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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.

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.

Golden Retriever, AVA, Victoria Lim, Petition

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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Caring for Disabled Dogs

DogDog disabilities could be a result of illness, physical injury or accidents. Just because your dog is disabled, it should not stop you from enjoying its company. As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to help the dog live a normal life and cope with the situation. Below are a few tips to keep your dog happy and healthy even with their disability.

 

Assist their movements

Dogs who suffer from mobility problems, such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, spinal disorders, or other medical problems that affects their hind legs will need plenty of help moving around. To make things easier for you and the dog, you can buy a special leash that supports their torso and back legs. There are also other tools that assist in mobility problems, such as dog wheelchairs that can be strapped to their backs. If you are going to take the dog out to the vet, you will need to carry it into the car since it might have a hard time getting in. You can also use a small and improvised ramp that will help them walk into the car.

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Guidelines for Flea and Tick Treatment

A topical flea & tick treatment for dogs is a spot-on product that is applied on your pet, usually once a month, to eliminate and control fleas and ticks. Topical products are easy to administer and the most effective medicines available in the market for flea and tick control. Topical spot-on products efficiently kill adult fleas and inhibit the growth and development of new fleas. Some of the popular products in this category are Frontline Combo, Advantix for dogs, Advantage for dogs and Advocate for dogs. This article will help you understand the methods, benefits and precautions related to Topical Treatment for Dogs.

Frontline plus for dogs fleas ticks

One of the popular Flea and Tick Treatment

Frontline Combo for dogs is widely considered to be one of the most effective spot-on treatments for the prevention of flea infestation and control of brown dog ticks, paralysis ticks and biting lice on dogs and puppies. It’s easy to use, offers quick and effective treatment for fleas and ticks, and delivers continuous protection for up to a month. As it is waterproof, moisture does not affect the medicine. This allows the pet to continue to swim and bathe, even after the application of medicine.

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