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  • Puppies do not wag their tails until around 3 to 7 weeks of age. Vets believe this is due to the fact that they sleep so many hours a...

    Puppy and dog facts

    • Puppies do not wag their tails until around 3 to 7 weeks of age. Vets believe this is due to the fact that they sleep so many hours and don't wag their tails when asleep. 

    • Dogs can learn and understand about 250 words such as the poodle, German shepherd, Border collie and Doberman Golden Retriever, although most commonly, average dogs understand 150 words.

    • Some dogs are talented to sniff out hypoglycemia and some other illnesses in humans. Many service dogs are trained to smell a contaminated drop of blood sugar levels, licking, pawing, barking and whining at its owner as a form of alert. These special dogs can are about 90 percent correct in detecting low or high blood sugar levels.

    • A dog's nose has 14 times as many scent cells as its human and 4 times more than a cat.

    • Lung cancer in a dog can cause a dog to limp. The cancer makes the leg bones develop new tissue that leads
      to pain and swelling in the legs. After treatment, the limping, pain and swelling diminish.

    • Many people name their pets as their primary beneficiary on their will.

    • All dogs except the Chow has a pink tongue; the Chow tongue is black.

    • The heaviest dog in history weighed 319 pounds and the longest living dog passed on at 29 years of age.

    • Since they have been domesticated for more than 10,000 years, the dog was the first domesticated pet for human owners.

    • Dogs can create about 100 various facial expressions, done mostly with their ears, and the can also produce about 10 varying vocal sounds.

    • There exist about 350 dog breeds in the world.

    • Internally, an appendix is not part of the dogs anatomy.

    • A dog can literally run up to about nineteen miles per hour.

    • The Dalmatian dog is born white and do not get their spots until they begin to mature.

    • Because of the swivel of their ears, dogs can pick up sounds in record time.

    • Dogs can be blood donors for other canines

    • It is a proven fact that pet owners live longer lives due to the effects of their pets on their stress levels. Owners also suffer lesser heart attacks.

    • When asked who they would want with them if stranded on a desert island, more than 50 percent of humans stated they would prefer their pet over another human.
  • Interesting feline facts and things you might be interested in knowing about your cat or kitten. If you have an interesting fact please...

    Feline Facts

    Interesting feline facts and things you might be interested in knowing about your cat or kitten. If you have an interesting fact please post it for review and help our community grow.

     

    • Cats can be blood donors for other felines.
    • Cats only meow at their humans and not other cats.
    • The feline can either be left or right-pawed.
    • Cats can jump seven times higher than their own height.
    • Cats have no sweat glands.
    • The brain of the feline is more similar to that of a human than a canine.
    • Cats have great night vision and see six times better than their humans.
    • The tongue of a cat is lined with papillae as a way to catch their prey; also helpful in self-grooming. 
    • Cats spend more than half their lives sleeping. The other half may be spent self-cleaning.
    • Egyptians thought of cats as sacred beings but also used them for their talents in hunting and killing rodents.
    • The eyes of kittens are always blue at birth and may change as they mature.
    • Cats have only four toes on their back paws and five on the fronts.
    • The female feline can give birth every four months, having up to seven kittens with every birth.
    • The feline heart beats as quickly as the human heart.
    • The memory of a cat is much more significant than that of the dog.
    • Packs of adult cats is known as a clowder while kittens are known as a kindle.
    • As humans are identified by their unique finger prints, cats can be noted by the unique ridges and patterns on their nose pads.
    • A cat named Dusty goes on record as delivering the most kittens in her lifetime; she had 420 kittens.
    • The body of the cat is very flexible and has 24 more pones than people.
    • The felines with white fur are frequently deaf in at least one of their ears. If they have one blue eye, their ear on that side of the cat is also without hearing.
    • Cats detect strong smells by opening their mouths. This is where their scent gland is noted on the roof of their mouths. This is especially true for the male seeking out his special female mate
  • Yes, you may post a pet article we encourage contribution to our pet comunity, as long as it meets our guidelines. It has to be an ori...

    Yes, you may post a pet article we encourage contribution to our pet comunity, as long as it meets our guidelines.

    • It has to be an original by you.
    • It has to be well written, and informative.
    • It cannot be used for advertising products or services.
    • The article must be related to pets or wildlife. If it is a wildlife article please post it under the wildlife section.
    • The article must be submitted to the appropriate category.
    • Not all articles or links will get approval, it may take a few days for the article to be reviewed.
  • Login in OR create an account  Once Logged in, Select "Home" from the navigation bar up top" Click “Create a pet” On...
    • Login in OR create an account 
    • Once Logged in, Select "Home" from the navigation bar up top"
    • Click “Create a pet” On Left "Under Your Profile"
    • Select the category your pet belongs in.
    • Title: Your Pet’s Name
    • Short Description: Tell us about your dog. (Option for longer one later)
    • Location: Example: Canada, Ontaro OR Detroit. Michigan
    • Please do not put your actual address.
    • Tags: Example; dog, Great Dane, lazy dog
    • Main Photo: Upload the main photo you want displayed. You will be given the option to upload more photos on the next page.
    • Select the remaining setting below.
    • Status: If you select publish it goes live right away. If you select DRAFT, you can view your listing before it goes live.

     

    Click “POST PET”

     

     

    The next page gives you options to:

    • Provide additional details for your pet
    • Give full detailed pet description
    • Modify pet location map
    • Add some photos to pet

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  • We have made it very easy to join our pet social network community. You can join by using one of your current social media accounts if yo...

    We have made it very easy to join our pet social network community. You can join by using one of your current social media accounts if you want. (This Is Optional). We do not share your email with any one. Please make sure you check your spam box for the verification email. If by chance you are blocked when trying to sign up, please contact us to resolve the issue. Some servers have been flagged for spamming, this may cause your ip to be blocked by our system.

  • The first thing to do to stop your cat from pooping on the floor is to be sure the litter box is cleaned regularly and often. Cats are ve...

    The first thing to do to stop your cat from pooping on the floor is to be sure the litter box is cleaned regularly and often. Cats are very fussy about this. Always put the litter box in the same place once cleaned and disinfected. If you find “accidents” on the floor, place them in the litter box to send the message, “this is where it goes.” 

    You can try using spray repellents around the home where the cat frequents. Most sprays are labeled for dogs but work for cats as well. You may also need to restrict your cat to certain areas of the home where you can monitor the situation more closely until the cat stops having accidents. Thoroughly clean any accident spots with an enzyme cleaner so there are no repeat offenses. If there is still a problem and you can’t get it under control, you may need vet assistance.

     

    Want to read more about breeds of cats? Visit our about pets library.

  • Yes, you may post a blog as long as it meets our guidelines. It has to be an original by you. It has to be well written, and informat...

    Yes, you may post a blog as long as it meets our guidelines.

    • It has to be an original by you.
    • It has to be well written, and informative.
    • It cannot be used for advertising products or services.
    • The article must be related to pets or wildlife. Wildlife blogs must be submitted to our wildlife section.
    • The blog must be submitted to the appropriate category.
    • Not all blogs, or links will get approval, it may take a few days for the blog to be reviewed.
  • Yes, by all means, you can create your pet’s profile on our social network and use your sign up profile to manage your personal pho...

    Yes, by all means, you can create your pet’s profile on our social network and use your sign up profile to manage your personal photos. You can also use albums under your profile to post pictures.

  • One of the most common ear problems in pets is due to allergies. It can be caused by food ingredients, pollen, dust or any other environm...

    One of the most common ear problems in pets is due to allergies. It can be caused by food ingredients, pollen, dust or any other environmental irritants. Common symptoms of an ear infection in your pet due to allergies are inflamed itchy ears and sore paws, since the allergy signs affect more than just the ears. To help your pet, change the diet to a food that does not contain any corn, wheat or soy. Not all environmental pollutants can be avoided but you can provide as clean and dust-free an atmosphere as possible. If you see your pet excessively scratching its ears or biting its paws, contact your vet to have your pet looked at.

     

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  • Glaucoma is an abnormal pressure of the eye in dogs and cats. A normal eye drain of watery fluid and when that process becomes difficult,...

    Glaucoma is an abnormal pressure of the eye in dogs and cats. A normal eye drain of watery fluid and when that process becomes difficult, it causes continual pressure within the eye. The increased pressure can cause harm to the optic nerve, creating vision loss. The primary cause of glaucoma is unknown and occurs without warning, usually later on in life. There are several secondary causes of glaucoma in dogs and cats. 

    Inflammation of the eye occurs because of debris and excess protein in the eye – very common in cats. These particles in the eye can block the normal drainage process of the eye. The fluid can block the pupil area and stick to the iris and lens of the eye, causing chronic inflammation. Dogs are highly affected as well with inflammation of the eye. 

    Lens luxation or dislocation can block fluid flow and drainage. This condition is more common in certain breeds of dogs, especially those with bulging eyes. The pug, Lhasa apso, Shih Tzu, certain other terriers, Border collie and Australian blue heeler are all prone to this condition. Premature breakdown of the fibers of the eye that keeps the lens in place can cause the lens to move around and sometimes pops out. Aside from glaucoma, this can also cause tumor growth and cataracts. Tumors and trauma of the eyes are contributing factors to glaucoma in dogs and cats as well, by preventing fluid from draining.

     

    View the video on What is Glaucoma in dogs and cats?

  • The canine parvovirus known as parvo can be common in puppies. It is an extremely contagious viral infection most often affecting dogs un...

    The canine parvovirus known as parvo can be common in puppies. It is an extremely contagious viral infection most often affecting dogs under 6 months of age. It was recently found to be the most serious disease found in animal shelters. Immediate aggressive treatment can result in good prognosis although many fatalities occur. 

    Vaccinations are available to ward off this deadly disease in young puppies. If the mother dog has been vaccinated, the puppies should be immune from parvo. The best vaccine is the one that contains the modified live virus. The new vaccines stimulates antibody protection in the puppy as young as four weeks old. Otherwise, antibodies in the milk of a vaccinated mom are protected unless they did not receive her milk within 18-24 hours after birth. 

    A young pup can be tested at 8 weeks of age and receive a booster vaccine at 12 – 16 weeks of age for absolute protection from the disease – and should never be ignored for the life of your dog.

     

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  • Yes, we are always looking for valuable pet services and products for our pet community. Please make sure, if it is a service, that you l...

    Yes, we are always looking for valuable pet services and products for our pet community. Please make sure, if it is a service, that you list it under our free pet listings section.  If it is pet products and supplies, please list it under our pet supplies section.

  • Seizures can be a common problem in pets and sometimes just a symptom that something is wrong with your animal. Seizures are described as...

    Seizures can be a common problem in pets and sometimes just a symptom that something is wrong with your animal. Seizures are described as a sudden disruption of the nerves in the brain. The seizure is evidenced by involuntary tightening of voluntary muscles, abnormal behaviors and sensations and can last from a few seconds to several minutes. Some causes of a seizure may be liver disease, low blood sugar, tumors, diseases from inflammation or infection, as well as head trauma or a blood vessel disorder within the brain.

     

    Seizures can be genetic with congenital problems from birth such as hydrocephalus or water on the brain. There is no definitive reason for a seizure and they are known as idiopathic. Treating a seizure disorder is all dependent upon the cause and underlying issues. Treating the primary cause of the seizures will cause them to stop.

     

    Watch the video on what causes seizures in pets by Dr. Karen Becker

  • Choosing a pet insurance most often depends upon your needs and cost. There are pros and cons to consider in making your decision with th...

    Choosing a pet insurance most often depends upon your needs and cost. There are pros and cons to consider in making your decision with the first pro being the option to care for your animal in the face of an emergency. There are a variety of insurance companies, policies and coverage options. Some will cover unexpected medical issues as well as annual checkups and immunizations. Of course, the more coverage you get, the higher the premium. The younger the animal, the lower your premiums will be. If your pet is healthy at the time of signing up for the insurance, you have no problem qualifying for coverage. Some policies will let you choose your own vet and some may not. If you can, you can choose extended care for your pet such as dental care and accidental death. 

    Cons you might think about are the cost of treatments vs. the cost of insurance. Some insurance policies have maximum benefit amounts so you need to consider that when choosing. It is a con when faced with choosing a vet that you are unsure of. Some policies will not let you use your own doctor. Also consider the fact that some policies require pre-authorization before treatment – which can mean the life of your pet in an emergency. Be leery of the policies that require a physical and do not allow pre-existing conditions such as flea problems, past injuries, chronic ailments and oral hygiene. A select few companies will not cover older pets. Read all the fine print before choosing your policy. Most pet insurance companies require out-of-pocket and deductibles. Make sure there are no penalties for cancelling a policy at any time.

    Having a pet insurance policy for your animal can give you peace of mind. If you can afford a policy for the health of your animal, it is a good choice and safety net in the event of an emergency.

  • Dental care of a dog or cat should begin the moment that animal enters your home and family. Dental disease such as gingivitis and period...

    Dental care of a dog or cat should begin the moment that animal enters your home and family. Dental disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis stems from a lack of dental care and oral hygiene for your dog or cat. Such problems can be eliminated with regular brushing of the teeth at a very early age. It may seem impossible for the “carefree” kitty, but not impossible. You will need a small toothbrush or finger brush and pet flavored toothpaste. First get the pet used to the taste of the paste and then the brush, without actually brushing their teeth.

    Once your pet is used to these foreign items, begin brushing starting from the back teeth and working forward – top and then bottom teeth. Don’t make it stressful for your pet – take breaks if you must until you can complete the job successfully. This is something that should be done a few times a week although once a week is fine.

    In between brushing, oral rinses are available that can be placed in a pets drinking water. There are also special treats and bones available for your pet’s enjoyment that is designed to remove plaque and tartar. These treats are not to replace regular brushing but help in the maintenance of oral hygiene.

    Watch the following videos on how to brush your cat's teeth and how to brush your dog's teeth.

     

     

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  • If your dog won’t eat, it may be due to a medical problem. If there is a sudden change in eating, contact your veterinarian to be s...

    why my dog wont eatIf your dog won’t eat, it may be due to a medical problem. If there is a sudden change in eating, contact your veterinarian to be sure your dog is not ill before trying to encourage food. Some medical issues may include cancer, dental disease, a systemic infection, liver problems or kidney failure. Sometimes a dog can’t eat after recent vaccinations. Travel and motion sickness, sometimes this has an effect on a dog’s appetite.

    Unfamiliar situations can cause your dog discomfort. Aside from certain situations, a dog may not eat just because it is finicky or feels uncomfortable. Once your veterinarian has ruled out any medical issues, consider feeding your dog in a comfortable area, away from distractions. 

     

    VIDEO BY Dr. Sam Meisler Possible causes of dog not eating

     

    Learn about different breeds of dogs by visiting our about pets library.

  • It is not unusual to want to feed your cat table scraps as he/she peers at you with those big brown eyes. However, feeding your cat any p...

    It is not unusual to want to feed your cat table scraps as he/she peers at you with those big brown eyes. However, feeding your cat any people food will cause more harm than good. Table scraps are destructive to your cat’s digestive systems and can cause severe stomach upset such as fatal pancreatic inflammation. 


    Avoid giving your cat any chicken or turkey bones, do not add any table scraps to your pet’s food dish, never feed chocolate to pets due to its toxicity to animals and discard all table scraps in a tightly covered garbage can. The best thing you can do for your cat is to not give in to those pleading eyes. Feed it the proper diet, provide plenty of exercise and give your cat an extra helping of love and attention when meal time is over. He or she will live longer and happier. 

     

    You can also watch the video on the best and worst foods for your dog or cat

     

    If you would like to read more on cats please visit our library about pets.

     
     
     
  • This veterinarian will discuss what you have to do if your dog develops an ear infection. Watch this dog video and see if this applies to...

    This veterinarian will discuss what you have to do if your dog develops an ear infection. Watch this dog video and see if this applies to your dog.

  • Cats normally spray to mark their territory and out of dominance. It is something that can be fixed. Spaying or neutering a cat at a youn...

    Cats normally spray to mark their territory and out of dominance. It is something that can be fixed. Spaying or neutering a cat at a young age can prevent further spraying. This is something you need to speak to your vet about since desexing a cat can reduce the motivation to spray.

    Multi-cat homes that seem overcrowded have territory marking problems, making castration extremely important. Have multiple litter boxes in various areas. Litter boxes must be cleaned often. If a cat appears outside the window, causing anxiety and spraying in your cat, prevent access to that window. Use an enzyme cleaner to clean areas that have been sprayed to be sure the cat will not return to the area. You may need to restrict your cat to certain areas to better monitor it until the spraying issue is resolved.

    Spraying can be stressed-related as well as insecurity, confidence and self-esteem. Your cat may need tons of reassurance from you through praise, attention and affection. Play with him as often as you can, talk to him, pet and massage him. Make him feel like the most wonderful cat in the world. The extra attention can work wonders to enable your cat to feel secure and self-assured to stop spraying. Speak with your veterinarian if your cat seems uncontrollably insecure and stressed. As a last resort, anti-anxiety drugs are available. 

     

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  • Cancer is such a horrible word and something you never want to deal with in your family or pets. However, knowing the common symptoms can...

    Cancer is such a horrible word and something you never want to deal with in your family or pets. However, knowing the common symptoms can help in identifying a problem in its earliest stages which results in a better prognosis. Cancer occurs when the cells in the body grow uncontrollably, invading other good cells and body tissues. Chances of cancer in dogs are as common as it is in humans. It is most common in older pets over the age of 10, and since causes are unknown, it is a difficult disease to prevent. The most common cancer problems and symptoms are – 

    Skin tumors which are quite common in dogs. The most frequent tumors are basal cell tumors, melanomas and lipomas. They will be known as lumps or masses anywhere on the body. 
    Lymphoma affects a dog’s digestive system as well as the chest, resulting in lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty breathing and coughing. Lymphoma can also affect the liver with additional symptoms of a yellow tinge of the skin and gums. 
    Abdominal tumors are difficult to diagnose early on. Some tumors are complicated to note in its early stages such as prostate cancer, hemangiosarcoma and mast cell tumors of the stomach. Be aware of any unusual weight loss, pale gums, weakness, protracted vomiting, uncontrollable diarrhea and a notable enlargement of the abdomen.
    Mammary gland tumors can affect the older female dog. These tumors are very common and half of them are malignant. An examination can detect a lump felt in the breast tissue. It happens predominantly to the female dog that was not spayed although spayed animals can be affected as well. 
    Male dogs in fact can be prone to testicular tumors and the most common signs and symptoms are an unusually large testicle as well as weakness, weight loss and change in appetite.

     

    If you notice any of these cancer syptoms in your dog please contact your vet immediately to make an appointment for your dog.