Microchips on Pets - A Chip Trick:
By Rick Condie

Have you ever lost a beloved dog or cat? If you answered yes to this

question then you know the uncertain feeling it brings. The feeling that there's a good chance you may never see your lost pet ever again. Not to mention the stress it causes to both you and your lost pet. If you heard of microchips and thinking of implanting one on your beloved pets then here is what you need to know.

Although collars are the first aid of a lost pet, sometimes they are just not enough. They can easily be removed and sometimes are uncomfortable to wear. Microchips on the other hand are very good alternatives to your typical pet collar.

A microchip implant is a very small device - about the size of a small grain of uncooked rice - placed under the loose skin your pet, usually on their shoulder blades. This technology is based on a passive RIFD (Radio Frequency Identification). It is implanted by injecting it directly on your pet's skin. It is virtually painless and it's permanent. It works by providing contact information of owners when shelters and vets scan the implanted chip.

A lot of pet organization and vets nowadays recommend micro-chipping. It is said to be one of the most effective ways of recovering a pet. According to studies, the chances that a lost pet with a microchip implant will be reunited with its owner increases by 75%. And in the U.S. it is estimated that only 14% of lost pets are reunited with their owners.

If your pet came from a shelter, it is likely that your pet already has a chip implant. What you need to do is to update it by calling the service provider, which your shelters can provide. If your pet still doesn't have a chip, shelters, vets, and other pet welfare organizations can help you get one. A regular implant cost from $30 to $50, a cheap price to pay to recover a loved one. Remember to register your information after the procedure, to ensure that your pets can be safely recovered in case of a lost.

Technology is not only for humans, now even our pets can become high-tech. With this innovation, more and more lost pets are recovered each year. The stress of losing a beloved dog or cat can now be eliminated with microchip implants. The benefits are more than obvious. So if you're thinking of getting a pet, think about getting them implants. In a few years microchip implants will the collars of the future.

Helping Your Child Cope With the Death of a Pet:
By Gary Le Mon

The death of a pet is a traumatic experience for any child. It may be the first time he or she experiences the pain of loss. Helping your child work through her grief can make the healing journey more bearable.

First, acknowledge that your child's grief is genuine. No matter how small the pet, your child will have formed an emotional connection with it. A child can grieve as intensely as an adult, albeit for a shorter time.

It is important to allow your child to express grief for his pet. Show him that it's okay to be sad. Hiding your own sadness may make your child feel that he too should be holding back the tears.

Ceremony and remembering

Ritual is an important part of the healing process. It is a way of saying goodbye. A small ceremony or burial to mark the passing of a beloved pet represents closure. There are no rules here; do what feels right. Involve your child in the ceremony. Light a candle or ask your child to write a short poem or say a few words of her own. Don't pressure her to do anything she doesn't want to. This will only add to the trauma.

If a burial is not possible, make a small box with a few of your pet's things - a toy, a piece of blanket, a goodbye card from your child. The box can be buried in your own yard or another special place.

Create a scrapbook or keepsake box to celebrate your pet's life. It has been shown that actively doing something to express grief helps further the healing process. Let your child frame a photo or draw a picture. Encourage your child to talk about his pet and remember happy moments.

Where did my pet go?

The death of a pet will raise issues which you may feel uncomfortable explaining. All but the very youngest children will ask probing questions: Where did my pet go? Why did he have to go?

Gently explain to your child that her pet has died and will not be coming back. Make absolutely sure that your child does not believe that something she has done has caused the death of the pet. Explain in physical terms what death is: the body has stopped working. Explain that a pet's life is naturally shorter than a human life (even though your pet may not have died of natural causes).

Avoid phrases like 'Fluffy has gone to sleep' or 'God took Fido'. Young children take things very literally and may fear that if they themselves 'go to sleep' they will not return, or could be 'taken'.

The age of your child and your personal spiritual views and will determine whether you wish to introduce the concept of a 'soul' or 'afterlife'.

Some grief counselors recommend the following exercise. Ask your child where he thinks his pet is now. Let his imagination fill out the details of his pet's afterlife. Once your child can imagine his pet in a secure, happy place, it will help him move on to acceptance. This exercise need not conflict with your own beliefs. Your personal spiritual stance can be incorporated into your child's imaginary afterlife. It's also okay to say that no one knows for sure where pets (or people) go when they die.

It's not necessary to go into long philosophical debate about life and death, but to simply answer the question your child asks. Questions will arise naturally over time and it's best to deal in straightforward answers. Discuss and agree with your partner what you will both tell your child, particularly if you have differing religious or spiritual views.

Signs of grieving

Young children may show signs of grieving through upset eating and sleeping patterns, or regression in bladder and bowel control. Be patient and understand that these disruptions to your child's behavior are a way of grief expressing itself.

In older children, grief may manifest itself in behaving anti-socially or appearing withdrawn. Inform your child's teacher of the loss of the pet so that the teacher can be prepared for any unusual behavior displayed by your child.

Adolescents may not outwardly show physical signs of grief for the pet. This does not mean they are not grieving. Your teenager may have lost the only 'person' that he or she could confide in and believed loved them unconditionally.

As with all kinds of grief, it's not over in a day. Your child may ask questions and display signs of grief for months after the death of a pet. Expect your child to return to the subject of her pet's death repeatedly. This repetition helps your child come to terms with the loss. Be patient. Your child will continue to seek reassurance and understanding for a while yet.

A new pet?

Don't get a new pet right away. It may suggest to your child that his pet was insignificant and easily replaceable. You will sense when the time is right to bring a new pet into your home. Choose a time when a pet will be well-received and loved - a good thing for both your child and the pet.

Potty Train Your Dog - Tips to Make It Easy for You and Your Pet:
By Carolyn Anderson

Potty training is one of the basic training you need to learn and give to your pets before letting them in the house. Of course, this is not only for the good of your puppy but for you and your family as well, and if you want to be a pet owner, you also have to make sure that you are responsible enough to train your pet dog.

To ensure that your pet dog will live harmoniously with you and the rest of the people in the house, you have to potty train your dog as a responsible owner. Taking care of pets requires a big responsibility and that includes training your dog to become a good part of the family. This can be challenging at first but with some tips and a good guide at hand, you can actually make it easier for you and your pet.

To help you potty train your dog, there are a number of tips that can help you make this training easy for you and for your dog. Here are some of them that you might find useful.

- Give your pet a name even before starting the training. When training your pet, using his name is particularly useful to call his attention. This way, he will be used to the name and will be easier for you to get his attention when needed. It can be hard to call the pet different names when training and this can also make the training a little difficult as well.

- Start to potty train your dog as soon as he arrives home. This will prevent him from making bad habits before you even start with the potty training. Remember that in training pets, bad habits can be difficult to correct later and may make the training a little harder as well, thus make sure to start early especially during the time that he is still familiarizing with his environment.

- Designate a potty area for your pet. Bringing him to different areas might confuse him and may make the training a little harder for him to keep up. Keep in mind that animals learn from consistency and repetition and you have to stick with the same potty area and same time if you want them to learn fast.

- Bring your dog to the potty area at the same time every day until he can manage it on his own. Potty training your dog is a challenge and you have to commit to make it consistent and regular until he can learn. A few days of committing to teaching your pet will reward you later of an obedient pet dog. The best times to bring your dog to the potty area are early in the morning, after meals and before going to bed at night. You may need a leash to do this, thus also consider getting the needed equipment before starting your training.

- Aside from consistency, giving rewards is also another very useful tip on how to potty train your dog. Rewarding may be in the form of a pat or giving him food. Rewarding is an effective way to communicate to your pet to continue what he is doing and to do it again the next time, thus make sure you are also rewarding the correct actions as well. Proper timing in giving rewards is important as this can create miscommunication if you are too late to give rewards or too early as well and make the training unsuccessful.

These are just a few of the tips that can help you potty train your dog effectively. Learn more techniques and you will eventually learn how to make your pets as obedient as you want them to be. Remember always not to include punishment as part of your training. This is not only cruel but can also lead to your pets becoming aggressive and dangerous.


Loose Leash Walking Tips:
By Ella McGinley

Loose leash walking is great for your dog; well nearly as good as being off the leash altogether but how do the other people on the pavement or in the park feel about your dog being so loosely held. Here are some loose leash walking tips to make your walk with your dog a pleasure for him, for you and for those around you.

Tip #1. If you have a small dog then one of those extending leashes will work well. Release it sufficiently so that your dog can still run ahead a little, sniff the bushes and do all the things that dogs like to do on a walk but when you see another dog or a person approaching or some other sort of hazard, retract the lead gently while walking towards your dog. Don't try and pull him backwards towards you using an extending leash as this may hurt the dog and damage the lead.

Unfortunately using this type of leash doesn't work too well with large dogs unless they are extremely well trained. Be very careful when using an extending leash near a road; it may seem deserted but a vehicle can appear in an instant and if your dog is in the middle of the road, the consequences don't bear thinking about.

Tip #2. If you are going to take a large dog out loose leash walking in public then he has to be extremely well trained, particularly if you are a small or not very strong person. You often see people struggling to control huge dogs by heaving on the leash and shouting and this will only unsettle an excitable dog even more.

Tip #3. If your dog is walking ahead of you his attention is on more interesting sights and smells and isn't on you. To get him to do what you want immediately you need to train him to give you his attention. You can do this in a number of ways but using a clicker has been found to be successful. Use a single command to get his attention and when you get it click and reward him with treats and petting.

Tip #4. The most important command for keeping control of a dog when loose leash walking is "heel". A well trained dog will come to heel immediately and stay there until you say otherwise. While he is at heel, he isn't attacking other dogs or irritating fellow walkers. "Sit" and "stay" are also useful, but hopefully, you will have taught your dog those commands anyway.

Tip #5. If you have a young dog, a walk at your pace won't be enough to use up his energy and no matter what you do, he's bound to misbehave so take him somewhere as secure and remote from others as possible first where he can roam and run to his heart's content. Then take him out loose leash walking on a public road and you will get a much better response to your training efforts.

A well trained dog can make loose leash walking an absolute pleasure but a badly trained dog not only takes away your pleasure in a walk but could be a nuisance to others.

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Diet and Supplements for Pet Health:
By Kim Salerno

Now more than ever, pets are treated as esteemed family members. They go on trips, they're a part of family photos, their birthdays are celebrated, and most importantly their health is a top priority. For many pet parents, reading the labels of pet food and treats to make sure they contain natural ingredients is second nature. Some pet parents are bypassing commercial and even organic pet food and opting to prepare the food themselves, as well as include supplements in their four-legged friends' diets.

Goodbye to Cans and Kibble

With the multiple recalls on commercial pet food that have been happening over the years and the reports of how commercial pet food is made (as well as what it contains), many cats are dogs are now enjoying home cooked meals. And some of them aren't even cooked - raw food diets for pets are becoming very popular. The idea behind a raw food diet is to recreate the way that dogs and cats would eat in the wild: natural and unprocessed sustenance for better health. Since humans are being told to cut back (and even cut out) processed foods from their diets for the sake of their health, it only makes sense to feed pets in the same manner.

There are many books and other resources out there for people who would like to try out preparing pet meals and providing a more natural way for their beloved cats and dogs to eat.

Supplements for Pets

Popping a daily vitamin are a part of many people's daily routines in an effort to make up for any nutrients that may be lacking in their normal diets. In more recent times, that same methodology is also being applied to pets. Doing a quick online search for "pet supplements" will returns thousands of results for many different types of products. Some of the more popular types of supplements include:

Vitamin & Mineral Supplement: Vitamin C is good for both cats and dogs, as it helps fight on illnesses and prevent diseases that are often associated with aging such as arthritis. Vitamin D helps cats' bones and Vitamin A helps with eyesight.

Glucosamine & Chondroitin: Glucosamine and chondroitin can be very beneficial in the treatment of arthritis and hip dysplasia.

Essential Fatty Acids: There are many benefits to making sure that a pet's diet includes EFAs, such as healthy skin and coats, heart health, to suppress inflammation, etc. The easiest way to provide these fatty acids is with flaxseed oil or fish oil.

Milk Thistle: This can be used to treat various liver dysfunctions.

Probiotics: These keep pets' intestinal tracts clean and balanced by enhancing the good bacteria and keeping the bad bacteria at bay, thereby strengthening their immune system.

Before you decide to start preparing your pet's meals and giving them supplements, consult with your veterinarian. Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs; dogs are omnivores and cats are carnivores so it is very important to make sure that you are meeting each individual pet's nutritional needs. Your vet should also be able to help you determine which supplements will be complementary to your dog or cat's diet.