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How to Take Family Photos with Pets

July 31st, 2015

Knowing When to Take the Picture

When you take a photo can be just as important as where you take a photo. Family photos have their own unique set of challenges. For photographs with children and pets, it is important to choose a time when you know they will be calm and not as active. For example, if your child tends to grow hyper after lunch, then this probably isn’t the best time to take a photograph. At the same time, when the child is extremely tired, it is not a good time to take a photograph as he or she may be cranky and not wish to smile or cooperate. The best time to take a photograph is when the child and pet are both relaxed and calm.

Knowing Where to Take the Picture

As mentioned above, where a photograph is taken is just as important as when it is taken. Cats, for example, do not typically enjoy posing for the camera. It is best to photograph a cat while it is lazing in its favorite sleeping spots, such as a couch or the floor. Scatter the family around and start snapping. You may only get in a few shots before the cats grows disgusted and walks off. Remember that taking a great family photo is not a race. You can even use photographs from several different sessions and eventually find your favorite.

Dogs are much more social and more likely to want to be with the family during photograph time. Your biggest challenge may be in capturing the shot with all the movement. If your camera has a sports shot feature, turn it on and snap photos of the family playing with the dog. These candid shots can sometimes turn out much better than any posed shot ever could.

If your dog is trained, then it may be possible to use the down and stay commands to get the dog to stay in one spot. Position the family around the dog in a semi-circle facing the camera. Tallest child should be in back and shortest children closest to the camera.

Limit the Number of Subjects

Too many animals in a photo can create so much movement that the photograph just comes off looking busy and unplanned. It is much better to have several different shots featuring different family pets than one shot with blurs and tons of red eye and people not looking at the camera.

For unusual pets, such as iguanas and turtles, consider taking a photograph of a single family member interacting with the pet. For example, set the iguana on a child’s shoulder or place the turtle on a table and have the child look into the turtle’s eyes, snapping the shot from the side. You can take a close-up shot of this by using your camera’s Macro feature.

Remember to have fun as you’re shooting pictures with family pets. There will certainly be moments that are unexpected, but those are the times that create the best memories and how wonderful to have a picture of that crazy moment to remind you of the laughter the family shared.

The Learning Dog: Healthy Treats To Reinforce Your Learning Pooch

July 30th, 2015

Helping your dog to learn new tricks and follow obedience commands can be facilitated in various ways. However, if you would like to use a safe and easy process to encourage him to participate, try feeding him with dog treats ( to reinforce him. Treats are probably the best snacks that you could integrate in your reward-punishment system that would help your pet to learn new commands easily. If he executes the command you gave him or if he behaves correctly during obedience training, give him treats to let him know that he is doing the right thing. If he failed to follow the command or behaves unruly, refuse giving him treats as a means of punishment.

Dog treats can be used in several means. You could use it as a prize during the learning process of your pet so as to encourage him to follow obedience commands, for him to become adept to having an active lifestyle, and to expose him to certain behaviors that he needs to do in any given situation. Treats also signify how pleased you are as a master about the actions of your dog. Consequently, you can also use treats as a substitute for praising and tapping if they do not work for your dog while training.

If you are to use dog treats as a part of your pet’s tricks and obedience training, you have to use them interchangeably with praises. Feeding him too much treats might cause him to become dependent to such snacks and instead of being able to manage him while training, he might take charge of the process and won’t follow your commands unless you give him treats. You must also remember that treats must only be used during the initial stages of his learning process and should slowly be withdrawn and replaced with praising and patting. When not in training, you should not provide the same treats that you give to him when he is learning.

There are various kinds of treats; some are quite simple like cookies and can be used as rewards, while others are designed to aid in digestion and clean the teeth of canine pets. When shopping for treats, always consider what purpose these treats would serve as this decision would help you make the right purchase. As much as possible settle for treats that are made either from natural or organic ingredients to make sure that your chosen pet snack does not contain synthetic ingredients like preservatives and food coloring that could alter your pet’s digestion. There are many dog food brands that offer healthy meals and treats for canine pets and one of them is Wellness dog food (

Wellness dog food is known for their natural meals and treats for canines. All their products, including their treats, are made from all-natural ingredients that are human-grade in quality. If your pet is on diet, the “pure rewards” treats made by Wellness will suffice to his nutritional requirements as it contains minimal ingredients and is grain-free. On the other hand, their “Wellbars and Wellbites” snacks are among the most preferred complementary treats that reinforce the immune system and overall health of pets. Your puppies won’t be left behind as well because Wellness has this special treats called “just for puppy treats,” which is especially designed for young pooches and are made from the combination of healthy ingredients like salmon, lamb, carrots, blueberries and flaxseed.

Burns dog food ( is another notable dog food brand that specialize in healthy natural meals and treats for canines. To ensure the quality and health capabilities of their products, Burns meals and treats are all formulated by a veterinary surgeon. They offer a wide variety of treats both for senior canines and puppies. Their “Burns dog training treats” are ideal as training treats for pets, while their “Burns venison tongues” are perfect treats to keep your furry friend preoccupied for a short period of time. If your pet has intolerance to other meat or protein sources, you could give him Burns’ healthy “venison ears” and “venison hearts,” which are both designed for pets with sensitivities.

Pet Business Ideas

July 30th, 2015

Startup Businesses for Animal Lovers

The appropriate pet business for your situation depends on your skill level and qualifications. If you have the knowledge and ability to groom dogs or to create specialty products for dogs, you may be able to succeed in a pet business that is different from the ideal business for someone who just has a love of animals.

Regardless of your skill level, there are pet business ideas that may be appropriate for any animal lover. However, like any business, you will need to have a sound business plan, ideas for marketing, and the skills to build up a customer base and manage a business.

Dog Walker or Pet Sitter

Dog walking and pet sitting are perhaps the simplest pet-related business that any person can pursue. All that is required is the ability and desire to walk a dog or watch pets. While you may need licenses in some states and it is a good idea to become insured and bonded, the start up costs and skills associated with becoming a dog walker and pet sitter are relatively minimal.

A dog walker goes to people’s homes and walks their dogs. Dog walkers can do this while a person is at work, or on a more short term basis when the owners go on vacation.

A pet sitter, on the other hand, babysits pets when their owners have to go out of town. Pet sitting may involve walking, but other pets besides dogs may also require babysitting, so walking is not always required. A pet sitter can either watch a pet in his own home, or watch a pet in his client’s home. The specific requirements associated with each pet sitting job may vary, but the requirements generally include feeding the animal and engaging in some interaction with the animal so it does not get lonely.

Pet Product Sales

Pet product sales is a vast field. Pets need a lot of different products, from food to beds and toys and treats. Many Americans treat their pets almost like children, buying Christmas and birthday gifts for their pets in addition to caring for their pets’ basic needs. There is a lot of room to capitalize on this by getting into the business of selling pet related items.

You can choose a specialty niche if you want to make your business stand out- for example, perhaps making homemade dog or cat food and selling it to pet-parents who are nervous about commercial food- or open a general purpose pet-supply store. However, remember, in either of these cases, this is a sales business primarily and a pet-related business secondarily. If you aren’t good at or interested in sales, one of the other pet-related businesses may be best for you.


If you have the skills and supplies, pet grooming is another popular pet-related business. You can open a mobile grooming service and go to people’s homes, or create a permanent shop and groom pets on site. Pets may need to be shampooed, have haircuts, be brushed, or have their nails trimmed, among other things. These all take special talent, but the services are much in demand by pet owners.

Some large pet stores also offer a service where they provide space for owners to come in and wash their own pets. If you have the space to set this up and the understanding of how to create a safe bathing station, this may be an alternate idea for a grooming business that requires less technical know-how on your part.

Choosing a Business

The appropriate pet business for you depends on what type of animals you want to work with and what your skill level is. There are a number of different ways you can work with pets and make a good living, so make sure to consider your ideas carefully when deciding on which pet business is best and most lucrative for you.

Should People Be Allowed to Keep Exotic Animals as Pets?

July 30th, 2015
Did You Know?

By some estimates, a yearly average of 3.5 people die from exotic animal attacks. Since this number also includes deaths occurring in zoos, this number is not worrisome at all for exotic pet owners, considering the statistical negligibility of 3.5 people among an American population of more than 316 million (as of 2013).Everyone (well, most of us) loves pets. While most of us limit that love to more conventional animals such as dogs, cats, budgerigars, and fish, there are many who extend it to animals such as snakes and chimpanzees. This gives rise to the debate over keeping exotic wild animals as pets.

In an age of the rising influence of various animal rights movements, the ever-growing trade in exotic pets is an obvious culprit, and regularly finds itself under the microscope. The reason why the debate over exotic pets has rumbled on for so long is that there is no simple answer. There are equally sound arguments on both sides of the debate, and a conclusion is hard to reach. Here’s an attempt to do just that.

Pros and Cons of Keeping Exotic Pets

One of the main problems in settling this debate is the variable definition of ‘exotic pets’. By the strict definition, even non-native animals that are bred locally and legally, and not taken from their natural environment, are ‘exotic’. Similarly, while the term ‘exotic animals’ usually sets alarm bells ringing, not all exotic animals are a threat to society. Pythons and chimpanzees, primarily, are the culprits in pet attacks, and such animals are obviously dangerous, but the extremely harmless and positively cute sugar gliders and crested geckos are not even dangerous for infants, let alone adult, sensible pet owners.

Albeit there are such confusions, here are some points about the pros and cons of keeping exotic pets.

Pros of Keeping Exotic Pets

This section deals with exotic animals of low intelligence and low risk. Such animals include several reptiles, rodents, frogs, unconventional felines, such as the serval, fennec foxes, guinea pigs, etc. Dangerous and endangered animals such as chimpanzees, pythons, big cats, crocodiles, etc., do NOT belong in a domestic environment, and shouldn’t be kept as pets. More explanation of their situation is provided further on.

★ Low Upkeep

Most exotic pets are low-maintenance―at least in comparison to dogs and cats. Lizards, frogs, spiders, and even snakes require basic and cheap shelters, infrequently (to an extent) provided cheap food, and minimal veterinary care. An empty aquarium with a bit of bedding and a few rocks will do just fine. Some species may need some branches and live plants. So, they are perfect for the typical urban pet owner, who can easily house these animals in an average apartment. On the flip side, though, these pets won’t be as affectionate as dogs. They will recognize you and tolerate your handling, and a few may go so far as seeking out your attention.

★ Perfect for Busy Owners

Unlike dogs, lizards don’t need to be taken out for a walk. Unlike cats, snakes don’t need to have their head scratched. Unlike lovebirds, frogs don’t need you to keep them company. Most exotic pets are fairly independent, and don’t need to be shown constantly that their owner does, indeed, love them to death. Enough handling to keep them social and familiar with you will do.

★ Hypoallergenic

Many animal lovers can’t have a conventional pet because they are allergic to dog or cat dander, or feathers. On the other hand, reptiles, frogs, etc., don’t have hair or feathers, and are thus, perfect for these pet seekers. Exotic mammals may cause some allergies, of course, but reptiles work fine with everybody.

★ Incredibly Safe

It is a tragedy that people think of a tiger or a cougar when they think of ‘exotic animals’. If we take the dangerous wild animals out of the equation, how many deaths do you think pet lizards, frogs, snakes (including the scarily named boa constrictor and the much-maligned African rock python), spiders (including poisonous spiders) guinea pigs, wild cats (not big cats), wallabies, muntjacs, etc., have caused? In America, at least, the total is much less than the number of fatal attacks by dogs! That’s right, your neighbor’s Doberman Pinscher is likelier to come at you than your creepy neighbor’s boa constrictor.

Neglected, harassed, or mistreated animals will seek to fulfill their basic needs, and unfortunately some do possess the tools to kill humans quite easily, but an unprovoked intentional attack from an aggressive exotic pet is virtually unheard of. It is due to the emotional appeal by media that these animals get a bad rap, not due to statistics.

★ Wild Populations are Unaffected

The converse of this point will also appear in the ‘cons’ section, due to the variable definition of ‘exotic animals’. Taking a chimpanzee from its natural habitat in Africa is not commendable due to the adversities faced by and the declining number of wild chimpanzees, but getting an ‘exotic’ pet from a breeding program in your own country has no effect whatsoever on the animal’s wild populations. Numerous animals, particularly snakes and lizards, are part of breeding programs in the U.S.

Moreover, most exotic animals are simply so abundant in their wild environment that a legal and well-regulated pet trade doesn’t have any adverse effect on their population. Animals such as the fennec fox, the muntjac deer, wallabies, anteaters, and most lizards, geckos, and snakes are thriving in their wild habitat, and don’t need conservation efforts to increase their wild populations. The emotional argument of taking an animal away from its ‘home’ is a purely emotional argument, and is a matter of your sensitivity.

Cons of Keeping Exotic Pets

As you can see, there is simply no rational argument against having pets that won’t kill you (unless you give them more than sufficient reason to) and that don’t affect the wild population. However, there is a huge flip side to the exotic pet trade, which we will now explore.

✖ The Illegal Pet Trade

As said before, the wild populations of some exotic pets are severely affected by the pet trade. Due to this, bans have been imposed on the trade of numerous animals, but the illegal pet trade continues to fester in many wildlife-rich regions of the world. Animals such as big cats (none of which is in rude health at the moment) and many primates need all the help we can provide for their wild populations to flourish. The illegal pet trade is a big contributor to the reducing numbers of some species.

The damage is not just limited to the actual ‘sale’ of the animal. The transport, often to places very far from the animal’s native region, can be taxing. The animal is stored in torturous containers, and is very rarely looked after during the travel. Since the collective benefit gained by the transactions is much more than the expenses of capturing the individual animal, it is often ignored and mistreated until it finds a patron.

This poaching is also harmful for the animal’s native environment, since the loss of an element in the local food web can wreak havoc upon it.

✖ Negligent Owners

Most animals that can be kept as pets, perhaps excluding crocodiles and pythons, have no natural aggression towards humans. Even big cats are timid and scared of humans, and ‘maneaters’ are, thus, not very common. Unfortunately, the nature of the pet trade means that many patrons end up buying cute-looking cubs that grow to become larger and stronger than they had anticipated. This disillusion can then result in negligence and mistreatment of the pet, which can cause horrific tragedies due to developed, rather than instinctual, aggression. Sometimes the pet is simply abandoned, which either causes it to perish in an unfamiliar environment, or it becomes a nuisance by being successful in an environment that has no niche for it.

The numerous success stories of keeping such dangerous animals as pets show that with sufficient care and attention, even these animals can be successfully raised in a human society, and that the owner is usually to blame for a pet’s misconduct.

✖ Intelligence and Highly Developed Instincts

Higher predators such as big cats and crocodiles have highly developed predatory instincts that can’t be wiped out very easily. Though adult humans don’t always present a clearly accessible target, this makes the animals an innate threat not just to their owner, but his visitors, his neighbors, and especially their more conventional pets. Supporters of the exotic pet trade argue that dogs were feral before they were domesticated, but that argument ignores the thousands of years of domestication and selective breeding (try petting a wild pack of gray wolves). After hundreds of rounds of selective breeding, even tigers, lions, and bears could become docile and affectionate towards humans, but until then, they don’t belong in your house, just as much as you don’t belong in their jungle.

✖ Contagious Diseases

Though this is rare, exotic animals may act as vectors to diseases that can start an epidemic in their introduced locality. Thanks to the inability of many pathogens to cross species barriers, this problem has a natural, but partial remedy. However, diseases such as hepatitis A and B, rabies, and salmonella are some commonly observable diseases that can be transmitted by exotic reptiles and mammals.


Taking into account all the points mentioned above, it would seem that as a purely rational argument, keeping docile exotic pets born in breeding programs is acceptable. It doesn’t harm the animal or its native environment in any way (if anything, it may raise awareness about it on a small scale), and it’s not dangerous for the animal or the owner. Similarly, keeping dangerous and intelligent pets has very obvious risks, and thus, should be disallowed.

The rational argument is, however, often cast aside as emotions take priority. As mentioned before, the misrepresentation of the term ‘exotic pets’ by animal welfare/animal rights movements and the media has resulted in a misinformed public opinion. Many people are―understandably, I admit―against the very notion of keeping exotic pets, since they think those animals were ‘meant to be in the wild’. This is a perfectly understandable personal opinion, but not so much so when it comes to deciding a public policy.

Using emotional terms such as ‘snatching an animal from its home’ may win your organization the uninformed public’s support, but it is entirely misleading. Most animals are extremely adaptable, and as long as there is no radical change in the environment, they simply don’t care whether they grow up in their native environment or in a suburban home in America. Unlike humans, most animals simply don’t have the intelligence necessary for such complex emotions. Humans are among the very few animals (arguably only animal) intelligent enough to harbor such sensitivities and predispositions, and enforcing our paradigm onto animals is unfair to both humans and animals.

All in all then, by all means, keep non-aggressive exotic pets bought from breeder programs, but make sure you can take care of them as long as they need it!

Natural Critter Care.

July 30th, 2015

Americans share their homes with more than 112 million cats and dogs, not to mention an assortment of reptiles, birds, horses and exotic animals. As pet owners become more health- and environment-conscious, they’re starting to apply their lifestyles to their companion animals. In 1996, U.S. pet owners supported the natural pet food and supplement industry to the tune of $65 million, and sales keep climbing.

But what is natural pet care? Holistic veterinarians say it all begins with a nonprocessed, whole foods diet. According to the Animal Protection Institute (API), commercial pet foods, from Friskies to Kal-Kan, contain mostly grain wastes and meat by-products, which can include everything from euthanized shelter animals to cancer-ridden livestock, roadkill, downer animals, moldy grains and rancid restaurant grease. Federal meat inspector and veterinarian P.F. McGargle notes that feeding these low-in-nutrition packaged “scraps” to pets increases their chances of cancer and other degenerative diseases.

According to API, more than 95 percent of companion animals in the U.S. derive their nutrition from processed pet foods — mostly these grocery store brands. An API investigative report found that in slaughterhouses, “whatever remains of the carcass [after choice cuts for human food have been removed] — bones, blood, pus, intestines, bowels, ligaments, fat, hooves, horns and beaks” — are what find their way into the pet food stream. Why is this unhealthy practice so popular? Profits. Many pet food companies are branches of human food conglomerates that want to turn waste products from one sector into sales for another. Ralston-Purina, for example, gets the scraps from Heinz, Nestle and Mars to produce its pet foods.

So what options do pet owners have? Holistic veterinarian Dr. Will Winter says, “Dogs and cats were designed to handle raw, uncooked foods.” He recommends mixing fresh cuts of meat (not ground) with whole grains and vegetables for a balanced diet. Several companies, like Minnesota-based Sojourner Farms, sell pet food mixes containing nuts, herbs and grains which can be added to meat for complete nutrition. Fish can also join the feeding dish, but should always be cooked to eliminate parasites.

For already-prepared dry and wet foods for cats and dogs, both Wysong and Langs Natural have impeccable ingredients fists, including organic and whole grains, and whole cuts of meat, while avoiding unhealthy additives like meat by-products, meat meals and grain flours to bulk up their foods.

And when it comes to wholesome treats for Fido, Dandy Doggie and Wow-Bow let dog lovers indulge with a huge assortment of organic, vegetarian dog biscuits, gourmet grain pastries and cookies, and fresh-baked kibble.

When Nature Calls

Bedding and litter are other prime areas where less-toxic and more eco-friendly measures can be taken. For litter-box-trained animals, holistic vets recommend avoiding conventional clay litters, as they are laden with silica dust, a known carcinogen. Many “scoopable” clay litters have also been found to cause intestinal blockages in cats and kittens when inadvertently consumed while grooming. Several companies make a wheat-based litter which is scoopable, biodegradable and flushable, including Swheat Scoop and Heartland Wheat Litter. Other dust-free, biodegradable alternatives include Feline Pine’s odor-absorbing pellets made from 100 percent recycled pine lumber waste from mill yards; ECOfresh and Yesterday’s News, both made from 100 percent recycled newspaper; and CareFRESH, produced from recycled wood pulp, (It can be used for exotic pets and birds too.)

Flea Patrol

No matter if they’re indoors or out, furry companions seem to be a magnet for fleas. But ever read the warning label on conventional flea and tick products? From shampoos and dips to foggers and collars, conventional flea controls caution consumers to use gloves, and keep product away from skin and mucous membranes. Yet they’re being applied all over your pet, Where the toxic emissions from a flea collar or spray, for instance, are being constantly inhaled or licked by the wearer.

The Cancer Prevention Coalition has warned against the use of several brand-name flea collars, including Sergeant’s, Hartz, Zodiac and Longlife. Conventional foggers, bombs, powders and sprays are just as problematic, and should not be used around pregnant women or children, as they pose a risk of neurological problems and leukemia, and could include the nerve poisons dichlorvos, propoxur or diazinon, and many “inert” ingredients like methyl bromide, benzene, asbestos and DDT.

For safer removal of fleas, a flea comb works wonders. Sold in any pet supply store ($3 to $7), this metal comb collects fleas between its narrowly-spaced tines. Herbal shampoos, collars sachets and sprays using citronella, eucalyptus, pennyroyal,tea tree oil and other aromatic oils to repel fleas and ticks are other less-toxic options, and are available from natural pet care companies like BioChemics (Bug Out spray), and One Earth (herbal collars and Citrus Shampoo Plus).

Dr. Goodpet’s non-toxic, microscopic “beneficial nematodes” eat flea larvae when sprayed outdoors, and are a good way to keep infestations at bay ($25 container covers 4,800 square feet). Garlic and brewers yeast are also recommended to supplement pet diets, as they produce body odors that repel fleas (One Earth offers “Brewer’s Yeast and Garlic” tablets and biscuits).

Animal Accessories

With natural pet care companies abounding, anything your companion may need can be bought through eco-friendly channels World Wise takes over 25 billion soda bottle caps and turns them into sturdy food bowls ($5.99). It also produces an inexpensive cat scratcher from 100 percent recycled cardboard; organic catnip; and a heavy-duty recycled cardboard pet carrier.

If you’re looking for all-natural pet bedding, Creeping Jenny’s the place. President Jennifer Chamberlain says, “Organic bedding for dogs and cats is important. Skin problems are the number one reason caregivers take their pets to the vet. And cedar and foam beds are too harsh for many animals.” Creeping Jenny also offers hemp collars and leashes, hemp rope bones, and organic catnip and hemp toys. “Hemp is digestible and breaks down easily if an animal swallows it,” says Chamberlain, referring to the nylon threading found in many products which can cause intestinal blockages in pets.

And for pet owners frustrated with doctors that prescribe antibiotics at every vet visit, many are looking into homeopathic remedies — treating animals with a little of what ails them. HomeoPet, Dr. Goodpet, Animals’ Apawthecary and Noah’s Ark have created a wide selection, including arthritis, urinary incontinence, eczema, flea bite, anxiety, diarrhea, ear infection and travel formulas.

Most important, using a holistic approach to pet care will have Fido wagging his tail and Fifi purring with good health. CONTACT: Absorption Corporation (CareFRESH and ECOfresh), (800) 242-2287; American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, 2214 Old Emmorton Road, Bel Air, MD 21015/(410) 569-0795; Animals’ Apawthecary, (406) 821-4090; Animal Protection Institute, Po Box 22505, Sacramento, CA 95822/(800) 348-7387; BioChemics, (800) 738-7669; Creeping Jenny, (818) 755-9531; Dandy Doggie, (888) 236-4568; Dr. Goodpet, (800) 222-9932; Heartland Products, (800) 437-4780; M.D.E. Laboratories (One Earth), (800) 8-EARTHY, Natural Animal (HomeoPet), (800)274-7387; Nature’s Way (Feline Pine), (800) 749-PINE; Noah’s Ark, (941) 592-9388; Pet Care Systems (Swheat Scoop), (800) SWHEATS; Sojourner Farms, (888) 867-6567; World Wise, (415) 721-7400.


* Australian Tea Tree Oil — First Aid for Animals by Cheyanne West

Tea tree oil remedies for farm and domestic animals, including sprays, ointment and salves you make at home, such as flea and tick therapies. Available from Kali Press ($9.95), PO Box 2437, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147/(970) 731-9559.

* Homeopathic First Aid for Animals by Kaetheryn Walker

Written by a country practitioner, this guide outlines basic homeopathic technique for common animal ailments, as well as birthing, infant care and emergency situations. Available from Healing Arts Press ($14.95), PO Box 388, Rochester, VT 05767/(800) 246-8648.

* PetSage

This catalog of cat, dog, exotic pet, horse and small animal natural products also comes with articles on nutrition, natural medicine and animal safety. Free by calling (800) PET-HLTH.

* Whiskers

A catalog of holistic products for pets, it offers everything from videos and books to toys, flea relief, vitamins, homeopathic and Bach Flower remedies, skin care and treats. Free by calling (800) WHISKERS.

* Wow-Bow

While this catalog features vegetarian pet foods, it also offers some articles on health and nutrition, and sells a mix of books, litters, flea control, equine products and pet treats. Free by calling (800) 326-0230.

Barking For Bath Time | Business Wire

July 30th, 2015

“Bathing one’s cat

or dog doesn’t need to be a dreaded chore,”

says Michael L. Metter, President and CEO of SpongeTech

Delivery Systems, Inc., a New York-based development stage company

that’s creating revolutionary cleaning

delivery products for pets, cars, and kids. Metter offers some simple

suggestions for making bath time better for cats, dogs, and animal


Does Your Pet Need A Bath?
There may be other options, such as brushing the animal’s coat, or

rubbing down the animal with a pet cleansing wipe to remove dander

and saliva from its coat.

Invest in a Shower Spray
An indoor pet spray that attaches to one’s sink faucet or showerhead

makes bathing one’s pet much easier to manage, and can be adjusted

for smaller pets.

Wear Appropriate Clothing
Protect yourself from possible scratches or injury by wearing a

long-sleeved shirt or jumper.

Comb Fur Thoroughly
Remove knots in your pet’s coat before placing your cat or dog in

water, especially if the animal is a longhaired breed. Longhaired

pets should also be combed thoroughly while they dry to prevent hair

from becoming matted.

Removing Foreign Materials
Remove chewing gum by rubbing an ice cube on the area until it

hardens and can be pulled out, then wash the area thoroughly; tar

can be removed by rubbing butter or margarine on the affected area

until the tar softens; oil-based paint should be wiped off

immediately with a dry cloth; if paint has hardened and dried, cut

it out of the pet’s coat before bathing your pet.

Try SpongeTech®’s Uncle Norman’sTM

4 in 1 Pet Sponge!

Each sponge is embedded with a gentle shampoo, coat conditioner,

odor inhibitor, and forty-two special massage bumps, or nubs, to

assist the effectiveness of the bath. Plus, each sponge can be used

eight times or more, depending on the size of your pet.

Top 10 Health Conditions In Cats And Dogs & How You Can Help

July 30th, 2015

Top Ten Surveyed Health Conditions for Dogs and Cats*

Top 10 health conditions in dogs ear infection, skin allergy, skin infection/hot spots, vomiting, diarrhea, bladder infection, arthritis, soft-tissue trauma, noncancerous tumor, eye infection.

Top 10 health conditions in cats – lower urinary tract problems, vomiting, chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, diarrhea, skin allergy, dental disease, ear infection, eye infection.

Have you heard of Spirulina?

Spirulina is a micro-algae which contains the most remarkable concentration of nutrients known in any food. Its is known as a functional food, as it can provide nutrition and special functions that work to enhance health.

Fact : Scientists around the world in Japan, China, India, Europe, Russia and the USA are discovering how and why spirulina is so effective for animal (and human) health.

Fact : In 1994, a Russian Patent was awarded for spirulina as a medical food to reduce allergic reactions from radiation sickness in the children of Chernobyl.

This incredible food has unique phytonutrients; phycocyanin, polysaccharides and sulfolipids, which all enhance the immune system. Spirulina is also rich in natural carotenoid antioxidants, all of which promote cellular health and are known to reduce the risk of cancer.

Spirulina is a high protein food, with over 60% all digestible vegetable protein, containing three times the protein value of beef, but without the saturated fat and cholesterols; as much vitamin E as wheat germ and 100 times more beta carotene than carrots. It also contains the highest concentration of vitamin B12, iron and trace minerals, together with the essential fatty acid GLA (gamma-linolenic acid).

How Can Spirulina Help My Pet?

There are hundreds of published scientific studies all over the world revealing that by feeding spirulina to mice, hamsters, chickens, turkeys, cats, fish and humans, confirmed that with its unique phytonutrients, spirulina improves immune system function.

Low immune system function is the underlying cause of many poor health conditions in animals and humans, so by supporting your pets immune system with spirulina, you can help to prevent poor health conditions and expensive vet bills!

Key Benefits of Giving Your Pet Spirulina

Good immune function in dogs and cats can translate into better quality skin and lustrous coat.

Pets with fleas and subsequent itching skin are helped significantly with spirulina, as it helps the immune system to bring the allergic skin reaction under control.

Appetites of fussy cats have been known to lift with a sprinkled on their food.

Owners report spirulina fed pets have a fresher breath.

Older animals may regain flexibility.

A great alternative for dogs and cats that like to eat grass.

Using spirulina is ideal for detoxification after antibiotic treatment.

Spirulina promotes overall good health benefits for the pets that are regularly fed with it.

How Much Spirulina Do I Give My Cat or Dog?

Spirulina is naturally in a very concentrated form, so a little goes a long way.

For dogs the size of a Retriever size need only 1 2 teaspoons of Spirulina per day with food.

Smaller breeds need a lesser quantity.

For cats an 1/8 of a teaspoon a day is enough.

There are some organic pet foods also available containing spirulina

Finally, if you are thinking, if spirulina is that good for my pet will it be good for me too?

Oh yes!

If You Live In America, You’ve Probably Never Had These Animals For Dinner.

July 30th, 2015

Everybody needs to eat, that’s one of the few things we all have in common. What separates us, other than the fact that 805 million of us don’t even have enough to eat, is what we eat. Here in the United States, despite many of our favorite dishes being created in other parts of the world, we have a pretty limited view of what we’d consider edible.

In other parts of the world, where both tastes and access to certain animals are different, people are dining on animals many Americans wouldn’t even eat if they were covered in BBQ sauce. Take a look at some of these popular meals that you won’t easily find for dinner in the U.S.

1.) Iguana

1.) IguanaIguana meat is frequently eaten in Mexico and Central American countries.

2.) Donkey

2.) DonkeySome Italian salamis are made with donkey meat.

3.) Camel

3.) CamelCamel meat, particularly that of its hump, is enjoyed in the Middle East and part of Africa.

4.) Guinea Pig

4.) Guinea PigGuinea Pig meat is very popular in South America, especially Peru.

5.) Elephant

5.) ElephantElephant meat is considered by some African nations to be a delicacy.

6.) Rat

6.) RatIn many countries, rat meat is eaten due to a lack of other, more desirable meats in the area.

7.) Pigeon

7.) PigeonPigeon or “squab” is a common dish in France.

8.) Yak

8.) YakDespite its rather unappealing name, yak meat is enjoyed in many different countries.

9.) Horse

9.) HorseKarlyne Each year, about 4 million horses are eaten worldwide.

10.) Dog

10.) DogThough it’s popularity has dwindled, dog meat can still be eaten in parts of China, Korea, Vietnam, and Switzerland.

(via ALL DAY)

While some of these are pretty strange, they’re still probably healthier than whatever it is McDonald’s is feeding us.

15 Adorable Pictures Of Animals Kissing

July 30th, 2015

It turns out that people aren’t the only ones from the animal kingdom that plant kisses on one another. Birds bill, dogs lick, horses nuzzle and cats groom – animals like humans tend to exhibit kissing behavior as well. They instinctively display love, affection, peace, respect and friendship through direct physical contact among themselves and towards people or other species. Mothers lick their babies, friends groom each other and lovers kiss passionately.

Take a look at these 15 beautiful nature photographs where animals got caught up in the moment.

Image credits: Kitty Bern

Image credits: Wolfgang von Vietinghoff

Image credits: Joel Mochammad

Image credits: Ian Schofield

Image credits: Philippe Lebeaux

Image credits: Enrico Baldo

Image credits:  Vyacheslav Mishchenko

Image credits: Alan Cohen

Image credits: Carlos Albert Reck

Image credits: Dorri Eijsermans

Image credits: Michael Pettersson

Image credits: Kishor Kumar Das

Image credits: Elin

Image credits: Hen Bentlage

Image credits: Pamela Ross


Much Doge on Vine. So Wow.

July 30th, 2015

Wow. Such Vine. So star.

If you love Doge and want to see him in action, you’re in luck because the Internet star is now dominating Vine. Kabosu the Shiba Inu has already starred in a steady stream of Vine videos from owner Atsuko Sato since joining the platform early this year.

Kabosu shares the feed with two cats, Tsutsuji and Ginnan. Not to worry, though — he’s a good Doge and gets along with his cats costars, even rubbing heads together.

Sato likes to give the animals treats on occasion and film the adorable result. And no dog deserves a broccoli treat more than the legendary Doge, whose face now proudly emblazons a NASCAR Ford Fusion stock car.

So follow.

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