Category Archives: Health & Grooming
From the 2 Brown Dawgs:
It’s a little of this and a little of that and everything in between…
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Today, many pet bloggers are participating in Scoop That Poop, a campaign created and organized by Sugar the Golden Retriever, and co-hosted by Terrier Torrent, The World According to Garth Riley, and Oz the Terrier.
The campaign is exactly what it sounds like: a coordinated effort to share all the reasons why it’s important to Scoop That Poop and encourage people to do so.
A pet parent not being able to afford a veterinary care is an issue I encounter time and time again, especially in the age of the internet where people often post their difficult situations publicly and perhaps reach out for help, even if only prayers and well-wishes.
But it always leaves me wondering what they ultimately do.
For example, below is a post that I just happened to
When it comes to what we feed our pets, some of us are already fiendish label readers. We want to know every single ingredient that will be making its way into their fuzzy little bellies.
But I know that some folks still trust the slick marketing use of words like natural/nature, and I just want to encourage them to ignore those words from now on. Forget what it says on the front of the bag, pouch, or can. Turn it around and really read those ingredients.
No, no… I won’t be talking about the fear of food. Lord knows no one is afraid of food in this house.
I’m talking about fear of new foods. It’s something I personally struggle with; and unfortunately, it also affects how I feed the wieners.
Right now, for example, they are doing perfectly well on the food that they are currently on. Soft, shiny coats, bright eyes, great skin, good stools, and just overall great health. They are a little overweight, but that’s our fault; and I will save that discussion for another post.
So what’s the problem?
The problem is that I’m constantly reading that I should be rotating their protein source. The reasons given for doing so make perfect sense; in other words, I don’t disagree with any of the rationale behind rotating their food. I’m simply afraid to do it. “What if they are allergic to the new protein or some other ingredient, what if it upsets their digestive systems, what if they get skin issues, etc?” I just can’t let go of the fear that something will go wrong.
Fleas… they are perhaps one of the most disgusting creatures upon planet Earth. Just look at one. →
When I was growing up, I remember our dogs having to contend with many fleas. And because they had to contend with fleas, we had to contend with fleas. Back then, we didn’t have all the flea prevention products that are available now. We had flea “treatments”, which were nothing more than a temporary fix at best, if a fix at all. And we tried everything on the market at the time: flea shampoos, flea powders, flea sprays, flea collars… you name it. I remember being bitten quite often by fleas, since we allowed the dogs on the couches and beds, which further spread the infestation. As a note, when dining on humans, fleas seem to love legs. Not much else, just legs.
A while back I wrote a post called The Straight Poop and as one might guess, it was all about everyone’s favorite part of being a pet parent: poo disposal. Well, this is somewhat of a follow-up to that post because we have recently upgraded our methods of disposing of the doggy delights.
Pet waste. All pet parents have to deal with it. The question is how.
CAT CAKES! Most families with feline members use litter boxes to contain the unpleasant goodies their kitties leave behind. The waste itself is often removed daily, with the litter being changed on a schedule determined by how often you can get the kids or spouse to do it. Kidding. Sort of. We don’t have any hairball factories around here, but you can bet if we did, the litter box would be emptied often. By the hubs, of course. Toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can spread from cats to humans through contact with infected cat feces, is generally only dangerous for pregnant women, infants, and those with weakened immune systems. I don’t fall into any of those categories (at least I’m pretty sure), but my germ-phobic self still isn’t going anywhere near a litter box. The risk of toxoplasmosis, as well as the presence of other parasites and bacteria, also means that cat waste should always be disposed of properly, in a sealed bag, and put with the rest of your trash to be picked up by your municipal waste hauler.