Monthly Archives: October 2013

How to Stop Your Dog from Marking His Territory Inside

By Langley Cornwell

A dog marking his territory is not something that should surprise us. It is a perfectly normal behavior for a dog to want to claim what he perceives as his. This is not a problem unless the dog is marking inside, or if aggression is involved. If a dog is marking inside the home, then you’ve got several problems on your hand, one of which is a serious odor issue.

There can be several factors at work here, and finding out what’s motivating the dog to mark is vital to solving the problem. Most commonly, a marking dog is letting us know that he is feeling insecure about something. He might perceive that there’s an intrusion on his personal space, his family, his home or his yard. He might even be feeling anxious over a toy or area that he uses regularly. If he thinks it is his, he might mark it.

What exactly is marking anyway?

In literal terms, marking is the act of urinating on an area. In doggie terms it is all about leaving a scent so that other canines will understand that they must leave it alone. Marking is a communication tool that is quite handy in the wild…but not so much around your living room. Marking can leave horrible stains and odors all over your home, and it is not the most sanitary thing either. Dogs that mark don’t generally urinate completely, but the trace amounts can still destroy your property.

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A Spooktacular Howl-O-Ween Photo Contest!

By Julia Williams

Do you like to dress up your pet for Halloween? Well then … it’s time to think outside the cauldron to come up with a creative disguise for your furry best friend.

Whether you want your pet’s Halloween costume to be splendidly scary, eerily awesome, frightfully funny or dog-gone cute is entirely up to you.

Once your pet is dressed in their bewitching best, have your camera ready to snap some great pics so you can enter them in CANIDAE’s newest photo contest on Facebook.

All Treat, No Tricks!

While I’m sure that all sounds monstrously fun in and of itself, there are prizes to be had for the most boooo-tiful pet pics. Three lucky pets will win six bags of premium quality CANIDAE kibble!

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Raising a Puppy – Teething and Puppy Breath

By Linda Cole

Raising a puppy can be challenging; dealing with house breaking, chewing, nipping, teaching basic commands and making sure the cat and furniture are safe from exploring teeth can be a full time job. However, the most challenging time comes when he’s teething. When pups are around six to eight weeks old, mom will start the process of weaning them, and with good reason. Puppy teeth start to come in when they are ready to begin eating solid food, and those little teeth are sharp – all 28 of them.

As puppies mature, their baby teeth fall out and are replaced by adult teeth – 42 for most breeds. Once a puppy’s baby teeth begin to fall out, you might find one or two on the floor, but not usually. Most teeth are swallowed, but there’s nothing to worry about. Teething is a natural and necessary part of raising a puppy.

Because the teeth are well positioned and strong, a mature jaw has the necessary strength needed for protection and eating. Puppies, on the other hand, have weaker jaws, so their teeth have to be razor sharp to make up for inadequate jaw strength so they can eat solid food easier.

Puppies can start to lose their baby teeth as early as three months, but most will start closer to four months. However, some may not begin until they are older, at around six months or so. It depends on the breed and his size. For the most part, pups should have their adult teeth between seven to eight months old. Once teething begins, so does the chewing.

Chewing is how puppies soothe their mouth during teething. They will pick up anything and everything they find, whether it’s an appropriate chew toy or not. This is an important time to be vigilant, to make sure your pup isn’t chewing on electrical cords, furniture, shoes, clothing or anything else that could be dangerous.

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Why Does My Cat Eat Grass (and then barf)?

By Julia Williams

Ok, first things first —“Why do cats eat grass” is the million dollar question. Several theories have been bandied about, but the reality is that no one knows for sure. It’s not like we can ask our cats why grass is so appealing to them even though 95% of the time it comes right back up. Oh, we can ask them alright, but I’m not even sure they know the answer.

So…do cats eat grass because they have a dietary deficiency? Do they munch on the green stuff to induce yakking because they’re not feeling well? Do they just like the way grass tastes? Is the predisposition to eat grass something cats inherited from their wild feline ancestors? Is grass beneficial for cats? Could it be harmful?

Those are all great questions, but so far, only the last one has a definitive answer (more on that later). Let’s explore some of the theories on why cats eat grass.

The Juices in Grass Contain Folic Acid

Folic acid is an essential vitamin for a cat’s bodily functions. Folic acid also aids the production of hemoglobin, the protein that moves oxygen in the blood. A folic acid deficiency could lead to anemia and stunted growth. So the theory is that cats might instinctively know they’re deficient in folic acid and they eat grass to correct the situation.

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Which Dog Breeds Live The Longest?

By Langley Cornwell

Owning a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences in life, and picking the right one is important. There are countless things to consider when finding a breed – such as size, temperament, intelligence and space available. It’s also a good idea to take your lifestyle and the dog breed’s activity requirements into consideration. All of these things are important, but one important factor often gets overlooked: how long will the dog live?

Dogs are pretty resilient. If you adopt a young dog, your pet will likely be a part of your life for many years. Still, the sad fact is that a dog will generally not live as long as we do. With that said, you might be interested in knowing that different breeds have different life expectancies.

What makes a particular breed live longer?

According to webMD, dogs that generally live longer are small dogs, and the smaller they are when fully grown, the longer they tend to live. The converse holds true as well; the bigger the breed, the shorter the lifespan. Giant breeds are the shortest lived. It appears that weight is the key factor and not height, however. Bigger, heavier dog breeds tend to die at about the eight year mark. Smaller dogs can live in excess of fifteen years.

Bear in mind that particular breeds sometimes have breed-specific health issues. For example, Cocker Spaniels often have eye and ear infections, while Labrador Retrievers are known for having a high cancer incidence. In fact, my Lab did have a cancerous lump when she was young but they removed it with plenty of healthy margin and it never came back.

There are countless other instances of breed-specific health problems but still, the number one thing to look out for is weight. Larger dogs, ones weighing over a hundred pounds, will be considered quite elderly at about seven or eight years.

Female dogs typically tend to live longer than male dogs, but the difference is negligible. Mixed breeds are usually longer living than pure bred dogs, so be sure to keep that in mind when choosing what kind of dog to get.

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