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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: 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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How Much Water Does Your Pet Need? E-mail

Animals are as prone to dehydration as we are. July is Pet Hydration Month and we want to make sure your pet is getting plenty of fresh water to drink and that you know how to tell if your pet is dehydrated.

Water supports our pets and our own health and well-being. Without water, we cannot have proper organ function or digestion, and our bodies cannot remove waste from our systems. The human body is made up of 65% water, but our pets bodies consist of nearly 80% water. This makes proper hydration even more important as very serious health issues can develop when your pets don’t consume enough H20.

As you probably all know by now, we live in the deserts of Arizona, which is why we are so concerned with water intake and why we take it so seriously. Summers definitely take their toll on our pets, especially with the relatively new addition of haboobs covering us in dust a few times each summer, which leaves our normally beautiful desert that looks like this:


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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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Training Tips: How to Keep A Dog From Eating Rocks E-mail

Dogs can pick up some interesting habits, and not all of them are funny or healthy. Pica, or "eating things that aren't food" are one of these habits.

Pica is very common in dogs who are bored or who are experiencing nutritional deficiencies due to a poor diet. However, pica is most common in puppies, who prefer to explore everything with their mouths (much as a human toddler). This is one more reason why you should "puppy-proof" your home prior to bringing one home.

Many dogs treat rocks like toys, tossing them into the air, fetching them or carrying them as they run through the yard in hopes someone will chase them. If not taken care of early on in life, it can become a compulsive behavior - one that brings you, the pet owner, a lot of veterinarian bills and grief.


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