Monday, July 25, 2011

You have a dog and .......

one or two nosy neighbors.

So your own dog pooped on your lawn and you clean up the mess and leave it on your steps. You didn't toss the poo in a neighbor's lawn. You didn't show it off. You didn't leave it for someone else to step on. Ok?

But one of your nosy neighbors didn't like that, so he or she reported you to the police!!!

WHAT?

Yep. The poo was on YOUR property and you were going to remove it and place it in the garbage just as soon as you took care of a last-minute matter. But your nosy neighbor couldn't stand it. She picked up her phone and reported you to the police for something that was on your own property, for godssakes.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Putting a dog down because it's going blind?

I saw a question from a reader in today's paper, inquiring if he/she should consider having a pet dog euthanized just because the animal is losing its sight. That's got to be the dumbest excuse ever!

Anyway, the vet answering the question explained that such dogs develop their own mindmaps to compensate for the loss of sight and do fine, provided that the owner doesn't change things around by moving stuff around or placing a new obstacle in the dog's path. There is simply no excuse for euthanizing a loyal pet who has done nothing wrong and doesn't deserve to be put down all because its stupid owner refused to use common sense. And if the owner didn't want the dog, he or she should have tried to place it in the care of someone else, such as with a family member or friend.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Mind your dog during the heat wave!

I heard a vet on a radio talk-show today, advising all pet owners to keep their pets in a cool place. It's so easy, even too easy, to leave a pet like a dog indoors and forget to turn on a fan or the a.c. By the time the owner gets back home from work, he or she could find the dog in a coma. The dog should be taken to a vet immediately if that ever happens.

The vet also explained that animals feel hot temperatures more so than humans and that their bodies deal with high temperatures differently. Wish I knew how and could explain how, but I'm not a scientist or a vet.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Should you have your dog put down?

Believe it or not, some people get rid of their dogs by having their dogs put down. Sometimes the reason is that the dog bit someone or harmed a child. Its owners lose their trust in the animal and have it put down if they can't find someone else to adopt the dog.

One expert believes that this issue doesn't have to exist, if only people chose their dogs more carefully. That is, if only more people knew a given breed's tendencies to become aggressive and whatnot. Then perhaps those people could avoid adopting that dog in the first place and thus avoid future problems. That may be something to consider.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pet food price extortions

A recent report stated that Americans did not mind pampering their pets during the Recession, spending 15% more on things like expensive pet food, vet care and other items. As I read this, I wondered why none of this came as any surprise.

After all, I've known for the longest time that all pet food is quite expensive. All of those trips to the supermarket, walking past aisles stocked with pet food of practically every variety imaginable, I always used to become just a little annoyed at the high prices that were being extorted from customers for a little bag of dry dog food, for example. Eight dollars for a little bag of dry food??? C'mon now. That little bag contains maybe half the amount of dry food inside;  the rest of that bag is air.

There's no telling when this price extorion insanity will end. I love cats and dogs as much as any pet owner, maybe more so. But to keep coughing up all of that money for air-filled bags and miniscule pet food cans is getting out of hand and seems to be rapidly forcing pet owners to make difficult choices, buy the food and pamper the pet. Or give up the pet.

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4th and your dog

It's July 4th again, which means that dog owners have a problem in helping their pets cope with the booms and bangs from outdoor fireworks shows. If you're really fortunate, your town may not feature such a show this year because of budget deficits. Otherwise, it's all gonna happen, unless Mother Nature puts on a show of her own in the way of thunderstorms and the like.

Hopefully, your dog will be able to cope. A good idea is just to bring your dog in the house and sit with him or her in a room that has the fewest windows. Close your windows and screened doors to eliminate more noise. Usually, the noise lasts for about an hour before it subsides and ends for the night, but for a dog that can't stand it and his or her anxious owner, that noise can seem to last for an eternity. You can speak softly to your dog, pet and play with him if that seems appropriate.