Thursday, January 31, 2013

7 Signs That Your Dog Is In Pain

Photo via Freeloosedirt
Knowing when your dog is feeling pain is important to their health and quality of life. It's critical to be able to read your dog and know when something isn't quite right. Dogs can't speak human after all.

It's also an important skill to know if a dog is in pain when working in the field of veterinary medicine. It can be tricky with some dogs and easier with others to decide whether or not they are feeling painful and knowing exactly where the pain is coming from. Here are 7 symptoms of pain in dogs that can help you better identify what your pet is going through. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Dogs on the Furniture

Shiner is allowed on the furniture and I know that she wouldn't have it any other way. I usually say "carpet" if I want her to get down from the couch or the bed. Sometimes she listens since she's a pretty stubborn dog. Her favorite place on the couch is on top of the arm or the very back on top of all the pillows. It's a little odd since she's a 55 lb. pit bull.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Award Ceremony

I feel like lately, I've been hoarding quite a bit of awards that have been given to me. Yes, hoarding I think is definitely the correct term for it! I apologize to everyone for not announcing all the kind awards that have been bestowed upon my blog. I appreciate all of them and want to thank everyone officially for them. I've been trying to keep track of them, and hope I haven't left anyone out!

Reality Blog Award

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Share the Love Valentine's Day Fundraiser

There are so many creative pet bloggers out there who come up with great ways to help out pets in need. Many pet blogs that I visit have come up with interesting ways to fund-raise for animal rescues and charities. This has always been particularly inspiring for me, but I've never been able to come up with any fundraising ideas myself -- until a few weeks ago.

I sparked an idea  that has inspired me to start a Valentine's Day fundraising project. I've decided to call it the "Share the Love" project. On Valentine's Day, people give candies, flowers, and cards to their loved ones to show them how much they care. This Valentine's Day, I would like to offer my readers the chance to be able to help out a pet rescue or charity that they care about. Here are the details...

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday Photohunt: Knitted

Today's photohunt word is "knitted". I don't really know how to knit and can't think of anything that I own that was knitted, so I unfortunately cannot share a photo that I took myself. But, this word did make me think of something I saw while browsing some blogs the other day. I pinned it to my Guinea Pig board on Pinterest since it's cute.

I was at The Doggie Stylish Blog and saw this DIY Pattern to knit a sweater for your guinea pig. I'm not sure  how many guinea pigs like the idea of wearing a garish (VBP) sweater. I'm sure guinea pigs everywhere are ready to trounce (VBP) their owners for even thinking of taking up knitting.

                                                                          Source: via Ann on Pinterest

Friday, January 25, 2013

Someone's a Little Crabby...

Sometimes our pets get a little crabby, but how do they show it? Well, sugar gliders show it by "crabbing". Crabbing is a noise that these little guys make when they aren't too happy about something. It's a pretty startling noise that I can't describe very well. It kind of sounds like an angry swarm of bees. You just have to hear it to see what I'm talking about. Here's a video ~

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hoo-Ray for Hoo-Rags

Last week, Shiner had the opportunity to review a product that neither of us had ever heard of before -- the Hoo-Rag. What's a Hoo-Rag? Well, it's a multi-purpose bandana for people or even dogs to wear. It's made out of a cotton-polyester blended micro-fiber material that is very lightweight, soft, and stretchy. The nice people who make Hoo-Rags sent some over for me and Shiner to test out.

Shiner's in modeling mode!
The first Hoo-Rag that we tried out was obviously designed with dogs in mind. It's got cute little dog bones all over it as you can see in the picture. I think the colors in this one go well with Shiner's fur. What do you think?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Play Time!

Nibblet had some good play time earlier this week. She likes to scamper around on one of the kitchen counters while I do housework and other stuff. This isn't the counter I prepare food on by the way. It just houses some kitchen appliance and other miscellaneous items. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Repeated Urethral Blockage in Male Cats: There's a Surgery for That

Male cats are more susceptible to urethral blockages than female cats. Whether the blockage is from urinary crystals or bladder stones. This is because a male cat's urethra is much longer and more narrow. The common term used for a urethral blockage is "blocked".

It is thought that cats sometimes get urinary crystals from poor diets, which cause their urine to have an improper pH balance and have high alkaline levels. After the urethral blockage is removed, a cat should be placed on special prescription diet to help maintain the pH balance of his urine and prevent future urethral blockages.

Photo via wolfsavard

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Pit Bull Puppy Named Shiner

Today, I'm joining Ray Ray's Gotcha Day Blog Hop hosted by Ray and his mom from A Peace-a-Bull Assembly. This Blog Hop is to celebrate sweet little Ray's Gotcha Day. If you'd like to join it's not too late! Just share your gotcha day story and link up to the blog hop! Happy Gotcha Day Ray!

I've never really shared any of Shiner's history on my blog so I thought this would be the perfect time to do so. Her Gotcha Day is May 3, 2003. I have never really celebrated her Gotcha Day, but we have celebrated her estimated birthday. I designated her birth date as March 3, 2003. It's coming up pretty soon! And Shiner will be 10 years old - wow! She doesn't seem that old at all to me. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Saturday Photohunt: Minuscule Lizard

One of the definitions of the word "minuscule" (yes, this is proper spelling according to the dictionary) is "very small". These minuscule (VBP) lizards live all around my house. They are called anoles and can change colors from green to brown. I guess this one decided he wanted to be brown for the moment. 

Anole Lizard

Friday, January 18, 2013

Hay Is Not Just for Horses

Chinchilla. Photo: Justin Qian
So I'm pretty sure all of you are aware that horses and cows eat hay. But did you know that there are lots of other domestic pets that eat hay as well? Hay is a vital part to many small mammal's diets. Some reptiles even eat it. Therefore, hay is not just for horses, but rather a wide variety of pets.

Pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, prairie dogs, and even some types of tortoises all need hay in their diet. It is important to their health in more than one way.

The small mammals on the list need to eat hay for a variety of reasons. First of all, the hay helps keep their teeth worn down. Rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and prairie dogs' teeth continuously grow throughout their life. By chewing on hay all day long, their teeth are worn down and are less likely to cause these pets any trouble. These small mammals should always have timothy hay available to them to munch on.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

How to Express Your Dog's Anal Glands

Photo: Brambleberries Photography
One popular question asked by pet owners to me was always "How do I express my dog's anal glands?". It always came from the clients I would least expect to be willing to do this dirty task themselves, and after I showed them they were usually back in a month or so for another anal gland expression. Most people are willing to pay the $10-$30 fee to have this done at their vet's office or grooming facility. But, there are some who want to know how to do it themselves.

I've decided to write a little how-to for anyone who was ever interested in learning how to express their dog's anal glands. But first, a little more information on anal glands.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: The Girls Have Found Their Dates!

Yesterday, I asked if anyone would be interested taking Nibblet and/or Shiner to Mollie & Ranger's Valentine's Day Ball. Luckily, we got a couple of replies and are happy to accept the offers. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Shiner & Nibblet Are Looking for Some Handsome Boys!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I purchased my own domain name on Sunday night! Now you can find Pawsitively Pets at! I am not changing my feed, so if you are already subscribed, you don't need to re-subscribe. And if anyone has any good tips for switching from a blogspot site to your own domain, I'm all ears!

Also, I wanted to thank everyone for being so patient with me while I have been trying to find the perfect look for Pawsitively Pets. I am a perfectionist, so I have been playing with some changes to the blog a lot lately. I am pretty sure that this is the look I am going to stick with for awhile. At least I hope!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Happy Dress Up Your Pet Day!

I'm sure pets everywhere are hiding after reading the title of this post. January 14th is Dress Up Your Pet Day. Where do people come up with this stuff anyways? Oh well, no matter. It's also Meowtastic Monday here at Pawsitively Pets, so please enjoy this cat fashion show! 

Rocker Kitty
Photo via

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Finn McCool the Magic Leprechaun Cat: Author of Irish Holiday Fairy Tales

Have you ever heard of such a thing as a magic leprechaun cat? I hadn't until I was granted the wonderful opportunity to review a charming book written by one. His name is Finn McCool and he's a ginger tabby leprechaun cat.

The book is called "Irish Holiday Fairy Tales" and features three whimsical short stories written by Finn himself. Irish Holiday Fairy Tales is published on high quality glossy paper and has some wonderful illustrations by Cheyenne Booker.

The short stories included in the book include tales from St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, and Christmas. I will admit that I am not a buff when it comes to Irish history and traditions. In fact, after reading Irish Holiday Fairy Tales, I realize how little I actually know about the Irish. I learned so much just from reading Finn McCool's stories! Finn also adds a fun twist to the stories by adding in some magic leprechaun cats, all of whom are his distant Irish relatives.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Saturday Photohunt: Party Rat!

Nibblet sure knows how to keep the party going... This is the second time I've caught her ready to CELEBRATE! That's right - today's Saturday Photohunt theme is "Celebrate". 

What is Nibblet celebrating? Well, she mentioned that she is celebrating the fact that she will NOT be celebrating Dress Up Your Pet Day this coming Monday. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Show Dog Toys from Kidz Entertainment Inc.

Not long ago, I was the lucky winner of a toy package from Kidz Entertainment Inc. in a giveaway that was hosted by Come Wag Along. Thanks so much to Kidz Entertainment Inc. and Simba and his mom, Kia, at Come Wag Along! The package included a Show Dog book, Show Dog coloring book, and a Show Dog puzzle.

As you all may know, I have an 8 year old daughter named Lily. These books and the puzzle are just perfect for her and she was very excited when they came in the mail. I told her when I won the giveaway, so she was looking forward to receiving her "prize" in the mail.

When our package arrived, she went straight for the Show Dog book and started reading it. The book is written in song and actually comes with a music CD. At the end of the book is sheet music for the song. Each page has brightly illustrated pictures of different dog breeds with special facts about them. She told me that her favorites were the Doberman Pinscher and Pomeranian.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Veterinary Medical Terminology 101: Purulent

A pussy cat with a purulent abcess. Photo: Zemlinki!
For some reason, purulent is just one of those words that gets my tongue tied. I never feel like I'm pronouncing it properly and I feel like I just can't say it the right way. Purulent is pronounced pyoo-ruh-luhnt and it's definition is the following according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

"Containing, consisting of, or being pus."

OK, so I apologize for the gross word today but this is one word that a lot of people are unsure about. How so? Let me explain a little bit. 

When I was new to the world of Veterinary Medicine, I would occasionally come across a patient who might have an abcess or sore of some type. Pus is a regular occurrence at a vet hospital. One day, while trying to write down my description of a patient's wound in their medical file, I became stumped. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Steroid Induced Diabetes In Cats

Diabetes mellitus is a common medical condition that can affect cats. Some cats just have the right genes for it. Others may be at risk due to their weight and diet. But were you aware that cats can actually come down with diabetes after receiving steroid treatments?

There are many cats out there who are plagued with itchy skin due to allergies. Many vets today are more cautious with their use of steroids in feline patients, but sometimes they may feel that steroids are necessary. In a cat with horribly itchy skin, a steroid injection could be recommended for relief. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Spotlight Sunday: Picaroon the Lovebird - Feathered Therapy Pet

Did you know that pets can help put you in a better mood, reduce blood pressure, help with feelings of loneliness, and even reduce a person's stress level? There are many animals who have taken on the role of "therapy pets" to help people with special needs. I recently heard of one pet in particular who's story piqued my interest.

Picaroon the Lovebird - Member of Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services. 

Her name is Picaroon the Lovebird and she's the first avian therapy pet that I have ever heard of. As soon as I read her story, I knew that I wanted to share it. Picaroon, whose name means "scoundrel" in pirate slang, came to her mom, Kymi, the day after Kymi's dog had lost his battle with lymphoma. Picaroon was found by Kymi's neighbor flying around outside and her previous owner was never found. So now she has lived with her new mom, Kymi, since 2012.

Here's Picaroon's heart-touching story of how she found her mom:

Saturday, January 5, 2013

National Bird Day

January 5th is National Bird Day! What exactly is National Bird Day? According to, the following points are the reason for creating this day:

  • Birds have been a source of inspiration to human beings for a very long time.
  • 12% of the world's 9,800 species of birds face extinction. This includes 33% of the world's parrot species. 
  • Birds serve as a valuable alert system in detecting global environmental changes. 
  • Many parrots and songbirds face extinction due to illegal pet trade, disease, and habitat loss. 
  • Raising public awareness and educating people about physical and behavioral needs of pet birds can help improve the welfare of millions of birds who are kept in captivity. 
  • The survival of the world's birds depends upon educating others and supporting bird habitat conservation. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Best Informative Pet Blog Award 2012 and More!

I was honored to have received such a beautiful trophy from my pal Willow the Hamster and her mom, Hannah, over at Animal Tails. It even has a cute red carpet to go with it!

Hannah and Willow had a "Blog of the Year Award Ceremony 2012" over at Animal Tails and they selected Pawsitively Pets to win the "Best Informative Pet Blog Award" for 2012! You can click here to see the rest of the awards that they handed out. Hannah's comment about choosing Pawsitively Pets as the winner for this category in her awards ceremony:

"I don't have any runners-up for this award, because personally I thought this blog won hands down."

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Top 10 Most Dog Friendly U.S. Cities

I found this infographic the other day and just knew that Austin, TX had to be on the list. And it most certainly is! I am from Austin, TX and it happens to be the 3rd most dog friendly city in the United States! Austinites love two things the most - music and dogs!

I know a couple of my blogging friends live in some of the other cities listed as well!

Lulu and her mom Christie from Life With Beagle live in Orlando and they write about a lot of interesting things that go on there. Gizmo from Terrier Torrent lives near Orlando too and he always has a lot of exciting adventures around the area. Athena from Pitlandia lives in Portland where she gets to live the pampered pooch life!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: My Silly Dog

I made this music video of Shiner about a year ago. I had a lot of fun making it and think I need to make another one soon! Enjoy!

Thanks to BlogPaws for hosting this blog hop! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The 10 Coolest Pets With Blogs In 2012

Happy 2013 everyone! Hope your new year has started off on the right foot today. Lately, I have been seeing all of these really neat infographics. I asked myself, why not just make my own cool infographic? So, that is exactly what I did! I have created an infographic with the 10 coolest pets with blogs in 2012. The infographic looks a little busy to me, but there were so many cool pets that I wanted to include. Unfortunately, I couldn't include everyone that I wanted to. All of these pets have something special - attitude, heart, cuteness, humor... the list goes on and on! Here are 10 cool pets that blog! 

I'd love to know what you think of my creation! If you'd like to share this infographic, please be my guest as long as you give credit back to me. Below is a list of links to all of the blogs listed... what are you waiting for? Go check out these super cool pets!

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