Monday, April 30, 2012
The first thing to know--April 28 was the DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, with collection sites available for people to deposit unused people and pet prescription medications. While I'm a tad off the mark in posting this date, the information is still useful.
I had the opportunity to ask some questions of Dr. Catizone, Executive Director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)
1. Why is Drug Take-Back day so important?
Dr. Catizone: Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions across the country. In 2010, 7 million people aged 12 or older abused prescription drugs, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a government agency that conducts a national survey on related topics each year.
The same survey showed that over 50% of people abusing these drugs got them from friends or family for free. Often those who abuse drugs, including teens, take them right of the medicine cabinet. This can include medications prescribed for pets.
Ridding the home of unused, expired, or unneeded medications, helps to prevent the drugs from falling into the wrong hands.
2. Are pet medications abused by people? Which ones are the most commonly abused?
Dr. Catizone: Pain relievers and tranquilizers are two of the most commonly abused drugs, as reported in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Survey, and both types of drugs are used in the practice of human and veterinary medicine.
DEA has also indicated that buprenorphine and ketamine are drugs of abuse; each of these drugs is a prescription controlled substance approved for human and veterinary use.
3. Is it safe to keep leftover medication? For how long?
Dr. Catizone: First, be sure to follow the instructions given by your doctor and your pharmacist for using prescribed medications, or the instructions provided by your veterinarian for administering medications to your pet. Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or veterinarian if you have any questions about taking or administering medications, including how long to use the medication, and how you should store the medication.
Generally speaking, keeping leftover medication is not advised.
Removing these unused medications from your home helps to protect your pets, as well as other family and friends, from accidental ingestion or misuse.
4. What are the most common wrong ways people dispose of old medications and why is it harmful?
Dr. Catizone: Flushing certain medications or improper disposal in the garbage can lead to safety and environmental hazards.
FDA does recommend that certain drugs are flushed to prevent danger to people and pets in the home. FDA has determined that the risks of accidental ingestion of these select medications, outweighs the small risk to the environment. A link to the list of drugs that should be flushed for disposal, as well as additional information, is available on the Medication Disposal page of the AWARxE Web site.
5. What is the proper way to dispose of old medication?
Dr, Catizone: If you have pills or medication that is no longer needed or has expired, dispose of it at an authorized DEA Take-Back location, or a local medication disposal program. The next DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 28, 2012 and collection sites will be located across the country.
Also, cities and counties across the country provide permanent medication disposal programs. Many programs provide a drop-box at a police department—these programs can take controlled substance medications for disposal. Other programs are run by hazardous waste disposal agencies or other entities that cannot accept controlled substance medications, but can take all other unused drugs for safe disposal.
If there are no drug disposal sites near you, there are options for disposing of drugs at home. The information that comes with your prescription may provide instructions on home disposal. Only some medications should be flushed down the toilet and the US Food and Drug Administration has a list of these drugs on its Web site. If there are no instructions for disposal you can throw the drugs in your home garbage. But first, take them out of the container and mix them with an undesirable substance like coffee grounds or cat litter. Seal the mixture in a sealable bag, empty can, or other container that can be disposed of in the garbage.
Thank you Dr. Catizone!
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
And now,by random draw, the winner is
Contact me with your mailing address and I'll get the book right out.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
* According to Forbes, the average family spends more on their pets than on a child's K-12 education.
* How do you select your pet? Mother Nature Network reveals that most people choose their pet based on appearance. Check out one shelter's system for making good matches.
* From Boston.com: Meow the cat weighs 40 lbs. That's more than my dog Kelly weighs!
* Dog crate on the car roof? The Huffington Post reveals some other unfathomable means of transporting dogs in cars in the past...including strapping them in a sack on the running board.
* Also from the Huff Post, pet stores in LA may soon be required to sell only rescue dogs, cats, rabbits if the new bill passes. Take that, puppy mills!
Monday, April 23, 2012
What does it mean when her ears are flat against her head?
Cat Speak, Recognising and Understanding Behaviour by Brigitte Rauth-Widmann (ISBN 978-1-845843-85-4, $19.95 US/9.99 UK, published by Hubble & Hattie), answers all these questions and more. This book helps us to understand the meanings of different cat vocalizations and body language. With clear descriptions and more than 130 color photographs, it's a must-read for cat lovers. ***Read on to learn how to WIN your own copy of this great book!***
Rauth-Widmann is author of numerous books about animals, hundreds of articles in The German Dog and Cats Extra magazines (Germany). She lives in Westerwald Germany with her family and 20 rabbits, 9 free-to-roam cats and 4 dogs (Labrador and Vizslas).
I could really use this book because I'd love to understand cats better. They can be an enigma. I must admit I don't understand my daughter's cat Cinnamon. Why is she so aloof? Why does she sometimes bite my daughter for seemingly no reason? And why does she hiss at me? (Trust me, she's a sweet cat, even if she bites and hisses!)
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The contest is open only in the U.S., except where prohibited. Good luck!
**Want to learn what your dog is saying? Check out my review of Dog Speak, by Christiane Blenski, too.
Friday, April 20, 2012
According to CBS Detroit, Kendra Velzen, a 28-year old student at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, suffers from depression and a heart condition. She says that her guinea pig helps her cope with physical and emotional challenges.
Velzen's lawyer wants to school's policy against allowing pets in dorms declared illegal, so that more students can benefit from therapy animals.
According to the article, Cathy Klotz, executive director of Intermountain Therapy Snimals, says there's "an important difference between therapy animals--which provide emotional support--- and service animals, which are used for essential functions like sight or alerting their companion to an oncoming seizure."
The lawyer claims that under the Fair Housing Act there are no requirements for training of a therapy or service animal, and no restriction on the type of animals considered therapy or service animals.
Should she be allowed to keep her guinea pig?
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
* The Chicago Tribune brings us 5 Ways to save on Pet Costs. Can you guess any?
* Grab a kleenex and read the ABC News report how this faithful dog stands by his friend who was hit by a car.
* Once a month, the Northern California contingent of Tripawds meets-- a group for canine amputees and their owners. The group's motto is "Be more dog. Appreciate every day that you have."
* The Chicago Sun Time reports that Boots the cat, 11 years old, was spared euthanasia after the death of his owner. Boots now resides at Cats Are People Too shelter.
* A Santa Ana, California family pleads not guilty for exposing children to unsanitary conditions in a home with 110 cats.
Monday, April 16, 2012
That's why I was delighted to discover this gem of a book, Dog Speak by Christiane Blenski (ISBN 978-1-845843-84-7, $19.95 US/9.99 UK, published by Hubble & Hattie.) It couldn't have come at a more opportune time, as we've been introducing Kelly to potential new dogs and I want to understand how the two dogs get along together.
The book is divided into three sections: The Polite Dog, The Aggressive Dog, The Talking Dog. Each page is full of excellent photographs of dogs reacting and interacting together to illustrate the points. I enjoyed the first section about the greeting ritual.
When a dog sees another dog, he it may sprint toward the stranger.
Then, a polite dog will approach diagonally and walk around the side, not head-on.
Then the dogs will walk around, sniff, strut, attempt to place his head on the other dog's back, etc.
During this ritual, the book suggests that the people not stare, call their dog or interfere so that the dogs can go through this ritual undisturbed.
If both dogs have decided that they like each other, you will see their bodies relax, tails wag, ears back and eyes moving side to side.
I learned more about how to tell if dogs like each other, dislike each other or are just disinterested.
One of the most common mistakes when trying to understand "dog talk" is anthropomorphism, or assuming they feel the same way as people do. When you read this book you'll get a much better understanding of what is really going on in various situations by the way the dog is holding her ears, tail, her facial expressions, whether she is panting or barking, etc.
Dog Speak goes beyond the basics and gives you a deep-down understanding. There are sections for dogs and dogs, dogs and people, puppies and older dogs, and problem solving. This is an extremely helpful book, written in a fun, clear way. It will help you understand not only what your dog is saying, but also ways to respond in ways that will help your dog, and strengthen your bond.
I was provided with a copy of Dog Speak for review, but the opinions are 100% my own.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I've been dealing with Peppertree rescue group in finding a dog to join our family. Our circumstances require finding the right fit for our lovable but headstrong older resident dog, which is proving to be a bit difficult. Through it all Peppertree has been helpful, professional, compassionate and equally concerned about all the animals and people involved.
In our experience, Peppertree Rescue:
1. works diligently to rescue dogs needing forever homes.
2. suggests potential dogs to prospective parents and makes every effort to make good matches
3. cares deeply about their dogs' well-being
4. takes excellent medical and physical care of their foster dogs
5. observes the rescue dogs' temperaments and works on behaviors in the foster homes
6. arranges to meet prospective parents and their dogs at a neutral location to introduce the dogs
7. provides exemplary support and help during the entire process
8. helps provide or lend equipment when needed
9. has an excellent trainer who can help advise if needed
10. offers a 2-week trial period to allow the dog a chance to settle down in the new environment and for everyone to get to know each other
I want to give Peppertree Rescue high praise for their professionalism, understanding, helpfulness, and compassion for all involved. If you are in the Albany NY area and looking to adopt an animal companion, please contact Peppertree.
Here (and Hutch, above) are some of their dogs available today:
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Recently we've put up a birdfeeder in the yard. I love watching all the birds come to dine. But I'm not the only one enjoying the view. Check out this neighbor cat, who must be looking for a new dining place of his own! So far there have been no close calls, but I do shoo him away. I want the birds to feel safe.
Friday, April 13, 2012
If you've been looking for a special place for your cat, but have a smaller home or cramped apartment, here's a new idea.
The Kittle Cradle cat hammock!
This cat bed fits underneath your own chair, utilizing wasted space. It looks like a comfy sling, and will fit under any type of chair. Your cat will have its own hiding place to feel secure and comfortable.
I don't have a cat right now, but I know that my daughter's cat loves to hide in, under and behind things. Cinnamon already hides under chairs, but maybe this hammock would make her even more comfy under there. And I bet there are lots of places the hammock could be mounted that would make a nice resting place for a cat.
This new product will be on sale this summer, but you can reserve yours now. If you think your cat might like a snug little bed to call her own, check out the cat hammock
Now our good friend Mr. Chewy asked us to sample these delicious new natural treats, YumZies. How could we say no? YumZies are
no artificial flavors or preservatives
contain Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids
moist and delicious!
The treats are available in four flavors and two different sizes, regular and mini for training.
Mr. Chewy shipped a bag on over (we chose cheese flavor) and the next day Kelly was getting excited about discovering what they tasted like. The texture of these treats felt a little stiff to me. Not hard and crunchy, yet not soft like a moist treat. So I wondered if that wouldn't appeal to Kelly.
There you have it! As you can see, the yumzie has disappeared! Kelly wants you to know that these natural cheese treats are....yumzie! Thank you Mr. Chewy!
*We were provided with one bag of Yumzies to review, all opinions are 100% our own.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Meet Our New Dog
Kelly and Moses Adjustment
What the Trainer Says
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Kelly reacted to sharing her food, toys and me. Moses growled back. Again, I understand both sides. Sometimes they avoided each other, sometimes they played. Because Moses is so big, he sometimes played a bit rough for her. But not malicious. Kelly wasn't malicious either. She gave warning tussles, but never took it too far. I think she was just not used to sharing. Once she approached him and tentatively stuck out her little pink tongue and tried to groom him. He wanted no part of that. He was the boss!
When they were separated, they barked and whined. Did they want to be together or not? I was confused.
So the rescue group, which has been amazingly supportive, sent over their trainer. Cyd entered, prepared with a squirt bottle of water and a pocket full of tiny treats. We put the two dogs on leashes and watched them interact.
When Kelly approached Moses, Cyd talked to her in positive, upbeat tone. When Moses tried to mount Kelly, Cyd talked to him in positive upbeat tones. Cyd has a wonderful way about her. I love that she is not correcting, scolding and harsh. I can tell at once that she is in tune with the dogs. Cyd observed keenly, and came to these conclusions:
2. Kelly is dominant female
3. Kelly is protective of me
4. The house is on the small side and Moses is on the huge side, so it is hard for him to get away when they squabble.
5. Moses's mounting behavior shows that he wants to be dominant over Kelly
6. Moses will not submit to Kelly-- he won't roll over for her, or allow her to groom him
Cyd helped me understand the dogs' body language. She doesn't feel that they would hurt each other intentionally. But she does feel there is the potential for someone to get hurt, mainly because of the size difference, cramped quarters, and personalities. Would you recommend this match? we asked. "I think Kelly really needs a submissive male," she said.
She gave us some tips for working on the situation:
1. Separate them with a baby gate, so they can see and interact through the gate.
2. Take them on lots of walks together
3. Relax and talk positively.
Next time: How did it work out?
When Miracle-Gro asked me if I might want to try out its new product Expand ‘n Gro™, I thought, I like gardening, but how can I blog about that? That has nothing to do with dogs at all! And then I thought, no, it isn't something I use to help care for my dog... but I wanted to step up and write a review anyway, because I like to promote everyday activities that you can do with your dog, and gardening is one!
I have so many chores to do in a day, but when I can do these tasks along with my dog, it's a lot more fun. That's why I like gardening with Kelly. Sometimes just having Kelly lying in the grass beside me is enough. Other times I make it more fun by taking breaks to throw her a tennis ball, tickling her with blades of grass or weeds, and splashing her or giving her a drink of water from the hose.
I also love to photograph Kelly in the garden, so making sure my plants are lush and full helps. I would use Miracle-Gro Expand 'n Gro concentrated planting mix on the flower bed alongside my driveway to help make those plants big and beautiful.
I learned that it works by expanding up to 3x when mixed with water and feeds my plants for up to 6 months. That sounds like a time-saver to me. And it's an easy way to prep my gardens for spring and summer. The package states you can yield up to three times the fruits and veggies, versus natural soil. I can't wait to show you pictures of Kelly beside lush, full petunia plants, or maybe tomato plants?!
If you love to garden with your dog, you can take advantage of this opportunity for a free sample of Miracle-Gro Expand 'n Gro now! Just leave a comment here on my blog, and Miracle-Gro will send you a sample!
Check out this video to learn more.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Now Furminator is introducing a new grooming line that includes nail clippers, nail grinders, slicker brushes, rakes, combs, dual brushes and curry brushes.
* bendable, FUR-flex necks
* ergonomic durable grip handles
* anti-microbial additives
The tools can be used as part of FURminator’s recommended 2-Step Grooming Process, which encourages brushing first to detangle and smooth fur, and combing second to smooth and extract debris, mats and tangles. We received a small soft slicker brush
and a small finishing comb.
|Look at how much hair came out~|
*easy to use
*gentle on the dog
* dog seemed to enjoy the grooming
*removed loose hair and snarls easily
I even think the price, $17.99 and $19.99 is fair for the quality of durability of the product.
|Doesn't she look relaxed?|
The best part was how much Kelly enjoyed the experience. Now, she doesn't usually enjoy being groomed, so this is saying a lot. I think it was because the teeth didn't pull her fur or scratch her skin.
“Our new product line offers gentle, safe and durable tools that will expand pet owner options to groom efficiently and effectively,” says Cathy Heimberger, FURminator’s marketing director.
These new products are sold at pet specialty stores and are also available online at www.FURminator.com.
---Based in metropolitan St. Louis, FURminator was founded in 2002 by husband and wife team David and Angela Porter. S For more information on FURminator, visit www.FURminator.com.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
|Isn't Daisy adorable?|
The first Friday of every month we feature a guest post by animal rescuer, Sharon Azar.
by Sharon Azar
Daisy, the adorable young female King Charles spaniel is visiting this week! PoohBear, Chili and Tigger the cat are all rolling their eyes, "her
again?!!" They'd forgotten how much they learned to love her on her last visit.
Right now she's just a ball of fiery energy. "Don't worry guys, we'll be fine," I say.
They just walk away and sigh.
Being a spaniel, the moment she spots Samurai, the cat, she's goes into hunting mode. He bolts, she pursues. I gently take her harness and draw her to me with a calm but firm 'no', sit her on my lap and pet her until I sense her breathing and heartbeat are less like a revved up engine. Samurai comes out from hiding and again, Daisy pursues, unable to resist. We repeat this about 15 times.
When I sense she's reached a sense of calm on my lap, I take her and PoohBear out for a long walk before turning in. It's late and now all the dogs, cat and humans are in their places of rest. Morning comes and as always Tigger wants his breakfast before I take the dogs out. I begin preparing and spot Daisy watching and slowly inching toward the kitchen, ready to pursue. Looking her in the eye, I say in a focused whisper, 'no' . She stops in her tracks. I feed Tigger while Daisy watches, respectfully. No problem!!. Daisy shows herself to be intelligent and willing to please. I want to hug her in gratefulness, but that would break the spell, so I simply take a breath and smile.
In my many years of rescuing and living with dogs the most important lesson learned was that nothing ever gets accomplished by yelling or punishing. If a person cannot work with a dog's particular needs patiently and with love and intelligence, they should not have a dog. An old friend/trainer said "living with a dog is a responsibility not a right". For me, living with dogs/cats is a joy worth all the work.
Check out Sharon's animals for adoption at WOOF!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The short answer: "What the woof?!"
Knowing that our 10-year-old girl is a bit snippy with other dogs and was dominant with our previous yellow lab, we tried to do everything right to ensure the right match and a happy transition for all. First we set out to look for a medium sized submissive male.
Then we met Moses.
Okay, not medium sized.
Not only is Moses overweight, but he's just plain BIG. We haven't had him weighed yet, but I'm guessing near 100 lbs. He's tall, counter height. And his paws are ginormous!
But, I figured, goldens are gentle giants. This is still okay.
We introduced Kelly and Moses at a park, a neutral location. Kelly wagged, seemed happy, her hackles didn't rise as they do sometimes when she sees a dog she doen't like. All good signs. Moses, too, seemed just fine with the idea. The match is made!
When we got home, they both seemed content enough. Mostly they avoided each other. Kelly seemed confused but willing to play along for a while. Moses was still a little shell-shocked from his recent transitions and was pretty quiet. He loves, loves, loves people and would let you pat him all day. He just looks at you and begs for more. They circled around each other. Kelly tested him a few times and he backed away. So far, so good. They hung out, slept on the floor in the same room during the day, and all was well.
At night we separated them, since we still felt unsure how they would do alone together. In the morning we took them on a nice walk around the block together. The walk was stressful, with Kelly pulling ahead so that she could be leader, and Moses moving fast and pulling. She didn't even feel she could stop long enough to pee, when she started to he would catch up and she'd take off again in a hurry.
At home, the dogs seemed okay together for the first day or so. When my husband left for work, and I was home alone with them, the trouble began. Kelly tested Moses a few times and scuffles ensued. Moses barked back and reacted, but neither dog seemed especially aggressive. Just trying to establish the rules. I responded by separating them, but I have to admit each scuffle shook me up. Not that they were constant...but they worried me. The atmosphere now became very stressful. I am fully aware that dogs can pick up on this. But it's no easy job to just "turn it off."
Now Moses is feeling more confident, he is becoming bolder with Kelly. He has a big personality, full of love and demanding attention, and also full of mischief! And he plays hard! Kelly is stressed, whining and returning to me for reassurance.
I've been taking care to feed them separately, but the next day Kelly got by me and snapped and barked at Moses while he was eating his breakfast. He barked back. I separated them but then I was really anxious! This set the tone for the rest of the day, with three more scuffles breaking out. I felt that Kelly felt she had to protect me from Moses. It was really sad for me, because I didn't want to project this fearful energy, but every time they got near each other I tensed up. It ended with me keeping them separate the rest of the day, which broke my heart.
Moses is a big boy and very bold. Kelly is a little girl and very possessive. Can she accept her new brother? Can I become calm? Even if I could, are these two dogs the right match? Is it too much stress for old, spoiled, queen of the house Kelly to be asked to adapt to a busy 100 pound bossy boy? Should we feel comfortable letting the two dogs work it out together?
Next time: What did the trainer say?
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
* Tiniest puppy ever! The Washington Post reports on this pup, born in a shelter. This doxie-mix pup weighs only 1 ounce!
* Kyle Dyer, the news anchor who was bitten in the face by an Argentine mastiff, returned to work after two surgeries. I am so impressed with her understanding and acceptance of a dog's nature, admitting that she played a role by leaning in too close, and never considering any legal action against the dog owners. Class act, Kyle!
* From the LA Times, bringing your dog to work can ease stress!
* From Pawnation, Pet MD, Fat cats.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
|"Thank you for taking me home!"|
I have to say right off the bat, we knew we wanted a submissive male, but I was looking for a medium sized dog.
|"I wish I fit under the table."|
Moses has a sad story. His owner had been in a car accident and became disabled, and apparently distraught because he left his family and went to live alone in the woods. He and Moses were best buds there in the mountains together. Sadly, the man had a heart attack and died. Moses was alone in the cabin with the body for a week before anyone noticed the man had died.
Now we have adopted Moses. The first thing he did was run into the house and grab this cow. (Note: it is NOT a dog toy!)
|"Can I have it?"|
Next time: How did Kelly react to Moses?