February 18, 2012

Pet Friendly Washington

Filed under: Pet Fun — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 1:36 am

Presidential Pets If you thought the Commander and Chief of the Western world is above having an animal companion running around the White House, think again. There is an old adage: “If you need a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Presidents and their pets are just as common as presidential aides. Creatures ranging from mice to bears have called the White House their home. In this blog post we’ll take a look at some of the more well known pet stories from the Capital.

Many, many animals that can walk, crawl, or fly (into a building the size of it) has inhabited the White House and some point or another. Presidents don’t mess around when it comes to their animals. Claire McLean, founder of the Presidential Pet Museum in Lothian, Maryland, reports that the White House has been home to over 400 different types of animals over the years.

Teddy Roosevelt once captured a young lion and, true to his name, several bear cubs and turned them loose on the grounds. Pretty impressively, John Q. Adams raised silkworms, which he apparently used to gather the silk required for his wife’s inaugural gown. Roosters were popular during the William McKinley years; Herbert Hoover had a possum; and Calvin Coolidge had a raccoon named Rebecca who he walked on a leash. Andrew Johnson, during his impeachment trial (for which he was acquitted by a single vote) allegedly started caring for a family of mice.

With all the stress that can come from leading a country, having the calming effect of animals in your life to counterbalance things makes a lot of sense. Calvin Coolidge thought so; he had 29 pets. Theodore Roosevelt had 50 or more.

Reportedly John F. Kenney would seek some shelter from the stressed of the job by visiting the animals in the children’s play wing. These animals included lambs, ponies, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, parakeets, a canary, a cat, a rabbit, and a horse—perhaps Kennedy was onto something.

The newest addition to the White House is the Obama’s male Portuguese Water Dog, Bo, who has been colloquially named the ‘First Dog.’

The Washington Post’s Manuel Roig-Franzia, who was granted exclusive initial access to Bo for the print media, described the puppy: “Bo’s a handsome little guy. Well suited for formal occasions at the White House, he’s got tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee.”

The next time the President’s finger is on the button, and the nation is looking to him to guidance, keep in mind that the President might just be looking that special someone wagging their tail at his (or hers) side.

May 24, 2011

Facts About Pets

Filed under: Pet Health — Tags: , , — 1st Pet Naturals @ 12:43 am

Learn Pet FactsThere are many facts about pets that you may have thought to be true but they may not be! Whether it’s from your friend or a neighbor, you may never know if those facts are true. There are many outrageous beliefs that seem believable but turn out to be false. It is best to know not than wait for something bad to happen! Here are a few facts you may have not completely understood.

Understanding your dog’s nose – A warm nose does not mean your dog is sick. If your dog has a moist nose, it could be from recently drinking water. If your canine friend has a warm nose, it could be from having their nose in a warm area. If you’re looking for signs of illnesses in your dog, look for a change in appetite, vomiting, or diarrhea. If your dogs nose changes color or in texture then it’s time to see your veterinarian.

Neutering and spaying pets – Having your pet spayed or neutered will not make them gain a large amount of weight. When your pet is neutered, it slows down their metabolism which creates a greater risk of weight gain. With a proper diet and good food, this weight gain can be avoided. Also, there are no other changes with having pets neutered besides a slight decrease in energy in male dogs.

Dog years – Despite what many people think, one human year does not equal to seven dog years. All dogs age differently depending on their size and breed. Smaller breeds tend to have a longer life span than larger breeds. A dog that has the right diet and right life style can live for more years than expected. If you want to know how old your dog may be, look for a dog years chart for an approximate age.

Cats and milk – Although cats drinking milk seems natural, pets should not be drinking milk. Cats and dogs both do not have the ability to break down lactose correctly. Drinking milk can cause a pet to vomit and suffer from diarrhea. Most pets are attracted to moving water so if you want to keep your pet hydrated, let them drink from the tap or from a fountain.

Doggy kisses – Your canine friend may be showing you love but not in a way that you love. Mouth bacteria from a dog are fine and are typically not harmful but the tongue is a mystery as to where it had been and what is on it. Your dog has been outside sniffing the dirt, licking the grass, and other areas you want to avoid. It is possible for humans to suffer salmonella poisoning from a lick to the face from a dog. If you want to be on the safe side, brush your dog’s teeth regularly or give them dog dental treats to keep it clean of bacteria.

Cats always land on their feet – Despite what you have heard, sadly it is not true. Cats can land on their feet for short distances but keep an eye on where your cat jumps from otherwise it can be seriously injured.

Tails are complicated emotions – When your dog’s tail is wagging, it may not always be because they are happy. A wagging tail could mean anything from excitement to fear. When a dog’s tail is lowered, it may mean they are in a calm state. If their tail starts to go between their hind legs, it may be a sign that your dog is upset or afraid.

February 16, 2011

Living In An Apartment, Wanting A Pet?

Filed under: Cat Breed,Dog Breed — Tags: , , , — 1st Pet Naturals @ 11:31 pm

Pet Living in ApartmentFinding the perfect pet takes a lot more than just looking for the cutest one. It takes a lot of time and consideration as you want to find the one that will suit your lifestyle. For those of you who live in an apartment and would love the company of a pet, here are a few tips in picking “the one”. These tips can help you find a pet that makes you happy, your landlord calm, and gives your neighbors peace.

Living in an apartment with a pet requires special considerations for both the pet and owner. For example, some landlords have a specific guideline to pet ownership. Some landlords do not allow their tenants to have pets in their suites, whereas others require a security deposit also known as a pet rent. So make sure you know what your landlord expects if he or she allow pets.

It is also crucial that your new pet matches your lifestyle and living environment. Sometimes, having a dog that is still potty training alone in the apartment is not the best idea. And it probably won’t make the landlord very happy either. Some pets require more attention than others.You need a pet that suits your lifestyle which means if you work long hours, you need to find a pet that does not require much attention. Regarding the living environment, some landlords allow their tenants to have a pet, but a certain size.  So selecting a certain pet is extremely crucial as you can tell. You must find the pet that suits your life style, and also meets the requirements your landlord put in place for pets.

If you have an animal, you most likely know that it requires a lot of space. Small dogs like terriers or beagles have high energy, which means they like to move around a lot. So a good amount of space is necessary for a happy pet. Make sure that if you do live in an apartment, you get a dog that does not hate to be isolated. Also note that once you find the perfect pet, keep notice of any changes in your pets behavior. Sometimes if you notice your pet is isolating their self from you, something completely new, they could be suffering from a condition, or pet depression. Also note that once you find the perfect pet, keep notice of any changes in your pets behavior. This change you notice in your pet could be linked to a condition your pet is suffering with. There are many pet medication options for your companion to treat pet depression or any other pet medical conditions.

Caring for a pet is a lot of responsibility as you have to meet their needs, and care for them to survive. Pets need space and room to grow, which is why it is necessary to find the proper accommodations. So for those of you who live in an apartment and want a pet, follow the guidelines listed above, and I’m sure you will enjoy having the company of a pet.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.