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Per Tips, Pet Health | August 7, 2017

What You Can do if Your Pet Overheats.

Yes, summer is on the way out, but here in South Texas, there are still several weeks to go. Lately, I’ve seen several Face Book posts about dogs overheating. Read the rest here »

Pet Tips | September 30, 2013

Home Is Where the Hound Is (Cat Too)

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Did you know that according to a 2009 Gallup Poll 76% of American households own pets? And according to one question on “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire,” 64% of pet owners consider themselves to be “Mom” or “Dad” to their pets.

If you are one of those pet people, planning your vacation can be very stressful. If your pets can’t go with you, what do you do? Enter the Professional Petsitter. Petsitting is an alternative to boarding your dog or cat when you are on vacation. Rather than you taking your pet to them, they come to your pet. Some petsitters will also come to your home to walk your dog or give them potty breaks if you work long hours. They can make life for the loving pet owner so much easier and stress-free.

So how do you go about finding a professional petsitter and how do you decide who is right for you? Read the rest here »

Pet Story | August 1, 2013

A Tribute to Frosty

FrostyI rescued Frosty from a shelter twelve years ago. The vet told me he thought she was five or six years of age at that time. At one point, an animal control officer that met Frosty in my yard (we live on fenced acreage) commented that, from her experience, she didn’t think Frosty had ever had an owner prior to my adopting her. Three weeks ago, we finally had to say goodbye as she slept the long sleep. She lived an incredible seventeen years.

People often think it’s ‘cool’ to have a wolf or wolf-hybrid for a pet. She was NOT a dog and did not act like a dog.
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Pet Health | June 12, 2012

The Dog Days of Summer

This article will depart slightly from Focus on Felines as it concerns dogs too. (Be sure to read to the end of the article for a special announcement.)

In this geographic area and at this time of year, pet owners are concerned about the adverse effect the soaring summer temperatures may have on their pets, specifically cats and dogs. I know every pet parent realizes the importance of providing plenty of water, and for outside pets, plenty of shade. Indoor pets may also have an increase in their environmental Fahrenheit as we all try to keep electric bills lower by raising the indoor thermostat. But for the house cat or dog, this is seldom a problem, even if your pet has long hair. Read the rest here »

Pet Story | May 31, 2012

The Misunderstood Pet

Did you know that according to the American Humane Association, June is Adopt-A-Cat month?

Did you know that every minute approximately four cats are euthanized in “shelters” all across the U.S.?

Did you know that according to dog owners, cats are unworthy to be called “pets”? People who consider themselves “dog people” believe their pups think of them as “family” – and the feeling is mutual. But there is a long standing joke describing cats as believing themselves to be superior to mere humans, therefore relegating cat-parents to the position of “servant”. Just be careful you don’t tell that joke to a cat-person. Read the rest here »

Uncategorized | October 4, 2011

Skin and Coat Tell a Tale of Health

Keeping your companion animal’s skin healthy and coat shiny can prove challenging.

The skin is the largest organ in the body and requires proteins and other nutrients. It’s not surprising that subtle changes in the amount of nutrients supplied to the skin can have a noticeable affect on its overall condition.

Even if your companion animal eats a nutritious diet, his or her skin takes a backseat to the rest of her organs … in essence, only receiving the “leftovers”. Dr. Jane Bicks, founder of Dr. Jane’s Healthy Pet Foundation, believes it’s important to supplement with additional nutrients, to help your furry one achieve skin and coat health. Read the rest here »

Pet Story | July 25, 2011

Surfer Dog

This is a story about Delbert and Candy. I call Delbert the “Surfer Dog” because his brown coat has become bleached while laying in the sun.

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It looks like he has been to a Malibu stylist to highlight his locks. Candy, by default, is his “Little Beach Girl”. She is a new adoptee to the family but is fitting in quite nicely. Their dad is John. Read the rest here »

Pet Health | July 6, 2011

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program for Big Dogs

The Furry Godmother wishes to pass on some helpful information to aid you with your pet’s care or for the strays in your area.

Prevent-A-Litter (PALS) is offering a low-cost spay and neuter program for dogs 40 pounds and over from Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, and Comal County. Call or email pal@preventalitter.com Phone: (512) 754-PALS (7257), press 2 and leave a message.

In the spirit of reducing the stray and homeless dog and cat population, The Furry Godmother encourages all pet owners to have their pets fixed. If you are considering adding a new furry family member, please consider adoption. I frequently post adorable cuties needing loving families on my Facebook Page www.facebook.com/furrygodmother Be sure to “like” the site.

Pet Health | July 1, 2011

Homemade Pup-Sicles

You can use a Popsicle mold or just an ice cube tray to freeze yummy, refreshing treats for your dog.

Get creative by tossing ingredients such as yogurt, bananas, peanut butter, and carrots into a blender with a little water or, for picky pooches, chicken or beef broth (all-natural or low sodium versions are best). If your dog is a dedicated chewer, try stuffing a KONG® with your concoction and putting it in the freezer. Your dog will look forward to cooling off with his special reward at the end of playtime.

Pet Story | March 25, 2011

Cats Behaving Badly

Dr. Jane wrote a nice article about how to handle cats that like to misbehave. I have found in very informative and would like to share it with all of you.

As a holistic vet, I’m frequently asked, “How can I deal with my cat’s bad attitude?” The problem area dubbed “feline aggression” can be complicated, upsetting and potentially hazardous for pet parents. Not only can cat bites and scratches really hurt, they can transmit diseases, too, such as cat scratch fever (yes, it is real). While most cat moms and dads prefer a purring lap-warmer, especially on cold winter nights, some felines need extra help learning how to sheathe their claws.

Unfortunately, feline aggression is not well understood or handled appropriately. An important first step in dealing with this frustrating issue is to understand the behavior. Learning why a cat lashes out can help pet parents deal with the issue patiently and properly.

In this post I’ll be covering the five basic types of aggression in cats.

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