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Many dog owners regard their pet as a part of the family. It means when the human family jumps into a public pool; their dogs jump into the water as well. Richer people construct personal swimming pools and all members of the family-human and canine-frolic in the water for hours on end. Swimming is a fun activity. It should be kept safe. One precaution to take is to put a cover over the pool when nobody is swimming in it. This will keep the artificial waterbody safe from dead rodents and birds. It is not uncommon to see snakes swimming in an unattended pool.
Dogs are dirtier
Dogs are dirty creatures and they bring three times the
pollutants as humans into the pool. If you have multiple dogs, then you should
put more chlorine in the water. Any dog how much well-trained it is, will
introduce fecal matter into your pool. Other contaminants like body oils and dirt
will also float in the water. The quantity will be more if your dog likes to
hunt or play outside. Any animal which goes outside the house will have some
quantity of fecal matter on its body. This fecal matter helps in the
transmission of E.coli, Hepatitis A, Cryptosporidium and other Recreational
Water Illnesses (RWIs). Since all human swimmers ingest some amount of pool
water, you will fall sick if you swim in them. A germ introduced into the water
will quickly contaminate other swimmers. As a human, you will suffer from a
number of diseases and ailments like diarrhea, upper respiratory problems,
along with ear and skin infections. Do not forget to rinse off your dog after a
swim in the pool. The skin of a dog is similar to a human and they can suffer from
rashes, infections, and irritations among many others.
Closed pools and infection
If you want to take your dog to a public swimming pool, then
do not do so. A majority of swimming pools are essentially closed systems. In
plain language, the used water passes through the filtration unit and flows
back into the same pool. As per laws, the public pool must refresh the water
every eight hours. If you live in a gated community, the common pool must be
refreshed every 24 hours. If possible, do install variable speed and 2-speed
pumps. Doing so will save a considerable sum of money in the form of chemical
bills and utility bills. The water will be appropriately filtered too. When installing filters,
install bigger capacity cartridge ones. The addition of a skimmer will catch a
majority of hair strands in addition to skimming the water surface in the most
effective manner. Only a small amount of electricity will be consumed when
combined with a variable speed good quality pump.
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Many people love their cats so much that they want to capture each and every moment. This is where cat collar cameras come in. It captures everything the cat does, from bouncing in the room to jumping around in the bushes and even hiking with the owners in the jungles. All the images are recorded in a digital video so that you can revisit those fun days many years later. A few cat cameras are mounted to capture your cat’s point of view. These cameras get fitted directly on the collar. Other cameras get mounted on the chest of the cat or on a harness. A number of companies sell cat collar cameras.
The Komhode Camera comes with an inbuilt GPS locator. It can
be directly connected to any smartphone. The product is best for viewing the
world as your cat sees it. Since the unit comes with a GPS locator, you can
track the cat wherever it walks or runs. This camera takes pictures
automatically. You can also take pictures using the manual mode. The unit,
however, is only compatible with Apple phones and a micro-SIM card is a must.
The device is resistant to water.
The DOGTEK company is known for its cutting edge technology
and as a cat owner, you can breathe easy as the company sells durable products.
The Eyenimal Cat Videocam can be snugly fitted into any cat collar. Night
vision technology is included, so it is possible for you to follow the
adventures of your cat 24 x 7. The unit has two recording modes, including
motion detection. It has an autofocus CMOS sensor that provides night vision to
a maximum of seven feet. It has a four gigabytes in-built Flash memory and a
736 x 480 video resolution complete with audio. The lithium-ion battery is
rechargeable and has a recording time of 2.5 hours.
The DOGTEK company also sells a videocam suitable for active
cats. This takes the form of a lightweight pet camera which can be clipped to
the collar of the cat. The company sells this unit with a USB cable for video
upload to the computer. This unit has four gigabytes of built-in memory and can
continuously record for about 2.5 hours. The resolution is 600 x 400 at 29
frames per second.
Glift Weatherproof with digital LCD This unit can capture all
your cat’s actions independent of the weather. This is due to the camera’s
weatherproof exterior. You do not have to worry about where your cat went. Be
it dry land or water. This Glift manufactured device captures it all. The
product lightweight plastic housing allows your cat to move about freely. The
device can record continuously for a maximum of 45 minutes.
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Your cat may meow in pain when touched on the back. The cause can be varied, like arthritis, external and internal diseases, injury, and trauma. Many medical conditions could happen as the nerves, and spinal cord extends from its head to the base of its tail. It is essential that you should monitor the car’s movements and sounds. If your cat screams in pain whenever you touch its back, take it to the veterinarian immediately.
Almost all cats suffer from back pains all through their lives. The back of any cat is naturally sensitive to touch. This is the reason only a slight touch on the back amplifies the pain. Your cat is in pain if it meows in a howling manner or loudly hisses. These signs mean something is wrong with the cat. You can locate the source of your cat’s pain. Place hand on the back of the cat and squeeze gently. Do be careful while doing this as the cat may bite- and one bite may cause infection in your body. Start to gently press from the top of the head and proceed to the base of the tail. When squeezing, monitor your cat’s behavior. It is common to find the source of the problem in an area which not larger than an inch.
There are so many causes of back pain that even veterinarians are confused on the matter of which medicines to give. The only way out is to conduct extensive medical tests. The most common causes are injury or trauma disease to the back, muscle inflammation, arthritis, or disc issues. Such groups include many sub-issues like kidney disease, constipation, cancer, and nerve impairment.
Trauma and others
Injury and trauma are common in cats. From the newly born kitten to a senior cat, any feline could suffer from trauma. Every cat has in its lifetime fallen on its back and twisted its body in an awkward position. The result is a pain in the upper back or lower back. If the medical diagnosis is not done, followed by treatment, the pain can only worsen. The underlying problem will be much more severe. The list of causes in such a case includes flesh wounds, fracture, dislocation, bruising, nerve damage, or injury to the tissues which encircle the spine.
There could be other causes which, although is non-inflammatory, can be excruciating for the cat. These include spurs or bone growth that can be felt when you touch the back of your cat. There could be pain near or on the area where the spur has developed. Other causes of pain include back stiffness and restricted movements. The cat cannot move in a fluid motion.
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Your dog’s hearing ability is much better than any human. It permits dogs to hear a number of sounds which no human can hear. Many dog owners assume that their best friend can also hear the heartbeat of a yet-to-be-born child who is still in the mother’s womb. Although it is a matter of debate as to whether it is possible for the dog to hear a child in the womb, it can detect the presence of the baby through other ways, not least by its sense of smell.
Acute sense of hearing
Dogs can hear four times better than any human. This is as
they have more muscles in the ears compared to humans. A human ear has six
muscles while a dog’s ear has 18 muscles. The muscles provide the dog the
ability to move its ears so that the desired sound can be amplified. It helps
that the shape of the dog’s ear helps in hearing. The curved ear shape assists
sound to reach the eardrums.
It is entirely believable that your dog can hear your baby’s
heartbeat. It can even hear the baby cry inside the stomach. A human baby can
cry after 28 weeks post conception. Even though your dog may not understand
what is happening, it understands that your body is undergoing some changes.
Dogs are naturally intuitive creatures which can sense a variation in the mood,
body chemistry, and behavior of their human friends. Other than excellent
hearing, dogs also have an excellent sense of smell. They can smell hormonal
changes in a pregnant woman. It is entirely possible that your dog knows you
are pregnant even before you realize your condition. Many new mothers recall
their dogs staring at their bellies when they were pregnant. The ears of their
dogs would perk up, and they would look at the human mother’s belly.
Pregnancy protection The proof that your dog
knows you are pregnant? It becomes overly protective of your welfare and becomes
more affectionate towards you. It also likes to lie or sit beside you given any
opportunity. The reaction of every dog will not be the same. A few dogs would
shrug the matter away while others cannot bear the sensory overload. It is hard
to figure out in advance how a dog may react. Even docile dogs are observed to
become agitated by all the changes taking place around them. It is essential
that the dog is given extra attention at this time. If your dog has done basic
behavior training, provide the training once more to the animal. Think it as a
kind of refresher course. It is important that the dog must be well-behaved
during this critical juncture of your life.
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The most common dog doors are made of aluminum. These make an excellent choice not only for dogs but also for their families. These doors are durable and can be fitted to exterior doors with a maximum thickness of two inches. High-end models are made of durable plastic with a hardy aluminum lining. The latter protects the inside of the house from bad weather. The door is adequately robust to keep non-dog pets (like cats) from coming in. The aluminum doors are available in four sizes. Each size comes with a hardy vinyl flap which has a magnetic enclosure. This secures the entryway. You should go for the smaller dog door if your canine is a small one, typically weighing a maximum of 15 pounds. The largest dog door allows canines up to 220 pounds. It is recommended that you do not buy blindly. Measure your dog’s shoulder length to understand which door to buy. You can install it yourself or ask the selling company to do it for you.
If you can extend your budget, it is a good idea to go for electronic doors. This is ideal if you do not want your dog to bring its friend along to the house. A sensor triggers this door. Your dog will wear a lithium powered collar that will open the door and allow your dog to do its business. The directional operation technology means the door opens only when the dog directly approaches it. It will not open if the dog is merely ambling or sleeping nearby. The door allows dogs up to 100 pounds to pass through. It measures 12″ x 16″ and you hold the power of four-way access control. You can select between out-only, in-only and both ways. You can also fully lock the door. It is recommended that you go for automatic doors despite the higher price as the product is fully worth it.
Aluminum patio doors
If your external door is made of sliding glass, then it is better to install the aluminum patio door. This product can be easily installed and works by fitting into the existing track. The available options for such doors are either 81″ or 96″ in height. When it comes to width, four options are available. This ranges from small size to X-large. Buy one as per your dog size. You can choose between multiple colors like bronze, satin, or white. This enables the pet door to become indistinguishable from the rest of the house. The aluminum frame also does an excellent job of keeping away the bad weather. If you live in colder climates, then framed pet doors are ideal.
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You can take your dog to fish without any trouble. It is possible to do this if you know a few tricks. Do remember that dogs do not take kindly to water. A number of accidents have been recorded in boats where owners came in with their dogs to spend a relaxing day. The subsequent events made the day everything but a relaxing one. Dogs are found to be trapped by fish baits, with their mouths hooked to the fishing line. The owners then have to remove the line from the mouth painfully. The pain does not end when the boat finally scrapes land. Dogs are known to jump down from the boat and run away as fast as they can-with the hapless owner running far behind.
Knowing by experience
The most obvious way to teach dogs is to allow them to
fathom the problem itself. If you take your dog out fishing repeatedly, then
they will soon understand how to keep themselves safe from the dangers of
fishing hooks and other similar fishing gear. Do remember that your dog cannot
help you with your fishing activity. The best it can do is to calmly sit in the
boat and watch the ships go by. The only help that your dog could provide is to
eat the fish that you reject for consumption. It follows that the best method
to make your dog assist you in such activities is to take the animal with you
in your fishing expeditions repeatedly. The first few times will invariably be
a difficult one. For an owner, learning a few tricks could make the time spent
Keeping the dog safe
You should always be aware of where your dog is. This is
particularly valid when you back your boat. Your dog does not understand boat
mechanics and the art of navigation. The dog must jump away from the steer when
you back the vessel. An experienced fishing person’s dog knows this, and it
will stay as much far away from the essential parts of the boat during these times.
An untrained dog, however, will not know this. It will excitedly jump in the
face of danger, thereby inconveniencing not only itself but you and the boat’s
other occupants as well. If you worry about your dog being swept up in the
propeller wash, keep the dog leashed inside the steering room most of the time. Fishing hooks and other
equipment could be extremely dangerous. Do keep them away from your dog in a
place where it cannot touch them. Do not forget to bring fresh, drinkable water
exclusively for your dog. Heat exhaustion can overtake both humans and dogs if
possible buy dog specific sunscreens too.
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For most, cats are cuddly furballs good for endless play and kissing. Not all breeds of cats, however, are playful and amusing. Some can be downright ferocious, and it takes a brave family to bring in one. Be careful when you are around these breed of cats.
This is a bearded feline and has noticeable stuffed ears. It
has a prominent belly, and the back is spotted. Although they excellently bond
with humans, these cats can be aggressive. It is not uncommon to hear bobcats
killing adult humans. This breed is moody and unpredictable. The animal’s
beautiful appearance is a misleading one. Its coat of smoky blue to golden
color will be of no use when it shreds the furniture and attacks guests.
Bobcats must be kept away from children.
This breed is a hybrid one developed over multiple
generations. It is a result of cross-breeding Asian Leopard Cats with
domesticated cats. These cats, although domesticated, continues to be wild at
heart. The felines are extremely intelligent, beautiful, and quirky. Those who
have owned Bengal cats have described the breed to be “dog-like”. The
cats are known to turn destructive when bored and unpredictably aggressive. If
you have a family, think twice before you adopt a Bengal cat. The appearance of
their coats and eyes may vary with different colors. They spray to mark their
This is the biggest hybrid feline. Savannah cats are known
to be loyal to their owners. It is a mix of the domestic cat and a Serval.
These cats are thus smaller sized than Servals. These cats are known to behave
like dogs. A Savannah cat could weigh as much as 25 lbs.
This is a safer and smaller edition of the bigger bobcat. It
is a playful creature with an adventurous streak. These cats have
polydactylism, a peculiar body characteristics of having extra toes. These
animals could be long or short coated. These may be of a medium size or a
larger size. These are friendly cats but does not gel well with strangers.
Deciphering the thinking of these cats is hard. The animals
could communicate many emotions via hissing sounds and ear movements. Caracals
are extremely energetic and sociable. This breed can literally destroy a home.
An adult Caracal weighs anywhere between 30 lbs to 50 lbs and approximately 17
inches big in size.
Canadian Lynx This breed of cats are fluffy
and listed as subspecies of Eurasian Lynx. When it comes to appearance, the
Canadian Lynx is similar to Bobcats. These cats are big felines and can weigh
about 30 kilograms. The tail is a stubby one, and the presence of short front
legs and long hind legs mean these cats walk in a stunted manner.
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It is essential that you choose the best blanket you can get for your best friend. Like you, all your dog wants after a cold and tiring day is to snuggle under a warm and comfortable blanket. A quality blanket not only makes your dog happy but you as well. Of course, most people give their dogs their used blankets which they used earlier but now cannot due to wear and tear. However, you could buy a special blanket for your puppy. These blankets are made especially with canines in mind. Such blankets are super soft and will help it to fall asleep in a jiffy. When it comes to purchasing dog blankets, you do have a number of options.
Types of blankets
When it comes to dogs, blankets come with three points of
usages in mind: blankets for the home, blankets for use in a car, and
personalized blankets for dogs… For car owners, the blanket for car use is
especially needed. This is as dogs scratch the car’s upholstery, slide, and
slip, and may leave the space full of furs. This is why it is crucial that you
buy a blanket for use by the dog in the car. These blankets can be fitted to
the back of the car seat, thus making it much easier to keep the pet from
slipping and thus causing general disruption while you drive your vehicle.
Premium car blankets are waterproof and can be installed like a hammock. They
protect the back seats from fur and dirt along with other contaminants. They
can also be easily installed. All the driver is to do is to snap buckle straps
around headrests. The seat anchors can be tucked in. These blankets can be
Comfort is paramount
Blankets for home are engineered especially for dogs who
like nothing more than to snuggle on the sofa — high-quality blankets in this
category. The better blankets are made of 100 percent polyester and can be
cleaned in the washing machine. It is lightweight and can be easily moved. Best
of all, the material gives complete protection to your fancy couch. Since it is
sold in multiple colors, you can buy the dog blanket in a color which
coordinates with the sofa. On the other hand, a few
dog blanket manufacturers manufacture dog blankets made of soft fleece. Your
dog will get warmth and comfort from such a blanket. Dog blankets are sold for
use on the bed too. Some really fancy owners go for personalized dog blankets.
The name of your pup will be seen on the blanket. You can choose the text
styles. If you live in a place with hot climate, then a few companies sell
cooling blankets. The gel technology blanket is especially suitable for dogs
suffering from body pain.
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The feline performers of Amazing Acro-Cats leap and jump through hoops. They also play a number of musical instruments! When they get bored or tired, the Chicago based company employees publicly quit what they were playing and let them wander into the audience so that their fans can shower them with kisses and cuddle them!
Martin and company
The circus and the music band was founded by Samantha
Martin, who also owns all the cats performing in the circus and in the band
called “The Rock-Cats”. Both owner and cats travel all over the United States.
They are-not surprisingly-much in demand and almost every cat has done a
commercial. The Acro-Cats have starred together in a Target advertisement. They
are so popular that as Martin tells the show’s fans: the company schedule is
packed tight like sardines.
Martin manages a total of 14 cats. All except two are
female. Other than cats, the Amazing Acro-Cats also features three performing
rats (all females), and one male groundhog. The star of the musical is Cluck
Norris, a hen. Norris plays cymbals in the band. She also lays eggs which other
members eat. Helping Martin out is her assistant Seunga Park and publicist
Polly Smith. All of them travel together in a specially kitted bus fitted out
to give the cats maximum comfort. The bus also has a master bedroom specially
for the cats.
Fully trained felines
For those who are interested to know more about the company,
they will be surprised to hear that Martin’s first venture was with rats and
not cats. Indeed, the circus was initially named “The Amazing
Acro-Rats.” Visitors could watch rodents doing many tricks. She soon found
out that the audience size would be more if she showed cats doing tricks and
soon substituted rats for cats. The gamble paid off. Every show is a sell-out.
The Amazing Acro-Cats is proud to have Alley the Cat, a
feline which holds the world record -and a Guinness Certified jump record- for
the longest jump in cat history. She made a six feet jump in October 2013. For
those who are concerned with animal cruelty, fear not. All animals, including
the cats, are taught their tricks by positive reinforcement, like food treats
and clicker training. No cat is ever scolded or punished. The company does gratefully
accepts volunteers to cuddle and look after the cats in-between shows. Martin
especially prefers people who can fix the bus related problems as the vehicle
is past its prime and regular maintenance is needed to keep it running. They
also accept if you make an offer for the cats to stay somewhere for a couple of
days. The Rock-Cats are the only feline rock band in the world.
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The nail bed or nail disorders in canines are terms given to any disease or abnormality which affects the dog’s claw or the immediate area surrounding it. The medical name for such a condition is dystrophy. One infection termed paronychia, results in inflammation around the claw or nail. There could be onychomycosis or fungal infections encircling the nail bed. Canines may suffer from onychorrhexis or extremely brittle nails. The nails could chip, slough, or peel away too- a condition known as onychomadesis. A majority of nail bed or nail disorders can be treated in a comparatively shorter time. The treatment of prognosis is excellent in such cases.
Signs and diagnosis
A few signs are observed in a dog suffering from nail bed or
its nail disorders. It includes licking at paws or lameness. The dog will have
difficulty walking. The canine’s feet will be in pain. There will be redness or
swelling of tissues which are found surrounding the nails. The nail plate could
be deformed. This is the component of the nail which overlays the animal’s nail
bed. The color of the nail will also be an abnormal one.
Your dog can suffer from nail disorders due to many reasons
like infection, cancer or tumor, immune system, congenital (present during
birth) disorders, fungus or bacteria, trauma, excessive growth hormone levels,
or cutting nails too near to nail bed. If you find that the nail bed of your
dog has suffered an injury, check to verify whether only one nail is being
affected. In case, the condition has affected many nails; the cause could be a
serious underlying disorder. Scrape the skin to find out what kind of skin
condition your dog has. Send the fungal or bacterial culture to the laboratory
for more detailed analysis as well.
The treatment of such disorders will depend on the specific underlying medical condition which causes the nail bed or nail complication. In case of inflammation in the nail area, the nail plate could be surgically removed. This is a must to drain the underlying tissue. Antimicrobial and antibiotic soaks are given to reduce or prevent inflammation. This will also bolster the healing process. If this condition is linked to a fungal or bacterial infection, then you should administer ointments or topical treatments to the affected area. It is observed, that in a majority of cases, the application of an ointment or the topical treatment clears up the majority of the nail issues. It is essential that you monitor your dog’s progress as the animal recovers. Do consult your veterinarian if the healing process is slower than the standard rate. When you clip your dog’s nails, do not cut it too near to the canine’s nail bed. If the cut is too near, then the vein could be reduced, exposing the dog to infection.