Pet Contests

All pet owners take pride in their pets. Some are proud of their pet’s looks, others of their pet’s intelligence, others yet of their pet’s charming personality. How is one to measure?! In addition, consider the fact that even a single criterion such as beauty is NOT objective. None of us humans is “looks” alone. It is the complete package that either does – or does not – makes us irresistible. Well, under such complicated circumstances and on guard to be fair to all Members of the Ethical Pet Owners Community, Pets Online has settled on choosing the “Most Loveable Pet” and the “Best Pet Story”.

Pet Contests’ Participation Rules

  1. Everyone is invited to participate.
  2. Every Pet Owner who is trying to build his/her credentials as a PUBLISHED Photographer or a PUBLISHED Writer is encouraged to participate.
  3.  We welcome ONLY Photos and Stories that belong to you; by submitting any material to us you acknowledge that you are the author of it. (Only one picture and one story per person per year can be entered into the contests.
  4. Include your first name, first letter of your last name and your city with your submission, please!)
  5. Winners are selected MONTHLY by Pets Online / Pro-Active Ethics Council, at our discretion but with the input of our Website’s visitors.
  6. The results are announced in our Members-Only Monthly Newsletter.
  7.  Winning entries are published here.
  8. Once a year we choose “Most Loveable Pet of the Year” and “Best Pet Story of the Year”.
  9. Photos and Stories for either of our contests have to be submitted to editor@petsonline.org .
  10. We cannot guarantee that your submission will be published.

Story of the Month

Putchie was a stray dog! Marie gived him a home and took care of him. 2 years later he become the raising star of a local pet contest at their town. The most particular and funny detail is that Marie uses a flatiron to make Putchie even more stylish and smooth! We asked Marie what was the flatiron, she said she got it online and is a stylehouse flat iron and she bought from this website http://mybestflatiron.com

How sweet is that story?

How to pick a pet sitter

Glossary

This glossary of terms is to help everyone understand what the different services mean.

Dog visits: This service may include either full pet sitting visits or only afternoon potty walks.

Dog boarding: Your dog is kept at the pet sitter’s home overnight. You must check with each business if they have behavior, size, or breed restrictions.

Doggie daycare: Your dog goes to the pet sitters home to play while you’re at work and goes home with you at the end of the day. You must check with each business for behavior, size, or breed restrictions.

Dog playgroups: The pet sitter picks up your dog at your home and takes them to an off-leash park with a group of dogs. You must check with each business for behavior, size or breed restrictions.

Cat visits: Pet sitter will come to your home and change the litter box and feed your cat.

Cat boarding: Your cat goes to the pet sitter’s home overnight.

Bird visits: Pet sitter will come to your home feed and check on the condition of your bird. They may or may not clean the cage. You must check with each business if they have size or species restrictions.

Bird boarding: Your bird goes to the pet sitter’s home overnight.

Small Mammals includes Ferrets, Rabbits, and all rodents. Visits and boarding for small mammals is the same as for birds. Check with each business if they have restrictions such as no skunks.

Reptiles includes snakes, lizards, turtles, and all amphibians. Visits and boarding for reptiles is the same as for birds. Check with each business if they have restrictions such as no alligators.

Livestock includes all animals found on farms and ranches to include pot bellied pigs. Visits and boarding for livestock is the same. You must check with each business as to the type of animals they take care of.

Exotic animals includes any pet that is unusual to be kept such as insects, ostriches, tigers or dinosaurs.

Aquarium visits: Business will feed fish and check water levels and make sure equipment is functioning properly.

Live in service: Pet sitter will stay in your home to take care of your pets and provide the illusion that some one is home.

Behavioral consultant: This type of service is provided for those pet owners who need behavior questions answered such as how to handle house training in dogs and cats or feather plucking in birds. The consultant may or may not have you come to their place of business or come to your home. You must check with each business as to the types of animals they do behavioral consulting for.

Grooming: This service may include full grooming for dogs or simple grooming such as nail clipping for cats or feather trimming for birds. You must check with each business as to the specific type of grooming they provide.

Simple medications: The business will administer medications such as pills, ointments or shots to your pet.

Advanced medications: The business will administer medications such as fluid changes or other involved treatments to your pet.

Pet supply pick up: Business will pick up food, toys, equipment, and medications and deliver them to your home.

Taxi service: Business will pick up your pet from one location and transport them to another.

Training: Business offers training for owners and their pets. Some business offer classes or one-on-one training or board and train. Some business offer training to all types of pets and some will do training only for cats and dogs.

Yard scooping: Business will come to your home and clean pet waste from your yard.

How to Pick a Pet Sitter

Instructions

A professional pet sitter should have any state or local licenses required.
A professional pet sitter should have insurance. Bonding is not necessary unless the pet sitter has employees.
A professional pet sitter should provide references on request.
A professional pet sitter should be reliable and show up when they are scheduled. They should also be able to handle emergencies in a professional manner.

BLOAT IN DOGS

BLOAT IN DOGS*, in vet terms, it’s  Gastric Dilation

 

This serious problem is seen mostly in the larger dog breeds (especially the Great Dane, St. Bernard and Borzoi).  Its cause is unknown, though veterinarians have found it to be linked with the feeding of commercial foods (especially large meals of concentrated dry forms of food).  It occurs most  often  in  dogs between the ages of two and 10 years, and most often at night. More information here http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/gastric-volvulus-bloat-dogs

 

The symptoms of the condition are that approximately two to six hours after eating, the stomach (upper abdominal area) gets enlarged with liquid and gas and sometimes feels like a tight drum.  Most often, you will notice excessive salivation, drooling, unsuccessful attempts to vomit, extreme restlessness and discomfort, desperate attempts to eat grass and, eventually,  weakness  and   collapse.

 

This is an emergency situation because the increased pressure on the walls of the stomach causes fluids to leak in from the blood with consequent dehydration, shock and possible death in a few hours.  Another complication is that the stomach   can  rotate  on  itself – in  a condition called volvulus – and the twisting can completely block entry into or exit from the organ.  Immediate surgery is required in this instance.

 

Prevention:  Feeding a natural, home-prepared diet seems to be the best way to avert such problems.  Feed two or three small meals a day instead of a single one.

 

Especially avoid feeding dry food or concentrated foods that will absorb water after they are eaten.  The dog will eat more than its capacity, and when the food becomes distended with water,  the total weight of the food  is  greatly  increased.  This  can prevent the stomach from its natural emptying and also increase the chance of the stomach twisting around and blocking the movement of food out of it.

 

Regular exercise which strengthens the muscles and “massages” the stomach and bowels is extremely helpful.

 

Treatment:  When bloat first occurs, it is rather sudden and can be shocking.  Sometimes the only thing noticed is that the dog is restless and desperately eating grass.  If you look closely, you may see that the animal’s belly is larger than normal, distended with gas.

 

Get to your veterinarian as soon as possible.  If the condition is one of just   stomach   dilation,   it   can    be temporarily relieved at the hospital by passing a tube into the stomach.  However, the condition tends to recur.  Each time the attack comes on sooner and with more severity.  Eventually the animal is put to sleep because of the apparent hopelessness of the situation and the high cost of repeated medical measures.

 

If there is also volvulus, then surgery must be done to straighten out the twisted stomach and allow open passages in and out.  The stomach wall is also “tacked down” by suturing it to the inside of the abdominal wall to prevent it from twisting in the future.

 

There may be times when you cannot get veterinary service immediately; further the condition tends to recur and you will become aware of early signs. If you can intervene with treatment soon enough, it is possible to head off an attack. However, it is important to remember that these treatments should never be considered a substitute for veterinary attention.

 

One of the easiest and most available herbal treatments is freshly made raw cabbage juice as an effective treatment at the beginning of bloat.

Cat behavior problems

The most common, seen by veterinarians, involve inappropriate urination and defecation, for example, spraying or not using the litter box. Others include aggression, usually toward other cats, but sometimes even to the owner; excessive fearfulness, fussiness and scratching the furniture. Let’s look at some of these.

Begin by bearing in mind how life looks from your cat’s point of view. Most cats enjoy affection and attention. However, their primary focus in life really revolves around having a comfortable, safe environment with food and a sunny place to sleep. They like cleanliness.

By nature, cats are loners. They must keep tabs on their world and make sure other cats do not intrude on their hunting range. They want to go in and out all day to check and mark their territory.

When cats urinate outside the litter box, they are usually unhappy about something in the environment. It’s a cat’s way of expressing agitation. Maybe the litter box is not clean or large enough, and even the location can be a source of dislike. Some long haired cats get annoyed when the litter sticks to their fur. Pooping outside the box is anger.

If the cat is spraying, marking territory, it can mean the cat is disturbed by recent adjustments in its life and surroundings. A new person in the household, a more anxious attitude from you due to stress, or a move to a new home. It can also be an indicator of chronic health problems such as allergies.

Most other problems are a matter of proper training. Scratching furniture indicates a lack of proper cat scratching furniture. Scratching posts should be a minimum of 3 to 4 ft. high, preferably wrapped with sisal. They may be a tad pricey, but rescuing the arms, backs, etc. of your furniture should make it a worthwhile investment.

You can also pin/tape aluminum foil to the furniture, they don’t like the texture. Spraying Jean Nate after bath lotion on the furniture is another valuable tool.

If you own cat condos and they are not being used, it’s because you don’t have them in the room where you spend the most time. These condos are usually quite attractive and should be placed in the den or living room or wherever you spend the most time.