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I was watching the TODAY show this morning and saw the most wonderful clip of a woman and her passion for Cats. She is in her late 30′s and she rescues adult cats from shelters. Love her!
She also fosters kittens and helps find them permanent homes.
She adopted an older cat, YODA, from a shelter. Yoda was showing signs of distress so she brought him to the Veterinarian. The Vet said Yoda had about 7 months to live as his heart was compromised. She and her husband decided to keep Yoda until the end of his life and give him the best for the time he had left on this earth.
Fostering a litter of kittens, Yoda wanted to go into the “kitten” room. He immediately became “papa” and started to attend to them. grooming them and hanging out with them day and night. He was there for the kittens in a Papa sort of way. They loved cuddling and sleeping with him. Seven litters later and check-ups with his Veterinarian, Yoda’s heart was healing.
Healing. The condition was not there as it was before. Wow…think about that! ~ Caring for others and feeling of value~ BEAUTIFUL!
Love heals. Especially the sick heart.
Exercise regularly and enrich your dog’s life with stimulating activities
Your dog needs physical exercise and mental stimulation daily. Just turning him out into the back yard isn’t enough! They love their pack and get lonely when left alone for too long! Make time for your family-your pet. Consider hiring a dog walker if your work schedule is too busy for daily walks. Don’t forget that one of the gifts our dogs give us is an incentive to move our own bodies. Daily walks prevent obesity and improve the health and well-being of you both.
Training sessions and playing games with your dog on a regular basis are two great ways to keep him mentally agile and also help build a strong bond of fun and love between you.
Protect your dog from himself or herself
Having a dog is very different than having a child, but many of the same basic safety principles apply. If you drive with your dog, make sure he or she is safely secured in your car with a seat belt (in the back seat to protect her from air bags) or in the proper sized crate. Dogs love to sit up front, untethered and on your lap, but this is extremely dangerous. This can lead to tragic results.
Your home can be just as dangerous as your car for dogs. It is extremely important to “dog-proof” your house, garage, and yard. Is the fencing secure? Are there any toxins or pesticides they can get into? It doesn’t take much. Be mindful.
It may seem obvious but is worth mentioning: Always keep your dog on a leash near traffic or in large crowds. Even in familiar surroundings, your dog can excitedly dash off to chase a squirrel, a dog or a cat, the results could be disastrous.
Remember to trust your instincts.
If you have a feeling that there is something “off” with your pet’s health, take him to a veterinarian who will take your concerns seriously.
source: Dr. Jennifer Taylor at Creature Comfort in Oakland California…and Myself, Barbara Tapella
Your dog or cat may be curious about the pumpkins sitting on your front porch. It’s already Halloween, and your pumpkin may be beautifully carved. While it’s best your pet doesn’t eat that pumpkin, canned natural pumpkin (unsweetened – not pie filling), pumpkin seeds, and cooked fresh pumpkin have many benefits for dogs and cats. There is good reason that pumpkin is often a top ingredient in higher quality kibble. It can help with the following pet ailments:
1) Digestive Health: Pumpkin is a fabulous source of fiber for our furry friends, as well as for us. Pureed pumpkin (with no added sugar or spice) can help dogs and cats with both constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) to their regular meal is known to help keep them regular. I have Labs, so anything is edible, and I’m sure they would eat it right out of the can if I allowed, but most cats are usually a little more finicky. It can also help dogs and cats with indigestion or upset stomachs.
2) Urinary Health: According to Veterinarians Laci and Jed Schaible, co-founders of VetLive.com, pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants (good for overall healthy skin and fur), and the oils in pumpkins’ flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your pet will develop cancer.
3) Weight Loss: I’ve written about the dangers and commonality of pet obesity. Dogs seem to naturally love pumpkin. If you are looking to take a few pounds off of your pup or cat, try reducing a portion of their food and replace it with the same portion of canned pumpkin. Their tummy will feel just as full, and they might even thank you for the additional flavor.
I made and baked some great small treats with pumpkin for my pups and they LOVE them!
Source: Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, canine music expert, and local director of Camp Unleashed in California. By combining her passion for music with her love of dogs, she co-founded Through a Dog’s Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to relieve anxiety issues in dogs. She shares her home and her heart with her two adorable “career change” Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina…. And a bit ‘o Barb.
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
Hot Dogs: Pet Patrols Watch For Dogs In Cars
A new program is keeping watch for dogs left in hot cars. Summer heat can be uncomfortable for all of us, but particularly so for dogs. Canines only methods of cooling off are sweating through the paw pads on their feet or panting to circulate cool air throughout their bodies. Considering their limited recourse in dealing with elevated temperatures, leaving a dog unattended in a parked car can be unintentionally torturous for the animal. Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has taken steps to eliminate this by implementing a new program known as Pet Patrol.
Pet Patrol formed its ranks after an incident occurred that involved police breaking a car window to remove an overheating dog. Patrollers, wearing branded neon shirts, walk through parking lots at the mall each weekend looking for pets in distress. If they find a dog left in a car, they first attempt to page the owner. If this fails and the dog needs assistance, Pet Patrollers will then contact the authorities.
Rebecca Logan, marketing director for Mic Mac Mall, indicated to The Chronicle Herald that the program has greatly reduced incidences of canines being left in dangerous conditions and increased the capacity to contact the owners if such a situation arises.
“Since [the window-breaking incident in June] we have yet to find a pet in distress,” Logan told the source. “There have been a few isolated occasions where a pet has been found in an unattended vehicle, but the owners were located and the pet was not in any harm.”
We are thrilled this is now becoming a Mindful matter and a lot of action and education is taking hold.
Read more at http://blog.theanimalrescuesite.com/hot-dogs-pet-patrols-watch-for-dogs-in-cars/#KeljHxU3k3b5dp65.99
Some pets do not tolerate loud noises well, and with the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and its fireworks and rowdy celebrators, your pet may be on edge. Above all, make sure your pet cannot escape the safety of your home. On the chance your pet could escape, ensure your pet is wearing a collar and ID tag and have your pet microchipped, so if found, he or she can be easily identified as yours. Scared and frantic pets may run for blocks before realizing they are lost, so the importance of identification can’t be stressed enough.
What can you do to soothe your scared pet?
Make them comfortable in a room (DO NOT TAKE THEM TO PUBLIC EVENTS)…make sure they have plenty of water and food and turn the radio on. Not blasting but moderate noise. The bass can help flush out the big BOOMS that scare them when the fireworks sounds off.
VetriScience created Composure Chews, which contain vitamin B1, colostrum calming complex, and L-theanine with other tasty ingredients that your dog will take as a treat.
Bach Rescue Remedy contains rock rose, clematis, cherry plum, and star of bethlehem to help soothe and calm frayed nerves and provide a sense of security.
A Thundershirt is a compression garment that helps your pet feel safe. A lot of pets respond positively to just this shirt!
You can also provide your pet with a safe hiding spot to retreat to, a crate or box with blankets, a favorite closet, just knowing where in your home your pet feels safest and providing easy access to this spot during stressful times can help!
Talk to your vet about which remedy or combination might be best for your pet, and have a safe and happy holiday! Think it out what is BEST for your pet!
Dogs and Cats need lots of water in the summer. Be smart about your pets when the summer temperatures rise.
Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.
If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog. Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.
If the authorities are unresponsive or too slow and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment, take steps to remove the suffering animal from the car, and then wait for authorities to arrive.
Watch for heatstroke symptoms such as restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and lack of coordination. If a dog shows any of these symptoms, get him or her out of the heat, preferably into an air-conditioned vehicle, and then to a veterinarian immediately. If you are unable to transport the dog yourself, take him or her into an air-conditioned building if possible and call animal control: Tell them it is an emergency.
Did you know there is a law in place in California to NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG unattended in a hot car?
Did you know? Its a law!
Read about it. Educate yourself and your family and friends. If you see this, do what you can to get the dog or pet out of that vehicle.
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!