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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Why is My Older Cat Refusing to Use the Litter Box?

DEAR JOAN: One of my cats is a 15-year-old male that was feral. We’ve had him a good long time in the house, and, finally, after 10 years, he isn’t spending most of his time under a bed because there was a noise.

He has never had a problem holding everything until he could sneak out to the litter box in the dark and do his business. Then all of a sudden about two months ago he started peeing on the bath mat in one of our bathrooms. This was usually at night.

We started keeping the door shut, but he then started using the carpet in my office as his private commode, both peeing and defecating on it sometimes. I tried using some repellent that contained methyl nonyl ketone (didn’t want coyote pee smell, too) on the carpet with little or no effect on his behavior. I ended up discarding the carpet and now keep the door closed.

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How to Stop Your Dogs from Biting His Nails or Skin

Dogs bite themselves or their nails occasionally to pull something out that could be lodged in between his nails or even a broken nail.  But when your dog continues to bite his nails or anywhere on his skin or legs, there is an issue that needs to be addressed.  In most cases, you will want to see your veterinarian, but there are some ways to check and stop your dog from biting his nails or skin.

Fleas or even a tick

Sometimes you don’t even see a flea on your dogs’ fur, but you do see your dog chewing, licking and scratching to the point of hair loss and bleeding. As always, your veterinarian can give you a recommendation, but there are some home remedies you can try as well.  Make sure to groom your dog daily with a flea comb and dip it into soapy water in between strokes and through your dog’s fur. Putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil in your dog’s shampoo when washing her can help repel fleas. Adding brewer’s yeast and garlic to a dog’s food has been known to discourage fleas and ticks!  Other home remedies to try!

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Meet Merlin, The Ragdoll Cat Who Hates Everything

Holidays got you down? Well, you've got a friend in Merlin, the cranky Canadian Ragdoll cat whose angry face has surpassed the level of 'resting' - it's just permanent.

Thanks to his furrowed brow, piercing blue eyes, and signature frown, Merlin has become a star on Instagram, and now has more than 45 thousand devoted fans who hang off his every scowl. If you're one of those people who constantly gets accused of 'looking mad,' or if you're actually just pissed off all the time, Merlin is the spirit animal you never knew you had. He doesn't even give a damn about Christmas, the most jolly time of year. Are you in love yet?

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'Pig-Bull' Steals Hearts With Pig-Like Appearance

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- A pitbull that has garnered himself the nickname of "pig-bull" for his eerily similar appearance to that of a pig is in search of his forever home.

"He's my special project," said pitbull advocate and volunteer Jennifer Bradford. "I met him and just fell in love with him, he's so sweet."

"Pig-bull," also known as Casper, is up for adoption through Carolina Big Hearts Big Barks rescue. While he's known for his energetic nature and sweet heart, the two-year-old pitbull has had a hard time getting adopted due to his breed, size and special needs–Casper is deaf.

"He was born deaf," Bradford said. "He knows his hand commands."

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Popular Christmas Decoration Has Babies And Pets Being Rushed To The Hospital

True story: I was working the other day and decided to light one of my beloved Bath and Body Works holiday candles that I’d just scored during their huge seasonal sale. For the first few minutes, I reveled in the awesome, spiced-apple scent while working on the day’s assignments.

But after a few minutes, I started coughing uncontrollably and I felt so lightheaded. As I tried to think of what could be causing it, my eyes wandered to the candle and it hit me — this thing was making me sick. I put the candle out and after about 20 minutes, I felt totally fine. That’s when I knew I had to start researching side-effects of using scented candles. If you’re anything like my candle-loving self, you’re about to be so disappointed in what I found.

While your favorite candles may smell good to you, their chemical makeup could be making you sick. According to MCS-America, most fragranced products contain anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 different chemicals. Even more alarming is the idea that despite the U.S. National Academy of Science have declared that fragrances should undergo neurotoxicity testing, most of the products on the market have not undergone testing to make sure that they’re safe for humans.

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25 Racehorses Killed Trying to Escape California Wildfire

SAN DIEGO — Approximately 25 race horses were killed when a wildfire engulfed about eight barns at a training center in northeast San Diego County, the California Horse Racing Board said. Other horses that were in surrounding pastures remained unaccounted for.

Nearly 500 horses were stabled at the San Luis Rey Downs training center in Bonsall when the fire erupted amid strong Santa Ana winds Thursday, and workers risked their lives to free horses from stalls and herd them into safer areas, a board statement said.

Horses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars who are usually carefully walked from place to place were simply set free and encouraged to run away as flames engulfed the center, which is just a few miles from where the fire broke out.

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The Running Shoes for HORSES: Clip-On Plastic Covers Could Make for Happier Hooves

A pair of canny inventors has launched the world's first running shoes designed specifically for horses.

Animal lovers Louisa and Charly Forstner came up with the novel product after years of fitting steel shoes to their horses' hooves.

The clip-on shoes, called Megasus Horserunners, are made from shock-absorbing plastic materials and claim to make life more comfortable for both horse and rider.

Unlike steel shoes they move with the horse's hoof, and can be removed quickly to allow horses to strengthen their tendons and ligaments.
A set of four shoes can be pre-ordered for £175 ($219) from horserunners.com and they can be shipped to the UK.

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