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Can Dogs Get COVID-19?


That’s the number of People Affected by Coronavirus across the world as we write this blog. And it is increasing exponentially despite the containment efforts by government and health professionals from almost all the countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) a Global Pandemic, after Influenza in 1918 and H1N1 in 2009.

What does it mean for Dog owners?

There are a number of rumors doing around the web that animals may spread this virus to their human owners. To uncover the facts about it and get things straight is the purpose of this blog.

Can Dogs Get COVID-19?

At this time, it’s highly unlikely, according to the WHO and CDC. Even though there was an incident in Hong Kong where a dog was tested positive for COVID-19, WHO states that there is no evidence that a dog or a cat can fall ill or can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 mainly spreads through droplets, so it’s essential to keep ourselves clean and wash our hands frequently.

People also often confuse the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) with Canine Coronavirus. COVID-19 is different from the latter, which causes intestinal infections in dogs and is very common worldwide.

What’s the science behind the argument that the dogs/cats can’t spread the Coronavirus?

American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Chief Veterinary Officer Gail Golab said that this virus survives best on smooth surfaces like kitchen countertops and doorknobs. Porous materials, such as pet fur, tend to absorb and trap pathogens, which makes it hard to be contracted through touch. Yet, the infectious disease experts advise pet parents to wash their hands before and after dog petting to protect both of them from other diseases.

Is there a COVID-19 vaccine for dogs and cats?

Not at this time, for humans or animals. Medical professionals from Japan, China, and the US have been testing medicines based on their research results, but there is no official announcement on that yet.

OK, so how do I protect my pet and myself from COVID-19?

Vet experts said that the dog owners don’t need to follow anything special apart from the basic hygienic precautions.

  • Wash your hands with soap water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover when you cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of it properly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Follow strict social distancing – It’s for everyone’s wellness.
  • When in doubt, reach out to your nearby hospital for a check-up.

Above all, Do not abandon your pets due to the fear of COVID-19. If you are concerned or notice any signs of illness in your dog’s health, reach out to the nearest Vet.

Stay home and Stay safe.


College of Veterinary Medicine, IL
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pet Health

30 Interesting Facts About Dogs

Facts based on different breeds of dogs

  1. Newfoundland is a prominent web-footed dog breed with a water impassable coat. This trait makes the Newfoundland dog breeds to help fishermen and rescue people who drown.
  1. The only dog breed that can imitate human emotion of blushing is Pharaoh Hounds.
  2.  The Greyhound is the fastest canid with a speed of 45 miles an hour. The speed of other dog breeds is 20 miles an hour, while greyhound, the only dog breed that can possibly catch up with that of a cheetah in a long race.
  1. Siberian huskies wag more and bark less because they prefer to sing or howl. They can adapt to live even at extremely lower temperatures below -60°C
  1. Poodles generally get bored soon if they are not engaged with mental or physical stimulation. Their triggers could be in the form of exercise, plays or accompanying them. They learn new commands and tricks quickly which is why poodles were used in circus often.
  2. Perky-eared dog breeds are capable of hearing sounds more precisely and better than that of floppy-eared breeds.

General facts

  1. The life span of a dog could be read from the appearance of their face. It’s said that Dog’s of wedge-shaped or with sharp face appearance tend to live longer than the breeds having flat faces such as bulldogs.
  1. Dogs are not color blind. They just have a limited spectrum range than humans, which is yet another reason for having a superior night vision. They have more receptors for shades of black, white, blue and yellow.
  2. Dogs have three eyelids with the third eyelid peeping out only when there is an issue with the eye. The third membrane is called the haw which keeps their eyes moist and secure.
  3. Dogs express in more than a hundred ways to humans, their facial expressions are adorable.
  4. Newborn puppies are capable of finding their moms even with their eyes and ears closed. They have heat sensors in their nose helping them identify their parents because of the thermal sensing potential.
  5. About 35% of the pet owners communicate with their pets over the phone when they are out.

Facts about dog’s behavior

  1. A research study at UCSD depicts that dogs can exhibit jealousy which is a human emotion that describes a love triangle when they see their owner display affection to another creature.
  2. The posture and body language of a dog portrays more about their emotions and feelings.

The dog feels fearful if their ears are back and tail held below, an upright head signifies dominance, while a tilted head implies a playful behavior.

  1. Dogs can actually recognize human emotions and smell their feelings efficiently.

A dog can sense smell about 100,000 times better than that of humans. They can even sense people’s fear by a simple change in breathing or perspiration.

  1. Dog’s want to make themselves comfy at home by trying to spin around in circles before they nestle. Such behavior is a nesting trait which is brought down from the wild ancestors of the dog.
  2. Dogs do have a great sense of time when they miss their owners and respond to different levels of enthusiasm from time to time.

Studies have shown that they are capable of identifying the difference between an hour and five. They can as well predict any future occurring events such as food timings or walk timings once they get conditioned.

  1. Dogs are good at forensic science making them interpret many psychological features of other dogs from the smell of urine. Details such as the gender, age, emotion and health of the other dogs are deciphered.

Facts on Health and safety of dogs

  1. Identifying a dog in stress is as simple as finding them go grey in color. Researchers have concluded that dogs are similar to humans since they get premature greying by stress and genetics. Thus, it is significant to ensure their health.
  1. Avert your dogs from munching an apple or pear seed as they are toxic in nature and can also cause choking.
  2. Unlike humans, the pH level of a dog’s spit is different. It will help in identifying their health. Excessive slobbering shows that they are ill before vomiting, or poisoning or having toxic ingestion.
  3. Excluding any food that includes caffeine, chocolate, cooked onions, and macadamia nuts, is good for their health. Even a small portion of grapes or raisins can lead to renal failure in the dog.
  4. It’s best to refrain the diet of your dog from milk products because they are lactose intolerant.
  5. Heartworms are transferred from dog to dog through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Facts about Dog’s Euphoria

  1. Separation anxieties of Dogs

You can help your dog overcome its separation anxiety by leaving some of the clothes you have worn since they carry your scent.

  1. Unchained dogs have better rationality making them three times less likely to bite people than a chained dog.
  2. You might put yourself in danger if you keep smiling at a dog because according to him, you would appear as an aggressive person baring your teeth.

Facts about dogs that help us in our daily lives

  1. Keep Your Blood Pressure Under Control

Your Dogs can do wonders, keeping your blood pressure under control is one among them, Petting & Playing with dogs can keep your pressure at par. Going on a Date? Your Dog is your master. Yes, Dogs can help you win a date. One study says that a man with dogs has high chances of getting a girl’s phone number. 66% of men and women would not date someone who doesn’t like pets.

  1. Dogs Detect Cancer

Dogs like  Siberian Husky can sniff out cancer just by smelling, one can train them to detect cancer

  1. Stroking our dogs and gazing into their eyes releases several “feel-good hormones” such as serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin for both men and dogs.
Pet Health

10 Dangers of Obesity in Dogs

Why is obesity bad for dogs?

Obesity is becoming a very serious health crisis for dogs in the US. According to the Association For Pet Obesity Prevention 2016 survey, over 50% of dogs and cats are obese. Poor diet and low-quality food are one of the many causes of pet obesity. But also, pets getting too many high calories treats and pets not getting enough exercise are common factors in pets becoming obese.

Many dog owners don’t think it’s a big deal if their dog has a bit of a belly or puts on a little weight. But abdominal fat can cause major health problems in dogs the same way it can do for humans. And when dogs don’t get enough exercise they can quickly become obese.

Obesity is especially a problem for small breeds and toy breeds because of their small size. These breeds are also more likely to become obese because they often are given large amounts of treats or human food because their owners think it’s cute. But small dogs, especially small stocky dogs, can quickly develop respiratory problems and heart problems from carrying extra weight.

The Internet may have contributed to the pet obesity problem by promoting the image of chubby dogs as cute or adorable. Many of the most popular dog accounts on Instagram and other social media show dogs that are overweight or obese. But owners need to be aware that by letting their dogs become obese they could be shortening the life span of their dog and increasing the dog’s risk of serious health problems.

It’s time for pet owners to put down the treats and stop overfeeding our dogs. If you don’t, your dog could be at risk for many health problems.

Risks of pet obesity

According to research and veterinarians, these are the top 10 most serious dangers of dog obesity:

1. Lack of Stamina

An obese dog usually has trouble going for walks and probably isn’t doing much running at the dog park. That’s because all that extra weight can make dogs lose their stamina for exercise. They will have increased trouble running, jumping and playing. And the most of their stamina they lose, the harder it is for them to exercise and lose the weight they need to lose on the other hand.

2. Respiratory Problems

Dogs that carry extra weight are at high risk for developing breathing problems like shortness of breath and sleep apnea, according to PetMD. Extra fat in the chest can make it more difficult for the dog’s lungs to expand. That means that the dog can’t take deep breaths and may not be getting the oxygen they need to stay healthy. This can cause sleeping problems as well as wheezing or other problems that make it difficult for dogs to walk or run.

3. Intolerance of Hot/Cold Temperatures

Being obese can make it harder for a dog’s body to adjust to both very hot and very cold temperatures. And since in most places the summers have been getting and the winters are getting colder that means that dogs can suffer from more weather-related illnesses. In addition to putting obese dogs on diets to shed body fat, dog owners should also make sure that their dogs have appropriate weather gear to help them deal with extreme temperatures.

4. High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is also sometimes called hypertension and it can be fatal for obese dogs. The heart must work even harder to pump oxygen rich blood throughout the dog’s body when the dog is obese. That extra work can lead to congestive heart failure, which is fatal, if it’s left untreated.

There are some medications that can help reduce the blood pressure but the best way to fix this problem is to bring the dog back to a healthy weight. Dogs who are already obese should be put on a strict exercise regimen prescribed by their vet in order to get their weight under control and lower their risk of high blood pressure.

5. Diabetes

Diabetes has become a major health problem in dogs. So many dogs now are obese that diabetes rates have increased dramatically. Just like in humans, being obese substantially raises the possibility of the dog developing diabetes. Diabetes can be difficult to mange in dogs and often ends up causing other illnesses that may be fatal.

Diabetes cases in dogs are on the rise because so many owners overfeed their dogs or feed them too many rich and high calorie treats. In order to lower your dog’s risk of diabetes you should always feed the dog the recommended amount of food for its breed and size and not overfeed. Many dog owners are shocked to learn that they are actually overfeeding their dogs and that dogs don’t need as much food as they think.

6. Liver Disease

All of the organs and systems in the body have to work much harder in dogs that are obese. But fatty liver disease can cause the dog’s overworked liver to stop purifying the dog’s body and getting rid of toxins. When the liver isn’t working right there are a number of health problems that can happen as a result, some of which are not treatable and can lead to death.

7. Osteoarthritis

Joint problems are common in obese dogs. Especially in small dogs who carry a lot of extra weight, arthritis can become a painful problem. Dogs with arthritis have painful swollen joints that can make even a regular walk uncomfortable or painful.
Supplements can help minimize the pain of arthritis and some medications can help get rid of inflammation in the joints but ultimately the only way to reduce the pain of arthritis is for the dog to lose weight.

If your dog already has stiff joints and arthritis that make exercise difficult, talk to your vet about how to keep your dog at a healthy weight. Reducing the amount of food you give, or switching to a lower calorie dog food are both good ways to help your dog lose weight.
As your dog loses weight you will probably see a big change in their activity level. When dogs drop excess weight they are more likely to be energetic and have less pain. Then they can exercise more to stay at a healthy weight.

8. Increased Surgical Risk

Because dogs who are obese have respiratory and heart problems there is an increased risk that they will die under anesthesia. So dogs who are obese and get hurt in an accident, need to be spayed or fixed, or undergo anesthesia for dental work and cleanings have a much higher risk of dying from a simple surgery than dogs who are at a healthy weight.

9. Compromised Immune Function

Dogs that are obese have a much greater chance of coming down with colds, respiratory infections and other viral and bacterial illnesses. That’s because their immune systems don’t work as well as they should. These illnesses rarely are serious on their own, but over time they can cause even more damage to the dog’s immune system. And they can be expensive to treat because they often require prescription medication.

10. Increased Cancer Risks

Probably one of the most serious health problems that can be caused by obesity in dogs is cancer. Being obese greatly increases a dog’s chance of developing cancer. And in breeds like retrievers which are already prone to developing tumors and cysts, being obese raises the chances that those tumors will be malignant.

Pet obesity prevention

A Healthy Diet Is The Most Important Thing You Can Give Your Dog

So what can you do to make sure that your dog doesn’t become obese?

“According to the vets, the best way to prevent obesity is to make sure that you are feeding your dog a high-quality dog food and follow the feeding instructions. Calorie counting is essential to avoid overfeeding.”  

Cheaper dog foods made with fillers are unhealthy and can cause obesity among other health issues. It’s better to buy higher quality food and feed less of it than to buy lots of cheap food and let your dog have all the food he wants. That huge bag of discount store food is actually mostly corn and grain filler, which is not healthy for your dog. A food that is low in carbs and high in protein is what vets recommend.

Vets also recommend that people cut back on the number of treats that they give their dogs. Feeding lots of high-calorie treats can make dogs to gain weight quickly. So, if you want to give treats to your dog look for high quality low calorie treats. High protein treats are also good for dogs because they need the protein and high protein treats with a low amount of carbs are easier for dogs to digest.

Another thing that dog owners should do to help get their dog to a healthy weight is to make sure the dog gets regular daily exercise. Daily walks are great. But daily walks plus a few agility training sessions or visits to the dog park each week are even better.


Pet Health

Winter Paw Care

Your pet paws need special attention during winters. Here are some tips to help you with winter paw care.

Icy sidewalks and driveways are so scary during winter for animals and humans. There are three varieties of deicers used to melt the ice/snow. They are salt, chemicals, and sand. Salt is easily available and is commonly used everywhere in America to de-ice. The salt on sidewalks and pavements will mutilate dog paws. If you leave your pooch on ice for a long time, the deicer can cause a chemical reaction on the paws.

To protect your dog paws

Walk on the grass

Whenever possible, make your pooch walk on the grass. It feels so soft for the dog. The possibility of finding ice on grass is very rare. Still, if you see your dog limping while walking on the grass, immediately take the pet home. Inspect the paws and if you see any abnormalities see the vet.

Stop ingesting salts

Dogs lick the boots and paws after coming home. If their paws are not cleaned after coming home, you risk the pets ingesting the deicer chemicals. These chemicals will cause serious illness and sometimes lead to death.

Keep a bowl of water handy

Before leaving the house, so it will be easy for you to wash the paws immediately after reaching home. Keep your shoes in a place where your pets can’t reach them easily.

Short walks

Your furry friend enjoys short walks in snow/ice rather than long walks. Walking or playing in the snow for a prolonged period can cause frostbite in paws, tail, nails, ears, etc., If these parts are not cleaned properly it develops an infection and may even start bleeding.

Trim the hair

Yes, in our earlier blog, we said it is a bad idea to trim all the hair on the dog during winter. But you should trim the hair short around the toe and paws. The hair between the toe and pads of paws will hold ice balls and cause serious problems. You may not notice them right after you come home but after a couple of hours, you notice paws bleeding. To avoid this, keep the paws cleaned and maintain them in proper shape.

Apply a moisturizer or balm

Your pet doesn’t walk in snow or ice? Still, you have to take care of paws! The cold and dry breeze during winter makes the paws dry and crack. Balms or moisturizers made especially for dog paws works best. A thin layer of balm on the paw applied once a day will maintain the pH levels of the skin.
If you see any tear or crack on paws, clean it with an antiseptic, cover it with clean cotton, and then take it to a vet immediately. Pads protect the paws and bones of the dog, if they are affected, it takes time to heal.

Use dog boats during winter

Train your pet to wear dog boots. There are plenty of models available in the market for pets. Pick the right size for your pet feet. It should be neither tight nor loose but hold the feet snug and your pet should be able to walk and run comfortably.
Your pet may find it difficult to walk the first couple of days and you can even expect a great laugh, watching your four-legged friend trying to walk with shoes. Wearing shoes can make things better for you and your family members.

Pet Health

Train your dog this month

January is National dog training month. Some pet owners believe that ‘Dog Training’ is only for dog shows or other pet competitions. Not really! The truth is every dog owner can benefit from training their dog and also have fun while at it.

The benefit of having a trained dog is unbound. We suggest the top 3 reasons why your dog should be trained this year.

Why dog training is important?

  1. Safety

    We never think of emergency situations with dogs. Training will help in these situations. Imagine you are stuck in terrible traffic. Your dog slips off the collar and hits the street. Now an untrained dog will not heed your instruction and will probably panic and risk injuring himself. If you train your dog and shout to “come back” he will return. Following your cues can save your dog’s life. Don’t you agree?

  2. Good dog manners

    Training your dog will make him polite. Some of the bad manners you find in dogs are jumping on people, excessive barking, begging near the dining table and stealing food, etc. When you train your dog, it creates a great bond between the two of you. Also, it helps your dog to respond spontaneously to your cues like walking to the leash, greeting the guests and not scaring the people around.

  3. Make social interactions less stressful

    Imagine your dog accompanying you to your kid’s sports event or meeting your friends and joining in all the activities you do with your family!. With an untrained dog this would be a nightmare. But with a trained dog these can be more enjoyable and stress free.

Don’t forget to include ‘treats’ in your dog training program. Whenever your dog learns and responds to a new technique, give a treat! Generally, the treat for a dog is ‘food’.

Pet psychiatrists say giving treats upon completion of tasks will keep dogs motivated and help them learn things faster. When you give treats to your dogs, keep three things in mind. The treat should be small, moist and soft. Avoid wheat and corn related treats because they cause allergy in dogs.

Now is the best time to keep up the resolution you took as a pet parent this year. You can start training your dog at any age. Most important thing is to be ‘consistent’. You and your family should follow the same commands otherwise your dog will take a lot of time to learn. Hope you enjoyed reading this and love to hear back from you.

Pet Health

Do you have a Talkative Dog?


Humans are of different kinds. Some keep talking all the time while some of them prefer to be quiet, some of them talk only when needed, while some are shrewd and raise their voice over everything. Just like humans, dogs possess these characters as well.

While all dogs talk, some have a lot more to say than the others. In this blog, we bring to you 5 most talkative dog breeds that you can choose from. If you are someone who loves talking and is considering to buy/adopting, one from this list should be your pick.

Spitz or Pomeranian

If you have a Japanese Spitz, a German Spitz or a Pomeranian you have got yourself the most talkative companion for life. Although small in size their voice will make you wonder the beauty of God’s creation. They have a very sharp hearing capacity and will be able to even detect the slightest sound. And, when they do, they start talking.

Built: Small/Medium
Life Span: 10 to 16 years
Temperament: Talkative, Affectionate, Obedient, Intelligent, Proud


Did you know that Beagles were bred to spot rabbits? They are blessed with the most sensitive sense of smell among the dogs. The most modern breed of Beagle was developed in the early 50’s. Although domesticated today, their voice is something that has not been changed making you wonder how a dog so small can bark 3 to 4 times its size.

Built: Small/Medium
Life Span: 12 to 15 years
Temperament: Amiable, Excitable, Determined, Gentle

Siberian Husky

If you have one in your house or neighborhood, you would have by now know what it means to have a really talkative dog. Spurious to its size and its role in the popular TV show ‘Game of Thrones’, Huskies are gentle and can make a great companion.

Built: Large
Life Span: 12 to 15 years
Temperament: Outgoing, Friendly, Alert, Gentle, Intelligent


One would not believe that a pooch so small can have a voice that can tear your eardrums. Ideally suits to be a watchdog, Chi’s will start barking at the slightest of sound or disturbance. But the good news is, it is possible to train them. They are one of the oldest dog breeds in the world (dating back to 300 BC)

Built: Small
Life Span: 12 to 20 years
Temperament: Devoted, Lively, Alert, Highly Talkative


Immaterial of being a White, Yorkshire, Cairn, Skye or a Boston, terriers have an inclination towards what can be rightfully called as ‘Nuisance Barking’. They would bark at anything and everything and wouldn’t stop even when you beg them to. Given their history, it is mandatory that you train them from a pup if you do not want to end up kicked out of the neighborhood.

Built: Small/Medium
Life Span: 10 to 15 years
Temperament: Hardy, Friendly, Independent, Courageous

For dogs, barking is a normal means of communication. Dogs do not bark without a reason and for the most time, it is something good. Learn more about your dog and why it is barking before jumping to conclusions. Now that you have sufficient information, choose the right dog for you.


Pet Health

Why should you walk your Pet?

You must have taken a resolution this year to spend more time with your pet. Wondering how to stick to your resolutions this year? ‘Walking your pet’ could be the best way. Studies on pets say walking a dog is healthy for both you and your pet. The health benefits of a walk every day with the pet is comparable to giving up smoking!

Walking is not just exercise. It also creates a strong emotional bond between you and your furry family member. Here are some of the benefits of walking your dog every day:

Improves Physical Health

Over 40% of the pets in the US are obese or overweight. Walking your dog for at least 30 minutes a day can make her shed her weight by 15%. And as a bonus, you get to reduce your weight by 5%. This means your dog becomes 3 times healthier and you get to be in great shape as well.

It’s cardio for your dogs

Cardio workout is a must if you are planning to become fit. It increases the heartbeat rate and this is true for your pet as well. Turn your walking sessions into a cardio workout for you and your pets.

This also improves the dog’s digestive tract and the cardiovascular system works best with regular high-intensity walking sessions. This even reduces the risk of arthritis, diabetes in pets. Healthy pets live a couple of years longer than overweight and obese pets.

Improves mental strength

Pets are adventurous by nature. Going to new places helps in stimulating your pet’s mind cells. It also reduces frizzy behavior like chewing inappropriate objects, digging backyards, and excessive barking. This behavior in dogs is common when they are mentally weak. Walking the dog daily and taking outdoor adventurous trips once in a way can make them mentally strong.

Makes your pet social

Your four-legged friend can make friends during his daily walks. Your pet can learn many things by interacting with other pets. Your pet will quickly learn how to respond to situations and can be comfortable in any environment. Walking your pet also helps avoid your pet feeling lonely at home. Talking about pets being home alone, you should not miss the movie “The Secret Life Of Pets”. It is really hilarious.

Create a bond

Regular walks with pets can bring balance to life and strengthen your relationship. It creates a great bond between you and your pet.

How often should you walk your pet?

This cannot be generalized for all dogs. This depends on many factors like your dog’s breed, health, age, and eating habits.

The basic rule of thumb for any dog is at least 30 minutes of walk a day. But this is not sufficient for certain active and/or giant breeds. On the other hand, it could be too much for the smaller breed dogs. Follow your pet’s clues and adjust your walking duration.

To sum up, your dog’s health and wellbeing is in your hands. The moment you adopted a pet, you are responsible for their health and wellbeing. Moreover, Pets are like children and they like to explore the outdoors. If they are kept at home it can make them depressed or aggressive.

So what you are waiting for? Start walking your dog right from today. Share your experiences with us. We are waiting.


Pet Health

Top 3 reasons why you should exercise with pets


Pets are very good for our health, no doubt about it. They help in lowering the blood pressure level, stress, and depression. When they’re so helpful in making us mentally healthy, sure they will help in maintaining our physical health, too.

3 Reasons why dog is the best partner for a workout

1. Dogs love their owners

Do you know that exercising with pets is much easier and you will start loving the work out sessions daily?  Pets love to spend time with the owner. Working with the loved once to increase the chances of making you healthy are high as 70%? Now can you spare 30 to 60 minutes with your doggie?

2. Pets make the best partners

Pets make the best partners in the world. Dogs are human to have the same pace. Both burn the same amount of calories when worked together. They are very clever, they never let you miss a workout session. Pets help in getting you consistent results. More than half of the pet owners agree that they have a very healthy lifestyle after getting a dog or working out along with their pets.

3. Never get bored

One interesting thing about dogs is “‘you will never get bored”. There are a lot of things you can do like running, biking, rollerblading, swimming, hiking, so on so forth with your dog but still not get tired or bored. The only thing to do is, if you plan a long play/workout with your pet, check the weather forecast before leaving the house. Carry sufficient water and bowel for your pet so both you and your pet will be hydrated.

Be careful, a dog should not get dehydrated. Read here to know more what dehydration is and how to handle it during summer.

Try out a new workout session with your pet today and let us know the lifestyle changes you made and how interesting it is to make a fitness regime with a pet.