Winter Health Hazards

When the weather outside is frightful, and you are experiencing below normal temperatures, as most us of have already experienced this year, please bring your pets inside.  Wolves may be able to handle sub-zero temperatures but our furry friends cannot.  Pets are accustomed to central heating.

To help combat the winter health hazards here are a few winter tips:

Are you freezing even wearing a coat?

If you’re cold even in your coat, more than likely your pet is cold.  Shorten your walks in unusually cold weather.  Keep a towel at the door to wipe off snow and ice on your pets paws and coat.

Eating Snow?

Did you know that eating snow can lower a dog’s body temperature?  Eating snow could lead to hypothermia.  During long walks or hikes take some Luke-warm water with you for the dog to drink.  This will help to avoid your dog eating snow when they are thirsty.

Ice-Melting Salt?

Try looking for “paw-safe” salt for melting ice and snow.  The regular kind can sting chapped paws.  Another option to protect your dog’s feet would be to strap-on boots or use a foot wax.  A good boot for your dog is “Muttluks”, and a good foot wax is “Musher’s Secret”.

Boots might pull off in deep snow.  They are better used on plowed roads and sidewalks.  The wax is rubbed on the dog’s pads and between the toes before going outside.  Some dog owners use petroleum jelly.  Although, it does not stay on as well as wax, it’s a little less expensive.  Just remember anything you rub on your dog’s pads should be safe enough if eaten or licked off.

After a good walk it is wise to rinse your dog’s paws with warm water and dry as soon as you get into the house.  This will help keep your dog from licking road salt off their feet.  Do you like the Belted Coat and Boots?  You can find them here: Muttluks.com

Itchy, Flaky Skin?

Many dogs have dry itchy, flaky skin in the winter.  Some dogs are allergic to mold spores in heating systems or dust mites.  To combat an itchy, flaky dog is to bathe them regularly during the winter months.  It’s fine to bathe a dog indoors as long as you keep them warm until they are completely dry.

Please remember to monitor the weather and your pets during the cold or extreme weather.  The Lilburn Georgia area has already had unusually cold weather so far this year, as well as most of the east coast.

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5 Tips to Make Back to School and Pet Care Fun!

Quite often parents end up taking full responsibility for pet care when school starts back.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  There is a great way to teach your child responsibility. Make it fun, and not something to feel guilty about or have it become a chore.  Make it a family affair by pitching in and teaching that it will make life easier.

Below are 5 tips you can do to make it a family affair.  Parents can start with negotiating simple short tasks:

If getting ready for school on-time is a problem, then the parent can feed the dog breakfast and the children can feed the dog at dinner.

As a parent what better way to find out how your child’s day was by walking the dog after school.  What a great way to bond more with your children, as well as getting some exercise in for the day.

Try something fun like, first down the stairs puts the dog out.

Since it is August it will be warm outside so make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water for the day, and has a cool place to spend the day.  This takes less than two or three minutes.  Time it, and see what I mean.

If you must leave the dog outside, be sure it is secure so that your pet is safe from wild animals, such as Coyotes, they have been seen in urban areas or the neighbors dog who always runs loose.

Enjoy the benefits that the family dog offers your family by sharing enjoyable times like walks in the neighborhood, as well as hikes in the neighborhood parks.  You and your children will feel more connected together caring for a pet.  You might even encourage your child to read to your pet each evening.

Information provided by R.R. Cratty.

Some suggested resources:

Your Child’s Dog:  How to Help Your Kids Care for Their Pets by Andrea McHugh.

Other suggestion by R.R. Cratty:

Children enjoy the learning process when they become self-motivated

Jules Verne creates the best summer family activities

Summer science and art paint for families

Card games for family summer vacation fun

Good questions inspire active reading

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Flea-repelling plants: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Plants-vs-Zombies-Game-150x150Ever heard of the popular phone game Plants vs. Zombies? It’s a strangely addictive game where you use different types of plants to keep hoards of zombies away from your house. Using flea-repelling plants to keep those tiny pests away from your house and pets seems to work on the same principle. Plants are your friends!

If you are embarking on a new landscaping plan, or if you’d just like to brighten up your yard with some new potted plants, you can use some of these popular flea-deterring plants to add another level of protection to your home and your pets.

It’s important to know that while some plants may be effective at repelling fleas, they may also pose a threat to your pet if your pet ingests them. For example, the appropriately named Fleabane (or Pennyroyal) plant is no friend to fleas, but it is actually also toxic to cats and dogs. Other plants that are commonly cited as flea repellents but that are also dangerous to pets include:

Fleawort
Tansy
Rue
Citronella
Sweet Bay
Wormwood
Eucalyptus
Chrysanthemum (or Feverfew)

Also be aware that garlic is toxic to cats and some breeds of dogs. Some sources suggest scattering whole or ground cloves of garlic around your yard to keep the fleas away, but this will pose a threat to any cats and dogs who might chance upon them.

Also be aware that certain plants can deter or kill beneficial nematodes, the good flea-killing worms that you can add to your yard to keep flea populations under control. If you are using nematodes as a treatment, be sure to keep them away from those particular plants.

Plants that repel fleas and are non-toxic to cats and dogs include:

Plants in the mint family
Catnip (be aware that this plant may attract neighboring cats)
Sage
Rosemary (the herb, not Rosemary Bog or Rosemary Pea, which are toxic to pets)
Chamomile
Lavender
Lemon grass
Marigolds

A note about mints:
Mint plants are very useful flea repellents, however, they are also invasive plants and, if allowed, will overtake large sections of your yard. One method for containing mint plants is to plant them in separate pots. If you wish to use them in your landscaping, you can simply bury the pot in the ground, just be sure the pot has proper drainage holes to keep too much water from getting trapped and oversaturating the plant. Also, if you are using a variety of mints, be sure to keep them separate to avoid cross-pollination of the plants.

For more general information about what plants may or may not be harmful to your pet, you can visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website (ASPCA.org) and view their list of toxic and non-toxic plants. HYPERLINK: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants

This list is particularly useful if you are introducing new plants into your yard and home. Also take special care around holidays and special occasions when you might have seasonal plants in your home such as lilies, poinsettias, and other foliage associated with holiday celebrations.

Also note that flea-repelling potted plants in your home will not eradicate an already existing flea problem, but if these plants are placed near to problem spots, such as around your pet’s favorite spots to sleep and rest, you may be able to disrupt the fleas and give some measure of relief to your pet, not to mention beautifying your home atmosphere!

A Personal Perspective:

For a time, I lived in a rental house that had a very large, very overgrown back yard. We had neighbor cats and dogs and even some neighbor chickens all near by. While doing house repairs, our landlord also commonly brought his dog, who wasn’t shy about coming and spending time in the house.

With so many pets about, and with a house that had lain vacant for some time, one of our first concerns was the possibility of having an infestation of fleas and other critters. As the spring moved into hot summer weather, we braced for the insects that would come with it. And while we had an inexplicable case of beetles in the front yard, we never seemed to have trouble with the back yard.

One day, as I was out doing yard work, I started to notice that we had an abundance of one type of plant. After closer inspection, we realized that we had a healthy crop of mint. Their distinct smell gave them away as lemon mint plants. We were happy to let the plants continue growing because we figured they were doing such a good job of keeping the pests away. The whole time we lived in that house, not once did we ever see a flea.

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Let’s Talk Toys for Cats

Kitties-300x222Let’s face it, if you know cats you know that they can make a toy out of just about anything. A simple piece of string holds hours and hours of entertainment alone. Add a pet owner who will hold the piece of string and make it jump and flip about, and you’ve increased the entertainment factor exponentially.

The best cat toys will play to your cat’s natural interests, affinities, and instincts. Cats love to hunt. They love to creep and sneak up on unsuspecting prey. They love the chase.

We once had a cat that made a game of stalking us. Whenever we walked through the room, she’d come streaking out from under the couch and would spring at us. A moment before contact, she’d drop to the ground and walk away as if to say, “I won’t, but I just wanted you to know that I’m perfectly capable of taking out your knees.” After one too many surprises like that, we figured it was time to get her another toy to chase instead of us.

Another habit of cats is to hide or rest in small spaces. We had many cats that loved to swipe at things from under the couch cover. This made it a little interesting for us. Whenever we sat on the couch, the backs of our ankles would get attacked.

So maybe it’s time to ask yourself, does your cat like hiding and pouncing? Is he eager to leap and jump for objects? Maybe your feline likes to paw at and explore new items. Read up on the toys that play best to these behaviors:

Hiding and pouncing: If your cat likes to hide out in his own space, try providing fun, temporary play spaces for your cat by creating a haven of cardboard boxes or giving your cat a brown paper grocery bag to play with for the afternoon. You can also buy kitty scratching towers and posts with nooks for cats to hide in or you can try out a wire and fabric spring tunnel.

Leaping and jumping: Ribbon toys or products like “Da Bird” are great for cats who love to jump. They play on the kitty’s love for chasing something, and if that something is fast, all the better. These toys engage the cat’s ability and instinct for bird hunting by sending them chasing after something very fast and something that can fly. A great thing about these toys is the wand that you get to hold since it keeps you a safe distance from your kitty’s claws (if she has them) and keeps you from getting accidentally scratched.

Exploring new things: Puzzle toys are great for pets because they can keep your feline occupied and interested for a long time. Toys like the “Peek-a-Prize” toy box create an interactive game for your cat. The box has many small opening that your cat can reach into. You put small balls and objects inside of the box and then let your cat reach inside to bat around the prizes and try to get them out.

Hunting for food: Food is always a fun motivator. Although cat’s don’t have the same need to chew and worry items like dogs do, they still enjoy a surprising snack, and they still have the hunting instincts in their character, which make them want to work a little bit for their food. Some meal-dispensing balls encourage play while eating. When your cat hits and rolls the toy around, a small amount of cat food is allowed to fall out through small openings. The slow dispense of the food also prevents your cat from over-eating, something that can happen if the food is available in the bowl all day. This is a particularly good option for cats that are overweight and need a limit to their diet and an increase in activity. The combination of treats and chasing gives your cat both entertainment and exercise.

Chasing things: Some toys can satisfy your cat’s love for chasing things. These types of toys are commonly a type of open track with balls fixed in them. The ball will roll along the track but cannot be pulled out and lost. Simple versions of this toy will have a round track while more complex versions will be segmented pieces of track that you can put together in a fun course. Laser pointers make for another fun chasing game. Your cat will love tracking down that tantalizing ball of light.

Toys are great for helping your cat to burn off energy and stay entertained while you’re away, but they’re not a replacement for quality time with you. Remember to spend plenty of time with your pets. The fun and relaxation that comes from playing with your cat will be priceless.

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Treat Your Dog to an Excellent Home Meal

1-ytimg_1434547430Forget the canned food which may be tainted with chemicals and who knows what else. These days it is all about making food at home with the best ingredients so that you will be able to know that the animals are getting the best nourishment. That means there are many owners that are taking this into their own hands and are cooking gourmet meals at home for their dogs with the best ingredients.

There is a lot of confusion currently about what dogs should eat; there are many foods out there with vegetables as well as different combinations of meat. It is very confusing for most owners as they do not have any idea what they should be feeding their dogs with a large amount of the confusion coming from advertising campaigns as to what the appropriate diet should be. But where does all of the wrong information come from and how is it possible that so many people have no idea what they should be doing to ensure that their dogs are happy and healthy?

Since the ancestor of the dog is the wolf, being a canine in the wild there are carnivores. With the exception of when there are digestive issues, the wolves live on a diet exclusively of meat. However, one thing of note which is a huge difference is the level of activity between dogs and wolves. Since wolves live in the wild and are always foraging and hunting for food, for that reason the wolves can eat almost anything they want without the fear of getting obese. Since wolves are always chasing after their pray they will assuredly need to be in able to run after it.

Dogs on the other hand are much different in their exercise needs. Dogs are kept and for that reason they are able to be heavier as well as are able to have less exercise in their lives. This means that all dogs should be fed a bit of a leaner diet if they are going to not grow obese. The average dog is merely walked once a day and instead is not able to run and have the kind of exercise that a wolf would have in the wild. For that reason it is important to feed your dog healthfully and also not to give it a diet that is 100% protein. If you give the dog the same diet that a wolf would have it will lead to obesity.

One thing you must think about first is the level of exercise of your dog. How active is your dog on a regular basis? Does your dog get out and work out 3-4 times per day? If the answer is no, which means that you need to be making food for your dog out of lean protein. That means that you must be thinking about your dog as an eater of fish and also chicken. In addition to that you must also occasionally add in lean vegetables into the diet of your dog as well to ensure that you are able to help with the digestive process.

When you are preparing food for your dog you must also cut all of the pieces into small bits so that you will be able to ensure that the dog does not choke, and is able to digest all of the food easily. The food also must be cooked as well to ensure that you are able to have healthy and safe food for your dog. The best standards for preparing your food for your dog, is do not to serve your dog food you would not eat. Do not serve your dog raw meat or chicken which would enable you to have salmonella poisoning. While in the wild wolves are able to consume raw meat because their bodies are full of parasites which will allow them to digest the meat raw without getting ill.

Dogs however, being domestic animals need to have access to the same health standards we would use to ensure that they are able to be cared for as well as taken care of on a regular basis. There are many excellent resources to be able to find the best recipes and locations to have access to the best foods for your dog. No one loves your pet like you, for this reason give it the best that you can offer and you will be able to keep it happy and healthy for years to come.

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Why Do Cats Urinate in the House?

I have been asked this question on more than one occasion as to why are my cats are urinating in the house.  I decided to look for an article on “Why do cats urinate in the house instead of in their cat box?”  Is it separation anxiety or are they having a health issue?  This article addresses the health aspect as to perhaps why your kitties are not properly using their cat boxes.  I hope you enjoy the article as well as find it informative.  I would love to hear your comments about the article or what you have found out about your own cats and their reason for urinating in the house.

Why Do Cats Urinate in the House?

There are many reasons why your cat might be peeing in the house, anything from cleanliness, change of territory and the scent of another cat. Let’s look at why cats urinate in the house and what you can do to make it stop.

Making your cat stop urinating on the carpet is easier than it seems. Many cat owners cannot keep an eye on their pet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so it becomes difficult to see what they are doing, where and why they are doing it. I want to run through some real life situations that have happened to me, and how I stopped the constant urinating on carpets.

Why do cats urinate in the house, and what you can do to make it stop?

One of the many reasons cat owners find themselves in this predicament is down to health issues. A couple of years ago my male cat was starting to pee just outside his litter tray, and then over a few days, he spread to other rooms and before I knew it, the house was starting to smell of urine. He had never done this before, he was always clean and never missed the spot when it came to doing his business.

Over the next couple of days, I made more of an attempt to follow him, only to find he wasn’t peeing as normal. The short story is, he had a urinary infection, and the vet mentioned that he might be associating the pain he felt when he urinated to his litter tray, and so he avoided going in. I don’t want to scare you, but if this sounds like something that could be happening to your cat, then either give your local vet a call, or take him in for an examination.

If the above is not something you think is happening, then lets run through another couple of reasons of why cats urinate in the house.

A change of territory is also another reason for random urinating, as they are simply marking their new home with their smell. You may see this happen for only a couple of days, but if it continues, then there might be other issues to look at.

Cleanliness is something I must mention, because it has happened to me in the past. If you have an indoor cat which uses only a litter tray, then having a dirty box is something of a no go area for many cats. Daily cleaning is essential, and the urinating in carpets will start to fade within days. Make sure your cat has easy access to his tray when it is cleaned.

These simple steps above may sound obvious, but many people have busy lives and forget that the simple things are usually the problem. If you think your cat has health issues, then don’t waste any time in having the vet give him a health check.

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About the Author:
My name is David Barratt Jackson. I have been working with Cats for the past 10 years, on everything from training to cleaning. If you are having a problem with your cat Peeing on your Carpet and not using their Litter Tray, then I can help.

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Is My Cat’s Hair Loss Normal?

Cats love to be brushed. Have you brushed your cat today?

One thing that most cat lovers can agree on is that although they adore their furry friend, they are significantly less fond of the inevitable hair on clothes. Often cat hair loss is nothing to be concerned about as cat hair shedding is completely normal. Shedding is the physiological process of pushing out dead hair. Some cats will shed more than others; however, there are factors that can lead to your cat shedding more excessively. You may notice that your cat will lose more hair in the spring and fall while its fur may grow thicker in the winter. It is important to understand that cats often shed despite whatever season they are in.

Is this shedding or should I be concerned?

However, if your cat’s hair loss is significant, coming out in clumps, if your cat is exhibiting bald patches, or showing signs of noticeable skin discomfort – these signs could be indicative of underlying health problems. Alopecia is a common problem and can be caused by fungi such as ringworm, nervous disorders, and various other reasons. Signs of alopecia include partial or complete hair loss. The skin in the area where you cat is experiencing hair loss can look completely normal or it can have bumps, redness, scabs, and skin loss.

Underlying medical conditions that can cause feline hair loss include: Sunburn, Allergies, Medications, Ringworm, Bacterial infection, Stress/ Anxiety, Fleas, Hormonal imbalance, Poor diet, Auto-immune disease and Pregnancy.

What should I do about it?

If you feel that your cat’s hair loss is abnormal make sure that you go to the vet to rule out any underlying medical conditions. Your vet will thoroughly examine your cat to get to the root cause of your cat’s hair loss. Be patient as this may require a period of trial and error, especially if your veterinary doctor believes an allergy of some sort is at play here. Additionally, naturally occurring shedding can be decreased with regular brushing and a balanced diet. Omega 3 or omega 6 fatty acids is really good for your cat’s coat and skin, and a monthly bath will remove excess fur.

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