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10 IMPORTANT things your dog will ask

10 things a DOG asks of it’s people……….(can apply to a cat)

1.   My life is likely to last 11 to 18 years.   Any separation from you will be painful for me.   It’s in my nature to be part of a pack and I hate being left alone.  Please remember this before you bring me home.  I am a LIFETIME commitment, not when it’s just convenient.

2.    Give me time to understand what you want from me.

3.    Place your trust in me—it is crucial for my well being.

4.    Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment.  You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends.  I have only you.

5.    Talk to me sometimes. Even though I don’t understand your words, I understand the tone of voice when it’s speaking to me.

6.    Be aware that however you treat me, I will not forget.

7.    Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones on your hand, but I choose not to bite you.

8.    Before you scold me for being “uncooperative” or “obstinate” or “lazy”, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I am not getting the right food or have been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting weak and old.

9.    Take good care of me when I get old, you too will grow old.

10.  Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say “I can’t bare to watch” or Let it happen in my absence”. Everything is easier for me when you are there.

-original author unknown-

when do you know if you Pet is reaching the end of their life?

When do you know your Dog or Cat is near the end of their life or dying?

Celebrate with heightened joy and pleasure with all that you and your animal have shared in this life.  It far outweighs this ending stage when they need you the most.  It’s just another part of the prized relationship you have had over the years spent together.  Be with them as much as you can just like you would any family member when they are sick or dying.  Gently touch and pet them. Talk with them daily about your life shared.  Your pet will be comforted by your voice and your presence.

You may need to treat them like a King or Queen. That is perfectly okay to do this for them.  Feed them what they like and do it with a smile on your face.  It is a positive way to help them be comfortable.  Comfort your pet the best you can and make him/her as comfortable as possible with blankets and pillows, being gentle and mindful.

Some of the signs: They may sleep more than normal, stop eating, can’t get up to go relieve themselves, stop drinking, pant more often, get very quiet and still, or howl/moan.   Have they started to suffer? Is their quality of life tip the scales?  Often animals are quiet when they are in pain.

It may be time for you to make a decision.  Talk with your veterinarian; it may be “time” if your beloved pet is ready to transition.  If your regular vet is not open, find a 24hr veterinary hospital.  Do your homework in advance; don’t wait for the crisis, often we don’t think correctly in the panicky moments.  Your pet may be afraid or get anxious going to the vet, you know best.   This may not be the best thing to impose on them if they are already uncomfortable.  Many vets will have the names of other veterinarians that will make a home visit to euthanize so that your pet will have the best transition possible.  This can often be a gentler experience for you, your pet and your family.

This is a difficult place to be in and one of the hardest phases of owning an animal…make the right decision for your pet.  Do not hang on because you are having a hard time, feel the balance and ask you pet, “Do you need me to assist you today?”  They will let you know; please have the courage to take action if your pet answers “yes”.  You will know.  Look into your animal’s eyes and talk to their soul and listen with your heart. Be still in the quietness, you will hear the answer with every cell of your being.  Trust that non-verbal communication.

One of my cats was failing at the age of 17.  I told him, “I will not keep you longer than you want, just give me a clear sign and I will respect your wishes”.  After 2 months of watching him closely, he gave me a clear sign.  It’s hardly ever is a black and white answer or decision, this is where your brave heart comes to serve.  Tell yourself you are doing what is right and courageous.

Many times pet owners will keep their first pet longer than it is best for the animal.  In other words, pet owners, think they are being heroic if they help or hospice a pet to the last dying moment. There are different beliefs in “how long” to keep a pet alive.  Most humane vets will ask you, “What is their quality of life?” Let them die with dignity and not wait until they are excruciating pain”. Some Veterinarians will jump to that decision as they have become insensitive by seeing so many pets’ in their dying stages. You know your vet and whether to trust them with their advice.


The last step Being with your pet and holding them when they leave this life.  This can be one of the most trying times as a human being’s duties here on earth, being with a loved one as they pass and leave their body.  It is full of emotion and that is normal and natural and part of what being a live is on this planet.  Do you best to leave your tension and anxiety and be an open relaxed vessel for your pet to pass. Hold them when the vet compassionately helps them with the injection. Breathe and offer your heart, after all, every single one of us want to be nurtured and helped through the final door.

Death is a natural part of life. Have the courage to embrace the ride and you will be enriched by the experience.

FLEAS-how to manage

Love Dr. Jane. She is the awesome Vet that formulated @
Thursday, 26 May 2011 15:10 

Dr Jane Bicks
Last month, we launched a new series about ‘holistic’ health care for companion animals. Remember, holistic care entails viewing the body as a whole as well as how every discrete part works in relation to all the other parts. In keeping with a holistic mindset, this month I want to address fleas. Flea season is, or will very soon be, upon us again and the treatment of fleas illustrates how important the holistic approach is.

If you’ve experienced problems with fleas, or if your dog or cat is itchy, ask the following questions …

Do you live in a warm, humid environment? Or, has it been unusually warm for the past three weeks?

Under warm, humid conditions, a flea can complete its life cycle in only three weeks. Fleas have four life stages: egg, larvae, pupae and adult. Fleas take up residence in carpets and bedding, and when stimulated by vibrations, carbon dioxide or heat, adults hatch and seek out a host in your dog or cat. Upon transferral to your companion animal’s skin and coat, a flea can live for a year or more.

Have you just moved into a new home? Did animals live there before you?If so, beware! There may be large numbers of flea eggs and larvae lurking in the carpet just waiting to hatch.

Has your companion animal recently started scratching and biting herself, often relentlessly? Does your dog have inflamed sores or evidence of hair loss, usually around the base of tail and lower back? Has your cat recently pulled out small clumps of hair, experienced unexplanable hair loss, or suffer from bumpy scabs, usually in the tummy area?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, your pet is likely suffering from an attack of the fleas. Furthermore, your dear companion may also have a flea allergy, developing hot spots or skin infections as secondary symptoms.

Are there small, black or dark red, dirt-like flecks in the fur, especially along the base of the tail or along the spine?

Commonly called ‘flea dirt’, these specks are tiny clots of digested blood left behind by feeding fleas.

An easy way to find out whether or not your cat has flea dirt is to put him on a light-colored sheet or towel, then rub his fur back-and-forth. If he has fleas, you will see the evidence all around you. Even if you can’t see any fleas (which can be challenging unless the fur is white), the presence of flea dirt tells you without a doubt that you’ve got a flea problem.

There are two golden rules for treating fleas. One is to treat all animals in the household, and the other is treating the environment. Proactive management is vital, and following both options will be far more effective than just following one or the other.

Treating the environment

If you have a heavy infestation, or an animal who is sensitive to flea bites, controlling the flea population in the surrounding environment is crucial. Keep in mind that half of a flea’s life cycle occurs in your carpets, bedding and dust on the floor. An easy way to control fleas is to vacuum at least once a week – you will suck up eggs and immature fleas before they have a chance to hatch into biting adults. You might also consider inserting a flea collar inside your vacuum cleaner, which can be effective at killing fleas post-cleaning. Some pet parents have had good luck using diatomaceous earth (a non-toxic powder composed of ground fossilized organisms), but be sure to read the usage notes carefully as inhalation can prove dangerous. This powder interferes with a flea’s moisture control and causes it to dry out and die. If you like powders, you can also combine powdered eucalyptus, fennel, rosemary, yellow dock, wormwood and rue and apply sparingly to the carpet to repel fleas (for dog-only households, as some herbs can prove quite harmful to cats and other animals).

If you are not a fan of powders and you do not have a cat, try the following essential oil combination: up to 50 drops of lavender and eucalyptus combined with 1 ½ cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and mist the carpet just prior to vacuuming. If you have wood floors, try mopping with an emulsion of ½ cup lemon juice, ½ cup olive oil and 30 drops lavender oil (again, for dog-only homes).

There is a “natural” option for flea control outdoors in the form of Nematodes, which are worms that eat only fleas. If none of these steps prove effective, you may require the services of an exterminator. Remember, fleas can carry disease, such as the bubonic plague, so you need to address a serious problem decisively.

Treating the Pet

If the quantity of fleas is limited, you can use a flea comb to remove fleas manually, on a daily basis. Or, one or two drops of essential oil flea repellent massaged into the coat twice a week may be all that is necessary (for dogs, not cats). Try mixing 10 ml grape seed or almond oil with 10 drops lavender and 5 drops cedar wood oils, and use sparingly in your dog’s coat. If your dog has a heavy flea load, you can use the preceding recommendations with the added step of a bath.

Since it is hard to control fleas naturally, especially in cats, I suggest that you consult your veterinarian for product recommendations. Avoid the organophosphate powders and sprays, which are very toxic and not very effective. Some of the OTC commercial insecticide flea powders are potentially very toxic to cats and kittens.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals,

Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM

Jesse the dog

Have you seen this little guy? he is adorable. he has a wonderful owner that treats him like a member of her family! as it should be

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