So what happens when this stick monster broke into our home. Our little poochie came to the rescue! she defended us against the vicious monster that wanted to tear us apart! Go poochie, you are my hero.
There is no dispute which two animals are top two on the worlds most owned pets. Cats and dogs have been a long time favorite for.....well an entire life time for animal lovers. The both posses distinctive qualities which suites the different characteristic of different pet owners quite well. Although there are the in between owners who have both cat and dog under the same roof. Even though both animals are loved, which animal comes out on top of this elite top two list of pets. Lets do a simple comparison and see how they fair against each other.
The Table Below Represents The totality of the amount of pet owners of the top three pets.
Dogs are much harder to groom than cats and shed much more fur too. There are certain breed of dogs which may require a dog grooming professional to deal with those bulky hair. Cats do not shed as much as dogs and since cats are much smaller, grooming will also be much easier than dogs.
Anyone who has a dog knows that dogs like to chow down. And if you let them, they would eat all around the clock. On average, dogs will eat at least 5 times what the average cat eats per day. This of course will lead to a higher food bill for your dog than your cat.
Both cat and dog comes with their health risk issues, but which is more riskier? Meaning, is you dog more likely to be infected or are cats more likely to be infected. Lets look briefly at the most common health factors of both animals
If we compare the table of common illnesses we would see that there is not much difference as both animals share common illnesses such as Diarrhea, vomiting, worms and of course flea infestation.
There is absolute no doubt in this world or any other that dogs are much more intelligent than their feline counterparts. It is much more easy to train a dog to do certain task than a cat. Dogs are trained to do tricks, search and rescue operations. Narcotic findings, blind leading and many more activities which require not only the physical training but some level of intelligence to undertake the task which is bestowed upon them.
when it comes down to expressing emotions, dogs do come out on top for this as well. The facial expressions given by dogs are often priceless. You can easily tell if you dog is sad, upset or happy by facial and bodily expressions. From the moving of the ear to the tail movement to the natural sounds which the dog makes can help you determine the state or feeling of the animal. Cats are basically cats. They are cute and cuddly, but many times would just either purr when they want to be let out or purr when the want food. If they think you are lovely today they will curl upon you wherever you are and just simply want to be next to you. Cats emotions tends to be a bit harder to negotiate with their poker faces.
OK,cats will play now and then and many times would just prefer to jump up a tree or scratch on the scratch mat. I doubt you will be able to play catch the Frisbee with any of these felines anytime soon as they neither have the vigor to prolong in playfulness among humans for any long period. Dogs do it all, they will run you to extreme tiredness if you let them. Once they are out in the yard and you begin to play their is no stopping. Whether is be a bit of wrestling or cuddling with your pet dog they will be totally into it. Just bring the game and they play.
Sensitivity and Awareness
Cats are aware of the surroundings which "they care about" namely their food dish and water dish. Dogs tend to be much more aware of their surroundings and can actually tell if something has moved or changed in their surroundings. They are also protective of their surroundings and owners also.
Well, for me as a pet owner with two dogs, one cat, a fruit bat, and a gold fish named swallow. I can say that cats are wonderful pets and deserve every bit of attention that they get. Dogs on the other hand are the ultimate pets and have outclassed the cats in most levels. But what is your take on Dogs and Cats. Which do you think actually makes a better pet?
Grey hound racing as been widely entertained for decades. You will see these animals dashing out from starting gates like thoroughbreds while thousands of people place bets and taunt and shout at their favorite hound for them to run and win. The hounds are trained to chase after some stuff animal that is hitch to some mechanism than goes down or around the track. And, well, the first hound which crosses the finish line wins. But is it just that, running and winning and then go to a nice facility where they are loved petted and pampered. Grey hounds are racing dogs and they are bred for racing. They are raised to put big money in uncaring and animal hating individuals who are just seeing them as a means to an end.
There are around 20,000 greyhounds bred for racing in Australia every year, with the only possible outcome an early death for most of them. This figure does not include: ‘discarded’ puppies from accidental litters or discarded because they do not have the right racing traits. How despicable is that? Breeding animals to make money and once they don't meat your "product standard" they are literally discarded.
The fact is that when these animals have done their fare share of racing and have won and excitement fills the air with everyone patting down that winning dog, once that animal winning days are done he will be put away. And that is just saying it decent.
They Hounds are killed
According to website. PETA.ORG
"In a horrific example of the industry’s cruelty, in 2002 the remains of approximately 3,000 greyhounds from Florida racetracks were discovered on the Alabama property of a former racetrack security guard who had been “retiring” unwanted greyhounds with a .22-caliber rifle for more than 40 years.(2) The attorney for the accused said, “If there’s anybody to be indicted here, it’s the industry because this is what they’re doing to these animals. The misery begins the day they’re born. The misery ends when my client gets a hold of them and puts a bullet in the head.”(3) In a similar case in the U.K., an undercover investigation by the Sunday Times revealed that a builder’s merchant had been taking healthy greyhounds who had been judged by their trainers to be too slow to race, killing them with a bolt gun, and burying them in a 1-acre plot behind his home. The paper estimated that the man had killed more than 10,000 dogs over a 15-year span."
Lyme disease is an bacterial infection caused by the deer tick. The tick simply attaches itself to the host, dog, human, cow any mammal and once it has inserted its contacts into the flesh of the host. It is then capable of transmitting the disease. It only takes one tick with the disease to spread the bacteria. Once that bacteria is the dog, the animal will begin to experience the symptoms associated with a Lyme disease infection.
Swollen And Painful Joints
Loss of Appetite
Swelling of Lymph Nodes
If You Believe Your Dog Is Infected
If you believe that your Dog has been infected with Lyme disease, the first thing you must do is to take that animal to a vet and let the vet examine and diagnose the animal. The Vet Facility will have to run a series of test on the animal to determine if your suspicions are correct. These test includes a physical exam and blood test. If the animal is diagnosed with Lyme disease, then the vet will consult with you and treatment of the disease will follow.
Treatment Of Lyme Disease In Dogs
Normally when Dogs are infected with the Lyme disease, the most common treatment is for the vet to administer antibiotics to destroy the bacteria. It is up to you if you would prefer the animal to be kept and monitored over night or take the animal home. The antibiotics should begin to work and the animal should show improvement in 2-3 days.
Preventing The Infection Of Lyme Disease In Your Dog
Well for start you have to ensure that the animal remains tick and flea free. Buy anti-tick and flea collars. Ensure that the animal is bathed and when so use flea and tick shampoo. Keep the dog well groomed and monitor the animal for any excess itching. Ensure that your environment is not tick friendly. Keep you lawn mowed regularly and ensure that the yard is maintained on a regular basis. Get rid of unnecessary bushes and shrubs. Spray areas where you know your dog visits frequently with tick and flea spray. Once you have a tick free environment then you dog will also remain tick and Lyme disease free.
So after examining the chart above and if you determined that your dog is too heavy and needs exercise let proceed. If not proceed anyway as information is always good to have. The first thing to do if the dog is too heavy is to reexamine the amount of feed you give your dog, the total times fed per day and what are the ingredients which make up the feed. How much feed you give to your dog depends on a couple factors, some of which are, how big is the dog and how active the dog is. You can ask your vet about how many calories your dog should get each day. You can also use the guide printed on dog food packages.
Dogs are natural players and lovers of running. If you find that your pooch is quite dormant and has little interest in natural activities he may also be ill or could be his natural tendency. But you will have to influence your lazy dog to get up out of that slumber and do a little tail chasing.
Bring the Dog To A Dog Park
Take the dog out side at a location large enough where he may see a different environment and become interested enough to want to explore. He will see other dogs being active and this may just trigger his tail chasing gene. You cannot expect your dog to be interested in sprinting if you dabble along with that box of jelly donuts. Run with you dog at the dog park and get him all wound up. Bring one of his favorite balls and see if he would play fetch. Bring along a couple of healthy dog snacks as bit of motivation and incentive.
Play with him at home
I mean dog play, not just standing their and saying "come here boy" and then patting him or rubbing him behind the ear and then pour seven pounds of dog food in his bowl. You need to get down to his level, go down on all four knees and act doggy. Run like a dog up to him and grab him and twirl on the floor while barking like a dog. Pick up a ball in you mouth and run and on your hands and knees and see if he chases you. Hang on to his tail with your mouth and and pull him, he will have a blast while getting some good exercise.
Dogs are great animals, anyone who owns on knows this. As pet owners, we sometimes go overboard with the pampering of our dogs and flood them with toys and treats. We buy the best of everything for them and ensure that they are fed the proper nutrients to have a healthy diet. Many owners will go over board with feeding their dogs and eventually end up with an overweight and under exercised animal. If you want to have a general idea about your dog's weight, look at the image below. This will help to determine if your dog is overweight.
For every one who has actually owned a dog or have been close enough to observe the dogs face will realize that the dogs nose is actually wet. Many would say they the dog's nose is wet because he just sipped up some water. But of course, seasoned and professional animal owners knows that this isn't so. Dogs noses are quite special and much more sensitive than that of a humans nose. That is one of the reason you will see dogs performing sniffing duties at airports, shipping docks, drugs raid and hunting.
It has been found that A dog's sense of smell is said to be a thousand times more sensitive than that of humans. Dogs smell receptors is like superman to humans. Dogs has more than 220 million olfactory receptors in its nose, while humans have only 5 million.
Possible Reasons Given Why Dogs Nose Are Wet
Nosepad or Rhinarium
This is referred to the naked surface around the nostrils of the nose in most mammals. In actual scientific usage it is typically called a "wet snout" or "wet nose" from its moist and shiny appearance.
Typically just a a fold extending from the nostril to the ventral nasal concha.
This is the external openings into the nasal cavity; nostril.
the vertical groove in the median portion of the upper lip.
Now that we have a bit of appreciation for our canine buddy nose, we can look at some of the possible reasons why dogs noses seems to be wet. Please have an open mind here.
Greater Scent detection.
Dogs Lick Their Own Noses
They Drink With Their Noses
Hey! My dog's Nose Is Not Wet...Do I Need A Vet?
That rhymes right? pet, vet. Anyway, many people believe that it is a must for their dogs nose to be wet and if that is not the case it is a sign that the animal is not in the best of health. That my friend is not true. I have spoken with several veterinarians and they have debunked this myth. They will tell you that some dogs just naturally have wetter noses than others. As a matter of fact, a drier nose may be quite healthy in some breeds and pups. So don't panic if you see other dogs around you with wet sloppy noses and your dogs nose is like potato chips. If you want to moisten it just give him a little smooch on his nose. He will love you a little more. Take care my friends.
Clive Williams is an Animal Enthusiast and the father of two dogs, Nica and Venom.