We love our dogs and they become an integral part of our family. And, of course, we want them to live a long, healthy life; how long do our dogs live? There are many factors that can determine a dog’s life span and size is one of the most obvious. Most of the larger breeds live to be about 10 years old, while some small dogs can live as long as 14 years. Smaller dogs tend to live longer because their internal organs do not have to work as hard to function.
Below are some tips to enable your dogs to live a long time!
Make sure to visit your vet regularly
Visit your veterinarian frequently. Most vets recommend a check-up once every 6 months when your dog reaches his senior years. Blood tests, X-rays, ultrasound, CAT scans or MRIs might be necessary. Make sure to tell your vet about any changes in your pet's stamina, appetite or behavior, when it began and what might have triggered it.
During those visits, make sure to have your dog’s hearing and eyesight checked. It's not unusual for an elderly dog's eyes to look cloudy, and the condition may not signal illness. Like humans, however, they can develop cataracts and glaucoma, and can experience hearing loss. If your dog is seemingly disoriented or is startled when you approach, your pup might be losing his or her hearing.
Groom your dog often and try to brush your dog’s teeth
By grooming your dog regularly, you can not only keep his fur detangled, but can check for any bumps or lesions that you might not have noticed.
If you can, try to brush your dog's teeth daily. This staves off tooth decay and helps prevent gum disease and tooth loss. Brushing regularly will also allow you to notice mouth and tongue ulcers early on.
Keep your dog active
Provide moderate exercise for your pup. Exercise helps your dog maintain muscle tone, keeps his heart and digestion healthy and even improves his attitude (just live. Try not to overexert your dog. Gentle games of fetch and other play not only keep him in shape, but keep him mentally alert and interacting positively with you.
Stick to a regular schedule. Your dog likes routine and will certainly appreciate it now. Try to feed and walk your dog the same times each day.
As your dog ages, even the most social dog may not welcome strange animals or people, or even tolerate familiar children. Due to his failing senses, arthritis or forgetfulness, your dog may shy away from previously welcomed travel or other social situations.
Try to keep your dogs inside more often
Don't leave your dog outside alone. Keep your dog indoors and minimize his time outside. As a dog ages, he'll be sensitive to changes in temperature - aging hearts and lungs don't adjust as well to extremes of hot and cold. Since his senses, reflexes and thinking aren't as sharp, the dog is likely to be more prone to accidents, injury from other animals or even getting lost.
Make sure your dog has a comfy place to sleep
Give him a soft bed. Arthritis, elbow calluses and other conditions will make it harder for your dog to sleep soundly. Orthopedic dog beds are available.
Feed your dog a healthy diet to maintain his weight
An aging dog gains weight more easily because his metabolism is slowing. Your vet can recommend food that is high in fiber and lower in fat, so that your dog is eating his accustomed amount of food, but fewer calories. Always provide fresh, cool water.
I hope your dogs’ live a long and fruitful life. You can find more articles on dog care on petpav.com, our pet social network that is like Facebook for pets.
Cats are wonderful pets for so many reasons. They are fun, adorable, very self sufficient AND live a long time for a domestic pet. It’s hard to really pinpoint the exact age timeline of our cats; however, indoor cats generally live from 12-18 years of age. Many may live to be in their early 20s. The oldest cat that has been documented is believed to have lived to be an amazing 28 years old!
Cats grow up quickly
Cats mature quickly during their early years, reaching the equivalent of 24 human years by time they turn two, then aging about eight to five times in human years each subsequent year (the number decreases as the cat gets older). So your 12-year-old feline would be about 65 years old and making it time for retirement (when they aren’t too busy napping for 18 hours a day).
There isn’t an exact science that can tell us how long our cats will live but below are some contributing factors:
An indoor cat will live much longer
An indoor cat’s world is a safe home with healthy, timely meals and protection from the changeable weather. Your indoor feline’s only experience with a predator is probably a zealous owner who wants to groom his or her coat or trim those long claws. Life with a clean litter box, a comfy place to nap and attention from one or more humans who offer affection and care is a very stress-free existence!
If your cat has grown up indoors, he or she doesn’t usually want to go outside especially if you have been mindful in keeping your feline’s interest indoors. For instance, you want to make sure your cat gets exercise, scheduled play time and toys that keep your kitty stimulated. And, of course, routine vaccinations and vet checkups, plus a spaying or neutering enables an indoor cat to easily thrive into her teens or beyond.
An outdoor cat tends to have a shorter life span
An outdoor cat, whether a lifelong feral or one who’s been dumped by a former owner can experience daily stress in his or her life. The outdoor cat’s survival instincts keep her or him alert as she eludes dogs, unkind humans and traffic every day. Outdoor cat’s hunts birds or rodents for dinner, or forages in trash cans and can face elements from weather untreated diseases, from worms to rabies to distemper. There is also the chance that an outdoor cat can be hurt by a coyote or even a human or car if running across the street. Therefore, outdoor cats tend to live from 5- 10 years; however, if you have an outdoor/indoor cat, that ratio improves drastically.
What lengthens a cat’s life?
A healthy diet and physical activity, along with regular vet exams, can help a cat stay fit and healthy. Spaying or neutering boosts your cat’s health prognosis while avoiding additions to the feline overpopulation. Neutered males are less prone to prostate problems or testicular cancer; spayed females are less likely to get breast cancer, ovarian cysts or uterine infections. Cats who have been spayed or neutered are calmer, but also burn fewer calories. Therefore, their diets should be monitored.
Your cat will live longer if you keep him or her active
Just as with humans, cats living a healthy lifestyle improve their chances of living a longer life. Felines that get regular exercise (by tossing a mouse around, playing with toys) and maintain a healthy diet (and keep his or her weight in check) will live a longer life. Dental care, to avoid common oral issues that affect many cats, is a key to overall health. Annual vet exams, especially as cats’ age, will find any bodily changes or potential health problems. Older cats may also need a few dietary changes to accommodate their aging systems and your vet may suggest supplements or vitamins. And, most importantly, a calm and loving home will keep your cat happy and healthy!
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If you have a puppy, you might have noticed how your pup loves to chase his own tail. This is normal puppy behavior as your puppy thinks it is a play object and hasn’t quite figured out that his or her tail is part of his body. However, if the tail chasing is frequent, vigorous and occurs in an older dog, it may be time to show some concern. Dogs can injure themselves while chasing their tails, particularly when they finally catch it.
Below are some reasons why your dog might be chasing his or her tail.
Your dog could be chasing his tail out of boredom
Your dog could simply be chasing his tail because he or she is bored. If he or she has nothing to do or play with, he might try his tail. If you think this could be the reason, make sure that you take your dog on walks every day as exercise will help calm him down. Further, a toy such as a Kong that he can chew on will distract your pup so he or she is playing with that toy rather than his own tail.
Your dog could be chasing his tail for attention
Your dog could simply be chasing his tail because he wants attention. When your dog chases its’ tail, it can make us laugh and sometimes our dogs simply enjoy the reaction from us. Most pet owners are quick to lavish attention on their pets when they do something funny or out of the ordinary. While the dog may not consciously appreciate the entertainment value of his actions, your pup will soon learn to correspond an activity with a response. Dogs crave attention, so make sure not to praise your puppy when he does this. Walk away and ignore your dog.
Your dog might be chasing his tail because he is anxious
Some dogs begin chasing their tails as a nervous habit. Stressful situations, sudden noises or constant surprises may even lead to obsessive compulsive tail chasing. If you have ruled out the other situations, your dog might need a companion or toy to calm him or her down.
Your dog might be chasing his tail because he is itching
Sometimes your dog is chasing his tail because he is itching or might even have an infestation. Parasite infestations, such as fleas or ticks, can cause itching around the bottom of your dog’s tail. Worm rashes or dry skin may produce similar symptoms. If you think this is the case, take your dog to a professional groomer (and/or try apple cider vinegar on the itch to see if this helps). If this isn’t the case, take your dog to your veterinarian.
Your dog could be chasing his tail due to a medical issue
There are some canine diseases and neurological disorders like epilepsy that could contribute to your dog chasing his tail. If you think this might be the case, it would be wise to bring your dog to the vet to see if this is causing the chasing. This is very rare but if your dog just started to chase his tail, there could be an underlying medical issue.
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Our dogs are adorable, fun loving pets with unique looks, personalities and temperaments. Each dog has something that makes that pup special and unique. Some dogs are really friendly and might jump on new people, while other dogs might be scared or timid. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a product that alerted you of the temperament of a dog when you first decide to say hello? Well, Dog Flags does just that!
What is a Dog Flag?
A dog flag is a stylish small flag that slips over any leash and lets people know at a quick glance the personality and temperament of your pup. They have different descriptions, such as “I’m Shy” or “I’m friendly” or even for a scared dog “Ask Before Approaching”. The flags are an excellent way for you and your dog to know exactly what to expect from the dog that you are approaching. The dog flags also come in leashes that have the personality or temperament written across them.
Why purchase a dog flag?
As dog owners, we are taking our dogs out with us on a more regular basis. We take them on walks, to the dog park, out to run errands because we want to be with our pups all the time. And as we head out in the world, we invariably will run into other dogs and people. And, when your dog is wearing a dog flag, other people and dog owners will know how to approach your pup. If your dog is timid or needs space, by wearing a stylish dog flag, it is a way to keep your dog safe and happy.
Maybe you have a Pit-bull or a big German Shepherd and you want the public to know that he or she is friendly. With an “I’m friendly” dog flag over your big dog’s leash, it will let everyone know that your dog is safe to approach and wants some attention!
Dog Flags are great for adopted dogs
So many of our pups are adopted and have sometimes come from abusive homes. Or maybe they are simply adjusting to the new world around them. It is important to take your adopted dog out to socialize your pup and you can feel comfortable doing so with a dog flag describing “I’m shy” or “Ask Before Approaching”.
Dog Flags are a fun conversation starter
If your dog has a fun “I’m friendly” dog flag attached to his leash, it’s a great way for you and your dogs to meet other dog owners. No one has to be fearful in approaching and your dog gets to meet so many other fun new faces.
There are so many reasons to buy a dog flag that it is almost irresponsible if you don’t. Dog Flags are inexpensive, stylish, slide right over your dog’s leash and will keep your dog safe and happy. Take a look at their site, purchase a dog flag or leash and you and your dog will be so happy that you did! http://www.dog-flags.com.
If you have a puppy or have had one in the past, you know how friendly, fun and wonderful pets they can be. They are care-free and are just learning the world around them which can be fun, but also a little scary. Our puppies can sometimes be frightened by all the new sights and sounds around them. And, as a new puppy owner (similar to a new mother), our puppies can keep us up at night because they can be scared or anxious. Thankfully, the SnugglePuppies’ line was invented to help you and your puppies get over their anxiety.
What is a SnugglePuppie?
The SnugglePuppie is an adorable stuffed animal that will instantly become your puppy’s best friend. Not only is SnugglePuppie soft, cute and cozy, but it also has a real feel “pulsing” heart beat to make your puppy feel as if he is not alone. The SnugglePuppies also comes with warmer packs that you insert into the SnugglePuppie that can help your puppy sleep the night away as your puppy feels the comfort of the warmth.
The SnugglePuppies helps separation anxiety
The SnugglePuppies are also great in helping your puppies or any dog overcome separation anxiety. Too many of our puppies are fearful when you leave the house or even put them in a crate overnight. If you leave a SnugglePuppie with your pup, your dogs can overcome separation anxiety because they never as if they are alone. With the pulsating heart beat, your puppy feels like he has a buddy with him which is soothing.
If you have an adopted dog or even a blind dog, a SnugglePuppie can also help your dog adjust more readily. It is a safety blanket or a safe toy which will give your puppy comfort all day and night when you aren’t there.
The SnugglePuppies are great for car rides and travel
If you are taking a trip with your puppy, even just the veterinarian, if you put your
SnugglePuppie in the carrier, it will make the trip that much easier. Your puppy will automatically feel at ease as the SnugglePuppie will remind your puppy that all is OK.
The SnugglePuppies also help crate training
If you are trying to crate train your puppy, a SnugglePuppie left in the crate will help your puppy adjust. Or even if you just use the crate at night for sleeping, you can feel comfortable knowing that your puppy has a friend sleeping with him.
About Snuggle Pet Products Company
Snuggle Pet Products Company is a manufacturer of “Soul Satisfying Pet Products”. Since 1997 they have been making a difference for stressed out animals all over the world with their famous SnugglePuppies and SnuggleKitties. With a real feel “pulsing” heart beat and warmer packs they are sure to make a difference for your pet too. Not only for new puppies and kittens but for rescue animals from baby “Joeys” (Kangaroos) in Australia to orphaned Raccoons in Minnesota (USA).
The SnugglePuppies come in eight different adorable puppies to choose from. They also have SnuggleKitties that are a savior for your precious little kitty and will provide your feline friends with comfort.
Isn’t it time you bought your puppy or dog a SungglePuppie? You and your puppy will be so happy you did. Take a look at their site, www.snuggleproducts.com and enter code "petpav" and you can get $10 off your purchase of a SnugglePuppie and blanket! And for an additional savings, pick FREE shipping too, now through 1-31-2014.
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