Howl-O-Ween Pet Photo Costume Contest

Date October 25, 2010

Scary dogs, funny dogs, or just plain silly, your dog can be a thousand dollar winner in the Big Dogs Halloween costume contest.

All you need to do is upload your digital picture to Big Dogs along with the entry form and your dog could win one of 35 prizes ranging from the grand prize worth $1000.00 to $25.00.

Categories include: Spookiest Costume, Funniest Costume, Most Original Costume and Best Big Dog Character Costume.

You can enter as many photos as you want up till November 3, 2010.

Come on, get creative, just remember to make sure that your pets costume is safe.  Enter today.

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Firefighters Refuse To Put Out House Fire While Animals Die

Date October 6, 2010

I’m a little concerned when our society thinks it’s ok to watch an animal burn to death just to prove a point, and then on top of that, made fun of on the TV or radio  like the recent Glenn Beck show. (see the clip at the end of this post)

For those of you that aren’t aware of what happened, recently in a little town in Obion County, Tennessee, a family home burned to the ground because they had not paid their $75.00 annual fee. Why it wasn’t paid, we don’t know, we just know that a family had to watch their home burn to the ground because the firefighters responded to the fire but would not extinguish it since the dues hadn’t been paid. The owner of the home pleaded with the firefighters and told them he would pay them what they wanted, however, it was not until the neighbor’s land started to catch on fire that they bothered to get their hoses out. The neighbors had paid their fees, so that is why they extinguished the fire at their house only.

However, knowing that there were a cat and 3 dogs inside the burning home, the firefighters still refused to put out the fire. So, a cat and 3 dogs were burned to death because of the refusal of this ignorant fire department to uphold their oath as firefighters.

What has become of our society that you can let some innocent family pets burn over $75.00? A family’s entire life was destroyed because the fire department is trying to make a point. And then, someone like Glenn Beck gets on the air and tells the world that’s ok all the while making fun of the man’s accent. Are you kidding me?

Let me remind each and every one of you, including Glen Beck, of the Firefighters oath, and if I’m not wrong, I sure don’t see anywhere in it that there is an exception for not paying your annual dues.

I promise concern for others. A willingness to help all those in need.

I promise courage – courage to face and conquer my fears. Courage to share and endure the ordeal of those who need me.

I promise strength – strength of heart to bear whatever burdens might be placed upon me. Strength of body to deliver to safety all those placed within my care.

I promise the wisdom to lead, the compassion to comfort, and the love to serve unselfishly whenever I am called.

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Safely Using Flea and Tick Medications on Your Pet

Date September 30, 2010

The FDA has issued a warning for anyone using flea and tick medications on their pets.

Over the past five years there have been 1600 deaths of pets from flea and tick medications and over the past year alone 44,000 incidents were reported. All the products involved in these reports contained the pesticide pyrethrins or the synthetic version of it called pyrethoids. The severity of each reported incidence ranged from hair loss to death.

The EPA is looking into the multitude of complaints filed by not only consumers but also by veterinarians and others in the pet industry.

Of the complaints filed, 80% of them were from products that were purchased over the counter. The majority of the complaints however showed that the products were misused. You must apply the correct dosage for the correct species or you will certainly be taking the risk of harming your pet.

Another precaution in using these topical products is that your other pets may lick product off each other which can most certainly cause ill effects. The same applies to families with children. I always make it a habit to apply of these products at nighttime when I know the pets will all be laying down to sleep and not playing or being touched by anyone.

The EPA announced in April that it will be looking at the over the counter as well as the Veterinarian sold products to see if they need to tighten the restrictions on their use to help protect the pets.

For additional information or a list of the EPA registered spot on flea and tick products you can visit their site at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/flea-tick-control.html

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Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

Date September 22, 2010

Just around the corner in October it will be Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. Each year the ASPCA sponsors this event to encourage people to adopt a dog from their local shelters.

There are so many benefits from adopting a dog from a shelter. First off, it saves a life. It also opens up a space for another dog to be brought into the shelter.

It is also a proven fact that medically, dogs are beneficial to humans health. They help lower blood pressure, make people get more exercise and also cut down on depression. Dogs can protect your family, save a life, and also provide a great companionship for lonely people.

Children who grow up with pets also learn the meaning of love, responsibility and long term commitment.

Save a life and help yours be better by adopting a dog from your local shelter or rescue group next month.

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Meet The Breeds In NYC

Date September 16, 2010

Coming up the weekend of October 16 and 17 at the Jacob K Javits Center is the second annual “Meet the Breeds” showcase of 200 pure bred dogs and cats.

Visitors to the center have the chance to meet and interact with hundreds of purebred, rare breeds of dogs and cats. There will also be an agility competition for the cats and dogs as well as K9 search and rescue show and grooming techniques. Experts will be on hand to further educate everyone on each breed.

Children will have games to play as well as many giveaways. There will be over 100 vendors with various items for cats and dogs.

Lower ticket prices are available in advance or you can purchase them at the door. The event will take place from 10:00 to 5:00 daily. Adult prices at the door are 15.00 and childrens prices are 10.00.

Pet Partners (AKC and Cat Fanciers Assoc) are the sponsors for this annual event.

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Elderly Woman Saved By Her Cat

Date September 9, 2010

A 97 year old woman was saved from an attack by 4 Pit Bulls by her 3 year old cat.

Sophie Thomas had gone outside with her cat, Tiger, and was rapidly surrounded by 4 Pit Bulls slowly circling around her. One of them was lunging at her and bit her on the arm. She started yelling for help and no one came to her rescue except for Tiger who had wondered away and was sitting under a bush.

Thomas said “I was so scared” and she just stood still, and then Tiger came running and jumped right into the middle of the gang of dogs. The cat then lept away and all the Pit Bulls followed after her.

Thomas sustained some minor cuts and scratches and was relieved when her beautiful tortoiseshell cat returned home with only a scratch on her nose.

Ms Thomas attributes her closeness with her cat because they have spent so much time living alone together and do everything together. She says that Tiger follows her everywhere she goes. Tiger was a gift from her son and is her only real companion, and shes extremely happy to have her.

As for the Pit Bulls, Thomas found out that they belonged to a neighbor who has never even apologized to her. The dogs have been quarantined by the local police.

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Animals Found Dead at Florida Pet Shop

Date September 1, 2010

Dozens of animals have been rescued from a Lakeland,  Florida pet store where the electricity had been shut off for 5 days. The heat in Florida has been over 90 degrees daily and heat index well over 100.

Unfortunately there were 8 animals that weren’t so lucky. Rabbits, Duck, Chickens, Lizard, and Birds were not able to sustain the heat.

The owner of the store claims that she was out of town when the power went out, and that she had left someone else in charge. It is yet to be determined if this is the case. Also, why the electric bill had not been paid is also under investigation.

The pet store mainly sold reptiles which can fortunately take a little more heat then other animals would be able to, however, this is still a very sad situation that a pet store owner could be this irresponsible.

Thank heaven a caller had spotted the dead animals and poor conditions in the Noah’s Ark Exotic Pet Store and alerted the police before any more animals died.

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Fourth Of July No Picnic For Animals

Date June 23, 2010

While we think of Fourth of July as party time with swimming and picnics and beaches, the one thing we sometimes overlook is how the fireworks are going to affect our pets.

With fireworks going off both day and night in celebration of the July 4th holiday, a lot of animals and wildlife will become fearful. As a pet owner, you will want to help your pet through this time without reinforcing their fears.

If you know that your pet is afraid, be sure to keep them inside. If they are outside pets, they may either get lose if they are in a confined area and get lost or even hit by a car. Bringing them inside would keep them safe and lessen the amount of noise around them.

Don’t take your pet to the fireworks to try to get them use to it. That is not really the time to work on their fear of loud noises.

Trying excessively to reassure them could just reinforce their fears by letting them think its ok to be afraid of loud noises. Try to keep the noise level to a minimum for them, or put their focus elsewhere. Play with them, put on some music or entertain them someway instead of hugging them and telling them it’s ok…it’s not ok to be scared of loud noises. You want them to be comfortable with loud noises.

If you are going out, make sure you leave the tv or radio on for them. This may help eliminate some of the other loud noises they hear and also helps calm them. Make sure they are in an area where they can get somewhere to hide comfortably and safely. Put the radio or tv on well before you even leave to get them attuned to that sound.

Be considerate of your neighbors. Even though you may have a pet that doesn’t mind the fireworks, not everyone is as lucky, so don’t go shooting off fireworks which may frighten your neighbor’s pets, whether they are inside or out. If you live where there is a lot of wildlife, be considerate of them also.

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Sugar Bears Are the New Rage in Pocket Pets

Date June 9, 2010

Pocket Pet, Sugar Bear, Sugar Glider, they are all the same.

These handsome little critters are becoming all the rage as perspective pet owners are looking for something small, hardy, inexpensive to maintain, and can fit into a small area.

Sugar Bears are small marsupials, meaning they come from the same general family as the Kangaroo or Koala Bear. Though they resemble the rodent family in a way, they are not part of the rodent family.

These little guys weigh in full grown at approximately 6 ounces and are 5-6 inches long when full grown. They are carried in their mothers pouch for the first few weeks of their lives. They have 4 hands with opposable thumbs like humans do.

Because they do not carry any known diseases, they do not need any vaccinations and therefore, virtually no veterinary visits. They eat mainly apples and fruits, and one apple can fulfill them for a day. You can buy food specifically designed for them, and when fed this, or just fruits and vegetables, they basically have no smell like other small rodent pets.

The average length of age for them is 12-14 years, much like that of a dog. They will not potty where the play or sleep and when they do, its just a couple little drops, approximately every 4 hrs or so. Like humans, they will potty when they get up from sleeping so that is a good time to hold them over the sink or a cloth.

Because Sugar Bears do not have the scent that other rodent pets have, most dogs and cats will not think of them as prey and they will get along fine. Of course, that doesn’t mean you take one home and let it immediately start running around the house with other pets, it will take some time for them to bond. And speaking of bonding, these little critters do need a lot of handling at first, and they love it. After they get use to you, they will stay for hours in your pocket, on your shoulder, or even on your head.

I was able to play with these this past weekend at our local mall, and I can tell you, they are adorable. If you are looking for a unique little pet, easy keeper, cheap to own, check out the Sugar Bears.

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The Truth About Ear Mites

Date May 11, 2010

They shake their heads, they rub their ears and the scratching makes you crazy. Thats the first signs that your pet has ear mites.

Ear mites, which are highly contagious from pet to pet, are tiny mites which invade the ear canals of dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and other small pets. They are not transmittable to humans, but they can survive on other parts of the pets body.

With the naked eye, you won’t really be able to know for sure if they are mites or not, but if you see dried blood and little ground up brown spots, which look like coffee grounds, it is more than likely mites. Ear mites are a very common problem, and while not serious, can lead to severely damaged ear canals and ear drums.

There are several over the counter preparations which you can use to kill the mites, and they usually contain a pyrethrin. Ear mites meds without an insecticide will not kill the ear mites. Even if you treat the ear mites, you should also treat the feet and tail area which is another place they like to live. You can do this with a good flea or tick shampoo, ivermectin or even just by using your Frontline and Revolution.

If you have more than one pet, they should all be treated since chances are they too have mites.

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