Archive for January, 2014

antifreeze and dogs photo credit flexpetz.com
With its pleasant aroma and sweet flavor, Antifreeze is an enticing but fatal poison for dogs. Antifreeze, also known as coolant, is the colored fluid found in your car’s radiator. Ethylene Glycol is the toxic component found in antifreeze, which is also an ingredient in brake fluid, liquid rust inhibitors and hydraulic fluids. Dogs usually come into contact with antifreeze when it leaks from a car’s engine onto the ground, when it is spilled onto the ground while being added to a car’s engine, or when the container is left uncapped. Intake of even a small amount of antifreeze can be fatal to your dog since it could badly affect their key organs such as brain, kidneys and liver.

How to Identify Antifreeze Poisoning and Help Your Pet
If the dog is exposed to antifreeze, you need to detect the exposure and act fast. Since ethylene glycol is an alcohol, the early signs of poisoning resemble drunkenness, euphoria and/or delirium, nausea as evidenced by excessive salivation, lip smacking, dry heaving, and vomiting. If you come across any of these significant symptoms, rush your dog tothe nearby veterinarian. Explain the situation quicklyso that they can run appropriate tests and act appropriately before kidney failure occurs.

How to keep your dog away from Antifreeze
As they say, prevention is always better than a cure! So how do you keep your pooch away from poisonous antifreeze?
• Keep antifreeze sealed and away from pets.
• Switch to a brand of antifreeze that contains propylene glycol instead of toxic ethylene glycol.
• Keep other products that contain ethylene glycol – like paint or cosmetics – away from your pet’s reach.
With these important things taken care of, your home is a safer place for your pets to live in.

About the Author:
KG Rogers is a blogger on various websites. He also manages the digital marketing campaign for KVsupply.com – a leader in online pet supplies.

Owning a pet is a huge responsibility, especially if you think about pet health. However, this responsibility also comes with a huge reward in the form of the adoration and sweetness that your pet will show towards you. Wouldn’t you see yourself smiling foolishly whenever you see your dogs wagging their tails at you or your cats dozing off on your lap peacefully? It is like the best feeling in the world that you have made such animals feel safe and happy even if they can only express it in their cute gestures.

First Aid Kit
One of the first things that you need to do in order to ensure the safety of your pets is to have a pet first aid kit at home. You never know when your clever yet naughty animals will get into trouble so you better be ready to handle any crisis that will come your way. The kit should have the following things:
• Cotton swabs and balls
• Bandages and sterile gauze pads
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Rubbing alcohol
• First aid tape
• Scissors
• Antiseptic wipes
• Flashlight and batteries
• Leash
• Muzzle
• Splint
• Gloves
• Eye wash
• Antibacterial ointment
• Mineral oil
• Ice pack and hot pack
• Buffered aspirin
• Thermometer
• A bottle of water
• Veterinary documents
• Book on pet first aid
• Other drugs

Cleaning Up After Pets
Once you feel quite secure about being able to respond to emergencies from pet disease or injuries, you have to think about the daily needs of your pet. An important one would be cleaning up after them. Not only is this a pet care requirement, it is also necessary for the entire household’s health.
For one, regular brushing can reduce shedding. This will not only prevent hair from being scattered at home but it will also protect your pet, especially cats, from hairballs. You may also need regular vacuum cleaning to remove pet hair from your furniture. Sticky lint rollers will help in removing their hair from your clothes too.
When it comes to odor and stains, there are cleaning products that can remove them from your carpet or furniture. Proper cleaning will ensure that your home will be as homey and as clean as before.

When to Call for a Vet
Just like as parents would, you might feel rattled whenever you see some strange symptoms in your pet. For instance, dogs may be exposed to kennel cough, which shows symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, or eye discharge. If you notice these symptoms, make sure you separate the infected pet from the other animals to contain the contamination. It would make sense to bring them to the veterinarian right away.
The common reasons why owners bring pets to the vet for emergencies include the following:
• Feeding the pets the wrong food. This often happens if you treat your dog, cat or pet as another human being. There are human foods that the animal cannot digest properly so be cautious what you feed them. Chocolate may be heaven for humans, but it can be deadly to dogs and cats.
• Swallowing foreign things. Some pets cannot differentiate foreign objects from food so they end up eating them. This will however show symptoms such as discomfort, distended abdomen, constipation, vomiting, and diarrhea.
• Poisoning. When pets get poisoned, they vomit, experience diarrhea, foaming at the mouth, nosebleed, and bleeding from the mouth. This situation usually happens when your pets mistook rat poison as a treat.
• Allergic reaction. Dogs are prone to allergies, which have symptoms such as sneezing, itchiness, runny or itchy eyes, and excessive scratching.
If you can’t figure out what’s wrong with your pet, make sure to call your vet for advice. Be accurate in giving your vet details about your pet’s symptoms so the right medication will be prescribed.
Rewards for Having a Pet
It’s true that it can be quite burdensome to care and be responsible for another creature. However, having a pet at home means that you will experience the following things:
• You will always have an eager greeter by your door every time you come home and a refreshing goodbye before you go to work.
• You will always have someone warm to cuddle with.
• You will have a pet to talk to who is willing to lend you a listening ear and a warm coat to lay your head on.
• You will never have a dinner table all to yourself as your pet will keep giving you the “please-give-me-food wide-eyed look.
• You will never be deserted no matter what happens to you.
• You will have an exercise buddy.
These are only some of the things that you will enjoy if you take care of a pet at home. When you think about it, the benefits that they can give you certainly overweigh the things that you have to do to care for them.
If you’re ready to have a pet at home, you may want to think of adopting a rescue animal. There are many abandoned animals that need your care and love. Nothing beats the feeling that you have finally stood up to be responsible for another creature that cannot take care of themselves.

 

Author Bio:
jordanwalker
by Jordan Walker
Jordan Walker is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages

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With the hectic lives we live, it gets harder and harder to keep the family together. Everybody is constantly busy and there are days when we hardly get to see our loved ones. But, love is what keeps us going, so that’s what softens the blow.
Having crazy working hours, my husband and I hesitated about having a dog. The kids wanted one badly, so, we came up with a solution – we will buy them one, but they will need to take care of it. And that’s how this whole having-a-dog-odyssey started.
You would think that having a dog just added to the pressure of keeping everything in order. Actually, it didn’t. In fact, we are all more bonded now. Our dog has this wonderful energy that makes us all happy, even in our most stressful.
If you also have a dog, or are thinking of getting one, here are some useful things that will help you see why having a dog is a wonderful thing.
Togetherness
Even if you are crazy busy, you have to get home sometime, don’t you? And, when you do, you have your children happy to see you and your new furry friend. He jumps all over you, excited that you have lived through yet another hard work at the office. Yep, the fella gets your pain! Joke aside, when weekends come, you and your family get to spend some quality time together and play. The dog brings about a homey atmosphere that tends to lack from time to time. Its joyful barks and hops will certainly bring a smile to your face! Even when you want to have some time alone with your thoughts, but you don’t feel like wandering the streets alone like a crazy person, you can take your dog for a walk and enjoy it!
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Responsibilities
Having your kid take care of the dog, teaches him/her responsibility. Your child will learn how to think of some other “person” but him/herself. Plus, if we are talking of an only child, your dog will play a sibling substitute and make your child happy. Taking a dog for a walk, feeding it, bathing, etc. occupies your child and this kind of family dynamics is great. Your partner and you can engage in making dinner and choosing a movie while your kid is occupied with the dog, just to later have everybody around the table, enjoying warm family atmosphere.
Staying happy and active
Having a dog is amazing because not only your child but the whole family can organize a back yard party where you do some fitness or dancing together! Make a little barbeque, dance, exercise, capture all this on film or photos and have some amazing memories with those you love the most! Invite some friends, too. Why not!
Picnic time!
If there is a nice park or a beach nearby your home, organize a family picnic! This will be a wonderful time to bond with your family, to catch up with your family members, maybe even plan a family vacation… and have your dog run free along the beach/shore! Be sure your kid will join your doggy’s playful activities and so should you!

Catherine Daniels of http://www.boomerangpetfood.com.au/ Huge animal lover and a proud owner of pug Cookie, her hiking companion.