Posts Tagged ‘Pet owners’

All DOGS-Chicken Jerky Treats-FDA WARNING…BE CAREFUL!

I was in my vet’s office yesterday taking Kona for her annual check up and vaccinations. I was alerted by a sign they had at the front desk.  I really wanted to share this with you in case you buy these treats for your dog. lease pass this on to your friends with Pets. 

“FDA Warning for Dog Owners Regarding Chicken Jerky Products from China”

Since September 2007, veterinarians and dog owners around the nation have been reporting to the FDA in which chicken jerky dog treats, made in China, appear to be causing illness and death in dogs. An increased number of complaints have been noted in the past year (2011).

ANY…ANY….ANY….chicken jerky products for dogs manufactured in China. The chicken jerky is being sold as chicken tenders, strips and treats.  Products are being sold all over Los Angeles County and throughout the nation.  Often these products are purchased from Costco, Trader Joe’s or Pet Specialty Stores. Read your labels.

SYMPTOMS: *Decreased appetite, *decreased activity, *Vomiting, *Diarrhea, +/blood,  * Increased water consumption, * Increased Urination.

If your dog has these symptoms that are severe or last longer than 24 hours-  STOP FEEDING THE TREATS TO YOUR DOG!  Seek Help ASAP from your Veterinarian, save the product, the packaging and the receipt in case they need it for later.  If you live in Los Angeles County, report this 213-989-7060. All reports will be shared with FDA.

Give your dogs treats that (may cost more) but that you know they are safe and healthy! That the ingredients are from the USA and manufactured right here in the USA. Please, for your dog or cat’s health and well-being, read about Life’s Abundance food and it’s holistic formulator, Dr. Jane Bicks.

 

Weather is cold outside…give pets proper shelter, keep indoors.

Many folks think dogs, bunnies, cats, and other pets…don’t get cold outside. I hear many people say “they are animals, they are fine outside”.  In most cases that could be true, but don’t assume it. Keep them warm.

Be a responsible pet owner and make sure your animals are inside the house or have good shelter.

One of my friends keeps a heating pad under a towel in the kitty’s bed. It is on “LOW” and keeps Miss Kitty warm all night.  A kind gesture.

In the mid west many dogs are chained out in the snow. It is just not fair. They are freezing and they are left alone! Dogs like to be with their pack. PLEASE, If you see a chained animal outside for more than 3 hrs (in California) please report it to animal control. It is against the law to have an animal chained for more than 3 hrs in a 24hr period.

Make sure they have breakfast and dinner. They need to stay healthy in the cooler months.

Happy Winter!  Kona is warm and safe.

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.

Get ready to laugh

This is very funny. The focus of the dog is a knee slapper.

Our Dog, Kona, has this gene…..I can see her doing the same thing.

still carrying heavy pet food?

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PRLog (Press Release)Apr 05, 2011 – Have you ever heard of Petfinder.com?

When you are looking for a Pet, you can search on the web for your pet that has been misplaced.  This Pet Finder website Petfinder.com, helped many displaced Pets after hurricane Katrina.  PetFinder also helps many animals find a forever home.  This is a gift to the animals, exposure is everything.

“Banks Saul has hundreds of Pet and rescue stories. She’s the co-founder of Petfinder.com, the biggest placement group of shelter and rescue pets in the country. This year it is celebrating 15 years of success marked by 17.5 million pet adoptions”.

This is a HUGE accomplishment! Many animals need homes and end up in shelters.  Many get euthanized EVERY day. Wonderful animals that would make wonderful pets and deserve to live out their life.  With the economic climate many people leave their pets at the homes they have needed to walk away from or foreclose. Do you think this is fair to the Pet or animal that has given to you unconditionally? Many end up in your local shelter. Please visit PetFinder.com before you purchase an animal from a breeder.

“Petfinder.com was designed to make searching for shelter pets easy: Punch in your ZIP code and the kind of animal you want, and the website shows you pictures and information about the homeless animal you seek.
When Banks Saul, 42, started the animal database in 1996, she says, she had no idea how popular it would become. “We decided if we could save one life a month, that would be our benchmark,” she says.
Topping her list of this year’s goals: 2.5 million animals adopted from the website, 1 million more than last year. About 4 million animals are euthanized in shelters each year, she says, and Petfinder.com can help end those losses.
“I’ve loved animals all my life, I guess, partly, because I feel they love me,” Banks Saul says. “This is my way of doing service and helping community. There’s so much more to be done.”

I couldn’t agree more. I love Banks Saul’s vision, passion and commitment. Her pet finder concept is Brilliant.  Helps to connect and build animal/people community. I support animal rescue organizations and adoptions. I have loved animals all my life.  I have dedicated a lot of time and effort the last 15 years to helping animals with having a voice.  I believe in kindness and respect for any creature that occupies this earth with us.

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I find great joy in helping an animal find a forever home; live a healthy life with healthy human grade Pet food with top ingredients and holistic care.  I realized with my efforts to serve the Pets and animals of my community in Northern California, specifically the Bay Area. I found myself connecting people with animals in many ways. People started to associate me with helping animals, an animal activist, helping animals find homes, asked me specific health questions…etc.  I was sort of put in this situation as time unfolded.  I have tried my best to live up to the expectations and I keep rising to the service. I find myself driven by passion deep in my soul.

I have been a massage therapist since 1984.  Serving people with therapeutic touch and holistic health.  I now find myself focusing on the animals with the touch, holistic health and quality information with my website business that I stated in December 2010.

At http://www.mypetfirst.com we provide a forum to discuss important animal information.

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The food is formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks, a Holistic veterinarian.  Our food has Probiotics as part of it’s quality ingredients, which help your Pet absorb the food they are eating, getting more nutrition and vitamins that are needed. We don’t use CORN, or fillers. There are no harmful preservatives.  I am very proud to carry this food, supplements and treats.

(parts of this information) From USA TODAY.
Barbara Tapella

Beagle puppy attacks Rotty :)

MICROCHIP your pet

Have you microchipped your pets? Is the information registered? UPDATE if you move or adopt!!!   Is your pet up to date on vaccines? Is your pet spayed or neutered? Make sure to keep your pets healthy, if economy is holding you back look at other alternatives, research for low cost vaccines, microchip, and spay/neuter procedures, there are lots of options out there!!! :)
Be a responsible pet owner…Please.

Cuddle with your Pet

Cuddle up with your pet

If you’re a pet owner, you’ve no doubt noticed you’re less tense when scratching your animal behind the ears. In fact, research shows that people’s blood pressure drops when they pet dogs, particularly if it’s a dog they know and love. Dog petting has also been shown to improve immune function and ease pain, or at least the perception of it.

“You’re focusing on the animal, not on you, so your mind isn’t able to ruminate about the pain,” explains Brad Lichtenstein, a naturopathic physician and assistant professor in the counseling and health psychology department at Bastyr University in Seattle. (Experts say snuggling with any furry pet should be just as soothing.)

So don’t resist when your pet curls up with you — spending quality time together may be just what the doctor ordered.

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