No matter how old you are, or whether or not you have little ones, Halloween is fun! But as with other hectic holidays, the fun and games need to be tempered with a little due diligence. Here are some tips to keep your fur kids safe this Halloween. Keep all candy away from pets. While cats are not generally drawn to candy, dogs will eat it with gusto - especially chocolate! Chocolate contains theobromine, an alkaloid that is toxic to dogs and cats. Clinical signs of theobromine poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, excessive panting, and increased urination. These signs can to progress to irregular heartbeat, seizures, internal bleeding, cardiac arrest, and even death. While the amount of theobromine found in dark chocolate and baking chocolate is much higher than amounts found in milk chocolate, all varieties can pose serious risks to your pet. Additionally, the high fat and sugar contents can lead to gastrointestinal upset, or life-threatening pancreatitis. In addition to … [Read more...] about Protecting Pets From Halloween Hazards
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IN AMERICA, the land of opportunity, you can take a pet on prescription to help you deal with your fear of flying.When is a dog not a dog – when it's an emotional support animal or ESA for short.Writing in the Guardian, Marisa Meltzer describes how she takes her “comfort blanket” Joan everywhere with her.On the flight to San Francisco everyone wanted to spend a little time with Joan, she said. Marisa fell asleep only to wake up to find another passenger cradling her and cooing into her ears. Joan's ears, not Marisa's. But on long haul flights, nothing surprises me. Joan is an ESA – but she also weighs about 40 pounds and is an old English bulldog. There are all sorts of restrictions about bringing animals on flights but in America, if that pet is prescribed to help someone deal with illness and anxiety – then bring on Joan and her fellow creatures – as long as they are medical essentials, aka support pets.The trouble is that some people are bending … [Read more...] about Nuala McCann: I might bring a pet on a plane to use it as a kind of sneaky weapon
Get the Think newsletter. SUBSCRIBE No matter how smug we may feel about our opposable thumbs and interest-earning checking accounts, any home with cats or dogs belongs to the animals, and the people just live there. Animals consider their homes to be territory and any visitors are, well, interlopers. They have routines and rules, preferences and mandates — often ones as complicated as kindergarten rules to accommodate children with allergies. So now that summer is almost upon us, with road trips and chances to visit your far-flung college friends, cousins and your baby sister, it’s likely that you may find yourself sharing space with an animal with whom you’re unfamiliar and, more importantly, who is unfamiliar with you. Dispense with the idea now that all cats are reclusive introverts and all dogs are goofy welcome wagons who just want a ball to catch and a scratch around the ears. Many pets these days are rescue animals and may have suffered trauma or abuse in … [Read more...] about When your host has pets, it’s the animals who will be in charge of your stay
0 Post a comment Thursday, 12 April 2018 - Farming by Sam Acourt - Kingsbridge & Salcombe Gazette @@AcourtSamantha [email protected] Three members of the same farming family are convinced they have seen a big cat in the South Hams – and wondered if it was connected to a recent attack on a sheep. Howard Turner contacted us after seeing our online story earlier this week about a ewe that was attacked, near Churchstow, saying his wife, brother and late mother all saw what they are adamant was a big cat in the area. The ewe, which had recently given birth to a lamb, was badly bitten around her hindquarters on Sunday in what was suspected to be a dog attack. Sadly, the ewe, that was showing signs of improvement and “perking up”, according to owner Mike Bottone-Gordon, succumbed to shock and died overnight Tuesday into Wednesday and, even more tragically, when she died she fell on her lamb, killing it. Howard Turner told us the story … [Read more...] about Did ‘big cat’ attack sheep?
April is the American Red Cross’s Pet First Aid Awareness Month. What better time to go over the basics of administering CPR to your pet? Let me start by saying I hope my readers never need this information. No pet parent wants to think about the possibility that their pet might stop breathing and collapse. Unfortunately, the unthinkable can, and sometimes does, happen. Knowing the basics of CPR can give pet owners the confidence needed to stay calm and work the problem in a life or death situation. All About Pets: Spay and Neuter Voucher Be Prepared One of the basic elements of pet CPR is the chest compression. I’ll get to the details in a moment, but before administering chest compressions, you must first be able to locate your pet’s heartbeat. In the spirit of preparedness, it’s a good idea to learn how to do this before an emergency strikes. When your pet is lying on her right side, the heart will be facing upward. Gently pull the front leg back, and … [Read more...] about Help! My Pet Isn’t Breathing! How To Administer CPR To Your Pet