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Top 13 New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners
Vow to provide your dog with the highest quality nutrition possible. This means researching the ingredients in dog food and often, thinking outside the grocery store kibble aisle.
Make it a point to ensure your dog’s health through providing adequate and appropriate exercise.
Be realistic about your dog’s weight. If you can’t feel your dog’s ribs easily, he is too fat. Ask your vet for guidance in regulating his weight and achieving healthy body condition.
Train your dog. Training is not a luxury, it is necessary Not only will appropriate training make living with your dog more enjoyable for you, it will make life more enjoyable for your dog by providing him with the mental stimulation all dogs need and crave.
Play with your dog. Play can take many forms – training, tug, fetch, food dispensing toys, nosework games and exercises, off leash adventures in safe environments, etc.
Keep your dog well-groomed and maintained. Routine care and maintenance can significantly improve your dog’s quality of life.
Make it easy for your dog to succeed. Remove opportunities for bad behavior and only a good dog remains!
Vow not to get mad at your dog for your time management failures. Make sure your dog gets adequate time outdoors to do his business.
Be appreciative of how wonderful your dog is. Never miss an opportunity to thank your dog for good behavior.
Make time for your dog. It may mean spending less time on Facebook and more time playing, training, and exercising with your dog.
Be a responsible dog owner – keep identification tags on your dog, renew your dog’s annual license, make the annual veterinary appointment, etc.
Keep learning and improving as a pet owner. Understanding your dog will enable you to be a better friend to him, this year and every year.
Help a less fortunate dog at least once this year. Remember that not all dogs are as lucky as yours. There are many ways you can help less fortunate dogs – by making donations (either goods – beds, leashes, collars, food, toys, etc. or cash) to a local shelter or rescue, volunteering at a local shelter or rescue, or, apply to become a foster parent.
A Christmas tree is a source of joy during the holidays but can pose dangerous hazards to your dog
Next to you, your dog may think that your Christmas tree is her best friend –at least during the holidays. Most dogs are instinctively drawn to its inviting smell and the allure of gift boxes, wrappings, lights and ornaments. But beware; her natural curiosity can place her at risk for serious injury or worse.
Hazard Awareness and Prevention
Age, temperament, and your dog’s energy level all play a role in how much mischief she might find herself in. Even the most well behaved canine can succumb to the temptation of a Christmas tree and its trimmings. Short of 24/7 supervision, your next best defense to ensure her safety is to take precautions that minimize or eliminate the risks. :
Needles: Don’t let her chew or swallow fallen Christmas tree needles. They are not digestible and can be mildly toxic depending upon your dog’s size and how much she ingests. The fir tree oils can irritate your dog’s mouth and stomach and cause her to vomit or drool excessively. Tree needles also can obstruct or puncture her gastrointestinal tract.
Water: Tree water can poison your dog. Preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers and other agents, such as aspirin, are commonly added to tree water to keep the tree fresh. Treated water can be harmful to a thirsty dog -so use a covered tree water dish to be safe.
Lights: Don’t string the bottom of your tree with lights; some types can get very hot and burn your dog. Firmly tape cords to the wall or floor and check them regularly for chew marks or punctures. Dogs who gnaw on electrical cords and lights can receive electric shocks and mouth burns. Chewing on wire also can cause pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) which can be fatal.
Ornaments: Avoid decorating your tree with edible or glass holiday ornaments. Your dog may knock over the tree trying to get to one, or injure itself trying to play with a broken one. Swallowing an ornament also can cause a gastrointestinal blockage. Some ornaments may be lethal depending upon the materials or chemicals used to create them.
Hooks: Use ribbon, yarn or lightweight twine to hang your ornaments – not traditional wire hooks – which can snag an ear or swishing tail. If swallowed, they can lodge in your dog’s throat or intestines.
Tinsel: Don’t trim your tree with tinsel. If swallowed, it can block her intestines causing decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and weight loss. Surgery is often necessary to remove the tinsel.
Gifts: Keep the area around your tree free of discarded string, ribbon and small toys or toy pieces. These can be swallowed and cause a bowel obstruction.
Artificial trees: Be extra vigilant if you use an artificial tree, especially as it becomes more brittle with age. Small pieces of plastic or aluminum can break off and cause an intestinal blockage or mouth irritation if ingested by your dog.
Vitamins. A vitamin supplement will provide those nutrients above and beyond the minimum, which are required to meet his particular needs. Consult your veterinarian to see what vitamin types and amounts your dog needs.
Prevention is Key
If possible, put your Christmas tree in a room that can be closed off from the rest of the house. Another option is to install a baby gate in the doorway to prevent entry to the tree room, or put low-lattice fencing around the tree and secure it so she can’t knock it over. When you are not at home or unable to supervise her, confine your dog to her crate or a separate room to keep her out of mischief.
Rescue dogs make the best pets – and now, performers!!!
Poodle Sissy dances with ballerinas Elizabeth Lindsey and Katherine Free as they practice, Tuesday, November 27, 2012, for the Birmingham Ballet production of The Mutt-cracker, the Nutcracker ballet presented the addition of rescued dogs. The performance benefits the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.
What talents does your dog have? Let us know and be featured in our next blog post!!
With bits of this and that dropping on the floor, and delectable smells wafting around the house your dog can be in danger. . . “Veterinarians experience an increased number of office calls due to digestive problems after the holidays because humans invite their animals to celebrate with high fat meals (ham, gravy, turkey skin), chocolates, bones , etc.,” warns Casandria Smith, L.A. Animal Services Chief Veterinarian
Here are some tips that will help your dog get through Thanksgiving safely:
Stuff Your Turkey, Not Your Dog
It’s easy to want to give your dog a big fat bowl of turkey, mashed potatoes, and whatever else you think she might enjoy. But that’s a bad idea. Overindulging in fatty foods can lead to an upset stomach, diarrhea, or a life-threatening condition called pancreatitis. A few strips of turkey on a dog’s normal food is fine, but don’t overdo it!
Make No Bones About It
Cooked turkey bones can be a danger to your dog. They’re sharp, and potentially very dangerous. You may not know a dog has a turkey bone lodged in your dog’s digestive system for days. Don’t leave plates with bones lying around.
Don’t Cry Over Onions
Onions are toxic to dogs. They can lead to a dangerous form of anemia that may not be detected for days. Make sure your dog stays away from the pearly whites, and yellows, and reds.
Avoid Yappy Hour
Some dogs seem to enjoy alcoholic drinks. Walk away from your drink that’s set on the coffee table, and Lulu may get lit. Dogs and booze are a bad mix. Your dog may not do anything embarrassing she’ll regret in the morning, but she could become disoriented and quite ill. Too much alcohol can even lead to a coma, and death. Watch where you – and others – put their drinks, especially if you have a curious pup.
By following a few basic tips, your dog will enjoy a fun, safe Thanksgiving.
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Dozens of cats and dogs left homeless by Hurricane Sandy are now looking for new homes in Florida!
Volunteers from Daytona Beach-based Animal Rescue, Need & Intervention (ARNI) traveled to the worst hit areas in the days after the storm. They went to help provide food and care, but found dozens of animals that couldn’t be left behind. Many have been transferred to Florida for rehoming. The cats and dogs will be available for adoption starting mid November.
If you are looking for a new pet, please consider adopting a shelter dog, many are displaced due to emergencies (like Sandy), family illness or allergy, and work relocation. Shelter dogs are available locally or you can contact a breed specific rescue group to find your new best furry friend! Give a dog or cat a home, make a friend for life!
As we take the time to honor our brave veterans this month, let us not forget to honor the service, dedication and loyalty of our canine veterans as well. For decades our furry companions have provided a great service to theUnited Statesmilitary, protecting our troops and helping to defend the freedom of our country.
Dogs play several roles in the military and each one is vital to the survival of the troops and preventing attacks from enemy forces. Some of the duties that these brave dogs perform include sentry duty, scouting, patrol, carrying messages, casualty search and explosives detection. Their visual and smelling abilities far surpass those of a human being which enable them to alert patrolling troops of snipers or oncoming enemies, to sniff for mines and other explosives, to silently deliver messages and even to search for hidden casualties.
Our canine vets deserve just as much honor and respect as our human veterans and there are ways that we can show our support for them. You can make a donation to a foundation, such as the US War Dogs Association, that aids in the education and support of military dogs. Some organizations even provide lists of necessary items that people can send in a care package to our canine troops overseas. If you are interested in giving a loving home to a retired military dog, you can adopt a dog from the Military Working Dog Adoption Program at the Lackland Air Force Base. There are even plans to unveil the U.S. Working Dog Teams National Monument in California which “will honor every dog that has served in combat since World War II” (The Jamestown Sun ). Let us remember the sacrifices that our human and canine troops made in the line of duty so that we could have the privilege of enjoying our freedom today.