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Interpreting Your Dog’s Body Language

All breeds of dogs share the common language which is Doggy Speak. They communicate in far more ways than some might give them credit for: They do not just wag their tail – their posture, ears, teeth and eyes all communicate certain feelings as well.

The most important part of your dog’s body language to understand is whether it is acting submissively or dominantly to you and your family. Of course, it should act submissively – it should know that you are the leader and that is it simply a pack member – and dogs acting dominantly could be uncontrollable or even dangerous.

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When Your Dog is Happy: We all identify with a wagging tail. However, there are other ways to know that your dog is content. Bright eyes are a sign of contentment, as are relaxed lips.

 

Playful Behavior: A dog who wants to play will often adopt submissive behavior to act like a puppy. The paws will be stretched out on front with the bottom held high. This posture will be well known to dog owners and is often termed the ‘play bow’.

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The Annual Dog Meat Festival

This year, on 21st June, a town in the GuangXi region of China called Yulin, celebrated a traditional festival. But this was no ordinary celebration of feasting and carousing.

It takes on a macabre and grotesque twist because the focus is the feasting… on dog meat. Thousands of dogs are massacred, sometimes inhumanely, for their meat.

In 2011, the festival was cancelled after a huge outcry and protest by animal rights advocates. This year, however, it has re-emerged in Yulin, prompting many activists and animal groups to once again take up the banner.

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One such group is http://www.notodogmeat.com/, which has written a petition addressed to the Chinese goverment about this festival.

There are also numerous Facebook pages dedicated to bringing awareness and opposition to this cruel tradition.

As I write this, I am keenly aware that the festival has already started, and perhaps hundreds of dogs are being slaughtered, right at this very moment.

While it may be too late to stop this barbaric tradition this year, we think that every bit of awareness helps, and eventually we may be able to unite enough voices to stop it once and for all.

Please help to spread the word and lend support to the cause in China.

Owning terrapin turtles as pets

Terrapins Turtles Owning terrapin turtles as pets can be a very rewarding hobby, but the average owners know next to nothing about them or how to look after them.

They are an excellent choice for a pet because they are generally low maintenance, relaxing creatures, and are ideal for families with young children, because they can be kept in a set area of your home, but be aware they do have a long life span and will require a life long commitment by the potential owner.

If the terrapin turtle is for a child you must take into consideration that they require a consistent maintenance regime and any child must be willing and able to commit to this responsibility.

They take less care than the usual pets such as cats and dogs, but they do have very specific requirements that you must be aware of before you buy to ensure your pet stays healthy and happy.

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Tip of the Week: Petting your Guinea Pig

Guinea pig’s also known as Cavies are one of the gentlest, loving, clean and adorable pets you can care for. They love to be stroked and handled, making them perfect for children and grown ups looking for a rewarding, affectionate pet.

Here’s how you can take proper care of your guinea pig in a safe, enjoyable way:

Hold Them Safely

A great thing about guinea pigs is that they are much happier to be petted than other small animals such as hamsters. Having said that, sometimes they will try to jump out of your arms, and this can resulted to you accidentally dropping them. And yes, this could potentially be harmful to your guinea pig’s delicate body.

In order to reduce this danger of dropping them, you should hold your guinea pig close to a soft surface, for example your lap, soft bedding, or a table or surface with a towel on it. That way if they do fall, they won’t get injure.

Help Young Children Handle Them Safely

petting guinea pigGuinea Pig make fantastic pets for children because they are are not too difficult to look after, and they really enjoy being petted and stroked. On the other hand, because of their size, young children can have trouble handling them.

It is often best if you hold the pet for them, and allow them to stroke it. In this way, you can allow the kids to spend quality time with the guinea pig until they are old enough to hold them on their own.

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AVA’s Fatal Lapse

By now, any animal lover in Singapore should know what the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore has been up to recently. After taking in a micro-chipped Golden Retriever, ostensibly to help find its owner, it put the dog to sleep. This despite the finder saying she would re-home the dog if the existing owner could not be found.

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Please support online petition for answers and action.

Of course, AVA released the usual statement that it had tried all avenues to locate the owner, but could not do so. Meanwhile, the dog’s condition deteriorated in AVA’s care, thus necessitating euthanasia.

However, the condition of the animal before handing over to AVA, as shown by the finder, was not as serious as made out to be. Continue reading

Trimming Your Pet Nails

How often do you trim your pet nails? Do you bring it to the groomer for trimming? Or do you Do-It-Yourself? Do you know that nail trimming is an important part of a regular grooming routine? Let us share with you what are the benefits of trimming your pet nails.

Trimming Pet’s Nails: Take Proper Care Of Your Pet

By Jeremy Foster

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Nail Clipper for trimming your pet nails

Mobility – When a dog’s claws are allowed to grow too long, basic tasks such as running and walking become painful and more difficult. This may even become a problem for very young dogs with a lot of energy. Dogs in particular, enjoy running and playing and by keeping their nails short, you can increase their comfort level while performing these activities. Keeping your pet’s claws correctly and neatly trimmed can help ensure that he never suffers the unnecessary pain long nails can cause.  Continue reading

Does Your Dog Suffer From Incessant Scratching?

A lot of dogs seen in vet offices are there for excessive scratching. What causes incessant scratching in the canine breeds more than in cats, rabbits or any other animal species?

The three biggest reasons for excessive scratching include:

•Parasites
•Allergies
•Skin infections
DogThere are many conditions, however, that causes dogs to scratch. Some of these dogs have an itchy rash, they lose hair from the scratching, or their hair tangles into knots that has to be removed, or they may just scratch incessantly.

The flea is the most common parasite that will make a dog scratch and itch incessantly. There are very effective flea treatments on the market today. If dog owners use these treatments as directed, they provide an effective way to protect the dog from fleas and itching. Even dogs who stay indoors most of the time should receive regular flea treatment to protect against fleas because fleas can be picked up in the park while going for a walk.

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How Often Should You Bathe A Pet

Bathing your dog or cat is an important part of pet ownership. Regardless of your pets’ breed and coat type, shampooing promotes cleanliness and a healthy skin and coat. Frequency of bathing varies greatly between breeds and individual pets, and how often your pet should get a bath depends on the needs of your own dog or cat.

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Cats and dogs may share many things, when it comes to baths and bathing techniques, cats and dogs couldn’t be more different. Cats are fastidious self-groomers, and many cats can go a lifetime without requiring a true bath. This is generally a good thing, because most cats aren’t big fans of the bathing process, and bathing a cat is generally not for the inexperienced cat owner, or the faint of heart.

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