Parasite Warnings!

This is just a serious update about the alarming increase of Parasite’s that are being found in our family pets.  Over 20% of the tests have returned positive (that is according to one popular veterinarian facility in Clark County) and they have recommended making sure your family pet has a fecal test done once a year to make sure your dog, cat, and other pets are free from parasites.  Please, call your Vet if you have any additional questions and know that this will extend the life of your family pets big time…!

Happy Summer!

Katana

Independence Day and Our Furry Family Members

I have had a few individuals approach me over the last few days about what they should do with their dogs/cats or other pets when the fireworks start flying over the 4th of July weekend.  In many cases, I am a huge advocate of natural remedies instead of tossing a few tranquilizers (read chemicals) down their pups gullet and ultimately finding out you damaged them because of the chemical or over dosed them producing a hurried rush to an ER Vet to have their stomachs pumped.

In many cases, the rule of thumb here is “common sense.”  If you absolutely insist on using drugs on your animal please, please, PLEASE make sure that your Vet has condoned the use of the drug and prescribed it just for your animal.  However, making things much easier on you and your pets, using essential oils, natural ways to comfort them make it so much easier at times.  Here are a few things that I can recommend for you that can accomplish the same results without the risk of hurting your pet.

  1. THunder jackets are new on the market, and if you don’t already have one, I have found a wonderful substitution that works very well, for all size of dogs.
  2.  If you are a essential oil user (like me) Using a small amount of Lavender and peppermint with a light base oil such as coconut oil you mix a tiny bit up and slowly massage it on to the tips of their ears, and on top of their heads near the bridge of the nose. These are calming oils that are used with infants as well (although I would not peppermint on a child or where your pet can lick it off) and place those in said areas about an hour or 2 before the fireworks start.calming vest
  3. Take your pet into a room where the family is and either turn up your radio or TV to a point where you, as a human can barely hear all the noise. The pets hearing is much more keen than ours, but this will help them tune out the scary noises to watch and listen to the music that they are used to.
  4. If you have crate trained your animal, this is probably the best time to break out the crate again placing in their favorite blanket and a few toys and then covering it with a heavy blanket to keep the pup calm in their familiar “den” where they will remain calm.
  5. 4thJulyDO NOT allow your dog or cat outside unattended… The rate of animals lost or killed during the 4th of July festivities seems high, but I assure you, it’s not a number to scare you but to make you aware that you could easily be one of them.  Please make sure you watch and tend to your pets vigilantly during this holiday weekend.

If you have any additional home remedies that have worked for you, but aren’t listed here, I would love to hear about them and them over to Ma!  We all have to learn something new every day and well, why limit the ways we can help our furry family members during high anxiety holidays and weekends!

 

Health Hooman Food for K9’s

I don’t always get food from Ma that doesn’t come from the big food bin near my bowl, but when she does supplement my dinner with different things, she has good knowledge of her do’s and dont’s about what I am supposed to have and what will make me sick.  I have been having some tummy problems that are on and off and because Ma call’s me a “Billy Goat” she is watching my intake more now than ever.  I recently got a hold of one of her unscented candles the other day so I won’t be doing that again… *grumbles*

Here is a picture from “Woofipedia” that is a good way to identify what is good and what is bad.  Remember, as they say, everything in moderation!

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Too Hot Too Trot!

This was recently shared on Facebook and is a great rule of thumb for our furrbabies…  Please do not walk your dogs during the heat of the day and use this rule of thumb on how to know if it’s safe for their Tootsies or not!

Meanwhile, we have returned home after an extensive visit and had several days with my friend Ethel, and two of her siblings as well!  I am bushed, and so is Ma, but as soon as I can get a fire under her, I ill have post the pictures and events of the visit! Come back soon to see those pics!

Friends at the Dog Park!

I always get so excited when Ma takes me early in the morning to the dog park. I have made so many new friends there, including a Dogue de Bordeaux named Niko, a sleek looking Doberman named Xena and a new friend of mine who loves tug-of-war as much as I do name Zara, the golden lab.  Ma seems to find our antics pretty funny as we find the smallest things to play with and this time it was a poor tennis-ball that both of us locked on… Making us look like we had kissing disease or something. Needless to say, be both weren’t going to let go!  We just drooled and drooled and drooled!  Hope your furry friends to find others to play with too!

There is one thing about the dog park that I noticed Ma is always very careful about. I rarely get away with anything and she is always on her toes to be sure that I behave. It is important that not only do you watch your dogs while at the park and make sure that they behave, but making sure that the ‘other’ dogs are not aggressive or otherwise packing up to pick on others. Make sure to keep your leash handy, pepper spray should a dog fight break up and ultimately split the animals up.  Dog fights can get ugly, but it is the responsibility of the owners to communicate, to discuss if it is severe enough to exchange information and make sure should you need vetrinarian care to report their animal to animal control and let them ‘sort through’ the information.  There have been too many owners in the area that abandon their dogs in the park, and sit in their trucks/cars or don’t pick up after their animals. This is behavior is intolerable for a Hooman Adult, let alone the idea that they have no control over their dogs.  There have been several reports of owners allowing aggressive dogs to rip open and otherwise badly injure other dogs and leaving the site with their animal.  If you are a canine lover, and a responsible owner, please help those that might be involved by getting descriptions, license plates and any other information you can to report the owner, and the canine. As much as I hate seeing animals euthanized for behavior that shouldn’t have happened to begin with, I truly do not want to see other brethren or hooman’s to be hurt in the process.  Please be a RESPONSIBLE OWNER!

Enjoy the playful video:

Visit to the Vet’s!

Well, after doing some reading on the canine influenza virus that seems to be sweeping in from the Midwest, Ma thought I needed another shot…. So early this morning I was loaded up and taken down to the (wonders if I should say it…) the V…E…T…S…. (Yeah, still makes me shudder a bit) where I learned more about the strain that is invading the pups of the continent.

The vaccine that is being given now is the vaccine, like the hooman flu shot, that was used to attack a flu that swept through the country about 4-5 years ago and is not actually very effective for us pooches on this new strain that is doing some horrible damage.  It has been very difficult for them to keep up with things, but the… (Gulps)..  V.E.T… Says that the odds of me getting sick are lowered a bit.  So just know that when you are getting the vaccine for your pup, know that it is not 100% foolproof and your own pet doctor (sounds so much better) should be giving you information and up to date information on what vaccine they are giving your pup.

Meanwhile, I got to see the most AMAZING Malamute!  This special malamute was a Disney Dog in both 8 below and in Snow dogs  and is now at the ripe old age of 12 years old.  His handler, like my Ma, sure knew a lot about his fur-baby and when Maw saw him, she fell in love.  It seems that this dog is double amazing because he has a genetic disorder that is very submissive and rarely shows itself, but this Malamute which NORMALLY should weigh in at about 80 pounds, is actually weighing in at over 150 pounds!  A genetic element of “gigantism” hit him at about age 3 and when they started to see that he didn’t fit under the coffee table anymore and was growing AGAIN, they had taken him in and had him tested.

This old guy’s patience was so amazing and he even tolerated me prancing around him and ‘boxing’ with him lightly.  The Handler’s name was from Colorado and that gave him and Ma some great stuff to talk about.  Kind of wish Ma had had her camera with her so you could have seen the size of this guy.  His paws alone were double the size of one of Ma’s fists, and his thick legs, about as thick as her calves…. I felt TINY!

I do hope that I get to bump into him again, though when I weigh in again. Today I hit the 75 pound mark and *chuckles* people are still thinking I am ‘huge’…. I am not so sure I agree with that, but, imagine that those that own the snac….er… Chiwa-wa’s that weigh in under 2 pounds would think that I am ‘large and in charge’…. but when in reality, we are just big softies and that was so seen in my new friend, “Zatura” the Giant Malamute.

It’s getting warm here in our area so please, just a VERY friendly reminder, don’t leave us in car’s not matter for how long, nor walk us across hot cement in the heat of the day. If you must leave us, leave us inside if you can and if not, make sure we have plenty of shade, and water supply to keep us cool.  Too many of my furr BFF’s die every year from neglect and heat and this could be prevented. Treat your pup’s like you would treat your children, or an elderly parent, and if you can’t do either… I suggest you find them a new home that will take care of them.