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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area