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3 things you may not know about your dog

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Dogs and cats can get along

We have all heard the expression: “fighting like cats and dogs”, but whether dogs and cats get on or not is very much dependent on the individual animals involved. Some dogs and cats get along very well, especially if raised together, but others only find a way to tolerate each other at best. By seeking professional advice, there are ways to protect the safety and well being of both pets. If you already have a dog and are thinking of getting a cat, or vice versa, this is the best time to consider compatibility.

Reputable adoption centers or shelters will give you an indication of how a dog or cat generally relates to others of either species, and will identify dogs who should not be kept in a household with cats, such as dogs who show predatory behaviors. Only bring home another pet if you are confident they will get on with your existing pet. Introductions are very important. Keep your new pet separate from your existing pet, allow them to get used to their new home before meeting and introduce them slowly under close supervision.

Cats will need a safe place to retreat to and must never be in a position where they can be cornered by a dog. You should also train your dog to remain calm around your cat, using crate training as needed, and make sure you don’t force pets to share resources. If your dog and cat don’t get along, seek the advice of your veterinarian, who may refer you to an animal behaviorist.

Dogs can see more than just black and white

Although dogs don’t have the same color perception as we do, they don’t just see in black and white. Dogs can see colors with a more limited range and intensity. Due to having fewer cone-shaped photo-receptor cells in their retinas than humans, dogs are unable to see red or green based colors (which they would perceive in shades of white or gray) but they can see yellow and blue based colors. Their night vision is superior to ours because they have more rod-shaped receptors in their retina, allowing them to see clearly in low light conditions.

Dogs eat grass for all sorts of reasons

Dogs eat grass for a variety of reasons. It’s often said that dogs only eat grass when they’re sick – and yes, sometimes they do eat grass to make themselves vomit when they feel unwell – but more commonly they just enjoy the taste or are needing more dietary fiber. It’s recommended that you provide your dog with access to grass, which may be a source of vegetable matter and micro-nutrients, providing it has not been treated with chemicals such as pesticides and that your dog is up to date with parasite prevention. If he or she keeps vomiting or is eating grass a lot, seek veterinary advice.

If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or behavior, consult a veterinarian, who will offer professional advice. Having pet insurance is also a great way to ensure your pet can receive veterinary treatment as needed by paying a portion towards eligible  veterinary bills for accident or illness.

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