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How to Control Grass Allergies in Dogs

Your dog’s grass allergies are his immune system overreacting to airborne grass pollens. This allergy type is an inhalant allergy, or atopy, the second most common type of dog allergy. Your dog’s overreactive immune system is trying to rid itself of something it incorrectly considers dangerous. Consult your veterinarian if you suspect your dog has atopy — without treatment, seasonal allergies can morph into a year-round problem and additional health problems.

A dog licking herself in a grassy meadow.

Signs of a Grass Pollen AllergyThe most common symptoms of a grass pollen allergy in dogs are excessive scratching and licking. In particular, dogs tend to lick, chew and bite their paws, which may become swollen. Other symptoms closely mimic the human allergic response: itching, sneezing, watery eyes, snoring and digestive upset. A dog’s scratching and licking will typically cause hair loss, creating uncomfortable “hot spots” on the skin. These can become infected. If you notice symptoms only during certain times of the year, odds are your dog has a seasonal pollen allergy. Your vet can perform allergy tests to narrow down the exact pollen types.

Preventative MeasuresCut your grass close so seed heads don’t form. Vacuum your dog’s living areas and wash his bedding frequently. Bathe him at least weekly to remove pollens and relieve his itching; ask your vet about shampoos that won’t irritate or dry his skin. Don’t schedule vaccinations when your dog’s allergies are at his worst, as these stimulate his already overactive immune system.

Since your dog’s moist paws attract pollen that accumulates in his living space, soak his feet nightly in a solution of povidone iodine and warm water, mixed to the color of tea. Doing so also removes toxins such as pesticides. An alternative to the iodine solution is a solution of a half-cup of Epsom salt per 1 gallon of warm water.

Traditional TreatmentsYour veterinarian may recommend an over-the-counter antihistamine to give your dog relief from symptoms. If this and diligent pollen-reduction measures aren’t effective, your vet may recommend allergy shots that should help your pet develop a resistance to grass pollen. Your vet will perform an allergy test to identify the exact pollen causing the problem. In severe cases, your vet may recommend a cortisone shot or the drug cyclosporine to treat his skin issues.

Natural TreatmentsAsk your vet to recommend an appropriate dose of a fatty acid supplement that will give your dog relief from itchy skin. Fish oils such as krill, salmon, tuna and anchovy are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Dr. Karen Becker of Mercola’s Healthy Pets website advocates coconut oil can enhance fish oil’s effectiveness. Look for topical over-the-counter remedies containing aloe vera for skin relief. A grain-free diet can quell your dog’s inflammatory response; ask a holistic vet to recommend other naturally derived substances such as quercetin, bromelain and papain. These remedies are found in retail pharmacies but the dosage must be prescribed for your dog’s weight and circumstances.

Keeping Away Pets From Fire Ants Attack

Pet owners should prepare now for the springtime invasion of fire ants — especially if animals are kept outdoors.

Unlike many backyard pests, red imported fire ants are capable of delivering multiple, venomous stings that create a serious health threat for family pets. Injuries include a burning sensation from the poison injected into the skin, swelling, lesions, fluid buildup in the lungs and, in some rare cases, blindness.

Animals can suffer allergic reactions to fire ants just like people. Newborn animals are particularly at risk. Caged animals such as rabbits, hamsters and even birds are more likely to be harmed because they can’t escape if fire ants enter the enclosure. Some veterinarians have to treat their kennel areas and around the clinics because fire ants attack recuperating animals.

“Fire ants are dangerous because they live where pets sleep, eat, run and play,” says Bryan Gooch of Bayer Environmental Science. “As fire ants continue to spread across the United States, we encourage all pet owners to seek professional help to protect their pets from these dangerous and aggressive creatures.”

Texas A&M University’s Texas Imported Fire Ant Education Program offers the following tips for homeowners who want to safeguard their pets:

* Survey the area and inspect your property to determine whether there is an infestation, or call a lawn care professional (many offer free inspections). If one or more mounds are present, your property should be treated — especially if you keep pets outside.

* Fire ants are more likely to attack young and caged animals and usually sting body parts with little or no hair, such as the eyes, ears and stomach first. Open sores, wounds and areas of diseased skin are also often targeted. Pets with these conditions should be kept indoors.

* If fire ants attack your pet, carefully and quickly remove the pet from the area and remove any fire ants from your pet. Do not attempt to spray ants off with a water hose because they will hang on with their jaws and sting the animal repeatedly.

Last but not least, investigate ways to safeguard family pets and property from the invasion of these aggressive creatures.

One of the biggest problems pet owners face is fire ants getting into pet food. For pets that are fed outside, this can be a daily occurrence. Whole bags of food can be infested. The problem then becomes what to do with a bowl or bag of pet food full of fire ants. Simply putting the bag in the trash does not work and could cause a colony to migrate closer to the source of food.

“Infested food must be discarded,” says Charles Barr, a fire ant specialist and principal of Barr Research and Consulting in Bryan, Texas. “For the penny pinchers among us, putting the bowl or bag in the freezer for several hours will kill the ants and preserve the pet food.”

Getting a Pet Cougar

Have you ever considered living with an exotic cat? If you have, you aren’t forlorn. Many people ardor to take heed of exotic animals like cougars.

Cougars are friendlier animals among other exotic feline species. They are affectionate and compliant to their masters. They are accurate for people who affection big cats since they are easier to tame and have them live in your home.

However, before receiving a cougar as your pet, you necessary to believe many factors. Taking heed of a cougar is dear. It would cost you thousands of dollars to proof their requests. You will also hardship to pay for the documents and ownership rights before you can own a cougar.

Cougars are very active animals. You ought a large break to accommodate the cougar because cougars ardor to play and run around. You have to plan your exotic pet a drudgery crate that is made of hard steel. Make effective that it is correctly safe and the enclosures should have limitation fences. Here are thought tips you can believe before receiving a cougar.

1. Cougars are outdoor animals. Set up a steel crate where it can freely run and do its cat effects conveniently. However, if you want to make a special bond with your cougar, it is best to produce him inside. In this way, you can create a closer connection between you and your pet.
2. You have to feed cougars right. Make surefire that it takes 2 to 3 pounds of meat daily. It may sound strong on the steal that is why you have to be financially protected if you want to own a cougar. They can consume large amounts of meat to get their stomachs stuffed.

3. Schedule a monthly delay up with veterinarians who specialize in cougars. Seek apposite fitness maintenance guidance for your cougar.

4. You should forever make your cougar’s enclosure vacuum. Prepare an inferior enclose outside if you need to sanitary the essential confine. An outdoor crate for your cougar can also serve as your cougar’s recreational place where you can play with your pet.

If you desire to own a cougar as your pet, make sure that you would be responsible. Take time to nurse of your pets and pleasure them like person beings. You will learn that you will not only have an amazing pet but you will also attain that it has enhanced your intellect of responsibility.

Poor Dental Hygiene

Would you go days, weeks or even years without brushing your teeth? The thought of a plaque-filled, bacteria-laden mouth and the stench of bad breath that would result makes most people squirm in disgust at the sheer thought of it. Yet, that is exactly what is happening in your pet’s mouth at this very moment if you’re not cleaning their teeth on a regular basis.

The Link Between Poor Oral Hygiene and Heart Disease

The long-term impact to a lackadaisical attitude about your pet’s oral hygiene could ultimately compromise their overall health. According to a study by Professor Larry Glickman at Purdue University, there is a link between the severity of gum disease in dogs and their risk for some types of heart disease, including cardiomyopathy and endocarditis. In some cases, the increased incidence of heart disease was 6 times higher in dogs with severe gum disease than in those without it.

While Dr. Glickman’s study didn’t address the oral hygiene of cats and its potential link to heart disease, the number of felines with dental disease is cause for concern as well. According to an American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) study reported by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), 70 percent of all cats and nearly 80 percent of all dogs have dental disease by age three. By adopting a routine of brushing your pet’s teeth when they are young, you can help reduce these alarming statistics and ultimately improve your pet’s long-term health.

About Dental Disease

Similar to periodontal disease in humans, gum disease in dogs and cats is the result of untreated plaque and tartar build-up. The bacteria in the plaque and tartar causes inflammation and infection, which can travel into the bloodstream and lead to more serious health problems. Pet owners often don’t do anything about their pet’s oral hygiene until the tartar build-up gets severe enough that it requires professional cleaning by a veterinarian. This will likely require that the veterinarian anesthetize your pet, which has its own inherent risks not to mention an impact on the pet owner’s wallet.

Recommended Dental Products

While the best home remedy for good dental hygiene is brushing your pet’s teeth, you may also want to consider giving your pet specially made treats and foods designed to keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy. There are also new dental care water additives on the market that you can add to your pet’s water bowl to help fight plaque and bad breath. Don’t rely on claims made on the packaging for pet dental care products; these are just marketing tools used to sell more products and often have no scientific basis. Your best bet is to use these VOHC approved products , which have met strict protocols established by the Veterinary Oral Health Council.

A Word of Warning About Toothpaste

Never use human toothpaste or baking soda to clean your pet’s teeth. Pets can’t spit out toothpaste like humans and according to the AAHA, the foaming agents in human toothpaste can cause stomach upset in pets. Human toothpaste can be toxic to your pet if it contains Xylitol, a human sweetener, which the ASPCA lists as one of the most dangerous poisons for pets. Pet toothpastes are not only designed specifically so pets can safely swallow all the ingredients, but they are also flavored in appealing pet-friendly varieties such as beef and chicken.

How to Brush Your Dog or Cat’s Teeth

If you’re not sure how to brush your pet’s teeth, these videos can help.

Cornell Feline Health Center Video

The Cornell Feline Health Center’s website offers a helpful instructional video for cat owners who wish to learn how to properly brush their cat’s teeth. The American Veterinary Medical Association also offers helpful information about how to make dental hygiene fun for you and your pet in this video, which includes a demonstration on the proper way to brush your pet’s teeth.

Resolve to Start Brushing This Week

February is National Pet Dental Health Month and it’s also American Heart Month. It’s the perfect time to resolve to make your pet’s oral hygiene and ultimately their cardiovascular health a priority. Watch the how-to videos provided here and resolve to start brushing your pet’s teeth this week. By adopting this new habit for your pet, you will not only help them enjoy a fresh, clean set of pearly whites, but you’ll also improve your beloved furball’s overall health and happiness.

Basic Nutrition for Dogs

Just like ourselves, our pets need a regular supply of food in order to stay healthy. The foods that we eat contain components which are involved in the very complex processes that take place in the body’s cells, provide the building blocks for growth and supply energy to keep the body warm.

Our pets have several requirements that have to be met by the diet that we provide:


Like a torch needs batteries to supply the energy to keep the bulb lit, every cell in the body needs energy, providing the power for each cell to function. Energy is used up every time the body performs muscular work, such as moving or even breathing. The most efficient source of energy in the diet is fat, which is quickly converted by the body into usable energy. Carbohydrates and proteins are also sources of energy, but to a smaller extent.

The body can usefully store energy as fatty tissue, and in times of shortage these will be used up – hence the weight loss when on a diet.


Proteins are composed of amino acids, which are the basic building blocks of life. Proteins are essential components of all living cells, both in structure and function, and animals require protein in their diet to provide amino acids that their bodies cannot synthesise in sufficient quantity.

An increased intake of protein is required during periods of growth, pregnancy and lactation. Consideration should also be given to the quality of protein and its digestibility.

Too much protein in the diet can lead to its conversion by the body into fat, or in a growing animal in too swift a growth of muscle structure, which may lead to problems later in life.


Carbohydrates provide the body with a source of energy, which may be converted into body fat. This food group includes both simple sugars (such as glucose) as well as complex sugars (e.g. starch) which consist of chains of simple sugars.


Dietary fats are composed of combinations of fatty acids, which are involved in many aspects of health, from the cellular level upwards. They also provide the easiest form of concentrated energy in the diet, as well as giving an acceptable texture and ‘mouthfeel’ to the food.


An animal cannot survive for longer than a few days, or even hours without water. There is a continual loss of water through skin, urine, faeces and breathing, and this must be replaced either as fluid or through the breakdown of food ingested. Daily water requirement will depend on many factors, including temperature, activity and type of food given as part of the diet. It is important therefore, that adequate water is provided in the diet.

Fibre or Roughage

These materials generally pass through the gut without providing specific nutrients, merely helping to regularise bowel movements and managing constipation or diarrhoea. Fibre in the diet is usually of plant origin – indigestible polysaccharides such as cellulose, lignin and pectin

Minerals and Vitamins

A number of minerals have been discovered to play a part in the regulation of body processes, the requirements for some being greater than others. Only very small amounts are needed however, and excess can sometimes result in ill health, as these can be toxic in high doses.

Vitamins help to regulate the body processes. Most cannot be synthesised and therefore must be provided in the diet. Interestingly, unlike humans there is no dietary requirement for vitamin C in most pets, as they can synthesise it from glucose.

Dietary supplements

As long as an animal is being fed a balanced and complete diet, and a good quality feed should provide for this, then there should be no need for dietary supplements, unless prescribed by a veterinary surgeon for a particular medical purpose. Where the animal’s food is cooked at home from raw ingredients, then care should be taken to ensure that the diet is balanced with regard to the major and minor nutrient requirements of the animal.

Different Dog Breeds, Different Sensitive Period?

A study of three breeds finds differences in the sensitive period, and shows socialization should begin before you even take your puppy home.

Puppies have a sensitive period between 3 and 12-14 weeks old in which they must be socialized. This means positive introductions to new people, dogs, places, etc. If not, they will be fearful as adult dogs. A fascinating new study by Mary Morrow (Ohio State University) et al investigates whether this period is the same for three breeds of dog: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Yorkshire Terriers, and German Shepherd Dogs.

These breeds make a particularly interesting comparison. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Yorkshire Terrier are both members of the Toy group, although Yorkshire Terriers are still “terriers by nature” according to the breed standard. The German Shepherd is a Herding dog, and the GSD puppies were chosen from breeders with international working dog lines.

The results show that Yorkshire Terriers and German Shepherd Dogs have an earlier onset to the sensitive period. This means socialization needs to start in the home of the breeder (or the foster for rescue pups). People are increasingly aware of the importance of socializing puppies when they get them. But before committing to a new pup they should ask the breeder: “What are you doing to begin socialization before I take the puppy home?”

Dr. Joy Pate (Penn State University), one of the authors, says “Socialization is clearly important for all breeds of dog. What our study shows, is that timing of exposure to novelty is not only important, but varies by breed. In breeds with earlier onset of adult patterns of fear-related avoidance behavior (the GSDs and YTs in our study), it is critical that they be exposed to novel experiences earlier than some other breeds. In the case of these two breeds, this means by about 40 days, which is before they have left the breeder.”

“Therefore, development of a confident, emotionally competent animal depends not only on the new owner and trainer, but on the environment of the breeder. Although this is important for all breeds, for those with earlier onset of fear-related behaviors, there is a shorter window to provide necessary stimulation and exposure to novelty.”

She goes on to say, “We think that the important message here is that, while exposure to novelty and ‘socialization’ are necessary for development of stable adults of all breeds, the timing of this critical window is breed-dependent.”

Fear-related avoidance behaviour began at 39.4 days (±1.6) for the German Shepherd, 43.6 (±2.48) for the Yorkshire Terrier, and 54.8 days (±2.74) for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

One potential explanation for the results has to do with neoteny (child- or baby-like features). Of these three breeds, the CKCS is the most neotenous whereas the GSD is closer in appearance to the wolf. In their paper, the scientists say, “Just as dogs and domesticated foxes have longer critical socialization periods than wolves and non-selected foxes respectively, perhaps more neotenous breeds of dog such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel would also have a longer socialization period.” Further research with more breeds would be needed to confirm this.

Puppies were tested once a week from the age of 4-5 weeks until 10 weeks (or until they went home, if earlier). There were four behavioural tests. The control group puppies experienced the same thing but without the actual test. For example, they were placed in location for the noise test for the same amount of time as the test puppies, but did not experience the loud noise.

Testing took place close to but out of sight and sound of the other puppies in the litter. There were four tests each week: a novel item, being placed on a seesaw, hearing a sudden loud noise, and being put on a step so they would feel like they were on a ledge. The novel item was a toy duck that walked whilst making a noise and shining light from its eyes.

In early testing the puppies did not show fear. For example, in the novel item test, a 31-day-old Yorkshire Terrier puppy stays still while the toy duck marches right up to her. At 38 days, the video shows her back away from the approaching duck and then run to hide behind the human’s legs.

The age of onset of the fear period in GSDs is similar to that found by Ray Coppinger  in earlier work. There were differences between the three breeds in the proportion of puppies that responded fearfully. From 6 weeks old, there were also differences in mobility. Most of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels did not begin testing until 5 weeks old because they did not respond at 4 weeks. The breeders said that CKCS develop later and open their eyes later than other breeds.

Saliva was also collected from the puppies and tested for cortisol, although only the GSDs and CKC Spaniels took part in this because of difficulties getting samples from the Yorkshire Terriers. Cortisol could be detected in the saliva from 4 weeks old. Among the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies, changes in cortisol from before to after the test were greatest amongst the puppies that had a fear response.

98 puppies took part in the study (33 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels from 7 litters, 33 German Shepherd Dogs from 5 litters, and 32 Yorkshire Terriers from 9 litters). Eleven breeders participated and the puppies were tested at their homes. Among each breed, 14 puppies were controls and the remainder took part in the experimental condition.

This study provides important confirmation that breed differences in the sensitive period exist. Although we still have much to learn about socialization, the implication is very clear – it needs to start early.

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Fleas and ticks A danger to you and your pet

Fleas and ticks are the scourge of your animal’s and families’ wellness and love of existence. The irritation caused by these pests can make your pet uncomfortable. But there is more than misery that these annoying nuisances can cause; they also pass on disease to you and your household.

Fleas can make their habitation anywhere. Your domicile is like a welcome mat to fleas as fleas can multiply vigorously at room temperature. Fleas can exist for a drawn-out period without a food source.

As they journey from area to area, fleas and ticks may pick up an malady from one animal and infect you and your four-legged friend. The first line of defense against an infestation is flea and tick protection. Frontline spray for pets is a very low-cost, easy-to-use way to aid in keeping things under control. It can be used on your pet and their bedding. Frontline spray can be applied your companion as early as eight weeks no matter what size or species they are. No longer do you have to pay money for multiple products, one size fits all. You can even use it on horses for tick protection.

As previously noted, they are not just a nuisance but a risk to you and your pets. Here are a few of the diseases they can carry to your happy home.

Cat Scratch Fever: This illness can be transmitted a couple of ways. If your feline has been bitten by a flea that has ingested the blood of an infected creature, your feline can also become infected. If your infected cat scratches or bites you, then you may be exposed to the disease. Another way is if an infected flea leaves behind waste in your cat’s fur and you rub your cat contaminating your hands, later you wipe your eyes again you have opened yourself to infection.

Tapeworms: Horrible creatures that can be transferred from fleas to pets and humans alike. Your pets would most probable be exposed to this while chewing at fleas and swallowing an infected flea. While the probability of conveyance from your pet to you is low, the risk is still there.

Flea Bite Dermatitis: Causes a rash-like response that is very itchy for both human and animal alike. In animals, it may also lead to hot spots opening the door to secondary infections, while in humans may also cause hives and secondary infections.

Typhus: Fleas that have contact with rodents infected with typhus can also transfer it to your pets. The flea feeds on your pet and leaves waste in their fur. You may be contaminated if you have an open injury that comes into contact with the waste.

Bubonic Plague: Fleas feed on an infected animal that has the plague. The flea bites you, now you are susceptible to the disease. It can also bite on your pets and your pet could infect you.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: This is a bacterial contagion caused by the dog tick. This can be a grave and life-threatening disease and affects humans and pets alike.

Lyme Disease and Southern Tick: Lyme disease is caused by the deer tick, the most normal of all tick-related diseases. While the southern tick is caused by the lone star tick. When a human is infected, the bite is normally marked by a bull’s eye. Causes stiff joints in both human and pet along with other ailments if not treated.

Although the risks may be minimal, my family has had personal experiences with three of the above-mentioned diseases. The best offense is invariably a good defense. Frontline spray for pets is a outstanding first line of defense. If you would like more information on this product, please visit us at!

Have You Groomed Your Pet Lately

Do you know the importance of bathing your pet on a regular? Believe it or not, the way a pet is groomed often affects how they feel about themselves (similar to humans). Matted hair and overlong nails makes it hard for them to play, while long hair that falls in their face affects their vision.

Health Problems

Improper pet grooming also leads to certain health issues. A dog or cat that is not groomed on a regular is more likely to contain fleas, ticks, and other common insects. Matted fur can become uncontrollable, which then could lead to having to cut all of your pets hair off. This type of unmanaged hair can also cause dry, itchy skin that is normally uncomfortable to the animal. Dry skin causes pets to scratch at their skin. Scratching can lead to cuts that are prone to infections.

Appearance and Smell

The most obvious reason for regular pet grooming is simply that your animals appearance and smell will be better. No one enjoys the smell of a wet, dirty pet. Their scent can get into clothing and furniture, and make an entire home smell less than great.

Ears and Nails Another aspect of pet grooming is trimming and maintaining nails. This is very important for your pet, especially if they are an inside pet. Their nails grow rapidly and without being cut properly they can grow back into the pads of the animals foot and be extremely painful. Animals that have overgrown nails are less likely to play and get their appropriate exercise as well.

Whether you decide to have your pet professionally groomed or prefer to do it yourself, be sure to make it a regular task. Some animals may object to the process, but once they get used to it they should be fine!

Getting A Pet Cougar

Have you ever considered living with an exotic cat? If you have, you aren’t forlorn. Many people ardor to take heed of exotic animals like cougars.

Cougars are friendlier animals among other exotic feline species. They are affectionate and compliant to their masters. They are accurate for people who affection big cats since they are easier to tame and have them live in your home.

However, before receiving a cougar as your pet, you necessary to believe many factors. Taking heed of a cougar is dear. It would cost you thousands of dollars to proof their requests. You will also hardship to pay for the documents and ownership rights before you can own a cougar.

Cougars are very active animals. You ought a large break to accommodate the cougar because cougars ardor to play and run around. You have to plan your exotic pet a drudgery crate that is made of hard steel. Make effective that it is correctly safe and the enclosures should have limitation fences. Here are thought tips you can believe before receiving a cougar.

1. Cougars are outdoor animals. Set up a steel crate where it can freely run and do its cat effects conveniently. However, if you want to make a special bond with your cougar, it is best to produce him inside. In this way, you can create a closer connection between you and your pet.

2. You have to feed cougars right. Make surefire that it takes 2 to 3 pounds of meat daily. It may sound strong on the steal that is why you have to be financially protected if you want to own a cougar. They can consume large amounts of meat to get their stomachs stuffed.

3. Schedule a monthly delay up with veterinarians who specialize in cougars. Seek apposite fitness maintenance guidance for your cougar.

4. You should forever make your cougar’s enclosure vacuum. Prepare an inferior enclose outside if you need to sanitary the essential confine. An outdoor crate for your cougar can also serve as your cougar’s recreational place where you can play with your pet.

If you desire to own a cougar as your pet, make sure that you would be responsible. Take time to nurse of your pets and pleasure them like person beings. You will learn that you will not only have an amazing pet but you will also attain that it has enhanced your intellect of responsibility.

Stop Animal Cruelty on U-Tube

I was watching animal antics on U-Tube-tube recently. You know, dogs, cats. rats and ferrets playing around and doing their tricks. Proud pet owners show them on video because it can all be very amusing and entertaining. You can also get some very useful pet care information from experts.

Imagine my dismay when I saw a video by one sicko pet owner who filmed his ferret killing and eating a live young mouse on a floor in his home.

The mouse was simply tossed in front of the ferret who took its time killing the poor mite and then hauled it away to eat. There was no chase, no thrill, no competition – just a downright bloody spectacle.

At first I was horrified. Then I thought why can this sort of garbage be allowed on U-Tube which is a very public site. Do we accept mentally unbalanced people publicly displaying sickly scenes like this? I’m sure a lot of pet owners like me would not support such actions.

This sicko not only does it with mice and ferrets. He also has other videos on U-Tube, like snakes eating rats.

I mean would you really want to watch that kind of thing? Do you want your young kids to?

I hope the bosses of U-Tube read this and maybe do something about it. I’m all for reality and teaching young people the facts of life but killing creatures for the sake of macabre entertainment is just not on.

What do you think? Do you have an opinion? Let the world know for the sake of our pets as well as the moral aspect.

It’s said we live in a sick society. It seems like that when you witness the killing of pets for entertainment.

Tips For Pet Owners

Many people are taking many steps to try and live an eco-friendly lifestyle. One area in our lives that is easy to go green in, and often gets overlooked, is our pets. Here are five easy changes you can make to start being a more environmentally friendly pet owner:

Use biodegradable pet waste bags. Dont use a plastic bag for picking up the presents your pet leaves behind in the yard. Opt for a biodegradable bag, or even better, try using the stuff for compost.

Eat Green. Buy organic pet food. It may cost a little more but its a simple step to take. Heres a good site for organic pet food: Newman’s Own Organics.

Play Green. Make pet toys out of old stuff or buy toys made from recycled materials. Look around your garage; Im sure you have something that will work. Get creative!

Adopt from a shelter. There are more pets than people born every day. Too many and the planet wont be able to sustain the population.

Dont use a lint roller. Instead, use a Fur-Zoff to clean up pet hair. Fur-Zoff is made from recycled materials and lasts forever. Lint rollers waste tons of paper, plastic, and money. A Fur-Zoff is only $9.99 from Fur-Zoff.

This is just a start to becoming a green pet owner. Theyre simple steps to take, but youll be surprised at the difference they make. Take the time to share with friends and family the changes you are making in being a green pet owner. It will help everyone make the changes together, resulting in a better environment for us and our furry friends.

Glam Up Your Pet with Designer Cat collars !

When you own pets that roam out-of-doors rarely you are faced with some challenges. One of the large-scale anxieties cat proprietors have is their outdoor/indoor cats’ safety. Having three cats that proceed out-of-doors a lot, I am no stranger to the concern. A petsafe collar is the perfect answer to the dilemma.

Fundamentally, my felines are out-of-doors most of the time. They were each originally wanders so they are very found of the outdoors. The felines arrive interior to eat and doze and that’s pretty much it. The rest of the time they are strolling round our five acre contrive of land. We are conveniently located beside ranches and our road is very quiet.

Traffic is not the only concern that we have with the outdoor cats. We habitually have our pets’ data on their tags and we make certain that they always wear collars but the very collars that are supposed to help can be hazardous as well. A petsafe collar is not dangerous for many causes.

Felines tend to ascend trees, barriers and just about anything additional that they can get their claws into. The hazard with the usual collar is that it can get apprehended on parts or other materials routinely discovered outside. When this occurs the cats are at risk of choking. A well conceived petsafe collar can literally signify the distinction between life and death for your feline.

Finding a good petsafe collar is absolutely vital for your outdoor cat. You want to find a favorite safe collar that will shatter away if it gets apprehended on certain thing. You can easily test it right in the shop by putting it on your arm until it is semi-snug. You then tug it to see how rapidly it breaks away.

You should have to use some force to have it shatter away. You furthermore want to gaze for a petsafe collar that has contemplative panels on it. These will contemplate vehicle lights and help to bypass your feline from being strike by a vehicle. You will want to make certain the collar fits your feline. You desire it to be snug, but you should be able to put your catalogue finger through the loop up to your second knuckle.

You also want a petsafe collar that has a loop for a leash that is felt and does not attach out as the metal clasps are inclined to. The steel snares can furthermore get caught on things. You furthermore may desire to address a pet safe collar that has a felt tag clasp as well. A well conceived petsafe collar is one of the more significant purchases you will make for your favorite.

Gina Di Tommaso is running with online pet store which offer quality products for pets.The online store Pets dog accessories australia  offers various kinds of pet accessories for cats like Designer cat collars  , birds etc.

Creative Pet dog Training Suggestion

Your pet does not hate you and is acting insane from spite for you. No, it is simply being crazy due to the fact that it hasn’t discovered any various other method for it to act yet. Nonetheless, that is going to change when one discovers the suggestions that are included in this really article.

When training your pet, you may want to always give your pet dog just one order at a time. If you give your pet dog more than one command at the exact same time, your canine will be confused about exactly what order it should follow. This will irritate both of you. By providing your dog only one order at a time, it will better understand your commands which will cause a greater success rate.

Make certain you and your family are constant with your commands. If someone utilizes “down” to tell the canine to get off the couch while another states “off” and a third is letting him lay there, the dog is getting combined signals. It makes it much more tough for him to discover the commands.

When walking your pet on a leash, never keep the leash too tight. A tight leash produces a counter pressure feedback and can trigger the canine to become uptight or agitated. Your pet could then pull, rather than walk correctly on the leash. Being less limiting with your leash hold will permit a more enjoyable walking experience.

Look for causes that could trigger bad habits from your pet. If your pet dog is unexpectedly showing unwanted behaviors, possibly something has changed that day: Has he had the ability to go on a walk or has he been cooped up? Were you gone all day when typically someone is at house? Dogs are animals of consistency and when things alter their behavior can alter as well.

The finest method to prevent your canine from barking excessively, is to make him more comfy with whatever it is he barks at so regularly. Pet dogs bark at anything that scares of threatens them, so if you offer your pet dog that the things of their fear is absolutely nothing to be afraid of, he’ll stop barking.

Dogs and puppies that show play biting behavior can be both aggravating and harmful. Although play biting is a regular pet dog habits, it is essential to instruct your dog that mouthy play is unwanted. When your puppy nips you playfully, make a loud noise and move away, overlooking the puppy. This will teach bite restraint in a manner the puppy understands.

Constantly begin with the physical side of command training and incorporate words after. You can establish a training state of mind with your confidence and body language without saying anything. When your dominance is put in, your canine will reply to this and often sit patiently and await your direction. Offer them physical demonstrations and start to make use of commands after revealing them what you anticipate.

Now one prepares to head out and instruct their pet the right method to act. That insane monster can be changed into a calm animal that will not slobber all over one’s visitors. With the correct details found out an individual can remedy their animal dog’s wild habits with the right behavior.

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Caring For Your Pet During An Emergency

With the recent earthquake in Japan, the fires in Australia last summer followed by the horrific floods, of we are made aware of how devastating natural disasters can be for people, but it has the same effect for our beloved pets. In the event of an emergency, whether something as large as a natural disaster or as focused as a house fire are you prepared to take care of not only yourself and your family, but your pets as well? In this article we will look at some basic precautions and preparations that will help insure the safety of your pet in an emergency.

You must have a plan of action ready in the event of an emergency. When determining your best options for such plans consider your surroundings and what sort of emergencies you may be facing. For example, if you live in the midwestern portion of the country planning for a hurricane would be futile, however planning for a tornado would be quite prudent. Also think about what sort of industries are in your vicinity and whether an accident there could require your evacuation. Being aware of your environment will aid you in reacting quickly if you need too.

Should the need to evacuate your home arise, your pets should go with you. Many people believe that if they leave their pet behind natural instincts will take over and they will get along just fine. Remember that your pet has been dependent on you for all of their needs for their entire lives. Even if they are capable of reacting instinctually it is important to keep in mind that if it is not safe for you to be there it certainly isnt safe for your pet to be there. Therefore, an important part of your plan should be where to take your pets in the event of an emergency. As much as the Red Cross does in such situations to help those in need they cannot accept pets at their evacuation shelters. You may want to take the time to locate and make a list of places within a 50 to 100 mile radius of your location that you can take your pet. Places to consider for this list would be, other family members homes, animal boarding services, veterinarians with animal boarding facilities, hotels that allow pets and as a last resort animal shelters. Also with todays efficient communications we are often warned well ahead of time of the possibility of an emergency, if this is the case it would be a good idea to keep all of your pets together so that you can round them up quickly should you need to. When you do leave make sure you have solid control of your pets, even the most docile or well-behaved pets actions can become erratic and unpredictable when they are frightened as may be the case during an emergency.

The wisdom of an emergency kit has been highly touted and rightfully so. Your own kit may contain things such as a change of clothes, prescriptions and medications, travelers checks or even food and water. Your pets emergency kit isnt much different by comparison. It should contain enough food and water to last a week in airtight containers to insure it stays fresh. You should replace this food and water every six months. If you opt to include canned food dont forget to add a hand operated can opener. A bowl for food and water will be needed, a simple plastic bowl will suffice or you may wish to look into some of the innovative space saving travel bowls available. Because you are going into an unsettling set of circumstances and extra collar and leash as well as a portable kennel for each of your pets is advisable. It would also be wise to have a first aid kit specifically for your pet that includes items such as tweezers, gauze bandages, antibiotic crme, antiseptic spray or hydrogen peroxide. You should also include any special medications your pet may require in the first aid kit. Be sure to ask your veterinarian about storage requirements as well as how often this medication should be rotated. It is a good idea to review your pets emergency kit every 6 months or so to make sure that the items included are appropriate to any changes that may have occurred with your pet i.e. growth or weight gain.

Herbal pet products

The bond of love and affection that people have with their pets is simply admirable. However keeping pets is not as easy as it sounds because you have to take a lot of care for keeping them healthy. Their bad health can also impact the health of the owner. The food, herbal pet products or the vitamins that we purchase for our pets are vital for ascertaining that they remain healthy and active because an active pet is a joyful pet for the owner and for the entire family. Some years back, pet owners were using pet food and products that were based on different artificially produced ingredients and flavors. People have now become quite conscious about the health of their pets and have now moved towards Herbal pet products which lack side effects and harmful chemicals. Herbal pet products have a longer life as compared to the artificial products because by the time that the artificially produced products reach different stores, they normally loose the effectiveness of their nutrients and vitamins.

Pets have their own requirements in terms of liquid and food and they cannot survive with food which is not for their body. There are not many good companies that are manufacturing herbal pet products and for this reason, you need to put in a considerable amount of research before you actually buy one. Herbal pet products being manufactured by quality concerns are normally made of high quality organic components and different herbs that animals or pets eat. You should always be willing to ask different question before buying Herbal pet products because pets do not have the same amount of natural tendency to counter diseases like we do. The use of different herbal pet products also comes with the question about the concentration and the method of their use. So when you buy them, always use the right combination or amount for giving your pet the desired concentration. You can also consult an animal doctor for such purpose and they are the best to guide you about the dietary requirements of various pets. In case a pet suffers from sickness or any aliment, herbal pet products which serve as a medicine have also been formulated by different companies. Here again the important thing is that you should seek expert advice before your start the treatment with herbal pet products.

Herbal pet products basically serve more of a diet rather than a cure for diseases because they are more effective in boosting your pet’s immunity system rather than killing a disease once it has penetrated. Apart from the herbal pet products, the owner should also go for his/her pet’s regular checkup and should have a good know how about the food that can be given. Dogs normally suffer from fleas and if an owner does not about the disease and what prevention to take, it can pose a serious threat to the dog’s life. Grown up dogs can be treated with products involving chemicals but the puppies cannot be subjected to such products and the best remedy for them is the herbal pet products. So be diligent in your decision because your pet is after all a living being that feels pain and has emotions.