Everyday there is something to be noticed regarding the already inexhaustible problem of the world's growing pet population. Whether an international foundation on television speaks to your heart, or you simply find a cat or dog on the side of the road, there are precautions to consider before bringing an unfamiliar animal into your care.

Pet Rescue

Side-of-the-Road Savvy

Picking up stray animals off of the side of any road should always be approached with caution. A tender human heart wanting to help or protect an innocent animal is often not enough to assure the safety of the animal or the person. Proper pet rescuing needs a discerning eye. Questions like these should be considered: Is the animal visibly injured or scared? Is there evidence of other litter mates or parents around? Is behavior erratic or unusual? Do I have a secured measure of transporting such as a covered box or crate? Once you have the proper supplies, approaching the animal should be done cautiously.

The Downside of Strays

Stray animals sadly are everywhere. Often, these creatures are on the hunt for either food, shelter, or a place to die due to disease or injury. Depending on the circumstance it is difficult to tell what the animal's needs are simply by looking. Picking up strays always runs the risk of health concerns and domestication. Many stray animals are met with debilitating problems such as heart worms and mange. Many females are often pregnant, so you may want to consider talking to a Willoughby neutering service after the babies are born and given away. If money is little-to-no-object, be prepared for handling expensive and often ongoing costs of health care.

Missing or Lost Pets

New owners of stray animals should be aware there are times when strays are not actually strays at all, but simply pets which have simply lost their way from good homes. Being able to save an animal or lost pet is its own reward. New owners of strays need to make sure all efforts to return pets to original owners have been exhausted before deciding to keep them.

Love and compassion between man and beast have funny ways of just happening when the hearts of an animal in need and a caring human being come together. It can also be a very exciting time when a cat or dog finds you, instead of the other way around. Stray animals can make wonderful family pet additions. By giving your stray all the medical attention, food and shelter needed, a happy life with your stray can truly begin.

 

Brooke ChaplanBrooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She has lived and worked in her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico after her graduation from the University of New Mexico. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.”

 

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An outdoor kennel is the ideal place of peace and relaxation for many dogs. Dogs hate being cooped inside all day, but it can be dangerous to simply let them roam on their own. Creating an outdoor kennel can be done in about an evening, but will give your canine companion a lifetime of comfort.

How to Create a Comfortable Outdoor Kennel for your Dog

Put up a shelter for your pup

Your dog will need shelter from the elements. Staying out and baking in the sun might sound like a fun pastime, but dogs can easily overheat before they even realize it. Further, most dogs feel comfortable in small dens. Put up a small shelter that is customized to be about the size of your dog. Any larger and it won't give warmth, comfort and protection.

Add some comfy blankets and pillows

Dogs absolutely love to nest and burrow, so if you don't want them to burrow through your yard, you may want to give them something more disposable to borrow in. These blankets and pillows will keep them warm during cold weather and make them more comfortable overall. You may want to cover any concrete area with padding, as it can be rough on a dog's fur and skin.

Create a thoroughly fenced in area

Fencing is incredibly important because many people underestimate the ability of a dog to jump a fence. Certain breeds, such as huskies, can climb almost any barrier. Other dogs, like terriers, can burrow underneath. For your dog's safety, you need to use a tall fence that extends into the ground. Talk with a company to make sure you have the right type of fence for your breed, suggests professionals at Northern California Fence Co.

Put out food and water bowls and check them regularly

A water bowl outside needs to be larger than a household dish because the water will evaporate more quickly. Your dog will drink more water while frolicking and having fun outside. This is the most important item to include outside for your pup, since they can quickly overheat.

Add some of your pup's favorite toys

To make your dog truly comfortable, you'll need to add some of his or her belongings. Leaving out toys will help deter them from chewing on other items outside, like patio furniture or garden hoses. Chew toys are an excellent diversion for a pup that is outside. Dogs that are occupied will also bark less and bother your neighbors less.

Remember that an outdoor kennel needs to be closely monitored during times of bad weather. While some dogs fair very well in cold climates and hot climates, many do not, and it may not be immediately obvious. It's best to bring your furry friend inside when the weather turns rough.

Anita GinsburgAnita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver and often writes about home, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn't writing.

 

 

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Vacations are a time for relaxation and an escape from responsibilities. However, if you are leaving a new puppy behind, it might turn you into a basket case. You wonder about their health and well-being, and whether or not they may be undergoing separation anxiety. It is tough when dealing with puppies, because they count on you every day to tend to their every need. Leaving them for a first time can be nerve-wracking. You don’t have to feel lost or apprehensive, however, if you take the proper steps in preparing them and yourself for the short separation of a vacation. Here are 5 helpful tips to retain peace of mind as you travel and ensure that your little one is well taken care of.

Leaving Your Pup for the First Time? 5 Tips to Give you Peace of Mind

Practice Makes Perfect

Before you fully pack up your bags and depart for your destination, you should try leaving or making your presence scarce during the day for short periods of time. Begin this activity weeks in advance. Practice being separated from your puppy; leave him in a designated area in your home for a time without him hearing or seeing you. Instead of suddenly disappearing for a long time span, these shorter practice runs will help with adjustment. Lengthen the alone time each day. It will help you and the pet slowly get used to the idea of being apart from each other.

Leave Them with Someone Familiar

One easy way to know that the puppy is in good hands is to leave them with someone you’re familiar with. Have a neighbor, a friend, or a family member come and dog sit while you’re away. If you know of someone with pet experience, try calling them to see if they’re available for the time you’re gone. You want someone that not only likes animals, but has experience caring for them—taking care of a puppy is no small task. Invite him or her over to your house each day for about a week or two prior to your departure. Make certain they, as well as your puppy are comfortable around one another. Does your pup respond favorably to and play with the person? If he does, you know that your pet’s loneliness will be lessened.

Leave Instructions

Also, it is important to leave clear and detailed instructions pertaining to the puppy’s eating habits and specific needs. Is he teething? Are there any health concerns? Let the chosen caretaker know. Leaving a written list and schedule for the person can help alleviate your stress by knowing your puppy is being properly taken care of. Another solution to peace of mind is to give the dog sitter any relevant phone numbers where he or she can contact you. The emergency contact for your veterinarian would be useful as well.

Familiar Scents

If your friend, neighbor, or family member can’t come to dog sit at your house, you might be forced to send your puppy over to theirs. You may want to pass along any favorite toys or blankets to the new household. Familiar sights and smells will assist tremendously in relieving tension your dog may have in the different dwelling. Additionally, you can be comforted by the thought of your companion cozily curling up in his master’s blanket at night.

Professional Kennels

If none of your close acquaintances are available, putting your puppy in a professional kennel is always a solution. Check the pricing and kennel conditions for each one you may be considering. The professionals of KennelsLosAngeles.com suggest that the nervous pet owner take a full tour of any facility they are thinking about leaving their pup at—this way you can see exactly what the environment will be like and how your pet will do there. Ask if you can get a tour of the facilities, and talk with the supervisors to judge whether they’re dedicated workers and lovers of pets. Inquire about how they exercise and what they feed the animals. Knowing that your puppy is in reliable, loving hands can do wonders in curbing anxiety while traveling.

Enjoy Yourself

There will always be risks in leaving your beloved puppy for the first time, but these simple tips can do much in terms of lessening the worry. Taking the proper precautions and considering your puppy's well-being in your decisions will guarantee a safer and smoother departure on your vacation. Be involved and meticulous in your preparations, so you don't have to wonder and contemplate them later while you're attempting to do some sightseeing. Take a deep breath, relax, give your puppy a kiss goodbye, and enjoy your vacation. His tail will be wagging when you arrive home.

 

Dixie SomersThis article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write about business, women's interests, or home and family. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband, three daughters, and a spunky Jack Russel Terrier who makes life interesting! You can follow her on Twitter: @DixieSomers

 

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