Walter and his best friend Julia

Earlier in July, a shelter puppy made the news. His name is Walter and it’s a little chihuahua and terrier mix. He is also deaf. Back in January while he waited in the Pasadena Humane Society’s shelter for his new forever home, a little girl named Julia saw him. Julia is 10 years old. Julia is also deaf. (Are you having a Lilo and Stitch moment? Because I am)

Julia’s family adopted Walter. In the 6 months since then, the two have become best friends. Julia has taught Walter to sit, ask for food, and respond to his name – in sign language. These two have a bond that just doesn’t compare.

Grumpy Looking Cat Finds New Home

A little kitten down in Bradenton, Florida found a new home after two men went to an empty house. The men were inspecting the house for sale when they came across an orange female persian kitten. The kitten looked grumpy, according to Paul Tateosian, a real estate agent assistant. When his colleague, Jason Burnside came out to the backyard, he took the little kitten home. He put the backseat down in his truck, placed a towel down, and the little persian went to sleep.

The two men think the cat was left behind by the previous owners who moved away. The cat was thin, matted, and definitely looked grumpy. However, now the cat, named Girdy, is living with Burnside’s mother and she looks gorgeous. This little girl got a happy ending and a new forever home.

To read the whole story, check it out on here.

Photo from Yahoo News

Pet Dental Care

One of the most common diagnosed problems with our pets is their teeth. Dental disease, tartar, and other problems with their teeth occur at higher incidences than any other disease or disorder.

Dental care for pets wasn’t always well known and many of our pets lived great, long lives, and didn’t seem to suffer from any major dental problems. However, as medical advances in pet medicine have improved, it’s been shown that dental problems can be indicators of other problems. In addition to feeding treats that may help scrape off plaque and tartar, trying to brush your pet’s teeth may be something to add to their grooming routine.

Common Dental Problems

Tartar
The tartar that builds up on your pet’s teeth can cause other problems. It’s important to take care of the teeth because tartar can lead to periodontal disease. Tartar that ends up below the gum line where it can’t be seen can cause infections, rotting of the tooth, and pain.

Bad breath
The bad breath isn’t just old food stuck in their teeth. The tartar and gingivitis build up can lead to bone and jaw infections. When the bone is infected, it can begin to deteriorate and cause teeth to loosen and fall out. The bacteria in the mouth can also end up in the blood stream and spread to other parts of the body. Our pet’s bad breath might be a sign that there is some periodontal disease or other problems that we can’t easily see.

Other problems
It’s been shown that dental disease that is left untreated can lead to problems such as liver and kidney infections, heart murmurs, diabetes, and other problems. Regular checkups, regular cleanings, and if you can, brushing your pet’s teeth can reduce these health risks as well as keep their breath smelling good and their teeth white and in great shape.

If you haven’t yet, make an appointment with your vet to have your pet’s teeth checked. Since it is Pet Dental Month, many places are offering specials and discounts for dental checkups. Check with your trusted vet to see if your pup or kitty needs a little extra TLC.

PetSmart Partners with Ellen Degeneres

If you watch Ellen or know a little about her, you may know she loves her pets. Well, her lifestyle brand, ED, is going to enter into the world of pet products. The pet products will be a range of items from sweaters to beds, collars, toys, and shampoos. The collection is going to be in all the PetSmart retail stores and by the beginning of January 2017.

Though known mainly as a comedian and talk-show host, DeGeneres has been involved in apparel and home design for more than a decade. Last June, she launched the ED brand, which has a range of products like apparel, footwear, bedding and home decoration products.

Ellen, being Ellen, made a statement regarding the new venture, “I can barely contain how excited I am to be working with PetSmart. My dogs and I have been running in circles for hours.”

To read the full article, check out Business Wire

Poisonous Summer Plants

Summer isn’t easy on our pets. Some days it’s just too hot or humid to do much outside. Our pets can overheat or just be uncomfortable and want to just lay on the cold tiles. Summer also exposes our pets to different poisons that they may not come across during the other seasons. Plants and fertilizers used to help gardens grow can be poisonous to our pets and cause problems such as kidney failure, vomiting, and other symptoms.

Some summer plants to be aware of:

Crocuses: There are two types of crocus plants, one that blooms in the spring and the other in the fall. The spring one is more common and may cause an upset stomach followed by vomiting in dogs and cats if they eat it. However, the fall crocus is much more toxic and can cause organ failure.

Sago Palm: Sago palms may cause damage to the stomach lining and liver. The plant is thought to be one of the most deadly ones to dogs and prompt treatment is always necessary. The leaves and seeds are especially poisonous to your pet. If you have one of these plants, keep it out of reach of your pet or think about giving it away to a friend who doesn’t have a pup.

Lilies: Cats tend to chew on plants. Lilies, depending on the type, can cause minor illness and make them a little sick but the other types: asiatic, easter, and day lilies can be deadly. Ingesting a small amount of them or licking the pollen that falls on their fur can result in kidney failure.

Soil additives and fertilizers: While some fertilizers and additives are harmless to pets, there are those that contain bone meal and blood meal. Some insecticides and pesticides contain organophosphates. These ingredients are harmful and can cause gastrointestinal problems, pancreatitis, and in some cases, be life-threatening.

If you’re working on your garden, read the labels on the fertilizers and make sure your plants are safe for your pets.

Rainy Day? No Problem

Rainy days don’t mean you have to be bored and stuck inside. There’s a few games you play inside that won’t knock every picture off the wall or break your favorite lamp.

Here are 5 games you play inside that will keep your pup happy:

1: Hide and Seek: Take one of your pet’s fav treats and hide with it. This normally takes two people. One to distract your dog and the other to hide. When the person is hidden, have them call out “Come!” or other commands. As your dog goes from room to room or look around for the hidee, give some verbal commands to help her out. When she finds the hidee, she gets the treat and a ton of praise. You can play this game a few times and your dog will find it fun and rewarding.

2: Trick training: Go through all the commands your dog knows and teach a new one. Have you dog sit, sit up, and stand several times in a row. If your dog knows how to roll over, turn this and sitting, laying down, sitting up, etc into a routine. Teach your dog to shake hands or crawl. All these tricks can help them exercise their body, improve their balance, and stimulate their mind. Try mixing up the order of the tricks.

3: Tug of War: If your dog is good at tugging and knows what toys are ok to play that game with, a light game of tug of war can be good. It can work her shoulder muscles and be fun. Just be careful to not let it become too tough and rough.

4: Treat Balls: These toys are sold in pet stores and are made to give your dog a mental workout. Place some treats inside the toy and let your dog roll, push, prod, and tug to get the treats out of the toy.

5: Have a treadmill, go for a walk: You’ve seen this on tv many times and it does work! The first few times your dog may be unsure of what’s going on. Start slow and coax and praise your dog for walking on the treadmill. Pretty soon you can get her up to a jog and keep her fit and trim.

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Pet Events in July in the USA

A great way to spoil your dog is to bring them to an event where they can meet new friends, sample some great treats, and participate in competitions and contests. Attending pet events in your area is a good way to bond with your pet, spend time with the whole family, and meet other pet lovers. Plus, many events benefit humane societies and other charities and helps homeless pets in your community.

Check out some of the events listed below and if you’re not near these, check with your local humane society and newspaper for local pet events.

» With so many pet events across the country, this list can’t be quite comprehensive – at least not without your help. Is your pet event, or one in your area, missing from our list? Please help us update this list to keep it current by leaving the information in a comment below!

Pet Events in the USA – July 2016

What: Yappy Hour
Where: James Island County Dog Park 871 Riverland Dr, Charleston, SC
When: July 7, 2016 4pm to 8pm
Admission: $2
More Information: 843-795-4386
Hotels in South Carolina

After a day at work, come out and play! Bring your pup and enjoy an evening of live music, food, and drink at the James Island Dog Park. This is an ongoing monthly series through the summer and promises to be a great break from the work week. This month’s band is Return of the Mac.

What:Muddy Paws Wine Festival
Where: 3678 Victoria Ave, Vineland, Ontario
When: July 9 – 10, 2016 12pm to 5pm
Admission: $20
More Information: Gordon Biersch Website
Hotels in CA

Gordon Biersch and Hillcrest Brewing have brewed All You Need is Love collaboration beers. The variation of beers is debuting on July 12. Come on down and try it out. Also, money is being raised to help the therapy dogs and the travel expenses that went to Orlando, Florida. Bring your dog, bring your human friends, and enter some of the raffles for great prizes.

What: Pool Party
Where: Marshall Grain 3523 William D Tate, Grapevine, TX
When: July 16, 2016 11am to 3pm
Admission: free but donations are encouraged
More Information: DFW pugs
Hotels in TX

It’s that time of year again. Join the DFW pugs for a pool party at Marshall Grain. Bring your dog out for a free bath or cool your paws off in one of the several wading pools.There is also a play area for your dogs to make new friends and plenty of treats for them to nibble on.

What: Windy City Pet Expo
Where: Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Dr North, Schaumburg, IL
When: July 23 – 24, 2016 10am to 5pm
Admission: free
More Information: Pet Expo
Hotels in Il

The Windy City Amazing Pet Expo is the ultimate pet event! There will be tons of vendors with the latest and greatest pet products. Also, check out the Rescue Groups, see live demonstrations, and enter the raffles for great giveaways and prizes. If your dog likes costumes, enter him/her into the contest! Free nail trims and low cost vaccines are also available at the expo. It’s going to be an awesome weekend at the Convention Center.

4 Things You Can Do for Your Pet on the 4th of July

This week we will celebrate the 4th of July. Maybe some of your neighbors have already began the holiday by setting off firecrackers, bottle rockets, and other small fireworks. As exciting and as pretty as some fireworks can be, not everyone in the family likes fireworks, usually your pets.

If your dog does not like the booms, pops, and bangs that fireworks make, here’s 4 tips to help keep your pet calm.

>> Did you see our article about tips to help ease your dog’s anxiety about loud noises, whether it’s fireworks-related or otherwise?

1: Drown out the noise

Play music loudly in your house or turn on something that will mask the sound of the fireworks. Air conditioners, a loud fan, the television, or radio can create “white noise” which can hide or override the booms of fireworks and hopefully decrease your dog’s reaction to them. 

2: Keep your pets inside

The noises can make your pet panic and want to “run away.” Dogs might dig out of the yard and cats may hide or climb and find themselves stuck somewhere. Also, for their own safety, keep them inside to avoid being hurt accidentally or on purpose from an exploding firecracker.  

3: Board your dog

If you live near the source of the fireworks in your city, consider boarding your dog overnight in a place that is farther away. Some boarding facilities have soundproofed walls or are just far enough away that the fireworks aren’t able to be heard. Many boarding places will also have a radio or some form of “white noise,” ask when making your reservation. 

4: Talk to your vet

If your dog is extremely sensitive to noise, you may want to consult your vet about medication or a sedative that will ease your pet. Your vet will know the proper dosage and let you know how soon before the fireworks begin you should administer the medication. 

Photo by Anja_Johnson

Keep Your Pets Cool This Summer

It’s gonna get hot soon and your dog or cat might start looking for those cold spots in the hot to hang out like the tub, tiled floors, and right in front of the a/c. Hot weather can be dangerous for pets. If you are wondering how to make sure your furry friend can stay cool, try the following things.

4 Ways to Keep Your Pet Cool

  1. For pets that come in from playing outside, give them a frozen treat like a chew toy that has been in the freezer. A kong toy stuffed with peanut butter that is frozen is great and will keep your dog occupied after a romp out in the sun. Dogs will lick it, chew on it, and cool off their body quickly. You can also give your dog a frozen jerky treat. Your dog stay cool.
  2. Never leave your dog in a car while you run into the store. Even if you had the a/c cranking, don’t do it. A car heats up in a matter of minutes and becomes an oven. It’s estimated in about 10 minutes a car’s temperature can rise 30 degrees. In some states, you may also be fined if the police are called. Cracking a window is not enough. If you have chores to run, leave your pup home.
  3. Go for walks in the early mornings or later in the evenings when the pavement isn’t as hot. Your dog’s paws can get burned walking on cement that has been in the sun for hours. If you think it might be too hot for your dog, don’t go out. Their paws can blister and be incredibly painful. If you have an indoor/outdoor cat, keep her/him inside too during the hottest parts of the day.
  4. During really hot and humid day make sure there’s fresh, cold water available for your pet all day. Dogs and cats release heat through their paws, panting, and ears. When leaving them home, toss a few ice cubes into their water bowl. You can also wipe their paws with a cold towel to help cool them off. They might wonder what you’re up to but will thank you after you’re done.

Summer Shedding Tips

Summer is here and that means our cats and dogs that have been lightly or moderately shedding as the temperatures have been rising will most likely go into what feels like overdrive shedding. You would think it’s their job to shed.

I’ve started finding tufts of fur on the pet beds I have for my cats and little tumbleweeds of cat hair in the corners of the rooms. While I can’t prevent them from shedding, I can prevent hairballs and I can prevent my house from being overrun with fur. It takes some routine cleaning and regularly scheduled grooming sessions.

Here’s a few tips to cut down on unwanted pet hair in the house:

  • Brush your pet regularly during these warmer days. It’ll remove loose and dead fur and help keep your house fur free. It’ll also make your pet’s coat softer, cleaner, and prevent hairballs.
  • Your pet may benefit from a fatty acid supplement such as Vitacoat. It’ll help keep their skin and fur healthy.
  • High quality pet food can create a shinier coat, cut down on shedding, and give your pet plenty of protein.
  • Cover your car seats and furniture with throws to keep the pet hair off. Some fabrics hold pet fur more than others, some patterns and weaves of furniture allow pet hair to work its way into it. You may also want to invest in a vacuum that has attachments for upholstery to remove the fur that does get stuck on it.
  • Wash pet bedding often to remove fur, remove odors, and keep your house fresh and clean.
  • Vacuum and sweep often to keep fur from building up in the house. Be diligent. You may want to vacuum every few days, once a week, or whatever works best for your house.
  • Bathe your dog (your cat too if you can) during the summer. A clean coat is a healthier coat and will help prevent dry skin. Brush your pet before and after the bath to remove dead fur. It’ll cut down on fur that ends up everywhere else.
  • If your pet is ok with it, some vacuums have a pet tool accessory that lets you literally vacuum your pet.
  • Get your pet a nice summer cut but make sure it’s not too short to expose skin to the sun. Your pet can get sunburned. Grooming helps cut down on shedding and keeps their fur tangle-free, clean, and cuts down on fur on everything.

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