5 Reasons to Adopt a Mutt

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When you’re ready to welcome a new pup into your family, your first step may be to start researching which breed is right for you. But before you give that breeder a call, consider these five reasons to adopting a mutt.

Mutts Usually Have Fewer Health Problems

You probably know that dog breeds are man-made. After many years of selective breeding for certain personality or physical traits, we ended up with our corgis, collies, cocker spaniels, and so on. But did you know that to achieve those genetic traits, early breeders often resorted to inbreeding their dogs? As a result, many pure breeds have genes that increase the likelihood of developing certain health problems. And some breeds—like modern bulldogs—are all but guaranteed to come with a host of health issues.

Mutts on the other hand? With a more diverse gene pool, many mutts often avoid the issues that plague pure breeds.

It’s Way Cheaper

Have you looked into buying from a breeder lately? Did you come away with sticker shock? It’s not uncommon for breeders to charge upwards of $1000 for a purebred puppy, and some breeds sell for even more. Buying from a reputable breeder is always better than saving money at a pet store, where your puppy may have been sourced from a puppy mill, but you have another option.

Adoption fees at shelters and rescues usually max out around $250 and are often even lower, especially if you’re not adopting a purebred. And there’s a whole lot included in that price; your pet will usually come spayed or neutered and up-to-date on all of his shots.

Mutts Are Just as Smart

It’s a total myth that purebred dogs are smarter than their mutt counterparts. Sure, some breeds like German shepherds are known for being particularly intelligent, but that doesn’t mean that a mixed breed dog can’t be just as brainy. The tricks and commands a dog is able to perform have a lot more to do with training than with breed.

You Can Still Get the Traits You’re Looking For

Do you want a golden retriever for its family-friendliness? A poodle for its hypoallergenic fur? You can still find these qualities in a mutt. Workers at humane societies and rescues usually know their dogs really, really well. Let them know you’re looking for—whether it’s a medium-sized dog that doesn’t shed, a dog with enough energy to be your jogging partner, or a puppy that’s great with kids and cats—and they’ll point you to the right pooch.

You’ll Save a Life

No one likes to think about it, but a lot of dogs are euthanized in shelters and pounds every year—anywhere from 600,000 to 1.2 million. And most of these guys are put down simply because nobody chose to take them home.

When you choose to adopt a mixed breed, you’re giving a home to a dog who might not have made it without you. No amount of American Kennel Club papers can replace that feeling.

Don’t get us wrong—we love purebred dogs, and we’re thankful for every family that buys from quality breeders instead of supporting puppy mills. But we also know that mutts have a lot to offer. They may not come with fancy papers or a genealogy, but they do come with a lot of love—and, in the end, isn’t that the point of having a dog?

Top 8 Things Your Pet Does That Creeps You Out

Top 8 Things Your Pet Does That Creeps You Out

If you have a pet, then you know just how weird animals can be. Pets come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from furry friends to scaley companions, and at the end of the day, they all have actions that outright creep us out. Here are the top 9 things your pet does that creeps you out:

 

Acts Strange Before Bad Weather

 

Your cat or dog might start acting a little sheepish or even go and hide. Maybe they yowl while they hide, or maybe they stay close to you. Then, the weather gets bad. Nope, it’s not a coincidence! Some animals are sensitive to drops in barometric pressure, so if your pet starts to act bad, a storm might just be brewing.

 

 

Gives You a Death Stare for No Reason

 

You’re sitting on the couch or sitting down for a meal, and you notice your pet staring at you – for no apparent reason. There’s no real reason why our pets do it, but yet there could be a few reasons. While it seems creepy to us, they might simply be trying to get our attention.

 

Stares at You While You’re Waking

 

You wake up from a nap or a good night’s sleep, and as soon as your eyes open up you see your pet right beside you, staring at you. Yes, our pets show affection in weird ways, and this might just be one of the creepiest things they do. Sometimes, they’re just waiting for us to wake up or take them on a morning stroll.

 

 

Knows When You’re Sick

 

Ever notice your pet get a little clingy when you aren’t feeling great? Well, that’s because pets simply know when you aren’t feeling good. If you’re a little under the weather, whether it’s physically apparent or not, don’t be surprised if your pet tries to cuddle with you a little extra.

 

 

Brings You Dead Animals for Trophies

 

You open the door to find your cat has dropped a dead snake or bird right there for you. It might seem weird, gross, and creepy, but it’s just your pet’s way of saying they love you.

 

 

Talking to Thin Air

 

Ever see your pet staring at absolutely nothing? Sometimes our pets like to stare at “nothing”, and sometimes they like to meow and bark at “nothing”, too. While it’s likely they saw or heard something that we didn’t, it doesn’t make it any less creepy. Especially when it’s in the middle of the night!

 

Licks You

 

Your pet ever come up to you and just start licking you? It’s a little overbearing and a bit creepy, but it’s just one way our pets show affection. Plus, they like the taste of our skin. Weird.

 

Pets are amazing companions with their own unique personalities. No two pets are alike! The truth is that they will all do some creepy things sometimes, but we love them just the same. Even when they do odd things, they usually have reasons we just can’t seem to understand.

Adopt Black Cats- 4 Facts about Cats You May Not Know!

Happy October everyone! Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to talk about black cats! Our furry feline friends make great pets for all age groups. However, black cats have a bad rap starting back as far as 1232 AD. During this time Pope Gregory IX penned a document that claims black cats as an “incarnation of Satan.” This belief spread and was perpetuated over many years, even being associated in the Salem Witch Trials.

 

Due to black cats being associated with bad luck, they are not frequently adopted like their lighter counterparts. In fact, some studies suggest that black cats are adopted at a rate as much as 50 percent less! However, black cats are no more satanic than any other type of cats, and can still be a loving member of your family. Here are a few facts that you may not know about black cats.

 

  1.    Many Cultures View Black Cats as Good Luck

 

While cats representing bad luck is a common theme in the United States, other countries have an opposite view. In Japan, owning a black cat as a single woman is supposed to bring you more suitors. In Germany, having a cat walk in front of you from right to left is supposed to actually bring good luck.

 

  1.    There are 22 Breeds of Solid Black Cats

 

Many people associate black cats as “mutts” or simply strays. However, there are many breeds of black cats. The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) recognizes 22 different breeds of solid black cats. The quintessential black cat is the Bombay breed of black cats with copper-colored eyes and black short hair. This breed was specifically bred by a woman named Nikki Horner who wanted a cat with similar markings of a panther!

 

  1.    Black Cats May Hold Key to Curing HIV

 

Black cats get a bad rap due to its color and association with witchcraft. However, there is research being done to map out the genomes of a black cat. The mutation in their fur that gives them an all-black appearance has been found to be in the same family of genes that provides humans with resistance to diseases such as HIV. While not proven, scientists have hypothesized that black cats evolved to become more resistant to disease and not for camouflage.

 

  1.    A Sailor’s Friend

 

Sailors often kept cats to keep the mice population down on ships, but black cats were especially popular. They were considered lucky and helped ensure a safe journey. Tiddles is one such cat that traveled with the British Royal Navy. He has traveled over 30,000 miles.

Whether you are looking to adopt a black cat, or have one in your family, keep up with its health by taking it for regular checkups at the Crossroads Animal Clinic, your Copperfield animal clinic. We offer a variety of services for your feline and canine friends!

 

Show Me the Cat Facts- 3 Interesting Facts About Cats

Show Me the Cat Facts- 3 Interesting Facts About Cats

Looking to get add a furry feline friend to the household? Cats can be mysterious creatures with unique personalities and adorable quirks. While popular culture usually paints cat owners as “crazy”, cats have grown in popularity with some statistics showing that there are more cat owners than there are dog owners.  Along with a rich history, cats have been shown to be fascinating creatures and even provide some health benefits to their owners.

Established About 4,000 Years Ago

Both cats and dogs started off as wild animals. However, the cats that we have grown to know, and love have their roots set about 4,000 years ago with the ancient Egyptians. These ancient cats were probably drawn to the cities in Egypt due the number of mice that frequented the area. The Egyptians took notice and probably admired the cat’s ability to hunt down mice. Eventually this morphed into a society that worshiped cats which led to some owners even mummifying their cats with them to bring to the afterlife.

Unique Characteristics

Cats have a unique charm that comes with their companionship. Whether it’s their purring nature, ear twitches or their 2 AM running in the hallway escapades, all cats have a quirky trait to showcase. For example, cats rub against your legs as a form of communication. They have scent glands on their cheeks to help transfer their scent to chairs, couches and humans. They also can see well in low-light conditions due to a reflective layer in their eyes. This reflective layer, known as the tapetum lucidum, magnifies incoming light allowing cats to see up to 6 times better than humans.

If you think that is cool, cats also have 32 muscles in their ears to help them find and locate their prey. Comparatively, humans only have 12 muscles in their ears. The muscles on cats allow them to move and locate the direction of sound such as mice or the opening of a can of cat food! In terms of hearing, cats can hear frequencies both above and below ones that can be heard by humans.

Feline Health Benefits

 

Did you know that cats have been shown to provide health benefits to their owners? It has been show that people who own cats have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to non-cat owners. Also, cats can help the elderly battle depression and loneliness! Need a pick-me-up? Petting a cat has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. A study even found that children under a year old exposed to a cat had a lower chance of developing common allergies such as dust mites and ragweed.

What Does All This Mean?

If you are looking for a furry feline friend, now is the time! Just make sure to keep in happy and healthy with check-ups at the Crossroads Animal Clinic, your Copperfield animal clinic. We offer a variety of services for both feline and canine companions. For more information on our many services, contact us today!

5 Tips to Improve Your Pet’s Dental Hygiene

Has your pet suddenly started eating less or even stopped altogether?  Does your pet drool more than usual? If so, this may mean your pet has dental problems! How can you fix this?

A commonly overlooked health aspect of pet health is their dental hygiene.  Many pets, including dogs and cats, can suffer from the same dental issues that we humans face such as gingivitis and toothaches.  

These issues, left untreated, can cause pain or lead to even more serious complications.  To keep your pet’s mouth in the best shape possible, here are some general tips to follow!

  1. Start Young!

If you have a young furry friend, you can help keep their teeth clean by starting them on a dental routine!  As with any learned activity or behavior, it may take some time for your pet to be comfortable with you around their mouth.  You can help them out by coating your finger with peanut butter (for canines) or tuna water (for felines) and gently rubbing their gums and teeth.  Once they get comfortable with that, you could use specially designed finger pads or pet toothbrush to brush their teeth. Since pets don’t know how to spit out toothpaste, specially formulated dog and cat toothpastes are necessary.

  1. Proper Diet

Another way to promote your pet’s dental hygiene is by making sure they have the right food! Certain foods have fiber to reduce plaque and tartar build-up. Your pet also needs to right combination of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that helps keep their teeth nice and strong. A proper diet can also promote other things such as a good coat and more energy!

  1. Tartar Control Treats

    While these don’t replace a good cleaning, tartar control treats can help promote dental health for your pets!  They are an excellent way to treat your pet after a cleaning! As with any treat, make sure to give them in moderation.

  2. Bones

As long as your pet isn’t suffering from tooth or gum issues, giving them pig or beef bones maybe beneficial for them.  In the wild, chewing on bones not only stimulated their gums, but also helped keep their teeth clean! This also goes for cats!

  1. Regular Check Ups

Having regular checkups in general are important towards your pet’s overall health.  If you have any concerns with your pet’s dental health, let your vet know! At Crossroads Animal Clinic, we offer basic dentistry services for your pet!  With cleaning, polishing and even minor oral surgery, we have your pet covered!  

By following these general tips, you can keep your pet’s mouth happy and healthy.  If you need a vet in Copperfield, come see us at Crossroads Animal Clinic!  Our highly trained staff can take care of all your preventative care, surgical services and even boarding needs!

7 Benefits of Healthy Dog Food

We’ve often heard the saying, “We are what we eat”.

But have you ever wondered how true it is in case of your furry friends?

Deciding what food you should give your dog is one of the most significant decisions you make as pet parents as healthy eating habits will determine your pooch’s long-term health. When you offer a balanced diet, your dog gets all the necessary vitamins and minerals from his food.

The Role of Nutrition in Your Dog’s Life

It is important to balance nutrients while feeding your dog. In order to function normally, your dog will need the right combination of proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and water.

Proteins offer a source of energy and help in the functioning and growth of muscles. Carbohydrates provide quick energy that makes your dog active and energetic. Vitamins and minerals play an important role in muscle contraction and work towards prevention of diseases.

We bring you 7 benefits of giving your pet healthy dog food:

 

  1. Better Muscle Toning and Improved Body Condition

Every cell in your pet’s body is made of protein. It is important to build hair, skin, organs, muscles and tissues. It also helps to repair damaged cells and build new ones. With high-protein in his diet, your dog will be able to build and maintain strong muscles. Always ensure that your dog’s food has a protein source as one of the key ingredients.

 

  1. Healthy Skin & Shiny Hair Coat

We all know that dogs with rich and shiny hair coats are in good health. A balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids helps in maintaining skin health and promoting a nice sheen of hair. Also, foods with Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects that reduce itching and other irritations resulting from allergies or environmental changes.

 

  1. Better Digestion

Carbohydrates offer fibre that aids in digestion. When your dog can utilize all the essential nutrients in his food and rid his body of waste products, his bowel movements will be predictable with firm stools.

 

  1. Longer Life Expectancy

We all would love to spend as much time as we can with our four-legged children. With healthy food, you can increase the quality and expectancy of your dog’s life. Healthy food promotes interior and exterior health for a long time.

 

  1. Better Immunity

When you feed your dog ample of vitamins and minerals in his food, his metabolism, and immune system function properly. This ensures that your dog falls ill less often and has the ability to fight off infections and other diseases.

 

  1. Healthy Weight

By feeding healthy and natural dog food, you can help your pet stay at a healthy weight. Though a plump pup looks adorable, the extra weight can pose serious threats to his health and increase his odds of sickness. By opting for healthy food, you can avoid obesity problems for your dog.

 

  1. Higher Level of Energy

Healthy dog food contains large amounts of nutrient-dense calories which give your pet all the fuel they need to stay physically active.

 

By offering healthy dog food, you can gift your pooch a healthy and happy future.