Saturday, August 30, 2008

Top 10 Peeves Dogs Have With Humans

1. Blaming your farts on me..... not funny... not funny at all!

2. Yelling at me for barking. I'M A FRIGGIN' DOG

3. Taking me for a walk, then not letting me check stuff out. Exactly whose walk is this anyway?

4. Any trick that involves balancing food on my nose. Stop it!

5. Any haircut that involves bows or ribbons. Now you know why we chew your stuff up when you're not home.

6. The sleight of hand, fake fetch throw. You fooled a dog! Whoooo oooooooo what a proud moment for the top of the food chain.

7. Taking me to the vet for "the big snip", then acting surprised when I freak out every time we go back!

8. Getting upset when I sniff the crotches of your guests. Sorry, but I haven't quite mastered that handshake thing yet.

9. Dog sweaters. Hello ??? Haven't you noticed the fur?

10. How you act disgusted when I lick myself. Look, we both know the truth. You're just jealous.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fish Distributor Fire

For some reason, this story made me think about fire plans in both our homes and in the local pet stores. What precautions and plans do we have in place for our pets should something unfortunate happen?

The story is about a tropical fish distributor trying to save their fish after a fire destroyed the building. The owners want to save their fish, which are worth over $15,000.

What plans do you have in place for your pets should their be some emergency?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

67 Ways to Spoil Your Cat

Fun article about spoiling your cat from the Pet Place website. They're trying to get the list up to 100, so contact them with any other ideas.

Here are a sample of a few of them:
1. Sing them a Song
2. A Satin Pillow
3. Tea Time with Me
4. Create a Cat Room
5. I Give Bam CatSip
6. A Little Nature on TV
7. Share Some Morning Kisses
8. Are Really Got Pat and a Cuddle
9. Big Comfy Chair in Front of the Window
10. A Stroller
11. Her Own Bathroom
12. Playtime in the Bathtub
13. Lots of Kitty Beds
14. Floor to Ceiling Windows
15. Warm Cereal

I'm sure you all have many others!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Basic Bird Care - Bird Environment

Healthy birds can adapt to housing conditions that are generally comfortable to its owner. But sudden fluctuations in temperature may prove a shock to a bird that is ill or even a healthy one.

When possible, try to tailor humidity levels to what the species of bird would be accustomed to in the wild. Tropical birds may appreciate the steam of a shower or misting with water.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dog Humping!

I know, it can be an embarrassing issue, especially when your dog is getting his groove on when the company is over!

According to an article on the The Pet Place Web Site, humping is not only considered a sexual action, it can also mean other things. In fact, it can be a signal of power and rank.

Essentially, some dogs hump as a way of asserting themselves. Whatever the motivation, when humping is directed toward peoples' legs, or objects in the environment, the result is the same: embarrassment for the dog owner and any guests who happen to be present.

Check out the article...

Friday, August 22, 2008

Keep a First-Aid Kit

As responsible pet owners, it is important to keep in mind that accidents do happen. What do we do when our pets are bleeding? Don't panic!

The care doesn't have to be fancy but effective. Keep your dog calm. When you see where the blood is coming from - get a clean cloth or towel and apply gently pressure on the wound. Don't use a tourniquet. Just gentle pressure and go see your veterinarian.

Having these items in a conveniently located first-aid kit will make it much easier in case something does happen to your pet. Take a minute and consider what should be in your dog's home to help him in the case of an emergency.

Included in the kit should be the number of your vet or local pet ER. This way, if you don't know what to do they can help guide you until you can get to the clinic.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Basic Bird Care - Nutrition

Diet is one of the most important considerations when purchasing a bird. It should be your primary area of focus in overall care.

Adequate feeding plans may be developed from a wide variety of commonly available foods, or formulated diets specially prepared for birds by commercial companies may be offered.

Birds tend to rely on variety in order to maintain proper health and fitness. Ask your avian veterinarian for recommendations on feeding your bird.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Proper Fish Feeding

One of the biggest causes of pollution in fish tanks is overfeeding. This Fish Channel article gives some good tips on how/when to feed your fish.

We may think that our fish are always hungry, but the truth is, fish need very little food on a regular basis to be healty.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

If Your Dog Is Fat....

If your dog is fat,
you aren't getting enough exercise

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Basic Bird Care - The Cage

Birds require more attention and detail with their care then some might realize.

A bird will spend the majority of its time confined in a cage. Therefore, choose the largest cage you can accommodate in your home. Allow width for wingspan extension and height for birds with long tail feathers. The cage should be made from a nontoxic material, and will need to be strong enough to withstand dismantling attempts by the bird.

Choose perches that are easy to clean and easily replaceable. Give birds (depending on species) different perching options.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The reason a dog has so many friends
is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Quick Dog Pool Tips

Jumping into the water is a great way for your dog to cool off, especially on hot, steamy days. Swimming can also be a great everyday activity, since it's easy on the joints, but never force it on your pup if he isn't a fan of the water.

If he is a fan, always be cautious of water quality, and don't let him drink from the pool, lake, stream, or ocean. Swallowing too much salt water or chlorine can very quickly make your dog sick.

Keep a close eye on him while he's paddling around, and help him steer clear of deep waters and strong currents.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Acupuncture for Pets

Acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular among the savviest of pet owners as a great option for controlling pets’ pain and treating a variety of ailments. Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist Bridget Halligan, DVM, treats dogs and cats with acupuncture at West Chelsea Veterinary in Manhattan.

"More and more of our clients request acupuncture as a first resort treatment," says Dr. Halligan, DVM, CVA, of West Chelsea Veterinary. "New Yorkers not only want the best for their pets, but have the know-how to seek out every medical option available." Dr. Halligan says more people are specifically seeking acupuncture, and she’s glad she’s providing one more treatment option for her four-legged patients and their owners.

In acupuncture therapy, tiny needles are inserted into certain points of a pet’s body to cause the release of endogenous opioids such as beta endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killers, and smaller amounts of cortisol, an anti-inflammatory steroid. The needles are so small they cause only minimal discomfort. Veterinary acupuncturists most commonly treat cats, dogs, cows and horses, but can also treat exotic pets like birds, ferrets and rabbits.

While acupuncture’s popularity is ever-increasing for companion animals, it isn’t new to veterinary medicine at all. In fact, acupuncture has been used to treat both people and animals for thousands of years. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the earliest known writings about alternative medicines, such as acupuncture, date back to 2800 B.C., and the first uses of acupuncture for animals can be traced from 136 to 265 A.D. in China. The earliest versions of animal acupuncture were practiced on large working animals and involved the application of pressure from sharp stones to specific points on the animal’s body.

Today, Dr. Halligan says her patients are initially treated once weekly for four weeks. “If a pet responds positively, the results are usually noticed within those first four treatments, and sometimes earlier depending upon the condition. Veterinary acupuncture provides an important treatment option for patients with orthopedic, neurological and geriatric issues.”

Media Opportunities: Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist Dr. Bridget Halligan, DVM, of West Chelsea Veterinary is available for interview. Media inquiries and booking requests, please contact: Julie Robbins (646) 981-3342 /

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Top 10 Dog Names

What are the top 10 dog names? My dogs (Rocco, Kelso) didn't make the list. But perhaps your dog made it?

Top 10 Male Pet Names

1. MAX
10. JACK

Top 10 Female Pet Names

10. ZOE

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Top 10 Cat Names

What are the most popular pet names? For the second year in a row the name "Max" has taken top honors as the nation's most popular pet name according to research by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI).

A survey of VPI's 300,000-plus policyholders showed that Bailey, Buddy, Molly, Maggie, Lucy, Jake, Daisy, Rocky and Sadie rounded out the top ten pet names rankings.

Top 10 Male Pet Names

1. MAX
10. JACK

Top 10 Female Pet Names


Sunday, August 3, 2008

Open Letter To Our Pets

I've printed this before, but it's still funny and right-on!

Dear Dogs and Cats,

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food.

Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack.

Beating me to the bottom is not the object.

Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort.

Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, and try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years -- canine or feline attendance is not required.

The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt.

I cannot stress this enough!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Growth of Healthy Food Industry

As everyone has noticed, the health and wellness craze is the hottest segment of the food industry and has been for several years. The pet food industry has also taken notice. Natural pet food, once a small and unnoticed category, is now the mainstream focus of every pet food company on the market.

What has been the niche of entrepreneurs has now caught on with the pet food marketing giants. Each now has its own version of natural pet food.

It is now up to the consumer to filter through the many products, which estimates put at more then 120 brand offerings and more then 5,000 natural, holistic, and organic pet food items.

My choice of foods, especially since the tainted pet food issues, has been to focus on the smaller, though well-known, makers of natural foods. I have stayed away from the larger, commercial –type companies who are making what they call natural foods. The problem is that the larger companies have a bigger marketing budget which may overshadow their ingredients in the minds of consumers.