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Caring for my ageing dog

Ageing is part and parcel of life. Our furry companions who were once a young and little puppy, is now moving into their senior years. Dogs of different breeds and sizes age at different rates. Large breed dogs are considered to be senior dogs at around age 5 to 6 while smaller breed dogs become senior dogs later in life at around age 8 to 10. By preparing ourselves to care for our senior dogs, we can ensure that they continue to live their best life, regardless of age. So, how do we know if our dog has aged? Here are some of the common signs of aging that we can look out for in our dog. Physical Signs of Your Dogs’ Ageing It could…

Introducing your dogs to new environments

Chinese New Year is around the corner! Are you intending to bring your dogs along for CNY visitations? In today’s article, we will be sharing some of the things that you can do to make your dogs feel comfortable in new environments. When your dog experiences a new environment, we do not know exactly how it will react. Instead of expecting them to adjust to the new environment instantly, give them time to adapt to it. Any new sights, sounds, and smells could trigger them to be fearful, aggressive, or overly excited about their environment. Here’s how you can make their CNY visitations more comfortable! Upon entering a new home, politely ask for everyone to be settled in and sit down. Allow your dog to…

How much do you know about bathing your cat?

Every pet owner wants the best for their pets and this includes ensuring that their skin and coat are clean and healthy. Cats take care of their hair care needs by licking themselves. This removes most of the dead hair, dirt, parasites and food leftovers from their coat, however, some dirt can only be removed through bath. Most cats do not enjoy taking a bath. Unnecessary baths can be very stressful and uncomfortable for those that are dislike water. However, there are several benefits to taking a bath. A bath rinses dead hair away so there will be less to shed. It also makes their coat shinier, healthier, and free of fleas! A healthy adult cat doesn’t require bathing unless fur is stained and can’t…

Is it necessary for my dog to use a conditioner?

Advertisements emphasize on how human conditioner leaves our hair smooth and silky after a bath. How applicable is this when it comes to dog conditioners? Before we dive into the world of dog conditioners, let’s talk about dog shampoo. A shampoo is important in every dogs’ shower routine. They help to take care of dirt, grime, bacteria, and parasites that can be found on their skin and coat. However, the question is: Is it necessary for my dog to use a conditioner? A conditioner helps to restore moisture in your dogs’ skin and coat, making his coat nice and shiny. It works great on dogs with long or double coat, itchy skin, and dogs that needs frequent shower. Young puppies generally have healthier skin and…

October 2020 – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What is Breast Cancer? Abnormal replication of the cells that make up the breast tissue results in a mammary tumor, also known as breast cancer. Mammary tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). While there is a higher tendency for female dogs and cats to develop breast cancer, there are cases where male dogs and cats develop breast cancer as well. Statistics show that in dogs, 50% of these tumors are benign. Of the 50% that are malignant, half of them can be removed completely, resulting in your pet getting cured. The other half will either recur or spread to other parts of the body following surgery. Whereas in cats, the picture is grimmer: approximately 86% are malignant.   Signs and Symptoms A mass…

Benefits of Neem & Neem products for your pets

We all want the best for our pets, and this is why there is an increase in number of pet owners turning to natural remedies, holistic approach and even healthier diet to provide a better quality of life for their furry friends. Going back to basic, natural herbs/ medicinal plants has been used to treat illness since approximately 60,000 years ago. One of which, the Neem plant originated from native India and it’s subcontinents such as Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It’s fruits and seeds are used to produce Neem oil. Over the years, it has been found that Neem does not only benefits human, but dogs too!   Image credit: hubpages.com Here are some uses and benefits of neem: Natural flea, tick and mosquitoes repellent The compound in…

Is my dog normal?

These 5 behaviours exhibited by dogs may or may not signal trouble.   Tail-chasing – It’s perfectly normal for puppies to chase their tails; it’s their way of getting to know their bodies. But if this persists into adulthood, you may need to consult a vet and behaviourist. Crotch-sniffing – It’s also perfectly normal for your dog to smell another dog’s butt, which may be the reason why they do that to us humans. They probably learn lots about the person with just one sniff. However, if it bothers you or your friends, obedience training may help. Scooting – If you’ve noticed Fido scoot or drag his bottom across the ground after taking a dump, that’s fine. But if scooting becomes a daily occurrence even…

Should I kiss my dog?

We love our dogs, of course we do, but do we think about how safe it is for both them and us when we lock lips with them?   Here are some things to consider before you smooch your pooch.   What has Fido been doing? Before you lean in to give Fido a peck on his face, do think about where his face has been. Has it been licking his paws after romping in the mud? Has it been sniffing another dog’s butt? Has it been dumpster diving? Even kissing Fido on the top of his head or snout may not be all that safe – vets say that infections and germs can be spread all over the dog’s body through scratching and licking….

What is my dog telling me?

  Dog owners have probably asked themselves this question a millions times. If our dogs could speak in our language, what exactly would they be saying? Thankfully, Fido doesn’t need to speak English or Mandarin to let us know what he’s feeling or thinking; all we need to do is learn how to read his actions and behaviour.   Is he happy?   A happy dog is a relaxed dog. When he wags his tail, the tail wags his entire body. His ears will also be relaxed; his pant will be soft, his eyes will be soft as well.   A happy dog that is interested in an activity is plain to see. When Golden Retrievers fetch a ball, you see them running all out,…

Why does my cat have whiskers?

  If you’ve ever wondered what Kitty’s whiskers were for, here’s the answer: each individual whisker is actually a way for your cat to sense her surroundings. In other words, whiskers are a cat’s GPS.   How do they work?   Each whisker is filled with extra-sensitive nerves that help Kitty judge distance and space. It’s how she can gauge if a box is too small or how high she needs to jump to get on the kitchen counter. Whiskers also enable a cat to detect objects in her environment.   The follicles of your cat’s whiskers are deep and have plenty of nerve endings that transmit messages to Kitty’s brain. Each whisker also contains a sensory organ at its tip, where it picks up…

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