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The dog's tail is wagging, must be friendly...not always.

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

What does the dog's tail really mean?

Many people believe that a dog that is wagging it's tail must be friendly.  This is a common misconception that unfortunately leads to a bite sometimes.

Tail positions have different meanings.  

 

  1. High tail:  A dog that is carrying a high tail can mean the dog is feeling confident, powerful, secure, or dominant.  This high carriage also allows the dog's scent to be exposed.  
  2. Horizontal to the ground:  Not submissive or dominant.  Might be more curious.  A slow moving tail at this height may mean the dog is feeling insecure.
  3. Between the legs: Submissive or fearful.  This also covers the dog's scent to go unnoticed.
  4. Relaxed:  Tail in natural position for the breed.
  5. Happy:  Usually in relaxed position but moves side to side,  the faster it goes, the more excited the dog is.  A happy dog's tail may even go in a circular pattern.
  6. Alert/Aroused:  Tail higher than normal and stiff.  The dog may be threatening and standing it's ground with a high, stiff tail that is moving rigidly.  This usually gives the appearance of a vibrating tail and is an active threat.
  7. There is also evidence that a tail that is swinging more to the right is a happy dog and a tail that is swinging more to the left is an unhappy dog.

It is very important to read the whole dog.  The dog uses the entire body to portray different meanings.  A tail wag that is accompanied by a stiff body, dilated pupils, and ears pushed forward or backwards is a dog you don't want to mess with.  


Image and info found on Psycholoy Today.

Bad Food for Cats

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are a few foods to avoid giving your cat.

 

  • Tuna:  Some tuna is fine, but as its only diet it can cause mercury poisoning, malnutrition, and addiction to tuna.
  • Onions/Garlic/Chives: Cause gastrointestinal upset. Onions can break down red blood cells causing anemia.
  • Milk: They are lactose intolerant so it causes upset tummy and diarrhea.
  • Alcohol: Damages liver and brain. 2 tsp of whiskey can cause coma in a 5 pound cat, 1 more tsp would kill the cat.
  • Grapes/Raisens: Small amount causes vomitting and hyperactivity. Can kill due to kidney failure. Not sure why this is.
  • Caffeine: High quantities can be fatal. Causes restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and fits.
  • Chocolate: Theobromine in chocolate causes abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, seizures, and death. The darker the chocolate the worse it is. Unsweetened is really bad.
  • Candy/Gum: Xylitol found in these causes increase in insulin, liver failure, vomitting, lethargy, lack of coordination, and seizures.
  • Fat trimmings/Bones: Fat causes pancreatitis. Bones can splinter and cause obstruction or laceration.
  • Raw eggs: Food poisoning from Salmonella or E. Coli. Protein in egg whites (avidin) interferes with absorption of B vitamin Biotin which causes skin and coat problems.
  • Dog food: Not enough protein so the cat will be malnourished. Can cause blindness as the main diet.
  • Liver: Small amount is ok. Large amount causes Vitamin A toxicity. This causes deformed bones, bone growths, osteoporosis, and death.
  • Too many treats: Obesity and diabetes.
  • Yeast Dough: Swells and stretches the abdomen. Yeast ferments and can cause alcohol poisoning.
  • People meds: One of the most common causes of poisoning in a cat. Acetominophen and ibuprofen can be deadly.

 

 

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888-426-4435. There is a fee to call them, but it is worth it if you suspect poisoning.

 

Info found on WebMD


 


Hazardous Foods For Dogs

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Most everyone likes to give their dog treats, but here is a list of foods to avoid giving your dog.

  • Avocado: Contains persin that can cause vomitting and diarrhea.
  • Alcohol: Can cause intoxication, coma, and sometimes death.  They can handle less alcohol than you.
  • Bones: Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive tract.
  • Chocolate/Coffee: Contains theobromine which can cause vomitting and diarrhea, and be toxic to the heart and nervous system.
  • Fat trimmings: Can cause pancreatitis.
  • Fish: Raw salmon can contain a parasite that can be fatal to dogs. Fish fed exclusively or in high amounts can cause thiamin and vitamin B deficiencies.  Can cause loss of appetite, seizures, and death.
  • Raisens/Grapes/Currants:  For an unknown reason will cause kidney failure. Small amounts can be fatal.
  • Milk: Dogs are lactose intolerant.
  • Candy and gum: The sugar and xylitol found in these can cause an over release of insulin and kidney failure.
  • Corn cob: Causes obstruction.
  • Appleseeds: The casing is toxic and can release cyanide when ingested.  Must eat large amounts and chew seed up for there to be a problem.
  • Baby food: Stay away from onion powder.  Baby food is not nutritional enough for a balanced diet.
  • Hops: Ingredient in beer. Causes panting, increased heart rate, fever, seizures, and death.
  • Human vitamins:  the iron can damage digestive system lining and bad for kidneys and liver.
  • Liver: Large amounts of Vitamin A can affect pups muscles and bones. (Small amount is ok)
  • Macadamia nuts: Inhibits locomotry activities, results in weakness, panting, swollen limbs, tremors, damage digestive, nervous, and muscle systems.
  • Marijuana: Affect nervous system, heart rate, cause vomitting.
  • Mushrooms: Some can be fatal.
  • Onions and Chives: Causes anemia and damages red blood cells.
  • Persimmons, Peaches, Plums: Seeds/pits can cause obstruction.
  • Rhubarb/Tomato leaves: Affects digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
  • Salt: Dehydration and diarrhea.
  • Sugar: Dental issues, obesity, and diabetes.
  • Tobacco: Nicotine can cause digestive and nervous systems to be affected. Increases heart rate, pass out, and sometimes death.
  • Yeast:  Expands and rises in the tummy.  Mild will cause gas and discomfort.  Too much will cause a rupture in stomach and intestines.
  • String: While not a food, ingested string can get stuck in the intestines and tear the digestive tract lining.


(Information found on Canine Journal)


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