Archive for March, 2012

Announcement: Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Chain or Tether Your Dog

While we like to imagine all dogs staying safe and warm inside loving homes; that does not always happen. Some pet owners feel the need to chain or tether their dogs outside for various reasons. We would like to present you with some reasons why that practice is not a good idea, and can even be harmful to your pet. 

  1. Your tethered dog will be exposed to all elements of the weather. Even with a dog house or shelter nearby, he can get wet, cold, and muddy when it rains, be exposed to extremes of heat and cold, and, depending on the season, possibly suffer from hypothermia and frostbite, or heat exhaustion and heat stroke. All of those conditions can be fatal. 
     
  2. A chained dog has no way of protecting himself or running away should he be attacked by other dogs, wild animals, or even humans. Leaving your dog tethered without any recourse to flee or fight can cost your pet serious injury or even his life.
     
  3. If your pet becomes tangled up in a leash or chain, he may not know how to remedy the situation, can struggle, and easily be asphyxiated. 
     
  4. A dog chained to one spot can become easily bored, resulting in an animal that becomes increasingly aggressive, or one that participates in self-destructive behavior, including chewing on his own tail and feet until they are bloody. 
     
  5. Tethered dogs are more susceptible to insects and ecto-parasites, including fleas, ticks, mites, fungus, flies, and mosquitoes. All of these organisms either carry a disease and pass it to your dog, or are the cause of a disease. 
     
  6. You are at risk for having your dog stolen. Many people in the dog fighting business steal family dogs to use as “bait” when training their fighting dogs. These animals inevitably end up terribly injured or dead. 
     
  7. You may be breaking the law. Many city, county, and state governments are now making it a misdemeanor to chain or tether your dog, even in your own yard. The reasoning behind this legislation involves not only protecting innocent animals, but shielding the public from aggressive animals who can get loose and attack bystanders. 

For more information on why you shouldn't chain or tether your dog, click here and/or click here to read what the Humane Society says about chaining and tethering your dog.

Poisonous Plants

What You Don’t Know Can Harm Your Dog

A dog’s curious nature often gets him into trouble, causing him to explore weed thickets, storage containers, and open fields where he can come into contact with any number of poisonous substances, including toxic plants.

The great variety of potentially poisonous plants, shrubs, and grasses can make identification of a toxic substance difficult, unless you have actually seen your dog mouthing or ingesting a particular plant. Both outdoor and indoor plants can be harmful to your pet, with some parts of certain plants being more toxic than others.

Ingesting a poisonous plant can cause a variety of symptoms in your dog including drooling, mouth and gum inflammation, swelling of the trachea and/or esophagus, vomiting and diarrhea, hallucinations, tremors, seizure, coma and death. Some plants will only cause a skin rash, a fairly non-threatening problem, while others, known for their medicinal properties, can induce symptoms similar to a drug overdose, with kidney, cardiac, and respiratory failure.

If you suspect your dog has eaten all or part of a poisonous plant, call your veterinarian immediately or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/?gclid=CI2n-YHg_q0CFU9ntgodZzF5vA.

The following tables of toxic plants, shrubs and trees are included for reference. You can find more information on each plant species by visiting these Merck Veterinary Manual websites at:

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/servlet/CVMHighLight?file=htm/bc/ttox04.htm&word=poisonous,foods

and

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/servlet/CVMHighLight?file=htm/bc/ttox03.htm&word=poisonous,foods.

Outdoor Plants

Bladderpod Broom-corn Buffalo bur Carolina Jessamine Castor Bean
Coffee bean Corn cockle Day-blooming Jessamine Dogbanes Durra
Evening Trumpet English Yew Flower Hemlock Horse nettle
Ivy Bush Japanese Yew Jerusalem cherry Jimson weed Kafir
Lambkill Laurel Milkweed Milo Night-blooming Jessamine
Nightshades Oleander Potato stems and leaves Purple sesbane Rattlebox
Schrock Sorghum Sudan grass Thorn Apple Water Hemlock
Yellow Jessamine        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Plants and Ornamentals

Azalea American aloe Avocado pear Barbados aloe Caladium
Chili pepper Chinese evegreen Crocus Cyclamen Daffodils
Dragon Tree Dumbcane Easter Lily English Holly Florida Arrowroot
Foxglove Hyacinths Kalanchoe Lily of the Valley Marijuana
Mistletoe Mother-in-Law's Tongue Philodendron Poinsettia Schefflera
Spider Plant Yesterday-today-and-tomorrow      

 

 

 

 

What dog should i get?

Question by Andy B: What dog should i get?
What type of dog should i get based on my “info”?

I have to go to school for 7hrs…..no 1 is home at that time, so i want a dog that can stay at home alone….and is easy to train

i love running! i want a dog that is active

i want a dog that doesnt shed a lot and causes little allegy problems!

i have a brother under 5
and i want one that doesnt need a lot of grooming……

I have a huge yard!! about an acre long!!!

i think a golden doodle is right but please list other kinds for me!

WHAT DOG SHOULD I GET?

thx :-D

Best answer:

Answer by ILOVEU
GOLDEN RETRIEVER but my fav is the Tibetan mastiff

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Slogan creator John Plausse at Spoiled Rotten Dogz shows why pets wear his words. Go to www.spoiledrottendogz.com to see his complete line of fun pet clothing, dog shirts, totes and bags, human apparel, and more. Also a fun visit from Suzanne from Pet Dynamix who is now carrying the “Alpha Dog” shirt on their website!
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Incredible surveillance camera video from Chile of a stray dog gently rescuing another stray dog from the middle of the highway in heavy traffic. Unfortunately the reporter got it wrong when he said the injured dog lived, he died at the vet some time after, and the other dog escaped back into the urban terrain. A good samaritan never hangs out looking to take credit. I have no further information about this story, I just liked it and decided to share. Please stopt asking me how you can adopt the savior dog.

How many of you would attempt to do this for your fellow creation? Fellow humans, take notice.

What is the most boring cable channel other than c-span Dish earth and NASA?

Question by : What is the most boring cable channel other than c-span Dish earth and NASA?
C-span is just boring Dish earth just shows the earth and plays boring music (you can only get it with dish network) and the only time NASA is any good is when there launching a rocket most of the time they show people in front of computers (I haven’t watch in a year so it might not be the same now) Disney channel is boring They show good movies some time but the sitcoms are just stupid and annoying and Animal planet is the same thing all the time! It’s just a bunch of stupid cats running around in Africa (like we don’t see that on other channels and it’s down right boring) and there other shows like “It’s Me or The Dog” if you saw episode You’ve seen them all the same with “Big Cat Dairy” and there “Planets funniest Animals” is a 100% rip off of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” but unlike “America’s Funniest Home Videos” it isn’t funny”

Best answer:

Answer by cathleen
tvduck is the best for watching any tv shows…they update very quickly once it is aired on tv

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