Protecting Your Pets from Loud Noise

Protecting Your Pets from Loud NoiseUsually the Holiday season will be very noisy especially with firework display. Some people also love to play with firecracker to celebrate the day in the noisiest way. But, have you thought about how that noise affects your pet?

Pets don’t understand what is happening, even if you dress them with a patriotic costume. They don’t know that this are “happy” noises, they just perceive them as a sign of danger.

They get nervous, afraid, and if they feel they’re exposed they will try as hard as they can to look for a hideout, sometimes this means they run away. What can you do to minimize the effect of loud noises on your pet?

Ask your veterinarian if it’s recommended to give your pet a mild sedative, be sure to ask for the correct dose depending on the pet’s weight. There are natural remedies to cope with stress for pets you should consider those too.

Keep your pet in a room in which he/she feels safe. Put there his/her bed, fresh water, food and make sure the room has proper ventilation, but that the pet is not capable to escape.

If you have to leave your pet outside, check all fences for loose parts or openings and fix them in order to prevent your pet from escaping through them.

Keep your vet’s phone number at hand in case of an emergency.

Make sure your pets wear his/her collar with ID tag at all times, and that the contact information in the tag is updated.

Keeps a recent and clear photo of your pet available, in the event of your pet getting lost, you can make flyers and post them everywhere. Remember that a frightened pet can run long distances so he/she may end up far from home and don’t know his/her way back. Send the photo to your local paper too, they must have a missing pets section and it can reach more people than the flyers.

Remember this is only the beginning, later comes, Christmas, New Year, 4th of July. Keep these precautions at hand and your pet will do fine.

Home Threat That Is Dangerous For Your Pets

Home Treat That Is Dangerous For Your PetsIs your home safe for your animal friends? It might surprise you to know how many hazards there are in a typical home for the pets we love.

Most everyone is aware that anti-freeze, pest sprays, rat poison and the like should be kept where no pet can get to them. And many of us have heard about plants that are poison to our pets such as mistletoe, lilies and poinsettias.

But have you ever considered the following potential dangers to your pet?

Electrical cords; pets chewing on electrical cords can receive a potentially fatal shock. This is especially prevalent around the holidays when extension cords are often used.

Ingesting harmful foods; chocolate can be fatal to pets.
Worn out toys; toys that are worn or badly chewed can begin to fall apart and small pieces of them can be swallowed.

Garbage; pets that get into the garbage can may eat bones, coffee grounds, spoiled food, cigarette butts, etc.

Chemicals; pets may ingest cleanser, soap, bleach, mothballs, paint, pool chemicals, fertilizers, etc.

Medications; many medications intended for humans can be fatal to pets, as can nicotine gum.

Open clothes dryer doors; the dryer is a wonderfully warm spot for a cat to take a nap…make sure they can’t get inside.

Sharp objects; put any sharp object such as needle, scissor, knife and razor to some place safe that cannot be reached by our pets. Sot they wouldn’t injured themselves from messing around with that stuffs.

Power tools and machinery; when you are using potentially dangerous tools like power saws, drills, etc., make sure your pet is confined to an area away from your work place. Is your ceiling fan running when your bird is flying free in the house?

Pets usually investigate things with their mouths, and there are many dangers in the average home. Take a look around your house and see just how safe it is for your pets. A quick check may save your pet from injury or death, and you from expensive vet bills!

Ferret Litter Box Training

Ferret Litter Box TrainingFerret is a delightful, entertaining pet. If you decide to keep them as pet, you should provide it with a cage that is large enough for them to move around in.

They are very active animals when awake, and it is likely you will want to confine them to a cage when you are not home. Remember they will steal anything, so make sure you “ferret proof” your house, especially because they are very good climbers.

Ferrets can be trained to use a litter box. This will help you to maintain your house cleanliness from their litter. Here are a few suggestions:

Initially, keep the litter box in the ferret’s cage. Generally a ferret will use the box, and can be rewarded with a small treat when they do so.

After the ferret is used to using the litter box in the cage, you can gradually move the litter box further from the cage if you wish.

When you ferret is out of the cage, take them to the litter box frequently and reward them when they use the box with lots of praise and perhaps a small treat.

Ferrets back up to defecate or urinate, so if you notice your ferret backing into a corner when out of the cage, take them to the litter box.

Ferrets love to play! They will play with almost anything, so it’s very important that the toys they have available to them are safe. Things that are sharp or have small parts that can be swallowed should be avoided.

Soft rubber toys are not a good choice as ferrets have sharp teeth and will destroy them quickly. Most of what a ferret plays with ends up in its mouth, so it’s much like “baby proofing” your house.

Suggestions for ferret toys:

Hard plastic balls

Hard rubber balls

Things they can crawl into…commercial ferret “tubes”, or a section of pvc pipe at least 3″ in diameter

Paper bags and cardboard boxes

Rattles, teething rings, etc. (toys made safe for human babies)

Small stuffed animals

The Importance of Pet Licensing

Pet LicensingMany people hates paying fees to local governments but when it comes to pet licenses. The fees for licensing your pet have various ranges depending on the type and the condition of your pets such as altered or unaltered animal.

Although sometimes it mean you will have to spend an extra budget for your pet license, there are good reasons for owners to be happy to pay for their pet’s license. The fee has many benefits not only for the local government, but also for the pet owner themselves.

Here are some of benefits from the pet license fee:

It ensures that pets or dogs have had their rabies vaccinations. Rabies is 99.9% fatal for dogs and humans and requiring proof of vaccination for a license protects the entire community. There are irresponsible owners who might not do this if it wasn’t required.

Licenses help cities keep track of how many pets a person owns and how many dogs are in the city. Many cities limit the number of dogs or pets any one household can have. Again, given the number of irresponsible or deranged people out there, this is a necessary limitation for community health.

Licenses tell the animal control officers that a dog has an owner and isn’t an abandoned or stray dog. In some cities, unclaimed dogs without licenses are euthanized in fewer days than dogs with collars.

Licenses may have contact information about the owner, thus helping reunite dogs with their owners. If you think Fido would never bolt out your door to chase a bike runner or butterfly, you don’t know dogs.

Licenses require collars which enable owners to include more tags. For example, you can note any serious illnesses your dog has (e.g., diabetes) or note on the tag that you guarantee payment of emergency medical bills for your dog.

License fees help pay for local animal shelters and animal control officers. Yes, my city’s increase is driven by budget cuts and thank goodness, my city is progressive enough to find the money to maintain our animal control department.

License fees help motivate owners to have sprayed/neutered dogs through the cost reduction. If owners aren’t planning to show or breed dogs, having the dogs sprayed or neutered is a health benefit for the animals.

No one likes taxes or fees, but sometimes they do have good reasons to exist.