Searching for a pet name? Check out these flower and tree-inspired ideas!

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If you have a new cat, dog, or other type of pet, you might experience a little difficulty coming up with a name that fits them. But, this word search was created for both entertainment and also to help with possibly finding a flower, plant or tree-inspired name. There are some great ones on the list! And they’re fairly unique names too.

So, have fun searching the word search, and let us know in the comments if you end up naming any of your pets after one of the word search terms.

To visit the site most of these names came from, so that you can see what the plants look like and learn a little more about them, check out: https://www.thespruce.com/plants-a-to-z-5116344



Have chick, will travel; This little chick likes to go everywhere her human goes

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baby chick in car

Beans the chick, tagging along. Photo subject to copyright; used with permission of copyright holder

 

Just the above photo alone is worth a smile, but there’s a story that goes with it and that is one of a chick who likes to go everywhere with her adoptive human parent.

The photo is from the Facebook group, “Chickens, Chickens, Chickens,” which is a group for discussing everything pet-chicken- related and which has been featured a number of times before on wowmypetdidthat.com in various stories about chickens and their owners.

This particular pic was posted by a group member, Alexis Montelongo, who asked in the same post: “How do I deal with a chick who is so attached to me she think I’m her mom and freaks out if I’m not in eye sight. Her name is beans.”

Most associate attaching at a young age to ducklings. Chickens are far less likely to attach to humans. In fact, many chicks and full grown chickens can be downright skittish when touched or approached, no matter how careful or gentle the human is. But there are chickens who have been known to form a bond with a person or people, enjoying being petted or held or even living indoors.

Even more rare, according to chickenpals.com, is a chicken with the desire to be and stay close to someone. Beans, who can be seen going for a ride while confidently and determinedly perched on her human’s shoulder, seems to fall into this rare category.

So, what did others in the chicken group think of this adorable tag-along chick? Some related similar stories of bonding with a hen or rooster, so it seems like, although young now, Beans will probably continue to stay attached to her chosen “mom” in the future. Those with less outgoing or affectionate chickens expressed a wish for such attention from their feathered pets.

Others simply expressed adoration for Beans. One Facebook user advised: “Enjoy it and take her everywhere! I would.”

Another said:

So freaking cute. Just go with it 🥰
We couldn’t agree more!

 

For an interesting article on chicken and human bonding, check out: https://birdgap.com/pet-chickens-love-owners/

 

 

Heading to the beach this weekend? Don’t forget your sunscreen…or your dog’s!

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Sunscreen for dogs isn’t a new idea, but it seems to be one that is gaining traction with pet owners.

According to a press release, Epi-Pet’s K-9 Care Sunscreen has been on the market for over 15 years, but the past few years have shown tremendous sales growth for the FDA-authorized sunscreen for dogs.

Also according to the release, even though dogs have fur, dogs can still get sunburned on parts of their body without fur, with muzzles, ears and underbellies being vulnerable.

K-9 Care Sunscreen helps prevent sunburn and skin cancers such as Squamous Cell Carcinomas, Basil Cell Carcinomas and Hemangiosarcomas.

Dr. Michael Fleck, a licensed veterinarian for over 30 years and the product’s developer, states, “Pet parents love their pets and want to do the best possible for them. It’s important that when they look at choosing a sun protector, they choose one that is safe for their dog and is FDA-authorized.”

Fleck also advises pet parents that human sunscreens have questionable ingredients that are not compatible with the pet skin and may be harmful to pet skin.

For more information or to order K-9 Care Sunscreen, visit www.epi-pet.com

For more about dogs and sunscreen, check out this article at: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/do-dogs-need-sunscreen/

Featured photo: Screenshot from Epi-Pet video at https://mms.businesswire.com/media/20220701005439/en/1503578/5/EP_Intro_Video.jpg?download=1


Chicken who can’t get into coop knocks on family’s front door

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How smart are chickens? With the general increase in popularity in raising backyard chickens in recent years and a spike during COVID, many are finding out that chickens are much more than just egg-layers.

According to an article on aarp.org, “Chickens are intelligent, sociable creatures that can form strong bonds with humans.”

As evidence of chicken intelligence, there are many anecdotes, including this story that was recently posted on the facebook group, Chickens Chickens Chickens by group member Megan Ryan.

“Tonight there was a knock on our front door. My dog went nuts and we were confused on who would be here at 9:45 pm. I opened the door and it was our chicken, Marge. 😂😂 it’s dark here and has been for a good 45 minutes.” 

Marge the chicken

Marge the chicken
photo courtesy of Megan Ryan

So, what brought this intrepid chicken to the front door, especially so late at night? In the same post, Ryan relates that Marge likely was looking for help:

“So she must have gotten out of the backyard earlier and couldn’t find her way back to the coop, so she knocked on our freaking front door for help😅😅😅😅😅

Ryan concludes: “I now believe they are smarter than I originally thought.”


The short but funny post has gained the attention of many, receiving over 1,000 likes on Facebook and 108 comments in the first 12 hours after being posted.

Is this chicken extra smart or simply acting on instinct? One comment explained that, rather than “knocking,” if the porch light was on at the time, the chicken might simply have been scratching for bugs.

Still, many other commenters posted other stories about their own and even chickens that weren’t theirs showing up at the door and making their presence known with a “knock” or two. One comment related a story about a chicken pecking at her back door to alert humans about a hawk attacking.

“She saved their lives that day,” noted the poster of the comment.

Regardless of the chicken’s actual intentions, Marge’s human-like behavior undoubtedly caused many to smile upon reading the post.

Said one Facebook member: “I have to say this little story made by day-haven’t laughed out loud in a while! You go Marge!!”

Social media site lets pet lovers connect and share in numerous ways

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“Pet people” might want to check out PETLOVERSCHAT, which, according to a press release, is the first-ever social media platform devoted to connecting animal lovers and owners.

PETLOVERSCHAT was created to connect and strengthend the pet lover’s community through social media. Unique features include:

  • Pet of the Day (headlining a special pet every day),
  • Pet Play Date (where pet owners can arrange a “date” with another pet),
  • Pet Tricks (featuring special pet talents and skills),
  • Pet Wedding Album (memorializing pet marriage),
  • Pet Lost & Found (where those who have lost or found a pet can create a post and facilitate the reunification of the pet and its owner),
  • Pet Adoption (where users can create a post and find a suitable home for pets up for adoption).
  • Our Ad Center utilizes: ad campaigns/packages are designed to generate revenue for businesses of all sizes with real-time reporting of campaign activity.

The website address is: https://petloverschat.com

PETLOVERSCHAT Social Media addresses:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/petloverschat
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/petloverschat
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@petloverschat
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/petloverscha


Many pet owners unaware of safe pet food handling guidelines

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Most U.S. dog owners are unaware of guidelines on safe pet food and dish handling from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a recent survey.

The survey suggests that better education and implementation of the guidelines could reduce contamination.

Dr. Emily Luisana of North Carolina State University in Raleigh and colleagues presented these findings in a recent issue of Plos One.

Multiple outbreaks of bacterial illness among dogs and humans have occurred as a result of contaminated dog food. The FDA has issued guidelines on protocols for safe pet food and dish handling, available online, but the information is limited, and the effects of the recommendations have been unclear.

Dr. Luisana and colleagues surveyed 417 dog owners. Less than 5 percent were aware of the guidelines, and many owners did not follow many of the recommendations. For instance, only one third reported washing their hands after feeding.

FDA tips for preparing pet food include:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water before and after handling pet food.
  • Wash pet food bowls with soap and hot water after each use.
  • Do not use your pet’s food bowl as a scooping utensil. Use a clean scoop, spoon, or cup instead.
  • Throw out old or spoiled pet food by placing it in a securely-tied plastic bag in a covered trash can.

Complete tips are available at: https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/animal-health-literacy/tips-safe-handling-pet-food-and-treats

To better understand the effects of the FDA recommendations, the researchers tested 68 household dog food dishes for bacterial contamination. After initial testing, they divided the owners into three groups with different instructions for implementing food handling guidelines, then tested the dishes again after one week.

Significantly reduced contamination of dishes was found from owners who instituted the FDA’s pet food handling guidelines, either alone or in combination with the FDA’s human food handling protocol, versus dishes from owners who were not asked to implement either protocol.

Based on their findings, the researchers outline suggestions to reduce contamination in pet food dishes for owners, veterinarians, pet food sellers and manufacturers. These include ensuring household members who feed pets adhere to FDA guidelines and including written information on guidelines with pet food sales.

Sources:

Press release

Luisana E, Saker K, Jaykus L-A, Getty C (2022) Survey evaluation of dog owners’ feeding practices and dog bowls’ hygiene assessment in domestic settings. PLoS ONE 17(4): e0259478. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0259478

 

 

Popular Instagram pets release summer anthem

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A summer anthem for the dogs and cats was recently released by some of the most popular pets on Instagram, including @KellyBove, @LouboutinaNYC, @TheHuskyMoon, @SuperCorgi_Jojo and @White_Coffee_Cat.

According to a press release, “Unleash Joy” is now available on Instagram Reels. The music video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/JZUbAIty8t8.


The “Unleash Joy” anthem is a light-hearted reminder that protection from fleas and ticks comes with the responsibility of being a pet owner. In its music video, Seresto® brings together its pack of talented spokespets to celebrate the freedom that comes with a Seresto collar because, with eight continuous months of protection from fleas and ticks, it’s time to enjoy summer.

“Summertime is about fun, and no one knows that better than pet owners – whether its hiking adventures, playing at the park, or quiet evenings outside relaxing. But veterinarians know that with the summer fun comes an increased risk of diseases transmitted by fleas and ticks,” said David Gosche, DVM, Elanco Sr. Director Technical Marketing. “Elanco wanted to celebrate the fun that can be unleashed, while also reminding pet owners that protection from flea and tick bites is as important as it is easy.”

Seresto spokespets will be sharing how they do summer on Instagram Reels and encouraging dog or cat owners to join in the joy by sharing their pets’ celebration of summer fun. Instagram users can find the original audio from the @SerestoUS Instagram channel and use the “Unleash Joy” anthem to share videos of their pet’s summer adventures with #SerestoJoinTheJoy.

Source: Elanco Animal Health Incorporated

Featured image: Business Wire

New book discusses how dogs can get Alzheimers and how to help those who do

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Dogs get the same diseases people do, including dementia and Alzheimer’s, which is now a leading cause of death in humans, according to the National Institute on Aging Alzheimer’s Disease.

Author F. Barish-Stern wrote a book to help pet parents understand what she didn’t… even after raising nine dogs, some whom lived into their 20’s.

“Shamrock’s Story from Hurricane Katrina to Doggy Dementia & Alzheimer’s,” is published by Golden Quill Press, which announced the release of the book in a press release.

According to the release, a writer for over 30 years, Barish-Stern used her journalism background to interview over 50 veterinarians, Alzheimer’s specialists, researchers and best-selling authors to learn about this disease. The author also weaves her dog’s journey through the stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The book focuses on the Power of 3:

  • Prevention is Key,
  • Recognition of Signs
  • and Early Treatments.Barish-Stern writes in many genres, including Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Non-Fiction, and Historical Non-Fiction.To learn more about “Shamrock’s Story” and F. Barish-Stern visit Golden Quill Press. The book is also available on Amazon.

Essential oils and pets don’t mix; here’s why

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Essential oils are popular among people for many reasons, but there is definitely need to be concerned about attempting to use these oils on or around pets.

Although many people assume that, because they are natural, essential oils are safe for use on pets, the truth is that they can actually be very harmful.

There is actually a longer list of essential oils that can be harmful to cats, for instance, versus essential oils that are actually cat safe. You can view more information about these lists here: https://www.embracepetinsurance.com/waterbowl/article/the-truth-about-essential-oils-for-cats

And, here is a link to lists of essential oils that are safe and ones that unsafe for dogs (as with cats, the unsafe list is longer than the safe list): https://www.edensgarden.com/blogs/news/aaa-which-essential-oils-are-safe-for-dogs

One example of an essential oil to keep your pets away from is tea tree oil. While touted as having many external uses for humans (from skin care to ear infections),  this essential oil can be toxic to dogs and cats. While most people can tolerate tea tree oil undiluted, the same can’t be said for our pets, according to http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/what-you-should-know-about-tea-tree-oil-toxicity-in-dogs-and-cats: “A report in the January 2014 issue of Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association documents multiple cases of tea tree oil toxicity in dogs and cats.”

But, not everyone follows that guideline or is even aware of the need for caution. A post on Reddit.com pleads for pet owners to beware of tea tree oil when it comes to dogs. The reader noted that her 14-year-old dog suddenly started showing signs of serious illness, which she believes were caused by her mother’s use of tea tree oil to clean the dog’s feet and help prevent fleas and ticks:

“The vet couldn’t tell us exactly why he was showing signs of confusion and almost depression-like symptoms where he didn’t want to be touched and left alone. I strongly believe he was behaving this way because of the tea tree oil. PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT USE IT ON YOUR PETS! Please share and help me get the word out.”

The “depression-like” symptoms noted by the owner of the dog were definitely consistent with what vetstreet.com relates about tea tree oil and toxicity. According to vetstreet.com, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Animal Poison Control Center center data used in the 2014 report noted above include 337 dogs and 106 cats exposed to 100 percent tea tree oil either via skin or orally or both. Out of the 443 animals exposed, 343 (77 percent) “developed an adverse reaction consistent with toxicity.”

Symptoms developed within two to 12 hours after exposure and lasted up to three days. Most commonly reported reactions were depression, lethargy, weakness, loss of coordination, muscle tremors and drooling.

Other symptoms that weren’t as common included vomiting, skin rashes, collapse, coma and elevated liver enzymes.

The study notes that some of the owners applied the oil externally to their cats or dogs. But, another problem with essential oils for pets is that, even when people intend to use oils externally on the dog, cat or other animal, it is highly likely the animal will end up licking and ingesting some of the oil.

As one person commented on the post about the sick dog, “Not only Tea Trea but other oils as well like peppermint, eucalyptus, etc. They’re toxic even when used in small amount and in a diffuser.”

Another person commented that they used essential oils, but were very careful to make sure it was kept closed and away from pets. This person wrote, “When you put it on (feet/chest/bod) put clothes on over it. You don’t want it in your couch, bed, or carpet. 1-It leaves stains 2-your pet may have a severe reaction to it.”

The same person also added that pet owners who use diffusers should put their pet in another room, writing, “I only use aroma therapy in my bathroom, and the dogs are NOT allowed in there ever.

Both keeping essential oils out of reach of pets and taking precautions to prevent exposure of pets to essential oils are good ideas.

But, what about the large number of pet products out there that actually include one or more essential oils, including ones that are considered unsafe, such as tea tree oil? The extensive availability of these products reinforces the misguided notion that essential oils are generally pet-safe and nothing to worry about. While many of these products contain small amounts of diluted essential oil(s), caution is still highly recommended. This includes reading user reviews on sites where the products are sold, as well as consulting a veterinarian about safety before purchasing anything for your pet that contains essential oil.

The bottom line is probably to remember: Your pet is a member of the family and can sometimes even seem like a small, furry human. But, not everything that is safe for humans is equally safe for them. And, while essential oils are popular for a variety of uses in large part because they seem like such chemical-free, natural alternatives, not understanding their possible dangers can be risky at best and deadly at worst.

 

Small pets get their chance in the spotlight

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Pet brand Kaytee is on a mission to champion small pets everywhere.

Over 16 million people currently love and care for small animals or pet birds, but the world of pets can often feel very focused on dogs and cats.

To put deserving small pets everywhere front and center, Kaytee is launching its inaugural #SmallinShow Award Show, inviting pet parents of hamsters, bunnies, mice, birds and other small companions to share images and stories of their mini heroes across social media. The #SmallinShow Award Show will culminate with the crowning of three winners who will each receive a one-year supply of Kaytee products1.

Digital short

With the help of Kenneth the Guinea Pig and his human chaperone Rainn Wilson, Kaytee is starting the small pet revolution with “Small in Show,” a first-of-its-kind digital short film.

“Small in Show” chronicles Kenneth and Rainn’s journey to enter the famed Westminster Dog Show and, in turn, celebrate all that small pets have to offer.

Watch the “Small in Show” short film here.

Incredible animals:

According to a press release, Mike McGoohan, SVP of Marketing and Strategy at Central Garden & Pet, relates that: “For over 150 years, Kaytee has been committed to providing high-quality products and support to small animals, birds and their guardians, and we are proud to champion their well-being. We hope that the #SmallinShow Award Show becomes a celebration of all small animal companions and brings together this highly engaged community in a way that has never been done before.”

Learn more about Kaytee at www.kaytee.com.

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1 Official rules for the #SmallinShow Contest can be found here: https://rules.creativezing.com/Kaytee/. No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win.

Featured image: With the help of A-list star Kenneth the Guinea Pig (and his human chaperone and small-animal enthusiast, Rainn Wilson), Kaytee is starting the small pet revolution with “Small in Show,” a first-of-its-kind digital short film. “Small in Show” chronicles Kenneth and Rainn’s journey to enter the famed Westminster Dog Show and in turn, celebrate all that small pets have to offer. (Photo: Business Wire)

Source: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220620005098/en/The-Small-Pet-Revolution-is-Here-Kaytee-Rainn-Wilson-and-Kenneth-the-Guinea-Pig-Champion-Small-Pet-Equity-in-%E2%80%9CSmall-in-Show%E2%80%9D