Effective tricks for getting your dog or cat to take a pill

Giving your pet a pill doesn’t need to be a challenging task! There are a few very effective tricks for getting your dog or cat to take a pill.

If your pet is difficult with medications, it’s generally best to opt for pills instead of liquid medication. Pills can be hidden in food items, whereas liquid medication involves old fashioned pet wrangling.

For pets who want absolutely nothing to do with pills, you’ll want to hide the food in some sort of unfamiliar food item. ‘Unfamiliar’ is the key word here. If your pet is familiar with the food item, he’ll be able to smell the difference when you’ve added a pill to the mix!

Some handy food items for giving pills include chunks of hot dog, cream cheese, cold cuts, Cheeze Whiz and sliced cheese (simply heat the cheese slice in the microwave for a few seconds, then mold the cheese into a ball around the pill.)

For pets who are cooperative when it comes to opening their mouth, a pill shooter is a great tool. This is especially true for small dogs and cats, as it can be difficult to get your fingers with the pill into a small pet’s mouth.

With these tips, you’ll find it’s easy and simple to give your pet a pill!


Games you can play with your pet using items around the house

Are you looking for some fun, easy ways to keep your dog entertained? Well, there are lots of games you can play using items around the house!

Bubbles are as simple as it comes, but they’re a great way to keep your dog or cat entertained. Most pets love chasing bubbles and it’s a game that can be made even more exciting if you have a bit of wind or a fan to send them moving quickly across the room or yard.

Soccer is another fun game. The key is to play with a sturdy ball that’s not apt to be punctured easily. Most dogs love a good game of soccer! Though remember to use your foot to pull the ball away from your dog before you kick, as you don’t want to accidentally kick your dog!

The water hose is yet another fun item that you’ll find around the house. Most dogs love chasing and biting at the water. Plus, it’s a great way to keep your pet cool in the hot summer months, while simultaneously watering your lawn!

A hose can be a bit too much for small dogs. But dogs of all sizes usually enjoy a plastic kiddie pool filled with a bit of water. They usually enjoy splashing around and playing in the water, especially on a hot day!


Is your kitty a bit overwheight – try these fun games…

Is your kitty a bit overweight?
Are you looking for a fun way to help him lose weight? Well, making him work for his dinner won’t just help your cat lose weight, but he’ll also have lots of fun in the process!

This game works best for cats who eat dry kibble and who enjoy chasing and running after objects.

Food toss is quite simple. You’ll need to play while your kitty is hungry. To play, simply get his attention and toss a piece of kibble for him to chase! It’s best to play in an area with smooth, non-carpeted floors, as this allows the kibble to travel a bit further. Hallways are a nice area to play this game, since there are no dressers or furniture items for the kibble to go under.

Most cats get very into this game of chase and they’ll also love the food reward! If you’re using this method for feeding your cat his dinner, you’ll likely want to stop about halfway through the meal, as running on a full stomach can result in vomiting!

You can also play this game with treats, but you need to be sure to adjust your kitty’s meals accordingly so he doesn’t eat too much (remember, moderation is the key for weight loss!) Of course, this is also a great game for cats of a healthy weight! Some pets will even play this game with a small toy or ball, though this tends to be a bit more time-consuming for the owner since you’ll have to chase down the toy to throw it again (or train your cat to play fetch!)


A fun game to play with your dog and train him at the same time…

Looking for a fun game to play with your dog; a game that will also give him an opportunity to practice those obedience training commands?

A simple game of fling it fetch is perfect! All you need is a ball flinger (it’ll send the ball much further and you won’t need to bend over to pick up the ball!), two tennis balls and a safe area to play, like a large fenced yard.

You can practice the ‘sit’ command when your dog first returns with the fetched ball and when he’s waiting for you to toss the next ball!

You can practice the ‘give it’ or ‘drop it’ command when your dog returns with the ball. You can use the second ball as a perceived trade item.

When your dog is across the yard retrieving the ball, it’s the perfect opportunity to practice the ‘come’ command. You can also bounce the second ball and toss it up in the air and catch it to get your dog excited about the ball (which will make him want to ‘come’ even more!)

Fling it fetch is the perfect way to get your dog to stay active and burn off some of that energy, while simultaneously brushing up on those training skills!


You think your pet has a lot of fur?

Do you dread those brushing sessions?

Are you amazed by the amount of cat fur that you find on your furniture and clothes?

Well, meet Colonel Meow. He now holds the world record for being the cat with the longest locks, totaling an incredible 9 inches in length! He’ll appear in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, which is slated for release on September 12, 2013.

To confirm the kitty’s world record status, three separate veterinarians were tasked with measuring a total of ten fur samples from Colonel Meow.

Colonel Meow is actually fairly well known on the web, where his pouty expression and bossy persona have earned him an incredible following on Facebook, with nearly 180,000 fans, and Instagram, where he has more than 70,000 followers.

Colonel Meow isn’t a prim show cat. He comes from very humble roots, as his owners, Anne Marie Avey and Eric Rosario, say he’s actually a rescue, who was adopted from a rescue organization specializing in Himalayans and Persian cats.

For the record, his owners brush Colonel Meow’s long locks about three times per week and — no surprise here — it’s a two-person task.

You think you are furry? Check me out!


Can your dog be a “therapy” dog?

Is your dog super friendly and absolutely wonderful with people? Do you love people too? If so, you may want to consider training to become a therapy dog handler!

Hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and homes for disabled adults are always in need of volunteers who bring in therapy dogs to visit with the patients or residents. Hospitalization or living in nursing/care home can be stressful and many miss the companionship that pets provide. Therapy pets can brighten a patient’s day just by cuddling and accepting some love and attention. More highly-trained therapy dogs can be used in physical therapy and rehabilitation too!

To be a therapy dog, your pet must be well-trained and extremely well-socialized. Pets typically need to undergo a screening and training process. For instance, in the U.S., therapy dogs must obtain a good citizenship certificate; in some areas, they must have a therapy dog certificate.

If you’re interested in becoming a therapy dog handler with your pet, contact your local hospital to inquire about which local organisation oversees the therapy dog program. You can also call local humane organization or a local training centers to determine what certification is required. There are even volunteer organizations that coordinate local therapy dog programs; some hospitals may only work with one particular organization, so it’s good to inquire at the location where you wish to volunteer.

It’s a great way to share your wonderful pet with the world!


The benefits of owning a pet

We all know that dogs can help humans in lots of ways – they lead the blind, they assist the disabled, they work alongside police and military personnel, they bring joy to patients in hospitals and nursing homes and their powerful noses can even be used to sniff out everything ranging from drugs to cancer!

But your pet doesn’t need specialized training in order to help you live a happier, healthier life! Studies show that pet owners enjoy lots of benefits, both mental and physical. Consider some of these interesting factoids!

1. Pet owners have lower blood pressure, even during times of stress. Animal owners have also been found to enjoy lower rates of heart disease, as they have lower cholesterol and lower triglyceride levels.

2. Individuals who have suffered a heart attack have been found to live longer if they own a pet.

3. Spending time with your cat or dog serves to boost the release of neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, which result in feelings of contentedness, calmness and relaxation.

4. Pet owners are significantly less likely to experience depression.

5. In a survey of retirees age 65 and older, pet owners visited their doctor’s office about thirty percent less frequently compared to non-pet owners.

It’s not just cat and dog owners who enjoy these perks; even more “ornamental” pets like fish can bring benefits!


Fun Feline Facts

Cats have been kept as companions for thousands of years. They were revered by the ancient Egyptians and today, there are more than 500 million domestic cats worldwide. Consider the following fun facts about your feline friend!

There are more than 33 cat breeds; the smallest is the Singapore Cat, with males weighing around 3 kilograms and females weighing around 2 kilograms.

Cats can make more than 100 different vocalizations; that’s ten times more than the dog.

The skin patterns on the cat’s nose are completely unique and individual – as unique as the human fingerprint.

Even today, cats are employed by grain farms, museums and storehouses across the globe to protect these locations from mice and rats. According to some estimates, a single cat can kill enough mice to save more than 20,000 pounds of grains from getting eaten by the rodents!

The cat’s skeleton has more than 230 bones, whereas humans have just over 200. A cat can jump up a distance that’s more than seven times its height and it can sprint at speeds of up to 30 miles an hour!


Fun Facts About Your Dog

Dogs are our companions, our best friends, our furry children. But your dog is a fascinating creature! Consider the following fun facts about your dog!

There are more than 350 dog breeds in existence.

Dogs can make more than a hundred different facial expressions.

Some dogs literally show their teeth in a smile. It’s a behavior that many experts believe is an attempt to mimic the human smile. The reason? Only domesticated dogs smile and they only ever smile at humans; never to other dogs (when they smile at other dogs, it’s considered showing teeth.) Smiling is typically done as an act of submission.

Dogs cannot sweat through their skin, even hairless Chinese Crested dogs who are rumored to sweat like humans (they don’t.) The one exception? Their paws! Dogs do have a few sweat glands on their paws, but that’s not enough to keep them cool. That’s why dogs pant.

Dogs can get pimples and blackheads, just like humans! The most common locations are on the chin, elbows and stomach.

Your dog can get a sunburn, just like you! Generally, most dogs are protected by their fur, but hairless dogs and dogs with a really short, fine coat are prone to getting sunburned.

The average dog can run at top speeds of approximately 18 miles per hour.


Baby Pets

We see our pets on a daily basis and we often forget just how fascinating they really are! Well, it’s not just adult pets who are fascinating; those little baby pets are quite curious! Consider some of the following interesting facts about baby pets.

Dalmatians are not born with their spots. They’re born with pure white fur; the Dalmatian’s spots come in as the dog matures and enters late adolescence.

Ever wonder why some cats have a shorter-than-average tail? Sometimes, new mothers will confuse the kitten’s tail for the umbilical cord and she’ll accidentally gnaw off the baby’s tail instead.

Baby finches are not born with the ability to vocalize; they don’t start squeaking and vocally begging for food until they’re about three days old. Also, newborn baby finches require frequent feedings – every half hour, in some cases!

Think twice before breeding that pet garter snake. A garter snake can lay more than 80 eggs in one go!

Armadillo babies are all born the same gender. They’re also always born in pairs of four. Armadillo eggs always split into quarters, so each litter of armadillos is comprised of identical quadruplets. Incredibly, the female armadillo can store viable fertilized eggs for two years or longer when they’re exposed to a stressful situation.