According to statistics compiled by the Humane Society of the United States, 6-8 million, (yes, you read correctly,) dogs and cats are cared for in humane society shelters across the country. That’s not counting the dogs in rescues! Approximately one half, 4-6 million of them, will be euthanized. Those numbers are mind-boggling and grim!
Before you decide to adopt a dog, take an honest assessment of the type family you have. Honestly answering just a few questions can make an enormous difference in your life and the life of the dog.
Animals are surrendered for a myriad of reasons. Countless puppies and dogs are killed, allegedly humanely, on a daily basis because of age, illness/disease, sheer volume and unfortunately, severe behavioral issues.
Medical and psychological findings show that in general people who have pets are both mentally and psychologically in better health than non-pet owners. There are a number of reasons why these findings make sense.
First of all, the majority of pet owners understand that their pets depend on them to stay healthy. They knew when they acquired their pet that they assumed all the responsibilities associated with taking care of them.
In return for that commitment, they have benefited health wise, as their pets become an essential motivator to get up and move.
By Nancy Cope
All dogs can benefit from antioxidants in their diet but dogs who have allergies or skin problems, immune system problems, eye problems, disorders associated with aging, and any illnesses linked to the respiratory and cardiovascular systems can derive even greater benefits.
Because most pet food is labeled with a “best by” date rather than an expiration date, stores are legally able to sell food that’s far past the recommended age for consumption.
Oxidation is a natural process that occurs in living things. The same way a slice of apple turns brown, cells in your body react and become oxidized. It is normal for cells to die and, in some cases, be replaced. However, some cells become damaged and turn into “free radicals.” Free radicals kill other cells and damage the cell’s DNA. When DNA becomes damaged, the cell can grow too fast or abnormally. This can lead to cancer or other health problems. Continue reading “Dogs benefit from adding antioxidants to their diets”
Because they are social animals, dogs hate being left alone.
There are always exceptions to the rule, but for the most part a dog wants to be with her pack, be it you, your family, another dog, a cat, or even a bird.
There is a sense of insecurity and vulnerability when a dog is left alone. Feeling abandoned, some will panic. By relieving himself all over the house, a dog reassures himself this territory is his. His path of destruction is simply a way of reducing boredom and separation anxiety.
Dogs whine, bark and howl intuitively, in hopes that you will hear and return to them. When separated in the wild, it is how they find each other. They have no concept of work, shopping or school. To your dog, each time you leave the house, you have gone out on a hunt without them, and may never return.
A closed door to your dog is tantamount to plopping a boulder at the entrance of their den. Never put your dog in a room with a closed door. Use a half door (it is less defining) or baby gate, so they can smell, see, hear and sense they are not totally cut off from their comfort zone and environment.