Dog Gone Good Stuff from Miss Mollie Mae

Miss Mollie Mae says, “woof” and so should YOU!

December 11th, 2014

In today’s busy, growing, and techy society, our simple friends (pet dogs) may not be getting all the attention they so very well deserve! Whether we are investing more time in our educations of careers, time is a commodity that seems to find itself scarce. A late night in the office or an all-nighter preparing for an exam could mean sacrificing time allocated to walking the dog, feeding the pooches, or really important pet cuddles. Finding someone to pet-sit can be hard to find last minute, and let’s be honest, your friends and neighbors are probably busy too. What if I said that you could find potential pet sitters with just a “woof?”

The solution is as simple as downloading an app. It’s free, easy to use, and requires a vocabulary of only 12 words. The app DoggyBnB can be downloaded on any smart phone for a reasonable price of zero dollars. On this app you create a simple profile including your name, your dog’s name, and the number of dog’s you have. The app marks your location on the map as it does with all other app-holders in the vicinity. The app is targeted to pet owners who are themselves inclined to provide assistance to other pet owners.  Some functions of the app include:

  • “woof” – posting a request for your dog to be walked, fed, or looked after
  • “fetch” – offering pet care to other pets in the area
  • “sniffer” – browsing through pets in the vicinity to setup doggy play dates (swipe left for no, swipe right for yes)

Call it the ultimate social media app for you and your dogs! However, because the app itself is fairly new, the network of pooches in your vicinity may not be at its fullest potential. If the concept seems beneficial for you and your pet-owning friends, tell them about it! Make your own network and make sure your pets are taken care of as you continue being the busy, growing, techy you!

 

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/17/nyregion/an-app-to-fetch-pet-care.html?_r=0

 

Miss Mollie Mae: Halloween Safety

October 29th, 2014

5 Ways to Keep Pets Safe on Halloween

  1. Dangerous Pet Costumes: If you choose to dress up your pet, clothe your dog or cat with a simple approach. Pets can become tangled in elaborate, tight-fitting costumes with strings, ties, belts, & sashes, which can lead to bodily injury!
  2. Halloween Decorations: If you enjoy decorating your home for Halloween, take into consideration what you are putting on display & where the decorations will be placed!
  3. Noise: Dogs & cats can become frightened & anxious on Halloween due to the recurrent ringing of the doorbell & the chatter outside the door. Moreover, the bombardment of strangers dressed in unfamiliar & scary costumes can alarm some pets.
  4. Sweet Treats: Candy and chocolate are never good for dogs or cats & there is an increased chance that your pet may consume treats meant for the trick-o-treaters! Chocolate is extremely toxic to pets & candies wrapped in plastic & other types of wrapping can lead to choking, upset stomach, or an obstruction.
  5. Lost Pets: Halloween isn’t an ideal time to let your dog or cat wander unattended. Be mindful that a prankster could be inspired to mess with your pet. 

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http://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-articles/pet-health/5-Ways-to-Keep-Pets-Safe-on-Halloween.aspx

Miss Mollie Mae wants to know: Did you know Sunday is World Rabies Day?!

September 26th, 2014

Every year, on the 28th of September, the world unites in the fight against rabies. World Rabies Day is a day of activism and awareness.

The bond between people and dogs is special and this World Rabies Day, we’re celebrating that bond with Me and My Dog #TogetherAgainstRabies (which is the theme for 2014). Too often, fear of rabies shifts people against dogs. Vaccinating dogs against rabies stops this terrifying disease at its source and saves people’s lives too.

Our model for rabies prevention includes vaccinating dogs against rabies to create a barrier of immunity between the disease and people. With your help we can bring our model for rabies prevention to more communities and improve the prospects for millions of dogs! 

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http://www.rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day

 

Miss Mollie Mae says, “Does Your Dog Feel Jealous?”

August 18th, 2014

When you kiss your significant other, does your dog try to get your attention? And does that mean that your dog feels jealous? Threatened? Or are we just imagining that?

Many if not all dog owners are sure that their pets have feelings. And we’ve known for a while that animals exhibit behaviors that look like jealousy, shame, & guilt. But it’s hard to find out what animals are really feeling.

A study published July 2014 brings us closer to proving that dogs do get jealous. Psychologists from the University of California, San Diego adapted a test that has been used on human infants to see whether dogs exhibit jealous behavior.

They videotaped how 36 dogs reacted to their owners ignoring them and instead petting and talking sweetly to a plastic jack-o’-lantern or an animated, stuffed dog. When the study was over, 72% of the dogs expressed jealous behavior (snapping at the object or pushing or touching the owner).

These dogs were trying to draw their owners away from the stuffed animal, feeling something very similar to human jealousy.

More studies have to be done before we can definitively say that dogs feel a basic form of jealousy.

Does your dog express jealous behavior? 

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http://www.today.com/pets/pet-peeves-dogs-really-do-get-jealous-scientists-say-1D79959175 

Miss Mollie Mae says, “July 28th – World Hepatitis Day”

July 28th, 2014

What is a chronic hepatitis?
Chronic hepatitis is a syndrome in dogs that can result from many different disease processes. It means that the liver has undergone or is undergoing inflammation and/or necrosis. The invasion of white cells and cell death can both be a result of previous damage to the liver by infectious agents, such as viruses or bacteria. Chronic hepatitis can occur in any breed of dog, male or female, and at any age. Most dogs with chronic hepatitis are middle-aged to older.

What are the symptoms of chronic hepatitis?

•              Decreased appetite

•              Lethargy

•              Vomiting

•              Diarrhea

•              Increased drinking and urination

•              Swollen belly filled with fluid

What tests are needed?
Liver disease is usually suspected based on a dog’s symptoms, or problems detected during the physical examination performed by the veterinarian. Some tests used to help diagnose chronic hepatitis include:

  • Blood work
  • Imaging techniques (x-rays or abdominal ultrasound) – used to assess the size and appearance of the liver, as dogs with chronic hepatitis tend to have relatively small livers
  • Liver biopsy is the only definitive way to diagnose chronic hepatitis

What treatment is needed?
The treatment of chronic hepatitis is based on the severity and type of disease process in the liver as well as the clinical signs exhibited by your dog. Hospitalization, fluid therapy and supportive care may be necessary in severe conditions to help stabilize the patient for further diagnostics and treatment.

What is the prognosis?
Unfortunately, despite appropriate treatment, this condition is not often curable. Many dogs, though, can be kept relatively free of clinical signs and have a good quality of life for months and even years with therapy. Your veterinarian will need to recheck your dog’s condition and blood work frequently as circumstances may change.

http://www.acvim.org/

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Miss Mollie Mae says, “Protect Our Dogs from the Heat!”

May 13th, 2014

It is essential for pet owners to learn how to prevent and treat heat stroke in dogs, especially during the warmer months.

Heat stroke occurs when a dog severely overheats. Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time. On a warm day, the temperature in a car can exceed 120 degrees in a matter of minutes – even with the windows partially opened. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heat stroke or suffocation.

If your pet is exposed to high temperatures, look for signs of heat stress – heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, unsteadiness, vomiting, drooling, fever, and lethargy.  If you think your dog may have heat stroke, get the vet ASAP – the condition can cause permanent organ damage and death.

There are many other tips to keep your dog safe and healthy during a heat wave. Give your dog extra water – you will need to refill your dog’s water bowl more often than usual on very hot days. Offering your dog several ways to cool off is another step you can take during a heat wave. Apply cool water all over his body or soak him in a cool bath. You can also place cool, wet towels on your dog or leave a fan on in a place where your dog can sit in front of it.

Take your walks in the morning or evening – the intense heat of midday can overwhelm your dog during a walk. Exercise your dog during the cooler hours and, if your dog is in the sun for an extended period of time, apply doggie sunscreen. Moreover, don’t leave your dog alone outside for more than a few minutes. Even in the shade, a dog exposed to extreme heat and humidity is at risk for heat stroke.

Lastly, brush your dog regularly. A clean, untangled coat can help ward off summer skin problems and help your dog stay cool.

Has your dog ever been close to having a heat stroke?

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http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/pet-safety/protecting-pets-from-heat

Miss Mollie Mae says, “Driving with your pet could be a dangerous distraction.”

April 23rd, 2014

There are many distractions people face will driving their cars. Distracted driving activities include things like using a cell phone to make a call, to send a text, to check an email, and eating something while driving. Another distraction that can occur while driving is traveling with your dog.

In 2008, there were 6,000 fatalities due to accidents caused by distracted drivers, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

And, in a 2010 survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, an overwhelming 80 percent of respondents said they’ve driven with their pets on a variety of car trips including day trips, local errands and leisure trips, the pet store, dog parks and to work.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends that people use restraints on dogs and cats to prevent harm to the animals, the driver, and other passengers. Pets should not only ride in the driver’s lap, but they shouldn’t ride in the front passenger seat because of the risk of injury from a deploying airbag. The best way for people to think about this is to compare the dog to having a child in the car.

New Jersey could fine a driver $250 – $1,000 for giving a four-legged family member free rein of the car while it’s moving. In addition, Arizona, Connecticut, and Maine residents can be penalized under distracted-driving laws if they’re driving with a pet in their lap. More than half a dozen states, including California, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, have considered laws banishing dogs from the driver’s seat.

The most important headline for pet owners: Restrain your pet. Keep them in an enclosed area. This is safer for a number of reasons. First of all, keeping your pet in a tighter space will keep them from wandering around. If you have a pet wandering while you are driving, the chances you will be distracted are pretty good. Safety barriers are important to your pets for two reasons. First, they stop your pet from being projected in case of a short stop. Second, they stop your pet from becoming a distraction by keeping them in one place.

Where does your dog sit in your car?

Jack Russell Terrier Dog Enjoying a Car Ride.

 

http://blogs-images.forbes.com/jimhenry/files/2012/03/AAA-Foundation-Pledge.jpg – TAKE THE PLEDGE & DRIVE DISTRACTION FREE! 

Miss Mollie Mae: Dangerous Foods Dogs Should NEVER Eat

March 26th, 2014

Most dogs love food, and they are especially attracted to what they see us eating. While sharing the occasional nibble with your dog is fine, it’s important to be aware that some foods are very dangerous to dogs.

Dangerous foods that dogs should never eat:

  • Alcohol
  • Avocados
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Dairy Products
  • Fruit Pits & Seeds
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Gum/Candy
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Raw Meat/Fish/Eggs
  • Salt
  • Tea
  • Walnuts
  • Yeast Dough

Dogs explore with their mouth.

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No matter how cautious you are, it’s possible your dog can find and swallow what it shouldn’t. It’s a smart idea to always keep the number of your local vet somewhere you know you can find it in an emergency.

You can ensure your dog has a healthy, well-balanced diet by asking your vet to recommend a quality dog food. A well-designed dog food gives your pet all the nutrients it needs for an active and healthy life. This doesn’t mean you can’t sometimes give your dog human food as a special treat.

Most dogs are fine with eating lean meats. Make sure it had been thoroughly cooked and all fat, skin, and bones have been removed. Slices of apples, oranges, bananas, and watermelon make tasty treats for your dog. Be sure to remove any seeds, stems, and leaves because they can cause serious problems.

Your dog can have a healthy snack of carrot sticks, green beans, cucumber slices, or zucchini slices. Dogs may also enjoy plain white rice or pasta after it’s cooked.

Dogs are very good at begging for a taste of whatever we may be eating or cooking. As cute as they may be, though, our pets can’t always stomach the same foods as us!

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http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/foods_poisonous_to_pets.html

Miss Mollie Mae says, “Give Your Furry Valentine Love, Not Chocolate!”

February 14th, 2014

Oh Valentine’s Day: the time of year when love is in the air.

Does your heart melt whenever you look into the eyes of your lovable dog? Do you love to play with your dog at the park or cuddle with your dog on the couch? If so, you’ll join millions of pet owners who will include canine companions in their Valentine’s Day celebrations.

What are you going to give your furry, four-legged Valentine? Of course lots of love and maybe a new toy or two. There’s no harm in giving a few extra tasty treats on this special holiday, but remember that there are some treats that a dog should never have – chocolate. The most romantic day of the year can turn into a nightmare for pets.

Valentine’s Day is the single biggest day on which dogs are taken to emergency rooms because of ingested chocolate. Chocolate is toxic for pets and can make your dog extremely sick. The

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chemical in chocolate that’s so poisonous for dogs is theobromine, an alkaloid that has similar effects to caffeine and can make dogs quite ill.

As candy lovers know, there are different kinds of chocolate such as white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic or poisonous it is for dogs.

If you come home to find your candy box empty, take a quick glance at your dog and your house. Is your pet panting or trembling? Do you see evidence of vomiting or diarrhea? How much chocolate do you think your pet ate? Then call your veterinarian or emergency center for further instructions.

Good news – your veterinarian can prevent or treat chocolate poisoning. Treatment may include medication that induces vomiting to rid the body of undigested chocolate or administration of oral compounds to block absorption of theobromine.

Bad news – you may not have any chocolate left…or is that good news too?

Enjoy the 14th with your Valentine. Your dogs will love you fur-ever!

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http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/02/happy-valentines-day/

Miss Mollie Mae says, “Do you know why dogs are wearing yellow ribbons?”

January 13th, 2014

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dog in hopes of petting and rubbing their belly. However, as the dog is getting closer, you see a yellow ribbon tied on the dog’s collar. What does this mean?

A dog with a yellow ribbon on its collar or leash is to help people identify that caution should be applied when approaching the dog. Think of it like a yellow traffic light signal: proceed with caution.

These dogs are not necessarily aggressive, but more often are dogs who have issues of fear or anxiety; pain from recent surgery; not child friendly; are a rescue or shelter dog who has not yet had sufficient training or mastered obedience.

The Yellow Dog Project is a nonprofit organization that is a global effort to help raise awareness around dogs that require a little extra distance upon approaching. The goal of this project is to educate the public about the proper techniques to approach a dog, including permission from the dog’s owner before moving in. Consequently, all parties are put in a less stressful environment, which in turn reduces opportunities for an unforeseen accident.

Dogs in need of space are good dogs. They may not want to socialize with your dog, but they have the right to walk on a leash with their owners without any harassment from strangers who insist on a forced greeting.

To learn more about the Yellow Dog Project and help spread the word, check out www.theyellowdogproject.com.

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