Sunday, December 4, 2016

CAT HAIRBALLS - Tips For Dealing With Them

A cm ( in) cat hairball.
A cm ( in) cat hairball. 
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If your cat has been coughing and retching, he may well have one or more hairballs. If you find a small sausage-shaped object which looks like compacted fur, it's probably a hairball that your cat has managed to displace on his own.

What exactly is a hairball? It is a compacted accumulation of fur and undigested food forms inside a cat's stomach. When a cat grooms himself, loose fur gathers on his tongue and while in the digestive system forms a ball with other stomach contents.

Why do cats cough up hairballs? Occasionally, hairballs can pass right through a cat's body in the normal way of food, but because the fur cannot be digested, cats often rid themselves of hairballs by coughing them up. If they are unable to cough up the hairball and it doesn't pass normally, it can get stuck in the cat's intestines, which in turn causes severe constipation.

Hairball symptoms. If your cat coughs a lot but seems otherwise well, it is probably a hairball but you need to look out for it being coughed up as the cough could be a respiratory problem. If your cat seems lethargic and off his food and his coat is dull, he may have a blockage caused by a hairball. Alternatively, as these are common symptoms for many cat ailments, it could be another problem but in either event, you should see your vet without delay.

How do you prevent your cat getting a hairball? As with any ailment, it is better to prevent hairballs that to try and cure them. If your cat is long-haired, frequent grooming will help to prevent a hairball and in addition will be a good way of bonding with your cat. If your cat doesn't care for brushes and combs, try a grooming glove, instead. In addition, here are several varieties of dry cat food which are specially formulated to prevent hairballs. Choose one that is high in nutrients and protein. Kitty malt can be given either on food or just let the cat lick it from your finger; most cats think that this is a treat.



Hairball remedy. It is impossible to completely prevent hairballs in cats but there are various remedies, one of which is a lubricant get which can be added to food and which helps the hairball pass through the digestive tract. In severe cases, you may have to take your cat to the vet, who will probably administer liquid paraffin. Your cat won't like this and will end up looking like a drowned rat with the oily paraffin all over his facial fur.

Home remedy for hairballs. Some people treat their cats with oil, butter or mashed pumpkin, but there is no real proof that these are effective. Anything which isn't naturally a part of a cat's diet can cause harm, so I would encourage you to take your cat to the vet, rather than trying to treat him yourself.

    By Liz Canham
    Liz Canham is the owner (or perhaps servant) of four cats currently and has had cats in the family all her life. To take advantage of her wide experience in the care and training of cats and kittens, click here to visit her website, The Cat Lover.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Young People and Good DOG WALKS

For many people, owning and having a puppy was a significant component of their child years. A canine might be a child’s very best friend. Puppies and youngsters simply seem to go together and what kid has not inquired and begged to get a four-legged friend?

English: Golden Retriever dog (canis lupus fam...
Golden Retriever dog (canis lupus familiaris), resting  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before you surrender and get that tiny bundle of fur do your research. You need to learn which breeds are going to be best suited for your family. The size of the canine and the temperament of the canine are very important if you have small children. You should also take into consideration the way you plan on living daily with both the puppy and the youngsters.

Golden retrievers are recognized as being one of the very best household dogs and they're genuinely adoring wonderful family pets. Even so, if you've an 8 year old child who will probably be the main puppy walker at home you may want to consider a smaller dog that may be easier for the kid to control. The very best trained dog on the planet, might out of the blue decide to run after a cat or be attacked by another canine. How would your young boy or girl be able to deal with this?

Dog walking is a good way for your dog and child to spend precious time together and to work together, but you must make sure that they are able to work well together. Simply because your dog is properly trained and responds to you, does not necessarily mean that your dog will work well with your son or daughter.

Dogs normally view youngsters as being different, than grownups. They frequently consider themselves to be above the level of the child in the family group. Therefore it is up to you to make certain that your youngster knows exactly how and when to correct the pet. Your son or daughter will need to learn how to assert authority over the animal in a confident way.

When your youngster and the canine do venture out for a walk around the block it's important that they are able to communicate together. Your youngster needs to recognize and use commands that the dog recognizes. You might begin by letting your son or daughter to lead the family pet around the house. This will show the dog that he has to obey your son or daughter. You can also make sure that your son or daughter just isn't dragging your pet around with him. Both the dog and the youngster have to know that pulling the leash is not ok.



It is also crucial that if you do plan to let your child walk the dog that the  child know and adhere to the laws and polices regarding dogs in your town. There are various places where dogs will not be permitted to go and may be unwelcome. It is also essential especially if you live in an city location that your kid realizes that clean-up is a part of walking the dog. Quite a few areas enforce significant penalties on puppy owners that fail to cleanup after their family pet.

These are all things you must consider before you decide to get a pet. Unfortunately, the era of simply allowing your child to go out and walk your new puppy are gone, in lots of places. However if you think you and your youngster are ready, a puppy can be  the very best companion your child ever has.



HUSKY Training

If you want to find the best Husky training information and advice, you really need to start by looking at yourself. The first key principle in training your Husky is understanding that your Husky is waiting for leadership and will react to you. Although Huskies are very smart, it's wrong to assume that they are waiting to outsmart you. Being a pack dog, your Husky wants to belong to 'your pack' and will do what it needs to do to be accepted. 

Husky
Husky (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Keep in mind that animal instinct should not be confused with disobedience. Negative behaviors by your Husky are what you will probably want to address first. The best method that you can use when adjusting bad behavior is to focus on moulding how their natural instincts come out in behavior. Losing your cool and yelling at your Husky will do nothing to change their behaviour. Remember your Husky is looking for a strong leader, not a bully.

Core Husky Training

There are a number of basic Husky training methods that a Husky owner should consider when beginning to train their cute, but often mischievous fluffy friend. These methods can make your life a lot less stressful as far as training your Husky goes.

Crate Training - Crate training provides your Husky with a territorial space or home that it can call its own. Crates should not be used as a form of punishment. Initially when you are crate training your husky make sure you never leave your Husky on his own. The more time you spend with your Husky when crate training the better the transition. Crate training can provide a good foundation for housing training, reducing barking and preventing anxiety type issues.

Leash Training - If you are coming up against a few hurdles when walking your dog on a leash, you should take a step back and make sure that your Husky is behaving calmly before heading off for a walk. This may require some waiting when you are first using this technique. Once your Husky is calm, the likelihood of a good response to your commanded on your upcoming walk is greatly increased. The majority of dogs with leash issues simply are not aware that it is not acceptable behaviour. If your dog pulls on the leash, pause and make them sit by your side calmly before walking off again. Eventually your Husky will associate them pulling with the walk being stopped. This technique works in the majority of cases.

The Alpha Position - As you may well be aware, Huskies are working pack dogs famed for their endurance while working in a team. Definitely the most important training tips I can offer relate to putting yourself in 'The Alpha Position' in your home. It is up to you to teach your Husky that you are the leader of the pack and have control in your home. Once they know you are the leader and will offer them protecting, your Husky will feel a lot more calm making learning and training a lot easier. Training your Husky will take time and the earlier you get this started, the less frustration you will face down the track.

Obedience Training - I personally recommended taking your Husky to obedience training classes or at the very least puppy school. You will be able to teach your Husky basis commands without too much problem but Huskies really need social interaction. A training session led by an experience dog trainer will also teach you as an owner how to be firm but fair and to stay in the alpha position. If you have an older dog that has become stubborn over time or who has not got rid of an annoying behaviour, formal obedience training is a very good option.

Husky Training in a Consistent Way
A common thread in all dog training tips is the need to stay consistent in the way you are treating and training your dog. For example if you do not want your Husky on your bed, but you sometimes allow your Husky on the bed first thing in the morning, that is very confusing for your dog. Dogs are smart to a degree, but they always respond best to a consistent environment where lessons are repeated in a firm but fair way. Develop rituals like always sitting before crossing a road and maintain these habits. This creates a willingness to comply from your Husky. Make sure that everybody in your home knows the ground rules for your Husky to avoid mixed messages. The best way to achieve consistent husky training is to seek out the best husky training information.

At HuskyTips.com you will find quality Husky Information. The best place to find Husky Training Information and other Husky advice on health, obedience, temperament and many other important topics.

    By Kurt Tully
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about GOLDEN RETRIEVER

Golden retrievers are one of the most popular breeds of dogs today.  You've probably seen them in the park joyfully fetching a tennis ball.  But what do you really know about this dog?

The Golden Retriever was developed during the 1800's in Britain.  The breeder, Lord Tweedmouth, wanted a dog that was loyal, kind, spirited, and energetic. He also wanted a dog with a love for water and the ability to retrieve. Golden Retrievers are the embodiment of beauty and brains.

A 15 year old Golden Retriever dog, unusually ...
A 15 year old Golden Retriever dog, unusually old for a larger breed such as Golden Retriever. The dog's name is Spencer.
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Wikipedia)

Categorized as a sporting dog, the typical Golden Retriever male weighs between 65-75 lbs. and the female slightly smaller at 55-65 lbs.  As adults Golden males stand 23-24 inches and females stand 21.5-22.5 inches.  Goldens' coats are various shades of gold.

The Golden Retriever has a water repellent and weather resistant double coat. The firm, resilient outer coat can be wavy or straight. The tail and legs are feathered with longer hair while the under coat is dense and soft in texture. The coat color varies in shades of cream to gold and is rich and lustrous. The Golden is a heavy shedder.

The Golden Retriever is a large, and energetic breed making them the world's foremost family pet and companion. They are sturdy, well proportioned, and are well known for their hunting capabilities on land and in the water. The Golden is a perceptive and agile breed that trains quickly.

Golden Retrievers are loveable, polite, and highly intelligent. They are sweet, eager to please, and devoted family companions who are always gentle and patient with children.  They exude charm and confidence however they do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time and may become mischievous and destructive. They have a tendency to be overly exuberant and easily distracted.  They are friendly with other pets. In fact, they are friendly with everyone. They tend to bark as a form of greeting. The Golden Retriever is not well suited for a two career family as they require an inordinate amount of human interaction and companionship.

The Golden Retriever is one of the easiest breeds to train. They excel in obedience and are popular therapy and service dogs. They have many talents including competitive obedience, narcotic detection, agility, and performing tricks.

Caring for a Golden Retriever can be time consuming.  The heavy coat of Golden Retrievers requires daily and thorough brushing with a firm bristle brush. They should be dry shampooed regularly, and bathed only when absolutely necessary with a mild shampoo to keep from drying out their skin. Also, they are prone to hip dysplasia, cataracts, and skin allergies so regular veternarian check-ups are essential. They do have a tendency to gain weight so it is important not to over feed the Golden Retriever. 

Golden's will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided they are sufficiently exercised. The Golden Retriever requires daily exercise and they enjoy play sessions with their family, retrieving balls and other toys. Golden Retrievers are moderately active indoors and do best with a medium to large sized securely fenced yard.



Golden Retriever puppies should be purchased from reputable Golden Retriever breeders who should be able to provide documentation from the American Kennel Club or similar registry organization.  Ideally, you should be able to view the parents.  An alternative to purchasing a puppy is to adopt a Golden Retriever from a Golden Retriever rescue or other rescue organization like the Humane Society.

Now you know everything you ever wanted to know about Golden Retrievers.  Remember that like any pet, owning a Golden Retriever is a long-term, significant commitment.




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Thursday, December 1, 2016

SILVER GERMAN SHEPHERDS

One of the most popular pets in the world is the German Shepherd dog and they come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. The largely known and general appearance of the German Shepherd is large, strong and good-looking.  It can also have a long or short coat, usually  with a double fur in colors of cream and white, but can also be of solid black. The less popular colors of the German Shepherd include white and silver.  In most dog shows, German Shepherds with white or silver fur are disqualified.  However, there are some enthusiasts who like these "color challenged" dogs.

A male white German Shepherd Dog.
Sorry, NO picture of a Silver German Shepherd.
The Picture Shows A male white German Shepherd Dog.
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Wikipedia)

History of the German Shepherd

The German Shepherd came from a line of the sheep dogs originally meant for herding sheep and as a faithful companion to the shepherd.  With industrialization taking place, the need for herding sheep became less and less and other potentials for dogs in helping humans with their work were speculated on.  In the late 19th century, it was Captain Max von Stephanitz who saw the potential of developing a breed of the sheep dog to maximize its potentials. He came upon one very strong, intelligent, and beautiful dog which he named Horand v. Grafrath.


This dog was registered as the first German Shepherd.  He created an official governing body that restricted breeding dogs to only those who came up to standards. This allowed the rapid development of the German Shepherd breed. After World War 1, British and American soldiers were very impressed by the breed that they took some of them home to their own countries.

Color genetic


Today, breeding between German Shepherds is maintained to protect the breed.  There are now different lines such as the International Working Line, International Show Line, and the North American Show Line. However, "mutations" within the breed still do happen like in the case of German Shepherds with white or silver fur. Some purists do not consider these "mutations" acceptable and they argue that the white and silver-furred German Shepherds should not be considered pure.  In most dog shows, white and silver-coated German Shepherds are disqualified because their fur is seen as a genetic "fault."


There are clubs who try to support these kinds of German Shepherds like the White and Silver German Shepherd Club. They lobby for the white and silver-coated dogs to be recognized as a standard. Color is widely genetic. White and silver fur usually comes from the line of tan and yellow. However, color genetic and pigmentation in dogs are not yet fully understood.

    By Ken Marlborough
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Different Coats and Colors of FRENCH BULLDOGS

Compact, bat-eared, snub-nosed and has a muscular body, the Frenchy or the French bulldog is one of the top most choice for many families as the perfect pet for them. They can be very extremely playful and are also great watchdogs. But, do you also know that they are also revered for their shiny coats? As a matter of fact, French bulldogs come in a variety of colors, some of which are strictly prescribed by different kennel clubs and included in their stringent standards for show dogs.

French Bulldog
French Bulldog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In this article, we will discuss the different guidelines that the American Kennel Club has set forth as the standard for French bulldogs that are allowed to compete as show dogs. If your French Bulldog doesn’t meet the standards this doesn’t mean that they are of lower standards, they are still considered as purebreds, they just can’t compete in show dog competitions. They are also still able to show the many characteristics that makes the French bulldog a lovable companion.

Although there are different clubs and organizations all over, most of them would agree on the most common standards that are required for the coat of a French Bulldog. These most common coat color standards include brindle and white, and color combinations of all-brindle. Plus, the colors white, fawn, and colors that are not considered disqualified by the rules set by a particular competition.

Most colors of French bulldog coats that clubs, organizations, and competitions disqualify include a coat that are solid black, without any white or brindle marks, black and tan, mouse or liver color, black with white markings or vice versa. If your French bulldog’s cot has these color combination, it can still be a good house pet, but they can’t compete in contests.

Aside from the color of the coat, many competitions also set standards for the color of the nose and the eyes of the French bulldog. Commonly, a show French Bulldog should have dark colored eyes, when the canine is looking forward, there should not be any white color in the eyes. But, if the dog is light colored, the eyes and nose are accepted if they have a lighter shade. But, a black nose is commonly preferred more by judges, especially the strict ones. Consulting breeders from your area will help you get the blue ribbon all the time.





So if you are planning to buy a French bulldog, you must determine whether you plan to enter them in any contests or just keep them as household pets. The former would cost more though. But remember, it’s not the color of their cots, eyes, or nose. French bulldogs are popular because they are very loyal, are good companions, playful to the kids, and generally pleasant.

Their coats would not change that. Check with your local breeder about the available Frenchies in your area. And it is also important to remember that French bulldogs need so much attention, so be prepared before owning one.