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Why is the hearing of cats and dogs better than yours?

Why is the hearing of cats and dogs better than yours?

It's known that dogs have an extraordinary sense of smell. But how about hearing? Have you ever encountered such situations that your dogs come to the front door and start barking the minute before the doorbell rings? Or when you gently open your cats’ food container, they do know that and come over to you even if they are two rooms away? Cats and dogs can hear what humans can’t. Theoretically, humans can listen to sound with frequency ranging from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz, and as they grow older, the upper limit will decrease. Dogs can hear sounds with frequencies ranging from about 15 Hz- 45,000 Hz, and cats’ is about 60 Hz- 65,000 Hz.

You can always observe that dogs and cats often prick their ears up and seem like they are trying to hear something even when you think the whole environment is all quiet. Do they have sixth senses? So they know that the next second, someone will knock on the door? That’s because they have far better hearings than humans. But why? Below are some answers to this question.

1. Ear Muscles

A dog has up to 19 ear muscles, and a cat is equipped with 30 ear muscles, while humans have only six ear muscles. Therefore, dogs and cats easily tilt and rotate their ears to more effectively and concentrate the sound into the inner ear. The more ear muscles help quickly move the ear towards the directions where sounds come from and help differentiate different sounds. Also, that’s why cats and dogs can quickly shift their ears while few people can do that.

2. Ear Shapes

The shapes of a dog’s ear are of three types: prick ears / upright ears, cocked ears / semi-pricked ears, drop ears / pendant ears. Generally, the shape of upright ears can help them hear more efficiently, receive and detect distant sounds, making dogs’ hearing more intense. Besides, you can find upright ears mostly in Nordic breeds such as the Siberian husky, the Samoyed, and other breeds like the West Highland White Terrier. Usually, the shape of the cat’s outer ear is upright, except for specific breeds such as the Scottish fold cat, whose ears are folded over.

3. Longer Ear Canal

Dogs and cats have a long narrow ear canal, while humans have a very short ear canal, and their ear canal makes almost a 90-degree bend as it travels to the deeper parts of the ear. Also, their ear canal is more profound to the eardrum to create a better funnel to carry sound to the eardrum.

Most pet owners know that some sounds can cause dizziness to their dogs and cats, like fireworks, gunfire, and thunder. When hearing some loud noise, dogs will show fear actions such as scratching the wooden door, panting, drooling, hiding, etc. Like people, dogs may also suffer permanent damage and hearing loss due to exposure to thunderous noises for a long time, so please pay attention to the sounds and always lower the volume. Also, note that the dog’s ear is more fragile than the cat’s. Therefore, taking them to the vet is the best option when your cat or dog has ear issues.

Here's all you need to know about your dog's poo

Here's all you need to know about your dog's poo

For many new pawrents, how to deal with their pets' poo may be a headache to them. However, knowing how to tell if your dog is in good condition by their poo is important and necessary to new pawrents. Do you know how often dogs should poo? Is it normal if their poo is very soft and smelly? Why should we pick up their poop when walking them? Won't their poo break down themselves? Let's learn more about dogs poo.

1. Pooping times per day

A dog should poop in a day depending on many factors, including their size, age, consumed food, physical activity, etc. But mostly, a dog poops 1-5 times per day. And generally, if dogs eat frequent small meals, they may poop more times per day, like 4-5 times. Moreover, metabolism slows with age, both for people and dogs, so as digestion. So puppies poop more often than older dogs.

2. Poo's color and consistency

Healthy poo's color should be chocolate-brown because your dog's digestive system controls bile to break down the food. There is nothing to panic about if there are some slight color changes, as a different diet or hydration may cause it. If the poo is gray or yellow, it could mean something's wrong with your pup's gallbladder, pancreas, or liver. Red streaks on the poo could indicate that your dog is bleeding in its digestive tract. If this happens a lot, take your dog together with the poo sample to the vet right away!

Also, healthy poo should not have any coating, and you can easily pick it up off the grass or the ground. If the poo is covering with a mucous layer, it may indicate large bowel inflammation or diarrhea, or your pup has worms.

Consistency is how hard or soft the poos are, and its scale ranges from 1 to 7, 1 being small hard pellets and 7 being a loose runny unformed poo. Healthy poo's consistency should be 2, and it's firm, shaped like a caterpillar. If your dog shows pain when pooping and the poop is hard, your dog may be dehydrated and therefore constipated. Try and encourage your fur baby to drink more water, and keep them hydrated.

On the contrary, if the poo is watery, It may relate to food and water. If you are changing your dog's food simultaneously, please slow it down and let your dog get used to it. Feed your dog the new food from a small portion and gradually increase it. Let your dog keep a good diet habit which is important for your pup's health. And also, don't let your dog drink water that is not suitable for drinking. Change the water in the dish regularly and use a filtering water fountain.

If you pay attention to your dog's health, please keep an eye on their pooping situation and check if it's normal. If you think your dog's poo is not normal, but everything, including food and water, is alright, please take your dog to the vet, and they'll help you.

Tips: Don't forget to pick up your dog's poo when walking them as the poo may cause disease between humans and animals and pollute the environment.

Five ways to prevent your dog from getting lost

Five ways to prevent your dog from getting lost

Have you ever thought that dogs who are wandering on the roads are all stray? The answer is NO. “Not All Stray Dogs Are Homeless” is a slogan of Lost Dogs of America (LDOA), which was confirmed in 2011 with the mission of helping people to find their lost dogs. LDOA celebrates National Lost Dog Awareness Day on April 23 of every year since 2014, and this day was created to bring awareness among the public to help the lost dogs find their family back. Studies conducted by the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States show that about 40-60% of dogs in local animal shelters are someone’s pet that was left missing.
Image Credit: LDOA

Apparently, preventing dog loss is essential to every pet owner and, here, we have shared some tips for you.

1. Using Microchip
Technology has brought great comfort to our life, like feeding our pets, tracing our pets. Similarly, using Microchip is highly recommended to prevent your dog from losing if they go missing. Firstly, have your dog micro-chipped in your local animal shelter, and then enroll the ID number, plus your contact information with a pet-recovery database. If your dog already has a microchip, never forget to register it or re-register it if it gets expired after five years.

2. Leash up your dog
Dogs love walking outside with their owners. But do remember to keep your dog leashed when walking them because even the most well-behaved dogs may get startled or decide to chase something unexpectedly. Besides, always consider taking the same route, and dogs will get familiar with the road and remember it. If dogs go missing, they will automatically head back home out of their walking habit.

3. Pet-proof your home
Check your home door and ensure that there is no space for your dog to wiggle through, especially for small fluffy dogs. You must install spring-loaded hinges on all your gates so that they are forced to shut. Regularly check your fences in the yard, and make sure there are no gaps or potential escape routes for your dogs.

4. Keep your dog well-supervised
Even with a secure fence, make sure to keep your dogs supervised. Dogs can frequently find a way to dig their way out, or they could eat something that could be potentially dangerous. A dog camera or treat dispenser could help supervise your dog and alleviate the separation anxiety when you are away. Feed your dog and watch it through an automatic dog feeder with a camera that would be much convenient when you are out for work. Moreover, after hearing your voice, they will wait for you to play with them and stay home.

Do remember that “Not All Stray Dogs Are Homeless.” Keep an eye on the dogs who wander on the roads, and please directly contact the owner if you have ever seen the lost dog in a poster.
National Lost Dog Awareness Day also celebrates the thousands of lost dogs successfully reunited with their families each year. What about the other dogs in animal shelters? If you plan to own a dog, we would suggest you adopting rather than buying and give those dogs a sweet, warm home!