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How to Choose A Boarding Facility or Pet Sitter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

As much as we hate to leave our pets behind, it's impossible to travel with all of them.

In our case, a pet sitter is called for and we only work with people we have known for years. But that is not always feasible. And let's face it, sometimes we have to go out of town...

A recent tragedy at a boarding facility in Arizona resulted in 20 dogs dying within a few hours due to heat exposure. (Here is the story if you missed it).

So, how do you choose a boarding facility or pet-sitter and how can you rest assured that your dog is being cared for properly?

Here are ways you can avoid losing your pet to a less than honorable boarding facility...

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 01:28
PetsGEEKly: World's First Implantable GPS Microchip PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 18:52

The world's first implantable pet microchip that is enabled with GPS tracking may be available as early as 2015.

Escape Alert, LLC has just filed the first international patents for an implantable microchip with GPS tracking for pets.The chip is designed to alert owners if their pets have escaped a specified location, and enable them to track their pet's exact location using GPS. This is the first implantable microchip that allows GPS tracking.

Microchips have been available for years and are used in nearly every rescued animal adopted from reputable animal rescues. Currently, the chips used today do not allow location services such as GPS tracking. Instead, animals are scanned by a veterinarian or animal rescuer, and assuming the chip has been updated with the current owner's contact information, the animal can be returned without further incident.

These new chips will not only alert the pet parents when their pet has escaped a preselected location, but will enable the owner to drive right to the pet's location.

QuikShade Beds for Pets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 05 September 2014 17:37

The new QuikShade for Pets is the ultimate in camping and beach equipment, it’s perfect for your backyard, and it’s stylish enough to be great for your home. Keep in mind, these are not designed as a secure crating option. They are designed to be an easily transportable bed and shade source that your pets will enjoy on the road or in the yard. We took a look at two styles (and we're giving you a chance to win your own bed today!):

The Quik Shade Outdoor Instant Pet Shade with Elevated Mesh Bed has an elevated mesh bed with a slightly slanted shade over the top to offer quick protection from the sun. It retails online at $20.99 - $39.99 (depending on size).

The Quik Shade Pets Instant Pet Kennel also has an elevated mesh bed, but is fully enclosed by mesh. This offers some fantastic protection for your pets from bugs and to keep them contained while you're on the road. When unzipped, the door to the Pet Kennel can be rolled up and secured with Velcro, giving the pet easy access to come and go.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 19:29
Reformulating or Compounding Your Pet's Medication PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 19:42

We all have pet-related responsibilities that are unpleasant: cleaning the litterbox, picking up poop in the yard - pretty much anything that deals with feces...

But there is another job that has the potential to cause us and our pets so much frustration, that it can even impact health - and that is medicating our pets.

In the past, we have discussed ways to medicate your pets. You can also read about the new ways to medicate without stressing them out. But occasionally, you’ll run into a cat or dog that just flat refuses medication. No matter how tricky you are, no matter how good you are at forcing the issue, they are on to every trick.

And that is when reformulating (compounding) medication can come in handy.

We’ve had several animals over the years who flat refuse to take medication. Combat, our horse, refused to be wormed. He would fight, bite, kick, pull-back, rip hitching posts out of the ground…you get the idea. Cheiss, our senior dog, has become so wise to the many tricks of taking medication that he has taken to carefully chewing every bite. He is so good that he can determine if we’ve hidden a pill or powder in his beloved dehydrated food from The Honest Kitchen. Hephaestion, our demon cat, nearly put me and my husband in the hospital when we attempted to vaccinate the (then) 6-month-old cat.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 20:18
FDA Warns Tear-Stain Removal Companies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 17:58

If you’ve been giving your pets tear-staining products, you may be inadvertently giving them antibiotics and that can create a lot of other health problems.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on tear-staining products because companies who include the antibiotic tylosin tartrate in their products. Overuse of antibiotics can result in many health problems for pets that may include:

~ Destruction of normal flora that can seriously disrupt your pets digestive system

~ Create colonies of yeast that can manifest in chronic or severe ear and skin conditions.

~ Anaphylactic reactions

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