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Understanding Mysterious Felines

Kitty cats are really something, aren’t they? They are cuddly, lovable, and often can be our best friends. They are amazing a play a major role in our lives. However, those cute kitties have some strange habits and rituals that leaves us scratching our heads. Has one of your cats ever ran outside simply to eat grass? Have you ever witnessed a cat who kneads on a blanket or soft surface? These are just a couple of the odd habits I am talking about. Even though it seems weird to us, there are logical reasons behind these unusual tendencies. Let’s take a minute to discuss why felines have these peculiar habits.

There are cats who like to catch a bite of grass when they can. It might seem abnormal to you but they have a reason for doing it. So why do cats eat grass? Many times cats will nibble on some grass when they have an upset stomach or have are having trouble digesting certain kinds of foods. Eating grass also helps your cat rid itself of any hairballs that they are having trouble getting rid of. It also provides added nutrients to your cat that they might not be getting from their cat food. It is very rare, but a cat might consume as a method of oral fixation. Some cats with behavioral issues have a tendency to chew on unusual objects and grass is one of these. While grass is not completely dangerous to your cat you should discourage the behavior. Some people put pesticides or other types of chemicals onto their lawns and this could make your cat extremely ill.

If you have ever seen a cat push its paws back and forth on a blanket or soft surface this is called kneading. You may be wondering why do cats knead on those blankets. There are several reasons why a cat might do this.  One reason they do this is to create a comforting place to sleep. The most common reason a cat kneads is to show their happiness and appreciation as well as feeling of content. Similar to what dogs do when they urinate on objects, cats may also be marking their territories, meaning, stay away from my blanket! Kittens tend to knead against their mother when they were being fed so some also believe that they are trying to generate some form of nourishment. This could mean that your cat may have been taken away from their mother too soon and are simply trying to recreate that feeling of nourishment.

Cats are unique creatures but there is a reason behind all of the silly little things they do. They tend to love us no matter what so I am sure we can manage to do that for them.


Food That Is Good For You, But Bad For Your Pet

Just like humans, dogs need to have a healthy diet. A good, versatile diet can really have a surprising impact on not just your health, but your behavior and mood as well – the same thing exists in dogs. Dogs that get enough food, but not too much – and eat healthily – are noticeably more active, happier, and enjoyable to be around than dogs who don’t do any of that. Too many dog owners just get lazy when it comes to monitor their pup’s diets, and they let them eat whatever they want. Table scraps might be on the menu far more often then they should be. This can lead to an obese dog, or worse yet, death. Here are some things to keep in mind when developing a diet for your dog.

Obviously dog food and the regular kebble bowl is pretty much required. With that said, you and your dog might get sick of it. Dog food can be expensive and sometimes you run out and just can’t get to the store in time to get some more. This is when having a creative knowledge of what a dog can eat is helpful. Giving your dog a dessert is perfectly fine too. My personal favorite dessert for my dog is yogurt. A lot of dog owners don’t realize that your dog can actually eat yogurt! Not every dog though, you must take some very serious precautionary measures before you feed your dog yogurt. First of all, you need to make sure that your pup is not lactose intolerant. If you aren’t sure, then go online and search to see what some signs are for your dog. Some of these signs vary depending on the size of your dog though, so things might be different for a medium-sized dog breed compared to another.

I would definitely recommend favoring low-fat yogurt over yogurt with more fat in it. Your dog might enjoy the fattier yogurt more, but you won’t when he or she gets diarrhea from it. Low-fat yogurt is much easier on the digestive system and is generally healthier for your dog. Giving your dog too much fatty foods could lead to pancreatitis! I also like chopping up some fruits and putting them in the yogurt as well. Again, there are some fruits that you need to avoid. Grapes for instance are like poison to dogs, and should be avoided at all costs. However, a banana is a good, healthy, delicious choice!

The Pink Eyed Dogs

The Pink Eyed Dogs

Just like humans dogs can get diseases and conditions that are unbearable for them to stand. In many cases these diseases and conditions can be treated with medication. Conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, and pink eye are all conditions that both humans and dogs can obtain. Arthritis can be a painful condition in both dogs and humans. The good thing is there is a medicine that can help your dog through the pain. Pink eye is another condition that can be treated with medication as well. Here are some of those medications to help treat your pet’s illnesses.

Humans can get pink eye but can dogs get pink eye as well? The answer is yes they can. Conjunctivitis in dogs is actually quite common. Pinkeye is typically caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies, and sometimes disorders of the auto immune system. Sometimes pinkeye can be caused by simple irritants such as dust and cigarette smoke. Some of the symptoms are swelling, rubbing of the eyes, discharge, and redness of the eyes. The good news is that pink eye can be treated and dogs as well. To keep your dog from consistently scratching his eye a veterinarian like prescribe a topical ointment to assist with the itching and swelling.

Most of the time pink eye is simply caused by an irritant but can also be caused by an autoimmune disorder. So it is important to make sure your dog is checked out by a veterinarian. Never let any of these conditions go untreated. If your dog is getting pink eye on multiple occasions this could be signs of a more serious disorder so it is important to make sure they are checked out.

Probiotics have the potential to do a lot of positive things for your dog. They have the ability to boost their immune system as well as addressing any bacterial imbalances. Probiotics and potentially eliminate disease causing bacteria within your pet. Purina makes the best probiotics for dogs called Fortiflora that is a probiotic supplement for dogs. This supplement helps to reduce gas in dogs as well as other stomach problems such as diarrhea. Giving your dog one pack of the supplement daily could make a big difference in their overall intestinal health. Nutramax also makes a similar product that promotes a healthy digestive tract in your pet. It helps to eliminate diarrhea and can be used as a long term solution for tummy troubles.

While there are many medications that can help your pet there are other medications that can harm them. It is important to recognize the signs of any serious health issue and report it to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Taking good care of your dog’s health is a great way to make sure they stay strong and healthy for a long time.

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The Ugly Side Of Rimadyl

The Ugly Side Of Rimadyl

Just like humans dogs can get diseases and conditions that are unbearable for them to stand. In many cases these diseases and conditions can be treated with medication. Conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, and pink eye are all conditions that both humans and dogs can obtain. Arthritis can be a painful condition in both dogs and humans. The good thing is there is a medicine that can help your dog through the pain. Pink eye is another condition that can be treated with medication as well. Here are some of those medications to help treat your pet’s illnesses.

Rimadyl is a drug for dogs that assists them through their arthritis symptoms. Rimadyl has very few side effects and is safe for dogs to take. Rimadyl is an anti-inflammatory drug that has been approved by the FDA to relieve pain and inflammation in dogs with arthritis. Pain medications such as aspirin are useful for humans can be toxic to your pet. Thankfully Rimadyl is there to help your dog through their pain and suffering that is caused by arthritis. It is highly recommended by many veterinarian all across the world and has been proven safe for your dog to take once or twice a day. This is the first medication to be approved in the United States for dogs who suffer with arthritis. Rimadyl is not harmful to your pet and can help them get back to their normal lives.

Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition which your dog’s skin is unable to hold moisture. This condition is typically caused by the use of harsh soaps and detergents as well as extreme weather changes. It can also be caused by an allergic reaction. Although it is very itchy and uncomfortable for your pet to endure there are treatments for this illness. Atopica for dogs is a medicine you can give your pet to relieve pain and itching caused by atopic dermatitis. This medicine typically comes in the form of a capsule and you can get it to your pet for up to 30 days. There are some side effects of this medication when given to your dog. If your dog is experiencing excessive vomiting or diarrhea you want to contact your veterinarian immediately. There are some less common side effects such as urinary tract infection or mild discomfort of the eye.

It is extremely important to take care of your pet and make sure that he gets the vaccinations that he needs to prevent disease and infection. If you think that your pet has atopic dermatitis make sure you see your vet right away. Protecting your dog from unwanted diseases is the best way to show him that you care.

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Vaccinations: Better Safe Than Sorry

Vaccinations: Better Safe Than Sorry

Getting a new puppy can be a really exciting time for everyone in your family. Making sure he has plenty of food, a warm place to sleep, and lots of love are are extremely important things to remember when taking care of your new puppy. Another important thing to remember is that your puppy is going to need to be vaccinated. Knowing what shots your puppy is going to need is crucial to their health and well-being. If you do not vaccinate your puppy you’re putting them at risk for a number of different diseases and illnesses. So you may need to make a new puppy vaccination schedule.

There are a number of diseases that are widespread all over the country in the world. So making sure that your puppy is vaccinated against these diseases is crucial. In many cases not only are you protecting your dog but you are protecting you and your family against harmful diseases. Rabies is one vaccination that is required by law on the state, local, and national levels. Canine distemper is also an important vaccination the fight against. It is extremely contagious and it is a viral illness and which there is no cure. It can be contracted through the air or through another dog. Symptoms of this illness are high fever, seizures, and watery discharge. Make sure your dog is vaccinated for this disease as it can be fatal to your pet.

It is possible for your dog to obtain other diseases and conditions that will take more than just a supplement to treat. Heart worms are a common condition in dogs that can be treated with different types of medication. Ivermectin is a treatment for dogs with heart worm infections. It is amazing what this medication can do for heart worm infections however there are some serious side effects that come with it.

Specific breeds of dogs such as the collie, German shepherd, and the Old English sheepdog to have a sensitivity to this medication. Some of the side effects are: drooling, seizures, vomiting, slow heartbeat, and loss of appetite. If you notice any of the side effects and your pet while taking this medication consult your veterinarian immediately. If you have one of those breeds of dogs it is important to make sure that this medication is never prescribed as a means to treat heart worm infections.

While there are many medications that can help your pet there are other medications that can harm them. It is important to recognize the signs of any serious health issue and report it to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Taking good care of your dog’s health is a great way to make sure they stay strong and healthy for a long time.

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Homemade Health

Homemade Health

If you are a dog owner you know how important it can be to keep your dog healthy. Another priority may also be for you to give them something to chew on so you do not have to worry about them chewing up your shoes or your other household belongings. Bully sticks are an awesome solution to keep your dog from causing other problems throughout your home. They are all-natural and have nutritional value for your pet. So you may be curious to know where you can get bully sticks and what some of the best ones are for your dog.

So what are the best bully sticks for dogs?

Redbarn Natural Bully Slices is a great choice for smaller dogs who like to chew on furniture and shoes but cannot handle large bully sticks. You can purchase these types of treats at pet stores, grocery stores, as well as through online outlets. Most of them are made from cow’s ears and have some type of gravy coating on them. These will help keep your dog’s teeth healthy as well as give them a delicious treat to snack on. And you don’t have to worry about them chewing on your shoes!

There are many other healthy dog treats out there for your pet. Some of the best healthy treats for dogs can make a big difference in their health and well-being. When picking out a treat for your dog you want to make sure that you pick out something that is nutritious and delicious all at the same time. You want to make sure that the treats you pick out for your pet are fruit or vegetable-based. Banana or apple crisps are great choices for dog. Meat or chicken-based treats are good for your dog as well because they give your pet the added protein that they may not bet getting in their standard dog food.

Sometimes there is nothing like a good dog biscuit to satisfy your pet. This is a great way to keep your dog’s teeth healthy and strong while also keeping them from chewing on other household items. No matter what you choose when it comes to a dog treat for your best friend make sure that it is healthy and does not have any additives or preservatives that might cause your dog to be sick or is simply unhealthy for your pet.

It is always important to make sure that you take good care of your dog and give him the right kind of bullies and treats to help them live long and healthy lives. Keeping their teeth healthy also prevents them from getting into trouble which also makes you love your dog even more.

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Puppy Preparations!

Puppy Preparations!

Getting a new puppy can be a really exciting time for you and your family. Any new addition to a family can be a fun and exciting time. It can also a bit stressful especially if you have never purchased a puppy before. There are many things that you will need to prepare for before bringing your new friend into the home. Not just mental preparations but physical home preparations as well. It can be kind of stressful especially if you do not know where to begin. Here is a new puppy checklist to help you make sure you are prepared for your new family member.

ID Tag and Collar

Getting an ID tag for your puppy may very well be the most important task to accomplish when you first get your new pet. You need to make sure that you when you obtain your ID tag that it has your contact information on it so they are able to locate you just in case your puppy becomes lost. Depending on the style of tag and collar that you want for your puppy, you can obtain both of these for between $10-20.

Dog Crate

If you plan on being out of the house during the day you are going to want to purchase a crate for your dog. These are typically made from metal wire and have breathable holes throughout the crate. Make sure that it is comfortable for your puppy, as they are probably not going to like it at first. This is a good way to toilet train your puppy but should not be used as a way to punish your dog. Once your dog is toilet trained and well-behaved, you can let them out of the crate during the day.


Dogs always love a nice soft place to sleep. You should purchase them a dog bed for them to sleep on so they do not become used to sleeping on the furniture or on your bedding. You may want to purchase one that is washable and cannot be easily chewed up.

Water/Food Bowls

You will of course need to make sure you have food and water bowls for your pet. You will need to purchase these bowls in according to the size of your dog. The bigger the dog, the bigger the bowls. Keep them in an area where the puppy can easily find them and not make a huge mess with them.

Puppies can be a great addition to any family but they are also a very big responsibility. Make sure that you do plenty of research about your specific breed of dog just in case they require any other special things for your home.

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Exotic Animals You Can Own

Exotic Animals You Can Own

Many animal lovers want to take their love for animals to a whole new level. While other people are simply okay with having a dog or a couple of cats. There are some animals that the standard pet owner would cringe at the thought of ever owning one. Exotic animals can be fun, unique, and adventurous, but they aren’t for everyone. Most individuals would never even think of getting a snake but some people love the thrill of having an exotic pet. It depends on preference and your tolerance for creepiness! Here are some of the best exotic pets for animal lovers.


The thought of owning a snake gives some people the willies but they are one of the most popular exotic pets to own. Most owners like the fact that they only need to be fed about once every 2 weeks and just a large aquarium to live in. They are really easy to take care of and require very little maintenance. They make for very unique pets, but it is definitely a long-term commitment to purchase a snake. Some of them can live up to 30 years!

Sugar Gliders

On the opposite end of the spectrum there is the sugar glider. The sugar glider is a marsupial that comes from the same family as the koala bear and the kangaroo. You will typically find these cute pets in Indonesia or Australia. They have recently become a fairly common household pet in the United States. They are not rodents, and actually make really great pets as they are friendly and easy to care for. They are very small and eat foods such as fruits and vegetables.


Believe it or not it is 100% legal to have this African wild cat in your home as a family pet. They are fairly small, have short legs, and look like a smaller version of the cheetah. The serval is not a very common household pet as they are required to be out in the wild. Most individuals who do domesticate these animals, only have good luck if they have many acres of land and a stream nearby. They have the tendency to be very destructive, so this is not the type of pet you want to bring into your home like a pet fish! They can become violent, so the people who own them are typically trained professionals.

If you are not into having a dog, cat, or a fish, these exotic pets may be good choices for you. Some pet owners want to be unique and have something interesting to show off to their friends and family. Whatever kind of pet you are looking for make sure it is legal first!

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Different Types Of Drugs For Your Dog

Different Types Of Drugs For Your Dog

If you have a dog taking care of him is one of your biggest priorities. They become a big part of your family and making sure they stay with you for a long time is crucial. Sometimes your dogs have conditions that make it a little more challenging for you to make sure they stay healthy. There are some medications available that will help your dog live a much more comfortable life if they suffer from conditions due to aging and breed. Here are a couple of medications that can help your dog to live a longer and much happier life.


Previcox for dogs is standardly used when they grow older and develop osteoarthritis. If your dog has some type of orthopedic surgery, this is drug is also given to your dog as an anti-inflammatory.  While it is primarily used for arthritis it can also be used for bone and muscle injuries in your dog. As with any type of drug, there are some side effects that are most common when you give your dog Previcox.

  • Dark stools
  • Stomach pains
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • High kidney blood values
  • High liver enzyme levels
  • Lethargy

This drug can also be used as a method of chemotherapy for dogs who have developed tumors and/or cancer. Regardless of the reason your dog takes this medicine, it is important to know that they must be closely monitored and have regular blood tests through your veterinarian.


Glucosamine for dogs is another drug that is used for arthritis in your dog. What makes this different from Previcox, is this drug is typically used to prevent arthritis and other bone conditions. It is used as a dietary supplement to help promote good joint health so that your dog does not suffer from arthritis later in life. It greatly improves the fluid in the joints as well as protects the lining of the cartilage in your pet keeping his bones healthy and strong.

Depending on how active your dog is, their bones go through a lot of wear and tear and need to consistently be revitalized. Glucosamine when used as a daily supplement, has the ability to strengthen your dog’s bones and prevent any additional damage being done. This is a great way to prevent arthritis and other bone diseases while also allowing your dog to remain active for a much longer period of time.

Taking care of your dog is so crucial in all stages of his or her life. Your veterinarian will know of the right medical treatment for your pet no matter what his medical history is. Being able to prevent conditions such as arthritis is really a great way to have a much happier, healthier pet.

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Acepromazine: Is It The Magic Drug

Acepromazine: Is It The Magic Drug

Keeping your dog calm and safe is your primary responsibility when it comes to being a pet owner. Sometimes dogs can become out of control or anxious there has to be a remedy for it. If you are taking a dog on a long car ride and they grow scared and anxious, you will need a way to keep them calm if you want to have a peaceful trip for both you and your pet. Acepromazine prescribed for dogs can help keep your dog from having severe anxiety during trips and other stressful situations.

Acepromazine is the most common drug given to your pet as a tranquilizer to keep them calm during times of stress and anxiety. It acts a depressant for the central nervous system and can be given to pets to calm them down during long trips in the car or loud sounds such as thunderstorms and fireworks. Whatever your dog may be afraid of acepromzaine has the ability to calm them and keep them completely relaxed. When you give this to your pet it can stay in his/her system for up to eight hours. It acts as dopamine in your dog’s brain which blocks receptors in your dog’s brain that cause your dog to become anxious and hyper.

Just like with any drug, there are some pertinent side effects to giving acepromazine to your dog. It can cause seizures, low blood pressure, heart failure, vomiting, constipation and many others. One of the most common side effects to this medication is constipation. The one positive to your dog having this side effect is that there is something you can give your dog to prevent it. When a dog becomes constipated, many dog owners ask what can I give my dog for constipation. There are medications available that you can give to your dog if they have this side effect.

Liquid Paraffin is the most common drug given to a dog who is suffering from severe constipation. You will have to take the dog to the vet to get this medication as it has to be put into their mouth with a syringe. This medication can help with your dog’s constipation by loosening the stool and making it easier for your dog to have a bowel movement. Sometimes simply giving your dog a little extra fiber will make it easier for him to go and will be less of a problem if he is given acepromazine.

If you are preparing for a trip or a stressful situation for your pet you should talk to your vet before making any decision on what to give them. You could be putting them at more risk without consulting a professional.

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