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All About Pets August 2013

All About Pets August 2013

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Keeping Fido Fit
How to get your dog in shape
Aiken Standard
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August 2013
If you are welcoming a new dog to thefamily but have yet to pick a name, you mightwant to consider “Max.”
Max has been apopular name for male dogs in the UnitedStates, Canada, the United Kingdom andAustralia on and off for years, many timestopping the list as the most popular maledog name.
Although names that described
dog’s traits, such as Spotty or Dusty, werepopular more than 50 years ago, today’s
dogs (and cats) have decidedly human
names. Dogs named Max have starred in
movies (think Max in “The Grinch Who
Stole Christmas,”) and have also broken
records. A dog named Max lived to be theoldest dog at age 26. Max has been aname given to pampered Yorkies as wellas rough-and-tumble mutts.If Max is not the name foryou, Buddy, Jake andRocky are a few ofthe other popular dognames.
n 2012, Superstorm Sandy caused
the catastrophic destruction of manyresidential areas up and down theeastern seaboard. Just months later,much of the country experienced extremetemperature swings, some as much as40 degrees in just a few days. Areas ofGeorgia were overturned when a tornadoturned over cars, trapping residents of anAtlanta suburb.
Such drastic changes are an anomaly that
have many meteorologists scratching theirheads. The aftermath of drastic weathercan sometimes result in property loss anddamage that may force families and theirpets into new living situations. Oftentimes,pets are not able to make the move and aresurrendered to area shelters.A struggling economy has also taken its tollon pets. According to Hope Brustein, theexecutive director at the Geauga Humane
Society in Ohio, many animals are brought
to shelters because owners have lost theirjobs or homes and tight budgets can nolonger support them. Those who have losttheir homes and need to relocate may notbe able to bring their pets along.
The ASPCA estimates 5 to 7 millioncompanion animals enter animalshelters nationwide every year.
intakes are generally evenly dividedbetween animals that are relinquished byowners and those picked up by animal
control. There are no rm statistics on how
many animals are surrendered to shelters
inCanadabuttheWinnieHumaneSociety alone takes in 8,000 to 9,000
animals each year.Although the number of animals enteringshelters continues to rise, so do thenumber of adoptions. This is in part to thepublicity campaigns of many area sheltersas well as the grassroots efforts of peoplecommunicating via social media. Animaladoption announcements are frequentlyposted on Facebook, and many sheltersnow have their own online presence to alertthe public to the plight of animals in theshelter.
Petnder.com remains one of
the largest databases of searchable petsavailable for adoption, boasting morethan 374,000 pets from nearly 14,000adoption groups.
Parties interested in pet adoption are urged
to visit their local shelters rst and inquireabout the available animals. Some shelters
have stringent adoption guidelines andwill not entertain an inquiry without thecompletion of a form and a backgroundcheck. People who are interested in
adopting a breed-specic animal can
contact rescue organizations that specialize
in these types of animals. Some shelters
will pay for shipment of the animal, whileothers require adoption candidates maketheir own travel arrangements.A variety of situations have increased thenumber of animals in shelters awaitingadotion.
Shelters have seen a rise in thenumber of surrendered pets,partly due to the displacementof families afterbad storms.
Number of surrenderedpets is highand growing
Number of
surrendered pets is high
and growing
Simple ways to
keep your pet healthy
Automatically keep
track of pets’ health
Causes and remedies for
bad dog breathAdjusting to life
with your newly adopted dogHelp dogs cope with
separation anxiety
Pet care can be
How to help your pet survive a
sizzling summerProtect pets
from pesticides
Moving with a pet
in tow
Strap pets in for safety
— theirs and yours
Choose the
best food
for your dogGive your cat something to
savor at mealtime
Savor the moment of
mealtime with your pet233456788910101111
August 2013
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Simple waysto keep yourpet healthy
healthy petis a happypet, andresponsiblepet ownersknow thattheir beloved
pets’ health
rests largelyon the
shoulders.Ensuring apet is healthyover the longhaul can bequite simple.While somepets may develop medical conditions thatrequire more attention, the following area few simply ways pet owners can keeptheir pets healthy.
• Don’t skip visits to the veterinarian.
Unlike humans, pets can’t speak forthemselves, so it’s quite possible that
a pet could be hurting or dealing with amedical condition while its owner hasno idea. Annual veterinary checkupscan help avoid such situations, and thevet might notice a developing conditionbefore it becomes anything serious. If a
pet’s behavior suddenly changes, then
schedule a veterinarian visit as soon aspossible, as this behaviorial change couldbe indicative of a medical issue.
• Prioritize vaccinations.
Vaccinationscan protect a pet from a host of ailments,including rabies, distemper and Lymedisease. New pet owners who adopteda pet from a rescue organization should
get documentation about the animal’spast vaccinations (certied kennels
typically provide such documentationat the time of adoption). If there is nosuch documentation or if there aredocuments showing the pet receivedcertain vaccinations but not necessarilyall of its vaccinations, take the pet tothe veterinarian and have the animal
receive those vaccinations that aren’t
• Spay or neuter the pet.
The ASPCAnotes that spaying or neutering a pet is apreventive measure that can help a petin the long haul. Spaying, or removingthe ovaries and uterus of a female dogor cat, can prevent diseases, such asbreast cancer and pyometra, as well asinfection and keep the animal from goinginto heat. Neutering a male a dog or catbefore it reaches six months can reducethe likelihood that the animal will behaveaggressively while helping to preventtesticular cancer, diseases of the prostateand hernias.
• Help the pet ght heartworm.
Heartworm isn’t easy to treat, but it is
easily prevented. Cat owners shouldspeak to their veterinarian aboutheartworm and the best course ofaction, as cats are less likely to developheartworm than dogs, who are naturalhosts for the infection. Dogs should betested for heartworm annually in theearly spring, and the veterinarian mightprescribe a preventive medication the dogwill take once per month. How long thedog must take the medication dependson the dog and the veterinarian, but dog
owners should heed the vet’s advice.
• Get your pet off the couch.
Humansshould not be couch potatoes, and neithershould their pets. Regular exercise burnscalories while increasing muscle massand improving cardiovascular strength.Dog owners should know that how muchexercise their dog needs depends on itsbreed, age, sex and physical condition,so discuss a proper exercise regimen withyour veterinarian. Cats need exercise,too, and cat owners should also discuss
the specics with their vet.
t is not always easyfor pet owners torecognize whena companion animalis feeling sick. Dogsand cats can both bestoic when dealingwith illness, and unlessthere is somethingphysically apparent likea limp or a wound, petowners may have asick four-legged friendon their hands withouteven knowing it. Buta new technology isaiming to change theway pet owners areinformed about their
pets’ health.
At least two differentinnovators have developed devices that
continuously monitor a pet’s health and alert
its owners when there is something amiss.
The Japanese information technology rm
Fujitsu announced its launch of an innovativenew device called the Wandant in 2012. This
device can be afxed to dogs’ collars, where
it can monitor their level of activity, number ofsteps taken and other health-related data. Thedata can be uploaded to a cloud or read by aphone or computer. Transitions inpet health can be monitored to makeit easier to understand any changesthat could be indicative of a healthproblem.Similarly, a start-up company calledPetPace is developing a collar that
can monitor your pet’s health and send an early
warning to you and your vet when something
doesn’t add up. The Massachusetts-based
company will produce a collar and base stationthat collects the data. There will be an initialcost for the equipment and then a monthlysubscription fee for ongoing monitoring service.According to the company, the sensors in
the collar can track the animal’s movement,temperature, respiration and pulse. There’s
also a microphone that listens for soundslike drinking, barking or stomach gurgling.Positioning and movement sensors, like thosefound in many smartphones, can even tellwhen the animal is running, laying down ortaking a bathroom break. The data is compared
to what’s normal for the breed and the animal’s
past behavior. Anomalies may alert pet ownersto something that is wrong.According to chairman Avner Schneur,the company has already been testing itstechnology at several pet hospitals. Although
hospitals will be the company’s initial focus,
PetPace will eventually sell the collar toconsumers.If your dog or cat may not be feeling well butis not exhibiting any abnormal behavior, thensome new devices might be able to alert you tothe problem to take action sooner.
Automatically keeptrack of pets’ health
Not everyanimal exhibitsobvious signsof physicalsuffering.

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