Being a responsible pet owner – Part 4

March 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Pet Care

My thoughts on being a responsible pet owner are inspired by the daily news reports of so many pet owners who have been neglecting their pets.

I often wonder if these same cruel people have children and if so just what kind of parents are they ?

Animals are for the most part fairly helpless creatures ,much like babies !

If you are going to be a pet owner be sure that you are going to be committed to caring for your pet.

They will need to be fed and watered daily, if not more often. As all other living things !

They will need your kindness as well. A little attention will go along way.

Animals are not just cute and you should not have one just because they are cute.

You should have a pet if you want an addition to your family and you are going to care for him/her as such.

All Pets need a warm clean place to thrive as well as food and fresh water along with tender loving care.

I have a dog and a cat both require a substantial amount of care, on the other hand I also have an aquarium full of fish that are simply pretty to look at however they do not require much care.

I know Those of you who are dedicated caring pet owners have room in your heart for your pets and those awful pet owners in the news have no heart at all it seems.

Why on earth would anyone want to neglect a helpless creature of any kind is beyond my comprehension.

I think one way to stop this type of cruelty to animals is for there to be some sort of mandatory monitoring of pet owners implemented.

Perhaps social workers for dogs would work.

Either a pet owner has to bring their pet in to a pet clinic for inspection every so often or maybe a traveling pet doctor could do house calls !

Pretty extreme huh ?

yet the cruelty to pets is often extreme.

Maybe a back ground check is in order, maybe we need to screen potential pet owners and seek recommendations from neighbors.

Please, if you are not a compassionate person do not become a pet owner.

That will be your first step to becoming compassionate and it will spare a lot of unnecessary harm to the innocent pets of the world !

Feeding an elderly dog

November 21, 2009 by  
Filed under All about Dogs


Why must an elderly pet dog be catered for with any less care than a human? When a dog has reached this stage of it’s life, like humans they may still be well, but have lost all their teeth. Food then would have to be taken into great consideration, as well as diet. If they must be hand fed, even a large syringe (without the needle,) helps; with liquid food supplement prepared for an elderly dog, or liquid and water to drink.

Seemingly minor ‘just not well’ days due to any elderly problem, adds a weariness, which no soul who has spent a life, does not feel. With this slowing down of their body, so does their metabolism. When it comes to diet, this is of prime importance. Being aware of which and what foods are best, is to seek the vets advise, as they will be able to guide and be there if required. Always make sure there is lots of fresh water for drinking. Add a pinch of salt and a little glucose to aid dehydration.

Being aware also of their toilet, also tells of the diet. Some become incontinent, just as an elderly human. Love cleans up after a child whose been sick, or cannot reach the toilet, so do the same without creating fear, for your elderly pet. Fiber helps; add a little raw bran to their food, for constipation. Love also cleans a pet also if called for.

Extra care is required if the pet dog is elderly and suffering with joint pain – arthritis – causing need for gentle exercise, massage, and even pain relief. A dog, knows what grass to eat when unwell, even when a human cannot say from what. Problems grow with conditions, including ‘over or under weight’. Diabetic, heart, kidneys, and thirst is sometimes seemingly unquenchable.

There should at all times have veterinary care, and any medications used with help and knowledge. Nursing is not always due to illness, but lack of a functioning body. Some dogs loose their hearing, others their eye-sight. Think and act how you would feel, and do for them likewise.

The Internet offers web-sites of vets on hand, to be of aid, as well as seeking further advice. All of these things matter when it comes to your elderly pet dogs diet and requirements. Even a long distance phone call to a vet – and then via distant help – medications or supplements can be sent via mail, if called for.

Think of what you would want for yourself under the same circumstance as your poor elderly pet dog, and treat it with the same love and concern as you would need for yourself. Feeding in any form, is their life and will to live, and your’s to give. Keep an eye on their needs and well being at all times.

They can’t just ‘come to you’ as they once did, with tail wagging. Our pet beloved dogs are just in another body. Feed their aching soul too with every word of encouragement, and let them know, you are ‘right there’ for them.

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