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Healthy and Happy Baby
As we usher in a brand-new year, most people start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions.This year, as you make resolutions for yourself, don’t forget your pet, too! Flip to our magazine centerfold and check out our specially compiled list of Top 11 Pet Resolutions to help you raise a Healthy and Happy baby. From a personal standpoint, I am definitely looking forward to Resolution # 8 (Go On More Petdates)... can’t wait to take my baby Hitler to the beach soon, among other places. And yes, I must, must, must do Resolution # 4 (Stop Spoiling)! I know most of us are guilty of this. Given the paradigm shift of pets becoming more and more human in our society, it is no surprise that one of the most common human health problems has become the norm for pets as well: Obesity. Much like us, our pets generally seem to live on too little exercise and too unhealthy diets. If we’re not careful, this will eventually lead to obesity and a whole roster of health problems later on. So, we’ve packed this issue of Bow & Wow Times with informative articles on how to deal with obesity and tips on how to exercise your pet, in order to help you get your baby on a running start towards a healthy new lifestyle. Exercising your baby daily will allow you to have good quality time together, and not to mention, also help you shed those unwanted pounds gained over the holidays! Oh, in case you’re thinking of getting a new pet this year, read our article on tips for choosing a pet as well as understanding the needs and behaviors of cats and dogs. Canine behavioral trainer Elsie Araneta and veterinarian Dr. Rizza Zunio also share a thing or two about how best to care for a new pet (or an existing pet, for that matter). All articles are also a great read for people who already have pets and need a handy refresher on pet parenting. 2011 will definitely be very eventful and exciting for Bow & Wow. To start the year off, we’ll have The Bow & Wow Black-Collar New Year’s Benefit Dinner for The Philippine Animal Welfare Society on January 15th at The Gallery of Greenbelt5. We’ll also have more behavioral training sessions for pet parents and their pets, more adoption events, and we’ll conduct spaying and neutering efforts from our Collect & SNAP campaign. In addition, we’ll have loads of cool new products in the store, and we’ll be launching our revamped Bow & Wow membership program to give all of our loyal customers more and more reasons to come to Bow & Wow. With so much to look forward to, we can’t wait for the next months ahead!
to provide inspiration and education to our customers on how to be responsible and enlightened pet parents.
We believe dogs and cats must have the best nutrition and health care available. We believe dogs and cats are not toys for our amusement; they have feelings, they are very loyal and they need our tender loving care. We believe the best way to acquire new pets is through pet adoption from the animal shelters. We are against selling dogs and cats in pet shops which involves prolonged confinement in small cages. We are against all forms of animal cruelty including chaining and caging dogs. We support the good work of organizations like Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Compassion & Responsibilities for Animals (CARA) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
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Issue No. 6
New Year, New Pet?
Tips on choosing your pet
Pets are treasured as members of the family by millions of people around the world. Numerous studies have shown that people who have pets tend to be happier than those without. Regardless of whether you are getting a new pet or adding another pet into your household, determining what type of pet is right for you is the first step to settling into a fulfilling life with a furry new baby.
3. Other animals in the household - Consider the ongoing happiness and ability to adjust of the pets you already have. While your pet might love to have new friend to play with, a pet that has had exclusive access to your attentions may resent sharing you. 4. Home environment - What type of animal is the best fit for your home? Will you be able to live with pet hair, a litter box, or the occasional wear-and-tear caused by pets? If a tidy home free of animal hair and occasional “accidents” is important, a free-roaming dog or long-haired cat may not be the best choice. 5. Living space - How much space do you have inside and outside your home? If you get a dog, you will probably need a fenced yard or an area where you can take him out for walks. If you get a cat, you may want an outdoor enclosure or a cattery so your kitty can spend time safely outdoors. If you live in a condominium, you have to confirm if the management authorizes pets in the building. 6. Secondary care - If you travel often or are usually away from home, you may need to have access to a secondary caregiver who will be able to properly raise your pet during your absence. 7. Financial commitment - Pet illnesses and medical crises equate to high veterinary bills. Pet owners must have the adequate financial resources needed in order to raise a pet. 8. Time and emotional commitment - Most importantly, keep in mind that you’ll be making a commitment that will last the lifetime of the pet – perhaps 15 to 20 years. Make sure you can fulfill your role as a pet parent throughout your pet’s life.
www.helpguide.org and www.mypethealthguide.com New Year, New Pet?
Finding a pet that meets your needs and lifestyle
The key to enjoying your relationship with a pet is realistically choosing one whose needs will best suit your lifestyle. It’s easy to fall in love with a cute puppy or kitten, but the realities of pet parenting may present unforeseen challenges. You’ll benefit most from having a pet whose needs are compatible with your lifestyle and physical capabilities. Some lifestyle considerations that need to influence your choice in a pet: 1. Activity level - If most of your time is spent at home, consider pets that would be happy to stay with you in that environment, such as a cat. If you’re more active and enjoy daily activities outside your home, especially walking or running, a dog might be right for you. 2. Small children and the elderly - Families with small children or elderly should consider the size and energy level of a pet. Puppies and kittens are very active, but are delicate creatures that must be handled with care and patience. Large or rambunctious dogs could accidentally harm or knock over a small child or an adult who is unsteady on their feet.
Understanding needs and natural behaviours of cats versus dogs
Housecats spend most of their time cooped up indoors. Though a rare few do enjoy being outdoors, they can wander off. Cats need regular exercise, usually in the form of play. Stimulating and interactive toys are best suited for this purpose. Cats usually resist training. Essential training of cats includes using the litter box and not clawing furniture. Cats are very fastidious about litter box habits, so it’s impor tant to keep the litter box clean and fresh. Cats need to scratch, so a sturdy scratching post is necessary. Cats generally require less grooming than dogs. Though cats do need to be brushed regularly, more frequent grooming of long-haired cats is a necessity to keep them mat-free. All-natural food and treats are best for both dogs and cats. Both dogs and cats require routine veterinary care.
Dogs thrive on exposure to the outdoors. Very active dogs may not do well confined to a small apartment or living in a big city. All dogs need daily exercise and outdoor activity, but certain breeds or ages need more exercise than others.
Dogs need much more training than cats. In order to coexist happily with humans, they must be housetrained and taught proper behaviour or basic commands. Luckily, most dogs enjoy training, because it gives them something to do and it satiates their innate desire to please people.
Dogs require daily brushing, weekly bathing, and regular grooming which involves coat care and trimming, nail clipping, eye and ear cleaning, dental hygiene, among others. All-natural food and treats are best for both dogs and cats. Both dogs and cats require routine veterinary care.
Nutrition and Health
If you love serenity and independence mixed with playfulness, a cat is more likely to satisfy you. Cats have different personalities. Some like to be held and snuggled; others are more aloof and don’t like to be picked up. Cats are adaptable, however, and most will adjust quickly to new environments and people. Cats are often content to be left alone, are very independent, and don’t require much attention. If you like having a pet that doesn’t bother you much, a cat may be the perfect choice. Cats generally require a less costly upkeep compared to dogs. The costs of caring for a cat include food, toys, litter and litter boxes, spay/ neuter surgery, and routine vet care.
If you want to be greeted exuberantly every time you come home and you want a loyal companion that stays by your side most of the time, a dog is a better choice. Consider your dog to be part of your family, because to your dog, you and your family are a part of his pack.
Dogs thrive on interaction with humans and other dogs – they seek love, attention, and respect. They are very social creatures who aren’t happy left alone. Dog owners must be able to spend quality time with their pet. Costs associated with dog care include food, toys, chews, leashes, a crate, training, grooming, spay/neuter surgery, routine vet care and, sometimes, emergency vet care.
Understanding needs and natural behaviours of cats versus dogs
Exercise for a Healthy and Happy Baby
Exercise not only enriches your pet’s life; it may also enrich your own! All pets need exercise - it is vital for the health and happiness of your baby. Cats need to stalk and pounce on toys, dogs need to run and play. Below are several tips on how to get the most out of exercise sessions with your pet and ensure your cat or dog reaps the rewards of this healthy habit.
Cat Furniture – A kitty condo or climbing tree is a wonderful activity booster, especially when catnip is sprinkled liberally on it!
Tips for playing with cats:
All toys, especially those with string, should be used with human supervision as cats may ingest string, and this can cause intestinal problems which can be life-threatening. Keep a rotating array of objects to stimulate your cat. A wide assor tment of toys, from wand toys to catnip mice, is recommended. Some great inexpensive toys available at home include: Wads of paper, straws, and plastic rings from milk or juice containers. Try tying feathers or streamers to the end of a string. Make sure that no part of the toy could fall off and get lodged in your cat’s throat. You can also invent games in which cats can hunt imaginary prey. Try tantalizing your cat by mimicking the movements of a bird or insect overhead or a small animal scurrying across the floor by moving the toy in short, jerky motions. Play as often as possible for about 10 minutes per session. Let your cat intermittently catch the “prey” so it doesn’t lose interest. Always put toys away after playing. If a toy is always out, cats will lose interest much faster. Playing with kittens: While full-grown cats may have to be coaxed into playing, most kittens will play with anything. In fact, their playfulness can sometimes be dangerous so best to keep items like plastic bags, small objects and just about everything else away from unsupervised kittens.Teach your kitten early on that your hands are not toys. You may regret letting your kitten nip you when it grows up and develops full-sized teeth and claws.
Exercise for cats
Just because your cat doesn’t run up to you with a ball doesn’t mean it doesn’t want to play. When it comes to exercise, very few cats are self-starters, but even the laziest of cats can be roused into a 10 to 15 minute play session.
Interactive playing not only enlivens your napping cat, it helps maintain a healthy weight and strengthens your bond together. Playing can also help with even the most contrary behaviour problems as it is a positive outlet for negative energy and aggression. In cases where two or more cats don’t get along, group playing sessions have been known to help.
Suggested exercise for cats:
Cat Toys - Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning their bodies are suited for hunting small game. Because cats are natural hunters, they like to stalk and chase things. Many innovative cat toys serve this purpose. Catnip – Cats absolutely love catnip and most respond very well to this enticing herb. Cat Games - A pen light or small flashlight in a dimmed room can provide hours of entertainment, as cats prefer to hunt in the dark. Chasing, jumping, and looking for that point of light is fun for both cat and owner. Never shine the light directly into the cat’s eyes though.
Choose from a wide range of great cat toys from Bow & Wow. Sprinkle or spray catnip on your cat’s toys to make playtime extra fun for your baby! 4 Exercise for a Healthy and Happy Baby
From balls, frisbees, boomerangs, to tug toys, there’s a perfect toy your dog will love to exercise with. For beach outings with your baby, make sure he dons a lifevest when swimming for utmost safety.
Exercise for dogs
Dogs will rarely turn down a chance to play and run in the park. Although fenced yards provide a safe place in which your dog can play and relax, every dog still deserves at least one walk a day outside. Stop obesity before it starts by exercising your dog or puppy daily. Dogs that exercise live up to 30 percent longer. Walks provide an opportunity to establish mutual communication and a strong bond of affection. You’ll both benefit by building strength and endurance. Walks can also socialize your dog with other animals and people. Exercising helps dogs vent frustration, ending unruly behaviour such as restlessness, chasing its tail, or barking, panting and whimpering to get attention. Lastly, exercise provides numerous health benefits such as: reduce risk of serious injury, develop muscle strength and stamina, prevent obesity and associated problems, improve longevity, and maintain a vibrant coat year-round.
Tunnel exercise: Make a tunnel or maze with some old cardboard boxes or chairs and encourage your dog to explore and go through it. Concentration exercise: Hide some treats inside an old wash-glove or in a rolled up towel, encouraging your dog to uncover the “treasure”. Brain exercise: Turn over a bowl and hide treats under it. Your dog must use his creativity to turn the bowl and get all treats. Some interactive toys also serve this purpose.
Tips for exercising dogs:
Exercise will depend on the breed, age, general fitness level, and health requirements of your dog. Puppies and “work” dogs often have higher exercise requirements, but care must be taken not to overdo exercising puppies. Middle-aged and senior dogs should start out slow and exercise for short time periods. Walk your dog half an hour after its big meal of the day. Gentle exercise will stimulate its digestion and decrease the chance of obesity. Strenuous exercise could make a dog throw up and can lead to gastric torsion. If your dog jogs with you, make certain that the pace is a fast walk or trot, rather than a run. Check the dog’s feet after a run for cuts and rawness. Dogs, especially puppies, should never be run on hard surfaces like pavements or paved roads. Make walks interesting. Let your dog jump or balance on a tree, hide toys, and most important – let it play with other dogs and people! A dog that tries to “guard” against all strangers is neither happy nor likely to live out a full lifespan. Always be mindful of the weather when exercising! Exercise raises your dog’s metabolism and boosts its temperature, which can turn to into a heatstroke. Many dogs will keep running, no matter what, to stay up with their owner. Exercise during early morning or late evening to prevent heat stroke. It’s best to walk, not run, on extremely hot days.
Suggested activities for dogs:
Walking - Great for any fitness level. Minimal equipment needed, just a study collar or harness and a leash. If going for an extended walk, be sure to bring fresh water for your dog. Jogging - Once your pet is able to walk briskly for 20 - 30 minutes without tiring, you can work up to a jog. Frisbee and Fetch - If you don’t have a yard or place to run, you can play fetch or Frisbee with your dog. Be sure to use quality, “dog-study” balls and Frisbees. Swimming - A good summer exercise for almost any breed. Note that obese and older dogs do not have the same stamina. Rinse your dog’s skin and ears after swimming to prevent infection and skin irritation.
Alternative exercises for dogs:
If you are unable to take your dog outside due to weather or health restrictions, find stimulating and fun things to do indoors such as these alternative exercises to satiate your pet:
Exercise for a Healthy and Happy Baby
Issue No. 6
10 Commandments on Pet Etiquette
Etiquette, simply stated, is having good manners and behaving in a way in which we make others feel comfortable. Pet etiquette is making sure others feel comfor table around our pets. Pet parents should start with these 10 commandments—culled from animal experts—to avoid a pet faux pas. 1. Thou Shalt Not... Practice Bad Manners
The sooner your dog learns some basic obedience commands the happier—and safer—you’ll both be. Socialize your dog with humans as well as other dogs of different sizes and disposition. Keep tabs on any aggression or behavioral problems and correct them before they become bad habits.
2. Thou Shalt Not... Be Untidy or Unleashed
The rules are the same whether your pet will be resting his paws in a mall, park, or at a friend’s home: pets should be clean and well-groomed always. Dogs, even those who are perfectly trained, must be leashed when in public to make others feel comfortable seeing that the dog is under control.
about germs, so make sure the host has invited your pet. If invited, take responsibility and make sure your pet doesn’t ruin the event for everyone else by barking or meowing excessively, clawing on furniture, jumping on people, begging for food, etc. Always be prepared to replace or repair any damage caused by your pet.
3. Thou Shalt Not... Leave Poop Unscooped
There’s no excuse to leave the stinky stuff sitting where it doesn’t belong, period! Never let your pet potty on or romp all over someone else’s yard or personal property. If you see a pet owner ignoring his dog’s mess, inform them, but be diplomatic.
7. Thou Shalt Not... Assume All People are Pet Lovers
Constant pet companionship is par t of your life—but not everyone can relate. Respect people who are fearful of, allergic to, or wary towards pets. Bring your pet only to pet-friendly places, and never fail to consider the well-being of people around you.
4. Thou Shalt Not... Allow Pets to Interact Without Supervision
Don’t allow others, especially children, to interact with your dog or cat without supervision. Establish clear rules with your children and pets regarding interaction with strangers and other pets.
8. Thou Shalt Not... Promote Noise Pollution
Keep a noisy pet in check at all times. Persistent barking or meowing is a major displeasure to people. If you get a noise complaint, address it and make sure you take appropriate noise control measures.
5. Thou Shalt Not... Dump One’s Pet on Others
Your family or friends tolerate your pet when they stop by to visit you, but that doesn’t mean they want your furball setting up camp on their couch for a week while you’re on vacation. Unless you can return the favor, best to pony up for a professional pet sitter or pet hotel.
9. Thou Shalt Not... Forget to Exercise
Pets given regular exercise won’t need to release pent-up energy by through destructive or aggressive behavior. Strive for regular walk times so your dog can familiarize himself with a schedule. Play routinely with your cat to avoid negative conduct.
6. Thou Shalt Not... Go Unless Invited
Don’t assume your pet is welcome at every social gathering. A family with a new baby or an ailing parent might be extra-sensitive
10. Thou Shalt Not...Talk Obsessively About One’s Pet
Pet parents constantly talking about their pets are irritating to say the least. Bear in mind that no one wants to hear about your pet’s new trick for the nth time.
10 Commandments on Pet Etiquette
What to know before getting a pet
By: Rizalina Zunio, DVM Vets in Practice Animal Hospital
They can cheer you up without doing absolutely anything. They can make you laugh without even trying to be funny. They can command you to serve them by just showing you their irresistible face. And they can make you cry your heart out and miss them so much when they’re gone. They are our furry friends, our beloved pets, our babies. and behaviour towards other people are just few of the things you need to consider. Will you be able to provide for the needs of your pet? Apart from food and necessities, you will have to spend for regular health check ups, vaccinations, and sometimes pet emergencies. When it comes to nutrition, not all human foods are allowed for our pets. You should know the list of food that are toxic and take careful note of it. It is always best to give them a healthy and nutritious diet, even for treats and toys. You are also responsible for your pet’s reproduction.You need to be ready for pregnancy and giving birth if you plan for them to get pregnant. If you don’t plan to have your pet mated, it is always safe and healthy to have them spayed or neutered to decrease the incidence of reproductive health Dr. Rizza with her babies Harry (Schnauzer) and Wabbie (rabbit). problems and also avoid unwanted pregnancy. When outside for Parenting a pet is no small matter. Committing yourself to it a walk, or with other people, you must make sure that they are for a decade or so is the very first step, then choosing the right safe to be with, especially with young children. Warn others if you pet for you would be the next. There are some important points think necessary or keep your pet leashed if need be. that have to be considered before bringing home that charming creature you’ve fallen in love with.
Choosing a Good Veterinarian
Deciding on What Kind of Pet Best Suits You and Your Personality
How much time will you be able to spend with your pet? Different animals have different levels of dependence. A dog would love to follow you around and have a tummy rub from time to time, a rough play, a walk, a monologue, or just a peace and quiet time with you. A cat, however, may get annoyed when you call them to come closer, will just look at you and walk away with a long meowww, but will rub their body against your feet and leave their “ happy scent” (pheromones from around their whiskers) when you least expect them to be around. These behaviours apply generally though and still differ from different breeds of different species. Best to read on breed characteristics to have a clearer idea on which breed your allowed time will best fit. The space and environment where your pet will stay should also be considered.
Gone are the days where you only visit your vet when your pet is sick. Nowadays, regular visits to a veterinarian ensure that your pet is healthy and vaccinations are updated, thus saving you a lot of money in the long run. Your vet should be able to tell if your pet is healthy after a thorough check up. You should feel free to ask questions especially if in doubt and your vet should be able to give satisfactory answers and recommendations on pet parenting. You must keep the contact number of the clinic or hospital and put it where it is readily visible. You should also secure a contact number/ address of a veterinary hospital with 24-hour service in case of emergencies. Pets can take the place of a child, of a companion, of a friend, of family. They amuse us in so many ways and teach us valuable lessons in life. We learn to be patient (sometimes need to be very patient!), we learn to give love and show we care, we learn to protect them, not realizing that indeed we have become better people because of them.
Being a Responsible Pet Parent
Being a pet parent means fulfilling the responsibilities bound to that commitment. Your pet’s health, nutrition, reproduction,
What to know before getting a pet
ask the vet
By : Ma. Mylene L. Maranan, DVM Bow & Wow resident veterinarian
Our competent resident veterinarians and pet consultants shed light on various topics about pet parenting. Send in your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or post a question on www.bowandwow. com.ph and they’ll be more than happy to answer you!
Q: How do I properly brush my dog’s teeth?
When brushing a dog’s teeth, pet parents must choose the right tools for the job, such as a toothbrush designed for dogs and toothpaste made especially for pets. Human toothpaste contains ingredients, such as fluoride, which are not good for dogs as those could cause stomach upset or other health-related problems. Human toothpaste also requires rinsing, which is not that easy to do for dogs. Thus, all-natural toothpaste is best since dogs tend to ingest the toothpaste during brushing. We have a lot of great all-natural toothpaste brands available in Bow & Wow. Initially, there may be resistance in the dog when brushing their teeth is concerned. Introduce the dog toothpaste first, with the use of the pet parent’s finger into the mouth of the dog. As the dog gets accustomed to the taste and smell of the toothpaste, place a small amount on the toothbrush and again massage it into the dog’s mouth. Repeat this until the dog slowly becomes comfortable with the process. Some dogs might take some time to get used to this, so be patient. It is well worth the effort as taking care of your baby’s dental hygiene is beneficial for his overall health. Happy Brushing!
is a must. It is best to use all-natural products when grooming as chemicals can wreak havoc on your baby’s skin and fur. Most importantly, provide healthy food with ingredients like Omega 3 and 6 that is good for the skin and also the coat. These can be found in pet foods, treats and even supplement forms, all available in our store.
Q: How can I make my baby eat pet food?
To start with, choose a pet food that is similar to the taste of the main meat that you give your dog or cat. For example, if your dog likes chicken meat, choose a dog food that has chicken as its main ingredient.
Next, make your pet smell the food or give it as a treat at first and then gradually mix it to your pet’s meal. Start at 25% for 2 to 3 days, and observe the pet’s poop. If no change is noticed, increase the food to 50% pet food and 50% human food.This shifting might take as long as 7 to 14 days depending on the changes in poop consistency as well as the pet’s response, until you have totally shifted to 100% pet food. Lastly, don’t forget to take note of the ingredients of the pet food you feed. Always choose natural or organic food as these would give the essential nutrients to ensure a healthy and happy baby. Choose several brands or flavors of food that your pet likes as it is recommended that you change pet food every 3 to 4 months so that your baby will not experience taste fatigue. We have a great selection of gourmet-quality food in Bow & Wow. When dealing with picky eaters or pets used to human food, our delectable canned food variants never fail to work wonders! Goodluck!
Bow & Wow recommends Vets In Practice Animal Hospital for the best veterinary care and services. For inquiries and appointments, contact them at (02) 531-1581.
Q: Is there a way to prevent less hairfall of my Persian cat?
Pets (especially long-haired cats) usually shed their coats twice a year. Shedding occurs nearing summer or hot months as they need to have thinner coats and also near the cold months for them to grow thicker coats. The process of shedding usually takes up to 6 weeks to occur. Pets also regularly shed in between those times as the natural wear and tear of the coats occurs. Shedding becomes problematic when this occurs excessively. To prevent this from happening, regular brushing and grooming
Ask the Vet
Issue No. 6
you and your pet
How Do You Baby Your Pet?
Editor’s Note: In our last issue, we asked readers to send their answers to “How do you baby your pet.” Our Top 3 entries gave such great answers - we couldn’t resist publishing them here! Thank you to Cherry, Jackie, and Jonna, for sharing your experiences. Your babies are truly lucky to have you as pet parents! Please drop by Bow & Wow Shangri-la to claim your special prize from us. Prizes may be claimed until March 31, 2011.
Our Baby, Towel
By: Cherry Araniego
By: Jacqueline Toh
“It was a Saturday morning when my boyfriend, Nat, came to our house. I opened the door and saw him clutching what I thought was another stuffed toy... and then IT moved! The furry little thing was actually a Chow Pei (mixed breed of Chow Chow and Shar Pei). Nat said the Chow Pei’s mom died and he needed someone to take care of him. My heart filled with pity that he no longer had his real mom so Nat and I promised ourselves that we will be the best pet parents to him. Because of his smooth and soft fur, we decided to call him Towel. We started out trying to know more about Towel’s breed. We did our research and joined pet owners’ community forums to know Daniella how to take good care of our baby Towel. The day after we got him, we took him for his first vet visit. We have never missed a vet visit since then. We see to it that Towel has everything he needs. We feed him and give him clean water to drink. We recently got him a great water dispenser, which he really loves that he takes naps right next to it! We make sure he takes his vitamins everyday. We bathe him regularly except when he has had his shots. We take him shopping. We take him to church on Sundays and walk him daily when we go out to buy milk. I enjoy combing his coat while he chews on his toys until he falls asleep. This is how we baby him. We will always keep that promise to be the best pet parents to our baby Towel, as it is our lifelong commitment to him even when the time comes that Nat and I will already have a real baby of our own.”
“Why Pomermania? Because I am a proud pet parent of five Pomeranians, namely: Ginger, aged 5; Lucky, aged 3; Blue, aged 2; and Daisy and Preciosa, aged 7 months. Each of them are poms of a kind and have unique personalities. I got Ginger when she was a year old and since then, she and I have such a strong bond that wherever I am she will be there, too. Ginger and Lucky are so quiet that they go to mass with me and my mom. Blue is hyper and loves to play ever y minute. Preciosa and Daisy love toys. As a parent caring for my babies, it is important for me to provide them with the best products available to ensure that they live the healthiest and happiest life ever. Since they are picky eaters I make sure to get food and treats they love, such as Natural Balance. They all love chicken so I usually get them treats with chicken. They also love to play, so I get them Petstages toys. Since they have thick fur and live in a humid climate like ours, I have them in a lion cut so that they feel cool. To ward off fleas and ticks, I stay away from chemicals and only use products that are natural repellants, such as Neem shampoo and spray.”
My Baby Qish
By: Jonna Baquillas
“My cat Qish is such a sweet, clingy furball. I baby him by letting him rest his head and paw on my arm all throughout the night while I pet him to sleep (I normally doze off before he does). Qish would curl up next to me in bed, purring loudly while resting his head on any part of my body. If I am too lazy to get up, he would start licking my face -- particularly my nose. Now that Txahe’s sick, I had to learn to administer coli sub-cutaneous fluid at home -- and being a needle-phobic that I am, I do it all for love, every other day for the rest of his life.”
How Do You Baby Your Pet?
Breed Spotlight: The Chow Chow
Temperament and Behavior
The Chow Chow is a well-mannered but dominant breed that requires a dominant owner. They need firm authority, socialization, and training starting at puppyhood.The owner of this breed of dog should be able to set rules for the dog and be a calm person who is naturally firm, confident, and consistent. With such a handler, the Chow Chow can develop well. The problems arise when the dog lives with owners who do not understand how to be in the alpha position in the human pack. If Chow Chows are allowed to be the alpha or boss of the house, they will become stubborn, protective and sometimes downright unruly. They will be self-willed to the point of obstinacy and may be over-protective. When a Chow Chow believes he is the ruler of humans, and strangers push themselves on this dog, he may become aggressive. Alpha Chow Chows like to dominate other dogs and will often be a one-person dog, very loyal to their master, though he may act reserved, even with them. A Chow Chow not 100% convinced humans are the boss will be harder to obedience train.The Chow will feel they need to be deciding what and when to do things, not the human, as humans must listen to them. It is important to note, however, that these are NOT standard Chow Chow traits, they are instinctual behaviours resulting in meek human authority over the dog. Chow owners must make sure they and the rest of the family knows how to be Alpha. All family members and other humans around the dog must be higher in the pack order than the dog. Chow Chows can be quite a handful with passive owners, but take the very same dog to an owner who has natural authority, and he will be polite, patient and well rounded, making an excellent family companion.
History and Origin
The exact origin of the Chow Chow is unknown, but it is a very old breed. The oldest known dog fossils, dated back to several million years ago, are very similar in structure to the Chow Chow. Pictures on Chinese pottery which looked like the Chow Chow date back as far back as 206 BC. The Chow Chow may be related to the Chinese Shar-Pei, as both breeds origins point to China and both have the distinctive trait of the black and blue mouth. The Chow Chow was used by the Chinese as a working dog doing many different tasks such as a hunter of wolves, sable and pheasant, for herding, cart and sled puller, boat guard, and protection of the home. In the late 1800s, Chows were first bought to England by merchants.The name “Chow Chow” probably originated from the pidgin English word “chow-chow,” a general term for all of the odds and ends bought back from the far East.
The Chow Chow is a large, stocky dog. Generally, height is 1822 inches (46-56 cm) and weight is 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg).The two most distinctive features of the Chow Chow are its blue-black tongue and its almost straight hind legs, which makes their walk rather stilted. The head is large and broad with a flat skull. One of their key physical traits is a huge ruff behind the head, which gives it a lion-like appearance. The black nose is large with well open nostrils. The small, erect ears are triangular in shape and round at the tip. The almond-shaped eyes are deep-set and dark in color. The muzzle and chest is broad and deep. The tail is set high carried very close to the back. The profuse, dense, furry coat comes in two varieties, smooth coat and rough coat. Common colors are solid red, black, blue, cinnamon and cream, but it can also come in tan, gray, or a rare white. The coat sometimes has lighter or darker shades, but is never multi-colored.
Health and Exercise
Chow Chows are prone to suffer eye irritation called entropion, caused by eyelid abnormality; this can be corrected with surgery. They are also prone to hip dysplasia, stomach cancer, hot spots and ear infections. Because of their relatively short muzzles, they often snore. Regular brushings of the long coat is important to maintain the lifted, standing-out look. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder and extra care is needed when the dog is shedding its dense undercoat.This breed is very sensitive to heat and must live in a cooler living environment. Chow Chows can be lazy, but need to be exercised daily. Dogs who do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display obesity or even behaviour problems. Life expectancy for this breed is about 15 years.
Breed Spotlight : The Chow Chow
Joys to Live With
By: Elsie Louise Pfleider Araneta Director, PAWS Animal Behavioral Training Program
Elsie is photographed with Sheba Braheheart Aspin of Owls Perch, who was adopted from the PAWS Shelter when she was a 10-week old puppy. Sheba is now 1 year & 6 months old.
On our way home from church on Sunday we passed an empty lot on the main artery of our village. In one corner was a small metal cage with a tin roof and a beautiful male beagle inside. He is there every day that I pass. This time, he was barking his lungs out... again. I put myself in that metal box and imagined eternity ending at the edge of my toenails. For a moment I went mad. The snap back to the CRV was quick and merciful. In the scheme of things, that Beagle is one lucky chap compared to the mangy leather bags of bone we pick up and rehabilitate at the shelter. He gets fed, groomed, and vaccinated. He probably even studs for the occasional female in heat. And he is generally safe from speeding cars, aggressive dogs, and maybe even from nasty people who like to tease and hurt animals. Life cannot be so bad when one is safe and well fed. Or can it? Applied animal behaviorist, Suzanne Hetts1, has a five way program for canine domestic bliss: we let our dog know when he is being good; we stimulate his mind; we reserve time to play and exercise with him; we show him affection; and we spare the rod.The popular icon, Cesar Milan, maintains that happy dogs are “balanced dogs” that live by Cesar’s three part formula of exercise, discipline, and affection. For Temple Grandin2 the rule is simple and scientifically guided by the core emotional systems of the mammalian brain. To make dogs happy, she recommends switching on the brain functions for play and seeking. She also says that anyone responsible for the care of animals, pets included, must avoid stimulating rage, fear, and panic. The lists may look different, but they all talk about the same things: the physical, mental, social, and emotional needs of The Dog, our evolutionary partner and companion. For those of us who seek out the company of dogs, we must know what they need to remain the joys we would like to live with.
Exercise. Physical activity - a good daily workout - is definitely at top of the list. Think of it. For thousands of years our ancestors trekked long distances in search of food and shelter.They broke ground and softened it to plant seed, and carried heavy loads from a successful hunt and gather. Our dogs’ ancestors worked, walked, and hunted right beside them. For both our species, our muscle tone, skeletal formation, respiratory and cardio-vascular functions, even our immune system and mental health evolved to support this need to be physically active. In today’s urban life, however, they no longer have a place. Instead we spend long hours in front of the computer and stare at things up close. Since our bodies have not caught up with this lifestyle change, we must replace those activities with daily jogs and visits to the gym. Exercise; without it we grow weak and sickly. Our dog will as well, and he knows he cannot afford that. Not if he wants to survive. So he becomes restless and anxious. He starts to spin and chase his tail. He might even bolt up and down your living room, or run a track around your lot. This is rather bothersome behavior and could well be avoided with a good dose of exercise for both him and you. Of course we need to choose the appropriate type of exercise for our dog. Jogging for an hour up and down hilly San Juan will probably not be good for Ms. Pug, but may not be enough for a Mr. Am. Staff who is in his prime. There are many alternatives like dog games and canine sports that one can engage in. You can play fetch, tug, agility, frisbee, and long distance jumping. The trick and the fun is trying them out and finding the right match for your dog’s physique. Mental Stimulation is a very close second to exercise. Dogs’ brains continuously process stimuli and support the seeking faculties, making dogs and wolves curious about “that thing out there.” Fifty years ago most people and dogs did not have to worry about satisfying this need to seek. Life satisfied it. The open fields were there for everyone and every dog. Today’s urbanite can still satisfy it with books, TV, the internet, and video games. But dogs cannot. So they get bored and look for their own relief. They start to pace, get into your cabinets, and “steal” the steak off the counter. They will chew up your books, pounce on your cushions and tear them up. None of this is a joy to live with. This is why Cesar Milan’s long walks make so much sense. Dogs get a chance to sniff, investigate, and maybe even track things down. They experience novelty, process new stimuli, and decide on new actions. They come home relieved of boredom and with a brain flooded with feel-good and happy hormones. The owner can then rest easy for the remainder of the day, and her improved health is a gratifying bonus. If long walks are difficult on a regular basis, there are
Joys to Live With
interactive toys to activate canine minds and their seeking faculties. Kongs and variations on the treat ball are great starters. There are several available at the Bow & Wow stores. For the more advanced (like my Sheba Braveheart) there are wonderful Nina Ottoson dog puzzles available through the internet. Play and dog sports are other ways to activate this part of the brain and double up as exercise. The real treat here is the wonderful friendship that builds between you and your dog while you engage in play. Line of Communication/ Feedback/ Affection are critical ingredients for a dog’s general well-being. Canines evolved as social animals to increase their chances of survival and safety. Since they exist in social groups, they need to be able to communicate with each other so they know whether they are doing things right. If they are, they can continue to do them and survive in the group. They also need to know when they are engaged in a dangerous activity so they can avoid it. In your dog’s “group” you are the most important “other.” You control his environment, his space, his food, and his time. You are his leader. The most important messages and feedback for him are those that come from you. And as the more intelligent partner in the relationship, it lands on your lap to build an effective two-way communication line between the two of you. Part of this communication line is what Cesar Milan means when he talks about discipline: setting boundaries and limitations. In simple terms we need to teach our dog how to live in today’s urban world. There are rules, and he needs to learn them. But he cannot and will not, unless we teach him. The important thing about communication and feedback is to give it immediately, and in a positive or non-aversive manner.Thus, Suzanne Hetts’ spare the rod advice. Dogs are genetically programmed to stay away from what endangers their survival. If you hurt your dog he will tend to avoid you3. This is a very serious position of conflict for your dog. On one hand, he has to rely on you for survival and companionship. On the other, you pose a danger to his life and limb. Being within reach of his owner’s swinging hand makes him anxious and highly stressed. How is he to deal with you? Dogs that have been trained with punishment and aversives show a distinct lack of behavior. They stay shut down until instructed. I have seen this in “well-trained” dogs. They would rather “not do” for fear that their action will turn out to be wrong, and call down punishment. These dogs are easy to manage, most of the time, but they are shut down. I would not call them happy dogs. The messages our dogs send us are just as important. We need to listen so we know what they are saying. It is not uncommon to hear, “he was okay one second and all of sudden he snapped, for no good reason.”The truth is there is good reason and our dogs almost always give us fair warning or feedback. Listening takes some practice, though. Watch their faces, notice how
they move, and mark the positions they take up. Remember that dogs speak with their bodies. And there is the lubricant, affection. It is what makes close social interactions pleasurable. If you have a multiple dog household, watch how they interact. Some will display definite signs of affection for each other. One will gently groom and pet another while they lie head to head on the floor. Notice the softness in their displays. We can follow suit and express affection towards them in that same soft calm way. A word of caution though, some dogs do not like being hugged or kissed or thumped on the head. It does not matter that we intend those to be signs of affection. If the dog is not receiving it as such, but as an offensive intrusion, the dog will eventually ask you to stop in the only way it knows. It will growl or snap. If it does that, stop doing what you are doing, step back, then ask him to “come” and the “sit”. Reward him for compliance. Do not reprimand the dog for his fair warning. Just do not continue and do not repeat what you were doing. Asking him to come and sit is your way of reestablishing your line of communication, after that small disagreement. Final Words: What to Avoid. What about the emotions Temple Grandin says we need to keep shut off or on low? Rage, fear, and panic, are what Dr. Jaak Panksepp4 calls “blue ribbon emotions.” Together with play and seeking, they are primal feelings necessary for survival. We want to keep them off because they are often displayed violently. Unchecked, they become anti-social behavior which we would rather not live with. They are an interesting set of responses that I look to having another conversation with you, in the next issue of The Times.
Suzanne Hetts holds a Ph.D. in animal behavior from the Zoology department at Colorado State University (CSU) and is certified by the Animal Behavior Society as an applied animal behaviorist. She was the Scientific Director of Delta Society’s “Standards for Professional Dog Trainers.” Temple Grandin is a doctor of animal science and a professor at Colorado State University. She is also a bestselling author, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. As a person with high functioning autism, she is also widely noted for her work in autism advocacy and is the inventor of the hug machine designed to calm hypersensitive persons. 3 See my previous article Cross Over: Adding Fun and Kindness to Canine Training, in the October issue of the Times, which talks about positive reinforcement. 4 Dr. Jaak Panksepp is a neuroscientist at Washington State University and is one of the most important researchers in the field of affective neuroscience. He wrote about the Blue Ribbon Emotions in his book Affective Neuroscience:The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions (New York: Oxford University press, 1998.).
Joys to Live With
Issue No. 6
Obesity in Dogs & Cats
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The list of obesity-related health concerns is long and concerning. In addition to shortened length of life, obese pets generally have a poorer quality of life. They tend to be inactive because even basic actions are energy consuming and strenuous. They spend a lot of time feeling uncomfortable which can lead to increased irritability and depression. Being obese means extra demands are placed on every organ in your pet’s body, strain is placed on joints and bones, and your pet is at higher risk for a number of illnesses. Some of the health problems caused by obesity include: diabetes and insulin resistance, cancer, liver disease, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, high blood pressure, and joint problems such as arthritis and hip dysplasia. Obesity also makes the animal prone to heat intolerance which leads to heatstroke, breathing difficulties, gastrointestinal or digestive diseases, pancreatitis, liver disease, skin problems, decreased immune functioning, and reproductive disorders.
A quick assessment of body weight could be the star t to lengthening your pet’s life. Some ways to tell if a pet tips the scale: Figure: The best way to detect obesity is not to just weigh your pet, but to observe its figure. When viewed from above, your pet’s back should show some natural curves: a visible waist area between where the ribs end and the hips begin, and a gradual slope to the base of the tail. When viewed from the side, you should see a “tucked up” area just before the hind legs, with a stomach that does not bulge or sag. Ribs: With gentle fingertip pressure, you should be able to easily feel your pet’s ribs if you run your hands along its side. If you can feel only cushioned body wall, or if you can pinch at least an inch of fat over the ribs, there is a good chance that your pet is overweight. Eating Habits: Pets constantly on the lookout for food or begging for treats may be overweight. Exercise: Pets of optimum body weight are usually up for a brisk walk or a game of catch anytime. Overweight pets tend to be less interested, and when exercised, are soon panting excessively or unable to keep up with their owners.
What is Obesity?
Obesity is the most common nutritional disease in pets. Experts consider a dog or cat obese when the pet weighs over 15% of the optimum weight for its species. Plump pets may be cute, but the truth is that obesity in pets poses serious health risks and is unfortunately becoming a very common problem.
Causes of Obesity
In nature, there is a natural balance between food intake and energy expenditure. Animals must hunt for their food, an energy consuming task, and the food they eat is low in fats and sugars. In domestic pets, this balance is often lost. Some of the major causes of obesity are overeating, lack of exercise, hormonal problems, and improper feeding. Lifestyle factors often mean that pets eat more than what they require, and poor diets mean the food they consume are often not appropriate for their digestive systems. In addition, a big contributor to obesity is the inevitable slowing down of metabolism, particularly in older pets. However, while too much food in relation to too little exercise is the most common cause of obesity, some illnesses can also cause pets to gain weight, such as hypothyroidism, insulinoma, Cushing’s disease, etc.
Obesity in Dogs & Cats
Ideal Weight Ranges
Below chart illustrates ideal weight ranges for common dog and cat breeds. To best assess pet body condition and weight, it is critical to consult a veterinary practitioner.
Ideal Weight of Common Dog Breeds
Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever German Shepherd Yorkshire Terrier Beagle Boxers Bulldogs Dachshunds Poodles Shih tzus 65-80 lbs. 75-95 lbs. Less than 7 lbs. 18-30 lbs. 50-75 lbs. 40-50 lbs. 8-10 lbs. 11-17 lbs. 8-16 lbs.
Ideal Weights of Common Cat Types
Domestic Cat Persian Siamese Maine Coon 8-10 lbs. 7-12 lbs. 5-10 lbs. 10-25 lbs.
Help for the Obese
Similar to humans, the best way to treat obese pets is to implement a strict dietary change and exercise program that will encourage weight loss. While some drugs and disease conditions may cause a pet to be overweight, obesity is more often caused by overfeeding and high calorie foods. Working with your vet to rule out potential medical problems is the first step to get on the track to health and fitness. During this consult, your vet should check for underlying conditions that may have caused weight gain, or possible health concerns that have developed as a result of the weight gain.Your vet will be able to accurately weigh your pet and compare this measurement against what is considered normal for that specific breed of cat or dog. Your vet will also be able to advise on what exercise and diet will best suit your pet’s dietary and physical needs. In some case, your vet may recommend a special high quality diet food that will help your pet lose weight.
Bow & Wow offers a great selection of all-natural reduced-calorie food and treats for overweight pets
and never feed human food or table scraps as these are usually high in fat, sodium, and grains. Scatter Food. For pets that eat too fast, scattered food will help them eat more slowly. Don’t Feed Multiple Pets with a Single Dish. Avoid feeding several cats with the same dish, as this can result in competitive eating, which can also make them eat too fast. Increase Exercise. Some pets are naturally more active than others, but most pets can be enticed into doing some form of daily exercise. For lazybones, find creative ways to get their hearts pumping through playtime! Reduce Food Intake after Spaying/Neutering. Pets can often pick up weight after being spayed and neutered due to hormonal changes. In fact, they tend to need about 20% less. That is not to say they should not be spayed or neutered, but dietary changes after the operation may be necessary, especially for older pets. Stop Rewarding with Treats. Pet parents often fall into the habit of rewarding pets with food. This teaches pets that food is the only validation of your approval. Ditch the treats and instead shower your pet with affection and verbal rewards.Toys also make great rewards for dogs. Say Goodbye to Stress and Boredom. Your pet’s eating habits can be effected by a number of factors including stress, boredom and perceived competition for food with other pets. Watch out for these factors and address them when they come up.
More Tips and Tricks for dealing with Obesity:
Feed only during Meal Times. Leaving food down all day gives pets a greater propensity to overeat. It is not advisable to do free-choice feeding as overweight pets tend to overeat and not know when to stop. Measure the Amount of Food. It is necessary to figure out how much food your pet needs per day, divide that volume into two meals spaced at regular intervals, and be very strict about it. Feed the recommended amount of food for their current weight, not their ideal weight. Eat Healthy! Many pet foods are high in carbohydrates and low in protein, so all-natural food and treats are a better and healthier alternative. However, some pets are fussy and turn their noses up at healthy food. A good pet parent must draw the line and encourage healthy eating. Stay Away from Calories. High-energy diets, table scraps, and treats are going to convert into fat. Feed reduced-calorie variants,
Obesity in Dogs & Cats
Issue No. 6
pet parent profile
Kids as Responsible Pet Parents
An interview with Nuni Celdran, celebrity pet parent
Pets can be a huge comfort, yet few realize that apart from the fun and fulfilling part, there is also the complex and challenging part of owning a pet. Being a pet parent requires certain responsibilities, and luckily, even young pet masters are starting to learn this at an early stage. When it comes to dog or cat parenting skills, many individuals love pampering their canine and feline home companions like they are part of family – much like a baby, even – and this goes for people of any age! Meet one of the proud young pet parents and her furry best friend: Nuni Celdran, the eight-year-old daughter of respected Philippine broadcast journalist and producer David Celdran, has a fluffy Munchkin named Dewey. “We’ve had him for two years. We named him after the character in the bestselling book about a cat in an Iowa public library,” Nuni said.The young daughter of the topnotch broadcast executive describes her feline pal as chubby, cute, and loves to cuddle. Hence, Nuni and other members of the Celdran family take turns cuddling the cat, combing the cat’s hair, and scratching the cat’s tummy.
Nuni Celdran is glad that her pet cat is a healthy one, so there has been not much need to bring the pet to the veterinarian. During special occasions like holidays, Dewey is given edible treats. When Dewey was still a kitten, Nuni recalled how her furry friend thoroughly enjoyed his scratching post and toys like balls and toy mouse, many of which they got from Bow & Wow. Indeed, with so many toys and treats at his disposal, Dewey is one pampered little baby in the Celdran residence. The best thing that Dewey has been given, though, is the utmost loving care from a celebrity pet parent. On the other hand, the young pet parent has found much joy from her pet cat’s antics and habits. “We laugh out loud whenever Dewey poses with his eyes closed and lies flat on his back,” she happily narrated. Owning a pet, Nuni Celdran also noted, “teaches kids how to be responsible and affectionate”. Nuni Celdran is a clear-cut illustration of how pet owners, even at a young age, can happily take on the responsibilities of being a pet parent.
David Celdran and daughter Nuni with pet cat Dewey.
Kids as Responsible Pet Parents
Issue No. 6
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