Animals in a classroom can reduce stress and anxiety, improve social interaction and the positive motivation, learning and engaging children, help them to calmly sort through an argument, conflict, or assignment and even make it easier for children to make friends with classmates, teachers, and others in the community.
When an animal is in the classroom the students pay more attention to follow instructions and focus more on a task. The students ask more questions and engage more with the teacher. When there is a dog in the class the students improve there attitude and helps them to learn responsibility, respect, and empathy.
When we lose our beloved companion pet it affects everybody including the surviving pets. If the two pets are closely bonded the surviving pet is grieving the loss.
Here are the signs:
Patterns of sleeping changes
Not interested in eating
Not interested in activities
Wants to be alone
Searching the house for their pet friend
Pay a lot of attention to the surviving pet(s)
It is very important to be consistent with the daily schedule. Pets like their routine because they know what to expect. If the pet does not have the appetite put it away and reintroduce it at the next feeding time continue to offer the food at feeding time. Do not give the pet a treat until the pet eats the food. See the vet if the dog doesn't eat by the fifth day. Cats only a couple of days.
Allow the pet companion to be present during the euthanasia. Also, allow the friend to see and smell the body after it is dead.
Let's be thoughtful to our family and our pets companion not to bring a new pet home until everybody in your family can agree. Because the same family members may still be grieving.
3 medium sweet potatoes
Tiny pinch of Salt
½ cup low fat milk
2 medium eggs
2 tablespoons butter
Sour cream or cottage cheese
Boil the sweet potatoes with their skins in salted water for about 30 minutes or until tender. Mash and mix in the egg yolks and milk until smooth. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into mashed sweet potatoes. In a frying pan melt half of the butter when hot spoon a ping pong ball sized lump of the mashed potato mix into the pan. Flatten slightly with spatula and allow to brown well on both sides. Continue until all of the mixture is cooked adding butter as needed to avoid the potato pancakes sticking.
Cases of canine influenza are going around in the United States. Dogs can die from influenza. It's highly contagious among dogs. Canine influenza can't infect humans.
The flu can be transmitted through droplets, aerosols, respiratory secretions, coughing, barking, and sneezing.
Here are the symptoms to look for in your dog: coughing that will last one to three weeks, sneezing, fever, decreased appetite and greenish nasal and eyes discharge. Take your dog to your vet and have him checked out. Keep away from kennels, groomers, daycare, and shelters.
1 cup finely chopped baby carrots
1 cup finely chopped green beans
1 cup finely chopped sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup white rice
4 cups water
2 sodium free chicken bouillon cubes
1 can salt free chicken
Start by sautéing all the vegetables in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add water, ginger and bouillon cubes and rice and bring to boil. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Cool down and add the can of chicken and serve.
Cats should never be left for more than 24 hours without having a professional caregiver check on their well-being and can identify unexpected illness or injury and keep a cat on its typical routine since cats are creatures of habit.
Anything can happen when pets are left alone and cats are no exception. From potentially lethal ailments like urinary blockages to potential home damages from a cat accidentally loosening a water hose behind a washing machine. Not checking on a cat daily while the owner is away can have costly or tragic results.
A urinary blockage is a life-threatening emergency death from a urethral blockage that can occur within three days. Take your cat to the vet immediately.
Cats do not like to be alone. They take notice when we are not there because they like to interact with us. Enjoy spending time with your cat, whether you’re playing or just cuddling up on the sofa.
Here are signs that the cat is spending to much time alone: Changes in behavior, appetite, litter box, or too much grooming.
To help your cat with anxiety leave the TV or radio on. Sometimes a lonely cat just needs a feline friend. If your cat needs more interaction, a feline friend can fill that need.
Christmas Trees can possibly harm your pets. It is best to use an enclosed tree stand or cover the opening. Secure the tree on the wall so that it will not fall and cause serious injuries to your pets. When no one is around to supervise the pets, unplug lights and electrical decorations you don't want the pets having any access to.
Keep those poisonous plants out of your pets reach like Christmas roses, poinsettia, mistletoe, holly, and hibiscus.
Xylitol and sugar substitutes can be deadly. It causes a dogs blood sugar to drop quickly, can cause liver failure if not treated properly.
When the dough is ingested it continues to rise causing an intestinal blockage in the pet.
Ingesting macadamia makes dogs experience severe weakness in their back legs, appearing paralyzed after they eat the macadamia nuts. The recovery from this condition is three days.
If you tie the dog to a lamppost, coffee shop, bike racks or outside the restaurant do not leave the dog unattended. People steal dogs to try to make money, hoping to collect a reward, resale the dog, if the dog is not spayed or neutered may be sold to puppy mills, or sold to dog fighting rings. Be sure you microchip your dog that is a permanent identification for your dog protection.
If someone were to steal your dog call the police and file a report, call the animal control and file a report. Also, check to see if there were any witnesses who might have seen someone pick up your dog. Post photos of your dog, flyers, Post on facebook right away.
Here are helpful sites: homeagain.com petfbi.org akcreunite.org Pet owners watch out for scam artists who demand reward money before they return the dog.
Felines can be allergic to grass, trees, dust, fabrics, cleaning products, perfumes, food and more. Cat litter may contain chemicals that can cause allergies.
Look for signs of behavioral or visual: like a runny nose, sneezing, wheezing and coughing when your cat has just used the litter box.
Behavioral signs: is when the cat's paws or tail makes contact the litter box and the cat can't stop scratching, biting, chewing or licking itself. If the cat stops using the litter box due to allergy's. The cause of the allergy could be dust or fragrance. Try to use unscented litter with minimal dust and sprinkle some baking soda this will neutralize the odor.
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
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area