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6 Tips for a safe 4th of July

6 Tips to ensure that your pet enjoys the 4th of July festivities 

More pets go missing on the Fourth of July than any other time of the year. Pets and loud noises are not a winning combination. Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM has compiled a list of tips to help take some of the stress out of what is supposed to be a joyous celebration.

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6 Tips for a fun and fearless 4th of July:

  • Be sure your pets have well-fitting collars with up to date tags.
  • Don’t give in to offering your pet a plethora of BBQ treats. Keeping as close to their regular diet as possible will help avoid upset stomachs, vomiting, diarrhea and emergency room issues like pancreatitis.
  • Life jackets help keep water bound canines afloat, as not all dogs are strong swimmers. Never leave your dog alone at the beach and/or on a boat, as they can easily become overpowered by waves, tides and currents.
  • Most dogs and cats DO NOT enjoy fireworks. Pet ears are far more sensitive to loud noises than ours. Classical music has been shown to reduce canine anxiety. Pet thunder shirts are also an option to help comfort stressed dogs.
  • Homeopathic calming remedies including Bach’s Rescue Remedy and Tranquility Blends containing the herb Skull Cap help to safely reduce stress levels for dogs and cats with no adverse effects. Both products may be applied to the inner (hairless) ears, which act as acupressure points in dogs and cats. Both may also be given by mouth.
  • Don’t put human sunscreen on your pet. Pet sunscreen is fine for dogs and cats, but avoid zinc oxide, which is toxic to pets. DEET, a common insecticide, is also poisonous to pets and may cause neurological signs, including drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.

Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM.

Integrative Veterinarian

Dr. Carol Osborne is an author and world-renowned integrative veterinarian of twenty plus years. A pioneer in anti-aging medicine and longevity research for pets, she created and patented the original PAAWS: Pet Anti-Aging Wellness System for dogs and cats. Dr. Carol holds both the dog and cat scientific patents.


After graduating from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Carol completed a prestigious internship at the Columbus Zoo.  Shortly afterwards, she launched a very successful private practice and became founder and director of the non-profit organization, the American Pet Institute. Dr. Carol offers traditional veterinary care for dogs and cats with a softer, natural touch. Her approach highlights the importance of nutrition and utilizing holistic avenues in combination with traditional treatments.

Official web site: http://chagrinfallspetclinic.com

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Cupid Canines

The way to a Woman’s Heart is not Diamonds, hearts, flowers, candy or balloons…

As Valentine’s Day approaches ,

according to a survey conducted by PetPlan Pet Insurance of more than 4,300 American Pet Parents, 66% of women said they would rather receive Valentine’s kisses from their four-legged friends than their two-legged sweethearts.

And that’s not all. Petplan’s survey reveals that 67% of FEMALE Pet Parents would end a relationship with a significant other if their partner clashed with their pet, and nearly 60% of women plan to spend more on their four-legged loves than their human lovers this Valentine’s Day. Move over diamonds – it looks like Pets are a WOMAN’s Best Friend !

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MEN picked their partners over their pets in every category; nearly 60% said kisses would be sweeter from their significant other, and nearly 70% plan to spend the most money on their two-legged honeys this February 14. Less than half of the men surveyed said they would leave a partner who didn’t connect with their pet.

Despite these differences, men and women agreed that their pets make a cute Cupid; 68% polled say their dogs and cats bring them and their significant others closer. And the overwhelming majority (81%) of pet parents plans to give their fur-kids a special gift for Valentine’s Day. (Our annual Valentine’s Day Gift Guide will be posted soon)… lots of goodies for pet parents and their pooches.

“When it comes to our pets, we wear our hearts on our sleeves,”

This Valentine’s Day…

Give your Fur Friend a Healthy GOO Glow !

Thank you Healthy Goo for all your Hard Work and for this blog post.

www.HealthyGOO.com

and here are some savvy tips on how to find love in all the right doggie places…

http://www.petside.com/article/top-10-ways-dog-lovers-can-find-love

Cupid Costume for Your Dog

Cici would destroy this homemade costume in 2 minutes or less…  (video)

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http://www.squidoo.com/cupid-costumes

what do you think, is your pet your best friend and are you buying them a gift and/or dressing them up for V-DAY???

 

Blog Hop time…thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop  link

 

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cats and dogs and kids, oh my

9 Things Parents Should Know About Cats and Kids

The funny thing is that I was just talking on Facebook to a friend I have never met about cats and dogs and the different energies, benefits of both types of animals as pets. We love them all and she has a few cats and a dog and is going to be getting another dog, who is being trained to help her daughter with her peanut allergy. Cats are wonderful beings and can be trained, despite conventional thinking. If Cici did not have cat issues, I would have brought a cat into our home for us. On Must Love Cats on Animal Planet last week I saw a show where people were teaching cats to do agility and cats were competing at shows.  Cats are much smarter than people give them credit for. And you can walk them on a leash, too.

Here are a few of Nikhi’s fur babies, are these the cutest fur babies ever???

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Alfie and Oliver, the cat…

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Well, after my Facebook chat, I received this gift guest blog post and decided to post it here. Enjoy !

If you’re considering adding a pet to the family, cats can seem like the ideal choice. They don’t have to be taken for walks, housebreaking is a breeze and their largely independent attitude means that they don’t need the same level of attention and companionship as a puppy or even a full-grown dog. Households that count small children among their number, however, should take a few things under consideration before adding a feline friend to the family.

  1. Growing Up Together isn’t Always the Best Route – Common advice for parents considering a new pet dictates the addition of a kitten when children are still young. This recommendation is given with the assumption that the two of them will “grow up together.” In fact, adult cats are usually much better choices for young children than kittens. The fragility and delicate nature of a kitten’s physiology does little to protect them from accidental rough treatment, which may be difficult for very young children to understand.
  2. Proper Handling is Imperative – Before you adopt a cat, you should make sure that your child is well informed about safe and proper handling. In addition to running the risk of hurting the cat or causing it to become withdrawn, wary and antisocial in reaction to being handled roughly too often, you’re also increasing the chances of a hiss, swat or bite that turns your child off from cats altogether.
  3. Supervision is Required – Because cats are typically very independent, it can be easy to forget that they still need to be supervised all the time when they’re in the same room as a young child. If you’re present when a child pets too roughly or picks Fifi up by her neck, you can put a stop to the behavior before someone is injured or gets upset.
  4. Declawing isn’t the Kindest Answer – In preparation for bringing a cat into the house, some new owners opt to have their feline friends declawed. What most of them don’t realize, however, is just how cruel and painful the process is for cats. Rather than having a part of the cat’s body removed because you’re nervous about scratched furniture or children, you may just want to reconsider the idea of adding a cat to the family in the first place. The human equivalent of declawing would be the removal of each of your fingers at the last knuckle.
  5. Cats Can Help Kids Learn Responsibility – When your child helps to feed and water his new cat, clean the  litter box and look after her, he’s learning very valuable lessons in responsibility and compassion. There are plenty of reasons why adding a cat to the family may be the perfect choice for your family, but this is potentially the best.
  6. Sharing is Caring, But Not When it Comes to Chocolate – You may be aware of the fact that chocolate is toxic for dogs, but it’s just as dangerous for cats to ingest. Make sure that your child knows that even though she wants to share her chocolate candy, doing so can make her new cat very, very sick.
  7. Cat Scratch Fever isn’t Just a Classic Rock Song – If the only thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “cat scratch fever” is an old Ted Nugent record, you’ll probably want to brush up on the subject before you bring a cat into a house with children. Cat scratch disease is caused by the bacteria Bartonella henselae, and is spread through bites and scratches from an infected cat. While it’s generally not serious, cat scratch disease can cause fatigue, fever, headache, swelling of the lymph nodes and overall discomfort. If your child is showing any of these symptoms, it’s best to inform his doctor that you do have a cat in the family.
  8. The Great Outdoors isn’t All That Great – Your child needs to spend plenty of time outdoors engaged in physically active play. Your cat, however, has a statistically higher chance of living a long life and dying of natural causes if it spends its life indoors. Outdoor cats are much more likely to be injured or even killed by other animals and moving vehicles than their indoor brethren.
  9. Patience is a Virtue – When you first bring your new cat home, it’s normal for your child to be so excited that she wants to spend every moment with her new friend. As a parent, it’s important for you to understand that your cat will need time to adjust to new surroundings, and may be a bit standoffish until he’s more comfortable in your home.

Cats are beautiful and gracious creatures with their own individual personalities and quirks. For some families, they’re irreplaceable members of the household that are dearly treasured. Others may find them too aloof and disinterested, depending upon the temperaments involved. Before making the decision to bring a cat home, you should make sure that the lifestyle of your household is conducive to caring for a cat.  (Editors note:  Please adopt a cat or dog or pet from your local animal rescue or shelter, ie, save a life and spay and neuter your pets, thank you).

http://www.summernanny.com/blog/9-things-parents-should-know-about-cats-and-kids/

Blog Hop time…thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop  link

 

 

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Giving Thanks

Slathering Cici with Lavendar mixed with coconut oil on her itchies. Made a lavendar oil infused bandana for her neck. And also applying Dr Harvey’s healing cream to her tush and feeding her wild salmon oil with her food. Gave her an herbal bath and a soft cone to keep her from scratching and biting her rear.

And yesterday the pit bull across the street decided to get out of her gate and run after us on the way to the park barking all the way. The two dogs do not really know one another. Both girls. And have barked at other. I was not going to chance a fight or barkfest so I managed to keep them far apart. And it was scary. I tried to get Sasha back into her yard to no avail. And tried to enlist two men to help me. They were both scared of Sasha the pit bull… Finally, I convinced one man to hold onto Cici and I chased Sasha back into her yard. On the way to the yard, two cars came while she was in the middle of the road. Thankfully they both stopped and were driving slowly. Did not feel secure enough to know if Sasha would stay inside, so I grabbed Cici and brought her inside our home. I wondered if the old guy who lives in the house was ok. And how long Sasha was outside. I decided to bring her over some water and food just in case. A few hours later, I saw my neighbor’s car and went over and told him what happened. He simply forgot to lock the gate. And I made friends with Sasha up close and personal. Let her smell me. Am very thankful it all ended well.

looks like Sasha…

Am also thankful for my roommate being a jerk. and for spending my birthday / Thanksgiving alone this year. At least that is how it seems it is going to be since roomie is being a tick.

Am REALLY thankful for the wonderful foot massage I had yesterday before all the dog chaos.

Am REALLY thankful for the lovely comp meal I will have at Benihana’s today, the movie I will see (Lincoln) and for my polka dot princess, the best dog on the planet.

And am REALLY thankful to all of you dear readers!!!

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones and remembering the people
and things we are thankful for – including our furry family members. This year, Pet360.com has created the following list of the top nine reasons to be thankful for our dogs and cats.

—  Easy to Please: After a long day at the office, few things are better
than coming home to your pet. A bowl full of food and a nice long belly
rub or ear scratch is all it takes to make their day.
—  Up For Anything: Plane? Train? Automobile? Regardless of where you
travel, most pets are content to be anywhere you are, and they’ll never
ask, “Mom! Are we there yet?”
—  Get Us Moving: Whether it is the dog that needs to go out, or the cat
you are entertaining with a feather teaser, our pets always keep us on
our feet and on the go.
—  Love to Snuggle: From when they are kittens and puppies until they
become senior pets, our dogs and cats will always snuggle up with us on
the couch or in bed, making any snuggle session ten times better.
—  Calm Us: Whenever we are having a hectic day, one look at our pet
reminds us to take a deep breath and be calm. Petting, scratching, and
even rubbing your pet’s belly can be therapeutic, too.
—  Appreciate the Little Things: Our pets remind us every day that it is
the little things — a cardboard box, a shoelace, or a walk outdoors –
that are most important in life.
—  Keep us on Schedule: Our pets make sure we are up on time everyday!
Whether it is a paw to the forehead or a lick to the face, these gentle
reminders to be fed or go outside make sure we’re awake to see the
sunrise.
—  Get us Out of Jams: Date not going well? Stuck at a neighbor’s? If
nothing else, pets provide us with a perfect built-in excuse to quickly
exit a situation. Who would ask you to stay when you suddenly remember
that you have forgotten to feed the pets?
—  Provide Unconditional Love: Above all, our pets teach us what
unconditional love is and remind us to always be the people our pets
think we are.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Celebrate NATIONAL DOG DAY

NATIONAL DOG DAY IS Sunday, AUGUST 26

http://www.nationaldogday.com 

Timely Tips to Help Our Furry Friends

Take Back-to-School Stress in Stride

 

Heading back to the classroom can be a frantic, frazzling experience for kids, parents and pets alike. With all the scheduling dilemmas the new school year brings – band practice, soccer practice, carpools and the like – the quality time we used to spend with our four-legged friends during the summer months is suddenly in short supply. So it’s no wonder if even the most well-behaved pets aren’t at their angelic best during these especially stressful days.

Here are a few suggestions from one of the world’s leading providers of training and mental exercise products to make the back-to-school transition period less trying.

  1. week or so before the kids return to school, start getting your pets used to their absence. Take a few trial runs by leaving them early in the morning for about an hour. Line up the lunchboxes on the kitchen counter so that your dog or cat starts to see this as part of your morning routine.
  1. Consider crating your dog during the day. To many pet parents, the prospect of having their four-legged companions stay in a crate may seem like locking them away in prison. But crating a pet makes a lot more sense when you think of it as a protective crib or playpen. The sense of security a crate provides can be comforting to many dogs. Just be sure to leave them with fresh water, food or treats, a snugly blanket and some favorite toys to keep them occupied until you or the kids get home.

 

  1. Quickly establish a new daily routine. Dogs and cats are creatures of habit and feel anxious when there are major disruptions in their life. While you’re scheduling carpools and after-school activities, you should also schedule regular times for your dog’s feedings, walks, play dates and together time.
  1. Leave them playthings that keep their minds actively engaged. One excellent way to keep housebound pets from getting bored is to give them a fun homework assignment, such as the Dog Miracle Puzzle from Nina Ottosson. This durable, cleverly constructed puzzle lets dogs seek out concealed treats by trying to move, lift or push aside durable, stackable bricks with their paw or nose. By changing the placement of the puzzle bricks and where the treats are concealed, pet parents can decide how difficult the game is going to be. The number of ways the bricks and hidden treats can be rearranged is virtually endless!
  1. Use a pet-friendly training device to gently correct unwanted behaviors. One example is the Pet Corrector™ from The Company of Animals. This convenient can of harmless compressed air simplifies training by mimicking the “hissing” sound animals make in the wild. Dogs and cats have an instinctive aversion to this sound. For dogs who tend to pull or tug at the leash while walking and could use some gentle correction, there’s the Halti® Headcollar. And for those more impulsive types who need to be more firmly yet humanely restrained, the Baskerville Ultra Muzzle is a great solution.

Hopefully, these tips will help prevent those back-to-school days from stressing out your precious pets – and you. The Company of Animals is widely regarded as one of the world’s most respected providers of pet training and mental exercise products.   For complete details, please visit www.companyofanimals.us.

 

Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day

Grab a leash or a dish and join the celebration.

  • Have a back yard barbecue, inviting your friends to bring their dogs — fencing in all four-legged friends, for their own protection.
  • Take your canine companion for a walk in the neighborhood or to the park or beach.
  • Take a ride in the country. Go to a pet friendly winery.
  • Take your dog for a doggie vacation/holiday weekend even if you just camp out in the back yard.
  • Spread holiday cheer to local dog shelters year-round. Donate your resources to a dog rescue center. Volunteer and share your love for dogs with those less fortunate than your own family pet.
  • Have a friend who loves dogs but for whatever reason cannot have one right now? Share your dog for a day! Your friend and your dog will enjoy a dog day of summer as you all walk and talk together.
  • Share your love of pit bulls with others.
  • Top the day off with the gift of a new dog dish for your furry friend (treats included, of course).

About National Dog Day

Founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, National Dog Day was created to honor dogs more than we currently do, to give them a day to show deep appreciation for our long connection to each other – for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their capacity for love and their ability to impact our lives everyday in the most miraculous ways. National Dog Day wishes to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure – and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy and safe life. To learn more, visit www.nationaldogday.com.

About The Company of Animals

Founded by highly acclaimed UK pet behaviorist Dr. Roger Mugford, The Company of Animals is the UK’s provider of training products designed to achieve a positive relationship between pets and their parents. The Company of Animals designs and manufactures a wide range of acclaimed products.  For more information, please visit www.companyofanimals.us or http://www.facebook.com/TheCompanyOfAnimalsUS.

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15 biz success secrets

15 biz success secrets I learned from my polka dot princess and other dogs

Claim your top spot throne, hog the bed… / limelight / garner the maximum attention

an awesome trendsetting divalicious babe… Be happy in your own body and style!

A top dog makes lots of friends by meeting people, networking every day and finding out what they have in common

Be positive, enthusiastic, optimistic at all times or when in doubt, yawn…

Steal people’s hearts with your unconditional love, acceptance,  kindness and that special look

Charm the treats out of them by making people laugh (be flexible and roll over for belly rubs)

One treat is never enough, go for the gold, lick the one you love

Roll in the grass, smell the roses, bark at the birds, have fun and play every day

Beach Dog Yoga

Keep focused, get your priorities straight, have a dream, go for what you want, be persistent stare into their eyes, look sad, wag tail… until you get what you want

Appreciate your friends, biz associates, co-workers, clients, love the ones you are with, best friends

Why settle for less, when you can have the best

Be yourself even if you have a bad reputation

Sleep soundly, rest between naps

Show/prove your loyalty

Use your imagination, be creative, challenge yourself, have an adventure, venture where you’ve never gone before

what Cici can learn from Alfie 

what’s it all about, Alfie? Keep your enemies close, sleep with the enemy, besides, cats make great bedfellows

and if you are in a stressful situation…do what a dog would do…

http://celiasueink.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/business-tips-from-my-dog/

what have you learned from your dog/cat/pets???

Wordless Wed. blog hop, catch the code

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healing power of Oprah…

don’t know if you had a chance to watch Oprah yesterday, she had an animal show, with a bear, a hypo, who lives with a family, as well as puppies trained for Iraq vets by prisoners with Glenn Close reporting on the latter story… very touching… at the end, she had a bunch of people with their pets, snakes birds, rabbits, dogs and cats all on stage… a little much… but the hypo and bear stories plus the puppies were pretty amazing and wonderful…

http://www.puppiesbehindbars.com/index.asp

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