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  • Why Do Dogs Dig in Their Beds?
    The post Why Do Dogs Dig in Their Beds? by Melvin Peña appeared first on Dogster. Copying over entire articles infringes on copyright laws. You may not be aware of it, but all of these articles were assigned, contracted and paid for, so they aren't considered public domain. However, we appreciate that you like the article and would love it if you continued sharing just the first paragraph of an article, then linking out to the rest of the piece on Dogster.com. Recently, I found a thick throw rug at a thrift store. I thought it looked like a warm bit of bedding that my dog could use for her nesting. I draped it over her two other blankets and carefully tucked it to conform to the shape of her bed. Next time I went to visit her, she’d removed the new cover, dragged it halfway across the room, and left it there. I found her curled up, sleeping on her older quilts. I don’t know about you, but I have any number of pre-sleep rituals. Many of them have become so habitual that they now border on instinct. For instance, no matter the temperature, I have sheets and blankets that have to be in ... read more
    Source: DogsterPublished on 2020-06-24
  • 6 Ways to Keep Your Cat Active
    Cats are one of the most arrogant, egoistic, yet most lovable pets. Their unique character is what always attracts people to get one. Because cats are among the fiercest predators on the planet, having them as pets is quite amazing. They simply don’t care about anyone but themselves but are also huge attention seekers. These are the reasons why many people fall in love with them. See more >> The post 6 Ways to Keep Your Cat Active appeared first on The Contemporary Pet. ... read more
    Source: Contemporary PetPublished on 2020-06-19
  • Flat-faced Dogs Most at Risk of Heat Stroke
    The Chow Chow and the Golden Retriever, which were also at high risk, have thick “double coats” which limit effective cooling in hot weather… Breeds with flat faces (brachycephalic) – such as bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs – are particularly at risk of developing heat stroke, the largest study of its kind suggests.  Researchers in dog welfare at Nottingham Trent University and the Royal Veterinary College analysed the anonymised clinical records of more than 900,000 dogs across the UK. They found that more than 1,200 dogs had received veterinary care for heat stroke during the study, with almost 400 affected in a single year. This is just the tip of the iceberg as many dogs affected with heat stroke may not even be taken to a veterinary surgery. Many of the breeds that were at increased risk were flat-faced meaning that they had a ‘brachycephalic’ skull with a shortened head, flat face and short nose.The Labrador retriever – traditionally the most popular UK breed – was used as the ‘base’ comparison breed to identify breeds at most risk.  The Bulldog, an extreme flat-faced breed, was 14 times more likely to develop heatstroke than Labrador retrievers, whilst flat-faced dogs in general were twice ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2020-06-19
  • Cool Products: The Best Beds for Dog Wellbeing
    For dog owners sleep and wellbeing goes hand in hand. The same is very true for your dogs. Therefore, getting the right bed to enable a restful night is of great importance for your pooch. This is even more so the case as dogs in fact sleep far more than their human owners. 12-16 hours within a 24-hour period is normal for most breeds. Puppies will generally go to the land of slumber for 18-20 hours a day. But why do dogs tend to sleep so much more than their human counterparts? One theory is that humans tend to sleep in one big block of time i.e. throughout the night. This enables approximately 25% of sleeping time to be in a state of REM. Dogs tend to be flexible sleepers waking when something excites them and sleeping when bored. They don’t therefore get the same amount of REM this can be as low as 10% of the time they are sleeping. This cycle of shorter sleeps means that in order to get enough of the restorative type of sleep your dog needs, they simply need to be sleeping for a longer total period. So, now we understand the ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2020-06-17
  • Rehoming Update
    We regret that due to the coronavirus outbreak, NAWT centres will remain closed to visitors until further notice.However, we are able to recommence rehoming under strict guidelines which are based on the Government’s current social distancing and our sector’s infection control guidance.If you are interested in rehoming any of our animals, please contact the rehoming centre directly by phone or email.Please be aware that there may be a delay in the centre responding  to you as we are working with reduced staffing during this difficult period. ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-05-21
  • ‘Sanitisers Can be Toxic to Cats’, Warns Leading Cat Vet
    As lockdown starts to ease, with people heading back to offices and resuming some sense of normality, the demand for hand sanitisers, which is already higher than ever, is set to surge. However, the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers comes with a risk to our pets, says leading cat vet Dr Jeremy Campbell, Clinical Director at The London Cat Clinic www.thelondoncatclinic.co.uk. “There is a risk that if cats lick the hand sanitiser from peoples’ hands, or it becomes attached to a pet’s fur, they will become ill,” he says. “Most hand sanitisers are ethanol or isopropanol-based with some containing as much as 95% alcohol. Just like other forms of alcohol, if a pet ingests too much ethanol, it can be toxic,” says Dr Jeremy Campbell. “If a cat ingests significant enough quantities of ethanol it can cause, lethargy, vomiting, coordination problems, weak respirations, and dangerous drops in blood sugar, blood pressure and body temperature. The worst affected can potentially experience seizures and respiratory failure.” Dr Campbell says that other than using pet friendly reduced or non-alcohol based hand sanitisers, there are several steps cat owners can take to avoid their pet ingesting sanitiser and getting sick. Dr Campbell recommends the following actions: –       When returning home, ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2020-05-21
  • Help Your Dog Adjust When You Go Back To Work After Lockdown
    As some return to work, RSPCA issues advice to dog owners to help their pets adjust The RSPCA is urging dog owners to prepare their pets for their return to work and a change to their lockdown routine.  For many of us, life has changed significantly during the Covid-19 lockdown – and it’s also changed for our dogs. When the restrictions are lifted, we will have to adjust again to returning to our normal routines. And our dogs will too.  Sarah Tapsell, one of the RSPCA’s regional clinical animal behaviourists, said: “You may have changed your routine with your dog if you are home more. Times for feeding, playing, walking and attention may all be slightly different. Your dog may be getting more or less of these things than before depending on the changes in your schedule.  “Changes in routine are something a dog can adapt to, but it is important to think ahead and begin to make gradual changes before you change your routine again when you go back to work. Otherwise, when things change again suddenly, it may come as a shock to your dog, even if they handled it well before Covid-19. Even the most resilient of ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2020-05-21
  • Helping Sully navigate his way through lockdown
    Please don’t forget about dogs like Sully. Whilst NAWT centres are closed to the public, their vital care must continue. He’s looking forward to meeting you when the centres re-open their gates.Three month old American Bull Dog, Sully, arrived at NAWT at the start of April.A little unique, Sully has been diagnosed as completely deaf. With very young children visiting the house, and no previous experience of managing the training of a puppy with Sully’s extra care needs, his original family made the responsible decision to ask for NAWTs help finding him the perfect home. ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-05-20
  • Covid-19 Casualties: Ella and Etta
    Please don’t forget about the animals affected by this crisis, like Ella and Etta. Whilst NAWT centres are closed for lockdown, we are still receiving emergency calls for help when animals are left with nowhere else to go.Lovely mature ladies Ella and Etta were devastated to find themselves homeless when their loving owner sadly lost her life to the awful Coronavirus in early April. ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-05-15
  • Muffin’s Lockdown Lifeline
    Please don’t forget about cats like Muffin. Whilst NAWT centres are closed to the public, their vital care must continue. When all this is over, they’ll be here waiting to thank you, and hoping to offer you the friendly companionship that’s been sorely missing from so many lives during this awful time of social distancing.One year old Bengal, Muffin, would not have survived if she hadn’t arrived at NAWT just before the start of lockdown. This is her story.Weighing a tiny 1.9kg on her arrival, this beautiful young kitten was at death’s door. ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-05-13
  • HEARTBREAKING: RSPCA Receives 40 Reports A DAY of Pet Abandonment During Lockdown
    The RSPCA has received more than 1,600 reports of abandoned animals across England & Wales since lockdown began – that’s 40 a day.  The charity has released the figures as part of its emergency appeal, launched to keep its rescue teams out on the road during the Coronavirus crisis and continuing to rescue animals most in need. Animal rescuers at the charity have been designated key workers by the Government but vital funding is needed to help the RSPCA’s frontline staff continue this crucial work across England and Wales. Since the country went into lockdown on 23 March, the RSPCA has had 1,663* incidents of abandonments reported to its cruelty hotline – an average of 40 incidents a day.  An RSPCA spokesperson said: “Although much of the country is on lockdown, sadly there are still thousands of animals who need our help, including abandoned pets. “Many people are finding their pets are a real source of comfort in these anxious times and thankfully cases of abandonment are slightly lower than usual but it’s heartbreaking that some beautiful pets like Red are being dumped during this crisis. “In most cases we don’t know why pets are abandoned but it’s really ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2020-05-13
  • What are your plans for #GivingTuesdayNow?
    #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity taking place on 5th May 2020. This is an additional day to the regularly scheduled #GivingTuesday in early December, and has been created as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.Here at NAWT we’re hoping to make the most of this day by raising much-needed funds and awareness for the homeless animals still waiting for their ‘Happily ever after’. ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-05-04
  • ‘A Dog is for Life, Not Just Lockdown’ – Dogs Trust Campaign Warns about Coming Surge in Pet Abandonment
    Charity worries about impending puppy crisis as online searches to ‘get a puppy’ rise by 120%  Dogs Trust is asking the public to weigh up if they are truly ready for the realities of dog ownership before taking the leap, as searches to get a dog have shot up in the past month while the country has been advised to stay at home.   Whether people are getting a dog for companionship or because they’re around more to train them, the charity is concerned there may be a spike in people giving up their dog when normality resumes and reality sinks in. This is the sad reality that often follows Christmas when people also get dogs on a whim.  Dog ownership can be rewarding but caring for a dog when you are at home 24/7 is not the norm, so the charity is temporarily tweaking its famous slogan to ‘A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Lockdown’ to get everyone to think twice before going ahead with a puppy purchase.  Millions of us are working from home and Google searches for ‘buy a puppy’ increased by 120% in the month after lockdown was announced on 23 March. ‘Adopt a puppy’ saw an even bigger rise of 133% in online searches, according to data from Propellernet.  The UK’s largest dog welfare charity has created an online quiz for potential new dog owners to test themselves on whether they truly ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2020-05-04
  • A note from Katie Cat
    Hi,I'm Katie and these littles ones are called Wilbur, Hope, Lottie, Bessie, and you can’t really see him but their brother Dennis is in that first picture with them too. They are my babies.I arrived at NAWT in early January, when I was five weeks pregnant, because my previous owner could no longer care for me. I brought Kitty with me to NAWT, my six week old kitten from a previous litter, and I was pleased when she very quickly found a new home. ... read more
    Source: NAWTPublished on 2020-04-27
  • These Six ‘Super Sniffers’ Could Detect Coronavirus
    These six noses could soon be trained to detect if someone has COVID-19 and play a vital role in preventing further spread of the pandemic in future. Norman, Digby, Storm, Star, Jasper and Asher are ready to be assessed to work on a project to train dogs to detect the virus, and their noses could pick up its scent in as little as 6 to 8 weeks. The charity Medical Detection Dogs will intensively train the dogs that pass the assessment to help provide a rapid, non-invasive diagnosis towards the tail end of the epidemic. They are working in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Durham University. The collaborators have been speaking to government at the highest level and in the meantime launched a crowdfunder to start raising funds for the preliminary stages. If successful, the dogs could also be able to detect subtle changes in temperature of the skin. Once trained, the super six could lead the way for dogs to be used to identify travelers entering the country infected with the virus or be deployed in other public spaces. Dr Claire Guest, CEO and Co-Founder of Medical Detection Dogs, says: “Our ... read more
    Source: PetsmagPublished on 2020-04-20
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