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5 Common Pet Questions and Answers

Dogs, despite the common misconception, do not eat their own poop because it tastes good and cats do not urinate all over the house to take vengeance on their owner. It is not possible to make dogs stop chewing, but it is possible to control what they chew on. Old and new pets alike are full of habits that surprise us and need to be understood in order to be approached accurately.  Owners can even cause some damage without proper understanding of such things as proper bathing and food intake. Many a pet has been given diarrhea and dry skin from owners that were merely trying to reward or take of them. Below are five questions and answers that should be common knowledge to all pet owners.

Why do dogs eat their own poop?

The two main reasons are a vitamin deficiency and instinctual behavior. Instinct tells a mother dog to clean up her pup’s feces and keep them clean. It is also instinct for a dog to eat their own poop in order to cover their tracks from predators. If a dog associates popping with being punished, they may eat their stool to avoid this danger. The other reason, a vitamin deficiency, is less respected by veterinarians as it once was and tends to be associated with the fact that dogs suffering from malnutrition are likely to eat their own stool. However, lots of dogs seem to practice this habit. Two solutions to the problem are to make their poop taste bad or to clean up after them immediately. Adding meat tenderizer to your pet’s food should do the trick.

How do I get my dog to stop chewing on everything?

Offer them something else to chew on. Young dogs and puppies chew on furniture and everything else to ease the pain of teething. When caught with an armchair or anything else off limits, give your dog his own chew toy and lots of praise of turning down the old item. Another solution is to spray Bitter Apple on the furniture and anything else your dog likes the taste of. The spray not only ruins it for them, but also doesn’t disturb you with any strong smells. Exercise, also, helps dogs to stop chewing. A bored dog is liable to chew just for the sake doing something.

Why is my cat suddenly peeing all over the house?

The cat either has an infection or a behavioral problem. Uncontrolled urination is a possible sign of a urinary tract or bladder infection. After a trip to the veterinarian, your cat should be cleared up with antibiotics or diagnosed with a behavioral problem.  A cat’s typical behavior is very clean. With this in mind, make sure that there is a separate litter box for each cat in your home. You can, also, try changing the type of litter or using a covered litter box. For extreme cases, move the litter box to where your cat prefers to urinate and then move it about an inch a day until it has been returned to its original location.

How often should I bathe my pet?

It is recommended that pets are given a bath once every five to eight weeks. Bathing them as much as once a week can cause irritation and dry skin. However, remembering to clean your pets ears on a weekly basis can help prevent ear infections and is recommended. Brushing your pets hair between baths will also help reduce shedding and is superb bonding time. Pets can be bathed in a shower or tub, using warm water that comes about half way up their legs. After being washed with shampoo and rinsed, your pet can be dried off with a heavy towel.

Are table scraps bad for my pet’s health?

It is best to avoid giving table scraps and bones to any pet. Not only is this habit potentially deadly, but it can also cause some unattractive behavior patterns. Digestive problems such as vomiting, diarrhea or indigestion are commonly caused by human food, food that is heavy in fats or oils. Onions, among other things commonly found on table, are toxic to dogs and should never be given to them. Pets can also become dependent on food from the table and come to refuse regular pet food altogether. Begging is another bad behavior instigated by feeding a pet under the table. Bones from the table may splinter and cause injury. It is much safer to reward your pet with a chew or other toy.

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