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Tuesday, December 23 , 2014

Don’t Freeze Your Cat’s Ears Off

You probably know it's not a good idea to let your cat outside when it's below freezing, but do you know the specific reason? Here's why…

Cats should not go outside in subfreezing weather because their ears have very little protective fur, and frostbite can set in very easily. So ignore their cries to leave the house when it's super cold outside.

More natural pet care…


Wednesday, October 08 , 2014

2 Ways to Stop Your Dog from Jumping

Dogs that jump up and put their front paws on people crave attention. They will continue jumping as long as their owners react—whether the response is good or bad. Not great when company is about to arrive! Here's what to do...

If your pet acts up—barks, runs around wildly, jumps up on your guests—when company comes, circumvent that behavior by calming the dog right before your guests are due to arrive.

Acupressure will get your pet into a relaxed state—just press the tips of both of his ears between your thumbs and index fingers, then gently pulse the spots for 45 seconds and speak calmly, reminding the dog that it's time to be on best behavior.

For the long term: To get your dog completely out of the habit of leaping on people, whenever the dog does it (to you or someone else), simply walk away without making eye contact or saying a word. Later, when the dog is calm, start to teach it to sit when you cross your arms across your chest. Many dogs tune out verbal commands when they get excited, but most still notice body language. To teach your dog to respond to a crossed-arm sit command, start by combining the verbal “sit” command with crossed arms. Provide treats when the dog responds. Then eliminate the verbal command and use the crossed-arm signal alone, still rewarding with treats.

Once your dog masters the crossed-arm sit command, instruct houseguests to use it, too. Otherwise they might accidentally give the dog attention when it jumps up, undermining the training.

Thanks to professional dog trainer Victoria Schade, author of Bonding with Your Dog: A Trainer’s Secrets for Building a Better Relationship, for help with this tip.

More help with pet care...


Tuesday, May 20 , 2014

Make Fleas Flee the Natural Way

Cats and dogs love to romp in the grass and bushes...and then they bring stowaways into the house. Fleas love to settle in your carpeting and furniture. If you have fleas in your home, this is a chemical-free way to get them to go...

If you have fleas in your home, vacuum (at least once a week) all the areas where your pet hangs out. Then sprinkle common table salt in all of those same places, and after 48 hours, vacuum again. Repeat the procedure—sprinkle salt, and 48 hours later, vacuum. Hopefully by then, the vacuum will have sucked up all the original fleas and those that hatched during the four-day salting.


Friday, May 09 , 2014

Plagued by Pigeons?

Birds (such as pigeons) are nice, but they can make such a mess! Here's what to do if some feathered friends refuse to leave your porch, terrace, deck or patio the way they found it.

Glop up the birds' landing strip—the railing or ledge of your outdoor space—with petroleum jelly or a generous amount of powdered chalk. Those substances will make it uncomfortable for them to land…and the powdered chalk contains calcium carbonate, a natural pest repellent  (You can purchase powdered chalk that climbers and gymnasts use, or make your own by crushing up blocks or sticks of chalk. Just be sure that you don't use powdered paint chalk.) You should have to apply the jelly or chalk only once or twice—birds actually have good memories, and one or two bad landings should keep most of those in your neighborhood away for good.

When the birds have permanently flown the coop, wipe off the excess petroleum jelly and sweep away the chalk. If the outdoor surface is wood, rub the jelly into the wood evenly throughout the area.

More help with pests…


Monday, June 25 , 2012

Keep Pet Paws Clean and Healthy

When your dog has been playing in the yard, catch him at the door before he can track dirt into the house. Use a baby wipe or doggy wipe to swipe his paws clean. While you’re at it, clean between his toes to get any caked-on mud.

Wednesday, May 16 , 2012

Another Great Reason Not to Smoke

Regular exposure to secondhand smoke can lead to allergies and other health challenges for your pet. (We won’t even begin to get into the harm it can do to you.)

Birds’ delicate respiratory systems are especially affected by smoke. Do not allow any visitors in your home to light up…for the sake of your pets.

Friday, April 13 , 2012

Stop Your Cat From Scratching the Furniture

Use lemon polish on furniture—cats hate the citrus smell. If the cat scratches the furniture’s upholstery, rub it with lemon-scented soap.