Tag Archives: Animals

Do Animals Have Feelings?

This is a question that many people have an opinion about.

Having lived with dogs and cats for over half a century, they do have feelings. If you have been around animals and cared for them, you can’t help but notice they can feel when you are sad or happy that they have an empathetic reaction to their human.

Have you seen a dog or cat take care of their litter? Is it nature or are they imparting nurturing their babies.

I have seen instances, where animals stay with a friend, is hurt or killed and will not leave them.

I have seen instances where animal pairs bond so closely that they will whine if separated and will quit when reunited. Is that feelings or pack mentality.

I had an English Setter that would show emotion when I would. The worst thing I could do as far as letting her know I was upset with her was to ignore her. When I did she would lower her head and move to a spot and curl into a ball until I would talk to her.

I think that shows a level of emotion and feelings.

Most people that have animals in their homes feel they are family members, not just a pet that you can ignore or take to a shelter when you get tired of it.

I know people that have spent thousands of dollars on their animals at veterinarians for the treatment of cancer, joint problems, back problems, and more just they would for a loved one.

I have a friend that has a terrier that is a certified emotional support dog that will automatically migrate to a person that is not feeling well like a person who recently had a stroke and is rehabilitating with a physical therapist and nurses coming into the home as part of taking care of the stroke patient. The terrier comes down to see what is going on. He is the companion to a friend of the stroke patient. Is this feeling for the patient? What about the person that needs emotional support?

It is hard to believe that animals don’t have feelings when you see it daily as humans help animals and see animals move to humans for help when they are in a difficult situation.

I choose to believe that all animals have feelings because I have witnessed signs of it over many years.


What do you think?


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How to socialize a puppy

All animals that come into your house need socialization for their emotional well-being, and for being part of the family, especially if there are other animals in the house.

One reason for socializing any animal you are considering adding to your family is to build trust between the animal and the family, also establishing an authority chain order.

Another part of socializing is training your puppy in the basic obedience commands.

  1. Sit
  2. Stay
  3. Come
  4. Heel
  5. Down
  6. Leave it
  7. No
  8. Off

Dogs need exercise, and leash training. Walks using leashes in your yard is one of the best ways to leash train a dog because they are comfortable in their own space.

If you have other dogs in the home, walking them on a leash with the new dog or puppy is a good way for the new dog to learn from the trained dog in the home how to behave on a leash, they should never pull hard on the leash.

Train your dog(s) never to leave a vehicle until you have their leash in your hand and ask them to come. This will stop them from jumping out and running around instead of being under your control.

If you already have a dog obedience trained, the new dog will pick up the habits of the dog already obedience trained dog in the home. If there is not a dog in the home, practice patience, never yell or strike the dog, instead, use positive reinforcement with praise for a command performed correctly.

Socializing a dog also includes playing with the dog, and not forgetting to play with the dog in the home, and watching how multiple dogs play together. See how multiple dogs react during feeding time, as some dogs may be food aggressive. If a dog is food aggressive, try separating them and see if that fixes the problem.

Dogs need sufficient cool water and shade on hot days, and their area cleaned regularly.

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Christmas Time

English: Golden retriever fetching a tennis ba...
English: Golden retriever fetching a tennis ball from the ocean. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christmas is approaching, and many children are requesting a pet for Christmas.

If you receive a pet for Christmas, remember that a pet is not like a toy you get tired of and ignore; a pet is a part of your family for life and is a living creature that needs to be taken care of.

If you want a pet for Christmas, you should also be willing to take on the responsibility of taking care of your pet, and any other animals in your home. Never ignore your pets just because you get tired of them because the novelty wears off.

Dogs and cats can live for 15 to 20 years old, unfortunately the larger the dog the shorter the life span, some breeds as low as 10 years.

When you have a pet, you are responsible for the pet’s food, water, health, training, and emotional stimulus. Pets need someone to clean their living space, have toys to play with, someone to watch out for foods that can harm them, like plants, cleaning products, and other home hazards, and kept safe from other animals. Fish that a cat can reach is not a safe environment for your fish.

Once while getting licenses for my pets, a father, and his young son came to the pound saying they didn’t want their dog anymore. The dog was a young golden retriever, if no one adopted that dog, it could end up put to sleep.

Before you ask for a pet for Christmas, think about the fact you need to care for that pet for its lifetime.


Robert Medak

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Pet Allergies

Did you know that pets are subject to allergies just like humans?

Pets can have dietary allergies, skin allergies, atopy, and flea allergies. Some allergies are hard to diagnose at home and will require the services of a veterinarian.

At a pet owner, you must watch out for any changes in your pet. It could be itching, patchy skin, hot spots, or inability to hold down food, or anything out of the normal as far as your pet is concerned.

Once you begin feeding your pet a certain brand of food, try to maintain the same food. Changing foods is not good for pets. Some people like to prepare the meals for pets. Before choosing this option, read up on the nutritional requirements of the specific pet. Cats and dogs require different nutrients. Choose a food that meets these requirements for a healthy pet.

Pets may also be allergic to shampoos and other coat products. Read the labels on all products before purchasing them and using them on your pet. If you can’t pronounce something in it, question if you should be buying it.

Fleas are around all year and your pets need protection against them. Pets can develop anemia due to fleas, which may require a blood transfusion. Blood transfusions can be hard on pets. There are no blood matching like there is for humans.

To lessen the likelihood of allergies, keep an eye on your pets, keep their environment clean, and check your pet for signs of fleas and eradicating them.

Are you diabetic?

Are you diabetic? Did you know that dogs and cats can be diabetic?

There are treatments for both humans and animals. There are medications or you will have to use insulin if certain medications don’t work. For dogs and cats you will have to follow the instructions from your vet, for humans you need to follow your doctor’s instructions.

By keeping blood sugar readings as well controlled as possible both humans and animals can live a long healthy life.

Some people are able to control their blood sugars by diet and exercise. Your vet may give you instructions about diet and exercise for your pet, and to possibly work to help the pet lose some weight if necessary.

In humans that develop Type 2 diabetes, losing weight, exercising, eating the right foods and monitoring your blood sugar are ways to put off or eliminate the possibility of complications of diabetes. You may be asked by your vet to monitor the blood sugar of your dog or cat that has diabetes.

Diabetes is not the death sentence it used to be before the advent of insulin and oral medications that can help control diabetes. It is just something that you do on a daily basis which doesn’t take much time, just a little thought about eating and exercise.

The right diet and exercise can do much for optimum health even if you don’t have diabetes. Even dogs and cats need regular exercise to remain healthy and at the proper weight.

Some breeds of dogs need more exercise than other breeds. When selecting a breed of dog, think about whether they need a large yard or a smaller yard. Cats and dogs should get daily stimulation and exercise to keep them healthy just like people do.

With care, both people and animals can live with diabetes or possibly reverse the disease with monitoring diet and exercise to maintain a normal weight.

Traveling with your pet

Traveling with your pet can be fun if your take some simple steps to enhance the trip.

There are some pet friendly hotels and motels, but check out which one you wish to stay at before your just drive in and see if they are pet friendly. Doing it this way may take quite some time, and driving around before you find one.

Some hotels and motels may have a size or number restriction on pets. There may be an extra charge for multiple pets, and some only allow small animals. It is best to call ahead whenever possible so there is no problem when you arrive to check in. Having puppy pads or a litter box in the room is a good thing to have handy.

When packing for the trip, don’t forget to pack for your pet also. They will need food, water, any medications, and a favorite toy if they have one.

Traveling with your pet can be fun for all by taking the time to pack right and check out accommodations before you leave home for the family and the family pet. You may have to stop and let your pet go potty along the drive and give them water if they need it. Do not let them get the pet bother the driver, and if possible seatbelt them in to keep them safe in case of an accident.

Traveling and seeing the country is fun, and it can be fun for the pet also by taking some simple steps to insure that every goes well for all.

Enjoy your trip.

Robert Medak

Freelance writer/editor/reviewer

Pet Loss

At some point in our lives as animal owners, we may outlive our special friend. While this is a sad time, the Rainbow Bridge Poem can console us:

“Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….”

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Robert Medak

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