I have a lot of friends who have opted to be pet parents instead of kid parents. While they know enough not to lambaste me on decisions about breastfeeding or screen time, they always seem to have criticism and advice about how I raise my beloved cat and purebred English Lab. Our dog Piper, in particular, has always been a going concern for the judgy-friend posse. Does she have fleas? She seems overweight. Does she look puffy to me? Am I exercising her properly? Are you reading the latest pet magazines to stay up to date? It is so ironic that I started UrbanMommies to combat the judgement and lack of solid information about pregnancy and parenting, and ten years later I’m in the same situation, but with my pets.
I remember many shopping excursions to the United States with my mom—outlet stores filled with clothing and jewelry were thrilling, and buying unique back to school supplies made me feel like I was in a candy store. As I have aged, shopping is still a delight and yet my store preferences have evolved. As a new homeowner I would get excited about tools, and then after my kids were born I visited garden centres and kids’ gear shops more and more frequently. As a super busy Mom and business-owner, I now demand a ton from my shopping experiences. The stores must provide great value, include many items that I need, and allow me to research my purchases digitally. I have honed my passion for shopping and no longer trek south of the border to get my heart palpitating.
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There’s a lot of talk in the world about diseases and viruses being spread by mosquitos and other insects, and one of those concerns is actually right here, in Canada, but this time it’s our four-legged friends who are at risk. No flea or tick bite is right for these beloved friends.
As a pet owner, at times you may experience great pain regarding your pet. When people post to social media their heartfelt tributes to their pets that have passed away, they affect me so profoundly that I have to quickly scroll by! Owning a pet is like wearing your heart outside your chest everyday. It is part of the beauty, and pain of being a pet-owner. And it can be devastating when your pet is sick.
These homemade Valentine heart dog treat bags are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the dog in your life. This potato stamp project is an easy and fun kid’s craft.
The holidays are upon us, and we spoke with Celebrity Pet Expert Harrison Forbes for a few tips on eliminating stress for our best friends during the busy holiday season. Here are his ideas on eliminating pet stress.
Most of us can agree that leading a healthy, fulfilled life is all about balance. We strive to eat nourishing, delicious food, find a form of exercise we enjoy, broaden our horizons through lifelong learning and surround ourselves with people we love and trust.
The Canadian family is getting a whole lot furrier with 95 % of Canadian dog owners considering their dogs’ part of their family unit. I certainly love mine! (And we also just adopted a kitten from the SPCA). With summer finally here, our precious dogs face a threat that most owners don’t know enough about – ticks and lyme disease. Only a third (30%) of dog owners protect their dogs from this serious but easily preventable illness. Pout.
According to a recent survey of 1,011 Canadian dog owners, 93 per cent say they would do anything they could to keep their dog happy and healthy. (There’s a great giveaway for you and your pooch at the end to make up for the icky bug images above!!)
Canadians keep their pooches healthy by:
- 75 per cent buying premium dog food;
- 48 per cent spending on treats and extras for their furry friends;
- Three out of 10 surveyed (31 per cent) identify pet dentistry and professional grooming as important for their dogs.
However, when it comes to protecting dogs from Lyme disease, owners are falling short:
- 34 per cent don’t consider Lyme disease a serious threat;
- Only 6 per cent of dog owners recognize the symptoms of this harmful disease;
- Two-thirds (64 per cent) would buy monthly topical treatment to protect their pets from tick bites if the vet recommended it, yet 56 per cent say the vet never talked about the danger posed by ticks.
Ticks are a serious problem that your dog could be facing. As Bayer knows, your dog is a member of the family and you treat them like one. Thus, they have developed a product to rid your dog of those nasty ticks and get them back to normal in no time.
What are ticks?
- Ticks are tiny bugs that attach themselves to dogs by burying their mouths into the skin and feeding on blood for hours or days before falling off.
- Ticks are very tiny and their bites are painless so they are often undetected.
- They come in contact with people or dogs in grassy or wooded areas as they cannot fly.
- A specific type of tick, the Blacklegged Tick is known to carry many human and animal diseases and is commonly found in North America.
- Dogs are at a high risk for tick bites because they are often exposed to habitats where ticks live.
What is the solution to prevent ticks?
- Bayer K9 Advantix is a solution designed to protect dogs against external parasites.
- It kills parasites on contact by attacking their nerve cells and paralyzing them.
- The solution, kills a variety of species of ticks for up to four weeks each application.
- Also, it kills fleas on dogs in a time period of 24 hours, continuing to work for up to month afterwards.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease is a serious disease that affects both dogs and people. The disease results in many unpleasant symptoms but, it is preventable.
What is it?
- An infection resulting from the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi.
- Ticks transmit the bacterial infection to humans and dogs.
- In Europe, Canada and the US it is the most common vector-borne disease.
- As of 2009, Lyme disease is a nationally reportable disease in Canada. Thus, all cases should be reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
How do you catch it?
- Ticks become infected with the disease when they feed on smaller animals carrying the bacteria.
- Ticks spread the disease when they come in contact with humans or dogs.
- The Western Blacklegged Tick and the Blacklegged Tick are common carriers of the disease.
- The prompt detection and removal of the ticks is key as it takes 24 hours of feeding for a tick to transmit the infection.
- The disease is not contagious.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease in Dogs
- Loss of appetite
- Enlargement of the lymph nodes
- Skin changes
- Rare symptoms reported are heart disease, kidney problems and neurological signs.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease in Humans
- 1-2 weeks after being bitten, symptoms will begin to occur in 3 stages:
- “Bulls-eye” rash (reported in 70-80% of cases)
- Fever, headache, chills, fatigue, muscle and joint pain and swollen lymph nodes.
- If untreated it can last months, even years, and cause severe symptoms such as: arthritis, heart irregularities, and nervous system disorders.
- Fatalities are rare.
(CAN only, ends Aug 1, 2014 12am)
- Chuckit Pro Ball Launcher
- Travel Pet Water Bottle
- Chuckit! Fetch WheelDog Toy
- Dog Brush
- Wing a Ball Rope Dog Toy
- Pick-Up Bag Dispenser & Bags
- Dog Biscuits – BLUE Health Bars
Given that my dog just sort of got impounded (it wasn’t my fault)… I thought I should do a shout out to the SPCA! Especially if it’s called National Cupcake Day.
National Cupcake Day on February 24th, is the first-ever collaborative fundraising effort supporting animal welfare societies across Canada. It’s easy and delicious to participate. Register your participation online at: www.nationalcupcakeday.ca; plan a cupcake party at work, home or school; start fundraising by encouraging friends and family to donate online in advance; bake your favourite cupcakes; share them with family and friends; and collect donations to prevent cruelty to animals. All proceeds will support furry friends, big and small, who have been abused or abandoned, or are in need of help. For more details, please visit the website at www.nationalcupcakeday.ca.
Everyone is encouraged to become a National Cupcake Day Host and join an exceptional group of supporters who understand the importance of companion animals in our lives. Here’s how to get involved:
- Beginning Jan. 6, register for FREE at www.nationalcupcakeday.ca
- You will receive a FREE Cupcake Host Welcome Package in the mail, which includes a poster, sticker, balloons, fundraising guide and recipes to get you started
- Personalize your National Cupcake Day Online Bakery page and send it out to everyone you know
- Encourage friends and family to support you by donating online
- Plan your National Cupcake Day Party for home, work, school or wherever you think people would love to eat your cupcakes
- Bake, decorate, eat and share delicious cupcakes to raise funds to support animals in need
- Collect and forward funds to your local SPCA (visit www.nationalcupcakeday.ca for details)
Pupcake Recipe – for your four-legged friend!
Serve up these doggy cupcakes in moderation – we don’t want your poodle addicted to strudel!
2 ¾ cups water
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ teaspoon vanilla
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup dried apple pieces (you can also use fresh fruit)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 egg, beaten
4 tablespoons honey
Preheat your oven to 350°. Spray cupcake tin with cooking spray. Mix wet ingredients thoroughly. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients slowly, scraping well to make sure no dry mixture is left. Pour into cupcake tins. Bake for 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the centre and if it comes out dry, they are done. Cool completely and serve. Store in a sealed container. Makes 12-14 cupcakes.
March Break is now upon us. Airports and popular destinations will be at their busiest, and you will be too if you’re planning on taking off. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first family vacation, if you’re going to maintain any semblance of sanity, you’ll need to remember one (not-so) little thing, and it’s not food or a toy. You’ve tailored your travel arrangements to suit your child’s schedule. You are super-organized, and arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare.