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Pet Moms

May 12, 2018
Jack-JackT [Flickr}

Hugging a pet may not do much for the animal, but it sure can bring the human a great feeling of companionship and comfort.  If you have a pet that likes to be hugged, you have a special friend!


Be Kind to Animals

May 5, 2018
American Humane Association

Each of us may have our own idea of what it means to be kind to animals, whether it's showing respect for other living creatures, or becoming involved in helping to protect animals and making sure they are not mistreated.  This is a good week to fill your bird feeder and make sure the water in the bird bath is clean.  Or plant a bush that attracts butterflies.  Or just spend some extra quality time with your own furry buddy!

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Muffet (liz west) [Flickr]

Keeping your home safe for your best friend may mean limiting the use of things like essential oils.  That includes diffusers which may put oils into the air that could harm your pet's sensitive respiratory system.  

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Easter with Pets

Mar 31, 2018
stacydubuc [Flickr]

So much of what we enjoy about the Easter celebration can mean trouble for our best friends.  Almost everything in the Easter basket should be kept away from our pets, and much of the food on our table, including anything with grapes, raisins, garlic, onions, avocados.  Uncooked breads containing yeast also should be kept away from an animal that likes to sneak a taste or two.   Enjoy the holiday, but remember to keep your furry buddy safe to help celebrate all year long.

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Pets Are Living Longer

Mar 24, 2018
Mindy Norton

Our cat, Sasha, benefited from the expertise of a veterinary specialist who performed major surgery to remove many kidney stones.  Today she is doing just fine, thanks to a wonderful team of doctors - her local veterinarian who diagnosed the problem and the specialist who did such a great job with her surgery.

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Mindy Norton

We are fortunate to have a friend who takes care of our furry friends when we are away.  It's really a personal choice but if she were not available, I would probably consider hiring an experienced pet sitter.

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Spay Day 2018

Feb 24, 2018
Humane Society of the United States

Spaying and neutering saves lives.  With fewer puppies and kittens being born and crowding the shelters, a homeless pet will have a better opportunity to find a new home and a caring owner!

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senior planning (Jacob Edward) [Flickr]

Poor dental health for your pet can lead to gingivitis or periodontal disease, common dental issues for your best friend.  It is estimated that most pets show signs of periodontal disease as early as three years old.  Regular checkups and good dental care can help to insure that your pet stays healthy, and keep you both smiling,

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stevendepolo (Steven Depolo) [Flickr]

If you are concerned for your pet's safety, do not put its name on the collar or ID tag.  An animal may be more receptive and willing to go with a stranger that knows its name.  And remember - unattended means unsafe when it comes to your best friend.

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The Flu - in Dogs

Feb 3, 2018
lizasperling [Flickr]

With the flu season being especially difficult for humans this year, concern is growing about the threat of dog flu.  Yes, dogs have their own strain of flu, not contagious to humans but very easily spread to other dogs and even to cats.  The advice is the same for your dog as it is for you - get the flu shot.

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Naming the Cat

Jan 27, 2018
Mindy Norton

This is Gypsy.  If you look closely, you will see her "tipped" left ear.  The tip was surgically removed to indicate she has already been spayed, to alert anyone who might find her, to prevent unnecessary surgery in the future.  

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Kerri Lee Smith [Flickr]

Shelter workers and rescue groups make a major difference for animals every day.  Folks who make contributions  or volunteer allow them to continue helping pets.  Pitch in today to change the life of pets - you may find your own life has changed for the better, too!

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ihynz7 (Irina Hynes) [Flickr]

Most cats love to play, and it doesn't require a lot of expensive toys.  A piece of string might do nicely.  For dogs, all you need is a leash to take your four-footed friend for a nice walk, or a ball to throw and chase.  What matters is doing something you both enjoy - together!

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Remembering a Friend

Jan 6, 2018
MJN-SAH

Prissy was an American Snowshoe cat, a breed based on a cross with a Siamese cat.  You see the seal point markings and white feet, both of which are specific to her breed.  She had at least two owners who loved her - one advertised to find her a new home, and one gave her a chance to live out her life as a loved pet.

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Ferlinka Borzoi (Deb West) [Flickr]

The end of every year gives us a chance to consider what went right or wrong in the past, and how we might do better for ourselves and our furry companions going forward.  It's a great opportunity to hit the reset button and try to make the coming year a better one for all!

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Animals at the Manger

Dec 23, 2017
Mindy Norton

Lacey, our little Calico cat, showed up at our house just before Christmas several years ago.  It was cold, and she was so grateful to come inside and get warm that she fell asleep in my lap - a stranger's lap, no less.  She is our reminder that Christmas is a time for sharing and caring!

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Hanukkah Pets

Dec 16, 2017
isfullofcrap (R Crap Mariner) [Flickr]

Traditions are an important part of life, but keeping our best friends safe is a vital part of preparation for any celebration.  You can still enjoy the holidays and observances and make small adjustments to protect the furry members of the family.

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Jo (Shutter Paws Perth) [Flickr]

Adopting a pet at Christmas gives both pet and new owner a special gift that keeps giving all year long.  If you have room in your life for a new four-footed buddy, adopt one today and share Christmas with your best friend!

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dikman (Igor Dykman( [Flickr]

Keeping your pet safe during the holidays begins with choosing decorations carefully, and making sure you don't create an environment that will tempt your furry friend to get into trouble.  Remember, Santa may be watching!

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muppet (liz west) / [Flickr]

Thanksgiving is a holiday that centers around eating, but a lot of the food we enjoy can pose health risks for our furry friends.  Protecting your pet from some of the common food hazards can help to keep you at home enjoying family, friends and football, and not making an emergency trip to the veterinarian!

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Dave Parker [Flickr]

Until we are able to control the pet overpopulation problem, we will have a need for animal shelters, and for the dedicated people who work or volunteer there.  

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Adopt a Senior Pet

Nov 4, 2017
Mindy Norton

Dogs tend to show their age because their muzzles go gray.  It's harder to tell with cats.  A cat may never go gray (unless that's its original color, like Sasha here) but its fur may thin out and it may move a little slower as it ages.  But older pets make the best companions!

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Gypsy, the Feral Cat

Sep 30, 2017
Mindy Norton

Gypsy's tortoiseshell coloring helps her blend in to her surroundings.   She is one of the fortunate ones that was probably a stray and managed to figure out how to get along on her own - with the help of a few friends.  Never abandon your pet in hopes that it can survive in the wild.

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Preparing for Disaster

Sep 23, 2017
Wolfrage [Flickr]

One lesson learned  in Hurricane Katrina is that failure to include pets in a disaster plan endangers not only the pets, but also the pet owners, and even first responders who try to rescue them .  Be a  responsible pet owner and plan to keep both you and your best friend safe, no matter what blows your way.

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nick@ [Flickr]

If your pet becomes overheated, you can put it in a tub of cool water; or use a garden hose or a small wading pool.  And take your furry buddy to the veterinarian to determine if there has been any damage to internal organs!  Heat stroke can cause brain swelling or kidney failure, even after you get your pet cooled down.  

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bettyx1138 [Flickr]

Allowing a pet to jump up on countertops is not a good idea for several reasons, but one of the most dangerous is allowing them access to  a gas cooktop.  One misstep could bump a knob that turns on the cooking flame, which has the possibility of starting a fire with no human present to correct the situation.  Covering or removing the knobs when pets are home alone can help to prevent a disaster.

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Cat History

Jun 24, 2017
Andrew (polandeze) [Flickr]

The Abyssinian Cat is one of the oldest breeds of domestic cats in the world.  Its history dates back to the time of ancient Egypt.  With its ticked coat and body shape it has the appearance of an African wild cat.  However, like many of its feline cousins, it is intelligent, active and playful and makes a great pet.  When you adopt a cat, you are sharing your home with living history!

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Buzbeto [Flickr]

There are a few tips if you want to take your dog to work.  First make sure that it's okay with your boss, and that none of your coworkers have pet allergies.  Your pet should be healthy and up to date on all its shots, and well behaved.  And puppy-proof your work area so your furry buddy doesn't have access to  electrical cords or poisonous substances (like plants).    

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Pet Appreciation Week

Jun 10, 2017
Mindy Norton

We found our little dog, Ivy, sitting in a bed of ivy beside our house when she was a year old - she lived to be about 20.  When she was a teenager we would take her to the beach.  She loved the warm sand which was easy on her arthritis.  She has been gone for a while now, but her picture brings back such good memories!

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Kathy Bieniek - Saving Sage Animal Rescue

Losing a pet you love is traumatic enough, but it's particularly difficult when your pet is 20 years old and handicapped.  Of course, the lost pet also may endure hardship - in Lily's case, outside in rain and heat, unable to see or hear.  This is one reunion that definitely goes in the miracle column!

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