Hooray!...in some parts of the USA it's still springtime (northern Arizona), while elsewhere, it's making the transition from spring to summer, and then there are the folks in Florida and Phoenix who are completely into their summer frame of mind. Helpful Buckeye has a few items of interest in this week's issue of Questions On Dogs and Cats concerning springtime and summer concerns for pet owners. In the meantime, let's get you started on the right foot for a summer attitude with this energetic and imaginative music video that was sent to me by Barbara in Virginia...sit back, turn on your speakers, and enjoy the song and these dogs: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=pkPNa4DBFHI
Helpful Buckeye would like to thank all of our readers who sent notes of congratulations on our 2nd anniversary last week. Your kind words were really appreciated!
For the full information package on these tips, go to: http://www.pawnation.com/2010/05/18/dog-bites-5-ways-to-protect-yourself-and-your-family/
3. Assess Pest Control Around the House and on Your Pet
3. Some pets may have had a frightening experience at the doctor's office, or they associate the visit with an unpleasant procedure like nail clipping. A dog may feel fearful or protective of his owner in the presence of other dogs. A variety of circumstances can provoke these anxieties. Desensitization helps make your pet feel more confident. Keep the travel kennel out and use it as an everyday object so your dog feels comfortable seeing it. If your vet's office is close, a brisk walk for exercise past the office door and a quick visit for a treat and petting will help make the office a non-threatening place. Your dog may even have a gender preference, preferring either a female or male doctor. If that is the case, the veterinary practice can help accommodate you by scheduling you with the doctor your pet loves best.
4. Many protective dogs become very stressed when their owners are close by. It sometimes works to everyone's benefit to do a physical exam or procedure in a separate room with only veterinary staff in attendance. As much as you want to be with your pet every minute, this is often a simple solution that decreases anxiety.
5. For those dogs that are capable, a period of play or exercise before heading off to the clinic can drain excess energy and calm your pet. If it is okay with your doctor, a bit of play or a walk after the visit helps to diminish fear or anxiety.
1) Here's a really expensive cat "toy" that many of you have at home. The only question about this is "Would you let your cat do this".... http://www.evtv1.com/player.aspx?itemnum=7988
2) Then again, not all cats are prone to getting into that kind of trouble. Here's a kitten that will probably never get into trouble...as long as it is nap time: http://www.pawnation.com/2010/05/21/sleepy-kitten-is-so-cute-we-cant-stand-it/
3) More than 500 police dogs across the USA have been the recipients of Kevlar bulletproof and stab-proof vests, as related in this really interesting account: http://www.pawnation.com/2010/05/21/police-dogs-receive-bulletproof-vests-from-guardian-angel/
Susie Jean of Socorro, NM is truly a "Guardian Angel" for those police dogs!
4) For any of our readers who might have been thinking about making a few extra dollars by being a dog walker, here's an in-depth interview with a woman in Brooklyn, NY who has done just that...and has been a success at it: http://www.pawnation.com/2010/05/18/i-work-with-animals-brooklyn-dog-walker/
5) The last item related to spring/summer concerns pet safety around a swimming pool: http://www.pawnation.com/2010/05/17/pet-pool-safety-keep-your-dog-safe-this-summer/
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Helpful Buckeye told you 6 weeks ago that there would be no more reports on the LA Dodgers until they showed that they were serious about playing some good baseball. Well, the Dodgers are now back in first place in the NL West division and have won 13 of their last 14 games. This is quite a turnaround!
Unless the Phoenix Suns can win a few games at home, it looks like the NBA finals will feature the Celtics and the Lakers.
Yes, it's back to "bike with square tires" time here in Flagstaff. The last couple of weeks have featured several days with sustained winds of 35-45 MPH and gusts in the 50-60 MPH range. Needless to say, Helpful Buckeye finds no joy in trying to compete with that, so...riding the stationary bike in the gym has been the smart choice!
~~The goal of this blog is to provide general information and advice to help you be a better pet owner and to have a more rewarding relationship with your pet. This blog does not intend to replace the professional one-on-one care your pet receives from a practicing veterinarian. When in doubt about your pet's health, always visit a veterinarian.~~