My cats get fleas, treatment, preventions, and collars?

Question by Anita Clemons: My cats get fleas, treatment, preventions, and collars?
I have 2 indoor cats and the are invested with fleas and so is my room. How can I premanetely get ride of them, prevent then, and will flea collars help prevent them?

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Answer by DSW
Fleas have a six week gestatiion. That means the adults have babies and babies have babies eggs. Adams has a good product. (walmart) you need to spray areas. Bathe animals three times in 6-8 weeks. No giving up at two weeks!

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Saturday Survey: National Pet Adoption Weekend

This weekend, PetSmart stores in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico have a space for local shelters to set up adoption events in honor of National Pet Adoption weekend. Are you participating? Click here for further info. Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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Xena – a new life in Monte Carlo

This is Xena the English bulldog.  Xena is six years old and now lives a life of luxury with her owner, Lorraine, in Monte Carlo, but her earlier life wasn’t so good. She was used as a brood bitch in a kennel at Aix-en-Provence. Although you can’t see it in this photo, her teats hang very low, evidence of too many litters.  Fortunately for her she got to the age when she was no more use to the breeder and now here she is on the terrace of the Cafe de Paris, receiving admiring glances from everyone. (see small photo)  Good for you, Lorraine. One happy dog now.


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Is it normal for pet rats to scratch alot?

Question by veggiemama: Is it normal for pet rats to scratch alot?
I have a 7 month old female pet rat and she scratches behind her ears alot. Is that normal? Also i just found her a cagemate which is another female but she is about 2 months old and i just introduced them a couple days ago and now they are in a cage togeather. How do i know if they are fighting or just playing? They look like they are wrestling then my older rat holds the other one down and cleans her. Is it just wrestling?

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Answer by Johnny B
Check for lice!

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3 Amazing (Completely Different) Smoothie Recipes

3 Amazing (Completely Different) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean

For the last couple of months, I have been consuming smoothies like there’s no tomorrow.  I’ve been eating healthier in general, and being much more mindful of finding ways to enjoy whole, nutritious meals everyday.  But it is the smoothie that is the reigning queen of my healthy food regimen.  Robbie calls them ‘liquid salads,’ which, to a degree, is a somewhat accurate description.  But smoothies can be so much more than just the standard ‘one part greens, one part fruit, one part liquid’ cocktail.  I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of ingredient combinations, and have discovered ways to make all types of smoothies, from refreshing to more savory to dessert-inspired.  The three recipes I’m sharing today – each of which is a completely different style and flavor than the next – are my favorites so far.  

3 Amazing (Completely Different) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean
3 Amazing (Healthy + Delicious) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean

A few things before you make the best smoothies of your life:

1. If one of these recipes sounds especially good to you and you want to make it right-this-very-second but don’t have all of the ingredients, just improvise.  That’s how I ended up coming up with each of these – by throwing together things I already had.

2. I use a Nutribullet, but any type of blender with a powerful enough motor to blend greens will work.  No fancy machine is required to make these happen. 

3. You’ll notice that quantities of most of the ingredients aren’t exact.  Since fruit can be sweeter or more tart depending on its ripeness, etc., I suggest playing around and tasting as you go. 

4. Each of these will yield two 6-8 ounce smoothies, or a big ol’ 12-16 ouncer if you’re in the mood for more.

5. Because different blenders work differently, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions in terms of how to ‘layer’ your ingredients.  For the Nutribullet, where you turn the cup over to blend, I add greens first, then fruit, then seeds, then liquid.  In a regular old blender, I add frozen ingredients first, then fresh ingredients, the liquid, then seeds.  As for how long to blend, I recommend 30 second to several minutes, depending on the consistency you’re going for.  My rule of thumb is to taste as you go.

And now, the recipes.

3 Amazing (Healthy + Delicious) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean
  • 1-2 handfuls of organic kale
  • 2 handfuls of organic spinach
  • 1/4 cup of frozen organic pineapple
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of frozen organic mangoes
  • A few chunks of avocado
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of organic Chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water (or plain water)

This smoothie is slightly sweet, but focuses more on greens than fruit. Depending on how much pineapple you add (less pineapple = less sweet), it’s also somewhat savory and makes for a good meal.  Instead of blending until liquified, I only blend for 30-60 seconds in order to keep it the consistency of a frozen slushie or soft sorbet.  The avocado makes this one creamy, so feel free to add more if you’re in the mood for an especially velvety treat. I finish by topping with organic granola (my favorites are Pumpkin Flax and Coconut Chia by Nature’s Valley, although homemade is best!), and I eat it with a spoon.

3 Amazing (Healthy + Delicious) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean
  • 1 handful of organic kale
  • 1 handful of organic spinach
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of frozen organic blueberries
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of frozen organic strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of frozen organic pineapple
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of frozen organic mangoes
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of organic Chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water (or plain water)
  • Pure maple syrup to taste

I call this one the ‘Kitchen Sink’ because the first time I made it, I blended pretty much every ingredient I had on hand that could possibly go into a smoothie and still taste good.  And it worked. This is a sweet, refreshing treat that’s packed with protein.  If you’re vegan, just omit the Greek yogurt.  I like to add a little pure maple syrup to cut down on the tartness of the fruits.  Just blend everything together for a couple of minutes until liquified. 

3 Amazing (Healthy + Delicious) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean
  • 1 small handful of organic spinach
  • 2 organic bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 2-3 tablespoons of almond butter
  • 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • Raw honey to taste
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon to taste

If you’re craving a milkshake but want a healthier option, this smoothie will do the trick and then some. I make this one for dessert (and sometimes for breakfast too).  If you don’t have almond butter, peanut butter works just fine.  And if you’re vegan, just replace the yogurt with more banana, and use pure maple syrup in place of the honey. Robbie loves this one after he gets back from a long run.  It’s filling and satisfies your sweet tooth without being overly sugary.  Sometimes, if I’m feeling a little crazy, I like to add a tiny splash of pure vanilla extract to this one (watch out!).  It’s also good with a few pieces of frozen mango thrown in, if you happen to have some on hand. I usually blend this one for a couple of minutes, until the consistency is similar to a milkshake.

If you make any of these, let me know what you think!  And if you have any favorites of your own, please share them in the comments.  Thanks to my recent smoothie obsession, I am down with trying out pretty much any combination of ingredients.

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The Only Cup That Satisfies by Michelle McCulloch (Guest Article)

The Only Cup That Satisfies By Michelle McCulloch Before me sits a cup of water, pure, clear, from the faucet sink. Immediately I think of the water of Africa. For those I know who are even fortunate enough  to have a sink to draw water from, instead of walking a distance with cans, the water is not  clean, pure, drinkable.  We are such a blessed culture. Not a very needy culture when it comes to material things. My clothes are in the washer, another load is in the dryer, the dishwasher is filled  with freshly clean plates, the fridge is stoked, the car has gas, the closet has selection,…

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Puppy Steals Chew Stick From Brother | Video

Adorable puppy loses his chew stick but doesn’t miss a beat stealing his brothers!

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Living with Scabies..?

Question by : Living with Scabies..?
My brother lives with his girlfriend and he thought he had crabs because his crotch is itching like crazy, but inbetween his fingers is itching like crazy too. So we took him to the doctor this morning & they said he has Scabies. They gave him some cream but now he has to spend the next 2 weeks at our house so that he can get rid of them.
None of us have ever had Scabies before, & we’re all worried about getting it.
How easy will it be for us to catch it from him?
If i sit down where he has sat will i get it on my crotch too?
I have 3 dogs, will my dogs be able to get it from him? Two of them sleep in the bed with me.
I don’t have a lot of faith in his doctor’s knowledge because she said if it wasn’t for his itching between his fingers he could have crabs. And she didn’t actually see any mites with her eyes but she gave him lice treatment anyways.
SAM – No. They gave him over-the-counter lice treatment which he rubbed on his crotch & fingers. Left on for 10 minutes, then showered; just as instructed.

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Answer by Brianna
U can get it from him but only if u sleep in the same bed with him to b safe and make sure that no one esle gets it though u should wash everything ur brother wears or sleeps on also everything at his apartment just cause u sit down where he sat doesn’t matter but u should vacuum off the couch so that the little bugs that give u scabies don’t stay on it ur dogs should b fine though

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Find the Best Dog Breed and Dog Food Reference Charts

 Choosing both a  new dog and the dog food that fits your new dog and your pocketbook are big decisions.  FindTheBest is a valuable resource for selecting the best type of dog for any living situation and any personality type.  FindTheBest is a great reference for information on 193 different breeds comparing dog temperament and breed standards as well as physical features like size, coat and color.
 This reference presents the facts in easy to use tables and allows for side-by-side comparisons of different breeds and consumer products so that you can find the best.
 This is a great reference for researching everything from the best dog breeds to the best dry dog food before purchasing, and for anyone to make a quick and informed decision.
Grayson Nance is a recent graduate of UCSB and now works with FindTheBest where you can compare anything from cat breeds to the best espresso machines.   
  This reference is a great example of how quality dog foods are becoming more popular. However I don’t see my favorites: Taste of the Wild:Salmon and Sweet Potato, Royal Canin:Duck and Potato, Halo Products, and Natural Balance: Many hypoallergenic ingredients.
However this digital chart is an example of  how much dog food ingredients are changing . Categories include grain free , organic, and  no preservatives. The commercial dog food industry is responding to dog owners that want to feed their pets a healthier mix of ingredients. Dog foods now have better meats, veggies, and fruit instead of carcasses, meat by-products, and grain. 
50% of my day is spent treating the result of feeding poor quality dog food or owners not realizing that individual dogs can’t tolerate certain food ingredients.  
Some dogs require extra healthy oils or added human food ingredients to some commercial food to make up for the lack of healthful whole foods. Even though the food says”complete and balanced” some dogs need more fat and oils, less carbs, or more moisture in the food. In Dog Dish Diet , I talk about the history of dog food and ways you can help your dog eat a mix of commercial, human food, raw food, and homemade food for better health.
Canned food, slow cooking meat and veggies, feeding raw meaty bones or chicken wings, and  feeding raw food may be a better choice than any dry food for those dogs suffering from medical problems. 


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pitbullA Virginia animal shelter is showing what people who share their homes with pit bull type dogs already know: these dogs are wonderful, loving pets who are oh, so adorable, too!

Fairfax County Animal Shelter (FCAS) has embarked on a mission to showcase pit bull type dogs as they really are – loving, playful family dogs. Negative media attention and stereotypes have, sadly, given many people an uninformed view of these dogs, making them harder to adopt from shelters.

One way the FCAS is doing this is by promoting photos of their adoptable pit bull type dogs in fun, happy (and cute!) settings.

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