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My most current articles have been about training your dogs. I am going to take a small step back and give you some tips for bringing your new dog or cat into the home so you are best prepared for their new training.

A new pet is a fabulous addition to any family. Here are a few tips to learn the proper way of welcoming the animal and taking care of training so you have a happy, well-adjusted and very well behaved pet.

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A cat’s overall health can be seen from a number of outward physical signs.

Eyes: A healthy cat’s eyes are clear and bright. Tearing, redness, or swelling may indicate infection or allergies.

Nostrils: A healthy cat’s nose is usually dry. A runny nose, nasal discharge, or sneezing may be signs of a respiratory infection or other problem.

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Today’s post is quite different and I hope you will make this observation and let me know your thoughts.

It’s almost universally understood by humans that a wagging tail means a dog has friendly intentions. There are a few exceptions, but this is almost always true.

Of course, a dog can wag his tail in many different ways. Afterall, a dog uses his tail for communication purposes. The better we are at reading a dog’s body language, including what he’s saying with his tail, the better we can understand what dogs are saying to us.

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Before we answer this, let’s take a look at what stress is. According to  MedicineNet.com, “Stress: In a medical or biological context stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. Stresses can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness, or from a medical procedure). Stress can initiate the “fight or flight” response, a complex reaction of neurologic and endocrinologic systems”.                         

So we know that Stress is both an emotional and mental response as well as a physical  response to stimuli.  Both cats and dogs certainly have physical responses to stressful situations. An example of this would be a dog or cat that is overheated. Their body will produce physical reactions that will stress their body’s systems.  It’s likely that they will also feel emotional and mental stress which is related to the physical distress that they are feeling in this situation. 

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We often hear stories that claim that pets,  make people healthier and even help them live longer more productive lives, but are these stories true?  Is there any science to back up these claims?  The answer is yes!  People with pets do lead healthier lives in many ways. 

According to numerous studies, pets provide a wide array of health benefits to people, ranging from lowering blood pressure to helping to fight depression. 

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