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I have to tell myself he’s a dog, not just a “pit bull”.

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I have to tell myself he’s a dog, not just a “pit bull”.
Flea Prevention

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Yesterday Israel got outside when my sister opened the door. There were two neighbor dogs at the edge of our (large) front yard. These are older and very cantankerous dogs. One of them got away months ago when I was outside with Judah off leash and even as the owner ran up to get her she was circling Judah with narrowed eyes and a tail raised up high. Judah didn’t let it bother her and made no move toward the dog, even letting the dog sniff her–and then the dog snarled and wanted to attack. Judah moved away.
Just the other day while walking Judah we passed them on opposite sides of the street. While they strained at their leashes, snarling and barking at Judah, she kept her eyes forward and didn’t bother them. The owner called across the street to me, "She is SUCH a good dog!" (She also recognizes that her dogs are, well, mean.)
"Thank you!" I called back.
So anyway. Israel hasn’t encountered them yet, but he was about to. I dropped my purse (I was leaving) and went outside to get Israel (who had no collar on) as he stopped halfway between me and the dogs. They were geared for a fight and Israel stood with his tail down (good) and his ears back (hmm). He growled a little, barked once or twice in warning to the other dogs, but didn’t just race over and start attacking them. It ended with me telling him firmly to get back in the house. When he heard and saw me he immediately put his head down, tail between his legs, and went up to the house and inside when my sister opened the door again.

Here I was thinking "pit bull! attack! blood! gore!" and only afterward realized…he’s a dog. He’s an intact male. And he’s wary. It had little to do with the fact that he’s an APBT and more to do with him being a testosterone-fueled dog wanting to guard his territory–and he was quick to let me step in and do it instead.

I used to think that anyone who wasn’t a (responsible) breeder with intact dogs were just plain stupid. I wonder if people think the same of me when I go out with Israel, who is clearly not neutered. Do they think I’m keeping him intact so he’ll actually be aggressive? That I have something to prove?
But now that I’m relearning everything that I know about dogs regarding what to feed, how to vaccinate, how to handle different behaviors I realize that pretty much everything I was taught was just dead wrong. Literally.
Pet food has rat poison in it, pet food has dead cats and dogs in it, most vaccinations are unnecessary and harmful, and only rabies is legally required–AND you don’t have to get it every year in some states!
Even flea & tick prevention as well as heartworm preventatives are just more toxins and poisons we dump on and in our animals. I have to wear gloves when applying Frontline because if I don’t and it gets on my (sensitive) skin, then it’s days of numbness with itching and a weird feeling. And I put that on my dogs? No thanks.
The reason I’m not neutering Israel until he’s a year old is because I don’t want him to overgrow. If he’s short, he’s short. But if I don’t let the growth plates close when they should–earlier than they would if you spay/neuter–then he’ll be too tall and his bones will be too thin to support his weight. At least that’s what I think and it’s certainly a very good theory as far as what’s wrong with Judah. By no means fat, she is leggy and I think her joints just didn’t get the chance to develop and strengthen enough to support her body type because of her early spay.
I won’t let that happen to Israel. By allowing the hormones to take their own natural course, closing the growth plates at the right time, as well as feeding a natural diet that keeps him from getting too big too fast (which happened to Judah) then there’s a much lesser risk for joint problems when he’s proportionate. He’s steadily gained weight but it was never in huge spurts. The last five pounds took nearly a month to put on–and he’s fed probably 5% of his current body weight, whereas Judah is fed a bit under 2% since she’s on restricted activity and doesn’t need all of that food. Those five pounds in a month is what should have happened to Judah. Instead, she gained something like eleven pounds in three weeks.

My point is that people who don’t alter their pets out of laziness are stupid. People who don’t alter their pets for a valid, well-thought out reason are looking out for their animal’s well being. It might not look like I’m being responsible having an intact male pit bull, but I’m doing what’s best for him and I don’t need to justify that.
I am really rethinking the concept of altering to begin with. I think in reality it’s necessary because people are just damned careless. But it also has side effects for the animal, physically and mentally. I would feel more comfortable if we were able to let animals come to full maturity–at least 2 years of age–before having to alter them. I’m still thinking about it with Israel. We’ll see.

Cat Processing 101
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All animals are processed thru a minimum of a two week quarantine when they come to Rikki’s. We cannot risk any of our residents catching something from "the outside world". Our residents are our first concern. When a new resident joins us they go into quarantine. In the case of cats, it’s usually two weeks, unless there are "issues". Like persistent worms, a bad case of ear mites, they get sick during their two weeks or they need additional veterinarian work like neutering or spaying or a current rabies vaccination or a dental.

We have an extensive parasite prevention program because we simply cannot afford to have all of our animals infected by parasites brought in by one animal. An otherwise healthy and "ready to go" cat receives two preventative parasite treatments as well as a physical and any needed vaccinations. They are treated for fleas and ticks, ear mites, mange mites, a whole host of possible internal parasites and given vaccinations. The typical cat will have his or her ears cleaned and mite prevention dripped in. They will receive a capsule of worming meds and 2 cc of liquid worming meds. They get an injection for mites and other parasites and one for distemper and those other nasty things. Then they get flea drops. If they didn’t come with a current rabies certificate or it’s due to expire soon, they also get a trip to the vet to update that. A full exam includes various body orifices being poked and prodded, otoscope in ears, thermometers in unpleasant places, eyes examined, mouth pried and held open so teeth can be examined – visually we hope but all too often with the ferals we get to feel first hand how well those teeth are working – stethoscope pressed against chest and abdomen, nails clipped – often after being extracted from human flesh.

And two weeks later it’s all repeated. And if all looks well at that time they get to move into their new cat house. We have 8 temporary pens for cat quarantine that can hold up to six cats each. Some will have to be quarantined in cages in our hospital. When a family comes in together we prefer to keep them together in a temp pen than in individual cages. it’s much more homey and much less scary. Lots of kitties who’ve come to Rikki’s in the last 8 months thank Ron for the temp pens.

These kitties have been captured in their temp pens and brought up to the hospital for "processing".

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Pet Food Recall: ZuPreem FruitBlend™ With Natural Fruit Flavors

PetsitUSA received an email about another pet food recall.  This is a recall that started in September.  There was a voluntary recall by Premium Nutritional Products, Inc.  The products being recalled are:

ZuPreem FruitBlend™ With Natural Fruit Flavors maintenance formula bird foods for medium/large birds and for large birds with use by date codes of 11/30/13 or 11/13 and lot numbers 598405052 or 598405072.

However, this recall is different from the most recent recalls PetsitUSA has reported.  This is the first recall all month that is not related to salmonella.  This recall is because there is a risk to a bird’s health as a result of the combination of exceedingly high calcium levels, low phosphorus, and high Vitamin D concentration.

Symptoms of this danger include decreased activity level or appetite, an increase water consumption or watery droppings.  You can find more specific details about the products at the official press release:

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Pet Food Recall: Wellness Dog Food

Wellness is recalling its 12lb Small Breed Adult Health Dry Dog Food.  Some of these products have a higher level of moisture than what is called for in the recipe.  This can cause the food to mold before the expiration date.  The product has the ‘Best By’ date of August 18, 2013.


You can see the official announcement at  Their website is currently down.  Here’s a quote from the post:

“High moisture may cause food to mold before its expiration date, but poses no health risk.
We want you and your pet to be completely satisfied, so we are asking those who may have this limited supply of food to contact us for a replacement. No other dates, bag sizes or recipes are affected. Thanks for your support of Wellness, and we apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-225-0904. We’ll be open at 8am eastern on Wednesday morning.”

PetsitUSA will keep you up-to-date with all pet food recalls.

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Dog Poop Bags – new times call for new business

Dog Poop Bags – new times call for new business

Times have changed. Our cities have expanded, more open land is being developed now and we’re all living in high rise buildings with no gardens. The result is that we are all required to take our dogs out to community parks to relieve themselves and that has brought on the new problem of dealing with pet waste.

Laws and rules have been laid down about owners having to clean up after their pets and before long dog poop bags were invented and they are now sold all over the place to make it easier and more convenient for pet owners to actively take care of the environment.

As times change and new things come about, new business opportunities arise. Dog poop bags, as simple as they are, have become a business opportunity like few others. In my opinion the business can be compared to the opportunity toilet paper was in the days it was invented. Pets will always produce waste, and pet owners will always be obliged to clean up after their pets. Dog poop bags are almost as high in demand as toilet paper now, and laws that state pet owners have to take care of their dog’s business ensure that dog poop bags will never go out of demand.

As a result, dog poop bags are a good investment from a business point of view. New developments in the characteristics of dog poop bags are also wide open for exploration as the product still has room for improvement. The bags have been made biodegradable, recently also flushable, they’ve been made colourful and scented, and there will still be more developments in this industry.

If you’re interested in getting involved in business opportunities, something as simple and every-day as dog poop bags could be just the answer for you, because it’s in such high demand and so many pet owners are willing to jump at new developments that make waste removal even easier and less unpleasant for them. Turn on your creative brain, get involved in the dog poop bags business and make a difference to the environment and pet owner’s sentiments, along with the money you earn.

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Q&A: What are small white mites that are visible to the naked eye and are found in the home?

Question by ejdeco33: What are small white mites that are visible to the naked eye and are found in the home?
Hi, I repeatedly have problems with small white mites. No matter how much I clean, they seem to return after short periods of time. They are about the size of a full stop and I thought they may be dust mites but all info says dust mites are not visible without magnification. The do not limit themselves to soft furnishings and can be found on any surface although dust does seem to be the common factor, hence my assumption of dust mites.

I was wondering if anyone else had had this trouble and what they did to solve it. I would love to get rid of carpets and follow some radical plans to get rid of them but unfortunately, I live in rented accommodation and can not alter the flat much.

Thank you.

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Answer by keirsteinedaly
I had them. Mine seemed to be always on the tiled bathroom floor. Didnt find out what they are so i am egar to know also.

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Selecting Your Golden Retriever Puppy

Once you have decided on a breeder that you can trust, you’ll need to start thinking about what type of puppy you want. This decision could take you some time, as it can be quite a few weeks or even months before the right litter is whelped – although it will be worth the wait. If your breeder has a few litters available when you look for your Golden puppy, you may be able to compare.

Some breeders may require that you put a deposit down on the puppy of your choice, if the puppies aren’t a certain number of weeks old. The good litters rarely go unsold, as most are already spoken for before the puppies are seven weeks old. If you want to get in on a good litter, your best bet is to get to your breeder early – before all of the puppies are sold.

When you arrive to get your puppy, you shouldn’t be alarmed if the breeder does the selecting for you. Most quality breeders will spend quite a bit of time with the puppies and they will know just what their individual temperaments are. The better breeders however, will do temperament tests to determine the temperament of the puppies they have with each and every litter.

By performing these tests, the breeder will get assistance in selecting which puppy goes to which type of home. If you’ve chosen one of the better breeders, you should let him do his work and help you select the puppy that he or she thinks will be your best match. Breeders can obviously select you a better puppy, as they have been around the litter for several weeks – and you have only been around the litter looking at them for a few minutes.

Although all Golden puppies are appealing to the eyes, you need to base your reasons on more than looks. Before you pick your puppy up, you should always make sure that he has a strong build, with straight legs. The puppy should be strong and muscular, yet be squirmy and active when you first try to pick him up. You should also make sure that he has healthy teeth and gums, and look over the rest of his body to make sure that he is healthy.

If your breeder does allow you to select your puppy from the litter, then you should take the puppies that you are considering to get away from the remainder of the litter and observe each one carefully, and how they react to you. Puppies that are around 7 weeks of age should be apt to explore their surroundings. Even though they may be a little cautious at first, the puppies should still be more than anxious to look around and sniff their surroundings.

When you single out the puppies, make sure you speak to the ones you are interested in and see how they react to your voice. Try moving around and playing with them, and see how they respond to you. Some puppies will be faster than others, although you shouldn’t pursue any interest in a puppy that doesn’t show any interest in moving objects or their surroundings.

If you take your time and evaluate each puppy that you are interested in, you can find the best puppy for you and your family. Golden Retriever puppies are great to have, providing you get one that’s healthy. Getting a healthy puppy should be your desire – as a healthy puppy will grow into a strong and healthy adult – and be around for years to come.

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New Look to Sunflower Faith

Can you believe that there is only two more months left and we are starting a whole new year again. With preparations of both the end of the year and the turnover of the next, courtesy of Jerry Wade, “Sunflower Faith” has a whole new look and offering posts about book reviews, general random thoughts,…

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Termidor Termite Control Treatment – (252)531-0621 North Carolina

We Guarantee Termidor to Eliminate Your Termites – A little bit of Termidor goes a long way in treating your home. Termidor is applied at very low rates. Typically, the active ingredient (fipronil) is just 0.06% of the solution, a concentration much lower than that of older liquids and less than most insecticides. Keep in mind, too, that since 1995, fipronil has been used around the world for flea and tick control on household pets and on agricultural crops to protect food supplies. Termidor also binds to the soil, so there’s no leaching through rainfall or irrigation. And Termidor has virtually no odor, which means you and your family won’t notice a thing. One of the most tested termite solutions in history. Before Termidor was made available to American homeowners through Termidor Certified Professionals, it was subject to some of the toughest tests in history. For 8+ years, grueling USDA-Forest Service ground board and concrete slab trials in four states tested Termidor. At every application rate and every last location, Termidor proved 100% effective. B & T Pest Control Co. Kinston Office – (252)523-8255 Greenville Office – (252)752-9141 New Bern Office – (252)638-1009 Manager Cell # – (252)531-0621 Our Service Territory – Kinston, Deep Run, Pink Hill, Seven Springs, Trenton, Comfort, Dover, Cove City, LaGrange, Snow Hill, Grifton, Ayden, Farmville, Bethel, Greenville, Winterville, Grimesland, Simpson, Blackjack, Vanceboro, Oriental, New Bern, Emerald

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Nov 19, Best Dog Food Guide | Learn then Choose What’s Best for Your Dog

Want the best dog food for your beloved pet? Reasons to switch dog food brands. Get informed today.
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