Lyme Disease Month

Lyme Disease Month

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month; and while people may have heard of the disease, they may not know how victims get Lyme Disease or even that their pets can get Lyme Disease. Let's have the tick-talk.

Lyme Disease affects over 300,000 individuals each year. The disease is spread from infected ticks that latch-on to warm-blooded mammals such as white-tailed deer, people, dogs and cats. Anyone can get Lyme Disease or other tick-borne illnesses! While not all ticks carry Lyme, there are other tick-borne illnesses including Anaplasmosis; Babesiosis; Powassan Disease; Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever; and even a red meat allergy.

There are over 900 tick species in the United States; but we usually only hear about a few including the Eastern Black-Legged Tick and the American Dog Tick. These types of ticks are aggressive and attack both humans and pets. 

There is not a cure for Lyme Disease; but the disease is treatable if detected early on. Those bit by ticks will have up to 48 hours to remove the tick with a tick removal tool to reduce the chance of Lyme Disease infection. 

This May, spread the word about tick disease prevention and learn how to effectively remove a tick from dogs, cats and people. 

Adopt Shelter Pets

Adopt Shelter Pets

Today on April 30, 2019 we celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Day! This is a call to action for individuals to consider pet adoption instead of purchasing pets from a pet store. 

There are many benefits to adopting shelter animals. For one, prospective pet owners can support local businesses and they bring home a pet for less than the cost at a pet store. There are many types of dog breeds that come in-and-out of shelters looking for homes. They rarely reunite with their original pet owners. 

Adopting from a shelter helps weaken the pet overpopulation cycle. Each year 8 to 12 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes for them. You can help lower the statistics!

Pets at shelters range from young to old and are looking for forever homes. They are loving animals that may or may not have been abused physically or emotionally; and they require patience, love and respect from future pet owners. 

This Pet Shelter Day, visit local animal shelters and humane societies to find the perfect pet for your home and spread the word about why it's best to adopt instead of shop.

Need pet fencing? Call that you adopted a dog or cat; and we'll give you a special discount to use on any size fence kit.

Cat Fencing 101

Cat Fencing 101

Many cat owners are thrilled to learn that there is a cat fence system on the market for domestic cats. After all, cats need just as much socialization, exercise and outside time as dogs.

Catios are different than cat fences and allow cats to enjoy the great outdoors at any time of day. 

Cat fencing is made from the same polypropylene mesh material as fence for small dogs. The reason this material is chosen is to deter cats from climbing or pouncing on the fence. The mesh is meant to gently sway to block the daring cat from acrobatic routines.

The bottom of the cat fence system contains weld wire fencing to block cats from escaping. Welded Wire is made from a 14 gauge galvanized steel that is chew-resistant and dig-proof.

Cat fence supplies also comes with overhang extenders to make it virtually impossible for Olympic climbing cats to escape. More importantly, the overhang extenders help to keep out wildlife that may try to harm the pets.

Although catios offer bird protection, cat fencing offers cats the freedom to explore yards. 

Dogs Go Postal Here

Dogs Go Postal Here

If pet history has taught us anything, it's that dogs and postal workers do not have a good relationship. For whatever reason, they just can't seem to get along; and nothing has changed based on new studies. 

Here are the top cities where U.S. postal employees suffer from dog attacks:

  • Houston - 75
  • Los Angeles - 60
  • Philadelphia - 51
  • Cleveland - 50
  • San Antonio - 47
  • Minneapolis - 38
  • Chicago - 37
  • Columbus - 37
  • Fort Worth - 35
  • Detroit - 34

If dogs get feisty around postal employees, it's best to keep them in the fenced-in backyard where they can run around and not have their playtime ruined by unwanted visitors. 

Best Tick Tools

Best Tick Tools

Spotting a tick on pets can be nerve wrecking. It's one thing to remain calm; and it's another to get the dog or cat to calm down long enough to remove the tick.

Picking out an embedded tick is not the right way to remove a tick - although in a moment of panic, we can see why you would feel that this is the most effective way to take out the tick. However, using a tick removal tool is the most effective way to guarantee that the entire body of the tick is safely removed.

If ticks are removed  by hand, parts of the body can break off. This means that possible infection can spread into the animal's bloodstream. When using a tick tool, pull straight up on the tick; and do not twist and turn the body. 

After the tick is gently removed, take the dog to the veterinarian for Lyme Disease testing and study their behavior over the next few weeks. Dogs with Lyme Disease may experience the following symptoms:

  • Unsteadiness
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Weak Muscles
  • Muscle Aches/Joint Pains
  • Difficulty Eating/Swallowing
  • Fast Heart Beat

Lyme Disease doesn't just go away; but instead, worsens over time. Consult a pet doctor immediately if pets are experiencing these symptoms. 

Predators Of Chickens

Predators Of Chickens

Individuals may preach that chickens are friends, not food; however, wild animals would disagree. Some predatory animals will go to extreme lengths to taste fresh meat. These animals include:

  • Coyotes, foxes, wolves
  • bobcats
  • house cats
  • raccoons
  • members of the weasel family
  • skunks
  • opossums

Caged chickens is one way to guarantee their protection; however, the flock members are cramped up in coops and are not happy. Therefore, chicken owners may decide to install outdoor enclosures for chickens on pastures. The fencing will need to be constructed from metal and include PVC on the outside as a secondary layer of protection against chew marks. 

Protecting poultry is easy as long as owners buy the right height and fence type. Choose a 6 feet high fence that is made from steel. 

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