Chihuahua was named after the state in Mexico where they were
cat can travel at a top speed of approximately 31 mph (49 km)
over a short distance.
worlds smartest dogs are thought to be (1) the border
collie, (2) the poodle, and (3) the golden retriever.
a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level. Dogs and
humans bob their heads up and down.
Tin Tin was the first Hollywood dog star and he really signed
his movie contracts all 22 of them with a pawprint.
cats eyesight is both better and worse than humans. It
is better because cats can see in much dimmer light and they have
a wider peripheral view. Its worse because they dont
see color as well as humans do. Scientists believe grass appears
red to cats.
DO have better low-light vision than humans because of a special
light-reflecting layer behind their retinas.
cats hearing is better than a dogs. And a cat can
hear high-frequency sounds up to two octaves higher than a human.
cat cant climb head first down a tree because every claw
on a cats paw points the same way. To get down from a tree,
a cat must back down.
dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic - a Newfoundland, a
Pomeranian, and a Pekingese.
average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping.
That means a nine-year-old
cat has been awake for only three years of its life.
of people sign their pet's name on greeting and holiday cards.
have better memories than dogs. Tests conducted by the University
of Michigan concluded that while a dog's memory lasts no more than
5 minutes, a cat's can last as long as 16 hours-exceeding even that
of monkeys and orangutans.
Ensure your pet is
wearing a collar and identification tag with current contact information
so you can be reunited quickly if your pet does escape.
All pets, even those
kept indoors full-time, should wear collars with identification
tags at all times. Indoor-only animals can become so frightened
during fireworks displays that they take desperate measures to
escape the noise, such as breaking through window or door screens.
As an extra precaution, it's a good idea to have your pet microchipped,
with your current contact information registered with the chip
company. If your pet does become lost, contact your local animal
control and surrounding shelters immediately. If you find a lost
pet, either take her to the address on the tag or bring her to
the local animal shelter so she can be reunited with her family.
Fireworks and pets
don't mix, either: Most pets are terrified of fireworks: the
loud noise, crowds and bursts of bright light all boost your pet's
anxiety quotient. Keep dogs and cats away from fireworks and create
a safe haven for them at home. Turn on a radio, TV or stereo to
distract them from any outside revelry (many folks swear by classical
music and Animal Planet). And be sure all windows are secured
so that your pet can't escape if it gets startled.
are more than 350 different breeds of dogs worldwide.
have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
bodies are extremely flexible; the cat skeleton contains more than
230 bones (a human has about 206), and the pelvis and shoulders
loosely attach to the spine. This adds to their flexibility and
allows them to fit through very small spaces.
have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with
50% of all pet owners would rather be stranded on a desert island
with their pet, not another person.
cat's tongue is scratchy because it's lined with papillae -
tiny backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place.
can donate blood to other dogs and cats can donate blood to other
wetness of a dogs nose is essential for determining what
direction a smell is coming from.
are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count
up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations. The
average dog is as intelligent as a two-year-old child.
can alert their owners of an epileptic seizure up to an hour before
cat sees about 6 times better than a human at night.
are able to see nearly 360 degrees around. This is because their
eyes are very large and are situated high on the sides of their
to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating. They
sweat through the pads of their feet.
cat's brain is more similar to a human's brain than that of
cannot break a sweat because they have no sweat glands.
known dog, except the chow, has a pink tongue - a chow's tongue
can jump as much as 7 times its height.
estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the
primary beneficiary in their owner's will.
cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed.
to a recent survey, the most popular name for a dog is Max. Other
popular names include Molly, Sam, Zach, and Maggie.
cat uses its whiskers as feelers to determine if a space is
too small to squeeze through.
see in color, but not the same way that we do. Veterinary ophthalmologists
have found that dogs are similar to people with red/green color
blindness, meaning they can see bluish and greenish shades but not
reddish ones. To a dog, a bright orange ball on a grassy lawn appears
as a light greenish ball in greenish grass. Go fetch!
unlike dogs, do not learn tricks to win your approval. Cats
can be taught to perform tasks such as retrieving toys and jumping
through hoops - but it may take patience and perseverance
quite a few yummy treats for your feline.
patience and understanding you can teach any old dog new tricks,
depending on what you are trying to teach, or un-teach the dog,
which is usually more difficult. Dogs can learn at any age, and
like humans, its just old habits that are hard to break!
A cat will almost
never meow at another cat.
Cats use this sound for humans.
dog's nose has about 4 times as many scent cells as a cat's
and 14 times more than a human's. That's why dogs are often used
to track down illegal drugs and missing persons. They can sniff
out their dinner from any room in the house!
Arthritis in Dogs
Arthritis is generally a medical term that denotes any kind
of abnormalities or changes in the joints and the structural architecture
of the body. It might be the result of an infection, congenital
defects, stress or even trauma. Such a condition is usually known
as 'Canine Arthritis' in dogs. It might occur in your pet's neck,
shoulders, hips, elbows and back and can be extremely painful.
Thus, it becomes necessary that you remain aware of the subtle
changes in your pet's behavior for an early diagnose of the disease.
Identifying early indicators of the disease can save a lot of
pain and discomfort for your dog. It will also help you to avoid
fatal repercussions associated with long-term joint degeneration.
In the following lines, we provide you with the various symptoms,
causes and treatments of Arthritis pain in dogs.
- Consciousness while climbing
stairs or hesitancy in jumping fences etc
- Difficulty while sitting,
standing or other forms of movement
- Increased hours of sleeping
- Increased lethargy and
- Less inclination towards
- Noticeable limping or
- Stiffness in limbs, especially
during the mornings
- Sudden and unusual weight
- Unwillingness to be patted,
touched or picked
Causes of Arthritis in
- Diseases like Cancer
might also give birth to various arthritic problems.
- Improper bone development
in young dogs may give birth to arthritis.
- In some dogs, the disease
may be genetically transferred.
- Metabolic disorders and
other hormonal problems lead to arthritis.
- Overweight and obesity
may lead to swollen joints.
- Sometimes, a traumatic
injury might also lead to joint instability.
How to Treat Arthritis
- Here are some measures
that you can take to cure the problem of Arthritis in your dog.
- Acupuncture techniques
by a good veterinarian will also help to remove arthritic pain
in your pet.
- Consult your veterinarian
and give your pet anti-inflammatory and pain-relief medication
- Give him adequate rest
and provide him with a comfortable sleeping area.
- Provide him adequate
exercise and help him stay fit and healthy.
- Provide your pet a balanced
diet and keep a regular check on his weight.
- Surgical repair of ligaments
can also be done to get rid of the problem.
- Various herbal medication
are available that helps to get rid of the problem, effectively
- Various massage therapies
can alleviate Arthritis in dogs. Take the advice of your veterinarian.
However acute arthritic
pain your dog suffers from; he cannot come up to you and share
it. It is you who should be alert and keep a track of his various
health related problems. Make it a point to take your pet to regular
health check-ups and help him lead a happy and healthy life.
Do not bathe your dog too often because that will dry out the
skin, deplete healthy oils from the coat and skin, and lead to
scratching and irritation. Frequency is largely dependent on the
breed and activities of the dog. Dogs who spend a lot of time
outside or engage in outdoor activities that expose them to dirt,
bugs and/or debris typically require more bathing, perhaps every
6 weeks or more frequently. Some groomers recommend bathing double-coated
breeds only about 3 times a year and suggest that smooth-coated
dogs can go a lot longer between baths than can curly-coated breeds
such as poodles. Too frequent bathing can cause the coat to soften
and reduce its insulating qualities.
Wait until a puppy is more
than five weeks old before giving him his first bath.
Nails of all the pets should be regularly trimmed and especially
of cats as they have a scratching habit. When trimming the nails,
be careful not to cut them too short and cause bleeding. Cut the
nails until you see a dark circle appearing in the center of the
nail. This is the edge of the quick or blood vessel in the nail
the coat... may seem like a solution but is not a good idea.
A dog's coat is insulation which protects against both cold and
heat. Shaving the coat also exposes a dog's skin to sunburn! For
short Haircuts ... using a clipper with a snap on comb attachment
is a good idea. Cutting just the top coat and not the undercoat
leaves nature's protection against sun and heat and delivers manageable
Flea and tick season
is here. Please check your pet daily. If you use front line
put it on 24 hours before a bath or 24 hours after a bath. So
it can distribute thru out the body evenly. It going to be getting
warm soon, we can do summer cuts for easy maintenance.