Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dog Breeds For Men – What Does that Mean?

Hi ,

Are there certain dog breeds that are better for men or more commonly associated with men? Yes, there are. Some believe that there are actually "manly" dogs.

There are all kinds of lists. For example, there are not only lists of dog breeds that are considered more "manly" but also lists of dog breeds that help men meet women. After all, what woman can resist and adorable dog in the park?

And if you are trying to meet someone...if they can resist your irresistible dog, maybe they are not the type of person you want to get to know better anyway!  After all - we want to be with fellow dog lovers, right?

So...what breeds do you think are on this list of manly dogs?

Check out the list. Go to....13 Manly Dog Breeds.

We also have a list of Top Breeds to Impress Men! Can you guess what breeds are on that list?

Until next time,

Dr. Jon


P.S. By the way, I'm curious about what you think. Do you believe "real men can own cats"? This is a conversation that I've been having with my cat newsletter group. It has been interesting to see the results and read some of the comments.

Interested? Go to the poll - Do real men own cats?

P.P.S.  To read some of the Petplace reader comments - Go to - User Comments to the Question - Do real men own cats?


Vet Complaints - What to Do If Your Vet Makes a Mistake

Hi ,

After being in the veterinary profession for years, I've seen clients complain about a number of things. Their wait was too long, the receptionist was "rude", and the shot hurt their dog more than last time. Some of the complaints are valid... while others are not.

So what should you do if you really think your vet made a mistake?

What are your options and what is the best approach?

This is another one of those topics that often no one really wants to talk about, but it is an important topic. So I asked the irreverent veterinarian to research and write about this sensitive issue.
 
Please take a moment to read The Irreverent Vet Speaks out on "What if You Think Your Vet Made a Mistake"? It will give you tips on how to handle potentially difficult situations with your vet.

To read this article go to: www.petplace.com/vetcomplaints

I'll be interesting to see what you think. Read it and let me know your thoughts.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon


P.S. Another good topic that our Irreverent Vet wrote about is the safety of microchips. Go to The Irreverent Vet Speaks out on Microchip Safety.

Very, Very Cool - Dog Drinking Water in Slow Motion

Hi ,

Someone sent me this very cool video of a dog drinking water in slooooow motion. By doing this and slowing down the speed, you get to see exactly how dogs use their tongue to drink water.

Do you think you know how dogs use their tongues to drink water?  Most people (even professionals) have a misconception.

Check out this dog drinking in slow motion. ...this is very cool. To see the video Go to: petplace.com/dog-videos.aspx?p=90 or click on the image below.

 Dog Video - Drinking

Isn't that cool? I even liked the slow motion balloon at the end. It is amazing what you can see in slow motion!

Remember - water is very important to your dog.  Do you know why?  If not - this article will tell you about the importance of water and how much your dog should drink every day. Go to Why Water is Important.

Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh clean water available at all times. Change the water daily and wash out the water bowl well at least weekly - or even more often. I think it is a good idea to run the bowls through the dishwasher once or twice a week to ensure they are good and clean.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon


P.S. A while back - there was a lot of warnings about the danger of tap water and if it was safe for us to drink. We wrote an article about the safety in dogs. Check it out - go to: WARNING: Is Tap Water Safe for Your Dog?

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WILD and CRAZY Halloween Dogs - 3 FUN Halloween Ideas

Hi ,

This Friday is Halloween and is a great time to have a little fun! Why not include your dog in all the FUN.

We have compiled some great Halloween ideas for your dog or for you AND your dog. Today I wanted to share them with you. So... here are 3 of our favorite articles to help make Halloween more FUN for you and your dog.

1. Bewitching Guide to Halloween Costumes
2. Costumes for Your Sidekick - Make your dog part of Halloween
3. Halloween Costume Ideas for You and Your Dog

For some more ideas - check out our cute photos of dogs in Halloween Costumes! Go to Wild and Crazy Halloween Dogs (the photos are towards the bottom of the page).

Go to: petplace.com/dog-photos-from-our-users.aspx or click on the image below.

 Jesse Yoda


Hope you have a wonderful time this Halloween.

Dr. Jon


P.S By the way - last year we had a pumpkin-carving contest where people carved pumpkins with a pet theme in mind. These still amaze me. Check out these photos! Go to -  Pet Pumpkin Carvings - Unbelievable!

Where Should Your Cat Sleep?

Hi ,

Where should your cat sleep?

Nestled in the crook of your knees on your antique quilt? On an easy chair close to the bed? Or does she position herself flush against the closed door to your bedroom? Or in her own bed in another part of the house?

How about in your bed?

There's no need to make excuses if you allow your cat to sleep in his favorite place? Your bed. Pets love to cuddle up in a cozy bed with their best friend, and often the feeling is mutual

A recent online survey revealed some very interesting facts about where cats sleep. If you let your cat sleep in your bed you may find that you are not alone.  Check out the survey results and learn more about Cats Sleeping Habits.

To see the results and read the article go to: petplace.com/cats/where-should-your-cat-sleep/page1.aspx.

Well like Eleanor Farjeon's poem says, "Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair..." With any luck, you will be the one to decide.

Until next time...

Dr. Jon

P.S. - Did you see the video I sent recently of a  litter of kittens playing in the bed. They almost make you tired just watching! If have not seen Take a minute to check out this fun video.

To the see the video go to: petplace.com/cat-videos.aspx?p=57 or click on the image below.

Kittens video


Learn How to PREVENT Cat Scratching?

Hi ,

Last week - I talked to you about WHY do cats scratch and gave you some suggestions for the best scratching post ever and even some tips on how to make your own scratching post.

If you missed those - check out these articles - Go to:

Why do cats scratch?
How to Choose the Best Scratching Post

Today, I want to talk to you about how to PREVENT scratching. There are several methods. I'm going to give you the link to another article that has very good tips on how to deal with furniture scratching. If you have a cat that scratches - check this out - Furniture Scratching in Cats

Here are some tips. Some ways you can prevent scratching is to cover the area with plastic. Most cats don't like to scratch the texture of plastic and will not bother the area. Another thing you can do is use sticky tape. Sticky tape is also a deterrent. There are some commercial available double-sided tapes made for cats that scratch that is clear and sticks to furniture.

Another thing you can do is odor neutralize the areas. Some cats scratch to mark territory and by eliminating any underlying scents can help deter the desire to scratch. You can use an odor eliminator product to help change any marking odors on that piece of furniture. That can diminish a cat desire to scratch. Remember, cats don't just scratch to sharpen their claws. If you understand why they scratch, then you can find ways to deal with it.

For more tips - check out this article Furniture Scratching in Cats.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon


P.S. Keeping your cats nails short can also minimize damage to furniture. Over the last couple of weeks I have been telling you about a very cool new product for trimming your cat's nails.  - It is called PediPaws. Our Senior Veterinarian tested it on one of her cats and said, "B.C. (her cat) didn't mind it at all. I went slowly with him introducing it to him and giving him praise when he responded well. He tolerated it very well. This will definitely be how we trim his nails from now on".

So take a look for yourself, maybe this is just what you need to avoid catch scratches all over your house. For more information go to: pedipaws.com or click on the image below.



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Adorable Photos and Video of Cats in Costumes

Hi ,

It's two more days until Halloween. And for fun today - I have some photos of cats in costumes. These photos are adorable!  There are some cats that actually like to be dressed up.

I have to say - the cat dressed like a bat absolutely cracks me up! That was so creative! The cat actually looks like a bat! The witch cat was also cute. Actually, I liked all of them.  Go to: Wild and Crazy Halloween Cat Photos. or click on the image below.

Halloween kitty

I also have a video to share with you. It is just too cute and funny. A dog and cat battle over best costume in this video. I loved it. If you have a couple minutes - you need to check this out. Go to: Dog and Cat Halloween Costume Battle.

Enjoy!

Until next time,

Dr. Jon

P.S. How about making a special Halloween treat for your kitty? Here is a recipe for you - They are called Tasty Cat Claws.

P.S.S. How about a poll question - do you dress your cat up for Halloween? Take our short poll.