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found this on PBS for Kids:
So you’ve never experienced the death of a close family member or friend, but you do know this: when your dog died suddenly, you were devastated. You felt sad, shocked, and angry, but people kept saying, “Come on, it’s just a dog!” and this made you feel silly for being so upset.
The death of a pet is very different from the death of a person, but we can still learn a lot about grieving from these experiences. In fact, grieving for a pet follows the same basic pattern as it does for people. After all, our pets are members of our family and, sometimes, our best friends. They love us unconditionally and we feel responsible for their safety and happiness.
If you’re struggling with the death of an animal you loved very deeply, consider these ideas:
Hold a funeral or memorial so you can “say goodbye.”
Cry as much as you need to, and talk about what you’re feeling to anyone who will listen and not judge.
Use creativity to express yourself and remember your pet. Maybe make a photo Album. Or Plant a special Plant in the Garden for your pet.
When we lose a pet, it’s very tempting to run right out and get a new “replacement” to fill the empty space in our home and heart. Try not to rush into anything, and give yourself time to work through your emotions.
Hannah, 10, told us how she got through the grieving process after her cat, Tasha, was hit by a car and killed: “I knew I couldn’t bring Tasha back, but a few months later we went to the animal shelter. I fell in love with this new kitty and adopted him, which meant that we saved his life. I liked the idea that we honored Tasha by giving life to another cat.”
I live in Long Beach California. It’s summer and it’s terrific to live in playful SoCal. Lots of outdoor life and folks hanging with their dogs. Walking around the town and at the beach, I see many pet owners walking their dogs in the middle of the warm/hot day, no less on the hot pavement. I want to run up to the person with their pet and ask them to take off their shoes and walk barefoot like their dog.
Asphalt is black and retains heat. Sand can get hot…trying walking on it. We need to extend our thoughts to our pets and what they maybe experiencing. Protect your Pet’s well-being. Ask yourself, “how would they feel?” The peds of your dog could get ripped up and blistered. Please, be smart and compassionate, leave them home in the cool house, take them for an early morning walk and keep plenty of fresh water for your pet to drink.
I also see a lot of Pet owners riding bikes or scooters pulling their pets along. Is this so they can have fun or are you trying to wear them out? Please, EVERYTHING in moderation. Check in with them now and then. Looking at them to see if they are being too pushed, they may need to rest and have some water. Slow is ok…No need to make them go faster and faster. Again, be mindful and sensitive of your pets needs. Go slow and do this in the morning in cooler weather. Running them in the street is rougher texture on their peds. Ouchy.
Carry plenty of FRESH water. Sunstroke is dangerous for your Pet. They can get dehydrated. Let them be in the shade if they are hanging with you outside.
Bringing your dogs to events…Yes? or No? I am talking about 4th of July picnics, beach parties, street fairs, or other places that noise, crowds and heat are what they experience. They are dodging feet and noise. Think about it from their height. They have to be on guard most of the time. It is taxing to their nervous systems. I want to give a shout out with the animal in mind…LEAVE THEM AT HOME! They are more at peace. True, they probably love being with you, but like I said before, your dog maybe happier at home.
Is tying your dog to a pole a smart thing to do when you run into a grocery store or cafe? A short time and in the shade…but what if someone TAKES them? It’s happened!
I was walking outside a Grocery store once and a small white poodle was whining and was clearly uncomfortable. Soon after that the sweet dog pooped on the sidewalk where she was tied up with 2 feet of leash to spare. UGH.
We all love our pets and want to do the best for them. Please help educate others that do know some of these helpful hints to taking care of your Pet in a deeper and more connected way.
What do you think are the most common pet poisonings? Rat poison? Insecticides? The Pet Poison Hotline publishes a list of most common poisonings reported in dogs and cats – many of these items are non-toxic to humans but can be deadly to fur babies. In this month’s post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the dangers lurking in your home and how to best to protect your pet kids.
Chocolate: Dark equals dangerous! For dogs, chocolate toxicity can lead to seizures, vomiting, diarrhea and coma. In extreme dosages, chocolate poisoning can even prove fatal. Baking chocolate and dark chocolate are the most deadly.
Xylitol: This common sugar substitute is found in sugar-free gums, candies and many other foods. What many don’t know is that it’s not uncommon in some medications and nasal sprays. Xylitol is toxic to dogs, not cats, and can cause low blood sugar and liver failure.
Over-the-counter medications: Ibuprofen, naproxen and acetaminophen cause gastric ulcers in both dogs and cats. Acetaminophen can even lead to anemia in cats. Cough and cold medications that contain phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine or acetaminophen are also dangerous, as these medications are often formulated in tasty liquids pet kids find irresistible. Never give these medications to your fur kids. Keep them in a high cabinet, well out of reach of pets.
Prescription drugs: ADD and ADHD medications can cause tremors, seizures, heart problems and even death in companion animals. Felines are highly sensitive to antidepressant medications. Cymbalta and Effexor, among others, can cause severe neurological and heart problems.
Rodenticides: Rat poison is just as deadly for dogs as it is for rodents. To make matters worse, dogs love the flavor of the bait. These toxic substances cause fatal internal bleeding and brain swelling.
Grapes or Raisins: While harmless to humans, grapes and raisins contain a substance that can lead to canine kidney failure. The exact source of the problem remains a mystery to veterinary experts.
Oxygen Absorbers: You know those little freshness packets in jerky treats? That’s an oxygen absorber, included to keep foods and treats fresh. Oftentimes, they contain iron, which can be poisonous to pets. Whatever you do, don’t let your fur kids ingest these little packets!
Flea products for dogs are toxic to cats! These products often contain pyrethrins, which can cause feline seizures and tremors. If it says ‘for canine use only’, take that warning to heart!
Household Plants: Lilies are the number one source of toxicity reported in cats. These beautiful house plants cause kitty kidney failure. A good rule of thumb … if you have a cat, don’t keep lilies in your house (or your yard, for that matter). Lilies aren’t the only plants with the potential for harm – philodendrons and pothos can cause oral ulcers and foaming at the mouth.
What to do if your companion animal is poisoned …
1. Take a deep breath and try to remain calm.
2. Remove your companion animal from the area where the poisoning occurred.
3. Make sure your pet kid is breathing and behaving normally. If not, go immediately to the emergency clinic.
4. Contain the poisonous material, preventing additional exposure. Obtain a sample of the questionable material, store in a plastic baggy for preservation and ease of transport. The more evidence you can supply your veterinarian, the more easily they’ll be able to diagnose the problem, and solution.
5. Don’t just hope things will improve on their own … go to a vet for immediate assistance. Call your vet’s office for guidance prior to your visit, or contact the 24-hour Pet Poison Hotline at 800-213-6680 ($35 fee). Make sure to save these numbers on your phone now, so you won’t have to scramble for the numbers later. Do not induce vomiting without the advice of a veterinarian and never give your pet oil, milk, food, salt or anything orally without talking to a veterinarian first.
The prognoses for poisoning are better the sooner it’s reported, so never hesitate to get help as soon as possible. There is a narrow window of time to neutralize most poisons. Immediate treatment could save your pet’s life!
Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.
resource: Dr. Jane Bicks
Good Hygiene is important. If your dog has repeated head shaking, please tend to his or her ears.
They may have Foul-smelling in the ear. or waxy build-up? Red, painfully inflamed ears? What do all these things have in common? All are symptoms of otitis externa, or what is commonly referred to as ear infections. If you have ever groaned inwardly and felt dismay the moment your dog starts shaking his head or rubbing his ears along the nearest available surface, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, too many pet parents are more than familiar with this recurring medical problem. Often, it is accompanied by an offensive odor and one can only imagine how overwhelming the smell is to the suffering pup!
Canine ear infections result from an overgrowth of yeast or bacteria in the ear canal, causing redness, irritation and a heavy accumulation of wax. Likely triggers of these maladies are skin reactions to inhaled allergens – like pollen, mold or dust mites – or food allergies and sensitivities. Be aware that both large ears and swimming predispose dogs to ear infections.
Pets usually develop ear infections as adults, and the infection is almost always localized in the external portion of the ear. In most cases, the application of prescription drops or ointments directly into the ear canal usually resolves the illness. If you suspect your companion animal may be suffering from an ear infection, please seek veterinarian assistance for diagnosis and treatment. If necessary, your vet may prescribe a topical medicine and advise routine cleaning.
Cleans ears and eliminates odor.
Dissolves ear wax.
Removes dirt and debris.
Soothes like only aloe vera can.
Contains no alcohol and will not sting.
Leaves ears dry, which keeps nasty ear debris at bay.
Safe and gentle enough for puppies and kittens.
Ear Care Formula contains a special botanical blend and gentle cleansers specifically developed to keep your pet’s ear’s healthy. Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract, Valeriana Officinalis Extract (Valerian), Juglans Nigra (Black Walnut) Leaf Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Extract (St. John’s Wort), Stellaria Media Extract (Chickweed), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Extract (Licorice Root), Scutellaria Lateriflora Extract (Skullcap), Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone.
Source– Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah reveals the steps to safe and effective ear cleaning to promote overall ear health.
1. Adjust their exercise routine. Walk dogs early in the morning or late in day when temperatures are cooler. Shorten walks if necessary, and avoid runs on hot days – dogs will keep running even if they are overheating. Cats tend to restrict their own activity in the heat better than dogs.
2. Remove clothing from pets. Sweaters and other clothing on pets during the summer will trap excessive heat and may contribute to overheating. The ideal temperature for cats and dogs is between 60-80 degrees. Dogs and cats cool themselves by panting and do not have sweat glands on their skin (only on their paw pads). Cats do not pant under normal circumstances – if your cat is panting, he/she may be extremely overheated or stressed and immediate action should be taken.
3. Be cautious when walking your dog on pavement and at the beach. The hot pavement and sand can burn and blister your dog’s paws, just as it would your own. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog. Asphalt temperatures can reach 160 degrees. Keep dogs on lawns, or have them wear booties if they will be on asphalt or on sand.
4. Make sure your pet has plenty of access to shade and clean water when outdoors.
5. ***Never leave your pet unsupervised in a car. A hot car is never ok…even in the shade! The temperature inside a parked car can reach 200 degrees and higher within a matter of minutes, even with the windows open. Please contact Police and/or break the car window if the pet is panting and looks distressed.
7. Make sure your pet wears proper identification. Licensing and microchipping pets greatly increases the chances of reuniting a lost pet with its owner. Pets have a much better chance on making it back home to it’s family.
9. Make sure you know the number of the emergency veterinary hospitals in your area. Take a few minutes to drive by your local emergency veterinary hospital so you can be sure you can find it an emergency when you may not be thinking as clearly as on an ordinary day.
Be a Responsible Pet owner! Thank you!
“Two evenings ago, I applied one tube of K9 Advantix II for small dogs (4-10 lbs), to my 6 yr. old Maltese. This was not the first time I had applied the product, however, within approximately 24 hrs, my dog began scratching and showing signs of agitation. He ran around the house and hid under furniture to get away from what was bothering him. I checked him thoroughly for fleas, ticks or mosquitoes and found nothing. Nor was his skin irritated. The behavior increased into night and early morning.
Thinking that he might have had an allergic reaction to the grass, as he has had in the past two years at this time of the year, I gave him a third of a tablet of Benadryl, which seemed to calm him down. I bathed him carefully with a soothing dog shampoo, and checked once again for fleas. Nothing. Still concerned, I called the medical emergency number (800-422-9874) on the product box. After providing the contact person with information about the situation, I was told that what my dog was experiencing was “paresthesia”, which could be compared to the feeling a human has when their foot or leg falls asleep. It’s annoying and aggravating to the dog because they don’t understand it, and more importantly not dangerous – just a sensation .
The product goes to the dermis layer of the skin, and will resolve itself within 72 hrs. However, one of the things they recommended was to shampoo the dog 3 times with Dawn Dish Soap to reduce the absorption in the skin.
The ingredient that is the source of this sensation is Permethrin, which is derived from chrysanthemums. Furthermore, any ingredient ending in “thrin” could react the same way. (people-read your labels). The reaction could occur even though the animal has had this product applied in the past without any symptoms. I told them I had given my dog Benadryl, and was told that would be good to calm the dog down, but it would not help relieve the dog of the symptoms. I found the medical emergency contact to be very knowledgeable and helpful. We can wait it out now with relief.
Searching the Internet I have found a blog called World Wide Woof. Of course one needs to use their smarts and wonder how much can be dramatized or sensationalized. Check it out: http://www.dogsonly.org/Woof/toast.asp?sub=show&action=posts&fid=2&tid=29&page=7
Too many incidents of this poison being applied to our pets. It is dangerous! I have become very concerned and want people to know my experience to possibly help others out there avoid this mishap. The product I applied was K9Advantix II. Please be mindful and aware of how your dog reacts if you choose to use this flea product. In the past I have used Advantage II. Two different product ingredients, but both made by Bayer. Now I know that I can use Advantage II on Bucky in the future, but NOT Advantix II.
I wrote to, Bayer, the manufacturer of this product.
My Maltese has been in a state of frenzy
ever since applying K9 Advantix II last Sunday night. He is
biting at himself, rolling, scratching himself and the
ground, paranoid, hiding, scared, running everywhere and
anywhere,hyper. It’s like he’s schizophrenic, crazy. I have
discussed this issue with the emergency medical contact
(referred to on your box) and was told that he is suffering
with paresthesia, a sensation in the skin from an ingredient
you now use in your product – Permethrin. You need to take
it out of your product – it’s a poison and has done an
immense amount of harm to dogs , including death. My claim
#1350*** has been registered with the medical emergency
number, and I will register another complaint with the Food
and Drug Division of the US Gov’t., as it is insanity that
you continue to produce this product with all the complaints
you have received. Even the manager of the Petco that I
spoke to was all to familiar with the reaction your product
has had on animals.
Thank you for your email to the global headquarters for Bayer HealthCare Animal
Health. We appreciate you taking the time to contact us. Bayer HealthCare Animal Health, Global Communications Team, Managing Director: Dr. Dirk Ehle
Then we spoke a few days later….
I had a 15-minute phone conversation with a representative from Bayer. She called me to go thru EVERYTHING, documenting Bucky’s history, reaction, current condition, etc. I was impressed with her too, as I was with the initial emergency medical contact. She was a plethora of information, especially about the ingredient. The only new information is to apply liquid Vitamin B to the area. She thanked me for contacting the medical person, as they do extension reporting and follow thru with any customer complaint and with the FDA and all like agencies they have to report and work with. I really feel confident that it will not do any permanent harm.
I am wondering this (which was not mentioned) if “The ingredient that is the source of this sensation is Permethrin” and harmful to ‘some dogs’…is this a chemical that affects the flea but not poisoning the dog? How can that chemical be safe? My inquiry (which I am not sure a Big Business would admit) is how can a poison affect one thing and not another? I have a hard time believing this is safe for the over all health of the dog. But the fleas NEED TO BE managed. So what do we do?
You can go to our banner for CEDAR OIL INDUSTRIES. It’s safe -Nature’s Defender. Look over on the right area of this blog, see the girl holding the black and white dog? Click on it. I use it, and one of our friend’s uses it with her cat. I spray it on the bedding and the pet. It works for us.
I contacted my friend, Melissa, at Wylder’s Retail and Rescue in Studio City.
They offer some Holistic Flea solutions.
she wrote: “We have at WyldersHolisticPetCenter.com. We will ship these to you as well. If anyone has questions please call Melissa at 818-762-2665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (copy and Paste)
Flea Free is a blend of organic essential oils that you spray on your dog once a day when they will be encountering fleas. It has a lovely aroma and the $18 bottle will last around 6 months for a small to medium sized dog. The ingredients are all safe and natural. You can even spray the formula on your own hands and rub it in!
Snook’s nutritional flea treatment is a supplement that you sprinkle on your dogs food. It is all natural and has been tested on humans. The dogs do not taste it but it causes a reaction that makes their blood unappealing to fleas. Again, it is all natural and a small 6-month supply is an affordable $15. A large is $22 and would be a 6-month supply for multiple small dogs or a large dog.
source: my sister, Melissa and myself.
MICROCHIP your pet. How does a MICROCHIP work?
This form of permanent ID can help your lost pet find it’s way home. They will thank you!
A microchip is a small implanted frequency device (RFID) about the size of a grain of rice. It is injected under the skin between pet’s shoulders. It is similar to getting a vaccination, no anesthesia is required. It is claimed that it is not a painful procedure…maybe like a sting. The MC is completely inert lacks a power source. To read the information on the microchip, a scanner that emits specific radio frequencies is passed over the pet. This ID number is then entered into a database where the pet owner’s information is stored. This is why it is VERY IMPORTANT to keep your information updated. Be a responsible pet parent, they depend on you.
Microchipping your pet is beneficial. One success story, a lost pet was taken to a veterinarian, they scanned it and the pet actually belonged to one of the vet’s other clients. They came and retrieved their pet who snuck out under the fence. I recently heard of a dog that was returned after 7 years of being gone! The owners were thrilled to get their pet back after showing up in a shelter.
Collars and name tags are important as well, but they can come off and Microchipping is double insurance in retrieving your lost pet.
After you have your pet Microchipped make sure you register the information properly. The information in the database associated with that number consists ONLY if provided by the owner. Again, register it and keep it up to date. Please be a responsible pet owner. Do it BEFORE you have to learn the hard/heartbreaking way.
Do you have a story you can share with us? see the area, below, to reply to this entry about Microchipping…tell us your story, it can help to educate others.
source: myself, Barbara Tapella, and Dr. Jeff Rothstein, president of progressive pet animal hospitals in Michigan
We found a special couple to open their hearts and give another dog a home! Yay! How good does this feel? You know what I mean if you have ever found an animal in need. You feel all that tension and anxiety, and ask “why did I get involved with this?”. Then you stick with it, you get support and the magic starts to unfold, ending in a blessed act of kindness! Another Happy Animal who is safe.
Your hope is raised and you are happy you got involved. You kick up your heels and feel like you contributed.
The Internet is amazing, so powerful and reaches many miles and makes the limits much wider. I often think about all the dogs, cats, pets that used to rely on the local classified ads in newspapers. If you were lucky enough a person telephoned. “in the old days”….
I love doing this work for the animals- It takes time and tenacity.
Want to share this-My regular income is generated with my massage practice and has been since 1984. In 2010, I created www.mypetfirst.com to educate, network and build community for the animals. It helps to bring income & keep my heart projects alive. Please consider stopping by and looking at the Pet food I represent, or click google ads below, or buy from my affiliates, and/or order stuff through my link at Amazon (for anything you buy). We all will benefit!
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Thank you! Barbara Tapella
This is Barbara and Moki. She found Barbara & was adopted when she was 7 years old and lived a blessed life until she was 16.
Toxic Deadly Mulch
The following article is from:
Cocoa mulch is toxic to dogs
Pet owners beware: This warning is real
It’s mulching season, and this landscaping essential just can’t catch a break.
Is it true? The fact that fragrant cocoa mulch can kill dogs that eat it? There is truth to the claim, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Some dogs are attracted by the mulch’s chocolate aroma, and according to a warning from the ASPCA in 2003, “Eaten by a 50-pound dog, about 2 ounces of cocoa bean mulch may cause gastrointestinal upset; about 4.5 ounces, increased heart rate; about 5.3 ounces, seizures; and over 9 ounces, death.”
Cocoa mulch is made from crushed cacao shells, which contain caffeine and theobromine, two compounds to which dogs are particularly sensitive. (These substances are also present in everyday comestibles like baker’s chocolate, chocolate bars and candies, colas, and tea.) Depending on the size of the dog and the amount of cocoa mulch it ingests, symptoms can range from stomach upset to cardiac arrest. Dogs metabolize the compounds slowly, so symptoms may take hours or even days to manifest themselves. The ASPCA’s advice: Avoid using cocoa mulch anywhere unsupervised dogs roam.
Other natural alternatives to cocoa mulch, like cedar chips and pine straw, are typically less toxic but still may contain resins and oils that trigger gastrointestinal disorders in pets that ingest them. And all mulches, including those made from recycled plastics (see our report, available to subscribers), pose a choking hazard, especially in pooches with less-than-discriminating palates.
If you suspect your dog has eaten cocoa mulch or any other toxic substance, immediately contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. The center, open 24/7 every day of the year, charges $55 per consultation.
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