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Positive ways to reassert your role as Alpha Dog (Someone elses title, not mine-good article non-the-less)

Eight Ways to Reassert Your Role as Alpha.

Nice check list with general tips on how and why dogs decide on who is in charge in family groups. When a dog  is at the top of the pecking order in a home it is important to look at how the  human behavior of family members has given the dog this message.  Whether we notice or not, dogs are monitoring our reactions to them. They are looking for “canine-like”  behaviors that tells them where they fit in the group pecking order. Dogs (& cats) have a strong need to seek a place in social hierarchies. This is common in all species that  live in groups (for safety, food, comfort & bonding). Social hierarchy when respected by the members, minimizes the need to have daily conflict over who gets the best things in life, i.e. the best bed, first choice of  food, play time, playmates,  toys, or even cuddles from us.  Pets will behavior in many ways to find where we say “No” or “Ouch” to figure out there place in the family society. Harder for people to detect are the status seeking  behaviors that are “cute” or behaviors that  just “do not matter to us”.  The desire to test (& re-test) to find social boundaries is  normal, regardless of species. Carnivores tend to have stricter social rules with almost “ritual-like” behaviors compared to people.  The theory being, that to a carnivore conflict is much more dangerous to life and limb because they have specialized to hunt and kill for a living and can use the same skills to protect their families and home range. People with less powerful bodies and jaws, but bigger brains, are more able to find other creative ways to solve these problems of survival such as finding a new group or moving to a new area to live. In general people tolerate change more readily than our pet carnivores.

What’s Really in Pet Food . . . and Lots More to Know – at the Land of PureGold

What’s Really in Pet Food . . . and Lots More to Know – at the Land of PureGold.

Most complete list in one place I have found that links to the experts in the field of attempting to make pet food companies improve the foods offered and themselves. The pet food project is a good article to look at. I do not necessarily endorse any of the diets, foods and treats. They  are quite expensive and laborious. Home made is best  because you control the quality.  Check out www.balanceit.com, this website is put together by the American College of Vet Nutritionists. Free for owners to create a recipe for homemade food for healthy pets. This site will calculate a recipe for a  normal diet for dogs and cats based on body weight and your choice of  protein and grains.

They  sell a good mineral mix to add to food and they indicate other sources of minerals and vitamins to balance the foods.  They offer consultations to owners and veterinarians to create custom diets for different disease situations. The link for Veterinarians allows your vet to create a custom homemade recipe for many diseases where diet is important.

 

Are you wondering if vaccinating your puppy or kitten is neccessary?World Small Animal Veterinary Association – WSAVA – Vaccine Guideline 1

 

 

 

World Small Animal Veterinary Association – WSAVA – Vaccine Guideline 1.

This is a report of the current state of infectious diseases in the world that affect our pets. A group of world experts, veterinarians and owners combined forces to come out with a report that all can understand. Many of the diseases discussed have high death rates and are expensive to treat and a vaccine is available to prevent the disease. Look for your self and make up your own mind. Remember that local areas also have unique diseases that are important to their area but are not world wide problems. For example all of Wisconsin is in an emerging epidemic of diseases that are carried by ticks, both the deertick and the common brown dog tick. These diseases are a specialized type of bacteria that lives inside of cells in the individuals body, often the immune cells. WI is seeing and increased number of infection in people, pets and wildlife. They are called 1. Lymes disease 2. Erlichiosis 3. Rocky mountain spotted fever 4. Anaplasmosis. Ask your veterinarian about the frequency of infections in your area.

 

Why Microchip your Pet or Horse?

I have been blessed with the addition of a puppy, Leo. I had a microchip put in under his skin at the same time he was neutered as part of the first year of puppy care. I chose the company Petlink for their one time fee,  $42.00, for life-time coverage.  The identity library of information is available online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week worldwide for the  life of the animal. This is also a worldwide company, which is handy for anyone who travels outside the US with their pets or any animals.

The competitor company uses a microchip placed in the same manner but has a yearly fee to keep the data in an available library for retrieval. Est. $35.00. Most Veterinarians carry the yearly fee company because the company gives them the startup supplies for free.  Petlink, has a start-up cost for equipment to the Veterinarian, &  costs are made back  as microchips are registered. The Petlink site has lists by State, of Veterinarians who carry the Petlink  microchips.

www.petlink.net/us/owner/vetList.spring

Check out this link to find out how many lost pets are never returned home and the importance of microchips.

/www.avma.org/readallchips/default.asp

Why use a microchip for your pet or horse?

I have been blessed with a puppy “Leo”  and as part of his basic puppy care I had a microchip put under his skin when he was being neutered. Painless, universal, worldwide identification, available 24 hours, seven days a week. I choose The Petlink company because a one time fee $42.00, pays for the identification library service for the life of your animal. The other microchip companies typically charge a yearly fee ($35.00) to keep the information on your pet. Many Veterinarians carry the yearly fee Company because this company gives the supplies to the Vet Office for free. The Petlink has a charge to the Vet. for the reader and implants which are refunded to the Vet as they implant the microchips. The website for Petlink has a list of Vet.s by Country and State that have their microchips available. http://www.petlink.net/us/owner/vetList.spring

The link below has a photo of the chips and info on the millions of lost pets who never make it home.

Coalition for Reuniting Pets and Families.

More indepth information on factors that cause high numbers of pets in Humane Societies or rescues.

This is a complex issue that have been a problem since humans began keeping animals for pets and not just for food or the work they can do. This is an excellent overview of the history of the pet over population problem and current information on the state of the problem. Both causes and solutions are discussed.

 

<a href=”http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3049200015.html” title=”Facts and information about Pets”>Pets</a>

Nice check list of DYI over the counter medication for your pets.

Please read all of the instructions before giving any medications.

If your pet has health problems, is on other medications of supplements, or is less than 4 months of age or elderly contact your Veterinarian for safety and dosage information. Dose is often greatly different under these circumstances.

I always like to give to give credit to the authors of this useful info, it is the Walker Valley Vet:  link is  http://www.walkervalleyvet.com/otc-meds.htm

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