Autumn has always been my favorite season. I love the brightly colored falling leaves, sweaters and boots, the crisp kiss of frost in the air, and harvesting the last of summer’s vegetables from the garden – fat pumpkins in orange and white, twisted gourds, and even a few squash and zucchini that still cling to the vine. But fall is also a reminder that winter and all its hardships for outdoor and community cats is right around the corner.
For those of us who care for outdoor critters, the seasons have their own rhythm. Spring means making sure that winter debris like old straw is cleared away, that shelters are repaired after a hard season of snow and ice, and that feeding stations are cleaned and often replaced.
My veterinarian is retiring. He’s been my pets’ vet for many years and the fact that I drive more than an hour each way so that he can treat my six-pack of cats says a lot about the excellent care he and his staff provide. I’m very picky when it comes to my pets’ health care, as most pet owners (hopefully) are about the care of their own furry friends. And I tend to be a bit of a nervous Nelly when it comes to health care in general. I’m signed up for recall alerts and I spend some time each week surfing the AVMA’s website to find out about the latest breakthroughs, vaccines, and treatments.
When I got my first dog, I thought getting all his gear would be simple and straight forward; dog bed, grooming kit, food, lead, collar, you know, the usual stuff. But unfortunately it didn't turn out this way. In fact, it was much more complicated. I guess like everything these days, there's a choice to be made. The same goes when buying bits for your pet dog, which until recently, I didn't realise.
Let's take the bedding for example. I just wanted a dog bed, something that was sensibly priced that was going to provide my new four legged friend a comfortable and warm place to get some sleep. I pretty much had a good idea in my head of what I was going to go for; something with soft sides, but deep walled. He's an Alsatian so it had to be reasonably big too. But apart from that I also wanted something that was going to last a while, quality at a reasonable price is what I wanted.
Your pet dog is an integral part of your family and as Halloween is knocking at the door, you can make your dog feel special by dressing him up on this occasion. You can either make a full costume or just the headpiece of the costume as your pet might not be too keen in wearing the complete costume. Given are some ideas on Halloween dog costumes that you can start preparing from today in order to make your dog look best for the upcoming event.
The very first of all dog costumes in our list is the 'hot dog' costume. In order to prepare this Halloween costume for your pet, the following things will be needed- tan colored lightweight foam for the hot dog buns, glues, scissors, felts for adding on the ketchup and mustard and at last but not the least, a dog harness for helping your dog manage this costume. The first step requires you to cut out buns from the foam.
If you have ever taken a look at your dog's paws, you'll realize they are the toughest part of his exterior. There is good reason; they have several jobs to perform. They do more than merely protect his feet. They function as padding that protects his joints when he walks or runs. They also insulate the bottoms of his feet, which is invaluable when the ground is cold or hot. There is also soft tissue beneath your canine's pads that is protected from injury. It is for these reasons that many dogs are hesitant to allow strangers to touch their feet. Many canines don't even enjoy their owners handling their feet. But it's important that you do everything you can to care for your pooch's paws, so he'll remain comfortable when he walks. The following five tips will help.
Natural dog food is the best choice for your pet dog. Dog owners usually like to feed their pet dog with dry dog food. However, before you decide to purchase a particular brand of dog food, check the ingredients listed on the pack. Not all dog food brands use high quality natural ingredients. So, carefully select your dog food stuff. There are certain guidelines that you need to follow while deciding to purchase natural dog food. The tips are as follows:
Getting your cat properly vaccinated is essential to its health. In fact, before vaccinations became more commonly place, many cats died on a regular basis from a condition called panleukopenia, which is more commonly known as feline distemper. They were also more likely to die from upper respiratory infections such as herpesvirus and calcivirus.
Spring is a stormy season. Here in Tennessee, flash floods, thunderstorms, and tornados are all too common. So having an emergency plan for your family, including your pets, is important. Just like Daylight Saving Time is a good reminder to change the batteries in your fire alarms, the start of spring is a great time to update your emergency plans.