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Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories (NSAIDS): Pain Medications
Simply put, these medications control pain by reducing inflammation. Inflammation is a common source of pain (arthritis, post-operative, infection, etc). When the inflammation is reduced, the sensation of pain is often reduced also. These drugs are often capable of reducing fever as well.
Common examples of human NSAIDS are ibuprofen and aspirin. Ibuprofen is merely mentioned here as people are familiar with the name/drug. It is rarely used in veterinary medicine, as it has a relatively high tendency to upset the gastro-intestinal system.
Dogs like to jump. When you watch a group of dogs at play you'll see them jump all over one another. However, in the human world, dogs need to learn how to greet humans politely. With consistency and lots of positive reinforcement, your dog's jumping problems can be a thing of the past.
Now, every dog responds to different things. One training method may work wonders with one dog, while it has no effect on another. So below is a list of some techniques to try with your own dog. Remember, positive reinforcement dog training is key - do not punish!
Why are so many people searching the internet for hypoallergenic dogs? Because about 10% of the population is allergic to animals!
However, there really isn’t such a thing as a hypoallergenic dog. You see, what ‘triggers’ the flare-ups are: dander (dog’s skin flakes), saliva, and urine. And every dog produces all of these.
So what are ‘hypoallergenic dogs’, you ask?
These are the dog breeds which are less likely to cause an allergy sufferer to have a reaction.
Loving dogs of all breeds live happily with their human families. Unfortunately, Breed-specific legislation, or BSL, place restrictions on "controversial" dog breeds. These can include (but are not limited to) "pit bulls", rottweilers, doberman pinschers, or mixes of these breeds.
People who own such breeds - or are considering adopting one - should take the extra step of researching local pet laws prior to adopting a dog, moving to a new city, or even traveling with their pet.
It might seem like housebreaking adult dogs is more difficult than housetraining a puppy, however, adult dogs have a longer attention span and can focus better. Even older dogs that have been adopted from an animal shelter or humane society may never have been taught to go outdoors - but they can be.
Dominent dog behavior is not that unusual, but can be a serious problem if not addressed. In the interests of responsible pet ownership - and the safety of other people and pets - it's necessary to first identify dominent dog behavior (or the possibilities of such behavior), and then take steps to deal with it.
Dominant puppy training is usually easier to deal with since the dog is still young. However, this is not an excuse to ignore dominant dog behavior with adult dogs.
Many people now travel with their pets and accommodations are responding. More and more lodgings now allow pets - mostly dogs, but some will allow cats and other pets too! Here are some pet travel tips:
A slow, agonizing virus leading to extreme lethargy, madness, and an eventual, but certain death - doesn't sound very appealing, does it? If you do not vaccinate with rabies shots, your dog or cat faces an uncertain future. Rabies is one of the worst viruses that can affect your pet, and with no preventative measures, such as its annual rabies shots, mortality is, unfortunately, assured.
Responsible pet ownership requires a lot of dependability, knowledge, and consideration; unfortunately, some new pet owners take this responsibility very lightly.
So, before you take home your new dog or cat, consider the following pet care tips to ensure that you are providing your new friend with the right amount of care and just the right amount of love! Your new companion is relying on you to provide it.
Whether your new pet is just a puppy or an adult dog, you have a challenge ahead of you to practice responsible pet ownership and awareness. Your home is new territory, and you are now your pet's primary caregiver.
Costs will vary depending on where you live. Use the worksheet below to help you plan for the adoption of your new cat.
- Adoption fee
- Collar, harness, and leash.
- Food and water bowls.
- Bedding. This can be one of many types of pet beds, or just a comfy towel or blanket that your new cat can call her own. Of course, your cat might just decide to claim your bed as her own!
- Kitten shots (if you're adopting a kitten).