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How To Combat Gopher Activity Using Non-Poisonous Methods

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Blog, Pets & Animals | Comments Off on How To Combat Gopher Activity Using Non-Poisonous Methods

If you’re like many gardeners, you’ve spent hours digging in your garden, fertilizing the plants and tending the flowers. Gophers can destroy your garden and eat the fruits of all your hard work in little time. If you’re one of the many gardeners out there that would prefer not to use poisons to control your gophers, these tips will help you rid your yard of the pests without the use of damaging and dangerous substances. Smells Gophers are sensitive to smells and are repelled by substances that have strong scents. To keep away gophers through olfactory means, use strong-smelling natural materials such as: Castor oil capsules. Water-activated castor oil capsules do nothing to harm gophers, but will repel them from your garden. To use castor oil capsules, spread out 1 pound per 1,000 square feet and then sprinkle the area a little water. The capsules break down with time and actually have some nutritional benefits for the lawn. Fish fertilizer. Fish fertilizer is an organic source of nitrogen and trace minerals, and it is especially helpful if your garden requires a boost of nutrition at the start of the growing season. It also stinks. The fishy smell can help keep gophers away — and it might keep people away too, so go easy on the fish fertilizer until you’re certain that you can live with the smell. Peppermint. Gophers are reported to dislike the smell of peppermint oil. To many people this product smells much better than dead fish. To use peppermint oil in your garden, soak cotton balls with the oil and distribute the cotton balls near the gopher holes. Refresh them as necessary throughout the growing season. Crop Rotation The longer a favorite type of preferred plant sits in one spot in your garden, the more time gophers will spend digging and expanding upon the tunnel system beneath your property. Moving crops keeps gophers guessing and helps deter them from your garden. To be extra effective, rotate crops that gophers like with crops they don’t like. Gophers are attracted to a variety of crops including anything with a tuber or a crown as well as high water content plants like artichokes and asparagus. They’re deterred by plants like lavender, rosemary, salvia and strawberries. For more suggestions and pest control help, contact a pest control company experienced with outdoor rodent removal. Contact a pest control expert, like those at High Country Pest Control, today for help with your pest control...

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Boarding Your Dog For The First Time: What You Need To Do

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Blog, Pets & Animals | Comments Off on Boarding Your Dog For The First Time: What You Need To Do

There may come a time when you need to house your dog in a boarding facility for a short period of time. You may be traveling on vacation or remodeling your property, and want your pooch to be safely watched until you can give them your full attention again. If you are boarding your dog for the first time, follow this guideline to help make this process easier for everyone. Get current on vaccinations Most boarding facilities will not house your dog until they are current on their shots. This prevents the possibility of spreading common contagious illnesses, such as worms or kennel cough. Take your dog to the vet to get them a thorough checkup and vaccinations such as Bordatella and rabies and other treatments for worms, fleas and ticks. Your veterinarian can let you know of other health precautions you need to take prior to boarding your dog. Visit the facility you will be using It’s a good idea to visit the boarding facility you will be using so you can see the kinds of kennels that are used, the play area(s) available, and meet the staff you are entrusting with your dog’s care. You want to check the kennels to make sure they are clean and free of feces, urine, and hair, and ensure the play and exercise areas are secure and safe. Take your dog with you so they can get associated with their temporary home. Gather bedding and food If your dog has a special diet or you want them to have access to their usual food, pack a sizable amount in a container for their use, along with instructions for feeding. You can also pack your dog’s favorite bedding and toys, so they have something familiar around them when they sleep at night. If your dog is on medications for thyroid disease or other illness, include their medication with instructions for application for the boarders to reference. Always leave your vet’s number with the boarding facility’s staff in case of an emergency. Provide detailed care instructions In addition to leaving staff instructions for feeding and medications, write down any special needs or quirks your dog has. Include the following: toys your dog likes how they wish to be petted their walking habits when being exercised types of noises or activity that frightens them how they interact with other dogs or animals These special notes help staff learn more about the personality of your dog so your canine can feel more comfortable in the hands of people they don’t know. For instance, if your dog doesn’t like to be scratched on his head but loves belly rubs, include this information for staff to know. Boarding your dog for the first time may sound daunting. If you take care to include their favorite things or food, write down special care instructions, and take them to a boarding facility with a clean bill of health from your vet, the experience can be pleasant for everyone. If you’re looking for a place in your area that provides pet boarding, visit Georgetown Veterinary Hospital...

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Want To Pick The Perfect Puppy? 4 Tests To Determine Temperament

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Blog, Pets & Animals | Comments Off on Want To Pick The Perfect Puppy? 4 Tests To Determine Temperament

When it comes to choosing a puppy that’s right for your family, it’s important that you choose a pup that has a compatible temperament. This is particularly important if you have small children. Your new puppy will be touched and played with by little hands. You need to choose a puppy that is not too aggressive. Before you commit to a particular puppy, you should take a few minutes to conduct a temperament test. This test will allow you to determine if the puppy you’ve chosen is either aggressive or laid back: Face Kisses If you have small children, you want to make sure that you’re not selecting an aggressive puppy. This test is one of the first ones you should conduct. It will help you see how your puppy will react to kisses. Sit down on a chair and place the puppy in your lap. Take the puppies face in your hands and kiss it on the nose. An aggressive puppy will try to nip at your face. However, a laid back puppy will relax and allow you to kiss it. Toe Squeezes This test will help you determine how your puppy will react to tugs and pinches that it might endure with a small child. Pet the puppy softly while gently squeezing the skin between its toes. If the puppy tries to bit your hand, chances are that it’s going to be an aggressive puppy. If the puppy licks your hand or whimpers, it’s probably more suited to be around small children. Sudden Sounds Children make a lot of noise. If you have kids, you’re going to need a puppy that doesn’t startle easily. For this test, you’re going to need your car keys. Wait until the puppy is distracted and either jiggle the keys over its head or drop them on the ground behind it. An aggressive puppy will go after the keys, while a laid back or passive puppy will barely pay attention to the noise. Belly Lifts Finally, you’ll want to see what the puppy does when it’s lifted up off the ground unexpectedly. Stand behind the puppy and carefully lift it up by the midsection. Be sure to only lift it up about 6″ off the ground. Hold the puppy in the air for a few seconds and then place it back on the ground. If the puppy tries to wiggle and bite, you’ve chosen an aggressive puppy. However, if the puppy seems relaxed and unconcerned, you’ve chosen a laid back and relaxed puppy. If you have small children, you want to choose a puppy that will fit in with little hands and feet. Before you choose your new puppy, use these temperament tests to make sure you’re choosing the right puppy for your family. Once you have chosen the perfect puppy, be sure to schedule an appointment with your veterinarians. They’ll be able to ensure that your puppy stays happy and...

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Tips To Walk Your Dog On A Leash

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Blog, Pets & Animals | 0 comments

If you’re just bringing your puppy home, it’s best to get him out on a leash as soon as possible. The earlier your pup learns to walk on a leash, the easier it will be for you. See below for some helpful tips to get your puppy walking on a leash. Get The Gear You’ll need a good leash and collar to walk your dog with. There are a number of different materials to choose from, so be sure to use one that suits you and your puppy best. Leather. Leather leashes are easier on your hands when your puppy is tugging and pulling you along. Nylon. Nylon leashes are usually fairly cheap and come in multiple colors and styles, but they can cause your hands to burn if your puppy is pulling you. Metal. Metal chain leashes are a little harder to handle and can hurt you if they get wrapped around your arm or wrist. Retractable. Retractable leashes allow you to let in or let out more leash for your puppy, and they have a nice handle to hold onto. These are only good when used in areas without a lot of people or cars, such as in your own yard or in a park. They can be a little more difficult to handle in busier areas. Gentle Lead. You can use a gentle lead or a harness attached to your leash to help you walk your puppy, especially if your puppy is really pulling and tugging you. These will help take the pressure off of your puppy’s neck when you try and hold them or pull them back with the leash. Extra Items To Bring In addition to your dog’s leash and collar, there are a few extra things you should have with you on your walking adventure. Bags. Accidents happen, but they should always be cleaned up. Bring extra bags with you to clean up after your dog.  Treats. Bring some small training treats with you to give to your puppy along the way. Give your puppy some extra love along your walk. The training treats to show him that he’s doing a good job. Water. If you’re planning on taking a long walk, you may want to bring some water with you for your puppy. You can bring along a collapsible water bowl for your pup to drink out of. Walking Your Dog Begin by walking your dog at your own pace (not your dog’s pace) and gently pull him back to you when he tries to pull. Keep your commands simple and be consistent with them. Do not allow your dog to go out on the leash too far away from you. Your puppy should be walking at your side. Keep your dog out of yards and away from gardens, as they may have pesticides or fertilizers on them, especially in warmer months. Teach your dog to sit here and there to give your puppy a break from all the tugging and pulling. Rub his neck and give him praise. Allow your dog to stop and sniff; it’s a new world out there for your puppy, and sniffing is his way of checking out his surroundings. Change things up a bit by taking your dog on new paths, rather than taking the same way each time. Walking your dog is great exercise for...

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What To Do If Your Dog Is Hit By A Car

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Blog, Pets & Animals | 0 comments

Dogs are beloved family members for most pet owners, and they are usually carefully cared for in order to keep them safe and healthy. But no matter how much you try to protect your dog, it is still possible for a gate to accidentally be left open, or for your dog to get off his leash and dart into the road. Having a dog get hit by a car is one of a pet owner’s worst nightmares, but how you react to the situation can determine whether or not your dog recovers from the accident. Make sure you do the following if your dog is hit by a moving vehicle: Approach Your Dog with Caution Your first reaction after your dog is hit by a car may be to run to him to provide aid or comfort, but it is important to approach your pet slowly and with caution. When a dog is stressed and in pain he may not act like himself, and it is possible that he may act out by growling or snapping at you. You may want to use whatever you have on hand to create a makeshift muzzle to prevent any biting. Stop Any Bleeding If your dog has suffered lacerations or wounds from being hit by a moving vehicle, use any type of cloth that you have available to help stop or at least slow the bleeding. Carefully apply steady pressure, but do not press the wounds too hard as this can cause further pain to your pet. Move Your Dog Carefully While open wounds on your dog may look bad, the most serious injuries from being hit by a car are often internal. Canine internal injuries can be very difficult to diagnose if you are not a veterinarian, so you want to make sure to move your dog as carefully as possible in order to prevent further injuries. If you own a large dog, it may be helpful to use a flat board of some sort as a stretcher. Seek Prompt Veterinary Care Time is of the essence after your dog is hit by a car, so it is important to take him to a pet hospital as quickly as possible. Pet hospitals are staffed with veterinary professionals who have the skills needed to treat your dog’s injuries, and if your dog needs surgery, it can usually be performed onsite at a pet hospital. Depending on the severity of your dog’s injuries, you may want to call the nearest pet hospital to let them know that you are coming so they can prepare for your dog’s arrival. Talk to experts like Northwest Animal Hospital And Pet Care Center PC for more...

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Excessive Barking: Vet Visit, Rip Your Hair Out, Or Train At Home?

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Blog, Pets & Animals | 0 comments

If your dog is barking indoors constantly, it can become very frustrating, very quickly. The good news is that indoor problem barking can be controlled and largely eliminated. Not all barking is bad, so it’s important to recognize this and then stop only the bad barking. It doesn’t necessarily require a trip to the animal hospital to resolve your pet’s excess barking if you can get into your pet’s head regarding his motivation. Desirable Barking Virtually all dogs bark to some extent, and this is sometimes desirable. Even if you didn’t bring your dog into your home for the express purpose of being a watchdog, it would still be desirable for them to alert you to intruders by barking. There may be other circumstances when you would actually like your dog to bark – for example, when he senses someone at your front door. You can retain this type of barking while still eliminating the undesirable barking. Undesirable Barking Undesirable barking is the “everything else” barking. Your dog may seemingly be barking near constantly, which definitely constitutes undesirable barking for most people. You already know what the desirable barking behaviors are, so consider what the undesirable barking behaviors are. This would include things like midnight barking sessions, for example. Each undesirable barking behavior may need to be addressed separately. Barking Triggers Even though you may not be sure of what the triggers are initially, you can usually find out what is prompting the barking by observing your dog’s behavior closely. For example, you may notice a barking explosion when certain people enter your home. Your dog may begin barking wildly every time the mail carrier passes by outside. Maybe your dog is triggered by the television, the dishwasher, or the ceiling fan. Desensitizing You can stop undesirable barking by desensitizing the dog to the stimulus. Try to expose your dog to the stimulus gradually. For example, if the vacuum cleaner is the trigger, start the vacuum cleaner at the opposite end of the home. Gradually move your dog closer to it. As long as he is quiet, feed him treats and verbally praise him. As soon as the barking begins, withdraw the treats and praise, and then move away from the trigger again. Continue the pattern of short stimulus exposures with effusive praise and treats for silence to get your pet thoroughly desensitized to the trigger. Removing Triggers Your pet may be barking at a trigger that can be easily controlled. For example, your pet may bark every time he sees another animal through the living room window. You can easily control barking of this type simply by removing the trigger. In this example, it would simply mean closing the blinds or drawing the curtains so your dog can’t see outside anymore. While not all triggers can be removed, this is a very easy solution for problem barking in some cases. For more information, speak to pet experts like those at Center-Sinai Animal...

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Pet Euthanasia: Knowing When It’s Time To Let Go

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Blog, Pets & Animals | 0 comments

If you are a dog or cat owner, there was a day you chose to bring that pet into your life, knowing that someday you would have to say goodbye. You hope that you will have a long life together, but that means you will have a tough end-of-life decision to make. How do you know it is time to say goodbye, and what should you know about the process of euthanasia to help you cope with this difficult decision? How Long Do You Prolong Life? As a pet owner, you know how much joy and unconditional love that pet brings into your life. You also know that you will at some point experience the ache of losing your furry friend. In some cases, your pet will pass away naturally. In others, it will be your responsibility to decide when the kindest thing you can do for your friend is a humane and peaceful death. When your cat or dog is suffering from a chronic disease or simply the effects of old age, treatment can often prolong their life for months or even years. You’re grateful, because you’re not ready to let go. But eventually your friend is ready to let go. How do you know when that time is? Your vet’s medical training can provide guidance, but because you know and understand your dog better than anyone, only you can recognize when quality of life has diminished to the point when euthanasia is the compassionate choice. Determining Quality of Life Because this is such an emotional decision, it’s helpful to have some objective criteria to help judge your companion’s quality of life. Here are some questions you should ask yourself. Does your dog or cat show interest in what’s going on around them? Does he or she have an appetite? Can he or she get around unassisted and without breathing heavily? Does your friend frequently whine or groan as if in pain? Is your friend able to control his or her bodily functions? Does he or she seem to be going downhill fast? Can you provide the time, effort and financial resources to provide the care your companion requires? The Euthanasia Process Suppose you’ve assessed your friend’s quality of life and determined that it’s time to let go. What happens next? Give yourself a day for you and your family say goodbye. When the time comes, you will need to decide whether you want to be present during the euthanasia process. Some find it too difficult, but others find comfort in holding their friend as he or she passes. When your dog or cat is lying comfortable on the exam table in the animal hospital, your vet will inject an overdose of anesthetic into his or her forearm. Within 10 seconds your friend will lose consciousness, and his or her heart will stop beating within a minute or two. Although it’s a difficult process to go through, comfort yourself by the knowledge that you’ve given your loving companion the gift of a painless and peaceful...

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How Well Can Your Cat Breathe?

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Blog, Pets & Animals | 0 comments

Cats are good at appearing to be happy and healthy, even when they are experiencing medical problems. So when a veterinary drug manufacturer performed a study with information from more than 264 vet clinics, the researchers found that lab results indicated problems in more than a quarter of the cats checked. When the cat owners took a 48-question survey, even more potential health problems were turned up. Finding health problems early can lead to faster, less invasive and less expensive treatment. One of the findings that often seemed of little concern to pet owners but could indicate a deeper issue: breathing issues. Sudden difficulty in breathing is a major issue and should warrant an immediate vet visit. A huge host of medical problems can cause trouble breathing, rapid breathing or panting—and these can range from organ failure to something stuck in the windpipe. But most cat owners are aware when something suddenly and obviously crops up. Subtle and gradual symptoms like wheezing, sneezing or coughing are less likely to require a trip to the vet and are easier for many pet owners to delay. But wheezing-type symptoms can indicate a problem like a tumor, which can be successfully treated if found early enough. Other issues that can impact your cat’s longevity and long-term health include: Asthma. Almost 800,000 cats in the U.S. are estimated to have asthma. You’ll be able to treat it, but you’ll need to have the equivalent of a human inhaler on hand, which must be prescribed by your vet. This combines a corticosteroid and a bronchodilator to reduce inflammation and get the airways open. If you cannot use an actual inhaler, less effective pills and shots are available. Worms. There’s a reason why you want to make sure your pet doesn’t get heartworms or lungworms; they can make it difficult for your pet to breathe. Keeping your cat primarily indoors can reduce the risk of getting them. You might see other signs like weight loss if your cat is infected by worms. A past injury. Believe it or not, some cats can sustain an injury to the chest or back and not show signs other than some restricted breathing. Painful problems like broken ribs are easy to spot, but blood or pus leaking into the chest cavity may happen over time or as the result of an infection. Called pleural effusion, this issue can also result from slow-to-develop diseases like congestive heart failure. Your vet may suggest surgery to remove the excess fluid, oxygen therapy and a treatment or medications for the specific cause of the leak. Something stuck in the throat or larynx. Again, this will often be an obvious issue, but sometimes something smaller gets lodged in the throat that allows air to still pass through. It may take more time to notice that there’s a concerning problem that needs veterinary assistance. If you suspect your cat has one of these issues or if you just get a feeling that something is off, visit a vet at an animal hospital like Ad Park Pet Clinic and have some preliminary tests run to make sure you feline friend is not suffering from an ailment that can be...

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How Does Pet Daycare Take Care of Your Dog?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Does your dog chew up the carpeting or furniture when you are at work? Does it have accidents in the house because the poor pooch can’t hold it all day? Your canine best friend feels sad when it doesn’t meet your expectations. You and your dog will have a happier life with pet daycare. What Is Pet Daycare? Pet daycare is similar to nursery school. Your dog runs and plays with other friendly canines in a supervised setting. The amenities vary by location but most daycare facilities do not use cages. The attendants play Frisbee or ball with your pet. Some places have a swimming pool and others have large fenced fields for plenty of exercise. What is Required? Your veterinarian needs to provide a form indicating that all immunizations are current and the dog is worm-free. Most daycare and boarding kennels require the Bordetella vaccine in addition to rabies. Bordetella protects your pet against canine pertussis, a highly contagious virus. Additionally, some locations require basic dog obedience so the animal will come when called. Pet Grooming Make your busy life a little easier by taking advantage of other services, including dog grooming, offered at pet boarding facilities. Even short-haired dogs benefit from professional grooming as it is much more than bathing and brushing. Groomers snip excess hair from the pads of the feet and inside the ears. They trim the toenails, and if necessary, express the anal glands, which is a stinky and messy job. Your dog will look beautifully groomed when you pick them up. Medication Does Fido take medication for a health condition? Not a problem. Your pet’s caretakers will make sure the medicine is given at the correct time each day. Some places provide this service at no extra charge while others might have a small fee. Preferred Food Do you want Fido to stay on his current diet? Some dogs have sensitive digestion and do better with one type of food. Pet daycare facilities will feed your pooch the food you prefer. Bring a bag of your favorite dog food on the first visit. Benefits Your canine best friend will thrive in daycare. Dogs are sociable animals and enjoy playing with their own kind. It’s as stimulating to your dog as human friendship is to people. Moreover, fresh air and daily exercise help to promote good health. It’s a joy to own happy pets. Meeting their emotional needs is as important as providing food and water. Pet daycare, like that at Abraxas Pet Resort, is the perfect solution for you and...

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5 Unexpected Signs That Your Cat Needs To See A Vet

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

While it may be obvious to bring your cat to the vet if they’ve been injured or seem ill, there are numerous situations where your cats needs medical help and it’s not easily apparent. Luckily, there are a few signs that are fairly common and could mean that your cat needs medical help. By knowing what to look for, you’ll be able to ensure that your cat remains healthy and won’t need any expensive medical treatments later on: 1. Bad Breath While it may be expected for your cats breath to be a little unpleasant, it’s important that it doesn’t smell too foul. Bad breath is a common side effect of gum disease, often resulting from bad quality food or poor dental care. In order to prevent gum disease in your cat, you may want to look into the steps involved for brushing their teeth at home along with making arrangements for cleanings at the vet. 2. Change in Bathroom Habits If you’ve noticed any changes in how your cat uses their litter box, it could be cause for alarm. For example, your cat may be urinating less or their stools may be different than normal. Whatever the change may, it could be a sign that your cat needs to be seen by a vet. 3. Sudden Weight Gain Any significant decrease or increase in weight could mean that your cat is feeling sick in some way. While you don’t need to weigh your cat daily, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on their body shape and overall weight when picking them up. If you notice any dramatic changes, your cat could need medical help. 4. Shift in Energy Level Many cats begin to feel lethargic when feeling sick or after being injured, making it important to stay on alert if your cat’s energy level has changed. Making a habit of playing with your cat each day can easily help you notice if their energy level is different. 5. Difference in Fur Condition Your cat’s fur should be naturally shiny and soft, especially after being brushed. If you’ve noticed any patches of hair falling out or that their fur has become dull, it could be a sign that they’re having some kind of deficiency that needs help from a veterinarian. Knowing when to bring your cat to an animal hospital is important in keeping them happy and healthy. Using the tips above can help notify you of some unexpected reasons to visit a vet without any...

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