Pets improve your health!
This might seem unreal, but according to recent studies animals can improve your health in more ways than one!
Cats and dogs are good for your heart
Could owning a dog or cat keep your heart healthy? Research has shown that the long-term benefits of owning a pet include protection of your heart and reduced risk of cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels. Over the 20 years of one study, people who had never owned a cat were 40% more likely to die of a heart attack than those who had. Another study showed that dog owners had a significantly better survival rate one year after a heart attack than those who did not own a dog. Overall, pet owners have a lower risk of dying from any cardiac disease, including heart failure.
Cats and dogs are good for your cholesterol levels
Normally you need to have a strict diet, exercise and take medication to keep your cholesterol level low. But owning a dog or a cat has the potential of making it easier to avoid the dangers of cholesterol. There are lower noted levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in people who own pets compared to people who don't.
Fewer allergies and a stronger immunity for children
Researchers have found that kids growing up in a home with four-legged furry friends will have less risk of allergies and asthma. A study also shows that babies who are living in a home with a dog are healthier in general, require fewer antibiotics and suffer from fewer respiratory in their first year of life.
These are just a few points where pets can help you keep healthy. They can keep you in better physical fitness, keep you participating in daily exercise and enhance your mood as well!!
There is a good place to find your new fur-ever friend who keeps you healthy and will improve your health. It's called Animal Anti Cruelty League in Epping, a non-profit organisation that does not receive a subsidy from the government and has been protecting and caring for animals since 1956.
It is the second biggest independent animal welfare organization in South Africa! Have a look at their four legged friends that are still waiting for a new fur-ever home!!
Click here to go through every Epping pets profile and find your perfect new friend. Give them a look and call the office on 021 534 6426 for more info.
No one can resist a puppy, but what do you do when the puppy is faced with the "big dog" of the household – how do you introduce your new puppy to your family animals?
First things first, before you bring your new puppy home, make sure that any items the family dog might get possessive or territorial over - such as food bowls, toys, bones and any other objects your dog has a strong attachment to - are removed or hidden. This will lessen the jealously the family dog may feel when you bring your new puppy home, especially if he starts playing with all the other dogs favourite toys!
Now for the first meeting – this is very important as it will cement the foundation of the relationship between the two dogs. Both dogs should ideally meet in the backyard or a semi-open space, not a small space. Have both the dogs on leads when greeting each other as this will help to control any tense situation that may arise. Once the dogs have become familiar with each other, take the family dog off the lead first, this allows the dog to feel that he still has some authority in the situation. Then allow the puppy to explore the house and yard still on lead, if the family dog does not appear threatening, then it is safe to let the puppy off the lead.
For the next couple of weeks, make sure all interactions are supervised, as this is still new territory for both dogs. Try to keep routine for the family dog as normal as possible, but make sure that both dogs have separate eating bowls and areas, as well as separate sleeping areas in the beginning. Make sure that both dogs receive equal amounts of attention, so they don't feel unloved or ignored.
After this Puppy Lovin' should hopefully be achieved!
If you are looking for a new best friend in the Western Cape, visit the Animal Welfare Society of Stellenbosch. These 8 cutie pies are just a small number of adorbale dogs and cats waiting to become part of a family! Click here to see all the FurKidz @ Stellenbosch and contact the office on 021 886 4901 to find out more about one of them.
Why do so many dogs end up at a shelter?
Can you image that those cuties have been given away? No?..Me neither! It’s not the dogs but the peoples fault that so many four-legged friends end up in shelters, the simple reason why is, that people adopt/buy dogs without having enough knowledge about them and without thinking about the consequences of owning and caring for an animal for the rest of their lives.
Here are some of the most common reasons why dogs end up in shelters:
1. Lack of training:
Without consistent and loving leadership and stimulation, many dogs will start to develop problems like barking, jumping and marking. Suddenly the dog seems more of a burden than joy, and people's perception change from seeing them as the sweet, fluffy, cute doggie to a mere irritation. At his point many people do not think twice and simply bring their animal to the shelter without even trying to work on the problems. The described problems are very easy to get under control, all it takes is dedication or some proffessional advice. What are a couple of Rands invested into a book or training session in comparison to all the heartache, trauma and guilt that giving an animal up brings! Dogs do not come trained! They need diligent leaders who are willing to put in the hours setting rules, boundaries, and limitations, and spending time teaching them commands.
2. Lifestyle changes:
When people are losing their job, breaking up their relationship, having a new baby, having health issues or are moving they may become overwhelmed by a four-legged friend. Think ahead and try to find ways around these kind of lifestyle changes which will include your forever friend and not abandon him.
Food and treats, toys, beds, leashes and collars, grooming, routine veterinary care. Preventive medications and supplements, training classes or resources, petsitters or boarding – pets are expensive. It’s easy to underestimate the costs a dog accounts for, especially if your new friend has special needs or health issues some day.
These are just a few reasons why a PERFECT dog might end up in a shelter.
Some people may automatically discount looking for a new four-legged friend at a shelter, thinking that such dogs are dogs with diseases, "throw-away dogs" or problem dogs without realizing that there are lots of beautiful animals with perfect natures waiting for their chance of a happy life.
Give shelter dogs a chance, visit one of the many shelter listed on our website or browse through their profiles on our website.
The dogs featured in this article are with PETS, a non-profit, pro-active, pro-life animal rescue organization, who's motto is:
"Adopting one dog may not change the world, but for that dog their world is changed forever!
Happy new year!! Do you have new year's resolutions? Thinking about doing something good for the animals in this world? Consider to adopt a dog or a cat from a shelter to offer them a loving and forever home!
Animal Welfare Society of South Africa in Philippi is an animal shelter that truly deserves your new year's resolutions. Not only does it take in stray and unwanted pets, it also offers a range of veterinary services to the underprivileged communities of Cape Town. AWS of SA has its own clinic which is open 7 days a week. At any time over a hundred sick or injured animals can be housed.
And at Animal Welfare Society of South Africa are the cutest dogs currently looking for a forever home! So, if you are willing to do something truly good for our furry friends: have a look at all the beauties in Philippi and make 2013 the best year for them! For more information click here or call 0216922626.
When choosing your FurKid, size should play a role and you should consider if a large or rather a small/medium sized dog fits better into your family and lifestyle. Here are some considerations:
Large dogs eat more than smaller ones. Some small dogs only need half to one cup of good quality food each day, while some large dogs may require several cups of food each day.
Bigger dog needs more space, they take up more room on the couch, in the car, and everywhere else you take them. Larger dog beds and other items are often more expensive than the smaller versions.
Many rental complexes allow only small dogs, always check your Body Corporate Rules before adopting a dog.
Small dogs generally mature quicker, yet they age slower and generally live longer than large breeds. BUT just because they are small does not mean they are automatically lapdogs or couch potatoes and many small breed dogs are highly energetic and require as much if not more exercise and stimulation than some larger dog breeds.
There are pros and cons to adopting both large and small dogs; size is an important factor to consider, but so is your new best friends personality and exercise requirements, so choose carefully! Determine the traits that will fit your lifestyle best to ensure a long and happy live together with your new family member.
A beautiful place to find your new fur-ever friend is DARG at Hout Bay, have a look at some of their adorable dogs presented in this article and click here to see all of their animals waiting for homes.
Address: 220 Main Road, Hout Bay
If you are looking for a furry best friend, have a look at the beauties at the Hermanus Animal Welfare Society. Click here to see them all and call 028 312 1281 or 071 801 2333 for more information.
Hermanus Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) support the use of natural food for your dogs and on their website you can find does and donts as well as inexpensive and healthy recipes! Check out this delicious Peanut Butter Treats, you will be tempted to try them yourself!
Peanut Butter Puppy Treats
- 2 cups whole-wheat flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1-cup peanutbetter (chunky or smooth)
- 1-cup milk
Preheat oven to 375 F. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl mix peanut butter and milk, and then add to dry ingredients and mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll dough to a ¼ inch thickness and use any cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Bake for 15 minutes on a greased baking sheet or until lightly brown. Cool on a rack and store in a airtight container. These cookies are very yum for puppies but they do burn easily so keep a eye on the oven! Make these cookies for your dog with the holidays so your furry friend will have a delicious Christmas as well!
When it comes to food you don't have to buy the most expensive dog food available. In fact, providing balanced and nutritious food can be very cheap if you use natural ingredients and prepare them yourself. Just think about it: why should we feed our pets canned and processed food when we as humans are trying to avoid these ourselves? When chosing natural ingredients just bare in mind that the following items are toxic and should never be given to a dog: grapes and raisins, chocolate, sugar and sweets, caffeinated products, macadamia nuts, yeast dough, alcohol, fruit pips and seeds and moldy and rotten foods of all kinds.
Dogs use different movements of their bodies and body parts and different vocalizations to express their emotions. There are a number of ways a dog can communicate its feelings. There are movements of the ears, eyes, eyebrows, mouth, nose, head, tail, and entire body, as well as barks, growls, whines and whimpers, and howls.
To me, one of the greatest forms of dog communication is to see a happy doggy smile, here are my most favourite smiles of dogs at the Animal Anti Cruelty League in Bellville. Just look at these 8 smiling beauties...
..can you really resist these babies?
It does not matter which one you prefer most, but please visit them soon and give them the chance to win you over!
Animal Anti Cruelty League Bellville
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