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Fireworks cause anxiety with pets

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 by Candy

at least mine -! All of my dogs are terrified of fireworks and lightning and plastic bags and cats and most things come to think of it – but fireworks are at the top of that list.  This is a great article I found on another site – WTOP.com and I couldn’t have said it better myself -. Here are some tips:

For dogs and cats with average anxiety:

  • Put them in a small, quiet interior room with no windows and bathrooms are ideal because exhaust fans can create white noise.
  • Include water and comfort items such as the pet’s bed and favorite toys.
  • Shut them in with a loving goodbye and a treat. Don’t act sorry or guilty.
  • Remove pets from a quiet room nonchalantly as though it’s no big deal.

Dr. Nelson says pheromone and thunder coats work to calm about half the pets using them. For pets with higher-than-average anxiety, combine a quiet room with:

For severe anxiety when animals become sick or may harm themselves:

  • Consult a veterinarian about anti-anxiety medications.
  • Try out the medication prior to the trigger event to determine appropriate dosage.
  • Try a lower dosage, if a pet appears too dopey or “flattened” by meds.
  • Consult a vet about increasing dose or combining with a second medication, if dosage appears ineffective.
  • Don’t sedate pets. That only creates a sleepy pet that is still traumatized.

Dr. Nelson says pet owners shouldn’t feel as though the “quiet room” is banishing a pet away from an owner’s comfort.

“I think if you look at it that way, then your pet is going to sense that from you,” she says.

Dogs, for example, are den animals.

“They really do like having that safe protected sort of closed-in environment, that’s why kennels are very effective for many dogs that suffer from anxiety. If you have a dog that loves his crate that’s probably the best place for him,” Nelson says.

Also, the “quiet room” doesn’t have to be a bathroom.

“You might have a large walk-in closet, or some other area that you think they might be more comfortable in,” Nelson says.

Also, Nelson stresses that pet owners should not act sad, ashamed or guilty when putting a pet in or taking them out of the “quiet room.”

“If you don’t make a big deal about it then they’re going to feel like: ‘OK, my human isn’t worked up, so I guess is shouldn’t be worked up either,’ and it’ll help them to get through it a lot better,” Nelson says.

Get more information about Fourth of July events and safety tips in the WTOP live blog.

 

Wake up with the locals

Posted on: February 17th, 2014 by brent

Check out the new commercials featuring Brent and Candy

:30 Version

:15 Version

 

:10 Version

Cat Country Pinterest

Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by Candy

 

We now have a Pinterest account! Lets pin each other!

http://www.pinterest.com/catcountry987/

Candy puts Mentos in Diet Coke

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by brent

What happens when you add a Mentos to Diet Coke?  When you put Mentos in soda like Diet Cola there is a massive eruption of cola and CO2 gas. The process which causes the reaction is called nucleation. Since each Mentos is covered in little grooves thus having more surface area than it were if it were smooth.

The Boiling Water Trick

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by brent

Now with Cold Water:

Christmas… Just Look Around

Posted on: December 24th, 2013 by brent

It is meant to be read on Christmas Eve.

The symbolism of Christmas is likely in the room with you. As you look around you will find items that point to Christ the Savior Born on Christmas Day.

The star on the top of the Tree represents the Star of David, guiding Wisemen, Shepherds, and even the animals of the fields to worship Jesus. Just as you have traveled to be here tonight, when you look at the Star on the top of this tree remember the Wisemen who traveled nearly three years to see the Christ Child, because of a Star as a beacon of greatness given to man.

The lights of the Tree represent the night sky that the Shepherds saw while they where watching their flocks.  That night it was cold and clear and in the twinkling lights of the tree you should be reminded of the sky that would be filled with a “multitude of heavenly hosts” represented by the ornaments.  The significance of the Angels in the tree is important.

The Tree itself should serve as a reminder of the wood and pine bows that made up the stable where Jesus was born.  The manger was not a bed, but rather it was a stable… barely a shelter for animals.  Jesus was born a VERY common man.

Then of course there are presents under the Tree.  These presents represent the finest gifts the travelers from a far brought to give the baby Jesus.  Frankincense, Gold, and Myrrh were very valuable.  They were the finest things the travelers had to offer.  Remember they were given to a baby in a wooden manger.   The finest gifts in the land were given to a child born, not a palace,  not in a home, but in a barn.  The wisemen are called wisemen because of the divine wisdom that miraculously guided them over a thousand miles.  He was no ordinary Child.  Each of these gifts are celebration of giving the very best to those that we care about.  A gift in the spirit of Christmas is given to represent the “finest” things we have to offer.

That we are gathered here tonight symbolizes the night that Christ was born.  The symbols of the Wisemen and the Shepherds are represented in our house tonight by our guests.  Our family represents the inn keeper who offered the only room he had to give to Joseph and Mary. It is the fulfillment of the representation of Christmas that families gather on this night.  It is the celebration of Christ’s birthday.  Whereever you are on Christmas you represent someone who was present that night in Bethlehem.  Even our animals gather in the presence of Christ tonight.

Tonight, Christ is represented by the Bible placed before you.  It is the literal representation of the word of God.   Jesus who was born on this day would change the world over the next 33 years of his life.  In the Holy Bible, you will find the words in red that are the commands, counseling, and love that he gave the world, that has endured for more than 2000 years.    This is what the Celebration of Christmas is.  It is what I want it to be for my family. When you look around the room tonight and in the years to come.  See the real meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate.

-Brent Lane