Coral is a 10-month-old puppy who was surrendered due to her owners having to move. Coral loved playing with other dogs in her previous home but has never been around cats. She knows many basic commands and rides nicely in the car. Coral would love an active home where she can run and play!
JJ is a 2-year-old, female cat with strikingly beautiful eyes. She gets along with other cats and enjoys attention and head rubs. She has been waiting for a home at HSTC for over a month and can’t wait to finally sit on a sofa with a lucky adopter!
These pets and many more are available for adoption through the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.
Normal adoption hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Have a question? Give us a call at 772-223-8822. View all available pets online at hstc1.org!
Out2News September Bark Byte Fall Toxins & Your Pets
Out2News September Bark Byte Fall Toxins & Your Pets
Article & Photos by: Robin Hall - Out2News.com
Fall is a favorite time of year for many, as the crisp weather invites you to enjoy being outdoors. In this month’s video, Doc highlights some important factors to be aware of as your pet roams about the yard.
Mushrooms: Common mushrooms are generally not toxic, but can be highly irritating to the animal’s stomach and can make them ill and feel very poorly. It’s a good idea to go ahead and pull them up and toss them out if you see them in your yard.
Acorns: Many animals love to sniff and chew and ingest acorns. They aren’t necessarily toxic but if they aren’t chewed and the shells cracked, ingested acorns can cause blockages in the intestinal tract. They can also cause the animal to become ill because of the bitterness of the shell and the meat of the nut.
Rodenticides: Mice and other small rodents typically seek warmth in homes during these chilly months, so many of us are placing traps or poisons out to be rid of them. These are highly poisonous and dangerous to our pets, so please be aware of the types of chemicals you’re placing around your home, and if possible, know what methods your neighbors are using if your pet roams.
Decaying Leaves: Piles of leaves and yard waste can begin to decay and mold if they sit long enough. Keep an eye on your pet if they begin to sniff around those piles, because ingestion of this matter can be toxic and irritating to the gut.
If your pets are adventuring outside, make sure standards of care are being met by leaving out food and water and providing them with a suitable shelter.
It’s starting to get darker sooner! So make sure if our walking your pets to have them clearly visible to traffic and passerby. Consider using reflective material in the collar or leash of your pet.
Fall can also mean rain! So creeks and streams may be at a higher level than normal. Be cautious and maintain care and control at all times to ensure your pet is safe.
Back to school! This also means your pet may want to snack on school supplies lying around, such as crayons, markers, glue, or pencils. These objects can be a choking hazard or can be toxic for your pet to ingest. Keep school supplies in areas where your pet can’t reach them and share this important tip with your children.
St. Lucie County Hosts 2nd Annual Pet Vaccine and Microchip Event Sept.30
St. Lucie County – In recognition of World Rabies Day, St. Lucie County’s Animal Safety Division will host the 2nd Annual Drive-Through Rabies Vaccination Event at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 8 a.m. to noon. This event is free for residents of the unincorporated areas of St. Lucie County and $10 for residents of the City of Fort Pierce and the City of Port St. Lucie.
Pre-registration is required, so the veterinarian can make sure all animals are in the county’s system at the time of vaccination to keep the lines moving. Pre-registration opens Friday, Sept. 1 and will end at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28. As a part of this outreach event, microchips will also be available at no cost to the pet owner for residents of the unincorporated areas of St. Lucie County and for $10 for residents of the City of Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie, if they are not already microchipped. Residents will be required to register their pets with the appropriate animal control agency after the event has concluded. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a secure carrier. The St. Lucie County Fairgrounds is located at 15601 Midway Road in Fort Pierce.
To request an appointment, participants need to provide their name, address, phone number, number of animals and type of animals (cat or dog) by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include a photo ID and proof of residency. Rabies vaccines are limited to five per household.
According to the World Health Organization, rabies is a vaccine-preventable viral disease, which occurs in more than 150 countries and territories. Dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, contributing up to 99% of all rabies transmissions to humans with 40% of people bitten by a suspected rabid animal being children under the age of 15. Globally, rabies causes an estimated cost of $8.6 billion per year.
Is Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth Necessary?
Article by: Robin Hall - Out2News.com
Cleaning your dog’s teeth is absolutely necessary for maintaining their overall health and preventing serious dental problems. Just like humans, dogs can develop plaque and tartar build-up on their teeth over time, which can lead to bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. These issues can, in turn, lead to more serious health problems, such as heart disease or kidney disease. Regular brushing with a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste can help prevent these issues and keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy. Additionally, providing dental chews, toys, and bones can help remove plaque and tartar in between brushings. Ignoring dental care for your furry friend can lead to painful and costly dental procedures, so it is crucial to prioritize their oral hygiene.
How Often Should You Brush Your Dogs Teeth? Every Day?
You should brush your dog’s teeth twice a day. Like humans, dogs require daily dental hygiene to keep their teeth and gums healthy. A regular brushing routine can prevent buildup and neglected dental health will also cause bad breath, and at some times, infections. Regular brushing not only helps you to maintain your dog’s dental hygiene but also ensures that any potential dental issues are identified early on, when they are much easier and cheaper to treat.
Does Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth Help Bad Breath?
Due to the bacteria and plaque buildup in their mouth. Regular brushing can help remove the plaque and bacteria, which is the primary cause of bad breath in dogs. But, be wary that there are other underlying conditions that cause bad breath in dogs, and that it might not always be the fact that you missed a day or two of brushing their teeth. While it may be challenging to train your dog to accept teeth brushing, it is a task that can be accomplished with patience and determination.
Get Your Dog Comfortable With The Toothbrush
A few tips to overcome their resistance and make toothbrushing a comfortable experience for them. One way is to gradually desensitize them by introducing the toothbrush and toothpaste in a non-threatening way. Let your dog sniff and lick the toothpaste off of the brush. From there, you can start petting the muzzle with the toothbrush bristles and allowing your pet to taste the toothpaste from off the toothbrush. Allow them to get accustomed to having a brush in and around their mouth. Over time, you can gradually build up to using the toothbrush itself. You can then start by brushing the surfaces of the teeth, then the front teeth and gradually working your way to the back teeth. Use circular motions and try to brush both the front and back surfaces of their teeth. Be gentle and patient, offering rewards and praise to reinforce positive behavior.
It’s important to pay close attention to your dog’s reaction and stop the process if they become too uncomfortable or upset. While it may take some time to get your dog comfortable with toothbrushing, the benefits to their oral health are numerous. So, don’t give up and keep trying different methods until you find one that works for you and your furry friend! Teach your dog that only positive things come from the brush being near your dog’s mouth.
How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth When They Won’t Let You
When you furry friend won't let you brush their pet’s teeth, there are other options, including finger brushing, gauze wipes, dental chews, dental toys, and dental water additives. These products and methods help in the maintenance of your dog’s health and fresher breath when all else fails.
If your furry friend is resistant to having their teeth brushed, using gauze on their teeth may be a gentle alternative. Simply wrap your finger with a small piece of gauze and dampen it with warm water. Gently pull your dog’s lip out to the side and slip the gauze-wrapped finger in the corner of their mouth. You can make several gentle passes over each tooth, cleaning away plaque and tartar buildup. Repeat this process a few times until your dog is comfortable with the action. Using gauze is a great introduction to regular tooth brushing and can also be used for upkeep in between brushing sessions. Reward your pup with plenty of praises and treats for their cooperation.
Using Dog Dental Wipes To Clean Your Dog’s Teeth
Dog dental wipes are designed to remove plaque and tartar buildup, while also freshening your dog’s breath. Like using gauze, slip the dental wipe on your finger and gently rub it over all your dog’s teeth. It contains cleaning solutions that can help get rid of build up on your dog’s teeth and gums. These wipes are perfect for fussy dogs who don’t like to have their teeth brushed, but don’t mind their owner’s hands and fingers around their mouth and face.
Finger Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth
Rubbing your finger onto your dog’s teeth with toothpaste is another alternative to traditional toothbrushing. Get your dog comfortable with licking toothpaste from your finger. Once they’re comfortable with this, try rubbing the toothpaste onto their teeth with your finger. This technique can help remove plaque and keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy. Choose a toothpaste that is safe for dogs and never use human toothpaste, as it contains ingredients that can be harmful to your furry friend.
Dental Oral Sprays and Gels for Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth
Oral sprays and gels are applied directly to your dog’s teeth and gums, making it easier for owners to maintain their pet’s oral hygiene. It’s important to choose products that are specifically formulated for dogs and are safe for them. Oral sprays and gels can be a temporary alternative to brushing, but remember that they should not be used as a replacement for regular oral care. Using these products with a dental care routine, along with other methods such as rubbing toothpaste with your finger or using dental wipes will help your dog maintain good dental health.
Dental Chews and Dental Toys for Cleaning Your Dog’s Teeth
Dental chews, dental treats and dental toys work by promoting chewing, which helps scrape away plaque and tartar buildup on teeth. Some dental chews are also formulated with special ingredients, which can help enhance their cleaning power. Some dental toys are designed with ridges or bumps that can help clean teeth as your dog chews and plays. It’s important to note that while dental chews and toys can be good for your dog’s dental health, they should not be used as a substitute for regular teeth brushing or professional dental cleanings. Some dental chews and toys can pose a choking hazard for dogs, pay attention while your pet chews and remove any broken or small pieces. Choosing the right products for your dog, and are veterinary approved, are great ways to keep those furry friends fresh and clean! Let's keep those smiles we all love from our furry friends!
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10 Tips for Traveling With Your Pets This Summer
Article & Photo by: Robin Hall - Out2News.com
With kids out of school and long, sunny days, summer is a great time for family vacations. Of course, pets are just as much a part of the family as anyone else—so why not include our four-legged family members in the travel plans?
While traveling with pets can be fun, it can also be stressful if you’re not adequately prepared. Read on for some expert tips to make traveling with your dog fun and enjoyable for everyone involved!
Do Your Research
A successful trip starts long before you actually hit the road. If you’re bringing along a furry friend, you’ll have to do some extra planning to make sure your dog is safe, comfortable, and welcome at each stop along the way.
If you’re booking a hotel or private home rental, for example, check that dogs are allowed. Additionally, check that there are no breed and size restrictions that would cause you to be turned away—that’s the last thing you want after a long day of travel!
Research vets in the area so that you’re prepared in the event of a pet health emergency.
Depending on where you’re going, you may also want to research additional things, such as whether it’s safe for you and your pup to drink the tap water.
Visit the Vet
Take Fido to the vet for a check-up. Inform the vet of your travel plans, ensuring that your dog is up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations.
The vet will be able to tell you whether your pup is in sufficient physical and mental shape for travel. They will also be able to recommend any medications or supplements that can help with car sickness, travel-related anxiety, and more.
Secure Your Dog Safely
You may have visions of your dog roaming freely in the car, hanging his head out the window, or sitting in a passenger’s lap, but we strongly advise that you secure your dog safely instead.
By safely restraining your dog while you drive, you’ll be minimizing distractions and giving yourself the peace of mind that your pup won’t be able to escape out the door or window while you’re out on the open road.
Safe options for securing your dog include:
Dog seat belt
Dog car seat
Back seat hammock
The right choice for your dog can depend on a few factors, such as his size and temperament, and the amount of space you have in your car.
Go on Practice Trips
Whether your dog loves or hates the car, it’s important to go on several practice rides to get him used to the feeling of being in the car. If he’s not used to being restrained, it’s also a good way to help him get used to the process for smoother transitions.
Take Fido for car rides in varying lengths in the days, weeks, and even months leading up to your trip. Go for quick rides around the block and longer rides to a favorite hiking spot so that he’s used to the unpredictability of the drive.
Use toys and treats to your advantage, too—positive association is key!
ID Your Dog
Fido already wears a collar with a name tag on a regular basis. When you’re traveling, though, this is extra important.
Check that the contact information on his ID tag is visible and up-to-date; it’s also a good idea to have him microchipped as an extra precaution.
Pack Your Dog’s Essentials
No one wants to have to pull over or spend time at a rest stop digging through suitcases trying to find an essential item. Prepare a travel pack for your dog so you have all of his necessities on hand.
Your dog’s travel pack should include:
Collapsible food and water bowls
Familiar food (aka the same food he eats every day)
Leash and harness
Favorite toys (and maybe a favorite sock that smells like home)
Medications and supplements
It’s also a good idea to have a pet first aid kit on hand.
Modify Your Dog’s Meals
Avoid carsickness by having Fido travel on an empty stomach. Depending on your travel times, take away food the night before you leave, or skip breakfast the morning of your trip.
When it is time to eat, feed your dog in small portions at rest stops. Never feed him in a moving vehicle, as this could make him nauseous.
While you’re modifying his meal schedule, it’s important that you give him the same food he eats every day. Travel is not the time to try out a new diet!
Take Plenty of Breaks
Plan to make stops every 2-3 hours while traveling with your dog. When visiting high-traffic rest stops, try to park far away from other cars and people and near a grassy area, keeping your dog secured on his leash at all times.
In addition to meals, water, using the bathroom, and exercising, those rest stops are also a great chance for you and your pup to spend some quality time together after being separated in the car.
Wear Out Your Dog
Before you get back into the car for a long stretch of driving, make sure your dog has had plenty of opportunities to exercise and get rid of any pent-up energy (and, of course, do his business).
While you’re driving, keep your dog busy with interactive toys. Chew toys and dog puzzles can come in especially handy.
Of course, you can’t forget the most important tip of all: have fun on your trip! Take lots of photos, try new activities, and make lots of precious memories on your pet-friendly summer vacation.
CBD OIL FOR YOUR FURRY FRIENDS
Article & Photos by: Robin Hall - Out2News.com
5 Things You Should Know Before Giving It to Your Best Friend
First CBD is short for cannabidiol that is found in cannabis leaves. It has been used for centuries for healing humans and more recently animals too. You are probably familiar with terms like weed, Mary Jane, or marijuana. CBD is derived from the gentler cousin known as Hemp, you have probably tried a part of the hemp plant, the hemp seeds, a tasty treat. CBD has become a mainstay in the holistic veterinary world to help dogs from serious diseases like cancer to separation anxiety.
Five things you should know about giving CDB to your dog:
CBD for dogs will not get your furry friend high! CBD does not contain THC, the scientific term for THC is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. This is the psychoactive compound that will leave you and your dog high. CBD is known to do the exact opposite of that, it can potentially help your dog with anxiety issues.
CBD can be great for dogs with seizures. It can help your dog to get control over those seizures. CBD oil for dogs has been known to help dogs with neuropathic pain.
CBD oil for dogs is for all dogs, just watch the dosage for the size of the dog that you have. CBD has been touted with benefits for anti-nausea, anti-anxiety, shiny coat, improved appetite, joint health, arthritis, and more.
Not all CBD oils for dogs are created equal! You need to pick an oil that is certified and tested to know it is safe for your furry friend. You do not want an oil that is filled with, well fillers and additives.
Even if your dog is currently on medications, CDB oil for dogs should be safe to take. Double check with your vet when in doubt to be sure.
CBD may help with several pet health conditions, including anxiety, chronic pain, and seizures. Discuss using CBD with your veterinarian who has treated pets with CBD before starting anything new. You will come up with a plan on how to safely help your furry friend feel the best they can.
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Out2News Benefits of Doggie Daycare
Article & Photo by: Robin Hall - Out2News.com
People are putting their dogs in doggy daycare and loving the many benefits of doing so. This might seem like an unnecessary thing to do, to dog people, there are lots of advantages for their furry friends. It is important to ensure that your furry friend is happy and healthy. There are many reasons for placing your dog in daycare. Most dogs do not get adequate stimulation at home. They also lack the opportunity to socialize with other dogs.
Here are some benefits of sending your pet to doggie daycare.
One of the huge benefits of doggie daycare is that it keeps dogs from experiencing loneliness. Many dogs remain home alone when their owners are at work. The truth is that, just like humans, dogs get lonely when left alone all day. When dogs are lonely, they often get bored and anxious, and this leads to destructive behavior. They might turn to unwanted actions like chewing on furniture. Your new couch could be at the receiving end of your dog’s boredom.
Socialization And Exercise
Doggie daycare offers dogs the opportunity to socialize and do the things that dogs love. Meeting other dogs and playing with them will provide much-needed exercise and stimulation. Many dogs do not interact with other dogs when at home.
At the daycare, dogs learn how to behave and play with other dogs. Some daycares offer endless play, while others have playgroups and set playtimes for dogs.
Doggie Daycare Facilities
Doggie daycares offer different facilities and supervised playtime for the dogs under their care. Some provide grooming services for the dogs. Your pet can benefit from hair and nail trimming even as they enjoy their playtime. This means that you can save on the extra cost of grooming for your pet.
Enjoy Peace of Mind
When you take your dog to daycare, you will not have to worry about those late nights. If you have to work late, you will be at peace knowing that your dog is not alone in the dark. You can know that you made social plans after work, knowing that your dog is safe. Your dog can remain in daycare until you pick him or her up. It helps to know that you don’t have to let someone into your home to look after your dog.
Essential Human Contact
When dogs stay home alone, they lack vital human contact. Dogs need contact not just to promote bonding but also for their health and well-being. At the daycare, the staff interacts with the dogs constantly. The dogs get interaction, a good rub, scratching behind the ears, treats, or even a good cuddle. The dogs get plenty of attention, and they do not have to get bored when their owners are away.
Doggie daycare is affordable. This means that you will not have to worry about high costs. Do your research and compare doggie daycares in your area so that you can find the best option for your budget and needs. Your dog will also enjoy a change in scenery while making new friends.
The benefits of doggy daycare are truly endless, but don’t just take anyone's woof for it! Check out several and YOU make the best choice for your furry friend!
Out2News Information About Heart Disease
Article & Photo by: Robin Hall - Out2News.com
Did you know that ten percent of pets suffer from heart disease? Like humans, animals experience different forms of heart disease – some that are genetic or age-related, and some that develop from other health issues. Many heart problems cannot be prevented, pets can still enjoy healthy, long lives with early detection of disease, careful management, and a healthy lifestyle. Heart conditions in cats and dogs can be expensive for pet owners to treat and are often fatal for pets. Heart conditions become more common for cats and dogs as they near their senior years.
Heartworms are parasitic worms that infect the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. They are usually transmitted by mosquitos and infect the bloodstream, growing and reproducing over time. As adults, heartworms can cause significant damage to the heart and lungs and may even lead to organ failure. Fortunately, heartworm disease is preventable.
Heart disease: heart disease, looks a little different in dogs and cats than it does in humans. Conditions like coronary heart disease are quite rare in pets. However, pets are susceptible to other forms of heart disease, including the progressive weakening or damaging of the heart’s tissues and congestive heart failure. Older pets are particularly susceptible to this condition.
Heart conditions can be difficult for pet owners to spot, since our pets can’t tell us when they aren’t feeling well.
Common Symptoms, Persistent cough, Difficulty breathing, Low tolerance for exercise, Loss of appetite, Rapid weight loss, Behavioral or mood changes, Fainting or collapsing.
One of the most common forms of heart disease in pets is dilated cardiomyopathy. With this disease, the lower chambers of the heart muscle become enlarged, and the heart wall thins. This causes problems with heart not pumping blood effectively. The result is fluid buildup in the lungs followed by heart failure. While the cause of this disease is unknown, there appears to be a genetic component. Certain dog breeds such as Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Cocker Spaniels, and Boxers are affected.
In a recent finding by the FDA, there appears to be a diet deficiency that contributes to the emergence of DCM. Noticed by veterinary cardiologists and nutritionists and reported to the FDA. The agency has reported back that non-hereditary DCM seems to be correlated with grain free diets, specifically those with non-soy legumes high on their ingredient lists. These correlations are still being studied, so for now, we recommend avoiding grain free and BEG (boutique exotic, and grain-free) diets.
Whenever possible, purchase pet food that displays the Association of American Feed Control Officials statement that the pet food is nutritionally balanced and complete. If you have questions about your pet’s diet, please contact your veterinarian.
Signs of DCM
Lethargy, Difficulty breathing, coughing, Exercise intolerance, Panting while at rest, Distended abdomen, Collapse/ fainting.
Detecting early signs of disease is just one reason for your furry friend’s annual wellness exam. During this exam, if your pet’s veterinarian finds pulse deficits, a heart murmur, slow capillary refill time, or muffled breathing sounds, further diagnostic tests may need to confirm heart disease. These tests may include blood work, radiographs, an EKG, and an ultrasound of the heart, or echocardiogram.
If your pet is diagnosed with DCM, rest assured that your vet will most likely do everything possible to mitigate the disease and keep your pet as comfortable as possible. Treatment usually consists of using several medications in conjunction to stabilize heart function and minimize any arrhythmias. A diuretic may also be prescribed to help your pet eliminate any excess fluid buildup and improve breathing. A vasodilator may be given to dilate the blood vessels and improve circulation.
Living with DCM
DCM is a progressive disease and there is no cure. Careful medical management and regular progress exams will be necessary to ensure your pet has the best quality of life we can give them. You’ll need to monitor your pet’s general attitude and any progression of symptoms, such as labored breathing, lethargy, and coughing. Your vet will discuss your pet’s prognosis and plan to preserve their quality of life and to keep them as comfortable as possible, for as long as possible.
Taking care of your pet’s heart requires lifelong attention and dedication so pay attention to those furry friends. And get those furry friends some Valentine toys to play with!
Out2News How to Prevent Common House Accidents
Article by: Robin Hall - Out2News.com
When creating a home that is welcoming and comfortable for both you and your furry friends, it’s important to keep pet safety top of mind. Many household items that we take for granted can pose serious health hazards to our cats and dogs. Thankfully, with increased awareness of these risks and a little pre-planning, you can protect your pets from many common household accidents and injuries. To get you started, we at Out2News.com have put together this room-by-room guide to pet safety:
Your kitchen may be the heart of your home, but unfortunately, it is full of common pet toxins. When pet-proofing your kitchen, keep the following tips in mind:
Be aware of foods that are off-limits for pets and tell any guests that sharing table scraps is not allowed.
Use a garbage can with a secure lid.
Follow the safe usage instructions on cleaning products and store them in a secure cabinet.
Keep insecticides and rodenticides in places where your pets can never access them.
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Electrical cords can be tempting to chew on, so hide them (or tape them down) whenever possible.
The ingestion of small objects is one of the leading causes of internal medicine emergencies. Keep your floors clear of shoelaces, jewelry, gift wrap ribbons, buttons, rubber bands, hair ties, and other easily ingestible items.
To prevent older pets from getting injured when jumping up or down from your bed or couch, consider adding pet stairs so he can get up and down safely.
It is fun to decorate with houseplants. Just be sure to check out the list of toxic and non-toxic plants from the ASPCA.
Both over the counter and prescription medications as well as vitamins and herbal supplements can be extremely toxic for pets. Pill bottles should be closed tightly and stored away from pets.
Keep your toilet lid closed.
Keep all chemicals and potentially poisonous household supplies closed tightly and stored away from pets, including the following:
Paints and solvents
In spite of our best efforts, accidents happen, so call your vet in doubt, if you have any questions about pet-proofing your house they might have suggestions too.
Let's start out the New Year on a good note and keep your home safe for all our furry friends.
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Out2News Does Your Pet Get Lonely?
Article by: Robin Hall - Out2News
The short answer is yes. One of the emotions dogs can feel is loneliness. Dogs are pack animals and social creatures; they do not like spending too much time alone. Do not worry though, the good news is that most dogs can be left alone for short periods of time. Unless they have separation anxiety, they will be ok for about four hours at a time. Talking about their loneliness, it is a long-term issue and not something that occurs after a few hours. Taking them on walks, spending quality time with them or if they have another dog in the household will prevent them from feeling lonely.
Signs of loneliness with your dog include:
Becoming more clingy and needy
Unsettled behavior or being destructive,
Lethargy or lack of interest in playing,
If you think your dog is showing signs of loneliness, you can always talk to your vet about solutions and make sure there are no underlying issues. This is important if you are already keeping them occupied and socializing them.
Here are a few simple things you can start today to help your dog feel less lonely:
Put on some music
Give them a spot to look out the window
Take your lunch break with them
Leave them with a fun game
Maybe have a doggie play date or another dog to keep them company throughout the day.
Every dog owner wants their dog to feel happy, loved and satisfied with life all the time. However, work, personal circumstances and busy lives can mean our dogs are left alone more than we would like.
Your dog will appreciate the care you are taking to alleviate his fears and anxiety while he is home alone. He may not know what you are doing, but he will know that he will be all right until you are back home with him, rubbing his belly, kissing his nose, and spending quality time with him. Sometimes we forget how much our pets need us. Their behaviors show us. Long story short love on them when you are with them, they will know you will be back with more of your much-loved kisses and hugs they crave.
7 Ways to Honor Your Passed Pet
Article Provided by: Monterey Animal Hospital
Saying goodbye to a beloved pet can be one of the most difficult situations to go through. Although it is tough, you can still honor the memory of your lost pet and keep your best furry friend in your heart forever. Here are 7 thoughtful ways to remember your passed pet.
Create a scrapbook
Creating a scrapbook can help you organize any pictures and memorabilia from the time spent with your pet. You can use the scrapbook to tell the story of your pet’s life. Include pictures with captions and stories so you can relive your favorite moments. Personalize your scrapbook with cute stickers and decorations that remind you of your pet.
Get a tattoo
If you are looking for a more permanent tribute, consider getting a tattoo. The memory of your pet will always be with you and you can get creative with the appearance. You could get a portrait of your pet, their name, their paw print, or something more artistic. There is plenty of inspiration online for pet memorial tattoos.
Host a memorial service
Although memorial services are typically reserved for humans, it is possible to host one for your pet. Consider using your backyard or your pet’s favorite park. Gather your loved ones and share your favorite memories of your pet with them. A memorial service will give you the opportunity to celebrate your pet’s life and give them a send off. There are also memorial websites where you can post a tribute to your pet’s life.
Commission a piece of art
There are plenty of artists online that specialize in pet portraits and would love to help you honor your pet’s memory. You can provide an artist with a picture of your pet and give them personal details so they can create a unique piece of art for you. A drawing or painting can be an excellent option. Frame and display the art in your home so you’ll always have your pet nearby.
Make commemorative jewelry or a keychain
A piece of jewelry dedicated to your pet allows you to always carry a piece of them with you. Consider placing a picture of your pet in a locket, or try making a bracelet or necklace. You can use beads shaped as pet-themed items, such as pawprints. Choose colors that remind you of your pet.
Some jewelers are able to incorporate your pet’s ashes in personalized necklaces, bracelets, or rings. You can find pendants to hold the ashes or have a jeweler place them under a gemstone. Explore your community or the internet to find the right artist and memento for you.
If jewelry isn’t your thing, you could also make a keychain. Your pet’s ID tag can be converted into a keychain. An item like this holds many memories that you will cherish forever.
Celebrate your pet’s birthday an anniversary
Although your pet is not physically here, you can still honor their memory on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Spend these days reminiscing about the amazing times you had with your pet and celebrate the fun and loving life that your pet had with you.
Give back to animals in need
Consider donating to your favorite animal shelter or rescue organization in your pet’s name and supporting animals in need. Volunteering your time is also a great way to help your community and make a difference in the lives of other animals. By giving back to others in memory of your best friend, your pet can continue to make a positive impact on the world.
Losing a pet is not easy, but with these ideas, you can keep your pet’s memory alive and celebrate the amazing life they lived.
Did You Know: All About Vultures
Article by: Ashlee Quyle
Several different bird species call Florida home. From iconic birds of prey like the Bald Eagle and Great Horned Owl to wading birds like the Roseate Spoonbill and Wood Storks...but did you know the Wood Storks lesser-known cousin is the vulture?
In South Florida, we see both the Turkey Vulture and the Black Vulture (that we wrongfully nicknamed "Buzzards"). Buzzards are a type of hawk, which both vulture species are not. The first thought that typically comes to our minds when we think about vultures is the instant connection to their attraction to dead animals. That is because, unlike other birds, vultures have an extraordinary sense of smell and can smell carrion (dead animals) when they are only 12-24 hours old. Black Vultures have a much weaker sense of smell, however, and usually rely on their sense of sight to find their meal. They will even watch Turkey Vultures soar lower and lower to a potential meal and then take it from them! Both species of vulture prefer their meals freshly deceased. Vultures are nature's garbage crew and they do their job perfectly!
Believe it or not, vultures are cleaner than you'd think and have special adaptations to keep them that way. Have you ever noticed that vultures are bald? Vultures have these beautifully bald heads to keep the muck from the carrion they feed on from getting stuck in their feathers. They also have strange white-ish-colored feet. Their feet are white because they release their urine and fecal matter onto their feet to not only cool off from the hot summer temperatures but also to clean their feet off from any bacteria or diseases they may have picked up from their meals.
Vultures are also beneficial to the ecosystem. By eating roadkill and other carrion, they clean the environment from any potential diseases or bacteria that could be harmful to other animals and humans. The diseases and bacteria don’t affect them though, due to harboring extremely strong stomach acids. They also help farmers! Farmers used to watch the skies when they needed to find one of their cows giving birth. This was because Black Vultures were keeping an eye out for the afterbirth.
While vultures may be “social” and eat together as a group, they are keen to only be social towards their family group. Black Vultures in particular are highly aggressive to vultures outside of their family. While they don’t have a voice box, they’ll communicate through raspy hisses and grunts or will even bite and peck at outside vultures to keep them away from their meal. Both the Turkey Vulture and Black Vultures are family-oriented. These ground nesters will lay 1-3 eggs and care for and continue to feed their young well after they have fledged.
While we may not find vultures beautiful, they do have many benefits and have been long overlooked. While these birds of prey are powerful, they are not indestructible. Back in the 1940s, they were facing similar problems as the Bald Eagle, Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, and Brown Pelican. The use of DDT was extremely popular at the time, but as we all know, had a very powerful effect on our native birds. Birds that died from DDT were eaten by vultures that passed this harmful pesticide down to them. Females would go lay their eggs, and the eggshell would be too thin to support the mother's weight during incubation, and she would end up crushing the eggs; leading to a rapid decline in population for both species. Since the ban, they have made a very healthy recovery and are once again back to doing what they do best, cleaning nature.
BOO'S 2023 SEPTEMBER RECIPE CORNER
Article by: Robin Hall - Out2News.com
Think you can't make delicious treats for your fur babies? Think again. Boo suffered from allergies, so I got to work baking some tasty treats for my furry baby!
Boo said, "moms and dads make treats for the kids why not us?"
Some people don't know that dogs can actually suffer from food allergies just like humans. Cooking our treats is a great way to know exactly what is going into our food.
Maybe (like me) your furry friend is very food motivated and needs some low fat treats to help them keep the weight off. I love being spoiled and mom knows this! So why not make your furry friend some homemade treats?
Below are a few recipes my mom makes for me at during the year. They are very yummy & healthy for all of us. Make sure you watch out though sometimes mom will take a bite!
Salmon Brittle Dog Treats
1 big can of Salmon
2 Cups of all Purpose Flour
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees farenheit. In a large bowl, mix together entire can of Salmon (water and all) and then use a fork to flake it apart. You can use two forks to make this process faster. Next, add flour and eggs. Now mash it all together until you have a nice sticky fish mess!
Take a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper. Flatten out the sticky fish mess on the cookie sheet. The thinner the mix, the crunchier the treats will turn out. Back in the oven for around 30 minutes. If your treats are thick, you can use two spatulas and flip the entire thing over and bake for another 15 – 20 minutes to help dry them out a bit more. As soon as they are done, move it to a cooling rack and let it cool.
Once cooled you should be able to easily cut or break apart the treats! I cut mine into training treat sized pieces! Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Fishy Dog Treats - Salmon & Tuna
14 ounces Salmon (1 can)
7 ounces Tuna in Water (1 small can)
4 Eggs (beaten)
2 cups Flour (whole wheat)
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Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the salmon and tuna in a medium bowl. No need to drain. Add the beaten eggs followed by the flour. Stir well to thoroughly combine.
Spread evenly in a lightly greased 12 x 16 baking pan.
Bake for 40 minutes and cool briefly. Cut into 1/2 inch squares and divide into 5 storing bags.
Salmon Swirl Treats
1 can salmon (juices included)
2 cups flour (we made oat flour from rolled oats in the food processor)
Optional: You can add a squirt of fish oil for extra salmony goodness.
Pastry bag with open swirl tip
2 parchment lined cookie sheets
Preheat oven to 350º with both racks near the center but accessible.
Toss rolled oats into the food processor bowl and pulse for about a minute to create oat flour.
Add a can of salmon including the juices.
Pulse to combine well, then add eggs and pulse until dough ball forms.
Check the consistency of your dough. You want a happy medium between easy-to-pipe but not so loose that you lose your swirl definition.
Add water or a little more flour (or cornstarch) if you have something you just can’t work with. You can also set the dough in the freezer for a few minutes if necessary.
Pipe your dough onto parchment-covered cookie sheets.
These should be dry and crunchy, so bake them until you see a little color on the bottom and at the edges.
Total baking time is about 30 minutes, rotating and swapping the pans halfway through. If you need to go longer, check every five minutes until done.
Am I Liable If My Dog Injures Someone Else?
Dog Skin Problems
Article & Photo by: Alex Jew
Your furry friend can have an itch that he must scratch, however, sometimes the itch can be problematic and if not treated correctly, it can lead to a very sick pooch.
Dogs with Itchy Skin
Pruritus is the terminology for dogs with itchy skin. This is one of the most common reasons that pet owners visit their veterinarian in Collierville. If your dog is persistently itching and scratching, it can keep him up all night and this in turn can keep you up all night. In addition to feeling terrible, your dog can develop secondary infections as they scratch until their skin as lesions and loss of hair from their nails and teeth.
Dogs with Allergies
Your dog can have skin allergies, just as humans do. Allergies can make your dog very itchy. There are three categories of allergies: flea allergies, environmental allergies and food allergies. It is important to find which of these is the culprit, so your dog gets the treatment he needs and becomes itch free and happy again. The treatment for flea allergies includes treating all the pets in your household and your home and yard to alleviate the allergy. Some dogs are allergic to mite dander, pollen, or even some types of grass. This type of allergy may involve allergy shots or medications to get it under control. Food allergies are solved with a very strict food elimination diet, which may take some time, but in the end, it will give you and your dog a great relief with a visit to your animal hospital.
Hot Spots and Sores
External parasites, mainly fleas and mites can cause hot spots and sores on your dog's skin. These items can spread quickly and appear as red and sticky sores. If you notice this, he needs veterinarian attention immediately.
Dog Hair Loss
If your dog is losing hair, it's important to determine the cause with a skin scraping at your local animal hospital. It may be parasites, a thyroid disease or even an adrenal disorder. Your vet can do an exam, decide if the loss of hair is secondary to a systemic disorder and then provide a course of action.
What to Know When Adopting a Senior Pet
Article by: Mark Downs
When most people think of adopting a pet, their first thought is a puppy or kitten. Senior pets are often overlooked at the shelter, and they can have a difficult time adjusting to shelter life. But these “wiser” dogs and cats just might be the perfect match for your family.
Before adopting a pet, it’s best to match your lifestyle with the type of pet you get. It’s not just the breed to think about — age plays a big factor in how much training, exercise, and overall care they’ll need. Puppies and kittens aren’t right for every family, as there is a lot of energy, accidents, and training (especially with puppies) involved to get through the early stages of their lives.
Adopting a senior pet might be a great option — they’re easy-to-love, potty trained, and often require less exercise than their younger counterparts. And, you can teach a dog (or cat!) new tricks or train them out of behaviors you don’t like.
What classifies a pet as “senior”?
Dogs and cats become seniors at different points in their lives. Cats are thought to be senior between the ages of 7 and 11, while dogs are considered senior between the ages of 7 and 9 (large breeds will become senior sooner, while small breeds become senior later). While it’s not always the case, older dogs and cats may have preexisting conditions. However, these are usually already diagnosed, being treated, or successfully managed, making it easier for you to anticipate what medical care your pet will need. It’s important to keep in mind that age is not a disease — older pets can be just as healthy as younger ones!
How to adopt a senior pet
So, what might you expect when you adopt a senior pet? A lot of times, senior pets are fostered rather than housed at your local shelter. This is because older dogs and cats often have a harder time in the shelter environment after spending most of their lives in a comfortable home. The foster parent will likely be able to give you some real-world insight into how your prospective pet has done with other pets, children, and even a variety of sights, sounds, and objects in the home. If the dog or cat is being fostered, your local animal shelter or foster organization will need to coordinate a time for you to meet with your potential pet.
How to care for a senior pet
Now that you've given a sweet senior pet a new home, it’s time to give them a great life. Did you know that only 14% of senior pets undergo regular health screenings by their veterinarian? That’s a shame, since if disease or pain were caught earlier, these pets would live longer, happier lives. And in the long run, catching things earlier can save you money. Make sure to have your veterinarian run point-of-care tests such as blood chemistry, urine, and hematology tests to establish a baseline of their health and to take disease prevention measures.
When you adopt a senior pet, you’re giving them a stable, loving home to live out their years — and they’ll repay you in joy and all the couch snuggles you can handle.