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Harness for cats: Why buy it? Ranking of the best models

Although still little known by many, the harness for cats, a similar tool to the most common for dogs, is an innovative means with various beneficial implications both for the animal and for our relationship with it. Choose the best escape proof cat harness.

Teaching our cat to proceed on his path supported by a harness will allow the feline to feel safe even in large open spaces unknown to him, which will allow us to strengthen the relationship with our four-legged friend.

We will therefore accompany you in the new and interesting world of cat harnesses, giving you the opportunity to choose, if you feel like it, the best solution that will make both you and your furry friends happy; thus discovering a new way to spend happy moments and live new adventures with those who share the home and heart spaces with you every day.

There are different types of harnesses for felines, if you choose to buy one it is of fundamental importance to make a thoughtful and conscious purchase so that, right away, our cat can have an easier approach with the leash.

House cats often have a collar, but it should never be used as an anchor for the leash, as most collars are designed with a quick-release system, a protection system that will allow our little friend to free himself in the event. where it gets entangled in some obstacle.

It is therefore advisable to buy a harness to carry out your walks, a harness that will be removed whenever the cat is left free and out of control, as, unlike the previously mentioned collars, it does not have a quick-release system.

The types of harnesses are purely two, differentiated by the design of the belt.

HARNESS FOR CATS EIGHT:

The eight-shaped harness is a type of harness composed of two circles, the first of which will be passed around the cat’s neck and the second around the trunk, joined together by a hook that will be placed on the upper part of the feline’s back; between the two types of existing harnesses it is the least ergonomic and the least safe for the cat, in fact, the possibility is higher that it will be able to remove the collar independently.

Recommended for cats with very calm temperaments and for short walks in dangerous environments.

H-SHAPED CAT HARNESS:

The more ergonomic and safer H- harness connects the same ring harness of which the figure-of-eight harness is made up with an additional flap that will form the letter H on the back of your furry friend.

There is also a variant of the H-shaped harness, called type H band, made up of a wider fabric that will literally wrap around the cat’s torso.

It should also be remembered that almost all models are made of nylon and neoprene with adjustable straps, making them adaptable to any size your cat has.

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How to travel with your dog – tips and tricks

Today I have in my blog an interesting article from Maria Petrenko on how to travel with a dog. She will tell you what documents you need to collect to cross the border, how to find a hotel, where you can take your dog, how to transport it optimally. To lesrn more check Travis Blog.

Nine years ago, a funny puppy appeared in our family, and together with him, as it turned out, it was not a funny problem at all: what to do with vacation trips. We did not want to burden our relatives with dog cares, let alone leave the animal in the dog hotel. As a result, we decided to go on vacation by car and take the dog with us. That’s how another shaggy companion appeared in our team of two people and one car. Maria Petrenko reports.

So, meet the golden retriever Asya, 9 years old. Car travel experience in Europe – 8 years. During this time, the dog managed to visit more than 20 countries. The experience was decent, but there were plenty of mistakes. So that the next travelers with dogs do not step on the same rake, I want to share my observations, impressions, knowledge.

Features of traveling with a dog

Of course, the presence of a dog in a team of travelers imposes certain restrictions and creates some problems, but I can say with confidence that they are all surmountable and solvable, and the positive from the fact that there is a beloved dog nearby, which has long become a member of the family, is immeasurably greater.

It is like a warm and cozy part of your home, which, even on vacation, far from home, remains close to you.

By car.

When traveling with a dog in a car, you need to plan the time on the route so that about every 4 hours you will stop to “stretch your paws” and drink some water, thus the travel time will increase somewhat, but these short stops will be useful for human crew members as well.

Our dog rides in the back seat in a special hammock, which does not allow it to fall out between the front seats during sudden braking, and also prevents the expression of signs of tenderness to the driver of the car while driving. In addition, the hammock, made of waterproof fabric, protects the seat from dirt.

By ferry, train, plane with a dog

On ferries plying the Baltic Sea between the Scandinavian countries or between the Baltic States and Germany, it is necessary to redeem the whole cabin. Moreover, for passengers with dogs on each ship, several cabins are allocated. They differ from ordinary ones only in the absence of carpet on the floor.

There is an additional charge for the presence of a dog in the cabin (20-30 euros per flight). And if there are a sufficient number of dog cabins on large ferries that can accommodate several thousand passengers, such as the Viking Line ferries running on the Helsinki – Stockholm routes, it should be borne in mind that small ferries of the StenaLine company operate on the Latvia – Germany lines. accommodating 200-400 passengers and “dog cabins” for them only 1-2. Therefore, it is better to buy tickets in advance, especially during the season. On some ferries, dogs are not allowed at all, while on others the condition is to keep animals in special cages. Before buying tickets, be sure to inquire in detail about the conditions for transporting dogs.

On the ferry, most of the time the dog should be kept in the cabin. You can walk with her on the open deck, fastening on a leash.

On many ferries, on one of the decks, a dog’s toilet is set up – a small “sandbox” with a post in the middle for males.

On trains, the rules are about the same as on ferries: the entire compartment is bought, outside the compartment the dog must be on a leash. We did not consider the issue of using an airplane for the reason that the dog must be checked in in a cage in the luggage compartment. This is too much stress for both the animal and the owners.

Internal transport

As a rule, in European countries, dogs are treated with sympathy, they are allowed a lot, provided they behave correctly. Most often you can take a dog on a pleasure boat, sometimes paying extra for the animal. In Germany and Austria, dogs are allowed into the cabins of many cable cars. True, you need to pay for this (usually no more than 10 euros) and one more condition – there should be no more than one dog in the booth.

To travel in public transport, we also had a muzzle with us, just in case, though we never had to wear it. There were no problems.

In the city.

Whenever possible, we try to minimize the movement of the dog in crowded areas of cities. And not at all because she might not behave like that. It’s just that dogs quickly get tired of the fidgeting of people and walking, in their opinion, aimlessly through the streets of unfamiliar cities.

Of course, there are situations when you need to walk through the city with a dog, but in such cases you can almost always find the least crowded path or choose a time when there are fewer people on the streets.

In general, it will be much better for everyone to take a good walk the dog, and then leave it at the hotel and go to conquer a new city for you.

In addition, you will certainly not be able to visit a museum or exhibition with a dog. Well, then we do it in turn.

But it is quite possible to walk in the city park, and both people and the dog will enjoy it.

In many cities, you can sit on the open veranda of the restaurant with your dog.

As a rule, the waiter brings the dog a bowl of water along with the menu. And in some places, the waiters treated our Asya to delicious treats, having previously received our permission. It happens that the dog is allowed into the main hall of the restaurant, into the room.

Sometimes they saw that they went to shops with dogs, but I think that this is not very convenient for either the dog or its owner.

In the country

It’s another matter outside the cities, when plans are in place to explore natural attractions or parks. We always take Asya with us on such walks.

There are a lot of tourists with dogs in such places, Europeans travel with dogs in the order of things.

With dogs, they climb the mountains along hiking trails.

You can go to one of the tongues of the Jostedalsbreen or Briksdalsbreen glacier.

The dog will not interfere with fishing.

In almost all European countries, dog owners immediately clean up after their pets their waste products. Very often you can see special “dog” urns and bags above them. For example, in Germany and Austria, this is found everywhere.

But in the Czech Republic, this is not the case. And there are almost no such urns, and the owners do not always clean up after the pets. We usually do not count on the presence of “dog” bins and bags, so they are always at hand in the literal sense of the word. On the tape is a bone-shaped keychain with a roll of sachets inside. These are sold in Beethoven stores.

How to be on the beach with a dog?

Beach holidays with a dog are quite affordable. There are two possibilities. First, you move away from the human beach and sit in the wild.

Of course, the lack of beach infrastructure will be a minus, but a big plus is the lack of people. And the sea is the same everywhere.

The second option is to go to a special dog beach. It is equipped differently in different countries. For example, in Choratia, we met special signs in places where it is allowed to swim and sunbathe with dogs.

There is no additional equipment here, so visiting this beach is free.

Italian dog beaches are another matter. Everything here is like people and even better. There are urns, drinking bowls for dogs, separate chaise lounges for them. They are full-fledged vacationers on such a beach. But you will have to pay decently for such a joint vacation – from 20 euros per day.

How do I book a hotel stay with a dog?

For us, the most difficult moment in traveling with a dog, oddly enough, was the booking of accommodation. An exception is camping in Norway, where dogs are accepted everywhere and no restrictions are put forward.

It would seem that everything is simple. When choosing a hotel for put a tick in the choice of search terms “Pets are allowed” and that’s it. But it was not there. Recently, very rarely hotels write “Dog free”. Most often, it is indicated “This service may be paid.” I advise you to first clarify two points.

First, be sure to write a request to the hotel and receive a written confirmation that you will be accepted with a dog, otherwise extremely unpleasant moments are possible. Arriving at the hotel, you will find out that yes, it was possible with dogs, but recently they made repairs and now it is impossible. Or with dogs it is possible, but only very small ones, which do not shed, do not bark and generally do not make themselves felt.

The second point is the amount of additional payment. If in most countries it does not exceed 10 euros, then in Poland there can be and more often than not there are unpleasant discoveries when hoteliers announce to you upon arrival that the cost of living for a dog is almost the same as for a person.

Having learned from bitter experience, I have been doing this for several years. I am booking a hotel where it seems to be allowed to live with a dog. Then I write an email to the hotel, where I indicate the breed and weight of the dog and ask you to answer if I can live with it in the hotel and how much it costs. As a rule, hoteliers do not respond to letters. Then I call the Booking support service and ask them to send a similar request to the hotel and send me a written response. When I receive such an answer, and it comes rather quickly and is far from always satisfactory, then I either calmly go to this hotel, or refuse it and book another.

Another unpleasant moment. The owners of some hotels (fortunately, there are very few of them) believe that the dog is like a large additional suitcase, which is completely invisible and inaudible. And if she suddenly barks even during the day, then this is a terrible tragedy and a claim will be made to you. And this happens even with our silent Asya, who does not bark for no reason at all.

For example, when kids are running past the room. To avoid such situations, I immediately indicate in the “Special Requests” box when booking that we need a room at the very end of the corridor, where no one walks by. It is not a fact that you will be provided with this one, but then in which case the owners of the hotel will be to blame, not you.

Increasingly, we began to book accommodation on the AirBnB website for the simple reason that there you can immediately resolve all issues with the owner of the apartment you like and then there will be no surprises either for us or for the owner.

Crossing the border with a dog

If you have all the necessary documents for the dog and they are correctly executed, then there are usually no problems at the border. On the Russian side, no one is interested in the dog at all, they don’t ask for documents. In my opinion, the fastest and easiest way to cross the border with Finland and Estonia. Finns sometimes do not pay attention to the dog at all, sometimes they scan the chip or look at the European certificate, but all this is very fast and not burdensome.

Things are going a little slower on the Polish border. The veterinarian reads the entire European certificate very carefully and pays attention to who issued it (Rosselkhoznadzor – required). Then they may ask to take the dog out of the car, check the seat under it, scan the chip. On one occasion we were even asked to show that we had bags for collecting dog waste.

But the longest and most dreary passage of the Belarusian border. Belarusians believe that any dog, even a small mongrel, is of serious value and must be declared. Therefore, with dogs, you need to queue up in the red corridor and fill out a customs declaration. The queue is always slower there. There is absolutely always something wrongly written in the declaration, although we fill it in according to the previous already checked declaration. Then you need to go look for a veterinarian, who does not always sit in the booth, can go to lunch or for a technical break, or just no one knows where. When an employee is found, he looks through absolutely all the dog’s documents for a very long time and only after that they let the car with the dog pass. Of all the border crossings, the transition Belarus – Poland always takes the most time.

Preparing the dog for the trip

On the way, the dog, in addition to a passport with up-to-date vaccinations and marks about deworming and tick treatment, will need two certificates: Form 1 for Russian border guards and a Euro certificate for the second party.

Form F1 can be obtained only at the state veterinary clinic or veterinary station for the fight against animal diseases, and at the place of residence. True, this requirement is easily circumvented if you are not more comfortable with your own veterinary station. You just need to give the address of residence in the area of ​​this station. The dog must be presented. As a rule, they do not pay attention to it, but once it is necessary, then we always quote. Moreover, our chip was scanned twice and once the presence of parasites on the wool was checked with some kind of blue lamp. The cost of the certificate, like everything else with us, is growing every year. The last time this summer it cost about 500 rubles.

I know that many who go abroad with a dog do not take the F1 form at all, saying that no one needs it. This is partly true. We on the Russian side never asked her. But once we are supposed to have it, we get it every time. The certificate is valid for only five days, so it is better to take it immediately before leaving.

The second certificate – Form F5A is needed on the other side of the border. If you are not traveling to the Schengen area, then it is enough.

For Schengen, as an attachment to the F5A form, a European Union veterinary certificate is also issued, usually in English, and if you ask, then also in the language of the country of entry. This certificate, as a rule, is always looked at. Finns are sometimes an exception. A few years ago, it was possible to travel with a Euro certificate obtained in private veterinary centers. Recently, this has not gone away. Only Euro certificates issued by Rosselkhoznadzor are accepted.

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Dog Food Full Guide

There are so many different types of dog food for sale that it can be difficult to decide which food to offer your dog. As if it wasn’t difficult enough to make a choice, one person will tell you that fresh meat is best while the other swears by dog food. It’s important that you look at what your dog does best. Read more about dog feeds at doggolab.com.

All biochemical processes that take place in the body of your dog depend on the substances that enter the body through food. It is therefore not difficult to imagine that nutrition plays an important role in the overall health of your dog.
The quality of dog food is largely determined by the composition of raw materials and nutrients, the bioavailability and digestibility, the energy density, the consistency and appearance, the appreciation by the animal and the shelf life. The amount of feces produced gives a good indication of the quality of the feed. In general, the quality of dog food is better when the dog produces less and sturdy stools. Healthy food also ensures a beautiful, shiny coat and often makes dogs more lively.

The feed of lower quality is often cheaper per kilogram, but more must be given. As a result, the difference in the cost per meal between cheap and healthy dog ​​food is often less than expected. Dogs that receive poor nutrition have a poor coat, a lot of thin stools and are less comfortable with their skin. Most owners do not even notice the latter. However, when they switch to a good quality dog ​​food, they suddenly see the dog revive.

Dry food

If you choose dry food, make sure that the water bowl contains sufficient water around mealtime. Dog food is quite salty and therefore arouses thirst.

Dry food contains little water and therefore has a long shelf life. There are many different providers of dry food for dogs. The differences in quality between different brands of dog food are large because there is no proper legislation in the field of quality requirements for dog food.
Certain dog food manufacturers do a lot of research and use high-quality raw materials. This also explains the price difference between the good dog food that you can buy at the vet or pet store and the cheap dog food that is for sale in the supermarket. Well-known brands of dog food are Hills, Royal Canin, Eukanuba and Pro Plan.

Cheap dog food often contains more vegetable proteins, which are of lower quality. In addition, cheap dog food does not contain all essential amino acids in sufficient quantity, which can cause problems such as extremely large amounts of hair, skin flakes, itching, and scratching. Because this cheap dog food is also poorly digested, the dog needs a larger amount of dog food and produces more feces.

Wet food

Wet or canned food consists of 70 to 90% water. Due to the strong odor, this food is preferred by many dogs. However, dogs cannot chew on this, which results in tartar. It is therefore important to alternate wet food with dog food or to offer the dog other chewing options.

Fresh meat

Nowadays there are also more and more commercial suppliers of fresh meat for dogs. Within the fresh meat dog food, a distinction is made between NRV (Natural Raw Food), BARF (Bones and Raw Food) and KVV (Complete Fresh Meat). At NRV whole prey animals are fed and no vegetables are added. At BARF, the diet is composed of adding various food components (such as muscle meat, organ meat, bones, and vegetables) based on percentages. KVV is ground, frozen, ready-to-eat dog food and therefore no longer contains recognizable pieces of meat, as is the case with BARF and NRV. Vegetables are also added to KVV dog food.

According to the law, only raw materials of a quality that are suitable for human consumption may be used as fresh dog food for pet animals. Because of the Aujeszky virus, which is almost always fatal for dogs, dogs should not be fed unheated animal pig products.

Assemble dog food yourself

It requires a lot of work to prepare the dog’s own prepared food and often the result is less healthy than good-quality commercial dog food. A common mistake is, for example, that the dog receives the wrong proportions of the minerals calcium and phosphorus. This can result in all sorts of disorders in the bones and joints of your dog. If you still want to put together the food for your dog yourself, study it thoroughly and possibly ask your vet for advice about possible food-related problems occurring later.

Puppy food

You are advised to give your puppy a special puppy food up to the age of 6 months. Because puppies grow so fast, they need more protein and calories in their food. After 6 months you can switch to an intermediate form that contains less energy than puppy food, but still contains the right ratio of nutrients to achieve good, balanced bone growth. The dog can switch to adult dog food when it has grown.

Senior dog food

From the age of 6 to 7 years old, you can consider switching to dog food for the ‘senior’ dog. This dog food contains less energy because older dogs have a lower energy requirement. This allows you to prevent your older dog from becoming overweight.

The right amount of dog food

The most common food-related problem in the dog is overweight. This is not surprising since dogs are rarely still working today and they often have less opportunity to move around. Moreover, we like to spoil our dogs. However, being overweight is a serious problem.

Follow the instructions from the food manufacturer. However, bear in mind that breed, temperament, lifestyle and individual aptitude all play a role in determining the ideal amount of dog food. It is therefore important that you adjust the amount of dog food that you give to the condition of your dog. If your dog is overweight, give less food and supplement the diet with vegetables such as green beans and carrots or fruit such as strawberries or apples (without a core). Dogs cannot digest fiber, but this supplement to the diet will satisfy hunger. The image below can help you determine whether the weight of your dog is correct.

Pregnant or lactating bitches and dogs that have to deliver a high level of activity have a higher energy requirement and therefore need to consume more calories. Dog food must also be adjusted for this by giving more or by choosing a product with a higher energy value.

How often do I have to feed my dog ​​a day?

In an adult dog, dog food is generally distributed over 2 meals per day. In some cases, it may be wise to divide the amount of dog food into 3 to 4 times a day. For example when your dog has a sensitive gastrointestinal tract.
Puppies are also fed more often per day. Puppies receive 4 meals a day between the ages of 8 and 12 weeks. From 12 to 24 weeks they receive 3 meals a day. And when the puppy is older than 24 weeks, you can switch to 2 meals a day.

Composition of dog food

Dog food must be composed of the following 6 groups of nutrients: water, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, and vitamins. And that in the right proportions and quantities. Below is a brief explanation of each of these 6 groups of nutrients.

Water

Water is needed in the body for transport of nutrients to tissue, maintains body temperature and aids in the digestion of other nutrients. Water is the most essential nutrient for survival. A dog dies already with a loss of 15% of the amount of water in the body. Water must always be available for the dog, but if you choose dry food, make sure that the water bowl is always full around mealtime.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are short or long chains of sugars and are known as ‘fast’ energy suppliers. The fastest energy supplier among carbohydrates is known as grape sugar. Dogs do not really need carbohydrates, because they are able to convert other nutrients into glucose through their own metabolism. Nevertheless, carbohydrates are good energy suppliers. In addition, food containing natural carbohydrates contains dietary fibers that are important for proper intestinal function.

Protein

The dog needs proteins as building blocks for building and repairing many tissues such as muscles, tendons, skin, hair, and blood. Together with other nutrients, they ensure the formation of enzymes and hormones that regulate metabolism. Proteins are needed in the formation of antibodies, which help fight infection and they can be used to provide energy.

A distinction can be made between animal proteins and vegetable proteins. For example, vegetable proteins come from soy and are of a lower quality than animal protein, because not all essential amino acids are present in the right amount in vegetable proteins. If there is a shortage of proteins or proteins of a lower quality, problems can arise in the construction of tissues, the metabolism and the defense mechanism against diseases. This can manifest itself in poor appetite, poor growth or even thinning and a poor condition of the coat.

Fats

Fats are actually the most important supplier of energy. Dietary fats provide your dog with 2.25 times more calories per unit weight than protein or carbohydrates. A deficiency of essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) results in skin damage, a poor condition of the coat and can even lead to reproductive problems. In addition, fats are involved in the absorption, storage, and transport of the fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamin A, D, E, and K).

Minerals

Minerals perform many functions in the body. Calcium and phosphorus, for example, are important for the skeleton and teeth and sodium and potassium are important for regulating the correct moisture balance. Minerals are also closely involved in metabolism.

A distinction is made between macrominerals and micro minerals or trace elements. The macrominerals must be present in large quantities in the dog food: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chlorine, and sulfur. The microminerals or trace elements must be present in the diet in a much lesser amount: iron, copper, zinc, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, cobalt and iodine. Other trace elements that have only recently been discovered are fluorine, chromium, nickel, silicon, tin, and vanadium. Little is yet known about the function of these relatively new trace elements.

It is very important that the minerals are present in the right proportion and in the correct amounts in the dog food. For example, in dogs that only eat muscle meat, calcium deficiency occurs. The body will remove calcium from the bones because the body still needs calcium. The skeleton is descaled so that fractures can easily occur. This is called ‘all meat syndrome’ and is typically a disease for puppies. Because nowadays full use is made of complete dog food, this is becoming less common. However, too much calcium can also cause bone problems.

Vitamins

Vitamins play a very important role in all kinds of biochemical processes and cannot be produced by the body. The daily requirement for vitamins is very low and often amounts to just a few mg per day. In general, a deficiency but also an excess of vitamins can be harmful and eventually lead to death.

Vitamins are divided into fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins.
Fat-soluble vitamins Water-soluble vitamins
Vitamin A Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
Vitamin D Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin E Nicotinic acid
Vitamin K Pantothenic acid
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Biotin
Folic acid
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)
Choline

In summary:

Quality dog ​​food is important for the health, resistance, and fitness of your dog. Especially when your dog is still growing. There are major differences in the quality of various dog food. You can buy better dog food at the vet or pet shop. Healthy dog ​​food provides a beautiful, shiny coat, less and firmer stools and often makes dogs more lively.

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Benefits of goji berries for dogs

For some time now, there have been a number of foods that, due to their properties and benefits, have been used regularly. But did you know that some of these superfoods can also be beneficial for your pet? In this article, we tell you some more details about goji berries for dogs.

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Types of scabies in dogs

Symbiosis or scabies is a disease that affects the skin and is extremely contagious. In the animal world, many species are susceptible to contracting it, although perhaps the best-known cases are those of scabies in dogs, but did you know that there are different types of scabies? From My Animals, we detail you about some of them.

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Health benefits of bee hive products for dogs

Nature offers us very beneficial products for our health and that of our animals. Beehive products for dogs have many healthy properties, but they are not necessary to have a proper daily diet. We can use them as supplements from time to time, whenever we consult with our veterinarian.

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Causes and treatments of urticaria in dogs

Hives in dogs appear in the form of reddish welts on the skin that can cause itching. Usually, it is caused by a reaction to which allergic dogs are prone.

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Breeds of extinct dogs you should know

Currently, the number of breeds of extinct dogs is unknown because either because of their disuse as working animals or because of the introduction of other exotic kinds, they have ended up falling into oblivion. However, both documentation and science have allowed us to know them.

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Research tells us how dogs age

When calculating how a dog’s age, it has always been generalized by saying that a human year corresponds to seven canines, however, this rule varies depending on race and size, and a series of characteristic physical and behavioral changes occur.

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Cracked nose in dogs: causes and treatment

On some occasions, the pathologies of the pets can begin with physical alterations. The cracked nose in dogs is an example of this, hence the importance of observation and subsequent collaboration between owners and veterinarians.