Safe Plants For Dogs

Safe Plants for Dogs Getting Lifestyle Right Series Wisteria Goldens Episode 7Having a safe environment for people and pets is an important topic to explore, discuss, and continue to evaluate over time. There are many household plants which have been found to be toxic to have around pets. However, there are a variety of indoor plants which are safe for pets and can be welcome in the home. This article provides an overview of the safe plants and resources to find out more information.

Safe Plants are important for health for people and pets, but, it is important to choose plants which are not going to add a health risk. This is a list of the most common plants which have been known to be safe for pets.

NOTE: Beside each plant you will find which pets it is safe for in regards to dogs, cats, and horses. Other pets are not included in this article. You can find more information at the ASPCA website.

Safe Plants List – 7 Beautiful Plants Safe for Dogs

  1. Stargazer Lilly shown below (safe for dogs and horses)
  2. Spider Ivy (safe for dogs and cats)
  3. African violet shown below  (safe for dogs, cats, and horses)
  4. American Rubber Plant (safe for dogs and cats)
  5. Scarborough Lily (safe for dogs and cats)
  6. Spice Orchid (safe for dogs and cats)
  7. Patient Plant (safe for dogs and cats)

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There are many safe, as well as toxic, plants available. Be sure to investigate before adding a plant to your home.

Safe Plants – Safe Home

Check each of the plants in your home before bringing your new puppy home. A local garden center may be available to discuss the plants which are hearty in your area as well as safe for people and pets.

EMERGENCY Numbers:

Contact your local veterinarian and poison control immediately if your pet is showing signs of being exposed to toxins.

Animal Poison Control (recommended by ASPCA)* Any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card. (*Retrieved from https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control 05-07-2015)

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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

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Pet Microchip Information

Pet Microchip Information how to keep your pet's records up-to-date to ensure if lost a speedy return homeA Microchip is a way to identify your pet if they are lost. The most important aspect of using a microchip is to insure the information in the database is up-to-date at all times. This provides anyone who finds your pet easy access to contacting you so they can reunite you with your pet as soon as possible.

Pet Microchip Information:

We include lifetime paid microchip registration with every puppy we sell. If your pet has a microchip, have you checked to ensure your Pet’s Microchip Registration is up-to-date?

The microchip registration information will need to be updated whenever there is a change in your contact information or your pet’s health.

  • Pet parent’s home address,
  • Phone or email changes,
  • Pet’s health care concerns, and
  • Any nutritional concerns (so if found they can be addressed immediately).

Pet Microchip Information Purpose:

Have a hard copy and a digital copy (or a cloud copy) of all the important information. Scan documents and upload them onto a backup drive or cloud storage you can access in the event the paper copies are lost, damaged, or inaccessible. Keep your pet’s microchip registration information in a safe place where you can find it when you need to:

  • Update the contact and/or health concern information,
  • Report your dog missing,
  • Search databases of found pets, and
  • Share with people who may be assisting you in finding a lost pet.

Pets May Become Lost

A microchip allows anyone who finds your pet to quickly identify where they live and who to contact. Pets can become lost under many circumstances. Some of them include:

  • Startled and runs away (Other pets, traveling, loud noises, thunderstorms/fireworks),
  • Taken from home or while traveling, or
  • Gets out of the home or yard and gets lost.

Pet Records

In addition to keeping the microchip registration information current also keep other registrations, immunizations, and ordinances in mind.

  • Have backup records of license and immunizations in case tags are lost,
  • Keep up-to-date information in AKC or other registered memberships,
  • Be sure to check on requirements when traveling with your pet such as places pets are welcome (hotel, parks, or rest areas), and
  • When additional immunizations are required if you are traveling into different states or areas where there are outbreaks of contagious illness (or avoid taking your pet with you when you need to travel to places where there are concerns).

Your pet is a part of the family and needs to have all of their records organized, accessible, and up-to-date.

Resources For more information:
Microchips

Participating Microchip Registrars

Success Story: Forever Homes Aren’t Always Forever

 

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natural food and pet products because they depend on you

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015

 

 

 

 

Control vs Leadership

Lifestyle Series-control vs courtesyI am compelled to begin this segment of Getting Lifestyle Right with a Thank You to the Wisteria Families for being such remarkable pet parents. We know our Wisteria Families are regularly Getting Lifestyle Right. We are grateful and appreciative.

This series is a guide to share how Wisteria pet parents approach a variety of lifestyle situations. If you are a pet parent who would like to provide a healthy lifestyle for your dog, but aren’t sure where to start, maybe this segment about relationship, leadership and courtesy will help.

Control vs Leadership:

As pet parents we are leaders for our dogs.

Example of Leadership: Leadership is best provided with a consistent, kind, patient, and understanding repetition which provides positive praise at every opportunity. This allows a dog to develop the understanding of what behaviors are celebrated. Courteous leaders nurture independence and self confidence. English Cream Golden Retrievers are naturally delighted to please us, and we in turn provide training (positive reinforcement) to them in the behaviors which please us.

Example of Control: The practice of hitting a dog damages the relationship, communication, and trust between a human being and a dog. Just as it would when a person hits another person, instilling fear and feeling the need to protect oneself, the result is often a There is no right time or appropriate time to hit a dog.

Control Style Discipline vs Courtesy:

As pet parents we are setting examples for our dogs.

Examples of Courtesy: Courtesy spans our body language, tone of voice, gestures, and our sense of joy when our dogs accomplish a behavior we like. This is a lifestyle of remembering we are leaders, examples, and are responsible for training. A kind voice and gesture of praise when our dogs are pleasing us is how we communicate the behaviors we want to see more of.

Examples of Control Style Discipline: The practice of ‘time-out’ or ‘harsh words’ as discipline aren’t effective to teach the behaviors we want to see more of. They simply instill fear and over time retaliation. During the disciplinary action, so often after the puppy has forgotten what they did, they are overcome with confusion and unable to understand what they are being punished for.

When, on the other hand, we show kindness and courtesy, our dogs will remain delighted to please us.

As pet parents we strive to provide an environment where learning is fun and accomplishments are praised. We choose the positive reinforcement approach to training because it works best to develop a strong, healthy, and happy relationship between us and our dogs.

 

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natural food and pet products because they depend on you

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015

 

 

 

 

Canine Flu Reports

U.S. Map of the Dog Flu Outbreak CBS News There are more flu outbreaks for dogs recently in the news. I would like to offer a natural support option based on the Pets and Essential Oils research I’ve been doing.

The Breathe Blend is a good idea to use to support our dogs if they are exposed or are showing symptoms. I’m continuing to research the option of including onGuard as a blend to support prevention of spreading the flu.

There are ways to avoid being exposed to the flu, but, if your pet is exposed and begins to show symptoms:

  1. Get to the Vet as soon as possible.
  2. Start the Essential Oils right away, and
  3. Continue both your Vet’s treatment plan and the essential oils combination.

Remember: Puppies are more sensitive and essential oils should not be applied topically or internally until they are a bit older. Let’s talk to determine your puppies breed, age, and I can recommend the age to incorporate essential oils for these uses.

Aromatic Use can begin early.

These are suggested for helping your pet build immunity to the flu, promoting natural healing, and subsequently reducing symptoms.

Breathe: Supports Healthy Breathing, Reduces Inflammation

Breathe: Supports Healthy Breathing, Reduces Inflammation

OnGuard:  Immune Support, Improves Oral Health, Spider Bites

OnGuard:  Immune Support, Improves Oral Health, Spider Bites

Canine Flu Reports Avoid Exposure

There are ways to avoid being exposed to the flu. The primary way to avoid the canine flu is to avoid exposure to infected dogs and contaminated objects. This would include toys, play parks, dog supply stores, groomers, vets, and so on.

Avoid dog parks or other community areas where dogs come and go. A report from WCPO News Cincinatti, How to avoid the Canine Flu states “The virus can be spread by direct contact with respiratory secretions from infected dogs, by uninfected dogs coming into contact with contaminated objects, and by moving contaminated objects between infected and uninfected dogs.”

Let’s talk… Schedule a Wellness Consultation to discuss your pet’s wellness! Schedule a call.

Watch a News Report about the Outbreak on CBS News

Deadly Dog Flu Outbreak CBS News

Canine Flu Reports Resources:

Essential Oils  — Live Call  — Midwest Canine Flu Report : A deadly canine flu outbreak is spreading across the Midwest.

 

Online Medical Guide Checklist

Online Medical for Dogs Checklist – Best Use of Online InformationThis article will provide our tips about the proper use of the information we can find online on medical information websites. We will be focusing on the ability to learn more about our dog’s health so we know what questions to ask a veterinarian in person.

Rather than use the information found on medical sites to diagnose and treat issues, we would like to see more people use them to prepare a checklist of questions for the veterinarian. We have also included three ways to explore online informational sites, so the process of how to qualify the information, is readily available.

Online Medical Guide Checklist for Dogs – Best Use of Online Information

1. When your veterinarian makes a diagnosis and you want to research.

2. When you are preparing for a veterinarian appointment and have questions to prepare.

3. When you are considering alternative approaches to treatment (take notes about your recommendation to show the veterinarian).

Online Medical Guide Checklist for Dogs Resources

We Suggest:

1. Nutrition, Health and Wellness: Dr Jane

Dr Jane is a holistic veterinarian who has established her expertise by forming a foundation, developing exceptional foods, supplements, and products for dogs, and her work has consistently contributed to healthy life and wellness for countless dogs and cats.

2. Dr Sarah incorporates daily living into a health and wellness lifestyle to educate pet parents on the topics which are most important each day. Visit Dr Sarah on “Pet Talk” with Dr Sarah.

High Quality Sources of Information

Is the person or group presenting advice as an educated, experienced, and competent provider of health, wellness, medical, nutritional, or applicable care for dogs?

The following article has a remarkable checklist about how to qualify the sources and Dr. Jane says “The quality of information that people find through search engines can vary a lot.” She continues to provide 5 Tips. Closing with this important note: “Just remember, Dr. Search Engine is not a stand-in for the irreplaceable services of and relationship with a real, live veterinarian.” Be Wary of Dr. Search Engine

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natural food and pet products because they depend on you

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015

 

Riding In Cars with Dogs

Taking your dog for a ride in your car can be a safe and enjoyable experienceWe are delighted with our Wisteria Goldens family, and are grateful they aren’t part of the pet parent lifestyle trends we are addressing in our current Lifestyle Series, which are articles to prepare our readers to change habits we have seen (in the news and on the internet) in regard to safely caring for pets.
Our series is a checklist of tips and resources to assist in transitions from scary things we see pet parents doing to a safe and healthy happy lifestyle. We have seen a lot of ‘don’t do this’ type articles with massive amounts of scary statistics. Our series takes the next step in the transition, focusing on how to do safe healthy lifestyle right.

This page discusses special equipment designed to keep your dog safe while riding in the car with you. You will also find a checklist about scheduled trips, routines, habits, training, and important cautions to keep your travel companion safe, happy, and healthy.

Riding in Cars with Dogs — Equipment

This may include:
1. Harness (designed to work with your seat belts), and a
2.Carrier which is secured with a seat belt or a dedicated mounted support.

Visit your pet supply store and ask a lot of questions about the available carriers and harnesses for riding in the car. Think of this as a fact finding and determination on the best equipment for your dog. Consider a few of the most important factors in choosing the right equipment:

1. Weight Limit What is the weight limit on the carrier you are considering. It should be suited for your pet’s size and weight.
2.  Anchoring Method How is the equipment secured while in the car. Is it going to use your seat belt, a harness, or both.

Riding in Cars with Dogs — Schedule

Consider the following dynamics when you are planning to take your dog in the car with you. Important things to consider are:

1. Time of day (will meal time or nap time coincide with the time of the trip),
2.  Weather (will it be hot, cold, wet, windy, and so on),
3.  Destination (what do you need to bring in preparation for the destination), and
4.  Length of the trip (depending on the duration minutes, hours, or days, you will need to plan for different expected circumstances).

Riding in Cars with Dogs — Training

Socialization Training (a process to familiarize your dog with the sensations he/she will experience) is a key factor in preparation for any activity. Especially travel when you dog will experience a variety of new or unfamiliar things such as movement, sounds, and visual stimulation.

1.  Visualize each of the new sensations and
2.  Replicate them before you travel.
3.  Take short trips at first, in preparation for longer trips, and
4.  Plan time for breaks (stop for a little while now and then).

Riding in Cars with Dogs — Habits

Routine is essential in any activity you introduce into your lifestyle. Make a habit of providing routine actions such as the steps you take getting ready to leave and include your dog in the process of the routine. Routine examples:

1.  Get the harness,
2.  Put it on,
3.  Put on your shoes,
4.  Get the keys, and
5.  So on.

Important: Safety and Health

  • Don’t leave your pet in the car alone & unrestrained.

There are dangers of leaving dogs in cars alone without a travel crate or harness. Unattended unrestrained pets could accidentally knock the car out of gear (for example).

  • Don’t leave your dog in a hot car.

If the inside of the car will be hot, the car can become unsafe; even during the spring weather where the temperature feels comfortable outside, cars heat up quickly. Always consider your dog’s comfort, health, and safety first.

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natural food and pet products because they depend on you

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

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Dogs and Healthy Smiles

This training guide provides information about a dog's oral dental care. From puppy to adult.

This is a checklist and guide to ensuring your dog has a life of healthy smiles. Dental care is a routine to keep a dog’s mouth, teeth, and health in balance. Humans consider a daily routine of their own oral care a must, and it is important to remember this same outlook is necessary in regards to our dog’s oral hygiene.

The ASPCA recommends teeth brushing to avoid periodontal disease. The prevention of the disease is simply a routine of preventing tarter build up on teeth so your dog’s gums aren’t at risk.

Dogs and Healthy Smiles — Supplies

Basically all you will need is a tooth brush and tooth paste. Make sure what you use has been designed for dogs. Consider asking your veterinarian if there are brands he/she considers to be problematic. They would be the first to identify potential adverse effects of over the counter supplies for dogs.

In between brushing (perhaps at bedtime), we like to use the Dental Wipes to gently refresh his gums.

NOTE: Don’t use human toothpaste as it can be poisonous to dogs. For puppies, under the age of twelve weeks, use your finger when you begin to introduce your puppy to daily oral care. Then gradually begin to use a toothbrush designed for dogs. You can begin using a brush and water without toothpaste, and then gradually introduce toothpaste made for dogs.

Healthy  Snacks Promote Healthy Smiles

The healthiest snacks you can give to your dog are going to help in the prevention of tarter buildup and address other issues as well. These are a few reasons we love our favorite dental treats.

  • 1. For strong teeth, healthy gums & fresher breath
  • 2. Wholesome ingredients including probiotics
  • 3. Gluten free, no artificial preservatives or colors
  • 4. Made with care in a USA bakery

Healthy teeth and gums are an important consideration for your dog’s overall health. Poor dental hygiene can result in health consequences throughout the whole body, not just the mouth.
With a few simple swipes of our Dental Wipes, your dog will have a cleaner mouth and fresher breath. Our easy-to-use wipes will simplify your dog’s dental care routine. And you can have peace of mind using them because they’re completely free from harsh ingredients like parabens and polysorbates, as well as artificial colors and flavors.

Dogs and Healthy Smiles — Check Ups

Regular dental checkups are recommended. Take your dog to the veterinarian every six- twelve months. The check up is an essential preventative routine. Early detection of any problems can prevent serious issues.

Your veterinarian can provide dental checkups as part of your dog’s healthy dog checkup. Be sure to ask if they aren’t already including this in your dog’s routine checkup appointment.

 

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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

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Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015

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Bring Them Inside Because Our Dogs Are Family

Bring them inside is a checklist guide about how to prepare your home for a safe and happy  place for your dogWe know that Wisteria Goldens families realize their dogs are part of the family and deserve to be as comfortable as we would provide for anyone else in the house. Yet, there are still dogs, who would prefer to be indoors, who are living outside year round.

We would like to address Top 8 Reasons to bring them inside. Then provide a checklist of the living arrangements to compliment safety and health for our pets living inside our homes.

Finally we have a resource recommendation to help you evaluate supplies, equipment, and materials used in everyday items we have for our pets.

Bring Them Inside: Top 8 Reasons

Bringing your dog indoors will prevent a large number of issues and dangers. These are a few of the health, safety, and well being issues associated with dogs who are not invited to live indoors with their family.

1. Health — It is difficult to monitor your dog’s health unless he/she is observable. Early detection of issues often means the difference between quick healing and long term disease.
2. Well Being — The most common issues with behavior are often a result of neglect, loneliness, and isolation. Happy healthy pets are delighted to please you.
3. Poisonous Plants — Vegetation comes in planned and unplanned varieties. New volunteers (scattered by birds) can introduce plant life into your yard which may be a danger to pets.
4. Temperature — Many of us have a thermostat set to a comfort zone in our homes. Alternately the body is challenged and stressed to self monitor if at all possible.
5. Sun — The same dangers the sun can introduce to us are also true for our pets. Our pets are just as prone to taking a nap too long in a sunny spot as we may be.
6. Rain — Even when a shelter is provided the damp air associated with rainy days will settle into the shelter, our pet’s coat, or his toys. The danger of bacterial growth increases when dampness is introduced into the environment.
7. Pests (insects carrying disease) — Insect bites can become infected, insects can carry dangerous disease, and cause complications.
8. Predators (people and animal:walking,flying, and crawling dangers) — The list of predators outdoors is vast and often predictable.

Bring Them Inside: Checklist

Our pets need to have areas where each of their needs are provided for. Having a designated area for each of these daily needs will consider the flow of the home, our family routine, and give our dog a place to call their own.

1. Eat — Provide a place where your dog can eat and drink. Provide fresh water all day. Provide healthy food at regular intervals.

2. Sleep — Provide a comfortable bed (a suitable mat, perhaps inside a kennel) where your dog can sleep and rest. The designated sleep area should be away from heavy traffic areas so your pet can rest peacefully.

3. Play — Provide a few favorite toys,  and spend time playing with your pet. Routines (special time set aside regularly for pet play time) are best when possible.

4. TrainRegular training sessions indoors (and outdoors with you) will ensure she/he retains the skills learned and will have opportunities to learn new skills as well.

Bring Them Inside: Natural Durable Resources

Find the right supplies and equipment to provide healthy, happy, and safe environments for your pet. Checklist for you to consider when purchasing supplies and equipment.

1. Natural Materials — Toxin free materials are as important for our pets as they are for our family members. Make sure any materials used to manufacture bedding, toys, and equipment is made with care.

2. Natural IngredientsFood, supplements, water, and any indigestible or topical products should be properly formulated, manufactured, and stored to ensure optimal health and wellness.

3. Durable Construction — Bedding, toys, and training equipment should be durable to ensure safety as well as long life.

Bringing your pet indoors and making him/her a member of your family makes sense. It is safer, healthier, and promotes long term bonding with your pet. The most important conclusion is to give our dogs the best life we possibly can, keeping them safe, and lending to their long term health and happiness.

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Because, Nutrition Matters! and They Depend on You!

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Puppy Training Guide

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015

Previous Puppies Photo Album

Camping Preparations

As warmer weather approaches we are thinking about socialization for our dogs. The list of opportunities you have in mind, such as camping, outings, nature walks, and so on, are likely to include some of our favorites as well. The preparation checklist is relatively basic in every case.

Contemplate the socialization experiences and practice them as closely as possible so you and your pet are prepared for each experience along the way. Visualize and create similar situations for your outing. If you are considering camping, this video will walk you through some important elements of preparation, and provides Dr. Sarah’s expertise and tips.

Camping Preparations Video

Camping Preparations Packing

Dr. Sarah mentions a list (camping supplies and first aid kit). These are located on her blog here: Camping with Your Canine Companion

In addition to socialization at home, such as setting up a tent in the backyard (as described in the above video), you can take a day trip to practice what you have learned together. The area where you practice should be similar to where you are going camping (if possible). Take one or two day trips and then stay in the tent in your backyard when you return home.

The primary goal of socialization is allowing both you and your pet adjustment time so you are both aware of what is expected and how you each will respond to it. Communication practice, great treats, and praise will make your practice time enjoyable, productive, and perhaps just as much fun as camping will be.

Camping Preparations Resources

Camping with Your Canine Companion

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