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Dear Parets & Grandparents: Live “Ninja” Turtles Can Make Your Kids Sick or Worse

 

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Every year I like to remind people that they shouldn’t give rabbits as Easter gifts. Instead they should give chocolate rabbits. That is because each year animal shelters across the country receive an abundance of rabbits in the weeks following Easter. Sadly parents and grandparents give the rabbits as Easter gifts not taking into consideration that a rabbit is a living creature and requires daily care just like you would a cat or a dog.

This summer a new live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies will be coming to theaters across the country. I was unaware that the release of the first film back in 1990 resulted in hundreds of thousands of live turtles being purchased as pets. Many people didn’t think their decision through enough and many were killed or released into the wild.

If you have a child or grandchild who is a fan of the popular Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles franchise PLEASE take this open letter from the American Tortoise Rescue to heart.

Dear Parents and Grandparnets:

We’re asking you to save a turtle’s life and perhaps even your child’s.

In August, your children will be enjoying another edition of the extremely popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. This will include a whole new generation of kids who missed the 2007 animated film. It’s fun and great entertainment.

But, we are writing this to ask for your help. Since the first movie was released in 1990, hundreds of thousands of live turtles, mostly water turtles called red eared sliders, were purchased for between $10 and $25 after each ninja movie was released. The result? Many, if not most, were dumped and even deliberately killed or flushed down the toilet. Remember people buying thousands of dogs that ended up in shelters after 101 Dalmatians came me out? Same problem.

Unfortunately, children do not realize that real turtles do not fly, perform stunts or do any of the exciting moves fictional movie turtles do. Parents, trying to please their children, purchased live turtles which ended up languishing in tanks. Or, when the kids realized after a few weeks that these were not ninja turtles, the turtles were dumped illegally into rivers and lakes as well as dumpsters, flushed down toilets or relinquished to shelters and overcrowded rescues. It’s estimated that 90 percent died. As an aside, zoos do not take turtles.

Turtles have been around for 200 million years and outlived the dinosaur. Is this the way we want to treat our precious wildlife? Most of these turtles are taken out of the wild and sold to pet stores, breeders and mercados for profit.

Here’s the bigger problem. Turtles carry salmonella which can make a child very, very sick and can even kill them. That’s why turtles less than four inches were banned from sale in the U.S. in 1974 and still are…tiny turtles easily fit into a child’s mouth. Children also tend to touch the water and don’t wash their hands. It’s an ugly problem. A nine month old baby in Los Angeles got salmonella meningitis from a turtle after its parents touched it and then held the baby. We do not recommend live turtles or tortoises for children under 13 because of salmonella exposure and because the kids lose interest almost immediately.

What can you do to help? Buy Ninja action figures and toys instead of live turtles and save a turtle’s life, and perhaps even your child’s.

Thank you.

Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson, Co-founders

American Tortoise Rescue

www.tortoise.com  @tortoiserescue On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AmericanTortoiseRescue

I have to agree with them. Turtles are a lot of work and can be expensive. My husband and I looked into getting a turtle or two a few years ago. After we learned about the diseases they can carry we decided against it. Not only that the cost to care for them properly can be pricey. For now we’ll stick to enjoying turtles from afar at the lake or the zoo or check them out in the movie theater.

Do you have a pet turtle? I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of my site readers. The opinions expressed by the American Tortoise Rescue are not necessarily the same as my own. 

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10 Things to Do if Your Pet is Lost

 

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As a pet lover and owner I can’t imagine how I’d feel if one of my four legged family members went missing. I would be heart broken and devastated if my pet was never found.

This article provides you with tips on what to do if your beloved pet goes missing that I thought I would share readers (with permission).

Nearly one in five lost pets goes missing after being scared by the sound of fireworks, thunderstorms or other loud noises, according to a survey by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. And, while losing your pet can be a traumatic experience for both you and your pet, have hope as 93% of dogs and 75% of cats reported lost are returned safely to their homes according to another survey.

If you do lose your pet, here are 10 top tips to help reunite you with your furry friend as quickly as possible:

Contact or visit your local shelters and animal control organizations.  File a lost pet report with every shelter, dog pound and animal control office within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible.

Get the word out to all veterinarians in the area.  Sometimes people pick up a stray and drive it to a distant clinic.

Search your neighborhood.  Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Enlist friends, family and others to help you.  Ask neighbors, letter carriers, and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out a recent photograph of your pet and information on how you can be reached if your pet is found.

Go door to door and speak with your neighbors.  The more people know you have lost a pet, and that you are upset, worried and desperately trying to find your pet, the more people will call you if they see an animal in the woods or on the road, or in their backyard.

Place posters and flyers throughout the neighborhood.  Post notices at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, at pet supply stores, and other locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. Include your pet’s sex, age, weight, breed, color, and any special markings. To avoid scams, when describing your pet, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who finds your pet to describe it.

Post info about your pet on all pet recovery websites and services.  Sites such as Craigslist.org, TheCenterForLostPets.com and FidoFinder.com allow you to broadcast your missing pet info quickly.  National pet care providers can be hired to assist you in your search for your lost pet.

Consider using a lost pet recovery service.  There are now numerous lost pet alert services, such as FindToto.com, that will contact homes, veterinarians, shelters and animal control organizations for a reasonable fee.

Place food and water outside your home.  Your pet may eventually return to your home when they get hungry or thirsty.  Consider placing the food in a rented or purchased humane pet trap to capture them.

Tell everyone you see about your pet and ask them to keep their eyes open for her.  The more people you alert about your missing pet, the greater the chance someone will recollect seeing your pet in their area.

Don’t give up.  Be aggressive in your search, get lots of help, get the word out right away – don’t wait a few hours “to see if she’ll come home on her own “– you need those early hours to put up posters and start your search.

Paul Mann is the Founder the CEO of Fetch! Pet Care—the nation’s largest and most trusted franchisor for professional pet sitting, dog walking, and pet fitness/exercise services—serving thousands of pets and pet parents throughout the United States from coast to coast. He may be reached online at: www.FetchPetCare.com.

Has your pet ever gone missing? How did you deal with it? Do you have any additional tips to share with others about what to do if your pet goes missing?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of my site readers. The opinions expressed are that of the author.

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Go Go Pal – Your Dog’s Best Friend

 

Our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin)

Our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin)

If you are a pet owner you know the importance of keeping your pet active. It’s important not only to keep them in shape but also keeps your pet in a happy mood. Giving your pet physical activity is good for their bodies and their minds.

As a dog owner I know that there are only so many times you want to throw that soggy, dog drool covered ball or Frisbee for your pet to chase after. It might be fun for them but as a pet owner it can be a bit tedious at times. I’m thinking maybe your dog might want to mix it up a bit too.

Dog parks might be good in some cases. They allow your pet to run around and play with other dogs while you make idle chit-chat with the other dog’s owner. Personally I’m not a fan of dog parks. You never know what kind of temperament the other dogs will have plus you don’t want your dog to pick up fleas or ticks from the other dogs.

My brother in law got bit by a dog in a dog park. Since then he never went back and I don’t blame him.

Surely there has to be something fun for your dog to do to keep him active that won’t bore you to death. Actually – there is! It’s called Go Go Dog Pal. It’s destined to be your pet’s best friend.

Our toy - Please excuse the dog slobber on it. I should have washed it off before taking a picture.

Our toy – Please excuse the dog slobber on it. I should have washed it off before taking a picture.

Simply put, a Go Go Dog Pal is a remoter control critter that your dog can chance after.

I received a Go Go Dog Pal to review. Unfortunately our dog was afraid of it. At first he ran away from it. After a few tries I got him to bark at it but he wouldn’t chase it around. Three of our cats were unimpressed and two of them were not sure what it was and followed it around (but not too closely).

I have a video but for the life of me I don’t know what happened to it. I thought I uploaded it to YouTube but it’s not there.

You can find an Instagram video that I created here - Go Go Dog Pal Video. You can also visit my Instagram page (SheScribes) and scroll down to the video/image that looks like this.

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Here is another video of Go Go Dog Pal in action so that you get a better idea.

 

We brought the toy to my father’s house thinking maybe his dog will have more fun with it, even thought the Go Go Dog Pal is about the same size as him.

I was very impressed that the toy works on grass – just not high grass. My father keeps his lawn trimmed to a night level but there were a few spots that were a bit more overgrown and the toy seemed to get stuck on those areas. As long as your grass is trimmed it will work just fine – even going up hills (my father’s lawn is sloped in the back).

You should see how fast this moves on a concrete driveway! WOW! It’s fast – as in SUPER FAST! We’ve had remote control cars in the past and I think this toy can run circles around them. Plus our remote control cars didn’t function well on grass.

At home my son was able to get it to “pop a wheelie” on the carpet. LOL!

Go Go Dog Pal

The remote control allows the toy to go backwards, forwards and all around. I had a hard time steering it but my teenage son was a whiz with this and able to easily steer it in any direction he wanted the Go Go Dog Pal to go.

The toy it’s self is covered in a large plastic piece (the skunk part). It can be easily washed off after your dog slobbers all over it. It’s also bendy enough to bump into things without breaking. I think it would also be impossible for a dog to bite into it to grab a hold of it.

The Go Go Dog Pal’s tail is a pom-pom on a spring that swings around when it’s in motion. That was a fun toy for my cats when the toy was not in use. I guess in a way this toy is fun for both dogs and cats.

My husband was very impressed by the underside of the toy. From underneath it looks like an expensive remote control car. This is not a cheaply made product. The plastic top piece might lead you to assume it’s a “cheap” product – but it’s not. Judging by the mechanics this dog toy would impress most remote control car enthusiasts.

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Look at the tires. They are huge!

Go Go Dog Pal has to be charged for a few hours before you can enjoy it with your best buddy. The remote control takes a lot of batteries (six of them!). That is a bit of a downside but for the amount of fun your pet can have with it I think it’s worth while.

Even though our dog was not too keen about this toy I personally think Go Go Dog Pal rocks! It’s an awesome idea, especially for people who cannot physically run with their dog or throw balls. You could sit down and use the remote to let Go Go Dog Pal zip around your backyard or the dog park. There is no physical strain on our part.

This might be better for larger dog. Although little dogs love to run around and chase things too, I think larger dogs might appreciate this toy better.

It’s very important that your dog – big or small – get enough physical activity each day. Not only is it good for their over all health but it also keeps them physically fit and helps prevent obesity. Giving your dog enough exercise each day also makes them happy, and we all want our dogs to be happy.

I love everything about this toy. The only “negative” I can give is that it’s pricey at just under $230. A lot of that cost probably covers motor and inner workings of the toy. Like I said earlier, this is exceptional remote control device. It’s hard to believe it’s a dog toy. Many people can’t afford that price, but if you can, it’s certainly well worth the money. You dog will love Go Go Dog Pal.

Go Go Dog Pal is available in different critter designs (Skunk, Raccoon and Ground Hog).

If you would like to learn more please visit www.GoGoDogPals.com. You can also check them out on Twitter and Facebook.

What do you think about Go Go Dog Pals? Does it look like something your dog would have fun with?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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June is Pet Health Month – 12 Foods Your Dog MUST Avoid

 

 

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As a “mom” to five cats, a dog and some fish, I am always trying to do the best I can to ensure that our four legged family members (and the wet ones – LOL) are happy and healthy. Its important to provide them with healthy food, fresh water, a cozy place to sleep, toys and play time and regular vet visits.

As a pet owner it’s important that you know what types of products your pet needs to avoid to remain healthy. I know a lot of people feed their dogs from the table. This is a bad habit to get your dog into (I’m guilty of that). Not only that, “people food” is not always good for pets. Not only can it attribute to pet obesity but many foods are actually toxic and deadly for pets.

This is why I worry about bringing plants and flowers into my home too. My cats like to chew on them and I worry that something might be toxic to them.

Farmers Bounty Dog Food (www.FarmersBountyPet.com – available at PetSmart) provided this infographic that shows you 12 foods your dog should never, ever eat. I knew about some of these items, but not all of them.

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Personally I feel like any pet owner who gives their dog alcohol needs to have that pet taken away from them and banned from owning a pet for life. That is not only deadly for the dog but totally irresponsible. That same should apply toward people who think it’s funny to blow marijuana smoke into the face of an animal to get it stoned. That is just so wrong on so many levels!

When in doubt please check with your pet’s vet or simply stick to foods made especially for dogs and cats.

Cat Health

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I am sharing this for the benefit and well being of people’s pets. 

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Product Review: PetArmor® Plus IGR for Dogs Flea and Tick Topical

 

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I’ve been blogging since 2008. One of my first posts was about an incident where my family was coming home for spending time at a local park with our dog, Espn (pronounced Es-pin). He was just a puppy at the time.

On our way home he was sitting on my lap in the front seat. I noticed a tick crawling over him. Then another and another. He was covered in ticks! He was also on my lap which means the ticks were on me too and both of my kids were in the car with us. I was worried about the ticks getting on them too.

Needless to say I freaked out.

I grew up with dogs and they would get a tick (single tick) and usually by the time it was discovered it had already embedded it’s self into the skin and was engorged with blood. My mom and sister were pros at removing ticks. Not me. I would run away when I saw one. They gross me out. Now our puppy was covered with them and it was up to me and my husband to get rid of them before they could embed themselves. THANKFULLY we were able to remove all the ticks.

Since that day I have been very weary of ticks. We have five cats and the thought of our dog bringing them into our home and having them find their way to our cats freak me out.

We have seen ticks on our dog a few times over the years. Once my husband woke up with a tick on his chest – under his nightshirt which was under the blankets. Ewwww!!!!! Thankfully it didn’t bite him and it tested negative for Lyme’s Disease (we had to taken to the local college for testing which our town recommends).

My stepmother suffers from Lyme’s Disease. In fact she has a more aggressive form of it that mimics Parkinson’s Disease. Shes on about 60+ pills and supplements daily to deal with it. It’s been a nightmare of an experience for her and my father.

For more information about ticks visit TickEncounter.org.

Thankfully Espn has never had a flea, but that is a constant worry of mine. Having a house full of cats and a dog would be a flea’s paradise. I’ve experienced flea infestations growing up and its a nightmare. I hope to never experience it again.

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Fleas and Ticks, and the diseases they carry, are the reasons why I make sure our dog is protected.

Did you know that what you find on your dog is only a small percentage of what could be lurking in your home? Fleas especially can live in the grass and soil. They like small crevices and can live in tiny floor cracks as well as carpets, rugs and bedding. They multiply like crazy too.

Fleas can also transmit tapeworm. Gross!!!

I was sent to review with our dog a free sample of PetArmor® Plus IGR for Dogs Flea and Tick Topical. It helps to kills adult fleas, flea eggs, ticks and even chewing lice. Although I am also being compensated for my participation the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

PetArmor Plus IGR contains Fipronil which is the #1 veterinarian-recommended active ingredient used in FRONTLINE® brand products*.  It also contains something called Novaluron which is an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) that kills flea eggs and stops the reinfestation cycle.

Application is simple.

  1. Remove the product from the package.
  2. Hold the tube with notched end pointing up and away from the face and body. Use scissors to cut off the narrow end at the notches along the line.
  3. Invert tube over dog and use open end to part dog’s hair.
  4. Squeeze tube firmly to apply all of the solution from the back of the neck to a point midway between the neck and tail.

You should apply this product monthly to ensure that your pet is always protected.

This product is not recommended for cats. PetArmor has a cat version of this product.

PetArmor Plus IGR should only be used on dogs 8 weeks and older.

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There are different packages available for different size dogs. Make sure to pick up the correct one based on your dog’s weight. Each package has three tubes, enough to protect your dog for 3 months (one tube every 30 days).

  • 6.5 to 22 lbs.
  • 23 to 44 lbs.
  • 45 to 88 lbs.
  • 89 to 132 lbs.

You cannot alter the dosing or split it up between two dogs. One package per dog and you must use the entire tube.

We used PetArmor Plus IGR on our dog Espn. Application was quick and easy (even for our wiggly dog who didn’t want to stand still). I can’t tell you if it’s working as far as ticks and fleas are concerned since we haven’t seen any ticks yet this year and Espn has never had fleas (thankfully). It does give me peace of mind knowing that he’s protected for the next 30 days.

You can find PetArmor at Walmart and online at Walmart.com.

For more information about PetArmor you can visit the official website. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

PetArmor

Kimberly

*PetArmor® Plus IGR is not manufactured or distributed by Merial. FRONTLINE® is a registered trademark of Merial. FRONTLINE® PLUS for dogs contains Fipronil 9.8% and Methoprene 8.8%. PetArmor Plus IGR for dogs contains Fipronil 9.8% and Novaluron 20%. FRONTLINE® brand products may contain additional active ingredients. Pricing comparison based on retail price survey of FRONTLINE® PLUS and MSRP of PetArmor Plus IGR. Data on file.

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Keep your pet cool this summer with Quik Shade Pets

 

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We have five cats and a dog. They are very much a part of our family. Their health and happiness is a priority as it would be for any family member.

We live in a condo on the top floor. We don’t have a yard. Our cats are strictly indoor cats. Our dog is the only one who goes out for a walk. I did try taking two of our cats for a walk before with a special cat harness but that didn’t go over very well.

Just because our cats are indoor cats doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy fresh air and lounging around outside. They love sitting outside on our balcony during the day and often during the evening too.

Our old screen door was ripped in the corner and it served as a “flap” which allowed our pets to go in and out all day and night. They loved that! Since we’ve replaced the screen door they can no longer do that. We hate keeping the door open to let bugs in so at night they have to come inside.

Our balcony is not in great shape. The wood is splintered (we plan on replacing it). To protect our pets we put down an outdoor carpet. The carpet does get hot so we also put out pet beds so our pets don’t have to lie on the hot carpet.

The way our condo is positioned we get direct sunlight most of the day. It saves on electricity and heating costs since I don’t always have to turn lights on during the day and the heat from the sun warms our condo in the winter. The downside is that the direct sun makes sitting on the balcony difficult. We don’t have room for an umbrella. The only way I can sit out there is when the sun is not beating directly down on it.

Because of the direct sunlight I worry about my pets being out in the hot sun. Our cats normally sit under the bench we have out there but it’s not the most comfortable place for our dog.

Quik Shade Pets

I recently received information about a company called Quik Shade Pets. Quik Shade Pets is a division of the instant canopy leaders, Quik Shade.

Quik Shade Pets offers two different products for pet owners – Pet Shade and Pet Kennel. Each provides your pet with much needed shade on a hot sunny day as well as a raised bed to keep your pet off the ground.

The Pet Shade features an elevated, cool mesh bed and built in canopy. The Pet Kennel is similar but it also has mesh panels all the way around with a zipper enclosure when can house your pet and keep them safe, as well as out of the sun.

Both beds are idea for every day use and for traveling.

I received the Pet Shade to review with our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin). The only problem is that one of our cats, Anakin, took to it right away and wouldn’t let our dog anywhere near it. In fact Anakin dominates the Pet Shade whether it’s outdoors on the balcony or indoors (I bring it in when it rains).

Our dog Espn hoping to have a chance to try out Pet Shade for himself.

Our dog Espn hoping to have a chance to try out Pet Shade for himself.

Our cat Anakin LOVES Pet Shade. He is always on it and won't let our other cats or dog use it.

Our cat Anakin LOVES Pet Shade. He is always on it and won’t let our other cats or dog use it.

Don’t get me wrong, Anakin is not mean about it. He’s just ALWAYS on it.

I’ve even seen our youngest cat Bella on the top part of the Pet Shade (canopy) lounging in the sunshine while Anakin was sleeping underneath on the mesh bed.

Our dog weighs about 25 pounds and Anakin weighs about 18 pounds. I was concerned that the mesh bed might sag too much when they were on it but as you can see from the photos it does not. Even after multiple uses (Anakin is on it all the time) the bed is still in tact. The entire unit is exceptionally well made. In fact I am very impressed by how well made it is. This is a product that will last for many years.

I believe the makers of Pet Shade had dogs in mind but as you can see cats certainly enjoy it too.

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When it’s not in use, or if you take it with you when you travel, the entire unit folds up and slides into a carrying bag. Its all one piece so there is no dissembling/assembling that you need to worry about.

We have other products that come with carrying cases but we can never get the item back in it’s case. Pet Shade fit perfectly into it’s traveling case. I didn’t have to struggle with it. It slid back in easily.

If you have a pet that enjoys the outdoors but you are worried about them getting too much sun the Pet Shade is the perfect solution.

The Pet Shade and Pet Kennel range in price depending on the size. The one we have (medium) sells for around $60 on Amazon.

For more information about either product visit www.QuikShadePets.com.

Pet Shade

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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