Jul 30 2010

Used Dogs Rescue

Published by Big Paw Designs under Pet Rescue

Woof! As you know, several of our product item sales benefit Used Dogs Rescue in New Orleans. Her is an update of what is going on in the Big Easy…. With the oil spill there is a lot of extra tasks they have taken on – so if you can donate please do! Due to the Oil Spill, Used Dogs is helping with re-homes for people in the Coast Guard who are just working ALL THE TIME now. And the Boat DOGs. Spring brought us a lot of emaciated dogs for some reason. Below are some happy dogs who are up for adoption as well as some who have been adopted recently. USED DOGS will be at Petcetera with adoptable dogs Saturday August 21 from 1 – 6 at 3205 Magazine Street.

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Jul 26 2010

50% off sale on select items!

Published by Big Paw Designs under Uncategorized

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Jul 21 2010

The Lowchen

Published by Big Paw Designs under Dog Breeds

The Lowchen is a small size dog with a big reputation. He is also known as the Little Lion Dog. The adults typically weigh about 6 _ pounds when fully grown. This breed reaches between 10 and 13 inches in height for a fully grown dog.

Typically, the coat of a Lowchen is long and silky. It is available in almost any color. Grooming this breed of dog requires daily brushing. Since his coat is rather long, it is wise to have him professionally trimmed.

In fact, he is trimmed to resemble a lion with his mane. His coat is clipped from the last rib to the tail, including the length of the tail except for the very end, which is left to resemble a plume. Between this and his mane, he truly has a leonine appearance.

The Lowchen is an active and very playful dog. He likes exercise and has a better disposition if he gets it. Moreover, this breed is known for its intelligence and desire to bestow affection on people.

The Lowchen likes people and responds well to them. Additionally, the Lowchen is friendly and agreeable with children. Therefore, he makes a wonderful companion for families as well as individuals.

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Jul 15 2010

Train a cat for walks

If you’ve ever watched someone walk their dog on a leash, and you have a cat, you may have envied that canine ability to walk to leash. Even a disobedient dog trying to get off his leash is better than a disgusted cat trying to get off his leash. Keep in mind if you do get your cat to walk on a leash – do not do so if you live in a busy area with lots of dogs. Always make sure there are no dogs, no cars and you are doing this in a safe place – like your back garden. If you have any doubts at all, do not

The good news is, it is possible to train most cats not all – to leash. Some cats never will walk to leash, no matter how patiently you try to train them. But most cats, especially young ones, can be taught to walk to leash. The key is to be gentle, to be patient, and to let the cat take its own sweet time getting adjusted to the idea.

A cat won’t walk to leash with a collar. Oh, there are exceptions; there are also cats that like fishing and swimming, but you can’t count on your cat doing it. In order to walk a cat to leash, you’ll have to purchase a harness leash.

Start by getting the cat used to wearing the harness around the house. Putting it on the cat the first few times will be the hardest part; this is where gentleness and patience really come into the picture. If you get impatient with the cat, or force it into the harness, or speak unkindly or handle it roughly, then the battle is lost almost before you begin it; the cat will have learned to hate the harness from the beginning, and your chances of overcoming that are about the same as your chances of teaching your cat to swim.

But if the cat is gently acclimated to the harness, and if you can coax her into it and just let her wear it around the house for a while, several times in a row, then you’re well on your way. It’s easiest when the cat has already learned to wear a collar–either a flea collar or a collar and tag–but it isn’t hopeless if she hasn’t.

Once the cat has worn the harness around the house several times in a row–never just leave the harness on; always take it off after an hour or so–then you’re ready for the next step. Put the harness on, and clip on the least that came with it. Then just sit there. The cat, not accustomed to being constrained like that, is likely to fight with the leash once it gets to the end of it and finds it can’t go any farther; that’s natural. Just remain seated, holding your end of the leash firmly in your hand, and speak to the cat in a gentle, soothing tone. This is not the time to ‘tease’ your cat or try to play with her. Just be still, and let the cat get used to the idea of being leashed.

If your cat really hates the leash the first time you put it on, you may want to go back to just putting on the harness for an hour or so, and stick with that for a few more days, then repeat the leash step. Once your cat gets to the point that she isn’t fighting the leash when she wears it, you can try the next step.

With the harness and leash on the cat, stand up and take a few steps forward–just far enough that the leash becomes slightly taut. Nine times out of ten, the cat is going to fight this just the way she did having the leash on the first time (and, no doubt, having the harness on the time before that). Never try to drag the cat around by the leash; just walk far enough forward that she has to take one step forward, and then wait until she takes that step. Then walk a little bit farther forward; again, wait for her, don’t drag her. You may tug gently on the leash, but never jerk it. Remember, you don’t want the cat to learn to hate the leash.

The first time you try ‘walking’ her with the leash, it shouldn’t be for more than five minutes. But you can gradually increase the time as your cat becomes accustomed to the leash, until you can finally walk all over the house with the cat following you.

When you first take the cat outside on the leash, you’ll want to repeat the process; stand very still and let her get used to being outside on the leash; then walk her a little ways forward; then expand the ‘territory’ you take in.

Gradual acclimation is the key to training a cat to walk to leash; gentleness and patience are the keys to keeping her from hating it. If you’re willing to take your time, most cats will learn to walk to leash

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Jul 14 2010

Heat Exhaustion in Dogs

Heat exhaustion can and does occur in dogs. Certain breeds of dogs are more susceptible to heat exhaustion than others. In particular, short-nosed breeds such as the Chow Chow and Bulldogs, are prone to it.

Typically, human error comes into play when dogs experience a bout of heat exhaustion. In fact, thoughtlessness is probably the main cause of heat exhaustion in dogs. Dog owners often take their pets in the car for a ride when they are running errands, failing to provide proper ventilation.

Unfortunately, the owner may misjudge either the length of time that the dog will remain unattended in the car or how hot the outside temperature will reach on a particular day. This may occur more frequently around the change of seasons when the temperature varies from one day to another.

Unfortunately, a closed car in the hotter weather of summer can reach extremely high temperatures. In fact, the inside temperature of the car can become hot enough to cause the dog’s untimely death.

If a dog experiences heat exhaustion, he will exhibit symptoms of it. One of the first signs is obvious distress. The dog may begin to pant heavily. Additionally, the dog may show signs of an inability to breathe in deeply enough to sustain him. If this happens, you will hear strangling sounds emitting from his throat. The dog’s tongue may even become swollen and turn blue.

Although a trip to the veterinarian may be indicated, it is important to cool the dog down and to begin resuscitation efforts first. Lots of cold water is the best remedy. If possible, immerse the dog in a large trough or tub that is filled with cold water. Bathe the dog completely by drenching his body with cold water. Continue this process until the dog shows signs of breathing easier.

Once the dog is on the way to recovery, you can take him to the veterinarian. The vet will assess the dog’s condition before deciding treatment. He may place the dog on an oxygen flow if indicated. Moreover, the dog may need an injection to reduce the inflammation in his throat.

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Jun 25 2010

Dogs inside Cars

From the moment you first place your dog in the vehicle, you want him to understand how he should behave. The best way to do that is to place the dog in the location where he will always sit when traveling by car.

For a small dog, a collapsible cage might be a good solution. When you place the cage inside the car, make sure that it is secure and on a flat surface. You want to make sure that your pet is safe and comfortable so that he enjoys the ride and behaves.

For a larger dog, you need to place him somewhere that is secure enough to keep him from distracting the driver or getting in his way. If the car is a hatchback, consider purchasing a divider that will separate it from the rest of the car. You need to make sure that the divider is secure and that it will stay in place for the duration of the trip.

In fact, if you look on websites that sell products for animals, you will most likely find dog guards or dividers for almost any make of vehicle. Additionally, they are often for sale at various dog shows. In addition to dividers that separate one area of the car from another, there are special guards for windows that allow your pet to get fresh air without the risk of jumping or falling out of the window.

If you prefer, you can always use a specially designed harness to clip your dog to the seatbelt of the back seat. Whatever you decide to do, you must be consistent. It is important if you want your dog to learn proper behavior while traveling in the car.

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Jun 16 2010

The Hungarian Puli

Published by Big Paw Designs under Dog Breeds

The Hungarian Puli is a small to medium size dog. The males typically weigh between 1828 _ to 33 pounds when fully grown; and the females typically weigh about 22 to 28 _ pounds when full grown. This breed of terrier reaches about 16 to 17 _ inches in height for a fully grown male and about 14 _ to 16 1/2 inches in height for a fully grown female.

The coat of a Hungarian Puli can have a coloring that ranges from black through gray or fawn through apricot. The coat is unique and attractive especially if properly cared for and groomed. Grooming this breed of dog is never a simple and easy task.

The coat grows long and thick until it becomes a weather resistant covering that can protect the dog from the cold and wet. It is natural for the dog’s coat to form into cords that hang from the body. Nonetheless, improper or lack of grooming can result in matting that is difficult and time consuming to correct.

The Hungarian Puli is an easy eater. He does like to exercise. In fact, the Hungarian Puli is a quiet animal and very undemanding overall if one forgets to consider the aspect of grooming.

Additionally, the Hungarian Puli responds well to people with the exception of strangers. Therefore, makes a wonderful companion to almost anyone. He is loyal, devoted to his master, and will set up quite a ruckus to set off the alarm that strangers are approaching.

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Jun 07 2010

Ensuring Your Cat’s Future if You Become Ill

Published by Big Paw Designs under Cats

We all love our cats and worry about what will become of them if we are no longer able to care for them. They are members of our family and we want them to be well taken care of even if we are incapacitated, ill or if death claims us prematurely. Therefore, it is imperative that you prepare for your cat’s future now.

You will need to make wise choices before appointing a person to act as your cat’s guardian. They not only need to have a love of cats, but need to have the resources to care properly for your pet.

If you have more than one cat, you will need to decide if you’d like the same person to take them all, or if they should go to different people. Then, talk to those you wish to adopt your cats and determine if they are willing to do so. If so, discuss exercise routines, play times and daily routines. Explain the environment you wish your cat to live in and the type of care it requires. You may find out that once you’ve outlined all of the requirements that the care providers you’ve chosen are either more or less willing to adopt your cat. If they decline, you will need to make another decision. If they accept, you will need to prepare them for the day when your cat will be in their care.

Besides choosing the perfect person to adopt your cat if you can no longer provide for him, you will need to choose an emergency care provider. This will assure that your cat will have proper care in the case where a long term care provider is unable to take him immediately. The person who is going to provide emergency care should live reasonably close to you. Neighbors or close friends are perfect examples. They can either take the cat to their home, or care for it in yours until the long term care provider can pick it up.

Long term care providers need to have adequate space for your cat and be willing to make decisions about its care. Both the emergency and long term care provider will need keys to your home and be aware of feeding schedules, health problems, special diets and medications. They should know the name and phone number of your veterinarian and those of all other care providers.

Once you have chosen both emergency and long term care providers and they have agreed to care for your cat, be certain that contact information is available to those close to you. Your cat needs daily care and it is imperative he not be left to fend for himself for any extended period of time. Carry an emergency card that gives information on care providers and how they can be contacted. Affix signs to all the doors of your home to inform paramedics, fire fighters and all other emergency personnel that there is a cat in your home. Then, make a list of all relative information on your cat’s care and place it where it can be seen immediately by anyone entering your home. It is important that in the case of an emergency, emergency personnel know how many cats you have and how to contact both emergency and long term care givers.

Your Cat and Your Will

Include instructions for your cat’s care in your Will. This is one way of being assured that he will be cared for in the event that you die. Specify who is to adopt your cat and leave a portion of your estate to go toward the cat’s care. Provide the executor of your Will with specific instructions on what to do in the event that circumstances change. Also provide instructions on how monies are to be spent and the daily care and routine that your cat will require. You might also want to advise your executor of your wishes in the event that your cat becomes extremely ill and there is no possible chance for his recovery. If he is in excruciating pain, do you want him to be freed from the pain by the method of euthanasia? Do you wish the executor or the long term care provider to make that decision? Is the executor to continue to check on your cat after he is adopted? Who should care for your cat if the long term care provider is ill or can no longer take care of your pet?

Whatever your wishes, be certain that your executor is aware of them. Be sure he is someone that you can trust to carry out the decisions that you have made. This will ascertain that your cat will always be indirectly under your care, even in the event of your death -  a very comforting thought.

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May 20 2010

Pet Allergies

We love our pets. They give us companionship and enjoyment often unmatched by human relationships. But many pet owners give up their beloved pets when they find they have a pet allergy. You don’t have to relegate Fido to the doghouse in the back yard or send Fluffy to the farm. There are steps you can take to reduce the allergens in your home and live more comfortably with your cherished pet.

The culprit that causes allergic reactions is not the hair on the pet, as is commonly believed, but proteins (allergens) secreted by glands in the skin. These allergens also appear in the saliva and urine of pets. The allergens are spread through the dander (tiny particles of skin) that are shed. Cats cause more cause more allergies than dogs because of their habit of constantly grooming themselves, which spreads the dander and saliva through their fur. The dander is easily airborne, floats freely, and settles in upholstery, carpeting, draperies, and bed linens. The key to living with pet allergies is to reduce your exposure to these allergens by eliminating them from your environment.

If possible, keep your bedroom off-limits to pets. Having a dander-free environment at night may help you to tolerate allergens during the day. Cover your mattress, pillow, and box springs with allergy proof casings, and wash bedclothes often. Keep clutter, pictures, and decorative items to a bare minimum. Avoid wall-to-wall carpets, upholstery and draperies in the bedroom; cover or replace them with washable surfaces. Vacuum carpeting and upholstery in the home at least once a week, and dust with a damp cloth. Wipe down walls regularly. An air purifier with a HEPA filter will clean the air of most allergens. An air conditioner, in the appropriate season, can be beneficial, if it is cleaned regularly to keep mold from collecting.

Wash your hands after handling your pet, and avoid touching your eyes or nose. Brushing your pet regularly will reduce the amount of dander-containing fur that contaminates your home. Brushing should be done out-of-doors, away from open windows. Wear a filter mask (available at most hardware stores) and wash your hands and clothing afterward. Bathing your pet can help to reduce the dander in its fur, but is not totally effective, since the dander returns in a day or two. Pets should not be bathed more often than once a week, since it can be drying to their skin and increase the amount of dander their skin produces. Even cats can get used to being bathed; check with your vet or ask him to recommend a pet care manual for the proper method. Cats who are bathed as kittens will accept a bath more readily as they grow to adulthood. If possible, get a non-allergic family member to brush and bathe the pet, or take it to a professional groomer.

There are products on the market, such as Allerpet, which claim to reduce the allergens in the fur. Allerpet is a non-toxic solution wiped onto the fur of the pet, to remove proteins and dander, as an alternative to weekly bathing.

Use unscented, dust-free litter in the litter box, and clean it often to keep urine proteins from evaporating into the air. Clumping litter is a good choice. Again, if possible, let a non-allergic family member have cat-box duty, and if you must do it yourself, wear a filter mask and wash your hands and clothing afterward.

Some breeds of cats and dogs are said to be allergenic, but all pets create proteins and dander. Very young puppies and kittens seldom cause an allergic reaction. Some breeds of dogs with soft, continually-growing fur, such as poodles or bichon frise, tend to be groomed more often, so they may carry fewer allergens in their coat. Interestingly, dark-haired cats tend to produce allergic reactions more often than light-colored ones. In one study of 60 cat owners, those with moderate allergy symptoms were six times more likely to own a dark-haired cat than those with mild or no allergy symptoms. (The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Jan. 2000). Dark haired cats may produce more (or stronger) allergens. When choosing a kitten, it may be wise to opt for the light-colored cats to avoid potential reactions. A neutered male cat will also produce fewer proteins. Male pets are more likely to cause allergic reactions than female animals.

If you still have annoying allergy symptoms after following these measures, then consult your physician. He will direct you to an immunotherapist, who can do tests to verify that you do indeed have a pet allergy. People with pet allergies may also have reactions to other allergens in the environment, such as pollution, cigarette smoke, pollen, and dust mites. Many people have given up beloved pets to find that they still suffer allergy symptoms. Treatment is available in the form of injections, and antihistamine tablets, sprays, and inhalers, which will not eliminate the allergy but can lessen the severity of the allergic reaction.

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May 20 2010

Announcing Romeo Love!

Published by Big Paw Designs under Uncategorized

Big Paw Designs and RomeotheCat.com present…… Romeo Love!

Romeo Love is a new way for you to support animal rescue. Romeothecat.com is a blog dedicated to raising money and awareness about a new rescue each month. Big Paw Designs is a unique online store providing handmade pet accessories and gifts. Big Paw Designs is passionate about rescue and has a history of donating a portion of sales to animal rescues and shelters. Together, they’ve created a new program that supports rescue. It’s easy. All you need to do is visit Big Paw Designs and use the coupon code “ROMEOLOVE” and 25% of your purchase will go towards Romeothecat.com’s monthly organization. That’s right. It’s that easy.

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