Saturday, July 25, 2009

Help for Dogs That Like to Dig

Do you have a dog that likes to dig in the yard? If so, you may want to fill a sandbox or tractor tire with sand, bury some dog toys in the sand and show him/her that this is a fun place to dig. You may want to get in the sandbox or tractor tire and show him/her that you have buried 'goodies' in the sand at first. Eventually, it will become second nature to your dog where to dig for a surprise rather than digging in the flower bed or under the fence.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Helpful Pet Tip - Seizures

If your pet has seizures, ask your vet to test him/her for food allergies. One of my dogs began to have seizures shortly after I brought him home from the shelter. I had my veterinarian perform a comprehensive allergy test (using a blood sample) and discovered that he had many allergies, including chicken and rice, which were both in the food that he was eating.
The company that provided the results from the allergy test also provided a list of foods (canned and dry) and treats that he would be able to eat safely. I switched his food to one of those on the list and he hasn't had another seizure. Food allergies may not always be the cause of seizures, but it is worth investigating.

For more helpful tips such as this, read my new book, Wagging Tales: Every Animal Has a Tale. It contains 32 stories about animals that I have helped as well as 23 other helpful tips that you can implement with your pet immediately. My book can be ordered on, Barnes &, or through your local independent or regular bookstore.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

July 4th and Pets

While fireworks are a lot of fun for us to watch, please remember that most pets are scared of the loud noises that fireworks make when they are detonated. Please arrange to keep your pets indoors on the 4th of July (and any holiday where fireworks will be part of the celebration). Spend time with them while they are inside. If you won't be home, leave a radio or television on to help mask the sound of the fireworks. You can also add some Bach Rescue Remedy to their water to help with any anxiety that they may have related to the fireworks going off.