The Bull(y) and Strong Dog:

Staffordshire Terrier The Staffordshire bulls are known for their great strength because of their sizes. Their variety is muscular and stocky but is also known for their agility. Surprisingly, this breed is one of the two breeds recognized by the UK Kennel Club as very suitable for children. Furthermore, their types ranked 5th when it comes to dog popularity in the UK, where the breed originated. Interestingly, Staffies are the only breed of dog that are “totally reliable” when it comes to standard of breed. The following are some of the basic facts breeders would really love to know about Staffies: Category: Terrier Living Environment: either indoors or outdoors Coat: smooth (or silky like most terriers), dense, and short Colors: …

How to Make a Smooth Move with your Pet – Moving with Exotic Pets

A lot is written how to move with dogs, cats or even fish. But what if your beloved ones are far more exotic and unusual than other people’s pets, don’t they need some special and accordingly unusual care during the move? If you are the lucky owner of, say, a snake or a hamster here are few suggestion for your smooth with them: The first thing to remember when moving reptiles is to keep them moist. It can be achieved by putting a damp blanket inside a moving container for your pet. Reptiles can be packed in boxes, venomous snakes should be be double boxed. Make holes in boxes to maintain good ventilation during the move. Make the inside of …

Hypoallergenic Medium Sized Dogs

Do you love dogs, but have allergies? If you have a smaller home, a medium sized hypoallergenic dog might be perfect. Hypoallergenic dogs have a tendency to create less allergic reactions because of an absence of fur or a very low amount compared to most pets. There are a few breeds that fit into the criteria. The Spanish Water Dog, the Bouvier des Flandres, and the Mexican Hairless are all medium sized, hypoallergenic dogs that work great for families and singles alike. If big, friendly, shaggy dogs are your thing, the Spanish Water Dog is a good fit. They resemble the sheep dog on the Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes cartoons. The dogs live for playing, swimming and even working. When …

How to Win the War against Your Dogs Fleas

All dogs pick up fleas, ticks, and chiggers at one time or another, usually during the warm weather months. Even a pampered city pet can pick up a stray flea from a potted plant. Hunting dogs often return home with a collection of chiggers or ticks. Fleas hop from one dog to another with amazing speed and agility. Your pet only needs to greet one flea infested friend in order to acquire the beginning of a flea colony of his own. External parasites are not a special affliction of dogs. The dog is simply a convenient host for them. We would probably have them too, if our bodies were covered with hair and we ran around without shoes and clothing …

Are Dogs Safe From the Bird Flu?

Avian influenza, also known as bird flu or H5N1, is a viral disease that most commonly affects birds. It has appeared from time to time in regions around the world. It can spread easily among wild birds, but can also infect domestic birds including chickens, turkeys, ducks, and can also affect humans and other mammals. There is a rising concern that the H5N1 virus could cause a flu pandememic. The CDC says that dogs are not usually susceptilbe to avian influenza viruses. However, the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus that emerged in Asia in 2003 has been documented to infect other carnivore species (e.g. cats, tigers, leopards, stone martens). This has raised concern that this strain of avian influenza A …

Anxiety In Dogs

A world without dogs would be crazy. It would be lonely for most of us if we lost our favorite canine companions. Fortunately, almost every household in the US had had at least one dog. Dogs are animals that need special care and extra attention from us humans. Compared to cats, dogs are more active and showy to their companions. Cats just lie and sleep most of the day. It only moves toward you to get is dose of petting or to ask for food. Most of the time, cats would rather sleep or groom themselves. Dogs are different. They are playful, they interact with other people and other dogs as well. They show appreciation to their owner, in one …

Antibiotics? I Think Not

Have you noticed that doctors are now being much more reluctant to give you a prescription for antibiotics unless it’s proven that you are indeed suffering from a bacterial infection? Well, I wish I could say better late than never, but in the case of antibiotics, we’re far too late. Antibiotics were once touted as a modern miracle and they did indeed save lives, once upon a time. The problem has been that they have been so widely overused and not just for bacterial infections, but for every single thing doctors didn’t know how to treat. In fact, even if the illness was viral, we were routinely given a prescription for antibiotics so we would happily go home and feel …

Beware of Raw Foods for Your Dog

Despite the best efforts of public health agencies, some dog owners continue to believe that raw meats are safe and beneficial for their dogs. Louise Louis said many people believe the old wives tale that cooked foods are more difficult to digest than raw food. It’s true there is some structural change from the cooking process, but it works just a s much in favor of digestibility, for example, by partially breaking down the protein structure. As to feeding your dog raw meats which consist mainly of beef, chicken and lamb, your dog can get Salmonella or E. coli. and other food poisoning just as you can, Mrs. Louis said. In June of 2005, one major manufacturer of dog food …

5 Great Tips On Building A Dog House

Over 50% of the population allows their dog to stay indoors and sleep on the couch or in their owner’s bed. For those of you who are interested in building a dog house for you beloved pet here are some simple rules to follow when considering what type of shelter you want to provide. 1. You should begin your dog house building process by making sure the house is big enough to accommodate your animal’s potential adult size. Humans enjoy having about 2 feet of air above us in a room in order to live without feeling claustrophobic. Your dog will probably also enjoy having that much room. The comfort zone for both humans and dogs is about 1/3 of …

Allergies Can Be A Real Pet Peeve

As many owners will confirm, pets are more than animals living in their house. They are part of the family. For allergy sufferers, this bond often means that it will take more than a stuffy nose and sneezing to separate them from their favorite Fido or feline. An estimated 10 percent of the population is allergic to pets. But because more than 70 percent of U.S. households have a dog or cat, these pet allergy sufferers may frequently come in contact with animals, and sometimes even have pets living in their own homes. “I work with lots of families who have allergies and chose to live with a pet anyway,” said Dr. Jeff Werber, a practicing Los Angeles veterinarian and …

The Makings of Good Parrot Breeders

If you are looking for a pet that can live and last for so many years, then you should consider buying a parrot for a pet. Because of their friendly nature and interesting personalities, a wide variety of parrots have been in the pet trade for parrot lovers to enjoy. But, owning a parrot entails great responsibility. You must be able to give proper care and attention so your pet parrot will enjoy long and healthy life. Taking care of parrots Parrots are known for creating close bonds with their owner or the ones who handle them. If there were one person that must understand the bird well, that should be the parrot breeder. Parrot breeders are significant figures in …

The History of Pet Grooming

Pet grooming is a common practice in our society. People don’t even think twice of spending hundreds of dollars having their pets groomed and bathed by a pet grooming professional. It is such a common connivance that many people forget the history of what made this profession what it is. If you look at the paintings of the Elizabethan era you will see pets portrayed in paintings that are well groomed and clean. Who did the grooming? Was grooming a pet an actual profession back then? Was the local barber responsible for pet care as well as cutting hair and medical responsibilities? At the local Lord or Lady have their hair cut alongside their pet There are actually paintings from …

Pet Insurance Is Easy As AKC

Acquiring a pet is a big responsibility. Financial responsibilities, as well as personal time are maximized to be able to take care of a pet freely. Registration of the pet to the owner, as well as loads of paperwork are also a part of owning a pet. One also needs to think about the well-being of his/her pet, such as providing for food, vaccinations, and the maintenance of the overall health care of a pet. Pet owners get pets for different reasons, as aids for blind and deaf people, and therapy for the sick. The most common reason is companionship. Having a pet is a very positive experience to both the pet and the owner. To provide maximum responsibility for …

Pet Insurance For Smart Pet Owners

The recent trend towards having pets is giving them names like their human counterparts to officially welcome them to the family. In a study by Veterinary PET Insurance, the top 10 common names of pets regardless if it is a dog, cat or bird, include Max, Bailey, Buddy, Molly, Maggie, Jake, Lucy, Daisy, Rocky and Sadie. These names are not just to identify them, but defines their identities as well. However, like their human “best friends”, they need to stay healthy to be able to fully maximize their co-existence. Pet owners today have been resorting to pet insurance to pay for the trips to the veterinarian. Due to rapid growth of the world today, pets have been especially prone to …

Pet Grooming as a Career

A pet grooming career can be an exciting vocation which offers adventure and profitability. A pet grooming vocation requires standards that even veterinarians and breeders do not have to follow. You will fill a very important niche in the pet market and will become an important person to the animals you serve as well as their owners. You will have to use hands on techniques towards the animals, and at the same time you’ll have to observe their behaviors and physical traits. You will actually have to spend quality time with the animal. This is an activity that many veterinarians and breeders do not do. During this quality time, you must be able to judge the mental and physical characteristics …

Pet Groomers that Come to You

Dog owners have all been there. You turn your dog loose to run for just a few minutes and the next thing you know man’s best friend is scratching at your door, there once gleaming coat caked with dirt and debris, and emitting an incredibly foul odor. You now have two options. You can lock your dog outside and hope that it rains hard enough in the near future to wash them clean, or you can take valuable time out of your day and drag them to your local pet groomer. There is another, less time consuming way to remove the embarrassing odor from your dog’s fur. You might consider enlisting the aid of a mobile pet grooming service. Never …