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Your Dog's Dietary Requirements Will Vary With Age by Bob Perkins [Jul. 17th, 2008|02:11 am]
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Your Dog's Dietary Requirements Will Vary With Age
 by: Bob Perkins
Dogs need different diets at different ages. Yes. This is true. For example, the puppy needs milk as the major food item while an adult dog may need beef or chicken in addition to the boiled egg and milk. So depending on the age factor, the diet schedule varies in reality for the dogs like any other species.

This makes perfect sense if you think about it. We as humans have different dietary requirements as we grow older as well. Aging may require the increased intake of certain nutrients and the decrease of some others. Knowing the best diet for your dogs age makes it that much easier for your dog to lead a healthy, happy life.

Puppies need greater amounts of protein, fat and carbohydrates than an adult dogs. Furthermore, puppies need more frequent feeding schedules in a day, unlike an adult dog. The movement based requirements of diet are more in the case of puppies, since they are often more active than the adult dogs.

Elder dogs need restricted protein but the protein needs to be easily digestible and easily assimilated in the body. The diet schedule should have ample supply of water for them. Feeding aged dogs too much protein may finally lead to over burden to the renal structures and ultimately, the dog may end up damaging filters in the kidney.

This is true especially when the immune system of these dogs is compromised due to many factors. Similarly, the elderly dogs need less food only because the movements of the adult dogs are highly restricted and hence, they use a limited amount of energy...a lot less energy than a puppy who's running around your house at a mile a minute.

Female dogs in the pregnancy stage need not be fed a full stomach since it may cause some discomforts to the animal. However, the pregnant animal and the nursing animal need special type of food items that deliver a balanced type of nutrition with proper supplementation of vitamins and minerals.

The nursing animal with puppies need to be fed with enough amounts of calcium and hence, there will not be any calcium based deficiency and the bones of the puppies will be strong without any curving.

To Your Dog's Good Health!

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Your Child Brought Home A Dog by Jonathon Hardcastle - ArticleCity.com [Jul. 16th, 2008|09:11 am]
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Your Child Brought Home A Dog
 by: Jonathon Hardcastle
Although growing up you were fortunate to have a pet friend, its loss did make you suffer greatly and you decided not to risk exposing your kids to the same experience of them having to cope one day with the loss of their animal friend. But, life always finds a way to surprise you when you least expect it and one evening your son or daughter might enter the house accompanied by a stray dog. You will probably think that this is a very bad idea, but your son's eyes will beg you to reconsider and allow his new friend to stay "Please, just for a few days; until we find someone who wants to adopt it." Now you know how that story will go. The days will pass and your new visitor will still be in your house, messing around with your shoes and licking his plate all the way from the kitchen floor to the living-room carpet creating a mess. But when he will put his head on your lap for you to touch it on the head, you will catch yourself smiling and thinking that this is not a bad idea after all. Well, it is certainly not.

Researchers have found evidence suggesting that kids who grow up having a pet companion learn a lot from this relationship. The connection formed is not only beneficial to the animal, but also to the child. Kids that have pets become responsible sooner and behave proactively. These are just two of the positive outcomes your child will experience from your decision to allow a "stranger" to enter your house. The lessons a child will learn from being close to an animal can have a tremendous effect to its personality and behavior; today and in the future. Having to take the dog out for a walk, visiting the veterinarian's office every six months, washing the dog or playing with it, will not only be some of your kid's future cherished memories, but also some rather life-changing experiences.

Only good can come out from your child learning to be respectful and affectionate to an animal. By living with a dog, your child will for the first time in his or her life learn what it feels like to take care of another living-soul. Moreover, the happiness and comfort such a relationship will bring to your kid's life cannot be easily ignored or compared with anything else he or she will later decide to experience. Respecting someone else's needs and thinking of their well-being are extremely important lessons for the formation of your child's future character and you will be later thanked for being tolerant and supportive.

Do not be intimidated from the fact that your child will consider his or her new pet friend just like he or she does with a new toy; fun and wonderful at the beginning, annoying and boring later. This is actually your chance to teach your child what it means to love unconditionally and to protect one's life. From the trips to the nearby park to your family's summer vacations, your child will have a first-hand experience on how rewarding and fulfilling it can be to cultivate such an intimate relationship and what it entails to keep it flourishing and rewarding.

Finally, the risk of loosing the dog, or the reality that it will one day die, cannot be underestimated. It is true that kids become psychologically attached to their pets, but so do adults. There is no easy way to say goodbye to a beloved companion, but no bigger lesson exists there in life. Understanding what death is, learning to accept it, and finding ways to cope with it, are not processes one has to go through when he or she is an adult. Perhaps then it will be too difficult for your child to become conscious of the loss.

Pets can be the most fulfilling experience a kid can have and it is always time to open your door and your soul to that stray dog he or she will bring in. Life gives no guarantees that happiness and bliss will last forever. Nevertheless, your kid will become a better individual if he or she is given a chance to experience life through the eyes of a dog.

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Shih Tzu/Dogs/First Aid [Jun. 15th, 2008|05:11 am]
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Shih Tzu/Dogs/First Aid
 by: Connie Limon
Goals of first aid are: Keep your safety in mind at all times. Attend to any severe bleeding that is present. Administer CPR if needed. Immobilize injuries and/or pet for transport. Take your pet to the vet as soon as possible. Delay in seeking professional help often increase costs and decreases treatment success.
When you do encounter an emergency situation, do not panic! Look around your surroundings to be sure there are no moving vehicles, broken glass, chemical spills, fire and electrical hazards. Approach the injured or ill pet slowly and with caution. Use a calm reassuring voice. You might need to apply a muzzle. Injured or ill animals might bite out of pain or fear. If this occurs, don't take it personally and don't feel like your animal is now vicious or worthless and needs to be gotten rid of. Be understanding that the animal is under extreme stress and hardly knows what to do himself.
Never use a muzzle on an animal that is vomiting, choking, convulsing or having breathing difficulties. If you cannot muzzle, use heavy-duty gloves or drape a blanket or thick towel over the animal's head prior to handling.
Determine whether a life-threatening situation exists and give appropriate first aid. Look for unconsciousness, shock, hemorrhage, look for breathing difficulties. Trauma (like hit by a car), poisoning, and air leakage from chest are all life-threatening. Transport the animal to the vet or emergency vet hospital. Transport securely - use a travel kennel most preferably. If a travel kennel is not available, place the animal in a box.
If head or spinal injury is suspected, use a board, plywood, window screen or any flat, firm surface to transport. If this type of flat support is not available, transport the pet in a large towel or small blanket. You might call the vet clinic in advance of your arrival giving them the circumstances of the accident, or illness.
Planning for an emergency:
Decide what you need to do ahead of time and rehearse. Have important telephone numbers such as your local vet and two of the closest 24-hour veterinary emergency clinics in a place you can find easily in a sudden emergency. The Poison Control Center number should be easily found: (800) 548-2423.
Items for your pet first aid kit:
Leash, Welder's gloves
Stretch bandage
Roll gauze
Solar blanket
Bandage tape
Sterile nonstick wound pads
Clean hand towel
Cotton balls and/or swabs
Chlorhexidine wash (0.5%)
Saline solution
Sterile eye ointment
Lubricating jelly
Clotting powder
Kydrogen peroxide
Activated charcoal
Triple antibiotic ointment
Forceps and/or tweezers
Bulb syringe
Plastic digital thermometer
Reusable cold pack
12-milliliter syringe
Disposable gloves
Feeding Tubes
Home remedies

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How Many Cat Litter Boxes Do You Need? [Jun. 8th, 2008|10:29 pm]
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How Many Cat Litter Boxes Do You Need?
 by: Nancy E. Wigal
The number of cat litter boxes available for your kitties is another key to good litter box habits. Many cats are fussy about their litter boxes, and if they aren't happy with number you provide, they communicate their unhappiness to you in most direct manner possible - they stop using the litter box.
Here is some essential information for determining the minimum number of cat litter boxes you need for your cats.
First off, there is a tried and true formula that tells you the bare minimum number of cat litter boxes you should have available:
"X" cats + 1 = minimum number of cat litter boxes.
If you have three cats you need a minimum (I can't stress this enough) of four cat litter boxes. However, depending upon your cat's litter box habits, you may need more. Why?
Some cats require two litter boxes for their personal use. They use one for liquid waste deposit, and the other one for their solid waste output. If you have just two cats, and one of them fits this description, you're already up to four cat litter boxes!
With this formula, even one cat requires at least two cat litter boxes. If you have a dwelling that is multi-story, you may need to strategically locate litter boxes on each level of your home. This works well to eliminate any problems your cat may have about making it to the litter box in time. Particularly as cats get older, they develop stiff joints and/or memory problems. You will see this illustrated in their ability to get to the cat litter box in time, provided they remember where the nearest one is located.
If you have several cats in your household, applying this formula can be challenging if you run out of litter box locations that suit you. What if your cats don't like the litter box locations you chosen? They tell you - they do their waste elimination business in the location they'd prefer to see a cat litter box.
It may take some creativity on your part, as well as negotiation with the cats, to place the minimum number of cat litter boxes around your house that will reinforce good cat litter habits.
When I am contacted by cat owners who have 4 or more cats, and they want to know how boxes they need to have available, they sometimes gasp at my answer. But cleaning up after multiple cats can become a full time job. You really have to scoop out the boxes as often as the cats deposit their mess, because a dirty cat litter box will cause problems.
For this reason, I always urge feline owners who live in rather small spaces to think seriously about the number of cats they wish to keep, especially if they decide to keep all kitties indoors. I agree that all cats should be kept indoors, except under special circumstances. However, space considerations are finite and can only accomodate so many cats and their litter boxes.
The majority of questions I receive from stressed-out cat owners involve multi-animal households. Often, the owner simply doesn't realize that each cat needs at least one litter box to call her own. When they realize the number of cat litter boxes necessary, they often have to be very creative to place the litter boxes in strategic locations.
However, once you set up enough cat litter boxes, depending upon your cat's litter box habits, successful litter box habits can be learned and enforced.

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Help [Nov. 13th, 2007|11:41 pm]
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Anyone wanting to help animals or wanting a pet....

Taken from a site:

About 130 dogs rescued from a puppy mill in Virginia will be up for adoption Friday at the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington NY, an official with the group said.

More than 980 dogs were rescued from a puppy mill in Carroll County, Va., last week by about 25 animal rescue organizations, said Devera Lynn, North Shore's vice president of communications. The league is taking in 132 dogs -- the most of any organization.

"You can tell they've never had any human contact before," Lynn said at the shelter Saturday amid a symphony of barks and howls. "But you can see they've been craving it."

there site is here:
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Animal Abuse in Ukraine [Nov. 2nd, 2007|06:54 pm]
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www.MatesMaster.com friends and romance network, the site which is constantly involved in Animal Welfare programs, joins forces with Kiev City Society for the Protection of Animals in protest to the inhumane treatment of animals, abuse and cruelty in Ukraine.

About 156,000 stray cats and dogs are annually hurt, abused and killed in Ukrainian citiesand towns. When caught by the dog catchers, some stray animals are used forpainful experiments.
Stray dogs are often bludgeoned or put to death by electricity or caught using an inhumane poison and sometimes die slow, painful deaths. Instead of putting an animal to sleep with the use of euthanasia (i.e. the act of killing an animal painlessly), the animal service uses dithylinum (suxamethonium chloride), a poison which paralyzes the animal and causes it to die of suffocation in a few hours of agony. There is ample evidence that the poor creatures are still conscious and feel all the pain before they die. It is often the case that animals are beaten with legs and metal sticks, whereupon they are buried or burned alive.

Lots of people witnessed animals being tortured and murdered - little kittens tied up in plastic bags and thrown in the river, people intentionally run stray pets over with their cars, newly born puppies dumped on vacant land without their mother and left them to die.
Stories are endless and make hearts of every Human Being bleed.

Authorities of small Ukrainian communities for ever used and are still using different kind of poison - rat poison and recently they "discovered" a new method of killing stray animals - Isoniazidum (Tubazidum) anti-tuberculosis drug causing cheap, but very slow and painful death

more information is available here: www.MatesMaster.com/petrescue.html

To sign a petition to Ukrainian government, please, go to
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(no subject) [Mar. 24th, 2005|02:59 pm]
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1) I love 8th Continent's chocolate soymilk, but apparently none of their soymilks are vegan. Please, please email them and urge them to switch from D3 to D2 in order to stop animal cruelty. Even if you don't like it, or like some other soymilk more, there are a lot of people who aren't vegan but still drink it. By getting this company to remove the ONE non-vegan ingredient, the non-vegans will be supporting anti-cruelty with their money. If the company is going to make and sell its product regardless of whether the vegans buy it or not, why not make it vegan so it doesn't hurt animals? Think of all the animals/animal by products that will be saved in the process! Not only that, but it would help those of us who love it ;) 8thContinent@genmills.com

2) As many of you know, Wet Seal uses bunnies for fur instead of faux fur. Although I have sent a letter and many people have as well, I thought it would be more effective to send them a box full of receipts from faux fur bought elsewhere. (I specifically went to Abercrombie & Fitch instead of buying from Wet Seal.) If you want to send yours on your own for whatever reason, here is the address:(Joel N. Waller, CEO
Wet Seal, Inc. 26972 Burbank Foothill Ranch, CA 92610) If you'd rather have me send yours together with mine and the others that I collect, email me at fnbventura@gmail.com. Also, if you can't find your receipt, or don't want to bother, you can take a picture of yourself wearing it or a picture of the tag that says where it is from/ that it is fake fur, and I'll send that with the receipts!

3) I had an idea for activism, and thought I would share it with others so that more people could do it. I don't know if it's a completely original idea, but it doesn't matter. Here's what to do: If your city is holding an Easter Egg hunt, plant plastic eggs with cruelty free stickers or other animal-friendly materials that are appealing to children inside. When the children go to find their eggs, they will find yours, and hopefully think about animals in a new way. For example, if someone got something that said simply and nicely where eggs really come from, how many children would want to have REAL eggs for easter ever again? Another helpful thing to do would be to hold a booth outside with information in case children or people are confused or just want to know more. That way you can personally explain the truth about meat, eggs, and dairy. Plastic Easter Eggs are on sale at Michael's (a craft store chain in the US) 52 for 6 dollars, or you might be able to find cheap ones at a 99 cents store or grocery store. Also, PETA.org can provide stickers and coloring books and other information made specifically for children, as well as information for adults. If you don't have enough time to order them, try printing them out at home or at the library. You can buy sticker paper at craft stores, or simply print onto regular paper. Happy hunting! (And sabatoging :) )

4) Food Not Bombs Ventura still needs volunteers to help us with passing out flyers, carpooling, getting donations, picking up donations, cooking food, and serving food to the homeless of Ventura. There we will be promoting human rights, animal rights (the food is always vegetarian and vegan most of the time), and peace. email fnbventura@gmail.com if you're interested. Thanks!

x-posted a lot, sorry for the inconvience to some of you
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(no subject) [Feb. 26th, 2003|09:59 pm]
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Hi everyone,

I wanted to tell you all about the Grassroots Animal Rights Conference coming up next month. It's from March 31-April 3rd in Manhatten, New York. Now is the time to register. Check out info about the conference at garc and The Grassroots AR Conference.

Hope to see you there,

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(no subject) [Feb. 21st, 2005|11:04 pm]
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Food Not Bombs is an all-volunteer collection that strives to end hunger, support the humane treatment of animals and promote peace. The Ventura, California chapter will be serving food to the homeless weekly. The food served will primarily be vegetarian and sometimes vegan, depending on the donated food supplies. To be involved with Food Not Bombs you do not have to be either a vegetarian or vegan, everyone is welcome to help us feed the homeless.

Food Not Bombs has a universal website at www.FoodNotBombs.net; however, each Food Not Bombs chapter is autonomous and is not controlled by any governing body. Because we are independent, all decisions about what to serve, what to promote, and what to do are completely up to us.

We will be scheduling an introductory meeting in which everyone interested is invited to come and see how they can help. At this meeting, you will be able to give any suggestions you have about the organization; what to include, what not to include, etc. We want your suggestions and strongly encourage you to come to this meeting. In order to get this organization off the ground, we need your support.

We will also need volunteers to:
1) Advertise and/or distribute Food Not Bombs flyers to promote public awareness
2) Pick up donated food and supplies from grocery stores, health food stores, farmers markets, and anywhere else that has agreed to donate
3) Use any personal contacts to help us get supplies donated to us, such as utensils, bowls, napkins, as well as food
4) Help cook large quantities of food, probably in stews and soups 5) Help serve the food
6) Find new volunteers

If you are interested in attending the meeting, or know anyone who might be, please contact Courtney at fnbventura@gmail.com with your availability. Also, if you have any questions or want to learn more, feel free to email us or visit www.FoodNotBombs.net.

If you have said you were interested, or are interested please join: http://groups.myspace.com/FoodNotBombsVentura


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Polar Bear [Nov. 14th, 2003|05:40 pm]
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