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Empty the Shelters Holiday Hope Event

20 Dec 13 Shelters

In partnership with Bissell Pet Foundation, we are excited to offer an Empty the Shelters Holiday Hope Adoption event. Enjoy dog and cat adoptions for just $25 December 9 through December 13!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are open by appointment only. Please view our adoptable pets online at www.hstc1.org/pet-search and then call our shelter at 772-223-8822 to schedule your appointment to visit, meet any pets, and complete your adoption.

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Pooch Plunge Provides Fun for Dogs While Raising Funds for Shelter Animals

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Article & Photos by: Doreen Marcial Poreba, APR
President • The PR Czar® Inc.

Stuart— It’s one of the best days for dogs that love the water! That’s because they get to run, jump, swim and splash about in the water at the 7th Annual Santa Paws Holiday Pooch Plunge from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Sailfish Splash Waterpark, 931 SE Ruhnke St., Stuart. Plus they get to help raise money for their fellow furry friends. All proceeds benefit the shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

Dogs of all sizes and breeds are invited to participate in an open swim at the waterpark before the facility closes for the winter. However, due to proper social distancing guidelines, attendance will be limited, and participation will be restricted to three 45-minute timed swim sessions beginning at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Guests also are invited to bring a toy or treat for the House of Hope’s four-legged friends. In addition to the swim, there will be selfies with Santa, holiday music, a 50/50 raffle, ‘to go’ orders from food trucks, and more.

Admission for this splash fest is $10 per dog. Online pre-registration is required by going to www.hstc1.org/poochplunge. Proof of a rabies vaccination also is required; a county license will suffice. Other rules: dogs must be leashed outside of the swimming area; no retractable leashes; and owners must clean up after their dogs. In addition, please leave dogs under three months, dogs in heat, and aggressive and overly timid dogs at home.

“This is an event we can count on every year to bring smiles to everyone’s faces as they watch the dogs having a great time,” said HSTC Director of Community Outreach Courtney Zanetti.

Wagnolia’s is one of the event sponsors and the Humane Society is seeking additional community support. For more information, call Courtney Zanetti at 772-600-3211 or email her at czanetti@hstc1.org.

About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) is a no-kill animal welfare organization located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, FL. Since 1955, it has been the leading advocate for animal protection and well-being in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the HSTC is independent and locally operated and relies on donations to support its programs and services. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/hstc1. For more information, visit https://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.

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Home for the Holidays

20 Dec 3 Jan Home for the Holidays Flyer

Our Home for the Holidays foster campaign is back! Help us clear the shelter this season by offering a warm and welcoming home to our adoptable pets through the holidays. You can pick out any adoptable pet between December 20 and 23 and foster the pet in your home through New Years. Learn more on our website at www.hstc1.org/foster.

Jane & Shirley Wurz Training Center

20 Dec Wurz Training

Jane and Shirley Wurz held lifelong commitments to the welfare of animals and were both deeply invested in our humane society. Jane's goal was for HSTC to be able to offer low-cost training at all levels to the public, from basic to utility, because she knew the joy trained dogs can bring to their owner.

To make her vision a reality, Jane made a $1 million gift to build the Jane & Shirley Wurz Training Center. After more than 12 months of construction, we are excited to announce that this project is officially complete.

Now that the Jane & Shirley Wurz Training Center is open, this 4,500 square-foot building will serve as the region's largest indoor training facility for dogs. Our obedience training classes have officially moved to this new building, located next to our agility field, which now allows classes to be held seven days a week!

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HSTC Pets of the Week

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Once a Dolly's Dream dog; always a Dolly's Dream dog! Ace recently returned to our care and is ready to find is new fur-ever home. He is a sweet boy, but very rough-and-tumble. He would prefer to be the only four-legged family member in his new home. Ace knows several basic commands and enjoys going for car rides.

Ace is a HSTC Dolly’s Dream Dog! This means his adoption fee has been sponsored AND he comes with a bunch of extra goodies to help him adjust to her new home. Some of these bonus goodies include a crate and a FREE 6 week training class!

To learn more about Dolly's Dream, please visit https://www.hstc1.org/dollys-dream. Give us a call at 772-223-8822 to schedule an appointment to meet with Ace!

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At 15 years old, Sam is one of our oldest kitties available for adoption. Once upon a time he was a TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate-return) cat whose caregiver was able to bring inside; he is now willing to be a pampered house cat but can be a bit picky about his feline friends. Sam is very sweet with a big personality. He prefers his cat food with gravy and adores chin scratches.

Sam is a special needs kitty as well – he is diabetic and prone to UTIs. Looking at him, you’ll see that one ear has a hematoma – it looks a bit crumpled. This isn’t causing him any discomfort at this time but it does get a bit gunky so the medical team flushes it frequently. Sam’s adoption fee has been sponsored by Home Team Lending! Please give us a call at 772-223-8822 to schedule an appointment to meet with Sam and the rest of his adoptable friends!

Due to HSTC’s COVID-19 response, all adoptions are by appointment only. Please call 772-223-8822 to schedule you appointment today! Princess and all of her adoptable friends can be viewed online at hstc1.org.

Deidre Huffman - Adoption Manager
P: (772) 600-3204
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First Mobile Adoption Location for Dogs made Possible by the Fur Seasons Resort for Pets

20 Dec Fur Seasons Adopt

We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Fur Seasons Resort for Pets. Thanks to their generosity and commitment to the animals, we are now offering our FIRST mobile adoption location for shelter dogs!

The lucky dogs who get to stay at the Fur Seasons will live the good life while they wait to find their forever home. During their stay, HSTC adoptable dogs will enjoy full days of enrichment activities and play time in the indoor playroom, outdoor yards, and even a bone-shaped swimming pool! After their busy days, our shelter pups can rest easy in their very own bedroom.

Stop by the Fur Seasons to meet our adoptable dogs and see if it's the right match for you! View our adoptable pets online at www.hstc1.org/pet-search.

If you' are an individual or business interested in underwriting or sponsoring the adoption fee of these shelter dogs, please reach out to Courtney Zanetti, HSTC Director of Community Outreach, at czanetti@hstc1.org or (772) 600-3211.

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Hunter's Life Enriched through CIT Foster

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Last month, we kicked off a new foster program at HSTC, called Canine in Training (CIT) Fosters, which is made up of a core group of HSTC fosters that are committed to training and enriching our shelter dog’s lives in foster homes. Most of the dogs eligible for this program have never been trained or have had the opportunity to simply be a dog, so the love, consistency, and training they would be granted through the CIT Foster program is instrumental to their adoption success.

One of our shelter dogs, Hunter, has been in his CIT foster home for only a month, but has already shown outstanding improvement! His CIT foster has learned that Hunter loves exercising and running in their fenced-in yard, but otherwise he is very calm and quiet in the house, without any signs of anxiety. Hunter rarely barks and even self-crates at night most of the time! During his time with his CIT foster family, Hunter has been very easy to train, learning new skills like fetch, stay, and heel. He has proven to be a loyal companion to his people, cooperative in baths, and very communicative.

Although Hunter is surely learning a ton and enjoying his time with his CIT foster, he still wants a forever home and adopted family. Through his continued training and stay in foster, Hunter will surely make a wonderful pet in a dog-free home (he wants the attention for himself!). If you are interested in meeting Hunter for potential adoption, please call our shelter at 772-223-8822.

Those interested in becoming a CIT Foster should note that there should not be any small children or other pets in the home. To learn more or to sign up, please contact Sarah Fisher by email at sfisher@hstc1.org or by phone at (772) 600-3217.

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Article by: Shannon Glendinning

Cole weighs about 80 pounds. He is house-trained, loves the couch, and severely allergic to children and cats. Cole is fully trained and has served as the “neutral dog” in the shelter – he loves all dogs and he’s the big man on campus. Cole is probably one of the best behaved dogs you could ever meet.

Come visit Cole at our shelter! Our shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. For directions to our shelter, click here.

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Article by: Robin Hall – Out2News

With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it might be helpful to give a few tips on how to keep our pets happy and healthy throughout the holiday season.

Several of the plants commonly purchased for decorations during the Christmas season are poisonous to pets and children, such as poinsettia and mistletoe. Be wary of tinsel, lights, bulbs, and many other decorations on Christmas trees. These decorations are pretty and festive, but are dangerous to your pet. Keep ornaments out of your dog’s reach. What looks like a fun toy are disastrous if swallowed or chewed and result in serious damage to your pet’s digestive systems.

Christmas is the time of year when we have our family and friends over for holiday festivities. Lots of people, strange smells, and loud noises can spook even the calmest of dogs. It will probably a good idea to keep your dog away from the party-goers and occupied with a long-lasting chew or toy. 

While you may enjoy the holiday candies, treats and drinks be sure to keep them away from your pets. Do not reward your dog’s cuteness by giving him/her a tummy ache. Many holiday treats involve chocolate and while chocolate is wonderful, it also has an ingredient called theobromine. Theobromine is lethal to dogs, and the darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it has. Also keep an eye on those candy wrappers they smell like the treat they once contained and if swallowed they are harmful. Be strong, if you want to give your pet a sweet treat, offer your pet one of his/her favorite dog treats. 

Sweets are not the only thing to avoid feeding your dog. Steer clear of giving your pet table scraps too. Dogs only need so much food each day and most human food is not designed for your dog. Just like with sweets your food can cause problems to their digestive tract. You will especially want to avoid giving your dog cooked bones from the table; they can break into sharp splinters and cause serious health problems, and sometimes death.

If you intend on traveling this holiday season and plan on bringing your dog, make sure your friends or family do not mind. Some people are frightened of dogs, so perhaps leaving your pet in the hands of a professional pet sitter is a good idea.

If you burn candles during the holidays remember that they can pose a fire-risk, especially if they get knocked over by a curious cat or a wagging tail.

If you are thinking about getting a pet for Christmas, think about adopting one from your local animal shelter. There are many wonderful dogs and cats waiting to find their forever home.

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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)[1]. 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[2]? 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.

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Chews Recipe

Article By: Dr. Sam Gilbert
With the holidays right around the corner, get your pups feeling festive with this sweet potato dog chews recipe. Sweet potatoes are a great treat option for dogs since they are low in calories and provide a good source of fiber (which offers many digestive benefits). Sweet potatoes also contain vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as other important minerals including potassium, iron, and beta-carotene.

If you're tempted to let your pets indulge in other holiday inspired dishes, check out our Thanksgiving pet safety tips for more information about toxic and dangerous foods to avoid for your pets.

Chews this recipe to give your dog a great holiday treat!

1 or 2 raw sweet potatoes

Preheat oven to 250°F.

Wash the sweet potatoes (as you would preparing any potato).

Slice sweet potatoes at ¼ inch either lengthwise or into coins, depending on the desired size of the chews.

Place the sweet potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Bake in the oven at 250°F for approximately 3 hours*.

* Note: This results in a chewier texture, but you can bake longer to give them more crunch.

Is Your Pet at Risk for Diabetes?

20 Nov Diabetes

Article by: Dr. Richard Goldstein

Diabetes mellitus is a condition that can affect dogs and cats as well as humans. Although diabetes can’t be cured, it can be managed very successfully. There are certain risk factors that can increase the chances of a pet getting diabetes, so it’s important to be familiar with them and keep an eye out.

Risk factors of diabetes in dogs

Age (dogs that are 5 years old or older)
Being unspayed for females dogs
Breeds that appear predisposed to diabetes[1]:
Australian Terrier
Bichon Frise
Cairn Terrier
Fox Terrier
Lhasa Apsos
Miniature Poodles
Miniature Schnauzer
Toy poodles
Yorkshire Terriers.

If your dog has one or more of these risk factors, ask your veterinarian about diabetes testing.

Risk factors of diabetes in cats

Being neutered
Physical inactivity
Breeds that appear predisposed to diabetes:
Burmese cats[2]
If your cat has one or more of these risk factors, ask your veterinarian about diabetes testing.

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The Humane Society of St. Lucie County Revitalizes : New Leadership & No-Kill Status

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Article by: Wendy Dwyer

The Humane Society of St. Lucie County (HSSLC) is making a strong community comeback with new leadership and new successes in 2020 amidst a global pandemic. HSSLC Executive Director, Melissa McInturff, brings infectious energy and a strong management skill set to shelter operations which now proudly proclaims a first time ever “no-kill” status since October 2019. Live release rates and documents are posted on the HSSLC website.

HSSLC was recently recognized for its persistence in the mission of wanting to find a better, healthier life and forever family for abused and neglected animals throughout St. Lucie County and won the Dyer Difference Award this summer. Additionally, HSSLC has kicked off its biggest fundraiser of the year, a brand new vehicle raffle. One lucky winner will take home a 2020 Chevy Equinox from Dyer Chevrolet Ft. Pierce on December 12th, 2020. 2nd place prize is a 75” 4k smart LED TV courtesy of Jetson TV & Appliance, and the 3rd place prize is a brand new iPad Pro courtesy of A&G Concrete Pools, Inc. There are only 5,000 tickets available via website and at the shelter.

HSSLC has revitalized and reorganized with new management and a new board of directors to help promote the organization’s mission of providing compassionate care and safe shelter for homeless animals while educating the community on responsible pet ownership. For more information, contact The Humane Society of St. Lucie County at 772.238.5631 or visit www.hsslc.org.

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Minimize Separation Anxiety During Extended Stays at Home

20 Aug Anxiety

Getting stuck at home can be a great excuse to spend more time with your dog. However, once your stay has come to an end, don’t expect your dog to be happy about you going back to work or spending longer periods of time away. They may not understand why, all of the sudden, you are leaving again. While you’re away, they may begin to show signs of distress, like barking and destructive chewing, and even have potty accidents or episodes of self-harm. These signs can be caused from Isolation Distress (ID) or Separation Anxiety (SA).

Dogs with ID show distress while alone. Their symptoms subside as long as someone is with them. They are not particular as to who. They may even be fine with another dog or animal in the home with them.

Dogs with SA show distress when one particular person is gone. They could be home with others in the family but still show symptoms of SA.

Seeing dogs with ID or SA is heartbreaking. We recommend consulting with your veterinarian for help. And there are also some measures you can take at home to help prevent the onset of ID and SA. Here are some tips to try during your extended home stay:

Keep a schedule. Changes in routine can be challenging for your dog. Make sure you keep as close to your regular schedule as possible. For example, if you normally take morning walks, keep those walks at the same time during your extended time at home.

Create a crate routine. If your dog normally stays in their crate while you are away, practice keeping them in their crate for short periods of time while you are home and gradually lengthen the time they are crated.

Practice leaving the house for short periods of time. Not being home, even for brief intervals, can help maintain a sense of normalcy and help prevent your dog from becoming too dependent on your presence.

Keep leaving and coming home low-key. Building excitement during your leaving increases your dog’s excitement and can amplify SA symptoms. Also, don’t make your return a party! Say a quick hello and do not interact until your dog is calm.

Desensitize signals that you are leaving. We tend to create patterns of behavior before leaving the house which can cause a buildup of tension in your dog and ultimately be a precursor to separation anxiety.

Typical cues can be:

Getting your coffee/ making breakfast

Putting on your shoes

Grabbing your keys

Walking to the front door

Jiggling the handle of the front door

Opening the front door

To desensitize, practice the cues randomly throughout the day. The idea is that you will present the cues but NOT actually leave. This will help undo the classical conditioning between the cues and you leaving, preventing anxiety build-up.

To take it a step further, you could even pair the cues with positive rewards like praise and treats, which work to change the conditioned response in your dog’s brain. The goal is to have your dog respond to your “leaving” cues with expectation of a reward rather than anxiety about you leaving.

Once you return to your normal routine, here are a few more tips to continue preventing ID and SA:

Provide regular mental and physical exercise
Use calming products like plug-ins and sprays to help create a sense of calm.
While getting to spend more time with your dog is the positive side to being stuck at home for long periods, it is important to take steps during your stay to prevent Separation Anxiety.

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Seasonal Allergies

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Article by: Pet MD & Robin Hall - Out2News

Many pet owners are all too familiar with their own seasonal allergies, from pollen to mold to insect bites. But what about your dog’s allergies? Pets can suffer from seasonal allergies just as much as their owners, and it is important to recognize the symptoms of summer allergies in dogs to help your pet find relief.

Seasonal Allergies in Dogs
Dogs are subject to the same seasonal allergy triggers as many humans, and may be allergic to tree and grass pollen, mold, insect stings, flea bites, feathers, and other allergens that have seasonal fluctuations. A pet’s allergen intolerance can develop over time, and a dog may suddenly seem to be allergic when no allergy symptoms have been obvious in the past. This can also be the result of a change in local conditions, such as planting new trees or bushes in the yard that produce excessive pollen that will trigger the dog’s allergies, or moving to a new area with a different climate and different allergen load. As a dog ages its sensitivity to different allergens may change, and allergy symptoms may become more acute and noticeable.

Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies
Your dog can’t tell you how it feels about allergy symptoms, but there are physical indications of allergic reactions that every pet owner should be aware of. Depending on the type of allergen and the severity of a dog’s reaction, allergy symptoms could include:

Excessive itching or licking, especially of the paws, groin, or bare skin
Red, swollen, or watery eyes or excessive eye discharge
Runny nose
Sneezing fits
Swollen paws
Hives, rashes, or other visible skin irritation
Chronic ear infections
Hair loss

If your dog shows signs of potential allergic reactions, consult your veterinarian for a proper allergy diagnosis. This will help gauge exactly which allergens are most irritating to your pet, as well as how severe their reactions may be. Allergies can be diagnosed by both skin tests and blood tests, and your vet will ask questions about the animal’s reactions, changes in local conditions, when the symptoms are most severe, and whether there have been any recent dietary changes or other factors that could be causing similar reactions.

Managing Your Dog’s Seasonal Allergies

Once your dog’s seasonal allergies have been identified, there are many different options to manage the problem and provide relief. Depending on the severity of the allergies and the exact allergens that most impact your pet, you may want to consider…

Medication: Your vet could prescribe allergy medications, including antihistamine or steroid pills, to help manage your dog’s reactions. Topical creams may also be effective.

Injections: Pets with moderate to severe seasonal allergies may need regular allergy shots. You can easily administer these at home, and gradually build up the dose to give your pet relief.

Nutrition: Adjusting your dog’s diet to nourish healthy skin can help the animal resist mild allergy symptoms. Adding the proper fatty acids to the dog’s diet can be effective.

Baths: Removing allergens from your dog’s skin with soothing baths can minimize allergic reactions. Avoid perfumed soaps or shampoos, however, which could aggravate tender skin.

Wiping Paws: Wiping your dog’s paws and underbelly after every walk or outside playtime can remove irritating allergens from bare skin, minimizing allergic reactions.

Cleaning: Regularly cleaning your dog’s bedding and toys will remove many allergens. Similarly, vacuum and clean flooring, draperies, and upholstery regularly to minimize indoor allergens.

Air Quality: Improve indoor air quality by using allergen-reducing air filters to help your pet breathe easier. In damp areas, a dehumidifier can reduce mold that may trigger allergies.

Exposure: If your pet reacts to specific plants, avoid playing or walking where those plants are abundant. Remove strong allergens from your yard to give your pet a safe place to play.

Booties: Wearing pet socks, boots, or booties can help dogs with very sensitive feet avoid the most common allergens, and the footwear can easily be washed.

Pest Control: If your dog reacts to flea bites or insect stings, take steps to make your home and yard less hospitable to those insects, and consider flea treatments or other preventative measures.

Seasonal allergies cannot be cured, but once you recognize summer season allergies in your dog, you can take steps to minimize any reactions and discomfort. For the best results, use multiple techniques to keep your pet healthy and comfortable, and stay alert to any changes or additional reactions that may indicate different allergy developments. With proper care, your dog can have a happy, comfortable life with minimal allergy complications.

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Keeping your Pet Busy During Quarantine Time

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Article by: Robin Hall - Out2News/Out2martincounty.com

DogTV is worth booting up for pooch pleasure

The only thing better than binge-watching episodes of “Friday Night Lights” or “The West Wing” while social distancing is doing so with a furry friend. When you take a break or read a book, though, log onto DogTV so they can have some entertainment, too. There’s currently a 30-day free trial period for the streaming website, which features several canine-friendly videos for stimulation, relaxation and exposure. (Also on tap: lots of helpful how-to videos for owners, including how to make liver pate!) It’s pretty fun for a human to watch, too, with all kinds of cute dogs, though the soothing music might put you and nearby companions in a napping mindset.

Playing outside is refreshing but keep it fun inside, too

In a period of self-isolation, it’s still OK to walk your dog in your neighborhood or, if you have a fenced-in backyard, let them loose to run around. Invest in a Chuckit! launcher or just grab a tennis ball and play fetch – it’s especially fun if you have a young child who needs some exercise, too. The fun doesn’t have to end inside, though. Treat-dispensing puzzle toys where dogs have to use their noggins to get a snack are good to have around the house (especially if you’re trying to get work done or homeschooling your human children), rubber toys and plastic keys are favorite chewing items, but also have options like ropes for tug of war where you can also have a blast.

Healthy treats will help everybody get through mealtime

Being home a lot more means a lot more meals where hungry pups might be hanging around begging or at least annoyingly parked at your feet. That might be a good time for a treat, though don’t make them a peanut butter and jelly sandwich if you’re having one. Instead, opt for apple slices, celery or carrots that will quell their taste buds as you finish up. (Good luck getting them off your case if you’re making a steak sandwich.)

Show them all the love

Engaging with your pet is important – maybe you want to take funny pictures of them to send to social-distancing relatives or re-create famous movie scenes for a blog (pictures are what I'm all about). Some extra care and attention are also key because if this coronavirus crisis is stressing you out, they’ll feel it, too. If your dog loves napping next to you, have a stack of blankets for snuggling. Or if your dog is more like a cat, let him have enough alone time. A bond between human and canine is strong, and fostering that will help everybody through tough times.

Questions Answers for Your Pets During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Article by: Cesar Pet Products

Can my Pet Catch Coronavirus?

There is no evidence that pets can be infected with the human COVID-19 virus and no evidence they can be a source of infection to people. Coronaviruses tend to be species specific, i.e., dogs and cats have their own version of the virus and are not affected by human viruses.

Should my pet wear a mask?

There’s no scientific evidence that masks protect pets from infectious diseases or air pollutants. Pets’ faces are more varied than human faces so a mask is unlikely to fit properly. We can't explain to pets why we are putting something on their face so they may get scared.

Is There a Risk my Pet Could get Coronavirus From Your Food?

Please be assured that the current coronavirus outbreak does not pose a food safety risk to humans or pets, either through packaging or the food itself. The processing conditions involved in the production of our food products are sufficient to destroy the virus.

What's the Best Way to Protect my Pet From Getting Coronavirus?

There's no evidence that pets can be infected with the human COVID-19 virus and no evidence they can be a source of infection to people. We recommend:
- thorough hand-washing
- keeping pets away from anyone infected
- confining pets if they've been around someone infected

I Can't Get my Usual Food. Is it OK for me to Switch Diet?

Yes! Ideally, choose a similar food (dry or wet) and slowly incorporate small amounts of the new food over the course of one week to ensure that a sudden change does not cause a dietary upset.

Should I still take my pet for a walk?

Absolutely - take your pet for a walk on a leash, preferably with limited to no interaction with other people or pets. It's good for you too.

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Mar Dogs on Diet

Article by: Latasha Ball

Does your dog have food allergies? Here’s why a limited ingredient formula may be the best way to accommodate her dietary needs.

Is your dog licking her paws excessively? Does she seem to be itching her ears or body at every available moment? Chances are she may be suffering from food or environmental allergies. But how do you know for sure? And if it is a food allergy, what type of diet is best for your pup? Let’s look into this further.
Food allergies: what are they and how do they affect my dog?

Food allergies are immune system reactions to a certain ingredient that your dog is exposed to. Symptoms can include itchy skin, hives, upset stomach, swollen facial features, and reoccurring ear or paw infections. Typically, food allergies develop when a dog has been exposed to the same ingredient repeatedly throughout her life. “Some think that rotating protein and fiber sources in your dog’s diet may help to minimize the occurrence of food allergies,” says veterinarian Dr. Bradley Quest. “Although this is not scientifically proven, it may help some individuals because the dog’s immune system is not constantly exposed to the same food ingredients all the time.”

According to Dr. Quest, a food intolerance – as opposed to an allergy – can occur at the initial exposure to a specific food ingredient and is usually not a result of an immune system reaction. “Food intolerances usually manifest as gastrointestinal symptoms,” he says. Gastrointestinal symptoms in dogs consist of but are not limited to a change in appetite, changes in stool quality or quantity, weight loss, and abdominal pain.
How to know if your dog has a food allergy

The best way to know if your dog has a food allergy is to talk with your veterinarian. He or she knows your dog best, and can properly diagnose your pup. Once the diagnosis is made, your vet may put your dog on a food elimination diet – a diet that involves feeding your dog a single protein and a single fiber source for anywhere from 8–12 weeks as needed. If you notice during this period that your dog’s allergic symptoms do not surface or reoccur, then you can rule that the allergy was not the result of the ingredients she was eating.


Do Dogs Dream?

Whether or not dogs dream isn’t known with scientific certainty, but it sure is difficult to imagine that they don’t. We’ve all watched our dogs demonstrate behaviors in their sleep that resemble what they do in a fully awake state. Paddling legs, whining, growling, wagging tails, chewing jowls, and twitching noses inspire us to wonder what our dogs are dreaming about.

What we know about dogs and dreams

While our knowledge on this topic is very limited, the following known information helps us believe that dogs do indeed experience dreams. When we observe our dogs as they sleep, it’s just about impossible to imagine that they are not dreaming. Just like the rats studied by Wilson and Louie, it is tempting to believe that our four-legged best buddies are reenacting their recent experiences; playing at the dog park, sniffing in the woods, chewing on a treasured bone, and chasing squirrels.The National Institutes of Health says that Sigmund Freud theorized that dreaming was a “safety valve” for our unconscious desires. Perhaps he is correct, and, when our dogs sleep, they dream about catching the neighbor’s pesky cat, continuous belly rubs in conjunction with unlimited dog treats, and stealing the Thanksgiving turkey from the dining room table.

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Article by: Robin Hall – Out2News.com

There is a very special place where beloved pets go after they die. This is only a temporary location. But there are trees and grass and lakes, and everything they love. Here they can play and eat and sleep, even better than they did, before they died. Now, there are no aches or worries or dangers of any kind to trouble or threaten them. The only joy missing is their beloved human companion, you.

All health is restored completely, and all injuries are healed. Dogs and cats play with each other like youngsters, and they do not have time to feel lonely for you. They miss you, and with the special wisdom that animals have, they trust that this condition will get better. And they confidently wait as they frolic.

A wonderful day will come for each of them, when in the middle of playing they will suddenly feel something is different. And all their senses will be at the height of excitement and exuberance. They will sniff the air and look off in the distance where they recognize that dearly loved special presence. Then they will call out in elation, and with eyes shining and tail going wild, tear off at a full gallop, almost flying over the green grass.

The bond that we form with animals can be very deep and fulfilling, and the loss of a beloved animal can have an impact on us that is as great, or even greater, than the loss of a family member or friend. This bond is what makes our interactions with animals rich and rewarding, but also what makes the grief process so complicated. The grief can seem to come in waves, may be brought on more intensely by a sight or sound that sparks your memory, and may seem overwhelming at times.

After your pet has died or been lost, it is natural and normal to feel grief and sorrow. The amount of time a person grieves for the loss of their pet may be very different for different people. Although grief is an internal and private response, there are certain stages of grief that most people experience, and not everyone experiences them all or in the same order. Anger and guilt often follow denial.

Your anger may be directed toward people you normally love and respect, including your family, friends or your veterinarian. People coping with death will often say things that they do not really mean, unintentionally hurting those whom they do not mean to hurt.

Depression is a common experience after the death of a special pet. The tears flow, there are knots in your stomach, and you feel drained of all your energy. Day-to-day tasks can seem impossible to perform and you may feel is isolated and alone. Many depressed people will avoid the company of friends and family.

You will come to terms with your feelings. You begin to accept your pet’s death. Resolution has occurred when you can remember your pet and your time with them without feeling the intense grief and emotional pain you previously felt. Acceptance and resolution are normal and do not mean that you no longer feel a sense of loss, just that you have come to terms with the fact that your pet has died. Everyone experiences the stages of grief, grieving is always a very personal process. Allow yourself time to grieve and heal, and be thankful that your life was made that much better by sharing it with your beloved pet.

Memorializing a pet can be a healthy part of the grieving process. A framed photo or a photo album can help remind a pet parent of their pet. Some people keep the ashes of their pets and bury them in a spot favored by their pet. Creating a journal that includes stories about the things your dog did will help you focus on the good times you spent together.   Photographs record those special moments and lock them forever in time. Have a professional portrait painted as a memorial to your dog companion. If you enjoy gardening, plant a tree, perennial, bush or shrub in memory of your dog. Donate to an animal organization in your dog’s name.  Some pet lovers place a brick or stone with their pet’s name painted on it in their gardens or they buy specially designed and inscribed grave markers if their pet is buried on their property.

Realizing that a seemingly trifle, yet possibly most-significant part of pet ownership is doing the right thing for our pets at the end of their lives. Sometimes the hardest things to do are the best things we can do. Loving animals teaches us something about ourselves and so does letting them go…

Out2 Bark Byte is dedicated to Robin Hall’s – Owner of Out2News best friend “Teddy”. RIP 8/4/2015