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What To Expect As A Dog Ages

dog Anyone who gets a puppy that intends to love and cherish it throughout its life will have to accept the fact it will eventually get older. Sad but that’s the reality. This is likely to come sooner than most dog owners would like to think about. Dogs simply don’t live as long as humans. With this in mind, it’s reasonable to expect their aging process moves a whole lot more quickly, too.


The general rule of thumb is that dogs typically have a lifespan that falls in at less than 20 years. Smaller breeds tend to live a bit longer than larger breeds. The typical range for a small dog involves an upper reach of nearly 20 years. The very large breeds don’t tend to live longer than 10 years. There are exceptions to the rules, however. Some dogs have been known to live upward of three decades.

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How To Select The Best Pet Boarding Facilities

dogAlthough most people would prefer it if their furry friends could accompany them wherever they go there are times when the family dog or cat needs to stay behind. Everyone who needs to leave their pet while they are away wants to find a great boarding facility that will take good care of their cat or dog. Most kennels assure pet owners that they provide excellent care but unfortunately, this is not always the case. This is why it is so important for pet owners to find out whether the pet boarding facility they are considering lives up to its claims.

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Tip of the Week – How To Quickly Stop Your Dog’s Anxiety With These Natural Remedies

Dog noise anxiety, or fear of loud noises, such as fear of thunderstorms or fireworks, is very common. Pets have especially sensitive hearing. Veterinarians have estimated that your dog can hear 10 times better than you can. The loud crack of thunder is terrifying to many dogs. In some cases, the loud noise has been associated with an unpleasant experience.

Most of us are aware of the signs and symptoms of a dog with noise anxiety. Your pet changes her personality in response to noise, especially thunderstorms. She may cry and whine, OR just tremble, pant excessively, or constantly whine or bark.

  • When your pet begins to act nervous, distract her with a favorite squeaky toy or tasty treat. You are teaching your pet to associate noise with a positive experience. When your pet acts less nervous, then give her lots of praise, then next storm could become far more pleasant.

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The Reality Of Pet Adoption

Adopting a pet may be one of the happiest moments of your life and you should really look at the possibilities. There are plenty of great animals waiting at hundreds of shelters throughout the country, and you do not have to pay a lot of money to add another member to your family. It is however necessary to understand what you are getting into when you decide to adopt a pet. That knowledge is not to discourage you; in fact it is so that you can be certain that you will have a great experience when bringing your new pet home.

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Common Skin Problems in Dogs

DogDogs are susceptible to various skin problems which can be frustrating for owners who want to see them comfortable and happy. Does your dog have a skin problem, and if so, how do you fix it?

That depends on the symptoms you see. Of course, the most common sign of a possible skin problem in your dog is constant, excessive itching. Other symptoms include fur loss, either localized in a certain location or spread across the dog’s entire body. More severe cases may involve redness in the skin, changes in skin pigmentation or even open sores that your dog constantly licks.

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Simple Tips On Cleaning A Pet Cage

Cleaning your pet’s cage is one of the keys to keeping your pet healthy at all times. It will make your pet’s living space free from germs and foul odor, making it a comfortable environment to live in. It can also minimize the chance of bacterial and fungal infections to your pet.

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Cleaning a cage can be hassle free too!

Cleaning cages is not a fun chore, but doing it as organized as possible will make the task less of a chore. Here are some simple tips when cleaning an animal cage:

Being systematic is really the solution to a much hassle-free cleaning process. Whenever you need to clean your pet’s cage, better transfer your pet to a safe place where he or she can feel comfortable during the cleaning time. You can put your pet in another cage while you are doing the cleaning. Bringing him or her in the yard or any confined space would be a good idea to avoid getting distracted.

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Cat Vocalization – What Are They Really Saying?

catSome say that if humans could understand cat vocalization, they may either be a little more scared or intrigued by their feline friends. After all, does anyone really know what they’re thinking as they sit there watching you sleep? They really do have quite a large vocabulary but who knows if they are telling you off, telling you that they love you or letting you know that the vacuum sucked up their favorite toy?

Expert suggests that cats are so complex that they communicate with you, other felines and other animals in very unique ways. Of course, in addition to their vocalization skills, they also communicate through a broad range of body postures as well. These are often easier to interpret than their meows are.

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