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How Separation Anxiety Affects Your Dog

While it does not affect all dogs, there are many that suffer from separation anxiety. If left untreated, this could evolve into a more serious problem. Continue reading to learn more about separation anxiety in dogs.

What is Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety in dogs is a condition where a dog shows signs of distress or behavioral problems when away from their guardian. This is different from the little acts of mischief that dogs sometimes do when you are away. This is when your dog is overly stressed that you are gone. Some signs of this are whining when you get ready to leave, pacing around and even scratching at doors or windows as you are leaving.

There is no concrete evidence as to why certain dogs suffer from separation anxiety, but there are some theories. One suggests that the reason that sheltered dogs suffer more often is that they have possibly been abandoned in the past or lost an important person. Other theories suggest that life changes can cause forms of separation anxiety. These include:

  • Sudden change in schedule: This could include starting a new job that changes the times you will be home.
  • Moving to a new house: This can be a stressful time for your dog, so it is important to make sure that they feel comfortable.
  • The sudden absence of a family member: There could be many reasons for this like divorce, death, or even a child moving off to college.

How To Help Your Dog.

There are many ways you can help your dog overcome their separation anxiety. However, it is going to require you to take time and not give up on him.

Don’t Make A Big Deal

Whenever you are getting ready to leave, and as you return home, no matter how hard it may seem, you need to not smother your dog. One way to do this best is to casually leave and return home. Don’t make a huge deal about it or have a long extended goodbye and hello. When you come home, casually go about your business and wait a few minutes before calmly saying hi and petting them.

Departure Cues

Departure cues are anything that you do right before leaving. Your dog will see this and their anxiety can kick in. This is where they could start whining and pacing. To get this to stop, start by doing the things you would do to leave and then don’t leave. This could be getting your jacket on, grabbing your keys, and then sitting on the couch and watching some tv.

Create A Safe Space

The Humane Society recommends that you create a safe space for your dog. A safe space is another great way to aid your dog with their separation anxiety. To create an ideal safe space for your dog, you can do a few things:

  • Find A Spot: You should put your dog in a spot where they feel comfortable. This could be their crate if they like it, a playpen filled with toys, or even a room in your house. This room should have windows and toys to keep him entertained and feel comforted. The reason that you do this is to give them a spot that they feel comforted, along with having a place where they cannot destroy anything. You do not want to totally isolate your dog, as that can make the problem worse.
  • Busy Toys: These are also called puzzle toys. They have a puzzle or challenge that your dog needs to do in order to receive a treat. This treat could be anything that you want to put in there.
  • Clothing: You can also leave one of your recently worn pieces of clothing with your dog. This can leave a calming scent that may benefit and comfort your dog.

Supplements

There are also calming supplements available that can help reduce separation anxiety in dogs. Here at Liquid Health Pets, we manufacture our K9 & Kitty Calmer for dogs and cats. This could also be used for many other things such as traveling with your pet.

What Not To Do

There is one thing, above all that you do not want to do. That is to punish your dog for having separation anxiety. The Humane Society states that punishment is not effective for treating separation anxiety and can make the situation worse.

For more information about K9 & Kitty Calmer, please visit our website to learn more.

dog eating in pets and allergies

Pets and Allergies

Just like humans, pets can have allergies. Some are mild while others can be extremely dangerous for your pet. It is important to look out for any allergic reactions your pet might have and avoid any repeats. Here are some things you should know about pets and allergies.

Common Allergies

There are a lot of things your pet can be allergic to. Actual food allergies are not super common in dogs. However, when a dog does have an allergy it can be very dangerous. What most dogs have are sensitive stomachs. Some of the most common allergies for pets are beef, eggs, wheat, chicken, corn, soy, and milk. Cats can also be allergic to fish. Pets can even be allergic to things that are not food-related. These may include fleas, pollen, dust, or mold.

Signs of an Allergy

cat eating out of bowl in pets and allergies

There are many signs of an allergic reaction for pets. For cats, allergic reactions may include vomiting and diarrhea. Although, the most common symptom is itchy lumps on the cat’s skin. The most dangerous symptom for dogs, however, is anaphylactic shock.

There are also two types of allergic reactions. There are gastrointestinal reactions and dermatologic. Gastrointestinal signs include things like diarrhea or vomiting. Dermatologic signs include things like itchy skin, hives, and ear infections. For dogs, some of the more common signs may be:

  • Vomiting
  • Sneezing
  • Diarrhea
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Inflamed Skin
  • Chronic ear infection
  • Watery eyes
  • Constant licking
  • Swelling

What You Need to Know

Overall, if you believe your pet may have an allergy, it is important to speak with a veterinarian. You may need to stop feeding them whatever caused the reaction or change any lifestyle habits. If they are allergic to fleas, you will need to find a way to kill the fleas on their skin. You will also need to prevent fleas from returning. Some veterinarians will prescribe medication for your pet if needed. You will also need to be careful to only use products that are safe for your pet. Luckily, there are options available for pets with both sensitive stomachs and allergies. Liquid Health Pet’s K9 Vegetarian Glucosamine is formulated to be safe for dogs with allergies These allergies include beef and shellfish. Looking out pets and allergies can be overwhelming. However, just pay attention to and contact a vet when necessary.

Sources

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/food-allergieshttps://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/tell-if-dog-has-allergies/

dog proofing your house

Dog Proofing Your Home

Whether you are moving to a new home with your pet, or have just decided to adopt a dog for the first time, you will need to make sure that you have dog-proofed your house. That way your pet can stay safe and you don’t have to worry about valuables being destroyed. Continue reading to learn more about dog proofing your house.

Dog Proofing Your House

Dog proofing your house is not as hard as it may seem. All you need to do is go from room to room and make sure that there is nothing that can pose a threat to your dog. Here is our room by room guide of things to look out for.

Living Room

  • Outlets and Electric Cords: Covering your outlets with a cap can help keep your pet safe. You can also use tape to secure your cords in a place where your dog cannot reach them. That way you do not have to worry about him chewing on them.
  • Breakable Items: You might want to consider relocating your vases to a high shelf or somewhere where they are secured. This can help ensure that they don’t get knocked over by curious paws or a stray tail.
  • Houseplants: Some houseplants can be poisonous to dogs. Keep these out of reach to prevent your pup from getting sick. Even plants that are hanging from the ceiling may not be safe for your pup.

Kitchen

  • Trash Cans: Trash cans can contain many things that are harmful to dogs. That is why it is important to keep them secure. If you have a clever pup you might want to invest in a pull-out trash can.
  • Snacks: It is important to not leave food out in places where your pet can reach. This is because not all human food is safe for pets to consume. To learn about some foods you can feed to your pet check out one of our recent posts here.
  • Kitchen Cabinets: Dogs can get into some places you didn’t even think they could ever get into like the cabinets of your kitchen. To make sure this doesn’t happen you can get childproof locks so your pup does not have access to them.

Bathrooms

  • Washer & Dryer: Keeping your washer and dryer closed can help keep your pup from climbing in and taking a nap. You should also check inside before using these if your dog is known to hang out there.
  • Medications: It is important to keep all of your medications and any self-care products stored in a locked cabinet or somewhere out of your pet’s reach because they could potentially be poisonous.
  • Toilet: No matter how much they want to drink out of it you need to make sure that your pet does not have access to your toilets. There could be harmful bacteria or even cleaning products still in the water.

Bedrooms

  • Dressers: Try to keep large objects off of your dressers. That way if something happens you do not need to worry about your dog getting injured. You should also keep any medications off your dresser.
  • Clothing: Not only will it keep it from being destroyed, but storing your clothing out of reach from your pup can also keep him safe. That is because small pieces of fabric or string can be harmful.
  • Other: As with the living room you might want to keep any cords off of the floor and put somewhere where your pet cannot get them. You can also keep your child’s toys in a secure spot to avoid anything happening to them.

Garage

  • Chemicals: You need to make sure that all of your chemicals are moved to high up shelves or behind doors. Americanhumane.org reminds pet owners to clean all of the antifreeze off of the floor and driveway as one taste can be lethal.
  • Tools: Along with keeping your chemicals out of reach it is important to keep all tools out of reach. Another thing you can do is put them in a secure toolbox.

Backyard

  • Swimming Pool: Your dog may love to go for a swim, however, you might not want him swimming when you are not around to watch. If you have this problem you should consider investing in a pool cover or a fence to keep your pup out.
  • Garden: If you have an existing garden, or plan to plant one, you need to make sure that all of the plants are safe for dogs. This way you can know that if your pup does decide to take a bite, he will be fine.
  • Fence: A fence can be a great way to keep your pet safe while they play outside. If you already have one you might want to inspect it to make sure that it can contain your pooch.

Conclusion

Dog proofing your house is not as hard as it might seem. The main thing you need to do is make sure that there is nothing harmful to your pet or anything valuable that could be destroyed where he has access to it.

Sources:

https://www.americanhumane.org/fact-sheet/pet-proofing-your-home/

featured image for pet obesity awareness day

Pet Obesity Awareness Day

Pet Obesity Awareness Day is this week and Liquid Health Pets cares about your pets and wants to make you aware of the dangers of pet obesity. Obesity is not just a human problem, but a problem for pets too. A lot of dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight and even obese. Unfortunately, pets do not have a lot of control over their weight and rely on humans to take care of them. Bringing awareness to this issue will hopefully encourage owners to help take better care of their pets.

How Many Pets are Obese?

According to pet owner surveys, over 59% of cats are overweight and over 55% of dogs are overweight. Out of those percentages, 33.8% of cats are obese and 18.9% of dogs are obese. This means that over half of the dogs and cats in the U.S. are unhealthy and overweight.

How Obesity Affects Pets

Obesity causes problems for pets. There is an increasing number of health threats lately due to obesity. One major disease that can be caused by obesity is hypoventilation syndrome. This disease causes serious breathing problems in cats. The weight on animals tends to build up around their rib cages, making it hard to breathe, sleep, or move around. You should be able to easily feel your pets’ ribs and see where their waist is at. If you cannot, your pet is most likely overweight.

How Often to Feed Your Cat

How often should you feed your pet then? There is no one size fits all when it comes to feeding your cat. Younger cats need more food and should be fed a few times throughout the day. After a year, however, it is important to limit how often your cat eats. Once or twice a day is the recommended amount for adult cats. How much food to give your cat depends mostly on their size. A chart with suggested serving sizes for your cat can be found here. However, cats are a little trickier when it comes to knowing just how much to feed them.

How Often to Feed Your Dog

For dogs, it is recommended that you feed your dog twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening. Most people measure out the amount of food their dogs get each day in cups. It is important to remember that the amount of food depends on the size of the dog. The larger the dog breed, the more food they will need to maintain a healthy weight. While smaller dogs should eat 1 1/3 cups or less a day, larger dogs can eat up to 4 ½ cups a day. A chart for feeding your dog the right amount of food can be found here.

Proper Exercise

Both dogs and cats need exercise daily. It keeps them healthy and happy. There is no exact amount of time that they need daily since every pet is different. Most cats should get between 20 minutes to an hour of play or other forms of exercise each day. Dogs, on the other hand, need a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day. Exercising and playing with your pet daily will help them stay in shape and shed any extra pounds.

The health of our pets is important. Most people want their pets to be happy and live their best lives. It is up to pet owners to stay aware of what their pet needs. Check out our article, 4 Benefits of Glucosamine Supplements for Dogs, learn how it can keep your dog healthy and moving.

dog holding ball in mouth in pet obesity awareness day

Sources

https://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/article/national-pet-obesity-awareness-day-draws-attention-expanding-problem

https://petobesityprevention.org/news/petobesityinformation

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/how-often-should-you-feed-your-cat

https://www.petmd.com/blogs/nutritionnuggets/dr-coates/2015/july/are-you-feeding-your-dog-right-amount-32905

https://www.petmd.com/blogs/nutritionnuggets/cat/jcoates/2012/june/how_much_should_you_feed_your_cat-23694