Monthly Archives: July 2013

Is Your Cat Having A Painful Day? : How to Recognize If Your Cat Is In Pain

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By: Dr. Marty Becker


We’ve come a long way in our understanding of pain, and that’s true in veterinary medicine as well as human medicine. We know that chronic pain can suppress the immune system, making animals more susceptible to viruses and bacteria they otherwise might have no problem fighting. And, of course, pain just plain hurts, reducing the quality of life dramatically.

While we veterinarians have advanced alongside our physician colleagues when it comes to managing pain, many pet owners have not. That’s not because they don’t care, but because they don’t know enough to recognize the problem and get help. The problem is especially disturbing in cats, and that’s what had me turning to my colleague and longtime friend Dr. Robin Downing for her expert read on the subject. Dr. Downing is an internationally recognized expert on the subject of pain and how to…

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Are Dogs Really Color Blind: Truth or Myth?


If you think the answer is “yes,” you are wrong! Modern science has answered this age-old question: Dogs can see color, but not in the same way that we do. The palette of colors they can see is limited in comparison to ours; it is also less vibrant.

Eyes have “rods” and “cones” to help identify color. Rods tell us how bright or dim something is (black or white) and cones help us identify color. Humans have three kinds of cones, which help detect yellow, violet, and green.

Dogs only have two types of cones, so they see orange, yellow, and green as yellow. Blue-green is seen as white and red looks as though it is brownish-black. While they can see blue, they can’t distinguish shades, especially as the color blue gets darker.

Til Next Time…..


Traveling For The Holidays? Best Travel Websites For Travel Plans

Summer has been a blast and  just around the corner is the Main Holiday Season starting with Labor Day. For many people that means time to start planning even more family vacations.  The internet has made it easier than ever for people to book their getaways.  The following web sites are among the top rated and designed to save you money when planning your trips.

Expedia -You can plan your next great vacation with Expedia. As the world’s largest online travel agency, they  make it easy to get the best prices on flights, hotels, and flight + hotel vacations. They have the largest selection of hotels and airlines. You can get the best rates or get a refund plus a $50 Coupon. You can save up to $525 on hotel+ flight packages. -Plan and have your perfect trip with TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Browse over 100 million candid reviews, opinions, and photos of hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more – all by travelers like you. You’ll also find low airfares, free travel guides, worldwide vacation rental listings, popular forums with advice about virtually every destination, and more.


Yahoo! Travel – This is a very popular website for travel ideas, travel guides, booking a trip, evaluations of vacation spots. You can find cheap airline tickets, hotels, great cruises and vacation packages.–  This is a popular website for finding and booking cheap airfare but can also be used to book accommodations and car rentals.  They have the “price assurance” policy that states if another Orbitz customer get a better deal than you on the same flight or hotel than they will refund you 110% with orbucks (vouchers to be used on their website).  They also promise $50 vouchers if you find the same hotel rates or flights online for a lower price.  They have been under fire lately with consumer reviews for poor customer service and steep cancellation fees.–   Travelocity allows you to book flights, cars, hotels, cruises, and vacation packages.  They offer a competitive rate on prices compared to other online travel sites and they offer a similar deal to Orbitz on refunds if you find a better deal.  They also have been criticized in user reviews for poor customer service when plans need to be changed or reservations are lost.  Travelocity is the sixth largest travel agency in the United States.

Image representing Priceline as depicted in Cr...–  Priceline is a website that helps customers get the best discount deal on flights, hotels, cars, cruises, tours, and attractions by using their “name your own price” feature.  This feature allows the user to name their price, general location, and service rating (star rating) but not the exact flight, hotel, etc.  The drawback is that if your bid is accepted you will be charged for that booking and are unable to cancel.  If your bid is not accepted you cannot bid again for 24 hours unless you change parameters such as star rating or location area. They also have a traditional booking system where you can see a list of hotel or flights to choose from and the rates they are being offered at. is best known for getting consumer the best prices on hotel rooms using the “name your own price” and is generally well reviewed by consumers.– is a travel search engine that compiles data from over 200 travel sites helping its customers get the best deals on flights and accommodations, car rentals, and cruises.  It can send you email alerts when prices fall and compiles historical airfare information for viewing.  It is not a booking site but once you find what you want to book in their listings the site will take you to the booking page for that agency.  Kayak is best known for offering the best deals on flights, just be aware that they do not include Southwest Airlines in their searches. – has over 200,000 hotels in more than 60 countries.There are 7 million hotel reviews that  will help you find cheap hotels or the best deal in the right location. Whether you are travelling last minute as a family or need a hotel for business, we have the right hotel deal for you. They also have a 24-hour call center, if you would prefer to speak to a real person. Don’t forget about the Price Match Guarantee and Last Minute Deals. Plus, no change or cancel fee from to ease your mind with your next hotel booking. They promote themselves to have the best prices at the best places.– Established in 1996, B.V. guarantees the best prices for any type of property, from small, family-run bed and breakfasts to executive apartments and five-star luxury suites. Truly international, is available in more than 40 languages, and offers over 330,443 properties in 184 countries. Whether you’re staying in a city, by the coast or in the countryside, guarantees to offer you the best available rates. The reservation service is free. They don’t charge any booking fees or add any administration fees – and in many cases rooms can be cancelled free of charge.

Happy Travels!

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Pets : Turns out our dogs kind of are our ‘babies” studies

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Bill BriggsNBC News Contributor


We give them cookies and beds and dress them in clothing. They love their toys, their play time plus cuddling with “mom” and “dad” – and it’s no wonder: Our dogs react to us in a manner that eerily mimics how human children respond to their parents, a new study has found.

Similar behaviors between our pooches and our tots (and us) is rooted in a type of bonding that happens when hounds or kids consider their protectors to be a “secure base,” a living anchor that injects them with confidence, comfort and safety, according to research published in the journal PLoS ONE.

“One of the things that really surprised us is that adult dogs behave towards their caregivers like human children do,” said Lisa Horn, of the Vetmeduni’s Messerli Research Institute in Vienna and the author of the report.
Horn used three experiments…

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What Every Person That Owns A Dog Need To Know

By: Jennifer Carter

Dogs require more than food and hugs. Your dog needs attention and love all day. How can you learn what to do with your dog? The following information in the article will give you tips used by both dog experts and other dog owners.

Be sure your dog is neutered or neutered. Research shows that this can give extended life to your animal live longer and reduce their cancer risks. Also, dogs that have been neutered or spayed stick closer to home, lessening the chance of them getting lost or hurt.

If you have prescription or over-the-counter medication in the house, keep it in a place the dog can’t access it. Call your vet as soon as possible if you suspect that the dog swallows any pills.

Be careful of the ingredients in many flea treatment you’re going to use on your dog. A lot of these medications have chemicals that might be bad for kids! Talk to the vet about different forms of treatment that are safer for your dog.

Speak with your vet about the amount of food should your dog each day. Some people feed the dog based on their food package recommendations, but those guidelines are not always right and using them can cause your dog to become overweight. Ask your vet for your dog’s needs.

Schedule a veterinary checkup for the new dog. The veterinarian will do a complete health check and set up a vaccination schedule. You should also want to check with the vet about fixing your dog neutered or spayed to cut down on pet overpopulation.

Trim the hair around your dog’s paws so it doesn’t get matted up. A comb is a good tool to straighten it before you do any cutting. If you have a hard time with this, a professional can always step in to help.

A lot of people give their dogs to the city pound when they can no longer keep their dog anymore. Just give a quick call your local pound to find out what breeds they have available. You could save a dog’s life in the process.

If your dog is a female and in heat, be careful with her when she goes into heat. Male dogs can tell your dog is in heat when they are five miles. This may also make other dogs fight or impregnation if a male dog spots her.

Ensure that your dog will return by placing some type of identification on them. A common method to make sure your dog is to use a breakaway collar and ID tag. This tag needs their name and your own contact you. You can also have a micro-chip inserted into your dog micro-chipped.

Make sure your dog. Annual dog physicals can prevent lots of unneeded expenses later on.

Take the dog for regular vet visits. Puppies tend to need the vet more often than adults. You also should see a vet as soon as possible if your dog seems sick or hurt.

If you have a dog but are thinking of getting another one, allow your existing dog to meet the new one before you make your final decision. Dogs happen to be social creatures, though not all get along well. Finding a compatible dog will be best for everyone in the long run.

Were you aware that some vitamins can be harmful to dogs. Your dog doesn’t need vitamins in addition to eating right. Too many of some vitamins can damage joints, particularly the bones, and blood vessels.Speak to the vet before starting your dog’s vitamin regimen.

When you first start training, you should give a number of reward systems a shot. You should try to find out what motivates your particular animal. If your pet loves food, reward it with tiny hot dog pieces. If your canine likes playing with toys, have a quick game of tug of war once your pup does what you want. Certain dogs respond well to petting and affection whenever they behave.

You must pay attention to your canine’s water and food bowls. You need to wash the bowls every day.

If you have children, you’re aware of scheduling around their lives. Dogs are also of a similar to this. Your dog might not sure what to expect.The behavior they show will reflect their mood.So make it that you have set times for training, meals, sleep and play.

By taking time out to learn all there is to know about caring for dogs, the better off you and your pet will be. Your dog is ready to shower you with unconditional love. In return, why not do all you can for your pet’s health and well-being? If your dog could, wouldn’t you like him to learn all he can about you?


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What to Do Before You Get to the Vet in 12 Emergency Dog Situations

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Some health crises need immediate veterinary attention, but your attention is also crucial.

Dr. Eric Barchas


Last week my column discussed a dozen of the most common and serious canine veterinary emergencies. Once you recognize such an emergency, it is imperative that you get to the vet as soon as possible.

But dogs can’t be magically and instantly transported to the vet. You will have to drive, or take a taxi, or arrange for a ride. If it’s the middle of the night you may decide to dress before heading to the vet (although I can attest from personal experience that plenty of people show up at emergency clinics in bathrobes and slippers). If you’re on a walk you’ll need to get home, or call someone to help you transport your pet. If your dog has collapsed and he is too big for you to lift you will need to find someone to help you get him into the car.


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Help Curb My Dogs From Excessive Barking


Dogs barking is a normal behavior.The question becomes when does it become excessive and how to stop it. If this has become a major concern, he first step is figuring out what causes your dog to bark too much. Once you know why he is barking, you can start to treat his barking problem. Let’s Review why Dogs Bark.


Barking is the main vocal communication that dogs use, and it can mean different things. As  pet owners, it can be unnerving and difficult to deal with. As a Professional Pet Sitter and Pet Owner, there is more patience with it, because there is an underlying understanding. Here are some reasons why dogs bark:


We all know that animals are protective of their territory. Conveying that protectiveness results in excessive barking many times. As the threat gets closer, the barking often gets louder. Your dog will look alert and even aggressive during this type of barking. As an owner, don’t take it granted.  Always figure out what’s going on.

Alarm/Fear:  Once you come to some conclusion of why your dog is barking. Sometimes they may not simply be protecting their territory. They may be alarming you of something they fear. Some dogs bark at any noise or object that catches their attention or startles them. This can happen anywhere, not just in their home territory.

Boredom/Loneliness:  As Pet Owners, our pet babies are not the only part of our lives. They don’t understand that many times . Dogs are pack animals. Dogs left alone for long periods, whether in the house or in the yard, can become bored or sad and often will bark because separation anxiety, boredom or loneliness.

Greeting/Play:   Every time your dog looks at  you, the level of Oxytocin Increases in their brain. Oxtytocin is the feel good  hormone that animals and people feel when they are in  love and it calms down the anxiety. Think of “Puppy Love“.  Therefore, Dogs often bark when greeting people or other animals. It’s usually a happy bark, accompanied with tail wags and sometimes jumping. And they get more excited when they see their owner again, even if its 5 minutes later.

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Attention Seeking: Also , when training your dogs, dogs  learn quickly that barking  when they want something, such as going outside, playing, or getting a treat os great communication.

Separation Anxiety/Compulsive Barking:  We talked about Separation Anxiety earlier. Dogs with separation anxiety often bark excessively when left alone. They also usually exhibit other symptoms as well, such as pacing, destructiveness, depression, and inappropriate elimination. Compulsive barkers seem to bark just to hear the sound of their voices. They also often make repetitive movements as well, such as running in circles or along a fence.


Getting your dog to bark less will take time, work, practice, and consistency. It won’t happen overnight, but with proper techniques and time, you can see progress.

Here are a few tips I’ve learned as an owner and more as a professional pet sitter to start your efforts to control your dog’s barking.

  • Shouting stimulates your dog to bark more because he thinks you’re joining in. So the first rule is to speak calmly and firmly, but don’t yell.
  • Most dogs don’t know what you want when you’re yelling at them to “shut up.” So train your dog to understand the word “Quiet!”

Here are two methods:

1)  When your dog is barking, say “Quiet” in a calm, firm voice. Wait until he stops barking, even if it’s just to take a breath, then praise him and give him a treat. Just be careful to never reward him while he’s barking. Eventually he will figure out that if he stops barking at the word “quiet” he gets a treat (and make it a high level treat, such as cheese or chicken bits to make it worth more than the barking.)

2) Another Method, You can teach your dog to “speak”, then once he’s doing that reliably, signal him to stop barking with a different command, such as “hush”, while holding your finger to your lips (dogs often pick up body signals faster than voice commands.) Practice these commands when he’s calm, and in time he should learn to stop barking at your command, even when he wants to bark at something.

  • A tired dog is a quiet dog. If your dog barks when alone, tire him out before you go. Take a long walk or run, play ball or take a trip to the dog park before leaving.
  • Don’t allow problems to go on and on. The longer a dog does something, the more ingrained it becomes. Barking can give dogs an adrenaline rush, which makes the barking pleasant. And allowing a dog to bark in certain situations, such as when the mailman arrives, can eventually make a dog aggressive in those situations. What if your dog gets out one day as the mail is being delivered? Deal with barking problems as quickly as possible.
  • Some medical problems can cause excessive barking, from bee stings to brain disease to ongoing pain. Older pets can develop a form of canine senility that causes excessive vocalizations. It’s always a good idea to have a pet checked out to be sure there’s no medical reason for a problem.

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