Tips To Keep Our Pets Safe For the 4th of July

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Who is excited about The 4th of July ?! . It means cook-outs, picnics, and all around revelry as we celebrate our nation’s independence. And if it falls close the weekend, the parties can go on for days. We are all for including our pets in the family activities, but there are safeguards that must be taken to ensure their safety. After all, we don’t want the holiday to be spoiled by disaster.

Some of the most typical disasters to occur during the holidays are related to foods. Plan your backyard (or indoor) holiday party while keeping in mind that pets are wily little things that will scarf down as much as food as they can before they are caught. Here are some of the most hazardous foods to keep out of reach.


Ribs and Other Meats on the Bone

Throwing leftover bones to the dog may seem natural. Dogs…

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      Meanwhile   Check Ot These  Saftey Tips For Your Pets Around The 4th!!



More WTF Moments With Pet Parents and Their Kids

1) I’m Sure this Schnauzer is just as worried as us about her plans with This BIG SQUASH!!

  

2). Who Are The REAL Parents , CHEWBACCA?!

  

3) This Prince And His Majestic Steed

  

4). Garfield & His Buddy Chillin’ On The Street Corner

  

5). Ummm Yeah….No Comment😇😇😇


  

6). Ass -Drop Twerker !!

  

7). This Poor Kitty! Don’t Worry, Kitty, They Grow Fast!!


  

8). As Pet Parents, Sometimes We Do Go Too Far!

  

9). We All Need A Friend!!


  

Last But Not Least…..

10). Thug Selfie !!

  

Leash Your Dog. It’s the Law for a Number of Very Good Reasons

Note: This isn’t my blog. This blog comes from a Trainer on Dogster.com. She makes Excellent Points

  
As a trainer, every day I see the negative consequences of dogs being off-leash when they shouldn’t.                    

By: Annie Phenix

Let me be blunt with you, dear reader. We have a big problem in the canine community, and it’s ruining dogsWe require leashes for valid reasons, No. 1 being safety for all concerned: safety not only for you and your dog but for all of the dogs and humans out and about.  There are leash laws in most cities – you can be fined for not using one in places that require it. And yet … some of you dog owners have decided that this crucial law does NOT apply to your dog.

  
I work with clients to make them better on-leash walkers. (Photo by Tica Clarke Photography)

I read the sad consequences caused by a dog being off-leash every single day on trainer forums. Many responsible owners are walking their dog-aggressive (reactive) dog on leash precisely to keep their dog from having to come face to face with YOUR off-leash dog. You can set such a dog’s training right back to square one if you let your dog greet their dog while off-leash.  This may be breaking news to some, but not all dogs want to say hi to every dog they see every day. Do you – as a verbal human – always want to say hi and hug everyone you see? I didn’t think so.  Also, here are just a few things that can happen to your roving un-leashed Rover:

He can be hit by a car.
He can jump on an elderly person and knock them over.

He can harass wildlife.

He can mow down children.

He can get in the face of every other dog out that day, some of whom will respond with aggression.

He can get in a dog fight that will frighten both dogs and will likely result in an expensive vet bill.

After you pay that vet bill, you may now be the owner of one of those dogs who cannot stand to have off-leash dogs in his face.

He can be shot, even in a city park (it’s happening in Colorado and other places).

He can eat something that may kill him.

  

Even my well-trained dogs, Radar and Echo, must abide by leash laws. (Photo by Tica Clarke Photography)

Yes, my dear dog owner, I understand that dogs DO enjoy and probably need a good run now and again. Just because that’s true, that does not make it okay for you to allow that to happen in a public location where leashes are the law. You are endangering your own dog and every other dog when you do this.

So what can you do to help your active dog out? Here are some solutions:

1). If your dog is truly people and dog friendly, take him to a fenced-in dog park. Most cities have them. Please do not take aggressive dogs there, however. It does no one any good, most especially dogs.

2). Work with a certified, force-free trainer to help your dog learn to walk nicely on a leash.

3). Once your dog is comfortable not pulling you across town on that leash, consider jogging or riding a bike with your leashed dog.

4). Consider learning a sport such as nose work that you can do in your own home and in all kinds of weather. It might be even more fun for your dog than a walk outside.

5). Smelling and sniffing for a dog is incredibly important, perhaps even more so than a good run. Take your dog on neighborhood sniffing walks where you allow your dog to sniff – on leash – whatever he wants to sniff.

6). Use mind puzzles at home to keep your dog mentally stimulated.

  

Leashes keep dogs safe and from being chased by other dogs (Photo by Annie Phenix)

In case I haven’t been clear enough, here is what I will leave you with:

For the love of Dog, do not be that person chasing after your unleashed dog as he gallops right into the face of someone’s leashed dog, calling out as you come panting up: “He’s friendly! He just wants to say hi!”

It is rude behavior, both in terms of canine behavior and human behavior. More than half of the dogs who end up in my reactive dog class are there because they have been confronted, scared, and sometimes physically hurt by on off-leash dog.

Leash. Your. Dog.

It is the law, and for very good reasons.
And yet … so many dog owners have decided that this crucial law does NOT apply to their dog. Why do those of you who allow your dog to run free in cities feel that your dog is above the law?
What do you think about this? Do you agree or disagree with me? Let me know in the comments.

FBI Makes Animal Abuse A Crime Against Society

  

The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that animal abuse will be prosecuted as a crime against society and under the new categorization they will begin tracking and collecting information about incidents of animal cruelty and the perpetrators.

According to the FBI, the official definition of animal cruelty will be:

Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly taking an action that mistreats or kills any animal without just cause, such as torturing, tormenting, mutilation, maiming, poisoning, or abandonment. Included are instances of duty to provide care, e.g., shelter, food, water, care if sick or injured, transporting or confining an animal in a manner likely to cause injury or death; causing an animal to fight with another; inflicting excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering, e.g., uses objects to beat or injure an animal. This definition does not include proper maintenance of animals for show or sport; use of animals for food, lawful hunting, fishing or trapping.

This new FBI categorization is intended to improve the way crimes against animals are tracked nationwide and could help bolster state animal cruelty laws across the United States. All 50 states now have felony animal cruelty provisions. On March 14, 2014, South Dakota became the final state to enact a felony provision for animal cruelty.

There’s a national consensus that animal abuse should indeed be treated as a serious crime. Now animal cruelty will be a Group A felony . The new classification will make it easier to get harsher sentences, and to identify young offenders. Because cases of animal cruelty, including animal neglect, will now be included in the FBI Uniform Crime Report law enforcement agencies have more incentive to pay attention to any incidents, and statistics on these types of crime will be more accurate and detailed. It will take some time to update FBI and law enforcement databases nationwide, so no data will be collected until January 2016, and then it’s projected to be several more months before there are numbers to analyze.

But the new animal cruelty statistics will allow police and counselors to identify and work with children who show early signs of trouble, so a preschooler hurting animals today can hopefully be prevented from becoming the serial killers of tomorrow. Infamous serial killers “Son of Sam” David Berkowitz, “Boston Strangler” Albert DeSalvo, and Jeffrey Dahmer are known to have tortured and killed animals before they went on to human victims.

The SPCA applauds this next step being taken, as the public gets serious about escalating incidents of animal cruelty. They believe animal cruelty is and should be identified as a violent crime, one that leads to bigger things if it goes unchecked. No longer will violent cases of animal cruelty be included in the “other offenses” category simply because the victims of the crime are animals.

A bill introduced in February, HR 2293, the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act would make it a federal crime to commit malicious cruelty to an animal in any area where the federal government has jurisdiction. Federal law already prohibits animal fighting, as well as the trade in obscene video depictions of animals being subjected to cruelty. While trade in these video depictions is banned, until now the underlying acts of cruelty themselves were not. Last year Congress banned attendance at animal fights.

The new FBI categorization is significant because it affirms that at the highest level of our government animal cruelty is recognized as a violent crime. As a civilized society, our opposition to all forms of animal cruelty must be unwavering.

ProActively Protecting Your Dog From The Epidemic Dog Flu

  

Veterinary experts are warning about a rare epidemic of canine dog flu spreading in the U.S. that has sickened more than 1000 dogs and already caused the deaths of five and it hasn’t stopped there.

With such a significant increase in cases of the respiratory illness, There are posted warnings advising dog owners to keep their pets clear of places where dogs can be in close contact with other dogs. Dogs that socialize at places like parks, day care, boarding, group training classes or groomers are at higher risk for catching the highly contagious condition.

  
Dr. Anne Cohen, an emergency and critical care specialty veterinarian told ABC News that a canine flu shot exists, but not all dogs need it. And while the two-shot vaccination (spaced three weeks apart) may not ward off the illness altogether, it can reduce the length and severity of the illness. For full protection, Cohen says animals need a booster shot yearly. The vaccination isn’t typically recommended for all dogs, but because of this outbreak it is being recommended for those at high risk, including dogs under 1 year old or older than 7 years, and those with compromised immune systems. The outbreak may take several weeks to subside, and animal experts are encouraging dog owners to take dogs to their veterinarian immediately if they notice any of the symptoms.

The disease starts out similar to kennel cough and can spread through interaction with other dogs. But unlike kennel cough, symptoms of canine influenza can escalate and are much more severe. They include persistent and lingering cough, runny nose, suppressed appetite, lethargy, and depression. The illness is treatable, but the canine influenza vaccination is not immediately effective, so owners must try to keep their dogs out of social situations with other dogs for the time being. Dogs can be contagious even if they are not showing any symptoms.

“We are very dependent on it. We are a private agency. We rely on donors,” Dr. Robyn Barbiers, The Anti-Cruelty Society, told ABC7. “People will see we’re doing the right thing. We’re doing the difficult thing. It’s going to hurt us, but we’re doing it for the health of the animals.”

Veterinarians say that canine flu is rarely fatal, but stress that it’s critical to watch your pet and see your veterinarian if your dog shows any symptoms. Being proactive with early treatment can make all of the difference.

Here are a few quick tips to help you protect your furry family members:

1. Avoid social situations like dog parks and kennels. Anywhere your dog could come into contact with other dogs. Remember they don’t have to have symptoms to be contagious.

2. If you come into contact with other dogs wash your hands, clothes and anything that has come into contact with the other dog or dogs. Better to be safe than sorry.

3. Vaccinate your dog.

4. Get educated about the dog flu, how your dog can get it, how to protect your dog and what to do if your dog is showing symptoms.

5. Talk to your veterinarian. If you have any questions or concerns, always consult an expert.

Graphics For Emergency Veterinary Advice

This is a terrific graphic of advice , to help pet owners act proactively in case your dog or cat falls sick and get injured.    I printed this out and attached it  to  the bulletin board in my office.  I hope you make use of this info!
  

Stop Yu Lin Festival 2015,

  
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A HUGE thank you team for your tireless efforts to be the voices of the cats and dogs in Yulin. Their screams are silent but our voices will not be! Let’s ‪#‎StopYuLin2015‬ together!

  

Summer Tips For Keeping Your Pooch Cool & Happy!

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Prince Nino – 5 months old

Well after pet sitting today,  my 4 fur babies, who constantly  beg me to take them out in the middle of the fray, finally got a taste of why we always walk in the early morning hours(6am -8am) or the evening (6:30 pm – 8 pm).  I allowed them to be my dates for an art festival. Guess what they did,. They were constantly trying to  hide under every table to protect themselves from the heat and sun. Needless to say , our stay wasn’t long . Of course I won’t allow them to die of a heatstroke. I took them home, gave them , fed  them and relax in this beautiful cool house.

So what’s your summertime plan with your favorite four legged kids? As humans, during the summertime, we LOVE feeling the heat. Your pets think they will enjoy it too, but…

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Summer Cooler Dog Smoothie Recipes

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This Article is NOT from me. It’s from one of the many newsletters I enjoy. Hope you enjoy!

The dog days are upon us with sweltering temperatures and sweat glands operating at peak efficiency. Fido will appreciate cooling off with these dog-safe smoothie recipes as he lounges in the kiddy pool.

If you’re feeling a sense of culinary adventure and would like to whip up your own treat, know that not all people food is good for pets. A good website to consult for ingredients isTrupanion’s Fruits and Veggies for Pets. Also make a point to evenly balance the fruit to veggie ratio to avoid giving your pooch too big of a sugar rush at one time. If your pup is diabetic, consider adding no more than ½ cup fruit with the rest veggies to your smoothie. One more note: All ingredients should be well…

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