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Invisible Fences

While this may be a great option for some pets, keeps them in your yard with no big expense of a fence, it can be tricky with some pets. Invisible fences can be a great way to keep your pet out of the road when you don’t want, or are not allowed, a normal fence. However some dogs can get “barrier frustration”.

Some signs are your pet becoming less social, or showing more aggressive behavior in your yard. This is because your pet has learned that while other dogs can come into the yard, he cannot go out. Which forces him to be submissive during play, when he would rather not be. He may bark and become very protective of your yard from both other pets and people.

This is what is called “learned aggression”. You can help your pet by doggy parenting. If your dog is showing aggression to other dogs in his yard, shoo those other dogs away for him. If he seems happy and wanting to play, encourage this. Try to keep the other dog from running out of your pet’s boundary. But make sure he is not being worn down too much or forced to be too submissive. You’re looking for happy play, where the dogs take turns jumping on and chasing one another. You don’t want one dog running the other one down. If you are still seeing problems, it is always good to talk to your vet or trainer. They will have good suggestions for you.

 

Hope you have a tail wagging kind of day!

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Bow Tie Pet Tags

Keep your pet safe and stylish at the same time with our Bow Tie Pet ID Tag. It’s cute and at 1 ½” by 1”, it can hold all your information! We offer back sided engraving for this as well. This means you can put as much as you’d like on your Bow Tie Pet ID Tag, without sacrificing visibility. If you prefer our standard engraving, this tag can hold pets name, owners name, phone number, street address, and even an additional phone number or reward if you would like! All of this while still being easy to read to ensure your pet returns safely home to you.

 

If you would like more information than this, you can always take advantage of the backside engraving and double that information. Our Bow Tie Pet ID Tag comes in 3 different metals stainless steel, brass, and aluminum. Stainless steel is silver; brass is gold (brass colored) and aluminum which comes in colors! You can choose from pink, silver, gold, black, red, blue, green and purple. You can order our Bow Tie Pet ID Tag anytime from our website by simply clicking the following link.

https://www.overnightpettags.com/product/bow-tie-pet-tag/

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Doggy Cup cakes

I am a dessert lover through and through. My dogs are too of course. Here is a recipe that gives your dog a canine friendly treat, gives you the satisfaction of baking, while keeping your waistline safe!

Ingredients:

Cakes:
•2 cups shredded carrots
•3 eggs
•1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
•2 tsp. cinnamon
•1/2 cup rolled oats
•3 cups whole wheat flour
•1 tbsp baking powder

Frosting:
•8 oz. low fat cream cheese, softened
•1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened

Directions:
1.In a medium mixing bowl, mix the first three ingredients
2.In a second bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, than add to the applesauce mixture, This is a very dry batter. When you put it into your muffin tins, make sure to press it in really well because it isn’t going to spread on its own, and you want them to be nice and circular
3.Bake for 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven; or if making mini muffins, only put them in for 10 minutes.
4.Once cooled, Simply glob on the frosting and your ready to enjoy ( or rather ready for your pups to enjoy) 😉

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“Tail” mix! Pet Snack

Dog Eating Treat

If you’re an outdoor person, and Fido is often coming with you, this is a great treat to take along! Similar to trail mix bars or cookies, it’s a fast, easy eat to keep Fido’s energy up! Enjoy!

Ingredients:
•1/3 cup olive oil
•1/4 cup light brown sugar
•1/2 cup peanut butter
•1 mashed banana
•1 egg white
•1 cup whole wheat flour
•1/8 cup milled flax seed
•1 3/4 cup rolled oats
•1 tsp cinnamon
•1 1/2 tsp baking powder
•1 cup assorted nuts, seeds, and fruits. Some dog friendly ideas are: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, peanuts, coconut, mango, and banana chips. Remember to avoid chocolates, raisins, and macadamia nuts as they are not dog friendly.

Directions:

1. Combine olive oil and brown sugar until well combined

2. Stir in peanut butter

3. Add in banana and egg white

4. Combine flour, flax, cinnamon, and baking powder. Add to mix.

5. Stir in oats

6. Stir in trail mix, blending well until dough sticks together

7. Shape with your hands into flat, round 1-2 inch cookies or squares. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven on greased cookie sheet for 8 minutes

Store in refrigerator for 2 weeks or freezer for up to 4 months

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Pet Massage

Cat getting massage

Cat getting massage

Yup, you read correctly. The latest thing in caring for your pet is pet massage. Before you convince yourself it is useless, let me assure you, it has been proven to have positive benefits, just as it does for humans. First of all, it can help strengthen the bond between you and your pet. It has also been known to relieve some pain in the instance of arthritis, muscle stiffness, or pain from previous injury. Massage can stretch the muscles and relax inflamed areas to relieve the stress that is causing pain.

Before you decide that it’s not worth trying, I suggest going to get a massage yourself. If done correctly I guarantee you will feel refreshed and energized. After receiving one yourself if you still believe it’s not worth the trouble, than it’s of course not for you.

If you do decide you like this option for your pet, there are a couple ways to handle it. You can talk to your vet (which is always a good idea for any decision), search for a pet massage therapist in your area, or look up the techniques yourself on the internet. Your vet may be able to do some massage in the office or suggest someone in your area.

If you are going to do it yourself, please do lots of research, done the wrong way massage can cause injury. Here is a website that has quite a bit of information including videos that show you how to massage specific body parts. http://www.monkeysee.com/play/2163-how-to-massage-your-dog. A widely used technique is the T-Touch, or the Tellington Touch named after Linda Tellington Jones. She has books and videos on how she has used this technique to help and comfort animals with both physical and mental conditions. Not only is it easy and effective, it is also safe to practice at home. She also does workshops. You can find more information at the website http://www.ttouch.com.

Best of luck to you and your pet!

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Christmas and your pets

christmas dog

christmas dogTo start, are poinsettias poisonous to cats?

During the holiday season many pet owners like to decorate their houses with the beautiful red flowering Christmas plant… the poinsettia. However, according to poison control centers the poinsettia IS mildly poisonous to cats AND DOGS! The milky white sap from the plants contains chemicals that can cause mild vomiting, excessive drooling, and sometimes diarrhea in our four legged friends. Unfortunately, there is no antidote to the poison in a poinsettia. No reason to worry, according to sources the low level of toxicity of the plant rarely requires medical treatment.

Chewing Christmas light? Will my puppy get shocked?

In a short answer….YES. Please keep all pets away from Christmas lights and always watch your children as well. If you notice that you have a string of lights that has been chewed you are going to want to replace that set of lights to prevent a fire or shock to you or your pets.

Thanks for reading and as always make sure that your pets have updated pet id tags!

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How to “target” train your pets

Have you ever heard a vet or dog trainer use the term “target train”? If not, it is a very simple technique to train your pet for all sorts of things. If you have heard of it, or now upon hearing about it want to learn how it works, here are the basics.

First of all, target training can be used for all sorts of things. It can be used to relieve fears of objects (appliances, crates, furniture, ect.), to teach your pet a specific “restroom” area, or even just as a cool and fun game to play. Once you and spot get the hang of it, I’m sure you can come over with all kinds of other ideas you can use it for.

Target training is actually very simple. Just like most training it takes a little time and sometimes a lot of patience. All you need is a flat object, which will be your “target” object, some pet friendly treats, a clicker (there are usually pretty cheap and available at any pet store) and some time. Here’s how it works. Simply place the target in a desired area, or any area if you are not training for a certain location. Touch your pets’ nose to the target so they know what you want them to do. Click, than treat. Soon your pet will get it, touch the target, hear a click, and receive a treat. Your pet will have so much fun playing this game; it’ll make training very easy.

Best of luck and remember to always have fun and enjoy your pet.

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Hardest Decisions

old dog

old dogIf you have been caring for a sick or very old pet, the choice of putting them down may have come up or be in your near future. This is never a easy decision. Losing a member of your family is never something anyone wants to face. When considering euthanasia ask yourselves these questions:

Can your pet still be a pet?

Can they still do the activities that they love?

Are they able to “do their business” on their own?

Do they stand and move around, or spend most of their time in one spot?

Has there been dramatic weight loss that can’t be changed, even with a good appetite?

Do they avoid others or hide when they would usually not?

Do they have a condition that can no longer be treated due to severity or cost to you?

Do you just feel as though they are unhappy and miserable all the time?

If you have asked yourself these questions, and found the answers unfavorable, you may need to seriously consider putting down your animal. It’s never an easy thing, and in the end it is really up to you, the owner. If your pet can live the remainder is his life comfortably, then by all means don’t do it. If you’re watching your beloved pet suffer daily, perhaps ending his misery is a better choice. Talk to your vet as this is never a decision to be entered into lightly. God bless you and your pet, and may he be with you during this difficult time.

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Safe Dog Chews

kong toy chew

kong toy chewIf your dog is the type that likes to chew (most dogs do) you might be wondering what chew toys, rawhides, ect, would be a safe option for your pet. After talking to a vet and doing a little research on the subject, here is what I have found.

Most vets recommend that you stay away from rawhides, pig ears, pig hooves, deer antlers, sterilized marrow bones, and bully sticks. These can lead to an intestinal blockage in some (some, not all) dogs.

When deciding what type of chew toy you need to know if your dog gulps things down, this means, even if the chew toy is strong, your pet could potentially swallow pieces too large to pass through his system. Dog stomach acid is much stronger than ours and can digest a lot, but not everything.

If you choose to go with a rawhide, the most recommended type is C.E.T. Hextra Dog Chews. They contain chlorhexidine, which is an oral antiseptic and can help control dental disease. They are also must less likely to cause intestinal issues.

Kong Toys seem to be the most recommended chew toy. It comes in many different colors, sizes, shapes, and strength. You can get ones the hold treats, food, or even ones that you fill with water and freeze. These will keep your dog happy for hours. Just be sure you get a strength that is not too hard or soft for your pet.

There are other brands that may not satisfy the need to chew but are great for cleaning his teeth. If your pet doesn’t really chew but likes to play, that might be a better option as Kongs can get expensive.

Another option is C.E.T. VeggieDent chew treats. They are like a cross between Greenies and Listerine. They are usually consumed quickly so you are not something you want to give your pet often. They are great to freshen breath and clean your pet’s teeth.

There was a lot of warning for sterilized marrow bones. They are the most common cause of slab fractures in your dog’s teeth.

The best thing you can do is know your pet, ask your vet for ideas, and watch them to make sure you made the right choice for them. Happy chewing!

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Hypothermia, Frostbite, and your pet

Dog in snow

Hypothermia and frostbite are two possible problems; your pet can suffer from during the winter months.

Both may occur when your pet has been exposed to the cold for too long, and although hypothermia and frostbite are mostly treatable, they may leave lasting tissue damage if the symptoms are not noticed and treated right away.

Which pets are most susceptible you ask?
• Short or thin haired pets;
• small dogs;
• wet pets;
• pets sensitive to cold weather; and
• Pets that are outdoors for extended periods of time, and do not have access to a warm and dry shelter.

Why- because for some reason (perhaps an environmental, genetic or health reason) these pets find it difficult to keep their little bodies at a normal temperature than pets who are made to withstand cold weather.

Hypothermia

Hypothermia occurs when your pet’s temperature drops, and stays, below the normal range of 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

When your pet suffers from hypothermia he/she is losing body heat faster than he/she can replace it. One way this happens is when your pet is walking around outside, the heat from his paws will (rather quickly) transfer to the freezing cold ground he is walking on. On a very cold day your pet wouldn’t even need to take very many steps before your pets paws are freezing cold from him/her not being able to replace that heat in his paws before it is again.

In cold weather your pet will be constantly trying to regulate and maintain his/her body temperature. The way pets regulate their body temperature is by conserving body heat or by creating more body heat. The main ways for them to do this are similar to how we would react to cold weather:
• shivering is the primary way pets use to produce heat;
• Piloerectionis the dog equivalent to goose bumps. Basically your dog’s hairs will stand on end, trapping a layer of warmed air beneath them helping them conserve heat. Vasoconstriction is another way your dog can conserve heat, and it’s when his/her blood vessels narrow and restrict the amount of blood that flows through them. The purpose of vasoconstriction is to help keep the blood flowing the most to the parts of your pet’s body that are most important for his/her survival at the expense of the “losable” areas.

The symptoms of hypothermia include:
• shivering
• lethargy (abnormal drowsiness, or sluggishness)
• muscle stiffness
• lack of co-ordination
• low heart and breathing rates
• fixed and dilated pupils
• collapse
• coma

With mild Hypothermia your pet will be lethargic and shivering. If you notice an increased amount or other symptoms, quick treatment is necessary or Hypothermia can be fatal. Remember at the later stages, your pet is restricting blood flow to things like toes, legs, ears, ect.

Treating hypothermia

The treatment for hypothermia is mainly warming your pet up so that his core temperature returns to normal.

If you are out with your pet and you notice symptoms, you need to prevent him from losing greater amounts of body heat. This is easier with a small pet you can pick up and use your body heat to warm them while you make your way home. With a larger pet, the best you can do is get home as quick as possible.

Here some ways to treat it:

If your pet is suffering from mild hypothermia, he’s shivering and his muscles seem stiff, try to move him to a warm room where the floor is well insulated (areas with carpet are usually good) and wrap your pet in a warm dry blanket. Though warming the blanket first will warm him too quickly. Do these until you notice him shivering less and moving better. The only way to be sure his temperature is back to normal is by taking his temperature.

For moderately severe hypothermia(meaning your dog’s body temperature is around 90 – 94 degrees Fahrenheit) you will need to re-warm him, he cannot do it without help.

Re-warming techniques include using hot water bottles, warmed towels, heating lamps, warm baths, and hairdryers or heating pads. Don’t be tempted to use hot water in an attempt to warm your dog up more quickly because you can much too easily burn his skin. The water temperature should only be a few degrees above your pet’s normal body temperature, which is about 103 – 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

As you are warming your pet take care. He may be nip or snap as he is unsure what is happening to him and can become agitated.

Severe hypothermia requires immediate treatment from your vet!

Hypothermia can leave lasting damage. The lack of oxygenated blood flowing to your pet’s body tissue may cause that tissue to breakdown. The extent of damage will depend on how long your pet has been suffering from hypothermia.

If you have treated your pet for Hypothermia please be sure to take him to the vet for a checkup soon after.

Preventing hypothermia
• Don’t leave your pet outside for extended periods of time without giving him access to a warm dry shelter
• If you decide to take your dog out during cold weather, do it in smaller amounts and consider investing in a coat and booties for your dog
• Try to ensure your pet is NEVER outdoors for very long when wet.
• If your dog is sensitive to the cold, only let him outside to do his business and bring him right back in.

Frostbite

Frostbite is the name given to tissue damage that is caused by exposure to extremely cold conditions.

As we discussed above, your pet conserves heat by reducing the amount of blood flow to the peripheral parts of his body. These include his ears, paws and tail.A lack of blood to these areas of warmth and oxygen, cause ice crystals to form in the tissue which can then cause that tissue to die.

Symptoms of frostbite

It’s not easy to spot frostbite when the areas affected are covered in hair. However, a sign to look for is very pale skin (where you can see it) which is also very cold to the touch.

The areas usually affected are the ears, toes, paws and even the “private area” of males.

As the skin warms it will become redden and swollen, and be can be very painful for your pet. After a few days the skin will dry up and can look scaly. Depending on severity, frostbitten, dead tissue will slowly turn black and eventually come off.

Treating frostbite

Frostbitten areas need to be warmed quickly, using similar methods to those used for treating moderate hypothermia.

Resist the urge to rub or massage the affected area. This can do more harm than good. Massaging may release toxins that can further damage the tissue.

Take your dog to the vet as soon as possible so that he can start monitoring your pet to determine the extent of any tissue damage. This monitoring can sometimes last several days (so please be patient) as it can take time for the severity of the frostbite to be revealed. During this time your vet is likely to prescribe pain killers and even antibiotics to help ease your pet’s pain. Your vet may even look into removing any black or damaged tissue.

In severe cases of frostbite your pet may need to have a limb, or part of a limb, removed. The reason amputation is necessary, is because the dead and dying tissue will attract bacteria which can be life threatening for your pet.

Preventing frostbite

Just like with hypothermia, the way to prevent frostbite is to take precautions and prevent your pet from being outside, in freezing temperatures, for extended lengths of time.