20. April 2015

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5 Ways having A Pet Dog Improves Your Heath

Do you notice that you tend to feel better if you’re around pets? It’s proven. Spending time with a pet has a very positive effect on your health and mood. Our pets turn into stress-fighters as they greet us when we come home.

Dog Improves Your Heath
Since there are a number of different pets to choose from, future owners might have a hard time picking out just one. For people who are into more active and playful pets, a dog is the right choice. Below are a few ways that dogs can help improve their owner’s health.

Healthier Heart

According to studies, dog owners are less prone to problems with blood pressure. In fact, they have lover blood pressures compared to people who don’t own dogs. Dogs are also known to help extend the lifespan of people who survived heart attacks or have serious abnormal heart beat rhythms. Having a dog around might just be better for your heart.

Stress Soothers

Petting your dog makes you feel better. It’s very calming and relaxing. It helps lower your blood pressure and your body starts releasing relaxation hormones. Petting them not only helps you, but it also has its positive effects on your pet. It’s also one way for you to bond with them and show them your love.

Social Magnets

When you have a dog, you’re bound to make new friends. They help you meet and connect with people. It’s important for us to have that connection with others. We can’t deny that we’re social beings, and we need other people to survive. Spending a few hours at the dog part will let you and your pet expand your social circle.

More Meaning, Better Mood

One of the most common treat that people with pets have is that they tend to be generally happier, less lonely and more trusting compared to people who own any pets. Doctor visits are also less for minor problems like headache or colds. Researchers say that it’s because pet owners have a better sense of meaning and belonging because of their pets.

Exercise

With a dog, you won’t have a reason to exercise. You’ll need to take your dog out for walks, so might as well make the most of this and turn it to your daily exercise routine. Jog a big or bring a few weights so you can do some light lifting at the park. Be careful not to get your dog too tired, and bring enough water for the both of you.

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19. April 2015

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6 Ways to Make Moving Less Stressful for your Pet

Moving into a new house is definitely one of the most stressful things anyone has to go through. But what most people dot realize is that this can also be very stressful, even traumatizing to their pets. While you pack up, your pet is likely to pick up the stress and anxiety that you’re giving out, which is going to cause it to behave strangely, like bark excessively or even lapses in house training.

Less Stressful for your Pet

Here are a few ways to help your dog make an easier transition when moving to a new address.

Visit the vet

If your dog hasn’t been tagged or microchipped yet, this is the best time to have one injected in. dogs, even the medium sized ones like pit bulls, can easily escape out while you’re moving and get lost. Tags and collars might fall off, so the most secure way to go is a microchip. If you’re moving far away, you vet can also give you a recommendation for a vet in the new area and forward your dog’s medical records there.

Keep their routine

Dogs need consistency. Changes to their daily routine could cause them to act differently. Shifts in their sleeping, walking and feeding patters can even cause them to have more anxiety. Through the chaos of packing, moving and unpacking, try to keep their routine the same and change it as little as possible. If you need to change it, add these slowly so as not to shock your pet.

If you can, don’t let them watch you while you pack up

Watching a home getting taken apart causes a lot of anxiety to pets, especially since they’re stuck on how things are placed or arranged around the house. If your dog tends to act strangely, like it constantly follows you around as you gather your things, or continually finds ways to catch your attention as you pack, you might want to ask someone to take it outside for a walk or a visit to a friend’s house.

Pack their things last

Label the box containing your pet’s bed, bowls, and toys clearly so you won’t have a hard time finding it. These should be the first few things you unpack when you get to your new home. It helps your pet by making them feel at ease to see something familiar in their new environment. Familiar smells can also help them feel safer and welcome.

Travel carefully

Before driving to the new house, make sure your pet is in a safe and comfortable spot. Don’t place them near boxes so they don’t end up falling on your pet.  Bring a few snacks, a portable water dish, and some water. If your dog is under medication, keep this nearby. Have a blanket ready as well in case it gets cold and you have to travel far. if your dog tends to move around a lot, you might want to consider placing them inside a carrier or cage just to make sure it doesn’t disturb you as you drive. Or you can have someone hold them in the car.

Mind open doors

You and the movers will be busy taking your things into the new house that you might not realize that your dog has ran out the door. Keep the doors closed or place your pet in a safe location. You can also leave them inside the crate as you unload your things, but don’t keep them inside for too long, especially if you had a long travel.

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18. February 2015

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7 Common Health Issues Newbie Pitbull Owners Need To Know

If it’s your first time to own a pitbull, you might end up asking a million questions, especially about their health. Are they prone to specific health issues? What are the things I should look for to know if they’re sick? What should I do? Every dog breed has some kind of heath problem that they’re prone to. As a responsible dog owner, it’s best that you know about these. This will help you prevent any health issues from happening or getting worse. Of course, it’s important that the dog is in top health when transferred to your care, and that you know of any genetic conditions that I might have.

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Below are a few common health issues that new pitbull owners need to know about.

Skin Problems

Pitbulls are known to be prone to skin issues, especially with the lighter colored ones. They usually need special attention on what they eat because they end up breaking out because of allergies. Some are even allergic to everyday things that you see out during walks like grass. When it comes to food, pitbulls are a bit sensitive to food like soy, beef, pork, wheat, and corn. Common symptoms to skin problems are hot sports, red irritations in certain areas on their skin, mite outbreak which leads to mange, and even open sores.

Tumors

Like humans, dogs can also develop tumors which can lead to cancer and other heath issues. Master cell tumors are common amongst bully breeds, which cover pitbulls. These often look like swollen lumps, large pimples, or warts on the dog’s skin. Not all of these are malignant or cancerous, but some can be. Sometimes they can also irritate the dog and they end up scratching the spot where the growth is which leads to some hair lost, but this doesn’t happen all the time.

Heart

Other than problems with their heart due to birth defects, pitbulls generally have very healthy hearts. Take care of it by giving them a well-balanced diet and give them a good amount of exercise daily. You can also give them food supplements and vitamins to really amp up their health.

L-2-Hydroxyglutaric Aciduria

This is a metabolic disorder which is inheritable. If the dog’s dame or sire had this illness, there’s a big chance that the dog will also develop it. The good thing is that you can have your dog tested for this illness to help control and minimize the symptoms. It affects the dog’s brain which often results in dementia and epilepsy-like symptoms.

Leg Problems

Unfortunately, pitbulls are prone to certain leg problems like paterlla problems and hip dysplasia. It’s good to have the pup’s parents tested for these issues, just to be sure if it might have a possibility of developing it as it grows.

Eyes

Pits are also known to have a number of eye problems. They risk hereditarycataracts and are prone to Distichiasis which is an extra row of lashes that can disrupt and annoy their sight. PHPV or Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous is also a common condition with pits. However, when detected at an early stage, it can be managed easily.

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14. February 2015

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6 Thingsyou’redoing that your Dog Most Probably Hates

Dogs do their best to bond with us and become our best friends. They play with us, spend a lot of their time and energy to please us, and they’ll even protect us with their life. However, there are certain things that we do which actually bothers them. What’s worse is that we often times […]

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13. February 2015

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5 Simplest Ways to Show Love to your Dog while making them More Obedient

Dog owners who have just started taking car of their first dog will know how terrifying it can be. You’ll want to make sure that the dog feels welcome and loved like a family member, but you also have to think about how to discipline them and keep them under control. Obedience can actually be […]

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12. February 2015

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Top 5 Best Dogs to Accompany Your Golden Years

Increasingly, many baby boomers are finding it reasonable to settle for a smaller breed to accompany their golden years. For one, unlike your 70-pound dog, a smaller companion is sure easier to lift when need lifting and a lot easier to walk on a leash with when the need arises – as it always will. […]

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12. February 2015

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How did Pit Bulls Get All the Flak?

If there is such a dog that has gotten so much flak all these years, pit bulls would certainly be in the running for the top spot in most people’s minds. Such a label of negativity has cast an aura of danger associated with the breed, many communities are wont to give breed-specific bans against […]

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11. February 2015

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For Dogs, Breeding the Worst to the Worst may be Best, Study Suggests

A new study may change the way we look at breeding dogs. Recent research coming from mainland China show that a gene linked to obsessive-compulsive behavior plays a key role in the proper breeding of animals contradicting long-held tradition. Looking into the CDH2 gene in the breed Belgian Malinois, researchers found that its quantity is […]

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10. February 2015

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TOP 10 TIPS TO BEST TRAIN YOUR PIT BULL

Pit bulls are intelligent animals. Given the right care, the right training, you’ll soon realize that they are worth the investment. And more. Here are 10 key tips taken from the best pit bull literature available today. Applying them should prove timely: #10: Don’t Expect Too Much Let’s call a cabbage a cabbage and a […]

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7. February 2015

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The Good and Bad of Neutering Your Male Dog

You may have heard a plethora of advantages thrown your way for neutering your male dog. No worries. Many of them are true. But to say that all good things follow a neutered dog is leaving yourself with half-truths flat on your face. Before you put your fave pooch in a compromised position here are […]

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