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by Christine Mott
The holidays are fast-approaching and you may be contemplating the idea of adopting a new puppy and surprising your family with it. Picture it: a cute, warm, furry little puppy curled up in a basket with a red bow on it's collar. Adorable! In most cases it is a wonderful idea. A puppy finds his or her new forever home and you get a new forever friend! The fact of the matter is, each year far too many people purchase or adopt pets as holiday gifts without really thinking about what they are getting themselves into. Your new family member should be considered just that, and he or she comes with a big responsibility.
If you are thinking about adopting your new lifelong friend, please do not do so in haste or on a whim. Your decision needs to be a well thought-out plan. Many puppies are dropped off at shelters, where their fate is unknown, or given away soon after the tinsel and confetti are cleaned up. Sadly, this can cause heartache and confusion not only for young children but for the animal as well. It is all too often that people complain they had no idea of what it takes to raise a puppy. They didn't do their homework, which is unfair to the animal.
In an effort to save you and the animal a lot of trouble we would like to stress that puppies need constant caring, attention, affection and discipline. They cannot be left alone for any real length of time, so staying out at that late-night party may have to be put on the back burner for the first several months! It is important to realize that your puppy should become a priority in your life and that he or she truly needs you.
Your new pup will not only rely on you for the obvious things such as food, water and shelter, but they will need you to keep them safe from harm. They are as mischievous as a toddler and in some cases can chew themselves into a world of mischief if left unattended in the wrong setting.
There are initial expenses to consider too:
- veterinarian bills for exams and immunizations
- supply items such as a crate to keep them safe and help with training
- a leash
- a collar
- proper chew toys
There is always the potential for the need of grooming depending upon your dog's coat, and boarding if you do not have a sitter while you travel. All of this will add up and may not fit into your budget at the present time. Also ask yourself, will your pet have a properly fenced in area outside? Do you have the time to take him or her out for daily walks and exercise if not? An exercised dog is a happy, content dog!
Keep in mind that your puppy will need to be trained and disciplined with lots of patience, understanding and love, love, love! This will take time. Ultimately your new friend will want nothing more than to please you. He or she will have the capability of surprising you at how smart they are and what a quick study they could be if handled correctly.
All in all, if you are thinking about getting a new pet this holiday, it is an exciting idea! Make sure you do your homework and understand what you are getting not only yourself into but your family as well. Please consider all of the options especially rescuing a dog from a shelter or adopting an older dog that is in desperate need of a home. A more mature dog may actually fit into your lifestyle better. We understand that many people are afraid to get a dog that is a little older, not knowing its background. However, the fact of the matter is that the shelters are sadly over-crowded with suitable, fun-loving pets for one and all in dire need of rescue. The shelter personnel should be able to help you choose the right "friend" for you and your family.
Lastly, if you decide to take the leap, congratulations! Remember that what you put into it, is what you get out of it! Patience, persistence, love and understanding will surely help get you through the first year. You will get so much joy out of the love, companionship and friendship of your dog, the rewards are two-fold! A pet can definitely enhance your life as there is nothing like that special, unique bond and the unconditional love and loyalty they share with their caring owners. Everyone should love and know the love of an animal--the world would be a much happier place if so!
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The following information was taken from a great pet friendly website: www.thirdage.com
Pet safety is an important part of the holiday season, and we want to wish all pet owners a happy Thanksgiving holiday and remind them that no matter how much their adorable pets beg and beg, they must stand firm in resisting the temptation to feed pets holiday treats. Humans have a tendency to convince themselves that their pets have similar feelings and desires as people.
This may be the case when it comes to food, since animals do enjoy the smell and taste as much as humans, but animals will often eat things that are not good for them or can actually make them very sick - rotting garbage, feces, stinging insects and antifreeze are a few examples.
Now, I am not trying to imply that turkey and ham will kill a dog like antifreeze, but these rich meats can make them quite ill. Other food items that do not agree with an animal's stomach include buttery items, nuts, sweets and chocolate, which is toxic. Veterinarians see many animals for gastrointestinal upset on Black Friday, or Brown Friday as it is be referred to in some animal clinics. Most patients are present with irregular bowels or vomiting, but some can develop severe, life-threatening pancreatic that requires hospitalization.
Stress is another cause of GI upset and strange behavior patterns in pets this time of year. Some pets are stressed when their owners leave for long periods of time, and some when company arrives. If you know your pet suffers from stress in certain situations, try to accommodate its needs and insure that its Thanksgiving is also enjoyable .
The look and feel of Christmas really starts to emerge following Thanksgiving. Holiday decorations are beautiful, but keep in mind that they can cause problems for pets. Take care that electric cords and candles are out of reach severe burns can occur from hot wax or a couple of nibbles on an accessible cord. Ornaments and tinsel are easily ingested by cats and dogs, but often require surgery to be removed. Greenery and plants, such as poinsettias, holly and mistletoe, are toxic to dogs and cats.
One last holiday reminder as we enter the season for giving: People are often looking for ways to contribute to the community and help charitable organizations that need assistance now more than ever. Read more
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The following info was taken from CBSNEWS.com
As temperatures reach record lows around the country this winter, the weather poses a danger for people and pets alike.
It's especially important during the cold months to take precautions to keep pets warm and safe. The Early Show resident veterinarian Debbye Turner gives some helpful information and product suggestions to help protect animals in winter.
All outdoor pets should have shelter from the wind, rain and snow. Turner says when the temperature outside drops below freezing (32 degrees F), pet owners should provide adequate protection from the elements for their pets. When the outside temperature and/or wind-chill drops below zero, then pets should have access to shelter with heat.
Young pets don't regulate body temperature as well as adults, so, Turner says, bring them inside when it gets cold. Also, older pets or pets with illness are especially susceptible to the cold. Keep them inside with you.
Normal body temperature for a dog or cat is around 101 degrees F. Animals experience hypothermia when their body temperature falls dramatically below their normal body temperature. The metabolic rate lowers. That, consequently, affects organ functions. The first sign of hypothermia is shivering, then respiratory depression, lethargy, and weakness. The gums turn pale or bluish, and the pet experiences lack of coordination and paralysis before collapsing.
If a pet owner suspects his pet is suffering from hypothermia, Turner says to wrap the animal in a warm, dry blanket and get it to the veterinary clinic immediately. Frostbite is especially a risk for pets because it's easy to miss under the fur. Frostbite is the death of tissues in the body when ice crystal form in cells. The parts that are most likely to get frostbite are the ears, feet, tail, scrotum and mammary glands. If conditions persist, the skin will begin to slough off. Again, immediate medical attention is necessary if you think your pet has frostbite.
Turner says pets may need extra food in the winter, so their bodies will have more fuel to keep them warm (indoor pets might eat less since they are less active). Turner says don't be surprise is Fido asks for the seconds in the winter.
Plus, pets need access to fresh, unfrozen water at all times. It is better to use a heavy plastic water bowl in the winter instead of metal. Metal loses heat quickly and the water will freeze faster. Plus, there is a chance the dog's tongue could get stuck to the bowl. A heated bowl is best for outside dogs.
Turner advises owners to put a sweater on dogs with short or thin hair when walking them.
Dogs that should wear a sweater:
- Older (Geriatric) Dogs
- Short-Haired Dogs
Example: Chihuahuas, miniature pinschers, dachshunds, greyhounds, boxers, Boston Terriers
Ice balls can form around your dogs feet or between the toes. These can be painful and very uncomfortable. Clipping the hair around the feet will help reduce this. Plus, Turner says, try to apply a little Vaseline or cooking spray to the bottom of the feet before a walk to keep ice and snow from sticking. Make sure to wipe the dog's feet when she comes back inside.
Salted roads and sidewalks can be irritating to the dog. Turner says if their footpads are cracked from the cold weather, the salt will be like "salt in a wound." Plus, owners don't want their dog licking all that salt and swallowing it. Turner says owners should be sure to wipe off their dog's feet when it comes in from a walk. Booties are very helpful in keeping the dog's feet dry, and clean of salt and other chemicals. It may take some time to teach a dog to wear them.
Be careful not to let your pets get too close to the fireplace and space heaters. Burns are not uncommon at this time of year, Turner says, as pets can accidentally knock over heaters or get too close to open flame.
Turner gives the following guidelines for a proper doghouse:
- Shelter Should be Elevated Off the Ground
- Shelter Should Insulated
- Doghouse Should Be Wind-Tight
- Shelter Should be Water-Proof
- It Should Be Large Enough for Dog to Stand and Turn in a Full Circle
If the shelter is too big, the dog's body heat will not be able to help heat the house.
- Bedding Should be Clean and Dry at All Times
Wet bedding can only make matters worse for a dog. Some suggest using fresh hay as a bedding in doghouses. A good 6- to 10-inch layer at the bottom of the house should be enough to keep the pooch protected from the cold underneath.
- Doghouse Should Face South Or East
Positioning the shelter helps protect the pooch from the wind
Turner says it is best not to use heat lamps or space heaters in a doghouse. There is a high risk for burns, if let on too long or too high.
Antifreeze poisoning is a big risk during the cold months. This is a life-threatening medical emergency. If a dog or cat ingests antifreeze and receives no medical attention, it could die in less than a day. Signs of antifreeze poisoning:
- Lack of Coordination
There is a safer antifreeze that is made with propylene glycol that doesn't damage the kidneys, but it is still toxic and can damage the nervous system. Antizol-vet can be given to stop the effect of the ethylene glycol, the toxic agent in antifreeze.
Turner says owners of an outdoor cat should knock on the hood of the car loudly before starting the engine. Cats will crawl into the engine to keep warm. Starting the car with a cat in the engine can be devastating.
Cold weather dogs such as Huskies, Samoyeds, Chows, St. Bernards, Sheepdogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs and Great Pyrenes can tolerate more cold than other dogs.
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