Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
Dogs teach us to love; cats teach us to live.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
AS pet lovers we always try to do the best we can for our pets, but there's always room for improvement. A fresh year gives everyone a 12-month clean slate to do better in the pet parenting department, and keeping a list of pet-oriented New Year's resolutions might help.
Below is a list of recommended New Year's resolutions, some of which, if not all, should make sense to every responsible pet parent out there. See which of these applies to you.
PET-CENTRIC NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
* I will not leave my pet alone for grooming. If possible, grooming will be done at home.
* I'll have someone trustworthy to care for my pet, preferably at home, if I'll be away for long.
* My house will be pet-proofed to avoid accidents and damages.
* Before leaving for work or some errands, I'll ensure my pet has enough safe distractions till I return home.
* I will not leave my pet with other people or take it to places where it will become anxious and scared.
* I will look for new walking or jogging routes for me and my dog to explore.
* I will try to teach my pet a useful command, routine or trick this year.
* I will make oral hygiene part of my pet's regular upkeep.
* I will set aside some money as insurance for my pet's sudden medical needs.
* I will respect the personal choices of others who are not into pets.
* I will not spoil my pet rotten so it doesn't become clingy, obese or lazy.
* I will regularly give my pet a massage to feel its body for any potential health issue.
* I will play and bond with my pet more.
* I will consider having my pet microchipped for safety reasons.
* I will read up more about my pet's breed to understand and provide for its needs better.
* I will monitor my pet's health closely and follow its vaccination schedules.
* I will keep photos, videos and diary of my pet to remember everything when my pet is gone.
* I will not abandon my pet at all costs.
* I will shelter my pet from the heat and the rain.
* I will come to the aid of an animal in need, even if it's not my pet.
* I will only cage my pet when absolutely necessary or for medical reason, and only for a short time.
* I will keep my dog on leash when in public places, but at home they should be free.
* I will keep handy the number of at least two good veterinarians or clinics.
* I will not force my pet to reproduce for personal gains.
* I will have my pet fixed if I don't want it to breed.
Finally, remember that pets will be pets. They don't have enough capacity to always understand and do what would please us, so be more patient and reciprocate their unconditional love with more affection. Happy New Year!!
HERE are some burning questions dog owners have about their dogs and the enlightening explanations offered by dog experts and experienced dog owners in an attempt to make us better understand this animal we love.
QUESTION: Why do dogs tilt their heads?
ANSWER: There are variety of explanations given, foremost of which is that dogs tilt their heads to reposition their ears to better judge the sound’s location and distance. By doing so, dogs open up their ear canal to better hear, identify familiar sounds and audio cues. They may be doing it also to see people's face better, without their muzzles obstructing their view.
QUESTION: Why do dogs walk away from their bowl to eat?
ANSWER: Experts believe dogs instinctively drag their food away from their bowl to somewhere quieter and safer just like they would do in the wild so they don't need to fight another dog for it.
QUESTION: Why do dogs eat poop?
ANSWER: Do it once, maybe curiosity got the better of the dog. Do it twice, maybe it's just for fun. However, a dog who habitually eats poop should go on rehab. Seriously, it requires a trip to the vet to find out if the dog is missing out on some nutrients which it oddly thinks is present on some other creature's waste.
QUESTION: Why do dogs lick you?
ANSWER: Some say because people are “salty” due to perspiration, so dogs that feel they need sodium chloride will try to get it from an easy source: you. Dog behaviorists believe though that licking humans is among the dog's arsenal of disarming tactics that people love or hate, but get their attention just the same.
QUESTION: Why do dogs like to smell butts?
ANSWER: Believe it or not, this gross action is about dogs trying to get to know another dog based on their butt's smell. Aside from clearly giving way another dog's gender, experts said the butt-smelling ritual also tells dogs what each other's diet consists of and their emotional state.
QUESTION: Why is chocolate bad for dogs?
ANSWER: Chocolates carry a stimulant called theobromine which dogs cannot process. Significant amount of theobromine can badly affect a dog's heart and nervous system resulting in seizures and heart failure. Baking chocolate and cocoa powder got higher levels of theobromine, while dark chocolate contains more of this dog-unfriendly substance than milk chocolate.