardiovascular diseases if fed too much.

Remember the food that should be avoided by your dog. If you plan to keep the food in batches, remember to store them properly. Freezing is the best method of storage since it keeps the freshness of the food. This also makes home cooked dog food more accessible and less time consuming.

Preparing your own dog food can really help your dog achieve good health. Senior dogs and puppies will feel better with carefully planned food. This can also ensure that irritants and allergens are removed from his diet. Making your own dog food can solve many problems brought about by commercially bought dog food.




Knowing Your Dog’s Age

How old is my dog?

A lot of people have been curious in finding out the real age of their dogs. Most people say that it is but a simple formula of multiplying a human year by seven. But a dog’s age may vary depending on his size and breed. Dogs also go through adolescence just like humans do. Their body undergo changes before they reach their peak and become an adult. And just like humans dogs become seniors too at some point. Determining a dog’s age can really help your pet in attaining optimal health and wellness.

How Do We Compute for a Dog’s Age?

A long time ago, people thought that there was about a very simple formula in knowing the age of a dog. Most said that you just needed to multiply the age of the dog by seven and that was it. Recent studies have proven this study as an over generalization and that it is invalid.

There are many several different theories about a dog’s age. Generally the bigger the dog the earlier they become seniors and live shorter. They become geriatric at the age of 5-6 years old. Middle sized dogs normally become old when they hit the age of 8-10 years old. Small dogs like shihtzus and Chihuahuas normally age the slowest and become seniors by the age of 9-11 human years.

A dog’s weight can be used as a guideline on how he ages and matures. A large dog is normally about fifty pounds or more. A medium sized dog weighs about 21lbs to 50lbs and has a medium sized body much like a Labrador retriever. Smaller dogs weigh about 20lbs or less. Generally, they all are of the same age until they reach the age of five human years where the increments of aging as compared to human years vary.

The first year of a dog’s life is where he matures and undergoes many changes. When he turns one in the human calendar, he would be a fifteen year old teen. When the dog becomes two, He would then be 24. After the second year in his life, his body size would now play the role in determining his age. Smaller dogs would now tend to age about four years per year on his third human year. A medium sized dog would age in increments of five years per calendar year. Large dogs on the other hand would age the fastest at about nine years per human year. There is no exact science yet in this determination of age as compared to human years. What is the best way to see it is seeing milestones in a dog’s life as compared to a human’s life stages. There are many factors that influence a dog’s age as much a human’s body age does. For example a human can be 29 in calendar years but he may be living in a body of a 50 year old due to a poor diet. This is the same for all pets. The quality of their food, their breed, their lifestyle as well as their living space can affect how much they mature in each passing day of their lives. Worming your dog can generally allow him to live much longer, as well as getting rid of fleas and ticks. These pests shorten a dog’s life span and ages him greatly because they take away nutrients that your pet needs to stay vibrant and healthy.

Simply put, your dog may fall into a specific aging category but may not necessarily be at that age level because he is healthier than most other dogs which makes him younger, or older because he is less healthy. Giving your dog the ample attention he needs will allow him to live out his years. On the other hand there is still a maximum age for dogs which is about 29. No dog has ever been recorded to have surpassed this age. The closest one ever recorded died at the age of 27.

Benefits of Knowing Your Dog’s Age

Knowing YOur Dog's Age

There are many benefits of knowing how old your dog is. This would allow you to support him properly and provide for his needs better. It may also allow you to plan activities with him and not misunderstand his actions. Generally younger dogs have more energy than older dogs. Older and senior dogs sometimes get tired easily and they may have some pains in their muscles and joints. Once you have determined your dog’s age, you can use that information to help him go through his life.

Breeding and Mating dogs – Most dogs reach sexual maturity at the age of one year old. At this point, your furry friend’s age would be equivalent to 15. But this does not mean they are already ready to mate and reproduce. Dogs are just like people, who cannot be responsible parents when they are just in their teens. By the time they are at two years of age, dogs would now be equivalent to a mid-twenties adult of twenty four. They are then ready to mate and reproduce. By this time they are more emotionally secure and have outgrown the mood swings of their adolescence.

Exercise and Training – A young dog of about two to three years of age is the peak of a dog’s life. He is very trainable at this age. He would normally long for active exercise such as fetching and running. He can play with you for a long time. At this time, your dog can learn a lot of tricks. Starting six months of age, you can introduce house breaking to him; you teach potty training, socialization and some games. However as your dog ages, he may have some cognitive issues. He may experience dementia and other neurological issues which would make him easy to forget. This would mean that you need to be more patient in teaching him something. His senses may not be as keen as before so you may have to peak his attention first.

Vet Visits – When a dog is young he needs to visit the vet very often to get his shots. As he grows up, he may only need it once or twice per year. The general rule is that once he goes beyond one year old, he may only need yearly checkups aside from the deworming that is every six months; which you may do at home.

Older dogs who have become seniors really need much attention from vets. They need to be checked for diseases such as kidney problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity or weight loss. He may exhibit no bad symptoms but he may be suffering something since as they age, they become more susceptible to getting sick. Oxidation affects their body much more and little things may trigger illnesses.

Food and Diet – Dogs may have different needs as they grow. Some dogs when they are young or old need to have supplements because they may need it to support their health. Most adult to middle aged dogs do not need supplements and can be healthy from taking complete pet food. As a general rule, dogs should not be overweight or underweight since both of these pose threats to their health. Feeding them organic food or food that is free from harmful ingredients can prolong their life.

Pet Care and Attention – If your dog is young, he normally would be teething which would mean that he would like to chew on things. This would require chew toys to keep him away from your shoes. He would also need grooming and bathing more. As the dog ages, he may not be able to take getting a bath too often since the change in temperature can cause him to get a cold or cough. Older dogs may feel sad and depressed too at times so you need to show them affection. Some dogs who age need to wear doggie diapers to prevent him from peeing in the house. An arthritic bed can help him feel more comfortable. Also this would allow you to know if your dog is just having growing pains of is just plain aggressive.

Final Words

Dogs may age differently just as humans do. Giving your pet some love and support at every stage of his life is vital for him to live well. You can prolong his life by avoiding bad food and pests in his body. I’m sure you love your dog, just as much I love mine and I know that you’d love him to blow out more birthday candles if possible.

I try my best to provide him healthy food and also we go to the vet at least twice a year. I treat my doggie like my own son and I love him so much that it would break my heart if one day he passes. Dogs are man’s best friend and they should be treated like a friend.


The Death of My Puppy Milo


The Death of My Puppy Milo

This story was shared to me by one of my friends who had some shih tzus. She wrote this story for me so that people who will read it will learn about doggie worms and how it took away one of her beloved pets.

dog death due to wormsA few months ago my dog Princess got pregnant. I was so excited about having puppies. It felt so great to have our family become big

ger. Princess had three puppies they were so adorable and cute. I named them Oreo, Bingo and Milo. They all seemed happy and content. I was so excited to play with them. The puppies grew fast.

After two weeks from being born I observed that Milo was not as active he seemed to be sick and sad all the time. I tried my best to cheer him up. He seemed to be losing weight. He had not ticks or fleas so I did not know what to do anymore. I decided to bring him to the vet. He had worms. He had round worms and tape worms. It was pretty bad. I saw him wanting to fight for his life and live. I tried to give him milk since he could not suck from Princess since he was now much smaller than Oreo and Bingo. They sometimes picked on him which made me so sad. I just wanted to cry. I used a syringe to give him milk but he could not take it. I felt frustrated because I did not want him to die. I got sick to at that time. I had severe strep throat. The doctor said I was about to be a goner but luckily I got better. But Milo was just getting worse and worse. We decided to just bring him back to the vet and have him confined. It really broke my heart to leave him there. He was so small and fragile. He cried a lot. He wanted his mommy. We tried to visit him every day.

On the fifth day of his confinement, we received a shocking text message, Milo is gone. If only I had treated him early for worms. I only had brought him to the vet. If I had tried some natural remedies like dried pumpkin seeds in their water or food. He might have survived. I just did not know what to do since he was so small and was just starting to eat and most often just drank milk from his mom. It was so heartbreaking. I cried and cried for several days and could not just move on.

Now I try to give me dogs some natural anti-worm products. I give them one I got from the internet. It made them stronger. I just cannot take losing another pet. I love them so much. I hope this story helps you fight for your beloved doggies. A death of a pet is not just a death of an animal, it’s a death of a loved one. It really tears you apart.

dog death due to wormsOur pets deserve the best from the moment they are born. Usually they cannot fight for themselves because they can’t talk or speak. They just suffer in silence. Sometimes we give them stuff that is bad for them but they just take it since they don’t want to disappoint us.

The death of Milo taught me many things. It has taught me that life is precious and that every minute counts. The more we delay treating our pets the more they get sick.

My friend Laura is now trying to pick up the pieces. Her dogs are now happy and healthy. She tries to give them organic food and food supplements to fight any sicknesses.

Getting Rid Of Fleas

Guest Post by Fabian M

There’s nothing worse than lying on the couch, scratching your dogs head when you feel something tickling the hair on your arm and that’s when you see it. That little black spot on your arm you realize is a flea. Realizing your dog has fleas can often put you into a panic that makes you want to throw every fabric surface in the house, from the sofa to the pillow dog beds, outside and douse it with bleach, but don’t worry. Recovering from a flea infestation is a simple, but painstaking process.

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