Pet Care Tips

How Do I Choose The Best Dog for My Family?

How Do I Choose The Best Dog for My Family?

In selecting a dog the prospective purchaser should bear in mind the purpose for which he intends to use the dog, the surroundings in which the dog will live and the temperament of the individual purchaser. What are the types of dogs? Dogs are man’s best friend, and all types give loyalty and devotion to the master, whether he be kind or cruel. Quite apart from sentimental bonds, most dogs were bred for a specific purpose and can be trained to perform their normal duty. The main categories into which dogs fall, from present-day standards, are hunting, working, sporting and…
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Symptoms of Common Dog Diseases

Symptoms of Common Dog Diseases

This guide will help you to spot the symptoms of some fairly common dog diseases, and to care for your dogs. Allergic Eczema One of the most common problems seen by vets, this is certainly the most prevalent skin ailment. The allergic reaction may be caused by fleas, mites or by vegetation. Allergies to plants cause the worst type of eczema as they flare up every time the pet roams in the garden or may recur at certain times of the year corresponding to the particular plant's growth. The types of vegetation most likely to cause allergies are wandering jew,…
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How to Care for Your Dog and Cat

How to Care for Your Dog and Cat

When a kitten or puppy is taken away from his family, he will be lonely for his brothers and sisters, and for his mother. He will need to be cuddled and treated gently, to be protected from noise and confusion by his new family, as he gradually becomes acquainted with them. When he first arrives, try to feed him some warm milk. After that feed him frequently and lightly. The first ten days are the most difficult for both pet and owner. Since most animals are creatures of habit, your pet should be kept on a fairly rigid schedule suitable…
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When Should I Spay My Dog?

When Should I Spay My Dog?

Last week we discussed various non-surgical methods for the control of the breeding cycle in dogs. All these methods have the disadvantage that one must be on hand and remember to give the dog drops or tablets or take her to the veterinarian every six months for an injection. When the costs are added up over the dog's life the total is quite considerable regardless of which of these methods are chosen. The surgical spaying of females is still the most practical and economic method for all excepting pedigreed animals required for breeding or showing. The great advantage with this…
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What Do You Do if Your Pet Has Worms?

What Do You Do if Your Pet Has Worms?

The pet owner today is the target of a multi-million-dollar industry in pet foods and animal health products. The range of products displayed in the supermarket or pharmacy is very extensive and may prove a little confusing. Worm treatments aim to eliminate roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms or heartworm. They can be in tablet, powder, syrup or capsule form and finding the correct product for the age and weight of your pet is not always easy. Unfortunately, there is no one product which will treat all worms or is suitable for all ages of dogs or cats. Young puppies should be…
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Training Sheep Dogs

Training Sheep Dogs

Correct training of sheepdogs is vital if one hopes to get the best out of them. Research into the subject discloses an extremely wide divergence of opinion on the part of experts on what constitutes the correct method of training puppies for this all-important work. The fundamentals of a good sheepdog The vast majority of working sheepdogs never see a trial arena, and suggestions given here are for the guidance of those who want good flock dogs. The fundamentals of a good sheepdog are a natural aptitude and desire to control, good health soundness, and OBEDIENCE. The last mentioned is…
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Cats Recover Fast, but Medication Has Its Problems

Cats are in many respects very rewarding animals to treat. They have great recuperative powers after surgery and even the most complicated wounds heal very quickly. Anatomically there is little variation within the breeds and they suffer a few of the genetic problems that have become established in certain breeds of the dog by injudicious breeding. One of the main problems that occurs in cats is the risk of applying medications to the skin of the cat. The grooming process involving licking of almost the entire surface of the body ensures that the animal swallows any medication within a short…
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