Save the Animals from Abuse and Cruelty


Please feed me and love me!!!!!!!!!

Please feed me and love me!!!!!!!!!

I am looking for help in support from all my animal lovers as I work as an advocate for the welfare of animals.  As a contributor on care2.com, I generate petitions to higher officials in order to bring awareness and hopefully make changes that can help these poor defenseless animals and I beg you to please join me in these efforts.  It cost nothing but a loving heart and desire to help.  You don’t even have to allow your name to be known by clicking appropriate box – sign and share the petition to everyone you can through your social networks, emails, etc.  Those without a voice are totally grateful for your complete help and support in protecting them.  My current petitions are –

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/772/946/413/stand-up-for-abused-neglected-and-abandoned-animals/

 

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/433/730/461/urge-the-house-to-keep-the-king-amendment-out-of-the-house-farm-bill-against-animal-safety/

 

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/161/740/426/save-the-pit-bull-and-stop-illegal-dog-fighting/

 

Thank you so much for all you do to help the sweet loving creatures of our world.

 

Sue

 

 

Dogs Fear Fireworks which Also Carry Risks


Dogs do not appreciate the beauty and noise of fireworks

Dogs do not appreciate the beauty and noise of fireworks

Fireworks are a beautiful and festive display in celebration of a holiday or special event. Humans can love and appreciate what they represent, the lights and colors, but to dogs the noise is more than they can bear. If your pet is unbearably fearful of fireworks or becomes in contact with them, it could be a real concern requiring medical attention.

As the fireworks fill the skies with brilliance, it is easy to forget about your dog as it trembles and looks for a safe hiding place. Such loud noises and brightness can easily frighten the most calm and reserved pet. If the pet is near where the fireworks are lit, he/she can get hurt with burns and other injury from the remnants of hot ash. The dog’s feet and nose can be hurt as a result. The pets become curious about the ash and sometimes used fireworks, not only getting burned but ingesting them, especially when it comes to sparklers.

Fireworks can be lethal for your animal because they contain such agents as potassium nitrate and metals like mercury, antimony, copper, barium, strontium and phosphorus. Ingestion of these components can result in severe illness. In addition to ingestion of dangerous toxins in the fireworks, sometimes the object can fly to inappropriate areas, subjecting the dog to being hit, causing burns and trauma.

If your pet is exposed to fireworks physically or through ingestion, get immediate medical attention. Your vet will have to perform a physical exam along with a medical history to determine what may have occurred. In the event of possible ingestion, a blood work up would be performed to know for sure what organs may be affected and how to treat. Symptoms of illness from fireworks may be vomiting, difficulty breathing, burns in the mouth or on the skin, abdominal pain and any soft tissue injury.

Burns are treated by cleaning the area and use of antibiotics. Ingestion is more aggressive in treatment, sometimes requiring IV fluids and hospitalization. Medications such as sucralfate, famotidine orcimetidine are administered to protect the gastrointestinal tract. Sometimes an anti-vomiting treatment is necessary. Prognosis is usually good unless your pet ate a huge amount of fireworks.

When going to a fireworks display, have your pet securely leashed; or better yet, leave your pet at home away from the festivities. If you must bring him/her, provide a quiet safe haven away from the immediate display area. Dogs that are fearful of fireworks should not be subjected to them if at all possible.

When at home, you can protect your pet the best by keeping it indoors, turning on other noises such as radio, TV, air conditioner or fan and always give access to a comfortable hiding place. In severe cases of anxiety, you may need vet assistance for anti-anxiety medications and a behaviorist to learn some counter-conditioning exercises or forms of desensitization.

If your dog is a little freaked out by the noise, don’t try to reassure it by petting and soothing words and attention. This only reinforces the fearful behavior. Try to ignore the circumstances and show no reaction to the noise. Dogs feed off the moods and emotions of their humans; you respond to the fear, the dog is scared; you act calm, your dog will eventually respond accordingly. You can help a little by talking to your pet in a light, happy tone of voice that sends a message that the fireworks are no big deal.

Be grateful for your pet by avoiding those pleading eyes


There is always something special about the holidays and makes most people feel very giving and grateful for those in their lives.  As you gather around the festive holiday table, its all about sharing your love, conversation and appreciation of one another.  When it comes to your pets, though, less is more.

You may feel that you are leaving your pet out by not offering a piece of the turkey but in reality, you are protecting your precious pet.  You must remember that people foods are not a treat for your dog or cat.  Many of the foods we enjoy can be harmful for your pet.  If you want to include your four-legged family member in the festivities, keep special healthy pet treats nearby so that your dog or cat can be satisfied with a hand-out.  He doesn’t know that it is not what you are eating – he just knows he is included and is satisfied not to be ignored.

The last thing you need is to have the holidays disrupted because the pup or kitty ate something that caused grave illness.  Keep all inappropriate foods out of reach and be sure all guests understand they are not to slip a treat to the pet – unless it is the pet-approved treats.

The holidays are a time to reflect on the good things in life with your family, friends and pets.  Appreciate, love and bond with all those who mean the most to you.  Have a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season.

Halloween safety tips you should consider for your pets


Halloween can get very hectic

Georgie as a Panda Bear

decorations, costumes and all that candy. You plan parties and get the
kids ready for the big day though the pets seem to be forgotten. Halloween is a
is a time for the thrills and shrills of the monsters and ghosts for children
and many adults. The decorations can be phenomenal and getting dressed up in
favorite costumes helps in our world of make-believe. I am not so sure our pets
are as excited about getting all dressed up. I have to say it depends on your
pooch. I know mine are not jumping up and down for joy, but there are some tips
you can follow to be sure Halloween is safe and fun for all.

CeCe as Count Chocula

  • If you do want to dress up your pup,
    make it something fun but not restricting. Avoid outfits that are too tight or
    heavy and hot, causing your dog to overheat.
  • Most often hats and hoods are not very
    welcome to a pet and can stress them out or make them withdrawn.
  • If your dog is a high energy pet, choose
    a costume with few pieces as he/she will end up figuring out a way to get out
    of the outfit. That could be frustrating for both of you, trying to put it back
    on over and over again. Additionally, if it is too big, your dog could trip and
    get injured. You also want to be sure your dog can easily relieve itself when
    necessary without the costume getting in the way.
  • Do not put an outfit on your dog that
    has small loose pieces that he/she could chew and possibly choke on.
  • Cats are not fond of the whole Halloween
    thing and getting dressed up, so allow kitty to find his/her own place of
    solace and solitude until it is over. They certainly do not appreciate getting
    dressed up.

Aside from costumes, there are many other tips to follow regarding

Teena as "Lil Miss Scary"

Halloween safety around your pets. There are an increasing number of pet
accidents and injuries each year. The reality is that we as pet parents can
take steps to prevent these incidents.

  • Number one is to keep any and all candy
    out of the reach of your pets. Hide all candy and be sure to dispose of all candy
    wrappers as well. If the pup wants a treat, have separate tiny doggy treats
    handy for his/her own “candy.” Just don’t overdo it.
  • Take precautions when decorating. Keep
    any small parts out of the reach of pets and take care with lights and candles.
  • Have a safe hideaway for your pet if it
    gets startled from all the Halloween festivities. You want to keep your pets
    indoors away from dangers and near the security of their bed or special hiding
    places.
  • Keep your pets indoors for this holiday.
    Halloween is a primetime for many pranks and it is best not to subject your pet
    to unsafe conditions.
  • When kids come trick-or-treating, keep
    your pet leashed so it cannot escape out of the door. You can also keep them
    restrained to a certain room or their crates for their own safety. What we do
    is put up a baby gate right on the outside of the front door so when the kids
    come over, and we open the door, the pets are safe from getting outside. And
    the kids love to see them dressed up as well.
    Safety is the number one concern as well as fun for all.

There are many things about
Halloween that is not a favorite for your pets. Aside from wearing the dreaded
costumes, they get frightened by the sight of some of the trick-or-treaters,
the constant doorbell ringing, screaming kids and those kids getting all of
“their attention.”  Of course, our pets
have feelings and always want to be the center of our attention. We just want
to be sure, for holidays and always, keep the pets safe as many times they are
pushed aside during the busy hectic moments.

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/no-problemstips-on-pet-safety-on-halloween/page1.aspx

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/10-tips-to-protect-your-dog-on-halloween-night/page1.aspx

I’d like you to meet Bob and Tom, Affected with FIV But Living The Good Life


Bob and Tom were two tiny kittens, abandoned by their mom when only days old and rescued by my friend and neighbor. Their sister did not survive. These poor babies were not even weaned from momma and their eyes were crusted shut. Yet they were given a chance at life thanks to there new adoptive mom. She cared for them, fed them and tended to their eye problems until they could finally open their eyes and see who rescued them from the doomed life of the feral cat population. This was back in August, 2003 when they could fit in the palm of their adoptive momma’s hand.

As is necessary whenever a new pet enters the home, Bob and Tom were off the next day for their very first veterinary doctor’s visit for examinations, tests and vaccinations important for good health. Since they were in bad shape when coming to their new home, there was not way of knowing what the examination and tests would reveal. As it turned out, both Bob and Tom did have FIV which was probably passed on to them from their mom, a feral farm cat. Although it

Brotherly love

broke her heart, their new adoptive mom knew they deserved a chance. They were nursed to health, clearing up their eye condition, restoring a lustrous coat and optimal body weight.  These gorgeous, happy and playful cats are now a hefty 25 lbs each and loving the good life.

For a more complete article on FIV in cats, how cats can live a normal life with FIV, including Bob and Tom, go to http://factoidz.com/if-your-cat-has-fiv-can-your-cat-still-live-a-long-and-normal-life/.

Anyone who meets Bob and Tom fall in love with them both. They are two amazing cats who are deserving living a life of luxury.

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