Stormy Weather, again….

Looks like a tropical storm is headed our way.  Doesn’t seem like it will be much more than a rain maker but they are also calling for lot’s of thunder storms.  This of course will become an issue for many of the pets in our lives.  So the time to prepare is now.

Wet Dog
Rainy Day Dog

If you are using a Thundershirt, you need to start using it before the storms are around.  The reason being if you only put the shirt on your dog when a storm is coming they will anticipate a storm and start to get anxious when you put the shirt on them.  If you put the shirt on and off during calm times when there are no storms they will lose that association.

Give your pet a safe place to go.  Dogs love to have a “den”, a covered or enclosed area where they can go and feel safe.  This could be anything from a crate covered with a towel or blanket, a closet or small room with no windows, I even know a few dogs who like to get in a bathtub during a storm.  Louie G always loves to get in my closet, small, cozy and it smells like me.

Diffusing essential oils to help calm your pet stay calm is my favorite.  I am a big fan of Calm A Mile.  Calm A Mile is a blend of several oils that offer your pet a calm and grounding experience. This is a veterinarian grade essential oils created by Dr Melissa Shelton an Integrative Veterinarian.  Louie G, my standard poodle, is horribly frightened of thunderstorms and

Rainy Day Dog

fireworks.  If I start diffusing the oil prior to the onset of the commotion, we can win the battle.  You can find this oil and others online at AnimalEO we also keep a small supply of these oils on hand if you are interested in trying them.

We also use Bach Flower Remedies, specifically Rescue Remedy.  Flower remedies are a homeopathic remedy that can be used alone or with other types of treatment.  Rescue Remedy is now made in an animal formula which does not contain any alcohol which some people prefer for their pets.  Typically only a few drops are needed to acheive the desired results.

We have also tried some natural types of calming chews that have had varing degrees of effectivness.  I would definitly check with your vet before choosing one.

Other things to remember during a thunderstorm is that your pet may be affected by all the static electricity in the air.  You can help to cut down on this by rubbing a drier sheet on your pet.  Also remember that your dogs hearing is far greater than ours so if the rain or hail is pounding down on the roof or pavement, they may become fearful.

My best advise is to find the thing that will work best for your pet and use it before the animal is in a frantic state.  Once they have escalated to being terrified it will be near to impossible to calm them down.

I may love a rainy day but I sure do hate a thunderstorm kind of day, I just hate to see Louie G suffer.  So let’s do our best to keep them calm and happy.

Natural Pets

I have had an interest in natural and holistic care for my pets for many years.  Around 2000, I started by going to talks and seminars on holistic pet care, searching the internet and doing a lot of reading and experimentation.  My lucky dogs got to be the guinea pigs.

One of the first decisions I made was to discontinue semi-annual and annual  vaccinations (except for rabies as it is required by law) I made this decision after attending a seminar by a holistic vet.  Some of the points she made stuck with me; Continue reading “Natural Pets”

Calming Essential Oils

For the past few days we have been diffusing Calm-a-Mile neat, an essential oil blend of German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Blue Cypress, Frankincense, Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang.  This oil is recommended  to create a calm and grounding sense in the dogs and is available from Animal EO.  I have used this oil when we have other dogs coming to visit, people coming to visit or when we were moving.

This weekend I am using it for Louie G who is terrified of the thunder and yes being 4th of July, fireworks.

Louie G calm and happy
Walter likes sleeping near the diffuser

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Happy 4th of July, or not

I wanted to repost this blog from last July as a reminder to keep our pets safe over the holiday.

Calling All Dogs Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Blog

Today is the big day, fireworks!  UGH.  I used to like fireworks, now, not so much.  Sure I enjoy the big shows with all the fancy lights.  It’s the neighborhood fireworks that I find irritating on many levels.  First, I don’t understand why men like to shoot off things that just make a loud noise.  Please explain to me the redeeming value of this.

Personally I find it annoying as do my dogs and the dogs I take care of.  We have been having a lot of thunderstorms so the dogs are already on edge.  I had a walk with a yellow lab, Meghan, last night, it was thundering off in the distance.  Poor dear, I found her in the closet under a pile of clothes and then it  was a battle to get her out of the house.  I had to sit on the steps, pet her, talk to…

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On Vacation

Yes we are on vacation.  Without the dogs. Seems strange.  The last few years every time we went away it was somewhere that we could load up the pack and head out.  This time alas, it was and airplane ride to a wedding.  No dogs invited.

This is good and bad.  Good; I can stretch my legs out on the bed, I don’t have to get up at 5 am to let Louie G go out to pee, nobody cares if I sleep past 7, I don’t have to clean up poop, pee or vomit, nobody needs a bath.

Bad; it’s so lonely!  And I’ve only been gone 24 hours.   Luckily Woodstock is very dog friendly and everywhere we go we see dogs and meet new dogs.

We are lucky enough to have some great options for our dogs when we go away.  First of course is I have a great staff that will come over and look over them.  Second option is my brother who lives near by and has 3 dogs of his own and our guys all get along great.  Third, which came as a complete surprise was my parents offer to come and stay at our house. Continue reading “On Vacation”

Where Have I Been?

I have been gone a long time.  Why?  I love writing the blog.  So why so long away?  Busy, of course.  I always struggle with the life work balance.  I’m sure everyone who has their own business does.  I think if I hire more people I won’t have to work so much.  So I  bring  on more staff, then I take on more clients and I get busier.  It’s a problem most people would want and  I’m not complaining about that part, I just have to figure it out.

Another reason is that finally I moved forward with my canine massage  certification.  Since 2012 I have taken the intro class twice and then got busy and never followed through.  Well, this September I completed my 75 hours of classroom and by the end of March completed the 25 hours of internship.  Now I’m waiting to hear back on my portfolio to start offering this as a service.

I also took a Healing Touch for Animals class.  I was interested but not sure about this modality.  After completeing Level 1 I am on board and will continue studing Healing Touch for Animals.

I will be expanding on my new interests and how the dogs are so open and accepting to these two alternative healing experiences in future blog posts.

My Deaf Dog

Walter is 13 years old this year.  Not sooo old but no spring chicken either.  He actually is doing very well because 2 years ago he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was never expected to be with us so long. Therefore we will take the deafness.

We started to notice the issue about a year ago.  He would be sleeping somewhere in the house and the other dogs would start barking and he would just continue to sleep.  At first I though this a great boon with him being such a talker and all, what the heck a little silence.  Then we realized it wasn’t him just being quiet it was him not hearing.

Other things that started happening were he would stand starring at a door while I stood near by calling to him.  He had no idea I was there.  One day I came home and he wasn’t with the pack to greet me.  Oh no, I thought that was it.  I looked all over looking where he might be.  Of course, he was sleeping in the most unusual place and had heard none of the commotion of me coming home.  It’s almost scary that I can walk up behind him and he has no idea I am there.  He has also taken to being even more of a velcro dog.  I suppose being that he can’t hear me he needs to be near me at all times.  And if he can’t see me he will start searching the house for me, room by room.  It almost feels like having a stalker.

Knowing he is having this problem I try to make things a little easier for him.  When I come home I will walk heavy to try and make some vibrations.  We use a lot of hand signals and I am learning it is useless to call or ask him to be quiet as “he can’t hear me”.  I need to make the extra effort to get in front of him so he can see me and we can communicate.  But all in all our time together is a blessing and we are just going to enjoy it for as long as we can.