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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Coolest Dog Names and Dog Breed Information

Are you looking for the perfect name for your new puppy or dog? Here you will find a good sized and ever growing ssortment of names, some with the meaning, broken down by category.
Some advice when picking a name – keep it simple. One to two syllables are much easier for your pet to recognize – and to avoid confusion, do not choose a name that rhymes with a common command like "sit". President Obama’s new family addition, the Portuguese Water Dog breed, is a great example of what NOT to name your new pet. BO. What vital word does this rhyme with? – NO. You can see where this similarity can cause confusion for a dog.
Don't pick out one until you have a chance to observe your dog. Maybe a particular habit or trait will make it easier to narrow down a list that you have.
Don't just come up with a name that fits your dog in the moment. If it is a young pup, you want to think about him in a full grown state.
If you are adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue group and they had a name with their previous life or the foster family has been calling the dog by a name, try to keep that name. Avoid further confusion to the poor dog who's life has been probably turned upside down in recent months.
But if you are getting a new dog or have found a dog with no existing name, then I’m sure that you’ll find one that will fit your new pet amongst the various categories we currently have – like, German Dog Names, Names for Big Tough Dogs, Spanish Dog Names, Mexican Dog Names, and more…!

Originaly posted:  Nov. 2012.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Oral Hygiene A Primer on Kitty Cavities

Cats don’t get cavities like we humans do. Instead, they develop feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions (FORLs), also known as a neck lesions or feline cavities. Unlike human cavities, cat cavities aren’t caused by decay on the surface of the tooth; they occur when bone-eating cells actually destroy the tooth starting at the gum line and down into the root.
FORLs can be hard to see because they get covered with calculus or gum tissue, but they cause a great deal of pain. Siamese and Persian breeds tend to be more susceptible to FORLs. Treatment generally consists of surgery to remove the affected teeth. If your cat starts having difficulty eating or if you notice broken teeth, take your cat to the vet right away.
Cat expert and animal communicator JaneA Kelley is the webmaster and chief cat slave for Paws and Effect, a weekly cat advice column by cats, for cats and their people.
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Originally posted: June 8th, 2011
by JaneA Kelley, Paws and Effect

Thursday, February 14, 2013

More Cats

Originally posted: June 7th, 2011
by JaneA Kelley, Paws and Effect

In a tough economy, when a cat suffers from a disaster like being hit by a car or developing a chronic illness, what’s a responsible pet owner to do when they can barely pay their bills? Help is available for just these situations. Programs such as the Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program or the resources listed at the Yellow Dog Blog can help you pay for the treatment that may save your cat’s life. Local humane societies often offer free or low-cost vaccination and spay/neuter clinics. If you’re fortunate enough to have a little money to spare, why not start a good Samaritan fund at your local vet clinic, or let them know you can help if there’s a special case?

Cat expert and animal communicator JaneA Kelley is the webmaster and chief cat slave for Paws and Effect, a weekly cat advice column by cats, for cats and their people.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Importance of Pet Health

You come across majority of pets owners who take their pet health for granted. They talk a lot about how they are worried about their pet but simply ignore the more obvious need of actually taking care of the health of their pet. Pets cannot speak but they sure can tell you if they are unwell. Their usual routine would be altered. For instance, the most common and important factor when a pet is ill is that he would lose his appetite and would quit eating. He maybe would moan if he is pain or simply over cuddle you to show that he is not well.

So, look out for these signs and you please take care of your pet. It is these little fellows that make you happy when you are in a foul mood so it is your responsibility to take care of your pet.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Ease the Guilt of Leaving Kitty Home Alone!



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Sunday February 03, 2013

Ease the Guilt of Leaving Kitty Home Alone

Hi Lise Ayotte,
I was listening to the radio on the way to work the other day when I remembered a question from a client of mine. "Dr. Jon", he said: "does music soothe pets the same way it can relax people?"

Well, that question got me thinking about pet anxiety in general. It's a common problem. We don't use the term “fraidy cats” for nothing; some cats really do just get so stressed and nervous at times. Many of my readers who are cat lovers have asked me what they can do when their cats get stressed out.

Some of you have said that your pets become upset when they are left home alone for any period of time. That's a common problem. In fact, it's so common that it even has a name: “separation anxiety.” And that can lead us to begin feeling guilty whenever we have to leave our cats by themselves. As a loving cat owner I know you would HATE to do something that caused your cat stress or frustration. But unless you can stay at home all day with the cat (most of us can't) they continue to go through the same thing…and we continue to have to feel guilty about it.

Many loving cat owners have tried creative ways to ease their pets' stress, like leaving the TV or radio on for "company" when they must leave their cats home alone. It's a good idea in theory, but that could actually be doing more harm than good in practice.

Studies have suggested that TV and radio can actually CREATE stress for animals because of the drastic changes in programming and the random mix of musical styles. The TV and radio certainly create "noise" but they don't necessarily create a relaxed environment. Just think of some of the stuff that's on TV these days... would you want your beloved pet listening to crime shows with all their gunshots and sirens?

I know that you want to do the best for your cat and most people shy away at the idea of using medications to calm their pets. It's an understandable concern. So when I heard about music therapy being used to soothe feline anxiety I did some research on my own. It made sense…after all, music is good for the soul. They say it calms the savage beast. And it turns out that's more than just an old wives' tale. It's a proven fact.

I'll use an example so you know what I mean. Classical harp music is used around the world to help alleviate stress and heal sickness in cats, dogs, chimpanzees and other animals. Even animal shelters are now investing in sound systems and music to create a more serene environment. Studies show that dogs and cats seem to prefer classical music. Cats will relax in front of the speakers when classical music is playing, and dogs will actually bark less - especially when listening to the music of Bach.

Many pets respond favorably to classical music under stress-inducing situations, often slipping into a very serene and peaceful state of mind after only a few minutes of listening. But all classical music will not have the same calming effect. To sooth your pet the music must have a soothing dynamic from start to finish. But this is not the case with most "off-the-shelf" classical music.

That's why I want to tell you about the Music My Pet CD.

This Music My Pet Classic Cuts CD was developed for the specific purpose of calming our pets . It re-orchestrates popular classical music by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and others using the sounds and instruments that were proven to reduce stress in recent pet anxiety studies. Acclaimed producer/composer/performer (and pet lover) Tom Nazziola gives each piece a soothing dynamic from beginning to end. The result is a calming collection of beautiful classical music that can really help to ease your pet's stress.

Music My Pet was created by the same folks that brought you Disney's award-winning Baby Einstein series for kids, so this is music at its very best.

I think this CD is amazing! It really works. And I like it just as much as the pets do! You can let go of the guilt associated with leaving your cat home alone, knowing that they are safely being soothed with music.

When your pets are left at home alone, this calming collection of classical musical can provide them with a more comforting environment. Not only will this CD help soothe your pets' frazzled nerves, it will also ease your troubled mind knowing that your pets will be fine while you're gone. But you won't just use this CD at home. One pet owner whose dog gets carsick on long road trips has had great results by playing the Music My Pet Classic Cuts CD in the car. Now no matter where they go, they no longer have to spend the entire trip worrying about their dog.

This CD is great for other causes of stress too. Other readers and clients have mentioned anxiety or carsickness when traveling with their cats. Most cats dislike the process of traveling anyway, but some are particularly sensitive. Some pets become very anxious when they are in unfamiliar surroundings such as cars. A few actually throw up or chew away areas of their hair and skin when they are stressed out or when they hear loud noises like thunder or fireworks. Cats are excellent at hiding and are prone to sneaking away when they are stressed, potentially putting them in danger (and scaring their owners while they're at it). Playing this CD for your cat to hear is a wonderful way to calm them in these scary situations, too.

Want to hear what the music sounds like? Click here to listen to a sample track from the CD.

The Music My Pet Classic Cuts CD can help your pets cope with nervousness, stress and separation anxiety, giving them the healthy relaxation they need. Give it a try. It could do your pets a world of good.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon

P.S. - My staff and I were so impressed by this CD that we wanted to make it available for all our subscribers. You'll pay just $12.99 with this special offer from PetProductAdvisor, but supplies are limited so act now. To learn more, just go to: Music My Pet CD



Grooming Cats
Cat Tips

Cats love to groom themselves. But sometimes they need help.

Brush them regularly with a grooming brush.
Long-haired cats need to be brushed daily to avoid mats, which can knot close to the skin, eventually getting tighter and tighter.

Make sure to check your cat's skin every so often for any kind of irritation, redness or unusual growths.

If you want to see professional grooming in action on some very exotic purebreed cats, find out when the next cat show will be in town and stop in.

There are often live demonstrations on how best to groom your cat at these shows.

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