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    To help with cats that poo in the garden or on the car.

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    This is such a cool video :-)

  • littlelab writes: " It seems that everyday on every forum I visit, someone has had the painful and emotional decision of having their beloved companion euthanised or 'Put to Sleep'.

    For many it is an end to weeks or months of suffering, some are oldies and some sadly are young animals only just starting out in life. For many, it may very well be an end to years of neglect from previous owners, but whatever the reason for putting the animal to sleep, we are always left with the feeling of guilt, ' if only we could have done more', if only I had spent more time/money with him/her' if only we had got there sooner', 'if only we could have had a few more days'. How can we really know that Euthansia is the best option for our beloved companion, lets look at the criteria of what an animals basic needs are:

    Freedom from uncontrollable pain, distress and discomfort. Ability to walk and balance. Ability to eat and drink without pain and vomiting. Freedom from painful, inoperable tumours. Ability to breathe freely and without difficulty. Ability to hold up head when at rest. Ability to urinate and defecate without difficulty or incontinence. Ability to see and hear. Ability to enjoy food. Pet responds to owner and family. Not suffering from repeated vomiting and/or convulsions.

    Your pet should be able to enjoy a majority of these basic things, but these criteria are intended only as guidelines when used as a benchmark in deciding your pet's wellbeing. Euthanasia may not be appropriate even if some of these criteria are not met. Each case for euthanasia should be judged on its own merits and your vet should always be consulted beforehand. (As the owner you also know your pet better than anyone.)

    If you and your vet decide that Euthanasia is the kindest course of action, then don't be afraid to ask questions.

    Many vets will offer you either the last or first appointment of the day, go with a relative or friend for support.

    You may want to hold your pet whilst the vet administers the drug. Most euthanasia solutions are a combination of chemicals whose intent is to effect a quick and painless termination of nerve transmission and to effect complete muscle relaxation. When nerve impulses are not conducted there is no thought, no sensation, no movement.
    br> The vet will then give you time with your pet to say your goodbyes, this is your time, take as long as you need, grief has no time limits.

    For those reading this and feeling guilt then please read a wnoderful article called ' A letter from Annie' http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/annie.html

    For those wanting more information on Euthanasia and the facts here are a couple of very useful websites:
    http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/euthanasia.htm
     http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/BathNES/environment/animalsandpests/Dogs/Copingwithdeathofdog.htm "

     

    By Littlelamb

  • Cats generally seem to to have more sense than dogs when it comes to keeping cool, however its worth remembering that they may need extra water left down and if you feed wet food, then all bowls should be washed immediately to discourage flies and bacteria breeding, the same goes for dog food too.

    Dogs will need more care, as most of them have very little common sense and will happily lay out in the full sun!!

    Please remember that any pets that have white noses and ears should have sunblock applied to these areas, pets can get burnt too, and sadly this can lead to awful injuries.

    Avoid walks in the extreme heat, particularly between 11am and 2pm, when the sun is at its most powerful, also pavements retain heat until very late in the day, shorter grass walks maybe a better idea. Pads can become burnt on hot concrete.

    If you dash home at lunchtime to let the dog out, then do just that, once it he/she has done her business get them back into the cool.

    Make the sunny side of your house as cool as possible by drawing curtains or shutting blinds.

    During the Summer your dogs are less active than in cooler weather, its a good idea to feed slightly less and keep an eye on your dogs weight.

    Dogs will naturally drink more in hot weather, make sure you have a bucket or washing up bowl of water outside in the shade and I find using 2 containers inside helps too.

    When going out, don't forget to take water and a bowl with you, if you train outside then you should have a shallow bowl and water to immerse your dogs feet in (best way to reduce the temp) after training.

    If you are attending shows, its worth bringing your own shade, such as a gazebo or large umbrella.

    Finally, and the most important thing to remember is, NEVER leave your dog in a parked car, even for a minute. Its the same as being in a greenhouse but with worse ventilation.

    If you take your dog out you need to know your destination is dog friendly. Your dog will be far more comfortable at home otherwise.

    REMEMBER DOGS DIE IN PARKED CARS

  • The flea goes through four stages, egg, larva, pupa then adult flea. The adults live on the pet and the females lay their eggs here too. The eggs fall off the pets coat into the environment, carpet, furniture, anywhere the pet goes. These eggs then hatch which results in the larva stage. The larvae feed on small particles of debris, too small for the naked eye to see, things like flea dirt and tapeworm eggs. The larvae then pupate, spin a cocoon, and the adult flea starts to develop within. The pupae can survive until the conditions are favourable for them, even if this takes many months.

    The fleas inside the cocoon are stimulated into hatching by warmth and vibration, which can be from the pet itself or the people in that environment, even moving furniture can be enough. Once the flea emerges it jumps back onto the pet and the cycle starts again. In the right conditions this whole process from egg to flea can take as little as 2 weeks. The adult flea does not survive for long on the pet, usually only 7 to 10 days. Fleas can cause a lot of irritation to cats and dogs, making them itch and they also transmit tapeworms. They are also the cause of some skin problems. Cat fleas are the most common, then hedgehog fleas, with rabbit fleas next and finally dog fleas. Dog fleas are thought to account for only 1% of the flea population. The most frequently encountered flea on both cats and dogs is the cat flea. If your pet has fleas then it is best to treat both the pet and the environment. The flea is just as at home in a dirty home as a clean one, they make no distinction. They are happy to be in a centrally heated home with fitted carpets where they can breed all year round.

    Fleas can become quite a problem if they are left untreated. For every flea that you find on your pet there will be lots more developing in the environment. Fleas are very small and they move very quickly which makes them hard to detect. However they do seem to favour certain places on the pet, base of the tail, around the ears, neck and abdomen. You can tell if your pet has fleas by a simple method. Using a comb, gently comb through the pet's coat, and if any small pieces of foreign material shaken from the comb onto a piece of white, moist paper or tissue start to dissolve and produce a red stain then your pet has fleas. The reason the paper goes red is because the particles are flea faeces, which contain a lot of ingested blood.

    When the fleas move through the pet's coat they cause the pet to scratch or bite at the point of irritation. Pets can show various degrees of irritation to fleas, some show little or no irritation and others can develop skin problems. Some pets are allergic to flea bites and their saliva. If fleas are left untreated they can cause some severe diseases, one of which being anaemia. In untreated kittens and puppies a severe infestation of fleas can cause anaemia and even death.

     

  • See video

    I noticed this great video on youtube and it made me smile, especially when the car came out of the sofa! LOL

  • Attached is an image of my doggie at the sea side when I met lovedoggiesforever12 and we had a great time messing around in the water :-) not us but our dogs! LOL hope you like it!