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Plants that Naturally Repel Fleas and Ticks E-mail

Mentha pulegium22There’s been a lot of research done on plants that naturally repel fleas and ticks. Garden plants can be a great way to keep flea and tick invasions to a minimum, but you have to be cautious that what you plant is not something that will cause harm to pets or wildlife.

Beware of common toxic plants

Many of the common herbs used to repel fleas are also toxic to pets, including the popular “Flea Bane” (Pennyroyal). Other plants that have been used successfully to repel fleas are citronella, geranium, Eucalyptus, fleawort, wormwood, tansy and Sweet Bay. However, all of them are toxic to animals and should be avoided in the yard and garden. The good news is that there are many other options available for natural flea and tick control that are also safe for pets should they get into it. Here they are, in no particular order.


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Preparing Your Pets for Disasters: The Bug-Out Bag E-mail

Whether it's due to fire, a flood, or a zombie apocalypse, the minds of many turn to preparing for disaster. Some may have a stockpile of canned goods and water, and others may have gone so far as to have a “bug-out” plan – including a separate bag designed that can be grabbed the moment it’s needed, a vehicle or other means of transportation always kept at the ready, and a location chosen to “bug out” to ahead of time. But even if you don’t believe disaster is imminent, having a “bug-out” or “go” bag is a very good idea in case evacuation becomes necessary for any reason.

So what is a bug-out plan? Simply put, having a bug-out plan means you have whatever you need to survive for 48-72 hours at the ready in a moment’s notice. Please note the word survival. Bugging out is all about getting out, and getting out as fast as you can – comfort is the lowest priority here. Preparing to bug out is completely different than planning for long-term survival, so please keep that in mind as you read this article.


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Training Tips: Potty Training 101 E-mail

Nothing can be more frustrating than potty training a puppy or adult dog. However, there are ways to make this process easier on you and your pets. Potty training your dog is one of the most important things you can do.

THE GOLDEN RULE

Keep your dog or puppy confined, controlled and contained at all times during this critical period. That means you should keep them on leash, in a crate, in an exercise pen, or within your immediate supervision and control). You will have to treat your new puppy/rescue dog like an 18 mos old toddler for a few weeks until your pet is fully trained. They should always be safely contained or within your control.


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Training Tips: How to Stop your Dog from Eating Poop E-mail

It's tough having a dog who eats poop, but it's more common than you think. This condition is known as coprophagia and while it's not exactly appealing to humans, it's a perfectly normal behavior for animals.

There are many reasons why a dog may eat it's own feces. The behavior can be seen in nursing mothers who must stimulate their puppies to defecate and urinate until the puppy is old enough to utilize the muscles on their own. This ingestion of feces also helps keep the "nest" clean and reduce the chance of predators sniffing out their puppies.

But, what of adult dogs who eat feces? Some can become quite compulsive and will even follow other dogs around to be able to eat their feces. It's also quite common in puppies, although we don't know why exactly.

While oftentimes there is no obvious health reason for this behavior, it's important to have your pet checked out to eliminate the chance that a malabsorption disorder or nutritional deficiency is causing the behavior.


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Cool Cats: Le Bristol Paris Welcomes Cat Kleopatre to Hotel E-mail

If any cats have hit the kitty lotto, it’s Kleopatre and Fa-Raon, two elegant Birman cats who have been accepted as felines in residence at Le Bristol Paris. Together they meander down luxurious corridors filled with artwork, nap in the hotel’s fragrant French gardens, and keep cat-loving visitors content at the concierge desk.

Kleopatre is Le Bristol Paris’ newest arrival and in honor or her joining the staff, she has been presented with a traditional bowtie personalized with her name in the traditional green letters and shaded fuscia colors of Bristol. Her cohort, Fa-Raon, received his matching bowtie on his third birthday last year. Other gifts heralding her arrival include a butterfly knot necklace with a purrsonalized silver medal made designed by Christofle.

The lives of these cats are extraordinary. In spring and summer, the duo are often found napping on the cool beige Italian Botticino marble flooring (imported from the province of Brescia, Italy) that covers the terrace of the 3-Michellin star gastro gastronomic restaurant, Epicure.


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