The dog is not focusing on a behavior you want them to perform. The reason they are not listening is that it doesn't have your full attention. Sometimes they are tired, thirsty, hungry, need to go potty, needs to burn energy, don't feel well, nervous or anxious. The most important thing is to be present for your dog and not be on a phone, texting, or thinking about something else. When training your dog or giving the dog a command. You can also use a clicker to let the dog know a specific behavior. When the dog performs the behavior rewarded with a treat each time. The treat should be kept tiny. Keep the training between 2-5 minutes (6 -10 times per day).
It takes just one bite from a mosquito that’s infected with heart-worms larvae to jeopardize your pet’s health and welfare. And if your pet becomes infected, the heart-worm disease is often debilitating and can be fatal if it’s not treated. The majority of dogs who go untreated will not survive. Cats and ferrets are vulnerable to heartworm. It is best to keep them all on year-round heart-worm preventative. It's more common for heartworms in cats to die before they reach full maturity. The best way to keep the cats healthy is to keep them on heart-worm medication because there are no drugs or treatments for heart-worm. House cats are also at risk of heart-worms if not treated in case a mosquito comes in with disease-carrying.
It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to infect a pet. Mosquitos are highly adaptable and will find other places to breed even during drought.
Areas with standing water, including ponds, lakes, and swimming pools, can provide breeding conditions for mosquitos.
Natural remedies are not recommended as alternatives not effective.
It's less expensive to prevent canine heartworm than it is to treat it.
The sugar substitute xylitol, which can be found in everything from peanut butter to CBD edibles, and highly toxic for dogs. According to Pet Poison Helpline, calls about xylitol poisoning rose 108 percent between 2015 and 2020, including a 47.2 percent jump in 2019. Xylitol is also being used in candy and other sweets, like peanut butter, nasal sprays, sleep aids, shampoo, deodorant, multivitamins, prescription sedatives and medications, antacids, stool softeners, make-up remover, smoking cessation gums and much, much more. Always have your local emergency veterinary number and 24/7 Animal Poison Control 800-213-6680 number programmed into your phone so you can call them immediately if you suspect that your pet may have consumed something toxic.
Ginger snap cookies (but limit due to their sugar content). Two cookies for a medium-sized dog. Peel fresh ginger root, slice 5-8 ¼” thick slices and boil in ¼ cup water. When cool, let the fur baby drink it. This can also prevent motion sickness when given 20-30 minutes before a road trip. Pumpkin puree is a natural remedy for diarrhea since fiber helps firm up loose stools. Feed one (1) tablespoon for cats and small dogs and up to three (3) tablespoons for a large dog. Rice is easily digested and adding a spoonful of pumpkin. Boil one (1) cup of jasmine rice in three (3) cups filtered water, then turn down to a very low simmer until all the water is absorbed. Cool before serving and refrigerate leftovers for up to 24 hours. Carob (aka pet-safe chocolate) is great for soothing a tummy and curbing diarrhea. Mix a teaspoon of carob powder with a little honey and filtered water or into non-fat plain yogurt and give it to your pet. Cinnamon has long been considered a treatment for nausea, fever, and diarrhea. Limit to one (1) teaspoon daily and never let any pet chew on a cinnamon stick!
Hydrogen peroxide 3% make sure the date is not expire fresh and bubbly to induce vomiting in dogs
speak with your vet before administering hydrogen peroxide
Never induce vomiting in cats
Turkey baster to administering hydrogen peroxide
Tablespoon/ teaspoon for the appropriate amount
Dawn dish washing detergent
Beverage containing sweet electrolyte
Milk of magnesia
Poison control number
Pet Poison Helpline 1(855) 764-7661
It is best to familiarize yourself with what is normal for your pets.
Check weekly for lumps gently stroke the head and work your way into the rest of the body looking and feeling for things that don't belong on the dog or cat bumps, tenderness, wounds, parasites and burrs, in the pets coat.
Sniff the ears and remove dirt and waxy debris with moistened soft cloth specific ear cleaner do not use alcohol it will dry the ear canal and can sting if the pet has scratched with her claws.
Possible sign of ear infection red, smells bad, pepper or coffee ground like dirt, ear mites see the vet.
Eyes tear excessively, have a thick discharge or rubbing the eyes. Use purified water, flushing from the outer corner gently pull up on upper eyelid allowing fluid and debris to run down the snout have the vet look at the eye.
The best time to socialize your dog is between the age of eight weeks and four months old, is so important for the development. Socialization helps the dog be stress-free and it allows the dog to be around different people and environment. When taking the dog for frequent walks it allows the dog to smell, listen to the different sounds, dogs do need physical activity, and mental activity. It teaches them to behave around other people and animals, but some dogs lose their social skills because they're too isolated. If your dog wasn't socialized as a puppy it doesn't mean he/she should not socialize and play with other pets. Some dogs are shy because they may have been mistreated or just timid. In either case you need to work with your dog according to his/her pace in meeting people and other dogs, that might take time
When the cats feel stressed is when they stop using the litter box. Eliminate any kind of stress or frustration in their environment.
The box is too deep with litter the cat only prefers one to two inches of litter
Sometimes the liner makes the cat uncomfortable
You should have one litter box for each cat
Clean the litter box each day, cats are fussy
Rinse the litter box out completely with baking soda or unscented soap once a week.
The majority of cats prefer large boxes and clumping, unscented litter
Some cats decide that they dislike the smell or feel of a different litter
Cats avoid their litter box if it’s in a location they dislike
Some cats don't like litter boxes with high sides
Medical problems can cause inappropriate elimination
close blinds on windows and doors so the cat isn’t upset by cats outside
No punishment for behavior related to fear, phobia, or anxiety, this will only increase the fear response. It can even lead to aggression toward the person that is punishing the cat. No yelling and squirting your cat with a water bottle. Anxiety can also be brought on by physical pain, illness, or trauma. Cats that were deprived at a young age of improper socialization and environmental exposures may become fearful or anxious. Some cats have separation anxiety. Left untreated, these disorders are likely to progress be sure to see a vet.
Toad poisoning is a true medical emergency, so if you see a dog or cat with a critter in his mouth (especially if long strings of saliva are present, the pet experiences seizures or collapses) you should: lean pet’s head forward or to the side to prevent swallowing, and rinse with large quantities of water for several minutes, then get to the veterinarian monitoring vitals on the way.
If shock, cardiac or pulmonary arrest occur, knowing proper treatment could be a lifesaver!
Article By Denise Fleck, The Pet Safety Crusader
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