Leashes come in a variety of lengths and materials. A leash should be sturdy enough to hold the size dog you are walking and wide enough that it does not hurt your hand if it is wrapped around your hand for control. The leashes are made for specific weights of dogs, big dogs should use stronger leashes. The dog should walk beside you and not pull on the leash. Flexible leashes are
not good for dogs that abruptly run after things on a walk.
Did you know that mice turn up their noses at peppermint? Or that ants and roaches hate Tex-Mex? Some easy tricks and common household ingredients can help keep nature’s nuisances at bay, without harming kids, pets or other wildlife.
Peppermint has been an anti-mouse strategy for centuries. Some swear the strong smell keeps mice from being able to find food. Soak cotton balls in pure peppermint oil (found in health-food stores) and place in small cups near their entry points. Planting peppermint in your yard may help too.
Did You Know? Nature’s Houdini: A house mouse can squeeze through a hole the diameter of a dime. No cat? Borrow some cat hair from a friend or a groomer, and place it around the holes. Better yet, block those holes altogether. Stuff them with copper mesh, which won’t rust like steel wool. Cover larger openings and the space behind the air vents with hardware cloth that has a mesh size less than a quarter-inch.
Keep Ants Far Away.
Ants depend on their scent trail: Wipe it out with undiluted white vinegar. They also avoid cayenne pepper. Other pests, including cockroaches and squirrels, avoid it too. Ants can’t digest cornmeal, but they don’t know that. Put piles of it near a problem anthill, and ants will eat it and slowly starve. This solution takes some time, but it’s safe for kids and pets.
Banish Biting Bugs
Mosquitoes track you by the carbon dioxide you exhale. Mask it with citronella. Lemongrass (not the citronella plant) is the source of this oil. Plant this lovely ornamental around your patio or in portable pots.
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon bone meal
1/4 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons corn oil or soy oil
1/2 cup soy flour
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon iodized salt
1 large egg mixed with 1/4 cup milk
Mix all dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl, then Add oil, molasses, and all but 1 tablespoon of the egg-milk mixture. Knead the soft dough a few minutes to make a firm dough, adding more milk if needed. Let dough rest 1/2 hour or more (refrigeration isn't necessary) Lightly flour a counter top or other hard surface and roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Brush with remaining egg-milk mixture and cut with doggie biscuit shaped cookie cutter.
Bake on greased cookie sheets at 350F 30-35 minutes.
To make harder biscuits, turn off oven after baking, open door slightly and leave them in the oven overnight to finish crisping.
Start CPR within 12 seconds if you notice the pet is not breathing. Chest compressions and breaths.
CPR numbers are cycles of 30 compressions to 2 breaths with a depth of compression of 1/3 to 1/2 the width of the pet's chest.
The goal is 100 plus compressions each minute for a total of two minutes and then reassess with a femoral pulse check. Effective compressions are delivered hard and fast. Do not lean into the pet when performing compressions.
Minimize interruption as the heart loses its prime very quickly.
The skills of pet CPR are best learned in a hands-on training.
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