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Pets and a New Baby – Baby Sounds CD for Dogs and Cats

December 30, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Baby Sounds for Pets CD, Dog Training and Behavior, Pet Products, Prepare Dogs for a New Baby

Prepare Cats and Dogs for a New Baby With a Baby Sounds for Pets CD ($19.95). Click to Purchase or Learn More. Scroll Down to Preview or Download on iTunes

Bringing a new baby home can be a traumatic experience for a dog or cat. Not only is there a new family member in the household, but this new family member is loud and she occupies nearly all of mom’s and dad’s time!

Helping a dog adjust to a new baby can be difficult, but I’ve found a new tool that’s worked wonders for cats and dogs living with a new baby!

Baby Sounds for Pets CD – Help Dogs and Cats Adjust to a New Baby

Baby Sounds for Pets is a CD for dogs and cats (though birds, potbellied pigs, rabbits and other household pets could benefit from this as well!) This pet CD features baby sounds – crying, cooing, even a temper tantrum! Soon-to-be parents can play this CD during the weeks and months leading up to the baby’s birth to help their dogs, cats and other pets adjust to the sounds of a child.

To understand why cats and dogs get upset when a new baby arrives, it’s important for the pet owner to put him/herself in the animal’s shoes, so to speak. Dogs and cats have an extremely acute sense of hearing that’s many times more sensitive than a human’s. Imagine how frightening and uncomfortable a baby’s cries can be for the dog! Not only is it a new sound, but it’s very loud. And these new, loud, frightening sounds are inescapable, invading the dog’s comfort zone – his home!

This pet CD will help acclimate the dog to the sounds of a baby, eliminating some of the fear associated with the new experience of having a baby in the home.

How to Use a Baby Sounds CD for Dogs and Other Pets

I’ve developed some great techniques for using this baby sounds CD with my dog training clients. I recommend the following desensitization dog training measures to help prepare a dog for baby’s arrival.

  • Start out with a very low volume and then raise the volume gradually (though this baby sounds recording features some automatic volume adjustment in the actual recording  – the cooing sounds are much softer than the tantrums!)
  • Play the baby sounds CD in the baby’s bedroom first.
  • Play the pet CD in your own bedroom and in other locations where the baby will spend time (i.e. the living room).
  • Take a car ride with the baby sounds CD playing if you plan on riding in the car with the dog and baby.
  • Offer praise and treats to the dog when you first turn on the baby sounds CD and then periodically as the CD is playing (especially during potentially upsetting sounds, like crying or a tantrum.)  Offer positive feedback that the dog will come to associate with the sounds of the baby. This will, in essence, train the dog to associate baby sounds with good things (i.e. treats and praise.)

You should use the Baby Sounds for Pets CD as background noise or in conjunction with other sounds. Don’t shut off the TV, your music and halt all discussion – the point is to create a realistic sound atmosphere for the dogs and cats. Another benefit? Parents and siblings can adjust to the sounds of a baby as well!

Baby Sounds for Pets Preview and Music Downloads

Baby Sounds for Pets is currently available on iTunes, so you can preview and purchase individual baby sounds. The following baby sounds can be downloaded for $.99 each on iTunes or previewed:

* Baby Cooing and Gurgling Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Cooing/Gurgling

* Sounds of Baby Crying Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Crying

* Baby Laughter Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Laughter

* Baby Talk Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Talk

* Sounds of Baby Temper Tantrum Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Temper Tantrum

• Sounds of Baby’s Nursery Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Nursery

You can download the entire album Baby Sounds for Pets for $6.93 on iTunes.

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Pet Medication – Pills or Liquid?

December 29, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Cat Health and Cat Care, Cat Medications, Pet Medications

Pet Medication – Opt for Pills or Capsules for a Happy Dog and Owner! (Thiago Miqueias Photo)

If you take a sick dog (or cat) to the veterinary clinic, your vet may prescribe medication. Some pet medications are available as a caplet or pill and in liquid form. On occasion, a vet may ask the owner what type of pet medication they’d prefer – pill or liquid.

I always recommend opting for pet medication in pill form. This will make medicating the pet much easier, for both dog and owner.

Reasons to Opt for Pet Medication in Pill Form

If you are given a choice on your next trip to the veterinary clinic, I strongly recommend opting for the pill version of the dog’s medication. Here are a few reasons why I always pick the pill or caplet over the liquid medication.

  • Imprecise dosing of the dog’s medicine – Imprecise dosing is a huge problem with liquid pet medication. If your pet spits out the liquid, you have no idea how much he’s consumed. Some dogs will suddenly turn their head away as the owner is squirting the medication into the dog’s mouth, leading to a partial dose. So you’re left with a difficult decision – leave the dog with a partial dose or try to give a full dose and risk giving too much medication since you’re unsure how much he spit out. Pills are easy – it’s all or nothing.
  • Problems giving medication to the dog – With liquid, your dog actually tastes the medication, so he’s more apt to object. When a dog refuses to take medication, you’ll face a physical struggle. This increases the chances that the dog will spit out medication, leaving you to face the aforementioned partial dose vs. possible overdose dilemma.
  • Increased cost of pet medication – With a liquid medication, there’s a chance you could spill the bottle (especially if you leave it uncapped nearby and your dog starts to struggle when you attempt to give the medicine). Pet owners may also need to buy additional medication for the dog if he spits it out or if the dog turns his head as you’re releasing the pet medication into his mouth.
  • Lack of methods for giving the dog medication – It’s hard to give a pet medicine if it’s in liquid form. You only have one option: to open the dog’s mouth and squirt the medication inside.

With pet medication in pill form, you have many dosing options, which I’ve discussed in several different articles on The Sick Dog Blog:

Pet owners may also want to read about a common mistake – trying to hide pet medication in dog food or cat food. Read this article on The Sick Dog Blog to learn why you should never try to hide a dog’s pill in pet food.

Granted, pet ownership is not an exact science. So there may be a few dogs out there who take liquid medication without a problem. If a pet owner has tried liquid pet medication and it works well,  then by all means, go for the liquid! But in my experience with literally dozens of dogs and cats over the years (and remember, I own and foster special needs animals, so our animals take more pills in a week than many pets take in a lifetime!) it’s virtually always easier to give a pill instead of liquid. And with pills and caplets, there is less chance that you’ll need to purchase more pet meds due to a “misfire” with the liquid. And missed doses or partial doses of pet medication can mean a longer course of medication for the pet, which means more doses and more money spent on the cat’s or dog’s medication.

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