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Improve Your Cat’s Health with a Cat Massage

Improve Your Cat’s Health with a Cat Massage

You may associate cats with being a little bit…lazy. They often lay around, stretch every once in a while, but are fairly chill animals unless it’s playtime at midnight! All of this laying around though can lead to knots in your cat’s skin. These knots can then be made worse when they experience their rush of energy and start jumping all over the counters. This begs the question; would a cat massage help our furry friend feel better?

Overview

Cat massages are relatively unheard of, but just like in humans, massages make a world of difference in the overall health, energy level, and mood of our cats. There are numerous kinds of cat massages, reasons for getting specific massages, and even massages you can do at home for your cat! 

Table of Contents

    1. The Power of Touch
    2. Types of massage
    3. General benefits of giving/getting your cat a massage
    4. Health benefits of a cat massage
    5. Conclusion

 

1. The Power of Touch

Massages are known for their ability to relax muscles, reduce and remove knots, and induce a sense of calm and relaxation in its recipients. All of which apply to cats as well. Massages may be more popular in humans (and more normalized), but they are equally as beneficial in cats and come in a wide variety of types pending your cats’ specific needs.

2. Types

The type of massages that you get for your cat depends on the reason you are requesting one. The primary reasons to consider getting your cat a massage include:

  • Relaxation
  • Knot reducing therapy
  • Post-injury attention

Cats can get massages for any part of their body and in a variety of levels. In fact, the types of massages for cats are nearly identical to the types of massages available for people. They include,

  • Swedish massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Join therapy massage
  • Paw massages
  • Head/scalp massages

3. General benefits of giving/getting your cat a massage

Giving your cat a massage or taking your cat to see a professional animal massage therapist leads to a wide variety of health benefits, but the two most significant ones are as follows. 

Massages help reduce muscle tension that can lead to pain, stress, and emotional dysfunction in your kitty. Unlike people, cats have no way to tell you that they are in pain other than by meowing. If you notice your cat is being much less active, has a limp, or is meowing significantly more or less, this may mean they are experiencing muscle pain that needs to be addressed by vet consultation and then a massage therapist. 

Massages help reduce anxiety in pets known to display symptoms of being continuously stressed. For example, a popular stressor for a cat is thunderstorms as the thunder is loud and frightening. Giving your cat a gentle, at-home massage with a cat massage oil during this stressful time will help reduce anxiety and make your cat feel safe and relaxed.

4. Health benefits of a cat massage

There are numerous health benefits that your cat will experience upon getting regular massages, including:

  • Better blood circulation
  • Improved digestion
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Easing joint stiffness/tension
  • Reduced swelling
  • Better sleep
  • Improved/increased flexibility

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5. Conclusion

With at least a dozen benefits to getting massages for your cat, why not start today and see if you notice a difference in your cats’ behavior? Cats are just as likely to experience knots, aches, pains, and stress in their lives as their humans are, and treating them to massages can help ensure they are living their healthiest lives!

Top First-Aid Tips that could save your dog’s life

Top First-Aid Tips that could save your dog’s life

Podcast | Kiara – Top First-Aid Tips that could save your dog’s life


Dogs are curious creatures, and they are unaware of the danger. They always chew on what they shouldn’t eat, get into unsafe situations, or go to unsafe places to explore. Sometimes, out of curiosity, they get into trouble. Learn how to help your pet if it chokes, stops breathing, or is seriously injured. Following first aid tips can save your pet’s life and reduce pain and suffering in an emergency.

Table of Contents

  1. Learning first aid
  2. Know your dog
  3. Know how to check for a pulse
  4. Know how to help your choking dog
  5. Know how to administer CPR
  6. Know how to muzzle your pet
  7. Be prepared for an emergency
  8. Conclusion

 

 

1. Learning first aid

Pet First-Aid courses are offered both practically and online. They cover all key aspects of dog first aid, such as caring for an unconscious dog, common injuries, and illnesses such as bleeding, choking,  poisoning, and more. These pet first aid courses are arranged in small groups, with a practical approach on specially designed dog mannequins and many training aids.

 

2. Know your dog

Behavioural changes, such as changes in appetite, bowel movements, and even odour, may indicate that something is seriously wrong with your pet. Explore the key indicators to look out for to act quickly.

 

3. Know how to check for a pulse

The dog’s pulse is most easily determined in the upper third of the thigh. Place your hands on the dog’s hips and gently squeeze your fingers just below their leg. At this point, you should feel a pulse in arteries. Your thumb has a strong heart rate, so do not use it to measure the dog’s heart rate, or you will be measuring your heart rate! Measure heart rate for 15 seconds and multiply by 4 to calculate the beats per minute.

4. Know how to help your choking dog

When something blocks the airway, choking occurs. When the airway is partially blocked, the dog may start pacing back and forth and pawing at its mouth. Dogs can choke on anything from balls, socks, plastic bags, toys, or anything else they can get their hands on. If it goes the wrong way, it can make them unable to breathe. You must know these things so that you know how to act quickly to clear the congestion.

 

5. Know how to administer CPR

If your dog stops breathing, call your veterinarian immediately. You may need to perform CPR to improve your dog’s chances of survival.

6. Know how to muzzle your pet

Even the kindest dog can bite if they are afraid or in pain,  so you should know how to get a temporary muzzle for him as this will help in keeping you safe and help the dog. You should never muzzle overheated animals that have trouble breathing.

7. Be prepared for an emergency

Save the veterinarian’s name, address, and phone number on cell phones, landlines, and in your address book or a safe place. Call your veterinarian first. You must inform him that an emergency has occurred along the way and follow the instructions given. Get your pen and paper ready. Write down important instructions from your veterinarian. Always have a pet first aid kit with you in case your pet needs your help.

 

8. Conclusion

Learn the pet’s first aid if you are a pet parent and call your vet in case of an emergency condition.

Breed Guide: Cocker Spaniel

Breed Guide: Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are two breeds of dogs, the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel, usually referred to as the Cocker Spaniel in their home country. In the early 1900s, there were also small hounds among cocker spaniels.

Key Facts 

Size: Medium

Exercise Requirements:   1 Hour

Coat Length: Medium

Lifespan: 10 – 12 Years

Table of Contents

    1. Personality and Training
    2. Training
    3. Exercise and Living Conditions
    4. Grooming

1. Personality and Training

 As any owner will tell you, each Cocker Spaniel has a unique personality and temperament, but most have some common characteristics. Generally, Cocker Spaniels are smart, cheerful, and outgoing, preferring to be around other creatures than left alone. These dogs are often seen wagging their tails enthusiastically, earning them a reputation as an overall happy breed that is easy to please. Cocker spaniels get along well with children and other pets, but they always form the closest relationship with the person who feeds them. 

2. Training

Cocker Spaniel training is easy, and once it is completed they are loyal to the fault. However, keep in mind that, unlike many other dogs, they do not respond well to hands that are too hard, so we recommend choosing a carrot instead of a cane whenever possible. Of course, you still need to prove to them your superiority as a leader, but loud noises and scare tactics are too effective for Cocker Spaniels and will quickly make them stressed and nervous.

3. Exercise and Living Conditions

Compared to most other medium-sized dog breeds, Cocker Spaniel does not require much exercise; in fact, most days per hour are more than enough. It is a good idea to take them for rigorous exercise every two weeks to maintain their physical health but nothing too exhausted.  Although one hour of exercise a day should be enough to keep your dog in shape, you should never stop your Cocker Spaniel from playing or if they want to play around you. Don’t worry about making them feel tired. When they are tired, they will let you know, and you will both feel better. If the right outlet is provided for their energy, these dogs will be very satisfied with the living space they need to use. They are by no means known for being picky eaters, nor are they more likely to meet specific nutritional needs than any other breed of dog. Generally speaking, if you feed and treat them well, these dogs will lead a rich and healthy life.

 

4. Grooming

Cocker Spaniels need to be groomed regularly. A good brush once a day is ideal, but we recommend no longer than two days unless you want their hair to fall all over the room. Comb them to keep the fur in good condition and remove any debris trapped in the fur (this happens often and surprisingly). You should trim your dog’s coat every 2-3 months and always take them to a bath to remove any loose hair. Bathing your cocker spaniel does not happen very often. Therefore, if you feel it is necessary to take a bath, please feel free to do it. Pay special attention to their ears, back, and abdomen when bathing.

 

What your dog’s behavior say about their mood?

What your dog’s behavior say about their mood?

As a pet’s parent, you know all the little things about pets, from the way they look when they want to feed to the way they poke you when they want to hug you. But do you understand the signs of each of their emotions? Researchers say that the emotional abilities of dogs are the same as those of 2-3-year-old children. In other words, they experienced many of the same emotions as young children. It’s a bit surprising to think that they can experience anything from happiness, fear, and anger. Just like a two-year-old, your dog cannot fully express his feelings. They rely on their actions and body language to convey their feelings. Read on to find out how your dog’s behavior affects his overall mood

Table of Contents

    1. Bitting
    2. Digging
    3. Circling
    4. Panting
    5. Yawning
    6. Sitting on Your Feet or Between Your Legs

1.Bitting

If puppies learn to communicate with their parents, they will bite you. It usually happens when they play because puppies often use their mouths when interacting. It may also happen during training. However, if your puppy bites frequently, it is important to stop before it becomes more destructive canine behavior in the future. Dogs bite people out of fear or aggression. Can you see what caused your pet to do this? Is his behavior affecting his actions? If it is difficult for you to teach your dog not to bite, consider working with a professional dog trainer or, better to work with a behavioral veterinarian.

2. Digging

Have you walked into the backyard and found that your dog has gracefully dug out your new bedding? Well, although this behavior can annoy you, there are usually good reasons. Maybe they are trying to hunt animals, find a cool place in the sun, or just become the next Houdini! But this behavior is normal dog behavior. If the problem persists, it is best to talk to your veterinarian because another problem may arise; for example, because of boredom or fears your pet is doing so.. 

3. Circling

Dogs that cannot stop running in circles may have health problems. Yes, chasing their tail is sometimes fun, but if he does it persistently, there is a problem under the surface. An ear infection can cause your dog to do circling, but persistent tail chasing may be due to the Bull Terrier. Of course, dogs may have other reasons. Older dogs may have idiopathic vestibular syndrome, which may alarm you, but all dogs are at risk of poisoning or brain tumours. Only your veterinarian can determine the cause of your dog’s hovering, so please take him to the vet.

 

4. Panting

Dogs generate most of the heat from their mouths. If your dog is breathing heavily, it may be too hot, so it will regulate its body temperature. However, it is important to pay attention to the shortness of breath, as this can be painful. Help your dog regulate their body temperature and make sure they are fully hydrated before engaging in any sports activities, especially in warm weather. If your dog is injured, take him to the vet immediately. Other health problems can also show signs of increased dyspnea. Therefore, if you have any questions, please feel free to consult your veterinarian.

 

5. Yawning

Even if you think he needs some sleep, a dog yawning usually doesn’t mean he is tired. Your dog may be interested in taking a nap, but this may also show signs of anxiety or stress. If your dog often yawns next to strangers, please take a moment to watch it. Either your dog receives the energy that they don’t like, or they are afraid for a less obvious reason. In any case, the forced introduction is not a good idea.

 

6. Sitting on Your Feet or Between Your Legs

This is often confused with possessive behavior, but it is usually a manifestation of fear or tension. Dominance is rarely a problem; your dog may try to feel safer by staying around.

Top Tips for Walking Your Dog at Night

Top Tips for Walking Your Dog at Night

Taking your pup out for their daily walk(s) is one of the best times to bond with them. It’s something they look forward to every single day, but what about walking them at night? What precautions should you take and what can you do to keep your dog safe?

When walking your dog at night, there are several precautions you should take and things to keep in mind. Consider using a shorter leash, walking against traffic, investing in a reflective jacket, and always carrying a phone. These few tips will help keep you and your pup safe when walking at night before you both nod off to sleep!

Table of Contents

  1. Purchase a glow-in-the-dark vest/collar for your pup
  2. Always walk against traffic
  3. Always carry your cell phone
  4. Use a tighter/shorter leash
  5. Carry a torch/flashlight

1. Purchase a glow-in-the-dark vest/collar for your pup

It is also recommended that you invest in a vest for yourself, but right now we’re focusing on your pup! When walking at night, it can be hard for traffic to see you and your pup even if you are carrying a flashlight or wearing bright colors. Purchasing a reflective or glow-in-the-dark vest/collar for your pup will help oncoming traffic see you ahead of time and steer clear of you. 

 

 

2. Always walk against traffic

Similar to riding a bike or walking by yourself, you should always walk against (towards) traffic. Your back should never be towards the oncoming cars in order to prevent the chance of you being struck by surprise. When you face traffic, you always see who is coming towards you. This also keeps you on the opposite side of the road from passing traffic, limiting the chance of you or your pup getting hurt. 

 

3. Always carry your cell phone

Regardless of how well you know the area or how short your walk is, bring your phone with you. If your phone is dead, charge it first! Leaving without your phone can be reckless and dangerous as tragedy tends to strike in the most unexpected times.

If you bring your phone, you are more likely to be rescued if something does happen, even something like your pup getting off their leash. Having your phone on you allows the option to call for help immediately without having to wait. 

 

4. Use a tighter/shorter leash

Walking at night decreases your ability to clearly see what’s around you and most of the time, your pup will actually see (or smell) something before you do. If your pup is on a long leash, they have more room to run ahead of you and get into trouble. A tighter/shorter leash gives you more control when it’s needed in the event you sense something or see something and want to keep your dog by your side. 

 

5. Carry a torch/flashlight

When walking at night, whether walking through a park or on the street, carrying a flashlight will provide you with added visibility. Torches/flashlights also help those coming towards you see that you are there due to the light you are shining on the ground.

Walking your dog at night can be a peaceful, soothing experience. You just need to be a little extra cautious and take a few extra steps to protect yourself and your pooch. Be sure to purchase a reflective or glow-in-the-dark vest for your pooch (and you), keep your dog on a short leash, walk towards traffic, and always keep your phone within reach. 

 

5 Ways to Keep Your Labrador Happy and Healthy

5 Ways to Keep Your Labrador Happy and Healthy

Labs are known for being one of the most gentle, loving, and engaging breeds of pups. They are often easy to please, but there are several things that you can do to help keep your pup happy and healthy year-round!

Keeping your pup happy and healthy is about more than simply loving them. You have to give them constant exercise, feed them a healthy diet, keep them entertained with chew-resistant toys, socialize them, and play with them constantly. These rules apply to nearly any pup, but Labradors have this endless stream of energy flowing through them that needs to be tended to!

 

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So these are the Best 5 Ways to Keep Your Labrador Happy and Healthy

Table of Contents

  1. Give them regular exercise
  2. Feed your lab a healthy diet
  3. Purchase chew-resistant toys
  4. Socialize your lab
  5. Play with your lab constantly

1. Give them regular exercise

Labs have an extensive amount of energy; they tend to be rather hyperactive and need constant exercise. Pending your pup, you may have to take your dog out for walks up to 3x/day on top of providing them with plenty of self-entertainment. You can help your dog get their maximum amount of exercise in the following ways:

  • Take them for walks/jogs/runs
  • Let them run free in a park (if they’re trained!)
  • Play fetch with them
  • Purchase interactive toys for them for when you’re not around

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2. Feed your lab a healthy diet

Taking care of your pups inside is just as important (if not more important) as taking care of their outside. Take your pooch to your local vet to test them for any food sensitivities they may have to determine the best diet for them. 

Some pups require a gluten-free diet while others require a preservative-free diet. Some labs don’t have any sensitivities at all, which is great, but you should always check before purchasing food for your pup!

 

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3. Purchase chew-resistant toys

Larger dogs like labs tend to power through plush toys or even soft-rubber toys due to their large canines and powerful jaw strength. Don’t let your pups’ favourite toy be ruined in under 48 hours, purchase toys that are made to be chew-resistant. 

Chew-resistant toys are made of durable rubber or silicone that at most will see some puncture wounds and bite marks but won’t break down or be out of commission in a day!

 

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4. Socialize your lab

Labs are very social pups! They enjoy companionship and love to be around other dogs. Taking your lab to a local dog park will give them the opportunity to engage with other dogs and be themselves without any restrictions there would be in the home. Socializing your pup is great for their mental health and physical health as it will promote exercise and allow them the chance to make some new friends!

 

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5. Play with your lab constantly

Labs are loving, social, and expressive. They crave attention and affection in all forms. Playing with your pup all throughout the day will make them feel loved and cared for while helping them remain physically active and happy! You’ll have to play around with different toys and activities to determine what your lab enjoys the most, but you can’t go wrong with a gold old-fashioned game of tug of war or chasing them around the house for a few minutes! 

A happy and healthy dog means a happy and healthy owner as well so keeping your lab happy and healthy should be of the utmost importance. Make sure you are feeding your pooch a healthy diet free of any personal allergies/sensitivities, keeping them active, and allowing them time to socialize with other pups!

 

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