How to handle Fireworks with pets

  • By Wagging Tails
  • 01 Jan, 2017

New Years and July 5th have a huge increase in lost and found pets, because of fireworks and stress.

  1. Keep your dogs inside during fireworks, with a collar and current tags!  Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea.
  2. Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. Crates or a small space somewhere they are familiar (with their bed) is a good idea!
  3. If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs.
  4. Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. 
  5. Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen   Kong   filled with his favorite treats.
  6. Sound Therapy: The psychoacoustically designed music of   Through a Dog's Ear   has been specifically designed to reduce canine anxiety and has been successfully utilized by dog lovers world-wide. It is most effective when you first play the music well before the fireworks start, at a time the dog is already feeling peaceful and relaxed. He will begin to associate the music with being calm and content. Then play the music a couple of hours before the fireworks start and continue to play through bedtime. The music doesn’t need to be loud to be effective as it has been   clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system.
  7. Scent:  Canine Calm , an all-natural mist from Earth Heart™ Inc., can help dogs relax and cope more effectively with loud noises and other stressful situations. Directions on their website say to spray Canine Calm onto your hands and massage the dog’s outer ears or abdomen. Or lightly mist the air behind your dog’s head, inside the travel crate or car, or directly onto bedding or clothing.
From: Victoria Stillwell's Positively 
https://positively.com/contributors/10-safety-and-calming-tips-for-dogs-during-fireworks/


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By Wagging Tails 10 Jun, 2017

 

Photo via Pixabay by Josche13

 


Becoming a first-time pet owner is a big deal. Animals make us happy, they bring comfort, and they even lower stress, depression, anxiety, and blood pressure in many people. Yet pet ownership is a lot harder than it may seem at first, and it’s important to be prepared before you decide to bring a new pet into your home.

 

There are many things to think about, including making sure the animal is taken care of when you’re away from the house, how to acclimate the animal to your home and schedule, and how to take care of vet expenses should he become ill or injured. It’s imperative to think about all these things and more before choosing an animal so that you’re absolutely positive that you’re ready.

 

Here are some of the most important things to think about--and take care of--when you’re thinking of getting a pet.

 

Think about the what-ifs

 

While many animals are easy to take care of, some have medical issues or have trouble fitting into a family that already has pets. Before you adopt a dog or pick out a cat from the shelter, think about all the what-ifs. What if he gets really sick and you don’t have the funds to take him to the vet? What if you have to work mandatory overtime now and then and can’t get home to let him out? What if he destroys your couch or bites a child? Do you have time to play with him, love him, and take care of him? Do you have the patience it requires to deal with housetraining?

 

If the answer to any of those questions is “No” or “I don’t know,” you’ve got a problem. Think seriously about these what-ifs and be honest about the answers.

 

Do some research

 

Not only do you want to be educated about your ideal breed and age, you also need to make sure your landlord and family will be okay with a new pet. If you live in an apartment, find out if there is a breed restriction or weight limit, and ask about a pet deposit. Talk with your family to make sure everyone is on board with the idea of a new pet, and designate jobs for everyone, such as walking, cleaning out the litter box, feeding, and playtime.

 

Have the right tools on hand

 

Before you bring a new pet home, it’s important to make sure you have all the right tools all ready to go. This includes puppy pads, a litter box, a leash or harness, toys, a scratching post, a crate, a bed, and any training supplies, as well as food and water bowls. Have everything set up before you bring the pet home so that he can become familiar with the routine and where his things are.

 

It’s also a good idea to walk through your home first and make sure there are no hazards that could harm your pet.

 

Make out a schedule

 

If you’re super busy, it might be advantageous for you to make out a schedule that’s easy to follow when it comes to feeding and playing with your pet. Working long hours can mean you won’t have time to get home and let him out or feed him, so consider hiring a dog walking service to ensure your pet won’t have to be stuck inside for several hours at a time.

 

Take time to get to know him

 

If your animal was rescued, he may be shy, nervous, anxious, or unsure about new people/places. Try to be patient and make an effort to get to know his likes and dislikes and what makes him the most comfortable. You might want to hold off on introducing him to new people for a little while and just let him figure out his new environment first.

 

Remember, pet ownership is a big job , and it will take a little while for the both of you to become acclimated to one another. With a good plan and some patience, you and your new pet will grow to love each other unconditionally.


Jessica Brody

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By Wagging Tails 12 Mar, 2017
The German Shepherd is also known as the Alsatian, Alsatian Wolf Dog, Berger Allemand, Schaferhund, Deutscher Schaferhund and Shepherd. They are in the working and herding dog groups. They typically have a life span of 9-13 years old and litters of 4-9 puppies. They are double coated dogs usually a tan and black color. Other color variations they can come in include sable, black, white, liver and blue and can be an all over color or double color with black masks and body markings. The German Shepherd is a medium to large breed with an origin dating back to 1899. They were originally bred for herding sheep. They are now mostly working dogs due to their level of strength, obedience, trainability and intelligence. The work they are trained in the most includes search and rescue, military and police roles, disability assistance and even acting. It is the second most registered breed by the AKC and the fourth most registered by the United Kingdom's Kennel Club. German Shepherds are moderately active and curious. They can be very protective of their owners and not always inclined to become instant friends with strangers. They are highly intelligent and thought to be able to learn simple tasks after about five repetitions though this can vary from dog to dog of course. When well trained and socialized they follow commands about 95 percent of the time and are able to quickly learn and interpret instructions better than many other breeds. Common ailments of the German Shepherd is arthritis and hip and elbow dysplasia. They also have a higher than normal occurrence of  Von Willebrand disease and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Overall the median life span rounds out to about 10.95 years which is fairly normal for a breed of their size. They have gained popularity as a breed and as of 2012 they were the second most popular breed in the US.
By Wagging Tails 09 Mar, 2017
  One of the first things you want to teach your new pup is potty training but what are some good basic steps for that? When you house train your puppy remember to be patient, consistent and use positive reinforcement. It generally takes about 4-6 months for your pup to be fully house trained and some may even take up to a year. This of course varies with every dog. The size of your dog also plays a role in that. Smaller breeds have a higher metabolism and smaller bladder which will require more frequent trips as an example. It might be necessary to break old habits. Typically as long as your are consistent and take out your puppy at the first sign they need to go and offer rewards after they will learn so don't worry about any setbacks. It is recommended that you start training your puppy between 12 and 16 weeks old. If they are older than 12 weeks with no training it may take longer. Experts recommend creating a specific space, like a room, crate or even on a leash. As they begin to learn they need to go outside to potty you can increase the freedom to roam about the house. Here are some tips to get you started. Try not to free feed but instead put your puppy on a regular feeding schedule and take the food away between meals. Take the puppy out first thing in the morning and once every 30 minutes to an hour if you are able. Always take them out after meals and before bedtime at night or before they will be left alone. Try taking the puppy to the same spot each time. The scent will prompt them to go. Stay outside until they go. Whenever they potty outside be sure to praise them or give them a treat. Walking around the neighborhood a little farther is a nice reward too. If you are crate training your puppy in the short term keep eyes out for the signs they need to go. Make sure the enclosure is big enough for them to stand, lie down and turn around but no so big they can use a corner for the bathroom. If you use a crate for longer than a couple hours make sure they have water in a bowl or dispenser. Make sure they get a break preferably in the middle of the day especially for the first 8 months. A crate may not be the best option if they continuously potty in it while there as this could mean several things. They might be too young, the crate might be to large or they may not be getting outside enough. Whining, circling barking, sniffing and scratching are common signs they need to go out. Take them out right away if this is the case. They may have accidents if house training is incomplete or their environment changes. Keep up the changing though or consult a veterinarian if you think a medical issue could be the problem. Never punish your puppy for an accident as that only teaches fear. If you see them in the middle of an accident try clapping loudly so they know it is unacceptable and then take them outside. If you find the accident a while after it happened rubbing their nose in it or yelling when they are a puppy wont help. They do not connect your anger with the accident. Stay outside longer and this can help curb the accidents. They may need extra time to explore. Clean up any accidents in the house with a enzymatic cleanser instead of using an ammonia based one to minimize the odors that can attract the puppy back to that spot for a go and remember to always stay positive and follow your routine.


By Wagging Tails 05 Mar, 2017
Most pet owners know their dogs quirks, likes, dislikes and some general information. Here is a list of some fun facts that you may or may not have known about your best friend... Puppy Stuff:   Puppies are born blind, deaf and toothless.Puppies are also twice as likely to play with one another than older dogs are.   Doggie anatomy & Quirks:   Smaller breeds of dogs actually mature faster than the larger breeds.Small dogs are also thought to dream more than the larger dogs but the larger ones dreams last longer.Just like people dogs are right or left handed..err pawed. Their nose prints are as individual as a human's fingerprints. They can hear four times farther than people.They sweat between their paws and they have shoulder blades that are not attached to the rest of their skeleton, allowing for greater flexibility when running.   Fido's Mood:   Dogs are actually often twice as more likely to be aggressive or threaten other dogs when walking on a leash and they are also more likely to be aggressive when being walked by a man than a woman. Dogs have typically three big moods that alter how they wag their tail: happy, agitated and scared. Female dogs tend to play with both genders but often males prefer to play with the females. It is thought that dogs are capable of falling in love. They also can experience jealousy when seeing another dog rewarded.   Over all fun facts:   Did you know that one female dog and her female offspring in a seven year span can produce over 4,000 puppies? There are an estimated 400 million dogs worldwide..that's a lot of puppies! Also, if you have ever signed your pet's name on a greeting card you are not alone. An estimated 70 percent of pet owners sign their pets names on cards!
By Wagging Tails 28 Feb, 2017
Love going for walks with your pup in the colder weather? One thing that you might not think about is your dogs paws. It's cold out there and the cold can hurt. Even much hotter weather can cause pavement to be rough on your best friends paw pads. Cold weather in particular though can be worse. Depending on your area and the weather the ground can be icy, salted to avoid ice or just plain gritty. This can make for some sore paws on your dog. Paw wax can be a great barrier against these elements and it's easy to use. Musher's Secret is one example of a paw wax that I like to use that works very well. It's good moisturizer for their feet and you only need to dab a little on each one for the dog. It comes off easily and sometimes the dog may lick it off but putting a little on each day can help a lot. Other considerations you may can use include dog safe salts for your walk ways or dog boots to help them through the cold season. Boots however, can be a little pricey and it may be a challenge finding a fit or just keeping it on your dogs until they are used to it.
By Wagging Tails 26 Feb, 2017
Why does my dog try to eat everything? You may hear or experience your pooch eating things that aren't food at all. Grass, leaves, sticks, rocks, dirt, toys, trash, bedding, even clothing items to name just some of the possibilities. Sometimes you may think it is a puppy phase only to find out later that's not necessarily the case. Apart from damaging and losing items you may not exactly have wanted to part with it can have bad consequences and health risks for your pet. So what are a few reasons your dog does this? Dogs are born deaf and blind so their noses, skin and mouth are the only sensory stimuli they have at first. When they get older their mouths are used in a variety of ways including grasping and lifting objects they are curious about. Dogs wild ancestors were natural hunters and scavengers so the thrill of something new is definitely present. They, like us, are omnivores so they often use little discretion when trying out a curious new taste. Bingeing was also an instinct they received from their ancestors. Wild dogs often had feast or famine situations to deal with making any meal high on the list and they haven't always forgotten that. Another reason they may eat everything is that like humans some dogs will just eat out of plain boredom. Of course behavior aside there are some medical reasons that may cause your pet to eat all the time too. A condition known as polyphagia can make them feel constantly hungry and can be cause by the onset of other issues like diabetes, cushing's disease, hyperthyroidism, parasites or malabsorption syndrome. If you think there is a possibility your dogs unusual behavior could be caused by a medical reason consult your veterinarian. Otherwise, it might just be time for some training.
By Wagging Tails 21 Feb, 2017
During the colder months dog jackets and sweaters can be more than just a fashion statement. There are several factors to consider when thinking of buying your dog some winter wear. Factors can include: How is the weather? Is your pet active and if so how active? What kind of coat does your dog have? Would you need a jacket that is waterproof? Would the jacket be comfortable and not hinder any movement?etc,. Usually a sweater or jacket can be a good choice if your dog has little or no undercoat or is a smaller breed dog.Sweaters and jackets just like for humans can help keep your pup warm and cozy. It can also help keep moisture off to avoid chills. This is good for keeping your pet healthy, comfortable and even reduce some of that wet dog smell as a bonus. Jackets with reflectors can be another good consideration for those who like to go on night time walks. There are not specifically or necessarily any cons so to speak for jackets and sweaters on your pet. Just be mindful of the weather and any signs your pet may show of discomfort or overheating if the weather starts to warm up, especially if they are being active as dogs temperatures already naturally run higher than humans. Once the sweater or jacket starts to show signs of wear replace them so your pet stays comfortable and the possibility of getting caught on something is reduced.
By Wagging Tails 11 Feb, 2017
Just like with people, pet's dental health can be very important. Stinky breath, red gums and yellow teeth can be indicators of serious oral problems that if left untreated can cause devastating affects to your pet's life. Teeth and gum problems can even be the cause of certain behavioral problems caused by chronic pain issues. It is reported by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have an oral disease of some sort by the time they are 3 years old. Oral diseases can cause serious issues like severe pain, infections and even organ damage. All of these things can be avoided with regular check ups and maintenance. Indicators for gum disease can include bad breath, yellow brown tartar, red swollen gums or pain or bleeding when touched. Indicators of gingivitis can be things such as the pet pawing at their mouth or face, excessive drool, and unwillingness to eat, especially harder foods. Preventative care options are available. Other than check ups with your vet there are tools you as a parent can use. A soft toothbrush should actually be used daily to clean and remove particles from your pets teeth. This helps prevent build up of tartar and plaque. Always make sure of course to only use toothpaste that is formulated for pet use, we highly suggest PetzLife Complete Oral Gel. Diets are always a key factor in your pets health as well but did you know malnutrition can also cause dental issues? A healthy diet helps address some of these problems before they starts. Setting up a dental cleaning. Monitoring dental health with your veterinarian is recommended. Your vet has the instruments to clean and remove build up from your pet's teeth that could lead to some of the more severe problems. In some more serious cases they may even recommend a tooth extraction. Staying on top of your pet's oral health will help keep them happy and healthy. Some study cases have even suggested that maintaining their dental health can even add as much as five years to your best pals life span. Remember to keep up with regular maintenance and enjoy and share many more smiles to come with your furry friend.
By Wagging Tails 04 Feb, 2017
Most people know a lot of the foods that you shouldn't give your pup like chocolate, onions, and avocados to name a few. However, what are some healthy snack options you can enjoy with your dog? There are some fruits and vegetables that unsurprisingly make great snacks for dogs. Always do your research of course. Even some of the greatest fruits and veggies can cause things like stomach problems if eaten in huge quantities, so moderation is something to consider too. Here are some examples of healthy snacks you may not have known you could share with your dog: blueberries, broccoli, sweet potatoes, bananas, green peas, green beans, carrots, apples,cucumbers and zucchinis. As with all snacks and changes to your pets diet it is a good idea to consult your vet, especially if there are any medications your pet is on, to check for any possible reactions. Also, make sure you remove and do not give any seeds, rinds, skin, pits, or apple cores to your pet while using these snacks, It can also be a good idea to boil or steam any veggies if you are at all hesitant about them eating raw ones. Other than that do your research and enjoy. What kind of healthy snacks or recipes do you like to share with your best friend?

By Wagging Tails 12 Jan, 2017
As the weather reaches freezing temperatures, there are some things to remember that you may not have thought about. 
Dogs have some natural protection against the cold, but sometimes you may need to help them out a little, and some dogs aren't made for the cold at all. 
It is important to know your dog's coat type because short haired single coat dogs may benefit from a sweater in the cold, but double coated dogs would actually lose a lot of benefit because the sweater compacts the layers of air trapped to keep them insulated. Another popular option are boots, but those can take a lot of getting used to for dogs, since they feel so much through their feet usually. If you opt not to use boots, try checking their paws for cracking and you may want to get a paw balm or wax to help protect them! Another paw related check is when walking in the city, make sure to wash off their paws so there isn't a build up of any chemicals (ice melt, gas, etc) to cause irritation. You can purchase a paw wash tube, or just use a warm damp towel (I put a little shampoo on one corner) or a paw scrub when you get back from your walks. Knowing the signs of hypothermia in dogs is also a huge help in this season, just to make sure that when you're out playing they aren't over doing it!!

Here is a site with some great info on keeping your dogs happy and healthy this winter season.  http://trupanion.com/blog/2016/12/keeping-dogs-warm-winter/  
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