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babeI just read an article in Natural News (www.naturalnews.com) that I was quite surprised to learn about. It talked about the dangers of cat bites. Although not as common as dog bites (4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year), cat bites can be far more dangerous to humans.

The tiny little cat fangs are capable of injecting bacteria deep into joints and tissue. Dogs' teeth are blunter so they don't penetrate as deeply. Also, bacteria from a cat bite can include a common animal bacteria that is difficult to treat in humans with the patient ending up in the hospital. In a Mayo Clinic study, 8 of 193 patients needed more than one surgery. Of course, a patient with an immune deficiency disorder is even more at risk from a cat bite.

So, use caution when petting your cat!

 

 

Stray-Dogs Sad-Animals  publicphoto.orgEveryone loves a hero. Here at Help Shelter Pets we are particularly fond of people who put extra effort into saving those animals we call our pets.

For the past couple of weeks we have watched the Olympics and have enjoyed witnessing and applauding all of the USA Olympians. But one in particular, Silver medalist Gus Kenworthy, has stolen our hearts. As no doubt everyone has heard by now, he is in the process of adopting a litter of puppies and their mother that were abandoned and plans to bring them back to America with him where they will all be adopted.

Pups that stole Gus's heart are the lucky ones. Many more, who were displaced when construction began and the residents had to move out of the area, were left behind. Many of the people had to move to apartments that did not allow pets. These homeless pets, who were roaming the streets wondering what happened to their owners and their homes, have been rounded up and killed as the Olympics began in early February.

Many thanks should also be given to billionaire Oleg V. Deripaska who gave $15,000 to start a shelter and $50,000 for one year of operation expenses. Hopefully many more of the animals will be picked up and given new homes before long.

 (Thank you publicphoto.org for the use of the image)

We don't always think about our pets needing dental care. But just like us, they do. Even though we give them crunchy food that supposedly is good for their teeth, they often need more attention and even regular teeth cleaning. Dental problems may not always be so noticeable in your pet. Here are a few important signs to look for concerning your pet's oral health.

1.) If your pet has bad breath, this is a sign that bacteria is trapped in the mouth.

2.) If your pet has loose or missing teeth, this can lead to bacterial infections, spreading through the mouth.

3.) If your pet is having trouble eating, most likely he may have an oral infection. It can also be a sign that there is a more progressive disease involved.

4.) Red, swollen, bleeding gums, are most likely caused by an infection.

5.) Yellow, stained, brown teeth are a first sign of dental problems. Tartar buildup leads to infections and gum bleeding.

Surprisingly, 80% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 suffer from dental disease. Keep your pet's teeth healthy by regularly brushing his teeth (with pet toothpaste only!) - start him when he is young so that he becomes used to having the toothbrush in his mouth. And bring him to your Vet for a complete checkup to determine if your pet needs a professional cleaning.

 

MekoinsnowLiving in New Hampshire, we actually picked a good breed of dog for this area. When most people are complaining about the cold, my girls (Kameko and Kitsune) love it and I think they often want to go out just to breathe the clean crisp air and to sit on the snow. Their feet have grown more delicate over the generations - Pomeranians used to be sled dogs. Not my girls, when it is zero out and below and the area they use to do their business is covered with ice, I see them hopping from one foot to the other. It seems years of turning the little snow dogs into lap dogs has definitely created a more delicate breed of dog. But they still prefer the cooler weather with 30's - 40's being perfect. With that said, in this colder weather, I don't leave them out very long. They usually want to stay out a bit longer but with such frigid temps it can be dangerous to leave them out too long. I can definitely see the difference in them, when the temps fall to 20 degrees and below, they don't want to stay out quite as long.

This should be a clue to anyone with a dog. Just because your dog has a thick coat of fur, don't think that zero temps with wind chill of 10 degrees or 10 below zero is ok for your dog. Don't think, my dog is tough, he can take it. Don't think they won't be affected by the cold, cold temps. If you think this is true, perhaps you should not have a dog. Or if you want a dog, educate yourself about the proper care of your pet.

As we all know, dogs are descendants from wolves. But over so many generations, our pets have changed and have become domesticated, meaning, they need to live indoors almost as much as we do (at least some breeds most certainly do, like my husband's dog, the miniature pinscher). Treat your dog with care and when we have such frigid temps, bring them indoors. Or provide a shelter where they can get out of the frigid temps. Staying out in such cold temps can be doing more harm to your pet than you know.

 

 

 

Although I know I've mentioned several of these No-No foods in previous articles, they certainly deserve repeating. Knowing about these foods that you should never feed to your beloved friend could save your dog or cat's life. The twelve foods are all considered toxic to your dog and cat and should never be fed to them.

1. Grapes, raisins, currants

2. Onions, garlic, chives

3. Wine, beer

4. Chocolate

5. Avocados

6. Walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts

7. Mushrooms

8. Xylitol(gum)

9. Bread dough (raw)

10. Fatty meat trim and turkey skin

11. Raw fish (sushi)

12. Caffeine

 

Go to www.care2.com to find more information about each item. Although I was aware of most of the items in the list, there were a couple I did not know about or had read that the particular item was beneficial for your pet (such as garlic - I've read that it is a natural repellent for fleas and other parasites that bother dogs). But it was enlightening to read the reports on each of these items and the reasons why they can be toxic for your dog or cat. And particularly around the holidays, watch well-meaning guests who may slip your dog or cat a tidbit that could be harmful to them. Your pets do not know any better but you do and it is your responsibility to keep them safe.

 

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