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Happy Happy Joy Joy

February 2, 2010

I am thankful today for kitty snuggles.

Can You Smell It?

February 2, 2010

I’m reading a fascinating book called “The Dog Behavior Answer Book”, written by Arden Moore and ran across a couple of interesting facts about a dog’s sense of smell I thought I would share.

I always knew that dogs had super noses but I had no idea how much their sense of smell actually surpasses humans. People have about 5 million olfactory receptor cells where dogs have more than 100 million (some breeds even more depending on the length of their snouts). These receptors are capable of breaking down the individual ingredients in each scent. What this means is that your dog can not only tell whether you are cooking chicken, fish, or turkey but he can also distinguish the individual spices you use. Bottom line: your dog can smell about a million times better than you can (no matter what the breed).  Wow!

Valentine’s Day

January 31, 2010

Hey all, Valentine’s weekend is fast approaching so if you and your hunny plan to go out for the night or away for the weekend rest assured we’ll be around to look after your pets while you are out.

Song of the week

January 26, 2010

We are all just animals once we strip away our social masks aren’t we? I just freakin lovvvve this song!

Cat Communication

January 26, 2010

Interesting tid bit, cats speak volumes with body language, especially their eyes. Did you know that prolonged eye contact  ie. staring without blinking,  between you and your kitty is perceived as threatening or even aggressive? Cats typically use peripheral vision and tend not to stare directly at things unless they are getting a fix on a moving object, so when you gaze directly into your cats eyes they view this as a challenging or even threatening gesture. Conversely when a cats looks at you, blinks, and half lowers its eyes they are communicating to you that they are calm, relaxed and are trusting that you are no threat to them.

Things That Make Me LOL

January 20, 2010

“I say sexy things to myself while I am dancing”…..I don’t know why but this song/video still makes me chuckle.

Ok so I thought everyone in the free world knew about ‘I can has cheezburger and lol cats’, which are two of my favorite sites to waste time on, but recently while working on new concepts for my site/blog I asked a good friend if she thought the ‘I can has cheezburger’ idea might work for a blog. After getting a blank stare from her I realized she had no clue as to what I was talking about….so I diligently pulled up the website and showed her the infamous picture, and nothing. I mean not even a giggle. So I proceeded to try to explain to her why this was funny, again she was just not getting it, it was a little but like explaining human humor to a Martian. So eventually frustrated, I gave up. Later on in the evening exhausted and a little delirious from hours of story boarding,  I said in my best cat voice impression ” I can has cheezburger?”, and finally, finally I got a laugh.

Surprising Animal Toxins

January 19, 2010

Most pet owners know that chocolate and onions/garlic are poisonous to dogs and cats but as a pet sitter and past shelter worker I have come across some interesting first hand accounts of surprising pet poisons. I thought I would share a couple of examples and offer up a handy reference list.

About a year and a half ago one of the veterinarians I used to work closely with through the shelter, had a heartbreaking case of fatal pet toxicity when her niece’s brand new puppy got into and ate, most of a package of sugar-free gum. It wasn’t as widely known at the time that Xylitol, which is a sugar substitute used primarily in sugar-free gum, candy and baked goods, is highly poisonous to dogs. Especially smaller dogs or in cases where substantial amounts are ingested.  “According to Dr. Dunayer who specializes in toxicology at the Animal Poison Control Center, dogs ingesting substantial amounts of items sweetened with xylitol could develop a sudden drop in blood sugar, resulting in depression, loss of coordination, and seizures. “These signs can develop quite rapidly, at times less than 30 minutes after ingestion of the product. Therefore, it is crucial that pet owners seek veterinary treatment immediately,” Dr. Dunayer said. He also said that there appears to be a strong link between xylitol ingestion and the development of liver failure in dogs.” www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/oct06/061001b.asp

Sadly the puppy in question passed away due to massive liver failure. Since then the veterinarian and her niece have been tireless in their efforts to educate the public so something like this never happens again.

A good friend and client had a similar situation occur when her beloved kitty Yuki ate several leaves off of a lily plant and went into toxic shock. Lilies can be deadly to cats if ingested and all parts of the plant are considered toxic. Her owner at the time had no idea of this fact until the incident. Luckily once she noticed the symptoms (excessive vomiting and lethargy) she acted  quickly and took her to the emergency clinic where she was diagnosed and put on IV fluids for several days and had her system flushed with charcoal to rid the body of the toxins. She survived and is doing well now but this could have easily not been the case.

Here are some of the top people foods to avoid feeding to your pets:

Chocolate, Macadamia nuts, avocados, coffee, caffeine, alcohol, grapes and raisins, yeast dough, xylitol, garlic, onions, chives, walnuts, mushrooms, nutmeg, and raw egg whites

Here is a link to the ASPCA’s Poison Control listing for toxic plants:

www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/plants/