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Dog Care: 6 Easy Steps For A Terrific (And Safe) Romp In The Woods

Have a fun and safe romp in the woods this fall with your dog!running in fall leaves

Leaves are falling and paws are crunching in the parks….. In this beautiful autumn weather, a walk in the woods with your dogs can be exhilarating.
What a beautiful time of the year to get out with your canine companion and enjoy the crisp, cool air, frolic in the falling leaves and take in the visual splendor of nature.  A walk in the woods can be an exhilarating experience for you and your dog, especially if you’ll take a moment for some basic dog care preparations. Minimize surprises and emergencies by following these simple steps.
I don’t know about you, but I will drive hours to find a place where the dogs can run free in nature. We all love it and often spend the whole day in the Conneciticut hills together. I’ve developed a list of easy dog care to-do’s to ensure we have a great time and arrive and leave together safely.

I recommend the following items for your outdoor adventures and dog care:

1) Orange vests for you and your dog
This may sound like overkill, but I recently had an experience with my dogs that scared me. I was out in the woods with my dogs when I heard shots fired not far from me. I couldn’t see my dogs and terror ran through me. Immediately I realized we were not prepared for the hunters.  Bright colored vests would have helped the hunters know we were not deer, and please don’t shoot us.  Every year you hear the stories of accidental shootings. Don’t be the next casualty — don your orange vests!
2.  Current dog tags on collars
Keeping a collar and current dog tags on your dog helps others get him home if you get separated. One thing I have recently done is change the dog tags to read “I must be lost.  Please call Mom.  (xxx) xxx-xxxx”.  This gives all the pertinent information, yet doesn’t provide information for an easy abduction.  I don’t want someone to know my babies’ names, which might lead the dogs to believe the stranger is a friend.
3.  Foot and body check during and after the outing.
I check my dogs’ paws and body frequently to remove the debris from the fall season — gum balls, seeds, burrs, rocks, thorns, pine needles, and leaves can add up to irritation or lameness.
4.  Fresh water and a bowl
If I can help it, I don’t let my dogs drink standing water. I carry fresh water instead.  I have had to deal with stomach problems in the past from bacteria in standing water. Carrying your own water is a small thing, but doing it can prevent lots of pain and suffering, a vet bill, and a 10-day supply of antibiotics.
5.  Towels
I love towels, lots and lots of towels.  To me, dropping dirty towels in the washer is much easier and less smelly than detailing a car or working to get that horrible wet, dirty dog smell out of fabric and carpet in my truck.
6.  Whistle — long range
Lastly, I whistle-trained my dogs. If we do separate, a blow on the whistle has them running to me.  Chances are, they don’t like not being able to see me and will be happy to have me back in their sights.  I highly recommend the ACME whistle that sounds from 2-5 miles.  Get it on a lanyard and carry it with you.
These 6 simple steps can make your outdoor trip so much more enjoyable, for you and your dogs. And paying attention to the basics in dog care shows your dog just how much you love her.
Happy hiking!

How To Stop Your Puppy’s Nipping Habbit

Puppies are adorable, but, ouch!, those teeth hurt!wagging tails puppy

If at any time you’ve been nipped by a young dog or puppy, you’ll know that those teeth can be as knife-like as ice picks. Depending on their breed, dogs typically possess a pretty impregnable hide and can nip and be nipped with comparative impunity, but we humans are not so lucky. And yes, a puppy’s nip can definitely pierce the human hide!
If at any time you’ve been nipped by a young dog or puppy, you’ll know that those teeth can be as knife-like as ice picks.

So how do you put a final and permanent stop to your young pup’s nipping habits?

Primarily, it helps to appreciate that he’s not gnawing on or chewing your leg maliciously! Chewing, mouthing and gumming are ordinary activities for puppies and young adolescent dogs. They instinctively nip when playing alongside their siblings. This is the way they communicate with the universe and the environment about them. If uncontrolled by his less close family and “pack” members, a young dog would, in a second, be taught by his mother and siblings to manage his chewing. But the majority of puppies are separated from their mothers and family prior to the time when they’ve had an opportunity to take this skill and understanding on-board; hence, it remains “unlearned”.
So, what to do? First, you need to let him have fun and mix with a group of other dogs. Puppies adore jumping about, to fall and tumble and having fun. If your little bundle of fun becomes a bit too boisterous in the presence of different, unknown dogs, the other members of the crowd will rapidly address his improper and unnecessary behavior! As basic as it is, this socialization alongside different dogs is hands down the simplest way for him to discover to manage himself when he’s tempted to nip.
puppy-pulling-on-leash-wagging-tails-pet-sitting-and-mobile-grooming-connecticutThere are additional benefits to allowing our pup to socialize in this way. He’ll discover not to be nervous or to have any fear of strange new dogs. He’ll get rid of his surplus vitality. And you’ll see that he interacts more calmly when amongst other members of your household. Puppies that forgo this socializing aspect are often inclined to be over-active, wild and destructive, perhaps demonstrating a range of different difficult behavioral patterns. Be sure to look into hiring a professional pet sitter or professional dog walker to visit your puppy while you’re away for the day. Their visits will aid in socializing your puppy and training their behavior.
Additionally, dogs without any canine social skills generally tend to react unnecessarily aggressively to new situations.
So, any efforts you can engender to introduce your young dog to new and unknown dog, as well as new human beings (particularly the youngest members of your household) should pay huge dividends in numerous areas of your pup’s growth and development. This can be especially useful if you there are very young children in the family.
The young are closer in weight, bulk and size to dogs, and they frequently possess that selfsame puppy-like vitality that can be interpreted as belligerent by a dog.
So, during the period when your puppy is relatively youthful (four months old or less), this is a sensible period to ensure that he frequently interacts with family in an appropriate way that causes neither your dog or the offspring to become too over-excited! This can be particularly significant if your pup is from a species of big or quarrelsome dogs.
The second way to try to train your young dog to drop his nipping and gnawing habit is to work to elicit his confidence and esteem.
This can go a long way to ensuring that all subsequent training becomes easier and that the effects of all your training efforts are permanent, notably if you’re striving to manage and then rectify difficult or unmanageable behavior.
How do you garner your young pups esteem? By treating him with exactly the same levels of respect and consideration that you expect from him (or her).
Whether you’re teaching your puppy or only playing, try to handle him with consideration. This entails no hitting or slapping of your puppy, even when in situations where you’re attempting to rectify and deal with seriously improper behavior. Tangible physical discipline (or abuse) can not only ruin the confidence and admiration of your pup, it’ll almost guarantee that he is scared him of you.  Moreover, it’s frequently ineffectual and counter-productive to act this way.  Reprimanding your puppy does not prevent him from nipping and chewing. In all likelihood, it’ll do nothing more than flummox him.
puppygoldenBy using positive support, usually involving the giving of treats and an abundance of compliments, you should be able to train him infinitely more quickly faster and far more effectively, while getting the pup to understand that it is possible to have fun without nipping! A young dog that bites can mature to be a grown dog that continues to bite unless you instruct him otherwise. Untended, these antagonistic and aggressive behavioral patterns will almost definitely become worse and increasingly less manageable over time.
So, act to deal with them ahead of time, emphatically but fairly, and you’ll lay down the necessary corner stones for a caring, vigorous and trusting partnership with your young pup for the rest of his days.
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Halloween Costume Contests For Your Pet

yorkie-superdog-costume-wagging-tails-pet-sitting-mobile-grooming-connecticutEnter your pet’s photo to win our Halloween Costume Contest!

Have fun this Halloween with your furry family member! Enter your pet’s photo on our Facebook page, or via email to info@waggingtails.com, to win our Halloween Costume Contest!

Contest hosted by and prizes from Connecticut’s award winning pet care company:

Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming LLC!

Prizes include gift certificates for mobile grooming and pet sitting services!!  See our Facebook page for details.

So find a safe, comfortable costume for your pet, (any pet!), click a pic, and post it to our FB page, no later than 10/31!

Cutest, scariest, most creative…have fun!  Enjoy some of our favorite Halloween Pet Costume photos below!

And have a very safe, and Happy Halloween! or Happy Howl-o-ween!ill-do-a-trick-for-a-treat-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pet Safety Tips For Hiking With Your Dog This Fall

Fall is the perfect time to go hiking with your dog. running in fall leaves

The cooler weather and the gorgeous foliage make a perfect recipe for both of your pleasure. Taking your dog on a hike with you can be an enjoyable experience, provided you have the right hiking gear to accommodate the both of you. Taking your best friend along shouldn’t bog you down with extra gear, but you will need to consider where you are going and how long you plan to hike in order to ensure you have what you need for a safe trip.

Whether hiking with your dog for an afternoon or taking an overnight trek, you should make sure to stock your backpack with the following items to help Fido, Lassie or whom ever you take with you have as much fun as you do.

What to take with you when hiking with your dog:

• Adequate water for both you and your dog. If you know that there will be water sources along the route, carry a water bottle with you that you can refill if needed. If you are unsure about water availability, pack 1-2 quarts of water for your dog for a day hike plus enough for yourself. Collapsible dog bowls are good for dogs that may not drink from a stream or from a water bottle.

• A leash. Most trail ways require that your dog be on a leash or harness while hiking. A leash will also help keep order should there be a lot of dogs on the trail with you.

• First aid kit items. Most pet injuries while hiking occur on the pads of their feet. The pads can easily be cut on sticks, stones and roots in the ground. You should stop hiking intermittently to check your dogs paw pads for cuts or blisters. Have the appropriate bandages and disinfectants with you in case this happens.

• Proper ID tags for your pet. The dog tags should include information on your pet’s vaccination as well as your home address and phone number. Make sure the rabies torange vest 1ag that you received from your veterinarian is attached to your dog’s collar.

• Clean-Up Items. Zip-lock bags are great for hiking trips to reduce the odor of the feces while on your hike. Be sure to pick up all your dog’s feces while hiking using paper towels or your bag and dispose of it in a garbage container. Also carry a towel to clean off your dog should he or she get into dirt or water. • Snacks or Treats. Your dog will get tired just as you will. Make sure to pack a few treats to keep him energized until you get back home. However, you don’t want to over-feed your dog while hiking or they may get sick. Treats can also be helpful in getting your dog’s attention should they run off unexpectedly.

Above all, make sure your dog is up to the challenge of an afternoon hike. Make sure they are healthy and well-nourished before setting out on the hike. Older dogs should be treated to a trail way with a level terrain and with little to no incline. Small dogs should be taken on well groomed trails that won’t have a lot of low hanging brush or leaves that may cause eye or skin irritation.

Pay attention to the signs your dog may give while on a hike that there is something wrong. If they avoid the sunshine or lay underneath leaves they may be dehydrated and need to stop for a long drink of water. If their stride becomes labored or if they favor one paw over another, they may have gotten a sliver or cut on their pad. Your dog will tell you what they need while outdoors so long as you listen.

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Is Owning A Black Cat, Bad Luck?

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The black cat has an unfortunate negative supernatural reputation. Many people fear black cats and associate them with bad luck. Historically they have been used in the supernatural rituals of Black Magic and linked to Witchcraft. This article is written to dispel this notion.

For many years, I have volunteered my time and my home, as a Foster Mom for local Humane Societies and Pet Rescues.  About 15 years ago, when I received a call to foster a lonely, little kitten with a severe upper respiratory infection, I of course, took on the job. As soon as I saw him, I knew that Batman would not be returning to the shelter. He was my “foster” who immediately warmed my heart.  I fell in love with him on sight. And so began his new adventure as my new black cat.

I renamed him Tucker, Tucket, Trucker….he responds to all the names,  is a wonderful cat, and he is completely black.

The Black Cat in History

Historically, black cats have been associated with omens, bad luck and, well…evil.  The poor unfortunate kitties have Obi&Katobeen used in rituals, and were supposedly the “familiars” of witches. Anarchism has used the symbol of the black cat, as has Wicca, the modern day expression of Witchcraft. Superstition has associated bad luck with having a black cat cross your path. All-in-all, the black cat has been getting some really bad press for centuries, and all of that is not easily overcome in just a few short lines of this article.

Some people are afraid of Black Cats…Black animals, both canine and feline, have had a long reputation of a low adoption rate at all shelters. The stigma seems to stick. Some say it is because black animals are not easily photographed. That their features are difficult to display in a typical snapshot. And therefore, are not chosen when one is perusing through online photos. However, I disagree. Black animals photograph beautifully. Their eyes really seem to show their soul. Despite modern times, the supernatural rblack lab faceeputation is still an issue with many adoptive parents.  And it should not be!

Superstition Dispelled

For many years, Tucker has been rolling around on my lap enjoying his daily pettings, sleeping in my bed, yowling at the females he sees from his perch in the kitchen window and just generally bringing a lot of joy to our lives. He loved his black lab family member, Bella, for many years. When I brought him home as a kitten, he curled right up next to her, found a patch of her skin and started suckling and kneading on it!  They looked like one big black blob of fur.

Tucker is here to dispel the notion that a black cat means bad luck. He is one of the sweetest cats you’ll ever meet, and there’s absolutely *nothing* scary about him. And I can tell you for a fact that no bad luck is connected with Tucker. He’s crossed my path innumerable times, and so far I haven’t experienced anything one might think of as “bad luck”.

I have to say, though, that on Halloween night he seems to be scared of his own black shadow. But I try to keep him calmed down and happy to be where he is…in my lap purring as loud as he can!

As a pet mom to a Black Labrador, Bella, and a black cat, Tucker, and a tuxedo cat, Spooky, I can tell you that mine have only brought me joy. No “bad luck” here!

So, when choosing a pet to welcome into your home, please consider, that just like humans, the color of our skin does not matter…it’s what’s inside our hearts that does. The same equality should be for animals…

Black cats do not bring bad luck!  www.waggingtails.com (860) 621-7387 (Pets)

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How To Help Your Dog Overcome Separation Anxiety

pug-separation-anxiety-wagging-tails-pet-sitting-dog-walking-grooming-west-hartford-ctMany dogs have separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety in dogs exhibits behavior problems when they’re being left alone at home. This often leads to excessive barking, whining, chewing, house soiling and other types of destructive behavior. If your dog can comfortably spend the night away from you, then it is very likely your dog does not suffer from separation anxiety. However, if he has been throwing tantrums by showing some kind of dramatic anxiety response every time you leave home, your dog probably has it. It is important to understand that when dogs behave in this way it is not an attempt to seek revenge or punishment for leaving them behind. It is indeed a natural panic response for being away from the owner even for a short period of time.

Separation anxiety is one of the most common complaints of dog owners

and in most cases they don’t even realize it. You need to find out whether your dog has separation anxiety so that proper treatments can be given to correct this behavior.
Keep a boring, low-key departure. Long-dramatic farewell will create more anxiety in him. A casual “Goodbye” or “See you later” will do. When you first arrive home, ignore him for a couple of minutes, and then calmly pet him.
Always provide him with lots of exercise and playtime. A tired, well-exercised dog is a happy dog. He will be much more contented to sleep during the day while you’re away. Mental exercises such as training and socializing with other dogs are all great activities for your dog.
Provide your dog with some of his favorite toys and treats so that he will have something to do while you’re gone. Stuff some treats into his toys to keep his mind occupied rather than waiting anxiously for you to come back.  Leave a tv or radio on for your pet.  Wear an old tshirt to bed, and then leave it with your pet. Your smell will comfort them-and we’re pretty sure you’ll often find him sleeping on it!
You need to train your dog to be accustomed to your departure. First, leave him for a couple of minutes and then come back to him. Do not a make fuss over your dog. Repeat this step until he’s not anxious anymore. Then, gradually leave for longer periods of time and comes back. Make sure to practice this over and over again until he gets used to being alone at home.
Let’s face it, most people aren’t home all day with their dogs.  When you have to leave the home to go to work, school or away for the day, hire a professional pet sitter or professional dog walker.   A visit to your home to socialize and interact with your dog also serves as a much needed potty break. Separation anxiety should diminish with the regular visits by a friendly, energetic, professionally trained dog walker/handler.   www.waggingtails.com    (860) 621-7387 (Pets)
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4 Things To Think About Before Declawing Your Cat

delilah kitty Wagging Tails Cat Sitter Pet Sitter ConnecticutDeclawing is a major surgery known as onychectomy,

performed under anesthesia, that removes the tip of each digit (from the first knuckle out) of the cat’s forepaws. There is a slight chance of death in the surgery, and a declawed cat may have an increased risk of infection and life-long discomfort in its paws. This surgery is not recommended for an adult animal and is considered an act of animal cruelty in some countries (see below).

People generally have cats declawed to prevent them from hunting and from damaging furniture. Rarely, vicious cats are declawed. In the United States, some landlords require that tenants’ cats be declawed.
Veterinarians are generally critical of the procedure and some refuse to perform it because the absence of claws in a cat.    However, each cat and owner’s circumstances are different.  Often the choice is between declawing your cat, or having to find him another home. This is a difficult decision to make on either end. If the decision is made to declaw your cat, after the surgery, they MUST be indoor only cats. They must NOT have access to the outdoors.

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1. Deprives it of its main defense abilities, including escaping from predators by climbing trees;
2. Impairs its stretching and exercise habits, leading to muscle atrophy;
3. Compromises its ability to balance on thin surfaces such as railings and fence tops, leading to injury from falls;
4. Can cause insecurity and a subsequent tendency to bite.
This operation is rare outside of North America. In Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, declawing is forbidden by the laws against cruelty to animals. In many other European countries, it is forbidden under the terms of the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, unless “a veterinarian considers [such] non-curative procedures necessary either for veterinary medical reasons or for the benefit of (the) animal”.  In Britain, animal shelters find it difficult to place imported cats that have been declawed and subsequently most are euthanized.
soft paws cat declaw cat claw Wagging Tails cat sitter CTAn alternative to declawing is the application of blunt, vinyl nail caps that are affixed to the claws with nontoxic glue, requiring periodic replacement when the cat sheds its claw sheaths (about every four to six weeks). However, the cat will still experience difficulties because the capped nails are not as effective as claws.
Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming Service, an award winning, pet care service of 21 years in Connecticut offers the service of applying Softpaws, or vinyl nail caps, on cats claws. For more information about our services, please visit www.waggingtails.com  or (860) 621-7387 (Pets)Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming Service CT

Pet Sitter Fees In Connecticut – Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming LLC

How much does it cost for Pet sitter fees and services in CT?Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming Service

Wagging Tails Pet Sitting Services are available in over 35 towns in Connecticut….including Southington, Cheshire, Meriden, Wallingford, Middletown, North Haven, Bristol, Terryville, Farmington, West Hartford…& more. For a complete list of towns we service visit Here.   For over 20 years, we’ve been CT’s “go to” pet care service.  A tax paying, legit, CT company of experienced, trained, certified pet care professionals.

So here’s an idea of what Professional Pet Sitter fees in Connecticut are…

Wagging Tails Pet Sitting and Mobile Grooming Service is much different than other pet caregivers. Meaning: that unlike a neighbor, family member, or individual “hobby sitter”, we are a Licensed, Bonded, Insured, tax paying CT business. Therefore, we have business expenses to cover, including our amazing staff, to compensate. And our team of experienced pet caregivers are bonafide employees, and not Independent Contractors.  Throughout our 20+ years in business, we have created a fee structure that indicates our service is NOT a luxury service for pet owners, but IS considered a necessity, for all pets, and their parents.

A pet in the comfort of their own home, under the care of a Professional Pet Sitter, is as necessary and important these days, as hiring a Veterinarian for your pet.

The National Average for Pet Sitting Rates is approximately $25 per visit. With many pet sitting services in CT offering their services at $22-$30 per visit, one would think that hiring a pet sitting, or dog walking service is a luxury. However, with Wagging Tails Pet Sitting’s reasonable fee structure, starting at $18 per visit, hiring Wagging Tails Pet Sitting Service is an affordable necessity for your pet’s care. So, our reasonable fees for our services, reflect our superior quality of service, while remaining affordable, for all pet parents.

In short, Wagging Tails Pet Sitters want more pets to be adopted, and more people to know that they can adopt a pet, and leave them at home, guilt free, with a Wagging Tails Professional Pet Sitter. By offering our Professional, bonded, insured services at reasonable fees, more pets ARE adopted! And we feel pretty good about that!

Unlike any other services in CT, we do not charge for a specific length of time, nor do we nickel and dime our clients with additional fees for medication administration, dog walks, scooping litter, etc.   You are charged ONE fee per visit that INCLUDES ALL pet care services and ALL pets.

Wagging Tails Pet Sitting Visit Rates-start at $18!!  Award Winning Services at Affordable Prices! Wagging Tails fee per visit is $18+ Visits are approximately 30 minutes to an hour. Wagging Tails Pet Sitters are available 7 days a week 365 days a year We provide anywhere from 1 to 6 visits per day. (need more? we’re happy to do 7, 8, 9!) Our fees include ALL PETS at your home. There is no additional fee per pet. There is no additional fee for administering medication, bringing in your mail, taking out the trash, scooping litter, etc. Again, ALL services are included in our per visit fee. Your pet sitter will text, email and document their visit with a note to you. Please contact us to discuss your needs! Special offers and discounts available. Wagging Tails does NOT offer 15 minute visits! (However, if you request this service, we will accommodate you)NewsWT6 We firmly do NOT believe that your pet can be adequately cared for in such a short period of time. A “quick” visit to your home for a potty break, would still take nearly 30 minutes (not 15) to be completed in a thorough, professional manner. And we personally feel that if we rush through a visit, in 15 minutes, we may miss an important detail.  And details are important when it comes to your best friend’s care! So, when considering in home pet care for your pet, please keep this information in mind. And feel free to contact us for more information! We are more than happy to discuss your pet’s care needs and share our company’s history and services with you! For more information about our fees and services, please visit waggingtails.com or contact us Wagging Tails Mobile Grooming in CT

Behavior Training Your Cat

Yes, cats can be trained!delilah kitty

Learning cat behaviors before you start training them would be a good idea for anyone that is going to train a cat’s behavior.

 

A cat can jump and land on its feet as this is a natural instinct for a cat. When a kitten is born the cushion in its paws are not developed with the cushion to land on its feet. It takes about 7 weeks to develop the cushion in a kittens paw for landing. A cat’s bone structure is unique to other animals as the bones are flexible, cats have no collar bone, which enables them to twist and bend their bones.  A cat can jump a great distance without sustaining any injuries.

 

With this behavior, you will want to teach the cat to jump hoops, sticks, or off the scratching tree. Letting a cat jump from extreme heights will cause injury to the cat. Liesl kitty Wagging Tails Pet Sitter Cat Sitter Cat Groomer Mobile Groomer Connecticut

 

Cats have a unique hearing ability; they are able to hear high tones and pitches, like opening a door or a can of food. Cats also have unique smelling abilities.  The reason a cat will scratch or urinate on the floor, rub itself up against a door or furniture, is the cat is leaving their scent in those areas so they will be able to come back and know they were there, in other words marking its territory.  In addition, if another cat or animal comes along in the area a cat will know this. Cats can also smell with their mouths.  There is a gland called Jacobson’s organ, it is a sac in the cats upper mouth filled with blood, as the cat smells the scent and the slightly opens their mouth and upper lip, this allows the scent to be carried in and to the sac, which it will carry the scent goes to the cat brain. This mostly happen to male cats when a female has urinated.

 

princess kittyKnowing these natural instincts and behaviors can give you some insight training your cat. 

 

With behavior training you will want to make sure that you allow your cat the ability in some way to play out its natural instincts and behaviors.

 

When training a cat for behaviors there are some things you need to take into consideration.  Aggression, especially in older cats, can be caused from illness, or other cats in the home.  Urination or defecation in areas other than the litter box, can also be a sign that your pet is ill, anxious or unhappy.  You may want to contact your vet to have your cat checked out to see if it’s alright at this time to train a cat.

 

Depression and anxiety can play another part in trying to train your cat.  If a cat is separated by a recent owner the cat can become depressed. Stress is not uncommon for a cat.  If you think that your cat has depression or high anxiety, this would be a good time to take him to the vet.  Vets can talk to you about some of the things that may be causing this.  There are also medications that a vet can prescribe for the cat to help with depression and anxiety.

 

Never physically discipline your cat.  He will learn to fear you, and fearing will be a behavior you will not be able to control or retrain.  When they do something that is not right, ignore the problem unless you catch them in the act, you can associate a noise with that behavior you don’t like, or in a stern voice tell them “NO”.

You will want to start training your cat or kitten almost immediately after you get them.  This will stop many unwanted behaviors and hopefully not let any new bad behaviors to start. Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming Service

 Healthy cats need healthy relationships with their owners.  Good Luck!

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Your Dog’s Shedding

Dog shedding lab Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming in CTDoes your dog shed a lot?

If your dog sheds a lot it does not necessarily denote ill health. Dogs that spend a lot of their time indoors are exposed to electric lights and central heat and air which can throw off their normal shedding schedule that nature built in. However, profuse shedding may have other causes like an unbalanced diet, a kidney or bladder infection or a parasitic ailment.

If your dogs shedding leads to bald spots you should seek help from your veterinarian as soon as possible.

All severe shedding conditions are either parasitic or non-parasitic. Parasitic means caused by parasites such as mites or fleas. Non-parasitic means conditions created by a hormonal imbalance and or poor diet, which can easily be treated with vitamins and a more controlled diet.

Ecshedding shepherd Wagging Tails mobile groomer Southington, CTzema is a symptom of an underlying disorder, usually dietary, rather than a disease. In older animals and altered ones, it may be caused by a hormonal imbalance due to a change of body chemistry. The skin becomes scaly and the hair falls out in patches. You must correct the cause by hormone injections or a change in diet, usually by adding fat supplements of Vitamin A and E.

shedding shepard 2 mobile pet groomer Southington CTEczema can also be caused by fleabite allergy, or a parasitic condition. However, these bald spots usually appear suddenly and resemble lesions, or burns. To treat these, after veterinarian diagnosis, you must eliminate the fleas and use a local application of antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory medicines.

 

Bald spots can also be caused by mange. There are two types of mange, ot mange, Sarcoptic mange or “Scabies”, which has a musty odor, often starts on the head and spreads to the ears, tail, the abdomen, chest and under the front legs. Skin eruptions may take the form of red dots or blisters, then scabs. Your veterinarian can provide medicated baths; generally sulfur preparations and anti-itch topicals.

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The second type of mange is Follicular or Demodectic mange or “red mange”, caused by a different family of mites that burrows into the hair follicles and most often attacks young puppies. Entire litters can be born with it. It is more serious and persistent that the other variety. In the most serious cases, pustules dot the skin where the hair has fallen out. Veterinary treatment will include oral medications and external treatments to kill the mites, but this type of mange takes a long time to cure.
Lastly, he may have contracted ringworm, a contagious fungal infection, (non-parasitic), that grows on hair follicles, rather like athletes foot. It is characterized by ring-shaped red patches covered with scales, and may be dry or moist, usually starting on the head, neck, and legs. Your vet will advise strict anticontagion measures, since it is communicable to humans. Treatments include oral medications, anti-fungal shampoos or dips, and frequent applications of iodine.
Remember, shedding is a symptom of an underlying condition that is best diagnosed by your Veterinarian usually by microscopic analysis of skin scrapings and or blood tests. While bald spots may not be life threatening, the animal is suffering and the conditions usually only get worse with time, so asking your veterinarian for his opinion is more sensible than just worrying about it.
Your pet’s groomer will alert you to any underlying conditions that she may find while grooming your pet. However, regular brushing by a pet’s owner aids in the early detection of any skin issues. Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming is an award winning pet care service of over 21 years. Founded in CT in 1995. www.waggingtails.com
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