September 20th 2006 8:00 pm
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Its Brutus and I'm back after a long break with more words of wisdom. Today, I want to mention one of my mama's pet peeves-fat pets. Just like people, being overweight is unhealthy for animals.
Ways to prevent your pet(s) from becoming fat:
(1) Feed a high quality diet on a schedule
When pets are free fed, they are more likely to take in too many calories. Being on a feeding schedule, such as being fed a certain amount in the morning and a certain amount in the evening helps keep your pet healthy by not allowing him or her to gorge, helping him or her stay on a regular potty schedule, and helps him or her from boredom eating (yes, dogs will do that just like people!). A high quality diet is a very important key in staying trim as well. Be sure to read that ingredient list and if you have any questions, PM my mama and she can send you some links and stuff that are really helpful!
Just like with people, the more active you are, the more calories you burn. If you take in more calories than you burn, that is not a good thing! Be sure your doggie parents check with your vet before they start any kind of exercise program, though to make sure you are healthy enough to do that!
(3) No table scraps, and limit treats!
Some people food is ok for us doggies, but if your owners do not distinguish the good from the bad, then it is best to not get any at all. Also, milkbones and similar treats are full of empty calories. As yummy as they are, your owner should really avoid over use of these. Carrots are a great yummy, low fat substitute!
What if you are already overweight?
If you are already overweight, your owner should have you throughly checked by a vet just to make sure there are no underlying medical issues that could cause weight gain. If there are no issues found, then a diet is a must! These steps are similar to the other ones.
(1) Schedule your pet'(s) feedings and use a high quality food and avoid over treating.
Avoid diet foods, just cut back on the portions of the regular diet you are feeding. Diet foods contain a lot of yucky ingredients and are often times full of fillers. If your dog seems to be hungry all the time due to the cut back in food, you can add some fresh or frozen (steamed) green beans to his or her meal. This will help your dog fill full, but will not add calories.
Instead of milk bones, give your pet healthy snacks like carrot sticks, fruit peices (but be careful as some are toxic to dogs, such as anything in the grape family), and plain cheerios are great alternatives!
(2)Get more active!
Make sure your pet is healthy enough to exercise and then start out slow. Just like with people, if we've been sediment for a while, we need to build up our stamina.
(3) Don't Give up!
It is hard to overlook those pleading eyes, but you must! Pets will not shed pounds overnight, just like with people, weight loss is very difficult and requires total dedication. You can do it, though!
Until next time,
December 30th 2004 10:00 pm
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Don't forget to have your pets safely secured on New Years eve night. Many pets are lost each year on New Years Eve and the 4th of July due to fireworks.
Some dogs (and cats) are very frightened by the lound noises and bright flashes from fireworks. They can easily become disoriented and panicked and get lost trying to get away. Running in a panick (running loose, period) can not only get a pet lost, but also hit by a car, or mistreated or even killed by a mean person.
If your pet is especially afraid of loud noises like thunder storms or gun shots, he or she will most likely be afraid of fireworks. Sometimes pets become so frightened, they need a sedative. If you think your pet may become so frightened, talk to your vet ahead of time so you can decide together what type of sedative will be safest for your pet. If you must sedate your pet, never leave him or her alone. A deeply sedated pet can actually quite breathing. A lightly sedated pet can still move around, but may not be totally aware of his or her surroundings.
Stay safe this New Years Eve. Please don't drink and drive and don't be foolish when/if playing with fireworks. Use your head or possibly end up dead!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
December 22nd 2004 9:46 pm
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Volunteer at your local humane society/animal shelter. Help find an animal a home (it feels great!)
Adopt a resident: many nursing homes have a program where you can "adopt" a senior citizen. Many residents do not have family or friends that visit and they are very lonely. Adopt a resident, bring some joy to their lives. Sometimes, animal organizations will have a pet therapy program. People volunteer to take (certified) pets to visit the elderly residents. It sure brightens their lives.
Pick it up!: If you see litter strown about on the ground, take a little extra time to pick it up and dispose of it properly. Help keep the land clean, it is better for both humans and animals.
Smile: Don't let the world see your frown, you never know when a smile will brighten someone's day.
Be sure to take the time to show your loved ones (humans and pets alike) how much you love them each day.
Treat each day as if it is your last; make friends, not enemies.