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Let's talk about dog's ears. Dog’s ears can indicate their mood and how they feel. Dog's not only used their ears to listen but also uses them to communicate with us and other dogs. Since the ears of a dog are easily seen, they are a great tool for us to use to determine if a dog is in a playful, friendly, aggressive state, or suggest how they feel physically.
The Floppy, folded, small and large dog’s ears come in many forms, but all have the same purpose: like funnels for sound. Did you know that at least 18 muscles work to tilt, rotate, and raise. This furry accessory, help your dog identifies and captures sounds from different directions.  Here are some quick facts about dog ears and hearing.

• Puppies are born deaf because their ear canals are still closed. They begin to listen when they are a few weeks old.

• A Bloodhound called "Tiger" by St. Joseph, Ill., who measures his left and right ears 13.75 and 13.5 inches respectively is named the longest ear, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. This length has one purpose: to help direct the scent to the Bloodhound’s sensitive sniffer.

• Dogs are very skilful at filtering some sounds out, while remaining alert to others. Have you ever noticed how your dog can hear how a car stops in the driveway or in the garage with a television sound, children playing or other noise at home?

• The level of dog attention can be determined by observing her ears. Erect ears facing forward indicate that the dog is engaged, and a little pulled-back ears indicate that she’s feeling friendly; ears laid firmly back against the head suggest a fearful or timid reaction.

• The dog's ear canal is L-shaped: vertical toward the jaw, then rotate 45 degrees horizontally toward the eardrum. This makes assessments challenging and prepares dogs for a variety of ear diseases, including parasites and yeast infections.

• University of Cincinnati researcher Pete Scheifele, who is also director of the department of UC’s Bioacoustics and Canine Audiology Clinic, develops hearing aids that help dogs with acquired hearing loss.

• Local dogs can hear sounds of much higher frequencies than humans, although not as tall as cats.

• The ears of the dogs move independently of each other.

• Even in the quietest hours of the night, the world is a noisy place for dogs, which can hear the high-frequency pulse of the crystal resonator used in the digital alarm clock and the bodily vibrations of the termites on the walls.

9 Amazing Facts About Your Dog's Ears

Many occasions while looking at my dog, I puzzle about what is going on in a dog mind. Did our dogs understand or reciprocate the love and care we give them? Do dogs know when we kiss them, what it means? That it is a human way of expressing love to a dog.

If you are like me, you may have asked yourself, "How much does my dog love me? What does he get out of our love relationship?" Thanks to scientists and their search to understand the relationship between man and dog at a deeper level, we now have more answers on the subject.

Gregory Burns spent his entire life with dogs. Even when his beloved pet died, he began to wonder if the dog also had the same love and care he felt for him. As a neuroscientist at Emory University, he took his curiosity to the test. Now, he scans the brains of dogs using MRI machines,, trying to decipher the behaviour of dogs using brain activity. Check out this Amazing video!

What goes on inside the mind of a dog

The internet revolution has affected nearly every area of our lives. It has created instant access to information unheard of even 30 years ago. People turn to the internet as a low-cost and convenient alternative to brick and mortar stores, an easy way to learn, unlimited entertainment opportunities, and more. It seems that learning to train your dog is no different; many people are turning to online dog training because they are looking for ways to easily train their pet at a minimal cost.
When choosing to train your dog using online information, there are several important factors to consider so you are confident you are receiving the best training advice.

There are dozens of breeds that can be trained using online dog training. You will need to know what specific techniques work well with specific breeds of dogs and what works generally for all dogs. For example, some dogs are used for security because of their defensive and aggressive nature, while other breeds are extremely gentle in personality and are genuinely friendly. Other considerations include the health, food, and exercise requirements for different breeds of dogs. Any, good online training advice or program should consider these factors.

Healthcare Needs
An element of dog training not usually considered by most pet owners is the need to know the health of the dog before training begins. A disadvantage to online dog training is that you will not have a professional handling your pet. A professional knows what signs to look for that may be affecting the ability or of your dog to learn, or how quickly he is able to learn.

When using online dog training, it is very important for you to have your dog examined by a licensed veterinarian before training begins. The purpose of the examination is to discover your pet's general overall health and any health problems that may be present. Even after the training has started, you should have him checked periodically to ensure the training methods you are using are not causing harm to the dog.

Health problems can be passed down from generation to generation, especially if the dog is a purebred breed. To help prevent disorders from appearing in your pet and causing significant health problems, veterinarian visits should be regular as suggested by your veterinarian. Also don’t forget your dog must get regular exercise, in addition to the online dog training, to maintain their weight and keep them healthy.

Training Methods

As you choose the online program for your dog, you should be sure the training method is right for your pet, for you, and your home. Every year, thousands of dogs are taken to local dog shelters because the owner underestimated their ability to train the animal, or they underestimated the amount of time necessary to "do it right." Online dog training can be, and generally will be, less expensive to learn than other methods; however, they are also harder to perfect and can easily be the source of more frustration and harm than good when the training methods are not used correctly. One important lesson you need to learn right off is that some breeds of dog reach maturity later than other dogs; this means some breeds can be trained faster than other breeds.

Training Needs
Online dog training, particularly obedience training starting at a young age, is an essential ingredient in training your dog to be pleasant in a domestic setting. Proper training will ensure that your dog will not hurt themselves, others, or damage anything in the home through ignorance. Some dogs like to jump up on their owners and get underfoot when the owner is not looking, training will correct these problems and many more.
Training the animal early also teaches the dog good manners and allows them to be indoor animals and be around the rest of the family. Proper training can also curb the destructive tendencies of a discontent dog.

Although online dog training may require you to use several different methods in order to teach your dog a particular lesson, it is often less expensive and the information is readily available. As you pay attention to your pets health needs, their exercise needs, and the type of breed and their particular learning requirements, you will be able to locate good advice on how to train your dog online. As you see success, you will find your training efforts will turn your new addition into a pet that is more lovable and safer to be around for you, guests, and all other members of the family

Tips about Online Dog Training

A stricken dog got his tongue stuck fast to a manhole cover in freezing temperatures.The whimpering dog was frantically trying to free its own frozen tongue when a Good Samaritan stepped in to help with the rescue.

A passerby, noticing the poorly animal's plight, raced over and poured his bottle of water onto his tongue, hoping to raise the temperature and free him. Eventually, the dog was freed and was happy to approach the man for a stroke after his ordeal.

It is not clear if the dog had an owner or was a stray, or whether it received any treatment from a vet.
With the help of warm water, this good Samaritan helped the dog escape from his tongue stuck to a frozen well. He has rescued thanks to a bottle of water.


The skeletal system of a dog is made up of bones, ligaments and cartilage which provides a framework that protects internal organs and gives a full range of motion. When cartilage, which protects the bone and makes up the joint, is destroyed, it is called degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis. This is a progressive disease that affects the weight-bearing joints such as hips, spine, knees, and elbows. The following are some scientific facts about dog joint health and arthritis with cited sources:

1.The same massage techniques that help relieve your stiff muscles and aching joints can also benefit your arthritic pup.

2.    An unsupportive mattress can wreak havoc on sore joints. Be sure your dog’s bed is designed for pups with arthritis

3.    Anti-Inflammatory foods in your dog’s diet help relieve Canine Joint Pain.

4.    Laser Therapy help in reducing inflammation and joint pain in dogs.

5.    Bone healing in dogs takes longer than soft tissues. 

6.    A new research shows NSAIDs (or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause even more damage to your dog’s joints and soft tissue. 

7.    Arthritis isn’t curable, but the pain is manageable

8.    No joint supplement is going to be the one cure-all for every dog; different joint supplements work better with different pets. 

9.    Glucosamine supplement can help treat dog osteoarthritis. 

10.    When a dog age, the production of joint-lubricating fluids are reduced, making mobility more painful as time goes on.

11. Dog Joints can deteriorate as a result of stress or trauma caused by an accident. 

12. Some dogs are born with conditions that make arthritis more likely in later life. 

13. Occasionally, an infection can lead to the destruction of joint tissue and cartilage.

14. The more extra weight your dog carries, the more strain his or her joints suffer. Weight gain puts extra stress on the joints, which can lead to arthritis.

16. Large dog breeds such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers are more prone to arthritis

17. As dogs get older, cartilage will begin to degenerate. Many senior dogs suffer from arthritis to some degree. 

18.  Forty percent of all dogs with Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture on one side will have the problem on the opposite side. 

19. TPLO is not only for large dogs, many small and toy breed dogs have the greatest degree of tibial plateau slope. 

20. The TPLO provides the best possible outcome with no negative effect on the opposite leg.

20 Scientific Facts About Dog Joint Health and Arthritis

Like a small child that cannot yet speak, animals can often require medical attention, yet have absolutely no way to articulate the fact that this is the case. Excessive whimpering might become the norm for a sick pooch, but even then, it is hard to differentiate an unhappy dog from an ill dog. There are certain signs that you should look for if you believe your canine needs to be taken to a licensed animal physician. Below, a list of a few telltale signs that your dog could deserve a look-see from a veterinarian.

Fluctuation in Weight
If you notice that your dog has a fairly rapid weight change, a trip to the vet may be in order. Whether this means that weight is lost quickly or gained quickly, problems can arise from both. Perhaps it will mean nothing, but this warning sign poses enough of a risk that you should take your animal to see the vet.

If your dog is squinting and cannot open his or her eye, you must get to the veterinarian ASAP. This could mean a few things such as a scratch on the cornea, glaucoma, or a melting ulcer. You need not worry about what these things are, you need to call the vet, grab the dog, get in the car and GO.

Difficulty Breathing
If your animal begins breathing heavily or struggles to breathe, do not hesitate to contact the vet. More so than weight fluctuation, difficulty breathing points to a particular problem that needs attention. Do not take a "wait-and-see" approach anytime something as necessary as breathing becomes a struggle for your animal.

Development of a Fever
When you pet your animal, you probably do not usually feel anything out of the ordinary. But if your stroking leads you to believe that your dog is hotter than usual, check to see if he or she has a fever. If this is the case, your dog needs medical attention immediately.

If your dog has one or two bouts of diarrhoea, he or she probably does not require a trip to the veterinarian. However, if diarrhea persists for too long, you might want to look into seeing your animal's doctor. Excessive diarrhoea can become problematic, as you may put your animal through a litany of harmful problems. For example, prolonged diarrhea can lead to dehydration; the lack of hydration can severely affect your dog's health, possibly leading to death. Diarrhea may also signal another, larger problem. For example, bloody diarrhea can point to a bigger problem that most definitely requires a trip to the vet.

This last problem probably seems like a no-brainer, when it comes to seeking out medical attention. However, many once again take a "wait-and-see" approach, even when it comes to seizures. Rest assured, if your pet has a seizure, rush it to a veterinarian for immediate medical attention.

Trouble urinating
If your dog is going out to urinate and seems to be straining or not releasing any urine, there may be an infection, blockage or other problem at hand. Call your veterinarian immediately and if you can, catch a urine sample to bring in to the veterinarian for a urinalysis. Refrigerate the sample if you are unable to bring it in immediately. Note the time that you collected the specimen.

Naturally, there are countless other scenarios and problems that will require medical attention for your canine. These are only 7 serious indicators that a dog is ill or injured and needs immediate medical attention. By no means is this list intended to be regarded as the only instances when an emergency visit is required. However, the provided list gives some insight on what problems need to be treated by a veterinarian. In actuality, however, if you feel at all worried that something might be wrong with your dog, it is better to be safe than sorry. Take a chance by going to the vet, rather than waiting and causing further harm to your dog.

7 Reasons to Immediately Take Your Dog to the Veterinarian

The liver is an important organ to a dog as it is to humans. If the dog’s liver is not healthy, the chances of having a healthy and long life are certainly under threat. The liver is a multi-function organ. Conversion of nutrients is done by the liver. The liver stores vitamins and minerals. The liver removes toxins from the dog's blood. Dogs liver disease can lead to inflammation. If this is not treated your dog could develop scars on his liver which will reduce the number of healthy dogs liver tissue. Less liver tissue means a partial loss of functionality. Other diseases within the dog's body can also lead to dogs liver disorders.

Signs of this type of dog ailments can sometimes be misleading. Dog health symptoms are common amongst many different dog ailments. You need to get a professional opinion if you suspect dogs liver disease. Rather safe than sorry. The following are some of the signs of a dog with liver disease.

Your furry friend is bringing up or has a runny tummy
Your dog is looking run down, no lust for life and listless.
 Your dog is not eating well
 Your dog is losing weight
  Your dog energy levels are low.

As you can see dog health symptoms are not very specific. Your pup could well have worms if losing weight. Check his poop for signs of worms in this case. You need to observe your dog's condition as a whole when trying to diagnose dogs liver disease.

There are many contributing factors to possible dogs liver disorders. Some you can prevent. Some you just have to accept. The age of your dog can play a role in liver health. Once your dog has reached his 10 human year birthday, he may be more prone to liver conditions. Remember your dog is 70 years old in his years. Like us humans, by the time you are 70, your liver has taken quite a beating. We all age, dogs and humans alike. The best we can do is try and provide the best possible nutrition. Try and avoid unnecessary toxins or chemicals.

Again the bloodlines play a role in this dog ailment. Some breeds are just more prone to dogs liver disease than others. Breeds such as certain Terriers and Cocker Spaniels show a greater likelihood of developing liver issues.

Professional advice is required if your dogs liver is diseased. It is not all doom and gloom though. The liver is a pretty amazing organ and will regenerate under the right conditions. A major contributor here is the pups diet. Your vet will advise what route to take here. Different breeds and size of dogs may require specific dietary needs. This is the key to helping the liver to rebuild lost tissue. It is a long-term fix but one that can be achieved and need not be terminal.

As always the same old rule applies, "junk in, junk out", I am referring to dog food here. The key here is to educate yourself about all aspects of your best friends well being. Read the dog food labels and make informed choices. It's not always the most expensive food that is the best. You do not need to buy expensive food, just buy quality food and start from day 1 with your new puppy. There is tons of literature out there to empower yourself with. Once you know, you can make informed decisions about dog food and life.

All You Need To Know About Dogs Liver Disease

The health of our beloved dog's eyes can be greatly affected by many different conditions, some of which are treatable with medication or surgery, while others are progressive diseases that simply worsen with time. Dog eye health is a serious concern for pet owners, and it's important that we familiarize ourselves with the common issues that may arise in order to protect our most loyal of friends. The following are some of the most common dog eye health problems:

Canine Cherry Eye: While not necessarily painful as much as irritating, canine cherry eye, occurring more frequently in some breeds, is corrected with surgery to reposition the displaced tear gland behind the third eyelid.

Pigmentary Keratitis (PK): A condition caused by the invasion of blood vessels into the normally clear cornea, PK is usually genetically linked with certain breeds. German Shepherds are probably the breed in which this disease is encountered most frequently. Invading vessels transport pigment into the cornea and deposit it there, and if allowed to advance unchecked, PK will in time cause a physical blockage to vision. The invasion of blood vessels can usually be controlled by the application of medication into the eye, or by injecting steroids into the critical point between the cornea and sclera (white) of the eye.

Cataracts: Cataracts occur frequently in certain dog breeds, or as a result of conditions such as diabetes, or simply due to age. In most healthy animals, the clouded lens can successfully be removed during surgery.

 Distichiasis: Some breeds are more prone than others to the condition known as distichiasis, which occurs when the eyelashes are abnormally located on the eyelid causing irritation and infection to the eye.

 Glaucoma: Glaucoma is caused by increased pressure within the eye due to a build-up of fluids that do not drain properly. Dog glaucoma is the leading cause of canine blindness, which can occur within as little as 24 hours, or slowly and painfully over a period of weeks or month.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): This genetic condition affects dog eye health in that it damages the retina and causes a loss of vision particularly at night, with limited vision during the daytime. There is no cure or treatment for PRA, although most dogs will adjust well as the condition is either seen first at birth or progresses slowly after the dog is several years old.

Ectropion: This is another surgically correctable eyelid problem. If too much loose facial skin causes the eyelids to sag excessively, the exposed conjunctiva is subject to infection. Predisposition for this condition is sometimes inherited but may occur in mixed breeds.

7 Most Common Dog Eye Health Problem

Dogs are intelligent creatures. They are loyal to their hosts. According to research by animal psychologists, your dog can be as intelligent as the average two-year-old child. Researchers have found that dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations.

At a recent neighborhood gathering I found myself chatting with a young lady who told me, "Dogs are really smart. My dog Max can read my moods better than my seven-year-old son Daniel." Her part of the conversation was similar to many that I have had before.

But the video of George the French bulldog is too beautiful that I decide to share the video. George was sleeping in his room when his owner called him and asked to bring the rings he forgot at home to the wedding he was at. George ran across town to the venue and stylishly popped in the middle of the ceremony with the rings.

Dog Brings Rings to Wedding

The genesis of this problem is when your puppy see that you're eating and figure it HAS to be good if you're eating it. So, Max learns to beg. You find it incredibly difficult to resist those eyes and that cute little face, so you share just a little piece. What harm can it do, right? In fact, it can do A LOT of harm. Obesity in our dogs has drastically increased in this country. It's even been estimated that over 25% of dogs are overweight. If a dog's weight is 20% over what it should be, they're considered obese.

As an example, let's say Max is a Chihuahua whose ideal weight should be about 6lbs. unfortunately, due to the extra snacking, Max weighs 7.2 lbs. For a dog of his stature, he would be considered obese. This puts extra pressure, not only on his spine, knees and other joints, but is also dangerous for his heart, liver, and kidneys.

The easiest way to decide how big is too big is the "bone test." From Max’s shoulders to his hips, feel both sides simultaneously. Your goal is to be able to appreciate each rib with a thin layer of fat over it. The same goes for the shoulders, hips and near the tail. If you can see the bones, the dog is underweight. From the side, you should see an obvious dip where the waist is. From the top, you should be able to see a curve in from the ribs to the waist and then back out toward the hips. If you can't see or feel the bones, chances are your dog is on his or her way to becoming very unhealthy.

The best way you can help your dog is regular veterinary care. Before making any changes to your dog's diet or starting them on an exercise program, as with humans, always check in with the doctor first. Exercise is key. You have to find a way to keep it fun and have a variety so that you and your dog don't get bored. Swimming is good because it will not put stress on any joints. Walking on different types of terrain, as done in a hike, is good for them as well. Fetch is always a good standby. If your dog is obese, they are more likely to have trouble breathing or to become overheated more quickly. It's important to keep an eye on them and to make sure they drink enough water.

Changing their food to a high-quality food without fillers or even to a diet food will help. Stick to the recommended amount based upon your dog's weight as noted on the bag. Break that amount into smaller meals. It may seem like more work initially, but you and your dog will both become used to the routine. If you have more than one dog, you should feed them separately if one is overweight so that the dog on the diet doesn't get overfed. Table scraps are always a no-no. Resist the cute puppy dog eyes!

Tips to Know If Your Dog Is at a Healthy Weight

Dogs are excellent pets and are always happy to see their owners shown by the wag of their tails. They do not complain and are a way to get rid of the stress of everyday life. Taking your dog out for a walk or a simple game with Frisbee can guarantee a healthy workout for you in the most pleasant way possible. Your pet gives you silent company on lonely evenings and is more than happy to take a backseat when you are surrounded by your friends and family. They will never complain that you don't have the energy for that walk you promised them the day before or the bath they so desperately need.

It is not very often that we are able to show our appreciation the way your dog displays theirs for you, but keeping them healthy is one approach and a good dog insurance plan is a good way we can give something back to our furry-friend. As a vet, I often advise my clients that due to the ever raising living standards, it is a very rational idea to have your dog insured. There are times the veterinary costs of treating your dog are beyond your means. This is a very challenging situation and you will need some financial assistance to raise the high fees, especially if the dog is suffering from terminal illness and is likely to be under treatment for a long period.

Various pet insurance policies exist and how complete they are will depend on the provider as some will incorporate routine visits to the vet to check your dog’s health in addition to situations like accidents or even worse. Don’t forget that even the healthiest of dogs can become sick and know you have a dog insurance policy that will pay for medical attention means the cost is never a concern.

Advancements in medical science, even for pets, has advanced so that many situations that only a few short years ago could not be treated, are now routine, but they come at a high price. Dogs and other pets are now able to benefit from transplant surgery and for certain pets, they can even replace hips. Just like people, dogs too can be prone to certain conditions and disease, some of which may be caused by genetic traits.

The symptoms of these diseases occur in dogs only after a certain period of time and by that time the pet has already become an integral part of our families. Looking after your dog's health should never be a matter of financial concern and can be minimized if a dog insurance plan is taken out. Many owners underestimate just how much a dog needs when it comes to ensuring their continued good health and while they are great companions they are prone to a number of parasites.

Your dog health insurance plan will cover these costs and will help you sleep easier knowing that your beloved pet is looked after as well as the rest of your family. Our dogs may not fully understand the lengths you are going to for their good health but it does mean they should have a long carefree life with you. So it is advisable to check with other pet owners and companies providing such insurance and acquire proper dog insurance for your precious companion.

Reason For Pet insurance policies

A dog, man’s best friend, or a ladies best friend too. A lot of people have a dog for their best friend. Many people take joy in getting fresh air with their furry four-legged friend. Dogs are very faithful to their masters. They love them without ever asking for much in return. An occasional pat on the head and a brushing or grooming may do the trick for showing their love.

Many dogs today are greatly abused. It is terrible to leave a dog outside all day long while we humans work hours. Leaving a dog outside is necessary, but in that do they have a cool place to lay or sit? Do they have food and fresh water? These are things that need to be considered when caring for a dog.Dogs in their own way are humans.

We should care for them like we care for small children. They have always been faithful to us humans. They do not look for much and they ask for little in return. In this video, RSPCA inspector Jacqui Miller did not only give little in return. But went all out to successfully rescue a dog that had gotten stuck in a frozen river. The inspector was secured with a rope and prone down to reach the dog without falling through the ice herself. She then frees the dog who then stumbles back to shore.

Dog Trapped in Ice is Finally Rescue

Every dog owners know that it's about that time again when your dog will start experience excessive itching from fleas. This always happens when warm weather rolls around because that is the time when flea populations skyrocket. Fleas are known to leave your dog with pesky bites, anaemia, skin irritation or even tapeworms. Don’t worry, you can easily find products at your local store or veterinary clinic that help pet owners fight back against fleas. The following are some Products you can use...

Shampoos and Dips: Most help fight off adult fleas. Shampoos generally offer no flea-killing ability after 24 hours. Dips may kill fleas for several days but can contain harmful chemicals. Because of this, I recommend using a mild shampoo and letting a groomer or veterinary clinic handle dips only.

Collars:  Made with insecticides to kill adult fleas or insect growth regulators (IGR) which prevent flea eggs from hatching. You can't rely solely on a collar though, as it won't be enough to control fleas.

Combs: Using a comb is recommended on puppies since their skin may not react well to chemicals and they are still too young.

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Spot-Ons: This is a liquid insecticide that is squeezed onto the skin of your dog and kills adult fleas for up to one month. You can even find Spot-on products that contain IGR.

Powders: Most have insecticides that kill adult fleas, but they tend to get messy with the powder ending up on your carpet or floors.

Sprays and Foams: Sprays and foams contain insecticides, and may also have an IGR. These products work great but you will be instructed to use them frequently.

The Following Are Products Handled By Vets

 Veterinary Spot-Ons: Overall, this is the best option out there. It is used once a month or if using Frontline, you can expect to use it every 1-3 months. It will kill all adult fleas without even using old-fashioned insecticides.

The only disadvantage of this method is the cost, which you can be surprised to find out that is five times higher than an over the counter product. Although of the price, for me and my pets is has been the safest and most effective product out on the market.

Program: This product is given once a month, orally, every six months. It will help eggs from fleas from hatching or develop but the only downfall from programs is that they don't kill existing adult fleas.

Revolution: This product has recently come out. Revolution is a prescription spot-on product for canines. It will kill eggs and adult fleas as well as worms and mites.

Controlling fleas comes down to how well you control your environment. Make sure to clean everything your dog touches regularly. This will prevent fleas from surviving somewhere else besides on your pet. It is also important to try different products to find the ones that work best for you and your dog. Keep in mind to read all directions on the products you buy carefully and consult your veterinarian for recommendations.

Basic Flea Removing Method in Dog

If your dog's joint health seems to be compromised, perhaps arthritis is setting in. There is no time like right now to jump in and start helping your dog out! There are five incredible gifts you can give your dog that can dramatically ease his or her pain while providing much-needed flexibility and lubrication.

i.    Avoid medication; embrace natural supplementation. Find a homeopathic solution that will ease your dog's pain while lubricating the joint(s), promoting flexibility, and enhancing your dog's own healing process.

ii.    Give your dog a bit of acupressure. Firmly squeeze your dog's akeela's heel (nearest the affected joint) using your thumb and middle finger. Do this for 30 to 60 minutes. Your dog will absolutely bliss out!

iii.    Exercise your dog. It may seem a little counter-intuitive to work a sore joint, but this will keep it lubricated. We don't need rigorous activity. A nice walk or easy jog will suffice. This is also highly beneficial in that it keeps your dog's weight down. Nothing is worse for your dog's joints than carrying extra pounds around.

iv.    Massage your dog. By laying your dog down and massaging the muscles around the joint (never ON the joint), you will be relieving a lot of tension pain. About a minute or two, twice daily, will make a huge difference. After each massage, keep your dog lying down and do the following...

v.    Feed your dog right! A diet high in glucosamine is essential for keeping your dog's joint health at a high level. You can find specialty dog foods at your local pet store that are full of glucosamine. They will generally be labeled as "joint health formula," or something similar. This kind of food is a bit more expensive, but can actually save you a hefty vet bill down the road. Your dog will thank you for this!

When you give your dog these five kind-hearted gifts, you will not only work miracles on your dog's joint health but will continue to enjoy a great friendship with your canine pal for months and years to come.

Tips to Help Your Dog Joint Health

Hotels can be lonely places, even when you’re sleeping in the same building as loads of other people, you might feel a little isolated if you are staying alone especially as you’re probably staying far from your home, pets, and pals.

Well, one hotel in San Francisco helps you solve this problem. They let you just whistle and have a doggo come hang out with you. Hotel Nikko in San Francisco allows you bring your own dog, with its pet package – or if you can’t bring a furry friend, you can ask to chill with the hotel’s very own puppy, Buster.

Buster Presutti Posey (Buster for short) is the hotel’s COO (Canine Operating Officer), and he’s been living at the hotel since 2015. You can call down to reception during your stay and ask if Buster is free to come up for a cuddle. This is way better than ordering an overpriced bottle of wine.

If you get your own dog, you can as well book the pet package for $50 (£36.85) extra a night, where your pooch will get a plush dog bed to sleep in your room, as well as food/water bowls and a pet placemat.

Your furry friend will get a welcome bag, featuring toys, a portable food bowl, a dog waste bag dispenser and tennis balls. You and your dog will both sleep on the VIP floor of the hotel, so who knows what other floors you might get to meet?

The hotel is home to San Francisco’s only rooftop grass dog run so your dog can do their business in the sky (from 6 am – 10 pm).

A pet-friendly hotel were you can order a dog on room service.

Some dogs can't resist a good belly rub or scratch, and the reasons behind this is a concern to many dog lovers. A lot of dogs love belly rubs almost as much as playing fetch or chewing on a really good bone and others could go without the show of such human affection. So the question is, why do dogs like belly  rubs? And is it strange if some dogs don’t?

“Belly rubbing is a comforting action,” According to Dr. Peter Brown, a chief medical officer of Wagly, a veterinary-based pet service provider with campuses in California and Washington. “It’s an opportunity for bonding and part of our relationship with our dogs.”

Also, Christine Case, an anthrozoology instructor at Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida, offers another suggestion about the origin of belly rubs for dogs. According to Case, a member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators and the International Society for Anthrozoology, feels that humans have modified dog behavior over the past thousand years due to domestication.

 "It would be difficult to determine whether dogs truly like this activity or if they have been trained to do so. The context of the situation should be evaluated.” To really evaluate the situation, check out the below video of a German shepherd that wants his belly rubbed.

Why Do Dogs Love Belly Rubs?

Owning a pet is the dream of most people and the process of acquiring one can be long. Most breeders are expensive and have hectic procedures. Other ways you can use to acquire a pet without going through the breeders include adopting a dog. Pet adoption comes with many responsibilities, and potential dog owners should be readily aware of what exactly they're committing to before taking home a furry friend.

There are pet centers that take in animals that are orphaned, mistreated, or left behind by owners who have relocated to other parts. They are taken in and cared for until they are old and fit enough to be adopted by willing individuals. You must put in mind before adopting a pet several things. You should always make sure that you have made adequate inquiries so that by the time you are taking in the pet, you have made the right preparations. The following are some important tips to consider before adopting a pet.

Make sure you're ready to adopt.
Having a pet has a lot of benefits and responsibilities. It is a hard job to care for a dog; you've got to provide veterinary and possibly emergency care on top of love. "You should only adopt an animal if you are ready for everything that comes with that decision.

Animals in shelters aren't "broken" or "damaged goods.
Folks too often assume that shelter animals were abused or neglected and as a result, may show behavioral issues that wouldn't be appropriate for families with children.  The truth is that many animals end up in a shelter because of challenges and transitions that exist in the lives of the people responsible for their care.

Keep an open mind.
When going to an adoption center looking for something specific, you may pass up your perfect match. My recommendation for folks visiting shelters is that they widen their search by focusing less on color, size, age, etc, and rather focus on significant qualities like activity level, behavior, personality, etc.

Pets need time to adjust.
Don’t forget that bringing a new pet home is like moving them to a foreign country, sometimes starting new pets out in smaller spaces within your home and letting them settle in is helpful. And always ensure you supervise the introductions to other family pets.

It may take older pets more time to acclimate.
If you are adopting an older dog, don’t forget that it takes three weeks for that animal to feel acclimated, folks don't usually have that kind of patience, especially when it's associated with other issues a rescue animal may have like fear aggression.

Preventative care is critical.
It is extremely important to vaccinate your pets regularly and have annually veterinary exams. Preventative care is an absolute must because animals are very good at hiding illness.

Don't just take in stray dogs.
Finally, if you find a stray dog, don't just think the owner was negligent. Please have the pet scanned for a microchip and consult your local resources, Facebook is also an amazing tool for reuniting lost pets with owners.

Things You Need to Know Before Adopting a Dog

First Britain's cloned dog is expecting a litter of dachshund puppies, four years after having been conceived in a test tube.

Rebecca Bourne, 34, from Cambridgeshire, put her elderly dachshund dog, Winnie forward to be cloned in a £60,000 competition organized by South Korea's technology company, Sooam Biotech.
She won, and the cloned puppy, called Minnie Winnie, was conceived in a test tube and born in Seoul on March 30, 2014.

Now, Minnie Winnie expects children of her own and the new puppies are not clones.
The news comes a year after the death of the original Winnie, aged 15, after being run over by a car.
"I cannot wait to meet my Minnie Minnie Winnie, I'm over the moon, I'm sure I'll see something of Winnie in them, Mrs. Bourne told The Sun." She added that "Winnie was such a big part of my life and I felt lost without her."

Minnie Winnie grows up and having cravings for human food, including tacos. To know that Winnie memory is alive is very comforting. Mrs. Bourne, who featured her dog and son Wilbur, in a book The Wilbies Go to the Moon, who her friend’s dachshund, Otto, as the father. The Scans shows that Minnie Winnie is carrying at least two puppies.

The process of conceiving Minnie Winnie was filmed by a television company and aired in 2014. Dogs were cloned for the first time in South Korea in 2005, by Sooam Biotech scientist Dr. Woo Suk Hwang, but this is the first time that the British dog was cloned.

Mrs. Bourne, a West London caterer at the time said she had read about the cloning contest and entered her 12years old dachshund, sending in a video of her pets. Winnie made it onto a shortlist of three, and after her victory, a sample of her skin tissue was removed and sent to South Korea in liquid nitrogen. There, the cells were placed in eggs provided by a bitch of the same breed, before the spark of electricity fused the two.

Then the embryo was placed into a donor animal, and the resulting fetus was born by cesarean section, weighing just over 1 pound. Ms. Bourne, who flew to Seoul and watched the puppy being born, said she resembled her own pet.

The British quarantine restrictions meant she had to wait six months before being able to bring the puppy home to meet the original Winnie. According to Cloning Specialist John Woestendiek, the dog cloning industry was based in South Korea because it had much lower ethical standards for treating dogs than in Europe or the United States.

According to him, some of the dogs used in the cloning process as egg donors or surrogate mothers were often killed and eaten later. The procedure entails getting a live cell from a living dog or a dog five days after his death. Dogs with similar ovulation time are selected as surrogate mothers or egg donors.

Britain's first cloned dog Minnie Winnie expecting puppies

Birds fly south in the winter. People buy winter wardrobes, weatherize their houses and even prepare their cars to protect themselves from cold weather. When preparing for cold temperatures, it is also important to keep the dogs warm and safe. While many dogs live outdoors in kennels or doghouses, there are ways to keep them warm and safe from the elements, even in such shelters. Arthritic dogs, especially, should be given special attention to cold weather and dog clothes or other protective devices should be used to keep them warm day and night.

If your dog lives outside in the kennel, consider covering the top of the kennel with a waterproof tarp or other protective covers to isolate the dog from the elements. Or consider placing a doghouse inside of the kennel, so that the dog has a safe shelter from rain and snow. The dog's bedding should also be slightly raised to keep it from becoming wet or frozen. Special heaters or heating pads can also be added to the kennel or doghouse to provide additional heat.

 If you are using a heating device, make sure they are designed for use in pet shelters, as regular space heaters are never to be used in animal shelters or in enclosures. And if it is very cold outside, consider taking the dog inside, especially during the night hours, and prepare a warm space for them to sleep through the night.

Whether your dog lives indoors or outdoors, aging pets often develop arthritis. Just as humans experience painful joints in a cold, wet weather, such can be painful for arthritic dogs. To help ease the effects of cold on dog arthritis, consider dog clothes to help provide additional heat during the winter. The dog sweater is recommended to keep the joints warm and to make sure arthritic dogs are as comfortable as possible in adverse weather conditions.

Remember, too, that the paws can be irritated when they come in contact with cold surfaces and salt that is used on icy surfaces. Special shoes that are made for dogs are recommended when walking a dog in the snow or on icy surfaces. This can also help prevent your dog from sliding on such surfaces. Be patient, however, with dogs that aren't used to wearing shoes as such may take a while to get used to.

For indoor dogs, allowing your dog to sleep in hot areas of the house and even making sure their bedding is warm is a good way to make sure that the animal is comfortable when the Cold weather sets in. Just remember not to leave a dog alone in a room with a Space heater or with an open fireplace.

Also, note that, during the winter months, dogs often need to eat more calories to help them produce enough body heat. Consult your veterinarian on how to increase the dog's caloric intake without overfeeding, is the best way to do this.

If a dog starts to shiver or shake from cold temperatures, make an effort to gradually, but steadily, warm her, as constant shivering is a sign of hypothermia, which can be very dangerous to both humans and dogs.

The temperature of a dog is always slightly warmer than the average human temperature. When forecasts get too cold, there are some special precautions that are usually necessary to ensure that you and your dog are comfortable on winter days.

Dog and Cold weather

On Wednesday morning, January 3, storm Eleanor hit the British mainland. Thousands of homes remain without electricity, and buildings have been severely damaged by strong winds, and meteorologists warn of the "danger to life" from flying debris.

Cars were stranded in flooded roads throughout the United Kingdom after rivers exploded on their banks and coastal areas were hit by massive tidal surges. Engineers worked through the night of January 4 in an attempt to reconnect the houses and companies that left power.

A yellow weather warning was issued in Northern Ireland, England, Wales and in southern Scotland, which lasted until nightfall, and the Meteorological Office warned of public transport disruptions, closed bridges, power outages, telephone outages and freak waves.

Storm Eleanor really messed up most of Britain, with fallen trees, overturned trucks and trash scattered through the streets. But there is a good element to horrible weather like this, and that is the video of dogs out there battling through the rain and wind. And while the storm wreaks havoc throughout Europe, some dogs take advantage of the sea foam created by the strong winds and waves produced by the storm. Watch the video of this perfect Doggie Playground.

Storm Eleanor providing a perfect Doggie Playground

Yoga is an ancient science made up of different disciplines of mind and body. It originated in India 2,500 years ago and is still effective in bringing overall health and well-being of anyone who does it regularly. The benefits of yoga extend beyond the typical benefits that people know. Most women are not aware of the benefits of yoga to increase fertility. The health benefits of yoga are innumerable, as are the benefits of the psychological, emotional and spiritual self. Yoga is ideal for anyone who wants to get health conscious since it addresses all areas of health, both physical and mental.

If you are a dog owner and you always wanted to try yoga but you cannot find anyone to do it with you, well, next time look no further than your furry friend. In this video, a woman is joined by her dog to what appears to be a regular yoga routine. It seems like dogs are perfect yoga partners. The Popular exercise has proven to be excellent for human health. Maybe dogs can also benefit from yoga. The cute dog looks very calm and relaxed. It is clear that the dog and his owner have a very strong bond. This incredible video will definitely grab your attention.

Dog and his Owner Doing Yoga