Friday, March 1, 2019

How to Calm a Cat or Dog

  • Always think of your and pet's safety first before ever approaching a anxiety-ridden or scared animal.
  • Use a calm voice and calm behavior. Do not yell or make quick movements!
  • Lure the pet toward you slowly with a toy or food.
  • Isolate anxiety-ridden pets temporarily to calm down. Never lock pets up in a cage or tiny room for 24/7!
  • Figure out what maybe agitating or causing stress to your pet.
  • Use pheromones to calm your pet, which comes in a spray or plugin form.
  • Use other non-medication aids like body wraps or pet-safe herbal liquids, chews or tablets. Always ask a veterinarian before using any type of herbal aids!
  • Consider using short-term medication from your veterinarian.
  • Consider sedatives that could help your anxiety ridden pet. Always ask your veterinarian as well as get a second or third opinion to be on the safe side.
  • Explore options for long-term medications from your veterinarian.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Keep Your Pet Safe During a Snowstorm

  •  Store up activities for dogs and cats to do while you're together indoors. Kongs, catnip toys, treadmill, scratching posts, etc.

  •  Stock up ahead of time on all pet food and medicine your animals may need over the weekend—travel may be much more difficult or impossible in the event of a snowstorm

  •  Prepare for a power outage, especially if your family includes fish, reptiles, pocket pets or exotic pets.

  •  Have a coat and booties ready for any dog who needs them. Be ready to protect your pets from very strong wind and cold.

  • If possible keep your pets indoors! If your pets must be outside provide them adequate covered, draft-free, dry shelter.

  •  Make sure your pets wear identification at all times (even better: have them micro-chipped as well) to dramatically increase your chances of reunification should one become lost.

  •  Keep your dog on a leash after heavy snowfall. Dogs are much more likely to get lost during winter, especially during and after a blizzard.

  •  Watch out for ice melts! Snow-melting salt and liquid de-icer can be very painful to dogs’ feet and can make pups ill if ingested, so make sure to clean off your dog’s paws with a moist washcloth after a walk. This goes for antifreeze as well!

  • Tap your car hood before starting your vehicle to ensure there are not strays or wild critters.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

New Year Resolutions for You and Your Pet

Always measure your pet's food! Use a 8 oz measuring cup and follow the recommended feeding guideline on your pets dry food or ask and follow your veterinarians advice.

Choose an age appropriate pet food: puppy/kitten, adult, senior. Also consider your pet's lifestyle: indoor or outdoor? Sedentary, active, or hyper?

Try a new activity with your pet. Hiking, swimming, new/longer walking route, new game, etc.

Incorporate more playtime/exercise time especially if you have a very hyperactive pet.

Schedule annual well-checkup trips to the veterinarian. Also follow vaccination, flea/tick prevention and/or medication schedule as prescribed by your veterinarian.

Groom your pet daily Short hair or long hair, your pet will benefit from a good brushing. Also gives you some bonding time with you lovely pet.

Start brushing your pets teeth. Good oral hygiene is a must especially when pets get older.

Teach new tricks to your pet. Works especially well on active breeds who need constant stimulation.

Keep your pets collar/tag/ID/microchip information up to date. Ensure you have your correct, updated name, phone and address inputted. That way if your pet gets lost there will be no issues in finding you as the rightful owner.

Consider adopting or fostering another pet. If not animal shelters can always use donations and volunteers. Contact your local animal shelter/rescue and ask what they need the most.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

BBB: Think carefully before buying a pet as a holiday gift

One of the most popular holiday gifts for youngsters is a new member of the family, such as a dog, cat, bird or exotic animal, but is it a good idea to buy a pet without discussing it in advance and getting the entire family on board? Officials with the Better Business Bureau say probably not.

There is no question that kids’ faces light up when they get a new pet; however, some young children do not understand that they will have to be responsible for the pet too, and that means feeding and taking a dog out for a walk in the middle of winter.

When your family brings home a pet, it needs some peace and quiet, and the opportunity to get used to its new surroundings. This is often not possible around the hectic holidays, and all of the excitement can be stressful for the pet.

Other concerns involving the purchase of pets are fraud and unwittingly buying from a breeding facility known as a puppy mill. Puppy mills are operations where the breeders put profits ahead of the health of the animals, in conditions experts describe as “inhumane.” When you buy from a breeder outside of the state you are taking a big chance. If you don’t see the breeding facility, you won’t know what sort of conditions the pet was raised in.

BBB has heard from heartbroken consumers, who send their payment and wait for the delivery, but the pet never arrives, or the seller demands fees that were not disclosed when they made the purchase.

BBB offers these tips to help you make the right decision for your family when buying a pet:

• Select a pet that is age-appropriate. If it is impractical for other family members to help care for larger animals such as cats or dogs, consider buying a small pet such as a hamster, which is easier for children to take care of.

• Check breeders’ and shelters’ credentials. If you locate a puppy through a website, do not send money without first speaking to the breeder and checking references and credentials. Find out if the breeder is a member of an American Kennel Club-affiliated club and call to verify membership.

• Avoid buying pets through classified ads. You can get some wonderful deals through classified ads; however, a pet seller may not have the proper paperwork. Some scammers make big money selling pets that they stole from people’s property or public areas.

• Don’t be fooled by a well-designed website. This is always good advice. Unscrupulous operators create professional-looking but fraudulent websites that are designed to lure potential buyers with cute puppy pictures they stole from other breeders’ websites.

• Take all of the costs into account. Many people don’t think past the initial fee required to buy or adopt a pet. A cat costs about $350 to $400 a year, a small or medium dog costs about $400 to $500 a year and larger dogs even more. You also might want to consider buying medical insurance for your pet. Veterinary care can be very expensive when there’s a health problem or if your pet is injured in an accident.