Pet cloning and why I’d never do it

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Recently, Barbra Streisand admitted she’d cloned her dog.  As more details came out in a second article a few days later, as well as all the interest in cloning I saw generated online, I decided out of my own curiosity to peek into the nuts and bolts of pet cloning.  Knowing nothing about it, I quickly found myself horrified reading about the dark side of the industry.  It’s one that’s seldom talked about openly and definitely not during magazine or tv interviews, and of course not by Barbra or any of the other people who have decided that a clone of their deceased cat or dog is worth whatever the cost.       Read more

The unusual place I buy my wormer

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As someone who mostly writes about naturally treating my pets, you might be surprised to learn that although there are natural methods out there for treating worms, I don’t use them.  I tried the natural remedy route once and it didn’t work, so for a number of reasons, I buy conventional wormer for my cats and dogs.  The problem was finding a good product that actually worked and didn’t cost me a fortune.  After some trial and error and catching a break, I finally found a single product that works well for both my cats and dogs and is actually affordable.

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Those three pit bulls I wonder about

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When you imagine someone dumping out a dog, you may picture it being a pit bull or pit bull mix.  Even though a lot of times the pictures or videos out there show that, I’ve only had it happen once.  It was an eye-opening and sad experience.  It is also another one of my rescues that I often think back on and wonder about.

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How to make dog in heat/potty training pants

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When a new dog I’d taken in went into heat, I had to scramble to come up with something to minimize the mess.  I tried the female dog diapers first, which were stocked locally and seemed like the best quick option, but they were expensive and too small.  Ordering something online would take days to arrive, and still possibly not work, so as I so often do, I went looking for a better solution that would work and was affordable.

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Why I let my cats go outside

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I know this is a controversial topic and it is not one that I take lightly.  My cats and dogs all mean the world to me and I’d never intentionally do anything to bring harm to any of them.  Everything I do, I try to do with their best interests in mind.  I want them all to live forever and since that’s not possible, I want the time that I do have them to be the best it can be.  After weighing the pros and cons, observance, and even discussing it with the animal communicator, who agreed with me, I’ve decided that my cats are all happiest when they are free to come and go outside as they please.

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My experience getting a puppy as a gift

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As I read my local newspaper’s abbreviated free version that comes out every week, I’m always drawn to the classifieds.  I read in amazement and sadness, the number of people advertising puppies, varying from golden retrievers to chiweiniepoos or whatever combination of breeds someone has come up with that they can apparently sell for hundreds of dollars.  Around the holidays, they make sure they include how they’ll be ready for Christmas.  I cringe at those ads for several reasons, not just because they are directly across from ads that the only local no-kill shelter runs begging for monetary help with vet bills from the latest sick dogs brought in that someone found dumped or with the vet care of a kitten thrown out of a car window.  I cringe because I once got a puppy as a gift, and while my situation is different than most, there are still some things I want to pass on about my experience to help others.     Read more

Easy diarrhea treatments for cats and dogs

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If you have a cat or a dog, an almost certain issue you’ll have to deal with at some point is diarrhea.  Whether it’s as simple as a result of eating something they shouldn’t, the result of medication use, or a change in food that suddenly creates havoc in the bathroom department, it’s a good idea to be ready to act when it happens.  Luckily, there are three inexpensive and easy diarrhea treatments for cats and dogs that should help resolve the issue quickly.

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Colloidal silver: Medical miracle in a bottle

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Colloidal silver is one of those things you may have heard of, but don’t really know what it is or its capabilities.  I used to be one of those people.  I can’t even remember now what specific issue I was dealing with, if any, when I stumbled across colloidal silver, but even in the limited capacity I’ve used it for, I’m glad that I did.  And while it may seem expensive, I like to look at it in terms of it saving me a vet visit and prescription meds or a late night/weekend shopping trip to track down a treatment I need.  I can assure you, as many times as it has suddenly come in handy, how many things it can cure, and given how well it works, I will not be without it.  You shouldn’t either. Read more

My experience with a wireless fence

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If you’ve ever considered a wireless pet containment system, also known as a wireless fence, to keep your dog safe, it’s important to go into it knowing that it does have its limitations and faults.  Even though my experience with one was from several years ago, my research indicates the same problems that plagued it then, still do.  And while my experience was from a while ago, it was still a hard lesson learned that I wanted to share with other dog owners.

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How to avoid needing room deodorizers

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Even though the commercials would make it seem like having a smelly house is a common thing, it’s not.  And I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  Will is in the service industry.  In the course of a day, he’s in and out of usually 3-5 houses.  Because of all the commercials on TV talking about smelly odors, dog smell infused couches and stinky litter boxes, I wanted to know if it really is the epidemic the companies pushing all those sprays and plugins would have you believe.

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