Turkey is a good protein for your pet(s) just be sure to remove any skin, fat, or bones. Stick with white meat. Do not give them anything with onions, garlic, leeks, scallions.
Do not give the pet(s) any mashed potatoes with cheese, sour cream, butter, onions, and gravies.
Plain green beans or fresh vegetables are great for your pet(s).
No alcohol for your pet(s). Even a small amount can be very toxic. Look out for fruitcake.
Grapes and raisins can be very toxic to your pet(s) and it can cause kidney failure in dogs.
Cranberry sauce is fine in a small amount, watch the sugar in it. Be very careful with any artificial sweeteners containing Xylitol are poisonous to your dog and potentially deadly.
Make sure that your pet(s) does not ingest any chocolate, especially the baking kind
Cats are born to hunt and just because it is an indoor cat does not mean he/she stops wanting to hunt. Some cats become bored in the house by not be able to explore, hunt and exercise. They get frustrated and that could lead to behavioral issues. If you have a cat with a huge amount of energy having cat hunting toys will help the desire to chase, stalk, pounce. Motorized toys that move will help the cat's hunting instinct. There are toys that the cat has to work for a treat. Bring the feather and wands out for short play and then put them away it keeps your cat excited about the hunt.
Laser pointer helps the cat with the hunting instincts. Make sure you never shine the light on your cat's eyes it will seriously damage it. Make sure you put down toys that the cat can pick up like a mouse because the cats can get riled up and frustrated with a laser light and redirect that frustration by biting the owner, cat or a dog.
Coyotes eat whatever they can find, from seeds and fruit to small animals, both alive and dead. Coyotes threaten dogs and cats weighing less than 25 pounds. Two coyotes can take down a large animal.
How to protect the backyard against coyotes:
Use motion lighting
Trim landscaping to eliminate hiding places
Remove bird feeders, pick up fallen fruits and nuts from trees, and harvest gardens.
The food attracts the natural prey.
Keep the trash cans in the garage.
Always supervise your pet in the yard, especially at dawn and dusk.
Never leave your dog tied up in the yard.
Never allow your pet to interact with wildlife.
For maximum protection the collar must stretch from behind the animal's ear to the top of its shoulder.
Halloween is a good time to take photos of your pets dressed up. Please be respectful, some pets do not like to wear costumes. Choosing the right costume for your pet is important to be sure that costume does not constrict the pet's movements. Do not block their vision, be careful that they don't chew off any parts of the costume. Make sure the costume will fit comfortably. Keep your pets dressed up sessions short give your pet time to get used to the custom. Give your pet treats when you put the costume on and when you go to take it off.
If your pet is timid or shy around people put it in another room with his or her toys. when the trick-or-treaters come around.
Remind the visitors and the children not to give your pets chocolate and other candies because it can be deadly if chewed or ingested by the pets.
Have a Happy Halloween!!
When leaving the house for any length of time be sure you put the trash out of the way of your pets so that the smell does not trigger their curiosity. There are things in the trash that could be potentially dangerous to your pets.
Remove any small toys, string and rubber bands that they can choke on when you are not there to supervise them. If the toys are not the appropriate size for your pets it can get lodged in the pet's throat.
Check for places where the pets can become stuck, such as behind the refrigerator, entertainment center or in fireplace openings, and seal up those openings. Close all toilet lids before you leave the house.
Cats can help us lower anxiety, stress and cholesterol levels reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. They can also improve the physical and mental health. They don't need as much care is a dog.
It makes the women want to care for her cat by feeding, clean up after it and shopping for the cat. By doing all of those things it makes a person be on the move which intern will help increase their cardio.
When you pet an animal, your body releases a surge of prolactin, oxytocin, and dopamine. Those actions will improve our health and the pets lives.
The cat makes a good companionship and helps us live longer.
If your dog is acting depressed or anxious that can be a negative impact on your dog's health.
Anxiety can cause constipation, diarrhea and digestive issues. If you see that your dog loses interest in eating or stops eating and it lasted longer than 24 hours see your vet.
A dog that is constantly isolating its self from people or pets may be suffering from anxiety or a sickness. Also if it is aggressive toward animals or people can be a sign of stress or illness.
Be sure you buy high-quality dog food. Provide a properly balanced diet for the dog's age otherwise, it could lead to anxiety and stress.
A great stress reducer for the dog is taking the dog for a walk and play fetch.
If there is a thunderstorm, fireworks or parties, give your dog its favorite toy or security blanket. If you can stay with your dog, your presence is greatly reassuring to your dog.
When you buy a new fish and you put it into your aquarium make sure that you have room for them to swim comfortably. If you are a beginner start with a 20-gallon tank and work your way up. It is easier to keep the water clean with a larger tank with a filter. It's very important to give the tank time to become established before adding fish. Buy a test water pH kit. Most fish do best with a balanced ph7 some fish like more acidic.
If it is a new tank let it sit for at least a week before you add any fish.
Before you put gravel in the tank rinse out with water very well. Add one pound of gravel per gallon of water. Have your fluorescent light on the tank only half of the day and the other half the day off. Keep the hood of the tank closed so that the fish don't jump out. Fish like to hide, make sure that you give them places where they can hide. Like plants, rocks and aquarium figurines.
Choose a high-quality filtration system that is the size of your tank. Be sure you change the filter according to the filtration instruction. If the water looks cloudy it is time to change water or the filter. Remove any uneaten food and waste with a net every other day.
Take out 10% to 15% of the water from the tank once a week and replace it with clean water. Also, test the water quality with a kit and scrape any algae build up from the glass. Any bucket you use for your fish should be used for fish only.
Pets have the capability of long term memories. Dogs who bury their bones in the backyard being able to dig them up months down the road show that they have long term memory. Cats and dogs getting lost and finding their way back home years later are all part of long term memories.
Dogs that are scared of a man, loud noises, fireworks, hats, etc, that dog can relate to a negative memory or event that has happened in the past. They remember particular episodes from long ago. It is based on what level of impact the incident that initially formed the memory had on the dog or cat.
Important information and memories with emotional content tend to be remembered for longer times. Cat and dogs do have long term memory, the precision and accuracy of these memories can decline over time, just as it does for humans.
Puppies and kittens form the most important memories in their early days.
The memories that are formed during this period influence how they behave for the rest of their lives. It is very important to expose them to the socialization and proper training. We can help our dog or cat turn a potential negative long term memory into a positive one.
The wrong type of mushrooms are toxic to cats and dogs.
The mushrooms that are safe for humans to eat can be toxic to pets.
It is best to remove mushrooms from your yard for the safety of your pet.
If you are able to get the suspected ingested mushroom bring it with you to the vet. Sometimes the vet will take a sample from the pet's stomach to identify the type of mushroom. The curious dog or cat can be attracted to mushrooms because of their odor. Make sure your pet doesn't ingest any type of mushroom.
If you think your pet has ingested a mushroom take the pet to the vet immediately bring the mushroom with you to the vet. Do not put it in a plastic bag because it will break the mushroom down. Wrap it in a moist paper towel.
Common signs to watch for:
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