|Posted on February 23, 2015 at 8:40 PM||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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Between the legs: Submissive or fearful. This also covers the dog's scent to go unnoticed.
- Relaxed: Tail in natural position for the breed.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
|Posted on February 9, 2015 at 5:30 PM||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
|Posted on January 26, 2015 at 1:10 PM||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)