A new invention for fat pets is coming on the market. Remember those lifts used to carry people up their home stairs? Now there is one for pets.
Creative designers have modified the technology so it can be used by dogs, replacing the chair with a comfortable basket.
And a paw-activated button raises the dog to basket-level on a moving platform, before sending them up the stairs.
That means that there are loads of pets who are too fat to climb stairs without stressing their hearts. TV vet Joe Inglis said: “The stair lift for dogs is an innovative product but ultimately it’s a sad state of affairs that we’re even talking about it.
"Fat dogs might look cute and cuddly but obesity is a serious issue with very serious consequences – besides restricted movement, heart disease and arthritis, it can result in liver damage and diabetes too”.
So! You’ve booked your annual vacation and now you need to ensure your cat is purrfectly happy in his favorite feline hotel.Here’s how to ensure your pet is as comfortable and healthy in the cattery as you are in your five star resort.
Passing the test
A good cattery should check several boxes. First, ask the proprietor if you can look around. Go elsewhere if they refuse or seem unfriendly. Once inside, check your cat will have heated and individual sleeping accommodation. (Only cats from the same household should be boarded together). Ask whether canines board there too. If your cat gets stressed at the sight, smell or sound of dogs you may want to consider another option.
Some catteries have indoor accommodation only while others provide an outdoor run. Most cats prefer access to fresh air. Adequate ventilation also means the spread of bacteria and viruses is kept to a minimum.
Look for a safety passage that encloses the entrances to each cat’s quarters – a handy measure for those with Houdini-like tendencies.
Finally, check the arrangements should your cat become sick. A good cattery will ask you to sign an authorization for veterinary treatment, a form which gives the proprietor permission to call a vet if your cat is ill.
Double-check your cat has been vaccinated against upper respiratory tract disease (cat flu) and feline infectious enteritis, a must to limit any risk of cross-infection within the cattery. Reputable catteries require proof of these vaccinations and some want evidence of protection against leukemia too.
You will also need to worm and apply a flea treatment to your cat before taking him to the cattery. If the staff spot any of the little critters in your pet’s coat, you may be charged extra for administration of flea treatments. Make sure you’ve cleaned and disinfected your cat’s carrying box beforehand as well.
List any necessary medication or dietary requirements. Most catteries provide veterinary or therapeutic diets but enquire about this when booking; otherwise take your cat’s usual food. If your cat is long-haired, ask whether grooming is included in the price or for an extra charge.
Many catteries provide beds and bedding but you may wish to pack your pet’s favorite blanket and toy/s to help him settle in more quickly. Ask whether a scratching post is provided too.
It’s a good idea to de-flea your cat again once he is home. You may find your cat readjusts to his usual routine straight away. If he’s an outdoor cat, this means he may be chomping at the bit to scent his turf and see which other cats have been on his patch in his absence. This could put him at risk of picking up infestations.
Wash any bedding, blankets or toys you took to the cattery. The last thing you want is for your pet to be bringing home another animal’s fleas!
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Just in time for Hannukah (or Channuah) is the perfect doggie gift for the dog who already has everything - a crocheted dog hat for the Festival of Lights.
I picked this up on Esty.Celebrating Hanukkah? Your four legged best friend wants to join in with the festivities. Eight nights of lights let your buddy feel like a part of the celebrations. The front of the hat is crocheted with white bulky yarn which gives the effect of fur. We followed behind with a royal blue 4 ply yarn for the back of the hat. The Star of David is crocheted in a silver metallic cotton thread and then sewn to the top of the hat.
Here is a great website for those who want to be Fairy Dog Parents to dogs in need.
A sample of their good works:
Thanks to your donations Mia was able to have surgery today to repair her elbow, without which Mia would not have been able to walk, grow and ultimately continue her life. Surgery was a success and she is on schedule to go home tomorrow! In record time the FDP community responded to get this little survivor the treatment she needed. Mia's ordeal drew that attention of news outlets, legions of Facebook followers, and the entire FDP community. To learn more about Mia's ordeal check out this article, complete with updated pictures of Mia and her family. To those of you who searched for Mia when she was lost, re-posted her story all over Facebook and Twitter, and donated to save her life, her family and all of us at Fairy DogParents thank you. And Mia thanks you, too
This book is simply wonderful. It is called Underwater Dogs and features photos of dogs underwater. It is not only fun to own, it also makes a great gift.
Read the blurb and check the book out.
The exuberant, exhilarating photographs of dogs underwater that have become a sensation
From the water's surface, it's a simple exercise: a dog's leap, a splash, and then a wet head surfacing with a ball, triumphant.
But beneath the water is a chaotic ballet of bared teeth and bubbles, paddling paws, fur and ears billowing in the currents. From leaping lab to diving dachshund, the water is where a dog's distinct personality shines through; some lounge in the current, paddling slowly, but others arch their bodies to cut through the water with the focus and determination of a shark.
In more than eighty portraits by award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist Seth Casteel capture new sides of our old friends with vibrant underwater photography that makes it impossible to look away. Each image bubbles with exuberance and life, a striking reminder that even in the most loveable and domesticated dog, there are more primal forces at work. In Underwater Dogs, Seth Casteel gives playful and energetic testament to the rough-and-tumble joy that our dogs bring into our lives.
DOGTV, a new channel for dogs is now available on the Roku streaming platform. The channel allows consumers to access all of DOGTV's programming, which can be streamed to the television set so your dogs can watch something when you're away from the home.
DOGTV says all of its content has been scientifically developed to cater to a dog's unique sense of sight, hearing, and movement detection.
It's available for a $9.99 monthly subscription on all Roku streaming players. If you're wondering how successful a channel of this ilk can be, DOGTV says that since it launched this past February as an on-demand offering in the San Diego market, it's been viewed by more than 30% of the dog-owning households in that test market. The channel will still be available for a limited time in San Diego (via Time Warner Cable and Cox), and can also be accessed online for $9.99/month.
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