The Pee-mail: All about Information Gathering
If you are a careful dog observant, you will notice that peeing while walking is a favorite routine for nearly everyone in the canine family. Sending out and picking up scented massages is a means used by a wide range of species. This behavior has another name, scent marking.
Researches are showing that dogs connect with other canines by scent marking. By the means of urinary rituals, they make friends or assess enemies, assert the social position of each other, and of course, seek out potential mates. Sending out and gathering information without face-to-face confrontation limits the possibility of threatening close contact.
Here are some interesting facts about canine scent marking. Dogs of smaller sizes tend to pee more frequently than larger ones. This is assumed by researchers that smaller sizes tend to pose them at a higher-risk position when a close communication goes tense. They can avoid the situation by sniffing and figuring out the physical condition of the opponent.
Next time when you witness your dog peeing or stopping suddenly and sniffing, keep your mind open as dogs are savvier than most pet parents thought. Besides those big responses like barking, dogs actively avoid lots of conflicts by figuring out details themselves. Give them autonomy and let your canine companion be a dog!
Beware of His Frequent Lethargy
Some animals are more at risk for copper storage disease. Unfortunately, dogs are more easily to trap dietary copper in the liver. Copper goes into your dog’s liver by daily diet, then being transferred in bile and goes out in stools. Changes developed in the liver allow toxicity, which might scar the liver and lead to further damage. Typical symptoms caused by this disease include depression and lethargy.
Causes of the disease happened in the liver and bile. Failure to transfer the copper to the bile along with excessive copper absorption can both lead to an imbalance of liver well-being. Copper toxicity occurs to cats as well, but much more rarely.
After being diagnosed with copper storage disease, it takes a lifetime to treat. Besides, your baby dog has a better chance of having a good-quality life if being diagnosed earlier. Traditional treatment includes preventing extra accumulation and decreasing the current toxic level.
To prevent this irreversible disease, diet is of importance. A homemade, copper-free diet is recommended. Take advice from your veterinarian, provide all kinds of necessary nutrients of the proper level. Vitamins E is beneficial for treating toxicity, while the dose of vitamin C should be controlled as it promotes copper digestion. Keep in mind to take a physical examination annually or semiannually so that you can at least manage well. And make sure to take a look at 3 Tips on Avoiding Mistakes for Pet Parent.
When Dogs Attack Their Meals
As a dog parent, you must have witnessed your dog pigging out on the food, seems like she will never eat again. Being motivated seems healthy, but it is potentially dangerous as there are risks of vomiting and choking. If your dog is large, she even faces the life-threatening case of bloat.
Generally, solutions are around the way your dog seeing the food. The most cost-effective way is to replace the feeder bowl with your hand. But, if you are unwilling to handle the food directly, you can either purchase or create a slow feeder bowl. Muffin tin or a cookie sheet will function perfectly as you can place food around the gadget, putting brakes on gulping. Also, you can turn the mealtime into a play session. Divide the food into smaller quantities and hide them around the house, let your puppy play hide-and-seed. If you are available, feeding your dog several times a day is good as well.