Dogs and Psychosis

The dictionary defines psychosis as:

“…a mental disorder characterized by symptoms, such as delusions or hallucinations, that indicate impaired contact with reality.”

Psychologists and psychiatrists may argue indefinitely as to where to draw the line between neurotic and psychotic behaviors, and it is no doubt difficult to discern symptomatic differences at that common junction; but, when one focuses upon the outside extremes of each condition, the differences become obvious, even in dogs.

A neurotic dog may exhibit chronic anxiety, fear, hyperactivity, obsessive behavior, and inappropriate responses to stimuli. Truly psychotic dogs, however, are deranged. Their behavior is acute and unpredictable. It ranges the spectrum from manic highs to deep depression, and tends to be dangerous and destructive to the dog as well as to other animals and humans with which the dog comes into contact.

Many of these behavioral characteristics are so

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Home Remedies For Canine Constipation

Usually, the leading cause of mild constipation in dogs is dehydration, change in diet, hair, lack of exercise, old age and/or lack of fiber in their diet, also known as, too much people food!

Serious constipation problems can be caused by intestinal blockage, neurological problems, prostate problems and/or intestinal parasites. For those, get your pet to your veterinarian immediately.

Before canine pharmaceutical for every health problem real or imagined became the rage, dog owners used whatever they had around the house, to help ease their dog’s discomfort. The following home remedies and having lots of water available, have helped many a plugged up dog, get “regular” again.

If possible, get that dog up and moving. Sometimes, something as simple as exercise gets the plumbing moving. If your dog is too old for a good run, take it for a walk. Carry water with you, and try to encourage them to take a drink or two along the way.

Groom your

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Autocoprophagia in Dogs

One that is coprophagous is one that consumes excrement. Feral pigs are notable consumers of their own and other animal’s excrement. Certain young animals like elephants, pandas and hippos also eat their mother’s excrement in order to access and harness specific bacteria needed to digest the vegetation around them. The most obvious example of coprophagy is the common housefly. Everyone has seen flies on a pile of dog excrement. However, outside of varying degrees of perversity and mental illness, the practice of coprophagy amongst humans is considered to be completely repulsive. This is an understanding that we also expect our pets to adhere by. There are many arguments for why a dog will consume the feces of a different animal, but the purpose of this article is to zero in on autocoprophagy or why a dog consumes his own feces.

When researching this subject and talking to dog owners, I learned that this is a much more of a common issue than most would like t

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Why Do Dogs Try and Mate With Your Leg?

Many people have experienced the embarrassing moment when their host’s male dog has suddenly clasped its front feet around their leg and started making vigorous pelvic thrusts.

Why do these dogs embark upon such an unpromising activity?

The answer is that dogs pass through a special socialization phase when they are puppies, during which time they establish their identity. This critical period lasts from the age of four to twelve weeks, and any species sharing this time with them in close and friendly proximity becomes their species. For all pet dogs there are always two species present during this crucial stage of growing up – dogs and humans. As a result they become ‘mental hybrids’, powerfully attached to both species. For the rest of their lives they remain at ease in both canine and human society. The members of their human family serve well enough as an adopted ‘pack’. Humans share their food, share their den, go out patrolling

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Liver Shunts In Dogs – Why My Dog Went Undiagnosed For 3.5 Years And How You Can Spot It!

My Italian Greyhound is truly the best friend (no, more like a child) of my husband and I. Her name is Wendy. She’s absolutely a beautiful specimen of an Italian Greyhound – with her sleek body, her tucked tummy, her champion like posture and whimsical gallop. Wendy is now 4.5 years old and her life has been one long terrible journey.

When we first adopted Wendy – she was a tiny fawn puppy with large black eyes. You couldn’t even tell if she was looking at us because her pupils and eye color had not developed yet. She was very fuzzy for an Italian Greyhound puppy. She had remnant milk breath and wagged her tail in play.

Unfortunately, a few weeks after we adopted her, she threw up. It was a small projectile like vomit while my husband was holding her. We did not think anything of it because puppies will throw up sometimes. She was on a strictly “puppy” food diet, her stools were normal and her urine was normal. She was eating and dri

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Can I Use a Cat Deworming Treatment On Dogs?

After giving a deworming treatment to your kitty, she gets worm free, but your pooch now has them. If there is still a part of the treatment left you can be tempted to just give it to your tyke. But that works all the time. Although you may find that the ingredients of dog and cat deworming treatments are mostly the same. Active ingredients like praziquantel are currently available under different brand names. They can be found in both dogs and cats deworming treatment.

Just because the active ingredient is the same does not mean that it is a good idea to give your canine your feline’s deworming treatment or vice versa. The difference is in the amounts of ingredients utilized. The dosing amount may also vary contingent on the size of the pet.

There are a wide array of preventative treatments available for heartworms for dogs and cats. But while dogs can be treated with the aid of an injection once they are infected, cats cannot be treated the same way if they get

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