Introduce New Dog To Resident Cat

The popular notion that cats and dogs don’t get along is partially true. They may not become best friends the first time they meet, but once they get to know each other and get used to each other’s presence, a friendship between a dog and a cat can be a beautiful one.

If you can’t choose between being a cat or a dog person, why not be both? There are no rules against it! But, if you already own a cat and you have decided to get a dog, you need to make sure that the introduction goes well. This can be challenging, but it’s far from being impossible, so here are the tips on how to introduce a new dog to a resident cat.

Some things to take into consideration

  • The age of your pets: There are pairs that work better than others. For example, if you already own an adult cat, you probably don’t want to get a puppy, as cats might find them irritating. On the other hand, kittens and puppies are a good combination, and can adjust to each other better.
  • Don’t get more than one dog: Dogs tend to behave more aggressively when they are around other dogs, and predatory behavior might come to the light. The introduction between one dog and one cat is already a challenge, so you can imagine what it would be like if you get more dogs.
  • Know your dog’s history with cats: It’s always a good idea to learn as much about the backstory of your new dog as possible before you make them part of your home, especially if they’re going to coexist with a cat. It’s important that you know about any aggressive behavior and encounters with cats, this way you can debate on whether or not it will be a good fit.
  • Consider your cat’s physical condition: In a situation where your cat is in disadvantage, for example if it’s very little or if it has some sort of physical impediment, then you might want to be extra careful with the interaction between the two.

Before the introduction

Prepare your dog

  • Train your dog: It will be best if your dog answers to your calling and listens to your commands, this way you can easily control the situation in case things get out of hand, or just to prevent that from happening. Some pet ponds allow you to have a trial run with a new pet, this would be a good time to test things out.
  • Buy a leash: You will have to put a leash on your dog during the first few interactions with the new cat. Get one that fits your dog comfortably, without it being too loose or too tight.
  • Relax your dog right before the introduction: Having your dog in a relaxed state will lower the chances of them getting aggressive with the cat. For this, you can exercise your dog and give them to eat.
  • Get them used to each other’s smell: This one involves both the dog and the cat. Making your pets get used to each other’s smell before introducing the two is a good way for them to get comfortable to the presence of the other.

Prepare your cat

  • Create a safe space: Before your cat meets the new dog, a safe space to escape needs to be created. You have to place all of your cat’s belongings there, and block the entrance so the dog can’t get in.
  • Prepare your cat for change: Make little changes to the home, like moving around your cat’s things, and introducing the new dog’s belongings, so that your cat gets a little more comfortable to the change instead of making it a big and unexpected impact.
  • Trim its nails: In case your cat decides to take a strike on the new dog, you can trim its nails a little to avoid any damage to your new pet (or yourself)

During the introduction

  • Keep your dog on a leash: For the introduction, your dog must obligatorily use a leash. As they get to know each other, you can ditch the leash in future encounters.
  • Make sure your cat is in a safe space: The introduction can be done through a baby door, or you can even keep your cat inside a cat cage with enough space if you are sure they feel comfortable inside it.
  • Gentle discipline: Applying gentle and non-violent discipline is advised, and even giving nice rewards to both of them when they behave accordingly.
  • Only leave them alone when you think they are completely safe: When you feel completely sure that they can get along just fine, that’s the only time they can start interacting alone.
  • Don’t force interaction: Whatever you do, don’t force them to be together, as that can only make the situation a lot more difficult. Act as a mediator and supervisor only.

In case it doesn’t work out

Ultimately, you have to be prepared for the chance of it not working out. Trust your gut, if you have even the smallest perception that they don’t get along, and that your dog can act violently towards your cat (or vice versa), it’s best that they don’t interact too much without you being present.

How To Make Dog’s Breath Smell Better

Anyone who owns a dog knows that it’s impossible not to be hugging them and letting them lick you all the time. It’s the way they show affection, and it’s healthy to feel loved by your pets. But sometimes dogs have a breath problem, and that is also something dog owners know too well.

As much as you love your dog, when they have bad breath it can be disgusting when they show you their affection, and it’s a sad experience. So if your dog is suffering from a bad case of halitosis, here’s how to make dog’s breath smell better.

Determine The Cause Of Your Dog’s Bad Breath

To solve any problem, not only this one, it’s only logical that the cause must be defined first. There are a number of reasons why a dog’s breath smells bad, and most of the time it’s something harmless and easily fixed. But sometimes bad breath on a dog can be the sign of something more serious, so finding out why they have bad breath could be of great help.

Some of the most innocent causes of halitosis in dogs are periodontal, gum or oral disease, and these are also pretty common. Other causes that are less common but more complicated are digestive or metabolic diseases, and they have to be taken more seriously.

Bad breath can also be present without your dog suffering from any illness, and there’s just an overgrowth of bacteria in its mouth. Teething and drinking from the toilet are also innocent causes of bad breath on a dog. Either way, a trip to the veterinarian is always necessary when there’s any change in a dog, especially bad breath.

How To Make Your Dog’s Breath Smell Better At Home

Curing the disease: If the cause of the bad smell is a subjacent disease, taking care of it is the main priority. Always discard an illness first before thinking about any other cause. Follow the veterinarian’s instructions carefully and have your dog be checked regularly by them.

Brushing its teeth: Sometimes a dog needs the same treatment as a human, and a good brush it’s the solution. Accumulation of bacteria in the mouth is a very common cause of bad breath in dogs. Learn more about brushing dog’s teeth in this video:

Giving them something to chew on: Chewing on something helps dogs polish their pearly whites, getting rid of tartar buildup, a common source of bad breath.

Breath spray: There is a variety of dog breath spray son the market that can help with a little bit of a bad breath. But owners have to make sure that the spray is safe to use, and we advise getting a green light from your veterinarian.

Fewer carbohydrates: Carbohydrates, especially sugars, are a source of power for bacteria to proliferate in the mouth and the entire digestive tract. Lowering the carbs on your dog’s diet can help wonders with bad breath (and also help with weight control, along with exercise).

Close the toilet lid: Drinking from the toilet is not only unhealthy for them but is also another common cause of bad breath in dogs. Keeping the lid down at all times, and placing something on top of it so that the dog can’t open the lid, can help with their breath too.

These are just some quick tips on how you can improve or prevent your dog’s breath from smelling, but we want to reiterate that if your dog’s breath is smelling bad you need to go to a veterinarian. Discard every possible disease first, as sometimes bad breath is indicative of some severe underlying issue.

What to Do With Your Pet during a Pending Natural Disaster

If you live in a disaster prone area, each year you are bombarded with warnings to prepare, and with good reason. Living in South Florida, every July we are told to get ready for hurricane season. Sadly, it’s easy to get complacent when a major storm has not come through in many years. The result can be terrible if you are caught unawares. This is important for you as well as your pet!

First of all, do not leave them at home. If you are not staying, why would you leave your pet? Besides the danger, they will be scared with no one to help and comfort them. What if they become trapped or even manage to get out of the house? The dangers they can be exposed to are simply not worth the risk.

If you are familiar with the principals of disaster preparedness for humans, the same applies for your pets. Are you planning on going to a shelter? If so make sure that the shelter accepts pets, not all do so contact them ahead of time to be sure. One option is a boarding kennel; you can contact your veterinarian for a list. Some animal shelters will temporarily shelter a pet during a disaster.

Are you planning to evacuate the area completely? If you are going to a hotel or motel, make sure they allow pets. Do not leaving you pets in the car! That is dangerous as well as cruel to the pet. Also be sure to check with any friends or relatives if you plan to stay with them. It would be horrible to find out they were allergic to your pet after making the trip.

Just like you have a kit ready to go in case of an evacuation, make sure you have one for your pet. This kit should include three to seven days’ worth of canned food, litter, (and a pan, perhaps disposable), paper towels and clean up supplies. Don’t forget medications and anything else to make your pets evacuation healthy. Of course, feeding dishes and chew toys are a must! Copies of medical records in a water proof container are important too.

Plan for the worst possible case; don’t just assume it will be a day or two. Even if the disaster goes by quickly, streets may be impassable and power may not be restored for some time. No one wants to think about it, but you could not have a home to return to.

Make sure your pets have up to date tags, a tag will have the pets name, urgent medical needs, address and your contact information. A microchip is also an excellent idea.

Keep you and you pets safe! You will never regret the amount of preparation you have done if a disaster strikes. On the other hand, could you bear the heartbreak of losing your pet because you failed to plan ahead? No one wants to suffer that loss.

Dogs Can Become Babies Best Friends Too

Having a dog is like having a child in your house, they are so adorable, loyal, fun and sometimes annoying but we still love them. However when the real baby comes along, as a dog owner it is normal to become very wary of the dog. So before you stock up on baby gear, you need to make sure you family pet is ready for the transition. Regardless of how much the dog is trained or how well mannered they are you will still be worried about how they will react towards your baby. Will they be aggressive or will they enjoy the moment with you? These are the tough questions that run through your mind.

You need not to worry, dogs are very cleaver. When properly introduced to the new bundle of joy they may become ”siblings” and best friends in a short amount of time and you will not have to worry when the dog is around the baby. Here are some cleaver tricks you can adopt in order to ensure you introduce your dog to your baby safely.

Steps to Take

1. Prepare the dog for the baby before bringing the baby home.

Train the dog how to react when the baby comes home instead of surprising the dog with the baby. Teach them the new boundaries that they can’t cross and things they can’t do before the baby comes. A good example is training the dog not to enter the baby’s room or bite on the baby’s toys.

2. Introduce the baby to the dog slowly.

If the dog is not used to having a baby in the house they may become surprised and curious too when they reach home, if this is not properly handled things may get out of hand and the dog may pose some kind of danger to the baby. Introducing the dog to the babies scent before formally physically introducing the two is a good idea, this can be done by allowing the dog to sniff some of the babies clothes or blankets.

3. Play baby noises on videos and on tapes.

As stated above surprising the dog with a new baby is probably not a good idea. Playing baby tapes (like the video below) with their sound’s either crying or playing before the baby comes home will help the dog get used to the babies crying or playing noise instead of surprising them with a noise they are not used to.

 

4. Don’t stop paying attention to the dog.

A dog has feelings too. Try to balance the amount of attention you give to the dog and the baby. Give the dog same amount of attention you used to give it before the baby came along. If you have to reduce the amount of attention due to the needs of the baby you have to do it gradually instead of abruptly reducing the attention. You can also pay attention to both of them while at the same time introducing the two together as you play with both the baby and the dog. Make sure the dog continues to get plenty of exercise.

5. Try introducing the dog to other kids before the baby comes.

Before the baby comes home try as much as possible to introduce the dog to other kids and let them play together. The dog will get used to kids and not grown ups alone, this will make the introduction to your baby much more easier.

6. Read the dogs reaction towards the baby.

Understanding your dog’s reaction towards the baby will help you understand which method to use when introducing the dog to the baby. In case the dog becomes aggressive towards the baby you will have to set up more restrictions and introduce the two slowly, if the dog warms up to the baby it becomes easy to introduce the dog to the baby.

7. Teach the baby how to handle the dog.

When the dog and the baby understand each other their relationship is likely to flourish. Just like dogs, babies too do not know how to handle a dog. Teaching them things to avoid like throwing toys at the dog will go a long way in strengthening their relationship.

8. Reward the dog with treats for behaving and treating the baby well.

Rewarding a dog for good behavior only encourages them to behave better towards the baby, this will make things easier for you.

Conclusion.

As a parent your child’s safety should be your priority, regardless of the dogs reaction towards the baby you should not leave the baby with the dog alone without any form of. supervision. Babies are very fragile and completely trusting the dog with your baby should not be an option.

Where is the Line Drawn Between Humans and Pets?

You see it especially with hollywood. They have started the trend by dressing their pooches in clothing that resembles their own or that of an offspring they might have. Their pets have sweaters with matching hats and booties. They are carried in fashionable carrying cases or pocketbooks that allow them to be seen, adored and traveled. They are bought collars that cost more than what most pay for their mortgages and groomed better than a lot of people groom themselves.

Just recently Mariah Carey was shot with one of her animal children wearing a full ensemble that included a coat with a fur trimmed hood. I’m sure the trim was made of the finest fake fur stuff out there. The dog looked as if it were in absolute heaven from the great care and life it was receiving. He must have been a peasant in his last life. It doesn’t leave much room to wonder why there would be no room for a man or other children in the same picture.

On the Hogan reality show there was a recent episode I watched where Hogan’s wife Linda decided she would add a nice little chimp to her already too many dogs to count collection. Of course chimps are about as human as you can get. It had to wear a diaper, be fed with a “ba-ba”, entertained and loved just as a human baby would be. It had to be separated from the dogs in order for it to not suffer from any anxiety, confusion or upset. All of the dogs were put outside while the nice new chimp got to enjoy all of the love, affection and roaming of the mansion. In the end, the need for “a baby in the house” was outweighed by the lack of time, effort and energy that needed to be given for it’s care. There were many tears, but in the end Linda’s “momma days” were ultimately over.

There are luxury pet resorts and hotels with pampering poochy service. They are treated to five star doggie meals and exercise regimens. You can take your loved one to get their picture made or even maybe have them stuffed in order to keep them by your fireplace forever. The list of things to do with and for your child, excuse me…pet, are endless when you have too much time or money on your hands. I will say however they are definitely less expensive than an actual human. They still don’t take the same time, attention and care. The don’t talk back and are always happy to see you, even if you didn’t take them on trips to Disneyland or you and their daddy split. I suppose if more people got a furry creature in order to fulfill their need to love and to be loved rather than having a hairless one, it would decrease the population, as much need for lawyers or extra bedrooms.