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|Posted on April 10, 2020 at 6:57 PM||comments (7776)|
Keeping Your Pets Safe During the COVID-19 Crisis
Can My Pet Contract the Coronavirus?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the disease is spread to humans through person-to-person contact. There have been no reports of pets or livestock becoming ill or spreading the coronavirus in the U.S. Likewise, the World Health Organization has stated that there is no evidence that dogs or cats have become ill with this particular virus.
Wash Your Hands
Although there is no current evidence that suggests the coronavirus can be transmitted to or from companion animals, it’s always a good idea to follow basic hygiene practices around animals. This includes washing your hands thoroughly throughout the day and before and after direct contact with your pets, their food or their supplies.
Stock Up on Pet Supplies
Prepare a kit with essential supplies to have on hand in the event of an emergency. Your emergency kit should include a 30-day supply of your pets’ medications, as well as at least two weeks’ worth of food.
Designate an Emergency Caregiver
Proactively identify someone who could help with their short- or long-term care in the event you are unable to care for your pet. Consider a family member, friend, neighbor or your favorite boarding facility.
Create a Pet Dossier
If your emergency caregiver’s assistance is needed, make it easier for them by having all of your pets’ information in one place. Consider including things like habits, food preferences, medical conditions and medications taken, veterinarian contact information, and any behavioral tendencies.
|Posted on July 6, 2017 at 10:38 AM||comments (911)|
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|Posted on January 1, 2017 at 1:09 PM||comments (751)|
If your sweetie's favorite cuddly toy is starting to give off a smelly odor even after you have washed it, it could be that the scent is being caused by bacteria or germs trapped in the soft absorbent fibers.
To eliminate the odor for good, combine equal parts water and white vinegar in a large container, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the toy and submerge it in the solution. Soak it for 10 minutes, then wring it out. Let it dry.
The combination of vinegar and baking soda will kill odor-causing bacteria so your pal can play with her beloved toy again.
|Posted on January 1, 2017 at 12:57 PM||comments (787)|
I found this article in my First for Women magazine on how to clean up a hairball mess off of your carpeting.
Apply a dollop of shaving cream to the spot. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then scrape off the foam, dab the area with a wet washcloth and vacuum. Shaving cream's concentrated soaps will break down the stain, leaving your carpet looking like new.
|Posted on September 25, 2016 at 5:48 PM||comments (847)|
Clever way to quiet barking
Every time you let Baxter out, he gets hyper and barks nonstop. Train
him to keep calm in the yard by creating a scent trail: Before letting
him out, go outside and drop training treats every few feet. The next
day, leave more distance between the treats so he has to work harder to
follow the scent. Repeat for a few days-he'll get used to focusing on
putting his nose to work as soon as he goes out. Once he stops barking
upon leaving the house, you can cut back on the treats.
|Posted on September 25, 2016 at 5:42 PM||comments (878)|
Entertain your kitty for pennies
When its too hot to go outside, keep your cat busy indoors with a wine-
cork toy. To make: Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to widen the hole
originally made by the corkscrew, then thread a few pieces of colorful
ribbon through the hole. Hang the toy from a doorknob and your
sweetie will entertain herself/himself by batting it around. Hint: You
can make the toy even more appealing by stuffing a bit of catnip inside
|Posted on June 2, 2016 at 1:10 PM||comments (624)|
Tips for Dog Walks in Hot Weather
It is starting to get warm already. Make sure that you use all of the safety precautions that you can when you are out walking your furry family members.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please post them! I love to hear feedback.
Enjoy the beautiful weather!
|Posted on March 7, 2016 at 4:44 PM||comments (634)|
"Private room with a view. Ideal for traveling dogs or for those who just want a secure, quiet place to hang out at home."
That's how your dog might describe his crate. It's his own personal den where he can find comfort and solitude while you know he's safe and secure—and not shredding your house while you're out running errands.
A crate isn't a magical solution. If not used correctly, a dog can feel trapped and frustrated.
Selecting a Crate
Several types of crates are available:
Crates come in different sizes and can be purchased at most pet supply stores or pet supply catalogs.
Your dog's crate should be just large enough for him to stand up and turn around in. If your dog is still growing, choose a crate size that will accommodate his adult size. Block off the excess crate space so your dog can't eliminate at one end and retreat to the other. Your local animal shelter may rent out crates. By renting, you can trade up to the appropriate size for your puppy until he’s reached his adult size, when you can invest in a permanent crate.
The crate training process
Step 1: Introduce your dog to the crate
Place the crate in an area of your house where the family spends a lot of time, such as the family room. Put a soft blanket or towel in the crate. Take the door off and let the dog explore the crate at his leisure. Some dogs will be naturally curious and start sleeping in the crate right away. If yours isn't one of them:
Step 2: Feed your dog his meals in the crate
After introducing your dog to the crate, begin feeding him his regular meals near the crate. This will create a pleasant association with the crate.
Step 3: Lengthen the crating periods
After your dog is eating his regular meals in the crate with no sign of fear or anxiety, you can confine him there for short time periods while you're home.
Step 4, Part A: Crate your dog when you leave
After your dog can spend about 30 minutes in the crate without becoming anxious or afraid, you can begin leaving him crated for short periods when you leave the house.
When you return home, don't reward your dog for excited behavior by responding to him in an excited, enthusiastic way. Keep arrivals low key to avoid increasing his anxiety over when you will return. Continue to crate your dog for short periods from time to time when you're home so he doesn't associate crating with being left alone.
Step 4, Part B: Crate your dog at night
Put your dog in the crate using your regular command and a treat. Initially, it may be a good idea to put the crate in your bedroom or nearby in a hallway, especially if you have a puppy. Puppies often need to go outside to eliminate during the night, and you'll want to be able to hear your puppy when he whines to be let outside.
Older dogs, too, should initially be kept nearby so they don't associate the crate with social isolation.
Once your dog is sleeping comfortably through the night with his crate near you, you can begin to gradually move it to the location you prefer, although time spent with your dog—even sleep time—is a chance to strengthen the bond between you and your pet.
Whining. If your dog whines or cries while in the crate at night, it may be difficult to decide whether he's whining to be let out of the crate, or whether he needs to be let outside to eliminate. If you've followed the training procedures outlined above, then your dog hasn't been rewarded for whining in the past by being released from his crate. If that is the case, try to ignore the whining. If your dog is just testing you, he'll probably stop whining soon. Yelling at him or pounding on the crate will only make things worse.
If the whining continues after you've ignored him for several minutes, use the phrase he associates with going outside to eliminate. If he responds and becomes excited, take him outside. This should be a trip with a purpose, not play time. If you're convinced that your dog doesn't need to eliminate, the best response is to ignore him until he stops whining. Don't give in; if you do, you'll teach your dog to whine loud and long to get what he wants. If you've progressed gradually through the training steps and haven't done too much too fast, you'll be less likely to encounter this problem. If the problem becomes unmanageable, you may need to start the crate training process over again.
Separation anxiety. Attempting to use the crate as a remedy for separation anxiety won't solve the problem. A crate may prevent your dog from being destructive, but he may injure himself in an attempt to escape from the crate. Separation anxiety problems can only be resolved with counter-conditioning and desensitization procedures. You may want to consult a professional animal-behavior specialist for help.
|Posted on February 3, 2016 at 11:17 PM||comments (847)|
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and you would think that it a harmless enough holiday. Think again.
Here are a few dangerous and toxic things to watch out for:
|Posted on July 24, 2015 at 3:42 PM||comments (632)|
Dogs and humans don't always speak the same language. When humans ask their dogs to follow the rules, oftentimes the animals don't listen. These misunderstandings are perceived by owners as discipline issues.John Wade, of Canada's "Ask the Doggy Guy," and Marc Morrone, of the show "Petkeeping with Marc Morrone," agree: discipline issues are not the problem when it comes to training a dog.Here are some common dog behavior issues and tips on how to deal with them.
Both experts agree that dogs' behaviors and actions are derived from biology. Everyone, including animals, has evolved into how they approach life. In order to cohabitate peacefully, it's important to understand where their behavior was born and how to work with them to maintain a harmonious relationship.