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Uh oh, Lucy got caught!

Do your pets eat cat poo, or maybe their own poo?

Miss Lucy has been caught trying to steal the cat’s poo! EWWWWW~ We have blocked the litter box so she can’t get to it, but if you happen to forget to return the baby gate across, she is stealthy and will sneak a poo!! Image

What to do?

Anyone have a pet who likes to steal poo?

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Catching Up!

Well the sun is setting here on the West Coast of Canada.  Mommy took us out for our after dinner walkies. We also have been going at the crack of birds singing, lol. Its nice to see the usual 2 bunnies every morning even if Blaze and Diego want to chase tgem, BOL!!

What’s new you may be wondering?

Well as many of you know its flea and tick season and mommy has been busy staying on top of that with our bedding, blankets, kennels, whew, but she is awesome at it!

Mommy has been helping more rescue organizations and meeting some amazing animals! Blaze goes on lots of travels with mommy, cuz he likes doing that and mommy and him have a special bond.

So tonight mommy took a picture of me (Jingles) with my brother Cinder. Its a rare chance that you would get us together, Bol!!

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We all hope you leave space on your bed for the humans BOL! Mommy took this picture of all 7 of us on the bed and we left her NO room! *snickers*.

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Woofy Wiggle Bums!!

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Salmonella Food Recall

Morning Furry Friends and Followers! 

Mama here, I have been noticing that there have been a lot of food recalls lately and I see there is another one. This really makes me upset because manufacturers are playing with our pets lives! 

We picked up this bit of information from our friends on Facebook Pawcurious stated this morning. You can find Pawcurious here https://www.facebook.com/pawcurious

affecting chicken and bully items from Target, Costco, Petco. Not related to the China recall. Looks like the plant involved was significantly contaminated.

 

The article link is http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm340337.htm. I really encourage you all to read it!!

Upon further reading, we learned that this isn’t the first time this plant has has had recalls. In fact they have had 3 recalls at the end of last year! Now the FDA has put a warning on their treats! 

What’s it going to take for consumers to realize they can safely make their own treats for their pets? 

We do at our house, we use our dehydrator and take whatever cuts of fish, chicken, beef, moose, elk, deer (preferably organic when possible) and dehydrate them according to the temperature and time required. In the end you have jerky treats, with no chemicals, no additives that is healthy and you know in your mind that no harm will come to your pet. 

You don’t need a fancy machine, something as simple as this:

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There are many different kinds of dehydrators, some are for outdoors, some come layered differently than the one above. The point is, you can make your own treats inexpensively!!

Sounds pretty simple to me! 

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Heart worms and the importance of protection

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Blaze here, boy do we have quite the update! 

First off, we need to keep our paw prayers in motion! Our fur buddy Tipper is not doing very well. He is struggling with heart worm troubles. 

For those don’t know what heart worm is, we are going to share what we can to help better inform you. 

Heart worm is transmitted by infected mosquitoes.  Only by the bite of an infected mosquito. There’s no other way dogs get heart worms. And there’s no way to tell if a mosquito is infected. That’s why prevention is so important.

Heart worm disease has been reported in all 50 states. And the bite of just one mosquito infected with the heart worm larvae will give your dog heart worm disease.

Heart worm disease has not only spread throughout the United States, but it’s also now found in areas where veterinarians used to say “Oh, we don’t have heart worm disease.” Areas like Oregon, California, Arizona, and desert areas — where irrigation and building are allowing mosquitoes to survive. And if you have mosquitoes and you have animals, you’re going to have heart worms. It’s just that simple.

It takes about seven months, once a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, for the larvae to mature into adult heart worms. They then lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. Adult worms can grow up to 12 inches in length, can live 5-7 years, and a dog can have as many as 250 worms in its system.

People have asked if they can get heart worms from their dogs?

Heart worms are only be passed on by mosquitoes. It’s a specific parasite that only affects dogs and cats and ferrets and other mammals. In rare cases, heart worms have infected people, but it does not complete its life cycle. The heart worm will migrate to the lung and cause a round lesion that looks like a tumor. But these are very rare cases.

The other common question is if one of my dogs has heart worms, can he give it to my other dogs? The answer is no.  Again, the only way heart worms are transmitted is through the bite of an infected mosquito. And even if an uninfected mosquito bit your infected dog, and then bit your uninfected dog the same night, he wouldn’t transmit the parasite from one dog to the other. That’s because when a mosquito bites an infected animal, the heart worm needs to undergo an incubation period in the mosquito before the mosquito can infect other animals.

Now, is it OK to adopt a dog with heart worms. Unfortunately it is a very common problem in animal shelters today, and public shelters rarely have the money to treat heart worm disease. It’s perfectly acceptable to adopt a dog with heart worms, but you have to be dedicated to having the disease treated appropriately, because it’s a horrible disease that can lead to a dog’s death if left untreated.

So now that we now what heart worm is. Let’s bark about how to prevent dogs from getting heart worms? For less than the cost of going to Starbucks for a weekly coffee, you can prevent heart worm disease in your dog. There are monthly pills, monthly topical that you put on the skin, and there’s also a six-month injectable product. The damage that’s done to the dog and the cost of the treatment is way more than the cost to prevent heart worm disease. A year’s supply of heart worm preventative will cost about $35 to $80, depending on a dog’s weight.

Oh boy, before we forget, here is the bery important stuff! What are the symptoms of heart worm infestations in dogs? Initially, there are no symptoms. But as more and more worms crowd the heart and lungs, most dogs will develop a cough. As it progresses, they won’t be able to exercise as much as before; they’ll become winded easier. With severe heart worm disease, we can hear abnormal lung sounds, dogs can pass out from the loss of blood to the brain, and they can retain fluids. Eventually, most dogs will die if the worms are not treated.

Now, before you all worry about money and treating heart worm, we have the information on that too! 

The drug that you treat with is called Immiticide. It’s an injectable, arsenic-based product. The dog is given two or three injections that will kill the adult heart worms in the blood vessels of the heart.

The safest way to treat heartworms includes an extensive pre-treatment workup, including X-rays, blood work, and all the tests needed to establish how serious the infection is. Then the dog is given the injections. With all the prep work, it can run up to $1,000. But just the treatment can be done for about $300 in some areas.

Oh and we must be kept dog quiet during the several months of treatment for heart worms because as the worms begin to die, they break up into pieces, which can cause a blockage of the pulmonary vessels and cause death. That’s why dogs have to be kept quiet during the treatment and then for several months afterward. Studies have shown that most of the dogs that die after heart worm treatment do so because the owners let them exercise. It’s not due to the drug itself.

Whew, lots of great stuff in our blog today!

The next question asked is if my dog is diagnosed with heart worms, can I just give him his monthly preventative instead of having him go through treatment? Won’t that kill his heart worms?

Studies have shown that if you use ivermectin, the common preventative, on a monthly basis in a dog with heart worm disease, after about two years you’ll kill off most of the dog’s young heart worms. The problem is, in the meantime, all of those heart worms are doing permanent damage to the heart and blood vessels.

But if there’s no way someone can afford the actual treatment, at least using the preventative on a monthly basis could be a lesser alternative.

Oh and this is bery bery important!  The American Heart worm Society recommends year-round heart worm prevention. One reason is, there’s already a serious problem with people forgetting to give their dogs the heart worm preventatives. It’s a universal problem. Now if you use it year-round, and you miss a month, your dog will probably still be protected. But if you miss more than one or two months your dog could become infected.

The other reason not to stop is that many of the preventatives today also include an intestinal parasite control for roundworms, whip worms, or tapeworms. You want your dog to be protected against those at all times.

The other thing to realize is if you don’t treat dogs with heart worms, they stands a good chance of dying from the disease.

There have been improvements to treating heart worms. At one time plain arsenic was used to treat it, which had many side effects. What is used now is a safer product with fewer side effects. It’s a safe product if used correctly.

Also, it is also bery important to know that if we get heart worm, and is treated for them, we can  get them again. This is why prevention is so important. 

Here is a link where the information was collected and shared with you all. 

http://www.medicinenet.com/pets/dog-health/heartworms_in_dogs.htm

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Being A Responsible Pet Owner

Meow! This is Jingles and Cinder. Today Miss Ella went to the vet to get something called spayed. Mama said that it isn’t fair to Miss Ella to be continually falling into heat about every 2 weeks. See mama has tried 3 times to make this appointment, but had been told in error, that after she was in heat, Ella had to go a month between cycles before she could be spayed. Turns out that was wrong! So poor Miss Ella, has fallen into heat 2 to 3 more times at a spell of every two weeks. Can you imagine how that must feel? 

So we thought we would share the benefits of spaying and neutering your pets. 

Spaying, Neutering, and the Responsible Pet Owner

 Pets come with a lot of responsibilities, and your decisions affect more than you and your cat. In truth, they affect the whole of society. One such decision is whether to spay or neuter your cat.

 What is spaying and neutering?

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures to remove your cat’s ability to reproduce. Neutering (for males) requires two simple incisions and Spaying (for females) is a little more invasive, but both are low risk surgeries. Your cat should recover completely within a few days.

 Why spay and neuter?

  • You won’t contribute to pet overpopulation – Stray pets are a huge problem. There are too many pets for shelters to handle: so many that some consider euthanizing as a control. By not neutering or spaying your cat, it’s not a matter of if your pet will reproduce, it’s when.
  • Even indoor cats can accidentally get out – If you think your indoor cat is safe, think again. Hormones can turn even the most docile cat into a roamer, so be proactive and get your cat fixed.
  • It can calm your pet – Animals who are spayed and neutered often display calmer dispositions, are more social, and are less likely to roam. Males become less aggressive. It is a myth that females have better temperaments after having one litter.
  • Your pet will no longer display embarrassing and annoying “heat” behaviors – Once the hormones stop, so does the behavior attributed to them.
  • Male cat urine will actually smell better – It’s still cat urine and it still smells bad, but not as bad.
  • If you neuter your male at the right time, he won’t spray – While some cats still spray anyway, the majority of them will never start if you get them neutered at the appropriate time (about 6 months old for kittens). Neutering stops approximately 85% of adult male cats from spraying.
  • Male cats will fight less – And as a result, your cat is less likely to end up with a serious injury or infection (not to mention an expensive vet bill). By fighting, your cat could also be more susceptible to contracting the incurable viruses cat leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus (both are contracted through exchange of body fluid).

 The Plain Truth

  • Your cat will not become overweight or lazy as a result of spaying or neutering – As long as you provide exercise and a healthy diet, your cat should not become overweight.
  • Cat breeding is not a profitable business – Leave breeding to breeders who know exactly what they are doing. Breeding cats will not bring you a fortune; costs often come close to matching any potential profit. Also, with so many strays and free cats available (often from those who should have spayed/neutered their cats), there just isn’t a high demand.
  • It’s never too late to spay/neuter your cat – Think you missed your chance? Spaying or neutering your cat can be done at any age, though it is better to fix a kitten before they are 7 months old. If you fix a kitten before he/she goes through puberty, they are less likely to pick up the habits associated with it.

 You can find the link to this article here ——> http://en.homesalive.ca/learning-centre/cat-learning-centre/spayneuter.aspx

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Its FURRRRRIDAY!

Woof! What a week! Pets being reunited with their loved ones, pets being adopted, fostered and rescued! What more can be done to make our FURRRIDAY even better than it has been! 

This week there were car rides with mama and daddy. Playing and romping around with our pack buddies and sleeping soundly at night knowing we are safe, warm and loved. Sounds pretty awesome to us!

Hey! have you checked out our Facebook page? No? Well, you better….. you can find out all the grrrrate tings we get up to, plus mama shares all sorts of very interesting tips and tricks to keep your dogs and pest (oops cats *blush*) safe. Now let me see, I push this long ting and oops not what mama wanted *hehe*.

Our Facebook page called Wags and Wiggles, mama says she started it after our pack buddy Rizzo went to the Bridge. Wow, mama says it will be 1 year next month that Rizzo has been at the Bridge! Time sure does fly, we hope he has some good friends  with him till we meet with him. I know mama misses him a lot. I see her with his chain collar that she has wrapped around a lamp by the bedside, often you will see her saying “good morning Rizzo” or “love you my boy”. 

Otay, back to business! Here is the link to our page 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wags-and-Wiggles/355170354499566.

We are at just over 200 likes! *happy dances* we sure would love it if you all would share the link and let people know what a grrraaaate page we have! Fanks bunches!!  

Well, *yawning* it seems like a sleepy day today, I hear the snores of Blaze and yawns of Toby happening. Oh and Toby is  dreaming, his paws are moving *snickers* what a sweet boy he is! 

Have a Pawsome FURRRRIDAY! 

MUAH! 

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