How To Remove Pet Messes From The House

Love your pets but not the mess? Here are some methods for dealing with the downside of pet ownership. Some involve new technology and others are from collections of more common tried and true methods.

What constitutes a pet mess to one may not bother another but the number one pet “no no” messes are of course poop, urine, and vomit. Even the fish have “to go” and of course they do so in the tank. Hopefully rarely, but sooner or later your dog or cat will throw up somewhere in the house. My dog accidentally drank hydrogen peroxide once and threw up profusely. Fortunately,I caught this in time so that he didn’t drink enough to damage the stomach lining.(I learned from the poison hotline that hydrogen peroxide is actually used in antidotes for poisoning but in amounts controlled by weight.)

How to Clean Dog Messes

The number one mess that dogs make are going potty in the house. Most dogs will be easily trained as puppies but it does take some time and patience. Just as a child, there will be accidents on and off before training is fully established. Older dogs that were once well-trained will have accidents in their declining years. If you have a new puppy be prepared to do some cleaning of doggy poops and pees. The following products and methods can help.

Tried and True Testimonials

  • Blessed is the pet owner with all wood or tile flooring. If you happen to be purchasing a home or remodeling- eliminating carpet will eliminate a lot of pet elimination problems for you.(loaded sentence, isn’t it?)
  • Use puppy training pads or newspaper to catch a lot of the mess.
Older dogs sometimes lose control and need to wear a doggy diaper.
  • If the poop is not diarrhea use a disposable plastic glove or a plastic grocery bag to pick it up. If you wait until the poop cools to room temperature it will be more solid, but don’t wait longer than 15 minutes.
  • For diarrhea, soak up with heavy duty paper towels and try cleaning with a mixture of warm water and a good enzyme based laundry detergent.
  • I always found urine hardest to manage. Probably because the molecules in a liquid are moving, causing the mess to spread to deep dark crevices. It is important to get the urine out as completely as possible because the puppy that is training or other animals that come for a visit will be tempted to urinate on the same spot. Dilute the urine with water or club soda. Use a wet/dry vacuum or heavy toweling to blot. Place heavy books on top of the toweling to absorb. This may take several hours.
  • Try covering accidents with baking soda. Let dry for two hours then vacuum.
  • Once your dog is trained keep poop picked up off the lawn with paper bags and a good pooper scooper. The paper bag is greener because it is de composible.
  • For cleaning vomit pick up solid pieces with a disposable glove or plastic bag. Pour on club soda and then blot with heavy toweling. Sprinkle baking soda on the area and vacuum.
  • Use this “pee recipe”: One cup hydrogen peroxide, 2 tsps baking soda, and a few drops of dish detergent.
  • Most carpet cleaning companies have special pet odor removers. This can get expensive so use only when things get out of control.

New Technology For Cleaning Dog Messes

Bissell all-in-one pet stain tool.
  • Bissell has an all-in-one pet stain tool that is endorsed by Pet Adviser Products. They claim that deep lasting odor can be eliminated by using 3 easy steps. Definitely less chance of germs on hands- there is a tool for scooping up, a sprayer for spraying the special solution and a scrubber for scrubbing away the stain. A free trial sample of the recommended cleaning solution is included with the first purchase.
  • Poop Off is a spray cleaner that uses natural enzymes to eliminate both stain and odor. Use on carpeting, bedding, furniture. You can also use it in bird cages.
  • Zero Odor is a spray-on product that guarantees odor elimination totally and is used often to remove any and all pet odors. Based on a breakthrough in molecular chemistry, it has earned 7 patents for unmatched effectiveness. The name zero odor is descriptive of the fact that it also leaves no odor of itself behind. I have used this product and can personally endorse it as being satisfactory in pet odor elimination
  • For Outdoor poop clean-up Doggy Dooley Leach System uses enzyme and bacterial action to turn the poop into a liquid that is safely absorbed into the ground. Just put in the poop, add water and digester and reduce poop to an eco-friendly substance. This product has a 5 and 3/4 star overall rating.

How to Clean Cat Messes

Cats are by far the neatest pets. They are easily trained to use a litter box. It almost seems to come natural to them. They hate dirty litter boxes. If you keep a clean litter box your cat will reward you with good potty habits. I once had a cat that religiously used the bathtub if I left her with a dirty litter box. In the proper setting, many cats will go out to potty if you provide a safe place to go in and out of the house. This is usually best accomplished in more rural settings. Many cats that belong to owners in apartments and condos never go outdoors. De clawing is an option many of these cat owners choose. A great cat litter system is very important in these cases.

The spraying of urine is a common problem for some cats, both male and female. It often occurs in cats that are not spayed or neutered because of sexual excitement from a passing cat. Be sure to have your cat spayed or neutered to avoid this and other problems, namely unwanted kittens. Cats will sometimes spray due to emotional upsets such as moving or a new person or pet in the household.

Other clean-up problems for cats include vomiting and coughing up hairballs.

Tried and True Testimonials

  • Use one part white vinegar to one part water to the area after blotting with toweling or use a wet/dry vac. After the area is dry sprinkle with baking soda. Then mix a quarter cup of hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of dish washing liquid. Work this solution into carpet or fabric using an old toothbrush. Allow to dry and use a hard bristled brush to loose the dried substance, then vacuum.
  • Use the same clean-up method as dogs for vomit or poop.
  • For those nasty coughed up hairballs pick them up as soon as possible with a paper towel so that the cat’s digestive juices don’t soak into the carpet. Flushing these down the toilet is preferable to putting them in the trash due to odor. They won’t stop up the toilet unless you have a panther-sized cat.
  • Adding a box of baking soda to any cat litter, no matter how cheap or expensive, can lengthen the life of your cat litter.
  • Be sure to have a strainer-type cat pooper scooper on hand to make your cat litter box clean up easier.
  • Use a laundry detergent containing enzymes to wipe cat urine from any surface.
  • Try to diagnose and eliminate emotional problems in your neutered or spayed cat that sprays. Talk to a Veterinarian about the problem if possible.

New Technology for Cleaning Cat Messes

CatGenie self-washing self-flushing cat box.
  • Feliway is the legendary pheromone which works on a cat’s sense of smell. When it is applied to the areas marked or its dispersed into the air it will calm your cat and reduce his urge to pee “in a naughty place.” It is available in spray form or electrical outlet plug in form, like the air fresheners.
  • The Breeze Cat Litter System works with a unique design that keeps poops and pees separate. The system has a bottom tray for the pee. Change the pad in the bottom tray and scoop the poop from the top.High sides eliminate spillage.
  • Cat Genie is a high tech self-cleaning and flushing cat litter system. When your cat pees the liquid drains away from the granules so that only the waste gets flushed. For solid waste, the GenieHand jumps into action by scooping it out, where it is then turned to liquid for easy removal. Fresh water then fills the basin and the GenieHand scours both box and granules clean. A hot air blower then dries the entire box. Cat Genie hooks up to your bathroom or laundry room water supply with a T adapter. An amazing high tech advancement in cat litter systems; very green as you never have to dispose of and replace cat litter, only replace the filter cartridge (smaller than a soda cap) after 120 washings.

Cleaning Fish Tanks

Fish poop. The poop needs to be able to pass through the fish tank filter for removal. This may require methods to stir up the sand in the bottom of the tank where the poop gathers. Use an air stone or power head to stir the sand and stimulate the removal of waste. A turkey baster can help in a pinch but the best way to remove fish poop is by having a good filter system.

If you like white sand in your fish tank you may want to rethink and add some black sand. A few pieces of fish poop may drive some OCD people nuts in all white sand. The black sand will help camouflage fewer poops. Unlike people fish can deal with a few turds swimming around their “atmosphere” as long as the water doesn’t get too dirty. Replace about 15 percent of the water in your tank weekly by siphoning out the water and replacing with treated water.

Snails can help keep your aquarium clean, but they poop too, so keep that filter going!

Cleaning Bird Cages

Birds are such cool pets. Take care in selecting them as pets though. Some birds have life spans equal to humans. They may actually out live you! Plan accordingly.

Bird cages can be messy. Like all the other critters, they poop and pee. Those nasty white and gray droppings that you see on your car window are the same as the ones in your bird cage, just minus the purple mulberry droppings.

As with fish tanks, the larger the cage the less the mess appears to be. Choose a cage with a removable bottom grille and pull-out drawer for easier cleaning.Use a cage liner and change often. Plexiglas can be attached to the sides of larger cages for catching seed spillage. Use a plastic runner under larger cages to catch seed hulls that spill out.

The following video from About.com shows an easy and efficient bird cage clean-up routine.

Problems with Pet Hair and Removal

One of the best ways I have found to reduce the amount of animal hair around the house is by keeping the animals groomed. Brushes and clipper tools are available to help with this.

Lint rollers, damp sponges and fabric dryer sheets can help remove dog and cat hair from furniture and clothing. Regular vacuuming will help reduce pet hair and dander. Many people are allergic to pet dander, not actually to pet hair itself. Use a vacuum cleaner filter designed to remove allergens . H/AC system filters are available that do the same.

What Makes Your Dog’s Favorite Toy A Squeaky Toy

 

If you are a dog owner you may have noticed-they just love squeaky toys, more so than any other toy. After I first got one of my dogs, a spirited German Shepard mix, she used to find stray tennis balls while walking by the public tennis courts with me. She would carry the balls home and we would play catch and fetch.

I would bounce the ball and she would jump high in the air to catch the tennis balls. We always took one to the pond at the off-leash dog park. She learned to swim by chasing the beloved tennis ball. Needless to say, as winter approached our supply of tennis balls dwindled with the number of tennis players. So I went to the Pet Store to buy more; only I happened to buy the Air Dog squeaky balls. Now, she cares nothing for regular tennis balls.

Theories Explain Why Dogs Prefer Squeaky Toys

There are at least two theories that try to explain our canine friends’ preferences for squeaky toys. Dogs were domesticated from the Gray Wolf about 15,000 years ago. Gray wolves are pack hunters. Pack hunters are predators. They work together to distract and attack the prey. Complex behaviors that dogs inherited from their Gray Wolf ancestors are thought to be what helps humans to form relationships with their dogs.

The squeaking toy may work to remind our dogs’ natural instincts of the captured prey. The smaller rodent type animals that are caught in the gripping ripping teeth of the wolf will make a high pitched squeaking noise.The squeaking of the prey lets the wolf know that it is dying and will soon be ready for feeding upon.

I noticed that when my dog would catch her squeaky ball she liked to take it under an azalea bush I had growing in the backyard. Here she would rip and tear at the ball often to the point of disabling the device inside that made the squeaking noise. Could it have been that the Azalea bush represented going into a cave? Was the ripping until the squeaking stopped representative of killing and readying the prey for food?

Another theory exists that the squeaking provides continuous reinforcement as in operant conditioning. The squeak is a reinforcer or reward associated for playing with you. Or it could be that the dog just enjoys the squeaky toy because it is interactive and helps to keep the dog entertained.

Some dogs seem to care nothing for squeaky toys and may even be afraid of them. I once had a dachshund that did not really care one way or the other.She considered herself more human than a dog anyway! This may be explained as some dogs breeds having a stronger prey instinct than others.

Whatever the reason or reasons ( I tend to think there are more than one) for dogs loving squeaky toys safety can be an issue for them. The more squeaking the more excited the dog becomes. Many dogs will chew the toy until it “kills” its prey.

The result could be pulling out the squeaker and presenting a choking hazard. It is important to choose safe toys for your dog. There are new squeaky toys available that are practically indestructible.

The squeakers are large, well hidden and keep on squeaking even when punctured over and over by the dog’s sharp teeth. Not only are they safer they are more economical as well. You don’t have to keep replacing boring toys that don’t squeak anymore!

Make sure that any “features” on the toy such as eyes and noses are stitched on and can’t be easily pulled off. That can provide choking hazards as well.

Can’t take all that squeaking? Thanks to new technology there are even squeaky toys available that only your dog can hear! These toys have ultrasonic squeakers and are no more expensive than regular squeaky toys. Check them out!

Have safe and satisfying fun with your dog and these great new toys!

 


DIY Frosty Paws: Dog Friendly Ice Cream

 

Dog Days of Summer

What comes to your mind when you hear the expressions “dog days of summer” or “dog day afternoon?” I tend to think of an old dog laying out under a shade tree on a hot day. Or maybe that sentence we used to type over and over in typing class: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs. ( It was used for practice because it has one of each of the letters in the alphabet).

In reality, the expression dog days of summer comes from the ancient Romans who associated scorching weather with Sirius, the Dog Star. It’s the brightest star in the constellation Caris Major, or Large Dog. The Greeks had used the term previously.

Originally, those were the days when Sirius rose along with the sun. It was known as a hiliacal rising, which means that a heavenly body becomes visible for a moment or two just before sunrise. Because of the gradual shift in the earth’s axis, this phenomenon doesn’t occur anymore.

Traditionally, the old Farmer’s Almanac listed the last weeks of July and the first weeks of August as “dog days” which coincides with the time of the rising of Sirius in ancient Greek times. These hot, hot days just before an autumn cool-down occur at that time in the Northern hemisphere. In the Southern hemisphere, they come in January and February.

Dog-friendly Ice Cream

Back to the subject of hot dogs, dogs can’t sweat to cool off like we do. They pant. That’s why they walk around most of the summer with their tongues hanging out. Why not help your pooch cool off with a dog-friendly frozen treat?

Most dogs can tolerate the lactose in yogurt. Lactose is milk sugar, and a lot of lactose isn’t good for dogs. Cheese is the dairy product lowest in lactose. That’s why it’s used in many dog treats. Check out the table below to compare the amount of lactose in dairy products.

If you aren’t sure your dog can tolerate a little lactose, start off slowly and watch for signs of lactose intolerance such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Frosty Paws Ice Cream

Back in the 1970s, an animal sciences professor at Ohio State University created what was marketed under the brand name Frosty Paws. The dairy ingredient he used was yogurt. Yogurt is lower in lactose than ice cream or milk. My understanding is that he created it for some sort of challenge or contest.

 

Product
Serving Size
Amount of Lactose in Grams
Ice Cream
1 cup
l2
Milk, whole and skim
1 cup
11
Yogurt
1 cup
5
Sour Cream
1/2 cup
4
Cottage Cheese
1/2 cup
3
Cheese, American and Swiss
1 ounce
1
Cheddar Cheese
1 ounce
0

Yummy dog-friendly ice cream is made with four basic ingredients: plain yogurt, natural peanut butter, bananas and honey. Easy to make, it can be frozen in bathroom-size paper cups and easily removed.

Help your dog stay cool during the dog days of summer!

Make Your Own Frosty Paws

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Yummy dog-friendly ice cream is made with four basic ingredients: plain yogurt, natural peanut butter, bananas and honey. Easy to make, it can be frozen in bathroom-size paper cups and easily removed.

Help your dog stay cool during the dog days of summer!

Ingredients for Doggy Ice Cream

  • One Large ripe banana, mashed
  • One cup Creamy natural peanut butter
  • Two cups Plain yogurt
  • Two tablespoons Honey

Instructions

  • With a potato masher and a fork, mash the banana
  • Put the yogurt in the blender
  • Melt the peanut butter in the microwave for a little under a minute, until soupy
  • Stir the honey into the peanut butter.
  • Add the mashed banana and peanut butter honey mixture to the blender
  • Mix on Milkshake Speed 2-3 minutes until well blended
  • Fill bathroom cups a little less than half full. Freeze 4-6 hours.
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Pour into bathroom cups and freeze

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Managing Stress In Dogs: Relief Without The Vet

Anxiety in Dogs

The Fourth of July is coming up along with a day or two of blasts and bangs. Does your dog freak out with all the noise? There are some products to consider if all that noise from fireworks, as well as summer thunderstorms, separation anxiety or, other situations bothers your four-legged best friend. These four products all claim to do a fantastic job in calming canine nerves without medication or training from professionals.

  • Thundershirt
  • Comfort Zone
  • Dog Sitter DVD
  • Music My Pet CD

Personalities in Pets

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Like humans, many pets-dogs, cats, even hermit crabs have distinct personalities. Some are naturally hyper while others are “laid back.” Some are shy, some are friendly. I have three dogs that are as different in personality as they are in color. Like a mother, with kids, I love them equally.

Most all dogs will stress out from time to time. Even my laid-back Lab Belle freaks out when the vacuum is running. But it is the signs of anxiety and the frequency with which they occur that indicates a problem. Just as with humans, chronic anxiety will affect the dog’s quality of life and shorten the life span. Constantly anxious dogs may also land in a shelter or end up abandoned when a frustrated owner doesn’t understand or want to deal with the behaviors.

Causes of Anxiety in Dogs. 

It is a good idea to rule out restlessness and boredom if your dog is displaying signs of anxiety. Some dogs naturally have a higher energy level than others. They may act stressed when in actuality they just need to release pent up energy. A long walk, a run in the dog park or a swim in a nearby pond will calm this type of dog.

Your dog may become bored if left at home alone any length of time. You will have to determine if the anxiety is due to boredom or if it is actually separation anxiety. Some dogs are content to nap the time away. Others need the stimulation of a good interactive dog toy. Getting a second dog can also be a solution.

Other causes of anxiety in dogs other than traveling in cars or loud noises may be harder to determine. Sometimes changes in the household like a new roommate, new baby or another new pet may be the cause of anxiety. Moving to a new location or even rearranging furniture can unnerve some dogs.

Signs Of Canine Anxiety

  • excessive licking, chewing grooming
  • bald spots, hair loss
  • excessive panting
  • trembling
  • destruction, chewing up objects
  • excessive barking
  • pacing
  • excessive panting, drooling
  • whining
  • biting

Treating Dog Anxiety

Music My Pet

Some people may leave the radio on thinking that the music will “soothe the savage beast” only to come home to destruction. However, erratic patterns and constant changes in music on the radio may worsen the anxiety. Through studies, certain types of classical music have been shown to calm pets.

Music My Pet is a CD produced by Tom Naziolla, a performer from Disney’s Baby Einstein CDs and DVDs. Music My Pet is classical music that is composed of soothing chords from start to finish, which is not true of all classical music. Testimonials praise Music My Pet as being calming for pets recovering from surgery, calming hyper pets and anxiety traveling in cars. It is used in Humane Societies for pets that have been abused.

Dog Sitter DVD

Do you leave the TV on to provide your pet with “company” while you are gone? Studies show that guns, sirens, and other frightening sounds can make a pet very nervous. Try the Dog Sitter DVD instead. I have used this DVD and can personally recommend it.

It brings the sights and sounds of the great outdoors inside for pets that have to stay inside. It can help reduce anxiety from boredom or being alone. Squirrels, monkeys, birds and more scamper and make noises. You do need to introduce this continuous play DVD in segments while you are home with the pet and the instructions do explain this.

Dog Sitter is produced by Sunrise Productions. Steve Cantin, C.O.O., began by creating such for cats and birds, then followed with Dog Sitter. It has received “rave reviews’ by pet owners and experts. Currently, over one million have been sold!

Comfort Zone D.A.P.

Comfort Zone with dog appeasing pheromones is made with 100% safe, synthetic pheromones that mimic the ones that a lactating animal releases. It works to calm pet’s fears of thunder, fireworks, and other upsetting situations. It is available as a plug- in diff user or as a spray. The diff user covers 650 square feet and lasts for 30 days. Comfort zone is great for a new puppy The puppy should have time to mature and become adjusted with just an initial purchase. Try the spray version for travel anxiety. Just spray on a blankie or a bandanna.

Thundershirt

The Thundershirt product uses acupressure and maintained pressure to calm dogs. It is like a big full body hug for your pet. Claims are that it is effective for several anxieties including fear of noises (thunder, fireworks) separation anxiety and travel fear. The company reports an 80% effectiveness in anxiety relief for pets.

They have an impressive program of working with shelters and rescue groups, making it possible to change pet behavior for more successful adoption. Currently, Thundershirt is offering its product for a 45-day risk-free trial. If it does not work for your pet return it to the company and it will be donated to one of these rescue groups. Wow! A fantastic deal!


Stocking Stuffers For Pets: Best Stocking Stuffers For Dogs And Cats

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Dogs and Cats

Do you include your pets in gift giving at Christmas? I know many who do. After all, our pets give us the gifts of joy and better health every day. Research shows that pets can lower blood pressure, ease depression and boost our immune systems. Current studies are indicating a link between fewer allergies and asthma in children who grow up in homes with pets.

Pets give companionship to the lonely and help teach our children responsibility. If you have a dog that begs to be walked they are doing you a favor and possibly adding years to your life. So hang a stocking for Fido and Fluffy this year and fill it with some homemade pet treats and a toy or two!

How to Have Better Behaved Pets

Just like children, dogs and cats can become bored when they are lonely or have nothing to do. Having toys can help curb destructive behavior, especially when you have to leave them alone. Good pet parents have a stash of a few good toys and rotate them so that their babies don’t become bored. Here are some ideas for dog and cat toys. Highly recommended, they have been tested for quality and safety.

Best Stocking Stuffers for Dogs

Squeaky Toys That Don’t Break

Dogs love toys that squeak; they probably appeal to their instinct of catching prey. Unfortunately, they also love to destroy the squeaky toys. Not with the Kyjen Invincible Squeaking Snake. This toy has six squeakers that keep on squeaking no matter how many times they are punctured! Fido can keep playing with this great toy and not become bored with it because it doesn’t squeak anymore. And you don’t have to worry about chewed off small pieces presenting a choking hazard.

Dog Toys That Dispense Treats

The Premier Tug A Jug toy will keep Fido entertained while you are busy or away. Fill the roomy jug with some tasty treats. As he tugs on the rope, the treats are dispensed a few at a time. It provides great mental stimulation. It is a great, safe way to help keep boredom away.

Dog Toys for Big Chewers

If you have a large dog that really loves to chew, check out the Goughnuts donut shaped toys. The green ones are strong and the black ones are stronger with carbon mixed in the formula for creating them. The neat thing about Goughnuts is that if your dog chews down to an unsafe level a red indicator appears and the company will replace it for free! No worries at all about Fido chewing off pieces to swallow.

Toys to Raise Your Dog’s IQ

Dogs are so smart! They can be even smarter with interactive toys. Raise your dog’s IQ with Canine Genius toys. They are configuration puzzles that are chewable and durable. Connect the puzzles together in different ways to challenge Fido to get to the hidden treats.

Best Stocking Stuffers for Cats

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Mouse Toys for Cats

Cats are instinctively stalkers and hunters. Let Fluffy practice her hunting skills with the Undercover Mouse toy.You can set the mouse to run at the speed desired. Then place it under the mat provided and the mouse darts about for your cat to chase. This toy is sure to amuse you as well as your cat! 

Quiet Night Toy for Cats

Cats are often more active at night. The Whisper Track cat toy will help you sleep uninterrupted by a noisy cat. The “twinkle” bell flashes when Fluffy bats the ball but makes no noise. It is available at petco.com.

Toys for Cats that Chew

The Cat Play Chew & Bouncy Sneaky Spider toy is designed for the cat that likes to chew. A Nylabone product, it  helps keep Fluffy’s teeth clean by removing food particles. Tooth and gum health is important for both dogs and cats. Cats love this toy because it satisfies their stalking and pouncing instinct. Cat parents like it because it encourages independent play.

Have Healthier and Happier Pets

Let keeping your pets healthier and happier be one of your New Year’s resolutions this year, and chances are you will be rewarded with health and happiness as well. You will have a good start if you get Fluffy and Fido new toys for Christmas. And if you have no pets, consider visiting your local animal shelter for Christmas this year to find your soul pet.


Doggy Popsicles And The Dog Days Of Summer

Frozen Dog Treats

Don’t leave your best friend out of enjoying cool frozen treats in hot weather. Those last few weeks before the autumn cool down can really be scorchers. Known as the Dog Days of Summer, they run from the first of July to the second week in August in the Northern Hemisphere. If you live “down under,” your dog days are from the New Year until around Valentine’s Day.

The term Dog Days of Summer are so-named because of the ancient Romans. During that time, Sirius, the Dog Star was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). (Canis Major was Orion the Hunter’s hunting dogs.) In the days of ancient Rome, Sirius would rise each morning with the sun and shine right along with it for awhile. The Romans attributed the especially hot days to this phenomenon. It is thought that they even sacrificed a dog to appease the gods!

Today we know that’s not true. In fact, the phenomenon doesn’t even occur anymore. The earth’s polar shift changed all that. But we do know that it is still the hottest part of the year, and often it’s just as hot well into September in many places.

Healthy Doggy Pupsicles

Just like humans, dogs are what they eat. With these frozen dog treats, you’ll know what Fido is eating. They are made with healthy ingredients such as beef and chicken broth, bananas, peanut butter, sweet potatoes, green beans and carrots.

Try one or all of these doggy Popsicles and help your dog beat the heat this summer with healthy frozen treats for dogs. You can make them in Popsicle molds or small paper cups. Insert Popsicle sticks halfway between freezing. Freeze overnight.

Chicken Chilly Pups

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Make Chicken Chilly Pups by mixing a cup of chicken broth with two tablespoons chicken puree (baby food) and a handful of chopped sweet potato. Pare boil a half of a sweet potato first.

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Beef Chilly Pups

011Make Beefy Chilly Pups by mixing a cup of beef broth with two tablespoons of beef puree (baby food) and toss in some diced carrots and green beans. Pare boil them first.

Peanut Butter Chilly Pups

pb2Make Peanut Butter Chilly Pups by mixing a mashed banana, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter and 1/4 cup water.

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Dog Days Of Summer: Hot Weather Safety Tips For Dogs

Giant Popsicle for Dogs is a Pupsicle

Dog Days Of Summer

After a late morning walk recently, my dogs followed me inside. “Can’t say I blame them,” I thought. According to the temperature so far, it is going to be a scorcher. Hearing rather loud lapping, I walked down the hall to discover one of them drinking from the toilet. “I need to make sure to keep the water dishes full of fresh, cool water both inside and outdoors, ” I thought. The dog days of Summer are coming.

The expression Dog Days of Summer refers to the sultry hottest days of July and August in the Northern Hemisphere or January and February in the Southern Hemisphere. They typically occur after July 24th (or January 24th in the Southern Hemisphere). It is at this time that Sirius is closest to the sun. Sirius, also called Dog Star, is the brightest star in the constellation, Canis Major.In Ancient times, the proximity of Sirius to the sun was thought to cause the raging heat that caused so many deaths. It is believed that the Ancient Romans actually sacrificed a dog during the period to appease Sirius.

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In modern times, we know to take precautions in the extreme heat. Our dogs can’t think as we do, so we must take precautions for them. Just because the thermometer reads 78 degrees doesn’t necessarily mean it is an ideal time to take Fido on a long walk or run. The heat index affects the weather in summer similar to how the wind chill factor works in winter. Humidity can cause the day to be much hotter than what the thermometer reads. The temperature can easily feel like 105 at 90 degrees.

What is an OK time for us to exercise may not be for our dogs. People have sweat glands that produce sweat. Among other ways of cooling the body, the evaporation of sweat cools the skin and reduces body temperature. Dogs have very few sweat glands ; most are found on the pads of their feet. They rely on panting and a little dilation of blood vessels in the skin and the feet as cooling mechanisms. It is harder for dogs to cool down than people. Hypothermia or heat stroke can occur more quickly. 100_0802

Causes Of Overheating In Dogs

When dogs get hot outside they often “ask” to go inside even if you are outside. However, if they are running or walking with you, or otherwise engaged in very active play they don’t know when to stop and don’t want to. They behave like party revelers. Fido will need to depend on you to know when enough is enough.

Heat stroke cases are the most common emergencies in veterinary clinics in the summer. It can happen quickly. Serious heat stroke can cause irreversible damage or death. Avoid taking long walks or running with your dog when it may be too hot for him but not you. Leaving dogs in hot cars is often the cause of hypothermia or heat strokes. Even with windows half down the inside of a parked car can reach 150 degrees in just a few minutes. Never leave dogs in the car on a warm day!

How To Recognize Heat Stroke In Dogs

 

A dog’s temperature can be taken rectally.His normal temperature is 100.5 to 102.5. He will be Okay at 103 degrees. At 105 degrees he is at risk for heat exhaustion. A temperature of 107 degrees is the danger zone. A heat stroke caused by a temperature this high will cause irreversible damage or death. Look for the following signs of hypothermia or heat stroke.

  • sluggish, lethargic
  • wobbly gait
  • disoriented state of mind
  • red gums and tongue

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If heat stroke is suspected, call a veterinary office for advice. Treatment will depend on severity. If his temperature didn’t go above 104 for long, he may just need to rest in a cool place with water to drink.Then watch him carefully. If he needs to be taken into the clinic, spray him down with water but not cold water. Wrap him in wet towels for the trip. Get there quickly. Later symptoms will be seizures and coma. The doctor will take over from there. Depending on the damage, he may need oxygen or fluid therapy.

How to Make a Popsicle for Dogs

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This is an especially good idea if you need to leave your dog outside for awhile on a really hot day. Make a huge dog Popsicle.

    • Gather some hard treats that won’t disintegrate easily in water.
  • Get an old plastic ice cream bucket or cut the top from a clean plastic milk jug.
  • Put a few of the treats in the container and fill with water and a can of beef or chicken broth.
  • Freeze for several hours until the water is completely frozen.
  • Remove from the freezer and hold under running water to unmold.
  • Put the dog Popsicle outside for Fido to enjoy.

Your dog will love licking the melting ice to reach the treats! And check out these cool dog treat items and toys. 

 

 

Skunk Remedy: Removing Skunk Odor On Dogs And In Homes

 SKUNKED!

Isabelle and Penelope are country girls now.

Country Dogs Verses City Dogs

After moving out to the country from the suburbs, I  learned that the country dog lives a different life.

If you have dogs and live in the country, there is a good chance that someday what happened to me might happen to you.  It can also happen if you like to take your dogs out on camping and hiking trips and let them run off-leash.

If your dogs are trained to obey voice commands and stay close by you (which is easy if you give them all your love), there is nothing more enjoyable for your dog and you than letting them run free for a short time in the fields and woods, back where there are no roads or traffic to pose a danger .

A Close Encounter of the Stinky Kind

It was an unseasonably warm, sunny late winter day. My daughter, her daughters, and dog were over for a visit.We decided to take the three of them on a walk with us in the wilderness behind my home. Bobbejaan, the four-legged grandson and my two girls Penny and Bellie started out. It was my birthday, and I had my two-legged and four-legged loved ones with me. Life was good. 

A  beautiful walk at any time, winter is best for a distant view of part of the Appalachian Mountains, as the trees are bare.

 

Great mountain view, Appalachians, North Georgia

 Paths, trails, old roads, woods…there is much to explore for  hikers and  their dogs behind my house.  It was the first time we had ventured that far since I had moved out to the country.

 It was the beckon of what appeared to be an old slave cabin that sits on an abandoned southern plantation that made us trudge through the field above to get a closer look.

Old slave cabin in the distance.

 

Old Slave Cabin on abandoned plantation

After a good close-up look of the old cabin, we turned to start for home. It was while walking back through the field when dog number one was “skunked.” Moving to the country first, my daughter had heard about washing the dog in tomato juice or tomato sauce. I had a big can of tomato sauce in the cupboard for making veggie chili. It was, after all, winter. So much for veggie chili.

We washed Bobbejaan from head to tail with tomato sauce. We threw in a little baking soda, too along with Dawn dish detergent. The combination of acid and alkaline seemed to work.

Be careful not to get the tomato sauce in their eyes. Poor Bobbejaan!

SKUNKED AGAIN!

All was well in the country. No matter what anyone claims on-line, the tomato sauce and baking soda worked. Incident forgotten. Life went on. Then Murphy’s law kicked in early the next Monday morning.  My black Lab Bella went out to “potty” before  Mommy left for work. Pepe Le Pew was close by home and Bellie  just had to check him out.

This time, there was no time for a bath in tomato sauce. It was not a lovely, unseasonably warm Saturday. It was a chilly, back to reality manic Monday. I had to leave Bella in the house and head for work.

While I knew it probably was not the best solution, did I really have a choice?

Gosh, yes! If I had known, I would have called in with any number of excuses not to show up on the job. …car got stolen, house on fire, you name it. I just didn’t know. And I would never dream of leaving the house with the dogs not inside.

Removing Skunk Odor from House and Clothes

Removing skunk spray from the house is no easy task. Although the house did not get sprayed directly by the skunk, the odor that my dog brought in and rubbed against the carpet and furniture was atrocious. It called for action. There are skunk odor neutralizers available on line. There was no time for that. Home remedies to remove skunk odor would have to do.

Home Remedies for Removing Skunk Odor

 



I am sure that should an actual skunk get into your house that the treatment might be more intense. But I  can’t imagine any worse smell than what Bella brought in that day. Problem was, I HAD to get to work, or so I thought. During the day, I was able to grab a few minutes to do some research. The tomato sauce remedy had about a 50/50 approval rate.

Other suggestions included a combination of apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Still another remedy was hydrogen peroxide and baking soda with a little Dawn.

Following is a combination of the  home remedies for skunk odor removal that worked for us.

PETS:
  • Do not let the dog in. Rub her down with fabric softener sheets.
  • Give a bath in tomato sauce or juice and baking soda and Dawn.
  • Try hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and Dawn . Use a cup of peroxide to each quarter cup baking soda and a teaspoon of Dawn.
  • Bath in one cup each of apple cider vinegar and baking soda. 
I found that the tomato sauce works very well IF you wash the dog right away. Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda work fairly well.  I had the best luck with the apple cider vinegar and baking soda remedy for washing the odor off of Belle. But I will have to go with a tomato sauce bath, done immediately, as the most effective. 

HOUSE:

  • Wash everything washable in the washing machine with one cup each of baking soda and apple cider vinegar
  • Line-dry the laundry outdoors, preferably on a cool, sunny and breezy day.
  • Sit anything not washable outside to air.
  • Spray carpets, drapes and furniture with a mixture of water, apple cider vinegar and baking soda.
  • Vacuum carpet with a pet odor neutralizing  vacuum cleaner bag. 
  • Spray carpet, drapes and furniture with Febreeze. Squirt the dog too!
  • Give a final spritz of rosemary-lemon water (recipe below).
  • Tape fabric softener sheets over the dryer vents.
  • Make dried rosemary-lemon sachets for drawers, closets.
  • Place fabric softener sheets over coat  hangers all through the closets.
  • Open doors and windows to air out as much as possible.
I didn’t try to wash everything in the same day. I bagged up clothing, stuffed animals. cushions, bedding…anything that was machine washable in black plastic trash bags.
Wait until a sunny, breezy cool day and wash “first needed items first.” Wash in COLD weather and LINE DRY, as heat reactivates the smell.
Toss fabric softener dryer sheets in the bags. As your clothes, etc. get washed and dried,  tie them up in black trash bags until the smell in the carpet, drapes, etc dies down.

Rosemary-lemon Water

  1. Grate zest from a lemon
  2. Chop up 3-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary ( use dried if you have no rosemary bush)
  3. Add to two cups water.
  4. Bring to a bowl. simmer 20 minutes.
  5. Cool. pour into sprayer bottle.

Lemon-rosemary Sachets

Use the dried lemon-rosemary mixture to make sachets in little net bags. Toss them around everywhere. Skunk spray is an oily substance, and the lemon-rosemary is oily as well, making it good for combating the skunk smell.

Getting rid of skunk odor is not fun at all. But if you, your dog or God forbid your house ever gets SKUNKED! I hope this guide for getting rid of that gawd-awful odor helps. And if anyone has TIPS to SHARE please do. 

Bobbejaan,  the first dog in the story. Doesn’t he clean up well? 

 Stock up on one of these odor removal products
before it happens to you!


About Skunks

Skunks are not bullies. They can only  produce enough of their stinky spray for 6 or 7 squirts during a lifetime. They typically live about 3 years.  Therefore, they will stomp and beat before squirting their foul-odored spray. When they do, it is a last resort and the spray comes from sacs near the anal area.

Skunks can grow to be as large as 18 pounds. These are called hog-nosed skunks. All have stripes down the back. They may brown, black or beige colored. All have the classic white stripe down their backs. They are omnivorousness (eats both plants and animals). They have been known to get into human garbage when their habitats are invaded.