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Considering Pet Fencing?

Considering Pet Fencing?

Like us, both dogs and cats need an open area to run and play. They need fresh air and socialization; but it's all about safety first when we think about them being alone in the great outdoors. For those considering yard fencing, there are questions to ask yourself. Here are the top questions that will determine the type of fence to purchase:

1. What type of dog do I have? Is he/she small or large?

2. How is my dog's temperament? Is he/she calm or rambunctious?

3. Does my dog chew or dig?

4. Do I own other pets?

Pet owners that have a St. Bernard or a mastiff may choose to install chain-link fence; but if an owner has a dachshund or a yorkie, then the person may want to install Poly Dog Fence instead. Chain-link is great for the largest dog breeds; but it can be overkill for small or medium sized dogs. 

If the dog is small, or calm, then poly dog fencing can be appropriate for yards; however, for medium sized dogs that chew or dig, consider a metal fence made from hexagonal steel or welded wire

Owning cats and dogs may make an owner consider buying a cat fence for both types of companion animals to play. Cat fencing can be used to secure both types of animals in the yard while preventing both dogs and cats from jumping out, thanks to overhang extenders at the top.

These are the top questions to answer when considering to buy pet fencing.

Buying Pets As Gifts

Buying Pets As Gifts

There has been much debate on whether or not it is appropriate to buy pets as gifts; and even we are on the fence about it; however, here are things to consider when considering pets as presents this holiday season. 

Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. While potential adopters may be quick to shop Craigslist or other pet selling websites, it is better to consider adopting from local animal shelters or rescue centers. 
Before adopting pets for someone else, ask yourself the following questions:
  • Are they prepared to take on the responsibility of caring for a companion animal?
  • Is there home safe and ready for an animal to enter?
  • Does the home have a fence or will the new owner need a pet fence?
  • Will they provide pet healthcare, healthy pet foods and more for the animal?

Most potential pet owners hope for a sweet puppy or kitten; however, older pets have their advantages. Senior pets are already potty-trained and won't be as rambunctious. They will be done teething and won't damage furniture. Lastly, they will be quick to learn and understand basic commands such as "sit,"stay," and "come."

Think about the above questions before deciding to gift pets this holiday season. 

Holiday Pet Scam Alert

Holiday Pet Scam Alert

RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- People may be looking for a special animal to add to the family this time of year, but they need to be careful if looking to buy a pet online.

AARP Virginia says a national survey found that 80 percent of sponsored search sites offering pet for sale in 2017 were fraudulent.

The organization says the website looked legitimate and the "sellers" appeared to ask the typical adoption questions, but it says the images of the animals used to lure in potential victims are likely stolen from legitimate sites.

AARP says once a victim begins to pay for an animal purchased from such a site, the chares can pile up for things like last-minute medical needs or travel expenses, and the animal will never arrive.

The organization urges people looking for a pet to thoroughly vet any online offerings from breeders, shelters or rescue organizations.

A better option might be to consider visiting a local animal shelter in person.

Story re-posted from CBS19. Written by News Staff.

Why Spay/Neuter Pets

Why Spay/Neuter Pets

When adopting companion pets, pet owners may not think about spaying and neutering pets; but there are several reasons why it's best to talk to a veterinarian about the process. 

Typically, pet owners should consider spaying/neutering pets around six months of age - or before their first heat cycle. The surgical process is brief and relatively harmless to the pets. The result will leave pets safe from sexually transmitted diseases such as brucellosis and a reduction of the number of homeless pets walking around streets.

There are about 70 million stray animals living in the U.S. Of this 70 million, only about six to eight million cats and dogs enter the nation's 3,500 shelters every year, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

After pet adoption from local animal shelters, speak with a veterinarian about spaying/neutering dogs and cats. April is traditionally kitten season; and the process can reduce the homeless pet population. 

Toxic Holiday Plants

Toxic Holiday Plants

'Tis the holiday season; and as such, the house may be decorated with boughs of holly. However, did you know that holly is just one of the iconic holiday plants that is actually toxic to pets? Some holiday favorite plants can make dogs and cats very ill if ingested. See the list of holiday plants to avoid keeping near pets, courtesy of DeerbustersCanada:

  • Poinsettia: Probably the most iconic holiday plant. However, this plant contains sap that is irritable to dogs and can cause swelling of the mouth and esophagus. Vomiting can occur if leaves are ingested. 
  • Holly: Sorry, no mistletoe for dogs. Holly is a toxic plant that has a greater toxicity level than poinsettia for companion animals. Mistletoe can cause breathing problems, hallucinations, a drop in blood pressure, upset stomach and other intestinal complications. 
  • Daffodils: While daffodils are commonly planted in yards for deer resistance, it's best to keep them away from pets, too. A small amount ingested can leave cats with gastrointestinal issues, convulsions and other health concerns. 
  • The Christmas Tree: Some conifers, such as pine and fir, contain oils that can irritate pets' mouths and stomachs. Tree needles can lead to gastrointestinal irritation and punctures, if ingested. What's worse, the Christmas tree comes with other concerns for pet owners such as the lights and ornaments dangling from the tree. While pets may first view both as toys, they can cause serious health issues beyond choking if chewed on.
  • Amaryllis: Beautiful, but dangerous. Amaryllis plants can leave pets drooling excessively with a decrease in appetite, abdominal pains and vomiting. 

Other holiday plants, such as ivy and Christmas cactus, have made the list in the past for causing dogs to vomit and experience diarrhea - not to mention the choking and poking hazards that come with eating the prickles.

These top holiday plants must be avoided at all costs by pets. Some of these plants contain high toxicity levels for children, too. We're not saying to not buy these holiday flowers and trees; but we are saying to keep close watch on all family members and use good judgement of where to place holiday plants around the house.

Dog Yelling Study

Dog Yelling Study

Researchers — led by biologist Ana Catarina Vieira de Castro of the Universidade do Porto in Portugal — recruited 42 dogs from schools that used reward-based training, and 50 dogs from aversion training schools.

During the study period, pups taught with yelling and leash-jerking were found to be more stressed, with higher levels of cortisol found in their saliva.

“Our results show that companion dogs trained using aversive-based methods experienced poorer welfare as compared to companion dogs trained using reward-based methods, at both the short- and the long-term level,” the researchers write in the paper published by biology news service bioRxiv.

“Specifically, dogs attending schools using aversive-based methods displayed more stress-related behaviors and body postures during training, higher elevations in cortisol levels after training, and were more ‘pessimistic’ in a cognitive bias task,” researchers found.

Pups that experienced calm, gentle teachers, however, performed better at tasks researchers assigned to them, such as locating a bowl with sausage in it — in a roomful of empty-but-sausage-smeared bowls.

More harshly trained canines were slower to locate the treat bowl, which authors interpreted to show that their experiences had made them more depressed, less hopeful hounds.

The biologists also analyzed dogs during training to look for “stress behaviors” such as lip-licking, paw-raising, yawning and yelping.

“Critically, our study points to the fact that the welfare of companion dogs trained with aversive-based methods appears to be at risk,” the researchers conclude.

This content originally appeared on The New York Post.

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