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Pet Odor Removal

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
posted by Jim Murphy

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Pet Odors! This alone can keep odor conscience individuals from adopting a pet. Pet Odors can be unpleasant but pet odor removal need not be an obstacle for you when it comes to adopting a pet. One very common mistake and one which I’ve made many times is that when your pet has an “accident” on your rug, you run for the paper towels and start pressing and pressing them into the rug to get rid of any trace of the mess. By pressing, you allow the liquid to seep beneath the carpet onto the floor which can lead to mold and maybe even structural problems.

Instead, clean up any solid waste and soak up the liquid with the paper towels.  Keep soaking up the liquid and discarding the paper towels until the area is damp rather than wet. Then apply a cleaner designed for pet stains to the soiled area.

Pet Medication

Monday, June 8, 2009
posted by Jim Murphy

dogIf your pet is sick and you have to administer pet  medication, you must remember a few simple rules. Some dogs and cats take their medicine with ease while others need lots of coaxing.

Make sure that you follow the instructions that were given by you Vet very carefully.

If you are giving your pet a pill, ask your Vet whether or the pet medication can be given with food. If it can, try placing it with a small treat or mixing it in with wet food.

According to Pet First Health Care, here are the steps that you should be following.

Pills or Capsules – Step-by-Step

  1. Hold the pill between your thumb and index finger.
  2. Firmly grasp your pet’s upper jaw with your other hand tilting your pet’s head back gently.
  3. Using your middle finger, slowly open the lower jaw.
  4. Keep your middle finger over the small incisor teeth and deposit the pill as far back on the tongue as  possible.
  5. Close the mouth immediately while keeping your hand over the mouth.
  6. Stroke the throat or blow gently into your pet’s nostrils. This will encourage your pet to swallow.

Liquids and Syrups – Step-by-Step

  1. Fill the syringe or dropper with medication before beginning.
  2. Insert the syringe or dropper between your pet’s teeth and cheek.
  3. Close your pet’s mouth and tilt the head back slightly.
  4. Gently release the medication from the syringe or dropper.
  5. Keep the mouth closed and stroke the throat or blow gently into your pet’s nostrils.

Make sure that you are calm while administering your pets medication. They can sense if you are nervous and this will make the process  more difficult. Praise you pet after he has taken his medication and maybe even give him a treat!

Dog Carrier and Crates

Sunday, June 7, 2009
posted by Jim Murphy

cayman47_thumbYou’ll want to crate your puppy when you’re not at home to keep him out of trouble and make him feel safe while you’re away. Your Dog Carrier or crate should be tall enough so that your dogs’ back touches the top. It should be long enough that he doesn’t have to curl up to sleep. According to Dr. Nick Dodman, a Veternarian, larger dog carriers or crates do not seem to provide the same security. You want your pet to feel safe and secure while you’re not at home or while he is traveling in the car with you. If your crate is too big for your young puppy, fill the extra space with a box until your puppy grows. Remember, “Bigger is not always better.”

The Dreaded Cat Carrier

Saturday, June 6, 2009
posted by Jim Murphy

aran13_thumb1It’s the day that you have to take you cat to the vet.  Make sure you leave extra time because you may have to look for Kitty as soon as he sees the Cat Carrier. My cats are usually hunched in an unreachable spot under the bed. As soon as I try to coax them out, I get hissed at!

You have to slowly get your cat used to the carrier so they begin to associate it with something that is good rather than bad. Here are some tips.

Wash the carrier with soap and hot water or vinegar. Let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Bring the carrier indoors and start by leaving the door open and start by feeding him some of his favorite     treats or snacks.

You may want to try putting some catnip in the cat carrier.

Put in a soft blanket and some toys. This will help to make the carrier an inviting place for your pet.

Leave the door open and let your cat go into the carrier by himself. As soon as you see that he is comfortable inside, close the door for a few minutes. When you open it, give him one of his favorite treats.

Do this about twice a week but not more than 10 or 15 minutes.

You can also put a hanging toy inside the carrier to give him something to do during the trip.  Pipe cleaners are good to use for hanging a toy inside the carrier.

Before you know it, this will no longer be a dreaded ordeal.

College Pride for the Whole Family

Thursday, June 4, 2009
posted by PetsRule

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Many people are very proud of the college that they attended. Especially if they stuck it out for the full four years, it’s very likely that they have all kinds of apparel that lets the world know exactly where they attended. Some of the most common college-related apparel items are sweaters, t-shirts, slippers, and more. But these kinds of items shouldn’t just be enjoyed by you.

Rather, they can also be proudly displayed on your pet. These college logo bearing dog sweaters are especially cute and meaningful if you had your dog throughout your college years. Although the dog clothing market is dominated by items for small dogs, they are often available in many different sizes. So whether you have a Chihuahua or a German Shepherd, you should be able to share your college pride with the entire family!

Fleece Dog Sweaters

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
posted by Jim Murphy

Fleece Dog SweatersDogs get cold, too. People who say that dogs have “their own coats” are simply uneducated. Many dogs, especially toy breeds, aren’t hearty enough to stand up to cold winter temperatures for extended time periods. Older dogs and short-haired dogs also get cold more easily. Humans understand just how uncomfortable it can be to go outside without a jacket during the winter, so why would they want to put their canine companions through the same torture.

Consider buying a fleece dog sweater for your furry companion. Dogs may take a while to get used to wearing a coat, but they will eventually recognize that the covering is protecting them from the cold. Making a nice, warm bed can help keep your elderly dog warm during the night.