Archives for August, 2008

Is It OK To Give My Dog Milk?

Many dog owners wonder if they should give their pet milk (especially when they are still puppies). This is one of the many questions posted to the free vet advice feature at dogsandcats.com.au.

Our resident vet, Glen Kolenc answered this question with the following response:

“Cats and dogs don’t need milk once they have been weaned. They get all the calcium they need from good quality pet foods.

A small amount of milk is OK but some dogs and cats can’t digest it properly once they are adults and can get diarrhea. If your pet has diarrhea do not give it any milk at all. Fresh water is better for animals and should be available at all times.

Lactose free pet milk is available from your supermarket, however you should remember that cats and dogs do not have a dietary requirement for milk, so there is really no need for you to give it in the first place!”

In Summary, it’s worthwhile remembering that puppies and kittens to need to drink milk – but this should be their mother’s milk only while they are nursing.

A mother’s milk is full of the fat and protein which enables them to grow into a healthy dog. Cow’s milk does not contain many of these essential ingredients to keep your pet healthy.

You can post your own question to Glen at http://dogsandcats.com.au/vet_advice.php

Aug 30, 2008 | 0 | Looking after your dog

Keep your dog safe in your backyard. All dogs suffer when it is too hot. Some are particularly vulnerable to heatstroke. If you are in a hot climate, make sure you have a shaded area or a porch where the dog can get out of the sun. It is vital they have a secure source of fresh water; by secure we mean he can’t easily tip it over. Common sense is important when deciding whether it is safe to leave your dog outside: a short coated dog or a companion dog that is bred to spend his life indoors will not be able to tolerate being left outside in a cold climate. Your dog care tips include:

By Dee Power

Keep your dog safe in your backyard. All dogs suffer when it is too hot. Some are particularly vulnerable to heatstroke. If you are in a hot climate, make sure you have a shaded area or a porch where the dog can get out of the sun. It is vital they have a secure source of fresh water; by secure we mean he can’t easily tip it over. Common sense is important when deciding whether it is safe to leave your dog outside: a short coated dog or a companion dog that is bred to spend his life indoors will not be able to tolerate being left outside in a cold climate. Your dog care tips include:

Securing Your Yard

It may not make sense to you that the same dog that is so happy to see you when you get home may want to find his way out of the back yard to freedom, but many dogs are lost each year because of this. Most dogs do not have a good sense of the dangers cars represent. Once outside your yard, they may just follow interesting scents and be so focused on those they aren’t aware of approaching vehicles. They can also get frightened and run right into traffic. Many breeds are efficient diggers. They can tunnel under a wooden fence with ease. A back gate that is not latched properly can also give your dog an escape route. With smaller breeds, only a few inch gap between slats can be enough for them to squeeze through. Think of this in the positive way: your dog is not trying to escape from your house, he is perhaps trying to find you.

The first thing you need to do is check the perimeter of your yard for any gaps in the fence. One easy solution is to dig down six inches below ground and affix narrow gage wire fencing material to your existing fence. You can hold the fencing in place below ground by burying bricks, rocks or pavers. This will make it more difficult for your dog to tunnel under, and have the added benefit or making it harder for rodents or snakes to get into your yard. You may also want to padlock your gate. A strong dog may try to push open the gate, and some gates with loose latches can even be blown open by the wind. Keeping your fence in good repair is important. If the dog can find a loose or weak slat to chew through, he will.

Safety Inside The Yard

Your beautiful back yard with the trees, flowers, grass and vegetable garden may seem like paradise to you, and your dog will certainly enjoy romping around back there, but there are safety considerations as well, and you will want to make sure your tender plants are protected from your dog.

Again, dogs love to dig. Some breeds, in fact, simply have to dig. For them, it is part of the joy of being alive. They don’t care if what they are digging up is a prized flower garden, or the spinach crop you have been carefully tending since early spring. And a dog doesn’t at all mind taking a short cut through the flower beds trampling them as he goes. You may want to consider fencing off areas of your yard to protect your plants. This is particularly the case with frisky young pups. As your dog grows you will be able to train him to stay out the flower or vegetable garden, but to a puppy, it all looks like a playground.

Your dog care tips will keep your dog safe in your backyard.

Find more about your dog care tips. Dee Power is the author of several nonfiction books and the novel “Over Time.” She is the proud companion of Rose, the Irish Setter, and Kate the English Springer Spaniel. Read Rose and Kate’s blog.

Randa

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Aug 27, 2008 | 1 | Looking after your dog

Meet Our New Dog Candy

We’d like to introduce our new dog Candy who is from Monika’s Doggie Rescue. Can you believe she has only had one inquiry for adoption in the nine months she was there? With that face? I just love those ears!

This was her pciture (below) and this was the profile they had written:

“Candy is a very gentle, very sooky foxy girl. She is so well mannered and is house trained and super social with all sorts of dogs. She is even good with cats! She has a very slender physique, weighing 5.7kg. She comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped.” What more could we want?

We are very lucky – she and our other dog Lucy seem to have hit it off and she has not bothered the cats at all – rather, she is just ignoring them.

It was so lovely to see her run for probably the first time in a very long time when she went for her first walk this morning..

Candy

Randa

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Aug 17, 2008 | 0 | News

The Dog, The Cat and The Rat

Are they all meant to get along this well?

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Aug 13, 2008 | 1 | Funny Videos

Pets In The Garden

I found this quizz in a Canadian website called the Brantford Expoisitor. It was posted by Shawna Dobbie for The Ontario Gardener:

QUESTIONS

1. TRUE OR FALSE:Dogs eat grass to

make themselves throw up. 2. TRUE OR FALSE:Dogs won’t eat poisonous plants.

3. TRUE OR FALSE:Castor beans are the most toxic plant.

4. TRUE OR FALSE:Sprinkling cayenne on flower beds is a harmless way of discouraging cats.

5. TRUE OR FALSE:Mulch can discourage cats from digging in your garden.

6. TRUE OR FALSE:Cocoa mulch will kill your dog.

7. TRUE OR FALSE:Plectranthus canina is the most effective repellent for cats and dogs.

8. TRUE OR FALSE:Cat poop in the garden is a serious health risk.

9. TRUE OR FALSE:Not all cats will appreciate it if you plant catnip in the garden.

10. TRUE OR FALSE:Scattering bread cubes in the garden can detract dogs from defecating there.

See the answers by clicking into the article here.

Randa

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Aug 10, 2008 | 0 | Quizzes

Dog Whisperer in Action

I’m starting to gather information on Australian dog and cat whisperers on my website dogsandcats.com.au

Feel free to get in touch if you have anyone to recommend.

Here is a video the famous dog whisperer, Cesar Milan, in action. I’ve started reading his book too so might be able to throw in some of his quotes along the way.

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Aug 06, 2008 | 0 | Training, Videos