Handling Urban Strays

straydogsA dog that strays may not be a stray dog in a rural area. These dogs may be allowed their run of the territory and may range widely. This is different in urban areas. It is not advised to approach stray dogs whatsoever. A stray dog could have been abused in prior situations and will be very distrusting of human beings. Additionally, these dogs may be unwanted because of a tendency to bite or other unwanted behavior. Disease can also be an issue.

Animals of all kinds can contract rabies. A rabid dog displays aggressive tendencies among other indications that the animal is diseased. An animal has to be either quarantined or otherwise assessed for the disease if a person is bitten. Stray dogs will not often be present for this type of diagnosis. This means that the treatment for rabies must be initiated as a precaution. After symptoms occur, rabies cannot be cured and is always fatal if untreated at that point.

It is important to be able to assess the dog’s demeanor when dealing with strays. Some dogs are obviously groomed and friendly in intentions. These dogs may have identifying collars or even methods of being digitally identified. It is best to contact the appropriate services if these animals are found. Many hesitate because of the fate that befalls some of these animals if they are not adopted fairly quickly.

There are some facilities that do not incorporate these tactics in the handling of their animals. If the finder would like this animal for their own, they should communicate this information with the facility, keep close contact on the animal and if not claimed by the owner, they could then adopt the animal. The appropriate physical, owner detection, temperament assessment and preventative shots will have been administered at the facility. Adoption can proceed safely and at nominal fees at this point.

People should never let children approach stray dogs, and all people should avoid animals that display aggression or disease. The proper authorities should be alerted instead. Stray animals could be injured, and it may take a professional assessment. Additionally, people’s personal dogs should not be allowed to approach these animals. Some dogs are dog aggressive. This means that these dogs can be friendly to humans and still be aggressive towards their dogs. These animals may not display until the attack. This is too late to prevent certain injury or death to the defending dog.

People may then become injured while protecting their pet. This can be avoided by restricting the dog’s access to pets and alerting the appropriate authorities. The same is true for animals that are allowed to stray by neglectful owners. People should make issue with the appropriate home owner associations as well as municipal authorities. Often these animals are hard to maintain because aggressive tendencies make them wander. Every measure should be taken to prevent humans and pets from contact with these dogs. 911 calls should be made if the situation warrants.

Alternative Pet Meds That Actually Work

Pets are like family. They have a way of connecting with their owners in the same way people do. This is why pet owners want to give their pet the best care possible. Most veterinarians treat ill pets with medication. Some practitioners believe there are other alternatives to using medication for pets

Holistic veterinarians (vets) practice a little differently than traditional vets. Holistic vets look at the whole picture of a what a pet may be dealing with. They look at where the pet lives, what types of stress are going on in their environment, and their age.

Holistic vets also are open to using a variety of treatments for pets. Many pet owners prefer to treat their own medical ailments with natural ingredients, rather than with medication. They view their pet’s care in the same manner. Holistic vets focus on the pets nutrition and diet. They also look at the pets mental health. They encourage preventative measures over treating a pet once problems set in. They encourage pet owners to keep their pet fit and healthy.
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New & Emerging Pet Medicines

A recent survey by Statista revealed that 66% of pet owners consider their pet to be their best friend. Approximately 60% also regard a pet as their “snuggle buddy.” About 30% care for their pet as they would a child.1/

With all the fun, affection, and amusement our pets provide, it’s easy to see the basis for these facts. The pet supply industry goes to great lengths to support our devotion. In 2014, all manner of pet products and medicines arrived on the market. Here we present some of the most novel and new.


Cloud 9 Treats For Cats

This is a protein-based product made with whey protein, milk, eggs, and yeast. It’s a tender treat that’s easy on cat tummies. Cloud 9 is free of fillers, by-products, and preservatives. Cats love the flavors. “Chick’n Kick” tastes like chicken and is designed to complement it. “EGG-splosive” is an eggs and yeast treat. “What the Fish” is salmon-flavored. Each package contains 50-55 treats. For further information and to order, click here: http://store-us.cloud9forcats.com/products.

ActivPhy Joint Support For Dogs

This is a new soft chew, formulated to relieve canine joint discomfort. Its active ingredients are glucosamine, MSM, turmeric spice, flaxseed oil, and blue-green algae extract. These nutrients are reported to promote joint, muscle, cartilage, and bone health. Both elderly and young dogs over 1 year of age benefit from this supplement. The ingredients are derived from pharmaceutical and human food grade sources. The product is veterinarian-recommended. Pet owners report their dogs show facilitated movement, including stair climbing.

ActivPhy makes two products, according to doggy body weight. Small Bites are for dogs weighing less than 30 lbs. Original Chews are suited to dogs over 30 lbs. ActivPhy has a 30-day, 100% guarantee if you don’t perceive any improvement or if your dog doesn’t like the taste. A refund is provided if a product is returned in its original container, along with the store receipt. For further information and to order, click here: https://www.activphy.com.


Petite Cuisine For Cats

These are all-natural cat food “appetizers.” These treats come in small cans in 3 flavors: Light Tuna and Swordfish, Salmon and Whitefish, and Light Tuna, Salmon and Egg Whites. They’re intended to be served as a between-meal appetizer or supplement to dry cat food. The goal of these treats is to spur a cat’s appetite. Petite Cuisine is ideal for cats with sensitive stomachs. The company’s slogan is “People Food For Cats,” as it is safe for human consumption. The appetizers have an appealing aroma and flavor. In addition, they contain all the necessary nutrients for cats that aren’t found in typical human food. Petite Cuisine is vet-recommended. For further information and to order, click here: http://www.petitecuisine.com/Appetizer-Three-Pack-Petite-Cuisine.html.

OraStrip QuickCheck Canine For Gum Disease

Your veterinarian may now be using this diagnostic tool for canine gum disease. It detects disease below the gum line and provides results within 10 seconds. It is also available for purchase by pet owners. Periodontal gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss and worsen diabetes and cardiac disease. It can also lead to kidney and liver disorders. However, if detected early, the effects of gum disease can be reversed. Research shows that 53% of dogs between age 1-2 and 17% of puppies less than 1 year have bone loss from gum disease. Early-stage gum disease is not visible. However, use of the OraStrip can identify the infection that causes gum disease. A pet owner can then take appropriate steps to prevent its progression. Your veterinarian will devise a treatment plan for the gum infection, which may include professional cleaning.

Using the OraStrip is easy. Your vet will pull up your dog’s lip, and gently swab the upper gum line with the strip. After 10 seconds, the color of the strip is compared to the five shades of color on the comparator card. The darker the color, the greater the degree of gum infection.

The manufacturer of OraStrip makes this product available to veterinarians rather than pet owners. For further information, click here: http://orastrip.com.

Note: The best way to prevent gum disease is to regularly brush and clean your dog’s mouth and gums. It’s also recommended that you obtain a professional vet cleaning once a year.

Orapup Dog Tongue Brush

The Orapup Tongue Brush is designed to render fresh doggy breath. All-natural liquid enzymes, called “Lickies,” are applied to a soft-bristled brush. Your dog licks the flavored brush, and the enzymes and friction kill oral bacteria. The result is reduction of bad breath, plaque, and tartar. Flavors available are Beef and Bacon, Chicken, Cinnamon Chicken, and Cherry Chicken. Lickies are fortified, and some formulations have the added benefit of improving a dog’s skin, coat, and joints. Dogs love the taste of Lickies. Vets validate the effectiveness of Orapup. Pet owners give Orapup a thumbs-up!

The Orapup brush is easily cleaned by rinsing in warm water after use. The product can be used daily. A 2 oz. bottle of Orapup Lickies equals 20 doses. The 5.3 oz. bottle contains 60 doses. The brush lasts for 3 months. For further information and to order, click here: https://www.orapup.com.

Burt’s Bees For Dogs

Burt’s Bees is a retailer of high-quality, natural beauty items. In addition to marketing people products, they manufacture pet supplies. Their line of canine products includes:

Itch Soothing Shampoo, Soothing Hot Spot Shampoo, Soothing Skin Shampoo, Waterless Shampoo, Hypoallergenic Shampoo, Tearless Puppy Shampoo, Tear Stain Remover, Calming Shampoo, Deodorizing Shampoo, Oatmeal Conditioner, Soothing Skin Cream, Paw and Nose Lotion, Multicare Dental Spray, Multicare Dental Gel, Multicare Dental Foam, Itch Soothing Spray, Calming Spray, Soothing Hot Spot Spray, Deodorizing Spray, Dog Breath Drops, Eye Wash Solution, and Ear Cleaning Solution.

All the above products are available through amazon.com.

Milk-Bone Brushing Chews

Milk-Bone Brushing Chews are a new dog treat clinically proven to reduce bad breath, plaque, and tartar. Nubs and ridges on the surface effectively clean your dog’s teeth. The chews are fortified with 12 essential vitamins and minerals. Dogs love their taste. Milk-Bone Brushing Chews come in two sizes, mini and small/medium. You can obtain these chews from amazon.com. To order, click here: http://www.amazon.com/Milk-Bone-Brushing-Chews-Dental-Treats/dp/B00INTTDQW.


Allerpaws For Allergies

Allerpaws is a once daily oral medicine for atopic dermatitis, an allergic skin disorder. It effectively treats dry, itchy, scaly rashes. It’s a metered spray that you apply at the side of your pet’s mouth or under their tongue. It increases immunity with continued use. It can take from 6 months to 1 year for your pet to develop a full arsenal of anti­bod­ies. A consistent regimen of one year is recommended. Allerpaws has been approved for use in the US and Canada. It is only available through veterinarians.  Kratom can also help with pet allergies. For more information, click here: best place to buy Kratom online.

Cheristin For Cats

Cheristin is a topical solution applied once monthly for the prevention and treatment of flea infestations in cats and kittens over 8 weeks of age. It begins killing fleas in 30 minutes and fully eradicates them within 12 hours. It’s easy to use and effective for one month. To apply the insecticide, you part the hair of your pet at the base of the head until the skin is visible. You place the tip of the tube directly above the skin, and squeeze it 2-4 times to dispense the medicine. This product is vet-recommended. It’s less toxic and more effective than most brand-name anti-flea preparations. You can purchase Cheristin through 1-800-PetMeds. To order, call 1-800-738-6337, or click here: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Cheristin+for+Cats-prod11574.html

Ketocort Otic For Ear Infections

Ketocort Otic is a sustained-release gel for ear infection in dogs and cats. It is a combination anti-yeast and anti-itch medicine. It is applied by your veterinarian. It’s crucial to treat an ear infection at the first sign of symptoms. Left untreated, the infection can travel from the outer ear to the ear drum, causing the ear drum to rupture. Allergies predispose animals to ear infections. Dog breeds most susceptible are: Basset Hounds, Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, Lhasa Apsos, Maltese, Pekingese, Poodles, Schnauzers, Setters, Shar Peis, Shih Tzus, Springer Spaniels, West Highland Terriers, and Wheaten Terriers. Rabbits and horses are also vulnerable.

Symptoms of an ear infection include head-shaking, rubbing, scratching, and tilting the head to the affected side. There may be a discharge and odor emanating from the ear. The fur surrounding the ear may be wet or matted. In severe cases, a pet may lean or fall to the affected side. Bring your pet to the vet at the onset of symptoms.

Sentinel Spectrum For Worms and Fleas

This is a prescription medicine for protection against canine parasites, including worms and fleas. It’s a beef-flavored chewable tab, given once a month.

Zylkene For Anxiety

This is an anti-stress medicine for dogs and cats. It’s a natural product, derived from milk protein. Zylkene can keep your pet calm in anxiety-producing situations, such as kennel stays, house moves, arrival of a new pet or baby, fireworks, travel, vet visits, and grooming appointments. It is also useful for a multi-cat household, where cats can otherwise be at odds with each other. Zylkene should be given daily to be effective. It can be mixed with food or offered as a treat. It is effective for both chronic and situational stress. Zylkene is supplied by veterinarians.


The above products will promote the health of your beloved pet and make them more cuddle-friendly. Happy shopping, and enjoy your snuggles and cuddles!

Helping The Abandoned Pets Of Detroit

squareDetroit is a huge metropolitan city and losing a dog in the city can be one of the most frustrating things. Even more stressful would be finding one because you do not know how to bring the dog to its beloved owner.

The first thing to do would be to check his tag and try to reach whatever number is on there. Then put up flyers around the area you found him because even if the owner does not recognize him, maybe someone else can. If these two do not work, there are still many option.

The first thing you will want to do is call the following animal shelters:

  • Detroit Dog Rescue
  • Michigan Humane Society
  • Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society.

Two popular and no kill shelters are the Detroit Dog Rescue and Animal Welfare Society, meaning that they will not kill the dog even if it has not found his home after time. All of these shelters are located in different parts of Detroit and they can do their best to help find the owner.

All of these places can check to see if the dog has any electronic chip put inside by the owner containing their contact information. If not, they will help take care of the dog and feed it so that if the owner comes looking for the dog they can easily find him. Other places you can take the found dog are like Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption and Detroit Center for Animal Care.

These places are aimed at adopting the dog but will help take care of the dog and help them find a safe home. You can bring them in at any age, any size, any weight, and so forth. There may be some restriction based on the health of the dog; basically if the dog is extremely sick that may be an issue to first present to the veterinarian before the adoption center.

Letting stray or non-stray dogs roam the streets is extremely dangerous for others but also for themselves. By turning in a dog, especially to no-kill shelters, you are letting them have the chance to find their home, whether it is with their previous owners or a new home. The only hard part of helping the dog is bringing it to the shelter. Despite different intentions, all these places share the common interest of helping the stray and abandoned dogs of Detroit find a good, safe home.