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Keeping You and Your Pets Safe Without Power E-mail

Our friends in the Eastern half of this country are going to be seeing a lot of snow this week. That means dangerous conditions for our pets, as well ourselves.

You already know the basics: Keep your pets indoors, make sure any outdoor animals (horses, cattle, even feral cats) have access to extra calories and warm blankets, as well as covered shelter. Don't forget that your cold-weather and aquatic pets are going to require extra care until power is restored!

Once you get past the basics, there are a few other things to consider, particularly when it comes to birds, aquariums, reptiles and stray animals or livestock. You'll also want to look at some alternative ways to keep you and your pets entertained. We've got them all for you!

Join the "Majority Project" to Help Dispel Breed Myths E-mail

Breed discrimination has been happening for years. First to the German Shepherd breed, then to the Rottie, then the Dobermans, and now the Pit Bull. This year, Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) began The Majority Project to change the perception of pit bull owners and to fight against breed-specific legislation (BSL). As much as I hate taking a photograph, I despise BSL more, and that's why I decided to join in on this project. You're all invited to join us and I hope you'll participate!

The goal of The Majority Project is to change perceptions. Pit bull owners are not all drug dealers, gang members or fighters. Sure, those types of owners exist, and yes - they do a lot of damage to the breed, but the MAJORITY of pit bull owners are responsible, contributing members of society. We have jobs, families, and friends. We are no different than the owner of a small breed dog. Or a hunting dog. Or a lap dog. (In fact, most of our pits are lap dogs - they just weigh a little more.)

We invite you to join us on this project - here's how you can participate...

Preventing, Recognizing and Treating Frostbite in Dogs E-mail

Can dogs suffer from frostbite like humans do? The Polar Vortex of early 2014 brought wind chills in the single digits as far south as the Florida Panhandle and recent winter blizzards have even managed to bring parts of North Dakota to a standstill. So, clearly, knowing the answer to the question of whether dogs can get frostbitten is potentially vital to tens of millions of dog owners.

The answer is, unfortunately, yes. Dogs can experience extreme suffering as the result of the pain of frostbite. Making matters worse is the fact it may actually take a couple of days for you to realize the extent of the malady. Taking the time to learn what symptoms to look for may be enough to save your pet from at least some pain and suffering.

Fencing Solutions to Keep Dogs Contained E-mail

If you have a dog, you know how difficult it can be to keep them on your property. Sometimes dogs just want to escape the confines of their yard, but it's our responsibility as guardians to ensure our pets are within our control at all times - even those times we're not physically with them. Fences make for good neighbors, and they make much safer environments for pets. Here are five ways you can fence your yard and the costs, the benefits and the dangers of each.

The type of fencing you ultimately select should be based on your geographical region, your HOA guidelines (if you have them), and the type of dog(s) you are containing. You'll also need to consider your weather. If you're in an area with lots of weather, you'll want to consider installing a more durable type of fencing. If you live in an area with snow, the snow can pile up near the gates and provide a near perfect way for your pets to escape. But, if you have a dog that is regularly escaping from your yard, consider reading this article or implementing some of these practical tips below:

Feral Cats In Your Backyard E-mail

For the last twenty years, I have participated in TNR - both in outreach efforts and actual clinic time. During this time, I have lived with domestic cats and cared for a small colony of feral cats. This has not always won me friends, but I take the care of pets seriously and don’t believe that animals should suffer for irresponsible humans. For this reason, when we moved to a new home further out from the city, we moved our feral colony with us. This is neither easy to do, nor recommended, but it is possible if you’re committed.

Because we were moving into an area where wild dogs, coyotes, and big cats are prevalent, it was important for us to move the ferals into an enclosure. We built one that takes up a large section of our backyard and is connected to the house with a doggy door where they can be inside (if they wish) for the air-conditioning and heating.

The move was a big challenge for everyone, including the cats, who were moving from having the run of the city to an enclosure. While I can't say that everyone will be as successful in bringing outdoor cats in, I can say that it was necessary in our case. There are coyotes and snakes and vast areas of open desert out here. It’s not safe for cats to run loose. Had we simply turned them loose in the new neighborhood, it would have resulted in lost and injured cats.

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