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What does your pet teach you?

Inspirational Life Lessons You Can Learn From Your Pet

Pets can boost your health and teach you important and valuable life lessons. Pets are good at looking after themselves and doing whatever they need to feel good. This is something we should learn from them and implement into our own lives. Here are some life lessons you can learn from your pets.

Being present in the moment

Your pet doesn’t overthink the past or worry about the future. When your pet is eating it’s favorite meal it’s not thinking about gaining weight or the need to exercise more, they are just enjoying that very moment. Do you feel stressed all the time? Do you think you need to have figured everything out? Take a look at your pet and try to copy some of its behavior.


Pets are thankful for their owners, for cuddling, being fed, and playtime. They appreciate whatever they have and they show it. Do you have a hard time being grateful for what you have? Are you thankful for the people who care about you? No matter what is going on be thankful for your blessings and don’t focus on the negativity in your life.

Make time to play

Most pets love to play! My cat, Loki, can play with an old shoestring for hours. Dogs like to chase a ball or stick. Birds can play with a bell or whatever toys it has in its cage. Find something you love doing and start doing it. Go outside, dance around in the house, be crazy and have fun!

Take walks

If you have a pet that needs to go for a walk you have a good reason to go outside, but whether you have a pet that needs a walk or not, taking a walk is good for your mind and body. Balanced exercise is really good to boost your mental and physical health.

Enjoy the journey

Everyone has seen cars passing by with a dog sticking his head out the window, enjoying the ride. No matter where they are going they are enjoying the ride. No matter where your goal in life takes you, focus on the experiences and lessons you learn along the way, enjoy the small things, don’t just focus on the outcome.

Forgive! Don’t hold grudges

Pets forgive very easily. How long does your cat stay mad if you accidentally step on his tail? Does your dog hold a grudge when you forget his favorite treat? Holding a grudge has a negative influence on your emotional well-being and it keeps you from moving forward. Do as your pets do and forgive yourself and others.

Overcome your fears

Animals can overcome their fears through love and kindness. An animal that may have been treated badly in the past will have a fear of being treated badly. With enough attention, patience and love, animals can overcome that fear. Love really conquers all and you should start with yourself. What are your fears? You’ll see that replacing that fear and self-criticism with self love makes you strong and able to handle every situation in life.

Accept yourself

Pets don’t worry about their looks. They don’t compare themselves to other animals wishing they had longer legs or smaller hips. People spend and waste a lot of time trying to change their looks or hating themselves for not  being “picture perfect.” Look at yourself and value your uniqueness. Love it all, the positive and the negative.

Relax and unwind

Every pet owner knows how often their pets think it’s time for a nap. They find their favorite spot and favorite sleep position and simply relax and unwind. We live in a fast paced digital society that never unplugs. Learn from your pet and allow yourself to take a break to relax and unwind. It will calm your mind and restore your energy.

Be loyal and trustworthy

Has anyone ever lied to you? Cheated on you? It makes you feel terrible. Learn from your pets. They don’t lie, they are always loyal. Be loyal and honest to your family and friends. Treat people the way you like to be treated.

Love unconditionally

Your pet will love you unconditionally. You don’t need to deserve their love. Whether you just yelled at them because they did something bad, or you’re in a bad mood, your pet is still happy to be around you. Loving someone unconditionally isn’t an easy thing to do, but it can give you so much in return.

Adding a new dog to your pack

Tips On Adding A New Dog To Your Pack

The number one rule to adding a new dog to your pack is to do it gradually. The worst mistake that people make is to just bring the dog into the house. To the dog that is already there this is an intrusion of his/her territory. To the new dog, being thrust into an unknown environment leaves it without any rules or boundaries to respect.

To introduce your pets you will need the help of a friend or family member who is well known by your current dog. You must all meet on neutral territory. This should be a place that is not familiar to either pet.

You want to drain energy from the pack and allow them to become familiar with each other in a place that none of them “owns”. This will be done by going for a long walk.

At the start of the walk, you take the lead with your existing dog, while your friend or family member follows behind with the new dog. After awhile, drop back and let your original dog sniff the new dog, but don’t let them meet face to face yet. Continue thewalk with the original dog in front and let the new dog sniff.

Bring the entire pack together, with the dogs walking on the outside and the humans in the middle. When they are in a calm state and walking together without incident you can bring them home.

When you get home, take the original dog inside with you, then bring the new dog in. This allows your original dog to invite the new dog into their territory.

Once your dogs have become a pack, it is important that you let them establish hierarchy among themselves, with you and other humans in the house as pack leaders, of course. Don’t show favor to your original dog and try to make them the dominant one.

If you try to force a submissive dog to be dominant it will only make the submissive dog very anxious and insecure, while making the dominant dog resentful. Your new pack will let you know which dog is dominant and which is submissive(or they will take equal positions.) They will be happier for it if you let them make this rule for themselves.



Leader of the pack

Are You The Leader Of The Pack?

Dogs are pack animals, it is so very important that you establish the correct pecking order for your dog. If it is not established early your dog will establish his own pecking order which can cause problems for your family.

It is wonderful to be affectionate with your dog. It is also very important to set boundaries. You must assert your rightful place as Alpha pack leader.

So many people, myself included, treat animals as if they are humans. Humanizing a pet can be a big mistake. This is cause for aggression and dog bites, especially in children.

In my experience, my belgian shepherd became very aggressive when I brought my daughter, Angel, home from the hospital.   Dogs have a tendency to become territorial and jealous. From the family dog’s perspective, a newborn may appear to threaten the dog’s position in the family . Many dogs willingly accept a new addition to the family and may even become protective of this new “pup.” Shadow became very jealous and territorial. Unfortunately, Shadow was rehomed to a very nice older couple with no children.

There are ways to effectively prepare your pet for that new addition to your family.

  • Let your pet smell and inspect the blanket that was used in the hospital.  Make a positive association with the baby’s scent by talking gently to the animal and giving treats. You may even wish to allow your pet to sleep with the item.
  • It may also be helpful to make a  recording of your baby’s cries in the hospital. Or record a friend’s infant. Bring the recording home and play it for your pet, while gently playing or otherwise positively interacting with your pet.
  •  It’s important to carry out the usual welcome-home ritual. It might be a good idea to have someone else carry your baby into the house so you can greet your pet as you usually do.
  •  Don’t lock the dog in a room or remove him from the house when you bring the baby home for the first time. The dog may interpret this as punishment and become aggressive.
  • Allow the dog to see the baby from a safe distance initially. Place a leash on the dog for easier control. The dog will most likely be interested in sniffing the baby. Remember that he is forming an opinion; be positive and cautious at the same time. Talking calmly, offer petting and praise. Do not force the dog toward the baby.
  • When the baby cries, make sure the dog understands that this is okay. You don’t want the dog to think you’re hurting the baby.
  • Give your dog as much attention as you did before the baby arrived.

Your entire family should be included in the training and care of your dog, including children. Children must also learn to behave in the correct manner. They must understand that dogs are not human and we can not treat them as they are.

In conclusion, dog parents and family members are the “leaders of the pack.” We set rules, boundaries and limitations. This will create a happy life for us and our pets.

Spring plants that can be deadly to your pets

tulip flower garden

Spring Flowers That Can Be Deadly To Your Pets

Make your yard and garden safe for your pets by steering clear of these 5 common spring plants.

1. Tulips and Hyacinths 

The bulbs of these two plants are toxic, not the leaves or flowers. Symptoms of poisoning can include:

  • Mouth and esophagus irritation.
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increase in heart rate.
  • Changes in breathing.

2. Daffodils

The bulb, the  plant, and the flower of this plant contains lycorine. Lycorine can irritate the the tissues of the mouth and throat and causes excessive drooling. 

Lycorine can also trigger a gastrointestinal response like vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain. In more serious cases, heart and respiratory problems can occur.  In these severe cases see your veterinarian immediately.

3. Lilies

Some lilies are relatively harmless. Non-toxic varieties include: Calla, Peace and Peruvian. If your pet samples one of these plants, his upper digestive tract may become irritated and he may drool.

Types of poisonous lilies include:

  • Tiger lily
  • Asiatic lily
  • Stargazer lily
  • Casablanca lily
  • Rubrum lily
  • Day lily
  • Japanese Show lily
  • Easter lily

These toxic lilies can be deadly to your cat. If even a tiny amount is ingested, including the pollen, kidney failure can result.

If you suspect your cat has ingested any part of a lily, get your cat and the plant to the clinic/vet right away.

4. Crocuses

Spring crocuses can cause gastrointestinal upset in your pet, typically vomiting and diarrhea. The crocus that blooms in autumn is known as the Meadow Saffron, this is the plant that is highly poisonous.

If your pet tastes a Meadow Saffron, it can experience severe vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding,  liver and kidney damage, and respiratory failure. Symptoms can appear immediately upon ingestion up to several days later.

Take the pet and the plant immediately to the vet/clinic.

5. Lily of the Valley 

Signs your pet has eaten a Lily of the Valley include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drop in heart rate and/or severe cardiac arrhythmia
  • Seizures

The substance that is in the Lily of the Valley is cardiac glycosides. If you suspect your pet has ingested this plant, again, take them to the vet/clinic immediately.

You must be cautious when fertilizing your gardens. Most fertilizers cause only mild gastrointestinal symptoms if eaten, but there are a few to watch out for. These include:

  • Blood meal
  • Bone meal
  • Rose and plant fertilizers

Taking a few simple precautions to avoid any plants and fertilizers known to be deadly to pets can prevent a potential tragedy for you and your family.

Please research before choosing your plants and fertilizers.







Dangers of kitty litter

Dangers of kitty litter

Although clumping kitty litter is a convenience for cat parents, it is very toxic to your kitty.

One of the toxic ingredients in kitty litter is Silica. Prolonged exposure to silica dust can cause severe health risks to both animals and humans. Inhalation of silica dust can cause irritation, permanent damage of the mucous membranes of the lungs and upper respiratory tract as well as leading to silicosis and lung cancer.

Another toxic ingredient is Sodium bentonite, which acts like an expandable cement. They swell to 15 to 18 times their dry size and can be used as grouting, sealing, and plugging materials. ( DON’T FLUSH IT!) Cats often lick themselves after using the litter box, ingesting pieces of the litter. The litter swells just as it would in your plumbing.

There are a number of natural kitty litter alternatives.  This includes litter made from corn, wheat, cedar or pine chips, and paper. There are a number of natural kitty litter options that cat parents can try until they find one that their cat is comfortable using.

Cat parents can also make homemade kitty litter. This is made by using old newspapers and junk mail, wood shavings, and chicken feed. Homemade kitty litter can be better for the environment and your budget than other options, but it will probably take a lot of patience and trial and error for you to find a homemade litter that really works for you.

If you are not already using a non-toxic kitty litter please consider one without silica or sodium bentonite. Keep your kitty healthy.





Dangerous Pet Parasites

Dangerous Pet Parasites

It is so important for pet parents to educate themselves on dangerous pet parasites. Prevention and treatment are vital for any pet parent. Your veterinarian can answer any questions about prevention and treatment.  In this article we will just touch on the basics. Further research is strongly advised.

1. Ticks

Tick- borne disease is a growing threat to both canine and human health. Ticks are parasites that attach themselves to animals and people, feed on blood, and transmit diseases directly into the host’s system. Disease occurs when an infected tick bites a pet or a human and transmits the disease into the victim’s body.

The most important tick-borne diseases that affect pets are Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesosis, Bartonellosis, and Hepatozoonosis. All can have serious health consequences for pets and many can have serious health consequences for people as well.

It’s important that pet owners talk with their veterinarian to determine the best approach to flea and tick control measures for their dogs.

2. Fleas

The most common external parasite found on pets, fleas can be a major problem for dogs, cats and the whole family. Simple itching caused by fleas can be irritating enough for a dog or cat. But fleas can cause more serious health problems too. Fleas are also responsible for transmitting the dog tapeworm (Dipylidium caninum) to dogs, cats and even humans. In addition, fleas can spread bacterial diseases, too.

Some pets develop severe allergies to flea bites (called flea allergy dermatitis) and develop signs, such as itching, that may last long after the fleas have gone.

While outdoor pets are more susceptible, your dog or cat may be exposed to these blood-sucking parasites anywhere: in your own backyard, on walks or even in your own home. When it comes to fleas, the faster you get rid of them, the better!

3. Ear Mites

Ear mites are tiny mites, barely visible to the human eye, that live on the surface of ear canal skin in dogs and cats.   An infestation produces brownish ear wax, similar in appearance to coffee grounds.

Cats are more commonly affected than dogs. Ear mites are spread mostly by direct contact with another animal that has ear mites (they are commonly seen in outdoor cats). They are especially common in young animals.

The presence of ear mites causes inflammation, and can also lead to secondary ear infections. Eggs are laid in the ear, and it takes about 3 weeks for eggs to hatch and develop into adult mites that can reproduce. While ear mites are generally found in the ears, they can also wander out onto the body, causing irritation and itchiness of the skin as well.

There are several alternatives for treating ear mites, and your veterinarian will recommend a treatment protocol for your pet.

Over the counter medications are often less effective or require extended treatment times compared to medications prescribed by your vet, especially the newer medications that require a single application to be effective. First, a thorough cleaning of the ears can help clear the discharge to help calm the irritation and remove some of the mites.

4.  Heartworms

Dogs. The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog mature into adults, mate and produce offspring. If untreated, their numbers can increase, and dogs have been known to harbor several hundred worms in their bodies. Heartworm disease causes lasting damage to the heart, lungs and arteries, and can affect the dog’s health and quality of life long after the parasites are gone. For this reason, prevention is by far the best option, and treatment—when needed—should be administered as early in the course of the disease as possible.

Cats. Heartworm disease in cats is very different from heartworm disease in dogs. The cat is an atypical host for heartworms, and most worms in cats do not survive to the adult stage. Cats with adult heartworms typically have just one to three worms, and many cats affected by heartworms have no adult worms. While this means heartworm disease often goes undiagnosed in cats, it’s important to understand that even immature worms cause real damage in the form of a condition known as heartworm associated respiratory disease (HARD). Moreover, the medication used to treat heartworm infections in dogs cannot be used in cats, so prevention is the only means of protecting cats from the effects of heartworm disease

Heartworm disease is a serious, progressive disease. The earlier it is detected, the better the chances the pet will recover. There are few, if any, early signs of disease when a dog or cat is infected with heartworms, so detecting their presence with a heartworm test administered by a veterinarian is important. The test requires just a small blood sample from your pet, and it works by detecting the presence of heartworm proteins. Some veterinarians process heartworm tests right in their hospitals while others send the samples to a diagnostic laboratory. In either case, results are obtained quickly. If your pet tests positive, further tests may be ordered.

5.  Tapeworms

Tapeworms are parasites of dogs and cats.   They live in the intestines and, although they rarely cause clinical symptoms or disease in pets, they rob their hosts of nutrients.

The most common type of tapeworm is spread by fleas. Pets contract this species of tapeworm when they swallow fleas in the process of grooming.  Other tapeworms are spread through improperly prepared food.

Tapeworms are relatively easy to prevent and to eliminate.  Keeping pets free of tapeworms is important for the health of pets, as well as that of humans who come into contact with them.  Tapeworms can spread to humans in some circumstances.

Tapeworms rarely cause pets to feel sick, and some pets with tapeworms will show no outward signs of  infestation.

Shedding of tapeworms segments in the feces is the most common symptom of tapeworm infestation in pets.  Owners often notice the segments in bowel movements, around the pet’s anus, or on bedding.  The segments are small pieces of the worm, and they look like grains of rice or, when dry, like sesame seeds. A pet that is infested with tapeworms may experience itching or irritation of the anus.  Diarrhea is an infrequent symptom of tapeworms.

Fleas spread the most common type of tapeworm (called Dipylidium) in dogs and cats.  Therefore, animals who do not receive proper flea control are at increased risk of infestation . Other tapeworms (called Echinococcus) also can be contracted from raw meat.  Animals whose diets contain improperly prepared raw meat can develop tapeworm infestations.  Pets that hunt and consume prey animals can contract tapeworms. Dogs who eat feces may contract Echinococcus tapeworms.

These are just a few of the many parasites that we, as good pet parents, have to take action and protect our pets and families from.

I hope you found this information helpful.  Our pets are our family, they need us to keep them safe, happy, and healthy.