Keeping a Peaceful Multi-Dog Household

Most dog owners are absolutely enamored with their dogs–after all, they’re the gift that keeps on giving. Which leads many people to think of adopting even more dogs. The more the merrier, right? However, the amount of effort that has to be put into having a happy, harmonious home doesn’t just double with an additional dog. Each dog has their own needs, and when these needs aren’t met, chaos can ensue. 

Owning multiple dogs can be a source of immense joy and companionship, yet it also presents unique challenges that require thoughtful consideration and approach. The dynamics of a multi-dog household are complex, often colored by behaviors like resource guarding, jealousy, and territoriality. 

Common Challenges in Multi-Dog Households

Resource Guarding

One of the most common issues in households with multiple dogs is resource guarding. This behavior occurs when dogs feel the need to protect their possessions—be it food, toys, or even a favorite resting spot—from their housemates. It often stems from insecurity or a scarcity mindset, where a dog fears they might lose a valuable resource.

Jealousy and Territorial Behaviors

Jealousy, often manifesting as attention-seeking behaviors, can arise when dogs feel the need to compete for their owner’s affection or resources. Territorial behaviors, on the other hand, can be more about space and boundaries. 

Dogs might display aggression or discomfort when their perceived territory is invaded by another dog. Certain dog breeds, such as German Shepherds, Akitas, and Rottweilers can tend to be more aggressive towards other dogs, so special care should be taken when introducing them to other dogs. 

Introducing New Dogs into the Household

Bringing a new dog into a household already with one or more dogs requires careful planning.

Step-by-Step Introduction Process

Pre-Introduction Preparation: Before the new dog arrives, prepare your existing dogs by maintaining their routine to ensure they feel secure.

Neutral Territory Meeting: Introduce the dogs in a neutral area, like a park, to avoid territorial reactions.

Controlled Interaction: Keep both dogs on leashes initially. Allow them to sniff and observe each other, but intervene if there are signs of aggression.

Home Introduction: Once they seem comfortable, bring the new dog into the home. Keep initial interactions short and supervised.

Gradual Integration: Gradually increase the time the dogs spend together, monitoring their interactions and intervening if necessary.

Setting Boundaries and Expectations

Separate Resources: Provide separate beds, toys, and feeding areas to minimize competition.

Supervised Interactions: Always supervise interactions until you are confident about their relationship.

Positive Reinforcement: Reward calm and friendly behaviors to reinforce positive interactions.

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Canine Communication and Social Structure

Understanding the subtle nuances of dog communication is crucial. Dogs use a variety of signals to communicate their feelings and intentions:

  • Play Bow: Invitation to play, signaling friendly intentions.
  • Yawning or Licking Lips: Signs of nervousness or appeasement.
  • Growling or Snarling: Indicates discomfort or warning.
  • Ear Position and Tail Wagging: Ears forward and a relaxed wagging tail usually mean a dog is comfortable.

Training, Routine, and Positive Reinforcement with Multiple Dogs

The harmony of a multi-dog household hinges significantly on three pillars: training, routine, and positive reinforcement. These elements work in tandem to establish clear communication, predictability, and a positive atmosphere, which are essential for reducing the potential for conflicts.

Training

In a household with multiple dogs, training goes beyond basic obedience; it’s about establishing a language of communication that is understood by all. Consistent training sessions are vital in teaching dogs how to behave and interact with each other and their human family members. 

Training should focus on reinforcing commands that promote harmony, such as ‘wait’, ‘leave it’, or ‘go to your bed’. This training helps in managing situations where resources are involved, like feeding times or play sessions. 

It’s important to conduct these training sessions in a way that they don’t compete for attention or rewards, but rather learn to coexist and respond individually and collectively in a positive manner.

Routine

A well-structured routine is akin to a safety net for dogs. It provides a predictable and secure environment where each dog knows what to expect and when to expect it. Routine encompasses feeding times, walks, play sessions, and even quiet times. 

When each dog understands their schedule, it reduces anxiety and competition, as they don’t have to worry about when their next meal will come or when they will get attention. 

A routine also aids in toilet training and managing energy levels throughout the day, ensuring that the dogs are relaxed and less likely to engage in disruptive behaviors.

Positive Reinforcement

This is the glue that holds the training and routine together. Positive reinforcement involves acknowledging and rewarding desired behaviors, which encourages dogs to repeat these behaviors. 

In a multi-dog household, it’s crucial to ensure that positive reinforcement is distributed evenly. This could be in the form of treats, verbal praises, petting, or playtime. 

When dogs realize that good behavior leads to positive outcomes, they are more likely to behave in a manner that is conducive to a peaceful household. It’s also essential to recognize and reward not just individual good behavior but also positive interactions between the dogs. This could be as simple as rewarding them for calmly sitting together or sharing a toy without any signs of aggression.

The aim is to create an environment where dogs feel secure, understood, and valued. Such an environment naturally fosters harmony, as each dog understands their place in the household and the behaviors that are expected of them.

Individual Attention and Meeting Unique Needs

Each dog has its personality and needs. It’s important to spend one-on-one time with each dog, understanding and catering to their individual needs. This could be in the form of specific training, exercise, or even quiet cuddle time. Acknowledging their uniqueness fosters a sense of belonging and reduces rivalry.

Conclusion

Maintaining harmony in a multi-dog household is an ongoing, rewarding journey. It requires patience, understanding, and consistency. By addressing the common challenges, a peaceful coexistence is not just a possibility but a likely outcome. 

Remember, each dog is an individual, and the key to harmony lies in respecting and catering to their unique personalities and needs.

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What To Know Before Going Hiking With Your Dog

What’s great about hiking with your dog is that it’s an activity
that isn’t limited to a single season – it can be enjoyed throughout the year!
If you’re getting ready for your first hike with your dog, we’ve put together a
list of everything you need to know before you hit the trails.

Review the rules of the
trail

If you’re hiking with your dog on a new trail, it’s a good idea
to do some research beforehand so you’re familiar with the rules of the trails
when it comes to dogs. If you’re visiting a larger national or state park, they
will have rules for pets listed on their website. Smaller parks, or those
without a website, will usually have signs at the start of the trail indicating
rules for pets, such as:

  • Which trails they can hike on
  • When they need to be leashed
  • Where they can run off-leash

It’s not guaranteed that every park will have such detailed
signage or a website so when in doubt, it’s always best to keep your pet on a
leash – especially if they’re still working on their recall skills.

Don’t forget snacks and
water

When packing snacks and water for yourself, don’t forget to bring a little extra for your dog! The amount of water your dog needs per day is calculated by multiplying 60mL by the number of kilograms of body weight, but more may be needed on days when they do strenuous activities, such as hiking. Depending on the length of the hike, you may also want to bring some of their favorite Freshpet recipes for a mid-hike refueling snack.

Group of people hiking and taking a water break on a bridge.

Know how to keep them
warm in the cold months

While some dogs are born to thrive in cold weather, others need
a little extra help to stay warm. If you’re hiking with your dog during the
winter months, ensure that your pup has the equipment they need to stay nice
and warm. This could include:

  • Boots: Boots do a great job of protecting your pup’s sensitive paws from the elements. If you’re going to invest in a pair of boots, you can save money by choosing a pair that will work for all seasons, like the EXPAWLORER Waterproof Dog Shoes.
  • Vest: If your dog only needs a little extra protection to stay warm, a vest is a great option. The Hurtta Summit Parka gives their torso an added layer of warmth while keeping their legs free while navigating the hiking trails.
  • Full snowsuit: For some dogs, boots and a vest just won’t cut it – they need a full-body snowsuit to be truly comfortable outside. The Canada Pooch Snowsuit has a waterproof exterior and a thermal foil lining to keep your pup warm on even the most inclement days.
  • Rain suit: If you live somewhere where winter is more wet than snowy, then you’ll want Canada Pooch’s Slush Suit. This full-body rain suit will protect your pup from rain to slush and everything in between, meaning it can be used for hikes from fall straight through to spring.

To see what else you can do to stay safe while hiking with your dog in the winter, take a look at our cold-weather pet safety tips. 

Large dog holding a stick in its mouth and walking in a hiking trail.

Check the humidity
during the warm months

If you’re hiking with your dog on a tree-covered trail rather than an open, concrete path, you don’t have to worry about direct sun or the ground being too hot. However, you must be aware of the humidity. The level of humidity in the air plays a big role in how well your pet can regulate their body temperature. Dogs pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs and remove heat, but if the humidity is too high then panting isn’t enough to cool them down. To avoid a potentially deadly situation, make sure you’re aware of the signs of heat stroke in dogs. This infographic from the SPCA of Texas outlines everything you need to know about extreme heat and dogs, including the key signs of heat stroke.

Know which plants are
dangerous for dogs

You might be surprised to know that a number of common plants
you see on hikes are toxic to dogs. Some of these include:

  • Daffodils: If your dog
    eats the bulb or flowers of a daffodil, it can cause an upset stomach,
    vomiting, exhaustion, and uncoordinated movements.
  • Ivy: Contact with
    your dog’s skin can cause irritation in the form of redness or even blistering
    and if consumed, your dog may experience stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Lilies: Several
    varieties of lilies are poisonous to dogs, including amaryllis, lily of the
    valley, and autumn crocus. If consumed, they can cause vomiting, tremors, and
    in serious situations organ failure.

The ASPCA has a great database of plants that are toxic to dogs, but if you’re not an expert at plant identification don’t worry. The easiest way to know what plants are around you is by downloading a plant identification app, such as Google Lens.

Bring the right pet
waste bags

Even when hiking with your dog on pet-friendly trails, it’s important that you always clean up after they do their business. While some trails may have a station with free bags at the start, it’s a good idea to bring your own supply just in case. An easy way to bring some eco-friendliness into this activity is to swap your normal poop bags for a compostable option. When choosing an eco-friendly poop bag, look for one that says “fully compostable”, such as those made by BioBag, as biodegradable bags don’t always break down completely in landfills.

Now that you know what to bring, it’s time to decide where to go! If you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at our list of top hiking trails for dogs and top national parks in the United States.

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A Cat Teaches that Love is Eternal

By Jamie Obakponovwe, Minnesota

While settling into the rhythm of a new job and home, my husband and I adopted two kittens who were sisters, Wilma and Luisa. Instantly they brightened our lives and gave us constant, unconditional love—each in her own special way.

While Wilma lived in motion, Luisa was the quiet, gentle observer. She sat straight and tall—often under a lampshade—and embodied stillness and contentment.

Luisa unexpectedly passed away. We were heartbroken. She was there one day and gone the next. In the weeks that followed I felt a blanket of sadness I could not shake. I thought of her constantly and wanted one more chance to tell her how much I loved her and how grateful I was that she’d come into our lives.

I began asking the Mahanta, my spiritual guide, for help with this. I wasn’t sure how the connection would be made, but I kept surrendering it.

 Baby-Bird Surprise

One Saturday morning a few months after Luisa passed, my husband left the house to go for a run. About a minute later, the doorbell rang. When I opened the door, he was standing there, pointing at the ground. He said, “I think this little bird needs some help.”

Under the tree I saw a tiny baby bird sitting very still and perfectly upright. Since it had all its feathers, we thought it must have just fallen out of the tree but might not have been hurt.

I walked closer and began inspecting it from different angles. It even let me get right up to its face and seemed fine with the closeness. Everything looked healthy. Still wondering if it might be injured, I went inside to get some towels and find a box.

When I came back, the little bird was still sitting under the tree. Very carefully I scooped it up and lifted it to my shoulder, trying not to put any pressure on it. It seemed content with me holding it and sort of leaned into my shoulder

At this point, I decided to sit down with the bird and contemplate on what to do next. Silently I sang HU to feel peace. I asked the Mahanta for guidance on what to do next to help this little bird.

After a bit, I put the bird in the box and went inside to look online for help. Soon I learned that I should put the bird back in the tree and let its mom take it from there!

Where Did You Go?

By the time I came back outside, the box was empty. I started looking under the patio furniture and in all the shrubs. I looked under the tree where we’d first seen the bird, then walked further out in the yard. I could not find it anywhere!

As I turned around and starting walking back toward the patio, I looked up and was surprised to see the little bird sitting quietly in the tree. I wondered how it got up there and realized it must not be hurt after all.

I walked closer to the tree, and it started hopping down the branch until we were almost at eye level and a few inches from each other. It then slightly turned its head to the side, so we were eye to eye.

While the bird looked at me, I started to feel a wave of love come into my heart. For me, this is always a sign of the Mahanta’s presence. Suddenly, I said, “Luisa?”

The little bird stretched its neck tall, as if to confirm this, and then dropped its head back down.

I could barely believe it and asked, “Luisa, is that really you?!”

Again, it stretched its little neck really tall and then relaxed again, looking at me. My heart filled with so much love. I realized Luisa was right here in front of me—still sitting straight and tall, as she had always sat under the lamp in our living room.

Time stood still. Here we were, Soul to Soul, with this wave of love flowing back and forth between us. I finally could share with her all that was in my heart. I told her how much I love her, how grateful I was for all she’d taught me about divine love, and how happy I was to see her experience a new freedom in this little bird body.

My Proof

It then occurred to me how much Luisa had loved having her belly rubbed when she was a cat. I wondered if she would still like this and decided to carefully try it out. As you can see, she still enjoys this very much!

After a few moments of petting her belly, I took a few steps back from the tree. The mother flew down to her. They followed each other from limb to limb to the top of the tree and then flew away.

After this experience, the sorrow I’d carried around for weeks lifted. I realized all was in its rightful place.

I still miss Luisa very much, but now it’s the happy memories that come back when I think of her and gratitude for this moment shared. I know the love between us, as Soul, is eternal.

—Photos and video by Jamie and Akpovi Obakponovwe

 

 

 

 

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Neighborhood org Dallas Pets Alive! helps dogs find foster and forever families

 

 

Five months ago, Shelby Sue was a scrawny, starving mutt lying in an alleyway. She’d contracted heart worms and been hit by a car, leaving her with huge scabs and scars all over her body, and leaving her without the energy to walk. It was in the alley that Dallas Animal Services found her. 

With the shelter’s space often hitting critical status since the beginning of COVID, Dallas Pets Alive! Founder and Executive Director Leslie Sans picked up the dog herself to foster until she could find a permanent home. Now, Shelby Sue is 40 pounds heavier and happily looking for her forever family. 

“We had to try everything to give her that second chance because no animal should die in that state,” Sans says. “And that’s DPA. We save the ones that are on their very last notes and their last chance, and Shelby Sue is a shining example of who we are as an organization.”

Dallas Pets Alive!, which is based in our neighborhood, started 10 years ago from the idea that adoption is not only the right thing to do but the thing to do. DPA’s website features adoptable dogs, cats and other pets from foster families and local shelters, but it doesn’t just help animals find families — they help them keep them. 

“We also take a very proactive approach through our PASS program, where we’re working with families and individuals that are going through any sort of life crisis that puts them at risk to surrender their animals to the shelter,” Sans says.

PASS, or Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender, collaborates with Dallas Animal Services, the SPCA of Texas, Mazie’s Mission, Best Friends Animal Society, Gannett Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas and PetSmart Charities to decrease the number of animals surrendered to shelters every day. 

In order to do this, PASS posts volunteers outside Dallas Animal Services on high-volume intake days to discuss free or low-cost resources that are available to help owners keep their pets at home and out of the shelter. In 2019 alone, this program was able to prevent more than 500 surrenders. 

According to Sans, many families surrender pets because of medical conditions that are too expensive for the family to cover; temporary life situations where the families cannot find someone to care for the animal; or the animal has behavioral issues that the family has not been able to manage. 

In an attempt to remedy this, Dallas Pets Alive! has a medical care fund to assist with medical bills and partners with low-cost vet care services and training and behavior coaches. It also offers rehoming resources and aids in temporary boarding costs. 

“We believe that nobody should have to choose between feeding their family or feeding their pet,” Sans says.

Those who want to be a part of the nonprofit’s mission can volunteer online to work with the adoption team or alumni team, work with events, foster an animal, support foster families and more. 

“We are in desperate, desperate need of fosters and adopters right now,” Sans says. “Post-COVID everything slowed down for us, but the shelters are filling back up again. It’s actually a really concerning problem right now across the United States, but we are seeing it right here in our own backyards.”

Potential foster families can sign up to foster in three steps. First, fill out a form online. Second, answer follow-up questions that a foster vetting team member emails within 24-48 hours. Last, choose from an album of dogs and cats available for foster and work with the team to make arrangements for the furry guest.

View original content here: https://prestonhollow.advocatemag.com/2022/09/01/dallas-pets-alive/

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Going to the Dogs | Beth’s Blog

Every day I thank Bianca for inspiring me to help create Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center and to expand my fostering work at North Shore Animal League America, where I’ve had a chance to meet so many loveable dogs. I’m always thrilled when my IG posts help some of them find great forever homes. So in the hope that something wonderful can happen for the five deserving dogs you’re about to meet, here they are! (I haven’t met these cuties, but my colleagues at NSALA have written charming bios so you can get to know them.)

Before arriving at NSALA a year ago, Arnie (G25619) lived in sad conditions in Georgia in a backyard breeding situation. UGH! At NSALA, Arnie is learning that people can be kind and caring. Now Arnie is looking for an experienced adopter with older children in a private home in a quiet area with a fully fenced-in backyard. Despite being small, Arnie would not do well in an apartment setting. Once he gets to know you, Arnie is a snuggle muffin. He enjoys walking on a leash, playing fetch, and being scratched on his hind end! With patience, routine, and training to build his confidence, Arnie will become a wonderful companion. Watch his special video here.

October is also National Pit Bull Awareness Month. These loyal, sweet-natured dogs have been stigmatized because of terrible owners. But this breed has been a family dog for decades and deserves respect and love.

Alice (G25956), for example, is a playful Pittie mix looking for a home of her own now that her litter of pups has left the “nest.” Alice is house-trained and is good on a leash but would benefit from the guidance of an experienced adopter. Due to her size, apartment life is not for this girl. She needs to be the only pet in a suburban home with a fenced-in yard, with children over 16 years old who can keep up with her energy. We recommend a meet and greet for the entire family to ensure a perfect match. To see Alice in action, visit her adoption profile page.

Buddy (V33791), another Pittie mix, is a shy dog with a lot of love to give. Adopted as a pup, Buddy lived a happy life for four years until his owners were forced to return him when they could longer care for him. The transition has been hard on Buddy as he tries to acclimate to his new surroundings. The ideal future for Buddy would be in an adults-only home with experienced adopters who can continue his training and confidence-boosting exercises. Buddy needs time and will open up slowly, but when he does you’ll have a loyal Buddy for life! Get to know Buddy today!

One thing I cannot bear to think about is senior pets who had loving homes and then suddenly find themselves in shelters. No matter how amazing those shelters are — and NSALA is truly amazing — the animals still feel confused and sad. This just breaks my heart.

A sweet example is Roxi (T83110) and Gemma (V27080) and who are looking for a new life as a double adoption. Nine-year-old Roxi, a Terrier mix, and 10-year-old Gemma, a German Shepherd mix, are bonded “sisters” who have spent their whole lives together. They’ve been through thick and thin, including the recent loss of their owner. Transitioning to life in the shelter is never easy, but these two have always had each other to lean on, which has helped them learn to trust their new friends. Gradually, these sweet seniors have begun to show their playful side, and while they won’t be doing many adventure walks they do enjoy a stroll together with their favorite humans. These golden girls are looking for a home they can retire to together and make new friends with a sweet family. Take a look at their video on their adoption profile.

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How Much Does A Beagle Cost? Everything You Need To Know

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Beagles are friendly and playful pups that make great additions to active families who want them to join in on their adventures.

The beagle’s small size means they are easy to handle, but their big energy means they have no trouble keeping up!

But how much can you expect to pay when adopting a beagle pup?

How much does a Beagle cost

Find out how much beagle puppies cost and everything you need to know about this wonderful breed below.

Beagle Vital Statistics

  • Scent hound
  • Height – 13-15 inches
  • Weight – 18-30 pounds
  • 10-15 year life expectancy
  • Friendly and doesn’t like to be left alone
  • High energy and needs lots of exercise
  • Stubborn and can be challenging to train
  • Medium to low shedding

Full breed information on the American Kennel Club website.

How Much Is A Beagle Puppy?

Beagles are purebred dogs, and the price of buying one of these pups from a breeder varies greatly around the United States.

Puppy prices are heavily affected by supply and demand. When getting a beagle puppy from a respected breeder, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,200 depending on where you are located.

You will find more expensive beagle puppies—some have been known to sell for up to $6,000—but these are usually the offspring of award-winning show dogs that are invested in by enthusiasts looking for a dog for competitions.

If you encounter a breeder selling a beagle puppy for less than $300, this can be a major red flag.

This may indicate that the puppy comes from a puppy mill, where the parents are overbred and the dogs don’t tend to be treated well so the sellers can maximize profits.

In 2022, the Humane Society rescued 4,000 beagles from a breeding facility that seems to have been breeding the dogs for animal testing. All the dogs have now been placed in homes. Read our guide to identifying and avoiding puppy mills here.

If you would prefer to adopt a beagle in need of a home from a shelter, there are many rescues around the country that specialize in these friendly pups.

The Beagle Freedom Project is a great place to start. There are also Brew Beagles active in the northeast and Triangle Beagle Rescue in North Carolina.

There are often many puppies available because, sadly, beagles are the dogs most commonly used in animal testing.

Adopting a dog from a rescue or shelter is rarely free, and you can expect to pay between $100-$500 to adopt from most shelters. This may seem expensive, but you get a lot for your investment.

Along with generally supporting an agency doing good work, before you take your puppy home from the shelter they will have had a thorough medical examination, received all their necessary vaccinations, been treated for worms, fleas and ticks, and been spayed or neutered.

You will also probably receive 30 days of pet insurance plus an ID collar, tag, or microchipping. Considering the cost of doing these things yourself, the adoption fee is a bargain!

You can read more about rescue adoption fees here.

Factors Affecting Beagle Cost

There are some factors that can legitimately affect the cost you can expect to pay for a beagle puppy.

Size

You may meet a breeder who claims to be selling a pocket beagle, which is a smaller beagle weighing up to 15 pounds.

While this is not recognized as a separate breed by the American Kennel Club, and technically will not qualify as a beagle, these dogs are popular and tend to be more expensive.

But be aware: They need just as much exercise as their larger counterparts.

Color

Beagles can technically be any hound color, but they are usually tricolor with a black saddle, white legs, chest and belly, and tan color around the head and saddle.

Other color combinations can be more expensive. Expect to pay slightly more for a different color, such as the red and white beagle.

About Beagles

Beagles were bred in England from the 15th century as hunting dogs. Their sensitive noses and agile and energetic nature meant that hunters could follow them to sniff out prey.

Their small size meant that the hunters could also carry them when the need arose. 

Beagles have around 220 million scent receptors in their noses, compared to about five million in yours.

This is why beagles are also sometimes used in airports to sniff out contraband, since they also tend to be less intimidating for passengers than larger sniffer dogs.

The incredibly friendly nature of beagles meant that they quickly became popular pets, and they are currently ranked as the 6th most popular dog breed in the United States.

Many people will choose beagles for their small size, thinking they will do well in apartments. But, while beagles will feel at home in a small space, they do require lots of care!

  • Beagles are very energetic and need at least an hour of exercise everyday. This can be spread out over several sessions. If they don’t get their exercise, they can become destructive.
  • Beagles are social pack animals and love being around their humans. They won’t thrive if they are left at home for hours a day on their own. They need families who have time to spend with them.
  • Beagles are known to be intelligent and reward driven (especially when it comes to food), but they can also be incredibly stubborn. Notably, beagles are known to be difficult to housetrain. It could take up to a year of training before you stop seeing accidents.
  • Beagles tend to be mouthy, and in addition to barking they tend to howl. While they can be trained to vocalize less, it is instinctive and sometimes necessary. This can irritate the neighbors in close living conditions.
  • Beagles are scent hounds with a strong prey drive, so they will tend to wander off in search of small animals when out and about. They are also targeted by thieves, who can sell them to laboratories, so it is important to supervise your beagle at all times.
  • Beagles love food! They can get aggressive if animals (or children) try to take their food or approach them while they are eating. If you don’t monitor their diet, they can also end up overweight. They can be food thieves too! So don’t leave those barbecue steaks unattended.

While those might seem like a lot or warnings for anyone who thought that a beagle would make a nice, docile companion for their apartment, beagles are great pets!

  • Beagles have a naturally friendly disposition and will quickly become a member of the family. They get along well with children and other animals, and will make friends with strangers rather than start barking. But don’t count on them as a guard dog!
  • While the small size of beagles mean they are easy to manage and you can pick them up and carry them when needed, they are adventurous and athletic and will love joining you on hikes and other adventures. Beagles are good swimmers, but they need to grow up around the water to develop a love of swimming.
  • Beagles have short coats that don’t shed much and are easy to groom. They also don’t drool too much.
  • While they might be too stubborn for first-time owners to teach them tricks, beagles are very intelligent and sensitive. This means they generally know what is required of them in stressful situations. Their friendly nature means they won’t cause any serious trouble.
  • You can almost always get a beagle to cooperate with a food reward!

Beagles that have loving homes that support their need for affection and excitement make excellent pets.

Beagle Care: How Much Does It Cost?

As well as the fee for acquiring or adopting your beagle, remember that they will incur costs for the rest of their lives, which is usually between 12-15 years.

How much should you budget for caring for your beagle? Consider the following factors.

Dog Supplies

Just like children, dogs tend to need more things than you might expect, even though they will always prefer your favorite shoes to any chew toy you buy.

When you first bring them home, they will need a bed to call their own along with bowls, toys, and a leash and collar. Crate training is also recommended for beagles, and that can add quite a bit of expense. 

You should probably expect to pay between $300-$500 to meet their needs in the first months, and no doubt many of the items you buy will need replacing over the years.

Food

Food is the most consistent expense related to caring for your beagle. A full-grown beagle needs to eat between ¾ and 1.5 cups of good-quality dry food each day, divided into two meals. 

Of course, they would prefer some delicious wet food too or some fresh meat off your plate!

You can give them these as well, but remember to count the calories of whatever treats you give them and subtract this from their dry food. Beagles have very little self control when it comes to eating.

It is rarely a good idea to give your dog food off your own plate as it teaches them bad habits and can lead to begging.

But if you do decide to put a piece of meat aside for them, make sure it is prepared without garlic, onion, or other spices.

Not only does your dog not need these, but they can be toxic. Read more about the human foods that your dogs should not be eating here.

Beagle puppies will reach their full height at about eight months old, and their full weight at about 18 months old.

They should be eating puppy food until around one year of age. Puppy food tends to be higher in animal-based proteins and fats, which are essential for growing puppies.

You should take them off puppy food when they get older, as this can cause excessive weight gain in older dogs. Read more about the difference between puppy and adult dog foods here.

Vet Bills And Pet Insurance

Beagles are generally quite healthy dogs, but they can be susceptible to a number of medical conditions such as intervertebral disk disease, hip dysplasia, various eye issues, epilepsy, and hypothyroidism.

A good relationship with a vet can help keep your dog healthy and your mind at ease.

The average cost of pet insurance for a dog in the United States is $45 per month, and beagles do not have any particular health issues that should result in a higher premium.

While this can seem like a big monthly outlay, pet insurance will include most of the regular vaccines and treatments (such as flea treatments) that your dog needs.

You are also covered in case of a serious medical condition or accident that causes unexpected costs.

You can read more about pet insurance for puppies here.

FAQs

How much does a beagle cost in the UK?

Beagle puppies from a breeder in the UK will cost between £500-£1,000 pounds depending on where you are in the country and the quality of the breeder.

Do beagles bark a lot?

Beagles do have a tendency to vocalize and, as well as barking, they do howl. While training from a young age can curb this habit, it is instinctive and you shouldn’t expect to be able to completely stop your beagle from barking.

The Verdict

Beagles are small but energetic e dogs that make excellent pets for active families that love spending time together and in the great outdoors.

While beagles can be stubborn, they have a naturally friendly nature that makes them easy to handle, even for first-time owners.

If you are buying a beagle from a reputable breeder, you can expect to pay between $500-$1,200 depending on where you are in the country.

You will probably also find quite a few beagles in rescues since they are one of the most popular breeds for animal testing, and therefore mass breeding. It is not uncommon to hear of large numbers of beagles being saved and put up for adoption.

If you invest time and energy in your beagle, they will reward you tenfold with their unconditional love and companionship.

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Keep Your Horse Safe In Hot Weather

There is likely to have been many horse owners extremely concerned about the safety of their pet during the recent heatwave, which is why these tips on how to keep them safe in hot weather will come in handy this summer.

The UK has experienced record-breaking temperature highs this week, leaving much of the country hot, flustered and dehydrated. However, it is not just humans the hot and humid weather has a big impact on, and animals need adequate care to protect them from the blazing sunshine and intense heat.

According to the RSPA, the most important thing to do is give them plenty of water. They need up to 55 litres when it is not scorching hot, so make sure you provide even more than this when the sun is out.

“Horses rely heavily on sweating to keep cool and can produce sweat three times as fast as humans. That means they’re at high risk of dehydration if they don’t have continuous access to water to replace the large amounts lost as sweat,” the charity stated.

It also recommended giving them a salt lick, as this will help them replace the salt they lose when they sweat to keep their levels balanced.

Horses also need to be given plenty of shade during the summer, especially old or young ones, as they are particularly vulnerable to the sunshine.

Just like humans, horses require sun cream, so make sure you cover all areas of pink skin with a sunblock of factor 50 once a day.

When it comes to riding horses, only do so during the early morning or evenings, when the temperature is lower than during the midday sun.

World Horse Welfare also recommends giving them plenty of ventilation with a large fan, as long as it is out of reach of them.

 

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Why Does My Puppy Go Crazy in the Evening?

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You’re sitting on your couch watching TV after a long day at work. Your sweet puppy is sleeping next to you. 

Everything’s peaceful and serene like a picture postcard.

All of a sudden, he takes off like a rocket, running frantically around the room. Like clockwork, he goes crazy in the evening. You’re wondering what happened.

In this article, I’ll explain possible reasons why your puppy suddenly becomes a whirlwind in your formerly peaceful family room. And I’ll explain what you should do in response.

Puppy Crazy At Night - white puppy lying down in bed with toy in paws.

My Aussie mix Millie routinely zips around the room late at night. And my Lhasa apso Ralphie joins in the fun. 

Bouncing around, jumping from couch to chair and running like race cars on track, they have wild looks in their eyes and opened mouths, smiling and having a lot of fun. 

Then, as soon as it started, it ends. The race cars ran out of gas. 

And they settle in calmly next to each other, curling up together.

What are Zoomies? 

Zoomies are sudden bursts of energy. Your puppy runs around frantically as if he’s jolted into action. 

They usually seem to occur suddenly. And they end as quickly as they started.

Your dog literally zooms around, then usually settles. 

It’s like a tornado running around, then the calm after the storm occurs when your pup crashes.

They’re known as Frenetic Random Activity Periods. They release excess energy that your dog has. 

Any dog can get the zoomies. But puppies and younger dogs are more likely to get them. 

And don’t worry. Zoomies are normal.

Why Do Zoomies Occur in the Evening?

Zoomies often occur in the evening for many reasons. 

1. Inactivity or a lack of sufficient physical exercise

Many dogs are relatively inactive during the day when their owners are at work. 

Many are crated or otherwise confined. 

Dogs just lie around until someone walks them or plays with them, even when given access to a yard during the day. 

Crating is fine. But if your dog isn’t given a sufficient amount of exercise during the day, you may come home to a whirlwind of excitement. 

All of that pent-up energy suddenly is released as your dog is excited to see you and no longer confined.

2. Insufficient mental stimulation

If your dog’s mind isn’t sufficiently stimulated during the day, he may get the zoomies. 

Not having mentally challenging exercises during the day set him up for night-time zoomies.

3. Insufficient rest during the day

Some dogs get nighttime zoomies because they didn’t receive a sufficient amount of rest during the day. 

Sort of like a grumpy, overly-tired child, the puppy becomes restless and needs to expend energy before collapsing into a deep sleep. 

4. Insufficient social interaction during the day

If a puppy is alone most or all of the day, seeing anyone come home and spending time with them is extremely exciting. 

He’s bored during the day and when he’s with them he’s full of excitement. His world is bright and fun again. 

And he releases his pent-up, hyper energy by bouncing around the room with pure glee.

5. When a favorite person comes home

Of course, if you’re reading this, you’re probably one of your puppy’s favorite people. 

Some puppies will run zoomies only when a special, favorite person comes home. 

It’s likely to happen when children come home. 

Their high-pitched voices and sudden motions can be very stimulating to your pup. 

It’s often someone who makes a big fuss when he greets the puppy. 

It goes something like this, spoken in a high-pitched voice: “What a good dog!  Have you been a good boy? Want to go out?” 

By then, Fido can’t contain himself and is bouncing around the room.

6. Overstimulation in the evening

The lull in your dog’s day is broken when you’re with him. 

You may get really excited telling him in a high-pitched voice what a great puppy he is. 

And you’ll play fetch, tug, and games running around with him chasing you when he’s called. 

You’re trying to make up for his lonely day. All this exceptional excitement revs him up. 

Your puppy’s engine is like a fast race-car zooming around the room or yard.

Other Times that Dogs May Get Zoomies

Dogs are very likely to get zoomies at night. But there are other times that they may get them too.

1. After a stressful situation

A dog is likely to release pent-up energy following a stressful situation that occurs. 

This can be after a vet visit, which causes anxiety in many dogs. 

Or it can be after–or even during–overwhelming events such as a thunder and lightning storm. 

Or he may get the zoomies after getting away from something else that causes him anxiety, such as a person, dog, or loud vehicle. 

2. After a grooming session

Many dogs don’t love baths, grooming sessions, or having their nails clipped. 

So after these events, they can have a burst of energy to release stress and anxiety.

3. After defecating

Many dogs will start to zoom around the yard–or try to even on leash–after pooping.

4. After a confining event

Of course, zoomies can easily occur after your dog is let out of his crate. But other times that he feels free may also lead to zoomies. 

This can be as simple as letting him into the yard. He sees a party out there! 

So many sights, smells, and sounds can be very stimulating to him. Not to mention the great space to run in. 

Even taking off his leash, harness, or collar can be freeing to your puppy. And a party begins with him being the special guest running the show.

This can even happen after a car ride in which he feels confined. 

When he gets out of the car, he’s ready to let loose. And he suddenly becomes a blur of activity.

5. When going outside

Any time of day a dog may get the zoomies in a yard. 

He may see or hear people, dogs, vehicles, horns beeping, lawnmowers buzzing, or other stimulating things outside.

Even new smells, like fresh-cut grass or the feces of other animals, may lead to him racing around the great outdoors.

6. In snow and cold weather

Just like we’re more likely to be stimulated by cold weather, so too is your dog. 

And as he’s more likely to be more sluggish in warm weather, the cold can rev him up and he becomes a fast-moving snow mobile. 

Usually my dogs are active when they go outside, but, when it snows, they love to run. 

It’s like they’re down-hill skiers in a race to see who can have the best time doing laps.

Are Zoomies Normal?

Yes! Zoomies are just part of a dog’s life and many dogs of all ages get them. 

But puppies and younger dogs are more likely to have them. They usually last just a few minutes but sometimes can even last 10 minutes.

Try to enjoy the zoomies as much as your dog does! But just make sure that he can’t get hurt where he’s running. 

And, if the zoomies occur after a very stressful event, you may have to work with a trainer or behaviorist to help him adjust.

What Does a Zoomie Look Like?

Many dogs give a warning before taking off. Some dogs get a wild look in their eyes just before zooming. 

After you’ve seen the glint in their eye–the calm before the storm–you’ll know what to expect next time. 

They may start with a play bow, then take off as if they’re a wind-up toy that’s just been released. 

Some dogs–especially some herding breeds–are likely to run in circles or ovals during much of their wild race. 

Others look like a pinball in a pinball machine, bouncing wildly back-and-forth around the room. 

Some dogs may briefly settle, then start up again. 

Most usually eventually crash, out of breath, and relax. 

Some may even take a nap after darting around.

What You Can Do Regarding the Zoomies

Generally, as long as your dog is safe, you should just let him release his energy and have fun.

1. Keep you and your dog safe

Make sure that he can’t get hurt in the area that he’s in. 

If it’s inside, make sure that he can’t fall down steps. You can block them with a dog gate. 

Ensure that there are no sharp edges or things that he can knock over.

Secure any moveable rugs and keep him away from slippery floors. 

Make sure that he doesn’t zoom while off-leash if he’s not in a secure location like a fenced yard.

If you have more than one dog, make sure that the other dog tolerates his friend zooming. 

If, for example, you have a young dog who zooms and a senior who would rather take it easy, try to have the senior out of the area when your Energizer puppy gets his burst of energy. 

You don’t want one dog to overwhelm the other or for a fight to occur.

When my Aussie mix Millie was a puppy, I knew that she would regularly have nighttime zoomies. 

So I kept my 16-year-old rescued shih tzu Trevor, who was losing his eyesight, out of the room at that time.

It’s important too to make sure that your dog doesn’t overheat when he’s outside zooming in warm weather. 

If he starts, call him over to you and take him inside. Of course, praise him and give him irresistible, yummy treats when he reaches you.

2. Don’t play chase with your dog

If you join into the fun and run after your dog, he’ll be likely to run away. After all, he’ll think that you’re playing too. 

But chasing him can make him more reckless and cause him to run into objects trying to get away. 

And he may become overheated because his “off switch” to stop zooming won’t work.

Chasing him can also harm your recall because he’ll be used to running away from you.

3. Teach obedience commands–especially a reliable recall

When your dog starts his crazy, frenetic running around, it’s crucial that he comes back to you when you call him. It’s for his own safety. 

Even in a fenced yard or a “puppy-proofed” room, there’s still potential danger. 

Someone may walk into the room and, without meaning to, your excited canine can knock her over. 

Or he may actually be bounding from the chair to the table and potentially be injured. 

Or he may overheat. This is especially true in warm weather or if he’s a brachycephalic dog with a short muzzle like a shih tzu, bulldog, pug, or French bulldog.

So praise him and make it a party when he comes to you. 

You have to be more exciting than what’s happening around him to make him want to come to you. Give him great treats–a jackpot (a few treats in a row). 

PRO-TRAINER TIP: Have a supply of great, yummy treats that your dog can’t resist ready as a reward. They should be small, no larger than a pea. Always have your reward treats ready before giving your obedience cue.

Other important commands to teach your dog are a “settle” cue and other impulse-control exercises such as wait, sit/stay, and down/stay.

4. Have him chase you

Run the other way. Make him want to come to you. 

Say “Whee” or whistle as you move away. Make it a fun game. 

Praise and give him great treats when he comes to you.

5. Redirect him to play

If your dog loves to chase toys, teach him a “fetch” cue. 

Then, when his wild, crazy zoomies take over, throw a favorite to and tell him to “fetch.” Praise and reward when he retrieves it. 

The reward can be a treat or even another game of fetch if he finds that to be very rewarding.

6. Exercise your dog physically and mentally

If your pup is alone too much during the day, have a trusted friend or hire someone to walk him and play with him during the day.

This way he won’t have so much pent-up energy at night.

When my dogs don’t get enough exercise during the day, they’re much more likely to do zoomies at night. 

After all, I have some very energetic breeds–shelties, an Aussie mix, and a golden. 

But even Lhasa apso Ralphie will be bouncy and run around if he hasn’t had enough exercise during the day.

Mental stimulation is as important as physical exercise is. 

Of course obedience training helps. You can also use activity toys to help tire your pup out mentally. 

One of the most basic is an Extreme Kong. Make sure that you get the right size for your pup. I fill it with a pate-type dog food and freeze it overnight.

There are so many other puzzle toys. 

The Kong Wobbler is a favorite as is the Bob-a-Lot which is like the Wobbler but you can make it more difficult for the kibble to fall out than you can with the Wobbler.

More complicated puzzle toys and a snuffle mat will help stretch his imagination. 

Just be sure that someone observes your dog so that he doesn’t chew on the toy.

7. Get professional help if needed

Zoomies are normal. But constant zoomies or zoomies that last too long aren’t. 

A couple of zoomies are usually fine. But if your dog zooms all night, be concerned. 

Also, be wary if a zoomie regularly lasts more than a few minutes. 

Sometimes zoomies may last longer, but if they always do, get professional help. 

This is especially true if you can’t redirect your dog to a toy or recall to you. 

They may indicate that your dog is compulsively zooming. With any compulsive behavior, you need to get help as soon as possible. 

A veterinary behaviorist should be able to evaluate your dog’s behavior and direct you regarding what you should do.

What NOT To Do: Don’t Try This at Home

There are some things that can be detrimental and even dangerous and should be avoided. 

1. Don’t harshly or physically try to stop the zoomies

If you try to grab or hold your dog, both of you may be physically injured. 

And it could teach your dog to avoid you in other circumstances or even to become aggressive.

Also, don’t spray him with water, throw something, or make a scary noise in an attempt to stop him. 

They’re abusive actions and can have other negative repercussions such as fear issues. 

Remember: zoomies are normal. 

Only be concerned if your dog compulsively engages in them. Then get the appropriate help from a veterinary behaviorist. 

2. Don’t have your dog off-leash in an unsafe area if he’s likely to zoom

I’ve dealt with this briefly above but can’t stress this enough. 

Even if your dog normally has a reliable recall, if he starts zooming all bets are off and he can become injured or worse. 

He won’t think about the dangers that traffic or other risky things pose. 

I take my dogs off-lead in various places because I show them in obedience and they have to be reliable in all settings. 

But I first work with them on a long-line in each setting so I can safely test their reliability in obeying commands before going off-lead. 

FAQs

Is my doing being bad or defiant when he runs around in a crazy, unsettled manner in the evening?

No! Zoomies are natural. He’s just releasing excessive, pent-up energy.

Should I correct my dog from zooming around?

No! Zoomies are normal behavior. You can redirect him to other activities after he’s released his energy for a couple of minutes.

Call him to you and reward him for coming. Play a game of fetch.

Help! My dog’s alone all day and acts crazy when I come home. What should I do?

Try to have a trusted friend or hired pet sitter exercise him physically and mentally during the day.

Does your dog go crazy in the evening?

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Unlikely Animal Friendships That Make Your Heart Melt

We are used to crossing the interspecies boundary when it comes to us and our pets – though we aren’t the only other creatures dogs and cats can open their hearts too. Here are a bunch of unlikely, and incredibly heartwarming BFFs. 

 

The Elephant and the Labrador 
 

 

Bubbles the elephant and Bella the Labrador Retriever love nothing more than to go for walks together and go for long swims. They call the Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina home and are a popular attraction. The 9000 pound elephant and dog met when Bella was abandoned by a contractor hired to build Bubbles a new swimming pool. They have been inseparable ever since. 
 

 

The Fox and the Hound
 

Right out of a Disney movie, Sniffer the red fox and Tinni the dog are best buddies. Torgeir Berge, Tinni’s owner, has used the popularity of the odd couple through Facebook to start a campaign against the fur trade. They recently also had a song written about them by Berit Helberg. 
 

 

 

The Cat and the Dolphins 

Arthur the cat and the dolphins Thunder and Shiloh became fast friends when they met at Islamorada Marine Park. The dolphins nuzzled him while Arthur pawed at their noses. Aww! 

 

 

 

The Kitten and the Iguana

 

Found in a dumpster, the kitten Ash was adopted by a man named James when he heard about her plight. James’ red iguana Captain became about as fond of Ash as her new owner and now they are the best of friends. 
 

 

 

The Cat and the Ducklings
 

Sadly, mother-cat Hiroko lost her kittens. When her owner accidentally shut her in the room where he had left his two recently hatched spot-billed ducklings, Hiroko decided to make them her new ‘kittens’ and now grooms and coddles them as if they were her own litter.  

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Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cheese?

Can Guinea pigs eat cheese safely? Guinea pigs are by far one of the most popular pocket pets. Who can resist feeding these cute little friends a treat like delicious cheese. Guinea pigs should not eat cheese, or any dairy products of any kind. Dr. Jess explains why you should not feed your pet cheese, and alternative foods that they can safely eat instead, below in this article:

A guinea pig is a pocket pet that is a part of the cavie family of animals, weighs up to 2.5 pounds as an adult, and with proper care, can fairly commonly be seen to live to 8 – 10 years of age.

What Do Guinea Pigs Typically Eat?

Guinea Pigs eat a variety of things to keep them healthy and happy.

  • High-quality guinea pig food and Timothy hay should be the main staples of their diet.
  • Up to about 10% of their diet can be made up of an assortment of vegetables and fruits, with fruits and vegetables over 12-24 hours old being discarded as soon as possible.
  • They require 30 – 50 mg of vitamin C daily from their diet, either in their guinea pig food, a vitamin supplement, or from fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C. I’ll get to this more here in a sec…
  • Guinea pigs do best with diets low in fats and sugars.
  • Clean, fresh, filtered, chlorine-free water. ‘Fresh water‘ means that is is changed daily. ‘Changed daily‘ means that new water is placed into a CLEAN water dispenser!

Let’s Talk Cheese Please!

Cheese is a popular dairy product that is produced from milk. This milk usually comes from cows, goats, or sheep.

There are over 1,000 different cheeses found throughout the world with different shapes, sizes, textures, hardnesses, flavors, and uses.

Milk is turned into what we know as cheese, typically by acidifying milk, causing a certain protein in the milk, named casein, to coagulate and curdle, and is formed into shapes that we are familiar with cheese having when we buy it at the store.

Many times, spices such as garlic, rosemary, or pepper, are added to the cheese for an extra added flavor.

Some cheeses need more aging time than others.

Some cheeses are better at melting and being ooey-gooey-stringy cheese, while others are harder to melt and tend to stay in their cheese-shaped form.

Cheese Nutrition:

Wikipedia states:

“The nutritional value of cheese varies widely. Cottage cheese may consist of 4% fat and 11% protein while some whey cheeses are 15% fat and 11% protein, and triple-crème cheeses are 36% fat and 7% protein.  In general, cheese is a rich source (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV) of calcium, protein, phosphorus, sodium and saturated fat.”

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Full of Important Vitamins and Minerals:

Cheeses contain calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin, zinc, as well as other minerals. Your pet’s body would not work properly or stay healthy without these essential nutrients.

Vitamins A, B12, D, and K are found in cheeses. These vitamins help with everything from great eyesight, to healthy bones, and even the foundation of blood clotting within the body.

Great Source of Fat and Protein:

Your guinea pig does need fat and protein in their diet to maintain a healthy body system. Cheese contains a decent amount of both of these nutrients.

Do Guinea Pigs Like Cheese?

Yes some definitely do!

Cheese can be like potato chips to guinea pigs! Delicious little snacks!

But cheese can be harmful to some pets. Is it toxic to guinea pigs too?

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Cheese?

Well after learning about some of the health benefits of cheese brings, wouldn’t it be nice to know if you could safely feed it to your guinea pig?

Well, you should never feed your guinea pig any dairy products, including cheeses.

That’s right, even feeding a small amount of cheese as a treat to your guinea pig can have dire consequences because the guinea pig’s digestive system is not set up to be able to digest dairy of any kind.

Is Cheese Harmful to Guinea Pigs?

Yes, cheese can be harmful in a few possible ways.

Cheese, and all other dairy products, cannot be digested in the guinea pig’s digestive system.

Feeding them dairy products can lead to a multitude of problems including things like dehydration and electrolyte imbalances that could impart a trip to the veterinary clinic for your pocket pet vet to fix. There are other issues as well.

These three factors to keep in mind include:

Harmful Reason #1: Loose Stool/Diarrhea

Too much of any dairy product can produce hypermotile, or increased movement, of the pet’s digestive tract.

Some guinea pigs are more sensitive to additional foods or changes in their diets, so they are more likely to have loose stool and in some cases, full-blown diarrhea.

Other guinea pigs will not be impacted by any additional changes in their diets.

Harmful Reason #2: Allergic Reaction to Cheese

A guinea pig can develop an intolerance or an allergy to any food, so there is always the possibility that your pet is allergic to cheese.

If you suspect your guinea pig is allergic to cheese do NOT feed this food to your pet.

If your guinea pig is allergic to cheese and accidentally ingests it, go to your nearest animal emergency room immediately.

When this happens, the attack sets off a hypersensitivity reaction and can result in any of the following symptoms:

Common symptoms of adverse/allergic reaction to food:

  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Itching/Increased grooming
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • etc.

ALTERNATIVE FRUITS FOR GUINEA PIGS:

Wrap up:

Feeding your guinea pig cheese of any kind is a bad idea.

If you have questions about your pet’s diet, contact your veterinarian before changing or adding items to their diet.

If you notice any adverse reactions after feeding your pet, let your vet know immediately for help.

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