coverI’ve been wanting to start a new blog series featuring our Sponsors for quite some time now, but as most things go these days it kept getting pushed back on the back burner for more important things.  I’m trying to get better at this blogging thing, and staying on top of how busy things are and keeping up with the flood of emails coming in everyday is keeping me on my toes!

Despite all the stress and exhaustion from late nights that come with blogging, getting to meet some new people along the way is definitely one of  the highlights and perks.  So today I decided it’s time to pick up on some of the slack on sharing some of our favorite people with you!  Today I’d like to share  and highlight is one of our newest sponsors, John, from John Aiden Photography!

Hi, John!

Hello!!

When did you first get into photography?

 I first got into photography when I was in high school. I was going into my sophomore year and I had no idea what classes I wanted to take. I saw photography on the sign up sheet and wondered what the class would be like. The only photography experience I had prior to that was playing Pokemon Snap, old school game, on Nintendo 64 and using my cell phone. I was a little geeky, but photography sparked my interest. So I started up a class in high school and continued with photography until I graduated.

What inspired you to focus your work on pets?

During high school I focused on pets and wildlife for my assignments. Most students were taking pictures of their friends and families, but I didn’t have many friends or a close family. I was very shy and reserved, but not anymore. I didn’t have the best household growing up in so my pets became my best friends, which is why I always photographed them. I grew up in a smaller town in Michigan. I loved the outdoors. There was so much nature and life, that world intrigued me. Wildlife naturally became my second focus when it came to photography. I loved all the different bugs and wildlife. Seeing how beautiful they were up close. They had such amazing colors and features. I loved showing a different side to the wildlife that most people overlook. Also, I loved searching for my subjects and not being able to set them up or pose them. They are constantly moving and you can’t tell them to stay or move a certain way. It makes photography more interesting and challenging, which is what I love. I love going out into the nature and having no idea what creatures will show up for me to photograph.Sammy

What were your plans after high school?

After high school I moved to New York. I worked with Fashion Designer Malan Breton. I learned so much about fashion, but also got to incorporate my photography into the fashion world. We used some of my wildlife prints and turned them into patterns. Malan then used the patterns and made them into clothes for his New York Fashion Week collection. It was an amazing experience and so much fun. 

That does sound amazing!  Working with a Fashion Designer! WOW!  What are you currently working on?

 I am currently working on making a beautiful photography book of dogs for dog lovers. It’s going to be called I Wuv Photography. It is going to be about the beauty of photography and the beauty of dogs. This project is currently up on kickstarter.com. I am trying to raise funds for the book for some equipment for this project and to help publish the book once it’s completed.

orange dressWhat do you wish to accomplish with your book?

I plan on making this a beautiful book that every dog lover is going to want. I want it to be an amazing affordable book sold in the biggest book stores everywhere.

What are your plans and aspirations for the future?

 I have many future goals and aspirations with my photography career. I plan on publishing many photography books. Books about dogs, cats, wildlife, and fashion. I would like to break down some of the dogs, cats, and wildlife categories and do very particular books such as breeds of the animals and species of the wildlife. I also want to travel the world to capture the beautiful scenery and landscapes. I wouldn’t only capture the scenery and landscapes all over the world, I would photograph the nature and wildlife. There are so many unique sights to see, I will never stop traveling. I’ll always be sharing my experiences with the world.

Thanks so much John for showing your amazing work with us, and having the courage to also share your story!  I hope we see great things from you!  And Good Luck with everything that you do!

You can help support John and his book by donating to his Kickstarter Project, and follow him on Twitter at @JohnAidenJA or at @I_Wuv_Dogs to keep up on his latest ventures!

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772855559A few days ago Hill’s sent out a press release about the new Disaster Relief Network through their Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program that will allow pet food to be delivered promptly should a natural disaster occur.  Well, I hope it was implemented immediately upon release of that statement because mother nature definitely wanted to put it to the test in Oklahoma yesterday.

I’ve been watching the news all morning and the devastation is hard to see.  The thought of those poor kids trapped in their school is heartbreaking.  We definitely want to help however we can from here.

Here’s the article release from Hills…

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Announces First-of-its-Kind
National Disaster Relief Network to Help Pets During Emergencies

Hill’s Helps Educate Owners on Pet Preparedness and Emergency Care

TOPEKA, Kan. (MAY 8, 2013) – Hill’s Pet Nutrition announced today that it established a Disaster Relief Network through the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love™ program that will enable Hill’s to quickly deploy pet food resources in case of an emergency. The Network consists of nearly 100 participating shelters across the country that Hill’s can work with to distribute emergency food supplies to the pets who need it most.

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“I saw firsthand the tremendous work that Hill’s does when they supported my shelter during the wildfires in Colorado last year,” said Jan McHugh-Smith, President and CEO of the Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs. “It was remarkable how fast they were able to respond and how committed they were to making sure we had enough food for our shelters, including the temporary shelters that we set up accommodate the influx of displaced animals.”

This formalized U.S.-wide network of shelters coordinates emergency pet food deliveries and is the first network of its kind. Leading up to National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 11, Hill’s is also helping educate pet owners on what they can do to keep their pets healthy and safe when disaster strikes.

“Hill’s has a long-standing history of helping pets in need by assisting communities during natural disasters – partnering with shelters, veterinary hospitals, pet care organizations and communities to ensure that pets and shelter animals are fed and cared for,” said Kostas Kontopanos, President of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. U.S. “The Hill’s Disaster Relief Network formalizes the work Hill’s has done with shelters throughout the country. Together, we can respond as quickly as possible when animals and their communities are impacted by disaster across the country. We are very proud of our strong relationships with shelters. When disasters happen, Hill’s is ready to respond with emergency food shipments within hours.”

Since 2002, Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love™ program has donated more than $240 million worth of Hill’s® Science Diet® brand foods to nearly 1,000 shelters nationwide and helped more than 7 million pets find new homes. Every day, the program helps feed more than 100,000 homeless pets across the country. Through the Disaster Relief Network, Hill’s will be able to increase the reach of its assistance to pets, pet owners and communities during natural disasters and emergencies.

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Hill’s has a strong record of responding when emergency resources are needed during major natural disasters. Specifically, HillΓÇÖs assisted shelters during Hurricanes Sandy, Isaac and Katrina, the Waldo Canyon wildfire near Colorado Springs, the tornadoes in Joplin, MO, and the tsunami in Japan. Hill’s also joined forces with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation in 2010 to support more than 90 veterinary shelters and clinics along the Gulf Coast struggling to respond to a record number of pets in need, whose owners were unable to provide needed pet food and medical care in the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill.

In support of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 11, Hill’s is also emphasizing the steps pet owners can take to prepare for disasters before they happen.

According to Dr. Dan Aja, Director of U.S. Professional and Veterinary Affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, it is essential to prepare before disaster strikes to ensure you know what to do and have the resources needed to care for your pet during an emergency. “Because owners have such strong bonds with their pets, we want to encourage pet parents to think about how their pets factor into their evacuation plans. Taking precautionary steps can help avoid delays in the event of an emergency,” said Dr. Aja.

Hill’s advises pet owners to take the following steps to prepare your pet for an emergency event, including evacuation:

  • Ensure your pet can be identified by either a microchip or collar ID tag, with updated contact information.
  • Prepare an emergency box of pet supplies that is readily accessible in the event of an evacuation. Emergency kits should include: first aid supplies and guide book; a 3-day supply of pet food in a waterproof container and bottled water; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and medical records; a contact list of veterinarian and pet care organizations; information on your pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues; comfort toys; and a blanket.
  • Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include veterinarian’s contact information.
  • Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area – keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be able to shelter pets. Scout hotels/motels with pet friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and/or your pet.
  • If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate if possible for transport and safe-keeping.
  • Carry a good picture of your pet with you in the event of separation during evacuation. Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house because pets may hide if they are scared. Finding them quickly will help you evacuate faster.

Find out more about Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love™ Disaster Relief Network at Hill’s website. To request assistance during an emergency, shelters can contact Hill’s at DisasterRelief@hillspet.com.

About Hill’s Pet Nutrition
Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. manufactures Hill’s® Prescription Diet® brand pet foods, therapeutic pet foods available only through veterinarians, Hill’s® Science Diet® brand and Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ brand pet foods sold through veterinarians and finer pet specialty stores. Founded more than 70 years ago with a unique commitment to pet nutrition and well-being, Hill’s is committed to its mission to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. Hill’s produces high-quality, great-tasting pet foods owners can trust and give to their canine and feline companions as part of a veterinary health care team recommendation. This ultimately improves patient health and the health of the practice. For more information about Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc., and Hill’s Evidence-Based Clinical Nutrition™ visit HillsPet.com, or visit us on Facebook, keywords “Hill’s Pet Nutrition.”

We sent over a $10 donation to the American Red Cross, to help in anyway we can here from Indiana.  If you can spare $10, text REDCROSS to 90999 to help out!  A BIG ‘Thank You’ to the ARC for always being there for us and our pets when we need you!

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Our hearts, prayers an paws are with everyone affected by this horrific storm.

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Guest Post from Sherry of TripsWithPets.com

Memorial Day symbolizes the start of summer for you and your pet. Before you start planning trips to the beach and summer getaways, keep in mind that it’s important to plan ahead for pet travel and always keep the best interests of your furry, four-legged friend in mind.  Traveling with your pet can be a wonderful and bonding experience or a not so pleasant one.  It’s all a matter of proper planning and preparation.

Here are the top tips to ensure your Memorial Day getaway with your pet is a safe one.

  • No Heads Out the Window:  Although many pets find that sticking their head out the window is the best part of the road trip, it’s not safe.  Your pet can easily be injured by flying debris.  This should go without saying, but NEVER travel with a pet in the back of a pickup truck. Some states have laws restricting such transport and it is always dangerous.
  • Frequent Pit Stops:  Always provide frequent bathroom and exercise breaks. Most travel service areas have designated areas for walking your pet. Be sure to stay in this area particularly when you pet needs a potty break, and of course, bring along a bag to pick up after your pet.  When outside your vehicle, make sure that your pet is always on a leash and wearing a collar with a permanent and temporary travel identification tag.
  • Proper Hydration:  During your pit stops be sure to provide your pet with some fresh water to wet their whistle.  Occasionally traveling can upset your pet’s stomach. Take along ice cubes, which are easier on your pet than large amounts of water.
  • Watch the Food Intake:  It is recommended that you keep feeding to a minimum during travel.  Be sure to feed them their regular pet food and resist the temptation to give them some of your fast food burger or fries (that never has a good ending!).
  • Don’t Leave Them Alone:  Never leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle. On warm days, the temperature in your vehicle can rise to 120 degrees in minutes, even with the windows slightly open. In addition, an animal left alone in a vehicle is an open invitation to pet thieves.
  • Practice Restraint:  Be sure that your pet is safely restrained in your vehicle.  Utilizing apet safety harnesstravel kennelvehicle pet barrier, or pet car seat are the best ways to keep your pet safe.  They not only protect your pet from injury, but they help by keeping them from distracting you as you drive.  A safety harness functions like a seatbelt.  While most pets will not have a problem adjusting to it, you may want to let them wear the harness by itself a few times before using it in the vehicle. If your pet prefers a travel kennel, be sure it is well ventilated and stabilized.  Many pet owners prefer vehicle barriers, particularly for larger pets.  Vehicle barriers are best suited for SUVs.  Smaller pets are best suited for pet car seats.  The car seat is secured in the back seat using a seat belt and your pet is secured in the car seat with a safety harness.  In addition to it’s safety features, a pet car seat will prop up your smaller pet, allowing them to better look out the window.  No matter what method you choose, back seat travel is always safer for your pet.
  • Safe and Comfortable:  Whatever method you choose to properly restrain your pet in your vehicle, be sure to make their comfort a priority.  Just as it’s important for your “seat” to be comfortable for your long road trip, your pet’s seat should be comfortable too. Typically their favorite blanket or travel bed will do the trick. There are also some safe and very cozy pet car seats available that your pet may find quite comfy.

Careful preparation is the key to ensuring that you and your pet have a happy and safe trip.

About TripsWithPets.com

TripsWithPets.com is the #1 online resource for pet travel. It was named BEST pet travel site by Consumer Reports! TripsWithPets.com offers resources to ensure pets are welcome, happy, and safe when traveling.  The website features a directory of pet friendly hotels & accommodations across the U.S. and Canada, airline & car rental pet policies, dog friendly beaches, search by route, pet travel tips, pet travel supplies, along with other pet travel resources.

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If you’re an avid All Dog Blog follower (props to you! :) ), you’re probably aware that we haven’t been spending as much time here as usual finding you good deals, sharing articles, product reviews, and all-a-round great dog stuff!  Yes, yes…we know you’re sad, we’re sad too!  But alas, the reign of silence is about to come to an end!  The future hubs and I have been building our first-ever dream home since October and she’s finally finished!  We close Friday, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.  Bubbs knows something is up with all the boxes lying around, and his toy getting packed up, and not much room to run and play (not there was much to begin with!), but has yet to see his new diggs and very own backyard to run and bark and do his business!  We couldn’t be more excited for him and his kitty brother, and for us too of course!  It’s been a lot of hard work to finally get here and it’s still pretty surreal that all of this is happening.  I’m mostly excited about finally having space for a desk and work space of my own to work instead of the couch in front of the tv!

Since we’re in the process of moving and our lives are being thrown to the boxes, we felt it was only appropriate to have a great guest post by TripsWithPets.com!  A Moving Guide For Pets!  There’s some really great tips!  Luckily we’re moving on 10 minutes away from where we are now so we’re just making sure Bubbs has his seat belt on!

 

TripsWithPets Launches Pets On-the-Move:
A Moving Guide for Pets

South Portland, Maine – May 4, 2011 – TripsWithPets knows how challenging moving to a new home and a new town can be, especially when the move involves a beloved family pet. In order to meet the needs of families facing this difficult transition, TripsWithPets is excited to announce the launch of Pets on-the-Move: A Moving Guide for Pets,www.tripswithpets.com/petmove. This free online moving guide is jam-packed with everything a family needs to know in order to successfullymove with their pet.

Pets On-the-Move offers the following helpful information and resources:

  • Pet Relocation Service: If the move is international or cross-country, or if flying or driving with your pet just isn’t an option, a pet relocation service may be a wise choice. This section provides information about securing a reputable company as well as helpful tips to narrow down which one to choose.
  • Airline Pet Policies: There are a lot of regulations regarding flying with pets. This section displays a list of airlines and directly links to that specific airline’s policies.
  • Search by Route: Due to a massive request for this service, users can simply enter the departure and destination cities and a list of all the pet friendly hotels (and other pet friendly properties) within a 3 or 5 mile radius of the route are returned. This is perfect for those families driving to their new homes and need to know where they can stop with their pets along the way.
  • Tips, tips, and more tips: There are a hundred and one things to remember when moving with a pet. The guide covers everything from what to prepare for before the move to advice on making sure furry family members are comfortable in their new surroundings.
  • Pet Moving Essentials: You name it…pet travel crates and kennels, pet seat belts, vehicle pet barriers, and pet car seats…Pets On-the-Move includes all the pet travel supplies you’ll need.

“Pets On-the-Move is our answer to all of the inquiries we receive on a regular basis from people moving with their pets. Over 89 million US and Canadian households have pets but there wasn’t a well-defined resource out there that we could send people to, so we made our own,” said Kim Salerno, President of TripsWithPets. “This guide is perfect not only for the families who are moving, but for real estate agentsmoving companieslocal chambers of commerce – any organization that’s involved in the moving process and wants to better serve their clients!”

TripsWithPets designed Pets On-the-Move:  A Moving Guide for Pets to be a one-stop shop for moving families to get all the information they need to make sure their furry friends are cared for, happy, and safe every step of the way to their new home.  To learn more visit,www.tripswithpets.com/petmove.

TRIPSwithPETS.com is the premier online guide for pet travel – offering resources to ensure that pets are welcome, happy, and safe when traveling. Visit www.tripswithpets.com, to find a directory of pet friendly accommodations across the U.S. and Canada, airline pet policies, pet travel tips, pet travel supplies, along with other valuable pet travel resources.

Have you ever had a major move with your pets?  Across country or states away?  We’d love to hear your stories and tips on moving with pets!  Send them in or comment below!

We can’t wait for you guys to see the new place!

 

 

 

We were recently contacted to see if we wanted to share a really great article with our readers, by Dr. Tim Hunt, DVM, about teaching kids animal compassion.  We felt it was such a great article and such a great fit for our blog we just had to share it.  We’ve never heard of Dr. Tim before, or his foods, but we’ve checked it out and we’re pretty impressed.  Teaching kids about animal compassion is definitely something all parents should instill in their children as early as possible.  Whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, or even their first fish, we strongly believe it’s very important to help kids understand the responsibility of owning a pet, and to respect all animals.  There’s some really great tips for parents on pet ownership for kids.  Check it out!

Teaching Kids Animal Compassion

Choosing the right pet for your child is key

By Dr. Tim Hunt, DVM

 

Children can learn so many valuable lessons by caring for a pet. Having pets at a young age instills kids with a sense of confidence that they can take care of an animal and help it to live a thriving life.

More importantly I find pets can be great therapy for kids. Have you ever seen a kid talk to a pet and the animal responds by wagging its tail or purring? A pet gives a kid a way to share their feelings with another living creature that will never respond in a judgmental or bullying way. Animals are unbiased companions, just what many kids need.

Having pets also teaches children that animals are not expendable items. If children are involved in the daily care of animals, it can help to make them a more compassionate person later in life. Over the years I have been able to follow kids who first owned pets in elementary school as they grow up through high school, and I have seen them grow up to be compassionate young adults.

On the other hand, kids that don’t get the experience of having a pet early may become afraid of animals, especially if their parents don’t particularly care for animals. But even parents who aren’t crazy about pets or did not own them as kids can help change this trend.

People sometimes ask me what are some good pets for a young child to have, and why. Here are some pointers for choosing your child’s first pet:

When to get a pet – People often ask me what the best age is for children to have a pet. I believe between ages 4 and 8 is ideal, although older kids can also benefit. I got my first pets, mice and guinea pigs, when I was 8. I didn’t get my first dog until I was 20, but since then I have been making up for lost time. Today I own 40 outdoor dogs and two more who live indoors!

Start with easier pets – Many people don’t want to start with the responsibility of a dog or cat. For these folks, I recommend a nontraditional pet like a rat or a guinea pig. Rats are extremely cuddly, they don’t bite and they only live two years. Guinea pigs also do not bite, unlike hamsters and gerbils which can tend to be nippy.

Aim for “fail-safe” pets – Kids are so impressionable. The worst thing that can happen is a six-year-old kid gets bitten by a dog and then becomes scared of dogs for years to come. Choose pets that are easy to care for. Spend time with your child and the new pet, reading and learning together how to care for the animal.

Pick a pet that fits your family’s lifestyle – Look at the purpose the pet will serve in your family. Do you and your kids spend more time indoors or outside? Is your child very active or does he or she prefer reading or playing quietly. If a child has ADD or ADHD, I recommend starting with a calm dog to help give them an example of what calm can be. For a hyperactive adult, I recommend the opposite: a high-energy dog they can play with to form a bond, such as a Lab or Golden Retriever, German Short-haired Pointer or Border Collie.

Pets and exercise – With so many kids overweight, people wonder if a dog can help their child get more exercise. The answer is yes, and it has less to do with the kind of dog than the simple act of walking it. A particularly excitable dog is not necessary. It is more important that the child spend at least half an hour daily walking the dog. Get a kid away from the screens and electronics for that long and they will start to realize there is more to life.

Purebred or mixed breed? It is not necessary to pick a purebred dog for your first pet. Many mutts you can get from the pound or animal shelter make terrific pets. I strongly encourage people to adopt pound and shelter animals. Try to find out what breeds are in your dogs background to help you better understand your dog’s behavior. With purebred animals, it is especially important to do your research and make sure the pet fits your family’s lifestyle.

Cats for quiet kids – I find that cats are great pets for very introverted kids. Having a cat helps draw the child out in a non-threatening way. Once the child and cat get to know each other the cat will come and sit in the child’s lap. Cats also don’t require as much work or attention as dogs. I find that cats are particularly good for kids with physical or other disabilities that limit how much they can care for a pet.

No matter what kind of animal you choose for your first pet, remember that your attitude toward the animal can influence how your child treats animals for life. This is particularly important when an animal becomes sick or old. If a parent views the animal as disposable, the kid will too.

Whether your family chooses a hamster or a dog, be prepared to care for your pet in sickness and in health. If the animal gets sick at least seek treatment. Even if the outcome isn’t good and the animal passes away, children will remember “we tried.” And that will stay with them their whole life.

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About Dr. Tim: Dr. Tim Hunt is a licensed veterinarian in both Michigan and Alaska. Drawing upon his 22 years as a vet and 17 years racing sled dogs, he created Dr. Tim’s Premium All Natural Pet Food to replicate the natural, wild diet of dogs and cats. Dr. Tim is recognized as an expert on all aspects of pet health and a staunch advocate for the welfare of all animals. He and his wife Mary live on 50 acres in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with four house cats, two house dogs and 40 outdoor dogs. Learn more at www.DrTims.com. Contact him at drtim@drtims.com.

 

 

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Recently, my soon-to-be Sister-in-Law had a run in with two little dogs, being walked by a young boy, who ran across the street and attacked her lovable dog Bear.  A typical walk down the street turned nasty in an instant, and luckily, neither her, Bear, or the other dogs were seriously injured and didn’t require an emergency trip to the vet.

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Hopefully you’ve never had to experience rushing your pet to the vet for a serious emergency situation, but if you have or if you haven’t, you either now know or you should know how important it is always be prepared.  While working as a vet tech I saw a lot…HBC (hit-by-car), heat stroke from being left in a hot car, bee and insect stings, bloat, broken legs, dog bites, and lots of other emergency situations that come with the territory of owning a pet.  Now more than ever, especially this time of year when more people are out and about with their pets enjoying the weather and longer days, should you be prepared for any such situations.

For some great tips on how to be prepared for pet emergency, we have a really great Guest Post for you, courtesy of The Wet Nose Guide!

 

Emergency Dog Care In New York (Or YOUR City!):  Preparation Is Key

By:  The Wet Nose Guide

As many dog owners have found out in awful, harrowing scenarios, emergency medical care for your furry friend is not the kind of thing you want to play by ear. In a large city like New York, there are dozens of emergency care centers and a much larger number of veterinarians and such overwhelming number of options can make an already bad situation worse. Luckily, scary situations can be made better through preparation. A basic knowledge of NYC’s emergency vets can help ensure that a potentially bad situation with your pooch turns out alright.

When faced with a doggie health emergency, your first instinct might be to call one of the many emergency vets that specialize in urgent care. However, if your health problem arises during regular business hours, the very first person you should call is your regular vet. Unlike emergency vets, your primary veterinarian should be familiar with your pup, and may be able to offer greater insight into the problem than a vet that has just been introduced. Furthermore, if your dog’s illness is the result of a pre-existing condition known to your veterinarian, medication may be in stock that other New York vets do not carry. This option is, of course, entirely dependent upon your personal veterinarian being available at the time of an emergency, however, the most knowledgeable option is always best.

If your regular veterinarian is not available to tend to your pup during a health crisis, you should next turn to a nearby, pre-selected emergency care center (preferably one that is open 24/7, in case the emergency occurs late at night). Be sure to put together a list of two to three possible New York emergency vets that you trust to take care of your dog, and visit them at least once to make sure their facilities are adequate.

Dealing with your canine companion’s health emergency can be one of the scariest experiences of your life. A little preparation however, paired with the right information, can go a long way towards bringing such situations to a short and happy conclusion.

 

How are you prepared to face a pet emergency, should one unexpectedly arise?!

 

 

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We haven’t seen any just yet, but with flowers beginning to pop up everywhere they’re sure to be out soon…BEES and other stinging insects.  I’m always worried when summer comes and every time I take Bubbs out for his potty breaks and there are bees and wasps hanging out by our back door.  We’re constantly ducking, dodging, and keeping a look out.  Half the problem is he sees them as a pest and tries his hardest to snatch one up and eat them!  The last thing any pet parent needs is a dog stung in the mouth and have to rush them to the vet, and that is why we always recommend that during the summer you ALWAYS keep a very close eye on your dog while outdoors in the backyard or on walks.  Even if they stop to smell the flowers, stay close!  I’ve seen many many many times (this time of year) dogs rushed to the vet with their eyes swollen shut and panic-stricken owners who don’t know what to do.  It can be very stressful for both you and your pet!

If you ever notice any swelling around the face, torso, paws, or little hive bumps on their body, call the vet immediately and they’ll instruct you on what you should do and get them there fast!

Here are some really great tips on what to do in an emergency, courtesy of VCA Animal Hospitals!

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Pet First Aid – What to Do in an Emergency
On Behalf of VCA Animal Hospitals, 4/27/11

When a pet gets injured or stops breathing, it can be a stressful and frightening situation. It’s crucial for all pet owners to have a basic understanding of common veterinary medical emergencies and basic first aid to help their pet in an emergency.

While no one can be prepared for all emergencies, there are some simple guidelines you should follow and things to look for if your pet seems ill or is involved in an accident.  This knowledge may just save your pet’s life.

What should I do if my pet gets injured?

1.  Keep calm and assess the scene for any additional threats to you or your pet. This is important for everyone’s safety.

  • If your pet is injured, it’s likely they will be panicked or disoriented. The stress of an emergency involving a pet or owner can cause an otherwise friendly animal to act aggressively. It is important to ensure the safety of all rescue personnel that are attempting to assist with an injured animal by keeping everyone calm, including your pet.

2.  Keep your pet warm, as quiet as possible, and keep movement to a minimum, especially if there is possible trauma, broken limbs, or any neurological symptoms.

3.  Contact your local veterinarian, inform them of the situation and get specific first aid advice.

4.  To safely move or transport an injured dog, get somebody to help you.

  • For a small dog, put it into its carrier (remove the top for easy and safe access to the carrier; don’t push an injured dog through the small door or opening), or use a suitable container such as a strong cardboard box.
  • For a larger dog, use a makeshift stretcher made out of some rigid material such as an appropriate sized, sturdy piece of wood. Carefully maneuver the dog onto a blanket or coat so that it can be gently moved to the carrier, box or stretcher. The blanket will help stabilize the neck and spine, and prevent inadvertent biting or scratching from the injured pet.
  • To safely move or transport an injured cat, use suitable container such as a strong cardboard box or a cat carrier (remove the top for easy and safe access to the carrier; don’t push an injured cat through the small door or opening). Drop a blanket or thick towel over the patient. Tuck it in carefully or maneuver the cat onto the blanket so it can be gently placed in the container. The blanket will help stabilize the neck and spine and prevent inadvertent clawing or scratching from the injured pet.

5.  Get to a nearby veterinary hospital as soon as possible. After being involved in an emergency or accident, it is important that you take your pet for a veterinary examination as soon as possible, even if it appears to have recovered fully.

What should I do if my pet stops breathing or becomes unconscious?

Although frightening to think about, when pets become unconscious or stop breathing due to heat stroke or a variety of other reasons, it’s important to know what to do. At the first sign of trouble, all attempts to get to a veterinarian should be made, but knowing basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques may help you save your pet’s life until veterinary help is available.

Pet CPR – How To

CPR is best when performed by two people. One begins rescue breathing and the other monitors the heartbeat or begins chest compressions, if necessary. CPR is as simple as ABC:

Lay your dog or cat on his/her side on a firm, flat surface.

“A”: open the AIRWAY. Extend their head and neck (by lifting his/her chin) for the best possible breathing position. It is important to check for a breathing obstruction. Open their mouth, look in the back of the throat and grab the tongue and pull it outward. If an object is blocking their throat or airway, use your fingers or a grasping instrument (pliers, etc) to remove it. Only perform this maneuver if your pet is unconscious—otherwise you may be bitten badly. If the object cannot be reached or pulled out, use the Heimlich maneuver to try to dislodge the object.

“B”: check for BREATHING. Watch for the rise and fall of the chest and feel for breath on your hand. A lack of breathing and oxygen will also cause your pet’s gums to appear bluish.

“C”: check for CIRCULATION. Place your fingers or hand on the left side of your pet’s chest—just behind the elbow—to feel for a heartbeat. You can also try to feel their pulse by pressing gently on the inside of the top of the hind leg. If there is a heartbeat or pulse, continue with rescue breathing only (tips 5-7). If there is no heartbeat begin chest compressions also (tips 5-10).

Grasp your dog’s or cat’s muzzle (snout) and hold their mouth shut.

Place your mouth completely over their nose and blow gently. Don’t blow too hard—just enough to cause their chest to expand normally. Wait for the air to leave the lungs before breathing again. Give 20 breaths per minute (one breath every 3 seconds) until your pet begins breathing on his/her own or as long as the heart beats.

Continue CPR until your dog or cat breathes on his own or has a steady heartbeat.

To supplement these basic VCA CPR guidelines, many local American Red Cross chapters offer hands-on training in pet first aid procedures. They also offer detailed reference guides and DVDs which can help you learn CPR.

To learn more about VCA Animal Hospitals, visit the VCA Facebook page and VCAhospitals.com.


Stay safe this Summer and always practice safe outdoor activities with your dogs!

Thanks for passing along this great article to us, Stacy!

Thanks, VCA!

 

 

 

With hot summer days and nights just around the corner, we always like to send out a reminder to spread the word about leaving your dog in the car while you run quick errands!  5 minutes in a hot car (or freezing cold) could be the unfortunate end of your pet’s life.

We don’t care if you say, “I’m must running in to grab something and I’ll be right out!  The windows are cracked!”

Who knows, the lines could be forever long and cause you to be in longer than you expected, minutes and seconds that your dog could be fighting for their life!  Unless you’re just taking your pet for a drive for some fresh air only, the radio is blasting in sync with the AC, the windows are down and you both are turning heads at the stop lights belting out tunes…LET YOUR PUP ENJOY THE COMFORT OF THEIR OWN HOME TO BARK AT THE NEIGHBORS!

We never leave our Bubbs in the car alone, if he comes on a car ride with us one of us will stay in the car with him.  He gets extremely stressed out even when one of us leaves the car & paces from window to window looking for either of us who left, and I don’t even want to know what he’d be like if we left him alone by himself.

We came across this Photo Series, “Mute: The Silence Of Dogs In Cars” by Martin Usborne the other day, hence the reason for this post.  It angers me so much to see a dog in a car left alone, and I love this photo series by Martin.  Doesn’t the dog in the photo above look sad, depressed, lonely, and like he’s been in the car for a long time if he’s made himself comfortable??

*SAD*

When will people just QUIT IT!?

Okay, we’re done ranting now.  :)

 

Spread the word:  DON’T LEAVE YOUR DOG ALONE IN THE CAR.

 

 

 

 

The weather is getting warmer, and we’ve been noticing more people out and about with their dogs!  Everyone walks their dog(s), but have you ever thought of biking with your dog?  Bubbs and I have a wonderful running/biking trail that runs through our town and into the next, but we think he might be too little to go biking with.  His little legs will get wore out and not be able to make it home!  Maybe if we put a basket he can ride along in the front?!

Check out some of the great tips on bonding with your dog via riding your bike together!

 

Bonding Series:  Biking With Your Dog

TripsWithPets.com

When you think about the activities that you can do with your dog, your list might look like this: walk, run, play fetch.  With such a short list, you probably cycle through these pretty quickly.  Why not shake things up a bit and introduce your dog to something new?  Fall is a wonderful time to ride your bike and the best part is that your dog can come with you.  It’s the perfect way to bond and reconnect with your pooch and enjoy that crisp air together.

Can Any Dog Bike?

It makes sense that a healthy dog that’s used to walking, running, or hiking is a great candidate for a bike mate.  But what if your dog is small and doesn’t need much exercise?  Don’t worry!  There are a few different ways that will allow your dog to join you so you don’t have to leave that wagging tail and adorable little face behind.

  • Bike Leash – For an active, healthy dog, a bike leash is your answer.  Bike leashes hook on the side of a bike and attach to your dog’s collar so he’s running right along side of you.  It’s designed to control your dog in case he pulls in a different direction and ensures the safety of both dog and rider.  NEVER bring your dog on a regular leash that will leave you with just one hand on the handle bars and the other holding your dog’s leash.  This can be extremely dangerous.  Bike leashes were designed to free your hands so you can drive the bike properly.
  • Riders & Basket – For your small dog that doesn’t really need much exercise, you can still bond with them on a bicycling trip by using a pet rider or a basket.  Baskets attached to the front handle bars and have a harness or strap that keeps your furry passenger hooked safely secured.  Riders also work the same way, although these can be attached to the front or back of a bike and also include a safety harness.

Start Small

Once you’ve determined the best way to bring your dog along, it’s time to get her acclimated to being with the bike.  Show her how you are attaching the leash to your bicycle or set her in the rider to get her used to it. For the initial few outings, just walk your bike.  When she starts to become comfortable, hop on the bike and go slowly at first. Plan on just going around the block the first time, followed by one or two more blocks as she adjusts to this new activity.  This is also a good time to make sure that your dog is properly secured to the bike so there aren’t any mishaps.

If the biking is going well and she’s not afraid or stressed out, you can then begin lengthening your bike trips and moving along at a more appropriate pace.

Safety First

There are some things to keep in mind when you have your dog with you on the bike so that you both have a safe and enjoyable experience.

1.  Whenever possible, use bike trails or roads that are less busy.  If this isn’t a nearby option, use a bike rack and drive the two of you to a nearby park or trail.

2.  Avoid extraordinary heat.  In the warm summer months, reserve biking outings for early mornings or early evenings before it is getting dark.

3.  Bring a small pack of necessary items, including water, treats, a cell phone, and your vet’s number just in case of an emergency.  Make sure that your dog has all of his tags and other identification.

Just you and your dog on the open road with the wind at your backs and the sunshine on your faces is a healthy and fun way to bond with your dog.  Dogs are always overjoyed to be going anywhere with their humans, so finding new ways to spend time together (like biking) is bound to bring the two of you even closer together.  Show your best friend just how much you love her and hop on that bike!

Don’t forget to check out Trips With Pets for all your dog-bonding activity needs.

For more information, visit www.tripswithpets.com. Trips with Pets is the premier online resource for pet travel – offering resources to ensure pets are welcome, happy, and safe when traveling.

Visit www.tripswithpets.com, to find a directory of pet-friendly accommodations across the U.S., airline pet policies, pet travel tips, pet travel supplies, along with other pet travel resources.

 

Check out the WalkyDog Leash,  from EntirelyPets.com!

“The WalkyDog Bike Leash lets you relax and enjoy the company of friends and family while taking your dog along on bike rides. No need to leave your dog at the house or fumble with a lead. The WalkyDog, “the third hand on your bike”, handles your dog for you. It puts you back in charge! Your dog will very soon realize this and restrain itself, even when passing a cat, squirrel or other distraction. Now you can have your dog share in the fun of a bike ride! Great exercise for you and your dog.”


Thanks for sharing this great article with us, Trips with Pets!

 

We ordered Bubbs his yummy dog food, Proportions from SmartPak, last Saturday.  I’m so happy with the LiveSmart dog food, Hearty Chicken Stew PortionPaks, and Harvest Mix fruits & veggies.  Bubbs LOVES breakfast & dinner time so much, and if he’s happy, his Mommy is happy!

You can read our full review on these products, HERE.

(Free samples are no longer available, and I’m pretty sure that the original Proportions website is no longer available either.  To purchase this food you’ll need to go through the SmartPak website.)

This food is a wonderful choice of dog food, and to think of what we used to feed our little man, I’m pretty grossed out and appalled!  After making the switch over to LiveSmart PortionPaks, I’ve noticed the changes in my little dog, and I’m very happy with the results and these changes.  GOOD changes.  Tina from VetTech.org sent us a great article she posted on her website, and it really shows the importance of feeding your dog a balanced diet, a great quality dog food, human-grade, and not just some dry kibble you’ve scooped out of a bag you purchased either because you had a coupon, got it on sale, etc.  To learn how to properly read a dog food label, and ensure that you understand exactly what you’re feeding your favorite canines, go HERE.

10 Dog Foods That May Lead To Cancer

By Tina Marconi (VetTech.org)

According to Dr. Carol, one out of every five pets is affected with cancer. In fact, she reports on an 80% increase in breast or mammary cancer and a 100% increase in prostate cancer. She attributes this to ineffective cancer treatments and lack of prevention of cancer.

According to Colorado State University, as many as 50% of pets die of cancer, making it a leading cause of pet death. With loads to worry about and treatments being insanely expensive, what can you do now to help prevent cancer in the future? Below, we have gathered ten dog foods that may lead to cancer to keep off of your next shopping trip. Many of these foods have also been known to cause illness in humans and are also a good choice to stay away from in all pet and people foods.

1. Maple Syrup
Found in only one percent of dog food, this may not be a leading cause of cancer but it does feed cancer according to Natural News. The sugar found in it can also cause weight gain, arthritis, hyperactivity, and others. However, this blog entry does get top spots for being part of “Pet Food Ingredients Revealed!” Other shocking entries and cancer causing agents are revealed. Free to read online, you can check out ingredients listed from best to worst, used with the most frequency, and alphabetically.

2. BHT/BHA and Ethoxyquin
These are preservatives that are often used in pet foods to preserve fats and stabilize the entire product. Developed in 1950, Ethoxyquin has actually been shown to have similar properties to Agent Orange, a poison used during the Vietnam War. Humans who were working with it in the rubber industry reported a dramatic rise in such diseases as cancerous skin lesions, loss of hair, blindness, leukemia, fetal abnormalities, and chronic diarrhea. In animals, it has been linked to immune deficiency syndrome, spleen, stomach and liver cancer, along with the same diseases in humans.

3. Cancer Tissue
You read that correctly. According to Precious Pets, animals that have cancer often find themselves becoming part of the pet food industry. With different standards for pet food, many cows, chickens, and other farm animals that are diseased – possibly even with cancer – find themselves becoming part of the pet food chain. Tina Perry has much more on a behind the scenes look at commercial pet food.

4. Genetically Modified Organisms
Also bad for people, genetically engineered food can be bad for dogs. They are often used to accelerate the growth of many crops, including corn, which can find their way into dog food. It is far more difficult to trace these GMO’s in dog food, but there is this entry from Yesterday and Tomorrow. It lists the dangers of genetic engineering and even lists foods that are good for pets.

5. Aflatoxin
This substance is so toxic it actually gets recalled, although not in every state. The toxic chemical is a by-product made by certain types of mold. Although it cannot be read off pet foods that include ingredients on the package, ABC does include a list of recalled foods that recently occurred in seventeen states. Brand names included Pet Pride, Old Yeller, and Kroger Value.

6. Blue 1 and Blue 2
These artificial colorings are used in candy, beverages, and baked goods. They have also been found in pet food and have been known to cause brain tumors in mice, according to Six Wise. You can also view the entire list of 12 dangerous food additives that are bad for both people and pets.

7. Gluten
Did you know that certain people can be allergic to wheat? Keeping in the tradition of what is bad for people is bad for pets, certain dogs can also be allergic to it, leading to a host of unexplained symptoms. While no link to cancer has been drawn, if your pet is having trouble with their diets, gluten may be the reason. Check out this article from Doctor J, an expert in gluten sensitivity in both people and pets.

8. Glyphosate
A current popular agricultural pesticide is known as Roundup. One of its active ingredients is glyphosate, which is highly toxic. Dr. Carol is a holistic veterinarian and warns of the dangers of this pesticide in pet and people foods. DNA damage and permanent mutations are a concern of the veterinarian. She also includes loads of cancer preventing tips for animals which include diet, exercise, vaccinations, spaying, and visiting the vet.

9. Fluoride
That stuff that is supposed to be good for fighting cavities can actually be harmful to pets. The Pet Examiner reported on a study done by the Environmental Working Group on popular dog foods. They found that all the brands of dog food tested all were found to contain bone meal and animal byproducts. It is believed that these ingredients are the source of fluoride contamination. Excessive fluoride can lead to weakened bones and teeth and even cancer.

10. Grains
The Dog Cancer Diet is a site that specializes in help treating diagnosed pets with the best in nutrition. In this section, they recommend that dogs and pets stay away from grains. They did not evolve on grains – which include rice, wheat, and corn – and should not be treated as such. They recommend that owners look for the primary ingredient to be meat. While grains are allowed, they should be farther down the list.

If looking for more on pets and disease, there is more to be found than the above ten dog foods that may lead to cancer. Another good source of cancer information is the Animal Cancer Center. Part of Colorado State University, they are researching and investigating into cancer in animals. Visit to learn more, get treatment options, and even read information about clinical trials.

If looking to avoid the entire host of pet food perils, there are loads of resources on the internet for making your own. Both Allrecipes and Dogtime include loads of homemade recipes for pets, some of which can actually be made on both the cheap and healthy.

This is such a great article written by Tina, go visit her website and this post at VetTech.org.  She has some other really great posts we think you should read and take a look at too!