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What To Do When Your Dog Meets A Skunk

What To Do When Your Dog Meets A Skunk

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Like many dog owners, you probably have a fenced in yard. And like many dog owners you probably don’t give it a second thought when it comes to letting Fido out into the yard to do his business. Unfortunately, this fairly normal way of thinking can pose a problem if your pooch happens upon a skunk.

Your Pup and a Skunk

Chances are, your beloved pooch failed to recognize and retreat when Mr. Skunk gave his warning to back off, resulting in a dog that has been enveloped in the misery that is the distinctive, fetid smelling spray (mercaptan) of a skunk. Even if your dog was able to pick up on the warnings the skunk tried to communicate, the spray of a defensive skunk can travel a distance of up to 15 feet, which could mean even a pup with the instinct to stay away might still have been exposed.

If you were lucky, you made the stinky discovery before you let your pup back into the house. If not, as soon as you do realize Fido has acquired a new perfume, take him back outside immediately. Continue reading to learn how to help Fido in his post-skunked time of need.

What You Will Need:

  • Old cloth towels or paper towels
  • Rubber gloves
  • Eyewash – if your pup was sprayed in the eyes.
  • Garden hose or bucket of water

You may also want to invest in a skunk removal product like Nature’s Miracle Skunk Remover. You can also make your own skunk remover by following Chemist, Paul Krebaum’s recipe and mix the following ingredients together in an open bucket:

Skunk Removal Recipe

  • A quarter cup of baking soda
  • 1 tsp. of liquid soap
  • A quart (4 cups) of hydrogen peroxide

If you have a large dog, add an additional quart (4 cups) of water to the mixture.

Note: Use immediately, leaving this concoction sitting for too long can make it explode. Also, this recipe loses its effectiveness after awhile.

What To Do:

Read the following instructions thoroughly before beginning.

  1. DO NOT RINSE YOUR DOG WITH WATER FIRST!
  2.  Safely secure your dog with a leash or with the help of a friend or family member.
  3. Put on your rubber gloves to protect your hands from picking up skunk oil – make sure your helpers have gloves too.
  4. If using a store bought skunk remover, follow the directions on the bottle. If making your own proceed to step 6.
  5. Look for any scratches or bites. Note: If your dog has been bitten or scratched by the skunk, contact your veterinarian immediately.
  6. If you have made your own mixture: thoroughly work the mixture into your dog’s fur. Pay attention to where the skunk scent is the strongest on your dog. Note: Be careful of your dog’s eyes, skunk remover stings.
  7. Let mixture sit on dog for 5 minutes.
  8. Rinse your dog thoroughly and repeat if necessary.
  9. If your dog’s eyes (face) were skunked, use eyewash. Follow provided directions carefully on store bought eye wash.

Follow up with your veterinarian if your dog starts acting strangely and/or exhibits excessive squinting or vomiting.

Helpful Hints for Keeping your Dog Skunk-Free:

  • Skunks are more active at dawn and dusk so keeping dogs indoors during those times is a good idea.
  • Keep your dog on a leash with supervision.
  • Avoid high grass, as you never know where a skunk may be hiding out.

Discovering Fido has been skunked is never a pleasant experience. However, knowing how to handle the situation will definitely make it less traumatic for you and your pup.

Fortunately, providing your pup with a high quality vitamin supplement, like NuVet Plus canine, is far from traumatic. Comprised of human grade ingredients and flavored in a way that your dog will love, you can make sure that Fido is receiving his daily dose of good nutrition with NuVet Plus. Dog parents everywhere are using NuVet Plus to help combat dietary deficiencies and other things in their dog’s environment that could be negatively impacting their health.

As a result, we regularly receive happy reports on how NuVet supplements have helped to improve the quality of life for many dogs. If you would like to see what people have to say about NuVet Plus, please visit NuVet testimonials.


Fun Facts about Dogs and Cats You Didn’t Know

Fun Facts about Dogs and Cats You Didn’t Know

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It’s easy to think of your pet as a miniature person covered in fur. Sometimes the human-like attributes you apply to your four –legged companion aren’t too far off the mark. Other times, though, you couldn’t be more wrong. Here are some fun facts about pets that illustrate how alike and how different humans and their companion animals are. For more fun facts about pets, follow @NuvetLabsOfficial.

Dogs

• A dog’s intelligence is about the equivalent of a 2-year old child’s. Both understand 200-300 words and hand gestures.

• Five minutes is the extent of a dog’s memory. It’s why yelling at him for something he did an hour ago doesn’t make sense to him.

• Often involving their ears, dogs can make up to 100 facial expressions.

• Dogs have only 1,700 taste buds, compared to a human’s 9,000. Explains why they sometimes eat poop!

• Large breeds have a similar resting heart rate to humans: 60 -100 beats per minute. Smaller breeds are as high as 100-140 bpm.

• You may love to give your pup a hug, but most dogs interpret a limb over their bodies as a sign of dominance.

• Most dogs can run up to 19 mph, but greyhounds hit speeds of 45 mph, making them the fastest dogs on earth.

• Dogs experience similar sleep cycles to humans, including dreaming.

• A dog’s normal body temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Canine nose prints are unique and identifiable, like a human fingerprint.

• About one million dogs have been named as the main heir to their owners’ estates.

• Puppies generally have 28 teeth, compared to the 42 teeth normal adult dogs have.

• Humans and dogs both sweat to regulate their heat. However, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet.

• Dogs have three eyelids. Not one, not two, but three! An upper lid, lower lid, and third lid.

• The canine sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than that of humans.

Cats

• Cats don’t sweat – they don’t have the glands.

• Felines make over 100 vocalizations, but they meow almost exclusively at humans.

• Front paws have five toes, but back paws only have four. Your cat is either right- or left-pawed.

• Your cat’s memory lasts for 16 hours, so, yes, he is holding a grudge.

• When a cat reaches 15 years of age, he’s slept for roughly ten of them.

• Like dogs, every cat’s nose print is unique. It can be compared to a human’s finger print.

• Cats enjoy hearing you talk, especially when you say their name.

• Feline kidneys are able to filter out salt, allowing them to drink seawater and stay hydrated.

• Cats cannot see directly below their noses.

• When kittens sleep, their bodies release a growth hormone. They begin dreaming at one week of age.

• Domestic cat’s are recorded to run up to 30 mph. That is 2.2 miles faster than Usain Bolt!

Cats, Dogs and Humans

The above fun facts show us that we share many similarities with our beloved furry friends. For example, felines and canines can benefit from a daily  nutritional supplement, just like us!

A nutritional deficient is often a main cause of health issues in cats and dogs. NuVet Plus for dogs & cats helps provide nutritional support for optimal health. As true “pet people”, we have used our passion for pets to produce the best nutritional supplement available. You can learn more about NuVet Labs as a company and about our mission to support pet health at NuVet Labs Overview.


How Dogs Experience the World Through Their Senses

How Dogs Experience the World Through Their Senses

Although we share the world with our canine companions, how we experience the world can be very different. For example, you may have heard that dogs only see in black and white or that they have poor sight but great hearing. The truth is actually more complicated. Dogs mainly use sight, sound, scents and body language. They use these senses to evaluate the world around them.

Sight

It is true that dogs perceive less of the color spectrum than humans. With two color-sensing cones to a human’s three, a dog’s eyes can’t perceive red and its relative hues. The sharpness of a dog’s vision is also lower. In general, canine eyesight is around 20/75. A human with 20/20 vision can see up to 75 feet clearly, while a dog can see up to 20 feet clearly.

Dogs are far better at motion detection, however. They can sense movement from a distance 10 to 20 times better than people. The canine eye has more rods, light-sensitive cells, than the human eye. Rods fill their retinas and give dogs superior motion detection in all variations of light and darkness. The surface at the back of a dog’s eyes reflect light back out, not only making them shine strangely at night, but also making canines better navigators in the dark. Combine all this with greater peripheral vision than humans and it’s no surprise that dogs are natural hunters.

Smell

Sense of smell is where dogs shine. Humans have roughly five million scent sensors in their nose. Dogs have anywhere from 100 to 300 million, giving them a sense of smell believed to be 1,000 times more receptive. It’s why dogs are so successful at sniffing out drugs, explosives, survivors of accidents and even some types of health concerns.

Despite being much smaller overall than a human’s brain, the canine brain devotes a substantially larger area to analyzing smells. The vomeronasal organ in a dog’s nose detects pheromones from other animals. That ridiculous amount of time your dog spends smelling one small patch of grass is giving him information you can’t imagine: the gender and health of other animals who urinated there, the critters living beneath the ground, even the mental condition of the area’s previous visitors.

Hearing

Although the difference is not as pronounced as with smell, dogs do have stronger hearing than people. Both species hear 20 hertz at the low end, but dogs hear up to 45,000 hertz versus 20,000 for humans. This perception lets canines hear prey animals that communicate in higher octaves. Dogs also locate the source of a sound better than people.

Dogs have 18 or more ear muscles that allow them to control their ears. These muscles allow them put their ears in the ideal position for superior hearing. Their movable ears detect sounds faster and at a greater distance, explaining why they react to things you don’t even see.

Other Senses

Other senses are less prominent for you furry friend. Your sense of taste is much more developed than your dog’s. Humans have roughly six sensors for every one of his. Dogs have a powerful sense of touch with many receptive nerve endings, but the sensitivity varies from dog to dog. Canines are also very reactive to body language, both from other dogs and humans. They express sadness, happiness, fear, nervousness and anger through their ears, tail, legs and eyes and often perceive those emotions in others using the same cues.

To help enhance your dog’s cell, gland and organ function, add a superior nutritional pet supplement to their daily diet. The high quality, human-grade ingredients in NuVet Plus are joined in a synergistic formula that improves quality of life for your canine companion. Learn how NuVet Plus can help put your pet on the path to perfect health at nuvetplus.com.


How To Pet Proof Your Home For Your New Family Member

How To Pet Proof Your Home For Your New Family Member

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When you have a furry family member, it is important to pet proof your home to ensure it is safe for your new pet. While you can never completely prevent every situation unless you put your dog in a sterile bubble, which is really no fun for you or him, covering the following areas of your home will cut down on the potential for bad situations.

Medications, Chemicals and Foods

This is the first thing that most pet parents think of, as these are the most common things for pets to get into. Put all medications, even over-the-counter meds, in a secured cabinet or drawer. Keep household chemicals up high in a cabinet or other secure location where your fur baby can’t get to them. Cosmetics and nail polish should also be stored in a locked place. Even seemingly harmless food items, like a canister of flour or shaker of salt, can be potentially life-threatening if ingested in large quantities, so make the most use of your cabinets and pantry as you can.

Clothing and Shoes

No one likes to come home after a hard day at the office to find a brand-new pair of leather shoes or a lovely leather handbag torn to shreds by emerging puppy teeth. However, while these items are expensive to replace, they can pose a health threat to your pet. Shoelaces can get wrapped around inside tiny tummies and intestines, or cause a choking hazard. Handbag hardware and leathers can also pose a choking hazard. Keep as many enticing, chewable items out of reach whenever possible. Your closet is a great place to hide these things.

Cords and Wires

This is another attractive nuisance for pets. Cords and wires just look yummy, but can pose choking or electrocution hazards. Keep cords out of reach if you can. Most of the time, this is not feasible. You can purchase devices to keep cords stowed away so they aren’t as attractive to your pet.

Doors and Windows

A lot of dogs and cats are great escape artists, especially when they are very young. Don’t leave your pet unattended around open windows; dogs and cats can break through a screen in nano-seconds. You can also purchase child-proofing devices that will keep your pets inside and allow you to keep your windows open to let a breeze flow through. When you open doors, it may be a good idea to keep your pet leashed or secured in another room so he can’t slip out the door into the big, scary world outside.

Alarm System

If you work outside the home or your pet spends a lot of time home alone, an alarm system is a great idea. Just before Thanksgiving, a home in the sleepy southern Illinois town of Eldorado burned and was a total loss,  but thanks to an alert from the alarm system, the home owner was able to get home from work in time to save one of the family dogs. An alarm system can give your pet a better chance at survival in the event of an emergency, as help will arrive sooner than without an alarm.

Outdoor Concerns

A fenced yard is the best idea for dogs and dog owners. However, don’t rely solely on your fence to keep your pooch safe, as dogs can easily escape them. Even more of a concern are the people outside the fence. Dog thefts are on the rise, and many people with nefarious intentions are stealing family pets from yards. Keep an eye on your dog when he’s outside playing, and go out with him whenever possible.

After taking these steps to pet proof your home, you will be one step closer to being ready for your new furry family member. Now that you have made your home safe for your new pet, you can focus on their nutrition. By adding a high quality pet supplement to their daily diet, you can ensure they are getting the vitamins and minerals their body requires.

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How to Prepare Your Pup for Fall: Fido’s Fall Checklist

How to Prepare Your Pup for Fall: Fido’s Fall Checklist

We believe that maintaining a safe and healthy place for your dog to live in should be a top priority. In order to do so, his home and supplies should be checked to ensure they are still in good shape.

When is the best time to do this you may ask? You don’t have to wait until springtime. You can start as early as the fall season! Here’s a list that will guide you in accomplishing this task.

Maintain the Cleanliness of Your Yard

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The season’s strong winds will definitely cause a great number of leaves to accumulate in your yard. These may obscure things that are dangerous to your dog, such as sharp objects or debris. Grab your rake and remove the leaves from your yard so you are able to detect these objects as soon as possible.

Check if your plant bulbs have been properly secured and buried. Plant bulbs, such as tulips, are usually planted during the later parts of summer or early periods of fall so that they will be in full bloom when springtime arrives. However, dogs can accidentally ingest these bulbs.

It is important to check if the bulbs have been properly secured and buried in the ground. Keep a close watch on your dog, especially if they like digging. An alternate solution would be to plant the bulbs in areas where your dog cannot access them. Call the vet immediately if you think your dog has ingested a plant bulb.

Replenish Your Supply of Food and Supplements

You should never run low on your supply of dog food or pet supplements. This will spare you from the hassle of braving a snow storm or any kind of bad weather just to buy your dog his food, and ensure your supplements are delivered before you run out.

Check your dog’s supplies. Determine if they are damaged or if they are functioning well. Damage in your dog’s supplies, such as holes in his bed or loose parts in his toys, may cause danger to him. For example, he may accidentally ingests the stuffing of his bed or the small parts of a toy. If the supplies are damaged, fix and give them a good wash or better yet, replace them with a new one.

Strengthen Your Leashes

The weather may cause your dog’s leashes and ties to become less sturdy. Inspect them to see if damages are present which may cause them to easily break. This may cause your dog to be able to run free from your yard and get lost.

Start a Good Routine

Fall is a good season to create a new habit like encouraging your dog to exercise or introducing him to a great dog supplement such as NuVet Plus.

Here at NuVet Labs, our mission is to make sure our furry friends live in a healthy and secure environment. Our passion for pet well-being inspired us to develop human-grade pet supplements to support the pet from the inside. Our canine and feline supplements consists of the highest quality ingredients, manufactured in an FDA-registered laboratory. This could give your dog a more positive and healthier lifestyle.

Continue reading Autumn Safety Tips for more seasonal safety information.


Holiday Safety Tips: Keeping Dogs Safe

Holiday Safety Tips: Keeping Dogs Safe Throughout The Holidays

For humans, the holidays are a wonderful opportunity to get together with friends and family. It’s a time to celebrate and enjoy wonderful food. It is important that in the busy days and hours that ensue, dogs are not forgotten about. While our canine companions enjoy the festivities as much as we do, it is easy for them to become injured. Here are some holiday safety tips to help ensure dog safety throughout the holiday season.

Winter holidays

holiday safety tips, dogsIt is nearly everyone’s favorite season. It’s filled with eggnog, the general holiday spirit, and the chance for a fresh start in the New Year. When decorating, however, make sure that nothing is left within the dog’s reach. This includes ornaments that can be broken, wires that can cause electrocution, and lit candles that can be knocked over. Watch out for seasonal plants, such as holly and mistletoe, that can cause sensitivities. Make sure the Christmas tree (if applicable) is secured so it cannot be knocked over by a curious pup.

Many people enjoy inviting guests over during this festive time of the year. Most pet owners know that chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol are no-nos. However, it is also important to ensure all food trays are out of reach, garbage cans are secured, and leftovers are put away promptly. Make sure all drinks are secured and out of reach as well, especially those that contain alcohol. It’s probably also a good idea to offer feline guests the opportunity to escape the excitement to prevent over stimulation. On New Years, avoid confetti, which can injure animals if ingested, and noisemakers, which can damage sensitive ears.

If gift giving in the household includes feline family members, make sure all toys are high quality and indestructible. It is important that no small parts can be torn off and act as a potential choking hazard. For human presents, make sure that all wrapping paper and ribbons are cleaned up promptly to prevent choking.

Valentine’s Day

Similar to other holidays, it is critical around Valentine’s Day to watch out for potential ingestion of chocolate and treats sweetened with xylitol. Also be aware of any alcohol left unattended or spilled and not cleaned promptly. Since many people give and receive flowers around this holiday, be sure  they are de-thorned and away from animals. Romantic, candle-lit dinners are also popular. While celebrating love, be sure that all candles are extinguished when unattended, even if just for a minute.

If anyone is considering giving a puppy as a romantic gift, it is always best to pick out the actual animal together to prevent homing difficulties. Adopting an animal is not a decision that should be taken lightly.

The Fourth of July

Fireworks are the signature celebratory festivities of Independence Day. They are also one of the biggest hazards for dogs. When using any sparklers or personal fireworks, make sure all pets are far away to avoid injuries. Keep any lighter fluids out of reach as some can be problematic if ingested. Resist the urge to decorate canines with light sticks and other decorations. Leave dogs at home if attending a fireworks show. The loud noises can be terrifying and traumatizing for furry friends.

Like the rest of the summer, it is also important to keep insect repellents and sunscreens out of the dog’s reach. Do not apply any to the animal unless it is specifically marked as safe for dogs and cats.

Halloween

Similar to Valentine’s Day, chocolate and sweets are hazardous to dogs. Trick or treat baskets should be kept out of reach. Dogs should also be kept away from trick or treaters coming to the door, as they can be overwhelmed by the constant stream of strangers. It is very easy for them to dart out the door while their owners are busy handing out candy.

Many owners enjoy dressing up animals in the spirit of the holiday. However, it is important to only do this if the dog actually enjoys the festive outfits to avoid causing undue stress. When selecting costumes, make sure it does not constrict movement in any way. Avoid accessories that can be bitten off and become potential choking hazards.

When setting up Halloween decorations, again watch lit candles and oils to avoid accidents. Similarly, keep any wires or electronics out of reach.

Thanksgiving

Food is the primary danger for dogs when Turkey Day comes around. Make sure that canines have no access to bones, which can splinter or become choking hazards. Avoid offering dogs any food that has been seasoned, as a variety of spices can cause stomach issues. This includes food that falls to the ground during the meal. For this reason, it may be best to have dogs rest in another room during the big Thanksgiving dinner. Of course, make sure that any food offered to the dogs has been fully cooked.

Holidays are always fun to spend with friends and family, both those with two legs and those with four. By following these holiday safety tips and keeping an eye on canine holiday celebrators, you can help avoid incidents that can otherwise cast a shadow over the festive spirit.

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