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Remove A Dog Tick

Remove A Dog Tick

Ticks are active in the spring and summer months when the weather is warm; and these seasons are when pet owners take their pets with them on dog walks and hikes. 

Grooming regularly keeps dog's fur from matting and will help easily detect a dog tick embedded in the skin of pets. If a tick is found, do not use fingers to remove the tick. This action can lead to the tick breaking off and potentially spreading diseases to the dog, such as Lyme Disease. Instead, remove a tick with a tick remover tool. Using a tick disease prevention tool will ensure that all parts of the tick are gently removed from the skin. 

Using a tick remover tool is the best way to manage embedded ticks in the skin on both people and pets. 

Cat VS. Dog People

Cat VS. Dog People

According to a survey of 1,261 dog and cat parents across the U.S., 37 percent of dog people are not sad when their dogs cuddle with other people and actually are happy that their dogs like other people, while 38 percent of cat people are sad when their cats cuddle with other people and want all their pets’ affection for themselves. Of pet owners with both cats and dogs, 44 percent are just “somewhat bummed out” when their pets cuddle with other people.

Fifty-two percent of cat people prefer to spend time with their cats versus other people, and 43% of dog people prefer to spend time with their dogs over other people.

Rover.com, a national network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers, conducted the survey and compiled the report, “The Secret Lives of Cat People and Dog People.”

The data revealed that cat people and dog people are more alike than different. For both, their pets occupy a familial role in pet parents’ lives, affecting everything from furniture selection (35 percent of respondents) to purchasing a car (29 percent) to renting a home or apartment (26 percent).

Rover’s report found that pet parents are nearly unanimous in seeing their pets as family members, with many even preferring animal company to the human variety. Cat people were more likely to feel that way, with 52 percent saying they prefer to spend time with their cats versus people, while 43 percent of dog people saying the same about their dogs.

“Our normal family habits are expanding to the families we choose, our cats and dogs, as Millennials adopt pets as starter families and Baby Boomers welcome pets as extended family,” said Alison Rutty, Rover’s director of cats and new business lines. “Pet parents not only want their pet to be their best friend but to be their pet’s best friend in return. So we have conversations with our cats, comfort our dogs after they have nightmares and consider all our pets in big life decisions.”

In the U.S., 60 percent of households have a dog and 47 percent have a cat.

While those numbers have remained relatively constant in recent years, the pet economy has exploded. Spending on pets increased to $72.1 billion in 2018, up 8.1 percent from 2016.

Cat people buy more lint rollers: 66 percent of cat parents report owning a lint roller, while 55 percent of dog parents have one.

According to the survey results, dog people admit to talking to their pets so many times in a day they can’t even count, while cat people talk to their cats 1-5 times per day.

Cat people lead on singing to their cats with 70 percent making up new songs all the time or singing to their pet at least sometimes, while 63 percent of dog people report doing the same.

The majority of both dog (69 percent) and cat (67 percent) owners admit they say hello to their pet before their family when they get home.

And both take a lot of pictures of their pets, with 84 percent indicating that as much as half of the photos on their phone are of their pets.

The majority (61 percent) of cat and dog people said their pets are spoiled and always take over the couch or bed.

Cuddles are universal: dog and cat people claim to spend 1-2 hours cuddling their pet each day.

The majority (70 percent) of both dog and cat people have 1-5 nicknames for their pet.

Dog people are more likely to wake their pet from a dream than cat people.

For more information, visit the Rover.com website.

​According to American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual “Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook,” about 57 percent of all U.S. households owned a pet at the end of last year. About 38 percent of households owned one or more dogs, the highest estimated rate of dog ownership since the AVMA began measuring it in 1982. Cats were the next most popular pet, found in 25 percent of U.S. households.

More than 13 percent of U.S. households owned a specialty or exotic pet, such as fish, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, turtles, snakes, lizards, poultry, livestock and amphibians, a 25 percent increase from 2011.

The top 10 states, with the highest percentage of pet-owning households, are Wyoming, 72 percent; West Virginia, 71 percent; Nebraska, 70 percent; Vermont, 70 percent; Idaho, 70 percent; Indiana, 69 percent, Arkansas, 69 percent; Mississippi, 65 percent; Oklahoma, 65 percent; and Colorado, 65 percent.

The 10 states with the lowest percentage of pet-owning households are Rhode Island, 45 percent; South Dakota, 46 percent; New Jersey, 47 percent; Maryland, 49 percent; Illinois, 49 percent; Massachusetts, 49 percent; New York, 50 percent; Connecticut, 50 percent; Georgia, 51 percent; and New Hampshire, 52 percent.

Also, according to the sourcebook, dog owners have a higher propensity to obtain veterinary care than do owners of other types of pet. On average, dog-owning veterinary clients made three visits to the veterinarian per year. Cat-owning veterinary clients made 2.4 visits.

The AVMA also has developed an online pet-ownership calculator, which estimates the number of pet-owning households and the numbers of pets in a community based on the community’s populations. For example, a community of 10,000 people is estimated to have 1,404 dog-owning households with 2,246 dogs, 1,169 cat-owning households with 2,454 cats, 119 bird-owning households with 273 birds, and 58 horse-owning households with 158 horses.

By Marcus Schneck | mschneck@pennlive.com

Dog Attack: Webber Park

Dog Attack: Webber Park

Many dogs never bite. But, any dog can, regardless of breed.

That is what Dawn Hunt, of Minneapolis, realized after a scary encounter with a dog in Webber Park, along scenic Shingle Creek, last Thursday afternoon.

"I saw the dog, it saw me and charged me as hard and fast as it could, totally unprovoked," Hunt said.

Multiple deep gashes mark both of Hunt's legs, some deep enough to require stitches or staples.

"I just kept getting bit and bit and bit, and I was left bleeding," she said.

She got mauled, then she got mad.

"I mean, it was so fast and it was hard core."

Hunt described the dog as a Jack Russell mix, white in color with tan spots. She said it was wandering on it own with a leash attached to its collar, dragging it on the ground. Hunt said it didn't growl or bark before pouncing on her and leaving gaping wounds, teeth marks and punctures.

"This one on my left thigh, it got ahold of me and started shaking back and forth," Hunt said.

She said she struggled to stay standing and did whatever she could to pry the dog's teeth off of her, kicking and hitting it with a water bottle.

In the meantime, Hunt maintains the dog owner, a woman she didn't know, stood nearby before retrieving the leash and taking off with the dog.

"I was screaming for her stop, tell me who you are, where are you going, you can't leave me, it's a crime to leave a person like this," said Hunt.

But, the stranger kept walking toward the woods before briefly stopping and turning around to say, "my dog doesn't bite," Hunt said.

Hunt was left alone, bleeding profusely on the walking path and in a lot of pain. She said the stranger didn't apologize, which hurt as much as the multiple injuries.

"I just kind of would like to know why."

Hunt said she's aware of two other people and two dogs who claim they were also injured by a dog matching the same description in the same area. She chose to speak out Sunday with the goal of jogging someone's memory of who the woman and her dog might be.

Minneapolis Park Police along with Animal Care and Control are investigating. In Minnesota, pets are personal property and owners are liable for their dog's actions.

The city of Minneapolis keeps a map online of the dogs deemed dangerous, their owner's name and address, and about 25 dogs are currently listed.

If anyone recognizes the woman and dog in the crime alert poster, you are urged to call police.

For a map of dangerous dogs in Minneapolis curated by Minneapolis Animal Control & Care, visit their website here.

Story re-posted from Eyewitness News ABC 5. Written by Beth McDonough

Internet Grumpy Cat Dies

Internet Grumpy Cat Dies

Grumpy Cat, the feline famous on the internet for her permanent scowl, has died aged seven, her owners say.

A statement says she died on Tuesday following complications from a recent urinary tract infection.

The cat from Arizona had "helped millions of people smile".

Grumpy, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, went viral in 2012 after photographs of her sour expression emerged online. Her image quickly spread as a meme.

According to owner Tabitha Bundesen, her facial expression was caused by feline dwarfism and an underbite.

Grumpy Cat travelled the world making television appearances and in 2014 even starred in her own Christmas film.

Madame Tussauds in San Francisco unveiled a waxwork of her in 2015.

Her Instagram account has more than two million followers.

In 2018, her owners won a $710,000 (£555,000) payout in a copyright lawsuit.

Grumpy Cat Limited sued the owners of the US coffee company Grenade for exceeding an agreement over the cat's image.

The company only had rights to use the cat to sell its "Grumppuccino" iced drink, but was also selling other Grumpy products.

Ms Bundesen previously worked as a waitress before her beloved pet gained internet stardom. She has told the Express newspaper that she quit her job "within days" of Grumpy's first appearance on social media.

Story re-posted from BBC News.

About Dog Gates

About Dog Gates

Dog fence gates provide easy access to the dog enclosure area for both dogs and people. However, customers that buy dog gates often have preliminary questions. We'll help answer them now:

Is fence mesh included?

No, fence rolls are sold separately. Any style of fence mesh (Poly, Steel Hex or Weld Wire) can be used on dog gates from EasyPetFence.com.

Where are the ground sleeves?

Ground sleeves are not needed when installing dog gates. Simply drive the post into the ground and attach the mesh to the brackets and door frame materials.

Is a dog fence gate necessary?

Unless people can figure out another way to get in-and-out of the enclosure, then, it would help!

Dog fence access gate instructions are coming soon to EasyPetFence.com. For additional questions, contact us at 888-519-5954. 

Zombie Raccoons?!

Zombie Raccoons?!

They may sound like some invention out of Hollywood, but “zombie raccoons” are real and police say they are a threat to pets.

The Riverside Police Department is warning pet owners about raccoons carrying the distemper virus, which can cause the infected animals to walk on their hind legs, stagger and bare their teeth — the reason they’re referred to as “zombies.”

Distemper is one of the most serious diseases dogs can get and it’s also one of the easiest to prevent, according to the American Kennel Club. The name likely sounds familiar if you’ve taken your dog to a veterinarian for routine care. It is among the core vaccinations your dog likely received, “along with parvovirus, canine adenovirus, and rabies vaccines,” the kennel club website states.

Animals who have not had this vaccine are at high risk in the Riverside area after three reports of “zombie raccoons” recently, according to police Chief Tom Weitzel.

“We’ve had a number of cases concerning raccoons with distemper in our jurisdiction,” Weitzel said. “If you see a sick raccoon that may be a threat to public safety, call the police.”

The distemper virus affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous system of dogs. Symptoms can include ocular and nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing, lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and seizures. Death can occur from secondary pneumonia or nonresponsive seizure activity, it said.

“It seems every year around this time we get a rise in calls about raccoons acting oddly and we respond to calls about raccoons that may be a danger to the public. Our policy allows us to put down animals that are suffering or pose a threat to public safety,” Weitzel said.

Police will put the animals down and public works crews have been disposing of the carcasses, he said.

The Police Department said dogs in backyards, even fenced-in, can be at particular risk to wild animals. It suggests direct supervision of dogs to prevent unwanted contact with wildlife.

The best way to prevent distemper in dogs is to have them vaccinated. Twice-yearly visits to a veterinarian are recommended, and pet owners who take their dogs out for socialization with other animals, such as to dog parks or training classes or for boarding, should check whether those places require proof of vaccination.

“Animals that are most susceptible to the viruses are those that are immune-compromised by age or other illness,” the Police Department noted on its website.

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