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Family Matters: Pacing Dogs


You look into the window while you’re unlocking the door and you notice that your dog is pacing the floor; back and forth, back and forth. Don’t worry your dog has not gone insane, he maybe just suffering from separation anxiety. You may have just gotten the dog this summer and it has not really been away from the kids or maybe the dog misses the kids while they are at school. As a family, come up with some ways the dog can be entertained while the children are at school. You could buy your dog a new toy or as a family make a new toy for your dog.



Family Matters: Sharing Meal Time with Your Dog


If your dog is looking a little heavy, you may need to examine their eating habits. Dogs generally love human food and typically beg you to give them your food. When your family is sitting down to eat a meal, do not allow your dog to enjoy the meal with you.

You can let your dog enjoy the weather outside or they can enjoy nap time or play time in another room. You know you can not resist saying no to those big sad eyes when they want some of your food; so eliminate the temptation of feeding your dog human food by not allowing them to be in the room with you while you are eating.



Family Matters: Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store


It’s HOT outside.  Summer vacation time is beginning to wind down as the kids are thinking about going back to school.  Before the good times run out this summer, take time to do at least one or two more fun activities with your children or grandchildren.   

The best FREE outing I could suggest is a trip to the Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store in Tyler, TX.  You’ll find a link to the museum under the “Kids” section on the Brookshires.com website showing the days and hours of operation.  The museum is always a favorite destination for my two grandsons when they visit me in Tyler.  And you can’t beat the fact that it always offers free admission!



Family Matters: Milk Is Not Always a Treat for Your Cat


You always see cats on television enjoying a nice bowl of milk, you think milk is good for me; it must be good for cats too. Well you thought wrong; cats can actually be lactose intolerant. If you or a family member suffers from lactose intolerance you know how just a little bit of lactose can make you feel awful. Well that is what a cat is experiencing.  The enzyme lactase, which helps digest lactose, is in rare presents in your cat’s digestive system.  So next time you see fluffy drinking milk on television remember just to stick with cat food for your cat. 

(Source: ASPCA)



Family Matters: Picking Out the Right Food for Your Dog


Dog food comes in many varieties, dogs these days can pretty much have the same meal that you eat with all the different flavor foods. You can get your dog wet food or dry food, fish flavor, chicken flavor, beef flavor, and pork flavor.  They even make natural dog food! 

When picking a food for your dog you must consider many factors; like if you are concerned about your dog’s nutrition, if your dog has health problems, your dog’s age, what flavors your dog likes, and the time you will be feeding your dog. If you are going to be gone all day and are concerned about your dog getting hungry you may want to try dry food. With dry food, you can leave it out all day for your dog to snack on without the food going bad. If you know that you will have time to feed your dog during the day, you may want to try wet food, so you can feed your dog fresh food when they get hungry. Another benefit to dry food is it helps your dog’s teeth stay clean, so you do not have to brush their teeth as often. You may want to talk to your dog’s vet to see if they have any recommendation on a specific kind of dog food that your dog may need.



Family Matters: Man’s Best Friend as Your Walking Buddy


Just like humans, dogs need exercise too. When dogs exercise, their bone, joint and emotional health improves. Dogs make great walking and jogging buddies. Next time there is a sunny day, put a leash on your dog and take it on a walk or jog. This way both you and your dog are improving your health. Do not forget to bring water for you and your pet.



Family Matters: Stormy Weather Disasters


In this part of the country, it seems like it’s always storm season. Tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms and thunderstorms give us more than our fair share of potential disasters. If you find you must evacuate your home, don’t leave your pets behind. They’ll be much safer with you….and after the experiences of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, most emergency management resources realize that pets need consideration, too.

Check with your veterinarian, animal hospital, kennel or shelter to see if you can board your pets during a disaster, or make an arrangement with someone outside your area that you’ll care for each other’s pets in a crisis.

If storms seem imminent, keep a container of extra pet supplies, including clean water and medications, for quick access in an evacuation.

If you are waiting out a storm or other disaster at home, keep pets inside and offer comfort during any noise or confusion. Just your presence will help them feel better!



Family Matters: How Do I Take Care of a Stray Cat?


If you find a stray cat hanging around your house, what should you do? First off, make sure the kitty is a stray. Some cats just like to wander and they have a permanent home somewhere else in your neighborhood. Give the cat a chance to go home.

If you determine that this cat has adopted your family, then you need to do some serious thinking about the responsibility. Just feeding it every once in a while isn’t doing the cat a favor, because you’ll create a dependency on your food that won’t be consistently met. If you feed a cat, you need to be prepared to do this permanently.

If this isn’t something you’re prepared to do, then you really shouldn’t start feeding the kitty. If no food is forthcoming, he’ll probably move along to a more receptive household. If you do end up feeding the cat, use good-quality dry food and provide fresh water as well.



Family Matters: People Food For Pets?


You hear it everywhere: Don’t feed people food to your pets. Some people foods are deadly!

But if reality means your dog or cat will indeed have a few people foods, here are some foods that are healthy choices for pets: 

Green beans

Carrot sticks

Cucumbers

Zucchini

Apple slices (without seeds)

Cooked lean meats 

Baked potatoes

Bread

Unsalted pretzels 

Bananas

Unsalted almonds

Plain, cooked pasta 

 

Source: ASPCA.org



Family Matters: Food Hazards


Pets are curious , and pets love to eat. That can make a dangerous combination any day of the year, but especially so around Christmas. With so many new and interesting scents and sights, most cats and dogs just have to investigate. Do you know what hazards to watch for? You might be surprised at the items that are dangerous for pets, but fine for humans. 

 

  • Onions and garlic: They contain sulfur compounds that can cause digestive problems and harm red blood cells. While few of us would ever feed a cat or dog onions or garlic, they are often ingredients in many soups, roasts and casseroles.
  • Grapes and Raisins: Yummy and healthy for people, grapes and raisins can be deadly to dogs. They can trigger vomiting, diarrhea and kidney failure.
  • Macadamia nuts: Just a handful can cause real problems. There’s a toxin that can lead to muscle weakness, sometimes paralysis, vomiting and diarrhea. Macadamia nut poisoning isn’t fatal, though, and most pets recover within 48 hours.
  • Medications: Nobody would deliberately leave medications out for a  pet to eat, but if left out, dogs can crush the bottle easily and get to the contents inside. Keep pets away from all medications—keep the bottles in a drawer or cabinet.
  • Plants: a surprising number of plants are poisonous to cats and dogs, including lilies, poinsettias and others.
  • Sugar substitutes: Xylitol is a common sweetener used in many sugar-free candies, gums, baked goods and toothpastes (it’s sometimes listed as a sugar alcohol) and can cause low blood sugar and liver damage in dogs. Small amounts can cause big trouble, so resist the urge to give your dog a bite of Christmas cookie!

Often, pets find the dangerous materials by rooting through the trash. Make sure tempting scents aren’t available, and keep the trash can secured in an area where it’ll stay safe.



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