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Vapers and Pets — Safety Tips for Smokers and Vapers who Care about Their Pets
If you ever read the labels on your e-juices, they clearly state: “keep away from children and pets”. This is because most e-juices contain nicotine, which, if consumed, can be extremely dangerous for kids as well as pets. Read MORE here. https://www.migvapor.com/ecig-news/vaping-and-pets/
Here is great link that outlines the cost of owning a dog/cat and points out why you don't want a "cheap" purebred dog. If the breeder is doing their job, they are spending quite a bit of money on all of their dogs including the puppy. If you can't afford a well-bred dog... you might want to wait until you can before settling for the cheap puppy. It costs money to raise dogs and breed for good health. Pet cost calculator link and more information on the cost of owning a pet in the link too. http://www.thesimpledollar.com/pet-cost-calculator/
The web site at the end of this paragraph has helpful information regarding vaccinations schedules for puppies. Remember that PARVO is very contagious and your puppy should not be placed on the ground outside or inside, when you have doubts about the safety of the area. http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2115&aid=960
Pet Disaster Preparedness for Renters & Homeowners: A Complete List
Natural disasters can strike anywhere, destroying property and endangering lives. Such disasters displaced over 42 million people from their homes in 2014, and earthquakes, storms, and floods cause billions of dollars in damages.
My friend and I got on the subject the other day. She volunteers at an animal shelter. We were having coffee.
“I gotta tell you what happened.”
“Right before closing, I had this lady at my counter with a small black dog.
not my fault,’ the lady told me. ‘This dog is obviously over-bred. I
was promised that he wouldn’t shed, but he does – everywhere. And he
pees everywhere too.
‘The kids begged and begged for a dog. I gave
in but I told them, you’ll have to take care of him yourselves. And of
course they agreed. But did they? Of course not! It all got dumped on
me. As usual. Never wanted the stupid thing in the first place.
‘Last night I got up to get a drink of water and stepped straight into a big pile of dog poop. That was the final straw.
‘I’m sure you understand I did all I could. The dog is obviously over-bred. It’s not my fault!’
friend gave a deep sigh. “The woman so floored me, I couldn’t think of
what to say. I came through the counter, took the dog’s leash and led
him away. He’s a sweet little boy and no trouble at all. I took a long
“How can people get it so wrong?”
I shook my head. “No one ever tells people how to
be a responsible pet owner. Instead they get their ears and eyeballs
filled up with stories of Evil Breeders. Victimhood is so much simpler
than to stand up and take responsibility.
“It’s way too easy to
put a solitary bulls-eye on all breeders as the blanket cause of
shelters full of abandoned animals. A good dog breeder is definitely
part of the solution, but so is a responsible pet owner.
popular press is curiously silent about this. It is loud on the subject
of titillatingly horrific videos of stomach-turning breeding
facilities, and we hear a lot these days about “over-bred” problem dogs.
“But what about the other side of the coin?”
I thought about our conversation over the next several days. What makes a responsible pet owner?
I figured there were ten things to watch out for.
1. A responsible pet owner is not in a rush to get a dog. She knows that she is purchasing a companion who will be with her for the next 15 years. She does not try to get a dog for under the Christmas tree or for a birthday.
2. A responsible pet owner never gets a dog just “for the kids”. She knows that at least one adult household member must be willing to be fully responsible for the animal.
3. Unless she is a responsible breeder, a responsible pet owner does not breed and spays her dog or neuters him. She never wants to “just have one litter” so the kids can see “the miracle of birth”.
4. A responsible pet owner realizes that even with busy modern lifestyles, dogs need exercise. This is includes regular walks. She knows that many canine behavior problems can be eliminated or at least mitigated with sufficient exercise.
5. Whenever possible, she takes her dog with her. She knows that a happy dog is one with lots of stimulation and interaction.
6. A responsible pet owner microchips her dog and has him registered with one of the lost and found organizations. She also has him licensed with her county.
7. A responsible pet owner keeps up with her dog’s health. She checks him weekly for possible health issues and makes sure her dog gets regular wellness exams.
8. A responsible pet owner trains her dog. This can be in formal classes or from a book, but dogs love to learn; they become more sociable and excellent companions through training. If her dog has behavior problems, she is persistent in looking for help and answers and keeps going until she finds workable answers. She also realizes that if there is a persistent problem, most likely there is something that she is doing that is perpetuating the problem.
9. A responsible pet owner continues to educate herself. She keeps on learning about her breed, possible health issues and the latest in training protocols.
10. A responsible pet owner knows that once she has made the original commitment, her dog is her responsibility for life. Like a child or a marriage, there are no give backs because the dog is no longer convenient or entertaining. It's in sickness or in health, 'til death do us part.
I gave my friend my friend the list. “What do you think?”
“I’m framing this and putting this on the wall behind the counter.”
“That would be great; if it helps just one dog have a better, more responsible owner, it'll be worth it."
I've heard about the excellent responsible pet ownership program they have in Calgary, Canada. Maybe that's why that city has the lowest kill rate (how many pets are put to sleep) in North America?
Maybe this is the missing puzzle piece in the problem of pets in shelters?