Love For Animals, Large and Small by Ingrid Newkirk P.E.T.A.

This little book, by P.E.T.A. President and Co-Founder Ingrid Newkirk, is a book of true animal rescue stories, from wild animals and pets, to elephants to chickens, from kittens to chimpanzees. It’s a heartbreaking look into the world of animal abuse and how a group of dedicated individuals is fighting against the cruelty and neglect and bringing hope to animals in need. Victories like those described in this book make all the hard work pay off!

You can help P.E.T.A. by purchasing this book (and other books by P.E.T.A. President Ingrid Newkirk).  Not only will P.E.T.A. receive a royalty from Amazon for your purchase, but I personally give 10% of my commissions from this website to animal charities as well!

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P.E.T.A.Ingrid Newkirk

PETA president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has led the world’s largest animal rights organization for more than 35 years. Her passion and dedication to making this world a better place for all living beings has inspired countless others to do what they can to help animals.  For more about Ingrid, CLICK HERE.

 

 

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Dog Massage Therapy Training – Dog Massage Tips and Techniques

Get ready for some dog massage therapy training that your pooch will be more than happy to let you practice on him!

Dog massage is a great way to bond with your dog, it’s extremely therapeutic, and it also helps reduce YOUR stress!

Here are 5 dog massage tips and techniques from Tracey Stewart, author of the book, Do Unto Animals.

Dog Massage Therapy TrainingDog Massage Tip 1: Circle the Shoulders

Gently placing both palms flat on either shoulder, use your finger pads to make small circles with mild pressure. Gradually make the circles bigger, changing directions and varying speeds.

Dog Massage Tip 2: Rub the Forehead

With your palm facing down and four fingers together and flat, rub your dog’s forehead from the top of the head to the tip of the nose. Occasionally make small circles with your finger pads and rub up and down with light pressure.

Dog Massage Tip 3: Gently Tug at the Scruff

Grasp the loose skin on the scruff of your dog’s neck or on other loose, furry areas of your dog’s body and slowly squeeze your fingers and thumbs together while gently pulling upward. Try to alternate left and right hands, lifting the left up as the right lowers, and vice versa. Be careful not to pinch the skin at the end of the pull.

Dog Massage Tip 4: Nestle the Base of the Ear

Ball your fist and use your knuckles to rub small, gentle circles at the base of your dog’s ear, just below the opening. Keep your palm facing down and use light pressure. A dog’s ears are sensitive, so pay attention to the pressure and move slowly.

Dog Massage Tip 5: Stroke the Chest

Bring your hands to your dog’s chest and wait for him to lie down on his side or back. With your fingers in a loose claw shape, use your fingertips to lightly scratch along the chest and under the armpits in a circular pattern. If your dog enjoys this, try gradually adding pressure and speed.

Note: Only give your dog a massage if she is relaxed and receptive. Avoid massaging a sick animal (unless recommended by your veterinarian), and do not massage an animal in place of veterinary care.

These dog massage tips are taken from Tracey Stewart’s book,  Do Unto Animals (Artisan Books).

Dog Massage Therapy TrainingAbout the Author

Tracey Stewart is the editor-in-chief of the website, Moomah, which provides parents and kids with fun, easy, and effective ways to contribute to varying kinds of nonprofits. A passionate animal advocate and expert (she’s a former veterinary technician), she lives on a farm in New Jersey with her husband, Jon Stewart, two kids, four dogs, two pigs, one hamster, three rabbits, two guinea pigs, one parrot, and two fish—all rescues (except for the kids).

Dog Massage Therapy TrainingTracey’s Book

Do Unto Animals is a beautiful book that any animal lover will enjoy.  Plan to hear yourself saying, “Awwww…” about 3000 times before you finish the book!  LOL  Also keep in mind that this book makes a great gift idea for animals lovers!  Buy several copies as Christmas and birthday gifts for friends and family.  They’ll love it!

Dog Massage Therapy Training

Cesar Millan Dog LanguageWe Donate to Animal Charities

Thank you for visiting my website.  I donate 10% of all commissions I earn on this website to animal charities.  You can see a list of the charities I donate to here.  If you like this website, please share it with your friends – every purchase helps animals!  Debra

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Do Unto Animals – A Guide to How Animals Live and Making Their Lives Better

Do Unto Animals

A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live and How We Can Make Their Lives Better

By Tracey Stewart

#1 New York Times bestseller and USA Today bestseller

review of do unto animalsThe more we know about animals, the better we can care for them, and the better their lives, and ours, will be. Former animal advocate and veterinary technician, Tracey Stewart, understands this better than most—and she’s on a mission to change how we interact with animals. Through hundreds of stunning illustrations, a few homemade projects, and her knowledgeable, humorous voice, Stewart provides insight into the secret lives of animals and the kindest ways to live alongside them. At home, she shows readers how to speak “dog-ese” and “cat-ese” and how to “virtually adopt” an animal. In the backyard, we learn about dealing kindly with pesky moles, building bee houses,  and creative ways to bird-watch. And on the farm, Stewart teaches us what we can do to help all farm animals lead a better life.  Part memoir of her life with animals, part practical guide, and part testament to the power of giving back, Do Unto Animals is a gift for animal lovers of all kinds. It is beautifully illustrated by Lisel Ashlock.  Animals give us so much.  Isn’t it time we give back?

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Tracey and her husband, Jon Stewart (from The Daily Show) on CBS this morning

Reviews of Do Unto Animals

“Charming. . . . A memoir and how-to about enriching the world of the creatures in your life, whether they be dogs, cats, or the crows in your backyard. . . . The book details basic animal behavior as well as practical humane solutions to common animal-human conflicts (cats scratching furniture, moles destroying your lawn). It also has craft projects for those of us with great intentions and no skills.”
New York Times

“A guide to understanding animals and treating them with respect. . . . While the book is about loving and caring for animals, it also follows Tracey’s path to happiness through animals.”
Gayle King on CBS This Morning

“A one-of-a-kind mix of info, advice, philosophy and hands-on activities.”
Philadelphia Daily News

“Gives readers not only facts and advice, but also smart and caring ways to improve animals’ existences.”
Chicago Tribune

tracey stewart due unto animalsAbout the Author

Tracey Stewart is the editor-in-chief of the website, Moomah, which provides parents and kids with fun, easy, and effective ways to contribute to varying kinds of nonprofits. A passionate animal advocate and expert (she’s a former veterinary technician), she lives on a farm in New Jersey with her husband, Jon Stewart, two kids, four dogs, two pigs, one hamster, three rabbits, two guinea pigs, one parrot, and two fish—all rescues (except for the kids).

 

review of do unto animalsAuthor Featured in Family Circle Magazine

Tracey was featured in Family Circle Magazine with her article, “Pet Therapy – Dog Massage Tips.”  Check it out HERE.

 

My Recommendation

Do Unto Animals is a beautiful book that any animal lover will enjoy.  Plan to hear yourself saying, “Awwww…” about 3000 times before you finish the book!  LOL  Also keep in mind that this book makes a great gift idea for animals lovers!  Buy several copies as Christmas and birthday gifts for friends and family.  They’ll love it!  Debra

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Cesar Millan Dog LanguageWe Donate to Animal Charities

Thank you for visiting my website.  I donate 10% of all commissions I earn on this website to animal charities.  You can see a list of the charities I donate to here.  If you like this website, please share it with your friends – every purchase helps animals!  Debra

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What Does a New Kitten Need? Shopping List for Kitten Essentials

I’ve had the joy of having a new kitten three different times in my life.  One was a male, and two were female.  Each one was so adorable in their own way. Each had their own distinct personality, their own little cute habits.  I had one for 9 years, one for 14 years, and the last for 20 (yes!) years.  All three brought me unlimited amounts of joy and love.

So congratulations!  I’m so happy for you that you’re getting a new kitten.  I hope he or she brings you years and years of joy.

What Does a New Kitten Need?

Here are some essentials you’ll need to help you take care of your new little sweetie.

What Do I Need for a New KittenFood and Water Bowls

Of course, you’ll need food and water dishes.

You can purchase these cute fish dishes here.

What Do I Need for a New KittenInteractive Toys

Kittens are beyond playful and have unlimited amounts of energy.  Purchasing a few interactive toys for your kitten will be one of the surest ways for you to have a few minutes of peace and quiet here and there!  Toys will help them burn off excess energy and keep them entertained.  It also helps them to build their motor skills and over their lifetime, interactive toys will help keep their brain healthy.

You can find a nice selection of inexpensive, interactive kitten toys here.

What Do I Need for a New KittenCat Brush for Grooming

Most cats are pretty good at cleaning themselves, but you should still brush them regularly.  Not only will it help keep their coat clean, reduce hairballs, and reduce shedding (by a ton), but it’s also a very loving bonding experience for the two of you!

You can purchase the brush you see in the picture here.

What Do I Need for a New KittenScratching Post

Kittens love to scratch, and it’s a habit they usually carry with them their whole lives.  To keep your furniture safe from your kitten’s sharp nails, it’s best to provide him with his own scratching post.  He’ll get years of enjoyment out of it.

You can see a selection of scratching posts here.

What Do I Need for a New KittenCollar and ID Tag

Even if you have an indoor cat, they should still have a collar with an ID tag in case they get out.  And of course, cats who goes outside should always be wearing ID.  You can purchase an inexpensive collar, then purchase a pet ID tag that has the cat’s name and phone number on it.  Please don’t skip this step.  Honestly, if you ever lost your cat you’d be devastated!  I had a friend once whose cat carrier broke at the vet’s office.  Her tomcat fell from the carrier, took off down the sidewalk, and she never saw him again.  I helped her search for weeks and we cried buckets of tears.  If the cat had been wearing a collar with an ID tag, he could’ve been returned to her!

You can see a selection of inexpensive kitten collars here, and you can purchase pet ID tags at www.PetTags.com.

What Do I Need for a New KittenLitter Box and Litter

Of course, your kitten will need a litter box and litter. I started my first kitten using an aluminum pie tin with a handful of litter in it.  All she did at first was play in it!  But every day I kept placing her in it, and eventually she got the idea.  My husband and I clapped and cheered like dorks when our baby went pee pee in the litter for the first time – HA!

You should put the litter box in a quiet place where your kitten can easily get to it.  Most cats don’t like a dirty litter box, so make sure you clean it often.  I used to keep a plastic bag and scoop next to the litter box.  I’d scoop it every day, then throw out the bag at the end of the week, along with the litter, then replace with fresh litter.  This worked well for me.  My sister always said my house never smelled like cat litter – people usually didn’t even know I had a cat!  I also strongly recommend you read my article, How to Get Your Cat to Use the Litter Box so you’ll know from the beginning how to do litter box training correctly.

I used the “looks like a potted plant” litter box you see in the picture.  You can purchase one here.  You can also see a nice variety of inexpensive litter boxes here.

What Do I Need for a New KittenCat Bed

The picture on the right is of my little Miss Abigail the day I brought her home.  I could cry just looking at this – she was SO SO SO sweet!  Look at her little tail hooked up over the edge of the bed…it’s just too cute.

Anyway, kittens have tons of energy, but they also need to rest.  You should provide your kitten with a safe, soft, quiet place to rest.  You might put a towel over the bed so you can wash the towel often (the bed will wear down too quickly if you’re always putting it in the washing machine).

You can see a nice selection of cat beds here.

What Do I Need for a New Kitten Decide on Food

For the first year, high-quality kitten food is the best choice for your growing kitty.  In my opinion, the rule for which pet food to buy is get the best quality you can afford.  Also, it’s crucial for you to know that MOIST FOOD is better for cats.  You can read about this in depth in my article, What is the Best Food for Cats?  Cats who live on dry food often end up with kidney problems.  Sadly, one of my cats had this.  For the last six months of her life I was giving her fluids through an IV.  I so wish I had known that moist food was crucial for her health. You can give your cat dry food, but make sure he also has a daily serving of moist food.  My opinion is roughly 75% moist food, 25% dry.

Also, be careful about treats.  The treats that are soft can sometimes contain ingredients that can actually be toxic for your cat.  I think the best treats are either just pieces of their dry food, or whole, real foods like little pieces of fish or chicken you keep in the fridge.

Here’s a video from one of my favorite veterinarians, explaining the differences in pet foods and how to know which ones to buy.

You can read more about this in my article, Best and Worst Pet Foods.

What Do I Need for a New KittenFind a Veterinarian

Your kitten will need vaccinations and should be neutered or spayed before they turn six months old.  It’s smart to choose a veterinarian right away because he can tell you what your kitten needs and when, and also be available and familiar with you, should your kitten have any sort of emergency.  If you need help paying for medical care for your kitten, read my article, Get Help With Vet Bills.

For more information about your kitten’s health, please read these articles:

Indoor Cat Health – What Vaccinations Do They Need?

Foods That Are Poisonous for Dogs and Cats

What Do I Need for a New KittenGet Pet Health Insurance!

I mean it – listen to me on this one!  I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars over the last 35 years on medical expenses for my pets.  For the first 15 years or so of pet ownership as an adult, I rarely had any more than the regular vet visits for shots, etc.  I had a miniature dachshund named Maggie who had a minor foot sprain once and that was about it.  Then later, one of my cats had a bladder stone and the surgery was $700.  My tomcat suddenly became ill and his bloodwork showed anemia and kidney failure.  He passed away, and to this day I don’t know what the cause of the illness was.  Then I got a second mini doxy named Taz and holy cow – her medical bills were out of this world!  She had three dental surgeries, two back injuries, x-rays, steroid shots for collapsed bronchial tubes due to severe allergies.  Then the poor baby was diagnosed with Cushings Disease.  The blood work you have to do for that takes place minimally once a year and costs between $175 and $350.  And the medicine costs between $75 and $90 per month.  I had Taz six and a half years and spent more than $20,000 on her medical issues.  During that time, my cat, Miss Abigail developed fatty liver disease and passed away – the ordeal cost me $2900.  Shortly after, my last remaining cat developed serious kidney disease.

See what I mean?  For most of my adult life my pets just didn’t cost that much vet-wise.  But then things happened.  One after the other.  And I was nearly wiped out financially.  GOD HOW I WISH I HAD GOTTEN PET INSURANCE FOR EACH ONE OF THEM!  It would’ve saved me thousands of dollars.  I’ll never, ever make that mistake again.

Get pet health insurance! For more information about this, please read my article, Is Pet Insurance Worth it for Cats?

Here are a few companies I can recommend:

What Do I Need for a New KittenPetPlan

You can read my review of PetPlan Pet Health Insurance here.  Policies start at $10 per month, and this is the largest provider of pet health insurance in the world.

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE QUOTE

What Do I Need for a New KittenHealthyPaws

You can read my review of HealthyPaws Pet Insurance Foundation here.  They have been rated the Best Pet Health Insurance Company by their customers for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 at Petinsurancereview.com, Consumersadvocate.org,  PetInsuranceQuotes.com, and other leading review sites.  They earned this praise because they offer exceptional customer service!

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE QUOTE

What Do I Need for a New KittenEmbrace

You can read my review of Embrace Pet Insurance here.  When it comes to comparing pet health insurance companies, the difference is in the details.  This company scores high on a feature-by-feature comparison.

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE QUOTE

Finally, Get Help With Training

The best way for you and your new kitten to have a long, happy, PEACEFUL life together, is for you to get the knowledge you need about cat training right from the beginning.  There are two cat training programs I can highly recommend.

what do i need for a new kittenUltimate Cat Secrets

The first is UltimateCatSecrets.com.  You can read my review of them here.  This is a step-by-step cat training program that contains 12 sections.  It’s audio – you can listen to it right on your computer (you can also get a free transcript if you’d rather read than listen). It covers a large number of cat ownership issues – everything from health, nutrition, grooming, training – to dealing with cat behavioral issues.  It truly is the best way to have a well behaved, happy, healthy cat!  And the best part is that it comes with a 100% money back guarantee AND YOU GET TO KEEP THE PROGRAM.

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What Do I Need for a New KittenSecrets of Cats

The second program I can recommend is SecretsofCats.com.  You can read my review here.  This program was created by cat trainer, Elizabeth Barton, and offers training advice that WORKS – for every cat behavior issue you can think of!  Here is just a sampling of the issues she addresses:

  • Peeing and pooping everywhere except in the litter box!
  • Biting – usually unexpectedly
  • Digging in houseplants
  • Fighting with other cats
  • Keeping you awake at night (howling at the moon?)
  • Scratching
  • Spraying (eeeeewwww!)
  • Getting on the kitchen counters
  • Being afraid of people
  • Just plain misbehaving!

I would suggest the UltimateCatSecrets.com program first, because it focuses on the overall care of your new kitten.  Then, once your kitten gets a little older and you begin to identify some of the things you might need help with, go to SecretsofCats.com to get the help you need.

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What Do I Need for a New Kitten Enjoy Your New Kitten!

I hope this article has helped you cover all your bases as far as what you need to get ready for your new kitten.  Remember love, caring and affection are the greatest gifts you can give any pet.  They’ll love you back 100x more in return!  Debra 🙂

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Removing Pet Urine Stains Carpet – Fast, Easy and CHEAP!

If there is one smell that is harder to get out than any other, it’s the smell of cat urine.  Dog urine comes in at a close second!

This article will discuss the easiest, least expensive ways for removing pet urine stains from carpet AND how to stop them from peeing on the carpet to begin with!

People have been searching for information on removing pet urine stains from carpet likely since the beginning of time.  No matter how hard you try, it seems like using things products like Resolve, etc. only makes it worse.  I had a friend once whose dog kept peeing on the rugs.  She’d shampoo the carpets with Resolve, and instead of it removing the urine smell, it just ended up smelling like Resolve-and-Urine!  Worse!

How to Remove Dog and Cat Urine From CarpetWhat’s the Solution?

Perhaps you’ve gone out and spent money on products like Resolve only to be disappointed.  Well, here’s a fantastic recipe for making your own pet urine remover that’s super effective – and cheap!

The recipe is as follows:

Exactly 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide (3%)

1/4 cup baking soda

A teaspoon of liquid soap

Mix these ingredients together and pour it into a spray bottle.  Be careful when mixing so you don’t have bubbling-up that’s like a small explosion! 🙂

Test a small area of your carpet first to make sure it won’t affect the carpet’s color (some fabrics are lightened with peroxide).  Then you can thoroughly soak the soiled area, cleaning the area with a damp cloth, then dry the area with a hand towel.

natures miracleDon’t Want to Make Something Yourself?

Then I would suggest yet another inexpensive solution, a product called Nature’s Miracle.  It’s super fast and easy to use, and it’s extremely effective!

How to Remove Dog and Cat Urine From CarpetHow Do I Find the Pee Spots?

The best way to find the urine-soaked areas is to use a black light. When you find a pee spot, you can mark the area with some painter’s tape so you’ll know where to spray.

How to Remove Dog and Cat Urine From CarpetThat’s It?

Yep, that’s it! Pet urine removal is nobody’s favorite job, but with these tips, you can thoroughly clean the area and be sure any remnants of the stain (and odor!) are gone.

How to Remove Dog and Cat Urine From CarpetPreventing it From Happening Again

Your next job is to identify why your cat is peeing outside the litter box, or why your dog is peeing in the house instead of outside.  You will find help with these issues in my articles:

How to Stop Your Cat From Peeing on the Carpet

How to Get Your Cat to Use the Litter Box

What is the Best Way to Potty Train a Puppy?

How to Remove Dog and Cat Urine From CarpetHelp with Cats

You can get much more help to stop your cat’s inappropriate urination with this program, Stop Cat Peeing.  This program promises to stop your cat from peeing outside the litter box within 4 days – guaranteed!

How to Remove Dog and Cat Urine From CarpetHelp with Dogs and Puppies

Professional Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan’s website, The Online Dog Trainer, has more than 250 step-by-step videos regarding every dog and puppy training issue you can think of, including housebreaking. Once you enter this site, you’ll honestly wonder how you ever managed to own a dog without Doggy Dan! It’s incredible.  You can read my review of The Online Dog Trainer website HERE, or visit the site directly by CLICKING HERE.

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Thank you for visiting my website.  I donate 10% of all commissions I make on this website to animal charities.  You can see a list of the charities I donate to here.  If you like this website, please share it with your friends – every purchase helps animals!  Debra 🙂

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Best Way to Remove Cat Urine from Carpet – Best Urine Stain Remover

There are several products available on the market today for removing cat urine from carpet.  But are any of them worth the money?

Best Way to Remove Cat Urine from CarpetThis One Is

The best way to remove cat urine from carpet is by using a product called, Nature’s Miracle.  It is guaranteed to remove cat urine stains and odors from carpet. It even works well on old stains!  It truly is the best urine stain remover. And it’s not expensive!

How Does it Work?

Nature’s Miracle is considered an “enzymatic cleaner.”  That means it breaks down the compounds in cat urine that cause the smell.

Best Way to Remove Cat Urine from CarpetIt’s Best to Get to the Stain as Soon as Possible

I can’t express enough the importance of removing cat urine from carpet as soon as possible.  Not only is the offensive smell in your house, but it’s also an invitation to your cat that this is an acceptable place to pee! The sooner you clean any areas where your cat has been peeing, the sooner you can get him back to using the litter box.

Best Way to Remove Cat Urine from Carpet

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Please Note

You should know that when you first apply this to your carpet, the smell will get worse than before you sprayed it.  That is because the product’s enzymes are breaking down the compounds in the urine.  Once the product has dried, all traces of the urine smell will be gone.

Best Way to Remove Cat Urine from CarpetHow to Stop This From Happening in the First Place!

For help getting your cat to pee in the litter box, read my article, How to Get Your Cat to Use the Litter Box.  Also helpful, How to Stop Your Cat from Peeing on the Carpet.

 

 

Best Way to Remove Cat Urine from CarpetFor More Advanced Help

StopCatPeeing.Com is an incredible program that shows you how to stop your cat’s inappropriate urination for good.  And it doesn’t matter whether your cat just starting doing this, or if he’s been doing it for years.  This program offers a 100% guarantee that your cat will stop peeing outside the litter box within 4 days.  Guaranteed!

CLICK HERE to check it out.

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Thank you for visiting my website.  I donate 10% of all commissions I make on this website to animal charities.  You can see a list of the charities I donate to here.  If you like this website, please share it with your friends – every purchase helps animals!

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How to Remove Dog and Cat Urine From Carpet

If there is one smell that is harder to get out than any other, it’s the smell of cat urine.  Dog urine comes in at a close second!

People have been searching for information on how to remove dog and cat urine from carpet likely since the beginning of time.  No matter how hard you try, it seems like using things products like Resolve, etc. only makes it worse.  I had a friend once whose dog kept peeing on the rugs.  She’d shampoo the carpets with Resolve, and instead of it removing the urine smell, it just ended up smelling like Resolve-and-Urine!  Worse!

cat trainingWhat’s the Solution?

Perhaps you’ve gone out and spent money on products like Resolve only to be disappointed.  Well, here’s a fantastic recipe for making your own pet urine remover that’s super effective – and cheap!

The recipe is as follows:

Exactly 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide (3%)

1/4 cup baking soda

A teaspoon of liquid soap

Mix these ingredients together and pour it into a spray bottle.  Be careful when mixing so you don’t have bubbling-up that’s like a small explosion! 🙂

Test a small area of your carpet first to make sure it won’t affect the carpet’s color (some fabrics are lightened with peroxide).  Then you can thoroughly soak the soiled area, cleaning the area with a damp cloth, then dry the area with a hand towel.

How to Remove Dog and Cat Urine From CarpetHow Do I Find the Pee Spots?

The best way to find the urine-soaked areas is to use a black light. When you find a pee spot, you can mark the area with some painter’s tape so you’ll know where to spray.

How to Remove Dog and Cat Urine From CarpetThat’s It?

Yep, that’s it! Pet urine removal is nobody’s favorite job, but with this recipe, you can thoroughly clean the area and be sure any remnants of the stain (and odor!) are gone.

How to Remove Dog and Cat Urine From CarpetPreventing it From Happening Again

Your next job is to identify why your cat is peeing outside the litter box, or why your dog is peeing in the house instead of outside.  You will find help with these issues in my articles:

How to Stop Your Cat From Peeing on the Carpet

How to Get Your Cat to Use the Litter Box

What is the Best Way to Potty Train a Puppy?

 

How to Remove Dog and Cat Urine From CarpetHelp with Cats

You can get much more help to stop your cat’s inappropriate urination with this program, Stop Cat Peeing.  This program promises to stop your cat from peeing outside the litter box within 4 days – guaranteed!

 

How to Remove Dog and Cat Urine From CarpetHelp with Dogs and Puppies

Professional Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan’s website, The Online Dog Trainer, has more than 250 step-by-step videos regarding every dog and puppy training issue you can think of, including housebreaking. Once you enter this site, you’ll honestly wonder how you ever managed to own a dog without Doggy Dan! It’s incredible.  You can read my review of The Online Dog Trainer website HERE, or visit the site directly by CLICKING HERE.

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Thank you for visiting my website.  I donate 10% of all commissions I make on this website to animal charities.  You can see a list of the charities I donate to here.  If you like this website, please share it with your friends – every purchase helps animals!

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Where to Find a Pet – Search Near Your Area

Taz1To the right you’ll see the picture that brought me to my darling Taz.  Several years ago, I adopted a stray miniature dachshund.  I named her Maggie and had 11 wonderful years with her.  So when I decided to get another dog, I decided I’d like another female miniature dachshund.  So I went to PetFinder.com and searched and searched.  There were (so sadly), dozens of doxy’s available for adoption.  But it took a while to find a miniature, female close to me.  I ended up driving about 90 minutes to the shelter where Taz was to get her.  But that was close enough.  I fell in love with my little midget the moment I saw her. Going to PetFinder.com to find the perfect pet for me ended up bringing me years of joy with this little doggie!

Pet Adoption

To find your new pet today, go to www.PetFinder.com.

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Advantage Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs

Collars, Sprays, Baths and Bombing Don’t Work

I have owned pets for more than 40 years and up until a few years ago, fleas were always a huge problem.  I tried flea collars, flea sprays and baths with flea shampoo.  In my experience, those things just never (ever) worked. Maybe it reduced the number of fleas – that is, if I hadn’t used those things, maybe my flea problems would’ve been worse.  But never once did any of these things eliminate the fleas.  Not even the flea bombs.  So many times I went through all those steps, only to continue to struggle with fleas.  I once had  tiny kitten die because of fleas.  Fleas can be so dangerous for your pets!

How to Get Rid of Dog Fleas and Ticks – Here’s What Does Work!

Advantage Flea and Tick Prevention for DogsAs far as store-bought flea treatments, I have found Advantage Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs to be the best.  You put it on the back of your pet’s neck monthly during flea season and here’s what it does:

It kills any fleas on the animal, within about one day in my experience

It kills any fleas in the house.  I don’t know how it does this – perhaps fleas just keep jumping on your pet(s) and then the Advantage kills them.

It prevents any fleas from living in your house or on your pet.

Advantage absolutely works.  You can read my complete review of this product HERE.

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If You Prefer a Natural Remedy for Flea Control

Advantage Flea and Tick Prevention for DogsJust this year, I found out that lemon juice repels fleas.  As much as I trust Advantage to do the job quickly and thoroughly, I’ve been leaning more and more lately toward natural remedies, both for me and my pets.  So I’m thrilled to offer this as a natural remedy for flea control for your pets – Lemon Juice!

Simply slice one lemon and boil it in about 2 cups of water for about 5 minutes.  Then turn off the heat and let it steep overnight.  In the morning, pour the juice into a spray bottle and spray your pet with it.  (Be careful not to spray near your pet’s eyes).  Just slightly dampen your pet’s coat with the lemon juice – and that’s it!  It acts as a natural flea deterrent (maybe they don’t like the smell, or the taste, or both?), plus it keeps your pet smelling fresh.  Also, it’s safe if your pet licks it. 🙂  I wish I would’ve known about this years ago!

Share Your Ideas!

What flea products do you use? What works? What doesn’t?  Please leave a comment below!  Debra

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Tips for Bathing the Dog – Make it Easier for the Dog and for YOU!

 

How Often To Bathe Your Dog

Most veterinarians and dog groomers recommend bathing your dog every four to six weeks. I have found, with the many dogs I’ve had since childhood, that it truly depends on the dog. If a dog has long fur, for example, brushing once a week or so helps to prevent the need for a bath any more often than every four to six weeks. A dog with super short fur, though, may need to be bathed more often. They just get greasy and stinky, and I think because their fur is so short, their skin is more exposed – to sun, wind, dirt. I bathe my miniature dachshund Taz once a week. Her skin gets dry, and quite dirty since she’s so low to the ground. She has seasonal allergies as well, so I assume pollins and such are sticking to her skin and fur all summer. So every Sunday I give her a bath with baby shampoo, and I put Epsom Salt in the water to sooth any aches and pains (she’s 14). She comes out clean and soft, and I can’t help but think she likes the feeling. She certainly seems happy once she’s out of the tub and Mommy’s snuggling her in a big bath towel.

Tips for Bathing the Dog Can I Use Baby Shampoo On My Dog?

Yes. I use baby shampoo on Taz for every bath. Baby shampoo is just as safe and gentle for your pet as it is for babies. It makes their skin so soft, smells good, and makes me a little less nervous when I’m washing around Taz’s eyes because baby shampoos are more safe if you get soap in their eyes by mistake (try not to!) It’s less expensive than dog shampoo, and you can pick it up absolutely anywhere.  If you’d rather stick with dog shampoo, Entirely Pets has a nice variety, including Oatmeal shampoo which is great for dry skin and very soothing for rashes or irritated skin (ask your vet first if your dog has a serious skin condition).

How to Bathe the Dog – Step By Step

1.  Brush your dog’s fur.

2.  Gather your supplies: towels, shampoo, baby oil, cotton balls, non-slip matt, and treats!

3.  Place a non-slip matt (or towel if you do not have a matt) on the bottom of the sink or tub. If the dog has sure footing rather than standing on a slippery surface, he will be WAY less nervous during the bath.

4.  Clean your dog’s ears.

5.  Fill the tub or sink with lukewarm water. Place the dog gently in the tub. If he won’t get in, GET IN YOURSELF.  I mean it.  If you get in and coax him in with encouragement, affection (and treats if necessary!), he will eventually let his desire to be with you overcome his fear.  You won’t have to do this every time.  Eventually (possibly even the very next bath), he will get in on his own. Trust me on this.  I’ve been in the shower with many a German Shepherd…LOL!

6.  Wet the dog’s fur. Some people prefer to use a sprayer, but I personally think a large cup is much less threatening.  Wet the dog’s fur thoroughly, and remember to speak softly to the dog while you’re doing this. Give constant reassurance and praise. Make this a pleasant experience for the dog – soothing, warm, kind, loving.

7.  Apply shampoo and lather up the dog. I like to make this fun for the dog by using a silly voice and saying things like, “scrubby scrubby scrubby…” Sounds silly, I know, but honestly, if the dog thinks YOU’RE having a good time, he’ll be more inclined to view this as fun. Say his name, tell him he’s a good boy, sing songs. Do the scrubbing quickly – you don’t want to drag it out any longer than you have to as the dog is likely nervous. Wash the dog’s body – don’t forget under the tail (gross but necessary) and the belly. Finish with the head – you can do most of the neck and outside of the ears pretty easily – then I like to get a washcloth, dip it in the soapy water, and use that to wash the dog’s face. Remember to gently wash around the dog’s eyes where gunk sometimes hardens. I rinse the dog’s face with the washcloth rather than dumping water over the dog’s head. Use the cup to rinse thoroughly, again, using a soothing voice.

8.  Carefully remove the dog from the tub.  I always have either a towel or bathmat to place the dog on once I get her out of the tub. Don’t put your dog in danger of slipping and getting injured. Once out of the tub, towel dry the dog as much as you can before he wiggles away – giving enthusiastic encouragement and praise the whole time. Again, make it fun! Then, as the dog likely takes off like a shot to get the heck away from you and the tub, cheer! Clap! Say “Good dog!” and give him a treat immediately. He’ll remember this – and each time he gets a bath he’ll look forward to the after-tub celebration.

Flea Baths for Dogs – Don’t!

When you’re asking yourself which flea shampoo to use, how often to give a flea bath, wondering whether flea baths work – honestly, please just don’t give flea baths!  I have owned more than a dozen dogs and several cats over the years and I have never seen flea baths, sprays or flea collars actually work to prevent fleas or get rid of fleas.  For more information about getting rid of fleas, click here.

If you have tips for bathing the dog, OR if you have a a funny pet-bath story to tell, please comment below!  Debra

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