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10 Facts About Microchipping Your Dog

Technology has afforded modern day society many life-changing improvements. Once such improvement is the microchip and having the option of getting your dog microchipped. Since microchipping became available to pet owners thousands of dogs have been safely reunited with their families, which is something that sadly would not have happened prior to advent of this great device.

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  1. A microchip should last the lifetime of your dog.
  2. It is not a tracking device (GPS) – so it cannot tell you the location of your dog should he become lost.
  3. The process of having a microchip inserted is no more noticeable than a routine vaccination. The microchip comes preloaded in an injectable device that gets inserted between your pup’s shoulder blades.
  4. Anesthesia is not required during insertion because the device the chip comes preloaded in is sterile.
  5. Your dog’s microchip can be inserted at his veterinarian’ s office.
  6. Next time you go to your veterinarian, purchase a microchip, if your pooch doesn’t have one already.
  7. A microchip is an RFID, which means that it does not require a battery but a scanner, which when passed over the chip is able to give your pets unique identification number.
  8. Your dog should still wear a collar with identification and other required tags. Remember the microchip requires a scanner and chances are if a good Samaritan finds your pup they aren’t going to have a microchip scanner.
  9. Keep the information on your dog’s microchip up-to-date.
  10. The cost of having a microchip inserted is approximately $45 and includes registration in a database.
  11. Dogs with a microchip have a 51% chance of being reunited with their owner.
  12. An RFID chip is slightly longer than a grain of rice.
  13. Veterinarians, animal control officers, and animal shelters rely on microchipping to get animals home quickly.
  14. Breeders and pet stores often microchip dogs.
  15. The time it takes to implant a microchip in your pooch is the same amount of time it takes to give an injection or vaccination.
  16. Microchipping your pet is considered extremely safe with a low risk of complications.
  17. Not all scanners work with all microchips. Universal scanners are often required, which some shelters do not have. In most instances animal shelters will have different scanners to detect different chips.
  18. Microchips have been known to move or “migrate” away from the original injection site, which makes thorough scanning of the area important.

Fido’s Fall Ready Checklist

nuvet,nuvetplus,nuvetreviews,nuvetplusreviews,nuvetlabsreviewsWho says that you have to do all your cleaning and list checking in the spring? We think that fall is also a perfectly good time to go through your doggie’s environment and supplies to make sure that everything is in tip-top shape and in working order. By doing so, you are ensuring that your pooch has a safe and healthy environment in which to live and play. Keep reading to learn other ways you can make sure your home is dog friendly.

Keep your yard tidy – A thick layer of leaves can cover up materials that can potentially be harmful to your pup like sharp sticks, stones or other debris that can get blown around and covered up during brisk, fall winds. Raking up leaves and other yard waste on a regular basis can keep your yard free of sharp objects and other things your pup might step on that could cause injury.

Make sure your Tulip and other plant bulbs have been completely buried and stored safely – Late summer and early fall are popular times to get those tulip and other bulbs in the ground which later go on to produce beautiful springtime blooms. Unfortunately, if ingested by your pup these bulbs can be harmful, which is why it is important to make sure they are completely buried. Better yet, do your planting away from your pup either by keeping him in the house or in another part of the yard when you are doing your gardening. Dogs that like to dig should be watched when outside to prevent them from potentially digging up your bulbs. If you suspect your dog may have gotten at your flower bulbs, contact your vet.

Stock up on food and supplements – keeping your dog’s food and supplements on hand and in good supply will prevent you from having to go out in unexpected snow storm or other inclement weather that fall can be notorious for. Nobody likes to dash to their car for an unplanned trip to the pet supply store during a cold rainstorm because Fido is out of his favorite kibble.

Make sure all your doggie supplies are in working order – this includes your pup’s doggie bed. Check to make sure it does not have any holes in it where stuffing can come out and possibly be eaten by your dog. While you’re at it, throw your pup’s bed in the washing machine and give it a good wash. Also, make sure doggie toys are in working order as damaged toys can easily fall apart and be ingested by your dog, which can potentially be harmful. If you notice a few toys that need to be replaced why not add some squeaker toys and bones to Fido’s Santa wish list.

Check your tie-outs and leashes – During the summer months, which can be hot, damp, and dry or a combination of all three summertime weather conditions, it is possible for your dog’s leash and outdoor tie-outs to take a beating. Check for rust and other signs of weather or environmental damage. A rusty leash or tie-out clip can easily break and potentially release your dog, which could lead to your pooch getting out of your yard and even lost.

Add a new healthy habit – The fall is a great time to start a new healthy routine like adding another walk to your dog’s day or beginning a high quality vitamin supplement. You and your dog will appreciate feeling healthier and happier.

 

 

Facts about Bengal Cats

If you like cats and are interested to learn more about them, then we are happy to share with you some interesting things about the Bengal cat. This exotic breed has some interesting ancestry as well as a very special personality. A favorite of many a cat parent, continue reading to learn why the Bengal has brightened up the home of many a cat lover.

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1. Bengal cats are exotic. You might be surprised to learn that Bengal cats were created by              breeding the Asian Leopard cats with domestic cats. By the 1980’s the breed was                            perfected and we have the Bengal cat that many cat parents know and love today.

2. Bengals are very active and energetic creatures and constantly like to keep themselves                stimulated and entertained. Investing in a laser pointer and some other cat toys may                    serve you well when it comes to wearing your cat out before she gets into mischief.

3.Bengals come in a variety of colors including brown, orange, rust, buff and ivory. There                 spots also come in a myriad of colors from chocolate and charcoal to rust to name a few.

4. Bengals thrive on a nutritious diet and do well when given a daily supplement .

5. Unlike many kitties, Bengals love water. They can often be found playing around in the                  shower, sink or wherever they can find some H2O to splash around in.

6. Some Bengals have a unique coat that looks as if it has been tossed with glitter. Don’t be             surprised if they appear to sparkle.

7.Bengals have a reputation for dog-like behavior and have been known to enjoy an                          energizing game of fetch. So if you are on the fence about whether or not you want a cat or        a dog, you might consider a Bengal cat instead.

8. Bengals are fairly large cats. Males can be anywhere from 10 to 15 pounds where females           can be between 8 and 12 pounds. Don’t worry if your Bengal is larger or smaller –                           sometimes they can be outside these  ranges.

9. Don’t be surprised to find things missing around your house if you have a Bengal cat. This           clever breed of feline is known for hiding things that it finds intriguing like jewelry, hair                 elastics and other little bits and bobs.

9 Interesting Facts About the Sphynx Cat

If you have ever seen Austin Powers, the hilarious comedy starring Mike Myers playing the duel lead role of Austin Powers and the nefarious Dr. Evil, then you are undoubtedly familiar with Dr. Evil’s show-stealing cat, Mr. Bigglesworth. Some of you may not know but Mr. Bigglesworth hails from a distinctive breed of cat called the sphynx. In an effort to educate our readers on this sweet-natured and often called dog-like cat, here are 9 interesting facts about the sphynx.

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1.   Not really exotic

Despite their name and their uncanny resemblance to the cats seen in ancient Egyptian artwork and artifacts, the sphynx actually originated in Canada, which is pretty interesting considering their lack of fur.

2.   Not actually hairless

Even though they appear to be hairless, the sphynx actually has a downy, peach-fuzz like coating covering their body.

3.   Higher maintenance

One might think that because these particular felines lack an abundance of fur that they are much easier to maintain. The opposite is actually the case. The sphynx requires regular bathing to keep it’s skin from getting overly oily, which most sphynx owners will admit can leave a residue on clothes, bedding and furniture. Their ears also require frequent cleaning to prevent waxy buildup. Also, their web-like feet and dexterous claws require cleaning to prevent dirt and other buildup from accumulating.

4.   Good nutrition is necessary to maintain skin health

A high quality supplement can provide a sphynx with a valuable source of nutrients to keep its unique skin healthy and looking its best.

5.   Coloring

The color of a sphynx’s cat’s skin is actually the color its fur would be if it had fur.

6.   Heat-seeking

It will probably come as little surprise but the sphynx is partial to warmth and can often be found seeking it out. Computers, heaters and other cozy spots are their favorites. You may even find a sphynx snuggling up under the covers. In colder weather a sphynx will usually appreciate a sweater.

7.   Big eaters

The sphynx has a reputation for having a voracious appetite and loves to eat. This is because the sphynx has a very active metabolism, which causes the cat to become hungry quite often.

8.   Very lovable

Ask any sphynx owner and they will tell you that you won’t find a more lovable, playful cat that enjoys frequent snuggling.

9.   Don’t forget the sunblock

Make sure to stock up on cat-friendly sunblock to help keep your sphynx from getting sunburned. Because it loves to be warm the sphynx can often be found basking in whatever sunny spot they can find. As a result, it is not uncommon for a sphynx to experience sunburn, which can be prevented with good sun protection. Don’t hesitate to consult with your veterinarian when it comes to your kitty and good skin care.

Fun Doggie Friendly Activities for July 2015

nuvet,nuvetreviews,nuvetplus,nuvetlabs,nuvetlabsreviewsSo there’s nobody you would rather spend time with then your four-legged, canine buddy. And with that being the case, maybe you are getting a tad bored with your usual jaunt at the dog park or perhaps your regular stroll on the doggie beach is getting a bit tired? Well, we are happy to tell you there are a lot of fun things you can do with your pooch this July. Keep reading to see if one of these activities is in a town

July 7thPittsburgh, PA: Pup Night at PNC Park

If you and your pup like the Pittsburgh Pirates then why not spend an evening with other dog-loving baseball fans with Pup Night at PNC Park. A part of the money raised through ticket sales goes to local animal shelters. For more information visit: http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/pit/ticketing/pup_night_form.jsp

July 9th – Dana Point, CA: Yappy Hour at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

If liver-flavored water cocktails are more your speed, then you and Fido are going to love Yappy Hour at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. While you enjoy refreshing human beverages and hors d’oeuvres your pup will get to enjoy gourmet doggie biscuits in addition to canoodling with other canines. Even better, money raised from this event will go to Canine Companions for Independence. To learn more visit: http://www.bringfido.com/event/17027/

July 11th – Denver, Co: Walk, Run & Wag 5k

This event is sponsored by the International Hearing Dog, Inc. whose job it is to train dogs and place them, free of charge, with individuals who require assistance. All dogs come from shelters. This walk-run will raise money to continue this wonderful service.

For more information visit: http://www.ihdi.org/walk_run__wag.aspx

July 18th – Ocean Pines, MD: Dog Days of Summer

This event benefits the Worcester County Humane Society. The admission is free and will showcase vendors who specialize in all things dog. Doggie demonstrations as well as the chance to win prizes will be keep this event hopping. Local hotels will even offer reduced-rate rooms for out of town guests.

To learn more: http://www.dogfriendlyoc.com/event/dog-days-of-summer/

July 24th – New York, NY: Bark In The Park

If you find yourself in the Big Apple, why not have some fun helping to raise money for the biggest no-kill animal shelter on the planet? You will get to see the Mets play the Dodgers while supporting the North Shore Animal League America.

For more info visit: http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ticketing/group_offers.jsp?group=bark_in_the_park

Why Are Cats So Calm?

Why Are Cats So Calm?A feline loving, 7-year-old recently asked us: “why are cats always so calm?” What a great question we thought. This simple thought led us to ponder even further why cats, in many instances, appear quite calm. We delved a little bit deeper and observed some calm cats to see what keeps these little fur balls so cool and collected. Keep reading to see what we found out.

What keeps a cat calm?

  • A loving home – A loving home is safe and secure and a place where a cat does not feel threatened. Within a loving home a cat will receive plenty of attention and or course, lots of love.
  • A stimulating environment – A stimulating environment consists of plenty of playtime with fun cat toys such as little catnip balls or laser pointer. Cats also enjoy observing the world around them – so a nice window seat or high-up perch where Fluffy can relax will keep kitty mentally active and thus calm and happy.
  • A nutritious diet – By feeding kitty a nutritious diet you can help your feline ball of love maintain good health. And a healthy cat is a much calmer cat.
  • A cat buddy – Cats can do pretty well by themselves but if you work or are not home all the time cats can certainly benefit from having a cat pal they can play and socialize with from time to time.
  • A dog buddy – Many cats generally do good with dogs, so if a second cat is not in the cards for your home, you may consider a friend of the canine variety to share your kitty’s space with.
  • Regular veterinary checkups – Another great way to keep your cat calm is by making sure she is healthy. Seeing the vet at least once a year for routine vaccinations and a thorough check-up will ensure that your favorite feline has a clean bill of health.

5 Things You Can Do To Help Your Dog Deal with Fireworks

5 Things You Can Do To Help Your Dog Deal with FireworksWith summer just on the horizon you can pretty much assume that there is going to be some fireworks coming up too. Not just because of the 4th of July holiday but summertime seems to be when fireworks are at their peak usage. Unfortunately, many dogs can be alarmed and fearful of the sharp, abrupt and loud sound that comes with the spectacle of fireworks. If your dog is one of these sensitive pups, here are a few things you can do to help your pooch feel more at ease around fireworks.

Be Ready

If you know that a fireworks-filled event is coming to your neighborhood then you might choose to make this an opportunity to head out of town and visit some friends or family – away from the fireworks.  It is not always feasible to get away, especially around the 4th of July but knowing when fireworks will be coming can also help you do some of the following things to help prepare your dog for the noisy festivities.

Create a safe place

Like their distant wolf cousins, dogs are happy to have a den of their own, which is where they feel safe. In many homes, dog parents will choose to have a crate or other space that is just for Fido, which acts like their den. Before the fireworks start blasting, make sure your dog’s special place is safe and secure. This is where you can keep your pooch. It is generally a good idea to shut out as much of the noise as possible by closing windows or placing a thick heavy blanket over your dog’s crate. Maybe even try to procure some harp music to play as dogs have been shown to enjoy harp music. Try and stay calm for Fido. Chances are you might become agitated knowing your pup is going to be uncomfortable. Remember Fido can sense this and you don’t want him to feel any more fear.

Desensitize

You can try to desensitize your pup to the sound of the fireworks by gradually exposing him to the sound on a regular basis. You can locate sound samples of fireworks on the Internet to play around your four-legged friend. Start out with the volume low and gradually increase it to the levels that might be encountered inside your home during a fireworks show. The more you dog is exposed to this sound, the less likely your dog will be negatively impacted by the sound of the fireworks later.

Have Fun

Another great way to get your dog less afraid of fireworks is to create a fun environment during a fireworks display. The best way to do this is to play with your dog and reward him for his jovial behavior. Make sure your dog is in the midst of a good time when you reward him, as we want your pup to make positive associations not negative ones. Petting or giving your pup treats when he is scared will only tell him that fearful behavior is okay.

See your Vet

If you are finding that your pooch is having a very hard time around fireworks to the point where you are concerned, don’t hesitate to see your vet. He or she may prescribe medication to help your dog have an easier time during this particularly noisy activity.

5 Ways to live on A Budget With a Dog

nuvet plus reviewsFor a dog lover on a fixed income or budget the idea of opening up your home to the expense of a pup might seem impossible. Fortunately it could be easier than you think. Here at NuVet we are happy to tell you that by putting a few careful money-saving tips into action you might find it less expensive than you thought to own a lovable canine.

 

Adopt a mixed breed dog

Many animal experts believe that mixed breed dogs, especially ones that received all of their vaccinations, are healthier because they are free of many of the inherited genetic defects and health problems that seem to plague purebred dogs. As a result, the owner of a mixed-breed dog may not incur the medical expenses that the parents of purebred dogs potentially find themselves facing.

 

Get pet insurance

Pet insurance comes in handy for those unexpected visits to the vet. Just like with human health insurance, with animal pet insurance you regularly pay a monthly, quarterly or even yearly fee to an approved animal insurance company. Then the next time an unplanned visit to the vet arises; you will most likely only find yourself having to pay a co-pay. This fee will vary by insurance company and the particular plan you may have it is always good to do some thorough research before selecting a pet insurance company right for you.

 

Look for reduced vaccination programs

If you find yourself struggling to pay for Fido’s vaccinations, don’t despair. You may be able to find reduced-priced vaccination programs through local animal shelters and veterinarians. Don’t be afraid to make a few phone calls or pay a visit or two to a local animal shelter to see if they offer a reduced-priced vaccination program. Remember a dog that adheres to a regular vaccination schedule is a healthier dog and thus less expensive!

 

Cut coupons

Who says that coupons are just for human stuff? Believe it or not there are plenty of coupons available for a whole slew of dog foods and other dog supplies. The Internet can be very helpful in tracking down great doggie deals. Also, don’t forget to see if your local pet supply store has any customer appreciation programs you can sign up for. The benefits of these can really add up and may even include freebies for your dog.

 

Make your own puppy treats

The Internet is swarming with tasty doggie treat recipes. There are enough out there to keep your dog in tasty yum-yums for months to come. Treats range from sweet to savory to even nibbles you can share with your dog! Because you will be making the treats yourself, you can spend as much or as little as you want on the ingredients, which can makes them budget friendly.

 

Become a parent to a smaller dog

If you have your heart set on a Mastiff it might be difficult to realize that you only have a Chihuahua budget. With this in mind, why not consider opening your home and heart to a smaller dog? What they lack in size they certainly make up for (like their larger counterparts) in spirit, loyalty and unconditional love.  Better still, smaller dogs literally require less in the way of food and other material supplies.

 

5 tips for Helping Your Dog Learn to Swim and Be More Comfortable in The Water

nuvetreviewsSummer is quickly arriving, and you are probably thinking about all of the fun things you will be able to do with your dog. You’ve probably heard the old adage that all dogs can swim, but it’s not quite true. While most dogs can be trained to learn how to swim, some dog breeds will never be good swimmers. It’s important to understand the limitations of your own dog, and to make sure that your pet is comfortable in the water before you take your pet swimming in the ocean, a lake or your pool.

 

5 Tips for Helping Your Dog Learn to Swim and Be More Comfortable in the Water

  1. Make the idea of swimming or getting in the water appealing to your dog by going for a nice, long walk first. Like humans, dogs prefer to get wet when they are warm and tired. A dip in the pool might be more refreshing and exciting to your dog if they are in the mood.
  2. When you begin to enter the body of water, don’t rush your dog. If your dog seems uncomfortable, take it slow. If your dog is resisting, do not force your pet. You do not want it to be a negative experience.
  3. Work with a professional dog trainer in order to teach your dog how to swim. A person who has experience in helping dogs swim will be able to teach your dog the right techniques, as well as help you learn the correct commands to use while in the water.
  4. Invest in a life vest for your pet in order to ensure that your dog is safe at all times. Never leave your pet unattended near or in the water.
  5. Consider your dog’s age. It is best to introduce your pet to the water during its early years, as it will likely adjust better. Also, an older dog who has never swam before may not be healthy enough for the activity. Consult with your veterinarian before swimming with your dog.

 

Tips to Safely Trim a Dog’s Nails

Clipping a dog’s nails can be a tedious job for many dog owners. While some dogs may willingly oblige, many others are completely resistant. In either case, it’s important to be cautious with your pooch’s nails and following some safety tips may help keep your pet’s paws up to par.

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1. A clotting powder is something to have on hand before you begin trimming your dog’s nails. This hopefully will be just a precaution, but if you do end up needing it, you will be happy that it is close by and accessible.

2. Sharp clippers is the first step to dog nail cutting. Sharp clippers allow you to quickly, accurately, and precisely trim nails. Also, a quicker cut may be beneficial when dealing with a fussier dog’s manicure.

3. Avoid cutting the quick in your dog’s nail. The quick is the vein that runs down your pooch’s nail. This can typically be seen in dog’s nails that are light in color, however can be difficult when cutting darker nails. The quick will bleed when cut or nicked and it typically is difficult to stop.

4. If your dog has a dew claw, make sure you trim that as well. These can sometimes get overlooked and become overgrown. After trimming the dew claw, make sure that it is smoothly trimmed and not rough or ragged. While cleaning themselves dogs sometimes use their front leg as a tool. In turn, the dew claw is used as well. If the dew claw is not trimmed properly or is sharp, your dog can scrape their face or cut themselves with it. Filing can help remove a rough nail, which leads into the next tip.

5. Filing dog your dog’s nails is another way to help keep them at a comfortable length. Filing has an added bonus as well since it helps smooth the nails, which may help with the scratching of surfaces and your dog’s skin as well.

If your dog is relentless and still won’t allow you to trim their nails, a visit to the vet or groomer may be unavoidable. Either way you choose to care for your pup’s paws, it’s important to maintain their nails regularly as part of their routine care.