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Your Pet First – Treating your pet mindfully

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.

Thank you! Barbara Tapella        

Dogs in HOT cars

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

Never leave a Pet in a warm/hot car

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.

Call 911,  open the car and get the  animal immediate help.

two wet dogs

Cleaning your Cat or Dog’s Ears

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.

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Source- Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah reveals the steps to safe and effective ear cleaning to promote overall ear health.

Important Simple tips for your Pet in the summer

two wet dogs

​REMINDER FOR
all pet owners to keep the summer months fun and safe for all family members including pets. Families should practice a few simple tips to keep their pets healthy and safe during the summer heat:

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.

6. Make arrangements for pet care if you will be out of town. Ensure the care of your pet by providing proper nutrition, appropriate care and a secure environment.    Microchip and tags are essential.

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.

8. If you hike with your pet or for any reason…Know the Warning Signs Symptoms of overheating. Includes excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, weakness, or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

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!

Amazing dog

Lost or found a dog?

What to do…Check Animal Shelters  
Be certain to check with every animal shelter or humane society in your vicinity daily, or at least every two or three days. Click here for a list of some of the local shelters. You must go in person, as it is very difficult for busy shelter personnel to identify your pet by phone. Take the extra time to visit each shelter to avoid an unfortunate oversight. Stray dogs picked up by animal control are often misidentified as the wrong breed, wrong age, or even the wrong sex. Check every department of the shelter, including the hospital room, holding area, or quarantine area. Don’t think that because your pet is purebred that he or she was stolen. The shelters are full of purebred animals of all ages waiting for their owners to pick them up!

Check the Shelter Websites
Many of the animal shelters now maintain their own websites, posting photos and information about the dogs at their facility. Click here for a list of some of the local shelters and their website addresses. While these can be useful, don’t rely solely on the shelter websites — not every dog in the shelter gets his or her photo and information posted! In some cases, by the time a dog is posted to the website, his or her time at the shelter is almost up!

Keep Checking the Shelters
Continue to check shelters for weeks after your pet has disappeared in case it has been temporarily taken in by someone. Even if your dog was wearing an I.D. tag or microchip, go to the shelter and look for yourself! We’ve seen dogs wearing collars and I.D. tags waiting at shelters for their owners to pick them up. If you have moved or changed your phone number, the shelter may have no way to get in contact with you.

Check with Neighbors
Someone may have taken your pet in with good intentions, especially if it was not wearing I.D. Take a photo of your pet door-to-door, covering several blocks around the area that it was last seen. Be sure to also check with neighborhood kids. If you found a dog, put them on a leash and walk around the neighborhood you found them in. Do this several times. Ask neighbors…”do you know this dog? I found it and I am trying to find it’s home”.

Check Local Parks and Schools
Stray pets are often attracted to areas where there are trash cans filled with discarded food and plenty of water to drink. Check locations near where the pet was lost that might be sources of an easy meal.

Post Notices
Type or print a bold poster containing your pet’s photo, so that it’s easily and quickly legible to passing motorists. Including a photo greatly increases your chance of recovery. Post copies of your poster at local veterinary offices, pet supply stores, animal shelters, groomers, grocery stores, busy intersections, etc. and throughout your neighborhood in highly visible places.

Call Lost & Found Services
In addition to your local animal shelters, some services and organizations take calls regarding lost and found pets, and can assist in recovery. Try these resources:

www.doggiedetective.com
www.missingpet.net
www.missingpets.com
www.lostpaws.com
www.lostandfoundpet.com
www.sherlockbones.com
www.pets.lostandfound.com
www.k9alert.com
www.lostpet.com
www.PetSearchAndRescue.com
Call (888) 85FOUND
Call (714) 978-PETS

Place “Lost Dog” Ads in Local Papers
Some publications will run free “lost pet” ads for a few days. If not free, the cost is usually minimal, and well worth increasing the chances of recovering your pet.

Check “Found Dog” Ads
Check “found pet” ads in newspapers daily. Call any ad that remotely resembles the description of your pet, since the people placing the ad might not describe your pet accurately.

Don’t Assume Your Pet was Stolen!
Occasionally, we hear reports of puppies or toy-breed dogs having been stolen from their owners, but it is very uncommon for a large-breed dog such as a German Shepherd to be taken by a stranger. Often, owners assume that the reason their dog is suddenly missing from their yard could only mean that someone entered the premises and took the animal. In every one of these cases, we have found later that the dog either jumped the fence or escaped the yard in some other manner. In one case, the dog had gotten under the house and became trapped. Don’t assume that someone has taken your dog!

Don’t Give Up!
Depending on the circumstances under which your pet was lost, and where it has ended up, it could take several weeks, even months, for your reunion. For your pet’s sake as well as your own, never stop looking. When you do locate your pet, RUN — don’t walk — to the nearest pet supply store and get an I.D. tag on his or her collar IMMEDIATELY. An I.D. tag is the best way to help your pet to find his or her way safely back home. MICROCHIP!!!!!!!

Thank you!!!!! All the four legged creatures who need our voices! Baby Kona

Your pet and the Holiday season

Moki the Reindeer

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones…including your pet family! because they are family too.
With all the Holidays treats and dinners that are being cooked, remember not to give your dogs or cats any onions, chocolate, raisins, grapes, xylitol and cooked bones.

Do not leave your pets over night, alone and not fed. Contrary to some folks and their beliefs, pets need attention daily. Ask your neighbor to make sure your pets are fed and safe while you are gone. Yes, Cats can be left one night with plenty of kibble, water and warmth.

Need a special gift for your grand-dog or cat? We have special Holiday baskets at lifesabundance.com/mypetfirst
Bully sticks are a great treat that dogs will chew on for hours. They are digestible.
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WE Raised Donations for the ASPCA

We had so much fun walking in the mini marathon in Los Angeles California. So many wonderful people running and walking for the animals.   What a great feeling to know all this money was being raised to help the shelter and rescue animals. A heart felt and passionate issue for me. Please consider rescuing a shelter pet…don’t support breeding.  There are so many wonderful pets that need you and your loving care.  Feed your dog or cat with food and treats that have never been on recall!

Please throw your Rawhide chews away! Dangerous for your dog.

These are the most common rawhide risks:

Contamination. As with pet toys, rawhide chews can contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals. And, as with other pet (or human) foods, Salmonella or E. coli contamination is possible. Even humans can be at risk when coming into contact with these bacteria on rawhide treats. Are they from China?
Digestive irritation. Some dogs are simply sensitive or allergic to rawhide or other substances used in their manufacture. This can cause problems, including diarrhea or death.
Choking or blockages. Rawhide bones and other edible chews can pose a choking and blockage risk. In fact, this is a much bigger risk than contamination or digestive irritation. If your dog swallows large pieces of rawhide, the rawhide can get stuck in the esophagus or other parts of the digestive tract. Depending on its size and where it is located, a vet may be able to remove these pieces fairly easily through the throat. But sometimes, abdominal surgery is needed to remove them from the stomach or intestines. If it isn’t resolved, a blockage can lead to death. I have a friend whose dog died from this!

Go to the top of this page and look at the products you can buy thru this website. Bully Sticks are good chews and digestible!   

From pets.webmd and me!

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