How Pets Choose Their Favorite Pet Parent

Pet Sitting by PetWatch 916Have you ever wondered why some of your pets bond with you and some do not?

I found some answers when I stumbled upon these two fun articles from Petpav.com

I think you will not only find them interesting, but you may also learn some new tips on how to improve your bond with your pet.  Enjoy!

http://petpav.com/how-dogs-choose-their-favorite-pet-parent

http://petpav.com/why-do-some-cats-choose-a-favorite-person

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Are Grain-Free Pet Foods Really Healthier?

We do the best we can to keep our pets happy and healthy so they can live as long of life as possible.  One way to achieve that goal is to feed our pets the best food we can, and meet their nutritional needs for optimum health.

When it comes to shopping for pet food there are so many products on the market to choose from that it can be overwhelming at times.  Good luck with reading the ingredient labels too!

The pet food industry has given corn and soy a bad reputation.  Some people consider corn and soy as “fillers,” meaning they zero nutritional value.

The Washington Post recently published a great article to find out if grain-free pet foods are healthier.  I think you will find their research interesting just as I did.  Enjoy!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/08/15/grain-free-pet-foods-are-no-healthier-vets-say-focus-on-this-nutrition-issue-instead

P.S.  Our friends from Reviews.com also conducted research on the Best Dog Food of 2017:  http://www.reviews.com/dog-food

Hurricane Harvey Donations

Photo credit: cnn.com

If you have been watching the news lately, you might have seen the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has caused in Texas and parts of Louisiana.  Every day the news media shares new photos and information on the lives that have been affected by this natural disaster.

It is amazing how many people would not leave their homes without their pets.  Some people did not have the luxury of taking their pets for many reasons, and they called upon any help to return to their residences to save their pets.

One of the rescue groups that has helped so many pets was the Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) pet rescue group.  APA! immediately jumped into action by opening their doors to incoming stray and lost pets, and provided rescue mission efforts by going in small boats to flooded residential areas to save stranded and missing pets.

We supported a fellow animal rescuer in making a donation to her fundraising campaign for the APA! rescue group, which is also a 501c3 nonprofit organization so donations are tax deductible.

We would like to ask for your support in making a donation to the campaign as well.  You don’t need to send a $25,000 donation like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson!  No amount is ever too small and every $1 helps.  If you can’t donate, then would you please share this fundraising campaign?  The Texas pets thank you!

Click here to make a donation:  https://www.facebook.com/donate/336404263473115/

Dogs and Hot Weather

Summer is almost officially here, and with that comes the hot weather.  With every heat wave comes to debate about leaving our pets in cars and how to handle these situations.

As a member of the Paws on Patrol volunteer group with the Elk Grove Police Department, we received the following information:

Recent changes in California law allow for citizens to remove an animal from a vehicle under certain circumstances, these would  include animals being left unattended during certain weather conditions. However, allowing local authorities to assess the animal is the recommended plan of action. They have received extensive training and have experience related to animals overheating.

If action must be taken to prevent further suffering or death of an animal the law requires you to:

  1. Check to see if the vehicle doors are locked.
  2. Have a good faith belief that forcible entry is needed because the animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm if it is not immediately removed from the vehicle, and, based upon the circumstances known to the person at the time, the belief is a reasonable one.
  3. You must contact local authorities, i.e. Animal Control, Fire Department, Police, etc. prior to forcibly entering the vehicle.
  4. Remain with the animal in a safe location, out of the elements but reasonably close to the vehicle, until an animal control, police officer, or other first aid responder arrives.
  5. Use no more force than reasonably necessary to enter the vehicle and remove the animal.
  6. You must immediately turn over the animal to an animal control representative or law enforcement official.

Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.

If you see an animal left alone in a hot car, take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Call 916-714-5111 and have someone keep an eye on the animal. Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.

If the animal is removed please provide water to drink, and if possible spray the animal down with cool water. If you can place the animal inside a vehicle with the air condition on if waiting for animal control or police to arrive. Be careful not to use ice or cold water, and don’t overcool the animal.

Are you and your pets prepared to handle an emergency?

With all of the devastation happening from the fires in California to the flooding in Louisiana, it is a sad reminder that an emergency plan is a necessity.

Even for myself, I had a gas leak inside of my home and had to immediately remove my pets from inside of our home while we waited for the utility company to respond.

If you are not ready, here is a checklist to help you get started:

http://thedailyworld.com/news/local/disaster-emergency-plans-include-your-pets

Keep Your Dog Safe in a Heat Wave

Dog Walking by PetWatch 916Now that outdoor temperatures are rising, it is important to remember to keep your pets safe from the heat.  Click on the link below for some good information from Petfinder.com:

Keep Your Dog Safe in a Heat Wave

Have you seen a dog left alone in a car on a hot day?  Click on the link below to find out how you can help a rescue a dog from a hot car:

4 Easy Steps to Help Dogs in Cars

What to Expect When You’re Adopting a Pit Bull (Part 2)

I loved reading the Part 2 of the article What to Expect When You’re Adopting a Pit Bull (Part 1).  The author Rob Toledo hit the nail right on the head about how this breed is.  Every line I nodded my head at because that is exactly how our pit bull Brooklyn is.

I have never had a dog be as loyal to me as Brooklyn.  I don’t doubt that my other dogs love me, but when it’s late and we’re watching television, the other dogs will go lay on their bed while Brooklyn will lay on the carpet next to our feet.

Brooklyn is one determined gal too!  Some people will say pit bulls are like Houdini’s.  One time I left one of the latches on her kennel door unlocked and somehow she was able to squeeze her way out, and boy did she have fun!  She was not destructive but she did have fun tossing the couch cushions around and separating the dirty laundry for us.  When she decided she needed to go potty, at least she made the decision to go potty on the tile in the bathroom.  I was quite impressed at that point.

One thing the author did forget to mention are the “zoomies.”  Brooklyn will get a burst of energy and decide to run laps around the house.  I have friends that say their pit bulls do the same thing too.  Some pit bulls can have more energy that others, and as with all dogs you need to exercise them regularly or they will start performing destructive behaviors like destroying your home and yard, excessive barking, and the list goes.

I hope you enjoyed reading Part 2 as much as I did.  Does your pit bull do things not mentioned in the article too?  I would love to hear your comments or funny stories.

Fur Code Pet Tag

I am really excited to have found this new product!  In this day and age with many people carrying around smartphones and being able to scan QR codes, having a Fur Code tag is a great idea!

This tool would take out a few steps in helping a lost pet find it’s way home.  Traditional tags only offer pet owners a few lines to engrave their pet’s contact information, and Fur Code allows pet owners to provide a lot more information, to include license, rabies, vaccination, veterinarian and medical history, to name a few.

Some of the reviews on the Fur Code tag make comment about not needing to microchip their pet since they purchased the Fur Code tag, but I still advocate for getting a microchip.  Tags fall off collars, and also become victims of normal wear and tear, so a microchip is a good back up to have just in case.  Plus many cities are now requiring pet owners to microchip their pets when registering for a license.

The Fur Code is supposed to be able to keep all of your pet’s information in an online database that can be accessed online and through the QR code.

The only downfall to the Fur Code tag is the wrong person obtaining too much of your personal information.  I would be cautious as to what information your providing in order to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft.

Aside from that the thing I like best is that if I were to find a lost dog, I could use my smartphone. which I always carry with me, to help a pet find it’s way home.

I don’t get paid for advertising, but Fur Code is currently offering a 25% off New Year sale with free shipping.

The Benefits of Walking Your Dog

Happy New Year everyone!  At this time of year many people make a resolution to lose weight.  One good way to do this is to start walking.  If you have a dog and you do not walk them regularly, they can even benefit from it too.  It’s like getting a “2-for-1” discount, and you and your dog will both benefit from the same activity.

I came across this Walking Your Dog article from the Albuquerque City Animal Shelter, and I could not have said it any better.  The information is basic common sense, but is a good back to basics reminder.

If you’re not really wanting to walk with your dog because of behavior problems, here is a good back to basics video on How to Walk Your Dog from Cheri Lucas.  To expand further on the video, I liked this Problems Walking Your Dog? article by Cesar Millan, which is a simple checklist for you to refresh your memory on dog walking skills.

If you don’t always have time to walk your dog, we offer dog walking services and feel free to contact us for more information at (916) 747-6732.

Kick Off 2012 with Project 365

After reading the Kick Off 2012 with Project 365 blog, it it made me wonder if I could really accomplish this.  If it was called Project 52 (once a week) that would be much easier!  I am always up for a challenge though, so why not give it a go?  The worst that could happen is I miss a day, slip and fall off the wagon.  When that happens, I usually laugh, pick myself up, dust myself off and move forward.

The answer to what I would blog about is a no brainer… PETS!  I read pet articles daily, have my pets at home, my clients pets I visit with, and the pets I visit with at the animal shelter every week.  Pets are all around me, so this would make it easy to accomplish.

Have you made any resolutions for 2012?  Pet related or not, I would love to hear what they are!

Have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve celebration!!!