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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Pet Home Remedies

I'm a big believer in using as natural of products as possible. You know, how we can use vinegar and things for cleaning, baking soda to brush your teeth and so on.

We have all kinds of home remedies for sickness or things like cuts (aloe, for example).

I used to have a book of home remedies for pets. I gave it to someone and now can't remember who, so I no longer have it. I must find another. Of course, one must always make sure to check with a vet before using anything not routine. But it's good to know these things in a pinch, and some pets have severe allergies that demand mild products.

Does anyone know of any natural products for pets? For example, the other day, a coworker mentioned he cut his dog's nail too short and it was bleeding. For those of you who've had that happen, it can be scary. I remember reading that you could use cornstarch or baking soda to help clot it up.

So share your tips and maybe we'll all learn something.

Picture today is of a cat named Jackson up for adoption at Cats Are Us. I brought a disc in to work with a bunch of photos on....or so I thought, but I did something wrong and there were no pictures, so I grabbed one we used for a Pet of the Week. I hope to iron out the photo posting bugs soon! So bear with me if I have photos of yours I haven't used yet.

In the future, please email me photos that are cropped small for upload, with the longest side about 500 pixels. I don't have photo shop on my computer or the one I'm using to blog, so I can't crop them myself. Thanks!

posted by Sandy at 6/20/2007 03:50:00 PM


Blogger Skeeter said...

Jackson is a beauty! He resembles my parents Maine Coon Pepper when he has his long fur. I hope someone adopts him soon he is too pretty to stay in a cage for too long.... sniff....sniff....

I don’t know of any animal remedies but I do know that baking soda or tobacco moistened with water both work to take the sting out of bee stings. Been there, done that! I have heard of Vaseline stopping bleeding, Wonder if that would work on an animal too?

Brett and I were chatting today and for a few minutes, I thought that we might be related! I was excited but in the end it turns out that we are not related. Oh well too bad Brett but we can still be Pet People buds though….

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 4:57:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I'm back and with super good news! Fly Boy is going back to work Monday! Thank the Lord! I mean as I said I am a patient person but it is time for that man to get out of this house!, Ha!
Jackson is so beautiful! If we could take another cat we'd take him but we just can't now. Sure hope he gets a loving home soon.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 9:21:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Great news Pam! Give the Flyboy my best!Now we can have a happy get-together, which I have renamed a pet-together!

Skeeter, one good thing about Cats Are Us is that cats are allowed time out of cages. They roam around in their separate rooms and have scratching posts, a few windows, etc. Some that are new or have issues are kept in cages, but they are usually the big tall ones with trees and platforms inside. When they get acclimated and can behave with other cats, they get time out too. But still, it's not the home they should have!

Onion taped to a bit is supposed to take the sting out too.

And you can give pets baby asprin for pain, but you have to check with a vet for proper dosage with weight.

When Penny got snakebit, the vet said to soak a rag in epsom salts and wrap the bitten leg, so I'm sure their are many home remedies out there. I know there are some for fleas and such too.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 10:25:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...


Cats cannot tolerate aspirin as well as dogs or people. Aspirin stays in the bloodstream of cats for a long time. Almost two days after giving aspirin, a cat will still have half of it still circulating in his bloodstream. If given the dose usually given to people or dogs, aspirin will reach toxic levels in the cat quite rapidly. If aspirin is prescribed for a cat, it will generally be small doses given once every 2-3 days. Never give aspirin to a cat, unless under the direct supervision of your veterinarian, and follow the dosage instructions exactly.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 1:45:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

I have a pet medical encyclopedia that lists what human medications that you can give to both dogs and cats or just dogs--there are not many things you can give cats from what I've read. But the book has all kinds of treatments and/or emergency information to use until you can get the pet to the vet--(hey, I rhymed!)If we have another get together soon, I'll see if I can copy some of the charts from it to hand out. Of course, the internet is a valuble source of info that you could pretty much draw a source book form--especially for summer problems-allergies, spider bites, bee stings, snake bites, etc. I know when our family dog King, was bitten on the lip twice by a copper head snake, Daddy splashed turpentine on his mouth to keep him from licking the wounds and pulling the poison into his mouth.
OH-PET NEEDS A HOME--I have a girl here in my office that got a pit puppy awhile ago--shes pergenant and they have moved into a town house where they can't keep him. Poor fella is still chained up over at their old house--and I chastised her for leaving him over there alone-though she said they go twice a day and feed him--ANYWAY-she is desperate to find him a home. Can anyone suggest a fostering program or any solution to keep him out of the pound? She said shes afraid to put him in the pound because people might get him to try and "fight him" with other animals--and that she's afraid his time will run out and he will be pushed over the rainbow bridge. ANY suggestions would be appreciated.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 8:06:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Brett, My informatin is on the roster, Call me when you get home and tell me about the puppy. I might be able to make a special trip there to rescue the little guy. I have to say that living in a townhouse is a poor excuse since I own a townhouse and have 3 dogs. We have a yard but we still go for walks. That's a lazy excuse!

Thursday, June 21, 2007 8:35:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Yippee Pam and Flyboy! Soar high in the skies for us Flyboy!!!

Brett that is so sad about the pit. sniff.... I hate the thought of anyone tying up an animal to a tree! How would they like to be tied up to a tree??? The doggie deserves a better life then that!!!

I hate when people run out and get a pet then they have a child or move or another change in life then decide the pet no longer fits in with the family. Those people are not responsible enough to be pet owners in my opinion. Not speaking any less of your friend Brett but I don’t think they deserve to have a pet ever again in this life time or any life time as far as that goes. I hope they will treat their human baby better then they treat a furry baby! Oh, this subject gets me riled up big time. I wish I were there to take the dog in until we could find it a home.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 9:11:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I agree. People do that ALL the time. Have baby, get rid of pets. Move and CHOOSE to get place that doesn't allow pets. IDIOTS. I have no advice for her other than to grow up and never get a pet again until she's willing to commit to being responsible. I'm sorry if that sounds harsh, but after being involved with rescue for so long I am sick and tired of people and their BS!!!

She should try to find it a home and NOT expect others to do the work for her. Put ads in the paper (but not saying 'free to good home', as that's where people come to get dog fight bait). Make flyers with photo and post them everywhere. Ask everyone she knows. In other words WORK.

Here's a tip: if she ever moves again with a pet, tell her to pick a place that ALLOWS PETS. And the pregnancy excuse really ticks me off. I have friends who have LOTS of pets, had babies and don't go around getting rid of the pets.

Sorry, but I've bit a bit cranky lately. :) Oh, and I don't care how bad she feels because its of her own making. I'm sure the dog is the one feeling bad.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

If you are not willing to take care of a pet that you made a commitment to, who says you are parent material for a child? People like that should not have children in my opinion!

Thursday, June 21, 2007 11:33:00 AM  
Blogger jdt said...

I completely agree with you guys. We just found out a few weeks ago that we were expecting and we have 6 pets (4 poms, 2 cats). I have NO intention of parting with my babies. We actually tell the dogs all the time that they are going to have a new brother or sister. We look at our pets as our children and you don't give one child away because you are getting another one. This kind of news really frustrates me. I have a few co-workers who keep telling me that I may not want to keep all the dogs. My response to those co-workers is "We had the dogs first." It drives them crazy! There is no reason you can't have pets and babies. It may take some time and energy to train, but that is part of the responsibility of being a pet parent. I also can't imagine moving to a place that didn't allow pets. When I first moved back to Clarksville, I had 2 cats and 2 poms at the time. I will admit it took some time to find a place I could rent with that many pets, but I looked until I found one. (Of course, it is much better now that we own) It also may cost more if you have a pet, but again that is just part of the responsibility of being a pet parent.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

If we all sound harsh, well, it's because our pets are more than "just animals" to us. When you adopt, whether it be a human child or a furry child, it's forever. At least it is to us.

We got Aimee, dog princess, from a pound when an owner moved to a no-pets place. I simply don't understand that mentality.

Max was found abandoned, wandering the neighborhood when, presumably, his owners left the area, leaving him behind. The phone number scratched on his rabies tag was disconnected.

Charlie was left at the vet because his owner didn't want to pay for treatment. These are our precious babies and the thought that people could do this is heartbreaking. They are loyal, loving and oh so lovable (well, most of the time).

Unfortunately we love in a "disposable" world. If you don't want it anymore, get rid of it. Like spouses, old tires, litter... Once disposed of, they think, "it's not my problem anymore." They always have excuses for their lack of commitment and responsibility, albeit weak ones.

When people are so cruel to other humans, it's no wonder they are so thoughtless and heartless to everything else.

I find it ironic that the firend doesn't want this puppy to be a "fight" dog or be put down by Animal Control. It's this sort of mentality that has created the problem in the first place.


Thursday, June 21, 2007 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

ok--now that I started a bon-fire--Adrienne, this pup has done some growing since she got him--my friend said she would take a photo this afternoon when they go feed the dog at their old house. And I agree with you guys, but after talking with her again today, I think this was more of a case of a pet decision made by two young folks at the wrong time. BUT_she told me she will pull his vet file together and send me the pic and all that good stuff. According to her he is up on his shots and should be on the one time a year for rabies. But I never had a pit,so I'm not sure of the shot schedule. She says he is a good size now, but still wants to be the baby and cuddle and love. She also said he loves to ride in the car in the passenger seat. But as soon as I get all the information, I will send it out Adrienne. THANKS for considering a rescue on the him.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

It wasn't a decision made at the "wrong" time, it was simply a bad and irresponsible decision, period. I hope you tell them NOT TO EVER get another pet until they can commit to the pet just like I assume they'll commit to the baby. How they could leave that dog tied out is beyond me. They should board it at a kennel until they find a home for it and if they can't find a home, instead of taking it to the pound to have the taxpayer pay to put it to sleep, they should have their vet do it.

Sorry, still mad. :) Seen too much of the same thing over and over and over. Hope they at least learn a lesson. The problem is when others take care of the problem for them, it's easier for them to do again. "Oh,w can just call a shelter and they'll find it a new home."

Thursday, June 21, 2007 12:54:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Well we can alway speak for the ones that we come acroos who can't find a place to be heard, can't we?

Thursday, June 21, 2007 1:02:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Poor Brett. He tries to do a good deed and he has to suffer the brunt of the Pet People wrath!!!! So, Brett, how do you think the ladies really feel??

But, I AGREE 100%!!!!!!!!! I'm not even going to make a comment because it would just be reduntant because the rest of you said it all.

So, I will ask Jennifer if she decided on the arrangements for the babies while she and hubby are out of town. You were looking at lodgings and talking to sitters. How did it work out????

Thursday, June 21, 2007 1:10:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Brett as much information she can give you about him would be great. His temperment and socialization with other animals will be a deciding a factor. I think you are an hour behind me, but I'm up pretty late most nights usually until 11pm. If you are not able to call me email me your number and a time that works for you, I can call you.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 1:14:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

ok adrienne--a soon as she gives me the info and pic, I will email it all to you and then call and we can discuss it over the phone-ok? I'd kindda like to have some hard info instead of here say.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 1:38:00 PM  
Blogger jdt said...

Stacey...I spoke with the people at the Pet Sitting Service and then we went a toured the Guest House for Animals. We decided on the Guest House for a few reasons.

When we are not home, we make the dogs stay in the kitchen just in case they have accidents. (Of course our kitchen is really big so they have plenty of space). I really didn't want the dogs stuck in the kitchen while we are gone. My other really big reason for not leaving them at home is that our trip is the week of 4th of July. I am afraid some of our neighbors will be setting off fireworks. A couple of the dogs are absolutely terrified of fireworks. I didn't want them to be home alone while fireworks are going off.

The GuestHouse owners live next door to the house that the dogs are kenneled in, so they are close by if there are any problems and someone is always home, which puts my mind at ease. They also have security measures there to ensure the dogs are safe. When we visited the GuestHouse they were booked almost to their limit, which to me says they must have satisfied customers.

Also, a lady was dropping her dog off while we were there, and I swear that dog grinned when he saw the owner of the facility. The dog owner has brought her dog there several times and has always been happy, so that factored in too. I am still anxious about leaving them, which is normal for me, but sometimes you have to trust everything will be okay.

We may actually use the pet sitting service if we go away again and it is not around a holiday and it is for a shorter period. I really appreciate all the suggestions.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 2:05:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Brett, I'm with Stacey, Even though I agree with all that everyone else had said about the iresponsibility and etc. I will not repeat that. You are doing a good thing trying to help the poor puppy. I sure hope it works out Adrienne that you can adopt him. It does break my heart thinking of him being tied to that tree day and night. What if a big storm comes up? He'll be in danger! Remember,I was the one who called animal control on the neighbor who left her dog tied to thier tree for hours and out in the rain with no shelter. Oh yea, one thing more, it doesn't matter how big a animal may grow, if you adopt one it should be with the idea of whatever size it becomes you will love it!What a excuse! But Brett, no one on here is dierecting thier anger at you I hope you know that, you're just trying to help and bless you for that.
There are people who believe that humans are just higher up on the ladder tham pets. They no longer give pets the attention they deserve when the kids come along. I feel they shouldn't have been allowed to have pets in the first place too but unfortunatly that isn't how it works. I'm with you JDT. you can still love and care for your pets when the kids come along. They may have to take a backseat to the kids sometimes but not always. My grandkids love thier cats and dog. Even our 9 month old grand daughter loves her kitty's and dog, she doesn't mind a bit when Roxie dog gives her big old sloppy kisses right in the face. It helps build a good immune system,ha.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 2:15:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

oh I know you guys aren't yellin at me--and trust me, I blasted her yesterday with most of the stuff we've been talking about. And I found out he has a shelter in the back yard, and he's within reach to get inside. Hey, i'm alll about helping the lost ones who haven't found that special place to call home yet. Sometimes it frightens me to say that, cuz there are so many little furry faces out there. I swear I leave Pet Smart in tears every time they have adoption day and we go to shop. They are all precious living things that God gave us, and like everything else, we squander them, thinking there is always time to go pet them, or play with them, or even give them a little bit of love and a place to call home. What if they felt that way about us? We'd be sh*t out of luck. I'm a Shirley Feeney--I promise--way too emotional when it comes to my animals. My father says "oh they're just dumb animals, and the Lord didn't make them for you to have sitting at the dinner table with you!' And that thing about they return to the dust from which they were made and have no soul or feeling. You can't tell me that God would create something that KNOWS when your feeling down, or sick, or upset, and comes to love you or gives you a little wet lick that says "everything will be alright". NOWAY did God just throw a hand full of dirt on the ground that became a dog or cat and then say "Get up Dummy !" Thats probably what happened when ADAM was born -LOL. But when I feel like helping might over welm me, I think of the HUmane Society workers, or the people at Cats are Us--the are out there plugging away to get these animals good homes and a happy life. It's like they are Hollywood agents, trying to get their clients a steady gig.I have been made to promise that if HINES comes to live with us, that is the end of our expansion for a long time. But I 'll do what I can to help one of God's four-legged angels find the battered souls that need them the most.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 2:38:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Brett, you have such a good heart! I agree they are more than just dust come to life, they are precious companions to us and deserve so much more than what some people give them. Hey, how are all three of your babies doing? Been praying for a fast recovery for them.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 2:48:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Thanks Pam, and the rest of the family for praying for my Hair Bear Bunch. Charlies eye looks better cuz of the hot compresses I've been using every evening. Pearl's sneezing has eased, but she is still a little more lazier than usual, so I'm still watching her --Lucy has decide that she is the ultimate B**ch queen and has been acting out. If her system is off and she's not popping and peeing right--she is a handful. She used to have bladder infections all the time it seemed like. Once we took her to the emergency hospital cuz she was shooting blood out of her wazoo and they told us it might be kidney stones and she might require surgery--HELLO! PAGING SHIRLEY FEENEY!!! Brett's ultimate sober freak out had begun.
But seriously,if she does have one, it's mild at this point cuz as we haven't been running for a mop every few seconds. So, with luck I can have three healthy kids again and a wallet that has something in it besides DUST!
OH hey everybody--I now know that a minimal care visit to the hospital before insurance is around 10,000.00---I got stuck with a little under two thou--so I thank GOD I had the insurance!
And if anyone can prove the dust come to life theory, I think the Lord could create a few great danes and sheep dogs out of my living room alone!

Thursday, June 21, 2007 3:12:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Brett, a dusty house is a well lived in house!! And mine is EXTREMELY well lived in. Don't you fret about that. Ain't nothing but a thang. You know, you write just like you talk!

Thursday, June 21, 2007 4:08:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Wow, I go to the grocery store, mow the grass and look at what all I missed today! Brett, we are not fussing at you. If my man were not named the Saint, I would have to call you a Saint for trying your best to help out this poor tied up doggie. Some of us just get a bit riled at the excuses that irresponsible people can come up with. Do keep us posted as to the outcome of this horrible story that we are all praying for a happy ending to.....

Thursday, June 21, 2007 9:01:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Checking in one last time before going to bed. Man these hours are late since Fly Boy has been home are so off our normal schedual. We usually are falling asleep by 8:30 since we get up at 4:45 for Fly Boy to get to work by 6:30. That routine starts back on Monday but it will sure be worth it for him to get back to qoek, he can't wait.

Brett, sure hope Lucy doesn't have a stone but if so hope it passes soon and fast as possible. Those are horrible,just ask anyone who has ever had one. Plus think about it, if people have a hard time pooping and peeing how misserable they are so pets have the same misery.
Oh and we can testify on the hospital and doctor bills as of late. It is unreal. Fly boy has had three cerebral angiograms at over $22,500.00 EACH! That does not include the doctors fees, we still haven't seen the bill for his surgery yet and that one will probably top $150.00 before doctor fees. As you said thank God for insurance but there are still the copays to deal with. They get you every where they can but what can you do?

Thursday, June 21, 2007 11:04:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

whoops, on the surgery, I meant $150,000 not $150,00. We wish it was only that.

Thursday, June 21, 2007 11:06:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Yeah, I agree on the doctor bills--but I've discovered a couple that they billed out of network that were supposed to be in neetwork, so thats gonna work out to may favor. I'm gonna try to get a payment plan with the hospital and pay if off in a few months--I just don't have 2 grand lying around somewhere-last time I had Cigna insurance and a 1000 deduct--after I hit 1000, they charge EVERYTHING out of network. My bill was like 17,000.00. So, I put on my JR Ewing hat and told them to get it right-or else--They had to re-bill 98% of the stuff and the hospital was raging for the wrong payment amount and the whole thing was a huge vaccum, and I was still bed ridden and trying to deal with all those people thru a haze of Tylox .
YEAH!!! Jr Ewing prevailed!!! I ended up with a bill for a couple of thou.
I'm so glad Flyboy is going back to work. It amazes me how we can dislike our jobs, unitl we are sick for a long period of time and unable to do anything-then that job starts to look better and better. But I think Flyboy likes his job better than most of us. LOL

Friday, June 22, 2007 8:05:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I hate thinking of the $1,200 I spent recently on some minor procedures! I don’t even know how much the insurance company’s part was. I would rather spend that money on something else especially since my procedures ended up unnecessary, but you never know and must have them done I guess…

I too feel sorry for the pain your baby is going through Brett. I use to get bladder infections and they are not fun at all. Several of my family members have dealt with the Kidney stones and they tell me it is a pain they do not wish on anyone. I hope all your babies are feeling better soon. Yep, when it rains it pours huh…..

Since we are on the topic of medical, I have a little funny to share. My mom was telling me that she was on-line a while back ordering some medication for her or dad. She kept putting in the pass word and it kept rejecting it. After the third time, it kicked her off and said she had to call in person to get to this account. I guess that is a security thing so no one can get into your prescriptions. I think that is a good thing. Well, she called them up and while going through all the details with the technician it dawned on her what she had done. She was putting in the password for Pet Meds for the cats’ on-line account! I may have this backwards on the accounts but you get the jest….

Friday, June 22, 2007 9:39:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Brett, yes Fly Boy LOVES his career! He would rather fly than eat and believe me he likes his food too. He has always said he feels very blessed to be able to have a job he loves and never took it for granted so you can imagine how hard all this had been for him. If he was allowed I think he would have done a little dane right after this last angiogram,ha.

Skeeter, that was a good one with your Mom and the password.

Friday, June 22, 2007 4:02:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

ok, I was trying to type dance but I'm sure you figured that out.

Friday, June 22, 2007 4:04:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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