Spayed or neutered dogs live longer. Summary: Many dog owners have their pets spayed or neutered to help control the pet population, but new research suggests the procedure could add to the length of their lives and alter the risk of specific causes of death. Boy and his dog.
Dogs also lick because they like the taste of an owner's salty skin and out of habit. Mostly, with domestic dogs, it's a sign of affection. Licking releases pleasurable endorphins which gives dogs a feeling of comfort and pleasure — like the feeling people get when they are biting their nails — it relieves stress.
The Shih Tzu is a wonderful family pet. He gets along with other dogs or animals, and his docile personality makes him a good companion for children. Kids should sit on the floor to play with a Shih Tzu puppy, however, so there is no risk of carrying and dropping him.
Plain white and wheat bread is generally safe for dogs to eat, provided they don't have any allergies, and it usually does not cause any stomach upset. Feeding your dog bread as a treat now and then won't hurt her, as long as she is also fed a complete and balanced diet and gets plenty of exercise.
You've heard of flu outbreaks making people sick, but they can happen to dogs, too. Our doggie friends can catch "canine influenza," which not only makes them feel bad, but can be dangerous to them. If you know the signs, you can help your dog feel better, or maybe keep him from getting sick at all.
Treating tapeworms includes a deworming medication that will kill the existing tapeworms. Additionally, ensuring your pooch and house are flea-free is important, since your dog can become reinfested by consuming fleas.
Research the laws in your area by contacting your city's department of licenses and inspections or the county clerk's office. You may need a special license or permit to breed dogs or keep more than a few on your property. Some jurisdictions may also require you to register as a kennel.
Symptoms, like loss of appetite and lethargy, are associated with dog depression, but they also can indicate postpartum complications, like an infected uterus or infected mammary glands. If your dog appears to be depressed after the death of a newborn puppy, don't assume that she's grieving.