Pet Dogs And Cats: 6 Health Benefits (PHOTOS)
As the holiday season approaches, pets are often at the top of many children’s — and some adults — gift lists. You may find the image of an adorable puppy or kitty nestled under the tree or by the hearth pretty irresistible. But you might also be concerned that a new pet can wreak havoc with your home or even be hazardous to your health. Certainly a rambunctious puppy, kitty, or other pet can soil, scratch, chew, and nip. And although some animals do carry diseases, the risk of zoonoses — as these diseases are called — is much greater from exotic pets than more common ones. In fact, the health benefits of having a traditional pet far outweigh the risks for most people, according to Healthy Pets Healthy People, a division of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The social and emotional benefits of pet ownership are many: companionship, affection, unconditional love, and entertainment, to name a few. Children raised with pets are more likely to be empathetic and social than kids without pets. And having a pet can help enhance a child’s self-esteem.
Recent research has also uncovered some surprising physical and psychological benefits of pet ownership for children and adults. And many of the positive effects are not just limited to dogs and cats, but rabbits, rodents, birds, fish, lizards and other pets as well. Here are six of these health benefits:
Pets can help prevent eczema and some allergies in children. Babies and toddlers who live with dogs — but not cats — have lower rates of childhood eczema than those raised without dogs. And young children who’ve had a cat or dog since their first year of life have fewer pet allergies than other kids their age.
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Bettendorf dog survives suspected bobcat attack
A Bettendorf, Iowa man says he recently spotted a bobcat in his own backyard trying to make a meal out of his dog.
Resting comfortably on the couch, Milly is lucky to be alive after a close call with what her owners believe was a bobcat.
“Until the vet looked at the wounds and said, ‘This is definitely a cat,’ I wasn’t 100% sure,” said Milly’s owner, Paul Bieber.
The terrifying tale began Tuesday.
“It was 11-1-11 at one in the morning. It’s one of those weird things where you are going, ‘Is something strange going to happen now?’” wondered Bieber.
Something strange did happen. After letting his two-and-a-half-year-old Chihuahua-Yorkie mix out for a bathroom break, Paul Bieber says he heard her screeching. He went outside and expected to find a dog fight.
“I came running down the steps and I yelled out, ‘What’s going on?’ It was tan-colored and bobbing up and down as it walked,” said Bieber.
Milly is now recovering from five large wounds, which follow the shape of a paw print.
“When the animal control officer was here she was the one that pointed out there are five incisions, one for each claw,” said Bieber.
Believing it was his voice that scared the suspected bobcat away, Paul still questions what would have happened if his other dogs had gone outside with Milly.
“It’s one of those things that makes you wonder. If all three had been out maybe it wouldn’t have happened,” said Bieber.
Although there have been no reported sightings since Milly was attacked, Paul says he won’t be allowing his dogs to go out at night alone knowing how close Milly came to death.
“Because I was out there so quickly, he only got as far as the claw. I interrupted the process which is why she didn’t get bit, presumably eaten up,” said Bieber.
Milly is expected to make a full recovery.
According to Bettendorf Police this is the first and only bobcat sighting within the city so far.
Shih Tzu Central
Has a loveable Shih Tzu dog become the newest member of your household? Are you thinking about bringing home a Shih Tzu? Alternatively, you may already own a Shih Tzu and are in search of more Shih Tzu information. In any case you desire information regarding the Shih Tzu breed. Look no further because you have come to the right place for answers covering all of your Shih Tzu questions. “The Shih Tzu Manual! Insider’s Guide to a Happy, Healthy, and Well Behaved Shih Tzu” is a comprehensive resource that covers Shih Tzu topics ranging from history to health care.
The Shih Tzu is a sweet, loveable dog that has delighted owners all around the world for many centuries. The Shih Tzu breed is a companion lap dog and will lavish you with affection from sun up to sun down. The Shih Tzu breed can warm your heart with their inquisitive black eyes and make a bad day melt away with just a tilt of their head.
The popularity of the Shih Tzu breed has sky rocketed in recent years. The Shih Tzu has glorious hair and a sweet petite stature. They are highly intelligent and loyal. They are companion lap dogs and will crave to show you affection.
Another reason the Shih Tzu is becoming the breed of choice is because they can thrive in a small, apartment setting. They are content to spend most of their day indoors and require minimal exercise. Therefore, they make an excellent “city” dog.
What topics does this Shih Tzu book cover? Here are just some of topics included:
- History of the Shih Tzu
- Characteristics of the prized Shih Tzu breed
- How to choose the right Shih Tzu for you
- Preparations you need to take when you bring your Shih Tzu home
- How to care for your Shih Tzu
- How to prevent and manage medical issues that face the Shih Tzu
- How to correct common Shih Tzu behavioral problems
You will be privy to detailed information for each topic that will no doubt improve your relationship with your Shih Tzu. It serves as a guide for many Shih Tzu issues such as preparation, potty training, and dealing with behavioral problems. For example, checklists are provided to make sure you complete all the necessary preparations before your Shih Tzu’s arrival home.
Did you know that the Shih Tzu originated in Tibet? They were cared for by Monks and soon were imported to China. The Chinese royalty had a high regard for the Shih Tzu. They prized the Shih Tzu and doted on them in their Chinese palaces. You’ll get a detailed history of the Shih Tzu from their beginnings to when they were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969.
Another major topic of concern for most pet owners is behavior. You will be thrilled to find that we have taken the confusion and mystery out of fixing any behavioral problems that may arise. We have provided a guide to the top ten most common behavior problems which includes their symptoms and detailed solutions. Understanding the proper techniques for training your Shih Tzu to behave can make all the difference.
As a concerned, caring Shih Tzu owner you might have to face health issues regarding your Shih Tzu. Thankfully, the Shih Tzu is a vibrant, sturdy breed that is not prone to many health issues. However, we have provided Shih Tzu health care information for your reference. It is better to be informed so you can be prepared for any health situation.
Take the tips to heart in this book and your relationship with your Shih Tzu will soar. This Shih Tzu Manual provides the techniques, tips, and detailed information necessary to create a Shih Tzu that is happy, healthy, and well behaved.
Shih Tzu puppies very adorable!
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Tim and Suzie are 2 months old and started playing.
‘Jack The Cat’ Dies After Two Months At Airport
First Posted: 11/7/11 08:04 AM ET Updated: 11/7/11 08:04 AM ET
The tenacious cat that survived a two-month ordeal at an airport baggage facility this summer has finally succumb to his injuries and died after euthanasia.
“Jack had extensive wounds on the back of his body, and the wounds were unable to heal because his skin had deteriorated due to the malnutrition that occurred while he was lost. Despite antibiotics, the infections were worsening,” said a statement posted to Jack’s Facebook page Sunday night.
Jack was first lost in August when he escaped from a dropped kitty carrier, sparking a massive hunt by American Airlines that continued through the fall. The airline announced on October 25 that it had found the missing cat, and promptly checked him into a veterinary hospital in Queens.
Despite treatment, Jack couldn’t recover. “The vet compared his skin condition to having severe burns over 50-60% of his body,” the Facebook statement continued. “The vet was very clear that she had conferred with every possible doctor regarding options for Jack, but none of them left him with a substantial chance of survival and all of them involved him suffering.”
The Friends of Jack group that’s coalesced around the loss says Jack’s death will not be in vain. “We want people to understand the risks that attend putting an animal in cargo, and we hope to spur change in the industry so that no one else ever has to go through this again,” they write.
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Shih Tzu puppies begin to make noises shortly after their eyes open. They will also begin to try and get up and waddle around the whelping box at this time. Between 3 and 4 weeks you might want to provide new Shih Tzu puppies with a new safe daytime area for extra stimulation. A new larger area physically stimulates and mentally challenges newborn Shih Tzu puppies.
Be sure the new area has good footing. Before this time the Shih Tzu dam may protest about moving her offspring. At about 3 or 4 weeks, however, usually the Shih Tzu dam will agree to a new spot. The dog’s earliest ancestors that were related to the wolf actually utilized several den sites. The first den was used for whelping. The second den was always larger to provide the offspring with safe areas of exploration. Once Shih Tzu puppies are large enough to clamber out of the whelping box, they need an area large enough to clearly define sleeping, eating, playing and toilet areas.
If you are using your garage or basement to raise Shih Tzu puppies please check for conditions that can be dangerous or lethal. Stairwells can cause fatality if Shih Tzu puppies explore them and fall. Trapped ammonia fumes from urine are toxic. Heating systems, electrical panels and appliances require thorough checking before placing a litter nearby. A garage should be thoroughly cleaned. Physical objects, cleaning abrasives, stored gasoline, motor oil or paint must be removed.
A safe play area can be created by using a garage’s side door to the yard. Block the areas under and around the door from cold and dam drafts. Flooring should have a firm, no slippery surface.
Line your whelping box with clean soft blankets or towels in the beginning. If carpeting is used, it should be washable. Do not use indoor/outdoor carpeting. Manufacturing chemicals can react with urine. Use of these materials can cause burns to the bodies of Shih Tzu puppies. Do not use newspapers in the whelping box. Newspapers are slick and contain chemicals used in the ink. Do not use wood shavings in the whelping box. Wood shavings can be inhaled or ingested which also can cause fatalities.
When Shih Tzu puppies begin to move around inside the box, house-training can be stimulated by separating the whelping box into two areas, sleeping and eliminating. Even very young Shih Tzu puppies do not like to eliminate where they sleep, eat and play. Within a few days, puppies learn to move away from their sleeping area to eliminate. Use removable sides in the whelping box to encourage them to sleep in the whelping box and eliminating away from it. If you use a heat lamp, use it only in the sleeping and playing areas.
The Shih Tzu dam will require an area to close to her Shih Tzu puppies but a place where she can relax away from them.
Healthy Shih Tzu puppies will sleep on top of each other. Once out of the whelping box an small airline crate with the door removed makes an effective dog house for Shih Tzu puppies to rest and sleep with each other. This early use of an airline crate provides the new owner with several advantages. The newly arrived Shih Tzu puppy readily accepts the familiar airline crate as sleeping quarters, making the adjustment to a new home less traumatic.
Kids Getting a New Puppy on Christmas
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After opening all their other Christmas Gifts – Santa left one gift for the kids to open. A puppy Matipoo named “Snickers”
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