How Your Cat Says "I Love You". 0
As pet owners, we all wish that our pets could say aloud sometimes that they love us, the way that we get to say it to them 10000x a day. This is especially true for our cats, who are already so mysterious, aloof, and independent a lot of the time. Cat's have their own language too though, we simply have to pay attention. So here are some signs that your cat is trying to express that they love you!
It's important to know first of all, that each cat brings their own form of love and affection with them. This depends on their background, whether you've raised them since they were a kitten or you rescued them at an older age from a shelter. Your cat is just like you in that they're loaded with experiences and histories too which lead to certain behaviors they possess. Even though cat's don't feel the need to please humans the way dogs do, because of their lack of a pack mentality - they still like to show affection from time to time.
Reading Your Cat's Signals
Just like us humans, cat's put out signals and vibes that we can pick up on when they're looking for some physical attention or loving. There are more social breeds of cats than others but for the most part, a cat won't have anything to do with you if they don't like you at least a little. In fact, cat's actively avoid people and things that make them uncomfortable.
A lot of kittens and some cats do bond quickly with their humans. The majority of cats though like to take their time. They start out slowly, sniffing your fingers and working their way up to rubbing against your ankles. These are signals that they're open to getting to know you, and spend more time around you.
Again, like with humans trust comes before love. When your cat rolls over on his or her back displaying the belly (a vulnerable spot) or blinks contentedly at you from across the room, you know that you’ve won that trust. And when he or she starts licking your hand, butting the head against your face or hopping on your lap and purring up a storm, that’s feline love, pure and simple.
Here are a few more of the ways that your cat shows their love:
- Lightly touching their forehead to your chin or face
- Called 'head bunting', this is a top-level affection move on your cat's part and only shown to their most beloved companions. This often releases fell-good endorphins for both you and your kitty!
- Rubbing Their Cheek On You
- When they love you, they kind of own you and this is how they show that. By rubbing their face against you, it leaves their scent by secreting oils from their facial glands. This is how they claim you and they can do it just about anywhere, from your feet, ankles, and furniture to your face, shoulders, and arms too.
- Twitching The Tip Of Their Tail
- What may appear as a benign flick, or graceful swoosh from side to side, your cats tail is actual a pretty good mood indicator. You'll see your cats tail flair out or poof up when they're frightening or agitated. Their tail is relaxed, and lazily upwards with poignant little flicks when they're showing you love.
- Going To Purrr Town
- Your cat purring is usually a go-to sign of contentment and comfort. This can also be when they're asserting claim over something or nursing their young as well. But you'll be happy to know that your cat reserves a special, full-bodied rumble as a smile directed to you. It's their way of saying "I love you".
- Holding Eye Contact or Sharing A Soft Blink
- You'll probably begin to realize that your cat doesn't look just anybody in the eye but only people they're familiar with and trust. This bond is only accentuated more when they slowly blink at you, it's almost like a kissing wink.
- Kneading Their Paws On You
- Experts say that this action beckons your adult cat back to a safe, welcoming memory when she was nuzzling her mother for milk as a newborn kitten. She is being affectionate and a bit nostalgic. This can be a very bonding moment for you and your cat as well.
- Sitting On Or Beside You
- Licking Your Hair or Ear Lobes
- It may seem a little odd but it's a big one, as far as cat's giving affection go. Essentially this means your cat has deemed you as a big, respectable other cat. Only special “cats” are deemed worthy of these special grooming sessions. In a multicat household, mutual grooming is a sign of trust and friendship. Pay attention to which cats, if any, in your home team up for mutual grooming. You may be the only one meriting such a gift!
- Bringing You Weird Gifts
- We must never forget that our precious furbabies are still 100% carnivore, and domestication hasn't entirely eroded their inner hunters. After a successful hunt, they might deposit a dead mouse, lizzard, or squirrel in a place they'll know you will visit. Gross? Totally, but your cat is sharing their prey prize with you, a true sign of trusted friendship.
Common Dog Myths That Are Total Bully Sticks! 0
They may be man's best friend but our furry companions are still pretty mysterious at times, and as humans we crop their behavior up to silly sayings or assumptions a lot of time. Here's a list of common myths us humans have assigned to our dog friends through the years that are plain untrue and reveal what could really be going on with your pet.
1. Eating Grass Means An Upset Stomach
Owners have often believed that when their dog is munching on grass outside it means they're attempting to make themselves throw up due to an irritated stomach. While some dogs vomit after eating too much grass, this is generally a side effect, not an intended result on the part of the dog. If your dog regularly eats too much grass and vomits, you should probably discourage eating grass and look for ways to enhance their diet
Dog's ancestors have eaten grass throughout the ages, or absorbed it through the digesting the stomach's of their prey. Some dogs simply eat grass because they think it tastes good or they're craving a form of nutrients that is missing from their food.
2. Weekly Baths Are Good For Your Dog
This is one of those myths that is applied across all dog breeds, when really it's only true for some. Over bathing your pet is actually more common for people who live by this mantra, which can lead to skin irritation. If you do have to bathe your pet weekly, we an all-natural, gentle cleanser formulated to protect and support sensitive skin and coats.
3. A Dry Nose Means Your Dog Is Sick
Just like us, your pet's temperature and regulation of their temperature fluctuates often so varying levels of moisture on their nose is normal. If your pet's nose isn't overly dry, cracked or inflamed and they are playing and acting as they usually do, then there is nothing to worry about.
4. A Wagging Tail Means A Happy Dog
They may look super cute when they're jumping around, wagging their tails but that doesn't always mean they're happy or having a good time. A wagging tail can also be an indication of stress or anxiety, or even aggression depending on the situation. You should pay attention to the overall body language of your pet to fully understand the intent behind their wagging tail.
5. An Old Dog Can't Learn New Tricks
I wish we could pin-point where and how this turn-of-phrase came to because it is simply incorrect. Dedicating 15 minutes here and there throughout your day to teach your dog basic commands or tricks is all it takes to teach a dog something new, at any age. Dog's especially are always willing to learn or investigate something new, as long as it's repeated, integrated into their routine, and positively reinforced. Don't doubt our old dogs, they're the best!
6. Dogs Get Stiff When They're Old
In fact this myth is quite the opposite, dog's get old when they get stiff! Just like for us, a sedentary life isn't entirely healthy and the more exposure to consistent exercise helps support strong bones and muscles. Keeping your dog active and having fun is the best way to prevent a stiff, seemingly 'old' doggy.
7. Dog's Have Clean Mouths
We've all heard the ratios about the amount of bacteria in a dog's mouth versus ours or versus a toilet set and so on. The truth of the matter is dog's eat their own poo so they can't truly be that clean. Although dog's have powerful saliva and are regularly self-cleaning and pruning their tongue - this does not mean they have clean mouths.
8. Garlic Is An Effective Remedy For Fleas & Ticks
Not only does garlic do nothing to improve a bad flea or tick condition, but garlic ahs also been known to cause something called hemolytic anemia in dogs, a condition where the body attacks and destroys it's own red blood cells. Of course, this doesn't always happen as a result of your dog eating garlic but it's best to play it on the safe side and not let them around it.
9. Dogs Are Colorblind
Dogs actually can see color, but they don't see the same range of colors as humans or nearly as many. Instead a rainbow made up of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, they see a study in shades of khaki, ranging from brown through yellow and mustard to blue.
However, their unique eyesight does allow them to see better in the dark.
10. Dogs Heal Their Wounds By Licking Them
In reality, if a wound heals faster after a dog licks it, that's because his rough tongue has been removing dead tissue and stimulating circulation, much like a surgeon would debride a wound. On the other hand, licking wounds can sometimes cause more harm than good by introducing bacteria and/or irritating the wound.
Your Cat's Full Body Health Checklist 0
Cat's - Commonly Know As "Evil, But We Love Them"
As you already know, cat's are a mysterious bunch and it can be hard to tell when something is bothering them. When you regularly check in with your cat and maintain particular aspects of their health, it's easier to note when something could be amiss or to chalk it up to a funny cat being a funny cat. It also is comforting in that it gives you the ability to catch anything early if there is something wrong.
- 1. Your Cat's Eyes
- Just like dogs, your cat's eyes should remain bright and clear and slightly but not overly, moist. If you see any discharge, bloodshot eyes or a “third eyelid” (a white film over the eyeballs), be sure to contact the vet for a checkup.
- 2. Your Cat's Ears
- The same goes for your cat's pretty, perky ears. Take a peek in their ears at least once a week to ensure proper levels of wax. Make sure that it's clear of any particles of dust or debris, that isn't red or irritated, and to ensure it isn't smelly.
- If there appears to be dirt inside their ears or too much ear wax then it’s a good idea to give them a clean to prevent infections and excessive wax build up. You’ll need cat ear cleaner which can be purchased from your local pet store or vets, and you’ll also need a moist, lukewarm cotton wool ball to apply the cat ear cleaner. To clean their ears, simply apply some of the cleaner to the moist cotton wool ball and carefully wipe away any wax or dirt.
- 3. Your Cat's Nose
- Cat's are a little different than dogs when it comes to a healthy nose being wet or dry. A healthy cat's nose can vary between wet and dry several times over the course of a day. And there are many reasons your cat can have a dry, warm nose that have nothing to do with health.
If your cat's nasal skin is flaking, a dermatological problem may be to blame. Ask your veterinarian to check it out.
Another thing to look for is nasal discharge. If your cat's nose runs, the mucus should be clear. If your cat is producing thick, yellow, green or black mucus, see your veterinarian.
- 4. Your Cat's Mouth
If you've noticed that your cat has terribly bad breath, trouble chewing, or visibly broken or cracked teeth, call the vet. Gum disease is fairly common among cat's so it's important to take a peek at both their teeth and gums weekly. They should receive a formal dental cleaning at least once a year.
- 5. Your Cat's Skin & Coat
- Your healthy cat will have thick fur without any bald spots or patchy areas. Healthy cats shed regularly especially during the Spring and Fall season but excessive shedding could be signs of other issues and you may want to consult a vet.
- Overly dry, flaky or oily coats can also be an indication that that something could be amiss such a thyroid issue and is worth contacting your vet.
- 6. Your Cat's Paws & Legs
- We know this can be a pretty touchy area for our kitties, along with their stomachs - but it's important to try and get a good glimpse at the pads of your cat or kitten's feet and the condition of their knees and legs from time to time. You can make sure nothing is stuck in or around the pads of the feet, that they don't have scrapes or abrasions and that they aren't suffering from a limp or nursing one leg over another.
- 7. Your Cat's Bones & Joints
- The best way to check in on your cat's bone and joint health is to keep any eye on their activity levels. If they're quick to stand up, run, and jump then it's safe to assume that your cat is feeling good and has healthy joints and bones.
- If your cat struggles to shift their position or jumping up to or down from an area, you may want to consult with your vet to look into foods and medications that can improve your pets bone and joint health.
- Arthritis has become a more and more common ailment among older cats so it's best to always have your vet check on this area during your visits, especially since cat's aren't that best communicators when it comes to sharing whether or not they're experiencing aches or pains.
- 8. Your Cat's Digestive System
- If your cat is consistently receiving a balanced and nutritious diet and hydration resulting in regular urination and solid stool quality, then it's likely their digestive system is in check. If you witness frequent diarrhea or vomiting, this can be sign for concern. This can often be a parasite of some kind that can easily be remedied by medication from your vet.
- You also want to pay attention to changes in appetite, wanting to eat more or less or, feel that their abdomen isn't swollen or appearing larger than usual. If they are, this should be a sign to contact your vet.
- 9. Your Cat's Urinary System
- If your cat is having regular accidents in the house (if they're house-trained), urinating in large quantities or with greater frequency, passing urine that smells or looks different than usual, or having trouble urinating means that they need to see a vet. This is especially true if your pet is trying to urinate but nothing is happening, this could indicate a life-threatening blockage and should be addressed rapidly.
- 10. Your Cat's Heart & Lungs
- Cat's are pretty quiet about most things unless they don't want to be but it's important to pay attention to your cat's breathing in moments where they're relaxed.
- Changes to pay attention to include overt things such as coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing or wheezing. Some signs of heart or respiratory problems can be harder to detect, such as being reluctant to exercise or play, or getting tired or winded more easily than normal. Contact your vet if your pet seems to be having breathing problems.
So now you have a few more tools in your tool-belt when it comes to monitoring and maintaining your pet's health. But knowing these doesn't override your gut feeling - you're a pet parent so trust your gut! If something seems off with your dog or cat with their behavior, call your vet - trust us, your vet would want you to. If you have encountered any helpful health tips send them our way! We love hearing from our fellow pet parents!
Your 2019 Guide For Flea, Tick, & Heartworm Medications 0
When it comes to deciding on what treat, collar, harness, or toy is going to be best for your pet - is always difficult. There are always so many aspects to consider from will your pet like it, to is it safe, does it have natural and safe ingredients, to will it work or last? This interrogation of products for your pet only becomes more difficult when trying decide what type of care to use when preventing fleas, ticks, and heart worms. Although we know these meds are necessary for our pets, but how do we know which one is best for them and their system? Well we've compiled a guide to give you the facts on just that so you can compare for yourself what treatment is best for your pet!
1. Flea & Tick Medications
It's a wild world out there, and your dog and cat want to sniff, lick, and experience it to the fullest. Sometimes that means they pick up a few creepy crawlers on the way that might lead to some itching, and if untreated could really make them ill. How to decide between flea collars, topical creams, or pills? See the details below on each one! Age, species, breed, health status, and any current medications should all be considered when choosing a flea medication for your pet. All of the flea/tick preventatives are medications and any new products should not be started without first talking with your veterinarian.
- Topical Medication -
- Often referred to as 'spot on' treatments, these usually oily creams are to be applied at the base of your pets neck and down to between their shoulder blades, or all the way down the center of their back depending on directions for your brand. Some of these creams not only kill fleas and ticks but include a repellent as an additional layer of protection.
- Once applied it will spread throughout their skin with use of their sweat glands. You should keep children and other animals away from this pet until the solution has dried.
- Once dried, your pet is free to play around in water or be bathed. Be sure to use gentle shampoo that won't irritate the skin or strip away the medication.
- Side effects can be further itching, scratching, and irritation in which case you should talk your vet about employing a different remedy.
- Oral Medication -
- Easy to use, oral flea and tick medications are very popular among pet owners. Oral medications currently only do half the battle though and kill current infestations, but they don't repel against future ones.
- Common side effects can be an upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea, in some cases skin irritation or depression has been reported but that is more uncommon. If any of these effects persist, it's best to contact your vet.
- Some oral and topical medications can also act as heart worm medication so be sure to evaluate each products benefits when assessing your pets coverage needs.
- Collars -
- Another easy to use and common favorite for pet owners. No need to schedule time to take a pill or wait for an ointments or topical creams to dry. You simply let them wear the collar which emits a concentrated chemical that kill and repel ticks and fleas. Although these are relatively well-priced, they can sometimes be very potent and cause irritation for you or your pet. You also want to avoid children and others don't touch the collar.
- Sprays -
- Sprays are often used for spot treatment, when you know your pet has a flea or tick in a certain area and you want to kill it on site, immediately. We don't recommend spray as a full coverage, as it's difficult to be thorough with only the spray bottle.
- These are not waterproof so your pet can't get wet or be bathed after applying the spray.
- Make sure not to get any spray in your pet's eyes, ears, or mouth.
- Powders -
- Like sprays, powders can be difficult to apply as they require you dusting their entire body with these chemical agents, and rubbing them into their fur. This can cause skin irritation and in some cases vomiting, diarrhea, and depression. This is a highly potent chemical mixture usually and we don't highly recommend it for use against fleas and ticks.
- Shampoos -
- Shampoos are helpful when washing away dead fleas or ticks, or their eggs, disrupting future infestations but this is only a temporary measure and won't repel against future fleas or ticks trying to infiltrate your pet's healthy tresses.
- Dips -
- These are highly concentrated liquid solution diluted with water and applied to your pet. Afterward, they do not get rinsed and need to be air dried.
- Dips cannot be used on very young pets, puppies or kittens or if they are nursing or pregnant.
- It is usually advised to have a dip done by a professional, as they are very concentrated and should be used with extreme caution. If you are administering a dip, it is important to protect your skin and eyes while applying to the pet. You should also avoid the pet’s eyes and mouth.
Heart Worm Medications
The American Heartworm Society recommends year-round administration of heartworm preventives to ensure pets are protected from deadly heartworms. Medications for heartworm prevention and treatment are only available by prescription from veterinarians. Prevention is always the best option, as damage from heartworms can be permanent.
Here at Waggles, we usually like to keep this as 'all-natural' as possible, but it's important to note that there are no natural products that can be used for prevention or treatment of heartworms. We recommend always using FDA-approved products as recommended by your veterinarian.
- Oral Heartworm Medications -
- Definitely one of the most common forms of heart worm medication are the oral tablets or chewables, administered once a month.
- Many of the heartworm brands available today contain either ivermectin or milbemycin as the active ingredient, and many serve more than one function— not only killing heartworm larvae but also eliminating internal parasites such as roundworms and hookworms.
- We recommend watching your dog or cat to ensure they chew and swallow the entire tablet and don't spit it out or upchuck it, if so this will render the medication useless.
- Topical Heartworm Medications -
- These are also applied once a month, usually between your pet's shoulder blades or at the base of their neck.
- These preventatives sometimes contain active ingredients that also work to eliminate fleas, mange mites, and roundworms.
- These topical treatments are toxic if ingested so be sure to watch your pet until the solution has set and dried before allowing them to interact with children, other animals, furniture, or flooring.
- Heartworm Medication Injections -
- Moxidectin can be administered as an injection for up to six months protection from heartworms.
- The injectable heartworm medication does come with restrictions on its use and must be administered by a veterinarian and this is only after intensive training in its proper use.
- Your veterinarian is also required to record the lot number of the product used for your pet and must report any adverse effects that may arise.
Facts To Consider When Deciding
When looking for to cure your dog of fleas and ticks, the usage of the treatment is something to take into consideration.
Oral medication (flea pills) usually have to be taken daily until the infestation is gone. Topical treatments, however, can be administered once a month and can last up to 30 days.
Cat & Dog Friendly
If you are looking for a treatment that cures both dogs and cats then a topical treatment might be the best option for you.
Oral medication prescribed by a vet has a different dosage for cats and dogs and will vary depending on their age and weight. A topical treatment, however, is applied to the skin so it is safe for both dogs and cats.
Your Pet's Age
The age of your dog or cat is an important factor in determining whether topical or oral medication is best for your pet. Topical treatments, depending on the brand and ingredients, can usually be given to pets from 7 weeks onwards. Oral medication, however, is given when your pet is usually 14 weeks or older.
While the topical treatments provide almost immediate relief, they are not as effective as oral medication as a whole. As flea pills are prescribed by a vet, they're often a stronger and more powerful treatment that ensure the fleas and ticks will be eliminated.
Your Dog's Full Body Health Checklist 0
In between visits to the vet, it's a good practice to check your pet's overall health from time to time. We also get very accustomed to seeing our pets daily, this may make us blind to ailments that could be bothering them so it's good to take a closer look from time to time.
There are certain aspects of your pet's health that are more important than others and therefore should be monitored more frequently and by you, not just your vet. But what are those important areas? Where should I be checking my health? And what could happen if I don't? Well we lay out all that information for you below, with details for both your dog's full body health checklist! Stay tuned for our cat health checklist soon to follow!
1. Dog's - Commonly Known As 'Man's Best Friend'
You know 'em, you love 'em and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes! Our buddies, our pals, dogs! Depending on your dog's breed, they could have a massive tall and broad physique or they could fit in the size of your palm. No matter the size, here are some of the most important factors to keep an eye on when it comes to your pet's overall health.
- Your Dog's Eyes
- Primarily you want your dog's eyes to be wet, shiny, and bright. If there is any cloudiness at a young age, redness, or overly watery is something you should bring to your pet's attention. Some dog's have more teary and active watery eyes than others, unless this is something that causes issue with their ability to blink or see, this shouldn't be a problem.
- Your Dog's Ears
- Maintain your pet's ears by keeping them clean and free of any odors. Excessive build-up of wax or any kind of redness or irritation could be signs of a problem and should be addressed by your vet.
- Check your pet's ears on a weekly basis and make sure to clean them when necessary with a cotton ball (not a Q-tip) as well as a non-irritating, natural ear cleaning agent.
- Your Dog's Nose
- Despite the popular saying, a wet nose doesn't always indicate a healthy dog and in fact, an overly runny and wet nose can mean quite the opposite.
- A healthy dog nose is just the right amount of wetness to where they aren't dripping, and mobility that twitches and reacts to smells and noises around them.
- Your Dog's Mouth
- This is one of the most vital areas to keep well-guarded for your pet as periodontal disease is one of the largest conditions effecting pets and leading to other health concerns. Bad breath, browning teeth, sagging, red or irritated gums are all indications your pet's mouth health should be attended to.
- Waggles recommends using an all-natural breath spray to kill bacteria, promote overall oral health and hygiene, and cut out the pesky chore of brushing. All natural ingredients make sure your pet doesn't feel any chemical stinging and just spray and you're done!
- Your Dog's Skin & Coat
- You want your dog's fur to be clean, free of any dust or particles that could be clinging to their fur. Regularly brushing on a daily-basis goes a long way in protecting your pet against insects and irritants.
- Your dog's coat shouldn't be overly dry or flaky but also shouldn't be too greasy or oily either. There shouldn't be bald patches, matted, or dull patches anywhere. Albeit some dog breeds have shinier coats than others, by feeling it you can determine whether they are greasy or not.
- Your Dog's Paws & Legs
- You should inspect your pet's paws and nails weekly to see their length and make sure that nothing is caught between the pads of their feet, or irritating the skin on their legs. If your dogs nails appear long, you can get trimmer specifically for dog nails or schedule an appointment with your groomer.
- Your Dog's Bones & Joints
- The best way to check up on your dog's bones and joints is by taking notice of their mobility and the ease in which they move. If you see them struggling to get up, or jump or down, this may be a sign you want to consult your vet.
- Bone and joint issues can effect both puppies and senior dogs, so make sure to keep an eye on this throughout your dog's life.
- Your Dog's Digestive System
- Another vital factor in your pet's overall health is their digestion. By taking note of the quality of your dog's stool - whether it's loose, watery, and odorous or if it's firm, solid, and less smelly. These can say a lot about your pet's diet.
- A balanced and nutritious diet that provides lean proteins, healthy carbs, vitamins, and minerals is best for supporting a healthy digestive system for your pet. We recommend SMACK raw dehydrated pet food, filler and additive free, it is also GMO and grain free with 100% human grade ingredients. That way you know your dog is getting only the best!
- Your Dog's Heart & Lungs
- Some dog breeds, particularly short-nosed breeds like Pugs naturally have "nosier" breathing than compared to other breeds. If you're not sure what's considered normal for your pet, ask your vet.
Sometimes signs of heart or respiratory illness can be more subtle, such as being reluctant to exercise or play, or getting tired or winded more easily than normal. Contact your vet if your pet seems to be having breathing problems.
20 Fun Dog Facts We Bet You Didn't Know. 0
Dog's may simply seem to be dog's best friend, here to be loved on and keep us company, yet there are so many interesting facts that revolve around them and their history. We've compiled a few of our favorite dog facts to keep you entertained for just a bit.
1. Your dog can smell actually smell how you're feeling, allowing them to sense when you're scared, upset, or not feeling well. This is primarily because dog's possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to the six million-ish that us humans have. The part of your dog's brain is also dedicated to analyzing smells,is also about 40 times larger than ours. Thus when you're scared or sick and perspire, your dog knows!
2. Dogs can actually sense time! Although it's been said over and over that your dog can't tell how long you've been gone whether its 5 minutes or 5 hours, well that's just plain not true! When conditioned, your pet perceives time by knowing when they receive regular walks and meal times.
3. Your dogs nose is wet primarily because it aids their sense of smell and helps absorb scent chemicals. Dog’s also sweat through their noses and their paws, helping them stay cool. Dog's also lick their noses a lot primarily because they often use their nose to sniff around and can sample the smell by tonguing their nose.
5. Ever notice how your dog is very particular about their poo spot? There's a reason for that and it's not because your dog feels more comfortable in one position over another. Dog's actually relieve themselves in alignment with earth's magnetic field, a study found. The study suggests that dogs are sensitive to small variations in Earth’s magnetic field. There was no determination as to why our dog's sense or do this but it certainly is an interesting fact.
6. The world's oldest recorded dog breed in existence is the Saluki. They appeared in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, and their remains were found in Egyptian tombs dating back to 2100 B.C.
7. Man's connection with a dog is a real thing. When petting a dog and staring into their eyes, the human body releases a chemical called oxytocin, also known as the 'love hormone'. This occurs not only in you but also in your dog!
8. Have you seen your pupper curl up into a precious little ball sometimes to sleep? It may appear that they're forming the shape of a fetus but it's actually an instinctual method to keep warm and protect their vital organs from predators while they rest.
9. Did you know that your dog is as smart as a two year old?! They can understand about 250 words and gestures just like a two year old can. No wonder young kids get along so well with the family pet, they speak the same language!
10. Dogs are dreamers too! More than likely you've seen your pet twitching or running in place in their sleep. This is because dogs have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) as humans. Dogs are dreaming in the REM stage and that's when they exhibit the funny little twitches and jerks. Puppies and senior dogs are more prone to dreaming than adult dogs.
11. Ever caught your dog's eye in a dark room and seen a glowing red or green orb peering back at you? Or every time you attempt a photo with your pet and their eyes are always lit up? That's because dog's have a light-reflecting surface known as the tapetum lucidum, that acts like a mirror to reflect light, allowing them to see better in low light. The specific color of the glow varies by animal and the amount of zinc or riboflavin present in pigment cells within the tapetum lucidum.
12. Our doggies run hot. The average body temperature for dog's is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to 97.6 to 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit for us humans.
13. Dog's possess a third eyelid, also called the 'haw' or 'nictitating membrane'. It acts as a windshield wiper for your pet's cornea, removing any debris or mucus from it. It also is responsible for producing about 1/3rd of your pet's tears helping to keep their eye moist and protected.
14. Dog's aren't stuck in a 1940's sitcom, they can see colors beyond black and white and in fact, that's a myth. It's actually believed that dogs see primarily in blue, greenish-yellow, yellow and various shades of gray. That's why it can be helpful to get bright red and pink toys for your dog so they'll stand out!
15. Notice how your dog uses their ears to express what they're feeling or thinking? That's because they have 18 powerful ear muscles allowing for a wide range of movement.
16. Some of our furry friends have a habit of kicking their legs behind them after using the restroom. Some have hypothesized this is to hide their smell from predators but it's quite the opposite. Our pet's do this to further spread their scent and mark their territory. The scent glands on their paws allow them to do this.
17. When it comes to flavor, you might not want to trust your dogs opinion. Dog's possess about 1,706 taste buds whereas we have about 9,000. That's about 6x less the flavor receptors. Get this, cats only have 470!
18. A dog's nose print is completely unique, just like the human finger print.
19. Yawning is contagious, even for dogs! Research has shown that the sound of a yawn can trigger one for your dog, and it's 4 times as likely to happen if they know the person yawning.
20. Having a dog can actually help support your heart health. Studies have shown that dog owners have lower blood pressure than non-owners, more than likely due to their pets having a calming effect on them, and because they tend to get more exercise.