It Hurts To Say Goodbye: Grieving The Loss Of A Pet

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(ANIMAL CONNECTION) Coping with the death of a loved one is one of the most painful experiences a person can endure. Here are some kind words and advice for getting through this time of bereavement. — Global Animal

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The Humane Society of the United States

When a person you love dies, it’s natural to feel sorrow, express grief, and expect friends and family to provide understanding and comfort.

Unfortunately, the same doesn’t always hold true if the one who died was your companion animal. Many consider grieving inappropriate for someone who has lost “just a pet.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

Members of the family

People love their pets and consider them members of their family. Caregivers celebrate their pets’ birthdays, confide in their animals, and carry pictures of them in their wallets. So when your beloved pet dies, it’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed by the intensity of your sorrow.

Animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support, and unconditional love during the time they share with you. If you understand and accept this bond between humans and animals, you’ve already taken the first step toward coping with pet loss: knowing that it is okay to grieve when your pet dies.

Understanding how you grieve and finding ways to cope with your loss can bring you closer to the day when memories bring smiles instead of tears.

What is the grief process?

The grief process is as individual as the person, lasting days for one person or years for another. The process typically begins with denial, which offers protection until individuals can realize their loss.

Some caregivers may try bargaining with a higher power, themselves, or even their pet to restore life. Some feel anger, which may be directed at anyone involved with the pet, including family, friends, and veterinarians. Caregivers may also feel guilt about what they did or did not do, and may feel that it is inappropriate to be so upset.

After these feelings subside, caregivers may experience true sadness or grief. They may become withdrawn or depressed. Acceptance occurs when they accept the reality of their loss and remember their animal companion with decreasing sadness.

Coping with grief

While grief is a personal experience, you need not face loss alone. Many forms of support are available, including pet bereavement counseling services, pet-loss support hotlines, local or online Internet bereavement groups, books, videos, and magazine articles.

Here are a few suggestions to help you cope:

  • Acknowledge your grief and give yourself permission to express it.
  • Don’t hesitate to reach out to others who can lend a sympathetic ear. The Delta Society offers a list of pet loss hotlines for those grieving over the death of a pet.
  • Write about your feelings, either in a journal or a poem.
  • Call your local humane society to see whether it offers a pet loss support group or can refer you to one.
  • Prepare a memorial for your pet.

You may also want to ask your veterinarian or local animal shelter about available pet loss hotlines. Explore the Internet for pet loss support groups and coping information.

For children

The loss of a pet may be a child’s first experience with death. The child may blame himself, his parents, or the veterinarian for not saving the pet. And he may feel guilty, depressed, and frightened that others he loves may be taken from him.
Trying to protect your child by saying the pet ran away could cause your child to expect the pet’s return and feel betrayed after discovering the truth. Expressing your own grief may reassure your child that sadness is ok and help him work through his feelings.

For seniors

Coping with the loss of a pet can be particularly hard for seniors. Those who live alone may feel a loss of purpose and an immense emptiness. The pet’s death may also trigger painful memories of other losses and remind caregivers of their own mortality. What’s more, the decision to get another pet is complicated by the possibility that the pet may outlive the caregiver, and hinges on the person’s physical and financial ability to care for a new pet.

For all these reasons, it’s critical that senior pet owners take immediate steps to cope with their loss and regain a sense of purpose. If you are a senior, try interacting with friends and family, calling a pet loss support hotline, even volunteering at a local humane society. If you know seniors in this situation, direct them to this page, and guide them through the difficult grieving process.

For other pets

Surviving pets may whimper, refuse to eat or drink, and suffer lethargy, especially if they had a close bond with the deceased pet. Even if they were not the best of friends, the changing circumstances and your emotional state may distress them. However, if your remaining pet/s continue to act out of sorts, there could actually be a medical problem that requires your veterinarian’s attention.

Give surviving pets lots of TLC, and try to maintain a normal routine. It’s good for them and for you.

Getting another pet

Rushing into this decision isn’t fair to you or your new pet. Each animal has his own unique personality and a new animal cannot replace the one you lost. You’ll know when the time is right to adopt a new pet after giving yourself time to grieve, carefully considering the responsibilities of pet ownership, and paying close attention to your feelings.

When you’re ready, remember that your local animal shelter is a great place to find your next special friend.

More Resources on Coping With the Loss of a Pet:

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Coronavirus Leaves Thousands Of Pets Abandoned & Starving To Death

The World Health Organisation has refuted 'rumours' that dogs and cats can catch the coronavirus

(HEALTH & ANIMAL SAFETY) CHINA — Campaigners in areas hit by the deadly coronavirus are calling for the cull of street and domestic dogs and cats after rumors spread that they can also be infected with the illness.

While an estimated five million people reportedly fled the city of Wuhan ahead of the Chinese New Year, it’s estimated at least 50,000 pets have been left behind and are now at risk of starving to death.

As the World Health Organization confirmed there’s no evidence that pet dogs or cats can be infected with the coronavirus, a number of animal welfare advocates are working to relay this information to the public and rescue abandoned animals.

Continue reading below to learn more about these dire rescue efforts. — Global Animal

The World Health Organisation has refuted ‘rumours’ that dogs and cats can catch the coronavirus

Sky News, Clare Sibthorpe

Thousands of pets trapped in the epicentre of China’s deadly coronavirus outbreak are at risk of starving to death, according to animal rescuers and activists.

The warning comes as campaigners claim local governments have called for pet dogs and cats to be culled, due to discredited concerns they can be infected with the illness that began in the Hubei province city of Wuhan.

Wuhan’s mayor, Zhou Xianwang, recently told a news conference five million people had left his city ahead of the Chinese New Year.

Based on this figure, one man on the frontline of the rescue effort to save abandoned animals has estimated up to 50,000 pets have been left in Wuhan homes.

“My conservative estimate is that around 5,000 are still trapped, and they may die of starvation in the coming days,” said Lao Mao, not his real name.

“The volunteers on our team, me included, have saved more than 1,000 pets since 25 January”.

Mr Mao told reporters how he broke into one home – at the request of its owners – to feed two starving cats that had been trapped inside for 10 days.

The owners, who had left Wuhan for a three-day holiday but could not get back into the city due to travel restrictions, reportedly cried with relief over news their pets were safe.

Sky News understands Mr Mao chose not to reveal his real name as his family did not know he was “out and about” in the city.

Coronavirus has caused 425 deaths in China and there have been more than 20,000 confirmed cases of the illness which stemmed from a wildlife market.

Outside China, one person has died – in the Philippines – and there were at least 171 confirmed cases in 24 countries and regions.

Animal activists say thousands of abandoned pets are at risk of starvation

The Humane Society International told Sky News it suspects the number of pets at risk of starvation in Wuhan is higher than Mr Mao’s estimate.

HSI spokeswoman Wendy Higgins said the organisation was also concerned about reports that local governments are ordering the culling of street and domestic dogs and cats.

Ms Higgins said these reports were coming from animal welfare groups on the ground in areas including Beijing, Tianjin, Shandong, Heilongjiang, Hebei, Wuhan, Shanxi and Shanghai.

“We are in regular contact with a network of about 35 or so animal groups through the Chinese social media channel Weibo, and we usually set the net wide, so it’s not a selective small area that’s relaying these reports,” Ms Higgins said.

“If the local authorities decide that dogs per say are a threat, I would be concerned for the welfare of both street dogs and home dogs.”

She said there had been no reports of actual culling, but that it would not be uncommon for China to take the “knee jerk response” of killing dogs “for very little provocation” for the assumed purpose of public safety.

The World Health Organisation has confirmed there is no evidence that pet dogs or cats can be infected with the virus.

Ms Higgins said animal welfare advocates in China are working to relay this information to the public and to rescue abandoned pets.

More Sky News: https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-thousands-of-abandoned-pets-at-risk-of-starving-to-death-11925792

This Is What Happens When Your Dog Steals Your GoPro

(ANIMAL VIDEOS/DOGS) Watch what happens when a very good dog named Bonnie steals a GoPro. She creates the best chase scene ever! — Global Animal

Have A Pet-Friendly Valentine’s Day!

(CATS & DOGS/PET CARE) All around the world, February 14 is the day to exchange gifts, flowers, and chocolates–all in the name of St. Valentine.

This special time of year can be just as fun for pets as it is for humans, if the right precautions are taken. Read on to learn how you and your furry friend can have a safe and festive Valentine’s Day. — Global Animal

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Valentine’s Day can be fun for our furry friends, too, just so long as the right precautions are taken. Photo Credit: Stock Photo

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Valentine’s Day can be as much fun for pets as it is for humans if dangerous foods, flora and other items are kept out of paws’ reach. Each year our poison control experts see a rise in cases around February 14, many involving chocolate and lilies, a flower that’s potentially fatal to cats. So please heed our experts’ advice—don’t leave the goodies lying around on Lover’s Day.

Pet-Safe Bouquets

Many pet owners are still unaware that all species of lily are potentially fatal to cats. When sending a floral arrangement, specify that it contain no lilies if the recipient has a cat—and when receiving an arrangement, sift through and remove all dangerous flora. If your pet is suffering from symptoms such as stomach upset, vomiting or diarrhea, he may have ingested an offending flower or plant. Use our online toxic and nontoxic plant libraries as visual guides of what and what not should be in your bouquets.

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Seasoned pet lovers know the potentially life-threatening dangers of chocolate, including baker’s, semi sweet, milk and dark. In darker chocolates, methylxanthines—caffeine-like stimulants that affect gastrointestinal, neurologic and cardiac function—can cause vomiting/diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate. The high-fat content in lighter chocolates can potentially lead to a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas. Go ahead and indulge, but don’t leave chocolate out for chowhounds to find.

Careful with Cocktails

Spilled wine, half a glass of champagne, some leftover liquor are nothing to cry over until a curious pet laps them up. Because animals are smaller than humans, a little bit of alcohol can do a lot of harm, causing vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination, central nervous system depression, tremors, difficulty breathing, metabolic disturbances and even coma. Potentially fatal respiratory failure can also occur if a large enough amount is ingested.

Life Is Sweet

So don’t let pets near treats sweetened with xylitol. If ingested, gum, candy and other treats that include this sweetener can result in hypoglycemia (a sudden drop in blood sugar). This can cause your pet to suffer depression, loss of coordination and seizures.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn

So don’t let pets near treats sweetened with xylitol. If ingested, gum, candy and other treats that include this sweetener can result in a sudden drop in blood sugar known as hypoglycemia. This can cause your pet to suffer depression, loss of coordination and seizures.

Don’t let pets near roses or other thorny stemmed flowers. Biting, stepping on or swallowing their sharp, woody spines can cause serious infection if a puncture occurs. “It’s all too easy for pets to step on thorns that fall to the ground as a flower arrangement is being created,” says Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine for the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. De-thorn your roses far away from pets.

Playing with Fire

It’s nice to set your evening a-glow with candlelight, but put out the fire when you leave the room. Pawing kittens and nosy pooches can burn themselves or cause a fire by knocking over unattended candles.

Wrap it Up

Gather up tape, ribbons, bows, wrapping paper, cellophane and balloons after presents have been opened—if swallowed, these long, stringy and “fun-to-chew” items can get lodged in your pet’s throat or digestive tract, causing her to choke or vomit.Be My Valentine! Photo Credit: news.com.au

The Furry Gift of Life?

Giving a cuddly puppy or kitten may seem a fitting Valentine’s Day gift—however, returning a pet you hadn’t planned on is anything but romantic. Companion animals bring with them a lifelong commitment, and choosing a pet for someone else doesn’t always turn out right.

Those living in the Manhattan area can let their loved one choose their own cat with a gift certificate to adopt from the ASPCA. If you’re not from New York, check your local animal care facility or take a romantic trip to the shelter together.

More ASPCA: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/valentines-day-safety-tips

Is Bat Soup To Blame For The Coronavirus?

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(CHINESE MEDICINE/WILDLIFE TRADE) As the coronavirus continues to spread, more questions arise regarding the outbreak’s cause and origin.

A Chinese travel blogger is under fire after posting a viral video of her eating “bat soup,” supposedly filmed in Wuhan. The Internet collectively slammed the video–originally filmed at a restaurant in Palau in 2016–blaming Wang Mengyun and bat-eaters alike, for their speculated culpability in spreading the virus.

While the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan was originally believed to be the source of the coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, a new study shows the early known victims had no contact with the market. And while the virus does seem to have originated in bats, it’s unclear how it made its way to humans.

Read on to learn more about the debunked rumors. — Global Animal

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FOX News, Gerren Keith Gaynor

A Chinese blogger is apologizing for a viral video of her eating “bat soup” after she’s received concerns and condemnation related to the current coronavirus outbreak.

The video, originally filmed in 2016 according to the Daily Mail, shows travel blogger Wang Mengyun chowing down the flying mammal at a restaurant in Palau, an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean.

The clip from Wang’s travel series “Dream Runner” resurfaced online following the recent coronavirus outbreak, which is believed to have originated from bats or snakes.

Wang is seen holding the cooked bat with her hands as she and another unidentified woman dig into its wing. “The soup we just had was very delicious and had a fruity flavor,” she said.

The internet slammed the viral video, blaming Wang, and bat-eaters like her, for their presumed culpability in spreading the feared and potentially deadly coronavirus. The video was one of a few similar videos of diners consuming the exotic animal.

After days of online ridicule, Wang reportedly took to the Chinese blogging site Weibo to respond to the controversy with an apology.

“I had no idea during filming that there was such a virus,” she wrote last week, according to the South China Morning Post. “I realized it only recently.”

Wang added that she was simply trying to document some of the local dishes on the island.

“When I filmed the video, I honestly did not know there would be a virus. My ignorance is to blame,” she said.

The coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, began at an animal and seafood market in the city of Wuhan and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. The illness is now said to be transferable between humans.

As news of the virus spread and death tolls began to spike, many have begun to question how dangerous the new outbreak is. Coronaviruses, which get their name from their crown-like appearance, come in many types that cause illnesses in people and animals.

More FOX News: https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/coronavirus-chinese-blogger-eats-bat-soup

A vendor (C) wearing a facemask to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city offers meat at a near-empty market on the eve of the Lunar New Year in Wuhan on January 24, 2020, when normally markets would be bustling. – China sealed off millions more people near the epicentre of a virus outbreak on January 24, shutting down public transport in an eighth city in an unprecedented quarantine effort as the death toll from the disease climbed to 25. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Foreign Policy, James Palmer

As news of the Wuhan virus spread online, one video became emblematic of its claimed origin: It showed a young Chinese woman, supposedly in Wuhan, biting into a virtually whole bat as she held the creature up with chopsticks. Media outlets from the Daily Mail to RT promoted the video, as did a number of prominent extremist bloggers such as Paul Joseph Watson. Thousands of Twitter users blamed supposedly “dirty” Chinese eating habits—in particular the consumption of wildlife—for the outbreak, said to have begun at a so-called wet market that sold animals in Wuhan, China.

There was just one problem. The video wasn’t set in Wuhan at all, where bat isn’t a delicacy. It wasn’t even from China. Instead it showed Wang Mengyun, the host of an online travel show, eating a dish in Palau, a Pacific island nation. Sampling the bat was simply an addition to the well-trodden cannon of adventurism and enthusiasm for unusual foods that numerous American chefs and travel hosts have shown in the past.

At a time of heightened fear over a viral pandemic, the Palau video has been deployed in the United States and Europe to renew an old narrative about the supposedly disgusting eating habits of foreigners, especially Asians. Images of Chinese people or other Asians eating insects, snakes, or mice frequently circulate on social media or in clickbait news stories. This time, that was mixed with another old racist idea: that the “dirty” Chinese are carriers of disease. Many Americans long believed that, as the New York Daily Tribune wrote in 1854, Chinese people were “uncivilized, unclean, filthy beyond all conception.” Today, those same ideas have often been transferred to other groups such as South American refugees, yet they still persist in the way some Westerners think about China.

These prejudices can fuel fear and racism. As the Wuhan virus spreads, the Chinese as a group are more and more likely to be blamed for its incubation and spread. In countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia, where there are already clashes around ethnic Chinese, those sentiments could turn nasty. In the West, especially under the Trump administration, it could fuel both government and public prejudices.

To be sure, the treatment of wildlife may be at the root of the virus. Wet markets where live animals are sold, mostly for food or medicine, still exist in most Chinese cities, and the Huanan Seafood Market was originally believed to be the source of this outbreak. The Chinese government has banned the wildlife trade until the epidemic is over.

But as it turns out, the market may not have been the cause of the outbreak at all. A new study shows that the early known victims had no contact with the market. And although the virus, at present, does seem to have originated in bats, it’s unclear how it made its way to humans. It’s quite likely no chowing down on the creatures of the night was involved.

Many Chinese people certainly like tucking into dishes Americans would consider unusual, though a lot of this is confined to very high-end or weirdly macho audiences, such as Beijing’s penis restaurant. But the standards of what animals we do and don’t eat are culturally arbitrary. Vegetarianism is morally consistent, but deploring the eating of dogs while tucking into companionable and intelligent pigs isn’t. (I myself have eaten many things others might find gross: dog soup, insects, Chicago deep-dish pizza.) And it goes both ways: A lot of East Asians, for instance, find the taste of lamb disgusting. The range of tastes inside China is as great as it is outside; the Cantonese habit of eating “everything with four legs save the table and everything that flies but the airplane” is a standing joke in the rest of the country.

And when it comes to disease, it’s not what’s being eaten that matters as much as the conditions—such as the standards workers are trained to meet, the lack of barriers at markets, and the absence or bribing of regulators and health inspectors. The H1N1 virus, after all, started not in any uncommon species, but in pigs.

And that’s where China really does have issues. The country’s food safety standards are notoriously bad, despite numerous government-led initiatives to improve them. Food scandals are common, and diarrhea and food poisoning are a distressingly regular experience. Markets, like Huanan, that aren’t licensed for live species nevertheless sell them. Workers are undertrained in basic hygiene techniques like glove-wearing and hand-washing. Dangerous additives are commonly used to increase production.

China’s conditions are not unique. It looks, in fact, a lot like the United States did in the past, before muckraking exposés led to the creation of modern regulation systems. Even today, the United States can lag behind best practices on such issues as antibiotics in feed, cattle slaughter, or poultry washing. And, as with the American public of the 1900s, the Chinese citizenry badly wants change. Seventy-seven percent of the public ranks food safety as their single biggest concern.

As with so much else in China, politics gets in the way of sensible policy. Exposés of the kind that drove reform in the United States have a hard time finding traction in China’s censorious media environment, where the interests of billion-dollar corporations and their party backers often override those of the public. When the author Zhou Qing wrote a groundbreaking exposé, What Kind of God, on the Chinese food industry in 2006, two-thirds of the book was removed before publication and its success eventually forced him into political exile.

Part of China’s problem can be attributed to the power of traditional Chinese medicine, which is responsible for much of the trade in wildlife. Many wild animals in China are killed not for culinary reasons but for essentially magical ones. Whether it’s tiger paws or pangolin scales, quack cures persist on a vast scale—even in cases like bear bile where a real active ingredient existed, has been discovered, and can be produced in labs without animal cruelty. The government has been heavily promoting traditional Chinese medicine, especially under President Xi Jinping’s new nationalism, and while officially pharmaceutical companies following this model eschew the wildlife trade, the propaganda around TCM in general helps ensure belief survives.

If the fallout from the Wuhan outbreak changes anything for the better, it may be that it gives a vital push to reform and more teeth to regulation. But as with so many past disasters in China, it could also mean a brief period of change before profits and power take precedence once again. Whatever happens, amid the current moment of fear and panic, support for the Chinese public will make a bigger difference than culinary judgments or racism.

More Foreign Policy: https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/01/27/dont-blame-bat-soup-for-the-wuhan-virus/

Once Bitten, Twice Shy: How To Stop Puppy Bites

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(PET CARE/PUPPIES) Even though puppy bites are innocent ‘love bites’ to most adoring pet parents, sometimes a nipping problem can get out of hand.

Here are some helpful tips to prevent any further pain from puppy bites. – Global Animal

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Dogspired

If you’ve never had a puppy before, it may not be such a pleasant surprise to learn that puppies can be very mouthy, frequently biting everything, even you! This is a very common behavior for puppies, but can become a large problem down the road if it is not handled properly right away.

My Pup is Normal

Remember, puppy biting or mouthing is instinctive. My puppy is not the only one who nips, and he is not “bad” because of this behavior. Biting or nipping is one way that pups establish their place in a pack. Although nipping is normal, what is harmless for a 10-pound pup may not be so cute once he reaches 50 pounds! And those of us with puppies know that those baby teeth are like razors. Ouch!

It’s important to discourage this behavior right away so that your pup doesn’t continue the habit into adulthood. Sometimes, puppy biting can be an attempt to establish dominance, and once Fido thinks he’s in charge, it’s going to be hard work to try to take back the role later on.

Prevention and Training Are Essential

You can start training your puppy immediately. During the teething phase, training should be constant and consistent. With a little bit of effort, puppy biting can be controlled and eventually eliminated. What’s more, training develops a bond between you and your pup, and will let Fido know you are in charge early on.

It is also important to understand that when puppies get excited by their environment, they express this by biting, barking, and chasing. Some puppies, possibly due to their breed, might have a stronger tendency to exhibit these behaviors more than others. Especially in regard to quickly moving objects, puppies cannot control their automatic desire to chase and nip. Many dog attacks occur because of the canine instinct to “chase and grab.”

Always supervise your puppy and children at play. Children move quickly, and they have a very excited energy that may draw your puppy in for some nipping and chasing!

A calm household is ideal for training puppies, however, it is not always possible. Some simple things you can try at home are to avoid playing rough with your puppy. Keep your tone down. Avoid shouting and screaming. It may seem like fun, but teasing Fido can lead to excited nipping and biting.

How to Train Your Pup

Every pup is unique, so your method of training should be specific to your particular dog. There are guidelines you can follow, and tips you can use to find what works best. Remember, consistency is key, so with any method you try, give it a couple of weeks before you decide it’s not working.

Here are some training techniques for correcting the biting behavior.

When your puppy goes to bite you, redirect the biting to one of his chew toys. As soon as the pup tries to bite, give him a firm “no,” and replace your hand with the chew toy. For teething puppies, you can also try ice cubes or frozen teething toys.

Another popular method is to make the pup think he is hurting you when you get bit. This technique mimics how puppies in a litter react to each other. When play is too rough, the hurt puppy will yelp. Try letting out an “ouch” every time your dog nips you. This works best when you catch the puppy off guard with your yelp. Immediately pull away and stop playing with him after you yelp. This will teach him that when he bites, he loses his playmate.

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Try spraying your pup with a water bottle when he bites you. Some puppies will run away to avoid the water spray. In addition, you can try filling an empty container with coins or rocks. When the pup goes to bite you, say “no” and shake the can. This works best if your dog is caught off guard by the rattling noise. Make sure to pay attention to how your pup reacts, because some will think the water bottle or rattling container are for play. In this case, stop immediately and try another method.

Begin teaching the “leave it” or “off” command. These techniques are better for older puppies who have longer attention spans. Hold a handful of the puppy’s dry food, close your hand and say “off” or “leave it.” After a few seconds, if the puppy has not touched your hand, say “take it” or “okay,” and give him a piece of food. You are teaching Fido that “off” or “leave it” means not to touch. Once your pup is familiar with either command, it can later be applied to biting and nipping.

Enroll your puppy in an obedience class where he will have the ability to socialize with other puppies. Typically, puppy classes begin when your pup is about six-months old and has had his Rabies vaccination. Interaction with other puppies, and help from a professional trainer, will reinforce all the work you are doing at home.

Always praise and reinforce good behavior! Whenever your puppy acts appropriately, give him plenty of praise and affection, and maybe even a treat!

Never Forget the Golden Rule

Remember, the most important part of training your puppy is consistency and repetition. Be patient and consistent, and apply the same techniques or commands. This applies equally to all stages of puppy training. Patience, calm, and a firm and consistent correction, together with praise for good behavior, will have outstanding rewards in the long run.

When welcoming a puppy into your home, you can try buying some books or DVDs to help teach you about your dog’s particular breed or about training your puppy at home. There is a wide selection to choose from, and what’s more, the training shows on television are becoming very popular. Channels like Animal Planet and National Geographic feature several shows about obedience and behavior.

If your pup is still nipping and biting, try consulting a professional trainer. Once you find the right technique the pup, you’ll be able to enjoy your dog’s company–pain free!

More Dogspired: http://dogspired.com/dog-facts/your-puppy-bites-so-what-can-you-do/

Protect Your Furniture, Give Your Cat A Mani-Pedi

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(PET CARE/CATS) Trimming your cat’s claws may seem daunting, but it’s an important part of maintaining a cat’s health. Not to mention, it’s also a good way to protect your lap and your furniture from scratches.

Here are some tips from the Humane Society on how to successfully trim your pet’s nails.

Remember: declawing cats is cruel and inhumane! Click here to find out why. — Global Animal

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Humane Society of the United States

Trimming a cat’s claws every few weeks is an important part of maintaining your pet’s health and protects him, you, your family and visitors as well as the sofa, curtains and other furniture.

But if the idea of trimming a cat’s claws has you biting your nails, know that all it takes is some patience and a bit of practice to sharpen your skills.

1: Stay on the cutting edge

There are plenty of tools available to trim a cat’s claws; use the one that works best for you and your pet.

Some people prefer a special pair of scissors modified to hold a cat’s claw in place, others prefer human nail clippers, and still others choose pliers-like clippers or those with a sliding “guillotine” blade. Whatever your tool of choice, be sure the blade remains sharp; the blunt pressure from dull blades may hurt an animal and cause a nail to split or bleed. Keep something to stop bleeding, such as styptic powder, cornstarch, or a dry bar of soap (to rub the bleeding nail across), nearby.

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2: Take paws, part I

If you approach a cat with a sharp object in one hand while trying to grab a paw with the other, odds are you’ll come up empty-handed. Because cats’ temperaments and dispositions vary greatly, there is no “perfect” way to handle a cat while trimming his claws.

Some cats do well with no restraint at all, but most cats need to be held firmly but gently to make sure that no one gets hurt. Try resting the cat in the crook of one arm while holding one paw with the other hand. Or, place the animal on a table and lift one paw at a time. You may even be able to convince a particularly sociable cat to lie back in your lap.

3: Take paws, part II

If you’ve got a helper, ask him to hold the cat while you clip the nails, or just ask him to scratch your cat’s favorite spot or offer up a special treat.

4: Take a little off the top

Now that you’re in position and the cat’s in position, put the claw in the right position, too. Take a paw in your handand use your thumb and pointer finger to gently press down on the top and bottom of the paw on the joint just behind the claw. This will cause the claw to extend so you can quickly but carefully snip off the sharp tip and no more.

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Don’t get too close to the pink part of the nail called “the quick,” where blood vessels and nerve endings lie. Just like the pink part of a human fingernail, the quick is very sensitive; cutting into this area will likely cause bleeding and pain.

If this happens, apply a little pressure to the very tip of the claw (without squeezing the entire paw, which would only increase the blood flow), dip the claw in a bit of styptic powder or cornstarch, or rub the nail across a dry bar of soap. Don’t continue if he’s too upset , but keep an eye on him to be sure the bleeding stops.

It’s common to only cut the front claws, but take a look at the rear claws just in case they’ve gotten too long or their sharp tips hurt you when your cat leaps on or off your lap. Since most cats fuss more about having their rear claws clipped, start with the front claws.

5: Take it one at a time

If you aren’t able to trim all 10 nails at once, don’t worry. Few cats remain patient for more than a few minutes, so take what you can get, praise your pet for cooperating, then be on the lookout for the next opportunity—maybe even a catnap—to cut things down to size.

More Humane Society: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/trimming_cat_claws.html

TAKE ACTION: With Over 1 Billion Animals Impacted By Australia’s Fires, Here’s How You Can Help

Adelaide wildlife rescuer Simon Adamczyk is seen with a koala rescued at a burning forest near Cape Borda on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia. Photo Credit: David Mariuz / AAP Image via Reuters

(HELP ANIMALS) Severe wildfires burning across Australia for months now have taken a tragic toll on it’s iconic habitats that make the continent an ecological wonder.

With nearly 18 million acres burned, experts estimate upwards of 1.25 billion animals–many of them unique to Australia–have been killed since the fires started in September.

A number of animal rescue groups and volunteers are working overtime to help farm animals, pets, and wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and more, who are so desperately in need of rescue and treatment.




Adelaide wildlife rescuer Simon Adamczyk is seen with a koala rescued at a burning forest near Cape Borda on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia. Photo Credit: David Mariuz / AAP Image via Reuters

Global Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that funds emergency animal rescue initiatives worldwide, is collecting donations to disperse between several vetted Australian rescue organizations, including Adelaide Koala Rescue and WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services). 

Please consider supporting the efforts to save animals in critical peril. Your compassion in action and support of Global Animal Foundation can help save the lives of animals in crisis.


VIDEO: A group of baby koalas rescued from the Adelaide Hills fire zone area are now being cared for by Adelaide Koala Rescue team members.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Captain Dave Soldavini holds a baby kangaroo rescued from a wildfire in Cobrunga, Australia. Photo Credit: Jeremy McMahon / United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service via AP
A horse is seen through dense smoke from a bushfire on a farm in Eden, in Australia’s New South Wales. Photo Credit: Saeed Khan / AFP via Getty Images
Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services (WIRES) volunteer and carer Tracy Dodd holds a kangaroo with burnt feet pads after being rescued from bushfires in Australia’s Blue Mountains area. Photo Credit: Jill Gralow / Reuters
A koala receives treatment from a vet at Adelaide Koala Rescue. Photo Credit: Mark Brake / Getty Images
Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews engage in property protection of a number of homes along the Old Hume Highway near the town of Tahmoor as the Green Wattle Creek Fire threatens a number of communities in the southwest of Sydney, Australia. Photo Credit: Dean Lewins / AAP Image via Reuters
A kangaroo is seen in bushland surrounded by smoke haze early morning in Canberra, Australia. Photo Credit: Lukas Coch / AAP Image via Reuters

Wildlife rescuer Susan Pulis feeds kangaroos in a bedroom transformed into a temporary shelter on Raymond Island in Australia. Photo Credit: Christina Simons / The New York Times
A kangaroo is seen at the Flinders Chase National Park in a bushfire-affected area on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia. Photo Credit: David Mariuz / AAP Image via Reuters

Koalas Orphaned by Australian Wildfires Rescued

(ANIMAL VIDEOS/WILDLIFE RESCUE) Experts estimate that nearly 1 billion animals have been killed since the Australian bushfires started in September. Fortunately, this group of baby koalas were rescued from the Adelaide Hills fire zone area and they’re now being cared for by a team of professional volunteers. — Global Animal

TAKE ACTION

Global Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that funds emergency animal rescue initiatives worldwide, is collecting donations to disperse between these vetted Australian rescue organizations.

Please consider supporting the efforts to save animals in critical peril. Your compassion in action and support of Global Animal Foundation can help save the lives of animals in crisis.


Adorable Puppy Watching The Rain Is The Cutest Thing Ever

(DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEOS) This puppy watching the rain is quite possibly the cutest thing you’ll see on the Internet–ever. Wouldn’t you agree?! — Global Animal

Energizing Exercises With Your Dogs

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(PET CARE/DOGS) Not only can introducing your dog to different forms of exercise help minimize their risk of joint pain later in life, but it can also help him/her get the most out of their active doggy lifestyles. Read on for more information and check out these great new ideas for exercising with your pet. — Global Animal

An active lifestyle is extremely important, but can also impact dogs’ joints. Photo Credit: surfneng via Flickr

At times it may seem as if your dog has boundless energy, racing around the garden, playing with other dogs while out walking, or chasing sticks for hours on end. While an active lifestyle is important for your dog’s health and well-being, the constant running and jumping can impact on his joints.

Minimize joint pain

Much like people, dogs—and other animals—are at risk of joint pain and arthritis later in life. This can be caused by general wear and tear of the cartilage in your dog’s joints. While your dog has a natural supply of the amino sugar glucosamine in his joints – glucosamine helps rebuild cartilage and lubricate the joint – this supply diminishes with age.  Glucosamine for dogs is a particularly effective supplement that could help treat your dog’s mobility issues, but it’s also important to include variety to your dog’s activity.

Alternative exercises

Varying the amount of pressure placed on your dog’s joints by introducing different exercises into his routine could help protect your dog and enable him to lead a more agile life for longer. Here are some exciting new exercise ideas that will benefit you both.

1. Swimming

Swimming is particularly good for older dogs with joint problems, especially if they have arthritis. Some dogs love water and will instinctively jump into it, however don’t assume your dog is a natural swimmer. A good way to test this is to try them with an easy ‘chase the ball’ activity. It is also advisable to use a pet flotation device at first to ensure your dog’s safety.

2. Cycling

Cycling is a great activity for your joints and can be for your dog’s as well. Attach a tow leash to your bike and place the harness on your dog. This should be positioned in the correct place, so ideally he is just to the right of the saddle with his nose parallel to the pedal. Use an attachment system that allows your dog to run alongside the bike, rather than in front or behind. Practice together in short intervals, working up to longer distances.

3. Hide and seek

Sit your dog in a room of the house that is the designated “seekers” room. Tell your dog to stay, and then leave the room to hide. The first few times you do this stand somewhere easily visible then call your dog, rewarding them when they find you. Increase the difficulty of your hiding place as they get used to the game. You could also hide a treat or toy somewhere in the house to keep your dog’s brain engaged.

4. Dancing with dogs

Canine freestyle is a choreographed set of moves where you and your dog display skill and teamwork to the backdrop of music. One type of canine freestyle showcases the artistry of the dog’s movements, while the other emphasizes the handler and dog’s movement together. Both are excellent forms of competition for dog lovers to become involved in.

Festive Felines: Cats In Christmas Trees (GALLERY)

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"I'm watching...always watching..." Photo Credit: Michelle Wiggins

(CATS/FUNNY ANIMAL PICTURES) Christmas is finally here, and many pets are getting themselves into the holiday spirit, while others are simply getting into trouble. Check out these festive felines and decide whether they’ve been naughty or nice. — Global Animal

He knows if you've been bad or good! Photo credit: Joyce Hendricks
Pumpkin hangs out in the Christmas tree. Photo Credit: Ashlee Wroblewski
Sanya's first Christmas. Photo Credit: Tammy Merdian
Nothing gets past these glowing eyes! Photo Credit: Kristen Markell
"I'm watching...always watching..." Photo Credit: Michelle Wiggins
Ava loves hiding in and eating the Christmas tree! Photo Credit: Sonja Dahlquist
"Thinking about climbing the tree...but resting under the blanket for now." Photo Credit: Ashlee Wroblewski
"This is my spot." Photo Credit: Judy Clark
You can't peek at the presents with these eyes watching you from the tree! Photo Credit: Lou deMiguel
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Mazel Tov! Pets Celebrate Hanukkah (GALLERY)

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(HOLIDAYS/ANIMAL PICTURES/HANUKKAH) ’Tis the season to spin the dreidel and light the menorah! Check out these precious pets as they celebrate the Festival of Lights! — Global Animal

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Tips For Bringing A Puppy Home For The Holidays

There are many factors one should consider before choosing to adopt a dog. Photo credit: Getty Images

(DOGS/PET ADOPTION) It’s finally the holiday season, and for many, there’s no better gift than a new puppy. However, it’s important that pet parents understand the importance of adoption as well as how to properly care for their new pet.

Choosing to adopt a furry friend is a very important (and sometimes difficult) decision. If your children or loved ones are hoping for a pet puppy this holiday season, there are several things you can do to ensure an easy and successful transition.

Here are six tail-wagging tips that will help you find the perfect pup this holiday season! — Global Animal

There are many factors one should consider before choosing to adopt a dog. Photo credit: Getty Images
There are many factors one should consider before choosing to adopt a dog. Photo credit: Getty Images

Biscuits & Bath, Dr. Yasmine Mortsakis and Tito Rivera

It seems that every holiday season brings the “must-have” toys or gifts for kids, but there is one that tends to be a perpetual crowd-pleaser: a puppy. And if your kids want a pup this year, you may want to first consider the following six tips to help find the ideal pup to join your family. Dr. Yasmine Mortsakis, DVM, Director of Health & Wellness at NY Vet Practice, which offers full-service veterinary care at Biscuits & Bath, and Biscuits & Bath Behavior Counselor Tito Rivera advise:

Consider your child’s age.

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Dogs can be playful friends for children of all ages. Photo credit: Global Animal

Puppies are a lot of work, and families with small children should consider adopting an older dog, as these pooches are already trained and make great companions.

Be mindful of your child’s temperament.

Companion breeds are usually a better choice for small children or children with disabilities. Also, regardless of the breed, small children tend to do better with calmer dogs.

Supervise puppy play.

Before their first interaction with the new pup, children should be taught the proper way to handle and treat their new four-legged friend. Interactions between a dog and a young child (under 10 years) should always be supervised by a responsible adult.

Be prepared to train your new pup.

Adoption helps save the lives of animals in need. Photo Credit: OlgaKay
Adoption helps save the lives of animals in need. Photo Credit: OlgaKay

Keep in mind that there will be an adjustment period for your new dog while he/she gets acquainted with its new family, and most dogs will need some level of training upon entering a new home. The Biscuits & Bath Training and Behavior Department offers a complimentary phone consultation prior to getting your new pup. This is an important first step that can lead to many years of enjoying your dog successfully.

Visit a vet ASAP.

It’s important to the long-term health of your new dog to get him/her a veterinary exam early on. Then schedule annual checkups to maintain good health. NY Vet Practice offers a complimentary phone consultation prior to picking up your new dog.

Adopt from a shelter or pet rescue.

So many loveable dogs are abandoned, and they are in need of a good home and make great companions. Also, most of these dogs have already had their behavior evaluated, so you can more easily find the dog that’s the best fit for your family.

More Biscuits & Bath: http://biscuitsandbath.com

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