Monday, December 30, 2013

Resources for Dog External Deworming

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Dogs are not just pets, they are an important part of a family. Therefore taking care of a dog should not be less than taking care of another family member. Your dog's health is very important, both for the dog itself and for the rest of the family too. Unfortunately, dogs are very prone to infections, therefore a dog owner has to be very careful and to take good care of the animal's good health. External worming is a common infection, therefore it's necessary for a dog to be well dewormed and free of parasites.

Common External Parasites
Some of the most common external parasites are fleas, ticks and mites. They remain in a dog's skin or fur. Ticks can be mostly found in shrubs. On the dog they can be found attached to their groin, ears or between their digits. These are the most common places but they can be lodged anywhere else on the skin of a dog. When infected, a dog feels discomfort, and the skin around the infected area inflames. If not treated, it can develop tick fever which often leads to anemia. The best time for prevention is between March and September because during this period parasites appear the most. However, due to the global warming, this period may vary, therefore it's recommended to prevent your dog all year round.

Fleas are another type of parasite. They suck an animal's blood and reproduce themselves extremely fast. They cause itching and discomfort, sometimes even pain. If your a pet is too sensitive and allergic to fleas, the parasite can cause harsh allergic reactions. Fleas can also predispose a dog's organism to getting intestinal worms, therefore a good treatment against fleas is compulsory.

Mites are a very frequently seen external parasite. The most common ones are Otodectes, Memodex and Sarcoptes. Octodectes is a parasite which can seriously harm an animal's health and it's very contagious. These mites can't be seen by a naked eye, therefore prevention treatment is necessary.

The Risk
Some parasites can be transmitted from your dog to you and other members of your family. The risk can be prevented in a few ways – deworming your pet, staying away from high-risk areas, such as sandboxes, and having perfect self hygiene. Regularly disposing of your dog's feces can lower the chance of worms spreading in the environment and thus affecting animals and humans.

What Has to be Done
Infection control reduces the danger of your pet picking up parasites. A dog should be regularly examined by a veterinarian - a couple of times a year should be enough. It's good that you're always informed by the veterinarian about parasite risks and effective preventative measures that can be taken. Good hygiene for both your pet and you is more than compulsory. You should always wash your dog's paws after taking it out for a walk. Don't feed your dog raw meet and always check your pet for signs of parasite infections. Give it the right medications prescribed by a veterinarian.

No matter if most external parasites can only survive during the warm periods, brought in the house some of them can survive the winter. Therefore a prevention all round the year is recommended.

Deworming medications can be either in a liquid, pill or injectable form. Some of them don't require prescription. Frequency depends on the infection itself but usually it's about every three months for adults dogs and every month for puppies.

Taking care of a dog doesn't only mean to feed it well, walk it and play with it. It also means to be responsible for its good hygiene and health. Therefore you have to be careful about your dog being infected and to take all the needed measures to prevent this happen. External deworming is necessary for your dog's health but also for the health of your family.

Author Bio: Rose Finchley loves to write about animals and specially dogs. She works a part time job at Shiny London, House Cleaners Streatham and in her free time she is a volunteer to help the homeless animals.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday's Friend - Dog Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Happy Friday!!! I heard from my friend Ms. Cathy with PetConnect Rescue this week about dog adoption. She asked me to introduce to you a new friend!!

 Puppy Tinsel!

"Puppy Tinsel"
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Puppy Tinsel is a cool pupdog 10-11 weeks old, a Beagle/Border Collie mix in need of a “Forever Home!” No information on parentage for Tinsel and littermates is available, so the breed posting is really just a best guess effort! WOOF!!!!! There’s agreat mix of pup-dog cuteness in there for sure though!!

Puppy Tinsel has your typical puppy curiosity, energy and zest for life. He will need an adopter who is home a good part of the day to continue house training and social skills (no exceptions).

Puppy Tinsel is up-to-date on age appropriate vaccines and preventatives and will need to be spayed/neutered when old enough.

If you would like more information on adopting Puppy Tinsel, contact PetConnect Rescue.

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption- Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

I'm really excited, WOOF!!, again, about introducing you to a buddy at Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. and being the FIRST to bark about him!!!  He's on my blog first!!! WOOF!!!!!

Meet Nugget!!

Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Nugget, a 3-year old Chocolate Labrador, is a cool dog with lots of energy to share!  WOOF!!  He want to be petted by you and have his belly rubbed too!  He loves to go outside and play.  Nugget will retrieve balls or toys and bring them back to you to throw again (I love doing this with my human-)  And of course, WOOF!, he'll do it over and over again!!
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Nugget knows his basic commands, is crate trained and working on house trained.  He pulls some on a lead when walking.

If you're looking for an energetic dog, who does well with other dogs, not sure about the cats though, Nugget is the buddy for you!!  Lab Rescue has no history on how he does with children.

Up to date on vaccines. He is positive for Ehrlichia but is on meds to cure it. Heartworm negative.

See him on YouTube at: Nugget!!!

If you would like more information about dog adoption, please contact Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. .

Friday's Friend - Cat Adoption, Pet Connect Rescue

Got to chat with my friend Cat Lady from PetConnect Rescue over the Christmas holiday- she is a dear friend and am always amazed at what her and her team of volunteers do about cat adoption day in and day out.

Credit: PetConnect Rescue
I would like you to meet Samantha. A young female short hair mixed who is up to date with her shots and neutered.  

Samantha is good with other cats, children and other dogs!  WOOF!!

If you would like more information about Samantha, including cat adoption, please contact PetConnect Rescue

Friday's Friend - Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes

A great week it's been for me- got to see my grandhumans and spent extra time with my humans.  Hope you had a barkingly great week as well!

For dog adoption, my friends at Operation Paws for Homes introduced me to Superstar!

Credit: Operation Paws for Homes

This guy, who is ready to be adopted to his "Forever Home" is a 15 lb. bundle of love!

Superstar loves to cuddle and be underneath the blankets- he loves his squeaky toys and wearing sweaters and loves attention!  He seems to get along with cats as long as they are used to being around dogs.  Superstar isn't good with small children.

He is up to date on shots and vaccinations.

Check out this video about him: Superstar (aka Tank).

If you would like more information on Superstar (aka Tank), please contact Operation Paws for Homes.

Friday's Friend - Dog Adoption, Washington Humane Society

Hope you had a barkingly pawtastic Christmas!!  And, Santa Paws was really good to you!!  Mine was great as I got to spend time with my humans and the grandhumans!

I have two dog friends from the Washington Humane Society to introduce to you today- they are both looking for their "Forever Homes!"  

Credit: Washington Humane Society
Meet Taz- a calm, sweet, 8 year-old lady who lost her home when an apartment landlord changed the pet rules!  

Taz has a gentle nature and is looking for a new best friend and a "Forever Home" that will barkingly enjoy her and she can relax and enjoy life.  A quiet home with a family would be the perfect fit!

Taz is a medium size German Shepherd mix.

Want to meet Taz, please contact, the 
New York Avenue Adoption Center,
1201 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C., 202-576-6664.

My next dog adoption friend for you to meet from the Washington Humane Society is another lady.  Her name is Loretta Lynn..... 
"Loretta Lynn"
Credit: Washington Humane Society
One of the sweetest girls you'll meet, Loretta Lynn is a 3 year-old Terrier/Pit mix weighing about 45 lbs.. 

She loves naps, chewing on rawhide, and cuddling up to her human friends on the couch. Loretta has a mellow temperament, which has made her a staff favorite, is very laid back and would do best in a calm home where she is your number one pooch. 

Does she sound like your new best friend?  If so, please Contact Loretta Lynn’s Foster mom, Ann, at to meet her!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tax Deductible Year-End Giving 2014 - Giving and Giving some more-

WOOF!! What a barktastic year it’s been- ! I’ve written my thoughts and shared them- I’ve had guest bloggers visit and share and I’ve introduced you to many dogs and cats friends needing “Forever Homes” through my “Friday’s Friend” column and my articles
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on Pets Magazine and Dog Culture. My human added to the fun by photographing for several rescue organizations too- he donates his work to them to help the animals find a “Forever Home.”

And, I've made many friends this year through social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
This time of year always gets me to thinking about giving. I’ll give gifts to my humans (not the kind you might be thinking) and they give me cool stuff too- and, I’m sure you and your family do the same in many different way. How about taking it further. What about sharing financially?

Throughout the last several years, my human and I have been blessed to see many volunteers working very hard to find homes for dogs and cats all over our area and even into New York. I am amazed at the talents humans dedicating so much time and work to help the animal with some of them working nearly 24/7! And, being a dog that a kind heart rescued and got me to these wonderful crazy loving humans that I call mom and dad, I am extremely thankful.

Along with volunteer assistance, these groups can use your financial support too or a donation of goods from the list on their website. A monthly gift is great. An end of the year gift is great. Whatever you can do is barkingly great.

While there are many rescues and shelters you could support with year-end giving, I would like to suggest the following as they are ones we have worked with through photography and blogging:

These groups are not listed in any order, just alpha or close to it.  We are suggesting these groups for donations as we've worked with them and it's been a pleasure.  We are not affiliated or employed by any group and do not benefit from your donation in any way, shape or form. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

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From Noah and Allen
"From The Dog's Paw" 
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Christmas Story by Our Dog Friends, Luke 2:17-20

"Me, Noah!"
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[17]And when they saw it, 
they made known the saying 
that had been told them concerning this child. [18] And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 
[19] But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 
[20] And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, 
as it had been told them.

- Luke 2:17-20

For Jesus Christ was born, lived the life of man, was crucified for our sins so that we may have eternal life with Him in heaven.

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Christmas Story by Our Dog Friends, Luke 2:15-16

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"[15] When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” [16] And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.

-Luke 2:15-16

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Christmas Story by Our Dog Friends, Luke 2:12-14

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 "[12]And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” [13] And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,[14]“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” " - Luke 2:12-14

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Christmas Story by Our Dog Friends, Luke 2:10-11

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"[10] And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold,
I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 
[11] For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord." 

- Luke 2:10-11

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Christmas Story by Our Dog Friends, Luke 2:8-9

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[8] And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, 
keeping watch over their flock by night. 
[9] And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, 
and the glory of the Lord shone around them, 
and they were filled with fear.

 -Luke 2:8-9

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Christmas Story by Our Dog Friends, Luke 2:6-7

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 "[6] And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. [7] And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Luke 2:6-7

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Christmas Story by Our Dog Friends, Luke 2:4-5

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"[4] And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, [5] to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child." 

-Luke 2:4-5

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Christmas Story by Our Dog Friends, Luke 2:1-3

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 "[1] In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 
[2] This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 
[3] And all went to be registered, each to his own town"

- Luke 2:1-3

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Are You A Doggie for Christmas Kind of Mom?

I heard from my friends at The UnCommon Dog this week asking me to share a Christmas infographic with you.  RUFF!!! I like those graphics so, of course, am happy to share.  

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday's Friend - Operation Paws for Homes

Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
I tell you- I love my work!  I love pawing about these barkingly pawtastic dogs and cats that need "Forever Homes!"  This week has been woofredible as I've met two beautiful young ladies who need a home.  Maybe I can convince my human to adopt another dog!  You know, a friend for me!!!! RUFF!!!!!!!

Meet Bubbles!! An adorable, beautiful, smart, good-looking medium build Black Labrador mix female!!  Just look at these pics of her!! She loves to play and enjoy time with her humans.  

Bubbles is up to date on her shots and is spayed.

If you would like more information, please contact Operation Paws for Homes.

Credit: Operation Paws for Homes

Credit: Operation Paws for Homes

Friday's Friend - Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Oh my- this young girl looks like a sweet, wonderful, pawfect pup- much like me!!! WOOF!!!!!!!! My friends from Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. introduced me to Kona who is a 4 year old spayed black female!
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Up to date on shots, heartworm negative, Kona is good with other dogs and approved for children ages 10 and up. Kona is a big strong girl at 98 lbs. who would do best being your only dog! 

Kona's very intelligent, affectionate, playful dog who loves balls, going for walks and countersurfing- so you'll need to be sure to put stuff away to keep her from snatching!

She's crate trained, knows basic commands such as "sit, down, stay," but is working on "Leave it." 

Kona a sweet, big and beautiful girl is looking for a friend and a "Forever Home."  Could it be yours?

"Kona Running"
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
If you'd like more information, please contact the Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc. 

Friday's Friend - PetConnect Rescue

Meet Kream!! Kream at just 8 weeks old, as of  November 1, 2013, was rescued by PetConnect Rescue from a high kill shelter in South Carolina and is in the care of Cat Lady and her pawtastic volunteers!!!

Kream is one pawtastic cats!! He's got these interesting blue eyes and fluffy white fur.  He's playful and loves chasing his brother who was rescued at the same time!

A cat teaser is his favorite toy! The humans who adopt him will need to be sure to have plenty of those on hand!  

Kream is dreaming of new "Forever Family" (hopefully to include his brother) who will love and care for him forever. And, he can love and play with in return!

Kream is up to date on age appropriate vaccines and has excellent litter box manners.

If you would like information, please visit PetConnect Rescue, complete their online application and they will contact you.