There Is An Alternative Therapy For Pets With Joint Problems

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There Is An Alternative Therapy For Pets With Joint Problems.  Recent estimates put the number of dogs suffering from joint disease and chronic pain at nearly ten million, a significant percentage of the population. And, with more and more senior pet kids in American homes, those numbers are likely to remain high. Please click here to learn what alternatives there are.

 

The Loss Of A Pet is Heartbreaking

 

cropped-Trojan_stairs.jpgGrieving for a pet comes in cycles but the “Heartbreak heals and our memories remain, the edges softening with time making them more gentle, less apt to pierce us.  We remember every loss but also every homecoming. I know some of my friends will be quick to adopt as their homes will seem empty, the silence too vast.  Others will take a longer more contemplative journey.  Neither is more correct, just befitting the person that walks the path. We are blessed and refreshed by each individually as a new life enters our own.  When the time comes, I’ll be happy to celebrate with them”  To Learn more about cycles. 

Top Toxins That Can Poison Our Pets, Do You Know What Is Or Is Not Toxic?

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“Happy National Poison Prevention Week! In 2013, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, Illinois, handled nearly 180,000 cases of pets exposed to toxic substances, many of which are everyday household items.”

 

Read this great article from the ASPCA and learn more about common household items that results in frequent calls to APCC.

Winter Storm Preparations

Gitli dressed for negative temperatures in Southern Illinois 2014

Gitli dressed for negative temperatures in Southern Illinois 2014

 

I recently was on a radio broadcast with Peaceful Planet Pets and one of the topics of discussion was the fact that folks were leaving their pets out while the Blizzard Draco came rolling through.  At the end of 2013 winter season approached fast, were you prepared?  Does your disaster plan include winter weather?

Using wolves as an excuse to leave dogs out in these types of weather conditions ignores the evolution between wild and domestic dogs.  Wolves have adapted to these types of conditions but our domestic dogs have adapted to living with us.

 

 

 

I lived in Alaska for two years and really had to prepare for travel in subzero temperatures and part of my own preparations was  a winter emergency kit available and it includes things like extra warm clothing, blankets, dry shoes, a candle, a lighter or water-proof matches, food that doesn’t freeze, access to water, emergency flares and the list goes on.  Winter weather conditions can change on a dime, so plan your routes and stay alert to your weather reports, try to avoid the storms, and be flexible.  Sliding off the road and into a ditch will not help you get there anywhere quickly.

How do you prepare for winter?

Either purchase or build your own car winter kit and become familiar with everything in it, items to include (not all inclusive):

  • Have extra blankets, sleeping bags or space blankets in your care
  • Extra warm clothing
  • A Flashlight with extra batteries, there are flashlights available that will charge cell phones
  • A first aid kit for your car
  • Carry a knife, high calorie and non-perishable food, candles, water-proof matches, something to melt snow in for drinking water
  • Sanitary items like baby wipes, tissues, paper towels, garbage bags
  • Carry sand or cat litter for tire traction and a shovel to dig out with
  • Tool kit should include tow ropes, windshield scrapers, and jumper cable
  • A compass and roads maps, you may have to go another route
  • Emergency flares
  • A full tank of gas will keep ice from forming in the tank and fuel lines
  • Keep someone information of your schedule and routes
  • Winterize your vehicle before winter begins and this includes having good tread on tires, carry chains
  • Build your kit to your needs

Before leaving home, pound the hood of your car before starting.  Cats and other small animals may have climb in to seek warmth from the car.

Not all pets arctic breeds and can survive in harsh winter conditions.  Dogs and cats can also get frost-bitten.  When I lived in Alaska, my dogs were required to have covering for their feet because their paws could freeze to the ice, which could be painful for the dogs.  Even then I knew of sled dog owners when it hit zero and below brought their sled dogs in to keep them warm over the winter.  They could tell how cold it was by the number of dogs piled on the bed for warmth with their people.

Trojan dressed for negative temperatures in Southern Illinois 2014

Trojan dressed for negative temperatures in Southern Illinois 2014

 

 

If feral dogs and cats are in the area, encourage a temporary shelter so that they to can get out of the wind.  I can only imagine what these animals are thinking as they try to survive in conditions that are harsh for them and how many of them really just want to be safe, warm and fed.

 

 

 

 

Other cold-weather tips:

  • Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia.  This can include: violent shivering followed by listlessness, weak pulse, and lethargy. The parts of the body that is mostly exposed to the weather are more likely to get frostbite and includes ears, tails, and feet. The treatment for frostbite is to apply warm (not hot) water soaks to the frostbitten part for 20 minutes but do not rub or massage those areas. Most importantly seek medical attention.
  • Winter ice melters can be harmful to your pet.  Rock salt can damage your dog’s paws, and worse and they ingest all of that harmful salt by licking off their paws. Chemical ice melters are dangerous to and if you do need to use it, prevent the pets from walking on it. Encourage your clients to use the pet-friendly products that can melt ice without salt.  Never assumed these products are safe if ingest.  Don’t forget to wipe off paws as pets enter the home.
  • Antifreeze is a deadly poison:  Wipe up any spills, store antifreeze out of reach, and double check that your car doesn’t have a leak.
  • Dogs and Cats love sleeping next to a warm fire. Screen off fireplaces so pets can’t get too close and risk being burned.
  • Stock up on supplies.  Winter weather can bring heavy snow or ice at happen anytime. Keep extra pet supplies on hand and encourage your clients to do the same for their pets.
  • Keep an Emergency Kit.  These can be tailored to your needs and the changing season.  Include in the kits: emergency food, water, blankets, flashlights, first aid supplies, medications, a weather radio, and other supplies that you would need. Be prepared!  Encourage your clients to maintain their own emergency kits and know where these kits are kept.

Emergencies happen and winter storms can bring power and water outages, fallen trees and massive limbs blocking roadways, even evacuation orders. Having emergency plans and kits in place will save time when in a crisis.

Be prepared for winter conditions.  Please encourage pet parents to be prepared and to bring their animals in during the winter including their cats.  If the pets are not able to come in provide appropriate shelter out of the wind that contains bedding for warmth and unfrozen and clean water for them to drink and food to eat.

Joyce Rheal is based in Southern Illinois and is a nationally certified pet care consultant, trainer, and the author of Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies and Disasters and Disaster Plans: Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies and Disasters.

Pet Grief Over the Holidays by Janet Roper

Pet Grief Over the HolidaysCovered in the TeleConference:

  • How pet grief is different that grieving for a human
  • Why it is important to surround yourself with people who understand pet grief
  • How to deal with your pet grief while coping with the added holiday stress

Finding the Right Pet Sitter / Midwest Tornado Outbreak

talk2theanimals_ver2_300pxWith the holidays approaching, many people have started the search for a pet sitter so they can travel, having peace of mind that their animal pals are well cared for if very important. 

Click on the link below:

What you need to know when looking for a pet sitter.

 

 

 

Included in this article is a free book giveaway.  No strings attached and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect with the recent Tornado Outbreaks in Illinois on November 17, 2013.  A minimum of 15 tornadoes either were seen or touched town in Illinois and several cities were affected.  On this day I was attending to clients pets securing them in their homes not knowing what actually was going to happen, especially after Emergency Management Agency text met to report to the EOC.  Before leaving to care for my clients pets, I secured my own in their crates in the basement.  The dogs seemed to know something was up and willingly went inside their crates.  While I was gone, my companion saw the rotating wall cloud that would hit Washington, IL with an EF4 tornado.

Brookport and Union City in Illinois were also hit with an EF3 Tornado and my friends in who work with various Animal Controls and rescues, have noted there are dead cats and dogs everywhere.  Many of the human and animal victims of these tornadoes are homeless right now.

Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies and DisastersIt’s important to be prepared ahead of time.  So I am giving away in a drawing one Free Copy of “Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies and Disasters”  Click here for instructions on winning a copy of the book.

 

 

Preparing Families With Pets For Hurricane Season

Image courtesy of Mike Trenchard, Earth Sciences & Image Analysis Laboratory , Johnson Space Center.

Image courtesy of Mike Trenchard, Earth Sciences & Image Analysis Laboratory , Johnson Space Center.

Katrina veteran and Best Friends’ emergency response manager John Garcia discusses the importance of being prepared.

Click the link below to learn

What’s the number one strategy to keep pets safe if you are in the path of a hurricane? 

Should I dress my pet for Halloween?

talk2theanimals_ver2_300px“Our animal pals can experience being dressed in costume quite differently from how we humans experience it. Your buddy is dressed in an odd, usually constraining outfit, with different feelings, different smells, different everything about it. We humans act differently both as we’re dressing our buddy in costume, and afterwards, when s/he is in the costume.

 

 

This whole experience can range from very confusing to even terrifying for your animal buddy. “Click her to read more “does my animal palwant to dress up for Halloween.”

Pets and Poison

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Protecting our pets from being poisoned can be tricky.

“We animal care givers can find it difficult to even *think* about our beloved companions accidentally getting into poisonous or toxic substances.  However, should this happen, here is a listing of the information the medical care giver will be asking you.”

Why is Being Prepared For A Disaster Important?

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“Modern-day preppers face a much bigger adversary – Mother Nature. With brutal winters, tornadic springs, fiery summers and a hurricane season that lasts for months, calamity seems ubiquitous in the news.

 

Before adversity strikes in your neighborhood, watch this episode of Pet Talk where Dr. Sarah offers her insights for how to avoid pandemonium in the wake of turmoil. Take this opportunity now to learn how to get your house in order, with helpful tips from our good doctor.”  Click here to learn more.