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Winter Pet Protection Tips

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

http://www.westlakebayvillageobserver.com/read/2020/02/04/winter-pet-protection-tips Winter pet protection tips by Nancy Brown Here are tips to consider to keep both you and your pets safe and comfortable this winter: Check the hood of your car. Felines often sleep in wheel wells for warmth. If your cat is an outdoor community cat, offer shelter. Amazon has heated cat houses or you can provide them with a dry, draft-free shelter that the cat can move around in freely, stuffed with straw and raised a few inches off the ground. Provide extra food and water. Pets, like humans, deplete energy in keeping warm. Check bowls often for freezing. If you walk your dog make sure both of you have reflective material on. Obey the leash laws. Keep your dog on a leash that is made for his size and strength. Cloth and leather leashes are a safer choice versus a retractable. Understand the wind chill: it impacts humans and pets alike. Bundle them up too. Go for shorter walks, leave them at home and not in the car, and know that pets are prone to hypothermia and frostbite just like you! Watch for chemicals used to melt ice. Use a damp towel to gently wipe paws before [...]

Helping your new pet adjust to your home.

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

http://www.westlakebayvillageobserver.com/read/2020/02/18/helping-your-new-pet-adjust-to-your-home-after-adoption Helping your new pet adjust to your home after adoption by Nancy Brown Pet experts agree that most rescue pets, new puppies and kittens take three weeks to adjust and acclimate to the new environment and family members' routines. They also need time to figure out the pecking order in the home. If there is not one they will seize it. Preparing your children, home and yard to create a safe environment are a must. Reputable rescues will do a home visit and sometimes require pictures of your home and yard with an online application or interview. If you have standard fencing, check for loose boards and low or high spots; install locks and signs for gates. If you use electronic containment check for breaks in the line and only use recommended batteries for collars and change them as required. For fence jumpers you might consider electronic containment within your fence or safe tethering so the dog does not get hung up on the fence. Collar styles should be given consideration if your pet is a fence jumper too. Spend time bonding, training and exercising with your pets. Establish routines for consistency and comfort level. This will minimize anxiety [...]

Dog Parks

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

am not a Dog Park advocate. October 8, 2015 | Jill Kessler Miller AND HERE'S WHY: I don’t recommend dog parks. Not ever. The list of things that can go wrong is so long that it completely outweighs the possible attributes; note I say “possible,” because the positives are, in my opinion, only theoretical. First, dog parks are rife with disease, especially giardia. Soft stool, diarrhea that comes and goes, horrible gas? ​Have your vet run a test for giardia. And then, of course, there’s kennel cough, as well other fungi, viruses, fleas and worms. Second, I have seen way, way too many dog bites that have occurred at dog parks for my personal comfort. Mostly to other dogs, but also to people who reach in to break up a dog fight or a to grab their dog out of harm’s way. Even though signage clearly says “Enter at your own risk” and admonishes entrants that the liability they’re undertaking is their own, lawsuits more than often ensue. They’re never simple, they’re always stressful and it may threaten your homeowner’s insurance coverage in the future. But let’s look at it from a dog’s point of view. Dogs thrive on stable relationships. Notice I did [...]

Death of a pet

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Pet Advice|

Losing a pet is not easy for us. Pets are most often seen today as a fellow member of the family. It is not surprising then to learn that most people grieve a pet’s passing as much, and sometimes even more, than the passing of a human friend or family member. What makes the passing of a pet so hard? How can we better cope with it? Some people think that it’s silly to grieve over the loss of a pet. Those people either never had much of an attachment to any pet, never had one growing up as a child, or never really experienced the unconditional love and affection that only an animal can provide. Whether they die from illness, an accident, or had to be euthanized, losing a cat, dog, or other beloved animal is a traumatic event. Even if the death was expected due to old age, the loss of their constant companionship is hard to put into words. It’s like a large hole is in your heart, and nothing in this world will ever be good enough to fill it as your lost pet did. Having our companion euthanized can be especially difficult, even when we [...]

Winter Dog Tip

By | January 26th, 2020|Categories: Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

LIFESTYLE WITH DOG Practical Pampering Tips for Your Pooch This Winter The winter months come hand in hand with cold, wet weather and lots of mud, which is likely to affect your dog’s skin and coat – therefore, it’s important that you adjust your pooch’s pampering routine accordingly. That’s why in today’s post, the experts at Jaquar are discussing some practical pampering tips for your canine companion this winter. From ways to make bathtime a little more luxurious to creating your own healthy homemade treats and enjoying some one-on-one playtime, we’ve got you covered when it comes to pampering your pooch during the season’s cold chill. Bath time It’s to be expected that during winter, your furry friend is likely to get a little messier on walks than usual. Whether that’s because they decided to jump in a creek or roll around in some form of mud – your pet isn’t going to be looking their best upon their return home. This slippery coating is likely to leave your dog sliding around the tub – so, to protect against this, invest in some non-slip bath stickers inside the bath to make bath time a little easier and more enjoyable for [...]

Volunteers of Lorain County Dog Kennel

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Bring your animals inside please!!!! is this what you want for your pets? What An Animal Experiences As It Freezes To Death Cold Weather is here.. If you have not taken the time to make sure that any animal you have outside has adequate shelter from the freezing cold, you need to do it now. Common Sense says any shelter you provide should have a floor a min of 6 inches off the ground. The floor needs to be insulated and the walls and top of the shelter thick enough to provide adequate in protecting the animal from the freezing temperature and wind. The animal should have some type of bedding such as straw (NOT hay) or a heating lamp inside.Here is a very good guideline as to whether your animal has adequate protection. In order for you to see and feel the urgency of getting an animal to adequate shelter from the cold, we shall explain to you what the animal goes through as it freezes to death., unless it is gotten inside and given medical attention in time. Freezing to death is something that you never want to experience. According to the medical profession the following is what [...]

If A Service Dog Approaches You Without Their Owner, They Need Your Help

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Most people are aware of some rules regarding service dogs: don’t approach or pet a service dog who is on the job, and be aware that service dogs are allowed to be in places that other dogs aren’t — like grocery stores. However, as a recent viral Twitter post revealed this week, most people don’t know what to do when dog with a service vest or harness approaches you — and there’s no one on the other end of its leash. The “Service Dog PSA” opens with the story of a woman who tripped and fell while with her service dog. The dog, who was trained to get an adult if she has a seizure, tried to get the attention of a nearby woman, who “was swatting him and telling him to go away.” Little did the woman know that she was ignoring a sign that there may be a nearby emergency. “If a service dog without a person approaches you, it means the person is down and in need of help,” the post continues. “Don’t get scared, don’t get annoyed, follow the dog!” “If it had been an emergency situation, I could have vomited and choked, I could have hit my head, [...]

5 Phone Numbers Every Dog Owner Should Have Handy

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

If you’ve got a dog (or, is it that the dog has you?) this is one list you’ll want to print out and keep near the phone. In an emergency, when the internet is down, or if you simply need assistance with your dog from a real, live person, these 5 phone numbers should be in the Rolodex of every dog owner: National Animal Poison Control Center: 1 888 426 4435. In an emergency every second counts. The National Animal Poison Control Center is a 24-hour manned emergency hotline sponsored in part by 36 different companies. While there is sometimes a charge for consultation, this call could save the life of your dog. Spay/Neuter Helpline: 1 800 248 SPAY. Irresponsible breeding results in the abandonment and euthanization of thousands of dogs each year. SPAY USA is a national referral service that helps connect pet parents with free or low cost spay and neuter services in their area. With partnerships at over 950 programs and clinics nationwide, they eliminate finances as an excuse for not spaying or neutering your pets. Emergency Disaster Information Line: 1 800 227 4645. Provided by the American Humane Association, this number provides support and relief information for pet owners [...]

Beagles R Us Rescue

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: Lost Pets, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

How a therapy dog is changing students’ lives at Lakewood High School

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: General, Pet Advice|

Able, the school's furry friend, is making a difference every single day Author: Dorsena Drakeford Published: 5:40 AM EST January 15, 2020 Updated: 5:40 AM EST January 15, 2020 LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The stresses of life impact just about everyone, especially today’s teenagers. Lakewood High School has a special way of helping students handle the emotional roller coaster life can bring. It comes in the form of a classmate, named Able, who very well may be the most popular – and furriest – "kid" to roam Lakewood’s halls. Able is a therapy dog. “At first I was a little scared because I’m not really a dog person,” said student Alicia Dinya. “When I found out, he wasn’t that bad, I started liking him.” Able’s favorite spot to visit? No surprise: The lunch room. “He just roams the entire cafeteria sometimes looking for snacks, but usually pets,” said teacher Julie May, who brings Able to school. He’s a friend to all, and ready to lend an ear whenever needed. “He’s so sweet,” said 11th grader Shantajah Davis. “When you’re upset or when someone’s sad or something, he knows.” Adopted by May in 2012, Able is not her first therapy dog. A pup named Madison [...]