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dezembro de 2014

O que fazer quando seu cão não vai para uma caminhada

 Por alexandra em 24 Dec 2014 |
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Some dogs pull, jump and pounce to get their owners to take them on a walk-however, your pooch may not be as excited about walkies. While a break from walks may seem like a great idea, it could be a sign that your dog is ill. So first, let's try and work out why your dog may be disinterested in walks. It is important to eliminate any medical conditions so see your veterinarian and discuss this with them. They may suggest doing some blood tests, urine and stool samples or x-rays, just to see if there is anything a little out of whack with your dog's insides.  If your vet clears your dog of any medical ailments that are preventing them from enjoying his or her daily walk, it could a sign of a behavioural problem. Your four-legged friend may just be bored of the monotonous daily walk just as you might be. Fix this by adding some interest by jogging, running or even visiting a dog park half way through your route to entice your dog. Chances are that he or she will notice the change and it will encourage the likelihood of them wanting to go on a walk. You may also try taking different routes, going hiking, swimming or even bringing another dog to liven things up. If it's not lack of variation that has your dog disinterested, you may need to consult with a behaviourist. Some dogs may have experienced something traumatic on a walk and this could be what is stopping them from going on another. Animal behaviourists can help both you and your dog to move past this type of experience so that you are both able to enjoy your walks again. Remember you too will need to move past any negative experiences and focus on the now so that you are not giving off any fearful or negative energy that your dog might pick up on. If you think that the experience may occur again then take a different route so that you feel more confident and relaxed. Enjoying walks is very important as it allows your dog to exercise and release any excess energy- so don't give up. It is something to work on but with patience and diligence you can enjoy walkies again. Feature Image Credit

Que tipo de cama é direito para seu gato

 Por alexandra em 23 Dec 2014 |
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It is no secret that cats love a nap. In fact it might feel like your kitty loves napping more than almost anything else. You may spot him or her sleeping on the couch, on the window-sill or even on your bed, which is exactly why a nice and cosy bed is a must for your pet. Here is a short guide on picking a new bed for your cat. Cup beds These are particularly appealing to cats as they are often made of soft plush fabric that will not only feel super comfy but will also retain any body heat. Their circular design is also ideal as your cat will be able to curl up comfortably and feel like it is being cuddled by the bed giving it security. They come in plenty of sizes, designs and some are even hooded which are particularly handy during winter. Pads These comfy flat beds make for ideal beds that you can move to different places around the house and you can even take them when travelling with your kitty. Some might be just a flat faux fur fabric while others are stuffed with foam or are made of sheepskin. The great thing about these lightweight cat beds is that they are machine washable which means if they get stinky you can get rid of any nasty smells ASAP.  Heated beds If you have an older cat, or one that suffers from arthritic pains this is the perfect bed for you. They come in a variety of designs and sizes to suit your needs. The headed pads or units are fitted inside a soft plush covering. They are safe for your cat as the covering prevents any direct contact with your cats skin. These beds are pre-set to maintain their temperature making it ideal for colder climates. Cat trees This double-whammy bed is perfect for a cat that loves being on top of the world and has a habit of tearing up your furniture in its spare time. Multilevel cat trees also give your cat a place to play as well as sleep. Most of these will have a box or small enclosed cave for your cat to hide in and fall asleep. The small cosy space is perfect for your cat as you may have noticed, the smaller the nook or cranny he or she has found, the more they'll love it. These beds also mean that any malting fur won't be deposited on your furniture. Feature Image Credit

Como escolher a trela correta para seu cão

 Por alexandra em 22 Dec 2014 |
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A leash is a vital tool in the training, safety and exercise of your dog. The vast amount of collars and leashes available can be overwhelming without understanding and guidance. Responsibility, control and safety are all key attributes of any correct leash for your dog no matter what quality it is. The best leash in the world won’t matter if your dog is untrained or the owner unprepared; it is not meant to be a substitute for the relationship formed through positive reinforcement training sessions.  A simple leash and collar suits content, well-trained dogs who are both easy going and obedient. These leashes can be made from a number of materials, each with their own attributes. Nylon is the most common material as it is cheap, strong and colourful. However it can easily hurt the owners hand with leash-burn if your pooch tugs at it fast and hard with a lunge. These types of leashes are ideal for indoor use as they are lightweight and less salient to the dog, allowing an easy transition from on-leash to off-leash behaviour. They are suitable for any weather including rain, snow and wet climates. Chain leashes have long been an option for leash-chewers but are not recommended as they easily may harm both dog and owner with their heavy and cumbersome nature. Leather leashes are quite popular with both their strength and gentleness on the hands, becoming even more comfortable over time. Retractable leashes allow your dog the room and freedom to explore their environment but with such freedom, the dog may end up controlling the pace. Again, these leashes are not recommended for untrained dogs. Ultimately choose a comfortable leash that works for both you and your dog. Keep in mind that the context and environment in which you are utilizing the leash will effect the appropriateness of your selection. For example, walking in crowded places or the vet’s office would suit a better controlling leash such as a short leather one against a retractable leash for park walks and exploration. Feature Image Credit  

Os Melhores Jogos Para Jogar Com Gatinhos

 Por alexandra em 19 Dec 2014 |
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Kittens are full of energy and love exploring their new home and getting into all sorts of mischief. But play time is not just for fun, it can also be quite beneficial to your kitten's health. It is a great way to exercise your growing bundle of fur while also teaching it how to play without scratching or biting. Toys Toys on strings with feathers and fluffy bits and pieces will bring out your kittens instinct to stalk, capture and pounce. These games are not only LOADS of fun for your kitten but it's also a great laugh watching the little ones pounce around. Kittens also love playing catch or kitty soccer where you pass a ball to them and they kick it around. It's a very cute game that not only gets you involved but also has them running around the house. You may also consider some catnip toys since catnip famously causes different, positive reactions in cats (but some cats may not feel any effect at all.) Wrestling At as young as three weeks old your kitty will start to wrestle and romp around with his or her littermates. These fun little wrestling sessions are vital for your kitten to learn how to interact with other cats. If they get bitten too hard they'll remember not to bite too hard too. Walking Believe it or not, if you train your kitten from a very young age to walk on a leash, it is completely possible to take your kitten on daily walks. You will first need to get him or her used to wearing a collar and then add a leash. Some cats prefer a harness to a collar and it is also much easier to control your cat on a harness. Once you have them adjusted to wearing these, walk them around the house for a few minutes, increasing the walking time a little each day. Then take your cat outdoors, perhaps to your backyard and slowly start increasing the area in which you take them. Remember to be patient, as this could take months. Play dates The best games for your kitten to play will require other kittens! It's as simple as chasing one another through the house, hiding, stalking and generally interacting with one another. If you do not have any playmates in your house, consider play dates with friends that have cats. It's great fun and will also enrich your cats social skills. Feature Image Credit

Bushfire segurança para animais de estimação

 Por alexandra em 17 Dec 2014 |
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Bushfire season means serious business, and it's important for you to have a plan prepared for yourself and your loved ones if you live near bush, grasslands, coastal areas and forests prone to fires. But it's not just your human family you should have a plan of safety for, you should also have one to ensure your pets survive these dangerous times. Plan ahead of time Although it can seem like a tiresome chore, making these preparations can mean the difference between life and death. Plan to both relocate in the event your home becomes in danger and for times where it is still safe to stay if the authorities permit this. Keep bags packed and near the door, in these you should have plenty of food and water for your pets, a lead, food and water bowls and any medications your pet may need. Not all emergency centres allow pets so make sure you have a safe place to take them (perhaps a relative's home) until the disaster is over, but do this well ahead of time. If bushfires are closeby then make sure you are keeping up to date via local radio, the internet or the phone. Do not wait to leave your home until the last minute, this could be fatal for your family and your pets. Prepare for a stressed pet Bushfires are not only scary and stressful for you, your pet may also be fearful, panicked and even in defense mode, this is possibly because they can sense the fear and stress from you, but chances are there will be lots of comotion so this can also distress your animals. Keep as calm as possible and reassure them. If they have accidents around the house, do not scold them, this is not a regular occurance and is just a reaction to their fear and anxiety. ID is key Make sure your pets are collared and are wearing an identification tag just in case for whatever reason you get separated from them. Although microchipping is always reccomended, it is particularly important during times of natural disasters. If you haven't microchipped your pets do so well ahead of time of bushfire season. Keep them cool It's not easy caring for yourself, your family and your pets during these tough times but it is essential for your dog or cats health. Just as you are drinking plenty of water and keeping as cool as possible, do the same for your pets. Make sure they are in a cool area of the house and they have plenty to eat and drink. Using a damp cloth wipe them down to reduce their temperature. Overall bushfires are a very dangerous occurance, listen to the authorities who are working tirelessly to keep you, your neighbours and your homes safe. Feature Image Credit

Como ligar com seu gatinho novo

 Por alexandra em 16 Dec 2014 |
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A new kitten brings with it the hope they grow into a happy, loving member of your family. It is vital to bond with your new kitten to establish a relationship and to understand your pet’s personality, its likes, dislikes and their place in your home. There are multiple methods you can utilise to bond with your new kitten, creating an ongoing relationship of love to match their cuteness. Bonding activities and methods take time and can include: Simply deciding on a name for your kitten is an important bonding act. Naming your pet allows you to connect better with an animal and the relationship established has a core basis with which the kitten can recognise what is being directed towards it. Establishing routines with your kitten, as cats love routines. Time spent together and experiences shared will create a loving bond and form a strong relationship. These routines could be as simple as inviting your kitten into the bathroom with you in the morning or calling your cat in for a treat and a cuddle at the end of the work day. Be timely with food and at first feed kittens by hand. Spending as much time playing with your kitten as you can spare, seeking to teach and encourage them to jump high, pounce, run, sneak and explore just like their mother would have taught them. Handling kittens on a daily basis is a vital bonding act allowing the kitten to bond with your human scent. The first seven weeks of a kitten's development should include human handling to develop a respectful relationship between pet and human owner. Whether it be neck petting or ear scratching, take a respectful hands on approach with your kitten. Responding to your kitten’s meows. Simply listening and hearing your kitten, and responding in turn when they seek to communication, allows for both owner and kitten to bond. Grooming your kitten. Young kittens love the attention that grooming entails, mimicking the feel of their mothers tongue and the rub of her body against theirs. An owner can simulate these feelings by petting them, brushing them or using a cloth with warm water to establish a pattern of comfort. Getting down to your kitten’s level. The lower you are, the less threatening you will be to a cat, allowing them to approach and greet you without fear. Cuddling with your kitten will establish a closeness and rapport. A shared nap in addition to finding other times to snuggle comfortably, such as simply holding your kitten while watching TV, will also allow you to bond. Every kitten is unique, so a lot of bonding comes from sharing time and experiences with your new kitten. Feature Image Credit

Por que você deve considerar um colete de vida do cão

 Por alexandra em 15 Dec 2014 |
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Dog life jackets? To some people the concept of little life jackets for pets can seem quite funny or even weird but for dog owners it should be something to consider if you frequent beaches, harbors and even rivers. Simply, dog life jackets are a safety mechanism that work just like human life jackets do and the benefits that they provide are numerous and not be underestimated.   Did you know not all dogs are natural swimmers? Yep, it's true, which is just one of the benefits of getting your dog a life jacket when taking them on aquatic adventures.  Any dog accompanying you on a water craft will benefit from a life jacket. Pooches on sail boats, fishing boats, race boats or even canoes should have a life jacket on for the same reason humans wear them. You just never know what could happen while aboard, even if you and your dog are strong swimmers. Like your own life jacket, dog life jackets are simply a safety measure that could save your dog's life. It's important to consider your own dog's preferences and breed as some don't enjoy being anywhere near water or are not naturally confident swimmers. Some breeds that have low body fat such as Greyhounds and Whippets may have a much more difficult time staying afloat - so either avoid involving them in any water activity or if you must, a life jacket should be absolutely essential. Of course, some breeds love to be in the water, such as the Labradors, Retrievers and of course German Shepherds, but even these breeds can have trouble swimming if they are elderly, sick, overweight and out of shape. Fatigue can set in, and no matter how good of a swimmer they are, they could become tired and have trouble staying afloat.  Just like us, dogs too can overexert themselves while exerciseing and in the water it could be quite dangerous. Like their human counterparts, some dogs lead a much more sedentary lifestyle these days, and gasping for breath while in water is not a good way to assess fitness levels. This is when a life jacket is handy -it will not only take a load off your dog, they will be able to stay afloat without becoming overly tired.

Seu gato é o peso correto?

 Por alexandra em 12 Dec 2014 |
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Weight concerns and managing a healthy weight is just as vital for cats as it is for their human counterparts. An overweight cat can end up with as many or more health problems as an overweight human, including arthritis, diabetes and heart disease, while being at greater risk for complications from anesthesia and surgery. This is why finding out what the most appropriate weight is for your kitty is incredibly important. It is difficult to summarise the healthy weight for a cat because the ideal range can vary dramatically with the size, sex, age and breed of each cat, so the best way to manage an overweight cat is with the assistance of your vet.  A cat’s ideal weight can be gauged roughly by examining both the breed standard and the body condition/frame size of your cat. Usually the standard for each breed will include an ideal weight range for both males and females. Broadly speaking, the ideal weight of cats are: Domestic cat: 3.5kg to 4.5kg Persian cat: 3.0kg to 5.5kg Siamese cat: 2.0kg to 4.5kg Maine Coon cat: 4.5kg to 11kg In measuring the frame of your cat, you should be able to feel your cats ribs as well as see their waist when you look at your cat from above, as a cat’s waist line should go inwards. In addtion to obvious physical signs, there are multiple behavioral clues to look out for which could indicate your cat is overweight or even obese. These include, your cat often appearing tired and lazy (beyond that of a normal cat), hesitation when jumping, difficulty grooming properly, matted hair on the back or tail area and a reluctance to play games. You may even notice that they are having trouble climbing stairs, jumping from high places or even standing on their hind legs. This may be a symptom of an onset of arthritis which can be managed by reducing your cat's weight. Cat's that are of a healthy weight won't require a special diet, however, a cat that is severely under or overweight should have their caloric needs met with specialised foods and a recommended diet by a vet. Because weight fluctuations can be caused by both disease and diet, it is critical you seek the advice of your veterinarian to determine the cause and appropriate treatment. Remember, it’s okay to treat your pets, but they’re meant to be just that – a treat. Not an everyday food. Feature Image Credit

Como cuidar das orelhas do seu cão

 Por alexandra em 11 Dec 2014 |
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Although your dog's ears need to be reguarly cared for and monitored by your vet, it is quite simple to keep them clean and healthy yourself. This is especially important because it's not uncommon for parasites, bacteria or yeast to hide in the inner ear and cause plenty of pain and discomfort. It is also easy for dirt to become trapped in the ear due to the way dog's ears are shaped, trapping debris which can cause allergies and infections. Cocker spaniels, basset hounds and poodles are particularly vulnerable, due to their adorable floppy ears. To reduce infections or allergies, ear checks should be a regular part of your dog's grooming regime. If you take your dog to a groomer, ask them to pay special attention to their ears. However if you groom your dog yourself and their ears look dirty, clean them using a doggy ear cleaner on a dampened cotton ball. This is delicate enough on their skin so it won't cause any irritations and is very effective at cleaning the ears very well. If your dog has hairy ears and you can see that some hairs have sprouted from the ear canal, you can ask your groomer to tweeze them out or simply cut them down to a length that won't mat or tangle. It isn't recomended that you try tweezing them yourself as it can be uncomfortable for your pet and you wouldn't want him or her to associate that pain with you. If your dog is a frequent swimmer you may have noticed that post-swim their ears are irritated, which could mean some water has gotten into the ear. To prevent this from happening, dry your pooch's ears thoroughly using a cotton cloth. If you don't, it may lead to ear infections which can be painful. If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact your vet at the earliest convenience: Discharge Smelly ears Redness Swelling Hairloss Itchiness Crusty skin Blood in ears Ear mites Feature Credit Image

Alimentos de Natal para não alimentar seu animal de estimação

 Por alexandra em 10 Dec 2014 |
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Christmas is a joyous time of year filled with happiness and great mirth, and should be fun for all the family- pets included. While Christmas is surrounded with joy and cheer, it can in fact inadvertently have a profound negative effect on our pets. Many Christmas left overs and food items are toxic and can cause serious illness to our pets, so it is important to take caution when choosing which treats to give to your pets over the holiday season.   Cooked bones and cured meat can play havoc with intestines. Inflammation of the pancreas can be a result of feeding your pet rich meats, stuffing and crackle. Cooked bones can splinter and perforate the oesophagus, stomach or intestines, causing blockages along the digestive tract.   Rich foods that are high in fat cause the pancreas, an organ near the stomach which produces digestive enzymes, to go into overdrive. The result is pancreatitis, the swelling of the dog's pancreas which can have long-term consequences. Fatty foods or table scraps such as turkey skin or pan drippings, gravy, bacon or sausages should be avoided.   Onions, avocados, chocolate, nuts and grapes in particular are on the no-go list. All of these foods can be responsible for damage to the heart and lungs, gastric irritation and anaemia. They can cause a range of symptoms including loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, severe stomach pain and even collapse.   Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle twitching, increased urination and excessive panting. Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which can’t be metabolised by animals as well as humans, accumulating to become toxic or even fatal.   Onions can cause a form of anaemia and should never be fed to pets, with garlic causing similar cause gastric irritation. Avocados may cause heart damage while the ingestion of raisins, sultanas and grapes may cause kidney failure,   Xylitol is a more lethal agent for pets than chocolate so avoid sharing store-bought desserts or anything else artificially sweetened with xylitol. This artificial sweetener can cause acute and life threatening low blood sugar as well as liver failure in pets. Any sweet treats or leftovers containing alcohol are quite toxic to animals as their sensitivity to alcohol is above that of humans.   While our pets are much-loved members of our families, it is important to resist that urge to give them scraps or even a Christmas dinner served into their bowl. Feature Image Credit  
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