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Pets Can Improve Your Health

Did you know that more than 60% of households have a pet – cats and dogs being the most popular – and that the average lifetime cost of owning a dog today stands at around £16,900 and for a cat £17,200?

It’s clear to see that these beloved animals have us firmly wrapped around their furry paws; but is it just a one way street? Do we get something from them in return? Apart from the obvious love, companionship and friendship there are other less obvious benefits that can affect our health.

We have seen many cases where pets have healed people physically, emotionally and mentally. But recently doctors have discovered the amazing fact that cats and dogs can help us not only fight disease but also with the way we cope with chronic conditions. Scientific studies have in fact confirmed what we have felt – our pets have a positive impact on our health.
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What To Do If Your Dog Or Cat Has A Fever

If your dog or cat has a fever, you are probably very concerned, and have a number of questions. In this article I’ll reveal to you the most common causes of fever in cats and dogs, plus the signs to be aware of. Then I’ll go into the top 5 remedies that you can immediately use to help your pet’s fever, and bring the temperature down fast.

Fever is defined as a higher than normal body temperature in your dog or cat; in veterinary terms this is called pyrexia. A normal dog’s temperature is 101 F (38.0 C), a normal cat’s temperature is 102 F (38.5 C). Taking your pet’s temperature involves placing a thermometer in their rectum. If your pet has a temperature of 103.5 F (39.5 C) or more, they have a fever.

A fever is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Having a high temperature makes it more difficult for bugs to grow in the body. The problem with a fever in pets is that they will often stop drinking; dehydration then becomes the primary concern. Your pet usually will have a fever in response to something going on in their body. The most common cause, I find, is bite wounds. Search your dog or cat well for punctures.
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Children and the Passing of a Pet

To this day, I can still vividly remember the day our pet turtle got away and ended up under the refrigerator. I was about 9 years old and my three sisters and I, along with my mother, had no idea what to do. We waited for Dad to get home knowing that he would save the day.

Usually when Dad got home we all rushed to the door to give him a big hug and a heart felt greeting. On that day however, the poor guy had 4 kids all yelling at him that our beloved turtle had ended up under the fridge and we couldn’t coax him to come back out.

With his shirt and tie still firmly on, Dad grabbed the fridge and started to shuffle it back and forth, moving it forward a few inches at a time. “Don’t crush him Dad”… we all chirped as he strained to move that old steel built relic of the 1960s. Bit by bit, the fridge came far enough out for us to look behind it. There was our turtle, covered in dust and not moving one iota. He had spent the better part of 5 hours under there and was gone for good.
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5 Lovable Small Dogs That Are Half Havanese

The Havanese is a small dog that gets extremely high marks in many categories. They do no shed and are hypo-allergenic, they love children and other pets, and they are easy to train. What more do you need? There are several popular hybrid dogs that are created with the Havanese. This way you can possibly have the better of two breeds.

We tend to like small dog breeds because they are easy to transport, less costly to care for, they don’t need a lot of exercise, they are easy to travel with, and they can sit on our laps. Many people prefer mixed breed dogs because they tend to be healthier, live longer and they can be found in shelters, rather than paying a high price to a breeder. Designer dogs are very popular right now, it seems like everyone is trying to find the next best breed.

The Havanese is a breed that originates in Cuba. They were often found in the homes of the wealthy during the 18th and 19th centuries. In the 1960s, when Cubans were migrating to the US, they brought their dogs. In the 1970s, Havenese began to be bred in the US. They come in many colors: cream, gold, white, silver, blue and black. They have a long reputation of being circus dogs because they are intelligent and easy to train. Havanese dogs love to be with people. They have dark eyes and a long silky coat that is easier to maintain when kept short. They are alert watch dogs, but only occasionally bark. They tend to be prone to skin diseases and cataracts. Other favored small dog breeds, mixed with the Havanese make a new, adorable dog.
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