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Insightful words of wisdom, by Brutus

Overweight pets are unhealthy pets!

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!
(2)Stay active!
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,


Fears on New Years

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!




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.


It's cold out there!

December 21st 2004 10:53 pm
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For those of you who live in areas where it gets pretty cold, please remember your pets. Pets get cold just like people do. Just because we have fur on our backs, doesn't mean we can tolerate severe weather.

Sometimes pets, for one reason or another, live outdoors. If your pet does live outdoors, please make sure he or she has adequate shelter. Give him or her a thick bed of straw to sleep on. Don't use blankets or other cloth because if it gets wet, then it makes it even colder for the pet. Straw helps keep your pet warm, and dry.

If your dog has a dog house, turn it away from where the most wind will be blowing in. Add a flap to help keep the warmth in and cold out.

Be sure to check your pets water supply. Pets can and do become dehyrdated in the winter time because owners don't think to check the water. Frozen water is not enough to keep your pet hydrated.

Give your pet a little extra food during the cold months. Feed him or her several times a day to keep his or her energy up and help him or her stay warm.

The best place for your pet during the cold is inside with you, but if he or she must stay outdoors, please take the proper precautions. Be considerate of your pet, be humane. If you don't want to take care of your pet, you shouldn't have gotten him or her to begin with.


Holiday Hazards

December 20th 2004 10:30 pm
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This holiday season, please be aware of potential hazards for pets. During the holidays, there are quite a few sweets going around. Sugar is not good for pets much like it isn't good for people.

Chocolate, can be especially dangerous. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is to pets. Chocolate contains a caffine-like chemical called theobromine. Too much chocolate can cause upset tummys, diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, and/or agitation. A severe reaction can cause kidney damage, heart arrhythmia, seizures, or even death.

If you believe your pet has eaten a good amount of chocolate or if you know he or she ate some, but don't know how much, be on the safe side, call the vet. If it is after hours, find an emergency vet and call. They will often be glad to assist you over the phone if they can. If you catch your pet in the act, induce vomiting by adminstering Hydrogen Peroxide*

*Induction of vomiting is safest within only an hour or two of ingestion. IF IN ANY DOUBT, CONTACT A VET!!!

Also a threat to pets during the winter season is antifreeze. Just a few drops of Antifreeze can kill. With antifreeze ingestion, early detection is the key! If you suspect antifreeze ingestion, induce vomiting, and get to the vet ASAP. Antifreeze, if not treated, will cause irreversable kidney damage, seizures, and death. It is nothing to play around with.

During the holidays, people eat. Be careful not to feed your pet table scraps. Table scraps usually do not cause serious damage, but if your pet is not used to eating something, it can cause GI upset. Also be very careful of bone disposal. Many people have turkeys and hams for holiday dinners. NEVER, EVER feed your pet any coooked bones as they can splinter and could cause damage. Raw bones are just fine, but you should supervise your pet while he or she chews one. Also beware of foods containing onions, rasins, grapes, or prunes. These foods can be toxic and cause kidney damage.

With the holidays comes decorations! Beautiful lights strung here and there. Trees with ornaments hung with sharp hooks. Both are beautiful sights to people, and interesting to pets. Be sure to keep an eye on your pets around lights and trees. Pets can be electrocuted by chewing on a cord. They can be choked by ornaments and hooks.

Many people travel with their pets during the holidays. Be sure to make a note of emergency animal hospitals in the area where you are staying. Keep the number to the poison control center handy. Keep an eye out for your pet, make sure candies and chocolates are put away, watch out for antifreeze puddles outside or containers in garages, don't feed table scraps, and watch the electrical cords!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!



December 12th 2004 6:47 pm
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I see I have failed to provide you all with insightful words of wisdom for the past few days. I do apoligize for that. As soon as my mama gets finished with her finals, I should be able to use the computer more again. She's on it studying quite a bit!

At any rate, my thought of the day for today is be kind to your furry friends!


Suggestion for today

December 7th 2004 7:27 pm
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How about checking out your local humane society or shelter and become a volunteer? You can walk, play with, and socialize the needy animals. They truly appreciate it, I'm speaking from experience!

Do a shelter animal (and staff person) a favor, and befriend the animals, show them you care.

Who knows, you may even meet your next family member.


Use your head, people!

December 6th 2004 8:44 pm
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As the holidays are approaching, one thing comes to my mind: Pets as christmas gifts. If you are considering getting a puppy or kitten (or dog or cat, for that matter) for someone for christmas, please DON'T!

Has it ever occured to you that person may not want a pet? Or that person isn't ready for a pet? Even if you are parents thinking of getting your child a holiday puppy or kitten, please reconsider. Just sit down and think for a minute how long it will take for the new to wear off of the animal, and you will get stuck caring for it.

Alternatives? If you know a person is considering a pet, how about getting pet realted items as gifts? Food bowls, leashes, books, books, books. One can never read enough books on dog care, nutrition, training, dogs in general.

If you know the person is REALLY ready for a pet, many humane society's and shelters offer a gift certificate for after the holidays. When the person is ready, he or she can go pick out his or her own pet at no charge to them.

The holidays are really not a good time to bring a new pet into the house anyway. How would you like to be taken away from familair surroundings, have a ribbon and bow slapped around your neck, and be stuck under a tree amongst all kind of hustle and bustle.

Do everyone involved a favor, and buy a fruitcake instead.


Brutus's thought of the day...

December 5th 2004 9:43 pm
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Don't put off tomorrow what you can do today.

That being said, go get me a treat!


Brutus says

December 3rd 2004 7:57 pm
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Please be a responsible pet owner and have your pets spayed or neutered. Millions of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens die DAILY because there are not enough homes for them all.

Altering you pets greatly reduces chances of getting gender related cancers. It can also HELP modify behavior* and marking territory.

*If your pet is demonstrating any kind of aggressiveness, be sure to have him or her checked by a veterinarian. Many medical problems can cause aggressiveness. Spaying or neutering is NOT a cure-all for all behavioral problems. It will, however, prevent hormonal related behavioral problems. If your pet exhibits uncontrollable behavioral problems, please consult a veterinarian and an animal behviorist before you give up on him or her.

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