People think we Southerners are accustomed to the scorching Summer heat and humidity. We are not and neither are our pets. We take precautions by limiting our activities and that of our pets during the hottest hours of the day and by staying hydrated. If we are hot, more than likely, our pets are too.
Puppy pads are poorly designed but until now were the only solution for allowing dogs the comfort of relieving themselves as needed. Now, there’s a better option from the folks at Piddle Place™. Not meant to replace walking your pet, the Piddle Place™ dog toilet provides a comfortable sanitary environment for your pet to relieve themselves while waiting for your return or when weather permits a trip outdoors. It’s perfect for house breaking, traveling with your pet on boats or RV’s and condo living. Piddle Place™ is also great for the handicapped or elderly who find walking a pet three times a day a challenge. It’s also good for cats!
Have you thanked your pet?
As is the case with many large breed working-class dogs, Baylie has a propensity for joint problems. Even as a pup, she began experiencing mild knee problems and was prescribed a joint supplement by her vet. It was in pill form and Baylie wanted no part of them. She caught on right away to my feeble attempt at hide-the-medicine-in something-yummy trick. She would look at me as if to say, “come on, are you kidding me, this is the best you ‘GOT’ ?”
April is Heartworm Awareness Month. Is your pet heartworm free? Dogs are considered the definitive host for heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis). However, heartworms may infect more than 30 species of animals (e.g., coyotes, foxes, wolves and other wild canids, domestic cats and wild felids, ferrets, sea lions, etc.) Feline heartworms are more deadly and difficult to treat.
In case you haven’t noticed, I don’t have much of a tail. The verdict is still out as to whether it was docked, intentionally, or if it has something to do with genetics. Bobbed tail is not a trait usually associated with my breed; Great Pyrenees/Border Collie mix. It’s difficult to know because I was rescued and my humans didn’t meet my canine mom and dad. Nevertheless, I don’t miss it. Mom says she doesn’t either. It’s just less of me to get dirty! However, she hopes that it wasn’t intentional because she is not a fan of cosmetic tail docking and neither am I.
Many of us have pets that suffer with some form of anxiety. Experts say canine anxiety falls into three categories; noise anxiety, separation anxiety and social anxiety. Canine anxiety has a myriad of symptoms from barking, pacing and panting, hiding, climbing on you for safety, and the list goes on.