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Help Your Animal Rescue Group

Rescues

There are many stories of successful rescue groups. These groups rescue hundreds and even thousands of dogs and cats each year, and place them in safe, loving forever homes. There are also stories in the media about rescue groups that aren’t as successful. These stories involve pets that were placed in unsuitable homes, overcrowding and lack of resources in rescue shelters, and other heartbreaking stories.

Don’t Become Overwhelmed

This is the most important thing to remember. Just about every animal lover wants to help ALL of the dogs and cats they see. However, it’s not possible to save every animal, as heartbreaking as it is. Take on only the pets that you have space and resources for. Remember: Save one, until there are none left to save.

Keep Thorough Records

This is also important, especially if your rescue has obtained 501(c)3 status. Keep records on everything – home checks, potential adopters, adoptive homes, donations received, volunteer information. Even the most seemingly mundane information may make a huge difference someday, especially if you run into difficulty. These records can also help you identify bad adopters, or those who aren’t suitable pet parents. And make sure your records are stored in a safe place.

Be Transparent

It is important to keep a level of transparency with your volunteers and adopters, especially if you are accepting donations. Many media reports have come to light regarding rescues that took donations for pets that they had no intention of helping. These pets died in shelters, waiting for someone to come; while their names and faces were being blasted all over social media and donations came pouring in. No one knows the disposition of the donations that were accepted for these animals. If you do accept monetary donations, a Fundrazr or GoFundMe account is helpful, so donors can get a real-time total of donations.

Adoption Fees

We’ve all heard the dangers of giving pets away for free to “good home.” You never know who is waiting to obtain animals for hunting, fighting or other sinister reasons. When you charge a reasonable adoption fee, you are going to deter a lot (but not all) of the unsuitable adopters. And these adoption fees will help you vet the pets in care of your rescue.

Don’t Skimp on Care

The animals in care of your rescue deserve proper nutrition and proper vetting. Make sure your pets are up-to-date on shots and preventatives. It’s also best to have each pet spayed or neutered upon intake, so they won’t be able to go out and make more unwanted pets that need rescue.

Check Them Out

Don’t give a pet to a potential adopter because they seem nice. Check references, check the adopter’s background, and do a home visit. If something feels “off,” it most likely is. You don’t owe any potential adopter a pet. However, you do owe the pets you serve the opportunity to be sent to only the best homes. It’s better for an animal to stay in rescue than to go to a home where it will not receive proper care.

What to Do If You Have an Issue

If you have a problem with an adopter, volunteer or critic of your rescue, don’t engage with them. Several rescues have carried out flame wars with their detractors on social media. This tarnishes the reputation of the rescue and above all, hurts the animals in the care of the rescue. Most potential adopters don’t want to be involved in drama, and will not adopt a pet from a rescue that seems unprofessional. Get an attorney and do it right away. Most rescues are short on funds, so if you can, locate an attorney that does pro bono work. Your volunteers and supporters may be able to direct you to an attorney that is passionate about animals; this attorney may offer their services free of charge.

Establishing a rescue can be rewarding for you, your volunteers, the community you assist, and especially the pets you place in loving homes. However, it’s important to take the proper steps to protect your rescue and the pets you serve. Doing things the right way will ensure that each animal you assist gets a loving home that will take care of them for the rest of their days.

Financial Aid

The numbers of homeless animals are constantly increasing. There are numerous rescue groups and shelters that are trying to help every animal they can. However, this does not come without a cost. Animals must be fed, vetted and cared for while they await homes. Adoption fees only cover a portion of these costs. So, how do you raise the necessary funds to take care of the animals in care of your organization? It’s time to think beyond putting buckets out by the cash registers at local businesses and hoping for the best. We’ve put together a list of the three best ways to raise funds.

Social Networking

Social networking is one of the best ways to help needy animals find homes; it is also one of the best ways to raise funds to care for homeless animals. If you haven’t already, set up a page for your rescue group on Facebook (or other sites of your choice; Facebook is most effective). Make sure you update your page often with pictures of the pets you are helping to find homes, as well as news and events. Then, set up a page for your rescue group on a fundraising site – Fundrazr and GoFundMe are two popular sites. Link this page on your Facebook wall, and let your visitors know that you are gratefully accepting donations for pets. When donors can see their donation added to the tally in real-time, they are more likely to donate.

Fundraisers

There are hundreds of fundraiser ideas, beyond the traditional bake sale or rummage sale. If any of your volunteers are involved in direct sales, ask them if they’d like to host an online fundraiser and donate their commission to your rescue. Most consultants are happy to donate their commission; fundraisers give them the sales to boost their totals. You can host your fundraiser online, so supporters from across the country can assist, even when they can’t be there in person. And don’t forget to put your fundraiser information on your social media page to help get the word out!

Business Donations

Many businesses are happy to support local shelters and rescue groups. This is especially true for smaller, independently owned and operated businesses. Most owners liked to be asked, so don’t hesitate to send out a letter soliciting donations. Or better yet, stop by and visit in person. In exchange for their donation, you can offer to list them prominently in your organization’s news letter, on your website, or your social media wall. This also helps them boost their sales, so everyone wins.

When asking for donations, it’s important that you be completely transparent with the numbers and the information on what you are using these funds for. This will boost confidence in donors, and ultimately help the pets in your care!

NuVet Labs – Giving Back

NuVet Labs® is a proud contributor to an assortment of charities and rescue organizations as part of our desire to help those in need that are unable to help themselves. Animals are often the innocent victims of abuse or abandonment that could be remedied with a helping hand.

As pet and animal lovers, we have taken it upon ourselves to contribute to endeavors that support and improve the lives of our furry companions who have unconditionally given their love and lives to us. It is our goal to find new ways to help provide the most complete immune system support through proper nutrition and care.

Since 1997, NuVet Labs® has been giving back to these furry members of our planet that have been our companions, co-workers, rescuers and friends; those that ask so little in return.

To request a donation, please email contact@nuvet.com

NuVet Labs – Why Rescue a Pet?

There are many great reasons to rescue a pet. These benefits range from the tangible to the intangible. These benefits have far-reaching consequences that extend beyond your home. When you adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue, the following are just some of the benefits you will reap for yourself and your new furry best friend.

The most obvious benefit of saving a pet is gaining a new companion for you. Studies have shown that having a pet makes people happier and reduces stress levels. Pets provide unconditional love and are always there to lend an ear or give a snuggle. If you live alone, having a pet can make your house feel less lonely. You will always have someone to greet you at the door when you return home. Pet owners are not only happier; many studies show that they live longer.

You also save money when you rescue a pet rather than buy from a pet store. Pet stores charge hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars for a pet. Adoption fees vary upon your location and what vetting the animal has received, but most adoption fees are under $200, and some may be as low as $20. Animal shelters are overflowing with purebred pets. Many times the animal has been completely vetted, to include vaccinations and sterilization surgery. You get a healthy pet at the fraction of the cost, and you get the satisfaction of knowing that you saved a healthy pet that may have otherwise been euthanized for simple lack of a good home.

When you rescue a pet from a shelter or animal control facility, you save more than just that one pet’s life. You also make room at the shelter for another needy pet to come in off the streets or get away from a neglectful or abusive owner. You also help cut down on the pet over-population epidemic. Many shelters and rescues have pets spayed and neutered before they can be adopted out.

Estimates show that between four and seven million healthy pets are euthanized in the United States every year for the simple lack of a good home. Only one in ten cats ever born, and one in eight dogs ever born find a home in their lifetime. When you rescue a pet, you help a loving animal that otherwise wouldn’t have a chance at life.

Fostering a Pet

The statistics are well-known: five million companion animals annually enter shelters and an average of 70% of them is euthanized, according to the American Humane Society and other organizations. Most of these pets are adoptable, but overcrowding in the nation’s 5,000 shelters prevents them from being cared for until a forever home is found. Pet fostering developed from this sad circumstance and has evolved into a multi-faceted program.

What is Pet Fostering?

Pet fostering means you house and care for a pet while he either can’t be at his home or he can’t be held in a shelter. You feed, exercise, love and sometimes train the animal. You take him to necessary veterinary appointments and sometimes to adoption events if he’s eligible. Some organizations have foster pet parents screen potential adoptive parents, which means you’ll need to talk with interested adopters, find out their experience with pets, and decide whether they are a good match for your foster pet.

Why Foster a Pet?

Some people decide to foster a pet after the loss of a beloved pet, when they do not feel ready to replace their beloved friend. Fostering gives them a chance to care for animals without taking on the responsibility of pet ownership while they are grieving.

Other people fall into pet fostering as a way to try out different kinds of pets and make a more informed decision about which kind of pet they would like to own. By fostering different sizes or breeds of dogs, for example, you can get a feel for breed personalities and figure out what size dog is right for you. If you’re thinking of fostering before you get a pet, inquire about foster to adopt options, where you can adopt your foster pet should you fall in love.

The emotional impact of fostering is monumental – you’re helping save an innocent animal’s life or giving him a safe home during a difficult time. Maybe you’re not sure you’re ready for the long-term commitment of having your own pet. Fostering lets you test the waters. It teaches your kids responsibility or gives you a great way to meet people in a new community.

Shelter overcrowding remains a common cause of pet fostering. After surgery, pets that need a safe, clean recovery spot are often placed with foster families. Some animals stop eating due to the stress of living in a shelter; a foster home often keeps these pets alive. Foster families with training skills are trained to take in a pet with a behavior problem, such as jumping or chewing, to correct the issue and make the animal more adoptable. Pets displaced by natural disasters or deployed military owners are often left in the care of fosters until their family can take them home again.

What Does Fostering Cost?

Most organizations pay for any veterinary care required, and some also pay for food. This keeps out-of-pocket costs for fostering minimal, in most cases.

Many pet foster parents invest in other items for their foster pet, such as a pet bed, pet toy, harness, or special treats. It’s really up to you.

If you have pets in your home and want to add a foster pet, it’s a good idea to purchase a pet crate or use pet barriers to keep the foster pet separate from your pets, until the foster pet can adjust. Most foster pets have come from animal shelters, where they may have been abandoned by their prior owners or picked up after being a stray on the streets. They need a quiet place to rest and relax – plus some TLC and pet treats!

One warning: In some cases, foster pets may cause property damage. An anxious pet may chew a pillow, or pet accidents may soil a carpet. If you’re worried about property damage, a crate can contain your foster pet while you are at work, reducing the potential for damage.

The major costs of fostering are time and the emotional toll. Many foster animals need round-the-clock care. Screening potential adopters and going to adoption events represents time (and, potentially, money for gas). Training and bonding with your foster pet takes time, too.

It’s easy to get attached to these animals, making relinquishing them tough. It gets easier with time, and the knowledge that you helped these pets find forever homes fills part of the void they leave behind. Plus if you are lonely, you can always make room for a new foster.

How Can You Foster?
Contact your local animal shelter or the ASPCA for any foster programs they run. Your veterinarian may be able to put you in touch with a local program, especially in locations without a community shelter. Several organizations exist specifically for pets of military families.

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http://www.aspca.org/nyc/fostering/saying-goodbye-to-a-foster-pet

What to Expect at Your Pet’s First Vet Visit

First Thing First

When you adopt a new pet into your family, you should schedule a visit with the veterinarian within the first few weeks. There are a few things that the vet will do at the first visit to put your pet on the path to great health.

Checkup

At the first visit with the vet, your vet will check your pet from head to tail and make sure that everything is going as it should. Your vet can also identify any current or potential health issues with your pet. It is important to treat these issues early on so they don’t become big problems later down the line.

Vaccinations

Your vet will also ensure that your pet is up-to-date on current vaccinations. This will keep your pet from contracting illnesses. For small puppies and kittens, a set of follow-up shots may be necessary a few weeks after your pet’s first visit.

Preventative Medications

Your vet will also put your dog or cat on a regimen of preventative medications to keep heartworms, fleas and ticks at bay. Even if your pet lives completely indoors and never goes outside to play, it is still important to obtain these medications. A stray flea can nestle into your sock and find its way in your home to your pet. For most pets, these medications cost less than the price of a latte or two each month, so the cost is nominal in regards to the protection the medications provide.

Diet

Your vet will also make recommendations on what your pet should be eating. You should choose a food that is made of high-quality ingredients. Organic foods are best, and if you have a dog, consider a grain-free diet as well. In addition, a dietary supplement is beneficial to nearly every dog and cat. NuVet makes a high-quality line of dietary supplements formulated specifically for dogs and cats and their individual needs. And supplements aren’t just for older pets; your puppy or kitten can benefit from the right supplement in the right dosage. It’s important not to put off your pet’s first vet visit. This visit will give you a baseline for your pet’s health, so you can help your vet identify problems right away. This will give your pet a better quality of life, and give you more peace of mind.

How to Save on Veterinary Costs for Your Dog

Think Ahead of Time

Your dog is considered a member of your family and is most certainly one of the greatest blessings in your life, but many pet owners do not realize the financial responsibility that they take on when they bring home a new puppy. Veterinary costs rival the costs of human health care, and depending on your dog’s health condition and its personal needs, it can cost you a small fortune each year just to provide basic care for your dog. Many pet owners want to know how they can make their dog’s health a top priority without spending all of their savings on veterinary care.

Tips for Cutting Veterinary Costs

  • Always be sure to take your dog in for its annual vet visits. During these appointments, the vet will provide your dog with any vaccinations it may need as well as do a thorough examination. Preventative vet visits allow your veterinarian to look for signs of disease or distress in your dog, allowing you to take advantage of early treatment options if necessary.
  • Keep your dog’s teeth clean. Good dental hygiene can prevent other health problems down the road, including tooth decay and even heart disease.
  • Add a nutritional supplement to your dog’s diet. A supplement product, such as NuVet Plus, will allow your dog to get all of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it needs to build a strong immune system and stay healthy. A regular dry pet food will not contain all of these vital ingredients.
  • If your pet needs medication, considering purchasing it from another vendor rather than your veterinarian. Veterinarian hospitals are known for marking up the prices of pet medication.

There are some health care costs associated with having a pet that cannot be avoided, but there are ways to keep these costs to a minimum. By making sure your dog is happy and healthy at all times, you will be able to keep your dog’s physical and mental health in shape. If you want to know more information about the importance of adding a nutritional supplement, such as NuVet Plus, to your dog’s diet, be sure to visit the NuVet Labs reviews page today. On this page, you will find reviews from other pet parents who have used this product and have found it to be beneficial for their dogs. This page provides you with honest and unbiased feedback about the products, and can serve as a valuable resource when making this important decision about your pet’s health and welfare.

NuVet Plus

One of the best supplements you can get for your dog is NuVet Plus. NuVet Plus is made of human-grade ingredients and contains everything your dog needs to stay happy and healthy. For more information on NuVet Plus, including NuVet reviews and NuVet Plus reviews, as well as a secure way to order, visit our site: https://www.nuvet.com/.  NuVet Plus will help supplement your dog’s regular diet so you can be sure you are providing the best in nutrition for your best friend.

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Body Language: What Your Pet is Telling You

Pets Have Feelings Too

Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? Keep your emotions bottled up? Your pets don’t have the option. They express their feelings very clearly through body language. Reading their cues properly can help you keep your dog or cat happy and stress-free.

Dogs

Canine body language is very expressive. If you learn to recognize the following five stances, you’ll likely be able to read your dog’s feelings the majority of the time.

  • Happy/Playful – Your dog’s face will be relaxed, with normal shaped eyes and an open mouth. His tail will be either loose and hanging or wagging from side to side. His body will show no stiffness or he may be in a “play bow” with his front half on the ground and his back half in the air.
  • Afraid – A fearful dog will lower his body while still standing, pinning his ears back, with his eyes wide and dilated. A worried dog will avoid eye contact and he’ll lie on his back if he’s submissive.
  • Aggressive – A non-submissive dog may display similar traits when afraid, but the hair on his back by his neck and tail will be raised. His mouth will be tense and slightly curled up, exposing some teeth. An aggressive dog that’s not afraid will stand straight up, leaning slightly forward with his tail raised stiffly, possibly with some slight side-to-side motion. His ears will be up and his forehead and nose may be wrinkled. His teeth will be clearly visible, although he won’t necessarily growl.
  • Alert – If your dog is aware of and interested in something, he’ll stand with his chest and ears forward, mouth shut and tail either straight out behind him or straight down (but not tucked). His eyes will be wide and he may give a few short barks.
  • Approachable – A relaxed dog will hold his head high with his mouth slack and his tongue showing. He’ll stand loosely with his tail down and relaxed, his ears up but not forward.

Cats

Felines don’t display quite as much emotion through body language, but you can read things in their ears and tails. Ears slightly to the side and forward show calm, while straight-up ears, either still or twitching, indicate interest or agitation. Ears flat against his head mean he’s about to attack. An uninterested cat’s ears will often move independently of one another.

Trust your cat’s tail when all else fails. A confident cat holds his tail high in the air, while a fearful cat will tuck his tail between his legs. If the hair is out on his straight-up tail, your cat is feeling threatened.

 

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How to Read Your Dogs Body Language

Canine Body Language

Catster – Cat Body Language

WebMD – Cat Body Language

Should My Dog Wear a Collar at Home?

Ccollar, house, dogollar pros and cons were mentioned in our previous article, “Harness vs. Collar: What’s Best for Your Dog”. The below article is for pet parents who have decided that a collar is right for them, however, they are unsure if it is appropriate to leave the collar on at all times.

One of the most hotly debated topics among dog lovers is the safety of collars. The disagreement centers on the safety of dogs wearing collars in the home or whenever left without human supervision.

The Arguments For and Against the Collar

To collar or not to collar? Keep reading to hear common arguments from both sides of the issue.

Identification

  • Dogs, even those well-trained, get lost: they dart out open doors and gates, dig under or jump over fences. If your dog gets out without a collar and identification tag, the chances of being reunited with him drastically drop.
  • However, if your dog is micro-chipped, he can be identified without a collar and ID tag.
  • Although, not everyone who finds stray dogs takes them to a shelter or veterinarian with a microchip scanner.

Control

  • You can grab a collar to redirect a dog about to jump on a counter, run out a door or go after something he shouldn’t.
  • Behavior modification can help eliminate counter surfing and other issues.

Safety

  • Normal collars can get caught on furniture, crates and other dogs during play. The buckle release won’t open when the collar is taut and the dog could potentially choke.
  • However, the instances of dogs accidentally choking on their collars are far lower than the instances of dogs getting lost.
  • Yet, one instance is too much for the owner of a dog it happens to.
  • Keeping a sharp, sturdy cutting instrument, like a seat belt cutter, handy lets you remove the collar that’s caught.

How to Decide

It’s up to you to determine if your dog will wear a collar even when he’s inside the home. It’s a personal decision.

The arguments for and against may leave you unsure of what to do, but if you examine your situation and the various options, you can come to an informed decision.

If your dog remains crated while you’re out of the house, remove his collar before you close the gate. Keep it nearby so you can put it back on him before you let him out of the crate. If you’re home with your dog all day, able to keep an eye on him, wearing a collar shouldn’t be a problem.

Use a breakaway or quick-release collar in place of a flat one. If the thought of coming home to find your dog hurt or worse is too much, remove his collar when you leave the house. Just make sure he has some form of identification, and take extra precautions to keep him from getting loose.

No matter your feelings on the this hot topic debate, a healthy dog is every owners’ responsibility. Visit NuVet Plus on Facebook for more pet health topics. You can also see what pet parents have to say about adding NuVet Plus or NuJoint Plus to their pet’s diet.

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Pets Welcome: “Pet”iquette for Pet Friendly Hotels

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Your dog is part of your family, and as such, she deserves to be part of family vacations and trips. It is important to find a pet friendly hotel that will accept your fur-baby like they accept you.

It is equally important for you and your dog to practice good pet-iquette while you are out and about in the world. The following tips will help you make the most of every trip with your canine companion.

Pet Deposits

If a pet friendly hotel or bed and breakfast charges a pet deposit, don’t try to hide your dog from the staff to get out of paying the fee. This can give dog owners a bad reputation and can cast aspersions on your dog.

It also leaves you open to liability if there is a problem during your stay. Plus, you don’t need the stress of trying to keep your dog under wraps so no one finds him.

Potty Breaks

Frequent potty breaks are important when your dog is in a new and unfamiliar location. Frequent potty breaks will protect the pet deposit that you paid to the pet friendly hotel. It will also give Fido some exercise, which is much needed when staying in a small hotel room.

Exercise

Like previously mentioned, exercise is also a must when traveling. No dog wants to be cramped up in a vehicle or plane, and then crammed into a hotel room with nowhere to go and nothing to do. Even a brisk walk around the hotel will allow your dog to stretch his legs and clear his head.

Personal Belongings

Just like you need your favorite technology items, a book or a special pillow on a trip, your dog also needs their favorite things. A squeaky toy, a stuffed animal or a favorite blanket should be packed along with your dogs food and NuVet Plus supplement.

If your dog enjoys her crate or kennel at home, bring it with you. You want your dog to feel at home so he or she can relax and be a good canine citizen while traveling.

Quiet Time

Dogs don’t understand the concept of “quiet time.” Your dog may want to bark at people passing outside the windows or in the hallway. Fido may also get wild around bedtime, and want to race around the room or bark to blow off steam.

As stated above, exercise is the key to keeping your canine companion calm and helping them wind down when it’s time to sleep. Some snuggles from you or their favorite stuffed animal can also help relax them so they can sleep.

Clean Up

Cleaning up after your pet is also very important. Keep plastic baggies on hand for potty breaks.

Clean up the hotel room before you leave, and make sure you pick up any remnants of toys and treats. Being courteous of others will help keep hotels and other public places pet friendly.

Pet Friendly Products

There are several helpful products that can help your dog relax and put forth her best puppy manners on every trip. Rescue Remedy is a calming spray that will help eliminate anxiety in the car, and after you get to your hotel room. Your vet may also have other recommendations along these lines.

A high-quality dietary supplement will also help keep your pet happy and healthy. NuVet Plus is formulated to meet the dietary needs of nearly every dog. For more information on how NuVet Plus can help your dog, visit NuVet reviews today.

Jealousy: Dealing with a Jealous Pet

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Just like you, your pet will experience different emotions on different days. After a long walk to the park, your dog might feel exhausted and happy. If you scolded your dog for being disobedient, it might tuck its tail under and sulk in the corner. One emotion that animals can experience is jealousy. Jealousy can be directed toward a new pet in the house or a new family member, such as a newborn infant.

While jealousy is normal in most circumstances, pet parents should know how to address this issue before it becomes a larger problem.

Tips for Dealing with a Jealous Pet

If you are introducing a new family member into the home, furry or otherwise, follow the below steps to help ease potential jealousy.

Equal Affection

If you’ve recently brought a new pet into the home, be sure to split up your time evenly between pets. Although it’s tempting to focus on your new family member, your established pet needs equal time.

If you spend 30 minutes training a new puppy, be sure to spend 30 minutes playing exclusively with your cat. Likewise, if you reward your new puppy with a tasty treat, like a NuVet Plus wafer, make sure you treat your other pet as well.

When your cat knows that you will still spend time with them, their feelings of jealousy will likely subside quicker.

Boundaries

Establish boundaries for the new addition in your home. For instance, if you have brought home a new puppy and your first dog is feeling jealous, be sure to keep their toys separate.

Do not allow the new puppy to gnaw on the first dog’s toys. The same goes for when a new baby arrives — be sure that the dog and the baby have their own play things, and try to establish proper social boundaries.

Stick to Routine

Try to avoid disrupting your original pet’s routine. Pets can become quite accustomed to their routine, and it helps them to feel safe and secure.

If you bring home a new pet or baby, try to make sure that your first pet stays on the same schedule. Abiding by the same schedule will help your original pet maintain a sense of normalcy. The less change to your first pet’s everyday life, the less it will feel like its life has been disrupted.

Quality Time

Be sure to spend some alone time each day with your original pet. In many cases, a jealous pet simply wants more attention from its owner. By giving your first pet special time with just you, it won’t be as apt to jealousy of another pet or baby in the house.

Take your dog for a walk, or spend time scratching your cat’s belly. Make it a priority to fit in a few minutes of uninterrupted time with your pet each day.

A Healthy Pet

Of course, it’s important to keep your pet’s mind, body and spirit healthy at all times. The best way to do this is to add a pet nutritional supplement, such as NuVet Plus, to their diet.

This specialized formula is created with the highest-quality ingredients, and will ensure that all your pet’s nutritional needs are met. To find out more about the benefits of NuVet Plus and NuJoint Plus, follow NuVet Labs on Facebook today.

Potty Training Your Pup: How to Limit Accidents During Bad Weather

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No one likes going outside in the cold and rain, sleet or snow. Imagine having to go to the bathroom in it; now you too can understand your dog’s world. Why go outside to use the restroom, where its cold and uncomfortable, when they can just relieve themselves inside, in the warmth?

 

Luckily for both of you, there are some easy-to-follow  potty training strategies that will help Fido feel more comfortable eliminating in poor weather.

Potty Training Tips and Tricks

For a dog still undergoing initial house training, make going out in bad weather part of the training. Don’t allow a dog who still goes to the bathroom inside sometimes to do so all the time during rough weather.

Get him used to doing his business in the elements. Take him out on leash and use a command word, such as “potty” or “tinkle,” to indicate it’s time to go.

Begin by saying the word right before he’s about to go and praise or treat him after. As he learns what the word means, say it even if he isn’t indicating so he’ll eliminate on cue, making a trip outside quick and easy.

Create a Safe Space

If your dog is deterred by the snow, clear a space for your pooch. Shovel a potty spot that is large enough for your canine companion to sniff and circle in before eliminating.

During potty training, continue to use the same cleared area each time Fido needs to eliminate. If this strategy is unsuccessful, or if you are unable to clear an area, you can also place a fresh patch right outside your door for your pup to use as a restroom. Fresh patch is a portable patch of grass that you can place anywhere you like to encourage elimination.

If your dog is older and already housebroken, but he’s resistant to going when the weather is bad, revert to taking him out on leash after each meal and teach him the command word. Do this even in good weather until he understands the request.

Dress for the Occasion

Before taking your pooch outside in the snow, you bundle up with a thick coat. Remember, Fido gets cold too and could use a little warmth in extreme weather.

If your dog has a short haired coat, consider utilizing canine clothing to make him more comfortable. Warm booties can be purchased to keep your dog’s paws warm and comfortable. Doggy sweaters are also an effective and stylish option for Fido.

The Potty Game

Encourage your pooch to potty outside by rewarding a job well done. You should regularly take your dog outside during the day to give him a change to eliminate. When he potties outside, instead of inside, celebrate!

Let Fido know that he did a good job with enthusiastic praise or affection. You can even reward him with a special doggy treat. This is a great time to give them their daily NuVet Plus & NuJoint wafers!

Once your doggy is done eliminating, follow his lead. Reward him by continuing to explore, or going back into the warmth, whatever your canine companion prefers.

Indoor Accommodations

Sometimes the weather is dangerous – strong wind, lightning, hail – making it safer for you and your dog to stay inside.

Newspapers are a worst-case scenario option; potty pads or patches of fake sod are more reliable and sanitary choices for indoor bathrooms. Walk your dog over on leash and give the command word, rewarding him enthusiastically when he eliminates in the proper spot.

If there’s a covered spot outside, protected from the elements, train your dog to go there in bad weather.

Indoors or outdoors, always follow elimination in the correct spot with a reward – praise, petting, food or playtime – and check out NuVet Labs Facebook for more doggy information!

Harness vs. Collar: What’s Best for Your Dog

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“The walk” is often the main event in a dog’s day. Unfortunately, it’s just as often the biggest hassle of yours. If your dog pulls, wiggles or resists keeping up with your pace, you may come to dread the whole exercise. Using the right collar or harness can make all the difference.

Collar Pros

Most people are familiar with the flat collar, made of cloth or leather and closed with a clasp or buckle. It’s ideal for canine identification tags, but it’s not always the best option for walking.

If your dog doesn’t pull on walks and isn’t a breed known for breathing problems, a flat collar is a fine option. Some dogs do not like the way a harness feels and prefer to wear a flat collar.

Slip Collar

A martingale, or slip, collar is a variation on a flat collar. It has the same look and shape of a flat collar. However, it features a section that gently becomes flush with your dog’s neck when he pulls or moves backwards.

The slight pressure acts as a correction while preventing your dog from slipping out of his collar. It is a good option for dogs with thick necks, like bulldogs or pit bulls, or breeds with little difference in size between their head and necks.

Head Collar

A head collar is a third alternative, ideal for serious pullers or dogs that outweigh and therefore overpower you on a walk. They sit at the base of the head and wrap around the muzzle with a leash attached under the chin.

It allows you to direct the dog’s attention when he pulls away without putting strain on his throat or building the neck and back muscles, which would only make him better at pulling.

Head collars can be controversial. Partaking in more research before making a decision is encouraged.

Cons

Although collars are convenient for ID tags, they can have a negative impact on some dogs. For example, pulling in a collar can increase the probability of a neck injury.

They are also not ideal for training purposes, since they offer less control.

Harness Pros

Any dogs with flat muzzles, including pugs or bulldogs, have predispositions to health issues with the throat or spine. These breeds are best served by a harness. Back-attaching harnesses work well for these dogs, as the leash attachment on the back applies less pressure during correction.

A harness is also ideal for dogs with respiratory issues or neck concerns. In a harness, the pulling or corrections do not put pressure directly on the neck. Likewise, a harness can aid dogs who have difficulties getting up  by providing lift assistance.

Harnesses offer more control, which make them ideal for training. They discourage pulling since they do not allow Fido to gain forward movement, which is great for dogs who get distracted easily.

For larger dogs with pulling issues, a front-attaching harness is preferred. The leash correction coming from the front gives you more control.

The attachment is between the legs and tightens when pulled. It is also less likely to come off accidentally since it wraps around the dogs body.

Harness Cons

Although harnesses do not harm your dog, some dogs find them to be uncomfortable. Walking your dog on a harness as early as possible improves the chances that your pup will be willing to cooperate.

Certain types of harnesses have also been found to be less effective. For example, a back-clip is generally the most comfortable but it does not offer much control for a dog that likes to pull.

Maybe you like the control provided by a harness, but you also like how easy it is to place ID tags on a collar. Luckily, you can have both! You can keep Fido’s collar on, with the ID tags attached, and add the harness when you and Fido go for a walk.

Hopefully we have been able to help clarify the pros and cons that come with a collar or harness so you can pick the right tool for your canine companion. For more doggy tips and canine entertainment, follow NuVet Labs on Facebook.

Dealing with Aggression: Help Keep Your Child Safe

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Dogs and children seem to be the perfect pairing. Both love to run, play, share height restrictions, have an abundance of energy and neither of them pay rent. Yet, out of the estimated 368,245 treated dog bites reported in 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculates that the highest injury rate occurred for children between ages of 5 and 9. Controlling aggression requires training both your dog and your children.

At NuVet Labs, pet health and safety is our passion. This is why we want to share the below information to help keep your two-legged and four-legged children safe.

Roots of Aggression Towards Children

Even the sweetest, most gentle family pet is capable of biting. It’s a natural defense mechanism for animals, even domesticated ones.

Dogs that aren’t properly socialized by four months of age may not react well to children. Their movements, voices and even their sizes are different from adults. A dog that is not socialized may not make the connection that kids are simply smaller humans.

Kids also behave unpredictably around dogs. When children see furry canines, they tend to get excited and want rush play with dog. When excited, they’re less aware of boundaries and their sudden movements may startle a dog.

A child may approach a dog as he eats or plays with a toy, making the dog think he has to guard his “valuable.” Children are also known to poke, pull and jump all over dogs like they’re inanimate stuffed animals. Unfortunately, dogs do respond to discomfort and fear, often with a snap or a bite.

Always Supervise

Supervising your child’s interactions with your – or any – dog allows you to intervene if something goes awry. Keep a close eye on your child to be aware of the below potential signs of aggression.

A general progression of agitation in a normally non-aggressive dog is often:

Stopping what he’s doing, sometimes along with a hard stare at the child

  • Raised hackles
  • Lunging
  • Stiff or rigid stance
  • Baring of teeth with a growl or snarl
  • Snapping – this is a warning, not a failed bite
  • Biting – some dogs will temper their bites to avoid serious harm, but others will not.

Working with Your Dog

Basic obedience training is essential for any dog. When you can ask for and immediately receive a command, you hold the key to diffusing a tense situation.

If your canine companion does not catch on to commands immediately, a tasty treat can be a good incentive to help motive him. Once Fido follows the commands ten times in a row, with the treat as an incentive, you can move on to only using praise or affection to show him that he is doing well.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask a Professional

Always receive help from a professional when working to correct aggressive tendencies in dogs. A professional will be able to outline a training routine that will help correct the type of aggression your dog is expressing and teach you how to implement the training tools correctly.

One training tool, recommended by the ASPCA, is the “Statue Game.” The “Statue Game” can be used to teach your dog proper interactions with kids. The kids will “go crazy” until you say “freeze.” When they stop, ask your dog to sit and then reward him. As he learns the game, he’ll sit whenever the movement stops.

Working with Your Kids

A child who understands how to interact with dogs is safer in their presence. Always require your kids to ask permission before petting a dog they don’t know. Never allow them to reach through a fence or window to pet a dog.

Teach them how to properly pet a dog using a stuffed animal and instruct them to leave a dog alone when he starts to show signs of aggression or agitation. As they get older, explain to them why poking, pulling and rough-housing with dogs is unacceptable.