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Pet Wills, Trusts and After Care

What if you do not have someone to care for your pet after you go? Please consider the following ideas when you are deciding who to give the care of your pet to.

What can you do if you have no one to designate as a caregiver?
Discuss the situation with your veterinarian, local pet sitter groups and your local animal welfare organizations. They will be able to help you find the right person to care for your pet should you not be able to.

What is a pet trust and how does it work?
A pet trust is a legal procedure you may use to make certain your pet is protected should you die or become disabled.

How does it work? You choose a person you trust or a bank, as a trustee and provide them with enough money or property to financially care for your pet as you have given instructions. The trustee is bound by duty to oversee that your pet it taken care of by the person designated by you.

What types of trusts are there?
There actually are two types of pet trusts. The first type is called the “traditional pet trust” and the second type is a “statutory pet trust”.

Where can I get a pet trust?
You can call an attorney who specializes in estate planning or you can go on line and contact such businesses as “Pet Guardian,” which provides a pet trust program. These businesses however, do not provide legal advice.

The lifetime of service and love given to us by our pets is truly worth something. And don’t forget to provide in your trust for a pet memorial or a scattering of their ashes.

Top 10 Pet Poisons of 2008

In 2008, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, IL, handled more than 140,000 cases of pets exposed to toxic substances, many of which included everyday household products. Honor our pets in all ways, at all times; don’t wait until you need a wood pet urn or pet keepsake jewelry to honor them. Below is a list of the top ten pet poisons that affected our furry friends in 2008.


Human Medications


People Food


Veterinary Medications


Chemical Hazards

Household Cleaners

Heavy Metals



Why You Should Feed Garden Birds a Varied Diet

In winter many of us put out food and water for garden birds not only to help them through the hardest time of the year but also because they are such a pleasure to see.

If you do not see the birds delighting in their food, there is a chance that there may not be very many hungry birds around or perhaps a neighbor feeds the birds regularly or there may have been a bumper crop of seeds and fruits in the fall. However it is likely for another reason.

The first of these is that the garden bird feeders may have been sited in the wrong place. Birds like to feel safe when feeding and so while very hungry birds will get used to a feeder almost anyway, the more wary species, or those less hungry, may stay away from your feeders simply because they don’t feel safe there.

However there is another element to consider here and that is the food you are actually putting out.

Different birds like to eat different foods – just like humans. Some birds eat seeds, others insects, some fruit and so on.

Try putting out peanuts, seed and fat balls. These seem like the 3 main stamples of the wild bird food trade and should attract far more birds than if you only had one of them out. You will likely find your local birds have a specific favorite.

You can also add all sorts of extras items such as a bowl of mealworms and even scraps from the table. This also means less waste from your table to get rid of and your garden will be full of stunning birds right throughout the coldest months of the year.

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Does Your Pet Talk to You?

All pet owners know that pets use their body language to communicate with us. Since they live much simpler lives than we do and are so dependent on us, they need to be able to convey their needs. Cats do this with their ears, bodies and a wide range of sounds. Sometimes they simply want our attention, while other times, they are telling us “My food bowl is empty”. A pet owner can soon become attuned to the facial expressions and the unspoken word the body speaks.

I have five house cats. They have each taken responsibility for telling me different things. The oldest, Pepper, (a Persian mix) keeps me informed when their food bowls get low. She never lets them get empty before she alerts me. The next oldest, Smokey (a Russian Blue) lets out a howl, when coming through the pet door from their outdoor kennel, to let me know it is either raining or too cold for his liking. He does this continually, until it stops raining or warms up outside. Then, there’s Squeaky, (a gray Tabby) who jumps up on my computer desk or my lap and whines to let me know that one of the other cats is picking on her. Bringing up the rear are our two year old siblings, Little Bit and Precious (Manx & gray Tabby mix). Little Bit assists Smokey with the weather reports and Precious reminds me when it is time for “our” nap. With the five of them, I never lack for noisy conversation.

The more we show our understanding of what they are telling us, the better our pets will be able to communicate with us and the more the conversations will expand. Try paying close attention to what your pet is “telling” you and you will find a companion eager to converse with you.

A recent poll conducted by GfK Roper Public with help of the Associated Press and found that 62% of the persons polled believed their pets understand them, when they speak to them. At least 18% believe their pet comprehends completely. 67% of the participants believe they understand the meows and woofs and what their pet wants or needs. The poll highlighted among other things, the high level of communication and the bond between many owners and their pets. With many households having more than one pet, 74% of pet owners have a dog, while 46% have a cat, according to the poll.

Although 15% of all owners said they have cut back spending for their pets in the past year, 48% of dog owners and 28 percent of cat owners said they planned to buy their pet gifts this past Christmas.

Author, Pat Lemmons

How to Know When Your Pet is Sick in 3 Easy Steps

When it comes to the health and well being of your pets, you want to do everything to ensure that they are happy and healthy. But you may not always be able to know where to look in case you suspect your pets are ill or not feeling well.

Pets have a natural animal instinct to hide their symptoms when they are not feeling well. This kind of behavior stems from the past when animals were seen as weak to their predators and therefore could not show signs of sickness.

There are some symptoms that you can take note of in your pets and if you see any of the following symptoms you may want to seek medical attention from a vet. Here are some of the warning signs that your pet may be sick or not feeling well:

1) If your pet is acting differently around you and either wants a lot more attention than usual or not any attention, it could be a sign that he is not feeling well. For instance, if your pet is normally very affectionate and wants to always be around you and be petted and suddenly is acting withdrawn and goes off by himself a lot to hide, it may be a sign that he is not feeling well. That also goes for if your pet is normally independent and spends a lot of time by himself and suddenly acts like he can’t get enough attention, he may as well be sick.

2) Changes in eating behavior can be indications that your pet is sick. If your pet is not eating very much, or a lot less than normal, he may not be feeling well. If your pet is eating more than usual but not gaining weight, it could be signs of worms or other digestive conditions.

3) If your pet has changes in the frequency or amount of elimination this could also be an indication that he is not feeling well and it could indicate a bladder or urinary infection.

If you think your pet could be ill and is exhibiting any of those signs, it is always best to seek out a pet MD or at least call your vet to discuss whether you should bring him in.

There are also sources on the web that you can go to for pet questions and answers. Some sites offer the ability for you to ask questions to a pet MD and receive answers for a nominal fee. Other sites allow you to review previously asked questions and answers for any conditions that may be applicable to your pet.

If you truly suspect that your pet may be sick or not feeling well, it is best to make sure that you get them checked out to be sure. Unlike humans, they can not tell us when they are not feeling well and may try to hide it, so it is best to take the necessary precautions.

You love your pet and want them to lead a long and healthy life, do what you can to protect their health. Even if you think it is nothing, by the time your pet is exhibiting symptoms like the ones mentioned before, whatever is ailing them could already be getting worse. Most conditions can be treated by a pet MD and most conditions require only moderate dosages of medications or treatments.

Even if your pet may require more extensive care, there are many vets who are willing to workout payment arrangements with you to help you care for your pet.

Author:  John Sommer, Sr.

How Pets Lead to Happier, Healthier Lives

Companionship, a shoulder to cry on, a friend who will never tell you that they’re too busy to have dinner with you, or that will steal your boyfriend or tell you that you look fat in those jeans. Our pets bring so much into our lives, laughter, joy friendship, and at times frustration, but did you know that owning a pet is actually healthier and makes one happier than non pet owners? This is just one more reason to pay tribute to our wonderful pets with pet memorial stones.

Loneliness and Stress
The stress and loneliness are two of the biggest factors in our modern lives for things like heart disease and cancer. Studies show that when we are petting our dogs that not only does our blood pressure and heart rates drop, but so does the animals. So the relationship we have with our pets is mutually beneficial from a health stand point. In addition having pets can reduce hypertension, lower cholesterol levels even help us to recover from illnesses quicker. Studies have shown that those recovering from a heart attack are as much as five times likelier to survive than non-pet owners for example

For those of you who are dog owners the benefits are even greater. Dog owners are generally much more sociable than non pet-owners because its usually easier to meet other people who have an interest in your animal. In addition they get a lot more exercise, which leads to a less sedentary and more active lifestyle.

Children who grow up with dogs also have higher self-esteems and better cognitive development. There’s also the added benefit of learning responsibility, and compassion as they are caring for another living creature from a young age.

Overall having pets leads to a richer more fulfilling life and perhaps in some ways they help us to become better more caring people. Animals and humans both gain a lot from the mutually beneficial bond that we build with them.

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Animal surgeon takes on tough cases

(02-22) 04:00 PST Boston — Edited

Michael Pavletic has removed a butcher knife from a dog’s stomach and tumors from tiny mice. He’s performed plastic surgery on injured hawks.

But he draws the line at giving canines body piercings or fat cats liposuction. “That’s just not what I do,” said the longtime head of surgery at Boston’s Angell Animal Medical Center.

The 58-year-old surgeon is known as a pioneer in reconstructive animal surgery and is so skilled at saving severely sick and injured animals he is sought out by worried pet owners from around the world. Pavletic has cared for thousands of animals, including a dog that swallowed an engagement ring right before the wedding, a cat needing a face reattached and a gorilla that required reconstructive surgery on a finger.

With such dedicated veterinarians as this – I’m sure that he and many others have wonderful pet photo memorials or garden memorials for their furry four-legged family members.