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Would Free Pet Food For A Month Help You Out?

In the current economic crisis many animal centres are over-run with unwanted pets. Devastated pet owners are forced to give up their pets to feed their family.

But there is just no solution.  At least there was no solution, until now!

The Warrick County Humane Society offers free pet food for a month to any pet owner who will give up an hour of their time in return.  That is a one off commitment of an hour for a whole months supply of pet food.

The Humane Society is trying to combat the flow of literally starving animals from being dropped off at their centre. This way hungry pets need not suffer and genuinely distressed pet owners will have a way to keep the animals they love.

This is a very practical solution by the Humane Society to reach a need in the community and get some help running thier centres.  Sign up for an hour today and get your month of free pet food.

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Holiday Indulgence Health Issues Affect Pets Too

Starting a regular walking routine could be the best present you could give your dog this Christmas.

If you have another pet it might be you need to think of other forms of exercise.  Perhaps playing with a ball of string for your cat, or letting your bird out of the cage on a regular basis, or even riding your horse more!

It is likely your pet was indulged with special treats over the Christmas season and will be facing the same weight gain issues that affect us all.  For a pet that spends a large amount of time confined burning off those extra treats can be a challenge – if not impossible.

An overweight pet faces many of the same issues as overweight people including heart disease and diabetes. Don’t kill your pets with kindness this Christmas.

Other benefits of a healthy well exercised pet include better behaviour and better obedience.  They are less prone to destructive or self destructive behaviour.

Exercising your pet is also good for your health so start out this new year with a program of exercise for you and your pet to ensure many happy years together to come.
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Old age catches up with everyone – even our cats and dogs and other pets.

Special care requirements are often necessary to ensure the health and well-being of these elderly animals. Old age is not to be regarded as a disease, but as a natural process.
Just because your pet is old, does not mean it is normal for it to look unwell.

Learn to recognize the signs of old age, these may include impaired vision and hearing. For example, extra care is needed so you don’t startle animals with a hearing impairment, especially when they are asleep.

Vision impaired animals may not want to be taken new places for fear of the unknown and bumping into objects. If you see signs of your animal developing vision problems have them checked out by your vet. It is possible they may be able to be successfully treated for cataracts.

Older cats and dogs especially, are prone to cardiac disease. You can spot signs such as coughing, irregular breathing, or a reluctance to exercise that might indicate cardiac problems.

Gum disease is a common complaint amongst the elderly. Look for the obvious signs of dental ill health, including bad breath, drooling, pawing at the mouth, and no interesting in eating food that needs chewing. Again, many dental problems are treatable.

Arthritis is more obvious in dogs, as cats tend to just withdraw and become less sociable. If your pet loses its spring, and doesn’t venture off the floor, or loses interest in exercise then book them a vet inspection. Medication can help relieve arthritic pain and make your pets twilight years a lot more comfortable.

Cats are less likely to develop cataracts, but there are problems that tend to be more cat specific. Kidney failure is one problem common amongst elderly cats. Drinking lots, loss of weight, depression, and vomiting are signs that may indicate a kidney problem in your cat. Kidney problems may also occur in younger cats as a result of infection or tumors.

You may not know what hyperthyroidism is, but you may recognize its symptoms in your elderly cat. These symptoms include long claws, becoming very thin while maintaining a healthy apatite, and becoming shaky and more vocal. Once again there are treatments available to help in this situation.

Elderly pets have different requirements, but this doesn’t mean they can’t have a good quality of life. Just remember they will require more sleep, a slower pace of life, and regular health checks. But they are the same loyal pets that have shared in your family life for many years.

[Source: Dr Elsa Flint Pet]

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Join today – and help us help you.

We don’t want to make the mistakes of those who have gone before us – we want to build the site YOU want .. not the site we think you want.

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Who do you call?
Who do you call when you want go out for evening, or when you want to go on holiday and can’t take your pets with you?
The Pet Sitter.

Trusting your pet with a stranger is not something you should take lightly.

Before turning to a stranger you might:

  1. Ask your friends and neighbours who they use for sitting their pets. They may have a trustworthy sitter who’s name they can pass on to you (of course they may not want to if you vacation together!)
  2. You might ask your vet or other animal professional that you deal with if they of know anyone.

If you cannot source a pet sitter from among your immediate contacts then there are some simple precautions that you need to take, these include:

  1. Look for an agency or person who advertises through traditional sources, this way you are not likely to get a “fly by nighter” who is not concerned about their reputation.
  2. Interview your potential sitters before hiring them. Have them come to your place or take your pets to met them so you can see how they interact. It is important that they are a good match and first reactions can often indicate any problems that might occur in your absence.
  3. Do not be afraid to ask for references and DO follow up on the references they give you.
  4. There are a number of questions that you can ask about their background and experience:
    • How long have you been pet sitting?
    • Do you have animals of your own?
    • What kind of animals have you had experience with?
    • How many animals are you currently sitting?
    • Do you have other pets you are currently sitting?
    • What services/schedule do you provide for the animals you are sitting?
    • Are you able to administer any special diet, medication, or other requirement of my pet?

After the meeting (and any time your pet has been in care) assess your pets reactions. Look for signs of fear, anger, or other out-of-the-ordinary behavior that might suggest improper treatment. Consider your own feelings; did the sitter leave you feeling comfortable and thinking this is a person you could work with?

One final suggestion is that you do not base your decisions on pet sitters solely on price. Do not try and beat your sitter down on price. A pet sitter is worth paying a professional wage, and should deliver a professional service. You should expect no less for your pets.

Consider this:

If you have a love of animals and some spare time – you might like to offer your services as a pet sitter.

This highly respected job offers great opportunities to make some extra income doing what you enjoy.

You would also be helping other pet owners take a well earned break.

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There are many choices for a companion.

Should you get a furry one, a feathery one, a scaly one, a hairy one, a fluffy one, a wooly one, a prickly one.

Then once you have settled on a particular species you have to ask yourself if you should get a big one, a small one, a female, a male, an old one, a young one, a spotted one, a long haired one, or maybe two.

Choosing a pet is not something you should take lightly. They are a major responsibility.

Some Things To Consider:

  • How much room do you have at home? Is there room for a Great Dane to exercise or is your home more suited to a Budgie.
  • How much time do you have to exercise and care for your pet? A goldfish, for example, will not require as many hours a day as a Labrador.
  • How long are you prepared to look after a pet? A dog can live 15 years or more, so if you were thinking that you might go back to work after the kids move out you might still have a dog at home.
  • Is there a possibility that you might be moving into the city, or into a home, before you pet dies? You might be required to abandon your pet – is that something you are prepared for?
  • Is your pet the right choice if you could have children in the near future? An Anaconda or Pit Bull may not be the best choice (I know Pit Bull supporters may disagree).
  • Do you or your loved ones have allergies? It is no good turning up with a surprise feline only to find your partner is allergic.
  • Can you afford your choice of pet? Can you afford to stable and maintain a horse or will a hamster meet your budget needs. There are many costs that may not be obvious to a first time animal owner, so I would suggest talking to someone who owns the animal of choice (preferably a breeder or someone experienced).

A Pet You Probably Should NOT Choose (unless you have no time, no budget, and no room at home)


I made myself a snowball

As perfect as could be.

I thought I’d keep it as a pet

And let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas

And a pillow for its head.

Then last night it ran away,

But first it wet the bed.

Shel Silverstein (1932-1999)

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Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

Mary Elizabeth Frye (1904-2004)

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