Music has a tendency to be a comfort to us, which is why we usually have tines playing everywhere we turn-- whether we’re stuck in traffic with the radio on or overhearing it while shopping at the mall. When we’re stressed, bored or depressed, we turn to our favorite artists to give us a sense of relief. Whatever emotion we want to feel, we can usually find a song that can put us in the right mood. So, why can’t the same go for our pets?

Gray Cat

When the animals we love most are feeling anxious or depressed, music can be just the mood enhancer they need. Through the use of music, we can help control our pet’s disposition to increase their quality of life.

 

The Calming Effect

Just as music has the ability to calm our human nerves, music can do the same for your cat or dog. Some people opt to leave their radio on at home all day while they’re at work in order to keep their pets calm. The type of music chosen depends on the owner, but keeping music on while you leave your pets at home has proven results. It allows the animals to feel engaged all day, instead of feel the loneliness that sometimes creeps in and causes them to lash out.

Try leaving some calming music on at home while you are away at work. You can either turn on your own radio or play music online through sites like Arena and Pandora.

 

Vibrations From The Piano

Experts often recommend piano music to be played to dogs when they seem anxious. It’s not so much the tunes you decide to play that matter to the dog; what really matters are the vibrations that come from the piano.Sound researchers have observed that vibrations can actually de-stress a dog. 

Since stress on an animal can potentially lead to chronic illness, it’s important to keep them calm and comfortable, especially when at home. Not only does piano music keep them peaceful, it can also drastically improve their chances of living a full and healthy life.

Puppies

The Right Sound

The right combination of pitch, tone and tempo can turn an anxious animal into a peaceful pet. Some animal psychologists believe that the music we often listen to might not necessarily be what our pets want to hear, as it doesn’t reach the ranges of pitch, tone and tempo that they specifically enjoy.

In 2009, researchers wrote a few songs for tamarin monkeys that were three octaves higher than what humans usually enjoy. While the music would be completely annoying to a human due to its shrill sound, the monkeys actually loved it. In terms of heart rate and interests, we couldn’t be more different from our pets; however, their type of music has the same effect on them as what our favorite music does on us.

 

Music Made Specifically for Cats

A music company created by animal psychologists, called Music for Cats, has done extensive research on the type of sounds that our feline friends respond to best. Each song is connected to their vocalization frequency range and resting heart rate. You can find the songs online for $1.99 each. While the company is researching what sort of music dogs would enjoy, research has discovered that they respond better to human music than cats do.

 

Music To Avoid

While each animal is different, it’s best to avoid any music with loud sounds, as many animals are more sensitive to these noises than humans are. In most cases, using a trial-and-error method may be the best way to determine what exactly your pet enjoys listening to most.

 

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer, mother of three and has two Great Danes of her own. Her dogs personally enjoy listening to alternative music, which helps to keep them calm while she focuses on her work. Follow her on Facebook today!
By Lauren Colman on Jul 16, 2013 at 5:05 pm 0 Comments

Your four legged friend is a member of your family, and you want your pet to be happy and comfortable. Grooming is an important part of keeping your dog happy, healthy, and looking his or her best. Here are some tips to help you make grooming and pampering your pooch a fun and relaxing experience for both of you.

Perfect Pooch Tips for Grooming and Pampering

Brushing

Brushing your dog is important for removing loose and dead hair, prevent mats and tangles in long coats, and stimulate circulation to help promote healthy skin and coat. Short-coated dogs may only need to be brushed once every week or two, while long haired breeds may need daily attention. If you use a wire or pin brush, don't push too hard or brushing could be uncomfortable for your dog. If your dog is impatient during grooming, keep a handful of treats handy and reward any try to sit still and be good.

Baths

Most dogs benefit from monthly bath, and some active dogs may require bathing more often. Bathing more frequently than weekly can dry out the coat and cause itching, so don't overdo it! Choose a shampoo that is made for dogs, as some products that are pH balanced for human skin can be irritating to your animal. Keep the water at a comfortable temperature, avoid the eyes and inside the ears, and use a gentle pouring motion rather than spraying your dog to make bathing easier and less stressful.

Cleaning Ears

Grooming is a great time to look in your dog's ears. Ear infections are common, and even dogs with healthy ears can get dirt and waxy debris in the ear canals that can become uncomfortable. Use a good quality ear cleaner, as it breaks up wax and dries quickly. Soapy water can remain in the ear and promote infections, while hydrogen peroxide and vinegar can be irritating. Squeeze the ear cleaner onto a cotton ball and gently wipe the ear canal until it is clean. Allow the dog to shake out excess cleaner. Do not use cotton swabs, as you could injure your dog's eardrums. If you note any foul odor, or if there is a discharge, visit an animal hospital to make sure your pet does not have an infection.

Trimming Nails

Toenail trimming is an art. Your dog's nails contain a nerve and a blood vessel, called the quick, and if you cut the nails too short and cut the quick, the nail will bleed and it will hurt. This can also make your dog shy about future trimming. If your dog has white or pink nails, cut only the white part of the nail. Dark nails should be trimmed back in tiny snips until the quick can be seen in order to avoid trimming too short. If your dog, like many pets, is sensitive about handling of the feet, have a friend feed him treats while you trim. Trim only what your dog will tolerate; sometimes, one foot or even one nail at a time is enough until he gets used to it.

With these simple tips, you can help your pet stay healthy, happy, and handsome with just a few minutes of effort every week.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer who blogs frequently about family, home improvements, and health. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan. For more information on how to keep a pet healthy, contact an animal hospital in Dallas.
By Lauren Colman on Jul 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm 1 Comments

While people everywhere are out celebrating the 4th of July with friends and family many of our dogs are dreading the crash, bang and boom of the night’s fireworks. A dog’s hearing is much better than a human’s. It’s nearly ten times as sensitive. The loud noise created by fireworks can cause anxiety and fear in even the most placid pups.

4th of July Dog

Here are 4 tips to follow on 4th of July or any day that might include a show of fireworks.

  • In the morning be sure to get your dog out for an extended walk or jog. Take them to the dog park to get out all of their energy. The goal is to wear them out and calm them down before the festivities. Your pup will then be more likely to rest and relax during the noise and excitement.
  • Humane Societies and local animal shelters often get over-crowded on the 4th of July each year from all of the dogs who got scared and ran away from home. Be sure to keep your dog indoors with proper identification just in case Fido escapes. It might even help to close blinds so your dog can’t see the fireworks as they happen.
  • Your dog looks to you for a lot of things, including whether or not to be scared. If you remain calm and don’t react to the noise your dog is less likely to. Try not to jump at the loud booms and act as if everything is okay. Don’t baby your dog or cuddle them too much, this only reinforces their fear or anxiety.
  • Turn on the radio or the television to help mask the sounds of the fireworks outside. Classical music can soothe your dog or a riveting show on Animal Planet could be the perfect distration. Even the white noise of a fan or air conditioner can help cover the crack and boom of 4th of July fireworks.

Do you have any tips on how to keep your dog calm and comfortable? Share them with us below!

By Lauren Colman on Jul 01, 2013 at 9:35 am 0 Comments