Children and Dogs, Living Compatibly

ImageChildren make-up over 60% of all dog-bite victims and account for 80% of the fatalities associated with dog bites, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Please take time to teach your children how to act properly around dogs and practice it with them.

Dogs do not like it when you…

  • Run past or turn your back on them and run away. (A dog’s instinct is to chase and catch fleeing prey)
  • Approach them while they are confined or restrained especially if they do not know you.
  • Disturb them while they are sleeping, eating or guarding something. (Pets naturally guard their own food, puppies, and toys. Dogs also protect their owners, as well as, property that belong to their owners such as an owner’s home, yard or car).
  • Put your hand between them and another dog.
  • Put your face too close to theirs.
  • Pull anything out of their mouth, such as a bone, toy or stick.
  • Pick up and carry dogs that are not your own.
  • Chase or tease them.
  • Approach a dog that is injured. Instead, tell an adult about the dog.

Dogs like it when you…

  • Treat them with respect and kindness.
  • Approach them from the front.
  • Ask their owner’s permission before petting.
  • Let them sniff you before you begin petting.
  • Stand still and quiet when they approach you.
  • Let them know you are near, by talking softly or whistling, and do not startle them.

You May Be the Perfect Cat Owner If You…

  • Think scratching everything within reach is a sign of intelligence.Image
  • Think 15 years of caring for a pet does not seem like a lifetime.
  • Look forward to having your ankles rubbed dry by an affectionate, hairy animal after each shower.
  • Don’t mind sharing your house with someone who sheds, tracks kitty litter, and throws up hairballs.
  • Don’t mind sharing your house with someone who will never clean up after themselves.
  • Don’t mind a housemate who will randomly and regularly entertain you with outrageous and silly antics (at their whim, not yours)
  • Want to take care of someone every day.
  • Want your lap warmed whenever you sit down.
  • Would like to spend your extra money on pet food, toys, veterinary care, kitty litter, and more kitty litter.
  • Want to be welcomed with a soft purr of appreciation.
  • Believe that spaying and neutering pets will help solve the pet overpopulation problem.
  • Can’t image leaving your devoted pet behind when you move.
  • Want to keep an ID tag on your pet(s), so they can get back to you no matter what.
  • Enjoy unconditional love and constant companionship.

Preventing Ticks on Your Pet

Use a tick comb to Imagecheck your pet’s fur and hair for ticks daily.

Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tick-borne diseases. Vaccines are not available for all the tick-borne disease that dogs can get and they don’t keep dogs from bringing ticks into your home. For these reasons, it is important to use a tick preventive product on your dog.

A pesticide product that kills ticks is known as an acaricide. Acaricides that can be used on dogs include dusts, impregnated collars, sprays, or topical treatments. Some acaricides kill the tick on contact. Others may be absorbed into the bloodstream of a dog and kill ticks that attach and feed.

A repellent product may prevent the tick from coming into contact with an animal at all or have anti-feeding effects once the tick comes into contact with the chemical, thus preventing a bite.

There are many types of tick control products on the market, some are available over the counter; others by prescription, available through your veterinarian. Before deciding which type of product to use it is a good idea to consult with your veterinarian. He will determine the best method of tick control for your pet based on the risk factors (potential exposure, lifestyle, and geographic location) of your pet, and the need for any additional parasite control coverage.

You should continue to check your pet frequently for any sign of ticks, even while using tick preventive products.