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Choosing The Right Dog


The big day is approaching! After listening to your kids beg for a puppy for years, you're finally ready to give in and buy a dog. Before you take this big step, stop to consider a few factors that should influence your choice of dog. After all, you are about to enter into a 10-15 year commitment, and you want to make sure you're prepared!


First, reconsider your impulse to begin with a puppy. Puppies are undeniably adorable and appealing, but they require lots of exercise, training, and supervision. Depending on your work schedule and the ages of your children, do you really have time to handle a rambunctious pup? Puppies demand your constant attention for most of their waking hours! Many dogs given up to animal shelters are under one year old, surrendered by people who underestimated the energy of their puppy and the time required to help him grow up right.


Many people mistakenly assume they can mold a puppy to be exactly what they're looking for in a dog. This doesn't hold true for dogs any more than it does for kids! Pups are born with innate personalities which manifest themselves as the dog grows up. By starting with an older dog, you will have some idea in advance of your dog's personality and preferences. If your main concern is to have a family dog that will be safe with your children, for example, you can search for a dog whose personality already shows those traits. Most animal shelters and rescue groups evaluate their dogs for key temperament issues and can readily assist you in finding a dog that will suit your lifestyle.


Another factor to consider in choosing a dog is breed, or lack thereof. Dog breeds are well defined and easily recognized, and indeed many people associate the work "dog" with a smart Golden Retriever or German Shepherd. In doing so, you miss out on a world of lovable animals who would be glad to devote themselves to your family! Mixed-breed dogs can be every bit as loyal, loving, and playful as pedigrees, with one distinct advantage over their purebred cousins: they tend to live longer, healthier lives. Many breeds have been so closely bred to produce champion bloodlines that certain health and temperament problems are becoming more and more common. For example, the incidence of hip dysplasia in Goldens and Shepherds is above 75%! Health problems associated with genetic inbreeding are practically unheard of in mixed breed dogs. Generally, by choosing a mixed breed, you will avoid most hereditary health problems and gain a hardy, robust companion.


If your family has nevertheless decided on a purebred puppy, the last factor to consider is where to buy your dog. The only safe place to acquire a purebred puppy is from a breeder, where you can visit and meet the parents (canine and human) of your new pup. Mother dogs pass many of their personality traits on to their puppies, so meeting and liking the mother helps ensure you'll get a puppy you can live with. Seeing firsthand the environment your pup grew up in will also help you avoid the inbreeding and ill health associated with dogs from breeding farms, or "puppy mills". If the puppies and their living space aren't clean and sanitary, find another breeder!


By all means, before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a purebred puppy, stop by your local animal shelter to see the dogs available for adoption. In addition to a devoted, lifelong family friend, by choosing a puppy - or, better yet, an adolescent or adult dog - from a shelter, you get an even greater reward. You save a life!

by Shelley Wester

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Seven healthy Indian puppies including the one in this picture have been rescued and are looking for loving homes. Pls call the rescuer directly in the below numbers

9940152959 or 8220876215
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If Your Dog or Cat Ever Does This, Go To the Vet IMMEDIATELY!

What Exactly is “Head-Pressing”?

The term “head pressing” is actually pretty descriptive—the affected pet stands close to a wall or other hard surface (furniture, the corner, etc) and literally presses the top of her head against it. It almost always signifies significant illness.

What are the illness/diseases that can cause this behaviour?

Many diseases can have head pressing as a clinical sign, but most often we associate it with hepatic encephalopathy, a condition that occurs in pets with liver disease. The liver is meant to remove toxins from the blood stream. When it doesn’t function properly, ammonia and other toxins build up and create this neurologic syndrome of head pressing.

Many breeds are predisposed to liver shunts, a condition in which blood bypasses the liver. Head pressing is a common clinical sign in these pups because of the hepatic encephalopathy that occurs secondary to the liver shunt.

Other conditions that can cause head pressing are:

Hydrocephalus (water on the brain)
Tumours in the brain
Strokes or vascular accidents in the brain
Head trauma.
Inflammatory and infectious types of meningitis and encephalitis
Any kind of trauma to the head or brain can potentially cause head pressing.
Are these disease and illness hereditary?

Some diseases, like liver shunts and hydrocephalus ARE hereditary. Pets with these conditions should not be bred. The other causes mentioned are not hereditary.

Any other symptoms people should look for?

Depending on the underlying cause for head pressing, other symptoms will likely be apparent. In the case of the most common presentation (hepatic encephalopathy), owners will likely see signs of liver disease including:

Jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes and gums)
Weight loss
Increased urination
Increased water intake
Mental dullness (particularly after a meal)
Are there any Preventions?

Not specifically. Many of the conditions that lead to head pressing are just luck of the draw. By keeping your pet healthy, up to date on vaccines, and on appropriate external and internal parasite control, you can avoid some of the infectious causes of encephalitis, however.

What is the prognosis of an animal that displays this behaviour? Does waiting to seek treatment make a difference?

Prognosis largely depends on the underlying cause. There are treatments for many of the conditions that lead to head pressing, and often pets can make a full recovery.

For most veterinary illnesses, the sooner treatment is sought, the better.

Any other information readers need to know?

You should not be concerned if your pet rubs his or her head against you for affection or attention. This kind of head butting is completely different from head pressing, which is an obvious effort to press the head into firm stationary objects.
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A complicated case and a fearful crowd led to the negligence of innocent cattle.

Our volunteers from Blue Cross never stop at anything! This was one of the most challenging cases we have faced in a while. Gaining ownership of cattle, be it temporary or permanent requires a lot of procedures. This case in particular had a lot complications as the cattle ignored by the owners involved a police case due to a series of unfortunate events.

Our volunteers found 5 cows which had been starving for 5 days. The neighbours and village members were reluctant to enter the premises and help the cattle as the feared for their own lives due to the complications involved. They could hear the cows screaming in agony for help!

Our volunteers were accompanied by the local Sub Inspector to visit the location. The cows were carefully loaded in the trucks and we ensured that their travel was comfortable. They are currently at at the Velachery Shelter under recovery!

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Quench the thirst of animals this summer

It's summer & Blue Cross of India have kick started their annual water bowl project and have been distributing bowls across Chennai city. All u can do is get a couple of them and place clean drinking water for the poor animals on the streets.

If u would like to, drop in a mail to
or call / text to
9840136341 / 044-22354959
with ur address, contact details and number of bowls.

You can also pick up the bowls from the shelter at Velachery.

**There will be a delivery charge of Rs 50 per bowl**

--Your LIKES, COMMENTS & SHARES will help Blue Cross of India to reach more animal lovers and spread information of animal welfare and rights.

Thank you animal lovers! 😃
Thank you for your support!

#waterbowl #chennai #bluecross
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What do we do when someone reaches out to help us when we are scared? We walk away further.

This rescue is based on that. A kitten had found herself stuck in the rain water harvest pipe of a building. This was a four storeys off the ground. We had to ensure that the scared kitten did not keep moving away from us, down the pipe where the rescue would have gotten more difficult.

This section of the pipe was L-shaped. We cut the pipe and sent in a hose through the horizontal section to make her come closer towards us. Once she was at the junction where she could be vertically carried, we removed her safely!

Watch this video for more!

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This little boxer cross boy came to us a week back with his front left paw crushed . He is recovering rapidly but desperately needs a home as he needs personal attention. He will recover to be a perfectly ok 3 legged doggie. He is right now in the Blue Cross of India shelter . Please call on 9789096602 to take him home . ... See MoreSee Less

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Figuratively, the billionth rescue from a well. We have a lot more to go!

The rescuer Mr. Vivek is an active volunteer with CARE Bangalore. His native is Chennai and volunteers with Blue Cross of India, he is trained in tactical rescue. Nothing stops his passion for animals.

Watch the rescue below. Share this video and like our page for more.
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