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5 Dangerous Houseplants that are Toxic to Dogs

Houseplants Toxic to Dogs

Houseplants have many benefits in the home. They make a home cozier, can be used for medicinal purposes and purify the air. Unfortunately, there are some fairly common houseplants that can be dangerous to your dog. In this post, we will review some houseplants that are toxic to dogs.

Poisoning from these plants can occur in several ways such as:

  • Drinking the water from the plant tray or pot.
  • Eating the leaves, blossoms, roots or even the soil in the pot.
  • Skin contact with any plant sap or juice.

Before you purchase any houseplant protect your canine family member by doing a little bit of research.

Related: Plants That Are Poisonous to Cats

1. Philodendron
Philodendron

Philodendrons are very popular houseplants. They are fast growing, available in climbing and upright varieties and are easy to care for. These plants contain insoluble calcium oxalates which are toxic to animals and humans.

Symptoms of Ingestion: Oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing.

2. Pothos or Devils Ivy
Pothos (Devils Ivy)

The Pothos Houseplant has amazing air purification properties and is easy to propagate from cuttings which makes it a very popular houseplant. Though only mildly harmful in small quantities, Pothos also contains insoluble calcium oxalates.

Symptoms of Ingestion: Oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing.

3. Peace Lily
Peace Lily

Containing insoluble calcium oxalates like Philodendrons and Pothos houseplants, the Peace Lily can be moderately harmful to your dog.

Symptoms of Ingestion: Drooling, pawing at the mouth, oral pain, decreased appetite, vomiting.

4. Aloe Plant
Aloe Plant

Aloe is a very common household plant due to its medicinal benefits such as purifying the air and is also provides natural burn/sunburn relief. For dogs though this plant should be kept out of reach as it contains saponins and anthraquinones.

Symptoms of Ingestion: Vomiting, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, diarrhea. Foliage is more toxic than berries.

5. Ivy or English Ivy
English Ivy

Ivy is a beautiful accent to your home with the way it cascades from hanging baskets but is very harmful to your pet especially if consumed in large amounts. Beware.

Symptoms of Ingestion: Vomiting, depression, anorexia, changes in urine color, and rarely, tremors.
 
 


If you suspect your pet may have ingested a potentially toxic substance, call the APCC at (888) 426-4435 or contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible.

Sources:
The ASPCA
Pet Poison Helpline


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How to Introduce a Dog to Cats

Dog and Cat introduction

If you already are the proud pet-parent of a cat and are now thinking about adding a dog to your family, planning for their introduction should be something you think about.

Dogs and cats can and often do live together peacefully under the same roof.  It just takes some planning, patience, and guidance on your part.

With pets, like humans, first impressions can be important. A poor introduction between your dog and cat could set up the pattern for future interactions. Things won’t always go well the first time but if you can keep the situation from turning into a worst-case scenario, you will be making it easier for all involved.

Plan ahead, have a strategy and take your time. Don’t rush their meeting, even though you will be tempted. 

 

The difference between puppies and adult dogs

Dog barkingIntroducing a puppy to cats will usually be easier than introducing an adult dog. Puppies can still learn behaviors and one that grows up around cats will be more likely to see them as part of his pack.

 

Know their personalities ahead of time

As you know, different pets have different personalities. Some dogs and cats will just never get along, while others have the personalities to be tolerant, or even happy with each other.

Don’t try to force an introduction when your instincts are telling you it won’t work. Some dogs are just too aggressive towards any cat. Some cats will not tolerate a dog entering its territory. Some dogs just love to chase, and matching them up with a shy cat could be a bad decision. 

Before the introduction, your dog should be well-trained, and responsive to the commands to come, stay, and sit.

 

How to introduce a dog to a cat

Cat restingBefore the first introduction, make sure your dog has been fed and had a good exercise session. 

For the safety of your cat, there should be a safe getaway space in every room. This could be an area blocked off with a baby gate or even just a shelf or high spot that your cat can get to but the dog cannot. 

Let your dog and cat meet each other the first time by smell only. Give them a chance to become familiar be scent before they physically see each other.

Put your cat in a safe area, and let your dog roam the house for around 30 minutes. This will allow the dog a chance to “meet” your cat by smell only at first. Afterward, take your dog out for a walk and let your cat roam around and “meet” the dog by smell only.

Over a few days, rotate which animal has freedom and which is confined to a certain area to allow each animal plenty of time to investigate the other one’s scent.

The first time you introduce them, allow both animals to be in the same room at the same time, but keep your dog on a leash this time.

Your cat’s first reaction may be to hiss and run away. This is a normal reaction for cats.

Dog chewingContinue keeping them separated with this type of introduction until your dog is able to remain calm and ignore the cat, and your cat is calm, eating and using their litter box normally.

If they still show fear and aggression towards each other, go back again to keeping them in separate rooms only able to smell and be aware of each other.

All of the initial interactions should be while your dog is on a leash. Keep the litter box in a safe area and do the same with their food as well. 

They should spend at least a few weeks and maybe as long as a month having only supervised interactions. They should only have unsupervised time together when you are fairly certain that they will not hurt each other. 

 

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, some relationships aren’t meant to be. Some dogs are just too dangerous to be around cats. If instincts tell you that this meeting won’t work out, respect that message. It’s better for all involved.

 


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Dog and cat introduction resources: 

Introducing Dogs to Cats – American Humane
How to Introduce Your New Dog to Your Resident Cats – The Spruce
How to introduce a dog and cat – Animal Humane Society
Introducing Your New Dog to Your Resident Cat – Reach Out Rescue

Dog Sprayed by Skunk? Here’s What to Do and What Not To

skunks spray dogs

Taking care of your furry friends has many “ups”, but also a few “downs”.

One of the worst problems you may have to deal with is when your dog was outside and it comes to your door, wildly howling and barking.

You go to check what is wrong with her and you notice something right away…. THE SMELL.

Oh no. Not that smell. Your dog has been sprayed by a skunk. AHHHHHH!

In this post, we tell you what to do when your dog has been sprayed by a skunk, and give you a recipe for cleaning the skunk smell off of your dog. We also tell you a few things not to do.

 

Skunk FestWhat to do when your dog is sprayed by a skunk

  • Keep your dog outside until they are clean.
  • Check and rinse your dog’s eyes immediately.
  • Don’t cuddle your dog until after you’ve cleaned them.
  • Clean your dog as soon as possible. The sooner the better.
  • Mix your dog cleaning solution.
  • Wash and shampoo your dog.

 

Keep your dog outside of your living space until she is cleaned. 

If your dog has just been sprayed, you will want to keep them out of your home. We’ve heard plenty of stories about panicked dogs running through the home, rolling on the carpet, jumping on couches, and spreading skunk smell to everything they touch.

Don’t give yourself an even bigger mess to clean up! Keep them outside or in the garage. People sometimes bring them in the basement, and then regret that when the scent wafts through the ceiling to every room on the first floor

 

Trance Faced With Guilt Animal Cute Dog Daze

Check your dog’s eyes immediately. If the eyes appear red or irritated, be sure to flush them immediately with cool water. You cannot use the same cleaning solution that you’ll use to clean their fur on their face.

 

Don’t cuddle your dog until they are clean. Your dog may be upset but we don’t recommend giving them a hug right now. The oil from the skunk and the smell are very easy to transfer to almost anything they touch.

 

Clean your dog as soon as possible. The longer the skunk spray is on your dog, the harder it will be to remove. 

 

Mix your dog cleaning solution. The old tale of using tomato sauce to clean your dog after it was sprayed by a skunk is just a myth. 

Skunk spray removal recipe for dogs

Here is an easy skunk smell removal recipe that really works:

  • 1-quart hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap (for example Dawn dish soap)

Mix these three ingredients together in a large bowl or bucket. Once mixed, thoroughly rub it into your pet’s fur. Let it soak in for five minutes and then rinse it out with tap water. Don’t leave it in for longer or it may cause bleaching.

It’s likely that you may have to repeat this cleaning process a few more time to get rid of the smell.

After you rinsed them with the smell removal mixture, wash your pet as you normally would with pet shampoo and conditioner.

 

What not to do when your dog is sprayed by a skunk

  • Don’t let your dog inside your living areas.
  • Don’t let your dog on carpet or furniture.
  • Don’t use any towels you don’t want to ruin.
  • Don’t wash your dog with tomato sauce.
  • Don’t use a hydrogen peroxide solution stronger than 3%.
  • Don’t get the cleaning solution in your dog’s eyes.
  • Don’t mix your skunk smell removal mixture ahead of time. It can lose it’s potency and could potentially become explosive.

We hope these tips help you out when you’re in a stinky situation!

 


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Other outdoor dog threats:
Dogs and Ticks
Dog Sunburns
Common dog parasites
Protect your dog from mosquitos
How to stop your dog from digging
Does your dog need winter coats or boots?


How to Leave Your Dog Home Alone

Dog Home Alone

Is there a way to leave your dog home alone and not have to worry about your pet’s happiness?

Every dog owner will have to deal with leaving their dog home alone sometimes. As much as you love them, you have a job and other social obligations where you will have to leave your friend at home. 

In this post, we discuss tips to make your dog’s time at home safe and enriching, and how long you can leave a dog alone.

 

How to train your dog to be home alone

 
Dog chewingStart separation training right away – Even though it’s going to be hard, it is best to start training your dog to be home alone from the time you get them. You don’t want them to become too dependent on your company.

Get your dog a soft bed or crate, plenty of water, and a favorite toy. Head to another room with no fanfare while he is content playing. Start with a few minutes and gradually increase the time. Hold off opening the door if you hear him whining, crying, or barking. When he is quiet, you can enter the room and give brief praise. Slowly start adding short trips outside the house to the routine, following the same steps.

Related: Tips for the first 30 days of dog adoption

Treats – A special treat should be given only when you are leaving and not when you return. Your puppy may even learn to enjoy when you are preparing to leave for work, knowing that a treat is on the way.

Stay calm – You don’t want to make leaving too big of a production because that can actually add to their anxiety. The ten minutes before and after a separation should be serene and matter-of-fact. It may be hard to not give them giant special hugs and attention before leaving or right when you return, but it will be best for your dog.  When you return, hold off on the special attention until your dog is fully settled down.

Exercise before leaving – Make time to either play games or go for a walk before leaving. A dog that has had the chance to spend their excess energy will be less likely to get into trouble or be stressed. 

Related: How much exercise does your dog need?

Create a routine – Separations will be much easier if you have a regular schedule or routine. Consistent times for meals, playtime, and walks will have a calming effect on your dog. Maintaining a schedule will also make easier for a friend or dog-sitter to help you out when you’re not around.

Related: Tips for leaving your dog on vacation

All dogs are different, and some can handle more time at home alone than others.

Every dog needs bathroom breaks, exercise, and mental stimulation. By taking care of these needs, you will be able to make separation much easier.

 

How to leave your puppy home alone

 

How long can my dog go between bathroom breaks?

According to experts, dogs will usually need to pee between three to five times a day. The timing of potty breaks varies from dog to dog, and puppies and older dogs will need more bathroom breaks.

Here are common time limits for dogs of different life stages:

  • Puppies – One hour per every month of age (so three-month-old puppy can wait three hours to pee.)
  • Adult dogs – Age one year and up: up to eight hours, but ideally no more than six.
  • Senior dogs – Age eight and up: depending on size and health, anywhere from two to six hours.

 


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More Resources:

How Long Can You Leave a Dog Alone? – Daily Treat

How Often Do Dogs Need Bathroom Breaks? – Paw Print Blog

How To Leave Your Dog Home Alone – Petcube

How to Leave Your Dog Home Alone and Happy – Orvis


 

How to Stop Your Dog from Digging

Dog digging in yard - how to stop

So how do you get your dog to stop digging? In this post, we’ll discuss the reasons that some dogs dig, the breeds most likely to dig, and the methods you can use to discourage the behavior.

Digging in the yard is common issue dog owners face because, for many of them, it’s instinctual behavior. Some breeds are especially prone to digging because they were originally bred for hunting.

Whether your dog is digging up your yard because of instincts or boredom, you’re probably not going to be happy about it once your yard is full of holes.

 

Why do dogs dig?

Dogs can dig in the yard for a variety of reasons, the most common being they’re bored or aren’t getting enough exercise and playtime.

  • Dogs favorite personBoredom
  • Exercise
  • Excess Energy
  • Comfort Seeking
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Hiding Possessions
  • Escape or Gain Access
  • Attention Seeking
  • Entertainment
  • Hunting Prey
  • Instinct

When your dog digs up the yard, it can definitely be frustrating.  If you can figure out the cause of the digging, then you can take steps to stop it. Often times, it comes down to your dog having too much energy, which can mean they need more walking, exercise, playtime or toys that will help them use up energy in other ways. 

Related: How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need?

 

How to stop dogs from digging?

If you can determine the reason your dog is digging, you’ll have a much easier time changing the behavior. You may need to try a few different things to find what works.

  • Give them more exercise and playtime
  • Get them more toys and new chew toys
  • Grant them an area it’s okay to dig in
  • Don’t leave them outside alone
  • Don’t leave toys outside
  • Create deterrents to digging
  • Help your dog cool off
  • Get rid of rodents

Related: Benefits of Positive Reinforcement Dog Training

Exercise and playtime – These are the most common methods to get your dog to stop digging in the yard. Very often the cause of the digging is related to lack of exercise or play. Keeping your dog from getting bored and making sure they have an outlet for their energy can go a long way to stop them from digging.

Give them new toys – Your dog may need some new diversions to keep them entertained. Try offering a wide assortment of toys, such as balls, sticks, rope toys, treat-dispensing dog toys and dental chews. Rotating through an assortment of toys can help keep them from getting bored.

Don’t leave toys outside – Some dogs feel the need to bury their possessions. If you leave chew toys, bones, or playthings outside, they may dig in an effort to hide them.

Give them a place it’s okay to dig – Consider creating a space that’s intentionally designed for your dog to dig in. Let them have a spot in the yard where they know they’re allowed to dig.

Don’t leave them outside alone – Some dogs if left unsupervised in the yard will entertain themselves by digging holes. You may have to make sure they are only in the yard when they are supervised.

Create deterrents for digging – Sometimes you can come up with ways to frustrate the digging behavior of your dog, and make it so it’s not worth their effort. Things like citrus sprays, coffee grounds, vinegar and even cayenne can stop dogs from digging in problem areas.

Help your dog stay cool – Some dogs will dig because they are hot, and digging below the surface gives them cool ground to lie on. Provide other ways for them to stay cool on hot days.

 

What dog breeds dig the most?

These dogs are most likely to dig because at some point it was their job and the behavior was rewarded and red into them.

  • DachshundDachshund
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Beagle
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
  • Siberian Husky
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Border Collies

 

More Dog Training Information

How to Stop Your Dog from Chewing – The Pets’ Home
How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking – The Pets’ Home
How to Get Your Dog to Stop Digging – Humane Society
How to Stop Dogs from Digging – The Spruce
7 Tips to Stop Your Dog from Digging Up the Yard – Rover
10 Dogs Breeds That Love to Dig – Petcha

 

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How to Stop Your Dog from Chewing

Dog chewing

Many dog owners have had to deal with coming home and discovering that your doggy friend has chewed on something she wasn’t supposed to have.

For puppies, chewing is a normal part of the teething process. When adult dog chew, they often do it out of boredom or stress. 

When your dog repeated engages in inappropriate chewing, it can be very frustrating as well as destructive to your property. It can also lead to medical problems and hurt the bond with your dog.

In this post, we look at steps you can take to stop your dog from chewing things that they shouldn’t and correct the behavior.

How to get your dog to stop inappropriate chewing

  • Puppy-proof your home
  • Rule out medical issues
  • Make sure it’s not separation anxiety
  • Encourage them to use a chew toy
  • Discourage inappropriate chewing
  • Use a dog chewing deterrent
  • Give them plenty of exercise

 

Puppy-proof your home

Make sure you remove items out of the reach of your dog that could be harmful. Start with electrical cords and household chemicals. Move on to your shoes, socks and kids toys that could be too tempting while your dog is still learning good behaviors. 

Prevent parasites in dogsRule out medical issues

Make sure that your dog does not have any medical problems which could lead to inappropriate chewing. Nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal problems, and parasites can trigger chewing as a coping mechanism for your dog. Make an appointment with your veterinarian to rule out underlying medical conditions that can lead to chewing.

Related: Using Baking Soda to Fight Dog Odors

Make sure it’s not separation anxiety

Sometimes excessive chewing can be a symptom of separation anxiety. If you believe this could be the cause, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

Related: Tips for Leaving Your Dog on Vacation

Encourage them to use a chew toy

You will need to encourage your dog to redirect their behavior to appropriate objects like chew toys. Every dog has their own preferences for what kind of toys they like, so you may need to try a few different types of toys before you find the right kind for your dog.

 

Discourage inappropriate chewing

If you catch your dog chewing on something they shouldn’t be, you need to correct the behavior right away.  Immediately take the object away and scold them. Direct their attention to one of their new chew toys and heap on the praise when they chew on it. Your dog will learn what objects are his and which are not.

 Related: How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking

Use a dog chewing deterrent

You may need to purchase dog chew deterrent spray from your local pet store. You can use this on things your dog likes to chew on that you just can’t hide, such as the leg of a chair. One bite and your dog will hopefully decide he doesn’t want to chew that anymore.

Give them plenty of exercise

Make sure that you spend plenty of time playing and exercising with your dog. If you don’t already, schedule a regular play time. You need to try and use up all that energy that your dog might be putting into chewing behaviors. A tired dog doesn’t have the energy to misbehave.

 

The Pets’ Home offers dog training services along with our popular dog walking and dog sitting services. You can get dog shuttle service available to and from training lessons. We also aim to teach pet parents how to break their own bad habits, as well, so your dog can have consistency. 

Contact us online or call (630) 854-8841

 

More related sources:
5 steps to correct inappropriate dog chewing – Cesar’s Way
How To Stop Dogs From Destructive Chewing – Dog Time 
How to Stop a Dog from Chewing – American Kennel Club
Chewing: How to Stop Your Dog’s Gnawing Problem – Humane Society
Tips for How to Stop Dogs and Puppies from Chewing – Pet MD

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking

Dog barking

A dog barking is a totally normal behavior. With few exceptions, almost every dog barks. To them, it’s a normal form of communication.

Too much barking though can be a problem. It can be bothersome to you and your family, and even more so for your neighbors.

Is there a way you get your dog to stop barking so much?

Yes, there is, and as your dog’s pack leader, it’s your job to teach them how to behave. 

Let’s review how you can teach your dog to not bark so much.

First, it’s important to review the main reasons that cause a dog to bark. If you review this list, it may help you determine what the root cause of your dog’s excessive barking is. 

Why do dogs bark?

  • Warning
  • Excitement
  • Playfulness
  • Anxiety
  • To get attention
  • Boredom
  • Responding to other dogs

If you understand the reason for your dog’s barking, then you can figure out how to control that behavior.

For example, a dog that is bored needs more walks, play or exercise. If your dog is anxious, you can address the root causes or find ways to treat separation anxiety. If your dog barks at other dogs, you can desensitize them to other animals.

Training is also important. Your dog needs to know that there are times to bark and there are times to be quiet. Teaching them the basic speak/quiet commands is important.

Related: How to train your dog

If your dog has excessive barking issues, start working on addressing these as soon as possible. It will be easier to train them before the behaviors become too ingrained.

Related: Positive enforcement rules for you and your dog

Tips to help break the barking habit

  • Teach your dog the Speak/Quiet commands
  • Don’t yell. To the dog, it is like you are barking back at them.
  • Stay positive when you are working with them.
  • Be consistent with your dog at all times. Make sure everyone in the household is reacting to the behavior in the same way.
  • Do not comfort, pet, hug or give your dog a treat when they are barking for attention or out of anxiety. Even if it gets them to stop, it is encouraging and rewarding the behavior.
  • Get your dogs attention with a clap or whistle.  When they have quieted, redirect their attention to a toy or other reward.
  • Use the basic commands of sit and down in order to shift focus.
  • Do not let your dog bark constantly outside. Bring them in when they bark so they know they can’t be outside if they bark.

How to teach your dog to stop barking

Training Resources:

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking – Humane Society
Cesar’s best tips to stop dog barking – Cesar’s Way
Train Your Dog to Speak or Be Quiet – The Spruce

Related: How much exercise does your dog need?


We offer dog training services in the Plainfield – Naperville area with dog shuttle service available to and from lessons. We also aim to teach pet parents how to break their own bad habits, as well, so your dog can have consistency. 

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Using Baking Soda to Fight Dog Odors

Arm and Hammer Baking Soda for dog odorsDid you know that good old-fashioned baking soda can help you fight dog odors?

This common and affordable household product can be used for cleaning many things in your home, but we’ll discuss how you can use it to eliminate pet odors.

It is a natural cleaner and deodorizer that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals.

Dry shampoo your dog with baking soda

When you don’t have the time or energy to give your dog a bath, you can give them a quick “dry shampoo” with baking soda.

  1. Make sure your dog is completely dry.
  2. Brush your dog to remove loose hair.
  3. Lightly sprinkle baking soda across your dog’s coat, avoiding the face.
  4. Lightly rub the baking soda in and leave it in for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Use a brush and a towel to remove excess baking soda.

 

Wet shampoo your dog with baking soda

Many dog shampoos contain baking soda already. You can make your own DIY dog shampoo with odor neutralizer by mixing mix one tablespoon of baking soda with 1.5 cups of warm water. Wash your dog with the mixture and gently massage it into their coat.

You can also make a baking soda and water rinse to use after you have used your normal dog shampoo. This gives your dog a very thoroughly clean and will remove excess shampoo from your dog, which may cause itchiness.

Related: How to clean your dog’s teeth

 

Use baking soda on a dog bed, furniture or carpeting

Sometimes that spot where your dog loves to lie down can smell a little bit too much like a dog after a while.  Sprinkle baking soda on carpeting, furniture, or the dog bed, then leave it in for about 20 mins and then vacuum it up. 

 

Baking soda to deodorize your car

You can also use baking soda to eliminate dog odors in your car. Sprinkle it on the seats and floor mats and give it a few minutes to absorb odors and then vacuum it up. 

 

Clean up “dog accidents” on carpeting

You can use baking soda to clean up a spot on the carpeting when a dog has an accident.

First, try and blot up as much of the liquid as you can with a rag or cloth first. Then mix equal parts white vinegar and baking soda to create a runny paste-like substance. Apply the mixture to the soiled carpet or furniture, let it sit for a few minutes to absorb odor and then wipe or sponge it up.

 

Get rid of skunk smell

skunks spray dogsThe old cure of using tomato sauce to get rid of the smell when your dog gets sprayed by a skunk just isn’t very effective.

Instead, get out your reliable box of baking soda, and mix a ¼ cup baking soda with a teaspoon of liquid dish soap and 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Rub the mixture onto your dog, leave it on for five minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

You may need to clean them with this once or twice to finally get that smell out.

Related post: Dog sprayed by skunk – What to do, what not to do

 

Is baking soda poisonous to dogs? 

An important note: Baking soda is not safe for dogs to eat

Baking soda is considered non-toxic to humans but that doesn’t mean it is safe for dogs to eat.

You can brush your dog’s teeth using baking soda but larger amounts can be dangerous. Baking soda is a leavening agent. If combined with the heat found in your dog’s stomach, it will release gasses that can cause low potassium, low calcium, high sodium, muscle spasms, and even heart failure.

It takes a large amount of baking soda to be life-threatening to your dog. A dog must eat at least one teaspoon per pound of body weight for the substance to become dangerous. 

If your dog eats baking soda, call your veterinarian immediately. 


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Benefits of Pet Therapy

Therapy dog with elderly patient

Photo by Zachary Wolf

Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. It is essentially a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment and rehabilitation. Patients in hospitals or nursing homes can benefit from pet therapy, especially children and the elderly. 

Animals have been a benefit to human’s well being for thousands of years. Only in recent decades have they been recognized for the physical and mental health benefits they give people and pet therapy might be recommended by a doctor.

Benefits of pet therapy

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Decreasing effects of depression
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Improves social skills
  • Improves motor skills and joint movement
  • Increases verbal communication
  • Increases willingness to join in activities
  • Decreases loneliness and isolation
  • Can provide motivation to exercise
  • Helps teach empathy and nurturing skills

People who benefit from pet therapy

  • Stroke victims
  • Children having dental procedure
  • People undergoing chemotherapy
  • Residents in long-term care facilities
  • People hospitalized with chronic heart failure
  • Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder
  • People hospitalized with chronic heart failure
  • Children having physical or dental procedures
  • People undergoing physical therapy
  • Patients working to regain motor skills
  • People with mental health disorders
  • People suffering from suicidal thoughts

Could pet therapy be of benefit to you?

You should ask your doctor, therapist or caregiver if pet therapy could be of benefit to you. They could recommend a certified pet therapy organization for you to get in touch with. 

Even if you don’t suffer from some of the more serious issues above, any pet owner can tell you how they benefit from their animal friends. If you are physically capable of caring for a pet yourself, you can get a dog, cat or other pet to be your companion. They will keep you company, ease stress and depression and maybe help you meet new people. 

Why Do Dogs Have a Favorite Person?

Dogs favorite person

Does your dog have a favorite person?

Lots of dogs have a favorite human. Usually, they make it really obvious who their favorite human is. It’s the person they’re always running to first, always following around.

Sometimes it creates problems in the pet owners home when the dog really favors one over the other. It can make the less favored human wonder “What did I do? Why don’t they love me that much?”

So, why do dogs have a favorite person?

All dogs are different, but there are some common reasons why a dog may favor one human over another. 

The person there for the socialization period

Dogs have an important socialization period between birth and six months.  This is the age where puppies’ brains are developing. Their brains are very receptive and the social experiences the dog has during this time can influence them for the rest of their lives. 

The person who is there during this period, who has more positive experiences with the dog at this period, can become the favored human. Sometimes, any person who resembles the human who was there during the socialization period can become favored.

As a side note, this is why it is important for dogs to be socialized to many different types of people during this period. It will help them be comfortable with more people later on.

Attention

Unsurprisingly, most dogs tend to bond with the person who gives them the most attention. They may also prefer the person who feeds them frequently. Dogs also will usually fall in love with the person who gives them the most physical attention and love. Lots of petting, brushing, massaging can cause a dog to love that person the most. Sometimes they will love the person who plays with them the most. Again, all dogs are different.

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Positive association

Closely related to above, dogs can choose their favorites based on positive associations. The human the dog associates good, positive, warm feelings with will be the favorite. This might be the person who always has the treats, always plays games with and other reasons.

Human and dog personality

Much like people, dogs are attracted to people who have a similar personality to them. A dog who loves to play and roughhouse will be attracted to the person who feels the same way. A dog who likes predictable, quiet time on the couch, will find the person who enjoys the same things. 

Related: Tips for leaving your dog on vacation

You can still become your dogs favorite

Just because you’re not your dog’s favorite doesn’t mean that you can’t do things to increase the bond between the two of you. 

How to be your dog’s favorite

  • Spend lots of time with them during their first six months
  • Spend more one on one time together every day
  • Play your dog’s favorite games with them
  • Do dog training or skills training together
  • Take your dog for more walks
  • Be the one to give your dog treats
  • If your dog enjoys grooming then groom them frequently
  • Avoid being associated with the things your dog hates
  • Create positive associations with you and the dog’s favorite things

 

The Pet’s Home provides in-home pet sitting services, as well as pet sitting, dog sitting, cat sitting, puppy training and pet taxi services in the Plainfield, Oswego, Naperville and Shorewood area. 

Contact us online or call (630) 854-8841


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