Category: May 2012 Newsletter B

Shy Dogs: Training and Socializing

Guest Post: Elliot Harvey's Natural Health Column: A name is important in establishing communications with the dog. It also helps her to feel like a valued member of the family. Use her name frequently until she learns it. Positive training and exposure is the real key to building a relationship and developing a bond of trust with a dog. Punishment during the early development stages can adversely impact on building self-esteem and learning to trust.

Tear Stains on Dogs

If you have a small white fluffy (SWF) dog such as a Maltese Terrier, Lhasa Apso or Bichon Frise, you have may have noticed the tear stains under his or her eyes. Not very attractive, is it? Annoyingly, this problem tends to happen mainly on SWFs, which means that the black or brown staining is very obvious on the white fur.

Cat Scratching

There are many reasons your cat scratches objects within your home. Cats' claws require regular sharpening, so she may scratch to remove the dull outer nail sheaths. She may also be scratching as a form of play, or to get a good stretch. It's also possible that she is saying, "This is mine" when scratching a particular piece of furniture. Unfortunately, this scratching can cause a lot of destruction.

Pet Food Recall You Need to Know About

A Diamond Pet Food dry dog food recall might put you or your family at risk. In April, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found Salmonella in an unopened bag of Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food. The Centers for Disease Control and the Food & Drug Administration are now investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella in humans.