Tag: Health

Everything You Need to Know about Catnip

What is Catnip?

Catnip (or, Nepeta Cataria) is a species of plant that contains a substance called nepetalactone, which cats find to be very appealing. Cats can detect catnip, and their consumption of it causes behavioral changes in our furry friends due to its chemical composition. Which leads me to my next point…

Why Does Catnip Affect Cats?

Some believe catnip triggers receptors that mimic feline pheromones, and that it can act like an aphrodisiac. Catnip can result in behaviors ranging from bouncing off the walls to getting sleepy, and also has several health benefits for cats. But don’t worry, catnip is non-addictive, and your cats behavior should go back to normal within 10-15 minutes. It’s estimated that about 30-50% of cats don’t even have a reaction to catnip!

Can Cats Eat Catnip?

Catnip is completely safe for your cats to ingest, is supposed to have a lemony or minty taste, and is related to oregano and basil. That being said, with all of the options on the pet market today, concerned cat owners should definitely do their research before offering any catnip treats to their feline friends.

What to Keep in Mind:

When considering buying catnip for your fur-babies, be sure to take into consideration how many cats you have as catnip can affect them all differently (and we certainly don’t want anyone to end up upset or hurt.) Also, be sure to take any health related issues into consideration, as catnip may be able to work wonders for their health! Most importantly, search for quality products. With catnip, you’ll want to look for something 100% natural, fresh, and with no hard stems that may potentially cause injury.

So, now you know everything there is to know about catnip.

Meghan. Bonilla Pet Photography

How Pets Bring Comfort to our Lives

If you are sick in bed, head throbbing, sinuses swollen, feeling icky, then a loving snuggly dog to lay with you and let you run your hand on their smooth fur or rub the soft part of their ear can make you feel calm, loving, and less stressful. Some think that stress is the root cause of all illness and disease so the fact that pets can lower the stress hormone, cortisol, means that pets can actually help you recover faster. 

Here are some key ways animals improve our health:

  • They force us to be more active simply by taking care of them. Even more if we take them for walks and to the park!
  • They are funny. And laughter is the best medicine!
  • They offer companionship. They are there to talk to and we can tell them anything, judgment free!
  • They can help us meet other humans if we take them to dog parks and pet events! And meeting other humans can help improve your feeling of belonging. 

There are many other ways pets improve our mood and health!

Why Don’t Dogs Get the Flu?

If you’re anything like me you are curious all the time. So, why don’t dogs catch the flu? Or maybe they do? Let’s find out. 

It turns out that these nasty viruses are “Species-Specific”.

The virus cells actually mimic nutrients in order to gain access to the insides of our cells so they can use the inside parts (nutrients etc) as energy to replicate. The ingredients needed to mimic a nutrient in a way that can gain entry to a cell are very unique and the issue is that these viruses just can’t be mimicking all kinds of things, apparently only one. Just like I don’t try to do all kinds of different photography, I am really good at one: Pet Photography. The little virus cells are really good at one thing: messing with humans. They don’t try to mess with everything, just us. 

The Dog Flu

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “The first strain reported in the United States, beginning in 2004, was an H3N8 influenza A virus … In 2015, an outbreak that started in Chicago was caused by a separate canine influenza virus, H3N2.” Symptoms of the dog flu are similar to the human flu. Your dog may experience a lingering cough that lasts anywhere from ten to thirty days. He may begin sneezing, become feverish, or discharge may appear from your dog’s eyes or nose. Your pet will likely be prescribed an antibiotic or other medicine to treat the canine influenza. Be aware: There are necessary steps to take to ensure other animals in your home do not become ill as well. AVMA says, “Dogs with canine influenza should be isolated to prevent transmission of the virus to other dogs or, in the case of H3N2, cats.”

So don’t worry. Snuggle up with you pup if you’re feeling icky. They (pets) do make us feel better. If anything they can really make us laugh some times. And laugher is the best medicine right?

 

 

Those nasty virus cells are one-hit wonders, just us humans. Your dog is practically like Will Smith in I Am Legend, immune to this virus. Kinda cool huh?

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