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“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.

Mahatma Gandhi

At Pet Truth we will be bringing you daily tips on how to take the best care of your furry relatives. Because nothing motivates us more than sharing our lives with them, our dogs, cats, hamsters or whatever species your little monster belongs to, we will be open to give advice.

This page is written by me, Sandra Roca. I am a marketer but I am also a licensed vet in my country. Although my last years I worked as Marketing Manager in an important company, my job was still related to animals, because I was working in …Yes, you guessed it!!! Animal Health! Before that, I have been formed in herbal medicine, Bach Flowers Therapy applied to pets and Animal Behavior.

This blog does not intend to replace your vet´s visits, but give you day to day tips and advice on regular problems or questions you may be having.

Please feel free to write any comments or questions and I´ll be delighted to answer you.

 

Puppy Care for dummies !!!

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#1. If possible, don´t get a puppy that has been weaned before 8 weeks old. Most of their social skills are learned from mother and siblings between 6-8 weeks. This may prevent future behavioral problems!

#2. Do some research before deciding for the best puppy food. You can continue with the brand they were being fed before coming to your home, but you can also switch gradually to a food that fits you better. Now you can find puppy food without grains, organic foods, raw diets among many others. So, do some research and follow your heart!!

#3. Comply with their vaccination schedule. Many vets manage their own protocols, but core  vaccines should be administered to your puppy against the following diseases due to the risk of exposure and severity of disease: Canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies.

#4. Protect your puppy from internal and external parasites. Your Vet may advice you on the timing and best products to deworm your new baby and keep her away from ticks and fleas, but DO follow his indications. Worms, fleas and ticks not only can threaten your puppy´s life but many of the diseases they carry are transmissible to humans.

#5. Treat your puppy with love and gentleness, but start to put limits. Puppies must start to learn when a bite is too strong or a conduct is inappropriate.  You can put an end to a game or ignore the puppy when doing something wrong. Remember, your puppy will grow old, and in many cases, also big. If she feels biting hard is OK, you may have serious problems in the future.

#6. Once the Vet gives its OK (usually after the vaccine calendar is over) start taking your puppy outside. Make her relate with other dogs, walk her to different places, expose her to as many situations as possible. This will make your puppy grow as a stable dog with no fear when facing new situations.

#7. If your puppy is from a small breed, please DON’T overprotect her. Have you seen the tiny Chihuahuas or Yorkies barking for no reason and being overly nervous? Many times, this behavior responds to overprotecting parents lifting them from the floor at any situation. The start to believe that they are being constantly threatened!!!

#8. This is a breaking point: Hygienic habits. In this point you will have to be very patient, since puppies pee and poo very frequently and everywhere. Start limiting the spots where they must stay after eating or drinking water. You can do this with special mats, newspaper, or any other materials. Every time they pee or poo in the right place, congratulate them,  give them a healthy snack or a nice caress. But do it straightaway, so they know what are you congratulating them for. This is called positive reinforcement, and from my point of view, is the best technique to educate our pets.

#9. Let them cry the first few days. I know it is heartbreaking to hear that minuscule adorable puppy crying, but it will pass. If you decide to pass them to your bed or cuddle them when they cry, it might take her longer to sleep all night or stay alone knowing everything is OK. About this point, I must say this is an advice from the theoretical point of view. Be free and follow your heart  🙂

#10. Give your puppy a lot of playtime but expect some chaos during the first months. They are exploring the world, and part of this world can be your favorite shoe or the remote control. You can help her get free of some of this energy by playing with her. And don´t just buy a lot of toys and put them in the floor. This will usually bore her. Take your time, and play with her. You both will enjoy it and she will be less prone to disaster.

I hope this post has been useful to you. Remember to contact us if you have any further questions or comments.

Some facts about Cat´s Sleeping Habits you may have missed!!!

Do you understand your Cat sleeping habits?

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In this post, little LOUI  will tell you some facts about his sleeping habits:

#1. We Cats need to sleep 16-20 hours a day. No, we are not lazy!!! We were genetically designed to hunt our preys, and that is a very high energy consuming activity, so we sleep the rest of the time. I know we don´t have to hunt anymore, but evolution hasn´t reached that chapter yet!

#2. Even when we are deeply asleep, we will wake up in full alertness when needed in order to protect our integrity and/or territory. One touch, and we´ll  be back on our 4 paws!

#3. Cats also dream. You may see our faces or bodies twitch when we are dreaming. Respect please, we adore these moments!!

#4. You may be surprised by our sleeping positions. You have seen tons of images of us in the weirdest sleeping positions. What can I say? Laws of nature do not apply to us 🙂

#5. We enjoy our naps better when it´s cold or rainy outside. Don´t you love to cuddle when the weather is sooo bad? So do we ! A cozy, warm, dark bedding would be highly appreciated!!!

#6. We Cats  are naturally nocturnal animals, meaning we  prefer to sleep during the day and hunt at night. You  can change our sleeping shift by playing a lot during the day and establish your room as a non-play site. We may try to accommodate to your hours!!

#7. We snore !!! Yes, just like you do!! It is absolutely normal unless you see other signs of respiratory distress. In most cases, we just snore for the pleasure 🙂

#8. It is quite common to find us wrapped around your head at nighttime. It makes perfect sense for us: your head is warm and a nice place to rest. Haven´t you noticed? We are always looking for warm places and,  What place would be warmer than your own pillow?

#9. Here´s one trick to get us out of your pillow: you can try using a hot water bottle and placing it on the pillow next to you. Where your spouse or partner sleeps, well… that´s not my problem 🙂

#10. Try to learn from us: we are only saving energy for the moment when our 100% capacity is needed. So try to sleep a little more, and you´ll be at your best too!!!

 

10 considerations when caring for your Elder Cat !!!

  1. Take your cat to the Vet for his health checks at least every 6 months . However, you should be vigilant at any signs that tell you he is not doing well.
  2. Senior Cats tend to lose some fat. They may need to consume food with fat that is more digestible to get the amount of energy needed. You will need to monitor the weight and body condition of your cat, and adjust his diet accordingly.
  3. Cats may get constipated more often, since their digestive tracts slow. Inactivity also contributes to constipation. Be sure your elder cat gets enough water and seek veterinarian attention if the problem persists,  since constipation may also be a sign of serious diseases.
  4. Your old friend may become a little lazy. Encourage playtime with your cat, give him large toys that may encourage him to grab with the front paws and kick with the back legs for exercising his stiff hind limbs.
  5. Older cats groom themselves less effectively than do younger cats. This can result in hair matting, skin odor, and inflammation. Fatty acid supplements can help restore luster to their coat.
  6. As cats age, they have a decreased ability to cope with stress, and this can result in behavior changes in older cats. Signs as aggression,  inappropriate elimination, and increased vocalization may appear. Be very patient an ask your vet how to accompany your friend during this stage.
  7. Older cats frequently suffer from dental diseases. A dental care program should consist of toothbrushing, regular dental checkups, and professional cleaning as needed.
  8. Your Elder cat will need a place to have  privacy more tan ever. A cozy, dark, silent corner will be highly apprecciated to take a nap or just rest from time to time.
  9. Older cats can develop arthritis quite often, and although most arthritic cats don’t become  lame, they may have difficulty gaining access to litter boxes or food and water dishes, especially when they are elevated.
  10. Finally, and most important: keep a close observation to help keep your senior cat healthy. You may wish to perform a basic physical examination on a weekly basis. Ask your veterinarian to show you how to do it and what to look for.

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Truth: Benefits of Pets for Children

Here are 10 benefits for your kids when growing up with a Pet:

1. Better self-esteem: kids with low self-esteem may talk to an animal in ways they would not with people.

2. Reduce loneliness: due to hardworking  hours, our kids may feel lonely at several times. Pets keep them entertained and accompanied.

3. Social facilitator: have you noticed that people interact naturally in the parks when walking their dogs? Same happens with kids, they feel more secure talking to others when in company of their pets.

4. It gives children sense of responsibility: to nurture a pet gives children a sense of self value and sensibility to care for others.

5. Children become more active: when they walk out with the dog or play with the cat, they are off the tablets and in action.

6. Sense of belonging : blogging, communities, agility groups. Many groups out there with similar interests.

7. Empathy: children have to put themselves in the pet’s position and try to feel how the pet feels.

8. Reduces stress: children feel accepted and loved by their pets, this lowers the social pressure.

9. Awareness on Nature and Environment: pets bring increased sensitivity and awareness of the feelings and needs of every member of the planet.

10. Better school performance: strong relationships with their pets help to strengthen a child’s social skills, giving them the potential to do better in a school setting.

Photo: 2009 (My children: Daniel & Doro, Sasha & Unz, Misha & Misha)

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Ready to buy/adopt a dog? Tips for a perfect match

Ok, so you´re ready to be a happy dog parent  but don´t know where to start? Here are 10 tips to find your perfect match:

  1. Decide if you want to adopt from a shelter or buy from a dog breeder. Please, do not buy from pet stores that promote “dog factories”.
  2. Adopting from shelters or animal rescuers is always a good option as you give an abandoned dog the opportunity to have a family and be happy. An adopted dog will return love in tons and you will feel his gratitude every day!
  3. If you have decided to buy a breed dog, be sure to have chosen one that is fit for you and your lifestyle. You have to do some research first about the breed  in terms of size,  temperament, common health problems, and longevity.
  4. Choose a breed that matches your lifestyle. Stay away from breeds like Jack Russell if you are not a very active person. Dogs become professional home destroyers when they don´t drain enough energy.
  5. Be sure to have a schedule that will give you some spare time for walking your dog. I recommend at least two- half hour – walks a day for low to medium energetic dogs but very active breeds might need two or three – one hour- runs before they get tired.
  6. If you buy or adopt a puppy, be prepared for the hard work during the first weeks. Your puppy will be scared, will cry, poop everywhere and will need extra attention.
  7. If there is one tip of advice I give all the time is to never adopt or buy a puppy who has not been with the litter until 8 weeks old. Puppies learn social skills from the relations between mother and siblings between the 6th and 8th week, and become much more adapted when changing families. Most dogs with behavioral problems were weaned too early.
  8. Choose a strong willed dog only if you can act as a strong leader . Nothing more dangerous than having a weak owner scared to walk her huge Rottweiler.
  9. Be sure to have a Budget for your new dog´s needs: food, health, grooming, accessories. Many dogs are abandoned in Vet clinics when families can´t cope with the bills.
  10. Finally, I wish you many many years of fun, love, and memorable moments with your new dogie friend. Enjoy!!!!!!!

If you have any additional questions, don´t hesitate to ask. I will be more than happy to help you 🙂

Picture by me: ft Sasha and Xico (16 yr old daughter and 9 yr old adopted and beloved Lab)

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10 facts about Cats you may not know!

My 9  yr old cat “Doro” will explain 10 things that will help you understand your purry friend even better:

  1. We don´t scratch furniture to annoy you. It´s part of our behavior, besides helping us get rid of dead nails, we use it to either stretch or mark our territory. It´s in our genes !!!!!
  2. I can read you body language but I do not understand your words unless you have taught me some. Nonetheless, I feel cuddled when you talk to me, so please go on 🙂
  3. Grooming ourselves is part if our routine, and we love those moments ! Be aware if you see my untidy, I might be feeling sick 😦
  4. My black cousins do not bring bad luck. In reality, they used to live with spiritual persons who believed they absorbed bad energies. So treat them with love!
  5. We like waking up very early and most of us  go to bed very late. We are just night folks, please respect our sleeping patterns !
  6. Most of us cats love to cuddle for a good while, but we need our space too. If you see us waiving our tail compulsively, let us free, it´s our meditation time 🙂
  7. We are foodies, we eat for pleasure. Be sure to have our favorite meal or I can resent and spend days with my mouth closed. But please, don´t overfeed me and give me a chance to exercise. I need to watch my weight!!
  8. Those pretty full pedigree females will frequently ignore the perfect match and look for the rough kid in the block. Sound familiar?
  9. We need to climb and walk in high places. So please get me a climbing tree or I´ll spend my day over your furniture. Well, I might just as well do it !!!
  10. Love me with all your heart, I may  be less needy as my barking friends, but I TRULY love you!!!!!

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