Saturday, June 25, 2011


I just can't understand why people leave pets in their cars on a hot day. They must love their dogs, because they bring them in the car. But if they love them, then they should want the best for them and being locked in a hot car is abusive and could be deadly.

Since moving to the Sacramento area, when temperatures can get to the triple digits in the summer, I have seen several dogs left in cars on these days. When I approach the owners they are defensive, say the animals are OK and to mind my own business.

There was a recent TV news report that dogs were being left in hot cars at one of the local malls. A very disturbing surveillance video showed a German Shepherd trying its hardest to try to escape out the window, that was left cracked a bit. It was panting heavily. The car was in the sun and the outside temperature was 102 degrees. The inside of the car was most likely over 120 degrees.

There are laws passed now and it is a crime to leave a pet in a hot car. But, there are hundreds of calls across the nation everyday to rescue pets.

In June, a police dog died in New Castle, PA, after his fellow officer left him for over two hours as temperatures reached 90 degrees.

It takes only 6 minutes for a dog to die in a hot car and a mere 4 minutes for it to cause brain damage.

Signs of Overheating in Pets: Heavy panting; increased salivation; dry mouth, nose and gums; weakness; vomiting or diarrhea, and ultimately, collapse.

Heat Stress Care: If you think your pet is suffering from heat stress, seek immediate veterinary care. As you wait for veterinary assistance, wet or sponge the animal down with cool (not ice) water. Take care not to get water in the mouth of an unconscious animal.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Read what Dr. Ronald Schultz, an expert in the field of veterinary vaccines, has to say about the Rabies shot, as well as other pet vaccines.

Go to: is one of my favorite websites for natural news, now he also has a site for healthy pets.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


To make an easy transition for your kitten, you need to be prepared before bringing it home. This time needs to be simple and stress free for the kitten.

You should also keep the kitten away from your other dogs and cats for awhile. It will have had a big ordeal already, taken away from its' mother and the only home it has known.

Before bringing kitty home, you need to create a "safe room". This will be a spare bedroom or bathroom with a cat bed, a cat carrier or box that the kitten can hide in, a water bowl and a litter box. You will bring it food 3-4 times a day and that will build trust in you.

Put an unwashed T-shirt or blanket, that you've used, on its' bed or hiding box so the new kitten can start getting used to your scent.

Right when you bring the kitten home, go straight to the safe room. Don't put the kitten down in any room, don't give it a bath and don't give it a chance to run and hide somewhere.

Don't give the kitten free access to any other rooms for at least several days or a week. It is best to introduce your kitten to one room of the house at a time, focusing on one or two new rooms a day. This applies to all kittens under 4-5 months.

This worked very well for me when I got a new kitten a year ago.

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Today, I came across a great ASPCA website, just for kids. It is filled with stories, games, cartoons, videos, photos, pet advice, pet of the week (your kids can send in a photo of their pet), advice on pet care and information on animal careers.

To view this site go to:

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Have you looked up in the sky and see the criss-cross trails coming from airplanes? The emissions coming down to earth from these planes are found to have large amounts of aluminum and barium. These are both toxic to humans, animals, plants and the soil.

To watch a documentary called, "What in the World are They Spraying?" go to:

Let your government officials know what you think about what this is doing to our world.


Please read an aritcle from Celeste Yarnall, PhD, holistic practitioner and nutritionist.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Dr. Oz is WRONG!

A few days ago, Dr. Oz had a segment on his show, about keeping your dog healthy. He was promoting Pedigree Dog Food. I don't think he had read the ingredients of the food. Pedigree Dog Food is like feeding your dog junk food.

Pedigree Dog Food contains corn, (first ingredient), corn gluten, by-products, bone meal, chicken fat (so the animal will eat it), artificial colors, artificial flavors, salt, sugar, sodium nitrate (linked to cancer) and BHT (a preservative linked to cancer).

Pedigree Dog Food rates only 1 star, the worst rating for pet foods, by Find out why.

There are millions of people that follow Dr. Oz and follow has advice. I love watching his show, especially the shows about nutrition and alternative therapies. He has lost credibility with me for promoting a food that is harmful to pets. I know he has received a lot of negative responses for promoting such an inferior pet food. It is sad to think that there are many more people out there that will buy this food because Dr. Oz recommended it.

Please check out How does your pet food rate?

Another great resource concerning pet food is:

Please view my past blogs on pet food. What's really in Pet Food - Grains, July, 5, 2008; Ingredients to Avoid in Pet Food, July 6, 2008; Worst Pet Food Ingredients, Sept. 27, 2008; Natural Diet, What Do I Feed My Dog and Cat?, July 9, 2008; "People Food" is Good for Pets, July 17, 2008; Why Do Vets Sell Poor Quality Pet Food?, July 18, 2008.