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Tips to Stop Your Puppy from Barking Excessively

As our puppies learn to use their voices and want to communicate with us, they will bark, bite, nip and tug.  They are learning to find their voice and tend to use it a lot!  Puppies bark for many reasons. They want to greet you and/or defend you against anything scary to them and you.

Barking can be a good defense tool and shouldn’t be discouraged.  However, if the barking becomes excessive, there are some things you can do to help encourage your puppy to only bark when appropriate.

Discourage excessive barking by giving your puppy a limit

Try to give your puppy a barking limit. You could allow your puppy to bark three or four times until you acknowledge a warning so your puppy knows that is enough.  You heard him! After the designated number of barks, praise your puppy with something similar to good dog, now ‘sshhh’ and give him a treat as you praise. It’s hard for dogs to bark while chewing so this actual serves a dual purpose.

Talk to your puppy in a calm tone and don’t yell

Talk to your puppy with a calm tone of voice and body language—not just the words—to make sure your puppy understands that you aren’t angry with him.  Barking is also a joyful expression. Use a calm voice to make sure that your puppy doesn’t bark any louder.

Try to figure out why and when your puppy is barking

One of the best ways to get your puppy to stop barking is to understand why he is barking in the first place. Take note of the times he is barking. Is your puppy barking for attention, from excitement, or due to separation anxiety? Usually puppies tend to bark in a sequence and for a specific reason, therefore it should be fairly easy to detect.

Praise your dog when she stops barking

If your puppy barks and you come running every time, then you reward the behavior. Instead, thank your puppy for the warning and then then say, “shhh.” When your puppy stops barking, praise and give her a treat. If he keeps barking, turn your back and leave the room. Most dogs want company, so leaving the room tells your puppy that he is doing something wrong. He will learn to be quiet if she wants you to stay and give her attention.

Practice ringing the doorbell and arrivals to get your puppy used to them

Ringing the bell, knocking on the door, and arrivals or departures excite puppies so associate the location and sounds with good things for the puppy.  With your happy voice, tell your puppy to stop barking after your limit and encourage him with a treat or toy.  He will then associate the ringing of the doorbell to a positive experience.

Giver your puppy lots of toys to keep him busy

Many pups bark because they’re lonely or bored. Even if your puppy has nothing to bark about, talking to himself may be better than listening to lonely silence. Chew toys that reward the puppy’s attention with tasty treats also fill up the mouth and your puppy can’t bark and chew at the same time. Puzzles toys like the Kong can be stuffed with peanut butter or kibble treats that keep your puppy busy biting until he finds the prize.

Try to block out the scary sounds that cause your puppy to bark

Puppies hear a lot of new sound and noises that may inspire barking. When barking arises from fear, there are white noise machines available to help mask the sounds or simply turn the radio to a normal volume or a television with the sound on low.

Every puppy and situation is different and if your puppy continues to bark after trying some of the above, you might want to enlist a professional trainer who can give you additional tips and recommendations. It is best to hire someone while your puppy is young so that you can stop the excessive barking before it becomes problematic in his adult life.

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Cats Can Have Separation Anxiety

Most pet owners are aware of separation anxiety in dogs, but cats can also suffer from this affliction.   Since cats have a harder time expressing themselves than dogs, the signs can be harder to detect.  Below will give you some insight into the symptoms of separation anxiety in cats and how you can treat it.

 

Signs of separation anxiety in cats

 

Some of the signs of feline anxiety can include: hiding, pacing, spraying of urine, a loss of appetite, biting at his or her tail or fur, vomiting or meowing more often than usual. If this happens, try to monitor your cat's behavior for any significant changes or worsening of symptoms.  Other signs may include excessive self-grooming, eating too fast or not eating at all when the cat parent isn’t present.

 

 

Cats can have separation anxiety due to a change in their environment

 

Cats can experience anxiety for a number of reasons. A new pet or family member can be enough to trigger stress. Also, situations like moving to a new home, changing your cat's meal time or any other environmental changes can trigger an anxiety response in your cat. Believe it or not, something as simple as a change in you or a family member’s work schedule can stress out a cat.

 

Take your cat to the vet to rule out an underlying medical condition

 

When your kitty first starts acting out and nothing has changed in your cat’s home environment, take her or him to your veterinarian for a check-up.  Your vet will probably do some blood work and a physical exam to make sure that your cat isn’t sick or in pain.  If your vet gives you a clean bill of health, you now know that the separation anxiety is behavior related and can address it accordingly.

 

There are some cases where anti-anxiety medication may also be needed in conjunction with behavior modification. Your veterinarian will advise you based on the specifics of the cat’s case. If medication is prescribed, it needs to be used in conjunction with appropriate behavior modification and is not to be viewed as a substitute for doing the behavior work needed to relieve the cat’s anxiety.

 

Below are some recommendations to try on your cat to combat the separation anxiety.

 

Give your cat a place to call home

 

Give your cat a room or area that is quiet and secluded and away from all the household activity and noise. This can be her go-to place when your cat is feeling stressed.  It could even be a climb-up cat tower or shelter. Cats enjoy being off the ground where they feel safe.

 

Engage your cat in interactive play sessions on a daily basis

 

Interactive playtime allows your cat to simply enjoy being the mighty hunter. For a cat, being able to engage the prey drive and enjoy a successful capture is the ultimate in joy and satisfaction.  It could help reduce the anxiety

 

Don’t make a big production about leaving

 

If you anticipate that your cat is going to suffer from separation anxiety, you’ll just make it worse if you overdo the goodbye process. Your kitty will think you’re leaving for a month instead of just a few hours. Make your goodbyes very casual. Cats can easily pick up on the emotions of their human family members. If you’re upset, then your kitty might also be upset.

 

Practice leaving and returning

 

If your cat starts to get tense whenever he hears you pick up your keys or if he sees you reach for your purse or coat, then practice doing those things several times a day without actually leaving. Pick up your keys and put them back down. Do this multiple times. Later in the day, walk to the door and then back. Do that several times. Now, put the two together – pick up your keys, walk to the door and then back. Later in the day, put on your coat and then take it off and then add all three together – putting on your coat, getting your keys and walking to the door. Work up to actually walking out the door and then immediately returning.

 

Each time you walk back into the room, greet your cat casually or engage in a little play session. Vary the times you do these training sessions throughout the day or evening. Gradually increase the time spent outside of the home.

 

Try to pinpoint if there are particular items that are causing your kitty stress

 

If there are particular objects that trigger the anxiety such as your keys, your purse, your brief case – then carry those around the house for a while each day so they are no longer an anxiety trigger.  This will help your cat become immune to these items.

 

Only you can pinpoint what is actually stressing out your cat.  Our kitties don’t hold on to bad memories for too long, so if you can change the behavior, play with your kitties and give them lots of love and praise, you can help reduce the anxiety in your cats.

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Dr. Rose’s Remedies is the Best All-Natural Spray/Ointment for Your Pets’ Skin Conditions!

Our cats, dogs and even horses can develop skin inflammation fairly readily.  And as pet owners, we want to find the best ointment or spray for our pets to help comfort them.  It’s horrible to see skin irregularities in our pets and how uncomfortable and itchy they make our pets.  And, of course, when you put an ointment on your dog or cat’s skin, all they want to do is lick or bite it and as a result, they can get sick.  Well, Dr. Rose’s Remedies is the answer to all your pets’ skin ailments with its healing all -natural remedy!

What is Dr. Rose’s Remedies?

Dr. Rose's Remedies is an incredible healing salve and/or spray product (it comes in both variations) that is an all-natural solution that heals numerous skin ailments. The ingredients are all natural, as well as steroid and gluten free! Both products are antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic, as well as anti-hemorrhagic and anti-inflammatory. And the best part is that if your pet(s) lick the spray or salve, they won’t get sick.

What conditions does Dr. Rose’s Remedies help cure?

There are so many different skin conditions that a pet might encounter during his or her lifetime and Dr. Rose’s remedies can help combat them. Dr. Rose’s Remedies can help comfort your dog, cat or even horse if they have any of the following: heal wounds, burns, bruises and lacerations; acute moist dermatitis (hot spots), ear infections and skin rashes; surgical wounds; relieves itchy skin healing; helps skin burn; promotes healing of lick granulomas, allergic dermatitis and even flea bites.

Dr. Rose’s Remedies can also help those awful hot spots in dogs

Dog hot spots are very common and even harder to cure and/or find relief for our dogs.  With Dr. Rose's Remedies Skin Treatment Salve or Spray, it can be a great way to reduce itching and find relief for your dogs.  And with its’ all natural remedy, you can be certain that your dog is getting a toxin free, solution.

Dr. Rose’s Remedies can help our cats with skin problems

If your cat starts to itch his skin or has any sort of skin ailment, Dr. Rose’s remedies can help comfort your kitty.  Dr. Rose’s Remedies is geared toward helping the symptoms while the underlying cause is investigated. The salve is antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory. It can help reduce the redness, the itchiness, and the irritation that your cat experiences. Trying a natural remedy for your cat is a great first step to help reduce the inflammation and if that doesn’t work, contact your veterinarian.  But, wouldn’t it be nice to save on a big vet bill!

Dr. Rose’s Remedies can also help with rain rot in horses

Rain rot is an equine skin affliction that multiplies in warm, damp conditions and appears on the horse as large scabs or as small tufts of matted hair. While not painful or life-threatening, rain rot is contagious and if left untreated may lead to other equine skin infections.  Dr. Rose’s remedies can help reduce the affection and give your horse some comfort.

How Dr. Roses’ Remedies was created

Dr. Rose DiLeva is a conventionally trained veterinarian who began her studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Since opening her practice, first as a mobile vet and then as a stationary one in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Rose continued her training, but in alternative medicine. She is certified in Chinese Herbology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as Chiropractic treatments. In her daily practice she saw a need for a natural safe alternative to steroids to help all the skin ailments and with her training in Herbology, she knew just what to do!

Dr. Rose started out in her kitchen, making different batches with different ingredients, testing out what worked the best. The final product led to the wonderful Dr. Rose's Remedies Healing Salve and Spray product line.  Both the spray and salve line contain only the most natural ingredients including : Calendula oil, Olive oil, Bees wax, Shea butter, vitamin E, Aloe Vera oil, Grape seed oil, Eucalyptus oil, Tea tree oil, and Rosemary oil extract.

There are so many reasons to try Dr. Rose’s Remedies for any of your pets’ skin conditions.  It is all natural, has the healthiest ingredients and will comfort you knowing that it’s chemical free. Purchase it today at http://www.drrosesremedies.com or it can also be found at many other distributors and retailers.  You and your pet will be happy you did!  

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What To Expect As Our Cats Age

We love our pets dearly and it is so hard to see our cats getting older and less active.   But, as in humans, these changes are inevitable.   While we have taken our kitties once a year to the vet during their younger lives, as our cats’ age, they sometimes require more attention.  Below are some normal signs of our ageing cats and what you can do to help your cats’ age with grace.

Changes in diet

While most younger and middle aged cats can get a little chunky at times, our older cats tend to lose some of that fat. Studies have shown that senior cats do not digest, and thus absorb fat, as well as younger cats. This means that older cats may need to consume either more fat or fat that is more digestible to get the same amount of energy.  It’s important to monitor the weight of your cat and adjust your cat’s diet accordingly.  Your vet, as always, can help make recommendations.

Skin and fur changes

As our cats age, their fur can become matted or more abrasive.  Brushing your cat is a great way to give your kitty extra attention and our older cats need to be groomed more often.  Our cats will probably love the extra attention. You will also be helping to prevent hairballs, which can be more of a problem in older cats. While grooming, check for any lumps, bumps, or non-healing sores and contact your veterinarian immediately if any are found.

 

Brittle nails and thickened foot pads

Just as there are see changes in your cat’s fur, our aging cats tend to have thicker foot pads and changes in the nails as they tend to become brittle. It’s important to clip the nails of older cats and they may need to be clipped more often since older cats may not use scratching posts as often as younger cats.  Therefore, they have no way of ‘trimming’ their nails on their own.

Decreased mobility and arthritis

Encourage your cat to get more exercise; make high places more accessible to your kitty.

Arthritis can occur in older cats, especially in cats who have had injured joints earlier in their life. As in people, arthritis in cats may only cause a slight stiffness or it can become debilitating. Cats may have difficulty jumping onto favorite perches or going up and down stairs.

Glucosamine can be beneficial to support healthy joints. Cats have a distinct sensitivity to many anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin and acetaminophen. Don’t give your cat an anti-inflammatory or pain relief medication unless prescribed by your veterinarian; if prescribed, follow dosage instructions very carefully as it can be dangerous to your cat.

Dental issues

Dental disease is one of the most common changes we see in older cats. Routine dental care including brushing your cat’s teeth can help minimize dental disease. Cats who have not received proper dental care can develop significant dental disease as they age and may develop life-threatening complications. A dental care program should consist of regular dental checkups and professional cleaning as needed.  It is not fun for our kitties but often necessary.

Decrease in kidney function

As our cats age, the risk of kidney disease increases. This may be due to changes in the kidney itself or result from the dysfunction of other organs such as the heart, which if not functioning properly, will decrease blood flow to the kidneys. Kidney function can be measured through blood tests and a urinalysis. These tests can identify a kidney problem well before there are any physical signs of disease. The most frequent sign of kidney disease is usually an increase in water consumption and urination. Kidney disease is very common in older cats.

Increased sensitivity to temperature changes

As our cats age, their ability to regulate their body temperature decreases.  Cats who could handle cold temperatures when they were young, may not be able to as they age. Monitoring the environmental temperature around your cat and making adjustments will help your older cat be more comfortable. You may need to move your cat’s bed closer to a heating outlet or purchase a heated bed to make your kitty comfortable.

Hearing loss

Some cats will experience hearing loss as they age. Slight hearing loss is hard to determine in cats. Often hearing loss is severe before an owner becomes aware of the problem. The first sign could be that your cat has seemingly become more aggressive when it really is that your kitty was caught off guard, became startled when touched (due to loss of hearing your approach), and instinctively reacted.

Changes in the eye and vision loss

Cats may experience vision loss as they age. You may notice that your cat no longer follows a toy with her eyes as you move it across the floor or might may have difficulty finding his or her food dish. Any sudden changes in vision or appearance of the eyes should prompt a visit to your veterinarian as soon as possible. Eye exams should be part of the regular physical exam in older cats.

As always, if you see any sudden medical or physical changes in your cat or anything unusual, call your veterinarian and schedule an appointment.

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How to Help Our Arthritic Dogs

As our dogs get older, they slow down and are not as vibrant as they were when they were youngsters.  And with age comes health ailments, particularly in our dogs’ joints.   Arthritis is the most common health issue in our older dogs.  It’s understandable as our dogs are constantly on the move and as in humans, their joints degenerate over time.

The obvious and most telling sign of arthritis in middle aged or older dogs is a change in your dog’s gait and/or a reluctance to walk or move.  Your dog won’t bound up and down stairs like he or she used to and, on rising in the morning, your pup may be stiff and even limping. These changes almost always come on very gradually.

Your vet will give you some information on what you can do for your specific dog’s ailments, but below are some different ways that you can aid your dog with arthritis.

Diet can help your arthritic dog

What and how much your dog eats throughout his or her life will affect arthritis in his or her later years. If your dog is overweight, you need to reduce your dog’s weight, slowly, to a healthy level.  It’s very hard on your dog’s limbs to have that extra weight on him.

All major pet food manufacturers offer a senior brand of pet of food.  Most of the senior brands tend to be lower in calories, higher in fiber, with added glucosamine, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.

Exercising your dogs can help your dog’s mobility

Dogs who have exercised their entire lives (but not to extreme degrees) tend to develop arthritis later in life.  It is important to provide a moderate amount of daily exercise, like taking walks and interactive play-time, to help to delay arthritis. If your dog sleeps all day long, his joints become inactive and they need to be moving to help the joints mobility.

Whirlpool, Heat Treatments and Hydrotherapy can help arthritic dogs

Hot tubs, whirlpools and controlled swimming are great for dogs with arthritis. Short periods of increased warmth, interspersed with cold, can help decrease your dog's aches and pains. Added heat from heating pads and when your dogs are dispersed in warm water, it can help increase circulation in the affected areas and lessen pain. Those effects persist for many hours after the external heat source is removed.  As always, use caution and monitor your dog’s reaction to heat.

Extra padding can provide comfort to an arthritic dog

Your dogs’ balance and coordination are not what they used to be. Older dogs do better on carpet or other soft surfaces. Not only are they more confident when they walk on padded surfaces, they are also less likely to form calluses that are common in our older dogs. The only drawback is that sometimes older dogs can become incontinent. Make sure there is a waterproof membrane below the carpet and that it can be removed for cleaning or replacement occasionally.

Make your dogs’ water and food bowls readily accessible

Senior dogs are more comfortable eating and drinking from elevated containers. A low step stool works well for this because their rubber coating keeps the bowls from slipping around. Older, large breeds are more susceptible to gastric bloat. So feeding your elderly pet multiple small meals, rather than one or two large ones, is a wise idea.

Older dogs love a warm, comfy bed

All older dogs love a warm bed. Safe heating pads are available to ease the aches and pains that come with arthritis. Make sure to purchase one that doesn’t rise above 102F. Make entry and exit from your pet's bed as easy as possible with at least one low side. Make sure that your dog can move away from the pad if your dog gets too hot.   There are also specific dog beds on the market that are more comfy and designed specifically for older dogs.

Ramps can help our arthritic dogs

Wood ramps, covered with carpet are a real help for dogs that can no longer climb stairs. Make sure to purchase one that is pliable and stable. Make the slope as gentle as possible. Keep one that hooks securely, in your car to help your dog get in and out of the car. Canvas slings work well for this as well.

Assisted Living Devices for your dogs

If your dog is no longer able to get around on his own there are slings, carts and other apparatus that you can purchase that can aid your dog’s mobility. There are online stores that specialize in meeting the needs of disabled pets.

As our dogs age, there are many ways to keep them comfortable and mobile.  If your dog does develop arthritis, watch him carefully and have your vet monitor your dog to ensure that it does not progress too rapidly and recommend the best care for your dog.

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