Why do dogs eat poop? (from Nature’s Perfect Pet)

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Nature’s Perfect Pet shared this great article in their latest eblast and we wanted to share it with you!

WHY????? WHY do dogs eat poop?

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As all pet owners will know, dogs have a habit of doing weird and wonderful things from time to time – it’s all part of their unique charm and character! However, if there’s one thing that never fails to turn the stomach of any dog owner, it’s when they find their beloved dog eating poop. In some cases it’s a surprising one-off and in others it seems to happen way too often, but in any and all cases it’s just about the most disgusting thing imaginable…at least for a human being.

As such, it’s hardly surprising that one of the most commonly asked questions among dog owners every day is – why do dogs eat poop?

Seriously – Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

The scientific term for the eating of poop is Coprophagia, which if you can get past the obvious horror of it all is actually quite interesting. There’s a good deal of science to explain many of the causes of poop eating, but at the same time there are also dozens of long-standing theories that could also shed light on the subject.

For example, a great many animal experts insists that the act of a dog eating poop dates right back to the ancient origins of the animal. Prior to being domesticated, dogs were scavengers and would basically have no choice other than to eat anything that presented itself in order to ward off starvation. As such, the theory remains that poop eating is a historic behavior that still presents from time to time.

One of the most common instances in which a person will see their dog eating poop is when the dog has recently given birth to a litter of puppies. Dogs are instinctively wired to keep tabs on their babies and to ward off any potential predatory attacks. And as predators would pick up on the smell of her new babies’ poop, she’ll make sure she cleans up every last bit of it by eating it. Disgusting it may be, but at the same time she’s just being a good mum!

And then of course come the instances of simple domination, which are common in households where there are several dogs present. In such cases, it may be a natural and instinctive behavior for a submissive dog lower down the pecking-order to eat the poop of his superior.

Want to know more? Click here to read the rest!

Latest news from Tetra – Free Water care apps and more

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Here’s the latest news from Tetra:

Check out their new water care app by visiting this spot on their website: http://www.tetra-fish.com/care-app.aspx It’s free and works with their pH strips to help you better understand and evaluate the pH of your pond water.

Tetra's Water Care App - photo from Tetra

Tetra’s Water Care App – photo from Tetra

In other news, make sure you check out the TetraPRO Nutrition Line. It provides better nutrition for your fish because it’s made using a low heat process that allows it to lock in all those great vitamins and minerals!

Photo from Tetra

Photo from Tetra

 

Understanding Heartworms

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07/18/14
Understanding the difference between heartworm disease in dogs and cats and why it is fatal in cats. By: Michael Fleck, DVM

Heartworm Disease in the canine has been well documented and, until
recently, has been seen exclusively in the domesticated dog and
canine-related species. Only in recent years has there been mutation of
Heartworm, allowing the disease to be transmitted to other species,
primarily cats. In all Heartworm infected pets, the mosquito is the
vector that transmits the disease from one infected animal to another.
Pathology from Heartworm infection in the dog results primarily from
disruption of heart and liver function or from anaphylactic reactions.
The pathology of Heartworm infection in the cat is very different from
the dog. In the feline, the larvae of Heartworm migrate to the blood
vessels in the lungs where it transforms to an adult worm resulting in
lung disease rather than heart disease. The damage to the lung with cats
infected with feline Heartworm is so specific that pathologists
describe it as Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease or “HARD.”
Canine pet owners recognize the threat of Heartworm disease and have
their dogs tested annually followed by the administration of monthly
preventative medication. Without prevention, their pet may become
infected and eventually die from the disease if untreated. Fortunately,
the current treatment for Heartworm infected dogs is very safe and
effective, resulting in most treated dogs surviving and living normal
lives.

As a result of Heartworm disease being a relatively new feline issue,
the general cat owner may not even know that Heartworm can be
transmitted to cats. What adds seriousness to feline Heartworm Disease
is that once infected, unlike the canine, there is no effective or safe
treatment currently available and the mortality or death rate for feline
Heartworm Disease is very high. The American Heartworm Society and The
Heartworm Symposium predict that 10% of all new Heartworm cases will be
in the feline. They also have shown that 25% of Heartworm infected cats
reside exclusively inside.
To prevent transmission of Heartworm in cats, the practice of
administering monthly preventative medication similar to Heartworm
preventative medication administered to the dog is an absolute must.
Currently, debate exists within the veterinary community on the need for
testing before scripting preventative meds. Consulting with your
veterinarian will determine the best Heartworm prevention protocol. Your
veterinarian will recommend the monthly Feline Heartworm preventative
medication that they favor. At the Animal Medical Center of Bradenton,
we are beginning to diagnose Feline Heartworm Disease with zero rate of
recovery.
We don’t encourage debate this year on the necessity of testing before
administering feline heartworm prevention. It is too important to
immediately establish all cats on heartworm prevention. At AMC, without
delay, my recommendation is for all feline pet owners to stop by the
office and pick up doses of Advantage Multi which protects the cat from
both heartworm disease and flea/tick infestation.
Feline Heartworm Disease is only one of many new and existing diseases
forcing pet owners to keep abreast of pet health news. It’s a whole new
world with climate changes, a rapidly growing population, environmental
challenges, drug resistant microbes and the mutation of once known
harmless microbes to infective pathogens that threaten our pets and
mankind. Take that first step as a responsible cat owner and fill that
prescription for Feline Heartworm protection.


Biospot will
protect your pet from fleas, ticks and the mosquitos that cause
heartworm disease. Stop by today and pick some up. It’s more
affordable than the vet brands; check out the chart below to see how it
compares.

Protect your dog from summer’s heat

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Did you know that panting is the only way dogs can cool themselves off?
They don’t sweat like we do; in the heat of summer sometimes panting
just isn’t enough. Here are a few suggestions on how to keep your pet
cool:
•Make sure to provide plenty of water. An automatic waterer can
be useful for outside dogs, but even so, make sure in the summer to
change it often so that it stays clean, fresh and cold.
• NEVER leave your dog in a hot car, even for a few minutes.
Honestly if you’re running errands, it’s probably best to just leave
Fido at home.
•Protect dogs with white or light colored fur as they can
actually get sunburnt. Put SPF 15 sunscreen on their ears and nose to
help combat that.
• Watch for signs of heatstroke. If you’re exercising with your
pet, try to do so in the cooler morning or evening hours.

• Take your dog swimming! Play water fetch with floating frisbees or other toys and truly help your dog stay cool.
• If you can, for outside dogs, invest in products like a
cooling pad or gel pet mats, or even just provide a children’s sized
swimming pool for pets to lie in. Even a nice shaded spot will help.
• There are cold chew toys available for pets as well. Stop in J&M Aquatics and Pet Center and let us help!

Digging and Barking

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Summer is in full swing and, for many people and their pets, that means
more time spent outdoors. While dogs love to bask in the glory of fresh
air, outdoor time can also lead to some unwanted behaviors, like digging
and barking.

Dogs bark to communicate and dig when they’re bored or afraid. Although
these are completely natural, instinctual behaviors for dogs, we humans
aren’t too fond of all that noise and/or dirt flying everywhere. Read
on for our tips on using KONG toys to combat these common pet peeves.

Photo taken from Kong.com

Dogs bark to communicate and dig when they’re bored or afraid.  Although
these are completely natural, instinctual behaviors for dogs, we humans
aren’t too fond of all that noise and/or dirt flying everywhere. Read
on for our tips on using KONG toys to combat these common pet peeves.

Creating good behaviors starts with productive play, which allows
dogs to expend excess energy. The more you tire out your dog, the less
time or inclination they’ll have to dig up your prize begonias.


The KONG Classic toy
is an excellent multitasker for playtime with your dog. Every time you
throw a KONG, the unpredictable bounce sends the toy in a new direction.
This ensures no two games are ever the same, keeping your pup engaged
and excited for more. After a hearty game of KONG fetch, your dog will
look forward to some rest in the shade.

If you’re not able to be outside with your dog, a stuffed KONG makes a
great companion. Planning ahead is key here—stuff a KONG (or a few)
with a mixture of wet and dry ingredients, such as your dog’s favorite
treat, kibble, apple sauce, etc.


Once stuffed, you can put the KONG in
the freezer for several hours, ensuring a cool and delicious treat for
your pup’s outdoor time. In addition, directing their energy toward
something positive like working for the food inside the KONG diminishes
bad behaviors. To increase the challenge, you can even hide a few frozen KONGs in the yard for your best friend to hunt down.


Whether you’re able to enjoy the great outdoors with your dog or not,
you can rely on KONG to get them through the summer on their best
behavior.

How do you enjoy fun in the sun with your best friend? Share your pictures with us using #KONGdog and we’ll pick our favorites to receive a KONG summer fun gift box.

Article taken from: http://www.kongcompany.com/2014/07/08/digging-and-barking

Protect your furniture from the cat

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Cat clawing at the furniture again? Try deterring them with herbal
sprays or sticky strips. Products like this are available at J&M
Aquatics and Pet Center. They are barely noticeable to humans, but will
keep your cat away from the edges of your nicely upholstered chairs and
couches.


If your cat doesn’t have a designated place to scratch,
create one. There are a variety of cat scratchers out there from cedar
posts to carpeted cat trees or Sisal cat scratchers.

Finally,
you can carefully trim your cat’s nails to reduce the damage caused by
repeated scratching. Make sure to use high-quality animal-appropriate
clippers.

Dealing with Lawn Burn

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Lawn burn occurs when your dog’s urine damages your grass; you end up
with ugly brown spots instead of beautiful unblemished green grass.
Before you accuse your dog, however, make sure he or she is the actual
problem. Grubs can also cause brown spots in the grass. If the grass
pulls up easily, you’ve most likely got a grub problem. If it is still
firmly attached, then it’s more likely lawn burn. Also, make sure it’s
your own dogs causing the problem and not the neighbors’!

There are many factors that can make lawn burn worse. It’s caused by
the nitrogen in a dog’s urine and dogs with high protein diets are
likely to have more nitrogen in their urine than other dogs. Larger
dogs, because they just produce more urine in general, will also cause
more damage. Female dogs are more likely to be culprits of lawn burn
because they empty their bladders all at once instead of marking areas
like male dogs.

If your yard is already heavily fertilized, then
the added nitrogen from your pet will obviously make lawns more
susceptible to damage. Yards that are already stressed because of other
issues like new seeding, grubs or disease will also be more likely to
experience lawn burn.


To solve the problem, try these solutions: Dilute the area
with water soon after the dog urinates. Feed your dog a high quality
food with less protein than his or her current dog food. Teach your dog
to urinate in a location that isn’t quite so visible to passersby.
Encourage your dog to drink more water and then perhaps replant parts of
your yard with grasses that are more resistent to these issues, like
ryegrass and fescue.