Teaching adults and children about canine body language and how to behave around familiar and unfamiliar dogs is key to preventing bites, according to Fort Wayne, Ind., Animal Care and Control officials. Dog owners should handle their dogs gently and train and socialize them well.
Products containing cannabidiol are becoming more widely available, and veterinarian Michael Petty says product quality and concentration vary. Concentrating CBD also concentrates impurities such as pesticides and heavy metals from soil, no CBD products have been approved by the FDA for veterinary use, and the FDA says people should consult a veterinarian regarding any animal health treatments.
The flowers, stems, leaves and pollen of lilies can cause acute renal failure in cats, according to the FDA. Veterinarian Rachel Fogg says cats that have eaten lily parts or licked lily pollen off their fur may act normally at first but should be seen by a veterinarian immediately, and cat owners should not bring lilies or daylilies into the house.
Hospice care can mean more time for aging, ailing pets and their owners, and in-home euthanasia eases "the most heartbreaking, difficult decision" pet owners make, says Dr. Jennifer Roedig, a full-time veterinarian at Lap of Love in Cincinnati. Dr. Roedig says her job is "[t]aking away the guilt a lot of families feel, affirming they're making the best decision for their pet and letting them know it's the best thing for them."
Spring is a good time to ensure pets are microchipped, brush out winter coats and check for skin lesions, and clean up yards to prevent parasitic infections, writes veterinarian Heidi Bassler. Make sure dogs' nails are trimmed, and increase exercise intensity gradually, Dr. Bassler advises, and if swimming in a pool is an option, make sure the dog knows how to get out of the pool on its own.
Remember the treats and watch out for toxic items such as chocolate when preparing an Easter basket for your pet, experts advise. Photos with the Easter Bunny and customized egg hunts are among other suggestions springing from the popularity of pet participation in the holiday.
Pet showers can boost the value of homes in Denver by 19%, according to a survey by Zillow. Those and other pet amenities join features such as home theaters and chef-worthy kitchens in attracting a new generation of buyers.
An indoor splash park for dogs featuring a Tiki bar for their owners will be added to The Resort by SDK in Harrisburg, S.D. "We looked at other options but the splash park seemed to be more beneficial for more dogs," says Teri Jo Olean, owner of Smoken Dakota Kennels.
A new city ordinance in Louisville, Ky., calls for a registry of convicted animal abusers similar to registries for sex offenders. City Councilman Brandon Coan, the sponsor, argued those who mistreat animals "are the same people that abuse children, or abuse their spouses, or shoot up schools, in the worst examples."
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