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Simple Life Hacks for Dog Owners

1. Use Baking Soda to Clean up Pet Urine If your dog pees on the carpet use baking soda (which is also great at removing odors) to clean it up. Pour some baking soda over the spot, let it sit for 20 minutes and then vacuum it up. 

2. Use a Window squeegee to Clean Up Fur From Carpet 

Do you get a ton of dog hair lodged deep into your carpet? Use a window squeegee to pick up fur in your carpet & on your furniture. Scrape it along the carpet & just watch as that hair comes up. 

3. Cover Up Scratch Marks on Furniture with a Walnut 

Do you have a few scratch marks on your wooden furniture? You can cover them up by rubbing a walnut over them. The natural oils in walnuts seep into wood, making them a simple way to help cover up small scratches in your furniture.

 

Will you be my Valentine? Meet Abe!

 

What’s up guys? My name is Abe. Some call me Awesome Abe ?

I was found and rescued on the 710 freeway, a few years ago. As you can imagine, that was quite a scary experience and it’s left me a little unsure of things. It’s ok though, because I live with my forever foster family, who make me feel very safe and loved.

I would really love to have my own Live Love Leader! If you’re a Live Love Leader that means that you choose to donate regularly to help with my needs. It would honestly mean the world to a dog like me ??

 

If you are interested in donating to Abe’s care or adopting him. please contact Live Love rescue:

http://www.livelovepetcare.com/rescue

Are you looking for a Valentine? Meet Fiona!

Hello everyone! My name is Fiona. As you can tell from my ears, there’s a good chance that I might be a long lost relative of Gizmo. They are very helpful for detecting the rustling of treat packets?

I was rescued from a local funeral home in my hometown of Long Beach a couple of years ago, thanks to my friends at @fixlbpets. I am currently living my best life by the beach, enjoying the fresh ocean breeze and feeling the sand between my paw pads ?

I truly do live life to the fullest, but sadly I do have an awfully long list of old lady health issues. If you would like to help contribute to my medical costs, that would be a truly wonderful Valentine gift! ?

 

 

If you are interested in donating to Fiona’s care or adopting her. please contact Live Love rescue:

http://www.livelovepetcare.com/rescue

 

 

What are my dog and cat food options? What is BEST?

We compared the pros and cons of different types of dog food – kibble, homemade, canned, raw, freeze-dried and dehydrated – to make your decision of what to feed your dog a little easier!

 

What is the best kind of dog food? Is canned food healthier than kibble? Does a homemade dog food diet require as much work as it appears to? Whole Dog Journal developed a comprehensive pros and cons chart for various dog food options you may be considering. Remember: no one dog food is best for all dogs! Consider your dog’s lifestyle and needs and use this chart to help you decide what kind of food your dog should eat regularly. You might also consider feeding your dog a mix of different food types for greater variety in the diet.

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Keep pets’ safety in mind this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving—it’s a time for falling leaves, family gatherings and plenty of turkey and stuffing—but the holiday is not always a festive time for pets. Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading educational organization for professional pet sitters, advises pet owners to keep in mind their four-legged family members’ safety when planning Thanksgiving activities this year.

“Simple holiday traditions, such as hosting a Thanksgiving feast for friends and family, can pose potential problems to pets if not monitored carefully,” advised PSI President Patti J. Moran. “Fortunately, there are simple precautions pet owners can take to help promote a safe and happy holiday for pets and humans alike.”

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Join us this Sunday at Woofstock!

We will have a booth with a raffle and treats! We look forward to seeing you there!

 

5 Tips to Teach Kids to Play Safely with Dogs

5 Tips to Teach Kids to Play Safely with Dogs

Dogs are kid’s best friend! But to get these BFFs together, children need to learn safe get-to-know-Fido rules.

Happy Girl Curly Hair Outside on Grass Dog Licks Face 

5 Signs Your Dog Needs A Joint Supplement NOW!

Springtime pet safety

Warmer weather, blooming plants and buzzing insects can all spell trouble for the pets in your care, but depending on where you live, winter hazards may still apply! Stay alert to weather patterns, don’t allow pets outside unsupervised and wash melting salts from paws to prevent poisonous ingestion.

If, however, the bright and beautiful days of spring are upon you, remember that doggie dangers and cat-astrophes can happen anywhere, so professional pet sitters must be prepared to prevent disasters and stabilize injuries before veterinary care is available.

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Senior Dogs and detecting health problems early

Senior check ups are extremely important

Bella is 11 and Fitz will be 10 in June. They are big dogs, and they do age faster than the littles. It happens so fast, and we have to prepare for what is to come. Have you changed your dogs food to senior food? have you done a senior screening? Do they have arthritis? Do I give all of the supplements they need? Some things to think about as our loved ones age. Please make an appointment with your vet and come up with a solid plan to make your pups senior years comfortable ones. Both of my dogs have arthritis, so we give them MSM/Glucosamine as well as fish oil and several others. We have recently started pain medication as well.

When I took my boy Fitz in, he weighed in at 109lbs. He is a big boy! I have noticed he does not go upstairs at night anymore, and he is getting up less and less to greet us at the door when we come home. These are signs that something is off with him. I had a full senior blood and urine panel done on him. The results came back, and most of the report was good. The liver enzymes were elevated quite a bit, so we decided to schedule an ultrasound and have his body X-rayed for arthritis while he was sedated. We are so very happy we decided to do this. It turns out he has a a gallbladder mucocele. What that is, is the distention of the gallbladder by an inappropriate accumulation of mucus. Decreased bile flow, decreased gallbladder motility, and altered absorption of water from the gallbladder lumen are predisposing factors to biliary sludge. It is the reason his liver levels were so high. We will now need to do an ultra sound every 3 months to make sure it is not enlarging too much. He may have to have his Gallbladder removed.

We also found severe arthritis in three different parts of his back. We have come up with a good treatment plan to keep him comfortable. I will also be looking into acupuncture. My point is, we would never have known all of this was going on if we did not take him in. This is a part of being a responsible pet parent. Please read below on some more information on how we can care for our senior dogs and what to look for.

After our vet appointment, we stopped to get our boy Fitz some ice cream.

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