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Gentling Exercises for Your New Puppy

Posted on: June 24th, 2009 by

Suspend your puppy holding under the front legs below eye level for about six seconds.

Hug the puppy; gently squeeze tighter during any wiggling, then release when the puppy becomes fully relaxed.
Cradle your puppy upside-down in the crook of your arm and talk baby-talk while smiling and praising.

Massage every square inch of the puppy moving in a circular motion. Focus on his mouth, ears, eyes, scruff and feet. This exercise builds tolerance and trust for later in life when needed to treat these areas or examined by your vet.

Manipulate the head, ears, legs and tail through the normal range of motion. Make sure there is no pain involved. If they resist, use a treat as a distraction.

Pull up gums and rub teeth, to desensitize for later brushing.
Restrain your puppy on his side after gaining calm compliance of all previous steps.

Offer a small treat after each step. Acceptance of the food is an indication of minimal to no stress from the exercises.

Dr. Rolan Tripp of the Animal Behavior Network. Visit http://www.animalbehavior.net for more information.

Why Should You Adopt a Pet?

Posted on: June 23rd, 2009 by

Adopting a pet from the local shelter is not only the responsible thing to do if you want a companion pet, but the right pet is also good for your health.

Social Responsibility
Unfortunately, there are many millions of pets that enter shelters because they were lost, their owners moved, could not afford them or simply were bored with them. Through no fault of their own they end up discarded. Nearly all of these pets would do very well in a new home and the stigma of adopting a pet from a shelter is unwarranted. My family has adopted and fostered many shelter pets and every time it has worked out marvelously. When you are thinking of adopting a companion pet, consider a shelter pet.

But first, do you homework and read the many articles we provide on how to select and what type of pet is best to adopt. Then your new relationship will start off right and you will have the knowledge you need to forge a wonderful long term bond with your new pet. Only adopt if you are prepared, have the space, time to devote and will provide the pet with a life time commitment.

Your Health
Pets are good for our health and well being. Sitting with your pet and the simple act of petting them actually improves certain hormones, neurotransmitters and chemicals in your body and diminishes stress hormones.

Studies have repeatedly demonstrated the positive effects of companion pets to our health. One study measured bloodstream levels of certain chemicals, hormones and neurotransmitters immediately prior to interaction with a pet and afterwards. Cortisol, the stress hormone is lowered; Oxytocin the happiness hormone and Prolactin the bonding hormone are elevated afterwards. In addition certain neurotransmitters, and serotonin associated with anti depression are elevated, after petting a dog. (Only dogs were used in the study.)

Pets provide companionship, keep us busy, entertain us and prevent loneliness. Another study documented improved weight loss over other weight loss methods when walking a dog as a form of exercise. Pets can provide these benefits and more to humans. It seems we have been “hot wired” in our biochemistry through eons of companionship and close proximity. Return the benefits that pets provide and adopt a companion pet into your home.

For A Healthy Happy Life Every Pet Deserves Oxyfresh

Posted on: June 19th, 2009 by

June Pets Best Newsletter – In this issue:
Top 5 Dog Travel Concerns
5 Reasons to Promote Pet Dental Health

For A Healthier, Happier Life … Every Pet Deserves Oxyfresh

Is your pet’s bad breath enough to knock you over?

Well, it could also be knocking years off his life!

An alarming 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over age three suffer from dental disease. Called the “Silent Killer of Pets,” dental disease can cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream and infect the heart, liver, and kidneys — shortening your pet’s life by up to five years!

You’d do just about anything for your pet. That’s why you should pamper them with our extraordinary pet products that are guaranteed to keep him happier and healthier — and even living longer! Many of our pet products are formulated with our special proprietary ingredient Oxygene® to eliminate odors at their source.

Discover why our exclusive pet products are second to none for supporting the healthiest pets.

Dental Care. Face-to-face sweet breath! Only Oxyfresh has Oxygene® to safely eliminate bad breath and protect the pet you love from potentially life-threatening dental diseases.

Nutritionals. Keep your pet fit as a fiddle! Oxyfresh uses glucosamine, MSM, and chrondroitin, along with powerful antioxidants to offer life-enhancing nutritional support.

Hygiene. Cuddly clean! Your furry friend will be fresh smelling and conditioned with our all-natural cleaners and deodorizers.

For nearly 20 years, Oxyfresh pet products have been used and recommended by veterinarians, breeders, groomers, avian professionals, and pet lovers everywhere!

Oxyfresh Pet Dental Care

Pet Oral Hygiene Solution

It’s the next best thing to brushing. Convenient Pet Oral Hygiene Solution softens plaque and tartar while promoting fresh breath and healthy gums. Just a capful of this tasteless and odorless solution in his drinking water daily does the trick. You’ll see results in just days.

Pet Gel

Superior protection. Versatile Pet Gel soothes, cleanses and deodorizes gums and can also be used on open wounds and abrasions.

Triple•Pet Toothbrush

Complete dental coverage. The uniquely designed Triple•Pet Toothbrush has a triple-head to provide optimum efficiency to reach all tooth surfaces.

“I have such positive results using Oxyfresh pet dental products on the pets I treat. My clients are amazed how effective these products are.”

Michael R. Kelly, DVM

Ventura, California

Oxyfresh Pet Nutritionals

Pet Jerky

They’ll go nuts over this treat! Pet Jerky is made with 100 percent real beef and packed with nutraceuticals to maximize joint function and mobility. And it tastes fantastic!

Pet Antioxidants

He’ll be calm and relaxed. Pet Antioxidants protect against the damaging effects of free-radicals, supports the immune system and helps slow the destructive aging process.

“Veterinarians are always looking for nutritional supplements with high quality, beneficial ingredients. Oxyfresh Pet Nutritionals deliver!”

Greg McWatt, DVM

Ontario, Canada

Oxyfresh Pet Hygiene

Pet Ear Cleaner

Soothing solution deodorizes. Pet Ear Cleaner gently loosens dirt and wax from the ear canal to help prevent ear infections.

Pet Shampoo

For a silky, soft coat. Cruelty-free, p-H balanced Pet Shampoo has a conditioning formula, is all natural and includes no harsh chemicals.

Pet Deodorizer

No more P-U. Pet Deodorizer removes pet odors from cages, furniture, carpets, litter boxes and more. Our non-toxic formula neutralizes odors and is safe to use directly on your pet.

We love our pets. Are we doing all we can to support their health? No other company cares more about your pet’s health than Oxyfresh — your pet’s best friend for life.

25% Pets Best Discount on Oxyfresh Oral Hygiene Solution!

Please remember that products purchased from Oxyfresh are considered supplemental and are not covered by your Pets Best insurance policy, but may help to prevent future health conditions. Before beginning a new supplement, it is always a good idea to consult your veterinarian. For additional questions, contact your Oxyfresh consultant at 800-333-7374.

Why are spayed or neutered pets happier and healthier?

Posted on: June 18th, 2009 by

When adopting a cat or dog from an animal shelter, chances are you’ll take the animal home spayed or neutered; otherwise you won’t take it home at all.

One reason animal shelters and rescue shelters insist on spaying and neutering is because they are busy fighting a serious overpopulation problem. Every year, 10 million animals are euthanized at shelters simply because there aren’t enough homes.

For the health and happiness of your pet, there are dozens of other reasons to spay or neuter. Here are just a few:

  • When it comes to your pet’s personality, neutering will only change it for the better. They may become calmer. It may keep them from trying to escape to look for a mate. It won’t make them less protective.
  • An unsterilized cat or dog will tend to roam and is more likely to get in fights or accidents, or be exposed to poisons and illnesses.
  • According to the ASPCA, neutering a male cat or dog before they are six months old prevents testicular cancer and prostate disease, and spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra and breast cancer.
  • Statistics show that spayed or neutered animals may live up to two or three years longer than those that are not.
  • It is a myth that females should have a litter before being spayed. Your pet will actually be healthier if she never matures sexually. And though some pets become calmer after giving birth, many become more aggressive.
  • In cats, spaying prevents the crying and pacing they do when they are in heat.
  • Got several pets? They’ll get along better if spayed or neutered.
  • A sterilized pet will be more focused on, and devoted to, its human family, making this decision a win/win for the pet and its people too.

Spaying or neutering does not have to be an expensive procedure, and is certainly cheaper than raising a litter of pets. Your local animal shelters may offer these services at a discounted rate. Contact them to find out more.

What Kind of Dog Should You Adopt?

Posted on: June 18th, 2009 by

Adoption decisions are usually emotional and many are “spur of the moment,” where you fall in love with a cute dog.  You take it home and then over time you find out whether it was a good decision or not. A better approach is to take some time to clarify expectations with the household before you adopt your next dog.  Remember, it is a decision that will last 12-16 years.

 

Size, hair coats, breed traits and behavior are extremely diverse in dogs.  In fact, dogs are more diverse than any other animal.  No one article can begin to address the diversity of our canine companions.  Your personal choice and appeal play the largest role in the end.  However, here are three things to consider in your criteria for adopting your next dog.

 

SIZE

Size is important in the process, especially later if your adoption is a puppy.  It is more than what breed you prefer, you should consider what size you can manage comfortably physically and in your home.  All too often the puppy grows up and up and up.  That puppy may become too large to manage, but by the time it is full grown you are attached.  Questions such as, how much space do you have, how much time can you devote to walking or exercising a large dog?  Do you want a small lap dog?  Do you want strictly a house dog?  Will your dog be traveling with you often?  Do you have a fenced in yard that is escape proof?  Are you physically able to restrain a larger more active dog?  And can you afford to feed a large dog, which can cost much more than a toy or small breed dog?

 

All too often the reality in dealing with a large dog and what you had imagined erode over time due to the additional time and cost associated with large breeds.  Limited space, time or resources may make it an unwise decision for the long term.  Just as adopting a small toy breed when you have young children may not be practical or best for the dog.  Select an adult size that is right for your family and lifestyle prior to adoption and your choice will sustain a long pet relationship.

 

HAIR COAT

While hair coat may not seem important, it will become a factor over time.  Long haired dogs require more brushing and grooming.  For some, brushing and grooming is enjoyable and a good way to bond with their pet.  Others are too busy or do not enjoy the process.  Left alone, many long haired dogs will become matted with tangled hair which can lead to infections of the skin under the matted hair.  It can also lead to knots or tangles which can only be removed with sedation and professional grooming.

 

Many long haired dogs do need regular professional grooming and bathing which needs to be considered in your monthly budget for pet care.  Other factors are shedding, which is a natural process for dogs, to shed old hair and replace with new hair.  Regular brushing will help reduce unwanted hair around the house, but for some breeds, even short haired breeds, shedding is part of pet ownership.  You simply need to factor it into your decision on which breed to adopt.  Studies suggest that introducing pets to young children will diminish future allergies to pets.  But remember, long haired dogs need to be groomed on a regular basis.  And start them when they are young, so they will always accept grooming.

 

ENERGY LEVEL

The energy level or activity level will vary by breeds.  Some breeds are very inactive and prefer to lie around most of the day.  Yet other breeds seem to be in constant motion.  Some breeds require a lot of exercise; otherwise their highly active nature is directed towards more unpleasant activities that you will find are not conducive to your expectations or lifestyle.  Without proper exercise to exert their energy they may turn to barking, jumping, digging, chewing or other destructive behaviors. 

 

Size is not always a good indicator of activity levels, some small to medium breed dogs are quite active.  Some breeds are not good for highly active families if they are inclined to include them in activities, such as jogging.

 

Of course you should make allowances that most all puppies require more activity than adults.  But some breeds, seem to remain active right up to old age.  Also, understand that chewing is natural and important.  This is especially true for puppies as they mature and their temporary puppy teeth are replaced with permanent teeth.  Chewing in addition to being important for healthy gums and teeth provides an outlet for excess energy and when bored.

 

A regular scheduled exercise period of playing fetch or long walks are good for highly active dogs with no physical impairments, such as arthritis or hip dysplasia.  It allows them to anticipate and get rid of all that energy in productive ways that are good for them and for you.  Studies have shown that walking a dog can be better for weight loss than other traditional weigh loss programs.  Consider another dog, especially if you’re gone from the house for long periods during the day.  Otherwise, dogs get easily bored and they turn to destructive behavior.  A playmate can relieve the boredom and be an activity outlet in play.