Pet Care #4: Fast Facts About Pet Immunization & Why You Should Do It

Fast Facts About Pet Immunization & Why You Should Do It (Pet Care)
WHY

Domestic animals need necessary vaccines to stay healthy. There is a chance they could get diseases through the air or from other animals. Diseases, that could cause fatal problems, even the untimely demise of your beloved friend.

WHAT

There are two types of immunization. The first one injects them with a good chance of immunity to different viruses for long periods of time, like a “prevention is better than cure” premise. The other one is the killed-virus type, where an affected animal is given fitting medication and shots.

You might be surprised but immunization happens in a way where their body is introduced with the entity that causes the disease themselves called antibodies. Such that by “memory” they will know how to fight it off next time they encounter such antibody.

Immunization may surely cost a little since it’s not a one-time deal but consists of a number of shots. There are different vaccines required by law and recommended for your pet care needs. There are two types of vaccines the Core vaccine and the Noncore. Core vaccines are necessary to avoid deadly viruses and diseases for your pets.

What are vaccines? They may consist of killed, inactivated pathogens, or rarely modified-live virus. When I first read about what they are going to be injected with, it got me a little concerned. But further research taught me that pet immunization isn’t just about purposely dousing your little ones with fire inside but is with adjuvants that cause the immunization.

WHAT HAPPENS

Due to these adjuvants your pet might undergo different reactions to the immunization for 48 hours. Among the common effects are: achy muscles, loss of appetite, longer need for rest. More pronounced effects would be: vomiting and facial swelling. You need to tell your vet on their initial reaction for future immunizations so she can prescribe the right medicine or procedures.

HOW

These vaccines are given through injection either at the area under the skin or into the muscle. Some, through the nose or intra-nasally.

WHO

Pet care immunization can only start at 6 weeks old or at 1 and a half month old for them. Any younger and their body might not be able to fight off the antibodies injected. Every 3 to 4 weeks, they’d need to go back for more shots, up until their 16th week or when they turn 10 months old. After that, you can just visit yearly for immunization boosts.

WHERE

Trusted Veterinary Clinic
A word of caution here, improper storage or administration of vaccines can bring about the opposite effect you were hoping for and could be the reason for your pet to get infected with a disease. So make sure you choose a trust-worthy vet.

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Pet Care #3: Puzzling Out 5 Dog Senses To Know Them Better

Dogs are directly descended from wolves. Studies show that the relationship between dog and man have dated back even to the caveman days. Evidence can be seen through cave drawings and other artifacts that were left behind like in pottery or sculptures. They likely originated from creatures that wandered the earth over 15 million years ago called Tomarctus. Fossils from them could be found dating back to 10,000 B.C.

Alright, history isn’t that bad. An interesting fact about dog history is in ancient Egypt, when a beloved dog died, its owner would shave off their eyebrows put mud in their hair and to top it all off cry aloud in mourning for days!

Dog Sense #1

A Dog’s Sense of Paws

Just because they have rough paws and it’s where their only sweat glands are situated in between those paws, doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate holding your hand. It is actually the first sense among their senses that they develop. Although, their entire body is covered with nerve endings that would make them sensitive to your touch as well.

Whenever I pet Teemo, I can almost see her smiling at me. Plus, studies have shown that petting dogs can lower blood pressure!

Dog Sense #2

A Dog’s Sense of Smell

They’re not entirely color blind but their eyesight isn’t very good. However their sense of smell complements this since a dog’s sense of smell is 100,000 times stronger than ours. Among the amazing things they can do with their nose is smell things underwater, smell natural gas buried 40 feet underground, even smell cancer hidden in people.

It’s quite adorable how Teemo’s little wet nose moves about as she sniffs. A wet nose helps them identify tiny chemical drops in the air. Their noses carry unique prints that can’t be found in other dogs’. If we have fingerprints unique solely to one person, they have noseprints.

Dog Sense #3

Senses From A Dog’s Ears

Dogs have excellent sense of sound. They exceed 1,000 times far better than us at 30,000 times per second.

So creepy barking at some dim and empty-looking alleyway have some scientific justice to it after all, when they’ve heard those footsteps from a distance. What’s more if an extraordinary force is causing havoc  far away and then they start jumping out of their seats. There have been evidence of pets acting crazy before a natural disaster.

Dog Sense #4

A Dog’s Sense Of Right And Wrong

It is true what they say, that with enough affection and love shown to them, they will understand how much they mean to you. At 3 months old, Teemo looked happy and excited whenever we greet her after long departures. She’s also learned to kiss us good morning when we wake up.

They’re level of understanding can be compared to a two- or three-year old toddler. With the help of repetition, tone of voice together with gestures, it is possible to create a bridge of communication between the two of you. Even though Teemo can’t be as smart as a Border Collie or a Poodle, which are noted to be some of the smartest breeds, I think there will still be a lot of understanding between us.

Dog Sense #5

A Dog Can See If You’re Smiling

Most of the time when people smile, it means we feel good about something. Then, we can’t help to show our pearly whites. Although our intentions is of the best, but it could mean differently to a dog, who thinks you’re baring your teeth against him.

It is most terrifying to think of ways on how a dog can get aggressive. Their mouths can exert a pressure of 150 to 400 pounds per square inch!

But in time when their trust and understanding towards you have grown and developed, they will surely know the difference with your beautiful smile full of tenderness and care with that of an aggressive snare. But just in case you didn’t get the memo, don’t bare your teeth to stranger dogs who thinks of you as strange themselves.

Pet Care #2: 5 Common Cat Behaviors & Why They Do It

Cat Behavior #1

When Cows Go Moo And Cats Go Meow

Cats may not be too showy when it comes to giving out affection but they sure know how to cry out when they want something through their meows. Literally, their meow can sound like a baby’s cry, have you ever heard one of those, especially in a dark alley on an eerie night?

Cats have the ability to fine tune the way their meow sounds. Sometimes it could be slow and needier or it could be faster and louder almost telling you, to “hurry up, what’s the delay?”

Why do they do that? Well, I guess they have somehow understood that when they do it, their masters will oblige. People instinctively have paternal or maternal inclinations that respond perfectly to a cat’s meow sounding like a baby’s cry or an overly repetitive yelp which gets pitiable yet obnoxiously annoying at the same time. That we can’t help respond to these sounds as soon as we can, such that the trainer has now become the one being trained. Nasty cute little monsters, aren’t they?

Cat Behavior #2

Cats Like To Rub

However, despite their devious meowing to manipulate their owners in getting what they want when they want it, they also like to show some love. They sometimes like to rub their fluffy body against you. In addition, when they do that, they secrete pheromones that are quite unique for every cat, it leaves their scent behind with you as a way to mark their territory from other creatures.

Cat Behavior #3

Cat Belly Equals Cuteness Overload

One of their most common ways of expressing their affection is through their belly. It’s like their way of saying, “thanks for everything, now you deserve another dose of kitty cuteness from me!”

The act of showing their belly signals complete confidence and trust towards you. When we first found Albus, yes, incidentally at an ally, he didn’t warm up to us right away. Even after a week, he would come near us when we feed him but we could sense that he was still a bit jumpy and guarded.

Cat Behavior #4

Oh The Smelliness Of Cat Poop

If you want to have a look in on your cat’s thoughts, checking out their poop of all places will reveal some of the unknown. Try to check if after pooping they managed to bury or have indications of them trying to. If there is, then great! If there isn’t, then too bad for you.

Why? It still has something to do with territory. As part of the animal kingdom, cats do sense and give respect towards those that are more bad-ass than those that are fairly average or lower than them.

Poop burying is one of their ways to safeguard concealment from lurking predators. So if they chose not to bury it, it means? Yep, that’s right they think they’re much higher up in that ladder of their animal kingdom than you.

Cat Behavior #5

Cat Piss Here, There, Everywhere

The great thing about choosing cats to be a pet is that they always choose to put their waste where there is soil or sand. We’ve had a couple of cats before and we never had to train them.

So why suddenly you can see cat piss everywhere? When Teemo our half-chihuahua half-dachshund puppy arrived, they didn’t do an episode of “Tom and Jerry” right away. First because, they’re not a cat and a mouse. I just had to say that, lol. Second, Teemo was still very tiny, around nearly a month old. The aftermath of one playful scratch from Albus was scary enough to imagine. We always made sure that nothing too fancy was happening between them when they were still getting to know each other.

Instead, what Albus did was piss on the bed and blankets every chance he could. What’s more he kept on pissing on our basket for soiled clothes and on some of my bags.