Thursday, May 29, 2014

Let's Take a Look at the Affenpinscher

Affenpinschers known as the “Little Devil with a Moustache” is one of the most ancient toy breeds
originating from central Europe.  These dogs were kept around farms to chase away the mice or rats.  Originally from Munich, Germany and France this terrier breed was bred down in size to become a companion.  They are officially a part of the AKC toy group and have a strong resemblance to the terrier group.

The affenpinscher breed weighs between six and thirteen pounds.  They can stand anywhere between nine and twelve inches high.  Their fur is a wirey rough texture that can grow long.  Although this breed is known to shed a lot it still needs to be brushed and groomed to keep up hygiene.  The fur can get matted is not properly maintained so daily home grooming is highly recommended especially if the fur is at a longer length. This breed has coats that are mostly all black but there are mixes with red, silver, grey, tan or beige.  All colors and mixes are accepted by the AKC for affenpinscher terrier breed.   This breed is known to live a median of eleven years with great health.

It’s important to get yearly checkups with a veterinarian to ensure the dogs health is on track.  The veterinarian can also give great tips on how to improve health is needed.  Make sure to jot down question before the appointment to ask if there are any concerns.  Affenpinschers are known to be sometimes mischievous, fun loving personality.   This breed is great house pet and has the intelligence to be trained properly according to the family’s needs or schedules.  There small size makes them and ideal for an apartment.  They are very active and love to go for walks.  This breed is usually great with other dogs if more than one is on the agenda.  This breed is very loving and will become a great companion with lots of love.

Marietta Vet Clinic and veterinarian in Marietta, +Julian Peckich DVM are happy to welcome affenpinschers to the pet clinic for dog vaccinations, well care, and sick care.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Interesting Dog Facts That You Probably Don't Know

  • Many people are not aware that a dogs normal body temperature is between 100.5 to around 102.5
    A Few Interesting Facts about Dogs!
    degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Female dogs only carry their puppies for about 60 days till birth.
  • Most adult dogs have forty two teeth at maturity.
  • 1 in 3 families in the United States own dogs.
  • The only sweat glands dogs have are in between their paw pads.
  • The most popular dog names are Maggie, Molly, Jack and Max.
  • All Dalmatians are born pure white.
  • Puppies are born toothless, blind and deaf and very dependent on their mothers.
  • Dogs develop the touch sense first because their bodies including paws have super sensitive nerve endings.
  • It takes eighteen or muscle for a dog to move its ears.
  • There is an estimate of five hundred million or more dogs around the world.
  • The United States has the highest population of dogs in the world.
  • Dogs have lived with humans for approximately for over fourteen thousand years.
  • The average dog can run about nineteen miles per hour.
  • Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on earth averaging at a speed of forty five miles per hour.
  • The most popular breed of dog in the United States is a Labrador retriever.
  • Dogs smelling sense is greater than one thousand times better than a human.
  • Dog urine can help other dogs determine whether the dog is leaving a male/female or young/old or healthy/sick or angry/happy type of message.
  • Dogs are as smart as a three year old and can understand between 150 and 200 words or signals.
  • The beagle and collie are known to be the nosiest dogs.
  • The most intelligent dogs are known to be the Poodle and Border Collie.
  • The least intelligent dogs are the Basenji and Afghan hound.
  • There are many great and interesting facts about dogs which makes them very unique.
Marietta Vet Clinic and veterinarian, +Julian Peckich DVM  are happy to welcome new pets to the animal clinic.  Pet vaccinations, dog vaccinations, cat vaccinations available.  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Killer Whale J2 is 103 Years Old!

The world's oldest orca killer whale is estimated to be 103 years old according to Michael Harris, Director of Pacific Whale Watch Association as quoted in the The Province.
Oldest Orca Known Spotted off the Coast of Canada
The orca, J2, also known as Granny is healthy, as her pod traveled over 800 miles in a little over a week.

J2 has been identified  by a white marking on her back and a notch located on her fin, and her age estimated based on her offspring's ages.  She has been identified in photos from the 1930's.

The life span is significant, since it has never been mirrored in captivity. Many are boycotting SeaWorld for its profiteering of orcas and other marine animals.

Monday, May 12, 2014

African Songbird Sounds a Fake Alarm to Steal Food

Drongo's, and African songbird imitates other species, including insects to scare them away and steal food
Steal, Cheat and Lie for Food
according to research at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. "They're rather demonic little black birds with red eyes, a hooked beak and a forked tail," says evolutionary biologist, Tom Flower.

researched studied the songbird at the Kuruman River Reserve in the South African Kalahari desert for six months.  It was found that 23% of their food comes from sounding fake signals followed by theft.  Researcher say the birds announce when predators are coming, but also send out fake warnings.  Although all animals eavesdrop on each other's calls, the Drongo sends out fake signals to intentionally deceive.

Other animals are not sure whether the calls are genuine or a rouse, as some animals become aware of the fraud and stop responding to the bird. The tricky Drongo, then selects a different call to deceive.

Drongo in Austraila is slang for idiot, however the name does not fit the intellect.  Red-eyed Drongo's are very bright.  The deception racket is biggest in the winter months when flies aren't around.

+Marietta Vet Clinic and +Julian Peckich DVM are happy to accept new pets to the animal clinic, pet clinic for general pet care, pet vaccinations, dog vaccinations, cat vaccinations and more.