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5 Ways Joint Supplements Can Help Your Cat

You may be familiar with aching joints and stiffness as you get older. Cats experience this as well. Joint issues in cats can develop from injuries, dislocation, or infection in their joints as well as with cartilage deterioration as the cat gets older. If you notice limping, stiffness, or reluctance to jump, your kitty may be experiencing painful joints which are hindering their movements. Taking action early is the best way to ensure that your feline is pouncing happily even in old age.

One of the best joint health supplements for your cat is Cosequin® for Cats. Cosequin® is the #1 veterinarian recommended brand for joint health supplements so you know you are in good hands. This superior supplement is formulated with an exclusive combination of quality ingredients such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to keep those joints healthy!

cute american short hair cat sitting on cat tower

1. Obviously, Joint Support!

Joint issues develop in cats for many reasons, but it can be difficult to diagnose due to the natural instinct of felines to hide any signs of pain. Joint issues, although common, are especially severe in older cats. If you notice your kitty getting slower and less active than usual, you may be seeing signs of joint pain.

Glucosamine is an essential supplement, especially for older cats. This substance is produced naturally by the body and can be found in healthy cartilage; as your cat gets older, less glucosamine is produced which leads to the gradual breakdown of joints. Giving your feline a daily dose of glucosamine will help them pounce about as if they were kittens again!

young cat hunting butterfly on a meadow backlit

2. Helps Reduce Cartilage Degeneration

As glucosamine is a key nutrient in helping cartilage cells stay healthy, it works closely with chondroitin sulfate, another nutrient found in Cosequin® for Cats that blocks the enzymes that break down cartilage, helping to prevent further damage to your kitty’s joints. When cartilage degeneration is reduced with the help of these nutrients, your cat can be active and feel young again for much longer in their lives.

red with white the striped playful cat lies on a floor with a toy.

3. May Support Bladder Health

Did you know that the layer that protects the inner lining of the bladder wall contains some of the same compounds found in cartilage? Glucosamine can help keep the lining of the urinary tract healthy and strong to keep it protected from crystals and debris in the urine. If your kitty is also suffering from poor bladder health, Cosequin® for Cats may be able to help maintain bladder health in addition to supporting their joints!

striped grey tabby standing alongside a plastic covered litter box and garbage bin indoors in a house

4. Unparalleled Safety

Cosequin® for Cats is known to be a safe and effective nutritional supplement for cats. This joint health supplement brand has shown to be effective, safe, and bioavailable in published, controlled U.S. studies. Cosequin® may also be safely used in combination with NSAIDs or other drugs; you can mix them daily into your kitty’s food with the sprinkle capsules, or feed them as a tasty treat with the all new Cosequin® for Cats Soft Chews.

a maine coon cat cleaning itself, licking it's paw.

5. Omega 3’s

The new Cosequin® for Cats Soft Chews include Omega-3’s for additional benefits! Omega-3’s are known for their various beneficial properties to our health as well as our pet’s health. The fatty acids in this product have been shown to help with inflammation due to allergies and help with inflammatory conditions in the body such as the heart, kidneys, skin, and joints. Omega-3’s also help promote a healthy and shiny coat for your pet, reducing shedding in the process which, in turn, reduces hairballs for cats!

 

a german shepherd mix breed dog is kissing his baby girl on the cheek as the relax outside at the golden hour on a fall evening.

10 Ways That Dogs Make Our Lives Better

Keeping a dog is perhaps one of the best experiences we humans will ever have. In all of the ways that us people have messed up or made stupid mistakes, a dog will never judge or shun you and will love you unconditionally. This thought somehow makes you think that despite everything, we humans were deserving enough to have the opportunity to have a dog, to have a companion, to have a best friend.

However, some people who haven’t owned a dog or any kind of pet in general may not understand this concept. They may be wondering what makes having a dog so special? Well, let me give you at least ten ways on how keeping a dog just makes your life a tad bit more colorful and fun.

french bulldog is cute kissing girl. she carry on a dog.

1. A dog helps you stay fit.

What? How does this even make sense? It’s basic fact that our bodies work in an interdependent manner. Meaning what we do in one facet affects the whole and this is true with our general health and well-being. When we exercise, this does wonders to our bodies.

So how does a dog fit into the equation? As part of being a responsible owner, your dog also needs as much exercise as you to stay fit and live long. What better way to work out if not with a companion? There are numerous ways to exercise and have fun with you pooch through engaging in dog activities such as playing catch, Frisbee, running, and many others.

Stock up on funny colorful fetch balls, flexible bite-resistant plates, and Frisbees for sports training and endless fun. A frisbee is one of the great must-haves when you play with your dog.

dog catching frisbee in jump, pet playing outdoors in a park. flying disk

2. Get your healthy dose of vitamin D.

When you engage in dog activities, you are bound to go outside and play under the sun but there’s more to it than just having your daily Vitamin D. studies have shown that going on early morning walks when the sun has just risen can drastically reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases, depression and cancer. Being surrounded with nature like on a park with trees or just your neighborhood, just helps you be in touch with your surroundings, away from the hustle and bustle of the daily life in the city and to simply take it all in.

(As a side note, there are numerous types of dog collars and dog harnesses that will suit your needs.)

beautiful blonde woman playing and stroking her loyal border collie

3. Boosts your body’s immunity.

It is no surprise that dogs are ridden with bacteria on their fur. It may seem icky, I know, but so are humans. Despite that, this is actually a good thing. Numerous research has proven time and time again that exposure to bacteria benefits the human body through strengthening immunity. Children that grew up with pets have also shown that they are less likely to get sick, develop allergies and have asthma, consequentially lessening absences in school due to health reasons.

 a happy view of a golden retriever's face using a fisheye lens

4. Petting your dog reduces stress.

The rhythmic task of petting your dog or even grooming your dog such as brushing their fur helps clear your mind. More often than not, you have been put in a circumstance where you get home all pooped from work or you have negative thoughts that have been plaguing your mind. Simply petting your dog gives you a break and just be in the moment. And when you’re done, you would feel drastically refreshed or even just a little bit lighter.

Dogs are extremely intuitive and they somehow just know that you just need them to be there for you.

senior woman with her dog inside of her house.

5. Having a dog teaches kids responsibility.

When a child is given tasks such as making sure that the water bowl is filled, the dog is fed and so on, this teaches the child the value of accountability. This cascades down to their adulthood and research has backed it up that children who grew up and took care of their dogs were significantly well adjusted and develop healthy relationships as they became parents themselves.

happy girl with her dog breed white terrier walking in a field in autumn

6. They help build self-esteem.

Along with leaning the importance of responsibility and doing the easy tasks, allows the child to take initiative and this in turn helps build self-esteem. These little things help the child in being confident in taking initiative and this has been proven by studies as well. Moreover, this also helps them socially. Dogs also teach children little social cues in one way or another.

young handsome man taking a selfie with his dog

7. Gives a family an opportunity to bond.

According to Gail F Melson, PhD, a professor of developmental studies at Purdue University that when kids were interviewed and asked if their respective dogs were part of the family, the answer was unanimous saying, “Of course they are!”.

Having a family dog creates a common understanding among households that the pet is everybody’s responsibility in the house. In most cases, the dog becomes the center of activity such as grooming, feeding, taking the dog out for a walk, playing and etc. This also gives parents a break of the hectic life of providing for the family and just have fun with their children.

mother and daughters in park with dog smiling

8. Dogs teaches us some of the most important things in life.

Dogs teach us some of the most important things in life but also the hardest ones. If you grew up with a dog, the first experience on mortality is more likely the death of a family dog. As children or even as adults, we are reminded that death is a natural process. Although this is indeed a sad experience, it teaches us how to cope with grief and loss.

Dogs also teach us unconditional love. When you are at your lowest such as getting laid off at work, acted on something that you have regretted, or any circumstance that has put you in this certain situation, your dog will always come and comfort you. This somehow teaches us that, as humans, we are inherently flawed and it just takes one act of affection and comfort that makes things better and you know you’ll get through it. Bottom line, dogs love you for being you and that’s all that matters.

a german shepherd mix breed dog is kissing his baby girl on the cheek as the relax outside at the golden hour on a fall evening.

9. A dog gives you purpose.

When you decide to get a dog, this is not something that you decide on a whim. You are now responsible for a life other than your own and that in itself is enough that gives you purpose. After a long day and the very moment you step inside your house, you hear your dog running to your direction welcoming you and you get to realize that at the end of the day, you go through all the hectic life and these snippets of relief just makes it all worth it.

a silhouette of a happy young woman is sitting outside at sunset lovingly kissing her large german shepherd mix breed dog.

10. They make you smile.

You might as well forget all the nine reasons and this alone would simply be enough to get yourself a dog. There is never a dull moment when you have a dog. With all the quirks, frustrations and a whole lot of love, dogs can (and will) make you laugh, cry and so much more.

happy beagle dog outdoor portrait

If all these reasons combined are not enough to justify how a dog makes our lives way better, I don’t know what is. It is fascinating that in exchange for a fraction of your time, dogs are willing to give you their lifetime of unconditional love and companionship. For us humans, they may just be a dog but for them we are their whole world.

About the Author:

Christy of www.Doglifestore.com likes to write about whatever tickles her fancy and loves to document the adventures of her fur baby when she’s not busy going gaga over their crazy antics.

a golden retriever takes a nap

An Orthopedic Bed Makes All the Difference for Your Large Pooch

Although everyone knows how lovable dogs are, many people don’t realize how similar they are to people. Just like with people, muscles and bones within the dog’s body begin to deteriorate and weaken; running becomes as dogs age and difficult jumps that were formerly easy to make become impossible. Even hopping up onto the couch can become a trying ordeal. The result for many dogs is difficulty in sleeping due to unrelenting pain in the joints.

There are a vast number of skeletal concerns that affect large breed dogs into old age, and there are ways in which the right dog bed can help mitigate those concerns — especially among large, extra-large, and extra extra-large breeds. A good bed like the Aspen Pet Foam & Fiber Lounger also provides your dog with a much-needed sense of security, a place of their own, and insulation from the floor, while providing the warmth needed for comfort and good health. An uneven sleeping surface is going to cut off a dog’s circulation in certain parts of the body causing discomfort and unrest in your dog. No creature man or dog can be healthy and at their best if they are not able to have a restful and regenerative night’s sleep. The right bed will also add extra support and comfort from better weight distribution when your dog is at rest, which cushions the joints and bones.

a golden retriever takes a nap

Orthopedic Dog Bed Solutions

For many pet owners, the best way to accommodate your extra-large dog and their health concerns is with an orthopedic dog bed. Taking your pooch’s comfort into consideration is of the utmost importance while shopping for an orthopedic dog bed. Hip dysplasia is a painful condition that commonly affects both aging and younger dogs. Due to an improperly formed hip joint, this condition is painful for your companion, and seeking comfort is a task often unattainable for them. Other painful conditions that dogs are susceptible to include arthritis, invertebral disc disease, angular limb deformities, and many other bone, muscle, and joint disorders. Forcing a dog with these conditions to sleep on the floor would only exasperate the symptoms of the problem. With this in mind, it is essential to find an orthopedic dog bed crafted by specialists with not only experience in the industry, but with knowledge of pet conditions and what will work to alleviate their pain.

parson jack russell terrier resting on his bed, with selective focus on eyes

High Quality Breed-Specific Beds Can Mitigate Health Issues

When searching for a dog bed that is beneficial to your pet’s needs, you must consider a number of factors including comfort, durability, fabric, and size — and you should also remember that beds custom made for certain breeds are better than the alternative. Not every dog bed manufacturer takes breed into consideration when designing beds.

Trusted dog bed manufacturers will ensure that their beds are made out of microfiber, canvas, or Cordura, as industry-grade fabrics are durable and can stand up to your large dog’s stretching. Make sure the dog bed you buy employs memory foam as well. A real memory foam dog bed conforms perfectly to every curve of your dog’s body, eliminating numerous painful pressure points.

 beautiful young black female labrador retriever lying on her bed

Vet-Recommended Dog Beds Make all the Difference

When choosing the right dog bed, it is important to find a supplier who loves and cares about dogs as much as you do, especially one who provides beds that are endorsed by the veterinary community.  This will ensure you that the beds are made with care, precision, and quality. When you find a company that feels strongly about the comfort of your pet, you can be much more confident in the product and what it stands for.

If you care about your pooch, it pays to invest in a proper bed — especially if your dog is reaching old age, is a Newfoundland, a Mastiff, Great Dane, German Shepherd, Lab, Golden Retriever, or any other large breed, or has a history of joint, bone, or skeletal issues. There is no denying that dogs are family and deserve the highest level of care and comfort. Quality, well-made dog beds alleviate painful symptoms experienced by canines, and reduce the stress the owner experiences when trying to ensure their loved ones are healthy and happy.

nice pet dog on a bed

About the Author:

Susan Combs is a Pet Health and Safety expert working with Mammoth Outlet. Her specialties include keeping up with important issues regarding pet health and pet care, working closely with pet parents to find answers concerning training, grooming and caring for specific breeds of dogs.

4 Tips to Prep Your Dog for Back to School

Summer is almost over and if you have kids, you’re most likely preparing for back to school. The added responsibilities of getting the kids ready with new outfits, the right school supplies and calming their worries are all part of the process. It’s a big day coming up and it can bring a sense of excitement and nervousness for all of us… our dogs included.

Our dogs have a very keen sense of emotion and they tend to feel what we feel, but sometimes we forget to include them in our various life events. They spend the summer with us on holiday, go on our picnics, and play with the kids all day long, so it’s no wonder they feel a bit left out when school comes around. They’re wondering where all the excitement went!

The feelings of being left out can set the stage for anxiety and problem behavior. Taking measures to help prevent this will take you a long way in not only preventing bad behavior but helping your dog through the process!

Here are some tips and tricks to help you prepare:

1. Think Positive!

Focus on what you want the outcome to be, not what you don’t want. This may seem simplistic but it sets your mind in a positive state which can help set your dog’s mind too

2. Doggy Shopping Spree

Try and shop for your dog during back to school shopping as well as your kids! Look for interactive toys that will keep your dog occupied so he or she can have some things to do while everyone is away

3. Interact With Your Pup

Provide your dog with an opportunity to have some interaction with a loving friend throughout the day, which will help them ease into the new schedule as well

4. Keep Calm and Pawty On  

Ensure a calm departure in the morning that will help leave your dog in a calm state. Leaving some relaxing music on during the day will also help your dog feel more relaxed. 

You know your dog better than anyone. Having a family meeting about different ways you can help your pup feel calm and confident will not only make back to school a family affair, it will also create a more loving and co-operative result. If you believe your dog already has some signs of separation anxiety, consider including a loving dog coach to the family plan who will provide you with everything you need for a successful back to school season.   

About The Author:

Sylvie Savage has always had a strong sense of partnership with animals. She inspires people to be mindful pet partners and is continually identifying new ways to enhance our pet relationships.  She has been featured in major publications, radio, television and national pet events sharing her unique views and insights on understanding your relationship with your pet. You can read more of her insights at www.sylviesavage.com

puppy dog running exercise on the street park in the morning

5 Everyday Habits That Help Keep Your Dog Fit

Keeping fit has never been easy to us humans, the same applies to our dogs. Most people make a New Year resolution to exercise daily and cut down on the amount of food to eat. They do all this in a bid to keep their weight in check. This resolution does not normally last long.

Preventing our dogs from becoming unfit is always a difficult task. They always eat a lot due to their very active nature. Our dogs also play a lot and do so much exploration that they get hungry within a very short time; this certainly calls for frequent eating of different foods which are likely to lead to unfitness in our dogs.

Most dog owners normally get worried when their dogs become unfit. The unfitness is undesirable because it can be accompanied by many different health conditions. The good news is that you might not need to worry anymore, here are the five everyday habits that will help keep your dog fit.

puppy dog running exercise on the street park in the morning

1. Ensure that your pooch gets enough exercise daily

Exercise is the most effective way of keeping fit. Exercise will make your canine friend thrive. Thirty minutes of vigorous exercise daily is ideal for your dog. If you want a stunning dog who is physically fit, your input in terms of exercise will be highly needed. This is achievable in various ways including taking it for walks.

Since dogs are excellent companions, you can have your dog to accompany you during your jogs. A dog will not be a perfectly matched pet for a lazy person. Let no barrier hinder you from having your dog to accomplish his daily dose of exercise. In case of bad weather, to compensate for the walks and runs outside, a dog treadmill is a perfect alternative.

For you to help your dog to exercise as it should, you should always be ready to engage in some exercise too. You need to keep yourself motivated by knowing that the exercise has so much importance to your dog, and at the same time it will do both you and your canine so much good. To keep yourself motivated, get a new member into the team and go exploring new trails. Ensure that you have the appropriate running gear to enhance your comfort.

Dogs really like getting involved in what their owner does. They just can’t wait to please you by doing what you need them to do. Engaging your dog in some interactive play will keep him entertained, and at the same time, it is an easy way of getting your dog to get some exercise.

active seniors getting ready for a run with their dog outside in green nature

2. Watch the everyday calorie requirements

Deciding on the right amount of calories that your dog should take is a difficult task. Trust the SlimDoggy iPhone app, which will simplify the task for you. The right amount of calories for your dog varies according to its level of activeness, size, weight and age.

A very active dog needs to be fed more compared to a less active one. If your dog gets more exercise at some specific time during the week, increase their food from the normal days when there is no exercise and feed them more on the exercise day.

french bulldog puppy eating carrot

3. Watch out for the treats

If your dog is a fan of veggies, then you must be a lucky dog owner because veggies are better and healthier dog treats. Make use of this opportunity to ensure that your dog barely gets other treats which are likely to cause them any health complications. Veggies and fruits have very low amounts of calorie level.

Another option is that you can choose to let your doggie access treats which are small in nature, or, you can break your treat into small pieces. The few calories gotten from the treat will lead to a greater satisfaction to your canine companion.

Altogether, you can choose to omit all edible treats from your dog’s diet. It may be hard at first, but with time, it will become a habit. You can replace the edible treats with something else, like a toy. Whenever your doggie does something great, have its best toy at hand to congratulate your loyal companion.

labrador retriever with bone is waiting at home.

4. For a dog who is already overweight, feed them less

Once your dog starts getting fat, panic sets in, and somehow you can do anything to get your dog in the right shape. Even if you follow the instructions on the back of the food bag on how to feed your dog, somehow your dog will still gain weight. This is not a very good indicator to any dog owner, whether you own a working or a non-working dog.

If this happens to your dog, going by the book will do you no good. You need to reduce the amount of food that you feed your dog by a certain percentage. Do this until you are sure that its weight will reduce as required. You could keep doing it until you are sure that that the weight will become consistent if your dog was just starting to get overweight. Feeding your dog less food does not mean starving it, but just giving it enough.

 funny dog eating food from red bowl

5. Measure the quantity of food your dog gets

To check on your dog’s weight, make sure that you measure the amount of food that it feeds on daily. Using a scale, or a measuring cup will serve you a great deal when it comes to this. If you are a working pet owner, you can make use of high-tech equipment which has been modified to assist in eliminating the measurement problem.

There are pet feeders that you can set to feed your dog at specific times of the day automatically. These pet feeders can also give the dog your specified amount of food. This will help in making sure your dog only eats what is enough.

woman feeding and petting puppy. horizontally framed shot.

Conclusion

Keeping your dog fit will keep them looking good and healthy, and also increase their lifespan. These tips are exactly what you need to do to ensure that your dog remains fit enough. I hope that you have learned enough on what you need to do daily to keep your dog fit.

Your dog relies on you for help in almost everything; be the good owner that you should be and don’t let your dog become unfit. Just follow the daily habits discussed above and keeping your dog fit will be as easy as apple pie. Leave any comment where necessary and ask a question where you need clarification.

 

About the Author:

Helena Foster is a Veterinary Nurse and the founder of PawsomeWorld. She has a lovely dog – Lulu. With the love for dogs, she’s willing to share her experiences for dog owners to help them make a better life for their own dogs.

3 Signs It May be Time to Change Your Dog’s Diet

Something that all pet owners have in common is that the health of their pet is their number one priority. Whether it is in the form of the time you invest in long walks and exercise to keep your energetic pup fit, or the money you invest in the best grooming products to ensure you successfully combat any lingering infections and leave your dog smelling fresh we all give up a lot for our best friends.

As well as these two considerations, what you feed your dog is another concern. It seems like more than ever before, people are becoming wary of the types and quality of food we eat and this also applies to what we’re feeding our dogs as well. With the health concerns attached to certain food types in recent years people are now more cautious than ever about exactly what it is they feed themselves, for example, if we knew one particular ingredient in a certain dish would lead to negative health effects further down the line we would definitely cut it out, so why would we not do the same for our pet’s diet as well?

There are a number of reasons why you probably feed your dog the food you currently do. Whether you arrived at this diet through extensive research of your own, or because you choose the brand and type of food that was the most familiar, it is likely you have stuck with it purely through habit. Our grocery shopping takes up enough time already as it is, let alone with additional deliberation each time round about which dog food to buy.

However, even though this habit may not necessarily be a bad thing if your pet appears to be living a happy and healthy life, there are a number of signs to look out for that may point to lingering and long lasting issues in your dog and could signal that the time is right for a change in your dog’s diet.

1. A noticeable change to your dog’s coat

Aside from the most obvious sign of vomiting and diarrhea, one of the clearest signs that your dog’s diet may be lacking the nutritional benefits their body needs is a poor quality, dull coat.

Although a dull coat really is a sign that it may be time to change your dog’s diet, it is often not the first factor considered by pet owners. When an owner sees a noticeable change in their pets coat the first thing they likely think of is the shampoo or conditioner they apply directly to their dog’s skin.

However, what you feed your dog also has a massive impact on the overall health of their coat and foods containing Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids can help to restore the shine and freshness to your pet’s coat.

2. Itching more than usual 

This issue is often times the first sign that it may be a good idea to change your dog’s diet and is usually caused by allergic reaction taking place with something your dog has eaten.

Now, of course, all dogs itch so you shouldn’t jump to conclusions and change your dog’s food every time they give themselves a little scratch, however you should look to be aware of excessive itching which is like to be a sign of an allergy as mentioned above.

Many dogs can be allergic to some of the grains placed in traditional dog food which has seen a rapid growth in the grain-free dog food market in recent years. Trialing different products and seeing which have the biggest impact in alleviating your dog’s itching is a good way to identifying the problem.

3. Drowsiness and general lethargic mood 

This is another sign that can be easy to pick up and could point to underlying issues connected with your pet’s diet. Just like us humans, what your dog eats obviously has a huge impact on their energy levels and overall mood.

If you do notice that your dog has an uncharacteristic lack of energy it may be another clue that they aren’t receiving the nutrition needed from their food.  Your pets mood could be a big giveaway that it’s time to switch up their diet and make changes to the types and quantity of food they consume.

As with any of the signs listed above, if you do notice a big drop in your dog’s energy levels you should contact your veterinary before making any wholesale changes to ensure your dog’s diet is the culprit.

About The Author:

Jenny Nolan loves to spend her time looking after excitable young puppy Roxy as well as contributing to her family run pet blog Cleaner Paws with Mom Sue.

 

Top 50 Charities of 2017

A quick search of pet charities will bring to light hundreds of organizations that are going out of their way to look after for the animals we love. From rescue shelters, to companion animals, to low-cost veterinary clinics, these charities are absolutely outstanding. Though we know that every charity deserves attention, we’ve rounded up 50 organizations that we feel deserve recognition for contributing to the lives of pets & pet owners. Take a look at our top 50 charities of 2017!

K9 Companions For Independence

 

Website: http://www.cci.org
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Founded: 1975
Mission: Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence® is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

 

Charleston Animal Society

Website: http://www.charlestonanimalsociety.org/
Location: Charleston, SC
Founded: 1874
Mission: Since its founding, their mission has always stayed the same: The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In 1874, Charleston Animal Society became the first animal organization in South Carolina and one of the first in the Nation and has never turned their local animals away.

RedRover

Website: https://redrover.org/
Location: Sacramento, CA
Founded: 1987
Mission: Founded in 1987, the mission of RedRover is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance, and education. RedRover accomplishes its mission by engaging volunteers and supporters, collaborating with others and maximizing the use of online technology.

Best Friends Animal Society

Website: http://bestfriends.org/
Location: Kanab, Utah
Mission: The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. They do this by helping end the killing in America’s animal shelters through building community programs and partnerships all across the nation. They believe that by working together they can Save Them All.

The Humane Society of the United States

Website: http://www.humanesociety.org/
Location: Washington DC
Founded: 1954
Mission: The Humane Society and their affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and they professionalize the field through education and training for local organizations. They are the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike. They are driving transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade.

GREY2K USA Worldwide

Website: https://www.grey2kusa.org/index.php
Location: Arlington, MA
Founded: 2001
Mission: Formed in 2001, GREY2K USA Worldwide is the largest greyhound protection organization in the world. As a non-profit entity, they work to pass stronger greyhound protection laws and to end the cruelty of dog racing on both national and international levels. They also promote the rescue and adoption of greyhounds across the globe.

Spay n Save

Website: http://spaynsave.org/
Location: Longwood, FL
Founded: 2012
Mission: Since opening their doors in July 2012, Spay N Save has performed over 35,000 surgeries. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization their low-cost, high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinic in Seminole County is dedicated to reaching throughout Central Florida to make spaying and neutering pets and neighborhood strays a possibility for everyone. They are not a full-service vet and do not provide any long-term medical treatment, rather, they are focused on reducing the overpopulation of homeless pets.

Dog Liberator Inc.

Website: http://thedogliberator.com/
Founded: 2009
Mission: The Dog Liberator is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned dogs, primarily dogs from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them. By working with committed volunteers, local veterinarians, trainers, and foster homes, they are able to rescue hundreds of dogs every year. From June of 2009 to date, they have rescued, rehabilitated, spay/neutered, and re-homed over 700 dogs throughout the Southeast.

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

Website: https://searchdogfoundation.org/
Location: Santa Paula, CA
Founded: 1996
Mission: Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Santa Paula, California. Their mission is to strengthen disaster response in America by recruiting rescued dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters.

Guide Dogs of America

Website: http://www.guidedogsofamerica.org/1/
Location: Sylmar, CA
Founded: 1948
Mission: Guide Dogs of America is dedicated to its mission to provide guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence.

Alley Cat Allies

Website: https://www.alleycat.org/
Location: Bethesda, MD
Founded: 1990
Mission: Alley Cat Allies is the national­ engine of change for cats. They are seen around the world as a global champion for the humane treatment of all cats.
They work toward a world where every cat is valued and protected and every community and shelter has policies and programs to save their lives.

Animal Defense League of Texas

Website: https://adltexas.org/
Location: San Antonio, TX
Founded: 1943
Mission: Chartered in 1934, the Animal Defense League is a non-profit organization that is a true no-kill shelter for abandoned, abused, or neglected dogs and cats. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for these animals by providing needed medical care, including spaying and neutering. Food, shelter, and safety are also provided – along with compassion and attention. While maintaining a healthy and loving facility, ADL consistently works to find the best possible home for each resident animal.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue

Website: http://www.bdrr.org/
Location: Cotati, CA
Founded: 1979
Mission: The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. ALDF accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting legislation harmful to animals, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law.

Animal Rescue, Inc.

Website: https://animalrescueinc.org/
Founded: 1979
Mission: Since 1976, Animal Rescue, Inc. has been a refuge for homeless cats and dogs. They make a promise to any animal who comes through their gates: they will never be homeless again. They hope their residents will find a loving home with a lifelong companion or a loving family; but if they never find that home, they are welcomed into the ARI family. ARI is home to several hundred animals between their different locations.

Animal Welfare Association

Website: https://awanj.org/
Location: Voorhees, NJ
Mission: Animal Welfare Association (AWA),  a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 animal welfare organization, operates the oldest and largest low-cost spay/neuter clinic, adoption center and no-kill animal shelter in South Jersey. They do not receive funds from the government or national groups. They rely upon local donations to fund their life-saving programs. Through a variety of innovative programs including adoptions, veterinary services, pet therapy, trap-neuter-return and humane education, they strive to ensure that animal companionship is accessible to all. 

Can Do Canines

Website: https://can-do-canines.org/
Location: New Hope, MN
Founded: 1989
Mission: Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs.

Dogs for the Deaf

Website: https://www.dogsforthedeaf.org/
Location: Central Point, Oregon
Founded: 1977
Mission: Their mission is to professionally train dogs to help people and enhance lives while maintaining a lifelong commitment to all dogs they rescue or breed and the people they serve.

East Bay SPCA

Website: http://eastbayspca.org/
Location: California
Founded: 1874
Mission: The East Bay SPCA is committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in the communities they serve. They strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals.

ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities

Website: https://www.ecad1.org/
Location: Connecticut
Founded: 1995
Mission: East Coast Assistance Dogs was founded by Lu and Dale Picard. Prior to founding ECAD, Lu helped several business organizations in their startup efforts and gained experience in business and administration. When her father suffered a stroke, she saw how much he hated being dependent on her. She taught their family pet to help him rise from a chair and retrieve some items, and noticed that her dad actually became more active and less depressed than when all his help came from a human. Lu saw first hand how Service Dogs could change people’s lives, and in 1995 quit her full-time job to start ECAD. One year later, her husband Dale also gave up his own business to work full time for ECAD. Dale was self-employed for many years and developed skills and talents that he put to good use in helping Lu establish ECAD. He purchased land in Connecticut, constructed kennels and offices, and redesigned the house in which Lu, Dale, and their two daughters lived.

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation

Website: https://www.fidelco.org/
Location: Connecticut
Founded: 1960
Mission: Charlie and Robbie Kaman’s intuitive knowledge of how German Shepherd dogs could help people who are legally blind live more normal lives was the genesis of the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. Beginning in 1960, the work done by this innovative couple and ever-growing group of dedicated and tireless staff, volunteers and supporters has reached out and touched thousands of clients’ and family members’ lives. Today, Fidelco is an internationally-recognized leader in the guide dog industry. And the legacy of dedication and quality given to the organization by the Kamans will guide Fidelco for generations to come.

Furkids

Website: http://furkids.org/
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Founded: 2002
Mission: Furkids is the only animal rescue organization in metro Atlanta that allows children of all ages to volunteer.  Furkids volunteer programs are designed to restore the health and spirits of injured and homeless animals while providing healing opportunities for volunteers who are strengthened by the bond of love and care between humans and animals.

Last Chance for Animals

Website: http://www.lcanimal.org/
Location: California
Founded: 1988
Mission: Last Chance for Animals (LCA) is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation, and media attention.  LCA believes that animals are highly sentient creatures who exist for their own reasons independent of their service to humans; they should not be made to suffer for the latter.  LCA opposes the use of animals in food and clothing.

HALO Animal Rescue

Website: http://www.eccchalo.org/
Location: Antioch, CA
Mission: We work to improve the lives of companion animals in East Contra Costa County through educational workshops, adoption events, and collaboration with other community groups.

MaxFund

Website: https://maxfund.org/
Location: Denver, Colorado
Founded: 1989
Mission: Often, good Samaritans hesitate to take injured animals to veterinarians for fear that they will have to pay large vet bills. City and county animal shelters don’t have the facilities to provide an injured animal with the medical care it needs to recover. The shelters’ only option is to put the animal down after waiting the 7-10 days required to allow the owner to claim the animal. The MaxFund provides emergency care and a home for injured animals until the owner is located or a suitable home is found. This service is provided, without cost, to the caring person who notifies the MaxFund.

Muttville

Website: http://www.muttville.org/
Location: San Francisco, California
Founded: 2007
Mission: Muttville is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. On a local level, Muttville rescues senior dogs and finds them new homes or gives them hospice. On a global level, Muttville provides information about caring for older dogs and support for people who do. Through associations with shelters and other animal organizations, Muttville finds senior dogs that have been given up and are not likely to find adopted homes. Through outreach and networking, Muttville finds suitable new homes for these dogs. Muttville has its own cage-free facility, housing newly rescued senior dogs while they wait to be matched with foster homes.

Operation Kindness 

Website: http://www.operationkindness.org/
Location: Carrollton, TX
Mission: The mission of Operation Kindness is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior.

Northwest Organization for Animal Help

Website: http://www.thenoahcenter.org/
Location: Stanwood, WA
Founded: 2003
Mission: Northwest Organization for Animal Help (The NOAH Center) is dedicated to stopping the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable and treatable homeless dogs and cats. They are committed to high-quality spay and neuter programs available for low-income residents, family friendly pet adoptions, humane education and volunteer programs through their state-of-the-art facilities and Spay/Neuter Center.

PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society)

Website: http://www.paws.org/
Location: Lynnwood, Washington
Founded: 1967
Mission: PAWS is a champion for animals—rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals and people.

Paws With A Cause

Website: https://www.pawswithacause.org/
Location: Wayland, MI
Founded: 1989
Mission: Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog Teams through education and advocacy.

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Website: http://www.peggyadams.org/
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Founded: 1925
Mission: The Mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches, Incorporated is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals.

Pets in Need

Website: http://www.petsinneed.org/
Location: Redwood City, CA
Founded: 1967
Mission: The mission of Pets In Need is to advance the no-kill movement, reduce pet homelessness, and find every dog and cat a loving home. They accomplish their mission by rescuing cats and dogs from public shelters in the Bay Area and beyond when they are in danger of being euthanized due to space or financial limitations.

Placer SPCA

Website: http://placerspca.org/
Location: Roseville, CA
Founded: 1973
Mission: The mission of the Placer Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Placer SPCA) is to enhance the lives of companion animals and support the human-animal bond.

Puppies Behind Bars

Website: http://www.puppiesbehindbars.com/home
Location: New York, NY
Founded: 1997
Mission: Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. Puppies enter prison at the age of eight weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it. PBB programs bring the love and healing of dogs to hundreds of individuals every year. The dogs bring hope and pride to their raisers, and independence and security to those they serve.

Save-A-Pet Adoption Center

Website: http://saveapetil.org/
Location: Grayslake, Illinois
Mission: Save-A-Pet is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and one of the largest no-kill cat and dog rescues in Lake County that operates a full-time adoption center. They provide a safe haven for abused, neglected, injured, lost, or animals that have escaped euthanasia. They will never put a limit on the amount of care they will provide for an animal and they never give up on them. Thus, Save-A-Pet offers rescued dogs and cats the greatest opportunity for a second chance. They take great pride in practicing Their no-kill mission and in stewarding their donors’ contributions; both of which have led to the successful adoption of over 61,000  dogs and cats.

Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals

Website: http://www.sicsa.org/
Location: Kettering, Ohio
Founded: 1974
Mission: Their Mission is to promote the welfare and adoption of companion animals, and nurture loving, lifelong relationships between animals and people. To support their mission, SICSA offers numerous animal-centered programs and services for families and children.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Website: www.aspca.org 
Founded: 1866
Mission: The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.

Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)

Website: www.arf.net 
Location: Walnut Creek, CA
Founded: 1991
Mission: ARF saves dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and brings people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. ARF strives to create a world where every loving dog and cat has a home, where every lonely person has a companion animal, and where children learn to care.

Furry Friends Rescue

Website: https://www.furryfriendsrescue.org/
Location: Fremont, CA
Founded: 1998
Mission: Furry Friends Rescue (FFR) is an all-volunteer non-profit Bay Area companion animal rescue organization, comprised entirely of experienced volunteers who collectively have rescued thousands of companion animals and placed them in forever loving homes.

Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County

Website: www.awlmc.org 
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Founded: 2005
Mission: The AWLMC operates and maintains a no-kill cat shelter in Montgomery County, MD. Since 2005 they have completed 1,561 cat adoptions.

Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue

Website: www.marleysmutts.org
Location: Tehachapi, CA
Mission: Marley’s Mutts is a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, trains and re-homes death row dogs from Kern County’s high-kill animal shelters. In addition, they utilize the rescued dogs to transform people’s lives. Through the power of the human-canine bond, they empower dogs and people to live healthy, happy and productive lives.

Operation Paws for Homes

Website: https://ophrescue.org/
Location: Alexandria, VA
Mission: Operation Paws for Homes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of dogs who have overcome great odds and deserve wonderful, caring forever homes. These dogs are rescued from overcrowded high kill shelters in the southern region of the United States, primarily shelters in South and North Carolina, as well as Virginia. They partner with local shelters as needed. They also rescue a few international dogs partnering with shelters and rescues in India and Turks & Caicos who rescue dogs from dangerous and deplorable conditions.

Cozy Cat Cottage

Website: http://cozycatcottage.org/
Location: Powell, Ohio
Mission: Cozy Cat Cottage Adoption Center is a non-profit, no-kill organization that provides refuge, aid and care for abandoned, injured, and/or abused felines. They are committed to providing shelter and care for these felines while attempting to find permanent, responsible, loving homes. They are dedicated to promoting respect and compassion for all animals through humane education and vigorously promoting spay and neuter to reduce the overpopulation of felines in central Ohio.

FixNation

Website: www.fixnation.org 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Mission: FixNation is a non-profit organization committed to cats, and to supporting Trap-Neuter-Return. They provide a free, full-time spay/neuter clinic for cats (Wednesday-Saturday) with two full-time veterinarians capable of sterilizing as many as 100 cats per day.  They also provide low-cost, affordable spay/neuter services for tame pet cats. They loan out humane traps and equipment to the public free of charge, provide training on how to humanely trap feral cats and kittens, and offer guidance and information on long-term care and management for feral colonies. FixNation also partners with local humane pet stores and animal rescue organizations to facilitate the adoption of friendly strays and kittens.

Sanctuary for Senior Dogs

Website: http://www.sanctuaryforseniordogs.org/
Location: Cleveland, OH
Mission: The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs’ mission is: To rescue senior dogs abandoned in shelter. To provide lifelong quality care for rescued senior dogs. To adopt appropriate dogs into loving, permanent homes. To develop programs that match senior dogs and senior people to their mutual benefit. To foster an awareness of their lifelong responsibility to their companion animals. To strengthen the bonds between humans and animals by teaching respect and compassion for all living things.

Dogs on Deployment

Website: https://www.dogsondeployment.org/
Location: Escondido, CA
Founded: 2011
Mission: Dogs on Deployment is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit providing a central network for military members to find volunteers willing to board their pets while they are deployed or have other service commitments, making them unable to temporarily care for their pets. No pet should ever be surrendered to a shelter due to a military commitment. DoD exists to help military members keep their pets by alleviating the need for pet relinquishment from military members due to the hardships of deployments.

Cat Network, Inc.

Website: www.thecatnetwork.org 
Location: Miami, FL
Founded: 1995
Mission: The Cat Network, Inc. (CN) is a 501(c)3, Florida not-for-profit corporation dedicated to humanely reducing cat overpopulation by educating the public about the need to sterilize their pets and strays; providing access to low-cost spay/neuter services for stray, homeless and abandoned cats; helping members in their efforts to place adoptable cats in loving homes; and advocating non-lethal population control and humane public policy.

K9s For Warriors

Website: www.K9sforwarriors.org 
Location: Ponte Vedra, Florida
Founded: 2011
Mission: K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of service dogs to military veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. Their program is unique, and no other organization operates quite like K9s For Warriors. Every warrior that walks through the door is family. They provide them with a service canine, equipment, training, certification, seminars, legal instruction, vet care, housing, home cooked meals, unconditional love and listening, and life-time of wrap-around services (including available life-long healthcare and food for their dogs).

Alley Cats and Angels

Website: http://www.alleycatsandangels.org
Location: Apex, NC
Founded: 2007
Mission: Alley Cats and Angels is an all-volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)(3), foster home-based cat rescue organization located in the Triangle, NC area. Alley Cats and Angels is dedicated to improving the lives of the stray, abandoned, and feral cats while reducing the overall number of homeless cats in the Triangle, NC area; they focus on the unwanted and forgotten felines.

For The Love Of Cats Inc

Website: www.alaquaanimalrefuge.org
Location: Marco Island, FL
Founded: 2002
Mission: For the Love of Cats, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in Marco Island, FL that is dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned cats and kittens in the community. They are a no-kill rescue group operating through the generous donations of the public since 2002.

dog chewing on purple toy

5 Things That Could Endanger Your Pet At Home

People love their pets. Many people think of their pets as members of their families, and they would be absolutely devastated if anything happened to them. Though you can’t make your animal companions immortal, you can take steps to make sure your home is as safe as possible for them. As part of being a responsible pet owner, you need to educate yourself to the dangers that can exist in your home for animals. That will allow you to pet-proof your home to keep your beloved animal companions safe. To help you get started, here is a look at five things that could endanger your pet at home.

young lady kissing cat on the floor at the kitchen at home

1. Plants

One of the saddest things that can happen to an animals lover is to have their pets get sick from eating a plant that they brought into their homes. Just because a plant looks beautiful does not mean it belongs in your home. You need to know the common toxic plants that pet owners need to avoid introducing into their homes.

For example, lilies and tulips may look beautiful, but animals that eat these flowers could get sick and even die. Poinsettias are very popular at Christmas time, but they also can make dogs and cats quite ill. If you live somewhere where sago palms grow, you need to know that they are toxic to dogs and cats. Azalea and mistletoe are two more common houseplants that are poisonous to pets.

dog smelling pink lilly

2. Chocolate

If you are a chocolate lover, you always need to be very careful with your chocolate. Most people know that dogs are not supposed to eat chocolate, but it is also toxic to cats and ferrets as well. You need to always store your chocolate somewhere that your pets cannot reach. When you are eating your favorite cocoa treat, make sure not to leave any uneaten portions laying around where a pet could snatch it.

For parents, it is important to educate children about the dangers of chocolate for pets. When younger children are given candy to eat, they should be supervised. The last thing you want is for your child to share a candy bar with the family dog when your back is turned. Monitor little ones carefully whenever chocolate is being served.

little blond girl with her pet dog outdoors in park

3. Toys

Pets love to play, and that is why their owners rush to give them toys. In your delight at getting toys for your furry friend, it’s important that you get your pet toys that wouldn’t put his health at risk. Making safe choices for toys is important to avoid things like choking and toxins. Keep in mind that kid toys and pet toys are not interchangeable. Your animal companion may chew up and hurt himself with a toy that your child would be safe playing with.

To be on the safe side, you should always get your pets toys that are safe to chew. You should also monitor your animals when they get new toys to make sure that they are playing with them safely.

Also, do not let your dog chew up plastic bottles as a toy. Although they may love to do this, it is not safe. Some plastic bottles have toxins in them that can harm your dog. In addition, the plastic bottles can get shredded into little pieces that can be a choking hazard to your pets.

dog chewing on purple toy

4. Food

Chocolate is not the only food that humans love that is not good for animals. Before you make the choice to feed your pet table scraps, you need to make sure what you are feeding him is not something bad for him. Things like avocados, macadamia nuts, raisins, garlic, onions, milk and mushrooms are tasty, healthy choices for people, but they can make your pet sick. To be on the safe side, always check a list of dangerous foods to make sure the food you choose to provide you pet is completely safe. Just remember that your guests may not be as knowledgeable as you about dangerous foods. Make sure they do not feed your animals anything toxic.

cat looking at the table with food in the kitchen

5. Chemicals

Part of making your home pet-friendly is making sure they cannot get into dangerous chemicals. Keep all the cleaning products and other dangerous chemicals in your house locked in a cabinet that your furry friends cannot get into. It is also important to make sure all the chemicals in the garage are out of reach of pets. Dogs in particular seem to love the taste of antifreeze, and they will lap it up if it is spilled in the garage or leaks from a vehicle’s radiator. Keep in mind that as little as five tablespoons of antifreeze can kill a medium-sized dog and just a tablespoon can kill a cat. You need to be extra careful with antifreeze when you own animals.

cute, soft puppy in a pile of toilet paper

The world is full of hazards for your pets, and you can’t always protect them from everything. However, you can make sure your home is as safe as possible for them. Start by going through your home and pet-proofing it so that they cannot access any hazardous materials like the five dangers on this list. When you create a safe environment in your home for animals, your family will have a lifetime of love with your beloved pets.

About the Author:

Deborah Hurst works as a veterinarian in New Orleans. She has recently co-founded ToyPetReviews – a website that shows pet owners how to improve their companion’s lifestyle. Deborah graduated from Pre-Veterinary Medicine, University of New Orleans.

senior woman with her dog inside of her house.

7 Ways to Keep Your Pets Calm for the Upcoming School Season

Back-to-school season is a stressful time not just for humans but for pets as well. Parents and children begin to adjust to a new routine. This could be a difficult time for your pets that are used to having you around as their companion in everything they do.

Dogs and cats are social creatures which grow well on stimulation and become vulnerable to sudden change of their schedules. They will do anything to get your attention like barking or meowing a lot, ransacking the garage, scratching the sofa and eating your mom’s plants. These are their ways of saying they need you.

If you notice your pets are acting strangely or different from their usual behavior, it could be a sign that they are having a hard time adjusting to the family’s new schedule. Leaving your dog’s alone can upset him while your cat might have separation anxiety.

Some of the signs of anxiety that your dog might show are scratching and digging trying to escape, destructive chewing, change in mood and a lapse in potty training. The major change to the family routine during school season can trigger anxiety. Also, if you leave them home alone after having a constant human companion for months can likewise cause them to have the disorder.

Cats who have experienced a history of abandonment, being passed between different owners, trauma, or abuse are also at risk of having a separation anxiety during the school season. Kittens that have a special bond with your child, may most likely to experience this disorder once the child goes to school. Some of the common signs of separation anxiety to cats include trembling, hiding and trying to escape, change in mood, withdrawing, an upset stomach that leads to diarrhea and loss of appetite.

There are 7 ways that you can do to calm your pets as they go through the transition. You need to prepare them for the upcoming school season.

senior woman with her dog inside of her house.

 

1. Prepare them for the new schedule

ASPCA or The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggests that you prepare your pets one to two weeks before the school season starts. You can start with short absences, so they become comfortable each time you leave the house. Then slowly increase the length of absences during the weeks until the school season arrives.

Pets, particularly the dogs may take their emotional cues from their parents, so it is important to stay calm and not to make a big fuss about leaving or saying goodbye. Do not forget also to consider crate training. This is done gradually, so your pets will have more time to adapt to the idea.

sleepy and lazy cat

2. Keep them busy

Give your pets something that will keep their mouth and bodies busy. Practice this technique every day. With this strategy, your pets will not depend on you to feel fine and develop some coping techniques.

 cute samoyed dog chewing firewood on wooden floor and fireplace on background

3. Give them access to social areas while you are out

Your pets, particularly dogs would try to escape and try to find you or your scent. Let them get through areas where they can feel your presence even if you are not there. Maybe you can spray your perfume in the area so they can smell you.

small cat laying down on couch

4. Do not leave them empty-handed

Make sure that you put enough food on their tray each time you leave the house. This will help them develop a positive attitude about being alone. You can put a rubber toy on their stuff to provide stimulation.

golden retriever puppy playing with toy at room

5. Spend a few minutes with your pets before you leave

If you have extra time in the morning before you bring the kids to school, you can spend some time with your pets. You can take your dog for a walk in the backyard or engage with them in a game of fetch.

For your pet cats, you can multi-task. As you sip your coffee, you can play with your cat with a laser toy or other toys in the other hand. This will be enough for them to enjoy the day and they will not even notice that you have left them alone.

happy young woman is relaxing on comfortable couch and using laptop at home. photo toned.

6. Move your cat’s tree near a window

Position your cat’s tree near the window where he can view the people passing by and the garden or street. This will make him feel that he is not alone. He can still see people moving around.

cute american short hair cat sitting on cat tower

7. Let the kids play with them when they get home

Tell your kids to play with their pets every time they get home from school. This will make them really happy and lessen the feeling of being left out. Your children can also have their pets beside them as they do their homework. If you do this every day, your pets can adapt to the new routine easily. They would not mind being alone for some time since they will be looking forward to the time you will arrive as they will get their treat.

 a mother and her two young children are playing with a small puppy. they are smiling and looking away from the camera. square framed shot.

School season is probably the most awaited time of many kids but not for cats and dogs. For them, it is the time for them to be alone and neglected. But if you will be able to let them feel that they are not being left out, they too will enjoy the upcoming school season.

If you think your pet is suffering from a severe case of separation anxiety, it is time for you to ask the help of a professional and help them feel better. Be observant and keep an eye on their symptoms. If they are getting worst or does not improve at all, it is time for you to bring them to your veterinarian to dismiss any other health problems that might be causing the symptoms.

 

About the Author:

Sarah Keene is the founder of Themeowthing where she writes about the various cat breeds, kitty pet care & health advice, training tips, reviews of cat products, and any other issues that you might love to know about cats.

 

 

 

dog family traveling road trip

Driving with Pets: 5 Car Safety Tips for Dogs

Few people who travel with their animals are aware there are laws in most states governing and regulating pet travel in vehicles. As an example, the state of Hawaii has a law prohibiting driving with a dog on your lap, and the state of New Jersey can fine drivers they feel are incorrectly transporting a pet in a vehicle for as much as $1,000.1 Not only can it be against the law to drive with a pet in your lap, it can also be dangerous for your pet.

husky dog looking out of a window car.

You would never let your child travel in the car without a seat belt (and a car seat, depending on their age), because the child could be badly hurt, even in a relatively minor accident. Animals are no different—your pet can literally become a flying missile during an auto accident, injuring themselves and even hurting other human passengers in the vehicle. Consider the following statistics related to having dogs and other pets travel in vehicles with their owners:

  • About two-thirds of dog owners admit they have engaged in a distracting behavior while driving with their dogs;
  • Nearly six in 10 dog owners have driven with their dog in their car at least once a month over the past year;2
  • Only 16 percent of dog owners say they use some sort of restraint for their dog when the dog is in the vehicle;2
  • Distracting activities dog owners typically engage in while driving with their dog include:
  • Petting the dog;
  • Allowing the dog to sit in their lap;
  • Turning and reaching into the back seat to interact with the dog;
  • Using hands to prevent dog from climbing into the front seat;
  • Using hands to restrict the dog’s movement;
  • Taking a photo of the dog;
  • Playing with the dog, and
  • Feeding or giving treats to the dog.

If your unrestrained dog weighs a mere 10 pounds, a crash which occurs at 50 mph exerts 500 pounds of force, while an unrestrained 80-pound dog exerts 2,400 pounds of force during a 30- mph crash.2 When you consider that looking away from the road while you are driving, for even two seconds, effectively doubles your risk of having an auto accident, you can see why it is important to implement safety measures when your dog is in the vehicle.2

woman and her labradoodle dog driving with the car. concept about animals

Safety Tips for Driving with Your Dog in the Vehicle

A front airbag can be deadly to a young child sitting in the front seat, and equally deadly to a dog. To ensure the safety of your dog, consider the following safety tips:

  1.  A safety harness for your dog which fits around the dog’s body and clips into a seat belt in your car can not only keep your pet safe, it can keep you from getting a ticket for allowing your dog to be unrestrained in your vehicle.
  2.  A crate may be an even better option to ensure your dog’s safety while in a vehicle. It is important that you select the right size crate for your dog, and that you choose a crate which has been crash-tested and safety-certified, preferably aluminum or plastic, reinforced with fiberglass.
  3.  If your vehicle has power windows, make sure they are turned off before you take your dog for a ride. A dog can accidentally open the window with their paw, and can also accidentally close the window—while their head is sticking out.
  4.  Never leave your dog in the car alone on a hot day. Even if the temperature is only 85 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 102 degrees within ten minutes—even with the window cracked. A mere fifteen minutes in a hot car can cause your dog to suffer brain damage.3
  5.  Just as you should never allow your dog to stick his head out the window, you should also never allow your dog to ride in the back of an open truck. Even the most well-trained dog can jump or fall out of a truck bed.

Aside from the above safety tips, always make sure you bring plenty of food and water for your dog, and, depending on how far you will be traveling, make sure you stop at least every 2-3 hours to let your pet get out, do his business and stretch his legs.

dog family traveling road trip

Sources:

  1. http://blogs.findlaw.com/law_and_life/2014/02/is-it-legal-to-drive-with-pets-in-your-lap.html
  2. https://www.kurgo.com/dog-travel-statistics/
  3. http://dogtime.com/reference/dog-travel/66-driving-with-dog