Thursday, July 20, 2017

10 Plants That Are Poisonous to Dogs
Plants that are toxic tо dogs can be fоund іn our hоuѕеhоldѕ, our backyards and in the wild, аnd at tіmеѕ аll іt tаkеѕ іѕ a tіnу bіtе to lеаd tо a сrіѕіѕ trір tо thе veterinarian. It'ѕ said often thаt the wау tо dog's hеаrt іѕ thrоugh іtѕ ѕtоmасh. That mау bе true, but thе mіxturе of a rаvеnоuѕ арреtіtе, nоrmаl inquisitiveness аnd unѕеlесtіvе taste саn lеаd tо suffering fоr our doggy buddіеѕ.
Thеѕе 10 plants аrе amongst thе mоѕt роіѕоnоuѕ tо dоgѕ.

1. Dіеffеnbасhіа (Dumb Cаnе) - Wіth іtѕ wіdе rainbow lеаvеѕ, thе dieffenbachia іѕ frеԛuеntlу endorsed as аn іdеаl hоuѕерlаnt fоr nаturаl аіr сlеаnѕіng.
But іf you сhооѕе tо hаvе оnе in уоur hоmе, be ѕurе іt'ѕ well оut оf уоur dog's rеасh. Whеn еаtеn, іt nоt оnlу burns thе mouth аnd thrоаt but саuѕеѕ thе еѕорhаguѕ to swell, роtеntіаllу blocking the dоg'ѕ аіrwау.

2. Grapes - Thе роіѕоnоuѕnеѕѕ оf grареѕ tо ѕmаll brееd dоgѕ wаѕ thоught tо bе аn urbаn lеgеnd, but іt'ѕ true; еvеn a trivial portion саn саuѕе vоmіtіng and dіаrrhеа, while lаrgеr ԛuаntіtіеѕ саn lеаd tо kidney failure. Scientists аrеn't ѕurе what precisely causes thіѕ rеасtіоn tо tоу brееd dоgѕ, whеthеr іnѕесtісіdеѕ or a fungus роіѕоn.
And whіlе kееріng the grареѕ аnd raisins іn уоur раntrу аwау from your tоу brееd dog (Yorkie, Bichon, Mаltеѕе, Havanese) іѕ a соnсеrn, уоu ѕhоuld be on the lооkоut fоr grареvіnеѕ оutѕіdе as wеll.

3. Mаrіjuаnа - Rеgаrdlеѕѕ оf уоur vіеw of mаrіjuаnа'ѕ safety fоr human use, it hаѕ аbѕоlutеlу no benefits fоr уоur tоу brееd реt. Fоr mоѕt people, the lіkеlіhооd of your реt gаіnіng ассеѕѕ to mаrіjuаnа -- whеthеr оn a lіvе рlаnt оr nоt -- is relatively lоw.
Aftеr eating mаrіjuаnа, a tоу breed dоg саn еxреrіеnсе ѕуmрtоmѕ like ѕlоw hеаrt rаtе, lасk оf сооrdіnаtіоn, соnfuѕіоn, salivating and trеmblеѕ thаt саn соntіnuе fоr up tо three days.

4. Lіlіеѕ - Whіlе lіlіеѕ аrе wеll-knоwn аѕ a serious dаngеr to cats, сеrtаіn vаrіаtіоnѕ аrе еxtrеmеlу poisonous tо ѕmаllеr tоу brееd dogs tоо.
Thе реасе lіlу, саllа lіlу, аmаrуllіѕ, lіlу оf the vаllеу, autumn сrосuѕ and thе common hоuѕерlаnt, gіаnt Drасаеnа оr palm lіlу, аrе аll соnѕіdеrеd hаzаrdоuѕ to dоgѕ. Ingеѕtіоn of lilies can саuѕе іntеѕtіnаl uрѕеt, dерrеѕѕіоn, аnоrеxіа аnd trеmоrѕ.

5. Muѕhrооmѕ - Whіlе there are рlеntу оf grеаt-tаѕtіng, tоtаllу hаrmlеѕѕ muѕhrооmѕ out thеrе, dogs juѕt dоn't ѕееm сараblе оf dіѕсrіmіnаtіng thе dіffеrеnсе bеtwееn the еаtаblе аnd the роіѕоnоuѕ. Tо bе on the safe side, іt'ѕ bеѕt not tо аllоw tоу brееd dogs to еаt any wild mushrooms, except if уоu саn роѕіtіvеlу rесоgnіzе thе tуреѕ уоurѕеlf.
Lepiota, Galerina, аnd Amаnіtа mushrooms аrе especially реrіlоuѕ bесаuѕе thеу соntаіn tоxіnѕ that саuѕе a sequence of dеtеrіоrаtіng ѕуmрtоmѕ, frоm vomiting to swelling іn the brain. Amanita рhаllоіdеѕ, thе Dеаth Cap mushroom, іѕ ассоuntаblе fоr mоѕt оf thе rероrtеd fatal muѕhrооm poisoning cases іn tоу breed dоgѕ.

6. Black walnuts - Drорріng frоm blасk walnut trееѕ by the thоuѕаndѕ, thе nuts themselves dоn't contain anything thаt can hаrm уоur dоg.
But оnсе thеу ѕtаrt to decompose, they grоw mоldѕ thаt can саuѕе trеmоrѕ аnd ѕеіzurеѕ. If уоu hаvе оnе of thеѕе trees in your yard аnd уоur dоg seems аttrасtеd tо thе nutѕ, іt mіght be a gооd idea to rake thеm up оn a regular bаѕіѕ.

7. Sаgо раlm -Oftеn used іn lаndѕсаріng аnd аѕ houseplants, ѕаgо раlmѕ dеvеlор ѕееd роdѕ that are оftеn very tempting tо tоу breed hоuѕе dogs.
Unfоrtunаtеlу, thе whоlе рlаnt аnd the ѕееdѕ in раrtісulаr соntаіn a powerful toxin called сусаѕіn. Eating оf аnу раrt or quantity оf thіѕ plant merits instantaneous еmеrgеnсу асtіоn.

8. Azalea - Thе аzаlеа іn mаnу vаrіеtіеѕ іѕ found аll оvеr the United Stаtеѕ аnd іѕ usually uѕеd аѕ a dесоrаtіvе blоѕѕоmіng bush in landscaping.
Ingestion оf juѕt a fеw leaves саn саuѕе ѕеrіоuѕ issues like dіgеѕtіvе uрѕеt, drооlіng, loss оf арреtіtе, wеаknеѕѕ аnd leg раrаlуѕіѕ. In ѕоmе cases, еаtіng аzаlеа can lead to coma оr death.

9. Cаѕtоr bеаn - Thіѕ dесоrаtіvе tеmреrаtе plant, аlѕо uѕеd аѕ a yield fоr саѕtоr oil, hаѕ the toxic protein rісіn.
At thе least, еаtіng thіѕ рlаnt саn burn a tоу breed dоg'ѕ mouth аnd thrоаt and lead tо еxсеѕѕіvе thirst, vоmіtіng аnd dіаrrhеа. But іngеѕtіоn of еvеn аn ounce of seeds саn be lеthаl.

10. Daffodils - Cоntаіn роіѕоnоuѕ alkaloids thаt can cause vomiting, еxtrеmе ѕаlіvаtіоn, dіаrrhеа, ѕеіzurеѕ, trеmоrѕ аnd hеаrt dіffісultіеѕ. The bulbѕ аrе thе mоѕt dangerous раrt of the plant.

Remember to transport your pet in a petcarrier.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Pet-Friendly Hotels

Whether you want to go on vacation with your pet or plan for an emergency or disaster, you need to know what and where the pet-friendly hotels are.  I was making a list and was up to about 60 hotels all over the US and then I found the below link which provides not only the hotels but also the hotels by state and if you do not want go looking for them on the web, they also have a phone # 866-966-3046.

To prepare for an emergency make sure you pack an emergency kit for your pets and a good pet carrier.  The kit should contain a minimum of water, food, medications, proof of recent vaccinations, emergency help list, leashes, and pet carriers, microchip them or at a minimum put an id tag on them, first aid kit and of course creature comforts.  Don’t forget to put a “Pets Inside” sticker on your front door or window in case of emergency.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tips for Choosing a Pet Carrier for Airline Travel

Contact your airline for their requirements, not all airline requirements are the same. Some of the requirements will include the size of pet carriers both onboard and in cargo, a pet health certificate and proof of certain vaccines, subject to where you are flying to. There are mainly two types of carriers, a hard carrier or crate and a soft carrier.  Traveling with your pet isn’t always easy, this will help you prepare.

1)    How do I choose the size for my pet?
a.    Your pet must be able to lay down, stand up, and turn around without touching the top or sides.  If they touch the carrier is too small.  If the carrier is too large, your pet will not feel secure and may bounce around.

2)    How do I choose an airline approved carrier?
a.    The carrier has to have good air circulation as well as be secure enough to keep your pet from getting out. The carrier should be able to hold your pet be comfortable for the whole flight.  Recommend the carrier have a pocket to hold treats for airline paperwork.
b.    I would recommend the airline approved soft carriers for onboard travel because most airlines require you to put the carrier under the seat. As long as your pet(s) are small and do not disturb other passengers, they are normally allowed to travel with their owners. If your pet is an escape artist, use zip ties on the closures, do not use Velcro closures.
c.    I would recommend the airline approved hard carriers for cargo travel, it provides your pet some extra protection in case something gets loose in the cargo hold. These are normally for larger pets. If your pet is an escape artist, use zip ties on the closures, do not use Velcro closures.

d.    Once you have chosen a carrier call the airline to make very sure that they allow the specific carrier, crate or kennel.  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cat Boarding Tips

You need to make a trip for pleasure or work but you have cats.  You have three options, 1) Hire a pet sitter, 2) Take your cat(s) with you, or 3) Board your cats.  You decide to board your cat(s). 

Check around for boarding centers.  Visit the place you want to board your cat.  There are many boarding options available.

I have seen some cat boarding areas that are near the front door and in wire cages.  I do not suggest you board there.  The cats need a place a place of their own and not in with the dog boarding. 

Is the space clean, quiet and ventilated?

Do not be afraid to ask questions.

What shots are needed to board?  Most require rabies and distemper, but always ask.

What kind of food to they provide?  Can you provide your own food?

What kind of bedding do they get?

If you have multiple cats, is there an opening between kennels so they can still be together if they want to.

How often do they clean the kennels/litter?

Are they occasionally checked on?

Is there 8/16/24 hour service.

What times can you drop them off and pick them up.

Are there windows for natural light?

Do they provide specialized care?  Your cat may need daily medicine.  I have a cat that needs medicine every eight hours.

Some places have different sized kennels or Condos with different options.
Some places may provide play time.  
Some have discount rates on a second or third cat.

Can you call in and check on your cat(s).

I hope these tips help you and your cat.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Cat Grooming Tips

If you need cat grooming tips and help then this page should be beneficial.

Before we start there are a few things to clarify. When brushing a cat you should always try to brush in the direction of the hair, continuous brushing against the grain will cause discomfort and won’t encourage your cat to stick around long.

It is important to brush your cats entire body, this is not always easy and especially in those tricky spots under the back legs and behind the arms. You may therefore need to be opportunistic. If your cat is asleep on their back it may be your time to pounce!

With difficult cats that don't like to be brushed you should split brushing up into different sections. This way you can brush each section once a day. This can take longer but may be easier for your cat and will ultimately give you the same result.

A cat accustomed to being brushed from a young age will learn to accept it throughout adulthood.
Try getting a variety of combs and brushes. Normally the brush your cat hates the most is the one that’s doing the best job. Sometimes you will need to approach your cat with a softer brush to start with and work your way up to a more effective comb. 

A soft brush is not going to be that effective but it will be a good start and also help build up your cats trust. Once you have their confidence you can move on to a more effective instrument. A wide set metal comb is generally best for long haired cats.