Why Having A Pet Makes Kids (And Families) Stronger + How To Introduce Your Baby To Animals

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Article by Caitlin Ultimo | Found on MindBodyGreen

A child who gets to grow up with a pet by their side is sure to enjoy countless hours of true companionship—and they may learn a few lessons in responsibility, too. But a new University of Alberta study showed that the benefits of growing up with a pet can start off as early as infanthood. According to the study, babies from families with pets—70 percent of which were dogs—showed higher levels of two types of microbes associated with lower risks of allergic disease and obesity. So, aside from having an automatic best friend, your child could possibly reap some other not-so obvious health benefits to boot. Set their relationship up for success right from the start by taking a few steps to prepare your pet for the arrival of your new bundle of joy.

After nine months of pregnancy, labor, and a delivery, you would think the hard part is over, right? But when bringing a new baby home for the first time, your four-legged family member may be the most skeptical if not properly prepped. If you are getting ready to bring home your first child—or even a second or third—and are worried about introducing your fur baby to your real baby, here are five key tips for introducing your babies: Continue reading Why Having A Pet Makes Kids (And Families) Stronger + How To Introduce Your Baby To Animals

Retractable Dog Leashes: Know the Risks

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Article Found on DogHealth.com

Retractable dog leashes are a popular tool among dog-owners. These leashes are thin cords that extend from and retract into a plastic handle. They may seem like a great idea because you can give your dog some leeway or reign her back in depending on the situation. The truth is that using retractable leashes for your dog is not a good idea. The dangers of these devices are caused by three of their main characteristics:

  • The leash is a thin cord.
  • The cord is attached to a spring-loaded mechanism in the handle.
  • The leash extends up to thirty feet.

The possible negative circumstances that can occur as a result of these three retractable leash characteristics are: Continue reading Retractable Dog Leashes: Know the Risks

Are Lilies Poisonous to Cats?

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Article Found on Pet Poison Helpline

Do you have a cat in your household? Please use EXTREME caution when bringing in flowers, bouquets, and new plants into your cat-friendly household. Easter lilies are extremely poisonous to cats, and just 1-2 leaves (or even the pollen) can kill a cat! Even small ingestions can result in severe kidney failure. Continue reading Are Lilies Poisonous to Cats?

Running, Hiking, and More With Your Dog

portland, best, vet, clinicArticle By Amy Paturel | Featured on WebMD

When Karen Hsu’s 9-year-old dog, Maggie, senses an upcoming hike, the black lab’s tail goes wild.

“She gets so excited that it’s hard to corral her in the car,” says Hsu, a product developer in Bend, OR. “Once we’re on the trail, we have to struggle to keep up with her.”

But the struggle is worth it, Hsu says — and experts agree. Hitting the trail is a great way to bond with your pet while you both enjoy the outdoors. Plus, dogs benefit from exercise and fresh air just like you, and they’re good company.

“Hiking is a great way for dogs to expend energy both physically and mentally,” says Kat Miller, PhD, a behaviorist at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). A tired dog tends to be well-behaved, so hiking and other types of exercise are great for high-energy hounds, she says.

Whether you hit the mountains, camp at the beach, or run with your pooch at the local park, safety should be a top priority.

Here are five ways to protect your pup on the trail. Continue reading Running, Hiking, and More With Your Dog

9 Spring-Time Pet Hazards

Article Found on Pet Health Network

After a long winter, we’re sure that you’re ready to get outside with your dog. While we couldn’t agree more, don’t overlook these 9 hazards of the season.

1. Ticks and Tick-borne Disease

Ticks are more than just creepy; they can spread a number of different diseases that affect both pets and people: Lyme diseaseehrlichiosisRocky Mountain spotted feveranaplasmosis, tularemia, and babesiosis. The best way to protect your pet is with preventative treatment. Ask your veterinarian for advice and click here to learn more about ticks and the diseases they spread. Continue reading 9 Spring-Time Pet Hazards

Integrating a Younger Pet With an Older Pet

Article by Dr. Mary Becker DVM | Found on VetStreet

You have puppy or kitten fever, but you live with a senior pet. Should you get a new animal? We often have the idea that a younger pet will revitalize an older one, but is that really true?

 I have found over and over that bringing a new pet into a household with a senior can breathe new life into the old boy or girl. We give pets the time we can spare and the love we can share, but living with another member of the same species can provide them with social, mental and physical benefits. We see it when they join in on neighborhood barking, groom each other, curl up together for a nap or join forces to chase a ball or toy. And a more experienced pet can teach a new one the household rules. In fact, with the right pairing, the time you spend training could be cut significantly.

Continue reading Integrating a Younger Pet With an Older Pet

How to Stop Your Dog from Jumping on People

Article Featured on DogHealth.com

Dogs are wonderful companions, and one of the things that is so endearing about them is how excited they get when greeting us and other people. However, we’ve all experienced a dog that can’t contain his exuberance, jumping on us and those who come to visit. This behavior can be annoying and may even cause us injury.

Dogs love to jump on people because they know they’ll get some sort of attention for it. They learn this behavior as puppies. Puppies are adorable, so naughty conduct is often seen as cute. Puppies are also small, so we’re not usually hurt when they jump on us. Thus, jumping behavior is often overlooked and even rewarded by our reactions to it. This can result in an adult dog that jumps on people.

There are several ways to both prevent and correct jumping behavior. It can be prevented when your dog is a puppy through consistent guidance. It can also be corrected as an adult through redirection and obedience training. Continue reading How to Stop Your Dog from Jumping on People

Combating Cat Car Sickness

Article by Dr. Nancy Kay, DVM, DACVIM | Found on Pet Health Network

Dogs and humans aren’t the only ones who can suffer from car sickness or motion sickness. Cats can also develop gastrointestinal distress while traveling in the car, and for some, traveling by air or boat can induce the same reaction.

Symptoms of cat car sickness:
Vomiting is, of course, the tell-tale sign of motion sickness. More subtle evidence that your feline friend is feeling queasy can include the following: Continue reading Combating Cat Car Sickness

Ways to Celebrate National Puppy Day!

Wondering how you can celebrate? The official National Puppy Day website released this fun list of fifty ways you can personally participate in the incredibly adorable holiday.

1. Adopt a puppy from your local shelter, rescue or pure breed rescue organization.
2. Are you prepared for puppy parenting? Start off on the right paw! Hire a professional that can help you.
3. Donate money, food and toys to your local shelter. Continue reading National Puppy Day- Ways to Celebrate!

Top Ten Emergencies in Dogs

Article Found on DogHealth.com

Canine emergencies can happen at any time or place, and being a prepared dog-owner greatly improves your pet’s chances of a successful outcome. Below are descriptions of some of the most common emergencies you may encounter during your years of dog ownership. Knowing the signs of these medical situations is the first step toward ensuring the best emergency care for your canine companion. Continue reading Top Ten Emergencies in Dogs